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WASHINGTON, SUNDAY, DECEMBJEK iJ6, 1897
THIS BE CENTS.
England Cares for No
IS A SINGULAR TANGLE
Continental Organ Looks on Dlhni.vn
nerment of China as Batumi ana
, T.og;icnl Celestials "Would Be Int
proved by n, Current of Fivisti
Blood Christmas, Pantomimes..
(Special Cable, Copyright.)
r London, Dec. 23. Tlie story or a com
bined naval demonstration by Eugland and
Japan findk few believers. Phe latter has
nothing to gain thereby, ab British con
cern is entirely for the commercial por
tion which may be the result ofteizing
a naval fetation, but the government -will
ceitainly not attempt to occupy iiud ad
minister a tract or Cliinese territory villi
the ptescnt object lesson of India .staring
them in the face. The British government
ia not in a mood for annexing and govern
ing a f'w more millions of Orientals, even
if they had the chance, which is un
likely. Yet even the government mouth
piece, the Standard, does not heck to put
an optimistic coloring to the present Ml ua
tion. It says, in a leading article lee" ay.
'We have for Christmas the contempla
tion of one of the most singular '.angles
that have ever tried the patience and
perspicacity of a diplomatic expert. The
Eastern question in Europe, as affected by
the system of continental alliance's, was
bar fling enough m its intricacy. RepubPoan
3' ranee, from a iner fear of Germany or a
desire foi i evenge, bejaine the sworn Jriend
ordesp itlc Russia, but whll the Czar:s fall
of grace and enthusiasm towards President
Faure, he has also the language of sympa
thetic and wann friendship, and a lose
understanding to offer to the tier-nan
Emperor. Such is the lucky m.igno.ism
of .Muscovite autocracy tliat Austria per uiti.
itself to forswear its distrust and dismiss
for the time being any extreme -ippr .:en
eion about the Balkan Peninsula, hut
Austria-Hungary is itself rent riy m
tenieeue disputes which, to those wlio
watch with admiration and gratitude tie
noble devotion of the Emperor-King ap
pear to threaten the cohesion of the vast
fabric that wa3 held together by his per
sonal influence. Italy, meanwhile, is
forced by reverses, which the atispi&oas
gallantry of its army tailed to ivirt, to
reduce thesphere ofitsactivity abroad and
husliand its resources at home.
"Great Britain, becauss it reTuses to
idenury itsjir with either the Ru-o
French or German-Austrian alliance, be
comes a mark for the 111 nature jf at
leaht two nowers, yet the concert of nil
Is contrived to prevent the reopening of
the Eastern Question, which it is recog
nized would be the signal for the long
postponed collision. This co-operation,
however, penults Germany to show its hud
temper and masterfulness at the expense
of Crete and Greece- While tilings (a the
Levant arc in this liaraesing conditio. i of
uncertain equilibrium, suddenly Chinese
territory is, sa to speak, thrown into the
diplomatic irarket- Germany and Russi.i,
whether in pursuance of a concert or
amicable rivalry, each occupy iwsitioris
on the mainland, which must provoke
Great Britain the paramount comm-tvial
power to seek compensation as a safe
guard against exclusion.'
There das been made the suggestion that
an international conference be tilled to
consider the Clnnese question, but this
proposal is not likely to come to any
thing. Neither Russia nor Germany think
such a thing desirable and despitetho flam
boyant Kiel orations, it suits both to put
an entirely pacific completion to their
The Frendenblatt, which is the nspired
organ of th" Austrian foreign office and
approves of the occupation of both Kiao
Chou an"d Port Arthur, discusses the
-partition or China as a natural and proper
"The form which the opening up will
take can scarcely l-e determined now, as
the enormous territory is too little known.
It is impossible to lorctell the efrecs of
European interference in the people and
the orgatiizat Pin of the stale, but there can
bnodoubt that it would bean enonnousad
vantajie t, .u,y nation to be brought into
connection with such a iiiarkctas would be
runiished by the Chinese. For China, on
the other hand, the appearance of Euro
peans within her borders will mean the
Jelling of a currci-t of rresu air into her
rigid culture. This, not improbably, will
cause many crises, hut It will put new
life into that nation's stagnant existence.
.Europeans will furnish the Chinese with
means necessary for culllvating the whole
empire. Railways and steamerb will con
nect remote provinces with the centers
ortrad-aii'lthenctivit yfram which hitherto
they have been cut orf. One consequence
of the better communications will be the
Uoppago of emulation, which so dis
quiets Australia and America, as the sur
plus population will in the future How
into the distant pre vlnos and there earn
Prince- Henry's mis-don to China lias
become more than ever the object or
derision here since the cruisers Dcutschland
and C-cfion entered Splthcad tc beg coal
almost at the outset of the long voyage,
ir the ''mailed fist" is ultimately to hit the
BritMi face it is considered a trifle ludic
rous that Prince Henry will have to go,
cap in hand, to lialf a do.en British coil
ing strtJons before he reaches the striking
ground As a matter or fact, he will take
in lUitish coal successively at Gibraltar,
Malta, Port Said, Aden, Colombo, Shiga
pore, and Hong Kong. Quite a fleet of
Germau colliers are now loading for the
East, but the first cargo will aot reach
Kiao Chou until after Prince Henry's
Weeks ago The Times was enabled toan
nounct the secret pui chases by the British
admiralty of enormous quant itics of Welsh
eteam coal. It looks now as if Whitehall
had made pioIsion for impending excep
tional i eeds. All British coaling stations
aic known to be fully btocked ami more
big contracts arc on the point of conclu
sion. The British admiralty and the
French ministiy of marine arc always
alive tc this coal question, but, inciedible
as it may seem, lnroimatlon emanating
from a sure source BI10W6 that the Germans
had not brought their philosophic minds
to bear on the question until the last mo
ment before the departure of the ships
with the result that If the British and
Japanese supplies were barred, the Kal3r's
warships would be reduced to Impotence.
