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WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, JA30JABY 3, 1900.
Price One Cent.
BOERS ATTACK WLTBHO
An Engagement Willi tlic British
Forces at That I'lacc.
meneivod Activity of the Trannvaal
Troop Plainly Indicated Cannon
MnnntrO nt StrinKflId Coinmii inl
ine tin AVcM of lli KiicMhU Por.1
tinn l.ndj mlflt 'oii.tnntl Miellcd
LONDON. Jan. 3. Despatches received
here tbl morning Indicate a renewed ac
tivity by the Boers since the engagement
at CeJeeberg that was entirely unexpected
In the face of aalicipntiens created by the
roportE from General Fronch.
The nioet Important of these despatches
Is one from Storkstroom. Cape Colony.
d?ted today, which announces that the Bo
ors this morning attacked Moitcno. and
that as engagement is now going on at that
Boyond the mere fact that an attack has
been made, and that a fight is in progress.
ne other information is conveyed in the
advices from Sterkstroom. Coupled with
the knowledge given In the latest reports
from the neighborhood of Colesberg that
the Boers had not suffered to the extent
at first believed, the situation causes a se
rious apprehension lest their activity may
lead to another potent disaster.
A dospatch to the "Times" from Louren
co Marques, dated yesterday, says: "An
ambulance corps with twenty-nine wouud
,ed soldiers left Dundee for Pretoria on De
"The Boers at Dundee behaved shocking
ly. The ambulance doctor and his assist
ants had been imprisoned for eleven days.
There was a terrible exhibition of rowdi
ness on Christmas Day.
"Sixteen soldiers have died in the hospit
al sinee the British evacuated Dundee."
FRERE, Jan. 3. The Boers have mount
ed cannon at Springnoid which commands
the west of the British poaitioR.
The THgela Itiver is falling.
PIETERMARITXIIURG. Jan. 3 The
shoWwg of Ladyamith has bea severe
since last "week, trot the Mortality k-cs-loaed
by their coactant assault has been
of sMgbt proportion. The ratrriaoa Kt lit
Fot Mrfrri- aad appears cwtMM of aa
eaHr I"" Iran taelr besiattfd naattfaa.
BOBR LOSSES AT SUXSTYSIDE.
M ICIIlcd HBtl Tuclio WumhiIciI in
UQKDOX. Jam. 3 -A decent h frani n
nmanta, Caa OaSoar. datd January 1.
tfcat the Door Icuies ta tit nt
six kiHed and twlrt wonrdc-4
Tin TVwaato company of ta Canadian
Maataaacat stood a nailing ire ha admtr
Ltato aaUear and fw wasted a naoL
DI9GU1SBD AS PIANOS.
Ivrnpii ninl Crruit t.nti Landed nt
iaUKRAX. Jan. 2. arewtaew state
that Kir caaai that wore aaid to contain
anaac were laanidl at Dtdaaoa Bay lat
wedk. The rosily coataiaek Kruno and
PRENCH HODDING HIS GROUND.
He Itciilre. He-enforcements ti DIi
lodite tli Ilocr.
LONDON. Jan. 3. The War Office has
reeetved the following despatches from
Cape Town, dated January 2: "Methuen's
cavalry brigade is supporting Colonel Pil
cher's force and watching Koodoo's Drift.
"French's position is unchanged. He
say that with small re-enforcements he
could dislodge the enemy from Colesberg,
where he is maneuring."
Winston Churchill, the "London Post"
correspondent, who was captured by the
Boors, and afterward made his escape from
Protoria, has been appointed squadron
leader of the South African Horse. Church
ill was formerly a lieutenant in the Fourth
A TERRIFIC BLIZZARD.
The AnrllifleM Section of I'ciiiiI
vnnlii Still iMitTeriiiK.
CORRY. Pa.. Jan. 3. With unaba:e4 fury
last night the blizzard, which has been
raging unceasingly in northwestern Penn
sylvania for the past ten days, continued.
Since Tuesday midnight about eighteen
inches of snow has fallen. The roads lead
ing into this city are impassable. It is
feared that there is much suffering among
The through Pittsburg express. No 2. on
th2 Western New York and Pennsylvania
Railroad, due here at 11:50 yesetrday
morning, has not arrived. The express is
nailed in a huge drift neai SlUer Creek.
There are large drifts between this city
The Lake Shore. Eric Nickel Plate and
Pennsylvania, while halK conFiderabla
trouble, are moving some trains. A pecu
liar sight, even ni this country, is, to see
a train of three cars and two engines
moving at a snail's pace, but such is tie
ease when the train encounters a drift.
No deaths have been reported to the po
lice as yet. Thermometer remains at zero.
TOWNS SWEPT BY BLIZZARDS.
Fnrlunn Snowstorms HngrinK in
"Ventern Sew York.
BUFFALO, N. Y., Jan. 3. Despatches
from Gowanda, Hamburg, Dunkirk, Silver
Creek, and other towns in western New
York tell of a terrific blizzard which be
Kan yesterday and continued through the
night. No trains reached Dunkirk, on the
Western New York and Pennsylvania Rail
road, and the Nickel Plate trains were
compelled to use the Lake Shore tracks be
tween Brockton and this city.
Between Mayville and Sliver Creek the
drifts were ten feet deep, and in many
parts of Chautauqua county the snow is six
feet deep on the level. The through. Pitts
burg express No. 2. on the Western New
York and Pennsylvania Railway, is stalled
in a drift at Silver Creek. Nearly all the
Mage routes were blocked and mail from
Hamburg to Eden and the Boston Valley
Mas hot 6ent out.
