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At the Sound of a Bugle Blast
the Boomers Sweep Into
the Neutral Strip.
THE START FOR OKLAHOMA,
Fearful Hoods "Will Impede
the Forward Progress
of the Pilgrims.
A PIEECE BOEDER FIGHT.
The First Bed Flow of "What Prom
ises Be a Very Carnival
of Blood and Crime.
HABEI HILL HAS DISAPPEARED.
The Authorities at Washington Are Much
Alarmed OTer the Prospect of
Serious Trouble Ahead.
HAEEISON HAT DECLARE MAKTTAT. LAW
Owing to the floods it was decided to
allow the boomers to start across the neutral
strip for Oklahoma earlier than was at first
intended. At the sound of a bugle thou
sands of wagons started in an eager race for
the promised land. Pour persons were
killed and others injured in a fight between
a squad of boomers and the Indian police
on the border. Harry Hill has mysteriously
disappeared, and a reward is offered for his
discovery. Government officials ere fearful
of a general riot The military will be held
rSFZCtlXi TXXXQBAlt TO IBS DISPATCIX.1
Abkansas City, April 18. Between
floods and tornadoes the boomers who are
now in full march on Oklahoma are having
a hard time. This is a bad season of the
year to do anything in this part of the coun
try, but perhaps the most difficult feat of all
to perform is to attempt to go anywhere by
wagon. Every stream in the Indian nation
is swollen to such an extent that the fords
have been obliterated, and in order to make
successful crossings men have to go out on
the boiling water in rafts and make sound"
ings at the risk of their lives.
The storm of Tuesday night was the most
disastrous in thehistoryof Southern Kansas.
The wind blew a hurricane and Ihe rain fell
in torrents. Among the thousands of
boomers massed along the Cherokee strip
the suffering and terror caused by the furi
ous onslaught of the wind was appalling.
Horses were stampeded, schooners were
overturned and in the darkness man and
beast" raced about panic stricken and be
wildered. Scenei of Confusion.
In some cases whole families were hurled
out of their wagons and scattered over the
ground. Many were injured, but nobody
was killed. The old soldiers' Oklahoma
colony was overtaken by the tornado and
badly demoralized. Every tent save one
was destroyed, and the canvas covers of all
the wagons were blown away.
The drenched and miserable boomers who
comprise this colony returned to "Wichita
for fresh covering. At Wellington the
storm raged furiously. Several buildings
were wrecked. A man named Hacker was
almost instantly killed by a flying board.
All Southern Kansas and as far south into
the Indian country as the borders of Okla
homa have sent reports of washouts, of mis
ery and sickness in the camps of the boom
ers, and of trails almost obliterated by the
water which spreads over the low lands.
Later reports about the battle between the
Chickasaw; police and a party of boomers
and cattle men near Oklahoma City show it
to have been a stubborn contest for suprem
acy. The mounted police were guarding
the southern border of Oklahoma with strict
orders not to permit anybody to nse the
famous Chesholm cattle trail.
The First Blood Shed.
The cattle men were on their way to Kan
sas, and endeavored to bluff the police by
driving their stock past them. Several
boomers who saw a chance to get into Okla
homa under the guise of cattle men on
their -way North, joined the Texans and
made a bold dash for the trail. The police
warned the intruders back, but, being nu
merically'stronger, the cattlemen continued
to advance. The police then fired a volley,
instantly killing two cattle men and one
boomer named Henry Geiss, and wounding
The invaders replied with a rattling fire,
which killed one policeman and wounded
another. They then rounded up their
cattle and took the old Abilene route
through to Cheyenne reservation. The first
shooting around Kiowa occurred last night.
Two boomers claimed a certain quarter sec
tion and one named George Kramer under
took to put the other, Charles Heidke, off
Both men drew revolvers, and Kramer
was shot through the head and instantly
killed. Heidke was slrft through the groin
and may die.
A Very Mysterious Departure.
Oklahoma Harry Hill, one of the oldest
boomers in Kansas, left for the Territory
from Wichita last Friday, and has not been
heard from since. He was expected to re
turn Sunday, and his disappearance is most
mysterious. The last heard of him was
from Purcell. He left that village Sunday
evening, saying that he would ride over to
Oklahoma City Monday noon. His dog
was found shot through the head.
xuuuuncoi Wichita's most prominent
citizens and is worth several hundred thou-
Mftd' dollars. A reward of $600 has been
offered for his discovery, and this reward
will be greatly increased to-morrow.
Capt Marum, of the United States Army,
estimates thatthere will be at least 20,000 men
in the Territory before May 1 seeking home
steads. Great trouble is sure to be tne
result if the estimate is correct. A thousand
wagons and 8,000 men, women and children
are to-night toiling slowly across the strip
for Oklahoma. Many started at 8 o'clock
this morning. Everybody wanted to get in
the lead, and if a detachment of soldiers had
not been present to preserve order there
would have been trouble.
Starting- Across the Strip.
One of the wagons had the Stars and
Stripes floating from a pole. When all
was expectancy Captain Hayes, mounted
upon a superb gray horse, dashed down
upon the colonists. He reminded them of
their pledge not to disturb cattlemen's
fences or Indian villages in the Ponca and
Pawnee villages, and then announced that
the starting signal would be a long bugle
blast. Then he rode back to the head of
his column and, alter swinging it down the
plain a few hundred yards, he seized a
bugle from one of his men and blew a sharp
blast that set in motion the whole train of
An exciting race np and down hill began.
