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RELIEVED BY ROBERTS. pTBLIC FEELING IX CAPT URED BLOEMFONTEIN. CONFIDENCE OF THE BRITISH SOLDIERS IN THEIR COMMANDER — REITZ REPLIES TO SALISBURY. tCcpvrlir&t: 1SWO: By Th« New-Tortt Tribune.! [BT CAB ■ TO THE TKII?r\F..I London, March 1(5, G a. m.— There cannot be £Cj- question that the soldierlike endurance of tie troops under Lord Roberts in the march is Bloernfontein has been superb. The men's confidence In their brilliant commander Is ap parently unabated, and. according to "The Tl=J«s" correspondent, they all recognize they have taken part in one of the most famous marches of modern times. It appears that the dec.- to surrender the Free State capital "was arrived at on Monday, a*ter a stormy meeting, at which Mr. Frazer de nounced President Steyn as a coward. The in habitants had been in great fear of the Trans vaalers. who ivere enraged at the determination not to off--' rer4stance, and consequently the town appeared on the entry of Lord Roberts more like a relieved than a captured city. * Sixty-seven wounded British soldiers had been left behind by the Boer* when they retreated northward, but they had taken away all their own wounded. 3lr. Frazer, asked by Lord Roberts if the Boers considered that they would be badly treated by the British, replied that the burghers did not like fish, so would not care to go to Cape Town. The Fr?e Staters are said to be niassingr at Warn nt m, which is a small village on the Vaal at a point where the railway crosses the river. A report comes from Lourenc, 0 Marques that a British cruiser has gone to take prisoners the Boer deputation who had left there for Europe by a German steamer. The telegram is, how ever, cot confirmed, and seems quite without foundation. The Transvaal State Secretary has Issued his rejoinder to Lord Salisbury's arguments. But it will net be forwarded to the British Premier. Mr Reitz holds that the Boer ultimatum was a protective measure, and explains that the arming at the republics was subsequent to the discovery that English Cabinet Ministers were Implicated in an attempt to filch away the in dependence of th* burghers. I. N. F. EOBERTS'S TROOPS 310V1XG. •THREATENING BOER COMMANDOES TO THE SOUTH OF BLOEMFONTEIN. ICeprrtsiii; 1900: B>- The N'ew-Tcrk Tribune.] - fstT CABLE TO IB! TRIBUTE.] London. March 16. 1 a. m. — General Roberts is Cot allowing the grass of the veldt to grow under his feet. He put three trains In. motion yesterday, equipping them with engine drivers «nd firemen from his own troops, and sent Gen eral Pols Cams with two thousand Guardsmen end a small body of mounted infantry, south ward. He reported in a midnight bulletin that Pole-Carew had reached Bethanis during the afternoon without opposition, and that the force v.-as expecting to join Generals Gatacre and Cements. Gatacre had crossed the Orange River in the morning and occupied Bethulie. General Clements's advance has propably taken place einvjltaneousiy. It Is reported that the Dutch rear guards are retreating from the river with their guns from Norval's and Bethulie, and it is possible that they may be caught be tween the columns which are advancing toward Epringfcntein. MAT PLAT A LITTLE POLITICS. General Roberts has allowed three divisions tc halt at Bloemfcntein, but he is net idle him **■•■ He has created the impression that the Free State Government has surrendered Its cap ital and that a military government has been cubstituted for it. He has kept various munici pal ar.d State offices in operation under the gen era! supervision of the military government, and by proclamation and practice is encouraging the People of the Free State to follow the example cf their own authorities and withdraw from a hopeless struggle.- II- can well afford to halt a fortnight in the capital and try his .and at the parr.<- cf Imperial politics if he can succeed thereby in inducing the Free State soldiers to Assert their commandoes and return to their terras. President >'. • • himself, since his ar rival in Kroonstadt, is issuing counter-proclama tions and striving to raliy his troops in defence cf the republic, but unless all signs fail his forces are rapidly disappearing from the field. The old order cf government has lost its polit ical centre with the surrender of Its capital, and a new order of administration has been created under the British flag, and Lord Roberts's main v.-ork during the next fortnight will be one of parincation and restoration of order. He has paymasters who will buy supplies for an army cf fifty thousand men, and he also has discipli narians who will enforce respect for private property. With gold to pay out and with sol diers under rigorous discipline. Lord Roberts is lik»ly to prove a successful politician in Bloem fontein. It is evident from the press dispatches that General Roberts's first wcrk will be the opening cf the railway southward to the Orange River tr.d the abandonment of the convoy system of supplies from Kimberley. The entire district ■outh cf Bloemfontein can be cleared of the «*.T.y in the course of a few days, and railway traffic: restored. Dispatches from General Gat •cre's headquarters state that his patrols are in touch with General Clements's lines westward and with Brabant 1 eastward. LIEUTENANT POPHAM'S EXPLOIT. The feat of Lieutenant Popham and a detach a«=t cf the Derbyshire battalion in saving E*thulie wagen bridge, which had been mined «lth dynamite, is describe as one of the most raliant exploits of the war. barren's