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Fair; colder; tiorlh westerly gfalcs;
probably fair Salurdav.
Circulation yesterday, 39703"'
3StO. 1,34 a.
WASHINGTON, JTKIDAY- DECEMBJSB 24, 3897 EIGHT PAGE3.
ii i iii ii ii liSfbiiiiift iisli tommfflMm lVJjLI 1 L.r, lWl
hiiii fpgrri hk m rmiimaSSS?! N T -r
THEIR EYES 01 1HE QHiEV
Interest in Hie Menace (o Chinese
Territorial Integrity. y
ITALY ALSO TAKES A HAND
X)oe England Dlstrtit Hiv Otvn
Mllitiry Px-owcss, on Land? Xws
Fiosn India l-xx-ltes. Comment
French Acquire Additional Foot-
- held, on the XI hi.
""London, Dec 23. -Another continental
nation lias announc'-d its intention to be
lit at lli- death whan Cnlna d es of dry rot
Tlie Italian cabinet today made public Its
purpose to at once mmi.I a t:undrou 10
Oriental waters. aud nod jix'jb Prince Ilnry
will be little in advanta or a rieet iruxii
that country. Me.-intituc the anti-Geno-tii
sentiment I u re lias xmt been in tlic least
nioUinfC by the Tart that the Prince spent
night, at Ostium,- House, where he n:d
call"!) ostensibly to pay mini duty to lui
grandmother, the Queeu.
Germans are phlegmatic and practical.
John Hull is practiCil without being
phlegmatic lie can see the huiiMious
side of n situation, btit lia does not per.idt
vhat Sir Walter Scott call ' Is ".-trjiig
and obvious disposition to jiibility" to
weaken hi" ardor iti pursuit of the main
'He therforc makes merry over the
opera boulle leute-iaMng in German and
knits his I lows at the cordial welcome
on the Itle uf Wight. Hi-- argument .
plauMblf. in China lanilly lie are ulnr-e
everything unci consi itutcd atithor.ly is
autocratic. "When, thciefore, the court
or rckh learns that tho German aimuri's.
last cciisullctlun in Europe vas with the
British M)VtTdg!i, t flat n.oi. natural thin
for tin Chinamen to t onchide that the In
vasion of their rights is the Joint work
or Kiuiurur WiUian. and his royal gn-i.I-mothc-7
The Tact is recalled that Prince Henry
visited Bismarck ja-n before starting jh his
voyage, and the concliiMon is nut iral
that tl'i w ily ex-chancellor, whos; love .01
the -reiniiif: family of Copland has 'wren
expressee in a sententious way by c.uh'ig
itb nienl-ers i It,- scrofulous Guelp'i,"
put tht young niaii up to tarrying for Vic
The w liole affair i& in Hating to the Eng
lish, and thev are expressing themselves in
very iihr'0!oiiahl' ton , considering that to
morrow is: Chiistiuas Eve.
Apropos of all this, the London press Is
ipiick to icmlnd tlie ot her powers that L":ig
Ir.nd is still mistier of the ea, and that
John Hull is master of the situation.
Accepting Lngland's naval strength as
shown bj a it view of effective ships ,-s a
criterion, tlic foregoing proposition is tine
s.s to its flrt clause, but iu tlic light of
reaent oieralIonH,alung the Indian fro-itiVr,
it is doubtful f f the woild -will accept v.-ith-ot
-pifstion tlic Intons own estimate i.t
hlmKasa flglitt-r. llc.irthciiewsi)apTs
rf-fieot him at all. is In-wining a littlesus
jitcioiib or Ins own qualities. A .lattiitic
paptr. calli-d th" 1'ioneer, publblicd at
Allalwhad, Ir.di.i. asseit that the Eritish
offices along the lrontici liave disap
pointed i-xpectati'tus and calls upon Hie
comniand'-r-iii-cliief to weed out l4iosc
-vvho liae sijriially failed t. prow their fit
ness to comniand or perforin staff duties.
Tlie paper assorts that the instances
wlien the troops were well liamllsd liav
been fi r, wh'lc serious blunders were
numerous, and happy-gu lucky artanj;c-ineni.-
v vtc tin ruie, "ro-ulting 111 a few
huiKlri'd Hritlsh troops and Sepoys form
ing the- rour guard having a gain and again
Uifigl:.lesperatly to save thiiirkln, wliil
witbiii two or thteo niilcK thotisauds cf
their comrades -wore loing abniluteiy notli
ing." The y- lmle catiipaign shows carolessne.Ks
and indifference for the -affty of the rar
guard and bad eu.piisjtion of the fighting
strencth. "While ih fin lifted inciosure-s
and homesteads .r the Afridls liav be:i
ilestrt.ycl. the latter have Jiad their je
IZHG YULE m
Preparations for a jJerry
'BUYERS THRONG THE STREETS
WiishiiiStunV Thtiiixuxnl. of llnppy
Jlotues. Will He l'ulacc'M Tiitnorrir.v
'J'hclCin- and Queens and Prim-es,
and liinccsvi lVill He tile Ilappy
0110 to WIscini Old Stiuty Coni.'.s
Hut Once 11 Yen i".
The old Cliristmas carol runs
"Christinas come but once a year;
lllcu it comes it brings good cictv."
May Mt?good43od scud good cheer to all
every sonl-In this city this Yule-tide.
May every little cbild's wish l-e gratified;
every grov. 11 tup's heart's tteire be fulfilled,
to it IjC a ligliieous oue.
Maytliu (?hriwiau of 5697 be full or
peace nd goodwill, or charity to all nieu
May Uwrlrh help the poor.
