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VO_.tf__E EXXXII.--NQ. 111.
WHAT DOEST IT MEAN?
Activity in War Circles. Yet Offi
cials Very Reticent.
SECRETARY BLAINE AND MINISTER :
Although Secretary Tracy neld Con- !
Terences With the Various Chair- |
men and Members of Committees
Havinsr Charge of tho Sinews of:
"War, Nothing Can be Learned as
to the Situation iv Recard to the!
Bpeefal to the Rkcord-Uniot*.
Washington, Dec. 28, — Secretary
Tracy's office presented a busy scene this
morning. Within one hour ho saw Sen-!
ator Allison, Chairman of the Senate
Committee on Appropriations; Senator j
« ameron, Chairman of the Committee !
on Naval Aflairs: Senator Butler, mem-1
ber ofthe same committee; Senators Frye '<
and Bale, Chief Constructor Wilson, I
Chief Engineer Melville, Captain Phillips,
who is to command the cruiser New
York; Lieutenant Mason, executive offi
cer of the same vessel; Commodore Foi- j
ger, Chief of Ordnance; Commander
Chadwick, aud lastly, Charles Cramp, the
Notwithstanding this sign of official |
activity and the reports printed of un- j
Usual work at the navy yard, officials of
the Navy Department deny that there is!
the least speck of a war cloud in the j
Assistant Secretary Soley says he has \
already expressed his views as to the!
navy yard work. When asked wiiere the
Ban Francisco is bound, be declined to !
give a definite answer, but when he was
reminded that the last time she went out j
i>r "gun practice/ as reported by the j
department, she was next heard of at
Valparaiso, he said tho vessel had no or- !
tiers for Chile.
A naval officer who should know, when
Hsked if the cruiser San Francisco was
bound for Acapulco. replied that sho j
would Dot go as far south as Mexico. He '■
also slated that the Baltimore is now
probably north of Panama on her way to j
Commodore Folger, Chief of the Ord
nance Bureau, added to the general denial I
by saying there is no unusual activity at j
the naval gun factory.
Cramp also insisted that his force was
not working 'aster or longer than usual.
He said he had received no instructions
from the department to hurry work on |
the naval vessels now building at his
yards. Commodore Wilson, Chief of In- j
structora, had gone over to Philadelphia j
to inspect the progress of naval work,
mid on Saturday had not found a single
j nui of the 3.000 employes at work, j
•over, Cramp did not believe half his |
force was at work to-day, as they are
k< eping tbe Holiday season."
At the Department of State matters!
moved along tn the usual serene fashion, j
There is not a trace of warlike excite- I
] tent. Officials say nothing has been j
heard from Minister Egan since the 23d
iust. Why he did not atteud President
I loiitt's inauguration Saturday they did 1
not know, and doubted the correctness of I
the report to that effect.
At the War Department, neither Act-j
ing Secretary Grant nor Major-General
Sehofield, who would certainly be in posi- I
ton to know, had any information of the |
intention to appoint General Miles to
command tho army in the event of war
v ith Chile, in fact, the only sign of war-
Li c preparation visible at "the executive
irtments consisted in the order!
I Saturday for tlie immediate
l re larotionof the new 12-inch gun just
completed at the navy-yard here, for
transportation to California, together)
with 4.U00 pounds of powder and 11,000 i
Senor Montt, the Chilean Minister,
called at the Department of State at noon.
He had an interview with Secretary
Blame for half an hour.
It was impossible to get more than a
bint of what passed between the Secre
tary and the Minister during the inter-!
view, but that it is probably sufficient to)
Warrant the supposition that matters are j
now proceeding in a manner satisfactory I
to the Government ot the United States, j
ns desired. .Notwithstanding the fact that, |
etary Blame is now dealing almost
entirely directly with the Chilean Minis
ter, instead of with his Government,
though the intervention of Minister
Lgan. it does not appear that the result
has been a saving of time, and there is
reason to suspect that the Secretary is
chafing at the delay he encounters in se
curing a final response to the representa
tions made by this Government concern
ing the attack upon tlie Baltimore's men.
During the afteruoou Representatives
Lodge and Boutelle called at the Navy
Department. They are both Republican
members of the House Committee on
Naval Aliairs, the Chairman of which,
Representative Herbert, is absent from
the city. Unless tho House of Repre
sentatives recurs to the old Randall rules,
the Naval Committee will retain in its
charge all matters relating to appropria
tions for the naval service, while in the
Senate the concurrent action of the Com
mitted Ott Appropriations and the Coin
i iitee on Naval Ailairs is usually no
sary to secure provision for any naval
Secretary Tracy has been in conmiuni
catiou with members of each of those
committees during the day, but with
what purpose is not definitely known.
An officer of the department, speaking
of the consultations, said: "It means
j ist this: that we are abiding by George
Washington's maxim. 'In time of peace
prepare for war.' We do not believe
there will be war, but if the Administra
tion failed to exercise all of its power in
the matter of preparations it would be
open to severe criticism if hostilities
News reached the Navy Department
this afternoon that the cruiser San Fran
cisco had arrived at Ban Diego, Califor
nia, and was at anchor in the harbor. It
was rumored that she would await the
Charleston at that place, and transfer to
the latter vessel certain munitions of war
which she carried from San Francisco.
WAR AM. NONSENSE.
The Acting Secretary of War said to
day, when asked (bran explanation of the
unusual activity in army Circles: "It is
nonsense to talk of war with Chile. Why
do they not talk of war with Italy?"