As the strange procession passed the Chil
loco Indian school little Indian cirls greet
ed it with cheers. The skipper of the neatest
schooner of the fleet was pretty Ella BlacE
burn, of Quincy, HI., and her crew of three
sisters. They were dressed in calico gowns
and old-fashioned snnbonnets. These girls
are going for homes in Oklahoma, and they
say they will not return without them, even
if they have to marry boomers. They car
ry two Winchester rifles.
Pour days from now and this great cara
van will reach the borders of Oklahoma,
All day to-day long white-topped wagons
have been rolling into Arkansas City from
the camps north and west of here. Some of
them are waiting for to-morrow's sun, others
are already down to the Pawnee trail and
following in the wake of the schooners start
ed by Captain Hayes.
One Olan Who Will Not Go.
There is one old fellow in the walnut bot
toms who will not start. His name is Black,
and although he is nearly 60 years old, he
is infatuated with the 'buxom wife of a
young farmer near Caldwell, and persuaded
her to run away with him and her husband's
best team of horses. The wronged husband
learned to-day for the first time that his
spouse and horses were here, and early this
morning he came over from Caldwell with a
constable and replevined the horses. He
declined, however, to reclaim his wife.
The boomers over at Hnnnewell and Cald
well started only a few minutes after the
Arkansas City procession began to move.
Every drop of liquor in the camps was de
stroyed. The boomers have no definite
plans as yet, but it is understood that un
less they'came to the old Cherokee and
Cheyenne trails at Black Bear Creek they
will separate into divisions so as to strike
theJ)order at three points widely separated.
A man who passed through Purcell to
day says the town is overrun with gamblers,
monte men and thugs, and several strangers
have been held up and robbed at the muzzle
of a six-shooter. Last night a big force of
special deputy marshals patrolled the streets
to prevent a collision between, opposing
factions of gamblers.
SCENES AT CALDWELL.
Hundred of Wagons Continence Their
Journey Across too Aoqtrnl Strip .
Fresh ArrlTnU" Without Ceas
Ins; Fears of the Floods.
Caldwell, Kan., April 18. At 10
o'clock this morning the start across the
Cherokee strip was made by the boomers en
camped here. The intention had been to
start to-morrow morning, but owing to the
condition of the trail because of the heavy
rains of the last few days, Captain Wood
son, commanding the company stationed
here to repel invaders, determined to give
the colonists another day to cross the strip.
At 8 o'clock a blue-coated bugler mounted
at the camp of the soldiers and rode from
camp to camp among the boomers with the
tidings that they might cross the line into
strip at 10 o'clock.
The troops broke camp at 9 o'clock and
proceeded to the line. By 10 o'clock SO
wagons were drawn up on either side of the
little bridge where the old Beno trail
crosses the line. At just 10 o'clock they
were permitted to start. The troops rode
slowly in front, the wagons stringing out in
single file, making the start of a long pro
cession that will continue to pour over the
little bridge into the land of the Cherokees
all day long. About 700 wagons left to
day. Captain Woodson returned after
riding a few miles with the troops, and
Lieutenant Jenkins will take them through
A dispatch from Wellington says: The
stream of prairie schooners moving south
ward has not diminished. The streets of
the city are filled with boomers and they
continue to pour in from the north, east and
west, and frequently from 6 to 12 wagons
and teams are in one outfit. Such an emi
gration has never before been witnessed in
this section. Old settlers iamiliar with the
Cimarron river, which all settlers entering
Oklahoma from the northwest cross, say
that its waters are very high and that it is
as much as a man's life is worth to cross it
in Its swollen condition. Its, banks are
composed in a large part of shifting quick
sand, and where asjfe crossing can be made
to-day, to-morrow m nil probability the
same place would be a death trap, if any
parties who intended to go from nere with
teams have abandoned the attempt and will
to by rail, being fearful of serious acci
ents in fording this river.
The Authorities nt Washington Have Their
Eyrs an Oklahoma Every Effort Will
be Blndo to Prerent Trouble
An Anxious Feeling;.
Washington, April 18. It is very ap
parent here that officers of the army are
filled with the liveliest apprehension re
garding the opening of Oklahoma. The
Secretary of War has authorized the state
ment that the Government is fully aware of
the situation, and has arranged to take all
proper steps to prevent trouble. It is known
that the subject has formed the main topic
for discussion at recent Cabinet meetings,
and that the Attorney General has been
called upon to decide the question as to
authority of the "War Department to act in
case of strife, bloodshed or violence in the
newly opened country.
The instructions sent to the commandant
of the troops in Oklahoma, as a result of the
opinion rendered by the Attorney-General,
were extremely guarded. They are under
stood to direct the army officers to assist in
the maintenance of law, but to carefully ob
serve the regulations defining their authority
and leave arrests for violations oflaw to the
Marshals. The President might, in case of
serious disturbance, declare martial law
over the Territory, but this could not be
done in advance of breach of the peace, and
the machinery of Government would, it
is feared, be too slow in moving to meet the
great emergency which may arise.
