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BRITISH ADVANCE FROM DURBAN. Butler's Arrangements Said to Be Practically Completed. News of the Movement of the Troops Ex pected Within a Few Days. A Paris Paper's Announcement That Ladysmith Has Been Cap tured by the Boers Causes No Excitement—Conditions at Ma feking and Kimberley Altogeth er Favorable for the British. •LONDON, Nov. 10.—5 a. m — The most interesting and in fact the only news of the war now comes from the western frontier, the accounts of Col onel Baden-Powell's brilliant exploits at Mafeking forming quite a long, quite lively and encouraging reading. Trench work is quite novel in Boer tac tics, and some curiosity is evinced as to who may be directing them and as to what is still to be shown. Nevertheless, both at Mafeking and Kimberley conditions seem altogether favorable. So far as Natal is con cerned, the British must possess his soul in patience and trust to General Buller. Belated dispatches from Ladysmith, dated November 7th, tell of a languid bombardment, and of a native rumor that the Basutos are on the warpath, which is supposed, according to one cor respondent, to have had the effect of in ducing some of the Orange Free State troops to abandon the siege and to re turn to their own territory, and also to be accountable for the slackness of the attempts on the Ladysmith de fences. Another correspondent says it is re ported that in the attack upon the Free State forces at Dewdrop the Boers had 3<KI in killed and wounded. The statement that the Boers are en trenched so closely to Ladysmith is held in some quarters to indicate that they are running short of ammunition for guns. All General Buller's arrangements for the advance from Durban it is rum ored are practically completed, and news of it may be expected in a few days. The War Office has received sev eral dispatches dealing with military details, but it is not likely that these will be published. The whereabouts of General Buller is not publicly known here, but he is believed to be up coun try somewhere. The Admiralty has engaged the fast steamers Gaul. Norman, Donneeastle and Avondale Castle, to embark the greater part of the fifth division of 10.000 troops at Southampton for the Cape. A dispatch to the "Daily Mail." dated at Kimberley Friday. November 10th, by way of Cape Town, reports an ex change of artillery with the Boers that morning, no damage being done to the town. Subsequently an armored train went toward Deconfield, where it was Bred upon by the Boers, after which it returned to Kimberley in safety. BOER ASSAULT ON LADYSMITH. LONDON, Nov. 15.—1f the news con tained in the Pretoria dispatch of j Thursday, November 9th, by way of i Cape Town. Friday, November 10th. is correct, and there is reason to believe ft is accurate, as the Boer dispatches have almost invariably hitherto ren- j dered fairly accurate accounts, it is j claimed here that it implies a gen- ; eral assault on Ladysmith was ! pending when General Joubert's report was sent off. Attention is called to the fact that the date, November !hh, is as- I Burned to be the date of General White's pigeon post message, announc ing a renewal of the bombardment, since which nothing has been received except rumors from Estcourt that the bombardment was suspended November 10th It is claimed that if the Boers got their forces within 1,500 yards of the British position, it shows they fully realized the necessity of utilizing the brief interval before the arrival of the British reinforcements to make a de- ! termined attempt to storm General White's position. To successfully advance so close to Ladysmith the Boers must have been most active in entrenching, and the nearness of the beseiging lines, it is added, indicates their readiness for the assault, which, there has been a dispo sition in military circles to believe, the Boers were not willing to undertake. It must, however, have been patent to General Joubert that Ladysmith would not fall to the fire of his artillery, am* therefore he had no choice but to as sault the place or retire to the passes of the Drakensburg. in the hope of in volving the pursuing British in the intricate fastnesses of the mountains, j The cessation of the cannonade men tioned in the dispatch, and the opening of musketry fire, implies, it is claimed, that the Boers were obliged to stop their artillery for fear of hitting their own men. and that nothing further has been heard from this moment is rsgard ed here as an indication either that the threatened assault was postponed, or that the result was indecisive, other wise it is claimed something further would have leaked out before now. A Paris paper to-day gleefully an nounces the fall and capture of Lady smith, but reports from this source ro longer cause a ripple of excitement. Nevertheless, there will be considerable anxiety here until the War Office or some independent version of the latest developments at Ladysmith