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St. John should have been eet forth in the lan
cuage quoted above, and desires to not only
express . the hope but the firm conviction that
her Majesty's Government will prosecute the
war in euch a manner as to vindicate the honor
of the nation and .the cause of Justice they
have, as ever, undertaken to sustain.
AND ALLEGED TREASON
VICTORIA, B. C, Jan. 3.— A citizens'
committee was formed here 1 to-day to
ascertain the identity of all Boer sym
pathizers identified with the Transvaal
assistance movement and institute prose
cutions for treason, also arranging a boy
cott. The movement, which has excited
great Indignation, Is chiefly among Ger
man, Dutch and Belgian residents.
WILL NOT INTERFERE
LONDON, Jan. 3.— The Vienna corre
spondent of the Standard says: Emperor
Nicholas has assured the British Embas
sador at St. Petersburg (Sir C. S. Scott)
that Great Britain need not fear interven
tion or any sort of difficulty from Rus
sia In the South African complications.
This may fairly be interpreted as an as
surance including an indirect promise that
France will abstain from creating difficul
ties for England..
ROUGH VOYAGE OF
THE STEAMER THYRA
Beset by Heavy Seas on Her Trip
From Portland to San
SAN DIEGO. Jan. 3.— Tha California and
Oriental steamship Thyra, Captain J. O.
Edwardsen. arrived this forenoon from
Portland, having on board about 3SOO tons
of flour. She left Portland on tha mom
ing of December 27. and after being bar
bound at the mouth of the Columbia
River for twenty-four hours she got away,
running into the storm which has been
off the coast for the past week and more.
The storm did not leave her until she
rounded Point Loma Into the bay this
forenoon, and even then the rain con
tinued, though with some abation. • ¦
The captain reports that the seas were
heavy all the way down the coa3t» and
that progress was necessarily slow. Ho
expected to make San Diego on Monday,
but the storm kept him back. There was
no trouble and the vessel made headway
all the time, but the wind was from tha
southeast and it was slow work headinz
The Thyra will begin loading: to-morrow
morning. She will take about 1000 tons
of wire and nails and 3400 to 3600 bales of
cotton, besides about 100 tons of general
merchandise that may bo offered. She
will take out one of the most valuable
cargoes yet taken from th! 3 port by tha
new transpacific steamer line. The steam
er Volumnia. now twenty-eight days out
of Valparaiso, is due on Sunday or Mon
day, and the Oriental steamer Lady Joy
sie is expected along about the 12th.
IS A TOTAL WRECK
LONDON, Jan. 4.— A dispatch from Bris
tol says that the British steamer Borghese
of Glasgow foundered off Cape Finistere
last Friday during a "hurricane. Twenty
two of the crew were drowned. The sur
vivors, nine In number, have juat arrived
Chief was hand in glove with the.Pin
kertons — so much so,. indeed, that they
did not consider it necessary to have
an agency here. Finally, with the rush
of racetrack business, they were com
pelled to put in a local force, and since
then Lees has not been working with
them. No rupture is supposed to have
occurred, but all is fair in love and de
tective work, and the San Francisco
veteran is on the trail of the golden
goose. With his private rogues' gal
lery, which the city thought its very.
own, he should be able to cover the
detective business of the coast. That
he will leave no stone unturned to do so>
goes without saying.
Meanwhile the San Francisco Police
Department will have to go without a
GENERAL H. SHOEMAN, Commanding the Boer Forces
Opposing General French in the Colesberg District,
General French's victory was a little pre
r mature. Later reports show that his puc
et-ss was not complete, as at first
thought. The British have not been able
to occupy Coie?b«rg. During the
r.lpht the Boers were reinforced and re
occuple-1 the position out of which they
had been maneuvered. They then opened
fire upon the British cavalry with tneir
guns, which were supposed to have been
disabled. Th*y seem to be in considerable
Ftrensrth and may prove too hard a nut
for French's little force to crack. It !s
f-ignlficant that in General French's re
port, as Issued by the War Office, he
rays he thinks hp could drive the Boers
off if he had reinforcements.
The Borrs are reported to be hemmed in
by British guns which command Norvals
Point bridge and the road bridge north of
Colesberg. but to the south and east a
way of retreat is open. It would be very
remarkable if French's small column
were able to hem In their active oppo
nents. As to reinforcements, it is very
doubtful if these can be spared from any
quarter. Just now every man is wanted
Jn Natal. General French haa lost a train
laden with supplies, which was set In
motion, it is reported, by treachery. The
Boers, frustrated by a heavy fire, made
en attempt to- rescue a train and recover
the Bupplies. Ehowing that they are in
force not far away.
