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LATE NEWS BY WIRE
Two Men Killed by Explosion in
Jersey City Acetylene Works.
CAOSED BY A BOILER BURSTING
Fire Spread to Acid Tanks, Causing
Them to Explode.
ELECT1UC WOKKS SHAKEN UP
NEW YOKK. December 24.?A succession
of explosions at the Cnited States Acety
lene Liquifying Company, in Jersey City,
today caused the loss of two lives and !?2l>,
OUM damage to the works. The dead are:
Thomas Fowler, the assistant engineer.
Th*re w>*re only three other employes in
the building at the time of the accident
and they received more or less injuries.
Their names are Fred JUirr, Fritz Epzol
and Charles White. James Leeb. who was
working half a block away, was badly in
jured by a piece of the boiier.
A fragment of the boiler tore the roof
from a trolley car some distance away.
It is said that the first explosion was due
to the boiler's bursting, and as the fire
spread to the various acid tanks there was
a succession of deafening reports. Nearby
buildings, as well as the Central Railroad
of New Jersey trestle, caught lire, but the
losses were not serious in these instances.
The machinery of the local electric light
ing company was affected by the jar. caus
ing the electric lights in various buildings
to go out.
Max Grim's body was blown through a
window and torn to pieces. The body 01
Assistant Engineer 1 owler was found in
the ruins of the wrecked building.
LOSS ESTIMATED AT
One Fatality and Many Injured at
Cleveland Fire laixt Nlurlit.
CLEVELAND, Ohio. December 114.? A de
tailed revn w of the big flrt w hich occurred
here last night shows that the loss, if any
thing. will exceed $1.1 MM MM).
The list of a i Unts w is u lusually heavy,
and as a re-.ilt one man, Lieut. Wm. L>.
MacFeelers. who fell down the elevator
shaft, has already died.
Th ? oth< r accidents w^re: Fireman John
llubner. leg broken: Fireman T. F. Kane,
internal injuries; Host man John Rilkrs,
ba?i.y burnt d; Emma Valdoski. hurl bj a
failing sign: Capt. Henry Hanks, back
sprained; Fireman James Richards, over
come by smoke; John E. Wattle, badly in
A thrilling incident of the tire was a run
away ttani a.tav hoi to a closed carriage, j
contain Mrs. W. H. White of this city, j
and Mrs. E. W. Shoemaker of Denver. The
frightened horses literally mowed down the j
p?..pie. A!rs. shoemaker said it was like j
riding on a pavement of human lives.
When the eari:age was stopped both ladies ,
were unconscious, though not injured.
l*\KDONED ISY THE PRESIDENT. j
( brlxtmaN <? Ift to A. C. Alliwon May j
Have Come Too Late.
PlTTSBt'RG, Pa, December II*.?A. C.
Allison of Sunbury, Pa., convicted last
March of fraudulent use of the mails, and
sentenced to serve eighteen months in the i
Western penitentiary, was today pardoned
by President McKinley. Warden Wright
of the penitentiary received a telegram
from Attorney General McKenna about
noon t'>day, saying to pardon Allison as a
Christmas gift from President AlcKinley.
It is feared, however, that the pardon
came too late, as Allison is lying in the
hospital of the penitentiary, critically ill
Tl It NCR OIT OF T11E CONTEST.
Ashley M. (iould Now Han Walkover
Sprial Dispatch to The Evening Star.
BALTIMORE, Md.? December ^.?Benja
min L furner today formally withdrew
from the c? ntest for the speakership of
the house of delegates in a letter addressed
to the city members of the legislature.
The indications all point to the election of
Mr. Ashley M. Gould of Montgomery
county as speaker, without any serious op
Several prominent county members of the
hcuse w ho w? re in town today express the
opinion that Mr. Gould would win the tight
and announced their intention of voting for
COLORADO'S TKIHITE TO LINCOLN.
Proposal to lluild Monument on Top
of Mount Lookout.
DENVER, Col., December 24.?Formal
steps have been taken here by the incor
poration of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Association for the estaolisnment of a suit
able monument to the martyred President
in Colo: ado. The site selected Is the sum
mit of Mount Lookout, in the Arkansas
valley. A copy of in?- artii les of Incor-1
poration will be forwarded to Washington,
with a petition to Congress for a grant
of the site selected.
H1SSIA UlUNti SIPPLIES.
I'reneh CruUer Ordered to Get Heady
for ( biaa Station.
SYDNEY, N. S. W.. December 24.?Tne
Russian gov ininent has entered into com
munication with the government of New
South Wales, with the object of procuring I
shipments of meal to Vladivostock.
l/?NDON, December 21.?A special dis- j
patch from Paris says the French cruiser |
Pothuau had be ? ordered to prepare for
sea in Chinese waters.
The Potnuuu is a lirst-class cruiser of
over 5,UUU ns displacement and lO,UUO in
dicated horsepower, bnc carries two 7.*>
inch guns, ten ??.5-inch qu.ck-iiring guns
ai.d eighteen suiali quick-lirir.g guns.
BOAT GOES ON EH THE FALLS.
Tow Itoat Hot*pur a t'omplete Wreck
at i'itt?l?uric, l*a.
PlTTSBt'RG, Pa., December 24.?The tow
txoat Hotspur went over the dam at Lock
No. 4 oa the Monongaheia river, abom
IOuIO o'clock this morning, and was com
pletely wrecked. The crew of eleven men.
Including John Klein, the father of the
captain and owner, were thrown into the
river and were rescued with dilhculty. All
suffered from the intense cold, and it
feared Klein will die from the exposure.
Tae boat was valued at $5,UU0.
FOl H CHILDREN SI KKOCATED.
Were In the Attle of n Honae Which
PHILADELPHIA. Pa., December 24.?
Four children named Malbelski were suf
focated by smoke this morning in an at
tic room occupied by the family at No. 17
Christian street. Their parents were both
away and the house caught fire from an
overheated stove, and before the little ones
could be rescued they were rendered un
conscious by srnuke. and ail were dead
when carried out of the house.
The names of the children were: John,
aged seven years; Constlne, aged five;
Mary, aged three; Kaswara, aged one. The
Are was quickly extinguished and the pe
cuniary loss is slight.
CAPE HENRY. Va.. December 24.?The
three-masted schooner Samuel Hall, Capt.
