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VOLUME LXXXII.--XO. 112.
WAR NOT YET DECLARED.
No Material Developments in the
OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS NO CHANGE
IN THE SITUATION.
Why Minister Esrnn Did Not Attend
tho Inauguration Festivities—Satis
factory Progress Being: Made In the
Production of Armor and Torpedoes
—The Turret Armor for the Mon
terey Ready for Shipment.
Fpeelnl to the Record-Unio*.
Washington-, Dec. 29.—There was no
material development in Chilean affairs
to-day that any amount of investigation
could uncover. When it is said that the
most serious outcome of trouble is ex
pected and that this country is merely
awaiting an official announcement by the
Chilean Government as to tho result of
the investigation of the Baltimore out
rage, which unofficially is understood to
be unsatisfactory, the whole situation is
set forth. Time, ot course, must be given
the Chileans to make up their minds
what to <lo in the matter, but it is entirely
probable that they know now whether
or not they will oiler any reparation for
the outrage, and the whole matter de
pends upon that.
No one appears to be in a position to
declare with know ledge that an apology
Will not be ofiered, but all indications by
which this country can judge of tlie atti
tude of the Chilean (Jovernraent tend to
the conclusion that the arrogance and de
fiance which have been displayed up to
this time will not be abated.
The military and naval preparations
ior hostilities are in active progress, and
the (acl that every effort is being made in
the interest of peace and to allay public
apprehension does not lessen the serious
ness of the situation.
The question at issue is not one, it is as
serted, that can be submitted to arbitra
tion. It resolves itself merely into three
; ossibilities—an apology from Chile, a
buck-down by the United States or a
There does not appear to be a spirit of
apology in the Chilean disposition at this
time, and it is hardly to be supposed that
the I nited states will be content to main
tain peace at a loss of dignity.
There is no news obtainable at the State
or Navy Departments to-day respecting
the Chilean matter. No movements of
ships are reported, and the otiicials say
there is no change in the situation.
Secretary Blame was at the Cabinet
meeting to-day, which lasted until nearly
-O'clock, lie had no news to give out
respecting the Chilean situation, and said
there was none.
This afternoon was absolutely without
an incident that could be distorted iuto re
lation to warlike preparation. Such un
official advices as have been received are
to the effect that the legal authorities at
Valparaiso have not completed the re
vision of the formal proceedings of Jus
tice Foster. Just how long those legal
formalities may be protracted before they
may be regarded as "further needless de
lay" is. of course, determinable only by
President Harrison, but there is reason to
believe that there has been brought to his
attention the difficulties that surrounded
President Montt in the formation of" his
new Cabinet, and he is also desirous of
avoiding the appearance of endeavoring
io interfere with the due process of law in
<*hile, if there is any reasonable ground
ior the assumption that due process is
These considerations doubtless led him
to the due course of patient waiting to
tlie utmost extreme consistent with due
regard to the dignity ofthe United States,
and. as far as can be" learned, it is proba
ble no departure will be made from this
uttitude before tbe reassembling of Con
grees, unless further communication
from the Chilean Government should
give a different aspect to the situation.
If tho beads ofthe bureaus in the Navy
Department are to be believed, no extra
«<rdinary efforts are making to put ves
sels in condition for active hostilities. In
Che construction bureau the officers in
'barge say positively that no orders have
gone forward to San Francisco to hurry
up work on the Monterey. As a matter
offset, lower orders are passing through
ihe bureau at present than during the
past three months.
In the ordnance bureau it was learned
, bat the turret armor for the Monterey is
ready for shipment to San Francisco at
any time. Her great guns are also ready,
und the Pennsylvania Railway has un
dertaken to transport them across the
continent. The task is one of magnitude,
us a twelve-inch rifle, without the carri
age, weighs fifty-six tons, and the carri
age weighs twenty-live tons. Speciallv
constructed cars are uecessary for the
transportation of these great masses of
metal, and much nice calculation respect
ing the curves, tunnels and strength of
the many bridges between the Washing
ton and California Navy-yards have been
made to insure the safe delivery of the
guns. These guns are not only intrinsi
caUy valuable, but their loss at the pres
ent time would be a serious calamity, as
many months would be consumed in
making guns to replace them.
Satisfactory progress is being made in
the production of armor and torped
but it is insisted by ordnance officers
that neither armor plates nor torpedoes
have been nor will be accepted until they
have »>een thoroughly tested. A lot of
Howell torpedoes, about forty, are practi
cally ready for use, aud the lirst install
ment of the Whitehead, English-pattern
lorpedoes, made in the United States,
will soon be delivered. Improvements
have been made in the Howell torpedo,
which is essentially an American inven
tion, that will place it in the front rank
of automobile weapons, and it is prom-
I that the torpedoes delivered to the
< lovernment will exceed the contract re
quirements in speed aud accuracy, but
Bcoordi-tg to a statement of the naval
ordnance officers, all these things are
ng done without reference to imniedi
war.and it is said they are simply
satisfactory results ofthe energetic policy
. •:' naval rehabilitation adopted by Secre
tary Tracy long .ago.
In the War Department matters are
very quiet, and even the Mexican fron
tier disturbance failed to furnish an item
of news to-day.
WHY KUAN I>ID NOT ATTEND.
