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SHUT OFF TELEGRAPHERS' STRIKE ISO LATES ST. PETERSBURG FROM INTERIOR. SITUATION GRAVE Workmen's Council Deliberating Whether to Call General Political Strike Throughout Empire-Posi tion of Government Rendered Des. perate-Cause of Present Walkout. St. Petersburg, Nov. 29.--1:20 p. m. -The situation has again suddenly grown exceedingly grave. The Rus sian capital is shut. off from telegraph Ic communication with the interior. The Pan-Russian strike of the tele graph operators declared yesterday has gone into operation and the work men's council is deliberating wheth er to declare a general political strike throughout Russia tomorrow, predictsa ted this time on the alleged unwar ranted arrest of the members of the peasants' congress at Moscow, and ,also calling on the people to compel the employers of St. Petersburg, who locked out 70,000 men, to open their doors. The telegraph strike draws an im penetrable curtain between the capi tal and the provinces, which renders the position of the government almost desperate, as being in instant and con stant touch with the military and lo cal authorities in the interior is im perative. If the telegraph strike can be maintained the government will be compelled to grope blindly in the dark. Working at St. Petersburg. The employes of the office here have not yet struck, but they are ex I.ected to walk out today. Only two lines are working out of St. Peters burg, Telephonic messages from Mos cow, which are momentarily expected to stop, say that the operators on the Siberian lines and on all the lines south, north and east of Moscow have struck. Communication with Sebasto pol 'and Odessa has ceased. The op erators on the lines throughout the Baltic provinces have also struck. The telegraphers' strike is the di rect outgrowth of the government's circular prohibiting telegraph opera tors from joining the union, which prohibition is attributed to M. Dur novo, minister of the interior, for whose renlbval from office the radi cals are vigorously working. The minister recently summarily discharg ed the leaders of the Moscow union, and yesterday their colleagues sent a 12 hour ultimatum to M. Durnovo and Premier Witte, demanding reinstate ment of the dismissed men and with drawal of the obnoxious circular. No answer being forthcoming at the spe cified time, the striKe was declared. THEIR KEYS ALSO SILENT. St. Petersburg Operators Have Decid ed to Cease Work. [By Associated Press] St. Petersburg, Nov. 29.--11 p. m. The operators of the St. Petersburg telegraphs have decided to strike at midnight. It is not known whether communica tion can be maintained, as most of the military operators were arrested yes terday for sedition and as the cable operators, though they are foreigners, may be intimidated into leaving their keys. The line to Finland is still working. There is no news from Sebastopol. LONG EVADED SERVICE New Yorker After Two Years' Eva sion Is Served With Writ in Suit for Restitution. South Norwalk, Conn., Nov. 29.-A body writ for one million dollars has been served on C. Munson Raymond, a former New York broker, in a suit brought to recover securities and bonds to the amount of over one mil lion dollars, which, it is said, were entrusted to Raymond's care more than two years ago. The name of the plaintiff is not made publiC. It is said that Raymond has evaded service in the suit for two years. He was found last night at the home of his nephew, Seymour Curtis, here. In preference to going to jail in default of a million dollars, Raymond agreed to be constantly under guard of two deputy sheriffs. CalMing card, at Tho Gazette omce. SHEAVY LOSS BY- FIRE. Valuable Property Destroyed in San Francisco Manufacturing District. San Francisco, Nov. 29.--Fire start ed from an unknown cause early to day in the cigar box factory of Elliq & Gantadine, in Fremont street, in the heart of the manufacturing dis trict. It burned fiercely for six hours, despite a heavy rain, and caused a loss of $250,000. The heaviest losers are the Union Iron works and the Golden State Miners Foundry company. The original plant of the Union works, now used as its mining and general machinery branch, was com pletely gutted. TAKEN TO PRISON. Dougherty Will Eat His Thanksgiving Dinner in Joliet Penitentiary. Peoria, Ills., Nov. 29.