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A RLVOLT PUT DOWN.
president llogran (rualir tli llonriiiran
It tx-lllon lln Itecapturc-s the Capital
Attrr I'.loo.ly Mr lit.
Tk.i kj ai.pa, Honduras, Nov. 15.
The rebellion, headed by General
JnginoH Sanchez, is practically ended.
The revolutionary force, has loen utter
ly routed by the army which President
Pogran has been rapidly gather
inir from all portions of the
roil n try at his headquarters at Tamara,
and he is in full possession of
,tbe capital city, with' tho exception of
one barrack, where the remnant of the
defeated army is closely imprisoned
'If any of the rebel leaders encapo
death it will Ixs through the clemency of
the President The President, with his
army, marched upon the capital from
Tamara Thursday, driving in all tho
ncouts and tho advance guards
Ifitnl iTiu!rwf in nn flifl i flr M f ft of thft
Sanchez forces. At times the skirmish
ing was very bloody. Ambushes were
frequent and effective, owing to the
brush-covered country aiding .such
movements. Sharpshooters also did
jfrood service for Pogran, picking olT the
enemy's soldiers in largo nuniers.
(The skirmishing was kept up until
after nightfall, and neither side lighted
(lire at night.
J At daybreak Friday Pogran, with
jS.OOO soldiers, advanced upon the capi
jtal. Sanchez had all tho approaches
'guarded with artillery, which did ef
fective work. Three pieces commanded
'the main highway to Tamara, with a
jlargo reserve of infantry in tho rear.
This position was charged several times
:by Pogran's forces before it was carried.
iSanchez's troops were at last, after hard
Ilighting, routed and took refuge in the
capital. The fight was continued in
tho streets with varying success for
leovcral hours. Street after street was
cleared by Pogran's forces, and the bar
racks which last Friday fell into the
jliands of Sanchoz were recaptured one
(by one. The loss so far has been very
heavy on both sides.
; Pogran is now practically master of
the situation, as ho has Sanchez and
lib army surrounded in one of the bar
bracks, which is now being bombarded
!by solid shot and shelL
Sanchez's only chance of escape s to
make a sortie. If ho does not ho will
become a prisoner to the President,
which means not alone his death but
that of all his leaders and many sol
diers. Pogran has already taken many
prisoners. Tho city is badly wrecked
by shells and the inhabitants, men,
women and children, are thoroughly
terrorized. Parillas remained entirely
neutral during tho trouble.
BLOWN TO ATOMS.
Terrific Kxp'.osion ofUynamite In a Quarry
t Lima, O. Three 31 on Killed.
Lima, (., Nov. 15. At 7.39 Friday
morning a terrific explosion of dyna
,m i to took place at Custer Etone quarry
!in the southwestern edgo of tho city.
Three men were blown to atoms and
lour were injured. lho concussion
shook every building in tho city and
broke the window-glass in the houses
located near. The shock was felt for
ten miles around.
Two men were at work in the powder
bouse, a small shanty on the edgo of
the pit. preparing a charge, and it is
supposed were heating tho dynamite
jwhen it let go. The third man, Archio
jpurket. was just going into the build
jing. George Fisher and Henry Wise
'kopf were the men preparing tho blast
jFisher, was hurled in the air fifty
feet. Ilis arms and legs were
Iblown oil and all that was left was
.the blackened trunk. Wisekopf was
iblc.vn -03 feet clear over the quarry to
"the east side. His head was torn from
his body and was not found until Fri
!day afternoon, when it was discovered
iin a field with hogs rooting it around.
'J I is clothes were all torn off and his
larms and legs were missing, Purket's
'body was the least mutilated of the
Jthree, but his arms and one leg
l-were torn away. He was from Decatur,
Jacob Custer, tho proprietor, and
several other workmen were at the bot
tom of tho quarry working at the tiuio
of the explosion. George Fisher,
nephew of the man killed, was hit on
the head by flying debris and badly in
jured. Samuel Watt was hit on the
chin by a stone and knocked senseless.
