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COLOMBIA OBSTINATE. AMERICAN CANAL PROPOSAL REJECTED. j-BEATY NEGOTIATIONS BUBPBNDBD OOLOsfBLA MAY BE SEEKING ANOTHER PURCHASER. Bhlngton, Nov. 25. — Cabinet meeting to-day was devoted almost exclusively to con tiderinp the status of the reciprocity treaty with Cuba and the canal treaty with Colombia. Sec retary Hay. in presenting the subject of the canaJ negotiations to the Cabinet, was not able to report that any progress had been made in the last week. In fact, it appears that the negotiations have come to a dead stop, and, while no such thing as an ultimatum has passed, th» present situation may be described in the statement that the Colombian Minister here, Sefic- C -ha. has informed the State Depart ment th.it he cannot, ir behalf of his govern ment, accept the last proposition of the United Hates as the basis of a canal treaty. The State Papsrtraeni has already let it be known that It ha* coax to the end of its concessions, so the chances at a renewal of the negotiations in the near future are not bright. This state of affairs will stimulate the negoti ations with Nicaragua and Costa Rica for the Nicaragua route, but it now appears that the diplomatic representatives of those countries are not disposed to allow themselves to be used to coerce Colombia, and. therefore, desire to remain In the background until It has been clearly established that no treaty can be made between Colombia and the United States. One of the statements of fact in connection with the Panama route which has been brought to the attention of the State Department Is that the original canal concessions will expire in 1904, end it has been suggested that the Colombian Government has that fact in mind, and is dis posed to refrain from making a treaty now in th* expectation that the franchise will lapse, and it thus may be In a position to build the canal itself, or to sell a new concession. Such 8 course would raise a very serious question between the Colombian Government, the Pana ma Canal Company, the French Government and the government of the United States as to irtjether «r not a supplementary decree extend ing the concession ten years from 1904 was valid. UNION ASKS INJUNCTION. ORDER. SERVED OX JONAS GLASS COM PANY. WILL TEST LABOR UNION'S STATUS, Vineland, S. J.. Nov. 25 (Special). — On applica tion of the Glass Bottle Blowers' Association of the United States and Canada, Vice-Chan cellor Grey, of Camden. has granted an order to show cause why an injunction should not be issued restraining the Jonas Glass Company, of Minotola. from interfering with the business of the strikers. This is said to be the first time In the history of jurisprudence that a labor union has asked for an Injunction against a corporation. . The trantinsr of the order, which was Berved on the Jonas "Glass Company to day, brings before the courts the legal stand ing of labor unions. Th*- union will assert in court Its right to persuade- mechanics to leave or not to enter the employ of a corporation against which a strike has been declared. ' The association admits bavins assisted the strikers at Minotola, and wants legal protection in its attitude. The association In its bill of complaint alleges that the Jonas Glass Company has attempted to intimidate, frighten end drive the labor as sociation and its officers from Minotola; that an overpowering: force of the company's guards and sentinels, with display of arms, shot, other wise assaulted and actually drove the strikers from th- railroad station at each arrival of trains when imported workmen were expected, and that the employes and guards of the glass company have threatened to kill the strikers and destroy their headquarters. All the allega tions in the union's bill of complaint are sup ported by affidavits. | the important question Involved in the application for Injunction, Vice-Chancellor Grey told an attorney that he had granted :der to show cause" only after much thought. "The great question has at last beta ' before ihe courts," concluded the Vie* - Chancellor. WISE ATTACKS VIRGINIA WHITES. ■VICKY. MEMBER OF CONVENTION' TO BE SUED IN FIGHT AGAINST NEW X CONSTITUTION. [BY TWTrTTTrT" TO THE vniP.fNE.l Richmond, Va.. Nov. 23.— The fight against the new constitution of Virginia was given ad ditional Interest to-day by the bringing to light of a novel scheme on the part of John S. Wise and his associate counsel, "Jim" Haves (colored), which is no less than t.i bring suit against each and every member of the recent constitutional convention. Governor Montague, and members of the registration boards, and election officers individually and collectively. A number of copies of forms of suits are being printed, and are to be promiscuously distributed among the negroes! These may be used by any negro who failed of registration under the new constitution, and may be filed in the nearest United States Circuit Court. They ask for Ss.