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Plans of ilio British to Relieve Be
sieged Towns.-
Iiuvmilona That Ilullcr "Will Soon
UrliiK: on n Formidable EncraKC
ment KnKltflli Lontiri at MnfeLingr
Reported From Tronsvnnl Sources.
Lord Roberts' Successor In Ireland.
LONDON, Dec. 20. There Is a general
Impression here that the New Year will not
be many days old before an advance move
meat In force upon the Boers will make
a material change in the South African sit
uation. It Is felt that the relief of Mafe
king. Klmberley, and Ladysmith Is becom
ing honrly a more Imperative necessity.
Unless the investment of these- places by
the Boers Is dissipated before the arilval
of General Roberts, when an entire new
plan of operations will be inaugurated, the
chances are that by forcing their surrend
er the enemy may receive such mauilal
success as to greatly enhance the problems
facing Roberts and Kitchener when they
arrive at the Cape.
The War Office freely admits that Gen
eral Buller's army has been heavily
strengthened since the repulse at Tugcla
liner. This re-enforcement, it is declare!,
does not allow an Impression that a sus
pension of aggressive hostilities can be fa
vored. The clearer the way can be for Roberts
the better, is the argument of military men
In London. Another heavy engagement
within ten davs or two weeks from now
will not cause a surprise.
A Boer report from Mafeking In regard
to a recent fight there Is that the British
losses were 109, and those of the Boers
The Duke of Connaught has been ap
pointed commander-in-chief of the forces
In Ireland in place of Tield Marshal Lorj
A "Central News" despatch from Cheve
ley of todav's date wiys: "A native states
that General White made a sortie from
Ladysmith vestcrday (Fridaj), carried a
strong Boer position at the point of the
bayonet, and captured a big gun. The
statement is confirmed somewhat, by the
strange silence of the Boers besieging La
dysmith since yesterday."
The Capture or I'muulnunl II til Ant
FRERE CAMP. Dec. 29 Delayed In
transmission. Colonel Sandbacb. former
ly military secretary to Lord Curzon of
Kcdleston. the Viceroy of India, has been
apppointcd Chief of the Intelligence De
partment. The rumor that General White made a
sortie from Ladysmith today and captured
Umbulwanl Hill Is not confirmed or believ
ed here.
There was a great explosion In tho vi
cinity of the" hill at half past 10 o'clock
this morning, but it was probably caused
by a shell from Ladysmith bursting in the
Boer magazine. Native scouts report that
they overheard the Boers making p'ans to
meet the English in the open country, but
they tthe Boers) have miles of wire entan
glements in the neighborhood of Co'enso
where an attack is expected.
A great many Americans are serving
here with the British mounted brigade.
There are seventy-five in one command of
450. The British officers sa they are ex
cellent soldiers and that more of them
would be welcome. The presence of the
Americans is regarded by the British of
ficers as an indication of the friendship
between the two nations.
llocr Coiuinniidunt nmnn Reports u
Ilritlsh Attack.
PRETORIA. Dec. 2C (Delayed in trans
mission). Commandant Snyman reports
from Malopo, December 24, as follows:
"'The enemy at Mafeking attacked our
fort with cannon, Maxims, an J an armored
train. The lighting ja& carried to the
walls of the fort. We retained the fort.
The British loss Is reported to have been
The Iltllidcsriitli Taken nn n Prlrc hy
Ilritisli Cruller.
LONDON, Dec. 20 The German East
African Line steamship Bundesratb has
been captured as a prize by British war
ships and taken to Durban, Natal.
NEW YORK, Dec 20. According to
Lloyds the Bundesrath sailed from Ham
burg. November 8, bound for Tanga. A
despatch to the "New York Sun," from
Berlin. November 20, stated that the
"Kreuz Zeitung" printed a sensational
story to the effect that Arthur Chamber
lain, brother of Colonial Secretary Cham
berlain, and head of the Kynochs, the
great gunmaking firm, had been supplying
the Boers with arms and ammunition. It
was further stated that -the German mall
steamer Bundesrath had made two trips
to carry this war material which was shlp
ped as Ironware.
Troops nnd Horses Tendered
Fltrhtliiac the liners.
CALCUTTA, Dec 20. The- rulers of
Kashmir, Mysore, and Jodllpur have of
fered troops and horses to the government
for service in South Africa. The govern
ment has accepted the offer.
Jodllpur is a famous horse-breeding cen
tre. Consul Ilnj LenvcK London.
LONDON. Dec 20. Adelbert S. Hay. tho
recently appointed American Consul at Pre
toria, left London today for Southampton,
whence he will take a steamer for South
Klpllnc 111 With Influenza.
LONDON, Dec 20. Rudyard Kipling la
confined to his bed with an attack of In
fluenza. His illness is not of a nature to
cause anxiety.
-Cieucrnl Dlivls Ordered Home.
Secretary Root said today that Governor
General Davis of Porto Rico, bad been or
dered to "Washington for a consultation
regarding tho future of that island.
Holiday Hntcs to Plttsburir, Etc., via
Pennsylvania Railroad.
Excurtlon" tickets, Washington to Pittsburg,
Coimtlkville, Lmontown, Dravosburg, Scottdale,
Draddock, Dunbar, Falrthancc, Sit. Pleasant, and
Johnstown, Pa., en tale December 13, 54, 25. SL
January 1, good to return until Jamiarv 4, 1900,
s rate of fare and one-third for round trip.