All the railroads are having great diffi
culty, and while the blizzard rages and the
thermometers stands at zero, Buffalo, with
the exception of the south side, has escaped
the fury of the storm. Cattle and farm
ttock generally are suffering from the cold,
and reports from several country towns
early today were that the blizzard showed
no signs of abating.
GIml "Welcome to Pilehcr.
DOUGLASS, Cape Colon, Jan. 3 The
loyalist inhabitants of this place received
Colonel Pilcher and his men with extraor
dinary demonstrations of delight. These
demonstrations were doubled when it was
csccrtalned that the Canadians and Aulra
Uans had taken part in the engagement.
THE FUND NEARLY RAISED.
The I.nwtou Cnxli SiibwerintloiiH Now
Amount to ? t l,ti!-.n.".
Nearly ,000 was. added to the cash te
ccipts of the Law ton homo fund today,
rnakine the total cash received ?-M,122.33.
This amount with the funds being raised
In other cities brings the total fund r.lmost
up to tne amount desired, which is about
$rS,000. There seems to be no doubt but
the J5S.000 will be raised, as citizens of
New York. San Francisco, Philadelphia,
and Pittsburg have several thousand dol
lars which are yet to be turned over to
Chicago citizens continue to send dajly
remittances of Tunds collected, over $700
being received today. Detroit citizens also
come forward with $2,000. The committee
gave out the following statement today:
"General Corbln announces that the
amount already on deposit in the Riggs
National Bank, and what is on hand else
where, carries the fund well above $50,000.
He is very desirous that all shall have an
opportunity to give a helping hand in this
work, but reminds those desiring to con
tribute that all active efforts to increase
the fund will close Friday evening, Jan
A.mong the letters received today were
A. E. Reynolds, Denver, Col., says:
"General Lawton was an acquaintance of
thirty years ago when he was stationed in
the Indian Territory. I have followed his
career with great interest ever since.
While it is very regretable that he should
meet his death at this late day in the
Philippine troubles, 1 have feared some
thing of the kind would happen to him
from the first outbreak in Cuba, on ac
count of his resolute and rather reckless
manner of conducting his campaign. With
others I regret his death very much, but
I am clad to see that the country is re
sponding in a manner to put his family
free from want; 1 trust that the fund will
be sufficient so that they may be able to
live upon the interest of the money."
A gentleman m forwarding his subscrip
tion to the Law-ten fund says: "Haviui?
served under this typical soldier and
manly, unostentatious man, I. in common
with all 'others who wore tlic grey and
who knew him, admired loved him."
Sone of the principal subscriptions added"
to the fund today were:
Citizens of Chicago, through Alex. II.
Revo!!. $415; ciUzem, of Chicago, through
Alex. II. Reell. $355; Hon. James Wi son.
Secretary of Agricultue. $H0; A. E. Rey
nolds, Denver, Colo., $100; citizens or I
troit. Mich., throngh Col. Frank J. Hekk-
. J2.0W; J Pierpont .Morgan. Nw Yc rk,
Jl.aofl; James J. Hill, St. Paul. Minn $.0.
H. O. Havemyor, New York. $250. and Mar
garet T. Van Nest. New York. $100.
x AVAL ATTACHE IN LONDON.
A .v Asvltriinirut for "im minuter
Official ordtH-s hac been issued by the
imx Department assigning Commander
Kiraaratoa Clover. Chief of the Naval ln
tetttgeaee Bureau, to duty as naval at
tache at London. England, to succeed
Lieut. William II. Caldwell. Captain Slgs
bee. bow in command of the battleship
Texas, it I saM. will noeeeed Commander
for in charge of the Intelligence Bu
reau. ComnMBder Clover has been in charge
of the bureau for several years and has
4d"d many valuable documents to the
FRIENDLY WITH THE POWERS.
The Hojnl Speeeh to the PortiiRiu'se
LISBON. Jan. 3. The royal speech at the
opening of Parliament yesterday mentions
the continuation of friendly relations with
all foreign powers, not specifying any na
tion or referring to the Transvaal war or
It specially mentions the actual improve
ment in the financial position, and says
that the government will propose several
plans and arrangements for further im
pioiement. DEROTJLEDE FOUND GUILTY.
i:tenuntins: Circumstances Admitted
1- the HIkIi Court.
PARIS, Jan. 3. In the trial of the al
leged conspirators against the state, the
high court of justice today found M, Paul
Deroulede guilty under extenuating cir
cumstances. M. Barilloc was acquitted.
MOODY'S ADIEU TO LIFE.
IHh I.ast "Words, iih Given Iiy the
NEW YORK, Jan. 3. The deathbed
words of D wight L. Moody are reported
to have been as follows:
"Earth recedes and heaven opens before
me. If this is death, there is nothing aw
ful here. It is sweet.
"This is bliss. Don't call me back. God
is calling me. I must go.
"There is no valley here. It is all beau
tiful." Exactly stated, these were the last words
of Dwight L. Moody, as recorded by steno
grapher Ben Wright, who took them down
from the lips of Mr. Moody's son.
HEARSAY TESTIMONY STOPPED.
I iiimiiortnnt l'viileiiec of a Patrol,
mini AKraln.t Molineiix.
NEW YORK. .Jan. 3. When the trial of
Molineux wan r.esumcd this morning, Mr.
Osborne called as his first witness Patrol
man John II. Palmer, who was called into
the flat at the lime of the death of Mrs.
The bulk of Palmer's testimony was'of a
hearsay character, and his examination was
slopped by the recorder.
Annfhpr witness was John H. Yocum. a
chemist and a friend of Cornish, whose tes
timony related to the sicKness oi cornisn
nn iha nftpmnnii nf the dav of Mrs. Ad
ams' death. Cornish, he said, called on
him and appeared to be suffering irom a
derangement of the stomach.
