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There Is No Disposition in
Great Britain to Over
estimate the Success.
Mnjora Albreeht and Von Dewtlx, (lie
Famous German Officers, Captured
Willi Cronje's Foreea The Guns
Token Report That French Is Moving
on tiloemfonteln Desperate Fighting
Continues lu Natal.
London, Feb. 284:30 a. m. There is
general cheerfulness throughout Great
Britain over the surrender of General
Cronje. There has been cheering to
day for the queen and a universal sing
ins of the national anthem. This, with
mutual congratulations, Is the Briton's
way of celebrating ' the moet cheerful
day of the war. Already he is taking
; Btock of the situation and measuring the
future. There is no disposition to over
estimate the success. The government
entertains no illusion. As announced ini
the house of commons, ten thousand
additional troops will immediately go
out and the effective will be kept near
Lord Roberts has done more than to
capture four thousand Boers and a few
guns. He Is within striking distance of
one of the Boer capitals and is master
of a large district of the Free State. He
has given a shock to Boer confidence
and immeasurably restored the spirit of
his own troops. In capturing Cronje he
hag taken a leader whose presence alone
was worth thousands to the Boer cause.
, The best opinion here is that the Trans
vaajera are certain to continue the fight
With undiminished valor; but it is hot
bo certain about the Free Staters.
Lord Roberts has not allowed the
. corps of descriptive writers with him
to supplement his plain narrative as
yet, and there are some points in doubt.
It is not clear whether the 4,000 prison
ers Include those taken in small parties
before the capitulation. What has be
come of the rest of the Boers who held
the Magerfonteln lines and where are
the big guns? ; The smallness of Cron
je's forces causes some wonderment.
The morning papers, without excep
tion, comment oh the achievement of
the Boer leader and men in holding off
for ten days a force from six to eight
times as large as their own. British
opinion is far more generous in victory
than in defeat.
Sir Redvers Buller is having a hard
time In Natal. It is evident now after
a fortnight's lighting, that he was mis
led when he wired that there was only
a weak rear guard between him and
Ladysmith. Apparently some of the
hardest fighting of the war took place
at the end of last week, as an armis
tice was agreed upon to allow attend
ance upon the wounded and burial of
the dead. Both sides must have lost
heavily. , -
At any moment, however, news may
come of General Buller's success. Fri
day will begin the fourth month of the
siege of the garrison, which is seeming
ly in a position where it is seemingly
In a position where it is unable to do
anything to help General Buller.
Majors Albreeht and Von Dewlli, Fa
mous Germnn Soldiers, Anions Thrm.
London, Feb. 27.-7:07 p. m The offi
cers captured by General Roberts, be
sides General Piet Cronje, include the
following well known commanders:
Chief Commandant M. J. Wolveraps,
a member of the Volksraad; Field Cor
net Frus, a Scandinavian; Major Al
breeht, the famous German artillery
man; Major Von Dewitz, the dis
tinguished German officer, responsible
for most of the splendid engineering
works of the Boers since the commence
ment of the war.
French Moving; on tiloemfonteln.
London, Feb. 28. The Cape Town cor
respondent of the Daily Telegraph tele
graphing Monday, says: "There is talk
of peace in the air. The English organ
of the Afrikander bund proposes the
formation of a conciliation committee,
the object being, of course, to saye.Boer
independence. While Lord Roberts was
holding Cronje at Paardeberg, it is un
derstood that General French was mov
ing toward Bloemfontein."
Gen. Mitciloiiald Better.
London, Feb. 27.-7:61 p. m. The war
office has received the following from
Lord Roberts: "Paardeberg, Feb. 27.
General Macdonald is expected to re
turn to duty in a few days."
Heavy Louses on Both Sldea-Buera Try
ing to OlKflnnk Urll Isli.
London, Feb. 27. A special despatch
Ji-nm rnlnsn dated Tuesday. February
27, says: "The Boers are endeavoring
to outflank us, and severe fighting con
tinues." Colenso, Sunday, Feb. 25 In the at
tempt of the Inniskilllngs Friday even
ing to rush the Boer position on Pieter's
Hill, the Boer fire was so terrible, when
the Infantry emerged from the cover of
the trees that almost every man in the
leading half of the company fell wound
ed. The advance line of the British
reached a donga in front of the fire Boer
trench, which was not apparent until
they were actually in it. The Boers re
tired to the crest and then returned on
either flank of the Inniskilllngs, enfil
ading the captured donga with a ter-
rible cross' fire. Winding it impossible
to hold the position or to advance the
British fell back and entrenched them
selves half way up the hill. The Boers
maintained a heavy fire. .
