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Footsore and weary, one autumn
evening', an old man, a lad, and a dog
arrived in Wokingham, where they put
tip at a common lodging-house. They
constituted a traveling show, and,
after performing all day in the streets
of Readiug, they bad walked over
here a distance of ten or twelve miles.
The old man seemed broken in
health, and suffered from a severe
cough; but on this particular evening
lie was worse than usual, for he had
rot a chill, and was glad to lay down
his weary bones in bed, soon after his
arrival. He complained of feeling very
cold and thirsty, and the lad procured
him some tea. which thev both enjoyed.
"Grimmy" -or to give hiin his full
tiame, Grimwald, the dog, was not for
gotten, for the trio were inseparable,
and s'xm ufterwards they all retired to
During the night the old man be
came vvry feverish, coughed incessant
ly, uni complained of a pain in his
chest, out Jimmy, the lad. did all he
could for him. and sat up most of the
night with him.
In the morning, poor old "Spangles
a name dear to many children
throughout England was no better,
and when the doctor was summoned,
and had examined him, he told the
landlady that he was very ill, suffering
from an attack of inflammation of the
lungs, and that he feared it would go
hard with him.
"Spangles" recognized his own dan
ger, und calling the lad to him, said:
"Jimmy, my boy, you've been a good
lad to me, and I fear the show will
Boon be closed forever! Sit thee down
beside me. lad, as I have something to
tell thee." When the lad had sat down,
"The great Mr. Shakespeare says: A
man. during his lue, plays many parts,"
and that's the truth; for in my time I
hive played many parts, and under
many and divers names; bat I will be
gin at the beginning.
"My father died when I was only a
"boy, and my mother married asrain
t.ome time afterwards, my stepfather
being an ill-natured, cruel man, who
hated and ill-treated me; and, unable
to bear his cruelty any longer, I ran
away from home and joined a traveling
"But I soon found I had gone 'from
"tne frying-pan into the fire,' for the
new task-master to whom 1 had been
bound had no compassion, and during
the earlier part of my appren
ticeship used to .treat me shamefully
If I was clumsy or made inis-
takes when learning the acrobatic
"In a few years, however, I became
Alva, the Flying Wonder;' then a
member of 'The Illustrious Schmidt
Family,' then an -acrobatic clown, and
hnally a ring-master, during which lat
ter period I became devotedly attached
to "Wile. Annette, the Daring Eques
trienne, and we ultimately got mar
ried and left the circus business al to
gether. "My happiness, however, was shortr
lived, for my poor young wife who
had wavered in her affections between
me and Sig. Lupino, the Matchless
Bareback Rider,' although she finally
consented to become mine - deserted
me one morning and left a note be
hind, saying: 'Dear Jim you are too
good to me. I have gone to him! God
biers you.' And I only saw her once
"1 didn't blame the poor wench, for
she was little better than a child, but
I felt her absence cruelly, and I don't
think 1 have ever been the same since,
although 1 have tried to do my duty.
"The greater part of my life was af
terwards spent in traveling shows, of
one port or another, all over England,
and for some years I was with a stroll
ing company of actors who did the
reg'lar drama but it was just about
twelve or thiru-en years afro, when I
aK ubout fift, and my poor wife was
about thirty-, re, that she sent me a
letter, begginr; me to come to her, as
fche was ill; p ad L. thinking of nothing
but of seeiivf her again, went at once,
but only to find that he had been killed
by :i horse three months ago, and tbat
he was djing after giving birth to a
Here the old man seemed exhausted
from a fit of coughing, but he rallied
somewhat after a dose of his medicine,
and be resumed his story.
"J immy, my lad," said he, thatbaby
was you! 1 promised my darling .An
nette that I would be both father and
mother to you, and I have tried hard to
do the lest I could for you."
"Oh, dear, dear master," sobbed the
poor lad, "you are not going to leave
me and Griinmy? Whatever shall we
do? You have always been so good and
kind to ns both, and a dear, kind, good
Grimmy, hearing his name men
tioned, came to the bedside, and sat up
begging, with his shaggy head on one
side, as if trying to say: "I know
there's something wrong. Can't I do
"Poor Grimmy!" said "Spangle. "
'You'll be good to him when I'm gone,
Jimmy, and never part with him while
Grimmy jumped on the bed, and
licked the old man's hands and face,
and it was as much as Jimmy could do
to remove him.