<N*j damasks c.n the ground that the right to reg-is'er vt-M unlawfully Jcnitc to tb«: plaintiff. The declaration assails bitterly those named as defendants and the white people of Virginia. It is said that a number of these suits will be filed here on Friday before Chief Justice Fuller and fudge Kdmond Waddill. when they sit on the proceedings already brought to test the new constitution. After Betting out that the Plaintiff is and has been a citizen of the United State s and of Virginia the declaration says that the defendants did unlawfully combine and con spire together with other persons to subject or cause to be subjected the plaintiff to the depriva tion of his right to vote, and by means of con spiracy did deprive him of his. rights, privileges and Immunities secured to him as a citizen of the United States and a lawful voter of Vir- Plnia by the constitution and the laws. It at tacks the art calling the constitution Into being, the members of the convention for not taking the oath and characterizes it as an unlawful assemblage and its every act act null and void. » Ci,/.| / / |/, TO STEAK FOR SEC, ROES. ** '■"'■'■•,. PRESIDE AT I HII.AI-KI.f'MIA MEKTIV; IN :i!KIR INTKKKST Philadelphia, Now 28. — B»-Presiden< Grover Qs inland bns scceptcd an invitation to pre ••tal a public* meeting here on December 11 in th*- Interest oj th" Berean Manual Training •nd Indsiiiiai school for Colored People Mr. will mafci :m address.. Among the JJb*r speakers will be ex Postmaster General Charl.-* Rmory Smith Colonel A. K. afcClure *n« Booker T. n/ashington. THK TRAIN FOR CHICAGO ■the Pennsylvania Special. Twenty hours, en Aivt Every comfort of home, club and of'- «-- NEW- YORK, WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 26, 1902.-FOURTEEN PAGES-^. c ai, HAVANA STRIKE OFF. CREDIT FOR SETTLEMENT DUE TO GENERAL GOMEZ. HE TOLD THE RIOTERS THAT IT WAS NOT A STRIKE, BUT A REVOLUTION THAT WAS GOING ON. Havana. Nov. 25.— The Central Labor I'nion decided to-night to call off the strike, and com mittees were appointed to inform the various unions of this decision. There will probably be a complete resumption of work to-morrow. Much of the credit for the settlement of the strike is due to General Gomez, who headed the committee which consulted to-day the managers of the Havana Commercial Company, against whom the strike was first directed. After the conference General Gomez and the majority of the committee expressed themselves hp satisfied at the stand that the company had taken. The managers maintained that they had not discriminated apainst Cuban apprentices, the fact being that the company's hooka showed that over 90 per cent of their apprentices were Cubans. The company would maintain and even increase this ratio, but it refused to treat with the Central Labor Union in matters per taining: to its employes. The managers said that t^ey were always willing to meet a com mittee iTiade up of workers from their factories, and they agreed to open the factories again if the men returned to work. Genera! Gomez and the committee afterward met the Central Labor Union, and the old war rior did not spare words In his condemnation of the action of the union in calling >u1 the work men. He Raid it was a revolution and not a Ftrlke, and that the war veterans stood ready to take up arms in support of the government In order to maintain order. That ended the strike a* far as the Central Labor I'nion was con cerned. Tt did not rare to brave General Gomez's wrath. Two strikers and one fireman were killed to day as the result, of a collision between a fire engine and an electric car. The returns from the hospitals give the total of persons wounded during the rioting of yes terday at 120, of which number four were ser iously injured. Sixteen of these were wounded by bullets. The othf-rs are suffering from cluli ning. Many of the persons wounded were not taken to the hospitaJs. GENERAL BLISS IN CONFERENCE. AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH SECRE TARIES ZALDO AND MONTHS. Havana. Nov. General Taskf-r H. Bliss, ■who la commissioned to arrange a basis for a reciprocity treaty between the United States and Cuba, held his first conference to-day with Secretary of State Zaldo and Secretary of Finance aContes, who were appointed a com mission by President Palma to meet the gen eral. It lasted from oa. m. until Ip. m. Gen eral Bliss says the meeting was highly satis factory. THE RECIPROCITY NEGOTIATIONS. MINISTER QUESADA HEARS THEY ARE PROCEEDING SATISFACTORILY. Washington. Nov. 25. — Minister Quesada. of Cuba, was one of the early callers on the Presi dent to-day. He Informed the President that he had received a cable dispatch from the gov ernment at Havana. Informing him that the reciprocity treaty negotiations were proceeding satisfactorily. WASHINGTON WATCHING HAVANA. Washington, Nov. 25. A cable disp-it^h re ceived at the State Department to-day from MiniFter Squiers, at Havana, reports that th' government there is taking a firm stand, and th;it the strike situation Is bett-r. Beflor Quesada, the Cuban Minister, talked over the situation with Secretary Hay to-day. The con ditions in Havana, are being watched -Aith the ■ lost-st interest here, as it is believed thai the ability of the Cuban Government to maintain law and order und adequately safeguard the heavy Investments of foreign capital at Havana is about to be subjected to a severe test. SAYS AMERICANS ARE NOT IN FEAR. GENERAL MITCHENER LEFT HAVANA ON SATURDAY BEFORE RIOTING BEGAN. General L. J. Mitcbener, of this city, was among the passengers from Havana on the Morro Castle, which arrived In port yesterday. He said that when he left Havana on Saturday the general feel ing was that the local authorities could handle any trouble that should arise from the labor troubles. "When we started," paid General Mitcbener, "th« city was in a commotion over the strike. Thero had been no disturbance of any kind, but the whole routine of business was upset, and