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Beautiful San Jose Totally
Wrecked by a Series of
NOT A HOUSE LEFT' INTACT
r Two Hundred People Killed
Outright and 1.000 Se-
THE EAETH IN EEYOLT.
Wares as of Water Eise From the
Ground and Fall, Swallow
ing All Before Them.
THE HEX, WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Mowed Down Like Grass Before the Past
Bushing Flames of an Awful
ODD FEATUBES OF TEE CATASTEOPHE
A correspondent of The Dispatch
vires an account, just received in New York
,1y mail from Costa Rica, of the terrible
earthquake which visited the latter place
December 29. The dreadful particulars
have not been told here before. The entire
city of San Jose is wrecked, there not
remaining of all its beautiful buildings a
single house of over one story in height. Two
hundred people were killed and over 1,000
seriously injured. A multitude are now
homeless. Preparations lor rebuilding are
being made in a half-hearted way. The
earth seemed to rise and fall as in waves,
and rich mineral deposits were uncovered
in places. Eye witnesses of the awful
scenes describe the horrors graphically.
rCOKBLSPONDESCZ Or THE DISrATCH.1
San Jose, Costa Eica, January 10.
The Capital of the Republic has been corn,
pletely destroyed by a series of earthquakes
beginning on the evening of December 29,
and the latest of which passed over us yes
terday. Further shocks are expected every
moment, and, the horrors of the hour are in
creased by the probability of.an eruption ot
the volcanosof Razu and Boas, showering
down fire and molten lava on the valley, in
which a population of 80,000 is centered.
Both these volcanoes have thowa signs of
growing activity in the wreaths of blue
EDoke amending from their craters.
Two Hundred Llres Lost.
As nearly as can be ascertained about 200
lives have been lost thus far, and the in
jured number nearly 1,000. The homeless
multitude of terror-stricken survivors wan
der about in a state of demoralized conster
nation, easier imagined than described. At
every point one is met by scenes of con
vulsion, ruin, destruction, desolation and
death. To find one's self living seems marvel
ous. "Where yesterday was a green field of
waving sugar cane or coffee trees or a past
ure, all has gone utterly. Every landmark,
every feature of the topography is obliter
ated. Dead earth rises into a hill where a
few hours ago the eye looked away over a
In all Central America there is no more
picturesque and delightful city than this
capital of Costa Rica, upon which has come
this sudden and terrible devastation.
The Farls of Central America.
Occupying a plateau about 4,000 feet
above the level of the sea, the town is the
home ot a population of nearly 20,000 souls,
a center of advanced progress and culture.
Visitors from all parts of the continent dur
ing the recent sessions of the Central
American Diet here agreed in pronouncing
San Jose "the Palis of Central America."
The city's destruction is as complete as
that of Pompeii.
At 8 o'clock on the evening of December
29 the inhabitants were in the midst of the
celebration of the civic and religious feasts.
A concert by the excellent military band
was in progress in the beautiful little
Totally Unmindful of Dnnger. .
In the streets the rays of the electric light
shone down upon the vivacious, laughing
and gaily-dressed men and women coming
from a banquet at the Grand Hotel, or on
their way to a dance in the patio of the Na
Suddenly, as a clap of thunder out of
a clear sky, a tremendous shock of
earthquake put the city into a state of
wildest alarm. During the early days of
the month there had been a few quick and
barely perceptible motions, apparently more
atmospheric than seismical. These had
been passed unregarded save by the older
residents, who recalled the beginnings of
the last great earthquake in September,
18il. How, seized by a common impulse,
people rushed to their homes to provide, as
far as possible, for the safely of the children
and the aged.
A Terrlblo Cry Heard.
The dread words: "Viene, un temblore
tcrible!" ("A terrible earthquake is com
ing!") were on every lip.
The first shoes: was repeated, with even
Kreater force, at 11 P. SI. For the first time
a fear that the low, solid adobe structures,
traditionally regarded as capable of with
standing any possible shock, and veritable
havens of refuge, were unsafe, spread
among the inhabitants. People rushed out
of the houses and assembled in fear and
trembling in the Plaza del Merced, the
Plaza del Carmen opposite the churches of-
the same name or in the Plaza del Mer
cado, between the market and the hospital.
"Three, hours of anxious expectancy
passed without a recurrence of the vibra
tion. At last came a hopeful feeling of
relief. "Es acabol" ("It is all over!") said
the black-robed priests. The people re
turned to their dwellings and sought repose
after the weariness and excitement of the
A Third and Worse Shock.
At 420 A. 21. on the 30th, a third shriek,
more awful that the preceding ones, awoke
the sleepers, rudely dispelling their
new-born confidence. The city was
violently shaken from end to end, and
words fail to picture the terroi
that ensued. Down went the houses in a
deafening din, wall crashing upon wall,
with the roofs of heavy tile sagging and
sinking between, in inextricable confusion.
"Women's fierce, fear-stricken shrieks, the
screaming of strong men, and the piteous
.wail of little children, mingled -with the
dust, darkness and din, was a scene of
demoralization frightful to witness.
Even as The DisrATCH correspondent
writes these lines, a tent on the Plaza del
Merced, over prettily laid-out flower beds,
and the wreck of the beautiful church of La
Senora de Merced, a chill makes him
shudder with the recollection. Nearly
every house in the older central part of the
city was abandoned.
Help for the lTclpIess.
The soldiers and police displayed praise
worthy activity in helping the wounded and
helpless. Many thoroughly frightened- and
of the city to the westward, away from the
dread volcano, and fled until daylight,
reaching Alajulla, 30 miles away, only to
find that town suffering from a similar dis
aster. Others kept on running southwards
until they reached Carillo, near the Atlantic
Those who had escaped from their houses
unhurt walked up and down the plazas in
feverish agitation until dawn made it possi
ble to ascertain something definite as to the
extent of the disaster. "With the coming of
day it became apparent that the taller
buildings had naturally suffered most. The
splendid stone structure of the Banco
de la Union, recently completed at
a cost of $300,000, is an utter
wreck. It was three stories in height,
took two years to build, and commanded
a magnificent view of all the country around
for leagues. Now only the front, on the
Cail del Comercio, and portions of the side
walls are standing. The possibility of the
front wall falling out and crushing the
Hotel Frances, opposite, created great alarm
among the guests of that hostelry, and there
is talk of pulling down these walls to avoid
the risk and uncertainty of their being
shaken down suddenly.
