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J. H. EBTILL. President. XNIJMKKK 17CVL4
BY THE JAPANESE
MET IN A HOT SKIRMISH.
THOUGH DEFEATED, RUSSIANS RE
TIRED IN PERFECT ORDER.
Japanese, on Account of Their Loss
es, Did Not Advance and Oocapy
tbo Position tlie Rassimm Were
parced to Abandon—Russian Gen.
ora.l Paid a Tribute to the Gal
lantry' of the Japanese—Details of
EVENTS IN THE EAST.
Gen. Kuropatkin gives Gen.
Mishtchenko’s account of the sharp
skirmish he had with the Japanese
at Chong Ju. Japanese held their
ground, being reinforced, and final
ly forced the Russians to retire. As>
though on parade, the Russians re
Admiral Togo makes an official
report upon his last effort to bot
tle up the Russian fleet in the
harbor of Port Arthur. He says
that the attempt was partially suc
cessful. He gives the details of
the plan and the method of Its exe
Russia will not permit war cor
respondents at Port Arthur. They
will not be permitted to proceed to
the front from Harbin until April
Russians ordered the American
flag over the correspondents’ mesa
at New Chwang to be hauled down.
Minister Conger makes a report
upon the declaration of martial law
at New Chwang.
Report of a skirmish from Seoul,
in which fifty Japanese and one
hundred Cossack3 were killed or
St. Petersburg, March 29.—Gen.
Kuropatkin, in his first dispatch to
the Emperor from the scene of war,
announced that offensive land opera
tions had taken 'pla-ce against- the
Japanese upon the sixth anniversary
of the occupation of Port Arthur by
The operations took the form of a
cavalry attack yesterday by six com
panies of Cossacks, led personally by
Gen. Mishtchenko, against four
squadrons of Japanese cavalry which
the general believed to be beyond
Chong Ju, but which he found to be in
occupation of that town.
Despite a cross fire, which Gen.
Mishtchenko cleverly directed against
the enemy, he pays a tribute to their
tenacity and bravery, the Japanese
only ceasing to fire after a combat
which lasted for half an hour. Before
the Russians could follow up their ad
vantage, three squadrons galloped to
wards the town, of which two succeed
ed in entering, while the third was
driven back in disorder, men and
The fire maintained on the town was
so destructive that the Japanese were
unable to make an effective return.
Further Japanese reinforcements ar
rived an hour later and in view of the
superiority of the enemy Gen. Misht
chenko determined to retire, doing so
without embarrassment, although he
carried with him three killed and six
Gen. Mishtchenko’s Cossacks have
been endeavoring for some days to
come in contact with the Japanese pa
trols, but the latter refused to come
The skirmish of to-day will have
the effect of encouraging the Russians
to retard as much as possible the ad
vance of the Japanese army.
Gen. Kuropatkin’s dispatch, report
ing Gen. Mishtchenko’s operations as
published, does not give the place of
its origin, but it is presumed that the
commander-in-chief is either at Liao
Yang or en route to New Chwang.
REPORT ON THE FIGHT
St. Petersburg, March 29.—The Em
peror has received a dispatch from
Gen. Kuropatkin, giving a lengthy re
port from Gen. Mishtchenko, dated at
10 p. in. March 28, which says that an
Important engagement occurred near
the town of Chong Ju, in which the
Russians were defeated, retiring in
The Japanese suffered heavily.
Cavalry and infantry on both sides
were engaged. The Russians occupied
a commanding position.
The Japanese fought gallantly, but
owing to their heavy losses, were un
able to occupy the position abandoned
by the Russians.
Gen. Kuropatkin’s report is as fol
“I have the honor to respectfully
communicate to your Majesty the re
port of Gen. Mishtchenko, dated March
28, at 10 p. m., which says:
‘For three consecutive days small
outposts attempted to draw the Japa
nese cavalry Into action, but their pa
trol. after contact was established, re
tired beyond Chong Ju (about fifty
miles northwest of Ping Yang.)
