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NEW HAVEN CONN., THURSDAY JANUARY 3J, 1895. THE CARRINGTON PUBLISHING CO OVER 300 WERE DROWNED STEAMSHIP ELBE HAS BICEX SUXK UJPjr THE EXGLISU COAST. Only One of Her Bouts Hat as Vet Keen Accounted For She Was Run Into By Another Steamer, the Prow of Which Crashed Into the Second Cabin mid Abaft the Engine Room Sailors Chopped at Froien Ropes and Worked Hard to Get the Boats off The Occupants of Only One , Boat Rescued By a Fishing Sinack. London, Jan. 30. The North German Lloyd steamship Elbe, bound from Bremen for New York, was sunk i a collision with a small steamer fifty miles off Lowestoft early this morning. The Elbe carried 380 souls. But twen ty-one survivors have been landed, but a few othrs may still be afloat in one of the ship's small boats. At 10 o'clock this evening the number of lives lost was given out as 350. The survivors of the wreck were landed at Lowestoft by the fishing smack Wild Flower at 6:40 o'clock this evening. They, are: Sollberg, third officer: Naussell, first engineer! Weser, paymaster; Schul theiss, Lukmeyer and Sitting, asslstan paymasters; Furst, chief stoker Vioebe, steward; Wennlng, Singer an Siebert, sailors; Dreeon and Batko, or dinary seamen; De Hards, German pilot; Greenham, English pilot; Hoff man, Lugen, Schlegel and Vevera of Cleveland, O., saloon passengers, and Bolthen, a. steerage passenger, and Miss Bueker. Hoffmen's home Is In Nebraska. Hi wife and boy went down with the ship. All the survivors were In a pitiable condition. The passengers were but half clothed. ' Their few garments were frozen stiff, their hair was coated with ice and anxiety and effort had exhaust ed them so completely that they had to be helped ashore. The officers and sailors were fully dressed, but their clothes had beem drenched and frozen and they had been almost paralyzed with cold and fatigue. They had been ashore three hours before they had recovered sufficiently to tell the story of the wreck. Their accounts agreed upon the following points: The Elbe left Bremen on Tuesday afternoon. The few hours of the voy age before the disaster were unevent i'ul. At i o'clock this morning the wind was blowing hard and a tremens dous sea was running. The morning was unusually dark. Numerous lights were seen in all directions, show. lng that many vessels were near by The captain ordered, therefore, that rockets should be sent up at regular intervals to warn the craft to keep out of the way. It was near to o'clock and the Elbe was some fifty miles off Lowestoft, coast of Suffolk, when the lookout man sighted a steamer of about 1,500 tons approaching. He gave the word and as a precaution the number of rockets was doubled and they were sent up at short inter vals. The warning was without effect. The steamer came on with unohecked speed and before the Elbe could change her course or reduce her speed notably there was a terrific orash of the collision. The Elbe was hit abaft her engine room when the smaller steamer wrenched away an enormous hole was left in the Elbe's side. The water poured through ana aown into tne engine room In a cataract. The room filled almost in tantly. The engines were stlH and the big hulk began to settle. The passen gers were in bed. The bitter cold and rough sea had prevented any early rls ing, and none except the officers and crew on duty were on deck when the ship was struck. The shock and crash roused everybody. The steerage was in a. panic in a moment, and men, women and children, undressed or in their night clothing, came crowding up the com panionways. They clung together in groups, facing the cold and storm, and cried aloud for help or prayed on their knees for deliverance. The officers and crew were calm. For a few moments they went among the terror-stricken groups, trying to quiet them and en couraging them to hope that the vessel might be saved. It was soon apparent, however, that the Eibe was settling steadily. The officers were convinced that she was about to founder and gave orders to lower the boats. In a short time three boats were got alongside but the -seas were breaking over the isteamer with1 great force and the first boat was swamped before anybody could get into It. The other two boats, lowered at about the same time, were filled quickly with members of the crew and the passengers, but the number was email, as the boats held only twenty persons each. The boat carrying the twenty-one per sons who were landed at Lowestoft put in such haste from the sinking steamer that nobody noticed what became of the other boats. The survivors believe, however, that she got away safely. They say that they tossed in the heavy seas for several hours before they sight ed the Wild Flower. The little smack bore down on them at once and took them aboard. They were exhausted from excitement and exposure. Several of 