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WAXTtma FOR DINNER BASKETS. GRAND CENTRAL PALACE. SALTATION ARMY. TIMOTHY D. SULLIVAN'S ANNUAL ENTrTRTATNMENT ON THE BOWERY. CHRISTMAS TREE ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN AT THE GRAND CENTRAL TALACE BY THE SALVATION ARMY. SIRS. TRAUTMAN HELD. THE QUESTION OF "ALIBL Told Police She Was at Turkish Bath — Home, She Says in Court. Mrs. Alexander Trautman, wife of Dr. Alex anfler Trautman. a well known physician, of No. 889 Lexington avenue, who was arrested on Monday night on allegations by Peter J. Hogan, of No. 102 East 20th street, that she had robbed klm of $13 on Saturday night, had her case post poned yesterday in the Jefferson Market court until to-morrow. The delay was to allow Mrs. Trautman to get legal advice. Mrs. Trautman had ron« to court without counsel, ready to State her case, and relying on the dismissal of the charge. A case of mistaken identity, she said, was the cause for Hogan's charges. Hogan, who Is a freight clerk employed by the Erie Railroad, was positive on Monday night that Mr?. Trautman was the woman who, on last Saturday night, had robbed him of $18. He was equally positive in court yesterday morn ing, but his identification, if it was such, failed utterly when he tri»d to describe the appearance of the woman who robbed him before Mrs. Trautman appeared. He could not furnish an accurate or complete description, and was un able to say whether the woman was a blonde or brunette. Mrs. Trautman is of the latter type. Hogan explained In failing tofglve a good de scription that he wore glasses on Saturday night, and. as it was very dark, there being few lights on the part of Fifth avenue where he was robbed, he could not tell minutely how the woman looked. Mrs. Trautman was equally positive that It was all a rase of mistaken identity. It had been reported that on Saturday night Mrs. Trautman had been at the opera. It was also said that she was ill on that evening. When arraigned at the police station Sergeant Mc- Carthy, in the presence of three witnesses, questioned her so as to Bee whether Hogan had caused the arrest of an Innocent woman. "Can you prove this man is mistaken?" the sergeant asked her. "How can I prove it. sergeant?" she replied. "I am willing to furnish any proof possible, but don't know any way to disprove it.' "WelL tell us what you were doing Saturday evening." the sergeant asked. Mrs. Trautman hesitated and replied: "Let me M. On Friday night I was at the opera with my husband" "I didn't ask you about Friday night," the sergeant interrupted to say. "I asked you about Saturday night." Mrs. Trautman thought again, looking to the celling; as if to refresh her memory. She then said: "Well, I wasn't anywhere on Saturday night except in my home." 'Th'.s man," Insisted the sergeant, pointing to Bogan, "claims the robbery happened about 11 o'clock. Were you home then?" "No. I was at a Turkish bath at that time," Mrs. Trautman answered. That completed the examination as far as try lrg to find where Mrs. Trautman was on Satur day night. Later Sergeant McCarthy asked: "Are you living with your husband?" Of course I am," was the quick response. "When did you nee him last?" "At 1 o'clock this afternoon." There was no further conversation, and tho e«rgeant decided Is hold Mrs. Trautman, and ehe was- locked up pending the arrival of bail. Mm. Edward T. Scofleld. of No. I.';] West 21;=t street, who gave ball for Mrs. Trautror.n later, advanced a theory for th« possible mist) of Hojran. She said that Mrs. Trautman had only recently returned from Paris. ;ind brought sev eral Parisian gowns with her. Some of these, fb* Mil, v.ere of bright patterns, and It was posFlhie that tan might have mistaken the gown Mrs. Trautman wore for one that the weman on Saturday night had worn. With Mrs. Trautman, when she went to the Jefferson Market Court yesterday, was Kdward T. Pcofield. who had gone to Jkt aid on Monday nlg-ht. "Have you an attorney?" Magistrate Finn asked. "No. your honor." fhe r«T'Uc<3. "I don't think that one is ne^ep'ary. I have come here ■imply to tell the truth. I cannot Bee that I need a lawyer. Besides, my attorney is out of town.