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V ot LXI N° 20.139.
NEWS OF TWO CAPITALS.
PPIRIT OF OPTIMISM lOR OOBONATIOK
Br , IT'S STRONG POSITION—
< BTATCHIXG GERMANY AND THE
(Cc? yripht; 1002: By TIM New-York Trib.'.ne.)
Ir.T CABLE TO THE TRIBUNE.]
jxjnfloii. Jan. 1. — On the threshold of the new
vnr a comfortable spirit of optimism is no
'.^ip. The political croakers have been un
—«iJ!y gloomy in the annual reviews and homi
ly tut above the rumbling basses has rung:
jj a high treble' of cheerfulness and hope.
Coronation year has not opened with auguries
of peace in South Africa, but there is evidence
jjut the Boer aiirrcsi'i have been won at a
terribly high cost, and that the exploits of
a-tha and i <•■ Wet cannot be repeated without
I final process of exhaustion in the concentra
tion of enfeebled commandoes The rebellion in
tt j je patch districts .'s wellnigh suppressed, and
the Boers, after the most persistent and valor
eus defence known in modern times, are peril
«cs!r near the last ditch on each side of the
Tul- Lord Kitchener's blockhouse system has
jot broken down, and the sheer weight of the
British resource! is slowly but surely crushing
•be Dutch resistance. There may not be light in
Darkest Africa, but there is a sense of de
putise darkness, and in England there Is the
consciousness of a new source of strength in the
lTilty of th» self-governing colonies. Over
rtehiiei with burdens of taxation as English-
Cfß are, and harassed, also, with Increasing
prtESurp of foreign competition, they can con
tslt themselves with the reflection that the old
a3ur.tr>' is using through a crisis in the fort
sr.es of th? empire without financial disturb
g-re. whereas Germany, without an exhausting
rar. baa been shaken and paralyzed by Indus
;. remarkably stimulative effect has been pro
iuced by Lord Rosebery's speech. The news
papers arc still discussing it. although it was
made three weeks ago. It has transformed the
political situation, it has supplied an alternative
Primp Minister, if it has not created an alterna
tive government. A strong Scotch Radical has
petted me upon my return from America with
this declaration: "We have found our leader
and shall not let him stray away again. Lord
Boaebery is the only possible head of a Liberal
Cabinet. No alternative government can be
formed without him, and he cannot be anywhere
raeept at the top. Mr. Labouchere may revile
fcim. and Mr. llaasinghani may sneer at him,
bat the Scotch and English Radicals are satis
fled with his speech and willing to accept him
as the only man who can unite the party and
restore it to the stronghold of power. Always
ambitious, and never more bo than when he was
reproached for abandoning the Liberal party,
ie has been fired with a noble enthusiasm for
rallying and uniting the factions and leading
them to victory."
Nothing less than a miracle has been wrought
when a consistent Radical and implacable an
tagonist of th* titled classes talks In this way.
The most remarkable anomaly Is. the fusion of
pronounced Boers and stalwart imperialists,
who are alike invigorated and inspired by the
authorized text of the speech. Whatever else
fcaprens, the government will be exposed here
tfte: to the most destructive criticism for lack
cf efficiency and practical ability, and the minis
ters win not be believed when they assert that
it. alternative government cannot be formed
from the wrangling of the opposition factions.
The relations of the United States and Ger
aa.r.y excite more interest in diplomatic circles
ttan any episode In Continental affairs. The
Venezuela complication is closely watched, and
'■aval demonstration, followed by the tempe-
Bjqr seizure of the revenues and a blockade
Man Of La Guayra or Marguerita is expected.
It is taken for ranted by everybody here con-.
'•react with foreign affairs that the State D«-
IBjaaeßt has not only a secret understanding
«lth. but a!=o a hard and fast declaration from,
Berlin government that no permanent oecu-
J»tlcn of any portion of Venezuela Is intended,
**eny Infringement of the Monroe Doctrine, an
*v luch measures as may be adopted In the
**T are merely designed to facilitate the
"Station of lawful and just debts, and will not
materially from the expedients employed
'.T. T France and other powers for enforcing equl
**& claims against the Porte. It is clear that
tie ■':■.•! Office here has been Informed that
*■* United States and Germany have come to a
■kSsite and forma! agreement respecting the
sad limitations of th*» naval demonstra
"■* against Venezuela, and that the relations
* tie two powers will not be clouded if fome
JRa of coercion becomes necessary for the en
•W*ajent of financial liabilities. The three
™' maritime powers of the world are united
fa a>e policy of holding inferior States, republi
02 or monarchical, responsible for '--bis, and
rt allowing them to repudiate the valid claims
lit business relations of England and the
States were never more intimate than at
I £*Kit. Every incoming steamer from New
•^ brings a swarm of American commercial
I •eUtrs, electrical engineers and mercantile
Lrical engineers a..d mercantile
j^sts, eager to reform and revolutionize the
industrial system. The Campania, which
ir"/**^ ; n the wake of the Germanic and rode
wfl the teas which a few days before had
j*** «sh»-'; by a hurricane, had an unusually
rjf* (BCtlngent of representative American
_ «• men. The gold fields of Alaska, the
of the- Philippines, the shipping inter
cf Philadelphia, the export trade of «'hi-
I »*' * cr * represented among the saunterers on
I i^* 11 * 1 the card Players In the smoking room.