'them were in a state of collapse and had to be carried and dragged from one boat to the other. Miss Anna Buecker, the only woman In the party, was prostrated as soon as they got clear of the Elbe. She lay In the bottom for five hours with the seas breaking over her and the water that had been shipped half covering her body. Although her physical strength was gone, she showed true pluck and did not utter a word of complaint and repeatedly urged her companions not to mind her, but look after themselves. Hoffman's leg was hurt severely while he was changing boats. The Wild Flower's crew gave the sur vivors every possible attention. Upon landing the survivors were taken in charge by B. S. Bradber, the German consul at Lowestoft, who sent some' to the Sailors' home and others to the Suf folk hotel. Miss Buecker, who took pas sage to Southampton,' will be able to go to London in a day or two. Carl Hoffman, who came ashore In the Wild Flower, said in an interview "My .home Is in Grand Island, Neb I had 'my wife and boy of seven with me on the Elbe. I am utterly wretched for I became separated from them an hardly dare hope that they have been saved. I am abroad to visit relatives in Germany and during the last four months was accompanied by wife and boy. "We left for home on Tuesday. I wa asleep In our stateroom when a noise like a gun-shot woke me. I Jumped out of bed and spoke to my wife who had been aroused as suddenly. I asked her what she thought the troubl was, but she seemed to pay little at tentlon to me. I was not greatly alarmed, although I heard shultling feet and hoarse shouts on deck. I hurried into a few of my clothes, however, an went to the upper deck. I saw only too clearly then what had happened I rushed below and helped my wife and boy throw on a few clothes and we went on deck together. The excite ment and confusion cannot be describ. ed. I never saw anything like it, ev erybody seemed to have lost his head, The scene was distressing beyond any thing I ever saw. Men, women an children were running about madly, the women screaming with terror and every man getting in the other's way The darkness Increased the confusion and fright. Suddenly I heard shrill despairing cries from the women "there are no more boats." I then saw the men at the davits. I noticed that the ropes were frozen so hard or wer so tangled or something of the sor that the sailors had to chop them frau tically to get the boats clear. The sailors were doing their best, however, and worked with might and main They finally got out the aft quarter boat on the port side. I could see that it was full of people, but the sailor could not lower it. Meanwhile th steamer was settling perceptibly. took my boy. In my arms and got Into the second boat. My wife was close be hind when somebody shouted: 'All women and children go on the other side of the ship.' "I believe the captain gave the order, My wife started to run across the deck and that Is the last I saw of her. clung to my boy, but men dragged us out of the boat and my place was taken by one of the crew. This boat got clear of the steamer. Before the men at the oars could get full command of her a big wave almost dashed her against the steamer's"-Blgt foremast which had gone by the board at th time of the collision. It was almos miraculous that the boat , was not swamped. Anotherboat 'was got out, I took my boy into it and supposed that he had remained by my side, but just as the boat was lowered I found that he had disappeared. "He had been torn away In the rush and scramble for places. I tried to get back, but he boat went down with a jump and the moment we reached the water the sailors pushed off." Miss Bueker said In an interview "I was In bed when the steamers struck. I was aroused by a great crash followed by shouts and the trampling of feet on deck. It was dark when I reached the top of the stairs leading to the deck. I found that two lifeboats were being lowered, and ran to one of them. The steamer was sinking grad ually. One boat was already in the water. Some men shoved me Into the boat, which was then lowered. We had hardly reached the water before the boat upset, and all were thrown out, Most of t'he others managed to get back on the steamer. I went under and when I came up clutched the bow of the capsized lifeboat. I clung to it until another lifeboat picked me up. We suffered terribly until the Wild Flower rescued us. I lost all my clothes, but saved my money and watch, which were in the belt around my waist." The steerage passenger, Bothen, said ii me muiiiem or me collision I was in the forecastle. When the steamers came together the noise was deafening, iiKe tne crasning of icebergs. Then came a series of tearing and grinding sounas. i nurrieei back and found the officers and crew at quarters. Two boats were being lowered, but I saw no others. The ropes