Work Impeded lis" Cold Weather.
GRAFTON, V. Va., Jan. 3. Work on the
shaft of the George's Creek Coal and Coke
Company, at their new plant at Farming
ton, W. Va., where they recently bought
over 5,000 acres, has been impeded by the
cold weather. The main shaft is down
about 100 feet and the air shaft about sev
enty feet. The water has Been giving
some trouble, necessitating the use of
pumps. The new houses arc being filled
with employes and the general building of
the plant is being pushed ahead.
Fire nt Charleston, W. Vn.
CHARLESTON, W. Va., Jan. 3. The
large three-story Skees Building was gut
ted yesterday by fire, which started in a
grocery store In the building from a de
fective flue. The corner room, ground
floor, was occupied by Thomas & Potter
field, drus;s: loss, $10,000; insured for ?C.
."00. The adjoining rMm was occupied by
the Haws grocery, where the fire started;
loss. $L5C0; insured for $f00. Drs. Thomas
and Champe. and Gates art gallery occu
pied Hie second and third floors. Thomas
lost $2.u00, no insurance: Champe was in
sured for $130. loss $200; Gates' loss was
$3,000, insured for $300.
Norfolk Jc. AVaNhliiKton .Steamboat Co.
Delightful trips daily st C:30 p. ta. to Old Point
Conifoit, Newport Xcns, Xorfolk. and Virginia
Ocacli. Tur schedule, tee page 7,
STATUS OF DHLA60A BAY
I(s Cession to England Said to Hinge
Upon a Claim on Portugal.
The Confiscation of a Railivny by the
Government nt IjIhIioii Actlnwr fu
ller TrniiHvnnl Iii!lnciieen Involved.
An Arbitration Donril'n DccIhIoii
on the Question Kxpeeted Soon.
GENEVA, N. Y., Jan. 3. According to
the statement of Frederick C. Pcnlleld,
formerly United States Minister to Egypt
and Consul General at Cairo, the cession
of Dclagoa Bay to the British which many
believe will be the turning point of the
British war, is now hanging on his claim
for $10,000,000 against the Portuguese Gov
ernment. Mr. Pcnfiejd and his wife are
passing a few days at the home of Mrs.
Penfield's daughter, Mrs. John A. Silver,
whose husband is a professor at Hobart
Mrs. Pcnlleld is the principal person in
terested in the decision of the Swiss tri
bunal in the Delagoa Bay Railway case
upon which the execution of the treaty
believed to exist between Great Britain,
Germany, and Portugal for the possession
of the Portuguese territorial possessions,
is said to hang. Mrs. Penfield derived
from Col. Edward McMurdo, her first hus
band, who built the railway, an interest of
some $4,000,000 or $3,000,000 in the claim
against Portugal on account of the seizure
of the railway in 1889. 31r. Penfield, whom
sdie married In London, was the private
secretary or former Gov. Thomas M. Wal
ler, of Connecticut.
Colonel McMurdo, In 1SS7, undertook the
construction of the Delagoa Bay Railioad,
under a concession granted by the Poitu
guesc government In 1SS3, for a line from
Delagoa Bay to Komatipoort. A company
was formed in London by Colonel McMurdo
with a capital of $2,500,000, and the work
was pushed so rapidly that the rai way was
finished in November. 188S. There was
tome delay in the arrival of rolling stock,
but on December 14, 1S88, the li st section
of the road, fifty-two miles long, ftoni
Lourenco Marques to Komatipcort, was
From Jealously of the English the Trans
vaal Government sought to wreck the com
pany, and in this, it Is said. It had the
sympathy of the Portuguese Government.
On the pretext that the line has not ben
completed to the terminus mentioned In
the collection, which was fifteen mllej be
yond the end of the road at that time,
Portugal made a threat to confiscate the
road, and all the property of the com
pany. Colonel McMurdo died in I.ondon in May,
1SS9. His death caused some confusion In
the atfairs of the company, and the threat
made by the Portuguese Government was
carried out In an arbitrary manner in the
Vigorous protests were made by the
company, and Mrs. Catherine McMurdo.
Colonel McMurdo's w idow. asked Secretary
Blaine to intervene in her behalf. Mr.
Blaine informed the Portuguese Govern
ment that the confiscation of the road
would not be tolerated, and thi3 example
was followed by Lord Salisbury in behalf
of the English bondholders. Upon their
representation Portugal gave way and
agreed to submit the case to arbitration to
settle the amount of indemnity to be pajd.
It was agreed in 1S90 that the amount of
indemnity should be named by the Presi
dent of Switzerland. Engineers reported
that the concession was worth at least $13,
000.000 and some persons placed it as high
The arbitrators sent a technical commis
sion to South Africa to make an examina
tion of the road. This commission in
March. 1S93. made a report, the chief
points of which were that th.e value of the
road at the time of the seizure was $1,275,
000, and the value of the concessions at the
same time was $3,500,000, and that on De
cember 31. 1S96, the concession was worth
$9,000,000. In reply to this report Portugal
contended that the property had been
greatly over-valued whllo England and
the United States sought to prove that the
award should be much larger than that
granted by the commission.
The arbitrators took the various reports
under consideration. It has had them un
der consideration ever since. Their ver
dict has been promised repeatedly and is
now expected this month or next at the
latest In Berlin It is said that the award
to Mrs. Penfield and the English claimants
will be too heavy for Portugal to pay and
that the secret treaty, giving Delagoa Bay
to England and transferring the Portu
guese Asiatic colonies to Germany, will
take effect as soon as it is announced.
CAPITAL LEAVER OHIO.
