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EIGUID'5 COUP D'ETAT
Sudden Appearance of Fleet at
Chemulpo a Surprise.
TICKLES JOHN BULL'S VANITY
Comparative Nnvnl Stiongth of
Albion uml Other Countries 1
terested in tlie East Probable
Explanation of Russia.-. Oceujm
lion of Port Arthur.
Loudon, Dec. 27. Britain's prestige on
tlie iva.v and self-confidence as ruler of
Uialf the world, was never mor? cle-irly
k set forth thai- In the cablegram pub
lished throughout the civilized -voilil to
day that her fleet is riding the -waters ofr
Chemulpo, Korea. During the past fort
s night ll'e secrecy of English naval move
meats lias excited acute interest. Now
everybody it sujing 1 told you so. It ha.
' been forty yeuis since England has had
an opportunity to measure strength -with a
naval power, and during tliat forty years,
-viili pat'ence worthy of .ill praise. t!:e
Hrltan has intermittently looked for a,"
Today he is almost comically joyful ov. r
tilt' report that an ultimatum has been .vent
lo Chlna'sold tributary, demanding that he
. don't become too chummy -with China's
As set torlh in the cable dispatch to
The Times last night, seventeen British
warships arc orf Chemulpo. It tickles
Jglui .Ball's vauity to reflect thai formid-
ible as this fleet is It doesn't make much
of a showing compared with what the ad
miralty can do ir it wishes. It also exalts
his vanity u read simultaneously that the
"Union JaoU." which is his tetu.lv when
the jingo spirit 1" aroused, has been hoisted
on 'an island in the Yang-Tse-Kiang e
At all the clubs the old, old pastime of
compjrlng Albion's naval strength wlta
that of other countries la in progress
England has to'larthegrea testandstrong
estJnaj, including sixty-two battle biups.
twenty-Mr more than France, her nearest
rial,atidtliirty-iiine more than Russia. The
itliree countries are nearly equal as far as
the number of armored cruisers andeoasx de
fense hips are concerned, with the prcpon l
erance or power slightly inclined toward the
French, but of first, secuirtand third-class
cruisers, England has more than .all other
power together, including the United
Japan, however, Is making enormous
5frld5. She has contracts made forftriy
Tour vessels-, many of them battleships of
tlie very highest type. The contracts call
for their delivery in 1902. In reality,
liowevor work on the big fellows has
been .pushed to the utmost, and they could
be delivered at a jmih earlier date. The
ship nearest completion isaid to be the
most povv erful fighting machine ev r con
structed being of 13 000 tons displace
ment. England' navl appropriation for 189'J
I7 amounted to loy,0X),000, an increase
of $15,00o,oo0. France appropriated $55,
000,000, and Germany set aside $31.
OOO.OtiO an amount equal to that appro
priaied jj Russia. Italy, impoverished and
n hard strait-", v.'ith a retiogradmg navy,
Turkey is rated eleventh among the
power, but her relative strength is con
sidered ti be about one fiftieth that of
Great Britain. During 1S97 she made
large appropriations for strengthening her
navy, but work has proceeded slowly.
nd the three battleships she ordered could
not be ready for service snort of three
Tears, it is said.
Japan s position toward the powers is
not pmblcmetlcal. Angry at Rutsla for
stripping heruf the results of u hard-fought
war the would like no doubt, to see the
Car humiliated. This perhaps accounts for
the repuit that Japan has offered to -jssist
th eot fleers ; t Pekln in drilling the Chinese
army and t consent to n postponement or
the payment of the war Indemnity.
The Mikado may simply have thrown this
proposition out as a feeler to see whether
the Fekln government Would entertain the
idea ol breaking away from Russia, and
The Great Providers.
A mop between n; and
the old year. A race to
sec how much, we can
ilea rout before sttiok-.tik-iff.
We've thrown profits
overboard mid in lots t
us,os part of the cost of
the snodh. We wnnt to
htve n little as possible
on Iinnd t the end of the
year. Von enn profiL ty
tliis. race of ours, and cnsii
Is not' necessary, as our
Credit System Is ulwny.s
at 3 our disposal.
A veiy pretty Parlor Table, in
oak and mahogany finish 24.21
MAYER & PETTIT,
415417 Seventh St
Frank Libber & Company,
Blxtb street and New York avenue.
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making.? i-o.npaciwjth herneareslneighbor,
backed by England's powerful sea strength,
But ilmpo best informed don't see how
the Son or Heaven can shake off hispow.-i-ful
filend, who now holds Manchuria
In fact If not in sovctcign'y. The trans
Siberian Railroad, with its concessions,
Is a shackle, and ths Emperor s boun 1.
By ah odds, the most natuial among
all icpoited alliances h the one acciedlted
to Russiu and China. They need each
Such an alliance, secret or open, wjiiia
accouii foi the ccupatlon of i'ort AUhnr.
GERMAN SHIPS AT GIBRALTAR.