William Hawk had his shoulder dislo
cated and Abraham Cripliver had his
band and arm badly hurt
TROOPS ORDERED OUT.
Ko Pr'.eyinsj with Indians Colonel Sum
mer to Take Command of the Force in
the Field Occupied by Restless Ked
nten. Washington-, Nov. 15. Upon the rec
ommendation of General Miles orders
were issued Friday by the War Depart
ment directing the troops sta
tioned at Forts Meade, Niobrara,
Robinson, Laramie and other
points in the vicinity of the
threatened Indian outbreak to
take the field at once. Lieutenant
Colonel Summer, of the Eighth Cavalry,
has been ordered to report to General
Miles at Chicago, the
place the former in
column ordered into
will doubtless bo
purposo being to
command of the
the field. There
a repetition . of
the scene enacted several years ago,
when the late General Sherman massed a
large force of United States troops near
Fort Reno, Indian Territory and thus
prevented a threatened outbreak. The
War Department now proposes to make
a similar demonstration against the
Northern Indians and spend no time in
parleying with .them.
Saver! Kallwxy Collisions In Which a
Nuuihcr ! Lives Are Lost and Many
PiTTsm i!i;ir, Pa., Nov. 15. The third
section of tho western express on the
Pen nsyl vain a railroad ran into the
second section near - New Florence,
causing tho death of two persons and
the serious injury of eighteen others.
Tho dead are: Henry M. Minott S3
Court street, Poston, Mass.; Mrs. S. II.
Angel, B0J Twenty-first street Wash
ington. '1 he collision occurred about o o'clock
during a dense fog. The second sec
tion was bcinjf held for orders on ac
count of a freipht wreck, when the
third section came thundering along at
a high rate of speed and crashed into
tho rear car of the second sec
tion. This car was tho "Pis
cay," the Washington sleeper, and
was well filled with passengers.
All of the killed and injured were in
this car. A special engine and car, with
several physicians on board, were sent
from this city to tho scene of the wreck
immediately after tho report reached
Singularly enough there was but one
injured person on train No. 7. Fireman
Pitcairn has a serious cut on his head,
and his face and lips were split open.
Engineer Henry McCormick was shaken
up considerably but was not hurt other
wise. Tho fireman of tho engine that
crashed in the rear of the second No. i)
says that the operator in tho Nineveh
Plock tower is rcponsiblo for tho dis
aster. The fireman claims that their
train entered tho bjock on a white, or
clear track signal, while second No. 9
had not yet left the western end of tho
block at New Florence.
It is said that many of the injured and
other passengers were robbed. J. W.
Leslie, of Everett Mass., says that $200
Was taken from his sleeping berth.
THREE KILLED IN MINNESOTA.
DuiifQUE, la.. Nov. 15. A rear-end
collision occurred on the Chicago, St
Paul & Kansas City road at Elkton,
Minn., Friday morning. A south
bound freight-train was standing on
the main track while the engine ran
ahead for water. Another freight came
alonsr and ran into the caboose of the
first train. Two cars and the engine
were badly damaged. Conductor Pen
niman, Fireman Rolf and Prakeman.
Callahan of the second train were in
TKA1NMEN KILLED IN OHIO.
Peli.aihe, O., Nov. 15. A collision
occurred on tho Paltimore & Ohio rail
road near Scott's Station Friday morning
between East and West-bound freight
trains, killinjr J. Watson, engineer, and-.
James Fleischer, fireman, instantly.
James llarrett a fireman, was scalded
so badly that he died an hour later.
Thomas Purke, another employe, was
seriously injured about tho head
and can not recover.
COLLISION IN VIRGINIA.
Richmond, Va., Nov. 15. A collision
of freight-trains occurred Friday morn
ing near Ford's Depot, Dinwiddio Coun
ty, on the Norfolk & Western road..
The engines " came head-end together,
totally destroying both, derailing and
piling sixteen cars on top of one anoth
er. The engineers and firemen of both
engines jumped. One train hand was
killed and five severely injured.
WHAT THE FIGURES SHOW.
Official Majorities of the Successful Can
didates in Illinois.
