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The Anaconda standard. [volume] (Anaconda, Mont.) 1889-1970, December 31, 1899, Morning, Image 1

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Snow In northern; fair In northwest .mrua
40_ _ W Colder; northerly to easterly winds.
Waltham WaFthes are the
finest pocket timepieces in the
world. The naie Waltham is
an absolute guarantee of perfec
tion in watch mechanism. We
carry all the prinoipal grades in
stock and guarantee them thor
oughly reliable.
If looking for a reliable time
piece, consult us. We have the
largest stock in town.
Ladles' Solid Gold Waltham
Watches .......................
$ ..oo up
Ladles' Gold Filled Waltham
Watches ............ ............
$a2.00 up
Gents' Silver Waltham Watches ..
$12.00 up.
Gents' Solid Gold Waltham
Watches ....................
$45.00 up
Gents' Gold Filled Waltham
Watches ........... ......
$12.00oo up
Boys' Waltham Watches..........
$8.0oo up
..Owsry, BLOOaxtrF
-Mail Orders Filled Promptly.
Why We
Sacrifice Our
Suits and
Because the fall season
was late and very short
and because the holiday
season left us many odds
and-ends to clean out.
Here is a chance for
,every shrewd buyer to
make a profitable invest -
$15.00 Suits or Overcoats
now ..................
$r 3.85
$18.00 Suits or Overcoats
now ...... ..........
$20.00 Suits or Overcoats
now ..................
$22.00 Suits or Overcoats
now .................
ians &/ Klein
~9~ ~d~nJ
An Interesting Report Submitted
by the Commissioners.
The Total Shows a Decrease or 18 Per
Cent From 1888-Bounty Law
Works Well-The Horse
Special Dispatch to the Standard.
1 Helena, Dec. 30.-During the yeat
1899 there were 203,498 head of cattle
shipped out of the state or slaughtered
for home consumption, according to
the 14th annual report of the state
board of stock commissioners sub
mitted to the governor to-day, The re
port presents the usual interesting in
formation respecting one of the great
industries of the state. The produc
tlon of the state, as reported to the
stock inspector by the local inspectors,
shows a falling off of about 15 per cent.
as cimpared with last year. It is pre
dicted that because of the curtailment
of the ranges the shortage will Increase
as the country becomes more settled.
Speaking of the shipments and the
cause of the decrease the report says:
"Cattle shipments fall somewhat short
of the previous year, probably about
15 per cent., which may be accounted
for in the decrease of range herds, and
the indications are that there will be
a gradual increase in the shortage for
some years to come. The state is rap
idly becoming settled and range prjvi
leges are accordingly curtailed, al
though it is doubtful if this will create
any ultimate decrease in the total
number of cattle in the state, as ranch
cattle will eventually increase propor
tionately as the range herds disappear.
"During the past season the inspec
tors report a total of 203,498 head of
cattle shipped out of Montana, includ
ing home consumption and those that
were shipped out to the feeding dis
tricts in the corn states. Of this num
ber there were 10,755 strays recovered
by the inspectors, the proceeds of 8.367
being paid direct to the owners, while
the remaining 2,388 head were paid for
to owners through the Montana Stock
growers' association.
"On account' of the high prices pre
vqiling for stock cattle, the number of
young stock brought into the state
during the year was not up to the nor
mal number, as the total did not ex
ceed W50OYW head. Of this number 1,844
head were thoroughbred cattle, brought
in for breeding purposes. Stockmen
throughout Montang are procuring the
best-breed8ag stock,-tL bWsad,. which
augurs well for thefutrre of thecat,
tie business in this state."
tie business in this state."
In regard to the system of inspection
of cattle at the markets, the report
says: "The inspection of cattle at the
markets has been satisfactory, as
usual. This inspection is of great val
ue to the stockmen, particularly the
smaller owners, as every animal is
carefully inspected, a record made of
all brands and proceeds from the sale
of strays sent to the respective owners.
Every facility is afforded for thorough
and expert work and notwithstanding
the large number of cattle crowded on
the market within so short a time,
errors are infrequent and complaints
few. This market inspection is main
tained throughout the year, so that it
is an impossibility to ship cattle from
the state to market at any time with
out undergoing inspection. Proceeds
of strays are sent to the Montana
Stockgrowers' association and thence
to individual owners, who are located
by means of 'the official record of
marks and brands."