Prince Ueniy, in Coiumand, '5t
eeieil With Military Honors.
Gibraltar, Dec. 27 The German squad
ron, consiftlnt, of the cruiser Deutsohland
and Goficn, commanded by Prince Heniy
of Frii.'sia, arrived heie today. Friucc
Henry lsiided in the afternoon and was
received with military honors.
-V guard of honor composed cf British
gienadlers was drawn up at the wharf
at which he landed. In the evening the
prince visited fleii. Sir Robert BIddulpa
governor and CommandcHu chief cf Gibral
tar, who gave a dinner in his honor.
RUSSIA'S MASTER HAND
Holds Kiugdom of Korea Within
Causes "Which ItMj.elled England's
Fleet to Act Japan Cozened Out
of the Fruits of Victory.
Tacoma, Wash., Dec. 27.. Russia has be
come the dominant power in Korea. Her re
cent opera tionfa in tlat kingdom, as detailed
iu mail adices- received today, leave :u
doubt that Km Ma Intends exentually to
cxerclso sovereignty over wrat the Korean
king Is pleased to call ''great Korea."
.lapaheV.papirs, which maintain the Iive
Iicm hi tere-"tiueeryUiingi elating toKcrea,
admit tjl.iai Ktithia has completely distanced
Japan ip the struggle for supiemacy there
The JapaneicTimessayi the struggle was
brought to a'euliiiiiMting iKimt last Feu
ruarywhci. Russia caused to bepubllslirtl in
text of the" secret Rnsto-Japanese con
vention. Xews uf this treaty greatly sur
prised Korea, but the Japanese minister
at Seoul secured a temporary advantage
by representing that the treaty was a suc
cessful attempt by Japan to maintain the
halanee of pwerln Korea andt bus preserve
the independence of the kingdom fofuliicu
Japa-i had so recently )ured o it I er
trcasiirt utid blood in the waragalnit China.
This rcpresoiitation caused temiwrary re
actionagninst Russia's asccudency.of which
the King's teuioval to his palace from the
Russiau legation was an outward sign.
The Russo-Japanese convention left the
reorga:iI ration of Koien to her own gov
ernment, but In July Japan was com
pletely checkmated, as the Times admits,
by the anUal from Vladivostok of thir
teen Russian a inly officers, who proceeded
at once to drill the Korean army.
TIiTee years airo China, Japan, and
Kussla coveted Koiea. Japan maintained
her right against China by war. The
Ruslat bear now stretches out his paw
and, tlnouph diplomacy and the military
stiengtr. of the Russian empire, takis the
piirc fiom Japan. England has nad a
slight influence in Koiea, but Russia
Intended to nullify this when Mr. Lavy
Brown was dismissed as adviser to the
impeiial customs and M Alexloff, i I us
slan, api olnted In his place.
Aiexioii was preparing three weeks
ago. according to today's advices, to Jh
charge nearly the entire Korean customs
staff and appoint Russians to office. The
Russian minister hud just arranged a loan
for the Korean government from the Russo
Chinese Bonk of over Sl.000,000, to
bear Inteiesi, at .'I per cent. Distress pre
vails in parts cf Korea, and the Emperor
has prohibited exportation of rlee aitd
Russia will bp looked to for assistance if
outside aid Is needed.
Aiinouncjnent is made that Itussim
mission n ie6 aie to follow her political
emissaries in dominating Korea. Greek
churches will shortly be built in the
cities. On Noember 20 Korean soldiers
intercepted ai.d turned back the Japani se
secretaij of ligation in Seoul while en
route 1 0 the I nited Stales consulate on
official business. The affair was wit
nessed I J an official of the German con
sulate, and has become a subject of pointed
diplomatic representation'!. Japanese
papers bl: me Russia for this insult.
Ozaka. and other Japanese manufactur
ing cities arc experiencing a severe cur
rency stringency owing to the abandon
ment of silver, a ml business has been rotc
ly inconi enlenced thereby. In some places
Commercial Iractivlty has approachod a
panic, thougl hopes-arc entertained that
the trouble will not be national in ex'.eat.
ToVio banks, with branches in Ozaka, h ivu
called in loans, and refuse to make now
Ozaka's great cotton factories are expe
rienciug lite iitinot difficult. Japanese
stocks of raw materialc in on&cqueucu of
a partial iailmc of theciop iu India.
Finincial depression lias stopped these
and purchases' and ddiM-ries of lawcolton
1-ave fallen fiom HS,000 to 14,000 bales pvr
month. Japanese ptijier say the country
has been forging ahead too fast since ,he
-Chinese Avar and must slacken up and allow
finance to adjust then.seUes, but one of
the prime causes is undoubtedly the ten
dency to m?l e money more -valuable by
adopting t'net'ualc gold. standard.
HliFlTSISS -0 r.KAA'B L'lUSOX.
