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Spanish Protectionists Strongly Oppose Any
Concessions to Onba ,
Bold it is Absolutely Indispensable to
Homo Rnlo.
Declines Thna 1'ar ' to Take the Public Into
Its Confidence.
Council of Mliilxtcm Connlilrm ln-
tlio I'rcptiHftl ItcfomiK ami Ap
prove * All Kxcciit the CliiUMO
Itelnllnif ( e Turin" * .
( Copyright , 1S57 , by TrcM Publishing Company. )
MADRID , Nov. 22.--New ' ( > York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) Protectionist
' And political opposition to the concession of
tariff autonomy to the West Indies Is assum
ing formidable proportions In Madrid and the
Barcelona protectionists have sent the gov
ernment telegrams deprecating the sacrifice
of ' .he colonial market to the autonomists.
They also rent Inft.ucntlal deputations , who
are to be received today by Sagasta and Moret
and tomorrow by the queen. The conten
tion , which Is backed by a majority ot tbe
Madrid preps , Is that Spain must Insist upon
tlio ruban tariffs maintaining a margin of
protection ot 20 to 40 per cent for thei prod
ucts ot the peninsula , chiefly because Cuba
will never be In a position to pay the Interest
and- sinking fund of debts contracted to fnce
the present Insurrection , which Spanish tax
payers will have to undertake to do , as the
Imperial treasury guarantees colonial loans.
( They also say the colonies are not worth
keeping If Spain surrenders the markets of
Cuba and Puerto Rico to foreign competition.
Representatives of the autonomist and re
formist parties publicly declared today that
a tariff autonomy is absolutely Indispensable
for sincere home rule In the West Indies.
They argue that the colonies must have con
trol of the tariff because , Hke all American
commonwealths , It will be the principal
Eource of revenue to the Insular treasurjv
The government declines to make known
how far It will go In tariff autonomy until
the council ot ministers approves and the
aucen signs the decrees. The general Imprcs-
clon Is that some restrictions will be put
upon the powers ot the Cuban Parllamen.
over tariff.
Autonomist reforms in Cuba and Puerto
Rico proposed by the minister of the colonlci
were approved by a council of ministers
this evening , excepting the clause regard
ing tariff reform , an examination or which
the government decided to postpone , by
Senor Morel's desire , until tomorrow , when
th deputation from Barcelona will have
had nn opportunity to explain its opinion
on this matter to Senor Sagasta and other
members of the government. Minister ot the
Colonies Moret received today the deputa
tion of Barcelona protectionists and told
them h.0 would sooner withdraw from the
cabinet than assent to a postponement of
Cuban reforms or assent to limitations of
tariff autonomy that might compromise the
prompt pacification ot Cuba. He added that
bowould consider the policy In cabinet.
.Whilst fully rscognlzlng the Importance of
cUshln interests he deemed the Interest of
peace to be still greater. He advised them
to carry % their /jrlevances to the premier
end other ministers , as the decision did not
rest with him , bin'with the council of min
Conservatives a.id other partisans ot Wey-
Icr , whose family and personal friends are
o alarmed nt the prospect of the Imposing
turbulent ilcmor. . fitlon , now advise him to
continue bis Tpyage to his native province ,
the Balearic Islands , where an equally en
thuslastlc but less of n political welcome
la being prepared. ' "
TO t'UiiciiAsn rn U-K.
I'aiiilo CoiiinilNKloiieil liy Illaiivo to
liny On tlu > liiNiirKeiilN.
HAVANA ( Via Key West , Fla ) , Nov. 22.
General Pando started by train from this city
on Saturday last. In nrder , according to thu
official announcement , to take charge of the
campaign against the Insurgent * . Ho was
acrorapauled by bis full staff and was escorted
by tt company of artillery. But It Is tatcd
on very good authsrlty that General Pando
ba ? been colnmlsslo.icd by Marshal Blanco ,
the captain general , to enter Into communica
tion with tno insurgent leaders , 'ivlt'i ' tha
view of arranging for pence.
This statement Is based on accurate knowl
edge of all the facts lu tbe case. General
Pando did not leave this city until be had
taJcn steffl calculated to further the object
which Marshal Blanco has In view. General
Pando , after a consultation with the captain
ccnoral , first brought about the release from
confinement of Damlen Cabellero , who has
been Imprisoned on the Isle of Pines for
come tlmo past , for. It Is alleged , actlug as a
ttiy for the Insurgents and bringing about a
disaster for the Spanish troops at Caoio ,
province of Santiago do Cuba , General Pando
further furnished Caticllera , who Is the
grandfather of Rubl , and who Is looked on
as being the backbone of tbe ln urgent rooic-
inent In the province of Santiago de Cuba ,
with a considerable sum of money and caused
him to bo landed at Manzanlllo , province o !
GantUKo do Cuba , where a good liorso was
Qlaced at his dlcposil.
General Pando's peace emissary was also
fuiulehod official documents empowering him
to Act In behalf of the Spanish commander ,
and from Manzanlllo Cabellero made his
way secretly to the Jlguanl hills , where Gen
eral Rabl bac his headquarters. General
Pundo instructed Cabellero to offer General
Rabl a high ruuk in tbo Spanish army and a
large sum of money to be distributed among
the othtr Insurgent leaders ot that part of
Cuba , and , in addition , a large amount of
money for himself , In the event ot his suc
ceeding in arranging terms for peace. Be
Idea this Cabellero was Instructed to Inform
( ho Insurgent leaders that the Fpanlsb au
thorities undertook to honestly establish the
new autonomist regime If the leaders would
accept the propositions made them.
