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AN IDLE HOUR
lii the Blenheim Palace
Library
THE DUKE WAS ONLY A DUMMY
WHILE THE DUCHESS TOOK A
LEADING PART
fiords by Birth and Ladies by Mar
riage Appear on the Stage for
Charity's Sake
Associated Press Special Wire
LONDON, Dec. 30.—1n aid of the re
storation funds of St. Mary's church,
Woodstock, three performances, con
sisting of tableau and theatricals, have
been given at Blenheim palace. Last
night, by Invitation, to the tenants of
the duke of Marlborough's estate; this
afternoon for the count}' families in the
neighborhood, who paid half a guinea a
seat, and tonight for the gentry, who
paid a crown.
Special trains were run from Oxford
and the audiences were crowded, par
ticularly tonight.
The entertainment was given in the
long library of the palace. The heavily
moulded white celling, electrically
lighted, the long rows of draped book
cases and the silver-piped organ, made
a fine setting for the well-dressed crowd, i
The stage, draped with red silk curtains,
was erected at the western end, the
proscenium surmounted by the Marl
borough arms in a wreath of Christmas
greenery, which also depended from the
ceiling.
The performance opened with an or
gan overture by Prof. Perkins of Bir
mingham, who composed the music for
the musical burlesque with which it
closed. The participants in the perform
ance were the Duke and Duchess of Marl
borough, Lady Lillian and Lady Nora
Spencer-Churchill, Lady Randolph
Churchill, Lady Landford, Lady Curzon
and Lady Sarah Wilson, and Lord
Chesterfield, Lord Curzon, the Hon. Mrs.
Bourke. Mr. Henry White, secretary to
the United States embassy, and Mrs.
White, Mr. Henry Milner and Mr. J.
Churchill.
The Duke of Marlborough appeared in
two tableaux as Louis XV. with the
duchess as a lady of the court of Louis
XV. Both dressed the parts splendidly,
the duchess being particularly handsome.
Lady Randolph Churchill in v most
superb costume appeared as the Empress
Theodora. It was the same dress she
wore at the ball of the Duchess of Devon-
Shire.
Mr. and Mrs. White appeared yester
day In a tableau entitled "The Eve of St.
Bartholomews," Mr. White as the Duke
of Guise. The tableau won the ho'artiest
applause. In the last Lord Curzon ap
peared as Lord Nelson, the audience
Joining in singing "Rule Brittania."
A two-act musical burlesque brought
the performance to a conclusion. Its
librettist is lan Malcolm. Conservative
member of parliament for Suffolk and
one of Lord Salisbury's private secre
taries. It Is a feeble piece, with no plot
to speak of, but with some smart lines
and songs. The characters were sus
tained by the Duke of Marlborough
made up to represent Uncle Sam, the
Duchess of Marlborough In the role of
the Countess of Klondike, Lady Ran
dolph Churchill in the role of a woman
reporter, J. Churchill as a Chinese, and
Lord Churchill, Ladies Lillian and Nora
Spencer-Churchill and Hon. Algernon
Bourke in minor parts.
The piece contained many political al
lusions to Mr. Gladstone, Arthur Balfour.
Cecil Rhodes, Sims Reeves, Beerbohm
Tree, Emperor William and others.
Here is a specimen from the song of
Lady Randolph Churchill:
No subject's too private for me;
I'd fall on a duchess l at tea,
The felon in jail,
The millionaire's mall,
They're matter and money for mo.
Here are verses from the song of the
duchess:
Of course I saw the jubilee;
It was a tiring function.
I saw the queen, the queen saw me,
And bowed with special unction.
State concerts, operas and plays,
Innumerable, pleased me.
I intermingled nights with days
Until the megrims seized mi.
CHORUS
I am so tired,
Terribly, awfully tired,
I think I shall die;
I don't know why,
Except I'm tired.
This she sang prettily in a sweet, small
voice. She was charmingly dressed and
radiant, and achieved a great success.
