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PUtLfSHCO DAILY. EXCEPT SUNDAY. Office, ink ttrHl X Na?>>raala A? The Evening Star Newspaper Company* S. M. KAUFPMANN, Preat. Hew York Office: 13* Trltaaa BelMlaf. Ckkafe Office: Beyce lalMlaf. In4n OfflM: Traialcar BiiMltp, Trafalgar Sfim The Evening Star la earned to aabacrlbei* te tbe cltr by cerrlere. on their oWn accovot, at 10 cent* per weak, or 44 centa per month. Ooplea at the roomer, 2 centa aach. By mall?anywhere to tbe U.8 or Canada-pos (age prepaid?00 ceDta par most*. Saturday Quintuple Hbeet Star, fl par /ear; wltk fcreljrn poatage ndc'ed *S.n& (Entered at the Poet Office at Waahtngtoa, O. OL, aa eecoDd-claae mall matter.) CT All mall aobecrlpt lone nraat be paid la adraDeai Katea of adrertlalng made known oo application. \ 1900?SIXTEEJf PAGES. TWO CEXTS. the star bt kaiu Persons leaving the cltjr for IR^ period can have The Star mailed to them to any address In the Unltod Statea or Canada, by ordering It at thla office. In peraon or by letter. Terma: 13 centa per week: 25 cents for two weeka. or 80 centa per month. Invariably In advance. Sub acrlbera changing their addreaa from one Poet-offlce to another ahould Rive the laat addreaa aa well aa the new one. NAMES OF THE DEAD Houston Post Publishes a List of 2,701 Today. MANY BODIES STILL IN RUINS Work of Clearing Up the Wreck Proceeds Slowly. NEW BRIDGE TO BE BUILT HOUSTON, Te*., September 14.?The Post today print? a list of 2,701 names of the Galveston dead, compiled from various sources, but believed to be authentic. There were hundreds of bodies burned, burled at fea and In the sand of which no Identifica tion was possible; there 'were other hun dreds who were buried on the beach of th? mainland, few of whom have been Identi fied. There are many bodies still In the*rulns of Gaivefton and scattered along the beach of the mainland and in the marshes, where they were thrown by the water. Born* of these bodies have been sent twenty miles Inland along small waler courses by the rush of high waters. Taking all things Into consideration, there seems no longer any doubt that the number of dead will reach beyond the estimate of B.000 which has been made by Mayor Jones, Major R, G. Lowe and other reliable citizens of Galves ton. About 1.300 people arrived here from Gal veston last night, and a truly dilapidated lot they are. They are being cared for as well as possible. Four buildings have L'.en set apart for the benefit of refugees, but of the 3,0<X> who have reached here so far, not more than 8do remain In the public charge, the remainder of them going to the homes ot relatives and friends. There have been delays In the transpor tation of provisions because of a lack of b"afs, but there are more boats now. and the work today will bt) faster and more c< mpleta. The Western Union has succeeded In get ting a wire Into Galveston, but as there are no poles standing, the wire does not re main in working condition long. The com j>any has a nlneteen-wlre cable across the bay, and expects to have It working in a few days. The Postal company will also have direct communication with Galveston In a few days. Agents of several of the Insurance com panies who are In Galveston say that there is certain to be much confusion, but they do not know what action will be taken by the companies concerning the payment of claims without proof of death, which, In many cases, will be impossible. Contribu tions of money continue to come in, as do supplies of all sorts. RAILROADS LOST HEAVILY. Tlify Purpose Reluil Id i hk a Brldgf to G'alvfNtnn. BRYAN. Texas, September 14?Vice President and General Manager Trice of the International and Great Northern rail road spent several hours in the city last night. Mr. Trice had just come from Gal veston, where he had been in touch with the situation since the great storm. He said the railroad losses will aggregate five or six million dollars. "We are now operating trains to Texas City and carrying on traffic from that point to Galveston >y boat," he said. "Better Bfclpping facilities will be established at Galveston than ever as fast as men and money can place them there. Negotiations are now going on to the end that all rail roads entering the city join forces and ma terials and establish a temporary bridge across the bay. and If the plan succeeds it is hoped that trains can be run into Gal veston in thirty days. The negotiations go ing on also contemplate the construction of a permanent double-track steel bridge to be used by all the railroads entering the city." hag: trouble its Delaware, o. IllackH ami White* Armed and Ready to Kiffht. DELAWARE, Ohio, September 14.?A col ored barber named Beck, accused of exer cising a hypnotic influence over a white girl, was forced to leave town last night by a crowd of H0o angry citizens, who gath ered about his house and threatened to lynch him if he remained. Beck went to Columbus, but was brought back and is now under the protection of about 100 col ored men assembled in South Delaware. About 2*) armed white men are scattered in the vicinity of the college grounds wait ing for developments. The negroes have threatened to shoot if any attempt is made to harm Beck. Intense feeling has been aroused. It is al'eged that Beck has ln tult> d several white girls, whose relatives have been most active in the movement to compel him to leave town. MARYLAM) GOI.R DEMOCRATS. Organizntlon Meetiiia to Be Held In Hal11more Tonight. Si to Th?' Evening Slur. BALTIMORE, Md., September 14,-The H' nes: Money Democratic Association of Maryland, which performed such effective work in the campaign of 1*SOT, will meet in Baltimore this evening for the purpose of preparing f->r the contest of 1SXJ0. The same gentlemen who managed Its affairs then will tak? charge ;?K.?in this year, and Mr. Henry A. Parr will t.