forces are not needed on Orange River, and have returned to Upper Natal. Mili tary men do not expect a vigorous renewal of cper a ti or s by either General Roberts or General ■"»«• during the next week. French's cavalry. l~ ilh Tucker's division, may advance slowly northward in the direction of Wlnberg and »""SB>BIU but It Is not likely that there will «" serious fighting until General Roberts I tow. /t <r ° 6S th Vaa ' River and advance wnart Johannesburg and Pretoria. There may r^onno*BS«ftc* 8 in force toward the Biggars re?.. but General ***** army will probably _ a *' Active until General Roberts in pre b«r to invade the Transvaal with a railway MUan' " Pl1 ' 6 - The ° n!y direction in which cnieers here expect to witness tame diate activity is toward Mafeking. They con sider it probable that a column recruited from fresh troops along the lines or communication ■will be *.ent north from Kimberley unless Gen eral Roberts is convinced that Colonel Plumer Is able to raise the siege of the town with little delay. THE MEDIATION OFFER. The American Embassy remains silent re specting the recent exchange of letters between the State Department and the Foreign Office. Henry White being too experienced a diplomat to be drawn into unwary admissions while the State Department held back the text of the cor if-=; . na-ncr. There are many explanations from American sources, but the action of the State Department is not understood here. English man are asking what Americana would have said rrnt long ngo !f the Madrid Government in the hour of defeat had proposed peace on the basis of the Spanish retention of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines and England had offered her t?rvices as mediator or go-bet ive»>n. They doubt wither Americans would have regarded that as a triendly act, even if a cordial, tactful letter had be»n written by Lord Salisbury- A fact which is overlooked by those drawing this paral lel Is that the Stan- Department did not for ward Presidents Kriiger and Stem's letter to L<>nl Balfabury, and knew nothing of the Impos sible conditions proposed by them. The British Government suppressed the appeal of the two Presidents so long that President Kriiger finally ad Iressad the Powers without explaining the terms which had been suggested in the dispatch to Lord Salisbury. A fact on which Englishmen !ay stress is that the only Government which took any notice of Kniger's appeal to the Con sols was the United States. The subject came up yesterday in Parliament, when Mr. Balfour was asked by William Redmond whether the Washington Government had offered its good offices with a view of bringing about peace. There was a storm of applause when Mr. Bal four, while acknowledging the friendly tone of the communication from Washington, stated that Lord Salisbury had replied that the British Government would not accept the intervention of any Power in South African affairs. The use of the word "intervention"' produced an incor rect impression, so far as the Washington Gov ernment is concerned. The full text of the State D'-oartment's letter threw new light upon the transaction. I. Jg. F. MAY PT"T OFF BOER CONTINGENTS. BRITISH FORCE UNDER POLE-CAREW GOES SOUTH FROM BLOEMFONTEIN. London March 1.1.— The War Office has re ceived the following from Lord Roberts: Bloemfonte'n, Thursday. March 15, 7:55 p. m. — General Gatacre crossed the Orange River and occupied Bethulie this morning;. General Pole-Carew. with two thousand men of the Guards Brigade, two guns and a small body of mounted Infantry, left here in three train? this morning to join hands with General Oatacre and General Clements. He had passed Bethanis by 4:-M) p. m., without meeting with opposition, having been able to supply from his troops engine drivers, firemen, fitters, moulders, smiths, carpenters, etc. Bethulie Bridge Camp, "Wednesday. March 14. — General Clements' 9 brigade has effected a (unction with General Gatacre's troops at Burghersdorp. A patrol left there to-day for Aliwai North, to Join hands with General Bra bant. REITZ REPLIES TO LOUD SALISBURY. DEFENCE OF THE ACTION OF THE TRANS VAAL PRIOR TO THE WAR. Pretoria, March 14. — State Secretary Reitz's refutation of Lord Salisbury's arguments In the reply to the Bloemfontein joint note was issued to-day. Mr. Reitz says: The British Government, after the Bloemfon tein conference endeavored to enforce by threats certain chances in the internal government of the Transvaai Republic, contrary to the London convention. They also imported troops In great numbers, and broke off negotiations with a threat to *ake their own means to remove the grievances of their subjects. After waiting a fortnight, while an army corps was prepared and the reserves were being called out by the British. President Steyn asked the reason of these proceedings. Sir Alfred Milner refused to reply. Meanwhile Mr. Chamberlain, in his speeches, showed the world that England had decided on war. Accordingly, the Transvaal Republic ad dressed to the British Government a demand for the withdrawal of th°ir troops, as otherwise it would accept the presence of the troops as a d"i iaration of war. That was not necessarily intended as a message of war. Concerning the armaments Mr. Reltz says: These were bought openly in England and in Europe, and the High Commissioner boasted fall of th^m at the Bloemfontein confer ence, and also full descriptions of these arma ments were found among tne officers" papers at Dund>-<:-. T he army anil the ultimatum were protec tive