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SORANTON, l'A WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 31, 1902.
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RIGHT TO MEDIAE
Our Part In the Central American
Affair Is Defended bu the
BY FRENCH GOVERNMENT
The Proposition to Allow Neutral
Nations to Propose Arbitration of
Matters in Dispute Was Opposed
by the United States as a Menace
to Monroe Doctrine This Country,
Reluctantly Assenting, the First to
Adopt Such Course.
Ity Exclusive Wire from The Associated Pres.
Washington, Dec. 30. President Cas
tro's answer to the allies' proposal to
arbitrate the Venezuelan troubles has
not been leceived. In fact, Secretary
Hay had nothing of Importance on the
Venezuelan situation to communicate
to the cabinet. There are, however,
under discussion such questions as
those relating to the best means of.
terminating the blockade and other
matters touching the personnel of ,the
ronimisslon, which it is expected will
meet In Washington to lay down the
lines of the arbitration scheme.
Inasmuch as certain European pub
licists have taken exception to the ef
forts of the United States to briny
about' arbitration betweeen Venezuela
and the allies, as a violation of all the
traditions and rules of international
intercourse, the attention of one of the
most eminent American members of
the representatives at The Hague con
ference one of the men who framed
The Hague convention was directed to
the criticisms. He very promptly
cleared away the misunderstanding on
this point by pointing to article L'T of
The Hague convention as justifying
the attitude of the United Stales. This
Duty of the Powers.
'The? signatory powers consider' It
their duty if a serious dispute threatens
to break out between two or more of
them to remind these lulter that the
permanent court is open to them.
"Consequently they declare that the
fact of reminding the conflicting par
ties of the provision of the present con
vention and the advice givn to them
in the highest interests of pence to
have recourse to the permanent court
can only be regarded as friendly ac
tions." The paragraph was proposed by
France and singularly enough It was
opposed principally by the United
States, yet the United States is the
tlrst of the nations to avail of its pro
vision,?. The reason for the opposition
of our delegates was a fear on their
part that it would seem to be a be
stowal of power upon European coun
tries to intervene in American affairs,
and, In a manner, uu infringement on
the Monroe doctrine.
The French delegates were exceed
ingly anxious to carry the paragraph,
however, and they llnully succeeded in
iiuictiug the opposition of the Ameri
can delegates through the reservation
by the latter of the right to deal with
American affairs in accordance with
our established doctrines. This was
thought to safeguard the Monroe doe
trine, though, It is held hero, it only
recorded an opinion of the United
States delegates and did not hind The
Hague tribunal as' a whole.
SITUATION AT CARACAS.
British Grant Favors to the German
Vessels Revolutionists at Work.
Ily Uxrltuhe Wire from The Associated I'rcM.
Caracas, Monday, Dec, 21). United
States Minister Uowen has received in
formation that the Dutch steamer Prins
Mauritu has entered certain Venezuelan
ports, blockaded by the Uritlsh llcot
and .discharged her cargo there. Special
permission for the Dutch steamer to do
this was obtained from Commodore
Aloiitgoiuerlc, of the Uritlsh cruiser
Ciurybdls. The Italian cruiser Giovan
ni Huusun ordered the Prins MaurltK
away from port, hut Commodore Mont
gomery dlrectc'i that site continue to
(discharge her cargo. In Caracas this
Is held to bo a dlsorlnilnutlou against
Umorieon steamers and the Uritlsh
Commodore's action has been criticised.
Uaniulslmeto, capital of the state of
l.aru, which for somo time past has
liven in the possession of the Venezue-
1 lbn revolutionists has been recaptured
' W government forces. The town of
Sim Carlos and Tluunulllo have also
"bleu reoecupled by the government.
i The revolutionists at Ilnrqulslnicto were
I uiider the command of Generals Solag-
Inlt and Penaloza. They evacuated the
(town, after losing His men hilled and 32."i
Iwoutided, There was hard fighting in
Itha streets and suburbs of llurnulslmt"
lto for two days, The government forces
kvero commanded by General Cefeiluo
I It. now transpires that President Cus
(ro's recent Yllt to La Victoria was
fat of a social nuture, us reported here,
tut for the purpose of conducting per
mnally by telegraph the operations of
lis forces at Barquisimeto, This victory
fur the government appears to he a di
rect iresult of the president's Initiative,,
ltlhas been a most severe blow for the
president Castro is expected to reach
OdrucuH to-morrow (Tuesday) at noon
tiijeonier ulth united States Minister
Ibiidon, Dec. 31. A despatch to the
!luiy Mall from WlllemoteaU, Caracas,
jnuu yesterday, says: ,
iho iibstmaster of Maivealbo, Vcne-
ituvlng detained correspondence
Indue to Gorman merchants, flic
Gorman cruiser Fulke I hi,
sequence to bombard the & V
JUDGE MITCHELL'S SUCCESSOR.
