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NEW nAVEN, CONN., MONDAY FEBRUARY 19, 1906. VOL. LXX NO. 43. TIIE CAERINGTON PUBLISHING CO. A J u JOHN A. ITOLL IN HANDS OF HIS MAKER FORMER HEAD OF SEW- YORK LIFE ISSURASCE COM- F AST DEAD. f End Pen.cf.il and Without Pain En largement of Liver Given bs the , Cause Patient Enjoys One Brief Mo ment ot Consciousness During Which His Eyes Open and He Smiles Into the Face of His Wife Mrs. McCall Practically Collapses. New York, Feb. 18.-iJohn A. McCall, until recently president of the New York Life Insurance company, died at 6:35 o'clock this afternoon at the Lau rel house in Lakewood, N. J., where lie had been taken about three weeks ago, in the hope that the change might (benefit his health, which had suffered a breakdown about two months ago- Mr. McCall had been unconscious since about 1 o'clock this morning, ex cept possibly for one brief minute this afternoon, when his eyes opened and helooke-dintheface of his wife, who was tending over him. He smiled, and as lie did so his eyes closed again, and he remained in the coma until the end. One of the last persons Mr. McCall italked to was his old friend and pastor, Rev. Father Matthew Taylor, of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, this city. He went .to Lakewood yesterday to see Mr. McCall at the latter's re quest. Bishop James A. McFaul of the diocese of Trenton arrived In Lakewood last evening, but did not see Mr. Mc Call, who had long been his friend. This morning at 7 o'clock the bishop said mass in the Church of Our Lady of the Lake, at Lakewood, offering prayers for the recovery of the strick en marl. The attending physicians notified the family at 1 o'clock this afternoon that the end was close at hand. Mrs. Me Call had 'been at the bedside constant ly since last "evening. All of the seven .. children were summoned. It, was announced that Mr. McCall's death was due to enlargement of the liver, and the end had been peaceful and without pain... iMrs. McCall is now under medical care. She had become worn out by the long vigil at the bedside of her ' husband, and when he died she practic ally collapsed, although It is thought her condition will not develop seriously. The bodv will be brought to New York to-morrow morning. If Mrs. McCall is able the entire fam ily will come i on the same train. If not. some of the children will remain at Lakewood with their mother. The body will be sent to the McCall real dence on West Seventy-second street. The funeral, the date of which has not ' .been fixed, will foe at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. Mr. McCall's physical (breakdown oc curred about the close of the investi- cation of life insurance affairs in this state by a legislative committee De cember last. The report of the com mittee is expected to be submitted to the legislature at Albany early this . -week. Mr. McCall's examination be fore the committee was a severe one, and the ordeal he underwent in releas ing in detail the affairs of the com pany and in divulging transactions about which the general public were Ignorant, -worried him greatly, it was said. Mr. McCall was ill in foed at his home in this city when he affixed his eigna ture to his letter of resignation from the presidency of the New York Life, Ahout three weeks ago his condition became such that his physicians and family deemed it advisable to remove him to Lakewood, where it was hoped the rest and quiet would mend the pa- tlent's shattered nerves, and speed the beneficial effects of the treatment of his physical disorders. During all of this time Mr. McCall worried constantly about his business affairs. He was com pelled first to mortgage and then to sell his handsome country place at Long Branch, N. J., in order, it was said, to repay to the New York Life In surance Co. $335,000 on the Andrew Hamilton account, Mr, Hamilton, the legislative agent of the company, hav ing made no accounting for this sum Mr. McCall had promised, when the Hamilton disclosures first were made, to repay the afnount named if by a cer tain date a satisfactory statement was not forthcoming from Hamilton, who Is now in Paris. The directors of the New York Life at the expiration of the time set called upon Mr. McCall for the payment of the money. He acceded to the demands, paying so,uw in casn, and giving his notes for $160,000, the