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PERKINS OUT, PEABODMN
LATTER MUTUAL HEAD.
\4. E. Orr and John Claflin Elected
to Former's N. Y. Life Offices.
(reorg* 1 W. Perkins resigned yesterday as
vice-president and chairman of the finance
committee of the New-York Life. Alex
ander E. Orr was chosen to succeed him in
the former office, and John Clafiin in the
latter. The Board of Trustees also ap :
pointed a committee of five members to
inaVe an investigation into the affairs of
Charles A. Peahody was elected president
of th* Mutual Life Insurance Company;
he i&ued a letter to policyholder9 saying
that h« would serve no faction in admin
jEtering the company's business, and asked
that no policies he allowed to lapse.
Senator Dryden, before the investigating
committee, argued for federal control of
insurance. The Prudential actuary told of
the large cost of industrial policies to the
holder?, move "was made to call E. H.
WILL PROBE N. Y. LIFE.
Internal Committee Named — Regret
at Perkins's Resignation.
George TV. Perkins at a meeting of the New-
Tork Life trustees yesterday resigned as vice
president and chairman of the finance committee
<rf that company, and a special committee of
five trustees was appointed, with instructions
to make a thorough Investigation of the com
pany's affairs. The committee is especially
charged with an examination of the "yellow
log" fund handled largely by Andrew Ham
ilton, now In Paris, and to make every effort to
obtain an accounting from him. It was an
nounced that the bylaws of the company had
been so amended that no executive officer could
expend the company's money without the au
thority of the trustees.
Alexander E. Orr. of the Rapid Transit Com
mission and the former head of the Chamber of
Commerce, was elected ranking vice-president of
the company In place of Mr. Perkins. The chair
manship of the finance committee was placed in
the hands of John Clafiin. of the dry goods firm
of H. B. Claflin & Co. He will direct the bond
purchases of the company. There was no an
nouncement after the meeting that John A. Mc-
Call, president of the company, had paid the
$235,000 he advanced to Andrew Hamilton. He
made a promise on October 3 to repay that
amount if it was not returned by December 15.
but is said to be waiting the return of his son,
who went to Paris to confer with the "judge.
Th« new house cleaning committee consists of
Cfcrcnce H. Mackay, Norman B. Ream. Augus
tus G Paine. Hiram R. SUele and Thomas P.
Fowler It has extraordinary powers. It will
Vrst co over the evidence regarding the com
nanv which was brought out by the Armstrong
committee Then it will take up the findings of
the insurance commissioners of five States, who
2r » row examining the company's affairs. It
thl- does not satisfy them that all faults have
been brought out. the committee may employ
counsel and conduct an Investigation of its own.
STATEMENT OF THE ACTION.
The members of the board consider this the
most important action of the meeting, and it
was made public through a letter addressed "To
;hP Poiicvholders of the New-York Life Insur
ant Company," which reads as follows:
in yew of the fact? brought to our notice by the
a-c-daVd particularly that given by our own
of#£= and from such evidence^ together with
Sets otherwise brought to our notice, m find that
v--aws the executive officers have exer
■- - o" broad a d - n the matter of the
money. The by-laws of the com
iordingly been revised and amended
b lnst t wo : months after careful considera
a-d 2nd full adopted this day. no executive of
finally adopted this day. no executtve_or-
Vrf of the company can expend the company B
nwney for any purpose without the previous au
?A?tn« legislative investigating committee has not
completed Us labors, and the insurance commis
sioners of five States are now making an exhaus
tive examination of this company s affairs *
toee!a> committee, consisting of Messrs. Thomas P.
for.:-- Norman B. Ream. Clarence H. >■*<*»£•
Hiram K. Steele and Augustus G. Paine, has been
■npointd by the board with instructions to «m-
Bjfler the evidence submitted to the legislative com
mittet and the reports o! the several commission
's who are examining the company affairs, and
«-, make such further investigation on their own
M'a'f as thei may deem expedient, with authority
m employ counsel, and with instructions t.. report
«-hat further action, if any. should be taken by
thia board for the protection or the interests of
the company. . „
Said special committee has been especially in
■tructed'and directed to Inquire Into the matter or
payments made out of the funds of the company
fo or on account of Andrew Hamilton, and said
"•onsmHtee has been instructed and directed to
tT-,*k» every effort to obtain a proper and pufn-
r *:;t ac minting from said Andrew Hamilton, and
r.a? b^eii 'urther instructed and directed to report
to this board at its next meeting, or a special
meeting to be called foi thai purpose, whether
*"y further acticn-an<3 if 80. whet fiction- should
♦»• taken by i: -:s company with regard thereto.
