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I 2 THE SUN, "SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, i806. ,' ' 3V' J
V L. - - - j,M.. , ltM
flg IK 2 111'. ELECTION CASES,
it That Wmm Trentlnrr th flint Conealtte
S Hetter Tbnn alntlhrw ItnW llld, TTha
Halrf ' r Vi or I'll 8ue-Delo Me.
A rCury Served the Democrats fbr Nothing
V;. Tilings tire setting a little personal a a remit
if of the Choate Doom, Limited. It wat pointed
F out yesterday, tor instance, that some of Mr,
J Choate't friends have short memories. An Al-
8 bany despatch to the Tribune engaged the at
tnlloti of eminent Republicans hereabouts. In
i this despatch Mr. Cboate's services In the con
y tested election cases In 1801 which led to the
1" S Maynnrd alTalr wore pictured and Mr. (Jhoate'a
t services at President of tho Constltu-
tlotlal CoiiTentton wero alto dctorlbod. It
P bat already been told In Tub Sun hoir
Jt Mr. Choate mat nominated aa a delegate at
i largo to the Constitutional Convention at the
? Republican State Convention held In Syracuse
r on Oct. 0. lHUil. lie was nominated at Mr.
i PJatt'a suggestion on the personal request made
2 to Mr. Halt by William llrookfleld. then Chair
f man of the Hepubllcan Mate Committee. On
J Oct. 34 (if that year Mr. Chonte, Ellhu Root,
who was also nomlnatod nandelegato at large
f by tho samo means as Mr. Choate, and other
; Union league Itepubllcans were Invited to meet
"i In Parlor D 11 of tho Fifth Avenue Hotel and
olilp In for campaign expenses. Mr. Choaleand
4 Mr. Itoot itlil not appear at the meeting. The
Republicans In charge of the State campaign
I wore very poor that year,
f After tho victory things ran along, and on
f Muy IT, 1B04, just after the sessions of the
"i Conatllutlonnl Convention had been opened at
H Albany, Mr. Choate came from his summer
home nt Slockbritlgo to the Union League
. Club, Vi here he conferred with Mr. Hoot aa to
'& the distribution of the patronage of theconven.
h tlon. There were about fifty places at the
'S disposal of Mr. Choato ns President of the con-
8. Tension. It was decided by Mr. Choate and
, his friends to Ignoro the 1'latt men who had dune
' . the Work of tho campaign. Thls programme
JJ, was followed out and nobody found more
if fault with It at tho time than Mr. Urooktlehl
)& himself. Mr. Choato and Mr. Root controlled
si, thn convention.
$v Tim Bun correspondent at the convention,
ti(C tellirig: of tho political factions represented,
,' mentioned In his despatches that Frederick C.
$ Hulls of Yonkera at a Plait man. Mr. Ilolls
had'boan nomlnnted by Mr. Piatt at the Hepub
'' llcau SUito Convention to bo a delegate
1" at largo to the convention, anil further
K mora be. Hoi Is. had huiniled Mr. Plan's
7 ofllco lb loner llroadway. So there weru ap
is parently good grounds for classing him ns a
fi Plait man. .Mr. Hulls, who hud drawn a seat in
,i the convention next to .Mr. Knot, protested to
J, Tlir acs correspondent against this clns-l-;.-
flcallon. Now Mr. Ilolls is a candidate for
Regent Of the University or the Male o I New
S York in place of thu latu William I Uoslwick
$ ol lUiuca, mid ho has besought thu support of
u the Piatt people, which ho is not very likely to
J get.
Coming back to Mr. Choate's services to tho
3 Republican parly, mentioned by the JXoitrir,
5 vrheu he acted as tounset to the Kepublican
n titate ( ommltlee 111 the contested elect. on cares
A . In 181)1, this wus uuthuritatlvely said for the
4 Republican Male Committee jolerday:
5 "Yes, It Is true Mr. Choaie acted as chief
counstl for our committee In tho-.e cae-, but he
? wn- ri'talued for IhoserMeeaud preseuud a bill
fti ot $-'. UU. The tstateCominitteo had no money
at tbo time there was not SI in tho treasury
.nd wuen the situation was explalneil to .Mr.
Jf' Choate be ngieml to accept Sl,uuJ In full puy-
Intnt tor his services. 'J he money was raised
r oy.members of the committee and Mr. Choato
.; a paid. hen his standii'gat Hie bur Istiiii
1 aldured, I anppone thula feu of S1.UO0 was ery
J. low for his work in thosucaaes. but that was the
. extent ot his service to the Kepubilcau Stale
r Committee."
it It was Mr. llrookfleld "ho besought Mr.
i Choato to trim donbishilL With .Matthew
f Hale ut Albany, who acted w.th Mr. Choate in
ft the contw-tcd election cases for the Kcpublicanr
' and who was a Vice-President at the Choate-
t 4tV-Curnrgie Hall meeting thn other night, it
,'f was diftrrent. Air. Hale put in a bill In the He-
i publican Mate Committee for Sl.SOO. There
5 wus no money In the till to pay him. Hrseut
? word that unless he received the money by a
A certain time he would bring suit, and so Mr.
Piatt and .Mr. Brookfleld. as in the cafe of Mr.
Choate's bill, were compelled to get nut and
'? liusllu for the money to meet Mr. Hale's bill.
T; This they d'd.
Now comes another fact which has not
'',' hitherto been printed. The Hon. Dehm Mo
,- Curdy, the Uemocrat who conduclul for his
J party the coulesled election cases which led
i to the Maynar.l alfair, chursed the Demociatlo
f Utate Committee never a penny for his service".
i Nobody offend him a penny, and Im never
got a penny for them. He cave his services
eratultoiiHly, and limy entailed many drafts on
I his own purse. He cave day and nights of his
time in different parts of the btalr, pnvlng his
I own expanse-, nnd never buuetlied to the ex-
J tent of a toothpick. Anoldfrl-nd in speaking
; to Mr. .McCurdr a few days ago on this matter
' askeil him to explain why he worked for
V nothing:
I -. Nn hlns to explain." replied Mr. McCurdy.
1 ,i I believed we were right, nnd glad, indeed,
V was I to do what little I could for the party."
'' Chatrmnn II. II. Iluanit Dan the Sleetlac
Will lie Inlliientlal.
t iNPlAKArou't. Dec. SO. II. II. Hnnna, Chair-
'', man of tho Executive Committee of the Mone-
"''. tary Reform Conve'itiou. returned yesterday
from a lour of the Eust, which he had made In
'f . the Interest of the convention to awaken husl.
" ' ness men to the importance of the occasion and
ij ,' send influential men to the convention. Howns
u-," '. more than gratified with the feeling he en.
Y'- countered In Huston. New York. Pliiludelohin,
Pittsburgh, and every other city that he vlfiled.
i "I find." said Mr. Hannii, "that the move
ment Is no new thing. I was not surprised, but
,; I was extremely gratified at the great interest
shown by oil of thu most prominent men of the
i , ., various cities I visited. lhoe 1 talked to In-
' ' eluded men of all parties, engaged In practi
cally all lines of commerce and manufacture,
' andl found prnrtlcalli ho difference of opinion
among them in thu thought that tho business
men of thu country should take hold of this
' subject uml go slowly but earnestly about tne
work of devising and having adopted u sound
I enrreney system.
"I now have no room to doubt that tho char
f actpr of tho convention w.ll he all that we could
desire and such as will give to Its proieedings
great weight In the minds of the people. Most
nf ttio New York and all of the Chicago dele
gates have been named, as have those of a large
number of smaller cities, and tney were among
tho best known names In the business circles in
' .' "their respectlvecitles. 1 feel assured that weare
to have a convention of whose character and
patriotic purpose we may well be proud."
JTe Hy He Una No D aire to Retara to
Public I.tle-LIMIe Pleasure la It.
