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FIIDAY EVENING. DEC 23, 18*8.
One even of the milder mannered Northern republican newspapers, com? menting on the President's suggestion in respect of the care of Confederate grave*, and of its legitimate conse? quence, the proposition to pension old and destitute ex-Confederates, says the latter is "preposterous and worse than impudent, and that there were certain principles fought ior that cannot be compromised." The treatment the President's professed kindness for the South receives in the North reminds some people of the Culpeper card player who having announced, when ahead, that it was a cash game, at the close thereof, when he was a loser, and his | attention was called to that announce? ment, said it was an "imprudent re- J mark." _ _ According to Seuator Hoar, the Northern people have just If arned the true value of those of the South, "their courage in war, their attachment to hmie and Statt1, their love of rural! life, their capacity for great atlection and generous emotion, their aptness for command und their constancy." Well, better late than uev?-r. The trouble with Mr. Hoar and many oth? er Northern republicans is the fact that they have heretofoie judged the whole people of the South by the Southern republicans they have mot, nearly all of whom were correctly described by Air. John S. Wise, before he became one of them, when he said they were apostates for the price of their apo. ta*y. _*_ President McKinley, with his owd hand yesterday, wrote au order to tie quartermaster, commissary and medi cal departments of the government, di? recting them to send supplies at orre to the indigent people of Cuba. And yet some Americans are talking about the "coming imperialism." Why, im? perialism has already come. There are many people with sense enongh to reason from cause to ellect, who do cot object to imperialism, and wotill rither have it come before, than after the terrors of mob rule, but they would naturally prefer to see such benefits r . it is capable of conferring applied to the people of this country, than to aliens in the new provinces. Major Russell Harrison, sou of the ex-President, and now on Genend Fitzhugh Lee's stall, has got into an? other scrape. He ordered a flag tote raised in Cuba, though, under the agre< - ment with the authorities there, it should not have been raised until the end of the year, and, of course, was 01 dered by General Lee to lower it at once. But the strangest part of the a: fair was that though Geueral Lee tele? graphed to headquarters taat the flag had been lowered, other dispatches stalt it was flying four or five hours after the date of that of General Lee. The Me jor lacks the discretion of his father. For the safety and welfare of the country, it is hoped that the apparent present intention of the LT. S. Senate to ratify the Spanish treaty may be aban? doned. The dangerous conquered provinces have not yet been formally annexed and may readily be gotten rid of, but, if annexed, as they will be by that treaty, they will be a worse bui den to this country than the old man of the sea was to Sinbad the sailor. And then, too, the "criminal offense," as President McKinley once termed it, of seizing and holding them, would not be committed. Charleston was a good place in which to have a New Eogland banquet, as the wine to be used at that entertain? ment was seized, under the prohibition law in operation there. It was ie" leased in time for the banquet, but the fact that it was seized proves that Charleston, under its changed condi? tion, has become as thoroughly New Eoglandized a* Bostotf. A Colored ^oluiek Killko.?Pri? vate Turner, of the Sixth Virginia regiment, colored, was shot and almost instantly killed by O. A. Thrower, a street car conductor at Macon, (Ja., yesterday afternoon. Turner boarde . Thrower's car very drun-k aud used the vilest language imaginaole in the pres? ence of ladies. Thrower then pulled him out of the car to the rear platform and kept him there until a lady got oil. While Thrower was assisting the lady off tbe negro kicked him several times and applied more vile epithets. A ne ?ro on a trailer car then called Turner, but after a short talk he returned to Thrower's car and, with a knife in his hand, swore he would cut Thrower's head oil and advauced on him. As he stepped on the platform Thrower fired, the bullet Btriking the negro in the mouth. He died in fifteen minutes. A crowd of negro soldiers and civilians soon gathered and swore vengeance on Thrower aud all street car coLductors. One conductor was chased several blocks by the negroes. Guards have been placed on all cars on the line leading to the negro camps and last night the camp was under strong guard do prevent an outbreak on the part of Khe negro soldiers. The American Tobacco Company Las sold its plug tobacco busihess to the. newly incoroproted Continental T^bucco Company. FROM WASHINGTON. ICorrespondence of the Alexandria Gaiett*.] Washington, Dec. 23. A new counterfeit $1 silver certificate has just been discovered. It is of the series of lSUG, check letter C, plate number 34 and boars the signature of B. K. Bruce, register, and Bliis B. Rob? erts, treasurer. It is a badly executed photo engraving on heavy bond paper. A republican Senator says the United