lat. ter being secured by a mortgage on his country place, which later he sold sub' lect to the mortgage. Mr. McCall re aliaed in all something over $300,000 for the property, which was said to have cost him just double that amount. Ten days ago Mr. McCall suffered the first sinking spell of his illness, and was very low for several days- Then he improved slightly. One week ago to-day, however, he suffered a second sinking spell and grew much worse, His condition became eo low that life was despaired of. A priest of the Rom an Catholic church, of which faith Mr. McCall was an adherent, was summon ed, and the last sacraments of the church were given to the stricken man When all hope had been lost Mr. Mc Call suddenly rallied. It was an effort of the mind and will, however, and not a physical improvement. The attend lng physicians foresaw the approach Ing end, and so warned his family, who remained with the sick man from that time to the moment of his dissolution Mr. McCall's mental effort to shav off his ailments was the result of the report of the Fowler Investigating com mlttee, composed of directors of the New York Life, who made public their finding ten days ago. Thy censured Mr. McCall severely for certain acts (Continued On Second Page.) TARIFF BILL JS REICHSTAG. New Convention With United States Recommended by Von Buelow. Rerlin. Feb. 18 Prince Von Buelow, tfie imperial chancellor, to-day sent to the relchstag a bill for the extension to the United States of the tariffs given bv Germany under reciprocal treaties to certain European states. The meas ure simply empowers the bundesrath to grant to the United States the rates stipulated In the conventions signed by Germany with Russia, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Roumania. Bulgaria, with which coun try a. treaty has been arranged, but not ratified, is not mentioned in the bill. The chancellor has selected Count Posadowsky-Wehner, vice , imperial chancellor and secretary of state for the Interior, to set forth tne govern ment's position on the bill, and in the meantime the measure will be printed for circulation among tiie, members of the reischtag. BOY BIT BY MAO DOG Alonzo B. Hall, Jr., Son of Alonzo B. Hall of New Haven. New Preston, Feb. 18 Alonzo B- Hall, jr., was bitten here to-day In the hand by a puppy owned by him, which had gone mad as a result of being bit ten by a rabid dog last January. The wound was cauterized and the puppy killed. No serious effects to Mr. Hall are expected to follow. He is the son of Alonzo B. Hall of New Haven, and is about twenty-one years old. WANTS THE HEPBURN BILL ROOSEVELT DECLARES SUB- STASCE SHOULD BE KEPT. Not Attempting; to Dictate Terminology of Measure His Wishes Made Known In Talks to Senators and Representa tives Cares Little for the Form of the BUI If the Essence Is Kept. Washington, Feb. 18. President Roosevelt in recent talks with senators and representatives h.s stated that while he Is not attempting to dictate the terminology of the railroad-rate bill, his preference is that the sub stance of the Hepburn bill should be kept. He has taken occasion to say that he cares very little for the form of the bill if the "essence" Is kept. There are two or three minor points as to which he thinks amendments may pos sibly, be made with advantage, as, for instance, Instead of making a thirty day limit for the time when a regula tion is to take effect, to make it go into effect at any time set by the interstate commerce commission. The presldont has felt that there are arguments for and against the proposal that if a stay is granted the railroads shall be requir ed, pending the decision, to pay into court the difference between the rates as they exist and as they will exist if the commission's ruling is sustained. The president has emphasized that the main point is appeal to the courts The Hepburn bill itself, the president believes, allows such appeal, and so does every other proposed bill in both houses. The proposals coming from Senators Aldrich, Foraker and others hold simi lar views to them, looking to a com plete retrial of the case by the courts, but as to the law and the facts, the president does not believe in. He be lieves, as outlined in his speech before the Iroquois club in Chicago last May, that the appeal to the courts should be only to test whether the order of the commission is