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The daily morning journal and courier. [volume] (New Haven, Conn.) 1894-1907, February 27, 1900, Image 1

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Force flattening from All Quarter of
the Two Republics Concentrating
Star Bloemfontein No Kewi to Indl
cuteCionJe's Collapse Robsrls Hold
ing Off Through Motives of Humanity
Buller Takes Grabler's Kloop, the,
Key to Ladysmith.
London, Feb. 27.-4:20 a. m. The
Boers are assembling an army near
Bloemfontein, with which to dispute the
Invasion of Lord Roberts. This intelli
gence comes from Pretoria by way of
Lorenzo Marques. The commandos
are described as "hastening from all
quarters of the two republics." No es
timate is made of their numbers, but
the withdrawal of the Boers from most
of the places where they have been in
contact with the British except the
district near Ladysmith may raise the
resisting force to 30,000 men. This fig
ure assumes that the Boers have be
tween 60,000' and 70,000 men in the
The gathering of this army across the
path of Lord Roberts gives significance
to General Cronje's steadfast defense.
He has engaged the corps of Lord Rob
erts for ten days now, and whether he
is relieved or not, he has given time for
the dispersed Boer fractions to get to
gether and to prepare positions to re
ceive the British advance when Cronje
is overcome, and Lord Roberts moves
forward. It is difficult to conceive
, that that the Boers are strong enough
to take the offensive and to rescue Gen
eral Cronje from his precarious situa
: tion. The war office had nothing after
midnight, to indicate his collapse, and
he may hold out for a few days. The
correspondents seem to have no exact
information respecting his resources.
Some say that he has plenty of food
but is short of ammunition. Others
assert that he abandoned his food sup
plies, but kept abundant supplies of
General Bullef on Saturday faced
the lant and strongest positions of the
Rnprs who har his way to Laaysmnn.
The strenuous fighting indicates a bat
tl( between armies rather than rear
euard actions protecting a retreat. On
Thursday and Friday he lost forty-three
officers killed and wounded, represent
ing probably a total of from 400 to 500.
General White's guns worked on Sat
urday upon the Boer positions and a
heliogram from Ladysmith. , reported
that the Boers were retreating and that
larger rations were being issued in
View of the fact that relief seemed at
hand.v Nothing has been heard from
Mafeking slnceFebruary 12.
The movement on the veldt away
Trom the railway is becoming increas
ingly difficult for large bodies of troops,
as the grass is burned up. General
French has tol wagon rorage for his
horses, and even the infantry finds the
long marches harder than before, for
forage for the transport of animals
must be carried. This requires the for
mation of garrisoned depots. The ordi
nary campaigning season is over and
the sickly season for both men a'nd ani
mals has eet in.
Technical military writers take these
things Into consideration in forecasting
The Daily Chronicle says it learns
from private letters that British rifles
. and ammunition have been landed on
the southern coast of Cape Colony, pre
sumably for the Butch colonists.
Lord Roberts has recently received
seventy-two additional pieces of artil
lery. "Whether all have been sent to
Paardeberg Is not known.
Probably the Eighth division will
leave England next Monday.
Grobler's Kloof T.iken-Snld to be the
Ky to Ludysmllh.
London, ,Feb. 27. The Times has the
following from Pietermartizburg dated
Friday, Feb. 23.: "The Dublin Fusil
iers have again distinguished them
selves by volunteering to take Globler's
Kloof, which they did. This gallant
battalion which began the campaign
eight hundred and fifty strong can to
day be said to muster on parade only
between 100 and 200 of its original
Grobler's Kloof is said to be the key
to Ladysmith.
Winston Churchill is a dispatch to the
Morning Post from Frere Camp dated
Sunday says: "The idea that the Boers
are raising the siege of Ladysmith is
premature. The advance is being pur
sued in the face of the most stubborn
opposition and of heavy loss. Prest
dent Kruger's grandson is among the
Boers killed." Mr. Churchill then pro
ceeds to describe heavy fighting last
Friday In which the Inniskillings ap
proached within 500 yards of the sum
mit of a rocky Boer position and then
gallantly charged in the face of a hail
of bullets. He says: "After repeated
attempts, however, and having lost
heavily, they recognized that they were
unable to- prevail. Nevertheless they
refused to retreat, but lay down on the
slope, behind a shelter of walls. The
Connaughts and the Dublin Fusiliers
were sent to their support, but the
light faded and the night closed in be
fore the main attack had developed.