-Newton C. Dougherty, former banker and well known educator, wap taken to Joliet penitentiary today. Preparations for the trip were kept secret. His wife and daughter had their last meeting with the prisoner at midnight. Their parting was affect ing. JAMES J. HILL MAKING GOOD RECENT IMPLIED PROMISE MADE IN BILLINGS. Reports from Great Falls indicate that James J. Hill is preparing to carry into effect his implied promise made on the occasion of his recent visit to Billings to the effect that Billings and the Judith basin might be more close ly connected at some time. At least they indicate that Mr. Hill is taking the preliminary steps in that direction. The report says: "A party of Great Northern engineers, ten in number, left Great Falls on the 27th inst, for Armington to begin the survey of the proposed railroad across the Judith country to Billings. A carload of en gineers' supplies preceded the party to Armington. It is said to be the inten tipn of the Great Northern to place other parties in the f tld as soon as men can be secured and to hurry the survey. "The people here are more or less excited over men being placed in the field and believe at last they are to have a railroad through the rich Judith country." RESIGNATION ACCEPTED McCurdy No Longer President of Mu tual Life Insurance Company-Peck ham Also Out as Trustee. From Thursday' s Daily. New York, Nov. 29.-The resigna tion of President McCurdy of the Mu tual Life Insurance company was pre sented to the board of trustees today and accepted. Frederick Cromwell was named by the trustees to act temporarily as president of the oom pany. The resignation of Justice Rufus W. Peckham as trustee of the company was also received by the board and accepted. NO ORDINARY THIEF George M. Vreeler Arrested For Lar- 1 ceny of Fortune In Certificates and Notes. From Thursday's Daily. New York, Nov. 29.-George M. i Vreeler, who has an office in Broad way; was arrested today, charged with the larceny of $210,000 in certificates and notes. The arrest was made on a warrant secured by Russell Grey of Philadelphia, who is an officer in the I American Interlaced Curled Hair com pany of Phildelphia. The specifications state that $100,- 1 000 in treasury stock of the company I and also 12 notes valued at $5,000 i each and 20 notes valued at $2,500 each were stolen by Vreeler. Grey al- t leges that the securities were given to Vreeler to secure a loan of $100,000 and that the loan was never negotia- 1 ted. BLIZZARD IN INDIAN TERRITORY. i Larimore, I. T., Nov. 28.-A severe blizzard prevails here. Freight trains cannot move and passengers trains I are arriving far behind schedule time. Good advice to women. If you want I a beautiful complexion, clear skin, bright eyes, red lips, good health, take Hollister's Rocky Mountain Tea. There I is nothing like it. 35 cents, Tea or tablets, Holmes & Rixon. I THE PRISON FOR BURTON KANSAS SENATOR SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL WITH HEAVY FINE. STAY IS GRANTED Pending an Appeal to Supreme Court Defendant Released on Bond-For ever Debarred From Holding Pos-l tion of Honor or Profit Under the Government. St. Louis, Nov. 29.-United States Senator Joseph Ralph Burton of Kan sas was today sentenced in the United States circuit court to serve six months in the Iron County jail, Iron ton, Mo., and to pay a fine of $2,500. The punishment is imposed for con viction on the indictment charging that Burton had acted in the capacity of paid attorney in behalf of the Rialto Grain and Securities company of St. Louis before the post office depart ment to prevent issuance of a fraud order. He was also debarred forever from holding any position of honor or profit under the government. He was released on bond in the sum of $5,000 with R. C. Kerens as surety, pending an appeal to the supreme court. Execution of sen tence was stayed pending the appeal. THEY PARTED AS FRIENDS MERIWETHER GIVES TESTIMONY IN HIS OWN BEHALF. [By Associated Press] Annapolis, Nov. 29.-Midshipman Minor Meriwether today told his story of the fist fight between himself and Midshipman James R. Branch, Jr., which was followed by the death of Branch. He closed it with the words "I have never seen him since, we parted as friends." He was testifying in his own behalf before the court martial which is try ing him on charges that embrace one of manslaughter in connection with. the death of Branch. Meriwether was on the witness stand an hour and a half, testifying in detail as to the fight and incidents that led up to it. His evidence ex cited greater interest than has any in BATTLE AT SEBASTOPOL After Desperate Engagement Mutinous Sailors are Forced to Surrender. St. Petersburg, Nov. 29.