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PRICE TWO CENTS. NEW HAVEN, CONN., MONDA X JANUARY 22, 1906. THE CAREINGTON PUBLISHING CO. EIGHTEEN KILLED IN MAKER CIIK CHURCH PANIC CAUSED BY A CRY OF FIRE WRING EVENING SERVICES. Half a Hundred Injured Defective Flue Causes Smoke to Come Through the Floor Congregation Stampedes Despite Efforts ot Minister to Allay Alarm Men, Women and Children Alike Knocked Down and Trampled Upon In Frenzied Rush to Escape. Philadelphia, Jan. 21. A wild panic following a loud shriek of "fire" brought death to eighteen colored per- sons and injuries to nearly two score of others to-night in 'St. Paul's Baptist church in 8th street, between Poplar street and Girard avenue. The terrible rush to gain the street was of brief duration and that more were not kill ed in the stampede was probably due to the fact that the church was not crowded. At the time the disaster occurred not more than' 300 persons were on the second floor of the build ing which, with 'the gallery, was cap able of accommodating 600 to 700. The lire was a trifling one and was ex tinguished before the firemen arrived. The smell of smoke added to the panic and despite the heroic work of the Rev. E. W. Johnson, the pastor of the church, who tried in vain to allay the fears of the frightened worshippers, the terror-stricken people made a desper ate rush to leave the church only to be choken ,up on the narrow stairway. Those in the rear leaped over the pros trate forms of those who fell, and when the rush was over eighteen lay dead on the first floor and stairs of the build ing. Death in nearly every ., case was due to suffocation or trampling. The following is a list of the identi fied dead: Sarah Ruffing, Mrs. Patton, John Berry, Mamie McKenriey, Mrs. Mary Wedlock, Mamie MoCall, Catherine Sewell, Mrs- Lawrence, Ruth Framer, Anna Alexander, Susie Holmes, Charles Gardner, A Boz Slaughter, Ruth Trainer. The disaster occurred while a colleo- tionwas being taken up. The pastor had; just, concluded his sermon, the text of which was "Why sit we here until we die." Following the collection there was to have been a baptism of a man and wife.' Several of the colored peo ple, owing to the lateness of the even Ing, had left the church and others were about to go. . As the pastor was arranging the pulpit preparatory to be erlnning the baptismal service, a woman in one of the front rows of the left ' side of the altar gave a loud shriek of "fire." Instanly all those about her were on their feet, looking for the blaze. There were no flames in sight, but those near the pulpit smelled smoke and started down the aisle to ward the. pulpit. Then followed a half dozen cries of "fire" and the whole con- erenration became panic stricken. The pastor by this time realized the serious ness of the situation and in a loud voice, which only added to the confu sion, called to the terror stricken peo ple to be seated. No one listened and despite his frantic appeal a rush start ed that meant death to many that were Jn it At the rear of the church on the sec ond floor there is a wide doorway which Jwads to a stairway to each side of the building. Each stairway has sharp bend which 'proved to be the principal oontributary cause for the 1am. The front door on the first floor Is wide and easy of exit. When the rush started those In the rear of the church did not fully realize what was wrong and were slow to move. The frantic shrieking of the iwomen and children became louder and more general, and many were knocked down in the two aisles of the church, Then came the terrible rush down the etairways. For some unknown reason everybody tried to get down the left side of the building, comparatively few attempting to leave by the right stair way. One eye witness says that per haps a dozen persons got safely down the stairs, when several people tripped and fell and caused the narrow way to become jammed. Several men on the first floor attempted to hold the people back but were knocked down and then the hmuan stream came tumbling down. The weaker ones fell only to be ' trampled upon and crushed by those eomins: from behind. The ringing of the fire bells, the clang f the ambulance gongs, the almost to tal darkness and the thick fog added to the confusion for a time, order was goon brought about, however, and every one who could not stand was placed in an ambulance and rushed to