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LP I B" QuSQBfiHBMByMHl MM I L Threatening weather to-day and colder; 'ufM I S3linKTPBTlBg f WW' W W - winds becoming northwesterly. 7OHI S "lOL LXV.-NO. 122. NEW YORK, FRIDAY. DECEMBER 31. 1897. -COPYRIGHT. 180T. DY THE SUN PRINTING AND PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION. PRICK TWO CENTS. llHS I SAFE GUTTED, CASH GONE. gXTtlAOIlDiyAIir nOUBERT OF JA.&. "p M'HKSni' TltVBT ESTATE. Ber Rsllli'a Canfldeatlal Man Hlsslas; nlth All tka Book nnd Deed and All feat 1 (to rthe Bank Balance-Raised Ilia Sal. it, Atl Cheek rrosrcMlvely far Tare Mentha. J 5? ' Tie safe and ths office of the American dotes Association, the trustee of all the i American property and estates of James Mc- Hcnrv andT. Kennard of Erie Railway tame, ' wero robbed yesterday, and Joseph Lockler. the f''l bookteeptr and confidential clerk employed by the association, has disappeared. In addl- ' dltlou to tho looting of the offices and the "i safo, the bank account of the concern has A been rebbed of thousands of dollars by means of 1 rstsod :hecks. ud when it was examined yes- m tsrday It was found there was only $70 left. i;'l Even Ue bant book was missing. Something JH llko 300 pounds of books, deeds, bonds, J and other papers and everything that the Aaerlcan Estate Asssooiation poa- aessed that was In tho office of the concern oxceot thu oQlce furniture Is (rone and overy cent from the bank except the 970. What the ' total amount of cash stolon Is Is not known nt present, but It U well up In the thousands, and . tho deeds and other papers represent hundreds f thousands of dollars more, though they aro not negotiable Toe office ol the American Estates Associa tion are at 162 Broadway on the third floor. The association occupies the whole, floor. Tho American Estates Association was organized 4 years atro to take charge of the Amerloan estates et McIIenry and Kennard. The trustees of the association are Thomas P. Fowler, Pre!- dent of tbo New York, Ontario and ' Western Railroad, and E. 0. Perkins , head of the law firm of Perkins & Jackson, at US Broadway. James McIIenry and T. Ken- ( nsrd built the New York, Pennsylvania and Ohloltallroad.whlchlsnowapartof theEriesys- tern. They were Identified with Erie daring the A troubles of X871 and 1872. During tho building a of the New York. Pennsylvania and Ohio they J acquired large properties In various parts of J the country, chiefly In the shape of valuable ft mineral lands In western Pennsylvania, West i Virginia, and Ohio. They acquired also a great A ' deal of Improved real estate. James A. RelUy was confidential man for ; James McIIenry, and when the estates, rcpre- ,: sentlng sevoral millions of dollars, were put In A the hands of tho Trustee Association, Mr. Rellly v became tho manager of the association. The association has hod hut two confidential clerks f and bookkeepers In Its history. The first served (3 thirteen years and retired to go Into another s business. He was succeeded seven years ago by l' Joseph Lockler. Lockley Ured In 122d street with his mother. ' lie was employed by the manager of the Ameri- can Estates Association on the recommendation of his brother, who was employed In Cable's restaurant In Broadway, where Mr. Rellly used to lunch. Ho was an exemplary young man. Ho had no vices. Ha was i ; shocked at the sound of an oath. He - occasionally talked of poverty and said he was the sole support of his mother. He had the ab- soluto confidence of his employer, who often j lent him money. There never was tho slightest ' ground to suspoct anything wrong. jl The association makes Its accounting four tn ume a year to the trustees for the owners of JM the estate. Lockley ha been employed for a weak on ba accounting for the fourth quarter , v of 1897rMr. Rollly told the police yesterday ' m that he went home shortly after 3 o'clock -yi Wednesday afternoon, leaving Lockley In tho 4 office. before going ho looked over some of tho j work and suggested some changes, whloh Lock- i ley cheerfully said he would make. ' J Mr. Rellly reached the office yesterday morn- lng at 0 o'clock. Lockler was not there. Ho I should have been there at 8. Mr. Rellly waited J until 0:30, and then looked up the memoran- x dum of the combination of the safe and went to 5 work at the sate. Ho worked half' an hour. He couldn't do anything with It. Lockley didn't come. Mr. Rellly began to suspect, nhd ho went to tj the bank where tho association keeps its ac- count. He knew there were several thousand 1 dollars tbefotothe credit of the association. Ho asked what the balance was, and tho clerk looked It up ana said blandly: " Seventy-nine dollars, Mr. Rollly." "Whew)" whistled Mr. Rellly. "Let me see mr book. It's here." The clerk looked for U, "No," he said. "It must boot your office." Next Mr. Rellly wantod to seo somo of his cancelled checks. Tho first one that he got a glimpse of was drawn to the order of Joseph Lockley and called for 99,307,70. It waa dated Nov. 30. It was duly signed by Mr. Fowler and Mr. Perkins as trustees, and It I looked all right until It waa examined closely. It had been raised from $30. It was the salary check of Mr. Lockley for the month of November. Mr. Rollly looked back further. There was a check dated the last day of October. It called for $750. It bad been raised from 950, like tho other. A further search brought to light a check dated the last day of September. It called for 8250. It had been raised from 50. There was a row right there and then. Tho J bank officials said It wasn't their fault. Tho I checks were all right on their face. Mr. Rollly wanted to know if tho bank officials had any Idea that on association like tho American Es tates Association would be likely to draw a check In favor of a $30-o-month bookkeeper in it em ploy for 95,307,70. After this, as he told the police, he hurried back to his office and sent word to the Marvin Safo Company to send a man to open his Safe, The safe Is a big double-door affair mode of chilled steel and burglar proof, Tho professional safe opener tinkered with the combination a moment and then said: "Why, It' plugged; that's what's the matter with It, There's only one n ay to open it that' to cut It open." Bo ho went to work at it. He smashed all bis f t tools on It nnd half of a new set beforo ho finally 1 succroded In getting into It. He and Mr. Rellly Pdrcd through the hple. The safo was empty. Not a book, not a scrap of paper was In sight. Tbesats opener got the doors open. In a little hole on the Inside of the door, back of the combination, was an Iron plug. That plug was all there was In the safe. The strong box and the compartments for deeds and valuable papers were empty. There wasn't even any dust In Jh'ni, They had been cleaned absolutely. The booKs and papora of tho association had been so wiiti that Mr, IUIDy had contemplated buying other siifo; but not a paper was left, Mr. Itcillj called In DetoUlie Sergeant Dunn o! the Wall ttrcet dctectivo squad. He told him what had happened. The Janitor camo In andwiw promptly held up nnd questioned. Hod '' '' Mr, Lockle