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NEW HAVEN CONN., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1897. THE CARRINGTON PUBLISHING CO. LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS VOTES SCARCE AND DEMOCRATIC MAJORITIES NUMEROUS. Democrats Elect All Their Candidates for Selectmen and Constables C. II. Hamil ton Elected First Selectman Vote for Ward Officer In Annexed Districts Counters Somewhat Mixed. The town of New Haven elected Ave selectmen and five constables at the election yesterday. There was little contest for the positions and the vote was unusually light. What voters did get out to the polls seem to have voted the democratic ticket and their three candidates for selectmen and three can didates fo?" onstables were elected, re ceiving nearly 2,000 more votes than the republican nominees. The two republi can candidates receiving: the highest number of votes were also elected. Republicans seem to have forgotten that there was an election, and their candidates polled less than 2,700 votes, as against 8,000 votes a year ago. In the First ward the republican ticket polled only 96 votes-, against over 400 a year ago. In the Second ward the tick et polled 189. in the Eighth 207, in the Ninth 24 and in the Tenth 303. The ffenth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth wards were the only ones in which the republican candidates got a majority of the votes cast. In addition to voting for selectmen, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fif teenth wards each elected two aldermen (one for a short and one for a long term) and three councilmen. In these elections the honors were somewhat di vided. In the Thirteenth ward the re publicans elected the short term alder man and the three councilmen, while the democrats elected the long term al derman. The same division was also made in the Fourteenth ward, the dem ocrats taking the long term alderman only. In the Fifteenth ward the demo crats swept the deck and elected both aldermen and the three councilmen. The vote was so small that it was quickly counted, in some of the wards too quickly counted, for the returns made to Moderator Colonel Frank T. Lee were in sevetfal instances erroneous. It was the old story counters mixed up on the vote for first selectman and the ' vote for selectmen. The name occupy ing first place on the ticket is voted for first selectman. In five out of the fif teen wards the votes on first selectman "were improperly returned. The count ers in the Third and Fourth wards re turned no votes cast for first selectman, a condition of affairs which could not possibly exist. . v The Fifth ward counters did better yet and returned all the votes cast far the several candidates for selectmen VOTE OF THE TOWN , 12 3 t . FIRST SELECTMAN. Charles F. Root, r.... 90 182 ... Orton A. Rose, r 1 2 ... 76 65 Adam Sattig, r 72 C. S. Hamilton, d....H8 371 ... ... 149 H. C. Bretzfelder, d ... 162 J. J. Buchanan, d , ... .... ... 151 C. Root ... ... Lewis Asher SELECTMEN. Charles F. Root, r.... 96 182 104 265 76 169 86 200 240 303 110 119 276 216 116 2618 Orton A. Rose, r.... 96 189 161 264 65 1K7 87 195 240 302 113 122 276 24o 116 2638 Adam Sattig. r 95 187 161 268 72 169 '90 207 244 299 112 124 276 214 116 2634 C. S. Hamilton, d...122 877 588 470 149 Sl)2 5SS 279 322 166 277 387 161 107 144 4529 H. C. Bretzfelder, d.121 364 595 469 162 401 592 282 322 155 272 388 162 52 143 4520 .J. J. Buchanan, d....121 369 590 472 151 397 587 2S3 S21 156 273 390 162 104 144 2520 Henry C. Bush ..... ' 1 .:. . ... ' 1 CONSTABLES. David J. Shields, r.. 36 175 184 300 74 ITS 110 207 22" 291 112 123 275 21S 1.16 2686 Louis Ooleman, r-.... 96 169 194 254 75 171 89 202 221 300 112 119 275 216 117 2610 Willis M. Bonner, r.. 97 166 177 253 74 171 89 BOO 246 301 114 122 275 216 117 2618 . Patrick Bree, d 120 367 582 471 153 396 592 280 318 157 273 391 161 109 144 4514 Peter J. MoNorney, d120 399 599 468 152 368 537 268 314 160 270 374 161 111 144 4455 Lewis Asher, d 118 357 570 424 154 390 576 283 315 159 270 364 161 108 143 4378 C. 8. Hamilton.. 2 1 ... 1 ... 4 H. C. Bretzfelder . 1 ... 1 ... ... 2 , Whole number of votes cast 217 562 757 747 232 571 6S6 48S 565 476 389 515 468 344 260 7277 Scattering 2 l 2 ... 