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A POST OFFICE USURPER.
THE GOVERNMENT LEAVES LOCH
LOOSA IN THE LURCH.
A Shortage Whlcla the Last Regular
Postmaster Must Make Good Arre
dondo’s Post Office Cracksman
Arrested at Gainesville The News of
Jacksonville, Fla.. July •>.—George J.
Bates, of I/oehluosa, Alachua county, was
before United States Commissioner Wiltz
this afternoon charge*! with unlawfully
carrying on a post office. hen the former
postmaster there resigned it is claimed Butes
obtained possession of the office ly repre
senting himself as having the appointment.
He was held in SIOO for trial. There is a
shortage also which the former official will
have to settle.
A man was arrested at Gainesville to-day
who robbed the Arredondo post office last
night. A warrant was issued and Marshal
Binl left last night to get him
A man named Legem was lodged in jail
here this afternoon charged with stealing
$75 worth of fishing tackle from Gen. Ixil
svith at Mayjiort. Stealing fishing tackle
down there is a capital offense.
BURGLARS AT WORK.
B. M. Fuller’s house at South Jackson
ville was robbed last night. As the owner
is North it is impossible to ascertain the
amount of the loss, but it must lx* great, as
the whole house was ransacked, trunks
wrenched open and their contents scattered
over the floors, and much damage caused to
the clothing, etc., left behind.
To day the city Telephone Exchange was
connected with Pablo Beach, which will
prove of great convenience.
The editorship of Church onrl Home , the
Episcopal church paper of the State, was
to-day tendered by the committee appointed
by the late Dioees'nn Council to Rev. K. H.
Weller, of this city, the present editor, at a
salary of $1,500 pci annum. If he accepts
it. will cause a vacancy in the rectorship of
Kt. John’s church, the'largest and wealthiest
church iu the Stats' The salary of the
rector is the same as that of the editor.
THK MAYPOKT RAILROAD.
The directors of the new Mayport and Ar
lington railroad held a mis ting this after*
noon for the purpose of taking steps for t lie
early completing of the road. J. B. Logni
and L. S. Burrows, it is said, have sold
their interest in the road to the other
directors, Alexander Wallace, A. Solary
and F. M. Dolby.
The Board of Trade met this afternoon
and hail quite a warm debate on tho lumber
shipment question. It was shown how
much Fernandina han secured of this trade
and Jacksonville business men think if full
time to stop it. A committee was appointed
to devise means to effect the desired result.
In the last six years over 280,000,000 feet of
lumber has been shipp'd from this port.
Steamer competition and lack of facilities
here for the handling of large lumber ship
ments are the main causes of Fernandinn's
JACKSONVILLE REAL ESTATE.
Jacksonville real estate is appreciating
very rapidly ns seen by the good prices paid
here for property in different portions of
the city. As an instance A. B. Campbell
paid SI,OOO the other day for four acres at
the junction of the Savannah, Florida and
Western and the Florida Railway and
Navigation railroads, some little distance
from the main part of the city. Four years
ago he sold some laud adjoining this tract for
$225 per acre- rather a good interest, $750
on a $225 investment in four years. The
property is known ns tho Scott place.
Tne Seminole held their first, meeting
in their new and handsome quarters last
night. F. R. Osliom, a din* tor, was elected
President and J. It. Tyson was elected a
director to till the vacancy, Nix new mem
bers were received into the club
THE SUMMER EXODUS.
The exodus to the summer resorts con
tinue-.. Muj. L. R. Tuttle, the faithful
knight of the fair "Ellen N.” and family,
accompanied by Mrs. Rockwell, left this
morning for Gainesville, Ga. Maj. W. P.
Coups , general land agent of the Florida
Southern, and wife, left this afternoon for
St. Simon's Island tor the summer. Lot on
M Jones, a prominent attorney, left this
evening for the mountains of Kentucky
The Traveling Passenger Agents will' meet
in this citv the flint week in January next.
The Florida Railway and Navigation rail
road is now running regular trains through
to Plant City.
J. Kauffman, n prominent merchant, will
shortly tear down the building, corner of
Church and Julia streets, used as a store,
and erect a handsome residence t hereon.
The prospects for the new opera house ap
pear to brighten. A meeting of the direc
toi-s of the Park Theatre Company was
held last evening, and after a discussion
the plans submitted by Manager Burbridgo
were adapted. Work will begin this week,
and it will bo pushed to completion.
At a raffle last night at the Palmetto
Pharmacy, for a handsome toilet case
valued at $75, George W. Mnrkens won,
throwing forty-one out of a possible fifty
four. Three others tied on thirty-eight,
SHERIFF HOLLAND GRIEVED.
Sheriff Holland’s 5-yeaf-old son died here
suddenly this morning.
Mrs. Weldon Lund, a social favorite,
leaves to-morrow on the Cherokee for Bos
ton. via New York, to lx- alisent tMI (letolier.
||Miss Aiwa Conipte and J. Rivas will be
married on July 19. In accordance with an
old French custom the couple will be mar
ried inside the altar rails.
Postmaster Clark went to Pablo last night
and swore in E. S. Lee, clerk of the Pablo
Beach Hotel as special clerk till the depart
meat nets in the matter of anew Postmaster
for the Beach.
A Brief Review of Chief Justice A. E.
Tallahassee, Fla., July o.—Hon. A. E.
Maxwell, the new Chief Justice of the
Florida Supreme Court, is a native of Geor
gia and was educated at the University of
Virginia. When quite a young man he re
moved to Florida and soon attaints! a high
place among the leading men of the State.
