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01 any kind can best ba
satisfied by adTertisingui
the columns of The .DISPATCH.
Bodies Recovered at Sa
moa and Given a- Hurried
But Christian Burial.
He Blames the Kavy Department for
the Loss of the Trenton.
Alter the Disaster Admiral Klmberlj's
Anxiety Captain Schoonmnker's Body
Recovered German and American Me
morial Exercises Kindness of the Na
tives King Mataafa's Offers-Danger of
Fever Breaking Oat The Political
Situation Unchanged Awaiting the Re
sult of the Berlin Conference Both
Sides Armed Boorlshnlsh of the Ger
man Officers and Consul.
The latest news from Samoa does not lift
the cloud of sorrow caused by the recent
awful disaster. There are grave fears that
the survivors of the storm, who are poorly
sheltered, may become the victims of fever
if they are not soon removed. Admiral
Kimberly, in his story of the wreck of the
Trenton makes a serious charge against the
Navy Department. The Samoan natives
have shown their innate courtesy and kind
ness, against which the churlishness of the
German officials contrasts unpleasantly and
Apia, Samoa, March 30, via San
Francisco, April 14. After the storm of
March 1G had subsided and alter the officers
and crews of the wrecked vessels had come
ashore the evidence of the awful destruction
was presented on every side. The German
survivors remained in that part of the town
where the property of the German Trading
Company is located, but the Americans
were to be seen everywhere. The officers
had lost their uniforms and were dressed as
common sailors.
Admiral Kimberly was the last to "leave
the American flagship Trenton. He went
at once to some rooms which had been pro-.
vided for him in the house of an American
resident The correspondent found the
Admiral a few hours later sitting alone on
the porch of a small house facing the
harbor. There was an expression of great
anxiety on his face as he sat watching the
-wreck of the American men-of-war.
An Atrial Experience.
"Is it not awful?" he remarked to the cor
respondent "In all jnj experience on sea,
I have never seen a storm to equal this one.
I can hardly realize yet the full extent of
damage which has been done. My chief
anxiety now is to get these 800 or 900 sailors
back to America. It would be of no use for
them to remain here, and I must get them
home as quickly as possible. I shall either
t legraph to "Washington for a steamer to
be sent from San Francisco to take the men
backor I will charter a ship in Auckland.
They must get back soon in some way."
The Admiral was asked in regard to his
experience during the storm, but had little
to say of a personal nature. He continued:
"The fires of the Trenton went out at 10
o'clock in the morning and our rudder and
propeller were carried away at the same
time. No one can realize the force with
which the rodder was struck. I suppose a
piece of wreckage fouled it
The Admiral's Sorlons Choree.
"The pilot wheel whirled around with
terrible velocity; every spoke in it was
broken, and one of the men at the wheel
had a leg broken. The great volumes of
water poured in npon the berth deck
through the hawse pipes; the fireroom was
soon flooded, and the fires were put out
The hawse pipes should never have been
placed where they were. It was a piece of
faulty construction which the Government
officials had been asked to remedy several
times. If they had been located on the
deck above the water wonld not have come
in. I consider this as indirectly the cause
of the loss of the Trenton. After our steam
gave out we nscd the storm sail, and sent
the men into the rigging and used them as
sails. The ship was handled skillfully. It
would have been impossible for us to steam
out of the harbor as the Calliope did, as
our engines were not powerful enough. "We
had on every pound of steam that would
carry, and with three anchors out, we were
'not able to hold up against the storm. "We
fought against it as long as we could do so,
but we were finally driven back upon the
The Admiral spoke feelingly of the
death of Captain Schoonmaker and other
officers and men who perished.
Apia Under Marine Guard.
The confusion which was present every
where in Apia during the first few days
after the storm had disappeared at the end
of the week. The quarters of the ship
wrecked sailors had been made more com
fortable, and the daily routine duty was
properly attended to. Consul Blacklock's
orders prohibiting the sale of liquor to the
sailors had a good effect, and very few
drunken men were to be seen. The town is
still underiinarine guard, in rharge of Cap
tain Huntington, and Mataafa's police
have also assisted in maintaining order.
The men from the Trenton and Vandalia
have formed a barracks and have erected
temporary tents for sjhelter. The Nip
sic men are still living aboard
their vessel, and the German surviv
ors are quartered in a warehouse be
longing to a German firm. "Working par
ties are kept busy all the time on the wrecks
. of the Trenton and Vandalia, and articles
T of every description have been brought
ashore from the vessels and piled together
in a large yard.
Divers Examining tho Vessels.
Divers have been at work, and many ar
ticles have been saved in that way. The
safes from both vessels, containing large
.amounts of money, were recovered. The
"smokestack of the Yandalia has been re
moved, and it will be placed on the Nipsie,
to til. l.ll.a isI.!m !.. I. ...a I-Mfl1.A.t.nt 1F1 H P
collision. The divers also have been mak
ing an-cxamination of the Nipsie, and have
discovered that her keel had been carried
away. It has not yet been ascertained
whether the Nipsie will be able to leave the
harbor of Apia or not Admiral Kimberly
is most anxious to get her away and send
her either to Auckland or San Franciso for
repairs, if he is satisfied she can stand the
trip. She is not likely to leave, however,
until the arrival of some other men-of-war.
The Monongahela and Mohican are expect
ed to arrive here soon. ,
King Jlntaafa'n Generous Offer.
King Mataafa came down from his camp
a few days ago. A light rain had fallen
the night before, and the water had leaked
into many of the tents occupied by sailors.