were Bomewhat stiff. but not so as to hinder the lowcrlne of tne Doats. Tne Elbe went down about twenty minutes after the collision. Jan vevora, a cabin passenger, was returning wnn nis niece to America. His niece was lost. He said: "I fell asleep in the coffee room. A terrific crash woke me up with a jump. I ran out and saw that everything was. upside aown. jt-eopie were rushing around be low in a frenzy, some half naked and all only partially dressed. I made mv way up on deck and asked the mall man what was the matter. He was calm. and replied carelessly: 'Oh, nothing is the matter.' I could see, however, that something terrible had happened. I ran below to get my niece from her cabin, but was unable to go far, as the wood work had been shattered and broken, and timbers and boards were wedged across the corridor. I then got my wa terproof coat, put on two life preservers and ran back to the upper deck, where it was evident that the ship had a heavy list ana was sinking fast. I was told to keep out of the boats, as1 the women and children must go first. The strug gle for the lifeboats was too desperate to leave a man much chance, so I wait ed. The men around me had grown frantic. They tried to tear off my life preservers, but I shouldered them off. Meantime other men began to climb in to the boats. So I jumped on the rail as a boat sneerea orr, ana when the boat rose on a wave I jumped in. One of the occupants tried to shove me out, but I hung to him like death and he let me stay. We saw the Elbe sink and cruised about half full of salt water until the Wild Flower rescued us." Mr. Vevora's leg is badly bruised, but otherwise he suffered no harm. Fuerst, a stroker, said: "I was in the boiler room at the time of the collision. The water rus-'hed in immediately through a big gap in the side. It pour ed in at a tremendous rate and soon extinguished the fires. When I reached the deck I saw the captain on the bridge, but did n. t s.'e the pilots." Seaman Singer says that t'he Elbe was struck just abaft the engine room, th. stem of the other steamer crushing into the second cabin. Third Officer Stollberg says that h cannot explain the collision, and tha It is unlikely that any adequate ac count can be obtained, as all the deck watch on duty at the time were drown ed. The captain was on the bridge when the collision occurred, and Office Stollberg heard him shout in a loud firm voice that the women and chil dren were to be saved first. His orders were repeated by the chief officer, and must have been heard by everybody aboard. The roughness of the sea made the work of rescue by th crew of the Wild Flower extremely per ilous. There is some hope that the mlssln boat has been rescued, as there were several smacks in the vicinity of th collision. Probably some women an children got into the missing boat. Among the persons waiting In South ampton to take passage on the Elbe for New York was Ludwig Boxendale. H was to join ins wife and daughter on the steamer. The steamship eompan has deferied until morning Its declsio: as to sending the survivors to New York. rue worm German Lloyd sent this official s.atement fro. Bremen to-night rue Ultra officer of the Elbe reports from Lowestoft that the vessel was struck on the port side in the waymall room by an unknown steamer, sinking In twenty minutes. Stormy weathrr Watch in order. Hope a second boat which wes lowered may be safe, several fishing vessels and a steamer are in the vicinity. Good discipline Everything done that was possible t pave life." The statement seems to prove tha only two boats were lowered, desplt the varying statements of passengers, some of whom said that as many a eight were cut loose. The boat carry lng the survivors was tossed at the mercy of the waves In a bitter south east wind until 11 o'clock. Meantlm they sighted sveral vessels, whll themselves unseen. The scantiness of their clothing made their sufferings more Intense. When they sighted th Wild Flower frantic efforts were made to attract her attention. Sails, shirts and underclothes were waved some time before the fishing smack answered their hail. The exact place of the collision is forty-seven miles southwest of the Hook lightship. Mr. Neussel, the first engineer, told a reporter that, it was only the position the vessel assumed when the water made its volume felt that prevented the launching of more boats. Dispatches from Germany say tha Bremen Is in a state of consternation and the whole country Is excited by the news of the wreck. The passengers came from all parts of the empire. A steamer has been ordered Bent from Lowestoft by the North German Lloyd to search for the other tifeboat. THE JIXAXCIAL SI TV ATOS. The President May be Obliged to Direct the Issue of Bonds. Washington, Jan. 30. To-day's with drawals brings the gold reserve down to $44,000,000 in round numbers. ' Unless