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"Councillor of State and Agent of the Ministry of Finance of the Imperial Russian Government," and an inscrip tion In Chinese which read: "Superin tendent of the Finances In Corea." It seems that the Czar induced or com pelled the Corean Ambassador at St. Petersburg to enter Into a contract with Mr. Alexleff to manage the Corean fin - ances without consulting any of tho authorities at Seoul. The day after the arrival of Mr. Alexleft at Seoul, he called upon the Minister of Finance, exhibited his contract and announced that he was ready to enter upon his duties. Mr. Pak explained that the government was al ready enjoying the services of McLevy Brown and that the Corean Ambassa dor at St. Petersburg had no authority or right to Interfere with the Finance Department. The Russian Minister re sponded that If the Minister of Finance questioned the validity of the contract it would be considered a reflection upon his sovereign. After a show of resist ance by Corea and repeated threats by the Russian government, Mr. Brown was dismissed and Mr. Alexieff installed In his stead. Then followed Mr. Brown's appeal to London and the sending of a fleet. CHINESE ALARM PEKIN, Dec. 28.—Thi German ques tion is unsettled. China's difficulty is Increased, owing to the uncertainty of the position of the powers. Germany's Withdrawal from Kiao Chau Bay is conditional upon her finding a suitable harbor elsewehere. China's officials are alarmed at the present situation. The government appears to be utterly power less. No answer has been received from Russia concerning the proposed loan. There are calamitous forebodings con nected with the sun's eclipse on the Chi nese new year's day. NAVAL MOVEMENT LONDON, Dec. 28.—The Globe this afternoon says a private telegram has reached London last evening, announc ing that over twenty British warships have arrived at Port Hamilton. An- Other dispatch says that a report is cur rent at Chee Foo to the effect that the Japanese fleet has also arrived at Port Hamilton. Port Hamilton is a small island south of Korea and not far from Quelpart Island. The Paris correspondent of the Morn ing Post says: Russia has been long ne gotiating to raise a Chinese loan of £6.000.000 in France to pay the indem nity and secure the Japanese evacuation of Wei Hal Wei. The negotiations were broken off owing to France's insisting that the Bank of France should issue the loan and Russia desiring that the Russo- Chinese bank should take the lead. A certain coolness now exists between France and Russia. AN INDIRECT EFFECT WASHINGTON, Dec. 28.—"Affairs in China and the East," said Senator Cul lom, "have put an entirely different i complexion upon Hawaii's prospects for . annexation. Since Congress adjourned for the holidays there has been a marked I change of sentiment concerning Hawaii, ! and it would not surprise me if the pend ing treaty should be ratified by the ne cessary two-thirds of the Senate. It : would be the height of folly to let such i an opportunity slip by as Hawaii pres- i ents to the United States at such a crit ical time. Here is a most desirable piece of property, only awaiting for a nod from Uncle Sam to become his own without firing a gun or precipitating any trouble. As soon as Congress meets we will get at the treaty, and my im pression is that a number of Senators who have hitherto been counted against ratification of the treaty will be found on our side. It has always been my opinion that we ought to have Hawaii and I am confirmed in this belief more than ever by the recent course of events In the Orient." AN AUSTRIAN PROPHECY VIENNA, Dec. 28.—The Neves Weiner Tageblatt claims that Count Goluchow ski, the Austro-Hungarlan foreign min ister, foretold everything in the famous speech appealing to Europe to unite against America. It adds: 'Sphere is plenty of room for all, and if England will fight with the European powers against those dangerous rivals, the United States and Japan, the proof of what United Europe is capable of will be given in eastern Asia." A M'KINLEY PLEDGE To Stick Firmly to the Gold Standard INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 28.—Five hun dred representatives of the Republican party of Indiana outside the city of In dianapolis attended today's conference. The meeting was for talk and little els.c. and w as the largest off year meeting the party ever held. The chief speakers were United States Senator Charles W. Fairbanks and Governor James A. Mount. Senator Fairbanks pakl a high tribute to the president. "In my hum- Die judgment," he said, "a more patriotic jitlzen of the republic never graced the rhair of the chief executive." Referring to the subject of the currency reform, Senator Fairbanks said: "The Repub lican party, with McKinley as our lead tr, intends to keep faith, to preserve the jold standard unimpaired to the Amer ican people. I saw the president but a Bay before coming here. I asked him if he had any message for the Republicans Df Indiana. IJe commissioned me to say to you that