The .tin I lie Representative Snld
Hare Lost Ilia Reason.
" BOSTON. Mass.. Dec 20. Representa
tive Charles A. Boutelle, of Maine, who
Is confined in the McLean Hospital, at
AVaverly, has been practically pronounced
insane by his phvslclan. Dr. Daniel A.
Robinson, who came here from Bangor to
attend him. TOille It Is barely possible that
Mr. Boutelle may recover his pbyslta'
health and vigor, it Is not at all protob'e
that he will ever again be well mentally.
The family of the stricken man Is with
him doing everything for his comfort
Many letters and telegrams from all sec
tions of the country have been receiv ed by
E. P. Boutelle. brother of the Representa
tive, expressing sympathy and sorrow for
the stricken statesman.
A friend of the family said today that
with the passing of Representative Bou
telle Maine loses' the last of the "Big
Four" which made the Pine Tree State a
power In the lower branch of Congresj.
The first to go was Millken, who died
early in the last Congress. His death was
followed by Dingley. who died last winter.
Then, came the resignation or Keea,
now Boutelle, whose mind U gone.
Livingston Proved In Baltimore That
He Aelcd In Self-Defcnce.
BALTIMORE. Dec. 20. Franklin B. Liv
ingston, the blind man who late on Christ
mas night strangled his wife, Dora LIt
Ington, and who on the following day paid
a man a dollar to lead him to the police
station, has been discharged from custody
by Judge Sto:kbridge, the coroner's Jury
having decided that the murder was com
mitted In self-defence, though the coroner
committed Livingston on a charge of mur
der. The evidence before the coroner's Jury
showed that Livingston had been attacked
in the middle of the night by his wife and
that he choked her to death to save his
own life.
Witnesses testified that they had hcari
Mrs. Livingston threaten to kill her hus
band, and that a revolver was found in her
room when the police searched the place.
A Former Ami) JiurKcou anil
Adopted Son Killed.
INDIANAPOLIS. Ind . Dee. 20 Major
Wycliffe Smith and an adopted boy. Fran
cisco Sausa, were instantly killed by a Wa
bash train about two miles from this city
yesterday evening. They were driving from
the former's farm, and were so muffled in
the buggy that the) failed to hear the train
approaching. Major Smith was surgeon of
the One-hundred and Sixty-first Indiana
Volunteers, which was in service in Cuba.
He took charge of the peat hospital when
smallpox broke out In Havana, being com
mended by Gen. Fitzhugh Lee. The boy
Sausa was a native waif brought home by
him to be educated.
Three Children Die ut Hlonmnburir,
BLOOMSBURG, Pa., Dec. 20. Three
children of Henry Carr, near Jerseytown,
have within the past week died from the
effects of eating apple butter that was
permitted to remain in a copper kettle
over night, thus becoming iolnsoned.
The children gleefully scraped what ap
ple butter adhered to the kettle after their
mother bad finished dipping It out
parents ate none of the mixture.
Celehrntlon of n ew Vork Womun's
llnndredth lrr of Life.
DUNKIRK, N. Y., Dec 20. Mrs Midi
Miner celebrated her 100th birthday jes-
terday at her home with her daughter.
Mrs. II D. Miner, In Fcrdonia, three miles
south of Dunkirk. She has seven grand
children, nineteen great-grandchildren.
and three great-great-grandchildren. She
possesses a clear mind, good memory, ex
cellent health, and a remarkably amiable
and cheerful disposition.
There are two other persons In Chau
tauqua county who have lived bevond their
100th birthday, Ambrose Rhancett, of May
vilie, who was 100 last month, and Mrs.
Doty, of Frcwesburg, who Is In her 104th
The Capital of the Lackawanna Com.
pan; Increased to 112.1,000,000.
SCRANTON, Pa., Dec 20. At a spscial
meeting of the stockholders of the Lacka
wanna Iron and Steel Company here it has
been agreed to increase the capital stock
from $3,7o0,000 to $23,000,000, so as to en
able the company to take advantage of any
opportunities that may arise for be terins
its conditions, as was given out officially at
the- conclusion of the meeting. President
Walter Scranton. Secretary P. Higgcns, and
Moses Taylor, Jr., of New York, -vere in at
tendance at the meeting. The vote was
strongly In favor of the Increase.
Col. A. I). Blair, one of the local stock
holders, said there was no immediate pur
pose in increasing the stock. The question
of moving to Buffalo has been discussed,
he said, but not any more so than sev ral
other propositions. It is Just as likely as
not that the mills will remain Ju3t as they
are. he said.
The city is very much exercised over the
possibilities of the mills being taken away
from Scranon. -They employ about 2.000
bands, and about one-sixth of the city's
population Is dependent upon them.
A Hill to lie Presented for Military
ATHENS. Dec 30. The Government will
present a bill to Uie legislative assembly
providing for the. reorganization of the en
tire army under command of the Crown
It will be suggested that a foreign gen
eral probably a German be asked to re
organize the army.
The Ship Ashore .Venr Duneencss
Known to lie the Pelotas.
