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VOLUME XC-NO. 114.
THE FINANCIAL QUESTION.
It las the Burning Subject of Discussion
in the Senate Yesterday.
Mitchell of Oregon Drifts Into Stormy
Waters of Finance,
Aivulng That If the Secretary of the
Treasury Had Exercised the Pls
cretlon Vested in Him. and Re
deemed Greenbacks and Treasury
Notes Either In Gold or Silver,
That Would Have Put a Stop to the
Redemption of Such Notes.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31.—Although
the financial question was not directly
before the Senate to-day for consider
ation, all the points discussed had refer
ence to that burning subject. In a
speech in support of his resolution,
looking to an additional rate of duty
on raw wool, Mr. Mitchell (Rep.) of Ore
gon drifted into the stormy waters of
finance, and argued that if the Secre
tary of the Treasury had exercised the
discretion vested in him» and redeemed
greenbacks and treasury notes, either
in gold coin or in silver coin, as might
be most convenient, that would have
put a stop to the redemption of such
When Mr. Hill (Dem.) of New York
M :ted, apropos of that argument,
that < v. r since ls"<!> it had been the cus
tom of .11 the Secre*" - ?s of the Treas
ury to redf greenbacks in gold, the
statement was contradicted by Mr.
Coekrell (Dem.) of Missour', who stated
that such redemption began in October,
lN'.U— never before —and added that
Senator Sherman had offered an
amendment in the Senate to redeem, re
tire and* cancel greenbacks with silver
dollars; and that Secretary Carlisle had
stated before the House Committee on
Appropriations in January, 1805, that
if, in the beginning, the Secretary of
the Treasury had exercised his discre
tion of paying these notes either in
gold or silver, at his convenience, it
would have operated well and been of
Mr. Coekrell repeated, with great
pt>eitiveness, that no Secretary of the
Treasury had ever until October, 1891,
yielded the option to the holders of
United States notes to require pay
ment in gold regardless of conse
After speeches by Mr. Mitchell and by-
Mr. Nelson (Rep.) of Minnesota, the
resolution as to additional rate of duty
on raw wool was referred to the Com
mittee on Finance.
Resolutions as to the maintenance of
the reserve fund of $100,000,000
in gold coin or bullion, and prohibit
ing the issue of United States bonds un
der private contract, were offered —the
first by Mr. Sherman and the second
by Mr. Elkins, and went over till next
Perkins (Rep.) of California offered
a resolution instructing the Finance
Committee to report an amendment to
the House revenue bill providing for an
additional duty on raw sugar equal to
the proposed increase on other articles,
and asked for its immediate considera
Berry (Dem.) of Arkansas objected,
and it went over.
Pettigrew (Rep.) of South Dakota in
troduced a bill, which was referred -to
the Finance Committee, to cancel re
deemed United States legal tender
Morrill (Rep.) of Vermont moved that
when the Senate adjourn it adjourn
till Friday next, remarking that the Fi
nance Committee desired to meet on
Thursday to consider the House bond
and tariff bills. The motion was
The following resolution was offered
by Sherman (Rep.) of Ohio, who gave
notice that he would address the Senate
upon it next Friday:
Resolved, That by injurious legisla
tion by the Fifty-third Congress, the
revenues of the Government were re
duced below its necessary expendi
tures, and the fund created by law for
the redemption of the United States
notes has been invaded to supply such
deficiencies of reserve; that such a mis
application of resumption '.unds is of
doubtful legality and is greatly injuri
ous to the public credit, and should be
prevented by restoring said fund to the
sum of not less than $100,000,000 in
gold coin or bullion (to be segregated
from all other funds) to be paid out only
in the redemption of United States
notes, and such notes, when redeemed,
to be reissur-d only in exchange for gold
coin and bullion.
The resolution heretofore offered by-
Chan Jler (Rep.) of New Hampshire as
to prices paid for armor vessels of the
navy whether they were higher than
charged by the same contractors to
foreign Governments, and as to Gov
ernment officers being interested in
patents used in its manufacture, was
taken up, and Chandler modified it at
the suggestion of Gorman (Dem.) of
Maryland, by omitting the clause as to
lower prices charged to foreign Gov
ernments, Gorman explaining that the
facts were made known at the last ses
sion, and were that it had deemed
very desirable for United states manu
facturers to compete with English and
German manufacturers for a single
Russian vessel, and that armor had
been supplied at a loss.