The Times learns that In addiUon to se
curing coal, Trince nenry's visit to Eng
land had the object of conveying to tho
Queen at Osborne a long letter from the
Emperor, wheiein his majesty, in tffect.
begged his august grandmother not to be
f rightutil at Ills excursion to China. The
letter ti en proceeded to complain that the
Kaiser was dtlven lo ids hazardous course
by lie polioy or the British government.
While at Osborne the l'Hnce expressed
the wish to see his uncle, the Prince or
Wales. The lattei's quarrel ,vith the
Kaiser lino luvolved Henry, who naturally
took tut- side of his consecrated brother.'
The, r, parrel from the first has been
prickly business. Latterly it lias become
disagreeably complicated, the various, royal
imperial ladies taking a hand. The Queen
dec-Um-d to interfere, and left Prince
Henry tnmnlce his own advance-, to Albert
Edward. Therefore Henry wrote :.nd
telegraphed his uncle, notifying him what
train he would travel on to London. He
virtual!) Invited himself to dinner at
Arriving in London he found only the
sccrctruy to Ihe German embasvy a.vait
nig him. Reaching tlie embassy" he was
handed tit Prime of Wales's answer to
his ciiii.iiiunlc.itiiiiix. This must have been
a rerusal to meet Henry, Tor though, the
prince's primary object in going toLatidon
was undoubtedly to see the Prince of
Waits, lie diil not go near Marlborough
House ami left London the next day, not
having seen a member or the Prin-e of
Wales dined at home that evening. HiB
only subsequent engagement was a vivii
to thoDiiKe of York's Thvatcr. The man
agers of IK theaters invariably circulate
the announcement of the royal lsit as
an advertisement, but on tin occasion the
Princt of Wales'.- unrsual course forbade
the theater to notify the newspaper, and
Manager Penibeiton had to dcstioy Ulceus
toman oticesat the last moment.
Prince Henry stayed at the embassy tes
than an hour ami declined dinner and oth r
hospitalities, aill.oightle German aiiitas
sadot h; i iniricd to 1 end on on brief notice
frotiifcist bourne wlier.; he was recuperating
bis hcclth, wMcli is to uistrdeicd that his
phyMiians ordeied hiiu to tiacl as little
Artel dining at a fasluonablc West End
cafe, the imperial visitor went to the Em
pire anety Theater which helped to in i e
-Mrs. Onniston Chant famous. -Jncle and
within a few hundred yards of each othtv
Had Henry's Msit been made i hort time
earlier, he would haves-en a ballot wherein
the 5 pica ranee of the Geiiuan flag was
greeted will howls of hatred, and if he
haa cmssed Leicester Scpnn' to the Al
hanibra he might that night iave heard
a couii- s'nger ridicule his consecrated
brotlidt and his own mission, imid thun
Hov aiidwheiche snent ihr,.ni iin.i ,r..t
the night is known only to hinioeir, Prince
Louis of tiattenberg and another com
panion. He returned to Portsmouth the
The preparations Tor the Swedish Arctic
expeditiou or 3S!S are now complete.
The expedition will be under the leader
ship oT Dr. A- G. Xathorst, who accom
panied Kordcnskjold in the Greenland ex
pedititai of lSFX Its main object is'
to examine the eastern side of Spits
bergen, Wiche-s, or King Claries' Island,
and the new island, in the short stretch
between Spit zbergon awl Franz Josef Land.
As this aie-i is probably not accessible in
the beginning of next summer, Nithorst
intends to carry his investigation into
western &pii7hergen and the northeast
land or Pear island. lie bought, the Ant
arctic, vhieh in IS05 carried a whaling
expedition to the South Polar Sea. It
is now being overliaulcd and equipped
Tor the expedition. The captain will he
Emil Nilsson. The expedition will be
well equipped Tor geological, zoological,
hydn.giaphical, and cartographical work.
Nathorst expects rich results in all de
partmenis of science.
London spends Chi 1st mas em eloped in
frost and fog. but the fog is not ihe ob
jectionable, sooty yellow that Londoners
know and diead. It was a white haze
which a red nrteruoou sun manages to
penetrate and brighten. There ins been
a steady frost Tor two days, and there is
already some skating, but the fogini,i-dcs
rail iratnc to tue suburbs and like-Vise Ihe
malls, which, especially foreign and (Olon
lal, are larger than ever before.
The ii umber of paicclb i.eied and dis
patched at the central office during the
week was nearly a million and a hair.
Owing to insufficient addresses and ather
reasons the h.st property department aid
coldah cellais at thepostorfjee are crowded
with turkey, geese, game and sucking pi,
andovei ,C0U bottles of unclaimed whisky
and wires and boxes of cigars. The latter
not being perishable ghe less trouble than
those fust mentioned.