Reinforcements I'milnR ' Through
Rlnrmfonteln Hourly.
London, Feb. 27. A dispatch to the
Daily News from Lourenzo Marquez,
dated Friday, February 23, says: "It is
reported here that five thousand burg
hers have left Ladysmith for the Free
State. The Boers are concentrating
their forces thirty miles outside of
Bloemfontein, and the Free State gov
ernment is moving to Wlnberg. Rein
forcements from all parts are passing
through Bloemfontein hourly. President
Steyn has telegraphed President Kruger
that Lord Roberts is within a few hours
of Bloemfontein and he urges that every
male, irrespective of nationality, should
be commandeered.
Contain! Three Lleut.-Coloncls, All In
the Fusilier Regiments.
London, Feb. 26. The war office to
day Issued an additional list of the cas
ualties sustained by the Fifth brigade,
under General Buller, February 23 and
February 24, which includes seven offi
cers killed, twenty-three wounded and
one missing. General Buller's death list
contains the names of three lieutenant
colonels Thackeray of the First Royal
Inniskilllng Fusiliers, Sitwell of the
Second Royal Dublin Fusiliers and Tho
rold of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. An
additional list of the British casualties
at Paardeberg February 18 is announc
ed and gives a lientenant and eight men
killed, a lieutenant and seven men mies.
ing and thirty-eight men wounded.
Prealdent Steyn Reported to Favor
r. Ending the War.
London, Feb. 27. A despatch from
Lourenzo Marquez dated Friday, Feb
ruary 23, to the Daily Man says:
President Steyn Is said to favor
peace. The Boer general who was in
command at Colenso sent a message
to President Kruger saying that he
had been smashed up there and recom
mending overtures for peace. The
burghers at Mafeking are also report
ed to have sent word to Kruger that
they would rather defend their own
farms than fight elsewhere. The Pre
toria government is paying its debts
with bar gold, the English professional
coiner having refused to work. Under-
standing how continental shareholders
are affected by the closing of the Rob
inson bank, President Kruger has al
lowed the institution to reopen."
Mounted Troops Ltnve India Cbiir.
rilans A I l ive at Tape Town.
Calcutta, Feb. 26. The departure of
Lumsden's -Horse to South Africa to
day was a brilliant event. Immense
crowds assembled to bid the troops
farewell, the docks were profusely dec
orated and the highest officials were
present, the viceroy and Lady Cutzon
arriving in state. Lady Curzon receiv
ed a royal welcome. In his farewell the
viceroy say: "You go as the tide of for
tune seems to have turned in our favor.
May it carry you on its crest to Preto
Cape Town, Feb. 26. The Canadian
transport Pomerlan from Halifax,
January 29 with another contingent of
Canadian troops on board has arrived
Quickly Go to State Ilouae and Slake
Formal Demand for Poaaeaalon of the
Offices Republicans Refuse Injunc
tion Suits Filed Every Branch of
the Stale Government Now Tied Up,
Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 26. The state
contest "board to-day awarded certifi
cates of election to all of the democratic
contestants for minor offices. Immedi
ately afterward the contestants were
sworn in and repaired to the state house
in a body, where they made a formal
demand on the republican incumbents
for possession of the offices, but the de
mands were not acceded to. The demo
cratic contestants sworn in are: For
secretary of state, A. B. Hill; attorney
general, Robert J. Breckinridge; audit
or, Gustave G. Coulter; treasurer, Wil
bur Hager; superintendent of public in
struction, H. V. McChesney.
Immediately after the swearing in of
the democratic officials injunction suits
were filed by each of the new officials
seeking to oust the present incumbents
and enjoining them from discharging
the duties of their offices. The installa
tion of the democratic officials will have
the effect of tying up every branch of
the state government, pending a decis
ion of the contest by the courts. From
now till then the state will be practical
ly without a state government.
Cape Town, Sunday, Feb. 25. The
Boers are concentrating to defend
Bloemfontein. Lord Rosslyn, who has
obtained a commission inThorneycroft's
Horse, has gone to join Sir Redvers Buller.
Boers Treated Kindly from Motives of
London, Feb. 27. A dispatch from
Paardeberg, dated Friday, to the Times
Bays that several thousand Boers are
now hovering in that neighborhood.