BurrAl-o, Dec. 2(1. Ex-Llout.-Gov. William
F. Sheehan spent Christmas with his father In
this city. In conversation to-day Mr. Bheehan
"I would not return to publto life If the op.
' portunity offered. There is little pleasure In
; political life, and it Is easy fur a man to become
,, CO wrapped up In other pursuits that be can
have no lU'siro to return. I havo paid all my
(: dabs. I havo tried to take rare of my friends,
at i-mst, and tlilul: I have succeeded."
r " And our enemies I"
' " Well, 1 guess there are tome whom I have
xD0t paid."
? ' Will Tammany win In NswYork next fall t"
"It is hard to say. Tammany's strength lu
the Into election certainly surprised some
people." j
Coaleat Ortr Uryun'a Kentucky Elector, '
lllcnmoNi), Ky.. Uec. JU.-Through A. T.
Herd, Secretary of the Hepubllcan State Cam
paign Committee, the Republicans this after,
noon filed notico of contest on W. R. Smith,
who received a certificate of election as Demo
cratic Presidential elector.
J. S. It. Wedding uml II. S. Howes, Reuuhll.
can eloctors from tho Ninth and Fourth dis
tricts, aro named as contestants. Tho uoileo
' cnarges f aud in tho First, Hecond, Third,
Fourth. Suvviith, Ninth, and Tenth districts.
This was the last day on wnlt'h notice could be
JLIeut-.Oir.. Bleat Woodruff Bote to Albany
PouaiiKEEi'siE, Dec. 20. Timothy L. Wood
ruff, Lieutenant Uovernor-elect, passed north
to-night on the Hudson River Railroad, en routo
to his Winter home In Albany. His servants,
carriages and horses preceded him. Mrs. Wood,
ruff and her aunt. Mrs. Ezra White, left the
train here and will spend Sunday with Mrs.
Woodruff's mother, .Mrs. (laities, at Eastman
Park. They will leave for Albany on Monday,
aforrla Will Not lie I'armaater-Qencral.
Tnor, Dec. 20,-Frederlck P. Morris of Long
Island City, whom Gov.-elect lilack Intended to
appoint at Paymaster-General on hit staff, baa
expressed to the Uovernor-elect the desire that
the appointment be not made. Mr. Morrla In
this way reliever, the Uovernor-elect from auy
arobarratimant that might result from the re
cent publication of au inoldent in Mr. Morris's
-military history.
Roam fbr 1,00 at the Tablea aaiJ for 0
In the Galleries.
The committee of the New York Btate League
of Republican Clubs which Is arranging for a
banquet to be participated In by 1,000 persona
in Ilarmanus Rleeckor Hall, Albany, on Jan. 20,
1807, Issued yesterday a olreolar letter regard
log this function. Among other things In the
letter the committee aay :
"The committee wish to state emphatically
that no one In any way connected with thla
propoied affair haaevor stated that the dinner
Is to be given aa a compliment to the Hon.
Thomas C, Piatt. Tho falao position In which
the ex-Senntor and the committee have been
placed by the misguiding and unwarranted
persistency of certain papers has proven most
antiovlng. The constitution of the league, aa
nil Its members well know, prohibits the par.
tlclpatlon In any sense of this orranlzatlon
In the candidacy ot an Individual. The
committee do not prnposo to betray a funda
mental principle of the league, and, their sense
of obligation entirely nut of the consideration,
they have nutllclent regard fur propriety not to
place Mr. Piatt nr d themselves In the onsltlon
of arranging a f unction for the Incumbent of
this high otnee not yet selected, and in the
choice of which the committee nave no voice.
Therefore, let It he thoroughly understood that
all talk In this connection nbout a ' Plaltdlnner'
Is unwarranted and ngalnst tho wishes of the
'distinguished head of the Republican Stale or
ganlratlon and the committee."
It Is expected, though, that the guest of honor
at tho dinner will bo tho Republican United
States Senator-elect.
Several Invitations to prominent members ot
tho league otUildo tho State and to certain
orators will be Issued. Tho names of theo
specially Invited guests and speakers cannot
yet be furnish, il. It la announced that all who
wish to attend either as diners or spectators
will be welcomed until the capacity of the tables
and the galleries of the hall Is met that
la, 1,000 diners and 2,r00 spectators. Ilainiuet
t'ekots are $", and admls-ton to the gallery will
cost '. A few boxes will bo reserved. The
others will bo sold at auction. Dinner will be
served at U o'clock P. M., and the speechmakiug
will begin at 7:110. UeorL-o It. Manchester. nec
retary of the league, will receive applications
for tickets at Republican County Ileadquartuis,
113 West Thirty-eighth street, up to Jan. 1.
coi.t.r.cion am vdnTaiAnmii.
Republican County Urtcanlantloa Wants
Illilvrell and Van C'ott.
Through Its leaders, in caucus, the Republican
organization nt this county has declared It to bo
Its desire that the McKlnley Administration an
polntGeorge R. II. dwell to to Collector of the
Port ot New York and Cornelius Van Cott to
bo Postmaster.
The caucus was held yesterday afternoon at
the headquarters of the County ( ommlttee In
West Thirty-eighth street. Recommendations
for appointment, an United States District At
torney. United Stales Marshal. Collectors of
Internal Revenue. Surveyor, Appraiser, aud
Naval Uflicer were not considered.
Mr. Ridwell, who wa. agreed on as the candi
date for Collector, reside ai Hie Hotel Kndlcott
Columbus avenue and Eight y. first street, aud Is
the Republican leader of tho Nineteenth As
sembly district. Ho was the Secretary of the
County Committee in 1804 and has been a con
sistent "regular." Mr. Hid ell was one of the
flr-t successful manufacturer- of bicycles In
this city. He Is a ih-aler In snorting goods.
Mr. Van Cott was Postmaster under Presi
dent Harrison. The place of Postmasier Is
likely to tie a more important one than ever be
fore In the coming four ears, lu view nf the
probability of consolidation, vh.ch may bring
withltawidur Jurisdiction for the New York
The places at the dlspoal of the District
Attorney were also discussed by the caucus,
and it was derided to appoint a committee nf
eight to stft the llt of applicants. Mr. Bid well
is Chairman of this committee.
Urnoklyn Doou Tor Chonte.
The committee that is booming Joseph II.
Choate for United States Senator met in the
Garfield building, Brooklyn, last night, and
elected former Mayor Charles A. Schleren
Chairman. Headquarters will be established at
1711 Reno-en street, and will be open dally.
The committer Is considering thn advisability
of holding public meetings. The members say
they nave already received assurances nf warm
nuptmrt from many Ilr-oklyn Republicans. A
meeting of the committee will be held on Mon
day night.
Salllvnn-IOinpner Conteot.
There was another hearing before Justice
Smytb of the Supreme Court yesterday over
the close vote between Otto Kempner (Tarn.)
and Jeremiah J. Sullivan (Rep.) for Asrembly
in the Tenth district, and Justice Smvth ap
pointed Edward I.. Patterson referee to deter
mine the result of thu recount. The Leglsla.
turc. it is supposed, will seat Sullivan. The
qtie-tion Is whrtber Kempner shall draw salary
until that result Is reached, with theexpeuses
of the contest.
To Take Action In tlie Tenneaece Fraud.
Nasiivillk, Tenn.. Dec. 20. The Republican
State Executive Committee has been called to
meet In Nashville on Wednesday, Dec 30. to
look over the proof that has been secured of
fraud In tho recent election, and settling all
questions arising over the coming contest for
the dovernnrslilii. There Is no longer any doubt
that there will be aconte-t, und the committee
meeting is simply to outline the plau and select
the men to conduct It.
Gor.Elect Iltack PrrpnrlnR Tor Ilia Iniin
Kurutlnu. Trot, Dec. 20. Gov.-elect Black spent an un
usually busy day. He saw a large number of
callers, and spent most of the afternoon with
becrotury of State i'almer. perlectlng tho de
tails of the programme for his Inauguration.