in whole or in part con fiscatory, and also to test the legality of this order. The president is entirely indefferent as io the form of the provisions in the bill so long as the substance is right, as set forth above. The president regards all this as contained in the Hepburn bill, but does not care as to the form in which these provisions are put so long as the substance is kept. RUSSIAS GEflERALS RECALLED Kuronatkln and Batinnoff Ordered Home From Front. St. Petersburg, Feb. 18. General Ku- ropatkin and General Batjanoff, com manders respectively of the First and Third Manchurian armies, have been recalled. Four Years for Using Bogus Warrant Burlington, Vt., Feb. 18. Four years in the military prison at Governor's is land is the sentence Imposed by the court martial held at Fort Ethan Allen on Harry J. Morgan, formerly of Palm er, Mass., quartermaster sergeant of the 15th U- S- cavalry, convicted on the charge of conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline. While looking for deserters Morgan wento in to a house in this city and searched it, claiming authority under a search war. rant. The warrant was afterwards found to be a bogus one. Public Funeral to Boston Fire Chief. Boston, Feb. 18. A public funeral was accorded to-day in Tremont temple to Chief William T. Cheswell. of the Bos ton fire department, who died at a fire on Tuesday morning. The body was borne by district chiefs. Mayor John F. Fitzgerald, Fire Commissioner Benja min W. Wells and fire chiefs from va rious cities in Nsw England were present. King's Speech to Parliament.' London, Feb. 19 It is understood the king's speech at the opening of parliament to-day will include an ex pression of satisfaction for Great Brit ain's continued peaceful relations in Europe, especially with France and a desire for a friendly solution of the Moroccan conference. JT HEAVY LOSS BY FIRE DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT THREE- Q VARTERS OF A MILLIOS DOLLARS. Six Large Brick Blocks in the Business Heart of the City, Occupied by Nearly a Score of Firms and Many Smaller Tenants, Destroyed Fire Broke Out Early Sunday Morning and Locnl De partment Unable to Cope With It. Rutland, Vt., Feb. 18 Six large brick 'blocks in the business section of the city, occupied by nearly a score of firms and many smaller tenantts, were destroyed by fire to-day. The loss on the entire property is estimated at three-quarters of a million dollars. The fire went beyond the control of the lo cal department and help was summon ed from Whitehall, N. Y., and Burling ton. The Whitehall company reached the city in time to be of great assist ance, but the Burlington company did not appear. The fire broke out shortly before 4 o'clock this morning and raged with great violence, taking block after block in its career, but was finally stopped through the energetic work of the fire men, and two heavy party walls. The fire was discovered in the Rip ley block on Meronants' row, and soon extended to the Meade block directly south and then to the Baker block on the corner of Center street. Then, swinging around the corner, it took in the Baker and Tuttle blocks on Center street, the latter a six story brick building, having on the farther Side a heavy party wall, which stopped fur ther progress in that direction. North of the Ripley block the flames destroyed the Cranston block, occupied by the Combination Cash Store company, and in the rear a block on Willow street owned and also occupied by the Com bination Cash company. The party wall on the farther side of tne Cranston block, stopped to fire's progress north on Merchants' row. The following la-a list of estimated losses and Insurance: Loss. Insurance, Ripley block, Wm. Y. Ripley estate. . .$30,000 $25,000 5,000 5,000 10,000 40.000 12,000 20,000 20,000 J. J. Kissane, dry goods 20.000 Hopkins & Howley, eiouung J o.uuii Five tenants 15.000 Metuie block. Dr. A. J. Mendo. owner . . . 50.000 D. W. Twig, clothing. 17,000 A. H. Abraham.drUKS and tobacco . . . . 25.000 Wilson & Root.cloth- lngs 35,000 L. A. Miner, drugs . . 12.000 12,000 Boston candy store 6,000 3.000 2,000 T. M. C. A 5,000 Marble Savings bank, furniture loss . . . . sou 300 25,000 30,000 8,000 7,000 8,000 Twenty-live small' ten ants . . . . 60,000 Baker block. J. L. Baker, owner . . . . 40,000 L. Abraham, tobacco. 10,000 M. Dugffan, saloon . . 