States will have more trouble with the natives of Porto Rico than those of tbe Philippines They will expect, be saye, too much of the United States, and that their ideas of liberty will give them foolish ideas. The City Council of Havana has sent its thanks to the President for his con? tribution in aid of the needy poor of that city. The application of Postmaster Crup? per of Alexandria for permission to bire|a wagon during the holidays to deliver Christmas gifts that come through the mails, has been denied, on the ground that the expense of the mail service in Cuba and Porto Rico is so great that no extra money can be spared for similar service in this coun? try, the people of which are taxed for the support of the whole of that ser? vice. Rucker, the negro collector of in? ternal revenue for the Atlanta district, having been induced to think that the alleged prevailing era of good feeling would be a good time for obtaining an order for the improvement of the build iug in which his office is located, has come here for that purpose, but as yet has not been notified that his mission will be successful. It is said at the Postoffice Depart? ment that there will be no change in the postinastership at Front Royal, Va., for the reason that the present postmaster is a gold democrat who now acts with the republicans, is en? dorsed by UK; county republican com? mittee, and is supported by the North? ern Methodist Church. The executive cumuiiitee of the Virginia republicans have recommended Mr. Pritchard, a republican, for the place, but have j anandone 1 all hop* that their recom mendation wili be effective. The Treasury and all the other fed eral departments here will close at] noon to morrow and remain closed till Tuesday ruoruiui: next. A similar New Year's holiday will be given. The Alg< r investigation commission, doI being us keen set upon a trip to Cuba and Porto Rico at the govern nieni's expense as Senator Proctor was has detei mined to make their re? port without goitig there. So remarkably desirous is the admin? istration of facilitating the construction of the Nicaragua canal that it is already ne^othUiGu with Great Britain for the abro?ation of the Clayton-Bulwer treaty which provitio-j that the Uoited States shall not have exclusive jurisdiction over such a canal. It is said at the Department of Jus tice that only fifteen bankrupt notices, so far, have neen filed in the U S. court for the eastern district of Virginia, and none in the Alexandria sub district, composed of the counties of Alexandria, Fairfax and Londoun and the city of Alexandria, ami that probabiy no ref? eree will be appointed for that eub (ii? ns none would probably accept if, oo account of its unprofitableness. The statues of Hamilton, Jefferson, j Lincoln and others in Statuary Hall at j the Capitol, called by th?> guides "na? tional st?tues," were moved .from that I hall to-day to the rotunda, in order to make room for other statues in that hall. Secretary Hay resumed his duties at the State Department to-day. In the Congressional Directory, pro? posed, of course, by a republican, the right o! Messrs. Young and Epes to their seats in the present Congress is recognized, though they were deprived of them b}r the republican majority of the House, by the statement that they were "re-elected." The uegroes here now include Sena? tor Hoar in their denunciations, be? cause hej says the nation will have to i look to the conservatism and wisdom of the South in the perils that are be* fore it. His praise of the South is any? thing else than agreeable to them. Congressman of Hay of Virginia has com? pleted his report on tho minority army bill and lilod it with tbe clerk of the Houso to? day. The majority hill, tbo Hull bill, will bo passed by the republican majority. Mrs. Botkin on thkStand.?In the Botkin poisoning trial in San Francisco I yesterday Mrs. Botkin went on the stand and told her Btory. Her account of her acquaintance with John P. Dunning varied but little from his. She said that he had visited her fre? quently, and that after she had moved from various places to Geary street, where her son Beverly was with her, she had enjoyed what she called "a lit? tle suciil life." Dunniug, she said, was her canst-int attendant and accepted her hospitality. She said that in June and until July 3, 1S9S, she was in Hum? boldt county. This was when the first annoymous letter was sent from San Francisco. She denied having talked with Mrs. Rouf, of Stockton, of a doc? tor there about poisons, and she Raid that ou July 31, when the candy was bought of Haas, she did not go out of her bouse, having been treated by Dr. Terril! on that day. She said ?he nevt r hi! been in Haas's store in her life. Mrs. B>:kin denied that she purchased a handkerchief and used it to throw s ispicion o i Mrs. Seely, who, she said, was her enemy. Children Attacked by a Dog.