IJ* m*m '*' rf- agents of every important Ameri-
I i. V * u * tr >' from electrical engineering to cor
gi &aicitl B. and there was an inventor with
■ *v* models for a ship compartment door
■gT* could be closed by water so as to render
■ of the largest tonnage secure against every
■ "t^T «cept fire.
B|. Knevolence of Americans eager to run
I i^* 11 *ttle i and is not limited to Indus
■( B ." c r:.iiAays and miscellaneous lnven-
Hj^ t/^ aif * also prepared to compete for
i *«r7 < J0r * of th»- turf and c rtln B prizes of
BE^' tll <i. K. >:l, a ;i K..n«-, who has arrived In
ijrj. ky the. Campania, expects to head a
I | ■ ** n > in the international tourney.
tKr *** lher in London is mild, with the usual
■jgl * ** The clubs are empty after the noli
tW^ 1 political tcouts for the session of
I aeßt ar.- not yet on duty. The forecasts
I . ' ■"•Haard on fourth pa C
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NO LENITY FOR }BOERS.
riIAMKERLAIN-S POLICY UNCHANGED
MR. HARE AT THE LYCEUM.
(CbpjrfcM; I^2: By Th» >V-\v Ynrk Tribuno.)
[UT CABLE TO THE TBIB'NK.I
London, Jan. r>. 1 a. m.- The friends of Joseph
Chamberlain are confident that he will not
chatiße his policy In South Africa, hut that he
will set his face sternly against a revival of
peace negotiations. They credit him with the
determination to continue the military cam
paign until every Boer In arms is a prisoner,
and they assert that he will not follow Lord
Boaebery's advice, an*l allow himself to be
drawn Into negotiations with Mr. Kruß* r. This
Is not because he has a hardened heart, but
because he considers that everything within
reason was don ■ by I/onl Kitchener to facili
tate the conclusion of an armistice with Gen
era] Botha, an<l that r.ny reopening of negotia
tions with Mr. Krtkger is utterly Impracticable
and will only expose th" British cause t.. ridi
The government is not likely to bp influenced
In any decree by Ix>rd Rosebery's plain speak
lnp. It takes Its South African cues from Mr.
Chamberlain, and will not attempt to make
peace when there Is no peace.
The capture of Erasmus is considered to be
an amnle offset for the heavy casualty lists re
ported from the War Office. While not one of
the most alert and resourceful Boer .leaders, he
has exerted a great Influence through sheer
force "f chara< ter In keeping wavering burghei a
In the field.
British veterans have been asserting for many
months that the war would end as pn.m as a
dozen leaders coul 1 be captured. Erasmus Is
one of the most Irreconcilable Boers.
John Hare's reappearance on the London
stage last night called out a crowded hOUS< of
admirers and friends. It was a night of en
thusiasm and pood feeling, and also an in
vigorating exhibition of thr- old time art of act
lng. As Benjamin Goldfinch In Sydney Qrundy'a
"A Pair . " Mr. Hare acted with
delicacy, power and brilliancy, and delighted all
his old friends. Charles Groves as Gregory
Goldfinch was equally humorous and effective
and divided the honors of the evening with Mr.
Hare. May Mar strong company gave
excellent BUpp rt ' veteran actor was
i:r.-. :• d as coi Sir Henry Irvine In
variably is st ■■■ ■ ■ and was repeatedly
recalli i <J with every sign of
affection a after the Una
of the « vita I N- V.
1.1/ /•;/.•/<■ IV Ml) FOR BOERS
DUTCH CLERGYMAN TELLS OF HIS WORK
To ASSIST MR. KRI EGER.
r.russels. Jar. 4.— The Rev. Mr. Broekhuysen
returns, as s Boer propagandist, to the United
States about the middle of January. He will
probably be accompanied by Abraham Fischer,
the leader of the Boer delegates who visited th-
United .States in May, \\*»>.
The clergyman's accounts of the success of
hie mission and his representations in regard
to Important suggestions from responsible
American quarters nave created the belief
among Mr. Kroner's friends that encouraging
results could be obtained by the dispatch of
The Key. Mr. Brockhuysen says that he and
other propagandists have collected in America
S.-.h.<m>. This is more than the Boers have re
ceived from any other source. The i-lersyman
al«o asserts that a number of Senators and
government officials in the Cnlted States en
courag^d him to pursue his work, and charged
him to congratulate Mr. Kruger in their behalf
on the successes the Boers have
against the British.
GENERAL ERASMUS A PRISONER.
London. Jan. 4. — Lord Kitchener reports to
the War Office, under date of Johannesburg,
January 3. as follows:
Bruce Hamilton, oporatfn? to the ea
cf Krmeio, since December 2fl has captured
one hundred prisoner.', including General Eras
CIIAXGF IX CHINESE POLICY
EMPREBB SHOWS SKINS or BEINfS DE
SIROUS TO CONCILIATE FOREIGNERS.
Peking, Jan. 4. — The Empress Dowager has
l«u<-.o! another edict displaying a d< sire to con
ciliate foreigners. She says that friendly rela
tions with the ministers Bhould be resumed Inv
•■■!y on the court's return to Peking,
wherefore it Is desirable that tl
an audience, and orders an early date to be flx< I
for the reception <>t the ministers. H>-r MaJ ity
recalls the pleasure she experienced twice In re
ceiving the women of the diplomatic corps, and
announces that she will soon arrange another ■■■
The edict mentions th« hall In which the Em
peror will receive the ministers, it in |n ■'••■
Forbidden City, and Is the same hall where th.
members of the <'";iii<i! :■'.,] the highest n< blea
are received. This conforms with the peai
It is reported that :■ building along the roul
of the procession will be provided, whei
foreign women may witness the court's re-entry.