T ■ said committee has been authorized to ex
iinine any books of ac-ount« or papers in the
possession of the company or of Its officers.
6<»iJ pammtttee has also teen directed to fiigage
U once <»xr>ert accountants to study especially the
»>?■ of bookkeeping: now employed by the mm
f*ay and its :-ra! office method?, and to report
*cy cha-^es deemed expedient, and in connection
Herewith to check and verify the report of the
company as of December 31. 1905.
Ke&nwhOe, we. the board of trustees, are of tho
unanimous opinion that the company is in a tbor
«arhly sound financial condition, and that no
WJicyholder need have the remotest fear as to trte
■afrty O f mX investment.
MR. PERKINS'S RESIGNATION.
After .Mr. Perkins's appearance on the stand
Wore the legislative committee which is in-
v *s'igating insurance it was reported that he
**ald resign, largely because of criticism of his
<ual activity En both J. P. Morgan & Co. and the
hatraifc-e company. The reason given for his
r< *lgna.tioii, however, was the great pressure of
>th*r business responsibilities. A part of the
tetter of resignation was a review of his ser-
Heei for th» company, and it was accompanied
h 'y * detaiii -.'. statemeirt from Assistant Treas
ur. i Y. H. Shipman showing that in the five
J»are Mr. Perkins had directed the finance com
• •-.-:,. thews had been a total profit of more than
J10.00n.0.H. from operations in bonds and stocks.
Tn* letter of resignation reada: t
I here!,-, tender my resi nation as v,<e.pr*>!=idert
of this company and m-mber of Its finance ««"/
»«Itte». T,, r o doing I desir» to submit th«- follow -
N oWrnins my -ervice to the company whD«
Havmg"^S°throiißh all the variou, grade.o
fcenirr- ineludintr 'hat of an ncent in the Held. I
Ttas .i^dtt viee .president of the company in
< ontionrd on third pa*".
ONE NIGHT TO CHICAGO
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Stance ride in the world- miles la 18 hours.
To-morrow, rain or saow; northeant wind*.
MR. HOOKER TELLS PLANS.
WOULD BE INDEPENDENT.
Will Work to Remove "Influences"
if Elected Speaker.
In the first public utterance he has made since
his nam» was mentioned In the Speake»-ship con
test. Assemblyman S. Percy Hooker, of Geneses,
yesterday announced liimself a candidate for
Speaker of the Assembly. In thus declaring his
candidacy Mr. Hooker said that if chosen hi*
effort would be to remove from the Assembly all
suspicion that its work was dominated by cor
porate influences, "either directly or through
political channel?."' To accomplish this he made
the specific pledge to appoint to committees
hitherto "under suspicion" members who should
be "representative of the best men In the House."
Painting U t that the insurance committee had
shown the way by its Investigation for much im
portant legislation, Mr. Hooker declared that his
ambition, if chosen, would be "to preside in a
legislature which not only served high ideals, but
accomplished practical results." To obtain th«
"team play" necessary for brlnerfnj^ about such re
sults Mr. Hooker declared he believed that th«
now and old members alike should have a share
In shaping party policies, and he. promised to as
sist in obtaining this. Tits announcement was
marked by a distinct pledge of independence, not,
however, to be. shown by action outside of parry
lines necessarily. His position was summed up
in the statement:
"If T am elected, I shall neither have enemies
to punish nor friends to reward."
Mr. Hooker's statement was as follows!
I am a candidate for Speaker on the general
platform of purging the legislature from any pub
picion of "graft" or commercialism. There exists at
the present time, a widespread popular discontent,
growing out of the belief that the legislature has
been more or less dominated by corporate influ
ences both directly and through political channels.
If 1 am elected Speaker, my earnest endeavor will
be to assist in bringing about a condition where
this suspicion will be removed and the people will
recognize the Assembly to be serving its interests
My ambition is to preside in an Assembly which
shall not merely serve high ideals, but also accom
plish practical results. The insurance committee's [
investigation alone has indicated In an impressive j
fashion th© need of new legislation, and other i
ASSEMBLYMAN" S. PERCY HOOKER.