There huvo been bright scenes each dav
and night at the hi? donblf stor.js of the
great piovrdersat -ilo-117 Seventh tr.el.
Hright, happy faces, cheerful talk and
gay 'aughter have converted a stern lni
nnss house Tor the tlni" being into a favorite
storehouse of the good old San'.d Clans.
And then the big array of gilts -os-THi!
ones, cvcij oue.
The rauc.v- lamps, the beautiful corner
pieces, tlie tallies excpilsitely modeled
and carved, the-dainty gilt chairs, the
antique and newer fashioned rockers, U'c
escrcUdres, the hall sets, the more sub
statitial parlor, library and chamber set? j
iu iuirte"-i CILI or T?'..'i n.r.!.'g.iny. tlie
pretty china clrrcts and all. the rj.t.
Tnily 'JXCIrlsinias display worthy -or the
great occasion ecl-brated
And the clicapnesR and the variety or it
nil beri!dcrlii, almost,
Aiul ihoit i lh oay aimosi iuiperceptibio
crrort of paj'ltig on the new credit syt9
InunEiitoletl by the great providers.
"Well, yon ought to come anyway lsforc
the-doon. swing to Intptoiilsiu.
'Fx-aiilv Tahb?y &. Company,
Blxth street and .Vow York avenue.
81 THE Bl
are U b cwrcpd, iiiore skill is reiuNle
and tin staff must be weeded forthwith,
irrespective of pergonal reelings.
Thc-c strdents or uiilitarisui who claim
Hiatal 1 erst one great war in a generation
is necessary to preiTVc the virility or ttu
people will find comroit, in llnasc facts.
imUpi-iliaps, use tlism with erfcat when It
conies ti. dealing Villi tlie l-.astern ipicstiou.
Though JLiigland has destroyed African
tribes.EiibJugatsd lits: Iiullansandwhipred
recalcitrant Mohoininedans into submibsloii
on iiuineious occasions, her soldiers liave
bad no positive lasts or war on a lr.agnifi
cent sc-alesin3?t lie CritiKKin campaign.
It Is ouhtemled on many sides tli3t tliey
need a Uipiisii. or flu: to restore their
Anoiiiti thing that gravis tha Iiritaa is
the fciicrcssful p-)ecution of cxpediMcns
or a .peaceful and enil-peaceful nature by
other countries. A letter to Gil Bias, from
Major Vaicliand, now on tlip.Vile, has b 'ea
cabled to London. In it the French officer
say3 that Ills expedition, far from being
massacred, ns at first reported, has ac
cotnplisl -0 an enoiinous .imuunt of work,
lioadd! tha bllTor pill Tor England to s il
low: -The Fieach hold Domziber, stiongly
occ.ipy :dc.-hiaeiiek, and arc llrmly estab
Hshcii on the- .Vile without filing a shot."'
Commenting upon this communication,
the GH B.'as says til's livals or France can
no longei pi event her from being mis
ticss ol Hie ."IIi.
Tl.o I'ltncn cruller Pascal sailed twl.xy
for China She Is a tccond-elass. cruiser
of about 4,000 tolls displacement, lias a
one and one-hair Inch aimorcd decs,
cairies four 0.4-liich (puo--rirIng guns,
ten 3.0-It :h guns, eight 1.8-lnch guns, and
four l.-J-iiich lapid-fire guns, and carr.es
a ciew of ;i78 men. Her peed Is e.-rt-matcd
at twenty knots.
T.ie Vitiiiix.ciirrcspondent of the Stand
ard says he has ascertained that the Hrst
m'WS or the occupation of Port Ar'h'.r
ciuanMei' rrom Tokio, a ract Eignlficuit
or Japouse vlgiiance. Discussing Jap m's
position, the correspondent says: "Sue
cannot tit clarp war agutiHt cither Chl'xa or
Kussla. liecnue, if .hc did, the ten large
ironclads that are being built for her in
Europe and America, .mil are neatly fin-
iiieu nuuiu ii? snut up tin the war was
owr. She will, therefore, risk nothing bv
Mucliftres's ( laid on the fact that Japan
is in no portion to do anything alone, and
coupled with this assertion is tha fact
than he insular empire could do laueha.snn
ally, uf this there Ik no doubt, and it is
already fashionable to assume that in .e
leriingan ally u,e .Mikados would turn to
Tnc chronicle ays it has good rea-011 to
bciicM" thegoerntneiit has Otyidro ii.on a
course or artlon in lewof the Kursian and
Gorman po!lc in China. Great Ilritai.i
will not occupy, at anyratcforMie ptebi-it.
any Chinese territory, but Sir Claude M.
Macdotiald, tl-c Uiitn-h n iulsttr, -lllion
cy to il' Cliiuvse government vcrv dis
tinct intimaf inns concerning British .ifUoii
in certain Citntingencies and al.-o tleiuroi
matiou that tlic moral mipj.crt of Griit
lirltain will be gien to.!arau. It is rn
derstood tliat Jaran will protest In the
strongest 111.11.ner against Germany's acton
The Chronicle adds tliat the n.-iohers of
the dfclomatif circlen laugh at the i.olion
ttiatGern-any is a rtingin accord with Usfia.
1'IIIxliE TJXOKirrAlX JJ-.VCTcns.
Oui'iiiiiti "fvMiiers Anxloiw t
Beilin, Dec. 23. The newspapers heie
aic keenly curious to learn the attitude
or Gieat Britain, the l.'ntted States, and
Japan on the Chinese fpicstion.
The Cologne Ga7eite thinks It piobable
that tlie Unit?d States will side withKussii,
Kugland lcmainlng splendidly isolateil.