Thomas A. Morrison, of McKean,
Has Been Appointed.
fly Inclusive Wire from Tim Associated Pre.v).
Hurrlsburg, Dec. 30. Judge. Thomas
A. Morrison, of AlcKean county, was
today appointed by Governor Stone a
superior court Judge to till the vacancy
created by the retirement of Judge John
r. Mitchell, of Wellsboro, under the
Judge's retirement act.
Judge Morrison's commission runs
until the first Monduy of January, 1904,
and Ills friends here predict he will
be nominated by the next Republican
state convention for the. full term of
FREE TRADERS ADOPT
The Boston Reformers Have Con
cluded That the Ills of the Land
Are Due to the Tariff.
Ily ttcchMre IN iio from The A.-suii.iti.d Pies.
Roslcm, DK-. 30. At a. meetong in
Kancull hall today, called by tho
American Free Trade League, the fol
lowing resolutions were adopted:
Whereas. Tho tariff duties upon lieiit!
and coal, by assiHting tho extortions of
monopoly or impeding relict' from them,
havo proved a serious hardship for our
Wherous, Such abundant evidence is
easily accessible to congress that inves
tigations need hoc causo delay in the re
moval of this hardship.
Resolved, That, us Amorlcan citizens,
we ask that the tariff duties on beef and
edal bo now removed.
Resolved, That even If the consideration
of tariff duties in general be postponed,
wo urgu that an exception bo made In tho
case of these duties upon beef and coal,
and that they bo removed mid those ar
ticles placed on tho free list, at the pres
yit session of congress.
Resolved, That a copy of theso resolu
tions bu sent to each United States sena
tor and member of tho national house of
Figures Furnished by Statistician of
Ily Ii lu-ive Wile from The Aoci.i'etl Pie.-'-:.
Washington, Doc. 30. Final returns
to the statistician of the department of
agriculture from the regular and spe
cial correspondents, .supplemented by
reports of special field agents, show
tho acreage production ad value of tho
principal farm crops of the United
Slates in 1002 to have been as follows:
Crops. Acreage. Production.
Corn !H,0l:s,618 '.',r.23,Ctt,ai2 bushels
Whiter wheat. S,.Vll,.12ij llJ,7SS,CCi bushels
Spring wheat.. 17,20,'JM 2."iS,::71,:U2 bushels
Oats 2S,fi!!,UI fi.S7,SI2,712 bushels
Uailcy I.(i6l ,0i:-J ?;l l.ra4,02J bushels
Rye 1,H78.SIS 33,lB,r.92 bushels
Uuekwlioat ... MUS0 : l,.".29,770 bushels
Potatoes 2.!i'K.fS7 2S!.ta.7W bushels
Hay S9.8,77 5!t,S.",M7t5 tons
Tobacco 1,OT0,73I V.'l,.l,93 pounds
Flax" hueert K.72U,700 j9,2S,M1 bushels
V. UM VALUK, DEC. 1. 190.'.
Winter wheat 200,727,175
Spring wheat 1,",3, 190,012
Hay .' ;,U,(!,30i
Tobaei'i SO, lT2,rV
Kins seed :W,S11,001
ELECTRICITY FOR STEAM ROAD.
Appleyards to Make the Bellaire an
By UxeUisivs Wire from Tho As.snei.ilcl Vicv.
Zanesvllle, O., Dee. 30. The Appl'e
yurd syndicate has acquired eoiitrol of
tho Dellalre, Zanesvllle and Cincinnati
rallroaii, and will standardize its guage
and change it to an electric interurban
Large tracts of land In Uelmont
county are included in the deal. The
receivership of J. K. Geddes will, It is
eald, bo terminated within ten tlaj'K.
Tho Ohio River ami Western Railway
company will he the new name of tho
CARNEGIE MEMORIAL TO WATT
Alternative Offer Made to Inventor's
fly Ksclusive Who from Tho Associated l'ics.,
Loudon, Dec, 30, Anriruw Carnegie
has notified die provost of Greenock,
Scotland, that lie Is prepared to give
$60,000 wi erect a memorial to James
Watt in recognition of Walt's engineer.
