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BULLER MEETS WITH A SERIOUS REVERSE. Attempts to Effect a Crossing of tbe Tugela River, Bat is Compelled to Retire Under the Gall ing Fire of the Boers. Suffers Severe Losses in Killed and Wounded, Besides Losing One Field. Gun by Shell Fire and Having to Abandon Ten Others —Great Depression at London Over Buller's Repulse. LONDON, Dec. 16.—(12:47 a. m.)— The War Office has received a dispatch announcing that General Buller has met with a serious reverse, losing eleven guns. General Buller was attempting to cross the Tugela River. Finding it Im possible to effect his object, he ordered a retirement, In order to avoid greater losses. He left eleven guns behind. The following is the text of General Buller's dispatch announcing his re verse: "Buller to Lansdowne, Chiveley Camp, December loth, 6:20 p. m.—l regret to report a serious reverse. I moved In full strength from our camp near Chive, ley at 4 o'clock this morning. There are two fordable places in the Tugela River, and it was my intention to force a passage through at one of them. They are about two miles apart. "My intention was to force one or the other with one brigade, supported by a central brigade. General Bart was to attack the left drift. General Hillyard the right road and General Littleton was to take the center and to support either Early in the day I saw that General Bart would not be able to force a passage, and I directed him to with draw. He had, however, attacked with great gallantry, and his leading bat talion, the Connaught Rangers. I fear, suffered a great deal. Colonel L G. Brooke was seriously wounded. "I then ordered General Hillyard to advance, which he did, and his leading regiment, the East Surrey, occupied Colenso Station, and the houses near the bridge. "At that moment I heard that the whole artillery I had sent to support the attack—the Fourteenth and Sixty sixth Field Batteries and six naval 12 --pounder quick firers under Colonel Long—had advanced close to the river, in Long's desire to be within effective range. It proved to be full of the en emy, who suddenly opened a galling fire at close range, killing all their horses, and the gunners were compell ed to stand to their guns. Some of the wagon teams got shelter for troops in a donga, and desperate efforts were being made to bring out the field guns. The fire, however, was too severe, and only two were saved by Captain Scholfield and some drivers whose names I will furnish. "Another most gallant attempt with three teams was made by an officer whose name I will obtain. Of the eighteen horses, thirteen were killed, and as several drivers were wounded, I would not allow another attempt, as it seemed that they would be a shell mark, sacrificing life to a gallant at tempt to force the passage, unsupport ed by artillery, I directed the troops to withdraw, which they did in good or der. "Throughout the day a considerable force of the enemy was pressing on my right flank, but was kept back by mounted men under Lord Rundon, and another part of General Bart's bri gade. The day was intensely hot and most trying on the troops, whose con duct was excellent. We have abandon ed ten guns, and lost by shell fire one. The losses in General Bart's brigade are, I fear, very heavy, although the proportion of severely wounded, I hope, Is not large. The Fourteenth and Six ty-sixth Field Batteries also suffered severe losses. We have retired to our camp at Chiveley." A MOST SERIOUS EVENT. LONDON, Dec. 10.—a, m.)— The news of General Buller's reverse was received so late that newspaper com ment to-day is confined to perfunctory expressions of extreme regret and dis appointment, and of the necessity of. calmness and redoubled efforts to re-i trieve the position. The latest check ' Is regarded as the most serious event In Great Britain's military history since the Indian mutiny. The "Standard" says: "General Bul-| ler's dispatch is deplorable reading. It is the now familiar story of concealed Boers and of British troops marching up blindly almost to the very muzzle of the enemy's rifles. It cannot be doubted that the moral effect will be to aggravate our difficulties the whole field of operations. The "country ha 9 discovered with annoyance and j surprise that subduing Boer farmers is about the hardest work we have en tered upon since the Indian mutiny. Their commandants have shown them selves able to give our Generals useful but expensive lessons in modern tac tics." The "Times" says: "Since the day of the Indian mutiny, the nation has not been confronted with so painful and j anxious a situation. Plainly General j Buller's advance is paralyzed for the moment as completely as Lord Me thuen's and General Gatacre's." The depression over the defeat of Great Britain's trusted and idolized Commander is all the greater, as, dur- THE RECORD-UNION. ing: the last forty-eight