< re-elected president. Mr. Parr and the men who are at the head of the movement are all influential demo cratic business men. and it is their Intention to exert all their efforts toward the re-elec tl in of President McKlnley. They claim that a large proportion of the honest money democrats of Maryland will be with them in the tight, and that with their aid the re publicans Aill carry the state by a good ma jority and elecr a majority of the delegation to the House of Representatives. WILL MEET OCTOIIER S. Iteeonvenlnir of the lulled StateM Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of the United States will meet for the October term Monday, October h. When the court adjourned on May iS last there were undisposed of 303 cas< of which number thirty-seven had bun argued and submitted. Since the ad journment of th?- Court to date there have been ill cases tiled, making a total of 414 cases on the docket, against 391 cases on the same day in ISOO. showing an increase of twenty-three cases. Proponed Conrwe In CheMipeake Ray. The Navy Department contemplates the establishment of a measured course In Cnesapeake bay for the trial of ships of tvar of the smaller class. The coast survey has laid out the course, and the first ships to be speeded over it wiil be the torpedo boats bain# constructed at the Trigg works at Richmond. The principal naval trial course is off the New England coast. All the bwttle whips and larger vessels of the navy are tried on that course, and the new course on the Cheaeapeake will probably be used merely for the trial of the smaller iraft. POLICY OF OPPOSITION GOV. ROOSEVELT TELLS OP DEMOC RACY'S LEADING TRAIT. He Makes Speeches at a Number of Points ia South Dakota. WEBSTER, 8. D? September 14.?The special with the Roosevelt party reached this place at 7:30 o'clock this morning. The governor spoke to a fair-sized crowd from the rear platform. He said In part: "There is such a thing as honest opposi tion; there is a kind of opposition that is merely for the sake of opposing. We have among our opponents many men who hon estly object to our policy. Take them as a party, and you know what they would have done. If we had not done what they have opposed us for doing in the Philippines they would have proclaimed us as having aban doned our duty, and would have been run ning Mr. Bryan now so as to get the Philip pines back. I ask you to remember the great war, and call to mind the gloomy aays of '64. In order to overcome the ene mies of the republic under arms you had to uphold the hands of Abraham Lincoln, and, as you remember well, no defeat could have been inflicted on the national armies in the field which would have been as dis astrous to the cause of the republic as the defeat of Lincoln at the polls. "Yet at that time the party whose polit ical heir and assign Mr. Bryan Is. was de nouncing Abraham Lincoln in terms which make the language used by our opponents about President MoKinley seem like praise. They used the vilest language in describing him personally: they accused him of the desire to be an emperor: they had not In dented the term of imperialist at that time; hey Just called him plain emperor. The onguage of their denunciation was that If ve were successful we would meet amidst he ruins of Constitution and the wreck of ur liberties. ''Now, thirty-five years afterward, our opponents have gained wisdom. They have not caught up entirely, but they have" come on. The tail of a procession as it moves along sometimes gets where the head of it was. Now. If Mr. Bryan lives, as 1 hope he will, for thirty-flve years, for I wish him well?in private life?if he lives for thirty flve years, I have not the least doubt that he will be quoting McKinley at that time with the same approval that he now quotes Lincoln." Short stops were made at Summit and Millbank, Governor Roosevelt making brief addresses at those places. REAR ADMIRAL SICARD DEAD. Passes Anay at Ills Snmmer Home in Weaternvllle, S. Y. ROME, N. Y., September 14.?Rear Ad miral Montgomery Sicard died of apoplexy at 0 o'clock this morning at his summer home at WesternvUJe. After a distinguished service extending over a period of forty-eight years, Admiral Sicard was retired on the ilOth of Septem ber, 1SP8, halving on that day reached the age limit of sixty-two year#. Admiral Sleard's career was bound up to a large extent with the development of the new navy, after he had given almost thirty years of service to the old navy. For ten years after 1881 he was at the head <>f the bureau of ordnance in this city, and had much to do with the conversion of the new ships, which had then begun to build, into the modern fighting machines which they aro today. At the opening of the Spanish war he was in command of the North Atlantic squadron and retained command from the time the Maine was blown up in Havana harbor until Captain Sampson was appointed to succeed him. just after the declaration of war. He would undoubtedly have re tained command during the war had not the failure of his health just at that time compelled him to relinquish active service. As it was, he c&me to Washington and : throughout the exciting period of hostili ties he acted as president of the strategy board and as one of the President's valued advisers. Admiral Sicard was born in New York city September 30, 1836, and was appointed an acting midshipman in the navy from the twentieth congressional district of New York in 1851. During the civil war he served on the Dacotah and the Oneida, un til 1804, when, having reached the grade of lieutenant commander, he w^s appointed to the command of tne Seneca. His other service Included the superintendency of the Naval Academy from 1863 to 1868; the com I mand of the receiving ship Vandalia; in spector of ordnance at the Washington navy yard, 1872 to 1878; the command of the Swatara; president of the steel inspec tion board In 1890; the command of the monitor Mlantonomoh and the command of the navy yards at Portsmouth and New York. He was promoted to be rear ad miral April 6, 1807. Admiral Sicard was considered one of the most scholarly and capable officers in the Bervlee. Much of his valuable work was connected with the de velopment of the armor and armament of s'-.lps