LONDON, Dec. 20 The steamship re
ported ashore near Dungeness Js the Pe
lotas, of tho South American-Hamburg
line, which sailed from Santos on Decem
ber T. It is reported that S00 passengers
were on board, all of whom have been
safed by lifeboats from the shore.
There is llttlo chance of getting the tcs
scl off, as her back is broken.
Charsed "With Wife Mnrder.
PITTSBURG, Pa., Dec. 20. Edward
Faust was arrested late last night on sus
picion of having killed his wife. Faust
called In a doctor in the afternoon and
told him be was unable to rouse his wife,
whom he had found lying on the bed
asleep when ho .came home for dinner. The
woman was dead. At an autopsy held
it was found that her back was broken.
$1.25 to Baltimore and Reteurn Tla
D. A. O. Saturday and Sunday,
December SO and 31, good for return until fol
low ine Monday. Tickets gaod on all trains ex
cept Itojal Limited.
The Dead General's Body Placed
on a Ilomebonnd Transport-
Taken From the Vault at I'aco Ceiue-ters-An
-Honorable Escort From
Ills Temporary Restlnir Place.
Every Klnjc In Manila at Hnlf-Mast.
Prominent Officer In Attendance.
MANILA. Dec 20. General Law Ion's
funeral took place this morning. At S
o'clock the artillery began firing a half
hour salute of thirteen guns.
Thousands of natives in carriages crowd
ed the approaches to the Paco Cemetery,
where the body "had been temporarily
placed in a vault. It was almost Impos
sible to pass through the crowd, but later
-on the Filipino police arrived, and opened
a passageway for traffic. Officers and
guests arrived at the tame time from all
At 9:13 a. m. Trumpeter Haberkara
sounded "Taps," after Chaplain Marrin
had offered prajcr In the chapel. General
Otis was present. At 10 o'clock the casket
was carried to a caisson by members of
General Lawton's staff, who were the act
ual pallbearers.
The -march began shortly afterward. The
procession was headed by the native po
lice band and the Twentieth United States
Infantry. General Hall commanded the
first division, which included four troop
ers of the Fourth Cavalry, Law ton's old
command, and the only survivors. Chap
lain Pierce marched behind the caisson.
Next came General Lawton's horse, led
by an orderly. Then followed the pall
bearers In three carriages. Next in line
were Generals Wheeler, Hates, Forsjth,
Kobbe, and Sell nan. Admiral Watson
marched beside General heeler. A naval
battalion followed.
General Otis and his staff In carriages
were next hi line. After them came the
foreign consuls in the full uniforms o!
their countries, the Presldentlques, and the
lieid men of the tribes of Luzon
The march from the cemetery led down
to the Luneta, which was lined with
troops. At the Auda Monument the re
cession halted and Chaplain Pierce pro
nounced a benediction. Thence the march
was resumed to Pasig and the casket was
finally placed on a launch and transferred
to the transport Thomas wbich will prob
ably sail'for San Francisco tonight
Major Edward and' Captains Sewell and
King will accompany the body to the Unit
ed States as a guard of'honor. At the re
quest of Mrs. Law ton. Chaplain Pierce will
also sail on the transport and will eon
duct the final services at Arlington Cem
etery. At noon when the launch sailed away for
the transport the usual vollcvs were omit
ted. A majority of the towns from Ma
nila to Tavug, where General Law ton hail
established civil government, sent repre
sentatives to the funeral.
They were dressed In the deepest mourn
ing and brought magnificent wreaths and
engrossed resolutions. Yesterday commit
tees of girls laden with flowers came from
various towns to Manila to condole with
Mrs. Law ton.
At the funeral today all the foreigners
brought flowers and expressed tho deepest
sjmnathy. The Filipinos also brought
flowers and expressed their sympathy with
Mrs. Lawton. Every flag in Manila was at
half mast during the ceremonies.
That for the "lenr Htpeeted to He
Aearl MltO.OOO.OOO.
The accumulation of money in the Treas
ury has been going on at a remarkable
rate during December.
All the efforts of the department to put
money back into the market by the pur
chase of bonds, the anticipation of inter
est, and the transfer of funds to the banks
have not prevented a surplus of nearly
S7.000.000 in ordinary receipts during the
month and an accumulation of net cash
about 112.000,00 larger than at the begin
ning of the month. The nominal cash
balance today stood at 1237.500.2GS.
The nominal surplus for December stood
jesterday at $0,068,791, but the amount
would have been nearly $11,000.00 If Inter
est due in Januray had not been paid this
The surplus for the past six months
would stand at nearly $23,000,000 if the
January interest had not been anticipated,
and from present appearances the surplus
for the year in ordinary receipts will be
at least 500,000,000.
A Ueelxlon In the Cane of the Widow
of I.leateunnt Blandln.
Recently the Auditor of the Treasury
for the War Department disallowed the
claim of Mrs. Mary Connie Blandln for
one year's sea pay for her late huband,
Lieut. J. J. Blandln.
The claimant appealed to the Comptrol
ler of tho Treasury, who affirmed the de
cision of the Auditor.
In presenting her claim, Mrs. Blandin
stated that her husband was a lieutenant
of the Junior grade on the Maine at the
time of the destruction of that vessel. He
was subsequently promoted to a full lieu
tenancy, but on July 1C, 1898, he died. His
illness was the result cf a shock to h's
nervous system received when the explo
sion took place that sunk the battleship.