Ilia, and Mrs. Morton will tnnder Unv.-elect
and Mrs. Ulark an elaborate dinner next
Wednesday. Covers for eighteen will belaid.
Cablaet Itnom for Coacreasmaa Funltos.
Topeka. Kan., Dec. 20. President-elect Mc
Klnley will be urged to give the Agricultural
portfolio to ox.Congressman Funstonof Kansas.
His boom was started to-day, and Mr. McKlnley
will he asked to name lor this ofllce a real
farmer, and to select him from Kansas, the
centre of the great agricultural West.
JSmployee to Afeet To-morrow to Dlaenea
the Question or Htrlklnc Aunts.
Boston, Deo. 20. According to President M.
F.Young of tho Conductors', Drivers' and Mo
tormeu's Union, the strike of the West End
Railroad Company's employees Is not over yet.
A meeting of the Supreme Council was held
this noon when the Conference Committee ro
ported on the question of holding a mass meet
ing of the strikers and their friends. President
Young's plans for this meeting have all been
made. Flrt, there will be an open meeting In
Faneull Hall, Monday. at 2 P.M., to which the
public will be welcomed. At this preliminary
meeting President Young will give theposltloii
of the men, their grievance, and slate the case
from tho strikers' side. He said this morning
that It would give him great pleasure to havo
the West End represented, and to hrar Its side
of the trouble.
At the conclusion nf the meeting the strikers
will have a private meeting, and the quostlon of
calllngout all the men will be dlaoussed. Defi
nite action will be laken.
Mr. Feency In Trouble Asaln.
Michael Fooney, 32 years old, of 02 Prospect
avenue, Brooklyn, was arrested last nlaht,
charged with stealing a bundle of silk from a
delivery wagon of Abraham & Straus while the
wagon was In the rear of the store, on Living
ston street. The goods were identified and
r reney was locked up in tho Adams stieel ela
tion. Feeney was arrested lu 181)3 by Cnpt.
llaidwlu, who was at that lime a detective.
Feeney had collected a lnrge amount nf mnnoy
for Abraham & Straus, which ho used, falling
to make the amount good to the llrm. He es.
caped and sub cqiicntly wus found In Ireland,
and Detective Baldwin went there and brought
Feeney home, and he was convlrtrd and was
sent to the penitentiary for tno ji-ars and three
months. He has not been out of prison very
The Uelulnn Minister Ueeallea.
WAsniNciTO", Dec. 2(1. The Belgian Minister,
Mr. Alfred Le Ghalt, visited the White House
this mornings accompanied by the Secretary of
Slate, and presented his letters of recall to tho
President. Mr. LeUhalt has represented Bel
glum lu Washington since May 24. 1880. when
ho was received by President llarrl.on, aud ho
has now been promoted to the Russian mission,
which Is ono of the highest poits In the Belgian
diplomatic corps. Until a new Minister suo
rteda Mr. Le Oboit lu this city, which Is ex
pected to he without much delay, the affairs of
he legation will be In the caieot Mr. Maurice
Joosteus, counsellor, as Charge d'Atfaires.
The Faatoua Vaa Ueuaea Hausaac.
Tbeis dainty morsels were flrit ujads so yean ato.
and their popularity Has grow n until toils tny bold
the nld alinott etiluslvsli - J her arecarefully lusdo
or selected cuts from corn-fed pig alia purest sea
oolnn.au crackers or sUulu rants. Bsad COc.tor H
lb, (siprin pril.shll to C. A. Van Dsu.so. Uuason,
h. V l!ai,r'iinplcitrgmE. KUenuDK, st3 Wao
taxtoaL,N. Vr-oiii. ,
v J
NotaHonl la lrtfiAtlva ta the Ceaetry Dis
tricts Tbronah Which the Invadere Paaa
Everything Destroyed That Can't Ba
Carried Aveny-The Cabana Need Arm.
Havana, Dec, 20. via Key West. Pacifica
tion, as Gen. Weyler understands it, meana ex
termination and destruction. In a few months.
It this ravaging war continues, tho laland of
Cuba will be no better than a vaat deaert, tho
atamolng ground of armlet from the Capo of
San Antonio to the extremity of Malst.
In tho province of Plnar del Mo at thla very
moment the work of devastation by the 8panlsh
columns is terrible. Not a single farm whloh
they have passed remains unharmed. Every,
thine; that la not carried away la burned.
Every animal is killed or seized. The right
of property is only a name. Under pretext of
destroying the provisions of the Insurgents, the
Spaniards steal all thoy can carry away, and In
the few days since this third campaign of
Weyler began, not a single farmer in the prov
ince has been left with any resources.
Thougbtfnl persont In navana, oven thote
who firmly adhere to Spain, fear the results of
this barbaroua warfare. The Cuban army only
attacked the sugar-cane crop to prevent the
Spanish Government from deriving money
therefrom to carry on the war. It was a political
and a military measure. But thla terrible de
struction of everything, from the bouae of the
farmer to the potato field, haa never been wit
nessed before, nnd can only bring about the
total disappearance of Cuba aa a civilized
At the same time, the criminal procedure of
Weyler, which had made him famoua all over
the world. Is carried out now to an inconceiv
able extreme. No human being Is spared by the
Spanish sword if he Is not a Spanish soldier. It
Is a horrible fact that In no oraclal report of any
engagement with the Insurgents, even In those
In which the Spanish claim great victories after
a hand-to-hand fight, can the slightest mention
be found of any prisoners. A war wtthont pris
oners Is strange; but it can be understood after
knowing that every Cuban who surrenders on
the Held of battle is mercilessly slain by the
Copies ot El IVtttvo l?ptmcn,tba Madrid news
paper conducted by the great republican, Fran
cisco PI y Morgall, In which the charge of kilt
ing prisoners is made against Weyler, have been
seized in Havana by the police. " Where are
the Cuban prlsonorsr" says PI y Margall. "Thn
war we are making In Cuba Is In defiance ot all
tho laws of humanity, and deserves the inter
vention of the United States aa a duty forced
upon a civilized country."
If the prisoners who fell on the field of battle
are murdered In that way, the same fate over
takes the sick and wounded IntheCnban hos
pitals. Gen. Melgulzo and his column are fa
mous for this kind of assassination. The Span
lsh newspapore ot Havana, when they refer to
such a deed by Melgulzo, always say that the
hospital was destroyed after an engagement
with the forces which defended It, nnd which
left in the camp so many killed. But about the
sick and wounded In tho hospital nothing Is
said. Where aro they? The Dtario de la Murlim,
La Union CotutUuclonal. and La Lucha leave to
their readers to imagine the terrible end of
these defenceless unfortunates.
The result of all these crimes Is to spread
among the Cubans the deepest hate against the
Spaniards and to make the war apparently end
less. Within the past few days more than
2.000 men have left the cities to join the insur
gents. There is not a particle of doubt that If the Cu
ban army could be as well provided with arms
and ammunition as tho Spanish soldiers are, the
independence of the Island would be achieved
In a short lime. But the great disadvantage of
the Cubans Is that they cannot rCenforcu their
armies with all tbo volunteers who would like
to fight against Spain, because it Is Impossible to
arm them. "Arms and ammunition, not men." Is
the word of Geu. Gomez to all the Cuban sym
pathizers In and out of the Island. This scarcity
of munition Is the only cause of Gomez's delay
In advancing to tho west, as he Is obliged to
carefully avoid serious fighting in order to save
his supply of cartridges until his men reach the
province of Havana.
The latest expedition of the Three Friends
landed at the Clennga do Zapata, and men and
munitions are known here to be safely in tho
hands of the patriots. The Clenaga (swamp)
lsa vast area covered with mud and surrounded
by v. lid forests. It is on the south coast of the
province of Matanzas. and since the revolution
began It has been occupied by the Cubans, who
have there some hospitals and a large supply ot
The True Inwardnren of the Iatcst Spaa,
tab Report or Victory.
