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Vouchers and Other Papers Prepared
to Mislead Official Inspectors—Fur
niture and Cash Wrongly Asked.
WASHINGTON—The rull text of
the formal charges of irregularities in
the administration of postal affairs
preferred by Seymour \V. Tulloch, for
merly cashier of the Washington city
postoffice, was made public Sunday by
Mr. Tuuloch. The charges are em
bodied in a letter to Postmaster Gen
eral Payne in response to the latter’s
request. Some of the matters com
plained of will be investigated imme
diately by the inspectors.
Mr. Tulloch says he 1b at the serv
ice of the postmaster general In ren
dering any further assistance that may
be desired. In all Instances of Irreg
ularity and favoritism he says the
proper allowances, records and vouch
ers were executed and kept, so but
little information can be ascertained
by investigation; as the real facts be
hind the allowances and vouchers are
not on record and are known to few
and therefore, being interested, can
not talk.
"For upwards of nineteen years,”
the letter reads, ”the conduct of af
fairs betweeen the Washington city
postofflce and the postofflce depart
ment was regular; then came the first
break, the precursor of a system of
allowances to the Washington postof
fice on account of the departmental
expeditures which afterwards led to
irregularities, abuses, extravagances
and my removal as an obstacles on
June 30, 1899.
“Mr. Shephard, then chief of the
salary and allowance division of the
postofflce department, desired a file
case for the use of his office. His re
quisitions were turned down by his su
perior officer. Later vouchers were
presented to me for a file case, accom
panied by an allowance for its pay
ment out of the funds of the Wash
ington office made by. Mr. Shepard and
signed by the first assistant postmas
ter general. I directed the contractor
to obtain a certificate of delivery. Mr.
Shephard refused to acknowledge re
ceipts, fearing exposure during the au
dit of the vouchers, and I refused to
pay for the case until some on was
willing to father the aarae.
"Soon after the McKinley adminis
tration came into power the first as
sistant postmaster general sent his
clerk down to me with a voucher for
a lump sum for traveling expenses ac
companied by an allowance for their
payment from the funds of the Wash
ington office. Such a demand was ir
regular on its face, but the official be
came very angry at the idea of a mere
cashier attempting to mank any sug
gestions to him and refused to amend
and itemize his voucher. The post
master explained to him that I had
only a schedule for what was required
by the auditor and according to prece
"The postmaster upon his return
said the official had said: ‘Look here
now, this is a new administration and
a new crowd, and we intend to make
our own precedents.' ”
Pneumonia Brings Sudden Death to
American Opera Singer.
PARIS.—Sybil Sanderson, the well
known American opera singer, died
suddenly Saturday of pneumonia re
sulting from an attack of the grip.
The announcement of the death of
the famous singer caused a profound
shock in the American colouoy here,
where she was well Known, and
throughout musical and theatrical cir
cles. She returned to Paris from Nice
six weeks ago, suffering from a slight
attack of the grip. Her condition was
not regarded as serious hut she grad
ually grew worse and her illness final
ly developed into pneumonia.
Father Hopes to Prevail on Governor
to Commute Death Sentence.
RICHMOND, Ind.—A Btrog move
ment Is on fo% to save the life of
Wm. Rhea, a young man of good fam
ily, of Posey county, Indiana, who Is
under sentence of death In Nebraska
for murder.
Rhea’s father 13 a man of means
and wide influence and has enlisted
the services of many prominent men
on his son’s behalf who have united in
a petition to the governor of Nebras
ka asking him to commute the sen
tence to life imprisonment. The pres
sure is so strong that the governor
has granted a reprieve until July. The
crime for which Rhea was convicted
was the murder of a saloonist in a
small town in Dodge county, Neb.
To Test Anti-Trust Law.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—Two cases
intended to test the validity of the
Texas anti-trust law were docketed in
the United States supreme court. The
cases are those of the state of Texas
vs. the National Cottonseed Oil com
pany and the Southern Cottonseed Ooil
company, both New Jersey companies.
The two companies were consolidated
and the consolidation acquired other
oil factories, the combination result
ing In the formation of a trust, as al
leged by the state and not denied by
the companies. It 13 stated that one
result of the combination was the fix
ing of the price of cottonseed at $17
a ton. The combination was pronounc
ed illegal by the Texas courts and the
oil companies bring the cases to the
supreme court on writ of error, alleg
ing that the Texas anti-trust laws are
in contravention of both the federal
and the state const.tuitions.
General Mitea Not Invited.