I Certainly, be had seen nlu) .Mr, ixjikiey uad j,,,, ftrolllli earlier than ual, and had carrlod out several heavy pack- ei. The last one was ut 8:30 o'clock. Ho U1 spoken pleasantly to the Janitor. Thtf jnl- Mr renumbered that on Tuesday night ho had '"" Mr- kley in tha offloo later than usual, ,f.,''erov,u'Jouiigmau about bis own ago H ! l Tbelrt talking. When they went H oLtthiy appeared to be In a great hurry. The Li i or algo rem(-mlrel that on Wednesday "' '""WW Lockley in theofflco at 0 o'clock. It siiii i ' ,'ockloJr WM "'one, and he had two H of ,'Ulcb' the Jn"or "W ee, were full H h!J i ' Tho Amlcan Estates Assoclstlon ' H arr.i.Mer 1iitUo1 Inquiry Into Its private H ,. I, y tho Jn'lor. so he supposed It .S t- , , "" reht uit didn't pay any attention , :M aAJr ,l,y oxte'lt t0 "o"0" ""at when he did go H '" n" hti ne two satchels with him and they lookod heavy. Tho Janitor remembered next that Lockley bad arrived at tho office at the unusually early hour of 7 o'clock yesterday morning, and hod started right ntwork. Tho fact that ha carrlod out several big and heavy bundle didn't arouso any Interest In the janitor's mind or in the minds of any of tho tenants In the building. That was all tbo Janitor remembered, and the detectlvo took Mr. Rellly to Police Headquar ters, where, behind locked doors, he toldCapr, McClusky tho story. He told the Captain that he couldn't Imagine what Lockley bad taken tho books nnd papers for. Among the books wire several ledgers, each so big that one was a load for a man to carry. They were of no uso at all to anybody except the American Estates Associ ation. Tho deeds were useless to anybody ex cept tho ownora, and Lockley knew that. There was not one of the papers, either, that was negotiable. " Perhaps," said Mr. Redly to tho Captain, "ho had an idea that thoy wero so valuablo to the association that we would agreo not to pros ecute him If be would return them." The Captain said he thought there might be something In that. Mr. Rollly also told the Cap tain that the check book of tho American Estates Association had bean kept all right, and th bank book. Ho had himself kept close track of thorn, and they were always correct. He hod not thought of tho pos sibility of two bank books being kept, one for his inspection, kept by the bookkeeper. and the gonulno one which he didn't seo. When the Captain asked him about the amount of money that was missing Mr. Rellly said be could not for tho llfo of htm toll, but It wo up In the thousands. He said that thoro wero soveral chocks for largo sums out, and he didn't know whethor or not they had reached tho persons they wero intended for or not. One of these, he told the Captain, was for something over 91,000, which had been mado out to tho order of the Tax Collector of Jersey City. He did not romember the others. Lockley mndo out all the checks, and they were O K'd by tho manager and went to tho trustees, who signed them. Thev came back to Lockley signed, and ho was supposed to send them out a soon as he got them, except, of courso, his own salary check. The doctoring w as done after the checks come back signed. Tho check book was always straight. The description that Mr. Rollly gave of Lockley to the police was this: "Nearly 0 feet tall, dark complexloned, clean shaven, dark hair, dark eyes, rather high choek bones, smooth spoken and nevor known to hava any vice or to use bad words." "Why," said Mr. Rellly to tho Captain, "he was the most moral, the most truthful, the most upright and tho best young man I ovor met" Regarding his family connections Mr, Rellly told the Captain that Lockley had two brothers who kept a restaurant In Eighth avenue and anothor brother In a downtown restaurant. Ho said he guessed Lockley had boen backing the restaurant uptown. Tho directory gives "Jo seph Lockler, eating house, 200 Eighth ave nue, h. 200 West 122d," Indicating that Joseph ran tho restaurant, A Sun reporter who inquired at the restaurant last night was told that It waa owned by a young woman, a cousin of Lockley, and that be waa very often there, but that ho badn't been around for three days. At 200 West 122d street the Janitor said that Lockloy had moved to Flatbush two months ago. and hod left no address. Mr. Rollly told Copt. McClusky that Lockley often talked of his mother and often spoke of how poor he was. Lockley had frequently bor rowed money of him and had always returned it promptly. The police believe' that Lockley hod a wagon or a cab somewhere near the Broadway office yesterday morning and that he loaded the books Into it and drove away. They haven't any clue to his whereabouts at all. They also think there was another man in the Job, but they haven't any idea who he could be. The stoamer Finance sailed for Colon at 10 o'clock yesterday morn ing. Thomas P. Fowler, one of the trustees of the association, lives in Enslewood. E. C. Perkins, the other one, lives in Ploinfleld, and Mr. Rollly lives In Bayonne. Ho was seen thero late last night by a Sun reporter, but declined to say anything further than that the matter was la the hands of tho police, and that they bad Instructed him not to make ltpubllo because publicity might interfere with their plans. THROWN DOWN ST A IBS AND KILLED. raver O'Xell Victim or a Contlaneas Mixed Ale Parly Quarrel. About 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon Mrs. Rees, who lives on tho second floor of the tene ment at 1430 Avenue A, heard a crash In the hall as though somo one had fallon down stairs. She looked out and saw Patrick O'Nell, a paver, of 1403 Madison avenuo, prostrate on the bot tom step. Sho looked up the stairs and saw the face of a man peering over tbo baluster. Tbo roan saw hor, and he ran into a room on that floor and slammed tho door. Mrs. Rees concluded that O'Nell bod been thrown down stairs. She bunted up Landlord Charles Finneran, who examined O'Nell and found that he was dead. Ho then called In Po liceman Tblel, who rang for an ambulance. The surgeon said 0,'NeIl's neck bad been broken. Up stairs in the room whore Mrs. Rees saw the man disappear. Policeman Thlel found five men. He arrested them all. They wero William Covno of 032 Second avenue, Thomas Kelly or 1135 First avenue, Thomas Morgan of 157 Knst Fifty fourth street, Danlol Harrington of 220 East 113th street, and a man who said his name was IJletrlch Mitchell, the pollco say Mitchell's real name Is Daly. He was the tenant of the room wbiro the crowd had gathered. Although all of them deny that O Nell had been with them, the police suspoct them of hav ing quarrelled with him, and with having thrown him down tho stairs. For tho last weok a mixed alo party has boon going on there, and O'Nell has been a dally attendant Finneran saw him enter the house during the morning, i and O'Noil told his wife when he left borne that he was going thoro. Mitchell's wife was also arrested last nlgbt and locked up with tho others at tbo East Fifty-first streot police station. DAJIY JllIINOCF.nOS A. OOOD SAILOR. Not Rick a Day en Ibe Winter Voyase Hither torn Singapore. Capt. Thompson and tho officers and men of the steamship