He has been a member of both branches of
the State Legislature, and serv*d at differ
ent tines as Secretary of State and Attor
ney General. In IAMi he was elected to tho
United States Congress and was re-elected
in 1854. After this he deelinud further elec
tion anil practiced law until.Uyid. when lie
wus elected to the Confederate Senate.
Iu 18tkl he was appointed Judge of the
Supreme Court by Gov. 1). S. Walker, and
served until the Republicans assumed charge
of the State government, He presided
over the State Convention w hich nominated
George F. Drew for Governor in 187 b, and
rendered valuable aid iu redeeming tho
State that year. In 1877 he was npiminted
Judge of the First Judicial Circuit, which
gxution he h.-ld until his resignation in ivci.
e was a leading member of the lute Con
stitutional Convention, and his promotion
to tbe Chief Justiceship gives universal
Gov. Perry is making no haste in the sc
lection of the members of the Railroad
Commission. It is thought by sqme that
ex-Chief Justice McWhorter, of West
Florida; the prevent Attorney General, Mr.
Cooper, of East Florida. and lion. K. C. F.
Sanchez, of South Florida, will compose tho
commission, but. of course, this is mere
speculation and may have no foundation in
It seems absurd that two great countries
should quarrel over codfish., If it were shad,
or even brook trout, there might be some
sense about It; but codfish! Codfish makes us
John Pbestos died recently at Ilro'vntown,
/<’ J., aged 10. 1 ) yearn, When he was 103 years
of oirc be walked eight miles a day and cut cord
wood. He tiuver retired without his glass of
YANKEES GAVE HIM THE CUE.
A Celestial Student Weds an Heiress
and Will Enter Journalism.
New Haven, Conn., July (5. —Yan Phon
Lee, of Fragrant Hills. China, who gradii
ated with high honors at Yale's last com
mencement, whs to-day united in marriage
to Miss Elizabeth Maude Jerome, a New
Haven heiress. The ceremony was quietly
performed at the residence of the bride's
mother by Rev. Dr.,Twitchell, of Hartford.
The groom was sent here to bo educate*!
several years ago. After his re
turn to China he became tired of
home and at the first opportunity ran away,
and finally reached New Haven. He again
entered in the clans* of 1887, and greatly
distinguished himself throughout his college
course. This wedding is the first, ease on
record in New Haven where a Yankee girl
has married a Chinaman, and the event ex
cites considerable I'omment After a wish
ding trip to Narragansctt Pier the pair will
reside in New Haven, tile groom intending
to enter the journalistic (iold.
FACTS ABOUT YAN PHON LEE’S LIFE.
A dispatch from New Haven, Conn., to
the New York Herald savs: ‘‘l am going to
stay in the United States and do as much
good for my race os I possibly can,” said
Yan Plum Lee, the young Chinese graduate
of Yale whose manly and eloquent oration
at commencement yesterday on “Tho Other
Side of the Chinese Question,” brought forth
much merited applause.
Yan l’hon Lee was found iu his room at
No. 110 North Middle College. He dresses
in a suit of navy blue flannel, and is as
neatly and tastily arrayed as a West Point
cadet. He long since discarded his queue.
His is a verv tidy apartment, and the ar
rangement of pictures and other articles of
hric-u-brae indicates a well cultivated and
lest hot ie taste.
LEARNING ENGLISH WHILE YOUNG.
Yan Phon Lee greeted the correspondent
warmly, and gave a short sketch of his life
in answer to inquire* substantially as fol
lows: “When 1 was 13 years of age, in the
year 1873, I caine from China to the United
States, and became mi inmate of an Ameri
can family in Springfield, Mass. I studied
hard to perfect myself in the English lan
guage and succeeded very fairly. I was
quite young when I began to study, and it
ought not to be difficult for any one to ac
quire any language if any one begins young.
I stayed with my friends in Springfield five
years, and as riiv father had been a business
man in China and my grandfather was the
literary chancellor in a large educational
institution I wanted to acquire a good ivlu
cation. In fact, my grandfather occupied
the sanio position where he lived a* Presi
dent Dwight, of Yule, does here in New
Haven So I came to the Ilopkins Gram
mar School in IH7B, when I was 17 years of
age, and for two years I studied hard, and
was re ward is 1 bv being made the valedicto
rian of my class. There were twenty-five
other students in the graduating class.
“Then I concluded that I would go to
Yale College in 1881, but, nt that time, you
will remember, the Chinese government re
called all tho young Chinamen who were
attending schools and colleges in tho United
Slates. We all had to go home or the con
sequences would have have been grave
probably. I went home and was placed in
the naval school of China. I was there
about six months when I took French leave
and finally managed to reach Hong Kong,
where I found myself under the protection
of the English flag. Then for two years I
paddled my own canoe in tho best way I
could. I managed to got a place in the law
office of Sharp, Toller A Johnson, at Hong
Kong, which is an English colony. There
are quite a number of Americans who re
side there and transact business. I man
aged to support myself by teaching and by
acting as translator, sometimes doing tins
for the court. Mr. Sliarp was the Crown
Solicitor. I was in Hong Kong for about
two years, when I got a chance to come to
America, und I then determined to complete
my education nt Yale and [ have very for
tnnately managed to pull through.”
“What are your plans for the future, Mr.
TO BECOME A NEWSPAPER MAN.
“Well, I am going to take a post graduate
course for a year and study with special ref
erence to journalism. I believe that I can
do as muon for the advancement of my
countrymen in that way us uny other. 1
feel, though, that the schools and courses of
journalism do not give a person that prac
tical knowledge which every aspiring news
paper man desires.”
“Why don’t you pitch in, Mr. Lee, and
join the staff of some paper.”