Mum ford, from Wilmington. N. C., to New
York, loaded with lumber, went ashore at
Chlcamlcomlco life-saving station between
4 and 0 o'clock this morning. The crew
of seven was saved. The vessel is in good
condition, but probably will be a total loss.
KILLED BY A TRAIN
Wesley McBride, Wife and Child Bun Down
All bat Little Vlrl Demi?She Lie* at
Hospital in Crltlml
WILMINGTON. Del., December 24.?Mr.
and Mrs. Wesley McBride of Stanton were
kiileu ami their (laughter Carrie, aged six
years, falblly injured this morning at the
Stanton crossing of the Philadelphia, W 11
m.'ngton and Baltimore railroad, live miles
below this city.
They were driving to the Wilmington
market at the time with a load of produco,
and started to cross the railroad irack3
just as the Washington and New Yolk ex
press. due here at 2o'clock, reached the
station. The locomotive plunged into the
vehicle with dreadful effect. Mrs. McBride
was instantly killed and h<r husband so
badly hurt that he died In a few minutes.
The little girl was terribly injured and will
die. The horses were also killed and the
wagon torn to fragments.
The bodies of the two victims were
brought to the m.irgue in this city, and the
child was taken to the Delaware hospitaT.
Mrs. MeBride's head was crushed to a
jelly; her left leg broken in three places,
and h?r left aun in two places. She was
also otherwise injured.
Mr. McBride's head was also badly crush
ed, the scalp being torn open and the skull
fractured in several places. His left arm
was also broken.
Carrie McBride. the child, had her right
leg fractured and her scalp torn. She was
otherwise hurt, but to what extent cannot
be ascertained until she regains conscious
ness. Mr. and Mrs. McBride were not regu
lar attendants at the Wilmington market,
but started early this morning with a load
of poultry and eggs for the purpose of do
ing some Christmas business. The night
was cold and a high wind was blowing.
The wagon was closed up as much as pos
sible to protect the occupants from the
wind and cold. This probably prevented
them from having a good outlook and ob
serving the approach of the train, the ditti
culty being intrceased by seme freight cars
on the siding.
KI I.I.HI) WHILE HtSTIXG RABBITS.
lln in monil, Ind.. Authorities Believe
Frank Turmiulst Wan >1 ordered.
CHICAGO. December 24.?While on their
way home from a rabbit chase. Otto and
Henry Schneider found the body of a man
ill a thicket near Hessviile, Ind., about two
railes south of Hammond. The man had
been shot through the hand, head and left
shoulder, and the indications were that
rnun.er was done. The bouv was Identified
last night by the relatives of the dead man
as Frank Turnquist.
Turnquist's watch a'nd chain were miss
ing, bat the bar had teen broken from the
en<* of the chair, and remained in a button
hole of the vest. All the indications point
ed so conclusively to murder that the
Hammond authorities at once called upul!
?iui:tt Hayes of Lake county for tne use
of his bloodhounds in Ira king the mur
derer. Turnquist, in company of another i
man. whose name could nut be learned, left
home last Saturday morning to hunt rab
bits in the vicinity of Hammond. Turn
quist, it is said, had considerable money
1IA\KER 1H>HM>.> ARItESTEl).
He Is < linricetl With Obtaining; Money
I mler Fulaie Pretenses.
NEW YORK, December 24.?Franklin K.
Dobson, a banker and broker of Portland,
Ore., has been arrested here on request of
the police of that city, who prefer the
charge of obtaining money under false pre
tenses against him.
The accustd says that the arrest is in the
nature of persecution by a client who seeks
to reeo\er $laO lost in speculation through
him. Dobson was held in 41,000 bonds.
MISS HERBERT AT REST.
Remains ot Ex-Secretary's Daughter
Interred at MontKuniery, Ala.
MONTGOMERY, Ala., December 24.?Ex
Secietary H. A. Herbert and his son-in-law,
Mr. Benjamin Micou, and Mrs. Micou
reached here this morning at 1 o'clock in
a private car on the delayed Washington
express. They brought the remaius of Miss
Herbert for interment here today. A large
number of relatives and friends were wait
ing at the station for the arrival of the
The casket was in a private car, and was
covered with large numbers ot the most
beautiful Moral emblems. The remains were
taken to the residence of Mr. R. G. Banks,
on Moulton street, anu were Interred i:i
the family burying ground at II o'clock.
Miss Herbert spent the early part of her
life in this city, and was especially leved
and admired. The Secretary has the sym
pathy of all Alabama in his sad bereave
Dl TV OS FISll LIVERS.
Canadian Product Sot Exempted I ti
de r MeKlnle) Bill.
NEW YORK, December 24.?Gen. Wilkin
son of the board of general appraisers
handed down an opinion today in the case
of tish livers that tstablishes a precedent
'.n favor of the American product as against
the Canadian output. The case on which
the decision was based was that of IS. F.
Pike and W. A. Colby of Eastport, Me.
They imported a lot of tish livers, and
under the Dingley bill, which prescribes
lhat intestines, integuments and sounds of
fish are admitted tree, claimed exemption
The collector of the port assessed the
livers \c. per pound and the firm appealed.
The board of appraisers upheld the 101
lector, holding that tish livers did not come
under the construction of Intestines, liuegu
metits and sounds. This decision, it is said,
will be apt to raise the price of cod liver
Elsht Mall Unit's Ritlthetl.
OSWEGO, N. Y. December 24.?Eignt
fnitei. States mail boxes in this city were
broken open and robbed of their contents
las; night. No clue to tr.e robbers.
Wife Murderer llanved.
RICHMOND, Va., December 24.?Peter
Coleman, who murdered 1 is wife at Old
Church some months ago, was hanged at
llar.o'-er Court House today. The execu
tion was quiet. Death was almost instan
Asphyxiated by tias.
NEW YORK, De-cember 24.?Otto Stef
fens, a young German who came from Phil
adelphia on Wednesday, was found dead
In bis room at a lodging house in this city
today Asphyxiation by gas was the cause
of his death. There is nothing to Indi
cate lhat the man Intended to take his
Dervishes Defeated by British.
SCAK1M, December 24.-The native levies
of the Kassala garrison surprised a Derv
ish post at El Fasher, on the Atbara, on
Wednesday, and drove cut the Dervishes
with great loss, capturing the post, a num
ber of camels, a quantity of stores and
many cattle. Two Dervish emirs were
killed. The Dervish post at Asabri has also
Disastrous lllase at Paterson.