•• ‘Having learned that four squad
rons of the enemy were posted five
versts beyond Chong Ju on March 27,
els companies marched toward Kaeen
and on March 2* reached Chong-Ju
at lo SO a. in. As soon as our scouts
approached the town the enemy opened
file from behind the wall. Two squad
rons promptly dismounted and occu
pied the hlghts 600 yards distant. An
“ ‘ln the town a company of infantry
and a squadron of cavalry were lying
in ambush. Our men were reinforced
by three companies and attacked the
Japanese with a cross fire. Notwith
standing this and our commanding po
sition, the Japanese gallantly held their
ground, and it was only after a fierce
fight of half an hour’s duration that
the Japanese ceased fire and sought
refuge in the houses. The Japanese
hoisted the Red Cross flag at two
“ ‘Soon afterwards three squadrons
of the enemy were seen advancing
along the Kasan road at full gallop to
ward the town, which two of the
squadrons succeeded in entering while
the third fell back in disorder on re
peated volleys from our troops. A
number of men, and horses were seen
“ ‘For an hour afterward our com
panies continued to fire on the Japan
ese in the town, preventing them from
leaving the streets and houses.
“ ‘An hour and a half after the
beginning of the engagement four com
panies were seen on the Kasan road,
hastening to attack. I gave the order
to mount, and the entire force, with a
covering squadron, advanced in per
fect order, and formed in line behind
the hill. The wounded were placed in
front, and the retirement was carried
out with the deliberation of a parade.
“ ‘The Japanese squadron, which was
thrown into disorder, was evidently
unable to occupy the hill which we had
just evacuated, and their infantry ar
rived too late.
“ ‘The detachment protecting our
rear guard arrived quietly at Kasan,
where we halted for two hours in or
der to give attention to our wounded.
At 9 p. m. our force reached Noo-
“ ‘lt is supposed that the Japanese
had heavy losses in men and horses.
On our side, unfortunately, three of
ficers were severely wounded —Stepan-
off and Androoko in the chest and
Vaselvitch in the stomach. Schilnikoff
was less seriously wounded in the arm,
but did not leave the field. Three Cos
sacks were killed and twelve were
wounded, including five seriously.’
“Gen. Mishtchenko bears witness to
the excellent conduct and gallantry of
the officers and Cossacks, and especial
ly praises the third company of the
Argunsk regiment, commanded by
TOGO REPORTS UPON
Washington, March 29. —The Japan
ese legation has received from Toklo
the following official report made by
Admiral Togo respecting the action of
the second attempt to "bottle up" the
Port Arthur squadron:
“About 3:30 a. m. of March 27, the
“bottling up squadron,” composed Of
four ships escorted by a torpedo boat
destroyer flotilla and torpedo boat
flotilla reached Port Arthur waters and
without minding the searchlights of the
enemy steered straight towards the
entrance of the harbor.
“At about two marine leagues from
the entrance the ‘bottling up squadron’
was discovered by the enemy. There
upon the shore batteries and guard
ships showered hot fires upon the
squadron, but, in spite of the terrific
fire, the ships made their way into
the inner roadstead, one after the
“The steamer Cliiyo Maru anchored
at a position about a half a cable from
the Golden Hill, blew Itself up and
“The Fukui Maru passed a little ahead
of the Chiyo Maru by its left side,
and at the moment when she was low
ering anchor was shot by a torpedo
from the enemy’s destroyers, and sank
in that position.
“Hachi-Hlko Maru anchored to ‘he
left of Fukui Maru and blew itself
up and sank.
“Yoneyama Maru, colliding with the
stern of one of the enemy's torpedo
boat destroyers, passed between Chiyo
Maru and Fukui Maru and anchored
in the middle of the roadstead. At
this moment the ship was shot by a
torpedo from the enemy and, conse
quently, by reason of that torpedo, she
was carried toward the left side shore
and sunk sideways.
“The result of the action being as
above described there is some space left
yet between Hachi-Hiko Maru and
Yoneyama Maru. It is a matter of re
gret the roadstead could not be com
pletely closed up. . The casualties were
“Killed —Commander Hirose Takeo,
one under officer and two sailors.
“Seriously Wounded—Sub-Lieut. Shi
“Slightly Wounded —Lieut. Masaka,
Engineer Kurita and six sailors.