congress responds promptly to the president's suggestion he will, In the exercise at his discretion under the re sumption act, direct the issue of $100,- 000,000 of bonds. Under this act there are three kinds of bonds he may issue: Five per cent, bonds, which run ten years; 4 per cent, bonds, which run fifteen years, and 4 per cent, bonds, which run fifteen years, and 4 per cent, bonds, which run thirty years. As the president In his recent message favored fifty year bonds the general belief In official circles Is that If bonds are issued under the resumption act they will be 4 per cent, bonds to run thirty years. Everything is contingent on the gold reserve. ' Should the gold withdrawals diminish or cease altogether the president may not consider another bond issue at this time as the general condition of the reasury with $143,000,000 available for expenses and constant, improvement daily showing In receipts Is better now than It has been for the past two years. WO II' THE IVES WAS WRECKED. Cnplnin Fnlrbrother Claims the Buoy Was Out of Position. Further particulars of the loss of the schooner James Ives, Captain Fair- brother, were received here yesterday. January 27 the schooner went ashore half a mile east of the horizontal strip ed buoy off the Capes of Delaware. She had been aground but a few minutes when she worked loose and began to pound heavily. Captain Fairbrother saw there was little hope of his vessel living out the gale, and ordered down the boats. He and the crew of six had hardly reached a safe distance from the ves when she sank. Captain Hand, of the steamer Charles F. Mayer, saw the signal of distress displayed by the shipwrecked mariners and picked them up an hour later. The Mayer wag bound for Portsmouth, Va., and she took the sailors of the Ives to that port. Cap tain Fairbrother claims the accident as due to the misplacement of the buoy which, he says, was some distance out of position. He has entered a "protest," nd an investigation will be made. The James Ives was valued at $20,000, and was partially insured. AH was lost, In cluding the effects of the captain and rew. Heavy T.oss By Fire. Boston, Jan. 30. A stubborn fire oc curred this afternoon in the Boylston building, Boylston and Washington streets, which did much damage on the fifth and sixth floors, occupied prin cipally by the work rooms of the Con tinental Clothing company, Freeland, Loomis & Co., proprietors, their stock being damaged to the extent of $15,000. Loss on building, owned by the Boyl ston Market association, about $10,000. BRILLIANT SOCIAL EVENT i.V ELEGAXT RECEVTIOX GIVEX, Mlt. 1IEXRY L. UOTt'UKIS . ' The Handsome Residence, on Hillhouse Ayenue tile Scene of Gaiety nntl Festivity Magnificent Floral Decorat Ions-Cater ing by Deliuonico The Guests New Ha ven's Elite. The reception tendered by Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Hotchkiss at their ele gant home, 55 Hillhouse avenue, la.- evening was the distinctively social event of the season. The reception be gan at 9 o'clock and was followed by dancing at 11 o'clock. The house wa: elaborately and beautifully decorated with costly p'ants and cut flowers. canopy extended from the curb to th door, and on entering the hall one seem ed all of a sudden to have been ushered into falrvland. Wherever the eye rest ed masses of beautiful flowers met th gaze. The transition from the bleak and chilly January night to the light the flowers, tl.e warmth, the music, gal ety, dancing and feasting of the pula tial residence on the avenue formed contract that wjis as f triking as it was charming and aliurlng. Rarely before In this city has ther been a display of such a veuMh of flow ers. Many elegant lamps, whose ltgh was softened by delicately tinted plni- shade's, enhanced the beauty Of the scene. The doors leading out of the hall were curtained with asparagus fern, hope back vUh red ro.ses. .urge jars, o American beauties, tied with wide red satin ribbons, placed about the hall lent a beautiful effect to the other hand some trimmings. Across the ha'l was a sort of parti tion of smiiax, while the chandeliers were trimmed with red carnations and ribbon loops. In the back part of the hall was a table from which refresh ments were served to the guests. The conservatory was filled with palms potted plants, flowers and beautifully colored lanterns. i The drawing room, or yeliow salon in which Mrs. Hotchkiss received, was trimmed in yellow and pink. The man tel was banked with pink and yellow roses., while a large mirror over the mantel was dressed in asparagus fern and from the top hung a huge hoop of orchids, which reflected from the glass and gave a very pretty effect. The cornice of the room was trimmed in smilax. Over the curtains fat the win dws were trained pink roseis and pink satin ribbon. The small library back of the drawing room wa occupied by