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VOLUME LXXIX.— NO. 12.
RUN DOWN IN A FOG.
The Steamer Cumbrae Sunk
by the Atlantic Liner
SPITTED UPON ITS BOW.
The Side of the Vessel Penetrated
to a Depth of Fourteen
All Are Rescued Before the Wreck
Plunges Forward and Goes to
LIVERPOOL, Ess., Dec. 11.— The White
Star line steamer Germanic, Captain Me-
Kinstry, which sailed hence to-day for
New York, came into collision shortly
after leaving the Mersey with the Glasgow
steamer Cumbrae, inward bound, for Liver
pool. The Cumbrae was sunk and the
Germanic's bows were stove in.
Fortunately the accident resulted in no
loss of life. The Germanic's lifeboats res
cued the passenger and crew of the wrecked
vessel and returned to this port. A dense
fog prevailed at the time of the collision.
Among the passengers on the Germanic
were Lord Dunraven and the members of
John Hare's company, including Mr. and
Mrs. Gilbert Hare, son and daughter-in
law of John Hare; Charles Groves and
wife and the Hon. F. G. Curzon and wife.
Mrs. Curzon is the actress Ellice Jeffreys.
The Cumbrae was a vessel of about 900
gross tonnage. She was commanded by
Captain Blair, and was engaged in a
freight and passenger service between
Liverpool and Glasgow. The Cumbrae was
owned by G. and J. Burns.
The Germanic left her quay under an
pasy head of steam. The weather at the
time was very thick, and every precaution
was taken to avoid an accident. Two sea
men were stationed in the crow's nest in
addition to the ordinary lookout.
After about eight miles of slow steaming,
warning whistles being sounded in the
meantime at short intervals, the vessel
reached Crosby channel. By this time the
fog had become so intense as to hide
everything from view.
Suddenly a whistle sounded close by and
the Germanic promptly responded. It was
too late, however, to avoid a collision, and
the "White Star Jiner struck the Cum brae a
sJantinv'blow Detween tfie forecastle aud
the forC-iatch. The Germanic's bow pene
trated tt#* side of the Cumbrae to a depth
of fourteen feet. If the Germanic had
b*»en under more way she would doubtless
have cut the smaller vessel completely in
On the Cumbrae's flecks a scene of terror
ensued. There were twenty-eight pas
sengers on the vessel, including a number
of women and children, who rushed to and
fro shrieking in their terror or fell upon
their knees and prayed aloud to be saved.
On the Germanic also there was much ex
citement, all the passengers rushing on
deck to ascertain what had happened.
The shock of the collision was not se
vere enough to cause great alarm, and the
excitement on the big liner soon subsided.
Captain McKinstry at once ordered suffi
cient headway to be maintained to keep
the bow of the Germanic in the hole made
in the Cumbrae's side, and officers and
men calmly and actively proceeded to the
work of rescue. Bolts, ropes and ladders
were thrown upon the Cumbrae's decks,
and within a minute all of the passengers
and crew of the doomed vessel had either
scrambled or been hauled upon the Ger
One passenger was slightly injured while
being hauled on board, and a woman fell
overboard, but was instantly rescued by a
boat from the Germanic, which had been
When all were safe the Germanic's en
gines were reversed, and the vessels sepa
rated. The Cumbrae immediately lurched
and began to settle.
Seventeen of the Cumbrae's crew and a
dozen of the Germanic's entered a boat
with the intention of boarding the Cum
brae in order to draw her fires to prevent
an explosion and try to save property.
They rowed within fifty yards of the sink
ing vessel, when she suddenly plunged
forward and went down.
The Cumbrae foundered in compara
tively sbaliow water, the tide being three
quarters full. The beat's crew fixed lights
on the masts of the sunken steamer to
warn passing vessels. The sea was calm
at the time, but the fog still prevailed
and the boat could not find the Germanic.
After cruising around for a while the boat
was found by the tug Gamecock, which
took the men on board. The Germanic's
men were transferred to their vessel,
while the Gamecock conveyed the Cum
brae's sailors to Liverpool. The passen
gers and crew of the wrecked vessel lost
Among the passengers on theCumbrne
were the members of a provincial theatri
cal company, who were gome to Birken
head to perform the play >1 8aved From the
Immediately after the collision occurred
the Germanic's water-tight compartments
were closed and every precaution to se
cure the safety of the vessel was taken.