Although Cabellero has not returned from
Santiago de Cuba , confidential advices which
reached the Spanlah official ! hero teem to
indicate that Cabellero has BO far be n un-
uoceiatul. U U underatood General Rabl
.fc s replied that he bollevei a luccesaful
o ( the war In favor oi the insurgents
Is approaching ; that the Cubans , with the
aid of the United States , will gain their in
dependence , and that , therefore , ho prefers
to contlnuo fighting the Spaniards until the
final victory U won.
Cabellero also negotiated with General Du
Valon , the French leader of the Insurgents.
There seems to bo no Intimation as to the
result of CabellM-o's negotiations with Gen
eral Du Vaton , although it may be Judged
from the attitude assumed by General Rabl
that the peace negotiations are likely to fall
flat In Santiago de Cuba.
General Pando , In the meantime , while act
ing after consultation with Marshal Blanco ,
has put other Irons In the fire. In the hope of
prevailing upon the Insurgents to come to
terms. He has been and Is still In nego
tiation with three leaders of the Cuban revo
lution , and has been endeavoring to induce
them to go to different Insurgent c in : > 3 ,
there to use their Influence to bring about
peace , on the promlco of Cuba baing ac
corded a really autonomous form of govern
ment. These three mtn were ilso offered
money for themselves and were to have boon
furnished with large sums of money to dis
tribute among their friends. But It Is un
derstood they have up to date declined to be
come agents of Gener.il Pando , alleging cs
their excuses that they have no Influence
with the Insurgent leadcrc of the
day , and that they would be risking tltelr
lives if they ventured Into the Insurgent
In some quarters It Is believed that this
reluctance to accept t'ae overtures pf General
Pando is duo to the fact that the insurgents
are anticipating some strong eters in their
favor when the United States congress meets.
It Is generally admitted that General Pando
Is somenhat mortified at the non-success of
his plans up to the p'csent , and has In
formed the three Insurgent leaders referred
to that he doubts their sincerity , and lie dl-
rectlj gave them to understand that he was
of the opinion that they were opposed to the
soverelcnty of Spain over Cuba , and had no
desire to assist the Spanish authorities In
their efforts to b-lng about a peaceful set
tlement of the troubles. The Cubans pro
tested that they were sincere and repeated
the excuses they had already made for their
non-compliance with the requests ot the
Spanish general. The latter , although some
what disappointed , It Is understood , will con
tinue his efforts to come to an understanding
with the Insurgents and the military autho--
Itles believe the best way to do this Is to
Inflict upon the enemy a signal defeat which
General Pando hopes to accomplish.
On the other hand It Is believed the In-
surgents have similar plans though from an
opposite direction , and with n totally differ
ent object InIew. . If current reports amors
the friends of the Insurgents arc to be be
lieved tbe revolutionary leaders hope to
strike a decisive blow at Spain before congress -
gross meets as an encouragement to their
friends In the United States who are urging
a recognition upos the part of the United
States government of the belligerency of
the Insurgents of Cuba.
Dr. Jose Congosto , formerly Spanish consul
at Philadelphia and now secretary general
ot Cuba , Is continuing to lose ground in
public favor as a result of scmo ext aordlnary
statements whlch he has mode to the
Spaniards here. Senor Santos Guzman con
siders himself and his family much insulted
by certain remarks of Dr. 'Conqosto ' , and It Is
said that the n w secretary general has not
heard the lost of the affair. Congosto Is
alleged to bo displaying considerable igno
rance of administrative affairs , and ot having
In consequence failed to fulfill many of tbe
duties of his office. iFlnally , the utterances
of Tr. Congosto , If correctly reported , are
likely scon to be sharply resented In Madrid.
Ho Is alleged to have remarked that Spain
had until now followed a policy of spoliation
In Cuba , and that the Insurgents were Justi
fied In acting as they have done. While this
may be. perfectly ( rue such a remark from u
prominent official Is not likely to pass with
out notice at the Spanish capital , especially
as It ts added that the employes of the secre
tary general's office protested against the re
mark and have taken further action In the
matter ,
Regarding political utterances , a stace
ment made by Marshal Blanco shortly after
his arrival here Is being much commented
upon. Ii seems that 'When ' the superior of
a religious order , residing at Guan'taooi ,
near this city , called on tbo now captain gen
eral In order to weltome him to Cuba , Mar
shal Blanco , during < the course of the con-
\orratloa w-hlch followed , said :
"Cnl > Divine" Providence la able to save
Cuba. " Whereupon the distinguished priest
reported"If ve must confide only in Di
vine Providence and have no other means
to conquer the Insurgents then we are lost.1'
The sympathizers with the Insurgents have
been making considerable capital out of thin
Incident , claiming that tiio remarks of the
captain general Indicate that he has nu
faith In the success of his mission. Furthsr
proof of this Mate of mind upon the _ part
of Marshal Blanco appears to be furrTlshtd
In a statement which Is attributed to him
when ho replied to the welcome ot the Mer
chants' association.
U.on | that occasion tbe captain genera 's '
said to have asserted that Spain could keep
up the fighting until after April next , and it
by that tlmo the Spaniards were unable to
restore pcaco at any price he ( Marshal
Blanco ) would return la SpJln. Incidentally
this sentiment is credited to several other
generals who have arrived here recently from
The answer of the Insurgents to Marshal
Blanco's decree favoring the resumption of
grinding sugar cano has been the burning of
Iranunso cano fields In tbe Augar district of
this province in the neighborhood ot San
Fellpo. A day or to ago the sky in that dl-
rt'Ctlon wus red with the reflection of flames.