The Comptroller says. In his d:c slon,
that before filing her claim for a year's
salary for her husband as lieutenant, Mrs.
Blandln had accepted J1.SC0, thtr sea pay of
a lieutenant of the Junior grade, and that
under the statute governing the cas, such
acceptance precluded her forever from re
ceiving a further sum.
Saeceniifnl Tut ly the Navy of the
Sillier S)tem.
Rear Admiral Bradford has received the
report of the naval board which conducted
the trial of the Miller coal sj stem, 'using
the battleship Massachusetts and the col
lier Marcellus.
The tests were highly successful, 800
pound bags of coal being transferred by
means of towing lines used as an aerial
trolley. The apparatus will bo of great
value in time of war when ships are un
able to put into port for coal.
A Great Hat Trade Trait In View.
LONDON, Dec. 30. A hat trade trust is
about to be -formed in England, with a
capital ot 2,000,000.
Flynn'a Business Colletre, 8th and K.
H Census OSce Examination $3.
A. J. Sellsman's Unusual Story
I Trcublea With Miners.
NEW YORK. Dec 30, After being kid
naped by miners and"1 released on pay
ment of $10,000 ransom, A. J. Seligman.
son ot the late Jesse Sallgman. has return
ed from Helena, Mont., with his wife, and
will Join the banking firm, of J. & W. Se
ligman. Tor three days the' banker wa3 he'd
In a miner's cabin near Wickes, and had
to live mainly on bacon "and coffie wM e
arrangements were being! made to secure
the money for bis release, the amount
claimed by employes of the Gregory nlver
mine to be In arrears.
Mrs. Sellgman, who was at Helena, five
mile away, was notified by courier, pro
cured the money, arid: started for tho
It was after dark when Mrs. Sellsnan
arrived at Wickes, and 'too late to make
the mountain Journey alone. So she sat up
all night with the money, though tala was
unknown to some of her husband's tap
tors. Accompanied by a guide, she proceed
ed to the place where her husbindi was a
prisoner. When the money was pild he
was released, and both were carefully es
corted to Wickes again. The miners nad
been very kind to him, he said.
Street Car Panarnarera Prevent Kob
liery In Seattle.
SEATTLE. Wash . Dec 30. In an at
tempt to hold up a Ballard Street car last
night a highwayman was" shot and killed.
There were eight passengers aboard when
two men wearing masks boarded the car
one at the front and the other at the rear.
One of the passengers, named Plimpton,
opentd fire on the highwayman entering
the car from the rear nnd three shots were
returned. One broke Plimpton's arm and
another entered his breast.
A passenger standing ou the front plat
form fired on the robber at the front end
of the car and at the first shot this rob-
lier reeled from the car and fled to the
woods. After the firing on the rear end
ceased the second robber took to the woods.
Bullets passed through the clothing of two
other passengers. The blghwajmeu cecur
el nothing.
Shortly after, the police found near the
scene of the hold-up, the body of one of
the robbers. He had ben killed by a bul
let from a passenger's pistol. The body Is
Mill unidentified.
One to Be Urected at Paterson In the
lee President's Honor.
PATERSON. N. J., Dec. 20. The sub
committee on the proposed Hobart memo
rial has made Its report to the general
committee. The report recommends a
bronze statue of heroic size to be placed
on a pedestal of granite, the i'o of the
statue to indicate the attitude of Mr. Ho
bart when standing before the United
States Senate. -
The site of tho statne, the committee
suggests, should be on the Market Street
side of the city hall. The cost of the statue,
the report states, will be $13,000, a sum
that could be easily raised by subscription.
oncfc sent A o-d to lluMiaud
Annonneiuc: Ilej- nicidc. -
WINSTED, Conn.. Dec. 20. Mrs. Ber
thold Noack, a middle-aged woman, who
lived on a farm in Dakersvllle, swallowed
a tcaspoonful or arsenic jesterday and died
this morning:
Sh became despondent because her hus
band had been drinking heavily and. It Is
said, abused her. She had four children,
the eldest only eight vears. She kissed and
said good-by to each of them, telling the
eldest boy to run to his father and cay:
"Mamma has taken the poison."
The bo found his father in the barn and
delivered the message. The nearest tele
phone was two miles away, and four hours
elapsed before a physician arrived. All ef
forts to save her life proved futile.
'Win U. r. Heck Has Sued the itrst.
. ern I'nlon for 10,000.
BIRMINGHAM. Ala.. Dec. 30. W. F.
Beck, a planter of Bibb county, has filed
suit in the United States court against the
Western Union Telegraph Company for
$10,000 damages for loss of a wife.
Beck. Ragland, and an unknown were
seeking the hand of Miss Dora Ward, of
Centrevllie. Miss Ward sent a message to
each of them on the same day saying she
would reach the first man to reach her.
The young men live In widely different
places. Ragland was the Drat to leach
Miss Ward and wedded her.
Beck, who was at Repton. 200 miles
away, telegraphed her to give him suffi
cient time to arrive, and to be sure to
await his leter. The third man missed
his train. B-ck alleges In his suit that
the telegraph operator at Centrcvillc was
instructed to deliver his telegram to Miss
Ward Immediately, and he claims long de
lay In delivery.