everything was in a state of suppressed excitement. Friday, the i cigar men struck, and on Saturday morning the cabmen all disappeared from the streets at a pre concerted signal. Between the time their strike was begun and the absolute disappearance of every kind of public vehicle from the streets, there was scarce ly ten minutes. It seemed as though the earth had opened up and swallowed every tmng- horses, cabs and men. "We all bad to walk from our hotels to the pier, carrying all our hand baggage. The hotels managed to muster enough wagons to haul our heavy baggage to the ship, but they were private rigs, which were pressed Into service. "The general feeling among both natives and Americans seemed to be that the local authorities would be able to Dandle the situation. There did, not seen to be any alarm among the Americans In Havana. There was no exodus or talk of one. We had only a few passengers, and those Americana who did leave Havana did so because of business and were In no way influenced because of the strike. ] see by the papers I obtained when we reached Quarantine that there has been rioting and blood shed since we left there. Of course, I can express no decided opinion as to the outcome. Whether or not the Havana authorities can cope with the situa tion can only be told by the outcome. All I can speak about 'Is the feeling which prevailed when we left." MEXICAN FINANCES DISTURBED. CONTINUED RISE IN EXCHANGE UNSETTLES MUSI NESS. City of Mexico, Nov. S<. The premium on New-York exchange continues to advance, and to-day is \.X> that Is, $285 In silver Is required to buy one American sold dollar. The lur^e farmers in the interior and planters throughout th<- country say they do not rare if the silver dollar fa!ls to 30 cents, as only the city mer chants and importers want gold. They urge that the depreciated silver keeps the dollars in the ccuntry and makes business good. Import ers take another view, and are generally refus ing to make prices on machinery, supplies, etc., except in gold. Bankers realize that payments coming due will be made in dollars worth con siderably less than when the money was loaned. The government has th« matter under advi« - ment and advices regarding the adoption of a gold standard are being constantly received from Europe and the United States. The coun try is undeniably very prosperous, and there is a natural hesitation in taking radical measures which might give business a decided setback. (. larg' bank made the New-York exchange 1.'.t0 at noon. . ROYAL BLUE LINE TOURS 'O WASHINGTON. Thursday Dec. 4th All expenses. Including rail and .hotel for three days, only $12 from New 1 ork. Inquire Baltimore & Onto ticket ofnces.-Advt. BRIARCLIFF MILK IS ALWAYS PERFECTLY pure. Certified i,, the IfUk C«azal«Jldn.-A4vL . KNEW NAUGHT OF PROXIES GEORGE J. GOUT.D REPLIES TO CIRCU LAR OF MESSRS. HAWLEY AND HARRIMAN. There was a lull during the day yesterday in the warfare of circulars and statements which Is being waged between Edwin Hawley and E. H. Harrlman on the one hand and George J. Gould on the other in the contest for control of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company; but In the evening Mr. Gould issued the following re ply to the circular sent out on Monday evening by Messsrs Hawley and Harriman: I have read the very surprising circular of No vember 24, addressed by Messrs, Hawkey and Har riman to the stockholders of the Colorado Fuel and Jron Company, In some respects It is a di rect misstateir.ont of facts, ami in others an in genious perversion of truth. Several conferences were held, but with no defi nite results. At one of these conferences it was proposed to ascertain whether a board could be made up on an agreement with Mr. Oagood, as signing him two seats. This plan was proposed to Mr. Osgood after the conference of November 6, and was abandoned, as It became evident that Mr. Osgood could elect a considerably larger represen tation than that suggested. The matter was thus left wholly in an undetermined state when I left for the South on November H. No form whatever, either of circular or of proxy, was shown to me or received my approval. The conference referred to was merely a stage in ne gotiations, and was not conclusive on any point whatever. During my absence in the South I learned by wire that a. circular and form of proxy, the one signed in my name, and the other including my name.-, jointly with those of Messrs. Hawley and Harrlman, had been mailed to the stockholders. Immediately upon my return 1 disavowed this proceeding in a similar communication addressed to Messrs. Hawley and Harrlman, a copy of which has already been made public. In a discussion with Mr. Hawley on Friday last, when he was asked by whom and under whose in structions the circular and proxy had been pre pared, lie made no claim that I had seen forms of either, but explained that Instructions for their preparation had been given to counsel by a third party after the conference of November 6. Mr. Hawley later definitely disclaimed any recollection of any such forms having been presented or having been the subject of consideration at the conference. His circular Indicates that he has been prevailed upon to revise his recollection on this point. The Hawley circular states: "That at a subsequent meeting on Friday last, November 21. Mr. Gould proposed that the proxies already obtained should be divided between himself and the undersigned. The latter, however, Insisted