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A REPORTED BOER DEFEAT. General Buller Said to Have Re lieved Ladysmith, After Effecting the Capture of 10,000 of the Enemy's Troops. The Story Discredited at the War Office at London, It Being Re lieved Practically Impossible for Buller to Have Accomplish ed the Task at Such an Early Date—The British Losses at Magersfontein Placed at Eight Hundred and Thirty-Two. LONDON, Dec. 14.-3:45 p. m.—A special dispatch from Pietermaritzburg says Generals Buller and Clery have entered Ladysmith, and have captured 10,000 Boers. LONDON, Dec. 14.—0n the Stock Exchange to-day at 2 o'clock Rand mines suddenly jumped up fl on rumors that General Clery had entered Ladysmith, and that General Buller had captured 3,000 Boers. LONDON, Dec. 14.—The British War Office has heard nothing of the re ported relief of Ladysmith. The offi cials do not credit the story, and they say the act at such an early date is believed to be practically impossible. LONDON, Dec 14.—A special dis patch received here from Weenen, Natal, dated Monday, December 11th, says that the Ladysmith garrison had made a sortie and destroyed the Mod derspruit bridge. LONDON, Dec. 14.—A revised list of the total casualties to the British troops at Magersfontein places the number at 832. LONDON, Dec. 14.—The War Office this evening made the following an nouncement: "The Sixth Division has been mobilized and four battalions of this division will have been embarked by Sunday. The Government has also approved of the immediate mobilization of the Seventh Division." LONDON, Dec. 14.—The W T ar Office has received the following from Gen eral Forestler-Walker at Cape Town: "General French wires under date of December 13th, reporting a skirmish at 4 o'clock in the morning with 1,800 Boers, who were advancing southward toward Naauwport. The skirmishing continued all the morning, the Boers fighting on a front of fourteen miles. The enemy retired with a loss of forty killed and wounded. Our casualties were one killed and seven wounded, in cluding one officer and two missing." FRERE CAMP (Wednesday), Dec. 13. —Firing can be heard this morning in the direction of Colenso, and an ar tillery duel is expected to-day. LONDON, Dec. 15.-4:45 a. m— The War Office is still without news from Ladysmith, other than that already published. The general belief is that the large Boer forces Lord Methuen en countered at Magersfontein were partly drawn from Natal, and that General Buller will strike a blow before these have time to return. The newspapers are calling upon the Government to employ the Cunarders as well as the White Star steamers as transports, seeing the urgent necessity for getting more men to the Cape as speedily as possible. Forty thousand men could still be sent from England without calling upon the militia lor foreign service. The militia effective is 100,000, and from this body 20,000 care fully selected could easily be spared for South Africa. Moreover, the Colo nies are again proffering assistance. The greatest need, therefore, is speedy transports. Sir Charles Warren, who arrived at Cape Town yesterday, will possibly join Lord Methuen and take command of the combined forces. A "Daily Chronicle" Modder River dispatch, which is at variance with ali the other reports, represents Lord Me thuen's forces as retiring Tuesday on the camp at Modder River, as the re sult of renewed artillery firing that day. The correspondent says: "Tuesday forenoon the Boers brought heavy guns into action. The British artillery re plied, but failed to silence them. Lord Methuen thereupon drew his forces out of range, and concentrated at Mod der River. Orders have been issued at Woolwich to prepare another siege train to go out with the Seventh di vision." THE BATTLE AT MAGERSFON TEIN. MODDER RIVER (Cape Colony), Tuesday, Dec. 12.—Details gathered here by a representative of the Asso ciated Press among the wounded Brit ish and Boers gave some idea of the desperate nature of the fight at Magers fontein. The Highlanders did all that the most gallant troops in the world could do, but it was impossible to face the terrible fire of the Boers. The Brit ish artillery again saved the situation, and divided the honors of the day witn the Scots. The batteries worked for hours under a galling rifle fire. According to the Boer stories, it was Impossible for the Burghers to have es caped fearful loss. One Boer prisoner said a single lyddite shell killed or wounded over seventy, and that two other shells burst over two bodies of Boers ensconced behind the range, do ing fearful damage. All agree that the Boers fought throughout with the utmost gallantry. Their sharpshooters seldom missed the mark. A Seaforth Highlander says that THE RECORD-UNION. while he was lying