The Daily Mall has the following dis
patch from Taardcbcrg, dated Sundny:
"There are about four thousand mem
beleagured in General Cronje's camp,
exclusive of the losses he has hitherto
sustained. His wife is not with him,
although there are women and children
in the camp. The Boer position now is
almost exclusively confined to the river
bed. The enemy are entirely at our
(mercy, but Lord Roberts is treating
them with great consideration from mo
tives of humanity."
Kill a Few Men und Capture Several
Wngom aucl'Oxen.
Lourenzo Marquez, Monday, Feb. 26.
A dispatch from Gaberones, dated
February 22, says: "Chief Llnchwo
has reported that he made reprisals
from the Boers near Sequani, killing a
few men and capturing several wagons
and oxen. There were some casualties
on both sides. The Boers at Crocodile
Pools notified Colonel Plumer that fear
ing the natives would attack the
wounded, they had placed their hospi
tal within the laager. Colonel Plumer
replied that the ambulance would, of
course, be respected, but the troops, he
said, could not expect good behavior
from the natives while they were in
vading the territory of the natives.""
Dnngger from Africander Bund.
London, Feb. 26. The Brussels cor
respondent of the Daily Mail says:
As a result of special inquiries in
Boer circles here I am able to corrobo
rate fully the reported danger from the
Intrigues of the Afrikander bund and
the coming congress. Unless the ends
of the bund are otherwise attained, it
will fan the flame of rebellion through
out the colony."
Statement by Mr. Goshen Navy Pre
pared for All Kmergenole a.
London, Feb. 26. In introducing the
naval estimates in the house of com
mons to-day George J. Goschen, the
firet lord of the admiralty, said there
was nothing spasmodic or sensational
therein. The total, with the expected
additions, would be 30,000,000. There
had been complaints that the estimates
would be sensational, but the govern
ment fully realized the situation and
knew the nation expected the navy to
be prepared for "all emergencies, and
the estimates were framed on that foot
ing. Nothing, he continued, had been
put down for the mobilization of the
fleet. If mobilization should be neces
sary the government would not hesitate
to mobilize and come to parliament for
money, but he thought the time had not
arrived for taking that course and he
hoped that It would not arrive.-
Continuing, Mr. Goschen said that
Great Britain was not menaced by any
naval power. Europe knew her strength
and the number of ships she possessed.
There were times when a demonstration
was advisable, but the government did
not think It advisable upon this occa
sion. Regarding the export of coal, Mr.
Goschen announced that the govern
ment could not prohibit it unless at war j
with a foreign power or in an emer- i
gency very different from the present.
The admiralty, he further asserted, was
considering how it could organize a na
val reserve In conjunction with the colo
nies. He explained that with an ade
quate organization the government
could get a very valuable contingent
from Canada and Australia. The nego
tiations with Canada were well advanc
ed. Canada asked that the period of
training be reduced, but a final decision
on the subject had not been reached,
Dealing with the construction of fresh
ronclads, Mr. Goschen remarked that
The Hague convention already seemed a
thing of the dim past. When the peace
conference was called he suggested that
possibly the beginning of further build
ing of battleships might be suspended:
with a view of ascertaining the senti
ments of the conference. Great Britain
alone, he added, suggested a reduction
of armaments, but nothing was done,
and in the six months since the confer
ence ' more gigantic programmes,
stretehine forward eight, sixteen and
eighteen years, had been put forward
than ever before had entered the minds
of the powers. Great Britain proposed
to spend in 1900-1901 8,460,000, Russia
4,300,000 and France 4,154,000. we
must keep abreast of other naval pow
ers, not only in Europe and the United
States, but in Japan.
Temperature Above the Average South
and Htlow North.
Washington, Feb. 26.-rThe weather
bureau publishes the following special
conditions and general forecast: Fair
weather prevailed Monday except in the
middle Rocky Mountain region, where
snow is reported. '. ; -
The temperature has fallen In the
North Atlantic states and over the
great part of the lake regions and also
in the. Rocky Mountain and Plateau
districts and has risen in the Missis
sippi and Ohio valleys and thence over
the Middle and South Atlantic and
Middle and East Gutf , states. This
evening the temperature is above the
seasonal average in the gulf states and
Florida and generally west . of the
Rocky Mountains and is, fifteen to
twenty-five degrees below the seasonal
average is the . Ohio valley, the Lake
regions and the Atlantic states from
North Carolina, northward.