he gratefully remembers the encouragement and assistance which the Republicans of this splendid state have given him heretofore and he fur ther said: 'I am going- to keep the bond. I am going to vindicate the sound money plank in tho St. Louis platform.' " HANNA'S CAMPAIGN To Be Taken in Hand by Major Dick COLUMBUS, 0., Dec. 28,-MaJor Chas. Dick arrived from Cleveland tonight to as sume charge of Senator Hanna':; personal interests in tho senatorial election, Mr. Hanna is not expecttfl here before Sunday' and In the meantime Major Dick will snaps affairs to combat as successfully as possi ble tho opposition to his chief. Major Dick will have a corps of lieuten ants to assist him, and the prospects arc for a very lively skirmish, Hut few of th( members of the general assembly haw ar rived, and the majority will probably not come to the capital city until Friday, the day previous to the caucuses of the organ ization of the upper and lower houses, The lists of members claimed by Chrfl, I. Kurtz In opposition to Senator Hanna as given out tonight contains the names of two senators and six representatives, but Major Dick does not concede that any of these members will vote against Senator Hanna. A Jumping Record SYRACUSE!, N. V., Dee. 88,-Leroy Yak ley of this city broke the American ama teur standing; broad Jump record, without weights, In th« Y. M. C. A. contest touishl He Jumped 10 feet 10 inches, beating the record heid by A. G. Schwaner of 10 feet ti inches. JUROR SMYTH Denies Statements Made by Durrant THE CASE IS NOT CONCLUDED AND MAY YET BE OP AID TO THE MURDERER The Supreme Court Denies the Appli cation Made for a Writ of Probable Causa Associated Press Special Wire SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 28.—Horace Smyth, the Juror in the Durrant case, appeared in Judge Wallace's court this morning in response to a citation to show cause why he should not be pun ished for contempt of court. The cita tion was issued upon the affidavit of W. A. Durrant, the father of the condemned man, and charges that Juror Smyth ad mitted to various people that his verdict was based upon information that did not receive Judicial sanction. The affidavit stated that Smyth had told several reputable citizens that his verdict of guilty was based upon state ments of shocking immorality on the part of Durrant. Smyth was represented by Attorney H. E. Highton, while General Dickinson and W. W. Foote represented Durrant. After General Dickinson had stated the matter before the court, District At torney Barnes moved that the proceed ings lie dismissed on the ground that it was a criminal contempt arising out of a criminal case, and all prosecutions arising should be in the hands of the public prosecutor. He cited the case of Durant vs. Washington county, lowa, decided by the United States Supreme Court. A long argument followed. Attorney Jos. C. Campbell, of the firm of Reddy, Campbell & Metson, was called to the witness stand and Attorney High ton objected to the introduction of any evidence on the same ground as stated In his objections to the petition. Mr. Foote examined the witness, who modestly admitted that he was a lawyer. He had met Mr. Smyth at the Merchants' Club in the presence of Mr. Metson and Holland Smith. Mr. Campbell testified to the effect that during the course of the meal he and Smyth discussed the Durrant case, and the latter said that Durrant was a monster who should have been convicted on general principles. He related several disgusting details in sup port of his assertion, which he said he had heard during the trial. Ex-Judge A. A. Sanderson testified that in a conversation with Smyth at a well known restaurant, subsequent to the delivery of the verdict, the defend ant had told him the stories already re peated by Campbell, in order to prove to the witness that Durrant was an in human monster, but he would not swear that Smyth had claimed to have heard the accusations before the trial closed. District Attorney Karnes testified that no such testimony as has been hinted at in the present action had been referred to during the trial. Attorney W. H. Mettson corroborated the testimony of his partner, J. C. Camp bell, regarding Smyth's statement made at the Merchants' club. He was certain that Smyth claimed to have heard the stories during the trial of the case. Juror Smyth was called and denied em phatically all the allegations in the affi davit of the elder Durrant on which he had been cited for contempt. Several sharp questions of Attorney Foote net tled him, and during a heated contro versy Judge Wallace adjourned court until tomorrow. Late this afternoon the supreme court, after having heard the matter argued in chambers, denied the application of the attorneys for W. H. T. Durrant, the condemned murderer of Blanche La mont, for a writ ot probable cause. It was contended by DuVrant's counsel that Judge Bahrs erred in having fixed the date for the execution of their client within less than sixty days after the date upon which he was re-committed to the custody of the warden of San Quentin prison. The supreme court, however, after hearing the points relied upon for reversal, denied the petition unanimously. FINED FOR CONTEMPT Mr. McMullen Paid and Kept His Opinion SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 25.