that, under the circumstances, the proxies should be returned." The quality of this statement will appear from the facts. The facts are that at. 8 meeting between Messrs. Hawley and Harriman and myself, at which Winslow S. Pierce was present, on Thursday last, the day before th« interview mentioned in the circular, Mr Pierce, In an effort to avoid the public discussion which would result from a return of the proxies, suggested that the proxies should be di vided, or should be voted, by a substitute, for can didates selected on the basis of a division. He urged this course both then and at an Interview with Mr. Hawley on the following day. when I expressed myself as willing- to follow the course thus supareFted. tor the reason thus ur*ed. Th« suggestion was not mine; my judgment and desire, expressed mid repeated, was that the proxies should be returned. I also requested from .Mr Hawley an opportunity to see the proxies received. This was declined. 1 never saw the Joint circular or proxy until my return from the South. It was then quite evident to me that the action In sending out the cireulais rind proxies. which had been taken in excess of any understanding with me and without any authority from me. would, if permitted to stand, place in the hands of Messrs. Hawley and Harriman the unre stricted usi of all pro] received, including those which mlclit have been received upon the faith of the association of my name, the proxies having been so warded as to b« available to them as a majority of the attorneys named therein, to the exclusion of myself. 1 believe 1 (and Inter development have con firmed this h»>!!. : that the action In sending out these proxies was taken with this precipitation and at this Inconclusive state in order to make a public committal which It wa believed I would not disavow, and to secure control as above sug gested. Mr. Hawley would not discuss Mr. Gould's statement last night. He Intimated that there might be further developments to-< Jay, but would express no opinion on tht- statement. MESSRS OOTTLD ANT> OSOOOD <"STF.n. Whether or r.rit Mr. Gould wll] now r..-oper ate with Chairman Oaa*ood of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company in Uie tatter's effort to retain control of the property is ;t question of absorb ing Interest tn Wall Street. The prevailing be lief is that Mr. Gould will decids to take thai course, a >■ tly strengthened yesti when it i ante known thai he and Mr Osgood had bad a confer< w e In the course of the morn ing Another conference was held late in th» afternoon at Mr. Gould's "t!ir.-. among those present being Mr. Butler, Mr. Gould's broker. At about the same time Mr. Osgood had a num ber of visitors In coi al his office, A note was sen) In I■ Mr Osg l asking about hla with Mr. Gould. He sent out word th.-it he had nothing at all to mv about Colorado Fuel and Iron. A like request for information was sf'iit In to Mr Gould at bis o:nr-.-. and word was returned thru Mr. <;oii!d had nothing to Although uncommunicative, Mr. Osgood has, since thi- breaking out of hostilities among the big railroad Interests who had previously been supposed to i" united in opposition to him. been noticeably serene and cheerful. It tin? been understood from hln frK-nds that he would :t of the Auhison, the Rock island and the Burlington, and the addition of the vote of the Gould holdings. If h>- should be able to obtain it. would greatly strengthen ins position. Whether or nut he would then he able to count a majority is a question which may not be definitely answered before the day of the postponed annual meeting, for Mr. Harri man and Mr. Hawley represent great and pow erful financial Interest*, and they are men who are not accustomed to defeat, Although the transfer books of the company are dosed, it fs currently reported that the con tending parties are borrowing large blocks of the stock, with a proxy attached to each cer tificate, and that heavy purchases of the stock accompanied by proxies art- also being effected. STOCK ADVANCBB ON 'CHANGE. The stock advanced In fhe first hour of trad ing on the Exchange yesterday from 85^ at the opening, to 91, the high level of the day. It was strong throughout the session, closing at 88, a nei gain of - points. The general list sold off, the Gould «nd Harriman stocks especially cbowing weakness, It being feared that the ill feeling occasioned by the misunderstanding over the Colorado Fuel and Iron proxies would event ually lead to strife between the Gould and Har riman railway systems in the West and the Southwest. It is understood, however, on ex cellent authority, that these apprehensions are in all probability groundless. The Colorado Fuel and Iron trouble will be fought out, but there will not be added to it the complication of the rupture of the harmony so long prevail ing In the Western railway field. Denver, Nov. 2S. — The following dispatch was received h< re to-day from John c. Osgood, chair man of the board of directors of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company: N«w York. November 2.">. I appreciate the Int. rest mv Colorado friends take in the coming election. The split in the Oould- Hawley-Harriman party does no! change my posi tion. I think the best Interests of the stockholders require that, while the management should be fair and friendly to all railroad interests, the control or the property .should not be dominated by any one road or group of roads. Responses received to my request for proxies indicate that a great many In dependent stockholders RgTee with me. Tl • that the opposition is divided is undoubtedly favor able to the Interests of the stockholders whom I represent. J- C. OSGOOD. SOUTHERN PACIFIC MAY HAVE MEW LINE. New-Orleans, Nov. 2. r > (Special).