The busiest people in London today are
the pi-i loiiiinie companies, which are e
htarsing moining and night. All these
pantomime shows will be produced on M m
day. Therialryis keen, asan unusual num
ber ol theaters hate selected the same 'ale
forrcpriM-idationon thestage. ''Aladdin's
Lamp," '-Dick Wluttington" and "Cin
derella"' are subjects which will be pie
sented in twenty London and subur'jin
result, of which I regret deeply, as I
should liked to have him tried to
prove his Innocence. Others may do so if
they can. asl t'onot expect mcroyaud as I
think it i cry cowardly of Teiriss. He was
earning iSO a week and 1 was unable to
make a pound in several weeks. I sol
cnmly declare I am as good as Terriss be
fore God and man, altl'oiigh I could nccr
make his money-"
In one of the most lucid sentences of
the whole stater.ient, Archer says:
''1 wish il to lo clearly understood that
I should i.ot hac lined a hand again-itTer-rissoi'lylhej
weie driving me mad by starv
ing and blackmailing and trying to lmc
me tt commit suicide."
Hail way Trains Collide,
raris, Deo. 3. Two railway trains col
lided today near Vienne, in the depart
ment or Isere. One militaiy and two
naval orfii-ers were killed and fifteen
persons were injured. Aiming the injured
is M.ChMivin.a brother of Mile, riiauvin.
whose application for permission to prac
tlcc at the I'iciicli bar was recently re
fused b the court of appeal.
Cubans Win Brilliant Victories
GUNBOATS SEEK DEEP WATER
Patriotic Amazons. AVillioi.it Anns,
Atlrck Spanish Troopers Insur
jLfents. Put to tile Totture, tint
litifiibt to Hot ray Comrade" Are
'J'ei rililj- Avenged Lntor.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 23. -The Official
Messenger lorinuHy annoiiiices the Czar's
sanction of the appointment of Councillor
Martens, of the ministry or foreign at"
fairs aid professor of international law
In the I'nivirsity jr St. Pelersb lrg. as
umpire in the Anglo-Yeneuelan arbitra
tion Berlin lo-t Itnjis Eiiglund.
Beilin Dec. 25.-The Post asserts thai
the United States has no interest in the
present territory changes in China, and
adds that England displays surprising
naivcttc ii. expecting American sympathy
MJSfe GOXXF.V5 JIUl'AHTUHK
Two Fniowcdl Ovations to He Olvo:i
lc tlie "Iris.li .loan of A re.'"
N'ew Yoik, Dec. -5. Miss Maud Gonne,
the III. -Moral or Aic,".who iiri.ed
heic three months ago and has since
lectured In all the piincipil cities of (he
country, will i etumto lrelandon Wednesday
next. Hefoi. her depaitute she will
be given a jeecption both in thio city
and In Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn reception will take place
tonioirow night in the Empire Theater,
when t beautirully illumhiali-d address
will Ijj pies"nleo to Miss Gonne by the
committee of Irishwomen Who are work
ing in conjunction with the other or,jj i
1 .at ions tin ie.
The laitwtll rec-p'lon In this city will
take place on .Mond ly night ut Cooper
Unloti .NVaily all the Irish societies of
the cltj have combined to make the oc
casion now voithy. Among the organiza
tions that will t.ike part are th V.O. ii..
the l'laio-Ceitic Society, the county oi-
ganlzatiorus.-md the Irish Xational Alllano
The Rev. George C. Ih'tts, D. 1)., will
preside, ami William McAdoo. former .' s
Istant Secretary ol ti e N'ivy, will dell.er
the oration. .V.iss Goune will tvply un 1
.lames T. Egan will discuss the aniiirMy
Col. Smith, or the Sixty-ninth Regiment,
at.d his stafr will attend.
Subscriptions to the lnnd which Miss
Gnniie started lo erect a monument to Wolfe
Tore and for trc '08 reiitcmii.il celhra
tion t be held in Ireland are still being
MAI. I)K 2d Kit A.V1) XOSTALOIA.
This. Coiubimitioii Danipen-s tilt'
A nln i of ti Love-Sick Girl.
New York, Dec. -5. Joseph Birrett is
tlie son of a stationei in Chichester, Eng
land. Hi fell in love with Marion IIou,
inan, daughter of a clergyman. The R.v.
Air. Hoiiseinan was oppo-dto the engage
ment. Joseph and .Marion decided that he
should come to America, and a few m tilths
ago he arrived, and lelatives found work
for hln. in Piahincld. Then Marion fol
lowed without asking lier father's por
misslot.. Her ship met rough .veather. She
was seasick and homesick.
Wiii-ii Marion s father learned that she
had sailed he cabled to a friend in Quebec,
who met the disheartened girl aj, the pier
and urged hei to return home at once
Unfortunately Joseph had not bee lable to
quit woik to meet his prospective 'iride, and
the fathers iriend had things all his own
w lien .Joseph arrived he found Marlon
determined lo go back home. The man
rron Queb.'C promised In the name Df. Mr.
Houseman that the pait should he married
in Chic-laster Cathedral. .Miss Uo isemau
went, back home, with the assurance from
Joseph that he would sotn f oolo .v.
He hits taken passage to sail from this
port ii the firsl weak ot the new year.
FEDKKAL OFFICERS AVANT QIM.
FIRE OX GREEKS.
