Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, May 27, 1876, Page 2

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated May 27, 1876 Page 2
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2 STRUNG UP. A Brace of Murderers in tho Commonwealth of Mas sachusetts. Piper, the Butcher of Mabel Young and Bridget Landergnn. Sam Frost, Who Killed Els Wife’s Brother Last Year. Horrible? Incident Attending Bis Eiccn tion—The Dead Torn from tho Body. Hanging of Burrell Spink, Colored, at Lebanon, Tenn. A Party of Murderers Taken from the Sheriff and Shot in South Carolina. PIPER. Sptdal Dispatch to Tho TVibuna TUB EXECUTION. Boston, Mass., May 20.—Tho execution of Thomas A. Piper, formerly tho sexton of the Warren Avenue Baptist Church in this city, took place at the Charles Street Jail this morn ng. Piper wm convicted last February, on his second trial, of tho murder of Mabel Young, aged 5 rears, In tho tower of the church, on the Sid of May, 1875. Tho crowd outside of the Jail hailed with ap plause tho announcement of his execution. PIPER’S APPEAL AND TRIAL. The deed for which Thomas W. Piper was hanged to-day was committed just one year and three days ago. Not a man or woman In the city but remembers the thrill of horror that ran over the town that calm Sunday afternoon, when it became known that a beautiful little girl had been found killed In the steeple of a church on one of the most fashionable streets of the South End. The confused appearance of the sexton, and the fact that he alone had been seen in the vicinity, at oneo fixed suspicion upon him; and in lees than three hours he was ar rested and directly charged with the crime. To the rough Inquiries of tho detectives, “ Damn you, Piper, WHAT DID YOU KU.L that little girl for t” he returned no reply, but now and then stoutly maintained his innocence. The evidence against him was purely circum rtantlal; but the fact that the murder had been done while the congregation was separating lifter tho Kabliath-sdiuol, and that no one else hut the accused had been seen In the vicinity of the belfry-staircase, or, Indeed, had access to those stairs, pointed directly at him, and lie was fully committed to await the result of the Coroner’s inquest, Tho jury found a verdict against him, and ho was committed to Mvait the action of tho Grand Jury. That Imcly presented a bill of Indictment for murder hi the first degree, at the June term. It was • ertifled by the Superior to tho Supreme Court, June 21; and In that Court he was arraigned, Sept. 15, and a day set for his trial. It began Dee. 0, —the lion. Edward Avery, one of our best Itwycrs, and Edward P. Brown, appearing as counsel for the prisoner,—the latter being as signed by tho Court. Little difficulty was had In Impaneling a jury; and, after a trial lasting eleven days, during which tho prisoner himself Went on Uie stand, TUB JURY DISAGREED, — nine being for conviction and three for acquit tal. The second trial begun within six weeks, Jan at, ami lasted nine days. Tim defense was the same us before,—the weakness and tbc dan ger of circumstantial evidence,—hut tbc Gov ernment had strengthened its case by the dis covery of two or three witnesses to corroborate testimony which before rested on the recollec tion of & single one; and the defense hinted as to tlie possibility of one (if Die witnesses being Die guilty man. The Jury at this trial agreed upon a verdict of “ OUll.Tr OP MURDER IN TUB FIRST DEGREE,” after an absence of a few hours. Exceptions were filed March 4, and overruled March ‘JO; and, March 37, sentence of death was Imposed, Die Court expressing its sense of Die Justice at Die verdict. Two weeks later the warrant for the execution was issued by the Governor ami Council; and. ou Saturday, May 0, a motion for n new trial, on Die ground of uewly-dla covercd evidence, was tiled. The next day, Mr. Brown, tbo Junior counsel, 'ailed on Piper at tbo jail, and told him that bo lull obliged to say, as ho bad done previously, that he did not believe It possible fur any human power to do anything which would pro rcut Dm execution of tbo sentence upou bun; that be hud come to him for tbo purpose of say ing to him Dial any hone which he might have indulged, In regard to the success of tbo motion fora now trial, should bo at onco abandoned, Inasmuch as, lu bis Judgment, there was a moral certainty that Die motion would bo over ruled. This led to the confession which follows, run MAUBL YOUNG MURDER— FIRBU’a FIRST STORY AND TUB TRUE TALK. After a few more words, Mr. liruwn said: “Tell me over again exactly how this accident look place.” Piper replied: After 1 left the boys la the vestibule of the aa ilionce-room, I went down-stain* to the largo ves tibule, luid conversation with some persona there: I then went to the audlence-reora, looked ut the Mienuoineter. ami, llmliug that the church wits very warm, 1 went up into the tower, propped up Die trap-door with the bat, and, when 1 reluriicu to the gallery-flour, I found Mabel Young near the tower-door. She asked mu where 1 had been. 1 told her 1 had been up to the tower where the pigeons were. She sold she wanted to go up and ice the pigeons. 1 told her she could not, os shu would get her clothes dirty. She persuaded mo to let her go, and she started and rau on ahead. I followed dote behind her Btfe climbed up the stairs to tbs bull-deck, and I followed immediately after her, only onu or two steps behind. When she got to the tup of the stairs, while standing up ou the last tread, she knocked the bat from under the trap-dour, and it fell upou tier. Mr. Brown then naked him to explain just how her body rested, which he did; and .Mr. Brown looked at him u moment, and said: “You arc not telling me the truth.” He said he whs, and Undertook to explain: upon which Mr. Urown f dinted out tu him the inconsistencies between liis and his tlrtt story, and Die impossibility of the last version being true. Piper became more sml more confused, and Mr. Brown said to him: “Thomas, you utc too near your grave to trlilu with me. Tell me tho truth.” lie Hank back fur a moment, and then sold: “Mr. Browu, I am nut lulling Dm truth.” Mr. Browu quickly replied: “Tell me tho truth, and nothing but the truth.” Piper then said: “Mr. Brown, 1 AH GUILTY; I RILZAD THE CHILD.” Mr. Brown, In amazement, asked: “Doyou mean to say that you killed Dm child with Dial bati" “ I do,” said he, and his head fell. His counsel took him by thu hand,aahc would tevo taken that of a dying man, ha ha said; “Thomas, if this be true, I pity you beyond my tiling which I can express. 