is known. A private dispatch from Mafeking re ports that all was well there Monday, November 0th —the details of the fight ing at Mafeking. received by way of Cape Town and Majaralapye relate to the engagement of October 25th, already reported. The story, however, is pleas ant reading to the British, as it shows the garrison was cheerful, well pro visioned and confident. The possible revolt of the Basluto chief Joel, who. it has been announced, may join the Boers, Is attributed to tribal jealousy. There has been long a feud between the half brothers, Jonathan and Joel, the latter refusing to recognize his brother's nom-! THE RECORD-UNION. Ination as chief. Joel, therefore, took an anti-British side against Jonathan in 1880, and committed hideous atrocities. If he joins the Boers it is prophesied Chiefs Lerothedie, Jonathan and others are liable to make short work of the re calcitrants. The War Office has accepted a gift of 10,000 plum puddings for the troops in South Africa- These pudding will aggregate upwards of ten tons in weight. GENERAL. JOUBERT REPORTED KILLED. | DURBAN, Sunday, Nov, 12, evening. —The '•Times" of Natal publishes a tel egram from Lourenso Marques saying that General Joubert was killed in ac tion on Thursday, November oth. BOERS REPULSED. LONDON, Nov. 10.—The "Times" publishes the following dispatch from Buluwayo, dated Thursday night: "The Boers attacked the Benhauna Chief Kahama at Selika Kopje on our side of the Crocodile River yesterday and were repulsed. Kahama is con fident, and is working heartily with us. He is supported by 100 men from here. Chief Linchwe. who . was at first loyal, is thought to be wavering." BOERS LOSE HEAVILY. CAPE TOWN, Friday, Nov. 10.—A dispatch received here from Pretoria under date of Thursday, November 9th, says the reports received there from Ladysmith said heavy cannonading started at daybreak; that some of the Boer forces were within 1,500 yards of the British, when the cannonading ceased and rifle fire commenced. The Pretoria dispatch from Mafeking, received by a runner via Wednesday, November Bth, says: "To-day all is quiet. We have been bombarded pretty heavily all week. Friday night Captain Fitz-Clarence and Lieutenant Swinburne, with D squadron of the Protectorate Regiment, made a magnificent bayonet charge up on the Boer's entrenchment, driving them from their positions and bayonet ting numbers of the Boers, who must have lost very heavily. The charge was most gallant and determined. The party could not hold the trenches, and lost six men killed, two prisoners and nine wounded in their retirement. We expect a general attack to-morrow. The bombardment has been most ineffect ual. Everyone remains under shell proof cover. So far the shells have only wounded one man. "The enemy is using one 94-pound Howitzer and seven other guns from 7 to 14-pounders. The town is most cheerful, and determined to resist at tack to the utmost. The Boers are en trenched on every side in great num bers, and are pushing gradually closer and closer to the town fortifications. We are well off for provisions and water, though tired dodging shells and fight ing. Quiet on civilized lines, General Cronje has always given due notice of a bombardment, and allowed an ambu lance party two hours on Saturday to recover the bodies of six dead left in the vicinity of the Boer trenches. "On Friday night Jan Botha, the well known Boer commandant, told a man with the ambulance party that their loss had been very heavy, and that his heart was very sore. "The wounded included Captain Fitz- Clarence and Lieutenant Swinburne, both slightly. "In a skirmish at the outposts yes terday one trooper was killed and nine were wounded. Only fifty-five men of D squadron were engaged in the at tack, though they were assisted by the flanking fire of a gun of the Cape Po lice. The Boers made a desperate at tempt to drive back the British, and their rear trenches opened a terrific fire in every direction, the flash of the rifles lighting up the entire position. A hail of bullets rattled on the roofs of the houses of the town. "Upon completing a circuit of the Boer front and the line of trenches the British withdrew in independent lines of retreat, covered by the flank fire from the Cape police. The Boers con tinued to volley at intervals during the night. The Boer loss is estimated at 100 killed and wounded. The Boer commander informed the officer in charge of a flag of truce that he esti mates the attacking squadron at 1,000, and was not aware that the British force at Mafeking was so large. "The Boers were observed from Ma feking burying their dead all day long," A letter In the "Times" written by an officer on board the transport Nubia asserts that "1,000 rations of salt car rion labeled New York, 1880, had to be thrown overboard as it was full of disease," adding: "They only salt down the very worst portions of very inferior beasts and pigs." This has aroused a storm of indigna tion against the "rascally contractors and incapable admiralty transport of ficers, who allowed filthy salted brisket beef to be furnished to the troops." BRITISH REINFORCEMENTS AR RIVE. LONDON. Nov. 16.