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Followlns was Uic rauTjw of the th^r
xnoroctor al Tho Tiines ofllce. ycsterdn.y:
9 A. St; 16; 32 M.. 25; 3 P. M.. 03: 6 I'. M..
SO: fl P. M.. 28; 12 M, 26; averaffo temper
ature. 26.5C.
VOL. 14. SO. 277.
Korecast for Wedneaday and Thnr?#W*;
Vlrgfnia? Fair "Wedncsday and Tliar**;,
<lay: ?sht westerly winda,
North and Soattt Carollna^-Faiiv aet so-:
cold Wednesday; falr JThursday; Itent
westerly wlnds.
C. and 0. Offices Damaged
by Flame and Flood.
Many! Valuable Papers and Records
Were Destroyed, Many Saved.
FJrc Startod ?" thc Foiiiih Floor l'rom
Dcfcctive Fiuc, and tlie Uppcr
Story Was Aliuost Coropletely
Destroyed?SplciYdid Work
of Fireman?Iioss Can
not be Estitnaied Yct.
One of ihe most stubborn fircs in the
bistory of Kichmond. and one which was
eonquered with sreatest djfflculty, was
that of yesterday mornlng, when the
roof and tlie uppcr floor of the- Pace
building; on the corner of Eigbth and
Main streets, were almost destroyed.
Ai a few minutes past six o'clock thc
firc was djsoovered on the fourth lloor
by the janitor of the building, who at
once turncd in the- aJarm from box 213,
on the corner of Xinth and Main. In a
very sbort time thc prlvatc box of the
Pace building, No. ST4, ivas turncd in and
a second alarm from 213. This brought a
large part of the lire apparatiis to the
MCBC and Pxesldent Jolui Frlschkorn, oi
thp Kire Board. at once turncd in C-G-C,
which eumiaoned aii ihe companies ln the
Il took the flremcn but a moment to
see that the situailon of the blaze. and
tae condir.ons oi the weatber would re
cuire all the incn and eriglnes to' be had.
By ii:'M o'clock the entire department had
gotten to work on the lire, and a lierce
battle was being waged betweeri the
iblaze and : he water/ and ii looked as
ijiough the ine would conquer, as it "had
gained considerable headway by the time
the department arrived.
At Ibe time of the breaking out of the
fire thc weatber was very cold, and a
stlff wind was biowing. which added t->
ihe mea'a alscomrUure and caused the
Fpray which fell upon them to freeze al
sno'st instanily.
T-wo j&uss on Eightb and Cury streets
?were fotind to be frozen, and much time
was consuined in tbawing them out.
Xbie mun l'ought fearlesfcly; but owing to
the amount of inflammahlfi raalerial on the
upper lioor, the tire spread rapidly, ana
gaiued great headway. and resisted' every
effort on the part of the men tb subdue it.
The freezing weatber added greatly to
the diflieuiiies which Uie liriaiien had to
overcomc. for the spray from the water
fllied the aid and wherever it fell it Was
at once frozen. iso that before an hour
had ipassed the builuing. with-ihe burning
hr-at on the inside, was coated with a
iliick laycr of ice on the outside, and tlie
eiccUic wires and telepbone poles. as well
as the laclders and ropes of tlie deaart
ment, were formed into the most fanclful
and beautilul shapes of ice.
ln th? itrects bolow iherc was the
appearance of a heavy snow, as near the
curblng the froz.cn Bi>ray and watcr had
acctuntllaled until it was a foot deep. and
i.-o and ru'hnlng water covered the entire
Mreet. The Fpray fell ii]h>h men and cov?
ered them from head to feet. and niade it
ajyiear as Uiough the tlamos were belnc
fought by snow men.
As soon as it was seen tiiat the
many wires slrung along ihe streot would
intrrfeie willi the figbt with th<- ilamcs.
a message was sent to eut off tlie cur
rent, and the llrenien w.-re thus allowed
to work with more 'freedom, and matiy
of the wires were broken and twistcd,
some by the workmen and some by tlie
con'cealed masses of glittering ice.
It was about 3 hours before the lire was
" conquefed, and it was done at grcat
In the building were reeords of almost
in'estixnable va'.ue, many of them wlthout
dujjsicates, papers of great moment to the
various departments, mans and bluc
y.rlnts worth much. antl maierial that
will iost a great amount of time and a
large sum of mdney to replace,
The work of the llrernen was under the
able direction of Assistant Chief Bhaw.
Supcrimendent W. 11. Thompson and
Presldent Frischkorn were on hand and
asslsted in the direction of things.
Vice-President Decatur Axtell was on
tlie scene early. His office was located
on tlie second floor, and the damage to
the papers there wiil probably be com
isaratively small. Hc went inio the office
amid the water and slush and ruin and
asfiisted by the flremen and Mr. Lonnie
Jones, of hcadquarterp, covered the cases
and rcrords with tarpaulins and rubber
The fire started from a det'ective fiue.
The building ls hcaied by tstovee and it is
belicved tiiat from this combluation the
conflagration begun.
