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V- LXVI - N° 21.0:>°>. HICKS WELL AND HAPPY SHEDS TEARS OX RELEASE Miner Strong After Being Buried in Shaft Fifteen Days. Bakersfleld. Cat.. Dec. Lindsay B. Hicks. who was released last night after being burled fifteen days in a caved-ln tunnel, appeared to day wall and happy after his grewßome experi ence. He spent much time in receiving the con gratslsrions of friends and neighbors, to whom I* related as best he could the feelings he un derwent within the dark, close quarters of his tomblike prison, near the dead bodies of five companions, while scores of men worked day and eight to save him from death by digging through many feet of earth and rock. Hicks wao once a soldier, and he is said to have t»oro» Indian blood. His bravery under the trying conditions won for him the admiration of bun<infds of persons who watched the progress of hi» rescue. So strong was Hicks at the end that he helped to scrape away the last barrier cf earth and crawled out with slight assistance. Hick* was not emaciated. He was so strong that the stimulant* that had been prepared for him were not needed. His beard was thick and ttubbly. but not as long as might be expected. It was 11:9 o'clock last night when Hicks BBS released. The last out on the drift was jnad« at 11:12 o'clock, and no sooner was the aegmT.t of debris removed »'•..! the way loft open than Hicks began to crape away the rocks an"! earth and crawl toward the opening. With arms in front of Tils head, he went Into th miniature tunnel and began to work his Wf> slowly through to the other side of a tamp car, near which he had remained during the excavating. When he had p..ii'_- about half vry he ftopi^-d. and Frank Miller, the super- Jnt^nflent, who stood at the mouth of the fhaft, lnimediatciy arked what was the matter. ••(•h. nothing!" Hicks oa H«*d back. "I'm Just going to ptoji. I'm out of wind. My wind Is very short, you know." GREETED BY RESCUERS. Then Hick? moved a Daw inches further toward freedom, and his arms were seized by Dr. ailisVM and a miner. The two pulled him into the main tunn<l. where he was placed 1n a pitting position. The blindfold that Hicks hind tie-en ordered to put on was removed, as tli*- tunnel was only dimly lighted by candle. Dr. Btinehfleld, with tears in his eyes and his .haniis laid affectionately on Hldts*a shoulders, ■M •■W. !!. how are you. old hoy?" Tlirro were tear* in the eyes of Hicks as well, the only tears that he bad shed saace he was monibed. ae be replied: "I am feeling tine. I can never thank you. doctor, for what you have done." Then Mr. '""Tie, superintendent of the Edison I'o^er Company, who has stayed by the work <my and night, directing every move in the rescue <>f Hirks, came forward ail took Hicks by both han<3s. and said: 'I am glad to see Vti apr.i:i. . id man." IllckS. hit voice choked with emotion, at- ; io thanl: him also for his efforts in his b. half. The superintendent watched the miner for a i moment, and then unable to speak further, turned a; d walked out of the tunnel and up the mountainside. "Of course, I am overjoyed that Hicks is out." 1^ RflH, later, "and I am rejoiced that he i* well ; end strong. It was a long, tedious task and a ' ferero strain upon all connected with the work. Vtii I would go through it all over again to save that man." • [i ivns awfully dose In there." he Bald, "anil at fim I thought I -mould die like the poor fel lovrs above me lid. It was awful to hear them, moaning and twisting: In the debris, dying by Inches from suffocation, bat after a while a <-<x>l draft of air came sweeping up from below, and I kTKTr then I would never lie without air. as there would always lie. a current through the crpvioes." « TELLS OF DAYS UNDER CAR. "How did you oome to be saved from the cave-in?" "Well, when the crash « % ame 1 started to run u;> the shaft, keeping along 1 the right rail. A Calllnc timber struck me. and 1 fell to the Boor, sni when I tried to get up I was closed in. The tlmlvf-r did not hurt me much, and in a few days J was all right again. I never had any fear. The death struggles of the other men were awful enough, but I knew that I would bo saved. A feel in it came over me that «Jod v. as with me. I am jrrnteful to God. and I will never go to hell if praying: can save me. "And maybe you won't believe me, but some times down there I really enjoyed myself. That tobacco saved my life. It is the greatest foodstuff on earth, and but for it I would be In there a cold corpse right now. The rats h»ca;iie thicker, each day, and sometimes it Cave me a shudder when I felt one run across my face. Then sometimes I amused myself with the bell wire which fell right In front of me. I3y pulling a loss time I broke this, and then I would play tune* with it on my teeth Or tir.kle the ends together. At last I got so I could play a good