Mataafa pointed out to Admiral Kimberly
the danger of sickness breaking out among
the men on account of this exposure, and on
behalf of his own people, he offered to va
cate all the Samoan houses in Apia and al-
low the American sailors to have the use of
them. Admiral Kimberly thanked Mataafa
warmly, but stated to him it would be al
most impossible to control the men if they
were scattered around among Hhe native
houses. He promised to consider the offer,
however, if the situation became more
pressing. There is no immediate danger of
the supply of provisions being exhausted.
Several parties with whom contracts have
been made for the feeding of men have
plenty of provisions on hand, and the
steamer Lnbeck will arrive from Sydney in
a few days, and a fresh supply will be ob
tained from her.
A Fever Epidemic Feared.
The officers and men of the Yandalia lost
nearly everything, and a great many on the
Trenton fared Ait little better. The officers
are scattered all over town, and have se
cured such accommodations asthey can find.
Many are living in native houses. There
has been no local government in Apia for
many months, owing to the wars between
the natives, consequently the sanitary con
dition of the town is very poor. The little
streams are choked up with vegetation
which has been allowed to grow without
check, and the garbage is emptied every
where. The immediate quarters of the men
is kept clean as possible, and a great effort
is being made to prevent disease, but the
men are compelled to work on the wrecks
in the hot sun, and there is considerable
danger of fevcrJJ
Although 146 men lost their lives during
the storm, there have not been more than 40
bodies recovered. For the first day or two,
bodies of Americans were buried in a ceme
tery connected with the London Mission,
and the bodies of the Germans were buried
in the French Catholic cemetery, but it soon
became impossible to identify the bodies,
and owing to the warm climate it was neces
sary to bury them where they were found.
Captain Schoonmaker's Body Recovered.
A number of rough coffins were made, but
a number of bodies were buried in mats.
Some of the bodies were terribly mutilated
by the beating for hours against the coral
reefs. Paymaster Arms' body was recovered
two days after the storm. It was positively
identified by the clothing and the ring
which he wore. The body was in a terrible
condition, and was buried in the mats where
it was washed ashore. Some of the natives
also found a body about the same time, four
miles up the coast, and from the description
which they gave it was believed to be that
of Captain Schoonmaker. but the identifica
tion was not positive. The bodies of Lieu
tenant Sutton and Pay Clerk Boach have
not been recovered.
On Friday, March 22, the Germans held
memorial service at the French Catholic
Church. Admiral Kimberly, Captain
Farquhar, Consul Blacklock and many
other Americans, attended, and a guard of
honor from the United States war ships was
also present. The American memorial
services were held Sunday morning, March
24, in a large yard in which the Trenton
men have their quarters. The services were
very brief, and were conducted by Chaplain
McAllister, of the Trenton.
German Boorishncss.
Over 700 men from the three American
men of war were present, but none of the
German officers attended.
The storm does not seem to have changed
the political situation of Samoa so far as
the natives are concerned. Both the par
ties are still encamped in the same positions
they have ocenpied for several months-past.
Mataafa's men have not given the slightest
intimation that they intended to take ad
vantage of the unprepared condition of the
Germans, and it is not thought they will
make any attack upon Tamasese's force
pending the Berlin conference.
The German Consul, Dr. Knappe, is still
pursuing a spiteful course, which has al
ways characterized his administration of
the affairs here, notwithstanding the noble
work of the Samoans in saving the lives of
the Germans during the storm. Dr. Knappe
posted printed notices a few days ago de
claring the Samoans daily steal the.-produce
from the German plantations, and warning
the public not to purchase anything from
Captain Fritz has not yet recovered from
injuries received during the storm.
Admiral Klmberlj's Arrival Hailed With
Delight His Presence Expected to
End Srrlfo Mataafa Dcalres
Honorable Peace and
Relics Upon the
United States.
The correspondent had an interview with
Mataafa and the principal chiefs prior to
the great storm, in regard to the proposed
conference in Germany. King Mataafa
discussed the matter freely, but answered
all inquiries with great deliberation. "While
he did not seem to believe that the confer
ence would have any beneficial results as
far as the native Samoans were concerned,
he expressed a strong desire that the Ameri
can and British representatives might be
able to effect a solution of the recent diffi
culties and former Samoan Goverment, and
insure peace and prosperity to the island.
Mataafa declared thaLbe had nothing to
hope for from Germany; that all the wars
among the natives in Samoa and the blood
shed which had occurred during the last
few months were due to German interfer
ence and that German representatives here
had made so many misstatements to him
that he could no longer place any confidence
in their promises or their professed desire
for peace.
Germany Acknowledged His Klngnhip.
Mataafa shdwed the correspondent the
original letter written him by P. Knappe,
the German Consul, after the recent fight
between the Germans and the Samoans, in
which letter the Consul addressed Mataafa
as "Your Majesty the King," declared that
he desired that there be no more war be
tween the Germans and Samoa, and made
the proposal that "Samoans should rule
over things on the islands pertaining to
Samoa, and that Germany should rule over
things pertainingsto foreigners."
Mataafa did not reply to Knappe's last
letter making the proposition for dual gov
ernment At the time this interview was
held with Mataafa the Trenton, with Admi
ral Kimberly aboard, had not reached
Apia, and the natives were looking forward
eagerly to the Admiral's arrival. Mataafa
was asked by the correspondent if he ex
pected any assistance from the American
Admiral, and he replied promptly that he
looked for such assistance. He did not
say that he expected the Admiral to act as
his ally in making war upon the Germans;
in fact, he disavowed any desire to carry on
the war against Tamasese's forces.
Mataafa Wnnts Pence.
His chief desire seemed to be to bring the
strife to a close as quicklys possible, and
to allow the 6,000 warriors, now encamped
behind the breastworks, to return to their
homes and families, and resume their peace
ful occupations, which they followed before
King Malietoa was carried off by the Ger
man forces.
