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No. 16,558. WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1906-TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE EVENING STAft *rrL SUITDAY MORNING EDITION. Bciistii OSm, 11th Strtit tni Penmylniu* iTtnor The Evening Star Newspaper Company. 8 H KAUTTBAHK, Pmitaat. New Yori 0 flies: Tribun# Building. Chicago Offloe: Tribune Build inf. The Kronlng Star, with the Sunday morninfc edi tion. is delivered by carriers, on their own account, within the city at 50 ^cnta per month; without the tiunday morning edition at 44 cents per month. fcv il*1I. postage prepaid: Daily, Sunday Included. one month. 60 cents. Daily. Sunday excepted, one month, 50 cents. Saturday Star, one year, SI.00. Sunday Star, on# year, $1.50. FEARFULJLOSS OF L!fE Latest Details of Wreck of Steamer Valencia. OFF VANCOUVER COAST Women and Children Swept Into Sea and Drowned. 154 WERE ON BOARD THE SHIP Grave Doubts Entertained for the Rescue of Many?Perilous Position of the Passengers. The steamer Valencia, Capt. Johnson, of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company, with ninety-four passenger on board and a crew of sixty, was wrecked to eastward of Cape Beale on tne Vancouver island coast In the early Tuesday morning with a heavy loss of life, greater than that of any other disaster that has occurred near Vic toria, B. C., since the terrible loss of life following the collision of the ship Orpheus, with the steamer Pacific, when en route from Victoria to Portland. The survivors, who have reached Cape Beale, the boatswain and five seamen, went to secure assistance in one of the steamer's boats, report that at least fifty persons were drowned alongside the steamer, when boats loaded with women and children smashed against the steamer's side soon after they were lowered from the vessel. When they left over one hundred per sons were huddled on the saloon deck of the steamer, which was then partly sub merged with tile Inrolling sea washing over the main deck. A southeast gale was blow ing. wit It the wind whistling through the cordage of the wrecked vessel at a veloc ity of over forty miles an hour, and a high' sea was beating against the hull, sending spume high over it and huge seas pounded on the deck, threatening to break up the wreck. Unless the several steamers which have j been hurried to the assistance of the wr> ked \es--i-! can arrive in time to save those who remain on the wreck, it is doubt ful if any of them will reach shore, for u landing In such a place Is extremely dif ficult, if at all possible. VICTORIA. B. C., January 21.?The Va lencia sailed from San Francisco on her sfleeOnd trip to Victoria, replacing the re cently disabled steamer City of Puebla, at 11 a.m. Saturday. This was the only clear il*y. and tr. m Saturday evening Capt. John son and his officers had to navigate by means of dead reckoning. Nearing the en trance to the straits the weather was very thick, and the officers thought they were in the vicinity of the Umatilla Reef light ship. near Cape Flattery, which has a good log signal on board. Having had no observations and unable to in.ike out their position in the thick weather prevailing, soundings were taken, showing thirty fathoms. Immediately after the men with the lead lines reported thirty fathoms of water the steamer struck heav i!y against some reefs off shore with a shock which awoke all on board. The steamer did not run on the reef, and was immediately backed away. As she w nt Into deep water she began to till, the impact with the rock having greatly dam aged the steamer. The engineers whistled to the bridge that water was poring up over the engine room's plates and rhev were unable to stand by their engines, so fast did the water rise in the engine room. They and the firemen were drlv-n on to the deck, but before they were driven out, in answer to excited jingles from the L'il?lge. they ?iivo whut speed was possl l>le, and ("ant. Johiifvm turned the vessel again toward the beach. Put Vessel Ashore. As thn Valencia was foundering as a re sult of her Impact with the rocks, the only possible chance to save any of those oil board was to put the vessel ashore again with the hope, scant though It w?s, of landing those on board on the rocky coast. Before she struck again on the rocks the englneeis. firemen and all below had been driven above by the Inrush of water and the seas soon began to roll o\er the'main deck. Water was over the deck when the boats were being lowered, the lights being extln gu shed by the (boding of the engine room before the work was commenced. The loss of life was awful when the boats were lowered. Two twiats filled with women an,! children were swept against the side of tl.e steamer smashed and completely wrecked, all those in the boats being swept into the sea and drowned. A special from Cnjve Beale states that When the steamer Valencia left San Frin c s .) at 11 a.m. Saturday, the weather was clear, but since has been thick, and ? 