measures, subsequent to the Raid and to the erjr, through concealed cables, that British • KfevJsters were- implicated in the at tempt to filch away the independence of the re publics. Now all il>ubt is removed by Lord iry*s teiegram. The burghers must fight for th"ir national existence, trusting that God will d"f"nd the right. London, March 16. — The Pretoria correspon : "The Da;!y Mail," telegraphing Wednes- Mr. Re'tz's statement has been published throughout the republic, but will not be for ward-ed to Lord Salisbury. Conversations I have had with the highest State officers show that the republic was pre pared to grant substantial reforms and conces sions until the receipt of Lord Salisbury's tele gram. As one of the highest statesmen re marked, "Better half an egg than none, but better none than a rotten egg." FRAZER DENOUNCED STEYN. STORMY MEETING IX BLOEMFONTEIN JUST BEFORE THE SURRENDER. London, March IG. "The Standard" has the following dispatch from Bloemfontein, dated Thursday, March I.V. The civil authorities here definitely made up their minds to surrender on Monday. A stormy meeting was h°ld. presided over by Mr. Steyn. whom Mr Frazer lent unced a= ;t coward, charg ing him with a want of enough moral courage to ihi' situation. The iatt* President was, howei er. not to be persuaded, and when the meeting broke up he left 'or the north. The occupation was extremely orderly and well managed. The spectacle was most Impressive when the Sixth Division marched through in grand style notwithstanding that, like the res: of the army, it had covered forty miles in twen ty-seven hi urs. Large numbers of the burghers are surrender ing their arms. Many have fled to their homes. Others are trekking to the east or to the north with their cattle and goods. During the last few -lays the inhabitants of Bloemfontein had beer, in deadly fear of the violence of the Trans vaalers. and consequently the city resembles rather a relieved than a captured town. Mr. Weas-ln. President of the Raad. has gone to England to sohcic pwblic sympathy and to plead for the independence off the Free State. THE OCCUPATION OF BLOEMFONTEIN. MUCH ROLLING STOCK WAS caPTI'RED BY THE ARMY OF LORD ROBERTS. BV-emfontein. Tuesday, March 13.— Lord Rob erta entered the Free State capital to-day, prac tically unopposed. He lay at Venters Vlel, fourteen miles away, last night, with General Kelly-Kenny's and General Colvtlle's divisions, the Guards Brigade and the mounted infantry General French, having cut the railway and (Continued on fourlli »«gc.J NEW YORK, FRIDAY. MARCH Ifi. lttOO.-FOrKTEEN PAfliaa.> r «w^^,,,- ROOT TALKS OF CUBA. CUBAN! CAPABLE OF SELF-GOVERN MENT AFTER DUE PREPARATION. Havana, March 15.— Secretary Root said to day that he had come to Cuba for two reasons. In the first place, he desired to see for himself the working of the various departments, civil and military, and to investigate, so far as pos sible, the character of the work accomplished. In the second place, he desired to see as many representative men as possible, including all the business interests. In order to feel that he was in personal touch with the requirements of the island. He went on to say that he had at all times closely followed all the reports regarding Cuba, but he had always felt assured that in respect of many matters definite knowledge called fir personal contact. He now felt that the Cubans had done wonders, considering the nature of the strife that had devastated the country for so long a time. Their conduct and amiability had greatly impressed him, and he was satisfied from all he had seen that they were capable of self-government. "It is necessary, of course, to prepare for this," said Mr. Root, "by practical experience. Nor should it be a cause for surprise if the first municipal elections should not bring to the surface all the best elements of the country. Even in the United States many who would naturally be supposed to take an active inter est in politics are often found attending to other matters on Election Day. This work of prep aration is deemed necessary even by the most radical Cubans. As soon as proper explana tions are made to them, they recognize that time must elapse before a race unacquainted with the simplest forms of government will become able to manage public affairs absolutely with out assistance. UNITED STATES WILL KEEP FAITH. "There Is no doubt that the I'nited States will keep faith with the Cuban people, and the joint resolution of Congress will be carried out. But just exactly when it is impossible to say. The municipal elections, which will take place on May 1, will prove the first lesson. The object is to give municipalities home rule in the very broadest sense, making each self-supporting and making the elected officials answerable to their own people only for the proper expenditure of funds. It is desirable so far as possible to decentralize all municipalities from Havana control. The American officials would ther have only advisory and supervisory duties. "The City of Havana would then come into the same category with other (-Hies. The mil itary department of the city would be ab iliihed, and this would enable the elected municipal government of Havana to take the necessary steps to refund the debt, to obtain a new loan and to carry out the works of sewerage and paving which are necessary and which should be begun as soon as possible. Probably this work will begin in the early autumn." Referring to the reports of possible trouble in the island, Mr. Root said: HYSTERIA