** Magistrate Finn advised her to s<-cui ••■- counsel. Baying that, it might \>e necessary to cross-exam in» the rnmplainnnt. Mrs. Trautma i finally «gr.r«--l. and adjournment was taker: i:ntil to morrow morning. Mrs. Trautman was asked where fist? was on Farurday night, and replied: "This is a en*» of mistak'-n Identity. I v;if at home ■ iin bed 111 oi Saturday night. The reports publishM to-day declaring me to have \>**n at the opera on Saturday night are mts taken. I went to ih* opera <<n Friday nj?ht, and t-'atur'ip.y night, si 1 said, I was at home :<nd in Magistrate Finn accepted the continuance "f ball of $1,000 as given at the Station house <n Monday night. >'«ithf;r Dr. nor Mrs. Trautman could bo found list night. Tl:- home, a brownstone house In Lexington avenue, was closed, and Hie ringing tt the bell failed to bring any reply. Christmas crreath* in tho windows showed that the family had evidently '*<■:< at home within a day or tr/o. • TWO KILLED BY FALLS ON STEPS. Ilolyoke, M-j*s.. I>< ■• 55.— Two fatalities were "•ugfrd (o-dsjr by the ivi: covered ooor«>rei»8 in this dty. Jol.:i Aklj fell on tV- bark steps of his home, 'S I.yt.n nrK't., and dkd at ''<« hospital from con- CBSfloq <.* the brain. While casSclns ''-is robrnlng 'Viivuy ioui fit, liichard M:*ok<-y, :• rnUSjKip'i, tjij.pt-l and tt-'ii on tne verrj.da «'f a house. 1 is •*i« v.a» L:o!;«;a and Ce&Ul was iii*tu.iitiincuue. LEITER AUTO KILLS BOY. Runs Doton Negro in Washington — Orcner in the Machine. Washington, Dec. 2*>.— Joseph Letter's 60 horsepower touring car. In which were riding? Mr. Leiter, Mrs. Levl Z. Letter and Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Remington, of New York, ran down and Instantly killed Samuel "West, a four ten-yoar-old Negro boy, to-day. Mrs. Letter and Mrs. Remington were greatly affected by the a>c!dent. Charles H. Raymond, the chauf feur, was arrested, and the entire party went to the 10th Precinct police station, where Ray mond was paroled in the custody of a policeman In order that Mr. Leiter and his party might be conveyed to Mr. Letter's house. Th" accident happened on Columbia Heights, near 14th street and Columbia Road. The big machine was closely following a streetcar, and Just before Columbia Road was reamed the boy, who was riding on the car, jumped off, and was almost Immediately Ft ruck by the automobile. The wheels ran over the boy's head. The ma chine was stopped and Joseph Lelter picked the body up, nt the same time directing that physi cians be summoned. Life, however, was ex tinct. Mr. Lelter at onre took ateps to find the parents of the boy. After leaving his mother and guests at his home, Mr. Lelter, with his chauffeur Rnd the policeman, went to the home of Coroner Nevitt, who. after listening to the facts of the case, ex pressed himself as betas willing to admit Ray mond to uaii. This accordingly was given. I>r. Nevitt, while believing that the accident was unavoidable, thought it necessary to hold an inquest, which he will do to-morrow. CHASED AUTO IN CAR. Man Catches Chauffeur Who Knocked Mother Doxcn. For more than twenty blocks last night Henry C. Uchten, of No. "1 West Blst street, chased an automobile lr a Broadway surface car. When the car caught up with the machine Lichten had the chauffeur arrested, saying that he had endangered the life of his mother by reckless driving. The chauffeur was locked up in the West lOOth street police station, charged with reckless driving. He pave his name and address as John McMahon, of No. 71 West 102 d street. He said he was employed by Evans R» Dick, the broker, of No .".1 Kast 40th street. According to Lichten, lie and his wife and mother had Veen visiting friends, and wore rim— llia. Broadway r.t L'tttth street when the chauffeur passed them at a high rate of speed. Lighten said that his mother's dress was caught in the automobile and that Phe was thrown to the ground, although sh<- escaped injury. Leaving his wtfe and mother, Lichten Jumped on a Broadway car and took up hl3 position on The front platform wiTh the. motorman. He «>x i the accident to the motorman and ask^d him to use all speed possible to catch tho auto mobile. The automobile was running at a good speed, but the car was not far behind, though the motorman had to stop several times. The automobile was caught at 107 th street, where IfcMahon was arrested. BROKER HURT IN ALTO. Car Topples Over and Breaks Gas —Driver Also Injured. Robert IT. Simpson, conducting a brokerage business at No. 1 Nassau street, who lives at Delmonlco's, is at Roosevelt Hospital with in juries about the face and body and possible In ternal Injuries. William J. Daly, a driver for the New York Transportation Company, living at Xo. !_'!