either the Children's, St. Joseph's or the German hospital. , No time was taken up to see if anv victim was dead, and within an hour after the disaster occurred the street had been cleared of the mass of ineonle and the church door closed. When those who came down the front tnir Jinfl left the building a terrible Bight presented Itself to the rescuers, Thft scenes at the hospitals, were pa thetic in the extreme. A great crowd of colored people gathered at the doors of each institution, but no one was aa initted without a satisfactory reason, Within the buildings the entire house staffs were ordered ut and near-by physicians were called upon to assist In ministering to the suffering. An ex amination of the dead showed that most of them had been suffocated or had died from internal injuries. Of the Injured few, If any, are likely to die. The fire was a most trifling affair. defective flue started a small fire in the chimney, which caused, smoke to issue Jhrough the crevices in the second floor, ICEBERGS IN LINE OF SHIPS. Number Fussed by the Philadelphia and the, Carnianla. London, Jan. 21. -Both the American line steamer Philadelphia and the Cun ard line steamer Carmania, which left iNew York January 13, were delayed a day by bad weather on the voyage. On the second day out they experienced a terrible hurricane, which lasted three days. During this time both vessels were reduced to nearly half speed. On January 17 and 18 a number of ice bergs were passed by the , steamers. They were floating on the trans-Atlantic steamship route and dangerous to navigation. The Philadelphia reached Plymouth at 9:32 a. m. to-day, crossed to Cherbourg and passed Hurst catsle bound in to Southampton at 8:0o o clock this evening. The Carmania reached Queenstown at 9:40 a. m and' proceed ed for Liverpool, where she will arrive to-night. DIED OF HIS INJURIES. Branford Man Struck by Trolley and Terribly Injured. William J. Schene of Branford was struck by a trolley car near Branford Point yesterday morning at 10 o'clock. He was terribly injured, his right thigh and right arm being crushed, his jaw broken, and received many email cuts about his head. He was brought to the corner of Chapel and Church streets on the Branford car, and from there he was brought to tho New Ha ven, hospital in the police ambulance, He died at the hospital at 4:55 Sunday morning. Schene was thirty-two years old and lived with his mother on Harper street, Branford. He worked for the Bran ford Malleable Iron company. ... i FEAR THROWING OF BOMBS CHIEF CONCERN OF ST. PETERS- BVRG POLICE TO-DAY. Observance of First Anniversary ot Historic March of FntherGnpon and His Followers to be Curried Out Quietly None of the Apprehensions of a Year Ago. St. Petersburg, Jan. 21. There is al most an entire lack of prognostications of disorder to-morrow, the anniversary of the historic march of Father Gapon and his followers to the winter palace which has now become the most prom inent date in the chronology of the Rus sian revolutionists. There is general confidence that the day will pass with out serious occurrences in St. Peters 'burg and in Moscok, though there may be collisions in the provincial towns. The labor and revolutionary organiza tions generally have proclaimed against hostilities and even against organized demonstration. The police of St. Pet ersburg chiefly fear attempts at bomb throwing on the part of fanatics, Many of the factories undoubtedly will close and the strike may affect the street railroad service and perhaps the elec tric lighting plants. To-day passed quietly although all the workmen were at liberty, and to night St. Petersburg i is tranquilly sleeping. There is none of the ap prehensions of a year ago. The aspect of the capital is entirely changed. The palaoe square, which was then gleam ing with the watch fires of the troops to-night is entirely deserted and handful of horsemen are patrolling the Nevsk Prospect and the main thorough fares. The troops are In evidence only in the outlying industrial districts, where notices have been posted by the prefect announcing that the most drastic meas ures will be taken to crush disorder in its inception and warning the public not to gather in crowds. At midnight detachments of mounted police took up stations at the Preobra- Jensk, Smolensk and other cemeteries, where are the graves of the slain workmen which the labor and student