— President McMullen of the San Francisco Bridge company was fined $2,0 for contempt of court today by United States Judge Hawley. The offense for which Mr. McMullen was fined took place yesterday after noon before United .States Commissioner Heacock. Testimony was being hoard in the suit of A. B. Bowers against the bridge company for infringement of a patent on a dredger. John H. Miller, one of the attorneys for Bowers, was placed on the stand as a witness for the bridge company, and in the course of his evidence said that President McMullen had been in doubt about seeing a Mr. Theller, an official of the company, in regard to the dis puted patents. President McMullen, who was sitting In the court room, jumped up and, ad dressing the witness, said: "I don't know Mr. Theller from a side of sole bather; you are a dirty liar. Resent it if you want to, here, now or anywhere else." Commissioner Heacock adjourned the hearing and sent an account of the pro ceedlngs to Judge Hawley, w ho ordered Mr. McMullen to appear before him this morning to show why he should not be punished for contempt. After hearing evidence in the matter and receiving an explanation that Mr. Mi .Mullen was of an excitable tempera tnent, Judge Hawley imposed a line of $250, which was at once paid. THE EVANS ESTATE A Lon£ Lost Brother Turn Up With Claims , PARIS, Dec. 28.—Rudolph Evans, the only surviving brother of the late Dr. Thomas Evans, the famous American LOS ANGELES HERALDt WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 29, 1897 dentist who died In Paris on Nov. 14, arrived here yesterday evening with his wife and son. It Is learned from a re liable source that the original will of Dr. Evans, drawn up by Mr. Valols sjf New York, his attorney, was so badly copied by Dr. Evans, who also amended it nnd added several codicils, that It Is very doubtful If It Is legal. It also ap pears that Dr. Evans made two wills, one for the United States and another for France, which was sworn to by the translator, who demands 35,000 francs for the translation, and having found differenced in the two wills, he refuses to deliver them until both are probated here. The United States consul, how ever, insists that the wills be handed to him for verification. This adds to the complications. Rudolph Evans, who, If his brother had died intestate, would have been en titled to half the fortune of the deceased, which after all only amounts to $4,000,000. received but $10,000. Therefore he Is de termined to fight the will. COL. BRADBURY No Longer an Ornament of the Gov ernor's Staff SAN FRANCISCOjJJec. 28— The Post this evening says: John Bradbury, the Los Angeles capitalist, whose family troubles were recently thoroughly aired throughout the state and ended with the sensational death of a man named Ward, is no longer a member of Gov. Budii's military staff. This fact was made known this morn ing when an order was received from the adjutant general of the state an nouncing the appointment of Joseph R. Howell as aide-de-camp of the staff of the commander-in-chief of the National guard. Why the change was made Is not given in the order, but it is common talk in local National guard circles that the re tirement of Bradbury is a direct out come of the latter's difficulties with his wife. It is charged that the members of the governor's staff were much dis pleased with the idea of Bradbury re taining his position of lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp, and have not hesi tated in expressing their feelings in this matter to their chief, who, as a result of pressure, was compelled to replace the Los Angeles man. Requisition Refusal DENVER, Col., Dec. 28.—Governor Adams this evening refused to honor the requisition of Governor Black of New- York in the case of Wm. H. Griffith of Leadville, Col., proprietor of the Herald- Democrat and the Evening Chronicle of that place, who was indicted by the New- York city grand jury upon a charge of larceny. The indictment was found on the complaint of Richard J. Bolles of New York, who claims that Griffith se cured a loan of $14,000 from him in 1592 by false representations. Governor Ad ams refused the request because it ap peared to him that the criminal prosecu tion had not been begun in good faith, but was an effort to force Mr. Griffith to pay the debt. Mr. Griffith announces that he will go to New York next sum mer, prepared to stand trial on the in dictment. Struck From Behind MARICOPA, Dec. 28.