Art in in Attnckeil
AUths. Dec. 25. Tho Turks at Fort
Preveza fired upon tlie Greek gunbc.it
Actium us she was attempting to leave
the Gulf of Abracia. Tlie Actium, with
other warships, was compelled to return.
The government has telegraphed to Prince
Alavrocorda, the Greek minister to Turkey,
Instructing him to ask the Porte to ex
plain the action of the Ottoman troops.
UOAJICIDE PRINCE'S STATEMENT.
uijer or actor TerrK., Write-
to the Prass.
London, Dec. 25. Lloyd's weekly news
paper In its issue tomorrow will print a
signed statement by Richard -Miller Arch r,
alias Prince, who munlcred the actor,'
William Terries, at the stage door or the
Adelphia Theater December 1G. The state
ment was written in prison for the de
fendinglaw ycr.andlt proves, unless Archer
Is acting a part to save his life, that he
is unquestionably mad. He accuses a num
ber of actors and others, whose names the
paper Fuppressps, of poisoning his food and
blackmailing and disgracing him, all for
the purpose of preventing him from ob
taining an engagement.
Throughout tlie rambling statement,
which fills six sheets of foolscap, runs a
thread or muddled, contradictory accusa
tion against Mr. Terriss, in which the
word blackmailing is constantly used to
describe various alleged malevolences that
are so averse to Mr. Terriss' known char
acter as to carry their own refutation.
Archer reiterates his bitter charges.ijja'.nit
his sister for refusing to help him, and
frequently refers to the murder in such
phrases as the following:
"Had no idea of killing Terries the other
night, but intended simply to scratch
him so as to get my blackmailing cu.e
befoie a court of law."
Another pait of the -statement, Incoherent
and without syntax, reads as follows:
"On the night of the calamity the
Ex-Collector VWIhiii-n, of San Frao-
Oihco, Supposed to Be in Mexico.
San 1'iancisco. IK'c. 25. -Federal ufi
cials are now hunting for ex-Collector
of the Tort Wclburn who was trie I on a
charge of embezzlement, but escap.'il con
viction. It is said that strong evi
dence of greater frauds in the eastern
housa thun were at first developed :y
Welmitu's c-Nposure has been found.
Welbutn was allowed for enforcing the
Chinese exclusion laws about $-10,100.
The work did not take half that sum,
but ir ib now declared that a list of Ua.n
mies was carried on tlie payroll to eat
up the surplus. There are indications that
others besides the custom-house ycipio
were interested in the matter. Welburn
is supposed to he in .Mexico.
JAPANESE PARLIAMENT OPENS.
NTo Reference to the Chinese Situ
ation. Yokohama, Dec. 25. The Parliament
was opened today. In his speech, openlinr
the session, the Mikado said that the re
lations &f Japanese with all other pi. vers
He added that the revision of the treaties
With European governments would .shortly
be completed. His majesty made no refer
ence to the Cliinese situation.
The- Socinl Event of Omnlia.
Omaha, N'eb., Dec. 25. Senator and Airs.
John M. Thuiston celebrated their silver
wedding anniversary tonight, at ihMr
residence here. It was the social event
of the season.
Duel nt a Cliristmns Festival.
Columbia, H. C, Dec. 25. -Charles Spied
and San uel Wilbanks engaged in a pis.ol
duel at a Christmas festival at TJjMble
Spring church this afternoon and Spe2d
was slot dead.
Hnrd Game of Basketball.
Trenton, N. J., Dec. 21. The Trenton
basketball team defeated the Camden
team tonight by a score of 1 to 3. it
was one of the hardest games ever played
Havana, via Key West , Dec 25. -Advices
lo The Times, I ro.n Mauinulllo, Santiago
de Cube province, sny that the Spanish
squadron, composed of the gunboats .Jlego
Velnsc.ue;., Cenlinela, Alcedo and Louisa,
and the lugs Fausto mid Eulalia, lias been
driven Horn the miufl. of tha C.vito River
by the insurgents under Gen. CalKlo
At the same time the 15,000 Spanish
soldiers, under Gein.-Pando and Segura,
who attacked the insurgents by land, have
also b,cn "ompslled lo return to Mauruulllo
aflt-i three unsuccessful attempts ta dis
lodge Gen. Garcia from his strong posi
tions. Tltegiiiilioat Ul"g" Wlastpis was .eiious
ly damagid by a torpedo, and the rest of
the squadron had t". btop fighting on ac
count of the heavj cannonading from tlie
insurgent forts, Alt along the lon-ei part
of the Csuto :ik ia r as the town of Caut'i
del Embardero, the patriot; had built strong
formications with all the modern im
provements, which the Spanish guulxiats
were not able to conquer. It would he
risky bih! almost impossible Tor a largo
cruiser to entei tlie mouth or the Canto.
'lilt- situation lliitio Trjin a military
polnl of vitvvis mo'-t serious for the Span
iadrs While in Santa Clara, Matanzas.
Havana and PInat fM Rio the patriots
keep up the guerrilla w.irfara and await
the coming of the .imniards, to offer them
battle in their forU.-d strongholds. Gen.
isa'cia, in the east.J.lfter fits destr iclion
of I. as Tunas, Guan.o, and Gulsi, lojk
possession of the town of Canto del Em
bardoio ai'il conlio'ts. the Cauto River.
While the news of the war in the we3t
seeing to oxclt; iiioit interes' as the scene
of events is nearer, ir is well to call at
tention to the fact that in the east Gen.
