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TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. NO. 88. AMUSEMENTS «k las Aug elo.i' Boolcty Vaudeville Theater. WcckCo^.nc.n, Wfondaj,, 'December 27 The most wonderful trained animalshow . . (7.ITA . . HURKIH' TRAINED PONIES The phenomenalUypsy violin virtuoso The marvelous acrobat. ZZZSSSiSffiS 5' A^ I,Ar ? I>W , ™«„ PICOHIANIS HIBTKRB- n Modeler In clay of heads oi prominent men From Cirque Salamonskl, Moscow. Russia By popular requast-Thlrd and posltlve- — r—; ; ~ ly last week of IIIOGRAPH The muMcal sensation of Kumpe With a new .nri*N of ftiifmAind views THIS VESUVIANO Qlf AIITKTTE - a new reneaol animated views C. V. Dnnato.Tenor; K. d'Angelo, Baritone; La»t woelc of 0. Basal, lonor; P. Crlsconio, Basso. Panllnettl and Plquo Pepttn Delnrat £ KITES NEVER CHANGING—Evening reserved Seats, 35 and Mir; gallery, 10c Regular at luces Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday .Telephone Main 1447 |©» Angeles Theater k^W^S^?*^ UAree Vfiyhta and Wednesday Wfatmoo, C toni"ght' %><><>■ 27 THE EMINENT OJI /» actor , . //fr, Juouis Jrames TONIGHT and " if „/■ ST.. Tuesday Evening—Spartacus Wednesday Matlneo vavaiter Of ■J'rance Wednesday Ev'g-Jnllua Caesar Prices—2sc, 80c, 75c, ?ICO. Seals now on sale. Tolcphono Main 70. COHINO-THK REST OF AM. TffO MIGHTS, SATURDAY MATINKK, COHHENOIMO FRIDAY, DEO. 31 HOYT'S OBKATKST PLAY Jt'WftU-Whiie J/aff New Songs, New Music, New Dances, a Full Bras* Band on the Stage. , The Same Production as Presented In New York City. Beats on Sale Today at 9A. M. PRICES—?Se, 50c. 7ic, ♦1.00, Tel. Main 70. gurbank Theater SS& nIVM VomyAt 27 rt. X 8 Supporting \JfiQ OftCl IV UOt MR. SAM T. SHAW %sfiSl££ftZi«*, Cv»» W*sterner\ of a Sroat City PRICES—IB, 25,85 and 50 cents. Order roats by Telephone Main 1270. Qallfornla Limited v " Santa Je floute f> i i.j 7T—■_ Is for first-class travel only,-but there la no extra oharge VA/s Opienaia Uratn beyond the rogular ticket fare. Leaves Los Angeles at.... 8:00 a.m.. Tuesdays and Fridays Uaves Paeedenaet. 8:25 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays Bouble Drawing Room Leaves San Bernardino at 9:4sa.m..Tuesdays and Fridays Sleeping Cars Dining Arrives Kansas City at.... 0:10 p.m. .Thursdays and Sundays cars Buffet 'Smoking Arrives St. Loulu at 7:00 a.m..Fridays and Mondays Car'for Kansas City Arrives Chlcaa-b at,...... 9:48 a.m. Fridays and Mondays Bu j_ouis, Chlcaga Arrives Washington at il:a» Saturdays and Tuesdays Arrives New York 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Tuejdays ■ —-—- The Dining Car« are managed by Harvey and serve breakfast after leaving Los Angeles. TICKET OFriCK. 300 Spring Street sn|aa#a Dn*»af JAS *- *• MORLKY, Manager. •hICSIU armaria Corner Twelfth and Grand Aye. NEW YEAR'S AND SUNDAY—RASE BALI. EACH DAY. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR NAMES OF COMPETING TeVAaIH. ADMISSION 25. LADIE9 FREE. Qstrlch Farm . . South Pasadena . . Tfoarty JOO Siyantie SSirds of jfM jfyot OPEN DAILY TO VISITORS—TIPS, PLUMES, BOAS AND CAPES FOR SALE DIRECT FROM THE PRODUCERS N. B We have no agency In Los Angeles and have for sale the only genuine California Feathers on the Market—The most appropriate present to send East. ■ |£lte Shaped Track €wry Ztmesday . . ffloftO in tt Bay »» , » A SPECIAL BXPRESS, with observation ear. will be ran by the Santa Fe around the Klie Shaped Track, taking In Bedlanda, Riverside and all the beauties of Santa Ana Canon. This special train in addition to the regular aervtoe. SEE ABOUT IT AT 800 SPRING STREET THE MOTHER OF NINE AND ALL MET HORRIBLE DEATH IN THE FLAMES! Three Deaths From Clothing; Ignited at the Open Orate Fire—Quaran tine Camp Burned LONDON, Dec. 26.—Mrs Jarvis and her nine children, the youngest a baby, were burned to death at 5 oclock this morning In a four-room cottage occu pied by the Jarvis and two other fam ilies, in Fife street, Bethnal Green, Lon don. The family occupied the upper floor. By a strange coincidence, Mr. Jarvis, the woman's husband, who had been suffering from consumption, died In the workhouse Infirmary this after noon, without having heard of the dis aster. Mrs. Jarvis earned a scanty liv ing by making matchboxes, and her rooms were filled with Inflammable ma terial. TWO BABIES LEFT ALONE FRANKLIN, Pa., Dec. 26.