hours, there had been reports of the relief of Lady smith. Yesterday the "War Office al lowed It to be understood that the posi tion of affairs in Natal was entirely satisfactory. The reaction is all the more pronounced on this account. The gloomy information came too late to reach the service clubs, and only a few journalists and stragglers were waiting at the War Office. It had hardly been realized until now, even after the experience of the week, that General Buller could fail. Virtually nothing had been allowed to leak through regarding his preparations, but the public waited patiently, in the con fident belief that he was taking such time and precautions as would insure success. • No independent reports of the < gagement have yet been allowed t» come through, but General Buller's own dispatch tells the sad tale in sufficient outline to show that the British have been entrapped again by the astute Boers. It was not anticipated that General Buller would make a frontal attack. No criticisms of his move ments are made, however, since ap parently he suffered a repulse rather than a defeat, and did not push the attack home, but broke it off in the middle, so as to save a useless sacrifice of life. It i 3 expected that he will re new the attack shortly. Immediately on receiving the news, the War Office decided to mobilize still another division, and to replace the losses of artillery. The necessary re inforcements will be hurried off as speedily as possible. Fifteen transports are due to arrive at Cape Town between December 17th and January Bth, ■With about 15,000 troops of all arms, but unless General Buller is able to renew the attack, which is exceedingly doubtful, the British Generals will be compelled for ■another fortnight or more to remain on the defensive. The latest dispatches indicate the continued bombardment of Ladysmith, whose position is now perilous. Major General Sir Herbert Charles Chormside hais been appointed to com mand the Fourteenth Brigade in the Seventh Division. The list of casualties among the non commissioned officers and men in tho fight at Magersfontein, just issued, shows 55 killed, 253 wounded (21 se verely) and 70 missing. This, however, is apparently not a complete list. BOERS REPULSED, PRETORIA, Dec. 11.—It is officially announced that Motopo, west of Mafe i king, was bombarded December 11th. : Sharp fighting occurred. The Boers at i tacked a British post at Mafeking dur ! ing the night of December 10th. After : severe fighting the Boers were repulsed Land retired to Suyman's Fort. FIGHTING RENEWED AT MODDER RIVER. PRETORIA, Dec. 12.—The following : official announcement has been made: "General Cronje reports that yester j day there was desultory fighting till U, i when heavy cannon fire was resumed. "The Scandinavians stormed a diffi- I cult position, but it became untenable, ! and they suffered severely. I was un- I able to send help. The British were in overwhelming force, but must have had lat least 2,lhhj men put out of action, either in killed or wounded." Another official report from Captain Finnhart says: "There are no signs of surrender. The Burghers are fighting with con spicuous bravery and maintaining their • positions under heavy British fire. Our 1 cannon were of very little use. The i British were greatly assisted by bal loons. Twenty-four ambulances were ; working backward and forward be ■ tween the fighting line and the enemy's camp. Our loss is not definitely known. 1 estimate it at 100 killed and wound ed." A telegraph operator at the Modder River wires: "Gun and Maxim firing has been proceeding since 5:30 this morning. At 110 cannonading was proceeding, and at 2 the fighting was reported to be very severe. The Boer force along the river bank was being heavily attacked, and is receiving assistance from the other Boer forces." It is not known whether the operator refers to the fighting of Monday or to renewed fighting Tuesday. LONDON, Dec. 15.—A special dis patch from the Modder River says the ] firing reported by a telegraph operator j was a resumption of the fighting be j tween General Methuen s forces and : those of the Boers. BOERS FORCED TO RETREAT LONDON, Dec. 15.—The War Office \ has received the following dispatcli from the officer commanding at Orange River, Thursday, December 14th: "Yesterday part of the mounted in fantry under Captain Bradshaw and the Yorkshire and Lancashire's guides, under Lieutenant McFarlane, patrolled in the direction of Ramah and Zoutspan Drift, about ten miles east of the Or ange River to reconnoiter and report the strength of the enemy reported to be holding the drift. The mounted in fantry found a strong detachment of the enemy at the drift, and a sharp en gagement ensued. The enemy ulti . mately retreated to Goemansberg. Cap | tain Bradshaw and three men were 'killed; Lieutenant Gregson of the East Kents and seven men were wounded. The Boers had five men killed and sev eral men wounded." The War Office has a dispatch from Colonel Kekewich, dated Kimberley, , Sunday, December 10th, saying: I "The Boers have reattacked Kuru man. and have again been repulsed by ; loyalists and Bechuanas." The Kimberley forces made a demon [stiatiofi northward December 9th, and Idn ~hK) Boers and three guns. Fight inp nsued for several hours. The Brit ish c asualties were one man killed and seven wounded. RUMOR STARTED BY STOCK OPER ATORS. LONDON, Dec. 15.