'apt Johnson had consequently to navi gate by reckoning. Officers' Terrible Mistake. The officers of the steamer thought they wer. near Umatilla reef lightship when the vessel drove In on the Vancouver Island co ?t Soundings had been taken, thlrty fat' oms having teen se-eured a few minutes before the vessel struck. When she hit the rocks her engines were reversed and the steamer succeeded in backing oft into deep water. She immediately began to fill, and so quickly that the engineers and firemen were driven from the engine room, nnii the only cnani e to save the lives of any one on board was to drive the vessel ashore W hen the six survivors, who have arrived nt Cape Ke.ile. left the Valencia she was l>li.g head-on to the sea and was about thirty yards from the high bluff on shore w.th the water over her main deck. W hat were left of the passengers a large number having been previously drowned were huddled together In the saloon deck Wher. the boats were lowered, soon after the vessel was driven Into the shore, she be gan to till, and there was a great loss of life The boats, tilled with women and children vcre smashed against the side of the steam er and all in them were lost. The lights had K"ne out by this time and the -crew could not see to work. Several boats and three life rafts were lowered. Only two of them have been heard from. 100 on the Wreck. There were thought to be about 100 per sons still on tho wrcck, and the survivors w ho had reached Cape Beale say at least fifty were drowned alongside the steamer before they left. The boatswain and five seamen were sent to secure assistance, and ure the only ones that reached Cape Beale arriving there about 3 o'clock. Up to 10 o clock last night efforts to secure further details from Cape Beale of the wreck of the Valencia were unavailing. Three steam*? are on the way. Ttoe steamer Queen City, which left here yester day. passed the wreck wlthov. sighting her. The weather was thick at that time. Capt. Townsend of the Queen City telegraphed from Bamfleld Creek asking if he should re turn to the wreck, but was ordered to pro ceed on his voyage. Other steamers are on the way. Capt. Towustnd reported the wind was greatly increasing from the southeast, with a nasty sea running near Cape Beale. which he rounded yesterday afternoon. Rescue Work Uncertain. A heavy fog is deterring the rescue work at the scene of the wreck of tlie steamer Valencia. The weather is very thick with a tremondously heavy sea, though it*.'* wind has died down. Lineman Logan, who left Cape Beale last night for the scene of the wreck l>y the land trails, has not returned, and it Cannot he learned whether the steam er survived the southwest gale which, when the last persons left the wreck yesterday, threatened to break uy the vessel, on the siloon deck of which over one hundred persons were huddled, with seas occasion ally breaking over the deckhouses and threatening to sweep them away. It is feared at Cape Beale that the res cue steamers can do little in the heavy fog. At 8:-4o a.m. two steamers were reported passing Otter Point, twenty miles from iiere. inwartl bound. At S a.m. a party left the Bamfleld creek cable station en route to the wreck. No further reports have I been received from any telegraph point on | the Vancouver Island coast of survivors having reached the shore. Beached Scene of Wreck. | BELLINGHAM, Wash., January 21.?Last I night the salvage steamer Salvor, from Victoria, reached the scene of the wreck of the Valencia, according to a special dis patch to the Herald, but had to stand by until daylight, being unable to render as sistance to the survivors during the night. The work is now proceeding. List of Valencia Crew. SAN FRANCISCO, January 24.?The fol lowing Is the list of the crew of the steamer Valencia, in addition to the officers whose names have been already given: Mrs. Orchard, stewardess; T. McCarthy, boatswain; C. A. Lindur. carpenter; H. Os laud. watchman; M. T. Tarpy, quartermas ter; R. Carlzen. J. Montgomery, A. John son. quartermaster's mate; T. Lamson, J. O. Williams, W. Goslin, T. Shields. T. L. Olsen. C. Brown, L. T. Ahlsten. John Mark, seamen; Ben Locke, deck hoy; John T. i Lynch. A. Pickering. C. F. Gamage. oilers; William Harper. J. Delehanty, P. Primer, M St. Clair, W. l>oherty, J. Sperow. fire men; F. Seajala, D. Doran, P. Miller, coal passers: J. Osliorne, steerage steward; L. I. Hancock, J. Cameron, I. Johnson, cooks; Charles F. Luhme. baker; L. Wilkins, bar keeper; J. J. Hughes, porter; B. Cram, C. Welch, pantrymen; W. Raymond, mess man: F. Martin. J. McCarthy, mess boys; C. H. McCarne.v. C. E. Frogge, John M. Bell. J. B. Clements. P. V. O Brien. S. Ro mero, J. Walsh. John Wallace, F. B. Con nors, C. Houddinolt. waiters. FOURTEEN SLIGHTLY INJURED. Serious Wreck of Santa Fe Limited Narrowly Averted. LOS ANOELP3. Cal.. January 24.?Four teen persons were slightly injured In the collision