"1 will, indeed, be good to him, and
never part with him, dear master,"
Baid Jimmy, "but, oh! what are we to
do when you are gone?" And the poor
lad sobbed piteously.
"Be a brave lad. Jimmy, and He who
i cares for the sparrows will not forget
either you or Grimmy. Be always
truthful and honest, however you
may be tempted to do otherwise, and
whatever you find to do, do it with all
your might. Bear in mind that your
mother is an angel. Jimmy, and 1 am
going to join her at last- In God's
good time you, too, will join us; think
how happy we shall all be there; and
when tempted to do wrong, just think
that if you do it you may be prevented
from ever coming to us, and God will
help you to do right. You and I and
poor Grimmy have played through
many towns, and tramped for many
miles together; yet we never had an
angry word, whilst we sought to earn
an honest living. Poor old 'Spangles
is going to leave you, but life is before
you yet, my lad; and although 1 have
not been able to save much, yet you
will find enough in my bag to bury me
and to give you a start-"
He then sank back exhausted, and
while the lad sobbed as if his heart
would break Grimmy howled piteous
ly, and sat up begging in all directions.
During the succeeding night the old
man rested more quietly, but had sev
eral severe paroxysms of cough ng,
which thoroughly exhausted him; be
was also, at times, delirious, when his
mind seemed to be dwelling among
earlier memories and bygone scenes in
which the name of Annette was fre
quently and fondly mingled.
On the following morning, when the
doctor called again, he was deepl
moved by the intense and unrestrained
grief of the poor lad, who held his dy
ing master's hand in his own. whils
the lips of the poor old man were feebly
moved in blessing. "
Even the faithful dog seemed to feel
that he was losing a dear friend, for
he was restless and uneasy, sat up beg
ging all over the room, and had refused
to eat since his master's illness.
The doctor, however, spoke kindly to
the lad. and when the weeping youth
said: "My dear master was the only
friend I had in the 'world," he cheered
him up by saying that he must not
gire way. as the future was before him,
and as he had - been a good boy God
would not forsake him. "In fact," he
added, "a friend of my own is seeking
such a youth as yon, and I shall not fail
to recommend you to him.'
'"Oh! thank you, 6ir," srid Jimmy,
"yon are very kind, but I due not be
parted from dear Grimmy, as I have
promised master he shall never leave
me, and I have known and loved him
all my life."
"Never mind, my lad," said the doc
tor, "we must find some place for yon
where the doggie can go too; ao don't
Poor old "Spangles" was fast passing
away, and could now scarcely be said
to be conscious: but it was affecting to
hear him, as in his delirium he imagined
he was going through his performance
with Jimmy and his dog.
"Houp-la! Uoup-la!" he muttered.
"Over! over !! over!!! Well done, sir!
Good lad! Now Mr. Grimaldi! steady,
old boy! Show the ladies and gentle
men what you can do! Good dog!"
And even as the doc'or, the lad and
Grimmy stood round him, be stretched
himself out and appeared to have fall
en asleep; but the soul of poor "Span
gles' had vaulted into Heavenl
VnILLIS to dole.
The Hawaiian President Asked to
Informed That Thin Action I Requested
by President Cleveland Promised j
Amnesty tijr the Ouwo If
the 1 Kestored.
IKJLE'S KEPI.T SOT YET K.NOWI1.
Washington. Jan. C. The United
! States gov rnment has just been in- i
! formed that its wishes in regard to the j
government of Hawaii have been con-
veyed to the provisional government j
of the islands, and that while President j
Dole has promised a reply soon it is I
hardly expec-Ud that this will be favor- j
able to the queen. j
! The message received was cabled j
from Auckland, to which city it was
conveyed by the steamer Alameda,
which sailed from Honolulu December
22. The information is that the reply j
of President Dole and bis colleagues
will be delayed until the case can be
pone into thoroughly and the conten
tion of the provisional government will ;
be fully set forth in answer to the de- !
ruand of the United States.