The pnncipal los-s will be in the Car
Sfivicc fJepartmenl, under the eharge of
Mr. (Jeorpe S. Sipp. The reeords in the
department tannot be dupllcatod, and tho
loss will probably bc a total one. The
bnMn?-ss of this office is to keep the rec
ord oi all the cars on the road. The tel
epraph department will also be a big !os
er. The train dispatchers liave offiecs on
the samc floor, and several of tliem were
on duty at thc time cf the breaking out
of the lire. Dlspatcber E. Q. Gcodwln
wns in the art of making up a new train
shoet when the llaincs drove him ouu
Superintendent C. C. Walker's offioes
were also on this floor. and his loss will
probably be great.
The !oss to thc fiepartments on the sec
ohd and thlrd floors vvli be la-ge. The
pay-rolls for the ?nontli lor thc entire
Kasicrn j.dvision, emb acing about 3,500
names, had just been coinpletcd; Thase
rolSs were destroyed.
It will be sorae time before the amount
of loss can bv stateti, but u wiU be c<m
UvSL'liAKCE OX 15U1L031XG.
The building was ouned by the X W.
AHlson estatc and was bptight from Mr.
J. B. Pace about a year ago for ?W).?)0. It
?a-as insured for JCD.CKKt. all carrled by the
Imsurance Department of Virginla Trust
Company in the companies in that agency.
as follows:
Imperial of I^ondon.$5,000
Fireman"* Fund....,. f.,000
Norwich Cnion. 5.000
JC- Y- Undcrwriters_;. 5,000
8un cf London. S.C00
Phlladelphla Underwriters. 5.000
Caledoniua of Scotland. 5.000
"Vianra Tlre of Xew York. 5,000
Palwtto* ot KagUr.d.. i,W>
United Firc of Baltimorc. fi.000
St. Paul Firc and Marlne. 5.0-J0
Ins. Co. of North Amerlca. 5,000
Hamburg-Brcmen of Germany...... J,fi00
The bullding was occuplcd by the gen
eral offices of the Chesepeake and Ohio,
except the ground lloor. and also by
tha cstablishments of LMuscoe H.
Garnett, the Commercitl Building and
Loan Association, and the pasenger office
of tho Chesapeake and Ohio.
In the buliding are the offices of the
Third Vicc-President, Decatur Axtell, C.
E. Wellford. secrctary; C. E. Potts, treas
urer; George XV. Stevens; general mana
ger; C- E. Doyle, general superintendent;
C. C. Walker, divlsion superintendent: L.
F. Suilivan. comptroller; George S. Sipp,
superintendent of car serviee; O. JD.
James. auditor of freight reeeipts: Geo.
Poe, auditor of passenger reeeipts: E. D.
JTotchkiss, genei-al freight agent: William
Suilivan, assistant general freight agent;
J. H. Handcock, paymaster; XV. S. Morris.
superintendent of niotive power; G. B.
AVall, iand agent; E. S. Goodman. ehief
tram dispatchcr; XV. F.. YVlckham, gen?
eral counsel; XV. F. Uabonta, purchasing
agent, and the general telograph oftiec.
During the time that the men were
at work fighting the llames, two of them
were overcome by the execssive cold and
were carried noiue. Captain L?. XV. Dor
sey, of Truck Company Xo. 1, while at
work in the northwest corner of the build
ing, was overcome by the severe cold and
was unable to work. He was so cora
pletely prostrated that he was brought
downfrom the fourth fioor, upon which .
he was working, and carried in Stumpf's
restaurant. and was warmed until the
chief s buggy could be brought to con
vey him home, where he was given the
nccessary medlcal aid.
Fireman Mercer Ball had a chill and
had to stpp work for a few minutes be
fore he could returri to his work, but this
was not for long, as he was again taken
ill and had to be removed.
Firemc-n Conway Johnson, of Engine
Xo. A, mashed his hand severely and had
to be relleved. and George Shubridge feli
npon-th2 ice and hurt himself badly and
had to be taken home.
Before the liremen had stopped throw
jrig wate-/ the h'ands of the Richmond
Raihvay 3,ud Electric Company and the
telephohc men were at work eleaning
away the ice and sleet from the wires
ar.d track. To break the iclcles from the
wires the long pikes, which are used in
hoisting poles, wcre used, and in this
way the men were able to break the iee
from the wires, which seemed ready to
break under its weight.
Manv of the lelephone wires were tma
b!e to stand the shock of the plkes or the
weight of iee and broke, doing consider
able damnge.
Tlie work of taking down the pipes and
iadders and eleaning the upper lloors was
a'lmost as severe as that of fighting the
fire and was much more laborious. AVhen
the' ir.cn came to take down the large
ladder on the l'ront of the buirding it was
t=o coated with ice that it could not be
uhjolhted and the ice added iargely to its
welgliti beiides making it very hard io
handle. In order to get it down a bldck
and taekle was fastened to the roof and
to the end of the ladder and ariother fixed
to the third-story window. and with the
aid of Jines tied'to the ladder to k->op it
from strikirg the house it was linally
brought to the ground.
The building ms flbodfed with water and
a.ll the morning the men were hard
at work sweeping it out of the rooms,
which continue to be filled by the soak
Ing ihrough from the stories above.
The offices on the ground fioor were
several inches deep in water and caught
the entire fiood from -above.
The offices of the C. and O. wfll be
moved to vavious buildings in ihe city,
(Contintied on Second Page.)
But There May Also be a Minority
Report in the Case of Roberts,
the Mormon Member.
