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VOLUME 98,-NO. 72.
THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA. Boers Deal a Heavy Blow to British Forces. Surround Two of the Crack Regiments mi a Mountain Battery. » » The British Obliged to Capitulate After Heavy Loss—Forty-Four Officers Among the Captured Soldiers—Boers Also Reported to Have Suffered Heavy Loss. LONDON, Oct. 31.—The War Offlca has received a dispatch from General White, commanding the British forces at Ladysmith, reporting that the Royai Irish Fusijeers, Mountain Battery No. 10 and the Gloucestershire Regiment were surrounded in the hills by Boers, and, after losing heavily, were obliged to capitulate. LONDON, Nov. I.—An ominous cur tain has again descended upon affairs in Natal. No dispatch except the offi cial telegrams of General Sir George Stewart White has thus far been per mitted to mention the disaster to the British forces, and no telegram from Ladysmith has been received In Lon don since the advices from the British commander. This gives rise to a be lief that communications have already been cut, in which event some time must elapse before details regarding British losses are received. If the War Office officials have re ceived information on this point they have refrained from publishing it Gen eral White's estimate that the British losses were about ninety is evidently quite separate from the probable losses in killed and wounded among the cap tured battalions. On this point there is the greatest suspense among the relatives of the prisoners. It is supposed that the stampeding of the mules meant the carrying away of the reserves of am munition, and that the troops capitu lated after firing the rounds each man carried. The following is the text of General White's dispatch: "Ladysmith, Oct 30—10:45 p. m. —I have to report a disaster to the column sent by me to take a position on a hill to guard the left flank of the troops. In these operations to-day the Royal Irish Fusileers, No. IO Mountain Battery and the Gloucestershire Regi ment were surrounded in the hills, and, after losing heavily, had to capitulate. The casualties have not yet been ascer tained. "A man of the Fusileers, employed as a hospital orderly, came in under a flag of truce with a letter from the sur vivors of the column, who asked for assistance to bury the dead. I fear there is no doubt of the truth of the report. "I formed a plan in the carrying out of which the disaster occurred, and I am alone responsible for the plan. There is no blame whatever to the troops, as the position was untenable." General White in a subsequent dis patch says: The following is a list of the officers taken prisoner to-day: Staff Major Adye. Irish Fusileers —Colonel Carleton, Ma. jor Munn, Major Kincaid. Captain Bur rows, Captain Rice, Captain Silver. Lieutenant Heard. Lieutenant Southey. Lieutenant I'hibbs, Lieutenant Mc- Gregory, Lieutenant Holmes, Lieuten ant Kelly, Lieutenant Dooner, Lieuten ant Kentish, Lieutenant Killehan, Lieu tenant Jeudwine, Captain Matthews. Of the above. Captains Rice and Sil ver and Lieutenant Dooner were wounded. Gloucestershire Regiment — Major Humphrey. Major Capel-Cure, Majoi Wallace, Captain Duncan, Captain Con ner, Lieutenant Bryant. Lieutenant Nesbitt, Lieutenant Ingham, Lieutenant Davey, Lieutenant Temple, Lieutenant Radice, Lieutenant Breul, Lieutenant Hill, Lieutenant Smith, Lieutenant MacKenzle, Lieutenant Beasley, Lieu tenant Gray. Of the above, Captains Duncan and Conner were wounded. Royal Artillery—Major Bryant. Mounted Battery—Lieutenant Wheel er, Lieutenant Nugent, Lieutenant Moore, Lieutenant Webb. While minor reverses were not whaMy unexpected, nothing like the stagger ing blow General Joubert delivered to General White's forces yesterday was anticipated. The full extent of the dis aster is not yet acknowledged, if it is known at the War Office. The loss in effective men must be appalling to a General who Is practically surrounded. Two of the finest British regiments and a mule battery deducted from the Ladysmith garrison weakens it about a fifth of its total strength, and alters the whole situation very' materially in favor of the Boers, who have again shown themselves stern fighters and military strategists of no mean order. The disaster cost the British from 1.500 to 2,000 men and six seven-pound screw guns, and as the Boer artillery Is already stronger than imagined, tlfe capture of these guns will be a great help to the Boers. Further news must be awaited before it is attempted to fix the blame where it belongs*. General White manfully ac cepts all the responsibility for the dis aster, which apparently was at least partly due to the stampeding of the mules with the guns. From the list it will be seen that forty-two officers were made prisoners, besides a newspaper correspondent, J. Hyde. The interest in the news was uni versal, pervading all classes and con ditions of London's