All this is news to the president and :
the cabinet, but it was not unexpected. '
as it is now said tbat the Corwin
bore positive instructions to Min
ister Willis that he should make
his demand for the queen's restora
tion at once and use every means
to carry it to a successful termination. '
The only obstacle was the decision of !
the deposed monarch that she would j
not accept the throne on the plan pro- ;
posed by President Cleveland but
would insist upon support after she ,
was placed there. J
To encompass this difficulty the in- '
formation now received is the queen
has informed the minister who trans
mitted the conditions to the provisional :
government that she will grant am
nesty to all those who took '
part in the revolution and in sub
sequent acts of the government; '
will carry out all contracts since en- 1
tered into, and will take care of all the
business on the basis of which it is now
conducted. She agrees, further, to
govern strictly under the constitution
and will be guided by men whose char- ;
actor will be a guarantee of their cor-
rect course in public matters. !
i Minister Willis, it is said here, takes
a hopeful view of the matter, but dees j
not seem to be sanguine of the success j
of his mission, especially at this time. '
The government has oaly informed him '
that it will submit a reply in due time ;
and is now getting it in shape. I
The Commercial Advertiser of Hono
lulu in an article supporting the gov- I
ernment declared that the United I
States congress has taken the matter
out of President Cleveland's hands by I
calling for the papers in the Hawaiian
correspondence, and asserts that the
provisional government will not retire
i from power unless compelled to by
i force, and sa3's that this is not likely to
! be employed.
In the same connection it is stated
one who knows of the message received
j that the condition of affairs on the isl
! and is daily growing moie complicat
; ed. The government, since its unoili
I cial information of the intention
! of the United States government
j by the newspapers and Minister
j Thurston's messages, has been
; to all intents strengthening its
; forces. The members of the regular
1 police force have been notified of the
i probable conflict and their number
i greatly augmented. The arms are all
: at hand, and the most resolute of
I the Americans are at the head of tnis
force. The number of men who will
fight for the provisional government is
; placed at from S.030 to 4,000, as it is
j stated that many of the supporters of
Dole from other islands are gathering
! at Honolulu to take part in any de-
fensive action made necessary. The
i provisional government continues firm,
! and there seems no feeling on any
, hand other tban that a return to the
1 old order would mean a step backward
which must not be taken.
The Swindler to Serve Nine Years in Prison
and Pined SI, SOU.
Jackson, Tenn., Jan. 6. Howard,
the foreign claim swindler and clerical
deceiver, was sentenced by Judge
Hammond to nine years and one
month in the Columbus (O.) peniten
tiary, (1.200 fine and the costs of the
two trials, which foot up in the neigh
borhood of 120,000. A greater part of
the day was consumed by the defendant
and his associate counsel in arguing
the motion .for a new trial. The court
overruled the motion in an address in
which the prisoner was most merciless
ly scored. Sentence was then passed,
Howard manifesting no emotion. The
coursaid inasmuch as the defendant
was an attorney he would be stricken
from tlte roll of the bar.
A LEGISLATOR SHOT.
Prominent Alabaman Killed on 11 Is
Birmingham. Ala., Jan. 6. James
Ilaff man, a member of the state legis
lature, was shot from ambush while
going through a field on his farm near
Bessemer Thursday about dusk. It was
a rifle bullet and went straight to
bis heart. Suspicion poioted to a
farm hand Huffman had had arrested
a few days ago on a charge of hog
stealing. Sheriff Morrow with a posse
and dogs started at once to look for
him, but a posse of citizens got ahead
of hiin and a lynching is expected if
the suspect is captured.
NATIONAL BOARD OF TRADE.
Twenty- Fourth Annual Session to Open at
YVaHhinctou January 23.
Washington. Jan. 6. The national
board of trade, composed of delegates
from various commercial organizations
of the country, will begin its twenty
fourth annual session in Washington on
the 23d inst.- The sessions of this body
are devoted to discussions of mat
ters relating to the financial,
commercial and transportation systems
of the country, with a view to influenc
ing the action of congress thereon by
communicating to it the recommenda
tions of the board.