Pardoned Couvii-t lleelincs to Go Out
Into a Cold World.
Columbus. Ohio, Dec. 27. -Among th
2,500 prlsoiers lu the Ohio penitentiary
is Ralph Wli.tersglll, who was pardoned
on Clulstmas Day, but who refusas to leave
the prison. He Was received in October.
1878, having been sentenced Tor life foi
the murder of his wife. Soon after hit,
arrival he cut hi throat and still surfers
from the wound.
WIntersgir is seventy-rive years old, and
after having I'een warmly housed by Hie
State lor nearly twenty yeais. he did not
care to go out in tbe middle or winter.
He will be kept until he is ready to go.
Moral: Uoi.'t Smoke.
Chattanooga. Tenn., Dec. 27. Henry
Came-on was Avalking along a street in
Sparta, Tenn., smoking a pipe. He sud
denly hiipped, fpl! on his face, and the
pipestens was forced through his throat
He died at. hour later from the injury.
We keep everything in lumber and
mill work that enters in or about buildings.
GUERRILLAS BURR HE
Horrible and Inexplicable Cruel
ty of Spaniards.
PANDO WANTS MORE TROOPS
Caltxto Garcia Holditu? Ills Strong
Positions in Santiago de Culm
Province and the Patriot Dueasl
Firm In Plnar Del Hio Don San
tlngo de Jliirroeln Arretted.
llavnui., via Key West, Dec. 27. Tiu
tragic end of twenty Spanish soldiers and
a Spanish scipennt named Marin 10 Sesa.
who were made prisoners by nucisl in
that battle, and releas-od by him a few
days aro, has been repaired here. Some
of them were badly Wounded in the bat
tle and others contracted fever while
with the insurgents.
Gen Du-asi ordered them to be put on
the highway under i tent, and some miles
from there lie posted a placnrdon a tree In
forming the Spaniards where they might
find tlieii countrymen.
A Spanish guerrilla force went to the
plane wlieic the sick and wounded Span
lards Aire and burned them alive. Next
morning a Cuban scout passing by the
tree where the placard had been posted
found instead of it these words written
on a piece of paper:
"They won't tell the talc."
The v ni Iswagiiig" "fiercely in Santiago
de Cuba pi evince.5 liehf Callxto Garcia
illl holds his slioiig positions from the
mouth of the Cauto River to Canto del
Em bm cad pro. rando has asked for more
In Piuar del Rio proWucc the patriots un
der l)ti-si still hold their positions on the
T-omas de Pelados, where the terrible batt:o
was fougln. last monthagainst thecombined
Spanish columns of Gens. Ber.ialand Hei
naudez de Velasco The Spanii.-ds haft
not since ma do any at tempt toattackthem
Don Santiago de Barioeta, n Spaniard
who attained some notoriety in New York
last sun mer through the publication of
a pamphlet of Weyler's war of extermina
tion and his failure to subdue the revolt
City of Washington, on which he returned
from i-u York to Havana.
It is said that Souur Bnrroeta went to
New lork urder an assumed name with
another man's passport Weyler had or
dered his nrrest for-alleged frauds :ou
milted In Cienruegos, at the begi ining of
the year, tn connivance with the SpauIsH
gove'nor of Santa Clara. Senor llonten)
Senor Barnieta has always asserted his
Innocpncc of these charges, and the truth
is that, while Montero Vidal left the
island greatly enrlohed by his plunder
Barroeta lived poorly In New York a Tier
his escape from the island.
FHIBNET Y TIES RESTORED.
Diplomatic Relations Resumed He
twetil England and Venezuela.
Caracas, Dec. 15. The official recep
tion by the government of Venezuela of
Mr. William Henry Doveton Haggard, ac
credited as minister resident of the British
government to Venezuela, took place here
on Decembci 11 The resumption of
dlplomstlc relatioim means a resumption
of comma rial and trade relations between
England and Venezuela. Pledgesof mutual
confidence and esteem have be;n exchanged
betweer Minister Haggard and Piesidcut
Crespo, and there Is every indication that
the fonnei friendship that existed between
the two countries has once more been
SPA1SIJ PRESS OVER-EXCITED
An Official Xote Expresses Satisfac
tion With America's Attitude.
Madrid, Dec. 27 An official note, is
sued todr y, oeclare.s that tin Spmish prss
overestimates the importance of the reply
of the American Government to the Spanish
note of October 23. It says that the gov
ernment continues to have confidence in
the correctness of the attitude tof the
United States, notwithstanding tliat cer
tain passages of the American note require
REPORTED SPANISH VICTORY.
Three Columns of Spanish Troops
Destroy u Small Camp.
Havana, Dec. 27. Three columns of
Spanish troops, under Gens. Linatres and
Vara del Rey and Lieut. Col. Cltazel, it
was officially announced today, have ells
lodged the Insurgents iu the province of
Santiago de Cuba from strong positions
and havcjlestioypd their camp, consisting
of 200 l.ut". at Juan Varona.
