Boers and British Fight Another
Bloody Battle at Modder
Methuen Reports a Serious Brit
ish Reverse and Heavy
At Last Acconnts He Was Hold
ing His Position and fin
LONDON, Dec. 14. Gen. Metheun'a
report from Modder river shows that ha
met with a berious check Monday and
suffered great losses:
"Our aitillery shelled a very strong
position held by the enemy on a long,
high kopje, from 4 p. m. until dusk
Sunday. It rained hard last night. The
Highland brigade attacked at day
break on Monday the south end of the
kopje. The attack was properly timed
but failed. The guards were ordered
to protect the Highlanders' right and
reai. The cavalry and mounted in*
fantry, with a howitzer artillery bat
tery, attacked the enemy on the left
and the guards on the right, supported
by field artillery and howitzer artillery.
They shelled the position from day
break, and at 1:15 1 sent the Gordona
to support the Highlands brigade. The
troops held their own in front of the
enemy's entrenchments until dusk, the
position extending, including the kopje,
for a distance of six miles towards the
Modder river. Today I am holding my
position and entrenching myself. I
had to face at least 12,000 men. Our
loss was great:"
OR\G RIVER, Cape Colony, Dec.
14 Three hundred and twenty wound
ed men have arrived here from Modder
LONDON, Dec. 14.The war office has
received the following dispatch from
'Cape* Town, Tuesday, Dec. 12.still
Methuen wires that General Wauchope
was killed in action yesterday."
Major General Wauchope was a vet
eran of Ashantee, 1873, Egyptian war
1882, Soudan expedition 1884, Nile ex
pedition 1884-3, and in command of a
brigade of the Egyptian expeditionary
force in 1898 He had been wounded
NO COMPENSATING GAIN.
Xtofeat of Methotn Appears to He V4 ith
ont Mltiffatinc Clreanutsmcss.
LONDON, Dec. 14.General Methuen,
as expected, followed up his artillery
attack with a general assault on the
Boer positions Monday and his report
shows that the anxiety of the public re
garding the result occasioned by the
ominous silence of the war office was
The engagement wa* evidently of
considerable magnitude, and the list of
the killed and wounded will be propor
tionate without the compensation
which a victory would have brought,
if, indeed, the affair does not turn out
to be A more serious defeat than Gen
eral Methuen admits. The Highland
ers, it is, believed, must have stormed
the Boer position more than once, while
the report of the-Gordons being placed
on the Highlanders' rear, looks as
though the Boers maj have outflanked
their attackers. One report says that
General Cronje attacked the British.
The only compensation that the Brit
ish have been able to discover in the
disheartening story, is in General Me
thuen's statement that he maintains
his position close to the Boers, arousing
hope that he will retrieve the situation.
It is apparent that the bombardment of
Saturday and Sunday did not shake the
Boeio' grip on their position, and it
seems cei tain that they merely with
diew their guns and riflemen undei
co\er, while General Methuen indulged
the usual artillery preliminaries
Monday and that when the British
guns wreie obliged to cease firing, ow
ing to the danger of hitting the advanc
ing tioops, the Boers speedily reoccu
pied their trenches and
Overwhelmed the Highlanders
with a terrible fire, probably accom
panying this by an attack on the Brit
ish right flank and rear
Alarm is beginning to be expressed in
man quarters as to the situation of
General Methuen. As the Westminstet
"If England ever needed a victory
is now, and it*is to Buller, the soldier,
strong, cool headed and reticent, that
the country looks for this victory."
The other papers are abusing the gov
ernment forits"complacent optimism,"
and inability to grasp the strength ot
the opposition it has to overcome in
Considerable significance attaches to
General Methuen's statement that he is
entrenching himself, indicating fear
that the Boers may follow up their ad
vantage, adopt the offensive and attack
him Indeed, the gravity of the situa
tion from a British point of view can
hardly be overestimated. General
Methuen's long lines of communication
to De Aar are most vulnerable. Should
they be cut, General Methuen will find
himself in a very tight place, if only
fxom lack of supplies."
Extreme Gravity of M.thusn's Position.
As the day progressed and driblets of
Information leaked out, the extreme
gravity of General Methuen's position
was more fully recognized and the
possibility of his isolation created no
small alarm military circles. It was
thought in some quarters that he outfit'
to retrace his steps to Orange River
before his lines of communication were
General Wauchope's death was much
deplored. He rendered notable seiviee
at the battle of Omdurman, for which'
he was thanked by both houses of par*
There was little exoitenient noticea
ble at the war office, bnt at the clubs
and hotels there was considerable
gloom and foreboding that the brief
announcement that over 800 wounded
had arrived at Orange River indicated
that General Methuen's losses were the
most severe yet reported.
