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WILL ENGLAND -FIGHT
The Removal of Her Co-
rean Agent Must Bel
PREPARATIONS FOR WAR
The Guns of the Battleships
Menace the Russian Bear.
I'otir of Great Hritnln's Vnrshlps
Suid to Ho Oir Choiiilllpo-Itcport
Tlint Her Nnvnl Hoscrvci Are to
II 0 Mobilised - Cniindint Pacific
Steamships Not liotiuUitloncd.
Reports ol ltclnforcemtnts Tor
Japan and England from Canada.
Pekln, Dec. 30. The supercesslon of
J. MeLenvy Brown, the Brlthh super
intendent of the Coiean eustcms. Is at
present engaging the attention of the
British government. With th view of
upholding his lights, four British war
essels ute understood to bo off Che
mulpo. London, Dec. ."0. A newi agency
sajs that the Biltlsh naval reserves
will be mobilized.
Canadian Pacific railroad officials
deny any knowledge of th- Urltlsh
ndmlmlty having lequlsitloted three
of the Empress steamships, belonging
to that company, as repotted in a spe
cial dispatch from Shanghai, and they
believe the statement to bt without
Minneapolis Dec. 30. Advces from
Ottawa indicate that the Brtlsh gov
ernment is piepared actively to resist
Russian occupation of Poit Arthur
and Russian inlluence In Crea; also,
that the co-operation of the Japanese
lleet with that of Oreot Brtaln is a
well settled fact. Informatlor has been
received fiom an Inside sourc that the
Ottawa government thiitj lays ago
notified the Canadian Paclfl- olllclals
to be In readiness for the Inmedlate
tinnspoitatlon from Montiea to Van
couver and Equlmault of 1.500 men,
the contingent consisting of nglneers,
gunners nnd deck otlicets.
According to this infotmition the
load has prepared for handling 10,000
men, live ttnlns being held In readi
ness for this set vice.
Montreal, Quebec. Dec. 30. Vice
Piesldent Shaughnej-sj- of the Cana
dian Pacific Railway compiny says
theie Is no truth in the story that his
company has been asked to transpoit
englneeis, gunners and deck olllcers to
A nncouver and Esquimault.
BRITISH NAVAL RESERVES.
London, Dec. 30. A news ngencj an
nounceh that the British naval teerios
will bo mobilized.
Aecotdlng to tecent estimates the le
setve fotces of the British navy number
about iS.OOO men. Of this number it
Is calculated that at least 10,000 men
would be required In case of war to
complete the manning of the war ships
of Gieul Btltain, which ore uider
stood to require a complement of 110,
000 men, whereas only lOO.OOo aie ac
tually in set vie. The naval reserve
problem has long been ellscu'eed by
British authorities, and the general
opinion appears to be that the number
of men available Is far shoit of the
number that would be icqulred In tase
In addition to the men of the naval
leseiie, Great Britain has a laige re
serve lleet and a number of reserve
merchant cruisers Including such icw-f-els
ns the Campania, Lueania, Et-u-ila,
Umbiia. Majestic. Teutonic, etc.
CHINA AND THE POWERS.
The Itcported Occupation of Ilni-Nin
liv Prance Honied.
Pails, Dec. 30. The olllclals of the
French ministry of marine regard tie
icpoited occupation of tho Island of
Hal Nan. off the south coast of China,
by the Ficnch lleet in those wateis la
being an invention.
Dutlng the da a semi-olllclal con
tradiction was issued of the report that
the French line had been hoisted over
the Island of Hal-Nan.
CHURCH FIOHT ARBITRATED.
ovcl Method ol Settling a Dispute
nt East Liverpool.
East Liverpool, O., Dec. 30. The
Chuich of Christ of this city Is in a
sad muddle The board of eldeis re
quested the pastor. Rev. O. S. Reed,
to lcsign Pastor Reed appealed to the
congregation, and the congregation de
posed the elders. Rev. Robert Mof
fat, of Cleveland, tho Ohio state Chris
tian missionary, carao here last night
to attempt to adjust the dllfetences In
the chuich, and, upon his advice, the
dlfllculty will be refeired to an ntbltrat
Ing committee to be selected wholly
from the membeiHhlp of the other
Evangelical churches of the city.
Ilalliiigton Booth's Dispatch.
New York, Dec. SO. Emma l.ooth
Tucker Knight received the following dls
putch from Commander Booth-Turker In
unswer to an lncpili as to tho tiuth if
tho statement attributed to him In re-cent
publications concerning tho Mm us of Mis.
North liutte. Neb., Greatly regret re
newed coaticvers). Did; not impute
t-li a mining, neither did I denj serious ill
ness. Comrrunder Booth-Tucker.
Shorbrooke. Que., Dec. 30. Tho main
portion of tho St. Charles' seminary and
the left wing were gutted by lire today.