10,000 R. W. Waterman, wall papers lu.uuu F. L. Blake, pho tographer 2,000 1,000 30,000 130,000 50,000 80,000 Tuttle block.the Tut tle Co., owners 40,000 The Tuttle Co., printers 130,000 Cranston & Combi nation Cash Store block 60,000 Combination Cash Store Co. s stock.. 125,000 Adjoining property owners 50,000 M A VFACTVR ERS OPIMOS. Treaty With China as to Immigration Inexpedient at Present. Indianapolis, Feb. 18 D. M. Parry of the National Association of Manu facturers, to-day said that the board of directors of the organization had adopt ed resolutions on the Chinese exclu sion subject as prepared by a special committee. These resolutions state tnat it is deemed inexepdient under present conditions to attempt to enter into a treaty with China as to immigra tion, and call on congress to adopt leg islation to correct present evils and re store friendly relations with China. RAID BV '1 HE POLICE. Eight Men Arrested In a Crown Street Place for Gambling, The police at 1 o'clock this morning raided an alleged gambling house at 168 Crown street. Considerable para phernalia was seized- The following men were arrested: Frank Shanley, Richard Brown, Frank Coleman, Horn er E. Brown, George H. Wilson, Max Lewlson, Thomas Culien, Samuel Mar in. The policemen taking out the men were: C. J. Eagan, John Coonan, Frank Egan, Lautenbach, Wrinn, Row ley. Not Rockefeller. Rome, Feb. 18. It hasibeen ascertain ed that the person who arrived at Na ples on Thursday on board the Hamburg-American line steamer Deutd3ii land, and who was reported by the or respondent at Naples of a Rome news paper to have been John D. Rockefel ler, was not that gentleman. Tillman Better. Washington, Feb. 18. Senator Till man, who has been ill with a sev-jre cold, was better to-day and experts to get out of bed to-morrow. He hopes to be aible to attend the session of the senate Tuesday. Senator Mal'o.-y of Florida, who also has b2en ill, id hot ter to-night. Sheriff Nearly Fifty Years. North Stonington, Conn., Feb. 18. Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Billings, who, was appointed by Sheriff Richard A. Wheeler nearly fifty years ago and has served ever since, died at his home toere to-day, aged eventy-fflve years. JOHN B. STETSOS DEAD. Millionaire Hut Manufacturer of Phila delphia Succumbs to Apoplexy, Deland, Fla., Feb. 18. John B. Stet son, the millionaire hat manufacturer of Philadelphia, died at his winter home at Gillen, near Deland, to-day at 1 o'clock. Mr. Stetson was stricken with apo plexy this morning and not withstand ing tile best medical attendance he died without regaining consciousness. His wife was the only member of his imme diate family present. Mr. Stetson had been feeling quite well until to-day's attack. He attended the Stetson uni versity trustees' meeting Thursday and the presentation day exeroises at the auditorium Friday. The entire town of Deland is in mourning. SUA A G II A I SOT A WA R E. Nothing Known of Conditions Requir ing V. S. Troops In China. London, Feb. 18. A dispatch to Rou ter's Telegram company from Shang hai, says: "Nothing is known here of conditions requiring the despatch of United States troops to China. There is no marked anti-foreign feeling in northern or cen tral China." PRISONER AIDED TO ESCAPE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEA RASCE FROM A BOSTOS LOCKUP. George II. Ilusklll Leaves Dummy in His Bed Had Been Awaiting Trial for Seven Months on Charges of Ob taining Money Under False Pretenses Used Ladder and Pulley Tackles. Boston, Feb- 18. George H. Qaskill, a prisoner who for seven months has been awaiting trial on charges of ob taining money under false pretenses, made a mysterious escape from the Charles street jail early to-day and re mained at large up to a late tiour to night. Hasklll evidently had the assist ance of some one outside his cell, for his cell door was unlocked and the doof of a store room which is usually locked had been unlocked also. ." It is thought that, the prisoner went from his cell on the fourto floor to the store room where he obtained a ladder and pulley tackles. He lowered himself from the unbarred window of the store room to the ground, after having thrown the small ladder into the yard. Raising the ladder to the prison wall, he acaled it and escaped.. After gaining his freedom on tie Fruit street sld of the wall he removed his prison clothes