—There was a re newal this morning on the Stock F/x- I change of the persistent rumors of the relief of Ladysmith, but the War Office and all other officials utterly discredit the report, which is generally believed may have been started with the object of unloading Kaffir shares. Although the quotations were lower at the open ing, consequent upon lack of confirma tion of yesterday's favorable reports, the reiteration, of the statement that \ several firms had received private con- I firmation of the reported relief 6f Lady ! smith led to a rapid improvement in Rand Mines, which opened at 30% and jumped to 38. Goldfields rose from G 15-16 to 7 1-16, and Chartereds from 3 7-16 to 3%. There were slight re lapses later. SACRAMENTO, SATTTKOATT MORNHfG, DECEMBER 36, 1899.—EIGHT PAGES. CONGRESSIONAL PROCEEDINGS. The Closing.Day of General Debate on file Financial Bill Privet! to b3 One of Exceptional Interest in the Lower House. A Sharp Personal Colloquy Be tween Representatives Wheeler and Berry of Kentucky Over the Recent Election in Their State Tends to Liven the Proceedings. WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.—The clos ing day of the general debate on the financial bill proved to be one of ex ceptional interest. At the outset a sharp personal colloquy occurred be tween Representatives Wheeler and Beny of Kentucky over the recent Ken tucky election, and the charges grow ing out of it. Considerable feeling was shown. Later in the day Mr. Bailey of Texas, until recently the Democratic floor leader, received close attention in an hour's speech vigorously presenting the Democratic view, and eulogizing the time honored and undying Demo cratic organization. In marked con trast with Bailey's utterance, Scudder of New York, who followed him, an nounced as a Democrat that he believed in the gold standard, and would vote for it. Payne of New York and Dalzell of Pennsylvania also spoke during tha day. The debate under the five minute rule occurs to-morrow. Jones of Virginia opened the debate in opposition to the bill. After Rhea of Kentucky and Will iams of Illinois had spoken against the bill, the serenity of the debate was un expectedly interrupted by a rather sen sational personal clash between Berry and W T heeler, both Democrats of Ken tucky. Wheeler secured recognition to question statements made by Berry yesterday as to corruption in the recent Kentucky campaign. "I regret the necessity of having to wash our dirty linen of Kentucky or. the floor of the House," said Wheeler, "but I do not propose that our people' shall be maligned and slandered with out a word of protest." Berry sat a few seats ahead of Wheeler, and the latter addressed him self personally to his colleague. Wheeler declared that Berry repre sented neither Kentucky nor her peo ple, and that the people of his district would speedily ' rebuke him by retiring him to private life. The election of. Taylor, he asserted, had been bought and paid for," with a rail road on one side and the plain people on the other. But despite this, he said, Governor Goebel would yet be seated. 'Yes, I use the word advisedly," pro ceeded Wheeler, referring to his char acterization of Mr. Goebel as Governor, "for before the buds burst on any tree in Kentucky he will be its Chief Exe cutive, and he will have routed that nefarious gang who won their certifi cate of election by corruption, fraud and rascality." Wheeler closed by declaring emphat ically that Taylor had not been elected; that he secured by irregular methods a certificate of election, but when the calcium lights of the courts were turned on this proceeding it would be William Goebel who would be seated in the Executive chair. Berry was quickly on his feet as Wheeler closed, and reeponded savage ly, personally, and with much feeling. He said the speech just heard was typical of the intolerance of that Ken tucky element which did not brook any freedom of opinion. He did not need the influence of the gentleman or his backers. Four times he had been sent here, and he w-ould return again. Shaking his finger at Wheeler Berry exclaimed: "You are cringing at the feet of Goebel, and I tell you that your scalp is taken now by Goebel." When reference was made to the Ir regularity of the Louisville convention, Wheeler sought to interrupt, but Berry waved him off, declaring that the gen tleman has participated in the disorder, and has