Most of tho pupils, among whom niu
many Americans, were uway on their
holiday vacations. Loss JJJ.OXi.
New York, Dec. 30.-Sailed Kaiser Wll
helm 11, Genoa: Obduml Rotterdam.
Southampton Sailed: Tinve, from Bre
men for New York, Naples Ai rived:
Efs, New York, and proceeded for Genoa,
O Ulcers I'.lcctcd by the National
llodv nt Icvrlnnd.
Clevclnnd, O., Dec 30. The American
Hlstotlcal association toduy elected
these otllecrs: President, George Flsh
erj vice presidents. James F Rhodes
nnd Edward Egglestnn; secretary, Her
bert H. Adams; treasurer, Clarence
V.'. Hon en; assistant secretary nnd
curator, A. H. Claris; secretary church
history section, Samuel MacCaulcy,
Jackson; executive counsel, Hon. An
drew D. White, Charles K. Adnms,
Hon. William Wlrthenry, James IU
Angtil, Henry B. Adams, Hon. George
F. Hoar, James Schouter. Richard o.
Storis, Ftofessor H. M. Stephens,
Professor Frederick J. Turner, Hon.
Melville W. Fuller nnd Professor A. B.
It was decided to hold the next
meeting in New Haven, Conn. It was
reported that the association hnH a
surplus of $10,000. Of that sum $1,000
was voted in support of the American
Historical Review, and $5,000 to the?
histoi leal manuscript commission. This
evening there were bevernl receptions
to the delegates.
Among those entertaining being Sen
ator and Mrs. Hanna, Mr. and Mis.
'Samuel Mather and Mr. nnd Mrs. Hen
ry C. Itanney,
NEW TRIAL REFUSED.
Court Will Not Grnnt a
Trial to Mrs. Nobles.
Louis, Dec. 30. A special from
The Supreme court of tho United
States has just refused an application
for n new trial for Mrs. Elizabeth
Nobles, convicted of the murder of her
husband, on the ground that nt her
( trial the question of insanity was never
brought up. She is therefore under
sentence of death from the Superior
court of the state and the onl hope
of saving her life rests with the newly-created
pardon board, to whom all
applications for executive clemency
have been i of used.
The cilme was committed June, 1S95,
and her accomplice was a negro.
FARMER ROBBED OF $6,000.
Pound Tlint a Hurled Tin Pail Is No
Snler Than the Hanks.
Nile', Mich., Dec. 30. Lawrence
Walters, an aged farmer, residing
tluee miles north of Wayland, Cass
county, had no fatih In banks and in
stead placed his savings, consisting of
about $2,500 In greenbacks, $4,000 in
government bonds, notes, mortgages
and other valuable papers in a tin pall.
This pall he burled beneath the floor
In his barn some months ago, and he
hot. been In the habit of visiting the
hiding place every day to see if his
fortune was safe
This morning when he made the cus
tomary visit he discovered that lobbers
had been there, for his fortune had
disappeared. The old man Is almost
ciazed over his loss.
Cnptnin Pintsch Discovers n Dnnger
ous Craft Near Boston.
Boston, Dec. 30. Captain Pinlsch, of
the Hamburg-American line steamer
Arcadia, which arrived heie todaj from
Hamburg, reports that at noon yester
day in latitude 42.114 north, longitude
6S west, about 160 miles to the east
ward of Boston llgnt, the steamer
passed within five miles of the wreck
of a laige veasel nbout 1,500 tons reg
ister. The wreck was dismasted and has
been burned to the watei's edge, the
fire still smouldering. No fuither par
ticulars were obtainable owing to the
distance The vessel was probably a
ship or a baik. The derelict is a dan
ger ous obstruction to navigation.
The Areola Prom Randolph, Maine,
CJoes to Pieces at Green Islnitd.
Portland, Me., Dec. 30. The schooner
Aicola, for Boston from Randolph,
Me., with a cargo of lumber, was
w tecked on Gieen Island today.
The ciew were in the rigging four
hours and suffeied greatly from the
exposure to the elements. At daylight
the waves having abated somevv hat In
force, the men were able to run two
planks to the rocks off the ledge and
so make their escape to Green Island.
Six houts later they weie discovered
by n fishing schooner and taken off,
being shortly ufterwatds brought to
James Kclli Scnleiiced.
New York, Dec. 30 James Kelly, of
Lewihboro, N. Y was ' convicted at
White Plains today ot mnns.iughter In
the second degree for murdeilng his father-in-law.
Ciiurles Mead. Kelly had
l eloped with Mead's daughtir. When ho
returned his fathei -In-law nnd he quar
relled and Mead was t-hot and killed.
Ktll was sentenced to fourteen eais
and six months In Sing Slug pilson.
