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LATEST LONDON COMMENT.
CHRISTMAS IN ENGLAND ONE OF THE
GREENEST ON RECORD.
QUEEN'S HEALTH STILL CAUSES ANXIETY
LORD KITCHENERS RIGHT TO BE
[Orvrictit . 1JH10: By The N«w-Tork Tribune.}
[RT CABLE TO THE TRIBUNE 1
London. Dec. 2«>. 6 a. m.— England has had
one of the greenest Chrtatmaaes on record, for
the weather has been so mild that pslmroses and
cornflowers are abloom as far north as Liverpool
ar.d Yorkshire, while Devonshire revels in a sub
tropical climate and the Isle of Wight is a
garden of roses in midwinter. Never have
flowers been more abundant in the London mar
ket at Christmas time, nor has mistletoe ever
been cheaper. As England is supplied with
Christmas toys from Germany, so also it receives
immense shipments of mistletoe from Brittany
and Normandy, and there is a French touch in
the holiday rejoicing. The London sky has been
heavily clouded' and the air filled with mist,
while the weather has been unseasonably warm.
The deans of St. Paul's and Westminster
preached at the midday service. Canon Alnger
was among the lawyers at the Temple, and Dr.
Parker, unwearied by his week's experience in
daily journalism, filled the pulpit at the City
Temple. Kandel and Gounod, as usual, were
the favorite composers in the Christmas music
at the churches, with Stanford Hopkins and
Sullivan at alternates. There were fewer Christ
mas concerts than are ordinarily known, but
there were more football matches for holiday
sport. There was a marked revival of fox hunt-
Ing in the country, with hard riding and several
The royal family -was divided yesterday be
tween Osborne House and Sandringham Court.
The C.-.urt Circular shows that the Queen is
enif-rtalning a large family party, and Is also
driving out morning and afternoon daily. The
uneasiness regarding her health is not dispelled
by these reports, since It is known that if she
were seriously indisposed and aging rapidly It
would be her desire, as well as the settled policy
cf a.! members of the royal family, to keep back
the facts in the case in order to spare her sub
jects unnecessary pain.
Mr. Brodrick, like the other members of the
Cabinet, is out of town, having snatched a holi
day for paying a visit to Scotland. The War
Office was left under the charge of one or two
permanent officials, who had little news to com
municate from the front. Lord Kitchener is
earning the title of übiquitous, which Roberts
red upon De Wet. If his headquarters are
not in the saddle, he is constantly on the line of
railway in rapid flight from Bloemfontein to
Pretoria ajid thence to De Aar. personally di
recting The operations -wherever there are out
breaks, raiding and treachery- While there are
few details of the movements of the Boer rough
riders, it is evident that there is no serious
danger of a Dutch uprising in response to the
appearance of 6mall bodies of raiders in Cape
Colony. These incursions, following the ex
ploits of De Wet and Delarey. may deter Kruger
from puing for peace on the only terms prac
ticabV, but otherwise the Boer campaign is
futile and is now in the final stage.
L«re Kitchener's prompt measures to stem the
tide of Invasion In Cape Colony are already
meeting with success. In the west the Boer
raiders have been driven from Britstown, whll9
the eastern commandoes, after the repulse at
vnsburg, have sought refuge in the hills, E6
vas only to be. expected. The British have had
• difficulty In restoring railway and tele
graphic communication in Cape Colony. The
railway line south of De Aar has been repaired
and. excepting at Prieska, the telegraph service
is working well.
To-day's newspapers are. favorably impressed
by Lord Cromer's speech on Monday to the
Sheikhs and notables of the Soudan. His ad
dress is an excellent proof of the substantial
prr.preps that has been made during the twelve
months of orderly government which the Soudan
hae enjoyed eince the death of the Khalifa.
Lord Cromer's remark ihat it I? by no means
desirable that there should be a large number
of Europeans in the Soudan is considered as
significant. Evidently, the concession hunter
Is to be warned off. The development of the
resources of the Soudan is certain to be very
•low, but it wlil Vie accomplished for the benefit
of the Soudan* ¦?
The China question has virtually reached the
BJSSMS/ point. The amount of the indemnity to
t*' paid will probably require many weeks of
<Jirlomatlc consultation. Sir Robert Hart knows
better than anybody el.se what can be paid by
the Chinese Government without the complete
turrender of her taxing and revenue resources
to Europe, but bankers in all the capitals will
10 have a great loan underwritten by the
Powers themselves, and full financial control es
tablished by an international commission for
the payments o* interest and sinking fund ser-
Carnegie's contract for the delivery of steel
rails to the Great Eastern Railway excites
keener public interest here than the technical
ities of the canal question. It is one of m«»ny
indications that American competition Is becom
ing more formidable every year in the iron and
¦tad trade. L N - F -
I'JB SYMPATHY WITH AMERICA.