THE SAN I'ilAN' tSCO AT S\N DIEGO.
San Diego. Dee. 28.-* The United States
Steamer Ban Francisco, which left San
Francisco at 3 o'clock P. >i. Saturday, ar
rived at the offing at 3 this morning and
entered the port at 8 o'clock. The trip
\.as made direct, witliout stopping at
Monterey, aa was expected. ihe San
Francisco is the flag-ship of the Pacific
station, and Rear Admiral Brown is on
I oard. "We shall stay here in San Diego
harbor," he said this morning, "until the
Secretary Of the' Navy orders us away.
We are ready to sail on three hours'
notice, but may remain three weeks. All
depends on our orders from Washington.
The ship is equipped for three years'
cruise, and we have 100 rounds of ammu
nition for each gun. Beside this, we have
000 or 400 for other ships."
"What other ships?"
**Well, we may meet some other ships
that will want some ammunition," was :
the* only answer.
From other sources it is inferred that j
the Charleston, now on her way from
Honolulu to Acapulco, is to meet the San
Francisco here and take on extra ammu
nition. Tho Baltimore is also coming
north from Chilean waters and may want
the ammunition. While the officers re- j
fuse to state i'u'.ure plans, it is easy to !
learn that the vessel is ready for "any
>'0 NEWS FROM EG AN.
Washington, Dec. 2S.—An officer of
the State Department said to-night that, i
as far as he was aware, nothing had been
received from Minister J'.gan since the
inauguration of .'resident Montt. Tha
Chilean Minister also yet remains offi
cially unadvised of anything pertaining
to tlie inauguration.
Secretary Tracy said to-night that the
Lnited States steamship .van Francisco,
which arrived at Son Diego, Cal., was
there for the purpose of engaging in tar
get practice. Us said farther that no
other orders had been issued her com
ARBITRATION WOULD UK WELCOMED.
New York, Dec. 28.—A HeraUPa Val
paraiso special says: 1 hardly think there
is much foundation for the report cabled
here trom Washington that the Chilean |
Government is likely to propose arbitra- j
tion. The Herald, however, may safely
soy that a proposition to arbitrate will be j
welcomed by the Chileans, in order to
take the matter out of the hands of i
Blame and Kgan.
The rumored reason of Esau's absence
from the inauguration oeretnonies was
the insulting tone of Matte's reply to
President Harrison's message.
The Procurator Fiscal has not com
pleted his review of Foster's report onthe
The cruiser Boston, before leaving here,
bought 140 tons of coal for 50b. a ton. She !
will get enough coal at Callao to rill her
bunkers, but will have to pay from 60s.
to 70s. a ton.
NO ORDERS TO RUSH WORK.
San Francisco, Dec. 28.—Henry T.
Scott of the Union Iron Works to-day
stated that no instructions have been re
ceived from Washington to hasten work
on the coast defense vessel Monterev.
Everything is ready for the armor plates
which are being made at Bethlehem,
Perm. Part of the armor has been com
pleted and sent to the Government prov
ing yard at Annapolis. It will take
about two months to get the plating on,
but when it will arrive no one knows.
The Monadnock at Mare Island is also
waiting lor her armor plate.
Man Diego, Dec. 28.—Interest in the
arrival of the cruiser San Francisco this
morning was intensified to-night by a
report that the cruiser Charleston had ar- !
rived and had anchored off the Hotel del
Coronado, but owing to the lateness of I
the hour and the darkness of the night it
was impossible to substantiate the report.
as tbe vessel,, if she is there, displayed no
"Xo Agreement Reached.
Washington, Dec. 28.—None of tho
officials of the Department of State have
any knowledge of any agreement made by
this Governmenx with that of Italy to
pay an indemnity on account of the Xew
Orleans affair, as reported by an English
correspondent at Home. So far as learned,
correspondence on the subject between
the two Governments, which was inter
rupted last spring by the recall of the
Italian Minister, has never been re
Suit Atrainst General .Butler.
_\r.w Yoi'.k, Dec 28.—An interlocutory
decree was made to-day overruling the
demurrer in the suit of E. N. barling
against Benjamin P. Butler of Lowell,
Mass. Darling made arrangements with |
others for a tract of land in New Mexico I
of .5_(,621 acres, and was individually in- I
tc-rested in 141,.>J7 acres. General Butler
agreed to purchase Darling's interest for
$70,000, and payments were made l.y him
amounting to 511,057. These payments
the .Judge holds to be a sufficient 'part of
the performance in equity.
Lynched by a Mob.
Natchez (Miss.), Dec. 28.—From
Black water, La., the place where T. J.
Hart was murdered on Christmas eve,
comes the news that an uncle ofthe mur
derer was hanged last night by a search
ing party. Developments go to show
that there was a plot to murder young
Hart, in which several negroes were im
plicated, and the citizens determined to
rid themselves ofthe entire gang.
Secretary Foster's Heat Ih.
Washington, Dec. 28.—Secretary Fos
ter spent a short time at his office this
afternoon, for the lirst time since Novem
ber 17th, when he was takeu ill in New
York. lie looked a trifle paler and thin
ner than when Inst on duty, but said he
was feeling all right again. He will not
take active charge of the business ofthe
department for several days yet.
Bank President Arrested.
St. Patl (Minn.), Dec. 2-.—A special
to the Pioneer Press from Ellendale, N.
D., says: There are many Ugly rumors
in connection with the recent Farmers'
and Merchants' State Bank failure.
