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FIGHT ALIES IN MEANTIME CASTRO OFFERS TO ARBITRATE. GERMAN STEAMER SIEZED British Sloop of War Alert Captures Two More Vessels Belonging to Venezuela. London, Dec. 12.-A dispatch to the Daily Mail from Willemstadt, Island of Curacao, dated Dec. 12, says: "The Venezuelan authorities at Puerto Cabello are fortifying that town. They have seized and impris oned the British and German consula there, as well as other Britons and Germans, and have taken possession of their property. The authorities also seized a British ship which was discharging a cargo of coal at Puerto Cabello. This vessel was unable to escape owing to a breakdown in her machinery. The American consul at Puerto Cabello attempted to inter vene, but he was disregarded. The British consul at Puerto Cabel lo is R. Kolstar. The German con sular representative is P. Tiedo. L. T. Ellsworth is the American consul at that port. London, Dec. 12.-A dispatch to the Daily Mail from Willemstadt, Cur acao, December 1.1, says foreign resi dents of Puerto Cabello are taking refuge on the German cruiser Vineta and the British cruiser Adraine, and these vessels are threatening to bom bard the port. Kingstown, Island of St. Vincent, .Dec. 12.-The Venezuelan troopship Zamora and the Venezuelan coast guard vessel Veinte Tres de Mayo, were captured in the Gulf of Paria and taken to Port of Spain, Trinidad. this morning, by the British sloop of war Alert. London. Dec. 12.-The Central News says it is reported in the lobby of the house of commons this afternoon that the allies have landed blue jackets at La Guayra for the purpose of ef fecting the capture of President Cas tro and that fighting is going on in the streets. The foreign office has no information to this effect and it is doubtless untrue, as Castro is not at La Guayra. Offer to Arbitrate. \WcVshington. I)c-. 12.-A cablegramn received at the sta'e department to day from Ministe" Bowen at Caracas states that the Venezuelan govern ment has requested him to propose to Great Britain and Germany that the dificulties arising out of the claims for alleged damages and in juries to British and German subjects during the civil war be submitted to arbitration. Washington, Dec. 12.-A joint reso lution was offered in the house by Mr. Shafroth (Colorado) authorizing I the president to propose to Great Britain and Germany to submit their claims against Venezuela to arbitra tion and to guarantee the payment of I the awards that may be found. Bowen Becomes Famous. Berlin. Dec. 12.-Minister Bowen has su~:lenly e:come famous in Ger many. The nevespapers print his por trait with sketches of his career, ap plaudin- his prompt intervention ill favor of the Germans and British at Caracas. A Game of Bluff. Berlin. Dec. 12.-President Castro's public utterances and war prepara tions are regarded in official quarters here as "designed to see how far the allies are willing to go as a test of the further attitude of the administra tion at Washington and, above all, as efforts to unite his own people and reconcile them to his dictatorship." The foreign office received a cable yesterday from the German charge d'affaires, Herr von Pilgrim-Baltzzi, filed at La Guayra. This is a sure in dication, the foreign office thinks, that the situation is not so tense as the press telegrams represent it to be. Regarding the reports that the Ger mans wantonly destroyed the Vene zuelan vessels captured at La Guayra, it is said here that according to of `ii"cial advices received up to the pres o. t only one vessel was disabled and n.' one was sunk, and that the British participated equally with the Ger -'ý ana In the action taken. ,'While the marine ministry is not dering the immediate dispatch Oreinforcements, it it is necessary pooupy a port marines will be sent. ...~h nasv department garrisons the 0# t defenses and has at its disposal 15 battalions of marines who ai serving on shore. .nter in the day the following di I patch was received here from Wi lemstadt, Curacao: "The Germa warships have embargoed three Veni zuelan ski.;s -:.i .lsabled a fourt near l.a Gua :3." The dispatch from Willemstadt, re ceived in Berlin, probably refers t the Venezuelan ships seized Decen her 9 and reported to have been sun early next morning off La Guayra. BLAMES IT ON THE GERMANS British Had Nothing to Do With Sink ing of Venezuelan Fleet. London, Dec. 12.