5 Ballots rejected 1 1 3 1 1 8 9 Those marked with an asterisk () are elected. VOTE FOR WARD OFFICERS. ; ' ALDERMEN. Thirteenth Ward. William II. Farnham, short term, r, George M. Griswold, short tsrrn, d, Charles H. Warden, long term, r, Willis B. Isbell, long term, d, Scattering Fourteenth Ward. 27S 182 227 230 13 Richard G. Davie, short term, r, Willfs H. Farren, short term, d, George M. Baldwin, long term, r, Jacob Frahlich, long term, d, 193 133 165 168 , 109 171 Fifteenth Ward. George G. Hitchcock, short terror, Fred'k Van Sickles, short term, d, Nathaniel W. Kendall, long term, r, Sidney S. Kelsey, long term, d, 119 174 COUNCILMEN. Thirteenth Ward. Robert R. T. Grant, r, James W. Mercer, r, Frederick Roth, r, James T. McGuire, d, Henry L. Van Housen, d, George H. Yardley, d. Fourteenth Ward. Harry K. Rowe, r, John Parker, r, Charles E. Huntley, r. Edward H. Farren, d. Henry M. Shannon, d, Edward S. Ryan. d. Fifteenth Ward. George E. Grannis, r, Joseph Uhrich, r, John Berndston, r, Michael S. Doohan, d, Charles H. Hilton, d, SViUiaraA. Bristol, d ; 291 294 284 181 173 158 220 20G 173 161 121 115 122 111 172 1S3 flS2 as also voted for those several candi dates for first selectman. The Thir teenth ward counters introduced still another variation and returned all tlio votes as cast for first selectman, while a beautiful blank was left in the place for the return of the vote 'or selectmen. The moderator refused to accept thi3 and the return was corrected to cori-e- spond with the Fifth ward method. namely, all the votes were Improperly returned as votes for first selectman and properly returned as votes for se lectmen. The Fourteenth ward was the ward that broke the camel's back and the moderator's patience. The counters from this ward at first returned the votes as all for selectmen and no votes for first selectman. When attention was called to the error it was corrected according to the original plan of the Thirteenth ward, all the votes being returned for first selectman and none for selectmen. This latter was the way the vote was counted at first and the five candidates receiving the largest number of votes were declared elected by the moderator. By. this count Mr. Root was the sec ond selectman elected by the republi cans, while Mr. Ross, who had the least number of votes of the three republican candidates, was defeated, Mr. Root hav ing eleven votes more than Mr. Rose. If the vote in the Fourteenth ward had been returned for selectmen and count ed, instead of being left out entirely and counted only for first selectman, Mr. Rose would be elected, as he had twenty more votes than Mr. Root. Realizing the mistake, and before he had adjourned the meeting, Colonel Lee, the moderator, determined to have the error corrected. 1 He at once went in hot chase after the counters of the Four teenth ward and had them make a re turn more in accordance with the . ap parent purpose of the voters of the ward. It took some time to find the counters and for them to correct the error, so It was after 12 o'clock before the corrected returns were received. The vote of the ward was returned for se lectmen and so counted, making Mr. Rose the republican elected and Mr. Root the one defeated. The vote of the ward was not counted for first select man according to this last return. For tunately the improper return of the vote of five of the wards for first selectman could not affect the result, as Mr. Ham ilton, the democratic candidate, had a large majority. The selectmen elected yefterday only hold office until the first week day of June next, when new selectmen elected in April will take office. As the duties of the selectmen since the consolida tion of the outlying districts with the city are hardly more than nominal, and the term of office so short, the office seems hardly worth such bother as was occasioned by yesterday's election. , The counters in the Fifteenth, ward in their haste or glee failed to Yetunr any votes for Michael Doohan, one of the democratic candidates for councilman. Attention was called to the error and the return sent back for correction. Mr. Doohan received 172 votes, electing him a councilman. The vote was counted quickly, in some wards being counted an hour after the polls closed. OF NEW HAVEN. -WARDS-8 9 10 11 13 13 14 15 Totl 169 86 200 240 304 116 128 276 ...114 1967 276 ... ... 844 5 ... 1 276 391 588 275 322 153 277 393 161 ... 1 4 162 1 ..162 ... 1 ... ... ... ... 1 ... .'. ... 