George BlnLemnn Expires nt His
Home in Derhy, Conn.
DERBY, Conn.. Dec. 3d. The oldest Ma
son in the United States, George Blakeman.
who passed the century mark on October
10, died last night. He had lived here all
his life.
"I've never taken a drop of medicine
since I was twenty-one, and I never drink
liquor," has been Mr.- Blakeman's answer
to all questions as to bis 'long life and the
secret of it.
In November, 1820, Mr. Blakeman was
initiated In the King Hiram Lodge of
Masons, and was a member till he died.
It was his ambition to live until January 1,
1900, when he could say that he had lived
In three centuries.
The Warrant for Charles H. Cole.
LOS ANGELES. Cal., Dec. 30. The war
rant for the arrest of Charles H. Cole, for
merly president of the Globe Bank, of Bos
ton, on a charge of embezzling $300,000,
arrived last night. The United States mar
shall also received a telegram from the
Attorney General of the United States di
recting him to conduct Cole to Boston un
der guard. Cole waived a preliminary ex
amination and the start for Boston will be
made today. The warrant contains four
counts. The first charges Cole with re
ceiving $C00.0(fO on August 7 last and em
bezzling it, and the second accuses him of.
embezzling $300,000 on ,August 17. The
other .two counts" simply refer to 'these
transactions. .
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Did Sot Look Survive His Son.
DANBURY. Conn.a)ec. 30. The death
of Millard Worden. of Brookfield, which
occurred yesterday, followed within a week
that of his son, Newman N. Worden,
who died a few days ago at the age of
seventy-one years. The elder Mr. worden
was ninety-one years old. He continued
to sink after being told of bis son's death.
Beef on a Transport Sickens (lie
Thirty-firth Infantry.
One Man Dead and the Other Troops
Seriously III on, the Trip to Mn
nllu Pour Thousand Pounds of
Meat DestroeJl The en Con
firmed at the. War Department.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20. The news
has reached this city from Honolulu that
the Thirty-fifth Regiment of Volunteers,
while on their way to Manila, were poison
ed by ptomaines in bad beef, and that for
a while many deaths were expected. Ac
cording to the report, one man did die, and
1,500 pounds of the meat were thrown over
board. It appears from the stories told that when
the Government transport Rio dc Janeiro,
with the Thirty-fifth Regiment, United
States Volunteers, on board, was two days
out from Honolulu and proceeding to Ma
nila, the regiment was in excellent health.
The boys were full of spirits and anxious
to reach the Philippines for active service.
At the usual hour the dinner mens was
served on October 22. The mess consisted
principally of meat. The volunteers all had
the excellent appetites of healthy men, and
the meat was eaten freely bj nearly of
There were a few, however, who detected
a disagreeable odor and flavor to the beef,
and they declined to eat It. So far as has
been learned these men had no suspicion
at the time that the meat was unfit for use,
but It was declined sinfply because It was
to them unpalatable.
The great majority of tho men were too
hungry to notice until too late, that the
meat did not appear to be as It should, but
nothing In particular was thought about
it until Private Patrick Clcary. about two
hours after dinner, became violently III.
Dr. John C. Boone, the ship's urgeon,
was informed of the condition of Cleary.
After a careful diagnosis of the cte ho
discovered symptoms of poisoning. He
called to his aid Contract Surgeon Fry,
and. the two physicians agreed as to the
By the time remedies had been adminis
tered to Cleary the surgeons were notified
that several other men had become ill. It
was soon learne dthat they -utTered from.
the same complaint that afflicted Cleary.
These men were attended to as rapidly
as possible, but the ztumber of reports of
volunteers taken suddenly ill came so fast
that It became necessttry to call unon the
entire hospital corps to attend to tbem.
The condition became appalling. Nearly
the entire membership the Thirty-fifth
ueciment were dangerously III and all evi
dently suffered from poisoning. Day and
night the surgeons worked over the men.
and when on October 21. two ilays after
becoming 111, Private Patrick Cleary died,
the surgeons looked very serious.
- They renews their efforts to save the
men, and their earnest work was partly
crowned by success.
The lives of the rest were saved, but
every man who had eaten the meat was a
long time 111, and when the transport
reached Manila, a regiment of invalids left
the vessel Instead of a full complement of
able-bodied and healthy troops.
When the transport left Manila on ber
return trip the members of tho Tblrtv
fifth Regiment were only convalescent.
That there is no doubt as to tioisouous
meat having been the causo of the violent
illness of the troops is borne out by the ac
tions of the surgeons, who, after .1 cartful
Inspection of the meat, caused l.OCo I ounds
of the putrid beef to be thrown ovorboard
the day that Clcary died, and when the Hie
ile Janeiro reached Manila It became lccio
sary to throw- overboard 2,300 pounds of
the death-containing meat.
Surgeon General Sternberg has received
from Colonel Woodhull at Manila a opy
of a report made to him by Assistant Sur
geon C. W. Fry, of the chartered army
transport Rio de Janeiro, Riving the par
ticulars of sickness from ptomaine pois
oning of troops of the Thirty-fifth Infan
try nn board that vessel. The report sajs:
"I assumed chnrge of the transport at
Honolulu. There were 671 enlisted men
nnd 26 officers of the Thirty-fifth Volun
teer Infantry under command of Lieut. CoL
K. H. Hummer on board, bound for Manila.
The health of the troops was excellent i.n
tii October 22 when twentv-flve cases of
gastro entritis occurred among the troopj.
