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l'COPLi: OF .MAIlTIMatE GRADUALLY
gaining c o . f 1 1) e me.
CoTrrnor L'Huerre of Opinion that tin
Evacuation of the Inland la
liO REAL LAVA WAS EMITTED
SCIENTISTS SAY MONT PKLEB IS AX
Only Mnd, Steam, Ashen, Cinder, Gas
and Fragment of the Old
Crater Ileds Ejected.
MAY AGAIN REST TOR YEARS
On BURST OUT WITH GREATER VIO
LENCE IN A SHORT T13IE.
La Souffrlere Still Actl ve Further De
tails of the Guatemalan Earth
quake Thousand Perished.
FORT DE FRANCE. Island of Mar
tinique, May 23 9 a. m. All Is quiet here
this morning. The French cruiser Tage is
engaged In landing the relief supplies whl?h
she brought hero from New Orleans.
The steamer San Dominque, from Porto
ftico, brought here to-day consigned to
Con.ul Ayme fifty tons of provision sent
on board that vessel by Governor Hunt, in
the name of the New York Herald. The
vessel also brought 100 tons of supplies from
the Martinique relief committee of Porto
Rico. The people are more desirous of
transportation out of the island than of any
other relief which can be offered them.
The United States steamer Dixie, having
landed six hundred tons of supplies, left
here at 5 o'clock j-esterday afternoon for St.
Vincent. The United States cruiser Cin
cinnati has also sailed. There are no Amer
ican war ships here now, but they will all
probably return In two or three days. Near
ly all the scientists and newspaper corre
spondents have gone to St. Vincent.
In additon to the bakers stores, most of
the other shops are closed. This is partly
due to the enormous quantity of supplies
of all kinds, food, clothing and medical
stores which have reached this port for free
The patients In the hospitals are all im
proving. Very high praise Is due to the
doctors, their assistants, the nurses and all
employes, both civil and militant of the
hospitals for the prompt and skillful at
tention given to all the sufferers.
The latest reports show that the explosion
cf May 20 did not result in any casualties.
The population is becoming much calmer,
especially as the volcano Is gradually losing
Its terrifying aspect. Two more bodies were
found at St. Pierre yesterday. Some gen
darmes who returned from St. Fierre last
evening brought a number cf books and
valuables which they had found In the open
safes there. Another large party from Fort
de France, numbering nearly 1,500; left here
this evening for Trinidad and other places.
It is reported on seemingly reliable au
thority that a new pratpr is f rrm i n v at
AJoupa Bouillon, which lies on the side of
the mountain opposite St. Pierre, with Its
nonnern xace toward the Atlantic. A huge
fissure Is said to have opened there, which
Is vomiting gases and volcanic matter sim
ilar to those thrown out from the crater at
the summit. The volcano is now throwing
off large quantities cf ashes. These fell
- upon boats which were coming to Fort de
France this morning and prevented them
from approaching the shore nearer than
ten miles. Even at this distance the decks
were rapidly covered with ashes.
LONDON, May 21. A special dispatch
from Pointe-a-Pitre, Island of Guadaloupe,
dated May 23. says a faint light was ob
served last night in the direction of the
Island of Martinique, accompanied by
detonations, and that fears are entertained
of further disaster.
SCIENTISTS IN 3IARTIXIQUE.
Their Opinion of the Recent Out
breaks of Mont Pelee.
FORT DE FRANCE. Martinique, May
22. (Delayed in Transmission.) The
United States steamer Potomac made her
usual trip to St. Pierre to-day with an
other party of scientists. She found the
conditions there unchanged from yester
day. The top of the mountain was clearly
visible for a considerable time. Captain
McLean, of the United States cruiser Cin
cinnati, who has carefully observed Mont
Pelee. agrees with other experts in report
ing that a new crater has been formed
below the old one. In the new crater there
Is a great cinder cone, more than a hun
dred feet high, from which steam and vol
canic matter is constantly pouring.
It is now the unanimous opinion of the
scientists that this is an explosive volcano,
no real lava or moya rock material having
been emitted only mud, steam, gas and
fragments of the old crater beds. The
scientists compare the mountain's out
throw to the steam of a boiler, in which
the rresure rises to the bursting point,
and they think It possible that a more vio
lent outbreak may occur. The scientists
remark that the explosions have occurred
at progressively longer intervals and that
they have also been progressively more
violent. Thus there had been thr Ut-ht
eruptions of ashes. On May 3 there was
an overflow of mud. which caused the de
struction of the .Morngl Juerin; on Mav S
there was an outburst which destroyed St
Ilerre. and on May 1, or after an interval
of twelve days, the last tremendous out
burst occurred. A new period of rest IS
now on. find one of tw. th'r-
pen: The rrcssure may be confined for a
till rr rro t.rl. - r . 1 v, . . " !
- ."..v. auu imu -xjwotie with
still greater violence, spreading destruc
tion or a va.i area, or tn. rr.
a remain quid xor anoiner half-century
At 5 o'clock this afternoon the lm.
