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THE MORNING NEWS.
Wc'ablished 1850. .- - Incorporated ISS3
J. H. ESTILL. President.
WORD FROM CONGER
MESSAGE SAID C HINESE STOPPED
FIRING JULY IG.
IT WAS SENT TO TIEN TSIN.
ADVANCE on PEKIN BY ALLIES
WILL SOON BEGIN.
fpwo Hundred and Fifty-seven of the
Ninth Infantry Are Sick—Many
Doctors and Hospital Men Are
Needed Washington Does Not
Think Chaffee’* Report Correct,
That the Advance to Pekin Would
Washington, July 31.—The war depart
ment this evening received two cablegrams
from China. The first read:
•*Che Foo—To Corbin, Washington—Tien
TFin, July 27.—Message just received from
Conger says since 16th by agreement no
firing. Have provisions several weeks, lit
tle ammunition, all safe, well.
“I (Daggett) report allied forces soon
advancte. Practically no looting by Ameri
cans; no unnecessary killing. Indiana ar
rived 26th. Order McCann, Gladen, both
Allens, Mitchell, Bryce join regiment here.
The second cablegram said: *
“Che Foo—Corbin, Washington—Tien
Tsin, July 30.—Flintshire arrived 27th. Two
hundred and fifty-seven Ninth Infantry
tick. Ten doctors, 100 hospital corps men,
2') signal men needed. Unavoidable delay
unloading transports. Foreign troops ar
Washington, July 31.—Doubt has given
way to a feeling akin to certainty that
the legationers at Pekin and the gallant
marines who managed to reach the Chi
ness capital jus-t in the, nick of time,
were not only alive on July 22, but in all
rroabability are still alive, and likely to
remain so until they are released from
their state of siege.
The officials here feel certain that the
Bftaek by the Chinese on the legationr
will not be renewed. They are convinced
that the counsel of the viceroys in the
great southern and central provinces and
the advice of Li Hung Chang have had
effect and hat whoever is in power in
Pekin, whether Emperor, Empress, Ching,
Tuan or Tung, now has been made to see
the necessity for the presevation of the
The officials here, while anxious thnt
the movement on Pekin begin at once,
cannot attach credence to the rumor men
tioned by Gen. Chaffee that the forward
march was to begin to-day. There are
two reasons for their incredulity. In the
firn place, Chaffee’s force, his splendid
cavalry and his battery of artillery are
exactly what are needed to strengthen a
weak spot in the international column.
In the second place (information on this
points comes through European channels),
some of the foreign commanders are- still
of opinion that they cannot begin the
campaign before the last week in August,
at the earliest.
The United Stales government never
hn- acceded to this view and is relaxing
no effort to bring about a change of
pi ins on ihis point. But our representa
tions have been met by the almost un
answerable argument that the decision of
this important question properly should
be left to the military commanders on
the spot, who must bear the responsibil
ity for the outcome of the expedition.
Allies Would Help China.
A rather startling proposition was to
day advanced, which, if adopted, might
pit at once to the-test the Chinese pro
fession that the Boxers and not the Chi
hpse government are responsible for what
bas happened in Pekin. This was to the
effect that the Chinese government should
b* informed that the international force
*vas prepared to take that government
fit its word and to join forces with it in
crushing out the insurrection. The ker
nel of such n proposition is to be found
in the last condition laid down by the
President in his reply to the appeal of
the Emperor, Kwang Su, and there may
be a development in that direction shortly.
Secretary Root says that nothing has
been received from China, either officially
or unofficially, which necessitates any
change in the instructions given Maj. Gen.
( baffee. If there Is an advance on Pekin,
,s Presumed that such of the United
Htates forces as are now ready will par
ticipate in the movement. If dispatches
ere received at Tien Tsin from Minister
Conger or others in the legations at
1 kin, which changes the existing condi
tions, Maj. Gen. Chaffee will act in ac
cordance with 6uch information. The
Secretary saj’s Gen. Chaffee has full
powers and has been entrusted with the
command of the United States forces be
rrni, e of ihe confidence the government
ln bis ability to meet any situation
*h*t may arise.
< lmfTee Needs More Force.
is evident from the dispatches re-
form Gen. Chaffee that only a por
tion of his force can be utilized, if an im
fiiedlate advance is made. It is not believ
-1 t all of the equipments of the last
-Sedition sent from Manila have been
banded, and it Is of course apparent that
lnopt the horses and the equipment of
Sixth Cavalry are at sea. The Ninth
Infantry and the two battalions of the
ourteerth Infantry, together with the
are the only troops of the United
•mi s actually available on Chinese soil
®t this time.