ACTION ON* CLATTOX-BI'LWER TREATY AP
PLAUDED IN" ST. PETERSBURG.
£t. Petersburg, Dec. 25.— The "Novoe Vremya,"
diseußelng the English newspaper Indictment of the
United States Senate for 'its unparalleled attempt
to overturn the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty," Bays:
The case Is not unusual. Conditions have changed
and the treaty must change, too. Russia afforaed
*n example in IS7O in declaring that she was no
longer bound by her promise not to maintain war
vessels In the Black Sea.
The "Bourse Gazette" cays:
Russia. Is gratified by America's diplomatic vic
tory over England. Western Europe dislikes the
Mcnroe Doctrine because it desires to grab terri
tories everywhere. Russia, which has sympathized
*rith America Eince her independence, which liqui
dated American possessions to America, has noth
ing against the Monroe Doctrine, and the old sym
pathies have grown more cor<Ual In China.
TURKEY SIGNS CONTRACT FOR CRUISER.
Constantinople, Dec. 25.— The contract tor the pur
chase of a cruiser for Turkey was signed to-day
t>y the Minister of Marine, Hassan Pacha, and
General Williams, representing the Cramps, of Phil
BARTQX TO FORM AUSTRALIA'S CABINET.
Sydney, K. 8. W., Dec. 25-— Edmund Barton, who
**• the leader of the Federal Convention, has ar
<*Pte<J the Earl of Hopetoun's offer to form the
first Cabinet of the Federation. He anticipates no
A DAUGHTER OF THE GODS— DIVINELY TALL
and most divinely fair— rather suggest* Evans" Ale.
NOTHING ELBE SO COMFORTABLK
** the great trains of -- New York Central, which
Jeave for the North and West every hour. Scenery,
***<*. service perfect.-Advt.
CHASING THE BOERS NORTH.
LORD KITCHENER REPORTS SUCCESS
OF THORNEYCROFT'S MOUNTED
London, Dec. 25.— Lord Kitchener, telegraph
ing to the War Office under date of Naauwpoort,
December 24. 0 a. m., reports:
Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry have occu
pied Brltstown without opposition. The Boers re
tired to the north in the direction of Prieeka,
They will be followed up.
ALARMIST REPORTS FROM THE CAPE.
THE WHOLE COLONY MAY RISE IN RE
BELLION, ACCORDING TO THEM.
(By. The Associated Press.)
London, Dec. 26. — The position of Cape Colony
is hanging in the balance. According to "The
Morning Post's" Cape Town correspondent,
everything depends upon the quantity of am
munition in possession of the disloyal Dutch
residents, fifteen hundred of whom have joined
the Boers in the Philipstown district alone.
Energetic measures have been taken to stem the
invasion, but there is unquestionably danger
that parties of Boers will get through into parts
of the Colony, and gradually raise the whole
Cape into rebellion. Reinforcements can arrive
none too soon.
Most of the dispatches from Cape Town, how
ever, describe the raiders as doing little harm
and as being rapidly inclosed by Lord Kitchen
er's combination. Lord Kitchener is in the heart
of the disaffected districts. He has the advan
tage of being personally acquainted with local
conditions. Last March he supervised the sup
pression of the rising which occurred then. He
is bringing down thousands of troops from the
"The Standard's" Cape Town correspondent
says the loyalists demand that martial law shall
be proclaimed throughout Cape Colony, but
adds: "Such a step is now impossible, owing to
the lack of sufficient troops to enforce It" The
correspondent of "The Daily Mail" at Cape
The pro-Boer press are singularly quiet. They
have been made uneasy by the promptness and
thoroughness of the military action, but reports
from various parts of the western province fore
shadow perilous possibilities. A responsible col
onist who recently made a tour of the Colony
declares that 90 per cent of the Dutch are
simply waiting for the appearance of a resource
ful leader to rebel.
Civil railway traffic has been suspended
largely in all parts of the Colony, and the move
ments of both the Boers and the British are al
most unknown in Cape Town. It appears that
one Boer column attacked Steynsburg, but was
repulsed and fled, intrenching itself in the
mountains. Another Boer commando captured
a party of police at Venterstad. Mounted colo
nial troops surprised three hundred Boers fifteen
miles from Burghersdorp on December 23, and,
after a brisk interchange of volleys, retired
with a loss of two men.
NEW-ZEALAND WILL SEND MORE MEN.