populace. The newspaper extras were eagerly read in .business houses, in the streets and by women in their carriages. Then there was a rush to the War Office, which by noon was surrounded with private carriages and hansoms. THE RECORD-UNION. while many of the humbler class of People came on foot, all waiting and watching for the names they held dear. Never was the old saying. "Bad news travels quickly," better exemplified here than to-day. By noon gloom and bit ter sorrow prevailed throughout the British metropolis. An official of the War Office said to a representative of the Associated Press: "The disaster is more likely due to the craze of our younger officers to distin guish themselves, obtain mention in the dispatches and earn the Victoria Cross than to the fault of that splendid Indian veteran, General White, in spite of his avowal." As the day wore on, the crowd around the War Office swelled to enor mous proportions, and at Gloucester, the home of many of those engaged, the wildest excitement prevailed. The throngs of >, s af i.c War Office remained all di*y. Anx.ous peo ple practically fought their way to the notice board. Most affecting scenes were witnessed. Many women were heard to gasp: "Thank God, he's alive at any rate," as they found «he name of some beloved one on the list of prisoners. The sidewalks were packed with solid masses awaiting their turn to enter. There was a continuous stream of callers at the War Office until a late hour, everybody anxiously inquiring re garding yesterday's casualties, but the War Office declared that nothing had been received since Gen. White's dis patch communicating the news of the capture of the Royal Irish Fusileers and the Gloucestershire regiments. This delay in getting further intelligence is attributed in wart to the breakdown of the East Coast cable, but it stands to reason that the War Office most be possessed of further news which it is probably not thought advisable should be published as yet. The disaster has caused a feeling akin to consternation, and in Glouces tershire and the North of Ireland, where the captured regiments were re cruited, the blackest gloom prevails, families awaiting with beating heart, the names of the killed and wounded, which are fully expected to reach a high figure. Many homes are already in mourning in consequence of- th_ lossea sustained by these regiments in previous engagements. Public anxiety | was increased by a special dispatch from Lady smith published in the lat - i editions of the London papers to the' effect that before darkness yesterday j the Boers reoccupied the old position held by their heavy artillery, whfccl General White had reported silenc by the guns of the naval brigade from the Powerful, and had opened 're again. The dispatch further says: M "The enemy are again closing in, * the situation is one of grave anxi |; Beyond doubt the Boer movement >> • j terday (Monday) was a ruse U ra r General White into tht hilly country! and away from the Brith • camp." This last sentence is significant, and ! confirms the opinion of military experts here that General White is allowing himself to be out-generaled by Com mandant General Joubert. From the scant advices received up to 11 p. m. It seems tolerably certain ; that the disaster was a simple repeti- ! tlon of the battle of Majuba Hill, though on a large scale. The two reg- : lments were allowed to inarch into a | trap set for them by the Boers. It is ! simply a case of the Boer spider and i the guileless British fly. In fact, the j whole engagement of Monday seems to have been brought on by Command- j ant General Joubert, who Skillfully conceived a gigantic trap, out of which, as the official dispatch shows, Sir George White only escaped with diffi culty. General White advanced with the idea of driving the Boers from the hill seven miles out, which General Joubert made an ostentatious show of fortifying on Sunday. The Boer commander left;, a force sufficient to draw General : White, -while the miss of :hc- Beers Ye moved siealthily round the British right to deliver a flank attack, and to endeavor to cut off General White from j Ladysmith. The British commander ! succeeded in beating off the attack, but only with great difficulty, and dur ing the turning movement, his troops suffered from a flanking fire. Harah things are said in military cir cles of the British tactics which have made possible the ambush of the Eigh teenth Hussars at Glencoe and now the loss of two fine regiments. It is feared that Sir George White is no match for the Boers in that cunning by which the Boers are conceived, and it is pointed out that if the British Commanders continue to lead their men into obvious ! traps further disasters must be looked tor. An interview is published with a British officer, whose name is with held, but who is described as a "well known General with a distinguished record during the Indian mutiny," in , the course of