Spkingfield, 111., Nov. 15. Official
returns have now been received by the
Secretary of State from all the counties
except Cook. As tabulated these givo
the vote on the State ticket as follows:
For State Treasurer Wilson, 253,327;
Am berg, 250 240. Wilson's majority
outside of Cook Count- is 3.0S7.
For Superintendentof Public Instruc
tion Raab, 02,700; Edwards, 243,723;
Raab's majority outside of Cook County,
Complete official returns from all the
counties in the Northern Grand di
vision except Cook County show that
A. II. Taylor (Rep.) received 97.240
votes for Clerk of the Supreme Court
for that division; that E. Stoskopf
(Dem.) received 70,020, and that II. A.
Haines (Pro.) received 0,221.
In the Central Grand division com
plete returns for Clerk of the Su
preme Court give E. A. Snively (Dem.)
107,952; James J. Finn (Rep.), 89.591,
and George C. McFadden (Pro.), 7,110.
Snively's majority over Finn is 18,371.
In the Southern Grand division the
vote for Clerk of the Supremo Court
was: Theodore Trombley (Rep.) 59,058;
Frank W. Havill (Dem.), 00.242: T. S.
Marshall (Pro.), 3,205. Havill's major
ity over Tromley, 5S4.
THE KEYSTONE STATE.
Pattison's Plurality for Governor Over
16.000 The Rest of the State Ticket
Kle- ted by the Republicans Official
Hariuybukg, Pa., Nov. 15. The offi
cial returns show that Fattison (Dem )
was elected Governor of Pennsylvania
by 10,554 plurality. The Republicans
elected the remainder of the State
ticket by pluralities ranging from 22,
S05 to 25. 491.
Following are the official majorities
of Congressmen in this State:
Itcyburn, K ...
Allowell. 1). ..
7. fi72"13t Wricrht. R 2,222
6.53V 15. Hopkins. It fil
so 17. Wolverton. D. 5.944
1'2.2 IS. Atkinson, Ii... &9
11.403 19. lieitzhuover, D 7.109
4.15 At. Scull. R &itt
17 i'l. Huff. K 1.4HS
8. R7S l'aizell. R 7.W
11,193 i. Stone. R. 7.116
B.7U0 34. Stewart, R 1-0
313 . Gillespie, li... 3.1..J
l,SS4'3t. Stone. R 3.31.'
1.4u-J7. tJriswoId. R... H8
13. Reiily. D
14. Kile, R 3,4t71S8. Krinba, 1 4,6ai ,
Execution of tho Murderer of Ilonwell In
the Woodstock, Ont.. Jail Ho Faces
Woodstock, Ont, Nov. 15. Reginald
P.irchall. who decoyed Frederick C. Pen
well, a fellow countryman, from Eng
land on a pretenso of helping him to
learn farming in Canadti and murdered
him in a swamp near hero, was hanged
in the jail-yard at this place at S:20 a.m.
His death, so far as could bo ascertained.
was painless. Six minuses after trie great
weight jerked his body into the air, tho
physicians pronounced him dead. Tho
post-mortem discovered that death had
been caused by strangulation. The
usual statutory verdict was found by
the coroner's jury.
The hanging was first set down for 9
o'clock, but by Pirchall's own request il
was dono half an hour earlier. After
ho had breakfasted he sat in bis eel
smoking cigars and chatting with old
Sheriff Perry. Tho latter was solemn;
liirchall was not. Ho seemed to find
amusqment in the fact of tho old sher
iff's sorrow for him.
liirchall was dressod in a whita
flannel shirt, dark striped trousers, and
suppers. vt nis wiroat ne wore a
tasty black tie. Tho criminal was ac
companied to tho scaffold by Rev.
Wade, who has been constant in his at
tendance on the prisoner since the trial.
Other members of tho procession were
Georgo Perry, Pirchall's guard, and
Prison Inspector Chamberlain. Pirchall
was perfectly calm and cheerily sa
luted each member of the party as they
entered his cell. Among the- spec
tators was Arthur Leetham of
Montreal, a friend of Pirchall at
Oxford. . Leetham saluted the pris
oner, who advanced and kissed him full
on tho lips, the tears running down
Lcetham's cheeks, while Pirchall did
not change a muscloof bis countenance.