yesterday at Glendora between the Santa Fe limited westbound train and a local train. All the injured were passengers on the local. The limited train was running sixty-five miles an hour when the collision occurred, according to Engineer Clemins. who was at the throttle. The e.igineerJ stuck to his post and was unftijured. IU? ' fireman also escaped unscathed. AH that prevented a more serious wreck was the fact that the local train was in motion when the crash came. The con ductor of the local saw the limited coming doiwn the grade as his own train stood at the depot. Recognizing the certainty of a collision, he gave his engineer the signal to go ahead and the train pulled out, but had proceeded but a few yards when the limited, with all brakes set, but going at a terrific spt-ed, struck the rear of the local. The rear coach of the latter train was crushed to kindling half way to Us center. Conductor Chesbro was caught between the two coaches of the local and was seriously hurt. A relief train was sent out from this city following the wreck, bearing surgeons and nurses, and the injured received prompt attention. W. S. McGlnnlss of Washington is report ed among those injured. Mr. McGlnnlss !s assistant superintend ent of the railway m.iil service and is at tached to the office of Second Assistant Postmaster General Shallenberger. He en tered the service when very young as a railway mail clerk, and is about to round out thirty years of active service In the employ of the government. In performing the duties of his office Mr. MeGinniss is re quired to travel a great deal, and has been traveling in California for some time past in an investigation of the railway mail service in that section of the country. His family consists of a wife and daughter. Miss Ellzal>eth MeGinniss, who reside at lolS East Capitol street. When sepn at the family residence this morning. Mrs. MeGinniss had not heard of the wreck in California, but siid that she had received a letter from her husband sev eral days ago while he was staying in San Francisco. In the correspondence with his family, Mr. McGlnnlss intimated tliat he would doubtless be in I?s Angeles within a few days, and it is the belief of the family that while making his contemplated trip he was a passenger on the train on the Santa Fe that was in the smash-up. INSURED FOR $150,000. Three-Fourths of Amount Carried by English Company. SEATTLE, Wash., January 24.?General Manager Pcarce of the Paclt# Coast Steam ship Company, who is now In this city, said last night that the Valencia Is insured for approximately $150,000, of which amount three-fourths Is carried by English under writers and the remainder in San Francisco. In addition to the Queen, which was sent to the scene of the wreck of the Valencia, the steamer City of Topeka was dispatched from this city at lt> o'clock last night. Mr. Pearre said the first effort of the company would be to render aid to the survivor^ of the dlsaste-. Mr. IVarce declined to ven ture an opinion as to the cause of the wreck, saying that R might have been due to a number of causes, and that he would not form an opinion until be had heard from some of the officers. Steamers to the Rescue. The steamers Queen and Salvor, which wwit to the rtscue of the ^teamer Valencia, will not arrive at the scene of the wreck until this morning at least, because of the south west gale now prevailing, and the rescue work from the vessel will be most difficult. The Salvor took two doctors to render any medical assistance possible, and there were a large number of competent marine men on board both vessels. Some of the Passengers. SEATTLE. Wash., January 24. ? Among the passengers on the Valencia bound for Seattle are Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Bunker and two children of San Francisco. Mr. Bun ker was recently appointed assistant super intendent of Seattle schools, and was on his way north to enter upon his duties. His home has been in San Francisco. Miss Van Wyck, another San Francisco passenger, Is a sister of Mrs. W. A. Peters, wife of a prominent Seattle attorney. She was to visit hex sister, who is ill at her home In this city. E. T. Fondo, another Seattle passenger. Is a commercial traveler whose home Is in this city. Charles Samuels, a saw cutter, is also a Seattle man. He has been In San Fran cisco on a pleasure trip. W. Lombard, who live* at 062 12th ave nue south. Is returning from a pleasure trip to San Francisco, A SpRikG ' ift/Nfc fife &AfTir " ?vl GEE Ah IT v^JoHlf YliTtRVsf _ An The 5W5: BKIN& fane AT?" of cc^ yesterday i> And 1 To-pavj WASHINGTON WEATHER. REAL STRENUOUS LIFE China's Imperial Commission Illustrating It. PROGRAM FOR THEIR STAY Some Changes in the Arrangements Made. MR. WOO ON THEIR DUTIES Especially Charged by Empress Dow ager to Look Into the Educa tion of Women. China's Imperial commissioners awoke this morning to the real strenuous life. They had landed in midsummer in Wash ington