OR MISCHIEF MAKERS. "These reports are the result of hysteria or are circulated by those who for personal ends wish to see turmoil. There is a close analogy between these Cuban agitators who talk about "taking to the woods* and the Ameri'-an brag garts who insist that the fniteti States wifl not give up Cuba. Both classes are equally unrep resentative of their countri*? " Alluding to conversations he had had with many Cubans representing the various indus tries, he said he thought he had seldom met with people more desirous of learning the me'.h ods of government, and that he could see they recognized the difficulty of the task, since gov ernment, like painting, was an art. He referred to the fact that Presidential elections in the United States required several months of prepa ration in order that they should be carried to a su »ssfui conclusion, and he pointed out that the difficulties in Cuba were very mu''h greater. What was desired, hs said, was that the peasant in Cuba should have equal rights and facilities with the i ou d talking man with the machete. "I have been agreeably surprised," he con tinued, "in visiting various points in the prov inces of Pinar del Rio. Matanzas and Havana to find so many evidences of rehabilitation. Every where the men were apparently working; clean houses were in evidence, and there was a gen eral air of approaching prosperity which I had not expected to detect. In the tobacco district? I found that common laborers were receiving more than $4 a day in American money, and this, although the work is only temporary proves the falsity of the statements of general distress. The Mayor of Guanajay told me lie had in his employ more than one thousand men. AMERICAN TROOPS IN GOOD HEALTH "Another thing that I particularly noticed while travelling through the provinces was that everywhere the American troops were in good health. Their robust appearance and excellent coloring show apparently that the climate agrees with them." Passing on to the question of prisons. Mr. Root paid a high tribute to the work of General Wood, adding: "Some months ago I had personal re pons made to me regarding the condition of the prisons, and such sicrv= as were then to be seen do r:"t exist now. for I have inspected the prisons myself. I consider the cleanliness of ;y another remarkable fact. I wish a million Americans could witness not only the cities that are occupied by United States troops, but also many towns that have long; since been left absolutely to the care of the Cuban popu lation. Even in the latter cases the streets are kept scrupulously clean, and I feel that the Cubans deserve great credit for carrying our this work, begun under American auspices. It augurs well for the self-government of the future. "The growth of the school system is another feature deserving of special notice. More than one hundred and fifty thousand pupils are now enrolled. lam heartily in accord with the Idea of taking as many teachers as possible for a summer stay of several weeks in the United and 1 will personally do all I can to as sist such a plan. "Taking Into consideration everything. 1 am exceedingly pleased with my visit to Cuba, and I f.-e! that I have a better grasp of the sit uation." At a meeting of the Society of Planters to-day X was reported that Secretary Root had agreed to uphold a reduction by Congress of the duties on Cuban sugars. AGI'IXALDO'S WAR SECRETARY CAUGHT. HE SURRENDERS TO GENERAL. MACARTHUR— REBEL LEADER'S SON DIES. Manila. March 1" 5:80 p. m.— Flores, Agul naldo's Secretary of War, has surrendered to General Mac Arthur. Aguinaldo's infant son. who was captured in November, and who had been suffering from smallpox, is dead. SPANISH PRISONERS SENT HOME. Washington. March 15. — A cable message from General Otis, received at the War Depart ment, says that he shipped to-day for Barce lona 533 Spaniards, including 84 officers and 427 enlisted men of the Spanish army, who had been rescued from the Filipino insurgents: also the wives of eight officers and fourteen children of officers. TASK OF MOLTEN GLASS BURSTS. Woodbury. March 13— tank of molten glass in the Woodbury Glass Works burst this afternoon, and the blowers and other employes were com pelled to flee for their lives. The molten glass flooded the room. FOR CAPE NOME AND THE KLONDIKE The quickest time and the best service is via the New York Central. Consult our ticket agents — Aivt RAMAPO PLOTS EXPOSED. XIXON. KELSEY AND ALLDS WORK AGAINST THE MORGAN BILL. Albany. March 1." (Special).— Senator Platfs "machine" and Richard Croker's "machine" acted in beautiful harmony to-day on the Mils to abridge the extraordinary privileges con ferred upon the Ramapo Water Company by the act submitted to the Legislature of \fi)o by Speaker Nixon. It had been supposed that the Senate would pp.