After the rescue of those on board the
Cum brre an examination of the Germanic
was made. It showed that seventy feet of
the vessel's bows above the water line
were damaged, and the captain decided to
return to port. Subsequently the Ger
manic anchored off Egrewont, where the
passengers of both the Germanic and the
Cumbne were embarked on tugs and
landed at Liverpool, where they were con
veyed to hotels.
Late to-night it was arranged to have
tl.e Adriatic sail to-morrow in place of the
Lord Dunraven, in describing bis expe
rience in connection with the accident,
Baid that he was in tlie cabin when it oc
curred, and tl.at he was extremely hungry
nr.fl was awaiting the summons to dinner.
He did not feel any pronounced sensation
when the collision occurred. He heard
only a slight cra«h.
He denied tuat there was any excite
The San Francisco Call.
ment among the passeneers on board.
Everybody, he said, showed the utmost
coolness. All the officers of the steamer
were at their posts and it was evident that
the greatest celerity had been shown, for,
when he reached the deck, the passengers
and crew of the Cumbne were already be
ing hauled aboard the Germanic.
Mr. Helmsley, the manager for John
Hare, said that he was standing on the
deck when the collision occurred, and the
shock was only enough to disturb his bal
ance. He attributed the rescue of the
woman passenger who fell into the water
to the good work of the Germanic's crew
in lowering the boats. Nobody on the
Germanic, he said, imagined that the ye«-
sel was in port. The members of Mr. Hare's
company sail on the Umbria.
THE SYLVJLHIA IiAMAGED.
Collides With the British Steamer Sruns-
tciek J»nr lArerpool.
LIVERPOOL, Exg., Dec. 11.— The Brit
ish steamer Brunswick, bound from Liver
pool for Brazilian ports, came into col
lision with the new Cunard line steamer
Sylvania, from Boston, in the Mersey last
evening. The latter was seriously dam
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JZXTO3IBEI* BY sLX £XI*LOSIOX.
Three Laborer* in a Missouri Coal Mine
Xoie Their TArea.
RICH HILL. Mo., Dec. 11.— An explo
sion occurred in mine No. 15 of the Rich
Hill Coal Company about 6 o'clock this
evening. The entrance is badly torn up
and the mine cannot yet be entered.
Three men are imprisoned beneath. These
are two shot-firers and the stable boss,
Richard Towes, James Donaldson and
Ownen Meals. The latter's body has been
recovered, but the others are beyond
This mine is located a mile and three
quarters south of Rich Hill and employs
175 men, thouehat the time of the accident
all the regular miners are supposed to
been out of the mine. No cause for the
disaster can yet be assigned.
WAR IN THE REICHSTAG.
Herr Bebel, the Socialist, Makes
a Bitter Attack Upon the
William's Speeches on Sedan Day and
at Breslau Are Roundly
BERLIN, Germany, Dec. 11.— There was
an exciting scene in the Reichstag to-day
upon the delivery of the speech by Herr
Bebel, one of the Socialist leaders, in re
gard to the recent prosecution of socialists
and the closing of socialist unions by the
(Government. In the course of his speech
Herr Bebel made a violent attack on the
Emperor because of the Speeches delivered
by his Majesty on Sedan day and more re
cently at Breslau, referring to the Kaiser
as "a certain somebody."
General Bronsart yon Schollendorff, Im
perial Minister of War, said amid a tre
mendous uproar on the part of the social
ists, who attempted to drown his voice,
that during the Sedan fetes the socialists
were very dirty ink-slingers. Their in
famy, however, was unable to soil the
memory of the great Kaiser, but neverthe
less the army would never forget the de
pravity of the socialists upon that occa
DEFENDED IX ESGLAND.
EmbaMsador linyard Championed by the
LO>i)ON, Exg., Dec. 11.— The Daily
News to-morrow will say in regard to Mr.
"Perhaps the American Embassador
would have done more wisely by saying
nothing about questions of political econ
omy at a time when the protection party
had been set up with new strength, but we
are inclined to believe that the men who
called for his impeachment would have
liked to impeach him in any case for his
professions of goodwill toward England
and the English. Mr. Bayard may, how
ever, we fancy, eat his meals in peace and
sleep despite the echoes of jingo thunder.