A Halt in Taxation of Corporation
Demanded by Ilunhnell.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 3. Governor
Bushnell's message to the legislature was
submitted to that body yesterday. Among
other things he said:
"Ohio hns suffered much from the loss of
capital, which has found a home in States
offering special inducements. Our present
laws relating to the taxation of certain
corporations are good, and there does not
seem to be further need of measures which
may be considered as In any way prohibi
tory on the further business life of the or
ganizations of capital which are consistent
ly and sincerely obeying the statutes."
SUIT FOB WHITECAP OUTRAGES.
Action to He Ilrouht hy a Vletim
Anniiist n Missouri Town.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 3 John B.
Robinson has given notice that he proposes
to sue the town of Liberty, Mo., for $100,
000 damages. He was manager of the Ar
thur House, the principal hotel there, and
was taken out and whipped by masked men
on November 7. Robinson is now living
Robinson states in his petition that all
that saved him from death was the fact
that he was a Mason. While the crowd
was beating him, he gave the Masons' dis
tress cry and was rescued by two men.
The torture was then stopped. Robinson
was accused of running a disorderly house,
but he has a paper signed by nearly 200
persons who say his house was respectable.
GIRLS PUT INTO DUNGEONS.
An Attempted Escape Prom n Reform
TRENTON, N. J., Jan. 3. At an early
hour yesterday morning two of the larger
girls at the State Industrial School made
good their escape by jumping from a win
dow. AVhen their absence was discovered
two of the watchmen tracked the girls by
their footprints ih the snow. They had
wandered across fields and through," l
lands, and toward morning the ofhV' st
The girls were later picked up Pen
nington in an almost famished .Tuition.
They were returned to the schoov ahd plac
ed In dungeons.
Archhinhop Iveane'n Visit.
ArchblBhop Keune paid a friendly visit to
Secretary Gago this morning at the Treasu
THE CASE OF MR. ROBERTS.
A Southern ItenrcMentntive Predicts
nn Adverse Report.
A prominent Southern Representative
said today to a Times reporter: "The
Roberts case is calculated to keep many of
us thinking." He added, "I voted for the
substitute resolution to swear. Roberts in
and then when that was defeated I voted
for the Tayler resolution. The more I look
into the case the more complicated it be
comes. "If McClary, who was quoted by Mr.
Tayler, is an authority, then it is perfectly
clear that the House acted within its pow
er in refusing to swear Roberts-in pending
an investigation of his- eligibility for mem
bership. Now most of the- tbembern who
voted In favor of Roberts taking his teat
say that they would voteifor a resolution
to expel him.
'To my mind to expel him after he is
sworn in. would be Worse than refusing
him his seat in the first instance, for the
reason that under the Constitution wc can
only expel a member for an act committed
while a member of the House; and I think
it will be conceded by everybody that what
Roberts is accused of was committed
prior to his election. Of course the House
can. arbitrarily, do anything, and it would
bo a purely arbitralty act to expel the Representative-elect
from Utah on the ground
that he was a polygamlst when in point of
fact he had become a poljgamist prior to
his election to Congress.
"I have not talked with thf members of
the Roberts committee, but I am satisfied
that they will report that he Is not entitled
to be sworn In as a member, and tha
House will sustain the report""
Mr. Roberts was on the tt.jor this morn
ing, occupying the seat he took on the
opening day of the session. He will appear
before the special committee tomorrow and
make his final argument, contending that
the committee has no jurisdiction over
him, unless they regard hfiji asja member,
and If they m regard him' then he con
tends that he is entitled to be sworn In.
When he has completed his argiment t:e
committee will proceed to work en the re
port they will make to the House.
FINANCE BILL AMENDMENTS.
Tn o en Mlon Irfioetl by Sena
Senator Chandler today proponed as an
amendment to the pending financial bill
theee new sections.
"Section 9. That In accordance with the
act of November 1. 1S93, wliloh ropoals a
purt of the act of July li, 1590, it is
hereby rcatllrmed and declared to be the
existing policy of the United States to
continue the use of both gold and siher
as standard money, and to coin both gold
and siler iuto money of equal Intrinsic and
exchangeable value, such equality to
be secured through international
agreement or by such safeguards of legis
lation as will ensure the maintenance of
the parity in value of the coins of the two
metals and the equal power of every dol
lar at all times In the markets and In the
payment of debts; and It Is hereby further
declared that the efforts of the Government
should be htcadily directed to the estab
lishment of such a system of bimetallism
as will maintain at all ilmes the equal
power of every dollar colred or published
by the United States in the markets and in
the paymcut of debts.
"Section 10. That the provisions of th
j act of -March 3, 1S97, authorizing the Presi
dent to appoint commissioners to any in
ternational conference called by the United
States or any other country with a view to
securing by International agreement a fixi
ty of relative value betweei- s'ld and sil
ver as money by mean' of a common ratio
between these metRis with free mintage at
such ratio; be and the si me are hereby
re-enacted and continued In force."
MR. BOUTELLE'S CONDITION.
A "Denial of Statement Attributed to
Acting Chairman Fcss, of the Committee
on Naval Affairs, has issued a call for a
meeting of the committee on Friday, when
j ue Will urbanize ji dj uppuiuuus auo
I committees. J. E. Hall, cleric of the com
mittee, said this morning that there had
been a decided improvement in Mr. Bou-
j telle's condition. He said there was ab
. solutely no foundation for the sensational
stories sent out from Boston that Dr. Rob
inson, Mr. Boutclle's physician, had stated
in an Interview that Mr. Boutelle might
recover his physical health, but that It
was never possible for him to recover his
"The fact K" Mr. Hall paid, "Dr. Rob
inson was not In Boston at the time the
'alleged interview took place, and further
! more Dr. Robinson never made such a
statement. It's an outrage to publish sto
ries that a man has lost his mind simply
because he is ill. Mr. Boutelle is a sick
man. but I have every reason to believe,"
concluded Mr. Hall, "that ho will soon re
cover. His mind is all right."