Mataafa stated that the assistance ex
pected from Admiral Kimberly he believed
would come in the form of an emphatic pro
test against any further German interfer
ence. He believed the Admiral would force
the Germans to cease their operations
against the natives, and also to require
them-to render no more assistance to Tama
sese, which must thereby bring the war to a
close, as Tamasese's forces were so greatly
reduced that without assistance from the
Germans there was little or nothing to fear
from them.
A Handsome, Intelligent Man.
Mataafa is a large, finely proportioned
man, and is about SO years of age. He is
regarded by the white residents of Samoa as
far superior to his predecessor. His camp
is located on a high plateau, about a mile
back of Apia. The King's headquarters
are near the principal entrance to the camp,
in an ordinary Samoan house, but little
better than the other structures that are
scattered around it. Mataafa's flag floats
from a staff in front of the house. Long
lines of stone breastworks extend around
the camp, which, with steep sides which
ascend to the plateau from valleys and low
lands lying around it, make the position a
particularly strong one. A great number of
cocoanut and other trees cover the entire en
closure, and there is a heavy growth of
brush in all the surrounding country.
A Happy Day for Samoa,
The correspondent called on Mataafa
again on the day after the arrival of Ad
miral Kimberly. The King said it was the
happiest day of the year for all of the Sa
moans. Mataafa was asked to express his
views in regard to the possibility of a re
turn toSamoa of the ex-King Malietoa,who
is now held as a prisoner on Marshall
Islands by the Germans. Mataafa was
asked if he would be satisfied to see Malie
toa brought back to Samoa.
"I would be most happy to see him back
in Samoa," replied the King.
"In case of Malietoa's return would he be
entitled to resume his former place as the
King of Samoa?"
"I'm not able to answer that" replied
Mataafa. "I am a member of Malietoa's
family and at the time he was deposed by
the Germans, was his principal chief. Just
before he surrendered to the German com
mander, he handed over his office to me
and left the administration of affairs in my
Who Will bo KIngt
He appointed me his successor in every
respect, and my people afterward confirmed
the appointment by electing me king, and I
now- hold myjimce, not only by virtue of
Malietoa's appointment, but also by the
votes of a majority of the Samoan people.
In view of the fact that Malietoa resigned
his office in my favor, he will not necessarily
become king again in case he returned to
his native land. Malietoa and myself
would have to determine between
ourselves who should be king, and if he
should return here we would at once hold a
conference for Jhat purpose. I feel sure
there would be no serious controversy be
tween us."
American and English residents of San
Francisco who have lived in Samoa a great
number of years, and who are familiar with
the political situation of the country, appear
to agree in the belief that if Malietoa re
turns there he will make no effort to resume
his former power, but will resign all claim
of.authority in favor of Mataafa, and ac
knowledge him as King of Samoa.
So Bays Commodore Wnlker, Who Ex
presses Regret nt tho Death of Captaia
Schoonmaker Admiral Porter
Not Ready to Talk
Official Advices
"Washington, April i4. The long and
graphic report of the disaster at Samoa was
read with a great deal of interest here. Na
val officers generally were of opinion this
evening that no blame could be attached to
anyone for the loss of ships and
life. They were not inclined to have
decided opinion in regard to the
handling of the various vessels. Com
modore "Walker, Chief of the Bureau of
Navigation and Acting Secretary of Treas
ury, voiced the opinion of them all when he
said to a reporter to-night: "Any man who
gives an opinion is simply guessing. "We
do not know just how matters stood, and it
would be merely guesswork to say what
might have been done. It is impossible to
tell much about it There was some fine
men, excellent officers, on the ships, and
we know that the vessels were
lost Admiral Kimberly is a splendid
officer and a fine man, and Captain Farqu
har, Commander Mullane and Captain
Schoonmaker, of the Yandalia, who lost his
life are, excellent officers. They doubtless
did all they could. I think probably there
is no blame to be attached to any one."
Admiral Porter was seen, but he had not
yet read the published reports, therefore
could not express any opinion of the situa
tion in the light of the fuller particulars
received. No advices were received by the
Department to-day, but it is probable that
irt four or five days the mail from San Fran
cisco will bring a long and carefully written
report from one of the officers at Samoa.
Gas In an Abandoned Working Blows Two
Men to Pieces.
Wilkesbarre, April 14. Charles
Hodges, a fire boss, and Even Madden, a
pump runner, were passing through an
abandoned working in Grand Tunnel "mine
this morning, when their lights ignited a
large amount of accumulated gas, and both
men were blown to pieces.
Hodges was 45 years of 'ape and leaves a
wife and six children. Madden was 60
years old and a widower.
A Big Newark Brewery Sold for 8600,000
to the Syndicate.
Newark, N. J., April 14. Mrs. O,
Trefz, who, since her husband's death, has
been running the Trefz Brewery, in this
city, has agreed to sell out for $600,000 to
the English syndicate, and the necessary
papers will be drawn this week.
This is one of the four largest brewing
plants In Newarki
Sergeant Wood, of Pickett's Brigade,
Claim's the Donbtfal Honor of
During tho Hottest Fighting at tho Battle
of Gettysburg as
A Question Raised ass to the Proper Location of
Hancock's Monument
A claim is madeTiy Sergeant Wood, of
Pickett's Brigade, that he was the man who
wounded General Hancock at the Battle of
Gettysburg. He seems anxious to reap any
honor that may be connected with the act,
and the claim is put forward for him by the
brother of his commanding officer. Cir
cumstantial details are given, which inci
dentally recalls to memory one of the blood
iest fights of that memorable battle.