Gone Like n City of Cords.
Scarcely a building above one story on
the ground floor remains intact to-day. The
beautiful dome of the cathedral, with its
wide Corinthian portico, looks like a house
of cards crushed in a giant's grasp. Every
church in the city and there were about 20
lofty structures, many with ambitious
cupalos and belfries, though steeples are
unknown is more or less damaged, and
they have been consequently closed to pub
lic worship. Those acquainted with the
important cart played by the functions of
the church in the daily life of the feminine'
part of the population in Central American,
countries will realize what this rSeans.
General A De Jesus Sato, father of the
President and acting executive, narrowly
escaped being numbered among the victims.
He had Tetired to his bedchamber, on the
second story of the fortress-like Presidental
palace, when .aroused by the third shock,
ahd quitted the apartment barely in time to
escape the collapse of the roof and the
caving-in of all the interior walls in that
part of the palace. As it was, he sustained
several severe cuts and bruises from flying
and falling timbers. The lower part of the
palace, occupied by a guard of about a score
of men and a Gatling gun, was hall buried
in the wreck. Several of the soldiers sus
tained severe injuries.
The Cnsnaltles and Fatalities
The casualties number nearly 1,000, but
not more than 100 people were killed within
the city limits. Those who met death at
other points, especially at San Yicento and
San Isidro de Alajuela, will bring the mor
tality up to 200.
During the first night at least 500 houses
were entirely destroyed, with their contents,
or made unsafe for habitation, making 3,000
people shelterless. Three more shocks, one
on the Gtb, another on the 8th and the last
yesterday, have reduced the remaining
houses to ruins. Army tents have been put
up in the plazas and parts, or in the fields
outside the town, where rations are sup
plied to the homeless multitude by the mili
Colonel George H. Latham and Don
Lcsmes Jimenez have been appointed a
commission of engineers to provide for the
public safety by examining bridges and con
demning those found unsafe. A brigade of
laborers arc at work clearing the streets of
the debris, andhe more hopeful are already
talking in a Half-hearted way about plans
for rebuilding. One thing is certain there
will be no more two or three-story buildings
erected in San Jose. It is said that the
capital may be removed lurthsr north, to a
site adjacent to the Hue of the proposed
Collapse of a Balldlng Boom.
During the past two or three years San
Jose has been having a veritable building
boom. Only a year ago an extensive and
finely situated tract of land between the
town and the railway station was laid out
as the Parque Morazan, and all around it
dwellings, mills and factories sprung up.
The neighboring village of San Isidro
was the scene of a remarkable geological
formation, as described to The Dispatch
correspondent, who rode out there and went
over the ground yesterday. A little house
on a portrero (grasB pasture) here was in
habited by a man with his wife and five
children. At the first shock they ran out
of the house wildly toward a neighboring
sugar plantation. "What happened is best
described in a translation of the terrified
woman's recital to The Dispatch corre
spondent. "Three of the children went with my
husband," said she. I carried the baby in
my arms and led little Juanita by the hand.
"We had gone but a short distance, and my
husband was abont 100 yards ahead of
me, when the earth seemed to melt
to water and rise up over my husband
and the children in a great wave. For a
moment I saw them struggling wildly, as
though drowning. Their death-shouts
nearly caused me to 'drop, and they were
gone forever, and no sign of the place
where the earth had opened and swallowed
them was left to show where they had been.
I turned in another direction, hut the earth
seemed to rise and fall all around me.
Bllnutcs That Seemed Aces.
"For five terrible minutes, which seemed
ages, I struggled through the moving mass,
which came up to my hips. Little Juanita
was quickly torn from me. and all I could
do was to save the baby by holding him as
high as I could, my own desperate resolve
being to reach Alajuela."
She reached Alajuela about an hour after
the shock, thoroughly exhausted and more
dead than alive. She is now in the care of
some relatives, who are doing everything to
assuage her grief. Her terrible experience
has turned her hair from a jet black to a
snow white, and though the account that
she gives is coherent enough, she seems on
the verge of losing her reason.
Remounting, The Dispatch correspond
ent passed by the scene of this strange ex
perience by going a little out of the way,
back to San Jose. House and plantation
have completely disappeared, and where
they once were now appears only a waste of
earth like a new plowed field. A hill that
bounded the west side of the plantation a
week ago is now on the east side, where
before was a grass plain.
At another point, named La Laguna, less
than six miles from here, a woman with her
four children, asleep in a cabin, were en
tombed in the earth waves, and it has been
impossible to discover any traces of their re
mains. Stmcsllng Acninst flopelcs Odds.
The father of this family was on his way
home when the first shock passed through
this region, causing the whole surface of the
earth to assume the appearance of a storm
tossed sea. He struggled helplessly for
several minutes, then, becoming almost un
conscious, abandoned himself to his fate.
The earth waves threw him to a point
nearly 1,000) ards distant, and lodged him in
the branches of au old oak, which, strangely
enough, withstood the agitation and saved
his life. The poor fellow's feelings may be
better imagined than described.
A remarkable result of the phenomenon
is reported from the neighborhood of the
copper mines of Don Francisco Maria
Iglesias. on Mont Aguacatc. In a deep
igneous strata, throw n to the surface for
nearly three miles along the mountain
slope, a vein of rich quartz, containing
native silver in large quantities and prom
ising indications of gold, has been discov
ered, exemplifying the "ill wind" proverb.
This bursting lorth of mineral may give a
powerful impetus to Costa Rica's infant
The port towns of Liraon on the Atlantic
and PuntaArenas on the Pacific escaped
with barely perceptible shocks.