-Sebasto pol was today the scene of a desperate battle between the mutinous sailors and the troops in the forts on shore. During the battle the town and forts were bombarded by the guns of the cruiser Otchakoff, which lies a burning wreck off Admiralty point, its shell riddled with shells and its flaunting red ensign of revolution hauled down. Many of the crew of the Otchakoff were killed or wounded. According to one report the barracks of the mutineers was carried by storm after the mutinous fleet, which is said to have numbered 10 vessels, had sur rendered and the whole position is now in the hands of the troops under the command of General Neplueff. The Associated Press, however, is unable to guarantee the correctness of this report. Owing to the interruption of the telegraph, details of the battle are dif fcult to obtain. The Associated Press .s authortatively informed by the na val general staff tonight that the bat tle was begun by the troops on shore, who opened fire on the Otchakoff, which was defiantly displaying the red flag. The commander of the Otchakoff, Lieutenant Schmidt, accepted the chal lenge, replying with both batteries, )ne trained on the town and the other )n the Fort Alexander batteries on the shore. Captain Zilotti, aide-de-camp of Ad nmiral Wirenius, chief of the naval gen the previous portion of the trial and while speaking the accused was at times visibly affected. When he left the witness stand the defense rested. The prosecution called in rebuttal several plidshipmen, Doctor Thomas, neurologist of the Johns Hopkins hos pital, Surgeon Byrnes of the naval academy and Captain George P. Col vocoresses, commandant of the mid shipmen. It is expected that argu ment of counsel will be concluded and ;he case given to the court Friday. For General Inefficiency. Midshipman Joseph R. Williams of Patterson, N. J., member of the first class of the naval academy, who testi fied before the court martial yesterday was this morning dropped from the navy for general inefficiency, by order of Secretary Bonaparte. Midshipman Williams testified yes terday that Commander Hugo Ouster haus had reported a midshipman for not resenting an insult. He was not dropped on account of this testimony reflecting on a naval officer, but, it is stated, because he has been unsatis factory in several of his studies dur ing the present term and was set back a class last year. The superintendent's recommenda tion that he be dismissed was made long before the Meriwether court martial proceedings began. Williams was a leading member of the academy track team. WEAK IN HIS FAITH. Divine Charged With Heresy Admits Doubt Regarding Miracles, Houston, Texas, Nov. 28.-The trial of the case of the Reverend William Caldwell, pastor of the First Presby terian church of Fort Worth, before the Texas synod had a rather peculiar termination. The real case was against the Fort Worth presbytery for admit ting Mr. Caldwell, and by a vote of 87 to 37 the synod decided that the Fort Worth presbytery had done wrong. The matter was then referred to a committee to draw up the decision of the synod. The committee will re port in favor of Mr. Caldwell quitting the ministry and amending his views. In his answers Mr. Caldwell stated that he could not accept that Moses wrote the whole of the Pentateuch, in asmuch as the closing chapters there of recite the death of Moses. While he accepts the miraculous element in the Old Testament, regarding Baa lam's ass, and Jonah and Daniel in the lion's den, he has doubts, regard ing them more as figures of speech than as statements of fact. As to the story of the creation as given in Gene sis, he did not regard the account as either historically or scientifically cor rect, nor to be accepted as historical facts. When asked if Jesus knew that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, Mr. Cald well remarked: "I have no informa tion on that point." Are you lacking in strength and vigor? Are you weak? Are you in pain? Do you feel all run down? The blessing of health and strength come to all who use Hollister's Rocky Moun tain Tea. 35 cents. Holmes & Rixon. eral staff, informed the Associated Press that the latest dispatches re ceived from Sebastopol showed that the Otchakoff was on fire and badly riddled, with its revolutionary colors hauled down, but he was unable to give more definite information. According to a more detailed report received from anotmer source and purporting to come from the admiral ty, the battle began at 3 o'clock this afternoon, when Lieutenant Schmidt not receiving a reply to the demands of the mutineers opened fire from a fleet of 10 ships to which the northern batteries at Fort Alexander and gr tillery posted on the shore and several vessels which remained loyal replied. During the navai battle the sailors on shore entrenched in the barracks defended their position with machine guns and rifles against the attacking infantry. After an engagement last ing two and a half hours, with the Otchakoff riddled and on fire and the cruiser Dnieper and another vessel sunk, Lieutenant Schmidt, who had been badly wounded, surrendered the entire squadron. The mutinous sail ors on shore surrendered to the Brest and Bielostok regiments. According to this report the Pante leimon, formerly the Kniaz Potemkine, was injured below the water line and a torpedo boat is ashore on the rocks. No details of the casualties or the damage suffered by the town are ob tainable, but owing to the confined space in which the action was fought it is improbable that the town escaped without heavy injury. StIPS AND MEN LOST STORM ON GREAT LAKES RE SULTS IN LONG LIST OF DISASTERS. THRILLING RESCUE Life Saving Crew Displays Great Heroism in Rescuing Fortunate Sur vivors of III Starred Steamer Ma taafa, Launching Boat in Raging Sea-List of the Dead. (By Associated Press] Duluth, Minn., Nov. 29.