"The remainder were safely taken
in by our torpedo boat destroyer flo
tilla and torpedo boat flotilla.
“Of the torpedo flotilla the Aodaka
and the Tsubame, while escorting the
‘bottling up squadron’ and at about
one mile from the entrance of Port Ar
thur, engaged in a fight with one de
stroyer of the enemy and inflicted se
rious damage on her. The enemy's
ship retreated, raising an enormous
column of eteam, as if her boiler was
“When all the members of the ‘bot
tling up squadron’ had been taken In
and our boats withdrew to the outside
of the harbor a ship which appeared
like one of the enemy’s was seen at
the foot of Golden Hill utterly in
capable of navigation.
"Although both our destroyer flo
tilla and torpedo boat flotilla were sub
jected to terrific firing from the enemy
until dawn, not the slightest damage
was done to any of the boats.”
ADMITTED THE FLEET
WAS NOT BOTTLED UP.
Toklo, March 29.—Admiral Baron
Yamamoto, Minister of Marine, r*kd
Vice Admiral Togo’# account of the
sixth Jape near attack on Port Arthur
In the lower house of the Japanese
Diet this afternoon. The report was
received with tremendous apple use.
Admiral Yamamoto referred feeling
ly to the heroic death of ah
Continued on fifth I’M*'
SAVANNAH. GA.. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30. 1004.
_ 5 JAPANESE COLUMN ADVANCING UNDER HEAVY FIRE.
TO CAPT, COWLES
THINGS HE DID NOT DO
CAUSED ILLINOIS TO RUN INTO THE
Court of Inquiry Holds Capt. FI rad
io ril of the Illinois Blameless.
Fault Lay With the Brother-In-
Law of the President—No Further
Proceedings Against Him, How
ever, Will Be Taken—Court De
scribes the Actions of Cnpt. Cowles
Before the Collision.
Washington, March 29.—The report
of the court of inquiry, of which Rear
Admiral Wise was president, on the
investigation of the collision between
the battleships Missouri, commanded
by Capt. Cowles, brother-in-law of
President Roosevelt, and Illinois, com
manded by Capt. Bradford, was made
public to-day. ■JBie court recommends
no further proceedings, and its action
is approved by Rear Admiral Barker,
commander-in-chief of the North At
Accompanying the report are opin
ions by the judge advocate general
and by Admiral Dewey, each of whom
concurs in the recommendation that
no further proceedings be had. The
case is accordingly closed.
In its opinion, the court says:
“As to the question of responsibility,
the court is of the opinion that the
collision was not due to fault or negli
gence on the part of the commanding
officer or any officer or man of the
"On board the Missouri Capt. Cowles
gave the necessary, orders for immedi
ately reversing the engines for full
speed astern, repeated the signal as an
emergency signal and ordered the dis
play of the signal which should warn
the Illinois of the Missouri's break
down and movements, but failed to in
dicate the course to starboard by one
blast of the whistle and of backing by
three blasts, in addition to or in ad
vance of the speed cone signals, and
also failed to sound the siren as a call
for a collision when collision became
“The orders for the display of the
signal by dispatch flag was not obeyed
by the officer on the deck, Lieut. W.
Pitt Scott, U. S. N., or was not obeyed
with sufficient promptness to be of
service to the Illinois, while the ab
sence of p-escribed whistle signals left
the captain of the Illinois in absolute
ignorance of the Missouri's actual
“Capt. Cowles acted promptly and
decisively in the expedient which he
adopted to control his ship's headway.
Whatever expedient he adopted, how
ever, had his course been immediate
ly communicated to the Illinois by the
prescribed signals, the latter could
have maneuvered to avoid the collis
ntOTERS qIIETKD DOWN.
Mont of the Negroen Pled When tlie
Houston, Tex., March 29.—The man
ager of the lumber mill at Silsbee to
night stated that the rioting at that
point had quieted down, most of the
negroes having fled when warlike dem
onstrations were made.