Nr.w York, Dec 29.—According toa
Washington correspondent. Minister
. "gan was not invited to the festivities at
tending the inauguration ot President
Montt "in Santiago Saturday.
That is the inference drawn by the State
Department officials from a telegram re
ceived from Minister Egan late this after
noon. In which he states that the inaugu
ration passed otf successfully, and was
followed by a banquet Saturday night.
The banquet was attended by the Chil
ean officials and Congressmen, and all
the foreign Ministers in Santiago with
which the administration is maintaining
i.leasant and amicable relations.
" The officials at the State Department,
had no explanation to give of Minister
He had been advised to use his own
indgment in the premises, and the belief
prevails that the Minister felt it was not
consistent with self-respect and the dig
nity of his position, to _ay nothing what-
' ever of the degree of absolute danger to
, his person there would be in appearing in
; the streets, to attend the ceremonies, in
i view of the manner in which he has been
j treated since the revolution ended.
.SUMMONED TO WASHINGTON.
Pitt-bctbo, Dec. 29.—Superintendent
Abbott of Carnegie, Phipps it Co. has
i been summoned by telegraph to Wash
ington, by the Secretary of the Navy, in
relation to the armor and deck plates
which the firm is supplying for the war
ships now building.
Tho telegram ordered him to leave on
the lirst train, and he will take his depart
ure this evening.
The rumors of the feverish rapidity
with wbicli the Government is pushing
the work on the war vessels, in the light
of the strained relations with Chile, have
received new confirmation locally.
In relation to the above, a member of
the firm of Carnegie, Phipps d. Co. was
interviewed this morning and said:
"There is nothing unusual in relation to
our contracts, nor any extraordinary
rush. It is customary to receive many !
dispatches concerning the work, and also
for some member of the firm to be called
to Washington on the same business.
''We have been shipping as last as we :
can the completed protected deck plates
for the New York. Tlie plate for the
Monterey is yet in an unfinished condi
tion—that is, it has not been tested, and
; we have received no orders to ship it
without the usual results."'
MOVK.MK.NTS Of WAU VESSEXS.
San Diego, Dec. 29.—According to Ad
miral Brown, who is now here with the
Sau Francisco, the Charleston left Hono
lulu December l.th for Acapulco.
Whether the Charleston will come
north or go south from Acapulco the Ad
miral declined to say.
In regard to the extra ammunition
aboard the San Francisco. Captain Samp
son says: "We have enough to fill up
tlie Charleston and Baltimore and put
them in campaign condition."
It is believed here that the San Fran
cisco has orders to remain at this port
until the diplomatic relations with Chile
take one turn or another, and that her
disposition in the future will depeud
upon the turn those diplomatic relations
The Baltimore is expected here about
The report that the cruiser Charleston
anchored off Coronado late last night was
unfounded. The cruiser has not ar
rived here, nor has she been sighted off
this poi t.
LATEST BY CABLE,
New York, Dec 29.—A Herald'a spe
cial says : For some time past large fire
have occurred frequently in Santiago,
attributed to incendiaries. The police last
night succeeded in catching some of the j
firebugs in the act. There seem to be mem
bers oi the saint! gang here, as they was a
$__otooo0 t OOO lire here this morning," which
started in tlie cable o'lice, burning a
theater building and a number of dwell
ings and warehouses. The lire burned
live hours before extinguished.
The reason the President was unable
to form a new cabinet is that the con
servatives insist upon a larger represen
tation in the Ministry than Montt is dis
posed to grant them. A probable oom
promise.will soon be effected.
I am assured on good authority thai all
of Balmaceda's supporters now impris
oned will be released, except a few like
Colonel Stephan and l'io Ficaro, accused
of crimes deemed unpardonable. De
spite contrary stories, Leon Lavin is the
only person shot by order of the Junta
since Balmaceda's overthrow. Clemency
to Baltnacedista is disapproved by many
It is rumored that British Minister
Kennedy has received dispatches from
London stating: that the relations
between Chile and the United
States are apt to become
strained. Similar messages have been
received from New York. They wero
undoubtedly sent to influence the ex
change. I still maintain that Chile will
make honorable reparation in the Balti
The old Cabinet will resign to-morrow.
In addition to the names cabled of the
probable members of the Cabinet, Luis
Periera will probably be Minister ofthe
Navy. The new • Cabinet will likely
maintain friendly relations with the
L nited States.
Ex-Mayor Grace of New York has
cabled that the American Cabinet enter
tains ii feeling of anger toward Chile,
with the exception of Blame, who re
strains the Cabinet from violent meas
ures. A similar dispatch was received
from London. The British Minister tried
to give Minister of Foreign Ailairs Matta
advice on the subject, but his advances
were not received in a friendly manner.
OUR TRADE RELATIONS.
COMMERCIAL TREATY WITH BRI
Articles "Which Are to be Admitted
Free of Duty at the Ports In
cluded in tho Agreement.
Special to the RECORD-Uxrojc.
Washington, Dec. 29.—Reciprocity ar
rangements have been entered into be
tween Secretary Blame and the British
Minister, to embrace the British West
Indies Colonies, Jamaica, Barbadoes,
Leeward and Windward Islands, except
Grenada, Trinidad and British Guiana.