The resolution was then agreed to.
The resolution heretofore offered by
Mitchell (Rep.) of Oregon, instructing
the Finance Committee to report an
amendment to the House tariff bill im
posing a duty on raw wool, was taken
up, and Mitchell addressed the Senate
Tne debate soon turned into a finan
cial colloquy, in which Messrs. Hill.
Mitchell and Chandler took part.
, Nelson (Rep.) of Minnesota followed
Mitchell in a sp>eeeh on the wool and
At the close of his remarks, Mitchell's
resolution was referred to the Finance
Elkins of West Virginia (Rep.) of
fered a resolution declaring that it is
the sense of the Senate that hereafter
no bonds of the United States shall be
sold at private sales, or under private
contract, and that in any case of any
sale of bonds under existing laws it
shall be made only after due advertise
ment and of proposals being invited,
and then only to the highest, bidder.
He asked for its immediate considera
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Hill o.* New York (Dem.) objected,
and the resolution went over.
The Senate, at 2:30 p. m., adjourned
until Friday next.
IN THE HOUSE.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31.—Many
more members of the House were pres
ent in their seats to-day- than were ex
pected to hear the journal of yester
day's proceedings read and to vote in
favor of the motion to adjourn until
That constituted the entire pro-'
gramme of business, and the session
lasted just twelve minutes. About 100
members were on the floor. There was
also present H. Dudley Coleman of New
Orleans, a member of the Fifty-first
Congress, and now contesting Buck's
right to a seat in the Fifty-fourth Con
No Decision Yet Reached on Its Mem
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31.—N0 in
formation whatever can be obtained at
the White House as to whether the Pres
ident has yet come to any decision in
regard to the membership of the Vene
zuelan Commission, either as to number
or personnel. Both are left absolutely
at the discretion of the President by the
terms of the resolution, without even
the necessity of communicating with
the Senate on the matter. The exact
text of the resolution as adopted by
both houses of Congress was as follows:
"Be it enacted by the Senate and
House of Representatives of the United
States of America, in Congress assem
bled, that the sum of $100,000, or „so
much thereof as may be necessary, be
and the same is hereby appropriated
for the expenses of a commision to be
appointed by the President to investi
gate and report upon the true divisional
line between the Republic of Venezuela,
and British Guiana."
It will thus be seen that authentic in
formation as to the composition of ihe
commission can only proceed from vwo
sources, the President or the person to
vhom he tenders the office. The Presi
dent has not spoken, and there is r.o
good reason to believe that any one of
the gentlemen whose names have been
widely mentioned in connection with
the position has authorized a statement
to be made on his behalf.
The circumstantial story sent out
some days ago that the President had
tendered one place on the commission to
Richard H. Alvey of Maryland, Chief
Justice c" the Court of Appeals of the
District t Columbia, and that he was
holding Lie matter under advisement,
turns out to be entirely untrue, and it
is quite possible that the other names
mentioned may be equally composed of
gossip and guesswork.
Dismissed From the Army In Accord
ance With Court-Martial Findings.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31.—Lieuten
ant Samuel S. Pague of the Fifteenth
Infantry Regiment was to-day dis
missed from the United States army in
accordance with the findings of a
The charge on which Lieutenant
Pague was tried was based on an at
tempt made by him on the life of the
commanding officer of his regiment,
Colonel Crofton, at Fort Sheridan, near
Chicago, where the Fifteenth Infantry
is stationed. The verdict of the court
martial was "guilty," and yesterday
afternoon President Cleveland ap
proved this finding.
The attempt made by Lieutenant
Pague to kill Colonel Crofton was sen
sational. At the time of the happening
last summer it was stated at Fort
Sheridan that the Lieutenant had
rushed upon Colonel Crofton while the
latter was commanding his regiment
on dress parade, and fired at him with
a revolver. At the trial, however, it
was shown that the attempt was made
in the apartments of Lieutenant Pague,
whore Colonel Crofton was making a
call on Mrs. Pague. Lieutenant Pague
tried to shoot the Colonel, but was dis
armed. He managed to fire a shot,
however, when Colonel Crofton had
left his quarters, and the bullet passed
through the Colonel's coat.