Garcia has already driven the Spaniirds
from a considerable territory, v.hrre not a
single ::pamsii riag now waves, or a
single Spanish soldi.T caii be found.
The plan of Gen. I'ando was to reach
Cautc del Embardero by land and the
liver at the same tjme, with the help of
the ur.dion. On Decemlwr 1 5 he landed
some tioops at jjie mouth of the Cau.o
piotccUMl by ihe c,uadron and -".spjslally
by the lege gunboat ,AleeUo. This vvas
carried, out under Hie galling fire of the
liisin gents. The steamer Jose Gniola
brought the troops from' Mauzanlllo. Two
days lalei the Spcfnlaids had to "retire
agait and the squadron took to the high
The failure uf Gen. P.thIo is produring
considerable excitement in government
c-JTles here. It appear that as the plan
or autonomy has failed, the hopes of suc
cess ,y the army have also to be given
up. fiith military and political efforts
tioii wluc-1 combination the cabinet of
Senoi Kagasta relied to much, collapsed
at the same time.
HavaiM is full of rumors about the in
surgent leader Arniiguren, on whom the
SpanioH' would like to wreak vengeiqce
Tor Hit killing of -Col. Ruiz.. It is 're
ported that Araugurcn has been killed
near Aguaraie in an encasement with a
Spanish guerrilla rone, but only the un
compromising Spaniards in this city eager
for Ai.Miguren's death p-jj much at
tention to such reports-.
The latest details received here con
ririu The Times Statement that vrm
guren received orders to kilt Ruiz rrom
Gen. Alejandro Rodriguez, commander of
the itistiigent army in Havana province.
Twentv-five Spanish troopers attempted
to lide loughshod orer the people or Pena
leia, a small tovvn-fcotue miles south of
heic, recently, wl.e;i the men and women
rose, and arming themselves from a eache
nc.tiby, made it hot foi them, and forced
them to retire, vith the loss of cgiiccim
men. The band lode Into the town, ..nil
seizing five women," attempted to take
them ofr. Their screams aroused the men
and women theiexand made them so
furiously angry that they rorgot all csm
scriuences. Women clung to the saddles
or the men,t Hying to pull them off, while
even the boys tried to hamstring the
Th;; troops at first thought It a great
joke, but soon got angry and cut several
of the women with their swords. This
was the match to the powder. Scores of
the troopers fiom Avery house near them
Four men fell at the rirst fire and tlie
soldiers spurted off. '
Later the reformed ami came bock, but
the men had arrangsda barricade and wive
the Liooparsa warm reception. Tlie women
taunted tncro with being able to fight
unarmed mer nntL women, but that when
it came to meeting men with guns they
were afraid. This- maddened the Span
iards, and they rushed for the barricade
Some one explodeda dynamite cartridge
among mem ami teven men rell, two al
most torn in pieces.'
This dismayed the others, and they fled
at once, threatening lo return and burn :he
place and every person In it.
It has been ascertained since that two
AnieiIcau.o, who were in the place hiding
aided in the defense of the place, and
planned the work and prepaid! the bomb
that did such execution. One is named
Anderson, a Texan, while the other was
Olga Sandcison, who landed in one of the
The people have since deserted the plice,
as they knew that it would be destroyed
soon in revenge for this defeat.
At Jibacoa a band of insurgents def cat-
the Cuba t(S withdrew a short distance and
the two Spanish detachments offered battle
This time the insurgents would not ao
cept, but later on in the afternoon they way
laid the government lorces as they were
fording a small stream and fired on them
with deadly effect.
Man j men were wounded and, falling
in the water, were drowned.
The government forces retreated to
Jibacoa at once. They lost, all told, over
thirty men killed and forty-five wounded.
The insuigents also seemed twenty-one
prisoners: or these fourteen were released
after being stripped of their arms and
Theothei seven were accused of butcher
ing helpless paciricos, and after a trial
by the Cubans In due form, they were
sentenced to death, and were accordingly
macheted by their captors at once.
Las Ctdras, a lew miles east of this
city, was the scene of a bloody encounter
last week between small detachments of
the Havana volunteers and a band of in
surgents from Castillo's camp. The govern
ment troops had twenty prisoners captured
near the Met rasa 1 estate, whom they In
tended tc kill. They had tied the prisoners
to the tic-es and were engaged in trying
to muke them confess the whereabouts
of some Cuban hospitals.
several or tlie prisoners were being tor
lured by being hung head downwards and
having coals ol fire applied to the sol's
or their bare feet. A band of insurgents
passing by through the woods heard their
crijs-, and made a charge upon the volun
teers, creeping up first and delivering a
deadly vo'ley.aud then using the machete.
The troops endeavored to flee, but the
Cubans v.eic so enraged at the terrible
sight before them that they seemed like
mad men, so the reports say, and they
charged upon the troopers like so many
lemons. They cut down the leader, Tapt.
AUssoi, one of Havana's dandies, but a
man noted for cruelties to his nrisoners.
and macheted fifteen men and wound 'd
t wenty-five more, some of whom escaped.
It is repotted that only seventeen men
of the entire Spanish detachment escaped.
The news was ieceived here with in
credulity at first, but the Spanish officers
admitted yesteid.iv that something'of the
kind occurred, but they claimed that the
insurgents were in overpowering numbers,
and tliat it was only u wayside skirmish,
with no consequences.