Macduff aro full of the spirit of speculation. It runs mostly to soOlogy. Tho Macduff trades between New York and ports of the Orient, and every tlnio she comes here sho has a collection of animals and birds gathered br the crew on the way. The animals are bought from East Indian natives, ususlly at Singapore, where the Macduff stops for coal. Tho Macduff got here yesterday with Its first rhlnocoros, a baby 7 months old, about as hig as a Newfoundland dog, but much more rotund. The skipper made a pet of tbo rhinoceros, letting her toddle about the dock on the few pleasant days before the ship ran Into frosty North At lantic weather. She lived on oranges and sweet potatoes, and was not sick u day, evon when tho Macduff was plunging Into stiff seas. Other animals in tbo oolleotlon are two fierce black panthers that lived pa goats and chickens on the trip; two cassowaries, fourteen Japanese dogs, four very big monkeys, three very little monkejs, nnd two ordinary monkeys. Thero wero originally seventeen dogs, but one fell oorbonrd In a storm nnd two died. Animal dealer Hums bought most of o "enagerle. Some of the dogs wero sold to fanciers for ?BO Airti. Mid the UulU r esel Burasa at Sm. BOSTON, Dec. 30. Tbo Hamburg-American lino steamer Arcadia. Capt. Pietscb, from Ham burg with a genoral cargo, arrived heio this morning. Capt. Plctsch reports that at noon yes U?d"y. about 100 miles cast of Boston Light, no passed within five miles of the wreck of a large vessel, about 1.500 tons register, dismasted and burned to the water's edge. Tho wreck was itlll smouldering. Hal Co., Dnlii at Kxirt Prleu. Com and se them. 15 alone st , next I'rodac Ex- .tdv. GEN. FITZGERALD RESIGNS. A BXmPRIBD ATA. DINNER OITEN TO orriOERH or ma coxuand. It Was the Fortieth Anniversary or Mis KalLt neat The gpeach Announcing Ills Retina Ilea A larermal Talk an Matlenal Cuard Reorganlsallen ties, fllwerala'a Reesrd. Gen. Louis Fitzgerald, commander of tho First brigade of the National Cluard, sprang a sur prise on the commanding officers of tho brigade nnd the members of bis staff by announcing his resignation at a dinner which ho gavo last evon lng at bis residence at Lexington avenue and Thirty-fifth street to -celebrate tho fortieth an niversary of his enlistment. Wbon Gen. Fltz-l-erald aroso to his foet af tor tho dinner and re quested silence tho guests thought that he was about to proposo a toast. To their profound attonlshment he snoko as follows: "It has boon known for a long tlmo that my retirement from he Nationtd Quard has been deferred until I should have cnmplotod, or Jave seen completed, the several muttora whlcl', .ave always been deemed of vital linportanco to the wplf ira and future prosperity of tho organiza tion, namely: A psrsds ground suitably situated and of a capacity to prot Ids for th handling of the satire brigade at onoet The arming of ths brigade with a rtfla more sor vleeablx thin the llomlngtom '" The return on the part of the brigade to dlitlnetlre uniform, for tho aeparate command., an I The erection of suitable army t ulldlnu la the City of New York for ths entire command "All of thoso matters havo boon brought to a successful Issue; tho two commands of the brlgado not yet supplied with armories have sites selected for them and boards have been organized for tho acquisition of tho property. I may thcreforo say that my tasks havo boen ful filled, and on this, tho fortieth anniversary of my enllstmont In tho National Quard, I surronder the trust received at your hands and which I have held so long, and I bat o forwarded to tho Commandor-ln-Chief tho resignation of my com mission. " The numbers, discipline, and efficiency of tho First Brigade wero never greater or In a hlgbor state of perfection than now, and tho obedience, rcspoct, and affection that you havo givon to your commander have been most gratifying. It has boen my constant thought for years that tho National Cluard of tho State would bo made more efficient as a whole by a reorganization that would give to It a permanent commanding officer, and that the men should serve In tbo hlghor grades with the same spirit, enthusiasm, and love of service, without compensation, that havo actuated us, and I am now assured by those in authority that legislation Is contemplated embodying the Ideas that I havo so earnestly advocated. It Is hoped that tho details of such reorganization will bo carried out In the spirit of the proposed leglslathe enactments. The fulfilment of my hopes in this respect will bo the work of thoso who succeed mo; and with the confident expectation that faithful service to tho State and subserviency of personal interest may bo the rule of the National Guard officers in tho future as they have been In the past, I bid you an affectionate and cordial farewell." During the delivery of this announcement Gen. Fitzgerald was visibly affected, especially toward the close, when ho spoko of saying fare well. His eyes grow dim and his volco trem bled. A number of those present also showed signs of being deeply moved. At tho conclusion of the General's remarks everybody looked Joward Col. William Seward, who as senior ins Colonel of the brigade was cxpeoted to xnnke-tplir..nThls tbo commandant of tho Ninth dteV-Horllke th. General, Bhowrd traces of emotion a he spoke. He referred to tho. prog ress made by tho Guard In this city during the Incumbency of Gen. Fltzirorald and paid a high compliment to Gen. Fltrgcrnld's oxccutlvo ability. Col. Heward was frequently interrupt ed by applause. After the formal reply had boen delivered by Col. Seward others of tho company expressed their sentiments in regard to the retiring com mander, and It was nearly midnight before tho lost speaker had concluded his eulog) on their old superior. The following officers made up tho company that satdown at dinner: Brigade staff Lfeut, Col. Stephen II. Olln, Assistant Adjutant Gen eral; Major Robert V. McKIm, Purgcon; Major Paul Dana, Ordnnnco Olllt.cr; Major Augusta P. Montante. Inspector; Major David Crocker, Inspector of Rlflo Practice; Major Henry Sayre Van Duzer, Judge Advocate: Major Aery Delano Andrews, Engineer; Major W. Emleu Itoosevelt, Quartermaster; Mujor Oliver Ilnrrl man, Jr., Commissary of Subsistence; C.iuL William Bay Coster, afdo-do ramp. Regimental Commanders Col. Daniel Apple ton, Seventh Regiment; Col. Henry Chauncct, Jr., Eighth Regiment; Col. William Seward, Ninth Itoglmcnt; Col. MeConkrr Butt, Twelfth Regiment; Col. iranklln Bartlett, Twenty-icc-ond Regiment, and Col. Francis Vinton Greene, Seventy-first regiment. Other commanding officers present were: Major Charles F. Hoe, Squodron A; Capt. Louis Wendel, First Battery: Capt. David Wilson, Second Battery; Capt, Homer W. Hedge, Signal Corps. The only absentees were Col. Gcorgo Mooro Smith of the Sixty ninth Regiment, who was at tho Mayor's dinner, and Capt. 8yd noy J. Smith, nlde-do-camp on the Genoral's Btatf, who Is In Europe. Tho only guest present outsldo of the commanding officers of regiments and members of the staff was Liout.