Lady Randolph Churchill showed won
, derful vivacity, acted cleverly and made
i* hit. The artistic success of the bur-
|ts>sque, which is entitled "An Idle Hour," I
was made by Hon. Algernon Bourke as
"Boots," his capital song achieving a
triple success.
The whole affair was very successful
and netted a considerable sum for
charity.
OLD NEW YORK
7-T-
Will Cease to Be When Tomorrow's
Sun Bises
NEW YORK, Dec. 30.—Tomorrow will
be the last day of the old city of New
York. The last meeting of many official
boards of the city have been held. Others
will meet (or the last time tomorrow.
When the birth of another year has
been announced by the booming of can
non, the chiming of church bells, the
blowing of horns and tooting of whistles,
the town of grander, greater New York
will be a fact. A celebration of the oc
casion has been arranged, which will
begin tomorrow night at 10 oeloek and
will last until the new city Is an hour or
more old.
The front of the city hall has been
draped with the American colors. In
city hall park, electric lights red, white
and blue, have been hung. From the
tops of the buildings about the city hall
searchlights will play upon the park.
At the postofflce the second battery will
be stationed to boom out a salute of a
hundred guns. From the borough of
Brooklyn will come another salute of
100 guns to tell that the marriage of the
cities if complete.
Fire works thrown from mortars In
city hall park will add to the spectacle.
A procession of floats sent by business
houses, theaters and societies escorted
by military organizations, civic asso
ciations and Individual maskers will start
from T'non Square at 10 oclock. By mid-
DUCHESS OF MARLBOROUGH
night the pageant will have reached the
city ha*. The crashing of the bands
and the singing by the united societies
of Brooklyn and New York In front of
the city hall will be accompanied by the
cannon.
At midnight, when old Trinity's chimes
ring out and the clock in the city hall in
dicates the hour, Old Glory will be run
up to the top of the city hall Hag staff,
and while it is being run up thirty-seven
searchlights, each of 10,000 candle power
will be upon it.
An Important Witness Proves to Be a
Lunatic
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30.—The pre
liminary examination of Albert Hoff on
the chage of murdering Mrs. Mary A.
Clute was continued today. Meyer May
was the principal witness. He was se
verely cross-examined by Attorney
Schooler who forced him to admit that
he had twice been confined In the Napa
insane asylum. He said the police rail
roaded him to the asylum without a trial
because they thought him too enthusias
tic In his belief in spirit manifestations.
He said he was no longer a spiritualistic
enthusiast, but claimed stil Ho have faith
in the matter of spirit manifestations.
May said he had given four automatic
writings to Hoff in the form of messages
from the spirit of Sarah, the wife of
Abraham. Schooler asked that May's
evidence be ruled out on the ground that
he was an incompetent person. This point
will be argued when all the evidence is
in. May is the man who positively iden
tified the coupling pin alleged to have
been used by Hoff in killing Mrs. Clute.
HAMILTON, 0„ Dec. 30.—The large
works of the Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe
Company were closed today on order of
Judge Netlon, who appointed S. D. Fit
tou receiver of the company last week.
On orders from the court, Receiver Fit
tou borrowed money to pay all the em
ployes, and it was announced to the
workmen that the plant would be closed
indefinitely. The order of the court to
continue the business was rescinded by
Judge Neilon and inventory of the es
tablishment was ordered. L. P. Clausen,
Jas. P. Cullom and James Graeser were
appointed appraisers. This action was
on the application of the attorneys of
Wm. and Moses Mosler.
LIONHBAD, Out., Dee. 30.—Angus Mc-
Cueg today handed to his affianced bride,
Miss Bestward, a letter, telling her not lo
open it for one hour. The young lady
opened and read (he letter as soon a.s Mc-
Cuag had left her. In it he announced hi.s
inlention of committing .suicide. The.
young lady followed her lover Into the
woods as quickly as possible, only to find
him dead, with a bullet through his heart.
CHICAGO, Doc. 30.—The Directors of
the Exposition Company have decided
to rebuild the Coliseum on the site of the
structure recently burned. The new
building will be fire-proof, and probably
as large as the original Coliseum.