The only army regulation on the subject
provides lor interference by tbe troops in an
emergency only in case of interruption to
the carriage of the mail or assaults upon
United States property, but under a sozne-
( Continued on tevtnth page.)
PEOTESTS TOO MUCH.
Eren Facts Known to all Included in
the Standard's Sweeping Denial.
IT IS BEF1HING THE OHIO OIL,
And Marketing It to Compete With the
THE OPERATION RATHER EXPEN8IYE,
Bat a Llma"Eeflner Says the Results Are Far From
The flat denial of the Standard Oil Com
pany that any importance is attaohed to the
fact that it has gobbled np most of the Ohio
oil field has drawn out an interesting cate
chism for its officials to furnish the answers
to, if they were so inclined. Of course they
aren't, though Lima oil is being refined,
and although it costs more than a similar
process for Pennsylvania's superior product,
the Standard is selling it on its merits.
(SPECIAL TXLXOBAX TO TIOl DISPATCH.!
Lima, April 18. No statement could be
further from the truth than the sweeping
denial sent broadcast from Oil City,
Wednesday night, in which it was said the
Standard Oil Company officials authorize
the statement that there is absolutely no
truth in the report that they are abandoning
the Pennsyvania oil fields for Ohio, or that
they are able to successfully refine Ohio oil
for illuminating purposes. The entire story,
they say, is based on the fact that they are
now building a pipe line from Ohio to the
The authority of this denial is too uncer
tain, perhaps, for it to do much damage,
but it was put out for a purpose, and de
serves a little attention. The story, which
was made up wholly of facts, was not based,
as alleged, on the building of a pipe line
connecting the Ohio and Pennsylvania
fields, which was
A LATE DEVELOPMENT,
but chiefly on the fact of the Standard's ex
tensive purchases and improvements here
and at other points in the Ohio field, to
gether with the report that the Standard
was refining Lima oil and secretly sending
it out in tank cars to distributing centers,
whence it distributes it broadcast over the
It was not asserted in these dispatches
that the Pennsylvania field was being aban
doned, but that the effect on that field was
unoertain and remained to be developed.
The idea of its abandonment was probably
only a natural conclusion growing out of the
enormous purchase here, whieh, it must be
remembered, is a radical change in the pol
icy of the Standard, which has never before
attempted to acquire production. There are
many who suppose that the Standard owns
the Pennsylvania field, but as a matter of
fact it owns no wells there at all. This fact
makes the purchase of 25,000 acres of Ohio
territory all the more significant and sug
gestive. One thing is certain Pennsylvania pro
ducers must hereafter treat with the Stand
A. PPODUCEE OP CBUDE OIL
as well as a consumer of it, and, as said be
fore, the effectyOf this change on the. Penn
sylvania fields remains to be seen, and time
alone will tell. The Standard will not. Its
propensity for denying everything, divulg
ing nothing and squeezing pretty much
everybody that it can get a grip upon, is too
well established to admit of turning to that
source of information as to future plans and
The greatgame of freezeont, wherein Ohio
oil was beared from 60 to 15 cents, together
with the Standard's anxiety to take it all
in at that price, even when necessary to
build tankage to accommodate it, at an ex
pense of millions, and also good and suf
ficient foundation for suspicion.
Since the building of a pipe line to con
nect the Ohio fields not merely with the
Pennsylvania tanks, but with the Standard
refineries everywhere, from Brooklyn to
Chicago, is admitted, the whole question
really is as to whether they can refine Ohio
oil. As they deny that it can be refined
successfully, it is necessary to depend
largely on circumstantial evidence.
SOME PEBTINENT QUESTIONS.
It is one thing to know that a man is a
criminal, and another to send him to the
penitentiary. Of course the defendant can
not be compelled to criminate himself by
answeringbut he can easily shed a flood of
light on tbe subject by answering any or
all of the following questions:
What is the product of its 20-stiU refinery
of 5,000-barrel capacity? If not refining
petroleum, it is running night and day.
If Ohio oil cannot be Jrefined successfully,
why is this refinery to be increased to an
80-still, with 20,000-barrel capacity?
If it can't be refined, why are they build
ing a 22-acre reservoir? It will hold an
enormous amount of water enough, in fact,
to supply quite a city. Water won't mix
with oil, hut is necessary to a refinery, and
not to the fuel oil business.
If Ohio oil is worthless except for fnel,
why have they bought up as much as possi
ble of both oil and oil territory, and why do
they seek more?
SIN OTJLABLY SIGNIFICANT.
If fuel oil is the real product, why have
they Quit making contracts for furnishing
fuel oil for even a year? They at one time
made contracts for two years. As a matter
of fact, they have refused to contract for
more than two months, although they have
15,000,000 barrels of it here above ground,
and a daily production fully ten times as
great as the demand for fuel purposes. In
dications are that people who have gone to
the trouble and expense of putting them
selves in the hands of the Standard by
adapting fuel oil will be squeezed iu the
But it is not necessary to depend on the
answer of the Standard to settle the matter,
I have learned to-day, beyond all possi
bility of a doubt, that the Standard is suc
cessfully refining Ohio oil and sending it
out of Lima in tans: cars in tact, in tram
loads. The Standard has no cooperage
here, and most of this refined oil is sent to
Cleveland, where it is barreled, and whence
it is marketed. This is a fact, and anyone
on the ground can see it, although it is of
course impossible to get into the refinery.