The official proclamation and correspond
ence will probably not be issued lor ten
days or two weeks, as it must await no
tice that necessary legislation of the colo
nies lias been enacted. Following are the
principal articles to be admitted free:
Animals (alive), beef, beef and pork pro
served in cans, printed matter, bottles,
I bran, middlingsand shorts, carts, wagons,
cars and barrows (not including vehicles j
of pleasure, cotton seed and products, j
eggs, fertilizers of all kinds, fish, fresh j
or on lee, and salmon aud oysters in
cans, fruits and vegetables (fresh and
dried when not canned, tinned or in bot
tles], gold and silver coin of the United
51 es and bullion, hay and straw for
forage, ice, India rubber and gutta
percha goods, implements, utensils and
tools for agriculture, lime of all kinds, all
materials and appliances for railways
and tramways, paper of all kinds for
printing and wrapping, photographic ap
paratus and chemicals, all accessories for
i printing, quicksilver, resin, tar. pitch
and turpentine, salt, sewing machines,
ship-building materials (including wire
rope), starch of Indian corn or maize,
steam and power engines, steam boilers
and steam pipes, sulphur, tanbark, elec
trical apparatus and appliances of all
I kinds for communication or illuminatiou; i
j trees, plants, pines and seeds and grains
I of all kinds for propagation or cultiva- I
tion, wire for fences and proprietary I
The following affect Jamaica only: i
Coal and coke, sugar (refined), wire for |
fences, appliances for fastening the same,
zinc, tin and lead sheets.
Art ides to be admitted at 59 per cent,
reduction of the present duty: Bacon
and bacon hams, bread and biscuits, but
ter, cheese, lard, and compounds; lum
ber ot pitch pine, in rough or prepared
for buildings, to be reduced to 9 shillings
per I,oßofeet. Articles to be admitted at
25 per cent, reduction of present duty:
Beef, salted and pickled; corn and maize,
cornmeal, oats, petroleum and its prod
ucts; pork, salted or pickled; wheat.
Boston, Dec. 29.—The freight steamer
Stockholm City of the Furness Line,
which plies between London and Boston,
is seven days overdue. There is some
anxiety as tb her whereabouts.
SACRAMENTO, WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 30, 1891.
Proceedings of the State Teachers'!
Institute at Riverside.
THE FARMERS PLEASED AT THE \
A Chico Candy-Maker Gives a Bill of
Sale to Two Different Parties, and
then Skips Out, Leaving His Cred
itors to Battle for tho Spoils—Joso
Do La Rosa Dies at Ventura at tho
Age of IO"! Years.
Sped*] to the Recoiip-Usios.
RrvEBSiDE, Dec. 23.—Atp'to-day's ses
sion of tlio State Teachers' Institute the
following officers were elected: President,
11. J. Baldwin of National City; First
, Vice-President, P. M. Fisher of Nan
; Francisco, Second Vice-President, F. M.
[ Molineanx of Pomona; Third Yico-Pres-
I ident, Melville Dozier of Los Angeles;
[ Fourth Vice-President, Prolessor B.
Moses of tho .Sta:e University; Secretary,
J. P. Greeley of Santa Ana; Treasurer, G.
A. Merrill of San Francisco.
In the morning one department of the
convention, undei Professor Baldwin, de
j voted it:-elf to the discussion of written
examinations and promotions. The de-
I bate was a short ono between advocates
jOf the present system and those who
l would modify i'« the weight of argument
: app< aring to be with the latter. Another
division, under Superintendent Lucky,
jjave two hours to the methods of teach
The afternoon session was one of great
; interest. Professor Kellogg of the Slate
S t niversity and Professor Barnes of the
| Stanford university being lhe prominent
Farmers Greatly Pleased Over tho
s.\x Fba_ic__co, Dec 29.—Rain has
been falling steadily here for twenty-four
hours, and the fall seems to be general in
j the northern and central portions of the
j State. The farmers are all greatly
I pleased, as the ground will be thoroughly
soaked and put in condition for plowing.
! Rain is reported at Dinuba. Tracy, Paso
j Kobles, Yuba City, Newman, Salinas,
! Hollister, Marcuse, Martinez, Sonoma
j and Gilroy.
L'nKMNii, Dec29.—This is tha second
-term this week with rain. Last night
I the wind was very high. Seventy-hun-
Idredths of an inch-oi rain fell Sunday
night. The fall lor the season is 3JBk
Chico, Dec. 29. —It commenced raining
at o o'clock last evening and rained stead
ily all night. Up to 8 o'clock this morn
ing .512 of an inch had fallen. A strong
south wind is blowing.
Ohovii.i.k, Dec. 2D.—There was a heavy
rain here last night, 1.10 inches having
fallen in twelve hours, making for the
season 1i.19 inches.
Nevada City, Dec. 29.—The snow is
seven feet deep at Meadow Lake, six feet
at Lake Fonlyce, three and one-half feet
at Mountain House and two inches in
Stockton, Dec. 29.—Rain commenced
falling here at 9 o'clock last night and
continued until late to-night, with no
prospect of stopping. The rainfall last
night measured half an inch. To-day the
fall has been more than an inch, making
1.00 inches up to 8:30 o'clock to-night.