—» was officially announced this, afternoon that the British transport Goorkha, with the First Brigade staff, the Third Battalion of Grenadiers and a detachment of the Loyal Engineers; the transport Manila, with the Second Devonshires, and the transport Nomadic, with their mounts have arrived at Cape Town. The trans port Britannic, with the Royal Irish KUles has sailed from Cape Town for East London. The troopship Hawarden Castle with the second battalion of the Royal' Irish Fusileers, has arrived at Durban, bring ing the number of reinforcements that have landed there up to 5,227 Five other troopships are now en route from * ape Town to Durban. The total reinforcements that have arrn ,'fw U u n S ° Uth Afrlca Friday are 1 MHK, men. chiefly infantry, nearly 1.,..mm horses and mules, three batteries o field artillery and a number of quick firing Maxim guns for v/f I th T the Britanr >* Proceeded for East London is taken to mean that General Buller is satisfied that the troops which have already landed or are now on the way to Durban will be sent to carry out his plans for the relief of Ladysmith. NOT INSPIRED BY THE VATICAN LONDON Nov. 15, _ Cardinal \ aughan s letter to the Pope, pointing out the evil effect which attacks upon England, appearing in the Vatican or gans, are having upon British opinion has alre ady borne fnm Thjs w the Observatore Romano" publishes a paragraph declaring that it is the offi cial organ of the Holy See in announc ments of facts only, and that its com ments upon the war in South Africa are th°»t^r lr L d , by the Vatican - » «ay ß that the Holy See will not take the side of either party in the hostilities. (Continued on Eighth Page.) SACRAMENTO, THURSDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 10. 1899.-EIGHT FAG 329. QUESTION OF FLOOD WATER STORAGE. The First Great Step in the Solu tion of the Problem Taken Last Night by the Contention in Session at San Francisco. A Permanent Association to Be Es tablished, One of the Main Ob jects of Which Shall Be the Preservation and Development of the Natural Resources of the State by the Construction of Storage Reservoirs by the Fed eral Government for Flood Pro tection and to Save Use in Aid of Navigation and Irrita tion the Flood Waters Which Now Run to Waste. SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 15.—The first step in the solution of the problem of flood water storage and distribution in California was taken to-night, when the convention at Metropolitan Temple adopted the platform agreed upon by a majority of its Committee on Resolu tions. The minority in that committee agreed with all the findings of the ma jority except that one providing for the leasing of public grazing lands. The platform as adopted provides fof a permanent organization to be known as "The California Water and Forest Association," its purpose being set forth as follows: Whereas, The work of reclaiming the extensive arid public and private do main of the State of California is one of great magnitude, requiring eventu ally the expenditure of millions of money and the work of very many years of time; and Whereas, There is great need of an extensive preliminary public education al work among the people of the State in laying solid the foundation of this great State development, in order that we may be able to command the united and intelligent co-operation of all the people; and Whereas, The conservation and eco nomical distribution of the waters of the State is essential to human habita tion of the arid districts, to reasonable prosperity of the- semi-arid districts, and to the full development of the humid districts, including the conserva tion of forests. To the attainment of this end this convention proposes the establishment of a permanent society, whose member ship shall come from all parts of the State, which may include as subordi nates or by amalgamation all existing societies organized for these purposes and which shall be endowed by mem bership fees, the contribution of citi zens and public bodies, with a revenue ample for its purposes. The objects of such association shall be as follows: We favor the preservation and de velopment of our natural resources by the construction of storage reservoirs by the Federal Government for flood protection, and to save for use in aid of navigation and irrigation the flood ! waters which now run to waste and cause overflow and destruction. We favor the construction by the Federal Government of storage reser voirs and irrigation works wherever necessary, and furnish water for the reclamation and actual settlement of the arid public lands. We favor the leasing of the public grazing lands, at a nominal rental, in limited areas to settlers farming ad jacent