— lt Is reported her. that the Southern Pacific has secured control of the Bhrevepori and Red River Valley Railroad, and Will parallel th.- Texas and Pacific between this city and Shreveport. This move is made it Is said to' show E. H. Harrimsm'S resentment toward George J- Gould for announcing that the Interna tional and Great Northern would parallel the Southern Pacific and Houston. Tex. CONTRACT FOR W A HASH CONNECTION. Plttsbure. Nov. S. The contract, ■moon ting to 12,500.080, was swarded to-day by President Ramsey of the Wabash and President Blair of the Uttle Kanawha for seventy-one miles of line to connect i.art of the Little Kanawna and the West Virginia Central Clemens 4 Co., of Philadelphia, and J. Henry Miller, of Baltimore, secured the contracts. The line will run from Sandy Bend to Burnsville, \V Va from which point it will connect with the West Virginia Central at Belltngton The work !a to be finished in sixteen months. Contracts for the remainder of the toad, its miles, will be let before February 1. FRUIT IS RIPE AND ROSES BLOOM In California. Best place to winter this winter. Best way to go is the Golden Slate, Limit*"!, XicketaU.'NJ Broadway.- CARNEGIE TRUSTEES MEET ANNUAL SESSION OF THE BOARD IN WASHINGTON. • WORK OF THE INSTITUTION CONSIDERED— WHAT WILL, AND WILL NOT BE UNDERTAKEN. (BY TBLECRAPH TO THE TBISUWB-] Washington, Nov. 25.— The trustees of the Carnegie Institution, who held their annual meeting in Washington to-day, determined to confine their labors to the adoption of a series of affirmative and negative propositions for the guidance of the executive committee, to which they intrusted not only the execution, but the selection, of the projects to which tho funds and energies of the institution will be devoted in the ensuing yf-ar. This course was made necessary by the great variety of recommenda tions submitted by the advisory boards, several of them universal in scope and all involving an Infinite amount of scientific and administra tive detail. The subject of making public the confidential report of the executive committee, containing the reports of the advisory boards, applications for assistance, etc., fifty copies of which were printed and distributed to the trustees two weeks ago, was duly considered, but in view of the confidential disclosures of the Internal af fairs of a number of the applicants for assist ance It was decided that such a course would not be proper, and the executive committee was instructed to prepare mi<i make public a "year book," which will contain the advisory reports and such other Information regarding the work of the Institution as may be deemed wise. It Is expected that the year book will be published about December 15. Taking for a basis a draft submitted by the executive committee, the propositions by which th*» latter will be guided wer* considered lln» by line. and. when finally adopted, read as follows: The Carnegie Institution will undertake: First — To promote original research by Sys tematically sustaining projects of broad scope that may lead to the discovery . and utilization of new forces for the benefit of man. pursuing each with th greatest possible, thoroughness. Second — Projects of universal scope that fill in gaps of knowledge of particular things or restricted fields of research. Fifth— The administration of a department of scientific research under a single director of competent methods. Sixth— The appointment of research assistants. Seventh — increase the facilities for higher education by (a) original research in universi ties and Institutions of learning; (b) by such means as may be practicable and advisable. The Carnegie Institution will not undertake: First— To do anything that Is being well done by other agencies. Second— To do anything which pan be better done by other agendas. Third— To enter the field of existing organi zations properly equipped Fourth— To give aid to individuals or other or ganizations in order to relieve them of financial responsibilities which they are able to carry or in order thai they may divert funds to other purposes. Fifth— enter fields of applied science, ex cept in extraordinary <■;>- Sixth To purchase land or erect buildings for any organisation Seventh— To aid institutions when practicable to accomplish the same results by aiding indi viduals who may or may not be connected with Institutions. Eighth— To provide for general or liberal courses of education. The selection of a site for a home for the In stitution was considered, and the matter was deferred until th" next annual meeting. Ap propriations were authorized as follows: For scientific research. $200,000; for the reserve fund, $100,000; for administrative expenses, $50,000; for the publication of scientific memoirs and papers. $40,000. E. A. Hitchcock, Secretary of the Interior, was elected a • ' (111 the vacancy mad- by the death Of his brother. Henry Hitchcock, of St. Louts, concerning which an appropriate resolution was adopted. A finance committee, -•ing of Lyman J. c, ; ,^. D O. Mills and Henrj I* Hlgginson, was elected, and the by laws were so amended '■' Pter the an nual meeting will be held on the second Tues daj in December In the absent f Abram S. Hewitt, the vice-chairman, Dr. John S. Billings, presided. Those present were l>r. John S. Hlll- Ings, Dr. Char]-.