Truckee, Dec. 29.—Two feet of fresh
snow fell last night and to-day, and it is
snowing steadily to-night. Large forces
of men are striving to deep the various
ice ponds clear of snow, but enough
workmen cannot be obtained. The finest
crop of ice ever known on the Truckee
River is ready for harvesting, and all
the companies have commenced storing.
Tens of thousauds of dollars will be ex
pended, if necessary, to save the ice crop.
A hundred span of horses are drawing
scrapers over the ice constantly, and a
regiment of men with shovels are busy.
Rotary snow-plows and all push plows
are engaged in keeping the railroad track
clear. All is working successfully, and
all trains are on time.
Hoi.lister, Dec. 29. -It hasibeen rain
ing lightly but steadily since 11 o'clock
last night, with every prospect of a con
Fresno, Dec. 29.—Up to 3p. _t. ninetv
six hundredths of an inch of rain had
fallen to-day, making 3.19 inches for
the season. Since that hour probably
half an inch has fallen, and at midnight
the rain still continues. Farmers and
business men are jubilant.
HIS CREDITORS MOURN.
A Chico Candy-Maker Sells His Store
to Two Parties and Clears Out.
Cairo, Dec. 29.—About twelve months
ago F. W. Willette located hero and
started a candy factory. He was not
very successful, and borrowed several
sums of money from a barber named
Barnes, the latter accepting a clear bill of
sale of the store and contents as a guaran
tee of pay. Between Saturday and Mon
day Willette skipped, Barnes, learning
this, took an attorney yesterday and
went to the store, where he found a boy
in charge. Tlie latter was shown a bill of
! sale and asked to vacate, but refused,
; stating that he also had a bill of sale. On
i examination it was found that some of
the stock and a large soda fountain were
missing. Being threatened with arrest
for larceny, tho boy produced the soda
! fountain. It is thought some one is at
the back of the bo>\ Willette left nu
merous creditors. The goods are now
being removed from the store by the
Constable aud the case will come before
The Crazo Catches on at San Ber
San Bernardino, Dee. 29. —Tho tug
of-war tournament commenced in this
city last night at the pavilion. Six teams
were entered. The first teams to pull
were the Riverside and the Highland
teams. This was won by ihe Highlands
in three and one-quarter minutes. The
second was between the San Bernardino
and Redland teams, which was won by
the Redlands in one hour and fourteen
minutes. The third and last teams to pull
were the Mound City and Santa Fe
teams, which was won by the Mound
City team in two hours and twenty-one
minutes. This latter was a grand contest
and a great test of endurance, as the knot
never went more than two inches over
the center either way for over two hours.
Tho Question of a Coast "Leagrne to bo
Discussed on Thursday.
San Francisco, Dec. 29.—The first
formal conference between representa
tives ofthe California and Pacific North
west baseball Leagues for the discussion
of the question ot consolidation will be
held in this city on Thursday morning.
, At this conference there will be present
Henry Harris, representing San Fran
cisco; M. E. Finn, representing San Jose;
W. E. Rockwell of tho Tacoma club, Mr.
Hardie, President of tne Seattle club, and
a representative of Portland.
Harris has preparei a schedule of
games, which provides lor the opemug
and closing games in this State. The
teams would be away from home nearly
live weeks on each trip, playing one week
aud a half in each eit\.
It has not yet been decided what Cali
fornia cities will be represented in the
league, but San Francisco and San Jose
will certainly be in it. The choice for the
i remaining city lies between Los Angeles
In the Northwest Portland, Tacoma
and Seattle will have teams. Spokane
; will be dropped, but Manager Barnes of
! that club will probably huve charge of
' one of the California teams.
Differences to be Adjusted.
San FaANCTSCQ, Deo. 29.—Grand Chief
Ramsey, of the Order of Railroad Tele
graphi rs, accompanied by a select com
■ mittee of seven, had another conference
| to-day with General Manager Towne of
the Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
j This committee was chosen from thirty
! sis delegates who are now here repre
! sen ting the various branches of the serv
ice on the entire system. A final confer
j once will be had to-morrow, at which
■ time the differences now existing in rela
| tion to the reinstate^ ent ot operators
: will be adjusted.
Death at a '.Ripe Old fftge.
Yr:xrriiA, Dee. 29.—Jose de la Rosa
| died here last night, aged LOS years. He
was born in old Mexico January."), 17SS.
; Be was educated for the priesthood, bnt
failed to enter upon tlie oihce. In early
! iife he became a printer, and was sent by
President Santa Ana in IS3I toMqnterey
with a printing outfit, the first brought to
] this State. Here he printed publicdocu
ntents. For many years he has been a
resident of Ventura. He was probably
the oldest printer in the world.
Hawkins Hold to Answer.
San Francisco, Dee. 20.—This morn
ing Judge Joachimson rendered his opin
! ion in tlie ease of Michael Hawkins. He
'■ said be was convinced the prisoner had
attempted to extort money from Mrs.
Donahue, and therefore held him to
j answer before the Superior Court. Bail
I was fixed at f_O,OOO, and Hawkins, not
! being able to secure bondsmen, was
transferred from the City Prison to the
San Francisco, Dec. 29.—8y invita
tion of tlie Department of Ramie Culture
in California, Walter T. Forbes of At
lanta, Ga., will introduce .in this State
his chemical and mechanical process of
treating lhe ramie plant. Forbes' process
has been mentioned by tlie United Stales
Department of Agriculture, and has been
tried successfully in Mexico. The result
ofthe experiments made will be pub
lished by the State Boarr". of Agricult
Murder In tlio Second Degree.