Every indication 'is that formidable of
fensive operations are now about to le
undertaken by the Spanish forces in j.ll
p irtsof the island. In Havana pro.ince.the
movement has for its primary object the
avengu.g ol the death of Col. Ruiz, by
the annihilation of the forces or Nestor
Arungiireii, which now represents the rebel
mililarv strength In the province. Gen.
Farrado ttxik the field Thursday, ta'.citig
with him al! the available troops In the
city and the vicinity
Columns aggregating 10,000 men will
converge in tlie vicinity of Jaruco, near
where Arangureu's band was round by
Consul General Lee's emissary. It -s
doubtful whether tticy will rind anything
more than the elte or the camp, as
Aranguren lias been warned.
In Santiago de Cuba, Gen, Pando, after
much hard fighting, app-ars to have been
forced U suspend operations to await the
arrival ol food, ammunition, guns, and ar
tillerymen. This last fact tends to con
firm the story that Garcia's rorce is
Stronger than was expected, and is well
supplied with artillery.
FATAL SLEIGTI RIDE.
Please re T'orty Struck by a Lake
Little Falls, X. Y-, Dec. 25. A sleigh
containing seven people, returning from
a Christmas entertainment, wan struck by
the Lckt Shore limited train at the central
crossing in St. Johnsville, ten miles east
of this city, last night. Nine-year-old
Nellie Place was killed Instantly, her head
being severed from her body.
Five weie seriously injured.
A Mib. Smith and her daughter were
wedged on the pilot of U13 engine and weie
carried 500 feet. They were painfully
Injured, but will recover.
Census Commissionersliip Goes
to a iMassaclmsetts 3Ian.
SULLIVAN TO RE REFEREE.
Aiimiuncos That Corbett and Fitz
Hlmnion.s Will ileet Nest June. -Port
Jeivis, N. X., Dec. 25.-John L
Sullivan's advance agent, Henry X. Far
ren, who was in town today billing for
his comedy .company, rcceivtd a letter
from John L to the effect that he must
prepare himself to proceed to Carson
City, Nov., shortly, to make arrangements
Tor a week"', stand, in that city, as the ex
Champion was to be rercree in the sec
ond rijrht between Corbett and Fitzsim
mons, to come orr in that city between
June l 5 and 19.
SERVED UNDER MR. PORTER
Mnnufuctnrer Not Very Friendly to
Him Heuuise of Te.stlnioiiy Uv
Govt- n SenaJe Committee CeBss
Employes, and the Civil SerrLo-
Sir. r.odii Vie'vys,.
DEADLY WORK WITH A GUN
John Osborn Shoots Seven 3Ien
and a Woman.'
Then Tie Kills Illniself One Victim
Dle.- mid Two Arc; ilortully
THIU.UI'II OR DEATH.
Dallas, Texas, Dec. 2."). -A reportreached
here today ot a tragedy at Pine Hill, Hen
derson county, last evening. John Os
born went to Pine Hill and began shooting
into the stores and houses with a shotgun
The rollowing were shot:
W. IL Hillen,
Babe Hampton and wife.
Charles- Hendriek.s is dead and John
Bucker and kobert Martin were mortally
After shooting his victims Osborn shot
Gomez Auin Defies, flic Spanish and
navana, Dec. 25. Gen. Gomez, in a
letter to a newspaper correspondent, sta
tioned bere, says:
"I am In possession of your letter if ihe
Gtli ult., and I will answer if briefly.
"All I have to say regarding this gp;at
and hetoic war in Cuba is a complete ratifi
cation of our manifesto issued at Monte
"Vou may make itknown to theAm'irtcan
people through the columns of the news
paper of which you are a correspondent
that it is the firm resolution of the army
and pe jplj of Cuba, who have shed so much
wood in order to conquer their inde
pendence, not to falter in their just
came until triumph or death crowns their
efforts." Respectfully yours,
SEEKS JACK DALTON'S OPINION.
He Will TTi'lp Select the Rest Rou'e
to the Klondike.
Seattle, Wash., Dec. 25. This morning
Jack Dalton. of Juneau, the discoverer
of the Dalton trail, who recently tame -iter
the trail from Dawson, ieceived a telegram
from Icn. Merriam. commander of the De-partmei-t
of Columbia, requesting him 10
come to Vancouver, Wash., fcr the purpose
or consulting with him regarding the best
route foi the Kiondike relief, the evvedi
tionnowtieingorganizedbytheGovernment. Dalton, who has spent years in Alaska,
has consented to impart his information
to the pcneral and has gone to Vancouver
IV. S- Gasdiner, one of the last miners
to come out over the Dalton trail, arn-mg
in S"attlf yes tenia 3. was also requested
to pa- tlie general a viait on the same
mission. He accompanied Dalton tl".i
morning. "While these men are some lat
reticent, it is understood that they do
not look favorably on the proposition to
emplc v reindeer In the expedition, and are
more inclined to the use of well-trained
dogs and pack-horses.
l'URSER COCKRAN DIES.
; mat en to vu powder, scores of
id women sSpn gathered with guns
tcltj and ausilade was opened on
AUTONOMY EMISSARIES HANGED?
Two Morn CoimiiiUoiier.M Said to
TJnve Met Rtiiz Fate.
New York, Dec. 2c.-According to Ha
vana advices received here today two
commissioners, who were sent to propose
peace with autonom- to the insurgents
In Pin: r del Rio province, have been hanged
in conformity with the decree ot Gen.