Kit shnvv trr.ilgncd.
Camden, N. J., Die. 3) Ell Shaw,
charged with the murder of his mother
unil grandmother was arraigned today
and pleaded not guilty. Ills tllal will be
gin next Mondaj. Mis. Plorcnco Mc
Cnsker, who shot and killed her husband
during a quarrel recently, was also ar
raigned and entered a similar plea.
Plymouth, N, H Dec, 30. The two
muster brlek-carrjlng schooner Estclti,
Captain Llttlefleld, which left hero Doc.
l'.i for Boston, has nut been heard from
since that night and she Is believed to
have foundered In a storm oit Cape Ann.
The Estell.i carried u captain and two
Ilrnry V). Stelnblss.
St. Louis, Dec. 30. Henry W. Stelnblss,
recently elected national secretary of tho
Pnlted Building Trades council, at Its
first meeting held in this city two weeks
ago, has resigned the position. Henry
Moore, secretary of tho Plumbers' union,
will succeed him.
Icebergs on Luke .Michigan.
Wuuke-gan, III., Dee. 30. An unusual
spectacle was noted on Lake Michigan to
day. About four miles out about 100 mis
sive, lloatlng Icebergs, moving south,
could ho plainly -seen with n telescope.
They wero about luo feet high and from
CO to 75 feet In diameter at the water's
Klttnnnlng, Pa., Dec. 30. An advance of
12'i per cent, in tho wages have been
granted to tho empoyes of the Wick
China company and tho men will go back
Tbc Results Have Not Been Encourag
ing to AnlMlaonnltcs.
KURTZ AND MYERS WORKING HARD
I'hoy Aro Endeavoring to Rally the
Democrat nnd Antl-IIannu Re
publicans Into Lino for the Pro
posed l'nsloii--Mnjor Dick Is Peel
Columbus, O., Dec. 30. This has been
n day of conferences with the antl
Hannn Republicans, and from the best
Information obtainable the results
have not been altogether encouraging,
although the claims of the factions
have not been modified In the least.
These conferences have been with the
leaders of the Democracy w ho are in
favor rvf u fusion with the nntl-Hanna
Republicans to defeat Mr. Hanna. The
central flguies have been Charles L.
Kurtz, esq., leader of the nntl-Hanna
Republicans, and Allen O. Myers, who
is endeavoring to bring the Democratic
members into tine for the proposed
fusion. At these conferences the Demo
crats were asked to state Just how
many of their members they could
B' ount upon In the proposed fusion. It
v'is undet stood that U wus stated seven
Democrats had refused positively to
vote for any one except a Democrat
for United States senator, not even n
free silver Republican. It is also
understood that the number of Demo
crats who will oppose a fusion may be
increased to ten or fifteen.
It developed that almost the entire
Democratic vote of the legislature will
be lequired on a fusion to defeat Sen
ator Hanna and the Democratic lead
ers nre not willing to enter Into any
arrangement which mav fall of suc
cess, as It would expose the party to
ridicule. It was at once determined to
summon all the Democratic members
to Columbus at once, and telegrams
were sent to all requesting them to re
port Friday afternoon without fall for
a conference. The only Republican
members conspicuous nt the nntl-Hanna
headquarters today were Represen
tatives Bramley and Mason, of Cleve
land. It was given out that Senator
Burke, of Cleveland, would vote with
the Democrnts in lnenklng the slate of
the Republican caucus In tire senate,
but as Mr. Burke has not yet arrived
in tho city this statement could not be
Major Dick, who has charge of Sen
ator Hnnna's personal Interests, was
feeling very confident tonight that the
proposed fusion arrangement would be
broken. Sentiment among the Repub
licans of the state Is rapidly crystnl
Izing under the vigorous assaults of the
Republican newspapers upon Mr. Kurtz
and the antl-Hanna movement.
DURRANT'S BUSY LAWYERS.
Partner I'.ll'orts to Delay tho Ilnngitig.
Mrs. Durrant Sues Juror Smith.
San Francif-co, Dec. 30. Juror Smyth
of the Durrant case, who haa been on
tilnl for contempt of court, was dis
missed today for lack of evidence The
effort was made to show that Smyth
had obtained pi hate information about
Durrant which Influenced his verdict.
Dut rant's attorneys hoped that the con
iction of Smyth would result in a
stny of the execution.
Now they aie at work prepailng an
appeal to the sup: erne court on a writ
of error. This w rit Is based on the ex
ceptions of counsel when Durrant was
sentenced, and It also includes the
point that because Durrant was never
indicted, but proceeded against by in
formation, his constitutional lights
Mrs. Duirant, mother of the condemn
ed man, today brought suit against
Jui or Smyth for $50,000 for slander.