wounded on the field he saw a Boer, of typical Ger man appearance, faultlessly dressed, with polished top boots, a shirt with silk ruffles and a cigar ln his mouth, walking among the ant hills, picking off the British. He was quite alone, and It was apparent from the frequent use he made of field glasses that he was sifting out officers. Another wounded Boer says that a lyddite shell, fired on Sunday, fell in the middle of an open air prayer meeting held to offer supplications for the Boer arms. All the wounded are full of praise for the treatment they received from the medical department on the battlefield. While the Guards were advancing on the plain which the Boers were shell ing from the adjoining ridges, they en countered and cut up a strong Boer picket post on a hill for the purpose of observation. All the members of the picket were either killed, wounded or taken prisoners. BRITISH CASUALTIES. LONDON, Dec. 14.—An official report gives the number of killed, wounded and missing of all arms in the engagement of Sunday and Monday north of Mod der River as 832. There were fifteen officers killed and four wounded, and in addition five are missing and one is known to have been made prisoner. The "War Office has received a mes sage stating there were 050 casualties among the non-commieisoned olficers and men of the Highland Brigade at Magersfontein. The Brigade lost ten officers killed, thirty-eight wounded and four missing. The following list of officers killed or wounded has been received: Highland Brigade—Killed—General Wauchope, Lieutenant Colonel J. N. C. Goode, Captain Elton, Lieutenant Ed monds, Captain J. R. Clark, Lieutenant Cox, Captain Cowan, Captain Lamber ton, Lieutenant Colonel Goff, Major Robinson, Captain Wingate, Lieuten ant Cowie, Wounded—Colonel Kell ham, Captain Berkeley, Major Duff, Captain Featherstonbaugh, Captain Noyes, Captain Wolfe-Murray, Captain Richardson, Captain Campbell, Captain Gordon, Captain McNab, Lieutenant the Hon. W. C. Baillie, Lieutenant Scott and Lieutenant Waterhouse. Many of the above mentioned officers are dan gerously wounded. The other officers wounded mostly sustained unsevere injuries. Wounded —Lieutenant Wauchope, Major Cuthbertson, Captain Cameron, Lieutenant St. J. Harvey, Lieutenant Berthon and Lieutenant Tait, who was formerly the amateur golf champion. Missing—Captain the Hon. Cumming- Bruce, Captain McFarlane and Lieu tenant Ramsay. v The Marquis of Winchester of the Coldstream Guards was killed, Captain J. Sterling, Lieutenant Codrington and Major the Hon. W. B. Lambton of the same brigade were wounded, and of the rank and file six were killed and forty six were wounded. Twelfth Lancashires —One killed, eighteen wounded. Ninth Lancers—One killed, nine wounded. Second Seaforths—Missing, Major K. R. MacKenzie and Captain Brodie; Field Artillery, twenty-one wounded; Surgeon Major was taken prisoner. Mounted Infantry—Killed, Major Milton and Major Ray. The War Office has received from General Gatacre the following list of casualties furnished by a correspond ent who was permitted to visit the Boer camp with the chaplains, and is be lieved to be reliable. Second Royal Irish—Ten killed, thirty-two wounded. First East Lancashires—One wound ed. Second Northumberlands—Twelve killed, twenty-seven wounded. All the above wounded are prisoners. BOER LOSSES. MODDER RIVER, Wednesday, Dec. 13.—Ambulances started early yester day morning under a flag of truce to collect the wounded and bury the dead who fell at Magersfontein. Brigadier General W'auehope, who led the High land Brigade, was found dead near the* trenches ,shot in the chest and thigh. A few wounded were found near the trenches. Several wounded Boers were taken to the British hospital. The sid* of the hill and the Immediate neighborhood of the Boer trenches showed dead bodies all about. One wounded Boer informed a correspond ent of the Associated Press that their loss was terrible. The whole Scandi navian contingent was destroyed. Judging from information gleamed from the Boer wounded and from pris oners taken in different parts of the field, the Boer losses must exceed 700 The destruction wrought by the naval guns was enormous. Word was passed along the Boer lines to prepare to re treat at nightfall. All confess that it was their greatest loss during the war. The British troops have returned to Modder River, owing *o the lack of water near the position they held yes terday. INDIGNATION AGAINST THE WAR OFFICE. LONDON, Dec. 14.