President Barrett has been arrested on a
charge of receiving deposits when he
knew the bank was insolvent. *JHe
waived examination and was bound over.
Both Engines Badly AY recked
Beatrice (Neb.), Dec. 28.—A passeu
j ger train on the Union Pacific collided
with a switch engine in the yards this
j afternoon, badly wrecking both engines
and derailing the mail and baggage-cars.
| The engineers and firemen of both en
gines were slightly hurt and the passen
gers given a lively shaking up. but none
Assistant U. S. District Attorney.
! Washington, Dec. 28.—The Attorney-
Ctoners, has appointed Matthew T. Allen
} Assistant lnited States District Attorney
! for the Southern District of California.
The appointment is merely preliminary
i to Allen's promotion as lnited states
j District Attorney next week, in place of
Willoughby Cole, the present incumbent.
A Clot-dns Dealer Fails.
Lexington (Ky.), Dec. 28.— J. W.
| Weitz, who has been in the clothing busi
ness in this city over forty years, assigned
to-day. He lost $100,000 in a clothing
manufacturing establishment in "New
York, and $60,000 as surety for a relative
in Chicago. The assets exceed the liabili
Lexington- (Ky.), Dec. 28.—The officers
of the National Exchange Bank of Lex
| ingtou were summoned to appear before
the United States Court at Frankfort to
explain an overdraft of |10,000 made by
\Y. H. Cheppu. a book-maker. The capi
tal stock of the bank is $100,000. The in
stitution is solvent.
Nashvti.i.e (Term.), Dec. 28.—Lem
Jones was hanged at Oliver Springs this
morning for the murder of his wife and
child last year. On the scaffold he said
that drink was responsible for the crime.
He was a deacon in the church and
County Superintendent of Schools.
Actor Scanlan Dying.
New York, Dec. 28.—Actor William J.
| Scanlan, shattered in mind and bojy,
lies at the residence of his manager,
! where it was to-day stated that he was
growing weaker rapidly, and was more
violent in his ravings. His phys'ciaus
believe death is only a few hours oil".
SACRAMENTO, TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 29, IS9I.
ENCOUNTERED A STORM.
I Oregon Steamers Have a Rough
Passage From Astoria.
OVER A HUNDRED HOURS IN MAX
ING THE PASSAGE.
Snow and "Rain in Oregon and North
ern California -Shooting Affray at
I't'iio-The Twenty-fifth Annual Ses
sion of tlio State Teachers' Associa
tion Convenes at Riverside.
Special to the RnconD-UxiON.
San Francisco, Dec. 28.—The steamers
J Oregon and Columbia, from Portland and
I Astoria, arrived In port this morning,
J alter a long and rough trip down the
I coast. Both vessels encountered the full
! force of the storm which has been raging
j during the past week. Saturday after
noon a huge wave pitched over the Ore
gon's bow, smashing in the windows of
the pilot-house, breaking the skylight
over the forward hatch and breaking in
the forward companion-way to tho lower
deck. Tho Oregon will sail again to-
I morrow morning at 10 o'clock. The offi
cers are rushing things, In order to dis
charge the cargo and take on freight.
She was was 102. hours In making the
usual run of 4S hours.
The Columbia "came into port about
eight hours ahead of the Oregon. Wheu
Off Capo Blanco, ou Christmas night, an
immense sea dropped on board over the
bow. It smashed in the port and star
board iron-plate bulwarks and carried
away every vestige of the forward rail on
both sides of the ship.
RAIN AND SNOW.
San Francisco. Dec. 28.—Weather con
ditions and general forecasts: A storm
is advancing from the ocean toward
Western Washington, and rains and
brisk to high southeast winds prevail OO
the Oregon and Washington coasts, a
maximum velocity of forty miles per I
hour being reported from Fort Canby.
Bain is foiling in Western Oregon and
Western Washington, which will extend '
eastward over those Suites and the in
terior of Northern California. The Sacra
mento anil San Joaquin \ alleys will also
doubtless receive some rain.
The recent stormy weather in Califor
nia. Oregon and Nevada has not delayed
railroad travel to any extent. Trains are
! running regularly over tiie Central Pa
j cilic route, the snowfall not having been
excessive for this season ofthe year, and
j the same,may be said of the Northern
j and Southern routes, the only delay hay-
I ing been at a point near Dunsmuir, where
■ the westward-bound passenger train was
I delayed by a landslide for six hours.
Dunsj-CIR, Dec. 28.—A wet, drizzling
j snow has continued since last evening,
I and it is still snowing very hard. A cy
clone plow was taken out to-day, but be
fore it got out of the yard the steam pipe
burst and it is now back in the shop for
repairs. The snow is too soggy for the
cyclone. Other plows are kept on tiie
move, so the trains are only a fow hours
Sis.sons, Doc. 28.—The snow is three!
feet deep and it is still snowing. The
wind is south. Trains are running about j
on time. The railroad company have a I
large force of men keeping the road open, i
with snow plows running continually.
Portland ;or. , Dec 28.—Unusually ]
j heavy rains have prevailed in the Wili- i
amette Valley the past three days, caus
ing a rapiil rise in the Willamette River.
No serious damage has been reported yet,
but a continuance of the rains for twenty
four hours longer will cause the river to
overflow its banks and much damage
will result along the low lands. Tiie
Union Pacific trains are delayed by snow
in the Blue Mountains. A slight delay
has been occasioned on the Southern I'a
eitic on account of slides in the Cow
COUNCIL OF EDUCATORS.