A HARD WINTER.
Mnch Suffering and Many Persons Frosen
to Death In Europe.
Pakis, Jan. c The weather is be
coming colder. The river Seine is cov
ered with thick iee. The railway trains
arriving in the city are hours be
hind time, the delay being caused
by the water freezing in the
feed-pipes of the engine. Many
deaths have been caused by the ex
tremely cold weather. A number of
old and poor people have been frozen
to death in their miserable lodgings.
Others, despairing of finding other re
lief from their sufferings, have killed
themselves and several destitute per
sons have been picked up lifeless in the
streets. An old couple occupying a flat
in the Boulevard riichy were found
dead in one of their rooms. They had
ignited a brazier of charcoal and the
fumes had killed them. Many of the
suicides have used this means of killing
In Toulon it grows colder. In I'ari
gueux, among the mildest of winter re
sorts, everything is snowed up. Heavy j
snowstorms are reported from Corsica, j
In Antwerp the cocks are incumbered
with ice and it is feared mauy vessels
will be caught fast. j
London, Jan. C. A blizzard prevails
almost everywhere in England. In j
London the meroury stands at 24 and
shows no signs of rising. At Poking, j
near which place the duchess of Marl-!
borough has leased an estate, and in
the vicinity of the town there is good
sleighing. There is also plenty of snow
in all southern counties.
Dispatches from North sea and Bal
tic ports report a furious storm is rag
ing. The indications are that the whole
of northern Europe is affected. A large
fleet of vessels is lying wcathcr-bouad
at the mouth of the Thames.
Berlin. Jan. 0. At a o'clock a. m.
the thermometer registered 7 degrees
above zero, Fahrenheit. In the sur
rounding country it is hardly above
zero. In Munich it is 4 de
grees below zero. In Brcslau and
Chemnitz 3 degrees below. Four per
sons have been found frozen to death
in Berlin. Manj' deaths from the cold
have occurred elsewhere. The public
and private refuges in Berlin are over
crowded. The number of applicants
exceeds by hundreds the number
of leds. Those without beds arc
glad to lie in the straw.
The electric lights in Nuremberg
are out, as the river, which
provides the generating power, is
frozen. There is no snow in most
parts of the empire and the crops will
suffer severely. Emperor Francis Jo
seph and his suite returned from
Murzsteg, where the cold was so in
tense (4 degrees below zero) they were
compelled to give up their shooting ex
pedition. Vienna. Jan. fi. The weather in
Austria and Hungary is bitterly cold.
In the city Wednesday night the mer
cury registered IS degrees below freez
ing point. The suffering among the
poor is terrible. The Danube is frozen
over from Vienna to Belgrade, Servia.
At Trieste the cold is intensified
by a 'hurricane that is blowing
from the north. So fierce is the wind
vessels are unable to leave or enter
the port. Traffic of all kinds is stopped
and the stretts are almost deserted.
The tradesmen, seeing no prospect
of doing business in such weather.
have put the shutters upon tbtur
store windows and given the
clerks a holiday. The theaters were
closed WednesJay night owing to the
' cold and it is probable they will not
open until the weather moderates. The
j police returns show fifteen persons
! have been injured. The cold is grow
ing more intense. Many persons have
been frozen to death. The absence of
' snow deprives the poor of one of the
j usual sources of relief. The wind raises
a choking dust.
Maikii. Jan. 6. The thermometer
registers 5 degrees below zeroT Centi
grade, here. Ebewhere it is 12 degrees
below zero. Many persons have been
frozen to death in the provinces ot
Burgos and Asturias. Heavy snow
storms are reported throughout the
north of Sprin.
BATTLE IN HONDURAS.
City of Cholutecra Taken by Storm One
Hundred and Fifty Men Killed.
Managua, Nicaragua, Jan. 0. The
town of Choluteca has been taken by
6torm. Gen. Villela made a heroic de
fense. The loss in killed is said to
have been 150 men. Gen. Williams and
several other officers were taken pris
oners in the engagement and many
men were wounded.