-The foreign of fice informs the Associated Pres: that the British government disclaim: responsibility for the sinking of the Venezuelan vessels at La Guayra which it entirely attributes to the German forces. It is understood that nearly all o: the Venezuelan news which the Brit ish government gets comes througl the state department at Washington and is based on Minister Bowen's mes sages. ARE JEALOUS OF AMERICA Former Consul General at Paris Says Situation Is Serious. Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 12.-Samuel E. Morse, consul general at Paris in the last administration of President Cleveland, was asked today what he thought of the political and diplomatic difficulties that now confront the United States in Venezuela, and what effect the occupation of Venezuelan territory by England and Germany would have on the Monroe doctrine of this nation. "I think the situation is grave. The two greatest powers in Europe have come together with at least sufficient grievances against Venezuela to make a plausible case under interna tional law and seize a custom port of Venezuela. They are obliged, under the necessities of the case, to hold Venezuelan territory for an indefinite period, for they are not going to abandon their claims. "The ordinary resources of Vene zuela, as I read the reports, are not sufficient to meet these claims. The only way in which Great Britain and Germany can force payment, unless the United States assumes to guaran tee payment, is by the acquisition of territory, and such territory they would hold for an indefinite period. "It is not hard to foresee that they may stay in Venezuela as long as England has stayed in Egypt. It is a situation that threatens grave compli cations. "If the United States gives no as surances to Great Britain about a withdrawal from the old world, and continues to assert and maintain the Monroe doctrine in the new world. such course is likely to bring about the united opposition of Europe. "When one considers the pr:sent industrial situation in the world, the growing jealousy and alpprehension of Europe toward our commercial ag gressions all over the world, the fea: that this sulpremac- is bringing to Europe, it seems to me that it is more than probable that the statesmen of Euroul' will s"izc thie o!p'ortunity here presented. should we attempt to en force the Monroe doctrine. to form a coalition of all the great powers against the United States. Thlire< is ro need to conceal the fact that the feeling ;n Europe against our com mnerrial aggression is very great. The close neighborhood of Venezuela to the isthmus canal, should these two countries establlish th'emselves there, is also to be taken into serious con sideration." CORBETT AND JEFFRIES. i eposit Made for Fight Between Big Fellows. San Francisco, Dec. 1l.-James J Corbett, through his brother. Harry Corbett, has made a deposit of $2,500 with Sam Thall, temporary stake holder, to secure a fight with James J. Jeffries before the club offering the best inducements. The fight is to be pulled off next May or June. STAR WITNESS SENTENCED. J. C. Brownfield Given Seven Years in the Penitentiary. Kansas City, Dec. 11.-J. C. Brown field, convicted of perjury in testify ing on behalf of Miss Jessie Morrison, was today refused a new trial and sen tenced to seven years in the peni tentiary. Brownfield was the star witness for Miss Morrison, who was found guilty of murder and given a 10-year sentence. Favorite Family Remedy. Frequently accidents occur in the household, which cause burns, cuts, sprains and bruises; for use in such cases, Ballard's Snow Liniment has for many years been the constant favorite family remedy. 25c, 50c and $1.00 at Holmes & Rixon's. :-MINE OWNER IS EXAMINED ATTORNEYS FOR MINERS SPRING o A SURPRISE. 1 k AN UNWILLING WITNESS Company Attorneys Ask for Recess After Miners Close Their Case. Scranton, Dec. 12.-Lawyers for the miners sprung a surprise on the coal companies by calling to the witness stand J. L. Crawford, one of the prom. inent independent operators. He is 1 president of the People's Coal copn pany and operates the Oxford colliery at Scranton. Mr. Crawford, who has been attending the sessions each day, was surprised to be called, and he re marked as he took the stand: "This is a new turn of affairs." "When did you ship coal last?" asked Mr. Darrow. "Yesterday." "What are you getting for it?" "I don't know exactly." 