“I have not thought much about, it, and
do not know that I could. However, I may
see my way clear in that direction in the
future. While at college I have written
some few articles, and have lectured on
Chinese customs. 1 have delivered, perhaps,
100 lectures in New York, Pennsylvania and
in tho New England States.”
ALWAYS WELL TREATED.
‘Did you ever have any trouble with the
Yato students, or did you over experience
from them any demonstrations of caste or
race prejudice V'
"Never. 1 have always been treated with
perfeirt courtesy, and 1 nave never received
any treatment from them that was unpleas
ant or disorderly. They never regarded me
otherwise than an equal, and I shall always
remember my four years’ career at Yale
University with pleasure.”
In regard to his lecture yesterday Yan
Fhon Loe said : “I felt that it was a good
time to speak for uiy people and to give
what I honestly believe to be the other side
of the Chinese question. There is a great
deal of misunderstanding among tho Ameri
can people about, China. While I intend to
he an American to all intents and purposes
and mean to bo naturalized by a sort of
special dispensation, if possible, yet I love
my native land. China ts much more demo
cratic than might lie supposed. There any
deserving young man can work his way
froni the low est round of the ladder up to
the Prime Minister if he Ims good luck. And
I shall try to educate myself in law and po
litieal economy iu inv post-graduate course.
My wish and desire is to tie of advantage to
Yan Phon L-o is rather small and slight,
and weighs about lift pounds. 11c is as
lithe and straight as an Indian and as quick
as a cat. He lias a very pleasant expression
of countenance and a bright black eye. He
always looks one directly in the face, and
his address is of the most pleasing kind.
Not one of the nearly 1,000 students in Yale
can lie found who dislike Yan Phon Lee,
either personally or because of his na
tionality. He has among all who know him
the reputation of being u man of the strict
est honor and integrity. Ho is honest and
straightforward, and his word Is not to bo
questioned. President Dwight mid several
of the professors of Yale this morning said
in eubstanev that the university was proud
of the young Chinaman.
The Crimes of Napoleon.
.Villi’, Hlaze in the NV w Princeton Rei'ie lf.
When on** reflects what the frivolity and
selfishness, the betrayal of public trust the
sins of commission and omission of the
Bourbons had been situs* the advent of
Loui* XIV., and when one thinks of the
victories with which Nnjioloon lvsnl glutted
s** vain and ignorant a people as the French,
uud ill*' s|siils he luul brought home to them
one enu hardly measure, at first, the evil of
those deeds of his which reconciled such u
community to such suervssors. But Napo
leon had lost tbe sense of what is dll** to
humanity, ami humanity had bo be avenged.
The man who quietly said to M. do s>tu'-
bonne, when referring to the unpopularity
of the Russian campaign: “Why, after all,
what did it cost me' Not more than 1100,000
men, and among those a good many were
Germans!”—this man luul to lx* set aside by
human law, and, as wits quickly shown, he
wus set aside too leniently.
Wire - I think, my dear, that we had belter
name tbe baby Bill. ’
Husband— ‘'Bill!” What do you want him
named that for?
Wife So that be will Is* called "William "
w'*en Ii * xrows up.-AV/c I'm k Sun.
THE MORNING NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1887.
IN' A JAPANESE CAGE.
THE HORRORS OF LIFE IN A TOKIO
The Experience of a Political Prisoner
as Described by Himself Men Sent
to Prison Without Trial and Crowded
Into Small Pens.
From the I Vanhinqton Stnr.
Tatni Baba, a Japanese now visiting this
country, writes the following account of his
recent experience in a Tokio prison:
“The Japanese government has, during
the last ten years, been introducing many
superficial elements of European civiliza
tion. such ns dress, dancing, etc., but more
fundamental reforms necessary to the wel
fare of the 37,000,000 of people are entirely
neglected. One of the matters requiring re
form is the Japanese prison system. I was
put in the Japanese prison at the end of De
cember, 1 Hh.‘), and kept there under the sus
picion of a political offense for six months
without auy public trial. When a public
trial came the public prosecutor could pro
duce nothing worthy of notice, and I was
set free. My arrest came about in the fol
“At the time I intended to come to this
country, and went to Yokohama, where the
Pacific mail steamships start for .Sun Fran
cisco, to m ike inquiry aliout the voyage. I
made several purchases as part of the
preparations for my journey. I was with
another young Japanese gentleman. We
passed near a shop kept by an Englishman
■for the sale of dynamite. We concluded to
go in and see dynamite, simply to satisfy our
curiosity. We went in and stated that wo
wanted Is) see the dynamite. We were told
that the man had no dynamite in the shop,
as it was kept in a warehouse, and tlint con
sequently he could not show it to us. .So
we left the shop. But the government spies
lurking about there gave information to the
Japanese government to the effect that I
had made a contract for the purchase of
dynamite. The Japanese government,
always suspicious of those who criticise
their policy, immediately arrested me and
my friend, without any further investiga
“At first I was brought before Keibu, or
three constables, and asked several useless
questions, such as: Who are your
friendsf Whom do you know! etc. I
was kept in a temporary prison for ten days
and then sent to the main prison in lvaji
“This prison is situated in a central place
of the capitol, Tokio, and is under the direct
control of the Minister of the Interior. The
building is two stories high and made in the
shape of a cross. In each story there arc
forty cages, making eighty cages in all.
Each cage is nine feet square. The Japa
nese government managed to keep many
prisoners in this prison for two or three
years without any public trial. Each cage
generally contains ten or eleven prisoners,
who cat and sleep in this small lox. Or,
perhaps, it is better to say the prisoners try
to sleep heaped up one over the other.