Shortly after the president's dispatch re
garding tbo peace negotiations of General
Pando was closed it became known that two
of the prominent ex-Insurgent leaders re
ferred to as having been In communication
with the Spanish commander had been In
duced to start for Manzanlllo In another ef
fort to Induce the Insurgent leaders of San
tiago de Cuba to arrange for peace on the
basts of autonomy being granted to Cua.
Official dispatches from Matanzas announce
the release ot Senora de Roca , mother of
the Insurgent , Jose de Roca , and several
other prominent people who have been im
prisoned there for some time past.
General Pando has arrived at Matanzas ,
has visited the hospitals there and has or
dered tbe distribution of 1,000 rations of
food dally to the reconcentrados.
La Lucha in an editorial today says that
in spite of all the proofs of friendship Spain
has given tbe United States , in a manner
without precedent in history , It has not re
ceived in exchange from the government of
the republic anything signifying the purpese
of that government to put a stop to the de
parture ot filibustering expeditions from tbo
United States. Continuing , La Lucha cays
the more Spain yields tbe greater enthusl-
( Continued oo Third Pace. ) *
Recently Pnrdoned Political Prisoners from
Oaba Beach New York.
Arc Orec e l wtlli n Cortltnt Wel
come li > ' Their Friends nnil < ! lve
Their Storlc * iif Their
NEW YORK , "Nov. " 22. The steamer Sara
toga , from Havana , having on board the released -
leased members of the Competitor filibuster-
Ing expedition , entered the harbor today.
The men are 'Cnptaln ' Alfredo Laborde ,
William Glldea , Oaa ( Melton. William
Lcavitt and Charles Belnctt , an Englishman.
The five men were In fairly gooi health and
excellent spirits on. reaching quarantino. j
Captain Labordo suffers somewhat from' '
paralysis which he contracted during his long t
confinement In the Cabanas fortress. j j I
Joseph A. Springer , the United States vice j
consul at Havana , was also a passenger on
the Saratoga. Mr. Springer declined to talk
for ' publication.
The released men wore the clothes In which
thev t were clad nt the tlmo of their capture
on April 23 , 1S96 , at Berracos , San Cayetano ,
Another happy passenger on the Saratoga
was Julio Artcago y Quesada , the young
Cuban Insurgent who was ordered to bo shot
by Wcylcr , but was pardoned by General
Blanco , friend of the prisoner's father.
The six men who had escaped the fate
of the Vlrglnlus captives were greeted upon
their ' arrival In Now York by an enthusiastic
crowd , who gave them a hearty welcome.
The poor wretches were too weak to respond
to the cheers which had been given In their
honor. Captain LaBorde's brother was one
of those assembled on tbo deck. The meeting
between the brothers was a touching one.
The friends of the others c-ied with Joy as
they grasped the hands of the released pris
oners , whoso eyes were sunken , faces pallid
and forms emaciated. Representatives of the
Cuban Junta were also present and they added
their greeting to the men.
This Is the story which young Quesada told
tonight concerning his release :
"While a member of the army corps In the
Plnar I del Rio district I became possessed
of Information , to the knowledge of which
I think I owe the saving of my life. .
"Last March I wandered about half a mile
away from our hosyltal teat In search of
come herbs , of which I desired to make medi
cine , when a detachment of Spanish Infantry
captured me. The nolso of my struggle to
free myself aroused my twelve companions
and thev rushed to my rescue. During the
flKht my friends were beaten , and one of
them was killed.
"After the conflict was over I was bound
and thrown on the gromd and beaten un
mercifully. I was told It I would confess
where my comrades had their dynamite stored
they would stop beating me. This I declined
to do. and seeing that they could not force
a contcsslon from me , they sent me to Ar-
ismlsa orison , where I was tried and sen
tenced to be shot.
'It woa at this Juncture that my knowl
edge stood me In good stead. Two prominent
Spanish generals , one a brigadier general ,
whcso name I do not care to mention , and
General Arolas. principally concerned them-
sehes in my release. They feared me because
thev knew I had disclosures to make which
would ruin them. They thought that if 1
had to die I would tell what I knew.
"These men are either bare cowards or
their desire to hold their positions over-
oime their scruples. They were la cot slant
communication with the insurgent genenlt
having written letters to them which I taw-
while In the Plnar del Rio district , In which
they stated that they wanted to make ar
rangements by which Spanish soldiers would
not be attacked In the districts controlled
by them. In return the Insurgents were to
have free access to the trocha and be per
mitted to pass at will. This proposition
was accepted , and In this way we were able
to keep In constant communication with
Gomez , Maceo and Garzla.
"We had about 5,000 men under command
of General Nunez , while the Spaniards had
between 40,000 and 50,000 , yet we were well
able to cope with them. "
The friends of Young Quesada were sur
prised to learn that he had secured hio re
lease by giving away a secret which be
trayed the allies ot the Insurgents In the
Spanish army. It was this and not General
Blanco's love for the late Prof. Quesada
that secured his pardon.
Another member of the crew Is Ona. Mel
ton , the newspaper man , whoso Intention was
not to participate In the war , but report the
situation. In describing his capture and sub
sequent treatment Melton said that when
the first fchot was firedi by the Spanish gun
boat ho arid two of his companions lowered
u small boat and tried to escape. They were
pursued and captured a short distance from
the shore. On board the gunboat thcji were
cruelly bound with ropes and were prodded
with sharp-pointed sticks , which punctured
their flesh. They were afterward thrown Into
a cell and fed but once a day. After tbe first
six days the prisoners were permitted to see
Consul Williams and were fed twice a day ,
but Just the sort of food It was MeltonIs
unable to say. It barely supported life , that
was all.