The critical iltuatlon in Natal Is unal
tered, but it is impossible that It can re
rr.afn so much longer. Everything points
to the fact that General Joubert has
sought to envelop the British wings by
a croscent-shaped formation, the two
horns being at Springfield, on the Little
Tugela, on the west and at Hlangwane
Mountain or perhaps even Weenen on tho
cast. A strong position on the southeast
of 'Colcr.so would seem to be 'the best
'point to be attacked. If General Buller
once gains the crest of Mount Inhwane.
his big guns will command both Colenso
and the enemy's entrenchments along the
river. The problem on the Tugela River
•will probably be solved by a series of en
gagements on the result of which will
depend the British hope of breaking down
the opposition' and rr-lieving Ladysmith.
¦ General Buller's call for more stretcher
hearers and the movement of foreign at
taches point to th<» Imminence of fighting.
The Fourteenth Hussars and Twentieth
Field Battery, which sailed from Cape
town for Durban a few days ago. should
have arrived, completing General War
ren's force. By the end of this week an
advance may be expected. It may be
pointed out that the very fact of the
IJoers holding three strong detached posi
tions facing General Buller, viz.: On the
right, on Inhlawe Mountain, on the south
bank of Tugela with rntrenchments, fac
ing Colenso, and on left with an Orange
Free State commando at Springfield, may
prove an advantage to the British. The
Hoer Jine Is so extended that a rapid* at
tack on one of these positions may suc
ceed before reinforcements could arrive.
The total Boer force is probably 20,000 to
2j,o<>o. with fifty or sixty guns. Buller's
.reinforced strength we now know, thank 3
to the censor who has allowed some facts
to come through, amounts to about 22,000
infantry. 2500 mounted men, half regukor
and half irregular mounted Infantry, fifty
UNITED STATES TUG
RESOLUTE GOES DOWN
BOSTON, Jan. 3.— The United States
Quartermaster's tug Resolute. Captain
George Loring, was sunk in the harbor
early to-night in a collision with the steel
ocean tug Swatara. All on board are be
lieved to have been saved ' except Henry
Ottobins, who had not been found at a
late hour to-night. The Resolute filled
and sank almost at once.
Among the twenty-one persons on board
at the time of the collision were Captain
Brown, . Seventh Artillery, . stationed at
Fort Warren, and daughter; Lieutenant
Hatch. Fourth Artillery, Mrs. Hatch and
Miss Hatch. .
ests of the United States, yet self-pres
ervation must necessarily come first."
It was . further . learned that .Great
Britain may lay down new' regulations
regarding contraband, making a ' dis
tinction between food evidently lnten'ded
for domestic purposes and food probably
intended , for. field rations.^ Under ; .th"e
latter head might come classes of canned
goods. .^ j't .. ;
Tho British Government, fully realizes
that the representations of Mr. Choate
will compel it to decide this far-reaching
matter, .and while, his request has been
made and received in the most friendly
spirit the quandary Is not relished ' by
Lord Salisbury, though it is not re
garded as likely to cause international
friction. One thing is certain, the matter
will not be settled hurriedly, though it
is impossible for the Cabinet Minister to
forecast the date when Mr. Choate will
receive a definite answer, which must
settle Great Britain's stand upon the
question of contraband.
BERLIN, Jan. 3.— lt is semi-officially
announced that Germany has not pro
tested against the seizure of the Bundes
rath, but has merely requested that the
matter be investigated and settled as
speedily as possible. Friendly «iegotia
tions.in'this direction' are now proceed
ing here. __i^____
SEND AID TO BOERS
PHILADELPHIA. Jan. 3.— The Knights
of the Red Branch at a meeting last night
decided to extend all possible aid to
President Kruger. Resolutions of sym
pathy for .the Boers were adopted. The
order claims a membership of 100,000, made
up principally of Irish and Germans.
A meeting of the local branches of the
Clan Na Gael was also held last night for
drill. Fully 400 young men have been
formed into companies, and will; it Is said,
be sent to South Africa.
The men cannot go in a body, as that
would be. a violation of ,tho . neutrality
GAT ACRE'S BRUSH WITH THE BOERS.