during the various periods when he whs attached, either as chief or as subordi nate, to the ordnance bureau. I*p to this afternoon the Navy Department had not received officially the news of his sudden death. KILLING OF JOSEPH BOOTH. I), and O. Railroad Found Criminally ?KllRent by Coroner's Jury. SixH-ial Dispatch to The Evening Star. HY ATTS VILLE, Md., September 14 ? The coroner's Jury impaneled yesterday, and which adjourned until this morning, to investigate the cause of the death of Joseph Booth at Melrose avenue crossing, in Hyattsville, Wednesday evening last, found the B. and O. railroad criminally negligent in not providing proper protec tion at the said crossing. From the evi dence there was but one eye witness to the affair. Mr. R. E. Wood, a resident of Hyattsville, who said he was about fifteen or twenty feet from the vehicle when it was struck. He did not hear the tr^ln whistle blow, nor did he remember having heard the electric bells. Engineer Hoff man of the train stated that he did not see the wagon until after the engine had struck it. He was on the right-hand aide of his engine, and, as the wagon drove upon the track from the opposite direction, it was Impossible for him to see It. The fireman also testified he did not see the wagon until after it was struak. ? ? ? GERMANY'S ROVD ISSl'E. Loan of 80,000.000 Marks to Be Offered In America. BERLIN, September 14.?It Is officially announced by the board of directors of the Disconte-Gesellschaft that, with the co operation of the Imperial Bank and through the Intermediary of the Disconte-Gesell schaft, the Norddeutsche Bank of Ham burg. the M. M. Warburg Company of Hamburg and Kuhn, Loeb & Co. of New York, acting In conjunction with the Na tional City Bank of New York, have taken over 80,000.000 marks of 4 per cent treasury bonds of the German empire, falling due In 1004 and 1005. With the approval of the Imperial Bank, the issue will be placed on the market in the United States. Will Help to Open the Campaign. The Postmaster General left here this morning for New York, where,he will par ticipate tonight In the opening of the re publican campaign, delivering addresses at several of the meetings to be held there. for Ke>UI? sf the Orced. CLEVELAND, Ohio, September 14.?The Cleveland presbytery, by a vote of 88 to 4. has declared for a revision of the Presby terian creed. CONDITIONS IMPROVE Gen. McKibbin Sends Encouraging Report From Galveston. WILL NOT SUFFER FROM HDN&ER Enough Food on the Way to Feed the Destitute. INSPECTION OF THE FORTS The War Department today received sev eral telegrams relating to the conditions at Galveston. The following la from Gov. Sayers, Austin, Tex., September 18, to the acting secretary of war: "Will wire you if any further aid be nec essary. Please express to the department my most grateful acknowledgment for its prompt and generous assistance. "JOSEPH D. SATERS, Governor." McKibbin Reports Improvement. Adjt. Gen. Corbin has received a telegram from Gen. McKibbin, commanding the De partment of Texas, dated Galveston, Sep tember 12, describing conditions in that ill fated city, as follows: "General conditions are improving every hour. Repairs to water works will tomor row insure water supply for fire protection. Provisions of all kinds are being received in large quantities; enough are now en route and at Houston to feed all destitute for thirty days. Large numbers of women and children have left for Houston and in terior points. Dead bodies are being burned, and general sanitary regulations are being enforced more rigidly. There is now no danger of suffering from lack of food or shelter. City under perfect control, under charge of committee of safety. The adjutant gen eral of the state Is here, and in charge of state troops. Loss of life is probably greater than my conservative estimate of yester day. Property loss enormous. Not an In dividual in the city has escaped; some in thousands of instances loss total. "Today, In company with Col. Roberts, Capt. Rtche made an Inspection at Fort Crockett, and by tug of the fortifications at Forts San Jacinto and Travis. With the exception of two of the 4.7 Inch rapid fire guns the batteries may be con sidered non-existent. Capt. Rlche has forwarded by wire this evening full leport of conditions to chief engineers. I coin cide by recommending that all fortifica tions and ordnance property bo transferred to engineer officer for salvage. Earnestly recommend that Battery O, 1st Artillery, be ordered to Fort Sam Houston for recu peration and equipment. Officers and men are entirely destitute. At present a large number are injured and unfit for duty. Im possible at present to furnish them with or dinary equipage, clothing, as all transpor tation facilities are being utilized to bring in food supplies. Col. Roberts returns to San Antonio tomorrow. (Signed) "McKlBBIN, Commanding." The adjutant general also received an other telegram from Gen. McKibbin, as fol lows: ,ti,^t'errlnr t0 my teleffram of yesterdav tilth), renew recommendation that Capt. Rafferty s battery, l.t Artillery, be ordered to * ort Sam Houston for recuperation and equipment. Officers and men are absolutely aestitute. All government property lost About twenty men unfit for duty on ac count injuries received in storm. All citi xens unite in commendation conduct of men cannot be satisfactorily supplied here." Condition of Government Property. General John M. Wilson, chief of engi neers. has received the following compre hensive report from Captain Riche at Gal veston as to the condition of government property at that port: JetUes sunk nearly to mean low tide level, but not seriously breached. Channel at least as good as before, perhaps better. iowsnty"flV* feCt certa,nl>r- Forts as ,fol "Fort Crockett, two fifteen-pounders em placement; concrete all rightP standing on fiiht W underneath. Battery for e>ght mortars about like preceding, mor tars and carriages on hand unmounted. Battery for two ten-inch guns about like preceding, both buns mounted and in good ^ia.