tune on the wire, and many a weary hour passed in this amusement I will stay here awhile and think over the offers I received. Of course I know I am some ■what of a curiosity, and I do not deny that I *m thinking of making some easy money." the walls of the deep cut fell on Hicks and five fellow workmen on December 7, and it was first thought that all had been killed by the hundreds of tons of rock and earth. Three days later a tapping on the iron rail of the little tramway running through the drift gave the first Intimation that a man still alive was buried be neath the debris. A 70-foot pipe, two inches In &arr 4 <?ter, was immediately forced through the debris. It reached the spot where Hicks was entombed. A heavy dirt car had become hedged in the debris in such a way a*, to keep the lr.imer.se weight from crushing him. COMPANIONS LIVED A WHILE. Through the pipe the men working on top leameu from Hicks that for several hours after the r*\-*.-in he had talked with his companions, hut :hat they had become silent, and he believed •hey mn oead. By means of the pipe Hicks *"■;* in communication with a big force of res cuers which was at once organized. Milk was Inured flown the pipe. This was the only sus tenance it was possible to give the man for near ly two weeks. During the first two days Hicks •*'i }.*• had lived on a plug of tobacco he had *i'h ■■ at th« time of the cave-in. He had su«i exhausted this when the pipe was forced !«♦•'> the crevice in which be was pinned. Every *»>' liens of milk were poor*«d down the pipe to keep him alive. It wan thought at first that hie reecue would 11 the most be only a matter of a few days, but ** th« work progressed it was seen thai the task **s a much more difficult one than was ex s*cted. In a narow space under the car there T « Jtjst room for Hicks to lie down. His prison *i<l not allow of the slightest freedom of move "Wnt, find for days the man lay on his back, not Conl&rotd us »«>»ud i»«*w _. To-day, fair sad eoM. To-morrow, '••»•; uorlliu.-.i wind*. ASKS AID FOR CHINESE. President Calls for Contributions for the Famine Sufferers. TTashington. Dec 2.l— President Roosevelt Is sued to-day a proclamation calling on the people of the I'nlted States to contribute funds for the relief of millions of famine sufferers in China who are on the verge, of starvation. The President says that he will ask Congress for authority to use government transport vessels to carry food to the famine stricken retrion. The proclamation follows: To the people of the Tinted Plate*: There is an appalling famine in China. Throughout a district covering over forty thou sand square mile* and supporting a population of fifteen millions, the crops have been destroyed by floods, and millions of people are on the verge of starvation: thousands of dwellings nave been destroyed, airrt t^eir inmates are without homes. An urgent appeal has been made for m«- assisi aiice of the United Stales. Our people have often, under similar condi tions of distress in other countries, responded generously t.-i such appeals. Amid our abound Ing prosperity and In this holiday season of good will to man. assuredly we should do our part to aid the unfortunate and relieve the dis tressed among the people of China, to whom we have bee, allied for so many years in friendship and kindness). 1 shall ask Congress, upon its next day of ses sion, for authority to use our transport vessels to carry flour and other food to the famine stricken region. 1 recommend that contributions for the pur chase of such food and for other appropriate relief be sem to tlv American National Re,! Cross, which will take care of the expenditures. Such contributions may be made either through the local Red doss treasury or through the De partment of State, or may be s'nt directly to Mr. Charles Hallam Keep, Red Cross treasurer. Vnlted States Treasury Department. Wash ington, I>. C. THEODORE ROOSEVEL.T. APPEAL FOR STARVING CHINESE Red Cross Needs Funds to Aid in Relieving Famine-stricken Millions. The New York State Branch < % the American National Red Cross hat received a telegram from the national executive committee directing the is eus of an appeal for the famme-stricken people of «*htn;<. Contributions of money fire desired with which to purchase flour and other appropriate food stuffs to 1.- shipped by the Red Cross. 4 .-i:(! re ports obtained by the State Department at the re quest of the Red Cross show that millions of people are on the v.tr.