which he passes severe , criticism upon the conduct of the cam paign. "Yesterday's disaster," says the offi- , ocr, "is only another proof of serious ' blundering. Although Sir George White is a good regimental commander, he does not seem to excel in strategy or the management of a big division. I re gard the Glencoe business as another example of blundering." Proceeding to discuss the engagement at Glencoe, the officer observes: "Some of the enemy's officers were allowed to occupy and plant guns on Talana Hill. Nothing was done to stop this until the Boers began to shell Glencoe on • the following morning. As for yester day's casualty, it seems inexcusable . that the two regiments should have ' been allowed to separate themselves , from the main body, especially with a '. considerable swarm of the enemy ', against them. I know I an. expressing . the opinion of many military officers. We are disgusted with the War Office for having prematurely allowed the is suance of glowing reports of victories without equal frankness and prompti- , tude in disclosing the circumstances . discounting these reports." Sir George White's honest admission of full responsibility and the terms of his dispatch are regarded in some cir- • cles as virtually placing his case in , the hands of the home authorities, and it is even rumored late this evening that the War Office has already decided . to supercede him. The report, how- \ ever, is discredited in well-informed , quarters. ' About 6,000 fresh troops will arrive at Cape Town on Sunday next from . England, and will be available to rein- , force Sir George White. Transports will ' (Continued on Seventh Page.) i' SACRAMENTO, WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 1, 1899.-EIGHT FAGES. THE SINKING OF THE CHICAGO. It Has Not as Yet Been Definitely Ascertained How Many Lives Were Lest in the New York Harbor Disaster. People Leaped Overboard by the Dozens, Many Without Waiting to Put on Life Preservers)— Ca ptains of the Two Vessels to be Arrested on Charge* of Man slaughter. NEW YORK, Oct 31.—1t is not def initely known how many persons were on board the ferryboat Chicago, which was cut down by the Savannah Line steamship City of Augusta this morn ing about 1 o'clock as the ferryboat was crossing tor the east side of the North River, but. the number is vari ously estimated at from fifty to 100. John Bryson is known to have been drowned. His body was recovered. Fireman Vroom of the Chicago is miss j ing, and is thought to have been 1 caught in the hold. It is not improb able that other lives were lost. When the Chicago left Jersey City at 12:44 a m. Captain William Durham was in the forward pilot-house, direct ing the boat personally, and one of his deckhands was at the wheel. The night was perfectly clear. The tide was ebbing fast, and Captain Durham was on this account obliged to keep his boat headed well up stream. As he neared the New York shore he put his helm over to head into the slip, and . . ■ Chicago swung around the Cap ■ aught sight of the City of Au %■ ; ■taring down on him. She was <; ,ip stream, and very close. Cap tt I lurham gave two blasts of hia ie to signify his intention to pasa i ■ Larboard, and pulling his bell aport 1h rang the signal to go ahead at full - cd. The City of Augusta, Captain 1 iiham says, did not reply to the sig al, but kept right in her course. A moment later the City of Augusta '•ammed the Chicago just abaft her pad dle wheel on the starboard side. A scene of wild excitement followed. The passengers, most of whom haa risen to go to the forward end of the ferryboat to be prepared to leave as soon as she reached h. r slip, made a wild scramble for life preservers. For tunately there were few women aboard —not more than five or six. At first they were shoved to the rear. George Blumenberg and George Ray, truck men, who were coming to the city with their loads of milk, jumped into the midst of the struggling mass and yelled: "Hands off; the women first. Save the women." A score of men took up the shout, and in a trice the women were fitted with life preservers. The small num ber of passengers did not exhaust the supply of life preservers, but many in their excitement did not stop to put them on, but leaped overboard unpro vided. It is feared that some such per sons must have gone down in the chilly waters before help came. The deckhands displayed commend able courage. Captain Durham and Chief Engineer Penfield set them splen did examples. Captain Durham was the last man to leave his boat. He kept up a constant call for help with his whistle, and when he finally left he tied the whistles to keep up the sounds, and when the Chicago finally went down she did it with her whistles blow ing. Engineer Penfield kept his hand on the throttle until the water put out his fires, and he had scarce time >o run on deck and jump overboard when the boat went down. "Don't get excited. She won't sink," the deckhands