—The body of an unknown man was found this morning at the water tank, a short distance from this station. The victim had been struck on the back of the head with a mosquito club, which was found a short distance away. The skull was crushed. The as sault had evidently been made from be hind, while the man was sitting by his amp fire, there being no sign of a strug gle. The body was found fifty yards distant from the little camp fire, and had been roughly covered by the murderer with brush. The body was recognized by a local hotel keeper as that of a man who arrived on foot yesterday and who told him he was a teamster on his way from Phoenix to Tucson. No clew can be found to the identity of the murderer. The Contoit Estate NEW YORK, Dec. 28.—The will of Chas. Contoit was filed for probate to day. After a number of bequests to rel atives and friends, the residue of the estate, consisting of $1,500,000, will be di vided in equal shares among the gen eral theological seminaries of the Prot estant Episcopal church, the Domestic and Foreign Mission societies and of the Protestant Episcopal church and a large number of local institutions. Advance in Africa LACOS, West Coast of Africa, Dec. 2S.—llesha and Berehara, lmportant'Ba riba towns, have been occupied by the Lagos Hausas. The inhabitants are en thusiastic over the presence of the Brit ish Hag, as they Reared an attack from French native troops who are endeavor ing to force themselves on tlje Bariba country and are devastating it. A Valid Issue SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2S.—ln an opin ion handed down today by the supreme court, the validity of the issuance of the greater amotint of the capital stock of the Ferries and Cliff House Railroad company was upheld. The court was evenly divid ed, three for affirming the judgment of the lower court in declaring the shares valid, and three favoring a reversal of the superior court. To Protect Stock SALINAS, Cal., Dec. 28.—For the con viction of cattle thieves and to eradicate diseases among cattle are the purposes for which the Monterey County Stock men's association was formed. The offi cers are prominent stock raisers. J. R. Hebbron is president and V. B, Sargent, secretary. Explosion Victims CHICAGO, Dec. 28.—Leonard Schaller, one of the injured at the explosion at the Independent Brewing Association's brewery yesterday afternoon, In which Theodore Winkofsky was killed, died of his injuries today. Louis Imme, who was also injured, is in a precarious con dition. Accepts a Position NEW YORK, Dec. 28.—Adlai E. Ste venson, former vice president of the United States, has accepted the posi tion of western counsel of the ,North American Trust company of this city, with membership in the board of direc tors. German Tariff Talk BERLIN, Dec. 28.—Thi National Zel tung denies the statemei 'j that tariff ir. sues with tho United States have been broken off, adding that they only have Just commenced and will continue. Relations Resumed OSBORNE, Isle of Wight, Dec. 28.— Queen Victoria received the Venezuelan Minister in audience today. ECKELS TALKS Of the Big Philadelphia Failure CRITICISM NOT OBJECTED TO BUT BALD-FACED LYING IS NOT SO WELCOME I ' Manager Overman Hopes to Be Able to Continue the Manufacture of Victor Bicycles Associated Press Special Wire PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 28.—Comp troller of the Currency Eckels -wired a statement to this city tonight In relation to the published articles Intimating that poliical feeling had something to do with the failure of the Chestnut Street Na tional bank and the Chestnut Street Trust and Savings Fund company of which William M. Singerly, proprietor of tho Record, was president. The comptroller says: "I have read with deep interest the statement in a New York paper of this date relative to the affairs of the Chest nut Street National bank of Philadel phia, its president, William M. Singerly, and the acts of the comptroller of the currency in connection with the bank's failure. I have no objection to criticism which may be made of any of my official acts which goes to the merit of them, nor have I any wish to evade the full responsibility for them. The objection which must be made to the article re ferred to is that by inuendo it undertakes to show that the difficulties of the bank were not dealt with because of some al leged political affiliations between Mr. Singerly, some others and myself. The injustice of this lies in the fact that it is unfounded and places me In the atti tude of introducing into a grave busi ness situation an element of selfishness and partisanship. Nothing could be more foreign to anything done or at tempted to be done. "Throughout the period of time that the affairs of the Chestnut Street Na tional bank have been under supervision the conditions have from time to time changed. At one time they would seem to be better and another time worse. The paper of Mr. Singerly and his allied com mercial interests were In the question to be dealt with, and that question was how to get it out, having in mind the creating of the least disturbance to busi ness conditions, and if possible saving the bank to the shareholders and keep ing the creditors unharmed." The plan for the liquidation of all claims against the Chestnut Street Na tional bank, the Cftestnut Street Trust and Savings company, as far as could be learned today, are quite acceptable to the general body of depositors of both of those institutions. The plan providing for the turning over to the bank and trust company the entire property of the Record Publishing company of which William M. Singerly Is the owner, it Is believed will suffice to pay all claims of the depositors. THE OVERMAN FAILURE NEW YORK, Dec. 28.