The location and the work of the 21
inspectors that were employed during
the year are fully set forth. The in
spection service for the year is pro
nounced better than ever before, as the
finances have been in better shape.
Each county has afforded better in
dividual inspection than ever. The re
sult of tlhe inspectors' work is shown
in the number of arrests for violation
of the stock laws. Sixty arrests were
made during the year. Of those arrest
ed, 16 were convicted, 20 are awaiting
trial, one was extradited to Canada
and convicted, two were taken to other
states and convicted, and two forfeit
ed their ball and are now fugitives
from justice. Nearly all of the regular
inspectors are deputized as sheriffs and
assist materially in the enforcement of
the general laws against criminals. The
force of inspectors is pronounced effi
cient and of inestimable value to the
live stock interests of the state. .Dur
ing the year 782 cattle were killed by
the railroads of the state.
Praise is accorded to the Montana
Stock Growers' association and to the
North Montana Stock association for
assistance, the former hiving finan
cially aided the board by contributing
$9,260, which has been a help in prose
cuting the work of the board.
The new bounty law passed by the
last legislature proves to have been a
wise measure for the stock interests.
"The new bounty laws appears to be
working most satisfactorily," says the
report, "and we hope it will have the
result of greatly decreasing the num
ber of depredating animals in Mon
tana. The tax is a heavy ope on the
stock interests, but if the desired re
sult is attained the expense will be
cheerfully borne. We feel that the
'livestock interests should be accorded
such legislation as they request, in
view of the fact that they are taxing
themselves exclusively for their own
protection, besides contributing their
proportion to the support of the gen
eral interests. The number of claims
filed for bounty is decreasing, while
the fund has been greatly augmented
by the increased tax levy, so there is
not only a sufficiently large fund to
provide cash bounty so that certificates
may be worth their face value, but the
old claims under previous acts are
likely to soon be paid up. We believe,
too, that the restrictions of the new
law prevent the practice of fraud to the
extent that existed under the previous
The assignment of the old, unused
brands, owing to the difficulty in new
brands that are desirable, is commend
ed. The board finds that the old
brands are plainer than any new ones
available and by continuing 'to use
them the records are relieved of dis
used brands. There are about 16,000
brands on the records. Not all, how
ever, are in use, as legal assignments
have not been procured for all of them.
The ne~w year begins with $33.477 in
the stock inspection and indemnity
fund, as compared with $19,135 Jan. 1,
1899. The receipts during the year were
$29,078 and the' disbursements $14,450.
The improved condition in the horse
market comes in for favorable com
ment. Speaking of the horse industry
and the possibilities, providing the
breed is kept up, the report says: "The
marked improvement in the horse mar
ket resulted in the shipment from Mon
tana of a larger number of horses than
have gone out in several years past.
For some years most horse owners have
paid little attention to their stock,
making no attempt to brand the in
crease, or claim it in any manner. This
has had the effect of depreciating the
quality of horse stock, besides creating
a large number of mavericks on the
ranges. During the past year a sys
tematic effort has been made in many
localities to rid the ranges of this class
of stock, which has been destructive to
the ranges and detrimental to valuable
stock interests. The number of horses
shipped front Montana during 1899 ag
gregates 35,000 head, as shown by in
spection reports of officers authorized
under the new inspection law to per
form this inspection. This law requires
the inspection of all horses exported,
and, while there was some disposition
to evade the law at the beginning, an
example or two had the desired effect,
and we believe there has since been a
general compliance with the law, which
has nerved as an effectual check on
horse stealing. The condition of the
market,indicates that horse raisers who
have kept up the quality of their stock
are in a fair way to be repaid for their
years of profitless labor and invest
Firebugs Seem Determined to Destroy
the City.
Special Dispatch to the Standard.
Dillon, Dec. 30.-That some one is de
termined to burn the town was made
evident to-night, when two fires were
started in different parts of the city.