The Tageblott, oil the other hand, seems
to fear the Anglo-American-Japanese
alliance. It, therefore, bolsters up its
courage by pooh-poohing such a eoinblna
The National gritting fi'id it easy to
believe tli.it England would welcome active
steps by the United States against Ilus-
sian and Getman piogress In China, bur
says it is difficult to think that the United
State-, to-old adopt a po!-!cy of friendship
in England and hossility to KusMa, winch
would be- contr.iry to ail tradition.
Th semi-official papeis generally elc
claie that Japan will not lake aggressive
steps-, but will acquiesce iu the Uussiaii
occupation or Poir Arthur, as it acquiesceJ
In the Get man occupation or Kiao Choa
Bay. As an off -set to this a rum ir is
current tl-at the large Japanese squadrox
which lefi N'agaNiki WVdneediy.st earned o
Shanghai, where ii met the Brfti-h quud
Ton, and thence proceeded to Wei-Hai-"WH.
Thcoiirc? of this rumor, is, however, niie
In tc ah&enee or authentic direct no.vs
the rtpers build deductions on the
dispatile-i iccelvcd from "Washington aud
Ujiidon, aitd conclude that neither the
United States, England nor Japan will
regard the occupation of lUao Chou Hay
or any 11 r.menr cbihiiared with the Prus
sian occupatloir'6'r Tr.rt Arthur.
Some or the paper's v, in the withdrawal
or Japan's prdteM. against the annexa
tion or Hawaii by'the United States proof
tliat she wishes to be unincumbered, with
the viev. or demanding explanations from
Kussla. It is aihh-d that Japan intends
to a dtli ess Kussla' on the subject.
l'HO'i J-..NTS from port: LKO.
Ills Holiness Hefex-.s to tlic Ynticim
Helnliuiiv V.'ith ltal3-.
Home. Iter. l':. The pope this morning
gave an audience to the cardinal who
waited uiKin his holiness to express Uieir
good wishes for the new year. The pope,
in replying to their expressions of good
will, took occasion to again protect a ca inst
the relations which existed between the
Vatican and the Italian government, which
he said, had been greatly aggravated bv
the recent anri-clerlcal circulars issn j
by the prime xnlnlster of Italy, .Marquis l)i
N2-vcitheless, the tone of his holiness'
lcniarks was niore moderate than that
employed by bin) on similar occasions of
late- yea is. Hesald that he looked for.vard
liopcfully to the govern men t eventually en
teiing upon the'path of just separation.
The pontiffs discourse was mainly
dhected to inculcating peace, social and
national, which, he declaied, was baed
ou obscMancs? xf the law. He asciiiud
the existing; troubles and dissensions to
foigetfulness or Chilst's example, vh'l
said that soloag A? hU tv.is ?otlieiiations
would be. powciless to lepiess axxiM'inu
and dlsslpttc distrust.
His hollncs was in good .health. He
spoke elemly and firmly. Upon the oii
clusloii cf his add less lie spoke Individ nlly
to each pielate as ho passed the poj h'iial
We hHp erorythiiig; in lumber axnl
mill woil: that enters hi or about buildings.
LEE BUILDINGS uU&iEQ
Disaslrous and Fatal Conflagra
tion in Cleveland.
FLAMES RAGE FURIOUSLY
ProjH-i-t- Amounting' to .Nearly $'-,-000,000
WOhtro.vtfd Finnic Sturt
id b tile Dropping; of a JIiUcli
Into 11 Kccvptaclc for 'rnrpcjiitiiif
iii tho l'owei" lllixk.
Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 4j:i A dlsautrr-us
fire raged jn the heart of this city this even
ingand at midnight had destroyed properlj
worth nearly $2,000,000.
One v.oman was killeil, a f Iranian to
badly injured that he will die, and tniee
A high wind rmiiied the names," aad
Tor a time It appeared as it all the bus!
ness part of the city on the west side of
the public square would be burned. 'Kie
high wind still continued at midnight In
undiminished fury, and while it appeared
as IT the fire had reached its mulls-, .t
was still raging fiercely within those
The buildings binned arc the Power
building. Hie Blachstons, and the 'V'lshiie,
all among the most substantial and ornate
In the city. All thiee aie owned by Jacob
B. Pel kins. One of tlie heaviest Lscrs
is the J. L. Hudson Company, which
ot copied the street floor of the Wilaiifre
building as a clothing store, having a
stock ilt-elared by the local manager
The three biiildlutrs are all of comrara
tHcly recent construction, and are valued
as follows- The Wiishire, 53CO,roo; the
Blackstonc, $225,000" the Power,$lC0,000.
' While fighting the flames Lieut.. McFee
ters, of fin engine coiupauyNo. 1 .fell down
an ehvator shaft in the Power hullding
four stoiies, and hlb head was crtihied in.
He was still breathing when picked up
but carnot Minive.
An unknown woman spectator wasMrucl:
on the head bv falling debris and hilled.
Johns Company's foreman ropons that
thiee of the firm's employs Haw not lueu
accounted Tor. owing the. rapidity with
which the flames spread. He says that
they did not have Urn? to escape. A $ oon
as possible a search will ba made for lielr
It was 5:2' o'clock this evening wlr'a
the rire starred in the rifth floor of tlie
Power Uloek. in the heart of Cleveland'
bui-hievs cei ler. The fire was caused by
a match Ivdng dropped into an jpen rocep
taele filled with turpeniine in the x
lensivo utCoerniihintr cstablisliaient of
Johns .t Co. In an liista it the.enl ire floor
was ablaze, and although an alarm -was
immediately sent in the entire Atr-ii-ture
was ablaze before the flru -lrpartment
The flames spread rapidly, eiithely
dest loving the Power Block, which was
one of the Jmest buildings in theclty, burn
Ing out tl e whole interior or the WiUhlre
Building, and c-sfroying the-west h.ljf
or the lilackstone Building.
lIiidon A Co.'s stosk, on the lower r'oir
or th Wil-Juie Building, is a total los.