Of Oenesee. who yesterday made liis first publio
announcement of bis candidacy for Speaker.
(Photograph by Rockwood i
important laws must be, enacted. To rio all that
Is needed team play is going to be required. There
will have to be a broadening of the lines in the
House, so that every member, new or old. ran feel
that he is to be consulted in the determination of
the party policies. He must feel that he will have
aij opportunity to be heard before such a deter
mination is arrived at and a vote iD deciding 1 what
shall be a party measure.
1 am a Republican and i firmly believe that the
interests of the peopl? are best subserved by Re
publican supremacy. As a party man I am for
consultation with all and dictation by none. I
know this la not a new or original principle., but
it is on« i have always believed in and think par
ticularly applicable to the present situation. Any
reorganization must be within the party. I have
no sympathy with those who merely peek to strike
down. They must have the ability, also, to build
Tf the suspicion of corporate influence can b«
wiped out; if the legislature keeps close to the
people and their wishes: if it is dean, honest and
intelligent; if it passes the measures the people de
mand and kills those rightly regarded with SUB
pi »m. then whoever wields the gavel may con
gr*culate himself on the. result. If. on the
contrary. the legislature r-ins amuck, if unsatis
fied personal ambitions or political cabals of any
nature shall prevent such legislation, then the
Speaker no matt« how clean and honest he may
be personally, will have proved recreant to th«
trust reposed in him.
Peeling: that as a candidate for the Speakenshlp
it was Incumbent on me to state frankly what my
position if elected, would be, I have made thi«
Statement, if ' • ted I Bhall strive to carry oat
the. pledges 7 have now made. If T am not elected
I shall not be a candidate for the chairman on
the "committee << lonesome places," but. shall in
Ok future, as I have In the past, work for good
legislation »a opposed to bad. striving .>!! the time
to retain my independence without aiming at any
unreasonable "kicking." For I believe that in
dependence, after all. Is men i the ability to de
,-••!, between the good and bad in legislation—
•'What «rp you going to do to carry out your
plan for restoring- public confident-* In the Assem
bly by removing any suspicion of corporate domi
nation?' Mr. Hooker was asK^l
■j intend to constitute the committees which, ara
more or less under sueptrMon so 1 hat there can be
no question that they stand for the j'eople ami
are representative of the beat men in the House.
There are a number of men in tn Assembly who
are above iuwpfcion. and the<»e should be placed
on the committees now viewed with suspicion." was
lis . ply.
COVERXOR IS SILENT.
Refuses to Discuss Assemblyman
Merrill's Speakership Aspirations.
Albany. Dec. 13.— attention of Governor
Hitrsins was drawn this afternoon to published
statements to the effect hat Assemblyman Ed
win A. Merrttt, jr.. of St Lawrence County.
■was to be supported by Chairman Od>ll of the
Republican State Committee for the Assembly
Speaker-ship. The Governor siid he had heard
the port, but had no comment to make.
■'Some time ago you said. Governor, that if a
candidate whom you thought not a proper man
for Speaker should seem likely to be elected
yon would feel called upon to express yourself
as against him. Have you receded from that po
"I have not changed my mind on that point."
replied the Governor. "1 believe that the As
sembly will elect a an of wisdom, honesty and
efficiency 1 have not Been any of the candi
dates for Speaker in some time."
"Mr Merritt was in town last night- Did you
see him?" he v.as asked.
•'I did not."
The Governor also was reminded of an inter
view published a few day? ago in a Syracuse
caper supposed to have the confidence of
Fr£nHs Hemhi.-ks, Superintendent of the State
bMorance Department. \n which a -prominent
S»unUcan ; *«« quoted as believinir thai Su
uerintendeMt Hendriclra did not desire reap
pointment upon the expiration of bis term of
°*lVa n ve hea rd r nothinp from Mr. Hendricks on
this subject." «qi.i the Governor. if he should
d^rTreappolntment. or If he should not desire
lt~i believe I would be the first man to Hear of
It fro him. In either cm*,"
HOLIDAY RATES TO THE SOUTH
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South. *'%£*& C^M Une, 1.161 Bway.-Advu
NEW- YORK. THURSDAY. DECEMBER 14. 1905. -SIXTEEN PAGI».- fc rii* <? srS2i t^S^-.