Haerisbubg, April 14. A claimant for
the honor of having wounded General
Hancock on the battlefield of Gettysburg, is
put forward in the person of Sergeant
Wood, of Company H, Fifty-sixth "Regi
ment, Garnett's Brigade and Pickett's Di
vision. The claim is made in his behalf by
Agustus Michie, of Washington, D. O.,
who had the story from his brother, who
was in command of the company and who
gave Sergeant Wood the order to fire. Yet
Mr. Michie fears some other officer of rank
may have been at that particular point on
that day, and he writes to Hon. H. Wallace
Brown, detailing the circumstance and ask
ing for information on the point. The place
mentioned in the letter as the one at which
the general officer was wounded is the same
one the guides show as the scene of the
wounding of General Hancock. Whatever
honor there is in the transaction should in
all probability therefore go to Sergeant
Mr. Brown, who represents Crawford
county in the Legislature, met the writer of
the letter during the inauguration of Gen
eral Harrison at Washington and the letter
is written as one result of a conversation be
tween the gentlemen at the time. Mr.
Brown's regiment fought at Gettysburg, but
he at the time was in Libby Prison. M,r.
Michie's letter is as follows:
"I have reasons for believing that the shot
that wounded General Hancock, and thereby
nearly paralyzed the movements of the Fed
eral army during the remainder of the day
(July 3, 1863), was delivered under trying
circumstances by Sergeant William Bice
Wood, of my old company, which was com
manded at that time by my brother, Lieu
tenant Henry Clay Michie, its captain hav
ing been mortally wounded during Pickett's
charge npon the heights of Gettysburg on that
eventful day. I bad the honor to organize
and to command this company during the
first year of the late unfortunate sectional
war. and will give you all of the facts upon
which the opinion is based that Generall
Hancock was shot br Sereeant "Wood, of
Company H (Whitehall Guard), Fiftv-J
ett's "Division, of Virginia-Volunteers.
"Company H, which had been fuilyre
cruited before I left the service was reduced
by the casualties of war to about 50 men,
when it began the charge npon the Federal
defenses unon the heights of Gettvsbnrir.
"Upon this part of the field Garnett's anas
Itemper s Drigaae ot jficKetts division
Composed the first line of the attacking
forces, and Armstead's brigade of the same
division the secondline, orreserves, support
ing the former brigade. About a third .of
the men belonging to my old company who
were present were killed, a third wounded
and the remaining third captured, after
they had aided in driving the Federals from
the first line of defenses (a stone fence),
which thev held until the last cartridge that
was within their reach including many
that were taken from their dead and
wounded comrades was fired.
"When my brother, Captain H. C.
Michie, returned home from Johnson's
Island, where he had long been held a pris
oner of war, he informed me that he had
seen General Armistead, of the Keserves,
cross the stone fence, which had been aban
doned by the Federals, with his hat upon
the point of hisword, at the head of the
remnant of his brigade; that he saw him fall
after going a short distance; that the men
that followed him and were not killed
quickly returned to the stone fence.
'tfe saw a mounted Federal advance soon
afterward at the head ot a heavy column of
apparently fresh troops to a point opposite
his command, and he then inquired of his
men whether any of them had a cartridge
left, and Sergeant Wood replied that he had
one, and desired to know whether he should
shoot the officer; that he then directed the
Sergeant to shoot, which he did, and that
the Federal officer immediately fell over,
and would have been dragged bykis horse
but for assistance rendered by Federal of
ficers, who extricated him.
"During the political campaign between
Garfield and Hancock, I saw an article
taken from' a Pennsylvania Democratic
paper in which it was stated that General
Hancock,' though greatly exposed, went
almost through this battle unscathed, and
that he was wounded by a stray shot while
gallantly charging the rebels, when the
last of them were on the point of surrender
ing. Captain Michie also informed me
that white flags had been raised upon his
extreme left and right when this Federal
officer was shot by Sergeant Wood, but that
the fire was terrible in front of his com
"After reading the above mentioned arti
cle, I became fully convinced that General
Hancock was the officer that was shot by
Sergeant "Wood, and requested my brother,
who was preparing to attend the "Blue and
Gray" reunion at Gettysburg, to ascertain
the exact 'spot where General Armistead was
killed and General Hancock was wounded,
as well as allpf the attendant circumstances,
and the distance from each of these snots to
the position his immediate command held
behind the stone fence. My brother
thinks that the monument that was
erected to the memory of General
Hancock is not located upon the snot the
Federal officer was shot by Sergeant "Wood,
bnt he understood Colonel Batchelder to
say that General 'Hancock did lead a heavy
column of troops about the close of the
battle from the direction of the monument
toward the bloody angle, which would have
brought him to the spot the officer in ques
tion was shot by Sergeant Wood, and that
General Hancock was the only mounted
Federal officer and the only one that was
wounded about the close of the fight on that
part of the line, and that he was dragged
and relieved by Federal soldiers."
The writer of the letter then asks Mr.
Brown to secure lor him the following in
formation to make the whole matter per
fectly clear:
"First "Whether General Hancock was
wounded npon the exact spot npon which
the monument in his honor has been erect
ed, and the distance of each monument
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from the nearest position held by the Con
federates during the battle.
'Second Tie distance from said monu
ment tothe bloody angle, and whether Gen
eral Hancock led a body of troops from the
direction ot said monument toward the
bloody angle about the close ot the fight, as
my brother understood Colonel Batchelder
to say.
"Third Whether any other officer went
into this battle on horseback at this point
just before the battle ended, and whether
any other officer than Hancock was wounded
and dragged at that time or place.
. "Sergeant Wood says that he deliberately
aimed at the lower part of the body of the
officer who led the advancing column of
Federal troops, and the fact that General
Hancock was struck not lar from the part
of the body that was aimed at by Wood
should be considered in the formation of an
opinion upon the subject" Simpson.1
tbouBle brewing.