=s Assemblyman Fallows'a bill, conferring upon Mayor Van Wyck and Controller Coler the ripht to veto any contract with the Ramapo Water Company, but. at the suggestion of Sen ator Grady. of Mr. Croker'a forces, action upon this beneficent measure vas postponed until Monday evening next, and the Legislature may adjourn on March 31. Senator drady declared that Mayor Van Wyck vould certainly act upon this amendment to the charter in less than fif teen days. It is to bo hop^l that Mayor Van Wyck will fulfil Senator Orady's contract. It is possible that this action by Senator Platt's and Mr. Croker's followers In the Sen ate was due to a desire to walr until the action of the Assembly upon Assemblyman Morgan's bill concerning the Ramapo Water Company could pp learned. This bill frees the city of New-York from the Ramapo Water Company by providing that it may condemn land for water rights; that, in a word. It may possess the same rights of condemnation as are now possessed by the Ramapo Water Company. The friends of the Ramapo Water Company do not wish either the Fallows act or the Morgan act to pass. BILL CAREFT'LLY FREPAREP. Mr. Morgan's bill. It should be stated, was drawn up by the Merchants' ft— orlntion of Mew- York, after a careful examination of the statutes bearing upon th» subject of the water supply of New-York and an equally careful survey of various water sheds from which the city might supply itself with water. Th- M-rc hants" As sociation has expended $."r>.<n)t) in this survey and in th<> examination of the documents and laws bearing on New-York? water supply. The measure, therefore, was a most carefully con sidered document. It Is possible that some of the members of the Merchants' Association were spurred on to efforts to free the city from the domination of the Rama'io Water Company by the discovery that a committee of the English Parliament had recently learned that if London wpre to buy out eight private water companies which supply a portion of the great metropolis with an indifferent supply of water the sum of $160,000,000 would have to be expended. As Is well known. Assemblyman Morgan's bill was submitted early in January to the Commlt- Cities, and that committee has failed to make any report upon it. Mr. Morgan yesterday gave notice that he would move in the Aasem 1 ly to-day that the committee should be dis charged t'rnm further ronsideration of his bill. Wht-n he made this motion to-day he found ar ray< .1 against him Speaker Nixon and the lai ttr's two lieutenants on the floor. Otto Kelsey, the chairman of the Assembly Committee on Cities, and Mr. Allds, the chairman of the Com mittee on Ways and Means, and therefore the Republican leader, Assemblyman Allds gave the impression to Assemblyman CooWy thsrt Qoreraog Roosevelt was opposed to the Morgan bill. Mr. Cooley and Assemblyman Davis went t> • the Governor and asked him about this. Governor Roosevelt re plied: "I am not opposed to the Morgan bill. All I have said was that I did not believe it could be passed." MR. MORGAN'S FORCIBLE SPEECH. Mr. Morgan, in making his motion, said he regretted to take such a stand, because he knew that he would antagonize certain members of the Assembly who wers his friends. Continuing, he said: We all know the purpose of the bill and the pur pose of the opposition against it. On the one hand Is municipal freedom, on the other corporate ava rice. We know, too, the enormous powers of the Ramapo company and the helplessness of New- York City. Both are the products of this Legis lature. Here are the three steps by which the pres ent deplorable condition of things was accom plished: First — The Ramapo company had an act passed known as Chapter 385 of the Laws of 1895. which was entitled "An Act to limit and define the powers of the Ramapo Water Company." Instead of limiting these sowers, however, it made them wellnigh boundless. It permitted the company to acquire land and waters not only along the Ram apo watershed, but also along any other water shed throughout th.> State. The first step which save the company such as tounding powers was followed by a second, which was to prevent the city of New-York from, en larging Its municipal water system. In the char ter of that city an amendment was made in 1597. known as Section 472, by which the city could not acquire lands the waters of which in whole or in part are used by any other city or village. These words "in part" were the fatal words. As a consequence, the city cannot take water from the Hudson or any oth"r stream if even a drop la used by another municipality. The third and final step was to make it easy for the city of New-York to purchase water from a private corporation. That was done by permitting the city to enter into a contract for water on the approval of a few subordinate appointive officers. These three steps have been engineered with con summate skill. The Fallows bill is a step in the right direction, but it is Insufficient. It only makes it somewhat harder for the Ramapo company to contract with the city. But should a water famine come the re strictions contemplated ay the Fallows bill would 1,,, necessity be thrown aside. The question of how can New-York set enough water Is still un answered. My bill would answer this question. When Mr. Morgan had finished speaking. Mr. Trainor, the leader of the Democratic minority, looked at Mr. Allds, the leader of the Republi can majority. Mr. Allds looked at Mr. Trainor. It had been decided that Mr. Trainor should do the talking, while Mr. Allds would adopt other means to defeat he motion of Mr. Morgan. This was easy enough, since Speaker Nixon, Mr. Allds and Mr. Trainor are now known as "the Ramapo triumvirate." Yesterday, he had tried to bring Mr. Morgan's bill before the House by substituting it for the Fallows bill, which had come up for consideration on the Governor's emergency message. Although it was known at the time that Mr. Trainor did this in order to kill all Ramapo legislation, nevertheless the Tammany chieftain had nothing but praise for the Morgan bill, and nothing but odium for the Fallows bill. To-day the change of front was complete and astounding. Mr. Post, of Suffolk County, said that he op posed the Morgan bill because