Her suit Is based on the leport that
Pyth declared that he knew Durrant
nad been guilty of unnatural conduct
townrd his mother and slhter, and that
his bister was sent to Get ninny to get
njvuy from him.
THE SNUB TO MISS CRANE.
Chaperons nt tho Charleston
Columbia, S C, Dec 30. The chap
eron who requested the wlthdiawal of
Miss Crane, the nctress, from the hop
In Chatleston Inst week, Ih said to have
been Mis. Lewis, formerly Miss Rhett.
The other chaperones, dreading notori
ety, came out in cards disclaiming le
sponslbtlity for tho action and heartily
The press of the whole state in de
nouncing the action. Captain Hamlet
directed Cadet Peterson, who escoited
Mtts Ciane to the bnll, to retire to his
ship under the misapprehension that
Mis, Lewis spoke for the body of chap
erons. PRINTERS UNION SUED.
A Discharged Compositor Wants
San Francisco, Dec. 30. An Import
ant suit has been begun here. Freder
ick Hess has sued the Typographical
union for $25,000, alleging that, be
cause; ho was not a union man, by
means ot conspiracy among the union
members he wus discharged from his
position in the "Bulletin" office.
The propiletow of the paper admit
that theie was no reason vvhj he should
have been discharged except to prevent
trouble with the union.
W cjlcr's Protest.
Madrid, Dec. 30.-El Coireu Espaliola,
La Nacional, El Pacouje and other pi
pers thut have published General Woy
ler's protest against President MuKln
Icy's message, will bo prosecuted. Tho
publication had been prohibited on Inter
national grounds. It Is supposed that Ucn
eral Weler will ho prosecuted Tho au
thorities refuse to transmit the protest
to tho queen tegent through tho war
The ChesH rniiriiiiuirut.
Now York. Dec. 30. Tho score In tho In
tercollegiate chess touiiiumeut, at tho
eioao of today's game, was:
Columbia, won 3'j,, lost P,.
Harvard, won f'i; lost l',i.
Yale, won 3'..; lost l',j.
Prlncetcn, won 2'j! lout B',i.
WILL TRY THE "LEGITIMATE.'
Mrs. Leslie Carter Soon to Appear In
New York, Doc. 30. Mrs. Leslie Car
ter, the Titlnn-holrcd actress, has de
termined to abandon modern plays for
the allurements of Shakespeure, with
now and then a lapse Into "Camllle"
nnd "Frou Frou." David Belasco, the
theatilcal director of Mrs. Carter, Is
authority for the announcement. He
gave out the statement to this effect
"Mis. Carter will appear in Shakes
pearean roIcH," he said. "I have
coached her in 'A Winter's Tale,' 'Beat
rice' nnd In 'Cnmlllc.' "
"Will she play 'Rosalind?'"
"No; she Is too womanly to strut
about the stage In male garb. She ex
cels in comedy and should prove very
successful In Shakesoearean lighter
"And when will she make her debut
In this line?"
"That I cannot say ns yet. All de
pends on how 'The Heart of Mnty
land' succeeds In London. I nm send
ing the entire company as It stands
today over to the other side. We open
at the Adelphl theater Saturday, April
9. I have staked a great deal on tho
venture. If we win, why, then It will
be some time before Mrs. Carter will
try Shakespeare. If we lose she will
take to the 'legitimate.' "
ON BRITISH COAST.
.Many Mnritimo Cnsualtles--Injury to
tho Slonincr llnrroivmore Ono
Hundred nnd Twenty Bales ol Cot
ton Picked Up.
London, Dec. 30. The fuilous gales
of the past few days did great damage
to shipping and reports of maritime
casualties are coming In rapidly. The
British steamer Michigan, Captain
Tubbs, which arrived here yesterday
from New York, reports that on Dec.
27, in latitude 50, longitude 13, she
spoke the British steamer Barrow
more, Captain White, w hich sailed
hence Dec. 26 for Boston. The Barrow
more had a large dent in her port side
abaft the engine room, which extend
ed dow nw nrd below the main deck and
part of her cattle fittings were gone.
The British steamer Storm King,
Captain Crosby, from Baltimore Dec.
15 ftir Deptford and Antwerp, was
stranded at Deal, but got off and pro
ceeded apparently uninjured.
' The British steamer Ulstermore.Cap
taln Mooie, bound from Baltimore
Dec. 10 for this port, arilved at Liver
pool todav and reported that on Dec.
20 a heavy bea was shipped over the
port quarter which smashed a boat,
can led off cattle fittings and killed a
The German tank steamer Deutsch
land arrived at Queenstown today
with a blade of her propeller gone.
She sailed from Rotterdam, Dec 24, for
The British steamer Plympton, Cap
tain Page, arrived at Bremen from
Galveston via Key West. She reports
that in latitude 47, longitude 27 a heavy
sea broke over the forvvaid with such
force that the lion deck in that part
of the ship was dented to a depth of
four inches, the cabin flooded, venti
lator llvets torn off, nnd a n.an killed.