Into Peking by order of the Empress Dowager.
This Is a remarkable Innovation.
To-day's edict confirms th»- report that two
missionaries were victims In the Kanan mas
sacre, and orders th-- vigorous punishment of
th>- persons concerned In the outrage.
The Foreign Ofllce has received a petition,
signed by a multitude of Chinese merchants in
the United States requesting the government
to oppose t!)-- re-enactment of the Chinese Kx
dUSlOn law. The petitioners assert that tli"
beat j.f-njiie in th.- United states are opposed to
the law. and that only tin- coterie surrounding
President Roosevelt favor it: that all Chinese
enterinp the country are regarded and treated
as criminals; that both sexes are stripped and
>>:an lned for disease, ;•.!;. i ihat the feelings of
the respectable Chinese are outraged by the
ordeal; and it Is further all iged that many deli
cate persons ha\>- died as the result of this
The proposed measure to prohibit Chinese
fr< m crossing the United States in order to
enter Mexico and South America, where many
of them have large Interests, will. It Is declared,
greatly damage trade.
UK VOCRA Ts REPVDI ITH BRYA V.
Bist"n. Jan. 4 The Democratic State <'ommit?e<-
at a meetinß this afternoon refused to co-operat(
with the Conunonwealth <"iuii In the reception and
banquet to tw tendered by the latter to William
Jennings Bryan. The action of the committee waa
FIRE IX INSANE ASYLUM.
[i:T Tr.i.K>;u\rii TO TriE TRIBCXK.]
Newport Haws, Vs., Jan. 4.— Fire destroyed the
Tower Building at the Kastern Slate Hospital for
the Insane in Wllliamsburg this morning. Ail the
patients in the building, which wns occupied by
males only and the attendants escaped The total
loss will reach $10,000.
ard Air Line Railwaj and the finest <i If
Links in tho world. Ofllce, 1.1*3 Broadway. Advt.
DA.— Enjoy summer climate In winter at
Tumps. Buy Hotel. Information at S Park flu* and
Plant System, 2»0 Broadway,—
X F.ELY 7
I A L BEGIXS.
POSTOPFICE EMPLOYES IN HAVANA AT
THE T'.AR PLEAS OF Not GUILTY.
Havana. Jan. 4.— The trials of the cases aris
ing from the Cuban postofflce embezzlements
opened to-day In the Audencia Court, before Uve
Judges. The courtroom la over the prison in
which Neely has been confined. One hundred
and eighty-two witnesses have been called to
testify, and of these about eighty responded to
'• ndants Neely, Rathbone and
Reeves were seated on one side of the room, and
Moya an,] m.- a ra. the Cuban st mp clerks, on
the other. Neely Bhowed no signs of his con
finement. He has grown stouter, and was, ap
parently, in good spirits.
Upon the opening of the court Rathbone was
Informed by the judges that his counsel. Seftors
Lanuza and Desvernlne, had withdrawn. The
<•■ urt asknd the other counsel for the deft
they would assume "harp., of Rathbone's case,
and. being answered in th<- negative, appoint >d
Mr. Pascua, a curt employe, and gave Rath
bone one hour In which to consult with his new
The court then sjkked Neely to plead, and the
latter responded that he had never heard the
accusations against him. but, after consulting
with bis counsel, he entered a plea of not guilty.
Rathbone, Moya and Mascara also plead<
guilty, while Reeves asked permission to wait
until the next session of the court before mak
ing hi* plea, and his request was granted.
Sefior Zayas. Neely's counsel, asked that the
accusation against his client be read. He said
ho ha.l not given Instructions to Neely, as the
court had not mowed htm to consult documents
and examine papers In order to pn pare I
fence. The complaint was read In Spanish,
consuming two and one-half hours. During the
reading Rathbone rose and said he desired to
protest against the continuance ■>f the trial until
he should have had time to get counsel of his
"'• s l "election; ana also that if his plea was to
be taken as a deposition, he wished to with
draw it. The court sal I the plea would not be
taken in the cir< v I - and that Rathbone's
it tvould be consldej
Before the reading of the complaint was tin-
Mr. Desvernlne, .t brother of Rath
■ counsel, asked the privlh . ourt
to assume the protection of his brother's rlict.t
for the afternoon. The court granted his re
'!': ' "■' it would not the fui ther rlela ;
asked for. Mr. Desvern ■• then moved that the
reading of Rathbone'a answer to the charges le
withheld until th^ next session of the court,
: until Monday.