It would endan ger the water rights of Suffolk County. A REBUKE TO TRAINOR. Mr. Slater scored on Mr. Trainor when he said: Yesterday my Democratic friend war.ted the Morgan bill, when he knew he couldn't get It. To day, when he can have the Morgan bill, he objects to It. ,-> . This bill gives to New-York City the right of eminent domain— this and nothing more— the right which every village In the State of New-York now enjoys. We ask the same rights that the city of Syracuse and the city of Mldd!etown enjoy. The Ramapo Water Company to-day • enjoys greater powers of condemnation than does the city of New- York. We ask for the same powers of condemna tion. Mr. Slater then adduced Sg-ures to prove the immense waste of the public funds of New-York which would be incurred by purchasing its ■water from such a company as the Ramapo company. Hecontinuid: The figures which I use were handed to me last evening, ar.d a.-f made public for the nrst time. They are the reault of the investigation of the Water Supply Committee appointed by the Mer chants' Association at New-York. They are the re sult of we«»ks of toll of competent expert account ants employed >>y the Controller of the city of Cuullnard OB <-i»hth p*S~e> A GREAT ICE TMAIfBACTION. KNICKERBOCKER PURCHASED BT AMERI CAN COMPANY— THE PRICE 100. < m Augusta, Me.. March -A $10,000,000 Ice deal Is announced to-day in th»» purchase of the Knickerbocker Ice Company by the American Ice Company. An official of the latter company to-day said: "The deal has been completed, and the entire business of the Knickerbocker Com pany has passed into our hands. The price paid was $10,000,000." This is one of the largest ice deals cv»r made in this country. The Knickerbocker company controlled the bulk of the retail output of nat ural ice in th" r-itips of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. Officers of the American Ice Company eSOM r.ot be found last night. A FAITH HEALER 15 Jill. FRANCIS TntTTH ACCUSED OF FRAUDULENT CS3 OF MAILS. Boston. March 13.— Francis Truth, head of the divine healing association beams his name whose advertisements have been spread over the whole country, was arrested early this evening at his office. No 6A Bowdoln Square, by Deputy United States Marshal Waters, assisted by Chief Inspector Watts of the Boston Police Department and Chief Inspector Evans of the PostofHee Department, on the charge of using- the mails for fraudulent pur poses. The prisoner was locked up In Charles Street Jail. A large amount of mail matter was seize,! by the officers, and after Truth had been taken away a thorough sear. of the premises was Instituted. On the first floor In on* room there were at work about -i dozen girls, typewriters ami copyists, whose wages are said to have ranged from $3 to $8 a week. In the next room was a printing press, which turned out circulars and the magazine known as "The Divine Healer." Across the hall, which was richly furnished, are the parlors used by Truth ar..l his wife. They are harttisomely fur nished. On this floor there la 'he crutch room, where are displayed the crutches which the "Divine Healer" claimed were cast aside by those who had been cured by his treatment. The officers removed a large part of this property and had it conveyed to Police Headquarters. STEAMBOAT STRIKES ROCKS. THE THOMAS S. '■• BRENNAN GETS OFF AFTER SEVERAL HOURS. The steamer Thomas S. Brennan, of the Char ities Department, which left Its pier, at East Twenty-sixth-st., yesterday at noon with a load of bodies for Hart's Island, struck the rocks opposite the Westchester Flats on the up trip and remained there until 1) o'clock last night. The vessel then proceeded to its destination, and after burying the dead returned to its pier, ar riving there at 11:30 o'clock. Frank Stewart, the engineer, said that the vessel struck the rocks shortly before G o'clock, and it was necessary to wait for the tide to lift it off. The F.rennan has been idle for four months for repairs. Yesterday's trip was the first since the repairs had been completed. It could not be ascertained last night if any dam age had been done. ARRESTED FOR BTEALTSQ BOOK PLATES, DR. CHARLES E. CAMERON. OF BOSTON CHARGED WITH THEFT. Boston. March 15.— Charies E. Cameron, who formerly practised medicine in this city, was placed under arrest by Boston . and private officers this afternoon, on the charge of stealing one hundred book plates from some of the most rare books In the Harvard library. He was delivered to Chief Murray, of the Cambridge department, and wi.l be formally charged with the thefts in court there to morrow. Dr. Cameron comes from an old and respected family in Canada. He is a graduate or McGill Uni versity, and Is well known in New- York. Boston and Philadelphia. He. has not practised medicine for some months. His entire time has been de voted to the study of Canadian history, with a view, it is said, of writing a history, and to the collection of rare stamps and book plates. Dr. Cameron says he is innocent. He admits hav ing stolen properly In his possession, but says it came to him honestly. AVERT AX INSTITUTE OF MUSIC. BILL OF INCORPORATION INTRODUCED— TTi:.:. AIM TO PROVIDE GOOD STTSIC CHEAPLY Albany, March 15 —A bill incorporating the Amer ican Institute of Music was Introduced In the Legislature to-day by Assemblyman Davis. The bill names as corporators Frank Damrosch, Henry van Dyke. J;mes Speyer. Andrew Carnegie, R ;- E. Schirmer. Theodore Sohor^k-. I 'art Sehurz. Brace Price. E. R. L. Gouid. Abram S. Hewitt. Jules A. Montant. Miss Callender J.imes Lo<?b. Otto M. Eldlitz. Jacob H. Schlff. Loota Kttlii'.ger, Mrs. Robert Abbe, J. H. Cnuaford, Am brose 1.. Phiprs. John M. Goodale and James K. Ptiuldlner. The object of the organization proposed is for the purpose of maintaining in New-Tors an institution -urage and develop popular Interest in the study of the art and literature of music and ■ :■ vano»- the knowledge of kindred subj.