. . - "'wuiaiii
as clear and the population was Mm
ut, despite this favorable change in the
ltuation. many families left Fort i
i inp ine oe laneer lor trie Tin.
nun me i,-) persons who have gone
Island of (Guadeloupe and many oth
oo have sought refuge at 5t. Lucia
er isianus, nas lessened the popula-
. nsiacraojy. uesiues these. so
Kons have left Fort de
Lhrn part of the Island of Mar-
nere z.w rerugcs have now as
LThls desertion of Fort de France
I in tne disorganization of many
numotr or baKrs nave been
do- their stores, owing to
it mir employes are among
cruiser Taa-e. havlntr .
irn board, arrived here this
reported that Mont Pelee
nssurinc prospect. The
Joavlng the crater mingle
ins sky and do not have
the threatening appearance which they
formerly presented. A new crater has
formed in the vicinity of AJoupa Bouillon.
A locality known as Camae Trianon is
i causing a good deal of anxiety at present.
I Th3 Capote river is running with hot
The French cruiser d'Assas has arrived
here from Brest, having on board the
French relief committee and supplies of
money and provisions.
! A torrential downpour of rain this morn
ing washed off the ashes from the vegeta
tion on the mountain.
Iteturn of the Sterling to San Juan.
SAN JUAN, Porto Rico, May 23. The
United States collier Sterling, which left
Fort de France last Tuesday and arrived
here yesterday, reports that she trans
ferred to the British cruiser Indefatigable
sixteen boxes of clothing for distribution
among the sufferers from the volcanic out
break on the Inland of St. Vincent.
During the panic at Fort de France, Mar
tinique, last Tuesday the launch of the
United States cruiser Cincinnati took the
wife of the commander of the French cruis
er Suchet from the shore to that warship.
A soldier who arrived at Fort de France
Tuesday morning reported that ten men
belonging to the cordon of troops guarding
the road to St. Pierre were killed by gases
which issued from Mont Pelee.
The commander of the Sterling has a let
ter from the Governor of Martinique, M.
1'Huerre, containing hearty expressions of
gratitude to the Governor of Porto Rico,
Mr. Hunt, for the supplies sent to the Mar
Martinique Not to De Evacuated.
PARIS, May 23. A dispatch received here
from the Governor of Martinique, 1'Huerre,
dated yesterday, reads as follows: "Have
consulted with the council of the colony
on the subject of total or partial evacua
tion of the island. They are unanimous
in declaring that such a measure is not
Justifiable at present. A transatlantic line
steamship now underRoing repairs here
might be utilized to transport those who
are desirous of emigrating. About 1.000 per
sons are leaving by the steamer Versailles,
and others are sailing on the Ville de Tan
ger for Trinidad and Cayenne. There have
been no new fatalities."
La Sonffrlere Still Active.
LONDON. May 24. The Kingstown, St.
Vincent, correspondent of the Daily Mail,
cabling under date of May 22, says: "I
have just returned from visiting the Lee
ward islands side of the island. La Souf
friere Is still very active. Lava Is stream
ing into the sea, while clouds of sulphurous
smoke extending for miles obscure the land
and compelled us to steam seaward at full
speed. We rescued 12U Caribs from Cura,
twenty-three miles from here. We saw
another crater between La Souffriere and
Chateau Belair emitting stones, and also
smaller vents elsewhere."
G U AT E 31 A LA'S E A KT 1 1 Q U A K E.
It Destroyed Qneialtennnso and Sev
eral Thousand Lives.
HAMBURG, May 23. A special dispatch
to the Hamburg Boersenhalle from Guate
mala says that the town of Quezaltenango
has been wholly destroyed by an earth
quake which lasted three-quarters of a
minute. Business is entirely suspended in
Guatemala, and a great part of the coffee
crop there has been destroyed.
WASHINGTON, May 23. The earthquake
reported In the Hamburg tiispatch result
ing in the destruction of the city of Que
zaltenago, was identified here as that which
really occurred on the 18th of April, and
which has been described to some extent
in the American newspapers. Information
lecelved here at the Guatemalan legation
shows that the city was wholly destroyed
and that San Marcos and several other
towns were partially destroyed. The Gua
temalan authorities decided to reconstruct
the city of Quezaltenago on a plain some
distance from the site of the original place.
Reports regarding the destruction of life
are incomplete, but they indicate that at
least several thousand persons were killed
and that the property loss approximated
J50.000.000 in the April earthquake.
SUICIDE OF H. L. BRICE
HALF-BROTHER OF THE LATE EX
SEN'ATOR HANGS HIMSELF.
Was In a Sanitarium Suffering: from
Melancholia Other Cases of
LIMA, O., 'May 23. Word was received
here to-day that Herbert L. Brice, a half
brother of the late Senator Brice and a
prominent attorney of this city, had com
mitted suicide In a sanitarium at Flint,
Herbert L. Brice was thirty-seven years
of age and graduated from Frinceton fif
teen years ago. He was a member of the
law firm of Wheeler & Brice and a director
of the First National Bank of this city.
At the death of Senator Brice he assisted
in the settling up of the estate. His mental
forces began to fail last fall from over
work and he was taken to Oak Grove
Sanitarium at Flint last October. The body
will be brought home for interment.
FLINT, Mich , May 23.-Herbert L. Brice,
a patient at Oak Grove, this afternoon,
committed suicide by hanging in the Turk
ish bath department of the Institution.