^ k ,?rewllne at Fort Crockett lias mo\ed back about 01)0 feet. "Fort San Jacinto: Battery for eight twelve-inch mortars badly wrecked, maga repor*fd '&Hen in; mortars reported safe, no piling was under this battery some of the sand parapet left. Batterv for two ten-Inch guns badly wrecked; cen tJS.P?.rtl?? ? 0th gun Platforms down; guns leaning; no piling was under this battery. Battery for two four seven-tenths rapid-fire guns; concrete standing up on oil ing; both guns apparently all right. Bat tery for two fifteen-pounder guns; con crete apparently all right standing on pil ing. Fort San Jacinto batteries could not be reached by land; inspection was from a distance; sand around these batteries seemed pretty well leveled off to about two to tnree feet above mean low water. Tor pedo casemate; nothing but concrete left and badly wrecked. Concrete portion of cable tank left, cable In it probably safe. Part of coal wharf still standing; everv thing else in vicinity gone. Some of the mine cases are down the beach as far as Fort Crockett. "Fort Travis?Battery for three fifteen pounder guns; concrete intact standing on P. ^ater underneath. Battery for two eignt-lnch guns; concrete intact exceut eastern emplacement, which has cracked off; eastern gun down and twenty feet from battery; western one all right; con crete standing on piling; water Underneath middle of battery. These batteri.-s were inspected from the channel. Shore line has made back about one thousand feet about on the line of the rear of these bat teries. All bull.lings and other structures fvOIi5.wt.ln8pection was niade with Gen McKibbin. "Recommendation is made that all forti fications and property be transferred to the engineer department; that for the present batteries be considered non-existent so that future work may be chargeable as original construction. Much ordnance can be saved If given prompt attention. Un less otherwise instructed, I will take charge of these works at once and save all possi ble. New projects for Jetties and forts fnnri0L submitted for several weeks un U1 definite detailed information Is had V.r. hJer rec?w?nendatlons will then be sub mitted as soon as possible. Galveston Is still a deep-water port, and such a Btorm is not likely to reoccur for years." Artillerymen Transferred. Acting on the recommendation of Gen. McKibbin. the acting secretary of war to day authorized the transfer of Battery O 1st Artillery, from Fort Jacinto, Oalves ton, to Fort Sam Houston, near San An tonio. " MAII. FOR THE SOLDIERS. Post Office Representative Goes to China to Establish System. An efficient mall service will be inaugu rated In China for the American troops there at an early day. The Post Office De partment today received a cable dispatch from Mr. Robinson, who will have charge of this mail Bervlce, dated Taku, September 12, saying he had arrived 6afely and that hie cable address is Tongku. Also that he was awaiting Geo. Chaffee's instructions for the location of his headquarters. As soon as this is done Mr. Robinson will make every endeavor to have mail delivered promptly to the American troops wherever they may be in China. It is probable that Soldiers will he utilised to a considerable extent in forwarding mail matter. MAKES DIRE THREAT Lord Roberts Issues a Proclamation to the Boers. DECLARES THE WAR IS OVER He Will Devastate the Country to Stop Guerrillas. ABOUT ^KRUGER'S FLIGHT LONDON, September 14.?The following dispatch has been received at the war office from Lord Roberts: "MACHADODORP, Thursday, September 13.?Kruger has fled to Lorenzo Marques and Botha has been obliged to give over the oommand of the Boer army, tempo rarily, to Viljoen, on account of ill health. In consequence of this I have circulated a proclamation a* follows: " 'The late President Kruger, with Relta and the archives of the South A/rloen re public, has crossed the Portuguese frontier and arrived at Lorenzo Marques, with the view of sailing for Europe at an early date. Kruger has formally resigned the position which he held as president of the 8outh African republic, thus severing his official connection with the Transvaal. Kruger's action shows how hopeless, in his opinion., is the war which has now been carried on for nearly a year, and the desertlpn of the Boer cause should make clear to his fellow burghers that it is useless to continue the struggle any longer. / Fifteen Thousand Boer Prisoner*. I " 'It is probably unknown to the Inhabi tants of tha Transvaal and Orange river colony that nearly 15,000 of their fellow subjects are now prisoners of war, not one of whom will be released until those now under arms agaJnst us surrender uncondi tionally. ' 'The burghers must be cognizant of the fact that no intervention in their behalf j can cyme from any of the great powers and, further, that the British empire is determined to complete the work which has already cost so many live#, "knd carry to a : conclusion the war declared against her by the lato governments of the Transvaal and | the Orange Free State, ? war to which there can be only one ending.' " Lord Roberts' proclamation then points I out that with the exception of the small area which Gen. Botha Is defending trie war has degenerated into Irregular opera tions. which must be brought to an early conclusion, and concludes: "The means I am compelled to adopt are those which the customs of war prescribe as applicable to such cases. They are ruinous to country and entail endless suf fering to the burs hers and their families, and the longer this guerrilla warfare con tinues the more vigorously must they be enforced." ? ?e MAY TAKE PEOPLE AWAY. British anil Otlier F'ort-ijjn Vessel* at Galveston. Gen. Spaulding. acting secretary of the treasury, took further measures today for the relief of the distressed cltteens of Gal veston by arranging for their transporta tion by foreign veas*!