The amount of documentary <?vid< n ■■ v mlt
t< d by ihe • great a I
piled high with books and IntTT \ I
The couri In its refusal tn postpone the trials
said there was no reason to delay tl
Ings on account • an j other
evidence ror the tl f- •
they might arrive at anj time ■ trial
The lei ket< the en. mm.] that the govern
ment is submitting a great mam of :■
evidence, and th I " ; t wenty daj - .
th.-m to fllf an answer Is not B ifl
r. n. brows in: lays the umbri \
THF- AGENT WAS CARRIED OUT ON THE
BIQ I-IX!:r:. AND HAS A HARD TIME
People crossing the North River from Hi
at V- .':<> o'clock yesterday were surpi
the steamer LTmbria, of the <"unard Line
straightening out :n the stream f ■
- to Liver]
at noon, and I I st< am<
wait for nothin : t belated Aus I
mail. Bhe >!. i.'i have •• n « ■•;: lown •
th.-" Narrows. Vernon H. Brown, ti; >
York agent of • the unlntei
cause of th< ■;• la .' ■ pr wea
pullinif the it< amer
pier, and tb" whistle, was i good by
a man wearing a s!!'k hat, with a canu In his
■ 'i ..: ' 1..
and shoutii ut th(
gangway a It was Vernon H
At lirsi the !■• • . lid not re<
him. The foreman, sa\\ him, and
'■r:. r- d the ma nat tl lower
th.-- gangway ;iu-::i' In time word
h;;<l been sent to Captain Dutton, and the
M'-ii in' i'g engines .\ ere
How \- is Mi Browi The
op< nip.!.' -n th" rail for the ii
nt of the pier wall,
the gangway could not Iw ■ ■ m.i.p it. It
100 l • i aa If M • ould ha\ •• i>< jump.
It ii .•'■- finally '!• cld< d to , y on
'. mid t hIH ■• i' .; me I :-.r Mr 1 trow n's
troul ■■ ■ ■ r. His silk 1 . rushed
1-. Ntn t thi deck above as he climbed upon ths
rail i' tt.'
fell Into the v a not he !■•■
covered, as it v, as lost to view/ In the debrla
floal ir;ir hi I a■ en t d th< pier. ' >n.-.
on the gangway Mr. FJrown waa able :
■ ■■ had !■• • ii ■!' laj r»d
fifteen minutes by tb<- Incident.
HEIRS To sri: FOR VAST ESTATE
IS IN THE HEART OF CLEVELAND, <>ii!<>,
AND IS VALUED AT MANY MILLIONS.
I r:T r • ■ i . i : ■ . i : U'M ro rui: I linn \r |
Newburg' N. V.. Jan I. rtfty peopl at
. al I'": t Jervis, i ailed to order
l.\ c. E. Cuddeback, :<>» counsel, to i
plans t.i proceed against the city of Cleveland
Qhio, >•> gain title to an estate variously esti
mated at from $60,000,000 to $100,000,000. The
heirs In this section are descendants of Absolom
Case. Leonard Case left the property ii"\v In
dispute "to hfa brothers."
Th<- property is In the heart of the city. If
the Case heirs m this section <:i;i establish their
relationship to Leonard Case, si., through Ab
solom Case, :■ suit will be brought for the re
covery of the property. Among the putative
heirs Is -Mrs. Charles H. Koch, of Fishkill Land-
MORE S'EWYORK CEXTRAL STOCK.
ADDITIONAL ISSUE OF 120,000,000 TO PAT FOR
"THREE IS" HO AD.
It is learned upon high authority that the di
rectors of the New-York Central will at their
next regular meeting authorise the issue of
$^<),(KH»,<K")O additional stock. The proceeds will
be applied to payment for the Indiana, Illinois
and lowa Railroad Company— the "Three I's" —
which has been recently acquired by the Lake
Shore, and to meeting the expense of such bet
terments of the New-York Central system as
the directors may decide to be Immediately de
The Indiana, Illinois and lowa is to be oper
ated as a part of the Lake Shore system. T. P.
Shonta will retire as president and general man
ager, and the road will come under the jurisdic
tion of the Lake Shore's general manager. The
"Three I's" operat m total mileage of 306 miles.
Its line extends from South Bend, lad., to
Seatonville, 111., and to St. Joseph, Mich., and
Renton Harbor, Mich. It has outstanding .*.">,
000.000 stock and $4,500,000 ■» per cent bonds.
New-York Central stock has been ruling strong
in the market, and closed yesterday at 107%.
— — • —
CHAMPAGNE IMPORTS IN 1901.
Of a total of £19,243 cases imported by. over 30
brands, G. H. Murnm's Extra Dry aggregated 120.
359 cases, nearly 60,000 cases more than any other
brand. Particular attention Is called to the quality
of this wine: It is very dry and resembles the fa
mous iss.» vintage, being more delicate and breedy
than the I*o3. Immense reserves guaranty* the
maintenance of quality.— Advi.
PANAMA'S OFFER MADE.
LAID BEFORE lUE PRESWENI
BY ADMIRAL WALKER.
PROPOSAL TO SELL FOR $40,000,000 WILL
PROBABLY BE SENT TO CONGRESS
[!1T TZLEGBAFII TO TBS TKIIU NX.]
Washington, Jan. 4.— As foreshadowed by The
Tribune's special dispatches, both from Wash
ington and Paris last night, a formal and def
inite proposition to-day was made by representa
tives of the French shareholders, to sell the
Panama Canal to this government for $40,000,-
O<KI. The proposition was submitted to Admiral
John Q. Walker, president of the Isthmian Canal
Commission, by M. Boeufvt, a member of the
French -Embassy, who acted under instructions
received this morning by cable from the respon
sible officials of the Panama Canal Company in
Paris. Admiral Walker Immediately called on
Secretary Hay. and officially made known to
him the receipt of ;h • proposition, and Secretary
Hay soon laid it before President Roosevelt. In
substance the notification delivered to Admiral
Walker was as follows:
Til.- I'll mi m < nillll Comimny .la-.-l.i rt--i IfcM
ready to transfer la l!i«. i;.M.Ti,m.-iil of the
I ""•''' Mat.-*, oil payment or SVMMMNMNMI, •«>•
liroiM-rtifN nnii conoexNlonN, catliuatcil at Unit
.him. mi I by the iMtiiuiMi) Canal Commlniilan,
In < ..iiforinliv with the ti-riu* nnil ronttltlona
of the eHtliuateit of that coiiiiulhmlou.
