The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, April 08, 1897, Image 3

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The Veterans of the Rebellion Tell of
Whittling Ballet, Kriiiht Haronrta,
Borattna; Hombe, Bloody Itattlea,
Camp tin, Feetive Hath Ktc, Ktc
The t,'nlonlt' Fata.
Two or three years before the South
eeceded from the I'rilou a tine young
fellow from New England settled la
one of the country district of Ala
bama, where he opened a school.
Harlow, for Hint was the teacher's
name, had no patience with secession,
but be bad come South to make money,
and la order to win popularity and pat
ronage be disguised bin sentiment anu
was Apparently willing to drift with
the tide.
He was noon on the best of term
with his Southern nelghlMirs, and the
year before t lie war broke out he mar
ried a rich girl and found himself the
master of a plantation and afiout a
hundred slaves.
The school was given up. of course,
and Barlow was transformed luto a
typical cotton planter.
Eveu then he was loyal to the Union
at heart, but his greed tempted hlru
to remain and pretend to sympathize
with the secession cause.
The first gun was fired in Charleston
harbor. troop rushed to the front, and
a new republic was attempting to rise
from a sea of blood.
The ex-teacher threw off his old hab
lU and adopted those of the people
a rou ml him. He enjoyed hunting and
outdoor sports. liked his toddy, and was
at bis (Mt when he win telling stories
to a crowd of Jolly fellows.
Naturally he was popular, and In ev
ery circle he was a prominent figure.
He contributed liberally to the Con
federate cause, but had no desire to
filter the army, roriunntcly he was
not subject to conscription, as the laws
of the Confederacy exempted every
man who was the owner of twenty or
more slaves.
People thought It perfectly natural
and proper for him lo slay at home to
protect his property, and lie whs treat
ed In every respect like a native South
erner. One public duty he could not ehlrk.
The district had to be patrolled at
night, and the younger men at stated
times rode In couples all over the coun
ty between sunset and sunrise.
fJenerally the men on patrol liked
their work. They carried their bran
dy 8aks and plenty of cigars, and
hail their fun. They stopped at the
bachelor quartern of some of the plant
ers, and It was a rare thing to finish
patrol scout without a game of cards
for staki high enough to make It In
teresting. Barlow knew enough of what was
going on to convince him that the Con
federates would In- vanquished, and In
a quiet way he made preimratlons for
the final collapse. Through an agent
In Montgomery he mode occasional
purchasw"of gold and greenbacks, and
he stored Inrsu quantities of cotton In
places supposed to be wife.
Much of his time wn devoted to
what might be called a campaign of
education with his wife. He stuck to
this systematically, removed her sec
tional prejudices, filled her mind with
a longing to enjoy the gay life of the
large Northern cities, and led her to
agree with hltn that the success of
the Union cause would be better for
them than Its defeat.
They decided to embrace the first op
portunity when pence came to sell their
land and go to New York to live. Their
siave property, of course, would be a
to;al Iohh.
With tlibi understanding the husband
and wife continue! to play their parts
as good Confederates, and the planter
was always ready to patrol his dlntrict
ai.u aid in the preservation of pence
ui! I order among the slave population.
He had become so accustomed lo the
expression of Confederate sentiments he wa rather proud of his elo
quence In that line, and his talk was
liiliy as extreme n that of his Houth
'cni friend).
His wife feared that he would and I;
dillicult to prove his loyalty to the
Union when the time came, but he
told her that the federals would un
derstand his peculiar situation and
would think that he was force, I to act
a part to save his life and property.
In fact. It would have been danger
ous if he had pursuiil the opposite
course. The few Northern Unionists
In the South who did not hold their
tongues had a linn I road to travel.
The climax came before anybody
was ready for It. Lee's army surren
dered at Appomattox, ami a flurry of
confusion and uncertainly followed
throughout the K.'iiMi.
Johnston surrendered In North Caro
lina, and Jefferson I hi vis was known
to be making his way through Georgia
to the Southwest. The Confederates
lu Texas were still undecided about
surrendering, and In some localities In
Alabama and other States there was a
desire to continue the conflict.