THE CLUTE MURDER
Safe Works Closed
Found Him Dead
Chicago's Coliseum
LOS ANGELES HERALD: FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 3J. 14597
JIM'S LETTER
Is Ready for Fitzsimmons's
Perusal
ALL SORTS OF OFFERS MADE
TO INDUCE THE CHAMPION TO
MAKE A MATCH
Fitz Is Stubborn and Insists That
Corbett Must First-Meet and
Best Maher
Associated Press Special Wire
CINCINNATI, Dec. 30.—James J. Cor
bett today gave to the Times-Star a
copy of his challenge to fight Fitzsim
mons, as follows:
"Robert J. Fitzslmmons, Champion of
the World: Your published declaration,
Mr. Fitzsimmons, that you Intend re
entering the ring pleases me more than
I can at present express to you, for I
know that the public esteems me to be
the only candidate for the honors you
thus place within reach. I am sorry,
however, to note that in wording this
declaration you give me the impression
that since we last met you have become
unwisely forgetful: for Instance, you
say that before I can claim a return
match with you I must prove myself to
be worthy Of it. You certainly intended
this as a joke, for no one in th<! world
knows my ability better than yourself.
You cannot so soon have forgotten your
remark to me at Carson just after the
battle: 'Jim.' you said, in your simple,
earnest way, 'I'll never fight again.
You've given me a bloody good licking.'
You, the winner, uttered these words,
with face and body so battered as to
leave no doubt of your sincerity, while
I. the loser, listened with never a bruise
or scratch from head to foot which could
contradict you.
"Is this consistent with your now re
questing me to go prove myself to be
worthy? You will find the confidence of
the public in my ability to entertain you
still. You will find that the public will
insist upon your recognizing my claim
that you must meet me again. But
surely you have been misrepresented. I
refuse to credit you with the lame mem
ory, the broken judgment, the poor taste
and entire untruthfulness which the
printed remarks alleged to have been
made by you would imply. I prefer to
think that those who have entered the
ring with me were men, brave and inca
pable of vulgar lying and cowardly lan
guage in which the newspaper version
of your remarks was couched. However
well I know that the great journals try
to be and usually are accurate to the
letter in reporting utterances made by
important men upon important subjects,
I prefer to believe that in this case a
grave error has been made somehow,
somewhere, and for a purpose not
worthy of one who wishes to be con
sidered above contempt.
"What the public expects from me Is
to maintain the manly dignity of the
ring and not be a brawler, nor a shifty
evader of the honest principles which
govern honest men when adjusting their
respective merits. ,
"This is all I have to say. But this is
what I propose to do. The day we sign
articles I will give you $1000 in recogni
tion of your courtesy. The moment you
enter the ring ready to offer me battle
I will give you a second $1000 in token of
my pleasure. Upon the completion of
the tenth round, if you are still unde
feated I will give you a third thousand
dollars as a souvenir of my surprise.
Upon defeating you, no matter in what
round, I will give you $2000 more as a re
minder that I am not an ungenerous
foe.
"On the other hand, should you again
defeat me, I promise, if still able to
move, to place my hat upon my head
and then removing it in your honor, to
proclaim you in frank and unmistakable
terms my superior and state that I then
and there quit forever all possible claim
to the championship of the world.
"Let further remarks on this subject
be made by $1000 in clean, honest Amer
ican money, given me by the public that
believes in me. I have this day for
warded these to Will J. Davis of Chi
cago, in testimony that I mean every
word I have herein spoken.
(Signed.) "JAMES J. CORBETT,
"Champion of America.
"Cincinnati. 0., Dec. 30, ISST."
M'COY AT WORK
CHICAGO, Dec. 30.—Joe Choynski, the
popular California light-heavy-weight,
is the man that Martin Julian, manager
of Champion Hob Fitzsimmons has
picked out for McCoy tv meet first if the
latter boxer wants a match with "I'itz."