STERKSTROOM. Jan. 3.— General Gatacre to-day met the Invading forces at Cyphorgat, near the British ad
vance camp at Bushmanshoek. The Boers retired hurriedly shortly after the British artillery opened fire. The
enemy occupied Molteno and Cyphorgat to-day, but the latter place Is now reoccupied by the British.
¦ FRERE CAMP, Jan. 3.— Captain Thornycroft's patrol found the enemy in some force at the- Little Tugela
bridge." Their presence was discovered by scouts. It is reported that five men and a lieutenant of the party have
not returned. .... '
laws. They will, therefore, be sent to
Paris as individual passengers and ar
rangements made there for their trans
portation to the Transvaal.
Grand Chief Ryan left this city to-day
for Troy, Ny V.. where he expects to or
ganize a council of the Knights of the
P. J. McManus, a leading spirit in the
movement to aid the Boers, said to-day:
"We do not care to publish our plans. We
will assist the Boers and In such a way
that results will tell."
WITH HOLLAND'S QUEEN
THE HAGUE, Jan. 3.— Dr. Leyds. the
diplomatic agent of the Transvaal, at
tended the New Year's ball at the palace
yesterday evening. Queen Wilhelmlna
conversed several times with him. He
was received by the Foreign Minister.
ALDERMEN OBJECT TO
"PEACE WITH HONOR"
NEW YORK, Jan. 3.— A special dispatch
from St. John. N. 8., to the Commercial
On New Year's day Mayor Sears sent
the following message to the Canadian
High Commissioner in London: "May
New Year's blessings rest upon her
Majesty, bringing peace with honor."
Tho Board of Aldermen is now . after
his scalp.. At a meeting of the Board of
Public Works yesterday. Aldermen Mil
lege, Christie, Maxwell, Waring. McMul
lln and others indignantly denounced the
Mayor's right" to speak for the people.
As the Mayor refused to call a special
meeting of the Council to discuss the mat
ter to-day, a meeting. was called by. eight
Aldermen and a hot time is expected.' The
Board "of Public Works, before adjourn
ment, adopted^ the following resolution:
Whereas, The expression "Peace, with honor"
in diplomatic language, ' Indicates that a nation
which has Buffered reverses may, without loss
of dignity, accept. terms of an opponent; and,
.whereas; the opinion of this community la op
posed to peace upon any other terms than the
unconditional surrender of the national enemy.'
Resolved, That the board regret* that in a
semi-official manner the views of the people of
I though the Boers removed their laager
! out of range of our guns, they still oc
cupy a strong position around Colesberg
in big force. General French and his
staff and Colonel Porter's command
, stayed out last night. Everything is quiet
An extraordinary occurrence took place
last night. A number of trucks, loaded
with foodstuffs, got loose and ran away
from our lines down the Colesberg decliv
ity toward the Boers at great-speed. Far
ther 1 down there was a broken culvert
commanded by Boer guns. Three trucks
crossed the culvert and remained on tho
line, marvelous to pay. The others fell
over, while some remained on this side.
The engine-driver of the trafn attempted
to rescue it. but was shelled by the Boers
and obliged to retreat. A train was then
sent to rescue the goods in the wrecked
train, escorted by a cavalry company of
Suffolks. but when it reached Plewnans
Siding it was subjected to a terrific shell
fire from a Hotchkiss and a big gun and
also rifle fire. The train and its escort
had to hurry off. An attempt will prob
ably be made to-night to destroy the
goods. We command Norvals Pont.
INCIDENTS OF THE
SIEGE OF KIMBERLEY
KIMBERLEY. Dec. 26.— The Boers last
night evinced considerable interest in the
Premier mine, using their searchlights.
This morning they actively shelled the
fort. . The Royal Artillery replied. Our
shells were well placed and dropped amid
the emoke of the enemy's guns.
Last night's storm Ignited some of our
military mines, but there were no casual
Cecil Rhodes has supplied the Boer pris
oners with new clothing.
OF THE FLOUR SEIZURES
LONDON, Jan. 3.— The United States
Embassador, Joseph H. Choate. visited
the British Premlor, Lord Salisbury, at
the Foreign Office this evening, for the
purpose of making the first official rep
resentation on the subject of the Delagoa
Bay flour seizure. Mr. Choate received
no definite reply, as the Premier In
formed him that the British Government
had not arrived at any decision as to
whether or not food stuffs were contra
band of war. but Lord Salisbury assured
Mr. Choate the commercial rights of the
United States would be equitably con
sidered and that a decision in this Im
portant matter would be reached as soon
as possible. The Interview was brief.