AI,EX*NI>ER B. ORR.
CHARLES A. PEABODY, THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE ITCTTAL LIFE.
George XT. Perkins yesterday resigned as ranking vice-president and chairman of the finance commit
tee of the New-York Life and was succeeded by Alexander E. Orr as ranking vice-president, while
John Claflin became chairman of the finance committee.
HEARSf WILL FIGHT ON.
TO FRAME SPECIAL BILL.
Beaten in Court of Appeals, May
The Hearst men last night, following the ad
verse decision by the Court of Appeals in the
mayoralty contest, practically decided to intro
duce at the coming session of the legislature a
bill providing for a recount of the vote? for the
city ticket at the last election.
Counsel for Mr. Hearst would not discuss the
matter further than to admit that action of this
nature was contemplated, because they are not
absolutely sure about the retroactive nature of
such a law. They believe, however, that the dis
senting opinion of Justices Bartlett and Vaun
fully warrants special legislation. as well as
radical amendments to the existing election cod-».
The dissenting opinion says in part;
"We wish to record our emphatic dissent frcm the
decision about to be rendered.
If it is to be the settled construction of tile Elec
tion law that the ballots locked and sealed in the
ballot boxes for six months after election cannot be
recounted save in an action of quo warranto, which
may drag for years through the courts, a new
election law cannot be too soon drafted and enacted.
It will certainly be a great disappointment to the
citizens of the, city of New-York to be assured th ...
they are In little or 110 batter position In case of
an alleged fraudulent count than under the old
Election law, when the burning of ballets and
memoranda formed a part of the bonfires which
celebrated the current victory.
Clarence J. Shearn. of counsel for Mr. Hearst,
would not admit last night that the decision by
th* highest court gave McCiellmi tho election,
beyond doubt. He said:
I have been shown a nispatch stating that the
Court of Appeals, by a vote of 5 to 2 has reversed
the Appellate Division and vacated .Tud^e Amends
order. I prefer not to discuss the situation until I
have read the opinions. Assuming, however, that
SENATOR DRTDEX BEFORE THE INSURANCE INVESTIGATING COMMITTED.
the dispatch correctly states the decision, the situa
tion Is simply this:
That we shall be put to some delay and shall be
seriously impeded for the time being in opening the
ballot boxes and proving by their contents that the.
fraud* in the count shown on the. opening of the
first four boxes wer«* general throughout the. city.
In other words, we shall be compelled to resort to
the more roundabout methods of opening boxes
upon affidavits and through tjun warranto proceed
ings. McClellan will thus have won his light for
delay. He cannot, however, successfully hide the
facts forever. These ballot boxes can be opened in
?uo warranto proceedings, and nothing can prevent,
he truth being ultimately known except the phy
sj.-al destruction of trie boxes and their content?.
The quo warranto procedure, to which th»
Hearst men will probably have to resort, is a
tedious and roundabout way of getting at th«»
contents of the ballot boxes. One of Mr.
Hearst's counsel said last night:
Th" decision means that McClellan will get his
certificate or election and be sworn in on the nr?t
of the year. It means that we will have to make
Specific affidavits concerning the contents of every
ballot box which we may want to open. It probabij
does noi mean thai we snail be prevented from
examining the contents of boxes where palpable
discrepancies exist as the law seems to be plain on
thai point. Probably we shall have the Privilege
under the decision of opening several hundred
box-'." where there arc discrepancies in the count.
and when we gel tha' far we shall be able to get
tQQ necessary evidence to warrant quo warranto
Aosten <;. Fox. of counsel for Mr. Hearst, made
Hi. following statement last night: ;
I have teamed to-day, and with consternation,
that a remark I made In arguing the 80-called
iCoottuued on eicbtli pace.)
MORE HAZING IN NAVY.
One Man in Hospital — Another
Sick, Denies Mistreatment.
IBy Telegraph to The Tribune.!