1 did not believe it Kubelble that you could have struck the child w UU le bat, and I want you to tell me u)i about it. Whatever pusses between us is conlldenilul, If fou desire It; but you must recollect that it is ust as important fur you that you do not con fess a Ddug you did not do, us It is that you tell ne oxoeUy what you did do.” Piper repressed his sobs and tears, and, with Die appearance of a man throwing oil u terrible i tmrdeu, began to tell the whole story. Hu said dial ho went to the church after dinner, with a Iceire to kill somebody; and, with that pur pose, put the bat within thu tower door, on the italra. After the services were over and almost ill the people Igul gone, Mabel Young run up lu him ana asked to see the pigeons in thu lower. They went up togeUmr, he taking Die )at lu his hand aa 1m went up. Just as they reached thu foot of the ladder at thu top of thu Hairs, he raised the bat and STRUCK UHU ON TUX HEAD. The blow felled her to thu floor, face down wards. Uc took her by tits left shoulder with his left hand and raised her from Die floor, and, w ith the bat in his right hand, struck tier a second blow, He continued: “‘As I did so, 1 beard the lames crock to her head. I laid lu-r flown where thu suit of blood was found on Die ftyor. below the bell-deck. Bite did nut- scream, AOdTsuppoted ths was dead; 1 then went 1m mediately down (he stairs to the lower door, ■ml, on ropetu'd It, I heard somebody crying, • Mabel I’ i opened the door slightly, and, peep ing through, down the stairs I row Mrs. R.mndy, I think, upon the stairs below the gal lery-floor. I thought at the time that she saw me, mid I Immediately dosed the door. 1 wait ed n moment, then I operted it. found she had gone, and I then come out, locked the door be mud me, and was going down stairs. At that moment I beard the child scream. I unlocked the lower-dour, went back, look the diild under my left arm, carried her up the ladder, opened tho trap-door with my right band, and then with both hands laid nor over upon tho coping upon the bell-deck; then returned down the ladder, put tho bat under the hoard; went down, locked the tower-door, and Immediately went down the stairs to the lower vestibule, passed through the green doors, thence through the targe vestibule down the steps to the Blblo clnss room.” Mr. Brown, who had listened to this awful confession with beating heart, hail recovered his composure; and, In reply to his questions, Piper replied that he could not remember that he had ever seen Mabel Young before. He had often had these murderous feelings, and know no causa for them, unless the whisky and opium which he had been in tho habit of Inking often, or tho chloroform which he hod taken fur pain In his head and In h!s kidneys. TOB LAKDRBGAX MURDER—ANOTHER MTSTBJIT EXPLAINED, AMU AM INNOCENT SIAN EXON- Piper said that ho was ft Tory bad man, and lie knew that they would never have defended him If they knew how bad he was. He asked If Mr. Drowu supposed it woe possible for him to he forgiven unless ho should make a confession of all the crimes that he had committed, and said that he should not hesitate to tell everything, except for tho effect it might have on his mother; that she had always trusted him and placed most implicit confidence in him; and, if he should disclose all, it would surely kill her. Mr. Brown urged him to confess all, and then asked him, “Have von ever bccnconncctcdwith any other homicide i u He answered: 11 1 KILLED THE LANDUBOAN GIRL.” After o mw caution from his counsel to tell oulv the truth, he said that on that night, Dee. HI, IhTy, he felt like doing something awful, and ]m went Into the house and'sawed oil the piece of a shaft which played so important n part In the ease, and took It out Into the street. Later In the evening, when he came out, with tho rest of the family, to see wheru the firo was for which au alarm had just struck, he sawawuman coming up from tho hurse-car station on tho opposite side of tho street. He returned with the family, and in a few miuutcs started as if to go to bed, hut, instead of going to bed, he went out of the iiouscon tho street; took the pleco of shaft from the place where ho had previously put it, and hastened on toward Upliam's corner to overtake this woman: he overtook her Just as she was turning around Upliam’s corner to go In the direction of Columbia street, stepped up behind her, and struck her upon tho head with the club; sho fell to tho ground, and he struck her several times upon the head until he be hoved she was dead. He then stooped down to see If she was dead; hut at that moment he heard a noise, and, looking around, observed several persons coming toward him from tho op pqslte side of the street; ho jumped over the wall, anti rauhomc cross-lots,—not having been out of the house twenty minutes,—sat down by the fire, warmed his feet, and went to bed. He did not know the Landregan girl, had uu lustful desire, and no motive except to kill. TUB TTJfAM MYSTERY—A MIPNIOUT-AMAILANT REVEALED—A MURDRUEH IN HEART. Mr. Brown was Just arising to go, with tho re mark, “ Now, Thomas, I suppose you have told me all; If you have nut, you had better tell me Hio rest at once,” when Piper remarked, “ I came near killing tho Tynam girl.” Mr. Brown did not recollect any Tynam, until Piper recalled the famous Oxford-street mys tery to him,—Um ease where a girl was so badly Injured in her own room at night that her life was despaired of for a fortnight. Drown then said that it was Impossible that lie could have had a hand in tills affair, fur suspicion hod never been directed towards him. Piper persisted that he was the muu, and told tho star}*. It was only a short time after ho became sex ton of the Warren Avenue Church that, as he was going through Lagrange street, one even ing, lie met a girl who stopped him and asked him to go to a saloon with tier; lie went, and after that went t<> her room, drank again with her, and retired. He continued: “ Alter reach ing the room, we drank together. and then re tired for the night. In the middle of tho night I woke up, and the girl was fast asleep. 1 got up, dressed myself, uml looked around to see how I could get out of the room. I saw that 1 could get out of the window. In looking about the room 1 found a hammer. I took It, went up to the girl, STRUCK HER SEVERAL TIMES on the head, Uien got out of the window, and went buck to the church, where 1 slept daring the rest of the night” Like the others, this girl was a stranger, and he did not believe she would recognize him. (When Die girl was found, on the morning of July 8,1874, sno was unconscious, and was not expected to live through the day. Bhc clung to life, however, and lingered on from day to day, but did not recover her senses. * Finally she be gan to mend, after all the doctors tuul given her up, recovered, ami went to night-walking again. Bno never could tell the name of her assailant; but everybody supposed that she knew, but would not. Tills story perfectly coincides with hors, given at the time and niuee.) FROST. DECAPITATED AT WORCESTER, MASS. Worcester, Moss., May 2d.—Samuel J. Frost was executed this morning at the County Jail In this city, at half-past 10 o’clock, for Die mur der of his wife's brother, Franklin P. Toune, July 4,1865, in a barn an a farm at Petersham, owned by Toune. When the drop fell a terrible scene was enacted. The fail was so great that the head of Frost was Jerked from ills body, which hung only by ligaments. His blood spurted in every direction over the scaffold and floor. SPIXK. Special Ditpaich to 771 s Tribute. AT LEBANON, TENN. Nashville, May 26.—Burrell Spink, alias Beggarly, colored, was executed at Lebanon at 1 o'clock to-day, for Dio mnrder of Robert Hamilton, a peaceable white citizen, in Wilson Couuty, a year ago. Thu hanging was witnessed by SUO people. A guard’s guu was discharged by accident, which caused an exciting stampede, bpink died from strangulation in twenty min utes. Tills is the first public execution In that county in forty years. He died game. Nashville, Temi., May 26.