From Amsterdam it is reported that
the British steamer Harrow, from Sa
vannah for Bremen, before leported
ashoie nt Nleuwe Dlep, has parted
amidships. Many bales of cotton have
floated out of her, 120 of which have
been picked up.
RELICF FOR dOLD SEEKERS.
An Airangeinrnt for a Joint Itelicf
Washington, Dec. 30. The arrange
ment effected between Mr. Slfton, in he
half of Canada and the war depart
ment contemplates that the relief ex
pedition shall be executed jointly by
the United States army and a force of
the mounted police of Canada, which
constitute the military army ot the
Dominion. The United States force
will proceed with the relief stores to
Skaguay, where the will be joined by
the Canadian mounted police, about
foity In number, nnd the two fotces
will then pioceed together to the points
where the relief is to he distributed.
The determination as to Skaguay is,
however, still open.
The Canadian olllclals concede much
latitude to the American authoiltles
In the actual distribution, lecognlzlng
that the expedition is fitted out on this
side, nlthough u considerable part of
its work will be done on the Canadian
side of the bolder. No duties will be
imposed on tho stures carried by the
BIG BICYCLE TRACK.
(Jrcntcr Now York Ulll Possess tho
I'iucst in tho World.
New York. Dec. 30. Greater New
York will have u bicycle track next
season th'at w 111 be one of the finest
constructed and fastest In the world.
It will he nt Amlnose park, which in
cludes live city blocks. In Biooklyiu
Nate Salisbury und John W. Ambrose,
tho president ot the New York and
South Biooklyn Terry company, aie
behind the movement to build the
track, which will bo known as the Na
The new track Is to bo a board affair
of three laps to the mile with' all tho
features of the bebt tracks. The
grounds can be used for base ball, foot
ball and in fact any kind ot athletic
spoit os well us for cycle racing.
Hall tlncuutc Dead.
New Yoik, Dec. 30 G. W. Green, n
wealthy contractor and formerly mana
ger of tho Cuban Giant Iiuhu ball club,
was fatally Injuied lit Now Rochelle to
duy by tho explosion of u stick of djna
mite which was thawing before a lire,
!iMiroit" While Reinstated.
Now York, Dec. 30,-Stephen V. White,
who failed In the llimnclal panic of liM,
was rt-lnstauted to full membership In
the New York Stock exehango toduy by
unanimous voto of the committee on ad
missions "Deacon" White has Fettled ull
his obligations with Intel est,
Mag's to llo Reduced.
Lowlston, Me., Die. 30. It Is conceded
that tho cotton mills In Malno will fall
Into lino with other New Engand mills
curly next month and reduce the wages
of tho opeiatlves. Twelve thousand em
ployes will bo wlTccted.
JAMES J. CORBETT
lnues Ills Final Challenge to Robert
IS WILLINQ TO PUT UP CASH
llo Also reels Tlint tho Sayings of
Important Men on Important Sub
Jocts nro Liable to tie Mlscon-strued--AErecs
to Lay no More
Clninis lor Championship if Again
Cincinnati, O., Dec. 30. James J.
Corbett today gave out for publication
his challenge to light Robert Fltzslm
mons, us follows:
Robert J. Fitzslmmons, champion of tho
Your published declaration, Mr. Fitz
slmmons, that you Intend le-enteilng the
ring, pleases me moro than 1 can at pres
ent express to jou, for I know that tho
public esteems mo to be tho only candi
date for the honors ou thus place within
1 am faorry, however, to note that in
wording this declaration, you give me
thu Impression that since wo last mot
you have become unwisely lorgetful.
For Instance, you say that before I can
claim a return match with you. I must
prove mjself worthy of It. You cer
tainly Intended this as a Joke, for no ono
In the world knows my ability better than
yourself. You cannot so'soon have for
gotten your remark to me at Carson, Just
after the battle. "Jim," jou said. In jour
simple, earnest way, "I'll never light
again. You've given me a bloody good
You, the winner, uttered thebo words
with face and body so battered as to
leave no doubt of jour sincerity, while 1,
tho loser, listened, with never a bruise
or bcratch fiom head to foot which could
Is this consistent with your now re
questing, mo to prove mjself to be a
worthj' opponent? You will llnd the con
fidence of the public In my ability to en
tertain j oil still unshaken. You will find
that tho public will Insist upon jour rec
ognizing my claim tint jou must meet
me ng.iln. But surely jou have neen mis
represented. I refuse to ctedlt you with
the lame memorj-, broken Judgment, poor
taste and entire untruthfulness which
the printed remarks alleged to have
been made bj jou Implj. I prefer to
think that thoso who have entered tho
ring with me were men. honest, brave,
and Incapable of the vulgar, Ijlng, cow
ardly language in which the newspaper
version of jour remarks were couched.