NEW YORK, December 24.?Fire In the
bfsiness portion of Paterson, N. J., de
stroyed property of the value of $50,000,
about equally divided between the building
and the stock tenants.
Fire a* Everett, Mass.
EVERETT. Mass.. December 24.?The
Ferry street car house of the West End
Street Railway was destroyed by Are to
day, together with ninety electric cars. The
loss on the building la estimated at about
$30,000, and on tbe cars at J120,000.
SUCCEEDS MR. BRUCE
Thomas H. Wright Today Appointed
a School Trustee.
WAS INDORSED BY COLORED LEADERS
Is an Employe of the Department
MAN OF ENERGY AND ABILITY
Thomas H. Wright, colored, was to'day
appointed by the District Commissioners
u.i a member cf the board of public school
trustees, to succeed ex-Senator Blanche K.
Bruce, who resigned some lime ago. The
appointment takes effect from today.
The appointment of Mr. Wright was urg
ed by Bishop B. W. Arnett of the A. M. 10.
Church, ex-Senator Bruce and other in
fluential colored men, who called upon the
District Commissior ers yesterday afternoon
to ask for the appointment. At their in
terview with the Commissioners it is under
stood that it was stated that the Presi
dent had authorized them to say that Mr.
Wright's appointment would be pleasing
It was also said that the President had
pleasantly remarked that he hoped the
appointment would be considered by B.sh
op Arnett. who is from Ohio and an old
friend of the President, as a Christmas
As Commissioner Ross has charge of all
public school matters. Commissioners Wight
?nd Black, It is understood, hesitated to
act in the matter during his absence, and
they made the appointment. It is said, only
after receiving assurances from the White
House that it would be very gratifying to
Mr. Wright a District Man.
Thomas H. Wright Is a District man. He
was born in the District and has lived here
all his life. He is nfext to the oldest clerk in
the Department of Justice. He was ap
pointed to a clerkship in the department in
1S7<). Since that time he has had charge
of the docketing and filing In the bureau
of claims. His work is of importance and
he is looked upon as one of the most
in sted and valuable employes of ihe gov
Mr. Wright has long taken an interest in
District matters. He is president of the
Colored Sunday School Union, a trustee of
the Metropolitan A. M. E. Church, as well
?is superintendent of that church and
chairman of its financial committee, lie
was president of the Odd Fellows' Hall
Association and Inaugurated the movement
which led to the erection of the new and
l>e:iutifui building of that order on M street
between lGth and 17th. He delivered the
dedicatory address in lSilH.
A Property Owner.
Mr. Wright owns property in the District.
H:s home is at *JI(> 20th street. He was edu
cated before and during the war. taking ad- i
vantage of all the facilities then furnishel
by the District schools. He was a pupil of ,
Si perintendent George F. T. Cook.
| Mr. Wright was selected, it is said, be- .
cause of his known ability, progressi veness
RELIEF FOR THE KLONDIKE.
Government AkcdIh to Start for Lap
land for Reindeer TonlKht.
The preliminaries of the Klondike relief
expeditions are being rapidly arranged by
| the War Department. Lieut. Devore and
Dr. Jackson were busy this morning mak
' ing final preparations for their trip to Dap
land and will start for New York tonight,
in order to sail on the Lucania tomorrow
trorning. Secretary Alger has cabled to
Mr. Kjellmann, at Alten, in Norway, to
contract for o'lO head cf reindeer in advance
of the arrival there of Dr. Jackson and
Lieut. Dev.ire. This was done to save time,
so that all will be ready for the linal pur
chases and the shipment of the animals
when Lieut. Deyore and Dr. Jackson arrive
Lieuts. Prestor. and Ryan of the iith Cav
alry have been ordered to take charge of
the pack trains which are to be gathered
up from points In Wyoming and convey
them to Vancouver barracks.
Secretary Alger believes that these trains
will be of great use In getting supplies
through to the Interior of Alaska. They
will be pushed forward as rapidly as pos
sible and without waiting for the arriial
of the "reindeer at Skaguay or Dyea. It is
h< ped that by a proper use of the trains a
large amount of food supplies can be got
ten safely through White Pass and placed
in a camp to be established there, which
will afterward be used as the starting place
for the reindeer trains. If this calculation
proves to be well founded, the reindeer will j
find a comfortable corral ready for them i
when they arrive In Alaska, and can be so
used to great advantage. There is a dispo
sition just now on the part of the officials
who are arranging the plans for the expe
ditions, to abandon the Dalton trail route
and instead to take to (he route by way of
Lake Lindeman. This would involve the
use of the frozen river for a large part of
the route, but this is believed to be feasi
Capt. Brainard, who Is now in Chicago,
has been telegraphed to remain at that
place until advised o? the results of the
department's efforts to get food supplies
through jiublic advertisement. The sub
I sistence department is now preparing a
schedule of what Is wanted, and this will
l.e put In the "form of an advertisement
ard responses Invited by telegraph from
bidders. Thirty days will probably be the
limit of time allowed for the completion of
deliveries of the food.
Lake Talioc Forestry Reserve.
SACRAMENTO. Cal., December 24.?
United States Forestry Agent Allen, who
was recently deputed by the commissioner
of the general land office to examine the
region in the. vicinity of Like Tahoe, with
a view of setting aside for government for
estry reserve, has filed his report. He rec
ommends that the reservation be made to
include the headquarters of the American
river, the Cusumnes and the upper Truckee
Slate Senator Mahoney Deail.
SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., December 24.?
State Senator Jeremiah H. Mahoney died
last night from the effects of a cancerous
growth in his throat. He was born in Buf
| falo, N. Y., where he was once city super
[ intendent of streets. He was prominent in
San Francisco politics.
Steamer James A. Carney Ashore.
BREAKWATER, Del., December 24.?The
steamer James A. Carney, from Mobile for
New York, went ashore on the beach op
posite the Marine Hospital last night. She
is lying easy and will probably float with
high tide. If the wind moderates.
Pension Reform Newspapers.
From the Cincinnati Times-Star.