-While the out wardly calm attitude of the press and people here during the present crisis commands admiration, there is an un dercurrent of Intense indignation against the War Office and the Gov ernment, which threatens to have a serious addition in the blunders of the Generals and the further evidences of the breakdown of the Transport and Intelligence Departments which are daily coming to light. It was freely predicted this morning, even in high military circles, that the South African campaign would last until June it was expected that General Methuen would have to retire south of the Orange River, as it is claimed he could not hold out long at the Modder River, where his ammunition and food sup plies were not expected to last over a week. In fact, it was said that his line of communication was probably already cut, and it was claimed that General Gatacre was similarly weak ened by his reverse and the revolt of the colonists, and It was added that he might have to choose between a fire and a retreat. The scenes at the War Office this morning when General Methuen's cas ualties were posted were highly dra matic. There was a steady Incursion of anxious inquirers from the moment the doors opened, and there was in tense excitement when an official ap peared bearing the ominously long' list of names. The women present crowd ed eagerly forward, and begged for Copies of the list. But the supply was not sufficleret, and the official read out the lists. Intense feeling was evl dent on all the faces. Some of the (Continued on Seventh Pace.) SACRAMENTO, FRIDAY MOKNIKGr, DECEMBER 35, 1899.-EIGHT PAGES. AT THE TOMB OF WASHINGTON. Impressive Ceremonies Held at Mt. Vernon Yesterday, Commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of the First President's Death. The First Exercises Held Under the Auspices of the Masons, Follow ed Later in the Day by Those of the Improved Order of Red Men —Eloquent Tributes to the Memory of Washington by Pres ident McKinley and Senator Depew. WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.—Mount Vernon was the scene to-day of the most unique and impressive ceremony in its rich and picturesque history. Masons of high degree from all over the United States and Canada met at the tomb of Washington in services commemorating the one hundredth an niversary of the death of the greatest American. President McKinley deliv ered an eloquent tribute to the memory of the first President, and Senators and Representatives in Congress, high offi cials of the Government and distin guished private citizens were partici pants and spectators of the solemn services. Later in the day when the Masonic ceremonies had been concluded the In dependent Order of Red Men succeeded them in honoring the memory of Wash ington with the rites of their order. The Masons went from this city to Mount Vernon by steamer. Headed by Colonel Robert White of Wheeling, W. Va., the Grand Marshal, the proces sion marched to the wharf and em barked. At Alexandria they were joined by the Federal Grand Lodge of Virginia, and the journey to Mount Vernon was resumed. President McKinley left the W T hite House shortly before 11 o'clock, and was taken to Mount Vernon on a spe cial train on the electric line, being es corted by all the members of the Cab inet who were in the city, General Miles and General Corbin. At Mount Vernon the procession was formed in line at the Mansion, where President McKinley and other distin guished guests joined it, and moved sol emnly to the vault, where first reposed the remains of Washington. This pro cession was formed and moved in the exact order and over the same path which was followed at Washington's funeral. Halting at the vault, the Third Cav alry band played a funeral dirge, and the Right Rev. A. M. Randolph, Bishop of the Southern Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, offered an invocation. This was followed by an address by the Grand Master of Masons in Colorado, and the procession then moved on to the tomb where the remains of Wash ington now lie. Here occurred the impressive services of Masonic ritual. The Grand Masters of the thirteen original States formed in line facing the representatives of the other jurisdictions and the Grand Lodge and other brethren ranging in a circle around the tomb with joined hands Then. the Grand Master of Virginia called upon each of the jurisdictions in turn for the messages and tributes sent by them. As the Grand Master of California, representing the Western States, con cluded, the following responses were made: The Craft—Amen. All of the Grand Masters—Oh, death, where Is thy sting? The Craft—Oh, grave, where is thy victory? The Grand Masters then deposited their wreaths and evergreens and the craft slowly marched past, laying on the tomb their tributes. Upon reaching the Mansion the lines were drawn up, and President McKin ley delivered an address. He was in troduced by the Grand Master of Vir ginia, and delivered an eloquent ora tion, which was listened to in pro found and impressive silence. President McKinley spoke as follows: "We have Just participated in a ser vice commemorative of the one hun dredth anniversary of the death of George Washington. At has old home which he loved so well, and which the patriotic women of the country have guarded with loving hands, exercises are conducted under the auspices of the great fraternity of Masons, which a century ago planned and executed the solemn ceremonial which attended the father of his country to his tomb. The lodge in which he was initiated, and the one over which he afterward presided as Worshipful Master, accorded posi tions of honor at his obsequies, are to day represented here in token of pro found respect to the memory of their illustrious member and beloved brother. "Masons throughout the United States testify anew their reverence for the name of Washington, and the inspiring example of his life. Distinguished rep resentatives are here from all Grand Lodges of the country to render cere monies as dignified and impressive as possible and most cordial greetings have come from across our borders and from beyond the sea. "Not alone in this country, but throughout the world, have Masons taken special interest In the observ ance of this centennial anniversary. The fraternity justly claims the immortal patriot as one of its members; the whole human family acknowledges him as one of its greatest benefactors. Pub lic bodies, patriotic societies and other organizations, our citizens everywhere have esteemed it a privilege to-day to pay their tribute to his memory and to the splendor of his achievements in the advancement of justice and liberty among men. "His fair name, secure ln its immor tality, shall shine through countless ages with undiminished luster. "The struggling republic for which Washington was willing to give his life, and for which he ever freely spent his fortune, and which at all times was the object of his most earnest solici tude, has steadily and wonderfully de veloped along the lines which his sa gacity and foresight carefully planned. It has stood every trial, and at the dawn of a new century is stronger than ever to carry forward its mission of liberty. During all the Intervening years it has been true, forever true, to the precepts of the Constitution which he and his illustrious colleagues framed for its guidance and government. He was the national architect, says Ban croft, the historian, and but for him the nation could not have achieved Its In dependence, could not have formed its union, could not have put the Federal Government into operation. "He had neither precedent nor prede cessor. His work was original and con structive, and has successfully stood the severest tests. "He selected the site for the Capital of the republic he founded, and gave it the name of the Federal City, but the commission substituted the name of Washington as the more fitting and to be a perpetual recognitioiief the service of the Commander-in-Chtef of the Con tinental Army, the Present of the convention which framed the Constitu tion and the first President of the re public. More than 70,000,000 of peo ple acknowledge allegiance to the flag which he made triumphant. The na tion is his best eulogist apd his noblest monument. "I have been deeply interested and touched by the sentiments of his con temporaries, uttered a hundred years ago on the occasion of his death." The President, at this point, quoted eulogies of Washington delivered one hundred years ago by Rev. Walter King at Norwich, Conn., by Rev. Nathan Strong at Hartford, Conn., and by John Adams in an address to the Senate, and said in conclusion: "The nation needs at moment the help of his wise examplt. In dealing with our vast responsibilities, we turn to him. We invoke his counsel of life and character and courage. We sum mon his precepts that we may keep his pledges to maintain justice and law, education and morality and civil and religious liberty in every part of the country, the new as well as the old." The President was interrupted fre quently by applause and at the close of his oration he was cheered heartily. The exercises at the mansion were concluded with a benediction pro nounced by Brother E. N. Calisch, Rabbi of Beth Ahaba Synagogue of Richmond, Va. RED MEN'S TRIBUTE. At 3 o'clock a delegation of the Im proved Order of Red Men, in charge of the Great Incohonee, Hon. George Greene of Binghamton, N. V., and Hon. Charles H. Litehman of Marblehead, Mass., arrived at Mount Vernon to pay the tribute of 220,000 Red Men to the memory of W'ashsington. He was one of the founders of the "Sons of Lib erty," to which the R*d Men trace back their origin, through varying names. The chiefs to officiate at the tomb were selected by Great Incohome Greene, who appointed as master of ceremonies Hon. Urban H. Hester of Ohio, Past Grand