Brice was suffering from melancholia and
was received last fall from Lima, O. This
afternoon he went to the toilet room and
was supposed by the attendant to have
gone upstairs, but. Instead, he went into
the room where massage treatment is ad
ministered and. doubling the rope attached
to the ring used tq hold up the arm of
massage patients, slipped it around his
neck and jumped off a table.
Fred M. Gale Ends Ills Life.
CHICAGO. May 23.-Fred M. Gale, for
merly a bookkeeper of Peoria, 111., was
found to-day in his room at the Great
Northern Hotel, with a revolver clasped
in his right hand and a bullet wound in
his right temple. A physician was sum
moned, but life had been erMnrt fnr ci'
eral hours. It is believed hl suirM
due to domestic trouble. He was a son of
Edward Gale, who died in Denver a few
months azo. and where the rmaln,1f nt
the family now reside. They were former
ly of some prominence in Peoria.
Suicide of Irof. n. E. James.
SUSQUEHANNA. Pa.. May 23Professor
Benton E. James, for many years principal
of the Montrose High School, committed
suicide last night ty hanging himself to
a tree in the outskirts of borough. His
body was found to-day. Temporary in
sanity caused by ill health Is supposed to
be the cause. Professor James was one
of the ablest and best-known Instructors
in northern Pennsylvania. He was former
ly superintendent of schools of Susque
AMNESTY FOR ALL,
Cubans Propose to Set Neely Free, as
Well as Ruthbone.
HAVANA, May 23. The bill before the
House granting pardon to all Americans
fora;ts committed during the American
Intervention was amended to-day to grant
these prisoners a general amnesty instead
of pardon. In this form the bill passed
without opposition. A similar bill has been
Introduced in the Senate, where final action
on the matter will be taken Monday.
The amnesty bill Is inspired by the friend
ly sentiments of the Cubans towards Estes
G. Ralhbone. If this bill passes It will set
at liberty Rathböne and all other Ameri
cans under sentence &&d awaiting trial.
OVER lOO MINERS ENTOMBED BY AN
EXPLOSION AT FERNIE, D. C.
One Hundred and Thirty-Three "Were
nt Work in the Colliery and Only
GAS WAS IN THE COLLIERY
AND ONE OF THE MEN FRORABLY IG
NITED IT WITH A LA 311.
One Explosion Follovred by Another,
"Which Wrecked the Interior of
Colliery and Passage Ways.
ALL THE MEN PROBABLY DEAD
RESCUE WORK DIFFICULT OWING TO
PRESENCE OF FIRE DA 31 P.
Pitlfal Scenes in the Little Town,
Where Many Homes Have Been
Saddened by the Calamity.
VANCOUVER, B. C, May 23. One of the
most terrible mine disasters in the history
of British Columbia occurred last night
in the Crow's Nest Coal Company's mines,
at Fernie, B. C. Over one hundred men
are either dead or imprisoned In the mine.
and little hope is entertained of rescuing
any who may yet be alive. Fernie Is three
hundred miles up country, and the limited
telegraph facilities have not enabled com
plete details of the disaster to be sent out.
A special to-night from Fernie says that
the explosion took place last night at 7:30,
The management has a list of 133 men who
are known to have been in the mine, and
there probably are others. Of these only
twenty-four are known to be safe. It is
feared that few, if any, of the remaining
109 are now alive.
What caused the explosion has not yet
been definitely ascertained. Many of the
miners were Ignorant foreigners, and one
of the mine shafts was always more or
less gaseous. It is reported In Fernie this
evening that the explosion resulted from
the use by a careless Italian of an open
or naked lamp. Another theory Is that
a miner struck a match, exploding the
gas, which was almost always present in
No. 2 shafj. The true cause of the disaster
probably will not be positively ascertained,
for it is doubtful if any man who knows
will ever reach the outer air alive, or be
able to tell the tale. The explosion took
place in No. 2 shaft of the mine, being re
peated in a few seconds in No. 3, with
which it was connected, wrecking the mine
The two shafts In which the explosion
occurred are situated on Coal creek, about
six miles from Fernie. No. 2 has always
been considered the more dangerous, being
dry, dusty and gaseous. Recently the dan
gerous conditions which had hitherto pre
vailed in No. 2 tunnel had been greatly
modified and Improved. New fans were in
stalled, furnishing an excess of air, with
40 per cent, reserve. From all available
sources assistance Is being rushed to the
scene of the calamity, but there is little
hope for the rescue of any of the en
tombed men. Already the work of libera
tion has been begun with such means as
are at local command, and eight bodies
have been taken from the mine. The pres
ence of coal damp makes the work of res
cue very dangerous, and is seriously hin
dering the efforts of the workers.
These are the outlines of a most heart
rending calamity, the only disaster which
has occurred in British Columbia exceed
ing it in magnitude being the death of 137
men in Wellington mine eighteen years
ago. The scene in the neighborhood of
the mouth of the tunnel is distressing in
the extreme, and all the more so as it is
utterly impossible at this time to hold out
any hope to the women whose cries are for
entombed husbands and fathers and
brothers. In No. 2 tunnel, in which the
first explosion occurred, from 100 to 120 men
and boys are usually employed, and in No.