The troops have reconnoilered the entire
district around Aguacate, Arroyo Blanco,
Pair!, and Mai bio, the insurgents bciinj
"enabled to retire with numerous los"
and losing "many effect"." In these op
erations he troops are announced to have
lost one officer and eighteen soldiers killed
and to h.. ve had fifty-three men wounded.
At the hospital of Cunl, ProMnce or JU
tanzas. theio arc J 21 persons suffering
An apothecary named AI. Rubio and
three former insurgent leaders, who sur
tendered some time ago to the autho.-Pies
ofPinar del Rio, have been arrestedan the
charge of ttying to induce a large number
of armed fanners to join the insurgents-.
When the conspiracy was discovered, the
prisoners weic taken into custody, -vere
sent to this city, and have now beej im
prisoned It Alorro Castle.
RICARDO DEL GADO KILLED.
Had Returned to Cuba From New
York to Rejoin the Insurgents.
New York. Dec. 27. -A letter from
Havana Dec-ember 22 and received in this
city today contained a statement lo the
effect that Ricardo Del Gado, an officer
In the Cuban army, hal boon .killed. No
details were given.
Del Gado v. as one of aparty of four
Winter is the dull season for th
lumbew business, hence Ave cut prices.
men who escaped from the province of
rinar del Rio lat summer and went In
an open boat? to-Key West. He afterward
came to New York, and, after having a
wound In the ic treated, went back to
fight againnt the- Spanish.
PHir 1 PP1XE 'REBELS EMBARK.
Granted Absolute I'nnlmi by Spain
mill I carve the Islands.
Madthi, nen. 27. A dispatch fron:
Manila stvs that A"gtInaldo and thirty-six
other lebt-I I'hfpfs'accompanlcd by Capt.
Gen. I riir.c. de Ulvcwa. havj embarked at
Sccal l oi Hong Kong. SK Instil gent chiefs
chiefs i villained to superintend the sub
mission of the jMuNuigent bands and to
lecelve tt.eli arms.
AguiiiLldc stipulated that not a single
weapon nor carttidge should be given up
by the rebels until they had received
news of the chief's ,af J arrival at Hong
Kong. The Spaniards were compelled to
agree to this as t-n.' chiefs arc very dis
trustful of the Straiilsh promises.
The chiefs on t hlr part li we jtulertaken
lo make utjcoT.'itlonal submission, kw vr
ing Hint they will never again take up
arms against Spain. They wpre thereupon
grantee" absolu'e pardon ami amnesty.
Aguinuldo declares that the rebellion .vns
inspired by hatred of Spain- It was at
tributable solpp' lo the bad governtu ;nt or
the A rehlpalngo. lie says that ne Is will
ing lo fight Tor Spain and h hopes that an
oppotliinlty .will arise when he can do
so. Ho will assure the Queen Regent or
his complete and respectful allegiance.
HI VERB IN SPAIN.
Urnve Cuban Excites the Admira
tion of Focss.
Madrid, Dec. 27. The Insurgent chief,
Gen. I.ujs Rivera, ..'ho was Anton lo.Maceo's
successor It, command of the province of
Pitta r de! ltlo, and who was captured by
the Spanish troops on March 28 last, has
arrived at Cadlr from Cuba. He will be
Incarcerated In a fortress. During the
course ol an Interview, he said ho believed
nothing would induce the Cubans o cease
fighting beloiethoy attained independence.
He justified the killing of Lieut. Col.
Ruiz, the Spanish peace emissary, as a
means of a i riving at thatend.
BISMARCK HACKED AV1TK PAIN.
Tlie 3"x-Chant eflor't Organ Reports
311s Condition Unsatisfactory.
Hamlurg, Dec 27. An unauthorized
statement appealed the other day tint
the heo'.th of Prince Bismarck was again
The Hamburger Nachrichten, Prince Bis
marck's organ, ioday publishes an in
spired paragraph, declaring that the Sot-
dition or the ex-chanrellor Is not satinra's
tory. He is still racked with pain and
unable to sleep, walk or write. Taw
Prince, upon reading the story or his re
''If the gentlcmin who wrote that were
iu my place he would get an idea of what a
satisfactory condition of health is."
SHOOTS HTM IN infi CELL
Alubnmn Man Takes Terrible Ven
gennce on u "llno Foreman.
Blrmiughstm, Alr.Dec.27. AtBesseaiar
early tonight, J. II. Howell, a mine fore
man, aged thiity-eight years, was ar
rested on complaint of Mrs. Tom Collins,
wife of a well-known saloon keeper, wuo
complained r'c the police that he had been
following her and her daughter.
About ar hour later, Collins Went lo the
jail, ' sked permission to see Howell. He
was shown to tins cell, where lie drew a
pistol and fired a bullet Into Howell's heart,
killing him almost Instantly.
Collins was brought to this city and
lodged In jail.