* East 101 st street, is at the same hospital ailh contusions about the face and body and Internal Injuries. Mr. Simpson left Delmonlco's soon after noon yesterday in an electric brougham driven by Daly. At the northeast corner of 62d street and Broadway, where a gas company is making re pairs and renewing pipes, there Is a ten-foot excavation. When Daly reached this excavation he swerved the cab slightly to avoid the guard rail on one hide. By so doing the cab struck the • tiling on the other side. The brougham bounded in the air and went over. When the cab fell it broke a hw: teas pipe, and for several minutes persons who saw the accident thought thai both jiion would suffocate. Several person* ran to the scene^ and with difficulty managed to release Mr. Simpson and the driver. A hurry call was scnl t<i Roosevelt Hospital, where both men were takn>. FEVER IS SCIi ANTON Physician* Confer to Cheek Spread : of Typhoid in That City. [By Tv;<-;rr.;.h ta The Trihyrp.] Bcrantcn, I enn , Dec, fort one new <•».-. of typhoid fever were reported officially to the Bureau of Health .....-.- This makes the total number 582. It was Bald to-lay thr.t ti:e city authorities, at the Instigation of the Wholesale and Retail Mer chants' Association^ have lx-cn giving out false re ports of the epidemic to encourage Interurbaa holi day trade. This is denied by the authorities. Xjt. Moulton. tin ■ Btativ« of the State Board of Health, was In conference to-day with I>r Kellrr. They discussed detailed matters regard ing th« nouro- of the Infection. Dr. Moulton was anxious to *]i''iici tli« Christmas holidays with tils f.iniilv in Philadelphia; but was unable to lea-e ,i,,. i-it! Hejprabablir v.tn i«- invited to address ti.i- r:<vt meeting '>r the ■ Itawauhn County \i#.,)i ..! Sooieiy upon ''■• •!■■'.• of typhoid epldem one ccuMc'lnian said lan rl^ht that he will t.ike rteiMi i" procure ;i " appropriation for a .■uncial mounted <.flU**!. whose duty it will i«. to ;, trol tj'- ptreaam und rvjira turnisbina water for CHRISTMAS DINNERS TO THE CITY'S POOR. NEGROES WOULD FIGHT, OUTBREAK IN KANSAS. White Soldiers Prevent Riot on a Leavenxvorth Car. t Hy Telosruph to The Tribune. ] Leavenworth, Kan., Dec. 25. — A disturbar.ee was created by a Negro soldier of the 9th Cav alry on the late car to Fort Leavenworth last night. The car was loaded with white and Ne gro soldiers — the whites in a large majority — re turning to the post to answer "check" roll call. One drunken Negro soldier refused to pay his fare, alleging that he had paid it on the other end of the car. When the conductor insisted on payment the Negro soldier tried to strike him, and four other Negroes showed a disposition to back him up against the conductor. The white soldiers took the side of the conductor, and the Negroes were soon cowed. There were no blows struck, but the Negn-< soldiers jumped off the car. On alighting they threw stones into the car, breaking three win dows. This frightened a number of women on the car and they jumped oft*. The car proceeded to the post without further trouble. One of the Negro soldiers on the car. who wanted to fight, lost his cap, which had his name stamped In it. This soldier is under arrest and in the guard house. He will be detained until he tells the names of the other Negroes on the car. Colonel William Paulding, commander of the post, is Investigating the affair, and proposes to punish the soldiers who made the disturbance. The military officials look on the disturbance merely as a drunken "scrap." There waj no riot. Both white and Negro soldiers are down town as usual to-night. An armed patrol of a. sergeant or coi*poral, however, is riding on each car to and from the post, to see that good order is maintained. An armed patrol is placed on cars to the post for several days following pay day, and this method is in operation to-night. Two more Negro soldiers, making three in all, were placed in the guardhouse to-night for par ticipating in the disturbance on the streetcar, Officials expect to arrest two more to-morrow. Captain R. D. Walsh, commander of the squad ron, paid to-night: We have three in the guardhouse and are try ing to find the other two reported in the disturb ance. f?o far as cm be learned, no shots were fired. The car would show if shots were tired into it. Sev»ral windows were broken, and we are trying to find who threw tlu- stones. The squadron boys are coming forward wiih infor mation all right, and th'-y want it cleared up. This whole thing is isreatly exaggerated. The soldiers drank too much Leavenworth whiskey, and then had a fight with the conductor about paying fare. These things occur frequently when soldiers are returning from a celebration. KILLED HIS COMRADE. Negro Sergeant