societies are planning to decorate with wreaths and red ribands. A number of theaters were closed this evening. The imperial theater was forced to abandon the performance of "Faust" owing to the refusal of Shala- pin, the great baritone, to appear. FOREIGN CROP REPORT. Unseasonably Warm Weather and Ex- cesslve Humidity. Washington, Jan. 21. The foreign crop report of the department of agri culture for December shows that over large areas of Europe the prevailing characteristics were unseasonably warm weather and an excessive hu midity. Crops timely sown have ger minated finely and entered on the win ter in strong, healthy condition. Late sowings of crops in Europe, however, were unusually active and some anxiety is felt concerning them. Shot Sweetheart at Telephone Littleton, N. H-, Jan. 21. Benjamin Dodge, seventeen years old, apparently jealous of his sixteen-year-old sweet heart, Myrtle Silver, as she was talking over the telephone, supposedly to young man, shot the girl with a revolv er to-night. Dodge shortly after joked of his deed and then walked to police headquarters and gave himself up to the authorities. The girl was not seri ously injured. Asleep on the Tracks Hartford, Jan. 22. William Foley, a farm laborer of Poquonock, was run over and so severely injured by a trol ley car on the Windsor division of the Hartford- lines, early last night, that he died a few hours later, at the Hart, ford hospital to which he had been taken. He was thirty years old. It is said" that he was asleep on the tracks. FRANCE IS GIVEN FREE HAND BY UNITED STATES TO FOLLOW HER OWN PROGRAM IX VENEZULAN PROB LEM. Washington Convinced of the Sincerity of the Assurances Beceived from Paris Begardlng Loyalty to Munroe Doctrine and AH It Involves French Government Observing Strict est Secrecy as to What Will be Her First Move Whereabouts of Her Warships a Mystery. . Washington, Jan. 21. Convinced ot the sincerity of the assurances received from France regarding her loyalty to the Monrod doctrine and all that it in volves, the Washington government has given the Paris government a free hand in the execution of its programme for the solution of the Venezuelan problem. The, conferences on this phase of the question occurred some time ago, and Mr." Jusserand, the French ambas sador, has final assurance that the ef forts of France to obtain diplomatic treatment for her charge d'affaires at Caracas will not be Interpreted at Washington as in any way violative of the Monroe doctrine. The first move in the execution of the French programme may be expected at any time, but on this point the French government is observing the strictest secrecy, the orders to the squadron go ing direct from Paris and not through the embassy here. M. Taigny, the. re tiring French charge, who, it is believ ed, is now at Curacao, will come to this country on his way home, and on his arrival at New Tork he will find an in vitation from the French ambassador at Washington to spend several days here in conference In order that Mr, Jusserand, on whom the burden of an important phase of the Venezuelan ne gotiations naturally falls, may have the benefit of the facts about the situation. It is not unlikely that M. Taigny will also see Secretary Root. When he was last here on his way to Caracas he was the guest of honor at a large dinner given here by his ambassador, at which the entire Venezuelan legation staff was present to meet him. The whereabouts of the French ships remains a mystery so far as the offi cials of the state department! and French embassy are concerned, it is stated. - It Is assumed, however, that they are daily in touch with the min istry of marine at Paris and are await ing an opportune moment to take Buch action as their .Instructions may pro At last accounts M. Taigny had not been able to decipher three long cable grams, received on board the Marti nique, which contained important in structions from the foreign office, one of which directed him to await the ar rival of a French man-of-war, then on its way to La Guiara, to take him away. M. Taigny went on board the French steamship to obtain these In structions, intending to return with them to Caracas and decipher them in the legation, where the cipher code is kept under close guard. He was not allowed to land, however,, and it will be impossible for him to become acquaint ed with the nature of the instructions until his