The symptoms were that of ptomaine pois
oning and at the samo time was attributed
to the use of canned goods, which were
purchased by the men from the commis
sary store on board the transport. Under
this impression further sale of the goods
was forbidden. On the evening of October
23 and morning of October 24, 2S9 enlisted
men and two officers were suffering to a
greater or lesser extent from ptomaine
After describing the symptoms, the sur
geon refers to one particular case of an
enlisted man who died of exhaustion eight
hours after attacked. He cxp'ained:
"It might ba well to state tbat in this
particular case was evidence of dissipation,
and he was undoubtedly addicted to the us
of morphine. He was- an old soldle.-, this
being bis third enlistment, which was a
grave mistake, as he was physically un
able to perform the duties of a soldier.
"From the greater number of cases we
became convinced that the cause of the
trouble did not exist In the use of canned
goods. After a careful enquiry among the
company commanders I found that all wto
were sick ale of the fresh meat issued to
the mtn at mess. The only two officers
who were attacked were ths only ones wlo
ate at this particular mess. We became
convinced that In this fresh meat ptomaine
poison existed."
Surgeon Fry also sent a letter to the
adjutant of the regiment while at sea,
remarking that there was no doubt ot the
fact that such poison existed In the meat,
and that while the opinion was held that
were the fresh meat properly trimmed and
dressed there might be no danger In its
use, he could not under the circumstances
recommend its use on board the transport.
The adjutant of the regiment issued an
order forbidding the furnishing of fresh
meat and permitted the sale of canned
This Is the first information to reach
the War Department regarding the fresh
beef supply on board the chartered trans
ports going to Manila. Some time ago the
attention of the department was called to
the decay of fresh beef on the transport
City of Sidney, and an investigation was
made by the army officers at San Francis
co, which showed that none of the trans
ports chartered to carry the last volunteer
regiments to the Philippines was fitted up
with refrigerators. The officials were un
der orders to "get the vessels In sbapc with
considerable rapidity, and Instead of re
frigerators, ice boxes were placed aboard
each vessel and the fresh beef packed In
Driven Insane hy His 'Wife's Death.
ATLANTA. Ga, Dec 20. Driven mad by
the death of bis wife, Lewis Peacock was
today taken to the Mllledgeville Asylum.
He was adjudged Insane yesterday before
Judge Hulzey.
The Treasury Closes Until Tuesdny.-
The different offices In the Treasury De
partment closed at noon today, and no
business will be transacted by the Depart
ment until Tuesday.
Blcr Blaze In a Business District of
the City.
CHICAGO, Dec. 30. A bad fire broke out
early this morning In ths stven-stcry
building at 220-222 Monroe Street, and
gave the fire department a hard fight. It
started apparently on the s;cond and sixth
floors simultaneously, and the building a-d
the stocks of its various tenants proved al
most a total loss. Owing to the inteaee
cold, the firemen were greatly hampered In
their work. Ladders, hese, and the stree
were soon thickly coated Ice and the
work was difficult and dangerous. Spe
cial calls were sent in. and forty engines
and a fireboat were hurried to the s ens
The total of losses Is about $500,000-
Among the heaviest losers was the
firm of Edwards. Stanwood-& Co.. boots
and shoes, which rectntly succeeded to the
business of Phelps, Dodge & Palmer, L. 1'
Edwards, head of the firm, said the stock
was valued at $20,000. Other losers were.
Bush & Simons Cpmpa.ny. wholesale Hats
220 Monroe Street; Harper Cloak Compa
ny, second floor; Jacob Wltkowsky, cloth
ing, 170 Franklin Street; Wolley & Co.,
woolen goods, 220 Monroe Street; Schwartz
& Kline, wholesale clothing, second floor,
179-181 Franklin Street; O'Connor Broth
ers, clothing, fourth floor, rear end,
Schwartz Brothers & Meyer, seventh floor.
.The J. V. Butler Paper Company, at
218 Monroe Street, suffered a loss of proba
bly ?:0.0C0. Across the alley the fine of
fice building of the Chicago, Burlington and
Quincy Railroad Company caught fire, but
was saved from destruction by hard work.
The evc Jersey llepresentatlse
Aaraiu Attacks Silver.
JERSEY CITY, N J., Dec. 20 Wn
the attention of Congressman William I).
Daly was called to an Interview- v.-'th
William J. Bryan, In which the l.iticr
states tbat the Congressman was evidently
misquoted when he said "free ei.ver is
dead." Mr. Daly became indignant and ve
hemently declared be had uot ben mis
quoted. 'When I said irec silver was dead I
meant It," he exclaimed. "I can't ttip
what Mr.' Uryan may think about I.. I
have alwajs recognized him as the 1 ader
of the Democracy, the most available can
didate for President, but in so doin,; I can
not close my eves to the fact that free
silver Is in its grave.
"This fact was clearly demonstrated In
the vote on the Currency bl.l. With the
majority of my colleages I voted asi-nst
it, but the vote showed conclusively that
Here are many Democrats who will cover
stand for free silver."