354 3341 329 314 1 1 14; ELECTION IN WEST HAVEN. Democrats Win Ont All Offices but One G. K. Bailey Elected Clerk. The annual election of the borough of West Haven was held yesterday after noon, the polls being open from 12 noon until 8 p. m. The entire democratic ticket was elected with one exception G. E. Bailey, republican, was elected clerk. About 825 votes were cast. The principal contest was between the can didates for warden, James H. Peck, the democratic candidate, winning by the majority of 62 over John R. Lomas, the republican candidate. The following is the vote: Democratic Warden, James H. Peck 412; burgesses, John H. Hayes 375, El bert H. Sperry 3S9, Augustus H. Lausen 385; clerk, Charles E. Stormont 379; treasurer, John F. Barnett 407; collector, Frank Wilcox 445; assessors. Henry C. Thomas 426, Alfred Powell 391; auditor, C. Godfrey Olsen 381; bailiff, William W. Clinton 424. Republican Warden, John R. Lomas 350; burgesses, John Mackrille 387, Wil liam H. French 376, Charles K. Bush 274; clerk, George E. Bailey 3S7; treasur er, James Tolles 359; collector, Erwin J. Crawford 314; assessors, Egbert E. Par dee 377, Edward G. Mansfield 327; aud itor, James H. Reynolds 384; bailiff, Da vid Crane 337. Republicans Win in Lawrence. Lawrence, Mass., Dec. 7. At the mu nicipal election to-day James H. Eaton, republican and good government asso ciation candidate, defeated James E. Donoshue, demograt, by 9S3, or-mayor. CITY ELECTIONS ELSEWHERE SEVENTEEN MAYORS AKE CHOSEN IN THE II A r STATU, Seven Won on Other Than Strnlglit Party Nominations Showing That the Idea of Independent or Xon-Partisnn Control uf Municipalities Is Growing No T.lcenso , Vote. Boston, Dec. 7. Seventeen of the thirty-two cities of the commonwealth held their municipal elections to-day. In a majority of cases the republicans were successful in electing their mayor and securing control of the city govern ment, although the results show that the idea of independent or non-partisan control of municipalities is steadily growing in favor. Seven of the seven teen mayors chosen won upon other than straight party nominations, al though nearly all had party endorse ment. Six mayors were re-elected. On the license question the contest as usual was closely fought, but the advocates of no license lost much ground and strength. Three cities Brockton, Hav erhill and Gloucester went over into the license column, the former having been dry for a decade and the others for two and one years, respectively. DEMOCRATIC FOR FIRST TIME, Very Unusual Result in the Election at Marlboro, Mass. Marlboro Mass., Dec. 7. For the first time in its eight years of municipal life this city has elected a democrat. To day Dr. Eugene G. Hoyt defeated Fred erick A. Pope, republican, by a major ity of 293. The victory is attributed to the popularity of the democratic candi date and disaffffection in the republican ranks. Dr. Hoyt carried every ward in the city except Ward 1, which is the home of his rival. Fall River Republican. Fall River, Mass., Dec. 7. The city election brought out a very large vote due to the contest- for the offi.ee of mayor and upon the license question. Amos P. Jackson, republican, is elected over James (H. Hoar, democrat, by a small majority. The city went for li cense by 1,034 votes. The alderma-nic board elected is six republicans and three dmocrats. Th council is eighteen republicans and nine democrats. The vote for license is yeas, 6,379; no, 5,345. Died at the Foils. Fitchburg, Mass., Dee. 7. The city election to-'day was devoid of excite ment, .the chief contest being on the question of license. The city went no license for the fifth time by a vote of 2,326 to 1,869. At the polling place in ward four, Henry S. Hitchcock, a war veteran of the Twenty-first regiment, died of heart failure. The result of to day's election is the choice of Henry E. Rockwell, cit. ind., for mayor. The city council is six aldermen and seventeen councilmen, all citizens', independent. Republicans Sweep Springfield. Springfield, Mass., Dec. 7. The repub licans swept the city to-day, re-electing Mayor Hanery S. Dickinson over Col one! John L. Rice, democrat, by 1,182, the entire board of aldermen, the entire school committee and all but five of the eighteen members of the council. The city went for license by 1,091. The con test has been an exceedingly hot one and party lines wer badly broken, The A. P. A. opposed Rice and nearly half the democrats voted for Dickinson, Vote No License. Somerville, Mass., Dec. 7. The mu nicipal election to-day resulted in a sweeping victory for Mayor Albion A. Perry, the citizens' and municipal league candidate, who was re-elected by a vote of 3,875 to 1,946 for Franklin P. Phillips, the republican' nominee. The city council is strongly republican. As for several years past the city voted emphatically in favor of no license, the vote being yes, 2,026; no, 3,266. Haverhill. Haverhill, Mass., Dec. 7. In the elec tion to-day the republican nominee. John A. Gale, was buried