Lieutenant Pague claimed that Col
onel Crofton's attentions to Mrs. Pague
had not been proper. After the con
clusion of the trial a medical examin
ation of Lieutenant Pague to determine
j his sanity was held, but the result in
dicated that the Lieutenant was ad
' dieted to the use of intoxicating liquors.
There is much sincere sorrow felt for
i Lieutenant Pague among army officers.
! who describe him as frank, manly and
! courageous. He was born in Ohio and
was appointed to the military academy
from that State. He was graduated in
NEW BOND LOAN.
Who Will Probably be Buyers if the
Issue I< Ma ie.
NEW YORK, Dec. T.l.—The report
that the bond syndicate contract with
the Government for the sale of $100,
--000,000 new four-per-cent. bonds had
been signed is premature, so say leading
bankers. The subscriptions lor the new
loan, according to banking officials,
foot up anywhere from $100,000,000 to
f1 r>.~>.000,000. Report has it that J. P.
Morgan has secured $25,000,000 of this
amount, and James Stillman of the City
Bank an equal amount. The Deutsche
Bank of Berlin is credited with being
ready, to take another $25,000,000. A
rumor was current that Russell Sage
was personally interested in the syndi
cate to the extent of $10,000,000, but
this was subsequently denied.
CRIME IN MISSISSIPPI
Two Netrroes Lynched in Different
Parts of the Southern State.
MERIDIAN (Miss.). Dec. 31.—Jim
Lynch, a negro farm-hand, residing
twenty miles east of this place, was
taken in the woods by about twenty
five determined white men last night,
and after being whipped with a cow
hide until the blood was streaming
from his body, was shot to death.
Lynch had been making some very in
decent remarks about two ladies, wives
of respectable farmers in the vicinity.
JACKSON (Miss.). Dec. 31.—News
has just been received of the lynch
ing yesterday of Andrew Brown, a ne
gro ex-convict and notorious cattle
thief in Simpson County. Brown at
tempted to sell three fat cattle at West
ville. was arrested and Constables
started with him to a Justice of the
Peace, near where the theft was com
mitted. En route he was taken from
the officers by a mob. swung to a tree
and riddled with bullets.
Great Britain's Finances.
LONDON, Dec. 31.—The treasury re
turns issued to-night show that the net
increase in the revenue for three-quar
ters of the fiscal year amounts to £6,
AN AWFUL DISASTER.
Terrible Results of an Explosion in a Mine
in Prussian Silesia.
Twenty-One Dead Bodies Already Taken
Out of the Pit.
Seventy Injm*ed Persons Also Ac
counted For, While Seventeen
Others are Yet Missing—The Street
Bull way Trouble at Philadelphia
Again Assuming a Serious Phase.
BERLIN, Dec. 31.—An explosion oc
curred in a coal mine at Wrangle, Prus
sian Silesia, yesterday, causing the
death of a large number of workmen.
Twenty-one dead have already been
taken out of the pit.
Altogether seventy injured persons
have been taken out of the mine, and
'in addition to the dead and injured ac
counted for, seventeen others are miss
Railway Employes Dissatisfied With
the Terms of Settlement.
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 31.—When
the street railway strike was declared
off a week ago and the strikers returned
to work, it was the understanding that
they were to have a hearing from the
Union Traction Company officials, at
which hearing the grievances of the
men could be presented. This hearing
was given last night, a committee of
the employes having a conference with
General Manager Beetem, which lasted
several hours. The result of the confer
ence, as stated in these dispatches last
i night, was disappointing to the men,
particularly the refusal of the General
Manager to grant them $2 for a ten-hour
working day. Mr. Beetem consented to
give the men that struck their old runs,
and to put the non-union men on as ex
The propositions of Mr. Beetem will
be submitted to a meeting of the strik
ers for action. Meanwhile the strike
leaders anticipate considerable opposi
tion from the men to these proposi
tions, and this afternoon the Execu
tive Committee of the strikers met and
drew up an address to the Christian
League, Universa 1 Peace Union,
Women's Healtr T rotective Associa
tion, Woman's .ion in Interest in
Labor, Single-T .x Society, Wesleyan
Brotherhood, Young Men's Congress
and Mrs. Dora Worthington Bellews.