'Can you come near it: "I can if I want to.' "Don't you want to?" "No, sir." "You are a party to this commis sion and went to New York to see the coal presidents?" "Yes, sir." "Then you refuse to give this com mission that information?" "I don't think I am compelled to tell." "Which road do you sell to?' "Delaware. Lackawanna & West ern." "What do you get for it?" "About 65 per cent of what the Lackawanna gets for it." At this point the attorneys for the operators objected to the inquiry pro ceedings any further along the lines of what a company's profits are. Mr. Darrow said he called the wit ness to show that the coal com panies are able to pay the advance in wages asked for. Wayne MacVeagh, in his cross-ex amination of Mr. Mitchell, he said. in timated that the increase, if granted, would ultimately be placed on the "bowed backs" of the poor, and he wanted to show that the companies are well able to give the increase asked for without putting it on the poor. Mr. Darrow then continued the ex amination. "How many tons do you ship in a dlay?" "Nine hundred to 1,000 tons." "And you don't know how much you get for it?" "I can give an estimate." "Well, what is it?" "About $2.50 a ton." On further examination. 1Mr. Craw ford said that during the latter part of the strike his colliery had been in operation and he got $20 a ton for his coal. Chairman Gray here stopped the ex amination, saying that the exception ally high prices during the strike were not pertinent to the inquiry. The miners called several witnesses who told of conditions at the collier ies of the A. P. Pardee company, in the Hazelton region. One of the wit ncsses was a boy. who said he lost a ~eg in the mines, received nothing for its loss. but instead when he came back to work the company took off his wages his father's debt. H MI:. Dar:'ow here announced that I the miners expert to close their case this week, and now gave notice for the other side to be ready next week. 1 The companies' attorneys said they desired a recess for a short time af ter the miners' close, to complete the preparation of their case. Chairman Gray said he hoped there would be no interruption of the ses sions. Diamonds Disappear. Chicago, Dec. 11.-Mrs. Charles L. Blackman, a wealthy widow residing in the Kenwood hotel, has been rob. bed of $6,000 worth of diamonds. The jewels were taken from her in the hotel in daylight and while the hotel parlor, a short distance away, was filled with people. There is no clew to the thief. BOER GENERALS IN NEW YORK. Fouche, Kritzinger and Jaubert Ar. rive to See What They Can See. New York, Dec. 11.-Among the pas sengers who arrived on the steamer Manitou from London, were General Kritzinger and Commandants Fouche and Joubert of the Boer army. Fouche expects to settle in this country permanently and the others will lecture on their experience. BETTING IS PROHIBITED. Stringent Rule Laid Down by the Uni versity of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec. 12.-Presi dent Angell and the faculty of Michi gan university have taken a decided stand against beeting by students un der their jurisdiction. Wagers ag gregating about 10,000, it is said, were posted at one hotel here on the Thanksgiving day football game, and the rumor of thip and of other large betting in similar events in which the university athletic teams have been contestants, having come to the university authorities, the faculty sen ate adopted resolutions fixing sus pension as the penalty for betting in any events in which university stu denst shall participate in in the fu ture. GREEN IS READY. Former Owner of Spokane Team Says He Will Put Up Coin. Spokane, Dec. 12.-Harry Green, former owner of the Spokane base ball team, announces that he is ready to back a team in Portland next year if'that town tries to jump from the Pacific Northwest league. He says: "I believe I will get the franchise. I am willing to sink twice as much as I made this year for the good of the league. It now looks as though I would own the Salt Lake club also. I believe Buck Weaver will manage that team." The baseball war appears to have stopped Lucas' efforts to bring Cali fornia into the National Association of Leagues He states: "I am not go ing to California. I must stay and fight. I am not at all frightened over the prospect. We will be in the game next year with all thle teams that played the successful season just clos ed. We can afford to pay higher salaries than California and will give them a run for their money." ACCIDENT NEAR WILKESBARRE. Coupling Breaks While Cars Are Be ing Shifted in Stope. Wilkesbarre, Pa., Dec. 12.