A Scheme Afoot to Capture Lower Cali
fornia A Secret Society In the
South Said to bo Engineering
tho Ulattcr.
Los Angeles, Oal., April 14. There
is a well-authenticated scheme on foot to
capture Lower California. A reporter
yesterday found two gentlemen who had
been asked to join in the undertaking.
They are Grand Army men, well known
and reliable. At their request their names
are not given, but if it becomes necessary
their names can be established. One of
them occupies an official position in this
city, and the other is a well-known capi
talist To a reporter one said:
"Yes, sir, I think there is a scheme to
capture the lower peninsula, and if the plan
is as well organized and has the powerful
backing that the members claim for it, they
may make considerable trouble for Mexico.
I was asked to join, and was offered suitable
rank and pay. Of course I would have
nothing to do with such a vile scheme, and
did not want to know too much about it"
The second Federal officer, when interro
gated by the reporter, admitted having had
the same offer made to him. "The scheme
is being worked through a secret order
which has a large membership through the
South," he said, "and they are well organ
ized and number over 1,000 men in the mili
tary department, and the civil department
takes in many prominent and influential
men. I refused to have anything to do
wjth the scheme, but expect to hear from it
before longT Any one who has watched the
progress of things on the peninsula dnring
the past year, and who has known of the ex
istence of this society, can easily see that
trouble is brewing."
While Snflerlng From n Mind Diseased, He
Takes a Dose of Strychnine.
New York, April 14. Dr. George B.
Gyles, who has been for the last 40 years a
well-known physician and druggist in this
city, committed suicide by taking strych
nine, this morning, at his residence, 417
"West Twenty-fifth street Becently Dr.
Gyles' friends have noticed that his health
was failing, and at times his mind seemed
to be rambling. The death of his only
daughter, about a year ago, was a shock
from which he never recovered. About the
time of his daughter's death a verdict for
51,500 damages was found against Dr.
Gyles, in favor of a patient who charged
him with malpractice in setting a broken
leg. Becently his devotion to a patient, a
lady whose case was critical, is said to have
overtaxed his strentrtb. He greatly feared
lilhat she wonld die, but she recovered.
last few weeks leEhis wife to think that he
was suffering-from softening of the brain.
After the doctor's death a card was found,
under a book on the table, which read as
Sunday morning. Nobody to blame.
G. R. Gyles.
Notwithstanding this evidence, Mrs.
Gyles refused to believe that her husband
had committed suicide. Deputy Coroner
Jenkins found on Dr. Gyles' medicine chest
a bottle partly filled with strychnine, and
after an examination came to the conclusion
that Dr. Gyles had swallowed that poison.
Dr. Gyles' friends think that he was insane.
Disastrous Wreck Canscd by tho Caving-In
of a Coal mine.
Belleville, III., April 14. A re
markable freight wreck occurred on the
Cairo Short Line, two miles from Belle
ville, yesterday morning. Freight No. 3,
north-bound from Duquoin, was run
ning toward Belleville at a rate of
25 miles an hour, with Engineer Pat Tobin
and Fireman Harry Nolan in the cab. The
track was clear ahead, when suddenly, with
out any warning, the roadbed, began to
sink, and the engineer and fireman felt
themselves rapidly dropping below the sur
face of the ground. They jumped for their
lives, and both escaped with but a few
bruises. The engine and train went down
a distance often feet, and the terrific wreck
followed. The cars, engine and freight
were smashed and destroyed in the earth.
As soon as the frightened trainmen could
recover their wits, they learned that the
train was over Marsh's coal mine, and that
the mine had caved in. Along the track
for a distance of 100 feet the road had sunk
down from 8 to 10 feet Sam Patton, a
brakeman who went down with the wreck,
was badly hurt.
He Systematically Robs His Employer,
Getting 810,000 In Goods In Two Years.
Newark, Nr J., 'April 14. Alligator
skins, lizards' skins and kangaroo hides
have been disappearing from E. G. Salo
mon's factory, Newark, for two years, and
recently Mr. Salomon got an anonymous
letter warning him that one of bis most
trusted employes was robbing him. Detec
tive Ben Sta'insby on Saturday evening
lodged Bernard Schroeder, of 183 South'
Orange avenue, in the prison at police head
quarters, having previously taken Schroeder
to Mr. Salomon's house, where he made a
full confession to his employer and begged
for meroy.
The amonnt of Salomon's loss is placed at
$10,000. Schroeder was getting a salary of
522 SO a week. He lived in good style.
Stainsby found a number of letters from the
clgk to bis customers, and Schroeder pro
duced some documents which, together with
his evidence, will enable Mr. Salomon to
sue them. Schroeder is still locked up.
A Mob Makes n. Raid Upon a Boarding
Iloasc Six Arrests Made.
Bochesteb, April 14. There was com
parative quies to-day among the strikers,
and cars were run without trouble in many
of the lines. It was reported that one car
had been thrown over in Hndson street, but
no one was injured. The windows of sev
eral cars were broken with stones.
Early this evening a mob surrounded a
boarding house in Clinton street where four
drivers lived. The men became frightened,
and as their landlady cannot speak English,
theyweresomewhattroubled. The woman dis
guised, herself and escaped to another house,
whence she sen't a note to a telephone- sta
tion asking aid. The patrol wagon was
promptly on hand, and six men were ar
rested. The four drivers were taken to the
Main street barns, wbfere they will stay.
Deserted by Her Titled but Penniless
Husband' of a Few Months.