* to New Orleans or other gulf porta. The law provides that American vessels only can carry pas sengers between American ports, but dur ing present conditions the Treasury Pepart ment will remit the penalties to which for eign vessels would be liable for the relief of Galveston. The following telegram was received from President McKlnley by Gen. Spauldiug this morning: "From Galveston, Tex., 12th September. "To President United States: "In consequence of calamity and fear ot sickness numerous people wish to leave the city. All our rail communication Is cut off. The revenue cutter of this district U dis abled and ho American steamer Immediate ly available. We therefore respectfully re quest you to instruct the proper authorities to allow British steamers Caledonia and Whitehall and any other foreign vessels now here, but compelled to proceed to New Orleans for cargo, to carry passengers from Galveston to New Orleans. (Signed) "N. C. JONES, Mayor, "CLARENCE OUSELY, "J. D. SKINNER, "C. H. McMASTER, "R. G. LOWE, "Committee." Gen. Spaulding at once sent the following telegram: "W. C. Jones, Mayor, Galveston, Texas. "Replying to your telegram 14th instant addressed to the President: If British steamships Caledonia, Whitehall or other foreign vessels now in your port carry pas sengers in distress from Galveston to New Orleans or other Amerfpan ports during present conditions thig department will consider favorably applications for remis sion of penalties which may be incurred under the law. Advise masters. "O. L. Spaulding, Acting Secretary." ?. ? ? CAHL.1SL.E NOX-COMMITTAL. He Fall* to Indicate What HI* Politi cal Intention* Are. Ex-Secretarv John G. Carlisle Is in Wash ington today and spent some lime this morning visiting friends in the Treasury Department. He was seen by a Star repre sentative and asked some questions touch ing upon politics, but he was evidently firm ly determined to say nothing, at least now, to Indicate his intentions In that direction. When asked if there was any thing in the political field that gave him Interest, he said: "You probably know more Of politics than I do." "But it has been supposed that you would soon make an announcement of your atti tude." "I have no statement to make now, how ever." "You have been spoken of as about ready tp take your position with ex-Secretary OIney and others in favor of Mr. Bryan. "Yea, I know I have been quoted a good many ways, and much has been said of my intentions, but when I get ready to make a statement (If I do get ready) I wljl prepare It and make It In my own way. "As a former Secretary of the Treasury, have you anything to ?ay relative to Secre tary Gage's assertion that Mr. Bryan, If President, would have the power to dis criminate largely in favor of (Bilver in the transactions of the treasury?" ''That Is one of the questions that has been asked me often rec<mtly. It is po litical, and therefore to give an answer would be doing exactly what I have con cluded not to do." "Are you going to Kentucky this fall?" "I may go on professional business, but not for politics." There have been numerous rumors as to Mr. Carlisle's probable attitude, but all of them nave been without his sanction. The one from probably the best source was that Mr. Carlisle and Mr. Cleveland, when din ing together several months ago, even prior to the nomination of Bryan for the second time, decided that they would not be able to support President McKlnley this time. Additional Population Fl?ures. The census bureau announces that the population of Somersvillei Mass., is 01,648, as againsi 40,182 in 181KJ. This is an in crease or 21.4V1, or 58.82 per cent. The population of. Lawrenca, Mas*, is 66,659. as against 44,*64 In 1SKH This is an increase of 17,905, or 4D.10 per Jtent. i The pepuiatlofe of Des MolilSp, Iowa, is 62,1*9, as against 80,088 In UWa^fThls 1b an increase of 12,<m or 24.08 percent. The populates of Bay Citj^p Mich., te 27.628, as agalntat Z7.HS9 1* 1?8F This is a decrease of 211. or .76 per cent BIG STRIKE BEGINS Nearly 10,000 Miners Quit Work in Scranton District. WORK IS CONTINUED IN OTHERS General Tie-Up in All Collieries Expected After Today.. WILL CLEAN UP TONIGHT SCRANTON', Pa., September 14.?Opera tions In the eighteen mines controlled by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad, employing 10,0<K) miners, are al most at a standstill, there being a few men gathered around the mine openings, but none of them going to work. Besides these collieries, those of the Ontario and Western Railroad Company, embracing the Pine Brook, Briggs and West Ridge mines, em ploying 1,800. and the Mount Pleasant col liery, with 600 employes, are shut down to day, the men deciding this morning to quit after they had assembled for work. The Delaware and Hudson mines are working, but with a small force. A statemen-t given out yesterday by President Oliphant of this oompany was discounted somewhat by the action of the local unions of his employes In deciding to obey almost to a man the order to strike, clean up their places and leave the mines in proper condition. The individual operations, embracing more than thirty mines and breakers, are likewise doing little today, and the condi tion existing throughout the region this afternoon is very near to a complete shut down. The miners and their leaders say they are not disturbed as yet over the means of support for the strikers. During the past I week the workers have received their Au | gust pay, some for the full month and others only to the 20th, and as the month was one of the best for a long time their pay was correspondingly high, especiatlv among the Lackawanna Co.'s men. They now have two or three weeks' pay due, which they will secure early in October and the general feeling is that the miners and their laborers are better provided for financially than the public has been led to believe. All of these facts warrant the statement that the strike is on nearly forty-eight hours in advance of the time set for it to begin. Tonight will see the practical clos ing of every mine and breaker in the Lackawanna region, extending from Pitt eton on the south to Forest City on the north. These workings give employment to nearlv 55.00Q men and boys, more than otie-thirn of the entire number of em ployes In the anthracite coal fields of Penn sylvania. NO POLITICS II* THE STRIKE. So Say* I're?ldent Mitchell In an In terview Today. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., September 14.? John Mitchell, president, and W. B. Wilson, secretary-treasurer, of the United Mine Workers of America, today say they are very highly pleased with the manner in which the general anthracite coal strike or der has been received by the public. Mitch ell says he regrets deeply that politicians are undertaking to make capital out of the strike. "I had hoped," Bald he, "that there would be no political significance attached to #o serious a matter as this great strike, in volving, as it does, the very living of 143.000 wage-earners, who. have felt the merciless foot of capital for two decades." Many telegrams were received from the national board members?Fred Dilcher, Ed ward McKay, G. W. Purcell and Benjamin James?now in the anthracite fields, early today. Mitchell is keeping informed on every move made by the rp'ners and the coal operators in the entire anthracite fields. He Is busy preparing to leave for Hazelton, Pa., tomorrow night. He will take with him every official document that may be needed in an emergency, anl with his secretary, will establish headquarters in Hazelton. Thomas D. Nichols, John Fahy and Thomas DufTey, presidents oi an thracite districts. Nos. 1. 7 and 9, will also report direct to Mitchell. Several special organize rp will probably be appointed to work under Mitchell s direction, and other national board members will no doubt be sent to the antnracite regions. Mitchell roposes to hold many mass meetings, and is policy, he says, as well as that of all other leaders in the strike, will be to per suade the workers to remain away from the mines. Other Unions to Aid. CHICAGO, September 14.?In an interview here yesterday Thomas I. Kidd, vice presi dent of the American Federation of Labor, declared that national officers of labor or ganizations may offer to aid the United States Mine Workers In organizing and maintaining their strike. CHICAGO, September 14.?The anthracite coal miners' strike called last night by President Mitchell of the United Mine Workers' Association, was a subject of serious consideration at republican na tional headquarters today. Senator Hanna and Vice Chairman Payne held a long conference with the resident members of the advisory board-as to the best steps to take that a political color be not given the industrial difficulty in Pennsylvania. At democratic national headquarters Sec retary Walsh said he was sure the coal strike would benefit the Bryan ticket. "It will aid us to demonstrate to the working people that combinations of capital are dangerous, and constitute a standing men ace to labor. The strike will cause agita tion, and agitation Is education." STILL, BIRYIKG THE HEAD. Many Bodied Still in the Wreckage at Galveston. GALVESTON, Tex., September 14.?The work of disposing of the dead continues. Several hundred bodies are still burled be neath the wreckage. Thirty-two sand mound9 marked with email boards attract attention on the beach near 2?th street and tell the story of where about seventy-five bodies have been laid to rest. In the ex treme western part of the city about sixty bodies were cremated with wreckage of the homes of the unfortunate victims. A conflict of authority, due to a misun derstanding, precipitated a temporary dis organization of the policing of the city yes terday. It seems that when General Scur ry, adjutant general of the Texas Volun teer Guard, arrived in the city with about 200 militia from Houston he conferred with the chief of police as to the plans for pre serving law and oraer. An order was is sued by the chief of police to the effect that the soldiers should arrest all persons found carryln garms unless they showed a written order signed by the chief of police or mayor giving them permission to go armed. The result was that about fifty citizens wearing deputy sheriffs' badges were arrested by the soldiers and taken to police headquarters, 'fhe soldiers had no way of knowtag by what authority the men were acting with these badges, and would listen to no excuses. After a hurried con ference between General Scurry and Sher iff Thomas it was decided that all deputy sheriffs and special officers shall be permit ted to carry arms and pass in and out of the guard lines. The deputy and special and regular police now police the city during the daytime and the mTiin^ t.ir^ charge of the city at night. WILL ' REPRESENT CHINA YISO LLT ASSOCIATED WITH CHING A\D LI HING CHANG. Commanded the Northern Army and W?> Identified With the Antl Forelgrn Element. The Chinese minister called at the State Department at 11 o'clock today to inform the officials he"has received a dispatch from Li Hung Chang, staring that the latter would leave Shanghai today, going first to Tien Tsln, and thence to Pekln. Minister Wu felt satisfied that In accordance with this purpose, Earl Li had already de parted from Shanghai, probably on one of the many merchant ships centering there, unless the reported action of Russia has caused him to reconsider his proponed de parture. According to these reports Rus sia has Insisted that the emperor shall return and assume full dljpctlon of govern mental affairs, entirely displacing the em press dowager, and that Prince Tuan shall be punished for his part In the recent trouble. It is said these demands have been mads to Li Hung Chang. Mr. Wu is entirely without Information on those points, but he expresses much doubt as to whether such steps have been taken. Even more important than the departure of Earl Li was the information conveyed to Minister Wu that an imperial decree directed Yung Lu to join with Prince Chtng and Li Hang Chang as a commission to negotiate peace. Yung Lu is the com mander of the northern army In China, and during the recent troubles he was identi fied with the anti-foreign