Of the respite Melton said ho and bU com
panlous were placed In a large cell , contain
ing forty other prisoners , both political and
criminal , in the Cabanas fortress , and there
he remained lu trembling and fear. Last
Thursday afternoon ho wan taken out of the
dungeon , as ho supposed , to be shot , but In
the corridor he met General Lee , who , to
Melton's surprise , Informed him that all tbe
Competitor's prisoners were pardoned. Then
hn and his comrades were placed on th
Saratoga , which brought them here. When
arrested Melton weighed 165 , but now he
could not pull down the scales at 100 pounds.
Hn will remain hero about a week and will
then return to his home.
Captain Laborde , sneaking of his prison
life , said ; "The stories of cruelty In Spanish
prisons are utterly unfounded. I b-ave been
there long enough to know. Tbe Jailers were
as kind as could bo expected , and Matteo
Fernandez , the warden of Cabanas , wus es
peclally kind and considerate so much so
that we called him 'father. ' We knew more
about what was going on than you did. How
did WR learn ? Well , I can't tell that , as it
might hurt these I have left behind. Yes ,
Amerlo-a gold went a grtat ways. I got a
little money from time to time and I
guards , who did not receive any pay while 1
\\us there , were always gratified for anything
I gave them , and I was amply paid for what
they got. "
Two members of tbe Competitor crew , Dr.
i . j
E. Bordla and Telgadft Mas'so , both Spin-
tards , are still In prison In Cuba. Their release -
lease , It Is said , has been prornlsed.
Knl er'i Snnir > nvr rn mvrt Into the-
Krrnch SemuUil ,
LONDON , Nov. 22. The PaHs correspond
ent of the Dally Chronicle says :
The name of Emperor William Is now per
sistently connected with the Dreyfus affair.
It IB currently reported ! that at the time of
the trial he wrote to M. Caslmlr-Pcrler , giv
ing his word of honor OB a man that Dreyfus
had not betrayed Frnc < e for the Germans ,
adding that , If neccssar : , he would give his
"word as nn emperor , > Ith all its consoler
quences. "
President Casltnlr-Pe ler communicated [
_ 1 this to the luuiuct. Boo i afterward Dreyfus .
j | i
| was condemned. Emperor William , much I ]
I hurt j , Instructed the Gorman ambassador at
' Paris to ask If the Incriminating documents
] :
1 had been procured on German territory. M.
Caslmlr-Perler ( made a guarded reply , but , In
i view . of the fact that ho had been kept In
Ignorance by the cabinet ot what was going
ton ( and had to sanction the sentence upon
Dreyfuc despite the kaiser's word of honor ,
ho j decided to resign tbp presidency , nnd
selr.ed the first occasion which occurred ,
namely , the overthrow o | the Dupuy cabinet.
The Gaulols says It was In order to a\ci't
grave consequences arh ng from Empeior
William having given hli word of honor that
the court martial was he d with closed doors ,
and ccitaln documents , In accordance with
the request of the emp ; ror , were not pro
duced at the trial.
PARIS , Nov. 22. Ex-President Casl-
mer Perler In an i Interview today
declined to confirm or deny the story
old today by the Paris correspondent
of the Dally Chronicle Regarding the con
nection of Emperor William of Germany
vlth the Dreyfus affair } ,
The arrest of Major PaTiflln do Saint Mor-
rel , who Is now undergoing a month's rig
orous confinement to hrt ! quarters , has. led
o a serious wrangle between General Billet ,
he minister for war , andGeneral Dolsdeffre ,
.he chief of the Frenchheadquarters' staff
and whose name haa been ? , mentioned as suc-
-cssor of Count MontebellS as French ambas
sador to St. Petersburg ; . Major de Saint
lorrel Is the aldc-de-winjp of General Bols-
deffre and was punished Jecently with Major
" orclnetti for his attitude In supporting the
aKltatlon In favor of reo ] enlng the Dreyfus
case Major Forclnettl , j w'jo , was governor
o : the military prison of : Cherche-MIdl , was
punished by being relieved otylils post.
Severe Penalty lu Storifor" " tlie
IjyiichcrH ot Arroyo.
CITY OP MEXICO , Nov : 22. The great
rial ot Arroyo's murderers Is over , terminat-
nz this evening with the sentence of death
pronounced on ten of the police officials and
policemen concerned In the butchery of the
lanless wretch whose audacious attempt on
ha president caused so profound a sensation
icre. The Jury was out over seven hours ,
eturnltiR Us verdict at S p. m. , and Judge
Blares delivering sentence-at about 8 o'clock.
The prisoners stood up and tbe gendarmes
nrescated arms during ttie deliverance. The
court room was crowded to the'utmostcapac-
ty , for the closing scenes In the trial were
most dramatic. Vlllacenilo and Cabrcara took
the verdict cooly , as , In fact , did all the
iris-oners. Bellldo wa's sentenced to eleven
months' Imprisonment , and Cucller , > wh8
bought the knives at the order of his master ,
he late Inspector General Velasquez and
also Bravo were acquitted and set free.
The condemned men do not yet seem to
realize their perilous position. Their lawyers
watered an appeal In each case. Public opin
ion sustains the verdict.
IJoule DccIilcH Atlvi"- ely on Investi
gation of the I.nte War.
ATHENS. Nov. 22. In the Boule today
ths government was defeated on the ques
tion of presenting a committee of Inquiry
Into certain Incidents of the war. It Is be
lieved the cabinet will recommend dissolu
tion of the chamber only as a last resource ,
but the various political leaders who have
been Interviewed on the subject maintain
that the present chamber Is powerless to
deal with the situation. The decision of
King George is awaited w-Jth anxiety.