and threw them over the wali Into the prison ya rd- Gasklll's escape was probably made about 4:30 a. m., but it remained undis covered for some hours. A gateman found the rope ladder in the yavd and spread the alarm. The prisoners were rounded up, locked hy their cells and counted. It" appeared that evfry cell was occupied. Later an official reported that Gas kill did not appear at breakfast and officers went to his cell, whereupon ex amination they found a dummy in Gas klll's cot, which the guards had mis taken for Gasklll asleep. The fugitive is known under several other names than Gasklll, and is said to have police records in many cities. During recent years he had made his residence in Boston and is alleged to have conduct ed swindling operations. Gasklll is fifty-three years old, weighs 145 pounds, is five feet five and one-half inches tall and when In Jail he wore a red beard and moustache. MISERS' PROPOSA LS R EA DY. Will Probably Meet Operators' Sub committee To-morrow or Wednesdny New York, Feb. 18. John Mitchell and his associates on the anthracite miners sub-committee to-day finished their work" of preparing proposals for an agreement and will probaibly meet the coal operators' sub-committee Tues day or Wednesday. It was stated that no formal docu ment would be submitted, but that the miners would notify the operators that they were ready for a point meet ing of the sub-committees, md would then state in general terms what they expected the operators to grant them in the new agreement. It is expected that several meetings will take place bafore a final agreement or disagreement will be reached. It is practically certain that the min ers will make a firm demand for the eight-hour day for all men employed about the mines. One of the Miners' representatives said to-day that the eight-hour question was more Import ant to the men than any other demand that had been mentioned. If at the meeting with the opera.ors this week no agreement should be reached the miners would have to go back to Pennsylvania, and the whole matter would be eumitted to ba tri district convention of the three big an thracite districts, which control the en tire coal field. No matter what may be the result of the conference here, it will haveto be ratified by the con vention to be called in Pennsylvania. The present agreement between the operators and the miners does not ex pire until March 31, so that tr. case of a disagreement in the conference com mittee in New York the millers will have five weeks to consider wrat course they will take, and to make preparations if they decide to strike). Fonr Killed by Explosion. Wilkesbarre, Penn., Feb. 18. Four men were killed toy an explosion to-day in th? Buttonwood mine, operated by the Parrish Coal company, about two miles from this city. MITCHELL'S II BITTERLY ATTACK LAUSCHED BY PRESI DEST DOLAS OF TIIE PITTS BURG DISTRICT. Head of the Miners' Organization Ac cused of Trying to Shirk Responsi billty for Position in Which They Find Themselves Playing to the Galleries by Threatening Operators With National Strike Latter Have Called the Bluff. Pittsburg, Feb. 18. In a statement made public to-night President Dolan, of the local district of the United Mine Workers of America, scores the meth ods of John Mitchell, national president of the Mine Workers, and charges him with trying to shirk the responsibility for the position in which the mine workers are at present. Dolan also ac cuses Mitchell of "playing to the gal leries" by threatening the operators with a national strike, but that the op erators "called the bluff." Mitchell is further charged with sending organiz ers into the local field to defeat Dolan, and it is charged that money belonging to the , organization was used. The statement says: "President Mitchell is trying to shirk the responsibility for the mess he has got the miners of this country into by saying that I am evidently trying to divide the miners' forces. I am not. I am trying to save the miners from the dangers which threaten them because of Mitchell's lack of courage. Mitchell, and Mitchell alone, is responsible for the serious situation which now con fronts the miners- ' He got started wrong in the joint convention and did not have the courage and common sense to make a temporary retreat when he saw he was worsted and should take up the fight along other lines. "He