The following . temperatures are re
ported: New York city, 12. degrees;
Boston, 14; Albany, 10; Philadelphia, 18;
Washington, 14; Savannah, 34; Jackson
ville, 40; New Orleans; 54; St. Louis,
16; Kansas City, 12; Chicago, 2; St.
Paul, 2 below; Duluth, 6 below; Denver,
30, and San Francisco, 50; Key West,
58; Sault Ste Marie, Mich., 20 below.
A disturbance which is developing
over the Middle Rocky Mountain region
will move eastward during Tuesday,
attended by a cloud and rain area over
the middle western states and the Mid
dle and Upper Mississippi valley and
by snow followed by; clearing and
colder weather In the Middle Rocky
Mountain districts and northern Texas.
By Wednesday the rain area is likely
to reach the Atlantic state coasts. The
temperature will moderate in the cen
tral valley and the western lake region
Tuesday, and in the Atlantic coast
states and the eastern lake region Tues
day night and Wednesday. Along the
Atlantic coast westerly winds will b
come variable Tuesday and shift
easterly Tuesday night and Wednesday,
On the middle and west gulf coast the
winds will increase in force and pos
sibly become high frpm the southeast.
Advisory messages have been sent from
New Orleans to Brownswille.
Entitled to Recover but 8100 for Each
Peraon on Board the Destroyed Span
ish Ships-Claimed 8300-Declalou
Made on Baals That American Fleet
Was Stronger Than the Spanish.
Washington, Feb. 26. The United
States court of claims to-day rendered
an opinion on the claim of Admiral
Dewey, his officers and men for naval
bounty under section 4635 of the revised
statutes for the destruction of ths Span
ish fleet in Manila bay May 1, 1898, the
court holding that the claimant has a
right to recover for each person on
board the enemy's ships the sum of
$100. This decision is on ,the basis that
the admiral's fleet was superior to the
Spanish fleet, excluding the shore bat
teries, the torpedoes and the mines in
Manila bay. ; Admiral Dewey's claim
was for $200 for each man belonging to
the enemy's fleet, including the support
ing shore batteries, the mines and the
The principal question involved was
A Free
London, Feb. 27. A dispatch to the
Dally Chronicle from Paardeberg dated
February 23 says: "General Cronje's
attempt to mount guns was frustrated
by our artillery."
Marsh Sole In- New York.
New York, Feb. 26. There was a good
attendance to-day at the sale of the col
lection of the late Prof. O. C. Marsh of
Yale university, at the American Art
galleries, Madison Square south. About
300 objects, comprising Japanese blue
and white porcelain, Japanese faience
and old pottery and Japanese Cloison
ne enamels, were sold for $1,725. Among
the buyers were G. Schirmer and E.
Whitney o New Haven, Conn,
Would Not Allow It
Pfufei'a Opinion
New York, Feb. 26. "Even if General
Cronje wanted to surrender his men
would not let him do so. Everyone is
determined to fight to the bitter end.
Therefore, American newspapers are in
error when they Etate that the general
is foolhardy in resisting so desperate
ly." This statement was made to a re
porter by Philip Lonter Wessels of
Bloemfontein, brother of the president
of the Volksraad of the Orange Free
State, who arrived here several days
ago to raise funds for Boer widows and
orphans. "And even if General Cronje's
forces should surrender," added Mr.
Wessels, "that would not end the war.
We have done the British no wrong and
we have never deserved the under
handed tricks they have employed
upon us since the fire. The American
Bner committee announces that it
has just forwarded $2,000 for Boer wid
ows and orphans to Treasurer C. C. De
VilUers of the Afrikander committee of
the legislature at Cape Colony.
Another Suit Brought Remotely Con
liecled With the Matter.
Pittsburg, Feb. 26. John Walker,
guardian of Andrew, Carnegie Wilson
S. L. Schoonmaker and John Ponte-
fract, on behalf of themselves and such
other stockholders of the H. C. Friek
company as may choose to join in the
suit as plaintiffs, filed the much-talked
of bill in equity to annul the coke con
tract held with the coke company by
the Carnegie Steel company, limited
in common pleas court No. 2, late this
The action ' is . remotely . connected
with the trouble now existing between
H. C. Frick, former chairman of the
Carnegie Steel company, limited, and
Andrew Carnegie,- and was precipitated
by the filing of Mri Frick's bill in equi
ty irt common pleas court No. 1 to se
cure an accounting of the affairs of the
Carnegie ,Steel company, limited.