CHRISTMAS DAY TRAGEDY.
Question of Veracity In Kentucky
Lends to Three Deaths.
BarbourvillPi Ky., Dec. 27. Will Bundy
James Phllpot tind James Gregory wre
killed on ChriMinhS day in a wild saloon
row at Mancl eter. Clay county. Bundy
and Phllpot killed each other and the
slaying of Grogory was.by accident- The
He passed and Bundy knocked Phllpot
down. When the lntter rose up hu drew
his revolver and began firing. The fiist
shot struck Gregory in the side, inflicting
a fatal wound. Phllpot again fired and
Bundy was wounded in the chest, but
stabbed Phllpot half a dozen times in tit
KILLING A BRUTAL HUSBAND
Attempting to 'Murder His Wife,
He Is Himself Shot Deatl.
Norfolk, Va., Dec. 27. Emmet F. Wood
wae divorced front one woman two months
ago and married another in half a month
This last woman he drove from home by
his cru'iity. and yheti.she sought the pro
tection of hei father's homo AVooil pur
'sued her and attempted to kill her with a
knife. Her father, J. T. Rogers, callpd
on a i: gro standing by to help him iu
protecting the Woman, and when Mis
negro recponded Wood stabbed him with
a. knife. Tlterogro trotpoisslonor AVood's
revolvet and shot him through the left
eye, killing him instantly. Then 'te ev
Secretary Gage in New York.
New York, Dec. 27. Lyman J. Gage,
Secretary ot the Tteasury, reached this
city from Washington today. He Aveut
to the suWreasury in Wall street, on I isr
arrival, and had a long talk with As
sistant Treasurer Jordan and Deputy As
sistant Treasuter Mitlilernan. His purpose
In coming to town was to attend a din
ner given by Horace AA'hlts tonight.
KoxXpads Murder n 3Inn.
Chicago, DeiL 27. Footpads have bejn
holding higl carnival iu this city for Vie
last fottv-eight hours.. Six men a etc
held up, andone o the victims, Flnfliri
Landes a saloon keeper, lias died or
his Injuries, aiul another, W. I". Kcnnady,
is dying. ,
Fugitive From Russia Arrested.
New York, Deo. j27i -llzig Apko, who
sailed under thename of Max Japko, ar.d
who if wanted hi Russia on the charge f
the cnibezzlepient-of 3,200. roubles," Avas
arrested today after landing from Hie
Cunard liner Etrurla.
True Hill Against Shaw.
Camden, N. JwDec- 27. The grand jury
today found. a trucbill against Eli Shaw.
who is charged Aviilt'kitling his mother. in. I
Clear North Carolina flooring Sl.75
per LOU ft; an oucAVidiu and one length. '
Confidently Expected by the Ori
LEGATION OFFICIAL TALKS
Points Out for Times Readers Me
Community of Interest. Between
the Two Big Autocracies Russia
Already IIhn Valuable unci Ex
It was s-tiil officiiliy yesterday at the
Chinese legation that China and Ruusia
woiildfwitliout doubt, Join hands and defy
the combined European Powers in the at
tempt that is now being made to disrupt
the Chinese empire. The official who
made this important declaration gave us
his reasons ror it that fcoth China and
Russia would be better off IT such a co
alition were made than either would i,c
ifEnwland, France and Germany should
be permitted to tlice off great pieces or
the Chinese empire and confiscate it.
Russia, the official said, was actuated by
self-aggrandl7empnt, but that power had
become thoroughly tati&tied that if she
seized arbittaiily a great piece of nottiern
China which, as a- matter of fact, she
has iioav peaceful possession of, so far as
all commercial enterprises are concerned
She could not find excuse for interfering
with the dlslnctnberment of the eastern
portion of the empire. Russia now asks
from Chinas tailroad concessions in thrtt
portion pf northern China which the pn
tlcallyposs-evsctvand for these conces-siou..
the official raid, she liad offered China
all the ait? in her power to prevent Eng
land, Get many and France from encroach
While Russia has nlwnyn been regarded
by China -with an eye ot suspicion," said
the Chinese official, "yet she has at all
times been outwardly friendly, and China,
having no othei hops to prevent the seizure
of her territory, is glad to clasp the liana
Russia extends, and to join that great
empire In defying the rest of the world. '
The official would not say this was inevit
able, but he said that the war clouds looked
doik, and intimated that if the armies ami
navies ol Kuiop3 and Asia came togctner,
It would be simply the result or the action
of those countries who are anxious to
possess tbemcelAcs of lands which they
have no lawful claim to.
