TELEGRAPHERS' STRIKE ISO
LATES ST. PETERSBURG
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Preparations for the trip were kept
secret. His wife and daughter had
their last meeting with the prisoner
at midnight. Their parting was affect
JAMES J. HILL
RECENT IMPLIED PROMISE MADE
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
"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
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
The resignation of Justice Rufus W.
Peckham as trustee of the company
was also received by the board and
NO ORDINARY THIEF
George M. Vreeler Arrested For Lar- 1
ceny of Fortune In Certificates and
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
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
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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
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.
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
He closed it with the words "I
have never seen him since, we parted
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
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
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
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
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."
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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.
STORM ON GREAT LAKES RE
SULTS IN LONG LIST OF
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
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
Claude A. Faringer, Cleveland, O.,
first assistant engineer.
James Early, Buffalo, second as
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
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
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.
Five times was the perilous maneuver
repeated with Increditable hazard and
the crowd on shore knew that as many
human lives had run the gauntlet and
been rescued from the wreck.
Nine poor fellows were found dead
in the stern frozen to death.
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