Annapolis, Md., Dec. 13. — Naval circles and the
public generally are deeply stirred over the fact
that an extremely brutal piece of hazing took
place at »ho Academy last night, the victim. Mid
shipman Jerome P. Kimbrough, of German town,
Tenii., a fourth class man. having been compelled
to stand on his head until he was unconscious
and left in that condition when the perpetrators
were likely to be discovered.
Young Kimbrough was taken to the hospital
this morning, but is not likely to suffer serious
This morning Admiral James H. Sands, super
intendent of the Academy, began a prompt inves
tigation, and it was proved that Midshipman
Trenmer Coffin, jr., of Carson City, Xev., a
third class man. was concerned in the hazing.
and that Midshipman Warren A. Vanderveer. of
Mount Holly, X. J.. of the second class, was on
duty, but did not report the brench of regula
tions. Within an hour Admiral Sands had sus
pended the two men and had formulated his
recommendation to the department for final
An effort was made to get further knowledge
from Kimbrough. but he has been stanch and
refused to divulge the names of his other per
secutors. Coffin, who is from Carson City. Nev.,
was practically caught in the act, however, it is
asserted, and Vandeveer was on duty In Ptifh
a position that, it is said, he must have be,en
aware of the proceedings.
In connection with the condition of Kimbrough
there is much speculation as to the origin of a
paralysis which attacked Midshipman Henry G.
Cooper, of Oxford, N. C, shortly after '1 o'clock
this afternoon. While Cooper was in a class
room he . was .seized by an almost complete
paralysis of the right side, extending from head
to fool and partially affecting his vocal organ---.
He was taken to the hospital at once, and as
soon as his condition warranted he was closely
examined as to anything he knew which might
have caused his condition.
He .stoutly denied that he had been hazed
recently, but was unable to give any other ex
planation to account for the attack It was
found that his digestion was in bad condition,
but this was not likely to Induce paralysis, it
While the authorities accept his statement, it
is extremely hard, they say, to assign any likely
cause for such a condition in a youth of seven
teen years except some external injury or strain.
It is perfectly well known that midshipmen
win go to any. length except perjury to protect
other midshipmen, and refused to give any Infor
mation in cases of hazing if just what all mid
shipmen would have expected of Cooper or any
other in his situation.
Young Cooper is much better to-night, and his
complete recovery ie confidently expected.
Midshipman KlmbroiiKh was last week railed be
fore a board cf officers now in session at the
academy Inquiring into hazing, fighting and similar
practices, rind compelled to answer certain ques
tions. It is said that he had also told some rela
tiv«s that he had been lriz'-d and thai the relatives
laid ihe matter before the authorities. The hazing
hut night was on account of these two things
DEWEY'S 8 YEAR ana -.2 YEAR PORT.
The best Medicinal Wli made.
H. T. Dewe;- i Suns < 0.. US Fulton St.. New York.
GEORGE W. PERKINS.
(.Photograph by Rock wood.)
Riga in Hands of Rebels and Provisional Government
EMPIRE IN GRASP OF FINANCIAL PANIC.
Twelve Thousand Cossacks Sent to Suppress Rising in Baltic Provinces — Troops
Join the Cause of People.
St Petersburg, he.-. IL\ evening. Two me*
nengers who arrived here from Riga to-day,
having walked 190 mil<-s to set a train al Plock,
not only confirm r lit- report that a provisional
government has boon set op in Livonia, but they
gay that many of the troops have gone over to
Dvina Fort, commanding Riga Harbor, is in
their possession, and the Governor and other
Russian officials are prisoners. The messengers
add that the provisional government exercises
authority throughout Livonia and part of Cour
land. The new government has declared th*»
Feparation of the Lithuanian people from the
Russian Empire. They have chosen new local
officials, decreed th* closing of the spirit shops
and breweries, and have anmflled contracts be
tween the peasants and the land owners.
There is a general uprising of the native peas
ants, who «re travelling in armed bands, attack
ing the estates and driving off or killing their
owners. Some of the landowners have organ
ized volunteer battalions to protect their prop
erty, the authorities being powerless to afford
aid, but most of the proprietors are fleeing in
terror. The peasants have forbidden the own
ers to sell grain or lumber, and have formally
declared confiscated the forests and estates of
those who have departed.
Twelve thousand Cossacks have been dis
patched to the Baltic provinces.