stood up and yelled down op-, position, with policemen about him. Wheeler interjected a flat contradic tion of this, but not heeding interrup tions. Colonel Berry proceeded in his fiery response, declaring that Wheeler was as bad as Goebel himself. Wheeler gained a minute to reply, defending the regularity of the Louis ville convention, and saying that only A few thugs and toughs were excluded. The tension over the affair was re lieved at this point by a point of order from Representative Cox of Tennessee. "What is the point of order?" asked the Chairman. "I object to having this Kentucky side show thrust into a financial de bate," said Cox gravely, to the edifica tion of the Republican side. Tb** caused a laugh, and the heat of the | exchange between the two Kentucky j gentlemen was dispelled. Brossius of Pennsylvania spoke in fa vor of the bill. SENATE PROCEEDINGS. WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.—T0-day the practical completion of the Senate com mittees for the fifty-sixth Congress was announced officially by Senator Aid-! rich of Rhode Island. He presented to j the Senate an order fixing the commit- i tees, and it was adopted without dis- \ senL A few vacancies ln the minority representation are yet to be filled. They j will be disposed of in a few days. No' other business of importance was trans acted by the Senate. Soon after the Senate convened to day, on motion of Hale, it was agreed to adjourn from to-day until next Mon day. Aldrich of Rhode Island then pre sented a special order fixing the stand ing committees and their personnel for the Senate of the fifty-sixth Congress. The order was adopted without dis-! sent, a statement being made by Cock- j rell of Missouri that such vacancies as existed in the minority representation would be filled at an early date. Davis of Minnesota secured the pass age of a resolution requesting the Sec- i retary of State to transmit to the Sen ate the reports of the Hon. Bartlett Tripp, Samoan Commissioner, on affairs in Samoa. Tillman had passed a resolution call ing upon the Secretary of War to sub mit a survey and estimate of the cost for the improvement of the Great Pee dee River, in South Carolina, between Cheraw and the Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta railroad bridge. The Senate, at 12:42, went into execu tive session, and at 1:20 adjourned un til Monday. FILIPINO BUSHWHACKERS. Those Captured Will be Summarily Dealt With. WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.—Isolated bands of bushwacking insurgents who are captured by our forces in the Phil ippines are to be dealt with summarily. At the Cabinet meeting to-day the mat ter was discussed at some length, and it was the general sentiment that the situation demanded vigorous treatment. As long as the insurgents keep up a show of an army under a semblance of discipline they will be treated as prisoners of war when captured, but when they degenerate into isolated bands of marauders, harrassing our forces by cold blooded assassinations, it is the judgment of the officers in command in the Philippines and of the President and of the members of the Cabinet that the situation demands summary action. In the discussion of Cuban affairs it was developed that General Wood, in taking command of the island as Mili» tary Governor would pursue practically the same course that he followed in Santiago Province. Capable and trust worthy citizens from time to time will be given positions of responsibility, and so gradually be identified with the civil administration of the island. The rigor of military rule will be lessened as rapidly as the situation safely war rants. Secretary of Legation at SeouL WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.—The Presi dent to-day nominated Edwin V. Mor gan of New York to be Secretary of the Legation of the United States at Seoul, Corea. General Leonard Wood. NEW YORK, Dec. 15.—General Leon ard Wood, the new Governor General of Cuba, accompanied by his wife, ar rived in this city from Washington. General Wood will sail for Cuba to morrow. Distress in India. CALCUTTA, Dec. 15.—The distress ln the famine stricken districts is becom ing more acute. About 2,250,000 per sons have received relief. PARKER THE WINNER. FORCED TURNER QUIT IN THE NINTH ROUND. Ritchie Given the Decision in the Preliminary on a Foul Blow Delivered by Cole. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15—Kid Parker, the Denver lightweight, made Rufe Turner (colored) of Stockton quit in the ninth round of what was sched uled as a twenty-round bout before the National Athletic Club at Woodward's Pavilion to-night. The men weighed 133 pounds at 3 o'clock In the after noon, and fought for <>5 per cent, of the gate receipts. The attendance was 4,500. Turner, who is built something after the style of "Walcott, and adopts the same tactics in the ring, started out like a whinner, and for two rounds had Parker guessing. Parker did not at tempt any close range work until the third round, when he mixed lx with the colored man, and gSve Turner more than he got Turner's strong point in his previous fights has been his infight ing, but in Parker he met his superior at that style. . Parker did a little forcing in the third, and smothered Turner with rights and lefts at clo?e range, but without serious damage. The fourth round was a slugging match, in which Turner had a slight lead, and which looked as if the fight might go to the man that landed the first blow. After the fourth, however, Parker took a decided lead, and kept it to the finish. The fifth and, sixth were a series of fierce mixes, in which Parker gave Turner a terrible beating. The Denver boy sent Turner down three times in the sixth from lefts and rights on the jaw, the colored man be ing saved from a knockout by the gong. Parker started in to finish his man in the seventh, but was weak from his ef forts in the previous rounds, and was unable to land the finishing punch. Turner, however, went down just be fore the gong from a left swing in the stomach, and was again saved by the call of time. The eighth round was a repetition of the seventh, Parker doing the forcing and landing at will, with Turner clinch ing and swinging wildly in the attempt to land his right. After one minute of fighting in the ninth. Parker swung his left hard on Turner's stomach, and the colored man went down, clutching at his groin, and made no effort to get up. It was plain that he had had enough of Parker's fighting, and "wished to quit. Referee Jordan accciir-nodated him, and declar ed Parker f.ie winner. The preliminary between Clarence Ritchie of St. Louis and Willie Cole of San Francisco ended abruptly in the second round. The men had agreed to strike with both hands free, and break away clean. In the first round Ritchie had something the better of the mixes, and rattled Cole with a series of short arm jolts on the face. Cole wished to fight at long range, but Ritchie con tinued to force the pace, and at the end of the first it looked all in favor of the St. Louis boy. After a few ex changes In the second round Ritchie' forced Cole into a corner and punched him with a hard right to the body, fol lowing with a clinch. In the clinch Cole held Ritchie about the neck with his left, and sent in a hard short arm jolt with his right, which landed clear ly In the groin. Ritchie went down like a shot, and Referee Jordan, with out a moment's hesitation, gave the fight to Ritchie on a foul. It was some time before the St. Louisan was able to walk out of the ring. j WILL MEET IN THE QUAKER CITY. National Republican Convention to be Held at Philadelphia. Tuesday, the Nineteenth Day of June, De cided Upon as the Date. The Payne Resolution for Chang ing the System of Representa tion to be Brought Up for Con sideration at To-Bay's Session of the National Committee. WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.—The na tional Republican convention will con vene at Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 19th, next. The place and day were decided upon by the National Republi can Committee to-day, after a friendly contest. The proceedings were enthus iastic and harmonious, every speech that was made emphasizing the fact that President McKinley will be renom inated, and that the convention will be in effect simply a ratification meeting. After the time and place had been selected the committee considered briefly a request from Delaware that the committee take some action to straighten out the factional fight in that State, to prevent two contesting delegations from appearing from that State. The committee decided that it had no jurisdiction. After the Delaware case had been disposed of, the Chairman was author ized to appoint, a sub-committee of five to make arrangements for the conven tion, also a committee of three to pre pare and distribute literature. Chairman Hanna and Secretary Dick were made ex-officio members of all sub-committees. Messrs. Manley of Maine, Long of Florida and Simon of Oregon were ap pointed a sub-committee to consider the election of delegates in the District of Columbia, Adjournment was taken until 11 o'clock to-morrow, when the Payne res olution for changing the system of rep resentation will be brought up for con sideration. At 9 o'clock to-morrow morning the committee will call on the President to pay their respetts to him in a body. The National Committee met at the Arlington Hotel, Chairman Hanna pre siding. Prior to the open session, at which the claims of the various candidate cit ies were presented, a brief executi\ r a session was held. The corridors of the hotel were alive with the delegations from the various cities, and before tb<» meeting assembled they put in their last quiet work. The executive session of the commit tee was very