3 tunnel, to which the explosion extended,
about eighty men generally work.
In both mines there are many foreigners,
and the difficulty of disciplining these men
and imprepsing upon them the danger of
the use of unprotected lights has always
been very great. The main road of No. 2
tunnel is nine by five and one-half feet in
area and would be sufficient for reasonable
ventilation, were it not that there was a
motor working on the road which almost
stopped the current of the in-take. When
the men were at work the liberation of gas
heavily charged the atmosphere and made
it dangerous to employ lights which were
not absolutely protected.
The eighteen bodies already recovered
were those of men who had been engaged
at work not a great distance from the
mouth of the tunnel, and the fact that they
were overcome would seem to Indicate that
there is little hope for those further in the
MAN HUNT IN HARLEM.
Policemen Chase Durglam, Kill One
and Capture Two.
NEW YORK, May 23.-In a wild chase
after burglars through Harlem streets early
to-day forty or fifty shots were fired. One
burglar, Walter White, was shot in the
temple and killed instantly.
The robbers, three In number, were dis
covered leaving the store of an optician
at 20tj5 Third avenue by a watchman. He
followed tliem until he found tm,,.
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Thn t n tiursiilf wtt nn on.? .
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began shooting. The officers returned the
nre. .-v ie uiucks tanner a;ong one of the
hnr?l:irs fell. Ttv thl tlm t -.
had Joined in the chase and a constant
nre us ncpi up on me two remaining rob-
hr u-hn annarcntlv huH v.. V .
ammunition. At Fifth avenue they were
surrounded, and after being clubbed and
beaten they surrendered. Several bundles
of valuables which they had stolen were
iounu in me s-.reeis wnere tne burglars
h.in drorned them. nn of tv.
were n;juirj 111 mt? ngni.
H. of L. and L. A.
NORFOLK. Va., May 23. The Brother
hood of Locomotive Engineers and the La
dies Auxiliary consumed the entire day
in the election of officers, the former order
choosing officers for the Insurance depart
ment and the latter the reg-ular grand offi
cers. The result of the election in the
brotherhood insurance department, as far
ns it progressed, is: President. W. E.
Futche. Cleveland, re-elected; vice presi
dent. C. E. Gardiner. Fort Dodge. Ia.;
secretary-treasurer, W. B. Prenter, Cleve
The election of officers of the Grand In
tenational Auxiliary resulted as follows:
President. Mrs. W. A. Murdock. Chicasro:
vice president, Mrs. M. E. Cassell. Colum
bus. O.; secretary, Mrs. Harry St. Clair,
Logansport. Ind.: treasurer. Mrs. J. G.
Bailey. Buffalo, N. Y.; grand guide, Mrs.
Ira Taylor. Norfolk; grand sentinel. Mrs.
J. Wright, of Alabama; first grand vice
president, Mrs. Clark, of Toronto, Ont.
Emperor William's Gift Replaced as
3Iysterionsly an They Disappeared.
NEW YORK. May 23. A collection of
photographs illustrative of German art.
presented by Emperor William of Ger
many, through Prince Henry to Harvard
University, and recently reported as hav
Ing been stolen from the Fogg Art Museum,
in Cambridge, is reported to have been re
turned. The portfolio was restored to its
proper place as mysteriously as It had been
removed. None of the photographs is miss
ing. The mystery with which the whole
affair has been attended and the apparent
lack of other motive than mere mischief
In withdrawing the Imperial gift for seventy-two
hours, tends to confirm the theory
that some society among the students spir
ited away the pnotograpns.
REPORT OF THE PUBLISHING DE-
Steps Taken Looking? Tovrards Closer
Co-Operation with Other So
cieties of the Church.
ST. PAUL, Minn., May 23. The morning
session of the American Baptist Publica
tion Society began with devotional services
at 10 o'clock, following which came the
Sunday school session. Rev. Dr. J. W.
Conley, of Nebraska, delivered an address
on "The Sunday School and the Denomina
tional Life," and E. M. Thrasher, of Ohio,
discussed the question "How can Sunday
school Work be Improved?" The report of
the committee on the publishing depart
ment was presented, calling attention to
that branch of the society's work which is
highly commended by the committee for
its careful business management and the
success of its various enterprises. Rev.
Dr. A. C. Armstrong, of Missouri, closed
the morning session with an address.
The Publication Society followed the
lead of the American Missionary Union
in taking two additional steps toward con
solidation, or, at least, closer co-operation
In the work of the societies. Dr. Lemuel
Moss presented to the . Publication Society
tne plan which he had engineered through
the Missionary Union. It was adopted
Dr. A. J. Rowland offered the report of
the board ot managers favoring a change
in the constitution, making the require
ments for membership in the Publication
bociety the same as under the amended
constitution of the Missionary Union. Thi3
also was adopted without discussion or
dissent. These two associated bodies are
now ready to work in ck.ser harmony, if
not to combine. It is thought that the
Home Mission Society will take the same
The norrlnating committee of the Ameri
can Baptist Publication Society reported
for election the following officers for next
year: President, Samuel A. Crozer, of
Pennsylvania; vice presidents. W. Howard
Doane of Ohio. vJoshua Levering of Mary
land, Chester W. Kingsley of Massachu
setts, Dr. D. C. Hughes of New York; sec
retary, A. J. Rowland. D. D.; recording
secretary, Dr. J. G. alker; treasurer, B.