General Buller's advance in the di
rection of Colenso seems to have actu
ally commenced. The military attaohes
have left Cape Town to join General
Buller, via Durban. General White
reports, under date of Tuesday, Dec. 13,
that there are 32 cases of enteric fever
There are renewed reports of a cabi
net crisis at Cape Town. wUere, it is
said, that Governor Milner is about to
act, in consequenoe of the disclosures
involving the ministry's loyalty.
The White Star line steamer Majestic
has sailed from Liverpool for South
Africa with 2,000 troops on board. The
White Star line steamer Cymric has
been chartered for use as a transport.
EXPECT A LONG SIEGE.
Officials at Mafcklng Compelled to DU
LONDON, Dec. 14.With the excep
tion of Sunday's sortie at Ladysmith,
whioh the morning papers are unani
mous in regarding as a brilliant piece
of work, there are no further advices
from the seat of war. A war office dis
patch reports that Mafeking was safe
up to Dec. 4, but that the Boers had
been shelling the town since Nor. 27
with increased effect. Rations had
been considerably diminished, meat by
half a pound and bread by quarter of a
pound, in view of a probable long siege.
Water, however, was still plentiful.
The immediate need of the war office
is horses as the loss in this respect has
been exceedingly heavy. Among the
officers scores of their horses have been
shot under them, the Boer tactics being
first to shoot at the officer's mount and
then at the officer when dismounted.
General Gatacre's disaster at Storm
berg has been blamed to a lack of
knowledge of the country, but, accord
ing to The Daily Telegraph, when the
war began there were no official maps
available at Cape Town and therefore
it is probable that General Gatacre is
The Times, while praising Colonel
Metcalfe's brilliant feat near Lady
smith, expresses the opinion that relief
being so near, such a sortie was rather
perilous and it would be better for Gen
eral White to avoid them
MIGHT MEAN VERY MUCH.
London Dally Mail Calls Attention to
Russian AetWltr at Various Points.
NEW YORK, Dec. 14. A dispatch to
The Tribune from London says: The
Mail publishes evidence of Russian ac
tivity at Geuta and Tangier, and in
Central Asia and Abyssinia, and urges
its readers to watch the movements of
Russia, France and probably another
power, event of any further reverse
to British troops in South Africa
Colonel Hood Joins Boers.
NEW YORK, Dec. 14. A special to
The Herald from Poughkeepsie says:
Proof that at least one American sol
dier is fighting in the Boer army comes
in the story of Duncan Hood, a grad
uate of West Point, who has cast his
fortunes with the South African repub
lic. Direct information of his presence
in the field has been received here.
Young Hood is a son of the famous
General Hood of the Confederate army,
and was colonel of an immune regi
ment raised in the South to go to Cuba.
HELD UP THE BANK.
Iowa Farmer's Way or Getting- Evan for
Foreclosing a Mortgage.
DES MOINES, Dec. 14.At Sac City,
W. D. Sansom, an eccentric young
farmer, entered the First National
bank and, holding a revolver in the
face of the assistant cashier, demanded
and received the pile of paper money
lying near the cashier's window,
amounting to nearly $400, ran across
the street, passed through several stores
and made his way to the country. Sher
iff Batty and others followed him
closely and in less than an hour he was
found in a barn east of town. The
money was recovered. The bank re
cently foreclosed a mortgage on San
som's farm and it is thought he took
that way to get even.
STIRS UP THE RUSSIANS.
Von Buelow's Speech in
ST. PETERSBURG.Dec. 14. The speech
of the German minister of foreign af
fairs, Count Von Buelow, in the reich
tag, is keenly criticized here, both by
the press and public, on account of
what are regarded as pronounced dec
larations in favor of German hegemony
and their generally warlike and threat
Fire at Sheldon, la.
SHELDON, la., Dec. 14.Fire which
started in Barron Bros.'store, destroyed
it with two other buildings. The loss
is estimated at $50,000, covered by in
surance. It is believed the fire was in
cendiary. Last week ablaze was start
ed in the basement of Barron Bros/
store, but was soon extinguished.
Mneh Traek Washed Oat.
HOUGHTON, Mich., Dec. 14.A heavy
northeaster washed out 1,000 feet of the
Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic
track near Mission, on Keweenah bay.
The early passenger train passed over
it in safety, but the freight following,
consisting of an engine and 10 loaded
tears, went into the lake.