The address follows:
"Acting upon the advice of yours and
many other leading societies in Phila
delphia in bringing to a close the strike
wnich was inaugurated to bring about
our just demands, being assured that
if we would peaceably return to work
that they would assist us in every way
In their power to secure our demands,
which they felt were the first and right,
we now appeal at this time for your as
sistance, as we have been making
every effort in our power to secure
:hese demands, but so far have been
"Our men have become restless and
impatient. We fear the worst, and
would kindly ask you to lend us your
assistance and aid in bringing about a
just and amicable adjustment of these
The situation seems to have assumed
a serious phase, and another strike of
the motormen and conductors may oc
cur. President Mai on of the Amalgam
ated Association admits that the pros
pects for a peaceful adjustment of the
differences between the men and the
rr, ~" 'tion Company is doubtful,
but l. using all his powers of per
suasio oward furthering a policy of
A talk * with a number of the
members of the committee which
waited upon General Manager Beetem
evidenced that the general sentiment
was in favor of rejecting the proposi
tions of the Traction Company, and de
manding $2 for a day of ten hours. The
demand of the men will be refused. On
this point the company is firm. If
another strike takes place the com
pany will fight the men to the bitter
NEW YEAR GIFTS.
Great Britain's Queen Confers Honors
on Two of Her Subjects.
LONDON, Dec. 31.—1n accordance
with the usual custom of conferring
honors on the occasion of the new year,
the Queen has elevated to the peerage
i Sir Frederick Leighton, President of the
Royal Academy, and Henry Hucks
Gibbs, formerly a member of the House
of Commons, and later a director of the
Bank of England. Mr Gibbs has been
a large donor to the purse of the Con
Her majesty also appointed Alfred
Austin poet laureate, an office which
has been vacant since the death of Lord
Tennyson on October G, 1802. Alfred
Austin, the new poet laureate, is a poet,
critic and journalist. He was born at
Headingley, near Leeds, May 30, 1835.
His father was a merchant and magis
trate of the Borough of Leeds, and his
mother was the sistar of Joseph Locke,
the eminent civil engineer and Member
of Parliament. Both his parents being
Roman Catholics, he was sent to Stony
i hurst College and afterward to St.
Mary s College, Oscott. From Oscott he
took his degree at the University of
London in 1853, and in 1857 he was
called to the bar cf the inner temple.
But the publication, although anony
mously, of a poem entitled "Ran
dolph," when he was 18 years of age,
showed the bent of his disposition, and
it muy be stated, on the authority of
Mr. Austin himself, that he ostensibly
embraced the study of law only in def
erence to the wishes of his parents, and
from his earliest years was imbued with
the desire and determination to devote
his life mainly to literature. The ex
pression of this resolve Is found in a
novel written and while he
was yet a minor. On the death of his
father in 1801 he quitted the northern
j circuit and went to Italy. His poetical
productions are: "The Human Trag
edy," 1802, republisned in an amended
form in 1870, and again finally revised
in 1880: "The Golden Age" (a satire).
1*71; "Interludes." 1872; "Rome or
Death," 1873; "Madonna's Child," 1873;
"The Tower of Babel" (a drama), 1874;
"Leszke. the Bastard" (a tale of Polish
grief), 1877; "Savonarola" (a tragedy),
1881; "Soliloquies in Song," "At the
Gate of the Convent," "Love's Widow
hood" and "English Lyrics," all pub
lished between 1881 and 1890.
He has published three novels, "Five
Years of It," 1858: "An Artist's Proof,"
1804, and "Won by a Head," I860; also,
"The Poetry of the Period," reprinted
from "Templebar," 1870, and "A Vindi
cation of Lord Byron," 1800, occasioned
by Mrs. Stowt's article, "The True
Story of Lord Byron's Life." He has
written much for the London "Stand
ard" and for the "Quarterly Review."
During the sittings of the Ecumenical
Council of the Vatican he represented
the "Standard" at Rome, and he was a
special correspondent of that journal at
the headquarers of the King of Prussia
in the Franco-German wan
South Africa Troubles.