Pirchall mounted the steps of the scaf
fold with an unfaltering tread. When
the religious exercises were begun
Pirchall joined heartily, being particu
larly emphatic In his "amens." On
the surrounding buildings overlooking
the jail yard were hundreds of people
who were thus enabled to witness
the last act of the Penwell trag
edy. Pirchall repeated the Lord's
prayer after Rev. Wade while tho noose
was being put around his neck. lit sub
mitted to tho hangman in . his usual
matter-of-fact way. There was a slight
ly wearied look in his oyes, Whilo the
doomed man's legs were being bound
with a strap Pirchall stood with
his head erect, looking straight
before him, and offering no ob
jection to the hangman's op
erations. Toward the conclusion of the
Lord's prayer Rev. Dr. Wade's voice
was filled with deepest anguish and
broko. He stepped forward and kissed
Pirchall, saying: "May God have mercy
on you," and retired a few paces. The
supremo moment was at hand.
When Radcliffe, tho . Toronto hang
man, pulled tho black cap over Pirch
all's face tho latter said, loud enough
for every one to hoar: "Well, won't you
shako hands before I go?' This rather
dumbfounded Radcliffe for a moment.
Then ho thrust forth his hand and
shook Pirchall's hand.
Then stepping back ho took hold of
the cord connecting with the latch of
the weight abovo. John Ferry, the son
of tho sheriff, and acting for his father,
was standing three or four steps to
the left. He gave tho signal and
the bolt was drawn out Tho body
was jerked in an oblique direc
tion. It moved around for a few sec
onds with its own momentum and final
ly hung straight down. A convulsive
shudder ran through the frame. Then
a blood-curdling sight was witnessed.
The hands clasped and unclasped con
vulsively, the nails entering the flesh
and causing the blood to flow;
the legs drew up and straightened out
There was every indication that the man
was being slowly strangled. Ilis neck
was not broken. Two minutes after the
bolt was withdrawn Pirchall's pulse was
sixty strokes per minute. At the end of
six minutes he was pronounced dead.
Hirchall's crime was the killing of F. C.
Benwell February 17 last in a swamp in Oxford
County, Canada. Birohall came to Canada
early in the summer of 1888 to become a farmer,
but, finding the work harder and the iay
smaller than he had been led to expect, ho
stayed in Woodstock. Birohall talked a
great deal about aristocrats in England
with whom he claimed to be acquainted
or connected. Ilis wife seemed to second him
in what he did. These two disappeared in the
fall as quickly as they had come, leaving cer
tain unpaid bills. When a man was arrested
Jn February last for the murder of the stranger
whose body was found in the swamp near
Princeton the people were made aware for the
first time that Birchall had returned.
Against Birchall there were scraps of evi
dence which, while not making a complete
case, were ail consistent one with the other,
and together were -certainly strong. The prin
cipal witness was a young Englishman
named Douglas R. Felly, who had come
out on the Britannic with Mr. and Mrs.
Birchall and Benwell. Felly and Benwell had
made arrangements in England to take an
interest in a horse ranch or farm which Birchall
claimed he owned in Canada. According to
Peliy, Birchall had represented this farm t.i be
a mile and a half from Niagara Fulls. lien
wcil's father, a retired British Colonel, was to
pay 3D for an interest in this farm as
sool as his son should write from
Canada that he was satisfied with his bargain.
Young Felly also had patd Birchall a larjje sum
on condition that he was to have employment
on the farm with a small share in the profits.
Monday, February 17. Benwell and Birccall
had taken the Grand Trunk southern di
vision train to fro to the alleged stock farm.
That nizht Birchall returned alone, ex
plaining that Benwell haJ gone on fur
ther, probably intending to call at Loudon.