Quit Smoking-y Cigarettes.
toued the Southern
ATLANTA, Ga Dec. 14.A general
to the Southern
using cigarettes r resign their posi
tions, and that in the future not one
will be employed who smokes cigar
Philippine Commander Details
Events of Interest in His
Fifty of WmVs Men Killed and
Mfony Wounded, Including^
Concepcion and Staff Surrender.
Aguinaldo Hiding in Dig.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.General Otis
had some stirring news to report from
Manila, his advices going to show that
the insurgents are, as he predicted a
few days ago, at the end of their re
sources from a military point of view,
and are melting away before the rapid
advance of the American troops at all
points. His cablegrams were as follows
"Fifty men of the navy and 50 men
of the army, transported by the navy,
took Laoag on the 10th inst. General
Young, with staff, followed next day.
He reports Howse, with battalion of ths
Thirty-fourth, followed by a portion ot
Thirty-third infantry, passed north tc
Pidding, east of Laoag. Marsh's battal
ion of the Thirty-fourth was as Cayan,
province of Lepanto, on 7th inst. The
Third cavalry was along the coast and
in the mountains pursuing the enemy.
Young stateshis extremenorthern force
passed over the mountains, driving the
insurgents under General Tino, whe
-was badly wounded, killing 50 and
wounding many. He made large cap
tures of rifles and property with all in
surgent transportation and released all
the Spanish prisoners in that section to
the number of about 3,000. Our cas
ualties were two wounded. Our, troop*
are still pursuing the remnant of Tint's
command. March's battalion of th
Thirty-third reports from Cayan, Le
panto province on the Seventh inst.,
that he has destroyed Aguinaldo's bod
guard, killing General Gregoria Pilar
received the surrender of General Con
cepcion and staff killed and wounded
52 insurgents* released 575 Spanish pris
oners, including 150 friars, and captured
considerable property. His loss was
two killed and nine wounded. My in
formation is that Aguinaldo has dis
guised his individuality abandoned his
troops and is biding in the province of
General Otis'second dispatch follows:
"Admiral Watson informs me that
the province of Cagayan surrendered
unconditionally to Captain McCalla of
the Newark on 11th inst., all arms be
ing surrendered. Major Batchelder is
90 miles south of Aparri, command in
"Navy will take supplies to Batchel
der in launch at once. This surrVidei
doubtless includes the province ot
"General Bates at Zamboanga, re
ports as satisfactory affairs there.
Nearly all rifles surrendered MacAr
thur, at Bayambang, reports that he
holds as prisoner of war Mabini, the
ablest of insurgents, and founder of
the late government."
WORSE THAN INDIANS.
Problem of Suppressing Filipino Bandits
Not Easy of Solution.
MANILA, Dec. 14.Colonel Smith,
with a detachment of the Seventeenth
infantry, surrounded and captured in a
village near Malasqui a party of guerril
las who had made their headquarters,
there. The party included the band
which assassinated seven officials at
Malasqui for friendliness to the Ameri
All are insurgents who became ban
dits when disintegration of the Filipino
army began. They kept the country
around Malolos quite in a state of ter
ror for several weeks and committed 25
murders in less than that number of
days. When they were caught they
were promptly sent to General Mac
Arthur's headquarters at Bayambang
by train. It is expected that they will
be speedily tried and shot or hanged as
an example, if convicted.
The whole country north of San Fer
nando and between San Fernando and
Manila, except within the permanent
line of troops around the city and the
closely patrolled stretches of railroad,
Swarm With Such Bands.
Probably they will be increased by
General Pilar's army, many of whom
are making their way south to Cavite
These people, for the most part, suc
ceeded in dodging General Grant, Colo
nel Bell and Colonel Hood's troops, who
are scouring the country for them.
They devote their energies to ambush
ing commissary wagons and to picking
up soldiers who leave their commands.
Every day some wagon train is fired
upon or some soldier disappears. The
policy of these ruffians is to make the
country uninhabitable for Americans
and to frighten natives into refraining
from giving assistance to the Ameri
cans, as well as to compel the inhabit
ants to support the insurrection. Only
a small proportion of the insurgent
anns have been surrendered and the
problem of suppressing this guerrilla
warfare is anything but easy of solu
tion. Some of the American officers
think it worse than fighting Indians.
Moth Sides Make Concessions.
RACINE, Wis., Dec. 14.Representa-
tives of the International Molders'
unibn and the National Foundrymen's
association held an all day session here
for the purpose of settling the molders'
strike. A settlement was made in some
manner ndt made public, but it is un
derstood that beth sides made many
Id Hepabllean leaders Deelde en tfce
Secretary For Second Plafe.