A LIMA BEFINEE TALKS.
Furthermore, the Eagle Consolidated Re
fining Company is refining Lima oil ex
clusively, and has a market for all it can
produce. Nor is that all they are selling
it on its merits, as Lima oil. I interviewed
S. S. Drake, the President of this company,
in his office this evening, and found it
brilliantly illuminated with four large
lamps, burning Lima oil. The blaze gf
these lamps was not'only brilliant, but ex
ceptionally so, and if there was any odor I
failed to detect it
'"Do you use Lima crude exclusively?"
"Yes, sir. We use nothing else, and
have been refining Lima oil for over two
"Do you find a ready market?"
"We have no trouble in selling every
barrel we can refine, in direct competition
with Pennsylvania oil.'
"Does it differ in any respect with the
THE KINO OP LIGHT XX GIVES.
"It eives a better Ueht,?' he said, taki
off tie shade, 'jfefou will observe that is s
PITTSBURG, ERIDAT 'AHEffL
very white and very $) flame. I wish I
had a lamp of Pennsylvania oil to set along
side of it. If the twoaet side by side, and
you did not choose L$sauoi, you would, be
an exception to the rule. Nobody eyer saw
a better flame than that,'
"How1 about the odor?"
"Well, if there is any exceptionally bad
odor I have become so accustomed to it that
I do not notice it. If yon turn the lamp
low, however, you will smell a sulphurous
odor peculiar toXima'oil. The difference
would only be recognized by an expert, for
you know oil gives ofl an odor when the
flame is turned down."
"Is it easily refined?"
"No; that has been the trouble. Pennsyl
vania oil is refined in 24 hours, and it takes
48 to refine Lima oil, and it takes more
EELATIVE VALUES Op THE TWO 0H-8-
"What is the relative value of Pennsyl
vania and Lima crude oil for illuminating
"I believe I do not care to give any fig
ures," said he, hesitatingly, "but there is
not as much illuminant in Lima as Penn
"What is the percentage?"
"As we pet it, about 40 per cent"
"What is the percentage of Pennsylvania
"I am not sure as to that," said he, re
peating the question to an employe of the
refinery, who served an apprenticeship on
Pennsylvania oil, and from whom it was
learned that it is about 72 per cent
"Have yau been able to cheapen the cost
of refining Lima oil?"
"No, but we are making better' oil, and
are experimenting constantly, with tbe hope
and expectation of lessening the cost"
"Are you the only refiners of Lima oil?"
"No. The Peerless Oil Company, at
Findlay, refines it, and is now adding two
new stills. That is the only refinery in this
field, except ours and the Standard's."
"Is the Standard refining Lima oil?"
SOMETHING EVERYBODY KNOWS.
"Well, I'm not in the habit of saying
anything abont other people's affairs, but
they have a large refinery here, and it's
running day and night Everybody knows
The Standard is still acquiring territory
as rapidly as possible, with five buyers in
the field. Besides small deals, they closed
to-day with the Union Oil Company for
1,553 acres of leases.
The Associated Press dispatch sent out
last night, announcing that, with the close
of the deal for the Ohio Oil Company's ter
ritory of 15,000 acres, the Standard had ac
quired all the available territory here, is
erroneous, and caused considerable indigna
tion. The Lima Timet, in a long article on
the subject, says:
The Standard has acquired by purchase a
large acreage of oil-producing territory and
tho largest portion of the production, bat to
say that it has all is absolutely false. Not more
than one-tenth of tbe territory is under their
control. Thousand8npon thousands of acres of
good producing territory, some developed and
some undeveloped, are still open. to the pro
ducer. MUBDER ATllEA,
Frightful Story Told by the CreVr of a Bier
chant Vessel One Ulan Knocked
From the Yard and Killed
Warrant Ont tor tho
tSFXCUr. TKLIOEJLM TO THE BISPATCIM
Philadelphia, April 18. United
States Marshals here have warrants for Cap
tain E. E. Sewell, of the wooden ship
Solitaire, of Bath; the first mate, F. Byan,
and second mate, J. W. Bobbins, The two
mates left the vessel before she was docked
here on Monday and the-captain has disap
peared. Some of ,tbe crew toll, an awful
story of cruelr.it'rpra the start they were
overworked, and instead of having the
usual watch plan of four hours off, after
eight hours of duty, they were compelled to
work fully 20 hours of the 21. They were
constantly at work, when they should have
been below, scraping down the masts,
painting the Solitaire outside and inside,
and painting the boats." Men were daily
knocked down with brass knuckles and be
laying pins. No order was given without
being accompanied by an oath, a kick or a
blow, and the men say they were black and
blue from this treatment during the entire
On March 11 Coombs, an American sea
man, William K. Holm, a Dane, and two
Germans were ordered aloft to take in sail.