EUN TO EAETH.
Two ot Paymaster McClnrc's Murderers
Traced to Italy Ono of Them Ar
rested and to be Returned
to This Country.
(SPECIAL TELEGBAMTOTHE DISrATCn.1
New York, February 16. On the morn
ing of October l'J last three Italians,
Michael Rizzolo, alias "Red-Nose Mike,"
Giuseppe Bevivino andVincenzo Villelo,
waylaid and murdered Paymaster J. B.
McClnre and Stable Foreman Hngh Flan
nigan between Minersville and Wilkes
barre in Pennsylvania, and robbed them of
$12,400, which was to have been used in
paying off Contractor Charles McFadden's
employes. Bevivino and Villelo fled. "Red
Nose Mike" was arrested by Captain Lin
den, of Pinkerton's Philadelphia office.
Last week he was tried at "Wilkesbarre and
found guilty of murder in the first degree.
Pinkerton's London agent traced Bevi
vino and Villelo to Catanzaro, in Southern
Italy. Some trouble was experienced in
procuring extradition papers, the State De
partment being of the opinion that the Ital
ian Government might refuse to give up the
fugitives on the ground that they were
Italian citizens. Governor Beaver appealed
to Secretary Bayard and extradition papers
were finally issued. They were sent to
Pinkerton's agent in Italy, and the Italian
Government granted a warrant for the ar
rest of the men. Mr. Pinkerton has just re
ceived a cable from his agent announcing
that he'has caused the arrest of Vincenzo
Villelo and has" recovered 5,000 francs. The
agent was about to leave for another part of
Italy, where he expected to arrest Bevivino,
the last of the murderers.
INDIGNANT SOUTHERN LADIES
Xenro St. Stephen's Hotel, Became Colored
" DlvlneTWcro Entertained.
tSFECIAL TELEOBAM TO THE PISFATCIM
New Yoke, February 16. A letter from
an Episcopal clergyman was received by
the Sun yesterday declaring that two South
ern ladies had left St Stephen's Hotel be
cause three colored guests of the Methodist
Book Concern were entertained there. The
three colored men referred to were the Rev.
Drs. Edward "W. S. Peck, of "Washington,
Isaiah B. Scott; the Presiding Elder of the
Marshall district in Texas, and Aristides
Elphonso Peter Albert, the editor of the
Southwestern Christian Advocate, which is
published in New Orleans. They came to
this city to attend the conference of the
Book Committee, which began on last
Tuesday and lasted two days. The Rev.
Dr.,0. H. Payne, Secretary of the Metho
dist'Board of Education, boards at the Ho
tel St. Stephen, and when application was
made to the proprietor of the hotel to re
ceive the three colored preachers he readily
consented. The Rev. Dr. Hunt, one of the
prominent men of the book concern, fre
quently accompanied his colored brothers to
the hotel and dined with them and remained
conspicuously in their company in' order to
remove as far as possible any prejudice
against them. The men became guests of
the hotel on last Monday night and slept
and ate there until the conference was over.
THE HAEEISBDRG CONTENTION
Of the Fennsylvnnla Prohibitionists Prom
ises to be Large and Hnrmonloas.
(6FECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.
HAkbisbubq, February 16. The State
Convention of the friends of the prohibitory
amendment in the Opera House in thfe city,
on Tuesday next, will be a notable gather
ing. It will be large numerically and will
be composed of some of the ablest exponents
of prohibition in the State. Among those
expected to be present is ex-Chief Justice
Agnew, who is taking great interest in the
success of the amendment John Fulton,
President of the Constitutional Amendment
Association, and A. A. Stevens, Acting
Chairman of the Prohibition State Commit
tee, and other representatives of temperance
organizations, will have a conference here
on Monday to talk over the business of the
convention, which promises to be very har
monious. Among the delecates is Scnater Showalter,
of Butler county, who is a Prohibitionist
and believes the amendment will triumph.
As to his county, he says three-fourths of
the Republicans and one-half the Demo
crats will -vote for it One township in
Butler county, hebelieves, will go unanim
ously for prohibition.
' A NATURAL GAS STEIKE.
An Abandoned Well Is Shot With Grcat'and
SPECIAL TELEOBAB TO THE D1SPATCU.1
EniE, February 16. Erie is considerably
agitated this evening over the developments
at the Presquelsle gas well. The well had
been abandoned afteritwas sunk toover 4,500
feet and at an expense of ?15,000. C. M.
Conrad, whose brewery is close by, made
the company an offer for the experiment
and it was knocked down to him for the
price of the rig and casing. There had been
some gas found in the vicinity of 2,030 feet,
when the drill passed through it, but none
after that point.
To-day Mr. Conrad had the well torpedoed
at the middle of the well.and to the chagrin
of the company, which sold out cheap, and
to Conrad's delight, the shot opened a gas
vein, and although the well is "budged," it
flows a pressure of between 75 and 100
pounds, and more is expected.
A Cotton Merchant Charged With Forgery.
Macon, Ga., February 1C This morn
ing the Capital Bank caused warrants to be
issued against John L. Adams, of Adams &
Son, cotton factors and warehousemen.
The charges are forgery,f uttering forged
paper, cheating and swindling. Adams
went to jail in default of 55,000 bail. He
waived a preliminary hearing;
A EEAL ESTATE DEAL
By Which President .Cleveland Was
Presented With Oakview
TO BOOM A SYNDICATE'S HOLDING.
General Harrison Now Bein? Tempted by
Heal Estate Men
MRS. CLEVELAND'S FINAL EECEPTI0N.
Blaine Hefltthis the Ihnnted Seward Mansion for
President Cleveland is endeavoring to
sell Oakview, his country villa near "Wash
ington. So far, there has been no rush of
eager purchasers. It is said that the Presi-'
dent was presented with the place by a real
estate syndicate, in order to boom the prop
erty in the neighborhood. The boom has
not been very successful. Mrs. Cleveland
gave her last official reception last evening.