AVASHIGN'TOX. Jan. 2.?The report of
tho committee of the House of Repre
sentatives, which is investigating the case
of .Mr. Roberts, of Utah, will be made
soon afier Cdngress R--,iSii'inl)li':i. and
there is reason to believe the majority
report will recommend Uiaf Roberts be.
excluded from the House, and that he be
jiot permitted under his eredentials to
exercise any prima facla right of being
s\vorn in.
Wliether the report will be urianimous
is oi)en to doubt, as three of the mem
bers of the committee are.not cpjjnted on
as positively favorable to the coorse in
dicated, and this may result in the sub
mission of a minority report. The. minor?
ity view, if submitted, will probabiy deal
with the prima facia right to be sworn
in on eredentials which are regular. and
will recommend that Roberts be sworn
in and thereafter expeiled.
The committee will resunie its hear
ings on Thursday at 11 o'clock.
The testimony is closed, however, Chair
man Tayler, of Ohio. havin? heard tha'
tho remaining witnesses in Utah will not
vome on. It is said, therefore. that
Thursday will be given to Mr. Roberts
for his argument. a vo'.e is likely to
follow the laSer part of the week.
Britisli Goveriiincnt Iiiforinctl That
Wc Can'l AUmit Kifjhtof Seiruro.
WASHIXGTOX, Jun. 2?The State Ue
partment to-day vec-eived from United
Slates Ambassador Choate at London, by
cable. a statement of the facls he has de
veloped in connection with the selznre by
Rritish warships of American goods on the
three merchant vesseds, Beatrice, ila
shona and Maria. The goods eom^rised
not on'y flour, but miscellaneous urticles
of cemmon trade. and while tliey were
shipped for Lo:enzo llarques in British
and German shij)s, yet the contention of
our otlleials is thut they were not subject
ti seizure.
They could not lodge representatlons on
the subject untll they were possessed of a
knowiedge of the facts, but ns sniiuas
Mr. Chaote's statement came to hand to
day, lnstructions were ?abled to him to
inform the British Government that we
could not admlt the right of seizure in
thesu casc.^.
Tlils is the prellminary step usually
taken in such negotlations. An order^will
be sent to our consular representatU-e at
J^ourenzo Marqucs, respecting the'seized
or detained ao&ds.
To-d'ay's lnstructions to Mr. Choate
was not a dernand for the release of the
goods or yet a demand for indernrilty,
but a precautious notice to, Great Britain
tosave all our rights.in the case. It will
be sufficient to inaugurate the settlement
of the roatter by negotlations, and the
State Departjnent has not the slightest
doubt that he Brilsh autboritlee will make
full amends to the owners of the goods
when all the facts are obtalned.
Golonel Pilcher Defeated
a Boer Commando.
Taken With Forty Prisoners Besides
Killed and Wounded,
Coloncl Pilclier Has Occurticd Doug
lass Williout bpposition.antl Has
Been Received With Great Eii
tliusiasin by ihe Loyalists.
Gcrnian Barlc Sefzeil in
Deiajroa Bay,
LOXDOX, Jan. 2.?The AVar Oflice has
received the following frcm Cape Town,
under to-day's date:
"Colonel Pilcher reports ihroush the
officer commandlng at the Orar.ge rivev:
'? 'I have completoly defeated a liostile
command at the Sunnyside Laager this
day, January 1st, ,~ taking the laager and
forty prisoners, besides the killed scd
wounded. Our casualties are two pri
vates killed and Lieutenant Ad;e wound?
ed. Am cncamped at Dover Farin, twen
ty miles northwest of Belmout and tcn
iniles from Sunnyside.' "
A disi):itch frcm tlic Associated Press re
prts.Biitative at Dover Farm, dated Jan?
uary 1st, says:
"A mounted force consisting of 100 Cana
dians of the Toronto company and 200
Queenslanders, comm'anded by Colonet
Riekards, two guns and a horse battery
u'nder Major De Dougemont; forty
mounted infantry under Lieutenant Ryan.
and 200 of the Cornwall Light Infantry,
the whoie commanded by Colonel Pilcher,
left Belmont yesterday at noon on a
march westward. covering twenty miles
beiore sunset. The force ?ehca'mped at
Cook's Farm, where ihe trocps were wel
eomed enthusiastically.
At 0 o"clock this morning the force ap
proached a spot where a ]aag>or of the
? BoeVs was reported. Colonel Pilcher on
aprp'aching tho position, which was a line
of strong ICopjes, detached Major De
Rougemont with the guns, Toronios and
mounted infantry to work tpward the
right, making a turuing niovemeiit him?
self with tho Queenslanders tcward the
south position. The Boers left their
laager an? opened lire, but the Queens?
landers eompleting the -movement, the
laager was capturcd with forty prisoners.
The British casualties were two men
killed, three wounded and one niissing.
"The who'.e force worked admirably.
The two men killed belonged "to the
Quc-eml ind contingent."
Monday.?Another dispatch from Dover
Farm. dated January 1st, says:
"The Colonial troops who have been
lonsing to be allowed to meet the Boers
have at last been given an opportunity to
do so, and scored a brilliant success.
The raid condueted by Colonel Pilcher
was vcry difficult, owing to the fact that
the movements of the troops were im
jnediately communicated to the Boers by
natives. In order to prevent this Colonel
Pilcher, in making his forced march from
Belmont left a British trooper at every
iarm-house. with instruetions not to t-.l
low the natives to leave their huts, the
patrols calling the names of the natives
hourly in order to prevent their escape.