Air. Carnegie makes an alternatlvn
olfer to head a movement In America
to raise a large fund, which, In con
junction with stuns raised In Great
Eritaiu, will provide for a morn ex
tensive cchi'ine of rommeniorutiou,
Jealous Husband's Crime,
Pj rA4udvc Wire iroiu'llie Associated l'ro,
Pedri.t, III.. Dec. 30. -A. P. Talbot, roan
user of the Central Union Telephone, com
pany's at DcUvan, near here, shot and
seriously wounded his wife and killed
hlniscjf toduy. The. affair Is tho culmin
ation of a Kvileu of family cpiarrels. Jcl.
ouby Is supposed to bo tiio motive. Uotlj
parties uro highly respected In the com
munity, Coachman Murdered,
Uy V. ).ilvc Who frum Tjio Associated Press.
St. Louis, inc. 30. The dead and inuiU
la ted ))Oiy of Orrln AVortheu, a coach
man, w;is found In tho roar of his em
plityer's residence in tho West End to.day,
Evidences of a terrific struggle woro ap
parent. Tlw police believe that robbery
prompted tho rmu. Xo ono witnessed
LOVING CUP FOR MR. WALLIS.
General Superintendent of Pennsyl
vania Given a Testimonial.
By Inclusive Wire from The Associated Prc."S.
Altoona, Dec, 30. Tho superintend
ents of tho Pennsylvania railroad div
isions serving under General Superin
tendent J. M. Wallls, who retires from
oillce on the close of the year, on uc
count of ill health, assembled in the
railroad office in this city this after
noon and presented hltn a loving cup us
a token of their, esteem. The cup Is it
splendid specimen of the silversmith's
art, seventeen inches in height and of
beautiful proportions. It 'is Inscribed:
"Presented to John Mather Wallls
on his retirement from the general su
perlntcndcncy of the Pennsylvania
railroad division of the Pennsylvania
railroad by his superintendents."
Tho presentation speech was made
by R. L. O'Donnell, superintendent of
tho Pittsburg division. Mr. O'Donnell
paid that tho years Mr. Wallls served
as general superintendent, of the great
est division of tho world',4 greatest
railroad were strenuous periods to
which railroad annals have hitherto
furnished no parallel, and it is to bo
said to his credit that every emergency
was met with conspicuous ability, rare
good judgment and unfailing courtesy.
After referring in a general way to the
work of a general superintendent, Su
perintendent O'Donnell said:
"It is proper for us to say that we
have always been treated with the
greatest respect and justice, and In per
sonal relations with the greatest uf
fcctlon and sympathy. As a slight in
dication of the esteem ami affection
hi which wo' hold your personal rela
tione to us, we desire to present this
token to you, at tho same time wishing
you many yours of health and happi
ness." Mr. Wallis made a fitting though
brief response. The superintendents
present, were: G. E. Beale, Bedford
division; S. S. Blair, Tyrone division;
E. J. Cleave. C. and C. division; R. U.
Durborow, motive power Pennsylvania
railroad division; W. A. Ford, P. and
N. VS. railroad; Thomas Gucker, Phila
delphia division; W. B. McCalcb, mid
dle division; S. G. Mitchell, Mononga
hela division; W. W. Moss, Schuylkill
division; R. Ij. O'Donnell, Pittsburg
division; T. F. Robb, West Penn divis
ion; A. C. Shand, Altoona division; R.
T. Moirow, Southwest Penn division.
Tomorrow afternoon a reception and
presentation will be tendered Superin
tendent Wallis by the general public'
tit tho Logan House.
NIECE IS MARRIED
Miss Mary Bavbev and Major Ralph
Hartzell, of Denver, Are Wedded
at Canton, Ohio.
By i:.c!usj e V iie from The A-soocwtcd Press.
Crtntpn, Ohio, Dee. 30. Miss Mary
Harbor, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs
M. G. Barber, this evening became the
wife of Major Ralph Hartzell. The
ceremony was performed at the Com
modious old Saxton homestead, form
erly the homo of tho McKinleys, now
occupied by the Barbers, and was wit
nessed by Mrs. AIcKInley. Mrs. Mc
Kinley and Mrs. Barber, are sisters.
Rev. O. C Milligun. of the First Pres
byterian church officiated. The bride
was attended by her sister. Miss Ida,
and tho groom by his brother, Fred S.
Hartzell, assistant secretary of the Me
Kinley Memorial Association. Miss
Barber was a favorite of the late Pres
ident McKinley and spent much time
at the white house and was in several
presidential parties making extensive
tours of the country, as tho particular
companion of Mrs. McKinley. She be
came n. great favorite in cabinet circles
and of the many presents that came to
her as bride, some of tho handsomest
were sent by members of the cabinet
and their families.