They had considerable friction at
that point, several white men being
robbed and the homes of the negroes
fired. The man Bullock, who was am
bushed and shot by negro footpads,
died this afternoon of his wounds. The
other two wounded men are getting
along well. While a search was made
for the negro** who had done the
shooting, there was no attempt to
molest the other negroes, ouslde of
closing up a blind tiger.
JUAREZ PLANT BURNS.
Dallae. Tex., March 29.—A special to
the News from Bl Paso, Tex., says:
The Juerex. Mexico, smelter and con
centration plants were destroyed by
Are to-day. entailing a loss of flfei,-
The plant was the property of the
Juares Company. • brunch of ths
Cora llitos Mining snd Ranch 'Company,
owned by New Yorli captiaHace. It
toae iMten Idle for several years. It Is
thought the fire was started by a
spark from a locomotive.
HAWLEY AND RAY ARE
TO TELL ABOUT SULLY.
Their Evidence Relative to Hi* As
sets Is Wanted.
New York, March 29.—David H.
Miller, one of the two receivers for
the suspended cotton firm of Daniel J.
Sully & Cos., said to-day the receivers
had applied to the United States courts
for an order for the examination of
Edwin Hawley and Frank Ray, the
alleged partners of Sully in the big
cotton deal, which resulted in the sus
pension of his firm.
The application was made under that
section of the United States bank
ruptcy laws which permits a creditor
or receivers to examine any person
from whom any light can be obtained
regarding a bankrupt. The object of
the examination will be to find out
more about Sully’s assets.
United States Commtsisoner Alexan
der will appoint a special examiner
in the bankruptcy proceedings. He has
issued an order for the appearance of
Edwin Hawley and Frank H. Ray on
Receiver Taft announced to-day that
Elihu Root, former Secretary of War,
has been retained as associate coun
sel for the receivers, to conduct the
examination of Messrs. Hawley and
Ray on Friday an® to be counsel in
any subsequent proceedings that may
be instituted against them.
Mr. Taft stated that the proceedings
against Hawley and Ray were not in
the nature of a suit. They will only
be called as witnesses, he said, to de
termine the amount of Sully's assets.
He added that as receivers he and Mr.
Miller could not bring a suit against
Hawley and Ray. The trustees in
bankruptcy would have to do that.
Mr. Taft did not explain the mean
ing of his statement about Mr. Root’s
connection with "any subsequent pro
ceedings against them.”
FLOOD COST FIVE LIVES
AND FIVE MILLIONS.
Writers. However, Are Kow Receding
Detroit, Mich., March 29.—Five lives
have been lost and probably upwards
of 35,000,000 worth of damage to prop
erty has been done by the flood which
has devastated many parts of Michi
gan during the part five days.
To-night the indications are that the
end is in sight, althdugh conditions
are still very bad at Grand Rapids
and also along the course of the Sag
inaw river. At Grand Rapids the wa
ter has fallen two feet to-day and at
Saginaw and Bay City, while no such
marked improvement is to be noted,
the fact that much of the ice that
blocked the mouth of the Saginaw
river at Bay City has gone out Is tak
en as a very favorable Indication. To
night the Ice gorge went out and the
river began ‘ailing.
LEVEES IN INDIANA.
Indianapolis, Ind., March 29. —All riv
ers tributary to the Wabash and Ohio
are overflowing, and great damage has
been done to farms and buildings
throughout Southern Indiana. At
Vincennes the danger seems greatest.
Every precaution is being taken to
prevent the possible breaking of levees.
All sanitary sewers have been stopped
with sand bags. Nearly all of the
large manufacturing plants have been
forced to close, and It Is thought that
the city gas plant will be closed to
night. The electric light Is also in
Several of the city bridges are In
danger and the Evansville and Terre
Haute Railroad has suspended opera
WOOD CONCEDES THAT
DAVIS HAS DELEGATES.
lie Will. However, l.'iinfrat the Ar
L'ttle Rock, Ark., March 29.—Re
turns have been received from seven
ty-one out of seventy-five counties, and
these show that Gov. Jefferson Davis
Is entitled to *O2 delegates In the state
convention. The number necessary to
nominate is 222.