led the argument for the miners by demanding an advance in wages on the claim that prices of coal were high er at that time than they were two years ago. The operators immediately took him at his word and offered to bring in the books of all the companies in th country, large and small, and have them examined, if the miners would agree to take a reduction if the price were shown to be lower, the oper ators to pay an advance If the price were shown to be higher. "F. L. Robbins asked Mitchell to ac cept that offer. Mitchell never let on he heard the question. Robbins repeat ed the question half a dozen times and Mitchell sat staring into space. Rob bins appealed to the chair, and the chair ruled that Mitchell ought to an swer the question. Mitchell then arose and said, 'I decline to answer.' From that time on our cake was dough Mitchell may say I am not smart enough to write an intelligent state ment,,but a man does not have to have a college education to know when he is whipped, and the operators had us whipped from .that moment. "When Mitchell saw what a mess he was in he tried to scare the operators from following up their advantage by making' radical statements and playing to the galleries. He thought he would scare the operators by the threat of a national strike, but the operators called our bluff. After this blunder of Mitch ell's we were in nice shape to ask the public to allow us to shut off their coal, shut down the railroads and stop the mills and factories, and then have the newspapers make public sentiment for us by telling everybody how Just our cause It. "From the time Mitchell made that first blunder he went from bad to worse until the Ryan resolution made our sit uation hopeless and we came on with out an agreement. Mitchell has always lacked courage. He Is more careful of his own reputation as a successful lead er than he is of the interests of his people. ' Never in his career has he fought against the popular tide, no matter whether it was right or wrong. Two years ago, when the operators whipped him into line for a reduction, he disappeared from the convention with an attack of what he called 'nerv ous prostration,' and after he got out of the Turkish bath he made all the miners' leaders fight to have the dele gates accept the reduction before he would do So. "Mitchell says I have always been unfriendly to his administration. have not, although he has always fought me. I had the 'gall' to be a can didate for national vice-president against him in 1898, and, he never for gave me. I have letters in my desk to prove that he sent organizers into this field and issued, orders to spare no ex pense to have me defeated for district president in my own field- And it was the union's money, and not his own. that he' was willing to be so lavish with to vent a personal spite. "It has been evident for years past to everybody connected with the labor movement that Mitchell is suffering from a common, ordinary dose of 'big head.' He is working all the time to ward one-man pore, and the truth of the matter is that he is not in touch with his own people or with the mining situation. Circumstances have made him. The tide has always been in his favor until lately, and now he does not measure up to his job. It takes some thing besides a Prince Albert coat and a carnation in. the buttonhole to make a real labor leader. It takes common sense and courage, and the man who lacks either ought to hire somebody to tell him of his shortcomings and retir from his job." Kaiser Appoints Boyal Admiral. Copenhagen, Feb. 18. The National Tidende says that Emperor William has appointed King Frederick an honorary admiral in the German navy. THE BRIDE ASD GROOM, Mr, and Mrs. Longworth SnenA OnlM Sunday at Country Home. Washington, Feb. 18. 