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No 14,847. WASHINGTON, D. O., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28t 1900-SIXTEEN PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE EVENING STAR. PUBLISHED DAILY. EXCEPT SUNDAY. Office. II th Street ind Penasytvaaia item The Evening Star Newspaper Company. S. H. KAUFFMANN, Pres't. New York Office: IM Tritaae Boildlnt. Chicafa Office: Bovce BiIIJia|. Laadon Office: Trafai|ar Building*. T rata I far Sqaare. The Kvenlng S;ar l? aerved to subscribers In tbs city by carriers. on Ibclr own nccount. Ht 10 eenta per week, or 44 cents per montb. CV'ples at tb? counter. 2 cent# each. By mail?anywber? In tbS U.S. ort'anada - postage pre paid?flo cents |>er month. Saturday Quintuple Sbeet Star. $1 per year; wlttt foreign postage added *3 08. (Entered at tte l'"8t Office at Washington. D. O.. as aecrnd-flasa mail matter.) C r All mall auhacrlpt Ions mn?t he paid In a^nnc*. E.i:o? of adTertialnc made known on acDlicatlon. TO SETTLE STRIKE Kepresentatives of Owners in Confer ence in Wilkesbarre, ANOTHER MEETING IN NEW YORK No Definite Action Has Been Re ported as Yet. )IR. MITCHELL'S VIEWS WILKESRARRE. Pa., September 2S ? The representatives of the bis coal com panies in the Wyoming and Lackawanna valleys iiaii a meeting in the office of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company in .his city this morning. At 12:W o'clock they were still in session. Chairman Lathrop of the Lehigh Valley company is presiding. It is understood that President Truesdale of the Lackawanna company has -eferred to the superintendent the plan of settlement of the miners' strike as proposed by the presidents of the coal-carrying railroads. l*p to this time the representatives of the companies in this section have had arbi trary power, ami before any move was made by the presidents of the companies the high officials in charge of the mines were consulted. Hut it would now appear that the presidents ef the companies have relegated all power to themselves. The larg* individual operators were not repre sented at the conference. One individual operator stood outside the door where the conference was held. Asked if he was taking part in the deliberations, he .said: "No. The individual operators will cut no figure in the settlement, if a set . tlement is made. Everything depends upon th. big companies. What they say goes." I It is said that some of the representatives of the companies here, while they will not oppose the granting of an Increase of wages or a reduction in th. price of powder, will advise against recognizing the miners' union. After much discussion the views of those attending the conference were telegraphed t-o their superiors in .New York, and the meeting adjourned. ANOTHER STHlhK Til HE ATE.\ ED. .Miner* at Oak Hill Mine in Ohio De in it nil (dinnrc. JACKSON, < >hio, September 28.?An ulti matum has t>e> n issued by the district pres ident and member of the state board of I'nited Mine Workers to the operators of Oak Hill, this county, embracing five com pani? s. ordering a strike tomorrow unless th. operators pay the scale for this dis trict. which the miners claim is So cents p?. r ten, against CO cents now being paid. WOHKIMi I \I)ER GI AKU. I'm |ilo>e* of \ortli franklin Colliery Report tin I miuiI. SIIAMOK IN. Pa., September 2". Con trary to expectation of strike leaders, most of the employes of North Franklin colliery, near Trevorton, operated by the Philadel I'h-a and Reading Coal ami Iron Companv. reported for work this morning under pro tection of a big force of deputies and coal and iron police. Another car load of these guardians of the peace arrived last night from Philadelphia and Schulykill valley towns. It was thought by the strikers that th>- action of the men at Locust Springs colliery ii. ceasing work yesterday would hav.- influenced the North Franklin em pl"\e> to stop work today. Since rumors of a settlement are afloat, however, the men at th.- latter operation will likely re m;'"? :it w,,rk for a short time at least I h. re was no sign of a clash between the I,'1 'T: Vin'! lhe small erowd of strikers that naiii-re.1 as the collierv resumed at 7 ocloek. The strik rs agreed last night to k-. p away from the companv's propertv \ot u colliery in this section, excepting the .North I rankiin, is at work today (Op erators are doing a lot of canvassing to in fluence miners to return to work on th lst or October. The mine workers in this vicinity are overjoyed because of the ex pected concessions by the operators. SITI ATION A HOI T HAZl.KTOV March of Strikers From Preeland to Haxlelirook. HAZLETON, Pa.. September 28.?There was a march of strikers from Freeland to Hazlebrook early this morning, and as a result of the efforts of these men to get out miners working at the colliery of J. S. Wentz * Co., there, the operation was practically shut down. The marchers num ber..! about !<?., and they left Freeland at :s a in. They reached Hazlebrook, five mile- distant, before daylight. Here the strikers distributed themselves through the town and called at the homes of all men who had n ,t yet struck. There was a "llrr>' "f apprehension In Hazlebrook l'\1' l'<:'!?'*- learned that a crowd of nr-r. I r Mriker* *?*'! arrived, but as the u 'r Iv'.h n" disposition to become u:.r.i:> the excitement so-n subsided SaeriiT Harvey, with a small number of 11 Vrr- arnyt-,i ?,|1 tf?e scene at?; o'clock, but ...d not interfere with the marchers. at.-Kt-t. tni*in ?