—More than a year ago, there lived lu the southwestern Dart of Wil son County, Tennessee, on Die bonks of Sugg’s Crock, a quiet, peaceable former named Robert Hamilton. He bad passed Die meridian of life, but many years of usefulness and hap piness wight havu been spared him had not Die assassin's bullet in Die dead hour of night cut him down without warn ing. On the night of the 10th of March, 1875, some unknown parties came to his gate and hallooed; lmt,Mr. Hamilton paying no attention to them, they rodu oif. Shortly after, Hamilton heard a noise in bis orchard, and, thinking that some midnight marauders were bene upon rub bing his smoke-house, ho arose and pre pared to go out. ills wife, who was well acquainted wlUi the dangers accom panying anything like temerity upon Dio part of any Inhabitant of the country, tried to dis suade him from leaving the house. Rut Mr. Hamilton, nut sharing his wife's fears, wont out. In a few minutes Mrs. Hamilton heard thu report of a gun, and, her husband nut re turning. passed a night of sleepless anxie ty. 'As soon us day broke, shu went out, and. accompanied by others, found Hamilton's dead body In a ditch, some 300 yards from Die house. His face and breast were tilled with shot and slugs, and there wore evidences of a struggle, as If eomu one hail been drugged along. The duad man’s shirt-col lar and suspenders wore turn. The fearful deed was covered up by the durkuess of night, hut suspicion lighted upon two negroes muucd Burr Beggarly and Portur Williamson, who prowled about thu neighbor hood, and were known to be none too good to do the deed. They were arrested, aim imme diately made confession by such trying to lay the crime upon Uio otiier. Williamson, who was thought to havu been the least hardened sinner and the least guilty of thu two, Insisted that Beggarly had dono thu shooting; while Beggarly declared that it was Williamson, rruin having heua together, however, it was thu general oeliuf that Uui murder Ikcu committed tty both. At the time thu murder caused great eiclto muut, and it was with dltliculty that the guilty cuuplu could bo saved from lynching by the in d gnaiit community. Thu two murderers were placed in Jail, and, at the September term of Die Wilson County Circuit Court, were brought up for trial. Thu tirst step taken was tu grant a severance, and ou his trial Williamson was found guilty, but was recommended tu mercy, as it THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1876—TWELVE PAGES. was thought that ho was merely tm Instrument In Beggarly’# hands. Tills verdict, not being altogether in accordance with the views of the Court, was set aside and a new trial granted. Beggarly, who also bore tho mystic alias Sphinx, fared worse than his colleague arid tool In- crime, and was found guilty of murder In tho first degree, A motion for a now trial wns made, but, being overruled, Beggarly was sen tenced to he hanged Nov. IS, 1375. He then took an appeal to the Supreme Court, and Ida ease had a second hearing, with the sequel that to-day witnessed. ... „ . Williamson had his second trial in Fehninry of this year, and was found guilty of murder in the second degree, and sentenced by the Jury to a twenty years’ term In the Penitentiary. Ills verdict was also set aside, and n new trial ordered, as \lt was decided that, having been tried for murder in the first degree, the verdict should have been guilty or nut guilty. As a consequence to this blundering in the ease, the citizens of Wilson and Rutherford Counties, clubbing together to the number of 50 or 100 men, went to the Lebanon .Tall one night In February last, de manded tho keys of Jailer W. P. Eason, took the prisoner out, and summarily disposed of him. In Hie meantime, Burr Beggarly languished In jail, and, his ease at last coming up in the Su preme Court, Ids Ucath-ficnlcueo was alllrmed, and Friday, May 2fi, appointed as the day for the execution of the sentence. Beggarly, who long know that there could be but one conclusion to tils case, received the final verdict with seeming composure, and had very little to say afterword. The lost chance gone, »md Beggarly remanded to the prison-doors from which ho would only emerge to meet his doom upon tho gallows, he devoted himself to a preparation for death. The Rev. Nelson Merry, a prominent colored minister of this city, attended Idm constantly, ami, when Beggarly finally declared that no had made sincere repentance and desired to he baptized, the rite was administered to him in the jail-yard by Merry. There were present some colored friends of the condemned man, and a few members of the Young Men’s Chris tian Association. He wasdotuined In.lhe Nash ville Jail until yesterday, when he was carried to Lebanon. The scalTofd woo erected about a mile from the town, and the unusual event of a criminal execution drew thither thousands of people from all parts of tho county to witness tho tmoglug. _ WINSLOW. DIB ANXIRTY TO GET BACK. ftotton Jmim'tl. A gentleman living near this city, ami having friends In London who are acquainted with E. D. Winslow’s counsel, learns quite directly some matters of Interest concerning the forger. Winslow’s counsel docs not seem to lack for Boston money, as he acknowledges the receipt of about SI,OOO which Boston men in England have paid him. These persons express great anxiety regarding the prospect of bis returning to America, ami are doing all they can to Influ ence his release. Winslow on the other hand is personally anxious to oneo more tread the soil of the Olil Bay Stslte. Even if he Is released ho says he will come back. If sorao assurance Is S'vcn him that he will bo dealt with leniently, he were hero now he says ho could save his creditors the Joss of nearly SIOO,OOO, over $90,000, and ho has told his counsel that many of the claims which have been allowed in the Bankruptcy Court arc Illegal. He wants to see some of his former friends In Boston more than he does those who are now within call urg ing Ida release. MISCELIiAITEOUS. LET OPV CHEAP. Special Dhpalck to The Tribune. Mbnasiia, \VIs m May 20.— Tho shooting case which created such excitement hero on Tuesday evening, when a young, ruffianly fellow, known ns Jack Turner, shot six times at Albert Wat keo, has terminated in a surprising, and to many a mad unsatisfactory, manner. The prosecutor, apparently from some motive best known to himself, did not want to press the cose. Tho defendant’s lawyers argued there was some flaw in their client's Indictment, and so the young “pistol persuader” was let oft by paying about S3O costs, and promising to quit the city. Many Meuasha residents deride this way of trifling with justice, and argue that life is not very safely guarded by legal penalties, where one may be shut at half a dozen times for the small sum of S3O. A TENNESSEE MURDER. Memphis, Tenn., May 20.—A terrible tragedy was enacted near Germantown, In this county, yesterday morning. 8. M. Ellis, a well-known fdantcr, while on his way to tho Masonic Lodge n Germantown, was met by Thomas and Hub ert Bcasonover, neighbors of his, who accused him of having slandered a niece of theirs, and asked him to sign a paper, which ho refused to do; whereupon they shot him in tho breast ond back, killing Idm instantly. Thomas lleuson over, who claims to have killed Ellis, went to Germantown and surrendered, himself to Esquire Walker, after telling what he had done. Later in tins ouv, Robert Reasunover was ar rested by Shcrlft Anderson, and both were brought hero and placed In jail to answer. Ellis leaves a wife and two children. There are conflicting stories iu regard to tho origin of the difficulty. ELEVEN MEN BUTCHERED. Social Dimaicft M The Tribune. Lincoln, Neb., A lay 3d.