Wellington, New-Zealand. Dec. 25.— The Gov
ernment has asked the Governor, the Earl of
Ranfurly, to inform Joseph Chamberlain, the
Secretary of State for the Colonies, that it does
not wish the New-Zealand contingent in South
Africa to be diminished, that drafts will be for
warded to fill the ranks and that additional
mounted men will be cent.
MEXICANS AMBUSHED BY YAQUIS.
FIVE OFFICERS AND A NUMBER OF MEN
KILLED LAST WEEK.
El Paso, Tex., Dec. 25 (Special).— Another fear
ful slaughter of Mexican troops at the hands
of the Yaqui Indians has occurred in Sonora,
Mexico. A week ago to-day, while Colonel Fran
cisco Peinado and a 6mall body of men were
crossing the country near La Misa, they were
suddenly attacked by the Indians from ambush
and five officers and a number of men and Ind
ians were killed outright, and Colonel Peinado
himself seriously wounded. The soldiers had no
knowledge that the Indians were in the imme
diate vicinity, and the attack was such a sur
prise they had little time to prepare for it.
Nothing !s known about the attack but that
the Indians fled to the mountains after firing a
This news was brought here to-day by C; V
Light, of Guaymas, who says he saw the report
given to General Torres. The wounded are still
at La Misa, wh^re the dead were buried. Mr.
Light says that the press censorship is so severe
in Sonora that it is practically impossible for
any news of the war to get out except from
persons living there. The scene of the fight last
Tuesday was about fifty miles from General
Torres's headquarters, where no Indians have
been seen for ovpr a year.
Colonel Peinado is one of thp most popular
officers in the Mexican army. He has been in
the field against the Yaquis since the war began
two years ago, and has often distinguished him
self for bravery. He is second in command to
General Torres in Sonora, and is next in line
for promotion to the rank of general. The latest
report is that he may not recover, as he was
shot through the bowels. General Torres has
sent a brigade of cavalry to follow the Indians,
and news of a fight is expected daily, as the
Indians are further from their base of supplies
than they have been for a year before.
CROPS CnrXTRY RIDER KILLED.
HENRY L. WILBUR MEETS A FATAL ACCI
DENT ON A. J. CASSATT'S FARM.
Philadelphia, Dec. 25.— While riding cross
country to join the Chester Valley hunt to-day
Henry L. Wilbur, forty-two years old, son of H.
O. Wilbur, the well know: cocoa and chocolate
manufacturer of this city, was thrown from 1 is
horse and killed on the farm of A. J. Cassatt,
president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, near
Valley Forge. Mr. Wilbur, who lived at Bryn
Mawr, started out on a fine horse, accompanied
by T. N. McCartney, another huntsman. They
were too late for the start at Stafford, a suburb
of this city, where the thirty-four hounds were
The two men caught sight of the foremost
fox hunters on the Cassatt farm, and galloped
at great speed to catch up with them. On the
further side of the property there is a three
foot rail fence, and beyond this a ditch. Mr.
Wilbur's horse took the obstruction easily, but
In landing beyond the ditch one of the horse's
forward feet sank into a Email hole. Mr. Wilbur
was pitched forward and thrown headlong to
the ground, where he lay unconscious. He was
hurried toward Devon, but his condition grew
worse and he died in a farmhouse. The exact,
cause of his death is not known, but 11 is be
lieved to have resulted from a broken neck. A
widow survives him.
The Chester Valley hunt is one of the select
affairs of the fox hunting season, and is par
ticipated in by members of some of the wealth-
I. m families of this city and vicinity.
BaJlantlne'a India Pale Al* or 014 Burton Ale
will put insomnia to steep. Thej soothe and nour
JAVNLs EXPECTORANT.— Advt
NEW- YORK, WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 26, 1900. -TWELVE PAGES.-*, T*£gfi2PiZ2»*m.
CROWDS SEEKING ADMISSION TO THE SALVATION ARMY DINNER AT
THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.
CHINA GETS JOINT NOTE.
LI HUNG CHANG BEING ILL. IT IS
HANDED TO PRINCE CHING.
FORWARDED AT ONCE TO THE EMPEROR
MINISTERS EXPECT ACCEPTANCE
WITHIN ONE MONTH.
Paris. Dec. 25.— A dispatch to the Havas
Agency from Peking says:
The Ministers assembled at the residence of
Sfftor B J. de Cologan, the Spanish Minister
and the doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, and re
ceived Prince Ching, to whom the Spanish Minis
ter handed the joint note of the Powers. Li
Hung Chang, who is still 111, asked to be ex
cused. Prince Ching said:
"I have the honor to accept the note con
cerning the re-establishment of good relations
and will transmit it immediately to the Emperor
and communicate to you his reply as soon as
London, Dec. 26. — According to a news agency
dispatch from Peking, dated December 24, the
foreign Ministers there are unanimously of the
opinion that China will accept the conditions
imposed by the joint note of the Powers within
a month. The note was started on its way to
the Empress Dowager and the Emperor im
mediately after its presentation, the dispatch
says, but wire communication is slow, and it
probably wIP not reach them until Decem
CATHOLICS KILLED BY BOXERS.