About 8:30 o'clock a bundle of papers
was placed between the barns of
Messrs. Burfind and Axe and set fire
to. This was discovered and was put
uut without damage. Half an hour
later fire was discovered in the rear of
N. E. Hammer's clothing store. This
gained considerable headway before it
was extinguished. The damage was
about $100. A window light had been
broken and the combustibles thrown
indide. Last night fire was set in a
lumber yard, but was extinguished. be
fore it had gained headway. This is
the eighth attempt at incendiarism
that has been made in two weeks. Res
idents of the town are almost terror
Fire in Chicago Doe a Million Dnllars'
Worth of Damage.
Chicago. Dec. 30.-Fire at an early
hour to-day completely gutted the
building extending from 216 to 222 Mon
roe street, badly damaged the building
at, 2 214 Montes stree caused a less
aggregattig $950,000'and resulbtfl in the
injury of nine. firemen, two of them
serious. The injllred are: Captain
Robert O'Connor, sedrious; James Wot
ley, serious; Willlim Padden, Michael
O'Hara, Captain 'John Evans. Luke
Hayes, Lieutenant Oswald.
The fire is supposed to have origin
ated on the tedond floor in the work
room of Wooley & Co., wholesale wool
ens, 220 and 222 Monroe street, and
fanned by a fiaree northwest wind,
spread so rapidly that when the first
fire company arrived on the scene the
whole south end of the building Was
a mass of flames. A second and third
alarm was sent in, but in spite of the
tons of water thrown Into the building
by 38 engines and two fire tugs the
wind and bitter cold so Bindered the
firemen that for a time the entire
wholesale district was in danger. The
flames quickly communicated to the
building at 216 and 218 Monroe street,
gradually spreading e st to 212 and 214
Monroe, where its progress was finally
checked. Immense brands were car
ried as far as Twelfth street, and the
firemen were kept busy extinguishing
small fires on roofs s-urrounding the
The principal losses are: Building at
220-222 Monroe street, loss $225,000; Ed
ward Stanwood & Co., successors
to Phelps, Dodge & Palmer, boots and
shoes, third and sixth floors, loss $200.
000; Wooley & Co., first and second
floors, woolen goods, loss $135,000;
Schwartz & Kline, shirts, fourth floor,
loss $6,000; John Harper, cloak manu
facturer, fifth floor, loss $5,000; build
ing at 216-218 Monroe street, occupied
by J. W. Butler Paper company, loss
$25,000; J. W. Butler Paper company,
damage on stock, $250,000, fully insur
ed; Henry O. Shepard company, print
ers, occupying building at 212-214 Mon
roe street, loss $100,000; the building at
217 Fifth avenue was damaged $2,000.
Besides these there were several
minor losses caused by smoke and
water. Figures on the insurance are
not yet obtainable, but it is psobable
most of the losses are well covered.
Destructive Conflagration.
Chicago, Dec. 30.-The seven-story
building at Monroe and Franklin
streets, occupied by Edward Stanwood
& Co., wholesale shoes; Wooley & Co..
wpolens; Schwartz & Klein, clothiers,
and two other firms, was destroyed by
fire early this morning. The loss will
amount to more than $150,000; insur
ance unknown. One fireman was hurt
by a falling wall and taken to the hos
pital. Before the fire had been gotten
under control the flames were commu
nicated to the adjoining seven-story
building, No. 212 to 218 Monroe street,
occupied by the J. W. Butler Paper
company. This bhllding was also prac
tically destroyed, with a loss of $150,
000. This amount will bring the total
loss on the two buildings to more than
Your Men Killed and Several Others In
Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 30.-Four men
were killed and several others injured
by a boiler explosion one mile west of
Elizabethtown this morning. They
were employes of Keller & Kresson,
railroad contractors.
The dead:
WITT SHERBAHN of West Donegal.
BURT HARRIS, a negro.
AN ITALIAN, known as Tony, who
was hurled 150 feet.
Shout and Sobbed.
Sioux City. Iowa, Dec. *0.-John E.
Robson, a well known contractor, was
shot and robbed of $100 in his office
last night. His assailants escaped and
left no traces behind. Robson is un
conscious and his condition is criti
England's War With the Boers a
Piece of Brutal Folly.
Dr. Barth Dewigntes Mr. Chamberlain a
Political JaOelo' Lantern-Patherland
Is Preparing for Any Emergency.
Puse Deocares British Will Losse.
Copyrighted 1899 by Associated Press.
Berlin, Dec. 30.-The South African
war overshadows everything else here.