While this offer has all the binding force re
quired to put the transaction on a plain, strict
business basis, still it la understood that no of
ficial representations will be made from Wash
ington to the Panama Canal officers In Paris un
til there has; been a full and fre ■ discussion of the
subject hero between Admiral Walker and other
members of the Isthmian Canal Commission
on on-? Bide and M. Edouard Lampr4, aecictary
general of the Frerich Panama Canal Company,
and M. Boeufve, on the other side. M. Lamprc
is due to arrive at New-York to morrow on ihe
steamer Aquitalne. it i.s known that he la
bringing the proposition for the sale just as it
was formulated by the new managers of the
company at their recent meeting in Paris. Why
the Frenchmen resorted to the use of the cable to
lay their offer before this government ahead of
the arrival here of their duly authorized agent
is not known, although it is Inferred that they
■lee iu>d this was the wisest com in order
thoroughly to Impress everybody concerned with
the eu.rnestnoss of their proposition.
FAVORED BY THE WALKLR COMMISSION.
That Admiral Walker and most of his asso
ciates on the Isthmian Canal Commission will
favor the acceptance of the offer there is very
:itt!e room for doubt, since In their recent report
they fixed the value of the French property at
the figure at which the Frenchmen have agreed
to dispose of it outright to the United States.
Th.- fact Is, as pointed out In these dispatches
last night, thnt a careful reading of the comm
ission's report shows a stronger leaning to the
Panama route than to the Nicaragua route, and
the spirit of the report is declared by many
capable Judges to be an Ingenious argument all
th.> way through for the Panama project.
Whether or not the commission will amend its
report /or «.übin.ls£lon to Convres? .Is another
Question, which probably will be determined en
tirely by the wishes of the President and Be r«
tary of state.
PRESIDENT'S PROBABLE ACTION.
Nor can it yet be Judged what action the
; • . - ild nd a spe
ed soon aft< r ('on
■ ■ ' i. •■. !i :: • and the i
. ■ ! . n.iout ;i; i the Houi
s- nate. In oi icta a course
as this the I
:•. spon rlbllltj foi ;ii canal and Ccngi
w1 1 h -
nut first ght on the subject of
■ n:> ins of 1 1: two loutes than
!' ■ : t hi.; ; •asor: It
t will ti onsmit the offer to
.i! hout v r«?ommei lation i I
: : ■ thai ly to atruggli with the
:i :.s it in : ■ . .-. DDie of this
■ \ would -■ .i request ■• the President
that the Isthmian Canal Con mlsßion mi
fi rther Bpeclal Investigation o the Panama
scheme, together with a careful estimate of the
vnlue of tfi p • along the route
owned by the I company, and also
an estimate <■( the actual amount of money
■ : expended In th*> work of construction
etc. Such :'i! In n, of course, would
embrai • some additional eniilnet-ring work by
\)\ mmlsslon In order that • very phase of thlg
. : •■ of iii" ei.t. : prise would be
thoroughly covered for the guidance of Con
THE HEPBURN NICARAGUA BILL.
It is not \ ■• i known whether thN new turn to
the canal question will damp the ardor of the
House for the Hepburn* Nicaragua bllL That
measure la a special order on the House calen
: next Tuesday, and if Mr. Hepburn In-
Bista on pushing it the House probably will not
the courage to defeat its passage after a
perfunctory debate, in which most of the mem
■in scramble for an opportunity to declare
themselves enthusiastically In favor of con
structing an isthmian waterway. They will do
this to save themselves from the danger of an
embarrassing explanation to their constituents
when they return home next summer for re
election, and then will pass the whole canal
question up to th>- Senate for final disposition,
as n the wont of the House to do o>i many
Important measures that confront Congress in
thesi days. There is no evidence that the Sen
ate fears to deal with the question strictly on
its merits, and in doing this it probably will
necessarily delay definite or final canal legisla
tion at this session, now that the French propo
sition has been put in a shape that demands
earnest and careful consideration,
THE COMMISSIONS ESTIMATES.
The offe; as made to Admiral Walker, and
later communicated to the President, refers to
tl stlmates of the Isthmian Canal Commis
sion's report. This feature of the report ap
pears under the caption "Total Value of the
Panama •'anal." ;md Is as follows:
Summing up the foregoing Items, the total
value of th>- property la found to b#: Excava
tion already d nc, $27,474,033; Panama Railroad
stock at par. S'l. N."io.iMM>; maps, drawings and
records. $2,000,000. To which add 10 per cent
to cover omissions, making the total valuation
of the Panama Canal f4tM)UO,UU».
Till: COMPANY'S DECISION.