However well I know that the great
Journals trj' to be, and usually are, accur
ate to the letter In reporting utterances
made by important men upon Importnnt
subjects. I prefer to believe that In this
case a grave error has been made some
how, somewhere, and for a purpose not
worthy of ono who wishes to bo con
sidered nbove contempt.
What the public opects from me Is to
maintain the manly dignity of the ring,
and not be a brawler, nor a snlftj' evader
of tho honest principles which govern
honest men when ndjustlng their respec
tive merits. This is all I have to saj'.
Hut this Is what 1 propose to do. The
day we sign articles I will give you $1,000
in recognition of your courtesj'.
Tlie moment j'ou enter the ring, rendj
to offer battle, I will give jou a second
thousand dollars In token of mj- pleasure.
I'pon tho completion of the tenth round.
If jou are still undefeated, I will give
j'ou a third thousand dollars ns a souve
nir of mj surprise.
Upon defeating you, no matter in what
round, I will give jou two thousand dol
lars more as a reminder that I am not an
On tho other hand, should jou again
defeat me, I promise, if still able to move,
to place my hat upon my head, and, then
lemovlng it in jour honor, to proclnim
j'ou in frank and unmistakable terms to
be my supeilor, and state that I then nnd
there relinquish forever nil possible claim
to the championship of the world.
Let further remarks on this subject be
made bj- one thousand clean, honestlj'
earned American dollars, given me by
the public that believes In me. I havo
this day forwarded there to Will J. Di
v Is, of Chicago, In terslmony that I mean
every word I have herein spoken.
(Signed) James J. Corbett,
Champion of America.
Cincinnati, Dec. 30.
Statement of Receipts nnd Expenses
lor the Month of November.
Philadelphia, Dec. 30. The Pennsyl
vania Railroad company statement of
earnings and expenses for the month
of November and eleven months of
1S97, compared with the same period
of 189C, Is as follows:
Pennsylvania railroad Lines direct
ly operated: Gross earning, month of
November, increase, $57J,500, expenses,
inciease, $40',100; net earnings, In
Foi eleven months: Gross earnings,
increase, $1,701,000; expenses, dectease,
$001,100; net eaintngs, Increase, $2,302,
100. Lines west of Pittsburg and Erie,
dhectly oneinted; for month ot No
vember: Gross gainings, Increase,
$918,000; expenses, Increase, $324,000;
net earnings, Increase, $594,000.
For eleven months: Gross earnings,
increase, $1,135,500; expenses, decrease,
$5(7,300; net earnings, inciease, $1,702,
000. Watchman Murdered.
Waterloo. Ind.. Dec. SO.-Night Watch
man Charles E. Cox, of tho DeKnlb
county bank, was murdered ntter mid
night by two pel sons unknown, who uro
supposed to have intended to rob tho
bank. Tho men stole a horse and buggy
und boarded an cast bound Baltimore and
Ohio train at Garrett,
Indicted for Forgery.
New York, Dec, 30. James A. Jordan,
formerly a special examiner emplojed In
tho pension bureau at Washington, who
lias been indicted nt that city foi rorgciy
nnd bribery, was arrested hero todaj',
Jordan waived all requisition formalities
and will bo taken back to Washington for
ilridotirt; Groom 74.
Versailles, Kj, Dec. 30. J. B. Eaggln,
the New York muUI-mllllonulie nnd toll
man, nnd Miss Pearl Voorhees, of this
city, niece of his foimer wife, weie mar
tied heio todaj. llagglu Is a white
beaied veteran of 71, wllllo his blldo is
u illy 23.
Illncknimi Nino Closed.
Wllkes-Barre, Dec. 30 Tho Blackmin
mine, operated bj tho Lehigh Valley Coal
company, suipendcd operations touay In
detinltelj', throwing WW jnen und boys out
of work, Dullness In the coal trade Is
given us the reubon for tho suspension.
EATS 100 OYSTERS WITH EASE,
New York Broker Wins n Illg Dinner
nnd $:0 nt Ono Sitting.
New York, Dec. 30. Harry Michaels,
R. J. Hoffman, Clarence II. Terhune
and F. L. Mackej', brokers, got Into n
discussion this morning on the floor of
the Consolidated exchange concerning
feats of gastronomy. Mr. Mnckey
easily led the others In relating his
M'nndcrful performances In the past,
nnd his descriptions of what he could
elo were so highly colored that tho
others refused to believe him,
"I'll bet you that you can't eat fifty
oysters at a sitting," said Mr. Michaels.
"I'll bet each one of you $10 that I
can eat one hundred of them," Muckey
So they all went down to the cafe.