Mr. Blaine is preparing to move into the
EITCIAL TELEOIUJITO TITE BIBPATCIT.1 '
Washington, February 16. The Presi
dent has been negotiating for the sale of
Oakview, his country residence, for some
time, through the medium of a promineut
real estate broker, but so far all attempts to
dispose of the place at' price asked have
According to the statements made
at the time of the purchase the
President paid about 22,000 for the
mansion, and something more than 20
acres of land. Improvements which have
been put upon the house and land under his
supervision have probably cost 510,000, and
consequently the property stands him well
on to 535.000, providing the original price
claimed was paid as stated. There has
always been a dispute about this. It has
been "broadly asserted by several of the most
reliable real estate dealers of the city, that
the President paid only the nominal price
of 51 lor the entire property, and that the
transaction was arranged by a millionaire
real estate syndicate, which -had purchased
nearly all of the farms of that "section, and
wanted the President located there to give
the region a boom.
A SUCCESSFUL BOOM.
If this was the object the President's pur
chase, or pift, certainly, had the desired
effect. A tremendous boom was started in
that direction, and through the influence of
the syndicate and the fact of the President's
location there the District Commissioners,
now twoi-thirds Democratic, went into the
scheme of extending Massachusetts avenue,
which greatly enhanced the value of un
improved property in that region at the
general expense of" taxpayers.
While the syndicate was in no hurry to
sell they disposed of a'large amount of land
in subdivssions lor lots aud villa sites, and
while they have not by any means made the
pile they anticipated, shey have doubtless
well covered their investments. For the
enormous profits of the original scheme
they depended on there-election of President
Cleveland, but that failing, they are, to use
a popular vulgarism, "'in the soup." The
only attraction in that direction, other than
the natural spread of the city out from the
fashionable northwest section, was the mere
fact of,the presence of the President's coun
try seat. That removed, the solid bottom
was out of the whole business.
GOING A BEGGING.
Not only has the price of other property
greatly depreciated since the election, but
the desire to own the country seat of a de
feated President does not seem to be strong
in the breast of anyone as to pay a fancy
price for the place, and consequently Oak
view is going a begging in the market at a
figure not much above what it cost the
President, piovided he paid the sum men
tioned as the original purchase money. It
is said that the price now asked is 550,000,
bnt that can only be inferred from hints, as
the negotiations so far have been very
No one thinks the President desires to
keep the place in his own possession. Oat
side of the fact that he is President he has
never been a favorite in Washington
society, and nobody knows it better than
himself, and while nobody could be more
popular than Mrs. Cleveland, she would
not' retain Oakview as her residence for a
winter campaign, as it is situated too
distant from the center of fashion, to
be convenient as a resting-place after
a wearying round of social dissipation
which is only well under way at the striking
of the midnight chimes. It is said by real
estate brokers who have not been Interested
in the deal, that the only parties who pur
chased in that direction when the boom be
gan with the possession of Oakview by the
President, are Senator Cameron, A. J.
Drexel and J. C. Bullitt, of Philadelphia,
who 'bought the estate known as "Kalo
rama," immediately beyond the city bound
ary, at 56,000 per acre. This is so olose to
the city that it must constantly grow more
A NEW SCHEME.
The fact that the brilliant scheme of what
might be termed the President syndicate
did not pan out what was antipated, on ac
count of the unexpected result of the elec
tion, does not deter other speculators from
devising a similar proiect and using Presi
dent Harrison to further their ends. It is
already reported that Mr. Harrison is nego
tiating for the purchase of at least a dozen
country seats, and it is well known that he
can have any one of several as a gift it he
will but take it and lead the star of the em
pire in that direction.
But the incoming President is not only
acquainted with the geography of the Dis
trict, but is well posted as to real estate
matters, and he is not likely to fall into the
trap of real estate speculators blindly, or to
accept with his eyes open a proposition to
receive as a gift a country place solely for
the purpose of enriching a lot of gamblers
in, land, however much he may gain per
sonally by the transaction.
, THE LAST RECEPTION. I
Sirs. Cleveland Receives Visitors In the
White House for llie Last Time.
SPECIAL .TELEOKAM TO THE DISrATCHl
Washington, February 16. One week
ago to-day' so vast a crowd attended the
reception of Mrs. Cleveland that little
more than one-half of it obtained en
trance to the White House before the
hour or closing the doors, while there were
hundreds( of the favored ones admitted to
the mansion in advance of those in line.
The latter, composed almost entirely of
ladies, from four to eight in ranks, extended
from the door of the White House, out of
the grounds, and far along the avenue past
the War Department to Seventeenth street
But that was a glorious day.
On the occasion of the last reception of
all this afternoon the rain poured contin
ually, and very few indeed were brave
enough to endure it outside and await the
pleasure of the doorkeepers for admission.
Nearly all who came were at once ad
mitted and for a last reception the occasion
was dreary, not to say gloomy. It was not
the old-time Cleveland weather and good
cheer by any means.
The hostess looked very charming, as she
always does, however, and she was sur
rounded by a more than usually brilliant
company of supporters. She was assisted
by Mrs. Bayard, Mrs. Endicott, Mrs. Whit
ney, Mrs. Dickinson and Mrs. Coleman.-
FEBRUARY, IT, 1889.
Those back of the line were Mrs. Folsom,
Mrs. Laraont, Miss Vilas, Mrs. Charles
Cleveland, Mrs. Lockwood, Miss Kennedy,
of New York; Miss Thoron, Mrs. Lucien
Warren, of New York? Miss Wood, Miss
Mason and Miss Sears, of Boston; Miss
Litchfield, Miss Howe, Miss Gorman, Mrs.
Parks and Mrs. Standford.
NOT AFEAID OF UlIOSTS.
Mr. BIoloo Has Lensed and Is Repairing
the Old Scwnrd Mansion.