<>o<l naturedly what they doing at Hazlebrook. and some of th.m replied they were "onlv standing arom.,1. I hen the sherifT spied a squad of s rikers going up a hill, and when he in quired regarding their destination he was told they were "only going to play a game of base bail. Hut a mere handful of Hazle brook men left their homes for the mines After the colliery whistle had blown at 7 " clock and the result of their effort was apparent the Freeland men left for home. All is quiet and oruerlj elsewhere in the fiazieton region. General Superintendent Smith of the Mar mines said in response to an inquiry that the collieries are working this morn ing, but would not say In what condition. John Markle, managing partner of (J. B. Varkle & Co.. left here early this morning for New \ ork. He went on a special en gin*- to Mauch ?"hunk, where he caught t..e eaily train f..r the metropolis. There ire rumors to the efToct that he had been summoned to New \ ork for conference with those who are endeavoring to bring about a settlement ?.r the strike, but Oeneral Superintendent Smith assured the Asso ciated Press that Mr Markle is merelv at tending to private business and that his trip has no connection whatever with the strike. Shut Don n troniid Shenwutloah. SHKXANDOAH, Pa.: September 2s.?Not a single colliery north of Broad mountain is working today. The employes of the Potts colliery at Locustdale, west of Ash land, failed to report this morning and that operation Is closed. It was the last of the three workings in th.- Ashland district to shut down and employs probably hands About :?*! mine workers in that section are Idle. *11 Unlet in Wyoming In I ley. WILKESBARRE, Pa., September 28? The mine operators had the following to sa> in their dally statement today: "Everything quiet in the Wyoming val ley. The west end colliery at Mocanoqua Is working a good force. On the J,eh!i<h region everything is working the same as yesterday with the exception of Hazel brook The men employed there were s.opped while going to work this morning. There Is nothing working in the Mahanoy region north of the mountain, except Potts' col liery and North Franklin. Ail is quiet in the Shamokin region." TALK OK A SETTLEMEXT. Principal Topic of I)l*cu*Hion Among llu' Slieiia mloa li Minern. SHlvXAN'DOAH. Pa., September 2S.?The report that indications point to an early settlement of the strike is the principal topic of conversation here today. Mer chants anrl mine workers are equally inter ested in the matter, and the hope is ex pressed on all sides that the strike will be ended this week. The Deturk washery, a small concern at Girardville, near here, was in operation this morning, when a crowd of strikers visited the place and induced the men to 4uit. FOREIGN TltOOI'S IN ( III N A. Statement Prepared l?y tli? War De pn r t mciit. The military information division of the War Department has prepared a statement of the foreign troops in China and on the way there, as follows; Foreign troops in China: Men. Guns. Austria-Hungary 2S8 2 France 5,878 37 Germany: In IVrhili 15.150 44 At Shanghai 450 Gteat Britain: In lYehili 6.004 25 At Shanghai 2.i"?? Italy I.oou 53 JajKin 22.573 Itussia: In Peehill 11,755 44 In Manchuria 37.000 1"4 United States 5.008 17 Total 108,166 326 Foreign troops en route: Men. Guns. France 10.000 31 Ituiv 2.CMMI Itussia 105,(*M> 138 Germany 7.5UO Total 124.500 172 Great Britain is expected soon to have nlx>ut 12.ni"> available troops on the ground. General Gaselee directed that no more he sent forward to Taku, so the arriving sol diers will be sent to Shanghai or kept at Hong Kong. Baron Nishi, the Japanese minister in China, has recommended the withdrawal of 15.000 Japanese troops and holding them as a reserve in Japan, and the United States has given orders for the withdrawal of all its troops except l.ltoo. Germany is credited with having only 7.500 troops on the way. but it is stated there are 40,000 more under orders. HKI'l BLICAXS ENCOURAGED. I.lttle Bad Effect In Wentern Maryland From Miner*' Strike. Special Pisjiatch to The Evening Star. CUMBERLAND, Md? September ^.?Re publican leaders say they are much encour aged over the lining up of party forces in the mining region, where the democrats all along have claimed that they will make gains as the result of discontent from the recent strike. The republicans have set about to overcome this trouble, which, it is admitted, was once quite formidable. A club of 250 members was organized by the republicans of Lonaconing Wednesday night. The officers are: President. John McFarlane; vice president. William George; secretary, Russell Stewart; treasurer, Jas. Engles. Mr. Benjamin A. Richmond of Cumberland delivered an enthusiastic ad dress before the club. A McKinley, Roosevelt and Pearre Club has also been organized at Frostburg, with 250 members. The officers are: President, Charles G. Watson; vice presidents. Geo. Jones, Ulysses Hanna. Joseph Bear, Albert Stitzmas, David T. Williams, Duncan E. Shaffer and Russell Hamilton; secretaries, Peter Leinmert and Thomas II. Morgan; treasurer, Noah Hendley. Mr. Bear, one of the vice presidents, has been a lifelong democrat and supported Bryan in 18S?0. A colored republican club of about sev enty-live members will be organized at Frostburg. The Anti-Civil Service Repub lican Club of Frostburg. of which County Commissioner Enoch H. B. Prltchard is president, lias indorsed McKinley, Roose velt and I'earre. There is more dissatisfaction at Frost burg as the result of the strike than at an other point. The democrats have organ ized a <lub at Frostburg, with John Cham bers as president. ASK EXTENSION OF TIME. Win. IIrow 11 A Slum. Wool Dealer*. In Financial Strait*. PHILADELPHIA, September 28.?Wm. Brown & Sons, wool dealers, who also own and operate the Phoenix Mills Company, manufacturers of top and worsted yarn, have asked for an extension of time from their creditors. Members of the firm today admitted this statement, and added that they believed the extension