- D. Walcott, Speaker iv R Henderson, Dr. 8. P. Langley, Dr Agassis, William N. Trew, Lyman .1 Gage, Dr. Daniel C. GUman, John Hay, Henry 1.. Higginson, Charles T. Hutchlnson, William Lindsay, Wayne Mac- Veagh, I>. O. Mills. I>r. S. Weir Mitchell, Will iam W. Morrow. Klihi Root. Edward D. White and Carroll D. Wright. FOUND STARVING ON BRIDGE COUPLE WHO TAKE REFUGE THERE TELL A PITIFUL TALE. starving, with his wife clasped In his arms, and rain beating pitilessly down on them, Joseph Tei, our, a Belgian sailor, twenty years old, was was found by Policeman Miller, of the Fourth Police Precinct, on the Brooklyn Bridge last night. Wearied by their fruitless search for work, the two had chosen a bench on the l itr span for their sleeping place for the last few nights, and they were in tears when the big policeman came along. TebOUT speaks several languages. ar..l in (~ici man the tale of sorrow was told. Miller took the starving ones to the entrance of the Bridge, and soon a crowd collected. Filled with sym pathy, policemen, business men, newsboys and well dressed women contributed money to Miller until about four dollars was r. - celved. This sum was given to the husband, and a policeman took the pair to the Bowery Salvation Army lodging house .'or the night. Tebour was born ;tt Antwerp. Belgium. From the age of nine he was a .sailor, his parents being dead. For seven years he was with the American Line. Seven months ago he had a little money, after his last voyage, and when lie met Marie Beague, eighteen years old, of Uoubaix. Franc, freshly arrived, he decided to marry and settle in this country. Work was sc;irce, soon the little savings were gone, and Tebour wont to Washington, Conn., to work as a farmer with John Kesselburger, a thrifty German. Four months passed, the scant crop was harvested, and with barely enough to reach this city, he returned to Manhattan, but was unable to flr.d work. RUSSIAN MINISTERS .V.tr RFSIGX. PRINCE KHILKOW AND M. WITTE UNABLE TO AGREE. London. Nov. 26. — "The Morning Post" pub lishes a letter from its correspondent al st. Petersburg, in which h** discusses the possibil ity of the resignation of both Minister of Finance Witte and of Princ Khilkow, Minister of Railroad Communication, owing to financial difficulties. The correspondent says that Prince Khilkow, who has be*>n trained tor years in American railroad methods, wants to revolu tionize the Russian railroad system, by improv ing the existing flimsy permanent ways in order to permit of the use of heavier locomotives and the attainment of a higher speed, which, under the present conditions, can hardly exceed twen ty miles an hour Minister Witte, however, considering the present financial straits of the empire, declines to sanction the necessary ex penditure. PALL MALL LONDON CIGARETTES. Specially recommended to etntlemen who are ac customed to smoking the finest blends of choice Turkish tobacco.— Advt NO PROSPECT OF AGREEMENT. INDIVIDUAL OPERATORS PREVAIL ON COAL ROADS TO RE FUSE TO CONFER WITH MITCHELL. STRIKE COMMISSION WILL CONTINUE ITS WORK. The prospects for reaching an agreement, outside of the Strike Coinini>>ion, be tween the mine workers and the coal operators ended suddenly ve>UT»lay aftt-rnoon through the decision of the operators not to grant another interview fee Presides! Mitchell and his associates. The announcement was made after a eopferaKC betwW Wayne MacVeagh and Mr. Mitchell in Washington and caused much surprise. The Strike Commission will continue its work. The decision of the coal roads' presidents was due to a conference here at which the individual operators prevailed on them to break oil negotiations with the mi: President Baer. during the conference, sent word of the decision to Washington. WILL NOT MEET MITCHELL. DECISION OF THE OPERATORS CAUSES GREAT SURPRISE- CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON. Washington. Nov. 25.— A1l prospects for an understanding between the United Mine Work ers and the coal operators, outside the Anthra cite Coal Strike Commission, came to a sudden termination late this afternoon through the re ceipt of a dispatch by Wayne MacVeagh, repre senting the Pennsylvania Coal Company and the Hillside Coal and Iron Company, informing- him that at a meeting of the coal road men In New- York to-day It had been decided not to grant an Interview to Mr. Mitchell and his associates, which had been suggested for Friday nw. The announcement, coming as it did after an all day"s conference in this city between Mr. MacVeagh and Mr. MitcheM and his associates, attended part of the time by Carroll D. Wright. In an <=ndeavo* to adjust some details of the proposed agreement between the operators and the miners, completely surprised every one here. From a trustworthy source it is learned that the proposition that the operators should meet Mr. Mitchpll on Friday next was made at th^ instance of Mr. MacVeagh, who was no less surprised than Mr Mitchell himself at th* turn affairs took to-day. From statements made by Mr. Darrnw, the chief attorney for th» mine workers, early in th<> day. the impression had spread that a com plete agrement would be reached at to-day's conference, but when the meeting broke up Mr. Darrow read to the newspaper men in the cor ridor outside his room ■ in WiUardTs Hotel a statement