The ceremony and reception were at
tended by about 150 guests, mostly rel
atives, and Intimate friends of the fam
ilies. Mrs. McKinley was accompanied by
Chief Counsel Brooks, of the Pennsyl
vania company, and Mrs, Brooks, of
Shields, Pa., guests at her home.
Mrs. Brooks having been a friend of
her glrlhdod days. Mrs. McKlnley's
gift to tho bride was a. splendid silver
Major Hurtzell, who was a Canton
Ian until a few years ago, was a quar
termaster in the volunteer service dur
ing the iato war. Ho is now a prac
tising attorney in Denver, and, with
his bride, left for that city to-night.
GERMAN BISHOPS FOR AMERICA
Herr Caheusly Again Urges His
Plan Upon the Vatican,
By i:xclutn Who from The Associated Press.
Rome, Dec. 30. Heir P. I. Cahensly,
a member of the German Reichstag
and president of tho Saint Raphael So
ciety for thu Protection of Gorman Im
migrants in America, who for ten
years has been agitating in favor of
the appointment of German ecclesias
tics to minister to German Catholics in
the United States, is again actively
urging the Vatican to appoint Gorman
bishops wherever tho German element
m i I.
King and Metzgar Deny Charges,
By KxcIilJvc Wire from The Aaochted Press.
Washington, Dec. 30, Hairy King,
chief, and Fred P, Mctzgcr, assistant
chief of tho draughtsman's division of tho
general land office, today submitted their
answers denying the charged against
them of conduct detrimental to govern
ment Interests. The unsweru are inado
separately and tho speelilo charges are de
nied in detail, though some of tho state
ments of fact are admitted with tho con
tention that there was no Infraction of
law or regulations,
Fire in the Donance Mine.
By E.ieliulyo Wire from Tho Aiaocluled Press.
WIlkes'Harre, Dvc. 30. In toino uiuic
countable) manner tho gas In tho Hlthnun
vein of the Dorranco nilpe operated by tho
Lehigh Valley Coal company, was ignited
this evening. Tlioblazo was discovered
by a lire hobs who summoned hcp and
after two hours' work the flro was ex
tinguished. Very little damage was dona
to the mine which will resume operullona
tomorrow the same, as usual-
Repbrt oT the Sub-Gommiuie
o? the State Board ot
REPORT TO GOVERNOR
Accounts State That the Sanitary
Condition of tho Prison Is Good
Prisoners Ave Properly Fed and
Cared For Matters Calling for an
By ll.ulmlvo Wire from The Associated l'icfs.
Harrisbtirg, Doc. 20. The report of
tho sub-committee of the State Board
of Charities appointed to Investigate
tho management of tho Eastern peni
tentiary was received to-day by Gov
ernor Stone. The report Is signed by
all the members of the commiltee,
which was composed of Judge Isaac
Johnson, of Media; Ralph Blum and
George I. McLcod, of Philadelphia;
George W. Ryon, of Shamokin, and
Patrick C. Boyle, of Oil City.
The report states that the sanitary
condition of tho penitentiary Is good
and that the prisoners are properly fed,
clothed and cured for so far as the com
miltee was able to ascertain. The mat
ters relating to the management in the
opinion of tho committee calling for
adverse action are as follows:
First The furnishing of food from tho
penitentiary supplies to officers and em
ployes of the institution.
Soeoml Tho lack of supervision over
tho accounts of the storekeeper and other
employes, who receive and distribute the
goods given into their possession.
Fourth Lack of supervision and proper
(accounting of what is known as tho
caning and chair repairing department.
, Fourth ('"tivorltisin in diet and favors
to particular persons upon tho part of
certain officers connected with the insti-i
(Fifth In one of the inspectors aiding a
juisoner in tho transmission of a lavgo
amount of money from the prison in an
irregular way and tho manner In which
Sio books relating to this transaction
have been kept.
1 Sixth In the purchase of material for
iho penitentiary from a linn, a. corpora
tion, in which an Inspector had an Interest,
and hi procuring lire insurance on thu
UJiillentlary property from a company in
which an inspector is an officer.
' sl.,v.intli Tim fnllmv. f 111,, wnriton fn
keep proper accounts of tiie old iron.
brass and such material, sold, and in the
mannei in which ho accounted for it.
Klghth la purchasing of goods and
materials for personal use by oflleers
from tho penitentiary stock and the pro
curing of work to bo done for tho per
sonal uso of officers in tho institutions.
The using of prisoners as servants in the
families of tho warden and chief overseer.