-In the absence of Mrs. Mary Peterson from home in Paterson, N. J.. her three children, nine, seven and five years old respectively, were attacked by a pet doc on Wednesday and severelybitten. Escep' ft r the arrival of a policsmar, who was attracted by the children's screams, tbey probably would have men dangerously hurt. With his club he broke in the door as the dog was about to again attack the children. The animal turned upon the policeman but he felled it with a blow from his club. A policeman cauterized the wounds of the children. Mrs. Peterson was nearly prostrated when she learned what had happened. An Experiment with Cattle.? At the Kansas experiment station a test was made of the comparative value of soaked and dry corn. Five steers were fed corn soaked uotil it began to soften and five were fed dry corn. The feeding was from November 7th to April 6th. In that time the lot fed soaked corn ate 2S2 bushels and gained 1632 pounds, while the lot that was fed dry corn ate 290 bushels, making a gain of only 140S pounds. The steers that were fed soaked corn were so much b-tter fitted for the market that the five heurl brought $25.50 more than the others, NEWS OF THE MY. Lord Ivsagh has given ?1,250,000 to the Jenner loatitute, of Londor. in aid of scientific research. Troops in the Philippines and Wer-t | Indies will be among the 50,000 volun? teers to be mustered out. The French chamber of deputies yesterday unanimously voted a cred.t of ?13.200,000 to complete the new ar? tillery lor the army. Admiral Schley wa3 yesterday pre? sented u sword in Philadelphia from funds contributed by the people of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Dela? ware. John W. Bookwalter, of Ohio, who has returned to London from a tour of Russia, predicts an alliance of Great Britain, Russia and China, for the parti? tion of Asia. William Waldorf Astor yesterday sold a building aud lot in New York, to Cbas. Broadway Routs, who owrs the adjoining building and who pays for the property something under ?200,000 Mr. Rouss will add it to his present es? tablishment. Jacob Algire and his wife, an aged couple, who lived at Uppeco, Baltimore county, died this week within about forty-eight hours of each other. The former was eighty-one years of age and his wife was one year his junior. They had been married for over haif a cen? tury, and were very devoted to each other. The four children of the couple are all married and they live alone. The seventy-ninth annual banquet of the New England Society of Charles ! ton, S. C, was held last night. The ! leading speakers of the evening were Senator George F. Hoar, who respond? ed to the toast "Forefathers' Day;" Senator John L. McLaurin, of South Carolina, who responded to "Our Country," and Hon. Joseph B. Cum mings, of Georgia, who responded to "The Mayflower." The constables had searchtd the hotels and seized the wines and other liquors as contraband, but finally, through the iniluenoe of Senator McLaurin with Governor Ellerbe, the wines were released and the banqueters enjoyed them. Alf the sp< akera at the bauquet took occasion I to declare against the theory of nation? al expansion. FROM HAVANA. Major Russell Harrison, the provost marshal, who, on Tuesday, raided the Stars and Stripes over the Fort Atares, at Havana, without orders, and in con? travention of the promise of the United States evacuation commissioners that no American flag should be raised in Havana or its euburbs until January 1, was yesterday formally reprimanded by Major General Lee, and instructed to lower the flag. Lieutenant Lee re? ported a few hours later at headquar? ters that, the flag had been lowered. Nevertheless at 4:30 p. m. it was still flying on a tall stuff over the famous fort, plainly visible from the harbor and city. Gen." Lee, having received a cable dispatch from General Alger saying that the Secretary of War understood there were thousands of persons starv? ing in Havana, and directing him to feed them "without delay," immediate? ly ordered Lieut. Col. Wood to die tribute rations, and to make systematic efforts to feed the helpless, carefully avoiding waste. There are hundreds in Havana, who, though not actually starviug, are in a deplorable state of weakness and disease, the effects of the reconcentration policy. They need hos? pital treatment, which is not always available. Much of the wretchedness is due to the neglected condition of tbe tenements. Every day or so the re? lief distributors come upon dead bodies, terribly emaciated. Two have been found in the suburb of Cerro. It is difficult to distinguish between the professional vagrant and the really de servine cases, but the committees with local knowledge are able to render ex cellent service. The United States transport Minne waska, which left Savannah for Cuba on December 19, with the Forty-ninth Iowa regiment has, arrived at Havana. ' Yesterday the Spanish transports Ciudad de Cadiz and Neu3tria sailed for Spain, the former with 1.2S6 men and officers, bound for Saotander, and the latter with 1,033 men, for Cadiz. The last formal joint meeting of the United States and Spanish evacuation commissioners was held to day. If, af? ter that, any new questions arise, they will be settled by individual interviews or correspondence. The United States commission will adopt a written resolution of thanks for tbe courtesies extended by the Spanish authorities at Havana and elsewhere in Cuba under trying conditions, and bear testimony "to the excellent disci? pline and soldierlike conduct of the of? ficers and men of the Spanish army." El Vedado, the suburb of Havana where is situated the Hotel Trotcba, which ha9 been the headquarters of the United States military commission, will be evacuated to-day, when the