brief, and consisted in calling the roll, the adoption of the or der of business and the adoption of a resolution in memory of Vice President Hobart, which was offered by Mr. Fes senden of Connecticut. The delegations from the different cities were then invited in to present their claims. An hour was accorded to each city. The first city heard was Chicago, for which Samuel Raymond made the open ing address. Mr. Raymond said that everyone knew the facilities which "Chicago pos sessed in the way of hotels, railroads and telegraph. "We have had you once, and would be glad to have you again," he said. A piciure of the building ln which the convention would be held was presented. He concluded by saying that Chicago would guarantee the fulfillment "of any requirement that the committee might make. George W. Miller followed in a more elaborate speech. He spoke as a repre sentative of the Hamilton Club. He said that ir the convention was to be held in a State that did not have a candidate, it could not come to» Illi nois, for that State had a candidate, not a resident of the State, but one of the neighboring States —Ohio. This reference to the President provoked ap plause. He said Chicago desired to have a Republican platform adopted in that city to wipe out the name "Chi cago platform of 1890," which stood for repudiation. John S. Miller, President of the Union League Club of Chicago, was next in troduced. He said the convention should be held in the West, at St. Louis, Oma ha, Denver or St. Paul, but more par ticularly at Chicago, which was the center of the whole United States. St. Louis' claims were next presented, Mayo* Walbridge making the first speech in behalf of that city. He said that they did not have a large delega tion, "having left some of our peoj>lc at home." Mr. Walbridge said that the facilities at St. Louis for holding the convention were superior to those of 1890. He spoke in behalf of 305,000 Republicans in Missouri. Aliuding~to~the~reference of Mr. Miller to President McKinley, he said that he wanted the citizens from the Lake City to understand that being for McKinley was not patentable, and if it were St. Louis claimed priority. He eulogized President McKinley, saying that they were for him because he tried to prevent the horrors of war, but when Congress decided upon war the President conducted it in a manner which reflected credit upon the country, and established the United States upon a high plane before the world. Nathan Frank of St. Louis was the next speaker. "To-da»" he said, "we have but one candidate and boundless prosperity." The party intended to give that candidate a re-election. Why not give the city in which he was first nominated the convention in which he would again be placed in nominar tion? He had nothing to say in dis paragement of other cities, but he would say that New York City was principally famous of Democratic ma jorities, while St. Louis was strongly Republican. Edward Devoy was introduced as a Democrat, but who spoke for the busi ness men of St. Louis. He said that all the people of. his city, irrespective of party, would welcome the convention It was unfortunately true, as Mr. Frank had said, that St_ Louis was Republi can, but so far as the business men of St. Louis were concerned there would be no party spirit in the entertainment, of the convention. This concluded St. Louis' hour, and New Tork was then called. General McAlpine introduced Senator Depew, who was greeted with tre mendous cheers. He said: "The first considerations in selecting a city are accommodations and easy and frequent methods of communication. New York is pre-eminently equipped beyond all other cities in this respect. Fifty to 100,000 additional visitors make no im pression upon its hotel accommodations. These accommodations are of the va riety to meet every pocket and every taste. "This convention will probably be in session a fewer number of days than any of its predecessors. The ticket will be nominated by acclamation. There is no division of sentiment in our party as to who shall head it. The wisdom and statesmanship of President McKinley have satisfied the party and the country, so that he will receive the immediate and unanimous nomination of the convention, and that choice will just as certainly be ratified by the peo ple. By the time the convention meets the choice for Vice President will be | equally clear. The platform is already formulated in the minds not only of the party leaders, but of the voters of the country. It will point to an uhex ; ampled record of pledges fulfilled, to the beneficent results of Republican leg islation and to prosperity. Its key note will be gold and glory—gold, the standard which, once fixed beyond ques tion, has given us the first rank among commercial nations, and the glory of our arms which has made us a world power and opened for the enormous surplus of our fields and