In llarlow'i neighborhood the people
were slow In coming to a full under
standing of the changed condition of
affairs. ' The Home Guards drilled ev
ery day as usual; the patrol syirteni
was kept up, and the masters were us
trlct as ever by their slaves who did
not realise what Appomattox meant. If
they heard It mentioned. The conscript I
odceni went tnetr rounus, ami uie
mall bodies of Confederate troop In
that region held themselves ready to
lfbt the Invaders whenever It might bo
One day It was rumored that a red
ml raMlng party had entered Barlow's
Matty 4 might at any hoar reach
hla plantation. The other pUaUm ad'
ftaad pioKil poller, bat Barlow
suspec!i a design on their part to
draw '.in) out and discover his real
feeling. To deceive them he advised
resistance, and declared b'.s readlnens
to takfc his gun aud go on a scouting
His offer was accepted by the rap
tain of the Home Guard, and the un
fortunate man armed himself aud
started out through the wood, after
diet assuring his wife that there was
no danger aud that be was only play
ing a game of bluff.
The full story never came out, but
when Barlow's dead tswly was brought
home the men who accompanied It said
that he bad been surprised lu the forest
by some Federal soldiers, who sup
pond that be was about to fire uxin
them from ambush, aud they had uon
the spur of the moment shot him down.
They carried him to the first planta
tion on their road, where be died from
the effects of his wound. Some of the
neighbors who were present Informed
the officer In command that his men
bad killed a man who. though a newly
Imported Yankee, was a mighty good
Confederate. At the same time, how
ever, they stated that the Federals
would meet with no organized resist
ance lu that vicinity.
The Federal) visited the Barlow plan
tation and carried off all the cotton
stored there, and caused the negroes to
scatter In every direction, the major
ity of them heading for Montgomery,
where tbey expected to live a life of
ease at the expense of the Govern
ment. Mrs. Barlow had the sympathy of
the community until she put In her
claim for her cotton, pleading that she
and her h unhand were strong Union
people and had never been genuine
An outburst of Indignation followed,
and many Interesting facts came to
light allowing the difference between
the politics of the Bar'.ows In public
and in the privacy of their jwn home.
The widow lost her cotton claim, llit
she sold her land and moved North
nmotig her husband's relatives, and
made u reputation as a bitter South
Barlow was the last man killed by
the Federals In Alabama, and the pe
culiar circumstance of his ibsith caus
ed the Incident to be the subject of con
siderable talk.
"He wno a bright, clever fellow,"
said an old citizen who told me the
story, "iiiid If he had not been killed
by the Yankees I verily (relieve that
out district would have sent him to
Congress on account of his red-hot se
cession talk. But when the truth came
out It was a shock to everybody."
Wallace Putnam Reed, In Chicago
Grunt' Coolneaa.
While General Grant, then a lieuten
ant, was courting the lady whom he
married, there occurred an event to
which he never reverted without a
shudder. A writer lu the Midland
Monthly, describing an adventure
which the young lieutenant and Miss
Dent met with, says:
When the water Is high In the Missis
sippi the swift current abrades the
banks, and they frequently "cave In"
for several yards or rods at a time.
In early spring. In one of their after
noon explorations, Lieutenant Grant
and the young lady were riding along
the bank of the river, passing from one
cove or valley to the mouth of another.
Miss Dent was nearest the watet
Suddenly Miss Dent's horse began to
sink. The earth had given way under
his hind feet. Grant's horse was close
beside hers. In nn instant be saw that
her horse was sinking Into the awful
Grant's cool head and splendid horse
manship here had opportunity to dis
play themselves. Quick as a flash he
leaned over, threw his right arm
around Miss Dent's waist, and drew
her to him as her horse disappeared In
the seething and murky eddy that a
moment Inter boiled and surged In an
gry tumult over the place where bnnk I
and horse bad disappeared from Light 1
Fortunately the earth parted between
the two animals, leaving Grant's horsy
on solid ground. Lifting and firmly!
holding Miss Pent, and applying the
spur to bis horse, he was on safe (
ground In a moment; then he gently I
lowered her to the earthall this with- j
out a word from "the silent man," or I
a scream or murmur from her. J
As be hastened back to rescue her:
horse she stood holding the bridle of
his, outwardly as composed as If noth
ing hail happened.