There Is a growing disposition shown by
the great newspapers of the country to
purge the pension list and make it a roll of
honor. Amcng the leading papers noticed
in one day to contain an argument In favor
of an amended law to stop the abuse of the
system were the New York Sun, Herald,
World, Journal, Times. Post and Tribune;
Philadelphia Public Ledger, North Ameri
can, Bulletin, Record and Press; Boston
Herald and Globe; Pittsburg Post and
Press; Buffalo Courier-Record and Com
rrercial; Syracuse Post. Rochester Herald,
Troy Times, Brooklyn Eagle, Springfield
(Mass.) Republican, Albany Journal, Wash
ington Star, Newark Advertiser, Portland
Oregonlan, Milwaukee Evening Wisconsin,
Chicago Times-Herald, Record, Inter
Ocean, Post and News; Detroit Journal
and Cincinnati Times-Star. Thirty-seven of
the greatest papers in the country In one
day spoke in favor of pension reform. All
of these sre published or circulated north
of the Hason and Dixon line, and but nine
are politically opposed to the republican
AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Chinese Affairs Discussed by the Cabinet
Informal Discussion of the Question
of the F*f Blast?Announcement
The cabinet meettng today was somewhat
of a Christmas ^atl^ering, a reunion of the
Leads of the administration for the purpose
of looking back over the work of the year
that is gone. The gathering was a happy
one, aiijJ there was apparently nothing for
the cabinet officials to regret of the work
done by them during the year.
Chinese Affairs Discussed.
Few public questions were touched upon.
The situation in China was informally talk
ed over, the understanding arrived at be
ing that this country has no interest in
what is being done by the European powers
except to see that our treaty relations with
China are not Imperiled. These treaty re
lations protect American citizens in their
business and ownership of property, and so
long as Russia, Germany or any other
country does nothing to endanger these re
lations, the United States does not care
what results from the Intrigues of the
Tills policy has been foreshadowed, and
was expected by all the members of the
cabinet, who had not given the matter
Secretary Sherman walked more spright
ly this morning on leaving the cabinet ses
sion than in weeks. He greeted the White
House attaches in the most pleasant man
ner. ard they all wished him a happy
Christmas. The Secretary's face did not
give evidence of any burden in the way of
a contest with the European countries for
slices of Chinese territory.
Senators Nelson, Burrows. Cullom and
Fairbanks constituted the list of official
callers. A delegation of G. A. R. men of
the department of Texas called to leave
indorsement of the candidacy of MaJ. J.
W. Burke for collector of Internal revenue
of the third district of Texas. Maj. Burke
is a brother of Maj. J. B. Burke of the Dis
Christians Presents to Prisoners.
The &;esidejit today granted the follow
ing pMnns, which will go to the convicts
as Christmas presents:
Win. E. Burr, convicted in Missouri In
1SJW of violation of the banking laws, and
sentenced to five years in the Missouri
Samuel E. Duncan, convicted in Ken
tucky in March, 1807, of passing counter
feit money and sentenced to eighteen
months in the Ohio penitentiary.
Junot D. Buxton, convicted in Minnesota
in September. 1H!W>, of embezzlement of
funds from the Minneapolis post office
while cashier, and sentenced to three y^ars
and six months in the Minnesota peniten
George W. Shepperd, convicted in Iowa
of robbing a post office and sentenced in
June last to two years' imprisonment in the
William W. Slifgfyerd. convicted at the
same time of the same offense as his
brother and senttncul to two years.
Dan I'arker, .convicted in Wyoming of
robbing the miills ajid attacking a letter
carrier, and stiiiten.oed in 1NH1 to life im
prisonment in the ' Hl>use of correction at
Hamilton R. "NoVyell, convicted in New
York of embezzling' money order funds
and sentenced in May last to imprisonment
for one year afid six months in Albany
penitentiary. * J
A. C. Allison,'convicted in Pennsylvania
of fraudulently'tisirig the mails and sen
t? iced to eighteen,,.months in the Alle
IN ACCORD WITH SECRETARY
The President Will Stand by Mr. Gage, Not
The positive statememt is made that if It
comes to a question of discarding Secretary
Gage or Senator Wolcott the President will
break with Senator Wolcott. He will not
approve any fight which Senator Waleott
or his friends may make on Secretary Gage
and will discountenance as far as possible
any controversy which might lead to un
pleasantness between his friends or harm
to the republican party.
President MeKinley or Secretary Gage
himself, does not believe that Senator Wol
cott has attempted in any direct way or In
tentionally in an indirect way to give the
impression that there is an issue between
the two men which will have to be settled
by one or the other losing-the friendship
and good will of the President.
The stories which have been circulated
Indicating that Senator Wolcott and his
friends have Insisted to the President that
Secretary Gage is following a course which
will disrupt the republican party, and
which must be discontinued, have been read
with some interest in cabinet circles, but
have been looked upon as not having any
Since the newspaper talk on the subject
It is believed that Secretary Gage has given
the President to understand that If he (the
Secretary) i? in any way embarrassing the
chief executive it is only necessary for a
hint to cause the head of the treasury to
no longer prodice that embarrassment.
It is also known from the relaLions be
tween the two men and the conlldence
which the President imposes in Secretary
Gi.ge that the Piesident will stand by Sec
letary Gage. He may not. and probably
does not, fully indorse the currency views
of Secretary Gage, but he is so fully con
vinced of the sincerity of the man that
as between Wolcott and Gage there can
be no question.
One of the closest friends of the Presi
dent said that one thing to be admired in
him was that he hated a "sycophant." His
closest friends are those who frequently
differ with him on .tile details of questions
of national importance.
One thing which is said to have made the
President so tirmly attached to Secretary
Gage is that- the latter has opinions of his
own and exercises a freedom of his own
in the management of his department and
in his views on questions which come be
fore the President and cabinet.
From tbo Toronto Mail.
if the Ontario goveriurent had no other
sins but its pro-American policy to answer
lor, that of itself Should be enough to
make it dread the day of reckoning. That
bus been too flagrantlfor the people to for
give. By the government, the Michigan
saw mill interacts ijrq maintained in a
j.ractkal monopoly o^tite business of man
ufacturing into l^mbqr the pine logs taken
eft the Crown tjnu&dpf the Georgian bay
district. The monopoly Mr. Hardy iji effect
now declares t?n ,be Nested In the Michigan
lumbermen. Tl}f rtswlt of It is that our
ow n big mills age sl?ncllng in gloomy Idle
ness, wlile the.'logs. from the richly tim
bered country auout tfieai t.re floating past
to pre vide worl$ and profit (p the mills
across the lake. ? ,(J
Even more variable'In the long run will
prove another JH>ono.pbly which this gov
ernment has confeired on friends across
the lire. This luithe control of the Niagara
water power. It woulp, especially in these
days of electrlqjty, oe hard to over-prize
the splendid resource, we had on our bank
of the Niagara. When Lord Kelvin looked
upon the marvel of force he prophesied
that it would soon be supplying energy to
a vast number of the greatest centers of
power In the world. In this provlnoe, in
the settled parts of which no coal lands
have yet been found. Its development would
work an industrial revolution. But the
Ontario government has put its develop
ment beyond the control of the province.