yesterday, and this morning found it midwinter. But they smiled blandly at the tricks of the weather and put in the early hours of the day in tilieir quarters at the Arlington straightening out their bag gage and getting ready for a week or more of hard work sight-seeing. This program ?for the stay in Washington had been large ly changed since their arrival. They went, as they had expected to pay their respects to the President at the White Hous6 this afternoon, and presented a letter from the empress, but they added to this a call on Vice President Fairbanks and a social call cm Mrs. Root as an acknowledgment of the courtesy they had already received from the Secretary of State. One of the changes of program will in clude a visit to Annapolis tomorrow. They will leave Washington on a special about 9 a.m., and after spending the day at the Naval Academy they will return to Wash ington in the evening. One of the private entertainments that have been arranged for them in Washington will be a dinner at ex-Secretary John W. Poster's on Monday evening. It will be simply a private dinner, and there will be present only the heads of the Chinese mis sion. The District Commissioners will meet the members of the commission at the Cor coran Art Gallery on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and they will be shown the galJery and given an official welcome by the mu nicipality. Mr. Woo Interviewed. Nearly all of the members of the com missioners' retinue speak English, many of them fluently. There are graduates of Yale, Harvard and Cornell, and Mr. Woo Kwang Ivien. the first secretary, was edu cated in English in London. Mr. Tsze, one of the English secretaries, is an alumnus of Cornell. Mr. Wan is a Harvard man, and Mr. Tung, another of the English secretaries, is of Yale. In speaking of the reception of the commissioners in this country, Mr. Woo said to a Star reporter today: "I know that the commissioners feel deeply the courtesies that have been ex tended to them ever since they landed. This is no formal diplomatic expression, either. Every one has seemed anxio?9 to show them everything of interest, and they have been made to fell genuinely at home, and they appreciate it; they really do." Of course, the members of the have been shown everything in the line of America's industrial development that would Interest them on their trip across the continent. But it Is not generally realized that they are as much interested in the social and political problems, and the way they are being met here as they are In material progress. In this connection Mr. Woo said: "The commissioners were especially charged by the empress dowager before they left, to look into the education of wo men while they were over here. Now, that may not seem to you like such a striking command, for you are used to it, and take it as a matter of course. But for China that is really a notable step. The empress is most interested in this branch of educa tion, and the mere fact that she has taken it up speaks a good deal for the interest that is being taken in real progress. We have seen things, too." Here he laughed like a boy. "Do you know when we were at Stanford University we were shown all through the young ladies", the girls', quarters? They found that we were especially interested in this sort of thing and we ashed if we could see the way the living arrangements wore managed, and you know they took us all around and showed us everything, the cooking and living arrangements and even the young ladies' bed rooms. And everything was so neat and nicely arranged. It Just showed what it Is possible to do in that line. It was most Interesting." Social and Economic Conditions. The party has been charged with the Investigation of social ana economic prob lems, and in pursuance of this they spent 9evernl hours at Huli House in Chicago and took dinner there. Mr. Woo was im mensely pleas-ed with the handing of the questions with which Hull House works. < Interesting, very interesting," he said, "and Miss Adams, who manages it, she is a splendid woman." The reception at the White House this if tern con was held in the 'blue room. The two commissioners, Mr. Tuan and Mr. Tai .vere accompanied by the Chinese minister. Sir Liang, and half a dbzen memibers of their retinue. There was a simple exchange of courteous remarks and the letter fro.m the empress was presented. About fifteen or twenty persons, includ ing the personal friends of the President, attended the reception. After the for mal exchange of greetings in the blue room and the presentation of a letter ivoin the empress tea was served. Be fore the commissioners left tliev were given an autograph set of the President's books. The jarty then left to call on Vice Presi dent Fairbanks and wind up their other social engagements for the afternoon. THE MERCURY DROPPED WARM WAVE IS SUCCEEDED BY COOLER WEATHER. NEW YORK, January 24.?The warm wave which has given this section of the country