cried as they ran among the passengers. "Plenty of time." They managed to reassure the major ity of the passengers. Captain Durham saw the Chicago was doomed, and he gave the command for all hands to go up on the upper deck. This created a new panic, and people by the dozen leaped overboard and struggled to get away from the vortex when it came. The City of Augusta found herself unable for* a few moments to get out of the hole she had made. Her ancho* chains were entangled in the splinters, and despite her reversed engines she was unable at first to do more than pull the Chicago down stream with her. The City of Augusta's nose was clear into the Chicago's hull. She finally managed to get clear and backed away. No effort was made by her crew to lower boats to help the passengers of the Chicago, who were then in the water by 'the scofe, their cries being plainly audible on shore. The tugboat Chauncey M. Depew reached the scene before the Chicago sunk and took thirty-five people from the ferryboat and out of the water. The fireboat, the policeboat Patrol and several launches were called to the scene, and did valuable work in rescu ing people. Several small boats were sent out from the neighboring piers, and in ones, twos and threes the drenched, chilled and sometimes uncon scious passengers were brought into the piers, where they received needed at tention. / John Bryson, who was drowned, was the driver of a United States mail van, going to the New York Postofflce. Be sides the vehicle in Bryson's charge, there was on the Chicago a truck be longing to the Adams Express Com pany containing $8,000 in silver bars, two produce trucks, two milk trucks and one other wagon. Coroner Bausch, after consultation with the harbor police, decided to Is sue Warrants for the arrest of the Cap tains of the steamship City of Augusta and ferryboat Chicago, on the charge of manslaughter. Mrs. Mary Weir of Brooklyn called at police headquarters to-day and stated that her husband, Alexander Weir, a coal dealer, was missing, and that she feared he was on the CMcago. Word was received at police headquar ters from Brooklyn that a man named Carl McCready had been reported miss ing. He was a Brooklyn man, and is supposed to have'been on the Chicago. The police think that the body of a woman which was picked up in East River, off Eighty-second street is one of the bodies of the victims. GANS WON. Receives the Decision in His Fight With McFadden. NEW YORK, Oct 31.—At the Broad way Athletic Club to-night Joe Gans, the colored lightweight of Baltimore, received the decision over George Mc- Fadden of New York, after one of the hardest fights witnessed at this club in a long time. ( This was the third meeting of the men, the other two bouts resulting in a decision for McFadden on a knockout and a draw. To-night they met to go twenty-five rounds at 133 pounds; and when they entered the ring both men were in the best of condition. McFadden departed from his usual tactics of blocking until his opponent had worn himself out with his own ex ertions, and then going in for a knock out. He was aggressive from the start, and acted as if confident of scor ing a knockout in short order, but Gans was too clever by far for him, and had him flgure-d from the start. Time after time he staved off Mac's rushes with straight lefts, and swung repeat edly with his right to the jaw, but McFadden seemed to be made of iron, and refused to be put out Mac's best work was with his left, and Gans showed the effects of it at the finish. After the fight Gans' manager chal lenged Erne or O'Brien for $5,000 a aide for the lightweight championship of the world. REVOLT IN COLUMBIA. Seven Insurgent Vessels Destroyed and Many Lives Lost. COLON (Colombia), Oct. 31. —A re port has reached here that on October 24th two armed Government steamers destroyed seven insurgent vessels, one of the latter sinking it is rumored, 200 soldiers. The Government troops were victorious in a pitched battle with the insurgents near Bucaramanga. The insurgent leader Uribe was killed and the Insurgent leader Ruiz taken pris oner. It is now believed that the rev olution is ending. Embassador Pauncefote. LONDON, Oct. 31.—Lord Pauncefote, the British Embassador to the United States, will be accompanied on the White Star steamer Oceanic, which sails from Liverpool for New York to morrow, by G. Lowther, the new Secre tary of the British Embassy at Wash ington, and R. Bromjee, honorary at tache of the Embassy, who is engaged to be married to Lord Pauncefote's daughter. The Embassador expects to remain in Washington until April, but if the Alaskan boundary dispute is not settled by that time, and a chance of agreement on the questin Is apparent, he will remain longer. Lord Paunce fote had a conference with the United States Embassador,' Joseph H. Choate, to-day. Had a Terrible Experience. LONDON, Oct. 31.