Roaring with oaths at the top of .his voice,
Bobbins, the second mate, mounted the rig
ging after them almost before they had
started at their task. Coombs stood next to
the mast as the mate came np, and Holm
was next to him. Aiming a blow at Coombs
with: "What are you doing ?" he hit
him in the neck. Losing his balance the
American fell 80 feet, when he caught him
self on the bnntlines and saved himself.
w liH !, cqnm mmflrlr iit ma, a 1.5. TTnl...
who, according to Coombs, gave a frightful
yell and fell like a stick from that awful
height to the deck. He was ..killed in
stantly and was buried next day:
"I made up my mind," said Coombs,
"that if enough of the crew would stand by
me we would, mutiny. I was ready for any
thing to get out of that floating hell. I
stole the carpenter's hatchet and wanted
the Irishman to stand in and get the rest of
the crew over, but he had not any 'sand
and the Dutchmen were thoroughly cowed
and ready to stand anything. I was wild
enough with the poundings day and night I,
had to taKe to sail we captain and the two
mates, set fire to the ship and take to the
TRIED TO P0I80N HIS PA.
A Young Man in Maine Under Arrest Ac
cused of Attempted Patricide.
rSPICIAX, TELIQBAM TO TOT DISPATCH. 1
Poetland, Me., April 18. A young
man in the neighboring town of Gray is
under arrest for attempted patricide. The
facts in the case are these: Mr. Abel Black,
an old and well-knon citizen of West Gray,
came near being fatally poisoned, Monday,
by paris green, whjch had been put into a
jug of cider from (which he was in the habit
of drinking. He! had been at work in his
field, and went into the house about 10 A. M.,
drank a glass ojf cider, and soon became
Later in the day J. L. Crockett also took
a drink from the same jug. He notice'd that
it looked and tasted peculiar, and on a more
particular investigation saw that it was col
ored with pari green. He was very sick
for a time, but it also acted as an emetic in
his case, andpe is now all right George
Black has been arrested on a charge made
by bis fatherof mixing the paris green with
KILLED BY A COUPLING LINK,
Strange and Fatal Accident to a Wrecking
Crew at Renovn.
rSFECIAL TZLEOBXX TO TUB BXSPATCII.I
BenoA, April 18. On the Philadel
phia and Erie Bailroad, near Cook's Bun
there had been a smash-up of an oil train,
and a wreckine crew went up ,to clear the
track To gefone of the derailed oil tanks
on tue track, a rope 100 feet long was at
tached to the coupling link, the other end
being fastened to tbe wrecking engine. John
"Wilson, one of the crew, was standing 100
fnt distant from tbe tank, and some dis
t&nce from, him stood Bndolph Schwab, an
I When the strain came on the rope tho
coupling link on the tank broke. One of
' fill TMPPPJt flflW tnVSnl Wlleftn nml eirtiAlr
him in the forehead. Glancing from his
forehead it struck Schwab in the neck, kill
ing him instantly. Wilson was knocked
down, but beyond a, bad cut was not in
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Expected to be Coined by Many Hew
York Boarding House Keepers
DUBING THE BIG CEHTEHNIAL
Only Three of Washington's Descendants
Honored at the Banquet.
THERE AEE TOO MANY 10 ASK ALL.
The Ball Boand to lis a Big Success, Despite the Early
Hour It Starts.
The arrangements for the Centennial in
augural celebration in New York City are
fast nearing completion. The .story having
gone abroad that extortion would be prac
ticed by hotels and boarding houses, similar
to that practiced in Washington during the
inauguration, New Yorkers are in a hurry
to deny the story. They have to admit
that some boarding house keepers will get
every cent they can. The ball will be un
fashionably early. Only three of Wash
ington's many descendants will have places
of honor at the banquet
rspEcuu. TELxa&m to tux dispatch.
New Xoek, April 18. Any keen ob
server or good listener who will go abroad
thrdugh this city this week will find that
tKS biggest part of the population of New
York is agape over the coming centennial
jubilee. One thing is emphatically sug
gested by the far-seeing men about town,
that is that there should be built along
Fifth avenue, back from the sidewalks,
block after block of platforms for spectators.
Something should be done to boom this idea
as a matter of public comfort
Tbe far-sighted one who wants to make
sure he will haye bed and board for himself
and family has already swooped down upon
the hotel keeper, and you can hear from
your friends who have spare room at their
homes that the country cousin is on the way
Some boarding house keepers are meanly
trying to coin an unearned fortune by put
tine up cots in their parlors and dining
rooms, on the flan of the ladies of the same
profession whb took advantage of the inaug-J
uration jam in Washington last March.
But most of them are going to be fair and
won't crowd their regularpatrons to the
ALL OUT FOB THE STUFF.
It is interesting to note how small busi
ness men and theater people are taking the
chance to furnish novelties for the jubilee.
Almost every one is planning and scheming
to attract the money that the visitors will
bring to town. All of them count on
swelling their purses to stocking size. They
are among the most excited in all the city.g'
The column of Washington's descendants
came down upon the Centennial Committee
to-day. The committeemen were awed by
theattack, and only fired one gunjipon the
advancing hosts. The single gun the com
mittee fired was the announcement that
only three Washingtons were invited to sit
Ct the banquet Thsyrwrre, Edmund Law
Bogers, of Baltimore, 'Uhe oldest living de
scendant of Martha Curtis;" Eichard B.
Washington, of Charleston, W. Va., "the
oldest living male descendant of Augustine
Washington and Mary Ball, the parents of
George Washington," and DangSrfield
Lewis, of Audley, Clark county, Va., "the
oldest male having they blood of both the
Washington and Curtis families."