Untie Sain'.s Rig Demand.
London, Dec. 25. A dispatch from
Madrid to a news ugenoy here states that
the Unite 1 Stated have demanded of
Spain $S,000,OOOasindemmty to Aaiericun
traders for damages sustained through
the war in Cuba.
MURDERERS CREMATE llODr.
ed a detachment of Spanish guerrillas
under Marshal Falpnas recently, killing
Falonas and seventeen of his band.
Tlie guerrillas were waiting the arrival
of an expedition tliat they had been in
formed wculd iand soon.
The itisurgenttrTlearned of their where
abouts and one.night raidjd their camp,
quietly surrounding it before daylight. As
Eoon as it was -light enough to see an
alarm was rafsedand as the guerrillas
poured out of their camp the Insur
gents opened fire on them with deadly
The guenilla's surprised at the sudden
onslaught, could do little. They rallied,
and pushing their horses alongside, made a
break fev sonic rocks nearby, where they
entrenched themselves as best they could
The fight was continued to nocn, when
the guerrillas receiving re-anforcements,
Floridn Fiends. Try to Hide T'helr
Lees burg, Fla., Dec- 25. I. O. Arms,
a well-known cattleman and farmer, was
murdeicd on Wcdncsdaj- and his bedy
burned or, his place, at Emeralda, Macon
County. Mr- Arms had gone to the woods
to cut sills for .a new barn. The repoit
of a shotgun was heard in that direction,
and when Mr. Arms did not return at
night search was made, but no trace was
found by daylight.
Yesterday parties went in all directions,
and at night his body w ts found on the
banks, or the Ocklawaha.
Th.i 1 riends bad carried tlie body to this
point and tried to remove all trace of
the murder by cremating it- Ouly a few
bones, the heart and liver, and scraps of
Clothing were lert to tell the tale. Mr.
Arms htd bought a largo tract of land on
the east side o the Ocklawaha River, and
fenced it in ror stock pasture. This action
was disliked by certain parties, who aad
had free use of the land for years, and this
feeling ot hostility, It is believed, pro
voked tlie murder.
Dr. Shtrmnn Pronounces TJis Dis
ense Yellow Fever.
Nov. l'ork, Dec. 25. William C. Cock
ran, thr; purser or the Clyde Line steamship
Navahoc, which reached this port on Wed
nesday night, died today at his home 'n
Brooklyn, of an illness in the cour-e jf
which many or the symptoms of yelljw
fever weie present.
Dr. Kclibins diagnosed the disease as
malarial fever. Mr. Coekrati grew vvare
rapidlv, ami this afternoon Dr. Wesley
Sherman, who was called In consultaum.
pronounced the disease yellow fever. M -.
Cockran was dying when the consultation
Even if Mr. Cockran had yellow re it,
there is no danger to persons who ca ne
in contact with him, as the disease is
not contapu us when the temperature i
as low as it has been during the last
WIFE SAW HUSBAND KILLED.
It was stated on good authority at
night that the President has decided to
nominate Mr. E.J. North ascoiumidoner
of tilt census, under the bill on the eeu
sus pending in Congress. Mr. North w .g
in town last week and called on the presi
dent, it is believed, by appointment.
Mr. North is a Massachusetts man and
is said to have bad pw rful hacking for
the plicc, in addition to hisknovvledgeand
experience in census work. He .vas one
of the special agents Tor Superinteide"
Porter, of tlie last census. Mr. Prter,
it Is understood, is not an applicant for
the place of commissioner.
Mr. North lias had opposition and is still
opposed for the place. This opposition is
largelj from the Eastern manufacturers.
Mr. North was summoned before the fi
nance Committee of the Senate when the
tarirr bill was being f raued.
His testimony vvas In the di ration o
a tariff or. materials which it was to uie
advantt-ge of the manufacturers to get m
free, or as free of duty as possible- Mr.
North v. as. however, on the Ailmi:iisintk,n
side of the controversy, so that his expres
sion of opinion will hardly hurt him wan
the appointive power.
As the census bill is one of the fir-t
to be taken up when Congress, re-.is-sembles,
It is likely that It will be anion.;
tlie firt to lie passed, and the annoatK-o-
metit of the nomination of . the coimuma
siouer will d..ubtlesn also be made a t, an
earlj- date. The bill has been discud in
the Senate and hi the House. One Jf the
, features or the discussion is whether the
clerical Torcc, cutsitle of the coimims
sioner, assistant commissioner, chief clerl:
and the chief statistician, shall Le placed
under the tueriL S3-stem. The outlook it
that the spoilsmen of the House and -3 ;na;e
will make a strong effort to exempt the
large arii.yorappoiutees from the cla,iild
rvi;c. It v. in be claimed that scch an ex
amination as that which was held for
thse place5 when the appointments .vwe
made by Superintendent Porter is
all that is necessarj-. It is ar
gued that men were stiff Iciently wll x
amiued then to test their efficiency, al
though it was not known as a elvil service
examination. Senator Lodge favors plac
ing all of the employes under the claisi-fi.-tl
service- The opposite view i "held
by Senator Hale.