KPECIAL TELEQEAM TO THE DISPATC1I.1
"Washington, D. C., February 16. All
doubt seems to be set at rest in regard to
the lease for a term of years of the old
Seward mansion by Hon. James G. Blaine,
by the fact that thnt gentleman has
ordered extensive improvements in the an
cient house, which will begin next week. It
has been so long since the house was occu
pied as a privateresidence, that the arrange
ments for domestic work will have to be en
tirely renewed. The kitchen, with
range and boiler, will be entirely new,
and so will the laundry. Some of
the floors are worn out and will be replaced,
The ceilings of the first floor are to be re
newed and a timbered ceiling will be sub
stitutedan old-time style of building
which is quite fashionable now, and will be
also in keeping with the rather antique
style of the house.,. The woodwork will be
renewed where 'needed and will be painted
throughout. The walls are to be decorated
in a handsome style, but in this particnliar,
as in all others, the objectis to preserve the
rather antique effect of the old house.
Like the residence of Senator Cameron,
which it adjoins, Mr. Blaine's house will
be refitted in harmony with the original de
sign of the house. Instead of depending
upon stoves or the cheerfnl but chilly
sood fire with which former occupants
ojf, the honse were obliged to
Ue satisfied, Mr. Blaine will put in a com
plete system of steam heating. The exterior
of the'house will be brightened up, and the
old place will show evidences that its days
of prosperity have returned, notwithstand
ing the popular superstition with regard to
Its numerous ghosts.
! A TKIPLJTMUBDER.
Joseph Chemeleko Kills Three Persons and
Then Commits Suicide A Family
Quarrel the Cnuso of
- the Deed.
Mason City, Ia., February 16. The
story of a terrible murder at Glenville,
Minn., five miles north of this city, reached
here this morning. Particulars are meager.
Three young ladies went to the home of an
old gentleman and lady to spend the evening.
About 9 o'clock they started for home, but
had scarcely stepped oVt of doors when they,!
were shot dowu The old gentleman started
to go for help, and while he. was gone the
fiend entered the house and killed the old
It was discovered later that Joseph
Chemeleke, 19 years old, was the murderer
of the three women. His victims were Mrs.
Philip Chemeleke, his sister-in-law, her
sister Mary and their mother. Joe had
been on bad terms with his brother's fam
ily forsome time. He got drunk last night
and laid in wait for them. When the two
girls came out of the house he shot them
down. He then went into the house and
killed the old lady.
As soon as these facts were ascertained a
searching party was organized to find the
murderer, the intention being to lynch him
on sight. His body was finally discovered
about 40 rods from the scene of his horrible
crime. He committed suicide by shooting
Maself in the head. The girl who escaped
rdstant death has "sinco died, making four
deaths in all. -
A DISAPPOINTED ABTIST
Commits Snlclde Because His Masterpiece
Is Not Appreciated.
rSFECIAl TELEGRAM TO THE BISPATCII.1
New York, February 16. Frank Eau
bichek, the well-known etcher, disappeared
from his home in Mt. Vernon last' Tuesday
morning under circumstances that lead his
family to suppose he has committed suicide.
Mr. Baubichek has been working for sev
eral months on a plate which he considered
his masterpiece. Last week he brought
his work to New York, ' and was
unable to dispose of it. He took his
failure as a disgrace, and for several
days seemed very melancholy. Tuesday
morning he left Mt.-Vernon, telling his wife
he would make an effort to sell his plate in
New York, and If that was unsuccessful he
would 50 to Boston, where he thought he
could dispose of it.
On Thursday Mrs. Baubichek received a
letter signed by him and forwarded from
New York by her mother, to whom it was
addressed. The letter was written in Ger
man. After asking his mother-in-law to
break the news to his wife, Baubichek wrote
that he was disappointed and heartsore over
his bad luck. He had been unable to sell
his plate and he had lost all his money in
speculation iu "Wall street. He began his
career as an artist on the Oraphic, and about
six years ago he went to Germany to perfect
himself in etching at the art schools of
Munich and Dresden. His house is a hand
some one and his married life has. been
I0DN6 LOTE PREVAILS.
After 35 Tears Separation, and Many
Vtclssltndes, a Conple Are United.
I SPECIAL TELEQEA1I TO THE DISPATCH.
Williamsport, February 16.v-About
35 years ago Peter Bechtel courted Jane
Stetley while both were. Jiving in Columbia
county, but their parents objected to the
match, and the young folk drifted apart
and lost sight of one another for years. In
the meantime Peter found a partner
and so also did Jane, and a family was
raised by each. Later on the partner of
Jane died, as did also that of Peter, who
was then living in Michigan. In the latter
part of December last Peter came East and
after visiting.old friends in Bloomsburg and
vtcinity, came to Willianisport, where he
met his first,love.
The sequel is this: A pleasant wedding
occurred on Thursday evening at the Will
iamsport Methodist parsonage. The con
tracting parties were Peter Bechtel, of
Hazlings, Barrv county, Mich., and Mrs.
Jane Moyer, of Williamsport.
PERISHED IN THE FLAMES.
IiOssofXtfennd Property by a Fierce Flro
Montreal, February 16. About 9
o'clock this morning fire broke out in
Pek, Benny & Co.'s foundry on Mill street,
and the building was totally destroyed.
The loss is 5100,000; covered by insurance.
Shortly after 12 o'clock it was discovered
that the big grain elevator adjoining the.
burned foundry, and owned by James Mc-
Dougall, was on fire. The flames were soon
beyond the control of the fire brigade, as
there was not sufficient water pressure.
In a short 'time the whole upper portion
of the building was a blaze. The roof soon
fell in, two firenSen narrowly escaping
death. Tn the elevator were stored 75,000
bushels of grain,-the loss on which is esti
mated at $35,000. The total loss by the fires
is placed at $150,000. It is believed that
two persons lost their lives in the burned
, Qnny on Ills Way North.
Jacksonville, February 16. Senator
M. S. Quay and son, with a party of friends,
left here this morning in the fast mail for
A CABINET SURPRISE
Being Prepared by General Harrison
for Inauguration Day.