'Representative and Mrs. Nicholas Longworth, who were married at the White house yes terday passed the day very quietly at "Friendship," the country home of John R. McLean at Tennallytown, which they are making their temporary head quarters. The weather was pleasant most of the day and tiie couple took a stroll around the beautiful grounds surrounding the place. The gates of the grounds were closed during the day and it was said at. the house to-night that there had not been any callers. . SI: IV FRLSC1I PRESIOEM'. Fullleres Takes Bclns of Government Loubet Retires. -Paris, Feb. 18. Clement Artnand Fal- lieres to-day assumed the duties of president of the republic, while former President Loubet passed into private life. The ceremony . of, the - transmis sion of office took place In the Elysee palace at 4 o'clock this afternoon, while the crowds massed in the sur rounding streets shouted, "Long live the president!" and "Long live Fal lieres!" and every military garrison in i ranee thundered a salute of twenty- one guns. ENTIRE ISLAND IS SHAKEN PROTRACTED SHOCK OF EARTH QUAKE IS ST. VISCEST. Buildings of Every Discretion Rocked Violently People Rush Into the Streets Walls of Houses Cracked in All the Cities Smull , Lnndslide at One Pluce No Loss of Life. Kingston, St. Vincent, B. W. I., Fri day, Feb. 16. Tiie most severe ' and protracted shock of earthquake that has been experienced in this Island since 1902 was felt at 1:40 p. m.' to-day. Buildings of every' description were rocked violently and the people rushed from them to the streets. So far as has been ascertained no serious damage re sulted beyond the cracking of .walls of houses here, at Georgetown and else- wi;ere. A small landslide occurred at The Cedars, In the Windward district. The cable between Stv Vincent and St Lucia is broken arid the transmission of messages to the United States and else where is delayed. . Brldgeton, Barbadocs, Friday, Feb, 16. A slight shock of earthquake was felt here at 1:45 o'clock this afternoon I UXERA L Ob A A I AG'. i. Remulns of Christian IX- of Denmark, Pluced in Sarcophagus. Roskllda, Denmark, Feb. 18. The nagnlftcent old Gothic church here pre sented a brilliant spectacle this after noon when King Christian IX., amid the thunder of guns, the sonorous tones of the organ and the blare of trumpets was laid to rest with the long line of his predecessors on the Danish throne wiiiose remains repose in the side of the chapels in Roskilde's red stone fane. It was an impressive moment, As the solemn notes pealed forth, the windows of the cathedral were shaken by a sa lute of twenty-one guns from a battery outside, while simultaneously in the town all flags were hoisted from half mast to the masthead In honor of the new king. A short wait ensued while the coffin was being deposited in the sarcophagus. Then King Frederick and Queen Louisa followed by Emperor William and Queen Alexandra, whom the emperor assisted from her chair, and King Haakon and tho dowager empress of Russia, the four walking abreast, pro ceeded to the chapel where Dr. Paulll read the burial sorvice in strict privacy and in the presence only of the royal personages, the foreign representatives and trie ministers. Earth being thrice thrown on the coffin, the Lord's prayer was repeated and the service concluded with the benediction. Pope to Hold Consistory, February 20, Rome, Feb. 18 Pope Pius has decid ed to hold a oonslstory February 26, to appoint nineteen French bishops to the twenty-two vacant bishoprics. No new oardinals will be nominated. His holi ness to-day received in private audi ence Marquis Tovar, Spanish ambassa dor to the Vatican, who presented to the pope an autograph letter from King Alfonso, informing him of his ap proaching marriage to Princess Ena of Battenburg, and of her conversion to Catholicism. Interference With Russian Elections. Warsaw, Russian Poland, Feb. 18. In pursuance of the campaign of in terference with the eleetfons to the na tional assembly, a band of thirty social revolutionaries to-day invaded a polit ical meeting in the city hall and broke it up toy shouting, firing revolvers and smashing the furniture. The thousand electors present fled in panic. Anti-Jewish Riot. Kieff, Russia, Feb. IS. An anti-Jew ish riot broke out to-day at Vietka, town of 6,000 inhabitants, near Gomel, A large part of the town is in flames, and troops have been sent there from Gomel. It is not known whether there were any fatalities. CONDITIONS IN CHINA 60 NOT SEE1 SERIOUS REASSURISG REPORTS FROM METHODIST MISSSOSARIES IS FHE FIELD. Bishop Bashford Snysi "All Are Safe in China, No Danger Apparent" Awful Tragedy of 1000 Not Expected by the Best Informed Situation, However, Is Delicate and Calls for Prudence on Part of Missionaries. New York, Feb. 18 In view of the many disturbing reports appearing In the public press concerning the condi tions in China and jthe' possibility of further outbreaks such as those at Lienchow and Shanghai, and