An Assistant Postmaster Ulovtit to
Ilenth In I'ennsj Ivnnla.
BELLErONTE. Dec 20. An attempt
was made to thaw out dynamite last night,
and as a result the dead and mangled form
of Grant Bathrust, merchant and assistant
postmaster at Rote, lies at bis home in
that place. Three other men were serious
ly injured, and a large building blown to
The explosion took place In the scale
house of the Bellefonte Lime Company, at
Saloua. The dynamite used In the quar
ries was frozen solid, and It was brougnt
In the scaletouse and laid around a heated
stov e.
The men were busily talking when tie
explosion took place, and the entire buiM
lng went to pieces. Mr. Bathrust vas
blown fifty fett Into the air. He was killeO
instantly, and when picked up it wis fou-id
that both legs and one arm bad been
blown off. Mr. Bathrust was thiriv-hvc.
years of age, and leaves a wife and cue
Strange to say. there ver three chil
dren In the building at tho tare of lie
explosion and none injured.
(nniflil -"tenllnc. Fifteen- ear-Old
llentt) Kills Himself.
PARKERSBURG. W. Va., Dec. 20. El
der Beatty, the fifteen-year-old son of
Laura Beatty. committed suicide at Ma
rietta last night by taking laudanum.
For several jcars the boy had been em
ployed as a carrier and collector by the
proprietors of the "Marietta Register,"
who recently discovered that he had mis
appropriated about $200 in cash.
When his shortage was brought to his
notice he confessed, and a few- hours later
presented a letter which he claimed to
have receiv ed" from an uncle at Pittsburg,
who promised to make the amount good.
The letter was so plain a forgery that
it only served to get blm Into deeper trou
ble. Fearing the threatened prosecution
he hurried home, swalllowed the noison,
aud died soon after. He was a bright
youth and stood well In his classes at the
high schcol. His mother is prostrated.
V I'nrmer nnd n Child Prevented
From lleinrr Horned to Ilenth.
FELTON, Del , Dec. 20 The fierce
barking of their dogs aroused the family
of Farmer Job Kemp, last night, barely in
time to escape cremation. The house waa
on fire, and escape by the stairs was im
possible. The father hurriedly threw two
mattresses and some blankets out of the
second-story window, and the members of
his family dropped from the window on
the pile one at a time.
BRIDGETON, N. J.. Dec 20, An intel
ligent dog saved the life of an Infant
daughter of George Jones, who lives Just
outside Brldgetcn. The child was plaving
about a large Christmas tree that had
been trimmed for her, when she pulled the
whole thing over upon her. Her clothing
was set on fire. A pet dog's barks called
In the child's mother who extinguished the
Revenue I.nuneh Sonic.
TORTLAND. Oreg.. Dec 20. A special
from Astoria says that the steam launch
of the United States revenue cu,tter Terry
was sunk by running on the Silvia de
Grace rocks, about 600 vards from shore.
The Perry was Iing near Tongue Toint.
and the launch put off with five men on
board to bring back some of the officers
who were in the city. A fireman on shore
read the distress signals and reached tho
wreck In a small boat Just In time to take
the men off before the launch sank.
Anlomohlles Collecting Mnll.
CHICAGO, Dec. 20. The first test of au
tomobiles for postofflce service In Chicago
was made last night in a district which
comprises a territory of Hvde Park and
' ood and the work accomplished prov
e .tisfactory. Two routes for which It re
quires two wagons an hour each were cov
ered In fifty-eight minutes, or two minutes
less than the schedule time for double the
service. The test was made under the su
pervision of H. G. Soger, who holds the
contract for mall collection for the South
Side. 'Mr. Sesrer followed the automobile
In a buggy and it kept his horse busy dur
ing the trip.
ai.25 To Baltimore and Re- I.2.
turn via l'ennsj lvnnin nullroad.
Tickets on tale Satnrday and Sunday, De
cember 30 and 31, eood to return until Mon
day. January 1. AH trains except Coagmsional
His Victim, Robert E. Turner, Dies
of His Injuries.
Witnesses at the Coroner's Inquest
Tell of the Trouble at the Croiiu
Uoardlntr House That Resulted lu
the Crime The Defendant Drunk
When He Committed the Deed.
Charles L. McUln was today held by a
Jury of inquest to be responsible for the
death of Robert E. Turner at the Emer
gency Hospital at 9:30 o'clock this morn-
Ing. The Jury also ordered that McUln bo
held for the action of the grand Jury.
Coroner Carr then committed the man to
the District Jail to await further proceed
ings. The Inquest was convened at No. 6 sta
tion shortly after 12 o'clock. Several wit
nesses were examined, all of whom told
straigbiforward corroborative stories.
Though no witness saw a knife ufeil,
one saw McUln knock Turner down ami
two others saw him bending over the pros
trate form of the man whom he assaulted.
The Jury decided, however, from the facts
revealed by the autopsy on the body of
Turner and the testimony of the physician
who attended him immediately alter stab
bing that a knife had been used. Their
verdict was that Turner died as the result
of a hemorrhage caused by a knife wound
inflicted by McUln.