The upper five floors were occupied as of
fices by lawyeis and real estate men .1:1.1
large manufacturing concerns.
The Blackstonc was filled with law
offices, and contained -nine or the most
valuable law libraries iu the State,, no
tabiv the collection of law and Americri
historical wonts, or Col. John Inship.
When the fire started tho occupants of
the block had nearly all departed, aud it
was some moments berore the fire w-is
discovered. An alarm was sent in, and; II
the do ivnt own fire companies responded, la
an incredibly short, time the two upper
.stories were blaring fiercely. All thi
downtown streets were lined with fire
engine. The firemen battled bra-eiy
wilh the flames.
At :4 o'clock the fire (oinuiiinlcated
to the BlnckFtoue building. Lines of
hose and fiiec'cii were sent into the Blacks
stone, but the flames burned. on fiercely
despite their efforts.
Hui.dieds of people wen- In the store
of the VilshIie building when the sinoUe
aud flames shot thiough the rear windows.
At G:;i0 o'clock tho entire block bounded
by Superior. Seneca, Frankfort aud Bank
si reels weie threatened with defctniction.
Suddenly the wind .shffted and made ihe
peril imminent lo the remote corner oT
the square, containing the Mercantile jlunk
Shortly befoie this the flows of the Power
block roll with a crash. Sparks and flames
shot high in the air and soon another riash
came. Other floois liadfall?u. Bar
rels of lienziue exploded, adding furylo : lie
ThousiiidK of people ciowdcd about tin;
burning Mocks. ' The police worked des
perately to keep back the crowds fiom
beneath the burning buildings. Several
policemen wore obliged to use their clubs
with 110 mild effect to keep the-excited
Two cab horses ran away 011 Superior
street and dashed into the crowd. A score
of persons were knocked down, tr.-i'mpJed
on, and run over Three were carried to
the hospital .seriously injured.
JCilled Getting,-u Christmas' Tx e.
IFait ford, Conn., Dec. 23 Howa rti J3ares,
of New Britain, while cult ing a Christmas
tree, which he had climbed, Tell and Trie
lured his shull, with Talal results.
Coal, Wood and Colto:- .
Johnson mothers. Main office, 120C F
st. nw. Closed all day Christmas. Call and
get one of our 1S9S calendars. It-em
Do yoi. huow thfit you can have
The Moriiiiia. Kvenlng and Simday-Tlixics-Hie
only OOMPLETJ-: new-'-paper
published In Wnshiugtoii
served to yon by carrier fuiv I'iftj
cents iv month'? ' "
"vinter is the dull season for the
lumber business, hence we cut prices.
BIG BLAZE IN CHICAGO
Fosctti Restaurant and Billiard
The U setting; oCu Pot of Gren.se in
tin; Tuitiii-IIoiisf Kitchen
Lends to n Fire.
Chicago, Pec. 23, A fire, which, wiped
out the laigest- billiard hall Jn the woild.
and one of ihe finest icstau'-niits In this
countiy, rthi damage., to the extent of
neatly $200,000 1 Ills evening, in the heiii't
of the business portion of tills city. The
upsetting of c pot of grease In the kitchen
of the Fosettl, a magnifrce.iily appointed
icstauraiu, caused the big blaze.
A few -dilutes after tie file started a
terrific ex plo'Icn. of naitual gas wrecked
the entire interior of the establishment.
Many perrons were hurt. Twenty-three
of the crowd, which lad 1 een attracted by
the lire, ti.staiiied Injuries moie or leis ic
ero: many mote were thrown to the
ground ami slightly hurt. Sceral fire
men weie injured, one prol'ably fatally.
The fire quickly spread thrjughout Mie
four-story biilMng, th three upper fiooi-s
or which were occupied us a billiard hull
and amphitheater for exhibitions. These
floors were rairiy well filled with litllia.nl
ists and spectators, who were thrown into
a panic bj the explosion. There wis a
rush to escape and a majority got out
Trufric on the entire cable system of
the north and west divisions and scenl
electric lines was stopped for six hours.
QUIGG'S WANIMG PRESTIGE
Strong Language of .1 RepnLlicau
Piatt's FiiM l.ieiiteumit iu the Itxte
Cuinpaign Yignronv,- Denounced
An Kiieiiiy'i. Fstluiute.
New York, Dec. 23. -Stale Superin
tendent or Insurance Payn is diluted by the
Mall and F.pre.x as having said that Re
publicans up the State will lake no part in
Kepublic&n organization in this city as long
"Qulgg vns dead enough to skin
last sumniar,' said .Mr. Puyn. "Hehas been
dead ever since. All (here Is lo Qulgg
Isliisclieekai.il tils mouth You can ut-e that
from me without any restraint upon your
pjrsjn or pen. "r
Mr. Paye'siieclaraliya was tnadefooii after
a talk with Gov. lilac.-, and is hellevd
to mean that the Governor is interest Iu:
hlmsafr a gutt deal in thedocal politicil
sltuatiiu. and that he does not think, that
there can Ik; a union of the IJepublican
rorces so long as PrcMdent Qulig remains
iu nominal cot.liol. '
Iteiei rt..,f lo t. comuirule of Tammain-,
Mr. Payn said: ckilng to Ret :ho
cleanest and most eOyx,.imcar atiiiu,,,,
lini that v;e ever haft. Now, I hate Mr.