after one of the most exciting-campaigns ever known here, and it is thought that this election means the end of a partisan campaign in this city. The vote for mayor was: Daniel F. Chase, non-partisan democrat, 3,109; John A. Gale, republican, 2,338; John C. Chase, socialist, 875. License Yes 3,468, no 2,775. f,icenso in Brockton. Brockton, Mass., Dec. 7. The munici pal election here to-day was the hot test that has been in the city's history and over 600 more votes were cast than in any previous election. The contest for mayor was won by Henry E. Gar field, ind. dem., by 35 votes, defeating Mayor Charles Williamson, the republi can candidate. After ten years of no license, the city went into the license column. Northampton. Northampton, Mass., Dec. 7. The re publicans carried Northampton to-day, electing Henry P. Field mayor by 218 votes and securing four of the seven aldermen and thirteen of the twenty one councilmen. The city voted license by 1,321 to 1,017. Wnltham. Waltham, Mass., Dec. 7. In the mu nicipal election to-day George L. May bury, the non-partisan candidate, car ried the city overwhelmingly, his plu rality over Charles P. Bond, rep., being 572. j, . Plttsfield. Pittsfield, Mass., Dec. 7. William W. Whiting, dem., was elected mayor over Edgar T. Lawrence to-day by 114 plu rality. The city went for license by 154, the vote standing 1,985 to 1,831. Qnincy. 1 Quincy, Mass., Dc. 7. Thf republi .oro hod a complete walkover to-dav electing their candidate for mayor, Rus sell A. Sears, Dy 3W majority, jno li cense waa voted., MISS NICHOLS ON THE STAND. Tells Story of Alleged Murder of Her Brother by linnul. Bridgeport, Dec. 7. What is generally thought will prove to be one of the most notable trials in the criminal an nals of Fairfield county opened here to day before Judge Wm. T. Elmer, of the superior court, when Charles A. Bonal was placed on trial charged with mur dering George Marcus Nichols on Dan iels' farms on the night of July 23. The court granted the motion of Attor ney Lynch for the defense that all wit nesses be excluded from the court room while they vere not testifying, allow ing the detectives, however, to remain in the room. The first witness was David Brins made of Shelton, a civil engineer, who had prepared a chart of the scene of the crime and vicinity. He was followed by Photographer Montagnani of this city, who takes all the photographs for the police, who testified to taking the thirteen pictures that were shown of the room where the murder was com mitted and other views of the locality. Miss Mary Nih5ls, a sister of the mur dered man, was the next witness. She in these dispatches heretofore. She told inthese dispatches heretofore. She told how the men ate in the house after shooting her brother and described in detail the sufferings of her brother. . Throughout her testimony Miss Nichols spoke of "he" as if It was al ways one person that took an active part in the matter. It was he that fired the shots, demanded the money and went to the cellar for the brandy, and his companion was only a passive ac complice. Miss Nichols was on the stand thirty-five minutes this after noon, and exceptin for a brief while, when she was . somewhat overcome when referring to her brother, she bore the strain very well. THE SJX DAYS' BICYCLE RACE. Miller Ninety Miles Ahead of Record fo Forty-nine Hours. New York, Dec. 7. Miller was far advanced into his ninth hundred mile at midnight to-night in the six day's bi cycle race. Waller's star had faded be fore the dawn and his record breaking performance of yesterday had been for gotten in the astonishing achievements of Miller, Stephane and Rice. Miller, the Chicago boy, after forty-seven hours almost constant riding, was nearly 80 miles ahead of the record for a six day's contest. Six others had al so beaten the record and they will con tinue to whirl along while strength en dures, for those who get beyond Hale's record of last year will be compensated $200 in addition to the prize at,stake. Along about 8 o'clock Johnsoru one of the tail enders, surprised everybody by letting himself out and he showed faster time than he had heretofore made. Elkes dropped in behind him and was followed by Rivierre. Then Stephane went out after his fellow countrymen to tire out whom has been his one ambition from the start. The score at 1:15 a. m. stood: Miller, 872, 2; Stephane, 822; Rice, 822, 5; Schin ner, 802, 2; Rivierre, 815, 7; Moore, 778, 7; Waller, 763, 1; Pierce, 779, 3; Golden, 734, 4; Hale, 729, 7; Elkes, 724, 8; Enter man, 665, 2; Kinse, 639, 5; Gannon, 603, 