In the manouvre at Cock's Farm Colo?
nel Pilcher sent mounted patrols cast..
One of these, consisting of four men.
commanded by Lieutenant Adie. suddenly
encountered fourteen Boers, who opened
fire. The Lieutenant was severely
wounded. and Private Butler gave up
his horse in order to carry the Lieuten?
ant oti t of range.
Another private, whose horse had bolt
ed. returned pluckily to render serviee.
He was wounded in his Ieg and his horse
was killed.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Ryan, who had
worked magnificently, repovted that the
Veldt on the right of the enemy was
clear, whereupon Major DeRougemont
ordered the guns to advance at a tiot.
They arrived within 500 yards of the
Laager, unlimbered, and planted iive shells
in as many minutes within the Laager.
Immedlately the enemy .could 3e ;cen
streaminir over the kopje. They wvre
completely surprised, but quickly opened
a well-directed fire.
A representative of the Associated Press
had the privilege of carrying an order
to the Toronto company, which ~ont them
at double quick into aetion. The, urder
was received with great satisfaotion. Th-^
comnanv rushed forward until within
1,000 yards of the enemy's position. wh'en
it opened a hot lire upon the kopje and
completely subdued the Boer fire. The
British artlllery shelled the position with
wonderful accuraey, while Lieutenant Ry?
an. with mounted infantry, worked round
and completely covered the fire of the
Boers, who had been ensconced in the
Meanwhiie, Colonel Pilcher, with the
Queenslanders. taking advantage of ev?
ery cover, made a direct attack, the
Australians moving slowly but surely.
and only shooting when they saw the
enemy retiring under their steady fire.
The Queenslanders behaved with great
coolness. . laughihg and chaffiing even at
ihe moment of great peril.
Colonel Pilcher has occupied Douglass
without opposition and has been re
ceived with enthusiasm by the Loyalists.
HAMBURG, Jan. 2.?The Hamburger
correspondent announces that the Ger
nian bark Hans W'agner, of Hamburg,
was seized by the British at Dalagoa Bay.
on Decerr.ber 21st, and that her owners
have. lodged a complaint with the British
j,-0..pi~r, office.
BERL1X, Jan. 2.?Strict sllenee is maln
tained in ofllclal clrcles regardlng the in
eieent, but the correspondent of the As?
sociated rre3S learns that the affair b.is
created an extremely painful irapression
in poHlical circles.
Energetic diplomatic steps were imme
ciately taken in Loudon. and the inad
missibility of the right of a British crul-.
ser tc search a" German mail steamer on
the high seas lias been emphrttically as
serted. The government is awaitlng Lon
don's response Ijet'ore taking fprther ac
The owners of the T)eutsehland deny
positlvcly that she coptalned pefsons or
goods justifying seizure.
LONDON; ? Jan. 2.?The success of Gen?
eral Frehch's column is .?t-.length con- j
firmed officially, the War Office this^ af?
ternoon issuing a dispatch from Cape
Town, Monday, January 1, asfollows:
"French reports at 2- P. M., to-day
from Coleskop by Heliograph, as follows:
" 'Beaving at Rensburg, holding the
cnemy in front, half of the the First Suf
folks and a section of the Royal Horse
Artillery, I stairted thence at. tive in the
afternoon, December 31, taking with me
five squadrons of cavalry, haf? of the
Second Berks, and eighty mounted in
fantry. infantry carried in wagons, and
ten guhs.
'? 'I halted for four hours at <Maidor:s
farm. and at 3:30 this morning occupied
the kopje ovcrlooklng and westward of
Colesberg. The enemy's . outposts were
takcn completely by surpiseT At daylight
wo shelled the Eaager and enfiladed the
right of the enemy's position. Tho artil?
lery lire in reply was very hol from a
15-pounder using Royal laboratory am
munition, and other guns. We silenced
the guns on the enemy's right flank,
demonstrating with cavalry and guns to
the north of Colesberg towards the junction
where a strong Laager of the enemy was
holding a hill and a position southeast of
Colesberg, as fa'r as the juncuon. Our
position cuts the line of retreat via the
road and bridgc. Some thousands of
Boers with two guns are reportcd to be
restiring towards Xorvalspont. All-Rem
ington's scouts proceeded towards Ach
terland yesterday morning. Slight cas
ualties, about three killed and two wound
ed. Details later.' "
LOXDOX, Jan. 3.?The Daily Telegraph
has rccc-lved the following, dated Jan?
uary 2d, from Frere Camp:
'?The weather is fine. The Tugela
river is now fordable. Genera! Buller's
army is in fine fcrm. ready and confi
dent for the work before it."
JIODDER RIVER, Jan. 2.?Yester
day's cavalry expedition, under General
?Babington, commanding the Xinth and
Twelfth Lancers, proves to have beeri in
oo-operation with a similar movement
from Belmont. This directed by General
"Wood consisted of a flying column and a
force under Bieuienant-Colcnel Pilcher.
from Belmont. This force moved into the
terrltory between the Orange and Riet
rlvers. At Sunnyside, northwest of
Dcugiass. it enconutered a considerable
commondo, believed to be wholly com
posed of disloyal British sub.iects.
General Babinglon's force proceeded in
the same direction, but on the north side
of Riet river. The result of this rccon
/oissance lias not yec been reported.