WINDOM IS IN JUBILANT SPIRITS,
And Intimates That He is Carrying the
BEN REMEMBERS AN OLD SCHOOLMATE.
J. W. Hoble, of EL Lonls, Will be Tendered a Caolnet
The President-elect had two quiet confer
ences yesterday, and it now looks as if
Windom is to be Secretary of the Treasury
and J. W. Noble, of St. Louis, an old
schoolfellow of Harrison's, Secretary of the
Interior or Justice. The make-up of the
Cabinet seems to be a little surprise. The
President-elect is preparing for March 4.
The family are making arrangements for
their removal to the White House.
SPECIAL TELEORA1I TO THE DIRPATCH.1
Indianapolis, February 16. General
Harrison has been holding to-day what looks
like afCabinet meeting on the installment
plan. At least two men who are likely to
be members of the next Cabinet have been
in consultation with him for 'several hours,
each at different times during the day, and
in one case the meeting was accompanied
with elaborate attempts at secrecy that were
almost completely successful.
Not over threeorfourmen in Indianapolis
to-night outside of the Harrison house
knew that J. W. Noble, of Si Louis,
arrived in town on an early ttain this morn
ing, obtained accommodations at a hotel
without registering, drove immediately
after breakfast to General Harrison's house,
remained there in private conference with
him for three hours, and then, stopping at
the hotel barely long 'enough to pay his
bill, took the first train out of town. When
Noble's name was first (mentioned for a
place several days ago, no attention was
paid to it, and after its few hours of fleet
ing fame the Noble Indianapolis boom
went the way of scores of others.
To-day's mysterious visit and long con
ference with the President-elect, however,
seem to indicate that Noble is probably one
of the surprises that General Harrison is
Baid to have in store for the people on the
4th of March. The gentleman from St.
Louis is a lawyer of high standing it is
said, in his own city, but he owes his Cab
inet place, if h gets one, to the fact that he
was fortunate enough to be sent to the same
school with Ben Harrison. The forethought
of his parents in this respect will place him
in the race for fame ahead of men who
seemingly have been far in advance bf him.
Something of Noble's personal character
may be gathered from the experience that a
St. Louis reporter 'had with him the night
that a notice of him for the place was first
Erinted. The reporter was sent to interview
im about it. The hour was late and the
distinguished gentleman was abed. He
was awakened by the reporter's ring, and,
thrusting his head from a second-story win
dow, asked who was there. The reporter
started to answer: "A reporter for the
Repub " - '--'
"You may go, to the devil," and a slam of
the window ended the interview. -
The portfolio that Noble is likely to get,
if he gets any, will be either that of the
Department of Justice or of the Interior,
most probably the latter.
The other probable piece of his Cabinet
with which General Harrison had a confer
ence to-day waB William Windom, ostensi
bly of Minnesota, really of New York.
There was a great deal less secrecy about
this visit. Mr. Windom's coming had been
announced by dispatches from New York,
and Private Secretary Halford was at the
station to meet him. He came about noon,
just as Mr. Noble was slipping out of town.
One of the first questions that he was
asked was whether he came upon a special
invitation from General Harrison, to which
he refused to make any direct reply. The
only political matter that he would talk
about was the Toledo story that made Judge
Devins of that city say that he received a
letter from Windom announcing that he
had accepted the portfolio of the Treasury
Department. As to that he said: "There
was absolutely not a particle of truth in the
statement made in the reported interview. I
never had any agreement with Judge Devins
to appoint him Solicitor of the Treasury in
Garfield's administration. The interview
says that the Judge showed a letter from
me in which I Baid that the Secretaryship of
the Treasury had been offered to me by
General Harrison and I had accepted, and
that I would soon be in a position to
carry out my old agreement with him.
All this is absolutely untrue. It is
enough 'to say that I haven't written to
Judge Devins on any subject for a year. I
might make the time longer truthfully, but
a year is long enough to prove that this
story is utterly unfounded."
HE FELT GOOD.
Private Secretary Halford took Mr. Win
dom directly to the Harrison house and he
remained there in consultation with the
President-elect four hours. He was driven
to the station just in time to take the 5
o'clock train for the East. He seemed iu
excellent humor, and chatted for some min
utes with the reporters, but all that he would
tell of interest was that he was now at
liberty to say that he came here upon the
solicitation of General Harrison, in response
to a telegram that he had received three
days ago. The reporters were at liberty to
draw whatever conclusion they pleased from
that statement, he said. He remarked that
he would gladly give information which
would be of use to the newspaper,
men. were it ot for the fact that to do so he
would have to betray secrets that were not
When he was asked whether'if he went
into the Cabinet, he should do so from
Minnesota or New York, he said that it
would certainly be from Minnesota, for he
had resided in that State for 33 years
past, and still had his resi
dence there. Another remark that
he made was that for some reason incoming
Presidents always desired to keep every
thing about their Cabinets secret, and that
he did not feel at liberty to violate the pre
cedent in this case. The impression he left
upon every one who heard his language
was that he was going to be the next Secre
tary of the Treasury,
Among the other callers upon General
Harrison to-day were a delegation of agri
culturists from various States, headed by
David Harpster, President of the Ohio
Wool Growers' Association, who cade to
talk with him in reference to the new Ag
ricultural Department, but not about the
filling of that place in the Cabinet.
Arrangements for the removal of the
family to Washington are about complete.
Instead of the house being1 occupied
during the absence of the family by
Mrs. Harrison's brother, it has been
arranged that Mr. Harvey Bates shall
move into it with his wife. Mr.
and Mrs. Bates have for many years been
among the most intimate friends of the Har
rison lamily. For a long time theyoccu
pied a mansion said to be the finest in the
city, nearly opposite that of Gen
eral Harrison, but for some time
past they have lived at a hotel.