MISSIONARIES ADD THAT EIGHT WERE
BURNED IN THE TEMPLES.
London, Dec. 26. — A dispatch from Peking to
a news agency here, dated December 24. says
missionaries state that Boxers, thirty-five miles
east of Peking, killed twelve Catholics and
burned eight in the temples.
CHINESE REFORMERS MA.BBAORBJX
FIFTEEN HUNDRED TREACHEROUSLY
SLATN BY IMPERIAL TROOPS—TWENTY
SEVEN LEADERS BEHEADED.
Minneapolis, Dec. 25.— A dispatch t" "The
Times" from Vancouver. B. C. says that news
of a terrible massacre of the Reform forces in
China and the beheading of twenty-seven of
the leaders was received here to-day in a cable
dispatch by W. A. Cumrow, secretary of the
Chinese Reform Association in America. The
engagement took place in a populous section of
the Yangtse Valley, in Central China. It re
sulted in the killing of fifteen hundred men and
the complete demoralization of the Reform
The battle into which the Reformers was
brought by treachery occurred on December IS,
and the work of the movement has as a con
sequence been dropped in all that part of the
country. The Chinese here are loud in their ex
pressions of disapproval of the conduct of the
campaign by their leaders. It appears from the
few details given in *he dispatch received to
day that Long Tom. the Reform leader, at the
head of a badly armed force of twelve thousand,
paid a visit to Chung Hi Tung, Governor of the
district, who. though an Imperial officer, was
believed to ha in sympathy with the Reform
movement. Long was invited to th»- Governor's
palace, and with his twelve thousand men
marched into the city. They left all their arms
outside the gates, taking the precaution only to
carry their loaded revolvers.
There were five thousand Imperial troops in
the town, but nothing was feared from them.
A delay of a day took place in order that other
Reform leaders might he sent for, and when the
audience with xhc Governor was finally ar
ranged twenty-seven of the leading followers of
Kang Yu Wei were admitted. Then a disagree
ment arose. The Governor had the leaders
seized and taker, into the courtyard, where they
were beheaded. In the mean time a secret order
had been sent to the Imperial troops to descend
on a poorly armed rabble of the Reformers. The
live thousand well drilled soldiers took the coun
try people completely by surprise, but. never
theless, the latter pluckily fought their way
through and escaped. They carried away their
own wounded, but left fifteen hundred dead on
the field and scattered in the streetr of the city.
The dispatch says that the scene of the butchery
PRINCE TUAN ARRESTED.
CHINESE GOVERNMENT BELIEVED TO BE
PREPARING TO PUNISH INSTIGA
TORS OF TROUBLE.
London. D^c 26.— The Shanghai correspondent
of "The Standard," telegraphing on December
The Government has arrested Prince Tuan and
Prince Chaung on the borders of the Shan-Se
and Shen-Se provinces. Yu Hsien has been
ordere/d to return to Slan-Fu forthwith, to be
. . <i i' is suppose d
It i? Inferred from these reports that the Im
perlaj authorities are preparing to ronrfde the
da of the joint note for the punishment
Instigators of the trouble in Ohlna.
BOXEBB ATTACK FRENCH TROOPS.
Tien-Tsin Der -4 A French detachment nf
one hundred men left here December '-'0 for
lluii^ Tsu, twenty miles westward, to sssjrefa
for anus. Approaching a village across a frozen
k . force of Boxers opened fire, killing Lieu
tenant Contal and wounding another officer. The
Frmcb burned the village.
TO WASHINGTON IN FIVE HOURS.
From New York. Royal. Blue 5-hour trains, leave
foot ,',, Liberty St 11.30 A. M 1.00 p. M.. and the
••Hoval Limited I '— no excess fare— at 3.40 P. M.
Other fast solid traias at 8.00 10.00 A. M L». 500
7 00 P M. vi 12.15 night. Leave South Ferry 5
minutes eta _<r lt.^t dining and cat* car service
> 1 1.. worlo.— Acvt
BACI AND SKIM- RBQUIREP
R inroad its
,,,„,. w*si exemplify time wall-
GARDINER'S STAFF UNEASY
FRIEND OF THE NEW DISTRICT ATTOR
NEY UTTERS OMINOUS WORDS
E. A. Philbin, the new District Attorney of
New-York County, will file the papers which
certify his appointment to that office with the
clerk of the County Court as soon as possible
this morning. He will then go at once to the
Criminal Courts Building, where the deposed Dis
trict Attorney, Asa Bird Gardiner, will intro
duce him to the entire office staff, and after that
to the Judges of all the courts in the building.