seacoast forts will be occupied by the United Slates troops. Guanabacoa, will be formally occupied on Monday next. The American Commissioners sent a note to Captain-General Castellanos yesterday afternoon asking what places in the island of Cuba would be occu? pied by Spanish troops after January 1, and under what command they ex pocted to remain. Tbe matter ts an important one, as about 50,000 Spanish troops will be unable to leave before January 1, the date set for the evacua? tion. These men will certainly be in Ha? vana after the Americans arrive, wait? ing for transports to take them to Spain. It is understood that on Jan? uary 1 Gen. Castellanos, after surren? dering the government to Gen. Brooke, or to tbe superior military officer at Havana, will move east to Matanzts, whence he will proceed later to Cien fuegos, there to remain until the last of the Spanish troops leave the island. A Slasher Arrested.?Locked up in a cell in the Tenderloin police sta? tion in west Thirtieth street, New York, last night, was a young man j whose arreBt will cause many women in that city to rejoice. The police be? lieve they have at last caught at least one of the miscreants who have been despoiling women's skirts and wraps on the streets by slashing and cutting them with sharp knives or razors. The young man under arrest is a German and 19 years old. His name is Her? man Max Krebs, and be says he lives in a lodging house on the southeast corner of Houston street and the Bow? ery. Mrs. Catherine Nelson detected him in a Broadway store and discover? ed the cutting of her skirt in time to cause bis arrest. Angry women de? nounced him and his arrest caused much excitement in the store. \ i^GINiA NEfe The Richmond Dispatch says Rev. Dr. Moses D. H?ge was reported decid? edly worse last night. His strength is failing rapidly, and it is not thought he cau live many days. A meeting will be held January 5 by the trustees of Washington and Lee University, at Lexington, to formulate plans connected with the erection of the Tucker Memorial Hall. During the present year the register of the land office in Richmond bus is? sued grants for '2,300 acres of land This wild land ig neurly all in the coun? ties of the southwestern part of Vir? ginia. Orders have been issued by the Secre? tary of War appointing Sergeant Lewis W. Brander, of the Fourth Virginia regiment, bow on duty at the head quarters of General Fitzhugh Lee, a firet lieutenant of the Tnird U. S. regi? ment of immunes. While arguing a case in the United States Court, in Norfolk, yesterday, Gen. Edgar Allan, district attorney lor the Eastern district of Virginia, was taken suddenly ill, and a physician was called in. His condition is not considered serious. The will of Henry Walke, of Nor? folk, who was found dead recently in Brooklyn, was admitted to probate io Norfolk yesterday. Richard Walke, a brother, qualified in $100,000 as execu? tor. The State tax paid indicates the net value of the estate to exceed $80,000. Mr. Charles P. Rady died at his home, in Richmond, yesterday, aged sixty-nine years. Ho was for fifteen years clerk of the school board of that city, and was a widely known citizon. He was a prominent Mason and identi? fied with the OJd Fellows and othi r organizations. The dock trial of the battleship Keai 69rge, finished at Newport New* yes? terday at the works of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Com? pany, was a success in every particular. The engines ran very smoothly and tbe boilers supplied steam in an excellent manner, the steam-generating machine rv being especially good. The depositors of the defunct Bank of Lexiug'ou will soon receive a 5 pi r cent, dividend from Col. Robert Cat lett, who has been appointed assign* e and trustee of the bank to succeed the late Col. James K. Edmondson. Tbe depositors will probably receiveanotht r 5 per cent, dividend before the wind? ing up of the affairs of thedefunct bank, thus causing a loss of 20 per cent, to tbe depositors. Deputy Collector M. Bolls Lewis, t-f Harrisonhun:, with a posse of three men, raided an illicit whisky distillery in Page county yesterday, destroying a still and u number of tubs. No whisk] was found at the distillery, but it wes in operation. As soon as the posse came in sight of the distillery two men left thafjbuildicg and made their escapo, The distillery was situated about three miles east of Marksville postoffice. The factory of P. H. Mayo & Bro , incorporated, of Richmond, has been purchased by the Continental Tobacco Company, which is seeking to contn l the plug tobacco output of the country. Tbe deal was consummated in New York. The factory was started in 1830 by Robert A. Mayo. It has been in t ? same family for three iteneratious. .Ii was Robert A Mayo, who originated thf celebrated navy tobacco, for years used in the United States navy. The Continental Company now controls seven factories. The Paris exposition committee of the Richmond Tobacco Exchanee yes terday issued a manifesto declining to indorse the appointment of Francis Hirsch, of New York, as the represent? ative of this trade at theParis exposition The opposition of the Richmond trade to Mr. Hirsch is based entirely upon the fact that he is only identified with the cigar business and does not repre? sent the leafand other branches