A waiter opened a pile of oj'.sters, and
Mackoy began. By the time that he
had put fifty out of sight quite a crowd
had collected, and side bets on the re
sult were freely made, with odds
against the cater.
But he finished strong, and ns the
hundredth oyster slid down his throat
ho arose with a smile nnd called upon
Ills friends to pay up. Thej' responded
promptly w tth the money, while Mr.
Mackej', $30 and one hundred oysters
in, walked oft nmid the cheers of tho
BLAND SEEINQ VISIONS.
"SHvor Dick" Predicts Coming Dem
Washington, Dec. 30. "A Democratic
sweep next year and free sliver Irre
sistible in 1900," is the prediction of
Representative "Sliver Dick" Bland.
"The gold standard," he says, "Is too
narrow for this magnificent countrj.
The Gage bill is strictly in line with
the Republican policy and with Major
"They ouEht to enact the bill Into
law. In Missouri next jear we will
sweep St. Louts, ns well as the other
counties of the state."
SECRET BAND OF
A Socloty More Terrible Than the
Chi-'esc "Highbinders" Flourish
ing it. the Vicinity of Pottsville.
Pottsvllle, Pa., Dec. 30. New Phila
delphia, a flourishing mining tow n a
few miles north of Pottsville, is said
to he In the power ot a secret band of
Luthunians, bound by an oath which Is
alleged to be "more fearful in its char
acter than that of the Matla or Chin
It is a regularlj' organized secret
society, whose object, it is said, is to
commit depreelations and crime, not
stopping short of murder to accom
plish their ends.
The character of this band of out
laws was made known this week when
they wrecked n fellow countrymen's
saloon and threatened to kill him. Their
victim was Joseph Konosk
It Is known that the organization
numbers at least fifty members. The
members ate said to be bound by an
oath to protect each other, no matter
what crime may be committed, to pun
ish, and if neccssnrj", kill their sup
posed enemies, or persons against
whom nnj member may have had a
grievance; to employ counsel to defend
members who nre brought to trial, and
to see that vengeance Is meted out to
those who prosecute them.
The local authoiitles have been car
rying on an Investigation for several
days past. The people of New Phila
delphia aie terrorized und aro afraid
The result of the outbteak this week
was that nine members of the gang
were ai rested today and jdaced under
heavj ball The defendants are Jos
eph Shermoskj', Joseph Missoek, Jos
eph Suckloskj-, Peter Balotroch, Peter
Swilpli, Egnos Bouglis, Anthony Tom
aslutls, George Reuces. Joseph Swjtes
kas, all Llthunians. Their attest was
onlj' accomplished after a fierce battle
between the gang and the ofllceis, dur
ing which Constable Devine received
Comptroller Eckels Retires.
Washington, Dee. 30. Comptroller of
tho C'unencj James 11. Eckles, whose
leslgnatlon will take effect tomorrow,
called upon the president this afternoon
to paj his respects and say good-bje Mr.
Fcktes will leave for Chicago tnnioiiuvv
morning. Ills successor, Mr. Chat lex G.
Dawes, will qunllfy as compti oiler tomor
iow and tako chaigo of the ollleo next
Murder or Suicide.
Camden, N. J., Dec ' Tho body of an
unknown, well diesscd man about 21
yeais old, was found lloatlng In the Dela
ware river opposite Cramer Hill this af
ternoon. Ills throat had hi en cut and
thu jugular vein severed. Less than a
dollar in change was found in a poclut.
There was nothing on his peison that
might lead to his Idcntlllcuttun,
Dcnlh of Mrs. Pnxton.
Huirlsburg, Dec. 30 Mis Sarah Caven
dish Paxtoti aged b'i, died suddenly this
afternoon of hemt lealute. She was tho
widow of the lute Captain Joseph R. Pax
ton, of the United States ntmy. and moth
er of Captain Alexld R. I'axton, of the
United Stntes urmj. now on duty with
the Pennsjlvunla National guard In this
THE MiW THIS MOUXLVU.
Weather Indications Todays
1 General England Defies Russia,
"thousand Destltuto and Djlng In
Confeienco of Antl-Hanna Republi
cans. Mr. Corbett Challenges Mr. Fitzslm
mons. 2 State Movement for Uniformity In
the Soft Coal Industry.
Christian Endeavorers at Forest Citj'.
3 Local Social Events ot a Daj.
Timely Press Comment,
5 Philadelphia's Recent Costly Dinner.
0 Local Father Whelnn'b Silver Jubilee.
Novel Electric Lamp.
7 Local Death of Hon. A. II. Dunning.
Lajlng of tho Corner Stone of a .Million-Dollar
8 Local West Side and Suburban.
Rellly Is Too Young to Miury.