Her horse had disappeared. Grant
followed downstream and hailed a
bout mini In a skiff, who found the
horse swimming several hundred yards
below, amid driftwood and debris. He
landed the animal at a place where It
could climb the bank, and It was soon
on safe ground, none the worse for the.
fright and the bath.
"Johnny" and "Yank."
Kvery little while a new story is told
which illustrates the nonchalant way ;
iu which the soldiers of the Federal
and Confederate armies used to talk '
across the Hues during the Civil War.
During the days, he says, when Sher
man's army was operating In front of
Atlanta, Hood's Confederate command
tad been thrown again aud again upon
liberman's lift wing, only to be hurled
ack each time torn and bleeding. One
inornlng, after this had been going on
for several days, tho outposts of the
two armies found themselves within
talking distance, and began to con
Terse as usual,
"Hello, Johnny!" said a federal ser
geant Hello, Yank!"
"How many of you reba are there
"Dunno, Yank. 'Bout another klliln',
I reckon!"
Who can doubt that this brave Amer
ican soldier of the South would bare
verebed to the next "klliln' " with per
Met composure, ran though It bad
tally finished Heed's com m tod?
Greek Troops are Absoluttly Depera.e
and Wilt Attack Anything.
ltri'1 h Ship -li In I wo Veeaels for the
tireek aud AroaMl Wialb
Adui.raU Hal T and iiairla
ara 1- Irrd
London, March 30. The Times lias a
dispatch from its correspondent at
Canea who descrilies the Greek tioope
and insurgents as becoming absolutely
desperate. The insurgents were utterly,
astounded at the fleet's bombarding
Malaxs on Thursday. The ehelling J
gan at the moment when, tl.e Turkish'
zarrison having yielded, the block house
was full of rein Is tnil forty-three pris
oners. The first shell destroyed one
wall of the block house and killed three
men. The victors speedily vacated the
place, taking with them their prisoners,
who are known at Alikanu.
The insurgents again attacked the
Aptora block house, near Izzedin yes
terday, but tbey were driven back by
the Italians, Russians and English.
The British warship Dryad found four
caiquos that were landing contraband.
She sank two f the boats and captured
the other two. Most nf the cargo from
the boats hail already been landed.
The insurgents were furious against the
British, and fired on a boat in which
were Admiral Harris and Lieutenant
Buller, both of whom were in uniform
The Times today publishes a disp itch
from Athens saying that those exercis
ing the greatest influence on public
opinion seem bent on war. The d 8
patch adds that communication lias
been established between the Gre k
officials and Colonel Vassos, in Crete,
by means of flash signals by way of the
it-laud of Anticvthera, south of Cerigo
Constantiv i v, Marrh 30. Rii'sia
and Great L. t in will send consular
officers to attend the inquiry to be made
into the recent massacre of Armenians
Atiikns, March 30. Yc-terday 000
armed Cretans and Greeks suddenly
boarded the s'eiuner Ileraklion, which
was lying at the Piraeus and overawed
the cr w by a display of re.olvers.
They then proceed ec1 to jettison the en
tire cargo of the steamer, which con
fisted of flour for the Turk ili troops at
Canea, 2o,0)0 eggs for the KuaMsn fleet
and quantities of provisions for the
English fleet in Cretan waters.
There was a remarkable display of en
thusiasm when Crown Prince Conetan
line went on board the royal yacht en
route for Volo, in Thessaly, where he
will disembark and proceed to the front
ier. The houfes of the town were bril
liantly illuminated and there were fre
quent feux de joi. Prior to the sailing
of the yacht Prime Minister Delyannis
had a conference with the crown prince : i ri u i r an ln.ur.
Tlio Landing, nf I II Ixnt-rn
New York, March 30. A Herald spe
cial from Key West, F!., says:
It is sta'ed on the beet authority that
a nTibiixfcii'.' xptdition which failed
from tl'i- vicinity last week effected a on the noilh cott of Cuba, west
of Havana, near Mnrict. According to
the rumors which are cur ent here start
ling circumstances attended the landing.
