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BRITISH SUFFER ANOTHER REVERSE. Gen. Methuen Attacks a Strong Position of the Boers, But Was Forced to Retire Before the Ter rific Fire of the Enemy. Telegraphs That His Army Suffered Great Loss, and Fell Back on Modder River, Where It Is Now in Security—General Wauchope Killed in the Engagement. LONDON, Dec. 13.—The War Office has received the following dispatch from General Methuen, dated Tuesday, December 12th: "Our artillery shelled a very strong position held by the enemy in a long, high kopje from 4 until dusk Sunday. It rained hard last night. "The Highland Brigade attacked at daybreak on Monday the south end of the kopje. The attack was prop erly timed, but failed. The guards were ordered to protect the Highlands' right and rear. The cavalry and mounted infantry, with a howitzer ar tilleo-y battery, attacked the enemy on the left, and the guards on the right, supported by field artillery and how itzer artillery. They shelled the posi tion from daybreak, and at 1:15 I sent the Gordons to support the Highland Brigade. The troops held their own in front of the enemy's entrenchments until dusk, the position extending, in cluding the kopje, for a distance of six miles to the Modder River. To-day I am holding my position and entrench ing myself. I had to face at least 12, --000 men. Our loss was great." General Forestier-Walker, telegraph ing from Cape Town at 3:30 p. m., to day, sends the following dispatch from Lord Methuen, dated Modder River, Tuesday, December 12th, 7:30 p. m.: "As the Boers occupied their trenches strongly this morning, I retired in per fect order here, where I am in secur ity. "I have gathered from some of the prisoners and from our men with the ambulances, who talked with the Boers that the enemy's losses were ter rible, some crops being compljtely, wiped ont. The Boers have been most kind to my wounded." BRITISH SHOWED GREAT BRAV ERY. NORTH OF MODDER RIVER, Mon day, Dec. 11.—Early yesterday evening the Guards of the Highland Brigade moved from the Modder River camp, marching in the night, in a northeast erly direction. The objective of the Highlanders was the eastern spur of the Boer position, the guards following the bank of the river, while the Yorkshire Light In fantry moved along the riverside. Just before daybreak the Highlanders ar rived within 200 yards of the Boer en trenchments at the foot of the hilL A number of Boers were in the vicinity. The British were still marching quar ter tsolumn, in clcse order, when they met a terrible fire from the flanks, and were forced to retire with heavy loss. The troops reformed under the shel ter of some rising ground, and gallantly held their position. Later the Gor dons arrived, and the troops gradually worked their way until within 300 yards of the Boer position, displaying the greatest gallantry. In the mean . while, a naval gun at the Modder, how itzer batteries, and .the Horse Artillery opened a terrific fire, enfilading the trenches, and searching every portion of the Boer position. The Boer guns were entirely silent. In the meanwhile the Boers, on the open ground directly in front, moved with the object of makuig a flank at tack. But this was frustrated by the guards and artillery. The Boers re commenced shelling in the evening, but no damage was done. The British slept on their position. It is exacted that there will be a renewal of the fighting to-morrow. The losses on both sides were heavy. The British casunlties included the Marquis of Winchester, Major of the Second Battalion Coldstream Guards, who was killed, and Colonel Downham of the First Battalion Gordon High landers, who was mortally wounded. When the Highlanders met the mur derous point-blank fire of the Boers about 200 were mowed down. The Black Watch Regiment, on reforming was able to muster only 100 men. The Boers lost heavily in the trenches, and also in the wire entanglement when they came into the open in an attempt to make a flank attack upon the Brit ish. The terrific British artillery fire evoked no response except from the Boer rifles until nearly 4 o'clock in the afternoon, when the Gordon Highland ers formed to renew the attack on the entrenched kopje. They advanced with the utmost gallantry to attack, the Boers, close to the place where lay their dead and wounded comrades of the Highland Brigade. The enemy opened with a heavy shrapnel fire as the British advanced, and it was found physically impossible to take the Boer trenches. The British got within 200 yards, but could not THE RECORD-UNION. get nearer. It was here that Colonel Downham, fell. The Boers had free recourse to barbed