of the business of this country. The Rich? mond tobacco trade expects to have a good exhibit of dark tobacco at the Paris exposition, and will no doubt make a good showing there. "HIGH CHURCH" FUNERAL SER? VICE. Bishop Potter was present yesterday morning at the elaborate and solemn "high church'' services which marked tbe funeral of Rev. Thomas McKee Brown, rector of the Protestant Episco? pal Church of St. Mary, ihe Virgin, in New York. The Bishop's opposition to the ex? treme ritualism of the "'high church" ceremony is well known, aDd in conse? quence, when alter the service proper was over and preparations were made to sprinkle the bier with holy water and incense it, the head of the diocese suddenly descended from his seat and departed from the church, much com? ment was caused. Following an acolyte bearing the cross and a eurpliced boy choir, two hundred priests filed into the chancel of the church to perform the solemn and impressive office of the dead for Father Brown, at half-past 11 o'clock. They were headed by Brother Gilbert, of the Order of Nazareth, in his brown habit, covered by a cape. Bishop Pot? ter came last. The sacrifice of the mass, the incens? ing of the altar and the sprinkling of the bier with holy water were unfa? miliar rites to many of the clergymen and laymen who were in the congrega? tion. Bishop Potter followed the ser? vice carefully. He made the response ! with the rest of the clergy, and pro? nounced the absolution and the bene? diction io the order of the mass. He kept his eyes downcast at the incens ing of tho altar and for the most part during the mass. Surrounded by the throngs of sur pliced priests the bishop sat on the throne in the chancel. He faced the church filled with visiting clergy and the members of the dead rector's con? gregation. The aisles and vestibule were crowded with standing people. Tbe coffio, with its immense canopy and pall, was before tbe altar. Bishop Potter remained on his throne until after the benediction. With bowed head he then suddenly descend? ed from his place of honor and left the church. After bis hasty exit Father Larrabee was obliged to conduct the service. He sprinkled tho holy water over the bier, and then the incense was used. DR. BULL'S COUGH SYRUP 13 pleasant to take: it tastes good; child? ren like it; no-trouble to administer it and it alwav- cures. Buy tho genuine, Dr. John W. Bull's Cough Syrup. Wben you havo eaten too much, or when you sutler from any form of Dyspepsia or In? digestion, remember that Kodol Dyspepsia Cure digests what you eat. It enree tbe worst forma of Dyspepsia. Edgar War-field, j r., comer Kling and Pitt stroete. TO-DAY'S TELEGRAPHIC NEWS Foreign New?. Brussels, Dec. 23.?King [Leopold of Belgium is ill nod in consequence the new year ceremonies havo beeu abandoned. London, Dec. 23.?A disastrous fire started in the Palace Theatre at Ply? mouth to-day. The military were call? ed out to i ssist in preventing the spread of the flames, and to preserve order. London, Dec. 23.?There is good au? thority for tbe statement that the French foreign offica disapproves the action ol tbe French consul at Shanghai in his annexation of the Ningpo bury? ing ground and temple, though the ac? tion has not been disavowed as yet. Capetown, Dec. 23.?A new row is brewing for President Kruger, becaut-e of the alleged outrages on British resi? dents in the Transvaal. Rome, Dec. 23.?A postal card cam? paign on behalf of political prisoners is soon to be inaugurated here'. Forty thousand postal cards will be mailed simultaneously to the King petitioning for the release of the prisoners. Rome, Dec. 23.?The Pope to-day re? ceived tbe Cardinals, who waited upon him to offer their customary Christmas congratulations. The-pontiff addressed the Cardinals and, in the course of his remarks, referred to the international anti-anarchist conference just conclud? ed here. It would be impossible to combat anarchism, he said, while tbe rights of tho church were not respected. He then proceeded to make an attack upon the ecclesiastical laws of the Italian government. Constantinople, Dec. 23.?Ghani Bey, the Sultau's aide de camp, has been murdered. BKBIiIN, Doe 23 ?Tho K?lnische Zeitung makes the semi-otlicial [announcement that the German government will not object in tho slightest to a publication of tho contents of tho secret dossier in the Dreyfus case. It has been long rumoiod lhat tho dossier con? tains letters from hinperor William to a French traitor. Paris. Doc. 23.?Tho holders of the Span ish bonus are growihg anxious. It is rumor . d they have urgod s^agssta to sell Oeuta. the Spanish seapoit in Morocco, as a means of se? curing cash to guarantee tho bonds. Tho ru port of a proposed transfer of Oeuta gains color from tho recent conference hold by Spanish otiicials with tbe British ambassador at Madrid. If Spain can raise a good sum outside this, together with the Aiuoricau in? demnity, will cnablo her to weather the tinan cial storm. The Carlists. London, Dae. 23.?From a carlist agent iu this city is learned many de? rails of tho preparations for a rising in Spain. The Carlist war chest consist* of twenty million pesetas, hall'of which has already been distributed in small amounts throughout the peninsula Ten million pesetas are held beyond the frontier as a reserve