Annual Session of the State Teachers'
R_V-_-S.de, Dec. 28.—The twenty-fifth
annual session ofthe California Teachers'
Association convened in this city to-day.
Educators in larse force are coming in by
I every train frcm all parts of the State.
j The opening exercises took place in the
| Boring Opera-house this afternoon, a
large audience being in attendance.
] Nearly all the prominent schoolmen of
I the State are in attendance. The session
| promises to be of exceptional interest.
President Seaman, after calling the
i meeting to order, delivered an address,
j reviewing the public school system ofthe
I State, and suggesting remedies for the
evils which exist. Professor Moses of
IheState Iniversity read an essay regard
ing the teaching of history, and Superin
tendent Anderson- snoke of the work of
the schools aud institutes of the State.
The committee on the next place of
meeting was chosen, consisting of Super
intendents Foshay of Monrovia. Kirk of
Fresno, Turner of Chico, Atherton of
San Diego, Mrs. Martin of Sonoma
i County and Pennell of MarysviUe.
A committee to submit amendments to
I the constitution was composed of Super
intendent Keyes of Riverside, McCly
! mans and Fisher of Oakland, Seamansof
I Los Angeles and Monroe of Pasadena.
A reception wa.* tendered the visiting
| teachers by citizens of Riverside at Py-
I thian Castle this evening.
San Francisco, Dec. 28.—A surveying
party was sent to Phoenix, Ariz., by the
Southern Pacific Company about a week
j, ago for the purpose of making a survey
for a road from Phoenix to Prescott by
the Black Canyon route, connecting
I Maricopa and Phoenix with the Arizona
I "jural or Bullock road. The party is in
charge of Chief Engineer Edes of the
Southern Pacific Company. Colonel
Crocker to-day said the work of grading
and construction would begin immedi
ately. The proposed road will open up
the richest mineral belt in that country.
It will extend through a lonesome valley
and will open up the Verde country and
afford an outlet for deposits of rock salt
and nitre along the Verde Biver.
Only Got Eighty Dollars.
Stockton, Dec. 28.—Sheriff Cunning
! ham returned this afternoon from New
' Hope, where he investigated the robbery
of an oid man named Vincent Glenn.
No trace of the robbers was found, but
the Sheriff found a lamp which he be
lieves was theirs. Old man Glenn and
his brother are very wealthy, owning a
large tract of laud in Sacramento County.
It Avas recently printed in a paper that
Glenn and his brother had large sums of
money buried, being afraid of the banks,
and this is believed to have prompted the
robbers. He says one is tall and the
other a short man. They struck him
several times, but he was not hurt. All
they got was ijSO.
Oil and Gas Company Incorporated.
San Francisco, Dec. 28.—The Califor
nia Oil and Gas Company filed articles of
incorporation to-day. The capital stock,
is $f>,000,000, of which i*MO_,ooo has been
subscribed. The Directors are W. H. H.
Hart, M. J. Donaho, G. H. Uinbsen, W.
IT. Snedaker, R. J. D.vis, J. P. Kelly !
and David EL Hayes. The objects of the 1
corporation are to lay pipe lines from j
the oil fields of Fresno Count}* to Fresno, !
Nan Francisco, Oakland aud other cities
for tho. purpose of distributing oil and j
San Bernardino*!* Grand Jury.
San Bernardino. Dec. 25.-The San
Bernardino County Grand Jury filed a
final report to-day. The report com
mends the county officials in the conduct
of offices, and finds an honest adminis
tration of affairs, lt criticises the Super
visors lor levying a direct tax to build a
Courthouse. The report recommends
changes in the manner of keeping the
books in tiie Recorder's ofnee, and in al
lowing claims before tho Supervisors.
Fifteen indictments were found against
parties charged with crime.
Seeking for Missing Men.
Carson, Dec. 28.—Jake Klein sent word
to Lake Tahoe this morning to find his
son, dead or alive, and offerei §200 re
ward. The steamer Meteor left Glen
brook immediately for Hobart, where a
relief party was made up and is now
searching for the lost men, who left
Placerville to walk over the mountains
and who are supposed to have lost their
way and perished in tht violent snow
storm of the last few dajjp.
Southern California Oranges.
San Francisco, Dec. 28.—Shipments of
oranges from southern California have
began in a desultory way and growers
ore now about prepared to begin tho
work of shipping iv train-load lots. The
crop will be a large one this year, but no
close estimates have been received.
Southern Pacific Company otiicials say
tliat they will have cars enough on hand
to handle all the crop without any unnec
Change In Divisions.
Stockton, Dec. 28.—0n the Ist of Jan
uary the Stockton division of the South
ern Pacific Railroad will be merged into
I the divisions of J. 11. White at Fresno and
A. E. Wilder at Oakland. .Superintend
ent Pngb, who has been here six years,
will be transferred to Lodi, and will have
the San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada Nar
row-gauge Railroad under his charge.
Tlie Drug Proved Fatal.
Los Ax oki.es, Dec. 28.—Leah Benjamin I
MacGregor, who with her husband took
I morphine at the Hotel Ramona, Sunday j
j morning, with suicidal intent, died at 8 j
O'clock this evening. It is now believed i
I that MacGregor fii'st took poison audi
; then forced his wife to take the deadly
dose. An inquest will be held on both |
Shooting nt itcTio.