—Regarding the failure of the Overman Wheel company, W. C. Overman, manager of the New York agency, said: "The issignment was directly due to the need of ready money to meet present obligations. Although we are able to show a 2 to 1 difference In assets over lia bilities, they are not available, as they are locked up in our plant? "We have a very large amount also locked up in stock in the process of man facture for our IS9B trade, and that, too, for the present needs is practically worth nothing. We did not carry over an exceptionally large stock of 1897 models, and our assignment cannot be put down to our own over-production, al though the general over-production that threw so many cheap wheels on the mar ket hurt us, as it must have also injured other manufacturers. "Undoubtedly some arrangement can be made with our creditors, who are dis posed to be friendly, by which we shall be able to resume and fill to advantage our advance orders, that are much larg er than last year." The National Hide and Leather bank of Boston has filed an attachment for $10,000 in action of contract against the Overman Wheel company of Chicopee Falls, and F. A. Foster of Boston has also filed an attachment against the same company for $10,000. A COWARD'S CRIME An Oregon Cattle Man Shot in the Back SAN JOSE, Cal., Dec. 28—P. C. Sin glotary and G. W. Cozzens of this place, received telegrams from Canyon City, Ore., this morning, telling of the cow ardly murder there yesterday of Peter French! by one Oliver. Oliver stole up behind French and shot him in the head with a big pistol. The ball passed en tirely through the brain. Death was in stantaneous. It is understood here that the deed was done on the streets of Can yon City, and that Oliver was arrested. There had been some difficulty between the men over land, and this is supposed to have led to the murder. Peter French was a rich cattleman and well-known in California. He was the son-in-law of the late Dr. Glenn of Co lusa, and was for a long time associated with him in his big wheat and cattle ranch enterprises. He was a brave, gen erous man, and had had an exciting career, having won fame in border wars with the Indians. Of late years he has been raising cattle In Oregon, spending ing some time there and some time In San Francisco and other California points. Cozzens and Singletary of this place have been interested with him. His headquarters in Oregon were on the Glenn ranch, in Harney Co. He had returned but a few days ago from Chi cago, where he sold a thousand cattle and was to have been here within th 3 next four or live days. NOT A SURPRISE BAKER CITY, Ore., Dec. 28.—Peter French, the cattle king of Harney coun ty, who met death at the hands of a settler named Oliver, was president of the French Glendlve Stook company, which owns thousands of acres of land :in Harney county, one ranch alone on the Blltaen river being 5 miles long and extending from the mouth of Blitsen; river to Its source In the Stein moun tains. French was aged about 48 years, was divorced from his wife, who was a daughter of the late Dr. Glenn of Cali fornia, and has one child, a son about 10 years of age. The remains will be shipped to Red Bluff, Cal., the home of the murdered man's mother. The death of French was not altogether a surprise to the residents of that section, as he had been fired upon a number of times, when he least expected trouble. The slayer la In the hands of an officer and on his way to Burns, the county seat of Harney, county. TURK AND GREEK Cannot Get Over the Habit of Fight- ins; on Occasion LONDON, Dec. 28.—The Athens cor respondent of the Dally Chronicle says: As the Greek gunboats today (Tuesday) were leaving the Gulf of Ambracla, they were fired on a second time by all the Prevesa forts. The garrison, which was outlying the quay, also fired repeated volleys, though no damage was done. This action, after Turkey had apolo gised, Is supposed to be intended to cre ate a precedent for closing the gulf. The forts at Prevesa fired upon the Greek gunboat Actlum on Saturday last as she was leaving the Gulf of Ambra cla. The Actlum and several other gun boats that were following her were com pelled to return to their anchorages. The Greek government Instructed Prince Mavrocordato, Greek minister at Con stantinople, to ask the Turkish govern ment for a friendly explanation, and the porte replied that the Incident was due to a misunderstanding. The Cause of Death SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 28.