wire entanglements, which offered great obstacles, even after the damage in flicted by the British artillery fire. This morning (Tuesday) both sides occupied the positions they held before the battle. The greatest bravery was displayed by both officers and men. Hie wounded include Lieutenant Colonel A. H. Codrington and Captain Sterling, both of the First Battalion of the Cold stream Guards. A detachment of Boers posted among some thick bushes to the east main tained a most destructive fire on our right. With the remarkable talent for taking cover which the Boer always displays, they were, generally speaking, virtually invisible, and, although the enemyls artillery was practically si lenced, his rifle fire was so persistent and concentrated, as well as usually well aimed, that it was absolutely im possible for the British 'nfantry to take the position by assault. At the first advance of the High landers the Boer shooting, probably owing to the darkness, was somewhat high. Otherwise the British losses would have been still heavier. FEARFUL LOSS IN A SINGLE MO MENT. LONDON, Dec. 14.—Julian Ralph, de scribing the bale at Magersfontein in a special dispatch to the "Daily Mail," ss»ys: "The Boers were entrenched at Ma gersfontein, four miles north of Modder River. At dawn Monday the High landers, advancing across the veldt, were suddenly subjected to a murder ous fire from the trenches about 200 yards in front. The greater part of the fearful loss of the day was thus suffered in a single minute. "Startled and overwhelmed, the bri gade retired quickly, but soon rallied and retained their position. This was on the left. "On the right the Guards Brigade ad vanced across the veldt against other trenches, and fought an invisible foe for fifteen hours. "At 11 in the morning the Gordon Highlanders were sent forwaid. The Boers allowed them to pass one Hne of trenches, and then enfilladad them. We raked the Boer trenches with attill ery throughout the day. The fighting only ceased with nightfall." A BOER ACCOUNT. PRETORIA, Monday, Dec. 11.—An official report says: "A battle at Modder River began yes terday with cannon firing, heavy fight ing proceeding from 3:30 o'clock in the morning until 9:30 o'clock with can non, maxims and rifles. A bombard ment began at 4:30 o'clock, and the fighting still continues. A balloon has Just arisen above the British positions, where it remained ten minutes and de scended. There were heavy rains dur ing the night. "At 9 o'clock this morning a dispatch rider brought word that all the Boer positions have been maintained, and that forty-one British prisoners had: been taken. At 9:30 o'clock it was re ported that the heavy cannonading had somewhat abated. Tho British are constantly using their balloon. The fighting was still going on at noon. "Kimberley is still quiet." GENERAL WAUCHOPE KILLED. LONDON, Dec. 13.—The War Office has received the following dispatch from General Forestier-Walker: "Cape Town, Tuesday.—Methuen wirts that General Wauchope was kil.ed in action yesterday." General Wauchope of the Black Watch commanded the Highland Bri gade with General Methuen's column. He served in Ashanti, Egypt, and the Soudan. He was frequently mentioned in and twice contested Mid lothian, once against Mr. Gladstone. He I was a great favorite in the army. WOUNDED SENT TO THE REAR.! ORANGE RIVER (Cape Colony), Dec 13.—Three hundred and twenty wounded, including twenty-seven offi cers, have arrived here from the Mod der River. METHUEN'S CHECK A MOST SEr- RIOUS EVENT. LONDON, Dec. 14.—(4:45 a. m.)— Each important battle seems to bring a worse reverse for the British, and the i papers this morning sorrowfully admit : that Lord Methuen's check at Magers fontein is the most serious event the war has yet produced. The "Morning Post" says: "We have had our day of humiliation appointed for us. Let us acept it humbly and soberly, and be better and stronger for the lesson it has taught us. This last reverse will make us a fresh butt of Europe. There never was a more ap propriate occasion to prove to Europe what we are worth." The position Lord Methuen assaulted is thus described by a correspondent: ".Magersfontein range terminates on the east with an abrupt saddle rock some 150 feet high. Boer entrench- i ments run around the whole front. The position is some two miles long, due east and west. The western end of the trenches follow the contour of the kop jes and afford a retreat." It is estimated here that Lord Me thuen's forces amounted to 11.000, and Perhaps to more. No reliable estimate of his losses has yet been received. They are believed to have been at least 450. The Associated Press understands that the War Office yesterday (Wed nesday) decided, in consequence of Lord Methuen's losses at Magersfon tein, to mobilize an eighth division In reserve, and to send the seventh divi sion to the Cape. Certain foreign na tions will probably be garrisoned, and if necessary volunteers will be tailed to take the places of the militia at home. It is also likely that the militia reserve will be sent out to join their respective battalions. All the papers comment upon the ex treme gravity of the situation, and on the momentous decision Lord Methuen now has to take—whether to remain at (Continued on Fifth Page.) SACRAMENTO, THURSDAY MOKNTKTGK DECEMBER 14, 1899.