He is the sort of man, to use an American
phrase, that won't scare worth a cent."
ITALIA* FORCES RETREAT.
Seventy Thousand Abyssinians Invadm
the Tigre Country.
LONDON, Eng., Dec. 11.— A dispatch
to the Central News from Rome says that
General Baratieri, Governor of Erythrea
and commander of the Italian troops,
telegraphed that fully 70,000 Abyssinians
had invaded the Tigre country and were
besieging Makalte and Antalo. Forty
thousand of the enemy were in the vicinity
of Adowa. Consequently he had ordered
the Italian force at Adowa to fall back to
Adigrat, where he has only (iOOO men.
Upon the receipt of the foregoing dis
patch it was ordered that the preparations
for. sending re-enforcements to General
Baratierl be pushed forward with the
greatest possible dispatch.
J, OB I) I) l\\lt A V EJo TA IKS.
He Detirea an Impartial Investigation
of Bis Charge*.
LIVERPOOL, Exg., Dec. 11.— An inter
view was had with Lord Dunraven, who
was a passenger on the disabled steamer
Germanic, just previous to the departure
of that vessel to-day.
While refusing to speak about the rela
tive merits of Valkyrie 111 and the De
fender, Dunraven said he wished it to
be distinctly understood that his going to
New York was a perfectly voluntary act
on his part, ana that his sole object in
making the journey was to secure a fair
and impartial inquiry by the committee of
the New York Yacht Club into the charges
brought by him against the defender of
the America cup.
A Much- IHtcovered River.
OTTAWA. Ontario, Dec. 11.— The report
of the Commissioner of Crown Lands for
the province of Quebec has just been is
sued and contains a map and explana
tions that effectually dispose of the won
derful "Nile of the North." alleged to have
been discovered by an Ottawa explorer,
Dr. Bell. A map is issued showing that
the river is really the Mekishau, which
was discovered and mappen years ago.
Six l.'ii orrr.t Orotcned.
DUBLIN, Ireland, Dec. 11.— Water burst
into a colliery at Cong, County Mayo, to
day, flooding the shaft and droning six
SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 12, 1895.
AIKEN LENDING AID
Work Upon San Francisco's
Public Building Soon
COMING IN ITS TURN.
The Architect Hopes to Have It
Well Under Way by
FLANS REMAIN THE SAME.
Prospective Occupants Have Not An
swered Requests for Desired
WASHINGTON, D. C, Dec. 11.— A Call
correspondent saw Supervising Architect
Aiken to-ilay and asked what progress was
being made in the plans for San Fran
cisco's public puilding. He said:
"The sketch plans will not be modified
as reported. There will be practically no
change in the appearance of the building.
We are now at work on the drawings.
While in San Francisco I consulted with
Federal officials about arrangements of va
rious rooms. The United States Judges said
they preferred to be located in tbe top of
the building with their library there, so as
to thus be rid of the noise, bustle and con
fusion of the street.
"They promised to send me their ideas
of how different rooms should be arranged,
but as yet I have received nothing from
them. We are at work on thirty public
buildings, and I hope that Congress will
give us some help, as we need it badly.
We try to push our work forward as rap
idly as possible in the order in which Con
gress authorized the various public build
ings, and it is not our fault that the work
of construction is not expedited.
"You can say to San Francisco people
that we are doing the best we can for them.
Please wire tneni, 'Don't shoot the pian
ist; he is doing his best.' By early spring
I hope to have the San Francisco building
''Senator Mitchell was here the other
day asking why Portland's building was
not expedited, but we explained that there
were other buildings which Congress au
thorized first, and we must reach Portland
in its regular order, but, notwithstanding,
Senator Mitchell introduced a resolution
in the Senate wanting to know why we did
not commence the construction."