fund. Tbe able bodied men have been organized into small companies and uuder the direction of experienced officers meet in obscure places to plot and to drill. This army is now lUO.OOJ strong. Eich village conceals a squadron or a company, each town a battery or a bat taliou. Arms are hidden iu various ways all over the land. No one seems lo find them now but at tbe word "E Rey" their owners will bring them for? ward. Beyond tbe border waits Don Carlos, first for a crisis in Madrid, which he expects during the debate on the peace treaty in the Cortes; second, for something which will keep tbr powers occupied elsewhere as be wishts no Franco-German interference. A dispatch from Madrid say that the Carlist agitation in the Basque pro? vinces is daily becoming more active Upwards of 100,000 rifles landed at French ports have been smuggled ov< r the Spanish frontier with cargoes of coal. The Grip. New York, Dec. 23.?With clear and cooler weather to-day, comes the announcement by the health officers that the grit) is now iu check. The epidemic is running itself out, and new cases are becoming fewer in number. The disease has played havoc in the public schools. Forty-five thousand children out of 225,000 in the schools ol Manhattan are unable lo attend. In Brooklyn the same conditions prevail. Fire companies- and the ranks of the police show depletion because of the disease. Ten deaths, due to the grip, occurred yesterday. Pittsburg, Pa., Dec. 23 ?Charles Hardwick, 4S years old, a grip patient, committed suicide to day by shooting himself. The disea e is spreading and even now travails to such an ex? tent that it interferes with business, es? pecially in the big department stores. Hartford, Conn., Dec. 23?One death from grip is reported here to? day. The disease is as prevalent as at any previous epidemic, but the cases are milder. Navigation Resumed. New York, Dec. 23.?The thick veil of fog that hung over the city for three days,lifted this morning. The great lleet of ships, held in the bay and outside the bar, began to move. Railroad traffic which has been hampered by the ex? traordinary fog is again moving on schedule time. Philadelphia, Dec. 23.?The fjg that has bung over this city for three days lifced last night. Twenty-seven steamers and thirty-six sailing vessels at once proceeded up the river, break? ing the record of arrivals in this port for any 24 hours. Charged. With Stealing Books. New Haven, Conn., Dec. 23.?In tbe city court this morning the cuse of Rev. James Miller was contiuued until next Tuesday. Miller was graduated from the Yale Divinty School, three, years ago. He has remained here since then as supply preacher. Last night he wa3 arrested charged with book stealing, f ive thousand volume* were found in his room. Local book dealers have identified them as stolen property._ Oyster Kamine Threatened. Baltimore, Dec. 23?There is a great scarcity of oysters here owing to the dense fog that has prevailed for the past two or three days. Unless the expected steamers and sailing boats ar? rive with their cargoes of bivalves to? day prices will be very high. There is very little stock on band and the prices commanded yesterday were so high that all of the big steam packers were obliged to close down. Insurgents Suffer Heavy Loss. Madrid, Dec. 23?Advices from Iloilo says that heavy firing from tbe Spanish trenches has extended over a period of three days. Masses c f rebels attacked tbe entrenchments nightly with knives and swords tnd were swept down by the Spanish ariil lery and rifles with incalculable lo?--. Only six Spaniards were killed and 17 wounded, Suicide in a Hotel. Norfolk, Va., Dec. 23.?A guest of' the Hotel Gladstone, a mau about 50 years old, who arrived last night regis? tering os F. Cotton, Baltimore, Md., subsequently changing this to Curtis Nelson, shot himself through the head this morning and will probably die. When discovered, in his room, he held a revolver in each hand. Tho Markets. Chicago, Dec. 23.?The market closed as follows: Wheat?May 68^(18 Corn May 37a36%. Oata-May 27}fea27. Pork ?May $0 95a9 ?2, TELEGRAPHIC BREVITIES. A dispatch from Havana says that Mnjor General Merritt was offered the post of Governor General of Cuba, but declined to accept. Mr. and Mrs. Magowan, charged with stealing Edith Beryl Barnes, daughter of Mrs. Magowan, were dis? charged by Judge Disaette in Cleve? land, 0., this morning. A cail has been extended by the Second Presbyterian Church of Colum? bus, Ohio, to Rev. Geo. M. Luccock, at present pastor of the Metropolitan Presbyterian Church, of Washington, D. C. In Frankfort, Ky., to day Attorney General Taylor filed 20 big suits againat street car, electric light and water com? panies for taxes. Ho asks $50 per day penalty allowed under tbe law which will amount to nearly a million. Percy Malcolm Jeflray, son of the New York dry goods priuce, died sud? denly last night. He was center rush of the Harvard University football team and his death was the direct re? sult of injuries received in the Yale Harvard game. The safe of M. Crawford of Lavonio, Ga., was blown open by burglars last night anil between one and two thou? sand dollars in money and a check on tbe hank of Lavouia ior $1,500 was taken. The report of tbe dynamite whs heard by many who thought it was :ome one shooting Christmas