LONDON, Dec. 31.—The "Morning
Post" will to-morrow publish a dispatch
from Vienna saying that a telegram
from Pretoria, Capital of the Transvaal,
states that a force of the British South
Africa company, numbering 800 men
and armed with Maxim and other guns,
is reported to have entered the Trans
vaal. This force is said to have reached
the vicinity of Rustenburg and intends
to march on Johannesburg. President
Kruger has ordered that its advance
be forcibly prevented, and has issued
a proclamation appealing to the
Burghers to defend their country. The
dispatch adds that fighting seems in
Fatal Railway Accident.
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 31.—At 10 p. m. to
night an I'linois Central passenger
train ran into the rear of a Wabash
passenger in the tunnel. Fireman
Henry Rothwiler was instantly killed
and Engineer Milton Whit* 3 and Ex
press Messenger J. G. Chamoers were
Fatal Shock of Earthquake.
NAPLES, Dec. 31.—A severe shock
of earthquake was felt at Cicciano,
near the city of Nola, in the province of
Caserta, on Sunday. A number of
house were thrown down, several per
sons were killed and many others in
Cholera at St. PetershurSf.
ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 31—The of
ficial cholera statistics for the week
ending December 27th show seventy
nine new cases and fifty deaths from
ON THE TURF.
Results of Yesterday's Races at the
Bay District Track.
The Opening Event Won by La Mas
cota, a Hundred-to-Ono Shot-
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 31.—The
openinj race at the Bay District to-day
was captured by the 100 to 1 shot La
Mascota, who beat me even money fa
vorite, Mount McGregor 11., in a gallop.
Three of the six favorites won. Semper
Lex took the mile and a quarter handi
cap in a drive from E. H. Shirley, a DO
to 1 chance, covering the distance in
coast record time. The weather was
fine and the track bullet fast.
3ive furlongs, maiden two-year-olds.
La Mascota (100 to 1) won, Mount Mc-
Gregor 11. (even) second, El Carmen (7
to 1) third. Time—l:ol%. Ollie M.,
Japan, The Swain, Afflatus, Rejected,
Mabel L., Huntress also ran.
Five and a half furlongs, selling,
Hiram Argo (15 to 1) won, Adam (3 to ">)
second, Jake Johnson (50 to 1> third.
Time—l:oß%. ;Polaski, Montalvo, My
Sweetheart, Corinne Buckingham, Syn
dicate, George Dickenson, Jim Corbett,
Fijian, Fin Slaughter also ran.
About six furlongs, two-year-olds,
Giatify (2 to 1) won, Kamsin (1 to 2)
second, Benham (75 to 1) third. Time—
102& Cardwell, Billy McCloskey,
Peru also ran.
One and a quarter miles, handicap,
Semper Lex (7 to 5) won, E. H. Shir
ley (50 to 1) second, Claudius (20 to 1)
third. Time—2:o 7 3 /4. Fred Gardner,
Santiago, Dungarven also ran.
Six and a half furlongs, selling,
Rosebud (3 to 5) won, Raindrop (50 to 1)
second, Miss Norma (15 to 1) third.
Time—l:22. Miss Ruth, Imp. Ivy,
Miss Garvin, Fortuna, Mamie Scott,
Minnie also ran.
Five furlongs, maiden two-year-olds,
Minnie (2y 2 to 1) won, Big Chief (4 to
1) second, Hagar (4 to 1) third. Time —
1:02%. Harry 0., Peixotto, Brigantine,
Yon Dunk, Wicki Wicki, Colleen
Bawn also ran.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 31.—Follow
ing are the entries and weights at the
I Bay District track to-morrow:
First race, eleven-sixteenths of a mile,
selling. Lady Splendor (03), Vernon
(103), Irma (101), Fin Slaughter (107),
Syndicate (97), Triumph (05), My
I Sweetheart (105), Swiftsure (107). Char
i treuse I. (03), Orphan Boy (104), Hills-
I dale Chief (102), Two Cheers (107), Co
rinne Buckingham (105).
Second race, one mile, two-year-olds,
selling, Montalvo (105), St. Lee (85), Ed
Kearney (110). Janus (110), Instigator
(94), Joe K. (85).