The report also says:
From tho ovldenco your committee is
satisnod that provisions belonging to tho
penitentiary have been used in tho pri
vate families of tho warden and tho chief
overseer and without being in any way
accounted for. Tho warden is given thu
custody and control of tho provisions in
tho penitentiary for distribution to thoso
entitled to receive them. He has no right
to appropriate any part of them, howover
small, to his own use, or to permit his
chief, Dorwnlt, to do so. It Is an abuse
and needs hasty correction,
JUSTICE SHIRAS TO RETIRE.
It Is Expected That He Will Leave
the Bench This Winter.
By Kulmlve Wire from The Associate! I'rtsi.
Washington, Dec. 30.r-Justlce Shlras,
of the Supremo court" of the United
States, will retire somo time during the
present winter. The date has not yet
been fixed and cannot bo until certain
cases which havo been argued, and
other cases which havo been sot for
re-argument have been disposed of,
Mr. Shlras, however, will retire dur
ing tho present session of congress, in
order that his successor may bo con
firmed before the adjournment. Among
tho names proposed as his successor is
that of William II. Taft, civil gover
nor of tho Philippines.
JUDGE TALCOTT DEAD.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Pre,
Valparaiso, Ind., Deo. 30. Judge Will
lam O. Talcott, tho oldest nuwspapornum
In Indiana, died suddenly today, aged S7
years. For fifty years ho owned and ed
ited tho Porter County Vldotto.
Judge Talcott camo to Porter county
sixty-five years ago when it was a wil
derness and only one small cabin marked
tho pluco where Valparaiso now stands.
Ho surveyed tho town, collected its first
taxes, taught Its first school, preached
Its first sermons, edited its first paper
and was ono of ho first Jurists in this
part of tho state.
Several years ago ho wroto a fi.OOO'Word
funeral sermon to bo read at his fu
neral, At that time it was set uo nnd
printed and tho few copies were distrib
uted among his friends.
Addicks Wins Another,
By Inclusive Wne from The AsiocUled Press.
Dover, Del., Dec. 20. J. Kdwafd Ad.
dicks won another assemblyman In a epe.
clal election today hi Kent county, Ninth
representative district, called by Governor
Hunn to vote oft a tlo In tho November
election botiveen James Wilbur Powell
(Union Republican) and Solomon Sapp
(Democrat), Where tho men were tied
before at 421 today's election resulted In
b'app receiving only Sot votes while Pow
ell Jumped to i, giving tho latter a
plurality of 19. Addicks will now have
twenty-two votes on ' Joint ballot for
United States senator , to start with.
Twenty-seven uro necessary to a cholec.
New Commissioner of Police.
By Inclusive WIic from The AfsocialjJ l'rcs.
New York. Dec. 30.-General Francis V.
Greene, wus sworn In us commissioner of
police today by Mayor Low, Jlo will as
sume tho duties of the office u;i Thursday:
IMPORTANT RAILWAY DEAL.
Early In tho Year Mr. Morgan Will
By Extlusha Wile from The Aswtntcil I'rc.sj.
Chicago, Dee. ,'!0. One of the most
lmportnnt deals In the history' of rail
way corporations was mndc known to
day, says the Dally News.
Karly In the year J. P. Morgan & Co
will announce tho consolidation of the
Krlo, Lehigh Valley nnd the Reading
railroads. Tho merger will bo planned
after tho manner ot the Northwestern
Securities company, the stocks' of the
companies to be pooled and held as u
basis for tlic Issuance of a large amount
of common shares which will take as
their name the title to be given (lie con
Four roads, according to the News'
Informant, will ,bo Included In tho mer
ger, the Jersey Central being now con
trolled by the Reading company. The
plan for a coalescence, It is said, has
been in contemplation for nearly a
year and has been held in abeyance
owing to the' inablltty of the promoters
to get possession of a majority of the
Lehigh Valley shares.
The interested parties are particular
to emphasize that tho tinlfipatlon will
not Interfere with the Individual man
agement. The roads are not to lose
their identity. The earnings will all
llow into one treasury, which will pay
expenditures, dividends and have
charge of the fiscal part of the com
panies generally. Theyholdlng' concern
will have a president who will be re
garded as above the presidents of the
different lines. He will be appointed
by Air. J. P. Morgan and It is inti
mated that President Underwood, of
tho Krlo, Is slated for the place.
Now York. Dec. .10. J. P. Morgan
denied that it was Intended to consoli
date the Erie, Lehigh Valley and Read
ing railroads. Mr. Morgan said:
"There is not the slightest reason for
such a story. It is altogether without
REVIEW OP THE
BUSINESS OP 1902
The Best Year This Countiy Has
Experienced According to
By Exclusive Wire horn The Associated Pi ess.