Havana. Dec. 20. News from Mantua, in the
Province of Pinardel Rio, gives the details of
an encounter on Dec. 20 between Lieut, Llamlo,
commanding a body of local guerrillas, and
volunteers. The Spanish force, arriving at a
place called Rancbo, found an Insurgent camp
from which they were tired upon.
The soldiers returned the Are, whereupon the
Insurgents fled In great disorder, leaving twenty
three dead on the field. The arms and effects
of tbo insurgents were captured and their camp
destrnyed. Eight of the dead Insurgents were
Identified, but who the others killed were is un
known to the people residing in the locality.
Tbo Government force sustained no loss.
This Information comes from a Spanish source,
and it is added that by the defeat of this band
of insurgents tho zono in which they were
found is entirely cleared of Insurgents.
It was learned from other sources that the
affair was similar to others where unarmed
men were killed, and that the alleged dead In
surgents weie simply pacIUcos who had no
means of defending themselves against the
(Jovernmeut troops.
Christmas, the time set by Captain-General
Weyler In a recont Interview In this city for a
decisive turn In tho situation, has come and
gone aud to all appearances affairs are,
with the exception of the death of Ma
ceo. In exactly the tamo condition they
were when Gen. Weyler mado his state
mrnt. Last night hands of insurgents tired
on the towns of Santlngo de Ins Vega-. Rancho
Itojeror. and Calahazar, all In the province of
Havana. The attacks caused great excitement
among the Inhabitants, who n-ared that the In
surgents wereabnut to raid the towns and give
them to tli flames. After firing a few shots,
which were productive of no result beyond
scaring the people, tho Insurgents withdrew.
'1 he latest reports concerning the movements
of (Jen, Weyler. who was encamped near rjan
Cristobal, is that he marched tn-dar. No In
formation Is given regarding his objective point.
Re has had no encounter with the enemy since
his return to thn province of Pinardel Rio from
Havana, notwithstanding his elaborate plan nf
campaign, whlnh necessitates the use of 30,000
The Statist Thlnka Hhe Hail Tlrtter Accept
Our ltecomolendutlona.
London, Dec. 20. The .Stoflit this week pub
lishes a comment on the Spnnlsh-Amerlcan
situation In which It rays that the Spanish Gov
ernment and people, unlesB they are utterly
blind to tholr own welfare, will accept the rec
ommendations concerning Cuba contained in
Preldent Cleveland's message to the American
Congress. The paper adds that In the opinion
of the Governments of Great Britain, France,
and Germany these recommendations ought to
be accepted,
Gen, Iee Arrlvea at Havana,
Havana, Doc, 20. Gen. Filzhugh Lee, United
States Consul-General nt Havana, who has been
absent In the United States on leave of absence
from his post for about two months, arrived
here this morning. He was accompanied by his
wife and daughter. Gen. Lee says he has re
turned to resume his duties as Consul-General.
lie also says he has received no special Instruc
tions from bis Government, but will maintain a
close natch of affairs.
Secretary Olney has declined an Invitation to at
tend the ound money baauUsi In Chicago Jan.H, taa
dlpioiuailu illnofr at lh Watte House on Jan. 7 re
quiring hit presence In Wosnlniton at that that.
WillU'it Vauvtlkerdanab of Hacaentack, N. J.,
while aaaklog ins second trip aa a brakemaa ovsr the
trie lu.lroad. Cell bslwesn the cars at Cnesler. N. v.,
isilsrdajr morning and was cut la two by tlie wuttl
Washington Hsu'l Heard That trmasy
Wlll Bide With Bpala,
WAsniNOTON. Doc 20. Official denlala of the
truth of the despatch from London, ttatlng that
certain forolgn powers have notified the United
States that they will not permit the United
Btatea Government tn Interfere In the Spanish
Cuban war In behalf of the Insurgents, are
plentiful In Washington. But whether It It
trne or false that such notification has been
given. It ta very well known that the Cleveland
Administration haa believed all along that the
United Statea would not be allowed to astlat
Cuba In the struggle without proteat from
foreign Governments, and that they have had
thla belief constantly In mind In formulating
and announcing their Cuban poller, A member
of the Cabinet said to Tin: Sun correspondent
recently that other countries owned Islands
aoattercd about In tho various oceans, and they
would naturally have something to say as to
whether tho United States should Interfere
when Spain Is at war with tho people of one of
ber Islands,
It has been evident all along that the policy of
the Cleveland Administration with regard to
Cuba has been nffeclrd largely by tho possibility
ot what other Governments might do, and
though tho Government officials now deny that
"hands off" Is to be tho policy ot the powers
they believe It to be true nevertheless.
Htrlkera IIutc tn Its Followed Closely by
Police to Prevent Violence.
The striking cabmen puraued their usual
tactics yesterday ot annoying tho non-union
drivers of the New York Cab Company nnd
making wild statements of alleged happenings
whloh never occurred. Tho main stables, on
West Thirty-second streoUdld something like
their normnl business yesterday. In spite of the
efforts of the strikers to annoy tho new drivers.
As a passenger was being driven by a new
cabman yesterday afternoon two strikers
stopped the cab nbout Forty-sixth street and
Broadway nnd tried to scare the passenger.
Ther told the latter that It was very dangerous
to go In a cab with a new driver.
" You're liable tn gut hit with something,"
aald ono of the men. " You had bolter como
The passenger refused to leave the cab, and a
policeman who followed in anotlio" cab tried tn
drive the strikers away. One of them refused
to leave and w as arrested.
After that a slrikor in a hansom can drove
back and forward, constantly getting between
the cabs containing the passengers and the cabs
contain ng the policemen which followed them.
He assailed the drivers with abusive language,
aud made things very uncomfortable for the
pu-sengers, A policeman whosaw him at Broad
way and Thirtieth street ordered him outut the
"It's none of yonr business." said tho
The policeman then arrested him. and took
htm to the Wet Thirtieth street station, where
hn was still defiant, and declared that tho
pel Iceman had no right to Interfere with him.
He was locked up.
Franela Godlna: Clinllennr Proclaims Eliza
beth C'rla-hton to Tie Ilia Wile.
Francis God Ing Cballcnor, a member of tho
Produce Exchange. Is dangerously 111 at his
homt, 774 East 17fith street. Ho has cancer nf
the stomach, and Is being cared for by Elizabeth
Crlgbton. who has lived with him for many
years. He has a daughter. Miss Francos Clial
lenor. who lives with a relative at 75 East
Fifty-fourth street. Her mother died when she
was very voung.
An announcement of the marriage last Sun
day of Elizabeth Crlgbton to Frauds Challenor
surprised the frlendsandacqualntancesof both.
" We havo been married for some time." said
Mr. Challenor yo-terdav. "hut lived underour
respective names to avoid auy explanations to
Miss Challenor."
Mrs. Challenor explained that she was a
widow when she married Mr. Challenor In Lon
don nine joirs ago. A second marriage cere
mony was performed to avoid any dtspute, and
was published so that there might be no ques
tion of the relationship and the position the
bride occupied in the house.
Mr. Challenor has been 111 for several years.
Cancer of the stomach developed, aud he is
now in a dv ing condition, but may be kept alive
for several days bv skilful nursing.
Mrs. Challenor Is Inclined to belierr that her
stepdaughter mar dispute her rights regarding
the properly In the event nf Mr. Challennr's
death. He Is a commission merchant, and is
believed to have accumulated considerable
ciosr. of iiie DitVMiir.ns' fair.
The Truatrra Vote to R'p-nt It Every
Tear-Profit Sl.t.O IO.
Last night saw the closing of the Commercial
Travellers' Fair at Madison Square Garden. It
was estimated that fully 10.000 peoplo were In
attendance. It was "Maonto night." tnn, and
prominent Masons and Shriners from all over
the State and Jersey were present.
The fair lias not proved the great snrccss
hoped for; but the reult have been sufficiently
gratifying to warrant the managers In voting to
make Han annual occurrence.