Trie Spanich, it is said, bad been in
formed that such an expedition would
land from the steamer I'eiumda, anil a
strong force was p ared in ambuHh on
the northern coast, near I he puint where
it was supposed that the party would
attempt to reacfi tl.e shore.
The spot where the expedition really
landed was, in fact, only a short dis
tance from the reported ambush by the
r-'panish, and as soon as the Cuban!
came ashore w ith their arms tbey were
met by a sharp fire and attack, before
which they were pow ( r'ese. Several of
tho Cubans, according to the rumor,
were killed, and the munitions of war
were seized.
Later, the rumor states, a large body
of Cubans came to the rescue of the
newly landed men, and boldly attacked
the victorious Spanish troops, the re
sult being the Spanish, in their
turn, were put to flight, the warlike car
go remaining in the hands of the Cu
bans. The Spanish bad also, it is said, sent
several gimtmats to that part of the
react, and when the filibustering vessel
pailed sh3 was chased and fired upon,
but according to the report was unin
jured. Hauta r Kariilng-.
Chicago, March 30, The gross earn
ings of the Santa Fe system for Feb
ruary were $2,192, H00 and net earnings
4H8,808, a decrease of f 127,873 com
pared with the corresponding month of
lKfrtt. For the eight niontns ending
February 29 net esrnings increased
$i)87,f)2t, as compared with the corre
sponding months of the ISilO fiscal yea.r
KaGTii Kun Aground.
Nick, March 30 -The Ailsa and Brit
annia started in a race yesterday for a
a priie of 6,000 francs. Shortly after the
start the Britannia went ashore and re
mained fast half an hour, the Ailsa in
the meantime sailing over the course
alone. The Britannia returned to the
starting point after being floated.
It llcraalns a Mystarr
Niw York, March 30. The man, who,
with two women, was found asphyxi
ated Saturday morning ia the Marine
hotel, No, 536 Hudson street, died
yesterday morning. He did not re
cover consciousness, so the cm will
probably remain a mystery. The wom
an found dead were Identified Sundar.
Una is Ells Jarvis, eighteen years old,
f 60 Main, South Glsn Falls, N. Y. The
woman ragistarsd as Mr. Mary Bat.
Um MaboMy of taU sity.
Strlfcas an Oklahoma Twb aad Leava I and Ojrlua Kehtnd. i
! Githkik, Okl , March 3L A tornado !
st Chandler, forty miles east of here, at i
dusk last evening destroyed three-quarters
of the town of 1 (00 people and the ,
latest news is that 150 are badly hurt
and a doien or more people killed. The j
known dead are:
Mr. and Mrs. Woodman.
Mrs. Mitchell.
Mrs. Thomas Smith.
Mtotney John Dawson.
The injured, so far as known, are:
Samuel High tower.
John McCaitney, brother-in-law of
United States Marshal Nagle.
Clerk of Court F. N. Niblack anl
John Foster.
Mrs. Emory Foster.
Two daughters of County Treasurer
Samuel W'inthrop.
George Mcllenry.
Nearly every building in trie town was
wrecked and daylight will undoubtedly
reveal the presence of many more dead.
The storm broke without warning and
few had time to seek places of safety.
Judge Dale was holding court and the
building was lifted from its foundations
and turned over, but the court attaches
all escaped.
A large number of physicians left last
night for a forty-mile drive in the dark
with a load of medicines, surgical in
struments, etc. The storm came from
the southwest with terrific force, de
stroying everything in its path. It
struck the town square and but one
building, the Mitchell hotel, is left
Had HrHk In Ihft Lavae.
St. Louis, Mo., March 31. A stiecial
to the Scriopft-McKae association from
Baton Rouge, La., says that the break
in the levee ten miles below Greenville,
Mis.'., is the worst so far to occur. Thous
ands of feet of the levee, weakened and
Softened by the high waters, are melt
ing away like sand.
The break Moi day night was 2,000
feet wide and the water is rushing into
Missifsippl with frightful velocity. The
inhabitants are fleeing for their lives,
leaving all behind.
Cattle, borsei and other liv? stock are
drowning by the thousands, and houses
and bains are being washed away like
driftwood. It is cti ua'.ed that fully
2,000 people are already homeless and at
the mercy of charity.