The correspondent of the associated
press has just. had an interesting in
terview with the liberal leader, Dr.
Barth, who is one of the most stead
fast friends of Great Britain and
America, but who also condemns this
war. Dr. Barth said:
"At present it looks as if England
might lose the whole of South Africa.
I have private information from Africa,
via Holland, atcording to which the
rebellious movement among the Cape
Boers has assumed much more serious
proportions than the bnglish newspa
pers admit. There never was a greater
piece of politict stupidity than that
shown by Mr. Chamberlain in provok
ing war without having mrd.e th:' nec
essary military preparatio.ga. If Eng
land had only waited a feI' ytars she
could have had everything ithout
war. If. England is totally defeated
this war will be the best thing for the
world, even for England. It will be a
lesson she will not soon forget. It will
have a wholesome influence upon the
jingoes of all countries, including Ger
"Our navy scheme, which is almost
sure of adoption, must be understood
to be in connection with the war in
South Africa, all fine phrases offered in
explanation notwithstanding. The In
crease was decided upon because Ger
many has lost confidence in the men
who.are shaping England's policy. The
brltality of the present English 'poli
cies renders Germany's position *oo in
secure. What happens in the Trans
vaal to-day, on land, may happen to
Germany upon the sea to-morrow. DIs
trust of England makes it necessary for
Germany to be so strong at sea hat
the English jingoes will 'hink twice
before attacking Germany. If the Ing
lish statesmen of to-day were of ths
type of Gladstotlt and Morley we should
have no concerts; but with such politi
cal jack-o'-lanterns as Mr. Chamber
lain at the helm we don't know what
to expect and maust arm for any evsn
ti'ity:" -
Tl~t German prso a;g.ari:tly, urng
the last few 'days, has expressed iba
opinion that Great Britain will not
only lose the war, but also will :ose
South Africa.
A military writer in the Deutsche
Tages Zeitung says:
"It is no longer a question of whether
England will not subjugate the Bocr
republics, but whether she will also
lose Cape. Colony. It is true England
will retain the harbors under the gtu:s
of English ships, but the entire in 'crir
she will lose, and instead of lie
dreamed-of enormous British South
African empire, England will only keep
a number of ports. This wvil prob:
ably be the issue of the war, if tEng
land does not hurry up and conclude
S'rom an exc-ltent authority the cor
respondent of the as, :'atird press
hears that Great Britain ha's instructed
her minister at The Hague, fir Henry
Howard, to sign ,be peace convent:on
with the reservael lv ,of articl, 10, air the
conference powers having consented to
such reservation.
The correspondent of the associated
press learns in government circles that
Germany does not believe the repurt
that Great Britain intends to take de
cisive steps soon at Delagoa bay. It Is
admitted that Germany would be In
formed beforehand if any serious steps
were intend"d, and the reports circu
lated are considered to be canards,, is
sued by the countries interested in pre
venting Great Britain from getting
Delagoa bay.
Remains of the Gallant Soldier Placed
Aboard Ship.
Manila, Dec. 30.-The funeral of Gen
eral Lawton, who was killed at San Ma
teo Dec. 18, was held to-day with im
pressive ceremonies. The remains were
conveyed from Paco cemetery down the
Lunetta to Pacig, and thence to the
transport Thomas. which sails this af
ternoon. .-: the body was removed from
the vault Chaplain Marry read the pray
ers. The personal staff of the late gen
eral was augmented by Color Sergeant
Simon, Trumpeter IHaberkam and Pri
vates Oakum and' Mohrusen. The latter,
who were closely connected with Law
ton's recent campaigns, bore the casket
from the vault to the six-horse caisson
awaiting at the gate.
The funeral procession was composed
of the band of the 20th regiment. General
Hall and his staff, two troops of the 4th
cavalry, who were with Lawton at the
time of his death; a battery of artillery,
a number of clergymen, the caisson cov
ered with flowers, personal staff of the
general on foot, Generals Wheeler, Bates,
Forsyth. Kobbe and Schwan and Admi
ral Watson in three carriages, naval bat
talion. Major General Otis and his staff,
foreign consuls in full dress and members
of the Philippine supreme court.