Third race, seven-eighths of a mile,
handicap, Joan (108), Unity (100), Ben
ham (102), Lucretia Borgia (302), Ferris
Hartman (100). Caliente (90), La Viente
j (OS), Don Pio Pico (05).
Fourth race, Rosemeade Stakes,
I elf yen-sixteenths of a mile, two-year-
I olds, Long Lady (108), Belle Boyd (108),
j Una Que Amo (100), Heartsease (108),
!La Flecta (05), Marionette (108), Clara
Johnson (100), Carara (100), Santa
Bella (115), Miss Brummel (10S), Mar
jorie (108), Nevere (100), Argentina
(112), Josephine 11. (100).
Fifth race, Del Monte Steeplechase,
short course. Red Will (153), Colonel
Weightman (128), St. Brandson (139),
Templemore (130), The Lark (165), J.
O. C. (133), Cooper (10!)), Oiagon
Eclipse (13(5). Wyandotte (107).
Sixth race, about three-fourths of a
milt, handicap, Star Ruby (115), Mc-
Light (112), Ferrier (112), Derfargilla
(111), George Miller (105), Mainstay
(100), Blue Bell (100), Morven (95), Bel
licoso (95), Quirt (90), Bromotte (87),
Hueneme (85). Midlo (90).
AT NEW ORLEANS.
NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 31.—Sum
maries: One mile, Potsdam won, Sir
John second, McKee third. Time—
One and one-quarter miles, St. Leo
won, Billy McKmzie second, Redcap
Six furiongs, Merry Nell won. Kirk
second. Waterman third. Time—l:2o*4-
Mile and twenty yards, James V. Car
ter won, Ashland second, Hibernia
Queen third. Time—l:so.
Seven furlongs, Bob Neville won.
Price Williams second, Willis third.
TRAGEDY IN COLORADO.
A Shooting Affray Occurs at the Mining
Camp of Victor,
In Which Two People Are Killed and
Several Otheis Wounded.
The First Trouble the Little Town
Has Had Since Its Origin-Tho
Manager of a Theater Accuses One
of the Audience of Being the Leader
of a Gang Who Had Threatened to
Clean Out the Place, and a Pitched
CRIPPLE CREEK (Col.), Jan. I.—A
shooting affray last night (Tuesday) in
the Union Theater in the little mining
camp of Victor, a few miles out, threw
the place into great excitement. Early
in the evening the toughs of the town
gave it out they would clean out the
Union, and when Manager Smith of the
theater accused Tom Pascoe, one of the
audience, of being the leader, a pitched
battle was precipitated.
The killed are: George Smith, mana
ger of the theater; Tom Pascoe.
The wounded are: George Ferguson,
will die; "Shorty" Johnson, bartender,
shot in the leg; and ex-Deputy Mar
shal William Matheny, shot in the
chest, will recover.
All the men were more or less drunk.
Smith and Ferguson were old time ene
mies, and this tact is given as the cause
for the trouble. Twenty-three shots
Victor has always borne an excellent
reputation .'*.s a mining camp, free from
saloon brawls and shooting affrays.
Saloons and dance halls have been run
ning night and day ever since the camp
started, and to-night is the first trouble
the town has had.
The programme at the Union was
progressing as usual, and was about
half finished, when Manager Smith
came in from his office, and walked to
a table at which were seated five or six
men. One of them was Tom Pascoe, a
well-known man about the camp. Smith
accused him of being the leader of a
gang of toughs, which were scattered
about the theater, and told him he had
heard the toughs had come down to
clean out the place. The lie was passed
instantly, and in a jiffy a dozen pistols
were flashing in the gas light.
Before anyone could interfere Pas
coe had brought his pistol to a level
with Smith's head and let its contents
go. Smith dropped on his knee, and as
he fell he was seen to draw his gun. A
report rang out, and Pascoe reeled and
fell almost directly across Smith. The
shooting then became general, and
when the smoke had cleared away the
extent of the damage was known.
Nearly every light in the place had been
shot out, and it was some time before
sufficient lamps could be obtained to
allow the Marshal to see who had been
killed. It is remarkable that but two
were killed, as bullet marks are every
Some of the wounded left the place
for their camps without saying who
they were, and a full list of the injured
cannot be obtained.
