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Latest Details of Wreck of
Steamer Valencia.
Women and Children Swept Into Sea
and Drowned.
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
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.
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
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,
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China's Imperial Commission
Illustrating It.
Some Changes in the Arrangements
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
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
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
The jarty then left to call on Vice Presi
dent Fairbanks and wind up their other
social engagements for the afternoon.
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.
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.
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
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
cannot be bought at any
place from newsboys for
Two Cents
please notify the office.
Baltimorean Explains How He
Was Approached.
Could Fix Things by Placing an Ad
"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
| 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
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
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."
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
Result of Fighting Between Troops and
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.
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.
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,*
Fair tonight and tomor- "
row; slightly colder tonighU
Passage of Joint Statehood Bill
Virtually Assured.
Adoption of the Rule by 18? to
On That Propostion the Vote Was 199
to 165?Crowds at the
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
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]|

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