M. LOUBET AND THE CZAR
PARTING TOASTS ON THE FRENCH
President Drinks to the Prosperity of
Russia's Navy and Nicholas
Compliments His Ally.
ST. PETERSBURG. May 23. The French
squadron escorting President Loubet left
Cronstadt this afternoon for France. The
Czar, M. Loubet and the Czarina proceeded
together on the royal yacht Alexandra and
boarded the armored cruiser Montcalm,
where the Prerldent entertained their
Majesties at lunch. M. Loubet toasted the
Czar as follows:
"Sir In comintr on board the Mnntmlm
with her Maiestv. the Cznrinn vmi hav
done the French navy an honor which it
will nrofoundlv annreciate. Th onti.
ments of our sailors for their brave com
rades ot the Russian navy manifest them
selves on every occasion that offers.
Whether in the extrem Kastpm nc in
the Mediterranean or elsewhere, their fra
ternity evidences the union of their coun
tries. I shall carry away a warm and im
perishable memorv of mv visit to this hos
pitable empire, and France, which has
1 M A- I A 1 . .
neara wun joy uie welcome extended to
her representative, will remain faithful to
the alliance, of which Russia, in common
with France, so fully appreciates the bene
fit. I drink to the lone life and dnrv of
the valiant Russian navy."
The Czar replied: "It is infinitely agree
able to the. Czarina and mvseif to nwin
find ourselves in the midst of the brave
trench sailors, and It 13 with especial
nleasnre thsit we feel th.it tv-o n m atuoliw
in France on board of this fine vessel. We
thank you cordially for jour visit, Mr.
Tfc f . -
i-resiaent. ana Deg- you xo convey our most
friend! v e-rtinr. s wll a a 11- hoet
wi3hes, to France, the faithful friend and
steadfast ally of Russia. I raise my glass
10 me prosperity 01 me glorious navy or
Prlnee Henry Leaves Ireland.
DUBLIN, May 23. The squadron of Ger
man warships commanded by Prince Henry
or Prussia sailed irom Kingstown to-day
CHICAGO, May 23. Former Lieutenant
Governor T. B. Dunston. of Michigan, died
to-night at the Auditorium. Death was
caused by a complication of internal dis
eases, for which he had been compelled
In recent years to undergo several opera
tions. Mr. Dunston served several terms
in the Michigan Legislature, and was prom
inent in business circles, having large in
terests in Minnesota and near Calumet.
Mich. He was elected lieutenant governor
at the same time Pingree was made Gov
eror. Mr. Dunston gained distinction in
the work of technical education.
DANVILLE, Ky.. May 23.-The Rev. Dr.
J. L. McKee, a professor emeritus of Cen
ter College and one of the best known
Presbyterian teachers and preachers in the
South, died this morning from the effects of
a carbuncle on the neck. He was seventy
five years of a?e. His daughter, Miss Leila
McKee. is president of the Oxford College
at Oxford. O. One of his sons, Samuel
McKee. is a preacher at Salon:. Wis , and
another, James, is a pastor in St. Louis.
MILWAUKEE. May 23 Dr. W. TI wa t -
kins, a well-known specialist of New Or
leans, died in this city to-day at the resi
dence of a relative from a malignant
growth in the stomach. He was an ex
pert In yellow fever cases and was at one
time a member of the Board of Health of
NEW YORK. May 23.-Jaccb Clutp. a
veteran of thv Mexlcar war and widely
known as a horseman, is dead at his home
in Brooklyn. Clute had lived practically in
retirement during the past ten years.
Heiress Secretly Wedded.
NEW YORK. May 23. Announcement has
just been made of the secret marriage ir
February. of Gerald Harrison Grout,
of Saginaw. Mich., and Cecilia Weeks
granddaughter and heir of the late mil
lionaire Carlblc Weeks, of this city.
PEACE IS PROBABLE
WAR IX SOUTH AFRICA IS RELIEVED
TO BE PRACTICALLY OVER.
Flnnl Negotiations Are In Progress
and Annonncemnt of the End
May Soon De Made.
BRITISH CABINET MEETING
AT WHICH PEACE TERMS WERE DIS
CUSSED AT LENGTH.
No Statement Made by the Ministers,
bat nn Optimistic Feeling.
Pervades All London.
SPEECH BY ME. BR0DRICK
WHO INCIDENTALLY REFERRED TO
NEGOTIATIONS WITH BOERS.
Snid He Hoped the Communications
Now Passing Preluded the Sur
render of Barghers.
LONDON, May 23. The Associated Press
has every reason to believe that peace in
South Africa is practically secured. How
soon it will be announced depends, appar
ently, more on the convenience of the Boer
leaders than on the inclination of the Brit
lsh government. The private official ad
vices received to-night in London from
South Africa all point to the same conclu
sion. The delay is technical, and to end
the long war seems to be the desire of
both British and Boer leaders. The latter,
however, are unable to convince all their
followers of the wisdom of acquiescing in
the terms of peace.
