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BRITISH LOSSES HEAVY.
fgXEZI El, A A X EX A MPLE
fast Sums Sunk by Foreigners in
South and Central America.
(Special to The New- York Tribune by French <3a.ble.)
<CoT'sTiK* : li«'2: By The Tribune Association.*
I/mdon, Dec 12 1a- — The Venezuelan af
fair is attracting the attention of investors and
tankers of thls city When creditors of various
Central and South American countries "are
directly interested in the practical measures for
recovering defaults of principal and interest.
During >ifce last half century London has negoti
ated loans and supplied capital for railway.
mlnine and harbor improvements in Costa Rica,
Honduras, Guatemala. Colombia. Venezuela,
Brazil. th€ Argentine Confederation, Chili. Peru
and other Spanish-American States, and the ar
rears in many of these investments are heavy.
The money was lent at high rates, and when the
financial obligations had been repudiated com
promises were effected wherever- an arrange
ment of any kind was practicable. One of the
most slid s-=ful operations was the Grace con
tract, by which the State railways and various
mining properties were handed over to a syndi
cate in exchange for ■ complete clearance of the
Peruvian debt. The creditors of many other
States bave been less fortunate. Many millions
are now due to investors in various fclasses of
cpanjsli- American securities from the defaults
c governments and corporations. These losses
£r ees:i' ted in the city as high as $300,000,000.
The claims against Venezuela may be small in
amount. : ■:• the principle of obtaining redress
j,y coercive measures for breaches of trust and
set? of repudiation baa ■ wide application to the
interest of British investors. Acts of war. like
tie seizure of the Venezuelan customs craft and
runboats. have heretofore been regarded as an
Indirect menace to the United States, which has
assumed a benevolent and altruistic protect
orate over Spanish-America. The attitude of
the 'Washington government respecting the new
Venezuelan affair seems to emphasize the truth
that the Monroe Doctrine does not sanction and
condone broaches of the Eighth Commandment
of the Decalogue. The effect of this disclosure
Is increased by the contrast offered between Mr.
Cleveland's intervention in the previous Venez
uelan affair and the indifference now displayed
by the State. Department. If the Monroe Doc
trine was then interpreted as involving the pro
hibition of irregular territorial acquisition by a
European power, it is not now construed as
line encouragement to any minor republic
to repudiate Ha financial obligation. Sagacious
British investors are wondering whether a new
value may not be imparted to Spanish-American
securities by this new revelation that the Mon
roe Doctrine, while a sword against European
colonization southward, is not a shield for finan
The dispatches from Venezuela do not reveal
the practical measures by which an obstinate
government can be coerced by maritime powers,
-which are evidently under pledge to respect the
Monroe Doctrine and not to conquer and take
permanent possession of Venezuela. The seizure
c the fleet, while an obvious act of war. is not
ea effective measure of coercion. The blockade
of. the coast by the two squadrons will inter
rapt all foreign trade and deprive Castro's gov
ernment of its main 'sources of revenue from
both export and import duties. It is a more
promising resource than the seizure of the ;
custom houses and the collection of duties for
the benefit of foreign creditors for the Venez
uelan officials can easily establish a second cus
tr, am cordon on land. The effect of the block
ade, however, may not be immediate, and it
may rally the Venezuelans to the support of
Castro instead of creating a revolt against him.
The difficulties of coercive measures are so
serious that military men assert that the only
resource will be operations on a considerable
scale against Caracas, for which an army will
Little iieht was thrown upon the subject ye=
| -r in Parliament or from official
I The Venezuela question is exciting
much lUlilMMj. but is discussed with languid in
terest by the London press. The veterans of the
Boer war an not clamoring for military service
- w.stern tropics.
, There was a tendency on the Stock Exchange
yesterday to connect the fall in American rails
yesterday with the crisis in Venezuela, but in
well informed quarters the downward movement
v.f..c attributed solely to forced liquidation in
■nr-Tork. There was no great pressure to sell
either nt :• or from the Continent, and the mone
tary position on the other side, was. on the
whole, regarded as healthier than for some time
past. It is painted out that much of the i"-
Irirtedness of America to Europe on finance
bills, has been liquidated during recent months,
and it is also remembered that America should
iK, - benefit by the shipments of corn, which is
coroin? forward in large quantities. There is,
however, a large speculative position in Arr.eri
.can railroad securities carried here, as well as
is New-York, and at present it shows no sign
of being relieved by purchases on the part of
the public on this side of the Atlantic.