There are always from 800 to 900 prisoners
kept in this way. Many become sick and
die. I have seen two of the prisoners die
within six months. But I am surprised
thut, considering the bad sanitary system,
want of exercise, bad food and drink, etc.,
so few die. iam told more prisoners die
after they come out of the prison, where
they are sustained by a sort of excitement.
“The outside of each cage is protected by
a strong wooden frame. The frame itself
becomes a door to let the prisonersin or out.
The side facing the yards has a large win
dow, protected with an iron frame, of which
the door must not be closed without the per
mission of the officials, even in the severest
winter night. Thus, it is a common oc
currence that prisoners are found covered
with snow. At the comer of this cage, a
small tub, containing water for the purpose
of drinking and washing, is placed lieside
two wooden vessels for sewage puiqiosoM.
The water is impure as well ns filthy. The
food furnished to the prisoners consists of a
small quantity of a mixture of rice and oats,
about a quarter of a pound, served some
times with three pieces of pickle or with
boiled vegetables. Although they give
meal three times a day the quantity is so
small that the prisoners become as thin as
skeletons. There is an arrangement made
which is supposed to be for the ben
efit of the prisoners. The friends
of the prisoners are permitted
to send a quarter of a pound of meat once a
day, but several absurd formalities must be
gone through with before a prisoner can get
his meat. Generally the meat is sent away
if one makes a very slight error, such as
failing to mention the particular prisoner’s
name, or his place of residence, or the date
of his arrest. The most of the prisoners
have no moans of communicating with their
friends. When they are arrested tho gov
ernment spy or police tell them that they
need not bring any money with them, as
they will be sent back to their homes in a
few minutes. When they go to the prison
they are kept there six months at least.
During this tune, if they have any money
to pay postage, they are permitted to send
their letters; but if they buve no money, no
letter can be sent bv public expen.-*'. They
are never permitted to see their friends until
the judge of a secret examination makes up
his mind to send a prisoner to the court of
THE SECRET EXAMINATION
lasts one year, and sometimes threo years.
Even when the judge of a secret examina
tion decides to send the case toa public trial
the prisoner cannot write to Ills friends un
less lie has money. So, in many cases, he
cannot obtain the help of a lawyer. Tims,
it is a farce to say that t heJapane.se govern
ment gives a fair chance to prisoners to de
fend themselves before the court of justice,
’t he prisoners are deprived of means of ob
taining legal advice. When they are per
mitted to sis* their lawyers they have to see
them in the presence of two officials, sitting
between them. The prisoner is not per
mitted to speak to his lawyer in a confiden
tial manner. As to the clothing of the
prisoners, the regulations are most cruel.
Even in severe winter the prisoners are
not permitted to wear drawers and
socks, and are compelled to walk in
naked feet with thin straw sandals. Prison
clothing is lent to those who came to the
prison during summer, and who have no
means to communicate with their friends to
have them send them clothing for winter.
But it is a thin gown, made of cotton, ami
each prisoner is gi von only one. Three of
these gowns are not enough to protect the
wearer from cold. There being no heating
arrangements, tin* prison is simply freezing.
The psir prisoners are in a most miserable
condition during tb • winter. It is but nat
ural that prisoners who have a supply of
clot hing should take pity on their less for
tunate fellows and give or lend their cloth
ing lint if they do they are severely pun
ished, as it is against the regulations of the
prison for prisoners to lend their property to
one another. Two blankets are supplied to
eacn prisoner for use os bed-clothing, but
during the daytime they cannot ho used in
any way to keep the prisoners warm.
The prisoners uie compelled to sit
on mats, but it they place the blankets
on the mats and sjt upon them they
are punished and the blankets taken from
them. They are not j/erniitted to write or
do anything to pass away the time. No
writing mat -rial is allowed in a cage. If a
piece or pencil is found on the person of a
prisoner he is severely punished. When
ever permission to write a letter is given a
prisoner, he is taken out of his cage to a
room where he is allowed the use of paper
and ink. Books used to he supplied, but
they are no longer allowed. But the books,
even when supplied, wore the liooks on the
Chinese morality, such as the Book of Con
fucius. and wen* scarcely interesting to any
reader. Histories, scientific or’ philosophi
cal works were not allowed It is scarcely
l>ossihle to lay p prisoners from attempting
to do soniethiug to pass away the time
Borne try to make network from the |si|s*r
allows*l th**n 'Or writing letters, but in
win as they are found out the paper is
| taken away, and the prisoners are pun
DEPRIVED OF FOOD.
“The punishment is what is called shoku
batsu or the punishment of food. The food
I of prisoners is generally reduced to one
third, anrl the term of punishment lasts from
one to two weeks. Food is given in small
quantity ordinarily, but when a man is sub
jected to this punishment it is simply starva
tion. If it lasts three days the prisoner can
scarcely walk. Thus, when a prisoner is to
be punished for more than a week, it is irn
jiossible to carry out the sentence without
starving him to death. Sc, in case of one
week's punishment, the ordinary quantity of
food is given one day during the week, and
the punishment is carried out in eight days.
This punishment is inflicted for slight
offenses. I know one case of a young man
or boy of 18 years who was kept in the
prison two years. Thinking to avail
himself of his time to learn arith
metic, he made a calculating instru
ment out of paper and rice which he saved
from his scanty food. But one day he was
found out by the prison keepere and pun
ished with shokubntsu. The keepers are
generally walking stealthily about liefore
the cages in order to catch prisoners violat
ing the regulations. In case of illness there
are doctors who will see the prisoners.