-Col. William II. Klpp of the Seventh Regiment, whom Gon. FiUgerald wishod to have present to represent his old regi ment, the Seventh, Col. Klpp having nntodatid tho Gonoral's onllstment by two months. Col. Appleton sat at Gen. Fitzgerald s right. In com pliment to the host's old regiment. The guests wero nil desirous that tha General should give bis views on tbo proposed reorgani zation, and before the corapaii) broke up ho gave an Informal talk on tbo reorganization, in which bo suggested a number of changes. Among them wero these: That tbopcrmanont Mujor-Genernl should servo without pay, mak ing his headquarters wherever ho pleased, and that ho should havo served at least ton yoars as a Held o Ulcer In command of troops; that there should be a separation of the command of the troops from the executive management nt Albany; that brigade commanders and their staffs should bo allow ed to havo more latlludo with Incroased responsibilities; that there should be only one division for the entire State; that all tho separate companies of the State should beorgamzed Into regiments and hitUl Ions; that members of the guard or United States Army who have bad practical experience should alone be eligible to appointment to dUIslon and brigade staffs. The General thought that the First Brigade should bo divided Into two brigades, as It Is almnat double the size of any other brlgado In the State. In Gon. Fltzgirald'a opinion tbo staff of the Commander In Chief should consist of an Adjutant-General, who should rank as Ilrlgadler-Qencral: a Quartermaster nnd a Jucfo-Advocate, who should rnnU ns Colonels, and four aides who should rank as LleuUnant Colonels Tho General said that he would add to the Military Colo a provision giving to the Major-1 eneral the right to appoint or detail as assistants In the Adjutatit-uonoral's depart ment, as well ns the Inspector General's depart ment and tha department of rlflo prnctlce. officers who should rccehe coy and doioteall tbelr tlmo to their military duties. After the dinner a gentleman conversant with the affairs of the National Guard sail: "Although nothing In the announcement of his resignation or In his Informal talk concern ing bis views on reorganization could lie con strued as an attack on or even a criticism of general headquarters, the gtiosts oxchangrd significant looks when tho General In his farewell remarks referred to the 'legisla tion embodying tho ideas that I hate so earnestly advocated.' Iho modesty of tho Generals claim In saving that he had merely advocated these changes did not rsrape tho auditors, Thoy ri-merabored how ho bad fought for them forje.ira In the face of opposi tion nt Albany, and the conclusion was appar ent to thoso who bad In mind tho recent attempt to shelvo the General at Albany that bin Ideas were going to he appropriated, while he lilmsolf would be deprived of tho opportunity of carry ing out these t ery Ideas as Major 0 ncral. " It Is generally understood that Geu. Fitzgar aid would estconi It a great honor to n reh e the appointment of Major General If for no other reason thun that he could thus put Into effect the reforms which he has stood for all these years, ills announcement nt tho dlnnor that those reforms of his were to bo taken up by othirswlll undoubtedly causa his friends to make every effort to see that the Major General ship Is tendered him. As a result or the feeling a petition will probably be circulated for pre sentation to the Cocrnorfor tho uppointment ofOeu. Fllrgcrald. "A rumor was orculalod this afternoon that Adjt.-Gon. Tllltnghaat nns favoring tbo solco ttonof Major Roo of New York or Gen. Robert Shaw OII er of tbo Third Brigado at Albany for Major General. This moio on tho part of general headquartors l conddorod an at tempt to let Gen. Tilllngbast down easily from hi aspiration for tho place biju- self. Gen. Tilllngbast hss said In the last fow days that, bo wa not after tho place, but this attitude of his Is said to bo Iho result of the storm of Indignation that swept over the First Brigade last week whon it waa learned that thero was an Intention to shelvo Fitzgerald and elevate Tllllnehast, It Is now known that a fortnight ago Gen. Tilllngbast de clared that a Major-General had already been dotermlned upon, and that man was not Gen. Fitzgerald." , ,. The resignation of Oen. Fitzgerald will tern- Eorarllr place tho brigade in command pf Col. oward of the Ninth Regiment, The action to be taken by tho Htnff of tho brlgado commnndor Is not vet known. Their commissions are Inde pendent of tho General's Incumbency, but It 1 generally understood that thcyvnlll offer tholr resignations. . . ., Gen. Fitzgerald's record has been a dis tinguished one, both in tho army of the United States nnd in the National Guard. Ho enllstod as a private In Company C. Seventh Regiment, on Dec, 30, 1857, nnd was promoted corporal In Januarj, 1800, and sergeant In Fobruary of the sameyor, Ilo went into the United States servlco on June 3, lBOLraarchod with his com pany to t ho defence of Washington In 1801. and on the mturnof the Seventh entered tho Ells worth Zouaves ns a First Lieutenant, For hi; gallantry at Bull Run he was promoted Captain, but resigned hi commission In Sep tember and returned to tho Sotenth to ac cept a Ssind Uculenancy and subsequently a First Llou'onanoy In Company E. In January, 1802. ho btcame Adjutant of tho Fortieth Npw Ynrlr VnluntMm nnrt far orallantrv witb thl regiment,, at tho battlo of Fair Oaks ho was again prtvuttcd Captain, and during tho penin sular campaign as Provost Marshal and aldp-de-camn to Gen. Phil Kearny and Gen. Blrnoy s First Dlvislin. After Kear's death ho served ns atdt do-camp to Gen. Blrnoy and Gen. Foster In tho campaigns In North Carolina and South Carolina. Kentucky and Tennessee. He resigned In July. 1804. but again ontered tbo servlco as Mnjo. and subsequently as Lleutcn-ant-Colonol of tho First Mississippi Volunteers, district of Vlcksburg, in January, 1805. and af ter a month's sen Ice washonorably dUcharged. Going back Into tho Seventh Regiment his next high post was thatof Adjutant, to which he was appointed by Col. Clark. Ho beenrao Lieu tenant Colonel Nov. 0. 1870, and for six months was In command of tho regiment whllo Col. Clark was temporarily In command of tho Third Brigade. Theso six months marked several Important ovents in the history of tho regiment. During thnt time tho new armory was opened and other Improvements established. He became Brigadier General by appointment on March 28. 1882, at tho reorgani zation of tho Guard In 1B80 was rendered super numerary, and on Aug. 20 of that year was eloctod brigade commander, from which tlmo ho has servod continuously. TRACTION AND THE TUNNEL. Metropolitan Company Bxamlnlnc Ratlmates and Considering That 8 5. 