would be grant ed The liabilities of the firm are variously given at amounts ranging from $1,000,000 to $1,700,000. Samuel Brown, a member of the firm, would make no statement as to the liabilities or assets, but stated that with an extension of time the firm would be able to pay dollar for dollar. The principal creditors of the firm. It is eaid, are in this city, but several are In Boston. The Browns were the active spir its in the rec- nt formation of the worsted combination, and it is stated in wool cir cles that about six months ago they bought r,.i**MXM? pounds of wool. A fall In prices, the wool men say. caused them a great loss The announcement was also made today that a meeting of the creditors of James Martin & Sons, dyers and finishers, was held at the firm's milis In this city to con sider an extension of time. The "firm la a large one. No statement of its assets or liabilities has been made, and the creditors have as yet arr.ved at no decision in the matter of giving the firm additional time to meet its obligations. Fire at Trenton. X. J. TRHNTON, N. J., September 28.?Fire broke out early this morning In the stables of the interstate fair ami some forty stalls were damaged to the extent of about $.'<,000, w hieh is fully covered by insurance. The stables are located in a remote section of the grounds and at no time were the other buildings of the fair in da.nger. A car riage horse was burned to death. Blic Klre In Hamburg. HAMBURG, September 28.?A great fire is in progress here, having already lasted several hours. On Hafenstrasse, I'flugek's ami Tietgen's warehouses and a timber yard have already been gutted and the buildings opposite are fiercely burning l iremen are directing their efforts to sav ing the Busch circus and other building* standing on elevated ground contiguous to the conflagration. ? ? ? Many Intercut Check*. The treasury will tomorrow send out 20.858 interest checks, aggregating $5,107, 1 hey will pay the interest on the 4 per cent funded loan and on the new 2 tier cents. 1 " Army Order*. First Lieutenant Wilmot E. Ellis, 4th United States Artillery, at his own request has been relieved from duty at the United States Military Academy, West Point. N. Y., and ordered to Join his battery. Captain Charles P. George, 10th United States Infantry, now on sick leave of ab sence, has been ordered to Hot Springs Ark., for treatment at the hospital at that place. The Growth of Spokane. The census bureau announces that the population of 8pokane, Wash., Is 30,848. as against 10.1*22 in 1800. This is an increase Of I0,!>2R, or 84.96 per cent. A PACIFIC BLOCKADE Russia's Proposed Action Against the Six Naval P orts. ALLEGED ACTIVITY OF CHINESE FLEET International Law in the Case Dis cussed. SOME INSTANCES CITED The report from St. Petersburg- in the London Times said to have been made on the authority of the Russian naval s?aff that, owing to the hostile attitude of the Chinese fleet at Shanghai, Russia proposes to blockade the Chinese "naval ports" cre ated much interest at the Navy Depart ment and in government circles generally tcday. As there is no statement to the ef fect that it is to be preceded by a declara tion of war it is assumed the blockade, proposed comes under the designation in international law of a "pacific blockade." A pacific blockade is considered something of an anomaly, and though its justification is not recognized by some writers on inter national law it nas been resorted to on several occasions during the past century, and the majority of writers now recognize it as a measure of constraint short of war. It has been instituted sometimes by the joint action of several powers, sometimes of a single power, in some cases against all vessels and in other cases against only the vessels of the jiation concerned. The penalties have generally been the seizure and confiscation of the property and cargo of the offending nation, or seizure and de- . tention. Tlie Law In tlie Cnxe. The legal position of a pacific blockade, however, is so unsettled as to the attitu 'e of the blockaders toward the vessels of states not concerned that their course has varied in almost every instance. Walker In his work on international law says that if the trade of neutrals be affected they may well protest, but that such a protest is a matter of policy. To refuse to recog I nize such a blockade might force the of ! fending nation to legalize its acts by insti tuting suc h a blockade as a measure of war. The first pacific blockade ever instituted ' was in 1M27, when the coasts of Greece, then nominally subject to Turkey, were j blockaded by the English. French and Rus j sian squadrons. New Grenada was block aded by England in lstw>, Mexico by France ; In lKi*, La Plata by France in 18TX-40, the | Greek ports by England in 1850, the coasts I of Formosa by France in 1HH4, Greece by I Great liritain, Germany, Austria, Italy and Russia in 188(1 and Crete in 1S1?7 by the six | powers of Europe. Claim Denied liy Kimlantl. When Formosa was blockaded by France in 1^H4 the blockade was intended to in clude neutral vessels as liable to capture and condemnation, notwithstanding the fact that France had not assumed the attitude | of a belligerent. This position was as ! sumed because France desired to continue to coal at Hong Kong. England refused on this occasion to admit that under the circumstances France had the right to eap | ture and condemn neutrals. In iss?7, when the European powers block aded Crete, the ships of neutrals were al lowed to enter and discharge cargoes, pro vided they were not intended for the use of Greek troops in the Interior. Prior to that in 1mk~ the Institute de Droit International adopted a declaration to the effect that a pacific hlaekade was