In the course of the night the Dub
lin Fusiliers and the Connaughts arriv
ing to support the Inniskilllngs another
determined attempt was made to take
the Boer positions. This also failed; A
heavy fire continued throughout the
night. The Inniskilllngs lost fourteen
out of seventeen officers killed and
wounded, and about two hundred and
fifty non-commissioned officers and men
killed and wounded.
General Lyttleton's brigade relieved
General Hart's brigade in the morn
ing; and the artillery duel was .contin
ued yesterday (Saturday) though no
great damage was done. To-day an ar
mistice was agreed upon to enable both
sides to collect their dead and wound
ed. The Boers admit having had very
heavy losses; but they scout the idea
that the British will compel them to
raise the siege of Ladysmith.
A Party of Seventy Annihilated
Gnus at Ladysmllll.
London, Feb. 28 The Daily Mail has
the following from Ladysmith dated
Saturday, February 24: "Yesterday the
Boer, retreat continued. A party of
about seventy en route for the north
drew "rein near Limit Hill. A battery
of fifteen pounders placed not far off,
suddenly opened fire and practically an
nihilated the party. A Boer was later
on seen collecting the dead and wound
ed. The Boers are trying to form a
bridge or drift across Klip river, south
of TJmbulwana, evidently for the pur
pose of permitting the passage of
wagons and artillery In their retirement
from Colenso. Our guns are preventing
this work being carried on."
Boers Falling Ilnek.
Arundel, Monday, Feb. 26. The Boers
under British pressure have evacuated
their positions In this neighborhood, re
tiring northward. In the fighting
hereabouts their loss Is thought to have
been considerable, as twenty-five graves
were found.
British Occupy Jampitown,
Sterksprult, Monday, Feb. 26. Boer
reports say that the British under Gen
eral Brabant have occupied Jamestown,
Ctipe Colony. ....
Cronj; s Lust Attempt to fCscnpr.
London, Feb. 27. A special despatch
from Cape Town dated Monday says:
"General Cronje last night attempted
to escape with a party of Boers but he
was driven back."
German Opinion.-
Berlin, Feb. 27. The German news
papers are disappointed at the surren
der of General Cronje. They 1 admit'
that Ltird Roberts has shown real mili
tary ability and dash and that the
Boers have lost In' Cronje their most
Ekilful leader.
Queen Sees II I m and Sympathizes With
Htm Over Ills IV on 11)1.
London, Feb. 27. There is no prouder
person in England to-day than Private
A. E..CoIe of the Second Royal Cana
dians, who is the only wounded Cana
dian so far known in England, and who
was specially honored by the queen and
other members of the royal family
who visited Netley to-day. Noticing
his regimental name the queen asked
to see him. Cole, who is a bright fel
low twenty-five years of age, was ush
ered into her majesty's presence and
she tenderly inquired as to the circum
stances under which he was wounded.
Cole saluted and replied: "It was on the
occasion of Colonel Pilcher's march to
Sunny Side, your majesty. Our regi
ment advanced to the attack and while
crossing the open ground I was shot
through the foot."
The queen expressed sympathy with
Cole's suffering, and she showed a keen
appreciation of the loyalty displayed by
his comrades and himself In volunteer
ing for active service. The Princess
Beatrice also spoke in a kindly mariner
to the young Canadian, who arrived In !
England a week ago and is progress
ing favorably. A newspaper represen
tative who asked Cole's opinion of the
Boers received the following reply: "I
guess they are sticking to it all right.
But, of the forty-two prisoners we cap
tured at Sunny Side, all were" Eng
Gen. Roberta Sends Two Telegrams and
Gives Nome Detallu.
London, Feb. 27. General Cronje sur
rendered unconditionally his entire
force to Lord Roberts at dawn to-day.
The prisoners number about four thous
and men, including twenty-nine Trans
vaal and eighteen Free State officers.
Fifteen guns were taken. Early this
morning the following despatch was re
ceived from Lord Roberts:
"Paardeberg, Feb. 27, 7:45 a. m. Gen
eral Cronje and all of his force capitu
lated unconditionally at daylight and
is now a prisoner in my camp. The
strength of his force will be communi
cated later. I hope that her majesty's
government will consider this event sat
isfactory, occurring as it does on the
anniversary of Majuba."