Information as to what transpired at
to-day's meeting of the Cabinet, which
lasted all afternoon, is closely guarded,
but it Is not likely the Cabinet transactions
were of vital Import." The surmise of
one well-informed person places the sum
total of the deliberations of the Cabinet
ministers at a decision regarding points of
the peace agreement of entirely minor Im
portance. Another surmise is that the
Cabinet has merely sent a rather mock ul
timatum to South Africa, which can be
used by the Boer leaders In explanation to
their forces. Both these surmises probably
contain an element of truth, but neither
can in any way affect the widespread be
lief In the best-informed quarters that the
end of the war has come. In fact, those
persons who are best acquainted with the
actual details of the present negotiations
only qualify this optimistic expression of
opinion by guarded reservations concerning
the extent of the personal control of the
Boer leaders over their commands. Were
the Boers a thoroughly disciplined force,
dependent upon the action of their general
officers, peace would probably be pro
claimed to-night, but both De Wet and
other generals seem themselves unable to
positively guarantee the degree to which
their example will be followed.
Tho delegates at Vereeningen, according
to information in possession of the War
Office, are fairly evenly divided. Conse
quently extreme precautions are exercised
both in London and Pretoria to prevent
any premature action or report which
might adversely influence the burghers.
The most pessimistic forecast heard to
night only admits that a few Isolated
bands of irreconcllables may be left in the
A member of the House of Commons,
who is in close touch with the govern
ment, said to a representative of the Asso
ciated Tress to-night that he believed ev
erything was settled and that the British
terms would be found unexpectedly lib
The British public Is still quite Ignorant
of the course of events in South Africa,
and there are no demonstrations to-night
on the London streets, although on all
sides the question asked Is, "Is it peace?"
On the other hand, the Stock Exchange
throughout the day was a seething mass
of brokers, who eagerly bought South
African chares, while long after the clos
ing of the exchange nearly a thousand
brokers crowded Throckmorton street and
did a frantic curb business on the strength
of the peace outlook. '
The appearance of Mr. Brodrick, the
secretary of state for war, at the volun
teer-service dinner to-night, was watched
eagerly in the hope of gaining an Inkling
of the government's private frame of mind.
But Mr. Brodrick's listeners had to be
contented with one brief and adroitly
turned reference to the present situation.
Responding to the toast, "The Imperial
Forces," the war secretary said: "I would
go beyond my duty should I enter into de
tails of the communications which are now
passing and which prelude, as we all hope,
the surrender of the Boers." Mr. Brod
rick then proceeded to reiterate the oft-
declared intention of the government not
to be drawn into any compromise which
would jeopardize future peace in South
Interesting references to peace are con
tained in a letter dated Klerksdorp, south
western Transvaal, April 23. It says:
"Seventy to eighty thousand British troops
are here waiting for General Delarey's
answer from the peace conference, and
every hour we are expecting them the
Boers to march in and surrender. We
have actually sent out wagon loads of
clothes to enable them to come in tidv; so
there is every prospect of peace. Lord
Kitchener comes here from Pretoria every
other day and seems to be in particularly
Kood spirits. He actually smiles, and that
is a thing he not often does. We attach
great Importance to those smiles in regard
After the Cabinet council to-day a meet
ing of the inner committee of the Cabinet
was held. After this meeting Mr. Cham
berlain, the colonial secretary, proceeded
to Buckingham Palace, where he had an
audience with King Edward. Mr. Chamber
lain returned to Buckingham Palace a sec
ond time in the evening. Lord Salisbury
has gone to Hatfield House, and the other
ministers have dispersed.
The Dally News claims to Rive the Boer
demands as follows: First, either an im
mediate grant of self-government, or. fail
ing that, to fix a date for the establish
ment of self-government: second, in case
self-government be deferred that the Boers
should be entitled to advise with their tem
porary rulers; third, amnesty for the
rebels: fourth, permission to retain their
rifies for defence against the natives; fifth,
permission to retain their saddle horses;
sixth, a guarantee that the natives should
not be treated upon an equality with white
men. and seventh, that no limit shall be
placed upon the money for rebuilding and
restocking the farms.
SECRECY AT PRETORIA.
Result of the Conferences Nft Known
A More Cheerfnl Feeling.
PRETORIA, Transvaal, May 22. The
feeling here, which has been decid
edly pessimistic for several days, is now
more cheerful, though no real news of
the conferences between Lord Kitehen r
and Lord Milner and the Boer delegates
has been allowed to leak out. It is known,
however, that the delegates came to Pre
toria as the result of a complete dead
lock at Vereeningen. where the Free Staters
held out for independence and the ma
jority of the Transvaalers, though anxious
for peace, refused to abandon their allies.
This is the cause of the Boer delegation
being now here. It was at first thought
that the delegates would merely report a
refusal to accept the British terms. Every
body expected them to depart immediately
and that hostilities would actively recom
mence. To the general surprise, however,
the delegates are still here, and the hopeful
ness of to-day Is the outcome of the gen
eral conviction that some arrangement is
pending which may solve the difficulty at
TAKEN FROM HIS CUSTODY.