Native delegations from the towns
where Lawton established civil govern
ment held wreaths. Women from the
same towns waited upon Mrs. Lawton
and presented her with their condolences
and flowers. Crowds of natives and
Americans witnessed the procession, band
played dirges and the crowds uncovered.
At Pasig the casket was transferred to
a tug, "taps" sounded and prayers were
offered by Chaplain Pierce. Enlisted pall
bearers will accompany the remains to
the United States.
Filed Its Certificate.
Trenton, N. J., Dec. 30.-The Amalga
mated Copper company filed its certificate
to-lay with tae secretary of state, setting
out that its entire capital stock of $75,
0,0,000 had been paid in in cash. The cer
tificate was signed hy#Henry H. Rogers,
vice preeldent. and William G. Rocke
feller, secretary.
From Washington.
SpecIal Dispatch to the Standard.
Washington, Dec. 30.-Trumnpeter
Herman C. Lambert, Troop F, 1st U.
S. cavalry, now at Fort Keogh, is
transferred as a first-class private to
the signal corps. He will be sent to
Angel Island, Cal.
Raymond H. Fenner of Montana is
a member of the West Point class
which General Miles proposes to have
graduated in February, instead, of
A. R. Waterman of Helena is at the
John Jackson Dies From a Blow Deliv
ered by Sepple Kastner - Charged
With Involuntary Manglaughter.
Special Dispatch to the Standard.
Helena, Dec. 30.--The sheriff's office
received word late last night from Can
yon Ferry, 20 miles from here, on the
Missouri river, that, during a row !n
a card game in a saloon, Sepple Kast
ner had struck John Jackson, and the
latter had died. An officer left for the
scene of the fatality. On the way .,ut
he met Kastner coming to town to give
himself up. He is now in the county
Jail, and as a result of the is uest held
to-day, will he tried, for involuntary
Coroner Brooke and County Attorney
McConnell went out to Canyon Ferry
to-day to hold the inquest. The cbro
ner held an autopsy upon the body.
He found a clot of blood at the base
of the brain that resulted from the
blows Kastner had delivered. Other
wise, the body was found in a normal
condition. The coroner says the dead
man was apparently in good health,
which makes it- rather surprising that
death would result from being struck.
The inquest developed that Kastner,
Jackson and another man by -the name
of Webster were playing "solo." Kast
ner accused Jackson of "throwing off."
The latter, who was the worse off for
liquor, retorted that he would "throw
off" all he wished. Kastner said he
would slap his face. Jackson attempted
to strike Kastner. but the latter was
too quick, hitting him three times brck
of the right ear. Jackson turned death
ly pale, fell against the wall and
dropped to the floor in an unconscious
condition. Kastner and the others tried
in vain to resuscitate himn but he died in
a short -time.
Kastner then started to town to sur
The jury simply found that Jackson
c'-nme to his death from a blow deliv
ered by Sepple Kastner. The latter is
only 21 years old, a Helena boy, who
has previously borne a good reputation.
He feels his position very keenly and is
profuse in the expresison of his regrets.
Jackson was a native of England,
about 38 years old and a nephew of
Thomas Mayne, a Helena saloon keep
er. That there was no treat enmity
betwaeen Jackson and Kastner, is shown
by the fact that they aecently returned
from a i.inting trip together.
State Starts the New Year With More
Cash on ftand Than She Ever
Had Before.
Special Dispatch to the Standard.
Helena, Dec. 30.-The state of Mon
tana will begin the new year with
more money on hand than at any pre
vious New Year's, according to the re
port of State Treasurer Collins for the
month of December, which was com
pleted by Deputy Treasurer Hays this
evening. There is a cash balance of
$795,081.52 in the different funds. At
one time during the month the treac
urer had more than $1,000,000 in cash,
but a general warrant fund call for
$320,000, and other warrant payments,
reduced the amount of cash. The re
ceipts for the month were $511.755 and
the disbursements $354,090. The per
manent school fund contains $80),915
in cash and securities. The cash and
securities in the permanent university
fund amount to $26,377.
The old year passes out with the fol
lowing cash amounts in the several
funds of the state:
Permanent school. $264,451.95; school
income, $76,351.49; university bond, $16.