a touch of April 1n January was swept out to sea last night by a cold, brisk, westerly wind, and today winter again prevailed, though mildly. There was a drop of 10 degrees in the temperature in the twenty-four hours ending at 10 a.m., the thermometer at that time registering 30 degrees. Colder weather was prophesied for tomorrow by the local weather forecaster. Cold Weather at Boston. BOSTON, January 24.?The warm weath er which has prevailed throughout New England for the past three days ended with the coming of a northwest gale and rain during the night. At 8 a.m. ttie mer cury was at 41, and an hour later it reg istered 30 degrees. It was said at the weather bureau that the temperature was expected to c6ntinue downward today and tonight. The rain ceased early today. Thermometer readings from ot'her New England points were lower than at any time for three days. TO CEDE ISLE OF PINES. Senate Committee Votes to Report the Cuban Treaty. The Senate committee on foreign rela tions today voted to report the treaty with Cuba ceding the Isle of Pines to that re public. The treaty was not amended. PENSION BILL REPORTED. Age Made a Permanent Disability Un der the Law. The subcommittee on pensions of the House appropriations committee today re ported to the House the pension appropria tion bill. The measure carries a total of $140,245,500, or $1,100,030 less than the esti mates submitted, and $1,005,400 more than the current appropriation. No new legis lation or limitations on appropriations are recommended in the bill except the pro vision' that "age is a permanent specific dis ability within the meaning of the pension laws." This, In effect, comes out by law, what is already operative through execu tive order. The report shows that in 1005 there were on the rolls 008,441 pensioners, the annual value of whoso pensions aggregated $136, 745,205, as compared with 242,755 pensions, valued at $25,493,742, In 1870. During the year 48,180 pensions were dropped from the rolls. Navy Deparment Changes. Changes in the Navy Department have been announced as follows: Appointments ? Bureau of navigation, j Brenton A. Devol, copyist, at $840 per an num; William H. James, temporary laborer, at $660 per annum. Bureau of steam engi neering, Arthur G. Fessenden, clerk, at $840 per annum. Resignation?Bureau of navigation, Chas Jenklnsori, copyist, at $840 per annum Transfer?Robert Koehler, from laborer at $060 per annum, bureau of navigation, to watchman at $720 per annum, Mills build ing. If THE EVENING STAR cannot be bought at any place from newsboys for Two Cents please notify the office. CDL.MAHN'SMETHDDS Baltimorean Explains How He Was Approached. IN TOWN TOPICS PRINTS Could Fix Things by Placing an Ad vertisement. REFERENCE TO FAMILY CEASED "Fads and Fancies" Deal Sprung Upon Him for a Subscription of Only $1,500 Per. NEW YORK, January 24.?Bernard X. Baker of Baltimore was the first witness to testify today in the trial of Norman Hapgood, editor of Collier's Weekly, on a ! charge of having criminally libeled Justice Joseph M. Deuel. ?Mr. Baker said he was president of the Baltimore Trust Company and was presi- ! dent of the Atlantic Transport Company j from 1SH) to 1000. E. M. Shepard of counsel for the defense showed to Mr. Baker two copies of Town I Topics of December 15, 1M?8, called his at tention to the item under the head of "(Saunterings" and asked if they referred to Mr. Baker's family. Mr. Baker said they did. Mr. Shepard t.hen read them to the jury. They referred to the "blooming forth" of Mr. Baker's family into Balti more society. After reading the item, Mr. Baker said, he visited Col. Mann, editor of Town Topics, in his office. He had no ac quaintance with Col. Mann, but introduced himself. | Continuing, Mr. Baker said: Talked Over With Mann. "I saw Col. Mann. We talked over th?se objectionable articles appearing in Town Topics and I said I wanted them stopped. He told me that it was only the best people who were mentioned in Town Topics. He said that other steamship lines had ad vertisements in Town Topics and that my company ought to secure one. He said that j all steamship men were after something and that I might want something which Town Topics could help me to get. He said there ought to be reciprocity. I told him that it he wanted our advertisement he ought to say so. He said Town Topics had friends as well as enemies." Col. Mann showed him the advertisement of the American line of steamers and told him that of the Atlantic Transport Com pany should be of equal size, slid Mr. i Baker. He then authorized the Insertion ot the advertisement. The witness identified it in an Issue of Town Topics of January 2<! "Did those articles referring to you and your family cease after the Insertion of the advertisement?" asked Mr. Shepard. "I think so," said Mr. Baker. The witness said the advertisement con tinued to be published in Town Topics for about a year. Fads and Fancies Deal. Three years later. In 