per missible only on condition that vessels un der foreign flags could freely enter block aded ports, and that vessels of the offend ing nation which might be sequestered when the blockade ceased should be re stored to their owners without compensa tion. The United States itself resorted to the expedient of a pacific blockade three days prior to the declaration of war with Spain, when, by executive order, certain of the Cuban ports were blockaded. Aliened >aud Activity of (lilncMc. If the report from St. Petersburg should prove to be correct the supposition is that, as it is based on the alleged activity of the Chinese fleet, the blockade would be direct ed against Chinese ports where there are naval stores, dry docks or coaling stations. There are but six of these ports on the Chi nese coast not within the sphere of foreign powers?Niuchwang, where there is a mud dock; Taku and Tien Tsin, where there are Chinese government docks and yards; Shanghai. Foochow, Amoy and Whampoa, where there is a granite dock owned by the Chinese government. 1 XSTIll t TIO>S TO ( UVGKH. Test \ot Given Out, lint Their Tenor in Xot Concealed. Minister Conger has been advised by the State Department of the substance of the replies made by this government to the governments of Germany, Russia and China respecting China, which clearly indicated to him the general nature of the instructions he is to receive. Moreover, by this time he is informed of the orders issued to General Chaffee to reduce his force to a legation guard. The note to China specifically point ed out the lines on which this government will issue its instructions to its minister. The document Itself is in course of final ap proval, Acting Secretary Hill having com pleted the draft some days ago nd forward ed it to the President. It is said that the text of the instructions will not be given publicity at present for diplomatic reasons, but there is no concealment of the general scope of the document, which is on the lines laid down on the three notes. In this connection It Is said at the State Department that Mr. Conger will put these negotiations in motion without any purpose of acting for any government other than the United States, although the government steadily keeps in mind that the United States Is but one of the several nations mutually interested in obtaining a common end, and it is hoped that the effect of Mr. Conger's making a beginning toward nego tiations may induce other powers to follow. At the same time, the government has never assumed to lay down any mandate as to the course to be followed by all or any of the other powers. It is believed that the State Department already has taken steps through Minister Wu to impress upon the Chinese govern ment the undesirablllty of the appointment of Prince Tujii as grand secretary and the painful impression that appointment has created throughout the country. The ef fect of his appointment, if persisted in, it Is said, might be to retard seriously the final negotiations, or. In fact, any negotia tions at all. The government feels that it is much re inforced in its present position by the note from Li Hung Chang, in which he gave positive assurance to the United States that he had sufficient authority to protect all American Interests and would see that this authority was exercised. The gqvern ment now looks upon this assurance as a guarantee which must be faithfully per formed as a condition precedent to even the establishing of relations with Li and Prince Ching. If the appointment of Tuan prom ises in any manner to obstruct the per formance of this pledge, then it would be clearly violative of the guarantee laid down and would warrant the Immediate with drawal of Mr. Conger from further rela tions with the Chinese envoys. So It ap pears that much depends upon what Tuan does than upon what he has don*. LETTER FROM MRS. CONGER WIFE of minister tells of the siege. Awful Ordeal From Jane 21? to AuKant ( 14 ? Glad to See the j Troope. CHICAGO, September 28.?A letter from Mrs. E. H. Conger, wife of the United States minister In China, was received yes terday by Mrs. J. S. McConnell, a sister of Mrs. Conger, who lives in this city. It is dated August lt?, and says: "We are alive and safe. Our troops ar rived the 14th. Oh, what a rejoicing: what a day it was! If you could only have seen you could realize a little the true feeling of the heart. Heart spoke to heart. We had been besieged in the British legation ever since June 20, under fire day and night. At times the battle would be terrific. It would seem that they were right upon us, but they were not. They tried to shoot us and kill us with their bullets and shells, then to burn us up, then to blow us up with their mines and at last to starve us out. No, this is not all. They kept laying traps to get us to come out of our fortified city with promises to escort us to Tien Tsin or to go to the tsung II yamen, to be under their protection. We did not listen t>o them. We ate horse and mule meat, and it was good. We ate rice, rice and rice, and It was good. I will tell you, we are grateful: we know how to be. For two day* we killed dogs for the Chinese. "The night of the 18th was the most ter rific night of all. We were under fierce and angry tiring the night through. They again opened up their cannon on us. It seemed as though they would break through and come down upon us. The bell in the tower of the legation tolled and tolled for every man to come to his post. A general at tack was upon us. "I cannot tell you how dreadful all of this has been. Hut the Almighty hand or God alone has saved us. No human power could. Of course. I depend upon Mrs. Woodward to tell you. Mr. Conger has much to do here, and so have most of the other