These ceremonies over, Mr. Philbin will at once
assume the duties of his new place.
It is expected that many persons will call on
him, seeking berths of more or less importance
which would be in his gift. Others will come tr>
congratulate and others again to offer advice.
If more than a few do not call to complain of
the treatment which this case and that case has
received at the hands of Mr. Gardiner, it will be
Mr. Philbin was seen yesterday at his home.
No. 333 West Seventy-seventh-st.. but he de
clined to talk for publication about his plans.
The new District Attorney, having already out
lined what he will do with considerable clear
ness, is averse to saying it over again. He has
the reputation of being a man of few words,
which alone will be a novelty In the District
Attorney's office. Mr Philbin distinctly declined
to Intimate what changes would be made in
the staff, but a friend of his. who was seen late
at the Manhattan Club, said:
"If I judge Mr. Philbin aright, he will pursue
the same policy in forming a staff in the District
Attorney's office that he has hitherto practised in
his private business. The men who surround
him there are pickt-d not only for their intel
lectual ability, but for the correctness of their
private lives and the desirable nature of their
associations. So in the District Attorney's office,
Mr. Philbin, being hampered by no pledges to
*ither political party, will test all who desire to
become or remain as his assistants not only by
their record in court and in office, but by their
moral worth, by their social proclivities and by
the character of their chosen associates."
If Mr. Philbin applies this rule in weeding out
Gardiner's staff, some of the trusted assistants
of the deposed District Attorney who were hop
ing that their record of convictions secured and
cases "disposed of" might save them from dis
missal are likely to be disappointed.
Mr. Gardiner spent Christmas at his home, in
Garden City. Long Island. Speculation regard
ing the chances of his renomination by Tam
irany next fall has not subsided. Those who
think Mr. Croker will not again select Mr.
Gardiner pointed out that fven if the Tammany
Boss did renominate and even re-elect Gardiner
there could be no assurance that the loquacious
descendant of Governor Wouter Van Twiller
would not again utter language which would
justify Governor Ocell in deposing him and
ai pointing in his place a man whose views coin
cide as little with those of Mr. Croker as do
those of Mr. Philbin.
CONSUL-GENERAL SHAW A SI'ICIDE
KILLED HIMSELF IX PHILADELPHIA— RE- ,
CENTLY APPOINTED TO SINGAPORE.
Philadelphia. Dec. 25.— W, Irvin Shaw, who ;
had been filling the position of United States
Consul at Barranquilla. Colombia, and who was •
recently appointed Consul-General to Singapore, j
committed suicide in a hotel here to-day. He j
opened a femoral artery, and slashed his throat \
and wrists with a knife. 11l health is supposed
to have affected his mind.
For three years he had attended to his duties
as Consul at Barranquilla while revolutions |
shook the southern republic. Heat, fevers and |
the arduous duties undermined his health, and j
he a.«ked for and obtained leave of absence
early last August.
His dislike for the old post increased, and he |
sought another appointment, and a month ago i
was named Consul-General at Singapore. After
receiving the appointment he decided that it
would he necessary to return to Barranquilla to
settle his affairs. He left the home of his sister
in Gcrmantown. near here, where he had been
slaying, two weeks ago. and sailed from New-
York on the steamer Altai. That was the last
heard of him until he was found dead to-day.
Mr. Shaw was thirty-eight years old and a
native of Clearfield County. Perm. A widow and
two sons survive him.
LUMBERMEN FIGHT IS MAINS WOODS.
RKMCIorS PIPFt'TE CARRIED ON VTITH AXES
Bangor. Me., Dec 25 (Special).— News was re
ceived here to-night of a bloody contest in a lum
ber camp on the upper Kennebec River last even
ing, in which one man was probably fatally in
jured and others so badly beaten that they may
die The fight started with a quarrel between
William, alias "Wild." Hennessey and a French
man namp.l Philip Ouf.ieu? over religious matters.
Th<» quarrel was taki^n up by the other men. at
tirst with fists then with axes, clubs and limbs of
trees In all thirty men were engaged, about
A teamster named Wilson attempted to stop the
fight and was knocked down with a hand spike.
Another teamster named Taylor seized a hand
spike and attacked the combatants. It Is thought
that Taylor Is responsible for the fractured skull
of Thomas Landry, a French Canadian, who Is be
lleved to be fatally injured.
HI BOM ( PLAQUE'S RECORD IS ISDIA.