- of starvation. Assistance to be efnrlent must be prompt. Checks and money orders t-hould ■■„ made out to Jacob 11. SHiiff. treasurer of :t:e Red Cross, and sent to him at the Red Cross office. No. ■""• Fifth avenue, New York City. BOTH SIDES AT FAULT. Mr. Haniharas Report on the Ber ing Sea Incident. Victoria. B- C. Dee. 23 -The steamer Atheni an, whirh arrived here to-day from Japan. brought srord that the Japanese government bad published the report of Mr. Hanihara, second secretary of embassy hi Washington, regarding the pealing Incident last summer at Bt. Paul Isl and. In Bering Bea. The Japanese secretary says regarding the killing of Japanese sailors: "Both Fifiep were to blame." NINE MEX BREAK JAIL. Escape in Cincinnati During Church Hours — Two Recaptured. [By Tel'graph ta The Tribute. ) Cincinnati. Dec. 23.— One of the prisoners in the county jail obtained a key from the locker of a grunrd this morning, and nine of the most dangerous prisoners escaped from a second story window. Tiny gained their liberty during church hours by unlocking tii" door to a narrow passage, leading to an areaway between the outer wall and the cell block. There two ladders were found which were spliced together with Strips of bed clothing. A bar was sawed out of one of the window gratings*, and, after forcing it aside, the prisoners placed the spliced ladder from the ledge, across to the top of the Board of Reviews Building, .in<) crawled on it to the roof. They then walked to the North Court street side of the building: and dropped twenty feet to the ground below. Within five hours two of them were r ured. The criminals the police are looking for are «>eiirgo Bherrod. John Button, alia-s South gate: Clarendon Henri, alias Williams, who was arrested In New York recently for . the theft of the painting •'(lirl Knitting," from the Art Museum here: Hugh Oastright, Joseph Thatch er. William s.in.l. r< and Edward Ness. Prank Kamuf and John Curtis, alias James Williams, were recaptured. BOLD HOLD-UP IN EAST ORANGE. Three Masked Men Boh Department Store Driver of Collections. East Orange. N. J., Dec. 'S.\ (Special).— Three highwaymen, masked, with loaded revolvers, held up Hayden E. Handy, a department store driver, and forced him to turn over *•">»>. With Hnndy was Tils helper. William fcmith. The men had been delivering Christmas gifts in Kast Orange, and had considerable money. Finishing work late, they started to drive back to Newark. Th< y were, going down Central ave nue, when three mm. at the corner of Grove street, surrounded the wat?.'.i i n.r- man covered Handy with a revolver, the other covered Smith and fhe third held the horse. The men demanded money, nnd Handy passed over $uti. He had more money In another pocket, but retained this, as well as several checks. The highwaymen ordered Ma:.<ly to driva niowly through (irove street to South Orange aienae. and walked alongside the wagon. Then the trio disappeared. WOULD DRAIN CABNEGIE LAKE. Engineers Say It Will Damage Jersey Canal When Ditch Is Empty. I By TtliisHi la TIM Tribune. J Trenton, N. J.. Dec. Superintendent Dunn of the Delaware and Raritan Canal has io quested that the. water of Carnegie Lake, at Princeton, bo drawn off during the winter n\onths. The canal embankment forms part of the bank for th« lake, and it is customary to let the water out of the canal In winter to make necessary repairs. Engineers have decided that without water the pressure on the canal from the lake would be too great for safety, and that even if the em bankment did not actually give way the bed of the canal would probably l*> ruined by seepage. Carne/rl«- Lake is Intended to be used In winter by the Princeton hockey team and for winter gports generally. The proposition to draw off the water will probably be met with opposition. CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TOUR To Washington. December 'X. Three-day trip to the National Capital, via Pennsylvania Railroad only 112 or * 14 M - according to hotel selected. Con sult tioket asont».-A4vu NEW- YORK. MONDAY. DECEMBER 24. 100G.-TWELVE PAGES.-, yT - r^r;r.... n PRICK THREE CENTS. MR. BRYCE'S NEW POST. -/ PEERAGE DECLIXED. Talk of His Successor — Peace Representative. London, lj?c. 24. — James Bryce. It would ap pear, has declined a peerage, but at any rate, according to "The Daily Telegraph," he will go to the United States as British Ambassador without changing his name, and thus be the first plain citizen to represent his country at Wash ington. Add, says "Th? Chronicle.* 1 "Americans who know and honor him as James Bryce will esteem him all the. more because ho declined a title." The finding of a successor for Mr. Rryce as Chief Secretary for Ireland is giving Sir Henry Carnpbetl-Bannerman considerable trouble, Judging from the many possible candidates named According to the latest gossip. Lewis Harcourt, First Commissioner of Works, his declined the office. Most of the newspapers this morning print editorials on Mr. Bryce's departure from the Cabinet and necessary changes In the ministry. "The Standard" urges thai a much larger sal ary should be attached to the Washington Em bassy. even if it causes similar Increases in other embassies. as it says the existing salary is Inadequate t > maintain the dignity