—Private advices to this city yesterday announce that Die company of adventurers from Cincinnati which passed through here a month ago, known os Col. Stone's pnuad, were attacked by Indians near Custer City, a few davs ago, and eleven out of twenty two Killed. They were sons of wealthy Cincin natians. and went on the trip more for frolic mid to see the country than anything else. They are expected to arrive hero in a few days. They stopped here a few days on their way to the Hills, and mode many mends. LYNCHING. Charleston, S. C., .May :>J.—Further partlo nlara of the lynching of toe Harmon murderers show that It took place in Kdgtleld County, near the Abhcyvillu line. The crime, one of exlrordlnary brutality, was participated in by six negro men. Six men were shot by Die citi zens, white and colored, in broad daylight. At the conclusion of Die Coroner's inquest the womeu remained In the custody of the Sheriff. TRH MILWAUKEE MURDERESS. Special DltpaicA U> The Tribunt. Milwaukee. May 30,—Argument for a new trial of Mrs, Wilucr is being made before Judge Mallory. Counsel for Die defense claim that a Juror had been tampered with, and that liquor was scut Into ,the Jury-room. Tim arguments will be conUuued to-morrow. DASTARDLY MURDER. St. Louis, Mo.. May 26.—Charles Buck, a farmer, was waylaid by threu footpads 0 mile* from the city night before lost, and, showing light, was shut in thu body by one of the rolw bers, and died to-day from the efleets of Dm wound. No arrests havu yet been made. IROUS JEALOUSY. MURDBI Shreveport, La., May 26.—William Hemic* shut ami killed Iris brother-in-law, Kd Hatha way, last night, about & mites below* hero in Bossier Parish. Cause, Jealousy. Both parties were recently from Olilo. Albany, N. V., May 2d.—Andreas Fuchs, who killed William Simmons In Brooklyn, ami then cut up the body in a horrible manner, Ims had his sentence to death commuted to Imprison* meat /or life. THE DENVER MURDERERS. Denveu, May 2d.—Owing to legal technicali ties the Italian murderers will not bo hanged. Four arc sentenced fur life and the others for ten yearn each. /EATHER. May 1,7—1 a. m.—For ig and stationary barom rly winds, uud warmer, weather. insBUVATIOMB. THE Wl Washington, D. C. tho luku region, falling cter, south to wester! clear or partly cloudy u übnxiul or nu*uo. May 30—Midnight. Statlnm. \ liar. TTbut Cheyenne ’nans' Ilrcckeurtdce liumo: Denver ;to <« Duluth Keokuk -.-i.u7 LauruaM ai.VA I,i *vcuworlU lllwaukce.. '•.“im Omaha. laiMi-i i'liutc Halt« Icft.M Ft. Sully i*Jo.7» PlilladiTjihU. Iju. Jo 5., freih. 8.. frtab. Calm K., jcunile. W., lath.. Cal ut tt. W.Vfmh Calm W., 8.. light.... Calm 8, K.fre’ih! H. K,, freak. a. vr„ fa-.ii! EX-MINISTER ORTI Lafayette, lud., May 26.—Th Isifayeito, irrespective of parly, te reception at the Opera-House to-i tu ux-MlnUtur Orth. A Child-Witness. .Vacmiitan'i Munaziui has un article about the custom of swearing witnesses in court, In which • it quotes the following anecdote to llluslrtilo the fully of eoiapelllngehUdreu to take an oath: “U U bar tramllou, though there may bo no record la print, that years ago the most sar castic of English Judges imt this whole matter hi a nutshell. The question having been asked of a child-witness, if abe knew what would be come of her whoa elm died, she answered sim ply. ‘Don’tknow, birl’ whereupon the Judge snU, 1 Weil, gentlemen, no more do I know,— but Uio child’s evidence cannot be taken.' u RAILROADS. Instructions to the Jury In the Decatur Rail road Case. The Ignoring of Schedule Ratos a Prima Facie Case for Plaintiff; But Defendant May Show that Sched ule Bates Are Not Beseem able and Just. No Rebate to I!o Allowed In West* Hound Freights. TIT r, DECATUIt CASE. Special Dlfpalch to The Tribune. Dbcatur, 111., May 2tl.—'The great railroad ease of the people on relation of the Railroad and Warehouse Commissioners against Hie To ledo, Wabash tk Western Railway Company, which has been on trial In tho Circuit Court hero for the last two weeks, for extortion under tho railroad law, closed this evening. It has been one of the most exciting ami Interesting legal battles ever fought or tried In this Slate. Tho people have been represented by cx-Gov. John M. Palmer and tho Hon. A. B. Bunn; tho defendants by UrfV «fc Green, of Spring field, Crea A Ewings, and Nelson os Itoby, of this city. At the close of the argu ments Judge Smith instructed the jury upon the law of the cose, of which the following Is a substantial synopsis: Tho jury are instructed that tho statute re quires the Railroad and Warehouse Commis sioners to fix a schedule of reasonable, maxi mum rates of faro for passengers ami freight for cadi railroad company In the State, ami to publish the same, and that under the law such schedule rates as fixed for the Commissioners is made prime fade evidence of tho true rates, nml that tho some are fair, just, and' reasonable rales for the service therein named, ami that such sdicduie is prlma facie binding on the said road, for which It Is prepared; that the Intro duction of the schedule to the jury, with proof that tho defendant performed tho service al leged. and luis charged tho persons named In the declaration more for lue service there named than tho rates specified la the schedule, makes a prlma fade case for tho plaintiff, and that in the first instance the plaintiff Is bound to prove untiling more to enable it recover: but the ease made is only prlma fade and not conclusive on the defendant. The defendant under tho statute has Uie right In its defence to contradict the schedule prepared by the Com missioners for its government, ami may show In Its defence that tno rates staled In the sched ule are not reasonable and Just rates of com pensation for the service performed, and the de fendant may show that tno charges made by it for carrying passengers and freight for the per sons named In tho declaration wna no more than In justice ami right It ought to receive for stteh services: that tho defendant is en titled to have and receive a just ami fair compensation for Its trouble, cost, and expense of transporting the freight and passen gers named In tho declaration: that the defend ant Is not bound to carry freight for Us custom ers fur less thou it costs for sirnh transportation, nor for less than just compensation; that the burden of proof Is on tho plaintiff to establish the charge in the declaration; that the original cost and equipment of defendant’s road are not proper elements to be considered In determining what tho rates of fare lor carrying passengers and freight should ho nor Is tho de fendant entitled to fix what Its rates of fare and freight should be, nor Is defendant entitled to fix its rates of fare and freight upon the basis of realizing from Its hnsincss a reason able return on the capital invested In the build ing mid equiplng defendant's railroad. After the Court instructed the jury, they re tired, and have not agreed upon a verdict. ANNUAL meetings. Tlio annual elections of the Chicago & North western and the Chicago, Rock Island A Pa cific Railroads will be held lu tills city nt tho beginning of next month. It is stated that tins annual report of tho latter railroad makes a most excellent showing as regards Its earnings oud expenses. Tho former dues not make us good u showing, which la mostly duo to the restrictions placed on the business of this road by tho railroad laws of Wisconsin and lowa. There arc various rumors afloat In regard to impending changes In the Inanagc ment of the line. It Is claimed that Jay Gould Ims virtually obtained control of a majority of tho stock, and that a majority of the new Board of Directors will bo favorable to him. There were, however, just such rumors In circulation lost year,when Sir. Gould secured but one of the Directors then elected. It is also rumored that Mr. Tracy, President of the Chicago, Rock Island «fc Pacific Railroad. Intends to resign on account of ill health, and that Mr. Hugh Riddle, at present Vice-President and General Superintendent, will succeed him. DAVENPORT * BT. PAUD. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Davbni’out, la., May 20.—Word was received here to-day from the German bondholders of the Davenport & St. Paul Railroad that they would furnish $200,000 to Imlld this road into this city, provided free right of way is given them. The right of way will cost them $50,000, to raise which it is proposed to levy a tax. Thu distance from the present terminus to the city front la about four miles. Several special meet ings »{ the Council have been held, out nothing definite lias been decided. It Is possible that if the right of way Is not furnished acre the Com pany will seek another river terminus. DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION. Bt. Louis, Mo., May 20.—Tho Committee on Transportation of the National Democratic Convention have received notice from over 100 railroads, embracing all tbo leading roods in the country, and many branch and sido-lines, that they will convey all delegates and others de signing to ottend the Convention at half-faro rates. A huge number of other roads will com mute their rales to half-fare for delegates, and Centennial rates to oil others. Besides these, a number of roads will charge one and one-fifth fare for the round trip, and others name 3 aud 3 cents a mile, each way. The Lake Shore <Ss Michigan Southern Rail road haa mode a reduction in tho freight rates on butter and eggs to tho East of about 219 per cent Tho new rates ore as follows: Chicago to Boston and New England points, 00 cents per 100 pounds; to New York, 85 cents; to Phila delphia, 77 cents; to Baltimore, 74 cents; and to Albany and Troy, 75 cunts. Tim Chicago A Alton Railroad has perfected arrangements by which it will hereafter run through trains between tills city and Peoria. NO REDUCTIONS, Nett York, May 2>J.—Representatives of tlio Pennsylvania, Erie, ami New York Central Rall woys met yesterday, and agreed upon the fol lowing order, which was promptly sent to their agents: “ Yrm ore hereby prohibited from making, or allowing to be made, by your line, any contracts, rebates or direct, or holding out any inducement, cut, or deviation from tariff rates on West-bound freights, and aro strictly ordered not to Interfere with Urn shippers of other lines.** iWiin liVifScr. ?Fair. ” /Clear. . Clear. /CUuuly. . Clear. . Clear. .'Clear. • Char. JCh-ar. .jcivar. /Clear. • Clear. Jcit-ar. .iC'tunr. MICHIGAN CENTRAL. Nbw York, May 2d.—lt Is reported that Sam uel Sloan, President of the Delaware, Lacka wanna & Western Road, has been named for the Presidency of the Michigan Central as suc cessor to Joy, resigned. ERIE SOUTHERN. Special IHtpaich to 774 Tribune Enre, Pa., May 2d.—Walker A MeKcaclmey, of Chicago, have been awarded the contract for building the Erin Southern Railway, u nuw lino from Erie to Cambridge, about 30 miles from here. lie citizens of under u public •morrow night CINCINNATI SOUTHERN. Special Ditpatch to The Tnbum. Cincinnati, May 2U.—The Southern Railroad Directors tonlay awarded contracts for 74 miles of the road, from Emory Gan to Chattanooga, ut an average of less tlum $16,000 per mile. EDUCATIONAL. Special Ditpatch to The Tribune., ilia., May 2d.— The com mencement exercises of Washington High ikhool, In this city, wore held iu.thu Opera- House to-day. There were twelve graduates— seven young ladies and flvo young geutlcmea, a promising body of etudenta who would havu reflected credit on any educational institution in the State. To-night the High School Alumni held a reunion, at which were about 800 Invited gno»ts, nod ell enjoved a pleasant social time ami listened to very intcrtalulng literary exor cises. Fpfdat Dispatch to Tht TVffcwnA. Bloomington, 111., May 2d.— Tho commence ment exen'ises In tlio city sellouts of Normal took place this evening In the Baptist church at that place. The graduates’ reception was held at the homo of Mrs. Luda 1L Lufkin, of Normal. HALF A MILLION FOR TUB GOVERNMENT. Br. Louis, May 20.—1 n the United States Dis trict Court to-day, the civil suit against Rudolph W. Ulrld, of the Whisky Ring, and his bonds men, to recover $107,000 was called, and the demurrer to the petition withdrawn and default entered ns to Ulrld and Charles D. Lake, one the sureties. A technical point was raised to one other bondsman, and the cose will bo fur ther bean! to-morrow. Dnt there seems to bo no doubt Judgment will ho entered for tho Gov ernment- Judgment was given for the Govern ment In the cose of W. U. Jewett for $27,000. Tho cose of Louis Touschcr for $50,000 pro gressed, and Will do doubt bo de cided In favor of the Government. In addition to those suits, claims against a targe amount of hlghwlnes captured al the lime of the seizures ox distilleries and rectifying houses a year ago, were withdrawn, and the spirits will pass Into the hands of the Government. The bonds In the above cases are good, and it Is believed tho Government will collect the entire amount, which, with the high wincs mentioned, will runup to an aggregate of over $500,000 —a pretty good day’s work for tho Government. MISSOURI MOONSHINE. TRB LATE RAID IN CAVE GIRARDEAU COUNTY— WHAT THE REVENUE OFFICERS ACCOMPLISH ED, AND WRY TRET LEFT ALL OF A SUDDEN. Dispatch tn Cincinnati Ornette. St. Loms, May 34.—Revenue Agent Colnncy, Junt returned from n raid on Illicit stills In Ballinger County, and gives tho details of tho encounter with the whisky producers, which has led to a call upon the Government for troops. The party, containing Supervisor Moyer, Agent Coloncy, and others, visited the little village of Oak Ridge, In Cape Girardeau Cotfhty, and there obtained Information of Importance, making a sudden descent on a point on tho Wliitc River, 8 miles from Oak Ridge. Tho party succeeded, on Sunday, In (hiding and breaking up four largo still-houses, emptying oat about 7,000 gallons nf mash and still-house beer. Col. Meyer de termined to continue the search, and on Mon day proceeded up tho Whitewater to Carney Fork, where It wan reported numerous stills wore In operation. There ha and his party were confronted hy about twenty armed men. These men were all armed with rifles and shotguns, mid hailed tho revenue party with: w Say, you d—<l sons of b—a, you are out after stills, arc you! Come over here and we will give yon all the stills you want” Collector Meyer, iindlog tho opposing fora; to heavy for him, retreated, and troops nave now been ordered to accompany him upon a campaign Into the rough district Tho Supervisor announces his Intention of car rying out tho work thoroughly. San Francisco, Cal., May 20.