000,000 Band. Tho Rapid Transit Railroad Commission gave out a tunnel boom story yesterday. The story came In the form of a typewritten statement from Secretary Lowls L, Delaflold as follows: " Mr. Alcxandor E. Orr, tho President of tho Rapid Transit Board, authorizes tho publication of tho following ststomont: 1 ho Rapid Transit Board will not act upon the doclslon of th Appellate Division or mako application to tho court until full opportunity shall havo beon given to nil parties who may wish to becomo bidders to ascertain what can probably bo dono nbout sccurltj nnd to make othor suggestion to tho hoard. The board must also comploto Its Inquiries among those, llko surety companies, who aro especially fittod to give Information on tho subject of guarantees such as tho court has suggested. Inqulrlus are being mndo of the board by thoso proposing to bid, nnd tho field of probnblo competition Is broadening. Among others, the parties In con trol of tho Metropolitan Street Railway Com pany havo seriously taken up the subject. They aro examining the question of security nnd their engineer aro estimating on tho cost of construction." The important part of this Is tho assertion that the Metropolitan Street Railway Company, which now controls so mnnyof New York's sur faco roads, would become a Didder to build nnd operato tbo tunnel rood. It was intimated when tho statement was mado public that Thomas F. Rjan or John D. Crlmmlns could toll about tho now syndicate They confirmed Mr. Delafleld's statements. Said Thomas. Ryan: " It Is true that the gentlemen most largely Interested In tbo Motronolitan Street Railway Company aro considering the question of bid ding for tho contract to construct and oporato tho proposed rapid transit road. Thoy havo ro auostcd tho engineers of tho company to ex amine tho plans and estimate on tho probablo cost of construction. Of courso no conclusion has been reached as yet and no corporato uctlon has been taken. We think that if such a road can ho operated profitably at all It can ho so dono In connection w Ith surfaco roads which will collect and distribute Its passengers through a transfer Bystem. This would evi dently bo tho most beneficial to tho public Wo don't antlclpnto any mmcuity in giving mo bo curlty required in caso wo tako the contract." Mr. Crlmmlns was found nt tho Ilotol Savoy. Ho said that ho had nothing to add to Mr. Ry an'B statement. When nskod about tho giving of a 915,000,000 bond, ho said that It was a sec ondary consideration, but ho was not moro ex plicit regarding It, Mr. Orr said that everything regarding the progress of tho work under chargo of tbo Rapid Transit Railroad Commission was progressing In a good and satisfactory nay, and that ho hoped they should bo prepared soon to go beforo tho Appellate Division with their facts. GOT A JILUE GRASS It RIDE. Banker Dunnerman Asked Friends Is Help Hint Uet One ATeddlna Wm lesterdny. Veiihuilks, Ky., Dec. 30 Lewis Dunner man. a wealthy btchelor, GO jears old, of Charleston, S. C, and Mis Stella Smith, aged 21, were married to-night ut V oodlike, tviolvo miles north of Versailles. Ihcy had never met until yesterday. Mr. Dunnerman, who is tha Vlco-Prcsldentof tho Columbia Bank at Charles ton, has beon making periodical trips to Ken tucky to buy high grade trotting horses. In October, whllo tho guest of friends near Wood ford, he said that he was very anxious to marry a Bluo Grass girl, and requested his friends to holn him In iho matter. After Dunnerman returned to his Southern home Miss Smith wna told of his wish, and in a spirltoffun sho consented to correspond with him. After a fow wuoksthey becama much In toristod in each other, and finally Miss Smith accepted nn offer of marriage According to appointment Mr. Dunnormnn ronchml Ken tucky last night, and nt 0 o'clock this evening the tunrrlBgo occurred. Mr. nnd Mrs. Dunner man left immediately Hftor for a bridal trip. Miss Smith's home lain Louisville, but she has been visiting rclath os noar Woodlako for two months. TENEMENT FIRED THU 10 K. Attempts to Burn a Balldln Inhabited by Twenty Pamlllro, A tenant in a five story tenement nt 41S West Fifty-second street noticed smoko coining out of tho dumb waiter shaft on tho first floor last night nt 11 o'clock. He notified the janitor, Clarence Dolnn, who quickly flooded the shaft with water and put out tho tiro. Examination of tho bottom of the shaft slioHcd tho remains of chimed paper. For a dlslnnco of llirco feet the sidoa were saturuted wltti kerosene. As It was apparently a caw of Jneendlurlsm tho Janitor reported It to tho West Forty-seventh street polito. Detoctlvos will In Vistignte. , Lust Sunday tho snmo kind of n lira was sturtod in the aumo shaft at tho sume pluco. It was extinguished Iwfore It got fairly going. Six months ago there was a tire In tho cellar. It got far enough ulong to start a pauio among the occupants, but the building was envoi. There aro about twenty families living In tho tenement. It Is owned by J, M, Ilogcncant of 350 West 122d streot. I'.llc. Captain Uraat Tsds. Capt. Donald Grant of the Charles stroet po lice station was married on Dec. 23 to Miss Sar dinia L. Hill of this city by the Ho v. William N. bcarlcs. Ibe marriage was a quiet one, and was not announced until vesterdn). The Brooklyn Kasle Naxt Sunday will be a souvenir of consolidation that every resident of Greater Now York will want to read nnd preserve. Price 3 cent. Jil. NAMES ON TAMMANY SLATE 30ANNEI.L, riRE OOXXI88IONEB I CRA1N, Olir CUAMRERLAIN. Prabaliln Appointee Under th laeemlnc Ad. maturation I Otnar Important ones Croker's Caaftreaoe Ara Abnt Kaded Henatar tirady farms a aw rartasrshlp. Lakewood, N. J Deo. 30. Richard Croker nnd tbe Tammany leader havo completed tho slate, and John F. Carroll carries the name of tbo appointee in a little memorandum book In his vest pockot, Tho slate a completed 1 subject, however, to change before noon on Now Year's Day, as fre quent conferences betweon Mr, Croker and Mr. Carroll occurred during tho evening. During these conferences Mr. Carroll wo noticed tak ing his little book oat and going over It with a pencil. The other politicians here aro figuring on tho possible slate, and somo of tbelr guesses ore be lloved to bo very nearly correct. It Is believed to be a certainty that John Whalen will bo Cor poration Counsel, and bis assistants will be picked from among Thoodore Connolly, James Lindsay Gordon, Louis Davidson, Maurice B, Blumcnthal, and Francis V, S. Oliver, Tho placo of City Chamberlain ha been awarded to Thorns C T. Crain, who formerly held the nlace, and his deputy will bo John IL Campbell, tho present Incumbent of that oClco. William J. K. Kenny, who waa a candidate for Chamberlain, will be mado Commissioner of Bridge. Anothor certainty Is former Police Justice Daniel F.McMahon for President of tho Board of Publlo Improvements. Ho was down hero to-day, and was selected for tho place after a conference with Mr. Croker, It Is said. William U. Burko will be Deputy Commissioner. James P. Keating will bo the Commissioner of Sewers and Matthew F. Donohuo his Deputy. James Brady will bo Tammany's Building Commissioner. The man who Is believed to have been selected for the placo of Street Cleaning Commissioner Is James McCartney, tho Tammany leader In the Annexed district and rival of Louis F.Haf fen, President-elect of tbe borough of tho Bronx. Mr. McCartney is a contractor, and was a noted oarsman In bis youth. Ho pulls a good stroke to-day. Ex-Senator George W. Plunkltt, who came