Sachem. After Chief Hester had read the call for the observance of the day and the Great Prophet, Robert Daniels, had invoked the Great Spirit, acting Great Inoohonee Litehman pronounced the oration upon Washington. It was an inspiring tribute, exquisite in thought and diction, and quite worthy of its great subject. He was followed by the Great Chief of Records, Charles H. Conley, with a beautiful message to the Red Men of the world. In conclusion he deposited within the tomb a handsome silk flag, on a stan dard to which was attached four rib bons of the colors of the order —green, orange, blue and scarlet—respectively inscribed: 1799 George Washington 1599 December 14, 1599. Great Council United States. Improved Order of Red Men. The great wreath of ivy and red im motelles was then deposited within the tomb, as a "fit emblem in our be lief in that immortality of the soul which rises superior to aM the ills of life, and, through the bright blessings of hope, gives us promise of eternal joy." To-night the order supplemented their Mount Vernon ceremonies with elaborate exercises at Convention Hall, where patriotic music by the Marine Band, songs and addresses formed features of an interesting program. Great Inoohonee George Greene of New York presided, and speeches were made by Past Great Incohonee Charles H. Litehman of Massachusetts and Great Prophet Robert T. Daniel of Georgia, Senator Chauncey M. Depew w r as the orator of the evening, and was given a hearty reception as he was introduced by the presiding officer as "the great est orator of his kind." Dr. Depew spoke as follows: "Ladies and Gentlemen: Centuries come and centuries go. From the limit less past two stand out conspicuously. History is a disheartening record of ex periment and failure in the culture of liberty. But ln the eighteenth century the foundations of human rights were laid deep, strong and perpetual, and upon them the nineteenth has builded with marvelous success. The wonders of our period were made possible by the wisdom and courage of its prede cessor. The eighteenth century wit nessed the life and work of Washington. The nineteenth is reaping its fruitage. Happily for humanity the settlement of our country was delayed until the modern spirit had broken the chains of madievalism and feudalism, until there was a clear apprehension of civil and religious liberty. "The Puritans in England, and Luther and Calvin on the Continent had in augurated independence of thought and speech and brought into the arena of discussion the gravest problems of life, while trade and commerce had created an educated middle class possessed of the open mind which comes from con tact with the world. Naseby and Mars ton Moor had rudely shattered rever ence of power, unless its decrees were based on right, and the beheading of CharlesVthe First had dethrone! the di vinity which had been the safety of kings. Three thousand miles of ocean and the exhausting wars of Europe had left the colonists thus nurtured and taught to work out, with little interfer ence from home, their ideas of govern ment for themselves and by themselves. The Habeas Corpus, the Bill of Rights, (Continued on Sixth Page.) IMPROVEMENT OF STREETS. The Subject of Discussion by Rep resentatives of Municipalities At the Morning Proceedings of the Conven tion in Session at San Francisco, A Resolution Unanimously Adopt ed for the Appointment of a Special Committee to Draft a New Law for Street Work, to Be Presented to the Next Legis lature. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14.—"Meth ods of Street Improvement," was the subject discussed by the representa tives of California municipalities at the session of the convention in Pioneer Hall this morning. Many new ideas were expressed by the Mayors, City Attorneys and other municipal officials, the discussion proving particularly in structive to those who regard the mat ter of street improvement as one of the most important of modern munic ipal problems. The discussion cen tered about the Vrooman street im provement Act, and the concensus of opinion was that the Act was inef fective. In the absence of Mayor Phelan, the meeting was presided over by First Vice President J. W. Richards of Berkeley. The first paper presented was by City Attorney W. A. Beasley of San Jose, on "Taxation for Street Improve ments." Mr. Beasley's paper precipitated quite a discussion, the delegates telling of their varied experiences under the terms of the Act. Mayor Fred Eaton of Los Angeles told how the law had worked in the southern metropolis. "One trouble," said Mayor Eaton, "is that men who happen to have a political pull are put in charge of the work in many cases. I think the City Engineers should have charge of the work, instead of the Street Superintendents, because