I. X. F.
THE CUBAN TREATY.
It Was Probably Signed in Havana
(Fnwial to The New- York Tribune by French Cable.)
(Coprrtpbt; MM: By The Tribune Association.)
Havana. Dec. 11.— At the hour of closing the
cable office here -to-night the treaty had not
been signed. However. General Bliss and Sec
retaries Zaldo. Garcia and Montes say it will
**• signed to-night.
GRISCOM FOR MINISTER TO JAPAN.
John Barrett Not Likely to Give Up His St.
Louis Exposition Commissionership.
IHT IUMUN TO THK TRII-.I 1
Washington. Dec. 11.— It Is pretty well under
stood in Washington to-night that John Barrett
Mil not relinquish his connection with the
Uuisiana Purchase Exposition until 1904. and
that Lloyd C. Griscom. the United States Minis
ter to Persia, will be promoted to the Japanese
mission. It has been ascertained that this will
five great satisfaction to Japan.
TWO MASTED SCHOONER SINKS.
Port Jefferson. Long Island, Dec. 11.—
two masted schooner William Carey, bound
from this port to Bridgeport, went ashore on
Meadow Bar. near Stratford Point Light, yes
'•*nJay. Captain John Burke, the owner of the
"■•el. and his son constituted the crew. Owing
*• the heavy sea they were unable to get
**ore In the yawl, but were finally rescued by
the crew of an oyster steamer. The Carey sub
sequently drifted off the bar. filled and sanK.
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THE SITUATION IN VENEZUELA 15 GETTING WARM.
HERBERT W. BOWEN,
. The Anerican Mh.iFter. who has charge of British VIEW OF I.A GTjA^RA,
and German interests. Showing the breakwater.
THE CHICAGO SEE.
Propaganda IJkchjto 'Divide Over
(Special to The New-York Triltune by French CbMe.l
(CoryriKht; X*"2: By The Tribune Association.)
Rome, Dec. 11. — The approaching discussion
by the Propaganda of the appointment of a new
Archbishop at Chicago arouses more Interest
than that of the Archbishopric of New- York,
where the appointment of Bishop Farley was
assured. According to the latest authoritative
information the cardinals will divide into two
camr.s. one favorable to Bishop Spalding. the
other advocating the appointment of a prelate
outside of the three candidates under discussion.
The latter party favor Bishop Quigley, of Buf
falo, while also the name of Archbishop Chapelle
is mentioned, as, it seems, during his stay in
Rome he manifested a willingness to leave New-
SUED BY HI MAX CHAIN.
Men Rescued From Shipwreck Tell
of Death and Disaster.
The story of the wrecking of the barkentine
Olive Thurlow at Cape Lookout, North Carolina,
on December •". was told here yesterday for the"
first time, by three of the crew, who arrived
from Norfolk on the steamer Jamestown. They
weie Charles Florian. the first mate, and Au
gust Bergeason and Hendrick Johnson, able
According to the story of Florian, the wreck
ing of the barkentine was due to an accident
to Captain Hayes. The vessel left Charleston
on November 'St. for New-York, with a cargo
of 430,000 feet of hard pine [umber, part of
which was on the deck. On December 1 Cap
tain Hayes tripped over the tiller gear and broke
his leg. Florian bound it up in splints as well
as he could, and beaded In for Cape Lookout,
where Captain Hayes was put ashore and taken
to the hospital at Beaufort. Before the barken
tine could get out of the cove where she was
anchored a strong gale sprang up. This was at
noon on Thursday. December 4. The gale in
creased throughout the afternoon and evening.
The barkentine began to drag, although both
of her anchors were out. The seas broke over
the vessel at every roll. The forehatches and
forward deckhouse were smashed in. and the
vessel began to fill. The pumps were carried
away by the shifting of the deck load. About
3:30 a m. on December 5. the crew was obliged
to take to the mlzzen rigging. The foremast
went overboard, and later, when the barkentine
had touched bottom in dragging, the maintop
mast broke off. This threw the Thurlow on her
beam ends and the seas stove in the after deck
house. Cos*ton signals were burned. The Cape
Lookout life saving crew responded, and when
the vessel had drifted within three hundred
yards of the beach, threw out lifelines.