Whenever a prisoner gix to the doctor’s,
the rule of these doctors is to say that tho
prisoners eat too much, and that thin gruel
must be given. So the prisoners, for fear
of being starved with weak rice gruel, eon
eeal their illness until they are dangerously
sick. When it is n fever that might infect
the other prisoners in the same cage, the
prisoners petition the Governor to send the
sick prisoner to the prison hospital. Some
times the petition is granted, and the inva
lid is sent to tho prison hospital.
THE PRISON HOSPITAL.
“But the prison hospital is no better than
the ordinary cages, and is frequently worse,
for many sick persons are crowded into a
sinnll space. Some dying prisoners groan
throughout tho whole night. I was kept in
this prison hospital several weeks. In the
same cage there was a mad old man, who
was arrested by the Japanese' authorities on
suspicion of being an incendiary, as he was
standing with a match in his hand among
dirt heaped up in a narrow lane in Tokio.
lie used to cry out all night, disturbing the
other prisoners. In the cage next to mine
there was another prisoner, who was kept
there for three years, and who died groan
ing all night. An insane prisoner never be
comes well in this hospital, because the
keepers tease him as a means of amusement
and uso all sorts of means to excite him.
Bathing is permitted to prisoners twice a
month, but the bathing is one of the dirtiest
things I ever saw. There is only one bath
place, a square wooden box about ten feet
square, which is filled with hot water.
Twenty or thirty prisoners .are taken
out of their cages anil are ordered
to press themselves into this box.
Only ten minutes are allowed to the prison
ers to wash and dress themselves. The
water is not changed. The first company of
prisoners may find water not very dirty,
hut after this tho water is simply a mixture
of mud and dirt. The prison is managed
by one governor and four chief keepers,
who have as subordinates about fifty under
keepers and fifty prison servants. The gov
ernor loaves the management of the prison
entirely to the chief keepers, who superin
tend the prisons. They wear a uniform and
sword, and go around the prison. Under
keepers carry out the orders of tho chief
keepors, and wear swords also. But the
prison servants attend to the humbler
duties, such as distributing food, carrying
clothing, etc. Night watching is done by
the under-koepers and prison servants. The
treatment of prisoners in general is most
cruel, and these keepers are always ready to
show their petty authority. I know one
young man who was beaten and kicked be
cause he said, in speaking to one of the
keepers, You misunderstand me. It is
impossible for these keepers to misunder
stand anything, and thus the expression was
ono of contempt for the officers.
“The Jupanese authorities do not under
stand the distinction between political of
fenders and common offenders. Political
offenders are kept in the same cage with
thieves and murderers. They have scarcely
any exorcise. They are, at rare intervals,
allowed to about ill a narrow j-ard for
ten or fifteen winutes. From time to time
they are taken from their cages to be exam
ined in a secret court. But whenever they
are taken there their hands are put in irons
und tied with a strong rope, the end of
which is held by prison servants. No ex
ception is made even in the case of
a little hoy or a feeble old man.
The prisoners are subjected to many
brutalities and annoyances. The authori
ties place every obstacle in the way of
justice to the prisoners. It takes one or two
weeks for a letter to go from a prisoner to a
friend of a prisoner living at the distance
of only a few minutes walk from the prison.
The letter must be examined by the Gov
ernor of the prison, the chief keepers, the
Judge of trie Secret Court, the Public
Prosecutor and others beforc*it is sent out
of the prison. The present Japanese Cabinet
hope to obtain the confidence of the Euro
pean powers by introducing European
dancing, changing women's dress and in
other superficial wavs aping the European
civilization. So long, however, as such a
disgrace us the present prison system exists
in Japan no civilized government ought to
have any confidence in the sincerity of
How Poor Puss Was Rescued.
From St. Kicholns for July.
One beautiful summer evening the ave
nues of a large city were thronged with
people on their way to the different
churches. At a certain corner, however,
several persons were standing, gazing ap
parently into the air. Others soon joined
them, until so large a crowd was gathered
that the way was completely blocked.
Soon the windows along the street were
thronged with people, and a number of
persons wore seen on the tops of the houses
in the neighborhood.
And whnt do you think they saw ! Cling
ing for dear life to a jutting ornament near
the top of a tall church steeple that pointed
straight up into the air was a black cat.
“How did ft get theref” was the first ques
tion every one asked, and “How will it get
down f" was the next.
The poor creature was looking down, and
at frequent intervals it uttered a pitiful cry,
os if railing to the crowd below for help.
Once it slipped and fell a short distance
down the sloping side of the steeple, and an
exclamation of pity came from the crowd,
now intensely interested in its fate. Luck
ily the oat’s paws caught on another pro
jection, and for the moment it was safe.
Some looker-on suggested that it l>e shot
in order to save it from the more dreadful
deuth that seemed to await it; but no one
was willing to tire the shot. Ere King a lit
tle window some distance above the place
where the cui was clinging was seen hi open.
Two boys had determiner! to save it. they
had mounted the stairs to where the ls-ll
linug, and then by a ladder had reached the
window. They lla<l taken a board up with
them, anil they now pushed one end of it
out of the windiAv and lowered it till it was
within roach of the eat. Then, by encour
aging words and signs, they t ried to per
suade the creature to step on the plank. Puss
seemed to understand, and put out one paw,
but drew it bal k ininiediatelv: and at that
instant one of the boys accidentally let go
his hold, the board turned over, and the eat
would certain! \* have boon dashed to the
ground hail it trusted to that means of es
The hoys withdrew the hoard, and soon
re-ap|xaring at the window, were soon to
b > lowering a basket down the side of tbo
Ms'|ile, Pussy having now censed to cry,
watched ii intently ns ft canto nearer and
nearer When it was within reach the eat
c irefully put out one paw and took hold of
one side of the basket, than ns carefully re
peated the action wit j the other puw. then
drew itseli up, and with a violent effort
(lung itself over the sido and into the hot
tom of the basket The next moment it
was safely drawn up to the window, amid
loud cheers front tl* -*•■ lielow.