they are more skilled and experienced. I do not believe in abandoning the right of protest, because very often the con tractors will carry through jobs for their own benefit, and the people should be allowed the right of pro testing against such jobs." Jacob Hutchinson of Palo Alto asked if the Vrooman Act might not be amended along the lines of the Los Angeles charter. Mayor Eaton replied that it would) be an excellent idea, as the Los An geles charter had worked well. Joseph Spinney, President of the Board of Trustees of Fresno, advised that each city should ascertain at the beginning of the year how much would be needed for street work, making it a part of the tax levy, and creating a special fund for this purpose. The discussion was terminated by Joseph Hutchinson, w-ho moved that the Chairman appoint a special com mittee to draft a new bill for street work, to be presented to the next Leg islature. This motion was unanimously adopt pd. The subject of municipal licenses was brought up by Mr. Hale of Martinez, who introduced the following resolu tion: "Resolved, That the Legislative Com-> mittee be directed to prepare a bill, the purpose of which will be to exempt the general business enterprises with in incorporated cities from the pay ment of licenses to the counties." The resolution was referred to the committee. At the afternoon session the con vention listened to many interesting discourses on the experiences of cities that owned and operated their own water works. Each speaker was an advocate of municipal ownership. President Sweet of the Santa Rosa Trustees. President Druftel of the Santa Clara Trustees, Professor Marx of Palo Alto and City Trustee Sorenson of Modesto talked on the subject. The Chairman appointed the follow ing committee to draft new street laws to be submitted to the next Legisla ture: Joseph Hutchinson, Palo Alto; W. A. Beasley, San Jose; E. K. Tay lor, Alameda; Mayor Fred Eaton, Los Angeles; G. W. Finch, Riverside; Jos eph Spinney, Fresno; President J. S. Sweet of Santa Ro?a Trustees; City Attorney J. T. Yorke, Napa; G. R, Ken nedy, Chico. At to-night's session the following resolution was passed: "It is the opinion of this league that It will require at least one year to fully investigate the condition of the street improvement laws of this State, and draft a thoroughly considered substi tute for or amendment of the same, and for that reason this league hereby requests his honor, Governor Gage, "to omit from the call for a special session | •of the Legislature, should such session be called, all reference to the subject." WEATHER CONDITIONS. Storm of Considerable Severity Off Coast of California and Oregon. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14.—The fol lowing are the seasonal rainfalls to date as compared with those of the same date last season and rainfall in last twenty-four hours: Last This Last 24 hours. Season.Season. Eureka 0-34 24.30 8.50 Red Bluff 0.52 8.38 3.04 Sacramento 0.41 8.23 2.21 San Francisco 0.91 9.01 2.9T Fresno 0.01 3.92 1.79 Independence ....Trace 1.22 0.01 San Luis Obispo. .Trace 5.90 1.31 Los Angeles 0.00 2.50 0.29 San Diego 0.00 1.28 0.9*5 Yuma 0.00 0.5S 0.70 San Francisco data: Maximum tem perature 55, minimum 40, mean 50. A storm of considerable magnitude has appeared off the coast of Oregon and California. The pressure has fallen half an inch during the past twenty-1 four hours from Cape Blanco to Cape Disappointment. Storm signals are displayed along the coast of San Francisco northward, and information signals along the southern coast. The following maximum wind veloci ties are reported: Fort Canby, 10 miles per hour from the east; Roseburg, 20 from the east; Eureka, 20 from the southeast; Sacramento, 30 from the south. Northbound vessels are warned of heavy weather from Cape Mendocino northward. A PETROLEUM SPRING. One Discovered in Northwestern Part of San Joaquin County. .STOCKTON, Dec. 14.—Report of the discovery of a substance supposed to be petroleum was brought to town to-day by Deputy Sheriff Dougherty of Terminus. Terminus is a river landing in the ex treme northwestern part of this county. A high levee along the river protects the country from overflow. The oil comes out of the ground on the inner side of the levee and at its foot, in the form of a spring, right at the landing. It oozes up pure—that It, there is no water or earth with it—and trickles down into the drainage ditch alongside; the levee, where it floats on top of the water, seeping into the ditch from the river. The springs were discovered five years ago, but no attention was paid to the matter until the recent discoveries of oil in the region of Fresno. Four men who claim to know a good deal about oil wells have examined the spring, and pronounce the flow to be petroleum. McDaniel Murder Trial. PORTLAND, Dec. 14.