CHAFFEE HAS LANDED.
1,1 Unloading; and Preparing to
March on I'ckln.
Washington, July 31.—The war depart-
has received the following ca
biegrom from Gen. Chaffee:
r hee Foo—Adjutant General, Wash
r*£ton.— Have had interview with admiral.
j Go ashore this afternoon; facilities for un
loading not adequate; therefore discharg
ing slowly. Informed Byron has ordered
tug for towing two 70-ton lighters. If tug
is obtained, discharging will improve. In
diana will finish discharging to-day and
proceed to Nagasaki; take two days to un
load horses Reilly's Battery; week before
Grant discharged of cargo. Will see Dag
gett to-morrow. Reported in Taku bay
intention to make forward movement to
morrow toward Pekin; details are not
known here. Arrive Tien Tsin too late to
morrow to cable from there. Message
from Tien Tsin must leave Tong Ku six
morning to catc'h dispatch boat at anchor
age for Che Foo at 4 afternoon. Soon as
possible will get definite information as re
gards conditions and purposes at Tien
Tsin. Will cable my views.
AWAITING AID WITH ANXIETY.
Legation* Were RcNiegcd nnd Help
less on July 22.
Washington, July 31.—Adjt. Gen. Corbin
to-day received a dispatch from Lieut. Col.
Ooolidge, commanding the Ninth Infantry
at Tien Tsin. It came by way of Che Foo
and is as follows:
“Tien Tsin, July 27.—Following letter of
Lieut. Col. Shiba, military attache at the
legation of Pekin, dated July 23, arrived
Tien Tsin July 25 at 9 in the afternoon:
‘Pekin, July 22, evening.—We are all
awaiting impatiently arrival of reinforcing
army. When are you coming? All lega
tions have been blockaded sincO 13th last
month end since the 20th we* have been
attacked continually night and day by the
Chinese soldiers from more than ten en
campments. By a supreme effort we are
still defending. We are daily awaiting
with the greatest anxiety arrival of re
inforcements, and if you cannot reach
here in less than a week’s time, it is
probable that we will be unable to hold
out any' longer. Emperor and Empress
Dowager appear to be still at Pekin. Were
our reinforcements to arrive very prob
able that they would flee to Wan 3ho
shan. Killed and wounded up to dale:
eight killed, one a captain of infantry and
an ambassador’s attache; seven seriously
wounded, the first secretary' of the lega
tion being one of twenty slightly wound
ed. The number of Europeans killed is
sixty in all. Coolidge.”
SIEGE OF THE LEGATIONS.
Admiral Remey Reports They Were
Attacked Up to Jnly 17.
Washington, July 31.—The following
dispatch from Admiral Remey was re
ceived by the navy department this morn
“Che Foo, July 31.—Bureau of Naviga
“Taku, July 28.—Japanese military' at
tache Pekin, letter July 2?, reports 1 ga
tions besieged since June 21. Continually
attacked from June 20 until July 17. At
tack then ceased, Chinese soldiers ap
parently- diminishing. Sixty Europeans
killed. Telegram from governor of Shang
Tung addressed to consular body Che
“ ‘lmperial edict states that various
ministers except German are well and
provisions have been supplied.’
HARD WORK TO HOLD OUT.
Hut Japanese Minister ill Pekin
Thonght It Possible.
Washington, July 31.—The Japanese con
sul at Tien Tsin telegraphed on the 27*li
inst., a dispatch dated the 19th, from the
Japanese minister at Pekin to the foreign
office at Tokio, which had reached Tien
Tsin by special courier on the 25th. The
“The Japanese marines and others con
tinue. under the command of the military
attache, Lieut. Col. Shiba, to resist the
repeated attacks of Tung Fuh Siang’s
troops. I think we can hold out, though
the task is by' no means an easy one, un
til we are relieved by the division of Ja
panese troops, which, I hear through a
special messenger, will arrive at Tien Tsin
by the end of this month. The Chinese
have stopped firing since the 17th, and
the Chinese authorities are apparently
disposed to open negotiations.
“Attache Kojaml, Capt. Ando of the im
perial army, William H. Nakamura and
five marines have been killed, while Na
rabara. second secretary of the legation,
a student and six marines have been
wounded, though not mortally. Many
others have also been slightly wounded.”
WATCHING MINISTER WU.
Chief Wilkie Keeping nn Eye on All
of Ilk* Telefltram*.