lands, the revenue from rentals to go to the States and Territories wherein the lands are situated for irri gation development; leases to be sub ject to right of reclamation by irriga tion and of settlement of lands actually cultivated; title of land to remain in Federal Government until actual set tlement; the leasing of said lands to be under the control of States where sit uated, and the revenues arising there from to be expended by the States un der the direction of their State Engi neering Bureaus; provided, that in any State having no engineering bureau the Federal Government may lease the lands and expend the revenue in the construction of irrigation works in that State. We urge upon the Congress of the United States the importance of carry ing into full effect the legislation en acted, with a view to securing the broadest and most effective action by the National Government for the pres ervation and re-forestation of the forest lands of our country, and the resulting conservation of our timber and water supplies, and systematic utilization of our lumbering resources. We favor the establishment of a na tional commission for the equitable ad justment of all differences arising from the appropriation and use of the waters of the interstate rivers. We desire and urge upon the Na tional Government that the public for ests at and adjacent to the watersheds of our streams be reserved as rapidly as possible, and that pending such action no forest lands be leased except from year to year. The State to assume such control of the public lands as may be delegated to it by the Federal Government, and ex pend the revenues under the direction of a State Engineer to be provided for by law, supplementing the funds re ceived from Federal sources by such appropriations of its own for the stor age of flood waters as may be deemed advisable as to drainage basin, after due investigation and report by the State Engineer, which report shall show the cost of the proposed improvement; the storage capacity to be created; the average duty of water in the irrigation basin; the number of acres to be irri gated as the result of storage; the pres ent ownership of and value of such acreage; what such lands could afford to pay for water delivered thereon; what power would be devel oped by the proposed improvement, and the purposes for which and the price 3 at which such power could be sold. The society to be thus formed to work with the National Government in any irrigation work which it-may undertake in the determination of suitable sites for the location of reservoirs and the solution of all other physical problems up to the time of the actual impound ing and diversion of water; with the State Engineer's office for all matter pertaining to the impounding and dis tribution of waters; with the Depart ment of Agriculture for the determina tion of the duty of water in each irri gation basin, the investigation of claims upon the titles to the waters of the State and the regulation requisite to assure to each irrigator an unquestion able title and uninterrupted use of water legally apportioned to him in ac cordance with his use and necessity. For the conservation of the forests the society shall work in collaboration with the General Land Office and the Division of Forestry of the Department of Agriculture. Pending the establishment of a State Engineer's Office, the society shall re quire the Regents of the State Uni versity to conduct through the en gineering department of the University investigations necessary to supplement physical data collected by the General Land Office, the Geological Survey, the Department of Agriculture and the En gineer Corps of the United States army, and the society shall pledge to the Re gents whatever funds may be required for this purpose. That the name of such permanent organization shall be the California Water and Forest Association. Any per son may become a member upon pay ment of an initiation fee of $3, and thereafter annual dues of $1. Its affairs shall be managed by an advisory council of seventy, ten to be elected from each Congressional Dis trict, five of whom from each district shall be elected by this convention and nominated by the delegates from each such district respectively; and said members so elected shall meet and or ganize immediately, select five or more members of such council from Congres sional district, adopt a constitution and by-laws for such association, and elect such officers as shall be provided for therein. We urge the adoption of a system of irrigation laws in California under which the right to the use of the water for irrigation shall vest in the user and become appurtenant to the land ir rigated, and beneficial use be the meas ure of the right. That this convention declares in favor of such legislation as will require all persons and corporations using or claiming any part of the waters of. any stream in California within the reason able time