I'f.ris. Jan. 1. The directors of the Panama
• ■anal Company, with President B0 in the ch.iir.
met at the company's omcea at 11 o'clock this
morning, and. after ■ brief session, cams to a
definite decision to offer to s< !1 the canal prop
erty to the United States for $4<i.«nh •,(«■«». This
price Includes the excavations, cannl railroad,
machinery nnd all the other Hems specified In
the Isthmian Commission's report. The com
pany*a representative at Washington, M. Boeu
fu£. received a cable mrisagr to-day Instructing
him formally to submit this offer to the Presi
.«>l.n> TRAIN TO FLORIDA.
Seaboard Air Line Railway, absolutely the only
line offering daily solid tratus to St. Augustine.
Office, 1,183 Broadway.— Advt.
NAVAL FIGHT IMMINENT.
VENEZUELAN GUNBOATS, WITHOUT
COAL, SEEKING THE LIBEHTADOU.
V/illemstad. Curacao, Jan. 4.— lt was leported
here that the Libertador anchored yesterday
evening at Machurucuto. a small port situated
between Rio Chlco and Uchlre. and that three
Venezuelan war vessels had received orders to
start immediately for Machurucuto and endeav
or to capture the revolutionary vessel.
It also became known later to-day that Gen
eral Riera left this island on Thursday, to join
the insurgent forces on the coast near Vela de
Coro and that doubtless he was unable to land
on Venezuelan soil, for he returned unexpectedly
to Curacao this morning.
The vessels composing the Venezuelan fleet
are without coal. Besides this, the engines of
these warships are out of order, and therefore
President Castro's ships could not put to sea
and search for the Libertador.
Seven bands of insurgents, raised by General
Fernandez Mer.dc-z and others, are under arms,
but they are avoiding coming into conflict with
the government troops until they receive rein
forcements and arms and ammunition. The
fact thai the government has made every effort
to capture these bands, but without success, is
looked upon by the revolutionists as being proof
of the vitality of the reroluticmaiy movement.
The Venezuelan Government, according to the
advices from Caracas, is without money, and is
vainly trying to buy war supplies in New-York.
It is further asserted thai the employes of the
government of Venezuela have been without
pay for the last six months, and that they are
only awaiting a favorable opportunity to take
part in the revolt against President Castro.
The French cruiser D'Estrees has arrived
GERMANY'S SEW MESSAGE.
Berlin, Jan. 4.— Heir yon Pilgrim Baltazzi. the
German Charge d'Affaires at Caracas, handed
to President Castro a fresh note on Thursday,
reciting in simple language what Germany de
sires Venezuela to do respecting all her claims
and th" questions In dispute. An official of the
Foreign Office said that the new nots is so
phrased that no possible offence can be taken.
It contains no suggestion of an ultimatum, and
no time limit, for compliance with its terms Is
named, though, in presenting the note, the
Charge d'Affaires asked for an earl] reply. The
object of the note is to afford to President
Castro a:i opportunity of yielding gracefully,
and it conveys no intimation of what Germany
will d > If Venezuela refuses to pay the German
Diplomatic opinion here considers that Ger
many's representations to the United States re
>;ar.ling Venezuela Indicate that the German
Government entirely accepts the Monroe Doc
trine. The papers have partly taken the same
view. The "Tageblatf says: "The phrase
'America for Americans' is an Irreversible fact."
Some newspapers, like the Cologne "Yolks-
Zeltung." a leading Central organ, Be* in Ger
many's consultation with the United States an
unnecessary (cognition of the latter's "pre
tensions in Central America," and that paper
avers that th« representations of the German
Ambassa lor. Dr. vor Kolleben. it Washington,
were followed by "a fresh outbreak of insolence
upon the part of the American pres?."
VESSELS TO ATTACK REBELS.
Colon. Jan. 4 —It is reported from Panama
that General Alban has chartered the Pacific
Steam Navigation Company's steamer Chiricjut
and the Pacific Mall Company's steamer Isabel,
and that, with these vessels and the gunboat
Koyaca and a canalboat, he will leave shortly to
attack the fleet of the revolutionists.
IHIHIM HIRE IN COLOMBIA.
FIGHTING ON THE ISTHMUS MAY BE RE
m:\\ EX) SOON.
A cable dispatch yesterday from General Vargas
Santos, chief of the Colombian reV-lllon. to Dr.
A. J. Restrepo, diplomatic agent of the rebels In
this rountry, announced that Ger.eral Rafael I7ribe-
Uribe, the fishting leader Of the uprising, had ef
ftvted an entrance Into Colombia from Venezuela!
General Uribe-Uribe baa for some time been at
Tachira, ■:./..■. with an army of two thousand
in. n. Ho has tried lime anil again to got past the
Colombian Government force! but always without
success. In those attempts he was ■ Misted by
t.-". ;- of the Venezuelan army, an.l their cowardice
and disloyalty are said to have been the cause of
hi>. uprated failures. He now. however, has ac
complished his end, with a force composed only of
Colombian Liberals. The entrance was gained int'>
the Depart men i of Santander. and there will soon.
It Is expected, lie some severe battling.
Other advices received by Dr. Kejstrepo are that
the Insurgents under General ArJilla have captured
the city of Buraramanga, which is one of the most
Important towns in the country and the capital of
Si.ntander. Another attempt to take Panama is
now planned by ■: • Insurrectionists. The news Is
confirmed that their Meet, consisting of the gun
boats Darien. Pailiila and • Itan and :i few sailing
vessels carry cargoes of war material, are in
the vicinity of the Isthmus. It is even ported that
Dome of these have already been landed. General
Benjamin Herrera la the commander of this ex
Dr. Restrepo salt] yesterday that he expected to
hear In o few days of the renewal of hostilities at
proviso of Hi', /'/: crop.