9 Lackawanna County News.
10 Neighboring County Happenings.
Thousands of Reconcen-
A TERRIBLE DEATH RATE
Hundreds of Unfortunates
Starve in the Streets.
A Spnnisli Journal's Admission ol
J.ong--Conccnlcd Fncts-Ollsory In
tho Provinco of Santa Clara--Tlio
Poor Classes Without Medicine or
Shelter Have Perished in tho
Havana, Dec. 30. The correspondent
of tho Madrid Imparclal, who has ild
den ovet a greater part of the Island,
writes to his paper that he saw at San
Jose Lajao, this piovince, 4,500 lecon
centrndos thrown Into tho stieets or
dying in wretched huts, meie living
skeletons. He states that 10,000 have
died within a year. Most of the re
concentiados, he savs, do not caie to
work when they leave their homes.
They carried with them all their be
longings and have gradunllj" sold these.
Their physical stiength is wasted, ami
thej need a helping hand to lift them
even from the gutter.
Several conespondents of El Diailo
de la Mai Inn describe the horrible mls
etj, due to foveis and sickness in dif
ferent towns in the province of Santa.
Clara. There many aie abandoned
without shelter, medicine or medical
assistance. Tho winter season In
creases the suffering among them. The
women aie half nude, with their nak
ed Infants wasted with cold and hun
ger THE OLD STORY AGAIN.
Two Rhode Island Farmers Visit
New York and Give Up Cnsh,
Pawtucket, R. I., Dec. 30. Joseph,
Fenlf and William Hutchlns, of this
citj'. leported to the police today that
they had been buncoed bj' green goods
men. Fenlt's lesson cost him $450.
Hutchlns cot out of the scrape cheap,
losing only $30. They want the police
to help them recover their money.
Thej' lccelved letters fiom New Yoik
In which "fine goods" were offered at
very low inte.s. They gatheied their
cash and three weeks ago staited for
New Yoik. There they were met by
u good-looking man who took them
over to Jeisey City on a feirjboat.
Then he piloted them through stieets,
alleys, and by-ways to a loom, where
they talked business. Goods of lino
qualitj were offered. Fenlf wanted
M.000, and gave up $450 good dollais.
He received h's package. Hutchlns
ln.vei.ted $.!0. Then they tame away.
The usual order, "Don't open the box
till jou get home." was given them.
They followed the oldet to the letter.
When tliey arrived home thej- cut
open their tin boxes, and found them
filled with tissue papel. The letteis
they sent to the gieen goods men weie
addressed to Heniv I Hamilton, 109
Eighth avenue, New York.
NEW PENSION SCHEME.
Proposition When-liy thn Services of
Attnrnois Can Bo Dispensed M ith.
Washington. Dec. 30 Commissioner
of Pensions Evnns has been giving
some attention to a proposition vhcie-bj-
th- services of pension attirnevH
engaged In the mosecutlon of claims
before the utile o rmij be dispells d
witn and their woik done by olllclals
tinder government supervision Inf -niallj,
lie has been dist.us-lni' th mat
ter with membeiM of the house clii
mlttee on Invalid pensions but is not
jet pieputed to outline the deails of
his plan The piesont hjstun, he s.ijs
Is lilting and should have been dune
awnj" with long ngo Discontinuing
the servlcts of the attoinejs would u
sult In a great saving to both pensinr
ers and the government ami liability
to frauds In issuing pensions would no
reduced to u minimum.
Under government supei i ision the
pension buie.iu would naie titled con
tiol of the persniu unpointed to look
nfter the cases whose business It would
be to see that all honest claims wtio
piomptly and Intelllgentlj ptesenttd.
The commissioner notes the fact that
$13,500,000 has been paid out during the
past thliteen yeais to pension attoi
neys by applicants for the piosecutlon
ot their claims.
Senior Member of the I'inn of Jnmcs
T. Hall A Co. is Missing,
New Yoik, Dec. 30. James T. Hall,
senior member of the tiim of James T.
Hall & Co., decoratois and contract
ors, ha.s been missing foi ten dajs.
Tho firm was engaged In lepulrlng the
state house at Albany, for which $J5,
000 was nppropi luted, but woik is ut a
It u ns stated that the film's credit
ors will not lose by Mr. Hall's dlsup
peniance. There l.s u theoiy that he
lias gone ctuy.
The Ilcrnld's Weather Pnrrcnst.
New Yoik, Dec. 31. In tho mliietm
states, todaj', pui tly cloudy to clomlv
weather will prevail, preceded bj fair In
the morning, with slight tempeiatuio
changes, nnd lUht V) fresh variable witula
becoming easterly and northeasterly, und
possibly high on the consts, ana with rain
or snow, followcil bv clearing and coliln'
conditions ut night in tho Interior uu41
possibly on tho southern cousin.
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