PRETOR1A. Jan. 2.?Last night (Sun
day) the British, in great force, attacked
Commandant Schooman's com!nando, in
the Colesberg district. and tried to storm
the position. Thcy repeated the attaclf
this morning. but were forced to retreat,
the Boers holding the position.
The loss of the British is not I:nown,
but it is reported to have been heavy.
The Boers consider it a compliment to the
Transvaal that Lord Roberts should have
been selected to the supremo command
of the British forces.
DUBBTX, Jan. 2.?Extra precautions
have been adented bj- the military au
thorities here. The constabulary has been
htlly armed; sentrie's. from sundown to
morning. have been increase at the bar
racks. Patrols march around, and all
leaves of absencc ar-5 susnended.
Corroboratiiijr Storv.-dof Hardsliips 6
Transport M uiiaiieiiso.
MAXILA, ? Jan. 2?6:45 P. M.?Colonel;
Pettit, commanding the Thirty-first in?
fantry. and Eieutenant-Colonel Hayes,
who commanded the. three companies of
that reglment on 'board the transport
Manauense, which arrived hcre Xoveni
ber 2Sth, and reported terrible experi
ences at sea, the steamer being classed
as .^unseaworthy, under-manned and
short of provisions. have ftled officiai
ropofts coi roborating in every detail the
story at the time. deseribing the hard
ships of the soldiers.
The colonel': report, which is particu
larly vigorous. recommends a claim
against; the ship's owners for the iml
forms of tlie whole battalioh, which were
ruined durihg the passage.
Administered to New Cuban Cabinet
on Yesterday,
HAVAXA, Jan. 2.?Tho president of the
Supreme Court. S( nor Mendoza. in the
throne rcom of the rsalacc at 10 *V. M.
to-day, administered ihe oath of oflice to
the members of tlie new Cabinet, with
tho exception of 'Sendr Villalon. the Sec
retary or Publie "Works. who is tinable to
reach here before next Sunday. The WU
nesses of the ? ceremony were Ger..erals
AVood and Chaffeo and Co'.one'.s Richards,
Dudiey and Black. all in full uniform.
Tiie oath was the ordinary one, admin?
istered to all Cuban officials taking oflice
under the present authority, swearing al
legiance for the tims-being to the military
authoritics of the Unlted States.
ScImioiicp Ashoie.
XEW YORK. Jan. 2.?The three-masted
schooner Eva D. Rose, from X'orfolk, for
Camden, X. J.. laderi with pig iron, is
ashore at Cold Spring Harbor, naar
Cape May, X. J. Life savers have gone
to her assistance.
Senate and House Wiil be Called
Together for Work at Noon
The Lesiglature will re-convene at noon
to-day. Comparatively r'ew members had
arrived in the city iast night. Bieutenant.
Govcrnor Kchols was at the Jefferson,
having reaehed here on the afternoon
train from Staunton.
Senators Barksdale, Be Cato, Watkins,
?Morris; Maynard, Donohoe and Eggles
tori were fouad in hotel iobbies last night.
Delegates, Clarke, Hubard and a lew
other members of the lower branch of the
General Assembly arrived' yesterday.
Cierk Button and Sergeant-at-Arms Wat
kins, of the Senate, are> here.
Senator Barksdale said he was very
much encouraged by thc expresslons of
approval of his bill to prohibit the im
propcr use of money ln elections. "I am
conudent," he s tited. "mat uie peop e
as a rule, approve of my bill and want
it passed. At any rate, I am encouraged."
"I am more convinced now than ever
before that we need just such a law as I.
am seeklng to en'act. The people will
have, it. If they do not get,K from this
Legislature they will from the next."
There wiil bc some important commlt
tee meetjngs Friday and Satufday. On ;
the 6th the House Committee on Roads;
will take up the Epps' biU, to require
tlie irailroad companies to. furnisb, sepa-.
rate coaches for whites and blacks.
The" Folkes bill, to require aU. electric
wires to be pjaced un3er ground inTcitles
df more than 20,000 population. will be con
gld'ered by the. House Coromittee on Gen?
eralLaws cn'the morning of Ihe. 6th of
I this mouthi. - . , ,
Mr. Blackburn the Choice
of Joint Caucus.
Scored the Gcebei Etection Law in
Strong Language.
By Sonator Goebel and J. C. W. Bcck
liam Against Governor Xaylor and
Licut.-Governor Marshalt?N'ine
Different Grounds of Con
tcst KinUrifted in the
Not ice.
FRAXKFORT, KY., Jan. 2.?After four
years of retirment, Former Senator Joseph
Clay Styles Blackburn was chosen to
night by the joint caucus of the Demo
cratic members of the Legislature as tho
successor of William Lindsay in the
United States Senate.
?Xofcwlth?aridihg Blackburn's nomina
tion was a foregone conclusion, and his
electiou morally certain, the proceedings
to-night wer* enacted in the presence of
a galaxy of l\>htucky beauty and a dense
throng of Blackburn admirers. s*-^_
The caucus convencd at S o'clock. and
was ciilled to order by Senator Gcebei.
chairman of the joint caucus. There was
a wild demonstration in the galteries when
Goebel came into the hali before callinsc
the caucus to order, the cheering con
tinuing several minutes.
Senators Alexander and Hayes (Demo
crats), and McConnell (Populists), stayed
out of the caucus.