SENT TO THE SENATE.
Presidential Nomination for 'the
The President sent the following nomi
nations to the Senate today:
State Department To be consuls of the
United States: Thomas T. Prent'.s, of
Massachusetts, at Rouen, France; George
L. Dartc, of Pennsylvaninjat Martinique,
to be transferred to Patras.yKreece; Alonzo
C. Yates, of Virginia, at Patras, to be
transferred to Martinique, "W. I.
Treasury Department James E. Howey,
of Maine, lo be appraiser of merchandise
in the district of Portland and Falmouth,
Me.; Edward H. Banks, of Maine, to col
lector of customs for district of York, Me.
Department of Justice Thomas II. Cal
lan, of the District of Columbia, to be a
Justice of the Peace.
War Department Brig. Gen. John C.
Bates, U. S. V,, to be major general of
volunteers; Brig. Gen. Lloyd Wheaton, U.
S. V., to be major general of volunteers by
brevet; Col. Samuel B. M. Young, Third
U. S. C, to be brigadier general; Lieut
Col. Arthur MacArthur, U. S. A., to be
brigadier general; Lt. Col. "William Lud
low, U. S. A., to be brigadier general.
Also a number of appointments and pro
motions in the regular volunteer army.
THIELKUHL UNDER ARREST.
Tlic Accused nianiea the Brltl.sh Gov
ernment for HI Trouble.
Gustave Thlelkuhl was today arrested by
Detective Boyd in this city on a warrant
charging him with false pretences. Thlel
kuhl was formerly a photographer in the
Patent Office. He became Interested in
enlisting men to go to South Africa, and
resigned his Government position.
He claims that his arrest was instigated
by British influence to prevent him from
securing men to aid the Boers.
The warrant upon which he was arrested
was obtained by the Photographic Supply
Company, df New York.
Thielkuhl says he will furnish bail.
Mincra AiU for Itcfornm. "
SHAMOKIN, Pa., Jan. 3. Delegate? rep
resenting the United Mine Workers of
Northumberland, Schuykill, Dauphin, and
Columbia "counties 'have adopted a resolu
tion asking coal companies to observer tie
semi-monthly pay law. to reduce mine sup
plies to the same standard as that of the
Philadelphia .and Reading Ccal and Iron
Company, to "more rigidly enforce the timber-making
and delivery Ia,i"
Congress Reassembles After Recess
for the Ilolidnj's.
Representative Sulzer of Neve York
Introduce u Resolution Calling
Upon Secretary Gngc for Informa
tion ConccrnltiKr the Ilealsnutloii of
Hank.) us Government Depositories.
The Fifty-sixth Congress, which ad
journed for the holiday recess on Decem
ber 20. reassembled at noon today. Speaker
Henderson let the gavel fall in the House
of Representatives, and Senator Frye,
President pro tempore of the Senate, pre
sided there. The House soon adjourned,
the incidents of the brief session being the
vehement repudiation by Mr. Gaines of
Tennessee of an alleged Interview with
him, and the presentation by Mr. Sulzer of
New York of a Joint resolution of enquiry
Into the action of Secretary Gage for hav
ing favored certain New York banks lo
denoslting Government moneys.
In the Senate, a large number of official
communications were received. Alter a
controversy concerning the consideration
of the Currency bill an executive session
At the conclusion of the reading of the
journal In the House Mr. Gaines of Ten
nessee, rising to a question of personal
privilege had read a newspaper article
which related what purported to be a
change of heart on the part of Mr. Gaines
iegarding the Roberts case.
It said that Mr. Gaines had originally de
clared that he would vote to seat Mr. Rob
erts; later he had expressed the sentlineat
that sclf-preiervatloti was the first law of
nature. "I've got to look after my seat;
let Roberts look after bin," the article con
cluded. General laughter greeted the read
ing. Mr. Gaines denounced the publication as
wholly unfounded and utterly false.
Mr. Sulzer of New York offered as a
matter of privilege a resolution calling
upon the Secretary of the Treasury for all
information relating to the designation of
national bunks as depositories of internal
revenue collections. The resolution fol
lows: ltoolvd. Tint the cretarr of the Trewury l,
ana tie lHTct u, dirrt-lrd to furnish the Hoik
o( ItcprHrnUtiiM soon 39 perafWe with the
1. All letter. asTwmont", napr or doeu-m-nU
lu-twcvn th Treasury !-Kirtment of tlw
l mted ute or any errm connected therewith
and the N'jttonal fit? Hank awl tlte Ilanow
ational !tnk of the ity of New xi. or any
lMTsca actins for them or cither of them. ce
the th day of Marrh, ls7, relating to the dc
pofltinc of public funi, bond of revenues in
Haiti banks, or any other relation- or business
tr reactions now exittini; or heretofore had be
iv,tn the (Jomiiinmt and the sjk! bank.', or
cither of theui.
'S. The amount of public money, bonds or rcie
nue deposited with said bank?, or either of them,
by the (.'oieniment, for what length of time, ami
the rea-ona therefor, and whether said banks, or
cither of them, iac paid the fioternmtnt anv
interst on id depoit(, ami, if to, how tnueli,
and all other information concerning the same, or
in any way relating thereto.
Speaker Henderson ruled that the re o
lutlon was not a matter of privilege, and
must go, under the rules, to the proper
committee for Investigation and report.