CHICAGO, Dec. 14.A Washington
Washington just now is a hive of
political industry. The Arlington hotel
is one of the leading centers of political
activity and one cannot enter the lobby
of the hostelry of an evening without
seeing in one corner or another small
groups of prominent figures in the Re
publican party engaged in serious and
earnest consultation. Conferences are
held also in the apartments of Senator
Hanna and Henry C. Payne, respec
tively chairman and vice chairman of
the national committee, who are guests
of the hotel. The subjects which are
receiving the attention of these men
are, first, who shall be McKinley's run
ning mate next yeai? Second, shall we
nominate our ticket by acclamation? In
the light of information that has been
gathered within the last three days
from contact with the leaders in poli
tics it may be stated almost without
qualification that the Republican na
tional ticket next year
Will Be HcKlnler and Root.
That the president will be lenominated
there has been no doubt for a long
time. As to the nominee for vice pres
ident the sentiment in favor of Elihu
Root, the secretary of war, which be
came apparent several weeks ago, haa
assumed proportions whioh to men past
masters in the art of politics practically
insures his being given second place on
"If I were prophesying on the ticket
I should say it would be McKinley and
Root," said Henry C. Payne. "Ah
though I am a Western man I can see
no argument against the second place1
on the ticket going to an Eastern man.'*
That Mr. Root is willing to go on the
same tioket with McKinley there is not
the slightest doubt. It may be saia
that the secretary is ambitious to se
cure the vice presidency, in fact, he
has aspirations of that charaoter. It if
believed he would be
Acceptable to Senator Piatt,
who, by the way, was largely mstru
mental in having him appointed Secre
tary Alger's suocessor in the cabinet.
When Mr. Piatt was asked who he fa
vored for the vice presidency he said:
"Any good New Yoik man would
"How about Mr. Root?" he was,
"Mr. Root would
Senator Hanna has conceived the idea
of naming the ticket by acclamation
and is working for it. He has confided
his proposition to a few of the leaders
and they are enthusiastic for it.
"It seems to me," he said, '"a contest
on the vice presidency should be
avoided chiefly for the reason that Mr.
McKinley will be nominated for first
place without opposition, and under the
circumstances the choice for, second
place should be attended by the same
want of friction or contest."
be satisfactory tc
ST. PAUL A WINNER.
League of Republican Clubs Meets There
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.The execu
tive committee of the National League
of Republican Clubs met here for the
purpose of deciding upon a city fox
holding the next convention of th
league. President George Steen of Sax
Francisco presided and the roll call by
Secretary Stine showed 44 members
present, the largest on record at such a
meeting. The main feature of the day's
proceedings was the discussion of a
resolution for the repeal of article 13 ot
the constitution, which prohibits it
from influencing the nomination of any
candidate or adoption of any policy by
any state or national convention.
After listening to the claims of St.
Paul, Sioux Falls, S. D., Galveston and
Indianapolis, St. "Paul was chosen as
the place for holding the next conven
tion of Republican Clubs, receiving 28
votes to 3 tor Indianapolis and 16 fox
Sioux Falls. The date for the conven
tion was fixed for the third Tuesday in
CANNOT STAKE THE BEACH.
Commissioner Hermann Hakes an Im
portant Mining Ruling-.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14. A very im
portant question has just been decided
by Commisioner Hermann of the gen
eral land office, governing placer min
ing upon the beach of the Bering sea,
off the coast of Alaska, at and neax
Cape Nome, the new gold field. Th*
decision affects mining and locations,
embracing tide lands below the line oi
ordinaryhigh tide. Numerous appli
cations are pending before the interioi
department as to locations upon such
lands, which have been demonstrated
to contain gold in marvelous quantities.
The commissioner decides that tide
lands in the district of Alaska are not
public lands, subject to disposal to in
dividuals, under any of the existing
land laws of the United States and that
the department has no statutory au
thority to make designations to indi
viduals of the mining rights pertaining
to such lands.
Tournament at Winona.
WINONA, Minn., Dec. 14.Winona
sportsmen have already commenced to
plan for a big tournament to be held
here next Decoration day. There will
probably be two days of shooting and
the entries will be divided into two
classes, one for amateurs and the other
Was One of the "Boo" Gang.
MINNEAPOLIS. Dec, 14.Miles Reeves,
a notorious young crook, and one of the
leaders of the once^flpurishing aggrega
tion of youthful criminals called the
"Boo Gang," has been sentenced to
five and a half years imprisonment at
Stillwater for larceny from the person.
Northern Paelflo Dividend.
NEW YORK, Dec. 14.The directors
of the Northern Pacific Railway com
pany have declared a dividend of 1 pei
cent and an extra dividend of 1 pex
cent on common stock, making a total
of per cent for the year.
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