Montreal Jailer Unable to Produce
Gaynor and Greene in Court.
MONTREAL. May 23. The case of Col.
Gaynor and Capt. Greene was called before
Extradition Commissioner La Fontaine to
day. Jailer Vallee, of the Monteral jail,
stated that he was unable to produce the
prisoners, as he had been ordered through
a writ of habeas corpus to produce them
before Judge Andrews, of Quebec. Donald
MacMaster, on behalf the prosecution, took
exception to Judge Andrews issuing such a
writ, as there was a full bench of Judges
of the King's Bench sitting in Montreal at
the time, and under the circumstances they
were the only ones empowered to Issue
such an order. Judge La Fontaine ad
journed the case until Tuesday next, order
ing the jailer to endeavor to produce the
MINERS ARE ON GUARD
CLOSELY WATCHING SHIPMENTS OF
President Mitchell to Re in Indianapo
lis Next Week Views of
WILKESBARRE, Pa.. May 23. This was
one of the dullest days around the miners'
strike headquarters that has been exper
ienced since the suspension began a week
ago last Monday. The three district presi
dentsMessrs. Nieholls, Duffy and Fahey
held a long conference with National Presi
dent Mitchell In the morning, after which
the three district leaders departed for their
homes. As In the case of most of the con
ferences that have been held the nature of
the discussion was not divulged. President
Mitchell had no information to Impart on
any phase of the situation. He said he had
received no communications or over
tures from any one that could In
any -way be construed as bearing
on a settlement of the difficulty. Sen
ator Hanna's name is invariably connected
with every rumor that is telegraphed or
telephoned to headquarters for verification.
President Mitchell spent the entire day at
tending to his correspondence.
The only information received from the
operators' side during the last twenty-four
hours was the announcement that the re
ceivers of the Haddock Coal Company, an
individual concern, had Instructed the com
pany's superintendent to grant the de
mands of the engineers, firemen and pump
runners, to take effect June 2. the date
fixed by the union for the inauguration of
the strike of this class of employes. The
company operates the Dodson colliery at
Plymouth and the Black Diamond at Lu
zerne. About fifty men are affected.
President Mitchell is keeping a sharp
watch cn the shipment of bituminous coal.
The United Mine Workers have a complete
system by which the national president is
kept informed of the exact number of cars
of soft coal that are shipped from the
mines and also as to their destination
President Mitchell will leave for Chicago
late to-morrow afternoon, where he will
meet his family. He will remain there
only one day, and on his return to the East
will stop at national headquarters at -Indianapolis
for one day. He expects to be
back here by Thursday.
Senator Ilnnnn's Views.
WASHINGTON. May 23. Senator Hanna
returned to Washington to-day from a visit
to Philadelphia, where he went to attend
a social function, and not to arrange mat
ters connected with the coal miners' strike.
Senator Hanna says he does not believe
the organizations of the United Mine Work
ers in the bituminous districts of west
ern Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and Illi
nois will strike, because they are working
under contracts which give them what is to
a large extent demanded by the anthracite
miners and which the anthracite operators
will not agree to. Furthermore, the coal
produced by these mines, he says, can sup
ply tne place ot tne antnracite coal on v
to a limited extent. In the States named
a scale is agreed on every year. Eieht
hours are a day's work. This year, in April,
an agreement was made, and Senator.
Hanna does not believe that a strike will
be ordered simply to create a scarcity In
placet other than those supplied by the
West Virginia Miners May Strike.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.. May 23.-Flfty
or more organizers of the United Mine
Workers of America are in session here
to-day. Secretary-treasurer Wilson, of the
national organization. Mother Jones and
others are present. It Is believed the ses
sion forebodes a strike in the West Vir
ginia fields. Secretary Wilson refuses to
be interviewed on the subject.
The most important question considered
was that of a suspension of work by the
miners of West Virginia, the discussion
lasting until after midnight. When a vote
was taken unanimous sentiment in favor of
suspension was shown. The time for sus
pension was set for Saturday. June 7. Res
olutions were adooted apkinR the operators
for better treatment of miners and a higher
scale of wages, no reference whatever being
made for a recognition of the union. If the
demands of the resolution are acceded to
by the operators the strike will be called
Mine Strike Year Terre Hante.
Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind., May 23.-Thc min
ers working for the Wabash Valley Coal
Company, which operates soft-coal nines
northeast of here, have gone on strike.
Committeemen Culver, Little and Robinson
say the men refuse to obey their orders Jn
relation to nonunion men feeding the mules
that are worked in the mines. Pres-idf-nt
Hargroves. of the District United Mine
Workers, has gone to the mines to adjust
Mrs. C. I. Huntington Gives $lOO.OOO.
NEW YORK. May 23 Mrs. C. P. Hun
tington has offered I1nmi) to the General
Memorial Hospital for the treatment of
cancer and allkd diseases for pathological
purposes. The announcement of the offer
is made in the annual report of the presi
dent of the hospital. John IZ. Parsons. Pres
ident Parson? said that Mrs. Huntington
had proposed to put thU sum in the hospi
tal and that if her intention was carried
out the gift would constitute a Collis
FOUR LIVES LOST
NORTH VERNON BOYS DROWN IX
THE 31 U S CAT AT U C 1 v RIVER.