QUITE TOO MANY OF THEM.
After stating that the Washington family
was really too prolific to be provided with
tickets, Mr. Bushrod C. Washington writes
in behalf of this particular regiment of
Washingtons that they were modest, and
"hold, I am sure, as I do, that George
Washington was pre-eminently the father
of his country, and that tbe Washington
family, being confined to no name, is com
posed of 60,000,000 of American freemen."
There were vast hordes of other Wash
ingtons, too. But late in the afternoon the
Washington Star made its appearance with
two solid columns of Washingtons. The
Washingtons were in close rank and file,
without a single break, for the Star's list
was a single two-column paragraph.
The committee has "been for some weeks
engaged very quietlr in another war, the
details of which only "came out to-day.
Every foreign minister at Washington was
in the beginning duly invited to attend
various features of the celebration. They
were invited to the ball, and the entire
diplomatic corps accepted the invitations
by return mail; but it was something of a
shock to the committee when every Minis
ter in the lot asked to have a box in the
Metropolitan Opera House for the occasion.
Hence there is trouble,
ALL WANT TO GO TO THE BALL.
The ball will be an unfashionably early'
affair, It will begin at 8 o'clock. There is
a tremendous rush for boxes. One commit
teeman received an offer of 51,000 for a box,
and another was offered ?2,00Q. There is,
however, a set price for boxes.
The Art Committee has spent a great deal
of time and money on devismgouvenirs of
the ball. There were souvenirs at the in
augural ball a century ago. They were
daintily painted fans, which were given to
each lady. The souvenir for Monday night
is a pamphlet of 12 pages, printed on
tinted Japanese paper. The pages
are tied loosely with ribbons.
The cover bears the full title of the celebra
tion. Below the title is the reproduction of
the obverse side of the commemorative
medal designed for the centennial by St.
Gaudens. The reverse side of the medal is
on the back cover. The center pages of the
pamphlet bear a design by Will H. Low of
two figures supporting large tablets, on one
of which are tbe names of the thirteen orig
inal States, with pictures of Washington
and Adams. The other pages give a great
deal of data concerning the centennial.
THE MUSIC EOS THE BALL.
At the meeting of tbe Entertainment
Committee to-day, Edmund C. Stanton was
elected director of the ball. His duties
will be practically the same as those as
signed to Ward SlcAUister. Mr. Stanton
will also be Chairman of the Floor Com
mittee. The music of the ball will bo made
up of 100 pjeces staing band divided into
relief orchestras of 50 each. It is intended
to limit the attendance to 6.000. There
rill be 17,000 square feet of dancing room
and .12,000 square leet oi supper room.
After the opening quadrille almost all the
dancing will be waltz music
A POLITICAL TRIAL.
Clayton's DIarder and tbe Theft of the
PiaramervUle Ballot Boxes.
Xittle BOOK, April 18. The trial of
William Palmer, Thomas Hervey and
William Hobbs, Judges of Election, who
are charged with interfering with the Con
gressional election at Flummerville last
November, began in the United States Cir
cuit Court to-day.
The theft of the ballot box by masked
men before the votes were counted and the
assassination of John M. Clayton, are feat
ures in the case and the courtroom was
crowded with spectators. . "" .
JB1WIKG THE MZ
A Conspiracy to Capture LowerCallfornla
Sworn to by a United States Officer
Arrests of Implicated Persona
ISrXCXAI. TELXQKAX TO TBI DISPATCH. 1
Los Angeles, Cal., April 18. The
filibustering expedition to Lower California,
as betrayed by Colonel J. K. Mulkey, of
this city, turns out to be true in every de
tail. To-night Lieutenant Thomas P.
Dapray made a statement under oath. Mr.
Dapray is an attache of the Department of
Arizona, United States Army. He says:
Colonel Mulkey approached me with bis
scheme. I threatened to make the matter pub
lic in the newspapers, wnen he turned livid
with fear and becged me not to expose the
scheme lor the present I have, therefore, kept
the matter to myself, until reading the ex
posure. Thomas B. Dapbat.
A reporter to-day secured a ticket to a
lecture on "Lower California" at Union
League Hall, April 3,1889. This ticket
was signed by the. initials K, G. P.,
meaning Knights of the Golden Meld. '
The net is drawing closely about Mnlkey
and his companions, and his immediate ar
rest by United States authorities is highly
probable. In an interview to-day with a
reporter, Governor Lewis Torres, of Lower
California, said: ,
Where one person thought seriously of such
a move. Sd would laugh at It and treat it
with ridicule. The idea originated probably
from some fertile brain, the possessor of which
thought there was Something to be gained by it
We feel very secure here in Ensenada, and are
sure that all our rights will ba respected. We
also know there Is nothing In the report, for
tbe simple reason that the Americans as a rule
are a fair and lust people, and 99 of tbe 1QD
would assist us In bofaing our own against any
unjust attack. We have Tights which are rec
ognized by everybody, and consequently feel
secure In the knowledge of those rights.