Hk.no, Dec. 28.—A man named Ben }
Pierceahot Patsy Hampton, an employe j
ofthe Nevada and California Railroad, in |
the Buss House lost night. The wound is
said to be of a very dangerous character, !
it being about one inch below the heart.
The shooting is said to have been without
. provocation. Pierce is in jail.
Death ofa Stockton Merchant.
Stockton, Dec. 28—Flias Gumpert, a
[ merchant here for more than twenty
I years, died this evening alter a long ill
ness. He was a prominent business man
in Tuolumne County from 1850 to .869,
, and had many friends throughout the
Charged With Assuult to Murdor.
San Francisco, Dec. 28. — .loseph
j Urban was to-night arrested on a war
! rant issued by a Fresno -ustico ofthe
j Peace, on a charge of assault to murder
I Fulton G. Berry at Barbecue, near
: Fresno, several weeks ago.
Tire at Reno.
REVO, Dec. 28.—A fire last night de
i stroyed the dwelling-house and contents
I of Pi.sc Churicel, on Second street. Loss,
! 18,000, insurance, $5,000. The origin of
■ the fire is not known.
A Pioneer Passes Away.
GIIaKOV, Dec. 28.—Julius Martin, ai
pioneer of 1848, died here Saturday of j
j apoplexy, aged 87.
TIIE HASTINGS WRECK.
Brakeman Herrick Makes a Statement
of Ills Actions.
Porc;iiKKi:rsiK (N. V.), Dec. 2S.—
Timothy Derrick, father of Albert Her
rick, the fugitive New York Central
brakpmau, saw his son in New York
Saturday and had a long talk with him.
He says he urged his son to go to the rail
road otiicials and tell his story, but he
would not do so because of the excited
state of public feeling. Then tho father
got him to make a written statement,
which was sent to Superintendent Mc-
Coy to-day. In it young Herrick says
that when his train slowed up, but while
yet moving, he dropped off and placed
two torpedoes on the rail, then ran back
to the train, which was still moving, but
as it glowed up more, took his lights and
started down the track to stop the Croton
local, then nearly due.
When half-way down', he placed one
torpedo on the rail and then walked on to
the station. When he got there he placed
his lights on the platform, the red light
showing south, and went in to ask how
j the local was. The agent did not know,
and Herrick sat down and remained
there three to live minutes, when he
heard a train coming and started for the
door, believing H to be the local. As
soon as he saw the train he knew it was
the express. He grabbed up his light
and tried to attiact the engineer's atten
tion, but it was too late, lie followed on
up the track, and soon met a man who
told him about tho wreck. He did not
deem it prudent to go to the wreck, so he
turned about and came to New York.
He adds that he fully realizes the awful
position in which he is placed, and can
only say he felt sure the train to come
first was the local.
A LOOKING-GLASS FIGIITKR.
.Tack MeAuliffe Classed ns Such by !
Uilly Myer's Backer.
Chicago, Dec. 2S.—Alf Kennedy, the
backer and manager of Billy Myer, was
In Chicago to-night with Myer and had
something to say regarding the chal
lenge issued by Jack MeAulilfe. "Two
days ago MeAuliffe challenged Myer, it
has been stated," says Kennedy, "for a
side stake of S7,. r>oo, to which the New
Orleans Olympic Club added a purse of
"110,000. The time set— February 25th—4s
too short. Beside MeAuliffe must pay
us the forfeits due (81,000) before we en
gage in any further business with him."
Continuing, Kennedy said: "Knowing
as 1 do that MeAuliffe is a looking-glass
fighter, insincere aud bluffing, I intend
to ignore him and all his bragging until
he acts the man and discards the guise of
a newspaper pugilist. The lightweight
Championship of the world lies between
M ver and ( arney, and we are anxious to
meet the English champion either in this
country or England."
Fire in a Theater.
Indianapolis, Dec. 28,-1-A Geatinel
special from Liberty, Ind., says: During
a performance in the Opera-house this
evening the building caught fire, and a
panic lollowed. The crowd rushed for
the windows, and before prevented sev
eral jumped, but it is thought none were
Walt Whitman Improving:.
Philadelphia, Dec. 28.—Walt Whit
man is improving to-day. The doctors
say he is stronger than for several days.
AFTER THE CZAR'S LIFE.
League Formed in Russian Poland
to Assassinate Alexander.
LARGS NUMBER OP CONSPIRATORS
PLACED UNDER ARREST.
The New Canadian Ministry Hissed as
They Pass Through tho Streets of
Montreal—A Distinguished Encllsh
Diplomat Dies From Influenza—The
British Forces in India Make a Suc
cessful Movement Ajrainst the
Ilunza nnd Nasrior Tribes.
Spec'al to the Record-Uniok.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 28.—The police
have made a large number of arrests in
Russian Poland as the result oi the dis
covery of a secret league, the object of
which was to assassinate the Czar. It is
thought many persons connected with
the conspiracy have taken fright at the
knowledge of their plans by the police
and will seek safety by fleeing from the
country, so the authorities havo ordered
tlie frontier to be closely watched, and it
is believed further arrests will shortly be
At Milan, tho Capital of Courland,
Baron Harm, a well-known landowner,
was sentenced to three months' imprison
ment for tearing down the imperial coat
of arms which stood over the doors of
the court at that place.
VICTIM OF INFLUENZA.
The British Embassador to Turkey
succumbs to the Disease.