—Grace and Annie Mason, whose parents live near here, were left alone In their home last evening. The former fell Into a grate and her clothing ignited. She was burned to death. In trying to save the life of her sister, Annie was also badly burned, and it Is believed she cannot recover. THE OPEN FIRE CANTON, Ohio, Doc. 26.—Miss Clara Bhlelds, daughter of R. S. Shields, for mer United States district attorney and cousin of Mrs. Day, wife of Assistant Secretary Day, was severely burned at her home today. Her clothing was ig nited from an open gas fireplace, and her father, answering her shrieks for help, found her in flames. It is thought that she will recover. QUARANTINE CAMP BURNED SANDY HOOK. N. V., Dec. 26.—The office, storehouse, stable and one of the lodging houses, all old wooden buildings at Camp Low, were consumed by fire early this morning. Camp Low was es tablished at the former landing of the Sandy Hook boats. During the cholera Scare a few years ago the wharf and platform were Inclosed and roofed over, and several hundred passengers were kept in quarantine there. The marine hospital service abandoned the station last year, and the buildings were pur chased by a contractor, who used them as a large boarding camp for the men employed In building garrison quarters at Fort Hancock. An overheated stove is supposed to have caused the Are. Comte le Mercier Dead PARIS, Pee. 26.—Comte Anatole Le Mercler, senior member of the Chamber Of deputies Is dead. Comte le Mercler was born June 25. 1820. He was one of the seven deputies from Charente-In ferleure, personally representing the first division of Salntes. Ho was a de scendant of Le Mercler who figured In France during the revolution. His father was for many years a member of the chamber. He received the decora tion of the Legion of Honor and pub lished several volumes. MEXICAN MATTERS Mazzaltini's Last Bull Fight Nearly Proved Fatal CITY OF MEXICO, Dec. 26.—The last of the series of bull fights by Mazzaltlnl was given this afternoon and was at tended by 7000 people. Tomas Mazzal tlnl narrowly escaped with his life, be ing tossed by an infuriated bull and gored In the hand. Ten horses were killed and six bulls, the usual number, for the fight was not up to the standard. Mr.Bryan and wife arrived In Guadala jara this afternoon and were received by the representatives of the state govern ment of Falisco, of which state that city is the capital, and by the American resi dents. DANISH LANDS Are Not Wanted by the British Government LONDON, Dec. 27— The Dally Chron icle this morning ridicules the notion that England Is negotiating for the pur chase of the Danish West Indies. It says: "Quite apart from the breach It would make In our relations with the United States, the purchase of more West Indian Islands Is the very last thing England would think of." A dispatch from Copenhagen to the Dally Mall says the Washington execu tive has made overtures to Denmark for the sale of a narrow but carefully de fined stretch of land In Northwestern Greece, where the Americans intend to establish naval and coaling stations. Charles Harrison Dead LONDON, Dec. 28.—Charles Harrison, Radical member of parliament for Plymouth since 1895, is dead. Charles Harrison was born Aug. 1,1825, and was educated at King's college, London. He succeeded Sir John Hutton 'as vice chairman of the London county council when Sir John succeeded Lord Rosebery as' chairman of that body. In the first and second councils he was chairman of the parliamentary committee and be came known prominently as the father of the modern application of the princi ple of betterment by public Improve ments. By profession he was a solicitor. Frederick Harrison, the well known es sayist and president of the London Posltlvlst committee, is his brother. Col. Whitney Dead ROT ALSTON, Mass., Dec. 26.