down here yesterday, left to-night, of tor telling friends that ho was not a candidate for tho Street Cleaning Commlsslonershlp. Tho make-up of tho Pollco Board, It Is under stood on reliable authority, will include Ber nard J. York as Prosldent, John B. Soxton as the other Democratic Commissioner, and Thomas L. Hamilton and William E. I'hllllps a the Republican Commissioners. John J. Scan noil Is considered a certainty for Fire Commis sioner, nnd no other candidate has been men tioned for the place. Tbo Deputy Street Cleaning Commissioner will bo John J. Ryan, It Is said, and William uaiion win get one or me commtssionersaips in the Board of Public Improvements. Ex Benator Thomas J. Creamer ond Edward C. Sbecbynro named as Tax Commissioners. Wm. E. Stilllngs will bo attorney for collection of personal taxes. Tbe President of the Dock Board may bo Pat rick Keenan, and his associates are believed to be James W. Boyle and James Pholan. both of whom sorvod on tho board before. Tho Presi dency of tbo Park Board, It is surmised. Is at tbe option of Nathan Straus, although John Fox may be selected In case Mr. 8traus declines. Willi Holly Is mentlonad as the Secretary of tbe board and August Moebus ns tbe Commis sioner from the borough of the Bronx. The Presidency of tho Charltlos Board will probably go to Francis J. Lantry. John W. Keller was the caudldato most talkod of for the Presidency of tho Health Board to-night, and his associates may be Drs. Cyrus Edson and William T. Jenkins. Dr. John T. Nagle. It is understood, will be appointed Chief of tbo Municipal Bureau of Vital Statistics. Thomas M. Mulry will probably bo appointed Commissioner of Correction. '1 lie President of the Tax Commission will be Thomas L. Feitner, former Police Justice, and Edward L. Patterson and Willium J. Salmon of Brooklyn will be In the board, it is said. Should Major Van Wyck remove Charles B. Huhbell, Prosldent of the Board of Ed cation, and tbo othor Commissioners appointed by Mayor Strong, it Is considered certain that Charles 11. Knox, tho former Tammanv Presi dent of the board, will be reappointed to re oriranlzo the school system. Major-elect Van Wyck left bero early this morning, with Private Secretary Downeu. to make the nrollmlnary arrangements for assum ing tho ofUco of Mnyor. Sheriff -elect Dunn also left on tho same train. Senator Thomas F. Grady formed a law part nership to day with Nelson Smith and Ernost L. CrnnJall. Tho partnership agreement reads that tbe firm shall ougage in the practice of law In Now York for five years. Messrs. Smith and Crandall insisted on this so as to settle nil doubts of the Sonator taking an appointive office after his term of olllco as Senator Is ended. This appar ently also sets aside tho story that John Whalen Is to be appointed to tho office of Corporation Counsel for a year only and that Senator Grady is to tako ft then, Nelson Smith was formerly the law partner of J udgo Addison Brown of the United States Circuit Court, and was Chairman of tho Tammany Hall General Committee for a num ber of years. Ernest I, Crnndnll la tbe present Eartner of Chauncey S. Truax. The firm will ave offices In tho old Mutual Life building at 142 Broadway. The story that at tho Executivo Com mittee meeting of Tammany Hull, to bo hold to-morrow, tho Committee on Organ ization and tho as90clato district lenders will bo abolished. Is erroneous. Tbo Execu tive L'omtnltteo has no powor to do this, it wnssntd by a conspicuous leader to-night What thoj probably will do, how ovcr.wlll bo to recom mend tbo drafting of resolutions to such effect for the consideration of tho General Coinmlttee meeting to ho held on Jan. 13 The Committee on Organization can be readily dispensed with. it la said, ns it has alwn a boon n fifth wheel to tho organization, and thonbnlltlon of theasso clite district leaders will ten 1 toward the cen tralization of power In tbe organisation, and tho old system of one leader for a district will bo put In vogm. At the flciniral Committee mcotlng thoro will bo many surprising changes in the Chair manship of committees, nnd It Is understood that John F. Carroll will bo made Chairman of tho Finanto Conimitteo to succeed John O. Sheelinn. nnd thus Mr. Carroll will bo mado nominal leader of tho organization. It Is also understood that Mr. Carroll could have had the place of Cltl Chamberlain had he chosen lo take It, but ho preferred, it Is said, to retain his place as Clerk of the Court of General Sessln' m. Although this was tho last night of the stay of the Tammany delegation In wikewoort, tho visitors from New York wero not so numerous ns was oxpotted. Mr. Croker and tho 'l,.m many leaders will return to Now York to-morrow afternoon on tho train leaving hero at 3:45 o'clock. Among the Tammany guests nt tho Lnkcwnod who arrived to-daj wero Drs. Ojrus Rdson, Wil liam T. Jenkins, nnd John T. Nagle; Council man elect Stewart M. Brlce, ex-Kxclsr Commis sioner wimain imiion, Mtepuen A. rorktison, Louis Davidson, Maurlcn Unttrmuyor, Juntos P, Keating, Nicholas J, Hayes,and JUchaol C. Pnddon, benator James A. Gnlltvan nnd John Drohan aro hero as the vanguard of a delegation of Bos ton Democratic politicians who aro expected to arrive hero next weok. MORTALLY JIVRT Bl'I'IRE ENGINE. troeery Wagon Driver Struck Sown While Holding Ills llanr, Henry Burger, n driver employed by A. Nel duhr, grocer at 301 East Twenty eighth street, sustained what aro probably mortal Injuries In ncolUslon of Flro Kn.tlno 21 with his wagon jesterdny afternoon. Burger was holding tho horse by the bridle nt tho tlmo to provcut him from running away, Tho engine wna on Its way to a fire in tlin Mini, haltnii Brass Works at 31ti East Twent) -eighth street. When near tin grocery wagon tho en gine driver, William Clark, swerved toward tho curb to iiiuku an adjacent hi drain. Ah hu did so thu off 1 orse struck the wagon, overturning It. The whoels of tho englno then crashed into the wagon, breaking it to pieces, nnd the polo of the engine onapped off short. Burger vvns thrown to tho sidewalk with gnat violence nnd buried under tho wreck of tho wHgtiu. Ills horto was badly bruised, Tho tiro was extinguished with small loss. New lorU Commercial. Tn new Commercial, Financial and shipping dally, very morning, Uxtiinlog Uqmlay, Jan. B. adu ELEFATOR FALLS 8IXTX fSBT. Fear Men Injured at tha Orand Central ta tlsn Rada tn It at Their Own Blab. An elevator used for hoisting tho various ma terials tor tho alterations being mado In tho Grand Central Station fell about sixty foot yes terday afternoon with flvo mon aboard. Four of them were moro or less hurt, William Morris of 211 East Seventy-third street, who sustained internal injurlos; Michael Ivor of 372 East Thirty-first street, whoso log was broken, and James Gorman of 301 East Fifty ninth street, whoso anklo was brokon, were taken to Flower Hospital, and John Flnnegan of 161 East Fortieth streot went home with a sprained anklo. Tho fifth man, George Kaul bock, waa not hurt. Howard Hulsa, tho engineer, says that tho signal he heard was two liells, which mean to lower a fast a possible, and 1 tho usual signal given whon only empty hods or wheelbarrow aro on tho elevator. Tho signal to lower under full control I three bolls, and that Is what should have been rung by Kaulbock, who is a foreman. As It was, tho engineer Bays, ho thought thero were only empty whcolbarrows on tho elevator until it reached tho bottom with tho usual thud, when ho saw tliroo men in a heap on the floor and two hanging to tho wooden framework. Tho elevator Is owned by the Pelham Hod Elevating Company of -110 Wist Twonty-slxth street, nnd thoro is a notlco posted by it that any person riding on tho olovator docs so at his own risk. OEN. 1IATELVOK ALLEN MISSING. Ue lias miner Been Killed er Cnplnred hy lha Arrldls. Special CabU Dttiateh to Thi Sux. Calcutta, Dec. 31.