-EIGrHT PAGES. THE ROBERTS INVESTIGATION. Taking of Testimony Begun Before the House Committee. Several Witnesses Against Accused Ex amined at Yesterday's Hearing. Chairman Tayler Announces in. the Course of the Proceedings That Roberts' Demurrer Had Been Overruled, All the Questions Being Taken Into Consideration for Determination Later. WASHINGTON, Dec. 13.—The com mittee of the House of Representatives which is investigating the case of Rob erts of Utah began the examination of witnesses at 10:30 to-day. A large num ber of spectators were present, includ - ing many ladies. Roberts occupied a seat at the foot of the committee table, while flanking him was the delegation of Gentiles, Rev. Dr. Iliff, Mr. Schroeder and others, here to direct the attention of Congress to the member-elect. "When Chairman Tayler called the committee to order and asked what witnesses would be heard, Roberts arose and asked to be informed as to his status before the committee. He | made a short statement in line with his brief, which has already been pub lished. Taylef responded that all of Roberts' rights had been fully looked after and ! protected, and there was no proper question which had not been raised. Tayler then asked Schroeder what witnesses he would call. "Does this man appear as attorney?" asked Roberts. "He will examine witnesses," ex plained Tayler. "Then I wish to introduce the court record relating to him," said Roberts. Tayler said this had already been passed on Saturday, and Schroeder had been recognized. Charles Austin Owen was then called. He gave his residence as Salt Lake City. In response to questions by Schroeder. he said he knew the general reputation in Salt Lake City of th'J status of "Ds. Maggie C. Shipp Rob erts." The witness said that the general reputation of the status of Roberts and Dr. Maggie C. Shipp Roberts was that they maintained the relation of hus band and wife. While the questions were being put as to Mrs. Maggie Rob ert-. Roberts interrupted with the ob jection. "What this lady may have done is Immaterial in the absence of any show ing that it was at the direction of B. H. Roberts." Schroeder said later testimony would bring out the materiality of the ques tions, and Tayler ruled that the com petency of the questions could be judged by the subsequent testimony. The witness was then cross-examined by Roberts, whose questions brought out that the witness had no personal knowledge as to Mrs. Maggie Robert 3 or Mr. Roberts based on talks with them, but his information was general and of common repute. "I want to know," said Roberts, "-f the general reputation you have been testifying to obtains since March 4, 1899?" "It does." "And what is that reputation?" "That Maggie C. Shipp Roberts is the plural or polygamous wife of Brigham H. Roberta" "On what acts is this general reputa tion based?" "No specific acts, but the generally accepted reputation." responded Owen. There was also con?ide able testimony on court prosecutions throughout the State on which the witness had infor mation. As his evidence closed, Rob erts asked to have all this testimony struck from the record, as the witness was unable to testimony to his own knowledge. The Chairman permitted the testi mony to stand. Mr. McEwen of the Philadelphia "North American" was examined as to a recent interview with Roberts, signed by him (McEwen). In this Roberts spoke of his "wives," referring to them as "good and true women," toward whom obligations had been incurred prior to the enactment of the polygamy law. "Was not this conversation in refer ence to general conditions?" asked Rob erts. "Oh, no, Mr. Roberts," answered the witness, directly addressing his inter rogator. "You spoke of general condi tions, and used your own case to illus trate." Captain Elias H. Parsons of the Quartermaster's Department, U. S. A., testified to an incident occurring in 1890, while he was in Salt Lake City. About Sam. some one asked him to call up on his telephone