—C01. Geo. Whitney, a prominent member of this town, died today after a month's Illness. He was born here In 1817, and for fifteen years drove a stage between Royalston and Boston. The opening of the Fltchburg railroad put an end to the stage business, and Col. Whitney turned his attention to other pursuits. After some years he engaged In the lumber and chair business. He became Inter ested in the manufacture of woolens and continued in it until his death. THE HERALD CRUISERS KEPT BUSY Blocking the Plans of the Filibusters SUSPECTED CRAFT SEARCHED BUT CONTRABAND GOODS ABE NOT FOUND .c - V Leading Spanish Newspapers Urge Resistance to United States Interference Associated Press SpeciaV Wire MOBILE, Ala., Dec. 26.—1f pilot boat Somers N. Smith of Pensacola gets out of this port with a filibustering expedition, she will have to run over the cutter Sew ard in the river and a cruiser off the bar. The Smith was brought here In August last, was docked and black-leaded, had a speed wheel put in, and also took off the figure 3 from her smokestack, and went to sea at night, bound, rumor afterward said, to Cuba with 80 men on board and a lot of arms and ammunition. No trace of this expedition was found, however, and Wm. Buzzelle, commodore of the Pensacola Pilots' association,, pre sumably the owner of the tug, denied emphatically that the Smith was in the filibustering business. Two weeks ago the tug reappeared In Pensacola and came Immediately under suspicion, the papers there saying the cruiser Mont gomery was on watch over her. The pa pers also said that the Smith needed docking for repairs, but that the Mobile docks were too busy to take her. Never theless, she arrived here Thursday and went on the Mobile ways, at the foot of Augusta street, to be repainted. The manager of the ways says the paint on her does not need renewing and Is Just as good as when put on four months ago. She is said to have been followed as far as this port by the cruiser Montgomery. Telegraphic orders were sent for her through Mobile last night, and the col lector was notified to be on the lookout for filibusters. United States Marshal Simmons went on board the tug today and had the boat searched, but nothing was found on board. Bazzelle, who is with the Smith, says there Is no Intention of filibustering, and that she Is merely here for repairs. The cutter Seward dropped down the river this afternoon and came to anchor just opposite the exit from the marine ways, and lies there, with steam up and keeping an eye on the Smith. Persons from the lower bay report that a cruiser has been off the bar for the past 24 hours. FRUITLESS SEARCHES JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 26.—A special to the Times-Union and Citizen from Punta Gorda states that the cruis er Montgomery and cutters Forward and McLane arrived In Charlotte harbor this morning In search of a filibustering expedition that was reported to be about to set sail for Cuba. Vessels in port were searched, but nothing of a contra band nature was found. DAMAGES CLAIMED WASHINGTON, Dec. 26.—Secretary of State Sherman was seen tonight regard ing a story cabled from Madrid to the effect that the United States had de manded of Spain $8,000,000 Indemnity to American traders for damages sustained through the rebellion In Cuba. The secre tary stated that if any such demand had been made he had not heard of it. Judge Day, assistant secretary of state said: "So far as I know, there is absolutely nothing In the story. Some one may have attempted to foot up the Individual claims that have been filed, but, even on that supposition, I should not attempt to say their estimate was correct." At the Spanish legation It was said that no information had been received of any such action. The legation had heretofore been notified of the filing of all individual claims, but it was thought improbable that any claim in bulk would be made. MORE WAR TALK MADRID, Dec. 26.—Today Imparclal urged that, in view of the character of the reply of United States Minister Woodford to the note of the Spanish government in answer to the first com munication by the American govern ment by him. It is necessary to Increase the Spanish fleet against the eventuality of a conflict with the United States. El Heraido says: "The encroachments of the United States upon the Internal policy of Spain have become intolerable and must be resisted energetically. The situation Is difficult, but at whatever cost, the government ought to put an end to a shameful state of affairs for the sake of the dignity of Spain." GERMANS BANQUETED HAVANA, Dec. 26.