It was Impos-lble at the c'oseof the fair to ar.
rive definitely at tho financial results, but the
managers stated that $15,000 profit would be a
conservative estimate.
Waeblnetnu Irvine: Union Insurances.
The members of the Washington Irving Union
who found recently that they were not Insured
in the .Manhattan Life Insurance Company, al
though they had thought that as members of
theunlnn they were so Insured, having paid to
the union the sums supposed to cover both
club dues ntid premiums on the Insurance
policy, will not lo'o their rights under the
policy. Although they had paid I heir dues,
they found that the money which was to have
been forwarded by the union to the Insurance
company had not been received by the company
and that conspqiienMr the Insurance had lapsed.
ThsManhnttan I. I'o Company. howver. ngroed
after rnrresiiondencn yesterday to reinstate fho
members directed on payment of the lapsed
Collin Beporta on Parle Pnvemenia.
Public Works Commissioner Collls. accompa
nied by his wife and son. C. U.T. Collls, Jr.. re
turned from Europe yesterday on the steamship
New York. Geu. Collls said that ho had learned
many things about publlo works during his
short stay in Paris. He was enthusiastic about
the flue pavements of that cty. the laying of
which, he sunl, cost nearly twice as much as did
then-phalt In this city. The pavement In the
French capital, he said, was kept In much better
repair than tho pavement lu New York. Gen.
Collls said that thu letter of introduction which
Mayor Strung gave him was of great aid in the
investigations lie made in Berlin, nnd in Paris
the city authorities sent an engineer with him
to explain tho workings of the sewer system.
IrvlnR I Uracdon Ineaae,
Irving L. Bragdon, until recently a Civil Ser
vice Commissioner In Brooklyn, and who lived
with his family at 0 Hancock street, that city,
la confined in the Amttyville Insane Asylum,
but his friends bellevo he will ultimately re
oover. Mr. Bragdou has been In 111 health for a
ear, and his Intimate friends said )e-terday
Ills Insanity was due to Insuinnia, .Mr. Bragdon
has resigned hlsofllroof trustee and director In
several financial Institutions with which ho was
connected, Mr. Bragdon "" uueof the leading
Republicans in the Sever.cn ward nf Brooklsu
nnd took adrcp Interest In politics In that city.
Hi. worked energetically for the election of
Mayor Schleren, and was one nf the Commltteo
of One Hundred in the fall of 1H03.
The Sawdust Game on Park Row,
An Ann street fakir stood near the bridge
entranco yesterday afternoon offering for salo
handsome nickel-plated spinning tops ut ten
cents each,
"This top," yelled the fakir, holding one be.
foro the crowd, "costs half a dollar In the
In the largo basket he carried were dozens of
cardboard boxes, which presumably contained
tops like the ono he exhibited. When a pur
chaser stepped to the front the fakir would
lake one nt these boxes from the basket nnd
hand it nver upon receipt nt tho dime. Later
when the purchaser look time to examine bis
purchase he found that the box contained noth
ing but sawdust and gravel.
The wicked fakir disposed of his whole atook
and hurried away without detection.
Once tried .become the favor- ana. a bj as
ite cathartic and family mecll- gOmlBra
cine. They win favor every- wr II JS
wheroanrttcalesarorapldly lu- '
ereaslnp. He sure to icet Hood's. U6c, The
only PllU to Cults with Uooil'a barsajmrllla,
The Una I. -ft a Letter Mhorrlng That lie
JLaborrd Under the Dslnslnn That Ilia
Wire Wna Vntrne-Hliot Her ns Hh- I.uy
Beside Iler Child-He Was Out or Work.
Max Becker, who was craxy, shot and killed
his wife and then committed suicide yestorday
at his home, 30C East Eighty-fourth atreot,
Beoker was a waiter. He was 30 years old. His
wife was about the same age. They had ono
child, Fritz, a boy 7 years old. Fritz haa been
ailing for several days. Yestorday afternoon nt
2 o'clork Mrs. Becker told her husband to fetch
Dr. Bauer nt East Elgbly-fif th street. The Doc
tor had vlaltrd tho child in the morning and
dlngnoted the case aa scarlet fever. He ordered
that the boy be put to bed at once. Mrs. Becker
followed lils il Irectlons. Ho had a bad apell Inst
before 2 o'clock, and ahe wanted the Doctor to
come again. When her husband went out aba
lay dnwn upon the bed with the child and
soothed ktn aleep.
At a quarter past 3 o'clock John Saucke, the
Janitor ot tho house, was coming down the
stairs from the fourth to ilia third floor. Becker
llv ed on tho fourth floor. Saucke passed Beckor
going tip, and remarked that It was a nice day,
Becker replied that It was. Sauuke had pro
ceeded to the secoud landing when he hoard a
dour on the fourth floor slam, and a moment
later a child's voice screaming:
"Papaahotl Papa shotl"
"Without waiting to Investigate, Saucke
rushed on down the stairs nnd called Policeman
Connolly, who was on the corner. With htm he
went to Becker's rooms. There are three of
them. Tho front one Is a bedroom, the middle
one a dining room, and the rear room a kitchen.
The door opened Into the dining room. On tho
flour thero, his head Just ovor the sill ot the
door leading to the parlor, was Becker. There
was a pool of blood tinder him, nnd blond was
running from a wound In his breast, Connolly
ran Into tho bedroom. Mrs. Becker was there
with two bullot holes tn her head. She was
lying on her right side on the bed. She was
fully dressed. Sho was-drad. So was Becker.
The child had disappeared. He was found
with a Mrs. Horn ou the floor below. Mrs.
Horn was a friend nf his mother, and he had
run to tho door other flat the llrst thing. All
that he could be Induced to say was that his
father had gone out to buy a pistol and had shot
his mamma. He couldn't tell how he knew that
his father bad gone out to buy tho pistol.
From the positions of the bodies It was as
sumed that Becker had gono Into the lint and
walked up to the bed where his wife still was
with tbe boy, end, without a word, had shot her
twice. Then ne had gone lu tho dining room
and, standing In front of the diamond-shaped
looking-glass there, bad aimed his pistol at him
self aud fired thu Bhot that killed him.
The police wuro at a loss to find a reason for
the crime. Tho neighbors suppllud It. Decker
was crazy, thoy said. He had tried to kill his
wife before. Onco he had tried to throw her out
of a window, nnd they had Interfered and pre
vented it. Twlco bn had bcon sent to a private
asylum for the Insane In Stamford, Ponn., and
each time after a short stay had buun sent homo
as cured. Ho hnd only beou out of the aylu m
ten days. Tho women In the bouse said that his
Insanity Jed him to think that his wife was int
faithful to him, although thoy knew her to he a
woman of unquestioned good repute and de
voted to her husband In spite ot his malady
and to her child.
It was some time after tho shooting that Till
man Huelsiuatin and Ids wire nf 174:1 hirst
avenue came burn Ing to the house, very much
excited. Thev learned at the door that the
shunting had been dune, nnd HuelMuauu went
tothe Last r.lKhty-rlghth street police station.
Mrs. lluulsmnnu walked up und down the side
walk In trunt ol the house. She-said that tier
husband was a trlend of Becker and a member
of tbe same lodge, and that he had a little while
hefure received a letter from Becker sa Ing
that bn was going tn kill Himself nnd his wife.
ith ils wife he had started to the Becker
house, hoping to get then- in time to prevent
the shooting, llllid-maiui gavo his letter to tho
police. Il was as follows:
As 1 lound my wife last night with nnotllcial of
the Post (Jfhce, who lives on the Mime floor with
me. and as It Is Impossible for me to bear this
shame, 1 cannot live any longer. Astneiols
nothing -acred to my wire auu as 1 have sacr).
need my health and in) rea-nn for her. I knnw
of no better way than to send her Into eternity,
so that sho can have nu othur opportunity to
prove treacherous.