7!-tnt' f s?i ri-elei-.
Later In the day a second despatch
was received from Lord Roberts as fol
lows: I "Paardeberg, 11 a. m., Tuesday.
From information furnished dally to me
by the intelligence department, it be
came apparent that General cronje s
force was becoming more depressed and J
that the discontent of the troops and ,
the discord among the leaders were ;
rapidly increasing. This feeling was
doubtless accentuated by the disap- ;
pointment caused when the Boer rein-
forcements which tried to relieve Gen-
eral Cronje were defeated by our
troops on February 23.
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
Losa Estimated at Ovel 81,000, 000-R.e
tall Drygooda District Burned Out
Snyder'a Big Department Store Loses
Half a million Dollnn In Stock Olhe
Itlllldlngs Completely Guttrd,
New Tork, Feb. 27. The greatest fire
Newark, N. J., ever experienced swept
through the retail dry goods district to.
nignt, destroying a score or more
buildings. The loss is estimated at over
$1,000,000. The fire started In W. V,
Snyder's department store at Broad
and Cedar streets, a four story, build
ing, of seventy-five feet frontage and
extending two hundred feet along Ce
dar street. The stock was valued a
half a million dollars and nothing was
saved. The building was burned to the
The four story building adjoining the
Snyder building on Broad street . and
occupied by J. M. Mantse, dealer In
laces and similar goods, on the first
floor, and offices on the upper floors
was soon burning and was eventually
totally destroyed with everything it
contained. Next to it was the restau
rant and confectionery establishment
of 'T B. Allen, a fashionable caterer,
this building also containing many -of
fices. The fire completely gutted this
building, but left the front part almost
untouched. From Peddie's it spread to
the big department store of David
Strauss. The rear of" this building was
gutted. The firemen at this point made
a desDerate stand to prevent the fire
from getting Into . Martegan's jewelry
store, which was in the next block.
At the same time the flames were
traveling southward with as much fury
as on the north of the original fire. W.
T. Rae's jewelry store occupied the cor
ner cpposlte Snyders. Nothing was
saved here, although the valuable stock
of jewelry, probably the largest in New
ark, was securely locked in the vaults
of the building. Above the jewelry
store the building was occupied as of
within hti hour there was hardly a
brick of the building standing above a
few feet from the sidewalks. The
flames drove through a solid wall Into P.
J. Gari'igan's drug store. Cairns' pho
tograph establishment and galleries
were next above this and nothing could
save either of them. The rear end of
the Beehive Dry Goods store, owned by
L. S. Strauss & Co., was next to go and
here a large body of firemen concen
trated and fought hard to keep the fire
from entering the main building, which
was separated from the rear portion by
a party wall with Iron doors. The fight
was a stubborn one. The doors became
red hot and the task looked hopeless.
While the flames were thus eating
the heart out of the most important
business block on Broad street, the fire
was spreading westward along Cedar
street on both sides. On the south side
of this street the fire burned from No.
2 at the rear of Rae's store to No. 24.
These were all small stores, in build
ings three and four stories high, the
upper floors being floors occupied large
ly as dwelllings. In this row was Bier
man's pawn shop, where many thousand
dollars' worth of articles were destroy
ed. On the north side of Cedar street
back of Synders, the fire attacked a row
of all brown stone and brick buildings,
used as offices on the upper floors and
stores on the ground floor. Immense
crowds watched the conflagration. The
entire police force was called into ser
vice and some difficulty was had in
keeping back the crowd.
Ijocal Passenger tru!iea Into an Ex.
press on Missouri Pacific.
Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 27. The bliz
zard prevailing throughout western Mis
souri caused a train wreck to-night on
the main line of the Missouri Pacific, in
which at least two persons and possibly
more were killf d and several others were
badly hurt. The fast St. Louis day ex
press was delayed by a freight tram
stuck in a snow-drift two miles south
of .Independence, Mo. The St. Louis lo
caI passenger train, running forty min
utee behind the fast express, came on
through the blinding snow storm and
crashed Into the express train ahead
the engineer having failed to see the
danger signal which the first train had
sent back. The parlor car in the rear
of the first train was cut in two. A
list of the dead and injured, so far as
known, follows:
The dedd: Unknown woman, body
consumed in wreck; unknown woman,
body taken to Independence. .