Work on plans for the building at Stock
ton, Cal., haß been suspended at the re
quest of Congressman Grove L. Johnson of
California, who will try to secure an ap
propriation of $250,000, in lieu of the $53,000
HAYWARDS A DEGENERATE
Brutish Characteristics Found
by Physicians at the
The Microscope Reveals No Defect
in the Brain of the Mur
MINNEAPOLIS, Minx., Dec. 11. — One
of the specialists who conducted the au
topsy upon the body of Harry Hayward,
hanged this morning for the murder of
Catherine Ging, expressed the belief that
Hayward was a degenerate. Of the four
stigmata named by Csesare Lombrosa as
invariably characterizing degenerates
three were found — marked symmetry of
skull, brain and face; protuberant from
teeth and narrow and . sharply arched pal
ate. The brain weighed fifty-five ounces —
about normal— and if there were any de
fects in it the microscope did not show
This afternoon the aged parents of
Harry Hayward followed the body of
their son to Lakewood Cemetery, where it
was interred, after a few words by the
Rev. Dr. Marion D. Shutter, a Univer
Mr. and Mrs. Hayward Sr. expected to
pay a last visit to the condemned man
yesterday afternoon, but they could not
pluck up sufficient courage and strength
to go through the ordeal of parting. They
spent the last night of their son's exist
ence in their own apartments, attended by
their oldest son, the doctor, and a number
of kind-hearted ladies, who did their
utmost to console them.
COLORADO'S MINING BOOM.
Large Buying Orders Have Been Cabled
From London by English Capi
DENVER. Colo., Dec. 11.— The manipu
lations of one of the new stocks yesterday
and to-day created quite a change from
the routine of the past two weeks. Though
the dealing was heavy, the stock was
steadily forced upward, standing at the
close several points better. On other
stocks the market stands firm, and trad
ing remains apparently heavy in volume.
Several large buying orders from the East
were rilled to-day, and in Colorado Springs
it was learned that some very larpe buying
orders had been cabled during the night
The discovery tnat the West Creek min
ing district is upon the Pikes Peak reserva
tion will check interest somewhat in that
locality, as Congress must act before a
patent can issue for mining properties
there. A similar mineral formation is re
ported near Pine Grove station, on the
South Park Railroad.
Transfers of Cripple Creek properties by
sale, lease and bond are numerous in spite
of the advancing prices placed upon their
claims by the origina; locators.
SAT UT IX II Kit COFFIN.
A Funeral Party Alarmed at the lirvirnl
of a Corpse.
NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 11.-Susan Wright,
her parents at Suffolk, sixty miles west of
a 15-year-old colored girl residing with
(his city, died on Monday afternoon. The
body was coffined yesterday morning and
brought to Portsmouth, just across the
Elizabeth River from Norfolk, for burial.
When the lid of the coffin was removed
the girl sat up and began laughing, throw
ing those present almost into a panic.
The girl says she could hear everything
that was said around her bier and she
knew she wa9 to be buried, but she could
not move or speak. Last evening she re
turned home with her parents.
MAC KAY'S SAD MISSION.
He Starts on the St. Louit for Paris to
Bring Back the Body of His Son
NEW YORK, N. V., Dec. 11.— Among
the passengers on board the steamer St.
Louis, which sailed for Southampton to
day, are John W. Mackay and James J.
Van Alen. Mr. Van Alen's name was not
on the passenger list and it was only a few
minutes before the vessel threw off her
lines that he reached the steamer. A half
dozen friends, including Thomas P. Ochil
tree, visited the big 6teamer to see John
W. Mackay off.
Mr. Mackay goes abroad to bring the
body of John W. Mackay Jr.. who was
thrown from his horse and killed near
Paris a couple of months ago, home for in
terment. He did not know whether Mrs.
Mackay would return with him. He said
that Mrs. Mackay was very fond or Paris
and London, but now that she was in
mourning it was probable that she would
accompany the remains of her son to this
country and be present at the last rites, to
be performed at Greenwood Cemetery,
where a $600,000 mausoleum is to be erected
by Mr. Mackay.
BESIEGING THE HOTELS
Presidential Aspirants Deluge
St. Louis Landlords With
One Candidate Wires for Scores of
Rooms at the Leading Hos- '
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Dec. 11.— Local enthu
siasm over the capture of the Republican
National Convention has not abated, and
all who will have any connection with the
entertainment and comfort of the dele
gates are determined to do their best.
The deluge of outside orders for hotel
accommodations began immediately upon
the committee's decision and still con
So large were some of the demands that
an informal meeting of hotel proprietors
was held to-da}', and a decision reached
that no one candidate will be allowed to
monopolize a hotel.