of the post. The comments of the Irish papers of nil shades regarding Air. Bryce's departure arc rather coo!. They generally regard Mr. Bryce as lacking in ii, , essay mpath' . and as having been rather a weak than a strong Irish Secretary, "The London Tribune " in an editorial, says that the close connection Into which Mr. Bryce Mil be brought with President Roosevelt will give th« ambassador an opportunity of pushing forward the work of the Hague Conference, "Indeed; if. like Lord Pauncefote, he were to pass for three months from Washington to The Hague." "The Tribune" adds, "it would solve the very critical finest ion of finding a perfectly suitable representative for Great Britain at the gathering."' W. T. Stead, In an address at Westbourne Park Chapel lasi night, made a stirring peace appeal. He demanded that Sir Henry Camp bell-Bannerman, the Prime Minister, should be sent as the British representative to the Hague Conference a« a means of showing that Oreat Britain mean business. He hoped, he said, to -■• ii-cni Britain, with the strong support or her American kinsmen, a leading force at the conference In an insistent proposal that tho powers agree not t>> increase their armaments, an.l that Article 8 of the l^m conference, elf-al ine with mediation, should be made obligatory. MERCURY DROPS A BIT. Fair and ("old Weather Promised for Christmas. The temperature fell s:^.]i!y yesterday until it" reached 13 nesrees above zero. The average temperature for the day was 23; last year the average for the same day was 42 decrees. A trisk Mini biting wind blew at intervals during the day and freshened along In the afternoon, until at evening it had reached a velocity of twent;. -five miles hour. Predictions for ld-mdrrow are for fair am; cold weather. Tlv Weather Bureau promises «i cold, clear Christmas Day this year, with light westerly \vn;(l^ The cold weather yesterday was especially felt up t!-e state particularly west of Buffalo. It caused the Empire State Express t<> pet In five :• ours late and made all the morning trains on the N'\\ Fork Central and New Haven railroads from half an hour to rive hours late. Three persons \wr.- taken to Kellevue Hos pital late last nHghl suffering from exposure. Early this morning hospital officials said thai while their condition was still serious they would probably recover. -Mrs. Helen Stacey, sixty years old, was found on the pier at East liilll Street. She told the physicians, after be evlved, thai she had walked around for forty-eight hours, and had finally lain down too exhausted to move. She sail she had two sons living in New York who had refused to give her sh< Itor. !,yi;ic within a few feet of each other, two men were found in a doorway near r.M street and Second avenue. They were taken to Belle vue for treatment. Both were badly frostbitten and in a precarious condition. William Biggins, Metropolitan Hospital, was found on a • »r.l in ket of one of them. COX DC (TOR CVT OX TRAIN Xegro Desperado Later Shot on Mobile & Ohio. By TMesFSph '■' Tha Tribune. I Mobile, Dec. 'Jo. J. H. Cooper, conductor of a Mobil.- & < inio train, running between this city and Okolona, Miss., while trying to quiet nn unknown Xegro passenger, was stabbed and cut three times -with a razor at the hands of a desperado this morning. It is thought fhat he cannot survive. Cooper, who succeeded in get ting out his revolver. Tired three shots at the man an he jumped from the train, and killed him. Bobert Hopkins, who was a passenger In the Xegro section on account of the crowded condition of the train, started to get up wnen the shooting hegan. and received a bullet wound in the stomach. He will die from the effects of It JAPAN HAS SIMPLIFIED SPELLERS. Minister of Education Urged to Adopt Roman Characters for Nippon. According to "The Japanese-American Com mercial Weekly," Japan also baa her .simplified spelling agitation. The Roman Society of Japan, which for some time has been quiescent, has again assumed an attitude of activity, in accordance with a reso lution passed by the society recently, a petition, subscribed to by such prominent Japanese as Viscount Aklmoto, Viscount Hayashl, Foreign Minister of Japan; Mr. Kikuchl. former Minister of Education; Dr. Kato. the eminent philosopher, and about -<n> others, has been tile. l with th« Ministi r of Education for the installation of the Roman alphabet In public schools. This reform, which probably will be intro duced, will supplant th« Chinese characters and also she Japanese sjrrabaries. THE ROOSEVELT ON HOMESTRETCH. Peary Arctic Steamer Rounds Point Judith with Topmast Gone. Newport, R. 1.. Dec. 23. — The Peary Arctic steamer Roosevelt, from Sydney, C. K. for Now York, which sailed from Vineyard Haven yester day forenoon, was lighted off here this after noon by Captain Kenyon, of the Priest's Neck life saving station, with her foretopma*t gone. The Roonevalt seemed to be making slow prog ress, having been nearly twenty hours making about thirty miles. About noon the Roosevelt was seen to make sail and disappear around Point Judith, heading west, at 3 o'clock, making fair progress in a northwest br«ese. XINE DIE 1\ WRECK. ItKSCrERS RACK FLAMES. Take More than Thirty Injured Out Just in Time to Escape. St. Paul. Dec. 23. — Nine persons are known to be dead, six others are fatally injured and at least twenty-five others were hurt in th*» wreck to-day of an eastbound accommodation train on the Minneapolis. St. Paul & Sault BtO. Marie Railroad, known as the "Poo line." at Enderlln. N. D. The train from Moose Jaw. Canada, was due at Enderlin at 11:4.