PERILOUS BALLOON INCIDENT.
Tim Baldwin Jumps from an Elevation
of 5,000 Feet.
The. following dispatch to the New York
World from Quincy, 111., gives a fuller ac
count of the thrilling performance of the
aeronaut Baldwin in that city o’i July -1
than appeared iu the Morning News of
July 5: A thrilling performance was en
acted here to-day as the principal attraction
of the celebration. Tim Baldwin, tie'
aeronaut, was advertised to jump from a
captive balloon at an elevation of 2,000 feet.
At a few minutes pnst 4 o’clock Baldwin
jumped into the basket The balloon was
cut loose and rose gradually into the air,
carried eastward by the wind. When about
2,000 feet high Baldwin grasped the ring of
his parachute which hung from the netting
and gave the lines a shake, straightening
them out Ho parted the ropes between the
ring and the basket and steadied himself for
The balloon in the mean time had reached
an altitude of 4,500 feet. The watching
thousands were giving up, and in a few
moments more would have started home.
Another movement is visible in the balloon.
The cotton of the parachute is shaking in
the wind, and interest in Baldwin and tho
balloon is again excited.
The pluck}' man has jumped. For a hun
dred feet he drops like lead. The parachute
partially fills and the next hundred feet the
velocity is decreased. The crowd holds its
breath. Not a sound is heard. Every eye
is turned on the man suspended in air hang
ing by his hands 4,000 feet aliove the earth.
He shakes his foot, the crowd takes it as a
signal and a huzza breaks forth that might
have encouraged the plucky man in his
perilous descent. He now travels at a
slower pace, though the parachute has not
filled. The cords are tangled and though
the speed is slackened tho parachute careens
in its downward course and the tired
aeronaut sways with his umbrella.
In three minutes and twenty seconds after
leaving his balloon Baldwin’s feet strike
terra firma. The ro|>e strings about his
wrists relax an instant and then tighten, as
tho wind catches the parachute, and turns
him over a couple of times before he is able
to release his hands. With a quick move
ment the parachute collapses, leaving him
prostrate for a moment after the most peril
ous aerial voyage ever chronicled, and two
miles from his starting point. When Bald
win left the balloon it was at an altitude of
5,000 feet and a mile east of his starting
Baldwin is a native of Quincy, and is 26
years of age. For several years he was an
attache of the Quincy Herald , but ten years
ago adopted the profession of athletics. His
first great feat was the walking of a rope
over the bay at San Francisco. In Septem
ber last he jumped 1,000 feet from a captive
balloon in that city. He was seen by a
World reporter after the jump to-day. but
was too much prostrated to give any defi
nite account of his experience. He was to
huve made a jump on Staten Island, N. Y.,
on July 11, but the loss of his balloon will
undoubtedly delay that performance.
BEDDING WITH A SNAKE.
Strange Freak of a Chattanooga Citi
From the Chattanooga Times.
On West Ninth street, near the corner of
’Fine, lives Caleb O'Bannion and his sister.
Caleb is well advanced in years, and is an
original Chattanoogan, having been born
and reared in Chattanooga. He grew tired
of hearing it said that snake charmers and
animal tamers w ere all forgeries, and made
up his mind that as Chattanooga had pro
duced every other kind of a curiosity, the
town should also turn out a snake charmer.
A few days since he was seen by several
of his friends with a very badly swollen face,
one of his eyes heing almost out.
"What’s the matter F” inquired Alderman
Dugger, who has known Caleb for a long
“Well,” said Caleb, “that was caused by
my bedfellow. You see I have great power
over animals, and can charm snakes. I got
me a regular king snake not long ago, and
it has been sleeping with me ever since. It
would twine around my arms and neck and
coil up under my arms, and was perfectly
contented. The king snake, you know, is
very poisonous. Well, the other day, after
he hud licked himself all over, after tho
nature of his kind, completely covering
himself with the saliva, he wrapped him
self around my head, just as you see
the line of inflammation on my forehead,
and the result was I was poisoned; he never
bit me a single time. After the king snake
licks himself in that way he usually crawls
through the mud, and in that way rubs it
all off j my snake did not do that, and so I
am poisoned. My sister became frightened,
and yesterday she took an ax and cut my
snake in two, killing it.
"But I have ordered nine new snakes of
different kinds from the country, and I will
show you how to charm them.”
Mr. Dugger said he preferred that Mr.
O’Bannion keep the snakes caged, and he
was seconded by the reporter, who actually
shuddered at the bare thought of the thing.
A Rocky Mountain Hostess.
From the Overland for June.
“We don’t have many ladies stop here,”
dubiously remarked the hostess, introducing
the artist to her room. A hot little oven
like apartment, containing a bed assertive
of feathers, g.stand, and a lamp attracting
a whirring swarm of moths and mosquitoes
through the small open window. No other
furniture whatever. No water—no towels —
no toilet conveniences of any sort.
“Ah, very comfortable indeed,” with
amiable hypocrisy exclaimed the weary and
dust-grimed guest, while her heart sank.
“If you 'rill kindly give' us water, and
towels, ami a wash bond.”
But the lady of the ranch was not to be
caught rashly committing herself to any
“We don't have many ladies come along,”
she repeated reflectively. And after a con
siderable pause, she added, as making a gen
eral remark apropos of nothing in particu
lar. “Most folks that, come along jest come
down to the back stoop to wash up.”