—Mary Castillo, the young Spanish woman at whom the Japanese, George Touchl, fired four shots on Sunday afternoon, did not die of fright or from the effect of a shock upon a feeble heart, as was be lieved when she was examined at the Receiving Hospital a few minutes after death. No wounds of any kind were found upon her then, but an autopsy held at the morgue by Dr. John Gal lagher has revealed the fact that the woman's death was caused by a bullet which struck her in the arm, passed through the lungs and entered the peri cardium or sack surrounding the heart. Birds for Bonnets NEW YORK, Dec. 28—The protest of Steams & Springarn of New York City against the assessment of 95 per cent ad valorem on an importation of dried skins of birds has been overruled by the Board of United States General Appraisers, in an opinion written by Colonel Wilkin son. The merchandise In this case con sisted of dried skins of birds, with the head, wings and plumage attached. In a previous decision the general apprais ers held that such skins not dyed were exempt from duty as bird skins pre pared for preservation, but not further advanced In manufacture. That decls- lon was accepted by the government. A Funny Little Trust NEW YORK, Dec. 28— The Journal of Commerce today says: The latest devel opment In the seeded raisin industry Is an effort to form a combination. It has been learned on good authority that a well-known and Influential Pacific Coast raisin-grower and packer, who has been in New York for a week past, is here for the declared purpose of forming, in con nection with several prominent capital ists, a seeded raisin combination, amounting to a complete amalgamation of all the seeding Interests here and on the coast in one company. His Cursing Ceased LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 2S.—Patrick Kelly, a hardwood finisher, who for over a year has been dumb, suddenly recov ered the use of his organs of sptach yesterday during a fit of anger. He was greatly surprised to hear himself talk ing, and changed his words from curses to a fervent "Thank God." He was formerly employed by Mapleson & Co., at Wilmington, Del., and lt was while cursing one of the horses there that his voice failed. Indictments Dismissed PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 28.—The indict ments in criminal libel preferred by the last grand jury again Owner H. A. Hughes and Editor J. M. Flemister of the Arizona Democrat, for the publication of matter defamatory of Governor Mc- Cord, were dismissed today in the dis trict court on demurrer to the forms of the indictments, and the cases were re ferred to the next grand jury. Officers Resign MARICOPA, Dec. 28.—C. C. McNeal, gen eral superlntndent, and F. N. Sanford, general freight and passenger agent of the Maricopa and Phoenix and Salt River Valley railroad, have submitted their res ignations to President N. K. Nasten of the road. N. O. Bicknlll, traveling passenger agent of the Southern Pacific at El Paso, has been appointed to succeed Mr. San ford. No appointment to the superln 'tendency has as yet been determined on. Called to the East PACIFIC GROVE, Dec. 28.—Rev. C. S. Fackenthal, for the past eight years rector of St. Mary's-by-the-Sea, the Protestant Episcopal Church here, and the St. Thomas Chapel at Delmonte, has accepted a call to become co-rector of a large Episcopal Church in Prince ton, N. J. This is the third call received oy Mr. Fackenthal to a large Eastern church. Broke Up the Club EUREKA, Cal., Dec. 28.—8. M. Mc- Oarrahan and Harry Rask, members of the no longer fashionable "One Night club," who were caught In the act of stealing Policeman Frank Barn urn's poultry last week, being charged with burglary and afterwards being allowed to plead guilty to attempting petty lar ceny, were each fined $150 today. Atchison Earnings CHICAGO, Dec. 28.-The net Income from operation of the Atchison system for the month of November was $1,227,356, an In crease of $308,056 over the same month of last year. For the five months of the fiscal year ending November 30th the net Income of the system from operation was $4,401,101, an Increase of $900,241 over the correspond ing period of the previous fiscal year. A Shoe Failure LEWISTON, Me., Dec. 28.—Mason & Cobb, shoe manufacturers of Auburn, have assigned. Liabilities $60,000; as sets $75,000. A Chico Fire CHICO, Cal., Dec. 28.—8y an Incen diary fire this morning on the ranch of Park Henshaw 6000 fruit trays were de stroyed. BANKS OF CALIFORNIA MAKE REPORT TO TKB STATU \ coinniioH The Semi-Annual Statement ot the Condition of Bueinese on Novem ber Thirtieth SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 28.