—Details have been received regarding the British ship Scottish Hills, Captain Blackmore, | which was reported as arriving at Cal | cutta on October 9th from Port Blake [ ley, April 28th, damaged and with deck j load jettisoned. She encountered a gale on May 2d, in which her stanch ions were started and the deckload jet tisoned. Subsequently in latitude 4 north, longitude 170 west, she was struck by a tornado, and her sails were blown off, and in a hurricane that fol lowed, she was thrown on her beam ends, her wheel was carried off, she sprung a leak, the main winch was j torn up, taking with it a portion of the i main deck, and various other damage | was sustained. Philippine Commission. WASHINGTON, Oct. 31.—The Phil ippine Commission will be formally re | ceived by the President at 10 o'clock • to-morrow morning. At the session of ! the commission to-day it developed that j their report may possibly not be com- I pleied until very near the meeting of ; Congress. In this event the President j may want certain information now in ! the hands of the commission for use in the preparation of his message, and the conference at the White House to morrow will give opportunity for an exchange of views. To-day's session consisted only in further blocking out \ the commission's report and actual j work can hardly be said to have com i menced. j Spain Claims Islands in Philippines MADRID, Oct. 31—A sensation was caused in the Senate to-day by the declaration of Count d'Almenas that owing to the ignorance of the Spanish- American Peace Treaty Commissioners, three islands in the Philippine group, the two Batanes and Calayan Islands, both north of Luzon, were not included In the scope of the treaty. These Isl ands, he asserted, ought to be made the basis of negotiations for the liber ation of the Spanish prisoners. Mail Went Down With Ferryboat. WASHINGTON, Oct 31.—The Treas ury Department has received informa tion that all of the treasury mail which left here yesterday evening at 4 o'clock for the sub-treasury In New York went down in the ferryboat Chicago. It is expected that practically all the letters, warrants and drafts will be found on recovery to be decipherable, and in that event little delay will be experienced in sending duplicates. No money was sent by that mall. Captain Lndlow Retired. WASHINGTON, Oct 81. — Captain Nicoll Ludlow has been retired with the rank of Rear Admiral in the navy on his own application, after thirty years* service, and under the terms of the personnel bill conferring one grade in rank in case of such retire ment Captain Ludlow is a son-in law of Mrs. Washington McLean and brother-in-law of Mrs. Hazen. An American Steamer Ashore. NASSAU (N. P.), Oct. 31.—The Amer ican steamer Celtna, Captain Murray, of Bath Me., from Philadelphia Oct|her 9th for Galveston, is ashore off Abaco, and signaling: for assistance, but is not I approachable. M'KINLEY IN OLD VIRGINIA. The Chief Magistrate of the Nation Visits Richmond To Witness the Launching of the Torpedo Boat Shubrick. The President Given an Enthu siastic Reception on His Arrival at the Southern City, Though the Scheduled Parade Had to be Postponed on Account of a Heavy Rainstorm. RICHMOND (Va.), Oct. 31—The tor pedo boat Shubrick was launched here to-day in the presence of President Mc- Kinley, many members of his Cabinet Governor Tyler of Virginia and an im mense outpouring of people. The dem onstration was marred in some of its features by a heavy rainstorm. The civic carnival parade had to be aban doned until to-morrow. But the peo ple, residents as well as visitors from other Virginia cities and points out side who came to witness and see the President, were enthusiastic. The Presidential party arrived on time, and as it rolled through the su burbs of the city the howitzer battery fired a Presidential salute. At Elba Station, at the West End, where the President debarked and took a carriage, he was formally welcomed by Mayor Taylor, and responded with a brief speech. Immediately after this ceremony the party was driven to the Jefferson Ho tel and held an informal and somewhat j enforced reception in the Franklin street lobby of the building. It is es timated that a thousand persons shook hands with him before he would per mit the police to clear the way for him to go to his private apartments. A little later luncheon was served in the dining rooms of the hotel, some 300 persons sitting down, and then the Presidential party was driven to the ship yard, the President being cheered warmly along the route. At the yard entrance an immense crowd had assem bled. The President, having been in troduced from the stand by Mayor Taylor, spoke as follows: "Mr. Mayor, Ladies and Gentlemen: T am glad to meet my fellow citizens of ■ Richmond, and to join with them in this interesting celebration in honor of the launching of the torpedo boat Shu brick, built in this city, of American material, by the labor of American workingmen, for the use of the Amer ican navy. I congratulate