Injured: Mrs. J. G. Schmidlapp, Cin
cinnati, badly cut and scalded, fatally
injured;' J. G. Schmidlapp, Cincinnati,
badly hurt; Miss Schmidlapp, Cincin
nati, badly hurt; mother of Mrs.
Schmidlapp, painfully Injured; L. F.
Sheldon, Sedalia, Mo., assistant super
intendent of telegraph of the Missouri
Pacific, painfully scalded; Mrs. Eliza
beth Peters, Kansas City; Mrs. Eliza
beth Lee, Cincinnati; William Vaughn,
Cincinnati, newspaper reporter, badly
scalded; Brakeman McAtee, badly cut
and bruised.
Opinion of Molting!! White
End of
OITcnsive Operations.
Buffalo, Feb. 27. Montagu White of
ri'euMitt, furuiwriy consul-general of tlie
Boer republic at London, who arrived
here to-day, in reply to a query said
that the surrender of General Cronje
marked the close of the offensive oper
ations of the war. The enormous, over
whelming British force has compelled
tne abandonment of offensive tactics
and tne beginning of defense. "How
,onir wiu tne Boera be able to defend
thelj. country?" "That is impossible to
eay - j am not a military man. I am
informed, however, by men who are
competent strategists that Pretoria is
impregnable. The remainder of the war
between England and the South African
republic will be less dramatic and will
be of long duration."
Republican Managers Confident That It
Will Have a majority.
Washington, Feb. 27. The Porto Rico
tariff bill closed to-day in a blaze of
glory. The galleries were banked to
the doors and every seat on the floor
was occupied when the rival champions
of the respective sides, Mr. Dolliver of
Iowa and Mr. Bailey of Texas, made
the closing arguments. Each spoke for
an hour and a half. The speech of Mr.
Bailey, devoted as it was almost ex
clusively to the legal phases of the con
troversy, while it was profound and
Impressive, did not arouss the unbound
ed enthusiasm which swept galleries
and floor while Mr. Dolliver was speak
ing. The lowan was at his best, and
his wit, eloquence and sarcasm in turn
drew salvos of applause from his re
publican associates. Before thes clos
ing speeches were made Mr. Cannon
of Illinois, chairman of tlje appropri
tions committee, and one of the veter
ans on the republican side, made an ex
ceptionally effective speech in support
of the bill. Messrs. Carmack, dem. of
Tennessee; Clayton, dem. of Alabama;
Kleberg, dem. of Texas; Pearce and
DeArmond, dem. of Missouri, made
speeches in opposition to the bill. The
republican managers! are now confident
that with the modifications agreed upon
at the conference last night, the bill
will command a narrow minority on the
final vote to-morrow.
Ilt-pcw Addresses the Senate.
Washington, Feb. 27.-Mr. Depew of
New York addressed the senate to-day
on the Philippine question. His ora
tion was beautiful in thought and dic
tion. He strongly upheld the policy of
the administration, and in conclusion
pictured so brilliantly ;.. commerce and
civilization moving hand in hand for
the happiness and uplifting of the peo
ple of the Philippines as well as those
of this country that the galleries were
swept by a storm of applause. After
Mr. Turley had concluded his speech
on the yuay case, tne Hawaiian gov
ernment bill was again taken up, but
little progress wan made.! An agree
ment was reached that a final vote
should be taken on the question to
Five Hundred Workmen on Military
Road Demand Five Centa an Hour.
San Juan, P. R , Feb. 27. The first
Important strike among Porto Rican la
borers began yesterday- morning when
500 men, who" had been constructing the
military road from Ponce to Adjuntas,
marched Into the latter town, waving
flags and carrying banners with the
inscription "We workmen demand five
cents an hour." 1 The strikers, who
were orderly, appointed a committee
to consult with the contractors. The
present rate is three centa an hour, and
the men complain that they are com
pelled to work from sunrise to sunset
for thirty cents. No definite under-
tanding was reached and the matter is
still open,
Storm Coming from Sonlhwt-st Ex
pected lo Pans Off by To-morrow.
Washington, Feb. 27. The weather
bureau here publishes the following
weather information: During Wednes
day a southwest storm will move north
of east causing rain In the South At
lantic and East Gulf states, snow and
rain in the Middle Atlantic states and
the Ohio Valley and snow by Wednes
day night In the North Atlantic states.