Croker a lunch as I .haie Hill or any other
Democrat, bm 1 know what I urn talking
about. Croker has got more brains
than an j four Democrats in the Dem
ocratic paity. He has bad-more experience
than iinst men in politics. He has learned
what the gieat majority of the people
or this c uy want, and he'll give it to them."
TUK SIX-DAY sJCOHCTIINGS.
I.etilliif Officials, to IiivcstlgUi; the
Mudis,oii .Square Oardeti Hact's.
Baltimore. Dec. 23. Chairman Mott, of
the L. A. W. racing board. Issued a
bulletin today stating that a hearing on
the six-day inc at Madison Square Garden,
will lu held in New York on December 1 5.
Tht-liea'-ing will be prlvat",and witnesses
aie ii&stucd that their testimony will be
tiett'id as confidential.
HTJSSIA ONLY HFNDKZA'OrSlNG
HeporJL That i lie- C'zar. Will Not Oc
cupy Port Ariliiir.
London. IVt.. 2'1 - A dispatch from
Shanghai to the. Daily Majl says that the
opinion ir, held by well Informed men there
that the Kuslan f levels merely rendezvous
ing atl I on Aithur, and that no serioi's.
occupation of I hat plac-s is Intended. The
British fleet ! now at sea-
The Chinese government, is helpfes. but
it. Is mobilizing a i ew troops under the le ist
incapable generals who were engaged in
the late wai with Japan-
Clmrso X-Itnys With. His Dentil.
Idmlra, N. Y ,-Dec. 28. The jury in the
case of George Onue, tried here Tor the
murder ot James Punzo, today returiKtl a
ver-Mct ot acquittal. P-inzo was shot in
the head and the bullet lodged in the brain.
His condition was improving a month after
the shooting, when x-rays t were used to
locate the bullet. Death followed, and the
lawyers for the defense alleged that the
x-rays had broughtaboul the fatal result.
Weistei i Ibiilioad Hoi-rows Monej
Tlamburg, Aik., Dec. .23. A deed or
tiust was filed In the county clerk's office
today, given by the Mississippi River,
Hambuig aud Western Railroad Company,
to the Colonial Trust Company, of New
York city. The deed i,s to secure the pay
menr of $100,000 oftwer.ty year gold-hearing
5 per cent interest bonds, which me
to be used in the construction and equip
ment o the Eastern division of the vailroad.
ilissinii Ainu's. Body ,Fo u nd.
Newport News, Ya.,.Dec. 2. Forseveral
days Daniel MeKeoan, an employe of the
Newport New.s Shipbuilding and Dry Dock
Company, has been missing and anxiouslv
searched Tor by bis many friends and rela
tives. Tills afternoon his dead body was
discoviied lietweeu two piles of stones in
the yard of the Chesapeake aud Ohio Rail
road, w It It indications of murder.
Coal: Coal J Coal!
2,2-10 Pounds, Delivered1,
Stove Egg; f .
A Splendid Chx1stiX
Gayion Coal, a first-class t
ular price. Gives entlra ha
not bo misled by any prejij
Rtatenicuts. Insist on retail c
you? POWHATAN COAL
st. nw. 'Phone, 620.
jl, at a" pop-
., 136S C
. IV X BUSINESS COLLliGJ Slh and K.
None better, $2j5 a year; day or night.
Clear North Carolina flooring; 1.75
per 100 ft; nil one width and one length.
GREAT NIK COLLAPSES
Chestnut Street National in an
MANAGED BY COL. S1NGERLY
Trust i-aviiijj.s Fund Conipnny, Als.o
Uiidci III.s Direction, Fails Cans: s
of tilt h'uispiiiisloiiH Financiers Not
Grei tlj Sii x'jrlMMl Inc-fileiilrt if
Philadelphia, Dec. 23 After a month's
struggle to avoid collapse, the ChesCirit
Street National Hank closed its ioors
this morning and p,ised into the hamln of
the natioii.il bank examiner. At the oauie
time the Chestnut Street Trust Savings
Fund Company suspended payment, 'xhe
two Institutions are under the same man
agement, Col. William Singerly, proprietor
or the Philadelphia Record, being Ihe
president or each.
The hank was forced lo close IwoajM
or the decline In value or stocks and
bonds ol President Slngerly's pulp ; nd
iiaper company at Elkton. Md., which
were accepted as security Tor mouey
advancc-d by the hank when the product
ot the mills sold at 1 0 cents a pound.
Now it may he bought Tor 2centi. 'ihe
trust company suspended payment because
its affairs are so deeply Involved with
those of the be.nk.
Bank Examiner William M. Hardt took
charge of the. bank. He had known or Its
condition ior some time and the office of
the Comptroller of the Currency had been
fully informed of the detail" of the bu-.I-nc-is
for several mouths. It was thougnt
by them and by the officers of fhe bxu
thitarifcligemciii-smightbemadc by .vhiuli
the institution could be open, and Col.
Singeriy believed this until last night. No
statement of the liabilities or assets hs
been mode yet, but the bank owes in the
leighlmrlio'jd or $3,000,000. Arrangements
were made on Wednesday to raise $2 000.
000, but it was found that this would
not s&ve the bank, and suspension Tal
lowed The banking community had known for
sereral weeks of the institution's condi
tion, but the public was wholly unpre
pared for the announcement of suspen
sion, which was posted up ou the ill-trance-
lo the bank building, a hansd-nne
structure -n Ontnut stree' , near Seve x'.h
street. Many depositors went to the
building today to draw money Tor holiday
purchaser. They found the iron gratings in
front or the entrance closed, and .ia . t-
tendaut behind them who explained ir.e
situation to them.