San Francisco, Dec. 2V'.—The jury in
tlie case of ex-Policeman Joseph Wallace,
charged with killing Saloon-keeper Al
bert Rice in June, 1889, returned a ver
dict of murder in the second degree this
morning, after being out all night. Judge
Troutt then sentenced Wallace to life im
prisonment at San Quentin. This was
Wallace's second trial. Onthe first trial
he was sentenced to hang, but obtained a
retrial on a technicality.
Fresno, Dec. 29.—Rumors of the capt
ure of Gratton Dalton, who recently es
caped from the County Jail, and who is
supposed to be one of the Ceres train rob
bers, are current every day. Sheriff
Heusley of this county went south on this
morning's train, as a report reached
here that Dalton had been seen I near
San Francisco, Dec. 29.—A dispatch to
to the Merchants' Exchango states that
the steamer Whitesboro is ashore at Little
River, Mendocino County. All hands
were saved. The steamer is a coaster en
gaged in transporting; railroad ties, and
was on the way to this city when she went
ashore. The extent of the damage is not
Death of a Wealthy Lady.
Oakland, Dec. 29.—Mrs. Catherine G.
Gareelon, who inherited the estate of tho
late Dr. Samuel Merritt, died to-day.
She was one of the richest women in the
State, as the property left by Dr. Merritt
was valued at three million dollars.
Xow Feather Biver Bridge.
YtBA City, Dec. 29.—The first team
crossed the new bridge, across the
Feather River, this evening. The bridge
will be completed in a few days.
GRAVES MURDER TRIAL.
Closing Argument of Conusel for the
Denver, Dec. 29.—1n the Graves trial
to-day, immediately before Judge Ris
ing's charge to tho jury, Mr. Pence began
his closing argument for the prosecution.
In the course of his remarks he said:
"You are determining an important
question of life and death. The law asks
you to take w"hat the law cannot give
again. The law requires you to be satis
lied without reasonable doubt before you
find him guilty. If Dr. Graves did'not
prepare the fatal draught that sent his
benefactor to death, aud you do not be
lieve he did from the evidence, then let
him go. It is not because counsel can
create a factor because the attorneys have
any right to insist upon any unfair con
clusion; it is because a solemn duty rests j
on us as well as you; it is because the law
requires us to seek the truth, and 'tis be
cause of this that counsel maj' be able to I
refresh your recollection so as to guide j
you toward the truth. With that notion
ofthe duty of counsel, I come before you.
"Is there any doubt that Josephine
Barnaby died the victim of poison? I
think not. I have no fear in saying, as
all the testimony showed that Mrs. Bar
naby did so die. Was it at the hand of
Dr. Graves, who had no allies to assist
him, but unaided or aided, was he tho
man ? That theory you are to solve.
There is no excuse for any juror in the
world to hesitate a moment In bringing
in a verdict that he poisoned this woman.
His relations with her began one year
beiore her husband's death. She was his
patient. It is evident to you, as it is to
me and to her children, that a husband
who has spent a long life with his wife
better understands her ueeds and the
proper limitations to be placed on her
after his death than the tramp interloper
who comes in after his death. Every
body knows Mr. Barnaby better knew
what was good for her when he made his
will than did those interlopers. But
little did he dream when he dictated his
will that in the city of Providence there
was an adventurer of a lawyer and a
tramp of a doctor who would rob the
woman while he was in his grave."
Pence spoke for five hours.
At the evening session Colonel Ballou ]
opened the argument for the defense, and I
spoke until a late hour, when court ad- i
journed until to-morrow.
Man and "Wife Asphyxiated.
Faroo (X. D.), Dec. 29.—Word has
been received that Mr. and Mrs. John
Brummells of Wild Rice were found dead
in bed this morning, having been
asphyxiated by escaping coal gas from a
stove. They leave nine young children,
some of whom are also sick from the
effects of the escaping gas.
UNREST IN RUSSIA.
Disturbance on the West Coast of
the Caspian Sea.
TROOPS FINALLY PUT AN END TO
j Gladstone Celebrates the Elgfhty-Sec- i
ond Anniversary of His Birth—The '<
"Lower llouso of the Japanese Diet
Dissolved on Account of Opposition
to Government Measures—The Col
onial Parliament of Victoria Pro
j "special to tho RKconn-Uxiox.
St. Pbteksbtjko, Dec. 29.—A dispatch j
; from Baku, on the west co.'ist of the Cas
, man Sea, states that a riot occurred there j
! which had its origin in ihe attempt of a
| mob to lynch a thief, caught in the act of '
; robbing s bazar. The mob would un
doubtedly have carried its intentions into !
i effect had not the police charged them, j
| and finally rescued him. The crowd then j
turned their attention to sacking tlie
j shops of the city. The police were abso
; Lately powerless, but the soldiers made
, short work of the rioters, charging upon
• them, heedless of the consequences. A !
large number of the crowd were injured,
some quite seriously. Order was restored
in a short time.