guns. At Omaha, Neb., to day, W. F. Eech el, auditor ot the Pacific Express Com pany, was acquitted of tbe charge of emb-z/ling $200,000 of the company's fuGds. It was alleged in defense that while that amount of money may have i been paid out improperly through . Bechel, it was used bs a corruption fund to prevent hostile legislation. Farmer Secretary of tbe U. S. Treas? ury John G. Carlisle appeared in Jef ft-rson Market police court, New York, this morning as complainant against Richard F. Leak, who he alleges is re? taining a fur cape valued at $300, the property of Mrs. Carlisle, which was left in LQak!s cab last Thursday even? ing. Magistrate Crane held Leak in $1,000 bail for examination. Mrs. Louisa Roelofs, the wife of R E. R telofs, a wealthy cattleman of Cripple i'rc< k, Col., was arrested last night at the Hotel St. George, Brooklyn, on the charge of passing a worthless draft. On the information of her arrest, sev I erai other complaints of tbe same j nature were entered by other firms. Her examination was postponed until next Tuesday and she was remanded to jail as it was impossible to get bail for her. Mrs. Roelofs separated from her husband and went on the stage. She has always lead a luxurious and varied life. .An export bandar made a rich haul at El wood, Ind , thid mornii'g, securing entrance to tho room occupied by the Uui'cd States Express Company and the Clawson News Agtncy. Tho combination 3afe was blown 0])2n and everything of importance carried away. The express company refuses to give its los?, lut it is supposed to be about $40, COO. Other snnller individual losse3 are reported. At Albany, X. Y., to-day Justice Chester denied an application inado by P. C Dugan, the attornoy for Mrs. Margaret Cody, await ing a second triat for attempting to blarknonil George J. Gould and Helen M. Gould, that she bo released on her own reeognizanco until tho time for her trial. Her bail was ti.ved at $1,000 and sli3 was sent back to jail. The Wi'son litio steamer Idaho, from Hull, Eng., arrived at Brooklyn shortly aitor 10 o'clock this morning, with two great holes stove in the starboard side of her bow, and with one man decapitated and another seri? ously injured on boird. Tho damage was caused by a collision with the steamer Flower City otl'Liborty Island. A. B. Colo, a retirod merchant of San Diogc, Cal., has been placed under arrest on a charge of arson, Sunday last Colo's house was burn? ed and the charred remains of bis wife were found in the ruins. Tho ollicera suspoct that Colo killed his wifo and rited the house to conceal tho crime, Whilo Eob:-rt Harrington was taking the part of Santa Claus in a show window at Cleveland, 0., last night Iiis cotton trimmings caught tiro from a g*s jot, and he was badly burned. Ho was rolled iu tho mud in tho street until the lUmes were extinguished. Tho houso of Mrs. M. Brown at Casaville, N. Y., was entered by two thieves at 2:30 o'clock this mo.ning, and while John Moono:, 1 farm hand, was investigating, ho was fatal? ly shot in tho abdomen. Tho murderers os caped. Andrew Hawkins, a man of considerable wealth, was found guilty at Stockvillo, Nob., last night of assassinating Thomas Jansen, and sentonced to the penitentiary for life. The motive for ibo crimo was robbery. Tho cruiser New York, with Admiral Samp fon on board, arrive 1 in New York harbor from Huvaua to day. In Memory of Mme.Romero.?A dis? patch from Washington says: Prominent Washington ladies have undertaken to raise funds with which to furnish a room in the Garfield Memorial Hospital of thi3 city and endow it to the memory of the late Mme. Luoretia Ailen de Romero, the wife of the Mexican Mini? ster to the United States. Mme. Romero was well known for tier charities during her long residence in Washington, and her friends have undertaken this work out of respect to her memory. It is [iroposed to raise$1,000 for this purpose, most of which has already been sub? scribed. Auother project has been start? ed to erect a memorial hall in Alexan? dria, Va., to the memory of Mme. Romero. The hall is to be known as the Lucretia Allen de Romero Memorial Hall, and is to be used exclusively for cutting, fitting and other purposes of the sewing department for girls of the John Hay Normal and Industrial School. Mme. Romero was much in terested in the work of the school and contributed largely toward its sup? port and maintenance. The hall is to cost $100,000. The President's Presents.?Christ? mas presents for President and Mrs. McKinley are coming to the White House daily. Express wagons and postmen have been busy all this week delivering boxes, packages, etc., con? taining fruits, flowers, and jewelry, j More oranges are received than any- j thing else. They come from California, New Mexico, Arizona and Florida, and occasionally from some South American countrv. Cake bakers are also particu? larly iVee with their products. MONETARY AND COMMERCIAL. New Yohk. Doc. 23.-a.ftor tho 01 tho stock market developed more activity After ihe initial dealings the marka , ed increased strength with continued far? volume of transactions. Government were strong. WHOLESALE PBICES LN ALEXANDRIA Flour Extra. 2 75 * . , , Family. 3 50 a 375 Fancy brands. 4 00 a , Wheat, longberry,. 0 69 a 0 70 Mixed. 0 68 ? 0 70 Fultr.. Olis a 070 Damp and tough. 0 50 a Corn, white . 