arrival in Washington, where he will have access to the embassy code, The state department at a late hour had received no advices from Minister Russell at Caracas. Great interest is felt in diplomatic circles here about the exact nature of a sentence found objectionable in the note of President Castro to M. Taigny. Thip sentence, In substance, referred to the presentation by M. Taigny of a note to the Venezuelan government and an nounced the complete severance of all relations until adequate explanation was made of conduct, which was, In effect, described by President Castro as not customary among well-mannered nations. FRANCE TO GO SLOW. Will Await Full Beport ot M, Taigny Before Acting. Parie, Jan. 21. It appears to foe cer tain that the French government has resolved to take no action with regard to Venezuela until the full report of M. Taigny, the late charge d'affaires at Caracas, reaches the foreign office, This report is expected to come by way of Washington, where M. Taigny will turn it over to M. Jusserand, the French ambassador, The question of demanding an ex traordinary credit is held in abeyance for the present. According to author! tative information Premier Rouvler does not see the necessity at the pres ent moment of using forcible means to obtain reparation for the insult to M. Taigny, and it is probable that he will mainly rely on the exercise of the in fluence of thte United States -with Pres ident Castro. The desireto see in what direction the Moroccan conference will turn also forms a factor which re strains France from precipitately bur dening herself with another difficult question, the solution of which is pos sible, and which might invilve a deli- eate situation in connection with other powers havng dealing with the Vene zuelan government. Safe After Record Voyage. Gloucester, Mass., Jan. 21. After voyage of 116 days, during which time she had been given ur by her owners as lost, the British bark Ednyfed arrived here to-day from Trapani, Italy. The time of passage is the longest, with one exception, recorded by any vessel from Trapani to Gloucester. SPLIT ON TWO QUESTIONS. Convention of the Bus Man Constltu- tutional Democrat! Party. St. Petersburg, Jan. 22 The agrarian problem and the question of the na tionalization of the lands were the rocks upon whi h the i constitutional demomcrat'ic party was idmost shatter ed at the continuation bt its sessions yesterday. There was aj bitter discus sion between the socialistic delegates and a large minority of the zemstvoist land owners. A resolution favoring the nationalization of land was adoptted, but on the impassioned appeal of M. Petrunkevitch, M. Rodicheff and other leaders not to wreck the party, the res olution was nullified. The convention decided to stand up on the resolution of the last zemstvo congress in favor of the expropriation of state, crown and church lands and such other lands as might be found necessary for. which the owner3 would be compensated at a just price. , , M. Rodicheff attacked the socializa tion of land on tactical grounds. He declared that the peasants everywhere were in favor of private ownership of land and that they would defend their platform by force of arms. Other delegates declared that they would fight tooth and nail any party attacking individual property rights or seeking to rob individuals of their es tates. ' At 2 o'clock this morning the conven tion adjourned without finishing its programme. The session will be re sumed to-morrow (Tuesday). WARM HERE AND ELSEWHERE PHENOMINAL ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS IN MANY PLACES. Streets of Albany Filled With Eustcr- like Crowds Midsummer Day's Throng of Pleasure Seekers Fill the Streets of Poughkeepsle Saratoga Has the Warmest January 21 for Generation Caterpillars Appear In Burlington, Vt. , j Saratoga, N. T., Jan. 21. To-day wag the warmest January 21 experienced here for a generation. At 8 a. m. the thermometer was at 3$ and at noon 66 degrees was registtered. A thermometer placed in the sun at midday ran up to 86 degrees. Albany, Jan. 21. The weather in Al bany to-day has been that of lato April, The streets were filled with Easter like crowds of people Who had aban doned overcoats and furs. The temper ature during- the day reached 58, the highest here in January since 189ft. It contitnues warm to-night' Binghamton, N, T., Jan. 21. To-day was the warmest