The change In the original arrangements is
made because the McKeepartof thePres
identall family is not quite sure whether it
will like Washington as a residence, and is
only going there at first for six or eight
months to try the effect of the climate on the
little ones. They want to have the house
here available, so that they can fall back
upon it if the babies don't like Washing
ton. So Mr. and Mrs. Bates have consented
to move in temporarily and keep it warm
until it is wanted again.
IN TURKISH JAILS.
Amerlcnn Clergymen Confined In Oriental
Prisons for Falling to Have Their
Passports Properly Vised Be.
fore Leaving This
SPECIAL TELEOBAM TO THE DISPATCH.
New York, February 16. Consul Gen
eral Baltazz! Effendi, of Turkey, called at
Cook's tourist agency on Broadway yester
day and informed Monsignor George Eade
that American travelers In Turkey must
have passports vised by -Turkish Consuls
here in order to avoid arrest when they
arrive. The order was received at Wash
ington from the Turkish Government by
cable and followed by letter.' It apulies to
every other country, too.
The Tnrk has always been abnormally
careful regarding persons entering his terri
tory. The present unusual order follows
upon the lecent opening of the new Oriental
all-rail route, from Vienna through Hun
gary to Constantinople. Before this route
was opened, a few months ago, access to
Turkey was only had by steamer from
Varna, and travelers were easily handled
and examined at the wharf. No travelers
can stop off at stations before they reach the
capital, and the imperial decree is the re
sult. An American traveler getting off any
where in Turkey without a pass
port vised by the Turkish authori
ties in thi. country fare3 badly.
He is placed under arrest and confined in a
Turkish prison until he can. get some well
known persons to vouch for him. As a role,
he will nave to send home for certificates
and wait under durance till they arrive.
Eade tells of a man who was arrested in
Damascus about a year ago Jor not haying a
passport. It was the Bey. William C.
Clarke, of Chicago. He was jailed until
his passport arrived from Constantinople,
where he had left it, and then, as it was not
vised by the Turkish Minister in America,
he was 'detained until he had substantially
feed all the officials who demanded money.
The Umbria on her last trip carried nine
passengers bound for the Holy Land. They
were duly notified that they would have 'to
have their passports vised by the Turkish
Consul General. Bnt they probably did
not consider it worth while, for they sailed
withont going through the ceremony. They
will probably, Mr. Eade thinks, all land in
the jug in Constantinople. They were the
Bev. George Summey and Wife and J. H.
McClnre, of Chester, S. C. and H. B.
Mays, the Bev. E. H. Barnett, D. D., H. F.
Emery, W. A. Moore and W. W. Anstell,
MARRIAGE A SUCCESS.
It Bswlves an Apparently Dying- Girl and
Restores Her to Health.
SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO Till DISPATCH, t
Louisville, February 14. In 1886 Miss
Bertie Gardner came here to attend a semi
nary. Her home was at Martin, Tenn.,where
her widowed mother, awealthy lady, now re
sides. Among the many friends whom she
visited here was the family of Mr. W. B.
Wilson, a wealthy gentleman residing near
Louisville. Mr. J. Wesley Wilson, a son
of W.TJ. "Wilson, fell in fove with her and
they were engaged to be married, last Octo
ber beintt fixed for the event. Last summer
Miss Gardner waS thrown from a horse, re
ceiving injuries which the physicians pro
The young lady was brought to the St.
Joseph Infirmary here, so that the best
medical attention could be given her. She
gradually sank, however,' and two weeks
ago her death was pronounced certain. Her
betrothed was at her bedside as much
as the rules of the infirmary would
allow, but when the end approached
he desired to be with her all the time. Mar
riage was the means by which this could be
accomplished, so, in the presence of their
families, the true lover was married to the
seeminglg dying girl. Her death was ex
pected within a few hours, but strange to
say, from the moment the ceremony was per
formed she grew stronger, and the pnysicians
now have strong hopes of her recovery.
HE IS INTERESTED.
Ei-Scnator Wright Does Not Want the
Soldiers Orphans' Schools Closed.
SPECIAL TELEGBAM TO TUE DISPATCn.l
HARElSBURd, February 16. Ex-Senator
Wright, who has a large interest in four of
the soldiers orpBans' schools, is here to dis
courage any move looking to the abandon
ment of the present system, which has
profited him several hundred thousand
The report that the majority of the com
mittee appointed by the House under the
Kauffman resolution had decided to recom
mend closing of the McCalisterville school
has given him much annoyance, as he
thinks the committee should pay a visit to
the institution and inquire -into its manage
ment before condemning it. The ex
Senator does not regard with satisfac
tion the suggested legislation to place
the children in the schools on the first
of June, 1890, under the care of a commis
sion to be appointed by the Governor, and
says he does not think there could he an im
provement on the present system. He
would be more satisfied with the bill pro
viding lor the closing of all the schools in
1895, but at Erie he and Inspector Greer are
said to have worked hard for action from
the Grand Army of the Bepublic Encamp
ment looking to the reopening of the
"MART ANDERSON DEFIED.
A Probability That Her Old Home Friends
In IionlsTlIIo Won't See Her.
rsracur. iiliqiiam to the dispatch.i
Louisville,' February 16. Mr. Henry
E. Abbey, the manager of Miss Mary An
derson, made an engagement for her to play
at the Masonic Temple Theater
here, beginning on February 25.
On Wednesday Mr. John T. MaoAuley,
proprietor of Macauley's Theater, went to
Chicago, whence he telegraphed that Miss
Anderson had agreed to play at his theater
instead. Mr. Abbey asserted she
had merely rented the Masonic Temple
for three nights, and would pay the rent,
but would play at MacAuley s house. This
news stirred up the Sourlier Brothers, who
own the Masonic, and they say that Miss
Anderson shall play at their house or none.
They assert that her contract with them was
not one of mere rent, but one to play at their
The matter is likely to go into court, and
Miss Anderson's friends here may not have
an opportunity to see her. at all, as the
Bourlier Brothers say they will get an
injunction preventing her from playing at
MaoAuley's, and will also sue for damages.
SENSATION IN WHEELING.