> p. m.. but last night was about two hours late. The engineer was run ning at high speed to make up time. He round ed a curve Just before entering Enderlin as a switch engine was shifting a string of box cars to a side track. The cars did not clear the main track, and the passenger engine crashed head on with the switch engine. P.oth were wrecked, and the passenger cars were thrown down a small embankment. Several of the day coaches were turned bottom up and the passengers were pinned beneath the wreckage, which took fire from the car stoves. The passenger train was heavily loaded with people going to make holiday visits. Most of the casualties occurred In the smoking tar. only two of the occupants escaping injury. Knderlin is the divisional headquarters of the railroad, and a rescue party was soon at band endeavoring t<» release the Imprisoned pas sengers. Many persons were in imminent dan ger from the flames, which were fast spreading through the cars. Axes were used and the roofs of the overturned cars were broken open, and the dead and injured taken out as quickly as possible. It was a race between the res cuers and the flames, but by great efforts all of the injured were removed before the flames reached them. Ten bodies w«re tnken our nn<l laid beside the track, while the injured were taken in hastily Improvised ambulances to hospitals and hotels. S. P. STRIKE BEGIXS. About 850 Firemen Go Out — Louisiana & Texas Involved. Houston. Tex.. Dec. — Pursuant to an ulti matum issued yesterday by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, following a referendum vote from the members of the brotherhood af fected. a strike of locomotive firemen went info effect at 5 p. m. to-day on the lines .if th» South ern Pacific Company in T«xas and Louisiana. About three hundred and fifty men are In volved in thn strike, and the lines to which the strik» order applies are Morgan's Louisiana & Texas, the Iberia & VenniHton. the Texar kana & Western, the Texas & New Orleans an.l the Galveston. Harrisburg & San Antonio. These lines extend from New Orleans to Xl Paso, with bran, reaching several important by-points In the two states. The trouble has been in incubation ever since the Southern Pacific Company, according to th. firemen, abrogated an agreement with them sev eral months ago by signing another with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers which ter minated the privilege of the firemen to regulate the seniority list of switch engineers and to rep resent engineers and members of the firemen's brotherhood on grievance committees. A large percentage of firemen becoming engi neers maintain their membership in the firemen's organization instead of Joining the engineers' brotherhood, and this fa<»t seems to be at the bottom of the present trouble, notwithstanding the specific declaration of the firemen that their grievance is against the company and not against the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engi neers. New Orleans. Dec. 23.— Announcement was maip to-day that the Southern Pacific Company would receive no n^re freight from Intersecting lines to points ir. Texas until further notice. Changes in freight routings caused by the strike, and affecting a territory extending fr..m St. I,ouis to New York City, covered by four of the big carriers: ent.-riiiK New Orleans, were announced to-night. Hereafter such freight consigned to points ir. Louisiana an.l Texas will be routed by Cairo and East St. Louis. Memphis and Sbteveport, in place of passing thrown New Orleans, as ordinarily. The railroads an nouncing this change are the Queen & Crescent system, the Illinois Central, the Yaaoo A Mississippi Valley and the Louisville & Nash ville. San Antonio. Tex.. Dec. 23.