"1 do this act after long deliberation, as 1 have
come to the conclusion that my child has lost
his mother all endy. 1 tiegnfyou. m dear friend,
to do this last favor for me, to can- for him as
much as possible, and become his guardian, s-eo
that hn Is brougiit UP to be a goon und useful
man. Aa yoti know, 1 belong to a iod4c you nre
a member of, the Arbeiter Council, wiilch pays
S'.'.IO. 1 also belong lo the Huiuaullv, which will
see to It that mt body is cremated. 1 also belong
to the Waiters' Union.
"Tlie sums paid by this last union, ns well as
tho proceeds of my ftirnlturu and Jewelry, I will
to my sister, OL a Piueschku, .17 lltibeti street,
Bresluu, ticrmany. All othur money from
lodges, from Arbeiter Councd, of which my
wife was nlo a member, ui-o all moneys of
which 1 may be possessed, I will to my son
Filtz. It is my last vvlsu to send my son to my
sister In (iermuny. who will cheerfully take
care of him and be a good mother to him.
"To vou. tuv dear friend. I wul my diamond
stud and ring, and to liusiirc-tli.it you will surely
gel them I send the package by mall and ad
dress It tn jour wile, as I know you are not
home during the da. 'Hike this as a small
comnojsalloti, and fiel a--uieil that I ahvajs
esteemed ou as a sliicero und truthful friend.
Take my last greeting and thanks, and notify
the press nf the true motive of my action. Beg
ging ou once more to do thu best you cun for
Fred, I remain your aflectlouate friend,
" Max llLCKEn."
Therelsancmnloyeeof tho Post Office Depart
ment living lu thu house aud ou the-same floor
with tho Beckers. It was this man that Decker
evidently referred to. This man did not know
Mr. Becker and last night no was at work ut
station K In Last Eightv-slxth street until 12
o'clock, anil he was In bed l.i his ovn house
before 12:3t) o'clock, so that Beckor's accusation
Is ridiculous. Becker was out of work. The
boy Fred was removed to tho Wlllard Parker
Huspital last night. He is very 111.
l.oat Control of Her Horse.
Mrs. Hall of 221) West Forty-ninth street,
while sleigh driving In Central Park yesterday
afternoon, lost control of tbo horso on tho West
Drive, at Seventy. fourth street. Tlie animal
ran away, but Policeman Ilaney brought It tu a
standstill, aud Mrs. Hall, whu was uninjured,
drove home. ,
The Weather.
There wai a general rise yesterday of about 10 de
grees In th temperature lu the districts around tho
lower lakes and In the mlJille Atlanilo and New
England "tales. Kalr weather prevailed In ail dis
tricts, except for some cloudiness lu the lake btatet
and llftbt, local snow n western 2?cw York.
In this el'y the day was fair and rllgluly warmer;
hhjhest official lainperature 3f, luwest IB'i hu
midity Otl per cent.; vvlnd southwest, averago
velocity 18 miles an hour; barometer, corrected to
reau to sea level, at 8 A, 31, 110. Us, 3 1', 21. 3U. '.'(!.
The thermometer at tho United btatet Weather bu
reau rctflsterrd tlie temperature yesterday us follows!
nflj. Itjl.i Ml. MM.
DA. II M' 51'lfll'. M til)' (!!
IBM 88' UP. M Sll 6a
al'.Sl 3P M'liaJlld ill W
VorNow England, fair; decidedly colder: norther
ly winds.
or taitern Ktw )'or. air ami colder; northerly
Tor eaitern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Tela'
ware, generally fairs tlllhtly colder; northerly winds.
for the District of Columbia, Mar)la:id, and Vir
ginia, fair, but partly cloudy; slight change! Intern
peraturo; northerly winds.
Forwrtlcru NewVorx and western Pennsylvania,
generally lair, hut partly cluuuy weather; colder;
fresh to brisk northerly wluds. ildftlng to eaiterly.
The Sos received csterday si from SI L, for Mrt.
Itoae Ilawthornu hatlirop's wnrK among tbe tick poor,
troCoull. banker, at a.1 llrnadivoy, has obtained
an order from Justice Prior of thu .supreme court for
publication of summons la an action to recovtr (ft,
sbtfOllroin Uarielloll. llarllatl, the mining and In
solvent Italian nauker.
lohn J, Darling, V0 years old, of S3 h'orth Oxford
street, llruoslru. while at worx lu the blacttmnh
thop in the Navy Varj jesterday afternoon. w0,
Intlantlr killed by being caught lu ins belling of
the machinery.
The police of the Church street nation moved yes
terday from their ttttlou house to u schouinoute in
Trinity place, near llecior street, which tuey aro to
occupy until the Church street statlou house, whhh
wss reuderrd uussfe uy ins excavation for an adjulu
In bulldlur, hat bee a overhauled.
Sarah bcotl, HI jours old, a servant, employed by
lira. Klutslu Uurphj of S)i YVVti I wcuty fourth
tire t. wat arraigned lu the Jefferson Market I'ollou
Court yesterday on a charge or having stolen tl.uuo
wortn or dl won. Is aud lowe lr from her mistress.
The girl went nut on Friday afternoon, boon arier,
ward Mrs. Murphy mlsteu the jeneiry. aud at tlie
asrvant did not return, the police were informed, aud
the miss arrested. Magistrate Kudllch remanded ber
until vt-dty,
Cant, William F, Swasey. one of the oldest of
the California pioneers, died suddenly on Fri
day in San Francisco of heart disease. He
leaves a widow and four children, Swnsoy was
one of thn most familiar figures among the old
pioneers. Horn In Bath, Mo., In 1H3.1, he started
In 1848 with a man named Ido to lead a com
pany of gold seekers across tho plains to Call
fornla. The men arrived In Cnllfornla on Sept.
25, 1848. During thn tumultuous days follow.
Ing the ceding of California by Mexico tn the
United States. C'apt. Swasey served on Gen.
i Fremont's staff as assistant oommlssary.
The Captain was tho last survivor of
den. Fromont'a staff. He was tho last United
Stales Marshal for California prior to tho ad
mission of tbo State to tho Union. Cant. Swnsoy
was at Montorey at the raising of thu American
ling. At the breaking out of tho civil war he
enlisted tn n California regiment stationed at
Bonecla, and served until the surrender of (Icn.
Lee nt Appomattox. While In the army he at
tained the rank of Captain. A few years ago
Copt. Swasey wrote a book en'.ltleii "Early
1 ays tn California." in which lie recorded much
thai was utter ward used by historians lu writ
ing tho history or the State.
James Henry Hcroy, a well-known merchant,
dlod on Friday at his home. (Id West Forty
eighth street. Ho was born In this city on Juno
2T, 1H1H. Fifty .vears ago, under tlie llrm name
of lleiuy ii Marrener, lie established a glass
importing house at the cbrner of Clllf nnd lice!;,
man streets. Later the firm moved to Duatie
street, and thirteen years ago they established
themselves at 42d W est Broadway. Mr. Hcroy
was fur Ufty years the American representative
of Choco Hi os. it Co., plate-vlaet manufactur
ers, uf Birmingham. England. Mr. Heroy'B
tmrtner, Mr. .Mai roller, died several years ago.
Mr. Heroy wasiv member of tho St. Nicholas
Club and tho Huguenot Society.
Mrs. Anna Hanson Dorsey, the pioneer of
Cnlbolto literature in this country, who had
been lying dangerously III nt hur home In Wash
ington for the past two months, died on Friday,
Shu was bom in Ueorgoiown eighty-throe years
ago. Her father was the lato Kcv, William
McICenncy, a chaplain of the United Status
navy, Mrs. Horsey was honored by a personal
letter from Pius l.. und also from his Holiness
Pope Leo. A few Jears ago Cardinal Ulbbons
paid public tribute to her work ni d Its Influence
Ilia testimonial sent i.er In behalf of himself
and tbe hierarchy of America.