S trail nnd HlN .Vcw Hook.
( Copyright. 1S97. by Pret3 1'ufillshliifr Company. )
LONDON , Nov. 22. ( New York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram , ) Stead , who is
at present staying at Trayllng Island , Sus
sex , replying to an Inquiry as to where he
got the facts for his new book about Tam
many and what made him 'suddenly change
his mind about Croksr , telegraphs : "I have
not changed my mind about Crpker. My
book Is based on the Lexow- report and ex
presses no opinion on Crokor. "
AiiHtrla Mny Try 1'rnti'ctlon.
LONDON. Nov. 22. The ) Vienna corres-
spondent of the Times , telegraphing In refer
ence to a semi-official Inq'ulry Just opened
In reference to the Austrian foreign trade ,
cays : "Unless a marked change occurs In the
Dolttlco-economlc views prevailing here. It
U likely that tfio defensive measures agalntt
American protectionism , wtilsh arc regarded
ES among the most pressing 'necessities of the
immediate future , will themselves bo of a
protectionist character.
Gorman TroopH ut Caiicii ,
BERLIN , Nov. 22. A dispatch from Canea
to the Cologne Gazette Kays that the German
embassy at Constantinople has notified the
International squadron that a fresh detach
ment of German troops will shortly be landed
at Canea , to replace the German contingent ,
consisting of an officer and twelve marines ,
that embarked on the Kaiserlp Augusta last
week after the German flag had bce.n hauled
down from the international ? redoubt.
lilt ? Whnrf niMii
LISBON , Nov. 22. At t o'clock a big
masonny wharf , haingfrontage of 309
meters on the river Tagus , opposite tbo cus
tom bouse , suddenly subsided and completely
disappeared In the river bed. An official ex
amination has disclosed1 tbo 'fact that the
wharf , which was recently constructed at a
cost of 50,000 , rested onmud. . Soundings
to tbe depth of thirty-six meters revealed no
olld foundation.
INmorw Are Anulii Coiutlrtvrlnir.
LONDON , Nov , 22. The "Roma correspond
ent ot the Daily News , saya : "J ami able to
assert on the best authority that the powers
are discussing the advisability of a naval
demonstration in the Dardanelles or a block
ode ot Constantinople If the sultan does noi
yield with respect to autonomy for Crete , ant
especially wth | regard to withdrawing the
Turkish troops , "
Story I'rnnouiii-vil Untrue.
LONDON , Nov. 22. The ParU correspond
ent ot the Dally News denies that there Is
&ny truth whatever in the report that M
Ccslmir Perler's resignation of the presidency
of the French republic wcs In any way con
nected with tbe Dreyfus affair , and contempt
uously dUmlsEtB the etory es "mere flim
flam. "
Oonrl-STartial Investigates His Treatment
of Private Hammond.
Allecrc Hint the Cnptnln. KlcUrit the
1'rlviite , Profiled III in Midi n
Snoril , mill OlhrrnlNC
MUtrrnU'il Him.
CHICAGO. Nov. 22. Captain Leonard A.
Loverlng of the Fourth Infantry , stationed
at Fort Sheridan , appeared before a court *
martial at that pest today to stand trial on
the charge of "conduct prejudicial to good
order and military discipline. " The specific
chaige Is causing Private Hammond to be
dragged over the ground by the heels from
the guardhouse to the office of the regimental
adjutant after Hammond had refused to
The court was an hour late In convening
because of a delay In the arrival of Brigadier
General ( Wade , the presiding officer. A cold
wind from the northwest blew across the
parade grounds and Private Hammond , who
otood without an overcoat on the porch of
the Officers' club , where the court was held ,
under guard of three soldiers , wrapped In
icavy array ulsters , shivered , while his teeth
chattered and his face turned blue from the
cold. The four men stood In the falling
snow for almcst an hour , the guards with
; helr bavonets leveled toward the prisoner ,
until Lieutenant Williams , who had been
notified of the delay , took pity on Hammond
and ordered him back to the guardhouse.
Hammond was thin and pale and his appear
ance Indicated that his Imprisonment had
told on his health. His army overcoat was
at Plattsburg , N. Y. , where he left It when
10 absented himself without leave , and there
was none for him at Fort Sheridan.
The first witness was Lieutenant John J.
Bernard , the officer of the guanl on the day
Hammond wca dragged. He testified that he
ordered Hammond to appear before the sum
mary court and that the latter refused to go.
tie exhausted all means to get the private
to go before the court and these being un
availing he reported the matter to Captain
Loverlng , who was officer ot the day.
"Did you hear Captain Loverlng use oaths
n his language to the prisoner ? " Judge
Advocate Hunter asked In questioning Lieu
tenant Rernard.
"I heard him say , 'D n you , come out , " "
was the answer.
The lieutenant was unable to state posi
tively to the court whether Loverlug kicked
or stabbed the prisoner.
Corporal New , who was corporal of the day
on October 9 , but who has since been reduced
to the rank of a private , was the next wit
ness called , and stated that Loverlng , as
officer of the day , sent three men to Ham
mond's cell with orders to prod him' with
their bayonets If bo would not walk. "Ho
said ho , would dto before he would w-alk , "
said New , "and I then saw Loverlng kick
lilm twice and prod him with his sworJ. "
'How much force did the officer use ? "
asked the Judge advocate.
"He kicked him pretty hard , so hard at
least that Hammond felt It and rubbed his
side , " was the answer.