—1n the Mc- Daniel case to-day Mrs. Morse, at whose house McDaniel lived, testified in behalf of the- prisoner. She had heard her son enter the house about 10 o'clock on the night of the murder, after which she had slept soundly until about midnight. For the remainder of the night she had been restless, sleeping very little, and from the fact that Mc- Daniel was in his room next morning, she was positive he must have returned home before midnight. The testimony was an attempt to corroborate Mc- Daniel's story that he was at home be fore 11 p. m. on the night Claire Fitch was killed. California Grown Hemp and Flax. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14.—The first product of the fiber of hemp and flax grown in California and manufactured for commercial use has been just turned out by the jute mills at the San Quen tin Penitentiary. The fiber was grown near Gridley, in this State, from Cali fornia seed, over 2,000 pounds to the acre being produced. The articles manufactured at the prison include grain bags, twines, etc., and experi ments have demonstrated that the Cal ifornia product equals for strength and appearance the best manufactured from imported fiber. Military Order of Foreign Wars. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14.—The an nual election of California Commandery of the Military Order of Foreign Wars was held to-day, resulting as follows: Commander. Major General William R. Shafter; Vice Commander, Bradner Wells Lee of Los Angeles; Secretary, Major George W. Reed; Deputy Secre tary, Fred Dohrmann, Jr.; Judge Ad vocate, Edward S. Fowler; Treasurer, Irving F. Moneton; Registrar, Charles S. Green of Oakland; Surgeon, Dr. Ed ward S. Clark; Chaplain, Rev. Alfred S Clark of San Mateo. Brief News From Santa Cruz. SANTA CRUZ, Dec. 14.—George Otto, a pioneer citizen, died this morning. Deceased was a native of Germany, aged 73 years, and was a merchant here for many years, and County Treasurer for two terms. Mayor Lamb this morning sent an in vitation to the Fruit-Growers' Conven tion now in session at San Jose to hold its next convention in Santa Cruz. There was a heavy rainfall this morn ing. A Woman Commits Suicide. SAN F.RANCISCO, Dec. 14.—Mrs. Ollie Williar, the divorced wife of Harry W r illiar, the agent of an Eastern paper firm, committed suicide to-day by inhaling gas. The woman died after being placed on the operating table at the Receiving Hospital. She left a note to her son, Harry, begging forgiveness for her deed. It is supposed that de spondency induced her to take her own life. Will of Clarence Greathouse. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14.—The will of the late Clarence Ridgley Great house, at one time United States Consul at Seoul, Corea, and recent advisor of the Emperor of Corea, was filed for probate to-day. The estate is valued at over $10,000, and is bequeathed to his mother. Decorations for Golden Jubilee. SAN JOSE, Dec. 14.—Men and women are placing several carloads of ever greens about town on pillar and post. This is the beginning of the decorations for the golden jubilee. THE ROBERTS CASE. Several Witnesses to Go From Utah to Washington. WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.—A number of witnesses' are expected to arrive here from Utah on Monday next to testify against Mr. Roberts of Utah, namely, Mrs. Dr. Luella Miles, Mr. McDougall, Thomas J. Brandon, Ray Brandon, Dr. Wishard and J. R. Letcher. They were advised by Chair man Tayler of the House Investigat ing Committee, that necessary travel ing expenses would be guaranteed, and on this understanding they will come without the formality of subpenas. They are expected to give evidence rel ative to the polygamous relations of Mr. Roberts from more direct and per sonal knowledge than that possessed by the witnesses heretofore heard. Gallapagos Islands. "WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.—Respond ing to a resolution of inquiry, the President to-day sent to the Senate a statement by the Secretary of State concerning the possible sale of the Gal lapagos Islands. The Secretary says In his statement that the Department of State has no "recent Information as to the proposed sale of the Gallapagos Islands by the republic of Ecuador to Great Britain or any European Power." "WHOLE NO. 18,997. THE SAMOAN AGREEMENT. Full Text ef Treaty Negotiated by the Interested Nations For the Adjustment ef Dispited Questions and Partition if the Islands. A Separate Treaty Negotiated to Cover the Provisions for the Settlement of Claims in Samoa on Account of the Recent Mili tary Operations Also Concluded, the King of Norway and Sweden Being Named as the Sole Arbi trator. WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.