ministers. All have worked with a will. Our barricades, ditches, etc., are won derful. The troops came Into the city with little firing at last. "Your affectionate sister, "MRS. E. H. CONGER." WILDRIDEDOWN MOUNTAIN COACHING PARTY AT MAI'LEWOOD. N. H., IK WRECK. Horses Kan Away and Smashed the Coaeh?All the Party Injured. NEW YORK. September 28.?Ten persons seven of them women, members of a coach ing party, who had been badly injured in a wild dash down a mountain side behind four runaway horses, reached Jersey City today. A party of twelvk; had set out in the coach from the Twin Mountain 4Iouae, Maplewood, N. H. Going down the moun tain the horses took fright and ran away. They dashed down the steep road, the coach pitching from side to side until It got caught In a ditch and was wrecked. In the party were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Muller of No. 68 Freeman Btreet, Newark; their daughters, Daisy, aged seventeen, and Ida, fourteen; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Borsum of Plainfield, N. J., and their chil dren, Louis, Martha, Ida and Anna. In the coach were also George McPher son of Detroit and John McPherson, his brother, of Howell, Mich. The smashing of the coach landed the whole party in the ditch, the horses con tinuing their mad gallop down the hill, landing dead and mangled at its base. Mr. Muller was the only one of the party who was able, after the accident, to make his way back to the hotel. From there he chartered the special car which was at tached to the Boston and Baltimore ex press. He did this because the surgical ac commodations at Maplewood were? inade quate for so many wounded persons. All the injured were carried, some in stretchers and some In carriages, from where they were hurt to the hotel and thence to the Pullman car. Doctors and nurses accompanied the party In the car. On the arrival of the train In Jersey City the Pullman car was detached and taken to Newark by a special locomotive. There the members of the Muller family were removed to their home In ambulances. The car then proceeded to Plainfield with the Borsums. Nearly all the victims were suffering from fractured limbs or ribs and many of them were internally injured. All had bruises. . The McPhersons remained at the Twin Mountain House. SOLOMON CITY SWEPT AWAY. Cauicht In Reeent S?orm Along the Alaskan Coa?t. SEATTLE, Wash., September 28.?News has been received here that Solomon City, at the mouth of Solomon river, was de vastated by the recent storm on the coast of Alaska. All buildings were either swept away by the waves or were wrecked by the wind. The town had a population of 200, all of whom are destitute and home less. A message from the sea was picked up on the beach by a soldier on September 17 near the military reservation. The bottle was tightly corked and a message was written on a common Japanese napkin and read as follows: "Off Port Safety.'ll, 1000. Who finds this please report to authorities eight of us left port Clarence three days ago and are now sinking fast with no 'Signed) Jack Delany. G. L. Myers. Cam Mark (or Mack I, John Dolan, George Thomas, A. M. Obcin.' * The message was turned over to Captain Jarvis. _ WISCONSIN IN DRY DOCK. Big Rattle Ship P?a?ed Through Heavy Storm S?ecei?fully. CHICAGO, September 28.?A special to the Record from San Francisco says: The new battle ship Wisconsin is now In dry dock at Port Orchard. The big battle ship bucked into a northwester as soon as It passed through the Golden Gate on the voyage up to Washington. Those on board report that the vessel stood the storm splendidly, and that everything was In the ; best condition on arrival at Port Orchard. Death of Prof. Gultner. COLUMBUS. Ohio, September 28.?Prof. John E. Guitner of Otterbein University died of heart failure at his home in Wester ville, a suburb Columbus, early today. For thirty-eight iyegrs he had been Greek professor at the'^iniversity, and was widely known. Prof. Gtaitner was born in Green castle, Pa. Borhr Campaign Collector. LA CROSSE, Wis., September 28.?A young man giving the name of Tim Mur phy has been arrested here, charged with soliciting campaign funds under false pre tenses. It Is alleged that he secured con tributions from several local leaders of both parties. It is net known how much he col lected. A SERIOUS REVERSE Detachment of the Twenty-Ninth Infantry Captured. COL ANDERSON SENT TO RESCUE Details of the Disaster Not Yet Obtainable. EXPEDIENTS OF FILIPINOS According to a cable message from Gen. Mac Arthur received at the War Depart ment this morning the United States forces in the Philippines have sustained a serious disaster, being the capture and possible an nihilation of fifty-one men,of the 2!>th Vol unteer Infantry, in command of Capt. Shields. Gen. MacArthur's dispatch is as follows: MANILA. Adjutant General, 'Washington: September 11, Capt. Devereaux Shields, fifty-one men. Company F, 29th Regiment, United States Volunteer Infantry, and one hospital corps man, left Santa Cruz, Marln duque, by gunboat Vlllalobos for Torrljos, intending to return overland to Santa Cruz. Have heard nothing since from Shields. Scarcely any doubt that the entire party has been captured, with many killed and wounded. Shields among the latter. Infor mation sent by letter from Commanding Officer Boac, dated September 20. was re ceived September 24, consisted of rumors through natives. The Yorktown and two gunboats, George S. Anderson (colonel, 38th Volunteer Infantry), two companies 38th Volunteer Infantry, were sent to Marin duque immediately. Anderson confirms the first report as to capture, but was unable September 27 to give details of the present whereabouts of Shields anil party, names of killed and wounded. This information will probably be available soon. Anderson has orders to commence operations imme diately and to move relentlessly until Shields and his party are rescued. All troops expected soon. Logan will be sent to Marinduque, if necessarv, to clear up the situation. MA<'ARTHUR. Scene of tlie Disaster. The scene of this latest reverse is a small island lying due south of the southern coast of Luzon and about :$?