The condition of the peasants in these prov
inces has been the most deplorable of any in the
entire empire. The feudal system practically
has continued to the present time. The peas
ants have been in a state of vassalage, at the
mercy of the German barons, from whom they
rent land, purchase the right to cut wood and
to fish in the waters of the gulf.
The Russian officials are being expelled from
the provinces, and many of them have been
killed in the streets of the towns.
There is a reign of terror at Riga. Women
and children are living in the upper stories of
houses, and foreign merchants are winding up
their business or abandoning everything in order
It Is doubtful whether 'the promise of local
self-government contained In to-day's imperial
ukase will have much effect, nt least for the
present, but it furnishes ample proof that the
government realizes it is helpless to restore
order without granting heavy concessions. The
partial concessions granted to the people of the
Baltic prowineeß are bound to encourage the
Foles. Georgians and other border peoples.
The Imperial Rank lias announced that the
rates on all loans and discount operations will
be increased by one-half per cent until further
The Bonr*r again wojikened on reports of
commercial failures everywhere in tlie provinces,
and also in sympathy with the panic on the
Moscow exchange. Runs on the savings banka
continue. The Aliuary, a private bank, capital
ized at $250,000, has closed its doors. This is
the first bank failure In St. Petersburg. The
State Bank, in order to reassure public opinion,
opened two additional windows to accommodate
the frightened holders of paper who desired to
exchange it for gold.
The League of Leagues has issued an ad
dress saying that the recent acts of the govern
ment proved it was attempting to suppress the
emancipation movement, and that political free
dom could be obtained only by an armed strug
gle, in which all the progressive elements were
invited to join.
This league, which is now called the "Invisi
ble Government." has worked out a plan for a
constituent assembly of 968 members, elected
from districts of 140,000 inhabitants. The as
sembly on its convocation is to assume entire
eovert-iguty. executive, legislative and judicial.
The **Nasha Shisn" say* that at a conference
of grand dukes and court officials at Tsarskoe-
Selo 1t was decided thai « ount Witte had prove.!
a failure, and that the time had arrived for the
ad>ption of firm measures, which could be em
ployed with less opposition under a man like
Prince Sriatopolk-Mirsky, former Minister <.f
the Interior. The paper says thai another con
ferenee will be held to-morrow, al which Count
Witte will not be present
It is reported that Prince John Obolensky^
former Govemoi General of Finland s'k I
reed M. Durnovo as Minister of the Interior
The news drifting in from rarlous parts of
the interior shows thai violence Is decreasing,
but that the fermenl is unabated. Every clasa
f gocietj is organizing parties and elaborating
political programmes. I" sum" places the lninl
lords threaten thai unless the government sup
presses the agrarian disorders they, will refuse
to paj taxes t,, the nobility or interest to the
banks on loons. They saj that they will t;ik.
the !n*v i" f " theii own hands, organize guards
to protect their property, and, U necessary,
make reprisals by burning the peasants 1 vil
A meeting erf six thousand workmen has
been held In Moscow, ;>t which it is sai'i soldiers
were present «h<> pledged themselves '•> tight to
the liist drop <>r Mood to bring about the down
fall of imperial rule. ;m eight hour work <lav
jimi a division of the laud to the peasant*.
Martial law has been declared in Poltava,
where the railroad men have joined the post
and telegraph strike
At Btaraia, Province of Novgorod, the anthor
itie> prevented a massacre of the Jews and
revolutionists !>y hastily tearing down the
proclamations of the Loyalists calling on the
LITHUANIA IN SECESSION.
rRICE THREE CENTS.
population to ponisfa the Jew? and revolution
ists fan the Emperor's name.
The telegraph strike continue*. Work i> re
sumed in i»ne place only »•» cease in another.
The strikers are able to cut the lines a-* fasl is
the government an repair them.
A counter movement has. been started among
the troops by the distribution of pamphlets «all
ing on them to remain true- to the Emperor,
"from whom all good flow?.'
Agitators are urging the peasants to attack
the/ estate of Count Sheromptieff, a notM reac
MOSCOW FIRMS FAIL.
Panic on the Bourse Peasant Mob 9
Near Gates of City.
Moscow, Dec. 12 CBy telephone to St. Peters*
burg). — veritable panic prevails on th«
Bourse. The complete collapse of business in!
the provinces has been attended by many bank
ruptcies. Two large tea firms have failed.