the Hungarian band of New York, which was concealed behind a vvall of palms and lilies. The large library opposite the. draw ing room was trimmed In red and white roses. Back of this room was the am ine room, elegantly trimmed n-id banked in malderhalr fern. The stair case was a beautiful sight. The newel post was wrapped In red roses, white lilies and red ribbons, and the ban nisters were coverd with' smilax. All the landings were simply masses of white lilies, as was also the upper hall where also were some fine Jonquil trimmings. The 'window on the stair way in this hall was another mass of smilax, tied back with satin ribbons and pink carnations. The first empire bedroom, so called from Its furniture, all of which Is after the style of that time, was decorated with English violets and jonquils. Back of this room was the pink room, so named from its trimmings of pink carnations and pink roses. The blue room was deco rated with, marguerites and pink roses. The decorations were among the finest ever seen In this city, everywhere were flowers and satin ribbons, while evry nltch was filled by a table banked with tulips, white lilies and elegant vases Mr. and Mrs. Hotchkiss received their callers In the drawing room. Mrs Hotchkiss was beautifully gowned In pink satin, embroidered in gold. She wore a tiara and a necklace of dia monds. She carried a beautiful boquet of roses of various hues. The room in which she received was a perfect bower of pink roses and orchids. Over the mirror was a beautiful and costly wreath of pink orchids. The spacious parlors and library were decorated with palms, roses, tulips lilacs and carnations, the dining room with palms and roses. The reception continued from 9 to 11 o'clock and was followed by dancing in the drawln room. The supper was servea oy uei- monico of New York city. Among those present were: President Dwight and wife, ex-Governor C. R. Ingersoll, Professor Cameron, Win th.rop Dwight and Miss Helen Dwight, Mrs, . D. Cady Eaton, Professor and Mrs. Henry W. Farnam, Dr. and Mrs. J. P. C. Foster, Professor Fisher and Miss Fisher, Mrs. Grldley, Professor Hoppin and Mason Hoppin, Professor and Miss Hadley, Captain and Mrs. Charles H. Townshend, ex-Mayor and Mrs. Sargent, Henry Russell Sargent and wife, Edward Sargent and wife, Rev. Dr. Newman Smyth and Miss Smyth, Thomas R. Trowbridge, Mrs. Edward Titus, Miss Hannah Whitney, Hon. Lynde Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. James M. B. Dwight, Miss Justine In gersoll, Judge Simeon E. Baldwin, Miss Helen Baldwin and Miss Winchester. Mr. and Mrs. Justus S. Hotchkiss, Prof, and Mrs. Verrill, Prof, and Mrs. Sturglss, Prof, and Mrs. Irving Fisher, Dr. and Mis. William Daggett, An drew W. DeForest, Dr. and Mrs. Wil bur F. Day, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Russell, Rutherford Trowbridge, Miss Perkins of Litchfield, Misses Henrietta and Grace Ingersoll, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. R. Trowbridge, Miss Cohen of San rancisco, Prof, and Mrs. Porter, Prof. nd Mrs. Nieumeyer, Dr. Robert S. ves, Captain and Mrs. Pettit, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Hooker, Prof, and Mrs. Hastings, Prof, and Mrs. Beebe, Miss Fellowes, Mr. and Mrs. H. Grant Thompson, Proif. and Mrs. DuBois, Henry C. White, John K. Beach, Mrs. Beach and Miss Beach, Rodman V. Beach. Prof, and Mrs. Brush, Dr. and Mrs. B. H. Cheney, Rev. and Mrs. E. S. Lines, Miss Hillhouse, Mr. and Mrs. j William W. Farnam. Mr. and Mrs GodfreyiDunscombe, Mr. and Mrs. Ed ward Phelps, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Whitney, Prof, and Mrs. Honey, Miss Bessie Beach, Mrs. Bristol, Mr. and Mrs. Cortlandt Trowbridge, the Misses Katie and Annie Trowbridge, Miss Hotchkiss, Mrs. George B. Rogers, Mrs, Griffin, Mr. and Mrs. Dunning Dewell Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. Some of the costumes of the ladles were as follows: Mrs. Charles H. Town shend in lavender silk and point lace, Miss Hotchkiss In black velvet, point lace and diamonds, Mrs. Justus Hotch kiss In lavender satin, point lace and diamonds and Mrs. Dr. Eliot In pink satin. MA'ICH GAME OF IIOH'LIXG Between the Idle Hour and Mercantile Bowling Clubs. A match game of bowling was played by the Idle Hour and 'the Mercantile clubs at Turn hall last night. The Idle Hour team is composed of the following men: Hedolin, Whltelock, Goulet, Hen nig and Knipping. The Mercantlles are Peck, Perkins, Smith, Bartl-ett and Pea body. The scores of each man were as fol lows: Idle Hours--Hedolln, 11S, 105, 155 Whltelock, 118, 178, 124; Goulet, 140, 111, 1GB; 'Hennig, 130, 129, 148; Knipping, 150 128, 137. Mercantlles -Peck, 143, 114, 139; Per kins, llll, 115, 81; Smith, 130, 165, 145 Bartlett, 137, 213, 122; Peabody, 104, 134, 144. Edward Hill wa referee and Edward Somers. and John Adams were scorers, The totals were: Idle