The chief backer and friend of one of the
foremost candidates for President wired
an order to-day reserving forty of the best !
rooms in a large hotel. It was learned on
investigation that orders in proportion
from the same source were received at
It was then decided by the hotel men
that no individual should be allowed to
"corner" accommodations for the purpose
of entertaining convention sliouters.
There are ample accommodations in the
principal hotels for 10,000, while the minor
hotels and lodging houses can comfort
ably house several times that number.
Apartments have been secured at the
Southern Hotel by Reed, McKinley and
Alger. while Allison is booked at the Lin
ANDERSON, Ind., Dec. 11.— Winfred T.
Durbin. ex - President Harrison's right
hand man, left to-night for St. Louis. He
will on his arrival contract for Indiana's
delegation headquarters. He answered all
inquiries that Indiana would be for Har
rison first, last and all the time, and that
he was confident of Harrison's success.
UNDER TWO FLAGS.
Hundreds of Soldiers and Marines of the
United States Join the Christian
DETROIT. Mich., Dec. 11.— The trustees
of the United Society of Christian En
deavor began their serai-annual session
Nearly all of the thirty members of the
board were present at the business meet
ing this afternoon, when the reports of
President Francis E. Clark and Secretary
John Willis Baer were read. The secre
tary's report in part is as follows:
"Inroads have been made in the United
States navy and army. The number of
floating societies is 160, including the so
cieties in the navy-yard in Brooklyn,
N. V., and the marine corps in Washing
ton, and there are societies in the army,
so all thepe are doing good work and are
making progress of a definite character,
"The *boy 3in blue' need Christian en
deavor, and will be better soldiers if en
rolled under the banner of the King of
kings and Lord of lords.
"Last spring, when the new societies
were reporting at the rate of an average of
100 a week, it seemed as though the
growth would at some near day be re
tarded: that the progress that was
being made could not be kept up, but
God continues to direct its momentum
and the same average is being made week
after week. Last week 133 societies were
enrolled, the week before 115 and the week
before that 105.
"There are now 42,800 societies, with a
membership of 2,568.000; 34,392 societies
are in the United States, 3185 in the Do
minion of Canada and 5063 in foreign and
missionary lands. You will be interested
to know that in England there are now
3000 societies and in Australia over 1600."
KNOCKED BOW* BT BKAI>LET.
The Executive Hat of the Kentuekian
Lands Upon a Pickpocket.
FRANKFORT. Ky., Dec. 11.— The first
act of Governor Bradley after he had taken
the oath of office was to knock down a
Chief Justice Pryor had just finished his
formula and extended his hand to the
Governor to congratulate him when the
Governor saw a pickpocket put his hand
in the Chief Justice's vest pocket. He
landed a heavy blow in the thief's face,
which staggered him, but in the crush the
thief managed to escape.
The Chief Justice was bewildered at the
suddenness of the Governor's onslaught,
and was surprised to learn that he had
lost some money.
WHITE'S LAND SOLD
Thousands of Acres Placed
Under the Hammer
BID IN BY HIS EX-WIFE.
Mrs. Frankie White Secures the
Property in Lieu of
VAST TRACTS DISPOSED OF.
The Judgment of the San Francisco
Court Is Carried Into
UKIAH, Cal., Dec. 11.— The sale of
property belonging to George E. White,
the Round Valley cattle king, took
place here to-day. It had been adver
tised to occur at the Courthouse door
at noon, and promptly at that hour Wilson
T. Smith, the receiver appointed by the
Superior Court of the City and County of
San Francisco, began the sale.
It was the intention to sell the land as a
whole, but at precisely one minute before
the appointed hour J. A. Cooper, repre
senting Edward Lynch, the attorney for
George E. White, served on Receiver
Smith a demand by White that the land
be sold in separate parcels. This demand
on the part of the cattle king was complied
with, and each tract offered for sale sepa
rately. No bids were received for any
single tracts, and after each had been
offered the entire tract was placed under
Then Walter H. Linforth, representing
Mrs. Frankie White, offered $75,000 for the
entire lot of land. No other bids were
made and this offer of Mrs. White was ac
To-day's sale was under an order of the
Superior Court of the City and County of
San Francisco, issued out of Judge Heb
bard's court on the 19th day of April, 1895,
and to realize the amount of a judgment
obtained by Mrs. Frankie White in her
case against George E. White for alimony
and counsel fees, which judgment
amounted to some $103,000. The sale had
once before been advertised to take place,
but was stopped by an injunction served
upon the receiver.