-Three men lost their lives and one was se riously injured in No. 3 stope of the Kingston company at Edwardsville, a small mining town near here, this ev mning. The men, who had just finish ?d their shift, were walking up the stope behind a trip of loaded cars. The stope runner desired to shift ;he cars and he notified the men to ,tep aside. They did not heed the ,arning, and in shifting the cars a oupling broke and the cars dashed lown the steep incline, ploughing in o the men and hurling them with r-eat force against the roof and sides )f the stope. When picked up it was ound that three of the men were lead and one badly injured. The bodies of the dead were hor idly mangled. TOUCHED LIVE WIRE. Electrocution of a Student While Ad justihg Incandescent Light. New York, Dec. 12.--The Rev. Geo. Leonard Lose, a student in Drew seminary, Morristown, N. J., was electroucufed in his room in Hoyt k rowno dormitory, attached to that institution. The shock, which came primarily from an incandescent elec tric light wire, lilled him instantly. It was a pet'u!iar and probably unpro cedented accident. Dr. Lose, who was 26 years of age, was sitting in the dormitory with his feet on the radiator for warmth. He was reading, leaning back in his chair. The light from an incandescent lamp swinging above his head did not suit him. He leaned back to change the position of the light, keeping his feet, which were covered with light slippers, on the raditor. Just above the bulb there was a por tion of the wire exposed. His hand came in contact with the little patch of exposed wire, and he was hurled to the floor dead. COAL TRAIN WRECKED. Great Falls, Dec. 12.-A wreck oc curred on the Great Northern tonight about two miles south of here. One engine and 25 cars were completely wrecked and Engineer Gorham and Conductor Stroupe injured. It is not believed their condition is serious. The train consisted of 77 coal cars and was drawn by two engines. The roadbed is torn up for a distance of a quarter of a mile and hundreds of tons of coal are scattered along the track. Traffic will be delayed for 24 hours. The cause of the accident is not known. Money to loan on city and farm property. T. J. Bouton. . 55-tf Shropshire Sheep. Thirty head of registered Shrop. shire bucks, ranging in age from twa to six years old. Price $7.50 per head. inspection invited. G. J. DE BOOR. 37-tt Musselshell, Mont. iFRANCE ALSO HAS CLAIMS AGGREGATE MORE THAN GER E MANY'S AND ENGLAND'S. OWNS CUSTOMS RECEIPTS Wily Venezuelan Executive Fxed Mat ters Before King's and Kaiser's Collectors Came. Washington, Dec. 12.-If there is an attempt to possess themselves of all the customs receipts on the part of Great Britain and Germany, protests might naturally be expected to follow from -France, which holds claims ag gregating more than the combined claims of England and Germany, and Venezuela, it is understood, already has arranged for their payment on an installment plan out of Venezuelan customs receipts, an arrangement that might be disturbed by the Brit ish and German program. It is evident here'now that the al lies have been obliged to proceed against Venezuela far beyond the point where their original program had in view. The correspondence shows that there was not the least apprehension that Castro in his re sistance would make it necessary for Great Britain and Germany to go be yond a peaceful blockade and it is the understanding that the London and Berlin authorities now are obliged to prepare a new program for execution in case Mr. Bowen's efforts at arbitra. tion fail. Up to noon no communications on the Venezuelan situation had been re ceived at the state department either from the Berlin or London govern ments. Secretary Hay went imme diately to the cabinet meeting after the receipt of Minister Bowen's cable. On his return the British and German embassies were placed in possession of the news from Venezuela, and it was cabled to Berlin and London. It is probable that replies will be re ceived over night and sent to Minis ter Bowen, who will inform the Vene zuelan president. It is certain that the state depart ment is willing to go any reasonable length to settle the difficulty in any manner honorable and satisfactory to all. Therefore Secretary Hay replied to Minister Bowen's cablegram, au thorizing him in his discretion to use his good offices to secure arbitration. If one should follow, he would repre sent not the government of the Unit ed States, but that of Venezuela at its reclest. It is realized here that the outcome is v'ry doubtful, and the way is beset with difficulties. If the claims against Venezuela were those only of Great Britain and Germany the ad justment might be easier, but France and Italy, the