Washington. July 31.—There i3 not a
dispatch or cablegram received at th
Chinese legation in this city, but which
is known to the Chief of the Secret Ser
vice, Mr. Wilkie. Of course the contents
of these official communications are a
secret but Chief Wilkie is enabled to as
certain form whence all of these com
munication emanate and the route they
take in r. aching Washington, also ihe
time of their delivery a* the legation.
The object is, if possible to aseerta n
whether the communications which Min
ister Wu has been de Bering at the state
department at such wide vailance with
Information derived from other sources,
ore genuine or begus.
Chief Wilkie is handling subject
delicately and discreetly and his dis
coveries are reported to those high in au
thority and so that they may lie guided
in their dealings with the Chinese minis
ter and the government he represents. It
is understood chat certain circumstances
have developed recently which are calcu
lated to throw a cloud of doubt over some
of the dispatch s received by Minister
At least one of his startling dispatches
purporting to have emanated from Pekin
is said to have been manufactured many
miles from that place for the purpose of
deceiving the world. It is not believed,
how-ever. that Minister Wu is a party to
the deception, for it is understood that
he is sincere in his efforts to establish
direct communications between the minis
ters and the outside world.
Princeton Goes to Shanghai.
Washington. July 31.-The gunboat
Princeton has sailed from Amoy for
Shanghai. This move may have been
made owing to the disturbed condition of
affairs near Shanghai. The Princeton w.js
not ordered to Shanghai by the depart
ment, and probably goes in obedience to
the orders of Admiral Remey who is in
command of the Asiatic station.
SAVANNAH, GA., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1900.
ANXIOUS FOR ACTION
ENGLAND RELIEVES THE MINIS
TERS ARE ALIVE.
DANGEROUS PROBLEM AHEAD.
CHINESE MAY KILL FOREIGNERS
IF ADVANCE IS MADE.
No Doubt That They Are Held by tle
Chinese as Hostages to Ward Oft
Further Punishment on That
Country—Von Lesset of Germany
May Command Allied Forces—De
mand From All Ruarters for an
London, Aug. 1, 4:30 a. m.—A sensational
correspondent still hints that the Chinese
are juggling w*ith dates, but in the face
of constantly accumulating evidence that
the ministers were safe on July 22, and
despite the omission from all the dis
patches of anxiously desired information
regarding the real situation, political and
otherwise at Pekin, there are very few in
London who do not believe the dispatches
genuine and reliable.
The allies now confront a most difficult
end dangerous problem. Without doubt
the ministers are held by the Chinese as
hostages and the outcome of the advance
on Pekin, which, in all probability, has
already Degun, will be awaited with in
To-day’s dispatches show that tho al
li( s, notably the Japanese have been
rushir g their preparations with feverish
haste, organizing a service of pack car s,
trains and junks.
It is reported in Berlin that Lieut. Gen.
Von Lesiet, commanding the Grman
forces in China, whom Emperor Wil iam
has just promoted to the rank of general
commanding an army corps, has been
eel-cted as commai.der-in-chief of the al
, The Grave Danger.
The Chinese are strongly entrenched at
Wang Tsung, from which posilion, how
ever, it i believed, they can he ejected
without great difficulty. The danger is
that, if defeated there, the Chinese will
retire to Pekin and put the remainder of
the Europeans to death.
It is also possible that the advance of
the allies will be the signal for the Chi
nese authorities to compel all foreigners
to quit the capital, in which event they
might become the prey of the fanatical
The feeling of the newspapers here is
that nothing w'hntever should now delay
the advance, and that no negotiations of
any kind should be countenanced until the
allied troops reach Pekin and assure
themselves regarding the fate of the for
Tho latest advices from Tien Tsin an
nounce that the Russians and Japanese
are scouting in the direction of Pie Tang.
The Japanese commander, Jamachuehi,
expects Yang Tsun to be taken within
The Governor of Shan Tung says the
British consul’s message was sent to Sir
Claude MacDonald, whsse reply was
handed to the Tsung-li-Yamen on July 25.
A special dispatch from Tien Tsin says
the missionaries report that all the Amer
icans in Pekin and Tung Chau are safe,
but their property has been destroyed.
The Tokio correspondent of the Daily
Telegraph wiring yesterday says:
“Kwang Su is reported to have sent a
second dispatch to Emperor Nicholas, ad
m tting that a state t f war exisls at
Tien Tsin, but that the Russians are fully
protected at cp n ports. The Chinese
Emperor adds that the disturbances in
Manchuria were caused by a rebellious
general in Amur, that he has instructed
the Chinese g r e als to refrain, from ho--
ti iii*s and that ho desires the Czar to
le'dprocate his action.”