Judge Wood has conceded that on
the face of the returns he hue not
enough counties to win the nomina
tion, but he will appeal to the state
convention end contest Die vote as re
turned In g number of counties.
Nest list urdsy each county will hold
g convention for the purpose of else* -
Inc delegates to the suits convention,
indications see that contesting delega
tions will lie sent f • out g Ague or inure
BIDS TOO HIGH
FOR FT, SCREVEN
MAY ALL BE REJECTED.
CONTRACTORS WANT TOO MUCH
Col. Rnlilen to Whom tlie Bids Have
Been Submitted for Review, Holds
That They Are Un reasonably
lllull—lt May Be Necessary to Ad
vertise for New Bids—Names of the
Bidders and Amounts of Their
Bids Are Withheld for the Present.
By R. M. Larner.
Washington, March 29.—Considerable
delay may be experienced in award
ing the contract for the improvements
at Fort Screven, for which bids were
Lieut. Col. Ruhlen, assistant quar
termaster general, who has charge of
the contract division of the quarter
master department, says all the bide
submitted for the proposed building
and other work at Fort Screven are
unreasonably high, and it may be nec
essary to advertise for new bids.
The names of the bidders and the
amounts proposed are withheld for the
present, until Col. Ruhlen, the review
ing officer, has an opportunity to ex
amine them. The papers in the case
only came before him to-day, but he
says he is informed that the bids are
much higher than was expected, and
it may be necessary to reject all of
When interviewed on the subject to
day Col. Ruhlen said he was not pre
pared to make a final announcement
concerning the Fort Screven bids. He
said he would take the subject up
for consideration within the next few
days. As soon as the department de
cides what action shall be taken, the
names of the bidders and the figures
will be announced.
BENNETT* WILL CASE.
Proceedings Are Again Under Way
In New Hnven.
New Haven. Conn., March 29.—Philo
S. Bennett’s will was admitted as a
competent document for probating by
Judge Edwin B. Gager of the Superior
Court as the result of the first day’s
hearing in the appeal of William Jen
nings Bryan from the decision of the
probate court, which disallowed the
“sealed letter” found with the will
giving Mr. Bryan $50,000. The chief
contention —the admissibility of the
“sealed letter” as evidence —was being
argued by counsel at the time the court
adjourned for the day.
Former Judge Stoddard, who appears
as senior counsel for Mrs. Bennett and
the other heirs, fought every inch of
the ground over which the appellants
moved in their efforts to introduce evi
dence, and at time he directed bitter
invectives and sarcasm against the
Practically the whole day was taken
up in the effort of Henry G. Newton,
counsel for Mr. Bryan, to have ad
mitted as evidence the will, the “seal
ed letter,” and a typewritten copy of
the "sealed letter.” Four times At
torny Newton asked the court to admit
the “sealed letter,” and on final re
fusal argument was begun by Judge
FOUR MEN DROWNED
WHILE HUNTING DUCKS.
Their Roots t o liaised ns They FI re.l
Into a Flock.
Chicago, March 29.—Four men were
drowned to-day In Lake Calumet by
the capsizing of their boats while hunt
ing ducks. The dead;
The men were In two row boate, two
being In each boat, Avery high wind
was blowing over the lake, and the
water wss very rough The turn were
ween from the shore to rise In their
hosts snd fire at a flock of ducks that
passed over them Just si they fired
their boats went over, and )J four
men were thrown Into the wafer
Joseph Vougbt, watchmen of the
Pullman Company, and Edward Fra -
r <t, s fisherman hastened ou* to save
hem, if poaelble. bu> when they reach
ed tkw p</< where the bouts had cup,
■lead Mof the aitm bad in vet* drown. 1
ad. Tbs bodies wets hot recovered,
HAVE SAILED FOR PANAMA.
They Will Inspect the Entire Knnte
for the IMtoli.