In the present case the plaintiffs seek
to restrain the defndants by injunction
from selling, shipping or delivering any
coke to the Carnegie Steel company,
limited, under a contract dated Janu
ary 1, 1899, at a price of $1.35 a ton, the
contract to run for a period of five
years, and from settling with the steel
company for coke already delivered un
der the contract. It is also asked that
the court annul the contract and order
an acoounting.
A limits Giving $30,000 for Prosecution
of the Clin k Inquiry,
Washington, Feb. 26. Marcus Daly,
the millionaire miner of Montana, was
the principal witness before the senate
committee on elections to-day. He was
on the stand for about two hours and
was then excused on the plea that he
was not well and that the questioning
process fatigued him. Mr. Daly con
fessed that he had contributed $20,000
or $25,000 to the prosecution of this case,
but- he asserted that he did not enter
into any conspiracy before Mr. Clark's
election to Injure him. He had not
contributed any of the $30,000 used in
the -Whiteside exposure. In conclusion
he tendered his checks and check books
for the past five years for the inspec
tion of the committee. Mr. Clark lis
tened attentively to Mr. Daly's testi
Swl iiiIiik t'on trst In Boston.
Boston, Feb. 26. The sixty-yard Ama
teur Athletic union championship was
decided at the Sportman's show to-
night, the winner being E. C. Schaffler
of the University of Pennsylvania.
Time 37. The best amateur swim
mers of the country were in this event
and will compete in the eighty-yard
Amateur Athletic union championships
and the American diving champion
ships, which will be decided to-morrow.
Fred Wenck of Yale won in the second
heat, but went out later.
Klce Gels a Draw.
New York, Feb. 26. Sammy Kelly of
New York and Eddie Lenny of Phila
delphia were to have met in the princi
pal bout at'the Hercules A. C. in Brook
lyn to-night, but through illness Lenny
was unable to appear and Lenny's place
was filled by Austin Rice of New Lon
don. Kelly and Rice put up a game
battle, which lasted the limit. Referee
Charley White declared the bout a
Mercury lit Zrl-o.
The thermometer at the corner of
Chapel and State streets registered at
zero at 2:30 o'clock this morning. This
is the lowest temperature registered at
that corner this winter. The coldest
night previously this winter was one
night in January, when the mercury
dropped to 4 degrees above.
whether in determining the enemy's
force the supporting shore batteries,
mines and torpedoes should be included.
The statute provides that a bounty shall
be paid by the United States for each
person on board any ship or vessel of
war belonging to an enemy at the com
mencement of an engagement, which is
sunk or otherwise destroyed in such en
gagement by any ship or vessel belong
ing to the United States, or which it
may be necessary to destroy in conse
quence of injuries sustained in action,
of $100 if the enemy's vessel was of in
ferior force and of $200 if of equal or
superior force, to be divided among the
officers and crew in the same manner as
prize money.
In the course of his belief counsel for
the admiral stated that the number of
officers and men on the vessels of the
United States during the battle wa3 1,
836; that the official complement of the
Spanish vessels taking part in the bat
tle was 2,037, and that several of the
enemy's vessels had on board a number
considerable in excess of their comple
ment, making the actual number on che
enemy's vessels 2,973. The total num
ber of men on board the vessels of the
enemy which were destroyed, Including:
two torpedo boats,, is given as 1,914.
Taking into consideration the guns at
Corregidor, El Fraile and other forts at
the entrance to Manila bay and those et
Manila and Cavite, and the torpedoes
and mines in the bay's entrance to it,
it was contended by counsel for Admiral
Dewey that the enemy's force was su
perior to the vessels of the United
States. The government insisted that
the statute failed to provide for the con
tingency of the co-operation of land
batteries with the naval forces destroy
ed, ahd that the court was powerless to
supply the omission.