The waters have already reached fif
teen miles inland and the destruction of
hundreds of more farm houses is inevi
table. Drarilr I-xplt.nlon
Chicago, March 31. Two men were
killed and four seriously injured by an
explosion in the northwest water tunnel
at the foot of Oak street yesterday. The
dead :
Owen O'Malley.
Peter Gallagher.
The injured: Thomas Gallagiier, Den
nis Hayes, Patrick Conway, George
The explosion took place at a point
2,3t0 feet under the lake, where excava
tion was in progress for a water BUpply
inlet. An unusually heavy blast had
been prepared by the men and the work
had been safely accomplishes The fuse
had been lighted and the warning given
the men to get a safe distance away.
O'Malley and Gallagher stayed behind
for an instant and were a few feet dis
tant when the explosion occurred. They
received the full force of the blast aud
were literally blown to pieces. Hayes,
Conway and Thorraa Gallagher had run
a considerable distance when the explo
sion occurred and ordinarfly would have
been out of the reach of the force of the
blast. This time, however, the flying
rocks and debris seemed to have more
than ordinary force and, besides being
burned by the explosion, they were
crushed and bruised by heavy stones
and masses of clav.
Had Wtalher In Wyunilng.
CiiBVHNMt, Wyo., March 31. A bliz
rard of snow and wind has been raging
throughout southern Wyoming from tho
western to the eastern boundary for the
past twenty-four hours. There have
. been heavy losses of sheep in a portion
j of this district. The losi-es in cattle
I and horses have been nominal to the
I present time, but stockmen are becom
ing apprehensive, as a continuation of
tho storm for five or six hours more will
be deseructive to range stock. The
main line of the Union Pacific is being
kept open with snow plows and passen
ger trains are making schedule time, al
though the storm extends along the
road for 600 miles.
Huron, 8. D., March 31. There has
been a fout foot rise in the Jim rivet
here in the past twenty-four hours. It
is now only four inches below tho high
water mark of 1881 and is rapidly rising.
Several bridges have gone out and others
will go when the ice moves Railway
bridges are safe. Losses from wrecked
grain in stack and hay will be heavy.
W t,l. hey 1'rlcts Kalsd.
Cincinnati, O., March 31. As fore
shadowed in dispatches from this point
sent out last Friday, whisky distillers'
finished goods were advanced from a
basis of $1.17 per gal'.on to $1.18.
Training to Jfaat Sharkry.
Mew York, Mar'h 31. Peter Maher
arrived in town Monday. He was in
fine fettle, and seems anxious to get to
work at once (or his match with Tom
"I'm going in training in a day or
two," ssld the Irish champion. "I
would rather meat Fttstimmons or God
dard than Sharkey, as I want to tattla
old scores. I bar not signad yet, bat
will in a few days, as thai art tbra or
(oar claba bidding for my go with
atar City Kat-ruwly l-c if a Had Tariat
J'rOrtJ Drtr yd
LiTTL Kock, drk., April 2. A spe
cial to the Gazette from Siar City, Liu
coin county says :
1 About 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon
the people of Star City were aroused by
the ter ific roar of a full-Hedged tornado
Everyone sought p'aces of safety and in
less lime than it takes to tell it a ter
rible and destructive tornado was deal
ing devastation to everything in its
path, which was from one-quarter to
one-half mile in width. It passed south
of Star Oily about ha f a mile.
The storm seemed to have made a
complete circl around this town, nearly
every house within a small radius in
every direction being totally demolished,
while large trees were uprooted, daehed
to the ground and twisted into frag
ments. The country roads in every di
rection are impassible, being blockaded
with debris of every kind. The home
of Keese Dunlap, a negro, and every
thing it tontained was blown to the
four winds. Even bis wife and three
children were landed on the spot that
was their warden. The wife was badlv
hurt, but the children escaped with
bruises. The course of the storm was
from a southwest to a northeast direc
tion. About a mile east of Star City a
score of houses and outbuildings were
razed to the ground.
JohnC. Hendricks, on Bayou 3aitho
lo.uew , lost all bis buildings, including
two large store bouses. His large plan
tation is almost a to'al wreck. On this
place three persons are known to have
been killed outright, and a large num
ber are reported seriously, some fatally
wounded. The little tow n is hemmed
in from all directions suve the west.