That conclusion was arrived at by Julian
after he received a query from McCoy
asking whom he would suggest to match
against him before he could have a
chance at FitzsimmonH. After a long
talk with Parson D'avies, Choynski';.
manager, Julian telegraphed to McCoy
that if he would fight Choyinski suc
cessfully he would consider him entitled
to a go with Fitzsimmons at the middle-
weight limit. The "Kid" immediately
answered that he would deposit $1000 for
feit money with Al. Smith of New York
for a contest with Choynski, with a side
bet of $5000.
Davies telegraphed Smith that he
would forward a like amount to cover
McCoy's forfeit. There the matter rests
with Julian's positive statement that the
champion Will meet McCoy if he defeats
Choynski. When the question was
raised whether McCoy would not have
ample ground in refusing a match with
Choynski because the latter would be
unable to make the middle-weight limit,
Julian said: "I don't see why he should
refuse to meet Choynski at catch
weights. He fought Creedon upon that
same agreement and it is generally
known that Choynski is not very many
pounds over the middle-weight limit.
Resides this McCoy promised Parson
Davies after his win over Creedon that
Choynski would be his next opponent."
Tom O'Rourke is willing to match Joe
Walcott against Kid McCoy provided
the latter Insists upon the middle-weight
limit and Choynski is not matched
against the man who aspires to a battle
with Fitzsimmons. He has posted $1000.
FITZS ULTIMATUM
NEW YORK, Dec. .10.—Tom O'Rourke
has wired to the Associated Press from
Fort Wayne, Ind., as follows:
"Julian and Fitzsimmons have named
Joe Walcott, at the middleweight limit,
to meet McCoy, and Peter Maher to
meet Corbett. It McCoy and Corbett
win from Walcott and Maher, Fitzsim
mons will meet both of them afterwards.
These are the only conditions Fitzsim
mons will make with McCoy and Cor
bett."
FITZ IS FIRM
CHICAGO, Dec. SO.—"We shall pay no
attention to lt," said Martin Julian to
day, when asked what he and Fitzsim
mons would do In regard to Corbett's in
formal challenge to the champion. Fitz
simmons refused to discuss the subject,
In accordance with his new plan of op
erations, which is to let Julian do all
the talking. "We have told Corbett
what he can do," continued Julian. "Bob
did not want to re-enter the ring at all,
but at last I persuaded him to promise
to fight again on certain conditions.
These were, as I explicitly stated, that
he would consider fighting only two men
—Corbett and McCoy—and that he
should fight them only after Corbett
had defeated Maher and after McCoy
had defeated a man named by me. I have
named Choynski for McCoy to fight.
Now. Corbett may wear himself out
talking about betting 110,000 that he can
whip Fitzsimmons."
Concerning Choynski and McCoy,
Julian said:
"I am going to hold McCoy to his
promise that he would give Choynski the
next show at him". He cannot get out of
lt by saying Choynski must come down
to 15S pounds, for he knows Joe cannot
do that."
Julian admitted that if McCoy in
sisted he wanted to fight no man out
side of the middleweight limit, he
(Julian) might consent to name a middle
weight.
"But," he said, "It will not be Walcott,
nor will it be Tommy Ryan."
ON THE TURF
Oood Weather and Good Races at
Ingleside
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30.—Weather
fine at Ingleslde; track fast; results
First race, seven furlongs—Triumph
won, Twinkle Twlnk second, Rey del
Diabo third: tImeLSOM:.
Second race, six furlongs—Midllght
won, Cash Day second, Miss Lynah third;
time 1:14V4-
Third race, one mile, gentlemen riders
—Dick Behan won, Atticus second, Pre
sidio third; time 1:46%.
Fourth race, one mile —Buckwa won,
The Roman second, Orlmar third; time
1:41.
Fifth race, one mile and one eighth-
Perseus won. Can't Dance second, San
Marco third: time I:s6ti.'
Sixth race, six furlongs—Major Cook
won, Meadow Lark second, Pat Murphy
third; time 1:15. Moylan, the favorite,
was left at the post.