Dr. Maggie C. Shipp Roberts. On going to the tele phone and calling up the house, a man's voice answered. "Who is this?" Captain Parsons asked over the telephone. "B. H. Roberts, was the reply," Cap* tain Parsons (testified. On cross-examination, Roberts asked: "Do you kno%v B. H. Roberts' voice?" "I do not." "Did the answer over the telephone say "Brigham H. Roberts?' " "No, simply B. H. Roberts." "Ts there not a Boliver Roberts In Salt Lake City?" "Yes; but I would know Boliver Rob erts' voice any time, and it was not his." Roberts said he would later ask to l\ave this testimony stricken out as ir revelent, and not on personal knowl edge. Rev. Dr. Iliff, a Methodist missionary of Utah, testified that the general rep. utation as to the status of Celia Dib ble Roberts was that she was the plural wife of Brigham H. Roberts. On cross-examination Roberts sought to show that Dr. Iliff was hostile to the Mormons, the witness stating that hia hostility was to the ploygamous fea ture of Mocmonism. Dr. Iliff went into the historical fea tures of the contest against polygamy, the Utah constitutional convention, the attitude of Governor Wells and the Wells*-Roberts discussion on polygamy. Dr. Iliff denied that there had been an intentional withholding of prosecu tion in Utah in order to get up a propa ganda in the East, and thus increase the contributions for missionary work. Rev. W. G. Martin, a Presbyterian minister of Manti, Utah, testified as to the reputation of polygamous status of Celia Dibble Roberts and Dr. Mar garet C. Shipp Roberts toward Brig ham H. Roberts. He saw statements to this effect in the Salt Lake City papers and heard of no denials. The polygamous status of Mr. Roberts was a matter of common repute. It was also reputed that twins had been born to Celia Dibble Roberts. Mr. Schroeder stated that this was all the evidence at hand, until witnesses arrived from Utah. Mr. Roberts stated that ex-United States Senator Brown, a non-Mormoiv and a member of the Republican organ ization of Utah, was in town, and could furnish information on general condi tions in Utah; also D. C. Dunbar, Clerk of the Court at Salt Lake City, ana Mr. Glass of that city. Chairman Tayler said the inquiry would be confined to matters affecting Roberts, and the broad field of general conditions in Utah would not be en. tered at present. At 1 o'clock the committee went into executive session, prior to adjourning for the day. In the course of the hearing Tayler stated to Roberts that the latter's de murrer had been overruled, all the questions being taken into considera-. tion for determination later. FEDERAL PATRONAGE. New Appointments hy the Presi dent and Confirmations. WASHINGTON, Dec. 13.—The Pres ident to-day sent the following nomina* tions to the Senate: Treasury—William D. Bynum of In. Diana, to be General Appraiser of Mer chandise; William H. Hoey of Indiana, Collector of Customs for the district of Arizona. Interior—Major George W. H. Stouch of Colorada, agent for the Indians of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Agency in Oklahoma. The following Postmasters were nom inated to-day: California—H. B. Gardi ner, Crockett; A. L. Paulson, Weaver ville; H. E. Meyers, Yuba City. NOMINATIONS CONFIRMED. WASHINGTON, Dec. 13.—The Sen ate to-day confirmed the following nominations: P. C. Hanna of lowa, Consul General at Monterey, Mexico; A. S. Hay of New Hampshire, Consul at Pretoria, South Africa. William M. Hoey of Indiana, Collec tor of Customs for the District of Ari zona. Edwin C. Madden of Michigan, to be Third Assistant Postmaster General. Postmasters: New Mexico—L. O. Ful lan, Carlsbad. California—S. S. Gra ham, Pleasanton; M. T. Thornburg, Santa Maria Army—General officers: Colonels to be Brigadier Generals—Edward R. Kel logg, Gilbert S. Carpenter, Edwin V. Sumner, Thomas M. Anderson, Alex C. M. Pennington, Royal T. Frank, L. H. Carpenter, Samuel L. Overshine, D. W. Burke, William A. Kobbe, J. A. Frank lin Bell. Colonel Fred E. Bates, Assistant Pay master General, to be Paymaster Gen eral, with rank of Brigadier General; Colonel A. R. Buffington. Ordnance De partment, to be Chief of Ordnance, with rank of Brigadier General. Also all the chiefs of bureaus in the Navy Department. Also several cen sus supervisors in the various States. Yon Buelow's Speech Criticised. ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 13.