Wades Hayes, of Flower street, is an old
Californian. He was here when Walker's,
filibustering scheme started from Los
Angeles. He knew Walker well, and for
many years has been well posted on Califor
nian affairs. He said he did not know
Mulkey, and had never been in Lower Cali
fornia, but believed there would be some
startling developments in Mexico before
long. "In 1881, during Garfield's term,"
said he, "I was engaged in mining in Sono
ra, Mexico. At the time I met a large
party of men from California, Arizona and
New York, who had been inspecting Lower
California and Sonora, and were talking of
a filibustering expedition to capture the
peninsula. One of the men was E. A.
Hedd, of Arizona, another was Mr. Ben
nett, of New York, who is now the editor
and proprietor ot the newspaper, the Lower
Californian, published at Ensenada."
TOO 0LP TO CLIMB.
Frederick 'Werner Snflocnted Because He
Could Not Slide Down a Rope.
rSPECLU. TII.EQBJjf TO TBI DISPATCH.
New Yobk, April 18. The six-story
brick building, 81 to 85 Center street, was
found to be on fire at 7 o'clock this evening.
As hook and ladder No. 1 was on its way up
Center street Captain Shaw saw three men
at the sixth-story window on the south side.
They were Herman Schneider and his two
ns, whosa gunsmith shop occupies a part
the top floor. Thv tore off a piece of
rubber belting and let themselves down to
the roof of the three-story building, No. 79.
When they got down Schneider said that a
workman was left behind.
The firemen reached the shop by a 35-foot
ladder. They found the place filled with
smoke and Frederick-Werner suffocated to
I death in the middle of the room. He was
HV.i.Aa ,U ivti3 taA ofnmmA 4a fro. A
scend the by-rope of belting. Warner was a
Grand Armyjnan and bad a wife and four
The main part of the building was occu
pied by Simon Zinn, manufacturer of
fancy metal goods. The police estimate his
damage at $15,000 and the damage to the
building at $5,000. Ihe building is owned
by Henry A. Mott
In 1872, on Christmas night, six girls and
three mea lost their lives in a fire on the
site of these buildings.
HOW A 301 LOST A HMD.
He Fooled With a Daalia Cap and It Blew
rSFXCIAT. TZLIORAM TO TUX DISPATCH1
Shenandoah, April 18. John Conroy,
aged 12, was standing at the blackboard
copying figures from it on his slate at
school in this place to-day, when suddenly a
loud report was heard, and four of the boy's
fingers fell In different parts of the room,
while fragments ot his slate flew about the
room, striking a number of scholars. Young
Conroy was thrown to the floor, and tbe
blood spurted in streams from his shattered
hand. He was carried home, and the re
mainder of his hand had to be amputated.
It was a long time before the mysterious
explosion could be explained, and' then it
was found that the boy had a dualin cap, a
powerful fulminate used in the mines, fitted
on the end of his slate pencil. While at
tbe blackboard he began picking at the ex
plosive cap with his knife, with the result
ONE MORE TRUST FORMED.
The Western Knit Goods Manufacturers
Organize a Combine.
Chicago, April 18. The manufacturers"
of knit goods in the West now have an or
ganization for the promotion of trade
Interests. It was formed this after
noon at the Grand Pacific
iHotel, where 26 representatives of
manufacturers in nearly all the Western
States met The organization is to be
known as the "Western Enit Goods Manu
facturing Association"," and it is said to
especially include in its membership all the
western producers of knit goods, hosiery,
A constitution and bylaws were formu
lated, and at another meeting on the last
Thursday in June they will be submitted
for formal adoption. The association
elected as President, John W. Hart, of S.
B. Wilkins Company, Bockford, 111.; and
for Secretary, C. E. Ovenshiere, of the St
Paul Knitting Works, St Paul, Minn.
WAST A PIECE OF HEW I0RK.
The Heirs of a Dntch Pioneer After a Valp.
rsrlCIAL TJXIQBAJt TO THS DISPATCH:!
Bochestee, N. Y April 18. About
100 families living in this county are after
some property in lower New York, and pro
pose to have it if there is any way of getting
it or its money equivalent. They are named
Mandeville, and everyone of these claims to
be a descendant, to some extent, of Vellis
Mandeville or Manderville, one of the old
Dutch pioneers who came to New York two
Tbe old man settled down near the spot
where Washington Market is located, and
a part of the land he acquired by the right
of possession was a seetion through which j
uanesvoprt street runs, xz is claimed mat
the-present owners have no title from the
old pioneer, and that his heirs own the
Canada Is Making: MoneT.
Ottawa, April 18. In the House of
Commons to-day, Hon. McKenzie Bowell,
Minister of Customs, said that.the amount
of exports of produce from Canada for the
nine months ended April 1, 1889, was
$59,790,891. For the sameperiod in 1888 the
figures were 158,308,785. This is exclusive
of British Columbia,
APatheUd'l History Qaufsai'
West ftC'S.u "steliip for a
Hia Grandslre-Cast the , jfor.Lia-.
coin In a TOott$Sunty fS"
WITH A COOKED RIT0LTEB IS HIS HAHB
Both lather and Grandfather the Victims of Political
One of, the saddest stories connected with
the political dissensionaof 1861-65 has come
to light by the application for a West Point
cadetship. The facta have been verified by
documents stained with the blood of politi
cal martyrs. President Harrison and Sec
retary Proctor were deeply impressed by the
pathetic relation, and exerted themselves
successfully to secure an appointment for .
the applicant, who undoubtedly comes from
a brave race.