2; Julius, 567, 4; Johnson, 534, 7; Bea com, 510, 6; Gray, 491, 7. Miller was 90 miles 2 laps ahead of the record for forty-nine hours. IMPORTANT RESOLUTION PASSED. Consolidated Meeting of Well Known In surance Men and Electricians. New York, Dec. 7. Well known in surance men and electricians from all parts of the country attended to-day the annual meeting of the electrical committee of the Underwriters' Nation al Electrical association in the rooms of the New York Board of Fire Under writers. The following resolution was adopted and transmitted at once to Henry K. Miller, secretary of the national- board of fire underwriters, for consideration by the executive commit tee of that body: "That the electrical committee of this association ask the executive committee of the National Board of Fire Underwriters to consider the advisability of encouraging the es tablishment of municipal electrical de partments in the various cities and towns throughout the country for the regulation and control of the electrical hazard." THE PRESIDENT IN CANTON. Recognized by His Mother When He . . Entered the Sick .Room. Conton, O., Dec. 7. Once more the children of Mrs. Nancy Allison Mc- Kiniey have assembled at her couch, The president and Mrs. McKinley, with other relatives from the east came ear ly in the morning, the latter part of the journey being made on a special train, As they entered the sick room the dy ing woman rallied and for a moment plainly evinced her recognition of her son and others about her. The presi dent has remained almost constantly at the bedside since his arrival and kept the night's vigil, relieving others of the children who have been so con stantly at the bedside. PR ED. G. 1IOTCHK1SS RESIGNS As President of tlie Young Men's Republi can Clnb. President Fred G. Hotchkiss of the Young Men's Republican club tendered his resignation as president of the club last night. J. P. Lavigne.the senior vice president of the club, will fill out the re mainder of Mr. Hotchkiss' term. Georgia Football Bill Vetoed. Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 7. Governor Atkin- son to-day vetoed the anti-football bill. His veto message stated that he thought the question as to whether the college boys should play football should be left to the faculties of the various institutions. It is possible an effort will be made to pass the bill over the gov ernor's veto, but it is not at all likely such an effort would succeed. GREAT PARIS EXPOSITION PRESIDENT SUBMITS MA J. HANDX'S REPORT TO CONGRESS, An Appropriation of S010,000 Recom mended so That a Creditable Display Slay be Made on Behalf of the United Slates The Commissioner Has Already Had Application for 133,069 Feet. Washington, Dec. 7. The president to-day submitted to congress the report of Major Handy, special commissioner to the. great Paris International expeei tion, giving the details of his mission. The commissioner recommends that an appropriation of $919,600 be granted so that a creditable display on behalf of the United States may be made. The president, in transmitting the report, says: "Besides securing a much larger amount of space than had been reserv ed, Major Handy obtained the gratify ing assurance that the United States will be placed on a footing with the most favored nations and that in the in stallation of every importantNdepart ment the United States will have a lo cation commensurate with the dignity and importance of the country and ad joining in every case countries of the first rank. In view of the magnitude and importance of the approaching ex position, and of our standing among the nations that will there be represent ed, and in view also of our increased population and acknowledged progress in science, arts and manufactures, I earnestlv commend the report of Ma jor Handy to your consideration and trust that a liberal appropriation may be made." Already two years In advance of the exposition, the mayor has had applica tion for 132,969 feet, or more space man was ever occupied by the United States in any foreign exposition. WASHINGTON LEGISLATION. Sessions of Senate and House-First Meet ing of Currency Committee. Washington, Dec. 7. A new member in Mr. H. DeS. Money of Mississippi, was introduced in the senate to-day, and after some brief criticism of the form of his credentials, the oath of of fice was administered to him. Mr. Moneywas assigned to the seat former ly occupied by Mr. Daniel of West Vir ginia, the latter securing the seat In the center of the democratic side, which was occupied by the late Senator George. During the