-. vide popular mate instruction and rtiteal maintain a musical library and museum, ar.d to i:id maintain a suitable building to voted to the general and special purposes of the : ■! r ■ rntion. Frank Damrosch. James Speyer. Rudolph E. Schirmer. Theodore Schorskp. Bruce Price, E. R. 1.. Gould, James Loeb. Ja_-ob H. Schin* and Am brose L. Phippa are named as trustees of the in stitute. Frank H. Damrosch. the well known musical di rector, la the originator of the movement to build th« proposed America:: Institute of Music. He con ceived the Idea about three years ago. but definite action was postponed until It was certain it could be carried out in a practical manner. Mr. Dam roach was seen last r.lKht at his home. Xo. ISI West Seventy-flfth-st. He said he thought it would cost about $2,000,000 to establish the institute as proposed at present. It would contain a concert ball with a seating capacity of eight thousand, and half of the seats it was proposed to reserve at 10 cents each for lovers of music who could not afford to pay high prices The prices would range from 10 cents to 50 cents. An appeal would rtrst be made to working people, and Mr. Damrosch said he thought that he would ha- collected fc*s<>.oi>> from the working people of this city in rive years! He had no doubt that after that sum was raised among the working classes wealthier persona would only too gladly subscribe larger sums to carry out the project. "There is great need of an institute here." con tinued Mr. Damroech. "where people can cultivate a love for music and where entertainments on a large scale at popular prices can be given and also where such organizations as the People's Choral Union can give their concerts." He further said that the People's Choral t'nion was interested In the movement. It has a mem bership of more than three thousand. DIAHOSD ROBBERY O.V A CAR. MAN CALLS AT THE TENDERLOIN POLICE STA TION IN REGARD TO WIFE S LOSS. Early last evening a well dressed m.in entered the West. Thlrtleth-st. police station and asked to se« Captain Thomw. Th© Captain was not in at the time, and the man left, saying- he would .call later. Shortly after midnight the man called again, this time coming in a private coach. Cap tain Thomas had not returned yet. an.i to Ser geant Carson the man said that his wife had been robbed of a pair of diamond earrings valued a* $1,500. In a Sixth-aye. car. between Fourteenth an.'. Twenty-third sts.. early In the evening. The man said his wife carried the diamonds in a bas which hung by her aide. The car was crowded, and a number of men were stand! near the woman. The man said he was William J. Gardner, of No. Z2D East Fourteenth-*!. Police Headquar ters was Informed ■ ( the robbery, and detectives were placed at work on the cm*. FIVE STATES IN FIVE HOURS. The "Royal Limited." b«auttfuJ. swift and sure. Leaves New- York. South Ferry and Foot of Liberty St.. dally 3 P. M.; arrive* Washington - P. M. Ex- QUlutte Dining and Car* Car B«rvlc«.— PBICE THREE CENTS. A\ ANNIVERSARY STORM. BIG FALL OF mow A REMINDER OF THE BLIZZARD OF MOM PREDICTED. Six inches of belated snow, followed by two inches of sleet, fell upon the metropolis yesterday and last night. Mr. Emery, the local forecaster, looked out from hia eyrie in the tower of the Manhattan Life Building, in Broadway. last night at sunset, and after noting the direction, of the wind and scanrtnc the telegraphic reports from different points around the United States where other f orecas-.era make c!o?2 guesses oa the weather, said that we rnis^t get a blizzard If the temperature fell suf3cien*.!y and if the wind v»»ered to the northeast, as h? expected i: would. At midnight the sleet as still coming, and thertf was some rain. The ni^ht superintendent of the bureau said: The indications for to-morrow are: Snow or (MM and continued co.d Friday: Saturday fair and coW; northeast sales, becoming northwesterly Friday nlpht. "It •;=> somewhat doubtful if the temperatur will fail enough to ffive as a blizzard." said Mr. Emery, "but whether it Go<s or not we shall have a storm that will satisfy all but the most exacting weath°r crant." "We are expectir.? a high northeast wind be fore to-morrow noon." .■;. "The heavy snowstorms usually come from the northern points of the compass, but this one apparently started down where cotton plants grew and where the pickaninnies go barefooted. As near as i: can be located, it developed la the West Gulf and advanced northeastward to th*» mouth of the Mississippi, where it was central this morninjT- Then it swept rapidly up this way, and we began to feel it before I> o'clock There have b??n light snowfalls throughout th» Northern and Central States, and as far down the seaboard as Virginia. A Void wave cover* the northern anil central portions of the coun try. the level of freezing temperature extending as far south as Xorthern Tennessee. The tem perature has fallen from - to 1« degrees from Virginia northward to Xew-England. and about 20 degrees from South Dakota southward to Texas." The following message was received by — - local Weather Bureau last evening: 