The Bower House Dissolved nnd Xow
Washi::- rox, Dec. 29. — Telegrams
have been received in this city announc
j ing that on the 25th inst. the House of
| Representatives of the Japanese Diet was
j dissolved by imperial order, under the
Constitution. The House of Peers was
prorogued, and a new election for mem
bers of the lower House will be held j
within five months. Tho Government
bases its action upon a desire to test pub- j
lie opinion concerning the policy of the !
popular party in the House of Repre- I
sentiuivcs, which, since tlie meeting last
month, indiscriminately opposed all I
Three distinct specifications are made
| in regard to the course the opposition
| pursue d: lirst, it insisted upon a whole
sale reduction in the national expend
iture, which, if adopted, would be fatal
to administrative efficiency; second, it
succeeded in postponing debate upon
urgent Government bills, especially
measures for the relief of sufferers by the
recent earthquakes and floods, and for
repair of river embankments wholly or
partially destroyed by the earthquakes,
which in their present condition threaten
irreparable disaster to large districts; and
third, it rejected without debate Govern
ment bills for national defense, for rail
way extension and for lightening local
taxation. 1 hese acts, the Government
states, betray a disregard for the national
welfare and a spirit antagonistic to the
proper discharge of the duties devolving
npon the Diet, and a dissolution of the
The Government, on its own responsi
bility, immediately issued an ordinance
for the relief of sufferers by earthquakes
and floods, and for the repair of river
embankments, appropriating over £4 -
000,000, in addition to £3,000,000 already
Colonial Parliament In Victoria Pro
Melbourne, Dec. 29.—The Governor
of Victoria prorogued the Colonial Par
liament to-day. His Excellency, in clos
ing said he regretted that difficulties had
arisen in dealing with the commonwealth
bill, but he believed the Federation of
Australian Colonies was only delayed,
not defeated. He added that the finan
cial prospects of the colony were prom
ising, and good reports were received
concerning the harvest.
Sypnev (N. S. W.), Dec. 29.—Extensive
bush fires have swept over the districts
of Albany, Wigga Wagga, Temora and
Mudgee, causing immense damage to
crops. A large number of livestock have
been burned to death.
Canadian and British Columbian Tribes
to Hold a Meeting.
Montreal, Dec. 29.—During the first
week in June next an extraordinary
gathering of Canadian Indians will take
place at Kamloops, in British Columbia.
There will be present about 7,000 Chris
tian Indians from various parts of Brit
ish Columbia, and probably a number of
pagan Indians. Rev. Father Lacombe
has organized this unique gathering, aud
during the week the "Passion Play" will
be presented by Christian Indians. This
performance is not, of course, the prime
reason for the gathering. There is under
stood to be a desire to meet one another,,
compare notes and consider educational
matters and progress in the arts of civili
Lottery Tickets Seized.
Ottawa (Out.), Dec. 29.—The Govern
ment made an important seizure of Lou
isiana and Mexican lottery tickets at
Montreal, for having been smuggled into
Canada, such articles being dutiable. The
man from whom they were seized is
named L. F. May. He pleaded that he
was simply a sub-agent for a Montreal
tobacconist, who was general agent for
the whole city. A long list of persons in
Montreal, chiefly tobacco and cigar deal
ers, wiio acted as sub-agents, has been
secured and interesting developments
London, Dec. 29.—Gladstone is S2 years
old to-day. Gladstone at present is at
Biarritz, a French watering-place on the
Bay of Biscay, where he is seeking to re
cruit his strength in order to perform the
Parliamentary duties before him.
Biarritz, Dec. 29.—The municipal au
thorities waited upon Gladstone to-day
and congratulated him upon the occasion
Off the anniversary of his birthday.
Fifteen members of the British Club also
called, presenting him v. ith a floral crown.
Peace and Friendship Toward All.
Constantinople, Dec. 29.—Owing to
the report that the entente arrived at be
tween Turkey, France and Russia was
an offset to the Triple Alliance, a semi
official Turkish note has been issued de
claring that the Porte will, as heretofore,
pursue a policy of peace and friendship
toward all powers, and endeavor to fulfill
international obligations, making no ex
ception in behalf ol any power.
Dublin, Dec. 29.—Redmond presided
at a meeting of the National League here
to-day. The members present cougratu- j
lated themselves and Redmond upon his
election. He declares the victory in
Waterford was the beginning of a revival
of the trust formerly placei in the Par-
nellites, and that the prospects of that sec
tion of the Irish party are now bright.
Loyal to Great Britain.
Nanopur (India), Dec. 29.—The Indian
National Congress opened hero to-day,
800 delegates being present. Expressions
of most earnest love and loyalty to Great
Britain were made at the opening. The
Marquis of Landsdowne, Viceroy of In
dia, has been making a tour of the coun
try, and has been everywhere received
with the warmest expression of loyalty
and devotion to British interests.
A Chinaman Fined.
Ottawa (Out.), Dec. 29.—The Minister
of Customs has inflicted a fine of $iv
upon a Chinaman at Victoria, B. C, for
endeavoring to defraud the department
by impersonating another individual
with the view of obtaining a permit to
return to Canada.
Machinery Out of Order.
London, Dec. 29.—The British steamer
Mentmore, from Liverpool, December
23d, for Baltimore, returned to Queens
town with her machinery out of order.
Tariff Bill Appro you.
Paris, Dec. 29.—The Chamber to-day
finally approved the tariff bill—_M) to 111..