“But we prefer to ‘wash up' in our room,”
suavely retorted this unusual visitor.
And it was evidently borne upon the
hostess' mind that ladies, when they did
come along, were perhaps entitled to es
pecial consideration, for presently, as the
travelers wore desultorily chatting on the
front doorsteps, she came’ to them.
“lie you used to sleepin’ between sheets?”
she asked, with all the rejhim’ of manner at
tributed to the cast of Vcre do Vere.
“Wo generally do,” returned Piseator
“Some folks docs, but most folks that
come along would jest rather lay between
the blankets when the night is chilly; so.
thinks I, I'll ask,” and with grave compo
sure she retired.
- rut K K.EED.
Keystone Mixed Feed,
All Kinds of Feed For Horses
and Cattle, Sold By
172 BAY STREET.
P. J. FALLON,
BUILDER AND CONTRACTOR,
22 DRAYTON STREET, SAVANNAH.
INST! MATES promptly furnished lor building
J ot any class.
WUlHOirt LOB6B NO. I. F. * A. M.
A regular communication will bo held
at Masonic Temple THIS (Thursday
EVENING, July 7th. 5887, at 8 o'clock
Every member is urged to be present; ' w \
business of importance.
Visiting and. transient brethren cordially
and fraternally invited. Bv order
J. ft. SAUSSY, W. M.
Thomas H. Laird, Secretary.
GEOH.iI \ TEXT NO. 191, I. O. R
Attend special meeting of your Tent THIS
(Thursday) EVENING at 8 o'clock - .
Initiation and degree work. Bv order
C. O. GODFREY. C. R.
Thomas Hoynes, R. S.
S WANN ill YACHT CUB.
A meeting of the Club will be held at Fords’
Opera House THURSDAY, 7tr inst., at I'd
o'clock, to make arrangement for approaching
cruise. WM. HONE, Commodore,
W. D. Johnston, Secretary.
WORKMAN'S AND TRADERS’ LOAN
AND BUILDING ASSOCIATION.
The forty-fourth (4fth> regular monthly meet
ing of this Association will be held at the office
of the Secretary, 118 Bryan street, THIS
(Thursday) EVENING, at 8 o'clock.
GEORGE W. LAMAR, President.
J. L. Whatley, Secretary.
GREENWICH PARK ASSOCIATION.
A meeting of the Greenwich Park Association
will he hold at the office of the undersigned on
Thursday, the 7th inst, at sp. m. for the elec
tion of a Board of Directors and determining on
Every stockholder is requested to be present
in person or by proxy.
GEO. W. OWENS, Chairman.
BOARD OF TRADE.
A special meeting of the Board of Trade will
be held To MORROW, at 11:30 a. m , for the
purpose of hearing Maj. John A. A. West in the
interest of the Birmingham and Atlantic Air
Line railroad. By order of PRESIDENT.
John Henderson, Superintendent.
SPEC!A L NOTICES!
Editor Morning Nows: The Knights of Labor
return their sincere thanks to Messrs. Ludden &
Bates for the use of flags so generously donated
them for their use at Montgomery on July 4.
This house is always ready to assist with their
valuable donations any institution whose prin
ciples are the elevation of the human race. Let
all true Knights remember them.
JOINT COMMITTEE K. OF L.
OWNER WANTED FOR A WATCH.
A watch has been placed in our hands, sup
posed to have been stolen. Owner can have
same by proving property and paying charges.
HAYWOOD, GAGE & CO.
By last New York steamer a small lot of fine
Felt and Cloth Hats; also a few dozen white
Helmets, for sale very low at
• 150 St. Julian Street.
NOTICE TO TAX PAYERS.
City Treasurer's Office, I
Savannah, Ga . July 1, 1887. (
The following taxes are now due;
REAL ESTATE, second quarter, 1887.
STOCK IN TRADE, second quarter, 1887.
FURNITURE. ETC., second quarter, 1887.
MONEY. SOLVENT DEBTS, ETC., second
WATER RENTS, six months in advance, from
July 1. 187. to Jan. 1, 1888.
GROUND RENTS, two or more quarters in
A discount of ten per cent, will be allowed
upon all of the above (except Ground Rents) if
paid within Fifteen Days after July Ist.
CHA RLES S. HARDEE, City Treasurer.
Dresden, Germany. Piano Manufacturer. Es
tablished 1797. Awards of twelve gold first prize
medals. Wo have been appointed sole agents
for the above named factory, and several of
these celebrated instruments have been shipped
SCHREINER S MUSIC HOUSE.
DR. HENRY b FOLDING,
Office corner Jones and Drayton streets.
ULMER’S LIVER CORRECTOR.
This vegetable preparation is invaluable for
the restoration of tone and strength to the sys
tem. For Dyspepsia, Constipation and other
ills, caused by a disordered liver, it cannot be
excelled. Highest prizes awarded, and in
dorsed by eminent medical men. Ask for Ul
mer's Liver Corrector and take no other. Si 00
a bottle. Freight paid to any address.
B. F. ULMER, M. D„
Pharmacist, Savannah, Ga.
THE MORNING NEWS
STEAM PRINTING HOUSE,
8 Whitaker Street.
The Job Department of the Morning News,
embracing Job and Book Printing, Lithograph
ing and Engraving, Book Binding and Account
Book Manufacturing, is the most complete in the
South. It is thoroughly equipped with the most
improved machinery and employs a large fore#
of competent workmen, and carries a full stock
PAPERS OF ALL DESCRIPTIONS.