Blackburn was placed In nomination
by Senator Goebel. who said that the
iongest and bitterest fight ever fousht
for senator in this State. which bezan
four years ago (when Deboe defeated
Blackburn) was about to rea'ch its just
termination. The State Capitol rang with
cheers as he placed Blackburn in nomina?
Senator Thomas asked that the roll be
callod so that every Democratic nem
ber might have an opportunity to 20 on
record for Blackburn. Senators Alexander
and Hayes failed to respond to their
names, otherwise the vote was unani
mous. Goebel was applauded when he
voted for Blackburn.
Both Houses of the Legislature organ
ized at noon by electing the nominees of
last night's Democratic caucus. In th?
House, South Trimblf, for Speuker, re?
ceived the t'ull luty-eight Democratic
votes, and J. P. Haswell all of the forty
two Republicans.
For president pro tem. of the Senate,
Goebel was elected. The four Demo?
cratic Senators who bolted the caucus
last night voted for the caucus nominees
Governor XV. S. Taylor submitted a
message of over 40.0CO words, coverfng
State affairs and presenting elaborate
reasons against the Goebel election law,
whieh he cailed the "infamy of 189S,
which had demoraiized, disturbed and
disgraced the State."
The Governor recommends a. stringent
law against ly-nch;ng and ail moos. and
the prohibition of the usc?as well as the
sale of cigarettes.
John H. "Whallen, who ^s accused by
Senator S. B. Harrell .of having attempt
ed to bribe him by offering him $4,500 to
vote against Goebel in the gubernutorial
contest, arrived hero this afternooh and
gave bond in the sum of $10,000. He Was
r.cctmpanied to the sheriffs ofrice i-y
General P. Wat. Harding and other anti
lioebel leaders. His examining trial is
si:t for 2 o'elock lo-morrow, wnen his 11
torneys will enter a plea to rho" jurisdie
tion ;of the. Iccal courts, elarnug ll.?at
the oitence. if there is one, was commit
:ed in Louisvi'le.
The notiees of contest by Senator Goebel
and J. C W Beckitam against (Jovtrnor
Taylor and Lieutenant-Governor Marshall
u-ere served lrte to-day. Nine dlffererit
jiounds of contest are embrac :1 in the
1 (tice, the su;.:lance of which is as fol
First. Alleged ttse of tissue ballots in
forty cbunties.
Second. Military interference with the
election and intimidation of vofers in
Jefferson county by troops under orders
and personal command of Governor Brad
Third. Alleged unlawful issuance of
i.->andatory injunctions by Judge Toney
in Louisville on election day by which
eieLtion o~ters were comnelled to sign
false returns.
Fourth. Intimidation of railroad em
plpyees by chief oflicers of the Louisville
and Xashville railroad in several coun
Fifth?Th'at the leaders of the Republi
can party corruptly entered into a con
spiracy with the Louisville ar.d Xashville,
the American Book Trust, and other cor
porations and trusts by which these cor
porations t'un.ished large sums of money
for the purpose of defeating the contes
:Sixth?Alleged unlawful issuance of
mandatory injunctions in Kr.ox and Lew
is counties. compelling county electlons
boards to certify to false r*turns.
Seventh?Alleged interference of United
States Marshals in the elections; which
was the- result of a conspiracy between
tbe Marshals and tha Republican lead?
ers to intiifiidate tho "oters.
E.'gbth?That before the meeting of the
State Election Commissioners, December
4th, the Louisville and Xash%-ille Rail-,
road, through its paia agent. John A.
Whallen, entered into a conspiracy ??-jth
the. Republican leaders to briag to the
State capital large bodies of desperadoes
to inLmidate and ov?rawe the Election
Conim'-ssloners into giving th; certiticates
of election to the Republican candidates;
that Governor. Bradiey_ had here for llke
purpbses, soldiers in citizens' clothing,
2tC '
Ninth?That the Jefferson County Elec
t'on Commlssioners were forced. through
threats of personal violence and incen
d'arism ' inspired by the ' Louisville and
Xashville Ralir-qad, to sign returns which
w?re not true.
The notfee avers that any ope ^of the
grounds of contfist is sufficient to "change
tbe result of'the .election,;. .*
For Witnesses in llio Case Against
Senator S.-B, Harrell. .
LOUISVILLE, KY-. Jan. 2,?County At
torney'Polsgrove and Sheriff Sutter came:
here from Frankjfort tb'-day.-wlth *uti->
poenas for President Boring, and Vault
Clerk Speed, of the Boulsville Trust Com
panv. to appear before Judge Centrill,
of the Frankiln County Circuit Court.
with the box in which Senator S. B. Har
rell and John H. .Whallen. according to
the former's story. placed $4,300. the price
which Harrell says was agreed noon for
his vote against Goebel.
The offlcera of the Boulsville Trust Com
pany, at a conference to-night, dectded
to answer the subpoenas in person. and will
leave for Frankfort to-morrow mornins.
At the recpiest of the Frankiln county
officers. the Bouisville police have kept
a watch on tha box since a Iate hour last
-?- 9-?
3Ir. Hay Aimouticed Succcss of Ne;to
'tintio"? l"i>r "Open Door" iu China.