It has handed over the franchise of the
Canadian Falls of Niagara to an American
company. For a century of this progressive
age the province must permit one of its
greatest and most valuable natural powers
to be controlled by a foreign corporation,
which is thus In a position to levy what
tax it pleases on Ontario Industry.
William Schoenlnnk Dead.
BERLIN, December 24.?William Schoen
lank, the consul general of the Central
American republics, ia dead.
OBSERVING THE DAY
How the President and Cabinet Will
PLANS OF LEADING OFFICIALS
The Occasion Will Be a Quiet One
at the White House.
CLO.SED TO VISITORS
The White House will be closed tomor
row, and the President will spend the day
with Mrs. McKlnley and his nieces, Misses
Barber ami Duncan, away from his busi
ness office r.nd he Importunities of office
seekers. But for the death of the Presi
dent's mother and his cousin, the White
House Christmas festivities this year would
have been In keeping with the spirits of
the young people who are domiciled there.
As it is, however, the day will be without
festivities of any kind. Those mentioned
and a few friends will be present at the
Christmas dinner. Mr. Abner M^Kinley
and his family are away from the city,
and will not be here for Christmas. The
usual big turkey from Rhode Island has
arrived, and will be a central dish of the
White House table. The President and
family may attend church during the day.
Secretary Gage will spend the day at
home with his family, lie remained at the
Treasury Department this afternoon long
after all the clerks had gone from their
Attorney General McKenna will eat
Christmas turkey with his family, and
there will be no festivities.
Supreme Court Justices.
All the Justices of the Supreme Court
have remained in the city to spend Christ
mas time. Justice Brewer left town to speak
on Forefathers' day at one of the many
gatherings of that kind, but he will be at
his home here tomorrow.
Mr. John Russell Yourg. librarian" of Con
gress. will spend the day with his family
at their home in Washington.
Mr. Thomas G. Alvord will remain in
Washington witii his family.
Representative Daizell remains in Wash
ington through the recess and will spend
Christmas at his residence on New Hamp
The Secretary of the Interior left this
afternoon for New York, where he will
spend the holidays with his family. He
will not return until next Wednesday.
The Postmaster Gei.eral will spend the
holidays at his home in Baltimore.
Mr. Heath, tirst assistant postmaster gen
eral. is spending his Christmas with his
family at the old homestead in Illinois.
Mr. Davis, assistant secretary of the in
terior, will eat his Christmas turkey ai his
homa in this city.
Mr. Greeley, acting commissioner of
patents, will also s>per.d his Christmas in
Commissioner Hermann of the genera!
land office will spend the day at his home
in thin city
Judge Ryan, the assistant secretary of
the interior, will spend his Christmas in
this city. Several members of his family
are coming on to be with the judge during
Mr. Biistow, fourth assistant postmaster
general, will remain in Washington during
the holidays. Mr. Shallenberger, second as
sistant postmaster general, and G. neral
Merritt, the third assistant postmaster gen
eral, also expect to remain 111 Washington
during Ihe holidays.
The commissioner of pensions, Mr. Kvans,
wiH spend his Christmas holidays in Wash
ington with his wife, wno recently arrived
from her home in Tennessee.
The Speaker unit Clinirmnfl IJinulcy,
Speaker Reed has remained in the city
since Congress entered upon the holiday re
cess and will spend his Christmas here.
Representative Dingley will spend Christ
mas In this city with his wife and daugh
ter, who are in Washington with him.
Senator McMillan will spend Christmas
with those members of his family who re
side here. It lias frequently happened since
Mr. McMillan has been in the Senate that
he has had all his children with him on
these occasions, but this year no one will
come from Detroit for the day.
tommiuiiinrr llutterworlli In Georgia
The commissioner of patents, Maj. But
tei worth, will spend his Christmas holidays
In Thomasviile, Ga., where he is at present
recuperating his health.
Assistant Secretary Vanderlip has gone to
Chicago to remain until next Monday.
Mra. Booth's Condition Critical.
NEW YORK, December 24.?Mrs. Bal
lington Booth, who is ill in this city, passed
a fairly comfortable night, but there was
no apparent change in her condition this
morning and she is still in a critical state.
Dervishes Oppose HrlllaiH Advance.
CAIRO, December 21.?The dervishes
have left Shendy and Metemmeh and arc
marching against the Anglo-Egyptian
forces, with Berber as their objective point.
Dr. Stephen Conger Drops Dead.
NEW YORK, December 21.?Dr. Stephen
H. Conger, cne of the most prominent citi
zens of Summit, N. J., dropped dead in the
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western rail
road waiting rcom at that place today. Dr.
Conger was seventy-six years old. One of
his two sons is the Rev. Sydney Conger of
Wyoming. N. J.
Gold Tide Flows This Way.
NEW YORK, December 24.?Heidelbach,
Ickleheimer & Co. announce that they have
Jjoo.noo in gold leaving .London tomorrow
consigned to them.
Convict Stubbed by Fellow Prisoner.
BUFFALO, N. Y., December 24.?Harry
Kings was latally stabbed by a fellow con
vict at the Erie penitentiary yesterday and
died today. Frank Carr, a United States
prisoner from New York city, convicted of
passing counterfeit money, was the assail
Blow at Oleomurgnrine.
LINCOLN, Neb., December 24.?Before
adjourning the State Dairymen's Associa
tion adopted a resolution condemning state
officials for permitting the use of oleomar
garine in state institutions, reciting the
fact that its manufacture Is no longer per
mitted in Nebraska, and that it is a foreign
substance brought into competition with
home dairy products.
Pack Train Starts (or Alaska.
CHEYENNE, Wyo., December 24.?The
army pack train has left here for Alaska,
twelve packers and sixty-two mules form
ing the outfit. Before leaving the packers'
wages were increased from $30 to $150 a
month, and the chief packers' wages from
$150 to $250 a month.
Bank Examiaer Buy.