At this juncture the mizzentopmast broke,
and in falling killed John Chokely. of Phila
delphia, the steward, and injured two other
men Chokely's body fell into the arms of the
mate Custin. the second mate, had been struck
across the shoulders and jammed halfway out
mrV^Vincnr^he^^erinjured man. was at
teS^hU time the barkentine had hroken up
By this time me d themse ives
completely. »" d tne f cc [ ne poop about ten by
afloat on * "g^ 0 threw them up on
twelve feet i"* I *^ under ton took them out
the beach but J^BrTunder Captain Gaskell.
then formed a chat " .^l/ a .. hor e. When they
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VEXEZUELAN NATIVE CAVALRT.
They ar* mow being hurried n> \;a Gtaayra t.< repel invaders.
A NEW BANKING BILL
FOR AX ASSET CURRENCY.
Representative Pugsley Its Author
—Conference To Be Held.
[BY TEUDGSAPB TO THJB TliinrNK.]
Washington, Dec. 1 1— Representative Cor
nelius A. Pugsley, of N<--w-YorK. Introduced In
the House to-day a bill ' - to render the currency
mere elastic and responsive to the financial and
commercial requirements of the country." This
bill, which is much more simple than th'- Fowler
bill, reported by the Committee on Banking an>l
Currency at the last session of Congress, and
which avoids some of the objections urg-^i
against that measure, embodies the views ex
pressed by Mr. Pugsloy in his recent address
before the American Bankers' Association, at
New-Orleans. It provides that when it is
deemed expedient the Controller of the Currency
miy. by and with the conseni of th.- Secretary
of the Treasury, Issue to national banks two
classes of circulating notes in addition to thos.
now authorized by law. The first class may 1»
issued to any national bank to an amount not
exceeding one-tenth of the face value of the
United States bonds on deposit by the bank
wiih the Treasurer of the United States to se
cure notes issued under existing law, the same
to be secured by approved notes, bonds or bills
receivable having one or more indorsers, or notes
collaterally secured, i his security to exceed the
amount of circulation secured by it by at least
".o per cent. The second class of notes may be
Issued to any national bank whose surplus Is
L'O per cent or m<>r<-- of its capital, and may be
issued in an amount not exceeding 20 per cent
of the capital .stock, the security to be the
same as for notes of the first class.
The circulation provided for is to be a first
lien on all the assets of the bank issninE it.
Notes of the first class provided for are to be
subjected to a tax at the rate of 3 per cent a.
year, and thos« of the second class are to be
taxed at the rate of t per cent a year. The
circulating notes provided for by the bill are not
to differ in color or design from the ordinary
bond secured national bank notes. The neces
sary provisions for the retirement and redemp
tion of the notes are mad".
"The bill that 1 have ju^t introduced. 1 said
Mr. Pugsley, "will, I believe, give some measure
of elasticity to our currency. Thus, for In
stance, when the moving of the crops or an Im
pending financial panic demands a larger cir
culation it can at once be had. while, when the
occasion for the Increase has ceased, a con
traction will follow naturally until the circula
tion shall again be Wrought to the bond secured
While a first lien is created upon assets. I am.
nevertheless, of the opinion that security specifi
cally set aside would prove more effectual
aeainst loss than would such a lien. As to th"
amount <.f currency that might be issued if all
the bank? in the country took advantns* 1 Of the
provisions of the bill. I should say between
$140,000,000 and (150.000,000 additional circu
lation would be at once available, if .'?<> per cent
of the hanks' capital in circulating notes be
kept on hand by the Controller of the Currency,
as provided in the bill. Any inflation of the
currency would be avoided by the tax imposed
upon this circulation."
Mr. Pugsley's bill \e> introduced just at a time
when an effort is to be made to bring the ques
tion of currency reform to the front in Congress
Mr. Fowler, whose bill was reported in the iast
session has reached an agreement with the Re
publican leaders in the House that a conference
of Republicans shall he called for n^xt Tues
day eveninp to consider the question of taking
up his bill as a party measure and bringing it
to a vote. As a considerable number of Re
publicans do not favor the Fowler bill it is
doubtful if the party can be induced to take it
up Mr Puesley would be glad to have his lull
indorsed instead, but he does not expect such
action He has introduced it in the present ses
sion so as to get it before the country in the
hope that something may be done with it by the
The New-York Central's train takes pas- \
senders only for Chicago. To *rt bo?t awramoda- ;
ti uns it iv wvll to ai-ply in advance.— Auvt.
SLEUTHS WATCH BObY,
.tI'TOrSYOX MRS. WATERS
Organs Removed by Coroner — Quick
Embalming Considi -red Si/ spit -ions.
Because he had heard that the body of Mrs.