-Gen. Havelock Allen, who recently arrived hero on a sort of unofficial mission to inqulro Into certain charge against tho regiment with which ha is con nected, and also to visit, with tho Government permission, the scone of tho frontier operations, left his escort in Khyber Pass Wednesday after noon, and has not since been seen. Ills horse was found shot and strlppod of Its equipment near All-MusJId. Tho General was either killed or captured by tho Afrldls. MARRIED BT TELEPHONE. A Minister at Each Knd or lbs Wire and I'lentr or mtnrsaes. CptllNS, Mo., Doc. 3a J. F. Hull, superin tendent of tho Polk county telophone line, and Miss Flora Llnke. both of Humansville, woro married to-day over tbo telephone wire. Tho groom was at Bolivar, while tho brldo was at Humansville. A mlnistor was at either end of tho wire with the required number of witnesses. AH partici pating wero acquainted with ono another and recognized tho various volcos. The witnesses are, therefore, prepared to swear. If ever a question is raised, that thoy know of tholr own knowledgo that tha ceremony was performed. GEN. EANDO'S DEFEAT. The Bun's flews Fully Confirmed from OOlclal nnnUb Sources. Havana, Dec 30 The nows Is officially con firmed here that Gen. Pando has abandoned his military operations at the mouth of thoCauto River and returned without troops and by soa to Santiago do Cuba. The abovo dospatch from Spanish sources Is a confirmation of the news, printed with many details In The Son cf Doc. 21). of the utter col lapse of Gen. Pando's campaign In tbe neighbor hood of the Cauto River, near tho south coast of East Cuba, AUHTRIAN-nUNOARIAN COMPACT. The Ilnncarlnn Ilelcbstar Adjourns Without vvotlnu on Its Fitenslon. SptoUil Cahla Dttpatch to The Sux. BoDArEBT, Doc. 30. Tho Reichstag adjourned to-day until Jan. 3 u itliottt taking a voto on tbo question of extending tho ausulctch, or Austrian-Hungarian compact, which expires at midnight on Friday. FERR1EOAT HITS SLOOP. Sloop flteersmnn Knocked Overboard, but Boon rishrd Out, There was a collision stl o'clock this morning betweon tho Pennsylvania ferryboat Chicago nnd the sloop Victoria, ownod by I. P. Morcor, about 200 yards from tho Cortlandt stroet slip. Tho ferryboat wa on Its way to New York and the sloop was going up tho river. Tho ferryboat just caught the rear end of tbe sloop nnd knocked tbo steersman, whose name is Kennod), into tho river. A life presorvor was thrown him from tho forryboat and ha was hauled aboard none the worse for his ducking. The sloop was not badly damaged. Sixteen Sailor Believed to Be Browned. Tacoma, Wash., Dec 30. A dismantled and abandoned bark, picked up yesterday off Capo Flattory by the tug Soa Lion, was supposed to bo the bark Tidal Wavo, en route from Tacoma to San Pedro with lumber. To-day it proves to be the lumber bark Oakland, which had a crew of Btxteen men. Sho was apparently abandoned during tho storm early In tbo week. Her crow is supposed to bo drowned. An Aged l.riimnn Killed. New nuno, Dec. 30. Tho Rev. J. C. Forsyth, 70 years old, and many years pastor of tho Presbyterian church In Montgomery, Orange county, wns Instantly killed last night by fall ing from a wagon. His body was found at 10 o'clock on tho sido of the road noar that place. Ho had been visiting friends noar tbo BrlcK Church, which Is about half a mllo out of tho village, and In returning It is supposed that someone run Into him. Ills neck was broken, anil bis body lay partly underneath his wagon. The evtdqnco tends lo show a violent road col Union. Tho Coroner will investigate. Mr. For s th's wife dlod last fall. He leaves no children. Killed UecnuiK ShuMlartrd tu Uo to Sebool. I'AitKEitsnuita, W. Va., Dec. 30. Mary Sbamblln, a girl about 10 years old, who has been making her homo with her brother in-law, James McCoy, was struck yesterday by McCoy at Rud Run, bIx miles north of Ripley, whore Morgan was hanged recently, and vvns killed. The girl had said at breikfast that she must not loso any more tlmo at school. McCoy, with oaths, told her she should uolgo to school any more, feho startod and ho fallowed her and struck her a violent blow on tho back nf the neck, killing her Instantly, He is still at large ' Boas Mhiplierd'B atrohe or Apoptesr. Chihuahua, Mexico, Dec. 30. No direct ad vices have been toiolvcd hero from Batopllas mining oamp, "Bo" Hlicphcrd'B home, for nbout throe weeks. The latest Information whs that Shepherd wns rnoverinir slowl) from his stroke of npoplcxv. Ills toii'titlon was at that time rcgnrdod ns serious, nnd a second attack was feared. All of his family nru with him. 'Iho conductor from Batopllas makos two trips a month to this city with Bllver bullion, and It is expected that ho will arrlvo here again within tbe noxt few days. BIx Feel nt Iho Small lute illne Be moved. Cl KV KLAND, O , Dec 30 -Dr. II. F, lllggar, Jr., performed a remarkable operation ut Huron Street Hospital ) cstcrday. Six feet nf tho email Intestine of J, J, Dodge af Dodgovillo, O , were removed. Ho Is still alive and ma) recover. Dodge could not have lived twenty-four hours lonirer. Pltlibura- llrr Oo.it. firm Falls. PlTTBtiflta, Pa., Doc, 30. Illhcr & Kaston, a tlrj goods firm doing a buslncbs of at loast 91,000.000 a ear, have failed, and the Sheriff took charge of tholr place this evening. Execu tions fur only &13jUiH havo been Issued, but moro are expected to follow to-mono w, Jtfr. Totv Takniuuugl, Japanese Art, OrliuUl Curio, u Cut lOtu tLAi. MOKE FALSE WAIt ALAjjMS. 111 ENGLAND DTASN'T DECIDED TVVALA t I THE NA VA Jl JMEJtrjR, , jftfc I lw "M A esal.omelal tXalal In Francs That He X Flesl Ha Bait Hainan, hut the Ballr j d 1 H Mall Sllehs la II Story-Easland's Concara W. H Over Hnssla Dolus In Corea-The Oriental V?