12:30 a. m— The town is all excite
ment over the shooting to-night, and
further bloodshed is not improbable.
Second street is being paraded by men
armed with Winchesters.
Not a Success Financially, But a Great
Benefit to the South.
ATLANTA (Ga.), Dec. 31.—The final
day of the exposition opened with a
clear sky. During the early morning
the temperature was very low, but after
the sun rose the weather moderated
rapidly, and the cars to the exposition
were all filled.
The grounds were thronged with peo
ple. Many of the exhibitors had a small
harvest in the sale of souvenirs, while
the Chinese village auctioned off its
bric-a-brac. The exhibits were all in
good shape, and were not disturbed un
til after dark.
During the afternoon camels and don
keys of Cairo street were driven out,
but most of the places on the Midway
were wide open, and doing a good busi
ness. Altogether, the crowd was one
of the largest during December.
There was no ceremonial. There had
been so much of ceremony heretofore
that it was determined to let the last
day be a free and easy affair, so that the
visitors might make the best of their
time in seeing the exhibits. This even
ing the beautiful illumination was
given, and the electric fountain for the
last time displayed its charms. Al
though there was a large crowd, the
best of order prevailed, and everybody
seemed to be in a good humor.
The directors held a session at 4
o'clock and transacted some business
It is expected that the work of pack
ing and shipping exhibits in the Gov
ernment building will proceed rapidly.
In the manufacturers' building the for
eign exhibitors will attempt to dispose
of their wares as far as possible before
Mr. Inman, Chairman of the Finance
Committee, said the exposition, when
the debts are paid, will have cost At
lanta $200,000, or less than 10 per cent,
of the money expended on the fair.
This includes the original stock sub
scription and the appropriation of the
city. This Is regarded as very satisfac
tory. It is estimated that the immedi
ate benefit to Atlanta in money ex
pended here by exposition visitors
amounts to $r>,000,000, and that the ul
timate benefit to the city and the Cot
ton States is immeasurably beyond this
A BIG LANDSLIDE.
It Causes a Serious Accident on the
WILLIAMSPORT (Pa.), Dec. 31—A
big landslide occurred two and a half
miles east of Georgetown on the Penn
sylvania Railroad at 3:30 this after
noon just as a freight train came along.
The train was caught by the slide, and
the engine and five cars were carried
from the tracks down into the river.
Six other cars were buried in the slide,
which was about 300 feet long and 27>
feet deep in places.
Five men were hurt, and have been
taken to the hospital at Sunbury. En
gineer Bailey Kennedy had his left an
kle sprained, right knee broken and
WHOLE JtfO. 16,914.
hand cut; firema.i Galvin Cooper, right
leg badly bruised; brakeman 11. F.
Schure, shoulder bruised; Conductor W.
B. Sheets, eye cut.
A tramp, who gave his name as Harry
Angle of Philadelphia, an electric line
man, who was stealing a ride, had his
right hand so badly crushed that am
putation will be necessary.
Wreck crews were immediately sum
moned and the work of clearing the
road was begun at once. A track will
be built around the slide, and the first
train that will past east will be the one
leaving here at 8:13 to-morrow morn
ing. During the time the road is
blocked trains will he handled by the
main line and Lewiston division.
Wind Blows Seventy-Two Mile 9an
Hour In Now York State.
NEW YORK, Dec. 31.—Considerable
damage was caused by a storm last
night which began as a drizzling rain
and developed in the early morning
hours into a violent wind. The wind at
2 o'clock this morning attained a ve
locity of seventy-two miles an hour. It
was a rough morning on the harbor.
The schooner Dung Hill of this city was
wrecked at Jamacia Bay. The Cap
tain and crew of the vessel—five men in
all—were saved. The storm in Brook
lyn did even more damage than that of
last Thursday night'and to-day there
are many uprooted trees, broken fences
and telephone and telegraph poles to
show the effects of the wind's fury.