875.35; permanent university, $12,586.75:
Normal school bond, $17,641.67; Agricul
tural college bond, $4,140.08; deaf and
dumb asylum building, $84.08: reform
school -building, $1,175.42; state capitol
building, $193,154.89; school of mines
building, $6,526.66; general, $14,266.89;
stock inspection and detective, $33,
747.67; stock Indemnity, $10,670.03; sheep
inspection and indemnity, $8,347.64; state
bounty, $112,100.95: fish and game,
$184.33: university library, $347.01; state
law library, $108.19; medical board,
$112.35; state examiners, $1,475; es-.
cheated estates, $,751.32: Soldiers' Home.
$589.53; capitol building interest and
sinking, $709.53; beautifying the capi
tol grounds. $3,245; university building,
$78.28: Agricultural college income,
$6,375.48; horticultural board. $504.98.
The Pelotas Lies High and Dry on the
Beach Near Dungeness.
London, Dec. 30.-The Hamburg and
South American line steamer Pelotas,
from Santos for Rotterdam, went
ashore near Dungeness soon after mind
night during a· heavy storm. She was
laden with coffee and had eight pas
sengers on board. In spite of the heavy
weather prevailing the Dungeness life
boat succeeded in reaching the steamer
and remained with her all night. The
Pelotas is so far inshore that Ehe is left
almost dry at low water. Her stern
post and rudder have been washed
away. The captain of the Pelotas re
fused assistance and Is rapidly jetti
soning het cargo. Tugs are attending
her and it is hoped she will be refloated
at the next high 'tide. The gale, how
ever, continues. The Hamburg-South
American line is in no way connected
with the Hamburg-American line.
The British sailing vessel Emily L.
Llpyd has been wrecked near Cher
bourg. The captain and 12 of her crew
were drowned.
The French steamer St. Gean has
been sunk near Brest. Seven of her
crew were lost.
Overdue Ships Arrive.
San Francisco, Dec. 30.-Two of the
overdue fleet of ships, reinsured at an
advance yesterday, arrived in port to
day. They are the British ship Rajore
from Liverpool and Arschal de Tu
renne. The vessels report rough
weather in the vicinity of Cape Horn.
Week Closes With the Situation
at the Front Unchanged.
They Attempt a Sortie From Mafeking
Which Results in 109 Being Killed.
Gsrman Steamer Seized With
Boer Soldiers on Board.
London, Dec. 31. 4:30 a. m.-The war
office, when communicating, about mid
night, copies of the messages ex
changed between the queen and the in
habitants of Kimberley, stated that no
further news had been received up to
that hour, and nothing of importance
has come from other sources during
the night.
The week's sorties, skirmishes, recon
noissances and bombardments at va
rious points where the British and
Boers confront each other, so far as
can be judged, have had no effect upon
the general situation at the seat of
war, which is practically the same as
it was a week ago.
During the night of Dec. 28 Lady
smith and Chieveley Camp were in full
communication, the former reporting
all well. While the signaling was in
progress the Boers attempted to mud
dle the messages with flashlights from
each extremity of their long entrenched
line. The naval brigade took advantage
of the opportunity to shell the Boer po
sitions, which were plainly revealed by
their own lights. The naval battery
resumed the shelling of ,the Boer
positions, which were plainly revealed
their fire failed to elicit any signs of
.A dispatch from Cape Town, dated
Wednesday, Dec. 27, announced that
an armored train had restored com
munication with Dorerecht, where the
Free State flag had been hauled down,
and that the Boers had been driven
from the adjacent hills to Stormberg.
British Lose 109 Killed in an Attack on
the Boers.
Lorenco Marquez, Dec. 30.-Advices
from Pretoria, under date of Wednes
day, Dec. 27, say an official dispatch
from Mafeking announces that in a
sortie which the British made from
that place on Dec. 25, attacking one of
Sthe Boer forts with cannon, Maxims
and an armored train so persistently
that lighting raged up to the walls
of the fort. the British lost 109 killed
and wounded, while the Boers only lost
two men killed and seven wounded.
The dispatch adds that Captains
Kirkwood and Grenfell Were capturdd
by Boer scouts near Colenso and were
being sent to Pretoria.
Ten unloaded shells, inscribed, "The
Season's Greeting," have been fired at
Ten South African medical students
from Edinburgh have arrived at Pre
toria from Delagoa bay with five tons
of medical stores.