"WASHIXGTOX. Jan. 2.?Thc sesslon. of
the cabinet to-day was bricf, but it was
the occasion of.the important announcc
ment by Secretary Hay that the negotia
tions with the great Powers of Eurooe
and Japan to secure a continued "opert
door" policy throughout Chlca has been
eminently successful, and that favorabie
responses had been received from Great
Britain. Germany, France. Kussia. and
Japan. The'only country addressed which
has not yet responded is Italy, and a
favorabie answer is also expected from
The announcement of the success was
extremely gratifying to the President and
Cabinet, as it insures to the United
! States a full share in the future develop
ment of commerce with the great Empire
of Chintf.
They Got a Share ot* the Govcrnmcnt
Deposits ot* Kevcuue Coilections.
WASHIXGTOX. Jan. 2.?Ellis R. Rob
erts, Treasurcr of the United States, an
nounces that the distribution of the Inter
nal revenue coilections is going on ac?
cording to the original plan, and probably -
will bo eompietetl to the flrst group of
additional depository banks in eight days.
He says:
"Every application for a share of these
deposits" has been aecepted. and no re
striction has been set on the amount of
bonds placed as security by any appllcant.
When the depository bank was already
tho recioient of internal revenue coilec?
tions, it has been permitted to retain the
deposits to the amount of its pledgeu
bonds. In cases where the rate of ex
change rendered transfers to Xew York
a burden tiie funds have been assigned to
banks in the same city or in neighboring
localities. With these exceptions, the in?
ternal revenue coilections have been con
ocntrated in the Xationai City Bank. Xew
York, for convenience of distribution.
"Every day these coilections have been
distributed in installments of $3O,CO0 to the
several depository banks in the ratio of
their bonds to the total amount pledged.
By this process the smaiier banks tirst
received their quota. and funds rcmained
in the Xationai City Bank only as the
distribution went forward." *
Among the banks in the tirst group are
tho Xorfolk Xationai. which deposited
$100,000 in bonds; Xationai Bank of Vlr
ginia. Richmond, $14.<m and the Planters'
Xationai, Richmond, $100,000.
The Farwell Heard From.
XEW' YORK. Jan. 2.?The anxiety for
the overdue coasting steamer George Far?
well was relieved to-day by the reDort
received by Ray & Pickett, her agents
here, of her arrival at Xewport Xews for
coal, and sailing thence yesterday for
New York. The Farwell was botind from
Xew Orleans for this port.
Crok?:r Dotnjr Well.
BOXDOX, Jan. ?.?Richard Croker, of
Xew Ycrk. who broke his leg yesterdav
?near Wantage, while mountlng a horse.
is reported this evening to be progressing
favorably towards recovery.
The President Will A^ain Reeommend
to Congress That They be Suit
ably Rewarded.
WASHIXGTOX. Jan. 2.?The Presi?
dent has again taken up the question of
rewarding the paval officers who partict
pated In the destruction of Cervera's
tlest ofT Santiago, \nd his final conclu
sions will be embodied in reeommenda
tions to Congress, either m the form of
a renewal of tho advancemenc of Rear
Admlral Sampson and the officers ^under
hlm by numbers, with perhaps some
modilications. the scheme which the Sen?
ate refused to ratify last spring,' or ac?
cording to some other method.
The Secretary of the Xavy, in his re
port, recommended as an alternatlve pro
vision legislatlon on tha line of the bill
intioduced last spring. which provlues
for three classes of medals, one for
conspicucus conduct in war, one for ex- ,
traordinary hcroism and one for general
meritorious service, the lirst to carry wtth
it a per centage of increase of pay. based
upon the rank of the reclpient and cal
culated to take the place of the Inerease
which would b? the result of promotion
were.that form of reward continued.
Either method would contempiate in
addition the thanks of Congress to the
cdmmander-in-ehief of the Xorth At
lahtlc squadron and the officers and men
under his command, as they were glven
to the eommander-in-chief of the Asia
tic squadron and the officers and men
under his command.
There has also been a suggestion of the
creatlon of the grade of Viee-Admirai
for the benetit of Rear-Admirals Samp?
son and Schley. As a result of the Samp
son-Schley controversy the reward of all
the subordinate officers in the Xorth At
lantic squadron has been blocked up to
this time, and it is the urgent deslre of
both tha President and Secretary Bong
that jttstice be done them, and they ob
tain the rewards which they have earned.
Preliminary to a dec.sion upon his
course of actlon. the President and Sec
I i-etary Bong to-day had a consultatton
! with eis?t ?r t?c Santiago captains at
j the Whlte House.
j The naval officers present. were Chad
j wlck, of the X:w York; Ccok, of the
I Brooklyn;'Clark, of the Oregon: Phllip
[ (.now Rear-Admlral). of the Texas; Evans,
j of tfae Iowa; Higgnson (now Rear-Ad
! mirai). ot the Massachusetts; Folger. of
| ihA Xew Orlehns. and B'eut.-Commander
1 Walnwr'ght. o' the Gloucestcr. Rear
I Admiral Sampson was not present.
j These commanding officers were espec
ially invited by the President. who de
sire'd. ,to hear from th;lr own Itps the
storvof the battle of Santiago. the gen?
eral movements. and. dlfficultles of the
campaign. includlng - the crui3e* of tha
Flying Squadron hi search of Cervera's
fleet, and their own tdeas as to the meth?
od of conferring tho rewards. ?