Mr. Hitt, or Illinois, enalrman "of the
House Commit tee on Foreign Relations, de
clined yesterday to discuss the Chinese en
tanglement with, a Times representative
He said that his reaons for not desiring to
talk fori ubllcationon thesubjectwerethat
It was a rraltei that would not come be
fore Ids committee, and one which the
President AVouId havcex.-l lblve jurisdiction
over. He added that he had no doubt
that the Executive would see to it tint
the interests of thiT-conntryrWera properly
cared Tor. Mr.llitt knew of no reason wliy
thls country should take any but a passive
interest Ju the troubles existing between
Chlnii fsnd other nations
A Avell known authority on China and
Its relations to America said last eA'eulng
that the dismemberment of China was a
mntter of the greatest Importance to this
country. China contains one-seventh or
the entire population ot ties Avorld. Should
the great markets ot China come Into the
possesiOL' of Germany, England and France
it woule' mean much to the working classes
in America. These markets closed by an
almost prohibitive tariff against the prod
ucts of America would make the diffi
culty of earning bread In this country much
greater. As It Is at present the production
of this countty Is by far much greater
than the home consumption ot our riw
materials and manufactures, and the
China market, the consuming capicPy
or which could not be overestimated, al
ways has been considered the future out
let for oui wares and the natural field
ror the development of our trade and our
commetce. According to this gentleman
the American Government should do all
In Its power to prevent the possibilities ot
roreign mat kets being closed to this country,
a result, he said, that would certainly Tol
low the acquisition by Germany, France
and England of Chinese territory and cheap
MORTON HEADS A TRUST CO.
The Ex-Vice President iu Charge
of a New Corporation.
New York, Dec. 27. Ex-Vice President
Lei P.Morton, Avho is tbe bead of the bank
ing house of Morton, Bliss & Co., is to he
president of the lately Incorporated Fifth
Acnue Trust Company. The company has
a capital of $300,000, and will do bume.s
at Forty-third street and Fifth aAentie.
Its incorporators Include Samuel D.Eab
cock, August Belmont, Chauncey M. de
pew, Elbridge T. Terry, Joseph C. Heudrix
Adrian Iselin, Jr.. AVilham C. AVhttney,
Frank THford, James H. Hyde. Daniel
Lord and A. D. Jiiilliard.
Rate oi Interest Lowered.
New York, Dec. 27. Interest on savings
banks deposits is to be lowered in this
city. Announcement AVill be ina'de to
customers when the usual January divi
'dends are declared. Money could never
before be had so cheap on call .'is at
The icason that the savings banks are
not giving so high a rate of intere-,t as
formerly is that they arc not carnsng so
much as before. To maintain a suiplus
it is necessary for thern to give a smaller
rate ol interest than they earn.
Pardon That Came Too Late.
New York, Dec. 27. Col. Henry r.
Swords, pardon clerk in the district attor
ney's orflce, w as notified toduy that the
Clulstmas pieent which he had piepared
for DledricL Tragmun, a convict serving
a three yea t V sentence in Sing Sing, nad
reached the prison too late to be of va; i?,
for Tiagm-in died hair an hour before
It arri-ed. It was -mailed to Sing Sing
on Christmas eve, and reached th- prison
nt 8:30 o'clock Cluisltnas morning. At
8 o'clock '1 lag man dropped deatl fium
Registered Letter Packages Stolen.
Dunkitk, N. Y., Dec. 27. The Dunkirk
postoffice was lobbed last night of eighteen
outgoing ie?istered packages which had
arrived at this-office from various points
for redisliibution. Thirteen- of the pack
ages were addressed to Frcdonla.
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ZANOLI MAY BE CLEARED.
Search for Poison la Jennie SohmerV,
Body Reported Fruitless'.
New York, Dee 27.ItwisruiiioredabO'it
the bottom badfallcnuutottheZnnolic-nGe,
and that Pror. Wltthaus had virtaiPy
given up the effort to find any j.oImh In
the body of Jennie Pohiuer. Afsista-it 5 ns
trlet AttortieyVanAVyck, wl cnaskedabo it
the muticr, su'u": "As I lave had no re
port front theexjert chemist, Prof.A'.'t
haus, whohas been Tor several weeks work
ing upon the case, I think he may not be
able to dlst-ovcr what iwlson, if any, caused
the death or ZapoU's fourth wife, Jennie
Sohmer. Tliepolson may have b:eiior'Hh
a nature that it Avas diffused through the
damp foil of St. Michael" Cemetery, tud
in thatcasethereis suia'dchance or finding
any traf-etof it In thewoti.an'a body.'
Mr. Van Wyck AVuu'ld not admit that
Chemist. AVitthaus had given up the duest
for the poinnis.
FHEKD FROM PIMfcON UONDS.
Because q .Tinle Thought It a Long
'I line Between Ui-quJ-sltiims.