The bank examiner and his assistants
were busily engaged today In going over
the books and accounts of the Chestnut
Street National Bank. The examiner de
clines to make any statement regarding the
assets and liabilities of the instutlon, but
says he will furnish a complete statement
when his investigation shall have been com
pleted. Every effort is being made by Pres
ident Singerly and the directors of the bank
to adjust the accounts of the bank in such
manner that creditors will receive every
dollar which is due them.
Following the meeting of the directors of
the trust company which terminated in an
assignment of the company there was a
conference of the officials of the bank with
representatives of a number of financial in
stitutions of the city, at which was dis
cussed a plan to raise sufficient funds to
liquidate all the claims against ine bank.
The conference is in session at this writing.
The trust company has about 3,200 differ
ent deposit accounts and the bank has out
1300 deposit accounts.
WAS CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING
Woman Richly Dressed and Wearing Valua
ble Diamonds. '
Cuiff ei tt Inaprctor?Financial
Strait* and Desire to Make Pres
ents the I'lea.
A young woman, richly dressed, who was
wearing several hundred dollars' worth of
diamonds on her tinkers and in her ears,
was arrested about noon today by Detec
tives Helau and McXamee for alleged
shoplifting in the Palais Royal, and when
taken before Inspector Mattingly she con
fessed her guilt and said her name was
Mary Thompson. She told the inspector
that her husband is a salesman on the
The fair prisoner told the officers that
she came here from Boston several weeks
ago, and had taken the goods* from the
store because she wanted to give prints
to a number of friends. This, she said,
was her first offense, and she was driven
to it because of financial reverses.
When the detectives met her on the
street, near the Palais Royal, and informed
her that she was under arrest, the woman
had very little to say. The action of the
officers was a complete surprize to her. bat
she did not seem to be agitated. Her ar
rest changed her appearance very little, if
any, and she was inclined to be indignant
more than to show fright. But she re
turned to the big store with the detectives
and went in the private room where there
was a colored woman to search her. The
colored woman, who was p'ared there to do
this work tor the Offlc< rs. looked in as
tonishment when she saw that she had to
search a woman who was so finely dressed
and who wori so many handsome jewels.
Rennltn of the Search.
The search was rewarded by the finding
of two silver-back brushes and a comb to
match, some silk hosiery, a box of fancy
note paper and a pair of suspender garters.
Mrs. Thompson, as she gave her name, re
mained silent while the search was being
made, and when first questioned as to her
name she refused to give it.
From the store she was escorted by De
tective Helan to headquarters, where the
officer and Inspector Mattirgly conferred
with her. For some minutes she would *ell
them nothing, hut finally admitted that
she had taken the articles and gave t'.ie
reasons. Later on she gave the name
The woman had been last night in one of
the big stores, acting in a manner which
attracted attention, and she was followed
and Watched, it had been stateu by one
of the clerks in the store that she had
| helped herself to some article, but the floor
walker to whom the clerk made complaint
did not feel as if he wanted to take the
chance of arresting her.
She was too well dressed for him to be
lieve the story, but he had htr watched,
and she was followed to a house on liiih
street northwest between li and I streets.
This morning she returned to one of the
stores, and was again closely watched by
one of the floor walkers. From one store
snc w; s followed to another, and the de
tectives were told of the alleged miscon
duct of which she was said to have been
When the ofTiocrs had watched her move
ments for a few minutes, and were fully
satisfied there could be no mistoke, they
placed her under arrest.
Taken to tlie Station.
Front headquarters the prisoner was
taken to the first precinct station, where
she was searched by the matron, but noth
ing additional was recovered.
When the arrest of the woman was com
municated to the several big stores some
of the clerks and floorwalkers renumbered
having seen Iter One of them remarked
that if the shoplifting business was kept
up th?re would noon be no room in the
stores for customers. More arrests for ;U
leged shoplifting have been made this
season than usual, the police say. and con
siderable property has been recovered.
FOR tlH.VS POOR.
Secretary Sherman Appeals to the
People of the I nlted States.
The Secretary of State has issued, in the
name of the President, an appeal to the
people of the United States in behalf of
the suffering poor of Cuba for food and
supplies. Contributions may be sent in
care of Consul General Lee, Havana.
A Degree of latitude Far Sorth.
From the Dagens Nyheter, Malmo, Sweden.
A great undertaking?namely, the meas
urement of a degree of latitude in the
polar regions,' leading to a more exact
knowledge of the earth's form, appears to
be on the eve of accomplishment. The
solution of this question has long been
the cheif aim of Swedish polar explora
tion, and negotiations have been going
on for some time pas*, with most distin
guished authorities abtoad, with a view
to securing the cooperation of other coun
The earliest preliminary investigations
regarding this question were carried out
by the Spitzbergen expeditions of l.stjl and
!M>4, under Prof. Torell and Baron Xor
dtnskjold, and Prof. Rosen later on draft
ed a detailed plan for the Swedish ?Acad
emy of Scitnces. Prof. E. Jaderin has
now proposed to the academy that it
shcuid make arrangements with the gov
j ernment for a preliminary expedition to
be sent out to Spitzbergen next summer,
I and that Russia should l>e invited to co
operate in the final measurement of a
degiee in and 11*00.
The task of the preliminary expedition,
which it is intended should start in May
and return in September, would be to
complete the investigations already made
as to facilities for the necessary trim
gulation, to reach the summits of hither
to unclimbed mountains and to set up
Webster Davis, assistant secretary of the
interior, will address the Rhode island
Business Men's Association on its ninth
annual banquet. New Year night, on "Good
Citizenship." The other speakers will be
Governor Dyer and Senator AJdrich.
BALTIMORE, December 24.?Floor inactive, un
changed? receipts. 11.120 barrel*; exerts. tfrt.270
barrels. Wheat strong? spot ami month. })9>|alM^;
January, Ct/^aW^; May, 96 bid; steamer No. 2
red, 93%a9t? receipts. 51,730 bushels: exports. 5S.
991 bushels; stock. 1.307,185 bushels; sales. 26.UOO
bushels?southern wL< at by sample. 94al0<c. do. ??n
grade, 94%a99%. Corn tlrm-si>ot and month. 334a
33%; December, new or old, S3^i33%; January.
33S*a33I/4. February. 334a 33%; steamer mix?*?!,
31 4a31%?receipts. 1K2.741 bushels; exports, 219.