United States and per haps other nations also have claims and they cannot safely accept any ar rangement which Great Britain and Germany might force upon Vene zuela which would deprive them of their right of reclamation. The president is showing particular interest in the situation. This morn ing he called Secretary IIay away from his regular Thursday diplomatic reception to confer respecting Vene zuela. The chairman of the two con gressional committees charged with the care of foreign affairs also called at the state department during the forenoon to talk over the Venezuelan developments. Senator Cullom, chairman of the committee on foreign relations, ex pressed regret that England and Ger many had destroyed, by breaking up or sinking, the vessels of the Vene zuelan war fleet. "They might bet ter have left them for toy houses as against a formidable squadron. They were fit for little else," he remarked. He believed if it were considered nec essary to seize the vessels ,they could have been kept intact until at- 1 -r the i:('aat troutle was s".'lt d I and then ctto:red to Vene:m~eim Senator ('o.h m expressed the opin ion that the United States would not become involved seriously in the pres ent disturbances, as he was satisfied that neither Great Britain nor Ger many had any intention of acquiring Venezuelan territory. New Century Comfort. Millions are daily finaIng a world of comfort in Bucklin's Arnica Salve. It kills pain from burns, scalds. cuts, bruises; conquers ulcers and fever sores; cures eruptions, salt rheum, boils and felons; removes corns and warts. 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ENTHUSIASM AT PANAMA. Former Revolutionary Gunboats Fly Government Flag. Panama, Dec. 12.-Big crowds as sembled around the wharves here when the former revolutionary gun boats Padilla and Gaitan were seen coming into the bay flying the Colom bian flag. Both steamers, which, ac cording to the peace treaty, are now the property of the government, sa luted the land forts. Over 1,000 men who participated for or against the government in the revo lutiop, including several generals and officers of high rank, have arrived here. Much enthusiasm is shown in all circles, for everyone here is con vinced now that the war is really at an end. Nearly 6,000 men of the gov ernment forces have been sent away to their homes since the peace treaty was signed. The sanitary conditions of the city are improving. HAS THEM GUESSING. Doctor Ames Too Foxy for Men Who Would Arrest Him. Minneapolis, Dec. 12.-Advices re ceived in Minneapolis indicate that Dr. Ames is very foxy in evading ar rest. The Boston police now think that the mayor is in Somerville, Mass. The police of that place have been asked to ferret him out. A tele phone message from Somerville was received in Boston last night inquir ing about the Ames trunks in cus today there. It is also stated that a man and woman called for the trunks at the depot in Boston but could not get them. The man was not Mayor Ames. Sheriff Dreger, at Louisville, thinks Dr. Ames has gone to Mexico and not to Boston. The Boston officials fear that he may have escaped into Canada. MOROS REPULSED. Americans at Camp Vicars Attacked at Midnight. Mani:3, Dec. 12.-A force of Moros attacked Camp Vicars, Island of Min danao, on Tuesday after 70 days in activity. They were repulsed with out loss on the American side. The Moros approached stealthily 'at mid night, but the Americans were not surprised. The entire force was call "d to arms to drive off the attackers. It is believed the hostiles were from the country cast of Lanao, which Captain Pershing has not yet visited. Cholera is spreading among the Lake Moros. It is believed the epi demic will pIove serious. Strike Is Settled. San Francisco, Dec. 11.-The strike at the Spreckels sugar refIinery has been amicably settled, all of the men, who walked out. returning to work. The employes who were discharged, and who caused the strike, will be reinstated at once and the others as soon as there is work for them. Mad Mullah Slain. Aden. Arabia, Dec. 12.-A rumor has reached here of the assassination of the Mad Mullah in Somaliland. The report was brought to the coast by a native runner from Garreroe, via Ber bera. The Mullah is said to have been killed by a spear thrust in the stom ach, inflicted while he was praying. Finds Way to Live Long. The startling announcement of a dis covery that will surely lengthen life is made by Editor O. H. Downey of Churubusco, Ind. 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