Berlin, Dee. 28.—Sir William Arthur
White, British Embassador to Turkey,
died from influenza here to-day. Sir
William was the son of Arthur White of
the Consular and Colonial Service. He
was born in 1821 and after a course at
college entered tho diplomatic service in
1857al Warsaw. He was made Consul at
Dantzig in 1834, and represented French
interests at Dantzig during the last war
between France and Germany. In 1870
he went to Servia as Consul-General and j
was summoned to Constantinople in 1877.
He was transferred to Bucharest and I
promoted to be Envoy Kxtraordinary j
and Minister Plenipotentiary to Rou
mania. In 18SS he served in the same
capacity at Constantinople and con
ducted the conference tn tiie Servo-Bul
garian difficulty. He was sent afterward
to Bucharest, but on the reopening of the
Bulgarian question returned to Constan
tinople aa Embassador. He was created
K. C. M. G., March lli, ISB..
CANADA'S NKW CABINET.
The Ministers Hissed as They Passed
Throutrh tho Streets.
Xew York, Dec. 28.—A Montreal spe
cial says that the feeling of the English
peopio in Montreal over the dismissal of ;
the Mercier Government was shown Sat
urday night in tho reception of the new
Ministers. All of the members of the
Tory Cabinet who were recently called
to oflice arrived from Quebec. Tho
Tory papers had been appealing to their
friends for several days back to give the
Ministers a big reception, and brass
bandfl were engaged, but the reception
turned out a dead failure.
The Ministers were hissed as they
passed through the streets and had great
difficulty in obtaining a hearing.
After the meeting was over most of
those present repaired to the residence of
Mercier and tendered him an ovation,
lt looks as if Mercier is going to obtain
another triumph at the elections. He
denies the charges that his Ministry has
embezzled millions of dollars from the
MISHAP TO A PRINCE.
Accidentally Shot hy tho Duke of
London, Dec. 28.—The injuries from
which Prince Christian of Schleswig-Hol
stein-Sonderburg is suffering were the
result of an accident. The Queen and
members of the royal family were spend
ing the Christmas holidays at Osborne
House, Isle of Wight. The day before
Christinas a party was hunting, and the
birds rose between the Duke of Con
naught and Prince Christian. The former
fired, but unfortunately did not aim high
enough, and three shots entered Prince
Christian's face, one destroying one eve.
One pellet entered at the top of the
Prince's eyelid, and descended at the j
back of the eyeball, causing acute pain
until the eye was removed. The shoo.ing
was purely accidental, and it is uncertain
from whose gun the pellets came, al
though the Duke of Connaught is be
lieved to have fired them. The wounds
in the Prince's face from the other pellets
show that the shot were almost speut, and
had glanced from the bough of a tree.
Prince Christian is cheerful, and able to
walk about the room.
SCENE IN TIIE DEPUTIES.
Dispute Over tho liulgarla Matter Cre
ates a Tumult.
Paris, Dec. 28.—Ribot, Minister of
Foreign Affairs, to-day made to the
( hamber ol" Deputies a statement of the
relations between France and Bulgaria.
The Minister gave no new details, but
said the matter was now in the hands of
the Porte, who had demanded of Bulgaria
Millevoye expressed regret that diplo
matic action was transferred from Sofia
to Constantinople. Maillefeu held that
the atiair was much exaggerated. Bul
garia aimed at freedom, and her Ministry
committed neither atrocities nor acts of
violence. Millevoye protested that Mail
lefeu spoke contrary to what was known
to be the truth. Maillefeu shouted: "You
are not in your rieht senses." A tumult
ensued. The President had to repeatedly
call for order before the uproar sub
After the sitting Millevoye sent sec
onds to Maillefeu.
The trouble between Millevoye and
Maillefeu was afterward smoothed over.
ADULTERATED WITH CHALK DUST.
Flour Dealers in Russia Likely to Get
Into sjorlous Trouble.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 28.—The scandal
arising from the discovery of adulterated
Hour here is apt to make trouble for a
number of people. A consignment com
posed of 300,000 poods (780,000 English
pounds) of barley fiour was purchased
from dealers in Liban with a view to
regulating the price of wheat in the St.
Petersburg market, as well as afford
relief to the famine sufferers. Investiga
tion proved that the entire consignment
was adulterated with chalk dust and
other substances. They comprised such a
large proportion of the consignment that
the use ol'the alleged Hour would consti
tute a very dangerous meuace to the
health, if uot the lives, of those who par- j
took of it. In speaking of the gigantic
fraud, the IVovos Vremy a remarks that if,
] such frauds can be perpetrated in the I
Capital of tho empire, the appalling ae
couuts of similar crimes in the fundne
strickeu provinces cannot be exaggerated.
A Commission of Cardinals Will Here
after Administer tho Funds.
Rome, Dec. 2S.—The deposition of Mgr.
Folrhi from the position of Prelate and
Vice-Camcrlingueof the Apostolic Cham
ber is considered an evident sign of the
inexactitude of tho past administration.
This degradation is the result ot a report
of tho commission of Cardinals ap
pointed to inquire into the financial posi
tion of the Holy .See. The administra
tion of Peter's Pence and ofthe Vatican's
finances will henceforth be intrusted to a
commission of seven Cardinals. The de
ficit brought about through the mis
management of Folchi amounts to be
tween 18,000,000 aud 23,000,000 lire.
Tho British in India.
Calcutta, Dec. 28.—A dispatch from
Gilgit, on the Cashmere frontier, states
that the British forces havo made a for
ward movement against the Hunza and
Nagar tribesmen and that they have cap
tured another fort located a short distance
from Fort Nilt.