"How hard did Loverlng prod the prisoner
with his sword ? " was the next question' .
"The sword must have passed through
Hammond's clothing , " said Private New ,
"for he crjcd 'Don't do that. ' When the
prisoner had been dragged down the guard
house steps I saw Loverlng prod him again.
That time it was in the hand and I saw the
blood trickle from the wound. "
Sergeant Bralnerd was called and gave a
minute description of how Hammond was
dragged feet first over the sill of his cell ,
then down the guardhouse stone steps , 100
yards along the walk , down over the curb ,
up again to the walk , down again and across
the road , over the opposite curb , up the steps
to D company's quarters , then down over
the curbs , and finally up the steps to the
adjutant's office.
"How did Hammond look when he ar
rived at the court ? " -asked Colonel Hunter.
"Ho was crying when the rope 'was taken
from his feet , " answered the corporal. ' 'His
pants were worn through to the skin , and
when I returned with him to the guardhouse
he showed mo the cuts made oy Captain
Loverlng's sword. They were nil biEcdlng
and were deep. "
Corporal Ward jyas the last wltnes ? ard
his evidence corroborated that of Corporal
New. An adjournment was then taken to 10
o'clock tomorrow morning.
llov. A , K. MorrlKoii to AIIH T for
IIUVlf < - ' DraUi.
TOPEKA , Kan. . Nov. 22. The Topeka po
lice have arrested Rev. A. E. Morrison ,
Methodist , ot Panhandle , Tex. , and are hold-
lug him on suspicion of murder until the
sheriff can arrive from Panhandle and take
him homo for trial. Fcr several monthn
Morrison had been engaged to Miss Whittle-
sey of Topeka , whose family Is prominent
here , and they were to be married hero dur
ing the holidays.
Frcm the Information the police have re
ceived It Is supposed that Morrison Is the
same person , as the wife of a minister of
the some name died suddenly at Panhandle ,
TQX. , October 8 , under circumstances which
pointed to poison ,
Morrison admitted to Chief Steele that ho
was from Panhandle , but said be did not
know bow a charge of murder could be
made against him , unless It was the out
growth of criticism that was heaped upon
him on account of his wife's death ,
At tbe Wlilttlcaey homo the family ob
jected to allowing reporters to see Miss
Wblttlesey. One of the brothers explained
that Morrlscn was their schoolmate In Illi
nois twenty years ago.
WOODWARD'S i.o.vcj YH.MIS OK ( 'it i. MI :
SvtluillrilVenlthy I'roitlc Out of .Mll-
MOIIH of llolliirH.
NEW YORK , Nov. 22 , William C. Wood
ward , also known as "Dig" Hawley , was
found guilty today of attempting to extort
blackmail from Samuel W , 'Brlgbam , a son-
in-law of millionaire William C , Schermer-
horn. Woodward ha an International repu
tation as a swindler and boaeted on the wit-
nee- stand today that a * "tbe Llone Mua-
grovo" ho had obtained ? 1,000,000 from
wealthy Englishmen in London at cards and
iby other means , Ho alfoaid that ho had
been arrested thirty-seven times In the
thlrty-ieven years of his life. This , he said ,
was the first time In all his career -that he
bad faced a Jury ,
! 'rr \\lnn. .
T. PAL'L , Nov , 12. The United Stales
ajtpella-o court handed down a decision to
day In live case of tbe Minneapolis Tribune
against the Associated press ) , deciding In
favor of the Associated press
Weather Fortc.- for .
Fair ; Wnrmor ; Southerly Winds.
Page .
1. Spaniard- Out- Over Cnlmn Tariff.
Competitor Crow ArrUc * nt New York.
Court Mnrtlnl of Cnptnln I.ovrrliiR.
Autocratic I'opocrntla ItoturnliiR llonrtt
3. Itecrptlon to Secretary Jtrlklejolin.
Ottawa Foot llnll Trnm to I'lny Here.
3. Hitch In Arbitration Negotiation * .
1'eoploVnnt I'o'tat SniliiR' Hunk- .
Tlmrn U I'lnccil on Trial Again ,
4. Kilttorlal mill Cotninont.
C. Hearing on I.lvo .Stork Itnte * .
rrelileney of the Union r rlllc.
Omaha liar- the Slot Marhlno * .
Valuation on Omaha Heal Kntiito. ' ' .
0. Council lllulT * t.mMl Matter- .
NoMik Trial Is Nearly I'.nitcd ,
7. Ne - ( lleaneil from the ( Ircatcr Went.
8. 1'liiT anil 1 1 cm i > nt the Kxpotltlon.
I'xpo-ltlon llaiullcaiipetl hy the Strike.
0. Nervy l > rapn from I.lhby I'rl-on.
Trial of llonry llolln'Homlincn. .
1'ollcoGrt After the I.oeal Thlete * .
Comptroller Hold * Unclaimed Warrants ,
11. Commercial anil financial Ncivs.
li. ! New De-ten * In Table Linen ,
Temperature at Oiiinlini
Hour. Detr. Hour. Den.
n n. in . lit . 1 1 > . in . -S
O n. m . i. ( i : p. in . - ! >
7 n. m . -t a p. 111 . : i-
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10 ll. Ill . -VI ( I l > . Ill . - '
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I.IKU LOST ix nan AT n.vi/riMuiti : .
MTN. Mnvoii , SufToi-ntfil liy SmoUc , In
BALTIMORE , Nov. 22. The entire con
tents ot tiio five-story building at 317 anl
319 North Howard streets , occupied by Wil
liam H. Scott , popularly known as "Great
Scott , " as a furniture store , were today de
stroyed by fire , in which one woman , Mrs.