—The speech of the German Minister of For eign Affairs, Count yon Buelow, in the Reichstag yesterday, is keenly criticized here by both the press and' public on account of what are regarded as pro nounced declarations in favor of Ger man hegemony, and their general war like and threatening tone. A Steamer Posted as Missing. LONDON, Dec. 13—The British steamer Saltram, Captain Owen, from Philadelphia November 28 for Havana, has been posted at Lloyds as missing. The Saltram was a vessel of 2,015 tons gross register, and has never been heard of since she sailed. Oxford-Cambridge Football Game. LONDON, Dec. 13.—The Oxford- Cambridge football game to-day re sulted as follows: Cambridge two goals and four tries; Oxford nothing. WEATHER CONDITIONS. Favorable for Continued Cold Weather in California. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13.—The fol lowing are the seasonal rainfalls to date as compared with those of same date last season and rainfalls in last 24 hours: Last This Last 24 hours. Season-Season. Eureka 0.08 23.92 8.21 Red Bluff 0.08 7.08 2.12 Sacramento 0.30 7.82 LOl San Francisco .. .0.04 8.10 2.38 Fcesno 0.01 3.89 1.49 Independence Trace 0.90 0.61 San Luis Obispo. .Trace 5.82 0.07 Los Angeles 0.00 2.49 0.18 San Diego... 0.00 1.25 0.23 Yuma 0.00 0.58' O.iH San Francisco data: Maximum tem perature 54, minimum 45, mean 50. The pressure has risen generally over the western half of the country. An a.rea of high pressure prevails over the Dakotas. Very cold weather prevails east of the Rocky Mountains. West of. the Rocky Mountains the temperature has fallen from 2 to 10 degrees. Conditions are favorable for continued cold weather in California, with heavy frosts Thursday morning. Orange grow ers have been warned that smudging will probably be necessary Thursday morning. Earthquake in Utah. SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 1$. —A dis tinct shock of earthquake passed down the valley along the Wasatch range at (5:50 this morning. It was quite severe In Weber and Davis Counties, and was perceptibly felt in this city. Many per sons were frightened, but no damage was done. AMERICAN SUCCESS IN PHILIPPINES. General Tirena, Commanding the Rebel Forces in Cagayan, Surrenders the Entire Province fo Captain McCalla sf the Gruissr Newark. Major Marsh Close on the Trail of Aguinaldo—MaWni, the Head and Front of the Insurrection, and the Founder of the Filipino Government, Held a Prisoner hy General Mac Arthur. MANILA, Dec 13, 5:40 p. m.—Gen eral Tirona, commanding the Filipino forces in the province of Cagayan, sur rendered the entire province at Aparri on December 11th to Captain McCalla of the United States cruiser Newark. Captain McCalla appointed him civil Governor of the province, subject to the approval of General Otis. The surrender was with the honors of war. Captain McCalla received the insurgents and General Tirona reviewed the naval forces. The Americans pre sented arms while the insurgents were stacking theirs. Captain McCalla has communicated with Major Batchelder's battalion of the Twenty-fourth Infantry, which is now ninety miles south of Aparri, and has been enjoying a pleasant march. The gunboats Princeton and Helena have entered the Aparri River. The latter will take supplies for Major Batchelder, and the former will bring 300 surrendered rifles to Manila Lieutenant Colonel Howse's report i shows definitely that General Tino is conveying American prisoners north Bruce of the First Nevada and Ed wards of the Yorktown were rescued near La Paz. Howse is rapidly pursu ing Tino with a Pennsylvania battalion of the Thirty-fourth Infantry. Major Marsh, probably from Abra province, reports the destruction of Aguinaldo's bodyguard and the killing of General Greggario del Pilar. General Concepcion and his staff sur rendered to Major Marsh, who liberated and sent to the coast 575 Spanish pris - oners, including 150 friars. Reports from Le Panto province show it has been cleared of insurgents. Aguinaldo is a fugitive in the mount ains, without a command. Major Marsh's loss was two men killed and nine wounded. The latest re ports show that fifty of the enemy were killed and many wounded. The Americans also captured 100 prisoners 200 rifles, several cannon, a quantity of provisions and some money and re leased a number of Spanish prisoners. The latter report that some American officers and several men who had been taken prisoners were conveyed from Laoag to Tarcova, where General Tino, who is severely injured, had arrived. The navy co-operated successfully with the army on the east. In the foregoing advices, which hayS been transmitted by General Young, the dates and localities are indefinite. Released Spaniards to the number of 2,200, including General Pena, are awaiting transportation at Laoag and Vigan. The following dispatch, dated Cer vantes, December sth, has just been received from a correspondent of me Associated