Washington", April 18. The appoint
ment yesterday of Henry M. Dixon, of
Mississippi, as a cadet at large tWest
Point, brought to light a sad family history i
probably without a parallel in the tragic
features which mark it
Several days ago a feeble old lady was
ushered into thr office of Private Secretary
Halford and asked him to present to Presi
dent Harrison an application from her for
the appointment of her grandson, a youth of
18, as a cadet at West Point Her story
deeply interested Mr. Halfdrd, and he took ,
her directly to President Harrison. To him
she repeated the tale, which he said after
ward greatly moved him. At his sugges
tion Mrs. Dixon, for that was her name, pre-,
pared a statement in detail of the eiperi- x
ences of herself and family, which accompa
nied her formal application for her .grand-,
A. political maetye.
From this statement it appears that Mrs.
Annie F. Dixon, the widow of Major
Henry T. Dixon, was the only man
in Fauqier county, Virginia, who voted
for Lincoln for President in 1860. Ha
had to send to Washington for
the ballot, which he deposited in the box
with his left hand, a cocked revolver being
in his right. He had been warned that 10
men had sworn to kill him if he voted for
Some time afterward he went to Alexan-
dria, Va.. on business, to be gone two days.
After he had gone a friend informed Mrs.
Dixon that her husband would be shot on
the depot platform as he alighted from the
cars if he returned. She telegraphed her
husband not to return home, and he did not
see his home again for four years. Ha
served through the war, was one of the de
fenders of the capital, and was afterward
commissioned as paymaster. During the
war Mrs. Dixon suffered much persecution,
and was several times taken prisoner. Their
property was all destroyed, and six weeks
atter'the war closed Major Dixon was assas
sinated by an ex-Confederate officer, being
shot In -the back.
a cowaedlt assassination.
His family was left in destitute circum
stances, and at the requestof General Grant,
who was acquainted with the circumstances,
Postmaster General Bandall gave the widow
employment in his deDartment After
about ten years of service she left it and is
now old and feeble, penniless and without a
Her son, Henry M. Dixon, went South
after the war, a mere boy, and married in
Mississippi at the age ot 18, his wife being
a native of that State. He opposed the
Democratic ticket at his home in Yazoo
City, and in 1879 he was .warned by a mob
to leave the town. This he refused to do,
and in August, 1879, he was shot down from
behind, as was his father before him. His
wife did not long survive him, and six small
children were thus bereft ot their parents'
care and love. It was for the eldest of these,
named for his father, that Mrs. Dixon asked
''Accompanying the application was a
package of papers that were mutely elo
quent One of these was a letter taken
irom the hip pocket of Henry M. Dixon,
through which the fatal bullet had cut its
deadly way. Another was a letter from his
widow to his widowed mother, full of ten
derness and pathos. These, with the rest,
were referred to Secretary Proctor, who was
as deeply touched as the President, who de
termined to appoint the boy if there was a
place for him. So deep was the Secretary's
interest that he personally looked up the
record of Mrs. Dixon, and was satisfied, of
the correctness of her statements.
There was a vacancy in the list of cadets
at large, caused by the1 failure of an ap
pointee to fulfill the requirements, and
greatly to the gratification of President
Harrison he to-day received notice from
Secretary Proctor that Mrs- Dixon had been
notified of the appointment of her grandson.
It mav be added that the bov. who has been
ttenaing school.is most highly recommend
ed Dy his teacher and rector as well deserv
ingHhe appointment because of hls accom
plishments and worth.
FEEL THE NEED OF A TRUST.
New York Warehousemen Preparing ten
Form an Airtight Combination.
r SFICIAI. TH.ZQKAM TO TOTS DISPATCB.1
New Yobk, April 18. There were re
ports on the Produce Exchange to-day to the
effect that the big warehousemen were or
ganizing a storage trust like that which now
rules the Brooklyn water front The state
ment was made that the New York storage
men have suffered materially by competi
tion among themselves, and that the rates of
storage for vegetable oils, teas, coffees,
hemp, chemicals and sugars and general
merchandise are far below Brooklyn trust
rates. Tbe organization of the New York
trust was to stop this chopping of rates, and
efforts were to be made to bring about uni
form and profitable rates.
Inquiry among the storage men, notably
ElliottT. Driggs & Co., Lawrence, Son &
Gerrish, and David Seals & Co., resulted
only in denials that any storage trust was
contemplated, but the people who know
what is going on down town were convinced
that some sort of a combination to advance
and maintain storage rates is under way.
SOMEWHAT PEREMPTORY. "
An TJnqnnlifled Demand for tho Sesiajsatloa
of St. Louis Federal Officials.
St. Louis, April 18. Quite a stir was
created in political circles here to-day by a
peculiar request for the resignations of Col
lector Barnum and Appraiser Harrigan.
Congressman Niedringhaus called on the of
ficials named and presented the following
WASHrNQTON, April IS. Hon. F. Nledring
haus, St Louis:
Call on Harrigan and Barnum and ask for
their resignations, to take effect on May 1.
President wants it If they don't resign tbey
will be removed on Saturday. Bring their rea
ignatioas with you. Nathax CBAjrr.
Congressman Niedringhaus left to-night
for WasMBgtoa without the resigaaUwa.