Villela retreated , on Rancherias,
where battle was begun with the van
guard of the invaders, who hourly ex
pected reinforcements. Gen. Ortiz,
commanding the Nicaraguan forces,
has been ordered to await a Uonduran
attack, and if made immediately U in
vade their country. The government
has levied a forced loan of &3S0,0iHJ on
MAY COST SIX LIVES.
Wet Powder Carelessly Thrown Into a
Store at Kprlug Creek, Mo.
West 1lains, Mo.. Jan. 6. Sol Col
lins, of Spring Creek, nat by an open
fireplace with a -keg of blasting
powder beside him. He threw some
of the powder into the fire, thinking
it too damp to burn. An explosion
followed, teariag the roof from the
house and burning eight persons.
Some 6aved their lives by jumpiDg into
a creek which runs close to the house.
The doctors think Collins, his wile and
four children will die.
JUDGE LONG'S PENSION.
Commissioner Locbrrn Derides That lie
t aimot Wit hold It Longer.
.Washington, Jan. 0. The commis
sioner of pensions has decided, in view
of the passage of the act of December
21, IStrj, declaring pensions a vested
right, that he no longer has the right
to withold the pension of Judge Long,
of Michigan, and has accordingly
ordered that the suspension of his pen
sion be removed
Accident to Jurist.
McGregob. la., Jan. 6. Judge Hatch
cf this city, fell from a bridge an'
broke both legs above the knees.
SAW BIG DAN.
Now and Important Witness
lie Will Testiry 'that by the Aid or m
Flash Light lie Saw the E-Ietect-ive
on the Wagon Contain
ing Cronin'a liody.
Chicago, Jan. 8. The greatest sen
sation of the Coughlin trial was caused
Friday when the attorneys for the
state announced that they would pro
duce a reputable witness who would
swear that he had seen Daniel Cough
lin, in company with two other men,
riding on a wagon in which was a trunk
at 1:40 o'clock on the morning of
May 5, 1SS9. This announcement was
made at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon,
when court convened for the after-din-uer
Counsel on both sides and the court
retired to Judge Tuthill's. private room,
where Frank Bardeen. who is connected
with the Bardeen paper works of Ot
sego, Mich., was waiting. An ominous
silence pervaded the courtroom. For an
hour the spectators and jurors awaited
the return of the lawyers.
At 3:31) o'clock Judge Tulhill returned
to the court-room and announced that
the secret examination of the new wit
ness would probably require the entire
afternoon. The jury was dismissed and
court was adjourned until Monday
morning at 10 o'clock. After three
hours and a half spent in the examina
tion of Mr. Bardeen the lawyers
emerged from Judge Tuthiil's private
In March, 1S90, two months after
Dan Coughlin, Martin Burke and Pat
rick O'Sullivan were taken to Joliet,
Capt- Schuettler learned of the exist
ence of a Wittess who could testify that
he had seen Coughlin, whom he knew
quite welL in Edgewater on the night
of the Liurder in company with two
men. The name of this witness was
Frank Bardeen. At that time the dis
covery was not considered important
and was not pursued. When Coughlin
applied for a new trial, however, Capt.
Schuettler saw the value of Bardeen's
story and began an active search for
It was in a roundabout way that Bar
deen's knovledge came to the ears of
the police. He was traveling on a
Pullman sleeper between St. Louis and
Chicago in February, 1800. On the car
with him was William McLaughlin,
who lives in this city, a dealer in Cath
olic books. At that time the whole
country was talking about the Cronin
trial, and McLaughlin had a conversa
tion on the common topic.
"I would have been a valuable wit
ness for the state," said Mr. Bardeen.
The assertion aroused the curiosity
of Mr. McLaughlin. When questioned
Mr. Bardeen said that he was at the
Edgewater electric light plant at about
2 o'clock on the night of the murder.