Hours 2067, Mer- cantiles 2011. IXSTAXTLY KILLED. A Well Known Old CMzen of Brnnford. Pine Orchard, Jan. 30. William Fow ler, one of the oldest residents of Bran ford, wag struck and instantly killed at 5 o'clock this evening by the Shore Line flyer. Fowler, who was seventy-one years of age, had been canvesslng for a publishing house in this town to-day and about 4 o'clock he started to go home, taking the railroad track as the shortest route to his home. When he was a short distance west of the depot he stepped from the north track to let one train pnss, and he stepped In front of the flyer, which he apparently did not see approaching. He was thrown to one side of the track and when he was picked up he was still breathing, but died before he reached the depot He leaves a sister and three brothers all of whom reside in Branford. MRS. IVES' eK.VKIJOM GIFT. By Her Munificence Christ Church Will Be Able to lCrect a New Edifice. Mrs. Ives, widow of the late Hoadley B. Ives, has given the munificent sum of $10,000 to the building fund of Christ Episcopal church, Broadway. The building fund of the church, with this generous addition, now amounts to more than $10,000, and it is expected that early In the spring the church will commence the erection of a handsome new' edifice, the plans for which were accepted about a year ago. Early next month Mrs. Ives will sail for a prolonged tour In Egypt, and will be accompanied by Miss Sarah C. Eastman of College street. Japanese Treaty Ratified. Washington, Jan. 30. The senate this afternoon after a discussion of two hours ratified the Japanese treaty, af. ter modifying it so as to make It ter minable at the expiration of one year's notice. prizes foh school childhex. Son of Revolution Offer Foureten Priros For Best Essays on Revolutionary Sub jects. Next Tuesday the principals of the several public schools of the city will receive circulars from Judge Hobart L. Hotchkiss inviting the pupils of the schools to contest for the prizes offered by the Sons of Revolution This society offiers fourteen money prizes for the fourteen best essays on the war of 1776. The committee of the society in charge of the enterprise is composed of Jonathan Trumbull of New London and Lucius F. Robinson and Joseph G. Wooodward, both of Hart ford. High school pupils are to write essays on the subject "The Share of Connecti cut Men in the War of the Revolution." For tha seven best essays on this sub ject seven prizes are offered: "$20 for the best essay and six prizes of $5 each for the next best essays. For pupils below the high school grade the sub ject Is "Connecticut Men of Mark in the Revolution" and the prizes offered are the some as in the case of the high school pupils. The award will be made April 19. The limit for each paper is 2,000 words and all essays must be submitted be fore March 1. The essays will be re ceived by Judge Hobart L. Hotchkiss for the New Haven schools, H. Wales Lines for the Meriden schools, Joseph G. Woodoward for Hartford, E. J. Hill for Norwalk, Walter Learned for New London, Bela P. Learned for Norwich, Rowland B. Lacey for Bridgeport, Lucius F. Robinson of Hartford for all other places west of the Connecticut river and Jonathan Trumbull of Hart ford for all other places east of the Connecticut river. HAIlTVORn ACCEPTS The Generous Gift of Land by Colonel Pope. Hartford, Jan. 30. At a special city election to-day iit was voted, 1,073 to 121, to accept the tract of land offered the city for a public park by Colonel Pope, f the Pope Manufacturing company. Annexation is Desired. St. Johns, N. F., Jan. 30. The Inhab- tants of St. Johns awoke this morn ing to find the city placarded with large bills calling upon the people to agitate to the annexation of Newfoundland to the United States. GIHLS' SCHOOL IX SOVTH AFRICA Interesting Addresses at the First M. E Church Yesterday Afternoon." A very interesting and largely attend ed meeting of the Woman's Foreign Missionary society of the First Metho diet Episcopal church was held at the church lecture room yesterday after noon and was addressed by Miss Anna Cummings of South Africa and Mrs, Heman B. Allen of Meriden, who was formerly engaged in the mission work In South Africa. Mrs. Allen is the widow of the late Mr. Heman B. Allen of this city, who was a prominent mem ber of the First M. E. church. Miss Cummings gave a very interest ing account of the Huguenot seminary for girls at Wellington, South Atrica This seminary was founded twenty-one years ago by Miss Ferguson, formerly lady missionary for the City Missionary association of this city. Miss Ferguson was a graduate of the Mount Holyoke seminary. This work which was begun by her years ago has been steadily car ried forward by those Interested In it, To-day there are 300 girls in the school at Wellington, and there are 500 girls more in two branch institutions, mak