—Charles IT. Bowlun, E. E. Smith, and Frank Higgins, em ployes lu the Cornell watch factory, all recently from Chicago, were drowned In tho bay on Wednesday evening by tho upsetting of a sail boat Suscook, N. 11., May 20.—8 y the sinking of a small pleasure steamer (n the river lost Even ing, three perrons were drowned. Bloomington, ill., .May 20.— At 7 o’clock this rooming Edward Walker, a prominent farmer of Bloomington Grove, McLean County, was found drowned In a slough well within a few rods of his own house. Hu hod gone out to water horses, and, stumbling on a piece of scant ling, had fallen headlong Into the well, striking his nose ami forehead on thcchhncof the punch eon forming the curb of tlio well os ho fell. Ho was one of the old settlers in McLean Countv, having lived here since his childhood. He was 40 years old, and leaves a wife and three chil dren. He was a brother of John Walker, of Bloomington, George Walker, of Tazewell County, ami cousin of Judge David Davis and Lymou Betts, of Bloomington. Cincinnati, 0.. May 20,—-Jaiiicn Johnson, the Mayor of Middletown, 0., while riding homo on a train on the Hamilton & Dayton Itoitroad lust evening, fell' asleep and was carried beyond the station. Upon awakening and discovering the fact, he jumped from the train and was drawn under a car and Instantly killed. Special Dispatch to'The. Tribune. Cedar Uai'xus, la., May 20.—A clerk named Nelson Noble, employed by the Chicago A Northwestern Railway, was probably fatally In jured here lost night by being run over i»y a freight-ear, while In the act of fastening the door, lie has a wife and child. Whitewater, Wis., May 20.—A former citizen of Chicago, Augustus 11. Scovlllc, was very badly injured at this place this afternoon. Ho has been employed as shinplng-clcrk of tho Whitewater Manufacturing Company, and while engaged in repairing tho elevator It came down, bitting him on tho head. His skull is fractured, and it is feared the result will be fatal. Arrant, N. Y., May 20.—Tho fast-mail train jumped the track hero this morning. The en gineer and fireman were killed. Ban Francisco, May 20.—Trade dollars, ill# 003 buying; 02093 selling; halves, 05005# buying; l)5#0OO selling. A Donl Over n Love Affair Ends In tho Death of Doth Antagonists. A letter from Ajaccio, Corsica, to the OazeiU dU TrUnnuua, Paris, says: “On the night of the 20th of April last several shots frightened tho Inhabitants of Guttgno. and when tho gendsdanne arrived they found two bodies of men, pierced with halls. Their cloth ing had caught fire, and us it burnod the powder in their Husks had exploded. Tha bodies were those of tho bamlit Martin Foil, aged 85, and Joseph Lcea, aged 35, who was nicknamed tho Zouave. Martin Poll, grandson of the famous bamlit Thcodoro, aud who was called the King of the Mountain, iuul followed for five years a career of crime. At the ago of 20 bo had been condemned to six montlis imprisonment for stabbing a of (iungno, whose wife ho haft dishonored. Hu escaped from prison at that time aud on several sulwequont occasions, and wits the terror of the Canton of Boeda. Joseph Leca, who bod served seven yearn In a zouave regiment, was no less rcdoubtaulo. Ho luul won a decoration and a tract of land for bravery and long service, but they bad been withdrawn from him on account of his subsequent criminal acts. Like Poll bo aimed at becoming famous as a bamlit. ITEMS. “ Doth wero handsome and vigorous, and both sought the hand of the same young woman. I.ecu, Jealous of her Imagined preference fur Poll, decided to deliver him to tno gensdarmo, and on the night in question enticed him Into the cabaret of a woman named Martini, In the environs of Ciuagno. When there Poll suspect ed a trick, but i.eea denied any treason, telling him that a aouare never trembled before an enemy, whoever ho might l>o. Madame Martini, fearing a quarrel, desired them to leave, and they compiled, with a view of settling their feud with their muskets. They took positions be hind rocks and trees, ami repeatedly tired at each other by the light of the moon. Neither being wounded, they finally approached each other and fired repeatedly. Bulu full mortally wounded in the breast. “ Permission was accorded to their lelatlves to give them a burial in accordance with the Cath olic rites.” A letter from a Black HUls miner tells what Cas ter City consUls of. ss follows; "Of business bonnes there are 100 by actual count, besides 10 huiires that need not be described, which also ‘meanbusiness.’ Uf saloons there aro 14; of real estate oftlccs, 3; assay ulUce, 1; carpenter shops, 2, and about 60 carpenters, who are very base: bake shops, 7; boarding-houses. 6; grocery and liquor stores, 11; tobacco and cigar stores, 6; grocery and dry-goods stores, 3; dance-houses, 3; uolals, 3; gsmbllug-housew. 3; clothing stores, 2; hard ware stores, S; wholesale liquor stores, 2; black smith shops, 3; doctors, 3; drug-stores, storage > end couiiuUlou houses, 3; Un-shops, 2; boot end shoe shops, d; sign painters, I; restaurants, 10; lumber ofllces, 3; putty exprses office, 1; brewer ies, 2; meat markets, *; barber shops, A WHISKY. ST. LOUTS. CASUALTIES, DROWNED. Special Dispatch to Tfie TWfrons. KTZJiISD HY A TRAIN. ELEVATOR ACCIDENT. Special Dispatch to The TWSims. .JUMPED THE TRAGIC. TRADE DOLLARS. Caster City. FOREIGN. Summary of Note Agreed up on by the Berlin Con ference. The Ports Said to Bo Strongly Opposed to Foreign In tervention. A Council of tho Insurgent Loaders Decides tol Continue the War, Over Ono Hundred Villages Burned in Bulgaria. TURKEY. TUB DBRLIH NOTH. Pams, May 26.—A Journal dispatch purports to giro a full summary of tho note of tho Bcr- Hn Conference The preamble recites that tho Powers havo a moral right and duty to obtain tho fulfillment of tho engagement which tho Sultan contracted In accepting the terms of Count Andrassy’s note. Co Its fulfillment do* pends the maintenance of peace. Tho Sultan has as yot performed nothing, whereby Mussul man fanaticism U encouraged. Tho Solontca attain is duo to tho Porto’s hesitation. The memorandum states that the Powers have agreed upon the following points: First, a two mouths armistice, during which It Is hoped that an understanding on tho Andrassy note will bo reached; second, the Porto to restore tho Christians* houses and churches, supply tho owners with wood for ono year, and exempt them from taxation for three years from their return; third, such relief to be distributed by a commission composed of representatives of tho two religions of Herzegovina, with Christians presiding; fourth, Turkish troops to ho with drawn except from six fortified towns until tho complete pacification of the country; fifth, tho Ilcracgovlncse not to lay down their arms until the Moslems have laid down theirs, and reforms havo been faithfully executed; sixth, the Con suls or delegates of the Powers to superintend generally tho execution of the reforms, especial ly tho return of refugee*. The note concludes that If the armistice expires without the accom plishment of the programme, such effectual measures will bo taken by tho Powers as may oppeor requisite. WILL NOT HERMIT INTERVENTION. London. May 20.