Twice "Weds a Beautiful and Trusting
American Lady "Who Was
His Fictions of Finance Masterpieces of Assurance
and Ingenuity,
Another lesson is read to American girls
who have an inclination to marry a foreign
title without first learning something- about
the character of the biped to which it is at
tached. A German, claiming to be Baron
Von Sureow, is married to a Baltimore
heiress, Miss Willie Constable, and when,
upon the point of having the truth of his
stories of great wealth coming to him tested,
he disappears, iking with him all the
money his still trusting wife can raise.
New York. April 14. Baron F. E. Von
Sureow and Miss Willie Anna Constable
were united in marriage at Baltimore in
September last Following the, example of
other nobles, the Baron immediately em-
1 barked with his bride to Philadelphia,
where the tie was made more secure, if pos
sible, by the repetition of the matrimonial
rites. Thereupon the couple camo on to
New York, where Miss Constable is well
known and much respected, and went to
live in a fashionable boarding house up
town. V
The intimate friends of Miss Constable
reside in Baltimore, where the wooing took
place. They were bitterly opposed to the
match. Absolutely nothing was known of
the Baron, other than what he told them.
concerning his vast riches, great estates,
and honored position in Germany. His
appearance was not prepossessing. He was
beyond middle age, of medium height and
slight of build. He had thin gray hair
and slight blonde whiskers tinged with
gray. His dress was plain, and he ap
peared not at all elated with his own daz
zling personality. His English was very
Miss Constable was a large, handsome
woman of 33, with great lnstrous eyes, a
velvety complexion and brown hair. A
pair of eyeglasses, which she always wore,
gave her a decidedly distinguished appear
ance. At her father's death, which occurred
in Baltimore, she came into a handsome
During his courtship the Baron explained
his seeming lack of lavishness by saying
that his father, to whom he made known his
intention to marry an American girl, had
become angered and prevented the Baron
from enjoying the income of his own estates
for the time being.
After the ceremony was performed the
nobleman's finances appeared more strait
ened than ever. The couple lived, while in
New York, on the modest income the
Baroness possessed in her own right The
Baron announced about this time that
through the intrigues of his father he bad
beenrfere3$o resume- his rank, in -the
German army, which he refused to do, and
his disobedience bad caused his court mar
tial and conviction of insubordination.
This seemed exceedingly unfortunate, for
at the same time the baron said he had re
ceived official information of his mother's'
death and of an inheritance she had left him
of $250,000, and a bequest to his wife of
$25,000 in addition. The angry father, who
was the ruler of a prosperous German vil
lage, Baron Von Sureow explained, had
also attached this inheritance of his court
martialed son, an arbitrary act that was
possible under the laws of Germany and
the exalted position held by his father. The
baroness was assured, however, that the in
justice could not last agreat while, for even
if the unnatural father did not relent, his
death, which he could not think of without
a son's regret, was a matter of but a short
time, he being a man over 90 years of age,
and quite feeble.
At the same time Baron Van Sureow told
hip wife and acquaintances that his god
mother's death had occurred shortly after
that of his mother, and through her he
would come into possession of $14,000 per
year on the 1st of August.
On the same date he inadvertently stated
he would begin the enjoyment of 56,000 per
year additional, which a sympathetic friend
had willed him to in a measure offset the
cruel decrees of his father, whom the friend
had in life vainly importuned to do justice
to his son.
These bequestshad fortunately been made
in such a manner, the Baron said, that the
machinations of his father could not de
prive him of them. If they could get along
until August 1, therefore, they would be
assured of a competency that would keep
them modestly until he got possession of the
many millions that would be his when his
father died or relented. These assurances,
in which the Baroness had implicit cre
dence, greatly encouraged her, and the
couple continued to live in comfortable
style on her money, which was fast ebbing
The next story told by the baron was that
a demi-millionaire uncle, who was a bach
elor without kith or kin save the baron and
his father, had died at sea and left the bulk
ot his possessionSj. which amounted to about
500,000, to his beloved nephew.
The stern father, the baron said exnltingly.
could not keephim out of this, either, and
he expressed his determination io leave at
once for Germany, in company with his
wife, to brave his father's anger and the ter
rors of the court martial sentence, and take
possession of the last fortune that had been
left him.
This trip involved an expenditure of con
siderable money, bnt the matter was press
ing, and by an effort the necessary amount
was forthcoming. Last Monday the money
was placed in the hands of the baron, who
left to engage passage on the first outgoing
steamer. The baroness retained but $60 for
pin money.
That day and night passed and the baron
did not return. The next afternoon a letter
was receiyed from him. In it he stated that
he had learned that other heirs to his nncle's
property had turned up, and that thev had
determined to contest the will. He did not
with this last of many disappointments, and
he did not wish tolsubjcct her to the annoy
ance of struggling against circumstance in
a strange country. Therefore, when she re
ceived this letter, he would be on board the
Alaska, of the Guion Line, bound for Ger
many alone. He advised her to live
economically, and begged that she retain
her trust in him for one short month, when
he would return to her with ample wealth
to thereafter provide for them luxuriously.
The Baroness was overcome with grief
and mortification. She was certain that his
great troubles had unbalanced his mind,
and on the inipulsehe purchased a ticket
for Liverpool, where she cabled her husband
to await her arrival. The Alaska sailed'
Tuesday, and shi followed on the Gallia, of
the Cunard Line, which sailedJWednesday..
She took with her but part of her wardrobe,
and all the money she had was the $60 men
tioned, she being loath to ask favors from
her friends under the circumstances.
It is Improbable that the cablegram will
reach Baron Von Sureow. His name does
not appeafon the passenger list of the Alas
ka, and if he sailed at all he did so incog
nito. Neither is the name of the baroness
on the Gallia's passenger list, but her
friends know that she did not intend to use
it on the trip.