*? miles from Manila. Marinduque Is only about twenty-four miles in diameter and is garrisoned by two small detachments of United States troops. One of tbese was at Boag, on the west coast of the iBland, and the other was at Santa Cruz, the principal port, on the nort" side. Captain Shields appears to have started from Santa Cruz on a gunboat for Torrijos, a small coast port, and it is inferred that the boat, as well as the body of troops un der that officer, has been captured, for the dispatch makes no reference to her return. The 29th Volunteer Infantry was organ ized at Fort McPherson, near Atlanta, Ga., in September, 1899, and many of the mem bers were recruited from that neighbor ht?od. Company F, the one reported cap tured, was almost entirely recruited at At lanta. Capt. Devereaux Shields, who commanded the captured detachment, was a resident of Natchez, Miss., and during the Spanlsn war was lieutenant colonel of the 2d Mississippi Volunteer Infantry. He was appointed cap tain of the 29th Volunteer Infantry July 5. 1899, and accompanied that regiment to the Philippines in the following September. Expedients of the Filipinos. Col. Clarence R. Edwards, chief of the Insular (lesion in the War Deprtment, has received a letter from an officer In the Phil ippines which shows the ingeniousness of the Filipinos and the manner in which they take advantage of everything in the way of materials for carrying on the war. He says: "I have sent you a couple of rounds of ammunition that I captured In a trench the other day. At first glance it looks like Maus er ammunition, but if you will notice the markings on the base you will see that one is K. C. and the other U. S. A. ammuni tion, both .30 caliber. One is a cartridge that some soldier dropped and the other is a reloaded shell. Both are filed off so that they will go into a clip. I tried them in a captured Mauser rifle and it works finely. The ammunition that is used in the Rem ington is just as ingenious. They use any thing. from an old .45 pistol shell or the shell of a .30 caliber to a home-made shell from a tin can. Except In the Mausers, of which they have only a few, they use black powder, and not very good at that." The officer also relates some of his ex periences with the Filipinos. He says they are great on getting on a hill, firing a few shots and then getting away. The country about him is full of decayed hemp, making it very difficult for him to get through with his men. Pursuit of the Filipinos in small bands is thus very unsatisfactory. They are able to annoy without doing very much damage. Cutting- the Telegraph Lines. Lieut. Col. James Allen, chief signal officer in the Philippines, in submitting his report of the operations of the Signal Corps during the month of July, tells of a number of Interesting experiences of his men. He has charge of 3GO men available for duty, and 3,(ki0 miles of telegraph lines and cable. During the month 2U8.085 messages were sent and received on the Island of Luzon, besides a large amount of business transacted exclusively by telephone. The most notable feature of the month was the increased amount of line cutting, which kept many men employed In repair work. Communication on the eastern por tion of the island of Panay has been aban doned, but it is expected the line will be rebuilt. Twenty miles on the west coast have been destroyed. On Leyte much of the wire put up has been torn down. Many encounters with the insurgents re sulted seriously, and linemen are often times picked off by the Filipinos. Owing to the fact that so much rebuild ing and repairs have been necessary very little new line has been constructed. Ambmhed by Filipinos. Col. Allen tells the following interesting story of work of the Signal Corps In south ern Luzon: "On July 18 Corporal James, lineman at Santa Cruz, went out with a detachment repairing near Magdalena. He had with him a field telephone. The detachment was attacked by a much larger force of insurgents In ambush. The sound of the tiring brought troops from the south. At this time Corporal James attached his field telephone and got word to the com manding officer at Santa Cruz, he in turn telephoning to Pagsanjan.v This brought out a cavalry detachment promptly, who fell upon the retreating insurgents from the east. The Insurgents were so surprised they fell an easy prey and were almost an nihilated. This is cited as a very pretty practical application of the telegraph in war, even of the guerrilla variety.** DISTINCTION FOR MR. PENX. First Mefciber to Be Returned to Next Parliament. LONDON, September 28.?Mr. John Penn, conservative, has the distinction of being the first member returned for the new parliament, having been today re-elected without opposition for Lewlsham, which he has represented since August, 1891. W. F. D. Smith, son of the late W. H. Smith, and a partner In the great news business, a liberal-conservative, was also re-elected today, without opposition, to represent the Strand district of London. A few days ago Mr. Smith was threatened with opposition on curious grounds, name ly, the censorship exercised by his firm, which several times has refused to sell well-known works on its bookstalls, owing to their alleged impropriety. Cut the Inde l>endent-conservatives eventually decided that sufficient enthusiasm could not be worked up on this