the con sequent anxiety of relatives and friends of missionaries in China, the secretaries of the Missionary Society of the Meth odist Episcopal Church sent cablegrams of inquiry to Bisho Bashfnrrl at Shanghai, and also to representatives of the several missions of the church at Tientsin, North China; Nanking, Central China; Chungking, West China, and Foochow, for the Foochow and Hinghua missions, as follows: "Wire us present situation in respect to danger to persons and property in your mission according to your best In formation." ' These cablegrams were sent' Thurs day and Friday, February 15 and 16. That to Bishop Bashford covered all. the Methodist missions in China. Ho recently returned from an official visit to the West China mission, coming down the Yangste through the Central China mission, whose chief stations are on the river. In the late fall he spent some weeks in the Foochow and Hing hua missions, in the south, where there has been the most agitation among the Chinese people. The bishop's cable gram, dated February 16, is reassur ing. Code word translated, it is as fol-' lows: . "All are safe in China. No danger apparent. Bashford." The response from the mission treas urers in North, Central, West and South China, dated February 17, are of like tenor to that from the bishop: ,' '. "Tientsin No disturbance; safe." " "Nanking No- trouble anywhere." "Foochow Foochow and Hinghua quiet." , . "Chungking All quiet." Not a letter received recently at tho missionary office from any MetLodist missionary In - China , speaks i of any trouble or excitement among the Chi nese or expresses any apprehension of an outbreak. . The secretaries of the missionary so ciety add to the foregoing statement the following: ' .. , "As China is in a transition state and the leaven of western ideas is working in the mass, some ferment is to be ex pected; but any general uprising such as the Boxer movement is, in the opin ion of the best informed, not probable. The veteran missionary, Dr. Arthur Smith, author of 'China in Convulsion,' expects soime trouble and sporadic out breaks, but does not believe that the awful tragedy of 1900 can be repeated. The government of China knows that the vengeanoe of foreign nations would fall with terrific force, hot only upon the dynasty f. but upon the empire It self, if the terrible scenes of 1900 were re-enacted. "The situation is delloate and calla for prudence on the part of the mis sionaries and precautionary measures by the societies. The missionaries are on the ground; many of them are men and women of large experience and know how to discern signs of somlng danger. It i is safe to rely on their judgment. Bishop Bashford Is in Shanghai keeping careful watch over the safety of our missionaries. He will be'quick to see signs of danger and give warning. Above all. let us remember that it is God's cause that is Involved, and that He knows what is best and can be trusted to care for His own." ' AMERICAS BOYCOTT Becomes Great Weapon to Overthrow the Manchu Dynasty. London, Feb. 19. The Tribune's Pe kin correspondent, in a dispatch dis cussing the "growth of the American boycott into an anti-dynastic and anti foreign agitation on the discovery that the boycott had united all parties and all faiths into a common purpose," says: "As time has advanced control has passed completely from the hands of honest merchants to the revolution aries, until now it has become a great weapon to overthrow the Manchu- dy nasty. Meanwhile, the government, energized by Japan's success, awoke to China's low position in the scale of na tions, and instituted wide-reaching re forms. To-day the dowager tmpress is, under Yuan Shi Kai's advice, the fore most reformer in the empire-" SHTFPIJTG NEWS. New York, Feb. 18. Arrived! steamer St. Paul, Southampton and Cherbourg. Sailed steamer Campania, (from Liv- . eroool) New York Dover, Feb. 18, 2 p. 1 m. Sailed; steamer Pennsylvania, (from Hamburg) New York via Bologrne. Liverpool, Feb. 18. Arrived: steam er Carmania, New York via Queens town. Moville, Feb. 18. Arrived: steamer Columbia, New York for Glasgow (and proceeded). Southampton, Feb. 18 Arrived: steamer St. Louis, New York via ply mouth. New York, Feb. 18. Arrived; steam er Umbria, Liverpool and Q'ippnstown. Gascogrne, Havre for New York, passed Nantucket lightship at 6:30 p. ma Will dock 8:39 a. m. Monday, ,