The Baroness VonJ3nreow is well known
as Miss Willie Constable, at the Hotel Nor
mandie in .this city, where she was a guest
for upward of a year prior to her marriage.
An Indiana Millionaire's Wife Orders
Saloonkeepers Not to Sell to Herllos- "
band The Latter Will Back tho
I!qnor Dealers in a Fight
Against His Wife.
Michigan City, Ind., April 14. Mrs.
"W. O. Leeds, wife of one of the richest men
in Indiana, has secured evidence that 19
different saloonkeepers in Michigan City
have sold liquor to her husband this year
after she had, in accordance with the law,
formally notified them not to do so. The
papers were served by her in person.
In an interview Mrs. Leeds attributes
Mr. Leeds' drinking habits to the influence
of politicians and saloon men, who have
fastened themselves, upon him. Mrs. Leeds
says she proposes to nave the saloon keepers
suffer from $10 to $100 fine for every drink
sold Mr. Leeds after the notice was given.
Her investigation showed incidentally that
out of 65 places in Michigan City where
liquor is sold only 51 are licensed. She in
tends to have the unlicensed 14 forced to
close. Mrs. Leeds adds: "I'm nqt a Pro
hibitionist I'm a temperance woman.
I've told them in one place in town that
Mr. Leeds can come in there and take his
beer, but he must not take too much, and
they must not sell him too much."
Mrs. Leeds is well supplied with money
and looks like a determined woman. The
saloon keepers do not appear to be worried.
It is rumored that Mr. Leeds has promised
to stand back of them in any proceedings
and supply the sinews of war. The amount
of money he can control is estimated to be
A Brave Soldier Chooses One of tho Most
Ignominious Deaths.
Albany, April 14. Information comes
from Plattsburg that late Saturday night
Captain Ogden B. Beed, of the Eleventh
United States Infantry, stationed at the
Plattsburg barracks, committed suicide.
The Captain had just returned from town,
where he had obtained permission to visit
the Court House on Monday morning, to
hear the closing arguments in the Harrison
murder trial. After speaking to his wife
he went Into the sitting room. The report
of a pistol soon after brought his wife to the
room, where she saw her husband lying on
a sofa, bleeding at the mouth. He had
placed the muzzle of the revolver in his
mouth, and shot himself through the head.
He died soon afterward.
Captain Beed was born in Colchester, Vt,
September 16, 1843; enlisted as a private in
the Eighteenth Vermont Volunteers August
4, 1863; worked himself up by brave and
meritorious service to Major, and was
brevktted March 13, 1865. He was through
the war, and" several times severely wound
ed. He had been in the general recruiting
service in the West, and was commanding
officer at the Plattsburg barracks for two
years. He leaves a widow and three
Only Thirty Bills. Mostly Local, So Far
Passed by tho I.eclslatare.
Harrisburg, April 14. The resolution
for the Legislature to go to New Yoik to
help celebrate the last of the centennials
was passed by the House early in the ses
sion, and now that the Senate has passed it,
opposition has arisen to it in the lower
branch- As a result, a resolution will be
offered in the House to-morrow evening by
a .Republican member, looking to a revoca
tion of the action. It is urged that the
business of the session is so far behind that
tEe trip to New York would be fatal to
many important bills on the calendar if the
Legislature adheres to the action taken to
adjourn on the Oth'of May.
This argument can be used with excellent
effect on members who have bills on which
their political future is largely staked.
The record of the session on bills passed is
thus far very light. Tfiirty bills have
rcacned the Uovernor; lx ol these nave been
approved, three have been withdrawn, and
one, the bill for the sale of the Allegheny
court house buildings, has been vetoed.
The most of the bills have been local in
their character, or of. a nature not particu
larly interesting to the public.
The Men Still Firm, Bat an Attempt to Ban
the Cars Will be Made To-Day.
Minneapolis, Minn., April 14. There
is no change in the status of the strike of
the street railway and motor line employes.
The men continue firm, and declare that
they will not give up the fight Mass meet
ings were held Saturday night and this
afternoon, and local labor leaders advised
the men to not give in. "Monopolists"
were also strongly denounced.
President Lowry to-day reiterated his de
termination to run cars to-morrow, and the
attempt will undoubtedly be made. Mayor
Dean to-day issued a proclamation warning
the strikers against attempting to interfere
with the running of cars and against
creating disturbances on the streets.
They Steal Hundreds of Dollars' Worth of
Brass From Railroads.
Lima, O., April 14. It has been discov
ered that there are eight or ten boys banded
together here who have been stealing brass
from the railroads and different factories
and selling it to junk dealers. The paper
mill has lost several hundred dollars' worth
and other factories have lost more.
One of the boys, named Costello, who was
arrested, squealed oh the others. He was
sent to the Beforni School yesterday. The
aies of the boys range from 10 to 17 years.
They claim the junk dealer put them up to
do the stealing. The boys and the dealer
will be arrested to-morrow.
West Tlralnla Federal Office Holders
Moving Ont for Their Successors.
Wheeling, April 14. Quite a number
of changes have been made in the Federal
offices in this city within the past two days,
and others are impending. The- Board of
Pension Examiners has resigned in a body,
and Drs. S. L. Jepson and W. E. Stathers
have been appointed, leaving one place to
be filled. Custodian Thomas Fee, of the
Custom House, received his dismissal this
evening, and Chillies Bickerton is appointed
in his place. Superintendent James M.
Todd, of the' Custom House repairs, has
hppn TMTinvpr? and Phnrlp Ttjihmnn li-
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pointea. xne latter win go on duty
Who has a- cood article to sell, and who adver
tisesvrteorously and liberally.; Advertising Is
truly the life of trade. All enterprising and
judicious advertisers succeed.