DISASTER AT SKA.
I A British Captain Reports Seeing a
Passenger Steamer In Distress.
Norfolk (Va.), Dec. 29. - Captain Hop
! kins ofthe British steamer Ocean Queen,
I which arrived here alter ihe storm in
! which she lost four men, reported that
j lie saw a largo ocean steamer, which
• from all appearances was a passenger,
bound from Liverpool to New York, fly
! ing signals of distress. Owing to the
dense fog he was unable to go to her as
sistance. 'Alien the fog lifted nothing
could be seen of the steamer, and the
British Captain is positive she was
Norfolk (Vs.). Dec. 29.—Nothing is
known in -hipping circles here of the
wrecked steamer said to have been re- ]
ported by Captain Hopkins of the Ocean
Queen. There is no such vessel here
named the Ocean Queen.
Liquor to be Sold at Restaurants on
Chicago, Dec. 29.—A local paper says
liquor is to be sold at the World's Fair.
It was not known definitely until yester
day that the directors had agreed on a
liquor programme. President Baker
said : "It was definitely decided months
ago that liquor should be sold at the ex
position. It will only be on sale in the
restaurants." lt is stated by Director
Butler, Acting Chairman of'the Ways
and Means Committee, that no final action
was taken by his committee, but it is un
derstood by all members of the com
mittee that liquor is to be sold on the
grounds. The National Commission has
yet to be consulted in the matter.
NEW YORK LEGISLATURE.
DECISION RENDERED IN THE CON
Tlie Democrats Gain Control of Both
Special to the RKCORD-UNrow.
Albany, Dec. 29. — A decision was
handed down this afternoon by the Court
of Appeals in the contested election cases,
which appears to give the Democrats con
trol of the Senate. In the Onondaga
Senatorial and Assembly Districts the
Democratic candidates get certificates; in
the Steuben Senatorial District the court
holds Sherwood ineligible; but William
A. Sutherland, the Republican's attor
ney, however, says the court's opinion
says that the board cannot give a certifi
cate to Walker, the Democratic candi
date. In the Rensselaer County Sena
torial District, Derby, the Republican
candidate, will get a certificate. In the
Dutchess County District, Judge Cady,
counsel for Deane, says the court's de
cision says, while the"Mylod" certificate
could be canvassed, so far as regards its
form, yet the allegations as to its truth
fulness and regularity on behalf of the
Republicans havo not been met by the
Democrats, and therefore the State Board
Of Canvassers should await another re
turn from Dutchess County.
The decisions have caused great con
sternation among the Bepublicans, but
they have not yet given up the fight and
the leaders are now in consultation as to
what is best to be done.
The Democrats are jubilant and a
prominent one says: "Hereafter the
Republican party in this State will be a
dream of the past so far as its political
The Democrats have now complete con
trol of the .State government, and an
enumeration bill will be rushed through
and at once followed by a reapportion
ment and redisricting bill.
The Democratic counsel claim, under the
court's decision, the State Board of Can
vassers can givo a certificate to Walker,
the Democratic candidate for Senator in
Steuben district. In Dutchess district
they agree with the Republicans, that the
State board of Canvassers must await a
modified certificate front Dutchess County
before canvassing the vote in that dis
The State Board ot Canvassers have not
yet met, but the members are in consulta
tion, having the court's decisions and
opinions beiore them.
The excitement is intense about the
office of the Secretary of Stato. The Re
publican lawyers are all present, as well
as politicians of high and low degree.
An immense crowd of lawyers and
politicians gathered arouud the ante
room to the Court of Appeals early in
the forenoon awaiting the decision.
When noon passed without the appear
ance of the Justices, the Republicans be
gan to lose hope, since it indicated that, a
council was being held, aud as the court
stands five to two Democratic, the Re
publicans knew a dispute on party lines
was fatal to them. The Justices finally
appeared at 1:30, and handed down docu
ments which were carried to the office of
the Secretary of "State, where tho opnos
ing lawyers struggled for some time to
learn what lay within the fifteen thou
sand words of legal verbiage. The result
was as given above.
When the Board of Canvassers met
this evening they awarded a certificate
in the fifteenth district to Osborn, Demo
crat; in the sixteenth to Derby, Repub
lican: in the twenty-fifth to Mitchell,
Democrat. In the twenty-seventh no
award was made, the board leaving it to
the Senate to determine whether any
candidate was elected. In view of the
decision of the Court of Appeals Sher
wood (Republican) is ineligible.
With this district in abeyance, the Sen
ate will stand: Democrats 10, Republicans
15, one doubtful (Sherwood's district).
The importance of tho Democrats con
trolling the Senate is national, and may
possibly decide the next Presidential
election, as there will surely.be a reap
portionment of the State by the Demo
Death of an Aired Minister.
Chardon (O.), Dec. 29.—News was re
ceived here to-day of the death of Rev.
Wm. Potter at the age of 95. "Father"
Potter was the oldest Congregational
minister in the world. His ministerial
age was 71 years, 9 months aud 12 days.
WHOLE XO. 15,GG5.
Fight Between Moonshiners and
United States Officers.
