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VOL. LXV. NQ. 293. PRICE THREE CENTS.
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
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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
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