the builders and workmen upon this : evidence of their skill and industry, so creditable to the manufacturing company and so highly commended by the officers of the Government. "This is not the first contribution which Richmond has made to our splendid navy. She equipped the war ship Texas with alii her machinery, boilers and engines, which were tried and tested with entire satisfaction in the brilliant naval engagement in the harbor of Santiago, when that vessel so gloriously assisted in the destruc tion of Cervera's fleet, winning a mem orable victory and hastening an honor able and enduring peace. "I heartily rejoice with the people of this great city upon its industrial revival, and upon the notable prosper ity it is feeling in all of its business en terprises. You are taking advantage of the commercial opportunities of the hour. You are advancing in manufac tures, extending your markets and re ceiving a deserved share of the world's share. "What can be more gratifying to us than the present condition of the coun try- A universal love of coun try and a noble national spirit animate all the people. We are on the best of terms with each other, and on most cordial relations with every Power of the earth. We have ample revenues' with which to conduct the Government. Our credit is not menaced. Money is abundant in volume and unquestioned in value. "Confidence in the present and faith in the future are firm and strong and should not be shaken or unsettled. The people are doing business on both principles, and should be let alone — encouraged rather than hindered in their efforts to increase the, trade of the country and find new and profitable markets for their products.- Manu facturing was never so active and so universally enjoyed throughout all States. Work was never so abundant. The transportation companies were never so taxed to handle the freight offered by the people for distribution. The home and foreign markets contri bute to our prosperity. Happily, the latter has increased without any dimin ution of the former. Tour locomotives go to Russia, the watch cases from my little city of Canton to Geneva, the bridges of Philadelphia span the Nile, and the products of the American farm and factory are carried upon every sea and find welcome in most of the ports 'of the world. "In what respect would we change these happy conditions—what promises they give of the future? The business activity In every part of the country, the better rewards to labor, the wider markets for the yield of the soil and the shop, the increase of our shipbuilding, not only for Government but for pur poses of commerce; the enormous in crease of our export trade .in manu factures and agriculture, the great comforts of the home and the happi ness of the wonderful uplifting of the business conditions of Virginia and the South and of the whole country, make this not only an era of good will, but an era of good times. "It Is a great pleasure to me to stand in this historic Capitol and look into the faces of my countrymen- here as sembled, and to feel and to know that we are all Americans standing as one for the Government we love and mean to uphold, united for the honor of the American nation and for the faithful fulfillment of every obligation which national duty requires. I cannot forget 1 f"*-i would not forget in this presence—! * " .- • to make acknowledgment to the men of Virginia for their hearty and patriotic support of the flag in the war with Spain, and for their continued and un flinching loyalty in the suppression of the Insurrection In Luzon against the authority of the United States They came in swift response to the call of the country—the best blood of the State, the sons of noble sires, asking for service at the battle front where the fighting was the hardest and the danger the greatest. The rolls of the Virginia volunteers contain the names of the bravest and best, one of them the descendant of the most illustrious Virginian of its earliest and latest times. They have shed their blood for the flag of their faith, and are now defending It with their lives in the dis tant islands of the sea. All honor to the American army and navy. All honor has been shown the men return-i ing from the field of hostilities, and all honor attends those who have gone to take their places. "My fellow citizens, two great his torical events, separated by a period of eighty-four years, affecting the life of the republic and of awful import to mankind took place on the soil of Vir ginia. Both were participated in by Virginians, and both marked mighty epochs in the history of the nation. The one was at Yorktown in 1781, when Cornwallis surrendered to Washington, which was the beginning of the end of the war with Great Britain and the dawning of independence and union. The great Virginian, Sage and patriot, illustrious commander and wise states man, installed the republic in the fam ily of nations. It has