Fierce Current Srreeps Them Over the
Dam and Their Fifth Companion
Barely Makes His Escape.
WEST BADEN IN THE WATER
HOTELS ARE SURROUNDED BY A
Plucky Rescne of Tito Venturesome
Young Men Who Tried to Cross
a Flooded Turnpike.
BENEFITS OF FRIDAY'S RAIN
IT WAS GENERAL IN INDIANA AND
WILL HELP CROPS.
Northern Portion of lorra Under
"Water Two Lives Lost Property
Loss at Decorah About ?KK),000.
Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
NORTH VERNON. Ind., May 23. Thii
city is filled with profound grief to-night,
because of the drowning of Edward Miller,
Charles Craig. Harry Meyers and Fred
Schwakc, sons of prominent citizens.
The boys were caught by the strong cur
rent of the Muskatatuck river and hurled
over the water works dam that tpans the
river, into the whirling waters below. All
four were drowned, and their bodies have
not been recovered.
Frank Cassin, who was with them, barely
Barn Destroyed ty Lightning.
Special to the Indianapoll Journal.
MUNCIE. Ind.. May 24. Lightning struck
and set fire to the barn on the farm owned
by C. H. Anthony, of this city, and located
two miles north of this city, at 1 o'clock
this (Saturday) morning during a revere
electrical storm. The barn burned to the
ground. Three horses burned to death and
hay and farming implements were de
stroyed. The loss Is $'jm). partially insured.
Lightning Shocks Several Persons.
Sr-ecial to the Indianapolis Journal.
RUSIIVILLE. Ind., May 23. During a
heavy electrical storm which raged here
this morning lightning struck the residences
of James Locke and S&P T7
Millie Innis was knocked down by the shock:
and several other persons wre affected.
The damage done to the buildings wai
slight. More rain has fallen here in the
last week than for several months past.
WEST BADEN FLOODED.
Hotels Surrounded by Water Narrow
Escape of Yonng Men.
Fpecial to the Indianapolis Journal.
WEST BADEN. Ind., May 23.-rThe heavy
rainfall of last night and to-day has flooded
every spring In the valley. The Colonial
Hotel is entirely surrounded by water, and
a large force of men Is at work making a
levee to keep back the waters, which at
this hour are still rising. Trains are late,
a portion of the Monon's track having been
washed out between this point and Or
leans. The present stage of water is higher
than any year since 1853, and old residents
believe It will surpass that.
But for the heroism of three young men
two deaths by drowning would have oc
curred this afternoon. J. Roach and AI
Smith, from Bird's-eye, attempted to ford
the flood which covered the pike between
here and French Lick. The depth increas
ing, the horses began swimming. The bug
gy overturning, both young men were
thrown into the water beside the struggling
horses. They were seen from the village
and a boat manned by John Dillenback,
E. Speece and F. Kerns went to the rescue.
On reaching the scene the frantic horses
nearly overturned the boat. The occupants
of the boat pushed away and Dlllenback
dived in. cut loose the canopy of the buggy
and assisted the pair Into the boat. Then,
with a knife, he cut the harness loose from
the animals, and they swam ashore.
Much Damage Near Orleans.
Special to the Indiinapolls Journal.
ORLEANS. Ind., May 23. This vicinity
was visited by the most destructive thun
derstorm, yesterday evening and laft night,
known for many years. The thunder and
lightning were very severe, and over three
inches of rain fell. Lightning struck a
shade tree in the park, killing a fine horse
standing near by, the shock knocking down
several others In the same vicinity. The
railroads have numerous washouts. One
on the French Lick branch of the Monon,
south of here, will delay traffic at least
twenty-four hours. B. & O. S. W. trains
are running through here to-day because of
washouts on that road. The rains con
tinued most of to-day.
Heaviest Rain In Five Years.
S-'recial to the Indianapoll Journal.
SEYMOUR, Ind., May 23.-The heaviest
rainfall here since March. 1S37, occurred
last nijrht and this morning. In eighteen
hours the gauge at th local. weather bu
reau showed five and one-half inches.
There were washouts on both the Southern
Indiana and Baltimore h Southwestern
railroads that prevented trains reaching
here from the Wet during the day. The
river is rising steadily this evening, and an
overflow and much damage to wheat and
corn In the bottoms Is feared.
Nearly Four Inches of Rata.
Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
WASHINGTON. Ind.. May 23.-A severe
thunderstorm fwept this county Lat night,
accompanied by wind and a great down
pour. Creaks were wollen, crops damag d
and a preat washout In the R. & O. S. W.
Railroad twenty-eight miles east of here
has cut off through train service and badly
crippled traffic of all kind. Another great
rainfall was witnessed this evening, the
total for fourteen hours being nearly four
Heavy Los In the Oil Field.
Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
MUNCIE. Ind.. May :3.-Word his
reached this city that all the derricks in
the Parker City oil field, except two. wer
blown down in Thursday's storm. All of
the derricks in the SmithfVld and the Selm
field? were toppltd over. The los to oil oj
eratori Is heavy.
Illne Rier Destroys
Spetinl to ttie Indianapell Joj
SALEM, Ind., May
series of heavy rains.