Calcutta. Dec. 25.— Lord Cunson of Kedleston, the
Viceroy of Imlia. In the course of a speech to
•i.i thai the appearance of the bubonic
in i"l' v . iwpnty-five thousand deaths from
the disease; have occurred in the Mysore Srate
A UADOSXA PRESESTED TO a CHURCH.
Ellsworth. Me.. Dec. 25 (Special).— A copy of An
drea del Barto' Madonna, tne gem 01 me Plttl
Gallery at Florence, was presented to the Congre
gational Society of worth to-night by Mrs
Eugene Hale, wife of. Serator Hale. The value of
the painting m $1,000.
A ROYAL BANQUET INCOMPLETE
without a generous supply of Evans' Ale.— Advt.
TRAINS IN HEADON CRASH.
TXSSENGERS BADLY SHAKEN UP-FIRE
KAN AND CONDUCTOR RAI>
Newark, N. J.. Dec. 25.— Two passenger trains
on the Newark branch of the Erie Railroad had
a headon collision at Franklin station to-night.
One was a westbound train from New-York.
The other was east bound from Paterson. The
fireman of th<* eastbound train and William
Smith, the conductor of the westbound train,
were badly Injured. They were attended by Dr.
McCoy, of Paterson. The passengers were badly
shaken up, but none were seriously injured.
They took trolley cars to Paterson and Newark.
The collision occurred directly in front of the
station. The rule WSJ for the westbound train
to pull onto a switch west of the station to al
low the eastbound train to pass. The eastbound
train was on time to-night, but the westbound
train was eight minutes late. As a result the west
bound train was standing in the station, when the
eastbound train ran into it. The engineer of
the eastbound train said that the sand box of
his locomotive did not work, and tl -it he there
fore could not stop. Whe.i the engineer of the
westbound train saw that a collision was corn
in? he reversed his engine. This and the fact
that the other train was slowing up for the
stat'on lessened the force of the collision.
Both trains were crowded with passengers.
More than a score were cut -lightly by splin
tered glass and wood They were hurled vio
lently from their seats on top of each other and
to the floor of the coaches.
Both engines were badly wrecked.
Traffic was blocked for two hours. Pony en
gines were put on and the schedule between
New-York and Paterson was resumed. The
road is a single track.
TRA IN WRECKED A T A BRIDGE
FIVE MILK CARS DROP INTO A CREEK
NARROW ESCAPE FOR CREW AND
The crew on the Chatham milk train on the
Harlem Railroad, which was due to arrive at
Mount Vernon at midnight on Monday, had a re
markable escape from dea*h. and a passenger train
which followed the milk train narrowly escaped
destruction through the collapsing of Tamer's
bridge over a creek, midway between Dover Plains
The milk train, consisting of seven cars loaded
with milk for Mount Vernon and this city, was
passing over the bridge. The locomotive had
reached the solid roadbed on the north, while the
caboose, containing the crew, was on the e-lge of
the southern abutment of the bridge. Suddenly
the centre of the structure dropped. An abutment
had given way. The entire train, with the excep
tion of the engine and the caboose, plunged into
the creek, thirty feet below. The cars were
smashed into kindling wood. No one was injured.
The passenger train was flagged just in time to
prevent it from running Into the bridge.
The milk train had changed crews at Dover
Plains, and the brakemen had not gone from the
caboose to take their places on the train. T'ne con
ductor was John Ensign and the engineer Au;<iPtus
Spilled milk dyed the creek as white as snow.
Thrt»e wrecking trains were sent to repair the
bridge. As the result of the wreck. then» was
something of a milk famine Christmas morning in
West Mount Vernon. The Bronx Borough ana
The collapse of the bridge is accounted for by on
the supposition that one of the abutments had bees
undermined. The scene of the accident is seventy
seven miles. from this city.
RACE RIOT IN INDIANA TOWX.
NEGROES GET DRUNK AND INTIMIDATE
WHITE RESIDENTS— ONE NEGRO SHOT.
Jeffersonville. Ind.. Dec. 25— A race war is in
progress at Cementville, a small station on the
Panhandle road five miles north of this city,
and serious trouble is expected. The negroes
are armed, and the whltfs are keeping within
doors to avoid them.
The outbreak began yesterday afternoon,
when Lee Ranger and John Redmond, negroes,
became intoxicated and started in to intimidate
whites. When their insults were resented, other
negroes joined Ranger and Redmond, and capt
ured Samuel Kendall's saloon. Nearly twenty
shots were fired, but no one was hurt.