Ont. The two men, however, were seen to gt
off at Eastwood station and go across the fields
in a direction which would taKe them to the
swump. Birchall was suVseqwatly seen to re
turn aione. Two days later lseuwek s bods vu
found in the swamp. 1
I.lat of Kuctoassfal Candidates fur Congrm
la Several Mates aatt Their Plural
Si'ki.nokiki.d, 111., Nov. 13. Further ro
ports on the Congressional district voto
in Illinois received at tho Secretary of
State's ofilco givo tho complete oilleial
result for two more districts a follows:
oovonin aistrict iane, io.tow; ihap-
man, 0,801; Iioesilor, 4,845; Douthit, 917;
Lano's plurality, o,s:j'.. Twentieth dis
trictSmith. 17,.r00; Morris, 17.i7.J;
Lawrence, IH.; Davis, (5S5, Smith's plu
Ofllcial returns from tho Eleventh
Congressional district show that Cablo
(Dem.) received l!l,:;:!4 votes and Gcst
(Uep.) 17,401, Cable's majority being
St. Pai:i, Minn., Nov. VI. Tho Min
nesota members of tho l'if ty-Socond
Congress, with their pluralities, aro as
1. W. H. Harries, 1) 2 nr,.l
John I.ind. K TU'.l
3. O. M. Hall. 1) :i,K-
4. J. N. Castle, I) 4.71 1
5. Kittel Kalver.-ou, Alliance l,l
Drnuyn:, la., Nov. a 1:5. Complete
official returns from tho Third Congres
sional district givo Henderson (Ken.)
a majority of IDG over Couch (Dem.).
Des Moines, la., Nov. 13. Comploto
official returns elect tho entiro Repub
lican State ticket, including Luke foi
Railroad Commissioner. Tho voto was
Secretary of State McFarland. lU2,0ni;
Chambf-rlin, 1SS.3M ; McFarlaud's plurality.
2.8U0. Auditor Lyon's plurality. y.SOO. Treas
urer Ileeson's plurality, l..Vi.'J. Attorney Gen
eral Stone's plurality. 3,779. Justice of the
Supreme Court Kothrock's Huralitv, 3.2V0.
Clerk of the Supremo Court Fray's plurality.
3,047. Reporter of tho Supreme Court Kay
mond's plurality, 3,4 18. Kailway Commisslorcr
Luke's plurality, about STjO.
Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 13. Re
turns from all tho counties have been re
ceived and tabulated and tho totals are
as follows: Matthews (Dem.), for Secre
tary of State, 233,881; Trusler (Rep.),
214,302; Plount (Pro.), 11,934; Prindle
(People's), 17,o51; Matthews' plurality,
Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 13. The
official canvass of tho voto for Congress
men in Indiana was finished by the
Secretary of State Tuesday night It
shows tho following pluralities by dis
. 8.V.I 8.
Brookshire, V. .3,0rtS
WaiiKh, K l.f.18
Pal ton, 1J 1.1153
Martin. D 1,873
McClcllan. D... 4. OK)
Snively, D 2,704
4. Holman, I).,
ft. Cooper, 11...
tt. Johnson. R..
7. Uynum, 1)...
.Iekkeiison City. Mo., Nov. 13. Com
plete returns from the Congressional
districts have not yet been received by
the Secretary of State. Full returns
will not bo in for several days. Esti
mates of majorities of candidates based
on newspaper reports and from, other
sources considered reliable give the ma
joritics of the fourteen Congressmen
elected as follows:
Hatch 5,0!iO 8. O'Neill l.X)
a. Mansur 7.IUO '- Cobb .2.0W
3. Dockcry 7.3UM0. Byrnes 8.0(10
4. Wilson 2.7)!1. Bland 5.000
5. Tursney fi.0i:li learmond 3.000
fi. Heard 7,41)013. Fvan 2,nio
7. Norton 4,000(14. Arnold ,000
The Democrats elect the entiro dele
Philadelphia, Nov. 13. Tho racm
bers of Congress elected from Pennsyl
vania, their politics and majorities aro
1. Blntrhum. R.
2. O'Neill, R. ..
a McAleer, D. .