WASHINGTON. D. C.—Secretary
Root gave a dinner at the Country
club in honor of the members of the
newly organized members of the gen
eral staff of the army. Those invited
included Assistant Secretary Sanger.
Lieutenant General John M. Schofield
(retired), Major General S. B. M.
\oung, Major General Henry C. Cor
bin and a large number of army offi
cers now in the city. General Miles
was not present.
Divorce Law Unconstitutional.
SAN JOSE, Cal.—Superior Judge
Rhodes Friday declared the new state
divorce law unconstitutional. The
new law, in his opinion, is special leg
islation and in direct conflict with the
general law which provides that the
divorce decree must be prepared and
judgment entered immediately
The General Lr.uds Refusal to Carry
Out Brutal Orders and Requests Are
Mailed Home for Action that Would
Step Cruelt.'.
NEW YORK —The Army and Navy
Journal will print a letter from lion
eral Miles in which he says he went
to the Philippines in an official ca
pacity and that his instructions came
from the president, who. directed him
to give special attention to the in
struction, discipline ami supplies of
the army.
Coming to the subject of cruelties in
the Philippines, General Miles’ letter
“It is idle to assume that campaign
ing in the Philippines has conditions
that warrant resort to medieval
cruelty and a departure from an hon
orable method of conducting warfare,
and that such depredations should be
overlooked and condoned.
it is most gratifying Inal the seri
ous offenses have not been committed
by the soldiers unless under the direct
orders of certain officers who were re
sponsible. Soldiers have withheld
fire when ordered to shoot prisoners,
protested against acts of cruelty and
written to relatives at homo urging
them to take action to put a stop to
these crimes. It will ever be one of
the glories of the army that such
deeds, committed by whatever author
ity, are abhorrent to the American sol
“The officers who are responsible do
not by any means constitute the Amer
ican army and there must he an un
mistakable line drawn between the
great body of soldiers, whose records
have been commendable, and those of
whatever station, whose acts have re
ceived and should receive the stern
est condemnation of ail honorable
Mutilated Body of a Man Found in a
Box in River.
WARSAW, Ind.—While fishing in
the Tippecanoe river Saturday Clyde
Kyle and Frank Miller found the mu
tilated and partly naked body of a
man. The trunk and legs, clothed,
were In a wooden box, from which
part of the cover had been washed
away. The head and arms, naked,
were found in the water near the box.
The box and the body were In shal
low water, near the shore, at a se
cluded place along the river north of
No one thus far has been able to
identify the body, which Is fairly well
preserved. No one has been reporated
missing from Warsaw and the police
and coroner, who are working on the
case, are Inclined to think that the
body was shipped to Warsaw from
some city and hastily placed in the
Senator Tells of Boodle Deals.
ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Former State Sen
ator Charles Senweickardt of St.
Louis, who made a complete confes
sion to Circuit Attorney Folk of his
connection with boodle deals In thei
Fortieth general assembly, was before
the grand Jury. While in the Jury*
room he was confronted by ex-Senator
Fred Busche of St. Louis. After be
ing examined at length Schwelckardt
emerged with flushed face.
To Adopt Gold Standard.
WASHINGTON, D. C—Nicaragua is
contemplating a change from the sil
ver to the gold standard. It is ex
pected the change will have to be
gradual. Mr. Corea, the Nicaraguan
minister at Washington, has submit
ted to his government a report on
the financial system of the United
States with a view or its introduc
tion in Nicaragua. He will soon go'
to Europe to continue his studies of
financial matters.
Pershing Will Return Home.
MANILA.—Captain Pershing has
been relieved of the command of the
Lanao expedition and will be succeed
ed by Lieutenant Colonel Rogers of
the Fifteenth cavalry. Captain Persh
ing, who is ill, has been ordered to
Zamboangaga for medical examination
and will probably be sent home.
Sweden’s Sum for St. Louis.
STOCKHOLM. Sweden.—The Risks
dag passed the bill granting $:’2,00<)
for the expenses of participatior in the
St. Louis exposition.
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Rapid Fire Guns of British Do Fearful
Execution—Conquest Nets Great
Britain a Vast Amount of Terri
LONLOON—Colonial Secretary Cham
berlain announced In the house of
commons Tuesday that as a result of
the British military operations in the
Sokoto and Kanao districts, ending
with the capture of the emir of Kabo,
100,000 square miles of territory had
been added to Northern Nigeria and
would be administered by the govern
ment of that territory.