A c-owd collected about the entrance
blocking Chestnut stict-i. Tour pollceunn
were stationed at the bank aud they kept
the people moving. It became known x.ly
ln the day. that no other banks w ;re
afrected, ami depositors ia the other banks
showed llitie inclination to withdiav fhtir
accounts. w.. ...,.,, ..xritement had
existed subsided, and Ihe bankers' fears
of ft panic ended.
President Singerly said tonight that i.o
statement- could be made yet.
"We are now at work, tiying to secure
tne indebtedness or the bank with a view
to going into voluntary liquidation," said
The bank was Incorporated July .", 1SS7,
and Robei t E. Paulson became 'tx pn si
dent on ictiring rrom this goveruo. hip.
When he was again elected governor, in
1891, Col Singerly. who had been the
vice pres-Ident, succeeded him as presidint.
The other ofHcers are: vice president,
Isaac Coopei: directors, Benjamin P.
Opdyke, Benjamin A. Van Schaack. John
Simmons, Charles A. Porter. Walter L
Bradley, and George J. Zlegler, jr.
The cirirers of the trust company are:
President. Col. Singerly; vice president,
Isaac M. Cooper; secretary and treasurer.
IrvJn C. Graverlek; title oKicer, II. G.
Hart. The directors- are: Messrs. Singer
ly, Cooper, Opdyke, .Van Schaaclt, Sim
mons, Porter, Bradley and Allen li. Ro-kc.
The resources of the bank, according to
Its October statement, fcoted up $.'l,t;,fs
070 jS The liabilities, exclusive of a
surplus fund or $lo0,0H0 and undivided
profits of $21,921.80, were shown to he
$3,093 1-1:3.72. The tiusfc" company made
a .statement ou November 1G to the State"
authorities showing resources amounting
to ?J .S5S,ilfii).'iS and liabilities, exclusive
or a surplus fund of $50,000 and un
divided profits of $o2,.'S.-j.0I, oC $1.12,
Col. Singerly is said to be interested in
more l-iiMnes? than any other man in
Philadelphia. He has owned the Record,
a valuable property, since 1S77. He lias
built a thousand houses here, and the b.i'ik
building which bears his name. He is
interested in the Brighton Worsted Mill.-,
here, a farm machinery manufactory in
Norrlstovvi. and In Several Philadelphia
enterprises. He is known all over the
State among Democrats, and Is a warm
friend of Graver Cleveland. He wis the
Democratic candidate for governor, hut
was defeated by Hastings. All the power
of hhs associates and friends was invoked
to save- the bank.
Theii efforts almost succeeded. On
Wednesday tlie matter was fully ex
plained to the leading bankers and financial
men in the city. After the subject had
been discussad fully, a syndicate wis
forme', toputchasethe $2,000,000 wurhrf
bonds of the .Record Company, it ..cmg
thought that with this amount of nnnoy
the bank could be saved. Then a closer in-vehtig-ilion
was made and it was Toimd
that this sum would not be sufficient.
Items of indebtedness, asurcgating over
$900,000, which had been overlooked,
were found. It is hinted that Col. Singerly
had borrowed $230,000 from the trust
company on the bank stock. The bankers
and the members of tlie clearing house who
wanted to help the bank, gave up the work.
Tlie State of Pennsylvania has $223,0tl0
deposited in the bank- On Wednesday
Internal Revenue Collector McClain de
posits: $26,000 of his receipts in the bamc
The pnslof fic-e deposited $9,000 on Wednes
day. The commissioners of Fair ltoiint
Park, of which Col. Singerly is treasmer,
had $1.20(1 lu the bank and securities
worth $100,000 awarded to the commis
sioners under the will of Anna M. Wllstach,
are locked up in the trustcompany'.-, vault
Besides this the commissioners have $51,
000, which came from the Wilslav-h es
tate, deposited wilh the trust co'miiany.
The securities and the money were left to
the city as the foundation tor a public art
' The city has ?2S9,000 in the bank, in
Good, sound X. C- flooring:, 1.50
per 100 'eef. all one width and length.
cluding $7r.,000 or the sinking fund. The
government. State und city, are pro
tected by 1 nds, and will not suffer any
loss, it is fcald.
The Teachers' Annuity and Aid Asso
ciation has $20,000 deposited iu the bank.
Between 80 and 1 00 former school teachers
depend for their living "upon the pension
that they dra ,v from thi association. Two
women, one seventy-five years old and the
other eighty yeais old, both pensioners of
the fund, went to the bank to cash their
checks this morning. They wanted the
money for Christmas, and they nearly
broke down when they round that they
could not gt it. A washerwoman, who
had $l,00t; in the bank, managed to "ee
Col. Singerly today. She told hhn that she
had earned the money working over a.
tub, and that it was all she had.
Many similar incidents were reported.
The police pension fund had deposits In
Magistrate Else 11 blown, who kept his
receipt from fines at the banlr, had to
born v. $2&0 today to make his retu.-n
to the 'Ity treasurer. Nearly all the
Chestnut street bank's coi respondents have
balances to Its credits. It has a balance
or $12,000 at the Philadelphia clearing
house. A conference was held this evening be
tween Col. Singerly, Examiner Ilirilr,
A. D. I.ncli, or the comptioller's off!o
Washington; John C. BuIIIt, counsel 'or
the comptroller; J. 0. Johnson, of this
city; J. Howard Gutidell, Slngerly's counsel,
and a n umbei of prominent men, In r."iich
it was piactically decided to effect an
arrangement by which all the bank's
creditors may be paid iu full and Itsaffalis
wound up. It Is hoped that the trust
compai y's creditors may Ik; paid too-
The scheme includes the Issuance of
$2,000,000 cf bonds on the property, the
money to be used to straighten out the
tangle of affairs at the bank- It Is thought
that Col. Shigerl.v's rrieiids will lie able to
arrange n-atter.s bo that no bank nor
trust o... urn, y creditor will lose anything.