Press with Major Marsh's battery: "Major Marsh, with Captains Jenkin son and Cunningham, Lieutenants Tompkins, Rucker, McClelland and Power and 125 men, is about starting for Bontsie, the principal town in the province of that name to the northeast, through an absolutely desolate country and over a mountain 10,000 feet high. He i 3 pursuing Aguinaldo, whose escort, now reduced to fifty men, is known to be there. "According to the natives, Aguin aldo intends to disguise himself and to take a circuitous trail toward Bayon bong, province of Neuva Vizcaya. "Major Marsh, with 300 men, arrived at Cervantes, in the heart of the Tilad Mountains, on the evening of December 3d. about twenty hours behind Aguin aldo, who had believed he had found an inaccessible refuge. On December 2d, the American commander had a won derful fight in a cloud-enveloped moun tain pass, 3,000 feet above the sea, com pletely routing General Greggario del Pilar's force of 200 picked men in a position almost strong enough to rival Thermopylae. General Pilar died at the front of his men, urging them to make a stand, until the ball of a sharp shooter pierced his head. His folioiv. ers tried to carry away the body, but were compelled to lay it down. Two of the Americans were killed, and were buried by their comrades where thty fell. The others, carrying nine wound ed, camped for the night on top of the mountain, an eminence of 4,000 feet, suffering greatly from the cold blasts. In the morning they moved down the trail to Dugaqui, where they learned that Aguinaldo, with a few men and three women, all carried on litters borne by Iborrotes, had passed along the same trail to Cervantes, where he was during the fight. A run ner had brought him the news of the death of his chief of staff. He was greatly affected, and prepared instantly for flight.' "General Concepcion, with six officer* who had deserted Aguinaldo, surrend ered when Major Marsh reached Cayan, Province of Lepanto. On arriving at Cervantes Major Marsh's battalion was without food, except rice, and had only a small supply of ammunition. Major Marsh secured five days' ratiqns, made arrangements for his sick and wound-, ed, and having chosen twenty mounted and 100 unmounted men, resumed the chase at daybreak." REPORTS FROM OTIS. WASHINGTON, Dec. 13.—General Otis had some stirring news to report to-day from Manila, his advices going to show that the insurgents are, as he predicted a few days ago, at the end of their resources from a military point, of view, and are running away before the rapid advance of the American troops at all points. His cablegrams were as follows: "Manila, Dec. 13.—Fifty men of the navy and fifty men cf the army, trans ported by the navy, took Laoag on the 10th inst. General Young, with staff, followed the next day. He reports that Howse, with a Pennsylvania battalion of the Thirty-fourth, followed by a por tion of the Thirty-third Infantry, passed north to Pidding, east of Laoag. Marsh's battalion of the Thirty-third was at Cayan, Province of Lepanto, on the 7th inst. The Third Cavalry was along the coast and in the mountains pursuing the enemy. Young states that his extreme northern force passed ij>v*r the mountains, driving the insurgents under General Tina, who was bally wounded, killing fifty and wounding many. He made large capture of rifles and property, with all insurgent trans portation, and released all the Spanish prisoners in that section, to the num ber of about 2,000. Our casualties were two wounded. Our troops are still pursuing the remnant of TittO'S command. "Marsh's battalion of the Thirty third reports from Cayan. Lepanto Province, on the 7th inst., that he has destroyed Aguinaldo's bodyguard, killed General Oreggrio; received the surrend er of General Concepcion and staff; killed and wounded fifty-two insur gents, released J»75 Spanish prisoners, including 150 friars, and captured con siderable property. His loss was two killed and nine wounded. "My information is that Aguinaldo has disguised his individuality, aban doned his troops and is hiding in the Province of Benguel." . Otis' second dispatch follows: "Manila Dec. 13. —Admiral Watson informs me that the Province of Cagay. I an surrendered unconditionally to Cap tain McCalla of the Newark on the 11th inst.: all arms being surrendered. Major Batchelder is ninety miles south of Aparri. His command is in good condi tion. The navy will take supplies to Batcheld:r in a launch at once; this sur render doubtless includes the Province of Isabella Bates, at Zamboanga, re ports affairs there as satisfactory. Nearly all rifles surrendered; Mac- Artl.ur, at Bayambang, reports that he