4. Reyburn, It .
5. Harmer, R..
7,009115. WriRht, R l.gOO
6,539 1U. Hopkins, R Tvi
3,975 17. W3lverton. D. 5,0O
lO.ari IS. Atkinson, R.. . 400
11.403 19. Beltzhoover, D 3.1V)
6. Robinson, R... 3, COO JO. SculL R .
Hallowcll. D.. It'.' ai. Huff, R
Mutcher, D 6,f,13-ja. Dalzell. It....
Bruncr, 13 10. 700 m. Stone. R
Broslus, R 9.9:c' S4. Stewart. It...
Amerman, D.. 3U",'-5. Gillespie, I)..
Shonk, R 1,4.'2I5. (Iris wold, R..
Reiily. D .. l.ryiOLT. Stone.lt
Rife, R 3,4H7'r.'S. Kribb.s, D
Little Rock, Ark., Nov. 1". Official
ret rns from tho Second Congressional
district give Preckonridgo (Dem.) 875
majority for the short term and 811 for
the long term.
CoNr.oi'.D. N. II., Nov. 13. A special
canvas of the New Hampshire State re
turns shows that Hiram A. Tuttle
(Rep.) receives 42,472; Charles II. Ams
ien (Dem.), 42,372; Prohibition, 1.305,
giving Tuttla a plurality of 100. Noro
turns from AYentworth were rocoived,
but this will not change the result ten
votes either way. A majority is re
quired to elect, so tho Legislature will
have to be the final arbiter in the mat
ter. Tho Senate will stand fourteen
Republicans and ton Democrats.
AVork of the Army Signal Corps
Praise I by General Oreely.
Washington, Nov. 13. Chief Signal
OfScer Greely, in his annual report,
says there ha3 been a decided improve
ment in the condition and efficiency of
the army a3 regards signal practice.
About 2,000 miles of heliograph lines
were operated, and messages were
successfully sent and answered
over ranges, respectively, of eighty
five, eighty-eight and ninety-five
miles, and communication was had at
125 miles. At the end of the year
1,337 miles of military telegraph lines
and 621 miles of seacoast line9 were in
operation. There were only fourteen
occasions during the year on which
severe cold waves were not predicted,
9$ per cent, of all tho important cold
waves being noted in advance. In
speaking of tornadoes General Greely
says that in no State may a destructive
tornado be expected oftener than once
in two years, and in conclusion says
tornadoes are not so destructive of life
Queen Emma Appointed Regent.
The Haoce, Nov. 13. Queen Emma
has been appointed :gent to eovern
the Kingdoa during the illness of King
DASHED ON THE ROCKS.
The llrltUh Torpedo Cruiser Herpeut
Founder, anil All Hot Hire of the 870
Persons on Hoard Perish '
London, Nov. 13. The Prltish tor
pedo cruiser Sorpont has foQderod off
the coast of Spain. OutWt a total
of 278 souls on board only throe wero
Tho Serpent was a twin-ncrow vobsoI
of 1,770 tons and 4,500 borso-power and
carried six guns. It went on tho rocks
during a storm Monday night. A boavj
mist prevailed at tho tlmo of tho disas
ter. Owing to tho violence of tho storm
it was impossible to send assistance
from tho shore.
Tremendous seas swept tjio decks of
the doomed vessel, carrying away group
after group of the unfortunate men m
board. Tho news of the wreck was con
veyed to Corunna, a distanco of sixty
miles over mountain roads. Tho Ser
pent's complement was 170 ofllcers and
men. Tho others on board wero goin;
out to relievo men now on ships of tho
African station. The vessel was lost at
a point twenty miles north of Cap
Mapi:ii, Nov. 13. An ofllcial tele
gram irorn lorunna says that mo rcr-
pent was wrecked off Cape Rucyi near
tho village of Camarinas. There wero
270 persons aboard, of whom only threo
wero saved. J lie oodles or tnree muies
have been washed ashore. Tho Govern
or has ordered tho authorities at Cam
arinas to render every assistance !ti
Tho threo persons saved from tho
Serpent are sailors, who swin ashoi o
at Camarinas. Tlwy express the bel.ief
that all too others on board wero
drowned, but only four bodies ,'bavn
been washed ashore as yet. TJnero is
no telegraph station at Camarlnjas.