Shoots Corporal in Quarrel Over Woman. [By Te>grai>h to The Tribune.] Chicago. Dec. — Tragedy marred the dinner of the Negro soldiers at Fort Sheridan this after noon. In the presence of the four troops of the Fort Sheridan squadron of the 9th Cavalry (Ne gro seated at the long tables in the dining hall for the Christmas feast, Sergeant John Griffin, of Troop I, shot and almost instantly killed Cor poral William Taylor, of the same troop, in a hand-to-hand struggle following a quarrel about a woman. Taylor received the bullet in his breast, and died on the way from the dining hall to the hospital. Griffin was disarmed and placed in the guardhouse, and will be tried on a charge of murder or manslaughter. There was speculation at the fort last night as to whether or not the Negro witnesses will give testimony at the trial. The garrison was wildly excited by the shooting, but Major Macomb re ported no further breach of discipline. ' One of the circumstances in connection with th*» killing of the corporal was that Sergeant Griffin was on furlough and was supposed to be in California. According to information ob tained from a white officer at the fort. Griffin, instead of going to California, went to High wood to the house of a Negro woman who was acquainted with Taylor. Taylor went to High wood on Saturday night, little thinking that Griffin would be there conducting a courtship. Taylor discovered his 'mistake when he ar rived at the house and was refused admission. Hp found thnt Griffin wan within. Griffin re ponted repeated knoekings nt the door by firing his revolver at tho ceiling to Intimidate Taylor. it is said. Taylor then went back to the fort. This afternoon Griffin came to the fort to see what kind of a Christmas dinner had been pre pared, «nd the shooting followed. THINK ROBBERY WAS THE MOTIVE. New Theory in Macklin Captain's Improvement Continues. Fort Reno, Okla., Dec. 25. —Captain Edgar Mack lln, who was shot on Saturday night, continued to improve to-day, and his physician stated that his patient would recover. The search for the Xetrro assailant of Marklln Is being continued, but with no apparent success. The murder theory has been discarded and the om>er» «re now convinced that the Intent was robbery. There was some excite ment during the day, when It was reported that a suspected Negro bad been arrested, but It proved that the man had been taken for stealing cotter. GREAT BEAR SPRING WATER. "It* I'urlty has inadc It fun.ova."— RACE WAR CONTINUES. DEATHS NOW TWELVE. Three Negroes Lynched Before Troops Arrive. . [By Telegraph to The Tribur.*. 1 Meridian. Miss., Dec. — Five more Negroes were shot to-night at Scooba, Miss., five miles south of Wahalak, where an outbreak against Negroes took place yesterday. The slayers have been placed under arrest. Governor Vardaman was asked for troops to hold them, and has or dered a Meridian company rushed there. The race war is an outgrowth of the killing of two conductors on the Mobile & Ohio Railway Sun day and to-day. The race war in Kemper County, which began on Sunday, has so far resulted in the killing of twelve men, the wounding of three others, ten of the dead being Negroes. Meridian. Miss. De<\ 23.— The two companies of state militia sent to Wahalak last night re turned to Meridian to-day, their presence there apparently being unnecessary. After their ar rival at Wahalak no disturbance occurred, al though it is believed that three Negroes, in cludlntr Ooorgre Simpson, one of the principals !n the disturbance aboard the Mobile & Ohio train last Sunday, had been lynched just before the arrival of the troops. The citizens of Waha lak, while not admitting the fact that the men were captured by a posse, say they were "lost in the swamp" while on their way to town. Two sons of Simpson were shot to death yes terday afternoon. As near as can be ascertained at this time, the casualties resultant from the trouble are as follows: Unknown Negro, shot by Conductor Cooper, on tho Mobile & Ohio train. Constable O'Brien, killed by George Simpson when an attempt at arrest was made. Goorge Simpson, lynched. Tom Simpson, son of George Simpson, shot to death by white men near Wahalak. Jim Simpson, shot to death. Two unknown Negroes lynched. Conductor Cooper, seriously injured by being cut and stabbed several times by George Simp son. n<>t fatal. Leland Sparkman, soldier, flesh wound in left knee; accidental discharge of his own pistol. Officers of the companies state that on their arrival at Wahalak no county officials were on hand to which they could