New York," Doc. 30. Bradstreet's re
view of the business year, to be issued
Saturday next will have tho following:
To say that 1002 was the best year
this country has ever experienced, whle
truthful In the main, does not suggest
fully the enormous' strides -which the
United States took in tho year just
closed. Practically every branch of or
dinary trade and manufacture showed
an Increase above the best of previous
years and yet this Immense enlarge
ment of output was not sufllcieut of it
selw to satisfy tho growing, it might
even bo termed insatiable, demand for
all kinds of materials. In many eases
the usual foreign outlet for our pro
duets was, perforce, neglected by Amer
ican producers, who confined their ef
forts to supply insistent' 'domestic de
mand, while in others foreign produc
tion was called upon to reinforce do
mestic output, with the result that new
currents nnd channels were created in
our foreign trade. "Our export trade,
therefore, shrunk, while our imports
expanded to unprecedented figures. The
railroads of the country, In their efforts
to handle the business offered them,
suffered as never before from conges
tion, and complaint of interference with
production and distribution of the pro
ducts of the farm, the mine, the shop
and the loom was practically universal.
Industrial unrest was naturally
marked, as it always is in times either
of prosperity or of depression, and se
rious disorganization of some of the
country's basic Industries resulted for
u time, in many cases, however, resort
to extremes was avoided or rendered
unnoceessary by liberal recognition by
employers of changes in the standard
of living, and It Is safe to say that two
men obtain higher wages or had their
working tlmo reduced without resort
to strikes for every one who actually
quit work. Speculation. It Is true, felt
the checks imposed upon it by conserv
atism, by short crops in the preceding
year, and last, but not least, by high
rates tor money; but despite the fact
that stock market operations were only
about one-half those of 1901, bank clear
ings, those usually reliable guides of
business, showed aggregates practically
ocpial to the hitherto unheard of totals
of 1901. All this was accomplished
with u. minimum of friction, us reflected
in tho form of business embarrass
ments." SIR CHENTNUNG IN LINE.
He Already Wears the Brevet Court
Button of the Third Grade.
Uj inclusive Who from The Assoc! ited Prcjs.
Washington, Deo. SO. Pekln advices re
ceived hero slalo that Sir Chentung
Liang Cheng, K, C. At. G decorated with
bievet court button of the third grad
expectant tao tol ot tho first class and
minister designate to the t'nlted States,
has been appointed a metropolitan expec
tant officer of tho fourth grade.
This rank puts Sir cheutniing hi lino
for promotion to high posts In the Mx
boaids and minor ministries In tho cap
ital hi tho future, Tlic minister deslKllutu
who succeeds Wu Ting-fang In the Wash
Ington mission, is expected hero somo I line
Minister Blew Out the Gas,
By i:elujlve Wiie from The Associated Vsca.
Philadelphia. Dec. SO.-Jolm R..K. Soli
d's, a Methodist minister of Ouysboro,
Nova Scotia, who was vjsltlus his broth
ers In this city, was found dead today In
the headquarters of the Heading railway
Young Men's Christian association, lie
had blown out tho gas through Ignorance
of Its usage and was asphyxiated, Mr.
Sellers wus spending the Chiistmas holi
days hero and stopped at the Young
Men's Christian association hcatfiiuurtcrs.
New Wago Scale on Jeisey Central.
By Kxehuhe Wire from The A&ociattd Pres.
Wllkes-Barre. life. 30. It U respited n
railroad circles hero tonight that begin
ning tho tlrst ofitlw' new'yeaf a nowwago'
scald will ,gb into 'effect on tjio Central
ltallroad.of Now Jersey.t l In said nil tho
employes will "receive v 10 per cent fii-WW.
PAUPER HAD A FORTUNE.
Eli Hyman Had Cash While in the
fly Eiclutltr Wire fioin The .Usoclited Fmi.
San Francisco, Dec. "0. Several
weeks avo an old man liamed Kll Ily
tnan was admitted to, the General hos
pital of (he city of Toronto as u pau
per. Two days later, lie died, and an
examination m' his effects disclosed val
uables. In coin and paper, to the value
Just before his death he stated that
he had a wife and daughter in San
Francisco. A firm of Canadian attor
neys took charge of the case, and. com
municating with lawyers here, located
the wife and heir of the dead man.
Mrs. Rebecca Ilyman and her daugh
ter, who reside here, and who Jiavo
been poverty stricken for years, have
established such proofs of relationship
that the attorneys hnvo no fear that
any other possible claimants will bo
recognized. The estate is valued at
RAIL ROAD OPPICERS
Verdict Rendered in the Wanstead
Wreck Case Employment of ,16-
Year-Old Boys Deplored.