"Ihe Shanghai correspondent of the
“The general aspect of i he situation con
firms the opinion that the Manchu party,
fearing the effect of further violent
measures, rely on Li Hung Chang’s nego
tiations *lO prevail upo-m the Powers to
forego vengeance in return for the re
lease of the survivors.”
It is reported from an unofficial but
usually reliable source that the Chinese
minister at St. Petersburg wired to LI
Hung Chang, intimating the possibility
of obtaining favorable terms of settle
ment from Russia if China would adopt
a conciliatory attitude and compel a ces
sation of the attacks on the legation.
Thereupon, according to this informant.
Li Hung Chang memorialized the throne,
representing that he was HI and unable
to come to Pekin, but urging that every
endeavor be made to send the minis
ters to Tien Tsin and to insure the safety
of the foreigners and missionaries.
THEY ATTACK ED THE CHINESE.
liimsiiin* Mnile Them Holt hut Chi
nese Say They Won.
Shanghai, July 31.—Advices from New
Chwang, dated July 27, say that the Rus
sians attacked the Chinese outside set
tlements yesterday morning. The engage
ment lasted an hour and a half. The Chi
nese bolted from their stockades, but the
Russians, after holding them for a short
time, returned to their own settlement.
The Chinese say they won, driving back
The Russians hud four wounded, and
the Chinese six killed and ten wounded.
All the business houses in New Chwang
are closed. There is no confirmation of
the report of the taking of the forts.
Stir Robert Hnrt Wired From Pekin
of Safety ou July 21.
London, Aug. I.— lmportant additional
confirmation of the safety of the lega
tions was received In London last even
ing by Duncan Campbell, representative
in Europe of ihe Chinese customs eer-
vice, from the commissioner of customs
at Che Foo, in the shape of a Pekin dis
patch, not dated, but believed to have
been written on July 21, signed by both
Sir Robert Hart, inspector general of
customs, and Robert Bredon, deputy in
spector general, to the following effect:
“Staff and family still safe.”
This has been confirmed by the commis
sioner of customs in Shanghai, who tele
graphed last evening:
“Authentic, inspector general safe,
SAYS CHINA DECLARED WAR.
Report From Pekin Dated .Inly 21
Tells of Severe Attaeks Made on
London, July 31.—A special dispatch
from Tien Tsin. says:
A Pekin message, dated July 21. reports
lhot the first outside news reached there
July 18. The failure of the relief expe
dition made the siege far more perilous.
On June 19, the Tsung-li-Yamen broke oft
relations. June 20, China declared war.
Baron von Ketteler and Francis James,
an English professor, were murdered.
Over 400 non-conibalams occupied the
British legation. I understand converts,
are holding the North Cathedral. A thou
sand refugees occupied the palace of
ITince Lu. A truce began July 17, after
twenty-six days of fierce assault. One
night the shelling was uninterrupted for
Four attempts were made to fire the
British legation. Two attacks resulted
in the ruin of the Chinese National Col
lege. The cowardice of the Chinese pre
vented a successful ruahing.
Total killed or died is: Germans. 10;
Japanese, 10; French, 11; British, 5; Rus
sian. 4; Americans. 7; Italians, 7; Con
verts, 9; total with wounded, 98.
The correspondents Morrison, Reid and
Tementy are ill.
At least 2,000 Chinese have been killed.
The Americans occupy a strong posi
tion on the city wall.
Provisions are still sufficient. The hos
pital arrangements are excellent. Every
body is much exhausted by continuous
Imperial edicts have commended the
Boxers and ordered missionaries to leave
the interior, and commanded all viceroys
to help Pekin; hut an edict, dated July
18, enjoins protection nnd promises com
pensation. The report that a large re
lief force was coming produced this
Foreign governments should beware of
WILL NOT DELAY ADVANCE.
Salisbury Snys England Will Pnsb
on to Pekin nt Once.
London, July 31.—The United States am
bassador, Mr. Choate, saw Lord Salis
bury Ihis evening, and ascertained his
views with regard to the changes in the
Chinese situation brought about by the
direct dispatches from Pekin.
Lord Salisbury assured Mr. Choate that
Great Britain had no intention of delay
ing the advance on Pekin, not, so far as
he knew', had any other Power.