bases, and the son of the millionaire, who started as a newsboy, once more represents the Strand in the liberal-conservative interest. HI HI.LAKS GET *KMN?0. Wolf Ilrow. Bank at t'entrevllle, Mich.. Looted I.nut \lulit. CENTREVILLE, Mich., September 28.? Wolf Bros.' Bank was robbed last night of The thieves gained entrance to the building by prying and springing tne double door apart with a large file. The outer door to the vault was then blown open, and then the inner door to the cash drawer, where about $10,(H*i was stored. The bank was insured in the Bankers' Mutual Casu alty Company of Des Moines, Iowa, for against loss by burglary or lire. ? ? ? VOX KKTTELKR'S ASSASSIN* TltlKI). Sentence Withheld Pending; Farther Investigation of His ('awe. PEKIN, September 22.?The Manchu as sassin of Baron von Ketteler was tried by court-martial yesterday. No new evidence was presented and the court decided that it would be unjustified in pronouncing sen tence upon the prisoner, who, however, will be held in the hope that further informa tion will be obtained. The Russian and German legations are still awaiting developments and the receipt of further Instructions. Li Hung Chang is expected to arrive within a week. Business is improving and the people are gaining confidence, but no progress is being made toward the return of the fugitive government, the event so greatly desired by every one. Gen. Fukushima has returned here after spending twelve days at Taku. KILLED DEFENDING PRISONER. Deputy Sheriff Shot by Mob at Lake ('harleM, La. HOUSTON', Texas, September 28.?A spe cial from Lake Charles, La., says: Paul Sloan, a deputy sheriff, was shot and killed while defending a negro from the ven geance of a mob. All day there were ru mors of the probable lynching of Pierce Scott, a negro, in jail here, charged with assaulting MIsb Oswald, aged seventy-three. About B o'clock an unmasked crowd gath ered at the court house. Judge Miller ad dressed the crowd and told them the pun ishment of criminals must be left to the courts. He urged the crowd to disperse and promised to take the case against the negro up in court tomorrow. On this promise the crowd broke up, and it was thought there would be no further attempts by the mob. Two hours later, however, a fresh outbreak was made by the mob, who advanced to ward the Jail with an iron battering ram. D. S. A. Harmon and Paul Sloan, deputy sheriffs, warned them to come no further and then shot over the heads of the crowd, when some one In the mob fired' at the deputies. Paul Sloan was shot and fatally wounded. He died early today. The sheriff and deputies then dispersed the crowd a: the point of their pistols. ONE KILLED, FIFTEEN IN'JIRED. Wreck on I'nlon Pacific Near I'tah Nevada Line. SALT LAKE. Utah, September 28.?A spe cial to the Tribune trom Ogden, Utah, says: A disastrous wreck occurred on the South ern Pacific at Gardner siding, near the Utah Nevade line. Train No. 4, due to arrive at Ogden at 0 o'clock in the evening, went into the ditch and one person was killed and about fifteen others more or less in jured. Dead?Mrs. Lowell of Trenton, Mo. Seriously injured: Miss J. C. Allen of Cleveland, Ohio, head severely bruised and back Eprained. Nelson Neil, Shelby county, 111., leg frac tured. Mrs. Gross, Tulare, Cal., collar bone bro ken. Mrs. Keefe. San Francisco, collar bone broken and leg fractured. Mrs. McGammon (address not given), arm broken. KILLED IN A TRAIN WRECK. Engineer and Fireman Lone Their Live* at Durand. Mich. DURAND, Mich., September 28.?A fast freight collided with a switch engine today on the Detroit, Grand Haven and Mil waukee railroad here. Two men were kill ed and one was Injured. The dead: Engineer Thomas Hamlin of Detroit. Fireman John Linden of Ionia. Injured: Samuel Beek. brakeman. Twenty-four loaded ears were burned and both engines demolished. SANTIAGO A CLEAN CITY. No Cases of Yellow Fever Since Lnat December. SANTIAGO DE CUBA, September 28.? Thanks to the efforts of Col. Samuel M. Wliitside, the commander of the Depart ment of Santiago and Puerto Principe, and the other officers in charge, no case of yel low fever has been reported here since De cember. One hundred miles of streets are swept daily, and previously infected houses have been three times disinfected. A house to-house inspection is made by the sur geons and thousands of gallons of carbolic acid and tons of chloride of lime have been used. PRINCE CHING AIDED BOXERS. Contributed Fond* to Their Organiza tion Three Time*. (Obpyright, 1900, the Associated Press.) PEKIN, September 22, via Taku, Septem ber 28.?The American legation has in its possession a subscription list of the Boxers which shows the name of Prince Chlng as having made three subscriptions. The list was discovered by a mlssionery named Wherry. Friends of Prince Ching declare that he was coerced into giving. It is reported by the French that a patrol has been fired on outside the east gate of the city. Otherwise everything is quiet. BOERS ATTACK PA GET'S FORCE. Sharp Flight at Plenaar* River Sta tion Yesterday. LONDON, September 28.?Lord Roberts reports to the war office, under date of Pre toria, September 27, as follows: "The Boers attacked a portion of Paget's force at Pienaars river station this morn ing, but were beaten off after three hours' fighting. "Buller occupied M&cmac river and the eastern side of Burgher's pass on Septem ber 26, after slight resistance. Heilbron, Beitz and Lindley have been reoccupied." Death of James Renfrew. ADAMS, luass., September 28.?James Renfrew, a prominent cotton manufacturer, and one of the best-known men in western Massachusetts, died at his home here to day. AS NECESSARY AS STEAM. Today advertising is at necessary to the transaction of certain lines of