New York, March 29.—The members
of the Panama Canal Commission sail
ed to-day for Colon on the steamship
Allianca. They will inspect the en
tire route of the canal and will look
over some of the documents of the
canal company preparatory to the de
livery of the property to the United
States government. They probably
will remain at the Isthmus about two
The commissioners were accompa
nied by Col. William C. Gorgas, as
sistant surgeon general of the army;
Dr. Lewis LaGarde, of the medical
department of the army, and Dr. John
W. Ross, medical director of the navy.
Roger Farnham, representing William
Nelson Cromwell, counsel for the Pan
ama Canal Company, also sailed on the
The medical men who go with the
commission will make an inspection
of the canal route with particular re
spect to the sanitary conditions and
will plan arrangements for the sanita
tion of the canal zone.
"Our present plan,” said Rear Ad
miral Walker, “Is to go over the en
tire route of the canal, making an In
vestigation of the work done, the Im
provements that are necessary, and
the arrangements that wili have to
be made for proper sanitation of the
district. We shall begin our tour of
Inspection as soon as possible after our
arrival at the isthmus.
"There is hardly anything that I can
say regarding our plans. No contracts
will be let as the canal is not yet ac
THINGS THAT CONGER
DOES NOT REPORT.
Washington, March 29.—Minister
Conger ha a cabled the State Depart
ment from Pekin that the Russian au
thorities have declared martial law at
New Chwang and have formally no
tified all foreigners.
Mr. Conger’s message makes no ref
erence to the reported hauling down of
foreign flags by the Russians. The
officials here assume that If this hag
been done It simply means that Russia
has assumed the responsibility for the
protection of foreign property belong
ing to the belligerents, and that no
effort will be made to Interfere with
the consular flags.
Nor does Mr. Conger refer to the
reported notice from the Russian au
thorities at New Chwang to the con
suls that they may no longer exercise
consular Jurisdictions and consular
functions, especially extra territorial
Jurisdiction. It Is said that if any
such action has been taken it will raise
a very serious question, for the con
suls exercise their power in this treaty
port under treaty stipulation with a
sovereign power which Is not party to
the war. It Is not recalled, moreover,
that It has been customary In time of
war for a belligerent to undertake to
deprive consuls of their functions.
The State Department will let mat
ters run along for a while in order to
allow actual experience to determine
whether American interests really suf
fer from any of the acts taken by the
belligerents In Manchuria before taking
DIDN’T WANT TO KILL HIM.
Nothing In a. Threat Made Against
New York, March 29. —The story of
an alleged plot to assassinate Presi
dent Roosevelt, which upon Investiga
tion proved to be entirely without
foundation, was made public to-day by
Police Commissioner McAdoo.
Sever/*! days ago the commissioner
received a letter from an Italian in
Italy, saying that another Italian was
about to come to this country for the
express purpose of assassinating the
President. Investigation, however,
showed that the case was one of spite
on the part of the man who wrote the
letter. The object of the letter, it
was found, was to have the Immigrant
no ploTto 'kill the pope.
Home, March 29. —The report publish
ed by the Dally Chronicle of London,
and cabled to the United Whites, that
the Vatican has for ‘lays past been
guarded by large force f Italian
soldiers snd police, owing to the dis
covery of a plot again*! the life of the
Pope, Is ridiculed by the Vatican au
thorities, who say that the number of
r'arbioeers arid police on duty at the
papal pain* Is no larger then usual.
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railroads In the fife to river <err ttor y,
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lire guif poils the advantage they are
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SPURNED THE BODY
OF MAN HE KILLED
COOK SHOT HIS SON*IN-LAW.
TRAGEDY WAS ENACTED IN COF
Waller McNeal and Henry Coolc, Hla
Father-In-Law, Met In the Rond.
McNenl Alighted from His Baggy
and Cook Opened Fire-—Put Three
Ballets Into McNenl'* Body and
Spurned It With HU Foot—Trouble
a Domestic One.
Waycross, Ga„ March 29.—Walter
McNeal was shot and killed by his
father-in-law, Henry Cook, near Pear
son, in Coffee county, this morning.
The killing was the finale of a rotv
which had been going on between the
men for several days. McNeal mar
ried Cook's daughter a short time ago,
and there had been slight trouble be
tween the couple.
About two miles out from Pearson
this morning Cook and McNeal met.
When Cook ordered McNeal to get out
of his buggy, McNeal did so. Then
Cook pulled his pistol and fired.