Susan E. Maxou , 1336 Mascn street , lost her
The Interior of the building occupied by
Mr. Scott , which Is owned by Michael F.
McCormlck , was also completely demolished ,
although the four walls remain standing.
The total damage to that and adjolnlng prop
erty Is estimated at about $135,000.
The Insurance on Mr. Scott's stock is $ S1-
000. Mr. McCormlck's loss on the building Is
estimated at $30,000 , of which $23,000 Is
covered by 'Insurance. The less of the Pol
lack Furniture company and Potthast Broth
ers Is net known.
STREATOR , 111. , Nov. 22. The largo de
partment store of D. Helnan & Co. and sev
eral -adjoining buildings were destroyed by
fire tonight , entailing a loss of aijuut $250-
000. The fire was caused by the explosion
ot a lamp in the millinery department on
the second floor and started about 6:30 :
o'clock. A strong wind aided In spreading
the fire to other departments and the whole
Interior of the three-story structure was
soon a seething furnace. The postoffice adJoined -
Joined the store and was completely de
stroyed , the loss being- about $2dOO. H. F.
How-lands' furniture stock and building was
on fire several tlnves , as wero'the stores of
M. Purcell & Co. , dry goods and groceries ;
Julius Moses , clothing ; Abe Levy , boots and
shoes , and the Union National bank. Plate
glass windows for a block were ruined. D.
Helnan & Co.'s loss is $200,000. Their Insur
ance Is not known definitely , but is estimated
at about $23.000. Other losses are : H. F.
Howland , $3,000 ; M. Purcell & Co. , ? 2BOO ;
Julius 'Moses , $2,000 ; Dr. C. R. Taylor , den
tist , In Helnan building , $3,000 ; U. L. Keat
ing , building and loan agent , $2,500. Most
of the latter lossts are covered by Insur
ance. I
RICHMOND , Va. , Nov. 22. A private
telegram from Northampton county , on the
eastern short of Virginia , states that the
handsome colonial residence of Lieutenant
Edwin S. Jacobs , U. S. N. , retired , was
burned to th ? ground about 0 o'clock this
morning. Lieutenant Jacobs estimates his
loss at about $75,000.
FENDER , Neb. , Nov. 22. ( Special. ) A
bnrn and Its contents , consisting of four
hcrscs , hay , grain , harness and other farm
equipments , belonging to George Eggcrs , liv
ing six miles southeast of this place , were
entirely consumed by fire last night about
midnight , causing a loss of about $400. Cov
ered by insurance.
DAKOTA CITY , Neb. . Nov. 22. ( Special. )
The general merchandise store of T. J.
Welch at Jackson was destroyed by fire this
morning about 4 o'clock. A lean-to on the
building filled with grain , owned by Pat
Barry and Frank Davey , was also destroyed.
The buildings were owned by Frank Davcy
and were both Insured , ts was also tbo stock
of Welch.
MELBOURNE , Victoria , Nov. 22. As n re
sult of the flro which broke out at 2 o'clock
yesterday morning , and destroyed within
three hours an entire block of buildings ,
bounded by Elizabeth , Flanders and Swanson
streets and Flanders lane , with the exception
of two buildings on the Swanson street front ,
the Insurance companies lose $3,650,000 , of
which $500000 will fall on British companies.
Australian companies will lese the remaining
sn.vnit suitvicn TO .YASIIVIM.U.
Ci Million ) Ilcc'clvoM lUuiil filft from
TeniK'NueeV Ciijiltill.
NORFOLK. Va , , Nov. 22. The presentation
of a handsome slhcr service on behalf and
In the name of the citizens of Nashvlllo ,
Term. , was made to the gunboat Nashville
at the navy yard this morning. The ceremony
mony took place on the main deck In the
presence of the ship's company. Com
mandant Farquhar and other officers of the
yard , with a number of feminine guests , wit
ncssed the presentation. The address on be
half of the citizens of Nashvlllo was made by
W. D. Hutchlnson , Commander ( Maynard of
tbo gunboat responding. Addresses were
alto made by Congressman Galncs and ex-
Congressman Washington ot Tennessee.
OMJ JAII , iiun.uvKit is CAi'i'i IIID. :
U'lllliini .MooreViiulfil III lencln oci < l ,
IM llcnrri-HU-il.
HELENA. Mont. , Nov , 22. After three
dais' chase through the mountains Sheriff
Young of Park county and posse today cap
tured a mulatto , eald to bo William Moore ,
who. with four Bellefourcho bank robbers ,
broke Jail at Deadwood , S , D. , October 31 ,
The capture was made near Mammoth Hot
EDrlnes , in Yellcnvstcao lark , Moore U
wanted for the murder of t\\o woodcboppcrs.
ifiil * of Offiin V - MeUov , ' - -
At Uoston An lyed Catalonia , from Llv >
At New York Arrived Obdam , from Rot
terdam ; Ancborla , from Glasgow ; Georgia ,
from Liverpool. Sailed Amsterdam , for
At Copenhagen Arrived Slcllla , from
New York , for Stettin.
At Hamburg Sailed Phoenicia , for New
At Philadelphia Arrived I'ennland , from
At aibraltar-Arrlvcd-'KBUer ' Wllhelm II ,
from New York , for Naples and Genoa.
Popocratio Returning Board Ooolly Ignores
Republican Objections ,
Irregularities in Office of the Secretary
Exposed to the Board ,
Objections from Attorney General Check
Unpleasant Revelations ,
Unalile'to Tell 'When ' lleturnn Were
llcci'lvert or Who Tn in tiered
v llli the Kiivrloim In
I 11 In UUloe.