By Exclusive Who fiont The As-otiJlcd l'ni.
Wyoming, Out., Dec. 30. The coi-o-nor's
jury which has been Investigat
ing the wreck at Wanstead last Fri
day night, in which twenty-eight lives
were lost, brought In. a verdict shortly
before midnight tonight. The verdict
is as follows:
"We find that Arthur Wrickotts was
killed in the collision at Wanstead uu
the evening of Friday, Dec. liO, 1902.
That said collision was caused by
wrong orders being given No. 5 at Wat
ford. Responsibility for the issuance
of wrong orders wo are not agreed upon
as between Operator Carson and Des
"That after No. 5 had left Watford
by the Issuance of wrong orders, we
consider that the accident coifld have
been uveHed by the operator at Wyo
ming or IClnjys Court Junction, had the
railway company hail more experienced
operators at those points, (one being
but n boy of Sixteen), at each of which
places the ilespatcher having had am
ple time to do it and endeavored to
get the opposing trains slopped.
Terrible Catastrophe on the Pennsyl
vania Railroad Througli Misun-
derstanding' of Orders.
By Uxclushe Wire from The Associated Vre.
Sharon, Pa., Dec. 30. fn a head-on
collision on the Pennsylvania railroad,
one and one-half miles west of West
Middlesex, tonight, the engineer of the
passenger train, Noal Daugherty, of
Krle, was killed, four were seriously
Injured and almost a score were hurl.
The wreck was caused through u mis
understanding of orders. Loth engines
were demolished and are- lying on their
sides in the ditch, while the express,
baggage and smoking cars are almost
Following is a list of the dead andj
injured: The dean -Neai ijaugnerty,
Krlo; body not yet recovered. Tho
Injured Knglneer .Shallenbetger, prob
ably fatally: Robert Williams, Krle,
fireman, passeiujfer train, serious;
George Gibson, Krle, fireman, freight
(ruin, serious; Samuel J, -McDonald,
Greenville, express messenger, serious,
Six of the Injured were brought to
the Sharon hospital on a special train,
Gf tho injured, Samuel AIcDonald,
George Gibson and Knglueer Shalleu-
berccr will die,
PLAN TO INCREASE THE NAVY.
Scheme to Allow an Additional Cadet
from Each Congressional District.
By Kxilmirc Wire from Tlic Associated l're?i.
Washington, Dec. SO. Members of tho
senate and Iioush naval committees, utter
conferences with tho secretary of the
navy, have practically decided on a plan
tor the Increase of the por.-ounel of the
It contemplates an additional naval .
dot fiom each congressional district, two
for ouch M'liator and ten annually to bo
appointed at largo by tho president, Tho
difficulty hi connection with tho Ineitual
Itv In classes which would result from the
sudden Injection of tho Increased allow
ance Is to bi) solved by giving tho secre
tary of tho navy the discretion of de
termining tlm tlui's at which the imw ap
pointments a iv to bo made.
BIB BUILDING BURNED.
Desttuctlon of Adventists Quaiters.
Loss Estimated at $350,000.
By Inclusive Wire from The Associated Vxuh
Detroit, Dec. :io. A Tribune special from
Uatllu I'reuk, Mich.. sa: '
"III th" total destruction tuliigllt nf tho
big building occupied by the Review uud
Herald Publishing coniinny. tho Huvmilh'
Day Vdvontlht community Is bruiight fucc
to Vuco with a. Micond heavy loss by Urn
within u oar, tho Artventtal sanitarium
having been burned down uiily lust Pub
mury. Tonight's Im-s In estimated by of
tlcliils of the Review and He raid company
at SWCW. with Insurance amoiiutluB to
Dropped Dead on a Train.
11 t'xtliMbe Witt iiomTlie Awociaicd Vstu.
yew York, Dec. 0. Charles Weasel, of
the itlverido Metal company, dropped
dead on a crowded elevated train tonight
of apoplexy, Ho was 63 years old,
By Exclusive Wire from The Ass'oci;Ul Fim
Now York, Dec. TO. Cleared! Ccvic,
Liverpool; Philadelphia Southampton;
Anthracite Dealers and Tlielr At
torneys ftrranae tor the
MINE OWNERS' SID
OP THE COAL STRIKE
James H. Toriey, of Scranton, Rep
resenting the Delaware and Hud
son Company, Presides Other
Well Known Attorneys and Opera
tors Present Order1 in Which the
Operators Will Present "Evidence.
Judge Hand's Statement.
By Kxclmhe Wile from The AfSociated 1'r, '.