—Tonight Captain General Blanco gave a banquet to the officers of the German corvette Stein. Forty guests were present, including the Spanish admiral, the mayor of Havana and other naval and civil authorities. Congressman William Henry King of Utah has arrived here. WOODFORD'S NOTE LONDON, Dec. 26.—The Madrid cor respondent of the Dally Mall says: Gen. Woodford's note differs greatly from the first he presented, and contains several statements that should be refuted. It Is Inspired, on the whole, by the sentiments pervading President McKlnley's mes sage. Senor Gullon, the minister of foreign affairs, will reply, traversing the points raised. Ate Up the Candy MILWAUKEE, Wis., Dec. 26.—A large cinnamon bear, which was' shipped by express from Leavenworth, Kas., to Baraboo, Wis., escaped from its crate LOS ANGELES, MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 27. 1897 in the express car at Western Union Junction on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad yesterday while en route to Its destination. The express messenger was driven from the car, th<; bear taking complete possession, de vouring packages of apples and candy and destroying way bills. When the train arrived in Milwaukee it took ten men to secure the vicious animal. Ran Down a Hill and Struck a House PROVIDENCE, R. 1., Dec. 26.—At noon today a Camp street electric car ran wild and rushed down Olney street hill with the speed of an express train and shot across North Main street and Into the corner of a frame building. The Impact of the collision was so great that some of the heavy Iron work on the car was doubled up and the corner post of the building, which acted as a buffer for the run away car, was badly splintered. That the occupants of the car escaped with their lives is remarkable. There were about ten passengers In the car at the time besides the motorman and conductor. The injured are: Mrs. Sarah Malufski, crushed and bruised in the abdomen and head cut. Conductor I. F. Mott, shoulder dislo cated and bruised about the upper part of the body. Charles Holmes, bruised about right leg and back injured. One of the most surprising things was the escape of the motorman, Louis E. Morrow, who stuck to his post. LONDON, Dec. 26.—The outcome of the ballot of the striking engineers taken as the result of the recently adjourned conference between the representatives of the men and the employers will not be known for several days, but there Is no doubt that the verdict is overwhelmingly against the acceptance of the terms of the employers. NEW YORK, Dec. 26.—Tom O'Rourke, manager for the Long Island City Ath letic club, announced that the Tank Kenny-Armstrong fight scheduled for March 30, at the club, is off. MISS HERBERT'S DEATH FOLLOWED BY THE SUICIDE OF A FRIEND Miss Annie Wells, Another Washing ton Society Woman, Fires a Bul let Through Her Heart WASHINGTON, Dec. 26.—The recent tragic death of Miss Leila Herbert, the daughter of the ex-secretary of the navy. Is given as the reason, for the suicide which occurred today of Miss Annie Vir ginia Wells, an accomplished young wo man and a daughter of Lewis S. Wells, a well-known attorney. The young wo man shot herself through the heart with her brother's revolver at the residence of he father, 1311 N street, N. W. Miss Wells had met Miss Herbert a number of times and was much attached to her. She herself had been confined to the house for four months by Illness, and this, combined with the shock caused by the death of her friend, brought on mel ancholia, which resulted In suicide. The deed was apparently entirely un premeditated, and, coming immediately after Christmas festivities in the house, completely prostrated her aged mother. Miss Wells was 33 years of age and very beautiful. NEW YORK, Dec. 26.— H. Maltland Kersey, who for the last five years has represented the White Star Line Steam ship company In this city, has, accord ing to a report today, actually severed his connection with that company. He sailed for Europe on Saturday, one day after the arrival in this city from Lon don of J. Bruce Ismay, son of Mr. Ismay, of the firm of Ismay, Imre & Co., gen eral agents of the line. Young Mr. Is may said he would have nothing to say until tomorrow. NAPA, Cal., Dec. 26.