The storming force consisted of 100
: men of the Cashmere Regiment, under
Lieutenants Taylor and Mannersmith.
They scaled the precipice opposito the
NiJt fort and captured the stone breast
works, the defenders of which were kept
in check by a heavy fire from the Nilt
fort. One hundred and eighteen prison
ers wero taken.
Botli aro Boys.
London, Dec. 28.—Countess Clancarty,
who formerly was well known as Belle
Biltcn.a concert-hall singer.was delivered
of twins yesterday morning. Both chil
dren are boys. These births amply pro
vide for the direct succession to the Earl
dom of Clancarty, and several other titles
which belong to tlie holder of that earl
dom, lt is believed the event will lead to
a complete reunion of the family rela
tions which were badly strained by the
marriage of the present Earl, who was
then Viscount Dunlo, to the well-known
French Steamer Wrecked.
Paris, Dec. 28.—An account ofa wreck
and loss ol life has been received from
Arcachon, a fisheries port thirty-five
miles from Bordeaux. The French
steamer Albatross, engaged ou the oyster
fishery at Arcachou, was wrecked and
eleven of her crew, in fact the whole
crew, with tlie exception of one man,
"New Tariff Adopted.
Madrid, Dec. 2S.—The Cabinet finally
| adopted the new tariff to-day. The
| measure includes a provision for the
j imposition of minimum duties on im
ports from countries having treaties with
Spain, and the placing of maximum rates
on imports from other countries. Jhe
duty on cork is raised.
Death ofa Composer.
London, Dec. 28.—Alfred Collier, the
composer, is dead. He had boen suffer
ing from influenza for two weeks and
was unable to finish the orchestration of
"The Mountebanks," a comic opera, the
joint work of himself and W. S. Gilbert,
in time for production at the date first
Buda Pesth, Dec. 28.— The Upper
House of the Hungarian Diet has passed
the treaties recently negotiated between
Austro-Hungary and < 'ermany, Belgium,
Switzerland and Italy separately. These
treaties have been passed by the Lower
House already. The Diet then dis
A Murderer Pursued and Killed.
Paris. Dec. 28.—An old man living in
| the Eastern Department killed his son in
a quarrel over a legacy. When the gend
armes arrived to arrest him he barricaded
j himself in the house. He fired at a gen-
I darme. whereupon a second gendarme
I fired his pistol at tho murderer and killed
A Ship wrecked Crow.
Quebec, Dec. 28.—The Marine Depart
ment has beeu notified that a shipwrecked
crew has been cast away on Bird Rocks,
in the gulf. It is thought they belong to
a French lugger which left ~St. Pierre a
few weeks ago.
The Fatal Grip.
Milan, Dec. 2s.— The grip in this city
and surrounding country is causing
PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY.
Holmes Files nn Answer to the Vari-
ous Creditors' Complaints.
Chicago, Dec. 28.—Charles B. Holmes,
ex-President of the Pacific Railway
Company, to-day filed an answer to the
various banks and petitioning firms who
are creditors of the company, and seek to
hold the stockholders thereof liable on
their stock subscription. The answer de
nies tbe allegations of the peltiioners, de
nies that there were representations made
that the Pacific Company and Los Angeles
Cable Company were identical; denies
that the petitioners were induced to re
new loans or accept notes by any fraudu
lent scheme; admits that there
were intentions to incorporate
the Pacific Company in Illinois
to prevent the personal liability
of stockholders for debts that might be
incurred by the company, but there was
no intention to avoid any existing debts
and obligations. The answer avers that
whatever has been done by the company
has been with a full knowledge of petition
ers, and that tho property and franchises of
the company, when properly managed,
are sufficient to pay all indebtedness, its
present financial embarrassment being
due entirely to a great unforeseen dis
An Immoral School Superintendent.
Pinsm-RG (Pa.), Dec. 28.—Blairsville
is excited over the discovery that Pro
fessor Ennis, for ten years Superintend
ent of Schools, has been demoralizing
boys and polluting their morals. Eight
or ten of the largest pupils wero before
the board and made most startling reve
lations. Ennis was arrested, but after
ward released, and has gone West. Be
fore leaving he made a written confession,
praying leniency. Ennis is 54 years of
:tge, and bus always been prominent in
church and social circles.
tonio: A courier from Hardie. at Salieno,
reports that he has with him two Mexi
cans who know all the ranches and peo
ple up there suspected of complicity in
the recent attacks on the Mexican terri
tory. Will search Salieno and adjacent
ranches. l.an.home left at midnight
with twenty men to look for a band said
to be skulking in the vicinity of Savana.
Have two small detachments out in the
vicinity of Palace Bancho, Salieno.
(Signed) ."John G. Bourke, Captain-Third
The Mexican Consul here is in receipt
of a number of telegrams from Mexican
authorities on the frontier which show
the whereabouts of tho revolutionists,
and which he has referred to General
Stanley. If mobilized, Garza's forces
would be of no inconsiderable force, and
there is much more sympathy with him
in Mexico than dare be admitted.
Edward M. Field.
New Yoke, Dec. 28.—Edward M. Field
neither eats nor drinks and is growing
perceptibly weaker every day. He passed
a restless night and this morning refused
to take breakfast. He complains of pains
in the head. He refuses to touch medi
WHOLE NO. 15,604.