The first shot struck McNeal in the
mouth; the second shot struck him
in the breast. The wounded man fell,
and was again shot by Cook, who
then kicked the body.
McNeal died almost Instantly, and
Cook left the scene of the killing, go
ing toward Douglas. It is supposed
that he went to give himself up to the
officers. Sheriff Southerland of Doug
las has been notified to be on the
lookout for him.
Cook was about 60 years old and Mc-
Neal was quite a young man. Both
were prominent farmers, residing near
Pearson. ... ..
SAW HER FATHER
KILL HER HUSBAND.
Kirkland, Ga„ March 29.—About 2
o’clock this afternoon Henry Cook shot
and instantly killed his son-in-law,
Walter W. McNeal. The circumstances
in regard to the sad affair from best
accounts were that Mr. Cook, accom
panied by Mrs. McNeal, had started
from hie home to Douglas to be present
in a suit pending for alimony and de
fense In a divorce suit. When reaching
the farm of Mr. Daniel Moore, soma
three miles north of here, they were
stopped by McNeal. After some con
versation threats were made by Mc-
Neal If Mr. Cook would get tout of his
buggy he would whip him. Cook ex
plained his Inability to combat with
him on account of his old age and be
ing crippled, but after the second In
vitation alighted from the buggy. In
the presence ol Mrs. McNeal and Mr.
Daniel Moore, McNeal advanced threat
eningly toward him. when Mr. Cook
drew his pistol and shot him once. Mc-
Neal shoved him backwards, but the
shot was a fatal one, going through
his right breast. McNeal then stag
gered back and was shot again in his
mouth, dying instantly. After this Mr.
Cook proceeded to Douglas to surren
der himself to the sheriff.
McNeal and his wife have been sepa
rated for some time.
FIVE MEN SAVED BY
TURNING OF TESTIMONY.
Little Girl Reversed Statements She
Chicago, March 29.—A child’s testi
mony reversed saved five men to-day
from the gallowj. The result was a
striking parallel to the case in which
a fortnight ago Millionaire Peter Van
Vlissinger. practically demonstrated
that under police pressure a boy
named Wlltrax had given false testi
mony leading to the conviction of tho
boy’s father for murder.
To-day’s Instance of youthful unre
liability under oath was in the case of
William McCarthy and four Polish
young men on trial for murder, the
witness being a little girl, Appolonia
Tarpsta, who gave first direct,
straightforward, eye-witness testimony,
apparently establishing beyond ques
tion the guilt of the men, and then re
pudiated her sworn evidence.
In explanation of the remarkable
change of front, the child declared
that she had been instructed how to
testify by the widow of the murdered
man. Charges against the prisoners
were withdrawn on the spot by ths
state's attorney, the flv-r men Imme
diately walking out free by order of
STEBL MAGNATES OONKERRkffID.
ffo niching Suspected Relative to
Dividend on Preferred.
New York. March 29. —Some of the
leading officials of the United States
Steel Corporation, Including Georgs W.
Perkins, chairman of the Finance
Committee, and P. A. B. Widener of
Philadelphia of that committee, were
In conference with J. P. Morgan to
day, and the financial district took It
for granted that something had been
done regarding the next dividend on
steel preferred. According to a direc
tor of the corporation the question of
maintaining or reducing the present
7 per cent, rate will not be determined
much In advance of the quarterly
meeting next Tuesday. The Finance
and Executive Committees are sched
uled to meet to-day.
THE PROMISED $40,000.
St. Louis, March 29.—1 t wss an
nounced to-day by the local commit
toe in charge of lbs National tarns
erst la Convention, which will be mM
here, beginning July 4, that the Mfi/xKi
pledged i a the National Committee, has
been subscribed by business man. Tbs
Motions! Commit toe dll) meet hare
nest Monday to arrange definitely for
seating *rng*merits during tbs con
vention It le estimated (feat the arena
will have s easting capadty of iw
end in that division wtil be seated lbs
delegates end hswepsper represents
•teas The gaiter* end be loan ms will
b# iasa* vsd for spect ataddt