ing a total of 800 girls receiving Instruc tlon. It is to be understood that the schools are for the white girls of the colony only. These girls are of three nationalities, Dutch, French Huguenot and English. The Dutch have been set tled there upwards of 200 years and the French are old residents there, as they came there to find an asylum at the time of the revolution of the edict of Nantes. The girls are most of them preparing to be missionaries and teach ers among the savage and heathen tribes In the Interior. Five hundred teachers have already gone out from the school at Wellington, and have exerted a powerful and lasting Influence for good on the people of that benighted country. During the twenty years of Its existence forty missionaries have gone forth Into active work. They had penetrated that Immense traqt of country lying between Lake Nyanza and the Zambezi river. There are at present about 350,000 white residents In South Africa. Miss Cummings also made a brief statement of the needs of the instltu tlon. They are endeavoring to secure a new 'building at the cost of about $50,000. The residents of the colony have agreed to bear half the expense if the friends of the school In this country will raise the other $25,000 She made an earnest appeal in behalf of the work there, and quite a large col lection was taken up at the meeting for its benefit. . Anyone who feels especially Interest ed in this work and desires tp contribute to It may address any communication relating to It to Miss Anna Cummings, Stratford, Vt. Miss Cummings will re turn to Africa not before June. Mrs. Allen was then introduced to the meeting. She gave a very interest ing account of some of her experiences in Africa. Miss Ferguson, who founded the school, Is a sister of Mrs. Allen and the latter spent two years in Afri ca helping-In the work. She gave a very Interesting account of the old diamond city, Klmberly. She said that the town sprung up like magic at the discovery of diamonds there, and that the people at first lived either in tents or in corrugated iron houses. So the center of the town Is at present irregu lar and there are large excavations where they have dug for the diamonds. A great deal of religious work Is being done among the native diamond-miners, mostly converted natives themselves. The proprietors of the mines have to keep a very close watch of the native miners, who resort to every device to steal the diamonds. They conceal them in their eyes, ears, nose and mouth, and in their wooly hair, and some even cut a gash in their flesh In which to conceal the precious stones. The mines are surrounded by high corrugated Iron fences, so high that the natives can not throw the diamonds over to anyone on the other side. Yet in spite of all the company's precautions they esti mate that fully half the much coveted stones are lost to them. It Is among these sly and crafty natives to whom there seems to be an entire lack of moral perception that the native mis sionaries go In and work. And a great deal of good has been done by them. Many of the natives have been induced to lead a true religious life. All the books used In the girls' schools are In English, although corrupted French and Dutch dialects are spoken by many of them before entering the schools. Dr. Burton's Lecture. At the United church chapel last even ng Dr. Richard Burton delivered the fourth lecture in the University Ex tension course on the "History of Fic tion." The lecture was well attended, among the audience being a large number of ladles. The special sub ject of last evening's lecture was Analytical Writers" and during the evening Dr. Burton reviewed the works of Thackeray, George Eliot, George Meredith,, Thomas Hardy, Henry James and W. D. Howells. The lec ture was both Interesting and instruct ive and much enjoyed by the large audience present. The next lecture In the course will be given next Monday evening. THltOWX FH03I A SLEIGH. Julius Hanson's Leg Broken -Taken to the Hospital. Julius Hanson, twenty-five years old, residing at 148 Congress avenue, was taken to the 'hospital late yesterday af ternoon suffering from a broken1 leg. Hanson is a painter, but for the past few days had been at work harvesting in Westville. Yesterday while rlriv- lig his horse took fright and threw Han. son from the sleigh, breaking his left leg at the thigh. He was taken to the hospital, where the fracture was re duced. He will be laid up, however, for several weeks. ONE SECTION IS AMENDED. MADE IX FAT OS OF THE MOTION OW COKGRESMAN WARXER. Action Taken By the Committee on Bank iuR and Currency - The Amendment In troduced By Congressman Russell Was Adopted Other Work That Was Done. . Washington, Jan. 30. After a session of nearly four hours the house1 com mittee on banking and currency took a recess. The major part of the session was de voted to