January day in this city since the weather bureau was es tablished in this city ten years ago, of for thirty years. At 1 o'clock the tem perature was 67 degrees, the next high est official record being ' 68 degrees in 1898. Schenectady, N. Y., Jan. 21 Atmos pheric conditions in this city to-day were phenomenal for this season. The thermometer registered 66 degrees above zero and the humidity was high. The streets were crowded all day. Poughkeepsle, N. T., Jan. 21 A mid summer day's crowd of pleasure seek ers thronged the streets here to-day be cause of the weather conditions. The day was 'bright and clear and the max imum temperature registered 65 de grees. Mercury in thermometers ex posed to the sun's rays bobbed around the 75 mark. Oswego', N. T., Jan. 21 All high tem perature records for January were broken here to-day when the thermom eter reglstetred 60 degrees at noon and stood at that point for two hours. The previous high record for January was 56 degrees in 1874. Chicago, Jan. 21. The maximum temperature in Chicago to-dny was 62 degrees. The minimum up to 6 p. m. was 40 degrees and the temperature at that hour was rapidly falling. A cold rail prevailed and the weather bureau predicts zero weather for to-morrow morning. Burlington, Vt, Jan. 22. At a time of the year when Vermont is usually cov ered with snow and ice, the govern ment thermometer in Burlington touch ed 52 this afternoon. The streets are muddy and caterpillars were found on the sidewalks. Lake Champlain at its widest place opposite this city froze, over last winter on January 22. The late Is to-day free of ice as far as the eye can see. (Cnotinued on Eighth Page.) Wont Prostration in Pittshnrar. Pittsburg, Jan. 21. One prostration resulted from the unreasonable heat. Stephen Hymess, agea sixty-three, of Mingo Junction, O., collapsed while walking in Fifth avenue, near Smith field street and the hospital physicians say his condition to-night is serious. Another Brldsra Strike. Cleveland, Jan. 21 Within thirty days members of the International Associa tion of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers, will vote on the matter of de claring a strike against the Fabricated Material of the American Bridge Co., was the statement made to-day by President F. M. Ryan of the Interna tional union. ( Takes Refuge in Braislllnn Legation. Guayaquil, Jan. 21. It is rumored that Senor Lizardo Garcia, president of Ecuador, has taken refuge in the Bra zilian legation at Quito, the capital. It is impossible, however.'to ascertain the truth of this rumor, at! communication with Quito is interrupted, i CASTRO AND MOCCO HOW HAVE THE STAGE FROM AN INTERNATIONAL VIEW POINT THEY DIVIDE IN TEREST. If France Makes Deslslve Move In Re- tallution for Venezuela's Treatment of Her Representative Caracus Is Likely This Week to Attract the Eyes of the World Delegates Proceeding With Extreme Caution In the Con ference at Algeclras Lack ot Confi dence Destroying Conciliatory At luonpliere. ' If France makes a decisive move in retaliation for Venezuela's treatment of her representative, Caracas will this week (be the center of world Interest. Venezuela under the Castro regime has -been an international problem, but the Monroe doctrine, although necessarily involved in It, is so thoroughly under stood by all the . European countries that the state department anticipates no untoward action on the part of France. The most recent Franco-Venezuelan trouble began with the expulsion of M. Brun, the representative of the French cable company at Caracas, and Charge d'Affalres Taigny's protest against this action. Venezuela held that its posi tion was corr-ect and refused to treat further with the French government -through M. Taigny. Then there follow ed a long period during which, owing to the good offices of United States iMiniser Russell, an open rupture was avoided. President Castro by his dila tory tactics angered the French gov ernment and a fleet was sent, to Mar tinique. However, this Indication of France's determination to push the matter did not have the desired effect. Then followed M. Taigny's action in boarding the steamer Martinique to ob tain dispatches, and the refusal by the Venezuelan authorities to permit him to return to shore. Although technic ally this was not a forcible expulsion, it amounted to an act of hostility, and M. Maubourguet, the charge d'affaires of Venezula, was