Two More Ecpnblicnns Arrested for Violat
ing; the Election Laws.
.SPECIAL TXLXGBAir TO TBI DISPATCH. 1
Wheeling, February 16. A decided
sensation was caused here to-day by the ar
rest of M. L. Etzler and Hugh Hawkins,
two of the leading residents of the Island,
both Bepublicans for violation of the elec
The arrests were made on capiases from
the United States Court, the two men hav
ing been indicted by the recent grand jury.
The prisoners gave bond.
ffo FIVE CENTS
The French President Able to
Sympathize' With Gen- .
A CABINET HARD TO SELECT.
Bonlanger's Triumph Not Thought
to Be a Long-lived One.
POLITICS IN ENGLAND BATHER DULL
Thp Stockholders of The Times Bonnd to
Grumble When the Bills for Hired Per
jnrers Come In The Prince of Wales
Called Anything; But Pretty by an Kn
elish Jury Black Gowns to bo Worn at
the Qneen's Drawing; Room Lots of
Hogging; in Store for the Toons; Emper
or William The Czarowltz's Porta
Floquet's topple-over by Boulanger is not
thought to be a permanent thing. It is even
asserted that the doughty General has about
reached the end of his rope. Every m an in
France who talks politics, though, is
prophesying just how the Gallic cat will
jump. All, hope for France's peace of mind
centers in President Carnot's level headed,
business-like way of managing affairs. The
other foreign news this morning is also
BY CABLE TO THE DISPATCH. J
Londox, February 16. Copyright.
Floquet and his ministry have been toppled
over at last, for the moment, as you know,
and every wise man who makes a specialty
of prophesying is concentrating his atten
tion on the question as to which way tha
Gallic cat will jump. Nine out of ten
agree that Bonlanger's day has come, that
he did the overthrowing of his duelistic op
ponent, Floquet, and a few weeks more will
show him riding into power and .Europe in
a blaze. The real wise man is in truth, he
who knows that, as far as France and her
politics are concerned, he knows nothing.
Almost anything is possible except the im
mediate triumph of Boulanger.
As to the nature of the new ministry, it
would be useless to guess, as every possible
combination is suggested. The most common-sense,
but owing to the present state of
.the French political mind, the most wildly
improbable outcome of the deadlock which
has been suggested, Is the formation of
A BUSINESS floVEKNMEST
by selecting a lot of influential men friend3
of the former Prime Minister preferred
who should be less apolitical body than an
able board of directors, to sink party ques
tions and successfully run the big exhibi
tion, and please the lwarms of foreigners
for the benefit of the French shopkeepers'
pocketbooks. This would help France, but
not the masses who do not own shops.
President Carnot has consulted various
prominent men, but it is not yet known to
whom he will confide the task of whipping
up men to battle with the caprice of dissatis
fied France. .Deputy Bourtceois, in reply to
a telegram, wires me thatMeline, the actual
President of the Chamber of Deputies, is
most apt to be selected for the task. He is a
mild man, and not very strong scarcely tha
timber one would think to bear the 'strain
that France's Minister must be prepared to
meet. He is patient, however, has excited
no esj.ecial antagonisms during his term of
office, and may do as well as another to fill
the uncomfortable gap.
ALL nOPE YS CAESOT.
The chief hope of the French just now it
in President Carnot, who likes to be Presi
dent, has sensible ideas about things,
means to keep on in the Elysee, and has
not the faintest notion of giving over his
very comfortable berth to General Boulan
ger or any one else. He may berelied upon
to go on forming ministries as long as they
.are needed. No possible charze can ba
brought against him. The Deputies and
Senators are not apt to willingly dissolve
themselves, and it is difficult to see what
Boulanger can do but wait for a general
election to come and pray that it may find
the French people in a sufficiently insane
mood to elect him everywhere.
Ministries may fall; but Boulanger has
little chance of climbing to power as long
as he acts legally. If he takes to doing tha
other thing he will have to act very sud
denly and successfully, for there are French
men quite as able as lie who have the army
behind them, and are only waiting for a
chance to show France what a dead, brave
Ganeral would be like. Boulanger'ii pru
"dent conduct shows that he is aware of this
THE FUJfNT SIDE OP IT.
French political events, like most others,
have a comical side. In this case, a queer
fact and one which should be soundly pon
dered by those inclined to magnify Bon
langer's share in Floque,t's fall, is that it
was bot a Boulangist nor any enemy of the
Bepublic who knocked down the Ministry,
but a wildly Republican Badical, the
Comte D'Ouville Maillefeu, and what is
more comical still, is that the country man
aged to defeat the Government by opposing
the revision of the constitution scheme,
the only leg on which Boulangerism stood,
and which the Government in self-defense
had tried to make their own hobby.
French matters are going to be. very much
mixed, and ministries may follow each other
as closely as the row of ghostly kings that so
tired Macbeth, but this time the Paris mob
has not things its own way. It has no arms,
it hasn't a defenseless Government to deal
with and, instead of a strong man, it has
selected a remarkably weak one, with his
hair plastered down on his temples, to he its
leader, and hence the Paris mob and
Boulanger will probably have to wait mora
or less patiently and watch- Carnot perform
for some time to come.
DOOMED TO HUG A GREAT DEAL
Germany's Young Emperor Has to Greet
Many Royal Brothers.
IBT CABLE TO THE DISFATCII.l
LOKDOJf , February 16". The young Em
peror William appears to De doomed to do a
great deaj of hugging and kissing of lofty
personages of the wrong sex. This year two
Emperors and three Kines, besides minor
royalties, will pay return visits to him ia
He will have to meet them all at the rail
road station and fall upon their necks; and,
besides this, it is probable that diplomacy,
will make it necessary for him to coma over
in the conrse of the year and visit his
grandmother, Queen victoria, whom he so
The Prince ot Wales Goes South.
IBT CABU TO THE DISPATCH.1
LOND02T, February 16. The Prince of
Wales is off to the South of France to have
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