West of the Mississippi the weather
will be generally fair, preceded in the
Mississippi valley by snow or rain. Over
the eastern part of the country the tem
perature will moderate Wednesday and
decided fall In temperature will occur
the Middle and West Gulf states.
By Thursday the storm will possibly
have passed off the Atlantic coast. On
the New England coast variable winds
will shift to easterly and Increase in
force Wednesday. On the Middle and
South Atlantic coast easterly winds
will become brisk and high. On the
Gulf coast high southeasterly ,winds
will shift to northwesterly Storm sig
nals are displayed from Brownsville to
Mount Vernon Man Who Shot His Wife
While In a Dream.
New Tork, Feb. 27. The Westchester
county grand jury at White Plains to
day handed down an Indictment for
murder in the first degree against Al
fred Morrison of Mount Vernon, who
shot and killed, the woman generally
known as his wife. It was understood
that District Attorney Andrews pro
duced a number of witnesses to show
that the shooting was not accidental,
though Morrison had claimed he shot
the woman on waking from a dream
that burglars were in the house.
Breaks Her Previous JSasfward Record
by Fifty-four Minnies.
Queenstown. Feb. 27. The White
Star line steamer Oceanic, Captain
Cameron, from New York February 21,
arrived at Queenstown at 4:50 o'clock
this evening. This is the pceanic's
fastest eastward passage, the distance
frum Sandy liuuk to Duuut's lock, 2,5ii
knots, being covered in six- days and
twenty-two minutes, her previous rec
ord being cut down fifty-four minutes.
A Rubber hop Sfnrtstlp.
Boston, Feb. 27. The American Rub
ber Co.'s factory at Cambrldgeport re
sumed operations at full time to-day,
thus giving employment to 1.000 people.
The shut down has lasted ten days.
Attorney Parker's Appolnlment.
Washington. Feb. 2". The senate to
day confirmed the nomination of F. H.
Parker of Connecticut to be attorney of
the United States for the district of
Held In the New Haven Uonse Last
JVIghl Number of Out-of-Town As
sociations Represented Addrssa by C,
C. Shayne, President of the New Tork
Merchants' and Manufacturers' Board
of Trade.
The sixth annual banquet of the New
Haven Business Men's association was
held In the New Haven house last night
and from every standpoint it was the
most successful ever given by the asso
ciation. Business men from all over
the state were present; plumbers, mer
chants, lumber dealers, bankets, cler
gymen, and representatives from almost
every branch of trade mingled with
aach other, discussed prices, the Boer
war, Imperialism, and almost every
topic worthy of a discussion. The bus
iness men of thiB city have formed an
association that In time will be a lead
er of its class in the country, and the
enthusiasm and strength shown at last
night's gathering, it .could be seen that
the local branch Is one of the most rep
resentative bodies of men in the state.
The dinner, served by Proprietor
Mcseley, was one of the best that that
genial landlord ever offered, and the
speaking that followed it is rarely
equalled, both in oratory and humor,
at any public gathering.
The speakers as guests at the ban
quet were C. C. Shayne of New Tork,
Rev. Levi Gilbert and Mayor Driscoll.
N. G. Osborn, who was to have been
a guest, was unable to attend. The fol
lowing members of the different busl-J
ness men s associations or tne state
were present, and were seated at the
great table: ,
George F. Kellogg of Hartford, D. N.
Hewes and C. S. Palmer of Hartford,
John Moriarty, General W. L. Hall and
E. P. Fitzgerald of Waterbury, George
Hoyt and Edward J Thomas of South
Norwalk, F. D. Valentine of Derby, F.
T. Ferry of Ansonia, L. T. King of Mer-
lden and Wilbur B. Ives of Merlden.
Henry H. Guernsey, George B. Johnson,
F. J. Linsley, George M. Adklns, C. P.
Wilson and M. E; Cosgrove were also
seated at the head table. Other New
Haven business men present were E. I.
Atwater, S. E. Dibble, George J. Bas-
sett, L. C. Heller, George D. Post, C. M.
Parker, C. F. Messinger, Charles E,
Hart, John B. Judson, Henry Hillman,
George W. Crane, E. L. Norton, F. B.
Walker, John Brown, S. S. Adams, K.