Mrs. Dennis U'Brlcu, wlfo of Judge O'Brien ot
the Court of Appeals, died ut her home tn Water
tow n, N. Y., on 1-rlday morning from Brtghl's
disease. Sho was born lu Nuw York city In
1814, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Edward McCahlll. She leaves, besides her hus
band, two suns, the oldest being Attorney hd
ward 1). U'Brlen nf Nuw York, and three dnugh
teis. Thu funeral occurs Monday at 11 A. M.
Mrs. Aldun Grout, 8(1 jcars old, widow of
tho Itev. Alden Grout, filed In Springlleld.
Muss,, yesterday, Mr. and Mrs, Grout were
pioneer missionaries to -oulh Africa stxty years
ugu, and were familiar wliu thu scenes written
ot by Haggard in " Nad a the Lily." Sho was
burn In Hidden, nnd was gradunled from Mount
llolyoke Seminary in 1HUH. Four children sur
vive. William Curran, for many years an employee
of Tin: sun, died suddenly of heart dlseaso on
Saturday morning at his residence, 212 East
JUTlh street. Mr. Curran was born In Bun
dnran, county Donegal, Ireland, in 1H41, and
came lo Ihlscounto many ears ago. He leaves
a widow, but tin children. His tuneral will take
place on Monday.
Dr. Cook Telia tbe Arctic Club lie Ilopen
to Start eioutb llefore Very Lane,
Dr. Frederick A. Cook, who was a member of
the Peary Arctic expedition of 1KU1.02, enliv
ened tho annual dinner of the Arctic Club at
Clark's rustautunt in West Twenty-third street
last night by telling the members, who are all
either explorers or students of Arctic explora
tion, that he expected soon to set forth on an
expedition to the Antarctic regions.
llusaid he was now beginning the work of or
ganizing his exploring force, and hoped to be
able to add to tho world's knowledge of the llt
tlo known Antnrcttc zone. Tinny c-ntuusiasta
applauded this announcement. Among them
were Prof. W. II, Brewer of Yale, President of
tho club; 11. Bic-durblch. nhu was with the
Greely expedition, und Capt. .1. Wall Wilson.
All three spoke, and speeches were also made
by Lteut.-Gov. J. I). Devvell of Connecticut
Prof. . C. Jillison. Prof. G. F. Wright of Opt
Hn College, H. L. Bridgman, Henry G, Bryant,
A. Opertl. and H. C. Walsh, r-ecretary of the
Arctic Club. The club dines once a year in the
holiday season to discuss the progress of polar
WorkluKmen Hnve No aloner Tor Pre.
cntaConilMlntn of Htinpltecper.
Behi.in. Dec. 20. The Christmas holidays
this year have oeen very much duller than for
many years past. Thn tradesmen have been
greatly dissatlslled at Ibo lack of holiday busi
ness in comparison with other years, and the
workingmen have been discontented at the
slackness of work and tho consequent scarcity
ot money with which lo provide their families
with tbe baro necessities of life, to say nothing
of the purchase, of Christinas goods. Added to
this stale of affairs, tbe damp, raw weather
which has prevailed tor the isrt few days and
blill continues has had a dispiriting effect upon
everybody, the absence of the old-time crisp
frosts at llirlstiuastlde having deprived the
period of Its usual glow of festivity.
Last Christmas tbe tradusmch complained of
bad business, but they alt agree In declaring
that Hits year it Is far wor.-e. It Is not the lacK
otuttractivo Inducements that retard shoppers
from buying. Thure was never a belter displuy
In the simp windows, nor was there ever so
tasteful au arrangement of holiday goods under
thu brllliam y of electric lights or a more elab
orate drapery of the stores. Nevertheless, tho
Jewellers anil all other trade-men who were re
lying upon reaping n linni-t through their
Christmas sales are complaining bitterly of
their Inability to du a satisfactory fir even a
modcraiu degree of business, and itlaonlyllie
cheuper toy shops and stores dealing lu fancy
ai Holes thai me doing an v business at all.
Though less money has boon spent In the pur
chase of Christmas presents, however, a great
ileal more than usual has heeu bestowed upon
thu absolutely destitute classrs. In addition to
those already existing two new night refuge
houses were opened ou Christmas Eve. where
yesterday food and clothing were distributed to
hundreds of distressed persons. The numbers
of bazaars In bohalf of various charities have
also been Increased, and bnuse t house collec
tions lu aid of poor children have been made,
lu con-equencu of this Increase in charitable
work there weru general Christmas treats of
dinners nt the asylums, prisons, casual sards,
soup kitchens, donatluus tu hospitals, &c. to a
degreo of beneficence beyond precedent. The
donations exceeded all previous J ears in re
spect of abundance, and the charities to which
they were devoted were much wider in scope.
Tbe Government Wnntn to Augment II, but
the Relchatns May Not Give the Money.
Beiilin. Dec. 20. There Is high authority for
saying that tbe War Ofllce la undecided whether
to present to tho Reichstag a bill asking for a
very largoly Increased credit for tbe augmenta
tion ot the artillery branch of the army at tho
present session nf the legislative body. The
Government is anxious to secure an enormous
credit fur the purpose uf carrying uut its plans
for the addition uf new artillery, hut there Is nu
certainty llial tho presenllteluhstag will grant It.
Gen, von dossier. Minister of War, tn the
course of a recuui address to the Budget Com
mission of thu Heichstng lu regard to a new gun.
which hu described as being superior to tlie
new Trench " (Janet " qulck.llriug gun, asked
thu members of tho commission to observe tho
strictest sectecy concerning the gun. hnmn In
discreet member, hnwever, disclosed the whole
plan of tin) gun, aud the Budget Commission
tias begun a searching inquiry with a view nt
ascertaining which ot its members has shown
himself limit lobe trusted with thu secrets of
the body.
Older Member or the llnuae of Commons
Want Them JCepluced with Men.
London, Dec, 2(1. The presence of women
waiters In thu terrace of thn House of Commons
has hern mado a renewed matter nf protest by
a number of thu older members. Tho "Kitchen
Coiumllee" has been strntiglv urged to go back
tu tho old system of mule waiters. '1 he coin
mltti'o Is divided: thu younger members deslro
to retain thu women waiters,
Hilgar In tbe West ladles,
, London, Dec 2tl, The special commission on
tho sugar industry in the West Indies has prl
vately taken evidence from the representatives
In Loudon of the morn important sugar firms.
The i oiuinisslnn has been asked by .Mr. Cham,
berlnln to innrlude tho Inquiry and report he.
foro thu end ot March.
A Ho j Ilscnpen From III Keeper.
A general alarm was tent out from Head
quarters ye-lctday directing the police to look
for Morris 1'errln, 10 years old, who est aped
from a keeper of the House of Itefugu on
Handall's Is. and, lie got away from the keeper
tin tun eh viitid mail station at Hotistun street
and the ll-wrry.
P.irrln had bun un Inmate of tho House of
Keiugo for several mouths. On 'Ihursday his
mother died at her home, 1)7 West Houston
street. Her funeral took place yesterday, and
tho boy was allowed to attend It under thu
escort of Keeper J. A, Crandall, llowason the
way back to mo Institution w hen ho captl, j
Tbe Irish Fnctlona nnd Unionist Landlords
Combine Against the Govrrnm-ni's lis.
lay In Iseallnc with Irish I'lnnnera
Criticising the Commission Report,
London. Doc, 20. Thoro aro abundant Itu'.
cations thnt despite tho Government's arrange.
ments Ireland will again take up tho larger
portion of Parliament's nttentlon. The coalU
tlon of Unionist landlords, atitl-Parncllltet, -
and P-rnellltos ngalnst the Govcrnmcnt'a de
lay In dealing with tho report of tho Flnanrlal
Commission hns most unduly surprised the
Government, forowivrnod ns It vns of the land
lords' dtscontont ovor tho Lnnd net, and tholr '.'
desire for lessened taxation from romo source. .
Tho landlords now ace In tho finding nf tha j
Financial Commls.lnn n firm luiL fur nn lm.
mediate revision of Ui.-.ntlun, and nre going to !'
seek to obtain it.