-The net re sults of the great storm, as far as known, are the total wrecks of the steamers Mataafa, Cresent City, Eden born and La Fayette; the sinking of the Elwood in Duluth harbor, the stranding of the barge Manila and the steamer W. H. England, the stranding of the Bransford on Isle Royal, and two barges missing, the Mideara and Constitution. The stranding of the Bransford on the Isle Royal was not very serious, comparatively speaking. She escaped with a puncture in her forward compartment and succeeded in reaching Duluth. The Manila was in tow of the Lafayette and the Mi deara in tow of the Edenborn. The Constitution was in tow of the steamer Victory. A fireman of the Lafayette was drowned and the second assist ant engineer of the Edenborn was lost. Their names are unobtainable at this hour. Nine Freeze to Death. The complete list of victims of the wrecked steamer Mataafa, which foun dered near the canal entrance yester day afternoon, is as follows: William Mose, Cleveland O., chief engineer. Claude A. Faringer, Cleveland, O., first assistant engineer. James Early, Buffalo, second as sistant engineer. Carl Carlson, Chicago, oiler. Wm. Gilchrist, Wiarton, Ont., oiler. Thomas Woodgate, residence un known, shipped at Conneaut, fireman. James Settle, residence unknown, shipped at Conneaut, deckhand. J. H. Wright, Cleveland, steward. Walter Busch, Amherstburg, second nnMS As the gray light broke around the wreck of the Mataafa this morning the question on the lips of the weary watchers who had kept bonfires going through the darkness was "how many are still alive?" A light shining through a port hole was the only evidence of life until shortly after daybreak the form of a man was seen at the door of the cap tain's cabin and a cheer of encourage ment broke from those on shore. The life saving crew was on the scene early, and, assisted by the atchers, two surf boats were brought to the beach. For a time it seemed as if the violence of the sea was sub siding, but at 8 o'clock it was heaving with renewed fury and launching of a boat was postponed. A megaphone was secured and in response to the repeated calls of the life savers a man appeared on deck with a magaphone and shouted "All alive forward, can you get us ashore?" A Perilous Rescue. Spurred to renewed efforts by this appeal, under Captain McLennan the life savers manned the boat and a hun dred willing hands shoved her into the breakers. The waves were rolling fiercely clear over the wreck, while clouds of blinding spray flew mast high, at times completely obscuring the vessel, which in the early morning light presented a sickening sight of helpless wreckage sheathed in ice to the tops of her masts. As the life boat breasted the billows it was a thrilling moment and repeat ed cheers broke from the crowd as she neared the carnel thing that once had been a noble mistress of the lake. Tossed like a chip, but finally tri umphant over the elements, the boat reached the side and a rope was thrown to the eager hands on deck. It was made fast and the work of lowering the half frozen men began. In the bitter bold it seemed that some must drop exhaustel into the lake. The captain and mate stood by to give assistance to the benumbed mariners. Done in Orderly Manner. The utmost order prevailed and the deliberate movements of the men on deck contrasted stranlgely with the fury of the wind and waves, as the spray, broke over the boat and the waves swept the boat from stren to bow. In breathless silence the watchers on shore saw the first man twist him self about the frozen rope and glide down to the life boat, which every moment threatened 'to capsize. He was caught and dragged trty; m .h' spouting water as it washed over he . deckage in torrnets into the' .~ilat, drenched and half drowned, but safe. There was no confusion nor useless hurry on board. Each man as his name was called stepped from the poor shelter of the battered cabin crawling steadily forward to the rail and committed himself to the rope which, swayed fiercely by the force of the blast, threatened to dash out his life against the side of the vessel. 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