3gM Xjrtheast storm signals were ordered at 4:15 o'clock from Breakwater to Boston. The storm, is central In Sou"h CariUr.a; moving north-northeast. Wind will be high north?asterlv to-nleht. with, heavy snow. WILLI3 L. MOORE. Chief Weather Bureau. Washington. D. C. The snow began ccming at about 5:43 o'clock yesterday morning, and at " o'clock in the after noon nearly five Inches had tauea. Since the "blizzard of *SS*" no one any longer speaks dis respectfully cf ■ March snowstorm. The aver age Xew-Yorker last night on his way home set his face resolutely against the sifting crystals which Mr. Pluvius was unloading in such liberal fashion, and determined ta make the beat at whatever happened. Commissioner Xagle, a] the Street Cleaning Department, said last night that he was all ready for the storm. The regular street sweep ers kept the crossings clear in the afternoon, but nothing was done toward removing the snow. This morning at 7 o'clock the Uvalde Asphalt Company, which has the snow removal contract will begin work with two road workers and four thousand men. who will operate from forty eight different points. Superintendent Sargent, in speaking of his plans, said: We got along with the other heavy storm all rlarht. and we are In better shape to-nlg-at than ever. We have weeded out our incompetent fore men and know what PS can do. Two heavy road workers will be u.«ed on Broadway, beginning' at 7 o'clock, to scrape the snow toward the gutters. These scrapers work rapidly. We expect to tiaa them between the Barter;.- and Twenty-third-st... and from Twenty-tliird-st. to the Circle. After w» finish with Broadway we will use tile scrapers oa the other busy thoroughfares. Bradlsh. the city's official hs charer^ of the removal of snow, has arranged ta have the street cleaners work ail night to-algßt if necessary. "TBS. weather people tell us that we are going to have plenty of snow this time.* said Mr Bradish. "They say that snow will be falling for thirty hour? Traffic over the Bridge was greatly delayed la the afternoon on account of the storm. Heavily laden wagons caused the horses to slip and fall on the heavy grades, and there were many of them. Twenty-five or thirty inspectors of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company were sta tioned on the roadway and did police duty la helping the drivers and the fallen animals. The slow headway of the surface cars over the Bridge drove many people to the elevared cars, which were- not interfered with by the storm. The cars occupied about twenty-five miaasaa yesterday afternoon in crossing the Bridge. The delay on the Bridge owing to horses slip ping and blocking the tracks became so serious b3* l> o'clock that the police compelled the drivers to take the ferries on both sides of the river. One or two wagons had been smashed In the mean time, and were left hauled up alongside the railing. The crush at the Bridge entrance be tween Tt:3o and 7 o'clock was terriSc, and the police and inspectors had their hands full In preventing women and children from being In jured. William Hontx, a truck driver. was knocked off his wagon and Injured at the Park Row en trance to the Bridge. He- was taken to Perry's drug store, where he was found to be suffering from contusions of the legs and back. He finally got on his truck and went home. The storm greatly delayed incoming passenger trains on the Pennsylvania, the Jersey ■ Centra!, the Delaware, Lackiwanna and Western, the Erie and the Ontario and Western railroads. Nearly all the main line trains were from one to two hours late. Xight Station Agent Hanna. at the Grand Cen tral Station, said that all trains were on time. Engineers and conductors report that there la very little snow In the upper part si the State. No delay was experienced by any of the -| atas The Fall River liners and the Sound boats, the City of Lowell and the New-Hampshire, did not leave their docks on the North River until the snow had turned to sleet. They were about three and one-half hours late in getting away. At the General Postcfflce it was said that the storm had not delayed th» mails to any extent. The Western Union officials said there had been no interruption en their lines on account of the storm. Ferryboats were compelled to run on slower schedule after the storm had continued for two or three hours. All the vessels reported on Wednesday night at Quarantine came up during the morning. L'Aquitaine got off, and so did the Fuerst Bismarck. The City Lodging House at F!rst-ave and Twenty-third-st. was filled early in the evening and preparations were made to take the ov»r tiow on the dock at the foot of East Twenty stxt-st. Superintendent York suspended the rule to have all applicant? stand in line and admitted them as soon as they reached the place. The men and women were given hot See and oread and sent to bed. The men will seek employment this manias; at shovelling snow. Many of the men say they came here to secure employment on the rapid transit tunnel. There were few women among the applicants. A water hydrant and a lamp pest which stood at the southwest corner of Fulton and Green wich sts. were demolished and thrown down last night by 3now plough No. 3 of the Metro politan Traction Company, and gas and water were too plentiful thereabouts for a while, or;.. employes of the gas company and Water De partment went to the scene and shut oaf th« g*as and stopped the flow of water. The snow plough was a six-horse affair, which was driven by James Qulnn. in sou:*- down Fultoa-at.