Sarah N. Waters, the aged widow, of Na 4."tl
West Twenty-flrst-st-. had been ordered em
balmed as soon as she had died. Coroner Scholer
yesterday conducted an autopsy, anil gave in
structions that chemical analysis be made to
ascertain whether the foreign substances found
in the .lead woman's stomach were poison or
merely embalming fluid.
Mrs. Waters was the "lying woman for whose
$200,000 estate her granddaughters. Sarah May
Le Brantz and Dorses Le Brantz, who lived
with her, have been contesting with William <;.
Conklin. treasurer of the Franklin Savings
Hank. Mr. Conklin and 1 >r. Jan^s a. Campbell,
<m' No. 320 West Twenty-second-st., who directed
Mrs. Waters':; body to be embalmed, bad, it is
said, power of attorney for Mrs Waters, and it
was alleged that she had made two wills giving
her property tv Mr. Conklin and another will of
which Dr. Camptx ll was said to be the executor.
Mra. Waters died at 5 o'clock yesterday morn
ing. As Boon as the news of her death was re
ported at the coroner's office. Coroner's Physi
cian SchultZ was sent to make an investigation.
as Assistant District Attorney Garvan had said
that the aged woman's death looked suspicious.
c.Toner Scboler said thai he understood that Dr.
Campbell had found Mrs. Waters dead In her
bed, had issued a death certificate attributing
h>r death to general debility, and bad then di
rected E. H. Crane, an undertaker, of No. :'.'■>-".
West Nineteenth-st., to embalm the body as
quickly as possible. This last, he said, looked
Coroner Scholer performed the autopsy early
!aM evening, finding, he reported, that Mrs.
Waters died from bronchial pneumonia. In the
stomach there were, he said, foreign elements
that might have come from the embalming tluid,
but which would require chemical analysis.
When asked if his Investigation had confirmed
his early suspicions, he said that he was not
prepared to answer. He continued:
"So f>r as I know now, there will be no order
for me to arrest any one to-night. Mrs. Waters
was ninety years old, anyway, ami it would
not take much to end her life. However, it is
necessary t-> take all proper stops and precau
tions in the matter, and the analysis will settle
Mrs. Waters Is said to have ij V . din her house
in Twenty-flrst-st. for forty years. She had
married three times, but w.»s childless. The
Misses Le Brantz are daughters of an adopted
daughter, now Mrs. Albert Mullens, of West
Virginia. Mr. Conklin had been Mrs. Waters's
man of business tor about forty years. She
had deeded to him the hottse where she lived,
valued at -5 1 < K ». < m_m ►. hoi about four weeks ago,
according to Coroner Sch"ler, he had tried, with
throe or four other men, to get her to assign
certain properties to him. which she had re
fused. Then, it is said, she came to dislike him.
and gave power of attorney to Dr. Campbell.
The Misses Le Brantz. through Colonel Alex
ander S. Bacon, of No. '.i~ Liberty-st., brought
suit against Mr. Conklin, aakiner that the trans
fer of her house be set aside, on the ground that
Mr. Conklin had obtained undue influence over
Mrs. Waters's feeble mind. An injunction was
obtained restraining Mr. Conklin from disposing
of any of the property, and on last Wednesday a
commission in lunacy was appointed by Justice
Leventrltt in the Supreme Court to test Mrs.
In the Supreme Court yesterday notice of Mrs.
Waters's death put an end to the litigation
over her estate. Dr. Campbell, when seen last
night, made the following statement:
I was at the home of Mrs. Waters the night
before she died, and told them not to send for
me again. 1 knew she would not live. But I
was called yesterday morning, and. arriving ar
5:3) o'clock, found her already dead. 1 gave
Mrs. Waters no drugs except cascara and rhu
THK CAPITOL. CARACAS.
barb. A Janitor of some neighboring flats who
had done some wo-k for Mrs. Waters went with
me then to Crane. I did not tell him to hurry
in embalming the body. The only reason I
can tnir.k of to account for that is that some
Jealousy existed between Crane and West, the
s.-xton of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church,
who is an undertaker, and who. from knowing
Mrs Waters, may have thought he had a right
to have charge of her burial. This may have
accounted for Crane's hurry in embalming the
Mrs. Waters had a mania for making wills,
but she was incompetent in mind to do so for
eighteen months before she died. The accusa
tion that I might come in f.>r some of the prop
erty cuts no figure, as I have made an affidavit
that she was Incompetent to make a will, any
way She declared one time some men had run
in "from the street and beaten her. Brutoeashs
could not have inflicted herself were found on
her but it could not be found out how she got
them. A nurse uh.- .ailed herself Miss Ray was
hired for her. but she | e fl next day. and it was
learned she was Conklin's sister-in-law.