element. His ap pointment therefore is not likely to be well received by the powers, for besides his recent performances he is identified with the most obstructive element in China. The Chinese commission now appears to he complete, viz., Li Hung Chang, Prince Ching and Yung Lu. No mention is made of the appointment of the viceroys of Nan kin and Wu Chang, who have been recom mended by Earl Li, and it is the opinion of Minister Wu that their service is inexpedi tnt because of the difficulty in leaving the southern provinces -and making the long trip to Pekin. * AMERICAN CAPITAL. GOING IN. Minister Loomli Tell* of Improved Condition* in Venezuela. Frank Loomis, United State3 minister to Venezuela, had arrived in Washington on leave of absence from his post. Mr. Loomis says that he left Venezuela perfectly quiet bo far as political conditions were con cerned. Commercially there has been a great improvement in affairs, and the rising price of coffee promises a period of great prosperity. American capital is going Into Venezuela in increasing quantities. One corporation has just undertaken to supply Caracas, the capital of the country, with illuminating and heating gas manufactured at the seaport of La Guayra, distant about twelve miles in a direct line. Gas coal in Caracas costs $12 per ton. at sea level the price Is $4, hence the projected pipe line. Another American enterprise under way is the erection of an electric light plant at La Guayra ta light Caracas by long-distance transmission of power. The conditions across the line Sn Colom bia are politically in confusion, aj}4 this has aftected business unfavorably. Just before Mr. Loomis left Caracas the two commissions appointed to delimit the boundary line in the disputes between Ven ezuela and Great Britain and Venezuela and Colombia arrived and entered upon their work. It is believed, Mr. Loomis said, that under the award of 1800. when Spain acted as arbitrator between Venezuela and Colombia. Venezuela will lose almost one seventh of her territory, being almost the enrtire strip of country west of the Rio Negro. NO STRIKE FOR TEN YEARS. System of Arbitration Adopted in the Stove Industry. Mr. Thomas J. Hogan, secretary of the Stove Founders' National Defense Associa tion, whose office is in Chicago, 111., ap peared before the Industrial commission, in session in the BHfs building, today and gave testimony concerning the trade with which he Is connected. The Stove Founders' Na tional Defense Association is an association of employers who organized in order to meet collectively the demands of the Iron Molders' Union of North America. Mr. Hogan explained that for more than thirty years prior to the organization of the Stove Founders' National Defense Asso ciation the stove manufacturers of the United States were in continual warfare with the Iron Molders' Union of North America, the latter organization being com posed of stove and machinery molders. The witness claimed that the union had been utterly indifferent to the interests of the employers. It was during the strike and lockout in Troy in 1880 that the idea of organizing the stove manufacturers' association was formed. A system of arbitration was Intro duced, which for over ten years has pre vented a strike in the stove industry. WORK ON THE RIVER. Col. Allen Reports Progress on Loral Improvements. Col. Allen, the engineer officer in charge of the Potomac river improvements, has re ported that dredging operations in the Washington and Virginia channels will be gin as soon as certain formalities have been observed with the new contractors, the At lantic, Gulf and Pacific Company. The work, he says, will be prosecuted in such order as to give the earliest possible relief to navigation. The Commissioners of the District have been given permission to con struct a sewer across Potomac Park at Easby's Point. According to Col. Allen, the dredging of the bars in the lower Poto mac by Contractor Moore is progressing in a most satisfactory manner, the material so far removed being in excess of the eon tract requirements. Satisfactory progress Is reported in the work of repairing the Aqueduct bridge across the Potomac. The removal of the old masonry of the defective pier Is practi cally complete. A daily average of forty men. working in two shifts of eight hours each, has been employed on the work dur ing the past month. Owing to the con tracted working space. Col. Allen says that is probably as large a force as can be ad vantageously employed. The force is noW engaged In concreting irregularities in the rock bed of the river near the base of the pier and in reconstructing the masonry of that structure. ? ? - Naval Movements. The collier Scindia, en route to China, has sailed from Malta for Port Said. The training-ship Hartford has sailed from Gravesend for Antwerp. The training-ship Essex has sailed from Gravesend for Havre. The water ship Arethusa, bound for the American fleet in Chinese waters, has sailed from Gibraltar for Port Said. The gunboat Bancroft has Balled from New London for Key West on her way to Galveston. The North Atlantic squadron, consisting of the New York, Texas, Indiana, Massa chusetts, Kearsarge, Kentucky and Scor pion, has arrived at Portsmouth. The hot?pltal ship Solace, which brought a considerable number of those who were wounded while fighting in China, has ar rived at San Francisco. INTERVIEW WITH LI He Talks Freely of the Recent Troubles in China. SAYS EMPRESS WAS BADLY ADVISED Thinks the Question of Indemnity Can Be Settled. STARTS FOR PEKIN TODAY fCWpyrlgbt. lflOO, the Araociated Pre*.) SHANGHAI. Wednesday. September 12^. Li HunK Chang Informed a representative i of the Associated Press today that he will start for Tien Tsin Friday, September 14. i that he will go to Pekln If circumstance!, demand It and that Prince Ching and he j had full authority from the dowager em ' press and emperor to negotiate a settle ment with the powers, explaining that there were no other commissioners for | China. The audience lasted an hour, the