The land which was to-day sold to Mrs.
White consists of 7200 acres in this county,
standing in White's name, and a fraction
.over 1000 acres standing in the name of
i other persons. There are about 2000 acres
lin Trinity County, which it Is claimed
White owns, but which do not appear in his
name on the records, and also about 16,000
acres, in which Whiteowns a half interest,
situated in Trinity County. Of this about
15,000 acres stands in White's name, and
about 2000 does not. In Humboldt County
there are about 6000 acres all in the name
of White, and a half interest in 4400 acres
in the name of other persons. In Kern
County there are three sections and 480
acres in another eection, making, in all,
2400 acres, and in Tulare County there are
over 2300 acres. The land in Kern and
Tulare counties all stands in the name of
J. M. Costigan. Besides all this there
were sold eleven town lots in Covelo,
three in Ukiah and one in Blocksburg,
The land in Trinity County includes the
best ranges in this part of the country —
among others the Alderpoint. Long Ridge,
Kickawaket, Moore, Ked Mountain and
Person Camp ranges. The Person Camp
range, consisting of 1100 acres, is recorded
in the name of H. T. Fairbanks.
Taken altogether, the sale to-day was
for over 20,000 acres the sole property of
White and 20,000 more in which he owned
a half interest. The property included in
this sale is incumbered by several mort
gages, the largest of which is one for
$70,000 to the Sun Insurance Company.
THREATENED BY A MOB.
Troops Called Out to Protect a
Kansas Medical Col
Citi2ens Enraged by the Discovery of
Stolen Bodies in the Dis
TOPEKA, Kax., Dec. 11.— Governor Mor
rill to-night called out Battery B of the
State militia here to protect the Kansas
Medical College, which was thneatened by
a mob. A company in Lawrence was also
notified to be in readiness to move on
Topeka. A cordon of police officials was
placed on duty at the college. At a late
hour, however, all was quiet in the vicinity
of the college building, and the Governor
retired, having notified the Lawrence com
pany that its services would not be re
The trouble was caused by the discovery
in the dissecting room of the college of the
bodies of three women stolen from Topeka
HIS WIFE A "TATTLES."
The Plea Upon Which Manufacturer
Cobb Secured a J>ivorce.
PERRY, 0. T., Dec. 11.— Delphin Mc-
Leod Cobb, a wealthy manufacturer of
Brooklyn, N. V., was granted a divorce
here to-day from his wife, Phoebe M. Cobb.
The plaintiff is a nephew of Congressman
George T. Cobb of New Jersey.
In the petition for divorce Mr. Cobb says
he was married in 1877, and that he and
his wife lived together in Brooklyn till
May, 18S2, after which time his wife aban
doned him. Mr. Cobb says his wife was a
"tattler" and that she had no regard for
the truth, and further that she went from
home ostensibly to visit an aunt, Mrs.
Bailey of Jersey City, often, and when the
truth became known his wife had no such
aunt and made her visit to other places.
End of the Colt Srandat.
PROVIDENCE, R. 1., Dec. 11.— The Colt
case was called this morning in the
Supreme Court and a motion for discon
tinuance was granted. The attorneys in
the case said the affair was now all over,
and there was nothing more to say.
FIRE IN AH ASYLUM.
Two Hundred Orphaned Children March Out
in Good Order From Their Burn-
MILWAUKEE, Wis.. Dec. 11.— A fire
raged in the suburb of St. Francis to-night.
The St. .Erailianus Orphan Asylum has
been destroyed and heroic work alone pre
vented a spread of the flames to the Cath
olic seminary, which is separated from the
asylum by a small creek only. The wind
was blowing a gale and communication by
wire was interrupted.
Close to the asylum are the chapel, the
printing office and a barn, which are all
built in the shape of a triangle. The fire
started in the printing office at 6 o'clock.
At that hour all employes stopped work,
and the pressman, Chris Furhmann, ac
cidentally knocked over a lamp, which ex
ploded. He tried to extinguish the flames
by throwing clothes upon them, but at the
same instant the door was blown open by
the wind and the draft carried the flames
to the ceiling.