and before a tribunal provid ed by law for hearing and determining such controversies, and make proof of their claims, to use such waters, to the end that all rights to water may be made matter of definite record, after which a statute of limitations shall pre clude the possibility of again putting such rights into jeopardy; and that the residuary waters be made available for further use under such conditions as the law may impose. The committee recommends that all further resolutions referred to it be re ferred to the permanent organization. The convention was called, to order at 10 o'clock by President Dohrmann. A large number of the delegates were in attendance, and by 10:30 Metropolitan Temple was almost filled. William Thomas of this city presented the partial report of the Committee on Resolutions. The committee met last evening, but made little progress and asked for further time. In presenting the report Air. Thomas said: "Whatever has existed in the way of clash or acrimony prior to the opening of the convention or the meeting of the committee last night has all disap peared. (Applause.) I think that the committee last night was actuated by the same feeling that dominated the convention yesterday. We are going to try to have harmonious action by all meana" The committee reported that it was proceeding along the lines of the Weinscock and Pillsbury resolutions, which provided for both State and Federal aid. On one subject, he said, the commit tee was unanimous, viz: that the con vention should organize as a perma nent society and that all sections of the State should stand together. This sentiment was received with cheers. When they subsided Mr. Thomas added that the committee had, by a majority, agreed on the objects of the society. It was, he said, or ganized for the purpose of enlisiting both national and State aid in the conserving of flood waters. At the conclusion of the committee's report R. T. Devlin of Sacra mento asked the convention to adopt a resolution introduced by him yesterday, which had been approved by the com mittee, that the Governor of the State of California be requested to take such steps as may be necessary to keep in proper repair the easement construct ed under State supervision near Elk Horn and the jetties at Newtown Shoals, and also to continue the work for river improvement recommended in the report of the Commissioner of Pub lic Works, and that this convention does heartily indorse the method so recommended for the improvement of the navigable rivers of the State. There was some objection to this, Messrs. Parker of Los Angeles and Sanborn of Berkeley taking the ground that the resolution was for the special benefit of Sacramento County, and was not germane to the general subject under discussion. At length Mr. Devlin consented to have the resolution withdrawn for a time, until it could be reintroduced. Resolutions being called for, Ben M. Maddox read the following which was prepared by A. T. Wishon of Visalia: In view of the great damage done to the watersheds of the State of Cali fornia by bands of sheep pasturing on the same, and in view of the recent decision of the United States District Court, which intimates that a ruling of the Interior Department is not law, and not sufficient to compel the sheep men to remove their flocks from the reserves, be it Resolved, That this convention of delegates assembled for the purpose of discussing ways and means for the preservation of the flood waters of the State of California and the betterment and extension of our irrigated area, urgently ask the Congress of the Unit ed States to enter upon the reserves at any season of the year, and that the same conditions be made to apply to the reserves in that respect as are now (Continued on Sixth Pace) AGUINALDO'S ORDERS TO REBELS. Are Advised Not to Oppose the Ad vance of Americans, 80l to Divide Into Small Bands and Harass Them on Every Occasion. Also Told to Burn All Village* a> They Are Evacuated—Araneta, the Rebel Leader in the Island of Panay, Captured While At tempting to Pass the Lines Into Iloilo. MANILA, Nov. 15, 11 p. m.—General Hughes, with part of the Nineteenth and Twenty-sixth Regiments moved from Iloilo Thursday, November 9th, to Otton, six miles west, for the pur pose of capturing Santa Barbara, the rebel stronghold ten miles north of Iloilo. Heavy rains preceded the move ment, and the roads were in places im passable. The same night Colonel Carpenter, with the Eighteenth Regiment and Battery G of the Sixth Artillery, moved westerly from Jaro to connect with General Hughes. Colonel Carpenter was forced to return to Jaro on account of the roads, and the entire movement was hampered by lack of proper transpor tation. Company C of the Twenty-sixth Regi ment had the only fighting. When .three miles out of Jaro, this company charged the rebel trenches, and three of the enemy were killed. One Amer ican was wounded. General Hughes on November 