Philadelphia, Dec. SO. A conference
ot unthnjeltc coal operators and their
attorneys was held here today ,to ar
range for the presentation of the mine
owners' side of the strike controversy
to the commission when that body con
vents here next Tuesday. Tho confer
ence -was culled by Simon I. Wolver
toti, of Sunbury, counsel for-tho Phila
delphia and Reading Railway coni
puri54. and continued from 2 until -4
o'clock. James H. Torrey, represent
ing the Delaware and Hudson company,
presided. James Burr,, of counsel for
the New JTork, Ontario and Western
railroad, was secretary. Samuel Dick
son, an attorney of this city, repre
sented John Markle, the' independent
coal operator of lla.leton. Among
others present were Henry C. Reynolds,
of the Enterprise Coal company: J. J-3.
Kerr, New York, Ontario and Western;
Francis I. Fowen, for the Lehigh Val
ley; Major .Everett Warren, for the
F.rie: W. W. Ross, for tho Delaware)
Lackawanna and Western; Ira II,
Hums, for several independent opera
tors, and John T. Denahan. for the non
union mine workers. After the confer
ence had adjourned. Air. Wolverto'n
guvo out tho following statement:
"The testimony on the part of the
non-union miners is not vjet, otttj'
plcted. Tuesday, when the cbhwiiy
sionsils, the non-union men's counsel
will submit further testimony, which
will probably consume a day or two
Then the operators will open ,nnd pro
coed with evidence, which will bo pre-.
scntcd by companies in tho following
order: Delaware and Hudson. Erie,
Delaware. Lackawanna ,and Western,
r.ehlgh Valley. Lehigh Coal and Iron,
Lehigh and Wllkos-Barre independent
operators and Reading Coal and Troti,
company. Tho presentation of the
operators' side will consume ten days
or two weeks, perhaps more."
Judge Hand, of Scranton, attorney
for the' Cyonnell Coal company,
said: "It Is absolutely necessary that
wo prove to the commission that there
Is no black-list and no discrimination
against union men."
Alost of thoso who attended the con
ference left for their homes tonight.
Members of the Anthracite Coal com
mission and several of the lawyers and
operators havo secured rooms nt the
Continental Hotel, which will bo the
headquarters of tho commission.
OSSIFIED WOMAN DEAD.
Miss Stella Swing1, a Medical Won
der, Passes Away.
By I'A-cliHlvn Wiie fromTlio Associated Pres.
Rome, N. Y Dec. SO. Miss Stella
(Swing, one of the ossified women who
for the past ten years have been living
wonders to physicians and scientists,
died today, aged SO years.
At an early age sh i was afflicted with
Inflammatory rheiinatlsm which physi
cians failed to rellnve. At the age of
2.", she lost tho uko of her limbs and
eminent specialists said she was grad
ually turning to bone. During the lost
ton years of her life. Miss Kwlng was
totally blind and unable to move u
muscle. A sister, Mrs. Eraiiiii Ewing
Palmer, Is a(llh'(--d hi tho same man
ner. A COMMAND FOR GEN. VHJOEN.
British Want Him to Xcad Torce
By Kxeliuive Wire u in Tlie Associated Trcu.
London, Dec-. M, The Uritlsh govern
ment Is trying tu secure tho services of
General Hen VJlJoen, Mho is now tour
ing tin T'nlted Stales, to command thv
Hoer force which Is Koing to Somali
laud. It was noneral Vlljoti who first sug
gested employing the 11 -?rs against the,
Somalia, but tlm iiutl'iritles at that
tlinu wero not prepared to accept his
Trolley Accident. " .
By r&cluslve Wire from lliu Aswic-'jieif !'ir.
Marlon, Ind., Doc. ::o.A AVost Marion
rtreet car jumped fiuiii a i'0-iout embank-,
meiit at l.cnfesty avenue to the rnltroai
ii'hcUs below this morning. Out of tb
twenty-llvo passengers aboard sixteen
wort- injured, one perhaps fatally, .
IajcuI data, for Dee. 30. I'Jic'i
Highest temperature ..,,
Loivcdt tempcrutu e ...,,,.,..,
Relative humidltj'; '
5 a. in.
6 p. m. .,..,,
,,..,., :S degrees
it per cent,
civoeil S p. m
Precipitation, ;'l hours
Wasliin;t.m, Doc 20. Forecast
for 'Wcou'S'lay and '"'y.-rsduy:
Eastern IViuwlvunla IM- Wed
nesday; Increasing le idlnasr
Thursday; light to rr-v-u, north
winds becoming vaiiable.
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