'I was silting on the steps when I heard a
wagon coming down the street In the moon
light I saw the dimly outlined forms ot three
men on a wagon. They were coming in the di
rection of the place where I was sitting. When
they came close to me I turned on the thirty
two Bundle-power lamp which was placed over
the doorway. Its rays shone directly on the
horse, and seemed to frighten him, as he
stopped suddenly. In the wagon wbs a box
that I thought was a tool chest. A man sat oa
this as he drove the horse.
"Just as the Hirht shone full upon the men
two of them jumped out of the wagon. One of
these I recognized us Dan Coughlin. He ran
around on the other side of the wagon so that I
only saw him for a moment I knew Coughlin.
For nearly two years I lived within two doors
of the Fast Chicago avenue union, where
Coughlin was stationed. Tue men went on
down the street following the wagon.
"Son e time after the murder I read in the
papers the account of Coughlin's supposed
connection with the crime and the circum
stance of the truntt and the disposition the
murderers had made of the body. 1 was con
vinced that it was the murderers I had seen.
I told my wife about it but it made her very
nervous and she beeged me Dot to say anything
about it I promised her I wouldn't, and then
I did not wish the notoriety which I knew in
evitably would come. So I did not tesiify at
At this time Mr. Bardeen thought
that the celebrated Cronin case had
passed out of the courts and had ended
with the confinement of the convicted
men in prison. When Mr. McLaughlin
arrived in Chicago he told a friend the
singular circumstance related in Mr.
Bardeen's story. This friend told it to
Capt. Schuettler. So when it came
time to prepare for a new trial for
Coughlin the search for Mr. Bardeen
was begun. Clew after clew was run
down, only to find that the wrong man
had been traced. Capt. Schuettler did
not give up, - but obstinately stuck to
The utmost secrecy veiled every step
in the hunt for Bardeen. It was
thought that the defense knew nothing
of such a witness. One day last month
there came a rumor to the ears of
Attorney Bottum that a much wanted
Frank Bardeen was a brother of
Circuit Judge C T. Bardeen, of
Wausau. Wis The clew was fol
lowed out; the web was untangled, and
Frank Bardeen was found at Otsego,
Mich. Ue was working at that place
as . chief engineer of the Bardeen
paper works, which are owned by a
relative of his. " He has full charge of
two mills. Capt. Schuettler left for
Otsego, Mich., a week ago. De met
Mr. Bardeen at fiis residence, and after
much persuasion prevailed upon him to
come to Chicago and testify.
Joseph McLaughlin, brother of Airs.
Andrew Foy, will be a witness against
Dan Coughlin for the murder of Dr.
Cronin. He sailed from Glasgow De
KILLED BY DYNAMITE.
fatal Explosion on the Illinois Drainage
Lemont, I1L, Jan. 8. Friday morn
ing there was an exposion c-f dyna
mite on section 10 of the drainage
canal, on which E. D. Smith & Co. are
the contractors. The explosion took
place in a little house where labor
ers heat dynamite. It is not known how
the explosion occurred, as no one was
near the house. Foreman J. L. Miller
was killed and Engineer Bn Bich was
seriously injured. These two were in
the engine house about 20 feet from the
THE CORWIN IS BACK.
Ehe Brines News from Hawaii. But It la
Kept sv Secret.
San Fkancisco, Jan. 8. The United
States revenue cutter Corwin, which
left for Honolulu early in December
with important instructions for Min-"
ister Willis and which has been ex
pected here for a week past, was sights
ed 8 miles outside the heads at;
10:30 o'clock Friday morning-l
The exact date upon which the
Corwin left Honolulu is not known yet,
but unless there were special efforts to
make a fast run it is probable she has
been at least twelve days on the voy
age, which would make the date of her
departure December 24, only two day
later than the advices received from
Auckland Thursday night.
The rejrular messenger of the Mer
chants' Exchange, who had put off in
a small boat as soon as the cutter was
sighted, made an attempt to board her
at the entrance to the harbor. Capt.
Munger, of the Corwin, shouted to him
roughly from the bridge, and not only
refused to give him any information
but also refused to permit his boat to
tie alongside the cutter, leaving the
messenger to return against a strong
tide. The small revenue tug Hartley
started after the Corwin as soon as she
entered the harbor and went alongside
the cutter and offered her services.