expelled from French territory. Three French warships are now oft the Venezuelan coast and a naval demonstration is anticipated. From an international point of view, Algerclras will divide interest with Venezuela. Moroccan Conference. At the beginning of the Moroccan con ference the delegates so uniformly ex pressed themselves in favor of con servative action that much was hoped for the outcome of the negotiations. However, according' to later advices, extreme caution and lack of confidence have begun to destroy this favorable atmosphere, and a feeling of unrt is said to exist among the delegates of the less interested powers, who believe that trouble is in sight The first point at issue is that of contrabrand arme, after which will be considered the re form of the finance of Morocco, so that the question of the organization of the Moroccan police, which involves the vi tal Issue between (France and Germany, has been postponed for some time. Close of British Elections. The end of the week will see the close of the general elections- in Great Brit ain, but the liberal victory has been. so overwhelming as to take much of the interest from the contest. Tet in another sense it adds an unprecedented interest to the developments which are sure to come with the opening of par liament. The annual automobile tournament begins on the Ormond-Daytona, beach on January 23, ana from the races scheduled it is evident there will be many exciting contests. Every race (Continued on Eighth Page.) COLD WAVE TO-NIGHT. One Rapidly Coming from West to At- " lnntic Coast. Washington, Jan. 21. The weather bureau officials report to-night characterizes-to-day's warm weather as "the greatest mimdwlnter warm spell since 1890" and says the maximum tempera tures In the Ohio valley have been ex ceeded by a degree or so only once or twice in the last thirty-three years. "In a few localities," it adds", "the rec ord has not been exceeded." A warm wave, which scores the high est record in temperature since 1890, prevailed to-day throughout the region between the Mississippi valley and the Atlantic coast- Its crest was in Ohio whore the temperatures this afternoon as reported to the weather bureau ranged from 70 to 74 degrees. South of the Ohio river it was less warm be cause of heavy rains and thunder show ers. Thunder storms also prevailed in Tennessee, Misslppi, Alabama and northwest Georgia. A cold wave, which developed in the west, is rapidly following the warm wave and the forecasts say it will reach the Atlantic coast Monday night, but its force will be diminished as it pro gresses east- The weather officials an nounce the fall of temperatures will approximate forty degrees in the re gion just west of the Mississippi river and north of the Missouri, while It will go below zero in the Dakotas, Minne sota, Nebraska and the middle Rocky mountain region. In the Ohio valley the temperatures to-day about equalled all previous records and in a few places exceeded them; In Washington to-day the weather was springlike with a maximum tem perature of 63 degrees, which, however, is much lower than the January record, In Parkersburg, W. Va,. the tempera ture, 74 degrees, was the highest ever recorded by the weather bureau. GERMAN SOCIALISTS QUIET. Halls Crowded In Berlin Sympathy for Russian Revolutionists, Berlin, Jan. 21. The socialist meet ings held here to-day passed off with complete quiet. The halls, which were filled to overflowing, were closed by the police half an hour before the speaking commenced. Strong, resolutions ; of sympathy with the Russian revolution ists were passed and protests against the present tripartite suffrage system in Prussia were adopted. The police had taken extraordinary precautions to prevent breaches of the peace. Extra forces of policemen oc cupied rooms adjacent to the halls where meetings were held and were In readiness to act on a moment's notice. They had also prohibited access to the galleries of the halls for the reason that in case of an outbreak it would be dif ficult to dislodge the rioters who would have the advantage of firing on the police from above. The speakers urged the crowds to re tire from the halls in an orderly man ner and to go quietly to their homes. This advice was obeyed to the letter. There was no attempt made at street demonstrations. Despatches from all the large towns report that the demonstrations were or