—Sampson Smith, a pioneer of California, Is dead. He crossed the plains In 1849 and after min ing for two years made his home In Sul sun, afterwards removing to Napa coun ty, where he resided for seventeen years. He served as county treasurer and su pervisor of Solano county. He was a native of Ohio, aged 77 years, and was highly esteemed in this section of the state, being prominent in Democratic politics. PITTSBURG, Pa., Dec. 26.—Mrs. Catherine Morrison Hogan, only aunt of Andrew Carnegie, died this morning, the result of a stroke of paralysis. She had been in a semi-conscious state since December 10. Mrs. Hogan was born In Dumferllne, Scotland, 86 years ago, and had been in this country 57 years. Her remains will be privately cremated on Tuesday. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 26— Justo Patrejero, who resides at 111 Filbert street, reported to the police today that his young wife, Mrs. Kate Patrejo, had been missing from his home since Fri day morning. He fears that she has taken her own life. Her reason has been unbalanced since over a year ago, and she has more than once been taken before the insanity commissioners on this account. A Strange Accident BRIDGETON, N. J., Dec. 26.—James Bowers, an engineer on the West Jersey railroad, was blown out of his cab late last night between Husted and Paladin. The wind was blowing a gale, when a sudden gust caught him and whirled him to the roadside. The fireman backed the train and found him some distance off. He was painfully but not badly hurt < A WILD CAR The English Strike A Fight Called Off Kersey Has Resigned A Suisun Pioneer Carnegie's Only Aunt His Wife Missing SUPPLIES AT DAWSON Are Not Enough to Prevent Starvation THE OLYMPIA'S PASSENGERS AGREE IN SAYING RELIEF IS NECESSARY i ' Yukon River Frozen Over and the Filed Up Ice Makes Progress Almost Impossible Associated Press Special Wire SKAGUAY, Alaska, Dec. 17, via Seat tle, Wash., Dec. 26.—John Lindsay of Olympla, Wash., who has just arrived from Dawson City, says that there will surely be starvation there this winter. He examined into the food situation in a thorough manner, he says, and after sat isfying: himself that there would be starvation, he sold his outfit and In com pany with Frank Ballaine vi Olympia, Tom Story of Victoria and Bob Glynn of Seattle, started out on foot, each man drawing a sled carrying about 140 pounds of provisions. Lindsay says the Dawson people believe that there is no great amount of food at Fort Yukon, as has been alleged. The river rose sufficiently and remained open long enough to en able food supplies to have been brought from Fort Yukon haa there been any there. The people of Dawson, believing that there were not ample food supplies at Fort Yukon, refused to go there, pre ferring to remain in Dawson. Not more than 300 or 400 people took advantage of the Transportation company's offer to take the people to Fort Yukon free of charge. When the miners at Dawson found that no more provisions would reach town by the river route they announced that a meeting would be held to take steps for apportioning the provisions in the town. Those that had plenty, they said, must share with those who had none. Captain Constantine of the Northwest mounted police Interfered and told the miners that no such thing would be permitted. The meeting was not held. Coal oil sold for $45 a gallon and can dles as high as $150 per box of 100. Even If men were able to work their claims | they cannot get light to do so. These statements are borne out by all I returning Klondikers, quite a number of whom have reached here the past week. Few of them, however, take so gloomy a view of the situation as does Mr. Lind say. Dr. A. L. Bradley of Roseburg, Ore., says that food Is scarce, but he does not think there Will be actual starvation. Neither does W. B. King of Merced, Cal.; P. J. Holland of Butte, Thomas Story of Victoria, nor Robert Glynn of Seattle, all of whom reached here this week from Dawson, the most of them having left there on Nov. 2. As an Instance of the scarcity of food in Dawson, Lindsay relates the case of Dr. Van Sants, formerly of Spokane. William Van Sants is an elderly man, and being without provisions or money, he