session 108 bills, many of which were private pension measures, were introduced, in addition to several joint resolutions and some senate res olutions. An interesting contest for precedence in 'consideration between Mr. Lodge's immigration bill and the proposed legislation to confer authority upon the president to act for the pro tection of the government s interest in the sale of the Kansas Pacific was in troduced, V The House. Washington, Dec. 7. The session of the house to-day, though it lasted but two hours, witnessed a lively skirmish over the question of distributing the president's message to the various com mittees clothed with jurisdiction over the subjects dealth with. The conflict of authority came between the ways and meanB and the banking and cur rency committees. Eventually Mr. Dingley agreed to a modification of the order of distribution so as to send to the ways and means committee all matters relating to "revenues, the 'bonded debt of the country and the treaties affect ing the l-evenues." The resolution was then adopted. , ' Banking and Currency. Washington, Dec; 7. The committee on banking and currency will hold its first meeting to-morrow to outline the general programme on such branches of financial legislation as come under it. It is expected that arrangements will be made to hear Secreta-.-y Gage on his plan of currency reform. Pensions. Washington, Dec. 7. The sub-committee on pensions of the committee on appropriations agreed on the pension appropriation bill to-day and will rec ommend it to the full committee to morrow. The bill carries a total of $141,218,830. It gives $140,000,000 for the payment of pensions proper. charges Cruel treatment. Complaint of Discharged Prisoner Against Litchfield's Assistant Jailor. Winsted, Conn., Dec. 7. Thomas Smith of Colebrook, who was recently released from the county Jail at Litch field, after having served a term for as sault has complained to John F. Sim mons, local agent of the State Humane society, that during his confinement in the jail he was subjected to unwar ranted cruel treatment by Assistant Jailer William Smith. The latter, he alleges, caused a stream of water from a hose to be poured upon his face stead ily for twenty minutes, the only provo cation he alleges being a threat to no tify the authorities that the jailer had docked the tail of his horse.. Agent Simmons has appraised the state offi cers of the Humane society of the case and a thorough investigation will prob ably be made. STAMFORD MERCHANTS OPPOSED, Protest Against the Trading Stamp System . A Counter Plan. Stamford, Dec. 7. A largely attended meeting of the merchants opposed to the trading stamp scheme was held to-night to discuss some means to coun teract the alleged loss of trade for not giving premiums to cash customers. Af ter much discussion it was deemed the most feasible for the anti-stamp mer chants to give 5 per cent, rebate to cash customers and the amount be given in stamps to be cashed at a local savings bank. There will be another meeting next week when the matter, it is believ ed, will be perfected., - AN EXTENSION OP TWO YEAllS Given to Railroads In Which to Make Safety Equipments. Washington, Dec. 7. The interstate commerce commission . has decided to extend for two years the period within which railroads must comply with the act of congress requiring all railroads to be equipped with safety appliances for the protection of the employes and passengers. The commission this after noon authorized the following state ment: "In the matter of the application of the Chicago and Alton railroad and oth er carriers to the interstate commerce committee to extend the period within. which they shall comply with the pro visions of the act of congress of May 2, 1893, and upon which hearing has Just been had, the commission has decided, upon causes shown, to extend said pe riod two years for the petitioning car riers. While the . formal order and statement of facts and reasons consti tuting causes for such extension will not be conditional, the commission has under consideration the question of re quiring quarterly or other periodical re ports of progress by each carrier during the two year period." WOMAN EXAMINES BANK ROOKS. Mrs. Marilla M. Rlcker a Stockholder in Defunct Dover National. Dover, N. H., Dec. 7. An examination of part of the bocks of the defunct Do ver National bank by Mrs. Marilla M. Rlcker, a stockholder of the bank, and her counsel, Alfred S. Hayes of Boston, Is In progress. Mrs. Rlcker is making an effort to determine how the funds of tiie bank were used