879 bushels; stock, 7U>.709 bushels; sales. 9.4NHI
bushels?southern white and yellow corn, 29a34.
Oats steady?No. 2 white, 29*1:94; No. 2 mixed,
27a274?receints, 23,4fc9 bushels; exports, none;
stock, 426,573 bushels. Rye firmer?No. 2 nearby,
62%; No. 2 western. 53% sales?receipts. 8,384
bushels; exports, none; stock. 324.9<?0 bushels.
Hay steady?choice timothy. 13. Grain freights
rery dull, unchanged. Sugar strong, unchanged.
Butter quiet, unchanged. Eggs and cheese steady,
unchanged. Whisky unchanged.
Quotations reported by Corson & Macart
2 per cents, registered 994
4 per cents, coupon of 19u7 114% 115';
* per cenrs, registered of 1907 112% 113
4 per cents, c HI poo of lt?25 1284 129
4 per cents, legistered of 1925 1284 129
6 per cents, coupon of 1904 114*4 1144
5 per cents, registered of 1P04 1141 * 114'"
Currency 6 per eeuts of 1898 1<?2% .....
Currency 6 per cents of 1899 103
Grain, Provisions and Cotton Markets
Furnished by W. B. Hibhe & Co., bankers
and brokers, 1427 F St., members New York
stock exchange, correspondents Messrs.
Ladenburg, Thalmanr. & Co., New York.
Op n. Hl "h. Low. Close.
Whest-Msy 94Vfr 941k 9*4 944
July 84 Si K% 844 844
Corn-May 294 29 ~*
May 294 29 i 294 19%
July S(.% 30% % 30% 3o?-%
Oats?May 23 234 23 21S
O; en. High. Low. Close.
Pork-Msy 8 96 8.f?7 8.92 8.97
Lard-May 4.70 4.72 4.70 4.72
Ribs?May 4.55 4.57 4.52 4.57
Month. Open. Hirh. law. C'.ose.
January 6.78 6.80 5.74 6.74
M-rvh 6.** 6>t 6 62 5.82
***? ?-9? 5.9* 6.92 6.92
IkOO 101 6h96 5.98
Unusual Ante - Holiday Strength
Shown cn the Stock Exchange.
STREET RAILWAYS LEAD ADVANCE
Grangers and Coalers Also Record
GENERAL MARKET REPORTS
Special Iitfpatoh to The Kvenlng Star.
NEW YORK, Decern l>er U4.?iVvreaPing
fears of dear morey and the determination
to restore trunk line rates had a benettoiil
influence on stock values this morning;.
W htle the market betrayed the custom
er)' characteristics of ante-hDlidav trading
there has seldom been great sttength
evolved from such a minimum volume of
business. Advances of considerable propor
tions were recorded in many instances.
Manhattan and M*troi>olitan Trac'ion h ad
ing, as in previous days.
The demand for the latter continues good
and there are growing Indications of ac
tivity on the part of largo interests who
prefer waiting until after the holidays
The certainty of municipal favor, coupled
wiih important combination*, is attracting
buying by a class of operators who are
rarely in the dark as to future intention*
and legibilities. The strength In the
street railway shares very naturally force*,
covering elsewhere, so that the entire mar
ket had an undertone of strength quite out
of proportion to the total dealings.
The grar.ger issues, with Hurlington lead
ing at a fraction over par. were all well
taker, as the rest It of th?- belief thai pres
ent prices are but an installment on ih ?
advance contemplated early in the new
The coal shares, particularly Reading and
New Jersey Central, developed cons?dera
l le strength and responded quite easily to
The activity of an operator identified
larg< 1\ with the summer advance in Sugrtr
invited buying by a following which met
with som<- success by pursuing similar tac
tics a few months ago.
The Sugar operators, while divided on the
merits of the stock in the face of growing
competition, .ill agree that n responds in ?re
easily to buying than to selling. This fact
is too significant to need further inside ex
The market may be generally describe 1 as
being full of specialties, th? complete le
velopnient of which hinges on the success
ful passing of a possible money squeeze
around the last of next week. At the mo
m?nt th?*re is little fear of such an even":.
1 ut prudence is rarely unprofitable.
The bank statement, i>su?d today earlie;
than usual, reflects a loss of $4..'t,A'>.<MHiii;
lawful m iney, all in l?*gal tenders, due ii.
a great measure to I'nion pay
ments. An iiunase of nearly in
the loans, is due to the same operation.
The reserve is decreased a trifle ov?-r $4,
which reduces ttie surplus holdings
to $1 1 ,r?l23,4.Vt. As the deposits are the larg
est in the history of the clearing house, this
reserve is rather small, out looses Its Sig
nificance I ecause of the foreii?n ? red its not
yet reduced to any considerable d"gr?'e.
The engagement of pold for ship
ment to the United States indicate*? very
clearly, however, the grwwinic recognition
of the wisdom of an increased reserve.
FIX ASCI AL A\D COMMKRCIAL.
The following ore the opening, the hig.K
e?!t and the lowest and the closing priccs Ci
the New York stock market today, as re
ported by Corson & Macartney, member?
New York stock exchange. Correspondents,
I Messrs. Moore & Schle>. No. SU Broadway.
Open. Hl?b. 1 Cote.
American spirits 7 61$ 6~,
[ American Spirits, pfd... IS 18 16 16^
American Sugar 141*,
American sugar. pfd 118 1127, 118
American Tobacco ... wsv SO fi6% ST
A melica II t Vt? on Oil.... 23 23 V *3 23*%
Atchison 13},- 13V 18% 18%
Baltimore Ar OMO !4 14 18% 14
hay state Gas 4% *% 4% 4*
t anada Southern ?t)tf MM 52)*
Chesapeake * Ohio 21% 21% tt%
O.CC. A St, Louis 34% 34% 34 %
cnicago. B. a g ws '.?*?% **% hK>%
cnicago&N on n western ?2l% I2t iv:*
Chicago Gas V7% t?7% ?7% V7%
C M. A St. Paul *5% *6<, ?5%
C M. A St. Paul, pfd
Chicago, K.I. A Pacific.. *0% 9\\ *>% ?1 %
Chicago, St. Pa a I. M. AO 7*?* 7s*. 78*^ 7s\
consolidated Gas 182% .88% is*% 1 ?2%
De! Lack AW 157 57 157 ;?7
Delaware A Hudson .... U8% :'.8V 118% 118
Den. A Kio Grande, pld 46 40 46 46
General Electric 33'- 83% 28%
Illinois Central l?t4 104% 103% b?8k*
Lea at die a Nas&mie.. 56% 57% :?n% 56if
.teeiropolitan Traction.. 12*%' 182 12# 132
Manhattan Klevated .... 1<M?% 10s% 10?%
Mirnigan Central !02% 1U8% 1***%
Missouri Pacific 34% 34% 34% 34?,
National Lead Co 35 36% 85 86?,
National L.eau Co., pra 106 W5 105
New Jersey Central ... *7% **% *7% ?7%
New Vorfc central 1<?7^ 107^ 107 1WS
Northeru Pacific 21*. 21'. 21*. i\\
Northern Pacific, pfd... 5V, 5v?\ 59^
Ont. a Western 16?4 16^ 16, 16s,
i aciUc Mali 96 So ?? 3i?