business as steam and electricity are to machinery.?R. J. Gun ning. THE NEBRASKA FIGHT Sentiment Said to Be Rapidly Chang ing Toward the Republicans. REPORTS THROUGHOUT TRE WEST Observations of Assistant Secretary Meiklejohn. RESUMES HIS OFFICIAL DESK Mr. Geo. D. Meiklejohn. assistant secre tary of war, was at his de-*k in the War Department today, and in the absence of the Secretary became act inn secretary of war, relieving Gen. Miles of that duty. Mr. Meiklejohn left Washington about ten days ago and opened the campaign in Nebraska, making quite a long and vigor ous speech at Grand Island in that staie. After delivering a few other addressee, and having no futher dates to till at present, he resumed his duties in the War Department, the continued absence of Secretary Root George D. M*lkleJofc?. making his return here desirable. Mis Meiklejohn will be a candidate for the I United States Senate In Nebraska If the republicans . should carry the legislature, and as It is claimed there is a very good prospect of such h result it would not be surprising to see him succeed Senator Thurston, whose term expires next March and who is not a candidate for re-election. Sentiment Veerin? to Re|inhliean??. Mr. Meiklejohn speaks very hopefully of the conditions in Nebraska, and. In fact, throughout the entire west, where the sen timent. he says, is rapidly changing toward the republicans. Beyond the Missouri is now doubtful country, no single state be ing the exception. ?? The republicans say that it is possible Ml carry all the states west of the Missouri, but this seems to many eastern republicans too good to expect in the face of the great vote that was given Bryan in many of the silver states. Yet Mr. Meiklejohn says the most encouraging reports are received from everv state, even Colorado, which has been regarded as the most solid Bryan state 1ft the west. , , ... Speaking particularly of Nebraska, Mr. Meiklejohn says that the prospects of car rying the state for McKinley and Roosevelt and the republican congressmen and legis lature grow better each day. There seems to be some foundation for the report that the Bryanltes are trying to save themselves by trading the state anil electoral ticket for the legislature, in order to give Bryan a scnatorship when ne is defeated. These re ports are being quite persistently circu lated, and the populists, who secured nearly everv thing on the state ticket, are becom ing "somewhat alarmed, as such a trade would nullify the bargains by which they got all the state offices in return for their support of Bryan. Re|>ut?lioan GnliiM. "If the republican party in Nebraska," says Mr. Meiklejohn. "continues to gain re cruits as it has in the past two weeks, the election of the entire republican ticket will be assured and the electoral vote returned for McKinley. Being an agricultural state, the producers are comparing the prices they received for the products of their farms under the last democratic administration witfc those they have received during the McKinley administration. "I note in the press this morning when a farmer asked Mr. Bryan yesterday How about the price of hogs?' he said: 'If the ? price of wheat is up, the republican party points to wheat: if corn is up. then corn, and If hogs are up. It points to hogs. The conditions existing in Nebraska tyday are such that it is impossible to do other wise than to point to the products of the farm on which prices have ri.sen. as there is not a single farm product in my state today the price of which has fallen. Ho could have asked him how about the prices on cattle, sheep, wheat, corn and oats. Two bushels of wheat are worth more now than two and a half bushels were in Is'.Mi. One bushel of corn brings as much as two bush els then. They get as much for two bush els of oats now as they did for two and a half bushels then. Money is loaning at 6 per cent now as against S? per cent then. PayluK Mortgage*. "Farmers are releasing mortgages now, they were signing mortgages then. In the last year for every four dollars of mort gages paid off In Nebraska but one dollar was paid off then. The price of cattle has risen more than one dollar a hundred, so that a steer on the ranches of the west is worth today from *10 to more than It was worth* then. The farmers are receiv ing for a hundredweight of hogs now as much as they received for two hundred weight then. It took two sheep then to bring as much as one sheep now. The cltU zens of my state will vote for protection, prosperltv, progress and patriotism." Mr. Meiklejohn will again enter the cam paign about the Sth of October, and It lfl expected that by that time Secretary Root will have so far recovered as to be able to resume his duties in the War Depart ment. Movement* of Naval Venae!*. The Alvarado and Sandoval have arrived at Portsmouth. The New York has arrived at New York. The Texas has sailed from Newport for Norfolk. The Indiana, Massachusetts and Scorpion have sailed from Newport for New York. The Keursarge hits sailed from Newport for North River anchorage. New York. The Justin has arrived at San Francisco. The Result* of the ( cii?#?. The results of the census of isi*> are given In nine large volumes containing in all 9,:400 pages. An estimate has been made the amount of printed matter that will be necessary in the publication of the return* | of the twelfth census and It is believed that 1 an addition of 500 pages to the pages of the last census will be required. The number of volumes will also be nine. To Be a Saluting Station. By direction of the acting Secretary of War the post of Fort Mott, N. J., has been designated as a saluting station to return ( the salutes of foreign vessels of war. In ad* j Uition to the posts previously designated. t