offered a gold watch for a sack of flour. He could not get it, and he re marked to Lindsay, "God only knows how I am to keep body and soul to gether." Lindsay says 200 or more miners are prospecting at the mouth of Stewart river but as yet nothing Is known as to what success they have had. Henderson creek, five miles below Stewart river and forty miles from Daw son, is a promising stream and it Is be ing developed this winter. The weather about the Stewart and Big Salmon rivers has been bitterly cold, 70 degrees below zero being recorded at Major Walsh's camp, 12 miles below the Big Salmon, on Nov. 17. The Yukon river is piled full of Ice In great ridges as high as an ordinary house and a roadway will have to be cut through It before dog or horse teams can operate upon it. The outlook, therefore, for taking supplies down to Dawson in the Immediate fu ture Is not good. Inspector of Mines McGregor left here a week ago with a number of dog teams and horses to make the attempt to reach Dawson with about 20 tons of provisions, but nothing has since been heard of him. CANADIAN CO-OPERATION OTTAWA, Ont., Dec. 26.—Hon. Clif ton Slfton, minister of the Interior, and J. A. McKenna of the interior depart ment, left today for Washington. Mr. Slfton goes on the invitation of Secre tary of War Alger to discuss the best means of sending relief to the miners in the Yukon district. Mr. Slfton expects to be in Washington about a week. A JUNEAU FAILURE PORTLAND, Or., Dec. 26.—8y the steamer City of Topeka, which arrived today from Juneau, it is learned that the Newell Gold Mining company and Ber ner's Bay Mining and Milling company have passed into the hands of a receiver. The receiver is E. F. Cassel of Juneau, formerly of Seattle. Thomas I. Newell was president and manager of the companies, which have been In operation since 1888, and which embraced more property than any one corporation in Alaska. Besides the Newell mine and Berner Bay mine the company owns large Interests fn Doug las island and 160 acres of placer mines In the Silver Bow basin. The heaviest stockholders in the company are east ern men. No statement of liabilities and assets has yet been made. Forty eight thousand dollars in bullion from the Treadwell Mining company was brought down by the Topeka and trans ferred here for San Francisco. TRAVELERS' TALES SEATTLE, Wash., Dec. 26.—Among the passengers on the steamer Rosalie, INDEX TO THE TELEGRAPH NEWS A rumored seizure by England of an island in the mouth of the Yang Tsing river. Letter's deal in wheat and oats culminates on Friday and the symp toms promise a great big squeeze. A mother and her children burned to death at London; several deaths from clothing ignited at open grate fires. Great Britain makes protest against Russia's taking charge in Korea, and backs up her demand with a fleet of warships. A long list of crimes growing out of avarice, liquor or illicit love, and some mysterious murders for which no cause can be assigned. Miss Annie Wells a Washington belle, shoots herself through the heart, under the influence of melancholia induced by the suicide of Miss Herbert. Baseball games and coursing re sults at the north; ex-champion all round athlete. Cocgrave dead of ap pendicitis; college chess tournament begins today. United States vessels in southern waters kept busy watching alleged filibusters; suspected craft are search ed but nothing found. Leading Span ish newspapers urge resistance to United States interference in Cuban affairs. Miners returning from Klondike by the steamer Olympia agree in their opinion that starvation is imminent and also say that the condition of the rivers and the awful cold will make transportation of relief supplies a matter of the utmost difficulty. which arrived here from Skaguay and Dyea, Alaska, were six men who re cently left Dawson City, bringing ad vices up to November Bth. The men were Frank Ballaine, John Lindsay, Tom Story, R. G. Winn, W. B. King and J. P. Holland. Conflicting statements as to the food situation In Dawson are made by these men Lindsay asserts with great positiveness that want al ready exists at Dawson and that unless food is taken into the camp from the coast men will suffer from hunger. Ballaine, Gwynn and Holland