LINCOLN. Nov. 22. ( Special. ) The etoto
canvassing board met at the office of the sec
retary ot state this afternoon to canvass the
vote of the siato on the election of one Jus
tice of the supreme court and two regents of
the university , and Immediately upon the
convening of the board a protest was filed ,
signed by Ed R. Slzcr , P. J. Keller and other
republicans , objecting to the canvass of the
vote because of Irregularities on part of the
secretary of state.
If the protest was filed with the Idea that
It would receive serious consideration by
the beard the Idea was a mistaken one. If
on the other hand , It was Intended to put the
secretary ot state and his deputies on record
as having violated the statutes It was
a perfect success. It developed two
otter facts that have heretofore been
strongly hinted at that the business of
some of the state officers Is being conducted
In a very loose manner. In nuny cases with
no record made of matters of vital Import
ance ; and also that , were It not for better
counsel and steadier heads at board meet
ings. Auditor Cornell and Treasurer Moscrvo
would ride through the business with whip
and spur , regardless of protests or what they
term technical laws.
When Mr. Kelley had finished reading the
protest and asked that the secretary of etato
bo sworn and examined as to the opening of
the ' abstracts , there was a manifest deslro
on part of a majority of the board to prevent
his from being done. Governor Hoi-comb ,
as chairman of the board , admitted that the
aw had been violated , but doubted the au
thority ot the board to do other than accept
the , abstracts as they found them. Meaervo
and Cornell wanted to deny the request ot
the , proteatants without any consideration
whatever. Porter said , he would like to make
a stafement , but Smyth objected to thla be
cause tbo protest madoTio definite charge
of fraud. Uy vote of the board Mr. Porter
was prevented from making the statement ,
and the work of opening the returns was com
menced. When Mr. Sizcr made specific ob-
lectko to the counting of Adams county At-
; orney General Smyth fell Into a very care
fully prepared trap , when he moved that the
Protestants be put u'.ion their prcof as to the
tampering with the returns. This was ex
actly what was looked for , and the secretary
of state was called and sworn to testify In
the very manner as requested In the pro
All through the examination the members
of the beard showed much uneasiness , and
both Meservo and Cornell made many at
tempts to cut the matter short , but their
motions were for the most part Ignored by
the chairman.
The beard convened at 2 o'clock and or-
nanlzed by electing Governor Ilolcomb chair
man. Tlio abstracts from the ninety counties
were placed upan the table , wheel Frank J.
Kelley presented and read the following pro
test , slsned by Edward R. Slzer , Charles O.
Whedon. J. W. Johnson , A. W. Field , John
P. Maulo and Frank J. Kelley.
To the Governor , Secretary of State , Au
ditor of Public Accounts , Treasurer and At
torney Gonrrnl of the State of Nebraska ,
Board of State Canvassers of the Votes
Cn.st at the General Election In Nebraska ,
Held November 2. 1H 7 : Gentlemen As citi
zens of the stnte of Nebraska Interested In
preserving1 the purity of the ballot nnd the
inalntfininco of the law nnd the prevention
of frauds In elections , we desire to cull your
attention to the Infraction of the law by
tbo hecretary of state and the employes
of his olllce relative to the custody nnd
fafo keepliiB of the returns of mild elec
tion fiom tbo various counties of the state ,
of section Ki of chapter xxvl , entitled "Elec.
tlons , " of the Compiled Statutes of Ne
braska , which reads ns follows :
"The abstracts of votes to bo canvassed
by the Hoard of State Canvassers shall be
kept In the ofliccof tlio secretary of state ,
and shall only be opened In thu presence
of Hiirh hoard nt the time provided In tlio
following section. "
TIP ) "following section" provides for tha
meeting of the Hoard of State Canvassers
on the third Monday after the election. The
election having- bon held on Tuesday , No
vember 2 , the third Monday the reafter
would be November 'ii , H97 ,
Wo Imvu HatlHflud ourselves by examina
tion , Investigation and Inquiry that Instead
of following tftls plain provision of tlio
law and not opening the returns until the
meetingof your honorable board and In
your presence and on the date fixed by
law Iho secretary of state lias opened a
largo number , If not all of Urn returns ,
subjected them to his personal examination ,
and where hei Ims seen lit lias returned
them to the various county olllt-crs for the
purpose of liavint ; changes made therein.
Such unlawful action and willful violation
and perversion of thu letter and spirit of
the law ought not to go unchallenged or
stand without rebuke.
The object of the law Is to llx a tlmo
and place when and where tlio people of
the state , or so many of them as desire ,
may attend to wltnc'HH thu opening of } ho
returns , the canvass thereof , nnd the dec
laration of tlui result and to provide a lil h
tribunal who sliull perform this Important
function and pass upon and declare tha
result. The usurpation of this great right ,
privilege nnd duty by nn Individual oltlcer
or Individual , and its performance In secrecy
opens the door nnd affords an opportunity
for the pfrpetrutlon of grofcs frauds , such
as have brought Into disrepute HO many of
the southern states and created a menace
to free government. If the returns contain
mUtakrs , manifest errors , or any matters
needing elimination , correction or amend
ment It Is not for the secretary of state
or any other person to i > ass thereon or to
suggest modification. The return * are con
clusive upon your honorable board ; your
action In passing- thereon Is merely minis
terial , As was said by the supreme court
of Missouri in Mate against Steers , II
Mo. , 223 ; "When a ministerial officer leave *
his proper sphere and attempts to exerciw

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