up by the late cashier, Isaac Abbott. The bank failed in 1895, together with the Dover Five Cents Savings bank,, which was con trolled by the national bank. Cashier Abbott, after destroying a number of the books, committed suicide. Mrs. Rlcker claimed that the receiver and the directors refused to allow' her to look at the books Abbott left and she appealed to the courts. The supreme court recently granted an order direct ing the receiver to allow her and her attorneys to examine the accounts or the bank. A FRAUDULENT TRAFFIC, American Ambassador at Rome" Sends Warning Against Allen Italians. New York, Dec. 7. Commissioner of Immigration Fitchle was notified , to day by Comissioner General Powderly that the state department at Washing ton had been informed by the United States ambassador at Rome that a wholesale traffic in fraudulent natural! zation papers was being carried on in Italy. The object cvf these fraudulent methods was to effect the entry into- the United States under cloak of Amer ican citizenship of aliens who otherwise would be subject to exclusion. -The commissioner was ordered to Investi gate all naturalization papers of immi grants from Italy. Commissioner Fltchie said that the task was an ex tremely difficult one. From the large number of immigrants recently landed he believed there were agents in Europe who in furtherance of fraudulent schemes were in partnership with cus toms agents. STRIKE OF 500 MINERS, Demand That Coal be Weighed Before it Is Screened., Pittsburg, Dec. 7. The five hundred miners employed in the Nottingham and Germania coal mines of Henry Floersheim, on the Wheeling division of the Baltimore and Ohio, struck to-day because of the refusal of Floersheim to weigh coal before it is screened, in ac cordance with the act passed by the state legislature last winter. Last week Judge Frazier of the county courts de cided the act unconstitutional and Flo ersheim at once removed the scales from the mines. A mass meeting of all the miners, employed on the Wheeling division has been called for to-morrow to consider the question of refusing to work if the other operators follow Flo- ersheim'B example. EX-POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED', Found Guilty of 'Highway Robbery and Hecolves Heavy Penalty. Boston, Deo. 7. Charles L. Walker and John E. Higgins of Hopkinton were to-day found guilty of highway robbery in the superior court at East Cam bridge. Walker was an ex-police officer in Hopkinton. Judge Ward well sen tenced Walker to not more than seven or less than six years in the state prison and Higgins to not more than, five or less than four years in the same institution. A Bill Raiser Sentenced. Boston, Deo. 7. Albert A. Thomas, alias Litner, a professional bill raiser, was to-day sentenced to the state prison for ten years at hard labor and to pay a fine of $5,000 by Judge Aldrlch in the United States circuit court. Thomas pleaded guilty in New Bedford. He passed sixteen $2 bills, each of which had been raised to $10. He is a native of Indiana and has served a term in an Indiana prison. A Century and Two Tears Old. Concord, N. H., Dec 7. Mrs. Lydia C. Tenney of West Concord will celebrate her 102d birthday to-morrow. She was born at Bradford, VL, December 8, 1795; joined the Congregational church in 1813, and was married in 1816. Of nine chidlren, she has one living, Daniel C, seventy-five years of age. with whom she makes her home. Mrs. Ten ney is in good health. Representative Belden Better. Washington, Dec. 7. The condition of Representative Belden of New York, who was badly hurt by falling down a flight of marble steps at the capitol yesterday, was much improved to-day. Kis face is badly cut, but It is expected that he will be able to get about in a ehor.t time, . GERMAN ADVANCE IN CHINA WATCHED W1THKEENXNTERESTIN WASHINGTON OFFICIAL CIRCLES. Every Development Is Observed as Part of the Process by Which European Nations Are Seeking to Dismember Chinese Em pireAbsorption of the Orient by the Occident. Washington, Deo. 7. The German ad vance in China is being -watched with keen interest in official and diplomatic circles here owing to the latest cabled reports that Germany has sent an arm ed force inland and occupies the town of. Kiao Chou. While it Is said that the United States has po direct con cern in the trouble, every development is being observed as a part of the pro cess by which tho larger nations oi Europe are seeking the dismemberment of the Chinese empire. As one diplo matic official stated: "It is the obsorp- tlon of the Orient by the