say that there is more alarm outside concerning the Dawson people than is felt by the residents of that place. They agree that there is no food to be bought In Dawson except where a man is found coming out of the country and with more grub than he could use on the way up the river. They say, however, that except for the fact that some men will be put on short rations, thereby diminishing the ra tions this winter, the shortage of food will not be felt. The exodus of the men from Dawson was on to Fort Yukon and to points on the coast, relieving the sit uation at Dawson. Between Pelly river and Dyea the party passed hundreds of camps where snow and icebound Klondikers have camped for the winter. Many of them were well equipped with provisions, and by paying $2 per pound It was possible for them to procure flour and other nec essaries. From Five Fingers the Yukon Is a frozen mass of ice boulders, running as high as twelve feet, blocking the can yon from wall to wall and making travel difficult. This, it is asserted, will have to be cut through by any government or Other relief expedition that expects to reach Dawson from the coast, and the belief expressed by Ballaine was that this task would practically make futile any effort put forth by the government at Washington to relieve the American miners In the Klondike. Reports from Skaguay and Dyea brought down by the Rosalie are to the effect that swindlers operating under the guise of Canadian customs officials are fleecing the newcomers at Lake Lln derman, demanding payment for duty and giving a printed receipt. THE BRITISH FLEET Arrivals at San Diego to Strengthen the Pacific Squadron SAN DIEGO, Cal., Dec. 26.—The Brit ish cruiser Leander, accompanied by the torpedo destroyer Virago, arrived in port today en route to Esqulmault. The two warships left Portsmouth, England, last August, traveling at an average speed of twelve knots. They called at the principal ports of South America, in cluding Valparaiso, Coquimbo and Cal lao on this side. Acapulco was the only Mexican port visited. On the way up the coast the United States coast defense vessel was seen at Magdalena bay, hav ing arrived just as the British vessels were leaving Man-of-War cove. The Leander is a second-class cruiser of 4300 tons and a speed of eighteen knots. The Virago is one of several tor pedo destroyers built last year. She is reputed to have a speed of thirty knots. The two vessels will coal and on Wedens day will leave for Esqulmault, calling at San Francisco on the way up. The cruiser Phaeton, with the de stroyer Sparrowhawk, are following the Leander and Virago and are expected to arrive here within two weeks. The Phaeton and Leander are sister ships, and so are the Sparrowhawk and Virago. With these vessels added to the Es qulmault squadron, Great Britain will have one of the strongest fleets in the Pacific ocean and the strongest, by far, that has ever assembled In the North Pacific. _*' *_ s > Killed by the Cars NOBLESVILLE, Ind., Dec. 26.—A fa- tal accident occurred at Terhune, a small town northwest of this city, last night. Mr. and Mrs. John Moore and Miss Clara Brattainn were returning from a Christmas entertainment when a northbound freight train on the Monon struck their carriage. Miss Brattainn's skull was fractured and she died at mid night. Mrs. Moore cannot recover. Mr. Moore was slightly injured. Mr. and Mrs. Moore were married Thursday and this was the first time they had been away from home together Eight Pages PRICE FIVE CENTS A BRITISH PROTEST Backed by a Flket of Ships THE GOVERNMENT OF KOREA ■ MUST NOT BE TURNED OVER TO RUSSIA i * ■ • A Rumor Current That England Has Seized an Island in Yang Tsing River Associated Press Special Wire LONDON, Dec. 27.