Lord SalLsbury entirely acquiesced in
Secretary Hay’s desire that the advance
be undertaken as speedily as possible. He
had no intention of bargaining with China
in any way, shape or form until the min
ivers were safe under their own military
The Associated Press correspondent here
understands that China is making stren
uous efforts to come to some agreement
with the Powers previous to handing over
the ministers; but this will not be con
sidered for a moment. Once. Pekin has
been reached and the ministers have re
gained their liberty, the Powers have
agreed aggression will cease and partition
will become a matter of negotiation.
Lord Salisbury believes it may still be
proved that the Chinese government is
net responsible for the attack on the lega
tions, except in so far as some govern
ments are responsible for the mainte
nance of order.
It is expected that within a few days
free communication will be established
with the ministers in Pekin.
AN IMMEDIATE ADVANCE.
Commander of the Vlrltlsli Forces
Mill Move nt Once.
London, July 31.-dn the house of Par
liament to-day the jarliamentary secre
tary of state for the colonies, Mr. Brod
rick, annourced the recript of a dispatch
from Gen. Sir Alfred Gaselee, command
ing the British forces in China, stating
that he contemplated an Immediate ad
vance on Pek n and that he hoped to
have the co-operation of the allied forces.
ATTACKING NEW CHWANG.
Ten Thousand Chinese \re Opposed
to 1,000 Russians.
Shanghai, July 30.—The Japanese have
news that 10.000 Chinese are attacking
New Chwang, with 4,000 Russians oppos
ing them. The news was received yester
The Japanese minister has forwarded a
letter to Tien Tsin stating that the cas
ualties at the Japanese legation ln Pekin
were Capt. Ando. Attache Kojima and
five marines killed and Secretary’ Nara
C AN NOT HOLD OUT LONG.
Legations In Pekin %re Eagerly
Rome, July 31.—The commander of the
Itaf’an cruis r Elba at Tien Tsin receiv
ed the following tel* g am to-day from th •
Japanese military attache at Pekin, dated
“The legatio's are eagerly await ng re
lief. Cannot hold out long. Sixty Euro
DETAINED AS HOSTAGES.
Chinn’s Intentions With Regard to
Rome, Aug. I.—A dispatch received here
“The Chinese government li detaining
(Continued on Fifth Page.)
PLOT TO KIM, THE ITU.UH KIM;
CAREFILLY FL AN MID.
MORE ARRESTS WERE MADE.
BRESSI WAS OVERHE ARD DISCI SS
IXG A RIG SCHutli.
Roily of the Demi Kitts' Will Re
. Taken til Ri.ine Sunday—Emperor
William Will Attend the Funeral.
Many Messages of Condolence—’Tile
Sew King Is on Hi. Way to Home
to Take the Crown.
Rome, July 31.—Tho police are pushing
inquiries in all directions, hut the infor
mation with regard to the assassin, Bres
si, is not yet very definite.
It appears that when he was searching
for lodgings on Friday at Monza he was
accompanied by a young man, whom the
police aro now seeking. The pistol the ns
snssin used was anew and superior
weapon marked ''Massachusetts."
The police of Milan searched the house
of a man named Kanelia, nnd it Is re
ported, found important paper,, showing
that Bressi had relations with persons ln
the United Stales, and that communica
tions had passed between him and them in
connection with the crime.
Bressi and another Tuscanie frequented
the cafes of Milan where they were over
heard discussing a big scheme that would
astonish the world. Everything goes to
show that the crime was long premedi
tated, and the police are now being
charged with want of foresight.
It appears that the cordons formed upon
the arrival of the King at the fete ground
were withdrawn prior to his departure.
As the King was leaving a sort of scuffle
occurred, probably prearranged to dis
tract Ihe attention of the Carabineers.
The King was so pleased with the wel
come at Monza and felt so safe that he
turned to his aide and said:
"I would like to return afoot,” but he
"as a Character.
Bressi was born in Prato in 1869. He
was denounced in 1896 as a dangerous
rioter and deported to the Island of Pan
tella. In 1896 he was liberated under the
amnesty after the hattle of Adowa; and
Tn 1897 he went to the United States.
Queen Margherita has Invited Verdi to
compose a requiem mass. If he declines,
Mascagni will be commissioned.
As tho facts develop, it Is seen that
warnings of Che crime had been given and
much indignation is felt at Che failure of
the police to take greater precautions.
Signor Snracco questioned a number of
witnesses of the crime. Gen. Ponzi-Va
glii. King Humbert’s premier ald-de
eamp, testified that Che shots were fired
in such quick succession that he had no
time to protect the King. A magistrate
examined Bressi, who was sullen and de
"I didn’t kill Humbert. T killed the
He admitted that be was In Monza Park
the previous day with a lady, and angrily
protested that What he had done was not
a crime, but an act of Justice.