It Is expected that if the hill p&es
enrl3- in January the cormiiissiuBcr will
be npiointed at once, and a nt:c!ew of
the census force win Iw inst-illed in head
quarters here to consist orth2 ommiasno'ier
and Tisslstants.e-hier clerk and alout tWrty
two clerks. Tlie formative establisbm'nt
would be in working order about the 1 5th
Already some of the well-known clerks
uider Mr. Porter are in town. Amwng
them are Mr- Von Petrof, who was s)i-btl
Egent lu Alaska; Mr. Hunt, the sjiecial
statistician on population, Frank Vf A
Ham", specialist on manufactures, and
others-. Mr. Porter is expected here ju
Tlieformci chief clerk of the Census, .Mr.
A. F. Childs, is said to stand an excel Ie.
chance for reappointment. Mr. ClJjhls's
work commended itself to tl c Census Bu
reau. si d he was licsides 2 Terypopular jfil
cer. All of tre appointments will, it is
understood, be made by the commissioner
without reference to any other official
The Secretary of the Interior
has been quoted as saying that he
does not wish tc nave the responsibility
of approving or suggesting names.
He Wns Hun Down by n Train, She
Philadelphia, Dec. 25. George Talbot,
forty 3 cars old, and Mrs. Laura Eo.vrs,
thirty-stven years old, were killed on t'u
Reading i.ailway today.
Talbot was walking with his wife ind
child on the track, near Sixteenth str-et
and Al eglumy avenue. The woman ind
Child got nut ofthewaj- of the approaching
express train, but the husband was str tck
and mangled to death before their eyes.
Mr. Bowers was crossing the track at
Ninth and Brown streets, when a New
York express struck her. Her body whs
whirled mound on the driving wheels of
the locomotive and she wasliterallygr. und
CHRISTMAS FOWDER EXPLODES.
Twentr-Tvvo Persons Receive
juries at Ashevllle, X. C.
ABheville, N. C, Dec. 25. While 100
men and boys were celebrating Christmas
on a hill near Aslieviile tonight- thirty
pounds of powder exploded.
The explosion was caused by the gunners
rpi-odinga cannon before it had sufficiently
Twent3'-two persons wore injured, some
probly fatallj". Four were rendered
WILL GIVE SPA IX A CRUISER.
Spaniards, in Mexico Now Rais':ig:
Money to lluild It.
City or Mexico, Dec. 25. The.Spaniads
of Mexico will soon have raised mough
moncj' to build a cruiser for the .Spanish
They have already sent $000,000 10
The construction of the cruiser will be
soon begun in Spain, and it will be chris
tened ' 'Mexico."
RECEIVES GREAT ATTENTION".
Mexican Treatment of Mr. Bryan
Pleasing; to Him.
San Antonio, Tex., Dec. 25. Willla-n j.
Bryan writes to II. F. Onion, of this ;ity,
that he is the recipient of great attention
at the bends of the Mexican people, ami
that he will conclude his tour of Mexico ia
about ten dajs.
He will stop off here on his way noma
and deliver an address, in which it is ex
pected that he will give his impressions of
the affairs of the country which he is
BTJYINi; CATTLE FOR CUBA.
SruuiKh Agent .Makes. P11 rehires
Fort Woith, Texas. Dec. 25. Recently
Fenor Manuel Klchardo cume here fram
Cuba, stating that he was detailed by the
SpanHr. government to buy cattle for the
Spanlsp army in Cuba. He is now buying
500 or GOO head a week.
ne said t hat two of th- largest cattle Im
porters of Cuba have agents on the way to
north Texas to buy cattle for Ciiba ship
ment, and the" will buy 350 to 40o head
daily. He complains that he is hindered
in his work by the dlscriiidiiations ot the
Duel in the Dnrk Over Cards.
Flovilla, Ga., Dec. 25. As the result rf
a terrific duel in the dark last night over
a garno cf cards Stobe Greer, a prominent
young rrcr. of this phiee, is dead, aad
Jamp.s Hall is dangerously wounded at
his home here- The two men were the
best or friends yesterday and their fa n
ilies the most intimate in the town.
Fatal Stabbing Affray In Bos'.on.
Boston, Dec. 25. The inhabitants of
the Italian boardins-hnuse, No. 341 1 2
nanover street, celebrated Christmas to
night by a grand stabbing affray, as a
consequence, or which one man is -leal,
two more wounded one mortally, and
several otbeis have sevcro cuts.
Sinn 11 Acetyleut Explosions.
New York, bee. 25. There were several
explosion last night in the ruins of The
United States Acetj-Iene Company's .vorfcs,
j-rsey City, which blew up yesterday.
They were caused by the generating of
gases from w ater coming in contact .vlih
calcium. The explosions were heard tw.
blocks away and caused some apprehen
sion as to the extent of the damage don,
but there was really no damage of any
conswrttnc?. Thos who were injured
in the explosion 3'csterday are doing .vH.
More Vny or Miners Will StriWe.
Chattanooga, Dec. 25. A genera! strfKo
of miners, involving between 700 and S00
men, Is threatened in Dayton, Tenn-, dis
trict. Over .'100 men are already me un
account or the refusal of the operators !0
raise the wage S2hedule.
Iii!Stntirnnt Mounter .ssns..siimted.
Charleston, S. C, Dec 25-. Morris A.
Lorenzi, a white restaurant manager, was
shot with a rifle and instantly killed to
night by an unknown negro, who fled, it
is said the killing was an accident.
IVX BUSINESS COLLEGE-Sth and K.
Kone better; 23 a year; day or night.