—The full text of the treaty negotiated between the United States, Germany and Great Britain for the adjustment of the ques tions between the three Governments in respect to the Samoan Islands was made public to-day. The treaty bears date at Washington, December 2, 181)9, and after reciting its purpose to be to adjust amicably questions between the three Powers in respect to the Samoan group, and to avoid future misunder standings, proceeds textually as fol lows: Article I —The general act concluded and signed by the aforesaid powers at Berlin on the 14th day of June, A. D. 1899, and all previous treaties, conven tions and agreements relating to Samoa are annulled. Article II —Germany renounces in favor of the United States of America all her rights and claims over and in respect to the Islands of Tutuila and all other islands of the Samoan group east of longitiude 171 degrees west of Greenwich. Great Britain in like man ner renounces in favor of the United States of America all her rights and claims over and in respect to the Island of Tutuila and all other islands of the Samoan group east of longitude 171 degrees west of Greenwich. Reciprocal ly, the United States of America re nounce in favor of Germany all their rights and claims over and in respect to the Islands of Upolu and Savii, and all other islands of the Samoan group west of longitude 171 degrees west of Green wich. Article III —It is understood and agreed that each of the three signatory Powers shall continue to enjoy in re spect to their commerce and commer cial vessels in all the Islands of the Samoan group privileges and conditions equal to those enjoyed by the sovereign Powen in all ports which may be open to the commerce of either of them. Article IV —The present convention shall be ratified as soon as possible, and shall come into force immediately after the exchange of ratifications. In faith whereof, etc.: JOHN HAY, HOLLEBEN, PAUNCEFOTE. A separate treaty was negotiated to cover the provisions for the settle ment of claims in Samoa. It sets forth that the three Governments are desir ous of effecting a prompt and satisfac tory settlement of the claims of the citizens of their respective countries resident in the Samoan Islands on ac count of recent military operations con ducted there, and have concluded a convention for the accomplishment of this end by arbitration. The King of Norway and Sweden is made arbitrator, and he is not only to determine the amount of claims, but is to decide to what extent each of the three Govern ments is bound, alone or jointly with the others, to make good these losses. The nature of the claims to be adjust ed is set forth in Article I. of the treaty as follows: "All claims put forward by American citizens or German or British subjects, respectively, whether individuals or companies, for compensation on ac count of losses which they allege that they have suffered In consequence or the unwarranted military action, if this be shown to have occurred, on the part of the American, German or British offi cers between the Ist of January last and the arrival of the joint commis sion in Samoa, shall be decided by ar bitration in conformity with the prin ciples of international law or considera tions of equity." There is also a provision to the effect that "either of the three Governments named, with the consent of the others previously obtained in every case, sub mit to the King for arbitration similar claims of persons not being natives who are under the protection of that Govern ment, and who are not Included in the above mentioned categories" The agreement provides for the ex change of ratifications four months from the date of its signing, which Is the 7th day of November last, or earlier, if possible. STEAMER MANICA. Arrives in Port After a Rather Hard Experience. NEW YORK, Dec. 14.—The Norman line steamer Manica arrived to-day from Shields, and reports having ex perienced a hard head south southwest gale with heavy seas. On December in latitude 45.15, longitude 41.80, the tunnel shaft broke. Shortly after the German steamer Albano, bound from Hamburg for New York, came along and took the disabled vessel ln tow. An hour later the hawser parted, and the Albano proceeded on her course. The Manica was driven far off her course, and several times was on the verge of foundering. When the wea ther finally permitted temporary re pairs were made, and she steamed 1,600 miles to port. Extradition Treaty With Pern. WASHINGTON. Dec 14.—United States Minister Dudley at Lima, has cabled the State Department confirm ing the report of the ratification by the Peruvian Congress of the extradi tion treaty negotiated with the Peru vian Government by Mr. Dudley. The treaty now requires the approval of the United States Senate.