Among the persons arrested at Prato
is a woman named Teresa Bnignoii, said
to have been the mistress of the assas
MANIFESTO FROM MINISTRY.
Painfnl Duty llefore Victor Emanuel
In Taking the Crotvn.
Rome. July 31.—1n the absence of the
new king the ministry has Issued ln his
name a manifesto to the nation as fol
"King Victor Emanuel JIX, in ascending
the throne has to perform the painful
duty of announcing to the country the
awful calamity which has violently cut
short ihe valuable life of King Humbert.
"The nation, wounded in its sincere af
fection for the august dead, and in a s.n
cere Deling of devotion and adhesion to
the dynasty, while execra ing the cruel
crime, will be plunged Into profound grief
for the venerabd memory of a good,
brave and magnanimous king, the pride
of h s people, and the worthy perpetra
tor of traditions of the House of Savoy,
by rallying with unshakeable loyalty
around his august suce ssor. Italians
will prove by their deeds that their in
stitutions do not die.”
IT THE HIER OF KING 111 MIIERT.
Formal Irl Recording Ills Dentil
Drawn lu His Rcclronrn.
Monza, July 31.—The body of King Hum
bert, dressed In black, lies tp-day in Ihe
bed ordinarily used by him. Around the
massive candelabra holding tapers at the
foot and head of the bed are flowers
placed by Queen Margherita, who passed
the long hours of the night in prayer by
the bed on which the body lies.
Father Bignaml, the court chaplain. Is
ln Immediate charge of the bier. The
Cardinal Archbishop of Milan has ordered
a requiem mass ln all churches in his dio
Enormous numbers of telegrams of re
gret and condolence continue to arrive,
Including messages from the most Illus
trious fumllies of Rome.
The formal act of recording the death
of King Humbert was drawn up at 1
o'clock this morning In the King's bed
room. It was witnessed by Count Ru
dlni, former prime minister, ami the
royal household. The president of the
Senate acted as notary for the crown.
The Minister of the Interior and other
officers were present.
Bressi maintains an air of the utmost
cynicism. In the course of his examina
tion he declared himself to be a revolu
tionary anarchist, and said he was ready
to Tesume operations If he were released.
The assassin has been removed from
the locsl police station to the Jail.
Signor Saraceo, the premier, on his ar
ntinued on Fifth Pace.)
HE CONFERRED WITH BRYAN.
Hut Towne'i U itlulraual From
Ticket Is Not Yet \nnounced.
Lincoln, Neb.. July 31.—The withdrawal
of Charles A. Tow no from the Populist
ticket ns a vice presidential candidate Is
still an undetermined question. Mr. Town?
spent nearly nil of to-day In Lincoln and
most of the time was with William J.
Bryan. Just before leaving; for Chicago
to-night he de 'hired that he was not pre
pared to say whether he will remain on
the ticket or withdraw.
Neither Mr. Bryan nor Mr. Towne would
discuss the subject of their conference.
That it had to do with the proposed with
drawal. l\owovr, there Is little question.
Populist leaders here, who talked with
Mr. Towne, say hr is still of the opinion
thnt he should retire. He has offered his
services to the Democratic National Com
mittee as a sj>eaker and to continue as a
candidate for Vice President would, they
insist, put him in a position not far from
Mr. Towne is en route to his home at
Duluth in a round-about-way, and after
he reaches there it is believed he will
announce his decision. He came Lin
coln direct from Nevada, where he has
been making speeches, and regards tho
outlook, from his standpoint, good in
A meeting of the Democratic Btate and
Populist Executive Committees was held
here to-day. Mr. Bryan made n short
address to the Democrats, counselling and
predicting harmony among the fusion
forces of Nebraska.
FOI It YOUNG WOMEN DROWNED.
Tragic Death of Four Bathers at
Ocean City, N. .1.