12th, occupied Tagbanan and Guimbal, on the southern coast, and also Cordova, in the interior. The enemy did not oppose General Hughes' advance. Recent orders from Aguinaldo found in the trenches said: "Do not oppose j the Americans' advance. Burn the vil lages as they are evacuated. Divide the forces into bands of forty. Harass the Americans on every occasion." Araneta, the rebel leader in the isl and of Panay, was captured at Tagba nan while attempting to pass the lines into Iloilo. Two battalions of the Twenty-sixth will garrison Iloilo and Jaro. San Miguel, visible .from Iloilo, has been burned by the rebels. It is reported that an expedition, evading the navy, recently landed arms and ammunition on the Antique coast, and that the rebels threatened oppo sition with an armed force of 3,000 men. These stories are not believed. All ports of the Sulu Islands oui.«ide of the American possessions have been ordered closed to commerce. AMERICAN CASUALTIES. WASHINGTON, Nov. 15.—General Otis to-day reported the following casualties: Wounded in action at San Mateo, November 11th—James Wright, Com pany X, Sixteenth Infantry, both thighs, severe. In action at Arayat, October 12th— James Turner, Company I, Twenty fourth Infantry, neck, severe. In action at San Fabian, expedition ary brigade, November 10th—John j O'Neil, Company H, Thirteenth Infan try, chest, severe; Tony Eberhardt. Thirty-third Infantry, abdomen, slight: John F. Coates, Company G, right arm, slight; George Puehl, left arm, slight. In action at Bambam, 11th—James F. Wyatt, Company M, Thirty-sixth Infantry, right knee, moderate. In action at Madelacat, 10th—Ernest W. Rhodes, Company C, Seventh In fantry, back, severe; Dell Cunney, right thigh, severe. In action road to San Jacinto, No vember 11th— Killed: Oscar K. Mercier. acting hospital steward, Thirty-third i Infantry; Lovell E. Cast eel, Sergeant, Company E; John A. Robinson, Cor poral, Company H; Willie Boone, Com pany H; Smack Mitchell, Company L; Arthur Pettus, Company E. Wounded: Arthur Radzinaki, Ser geant Major, left thorax, severe; Her bert E. Harpolm, Sergeant, Company i G, right thigh, slight; George R. Sims., Corporal, Company I, right leg, slight; George A. Matlock, artificer. Company A, left forearm, slight; Lazaro C. Cas tillo, Company E, left thorax, severe; Edward A. Hurth, Company L, left thigh, slight; Duke H. Howell, Com pany M, left side, slight; John F. Ref fet, Company M, left side, slight; John W. Stokes, Company M, left shoulder, slight; Francis C. Tanner, Company E. right wrist, slight; Charles Ul'arv, Company E, right leg, slight; Charles T. Throckmorton, Company L, right thigh, slight; Charles E. Rowe, Cor poral, Company M, sprain of back, se vere; James Boyn, Company E, sub maxillary, slight. PRESS CENSORSHIP AT MANILA. NEW YORK, Nov. 15.-The dis patches from Manila yesterday referred to "Major Marsh" as commanding the left battalion of the Thirty-third Reg iment, commanded by Colonel Hare, in the sharp engagement with the insur gents near San Fabian Saturday. The officer is Major Paynton C. March, for merly Captain of Astor Battery, and later on General Mac Arthur's staff. Owing to the character of the censor ship at Manila, General Otis not per mitting the sending of the names of the killed and wounded, a full account of the engagement near San Fabian was cabled, but the correspondents were not permitted to send the name of Major John A. Logan, killed in ac tion, or those of the others killed or wounded. DUEL IN MISSOURI. Two Residents of Bakersfield Have Mortal Combat With Knives. WEST PLAINS (Mo.), Nov. 15.—At Bakersfield, twenty-five miles south of this place, on the interstate stage line, in a duel, Luke Seels mortally wound ed Postmaster W. M. Sharp with a knife. Sharp is not expected to live. Rumors of improper relations be tween Seels and Mrs. Sharp had been reported to Sharp, who demanded sat isfaction. A challenge to fight with knives as weapons was accepted, and the principals went to the cellar, where a duel was fought, resulting in the fatal wounding of Sharp and slight in jury to Seels. Mrs. Sharp, it is said, sat on the stairway calmly witnessing the death struggle between- husband and lover. Seels was arrested and gave bond. HARDWARE TRADE. The National Association Holding a Convention at Pittsburg PITTSBURG, Nov. 15.—Three hun dred delegates, representing 250 com panies with a capital of $175,000,000, are attending the fifth annual conven tion of the National Hardware Asso ciation, -which began in this city to day. The feature of the first session was the introduction of fraternal delegates from the National Hardware Associa tion of Great Britain and Canada. The remainder of the session was de voted to the reading of officers' annual reports and the discussion of the changed conditions of trade and their permanency. The subject was ex haustively gone over by reports of the American Tin Plate Company, Amer ican Steel and Wire Company, Amer ican Bicycle Company, American Steel Hoop Company, National Stamping and Enameling Company, Republic Iron and Steel Company and other large combinations. Methodist Missionary Committee. WASHINGTON, Nov. 15.