1901, Items* concern ing his family again appeared In Town Topics, said Mr. Baker, and he consulted counsel about stopping them. After that, tlfe witness said, Moses F. Wooster, the agent, visited him and asked him to sub scribe to Fads and Fancies. "I was surprised that Town Topics should ask me to subscribe,'' said Mr. Baker. "He told me the subscription price was $1,500. Afterward he called again, showed me cop ies of Town Topics and told mc the paper was saying pleasant things and that if I would consult Col, Mann I could And out what I wanted." Mr. Baker said that on the second visit Mr. Wooster showed him clippings from Town Topics and again urged him to sub scribe to Fads and- Fancies, but he did not do so. After that, the witness said, more items about Mr. Baker and his family ap peared In Town Topics and Mr. Baker went again to see Col. Mann. "He Informed me that there had been a definite change in the running of Town Topics, and that It was run on a higher plane, because he was associated with bet ter people," said Mr. Baker. "I told him I wanted to be let alone, and he promised that I would not be troubled again. He again asked me to subscribe for Fads and Fancies, and said that be was going to send a solicitor to see me. Irving afterward called on me with a letter from Col. Mann. Mann's Friendship Worth Having. "He Informed me that Col. Mann'a friend ship was worth having because he wielded an able pen. He said Col. Mann was very much offended because I would net sub scribe for Fads and Fancies." Irving told him. Iri substance, the witness said, "that Col. Mann would be 'e^remely sore." and that the friendship of Town Topics was worth having" Mr. Baker a gal n refused to subscribe to Fads and Fancies. In May. 1902, Mr. Baker said he had a third Interview with Col. Mann. "He wanted to borrow money." said the wit ness. "He wanted me to take five shares of Town Topics stock for $5,000. I slid that I was not interested in Town Topics or its stock. Mr. Baker refused to take the stock Col. Mann, he said, promised to ser him ::gain. and although the witness told him it was no use. Col. Mann went to see Mr. Baker In Baltimore, said he was sorry, and that the friendship of Town Topics was worth having ami urged him to reconsider. Mr Baker did not subscribe to Fads and Fancies. Broker Post Called. Mr. Baker was excused and Edwin M Post, a stock broker, was called. Mr. Post preferred charges of blackmail against Charles Ahle, a solicitor for the publica tion called America's Smart Set. Mr. Post testified that Ahle came to his office with a letter from Mr. Wayne of Town Topics, on June 20, 1903. "Ho said," continued Mr. Post, "that stories had been printed about my connec tion with the races. X told him I was sorry and that I hoped it would not occur again. 'We have an article in Town Topics a out you,' he said, 'and the boys want to put it in.' At this I became suspicious, and . asked him how much the book cost. "He said $500. I said it was a pretty good price and asked how much the book really cost. He replied $50. 1 asked who got the difference, and he replied that the boys got a part and that the rest went higher up. Ordered to Settle Up Quickly. "I told Ahle that I was sorry that I did not have the money there and that I hoped there was no hurry about it. He said they were anxious at Town Topics to use the story about me and that I could not afford to have It printed. I told him 1 expected to get the money the next we<jk. Two or three days later he came to me. He was short and abrupt and said he had not yet got from me the $500. He added that they had me dead to rights and that I had better settle up. and settle quickly. The next day I presented the case to the assistant district attorney." ALLEGED BANDIT HELD. Believed to Be Member of Gang That Robbed Paymaster. Special Dispatch to The Star. . NEW YORK, January 24.?A meek little Italian baker was arrested in the basement of 155 Elizabeth street today charged with being one of the four masked bandits who held up and robbed the paymaster of the Delaware Construction Company, of $5,200 near New Brunswick. N. J., on the after noon of December 28 last. The prisoner is Cosino Sciortino, twenty four years old, a native of the province of Palermo, Sicily. He was formerly employed by the Delaware Construction Company, and immediately after the robbery disap peared. He did not wajt to collect his pay_ With only this clue to work on Detective Petrosino was asked to hunt the man down with a warrant charging him with the rob bery. The Italian dvtective found the man today, and he was held In the Tombs court to await extradotion. It is hoped to wring a confession from him, and then arrest the entire gang of bandits concerned in the ciime. RUSSIAN TOWN IN FLAMES. Result of Fighting Between Troops and Revolutionists. ST. PETERSBURG, January 24.