— About one hun dred and fifty members of the Brotherhood of Railway Firemen walked out this afternoon at 5 o'clock on the San Antonio division of the Southern Pacific. Atlantic system. Negroes ar substituted in some cases for the striking fire men. Except to a few freight trains, very little delay in traffic schedules has been occasioned thus far by the strike. WOMEN AIDED RISEHART. Charge That He Induced Them to Forge Xotes for $ 1 ,000 / mo. 1 By Tc'.PKraph to Th • Trlbunp i Pittsburg. Dec. i". -Seven women, employed as clerks in the Farmers and Drovers' National Bank, of Wayneshurg. Perm . which was closed by the Controller of the Currency several days ng<>. may have to face charges of forgery, al though it is not believed that they acted with criminal intent. It Is charged that J. RF. Rine hart, who controlled the bank. Induced them to make out and sign the names of prominent busi ness ir.cn to notes for large amounts under pre tence that they were merely making out a new note to take the place of one which was a.... u t to mature. It is alleged thai $1,000,000 worth of this spurious paper was discounted with outside banks by Rinehart. Mr. Cunningham, the bank examiner, baa twelve of these n/ites. amounting to fWCfcOOU nnd will turn the evidence over to Mr. Ree.l. ■pedal agent of the Department of Justice, upon his arrival on Wednesday. It now develops that when Cm iiingbam caused Rinehart to be deposed «« cashier last summer the latter made his headquarters iri State Sen ator Walton's office, In the adjoining building. Walton Is president of the hank. At a secret meeting of in* 1 directors Rinehart had himself elected vice-president of the bank, and trans acted business In itn name A secret passage between Walton's office and the banking rooms gave Rinehart access to the bank's books and paper*. When Cunningham discovered this "underground route." he closed the bank. Rinehart twelve years ago was a country school teacher at a salary of $40 a month. To day he is Interested In half the business firms in Waynesburg. With hi* wife he attended the services at the Methodist Church to-day, and both taught their classes In the Sunday school as though nothing had happened. THE SHAHS CONDITION HOPELESS. Teheran. Dec. 28.— The Shah is sinking rapidly. SHOCK IX TVRKESTAX. Heavy Earthquake Recorded on European Instrument*. London. Dec. 23.— A big earthquake of nearly three hours' duration was recorded Saturdny evening by the seismographs on the Isle of Wight and at Laibach. Bologna and Florence. A dispatch from Kopal. in the province of ScmiryetcHensk. Russian Turkestan, brings news of an extremely violent shock there at 11 :2<> o'clock Saturday evening, looting ninety minutes. No details, however, are given. CASTRO'S CASE SERIOI'S Alarming Report from Caracas — More Rumors of Revolt. Trinidad. Dec. SB.— Advices received here from Venezuela are to the effect that the condi tion of President Castro, who Is at Macuto. is becoming more and more alarming. An opera tion is deemed necessary, but the weakened stat" of the s!''k man does not permit it. The sailing of (General .Jose Manuel Hernan dez is not confirmed, but rumors of a serious revolutionary movement in the western part of Venezuela continue to be circulated. The press of the republic Is silent on the subject, anj it is difficult to obtain details. PENN. COAL FOR HAVANA. Barges Laden at Pittshurg for River and Ocean Voyage. 1 i .-. T>!»eraph la The Trlbtmc 1 Pittsburgh Dec. i£J. With the next rise in the Ohio River, the Monongahela River Consoli dated Coal and Coke Company, a subsidiary concern of the Pittsburg Coal Company, will begin the shipment of coal from Pittsburg to Havana. There have just been delivered to the company twelve specially constructed stee' barges, which are now being filled with coal . ■■■: the Monongahela River. These steel harass are the first of the kind ever made, and each of them will hold about twelve thousand bushels of coal. They will be taken from here to New- Orleans by way Of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and thence to Havana. If the under taking proves successful a large number of these barges will be built. TO RAISE ORE LAXD TAX. Minnesota to Assets It at Mr. ll ill's $■500 ,000 ,000 Valuation. in T>l-»KTOph '■• I m Tribune. I St. Paul. Dec. 23.— The Minnesota state au thorities are preparing to take legal measures to collect taxes far six years on a valuation of $500,000,000 against the iron ore property re cently leased to the United States Steel Corpora tion. In the contract between the railroad and the corporation, an attorney of the latter says, the railroad assumed the taxation liability dur ing the life of the lease. The taxes have been assessed against this property at a valuation of less than 93MS8l0Mt Mr. Hill, however, recently stated on the witness stand before the State Railroad Commission that the value was between S4« <• >.