—A special dispatch from Shanghai says: It Is reported that seventeen Britlstl warships are off Chemulpo, Korea, southwest of Seoul, supporting the Brit ish consul's protest, really amounting to an ultimatum against the king's prac tically yielding the government of Ko rea into the hands of the Russian min ister. The protest is specially directed against the dismissal of McLevy Brown, British adviser to the Korean customs, in favor of the Russian nominee. The news has produced consternation at Seoul, which is heightened by the knowl edge that Japan has a fleet of thirty warships awaiting the result of thu British representation that Japan fully supports. Japan Is Irritated by the arrival of Russian troops in Korea, and it is be lieved she will oppose them. According to advices from Toklo, Ja pan has offered to assist the officers at Pekin in drilling the Chinese army and to consent to a postponement of the war indemnity. Many of the officers and Pekin officials favor the proposal. According to a dispatch to the Daily Mail from Shanghai, It is reported there from reliable sources that a British force landed at Chemulpo on Saturday and caused the reinstatement of McLevy Brown. The same dispatch says: "A rumor is current that the Union Jach has been hoisted on an island in the .mouth of the river Yang-Tslng." The Pekin correspondent of the Times says: "The government refuses to place the Llkin under foreign control as secur ity for the loan proposed by the Hong kong and Shanghai bank, and asserts that unless the loan Is procurable with out this condition arrangements will be made for a Russian guaranteed 4 per cent loan of 100,000,000 taels to be Issued at 93 net. "The security will be the land tax, which would remain under Chinese ad ministration. China In return would give Russia a monopoly of the railroads and mines north of the great wall, open a port as terminal of a railway (the Transsiberean) and would agree that a Russian should succeed Sir Robert Hart as director of the Chinese imperial maritime customs. If these conditions should be permitted, British trade Inter ests would suffer severely." The Shanghai correspondent of the Times Bays: "The sloop Phoenix sailed today (Sunday) under orders to Join the British squadron. The utmost seorecy is preserved with regard to the latter's movements, but gossip here suggests that its destination is Tae-Lien-Wan." JAPANESE CABINET CRISIS WASHINGTON, Dec. 26.—A telegram was received at the Japanese legation this morning announcing that the diet was formally opened by the emperor on the 24th Instant. A vote of no confi dence was proposed In the house of rep resentatives and the diet was dissolved on the 25th inst. This result Is ascribed entirely to domestic causes and Is the preliminary to new elections, as under the constitution a new diet must be con vened within five months after the dis solution of the old one. GOOD REASON GIVEN YOKOHAMA, Dec. 20. —The Imperial diet has been dissolved before the house of representatives had started a discus sion of the motion of no confidence In the cabinet. It is expected that there will be several ministerial changes. The Japanese diet was reopened on Monday last with such a union of the three chief political parties as to make it certain that a vote of confidence in the government would be carried. On Fri day last the mikado in a speech froth the throne declared that the relations of Japan with all the foreign powers was friendly, though he made no specific al lusions to the complications In China. He announced that the government in tended to submit fresh taxation meas ures, the character of which is known to have united the three chief political parties in opposition, and to introduce a bill amending the codes, civil and criminal. Count Matsukata, the premier and ad miral, the Marquis Salgo Tsuguinichl. minister of marine, have resigned. It is probable that Marquis ItO will be the new premier. RUSSIAN PLANS ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 26.—1t is as serted that the newly formed Rusao- Korean bank will organize a company to extend a railway to Port Arthur. Tho Russian vice-president of the Eastern Chinese railway, will start for Manchu ria in February to inspect proposed va riations of the route and to make a final decision as to other matters. CHINESE FINESSE BERLIN, Dec. 26—An inspired Chi nese organ published here says the Chi nese emperor, in order to avoid the re proach of having lost territory, will lease Ktao Chau to Germany In per petuity at a low rate, with all the right of sovereignty that England exercises at Hongkong. RUSSIAN SUPPLIES MELBOURNE, Dec. 26.—The govern ment of New South Wales is arranging to supply frozen meat to the Russian, authorities at Vladivostock.