A Stop to be Put to Garza's Revo
BOTH GOVERNMENTS TO COMMENCE
Orders Issued to General Stanley to
Use His Utmost Exertions to Pre
vent Further Violations of tho
Neutrality Laws—The Entire Sys
tem ofthe San Antonio and Arkan
sas Pass Railroad Tied l'p by a
Special to the Record-Union.
New Orleans, Dec. 28.— A Picmjmie's
San Antonio special says: The revolu
tionary outbreak of Garza on the border
has reached a stage inspiring botli tho
Governments of the United States and
Mexico to exert every means for its
suppression. General Stanley, com
manding the Department of Texas, re
ceived orders from Washington to do his
utmost to run down Garza's men, and
prevent a further violation of the neu
trality laws, as well ss bring the revo
lutionists to account tor their political
crimes, and shedding the blood of Ameri
can soldiers. This vigilance is supple
mented by activity on the part of tho
State Rangers, Avho are also in the field.
The following telegram was received
hero to-day: "Fort Ringgold (Texas)—
Assistant Adjutant-* uneral, Sun An-
Washington, Doc 28. Acting Secre
tary Grant said to-day that he regarded
the situation on tho Mexican frontier as
serious, and that the War Department is
exerting itself to prevent further viola
tions of the neutrality Jaws by Garza's
band of revolutionists. If necessary to
prevent these men lrom crossing back
wards and forwards between Mexico aud
the United States, the entire military
force under General Stanley's command
will be distributed along the north bank
of the Bio Grande, lt is said at the War
Department that Garza's movement is
gaining strength notwithstanding the
efforts of the United States and Mexican
troops to restrain it. Inasmuch as tho
Rio Grande is fordable seven months in
the year, and the revolutionists bave
many friends on each side ot tho river,
who keep them advised promptly of
every movement of the Government
forces, the task before General Stanley's
troops of preventing them from crossing
is full of difficulty.
NO rattle fought.
City of Mexico, Dec. 28.—The Gov
ernment denies the truth of the report
that a battle was fought with Garza on
Strike on the San Antonio nnd Arkansas
San Antonio (Tex.), Dec. 28.—The en
tire system of the Sau Antonio and Arkan
sas Pass Railroad is tied up to-day by a
strike of its employes, who went out last
night. The trouble was caused by the
discharge of a conductor for alleged vio
lation of orders.
The operators say they have been poorly
paid, aud a system of removals and re
ductions has been inaugurated by tho
new Superintendent, Sands. Several sta
tion telegraphers' salaries wero cut, and,
fearing other cuts, the Order of Tel
egraphers appointed a grievance commit
tee. Tho management refused to meet
the demand, but claimed that no general
reduction of wages was contemplated.
The demand of the telegraphers was
backed by all other operatives.
This morning no trains left this city,
and the paralysis extended over 609 miles
of the system. Nothing approaching a
settlement has been reached. Receiver
Vokuin is in Galveston, and Receiver
McNamara in Mexico, Business is
blocked on the eutire road, and 850 men
MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FROM DEATH
A Coach. Containing Four Women
Struck by v Train.
Long Island (L. I.), Dec. 28.—A fun
eral coach, containing Mrs. Kalb, Minnie
Kalb, Mrs. O'Brien and Mrs. Searing,
was struck by an east-bound passenger
train on the Long Islaud Railroad at
Green Point Crossing, Blissville, this
afternoon. The horses were instantly
killed. The coach was carried, with its
occupants screaming and struggling to
save themselves,about twenty feet, when
it struck a post and became disentangled
from the locomotive. The force of tho
collision with the post broke tiie coach,
and the women rolled out, all cut,
bruised and fainting, to the ground.
None sustained fatal injuries.
Arsenic in tho Beer.
Milwaukee. Dec. 28.—Mary Pierce,
Mary Zauze, Lizzie Schnuckert and au
unknown man, inmates of a low dive,
were taken violently ill to-day. An in
vestigation showed that they were poi
soned by arsenic placed in a pitcher of
beer. Bessie Waugh, another inmate,
who refused to drink the beer, is under
arrest, the police asserting that they havo
proof of her guilt. Physicians thiuk the
victims can be saved.
Davis Will Case.
Minneapolis, Dec. 27.—A special to
the Tribune from Helena, Mont., says:
An application for tho appointment ol a
permanent administrator of A. J. Davis'
estate was denied by the Supreme Court.
The court ruled that as there was a con
test over tho property, according to a
State statute, it could not appoint a per
manent administrator so long as there
were charges against the present admin
Siiubuta (Miss.), Dec. 28.—News con
tinues to come slowly from the seat of
the war in Choctaw. The latest and best
confirmed is that John Sims, brother of
Bob, arrested Saturday evening, is be
lieved to have been lynched beiore his
custodians reached tho jail with him.
Jim Mosely, a Sims follower, was also
arrested, and is likely to be hung.
Washington, Dec. 2S.—The President
to-day denied the application for a pardon
In tho case of Harper, convicted on tho
charge of embezzling the funds of the
Fidelity Savings Bank at Cincinnati, and
sentenced in I&S7 to ten years' imprison
Mnrder and Suicide.
Dcs Moines (la.), Dec. 28.—A colored
man, J. H. Miller, to-night called on Ada
Lewis, a woman who had jilted him, and
at the end of a short interview shot tho
woman and himself. Both will die.
New Yoke, Dec. 28. — The British
steamer Sonthgate arrived here to-day
from Alexandria, Egypt, with 4,!K)0 bales
of Egyptian cotton. This is the flr.t large
importation of Egyptian cotton.