A dispatch from the Boer camp at
Modder river, dated Dec. 25, reports an
artillery duel lasting an hour on Dec,
27. A British reconnoitering party
made a sortie, but did not come within
Boer range. The British on Dec. 28
commenced a steady bombardment of
the Boer position.
Seized German Steamer.
Lorenco Marquez, Dec. 30.-The
steamer Bundesrath, belonging to the
German East African line, has been
captured as a prize and taken to Dur
ball. The Bundesrath arrived here
from Mozambique. The German steam
er Bundesrath, ,f 1,319 tons, sailed
from Hamburg on Nov. 8 for Tonga,
East Africa,
Regarding the traffic generally on
the east coat of Africa, the British ad
miralty officials say the British gov
ernment desires that all ordinary and
legitimate trade conducted by foreign
vessels should suffer as little restric
tion as possible.
Merchants Take Action.
Hamlburg, Dec. 30.-The seizure of the
Bundesrath was referred to at a meet
ing of the merchants held here to-day.
After a speech by Adolph Woermann,
president of the Hamburg chamber of
commerce, dealing with the great prog
ress of the German empire during the
closing century, Herr Eiff, speaking in
behalf of the firms trading with South
Africa, asked whether the chamber was
doing all that was necessary for the
protection of German trade in that
part If the world. German commerce,
he asserted, had already suffered det
riment through the war in South Af
rica and now came the seizure of a
German steamer by a British warship.
HIerr Woermann replied that the cham
ber had already considered the question
of representations with the view of tak
ing action in the matter. The cham
ber. he continued, had been informed
that the steamship company owning
the seized vessel had teleeraphed to
Prince Hohenlohe, the imperial chan
cellor, asking for government interven
tion, and it was declared that nothing
whatever had been done by the com
pany which could in any way be re
garded as a breach of neutrality.
Refuses to Explain.
Hamburg. Dec. 30.-The directors of
the German East African line have re
ceived news of the arrest of the 'Im
perial mail steamer Bundesrath. The
commander of the port of Durban re
fused an explanation of the cause of
the seizure. It is declared here that
there was no contraband of war on
board, and when application was made
'to the German foreign office the latter
immediately promised interposition
with the British government.
Severe British Loss.
Pretoria, Friday. Dec. 29.-Three
British prisoners from Nalaho report
that Captains Vern and Sanford of
Colonel Baden-Powell's staff were kill
ed Durlng the engagement in which
Lords Edward Cecil and Cavendish
Dentinck were wounded. The object
of the sortie was to capture cannon.
The losses of the British werg very se
Seditious Importations.
Ottawa, Ont., Dec. 30.-A large num
ber of buttons, on which was inscribed
the words "Victory to the Boers," 'outh
in French and English, were recently
seized by the customs officials in To.
ronto and forwarded to the depart
ment here. All importations of :he.
character mentioned are declared to 'e
seditious under the customs act,, and
are therefore prohibited.. The;buttons
were being sent to Toronto and Mon
.trealt people. They were made in New
Sortie From Ladysmith May Be a aMls.
London, Dec. 30.-The reported sortie
from Ladysmith resulting in the cap
ture of a Boer position is not confirmed
and apparently is only a Kafir story,
A Chievely dispatch dated Dec. 29
makes no mention of it. The same
message shows renewed activity on the
part of the British, apparently prepar
atory to some action. The Boer posi
tion eastward of the camp was thor
oughly reconnoitered Dec. 28, without
drawing the enemy.
The naval guns are engaged in dafly
practice and it is said on good author
ity that 30 or 40 Boers have been killpd
by fiJing during two days.
A dispatch from Durban predicts
Ladysmith will be relieved on or about
Jan. 7.
While there is nothing tb bear out
this forecast, there is some dispositibn
to believe Buller is preparing an at
tempt to advance, this time by an at
tack on the Boer position on Indwe
Advices from Cape Town say there is
great dissatisfaction there at the action
of the British insurance companies.,
who are retarding volunteering by
making policy holders pay war risk
premiums, while agencies of leading
American companies allow perfect'
freedom for naval and military service. i
The government has accepted 125.
Ceylon volunteers, mostly planters, ahdt
has also accepted the offer of an India.n
princess to supply horses.