—The Gen eral Missionary Committee of the Meth odist Church met at Foundry Church to-day. All the Bishops were present except Foss, Cranston and Foster. Bishop Vincent presided. The report of Dr. Homer Baston, Treasurer, showed receipts for the past year of $1,230,544, an increase of $54,754 over the previous year. The morning was devoted to discussion of appropriations for the coming year, $1,165,600 being voted, with $50,000 for the contingent fund. The distribution of this assess ment is not yet fixed. President and Mrs. McKinley will hold a special re- I ception to the delegates to-morrow evening. Knights of Labor. BOSTON, Nov. 15.—The sessions of the General Assembly of the Knights of Labor were continued to-day with General Master Workman Parsons of New York in the chair. After the ap pointment of committees the Commit tee on Credentials reported that seventy delegates were present, out of a pos sible 105, and that several others from Canada and the far West were ex pected to-day and to-morrow. The afternoon session was devoted to the reading of the reports and to an ad dress by Charles H. Liehtman, ex-Sec retary-Treasurer of the order. A Marine Confesses to a Murder. ST. LOUIS, Nov. 15.—Anthony J. Dittmeler, a First Sergeant in the Marine Corps, who served on the cruiser Brooklyn when Cervera's fleet was destroyed at Santiago, to-day gave himself up for a murder committed in St. Louis in ISO 4. Dittmeier, who is 20 years old, killed his boss with a blow of his fist, in self-defense, he says. Fearing arrest, Dittmeier enlisted in the navy under the name of Dittmayer, and served with distinction until a few days ago, when discharged. He gave bond to appear and answer any charges that may be made against him. I Schooner Wrecked and Crew Lost. PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15.—Private advices received here to-day from St. Pierre, Miquellon, tell of the wreck of j the Philadelphia and Baltimore schoon i er Edna and Emma and the loss of the Captain, his wife and the crew of five men. The Edna and Emma sailed from Wilmington, N. C, on April 14th with a cargo of lumber for Baltimore and this city. Wreckage from the schooner i was washed ashore at the mouth of i Cape Fear River on May 7th. Recently j the schooner was towed into St. Pierre ! bottom up. Shooting Affray in Sonth Carolina. COLUMBIA (S. C), Nov. 15. — In a shooting affray which occurred near here last night, John C. Sellers, a prom nent farmer, was shot through the body and left arm, and his son, Ben Sellers, was shot in the abdomen. Both will die. J. D. Hazelden, member of the State Board of Liquor Control, was slightly wounded in the leg, and his brother-in-law, Dr. H. A. Edwards, was shot in the chest. The cause of the trouble is said to be that Hazelden ac cused Sellers of writing defamatory ar ticles concerning Hazelden's official and private life. Henderson's Appointments. DUBUQUE (la.), Nov. 13.—Congress man Henderson, next Speaker of the House, announces the appointment of Jules C. Richards of Waterloo, la., as Private Secretary to succeed Amos L. Allen, who was Speaker Reed's Secre tary, and who has just been elected to Congress. Also, that Asher C. Hinds will continue as Clerk of the Speaker's table, and that Leroy Neeley, for some years Congressman Henderson's Pri vate Secretary, will be the Speaker's Clerk. Two French Officers Murdered. PARIS, Nov. 15.—Admiral Courrejc'.es cables from Kwang Chow Wang that two of his officers who at Montao im prudently crossed the river were mur dered by Chinese. The French Admiral then seized the Prefect of the province of Hainan and his gunboat. The French Minister at Pekin has been instructed to demand from the Tsung Li Yamen the punishment of the murderers and the responsible authorities. Broom Corn Crop. TROT (N. V.), Nov. 15.—The trust has purchased eighteen-twentieths of all this year's crop of broom-corn in the United States, and has agreed to make the price of Central Illinois broom-corn ?200 per ton f. o. b. cars. All other grades of broom-corn to fol low at price according to quality, station here. Insurgents Defeated. LIMA (Peru), Nov.. 15. — The latest news received here in regard to the revolution is that Colonel Ore of the insurgent forces made an attack on Pisco, in the Department of Lima, but was utterly defeated, losing many rifles, mules and ammunition. WHOLE NO. 18,968. OUTLOOK FOR THE NICARAGUA CANAL. Representative Hepburn ef Foreign Commerce Committee Sines jr Outline tf His Plans for tie Con ing Meeting of Congress. Says He Will Introduce a Canal Bill on the First Bay of the Session, and Will Push It to Ac tion—Has No Boubt Nicuraguii and Costa Rica Will Cede the United States Auy Territory Needed to Complete the Water way. WASHINGTON, Nov. l.">.