holds as prisoner of war Mabini, the ablest of insurgents and founder of the late government." The Secretary of War regards the information conveyed in General Otis' dispatches to-day as the most import ant that has come to hand for months past. The capture of Mabini, reported by Mac Arthur, is especially gratifying. It is believed that the Filipino leader was trying to make his way across the country from Bangued, where he had been obliged to part company with Aguinaldo a fortnight ago, to the east; coast of Luzon. The members of the Philippine Com- j mission now in Washington declare Without reserve that Mabini was the head and front of the insurrection. Aguinaldo was only a figurehead. Ma bini was the brains and directing power behind him. He is a paralytic, an old man, but of extraordinary abil ity, and his counsels are always con- ' elusive with the Filipinos. He was I concerned in the first uprising against ; the Spaniards. For a short time he i wavered upon Aguinaldo's breach with the Americans, but finr.lly cast his for tunes with the insurrection and was President of the council. He was also the financial strength of the movement, i as without his backing Aguinaldo would have had no credit. Next in importance to the capture of I Mabini in the developments of the campaign was the bold stroke of Cap tain McCalla of the Newark in captur ing the whole province of Cagayan. With Mac Arthur holding the province of Isabella, adjoining, and Young hold ing out on the opposite or west shore ! of the upper peninsula, the American forces are now in technical occupation! of the whole northern end of Luzon, 1 from a point just north of the Gulf i of Lingayen. McCalla's post at the port of Aparri. the only good port on ! the northern end of the island, com-1 mands the greater part of the whole I length of the Rio Grande, affording en- I trance by boats to a full third of the I interior of the island. It is up the river that Captain Mc- j Calla is sending steam launches, carry- I ing supplies to Major Batchelor. The 1 latter officer, with a few negro soldiers of the Twenty-fourth Infantry, has just completed one of the most daring marches connected with the present! campaign. Detaching his little foree 1 from Mac Arthur a week ago, he drove straight through the center of the isl and northward, cutting loose from his communications and bound to reach Aparri or be captured or killed in the attempt. Captain McCalla's advices in dicate that he has succeeded, being now within touch of the navy on the north shore. Bates' report from the southern archipelago has allayed the apprehen sion excited for the security of things ■there growing out of the agitation by the misleading publications of import ant insurgent victories. Altogether the advices contained in to-day's dispatches has given great sat isfaction to the officials of the War De partment. REPORTS FROM WATSON. WASHINGTON, Dec. 13.—The naval account of the operations of the ships ln the Luzon is contained in two cable grams from Admiral Watson at Cavite. The first reads as follows: "Cavite, Dec. 13th. "Burwell reports that the Wheeling landed a naval force and a detachment of troops, Kaiser commanding, sixteen! miles north of Laoag, Northwest Lu-! zon, and attacked the city yesterday, releasing 1,500 Spaniards. Am holding at the request of Genera! Young. No casualties. WATSON." The second cablegram reads: "Cavite, Dec 13th. "General Tirona, commanding Filipi nos, unconditionally surrendered Apar ri and Cagayan Province to Captain McCalla of the Newark, on the 11th of December. Princeton and Helena at present in the river. All arms and ammunition surrendered. Tirona sur rendered from patriotic motives, to prevent further bloodshed. He was appointed Civil Governor by McCalla, subject to the approval of Otis. The Helena was dispatched up the river with stores for Batchelder's troops, ninety miles south of Aparri. Aparrf and Engana lighthouses are lighted. "WATSON." A Bankrupt Broker. CHICAGO, Dec. 13.—Luther C. Humphrey, a Chicago broker, to-day ■filed a petition in bankruptcy, placing his liabilities at $105,792. John Tay lor of Lincoln, Neb., is Humphrey's creditor. Y/HCXLE NO. 18,996. CURRENCY BILL IN THE HOUSE. j Debated Throughout the Cay and Night Sessions. ; Very Utile Cross-Firing Thus Far, and No Dramatis Incidents. i Twelve Democrat* Thus Far Known Who Will Vote for tho > Passage of the Measure—Yester day's Session of the Senate Con sumes But a Few Minutes. WASHINGTON, Deo. 13.