An appeal by telephone was made to Sheriff
Rave for help, and he drove to Cementville and
to some extent quieted the negroes while he
was present. After his departure another out
break took place, and message after message
came to the local police to send men to the
Ranger was shot by Kendall, but how badly
is not known, as he was carried away and
secreted by his companions. Kendall's life was
threatened, and about midnight he managed to
escape from h'.s store and came direct to this
city, awakening Prosecutor Montgomery and
begging him t3 issue warrants and have deputy
sheriffs sworn in to serve them.
It was almost daylight when the community
became quiet, the negroes having everything
their own way. So far to-day no outbreak has
taken place. The whites are intimidated tf»
such an extent that they are using every pos
sible precaution to prevent a collision.
FIGHT rx WJNGB. PLAT GOES: OX.
ONE MAN POSSIBLY FRACTURES AN
OTHER'S SKULL IN THE GER
In the last act of the performance in the Ger
rranla Theatre, at Eighth-st. and Lafayette
Place, last night a fight occurred in the wings
between James Johnson, a scene shifter, of No.
32 East Thlrd-st.. and Frank Michael, twenty
five years old. a fireman, of No. 102 Barrow
st.. in which Michael was hit on the head with
a stage brace and his skull possibly fractured.
Johnson was arrested. Michael was taken to
St. Vincents Hospital.
The fireman is in the employ of the theatre.
What the quarrel was about no one seemed to
know. The men were seen to be in a fight, but
before the other stage hands could rush up
Johnson, it is alleged, had picked up a stage
brace and beaten Michael on the head with it.
Michael fell to the floor bleeding, and Johnson
made his way hastily out of the theatre.
The play was not interrupted. The head usher
vas ordered to call a patrolman. He found
Patrolman Powers, who sent Michael to St.
Vincent's Hospital. Detectives afterward ar
rested Johnson at his home. The ambulance
surgeon said Michael's wound was serious.
Lansing Mich.. Dec. 25— Governor Pingree has
Issued a requisition on the Governor of Cuba for
Charles Jenner Thompson, who is wanted In Detroit
for forgery. This is to be the first requisition on
Cuba ever "issued.
Seattle. Wash.. Dec. 25-The collier Wllliamette.
Captain Hanson, has arrived here, bringing word of
the sighting of a capsized vessel about seventy-five
miles off Cape Flattery. The boat was about flfty
tons burden, with red bottom. She is thought to
have been a fishing craft
Detroit Dee. 25.— A dispatch to "The Free PreW
from Ch'eyboygan. Mich., says that John Haw«.
William Campbell and Ernest Marquett*. employes
at McCarty's lumber camp, while crossing the tee
on Mullet Lake late- Sunday afternoon, twelve miles
from here, broke through the Ice and w«-re
Geneva N. V.. Dec. So— A fatal rear end collision
occurred on the Central Hudson. Pennsylvania
<iivt«lon. here to-night. The southbound passenger
train due at 7:30 o'clock, crashed Into a freight
engine standing a short distance north of th« sta
tion. Louts Peters, fireman of the, freight engine,
was Instantly Wiled.
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DEVERY'S END IN SIGHT.
TWIMAXY RBADT TO SACRIFICE ITS
CHIEF OF POLICE.
DECREASE IN REVENUES THAT USED TO GO
TO THE ORGANIZATION ONE OF THE
REASONS-HIS WAR ON NIXON'S
The probability is that Chief Devery will put
in his application for retirement before the end
of the present week. "Devery's friends recognize
that he has shot his bolt and that further con
tumacy on his part in resisting the' orders of
Tammany will result in his indictment and his
subsequent removal, which would mean the los»
of a 13.000 a year pension. Devery. it is under
stood, is a rich man. but he is not disposed to let
his fight against certain individuals of high ¦
standing in Tammany Hall go to the ' ngth of
jeopardizing his pei.sion.
To the general public it seems a paradox that
a committee appointed by Richard Croker
should openly be in conflict with a Chief of Po
lice who is a friend of Mr. Croker's and who
was placed at the head of the force by the Tam
many leader. But to the men who ere in the
counsels of Tammany the situation is simple
enough. Devery is in disfavor with the organiza
tion and will have to go. Two things have con
tributed to this end First, it is openly charged
that for some months revenues which went to
Tammany have been steadily decreasing, and
that money which s:.ould go to the organization
Is finding Its way into the pockets of one or two
FIGHTS THE NIXON COMMITTEE.
In the second place. Devery has gone out of
his way to antagonize Croker's vice committee.
Supported by Commissioners Sexton and Abell.
and. according to repute, by Senator "Tim"
Sullivan, he has refused to obey the orders of
Lewis Nixon and his colleagues. The committee
has recognized that a crisis has come and that
something must be done if Tammany is to have
even a remcte chance at the elections next year.