Interesting details have been re
ceived here of the capture of Sokoto,
March 14, by the British column com
manded by Colonel Morland. The en
gagement lasted two and a half hours.
The British numbered about 500 men,
with four quick-firing guns and four
Maxims. The enemy's horse and foot
soldiers were estimated to number
0,000 men, their ritlemen being armed
with modern rifles and using smoke
less powder. The British camped dur
ing the night of March 13 one and a
half miles from Sokoto, after a hard
march of 100 miles from Kama, with
but litle water and having passed
through a difficult country.
At daybreak March 14, the British
moved out in which 8okoto lies. Im
mediately after the British appeared
over a ridge the Fulaha charged with
a fanatical bravery, undeterred by a
withering Maxim and ritie fire They
had no proper leadership, but the iso
late! bands continued to advance over
heaps of dead and dying, often only
Individuals reaching within a yard of
the square, where, refusing quarter,
they were shot down while shouting
“Allah" with their last breath.
The main body of the natives was
finally routed, leaving a remnant of
about thirty chiefs around the emir’s
great white flag. These chiefs were
defiant to the last and their corpses
were found hedging the standard when
the British entered the city, which
consisted mostly of thatched houses,
Its semi-ruined walls extending seven
miles around the place and were
pierced by eight gates.
Wat a Leader of Guerrillas During the
PANAMA—Victoriano Lorenzo, the
Indian chief who was a leader of guer
rillas during the recent revolution and
who was sentenced to death by a court
martial Friday on various charges of
having committed serious crimes while
in the field, was executed by shooting
here. Governor Mutis and the consu
lar representatives petitioned General
Briceno, the military commander of
the isthmus, to postpone the execution
until the government at Bogota had
time to answer a cablegram sent it
asking that the Indian's sentence be
changed to life imprisonment. Gen
eral Briceno refused this petition, say
ing a9 exemplary punishment was nec
essary. The shooting of Lorenzo has
created a profound impression here,
as it is the first execution for a polit
ical crime in Panama.
Lorenzo died bravely. Before he
was shot he said he had only been an
accomplice and not the principal In
the crimes of which he was accused.
Land Grabber Sentenced
ST. LOUIS—Frederick W. Font, Jr.,
an attorney, was on Friday sentenced
to four years in the penitentiary by
Judge Amidon of South Dakota, sitting
for Judge Adams in the United States
district court for violation of the
homestead laws. Fout filed motions
for a new trial and arrest of judgment,
but they were overruled, and he de
cided to appeal.
Called to Account Regarding Grain
WASHINGTON. — The Interstate
Commerce commission has begun an
Investigation to determine whether the
payment or allowances made by the
Union Pacific to Peavey & Co. of Kan
sas City and Council Bluffs for grain
elevator facilities and the grain rates
made to that concern are in violation
of the interstate commerce law.
The Union Pacific is made respond
ent In the proceedings ,and has been
ordered to file a full answor to the
charges by May 25 and to satisfactorily
| explain the alleged rebates at a hear
I ing to be called hereafter.
The commission in ordering the in
vestigation says it appears that the
Ptavey company is purchasing grain
at western points of origin and ship
ping over the Union Pacific to Council
Bluffs and Kansas City and through
those points to eastern destinations;
that the Union Pacific uses the ele
vators of Peavey & Co. for handling
and transferring grain, for which fa
cilities it pays certain stipulated rates,
generally amounting to ltg cents per
100 pounds. These rates, it is charged,
result in large payments or allowances
! by the Union Pacific to Peavey & Co.
and apiiprently are excessive^and grett
| or than charges generally Imposed or
allowed at Kansas City, Council Bluffs
and other elevator points.
The commission says tt appears that
the rebates are not only on the grain
of Pave/ & Co., but on grain of all
other shippers passing through the
Peavey elevators, and that the allow
ances may subject other grain shippers
to unjust discrimination and unjust
transportation charges, and that they
enable Peavey & Co. to obtain net rates
less than the regular drafts.
The International & Great Northern
and the St. Ijouis Southwestern rail
ways have filed with the Interstate
Commerce commission answers to the
order calling for Information regard
ing class and commodity rates from
St. Ixiuls to Texas common points.
Both lines admit making certain ad
vances but deny that the advances
were material or that they were made
to earn unreasonable revenue. The In
ternational & Great Northern says that
Its cost of operation has been In
creased; that to reconstruct the bridge
equipment will cost upwards of $100,
000, and avers that its net earnings for
the three months ending March 31,
1903 were largely decreased. The other
road makes similar allegation.