withstood every shock in war or peace from without or within, experiencing its gravest crisis in the civil war. The other at Appo mattox, was the conclusion of that crisis and the beginning of a unifica tion now happily full and complete, resting in the good will and fraternal affection of one toward another of all the people. Washington's terms of peace with Cornwallis secured the ulti mate union of the colonies, those of Grant with Lee the perpetual union of the States. Both events were mighty gains for the human family, and a proud record for a nation of free men. Those were triumphs in which we all have a share. Both are common heri tage. The one made the nation pos sible, the other made the nation im perishable. Now no jarring note mars the harmony of the union. The seed of discord has no sower and no soil upon which to live. The purveyor of hate, if there be one left, is without following. The voice which would kindle the name of passion and prejudice is rarely heard and no longer heeded in any part of our beloved country. Lord of tbe universe Hhield us and guide us; Trustiug Tbee always Through ihadotr and sun. Thou haat united us; Who shall divide us? Keep us, O, keep us, The many in one. "Associated with this great common wealth are many of the most sacred ties in our national life. From here came forth many of our greatest states, men, and heroes who gave vigor and virtue and glory to the republic. For thirty-seven of the sixty-one years from 1789 to 1850 sons of Virginia oc cupied the Presidential office with rare fidelity, a period covering more than j one-fourth of our national existence, j "What nation can have a greater herit- I age than such names as Washington, ! Jefferson, Madison, Mon'oe and Marshall. Their deeds inspire the old and the young. They are written in our histories. They are a part of the education of every child of the land. They enrich the schoolbooks of the country. They are cherished in every American home, and will be so lonjf as liberty lasts and the union endures. "My countrymen, the sacred princi ples proclaimed in Philadelphia in 177G, advanced to glorious triumph at Yorktown, made effective In the fcr mation of the Federal Union in 1757, sustained by the herism of ail our peo ple in every foreign conflict, sealed in solemn covenant at Appomatto-c Court house, sanctified by the blood of the men of the South and the North at Ma nila and Santiago and in Porto Rico, have lost none of their force and virtue, and the people of the United States will meet their new duties and re sponsibilities with unfailing devotion to those principles and w'th unfaltering purpose to uphold and advance "them. "Standing near the close oi the cen tury, we can look backward with con gratulations and pride, and forward in to the new century with confidence and courage. The memories of the past in spire us to nobler effort and higher en deavors. It is for us to guard the sa cred trust transmitted by our fathers, and pass on to those who follow this Government of the free, strengthened in its principles and greater in its power for the execution of its benefi cent mission." At the conclusion of the President's speech Secretary of the Navy Long was introduced by the Mayor, and ac knowledged the reception given him by the crowd in a brief speech. The launching which followed was a great success, the boat being christened by little Miss Carrie Shu'rMck of Rocky Mount, N. C, great grandnlcoe of Commodore Shubrick, with the usual formalities. After the launching the President and party took a drive through the city, stopping awhile at the Executive Mansion to pay their respects to the Governor and his family. On the Pres ident's return to the Jefferson House he held another informal reception, and left for Washington on his special at 7:10. THREE LIVES LOST. A Fatal Fire Occurs at Montreal, Canada. MONTREAL. Oct. 31.—Fire which broke out at 5:30 this morning- in the Webster House, a small hotel of St. James street, caused the death of three persons, the probable fatal injury of a fourth, while a half-dozen others sus tained minor injuries. The dead are: Joseph E. Wilson, Bailiff, Sberbrooke, Que.; John Benbow, Ottawa; Jane McCoon, employe of the hotel. Captain J. K. Rowald of Montreal, a broker, jumped from a window and fractured his skull, and will probably die. There were about forty guests In the hotel at the time, and most of them escaped In their night clothes only. The property loss is placed at $40,000 with an insurance of $19,000. Quarantine Raised. WASHINGTON, Oct 31.—The Marine Hospital Service to-day issued an or der raising the quarantine against New Orleans. "WHOLE IHO, 18,953. THE NATION'S VICE PRESIDENT. Garrett A. Hobart Still Very Weak, but Holding His Own. Was Sleeping Restfully at Midnight, With Prospects of a Good Night. Statement of the Origin, and Devel opment of the Illness of the Vice President Given Out Under the Authorisation of the Fam ily and the Physicians Who Have Attended Him. PATERSON (N. J.), Oct. 31.