TWO MEN KILLED AND ONE MOR
By a Mistake in Train Orders a Dis
astrous Collision Occurred Between
Two Freight Trains on the Hanni
bal and St. .Joseph Road, Near Chil
licothe, Missouri, Resulting In Four
Men Being Killed, Two Fatally In
jured and a Number of Cattle
Roastod to Death.
Special to the Rkcohd-Union.
Mkm mis iTenn.t, Dec. 29.—An Appeal
special from Gadsden. Ala., says: Meager
details have been received of a bloody
encounter Dear here last evening between
lnited States Commissioner Charlson
and twelve deputies and a gang of moon
shiners. The officers located a still in a
Sand Mountain gorge, and awaited dusk
for an attack. As they approached the
moonshiners opened fire with Winches
ters from behind a barricade. The offi
cers returned the fire, but were unable to
fight against the heavy odds, and were
forced to retreat, it is learned to-day
that Moonshiners Kirk and Sprouse were
killed, and United States Marshal Jack
sou mortally wounded.
Mnch More Importance Being At
tached to Garza's Raid.
St. Lours, Dec. 29.—A Republic's San
Antonio special says: Much more im
portance is now attached to Garza's raid.
Captain Bourke is authority for the state
ment that every Mexican on the Amer
ican side is a supporter of Garza, and tho
masses of Northern Mexico are
similarly inclined. The fact that
Garza continues to recruit fol
lowers from the American side in
creases the responsibility of the American
Government in permitting violations of
the neutrality laws, and the American
officials concerned are much worried.
All available American troops, it is said,
are out now, and General Stanley had in
structions that, if necessary, to use all
the men in his department.
Authentic information has been re
ceived that Garza and his men are being
protected by Mexican ranchers in Texas,
but the bands are so badly scattered, and
the troops so watchful, that it will be im
possible for him to throw any large body
iuto Mexico at one point, as has been his
Captain Hardie and troop reported from
Alice this morning that they had been
scouting up and down "the river,
but nothing of importance was
discovered. At Rio Grande City
warrants have been issued again, t
(iarza's men for the killing of Corporal
Kdstroni, and several suspicious charac
ters have been arrested, As matters look
now exciting developments may be ex
pected in a short time, as the Lnited
states troops are likely to come into con
tact with the revolutionists soon.
MEXICAN TROOPS REVOLT.
New Orleans, Dec. 29t—A Picayune's
Brownsville (Tex.) special says: Rumors
from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande
are to the effect that 4,000 Mexican Gov
ernment troops stationed at Mier, have
revolted, killed the commanding officers,
and are off to join Garza's band!
MISTAKE IN TRAIN ORDERS.
Fatal Collision Between Freight Trains
Oiileicothe (Mo.), Dec. 29. — By a
mistake in train orders a disastrous col
lision occurred between two freight trains
on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad,
seven miles east from here early this
morning, resulting in the death of four
trainmen and the fatal wounding of two
The dead are: Engineer Busbee, Fire
man Barry, Fireman Price and Brake
Brakeman Bell and Engineer Nannan
Eleven cars filled with cattle were
wrecked. The wreck caught fire and tho
poor animals slowly roasted to death.
Two Negroes Killed.
Bcnkie (La.), Dec. 29.—Yesterday a
Constable and deputy, in trying to arrest
a negro, were fired upon and both
wouuded. The Sheriff to-day, with a
posse, attempted to arrest the negroes
who did the shooting. They had taken
refuge in a cabin where there were a
number of other negroes. As the officers
approached the negroes fired, one white
man being wounded. The posse then
fired, killing two negroes, the others dis
persing, most of them surrendering to
the Sheriff. Further trouble is appre
Baby's Body Found in a Trunk.
Rockaway Beach (L. I.), Dee. 29.—An
old leather trunk, around which was a
stout rope, was found imbedded in tho
sand at low-water mark, opposite tho
Ocean House yesterday, by Charles
Young, Jr. Young opened the trunk and
was surprised to lind the body of a col
ored infant, apparently three weeks old.
The trunk evidently had been washed up
by the tide.
Blown "Up With Dynamite.
Altoona (Pa.), Dec, 29.—The Clear
field Hotel livery stable was blown up
with dynamite early this morning. Tho
debris took fire and spread to tho adjoin
ing property, destroying live other build
ings and consuming eight horses. The
greatest excitement prevailed, as it was
feared by the people that an organized at
tempt to destroy the city was beiug made.
Five-Ycnr-Old Morphine Eater.
Plain field (Ind.), Dec. 29.—-Keeley
Institute at this place has something of a
curiosity in the shape of a patient five
years old who is a confirmed morphino
eater. The child has beeu fed poison
from its infancy to make it sleep, and the
serious consequences are easily to bo
Denver, Dec. 29.—A Times special
from Load ville, Col., says: A snowslide
occurred at Alicante, a mining'camp ten
miles from here, last night. John A.
Samms was instantly killed, and a num
ber of other men were severely injured.
Several cabins were demolished.
Philadelphia, Dec. 29.—The N. <£
G. Taylor Company, which has been op
erating a small tin-plate factory here,
to-day completed arrangements for the
erection in this city, which, when com
pleted, will be the largest establishment
ofthe kind iv the United States.
A Dozen Men Injured.
Loxo Island City (N. Yd, Dec. _9.
This afternoon a new building in course
of erection on Ninth street and Jackson
avenue collapsed, injuring a dozen men.