London, Nov. 13. Lord Georgo Ham
ilton, First Lord of tho Ad miralty, on
rising to speak at a Conservative ban
quet at Acton Wednesday evening said
be was sorry to announce that
ust before ho came 'there ho re
ceived a telegram fjat II. M. S.
Serpent was lost on the coast of
Spain, and he feared there had been
great loss of life. The Serpent. huMid.
was ono of our host cruisers, and was a
valuable vessej, with excellent ofllcers
and crew. He could not toll the causo
of tho disaster. The announcement
caused a sensation and it was evident
that many of those, present would
have thought it proper to post
pone 'the banquet, but no action
being taken to that end tbo
entertainment proceeded, and after
the guests had eaten and drank heartily.
Lord Georgo Hamilton led off in tins
toasts with an unusually jolly speech,
his rollicking humor provoking peal
upon peal of laughter. Tim news
of this affair soon reached tho
London clubs and excited much ad
verse criticism. It is considered that
Lord Hamilton's conduct may -aunu
scandal against himself and the Tories
such as was aroused against Mr. Glad
stone and his political adherents by tho
alleged presence of tho Liberal Premier
at a theater on tho evening of tho day
when Gordon's death was announced in
the London newspapers.
The newspaper offices at Plymouth
wero besieged by crowds of peop.'o
anxious to hear further news of tho
disaster. Among these were the sob
bing wives and daughters of many of
the lost seamen. It is stated that man
of the crew of tho Serpent, before tho
vessel started on what proved
to bo its last voyage, expressed tho
fear that some misfortune would be
fall tho ship. Tho relatives of tho
crew of the Serpent at Plymouth and
the dock-yard people there are full of
gossip about the lost cruis-r. 'It is
claimed that it was unseaworthy and
that it broko down on all its tri;l trips.
Commander Ross is said to have been
In the habit of treating his men with
undue severity. Tho Serpent started
last Saturday on its maiden voyage. It
was commissioned for service in Africa
last June but was detained by several
mishaps to the machinery. It and its
consorts were cordiaCy disliked by the
service. The Serpent had a bad record.
It broko down more than onco in tho
maneuvers of lhH'i.
Lloyd's ajrent at Corunna telegraphs:
'It appears that the Serpent was run
ning for shelter into ono of the bays
north of Finisterre. It is not known
whether it foundered or grounded on
the fearful reefs that are a continuation
o the Galician mountains. If it foun
dered nobody need be surprised but tno
Admiralty. If it grounded on the reeM
it could not stand a minute's battering
in a heavy sea."
ITbe Serpent was a third class crus- ( tr-
type of the Archer, of which the Conw.nl 7ork
town and Bennington are pructicnlly c-opf-l It
was provided with white-bead torTelo;s. tjDcs
and apparatus for llriug. The S rp nt wa
built of steel. 1,770 tons dlsplacenn-nt, 4i
Indicated horse-power. 14 f.et 6 Irnh'f
draught of water, 'JSi foet 1'Tith, Zi
feet team. It was built at Devonport.
launched ia li7. cost (bull and matuicrry)
91.608. Its armament roraprln-d hlx fix Inrb.
live-ton brtecbloading rifle guns. ei;;ht Uireo
pounder, rapid-firing guns and thr.-e csiiL-i
guns. It sailed from Devonport, b'-In? put ir
commission June 81 last, under cou:Vf . -ind o!
Captain H. L. Ross. orJe.-ed to the C-fe ant
the west ccastof Afr:.
Generous Contributions for Ireland.
New Toi:k, Nov. 13. Messrs. Dillot
and O'ltrien S3y that the generosity of the
contributions have far surpassed theii
expectations. Mr. T. P. O'Connor ro
marked that it would paralyze Palfour.
Toe meeting at Philadelphia, they said,
they regarded as phenomenal, il.O C
having been raised. Put $37,000 m New
York in one night fairly took tbeii
breath sway. 1 't;ey have now collectei
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