The non-arrival of the Majestic, duel
at Cape Town Thursday, is causing'
some surprise among the public, whi
expected she would maintain her usual
trans-Atlantic speed. Shipping circles,
howevbr. explain that this is due to,
the conditions imposed by coaling en
route, the necessity of economizing her
supplies and of traversing the tropics,.
all of which 'they add combine heavilyi
to discount her usual rate of speed.'
They say all 'trans-Atlantic linerd
would be similarly handicapped.
An incredible report is circulating in
Vienna that the pasha is on his way
to the Cape 'to serve the British. It is
regarded as much more probable that
he is going to Khartoum, as he recent
ly said he proposed to make a tour of
the Soudan.
One Thousand Additional lseu Will Sail
for South Africa.
New York, Dec. 30.-A special to the
Times from Montreal says: Within the
course of another two weeks the sqc
ond contingent of, 1,000 troops whitth
Canada is sendingto ,outh Africa will
sail from Halifax fto Cape Town, It
will be composed of cavalry or mounted
infantry and field artillery.
The first Canadian contlngent,,i htoN ,
sailed about eight weeks ato di thow
forms a part of General Lord,Methlhen's
column, consisted entirely of infantr$;?`
and was made up of volitnteers.
The second contingent will be differ:
ent. Mounted rifles will be composed
•of four detachments. Two will be re
cruited from the Northwest mounted
police and from the cowboys of the
These will be genuine "rough riders"
and Lieutenant Colonel Lessard, who
will be the superior officer in command.
has seen long and active service in the
West and in Africa. The second in
command will be Lieutenant Colonel
Evans who has seen action as a fighter.
The oDther two detachments will be
made up from various cavalry corps,
the recruits not being necessarily re-.
quired to be members of any regulan
corps, if they can qualify otherwise his:
accordance with the imperial army
The artillery arm of the contingent
will be recruited from the several bat.
teries of artillery in the dominion reg.
ular and militia. A and B batteriese
stationed respectively at Kingston and
Quebec, which constitute virtually the
only regular artillery service in Canada,
will contribute largely to this branch
of the contingent. Lieutenant Colonel
Drury, R. C. A., will have command of
the brigade division. In addition to
the cavalry and field artillery, with
their complements of horses, guns and
other accoutrements, Captain Howard
of Gatling gun fame will accompany
the contingent in charge of a machln(
gun of the Maxim pattern used by the
cavalry and known as the "galloping
gun." It takes .303 ammunition and a
great deal is being said about its be
ing the most deadly weapon invented
Beer Sympathizers.
Chicago. Dec. 30.-A special to the
Tribune from Cincinnati says: At a
meeting of the Transvaal sympathizers
held in Weimer's hall last night a toast
to "The United States of South Africa"
was proposed by the chairman, who
mentioned the members of the future
government, Natal, Cape Colony
Orange Free State, Transvaal and
Swaziland. Mr. von Altow, a cousin ob
President Kruger, arrived from New.
York in time to make a speech, in the
course of which he said:
"We have now 4,000 Americans well
drilled in. Pretoria, with 2,000 more xt
the way. Funds are coming from all
parts of this broad land. We may
need 50,000 men, but we are satisfied
that we can have them on time, even
with the English blockade."
Contributions to the amount of sev
eral thousand dollars were made in
secret session. A badge was adopted
with the motto "UTnited States of South
Africa" in the shape of a Maltese cross,
the names of .the different states in
scribed in red, orange and blue.
Consul Hay Sails.
London, Dec. 30.-Adelbert S. Hay. tht
new TUnited States consul at Pretoria, left
this morning for Southampton en route
to Cape Town. The same train took Lord
Edward Stanley, who has been appointed
to a position on General Robert's staff.
Sir William Stokes, surgeon in ordinary
to Queen Victoria in Ireland. and a num
her of hospital nurses also started for the
Bandesrath Carried Boer Soldiers.
London, Dec. 30.-A representative of
the associated pres has learned that
there were three officers and 20 men,
attired in khaki, and intending to serve
the Boers. on board the Bundesrath,
which explains her capture.
A Weapon of Attack.
Paris. Dec. 30.-Advices received In
diplomatic circles here say the repub
licaus of Portugal have seized on the1
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