SI ATE FUNDS IN HANK.
$215,000 Belonging to Vf;iiiiylrauia
in the Chestnut Stret Institution.
Harrisburg, Pa., Deo. 23. Tie Slncerly
Bank failure caue-d a profound sensation
here today. As eoon as State Treasurer
Haywood learned of the failure he left for
Philadelphia. The Sstal-runit-'lii the bank
amount to $215,000. It is stated that
this mor ej is amply secured, md that the
State will losi nothing.
EXCITEMENT IN ELKTON.
Kim on n Hank Caused by the Phila
delphia Snpcus lou.s.
Elkton, Mil., Dee 23 Immediately after
the news reached here that the Chestnut
Street Bai.k, of Philadelphia, had failed,
there was great excitement. Mr.Sinseriy's
lute est here are Very large, a number -if
worl iren being employed 111 his big pulp
He is also virc pre-ideiit of the Second
National Bank, of Mint r-tv, which Is
correspomlent or the Philadelphia bank,
ami within an hour after the news of the
railure leached here, there was .1 nt 1
on the Elkton t-ank. Every depositor's de
mands were met and eventually the ex
citement subsided. President Warbur
ton.of the hank, announced Urt tlieElkun
bank was perfi-ctly sound anil ready to
meet all demands.
CANADIANS FEAR ALGER
His Proposed Klondike Relief Ex
pedition Causes Dismay.
Heyarded rs. the Forerunner of a
Second .Jarn'oti Itaid Expivs-
sioiis. Kroni u Minority Organ.
Montrei I. Que-, 'Dec. 23. V special cable
dispatch from Ij.ntkm say tlie Canadian
Pacific and Caiitullan government officers
there are 1-esieeed by anxious Inquiries,
wanting to Urow how to get to the Klon
dike. Much fe-elhig Is expressed in refer
ence to Secretary AJger's proposed relief
expedition, and many newspapers express
the Tear that It Is the forerunner of a
second Jameson raid.
The Morning Pot. which Is generally re
garded as the mouthpiece of the minority
says tl at hen Secretary Alger goe to
Ottawa to a.sk tic co-operation of the Ca
nadian government, tie slmuld be told thqi
the United States citizens who are there
are merely adventurers, and should accept
the lews or civilied government, and that
Canada is all" to take care or all who are
sufrvrintr within hr borilerVwithout asking
MA YOB CANT UK FOUND.
Munieipiil Authorities of Pi-iis,n
Charged With EnitiHK7.lftiient.
Pei:aeola. Fl.i., I )cc. 23. Tiii- city. v h.'ch
has been in tht- throes or an ofi'-ia! inves
tigation or the whole corps or city jffi
cers for two weeks, was thrown Into x
citiiiisat todayby the report that the bounty
grand jury had ret urneil indict men tsag.i nst
Mayor McIIugl: and City Marshal Wal
lace, charging tlieiu with eiulic.'.idei 1 -at
and malpractice in ofrice.
Marshal Wallace w.i-. arrested, but a
search Tor Mayor McHugli only dcv-JoScd
the Tact that he had absented Himself
rrom the city and his whereabout- " not
known. Ei.der pressure of the pending
Investigation, the marshal resig ied on
Tuesday and the mayor's resignaiio'i was
accepted yesterday. Every efrort .rill be
made to capture McHugli. The m-ir-hal.'S
now In the county jail in ilt-rault or $2,300
Purr of Mexico Qiinlcinir.
Oaxaca, Mexico, Dec. 23. The people
or this city and .surrounding country have
been in 0 state or intense excitement dur
ing the past three days over a series of
severe earthquake .shucks, accompanied by
loud underground rumblings. Many build
ings here have been badly damaged by
the sliocks, and reports from Acapulco and
Santa Cruz state that much damage was
done tlure, and that the Inhabitants hive
abandoned their homes and Tied into the
"Mr. liryul.V Mexieaii Outlngr.
City ur Mexico, liec. 23 William Jen
nings Bryan Is orf on a vtelt to the coffje.
plantations or, the States or Vera Cruz and
Puebla. but wilt return lo this city in a
day or two.
Sound common ". C- flooring- S1.25
per 100 ft.; all one whim; kiln dried. 1
GEKERflL BLANCO MENS
Issues a Decree Favoring tlie
GREAT SENSATION IN HAVANA
Ad vot 1 tcs of Autonomy C'iiosrliietl
Volr.iirceis, Eager to Hevenge the
Dei.th ot Ituiz Hhizitii: Cane Frelds,
Thixughout Havana Province
Battalion of Alfonso XIII Hontenl.
Havana, via Key West, Dec. 23. THu
battalion of Alfonso XIII was, root! to
day Ky Col. Aranguren near Martcnnc', t
suburb of Havana.