Ooejin City, N. J., July 31.—Four young
women, residents of Philadelphia, met a
tragic fate in the surf here to-day about
noon, and their hostess, Mrs. Mehann of
the same city, w'ho was bathing with them,
was rescued by a life guard in an uncon
scious condition. The drowned are:
Elsie and Virginia Lowe, aged 18 and 20
years respectively, daughters of Dr. Clem
Jennie and Birdie Lonsdale, aged 19 and
23 years respectively, daughters of Edwin
Thy group were In the water at the foot
of Uourt* enth street where few persons
ctit, r the surf and did not understand the
treachery of the boisterous s*, and
heavy undertow that was running on the
strand. They were In the water about
fifteen minutes when two of the girls got
beyond their depth. The other two went
to their aid and were swept out with the
Mrs. Mehann endeavored to render what
afisbtanoe she could and almost lost her
cwn life in the attempt. Life Guard Lee
nnd a gin leman wh( sp name was no* as
co twined, saw the struggling batherß an I
rushed out with a life- lino. They brought
Mrs. Ajehann into the shore unconscious
and returned for the o'her members of
the party, bur they had in the meantime
disappeared. The rescuers, however, suc
ceeded in recovering tho bodies.
DI KE OF SA YE-COltl HG DEAD.
Victoria's .Second Son Succumbed to
Coburg, July 31.—Prince Alfred Ernest,
Duke of Saxe-Coburg, second son of
Queen Victoria, died nt 10 o'clock last
night at Uoscnnu castle rrotn paralysis
of the heart.
The Duke by his sudden demise escaped
n painful, lingering end. Recently at a
consultation of specialists In Vle.nna, It
was discovered thnt there was a, cancer
ous growtii at the root of Ills tongue. At
the desire of the Duchess and other mem
bers of the family, who were aware of
the nature of hia disease, the Duke took
up his residence at Rosenau. His Royal
Highness was unaware of Ihe real state
of tils health and hoped he would recover,
until Friday last, when his condition be
came such as to preclude hope. Satur
day and Sunday he suffered such violent
attacks of suffocation that arrangements
were made for performing she operation
of tracheotomy. Finally the Duke died
without having suffered severe pain.
During the minority of hIR heir, the
Duke of Albany, the government of the
duchy will he conducted by the heredi
tary Prince of Hohenlohe-I.angcnberg, the
guardian of the young Duke.
GEORGE DIJON'S ARM BROKEN.
He Wm Defen fed In SI, Rounds by
New York, July 31.—The one-time In
vincible George Dixon succumbed to Tom
my Sullivan of Brooklyn, nt Coney Isl
and. to-night, in their battle nt 122 pounds.
Tho end came as the men shaped for
tho seventh round, when "Tom"
O'Rourke, Dixon's chief second, admitted
defeat for his man, and claiming that
his left arm was disabled, refused to per
mit him to continue, which left no other
alternative for the refere than to declare
Sullivan the victor.
Dixon was getting all the worst of the
body punching each was administering,
and Just beforo the close of tho sixth
round was looking appealingly toward his
Upon examination Dixon's left arm was
found to he broken in two places. *
NOT Mill A RIG St R RENDER.
Only ftsti Men Gave Themselves I'p
W illi Gen. Prlnslno.
J/yndon, July 31.—A dispatch received at
the war offles to-day from Lord Roberts
materially modifies yesterday's surrender
of 3,000 federals under Gen. Prlnsioo.
It now appears that Gens. Prinsloo, Vll
llers and Crowther surrendered with 986
men, 1,432 horses, 955 rifles and a Krupp
nine-pounder. Some of the leaders in
more distant parts of the hills hesitate to
come In on the plea that they art inde
pendent of Gen. Prinsloo.
Lord Roberts odds that he has directed
Gen. Hunter to resume hostilities forth
with and to listen to no excuses.
ARE PREPARING TO RETREAT.
Ilocrs Are Getting, Heady to Leave
London, Aug. I.—The Lourenzo Marques
correspondent of the Dally Express eays:
"The Boers are preparing to retreat
from Watervalboven. Frank Pettigrew,
son of United States Senator Pettigrew,
has arrived there and has Joined Com
aiandant General Botha's staff."
DAILY. $8 A YEAR.
6 CENTS A COPY.
WEEKLY 2-TIME3-A-\VEEK.fI A YEAR
FAVORED OPEN WAR
THAT IS NVHAT POWERS WANTED
HE SO STATED IN A LETTER.
COURT REFUSED TO LET HIM EX
PLAIN HIS MEANING.
Thought It His Duty to Rotnrn to
Frankfort M hen He Hoard Goeliel
Had Hern tssnsslnatecl—He Denied
the luerliiilnatliiK- < onversHtions
Attributed to Him—lllh Attention.
Called to .Home of the ••Good Citi
zens” llfonght to Frankfort.
Georgetown, Ky., July 31.—1n the trial
of Former Secretary of Sta:e Caleb Fow
ortl, charged with complicity in the Goe
bel shooting, the de endant thi afternoon
completed his tes imonv and cross-exam
ination was begun. This probably will
occupy all of to-morrow’s session.