For- almos* two bowrs the captalna
talked' with the PreeMeati wno maal
fested keen iate??t-tn their p*???a* ??>:
(Oontinued on S?ond Fm?>
The Pork Packing Com
i pany Embarrassed.
Failed to Place Two Hundred Thous
and of Bonds.
Sasnonsion of Work, However.Is Only
Temporary?Wheiv Money Becomce
Kasier Company Will Ueorsan
ize on aStrongcr Basis Than
Oriainnlly Contemplated.
Presi'Icnt's Statement.
Work has been indefinitely suspended
on the mammoth abattoir o? the Pace
Pork-Packlng Company, in tho West-End
suburb adjolning the Union Stjck-Yard3.
The contractors for the work dumUsed
their force several days ?go, and no
dat? wss specified for the resamption of
The plant was projected to cost up
wtksds of SIOO.COC. The plans "contemplalc
a very complete e.-tablishmcn:, perhapa
the. most'modern in the enh?:a South.
Tfce company was organlzel early in the
fali. Co,-"3tructlon of the abattior was
begun at once.
Abandonment of the woric. however. is
only temporary. The eTtterprise has gone
forward so far that it is out of the nues
' tlon to abandon it at this stoge of tho
proceedings. The eostiy buildlnga have
nearly reached completion. \ '^
The embarraasment of the Pace Pork
Packins Company, it was stated on the
authority of the president, Mr. James B.
Pace. yesterday. is due primarlly to th*
stringency of the money market. Mr.
Face said last evenlng: "Temporary sus
pcnsion of work was rendered necessary
owing to my inabllity to place the bonds
of the company whereby funds would
have been secured to continue the work"
of construction. This state of fCairs has
come about in the past three v. .-eks.
"As soon as the money market easea
the company will be reorganlzed on an
even stronger basis than had been con
templated at the outset. Exactly when
the reorganization will be effected cau
not be foretold at this time. It depends,
as I have said, on the rupidlty with which
hnances resume their normat state."
It is understood that there would have
been no difficulty in plating the bonds up
to three weeks or a. month ago. Before
the flurry in the money market condltfons
were so promising that the plans of the
company were carried forward. in ta?
contident beliet that there would bo no
trouble experienced in disposing of the
bonds at leisure. .Before an effort was
made to place the bonds the money mar?
ket stiffened.
The capitallzatlon of th? company was
on a basis of J2CO.G0O. and a bond tssue of
an equal amount was co'ntempiated.
About two weeks ago Mr. Pace catled
together the gentlemen whom he expect- ,
ed to substribe to the bonds. and stated ,
that a crisis ftad been reached. The al
ternatives were lald before them. His
friends were unanimous in advislng the
futillty of attempting to place the bonds
at the present tlme, and their advlce tbat
the work be temporarlly suspended was
The Pace Pork-Packlng Compcny is W
local corporation. Xo outside interest% 9
are represented. Mr. Pace is confident .
that at least three-fourths of the $200,000.
of bonds will be placed here.
Thi* Lawton Fuiul.
WASHTXGTOX. Jan. 2.?General Cor
bln, chairman of the Lawton fund,. an
nounces that the subacriptions- to th<r
fund received up to noon to-day amount
to $39,263.35.
Aholitinn i>f Slavery ii? Gu.im.
' MAXILA, Jan. 2.?A naval officer who
has arrived here from Guam brlngs a
proclamation issued by Captain Leary.
naval governor of that island. decree'ng
the absolute prohlbltion and total abo
lltlon of slavery or peonage. the order
taking effeet February 22d. _^?
The prelude of tho proclamation de
clares that the Spanlsh system~of" peon?
age is equlvalent to slavery and_ is a,
menacp to personal llberty.
Captain Leary also* deported ati thej
Spanlsh priests for reasons which were]
sufficient to hhn.
Tli?* N'ashvil!<? at Mnnila.
"WA3HIXGTOX. Jan. 2.?The XashvilH
arrived at Manila. Saturday. malttng thi
fourth of the ilve ve^seU recently order*
to Manila, at the suggestion of Admiri
S.iilfl ii?rliorenxo Ma?|nc?.
BEIRLIX. Jan. 2.?The German ?
ond-class cruiser Scwalb. has left
? Es-Salaam. a seaport of Africa. twent
five miles south of Zanzlbar. for Loret
C6rf?? Op?*n**?l.
LIBSOX, Jan. 2.?The Cortes was
ed to-day. ~So mention was madd
Great Brirain or the Tranavaal ht"
speech from - the thrcnft.
?Fire destroyed a portion of the Pace
?A~halt In work on the Pace pork- ,
packing plant. "
?Legislators murning to the city.
. Statf.
?Ju'lus Robinson (colored> banged at
Dinwiddie Courthouse.
?Judge Waddl'I renders a decision in
admiralty case of lon-r standtng. ?
?Several marrtages in the State.
?Fleming lndicred or murdar.
?SaundeVs discharged, as he had not
been sworn into servtce oC the State.
General. "
?Blackburn chosen for tfnited itate*
?House committee ?lll recomnwad Wt
cluaton of Kepresentatlve Boberto.
?President wUlrecommend suttable r?
ward for destroyer* of C*rver*,a Itaet
Foretsn. '
?Another auccea* for arittolt srms^l*
Tran?Ya*L ? - '"> '
?Papai deiegate arrire* iitllw%v.^

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