consideration of an amendment offered by Mr. Russell, rep., of Con necticut, which is to be added to section 2 of the bill, as follows: Provided, That the amount of such United States notes and treasury notes which may be cancelled and retired shall not exceed 1ft the aggregator amount equal to the additional circula-' tion taken out by national banks after the passage of this aot. The amendment was adopted by fl vote of 9 to 4. Those voting In the neg ative were Messrs. Warner of New York, Walker of Massachusetts, Sparry; of Connecticut and Cobb of Missouri. This afternoon, on motion of Mr, Bro sIub of Pennsylvania, the fourth sec tion of the bill, which provided that national bank notes of lower denomina tion than $10 shall be retired and can-' celled and an equal amount In denomi nations of $10 and upwards be issued in their places and that silver certlflV cates now outstanding larger than $10 shall be retired and the silver certifi cates of denominations of less than $10 shall be issued in their stead, was stricken out On motion of Mr. Warner of New York section 6 was amended so as to re peal so much of all laws and parts o laws as to limit the amount of lawful money which may be deposited during any month for th purpose of withdraw ing national bank circulation or prohib it any national bank from receiving any increase of its circulation during the period of six months from the time it shall nave made any deposit of lawful money for the purpose of withdrawing circulation. The limitations upon the taking out of circulation which are now provided by law would seriously Inter fere with the increased circulation, which is believed would be taken out under th bill if it should become a law. A motion was made by Mr. Cox of Tennessee to substitute the Carlisle bill with the state bank feature eliminated as a substitute for the administration measure. Of the ; thirteen members present but four Messrs. Black of Georgia, Cobb of Alabama, Cox of Ten nessee and Hall of Missouri voted in the affirmative. A motion that the bill be reported to the house with a recommendation that It do not pass was defeated. Only three members' Messrs. Cobb, Black and Hall supported this motion. The counter proposition as amended be reported for consideration without recommendation was carried, 10 to 3, the negatives being cast by Messrs. Cobb, Black and Hall. The following resolution was agreed upon and It will be offered to the house by Mr. Springer, together with a request that It be reported back from the com mittee on rufes1: Resolved, That Immediately after the adoption of this order the house will resolve Itself into committee of the whole on the state of the union for the consideration of house bill 8,075 (the ad ministration banking bill.) That after hours to be devoted to general debate the bill shall be consid. ered under the five minute rule, except as herein modified; that the chair may entertain such amendments as may be in order to any section of the bill or as a substitute ror tne wnoie urn m the order presented, and that after thirty minutes' debate on such amend ments, flfteen"mlnutes on each side, the questton shall be put upon agree ing to such amendments. That at o'clock on , the committee shall re port the bill with such amendments as may have been adopted or may be pend ing and the previous question shall be considered as ordered upon the bill and amendments." The bill will probably be called up lnl the house on Monday next. Y. G. A. COXTESTS At Yale Gymnasium Last 1 Evening A Throng Present The Running High Kick Record Broken by Gerard The Other Events. The third annual meeting of the Yale Gymnastic association was held in the gymnasium last evening and was large ly attended. The first event was a contest on tne side horse, in which five men participat ed. After some very creditable work; the first place was awarded to Buist, 96, of Charleston, S. C, with Mac Callum, '97, of Northampton, Mass., sec ond. Th,ere were four entries in the second event, the running high kick, which was won by Gerard, '97, of New York, with a kick of nine feet, beating last year's record by two Inches. Ten ny, '98, of Knoxville, Tenn., was sec ond, with a kick of eight feet ten. Bu ist, '96, then won the contest on the parallel bars, with Lehlbach, '98, of Newark, N. J., second, and Shepard, 97 S., of New Haven, third. Six men participated in the rope climb, which was won by McJiriae, with Adams second, and Gerard third. This closed the contests for the even ing, but there followed an excellent ex hibition of tumbling, the finest feature of which was a 'human pyramid col- apsing at a given signal. The association deserves great creait for the success of this, their third meet. Dr. Anderson announced that on Feb ruary 27 the Princeton Gymnastic as sociation would meet the association of Yale in a contest at the Yale gymnasium.