The first witness examined wa3 Dr. Aus
tin A. Darrah. of 9 Eleventh Street north
west, who attended Turner immediately
after the stabbing. The patient was very
weak, bis breathing was labored, and lila
pulse scarcely perceptible. Little could
be done for the wounded man whom It
was thought would die at any minute. Fi
nally he was sent to the Emergency Hos
pital. Dr. Darrah stated tbat Turner tad
an Incised wound in the left temple. The
wound had evidently been inflicted with a
Deputy Coroner Glazebrock, who per
formed the autopsy on the body of Turner,
stated tbat he found a small wound at the
left temple and a slight fracture of tho
skull near the car. On opening the skull
he discovered a laceration of the left hem
isphere of the brain. The laceration was
about two and one-half inches in length
and an inch and a half In diameter. Dr.
iGIazebrook also found bruises on the cbest
and stomach evidently Inflicted by blows.
Death, however, was due, said Dr. Glaze
brook, to a hemorrhage of the brain, re
sulting from the stab wound In the temple.
Policenfan Stahl. of the Ninth precinct.
Abo arrester McUin. related the circum
stances leading up to it as far as he knew.
He saw a number ot persons standing in
front of Mrs. Crown's bearding bouse, but
thinking they were snowballing paid little
attention until a citizen informed him tbat
a man bad been seriously hurt. Stahl then
went to the bouse, when McUin was point
ed out as the man who was responsible for
the Injury to Turner. The wounded man
had been taken into the bouse. Stahl then
placed McUin. under arrest aud searched
blm. He found a penknife, wbich at this
point was submitted in evidence.
A motorman's cap. worn by Turner at
the time he wa; cut was also shown to
the Jury. The cap had been cut through
ou the left side Just above the end of the
Policeman Stahl sent Turner to the hos
pital. The man was unconscious. Later
at the statlonhtMise McUin stated that he
had trouble with Turner and Bertha
Crown. He admitted striking Turner, but
denied that be used a knife.
Bertha Crown, the sixteen-year-old
daughter of the boarding house keeper. In
whose defence Turner lost his life, was
next called. She said she left her home
with two dinners in baskets for railway
emploves. She met Turner near Eleventh
Street and he walked a short distance with
her. As Turner was about to leave her
McUln approached.
The witness said she was afraid to re
turn to the house alone and asked Turner
to accompany her. He did so and McUln
foiowed. When they arrived in front ot
the boarding house McUin struck Turner
and knocked bim down after iirbt asking
him what he was doing there. The wit
ness saw no knife.
In answer to questions, witness stated
that Turner d'd not move after ho fell.
McUin'Was drunk. Miss Crown called to
Turner, but got no answer. She then
turnen away leaving McUin bendiug over
Turner's prostrate body. When she turned
to again look at Turner Scott Grant had
come up.
Miss Crown states that she had long
feared McUm who had threatened her. On
one occasion he had caught her by tho
back ot the neck.
Scott, Grant, a brother-in-law of Miss
Crown, testified that be got off a car at
the corner of Celevcnth and East Capitol
Streets at 6:25 o'clock. He saw Turner
lying on the ground. McUin vva3 bending
over him and his hand was upraised.
Grant pushed McUin away and assisted by
J. W. Howdershell carried Turner Into the
boarding bouse.
McUin followed inside and later grab
bed hold or Grant's vest, tearing it. Mc
Uin was drunk. He had been drunk all
day. Grant saw no knife, but identified
the knife in evidence as the property of
J. W. Howdershell, who lives at Mrs.
Crown's boarding house, was at dinner
when the stabbing occurred. He helped
Grant carry Turner into the house. Tur
ner was bleeding profusely from a wound
in the temple. '
At the conclusion of the testimony of
Howdershell. McUin was asked by Coroner
Carr if be desired to make a statement.
He replied "no. thank you." The Jury
then retired and after a few minutes re
turned the verdict.
Turner died at the Emergency Hospital
about 9:30 o'clock this morning without,
regaining consciousness. He was in a
critical condition when taken to the hos
pital and his life was at that time despair
ed of. Later after he had been operated
on by Dr. William P. Carr. assisted by Dr.
Whitson, resident physician at the hos
pital. Turner rallied and showed such an
Improvement tbat hi3 recovery was hoped
for. The rally vva3 only temporary, how
ever, and shortly after the operation ho
began to sink rapidly. Ills brother arriv
ed at the hospital shortly after the death.
He stated that the body would probably
be sent to Turner's former borne at Green
ville. S. C. for burial.
Protesting Atrnlnst Tax Removals.
JACKSONVILLE. Fla.. Dec. SO. Promi
nent tobacco and fruit groweis from all
sections of the State will meet here to'ay
In convention and utter a protest against
the proposed legislation in Congress to re
move the duties from sugar, tobacco, and
tropical fruits grown in Porto Rico anil
The Fruit Crop iu Florida.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.. Dec. 20. The
orange crop this season promises to bo
500.000 boxes. Next season, as the groves
arc protected from heavy frosts, the crop
will be over 1.000.000 boxes. Pfnapptes are
going forward, and there will be a laiga
Norfolk &. Wnshlnxston Stenmhoat Co.
Delightful trips daily at 6-30 p. m. ta Old Point
Comfcit, ewport News, Norfolk, and Virginia
Ltcack. For schedule, see pa;e 3.

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