-The town of Kwirila in the Caucasus is in flames as a result of the fighting between the troops and revolutionists, during which many were killed. The re-establishment of communication between Tifiis and Batoum is expected soon. The revolutionary movement in the dis trict of Walck and Werro in the govern ment of Livonia ended with the arrival of the troops under the command of Gen. Orloff. FIRE IN PHILADELPHIA. Exclusive Ritenhouse Club Building Damaged This Morning. Specinl Dispatch to The Star. PHILADELPHIA, January 24.?A fire of unknown origin which started about 5 o'clock this morning burned out the laun dry and drying room, damaged the engine and private dining rooms of the exclusive Rittenhouse Club, 1811 Walnut street, caus ing a loss of about $10,000. There were sev eral members who have rooms in the front of the house sleeping there at the time, but the blaze did not at any time threaten that portion of the building. Before it was discovered the blaze had gained considerable headway and the flames were eating their way through the roof and ! scorching the third floor of the rear portion of the main building, where the private din ing room Is located. Estate Valued at Only $85. Special Dispatch to The Star. PHILADELPHIA. January 24.?A few pieces of household furniture and wearing apparel, the total value of which Is lixed at $S5, forms the entire estate of the "Countess de Bettencourt," an elderly j woman who under the name of Anita B. McMurrow died on Tuesday last at her home, 62? North Marshall street, leaving effects and papers which showed that in her youth she had been the intimate friend of some of the nobility of Kurope. Notwithstanding her small estate the "countess" was regularly In receipt of re mittances from unknown sources. This gave rise to the belief that the woman was possessed of wealth and that she had valuable securities and gold coin secreted in her modest dwelling on Marshall street. MR. KIM SAYS FAREWELL. Termination of the Existence of the Korean Legation. Mr. Yun Chung Kim, who has represent ed Korea diplomatically at Washington as seoretary and charge since last June, called at the State Department today to say fare well to the officials, thereby terminating the. Independent existence of the Korean lega tion in Washington. The records ajid prop erty of the legation, now In the handsome house on Iowa circle purchased about ten years ago by the Korean government, have been turned over to Mr. Hloki, the Japanese Charge here, who will hereafter look after Korean interests in Washington, In con formity with the agreement between the Japanese and Korean governments. The Korean legation home Is said to be the personal property of the Emperor of Korea, and whether or not it shall be sold outright or otherwise disposed of must be determined by the emperor. Mr. Kim has been very popular hi Wash ington In Che diplomatic set, and general regret is expressed at his departure. He expects to sail from San Francisco on the 27th instant for Yokohama, transshipping there for Chemulpo. He knows nothing of his official future, but It is believed he will be well provided for at his home. Personal Mention. Mr. John Callahan, general manager of the Norfolk and Washington Steamboat Company, baa gone to Newport News on business connected with the building of the new Steamer JT&meetOwn. ?Admiral P. F. Harrington, commanding the Norfoa. ns.Ty yard, arrived in this city u^UriNoitoUc j}]r ttumff tikti immsUme,* Weather. Fair tonight and tomor- " row; slightly colder tonighU INSURGENTS OF TIE BOOUTED Passage of Joint Statehood Bill Virtually Assured. TEST VOTE THIS AFTERNOON Adoption of the Rule by 18? to 157. PREVIOUS QUESTION ORDERED On That Propostion the Vote Was 199 to 165?Crowds at the Capitol. The House Insurgents wore routed In th* statehood fight on the floor of the House this afternoon. The vote on the rule brought In by Chairman Dalzell of the commit tea on rules was adopted by a vote of 192 to 1W>. The Insurgents numbered forty. This means, briefly stated, that the state hood bill will be passed by approximately that rote. The insurgents realised at 11 o'clock thf? morning that they were hopelessly out of the race. The flopping of various insurgent republi cans back to the organization is stated by them to be one of the "reasons" for the sad affair, but "absenteeism" on the part ot republicans is set down at the top of the list. The republican members of the House who stood up to their guns and went down smiling, voting more or less cheerfully against the bill, were Messrs. Babcock, Bonynge, Brown. Cushman, Calderheud. Darragan, Davidson, Doriss of Minnesota. Each. French. Fulkerson. Gillette of Cali fornia. Uoebe!. Gronna, Hayes. Hermann, Howell of Utah. Humphrey of Washington, Jones of Washington. Kahn, Kennedy of Ohio, Knowland. I,oud. McCreary of Penn sylvania, MeKinlay of California. Mci,acti lan. McMorran. Marshall. Meyer. M'nor, Mondell. Mudd. Murphy. Needham, Ot)en. Reeder of Kansas. Slenip. Smltti of Cali fornia. Steenerson. Thomas of Ohio and Wachter of Maryiand. Throngs of Spectators. Long before the Speaker's gavel fell. onll. Ing the House of Representatives to or der this morning, the card and public gal leries were crowded with spectators who had evidently been attracted to the Capi tol by the belief that the proceedings on the floor would be well worth seeing, and they were not disappointed. Shortly be fore the House convened Mrs. Roosevelt and Miss Alice Roosevelt entered the Cap itol by the eastern entrance, preceded and followed by a squad of four policemen, walking abreast. They were escorted down the corridor to the elevator and thence to the executive gallery. I.