Never in the history of this port of the
state has such a tornado been known.
It is impossible to give at this writing
anything like a definite account of the
damage done. News has just reached
here of the destruction of several large
plantations along Bayou Bartholomew.
The loss is very great at each of these
Tin- Hulu or a I eriindo
Chandler, Okl , April 2. Although
the tornado struck Chandler forty-eight
hours ago, very little saarch of the ruins
has yet been made, and it is feared that
the death roll may be considerab:y in
creased. Scores of injured are under
the cre of physicians w ho have come
heref.-omal pirtsof Oklahoma. None
of the wounded have succumbed, though
many suffer greatly and some of them
cannot possibly recover. Nearly all of
the men slept in the streets Wednesday
night, where fires were kept blazing.
The women were cared for in the few
bouses which were not destroyed, or
found shelter in the tents sent from sur
rounding towns. Fifty special police
men effectually protected tho property
of the citizens. A thousand people are
homeless and half as many are without
a thing in the world. Help on a large
scale is needed. Lawyer John Dawson
and Edgar De Moss, the barber, who are
numbered among the dead, were eating
supper fn Wallace's restaurant when
the tornado came up and the building
collapsed. Dawson, who left a wife and
two children at Alma, Nebr., was in
stantly killed. De Moss was pinioned
by his right arm, but was not injured.
He cried for help, but no one could
reach him through the fire. He begged
for some one to cut off his arm, but the
horror stricken crowd was compelled
helplessly to see him roasted to death.
Search in the ruins is necessarily slow
and a true list of the dead and injured
cannot be made for several days yet.
Flood Kulet in South.
Gunnison, Miss., April 2. This little
city stood last night in four feet of
water, the result of a big break in the
levee at Perthshire. There is much suf
fering among the poorer rlasses. Five
hundred negroes in destituto condition
are huddled together on the levee near
here. The government engineer last
night ordered two barges for the relief
of these unfortunate people.
Rosedale, Miss., April 2. The relief
boats brought in scores of negroes from
the back country and placed them in
every available place of safety. The
refugees are in a state of misery and
hunger and the people are providing for
them as best they can, but the increas
ing number hourly at riving makes the
situation desperate. The water is pour
ing through the crevasse near heie at a
terrible rate and the outlook is indeed
Warsaw, HI., April ?. Heavy rains
have again swollen the Des Moines and
Mississippi, threatening further de
struction of property. The Fox river,
which empties into the Mississippi near
here on the Missouri side, is out of its
banks, ard the people are fleeing from
the bottoms and taking ttieir live stock
wito them. The vast tracts of land
within the levees are suffering greatly
from deep water. The situation is
growing more, serious daily.
Sugar Oomg Up.
Philadklphia, April 2. All hard
grades of refined sugar advanced one
eighth cent yesterday and the principal
soft grades one-sixth to one eighth cent.
This is the third advance that has been
made this week and is said to be due to
the anticipated change in the tariff law.
Can Kielnde Liquor.
St. Paul, Minn., April 2. A La Crosse,
Wis., special to the Pioneer Press sys :
A lest case to e'ecide the right of the
order of Modern Woodmen to exclude
iiquor sellers has been on trial in the
circuit court lor four days and last night
Judge Wyman decided in favor of the
order, fully sustaining ita right to ex
clude at any time Individuals or clams
and to be st all timet sole Judge of
qualifications of the member. Half
doeen oases were brought, bat thte de-
ateiow ooreri all.
Patients in Spanish Hospitals Softer
from Lack of Food.
Declare that Urreahar be w!U right
Harder than Ever. CaitDot f orxcC the
F rspcollohs of l he Ci oel t panita.