correspondent being the Interviewed rather ! than the Interviewer. LI asked many ques tions about the fighting at Tien Tsln, the relief of Pekin. the number of troops of each power In China, their disposition and fighting qualities, how the foreigners re garded the fighting qualities of the Chinese, how Pekln was defended and what bodies of Chinese fought best. He expressed re gret at the privations of the women and children in Pekin. During the interview LI Hung Chang asked the correspondent if Ministers Con ger and Macdonald appeared to have suf fered much, and when told that Mr. Con ger had lost seventy pounds he laughed merrily and remarked that this was "'a poor recommendation for horseflesh." Comments on Rnanlan Ontmtren. Li Hung Chang also inquired whether the correspondent had seen much abuse of the Chinese or any ravishing or killing of wo men and children, and when told that the abuse3 were practically confined to the Russians he said this was "doubtless due to lack of discipline," and turned to the subject of looting, being anxious to know how much government treasure the allies had obtained. When informed that the Japanese were reported to have taken 80,i*10,(XXI taels from the revenue officers at Pekin, Li Hung Chang said: "The rumor must have added two ciphers to me real amount." Throughout the interview Li Hung Chang appeared to be in fine spirits and talked as one removed, by reason of his age and ex perience, from the field of controversy. He regretted all the recent troubles, and said he had no desire "except to smooth them over impartially." At another stage of the interview Li Hung Chang said he deplored the fact thftt the newspapers were prejudiced against him, and asserted that this opposition orig inated with the English press of Shanghai, which influenced the papers of the world. The correspondent remarked that the Americans had never been prejudiced against him, whereupon Li Hung Chang quickly demanded: "Why don't they accept me as negotia tor?" <jue?ions put to Li Hung Chang concern ing the settlement which the Chinese gov ernment wanted to make were diplomati cally parried. He said: "China has her views as to what settlement is desirable and the powers have their views. We will meet and negotiate." The Uneitlon of Indemnity. Asked whether he expected demands for the cession of territory as indemnity, LI Hung Chang replied: "1 am in communication with some of the governments. I have found they have no disposition to ask for land." The correspondent said: "There Is great curiosity abroad to hear an explanation of the contradictory edicts issued In 'he name of the dowager empress during th<j siege." Li Hung Chang meditated a mumc-nt and then, speaking deliberately, said: ? "The empress, at the beginning, was bad ly advised. She was told the Boxers had supernatural powers; that they could not be injured and were able to make it very hot for the foreigners. She believed this, but afterward found it was not true. "The papers are incorrect in saying she was coerced into Issuing edicts. ^ The Chi nese government is despotism. No one can coerce the empress. She, like ill other rulers, is dependent on her advisers, and sometimes their advice is bad and s'.ie may be misled." When the correspondent was leaving the interpreter said: "The viceroy hopes you will not give a bad impression of him to the American pa pers. He says he is a very old man?the oldest to take part in these negotiations - that he has had much experience in the.se affaire: that he is the only man who can help the foreign governments r.s well the Chinese, and that he will try to arrange a settlement fair to all parties." PRIME t'HIXG _ IN PEKIV He Spent* Hopefully of the Outcome of Negotiation*. (Copyright. li*H*. tlie Associated PreaM PEKIN. September 3, via Shanghai. Sep tember 14.?Prince Ching arrived here yes terday, accompanied by an escort of British and Japanese cavalry. He spent the night in his own palace. Sharp diplomatic play is expected for advantage, but any definite ne gotiations will probably not take place until Li Hung Chang arrives and the question of his authority has been disposed of. The Japanese minister to China. Baron Nishii. stated to a representative of the As sociated Press that he wished an investiga tion to be made of Li Hung Chang's creden tial* as he believed that Prince Ching was the only man with authority in the prem iSQS* The Associated Press representative saw Prince Ching today, thanks to the cour tesy of the Japanese guards. The prince said he trusted that in the immediate fu ture everything would be settled satisfac torily. He thought the treatment of Pekin unnecessarily cruel, and that this was es pecially true as regards private property. He was thankful, however, that the sacred cltv had been preserved. He had come to Pekin he said, with full authority from the emperor to obtain peace by any neces sary sacrifioe, but he felt sure the generos ltv of the powers would not exact anything degrading to the dignity of China or en croaching upon Chinese territory; and he hoped within a month to see the harvest gathered and homes being rebuilt. Prince Ching thinks a great blow has been given to Chinese commerce, but does not believe the loss to the city Irreparable, for a more magnificent one may arise from the ashes. The Russians expect Li Hung Chang to arrive here within a few days. They do not want to commit themselves in any way until he comes, though they say they are willing to hear what Prince Ching has to ?ay. _ WILL MEET IS SEW YORK. Sext Great Counell of Red flen Be Held There. MILWAUKEE, Wis., September 14.-The next meeting of the great council of th* Improved Order of Red Men will be held in New York city. The matter of revising the ritual of initiation was considered, and a condensed ritual was adopted for the use of such lodges as may require it. those in Alaska and Manila being cited as exam ples. The Idea of revising the amplified form was left to the standing committee, and will not be decided until the next great council.