derly. , DERBY MAN SUICIDES. John Cassldy Takes Cnrbollt Acid in Rear of Saloon. Derby, Jan. 21. John Cassidy, aged thirty years, unmarried, committed sui cide in the rear of T. J. Kendrick's sa loon this afternoon by drinking two ounces of carbolic acid. Death was al most instantaneous. No reason is as signed for the act.. He leaves a mother, brother and three sisters. MUST CEASE ATROCITIES. RUSSIAN OUTRAGES DENOUNCED AT WASHINGTON MEETING. Senators and Congressmen Speak Tribute to President Roosevelt In Recognition of , His Good Offices to Cause a Cessation of the Unspeakable Crimes ' Against the Oppresse dund Outraged Jews Washington, Dec. 21. A mass meet ing of citizens of Washington was held in Belasco's theater to-night to express sentiments on the atrocities on the Jews in Russia, The theater was crowded. Senators Patterson, of Colorado; Lati mer, of South Carolina; Overman,: of North Carolina, and Clark, of Arkan sas, and .Representatives Sulzer and Bennett, of New York; Rainey, of Illi nois; Hinshaw, of Nebraska; Taylor, of Alabama; Moon, of Pennsylvania, and Triable, of Kentucky, and Associate Justice Stafford, of the supreme court of the District of Columbia, occupied seats On the platform. Representative Sulzer presided. Representative Charles A, Towne, of New York, presented resolutions1 which were unanimously adopted. These in dorsed the speeches made at the meet ing and denounced "these terrible atrocities as great crimes against a icommon humanity that must be stop ped, and stopped at once and for all time to come, by the Russian govern ment." "We avail ourselves of this opportu nity," the resolutions continue, "to pay our tribute to our chief magistrate and to heartily approve, all that Theodore Roosevelt, president of the United States, has done and is doing, by virtue of his good offices, to cause a cessation of these unspeakable crimes against the oppressed and the outraged Jews and Gentiles in Russia; and we respect fully urge him to continue his kood work and humane efforts for universal peace and the brotherhood of man, and in his beneficent endeavors for right and justice and humanity we earnestly and solemnly pledge him the support and approval of every just, humatio, liberty-loving, tolerant and patriotic citizen of our country." COL. LEAVENWORTH'S FUNERAL Two Thousand View Remains of Sec ond Regiment's Former Commander. Wallingford, Jan. 21. The funeral of Colonel Walter L Leavenworth, former commander of the Second regiment, C. N. G., who died last Friday morning after ah illness of ten days, -was held here this afternoon, at the Congrega tional church. About 200 persons view ed the remains. The services were con ducted by Rev. J. Owen Jones-, assist ed by Rev. John I. Blair of Springfield, Mass. Record Contribution. Boston, Jan. 21. The announcement was made this evening at the Old South church that the annual collection this year for the American Board of Foreign Missions amounted to $11,000. This aVnount is the largest ever made for congregational missions by any one parish in the country. Founding of Panama Celebrated. Panama, Jan. 21. The municipality having declared to-day the two hundred and thirty-third anniversary of the founding of Panama city by De Cordo va a holiday, the event was celebrated by civic and religious demonstrations, Japan Expresses Satisfaction. Tokio, Jan. 21 The news of the ap pointment of Luke E. Wright, governor-general of the Philippines, to be the first American ambassador to Ja pan has been received here with gen- ieral satisfaction. PRESIDENT'S SCHEIE TO CUT DOWN PRINTING ISSUES INSTRUCTIONS APPLI CABLE TO ALL EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS. Aims Also to Improve the Form of An nual Government Reports An Ad visory Committee on Printing to bo Appointed by the Head of Each De partmentSet of General Principle to Govern the Form of Reports Concise Accounts of Work Done and Expenditures Incurred. Washington, Jan. 21. To do away with unnecessary printing originating' in the departments, and to Improve the form of the annual reports and' other department documents, the president has issued the following instructions, applicable to all the executive depart ments: '. "There shall be appointed by the head of eaoh of 'the executive departments an advisory committee on the subject of printing and publication. The chair man shall be an assistant secretary or other qualified