C. Piatt, S. Davis, James P. Earle, Ed
win S. Thomas, David S. Gamble, jr.,
Willis Mix, W.i R. Francis, S. R, Field,
L. A. Bettcher, E. R. Jeffcott, Charles
W. Scranton, Edward McGrath, Carl
Stahl, Bernard Lynch, George E. Net-
tleton, J. D. Welch, G. W. Hazel, L. e.
Mansfield and Arthur Griggs. 1 '
There were thirteen tables in the large
dining room and at each plate there
was a handsome rose. Well s orchestra
furnished music for the occasion and
played during the first half of the even
ing. About 10:15 o'clock President H.
H. Guernsey, who acted in the capacity
of toaiatmaster, rapped for silence and
made the opening address.
He compared the banquet of last
night with that of a year ago, showing
the difference In size and enthusiasm
and gave a comparison of the associa
tion of to-day and as it stood this time
last year. He said that six of the
nine associations in the state were rep
resented and wished to welcome and
introduce the new members of the as
sociation, the delegates from Derby and
Meriderc. In introducing Mr. Shayne as
the first speaker of the evening, Presi
dent Guernsey said he was one of New
York's most prominent business men, a
member of the New Tork state- commis
sion, president of the Merchants' and
Manufacturers' board of trade and is
holding several other important com
mercial positions. Mr. Shayne was
greeted with hearty applause that last
ed several minutes.
C. C. Shayne, President of the Mer
chants' and Manufacturers' Board of
Trade of New York, waa the next speak
er. He spoke In part as follows:
"Business men can promote the inter
ests of each other by co-operating
through commercial organizations. A
commercial organization has weight in
proportion to the influence of its indi
vidual members, and judging from the
appearance of the gentlemen present,
the Business Men's Association of New
Haven ought to be a power for good In
this community. 'Business men should
organize commercial associations in
every , important village and city
throughout the United States, and the
very best Intellect among the business
men should be sent to business men's
conventions so that subjects will be well
considered . and deliberations carefully
The general public ought to believe
that leaders in business men's associa
tions merit as much recognition at their
hands as those of a political gathering.
The work of improving trade conditions,
stimulating progress and hastening and
guarding commercial prosperity is as
important as. questions of expediency
and policy discussed by politicians,.
You have facilities here for a splendid
harbor in which the masts of ships from
the various ports of the world should be
seen. This city could be made an im
portant seaport, and it wil.1 if the busi
ness men of New Haven unite In mak
ing: demands which should be respected.
You ought to secure the co-operation of
the government in deepening your har
bor so that large ships could be loaded
and discharged here. It is apparent
that we will soon have the Nicaragua
Canal (and I hope that it will be under
the absolute control of our government
in time of war as well as in time of
peace). When finished it will be a
great benefit to the commercial Inter
ests of the United States.. After your
harbor shall have been improved to ad
mit large vessels, the tools, rifles and
Continued on Sixth Page.)
Gen. Miles Among Those at Banquet of
Bridgeport Trade Hoard.
Bridgeport, Feb. '27. The annual ban
quet of the Bridgeport board of trade,
which is always the occasion of gather
ing some of the moet noted men of the
country around the festive board, was
held to-night at the rooms of the Algon
quin club, with upwards of four hundred
people present. The event was the most
successful gathering the local board' of
trade ever held. Among the guests pres
ent were Major-General Nelson A. Miles,
Senators William Lindsay of Kentucky
and Joseph R. Hawlef of this state,
Congressman E. J. Hill, General Charles
Miller, commander of the Pennsylvania
National Guard; ex-Congressman C. A,
Towne of Minnesota, Vice President
Merrill of the Consolidated road, Gover
nor John G. Brady of Alaska, Jules
French of New York, General George H.
Ford and Henry C. Rowe of New Ha
ven, Charles Fv Brooker of Torrington
and Mayor Stirling. Letters , of re
gret at their inability to be pres
ent were read from Mark Hanna and
Congressman Hamilton Lewis of Wash
ington. Rev. J. C. O'Brien pronounced
the blessing and General Henry A. Bish
op officiated as toastmaster. Among
the toasts that were responded to were
the following: "The Army," General
Miles; "Imperialism," Senator -iHawley;
"How to Extend Out Commercial Inter
ests," General Miller; "Southern Prog
ress." Senator Lindsay; "Products of
the West," Hon. C. A. Towne; "Alas
ka," Governor Brady; "Uncle Sam'a
Back. Lot," Congressman Hill.