which mad-- it clear that no final narat bad been rea< hM and that n« further rences were likely The statement was as follows: The conference to-day was simply a continu ance of the conferences held at Scranton, and with precis.lv th-- same object -that of trying to reach h basis of hopeful discussion I amicable settlement Mr. MacVeagh has not been In Scrantun since Thursday, and some matters developed as to which a further con ference micrht be useful before either the opera r tho representatives of the miners ap proach the serious task of formulating a definite agreement for their signatures. Mr. Mitchell when the dispatch from K*W- York t-Illng "f the action of the operators, was shown to him simply smiled and said that he had not asked for the conference, but when he was asked if It would be agreeable to meet th«» operators he said it would. Mr. Darrow and Mr. Lloyd, the miners" attorneys, however, were outspoken regarding the action of the operators. Mr. Darrow s.tid It was now '•up to the operators.*' and that he would return at once to Scranton, and on Tuesday would appear before the commission ready to go on with th* hearing. Mr. Lloyd referred to the fact that Friday's conference had rwen suggested in or der to adjust some matters on which there was still some disagreement. •Yet." said Mr. Lloyd, "these same men. who only last week wired the commission their assent to the general pro visions of the tentative agreement, and upon the strength of which the commission adjourned f. .r a week in order to give the parties time to gel together, now go completely back on their former action and call it all off. We ar»» sat isfied to go before the commission and continue the hearing." Messrs Mitchell, D.irrow and Lloyd left Washington at t ; : Ti< > p. m. over the Pennsylvania Railroad for Scranton. MITCHKI.I, IN PHILADELPHIA. HE REFUSKB TO COMMENT v.V OPERATORS POSITION. Philadelphia. Nov. !.'.">. President Mitchell of the United Mine Workers, accompanied by his counsel, C. S. Darrow and H. D. Lloyd, ar rived here from Washington at IO o'clock to night. They engaged rooms at a hotel and will leave here for Scranton to-morrow morning. Mr. Mitchell was questioned concerning the statements of the settlement of the miners' strike. He said: "Counsel for the operators and some of the operators had laid before the presi denta of the railroad companies a tentative proposition, which had been drafted jointly by the representatives of the railroad companies and counsel for the miners. The railroad presi dents wired the strike commission that the gen eral terms of the proposition were satisfactory . some of the minor details to be adjusted later. This message suggested that the commission adjourn until December 3, in order that these minor details might be adjusted." Mr. Darrow here interrupted by saying: "The initiative was taken by th» operators." Mr. Lloyd said: ""When the commission ad journed it was understood that a satisfactory adjustment of the differences would be made. Tin commissioners were so certain of this that a BUb-COmmittee consisting Of Messrs. Clark. Watkins and Parker, was appointed to adjust the minor details. Wayne MacVeagh. counsel for the Hillsid- Coal Company and the Penn sylvania Coal Company, requested Mr. Mitchell and his counsel to meet him in Washington to day tor the purpose of working out the details of the strike settlement. While we were in conference with Mr. MacVeagh a message was received from the coal road presidents an nouncing that the first proposition was not satisfactory and that the coal companies would prefer a continuance of the hearings before the Arbitration Commission." Mr Mitchell was asked if he considered that the action of the coal road presidents had weak ened their case before the commission. He (■Ud: I don't want to say what they nave done, but I have no doubt that we will win our case " KLONDIKE PIOSEER DIES. San Francisco, Nov. 25— Captain A. P. Mordaunt, who Is credited with making the first discovery of pay gold at Nome, died in this city to-day. ROUND TRIP TICKETS TO CALIFORNIA On .sale at all ticket ofnees. offering diversity of routes going anil returning, via Chicago and North- Western. Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Rail ways. Offices: 461. 287 and 349 Broadway.— Advt. » "Stick to the bridge that carries you safe over " For more than sixty-nine years Dr. D. Jayne's Expectorant has .lone that for thousands of suf ferers (Tees Lung and Throat troubles.— Aiivt I'KICE THREE CENTS. COAL ROADS WON OVER. INDIVIDUAL OPERATORS TELL PRESI DENTS THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO SETTLE NOW. Despite the fact that a conference in Washing ton between representatives of the coal roads and the miners seemed to have paved H way for an agreement, yesterday the independent operators met the presidents of the coal roads in this city and made a strong protest against the proposed agreement. The result was that the presidents declined an invitation to meet John Mitchell and other representatives of the miners in Washington on Friday, and expressed] a preference for a continuation of the hearing before the commission which President Roose velt appointed. This action seemed m make a settlement between the operators and the miners without arbitration by th- commission impossible, at least for the present. It was understood her" at th- tim«» the Inde pendent operators made their protest that the agreement nearly reached