—Represen tative W. H. Hepburn of lowa has just returned to Washington. Mr. Hepburn was Chairman in the last House of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce — the committee that has charge of the Nicaragua Canal, quaran tine and railway anti-scalping and pool ing legislation. He said in an interview: '"I shall introduce a Nicaragua Canal bill on the first day of the session and will push it to action. The opponent* of the canal gained something in the way of postponement when they suc ceeded in interpolating in the last river and harbor bill a provision for a new commission to investigate all the pro posed routes across the isthmus with the Nicaragua route which had been recently investigated by a careful com mission, which had made most elab orate surveys and had submitted a most satisfactory report, but by contending that the Panama route had been neg lected the postponement of the whole matter was secured. "The newspapers inform us that the committee will not be able to report at this session. The friends of Panama will, of course, throw all possible ob stacles in the way of the United States building the Nicaragua Canal, as the construction of one canal will preclude; the building of others. The Panama committee says that $100,000,000 will be required to finish their canal. It is certain that they can never raise any considerable part of this sum if it is known that the United States Govern ment intends to build the Nicaragua Canal. "Other companies, such as the Marl time Canal Company, the Cragin-Erie syndicate and another whose name I forget, but which operated a steamboat and railway line across the isthmus in the '50's, also claim interests. The Cragin people claim that they hold a right ,v I concession that took effect on October 10th, when the Maritime Company's rights expired. Just what value this alleged concession has I am not prepared to say. For my part. I do not think the United States need bother about any of these concessions. "I have no doubt that Costa Rica and Nicaragua will be glad to give the United States any territory and any rights it may need to prosecute and complete the canal. The canal ques tion is of overwhelming importance to the development of both countries, and they are anxious to have it built. There is no doubt that the House would have acted at the last session if it could have come to a vote, and there is no doubt that both branches of Congress favor the enterprise. How much the opposition can delay matters I cannot say." "Are you in favor of the proposed new demand of commerce?" "That matter was gone into at the last session. A number of men were heard on it, and I hope they will renew their efforts at the coming session; but I am not prepared to say how the mat ter is regarded by the committee." "Are you in favor of an extension of. the quarantine laws?" "I am, but there is a great diversity of opinion in the committee on this point. The Southern members gener ally are willing that the Government should pay the money for a national system, but they want to select the men to spend it. The large cities also object. Some of them collect large sums of money for their inspection of vessels and spend it in salaries much larger than the United Stares Government pays. New York, for instance, collects some $50,0U0 or f60,000 annually and pays its health officer $12,000 a year. In my judgment all this work should be done by the United States Govern-* ment alone, but as long as the States, fearing invasion of their rights by the Government, unite with the large cities it is not likely that any efficient law will be enacted." "What do you think of the Philippine situation?" "I think that Congress should take no action at present, and that the Presi dent should continue to control the isl ands by military law. Our original col onists were men far superior to the Filipinos; they were skilled and trained in self-government, and yet it took them fourteen years and much trouble before they could work out a constitu tion and a government. Yet the Fili pinos want to accomplish all this in fourteen months. No, no; they should wait and Congress should wait until we all know each other better. We don't know enough, about the islands yet to. act wisely regarding them. Meanwhile, they should have as liberal a govern ment as possible." "How about currency legislation?" "In lowa we fought the last cam* paign on the gold standard, and the result was a majority greater by 17. --000 than the State ever gave in all ita previous history. Yes, lam in favor of. "What railway legislation do youv recommend?" action. "The House has three times passed) the anti-scalping law and the Senate has killed it. Now, I think that wa had better wait for awhile and see whether the Senate will pass any suctn legislation. If it will the House wilt speedily follow suit, I am mire." Mozart died of malignant typhus t&* ver on December 5, 1781.