report, and that during their stay there none of the county officials ap peared among the troops. Colonel McCants, who was in charge of the troops, stated to the citizens that, while the soldiers were always ready to reply to a call for assistance, a real need should he apparent before they were called on. He forbade armed bodies of men riding through the country, and would permit no acta which indicated violence. The sokli»-rs state they found armed men from other places #n charge when they reached the scene. Wahalak, Miss.. Dec. — Robert Harrison, the conductor of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad who was ambushed and seriously wounded by a Negro last night, died to-day. The origin of the race troubles here was caused primarily by the meeting in a narrow roadway of wagons driven by a white farmer and a Xegro, re spectively. The Negro abused the white man. who reported the occurrence to the white villagers at Wahalak The whites immediately organized them selves, and in a light with the Negroes of the com munity a number of white men were killed, in cluding one of the most prominent of the villagers. The number of NVscroes killed in the riots has not been approximated but dead Negroes have been found In many parts of the settlement since the trouble started. FLYER STRIKES TROLLEY. Death and Injuries in Wreck of Car at Ash tabula, Ohio. [By Tr!«ffmph to The Tribune. l Ashtabula. Ohio, Dee. "_'*>. At about noon to day the Boffalo-Plttsburg flyer struck a trolley car on the Ashtabula Rapid Transit line, at the Lake street grade crossing of the Lake Shore Railroad, some three hundred feet from the scene of the Ashtabula wreck. in 1S"»$. The streetcar was completely demolished. One person was killed and fifteen Injured. The crossing gates, it is alleged, were not down when the car approached. While crossing the tracks the train struck the car about in the middle and carried It nearly three hundred feet, lining the north side of the tracks with the wreckage. Some of the Injured had to be extricated from beneath the debris. Mrs. James Whelpley was found' upon the engine pilot, badly braised and one arm broken. The motorman escaped Injury. All th« ambulances' and many physicians were summoned to the scene. Twelve were taken to th« hospital. Leonard Xewbold lived about four hours, both legs and one arm being severed in the wreck. His younger brother. Rowley, how ever, sitting right beside him in the car, re ceived only n slight cut on the wrist. DEATH IN MINE FIGHT. Three Killed in Battle Between Guards and Strikers. Owensboro, Ky., Dec. 25. — Two miners and a guard were killed and three miners and a guard were fatally wounded in a fight last night be tween guards employed by the West Kentucky Coal Company at Sturgis. Union County, and the striking miners at that place. The tight occurred In a street about a mile from the mine, and just what started It Is not known. It broke out suddenly, and continued until about twenty-live shots were exchanged. The members of the miners' union have been on strike for the lust year. The coal company has been working non-union men under guards, and serious trouble has long been expected. The tight caused a panic, and a reign of terror ex isted for an hour. There is only one officer in town, but the Sheriff of Union County and deputies have arrived m Blurgla. U. S. SAILORS IN JAIL. Men from Cruiser Arrested at Cienfuegos — Shots Fired. Cienfuegos. Dec. 25. — Sailors from the United States cruiser Cleveland caused a panic to night in a public park, where a concert wa.« going on, by engaging in a fight and firing many shots. The police restored o«-der by arresting several of the sailors. CUBAN REBELS IN FIELD. More Troops Sent to Disperse Bands in Santa Clara. Havana. Dec. 2>. — In consequence of com plaints of many depredations by armed bands of Negroes In the province of Santa Clara, four troops of the 11th Cavalry and two companies of the 27th Infantry will leave Camp Columbia to-morrow morning for Santa Clara to rein force the l.'.th Cavalry, stationed there. The orders are to continue operations until there is a complete restoration of order and confidence in the province. MRS. BLAISE TO MARRY. Her Future Husband Paul S. Pear sail, of This City. Washington. Dec. 25.