Havana, April 3 Dispatches from
Cienfuegoe, province of Santa Clara, an
nounce that Captain-General Weyler
has ordered the arrest and imprison
ment of the chief of police there Senor
Meeina, several police inspectors and
thirty-five other persons. It appears
that the captain general, while visiting
the marine hospital, which contained
twenty patients, made inquiries which
elicited the information that the rations
thero were of a poorer quality than
those served in the military hospitals,
where there are 300 pa-'enis. There
Ujun he issued orders to the effect that
while all useless expendituie w.ig to be
avoided, all persons convicted of de
priving the sick of w hat is due to them
will be severely punished. Among ,
those who are said to be implicate 1 in
the scandal is a prominent property
owner and member of the Santa Clara
provincial deputation. (
It is further believed that the re
sponsibility will reach other and more
important persons of high social stand-,
ng and several officers of high rank will
shortly be arrested in connection with
the same affair.
The military line across the province'
of Puerto Principe from Jucaro, in the
couth to Moron, in thn north, has been)
entirely closed. The Spanish troops oc
cupying the island of Turiguana, off the1
Moron coast, have constructed a fort in
the only pass which it is possible to get,
through and the Spanish military
authorities believe that the line of forts
now stretching ac 068 that part of the
island has sc restrained the movements
of the insurgents under General Gomes
that nothing is lett to the latter but to
escape by sea in a boat.
Havana, Aprl 3. The Diario de la
Marina prints a letter from Gen. Maxi
mo Gomez to Senor Morote, t he corres
pondent of El Liberal of Madrid, which
runs as follows :
Upon your leaving my presence I owe
you an explanation especially as yon
write for thr newspaper w hich calls up
on Spain to drow n in blood our juBt as
pirations. I cannot be sanguinary, but
I feel sorry that under the special cir
cumstarices you were not sentenced to
ileaht while in my camp. .
It is but natural that we should feel
that there must be much sbtddiug of
Spanish blood to heal the pain caused
by the blood shed at Punta Brava. The
Machete blow that killed Francisco Go
mez will never be forgotten in Cuba,
Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo or proba
bly in other parts of America. The ma
chete storkes dealt when heroes fell at
j Punta Brava cannot be forgotten by one
who has pardoned thousands of Spanish
prisoners and cured hundreds of Span
ish wounds. Meanwhile tbey go their
way to Spain pleased at the thought
that you have been a witness to the ruin
of poor Cuba and have plunged your
feet in the blood of innocent Cubans.
Do not forget we shall continue fight
ing for liberty. Do net forget that jus
tice will descend from above and will
end the struggle now sustained by Spain
to her dishonor and disaster.
(Signed.) M. Gomez.
I.ov. d to Si art Flrrs
Clsveland, 0. April 3. William
Bloom, a young man under arrest here
on the charge of arson, lias made a sen
national confession to the lire wardens.
They announced yesterday that he de
clares with considerable pride that he
has been setting fire to buildings in va
rious cities for five years. During the
big railroad strike in Chicago a few
voars ago. he savs, he was a militiaman
I nd Pet fire to a grain elevator, other
buildings and fifty railroad cars. Bloom.'
; also states that he operated succesfully
in Windsor, Canada, Port Huron and
I Mt. Clemens, Mich., as well as in De
! troit, bis former home, where he started
I forty fires. His confession concerning
! his career in Defroit has been corrobo
' rated by the (ire marshal of that place.
Chicago Has a Mr lie.
Chicago, April 3. The strike fever
had full possession of the union fo-ces
of the city yesterday. Btsides the tan
ners and currierij who have been out for
a week, three trades in the building line
were involved and contractors and em
ployers were kept busy running about
signing agreements to keep their work
men. Yes'.erday'e tie-up, which was
complete during the early part of the
day, was the work of the individual
unions, but it was effective, neverthe
less. Owing to tire intermittent phases of
the strike it is ditlicult to give the nura
ber of men out, but in round numbers
about 1,000 are involved.
Hard U al llnwn.
Philadelphia, April 3. It was an
nounced yesterday that a reduction of
15 cents a ton on broken egg, stove and
chestnut sizes of anthracite coal bad
been made.
Dradloek U Permtnant,
FaANKror.T, Ky., April 3. The re
publican and democratic steering com
mittees yesterday afternoon reached en
agreement by which only a formal bal
lot Is to be taken for senator today and
no effort will be made to elect. No In
teresting developments are therefor e
peeted before next week.
The aitaatlaa now looks mora like a
permanent deadlock, ending In no eiee
Mm, than It ha at mt time doling
the station. '
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