Report of the Grand Receiver Pay
ments Exceed the Receipts,
Boston, Feb. 27. The1 twenty-second
annual session.of the New England jur
isdiction of the Ancient Order of United
Workmen was opened here to-day. The
grand lodge degree waa administered
to past master workmen, after which
Grand Master Workman Nathan Crary
of Chicopee, made his annual address.
He said that during the past year 3,771
members had been Initiated and that
five new lodges in Maine, nine in Mas
sachusetts. Ave in Rhode Island, five
in Connecticut and one in Vermont had
been instituted.
Grand Receiver Thomas F. Temple
of Boston reported general fund re
ceipts $72,026; payments- $78,698. Bene
ficiary fund, receipts $824,042; payments
$870,450. Total receipts for the year
$965,507; payments $1,014,403. Balance
on hand January 1, 1900, $59,502. The
finance committee recommends a spe
cial per capita tax of twenty-five cents
payable July 1; 1900. Grand Medical
Examiner William F. Temple reported
7,210 applications as received in 1399, of
which 1,409 were rejected. The death
rate for 1899 waa 7.61 per thousand.
This afternoon offioers were, nomi
nated including Waiter Leigh of New
Haven, Conn., for the position of grand
master workman; J. E: Burt, Boston,
grand recorder; Thomas F. .Temple,
Boston, grand receiver. This evening
the annual banquet was held in Odd
Fellows' hall.
Rented to Supplant the Old Battery Now
Used at Fire Headquarters.-
Although the board of finance refused
when the appropriations for 1900- were
being made up to provide a sum suffi
cient for the purchase of a storage bat
tery to take the place of the chemical
batteries now used at the fire head
quarters, the fire commissioners have
arranged to rent a storage battery from
the Gamewell company of New York.
By the use of a storage battery it is
figured that a saving of at least $600 per
year will be made. Despite this fact
and the fact that a new storage battery
would cost only about $2, BOO the finance
board failed tb provide the needed
amount. The rental for the storage bat
tery will be $37.50 per month, a saving
of about $250 per year on what the old
battery costs for running. It has not
yet been decided whether the electric
current for charging the new battery
will be obtained from the electric light
plant or from one of the street railway
power houses. In either case, the cost
of the charging current will not exceed
$50 per year. The work of putting In
the new battery will be begun in a few
Monthly Heeling Held Last Might
Light Business Transacted.
The monthly meeting of the police
commissioners was held last night. The
meeting was a short one and nothing
of great Importance was transacted.
Superintendent Wrinn read his monthly
report, which was brief. The transfers
made during the month were recorded
and the good work of the police depart
ment in the Parker and Morgan cases
was commended. The report was ac
cepted. The resignation of Special Con
stable John Behrens was read and ac
cepted. The meeting then adjourned,
the members reconvening as trustees of
the police rellf fund. The annual re
port of the clerk was read and accept
ed and voted to be placed on record.
The report of the finance committee of
the trustees was read and showed that
$12,000 of the fund has been invested in
the town of Walllngford bonds. The
meeting adjourned about 9:45.
Amateur Swimming Championship.
Boston, Feb. 27. With the eixty-yard
amateur swimming championship to
his credit, E. C. Schaeffer of the Univer
sity of Pennsylvania to-night won the
A. A. U. .championship at eighty yards.
at the Sportsman's show, his time be
ing 51 2-5 seconds. S. P. Avery of the
B. A. A. was second and W. C. Miller
of the Knickerbockers was third. F.
A. Wenck of Yale was first in the third
Fire rommlsnloners Meet,
At a meeting of the fire commission
ers last night the monthly bills were
read and accepted. The board approv
ed of a new box on Goffe street, and
after an Informal discussion the meet-
Large Gathering lu Parlors at Calvary
Jlaptlst f'linreh Speeches by Distin
guished Divines and Prominent Lay
men Dr. Tapper of Philadelphia on
"Pessimism versus Optimism".
The New Haven Baptist union held Ita
semi-annual banquet in the parlors of
Calvary Baptist church last evening. It
was quite largely attended and proved i
one of the most enjoyable events in tha
history of the organization. The uhiom
met at 7 o'clock for a social hour and
promptly at 7:30 eat down, to dinner.