— Mrs. James G. Blalne. Jr.. formerly Miss Martha Hichborn. who ob tained a divorce in South Dakota several days ago, announced to-night that she would soon be married to Paul S. Pearsall. of New York, a lieutenant in the regiment of Rough Riders during the WU with Spain. THREE CAPSIZED IN KILL. Little Boat Overturned Off Staten Island— Men May Have Drowned. While trying to cross the Kill yon Hull from Port Reading. N J-. to Kretschervllle. Staten Island yesterday afternoon, a rowboat eontaln ir.g three men capsized near the middle of the river The men managed to cling to the over turned boat, which drifted rapidly toward Ward's Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper saw the distressed boat and lowered his skiff and started to the rescue. About the same time a tug. whose name could not be learned, which had two coal barges In tow. saw the men. It cut loose its tow and steamed after them. It reached the boat before the skiff and was seen to pick it up. From the shore it could not be learned whether or not the men were rescued. It Is thought by the New Brighton police that they were saved. The police telephoned to Port Reading, where it was learned that the names of the men who started out in the boat are Anthony Bishop, of Kreisehervine. and J. J. Obski and his son, J. J. Obski, jr., of Port Reading. According to the police. Bishop had been spending Christmas with Mr. Obski. and after dinner he and his son started out to row their friend to hi? home. There was a strong wind blowing, which kicked up a choppy sea. The little boat had much difficulty in weathering the gale and ruling the high waves. Finally, it got caught in the trough of the sea and a wave struck it broadside, capsizing it. DAY TAKES HUMAN TOLL. Txcenty-six Unnatural Deaths in Three Southern States. [ Ry r»>i;r*tpn to The Tribune. 1 New Orleans. Doc. 25. — Christmas crimes an* casualties in Louisiana Mississippi and Ala bama caused twenty-six deaths, and besides five persons were fatally and five seriously wounded. In New Orleans Robert Warren, a college stu dent from Honduras, was found dead In bed from alcoholism; Lewis Phillipps and his wife were burned in their home; Richard Ricks was killed in a frolic, and Thomas Roberts was a victim of thugs. Five fatalities occurred at other points in Louisiana, on* victim, intoxicat ed, freezing. There were five deaths in Mississ ippi. Eleven. of the deaths occurred at Birming ham. Ala., where there was much intoxication. NEW MOTORS USELESS. Break in Power House Puts Out Central's Electric Engines. The electrical shunting system in the west yard of the Ham York Central was put out of commission shortly before noon yesterday, by the short-clrcultlng of one of the big cables whleh run out of the new power house in ROth street between Lexington and Park ayes. Steam engines had to be substituted for the electric motors which have done the switching in the yards for the last nine days. Officials of the road said there had been no interference with the "heavy holiday trade which began to pile up Just at the time of the acci dent, as the steam locomotives had been held In readiness for just such an emergency. Edward Berry, an electrician, was one of the men who had been watching for the cause of the trouble that has been experienced with the electrical current in the yards for several days. He opened th« door of the steel box outside the wall of the power house, through which the cables enter the ground, and was thrown back by a burst of Maine which burned him seriously about the face and hand*. The heavy Insulation of the cables, which carry a high tension current, was destroyed, and it was soon evident that there would be little chance »>f repairing the damage in time to cope successfully, with the heavy demands of the traffla CITY'S LAVISH CHEER. NONE NEED GO HUNCH V. Charity's Doors Were Wide Open and Christian Spirit Reigned. "Peace on earth: good will toward men?* Thfa sentiment, brought to the earth by the ns»-1a In. announcing the birth of Christ, never p^'vado* this city to a greater extent than it did yester day. From the most fortunate in the world's race, as measured by the goods of the world, down to the humblest and poorest, from th« home on Fifth avenue even to the garret In the East Side and the lodging house in the Bowery. the true spirit of Christmas, that spirit which, brings joy and pleasure in the giving of Joy and pleasure to a fellow human being, no matter In how small a way. was exhibited on every hand. It "has been a prosperous year for the greater part of the citizens of the city-, and this pros* perity radiated yesterday in every direction. reaching down to those who for various reason* were touched by the hand of adversity and pov erty and bringing to them good cheer, and phys ical comforts to which some of them "had been