—The fol lowing semi-annual report, showing the financial condition of the 117 Interior commercial banks of this State at the close of business November SO, 1,897, has Just been compiled by the State Board of Bank Commissioners: ' Resources — Bank premises, 81,788, --391.26; real estate taken for debt, $5,817 --819.42; miscellaneous stocks and bonds, $2,770,610.72; loans on real estate, $14,860, --358.68; loans on stocks, etc., $2,942,808.69; loans on other securities, $2,196,232.15; loans on personal securities and over drafts, $18,342,805.19; money on hand, $4,496,870.83; due from banks, $8,889,148.77; other assets, $1,438,099.84. Total, $62,973, --135.46. Liabilities—Capital paid In coin, $19, --003,982.50; profit and lose and contingent fund, $6,981,483.36; due depositors, $34, --482,929.62; due banks, $1,457,449.23; divi dends unpaid, $28,106.19; other liabilities, $1,019,185.55. Total, $62,978,135.46. THE SAVINGS BANKS The forty-six interior savings banks of California report their financial con dition at the close of bustnesa November 30, 1897, as follows: Resources—Bank premises, $1,084,383. --17; real estate for debt, 88.484,574.24; bonds and stocks, $3,647,024.70; loans on real estate, $20,739,049.50; loans on stocks and bonds, $440,737.99; loans on other se curities, $84,015.85; loans on personal se curity, $1,197,800.06; money on hand, $1, --421,038.63; due from banks, $2,738,208.50; other assets. $496,211.79; total. $34,222, --989 43. Liabilities— Capital paid, $3,901,930; re serve fund, $1,413,907.06; due depositors, $28 236,146.05; due banks, $13,011.93; other liabilities, $657,994.89; total. $34,822,989.43. THE KETCHAM ESTATE The Widow Making a Tight for the Money CHICAGO, Dec. Kohlsaat today heard testimony In regard to the admission to probate of the will of the late John B. Ketcham. and the demand of the dead clubman's widow, Mrs. Min nie Wallace Ketcham, that she be made sple executrix of the will. Mrs. Ketcham was dressed in deep mourning. She was accompanied by Joe Keller, the butler, and her cousin, Mrs. Zena Terry, wit nesses to the will. Attorneys W. B. Keep and Clarence Brown represented the contestants, the brothers and rela tives of Mrs. Ketcham. Mrs. Ketcham was represented by Attorney A. S. Trude. Joe Keller, the butler, was the first witness called. He testified to the cir cumstances surrounding the signing of the will. On the morning of November Ist, he said, Mrs.- Wallace Ketcham called him into Mr. Ketcham's room. Mr. Ketcham, who was sick In bed, read the will to him and asked him to sign lt as a witness. Keller said Mr. Ketch am's signature to the Wtil was affixed before he himself had signed It. The butler testified that he had known Mr. Ketcham for about two years, and that he was drunk most of the time. Keller added, however, that Mr. Ketcham's mind did not seem af fected, whether he was drunk or sober. Mrs. Zena Terry, who also witnessed the will, testified to the slgnlns of the will. ' Attorney Trude, on behalf of Mrs. Ketcham, then asked that an admin istrator ad Utum be appointed until the .case was settled, and Judge Kohlsaat said he would do so. Th= case was then continued until Monday next. JAPAN WILL MOVE In the Matter of Punishing Sailor Epps' Murderer NEW YORK, Dec. 28.—A dispatch to the Herald from Washington says: Ja pan has taken measures to comply with the demands of the United States that the murderer of Frank Epps, an appren tice attached to the cruiser Olympla, be punished for his crime. A cablegram received at the Navy De partment from Rear Admiral McNalr, Commander-in-Chief of the Asiatic sta tion, states that the murderer of Epps has been lodged In Jail at Nagasaki and will be prosecuted In accordance with Japanese criminal procedure. Minister Buck has been instructed to watch the proceedings, bo there shall be no mis carriage of Justice. - The action of the Japanese in prosecuting the murderer will end the incident unless Epps* moth er should submit a claim for Indemnity. Dr. Bell Dead SANTA BARBARA. Cal., Dec. 28.— Samuel Bookstaver Bell 1b dead, aged 80 years. He was born In Montgomery, Orange county, N. T., on September 17, 1817. In 1845 he married Miss Sophia Walworth, a member of Chancellor Wal worth's family. While a young man he took up the study of law, and for a few years practiced In the courts of his State. Subsequently he studied theology, and was ordained a minister of the Presby terian Church. On coming to California he established a college In Oakland, which became the basis for the forma tion of the University of California. Dr. Bell served In both branches of the Leg islature of California, and presided over the first Republican convention In this State. He was a personal and Intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. His Coffin Ready LOUISVILLE, Ky.. Dec. 28.— Peter Ryan, a wealthy but eccentric citizen ol Hopkinsville, who has had a stone cof fin prepared for his burial for many years, Is dead from blood poisoning, aged 87. Ryan had a fancy to rest in a grave that should be perfectly secure. He had two immense stone caskets hewn out, one for himself and one for his wife, and kept them on exhibition. His wife died some years ago. Her remains were sealed up In the stone sarcophagus, which was then sunk deep In the grave yard. His own coffin was placed beside her grave, and will now be used. The Canal Survey NEW YORK, Dec. 28.—The Atlas line steamer Alene, which arrived today from Central American ports, reports the ar rival In Qreytown, Nicaragua, on De cember 17th of the gunboat Newport, with the Nicaraguan Canal Survey even* mission on board. A force of laborers from Port Lrmon had already arrived at Grey to wn to aid In the work of survey, There was considerable excitement at Port Llmon on Deoember 80th, owing to expected trouble with Nicaragua. A large force of Costa Rloan troops was in Fort Llmon when the Alene sailed. BARKER'S DEATH Postmaster Raplsr Ousted After Long liege MOBILE, Ala., Dec. 28.