If the policy of the committee were followed
Tammany would be enabled to set up the plea
that it had helped to clean the city. By closing
up the immoral resorts and gambling house*
Mr. Nixon's committee hoped to minimize the
taint which attaches to Tammany after It has
fattened for three years on the money paid for
the protection of vice. Devery and his friends
have been less far sighted. They are more con
cerned about the present than the possibilities
of next November: hence the clash.
In the struggle Devery will go under. It may
be said, in fact, that he has been submerged
already. It is known that the significant state
ment made by Lewis Nixon on Monday was in
spired. The committee is in close, touch with
Mr. Croker, and it is by his orders that Devery
will be sacrificed to the exigencies that now con
front Tammany Hall. Devery recognizes that
he is beaten. His request for retirement. it is
well understood, has been already written out
and is in the possession of Commissioner Sexton.
When the moment arrives when Devery is con
fronted with the alternative of resigning or
facing the probabl«* loss of his pension his ap
plication for retirement will be handed to the
Police Board. The likelihood is that he will
leave Headquarters within the next few days.
Devery is aware that it is a matter of only a
few weeks before police legislation .will. be en
acted which would end his tenure of office, and
it has been made plain to him by his own or
ganization that unless he gets out speedily he
may be called upon to answer charges of in
competency. Mr. Nixon's threats of submitting
evidence to the Grand Jury and securing the
indictment of several captains was meant solely
as a lever to assist in hoisting Devery out of
Mulberry-st. Should the Chief retire the po
lice captains would be thoroughly amenable
and would obey implicitly the orders of the
committee. With Devery's influence removed
from them there would be no need of threaten
ing them with indictment, for the reason that,
as Mr. Platzek said on Monday, every gambling
house In the city would be closed so tightly that
they could not be opened with a crowbar.
DEVERY IN HIS OFFICE.
To the surprise of the .Headquarters staff.
Chief Devery visited Mulberry-st. yesterday, and
remained in his room from 2 until after 5 o'clock.
For most of this time he was in consultation
with Captain Titus. Neither of them would say
if their conference had anything to do with the
police situation. "I ain't got nothin* to say
about nothin'." was Devery's reply to the in
quiries that were put to him.
Lewis Nixon, when he was seen yesterday,
would not amplify to any great extent his state
ment of Monday. "This is a day of peace and
good will." he said, 'and I do not want to utter
a word against any one. My statement of yes
terday was mainly directed against systems. Bi
partlzanahip is a mistake in police administra
tion, and I am sure that either Commissioner
Ycrk or Commissioner Sexton could, with full
power, care for existing evils. What has given
me the greatest satisfaction Is the fact that not
a single man in the Tammany organization has
I attempted to dissuade me. but that from all
sources I have received encouragement, advice
and proffered assistance. The earnestness of
purpose and sincerity of my colleagues on the
committee have made our work harmonious to
a degree seldom seen.
"As a protection to life and property, the po
lice of New-York are unsurpassed, and it Is a
great injustice to this efficient body of men that
a system of protection which enriches a few
should lessen the pride and confidence we should
have in the police force."
THE FIFTEEN TO MEET TO-DAT.
The Committee of Fifteen will meet to-day at
3 o'clock in its headquarters in the Charities
Building. The principal interest in the meeting
will be the constitution of two sub-committees,
which will be instructed in one case to obtain
evidence against illegal resorts, and in the other
to confer with other reform bodies. The sub
committee on evidence will not only gather proof
against evil places, but also against the offi
cials responsible for their existence and pro
THROWy AQAiyST A POLICEMAN.
RUNAWAY COLLISION IN EIGHTH-AYE BREAKS A
WHEEL ASP UPSETS DRIVER.
A team of horses attached to a surrey driven
by Robert Nelson, of No. 406 West One-hun
dred-and-twenty-fourth-st.. took fright yester
day afternoon In Eighth-aye. At One-hundred
anJ-forty-flrst-st. the surrey was in collision with
a phaeton driven by George Hurt, of No. 2.388
A back wheel of the phaeton was broken, and
Hurt was thrown against Thomas Cosgrove. a
bicycle patrolman, who was trying to stop the
runaway team. Cosgrove quickly remounted his
wheel and gave chase. He stopped in-? team at
One-hundred-and-sixtleth-st. No one was hurt.
ST. PETERSBURG'S PEOPLE'S PALACE.
St. Petersburg. Dec. 25.— The Prince of Olden
bourg. president of the Government Temperance
Committee, at noon to-day declared the People's
i Palace open to the public. After the Inaugural
I ceremonies the Prince and twenty Si the higher
; army officers. Including the commanding generals,
along with high officials, noblemen ami ladles, dined
1 side by side with peasants and the families of
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