The court in deciding the case held
that the law applied only to the force of
the vessels engaged in the action, and
jthat in this instance, taking the num
ber and character of the vessels into
account, the strength of their batteries
on board and all other matters which
properly go to the determination of the
actual fighting of the - two opposing
fleets, the United States was the superi
or. It is understood that counsel for
Admiral Dewey will take an appeal to
the United States supreme court. Un
der to-day's decision Admiral Dewey is
personally entitled to $9,570.
Cervrra's Chlef.ol-tuir Kvldenlly Lied
About the Crlatobnl Colon.
Boston, Feb. 26. Admiral Sampson
to-day positively denied statements
made by an article that has just ap
peared in a volume of the "war-note
series," issued by the bureau of naval
intelligence at Washington by Captain
Victor H. Concas y Palau, formerly
commander of the cruiser Infanta Ma
ria Teresa and chief of Admiral Cer
vera's staff in the Santiago batttle. In
the course of the article, which is
translated from the Spanish Cervera'a
captain says: "The Cristobal Colon, al
though going at the speed of thirteen
knots, ran ashore on sand, and if Ad
miral Sampson, with a more seaman
like spirit had ordered , the divers to
close the valves he could most certainly
have saved the cruiser, but with fev
erish impatience he towed her off with
his own flagship, the New York. Hard
ly had the ship been floated when she
began to list, at which moment, with
great dexterity he pushed the Colon
back again with the ram of his own
ship toward the sandy shoal, but it was
too late and, turning over, that noble
cruiser went to the bottom of the eea
Admiral Sampson says in reply: "The
Cristobal Colon surrendered, ran ashore
and broke her sea valves. Her cap
tain, after he came board the New
York assured me that the Colon was in
good order. He took his meals with me
on board the New York, and more than
once assured me that his ship was in
good order. The Colon floated off with
out any assistance and Captain Chad-
wick pushed her back on shore where
she now lies. At low tide she is about
ten feet dry. As I said before, the
captain said he had not injured her.
This statement was, of course, dis
proved. The valves had been broken
and could not be closed. I accused the
captain of having broken the valve
stems. He declared that if it was done
the engineer did it and that it was
without his knowledge or consent,
Considering the fact that the ship had
been sunk after after she had surren
dered made me recommend that the
commanding officer be retained on
board, or that he be shot as having de
stroyed public property, which, after
her surrender, belonged to her captors.
I made the same recommendation in
regard to the captain of the Sandoval,
who sank his ship after the surrender
at Santiago and several days after he
had received a letter from me warning
him that he was no longer at liberty to
do Injury to the vessel." . A
Oils' Promotion Confirmed.
Washington, Feb. 26. The senate to
day confirmed the following nomina
tions: To be major general by brevet,
Brigadier General Harrison Gray Oits,
U. S. V.; to be brigadier generals by
brevent, Colonel O. Summers, Second
Oregon V. I.; Colonel H. S. Ke3Sler,
First Montana, V. I.
Vale lt-fruts Hui'vnrir.
New York, Feb. 26. The hockey game
between Yala and Harvard, held in an
uptown club to-night, resulted in a vic
tory for the Yale men. Score Yale 5,
Harvard 4.
Bishop Hurst of the Washington Insti
tution on lis Nerds.
New York, Feb. 26. Bishop John F.
Hurst of Washington, D. C, to-day ad
dressed the Methodist preachers on the
American University." This is the
title of . the Methodist university at
Washington, of which Bishop Hurst is
the chancellor. The bishop referred to
the failure of efforts to get the national
government to establish a university at
Washington, and he added: "There are
five magnificent Roman Catholic insti
tutions in'Washington to-day. I have
understood that $50,000,000 has been)
willed to these institutions and wiH ul
timately come under their control.
There is no contention whatever be
tween our own smaller work and this
Roman Catholic work. The university
now has property worth about a million,
exclusive of the land, which in the offi
cial schedule is put down as being
worth $800,000. : History hall cost $175,-
000. The hall of administration, known
as the Pennsylvania building, Is to cost
$400,000, of which $110,000 has been rais
ed. There is to be an Ohio building
soon, and President McKlnley, who is a
trustee of the university, contributed
$1,000 toward that purpose a few days
Although the American university is
Methodist institution, 60 per cent, of
the gifts to it have come from members
of other churches than the. Methodist
Episcopal. Speaking of the opportuni
ties for study In Washington, Bishop
Hurst said: "There are fourteen great
scientific institutions in .Washington.