If no report were made within a week, theT
the matter could be called up as a matter
"Mr. Speaker, then I ask unanimous con
tent for the immediate consideration of
the resolution," said Mr. Sulzer.
' "Oh, Mr. Speaker, the reEolution should
go to a committee In the reguar way," sail
Mr. Payne of New Ycrk.
The Speaker Objection is made.
U 12:15, on motion of Mr. Pajne, the
House adjourned until tomorrow.
Commenting on his resolution of enquiry
Mr. Sulzer said to a Times reporter:
"The Speaker has referred the resolu
tion, and if It is not reported in a week,
under the rule, it becomes privileged, and
I shall demand its consideration by the
House. I have no doubt it will be adopted
at an early date. The people demand the
Information called for In the resolution.
They want to know all the facts regarding
the business relations and dealings of the
United States Treasury ith the National
City Bank and the Hanover National Bank,
of New York city. Any attempt to smoth
er this enquiry will cause additional indig
nation. The people are aroused and de
maud that the whole enquiry shall be laid
IN THE SENATE.
Jlr. Honr ChnrRen n. Desire to !ap
More than two-thirds of the seats in the
Senate were x-acant when that body was
called to order. Mr. Frye, presiding, sub
mitted a large number of official communi
cations received during the recess.
Mr. Pettlgrew offered a resolution call
ing on the War Department for Information
as to an alleged interview of the Fi ipino
General Torre, under a fl3g of truce last
February with General Otis, In which it
was stated on behalf of Aguinaldo that
the fighting had been begun accidentally,
and that he wished to have it stoppeJ; but
that General Otis had declared it must go
on to the bitter end. Several Senators ob
jected to the immediate consideration of
the resolution, and it was referred to the
Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Aldrich. Chairman of the Finance
Committee, reported a substitute for the
House Currency bill and gave notice that
he would move to take it up for considera
tion at 2 o'clock tomorrow. Then he modi
fied that notice, changing the time to "the
close of the routine morning business."
This suggestion stirred up Mr. Hoar to
some indignant remarks a3 to the sup
pression of all information desired by
members of the Senate as to the nef5xela
tions of the Government.
In that connection he referred to Mr.
Pettlgrew's resolution, and said that four
Senators had started up to oppose its con
sieration, although such resolutions were
uniformly adopted as a matter of course.
He added that if the United States Senate
was to be abolished In such a way he want
ed to understand It
Mr. Aldrich expressed the hope that the
Senator from Massachusetts did not sup
pose that he (Mr. Aldrich) was trying to
suppress him or anybody else. He now
withdrew the suggestion as to taking up
the Currency Bill at the close of the rou
tine morning business tomorrow, but would
move at 2 o'clock tomorrow to take it up.
Mr. Chandler, who was one of the Sena
tors trying to object to Mr. Pettlgrew's
resolution, repudiated the right of Mr.
Hoar to criticise him for such action.
Mr. Hawley, on whose motion the reso
lution was referred to the Military Com
mittee, justified his action and repelled Mr.
Hoar's Intimation. The matter went no
Mr. Allen offered a resolution, which
went over, calling on the Secretary of the
Treasury for complete and literal copies
of ail letters, communications, papers, nnd
documents between the Treasury Depart
ment and the City National Bank and Han
over National Bank, of New York, since
March 4, 1897, respecting the deposit of
Government funds with those banks.
After a short executive session the Sen
ate at 1:10 o'clock adjourned until tomor
row. """Eiidornenieiit for n Petition Bill.
The Committee on Invalid Pensions of
the House has received a number of letters
from G, A. R. organizations in different
sections of the country endorsing the bill
Introduced by Mr. Glynn of New York,
granting a pension of ?10 per month to all
soldiers who are sixty years of age and
who served three months in the army dur
ing the war of lS61-'65. Mr. Glynn says
his bill lias the endorsement of the na
tional encampment of the G. A. R. and
the New York State G. A. R. organization.
He expects to go before the Invalid Pension
Committee next week and make an argu
ment in support of the bill,
EOR THE RELIEF OF ALIENS.
The District Commimtlonern Rcqneit
ConR-rcnH to Iai Certain Illlli.
The Commissioners today transmitted
several bills to the Committee on the Dis
trict of Columbia of the Senate, which had
been referred to them for report. This 13
the first batch of any consequence that has
been sent from the District Building this
The most Important of these was the bill
which was introduced in the Senate at the
last session to change the name of the
Potomac Insurance Company. The act re
quested that the permission to change the
name of the concern should also include a
permit to enlarge the business.
The Commissioners state that they see no
objection to the passage of this bill but
they invite the attention of the raembera
of Congress to the act approved October 1,
1S90, which proildes for the incorporation
of certain loan, trust, mortgage, and other
companies within the District of Columbia,
which makes certain provisions and re
quirements for companies engaged la an
indemnity business, which are otnlMd
from the present bill.
All of the other bills were for the relief
of aliens holding property in the Dksfrtot
and for who'.e befleNt an araeodHMitt to
the present law Is sought by tn Cammte
sloners. As has already been stated the present
law provides that it shall be iinhiwfiri far
aliens to own or bold real ratMe In ttw
Territories and the Dtetrirt of rwlwMa.
The matter wa referred to tle AttoriMy
for the District who prepared an
ment to the a4atttte uhrtch the r
atoners r-qu th enalrm of Um Dis
trict committee, to hare fraetteri. ! th
meantime a favorabto report to mm4 or
the Wll for the relief of lle thm
who hold property in the District st lbs
3IONEY FOR MEMORIALS.
Ill I Ik in Concress for Statues of Hit.
t lntciiiheil Amerleniis.