in Washington was on th-=> basis of an increase of 1«» tier rent in wages and a working day of nine hours for '"•* miners. Early yesterday the Independent oper ators who had arrived in the city held a meeting at the Hotel Imperial, where there was ■ short discussion of the situation. They said they could not agree to have the hearings before th» commission discontinued until they had pre sented their side of the controversy with th» miners, and. if necessary, had shown their books to refute some of the statements made by representatives of the miners before th«» com mission. From the hotel they went to th* office of C. I>, Simpson, at No. «8 William-3t.. where they prepared ■ statement to be submitted to th* presidents of the coal roads, and made arrange ments to meet them at the rooms of the Temple Coal and Iron Company, in the New-Jersey Central Building, in Llberty-st.. early !n th» afternoon. They saM they controlled about l."» per cent of the anthracite coal production, that they had stood by the coal roads all through the long strike, and that now they could, not be ignored In a settlement. * The meeting with the presidents took place just after Ip. m. The presidents at the meeting were George F. Baer. of the Reading: W. H. Truesdale. of the Lackawanna: Thomas P. Fowler, of the Ontario and Western, and Robert M. Olyphant. of the Delaware and Hudson, and with them were David Willcox. vice-president and general counsel of the Delaware and Hud son, and E. B. Thomas, chairman of the boards of the Lehlgh Valley and Erie railroads. The Independent operators present were J. L. Cake and W. H. Gearhart. Clear Spring Coal Com pany: James J. Jermyn. Jermyn & Co.; A. D. and F. M. Spencer; W. W. Watson, the Mount .Tessup Coal Company, Limit-. 1. and the Moosta Mountain Coal Company: C P. Simpson, th» West End Coal Company: J. I. Crawford. Peo ple's Coal Company; Henry W. Ktngstezry, th« Stevens Coal Company. J. N. Ki<?r. Elliot Mr - Clure & Co. and Riverside Coal Company; Ed ward Sturges. the Pine Hill Coal Company and the Clarence Coal Company; Robert-; & Law; K. S. Dolph and W. G. Robertson, the Dolph Coal Company. Limited: W. <; Robertson. Aus tin Coal Company: Carney & Brown: W. G. Thomas. Black Diamond Coal Company: T. L. Cake, the Haul) Coal Company; W. H. Gearhart. the Enterprise Coal Company; W. L. Connell, the Glen Ridge Coal Company; H. C. RaynoMs. the Wyoming Coal and Land Company: William J. Hand and Charles G. Bradbury, the Nay AUS Coal Company, and William Connell. William ConneD & Co. STATEMENT FROM BAER After the meeting, which end- about '.I p>. m . President Baer issued a statement telling th* names of the independent operators present, and adding: They met the coal presidents who had signe.l the request to the President of the Unite! States. They presented a pro( against an> adjustment being made at this time, insisting: that the principles involved were so serious ami affected so many Interests that it was neces sary now to have the commission hear all th* facts and pass its judgment upon the whole controversy. Mr. Simpson, as chairman, read a paper expressing their views, and other gentle men expressed decided opinions. In the midst of the conference the request came from Washington to the operators of both classes to meet Mr. Mitchell and his associates next Friday morning at I<> o'clock. The parties present, without dissent, instructed Mr. Baer to make the following answer: "The conditions are such that no substantial progress can be made by the suggested meeting. The general judgment of the operators is that it will be best, for the present, to go on with the hearing." INDIVIDUAL OPERATORS 1 APPEAL. The protest of the independent operators was the following, addressed to the coal presidents and fully signed: The undersigned individual coal operators, whose product is carried over one or the other of your respective railroads, having learned that efforts are being made to effect a settle ment of the questions now before the Anthra cite Coal Strike Commission, of which the indi vidual coal operators have been made .1 party at the request of the commission, and a number of your corporations, beg leave respectfully to enter their vigorous protest against any such settlement to be made at this time, and set forth. the following, among many, reasons: First— believe that such a settlement at this time, and upon the basis suggested, won! I forever establish the power and perpetuate the injustice perpetrated by the union mine workers. Second— That such settlement would be. in th* eyes of the public, a confession that we have heretofore been guilty of all the offences charged against us by the said mine workers. Third— That we hav-. and believe that you have, such a perfect and complete defence to the allegations made by tne complainants before" the commission, that any money award the com mission would render would be far less than the amount we understand that it is proposed la concede, especially to miners and their laborer*. Fourth — That, aside from money considera tions, this commission, composed, as we be lieve, of men that are absolutely fair, un biassed and of unusual experience and good Judgment, ;n their finding will make such dec laration as will for many years put a ban upon unlawful practices, oppression of non-union 20 HOURS TWIXT NEW- YORK AND CHICAGO via the Pennsylvania Special. Official Stenograph ers. Ladies' Maids and Stock Reports are special features! — Advt.