*ter Representa tive Ixingworth joined them there, and ??? the House was not yet in session the gal lery spectators, having nothing els.- to do. looked their All at the President's daugh tei and her affianced When Speaker Cannon ascended the ros trum and picked up the ivory gavel thero was not a vacant seat in any one of the galleries, public or private, and the corri dors were crowded with late arrivals wait ing in the hope of obtaining admission. On the floor things had been lively for som? little time prior to the convening of the House. There had been frequent consul tations among the stalwarts, and Repre sentative Babcock. the Insurgent leader, was busy all morning receiving reports from ills lieutenants and aids. There were not so many republican absentees as was expected, and the democrats also showed up In good numbers. Immediately after prayer and the read ing of the Journal. Representative Dalseli of Pennsylvania sent to the Speaker's desk the all-important resolution from the com mittee on rules, and the tight was on. Mr. Dalzell explained briefly the provisions ot the rule?which was designed to prevent the amendment of the statehood bill and IO insure the passage of the measure in it* entirety?and after some little discussion it was agreed by Mr. DalseM and John Sharp Williams of Mississippi, tin* minority floor leader, that debate on the resolution should be limited to ninety minutes, equally divided between the two sides and con trolled by the gentlemen named. Opposition to the Rule. Representative Mondell of Wyoming, one of the insurgent lieutenants, spoke earnest ly against the adoption of the rule, urging that the statehood bill wis not a party measure, that the rule deprived members of tlie right to handle the question as they might desire, and juggled the situation so that under the rule the bill must be passed with all its objectionable features or not passed at all. Mr. Williams, in reply to Representative Dalzell, had already explained that at tempts had been made in the committee on rules to secure a modification of the resolu tion. but without success, and lie urged the defeat of the rule. He pointed out, briefly, that under the rule th - defeat of the obnoxious feature of the bill would defeat Its beneficent portion as well, claiming that the republicans were endeavoring to hold this as a whip over the insurgents. Mr. Williams said the proposition must be swal lowed as one mouthful or not swallowed at all. There couldn't be two bites. Oen. Grcsvenor Replies. Representative Grosvenor of Ohio, a mem ber of the rules committee, replied nn behalf of the stalwarts. He used his usual metnod on Mr. Mondell, In the deadly parallel. Informing the House that the gentleman from Wyoming had, In the Fifty-seventh Congress, favored a precisely similar rule. Mr. Grosvenor wanted to know what had caused such a quick change in sentiment. "The light that was shed on St. Paul on a certain Interesting occasion." remarked Mr. Grosvenor, "wasn't a circumstance to that which had suddenly illuminated tl*? gentleman from Wyoming." Assisted by Representative Dalzell. Mr. Grosvenor scored Mondell for four separate acts of inconsistency In connection with his atti tude on the statehood question. "The world was benefited by the ray of light that reached St. Paul," Said Mr. Mon dell, warmly. "The House has not been greatly ben efited by the light shed upon this question this morning by the gentleman from Wy oming," remarked Mr. Grosvenor, dryly, amid the laughter of the stalwarts. Continuing. Mr. Grosvenor said that the statehood bill was a party metisure; that ever since the entrance of Vermont as one of the original states the admission of states had been a result of party Investi gation and party work. Ohio, he said, had been dragged into the Union by the heels. The people did not particularly want state hood; they were satisfied at the time with existing conditions. But the territory was created Into a state, Just the same. The revolt looked mighty dangerous, in Mr. Grosvenor's opinion, if for no other reason than that the solid democratic strength would be aligned against the res olution and the bill. This. If nothing else, ?aid the Ohio representative, impressively, should serve to make republicans wary. "Pardon," interrupted Mr. Mondell, 'Smt did not tin gentleman from Ohio vote wtt]|