Capt, Munger informed the commander
o the Hartley that there was no serv
ice he could perform for him, and re
fused to allow anyone aboard.
The Corwin avoided the San Francis
co side of the bay, and at 1:15 o'clock
was off Sausalito on her way to Mare
island nary yard, SO miles away. An
officer, presumably having govern
mental dispatches, was landed in a
small boat near Presidio military res
ervation, west of San Francisco,
It is believed here that the Corwin.
brought the answer of the provisional
jrovernment to Minister Willis' demand
for surrender. The reply is undoubt
edly already in the hands of the state
department at Washington.
Washington, Jan. 8. Cipher dis
patches have been xeceived by Secre
tary Greshara from the Corwin. He
will not reveal their contents. Tbe
belief in Washington is that the vessel
brought information that the status
quo was still maintained, but the great
est interest is to learn how the queen
received the news that the Cleveland
administration had done all it could
for her restoration and was under the
necessity of turning her case over to
The state department was not in
clined to credit the statements as to
Minister Willis' actions at Honolulu
contained in the cable dispatches f runs.
Auckland received by the Associated
Press Thursday. Such action, it was
said, was totally contrary to the in
structions sent to Mr. Willis by the
Corwin and received by him December
11. That he could have writ
ten to the provisional government
after he received those instructions re
questing that they surrender office was
denied with strong emphasis at the
state department, and the expression
j in the president's message in this con
nection were pointed to us refuting the
statement. The setting afloat of snch
! a renort in Honolulu was attriDutea to-
a malign purpose to impugn the good
faith of the presiden t.
BRITISH SOLDIERS SLAIN.
A Captain and Twenty-Six Men Killetf by
French Troops in Africa.
London, Jan. S. Military and po
litical circles are excited by a sensa
tional report which reached here from
Sierra Leone, Senegambia, the British
colonial settlement of west Africa.
i According to the reports Capt.
! E. A. W. Landy, inspector gen
' eral of the frontier police, and twenty
'. six men and several officers of the
j First battalion of a West Indian regi-
ment, who were engaged in an expedi
i tion against the Sofas, have been killed,.
and it is added that they were shot by
French troops. It is also reported that
a French officer engaged in the attack
was captured, and that, this confirms
the story that the British force waa
destroyed by the French troops. The
affair has caused the greatest excite
ment: no further details have as yet.
been recei. ed. The expedition started,
a few weeks ago to chastise the Sofas,
who have been giving much trouble to
the British traders on the coast near
the French territory.
RIOTS IN SICILY.
Thirty Men Killed In One City and Teo lao
. Home, Jan. 8. A dispatch has reached.
Naples from the correspondent of sv
Neapolitan paper at Palermo anrjennc
ing a most serious riot at Marino, II
miles southeast of Palermo, a town
having 9,000 inhabitants. The dis
patch says that a body of riot
ers who were demanding the ab
olition of the octroi duties in the
manner now familiar through the dis
turbances in Sicily made an attack on.
the town hall which resulted in thirty
of the rioters being killed and fiftj
wounded by the troops, which were
called upon by the municipal authori
ties to quell the disturbance.
A dispatch from Caltinesette sayw.
that there was a demonstration tbere
under the auspices of the Fasci del
Lavpratori, which wound up in a con
flict between the troops and the peas
ants. One of the soldiers was wonrtdetT
by a peasant, and when this was
learned the troops fired a volley into
the crowd of rioters and killed teo and
wounded several others.
CHEROKEE STRIP BONDS SOLD'
The Astor Family Buys the Entire lassw
In Chicago for S0.74O.OOO.
Chicago, Jan. 8. R. T. Wilson &
Co., of New York city, as agents for
the Astor family, have brought,
through J. C McElroy & Co. .of Chicago,,
the entire issue of United States bonds
known as the Cherokee strip bonds.
The bonds only bear 4 per cent rnter
est, and all of them mature inside of
five years. The amount of the issue is
$6. 620.000, and the Astora take thens oi
a bid of SO, 740, 000.
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