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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
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* -
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.
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.
■the Pennsylvania Special. Twenty hours, en
Aivt Every comfort of home, club and of'- «--
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.
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
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
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.
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."
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. .
Thursday Dec. 4th All expenses. Including rail
and .hotel for three days, only $12 from New 1 ork.
Inquire Baltimore & Onto ticket ofnces.-Advt.
pure. Certified i,, the IfUk C«azal«Jldn.-A4vL .
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In California. Best place to winter this winter.
Best way to go is the Golden Slate, Limit*"!,
XicketaU.'NJ Broadway.-
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
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
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.
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.
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
Specially recommended to etntlemen who are ac
customed to smoking the finest blends of choice
Turkish tobacco.— Advt
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.
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
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.
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 "
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.
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
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
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.
After the meeting, which end- about '.I p>. m .
President Baer issued a statement telling th*
names of the independent operators present, and
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
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
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
via the Pennsylvania Special. Official Stenograph
ers. Ladies' Maids and Stock Reports are special
features! — Advt.

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