l'hlla. A heading VB*, 24 22% 28
Pullman P. c. CO
southern Ky., pfu 32J, 33 82?, 32\
Phila. 1 rartion
lexaa Pacific 11 11% II US
Tenn. Coai a irou 25',' tty 25 25
I'nion Pacific .. 26^ 26?i 26'* 26%
L . S. Leather pfd 63 6b\ 6S 63%
Wabash, nfd 18 ls>tf 18
Western Cniou iel 82 v??%
WnRlilngton Stock Exchange.
Sales?rrgiilar call?12 o'clock m.?Capital Traf
tioii, 15 ?t 02'*; 20 at tt2'>: 2o at C2'n; 2?? rt
?2S,; 20 ut 02'*. I'. S Kl?nrlc light, lo at_HS;
?i at yH; lo at 98. American Grapbophoue, 17 ut
l". l-rrlf Gmphotihoee, pnfemi, 160 at
10%. Poeuinatic Gun Carriage, loo at 45 cent*.
After rail?American Graphopboue, 100 at lo1,.;
l(Ni at lo*4. Ame.icHii Graplu>phune, preferred,
100 at IOvh. Columbia Fire li!mir.?n<*e. !?*? l^-X.
12 .it 12%; loo Ht 12 4; ltJO at 12'?. Washington
Gas, 10 ut 47; lo at 47; 4 at 47. Pneumatic Guu
Cartlage, I0i? at 45 cents.
District ??f Columbia Ii??nds.?20-year fund 5s. lo2
bid. 3"-year furul gold. 111 bid. 3.05a, fund
ing, currency, 114 bid.
Miscellanea's Bonds.?Metropolitan Railroad 5s.
110 bid. Metropolitan Kailruad omit. o*. 124^
bid. 127 a?ked. Metro|?<tll;aii Railroad certlflca*es
of indebte?iue8H, A. 125 bid. M? tr..p diau lU'lroad
certiticates of indebtedness, B. 115 bid Belt
Itailroad 5J bid. Kckiugton Ba.lroad h?j. SK?-i
bid. Columbia Railroad 0s. 120 bid. 122 Hhked.
Washington Gas C^mjany 0s. aoriea A. 113 bid.
Washiiigtoii Gas (Company Oh. aerleH B, 114 bid.
t". S. Klectrlc Light del?enture Imp., lo.i bid.
Chesapeake aud l'otomae Telephone 5s. 102 bid.
American Security aud Tru?t 5s, F. and A., l?s?
bid. Ameri<an Security and Trust f?s. A. and O..
100 bid. W ashington Market Comi any 1st 0?. 110
bid. Washington Market Company imp. 0?. llo
bid. Washing on Market Company ext. ?ls, 11 c? bid.
Man?>uic liail Assueiation 5s. 107^1'id. \Vasljing
ton Light Infantry 1st 6s. 00 bid. 100 asked.
National Bank Storks.?Bank of Washington, 275
bid. 300 asked. Metropolitan. 3 * bid. :i2?? s?k*d.
Central. 2t?u bid. Farmers and Mechanics*. ISO
rdd. Second 140 bid. Citizens', 135 bid. 0?
lumbia, 130 bid. Capital. 12u bid. West Knd,
103 bid, 10,J asked. Traders', 95 bid. Lincoln.
Safe Deposit and Tn at C mpaniea.?W ashington
Loan and Trust, 121 lud, 125 asked. American
Security and Trust, 147 bid. Washington Safe
Deposit. 50 bid. ... ,
Railroad Stocks.?Capital Traction. 62% bid. 62',
asked. Metropolitan, 12o bid. Odumbia. 63 bid,
08 itsked . _
Gas aud Electric Light Stocks.-W ashington Gas.
40% bid Georgetown Gas. *40 bid. U. S. Elec
tric Light. x97 bid. 100 asked.
Insurance Storks.?Firem? n's, 30 bid. Franklin,
38 bid. Metropolitan. 65 bid. Corcoran. 56 bid.
Potomac. 04 l id. Arliurtoo, 133 bid, 147 asked.
German-American, 185 bid. National I'nion, 10
bid. 12 asked. Columbia. 12 bid. Riggs, 7S bid.
6^4 asked. People's, 5% bid. 6 asked. Lincoln,
9% bid. 10 asked. Commercial. 4 bid. 4% asked.
Title Insurance Storks.?Keal K?tat? Title, x85
bid. 95 asked. Columbia Title. x4^ bid. 5>i asked.
WaaiilBgtoO Title. 2% bid. District Title. 3 bid.
Telephone S t or ka. ?Pennsylvania. 40 bid, 46
asked. Cliesan ake and Potomac. 05 bl l. 70 asked.
American Graphopbone, 10 bid. lOVfe asked. Amer
ican Grapboph?me. preferred, 10% bid. 10% asked.
PiHMimatlr Gun Carriage. .44 bid, .45 asked
Miscellaneous Stocks. ? Mergent baler UootJtc,
xl38 bid, 13&* nsked. Lanst<>n Monotype. 18% Md,
m asked. Washington Market. 10 Md. Great
Falls Ice, 107 bid, 112 asked. Norfolk and Wash
ington Stramboat, 100 bid. Lincoln Hall. 90
6teve Spellen. who ?hot Mike Robert at
Dubois, Pa., and then barricaded himself
tn his house, was fatally shot yesterday
by the officers who were pursuing him.
Albert 8. Warner, the leader of the kid
napers of "Johnny" Conway, was sentenc
ed to fifteen years in prison by Judge