Chambersburg, Pa., Dec. 27. -Thef imous
remark of the governor of Vorth Tirolina
to tli. governor nt South Carolina was
rorcibly lecalled hate In court today, when
Jutlgt; Me'vari. In an opinion, intimated
that It was n long time between recpilsf
tlons fiom the governor of North Carollua
upon the governor or Pennsylvanl i. nd
discharged rrom cti"tody a young Souh
erner who has been held iu Jail here ror
two weeks, charged with breach of po nlse
to mr-riy a well known young worm.t of
The complainant wa- Miss Lena Ferrel,
daughter o J. E. Ferrel ,rnayorof ReidavlIIe,
N. C, and the young ti.an arrested here
was Robert E. Harvllle, also a citizen or
OVERMAN WHEEL CO. FAILS
Liabilities are $539,000; Apparent
Unable to Meet Obligations Falling
Due Yesterday Given as the
Cause of the Assignment.
Springfield Mass., Dec. 27.-The Over
man AVI el Company, of Chlcopee Falls,
rnakerso: the Yictor bicycle. assigned today
Avlth liabilities or 530,000, and apparent
asset-, of $1 10,000.
The company Is one of ihe oldest bicycle
houses in tlie country, and lt financial em
barrassment -will be likely to cause con
siernanou In the trade. "
The company Issued a statement tonight
to the effect that the necessity for the
action grows out of the company's in
ability to r.-tcl obligations maturing to
A meetingor the creditors has been called
for Df eember 31 , for this purpose of de
termining the future policy or the com
pany. The ditectors thiukthe shutdown
New York and Eoton banks hold the
greater part of the company's paper
RAU'LIFFE BREAKS DOAA'N.
Will Hear His Fate From the
New Y'orl , Dec. 27. The wifc-bea'r
Ralcliffe ha broken down completely
His face is drawn and haggard: in pla -e
of the humorous smiles that played about
his eyes during the moment when the Jiirv
rendered their verdict, are deep crow's
feet, his eyes are dull and his nerves arc
Jangled out or tune.
Jtatcllffe enjoys a semi-plunge bath each
mornini' in the capacious basin of a cham
ber set sent to his Tombs cell by friends
and the attentions of Tony, the Tombs
barber, each tf.orning-
It is a. trying time to Ratcliffe- Yes
terday he threAV himself on his cot, face
down, and burying his face in his hands,
remained so for hours the picture of de
spair. The actor will hear his Tate from Judge
Newburger's lips tomorrow morning.
MURDERED FOR JJIS MONEY.
Brutal Killing of a Man in Okla
Wichita, Kan., Dcr. 27. The body of
Charles Drake was found three miles west
of Medford. 0. T., villi his head chopped
to pieces, today. It is learned that the
murder occurred on Christmas Eve, and
that two tiug named George Thomas and
Ed. Freeman, together with three women
of loose character, have been arretted as
On Christmas Drake Avas is Medford
and exhibited u big roll of bills, ne was
induced by Freeman and Thomas to vlolt
their camp, wet of the city, where th.y
were living gypsy fashion with the wont ;n.
The murder occurred near th3ir camp, and
after the murderers had secured the mousy
they drove south with all possible speid.
but were captured in the next coun'y.
ENGLAND'S ENGINEER STRIKE.
Employes Decide Not to Aeeopt the
Terms of Employers.
London, Dec. 27. - Though the bal'ot or
the engineers on the masters' proposals will
not be completed until tomorrow. It D
knoAvn tl atitnlreadyslunvs ano-erwhelm-Ing
majority agalnsr the employers' terms.
It Iod"ks as ir the conference would not
The truce between the Employers' Feder
al Ion and the Amalgamated Society of
Engineers will probably come- to an end
Avhen the result or the balbt is officially
known- The suspended lockout notices will
be posted on Wednesday.
Finaneinl-Scare in Barcelona.
Harcelono, Dec. 27 There was a panic
on the bourse here today, owing to the
action of the directors of the Tarragona,
Earcelona and Fr.incla Railway, who, at
their meeting today, decided to suspend
the operation or tl e line. The share f
the company fell two points. The course
taken by the company has caused a sen
.sat ion in commercial and financial circles..
Suicide in a X'rihon Cell.
Newark, N. J., Dec- 27. Two prison? s
attempted suicide within ten minutes of
each other in the penitentiary at Cald
well this motning. One of them, H.smy
McCallum, killed iiltnseir: Frank Barbian
will recover. Barbian's tunc will explro on
Januarj 1 unless lie is punished for Lis
act of this morning.
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FRANCE yiY IITERVEHE
31. 3iailard; Commissioner, Now
on His Way to Cuba.
TARRIED IN WASHINGTON'
Received Many Courtesies Krom tlln
Diplomatic Corps Freiieh Gov
ernment Spain'., Largest Creditor
Muy Olfer America Help to Etui
The Cuban situation has afforded a
sensation for the members ot the diplo
matic corps in this city. The French
government has an official now on hLs
way t. Cuba, seat tlrsre for the purpose of
making a strict Investigation or the situ
ation anil reporting the exact fact a he
may he able" to find them. That one ot
the European powers should do this fills
the diplomatic representatives in this city
of the leodmg nations ot Europs wifht
amazement, for it leads iu the minds oL
some to the conclusion that France in
tends, possibly, to intervene and help the
United States end the war.