- H KenspSper Bay that Russia I Fast (TCl 1 1 Tlshlenlus Her Crip n Core and China ' SHi) I H SefolCkiMfrapaf(foTmiBox. jSj ' H London, Deo. 30. Tho Central Nows says V& H that the British Government has decided to 5$ H call out the naval reserve forthwith, ijJKJ H Tho Control News statement Is entirely un- ' Iw H supported. Inquiries at Portsmouth, where L't: U suoh action would bo known first If tho report ft' M ware true, elicited tho Information that n mv W H Jority of the naval official were away oa ' i V H tbelr Christmas holiday, and that thoso whs W ' 11 wero at tho station were ignorant of any do (& i nfl clslon of tho Government to call out tbs re- j' : f serves. This and many othor sensational re- ' j Jfl i ports result from tho absenco of official stats- Ip mont and tho obscurity of tho Govornment'o l yW intentions. v ' ' Ji Information from the most rollablo quarters & is to the effect that tbo situation is ' tl serious In posso rather than In esse. Thoro v'A Is roason to bellevo that Great Britain ' Hf? Is really concerned over tho superces- wrt slon of J. MoLenvy Brown, tho EngltoJi t j financial adviser to tho Government of Coroo, i h nnd also over Russia's lnilslonco that China j J3 .shall appoint a Russian controller of tho cu- J $t tomsafterblrRobertIIart'stermexptros.Itmar j! w - bo rcgardod as truothatOrcatllrltnln is resolved ' to support tho rights of Mr. Brown, who. It Is H$: understood, has twice roturnod to tho Coronn J Government the notlco of dismissal thoy served "t ' upon him. Hence tho decision to retain tho ft British fleet in tho vicinity of Chemulpo. , Perhaps, actually, there Is seriousness addod '' f to tbo situation by tho fact that tho supcrscs- slon of Mr. Brown hns been tho subjoct of treaty between Russia and Cores. It Is bellovod that the Russian occupation of Port Ar thur and tho German seizure of Klao Chou ' ' Bay do not enter into the situation bo far as Great Britain Is concerned. The ex planations regard lng these matters havo been satisfactory, and tho action of tha two powers T is nAt regarded as calling for lntorferonco. Tho report of tho French occupation of tho Island of Hainan Is semi officially denied in ' "J Paris, and is discredited clsowhcre. Nevertbo- f loss tho Daily) Mall again asserts that tha .' French havo seized tho Island, ascribing the , ' seizure to a coup of Admiral Bodolllcre, who -j ' commands the French fleet. Tho SIngaporo correspondent of tho Dally i Jlfdtf telegraphs thnt tho mallboatErncst Simon brought the news to that placo on Tuesday t from Saigon. Boforo tho steamer sailod J J from Saigon, on Sunday last, a French ?! i cruiser had arrived thero, bringing )L H either Admiral Bedolltero or despatches jW from him to tho Governor of Saigon. Tho Er- 'fe& jfl nest Simon was delaved for on hour In order to kl j9 take a despatch from tho Governor to tho 4$; 9 French Government relating to the hoisting of ' '- n the French flag at Hainan. pt It Is believed that tho French hold tho tela- ,' W - graph office at Hol-Hu, tho northern port ot f ' 8 Hainan, to provont communications being sent ?? -. to Hong Kong. Tho oablo between Haiphong yt Kt and Saigon has been brokon for several day. -I'M n but 1 being repaired. M I Admiral Bedolllero, with tho warships Bayard f. I and Descartes, loft Hong Icong on Doc. 11, and S j I called at Haiphong, Tonkin, on Dec, IS. Ths ;'),; P seizure ot Hainan virtually coincided with tha ' Russian occupation of Port Arthur, creating; ,n tho suspicion that It was prearranged with , '-j Russia. fr. A despatch to tho Dally Matt from Shanghai -g? sajs that two Japanoso cruisers are at tho mouth of tho Yangs'a Klang and that a British v, j fleet is cruising botweon Port Hamilton and J ij Cbomulpo. Ja A despatch from Pekin BnyB that tho action ot W ; Sir Claude MncDonald. British Minister to M China. In askfnar the Chlncso GovernmcnS ? ! to delay tbe arrangement of tho pro- m ; posed Russian guaranteed 4 per cent. '& loan of 100,000,000 taols for n few days to en- JM I able him to consult with Lord Salisbury In tho '3J ' matter was largely Influenced by British opinion 'm i In China. (I j fl British resldonts throughout China are ear- S ! I ncstly urging tho financial Intervention of -y I Great Britain In ordor to forestall Russia In JJ i I coming to China's relief. J i jl A despatch to tho Daily Mall from Toklo says j1 m thnt Marquis Ito Is forming a Cabinet. Hone '. L It Is probablo that Japan will try to maintain a ' i B peaceful attitude. . ' 'I I RUSSIAN BEAR IN CHINA. v J I The Ctar Tightens Ills drip on the Kastera ! p Umpire. iM Tacoma, Wash , Dec 30. The stoamor Vic- i ' I torla, arriving to-day, brings important news j 9 regarding tbo Oriental situation The latest t jj I Chlneso nnd Japanoso nowepapors contain nows (jl I that Russia is gradually and qulotly tightening M I her grip on China In much the same manner '" i I that sho has acquired unbounded influence la ' J j n Coroa. China Is already within hor grasp. ' I Arrangements have beon mado whereby '$ j I Russian officers aro to drill the Chlneso nrmy f,i I and put It In condition for service. It Is said ' k that Russia Is to-day practically managing "j t 1 China's foreign affairs, and olllclals at I'ckln ,i c consider Russia to bo their first friend and A I nothing Important regarding foreign matter Is "!i 1 dono without consulting tho Russian Mlnistor. V' ; 1 There Is an unconfirmed report in tho Orient 1 that tho Germun Minister at PtUIn, under in- ' J , P structlons from Berlin, Is to withdraw his j i: ' L legation. The Russo Chinese Bank hns offered to f I loan China moro money at a low rate ot Interest, if' V A largo loan from n Belgian syndicate has nearly ? f been consummated. If not cloned at onco Russia r 1 will advnnco the inonoj. Russia's object Is bo- i , llovcd to be to get China largely in debt to her , h and then acquire tontrol of tho custumi sorv Ico In order to reltnburso herself. 'IIiIb would In- i jf' . volve tha ousting of Sir Robert Hart, tbo 1 present manager of the Chlncso customs, who : 5 . Is tbo most influential Englishman In tho Orient. ;', j Tbe Juuaneso lion spnpors lire Hindi iilanued ' ovor Russia's advances In China, particularly j , k at the Idea of Russlnn officers in command of II tho Chinese Arm), The) point out th it IIunsU f ' ' has secured the mo3t valuablo rnllroul unices- j j I sionsCblnahas to give, whereby a branch nf l"i I tbo trans Siberian Railroad will trnvcrso J t Manchuria, nnd will bo extended near orqillla j j j! to PcUti, China has coniodcd to the Russian J 1 police tbe control of a largo nrca on each side of I theso railroads, Throo weeks ago It was bellived j' at Yokohama that RuBsIa was preparing turn- j 1 cup) Chinese territory , as alio lmn subsequently '' ' done. Russia has n big fieot in Chliuso wntd ' 1 and Immense stores nt Vlndlvoitork. where ths i 1 harbor I being kept open this winter by tcs ' crushers. j BT beveral months ago 100,000 troops wero i massed at VIndlvlstock and on thu Siberian ' frontier. Recently largo bodies of truopi woro moved Into Munchurln, where the) cnii to I spcedll) transferred to Corca or China. .Man- chttrln is no loss iu Russia's possession than , Corea. . ' j China is alarmod as never before ovor Ger many's aggressions. Additional troops aro being J raised, and tbo throno Is being iiicmari illzcd from all parts of tho empire. Mm) bono that thn Emperor will adopt oouio of thu reform! nm suggested in LI Hung Changs memorial on ; tbe military and naval dofuues of tho em- i plre. Tbo China Oaieffe believes that (lerinuii)'s action is tho signal fur tbo general c,i vingup j of China, Itustla has adtlocd t hum to grant Germany a coaling station. All of Russia' l movements Indlcuto that she Is working VlUs i Jl