—-A dispatch from Constan tinople says: “The memorandum of the Ber lin Conference has not yet been officially com municated, but it Is stated that the Porte will reject it, and ask the European powers to keep within the limits of the treaty of Paris ond not intervene In the Internal affairs of Turkey.” The Porto Intends to eall out all the reserves and umko a supremo effort to suppress the In surrection. THE TURKISH BXCHCQUBR. It is rumored that tlio Sultan, on learning that tho cosh in the Treasury was not sufficient to meet the requirements of the public depart ments, promised to advance tho necessary funds from tho privy purse. BULGARIA. Tho Courier V Orient asserts that In that part of Bulgaria, where the Insurrection prevails, 118 villages, which contained 100,000 Inhabit ants, have been burned. LATEST. London, May 37—5 a. m.— A Vienna dispatch says the preliminaries of the new armistice are already under consideration in both tho Turkish and insurgent camps. The Porte has author ized Mukhlar Pasha to ceaso hostilities when ever feasible. London, May 37—5:30 a. m.— A Paris dis patch says that tho report that Franco has pro posed a general conference on the Turkish question is discredited In well-informed circles. A Berlin dispatch says tho Herzegovinian leaders held a meeting on the 23d lust., and, having been Informed what the principal propo sition of the Berlin Conference were, deter mined to continue tho war until the independ ence of Herzegovina and Bosnia Is conceded. A telegram from Belgrade save there has been serious lighting In Bulgaria. The Turks have banged several chiefs and priests nt Pusnvlelc. It Is also rumored that there has been a general massacre of Christians in that neighborhood, and the Insurgents are retiring to tho moun tains. The Tebjraph't Vienna dispatch reports that Identical Instructions were sent yesterday to the representatives of tlio Imperial Powers at Lon don, authorizing them to oiler Lord Derby cer tain moditkatlousof the Berlin proposals. The TeUaraph't Paris correspondent says it Is rumored that the note of the ueflln Conference may possibly bo withhold for tho present in tho hope that matters will bo Buttled by a Eu ropean Conference. In tho meantime there 1s every probability that the three Chancellors will meet again at Ems. GREAT BRITAIN. A VALUABLE PICTOBB STOLEN. London, May 10.— Tho painting of tho Duch ess of Devonshire, by Gainsborough, which was recently purchased for 158,500, was Inst night cut from Its frame and stolen. A reward of (5,000 has been ottered fur the apprehension of the person who stole tho portrait. THE EMMA MINE. London, May 20.—1 n tho House of Commons this afternoon, Philip Calan, the Liberal mem ber for Dundalk, gave notice that on Monday he would oak Disraeli whether. In view of tho grave disclosures made before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives ut Washington, concerning certain British subjects, showing a fraudulent suppresnionof facts and mlfr representations in tho prospectus of tho Emma Mining Company, the Government Intend to ask tho law officers of the Crown for an opinion regarding tho propriety of Instituting criminal proceedings against tho persons Implicated. THE lULANCE-aUBBT. London 7Vmd*. J/uyo. The account of tho gross nubile Income and expenditure of tho United Kingdom In tho year ending the Slat of Marclt, I«7U, has been to a great extent anticipated by the Budget speech. The income of the poar comprised £47,016,000 from customs and excise duties; £17,007,000 from stomps, with income, house, and land taxes; $7,103,00,000 from the Post-Office and telegraplis; making £78,413,000 thus raised from omlpoid by the public during tho year. Adding £eosjoou received from the Crown lands, and $4,255,G93 miscellaneous receipts (Includ ing payments for British troojw serving In Inula, soles of old stores. Interest on publio loans, fees received hi public offices and courts, etc.), the total Income was £77,181,003. The ordinary expenditure la stated at £70,645,208. Tho charge lor the debt was £27,443,750,the odd £43,750 being interest on loans (or local purposes. The army absorbed £14,577,408, bo bides which there was £501.033 exjwudcd by tho Army Purchase Commission, and £500,000 in settling an old account with the India Office in resjiect of troops serving In India. Tho expendi ture on the navy was i 11,063,449. The civil services, Including the expenditure charged on the consolidated fund, took £14,870,455, tills Includes some pensions fur eminent military servlets, and also £200,000 In respect of localization of the military forces. The cost of collection of customs and inland revenue was £2,691,393; and the expenditure of« the Post- Office, telegraph, and packet services amounted to £4,888,001, of widen the sum of £1,088,000 was for tho telegraph service, Us Income being only £1,915,000. The ordinary expenditure, therefore, left a surplus of £580,485. Unt this would be converted Into a deficit of £3,740,080. If we include £4,070,505 paid for the purchase of the Sues Canal shares, and £250,000 for fortllb eatluns, hut neither of these two Is really pay able In a lump sum out of Income. a uubxt ricruuu sanx. One of thu most remarkable auction sales of pictures which have occurred recently was held on the filh of Msy In the well-known rooms of Messrs. Ohrlstlo, Mausou & Woods, la London. The 135 works olfcrcd were known as tho “Wynn Ellis Collection.'* Tim pictures were chiefly of tho early English school. There worn thirteen pointings by tJalnsborougU, seventeen by Reynolds, fourteen by Wilson, seventeen by Nasmyth, six by Wilkie, and thirteen by Tur ner. There were single pictures, also, by vari ous other artists—fur instance, a small •Vetch. “ I’onshurst," by Landseer, which was knocked down for $100: a portrait of Scott by Leslie, which was sold for $315, etc. Thu most notable picture In the collection was Gainsborough's celebrated portrait of the Dutchess of Devonshire, lu a white and bluo silk dress, and a large block hat with a feather; thu sort of a hut which Is once again coming into favor, uud which Is now culled the “Gainsborough Hat.” This picture, which la oue of Gainsborough's best works, was exhib ited in the Royal Academy in 17»3. Mr. Wynn Kills bought it for $333. The auctioneer said It was the finest portrait that had «vcr come under his hammer,* The first bid was $15,000: other bids followed rapidly until the amount reached $50,000. 1 hen there was a pause, and afterward *SO 600 MTU bl.l. Mr. WoAl th,t WM the highest price ever paid for a picture lu that room. Thu applause vu so great when the {ffi me was knocked down for that sum (to £} Ag> Umc^U^U 10 sale bod to bo suspended for Jon^ ASIA. TUB I'LAaiTE, Tile Brill** Medical Journal pnMlahw the M lowing recent Information! "AjrrU plßffne fa still Increasing at HlHah ami Rimini though It has not up to the present, apparently spread to any other town. The foltowtne an the latest olTlclal returns: At TlllltUi. from»» 20th to the 20th of March. TO.pcraonaS 1 !? tacked, and there were W deaths. The iSSuS number of cnaoa la one day at lllllali was tcred on the 20th, when 20 persons were nSJJ ed, and tho greatest number of 2 oecnrrcd on tho 23d, when 13 ncM .;* died. At Bagdad, from tho 21et to 27th of Marcli, Inclusive, there were V eases and 45 dcntlis; tho maximum of cases m waa attained an the 20th, and tho maximum VJ deaths (10 per day) on the 23d and 2Tih u u Ajtril 12—Tim latest telegrams to tbs ConnUnii nople Sanitary Hoard Indicate an Increase In til number of plaguo cases in Mesopotamia, as », i as an extension of tho area infected. The Ai lowing are tho returns: At Ulllalt, In the Rt) V2 of flvo days (from tho 87th to the Blit of jjw. Inclusive), there worn GO new cases ami « deaths. At Bagdad, from the 28th ?» March to the lal of April, there 145 new cases and 75 deaths. plaguo In that city has now crossed f nir l the right bank of the Tigris to tho left bank which had been previously free from the <0 tngion. Tito epidemic had likewise made lu in pcaranco at Mcsbcd or Ncdjef All, whore, frr« tho 25th to tho 291 h of March, there occunS five fatal cases, and also at Kiit-ct-llamra. i severe quarantine, wo are assured, has been c» tabllsbcd at Konrnab. at tlie confluence of tht Euphrates and the Tigris, under tho superla tendency of Dr. Colmar, and it Is also staid that the Persian Government has ordered tbai arrivals from Mesopotamia shall undergo a near, online of fifteen days before entering the Shahs territory.” _ 1 MEXICO. TUB RUVOLCTION. Nbw Oru-BAua, May 26.