—Postmaster P. D. Barker was Installed In office be fore daylight this morning after an all night vigil In the postofflce. The In spectors arrived last night and over hauled the aocounts ot the office and found that they were correct. This morning they took possession and swore in Mr. Barker and the employes on arrival. Two of the employes refused to take oath to the new postmaster and were suspended. Col. Rapier, who claims to bold offlct by virtue of section 8880 of the revised statutes, which law requires that re movals before expiration of term must be by the advice and consent of the sen ate, sued out a writ of injunction In tha United States circuit court. The plea was that Barker was not and Is not post master because Rapier has not been le gally removed and Barker's name has not been sent to the senate. Rapier asked that Barker be enjoined from In terfering with him In the discharge ot his duties as postmaster. Judge Toul mln refused to grant the Injunction. THE DETROIT FIRE Damage Heavy But Might Have Been Worse DETROIT, Mich., Dec. 28.—The Ar cade Building, owned by the Heyman estate, on West Lamed street, burned early this morning, completely destroy ing the paper stock of William C. Jupp, the stock and plant of Charles L. Roehm A Son, wholesale stationers, and the stock of perfume materials of the ElysJ* urn Company. The five-story structure to the west of the Arcade Building, oc cupied by the Detroit Free Press Print ing Company, was for a time threatened, and the stock and plant of the Free Press Printing Company, Cliff A Hlg glns, bookbinders, and the Habbln En graving Company were nearly ruined. The total loss of the two buildings and their contents will reach 8125,000, ot which the Free Press Printing Company sustains about 876,000, with about $46,000 insurance. The other losses are fairly covered by Insurance. The cause of the fire Is unknown. REV. CORBIN DEAD The Head of the Order of the Holy Cross SOUTH BEND, Ind., eDc. 28.—The Rev. William Corbln, of Notre Dame, head of the Order ot the Holy Cross in America, died this afternoon. He was the chaplain of the famous Irish brigade. His death took place at Notre Dame university. The funeral will be held Friday morning In the chapel of the university of which he waa formerly president. Father Corbln was one of the seven chaplains who left their classes In the university for the union army. He was a commander of the re cently organized G. A. R. post 569. composed of priests and brothers at Notre Dame. The Currant Question NEW YORK, Dec. 28.—P. D. Rlefler of Buffalo made a protest today before the board of classification of the general appraisers against rating green currants imported from Canada as coming under the assessment of 15 per cent as cur rants. The claim Is made that the law only refers to the dried currants known as Zante currants and that the common currants should be classified as free from duty under the new tariff law, which would designate the currant as a berry, as gooseberries and similar fruits are now classified. Attorney Gibson for the government seemed to think that the contention was a just one, and offered no opposition to the protest. A Patent Office Record WASHINGTON, Dec. 28.—Three hun dred and seventy-five applications for ■ patents were received at the patent of fice yesterday, the highest on record for any one day In the history of the office. The fact that the new law requiring per sons who have made applications abroad for patents to file their applications In this country within seven months of the filing of the application for foreign pat ent becomes operative on January Ist is accountable for the rush. Heretofore applications could be filed any time within the life of a patent issued in for eign countries. ' A Drunken Crowd BARBOURVILLB, Ky., Dec. 28.—Re liable news has been received here of a triple killing at Manchester. The vic tims were Will Burdy, James Phllpot and Bob Gregory. They were killed In a saloon row between Burdy and Phllpot. AH had been drinking, and Phllpot called Burdy to stand treat. Burdy declared he had already done so. Phllpot said he lied, and Burdy knocked him down. Phllpot rose, drew a revolver and fired, fatally wounding Gregory. He also shot Burdy, and was stabbed by the latter. All the men were well known. Colored People's Home OAKLAND, Dec. 28.—The home far aged and infirm colored people at Beutah, at Mills' seminary, has Just been completed. The association of ladles In charge of tha home is Incorporated and Is non-sectarian. Mrs. W. T. Stanford of 709 Fifteenth street is president and Mrs. Thomas Pearson Is corresponding secretary. The Herald Publishing Co. Will give one 50 lb. sack of Orange Brand Flour to each person who pays one year's subscription to The Herald in advance.