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The daily morning journal and courier. [volume] (New Haven, Conn.) 1894-1907, January 31, 1895, Image 1

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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
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
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
"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
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
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 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
The scores of each man were as fol
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,
Edward Hill wa referee and Edward
Somers. and John Adams were scorers,
The totals were: Idle Hours 2067, Mer-
cantiles 2011.
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.
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
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
prizes foh school childhex.
Son of Revolution Offer Foureten Priros
For Best Essays on Revolutionary Sub
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
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.
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.
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
Julius Hanson's Leg Broken -Taken to the
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.
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
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
The bill will probably be called up lnl
the house on Monday next.
At Yale Gymnasium Last 1 Evening A
Throng Present The Running High Kick
Record Broken by Gerard The Other
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.

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