—The Galveston An* special from Brownsville, Texas, 20th, says: E* cobcdo remains at Matamoras. He has receive reports of an engagement near Monterey !*> tween the Government forces under FucroanJ tho revolutionists under Marengo and Trevino, In which tho latter were defeated. No confirm* tion or particulars. The revolution seems to be nt low ebb. Two Mexican war vessels, with provision! reinforcements for Escobedo, Uavo arrived o 3 Brnzoo from Tampico. All quiet along the border. CUBA. AN INSUROBNT VICTORY. Oorretpondence y*w York Krtn\ng JTaU, Important war news has just been brought la Gen. Callcja (the Segundo Cabo) assumed con*, raamlof tho army, as announced a few dayi since, and, massing all his available force, a<l. vnneedtoLas Cruces, and presented battle to the Cub ans, at a short distance from the town, Tho battle resulted in a victory for tho hmr> gents, after a protracted and fierce engagement lasting the whole day. The loss of the Spanish army is roughly estimated at between 1,000 anl 1,500 men killed, wounded, oud prisoners, wiih the loss of eleven commissioned officers. This is by far tho most Important buttle of the war, ns the forces engaged numbered nearly 10,000 mej on both sides. The glad tidings are depicted oa the countenance of every Cuban one meets. FRANCE. THE CENTENNIAL DEPUTATION. Paris, May 20.—At a meeting of delcgalti from forty-four workmen’s societies It was do elded not to accept tbo Government’s subvert lion for the expenses of a visit to Philadelphia to the Centennial Exhibition, subject to tlxe con dition that tho Government shall tailed tho dele gates. REAPPEARED. London, May 27—5 a. ru.—A Paris corre spondent announces that tho Journal taJJrvlu (U VHomme has reappeared. ABYSSINIA. ANOTHER RATTLE. London, May 27—5 a. in.— A special frets Alexandrlo, Egypt, soys a rumor Is current that another battle has been fought in Abyssinia, and that tbc remnant of tho Abyssinian army succeeded in cutting ltd way through the Egyptian lines. AUSTRIA, 1)IKD. Vienna, May 80.—Field-Marshal Baron Voa John, Chief of the General Btall of the Aus trian army, la dead. ITALY. THU BASLE CONVENTION. Rome, May 80.— Tho Parliamentary Commit* tee on tho Basle Convention has decided lo re ject It. fitecot Scones In Papeete, Tahiti. Currespomltnct San Francitco Chronicle There arc no such things us pavements, sMo* walks, or gutters, and everybody travels In tho middle of tho narrow streets. You puss alon; and step aside, now to avoid running Into a crowd of Kanakas holding a confabulation, now to avoid stopping on on old native woman who is squatting In tho street, intent upon drying some tobacco with a match preparatory to having i smoko. Further on, at a corner, is a crowd of men and women hovering around tho stump of n cigarette, which Is successively smoked and tossed around on the ground for tho next one to take up and have a whlll at. On one side the street a Chinaman, with nothing on hut a pair of blg-Icggvd breeches, leans against ad»or-post gazing Into vacancy pondering on the wise fly ings of Confucius or planning a 5-cciit swin dle; on the other side a dusky maiden sits oni rock playing a fragmentary noise on a cracked accordion. Next door Is a Chinese barber* shop; tho customer, on tho front porch, tin bolt upright on a stool, with nothing to im port him out Ida thin hack, while theluuk-Jawd artist plies the torture. Ou tho other «:1 of the porch there are two or three nativs women lounging, fur John la popular wltathe native belles, not, because he is handsome.- Tahiti belles look deeper than that, —but be cause he makes an exemplary husband; form! only does he do bis own and their cooking, but ho washes for them too, ami leaves them to cat, sleep, and smoko In undisturbed Indolence. Tho next is a group of half-naked hoys tossing pennies at a cork set an with one or more cup pers on It. This Is a favorite amusement, nd only with the boys, but with UJ muatachod Kanakas. In (ho Q 1 1" do Commerce tho scene Is soiia what more buslncss-Uke. Vessels are dlscharc- Ing and loading, and natives witit hand-cirta are rushing hero and there with freight. DWS trucks, express wagons, etc., are unknown. ua tho verandas of the business houses native seamstresses, seated on mats on the floor, u* busy making calleo shirts, dresses of thin rial:*, etc. Beneath a spreading hurau a crowd of i * tivea are having a dinner of fulis and bread-hut- On the front veranda of a warehouse, or l*f haps of a dwelling, a Kanaka gentleman, pi*/* lug a Jewsimrp, lies on hU back, covered wlw* blanket, while his pavcu is being washed. flow They Uorled the Kins of Oanyor* The Journal de Paris contains a Idler fr- a an eye-witness, giving the following partUuk’J of the atrocities committed on tho occasion d the funeral of Katnnwl, IClng of Ounyoroi » Central Africa. Au tmmousejgrave or |>it. *»* *' Lie of bolding several hundml people, owl l*| c dug, at the bottom of which tho wives of Uk’}I'* 1 '* fund King bad been placed In the form o*,* ring, to bciu readiness to receive upon knees the corpse of their lute tyrannical barbarous master. Several regiments of *-*« Royal Guard hud been sent on the nrecoMs night to silently surround some of tn« boring villages. The first human being, be it* man, woman, or child, that made Us exit m" the surrounded huU was forcibly seised aml'M*'* rled oil, and thu captives entrapped In thU eu* ner conducted towards tho pit prepared for M funeral. Hero there began tne most hurra'* scene. The limbs of these poor creatures, srwj and legs, were broken by thu soldiers. l c * lamentations ami cries of despair of the vlciw* intermingled with tho shouting of the faintly crowd, and one by uuo they were thrown U» the gujflng gulf below, Tbeu began tho of" Ing of drums, the flourish of trumpet** piercing sound of tho whistle and pipe, wm« together with the violent vociferations of W* crowd, drowned the cries of tho victims. I** soil dug out of the pit the previous day *“ then thrown back Into the morntcr grave. *"J fanatical spectators of tlie dismal drain*** soon us it was filled up, commenced to tho summit of tho grave, stamping the down with all their might, so as to form # “Jf* compact layer above those burled alive. An ‘ lamentations having ceased, nothing was W> ' Indicate the ceremony of the abominable *ep% turn; thu noise of tho Instruments had es*» . also, aud thu assembled crowd retired, s»h* B , with themselves, and admiring tho greatness the King vhoss cuauu dgmamlnd auu* *►* 11 tea.

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