Since the beginnias of tbe preseat ses
sion a number of bills bare been iotrodtteed
In Congress to provide for the ereetkw of
monuments to certain distinguished Amer
icans, and though none of these measures
has yet been brought to a vote, the greater
number of them will be favorably reported
bylhe committees to which (hey bave been
referred, and their passage is praetieaily
The following bills carrying appropria
tions for statued have been introduced in
By Mr. Hemenway of Indiana, a bill ap
propriating J2O.0OO for a statue to former
Representative Robert Dale Owen of Indi
ana. Mr. Owen introduced in Consresa the
bill to establish the Smithsonian Institu
tion, and the statue is to be placed in the
grounds belonging to that institution.
By Mr. Russell of Connecticut, a bill ap
propriating $50,000 for a statue to the late
Major Gen. John Sedgwick. U. S. A., to be
erected In this city.
By Mr. Bingham of Pennsylvania, a bill
appropriating $50.CC0 for a statue to the
late Major Gen. George G. Meade. U. S. A.,
to be erected in this city.
The following similar measures have
been Introduced in the Senate:
By Mr. Proctor of Vermont, a Joint res
olution appropriating $100,000 each for stat
ues to the late former Senators Justin S.
Morrill of Vermont and Daniel W. Voor
hees of Indiana, both to be placed In the
Library of Congress.
By Mr. Hawley of Connecticut, a bill ap
propriating $1,000 for a monument to the
late Col. Joseph Anthony Mower, U. S. A..
to be erected over his grave In Arlington
By Mr. Hoar of Massachusetts, a joint
resolution appropriating Jfi.OOO for a pedes
tal upon which to place a bronze statue of
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which Is to
be erected in. this city by the Longfellow
Memorial Association of Massachusetts.
By Mr. Frye of Maine, a bill appropri
ating $25,000 for a statue to the late Major
Gen. Henry Knox, U. S. A., at Thomaston.
NITW DISTRICT MEASURES.
nilN of Local Importance Introtinced
in the Home.
Several bills relating to the District' of
Columbia, were introduced in the House
of Representatives today.
Representative Jenkins presented a bill
to amend the charter of the Washington
Gaslight and the Georgetown Gaslight com
panies. It is provided that these charters shall
be so amended that the companies named
shall pay annually to the District of Co
lumbia as cpmpensatlon for the use of
streets one-half of all its profits for the
preceding year in excess of 6 per cent per
annum on the amount of the capital stock
actually paid up in cash. The bill seeks
to limit the price of gas to the consumer
to 73 cents per 1,000 feet.
Mr. Jenkins also introduced a bill to
transfer certain old records of the city of
Washington from the office of the Commis
sioners of the District of Columbia to that
of the Chief of Engineers of the United
States Army. Under the bill the Commis
sioners are directed to transfer the follow
ing old records of Washington:
The first map of the outlines of thefen
ralle District of Columbia prepared by" or
der of the original Commissioners antF sub
mitted to them by Andrew EIHcott Janu
ary 1. 1793; six separate sections of the
map of the city of Washington which form
one entire map of the city, believed to bo
the map and sections prepared by order
of the Commissioners as recorded in their
proceedings April 9, 1793; a set of grade
books signed Nicholas King. 1797; .-.nother
set of grade books prepared by Randolph
Coyle during 1S51 to ISoC, Inclusive?
Representative Babccck introduced a bill
to provide for improvements in the tax
department of the District of Columbia.
This bill appropriates 5J.000 to put in op
eration the card index system for the im-pro-ement
of the business methods of the
pffice of the Tax Collector.
BUBONIC PLAGUE SPREADS.
The "War Department to Kxtcnd the
Quarantine to the Philippine).
The Government is alarmed over the
prevalence of the bubonic plague in. the
East, and today Secretary-Root promulgat
ed an order extending the United States
quarantine regulations to the Philippines.
This action was determined at a confer
ence held this morning at the War Depart
ment between Secretary Root, Sugeon Gen
eral Wyman, of the Marine Ho-pital Ser
vice, and Surgeon General Sternberg, of
Regulations will be applied under the di
rection of Surgeon General Wyman. Hong
kong will be one of the points quarantined
against and quarantine stations will be es
tablished at Manila and Iloilo. Secretary
Root said this afternoon that the War De
partment had received na information that
a case of the plague had been located In
The action taken was because of the re
ports of the prevalence of the disease at
Hongkong. Whether or not Honolulu will
be quarantined against will be determined
by Surgeon General Wyman. The report
of the United States agent there of three
deaths will probably influence General Wy
man in the matter.
SAMPSON'S 6BHAT POLL
The Xavy Department's Favorite
Likely to Be Vice Admiral.
Schley, the Victor of SuntlnKO, May
Be Ignored and the Absent
Commander Iteirarded Probable
Outcome of the President' Con
ference With the Natal Ofllcerx.
The conference yesterday between
President McKlnley and the naval officers
who commanded the ships at the batle
of Santiago, it is said, will result In the
President asking Congress to restore the
grade of vice admiral, and if tWs k dose
the friends of Rear Admiral Sampson y
he will get the coveted position.
It is stated on Rood authority tody tlmt
the President freely tewtiel tae natter
of restoriB? the grado of Tlee aHtnil awl
asked each eae of ts Arm frojs far
hit opinion on the sboct. AM of ta offir
cers b-i oe w said to fteclatoiti
themselves in favor of rentortBg ta grade
Later the Presides t s.i t eOtrsts K
the rJe was restored want awnae of
vke admirals sacaM s sssotatfd. ami ail
agreed iem oaly oih vlee adtairsl sM d
be made, sersase tkere wss oaiy a JkaV
nira! of ta nary. Wkea ta aaastlaa wa
afceJ as to was ssjoaM r-tv tata acaav
he otters t a sua. it a) rafck asxMfwi
taemselTftfs ta for of Saasaoa.