TIU'ST MAY CUT 500.000 TONS ON TUB K.EXXEBEC
AND 130,000 ON THE PEXOBSCOT.
[BT i Ft t '.im:-h T> THE TBIMTXE.]
Augusta, Me.. Jan. 4.— George W. Lawrence, of
this Ity, general manager for Maine of the Ameri
can Ice Company, to-night spoke as follows of the
situation on th« Kennebec anil Penobscot rivers:
The Kennebec ts devoij of Jams from the ledges
at rittston. a short way below Gardiner, to Twtn<?'s
Point, at the foot of Swan's Island, five miles below
Richmond. The Ice, which has lust frozen, varies
from two to four Inches in thickness. If this
weather, which la now at the zero mark, continues
In twenty-four hours the Ice will Just about double
In thickness. No harvesting, however, will be done
until the crystal freeze reaches a thickness of at
least twelve Inches.
Advices from the Penob^cot say that four tugs
are at work trying to break up the several Jams
which have formed on that river, and. of course,
only weather conditions will determine when those
Jama .iii i>e broken. I received a dispatch trom
an agent and he said that there were ten Inches
of solid l?e on the Sheepseot River at Wlscasset.
and thai there was about the same thick) at
East Boothbay, North Boothbay and Boothbay
The American Ice Company desires to cut five
hundred thousand tons this season on the Kennebec,
and will do so If this cold weather continues. There
are now sixty thousand tons on hand. On the
P( nobscot there is not one pound on hand, and th"
company will endeavor to harvest one hundred and
fifty thousand tons.
HWK ROBBED OF t3M9,
Pittsburg, Jan. 4 (Special" The Fir*t National
Bank of Gtaasport was robbed oi IMB last night
The robbers tot into the cellar, dog a hole in the
vault ;-nd used dynamite on the safe. The ii.mk
bad lust moved Into a new building, and was not
y» t in working shape.
LIQUID A I It HID SOT CURE BOIL.
[by telegraph to Tlir ti:ibi\ne.)
Huron, S. D.. Jan. 4.— Professor Davis, travelling
under the management of Thearle & Hanford. of
Chicago, delivered a series of lectures here six
weeks ago upon liquid air. In which he claimed it
was a panacea for nil blood diseases. He Invited
hearers having w irt>. cancers or boils to try the
remedy, and the Key. R. A. Vanderlas. of the First
Prfsbyierlan Church, allowed him to freeze a boll
on his wrist. Gangrene sot in. .mil the minister has
been confined to his bed eve" since, and his life
was barely saved from blood poisoning. Now he
hns made a demand upon Thearle & Hanford for
EXPECTED TO CONSOLIDATE.
It Is expected that the F. O. Norton Cement
Company, the Lawrencevllle Cement Company, the
Newark and Rosendale Lime and Cement Com
pany and the Lawrence Cement Company, all
operating natural cement properties in Ulster
County, this State, will soon be consolidated into a
single corporation, to be capitalized at about
FI.oKIDA -HAVANA NASSAV-THOMASVILLK
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Solid train to St Augustine. Florida Excursion
tickets allow stop off at Charleston Exposition Ap
ply Atlantic Coa»i Line, 1.161 B'way, cor. 27h St
PRICE FIVK CENTS.
W. \V. LAUD. JR., APPOINTED
ASSETS PLACED AT | a\l> LIA
■HJTIEB AT .«."..••; '■ vim > c. H.
The Crude Rubber Qcmprny. ir.ccrrorat<»d un«
der the laws of Virginia to February. I>D7. and
having its offices at No. 33 P.roa.lway. this city.
went into the hands of a receiver yesterday.
According to trustworthy repcri Us assets are
about 13,000.0001 and its liabilities about
S.'!.<nn».iN((t. in addition to irsdorsorr.er.ts and
guarantees of about SL'.i:.»>."(N>.
The application for the appointment of a re
ceiver was made to Ju ; . Laeombe, of th»
United States Circuit Court, late yesterday af
ternoon by William Nelson Cromwell, of the law
firm of Sullivan & Cromv.pii, representing:
Flint & Co. who are stockholders of the com
pany. Mr. Cromwell said last nisht:
L"p<.n application of Flint & Co.. Jsm|m Robert
R. Prenti.s. of the Circuit Court of Norfolk. Va..
to-day appointed William V." Lard. jr. as i^
ceiver of the Crude Rubber C. rrpany In that
jurisdlcticn. and thereupon, in company with
Mr. Hill, of my firm, for Flint .-. Co., and Will
lam F. Goldbeck, for th?» Crude Rubber Com
pany, ancillary proceedings were led l-^fo.^
J\:d?» E. Henry Lacomhe, of the United States
Circuit Court of this district. Th- application
v.-as considered by Judge Laoombe in chambers
early in the day and confirmed by him later,
when Mr. Larii was appointed receiver for this
district also. The bond of the receiver in Vir
ginia and New-York was fixed at $00,000 in
This action was taken In the interest of cred
itors and stockholders of the Crude Rubber
Company, to prevent preferences by attachment
and dismemberment of the property and assets.