PROVIDENCE (R. I.), Dec. 31.—The
storm last night was very severe in this
vicinity, though no especial damage was
done in this city. At Bristol much
damage was done to property along the
BOSTON, Dec. 31.—The high wind
that prevailed this morning caused no
serious damage to shipping so far as
NANTASKET (Mass.), Dec 31.—The
Muskegat life-saving crew this after
noon reported a large three-masted
schooner anchored between Tuckernut
Shoal and Cross Rip, flying a signal of
distress, probably sinking. The
schooner was sighted at daybreak this
morning, but. as there was no telephone
communication, and the terrific sea
prevented the life boat going outside,
nothing could be done. About 10 o'clock
the vessel hoisted a signal of distress,
and at 1 o'clock this morning no assist
ance having come, the crew could be
seen lashing a spar in the rigging
whereon they could cling if the vessel
foundered. This roused the Muskegat
crew to an extreme effort, and at the
risk of their lives they crossed to Nan
tucket, where word was telegraphed .o
various wrecking companies, and it is
hoped that tugs are on their way to the
crew's assistance. At sunset the wind
continues blowing a northwest gale
and a heavy sea is running.
LONDON, Dec. 31—A dispatch re
ceived here to-day says much wreckage
has come ashore on the Dutch coast.
Among other things washed up are a
part of a ship's boat, a broken name
board bearing portions of the name
"Talisman," a small oak plank marked
"Talisman" and a medicine chest.
These articles are supposed to have be
longed to the British bark Talisman,
Captain Marvin, from Ship Island, via
St. Michael's, for Newcastle, England,
which is thought to have been wrecked
on the Gth or Sth inst.
Secretary Herbert's Statement Re
garding the Vessel.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31.—Secretary
Herbert to-day gave out a formal state
ment concerning the result of the recent
official inspection of the second-class
battleship Texas, the vessel built by
the Government at the Norfolk navy
yard. The statement was submitted to
the President at the Cabinet meeting
by Mr. Herbert before being made pub
lic. The prepared statement is as fol
"The inspection board has spent sev
eral days on the Texas carefully in
vestigating the vessel herself, the ma
chinery, guns, etc. They recommend
quite a number of changes and improve
ments, among others, that docking keels
be fitted, one on each side, such as are
now provided for in all new battleships;
that various bracket plates be stiffened
when a convenient opportunity occurs;
that additional water tight doors be
fitted to facilitate communication be
tween fire rooms and in shipping coal
from one side of the ship to the other.
The feed pumps are inefficient. They
also recommend various changes in the
piping so that any pump can supply any
boiler. The packing in the joints of the
hydraulic appliances, having deterior
ated, leaked so that it was impossible to
maintain the necessary pressure to op -
crate the 12-inch guns in the turrets.
"The board suggests that the hy
draulic appliances as they are be put in
operation to fairly teat their efficiency.
Work is also necessary on the turrets,
ammunition hoists, electric firing ap
pliances, etc. The location of the
twelve-inch magazines before the fire
rcoms is bad for storing powder, being
too hot. The board states that this de
fect can be readily remedied.
"The Texas will be sent to a navy
yard, and all the deficiencies pointed
out will be remedied, and when this is
done she will be a first-class ship."
From the fact that the perusal of the
full text of the report was not permitted
it is impossible to state what the find
ings of the board was in regard to the
claims made that the Texas is struct
urally weak. These allegations have
been more pronounced since the Texas
had her unfortunate experience in the
dry dock at the Brooklyn Navy-yard.
To prevent a repetition of the injury
dene to the vessel on that occasion, the
board recommends that docking-keels
be fitted on each side of the ship, and
that bracket plates be stiffened. That
Secretary Herbert has confidence in the
Texas is shown by the concluding para
graph of his statement.
Death. Rate at Chicago.
CHICAGO, Dec. 31—The annual re
port of the City Health Department,
which was completed to-day, shows
that Chicago has the lowest death
rate of any city in the world of 200.000
population or more, not excepting any
city in the world. The rate, based on
the unrevised figures, is X 5.11 for 1,000
of population, as compared with 15.24
for last year, was less than for any pre
vious year in this city.
Four Boys Burned to Death.
PITTSBURG (Kas.), Dec. 31.—At
Frontehac, four miles from here, last
night four boys, Robert, Will, John and
Archie McTaffen, aged 18, 10, 13 and 11
years, lost their lives by the burning of
a dwelling. The fire is supposed to have
started from a lamp explosion. There
are rumors of foul play, and the miners
are greatly excited.