It 1b learned that Lord Salisbury "has
not only eot the Attorney. General, Sir
Richard Webster, working hard on the
question of the Delagoa Bay seizures but
that he is consulting with the ablest
lawyers- In Great Britain. To quote a
high official: "England is between
Scylla and Charybdls. If we declare food
stuffs contraband we put ourselves in a
most awkward position should we be a
neutral power in some future war. "We
are mqst anxious to conserve the Inter-
CAPTAIN JOHN SEYMOUR of the City Prison.
thought to such an institution as a
rogues' gallery, they certainly labored
under the impression that a fully
equipped Police Department was about
to be turned over to them. Even after
the retirement of Lees they had no
fear that they would be unable to find
in Esola a competent successor.
Whether or not that is so remains to be
seen, but it is certain that the choice
of the new Commissioners will be
badly handicapped in going into office
— the business of which is to prevent
and detect crime — without the aid of a
rogues' gallery. How the Chief to be
appointed will get around this difficulty
is a conundrum hard to solve.
Lees' descent upon and capture of the
rogues' gallery is based upon his claim
that he owns it from cover to cover,
with every photo and criminal record in
it There is no question that he start
ed it, years and years ago, when it was
not dreamed that San Francisco would
grow to its present importance upon
the map of the world. At that time —
thirty or forty years ago — no financial
provision was made for the collection of
photographs of criminals, no books
were provided for criminal records. He
began on his own account to gather
and index and classify the "mugs" of
notorious crooks that came this way,
and he has continued it ever since, with
out, he claims, a cent's worth of assist
ance from the city.
The collection is now an enormous
one.. It contains the photographs, an
tecedents, criminal records and close
descriptions of nearly every crook in
the country, white, black and yellow.
The ugly "mugs" of 14.744 whites and
blacks, men and women, glower from
the pages of the gallery, and in black
and white their records are under the
thumb of the possessor. In addition
the faces of 2570 Chinese and Japanese
murderers and thieves are inclosed be
tween its covers. And Chief Lees has
them all, and the city's big black iron
cupboard is bare.
Whether or not this claim of the ex-
Chief will hold in law is a question
that depends entirely upon the incoming
Police Commissioners. They will un
doubtedly make claim that the ex-
Chief had no right to re
move the gallery. Those who
know the white-haired veteran de
tective may be sure that he will stub
bornly contest any such claim and yiill
make as bitter a fight in the court as
he knows how — and he can go a little
at that, as the history of the department
Pending the probability of any such
CALL HEADQUARTERS, WELLINGTON HOTEL, WASHINGTON, Jan. 3.— There is reason to be
lieve that the Transvaal Government has but recently requested this Government to use its
good offices to bring an end to its war with Great Britain. The proposition, I understand,
came through the American Consul at Pretoria. No answer has been given by the State De
partment, and unless Great Britain intimates that she is desirous of the President exercising
his good offices there is no, reason to believe that_rjejyjlj^cqmp|y^wjth : jhe Boer request. It is
~to be expected that a reply will be made acknowledging the receipt^ of the Consul's representa
tion, which he will transmit to State Secretary Reitz, but this, probably, is as far as the Govern
ment will care to go at this time.
It can be stated on authority that there is no intention on the part of the administration
to depart from its policy of non-interference unless requests for mediation are received simul
taneously from Great Britain and the Transvaal. Just before the outbreak of hostilities the
Boer Government appealed to the President to use his influence with Great Britain to avert war,
but the President declined to interfere, and nothing has occurred to change his determination.
In certain quarters there is a disposition to urge American mediation on the ground that
under the agreement of The Hague conference the United States could extend its mediation to
Great Britain without offending that power. In answer to this suggestion it is said, first, that
the United States has not yet become a party to the convention, becaase it has not yet been
ratified by the Senate; and, second, the American delegates representing the United States at
the conference guarded the historic position of the United States by the declaration that nothing
contained in the convention should be so construed as to require this * Government to depart
from its policy of non-interfering with foreign questions.
It is stated that the movements initiated by Europeans to obtain the mediation of this
Government will be fruitless of results, unless, as stated, they first induce Great Britain to in
timate to this Government her willingness to accept the exercise of the powers' good offices.