Several days ago a man distlnvaii-ihed
in appeaiance and in the prime of life, uu
mlstakably a Frenchman and a gentleman
of culture, reached AVashlngron direct from
the steamship which landed him iu Xcav
York- That man was M. Mallard, a gen
tlenan well known in this country, and a
man In whom the President of the rrench
republic has the utmost confidence. He
brought with him letters and credenthds
which showed that he had been selected,
by ld3 government to visit Cuba and make
a report on the conditions he round ttiirtr.
M. Matlard was wined and dined during
his short stay m AVnshington, and in coii
pany with the French diplomats viiited
the other legations, where the nature of
his errand was soon Avblsperedbout. At
the Brlti-h embassy and at the Russian
legation then wa the greatest amaze
'ment, for the iKjssibilities growing out of
such a mission were apparent. If nothing
more?, it indicated a feeling on the part of
France that possibly Spain had reached
the end ot her resjurces and could not end.
the war- Spanish securities are held in
France to an enormous aiaount-and it has
been to the French capitalist that Spain
has looked in recent years whenever she
hns needed a loan. The greater !art ot
the money used to defray the expenses of
the preK-nt war has been secured In Pans,
and it is but natural that the money d men
of that capital should want the unpreju
diced views of one of their own peopleas
to the chances for the repayment of any
Ioann that ma- be made or wfairh .tare
been trade in the past.
"Whatever may be the object of the
French govrrnment, the fact remains tftaC
M. Mailard. has gone to Cuba on thfcs er
rand for his government, and win ssad
two or thrpt- Aveeks there, returning to
France by the way of AVashlngton and
New York. There Avas some pfwnc
foundation for Mie rumor that France picI
Germany lad joined hands it. this natter
when it was learned that Dr. Her nan
Schoenfeld, of tbe Columbian Univ.T.ny,
had "one with M. Mailard and carried
with him credentials from the Ger nui gov
ernment. Both men left Washington Sim
day night. .
Dr. Schoenfeld is a naturalized Vnarl
can, and, although he carries credPiiMnls
from Geimany, he does not go to the
Islander a mission strictly for the Gr nan
governtrent, nor is his errand a political
one. He goe? there in behalf of a large
manufacturing concern of Harabure, which
Is preparing a handbook for tbe Gt"n
trade. Ills credentials are intended to
protect him in this work, the marinfa tarers.
believing that if 1 e went there as tn
American citizen be would not receive
the consideration le will receive bearing,
as he does the credentials of one or tue
The mission of M Mailard, being purely
nolitica'ii its character, Is of vastly ourc
Importance. Lpoii the report he will in ike
will depend the future policy 0f Fra:iee.
Spain has asked the other powers whit
they Avotild dc in certain contingencies,
and it may be that France is fortifying
herself for the answer she will give if
Spain at some future .tage In the pro
ceeding'', renews her request for a re
sponse. The sendinc of thi commissioner to the
island is bound to create a sensation as
sootTas it is known jr. Mailard tud
no official stanthjig, so far as this Gov
ernment was concerned. He smipiy -v isited
the State Department ami other b.-yhjlags
as would any tourist, and wa not pre
sented to the Secretary of State or the
M. Mailatd's commission indicates lhat
Parisian financiers regard the "olony uq
lost to Spain.
PREACTIEK'S AVIFE DESERTS HIM.
Says She Had to Chop Her Own
Haverhill, Mass., Dec. 27 The Rev..
Frank V. Welch, pastor of the First
Methodist Cb.irch, in Newfields, Me., de
parted from this city Saturday, taking ids
eight-yeur-old boy. but leaving his wltj,
who dlsappcaied from his home last Mtri
elay. He located her through a man wlin
had frequently -visited thij home in New
fields. She was living In the -aine hos:
here with this man, the brother of a former
servant it the AYelch family.
M rp. AA'eich refused to go home with her
husband. The latter did not urge her, rms
demanded the children. The woman refa&xl
to give up the girl, declaring she -was not
the ministers child.
Mist, welch has gone to Lewlston, M.l.
Her principal grievance, she 9y, wis
that she v. a neglected and ld to shop
her own kindling wood. She thought;
she could earn a better living iu a she?
RU3S RIVERA'S HEROISM.
Refused to Accept Freedom on Con
dition of' Disloyally to Cuba.
Madrid, Dec 27.-Gcn. Ruis Riv fra. the
Insurgent leader. lias arrived in Spjjtfryut
Cuba. He will be confined in a ritres.
Even the Spaniards admire the Spartans
courage ot the iebel chief, Avho could have
his freedom on the simple promise thut he
would not again take up arms In Ubj in
He boldly told a Spanish intervlewcrtlinG
nothing would induce the .Cubans to lay.
down tin ir arms until thev have obtained"
the freedom of the island.
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