When Powers return and the witness stand
In his own behalf to-day ho said
that o:i the morning of the as
sassination ho was preparing to go to
Louisville to moke arrangfmnts for bang
ing more people to Frankfort. He locked
his office door, as described by Witness
Golden, but denied that anything suspi
cious was said.
At La Grunge the pnrty heard that Goo
bel had Been assassinated and that th©
shot had been fired from tho second or
third story of the executive building.
“1 said it was a shame and an out
rage,” continued the witness, “and that
U would blight the chance of all of us
whose offices were ln contest. I expressed
sirnilur sentiments to other people that
Why He Returned to Frankfort.
“I thought it my duty,” Powers con
tinued, “to return to Frankfort as soon
as possible, and did so that afternoon. I
went to the executive building with mf
key, the only one 1 ever had to the office,
unlocked the door. 1 found that the lock
had been battered, and hud difficulty in
getting the key out of it. I did not take
the lock off und supplant it with a nr*w
one, a has been stated by the prosecu
The day after the assassination, witness
said, he began an investigation to learn
from where the shot was fired. He de
nied making a statement to Golden that
he was satisfied the shot* came from his
office. Powers said hU attorney advised
him to make his way to the mountains
and remain there until public exciiement
died out before giving himself up for
Denied Hie Conversations.
The witness denied that he ever had
any one of a half dozen or more con
versations with Wharton Golden about
which the latter told on the stand last
week, and denied that he hud ever talked
with him or any other person about ths
killing of Goebei or any other member
of tho Legislature.
In regard to tho testimony, of Robert
Noakes, witness said he never had a
conversation with Noakes in regard to
the smokeless powder oartrldgos, and nev
er sow Noakes at Frankfort on Jan. 23,
wh* u Noftkes alleged that the witneja
made ;■<> many <i ;m . . i nts to
In regard to gun in his office which
Gov. Taylor’s private secretary, McKenzie
Todd, referred to in his testimony, tho
witness said he did not know how they
came there, but understood that one or
two wore left there at tho end of Gov.
Bradley’s administration. The others
were put ln Infer, he tiupposed, by some
of the mountaineers.
Was in Favor of War.
Powers said he wrote the letter to Prof.
Elevens of Barbourville Feb. 10, saying in
“The present demoralized condition of
the Democratic party Is due to me more
than to any other man in the state. They
know I am in favor of an open declara
tion of war.”
Former Gov. Brown, who wm conduct
ffig the direct examination, asked Pow
ers what h* meant by this expression.
The prosecution objected to nny explona
ilon of the letter on the ground that
there was no ambiguity about the words
used, and that it should go to the Jury,
to be construed by it. The court sustain
ed this contention, holding that as long
as The defendant and other witnesses had
given the same testimony In regard to
the contents of the letter, that the Jury
should judge as to the meaning of It. The
defence made an exception.
The witness told of a letter which he re
ceived from Robert Noakes In March. In
the letter he says Noakes offered his ser
vices as a witness, saying that he would
disprove tho charges made against wit
ness by Wharton Golden, whose confes
sion was being given great attention by
the newspapers at tha< time.
Koine of tlieGoodCltlsenn.
Tho direct examination was concluded
nt 2:50, at the close of which the lawyer*
for the defense held a short consultation.
When This was finished the cross-exam
ination was commenced, Col. Campbell
conducting U. Col. Campbell said to the
“You have sated that tho men you
brought to Frankfort January 25 wore so
ber, good citizens and not mountain feud
alists. Did you know Joseph Atkins, who
Is rfputed to have killed a half dozen
The witness said he had no recollection
of Fe e ing Atkins in Frankfort until af
ter the assassination. A dozen others of
alleged ted reputations were mentioned
as being on the train but Powers only
re ollected a few of them. This line of
in>errogation was still under way when
court adjourned until to-moirow.
WILL CA 1,1, EXTRA SENSION. *
K ;*n I tick y Lrni.liiliirr Mny Amrntl
tin* Go*brl Ixtr.
Frankfort, Ky,. July 31.—Gov. Beckham
hns decided lo call an extra session of
the Legislature at some date between
Aug. 15 and Sept. 1 to amend the Goebel
It is understood that a bill has been
prepared for non-partisan election com
missioners in each of the counties to re
port to a non-partisan state commission,
with two representatives of each party on
the state commission and on each of the
Charlotte, N. C.. July 81.— The poet
office at Mount Holly, N. C.. was entered
by burglars last night and 8600 secured by
blowing open the safe.