strangers for many a long day. It probably would have been difficult yesterday to nave, found anywhere a person so unfortunately sit uated as not to hive felt, in some slight way at least, that It was Christmas Day. DIVIDENDS TO REPLENISH PURSES. The Christmas of those fortunate enough to possess dividend paying stocks and Interest bearing bonds had the additional cheer yester day of knowing that next month they would b» sharers in fhe distribution of interest and divi dends amounting to nearly $177,000,000. This Is a new high record total, being several million* more than the similar disbursement a year ago. Not in years have the stores clone such a large holiday business, which indicates the spread of the custom of giving presents. And it is said that the gifts this year have been more of the useful kind than ever before. Thou sands of persons, in addition to holding their own family celebrations, took part in some way in making the day happy for the poor and un fortunate. Much of this was done privately by Individuals, and us extent cannot be estimated. although unquestionably this kind of benevo lence was large. But in addition to this wera the dinners and celebrations given by various ■ organizations Is those whose lot, in life is cast in hard places. The city and county did their share toward the happiness of the persons ii» their care as inmates of the various public In stitutions. Looking at it from the standpoint of th« weather, it was a glorious Christmas Day. Th» air was crisp, clear and bracing, with a moder ation of the piercing wind that had blown ovet* the city for two days. It was a day to inspire happiness and good will, as well as courses and hope to those who needed it most. Many began the day by attending the special services held In the Catholic and Episcopalian churches. There were six masses at St. Pat* rick's Cathedral, several thousand persons at* tending the last one at 11 o'clock. The sermon was preached by Father Sheahy. of the Boclsty, of Jesus, and the pontifical blessing was jivarj by Archbishop Farley. MAGISTRATES WERE I*EXIENT. The city magistrates, called upon to deal witl*, the grist that came to their mill as tho result s# the arrests of the night before, exercised tfcs> utmost leniency. In every case where they wsrs) able to do so they discharged tho prisoner. In all the Jails and prisons prisoners were treated with a consideration and kindliness asUsßs) shown to them. It was estimated that SBlM# persons in the penal and charitable institution* of the city enjoy*- d their share of the Christmas cheer. Including special dinners. Religious ser* vices were held in all of them. The cold weather had sent the number si patients In Belleruo up to 1.000. Many of them were mad* happy by the distribution of fruit and flowers by various societies. The efforts to bring good cheer and happiness to th» Inmates were more elaborate in ths vari ous institutions conducted by religious and pri vate societies. The happiness that came to th» inmates was no toss than that which came to those who assisted in the various entertainments. The Salvation Army provided dinners for more* persons th?»n any other single organization. From Its headquarters I the Grand Central PaN ace 6,000 baskets and bairs, each containing tha "makings" of substantial dinners for tlve per sons, were distributed. The Volunteers of America gave out material enough to providu dinners for 5.G00 persons. The dinner of "B.)? Tim" Sullivan, one of the features of Christinas Day on the Bowery, provided much needed nour ishment Pm more than (600 men. Four »hou saiul men were fed at the Mission of tho Immac ulate Concept lon. at Ith uiul Lafayette streets. MISSIONS ENTERTAINED GRXEROLSLT. Friendless and unfortunate women found % bountiful dinner spread for them at the Florenve, Crittenden Mission. In Bleecker street. T'.vo hundred took advantage si It. Seven hundred "little mothers." daughters of working mothers, dined at the Murray Hill Lyceum. In East ;J4i street. Their host was Frank Tllford. of Part & Tllford. There were many other smaller din ners of a similar nature in various parts of th» city. The Bowery Mission was not behindhand]* in welldoing. During the morning 115 baskets of food, enough for ten persons, were give,* away to as many working poor women having families, and at night the annual dinner a:.4 meeting was held, at which twelve hundred or more men were bountifully fed. To-night th<» . FLORIDA INFORMATION BUREAU. Broadway, cor. SOth St. Two great trains flMvsk .Atlantic Cout Lin* Railroad.—