official, and at least one member of the committee shall have had practical experience in' editing and, printing. "It shall be the duty of such commit tee, under the direction of the head of the department, to see that unnecessary matter is excluded from reports and, publications; to see that copy, is care fully edited before and not after going to the printing office; to do away with the publication of unnecessary table? and to require that statistical matter be published in condensed and intelli gent form; to supervise' the preparation of blank forms; to require the frequent revision of mailing lists; to prevent du plication of printing by different bu reaus; to exclude unnecessary illustra- ' UonS from department document and to prevent the printing of the maximum edition allowed by law when a smaller edition will tiufflcej to recommend to the head of the department for inclu sion in the recommendations contained in his annual reports needed changes in the statutes governing department pub lications." The president alao has directed Uiki the following general principles shall hereafter govern the form of annual re ports of the various bureaus and offices of the departments: ; "One Annual reports shall be confin ed to concise accounts of work done and expenditures Incurred during the-jnrje-i -covered, with recommendations relating to the future, including plans for work to be Undertaken. "Two Contributions to knowledge in the form of scientific treaties shall not be included in annual reports. "Three Illustrations in annual re ports shall be excluded, except (a) maps and diagrams indispensable to the understanding of the text; (b) views of monuments or important structures be gun or erected; (e) views showing con ditions In outlying possessions of the United States and . relating to work done or recommendations made. ' 'Four Inserted material, written or compiled by persons not connected witli the reporting office, and blog-raphicaTi (Continued on Eighth Page.) ROOSEVELT AND WOODRUFF Hold Conference at White House New York Chairmanship. Washington, Jan. 21. President RooseVelt had a conference at the White House to-night with former Lieutenant Governor Timothy L, Woodruff and the four republican! members of the house of representa tives from Brooklyn, mainly with ref erence to the consideration of the ap pointment cf a successor to Robert Sharkey, -the naval officer at the port of New York, whom the presdent has declined to reappoint on account of the findings of the civil service commission.1 as to allaged violations of the civil ser vice law in the administration of Mr. Sharkey. No conclusion was reached. iMr. Woodruff explained that there was no particular hurry in the matter, ber cause of ' the fact that Mr. Sharkey's term does not expire until April. There was also some talk ; of the chairmanship of the republican state committee In successorship to former! Governor Benjamin B. Odell, jr., but this was rather general in character, Mr. Woodruff later ' took occasion to say that he was not a canlidate .for the chairmanship. ! The president, he said, did not Intend to interfere in the matter of & choica of a chairman. The president, he said, wanted the republicans to get togethi er and select a good and satisfactory! man for the position. Shipping News. New York, Jan. 21. Arrived: Steam ers Brooklyn, Genoa, Naples anil Azores; Umbia, Liverpool and Queens town; La Bretagne, Havre (oft' Nan tucket, will dock Monday morning-); Caledonia, Glasgow and Moville (off Nantucket, will dock ' Monday morn ing); Zeeland, Antwerp and Dover (off Sable, island, N. S., will dock Tuesday afternoon; Moltke, Hamburg-, Doven and Boulogne (off Cape Race, N. F., will dock Tuesday evening). New York, Jan. 21. Steamer Minne tonka, London and Southampton for New York, In communication by wire less telegraph with Siasconset, Mass., 8 p. m., 70 miles east of Nantucket lightship; will dock 5 p. m. Monday. Naples, Jan. 20. Arrived: Steamer Celtic. New York via Ponta Delgrada, Gibraltar and Genoa for Alexandria, Queenstown, Jan. 20. Arrived! Steamer Carmania, New York for Liv erpool, (and proceeded). Moville, Jan. 20. Arrived: Steamer Ethiopia, New York for Glasgow (and proceeded). Plymouth, Jan. 21.-9:32 a. m. Ar rived: Steamer Philadelphia, New York, for Cherbourg and Southampton (and proceeded, ariving at Cherbourg, and passing Hurst Castle at 8:0 p. m.)f