0 38 a Yellow. 0 37 a Corn Meal. 0 40 a Bye. 0 40 h 043 Oats, mixed. 0 30 ? 0 31 White. 0 3:; a Buttor, Virginia, packed. 0 10 ? Choice Virginia. 0 15 (.. Common to middling... 0 9 K Eggs. 0 2-2 a 0 25 Eeef, hind quarters. o 10 oji Fore quarters. 0 4 i, rj g Livo ChickoiiS (hens). 0 8 B Spring do. 0 8 ?? 010 Turkcy3, live. 0 :i h Dressed. Oil a Hogs, small. O 4'?> h largo._. 0 3^a 0 4' Potatoes. Va.,bu8h., large 0 60 ? 075 Onions, per bushel. 0 90 & Apples, bbl. 2 75 1 3 25 Dried Poaches, peeled.... 0 7 Unpeelod. 0 3 ? n 4 * Dried Cherries. 0 7 < Dried Apples. 0 ii^ , ij 3 Racon. country hams. 0 m'? . Best sugar-cured hams. 0 8\ ? Butckors'hams. 0 8*^ s 11 9 Breakfast Bacon. 0 Sugar-curod shouldors. 0 5, Bulk shoulders. 0 5 >. Dry 8alt sides. 0 r\ . n 6 Fat backs. 0 -~>'^ . Bellies. 0 6s 8moked shoulders. t) 5% ? Smoked aides. 0 0'^ a Lard. 0 6*4 n Smoked Beof. 014 Sugars?Brown. 4 4 1 -. Off A. 0 4', , | 20 Conf. standard A. 423 Granulated. ... 5 35 5 4] Coffees?Bio. 0 * LaGanyra. 014 . 010 Java. 0 10 :i L'ij Molasses B. 8. ? ' :> . i> J4 CE. 017 h 0 22 New Orloans. 0 20 3 Porto Klco... Ol1* . Sugar Syrups. >s 1 i> Herring, Eastern per bbl 0 < s j 70 Potomac No. 1. 3 00 a 3 50 Potomac iamiiy roe. 3 50 g Do. half barrel. .175 Potomac Shad. 7 00 a Mackerel, small, per bbl.. 15 (Mi No 3 medium.22 Oil h j No. 2. 24 00 a 2 Plaster, ground, pet ton.. 4 50 Ground in bags. 5 00 a 5 50 Lump. 3 50 Clovor Seed. 3 75 t 25 Timothy. 1 40 a j 511 Old process Linseed Meal 3] 00 .. Salt?G. A.. 0 60 a 0 6 Fine. 0 90 a 1 00 Turk's Island. 100 n 1( 0 Wool?long, unwashed... 0 19 Washed. 0 24 .?. I 21 Meriuo, unwashed. 0 12 a 0 I Do. washed. 0 20 a 0 2: Cottonseed Meal.2100 i 22 Hulls. 0 50 11 7i Cotton Seed Mixed Feed. 12 00 a 1 Sumac. 0 70 h o 75 Hay. 10 00 H 13 1 0 Cut do. 14 00 h 1CO0 Wheat Bran per ton. 14 5< I Brown Middlings.13 00 White Middlings.14 oo Alexandria Market. Dec 23. Tho market closes quiet witli no chat. the quotations for Hour and grain. ( Produce is about lirm at quotations. Sugar and Coffee Mask et. Dec 22. Kefined Sugars?Cut loaf 5.70c pei Standard powdered 5.33c per Ib., Culies 5.33c per lb; Standard granulated 5.20c par lb; lino granulated 6.20c pel tal A 5.20c per lb; Confectioners' A ~<1 - pel lb; Columbia A 4 63c per li.; A 4 H3c per lb ; Yellows 3.85a4 I5i Tho refined sugar market is unsett eil Coffee.?Tho market for spol G quiet, with quotations on the por lb for No. 7 Bio. Mild Cotie< steidy at tho following quotations: Salic por lb, Maracaiho 10al5c ; Javfl 26c per lb, fancy do. 29a30c, Mocha 19^? 21c per lb. Futures closed steady. Baltimore Cattle Market. D< Beef Cattle.?There is a mark. I mcnt in tho avcrago quality of tho oil over those of last week, though some iw sales of extra Ohio and Kentucky ( beeves were sold at outside figu Beef Cattle this week ranged bp follows Best. 84 ? Generally rated first quality... 4 00 Medium or good fair quality... 3 10 a Ordinary thin Steers, Oxen and Cows. 2 00 Of tho Cattlo received 12iO came Virginia. Sheep and Lambs.?The market hf I exceedingly dull all tho week, as usu . ? season of tho year?tho Christmas aud values aro without quotable cba rates given on Monday being record Quotations: Sheep soil at. 3a4c, ai oxtra at 4^c por lb Lambs 4*fea5 and a f jw extra at o^c. Swino?There is no change in ibi tions of hogs since Monday, and sa made vory slowly at tho goucral figui ing then; viz: Far Western bogs T ? ? '* 380 per 100 lbs gros3; those froi points, including light pigs under 10 $3.60*3.65 per 100 lbs. Fresh Cows ?The offering is light, pic for tho limited demand prevailing. .' ? ? tations: $20a5O per head, few sellh higher figure. Calves.?As with all other fferii is exceedingly dull, tho receipts boing hut sutlicient fcr tho domaii'l. Oc per lb. Chicago Cattle Habest. Di Cattle.?Common and medium e. tlo moved ofl'slowly, but the general tions were a trifle higiier, with a good for the bettor grades: common beel sold at $3.90*4 25, while good to fa brought $4.75a5.50; stockers and sold at $:*a4.40; calves range! at t Hogs.?Trade in higs wai active _at ?:??.'? prices; sales ringed at $3.l5a3.25 for common droves up to $3.40a3.47Vj to prime heavy, tho greater pari go $3 30*3.40 and prime light at S3 37 brought $290*3 20. Sheep. -Trade and lambs w*s only fairly good: lam steady at $3.75*6.30 for inferior to Hocks, with sales largely at $5*5.25 lings sold at $415a4 60 aud - 4 20, Western sheep fobbing $3.51111 New Yobk Cattle Mark.:: Beeves?little trading; cables qaote tie slow and dopr.ssei. Calvea steady and all sold ; veals $1k8 25 : barnj calves $3.25 per 100 lbs. Sheep ai ?sheep cot wanted ; lambs steady so stock lirm ; common to good sheep $ per 100 lbs; Iambs, common to prim ?5.75 pei 100 lb3; Canada lambs : culls $3.00. Hogs?market slow ?3 6< psr 100 ib.?; pigs $3 40i3 60 per ton HOLIDAY MIXED, An assortment of SMALL FINE CAKES in ?i attractive Bhoulden box, illustrated in holly. E\mt: fits the season. On sale at the stoi ?price 25c each. Eeautiful pria.;::. HILL JBAKEB V (>'. B. < JUST received a nnmber of ti e BSOW BOOKS as advertised in The vVa-'i Post; six for 10 cents; call early supply ited; Chnatmis treo holders, fences, ry cbiap at E. E. KNIGHT, ?21 King ft * do! ! !.AL1TY TELL8.?A~7arr7 - stock of Nut?, Candies, F,gs, I >n Grapes. &c, for sale by J. C. MJLBLiiN.