NAVAL BRIGADE IN ACTlON— Bluejackets Working the 4.7-Inch
Guns at Ladysmith.
(Drawn from an Instantaneous photograph for the Dally Graphic.)
HJX-CHIEF OF POLICE LEES
may not be missed in the San
» Francisco Police Department.
but the rogues' gallery will be. When
he left he took it with him. and in the
recesses of the big black iron case in
the "upper office," where it once was
stored, are only aching voids. Lees
descended on the office Tuesday night,
opened the case and took the gallery
with him. He claims it as his own per
sonal property, to do with as he will,
and he does not will that it shall be of
benefit to the department from which
his judgment told him to resign to save
dismissal at the hands of the new Com
missioners pledged to Lieutenant Esola.
The gallery is stored safely under lock
and key at his home, where it will re
main until he moves it downtown to the
private detective agency he intends to
open in competition with the Pinker
tons and the local police.
This new,s will come undoubtedly as
a painful surprise to the newly appoint
ed Police Commissioners. Although
they probably never gave a moment of
legal contest. ex-Chief Lees has fully
made itp his mind to open the greatest
detective agency on the coast. A case
containing the late police rogues' gal
lery will be its principal bit of furni
ture. The ex-Chief has not a doubt' in
his mind that he can take all the bus!-'
ness he needs away from ¦ : the
Pinkertons and. other private agencies.,
and, incidentally, "make" a monkey. pf
his gallery-less successor, who willnot
have a tintype or the scratch of a pen.
to go on in search for crime. As. • as
sistants in his agency Lees will, take sev>.
eral of the best men from the present
"upper office" force. His first assistant'
will undoubtedly be John Seymour, for.
a long time his right hand man, and at
present captain of the City Prison; The
others are not known. • • . : . .;:.'
Almost any day now pedestrians may
notice the shingle of the Lees' Detective
Agency swinging to every breeze that
blows — and it will blotv no good toithe
Pinkertons. He will undoubtedly. :Cttt
deeply into their business on this coast:
Up till a year and a half ago. the aged
TO THIS COUNTRY
-.: ¦ ¦ ¦
America Asked to Mediate in South
African War, but Cannot Act Un
til Great Britain Joins Request.
ALL THE ROGUES
Leaves Police Department Without
a Gallery — He Will Open a ;
BIG BATTLE TO
BE FOUGHT SOON
ON THE TUGELA
Buller's Call for More Stretcher-
Bearers Indicate the Immi
nence of an Encounter.
LONDON, Jan. 4.— A rer>ort was cur
rent in London yesterday that the
Boers had attacked Molteno, and
that a battle was raging. This mys
tified those who have been follow
ing closely the movements of the differ
ent columns. It must be remembered that
General Gatacre, soon after his repulse
at Etormbergr. evacuated Molteno and re
tired to Sterkstoom, bis present head
Inquiry at the 'War Office elicited the
reply that nothing had been received con
firmatory of the report, although several
telegrams had been received from General
Gatacre'e camp of a new advance to Mol
teno. It Is possible that simultaneously
with General French's move on Colesberg
General Gatacre pushed forward a small
force to "Molteno to feel the way for an
advance on Stromberg, and that the Boers
had met this movement by a prompt at
tack. Molteno Is sunk in a hollow among
the. hills and It not an easy place to hold.
Gatacre, supposing that he is there, will
cither have to abandon it again or ad
vance !n force and risk a battle to extri
cate his var.eua.rd.
It now looks as if the exultation over
field guns, twenty siege and naval guns
and 2000 artillerymen.
BRISK FIGHTING GOES
ON IN THE HILLS
NAAUWPOORT, Cape Colony, Jan. 3.—
rhere was brisk fighting to-day in tho
illls around Colesberg. The Boers stub
bornly resisted the British at every point,
sut gradually retreated.
The British held the extreme position to
.he south and east overlooking the town.
The hills around Colesberg are numer
>us—not in ranges, but in groups— making
t very difficult to hunt the Boers out.
Sixteen wounded have arrived at Axun
STRONG POSITION OF
BOERS AROUND COLESBERG
[Speelal Cable to the New York Herald. Copy
right. 13C«). by James Gordon Bennett. Re-
publication of this dispatch la prohibited.
All rights reserved In the United States and
LONDON*. Jan. 4.— This dispatch from
Its special correspondent is published by
the Dally Mail:
NAAUWPORT. Tuesday, Jan. 3.— Al-
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The San Francisco Call.