—At mid night Vice President Hobart was sleep ing restfully, with every prospect of a good night. He is weak, but holding his own. No relapse is anticipated to night. The following statement of the origin and development of the illness of Vice President Hobart is authorized by his family and by the physicians who havt attended him: "There are several reasons why the exact nature of the Vice President's malady has- been withheld from the public. In- ; the first place, the family have desired to reserve to itself the privilege of retaining such facts a» were of a private nature, at the same time recognizing the right of the pub lic to accurate information in the case of an invalid holding high public office. Moreover, there were reasons connected with the Vice President's relations with the Government which prompted a sim ilar policy. This was done, however, not for the purpose of secrecy, but to avoid embarrassment. In addition, the effect of publicity upon the Vice Presi dent's health had to be considered. He was a diligent reader of the newspa pers, and it was observed that the alarming reports which crept into the papers and there met the Vice Presi dent's eye had a most unfavorable ef fect. For this reason it was deemed advisable to keep certain facts from the public. Recently the family and physicians have decided to place the facts more clearly before those inter ested, and the statement is therefore issued in accordance with this plan. "The Illness of the Vie© President may be said to data from the fall of 1898, prior to his return to Washing ton in November. At that time his physicians observed symptoms of em barrassed respiration, with frequent at tacks of angina pectoris. This condi tion responded readily to treatment, and when the Vice President went to Washington in the latter part of' No vember he was in good health. He stood remarkably well the strain and excitement incidental to the opening of Congress, and he was making favorable progress until in January he became a victim of the grip. Following this then was a return of heart trouble, accom panied with signs of degeneration. His ailment was diagnosed as dilated right heart due to myocarditis. The recovery from this attack was less rapid, and on the last day of the session of the Sen ate the strain and excitement of de livering the closing speech were so great that he was on the verge of' a collapse. "A few weeks afterward, toward the middle of March, the Vice President and his family, together with the Pres idential party, went to Thomasville. Ga., to visit Senator Hanna. The fa tigue of the trip affected Mr. Hobart very unfavorably, and his condition was further impaired by the intense heat and humidity then prevailing. As soon as possible he was taken to Long Branch, where beneficial results from the sea air and quiet were expected. His progress toward recovery was not made, however, at the rate that was anticipated, and a trip to Lake Cham plain, with the fatigue and exposure Incidental thereto, hastened rather than retarded the course of his disease. Since then his system has not responded to the ministrations of his physicians, and the critical condition of the last few days has been the result. "It should be added that ever since his illness became serious the Vice President has had the benefit of the best medical attendance and treatment. His attending and consulting physi cians have at all times agreed upon the nature of his disease and upon the treatment of it, and the results to be expected. "It is apparent from this statement that the Vice President is in no con dition to resume his political duties at Washington. His family desire, there fore, to announce that he will not re turn to Washington, nor will he again take part in public affairs. His condi tion to-day is such that a fatal result may ensue at any moment, or his pres ent condition may be indefinitely pro longed." JAMAICA STORM Did Much Damage Throughout the Island. KINGSTON (Jamaica), Oct. 31.—The storm, which ceased Sunday after rac ing for four days, and having culminat ed in hurricane force at several points on Saturday, has, according to reports over the restored telegraph ' lines, wrought considerable destruction among the banana, coffee, orange and other cultivations for export and home consumption. Roads, bridges and property were extensively damaged, ag gregating a loss of several thousand pounds sterling. The force of the storm, which covered the whole island, can be judged from the fact that the rain in the vicinity of Kingston registered from 15 to 24 inches Friday and Saturday. Native Revolt in North China. SHANGHAI, Oct. 3L—The "North China Dally News" has a dispatch from Chaun Kiang, dated yesterday, saying a native revolt has broken out at Jen- Huahul-Sian, province of Kui-Chow. A magistrate has been murdered and the ! situation Is considered serious.