< " » M •• * > and $»>.W>. <«*>. an.l he was corroborated by witnesses for the Steel Corporation. This testimony will form the basis for action by the State Hoard of Equalisation, which, it la said, will at its next meeting assess the property at ?4fn».00i).000 or $500,000,000. and will also begin suit for the unpaid taxes on this valuation for six years, to which time the corporation laws limit collections of unpaid taxes. This action, if th- state i 5i 5 successful, may affect dividends on (Jreat Northern Iron ore certificates. FOUND $40 LOOSE IN LETTER BOX. Postman Had a Shock When He Discovered Two $20 Bills Among Mail. Wm. Zeimer, a letter carrier, of the "reneral Pos^t office, has for many years collected letters in the district south of Fulton street and east of Broadway. He has found many odd things in the letter boxes, but he never received such a shock as on Saturday afternoon, when he opened the mall box on William street, facing No. ST. for. mixed up with the letters, he found two ?'2<» biils. As soon as Zeimer arrived at the Post Ofltee he turned the bill! over to Assistant Superin tendent F. o. Drtscon, who sent them to the Inquiry department, where they are now await ing identification. AH the letters in the box were properly sealed, and the Post ( >fflce author ities are at a less to account for the loose moBWJ unless some one. wishing to make the carrier a Christmas present, took this crude way of doing so. John Washington, city superintendent of city delivery, said that this was the largest sum ever so found. SOUTH DAKOTA MAKES GOOD TIME. Cruiser Averages 22.24 Knots in Four Hours* Trial Off Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara. CaL. !>ec I"S.— During a straightaway run of four hours to Santa Bar bara channel jssliilrtaj in her endurance test the new cruiser South Dakota averaged Jl' "J4 knots an hour, the engines turning over at an average spted Of r.i.V_'^.-> revolutions a minute. The channel was like a nu'llpond and the weather absolutely clear, in less than half an hour after the return the ship was off on her return trip to the Golden «Jate. it was oas ol the speediest trials on record, the cruiser being In port only a iritle over forty-eight hours. ARBESTED. SAYS ATJTO IS CITY S Man Charged with Speeding Declares Ma chine Is Bridge Commissioner's. While spsedSßg along one of the ro a .t» Is High land Park, Bast New York. yesterday afternoon. Is an automobile said to be owned by the > ny. Charles H. Bobn, a chiuifTeur. of No. 83 sfrTlnwisll street. Brooklyn, was pursued by Bicycle Policeman Charles McMurray. of the Liberty avenue station. overtakes and placed under arrest on a charse of having violated the speed law. McMurray all<*ijrd that his prisoner was going at the rate of twenty three miles an hour. When Bonn was arraigned before Servant Thaw he explained that the auotmobile was one of the machines sped by Commissioner Stevenson of the Bridßf Department. As the policeman Insisted on making the complaint the sergeant held Bsba, but accepted ball given by Mr*. Bttsabetb. R. Webster, of No. 235 Sunipter street, who was on« of th«« oc cupasts of the automobile. AUGUSTA. CHARLESTON. SUMMERVILLE !>:2i a. m. and 9.2j i\ in. Unexcelled service via Peon. & Atlantic Coast Line R. It Florida Infor mation Bureau, Broadway, cor. Svth St.— Advt. CREW STICK TO POSTS HVXDREDS SAVED AT SEA. Burning Steamer Run Ashore and SOS Persons Landed. Halifax. Dec. 23— Word was received her- to- . day from Port Dufferin. a small coast town sixty miles east of this city, of the destruction by fire of the passenger steamer Stratheossv owned by the Halifax and Canso Steamship Company, and bound from this port for Cans* and Guysboro. calling also at a number of snail harbors a Ions; the shore. That no lives wero lost is due principally to the heroism of that engineers and firemen, who stuck to their posts until the steamer was beached and every on* of the 380 passengers was landed. In lean than an hour after the beaching: of the steamer assi was burned to the water's edge. The Strathcona left here last evening VJBdssr command of Captain Reid. Moat of the) pant en gers were returning to their homes along th« east coast after a few days of Christmas shop ping In Halifax. A few hours after leaving port fire was discovered in the after hold. Dsasjtls) the efforts of the officers and crew, th* flames) spread rapidly, and In a brief time tho ocean for miles around was illuminate^ by the burning vessel. When the cry of fire was raised the wiMsflt confusion prevailed. Tho passengers^ most off them clad only in their night clothes, rushed oa deck and made a dash for the lifeboats, but th« crew prevented a panic. The boats were not launched, but were made ready for use. The terror stricken passengers were huddled together in the bow of the ship, which was) headed for Port Dufferin. the nearest place on the treacherous coast where th* steamer could find a harbor. While the Strathcona waa driven toward land at top speed the sailors tried to fight th«» fire. The draft caused by th« steamer's rapid progress fanned the flames into greater fury, an.l in a short time the entire after part of the vessel was ablaze. Down in the engine room the engineers and ' firemen