The pressman rushed out of the build
ing and called for help, but as there is no
fire department at St. Francis the flames
ate their way unchecked to other parts of
the buiiding. •
In the asylum there were 192 boys,
ranging in age from 3 to 15. They all
marched out in good order and no one was
As there was no fire apparatus a bucket
brigade was formed and helped asked from
this city. Engine companies 8 and 10 were
ordered to the scene of the fire, but they
were absolutely powerless. The building,
with all its contents, burned to the ground,
and the firemen directed their efforts
toward saving the seminary and adjoining
FIRE NEAR THE MAGAZINE
A Frightful Disaster Narrowly
Averted on the Cruiser
Flames Eat Their Way to the Ammu
nition Room Before Discovered
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 11.— A
special to the Times-Union from Key
West, Fla., says: Yesterday about 2:30
p. m. smoke was discovered issuing from
the coal bunkers next to the magazine on
board the United States steamship Cin
cinnati. The bunkers had not been opened
in three months and the lire was from
When discovered the tire had so far pro
aressed as to have the walls between tbo
bunkers and the magazine red hot. The
wooden casings in which the fixed ammu
nition was inclosed had been burned
As soon as the alarm was given every
man was at his post, the magazine flooded
and tue danger was soon over. A few
moments more and the magazine would
have exploded, killing every man on board
and wrecking the ship.
The coolness of Captain Johnson and
his officers and the discipline of his crew
averted what might have been one of the
most serious calamities that has ever
happened on board of an American man
In consequence of the heavy norther,
from yesterday noon until this morning
no communication was had with the shore
to report the accident.
PITTSBIJtII IS CHOSEy.
Prohibitionists to Hold Their Convention
in the . Smoky City. ,
' CHICAGO, 111.. Dec. 11.— The Prohibi
tionists are the second in the field to con
sider their plans for next year's campaign
and to fix the time and place for holding
the National convention. This morning a
special meeting of the National committee
of the party opened .at the Sherman
Members of the committee say that
from 10,000 to 15,000 people will attend the
National convention, but this estimate
would appear to be largely exaggerated,
in view of the fact that the Cincinnati con
vention of four years since attracted less
than 1000 people outside of that city.
Local Prohibitionists were out in force at
the Sherman House, and their discussions
evidenced the fact that there is no lack of
timber for the Presidential nomination.
Ex-Governor John P. St. John of Kansas
appears to be the favorite, with John P.
Wooley, the temperance lecturer, formerly
of Minnesota, but now of this city, a close
Only one formal ballot was necessary to
determine the location of the convention,
Pittsburg winning with 22 votes. Denver
received 13, Baltimore 2. The convention
will be held on May 27.
NO PRAYER iy SCHOOL.
Religious Services Xot Permitted Under
the Minnesota Late.
CHICAGO, 111., Dec. IL— A special from
St. Paul says: The State Superintendent
of Public Instruction recently received an
inquiry whether or not the law prohibited
the opening of public schools with a recital
of the Lord's prayer, and asking the advice
of the Superintendent when one person in
the district objected to the service.
In an opinion yesterday Attorney-Gen
eral Childs, to whom the matter was le
ierred, holas that the service is in violation
of section 16 of the State constitution,
which provides that no person shall be
compelled to attend, erect or support any
place of worship. As the constitution re
quires the people of the State to support
its schools, a religious service at the open
ing; of school is unconstitutional and can
not be maintained where there is an objec
MATTHEWS FOR PRESIDENT.
Iti.t Boom Formally Launched by the
Democrat* of Indiana.
INDIANAPOLIS. Ind., Dec. 11.— A con
ference of the Indiana Democrats wa3 held
The committee declared that it recom
mended to the Democracy of the Union
Governor Claude Matthews as a suitable
candidate for the Presidency of the
United States; that he was a life
long Democrat and the possessor
of Jeffersonian qualifications, honest, com
petent and worthy ; that he was devoted
to the fundamental principles of the party
and like Jefferson . and Jackson came into
official life from among the agricultural
people, and was broad and liberal in all
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
ABDUL IS DICTATOR
European Powers Will Not
Profit by the Sultan's
NOT READY FOR ACTION".
The Porte Informed That No
Extra Guardships Will Enter
THE PLIGHT OF SAID PASHA.