A great political fensation was eauepd
here today by a decrc? from Captuin-fttjiteral
Bl-xnco, giving the Control of the coming
elections, to be held according: t riio
new autonomist decree, to tho rabid ymz
tJa:isorGen. Weyler. ThedL'creerilers.tlie
formation or the local Junta for the scr.i
tiny and arrangements of the electoral
li.'ts. The junta has the right to Tt-imu or
accept oters, ami it is compo-e-l of stx
teen members three Autonomists, three
Reformists and ten Conservatives, or Wey
Even unitedly the Autonomists and Ile-
forinhsts cannot counterbalance the in
fluence or the Conservatives In ttie junta.
This remarkable ractisreganledT'pmvliijr
that the captain general has weakened
whe-i conrronred by the energetic attltaite
or thi Conservatives as man ires ted in thoftf
assembly or v...,,, 20. The reioln
tion if the party not to participate ... .
elections has frightened the captain gei
eral. ulic believes that tiie Corservati-rw
may rajs a Spanish rebellion in BaHa
HI.' aiiprehenbion has intensified ele
the death of Lieut. Col. Ruiz. The neiv.
or this tragn.- arrair astontsheii the Spai
iards, whe believed that the stern decrees
of the revolutionists against atitonom
were ii'erely words, and that the Cuba its
were likely te surrender- But today the
desire for revenge is steaiBly growing
among the volunteers who form the- farce
majority of the conservatives- Tfeey num
ber -10.000 men, armed with modern rifle
and scattered throughout Uu: pf-ovincM'
eitle- and towns of the island. For Havana
they Torm seven battalions, and tSey Have
mad. r Moody record in tne history 0
The autonomists and reformists itavo
been so mHCh siirpriaed by the uaexpectel
decree of Gen. Ihiico that they have jm
dared as yet to make any protert. It 1st
clearly seen that what the captain geaaril
wishes to secure at aHy ct -?Jte4.
participation of tfte ContcrrUt f1'
Wevlente-s in t5 eoiiilrf cIecJi(t
to avoid a disturbance of PbHC mhjr tair
Cuba among "the Spniards tfteinselv.", z
the nrst lesuit of the autonomist f-zm.
He lias ct.bled news of ! sttuatlMt w
Madrid, and has receivel orders to prevent
li'stiieactsontbepart of tIi"ConserviitlTes.
The only means to insure thi result h;)
occurred to liim was to givtr Item sb
control of the elections. Gen. Waaco.s
lecree" means that in the first cotautali
chamber the Weyierite? will be in tie.
majoritj. It is a great dfoppQintiiieati
here t the comparatively few &flKerti
A report from Santa Oara City ys this
the number of persons dying thert tm No
vember was 1.0:i7. From December itaifljtt '
today the minJnrr of ileatSs wa3 l,200i
The iKiimlati'iii of Santa Clara ks ifttt nm
thau 30,000 .
Fan.ine and epidemics coatinu M nue
ra-.-ages throunhut Cuho. If peace ddeit
not come soon the extetiniatKn of Hum
Cuban non-cembatants will b cemplte
A seve.'c- engagement is reported to tew
taken place at Beaza, a fw miles Aon
The whole province of Hairatm Is attlave
with burning cane fields, fciaHel tejf rte
ins'irgeiits. The Sjt.mish tnps that set
out from Havana to fight tbe Culwuw
havr- f.'.r more tliau a week been stmtlUy
repulsed by the patriots .
Blanco's ilecree onlering tlie griarftajr or
sugar Ioks very much like a failure.
Exenttinu of Uuiz Apirivel Sjf
Havana, via Key West, Dec- 23.-A
cording to general report here. Col-N.'soc
A rangnron, the Cuban insurgent Ieutta-,-
promoted to brigadier-general JmiMeifaaty
after the execution or Col- Joaquin Rnfr,
Captain General Blanco's aide. If wow
to the caiep or Gen- AteJaaiHo Itodrhiew
tu inform hiir. of the execution of Ruii.aml
tl-i'ii returned to hlscommaud-
Iist Suniiay the military commander AC
.Taguey sent a number or coucentrndo. un
der Ihe protection of local guerrillas, to Urhi
vegetables into the town.. They -were 4ur
prisod bj" t tie insurgents, who killed uit-y-three
Gen. Pando, commander of the- SraHiJ
forces in te field, has written to Captain
General Blanco to say tlust all Hi c tnnm)
sioacrs who have been sent to the insurgent
camp proposing 1 eace with autonomy lv
railed, t'lid therefore 110 other course is
open than to finish war with war.
Gen. Panado left Ha tana yenenfciy&y
tniln for Guaiialacoa. bound for Ct-nyo'
Florida. where his forces are ireiinrJiig-v
attack Biig. Gen. Amiignren.
On Saturday night, under coter of thu
dark-res", the ii.furgnvt letider I.'aveiia.AVllH
fifty men. exit red the Milage of Bncuni
mao, ii. the neighborhood or Gtrcniaincoa,
near this cit . and pliuidereil groceryslocas
and several private dwellinior "vrlthoOC a
shot being- filed cither by the insurgents
or by the garrUon .
In the province or Santa Clara thclnMir
gents bat e blown tip five l-rf dsn wltbd yn-t-uiite.
They have burned Immense eniic
fields 00 the Rosurio piaiitntioo. n.r
Aguacate, this province, citsing a IixS t
more tlmn $10c,00. It b abu xeported
tliat they aru now b'lralng fae flihs
nu set eral other plantation la that foealtuy.
An t. neon firmed rumor Is in i-ircnlatrsm
tliat thoy hate brrned the- llttly town eir
San Franc iM o de Panio. ah. ut HghtirUSs
froir Hatana. Thecane rieldstmtheTOtwro
plantation, near Hat atri. have )eeu tmrud
12-inch shelving 2e, dreseil 2 sfdos
and both edges', also cheaper grade. I l-2c.