—The cur , rency debate in the House lasted front ■ 11 o'clock this morning- until 10:30 to » night, with a recess of three hours for dinner. The pressure for time to speak » continues, as most of the members de • sire to make contributions to the lit s erature of the occasion. Much of it, towever, has to be for home consump tion. There has been very little cross i firing thus far, and no exciting or dra matic incidents. So far as known twelve Democrats, i eight from New York and two from • Pennsylvania, and one each from Mary land and Massachusetts, will vote for the bill. 1 The speakers before the recess to-day ■ were*: Fowler of New Jersey, Lacey of ■ lowa, Coshman of Washington, Hamil ton of Michigan and Burton of Ohio* Republicans, for the bill; and Brundige of Arkansas, Wheeler of Kentucky, Benton of Missouri, Fox of Mississippi, i Pierce of Tennessee, Games of New ■ York Cowherd of Missouri, Otey of Vir ginia and Games of Texas, Democrats, and Bell of Colorado, Populist, against .it. The House adopted a resolution for a . holiday reces3 from Wednesday, De i cember 20th, to Wednesday, January 3d. Richardson, the minority leader, • asked that the House adjourn over to . morrow, to give the members and op . portunity to participate in the Wash ington memorial exercises, but Payne, ; the majority leader, objected, saying j George Washington, if alive. he | thought, would be In favor of the House : ; proceeding With the transaction of its i business. | The Speaker appointed the following j committee to join with committees of the Senate and District of Columbia in preparing plans for the centennial cele bration of the establishment of the seat ■ of government at Washington: Cannon !of Illinois, Grout of Vermont, Heat ; wole of Minnesota, Sherman of New York, Hemmenway of Indiana, Gamble dof South Dakota, Republicans; Bailey j of X<t¥%». De Vries of California Cow herd of Missouri, Democrats, and Bell | of Colorado, Populist. I The debate upon the currency bill was then resumed, Bell of Colorado be- I ing the first speaker to-day. Bell opposed the bill, devoting much of his time to an argument against its banking features. Brundige of Arkansas also opposed the bill, as did Wheeler of Kentucky. Fowler of New Jersey, who was a member of the Banking nnd Currency Committee of the last Congress, said he would vote for the bill because of ! the gold declaration in the first four | teen lines, notwithstanding what fol ! lowed. SENATE PROCEEDINGS. WASHINGTON, Dec. 13.—T0-days session of the Senate consumed only j a few minutes. Some routine business i was transacted, but beyond the intro duction of bills, nothing of conse i quence was accomplished. At the beginning of the session Gal ' linger of New Hampshire presented a ' bill for the codification of the pension ; laws. It is proposed that the commis sion shall consist of jurists and mcm i hers of the G. A. R. A resolution offered by McMillan ot I Michigan, calling upon the Secretary of j War for information as to how many I days the St. Mary's Canal was blocked 1 during the past season of navigation, and requesting his opinion as to the de sirability of constructing additional canals was adopted. At 12:40 the Senate went into execu tive session, and at 1:21 p. m. ad journed. Storm on Lake Erie Continues. CLEVELAND, Dec. 13.—The heavy storm which has swept over Lake Erie for the past forty-eight hours continues unabated in fury. The wind has shift ed and is now from the west. Aside from the big passenger steamers ot the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Company, there have been nc arrivals or departures of boats at this port for thirty-six hours. A Negro Lynched. PINE BLUFF (Ark.), Dec. 13.—A ne gro whose name was not known was hanged to a telegraph pole at Jones ville by a mob last night. His crime was assault on a white woman. Jones ville is just across the Arkansas bor der, and the negro's body, still hang ing, was visible from passing trains to-day. No Canadian Money Withdrawn. MONTREAL (Que.), Dec. 13.—The Montreal bankers unanimously deny the published statement that any Ca nadian gold had been withdrawn from New York to be shipped to England. The managers say they can do much better in New York than in London. Northern Pacific Dividend. NEW YORK, Dec. 12.—The directors of the Northern Pacific Railroad Com pany have declared a dividend of 1 per cent, and an extra dividend of 1 per cent, on common stock, making a total of 3 per cent, for the year. A Steamer and Two Barges Sunk. PITTSBURG (Pa). Dec. 13.—While preparing to start with a tow of coal to-day, the steamer Pacific backed Into the tow of the Charles Clarke, storing in her side and sinking two barges of 12,000 tons of coal each. The Pacific sank in less than a minute after the collision, but all on board were rescued. I