Occident." In such a movement It Is understood that the position of this government would be that of a disinterested observ er always active, however, to protect those American interests which have been built up at ths, large treaty ports. At present there is no suggestion that these may be affected but the con troversy is assuming such a phase that it may extend at any time beyond the question of occupying Kiao Chou bay and involve the treaty ports as well as all China. This is the view taken "by soma of the best posted diplomatic officials. It is said, also, that if the process goes on, Europe must not learve out of ac-. count, Japan, because Japan will in sist on recognition if there is to ba any occupation of Chinese territory, froman authoritative source the follow ing statement was made as to the gen eral status of tho German-Chinesa case: . -. Kiao Chou bay is midway between the northern and southern portions of the Chinese coast and has a command ing stategic importance The harbor is broad and deep and is adapted for ths uses of a large fleet The Chinese gov-. ernment had determined to improve the fortifications and bring the. place up to modem standards, China has not made any preparations for war by assembling troops or ships to resist Germany's landing.- It is still believed that a set tlement will be reached through politi cal means and that it will be honorable to China as well as satisfactory to Ger mny.' China hopes that Germany will con fine her efforts to securing redress for her missionary citizens and will not ex ten4. them to terirtorial questions. . It is said that China will not allow her" honor to be lmpunged by the dismem berment of her territory. There was a suggestion at one time that the United States occupied such a disinterested po sition that it could with propriety ten der its good offices as between Ger many and China. This has not taken official flavor. i , - f GERMAN NAVAL BILL, Herr Ricliter Draws Conclusion from Dbja - play of Power in China. Berlin, Dec 7. In the reichstag, Hers . Richter, the radical leader, during the- debate upon the first' reading of the naval bill opposed that measure and dwelt upon the serious Increase of ex penditures. He contended that the great display of power made in China, proved that the government considered' the navy equal to the task Imposed up on it, Admiral von Tlernltz declared the fleet was inadequate and that the government was obliged to send away all its efficient cruisers and even em ploy training ships as men-of-war. He said the influence of cruisers abroad depended chiefly upon the power known to stand behind them, namely, the fleet of battleships. Herr Lleber, the' centre party leader, said his party had not yet got their votes ready. He thought the time had come for the leg islature to deal with the navy, and, if the government would promise that the burdens would be shared by those parts of the world which profited thereby, nine-tenths of the opposition to the bill would be removed. CONGRESSMAN SPERRY'S BIZZS, National System of Postroads Appropri ation Asked for New Haven Harbor. Washington, Dec 7. The establish ment of a national system of postroads -and the extension of the postoffice sys tem eo as to cover the entire business of public transportation is contemplat ed in a bill presented in the house to day by Mr. Sperry of Connecticut and referred to the committee on poatofflces. The measure provides for the consoli dation of the interstate commerce com mission with the postoffice department, to be under a postmaster general and tqn associates, including the present members of the interstate commerce . commission, each to receive $10,000 a year. The bill empowers the extension of the postal business to cover transport ation of persons, baggage, parcels and general freight, and authorizes the de partment to secure control and man agement of such roads now carrying the mails and other roads and trans portation agencies as may be needed for the public use. Another bill intro duced by Mr. Sperry provides for am appropriation of $28,000 for the im provement of the New Haven harbor. Wants Postponement of Sale. Washington, Dec 7. Senator Morgan: to-day introduced a resolution in the senate directing the attorney general to send to the senate a full statement of the authority for and the proceedings under which the sale of the Kansas Pacific railroad is to be made and re questing the president to obtain a post ponement of the sale "to such a time as will give to congress a reasonable time to consider and act upon his rec 4 ommendatlons,'1