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Two Parlies of Boorik1!; Rifles on
the Prairie to $,
The Rush Beats Anything Since the Days
Artansas, Illinois, KentneVr, Kansas and Tens Sen!
In? Oat Colonies.
Thousands are heading for the. promised
land of Oklahoma. Women are prepared
to assert their equality with men in the
matter of pre-empting claims. Already a
bloody ficht has occurred in a dispute over
land. The colonists are going from all the
Western States, and it is expected that
there will not be enough land to go around.
St. Louis, April 14. Among theJatest -items
from the Indian Territory, i3 one, a
bloody tragedy, 'a few days ago, in the
western part of Oklahoma, between two
men from Kiowa, Kan., and two men from
Texas, for the possession of a claim. Guns
were used freely,and one of the Kiowa
men was killed-aqd a Texan mortally
wounded. The other two men called a truce,
and, placing their wounded comrades on a
wagon, started for a neighboring ranch.
Before they reached it the fight was re
newed, and the entire party was discovered
later by some cowboys stretched out on the
prairie. The cowboys took the one deaf
and three wounded men to the nearest sbge
The Topeka and Santa Fe Ballway Com
pany now has 487 freight cars on their1 side
tracks in the yards at Arkansas City, Kan.,
which are being loaded with implements,
household goods, merchandise and houses
framed and ready to be put up. The agent
at that point said to-day: I can now
move 1,000 cars of freight and 5,000 passen
gers in 12 hours." .
The entire Western Arkansas border is a
scene of bustling: activity. People are striv
ing to get into Oklahoma by the southeast
ern entrance, which opens by far the richest
portion Of the new Territory. Captain S.
H. Scott, a prominent lawyer of this city,
has organized a large colony and proposes to
lay out a town site near Kinekapoo reserva
tion. A party of North Carolina ne
groes, headed by a planter named George
Ingram, have just arrived. Government
officials from the Pottawatomie and Iowa
reservations report that the neighborhood
is fairly alive with a heterogeneons mass ot
ceople. Old forty-niners say the scene
rivals anything in the old Call ornia davs.
If the present rush continues until the 22d
more than twice as manv will be on the
southern border of Oklahoma as can be ac
commodated. General Merritt at Fort Leavenworth, has
issued orders to the military officers in the
Territory to permit boomers to cross the
Cherokee outlet in time to Teach the Okla
homa line on the 22nd, the date set lor tbs
opening of the Territory by the President's
Among the arrivals af Wichita yesterday
were two women, Miss Holly Young, of
Quincy, and Miss Manitta Daisy, of Louis
ville, Ky., who will take up claims in
Oklahoma. Besides these there are a party
of young Kansas "inarms" in charge of
Miss Bruce, who were driven out by the
soldiers, and a party of eizht young ladies
from Purcell that will battle for a quarter
section each.
The Texas contingent of the boomers is
massed at Gainesville, and the excitement
there is as intense as in Southern Kansas. '
Thousands will leave there on the 21st for
A meeting of the Chicago Oklahoma
Colony was held to-day in the Plumbers'
Exchange. About .60 persons were pres
ent, most of whom declared their in
tention of going to Oklahoma.
Among those present were several la
dies, Philip Snmmerfield, the President
of a colony organized on the West Side,
was present, and a proposition was made for.
the two colonies to unite. This was re
ferred to a committee, who will report to
morrow night. The Chicago colony num
bers about 300, and the officers say thev will
be reinforced by contingents from Bock
ford, Freeport and other towns in the north
ern part ot the State.
Affecting Scene at the Crave ot a Girl Who
Took Her Own Life.
Stapleton, L. I., April 14. There was
an affecting scene yesterday afternoon at
the burial of Miss Lena Zimmer, who killed
herself with carbolic acid poison at her home
here. As the coffin was being lowered into
the grave in the Cooper's cemetery, Joseph
Nichols, the dead girl's lover, broke down
completely and attempted to jump into the
grave. He wept like a child, and as he was
held back by two men he wrung his hands
and called ont repeatedly: "Lenal Lenal I
must go with you."
The heart-broken lover was finally induced
to enter a carriage, and was driven to his
father's home in this town. Nichols, who
is about 20 years old, is a son of a State a
Island florist It is understood that he and
Miss Zimmer were engaged to be married.
As far as can be learned, there was n&
trouble between them. Miss Zimmer's sui
cide is attributed to another cause. Coroner
Hughes has not yet finished the inquest.
A Centenarian in Chicago Who Was In the
Battle of Waterloo.
Chicago, April 14. Charles Voss, over
100 years old, walked into the Twelfth
street station this afternoon and asked for
food and shelter. He had been thrown out
of his home by his son. Voss told the offi
cers that he was born in Leichen, Germany,
and that in 1811 he enlisted in the Blue
Uhlans and fought against Napoleon at
Austerlltz, Leipsic and Waterloo. Voss
witnessed the burning of Moscow, and .was
decorated with the Iron Cross in 1813. In'
1848 Voss was a revolutionist in Berlin.
He came to New York in 1858, and reached
Chicago in 1860. He has been here ever
The old man's son came to the station'
this evening and took him back to his
home. "" '
He Wants Big Money.
VoTTwnsTOWTr. Anril 14. Robert P..
Campbell, of Pittsbnrg, has entered suiti A
here against the Ohio Iron and Steel Com-'
pany for $25,000 damages, alleging that
while riding on a freight car over a trestlef
belonging to the company it gave way,'
crippling him for life. '
A Steamship AOre. "
New York, April 14. The steamer Bio
Grande was damaged, $25,000 by fire.atythr, ,
aocs to-aay.
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