Thwarted in His Intention of Exil«
ing Himself From His Native
LONDON, Exg., Dec. 11.— Dispatches
from Ururui Yah, under date of December
10, say it is now certain that the Ham
adieh cavalry destroyed 200 villages in the
vilayet of Van. Eight hundred homeless
Armenians are Hocking to the city of Van.
According to these dispatches, the Gov
ernment is doing nothing to prevent out
rages upon Armenians.
VIENNA, Austria, Dec. 11.— The Nene
Freie Presse has a dispatch from Con
stantinople saying that the representatives
of the foreign powers have informed the
Sultan that they do not intend to make
practical use of the rirmane granted for the
passage of the additional guardships into
LONDON, Exo., Dec. 11.— It is learned
at the Admiralty that the dispatch- boat
Cockatrice sailed on the 11th to join
the squadron at Salonica. The Dryad is
expected to arrive on the morning of the
A dispatch from Constantinople, dated
December 12, says that Said Pasha's re
turn to his residence was contrary to the
public expectation. He drove thither in
the carriage of Sir Philip Currie, the
British Embassador, accompanied by the
dragoman of the British embassy. On
the same evening the secret police who
had been stationed around the embassy
Said Pasha, in his letter to Sir Philip
Currie, dwelt upon his forty-three years of
public service, including live vizierates,
and said that now that his health was ex
hausted he was unable to bear the burdens
of the post the Sultan wished him to
assume. His Majesty had afterward of
fered him a special appointment in the
palace to direct important affaiis of state.
Unhappily, his health did not nllow him
to do this. His purpose in going to the
embassy was to escape the embarrassment
and try to leave the country with his
Said Pasha intended to pass one night at
the embassy, in which belief he wrote im
mediately to the Grand Vizier, expressing
the hope that his request would be favor
ably regarded. On the same evening,
however, the Sultan sent his Foreicn Min
ister and the President of the Council to
Sir Philip Currie and informed Said that
his Majesty continued to hold his former
Grand Vizier in high favor and had entire
confidence in his fidelity.
On the following day the Sultan gave
similar assurance to the other embassies,
expressing a desire that Said should not
leave the country. "While grateful to his
Majesty Paid was compelled to consider
the intolerable intrigues of the palace and
consequently felt bound to reiterate his re
quest to leave Turkey.
Despite this the Sultan on thirteen occa
sions seiit his chamberlains and his secre
tary to reassure Said of his Majesty's wish
that he abandon his intention. The Sultan,
moreover, gave written assurances, for
which reasons he remained five days at tho
embassydespite hisintention to remain only
one night. But on the one band his request
had not met with a favorable reply, while
on the other hand he felt obliged to attest
his appreciation of the sentiments and as
surances of his sovereign.
The letter concluded with an expression
of gratitude to Sir Philip Currie and nig
wife. Throughout the communications
with the palace Said Pasha had full lib
erty of action.
The Standard to-morrow will print a
Constantinople dispatch saying that the
Porte is absolutely deserted and that the
Ministers are living day and night in the
palace, where confusion reigns supreme.
The correspondent of the United Press
in Constantinople telegraphs under date
of December 10 ihat the Porte has granted
exequaturs to Major Williams and Major
Bulman, the newly appointed British
Vice-Consuls at Van and Sivas, and also to
a British Vice-Consul at Harpoot. The
Vice-Consuls will start for their posts im
In the appeal made to the Sultan by M.
Nelidoff, the Russian Embassador, in the
name of the Czar, he strongly advised the
Sultan to concede the demands for extra
guardships in order to avoid magnifying
the matter, as he assured his Majesty the
demand would be persisted in by the
The negotiations for a Government loan
of £1,000,000, secured by the revenues on
Turkish tobacco, have fallen throuch.
It is learned, the correspondent says,
that Said Pasha, in reply to the Sultan's
demand that he leave the British embassy
and return to his home, informed hia
Majesty that he was willing to live in any
place outside of Turkey that the Sultan
might appoint, and would also pledge
himself to keep entirely aloof from poli
tics, being, in view of the circumstances,
extremely anxious to leave the country
with his family. To this the Sultan re
plied that he was not willing that Said
should put himself outside of his Sul
tan's) power, as he was the custodian of
too many secrets.
The result was that Said received the
assent of the Sultan to his living anywhere
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