Detectives from the District Attorney's office
watched the body in th» Waters home last
Assistant District Attorney Ganraa went to
Mrs. Waters.- bouse last night and remained
some time, leaving •; 11 o'clock. When he de
parted Ihe officers from the District Attorney's
office, who had been stationed at the house, went
also. This left one policeman, a patrolman from
th.- W< st Tw.mieMi : r station, in charge of the
It was learned that Sadie !>• Brentt bad made
h statement which contradicted, in some par
ticular* other statements made regarding the
case She declared that l»r. Campbell and the
Rev. l>r Hodder, of the Sixteenth Street Bap
tist Ch;n<h. had arrange.] nn Wednesday night
t,, be Informed in case of Mra Waters's death.
Sh- said thai stoynaban. the Janitor of a near
bj fiathouse. was sent to call l>r. Campbell. Mi.'
declared thai Moynahan toM her that Dr.
Campbell was up and dressed when he got him
«0..n after .". a. m.. and was v. airing for the
summons to the house. I>r Campbell and Moy
nahan <h.- said went to the undertaker. Crane.
together She -ai-1 that%>r. Campbell had made
an effort to have Mrs. Waters adjudged insane.
Phe declared thai about a mont* ago the doctor
went i" the bouse with four other doctors to
eel them to state that Mrs Waters was not
mentally sound. Regarding the Fay woman,
who it was declared turned out to be a Mrs.
Conklin and who was engaged as a nurse she
said thai the bruises found on Mrs. Waters
were Inflicted on the only night that the woman
v.-is in the bouse.
Crane lasi nieht seid that be understood his
business perfectly, and had only <kne his duty.
He' Indicated that under the circumstances «t
was best to embalm the body al once.
\fter Mr Garvan left the house it was re
ported that the names of the foqr physicians
who accompanied Dr Campbell w-re known,
and tiny would be summoned to t.-ll what the>
THREE KILLED IN MINE.
Wilkcsbarre. Fenn.. Dec U.-The Wyoming region
was the scene of a mine accident this evening which
cost three lives. Four men in the employ of the
Kingston Coal Company at their No. 3 slope, at
Kingston, wore walking In the slope behind a trip
of loaded cars this evening when a coupling broke
and the cars started down th. slope at a terrific
;<•'„ .' Before the men could gel out of the way the
oars .. . h ,.,i into them. Three of the men were
Wiled outright and the other sustained fatal in
IMPERSONATED ROYAL C. PEABODY.
The cashier of the Hotel Margaret, on Brooklyn
Heights has been swindled by an old but effective
method ' At noon on Wednesday he was called to
the telephone, and the man at the other end of
the wire spoke as follows: rfj
"This is Royal C. Peahody. I expect a suit of
clothes to come for me this afternoon from Oscar
M Kirby. the tailor at No. «l Kifth-ave.. Man
hattan. I am exceedingly anxious to have the
clothes t"->tisht. an.i you would accommodate me
crVatly If you would pay for them for me. The
bill will be $47 CO. Do not pay the messenger unless
he has the receipted bUI."
"AH right," -at.l the cashier.
Two hours biter a messenger, dressed, as the
cashier recollects it. in the uniform of the Ameri
can District Messenger Company, appeared with a
sut box and presented a hill for $17 50. written on
the billhead of Mr. Kirby. an.i duly receipted The
c; shier promptly gave the boy $17 30. and the latter
W ln the evening, when Mr. Pea body came in. the
cashier learned that he was expecting no suit. The
cashier opened the box, and Inside found several
•blocks of wood, neatly dona up in clean manila
paper. __ J^^__^^__
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MORE ACTS OF WAR.
TWO CONSULS ARRESTED
A British Steamer Aho Seized at
Puerto Cahello. r.neztiela.
London. Dec. 12.— A dispatch to "The Pally
Mail" from Willemstad. island of Curacao, dated
December 11. says:
"The Venezuelan authorities at Puerto Cabello
are fortifying that town. They have seized and
imprisoned the British and German consuls
there, as well as other Britons and Germans, and
have taken possession of their property. The
authorities also seized a British steamer which
was discharging a cargo of coal at Puerto Ca
bello. This vessel was unable to escape owing
to a breakdown in her machinery. The Ameri
can Consul at Puerto Cabello attempted to
intervene, but he was disregarded."