The agrarian disturbances are extending al«
most to the gates of this city. The country man*
slons of many nobles, including that of Count
Shakhovskoi. hay« been burned.
Strikers fought an action with a CossacK
patrol in th« outlying industrial village of Goto-*
disteht. The strikers stood their ground with
revolvers, emptying four saddles and forcing th«
Cossacks to retreat.
The "Workmen's Council of. Moscow has ad
hered to the decision of the St. Petersburg
Council in. deciding against a general strike. !<J
appears that the council's funds have been ex
hausted in supporting 16.000 men.
Efforts to break the post and telegraph strike
here have been unsuccessful. The volunteer
carriers are boycotted and taunted in the streets.
Xews from Kursk says that two regiment 9
which refused to protect landed estates from th-s
peasants have been ordered back to that city
Th!« publishers of Moscow have decided to
defy the press laws.
WARSAW POLICE STRIKE.
Leader* Under Arrest — Catholic
Priestn Support, People.
Warsaw. Dec' 13.— The police of the first ilia
trict of this city have struck, and the authorities
have been ordered to arrest Hevni of the lead
ers. The rest are confined to their barracks.
A meeting of 417 • 'atholic clergymen of Ru.;>
sian Poland resolved this morning to demai
autonomy for Poland, with its own parliament,
general secret ballot. Polish language in govern
ment offices, the abolition of capital punishmenß
and full amnesty for political prisoners.
The "Official Gazette" this morning published
a list of 203 post and telegraph clerks who hay»
been dismissed for striking.
The trains to the Austrian frontier are booked
full ten daya ahead.
Oscar Schoen, a German, owner nf a larga
spinning: mill at Sosnovice, wag shot and killed;
by an unknown person last night.
PREMIER TRUSTS ARMY*
Traditions Too Deeply Rooted, H*
Says, to Permit Revolution.
London, Dec. 14.— The correspondent of "Th«
Daily Telegraph" at St. Petersburg, in a fur-»
ther instalment of his interview with Count;
Witte. the first part of which was published 00,
Tuesday, says the Premier declared that th»
army would remain faithful, that the finances
of the country were sound and that it was not
his intention to resign. The correspondent, in %
series of questions, presented numerous in
stances of the. disloyalty of the troops and ma
The Premier, answering these questtions, In
sisted that in all cases the disloyalty so pointed
out was either temporary or exceptional, and
that it had never developed into actual Infidel
ity to the Emperor. It could not be denied, ha
said, that the revolutionary propaganda was be
ins industriously and assiduously spread in th<*
arm; and in the navy, but it was not and could
not be successful, because the national charac
ter was fixed and the national traditions wera
trio deep rooted. As far as he knew, the de
mands of the malcontents were altogether of ?'i
economical character. The troops were accus
tomed to obey the Emperor implicitly, and th«
Premier was unable to conceive any transfer of
The correspondent suggested the possibility of
a sudden stroke by which the republicans would
seize the reins of government, to which Count
"Win*- replied that the members ■■: such a pair-*
would be ruthlessly cut down by the imperi.il
troops. The idea of such a republican go\ >■<-.•
ment subsisting for even three days, the Premier
said, could only he entertained by foreigners
who never had an opportunity to study the Rus
sian Rational character or by thoughtless Rus*
sians who were incapable of interpreting that
character. The count add>-d:
Russian national life is pt\oted cm
the Dmperor, ami bow deep nioted, wides
and fruitful Is this principle mil l>e seen
revolutionists should be foolhardy enough to
build upon •! contrary assumption.
Referring to Russia's financial position, i
"Witte attributed all the rumors of ftnancta] diin
rulties to the machinations of the revolutionists
who. he said, fought with poisoned weapooSL
Their statements were accepted because the peo
ple were credulous. The Premier said:
I am absolutely sure that Russian bondholders
»iave nothing more to fear to-day than they ha-1
six years ago. Certainly they have no reason to
fear that the interest on the bonds will be cur
tailed. Russia has never had recourse to such
an expedient, nor will she in this situation. I
am unable to conceive of Russia be'ng reduced
to a condition when rhe will fail to discharge
her obligations to her foreign creditors. Even
In the Impossible oas* of the revolutionist* suo.