The collections in them cost $32,500,000,
and it costs $3,500,000 a year to maintain
them. I have traveled pretty widely in
Europe and I say that as regards sci
entific collections all the cities of the
continent do not equal Washington. I
except Edinburgh and London and Ox
ford and Cambridge." The bishop said
that in this period, when a wave of free
thinking was sweeping over the coun
try, the need of such an institution as
the university at Washington was all
the greater.
The Rev. Dr. W. L. Davidson, secre
tary of the university, emphasized the
fact that the American university was
purely for post-graduate work. A reso
lution was passed approving Bishop
Hurst's work -
The . 835,000,000 Asked For Ground
Will be Brokfth' March IT. " - '
New York, Feb. 29j The Rapid Wan
sit commissioners ii-day passed reso
lutions requesting the board of estimate
and apportionment to appropriate the
$35,000,000 needed for the building of the
Rapid Transit tunnel. This resolution
also included $1,500,000 for terminals and
real estate. The corhmission adopted a
resolution instructing: the chief engineer
to investigate and to report as to the
practicability and cost of an extension
of the Rapid Transit railroad from the
city hall to South Ferry and thence un
der the East river to the borough of
To start the work of the engineers'
department of the Rapid Transit rail
road George S. Rice was to-day appoint
ed deputy chief engineer, first assistant
to Mr. Parson, at an annual salary of
$7,000. Mr. Rice is a Harvard graduate
and is the senior member of a large en
gineering Arm in Boston. He was for
many years a member of the Aqueduct
commission In this city and was the en
gineer of the Rapid Transit board In
Boston until it was legislated out of of
fice. He was one of three engineers .ap
pointed to report on the building of the
Baltimore and Ohio tunnel, which work
was done by Contractor McDonald. He
also made the report on the Ramapo
Water company matter to Comptroller
Coler. Contractor McDonald in speak
ing of the breaking of ground for the
tunnel said that when he first mention
ed St. Patrick's day he did It in jest,
but the people had taken it so seriously
that he thought It a very good day to
Important Modifications Made Duty
Reduced from Twenty-live to Fifteen
Per Cent. BUI to Remain In Force but.
Two Years Will Have Support of all
Republicans llxcept Four,
Washington, Feb. 26. At the confer
ence of house republicans to-nignt on
the Porto Rican tariff bill assurances
were given that the president believed
the measure constitutional and would
approve It if it came to him and art
agreement was reached to' limit the op
eration of the bill to two years and to
reduce the duty Imposed .by It front
twenty-flve to fifteen percent 1 of tha
American taViff. As a result the repub
llcan leaders claim that the bill wilt
have the support of all the republlcana
except four Messrs. Mcpall of Massa
chusetts, Littlefleld of Maine, Lorlmefl
of IllinolB and Crumpacker of Indiana i
and that this loss will be offset by af
flrmative votes of, the opposition. They
claim the passage of the modified bill la
After the conference adjourned at 11 .
o'clock Chairman Cannon gave out tha
following statement of the amendments
agreed on by the conference:
"The conference requested the ways),
and means committee to offer ani
amendment to the bill, as follows:
'Amend the title to make an act tern
porarily to provide revenue for tha
island of Porto Rico and for ether pur
poses' and to add the following section::
This act shall be taken and held to ba
provisional in its purpose, intending tol
meet a pressing, present need for reve
nue for the island of Porto Rico and la
not to continue in force after March 1,
These amendments were adopted
with practical unanimity. Another to)
reduce the duty- imposed by the act
from 25 to 15 pel cent, was adopted by
a vote of 105 to 11. A further amend
ment is- to be offered by the ways and
means committee to make it clear that
no double duty is imposed; that tha
payment of one intenal revenue tar la
the total tax on importations.
That of British Steamer Odula During
Spanish War.