factories, dis tant, exhaustless and remunerative markets." Senator Depew enumerated the many advantages which he said New York : possessed for recreation, and then said: ! "The presence of the convention in New York City would have an lnspir l ing effect upon the greatest of our ' States, whose electoral vote has so | ; turned the scale of the Presidency. It j 'will also give renewed enthusiasm to I the Republicans of Connecticut on the j I one side and New Jersey on the other, who have rescued from free silver thosn ; ordinarily Democratic States. "The cosmopolitan of New York will j appeal to the delegate from every j State. The West, South and the Paci -1 fie Coast are represented by the most | active and energetic business men of I the metropolis, who are there also to I represent the business interests of the j sections from which they come. It is | 'by contact with these States within a State that the delegates from the sev ; eral States will be brought into inti \ mate and close connection with the see l tions from which they come, and with all other sections of the country, that is impossible, nor can be possible, any i where except in the cosmopolitan city I which is the first city in the world and ', the metropolis of the Western Conti- I nent; which has, within the last two ! years, been treading upon London's ; prestige as the financial center of the j i world." The Senator spoke of the healthful] i climate enjoyed by New York during i June, and concluded as follows: | "One of the charges frequently ; brought against Americans is that they I are always talking about the bigness i jof their country. We Republicans do j not claim the earth, but we do claim j that our policies have benefited the i ' people who live on the earth. Now the greatest concentrated exhibit of Amer- i ican prosperity is the city of New York. Its booming growth is greater every year than that which has made fa mous so many thriving towns. There will be given to the convention, sitting! in New York, a world of attention, and to Its results a universal interest, which I is possible in no other city in our coun try." Senator Depew's references to th> , unanimity of the party as to candidate and platform w-ere received with great enthusiasm, and his witty sallies kept the delegates in a roar. Lieutenant Governor Timothy L. Woodruff followed Senator Depew, and received almost as cordial an ovation !as his predecessor. Simon Ford, President of the Hotel ! Men's Association of New York, con- I eluded the presentation of New York's claims with one of his characteristically witty speeches. S. P. Shields, Chairman of the Cam paign Committee of Philadelphia, pre i sented the claims of the City of Broth erly Love. "There is," he said, "no contest for the Presidency. It would be a disgrace to suggest any name but that of Mc- Kinley. He has made more history than any President who ever presided over the destinies of the republic." Mr. Shields introduced Henry Burke, Chairman of the Citizens' Committee, who said that Philadelphia had not in twenty-eight years asked for anything from the Republican party, although it was the wheel horse of the party, giv ing the largest Republican majority in the Union. Besides, Pennsylvania had raised the largest campaign funds in two national campaigns. Samuel Ashridge, who was given a rousing reception, presented the claims and attractions of Philadelphia. General Harry Bingham, Representa tive in Congress of one of the Philadel phia districts, in a graceful speech con cluded the presentation of Philadel phia's claim. If the convention was to be a ratification meeting, it could not do better than come to Philadel phia, nominate McKinley and adopt the resolution of the last Republican State Convention cf Pennsylvania. After the presentation of the claims of four cities was completed, the commit tee, upon the suggestion of Chairman Hanna, took a recess until 2.30. Chair man Hanna announced that there would be further opportunity to present arguments upon'the choice of the con vention city in executive session In the afternoon. During the meeting of the committee, Cyrus Leland of Kansas offered a reso lution, which w r ent over under the rules, petitioning Congress "to reduce the representation in the House of Repre sentatives of the Congress of the United States in any -State which has in force laws 'denying to any of the male in habitants' or 'in any way abridging* the right to vote, as provided in the Constitution." At the afternoon, session Tuesday, June 12th, was decided as the date for holding the next Republican conven tion. The committee reconsidered the (Continued on Eighth Page.) WHOLE NO. 18,998. AN OLD LANDMARK LAID IN RUINS. A Pioneer Showhouse of San Fran cisco Destroyed by Fire. Was Known as the Alhambra in Years Gone By, Later as Comedy Theater. Adjoining Buildings for a Time Threatened With Destruction, but the Firemen by Heroic Ef forts Succeed in Confining tha Flames to the Playhouse, Which, Was Soon in Ruins. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15.—Tha Comedy Theater was destroyed by lira this afternoon. The loss will exceed $25,000. The Comedy Theater was originally the Alhambra, one of tha pioneer show houses of this city. Sub sequently it was known as the Old Bush-street Theater, and more recently as the Comedy Theater. Almost every actor of prominence in the old school has played ln this theater. The fire, which in some mystorioua manner started in the rear of the the ater shortly after 1:30 o'clock, gava promise at one time of destroying one of the principal business blocks in the< city. The fact that the adjoining build ings are constructed of brick was al most fortunate circumstance, for it was a hard fire to fight, and was greatly, enlivened by the wind. The fire started among the old seen* cry stored in the rear of the theater, and, rapidly consuming the combustibla material, it crept to the floors above, and scon the rear portion of the old historical building was a regular fur* nace. The firemen were promptly on the scene, and readily realized the difficul ties that confronted them. In the rear* of the building where fhe fire originat ed there is on open space formed by the cellars of the buildings which face on Sutter street and those on Trinity street.Up through this space swept a draught which fanned the flames. The interior of the theater building! burned like tinder, and within ten min utes after the alarm was sounded the flames had reached the roof and ig nited the wooden structure above it« in which the hoisting machinery of the old theater was inclosed. A dense smoke clouded the scene and seriously handicapped the firemen on the adjoining roof, but they held their ground, and fought the fire bravely. Meantime the flames on the lower floors P4M threatening the adjoining buildings on Trinity street, most of which were constructed mostly of wood in the rear and were inviting material for a fierce fire. The firemen, however, were well dis tributed, and, with a good supply of water, were soon bucking the spreading flames, and inside of forty-five minutes they were practically master of the sit* uation. Fortunately the trend of the flames was In the direction of Bush street, and to this fact may be attributed the good fortune of Nathan. Dohrmann & Co., whose building was threatened for a while. The firm will, however: suffer] some loss by water. MUNICIPAL LEAGUE. The Convention Adjourns Until December of Next Year. ' SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15.—After* amending its constitution, electing new officers and committees, and passing a number of resolutions, the California League of Municipalities adjourned at noon to-day to meet again next De cember in San Francisco. The convention has been productive of some good to those who attended, it, and the league will concentrate the Influence of the cities of the State In support of whatsoever worthy munici pal projects are started in the Legisla ture or in any part of California. Tha league is now a permanent organiza tion, and is expected to be of practical benefit. Mayor Phelan offered a resolution, which the convention approved and adopted, that the people of the Statu be urgently requested to vote at tho next election • for a constitutional amendment exempting from taxes all bonds issued by the State and by tho counties and cities of the State of Cal ifornia. There were three candidates for Pres ident: W. H. Turner, Mayor of Merced; Mayor Sweet of Santa Rosa and Mayor Snow of Oakland. Mayor Snow was elected. In the other elections there were na contests. Mayor Sweet of Santa Rosa w as elected First "Vice President, W. H. Turner of Merced was re-elected Sec ond Vice President, H. A. Mason of Santa Clara was re-elected Secretary, and the First National Bank of Cali fornia was elected Treasurer. Disappearance of Mrs. Cannon. LOS ANGELES, Dec 15.—Mrs. Mil dred E. Cannon, who disappeared from Philadelphia several weeks ago, and has never been heard of since, is tho wife of E. E. Cannon, a mail clerk re siding in this city. Mr. Cannon will not believe that his wife has deserted him wantonly. He believes she has be come deranged and is in some insana asylum. He has asked the authorities of. several Eastern cities to asisst in the search for her. A Newspaper Changes Hands. TACOMA (Wash.), Deo. 15.—The Ta coma "Daily Ledger" has changed! hands, passing into the hands of tha Tacoma Newspaper Company. The in corporators are A. E. Grafton, G. M. Hellar and Charles Murray, all of Ta coma. Mr. Grafton becomes manager, but otherwise there will be no chango of staff. Death From Heart Failure. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15.—Peter Studebaker, a grandson of the Indiana carriage manufacturer, died here to day of heart failure.