The British Consul at Puerto Cabello-ls B. Kol
.«fer. The German consular representative is P.
Tiede. L. T. Ellsworth is the American Consul at
FRICTION BETWEEN COMMANDERS.
Germans Want to Go Too Fast to Suit the
Paris?. Dec. 11.— The advices received in Paris
from Caracas' further indicate that some ten
sion is arising between the British and German
naval commanders over the methods of enforc
ing the demands. The German authorities In
sist on decisive action, and the advices received
here show that they have landed a small Ger
man force, besides seizing the ships. The Brit
ish commander desires to proceed slower and
more in accordance with the usual course of
diplomacy. As a result of this friction some of
the leading diplomatic representatives at Car
acas have reported that it is not likely that the
British will participate in the seizure of the cus
tom houses. If this is borne out the officials here
consider that the joint character of the opera
tions will be considerably Interrupted.
TROOPS AT LA GUAYRA.
Warlike Preparations hij President
La Guayra. Dec. 11.— General Ferrer, the Min
ister of War, has arrived here with two thou
sand troops and eighteen guns. Eight hundred
men under President Castro's brother are ex
pected here at 1»» o'clock.
All day and all night ammunition has been
carried to Fort Lavigia. which crowns the har
bor, and preparations are being made to resist
the foreign forces. Volunteers to the number of
!»Ji'. men. all from La Guayra. have been armed
to-day, and more are requesting arms. It Is as
serted here that the government can find suffi
cient men to resist the foreign forces, as the
movement is popular. Everywhere one meets
men of all classes and conditions carrying
Only the British cruiser Indefatigable is now
here. She is at anchor in the middle of the har
bor. Al! the other warships have left La
The Indefatigable arrived here at 6 o'clock
last evening from Guanta. the port of Barce
lona, where she is believed to have been in
search of the Venezuelan gunboat Restaurador.
The German cruiser Vineta and the British
cruiser Retribution left here at »> o'clock last
evening. It is supposed they have on board
Venezuela's answer to the demand of the foreign
powers, which arrived on a special train from
Caracas, at 3 o'clock yesterday.
The German charge d'affaires. Herr yon Pll
grim-Baltazzi. and British Minister Haggard and
the personnel of the British Legation, are still on
board the warships.
What is termed an inopportune demonstration
ar.d the strange method resorted to in the remit
tance to the Venezuelan Foreign Minister of the
demands of Great Britain and Germany are
freely criticise,! here.
The news of the capture at Port of Spain.
Trinidad, of the Venezuelan gunboat Bolivar brr
the British cruiser Charybdis. was communi
cated to President Castro hy a representative
of The Associated Press. The event created In
BRITISH AND GERMANS RELEASED.
La Guayra. Dec. 11— All the British and Ger
man subjects arrested yesterday were released
UNCONFIRMED REPORT OF FIGHTING.
London. Dec tl.— The Central News says It
is reported in the lobby of the House of Com
mons rhi« afternoon that the allies have landed
bluejackets at La Guayra, for the purpose of
effecting the capture of President Castro, and
that fighting is going on in the streets.
The Foreign Office here ha* no information
to this effect.
■ ■ ■
TWO MORE VESSELS SEIZED.
Captured in Gulf of Paria by British Sloop
Kingston. Island of St. Vincent. Dec. 11.— Th»
Venezuelan troopship Zamora and the Venez
uelan coastguard vessel Veinte Tres de Mayo
were captured in the Gulf of Paria and taken to
Port of Spain. Trinidad, this morning by the
British sloop of war Alert.
SEIZED A FRENCH STEAMER ALSO.
A Little International Complication at La
Paris. Dec. 11. — A lons official dispatch has
been received at the Foreign Office here from
Caracas saying that the boats of the German
warships, in seizins the vessels supposed to be
long to Venezuela, also captured a French mer
chant steamer, the Ossun. These advices reached
here so late to-day that the officials were unable
to say what steps would be t iken in the matter,
hut It is believed that unless the Germans
promptly rectify the mistake and release the
Ossun representations on the subject will be
made to Germany. This is also taken to indi
cate the delicate state of the situation, and the
possibilities of international complications be
yond those involving Venezuela alone.
The Ossun was owned by a Frenchman, who
usf d her in the coasting trade of South America.
About eight months ago the Ossun was seized
by the forces of President Castro on the ground
that the step was a military necessity, and the
Venezuelan flag was hoisted on board the
steamer. France protested against the seizure
of the Ossun by the 1 H M I I ins, and put in a
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