Washington, Feb. 26. In an opinion!
by Justice Brown, the United States -;
supreme court to-day decided the naval
prize money case Involving the seizure;
of the British steamer Adula. ' This
ship was owned by the Atlas Steam
ship company of Kingston, Jamaica, ,
and was leased to a Spanish citizen at'
the rate of, 100 per day for the pur- ,
pose of carrying refugees, from Guan-
tanarho, Cuba' - The. -vessel was cap- f
tured-June 29, 1898, when entering
Guantanamo bay and was condemned
as a prize vessel. The opinion handeov
down to-day holds that Admiral Samp
son's blockade was effective; that the
purpose of the voyage was pecuniary
and not charitable and that therefore -
the vessel was a lawful prize. Tha
opinion of the district court for tha
southern district of Georgia was there
fore affirmed. Justices . Shiras, Gray,
White and Peckham dissented. ,
An opinion was also handed down In
the case of the Spanish steamship Pana-'
ma sailing from New York to Havana,,
which was captured as a prize off Ha
vana on April 25, 1898. The vessel was)
carrying United States mail, but was
owned by a Spanish corporation and
was under contract as a Spanish mall
vessel and carried larms as such. Tha ;
court held that this vesesl was a law
ful prize and therefore i affirmed tha
opinion of the court below. Justice .
Peckham dissented.
Allan. Liner Still Hard and Fast on Ram
Islnud Iirdaje.
Portland, Me,, Feb. 26. The steam
ship Californian still remains hard and
fast on Ram Island ledge to-night,, but
after a thorough Investigation of the
situation the Allan line officials are ex
tremely' confident that not only will a
considerable portion of the cargo be
saved in an uninjured condition, but tha
steamer herself , will be floated in a very
short time after the wrecking equip
ment, on the way from Boston, gets at
work. Captain Burgess of the towboat
company was in the city to-day and the
company with a Lloyds agent made a
thorough examination of the stranded
steamer. The present plan is to take
out all the cargo as soon as possible
and then attempt to remove the water
from the steamer by means of mam
moth pumps. If the water can be
pumped out of the hold temporary re
pairs can be made and then it will be a
comparatively easy task to get tha
steamer to some dry dock.
A Suicide Scare at the Arlington Hotel
l.nit Might.
About 10:30 o'clock last night Andrew
Cahill, a young man twenty-three years
of age, who was stopping at the Ar
lington hotel, was taken violently ill,
and it was thought that he had taken
poison with suicidal intent. The police
ambulance was called and he was taken
to the hospital, where It was found that
he was suffering from an overdose of
alcoholic stimulants. It as stated at
the hospital early this morning that his
condition was not at all serious. Cahill
comes from Meriden,
New Haven Defeated In a Fine Passing
- Uame by Fall River. '
Fall River, Mass., Feb. 26. The homo
team defeated the New Havens to-nighfi'
in a beautiful passing game by a score
of eleven to eight. The visitors were
warmly welcomed, as nearly all played
on the old Pawtucket team of last year.
Summary: Score Fall River 11, New
Havan 8. Rushes Lincoln 13, Bone 5,
Warner 4. Stops Lations 39, Heffernan
39. Referee Brady. Timer Porter.,
Attendance 704.
Meriden, Conn., Feb. 20. The Merit,
den' polo team in a very fast and ex
citing game to-night defeated the Wa
terbury team by the Bcore of5 to 0.
Debate In the House,
Washington, Feb. 26. Tha general de
bate upon the Porto Rican tariff bill
was to-day extended until to-morrovi
night. . Interest centered in the confer
ences which were going on among tha
republican leaders and the dissenting
republicans in their eftors to compro
mise their differences upon the bill. Tha
speakers to-day were Messrs-. Boutell of
Illinois, Brown of Ohio, Mondell of Wy
oming, Graham of Pennsylvania and
Reeder of Kansas for t he bill and
Messrs. Bartlett of Georgia, Lanham of
Texas, Moon of Tennessee, Willlahis of
Illinois, Johnston of West Virginia,
Sutherland of Nebraska, Jett of Illinois,
Noonan of Illinois and Wilson of Arizo-
na against it.
So "Sapho" In Watet bury.
Waterbury, Feb. 28. According to a
notice signed by Maj'or Kilduff and the
city clem, which was seiveu on ihu
manager of the local theater to-day.
"Sapho," which was booked for pre
sentation here to-morrow night will not
be produced. No license will be grant
ed, and Chief-of-Police Egan has been
instructed to see to it that no perform
ance of the play takes place.
To Couch Harvard Oarsmen.
Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 26. Harry
Vail of Halifax, N. 8., has been ap
pointed coach for the Newell Boat club
at Harvard. Vail coached one of the
crews in Baltimore for two years and
the Vesper Boat club of Philadelphia;
one year,,

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