The bill of complaint sets forth the date of the
Crude Rubber Company's organization, the
terms of it^ charter, and gives its pres
ent officers as Henry Earle vice-president;
and P. de Lacy Llebermann, secretary and treas
urer. It states also that the company has con
ducted a large business in South America and
THE ASSETS AND LIABILITIES.
The Crude Rubber Company's present stock
of rubber amounts to over •<-.* »•* ».•»♦»•». and It la
chiefly under pledge to bankers. The direct lia
bilities are stated to be about J?3.OOO.tXX>. and
the indorsements and guarantees about S-J.ixh\
»XX>. of which about $S(XXO0O is in respect 'of the
commercial paper of George Watkinson & Co..
■ f Philadelphia, the firm which failed recently
for several millions of dollars, the firm thus
bring unable to meet its obligations upon the
paper bearing Crude Rubber indorsements. It
Is not believed the failure of the Crude Rubber
Company will disturb the rubber market, as its
stock of rubber is held largely by bankers, who
are well secured, and who are under no necessity
to sell. Mr. Ladd is especially qualified to dis
charge th- duties of his important trust, as he
was for many years Deputy Controller of New-
York, and until a few days ago Assistant Cor
poration Counsel and the legal adviser of. the
WITH A CAPITAL. OF $1,000,000.
The Crude Rubber Company was organized
with an authorized capital of .<I.CM».OOO, of
which ?iMO.0()0 was preferred stock and 10.000
common. Later the common stock was bought
In by the company, leaving only the SfiOO.OUO
preferred now outstanding. Mr Cromwell is
authority for the statement that Flint * Co.
held I,2*.>> of the ♦>.«•»>«> shares now outstanding.
Mr. Cromwell declined to make public the
names of the Crude Rubber Company's credi
tors. Nor was he able, he assied, to say at this
time what prospect.-', if any, there were that the
old company would resume business.
W. F. GOLDBECK ON THE CAUSE.
William F. Goldbeck, of Lindsay. Kremer.
Kalish & Palmer, appeared before Ju<*ge La
combe as attorney for the Crude Kubber Com
pany, and Bled an answer to the bill of com
plaint, admitting all the allegations set forth in
the bill, and consenting to the receivership. Mr.
Goldbeck said last night that the receivership
was the direct result of the failure earlier in
the week •>: George Watkinson &: Co., of Phila
delphia. The Crude Rubber Company had in
dorsed the paper of that firm to the extent of
$SOO.OOO. Watktnson & Co. failed for several
million dollars, and the Crude Rubber Company
thus became liable fur the $SOO,OOO, and. being
unable to meet the obligation, went under. The
only assets outbid- of the stock of rubber and
the bills receivable, Mr. Goldbeck added, consist
ed of (1.000 in bank and the office furniture.
and both of these items had been attached by
the Sheriff within the last few days.
Commenting on the failure of George Watkin
son & Co., Charles R. Flint several days ago
-aid to a Tribune reporter:
Personally, I have never been interested in
th - concern. I have held stock in companies
which have done business with it. George Wat
kit son & C >. was a strong concern; they did a
large business, mostly dealing with retailers.
Difficulty In collecting many outstanding small
debts probably caused this downfall. I see no
reason why the general robber situation should
be unfavorably affected by this failure. Since
S year or two .i?" margins of profit have been
small, but the genera! condition of the rubber
trad? has been gooJ. No. the failure of George
Watkinsoa & Co., has no especial significance.
Henry Earle. vice-president of the Crude Rub
ber Company, yesterday afternoon issued this
The Crude Rubber Company is hi the hands
of a receiver in order to avoid ,he obtaining of
preferences) by attachment or otherwise, and.
In order that all Interests may be equally pro
tected. The Inttrnational Crude Rubber Com
pany succeeds to the business of the Crude Rub
ier Company, and has taken over the rubber
of the Crude Rubber Company for the purpose
of avoiding any conflict In soiling. This secures
to the banks who have advanced un rubber to
the old Crude company the his; si price for the
rubber on which they have 1 aned, and preserves
the largest equity for the creditors of the Crude
Soon after It became known that the Crdde
Rubber Company was in difficulties announce
ment was made that the International Crude
Rubber Company, of which Charles R. Flint.
head of the firm of Flint & Co., is president, had
acquired the business of the insolvent company
by taking over its stock. This \\j done, it waa
said, for the purpose of avoiding any legal tan
gles re suiting from the sale of stock.
WHAT MR. FLINT SAYS.
Charles R. Flint said yesterday afternoon:
I .an speak as president of the International
Crude Rubber Company. It has purchased from
the Crude Rubber Company rubber to the value
of more than .S'J.tMHt.iNwi. of which the Interna
tional Crude Rubber Company has sold $l.t*io.
000. This rubber is pledged to banks as security
for loans, and this method of selling the equity
in it to a solvent concern is adopted to prevent
dumping a large quantity of rubber on the mar
ket at one time. The highest price possible will
be obtained for the benefit of the creditors of the
Crude Rubber Company.
Mr. Flint, when a«=ked if he was the largest
stockholder of the » rude Rubber Company, an
swered. "I am a heavy holder " He added that
JANI ARY FOURTEENTH. 12:55 P. M.
The date and hour of the Inauguration of th*
most supt-rb train that ever left New-York for
Florida. See it and be convinced. Take tha Penn
sylvanta Ft. « West 23rd St. ferry to Jersey City.
where it will be In readiness to receive all who naisi
booked for a delightful trip to the South.-A^.i.