Movement That Is Being Inaugurated
by Chicago Roads.
CHICAGO.—A movement has begun
by the management of Chicago rail
roads to compel labor organizations to
agree to submit differences to arbitra
tion whenever negotiations between
roads and employes fall. The leading
movement is apparently being taken
by the Rock Island, the Burlington and
one or two other strong western lines.
Thus far, however, the proposition
regarding ultimate arbitration has
been either refused or dodged by the
labor organizations.
The arbitration clause is being pro
posed with a view of insuring results
and increasing the probability of both
sides beginning negotiations with a
case which they are not afraid to sub
mit to the public.
Cholera Catches Former Filipino Sec
retary of Foreign Affairs.
MANILA—Mabinl, the former minis
ter of foreign affairs of the Filipino
government, died of cholera at mid
night Thursday. He was attacked
with the disease on Tuesday last.
Since his return from Ooam, Ma
binia had lived in seclusion. Captur
ed correspondence of the Itizal prov
ince insurgents showed that he had
been in communication with them, but
the letters were not of a seditious
*re*ldent Roosevelt Talks on the Sub
SAN FRANCISCO—Under a balmy
sky and on the green sward of Union
Square President Roosevelt Thursday
morning participate)! In the dedication
of the magnificent monument erected
in commemoration of' the victory of
the American navy at Manila. Tho
monument consists of a high shaft of
white California granite, surmounted
by a bronze figure of Victory, holding
in one outstretched hand a wreath and
in another a trident.
The president was escorted from the
hotel to the square by all the marines
of the warships in the harbor. On
the stand from which he addressed
the assembled multitude were the of
ficers of the warships in San Fran
cisco bay and vicinity, and the offi
cers of the cruiser Grafton, the flag
ship of the Rritish Pacific squadron.
Chairman James G. Phelan present
ed the monument to the city and it
was accepted by Mayor Schmitz on be
half of the municipality.
President Roosevelt said San Fran
cisco should glory in commemorating
the navy's victory at Manila, as it had
opened the Pacific ocean to Ameri
can commerce and more than any oth
er event had contributed to give the
United States a high place among
the naval powers, rfe dwelt on the ne
cessity of preparing ships, armameut
and men for the navy. Naval battles,
he said, are fought in advance and
the Americans won at Manila because
they had made ready for the strike.
The necessity of improving the navy
was first made apparent in 1882 and
all the warships we now have were
built since that time. Since the last
war the naval strength of the United
States has been rapidly increasing and
under the wise provisions of the last
congress has particularly advanced.
He urged practical work at sea, par
ticularly in marksmanship, saying:
“Remember that the shots that count
in war are the ones that hit.”
Russia Explains the Movements of
Her Troops.
PEKIN—The Russian charge, M.
Plancon, has given reassurances re
garding Manchuria. He has Issued
an official notice that all Manchuria
is open to foreign travel and adds
that passports are no longer neces
There were 600 Russian soldiers ar
New Chwang, who were removed
about the date fixed for the evacua
tion, and the same number returned
to New Chwang. It appears that the
Russian force which returned to the
Lla forts merely, used the forts as
temporary resting places while Jour
neying southward to their station on
the poninsula.
That Is What the Contractors May
NEW YORK—A national federation
of employers, It Is expected, will be
one of the consequences of the move
ment begun by employers of labor In
the building trades to organize for
protection and aggressive purposes
against the labor unions.
Telegrams and letters received from
Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston and
other cities state that the movement
in this city Is being watched with the
keenest interest, and that if it is
shown that unity or action by em
ployers can be made perfect, organiza
tions similar to that In this city will!
be formed in every large center o^
Strict Measures Will Be Adopted to
Prevent the Mange.
DENVER, Colo.—What will be the
most extensive quarantine of cattle in
the west for years will be in effect
within a few days as the result of the
general prevalence of the mange.
Governor Peabody on Tuesday Issued
his proclamation. Other states and
territories to the number of six or
eight will come under the same rule
before the end of the week.
Hay Makes Acknowledgment.
WASHINGTON—Secretary Hay has
made a graceful acknowledgment of
Russia's statement of its purposes rel
ative to Manchuria. The secretary's
note, addressed to Count Cassini, ex
presses regret that there should have
been even a temporary misconception,
of doubt as to Russia’s position in the!
matter and seizes the opportunity to
return the thanks of this government
for the frank and satisfactory declar
ation of Russian principles.