These facilities enables it to execute orders
for anything in the above lines at the shortest
notice and the lowest prices consistent with good
work. Corporations, merchants, business men
and others are requested to get. estimates from
this establishment before sending their orders
Bids will I>p received by the Board of County
Commissioners of Thomas county for the alter
ation am) remodeling of the court-house in
Tiiomasville, (ia. Kitis will lx* received until or
on the lirs? Monday in August. The work will
include brick, plastering, plumbing and car*
pentering. A good Itoiiu will be required from
the contractor. Liberal advances will lie made
by tbe conenitisiouers according to the progress
oi the work. The board nerves tbe right to
accept or reject any or all bids. Plans and
sp*-<'itlcations can be seen by calling ou A. P.
Wright, cliuirmau Hoard Countv Commission
el's, at the banking bouse of A K*. Wright &. Cos.
A P. WKIUIIT,
J. L FINN.
II B. AINSWORTH,
M. R. M A LOETTE,
J A. BULLOCH,
Board County Commissioners, Thomas County.
Steam luj •> dri .
savannah mi laldE
131 Congress Street.
BlailM Lace Curtains
Cleaned as Good as New.
SEE OUR NEW REDUCED PRICE LIST.
\v orlt Called for and Delivered.
100 CASES AMERICAN SARDINES.
—— for RALE BY
C. M. GILBERT & CO.
wholes w.f, (,k<n'Ena.
FRIDA Y 7 JJT Ij Y 8 th.
A Society Event. Grand Benefit
—TO TILE —
On which occasion the Great Comedy Success
WILL BE PRODUCED.
Committee— Mrs. J. D. Weed, first Directresn;
Mrs. W. H. Daniel, second Directress; Mrs. W.
G. Charlton, Secretary; Mrs. L. M. Warfield,
Treasurer; Mrs. Thomas Boone, Mrs. D. B. Hull,
Mrs. H. M. C. Smith, Miss Screven, Mrs. J. K.
Clarke. Miss Cosens, Miss Owens, Miss J. M.
Bryan, Airs. E. M. Green, Mrs. A. R. Lawton. Jr.,
Mrs. 11. D. Stevens.
Tickets sl, 50c. and 25c.; can be procured
from Committee. Reserved Seats on sale Davit
Bros.’ without extra charge.
Charleston and Savannah Ry.
Reduction in Rates
THIS company has now on sale tickets
at 815 to New York via Atlantic Coast
Line and the magnificent steamships of
the Old Dominion S. S. Company, sailing from
Norfolk, Va., every Monday. Tuesday, Wednes
day. Thursday and Saturday, arriving at New
York on following evenings. Meals and state*
room on steamships ii eluded.
Passengers should take train 78 leaving Savan
nah at 8:23 p. m. on days previous to those men
This route affords a delightful sea trip, avoid
ing Cape Hatteras.
Pullman accommodations and elegaut state
rooms secured on application to Wm Bren,
T. A., 22 Bull street, or J. B. Oliveros. T. A.,
Depot. E. P. McSWINEY,
Gen. Pass Agent.
COTTON SEED WANTED.
TO PRODUCERS AND SHIPPERS
THE SOUTHERN COTTON OIL COMPANY
will be ready to buy Cotton Seed by Sept.
Ist. 1887, and will want it shipped to our Mills at
Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., and Columbia,
S. C., whichever city is nearest to you, by rail
Air. C. FITZSIMONS is our Traveling Agent,
and will take part in discussions as to the rela
tive value of Cotton Seed and Cotton Seed ileal
at any agricultural meetings, if they desire it.
We consider this important, as there are
many erroneous ideas about buying, selling and
exchanging Seed for Meal.
Address all communications to SOUTHERN’
COTTON OIL COMPANY, and send your post
office address to the mill that is nearest you, if
you wish us to quote you prices.
We ask shippers to remember that it is the
erection of our Mills that will give you better
prices this year, and ask your support in return.
We refer you to the banks in the above cities
for our financial responsibility.
SOUTHERN COTTON OIL COMPANY.
P. S. OLIVER BROS, beg to inform shippers
that they have no connection with the "Oliver
Oil Company" Mills at Columbia, S. C.. and
Oariotte, N. C. Although these Mills will run
under the name of “Oliver Oil Companies,”
they are owned by the AMERICAN COTTON
Shippers wishing to deal with the OLIVES
BROS, will please ship to SOUTHERN COTTON
OIL COMPANY" MILLS.
Former Owners Oliver Oil Company Mills.
COOL GARMENTS FOR GENTS.
Pongees, Alpacas, Flannels,
IK COATS AKQ VESTS.
Demand heavy, but will try and supply all.
Plenty of Summer YVeigbt Woolen and Mixed
NECKWEAR AND HOSIERY
AT CUT PRICES.
STRAW HATS SACRIFICED.
Gents’ Fine Furnishing Goods
In greater variety and at lower prices than
161 CONGRESS STREET.
B. H. LEVY & BRO,
OLD GOVERNMENT JAVA, Parched, 30c. per
pound, pounds for SI.
BEST RIO. Parched 25c. per pound
CHOICE RIO, Parched 20e. per pound
BEST OLD GOVERNMENT JAVA,
Green 25c. per pound
BEST P.IO, Green 20e. per pound
TURKISH PRUNES at sc. per pound
EVERYTHING IN PROPORTION.
19 BARNARD STREET
SAVANNAH BAN K & TRUST CO.
Allowed on deposits, subject
to Bank regulations
lAWYERS. doctors, miniature. niwbant*
a mechanics and others having books. nvur*
zins. and other printed work toV bound or rj*
bound can have RUch work done in the best sty If
of the binder's urt at the MORNINO NKVC
r.IVOETIV. '■ Whitaker strict.