The menu was an excellent one and tiia
enjoyment of dining was greatly en-
hanced by the beauty of the table dec
orations. These were dona in pink andj
lit with candles of' the same color, tha
whole presenting a charming appear
ance. The decorations and the menu'
were the work of the women of thq
President William H. Douglass pre-
sided as toastmaster of the occasion and
introduced the speakers of the evening, i"
At the table with him Were seated tha 'I
Rev. Kerr Boyce Tupper, D. D., LL. D.(
pastor of the First church, Philadel
phia; Rev. Dr. Watson L. Phillips, Rev.
Addison T. Moore, Rev. George H. Fer
ris, Pierce N. Welch, vice president of
the union; C. M. Parker, its secretary
and treasurer. At intervals during tha
evening selections were rendered by a
quartette from the Yale Glee club. Mr.-
Douglass prefaced: his remarks in Intro
ducing the speakers by a short address
to the members present. He reviewed
briefly the work of the union and the
splendid results it has accomplished and
then urged all present to greater effort ;
in its behalf. . . i
The next speaker, Rev. George H.
Ferris, picked up the remarks of tha
preceding speaker and continued much;
in the same vein. He also spoke of the
great results to be attained by working
together. He said: "We're coming mora
and more to Jive with one another and
to believe in one another. I'm glad t '
belong to an organization which recog-
nizes a man as a man, whose cry always
has been and always will be, 'Thou
made't him and thou reverence him; "
The address of Rev. Dr. Tupper, who)
was next Introduced by President Doug- .
lass, was very interesting and was fre
quently Interrupted by applause. The'
subject on which he spoke was "Pes
simism vs.- Optmisim, or the World
Growing Better." Few who listened td
Hie words but were convinced thnt the
world is rtally growing better- He
spoke In part as follows: "There isi
nothing, I believe, plainer to the student
of history than that this world of ours
grows better from generation to jgener- -ation.
The world to-day is moving '
through a fearful crisis, but It is for the
good of humanity. Humanity is not a '
downward spiral, but an upward spiral,
which is constantly whirling round and
round in its movement toward a hightp
plane. The golden age is never in tha
past; the golden age Is never in tha
present. It is always in the future."
Diverging, he went into the subject'
of politics and declared that even in
these the world is better than it used
to be, and to bear out his statement
said that the money lost by the United
States treasury under the Cleveland ad
ministration was less than ever befora
in the history of America, "And If
McKinley," he said, "can manage his
treasury as well as he managed tha
Spanish war, he , will go out of office
withput the loss of a cent. When I
see Roosevelt elected governor and
Goebel not, Depew senator and Quay
not, and Roberts sent back to Utah-im .
disgrace, I see more and more confl-
dently that true Americanism la raising
the country out of the mire of political
jobbery." '
The last speaker of the evening waa '
Dr. Phillips, who spoke in part as fol
lows: It Is a great pleasure to stand
here to-night to speak a few words of
fraternal greeting in the name of youri
sister churches, and especially in tha
name, of the denomination which in a;
humble way ,1 represent. There is ai
certain very strong tie between us. We
both stand for liberty, for the sacred
autonomy of the individual body of be
lievers. We are willihg that othera
should do as they please, but as for us, i
we believe in a "church without ar
bishop and a state without a king.
Why should we not join hands fop
more efficient service; federation is in
the air, let us set the example.
We are both congregational in oun
polity, we believe in democracy, in tha
reign of the people. We had some littla
differences of opinion at the beginning, ,
your St. Roger was not very handsome
ly treated by some of the elect, but Mas
sachusetts is now stricken with late but! .
genuine repentence and you are gener
ous, let us begin again.
Recent wars have proved the value,
of a navy, let us move together, you by
water and we by land, for the estab
lishment of the great republic of love
and righteousness, and for the benefi
cent rule of our Lord over all the earth.
Miles on Cronje's Surrender.
Bridgeport, Feb. 27. General Nelson
A. Miles, who was a guest at the board
of trade banquet, wnen mtervieweu
concerning Cronje's surrender said: JNO
true citizen of a republic can tau to
admire and feel a glory in the struggle
made by Cronje. A week ago we were
told that 60,000 men had cornered in a
trap 10,000; we have been told since
then that the cordons have been tight
ened and the 50,000 grown to greater
numbers. To-day we have been told,'
that the force of 10,000 had dwindled
to 3,000 still headed by their brave old
commander. What has become of, the
remainder? As the number of that be
leagured band of patriots decreases our
admiration for them must necessarily,

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