Thero la tho keenest contest nmong all tea. '1
Hens lo brine the question heforu Parliament. fy
Besides Mr. Dillon, Mr. John llcdmoud will Jjf
niovo nu amendment to the address asking th 'v, jEir
earliest redress nf the disproportion contrlb- (
Med by Irolnnd to tho Imperial exrhrqunr. A i
slmllnr nmendment will b moved In thn House, V
of Lords from the Unionist side. Considerable, - 4
Interest Is manifested in Parliamentary clrclea s
as to how tho Government will meet this do. 1
mand, banked, as It will be. by Nationalists and '
Unionists combined. ;
A reporter lenrna from n Ministerial source
that Mr. A. J. Ballnur a-id Sir Michael Hicks.
Beach nro desirous of ro-trvlng tlie concUslont
nf the Unancial Commission, and will ask the
Houso lo appoint iv special comrhltteo tn take
further evidence. Both Mr. Balfour and Sir
Michael HIcks-Bcach rely upon proving tho
correctness of the report of Sir David Harbour,
which Questioned the conclusions nf the ma
jority of the commission. They senm alio to
Intend .mpug.ilng llin evidence of financial
oxperta like -Mr Hubert Hamilton, Sir Hoberl
Gltlen. and Sir Alfred Mlluer.
English Tory organs aay that there was no
Just reproseutalou or Unionists on the commis
sion, and that therefore the report uf tho ma
jority was biased. There were, how ever. three
noted Unionists on the commission the O'Con
nor Don. Mr. O. Wolir. M. P.. and Mr. Charles
Martin, and among those who signed tho sup
plementary report, uml Ferrer. Lord Welby,
nnd Mr. Currle. who practically confirmed tns
commission's findings, aro only Home Huleri
under limitations.
Further. If tho Government seeks experts to
overturn tho ovh'ence uf Sir Rohort Hamilton
nn Sir Robert GlfTeti it mast go far afield to
find them. Sir Robert Hamilton is dead. Sir
Hobert Glffrn Is an eionr.niHt first and a politi
cian a long way after with a dogmatic obstl
nncr of opinion onco It Is formed that Is al
most Impossible tn shako. Tho Houre mar
for the reasons here indicated decline to ap
point a select committee and support the Na
tionalists In demanding early legislative action.
Tbe War In Which Some T.rndUe Persona B
Spent Their Chrlefmae. B
London, Dec. 20. Christmas was fine and U
mild. Most of the leading men In political Ufa sfl
put all thought of affairs of State behind them jl
and hied them away either to their own country 9
residences or to houses where they had been In. 9
vlted to spend Christmas. Prime Minister Sails. U
bury spent tho day at Hatfield House, his home an
in Hertfordshire, where there was only a small I
family party, owing to tho fact that the March-
lonossot Salisbury Is still ailing. Lord balls. H
bury and bis wife will start for tbe Riviera on fl
Jau. 7, where his Lordship will remain until th fl
opening of Parliament. iH
The Duke of Devonshire, President ot th JH
Council, entertained a number of guests at tL
Cbatwurth House, In Derbyshire. B
Mr. Bal ur is spending a few days at Whit- j
tlngham. Scotland, and Mr. Joseph Chamber- fl
lalnlsathla home, Highbury, Moor Grceu, Sir- ftfl
During the Christmas holidays the Prince and H
Prtncissof Wales aie entertaining at I Sandrlng H
ham only tho Duke and Duchess of Fife (l'rin- H
cess Louise nt Wales) und others Immediately JH
within tlie family circle. The Princess ot (H
Wales was at Marlborough House, hor London VB
residence, until Monday last. She was engaged
In shopping in company with her daughter.
Princess Victoria, and Princess Charles of
Denmark, Most uf their purchases were
Christmas presents, of which they bought a
very large quantity.
The Queen has received her nsual Christmas
present of a boar's head from her grandson. 111
German Emperor. Ills Mujesty also sent two '
Immense hampers of German cakes and confeo
The Duke of Saxe-Cohurc nnd Gotha (th
Duke of Edinburgh) has sent to his brother
number of cases of wine and sweetmeats. Th
Queen, although now practically a total ab
stainer from Intoxicating drinks, takes a glass -of
a kiud nf rare'lokay on special occasions
such as Christmas.
Princess Beatrice (Princess Henry of Batten,
berg) is passing the holidays with the Queen nt
N tndsor Castle, as are also the Duke and Duch
ess of Conuaught. thu Maruuis and Marchioness
of Lome, and the Duchess nf Albany.
Cols. White nnd Grey Released. IIbtIbb
bcrved Tbetr Terras of Imprisonment.
London. Dec. 20. CoL II. F. White aud CoL
R. Grey, who, together with Dr. L. S. Jameson,
Major Sir John Willoughhy. and Mnjor R. 1
White, weru convicted of participation in th -'i
raid led by Dr. Jameson Into the Transvaal on -,1
Dec. 31, 181)3, were released from Hollowar
Jail this morning, their sentences of flv V
mouths each having expired. Major R. Whit '
and Major Sir John Wlllnughby nro still la ,'
prison. Major White, who was sentenced to 3
soven months' Imprisonment, has still two '.
months to serve, and Major Willoughhy, who ,j?J
was sentenced to ten months' corvfnement, will $!
hove to serve live munths longe,, unless tho si
Homo Secretary lnteivenes to shorten their ,!
terms. em
Dr. Jameson, the leader of the rntd, who was "wai
sentenced tn fifteen months' imprisonment, was ''5
released from Hollowuy Jail on Dec. 2 on 00- ,vM
count ot 111 nealth. and is now being treated at 4&1
a private sanitarium. -(My
Capt. Coventry received a sentence of flv 3X3
months' Imprisonment, but was released from 'I , l
Hollovvay Jail In tho latter part of August, th ,U3
prison doctors certifying that further confln. Ax it
ment would endnngor his life. ., -II
DoIbes or the Imperial Family at the Iots -'T'U
dnm Pulnce. 'hgi
BEnblN, Dec. 20. The Emperor's two eldest m
sons. Crown Prince William and Prince Eltel tU
Frederick, arrived at the new palace at Potsdam 1
on Tuesday from Pioen College, w here they ar Jf'sk
pursuing their studies, for the purpose ot enjoy. ' 1
Ing the holidays with their parents. On Cbrltt- if,
mas eve the Imperial family and the servants of
their household assembled In thu ante. room of 1
the apartments of the Empress, wkere the Era Jj
press and ber children prescntod tho domestic I
belonging 10 thu household with gifts.
The Emperor and Empress with the who! i
court, and Prince and Princess of Schnumburo M
Llppe, then dined In thu Marblo Hall of lb jH
palace. Af S o'clock In the afternoon th
Chrlsltnns trees weru lighted and tho present
were dispmyed In thu grotto nf the saloon. '
Consplctiuus upon the Emperor's tablo was an
lmmeno silver goblet und a carved 1 lock llv
feet high from the Grand Duchnsa of linden,
lliu Emperor's aunt. Tlie Imperial children rail
nbuut thesulnuii In high glei-, showing ihv mem-
ber of Ihoniiirt tho prcsHiitsihey had reci Ivod. J
The Emiiress Frederick Isspcnillngllii'CnrliU o
mas holidays with her sou, I'm, en Henry of
Prussia and his wife. Princess Irene, at Kiel.
Germanjr Joined to Hnuth America by Cm!
Bkiii.in, Dec. 2(1. A submarine cnblo haa '"
been completed from Emden, Prussia, to Vigo,
Spain, which lluks tlie German telegraphlo
system with tho South American and othor aiitr
systems. Capital hns been fnrnl-hcd by an JlPS,'
Angln-Gormnn syndicate for thet 'instruction of fcjfet
the llrst sect Ion nf a submarine table bo wuen ?0V
Germany utid the United Stales via the Aores. 'QsJL
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