Rear Admiral tthty. it la ttatsw, wis) I
entirely feasTe. sad if Ccagnwa aaaiea
the Mil gamasaa wi.l se xltmacwi lo nm
ra4e sf ike a4artral a4 aVatty Ml 1
ak areamt aaaHloa sf roar aaastrui.
Waea la friaa af AHairat tfrMay mv
re-t agaiast tats ixsatm t tarr wif s
toM. it is wmkL taat tas okjoetiaa ts ata
anttiax draley hi based oa ta arauart last
It wnM se iaJat-MM ta tao service t re
ward ar praaaete aa afcVtr agiiat waoM
there are eaargws of rereaeaibie coa4iart
mm record aaH taa aMeor had ashed tor
ar had aa eaiMrtry, sad had bea rsona
rtI or had mails a satisfactory exr.laaa-
Samasaa's frleads. It is said, will aige
that Admiral Schley has nevpr ashod far
A hoard of eaqatry oa the char agafaat
Mm sad that he has seea toM that be
could have ameh board at aay lima he
wished It. bat that he baa prefarrod to lot
the charges stand against him and has
made ao effort to clear his record.
j So far as to who was respoasiaio for (he
, Brooklyn making the loop so much talkod
of. it is claimed hy Sampson's frieade that
the fact that Captain Cook acknowledged
that he ordered the loop does sot rettero
Admiral Schley of the charges agaiast hie
and of his failure to ask that they bo la
estigated. In fact, while the looe was
discussed at yesterday confereaca H la
claimed by Sampson's friends that It had
but little to do with the eoatereace aal
that the President really called tao e Sears
together for the purpose of gettiag their
opinion on the question of restoriag the
grade of vice admiral, anil to 1ml oat who
in their opinion was entitled to the raak.
As has been stated, the officers ar said
to have declared in favor of Saaasaav ami
when that was done, the friends of Saaaa
?on sav that the President had ao other
eourse than to name him for the aosHtea.
The officers present at the caaferaaco
were Chadwiek. of the New York; Gaok,
of the Brooklyn: Chirk, of th Orepaa;
Philip, of the Texas: Erass, of tha krwa;
Higgiasoa, of the Maseacaitdetts: PmUmr.,
I of the Xew Orleans, aad Waiawrrgs,
HERSHEY'S SHORTAGE GROWS.
The Counts' Treasurer's Defalcation
3Iny Iteach 1?IOO.OOO.
LANCASTER. Pa.. Jan. 3. It would not
be surprising if the defalcation of ex-Cooa-ty
Treasurer Emanuel H. Hershey, of tlrte
county, footed up to $140,49. instead of
the $85,000, which yesterday appeared to he
the limit. An examination of Hershey's
books today showed that the missing raan
failed to charge himself with th ftrtl
amount, paid him on aecount, by tax eol
Iectors. Possibly he has falsified the books with
every collector In the county, of whom
there are about four-score. Treasurer
Stoner wants experts put on the books, so
that every item may be enquired into, and
his request will be granted. Every tax col
lector is likely to be summoned to the ilty
this week and directed to bring with, him
the receipts given by Hershey on aocount
of payments during 1S99. A week's thne
will determine the extent of his fraud in
After consulting with the county Bom
mlssloners today, County Solicitor Hassler
went to Philadelphia to make InveatUa
tiens as to Hershey's transactions in that
city. While he would not state the aataro
of his enquiries, it is probable that he en
gaged detectives to take hold of the ease.
The bondsmen of Hershey have not taken
any action as to the payment of the de
ficiency. They will await the suits to be
brought against them, and then there will
ensue a legal battle as to their IlaWIitjr.
ASPHYXIATED BY GAS.
Two Vnidentiiled Dead Found in a
eiv York Lodeln Houe.
NEW YORK. Jan. 3. Two men wre
found dead ia their room in an East SWe
lodging house kept by Mrs. Perkins, at
231 East Twenty-fourth Street, yesterday
afternoon. They are supposed to have
been' asphyxiated by coal gas escnpJag
from a stove in the room. Their .ame3
were not learned by the housekeeper.
Andrew Klote and Paul Guthling, Swiss
weavers, went to Andrew Butz's hotel In
West Fifty-eighth Street on Monday night
and hired a room telling the proprietor to
call them at 7 o'clock In the morning.
When Butz went to call them in he found
Klote dead and the other man unconscious.
The room was filled with illuminating gas.
At Roosevelt Hospital Guthling revived
sufficiently to state that the gas jet near
an open window had been left lighted and
that the wind probably blew It out.
Heir to Half n Million.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Jan. 3. Mrs.
Fitzhugh, of Chicago, who receives halt a
million dollars under the terms of the will
of her late grandfather, John I. Blair, of
Nro Jersev. Is the wife of Mr- Carter H.
Fitzhugh", a native and long a resident of.
this city, who is now visiting his mother
and sisters at their home nere.
A Tragedy End. a Frolic.
NEW BLOOMFIELD. Pa.. Jan. 3. The
"belsnickling" of a party of boys in Buf
falo township culminated in a sad fatality.
They were going along the road, having
just left the house of Isaiah Stephens,
when a revolver carried by ona of them
was discharged, the ball striking James
Felton. jr.. in the forehead. He was In
The Plnsne In Hawaii.
Former Consul General Haywood at
Honolulu, now United States agent there,
has reported to the Department of State'
that there have been three deaths on the
Hawaiian Islands from the bubonic plague.
one each on December 23, 24, and Jj.
Flynn'n Ilnslnc.i.H Collcice, Sth nnd K.
ar ' nation $3.