stuck to their posts, although th« Came* bad begun la surround them. Not until the keel of the steam.r grated on a reef a mil© from th* entrance to the harbor did they abandon their dangerous quarters and rush to the deck. Th* steamer had kept her heading until she reached the reef off Smiley Point. Then the boats Tver<* lowered and all of the passengers, together with the thirteen members of the crew, were safely ia tided. The Strathcona was only two years old. and, was a vessel si two hundred tons. In addition to the passengers, she carried a full general cargo of supplies and Christmas goods for de livery at various points along the east coast. She was valued at $14,000, and was fully in sured. Not long ago the Rtrathcona ran Into and sank the sealing steamer Havana in Halifax" Harbor, and was condemned to pay $30,000 dam nassv C. A. WEBER ARRESTED New Yorker Charged "with Failing to Return Goods Worth $60,000. ' !ly Telesraph to Th» Tritwin* 1 Port Jervis. N. T. ; Deer. After a long chasa. by Pinkerton detectives. Charles A. "Weber, whose home is at I'lt. West 103 d street. New York, eras arrested in this village by Chief of Police William Reddington Saturday evening. Just as he was about to board a New York train. Assistant Superintendent George F. Ful ler and Detective Henry Spangler, who have been running down Weber, say that he is) wanted for falling to return goods valued at from m;,m_::» • $80,000. He was a. sales agent, and the goods were given to him by several firms, as he was believed to be a trustworthy person, and signed the usual jewelers' memo randum. When The goods failed to show up, Luilel;e »v Heiser. who had entrusted Weber with a $K..-><>o pearl necklace, placed the case in the Pinkertons' hands. The necklace was: found at a pawnshop In th* Bowery, whore Weber is said to have obtained $2.f!o«> for it. Weber was In love, i? is alleged, With a woman in Bethlehem, Perm.. an<l was traced there, but escaped. Litter he was traced ly letters at Ira Hoffman's hunters' lodge back cf Milford. Pike County. Perm.. and I >etf»»'fi\v» Spangler. who was sent there, spotted Mai Fri day. Detective Fuller arrived Saturday morn- Ing, and. after considerable difficulty, secured a Pennsylvania war? on the fugitive from jus tice law. The man was in Milford again Satur day afternoon with Hoffman, but be got wind of affair-; and started for Port Jervb>. A tele phone message to Port Jervls causal his arrest by Chief Eeddlngton. Weber has been identi fied by A. B. Tuthill. chief clerk of Ludeke A Heiser, and admits his identity, but says nothing about las charge. In response to a telesram. from the Chief at Police of Port Jsrvas, If. T., Detective Sergeant ruailai. of Headquarters, went to that city yesterday to take charge of and bring is this city Charles A. Weber, who was arrested on Saturday by the Port J.rvis police on a charge of having stolen some valuable jewelry from T.u>lek» m Hetoer, of No. 170 Broadway, for whom he had been employed as a salesman. On November '- Adolph Ludeke. ■ member of ta» firm, swore out a warrant before Magistrate Finn. in the Tombs court, in which he made the charge of grand larceny against \\>bvr. The <letectlva bureau refused to give any Information about tha arrest or the alleged larceny last night. . }.%■■£s £. R. THOMAS'S CHRISTMAS GIFT. He Sends Fifty $1,000 Bonds to Hi* Father in-Law in Louisville. ! By Telegraph to The Tribune J Louisville. Dec. 23.— William P. Lee. treasurer of the Louisville Gas Company, has received as a Christmas gift from his son-in-law. E. R. Thomas, of Mew York, fifty $1,000 « per cent bonds. The present came as a complete sur prise to Mr. Lee. Mrs. Thomas, who was Miss Linda Let- before her marriage, was formerly one of the leaders in society here. TWO-CENT FARES IN PENHSY: ANA Bill To Be Introduced This Winter Will Have Strong Support. [By Telegraph to Th* Tribunal IMttsburg. Dec. 23.— 1t was said here to-day la political drclcj that at the next session of th* legislature^ which BBSOtB Is Harriaburg In January, a bill Will '•• Introduced by Senator Killott Rodger*. the new member from Allegheny, who will be Sen ator VViiii>Ht"s rtiior l«":uler. ordering two-cent fare* OH all itilroads in the state. The bill h:i* alreuily been druwn. nnd will receive not only the Indorsement of the AlWh«ny County delegation, but the l"Tlic..:. detection, which, will insure Its pawt«e. A bill will »lso 6* present ed repealing tti« S.Vius-Grady libel bill. FROG STORY FROM MARYLAND. S By Tel-graph ta Th© Tribune. 1 »~u:nb*rlaml. M.t IV. 23.— John Savage, of Buck Hill, a .tuburU of l4>nai-uninK. a miner In the- Eb terpnEe ininr-. wos» greatly astonished yesterday when. l>n-:ikinK a solid lamp of real, he .■•*» l Hv%» frvs Jump ous ami h«>i> around hi 1 * (rCLJaI hole, in Which th<' fr>>s was t-outUW was tTol I«u'4a enough \o permit any «xfreise onTii* part.