There was a race at Ingleslde today
that will be talked about for many a day
to come. In the mile race. Buckwa, The
Roman, Orimar and Tripping engaged In
a thrilling finish. It was a brilliant
struggle for supremacy, and Will Mar
tin rode Buckwa as he was never ridden
before. The finish between The Roman
and Buckwa was so extremely close that
many thought The Roman won, but
Buckwa's number went up and the
bookies cashed on him.
AT NEW ORLEANS
NEW ORLEANS. Dec. 30.—Results:
One mile —What Next won, Spring
time second, Ardath third; time 1:4%.
Six and a half furlongs—Dudley E.
won. Belle of Memphis second, Chiffon
third; time 1:24%.
Mile and one-eighth, hurdle —Brake-
man won, Repeater second, Uncle Jim
third; time 2:09.
Six furlongs—Harry Duke won, Sligo
second, Hibernia Queen third; time
time 1:16%.
Mile and one-sixteenth—Viscount won,
Lamoore second, Mount Washington
third; time 1:55.
AT PHOENIX
PHOENIX, A. T., Dec. 30.—Tho
Phoenix races ended today. Gray Kid
won the three-quarter purse in 1:33.
Fraud took the mile run fn 1:55 with Ra
mona for place. Both winners were
favorites. Fred F., the Arizona champ
ion pacer, did a quarter in a 2:16 gait and
was then sold to the highest bidder for
$220.
Ingleside Race Entries
The following are the entries and weights
for the races to be run at Ingleslde track,
San Francisco, today. Commissions received
and placed by the Los Angeles Turf club,
lllack & Co., at Agricultural Park. Take
Main street cars. Down town office In rear
of No. 113 S. Broadway. First quotations
received at 1:30 oclock p. m.:
First race, eleven-sixteenths of a mile-
Tom Spencer. Hlmera. Indomenus, Forest
Uuard. Sunshine Second, Nlihau, St. An
gelo, 106; IVxarkana, Henry C, Prince Ty
rant, 10S; T. McHugh, 113.
Second race, % of a mile, selling—Lone
Princess. Miss Prim, Chappie, Fashion
Plate. Mangrum, 102; Cavalio. Kaiser Lud
wig, 105; Judge StoufTer, Lost Girl, Sten
tor, Zamar Second, Captain Plersall, 107;
El Venado, Polish, 110.
Third race, eleven-sixteenths of a mile—
Raelo. Formela. Roulette Wheel, Collls,
Joe Levy. 1»3: Snlpsey. Abina. 110: Prince
Blazes. 113: Herltha, Imperious, 115; Main
bar. Ping. 118.
Fourth race. % of a mile, handicap—Nic
nac, 90; Hardly, 98: Lord Marmlon, 103;
May W., 113; Libertine, 120.
Fifth race, 11-16 miles.
9": Bernardino, 95; Horatio, 9S; Souffle, 104;
Marquise, 104.
Sixth race. 1 mile, purse—Geo. Palmer,
95: Key del Tierra, Oscuro. 98: Miss Ruth,
104: Coda, 104; Cabrillo, 107; Rubicon, 112.
Weather clear; track fast.
COLLEGE CHESS
The Tournament Concluded and Har
vard Has Won
NEW YORK, Dec. 30.—The fourth
round of the inter-collegiate tournament
at chess was begun at the Columbia
grammar school in this city today when
the pairings and openings were as fol
lows:
Southard, Harvard, vs. Meyer, Colum
bia, Guico piano, which turned Into an
Evans gambit. Hewins, Harvard, vs.
Seward, Columbia, counter center gam
bit.
Young, Princeton, vs. Cook, Yale,
French defense.
Dana, Princeton, vs. Murdoch, Yale.
Dana, who was scheduled to meet Mur
doch, did not appear and so his college
mate, Carter, took his place. The latter
opened the game with a Danish gambit.
Southard defeated Meyer after 28
moves.
Seward lost to Hewins after 25 moves.
Young defeated Cook after 41 moves.
Carter was no match for Murdoch, who
had matters all his own way. The game
lasted for 26 moves, when Carter re
signed.
Following Is the record of the tourna
ment:
Columbia won lost 4%.
Harvard won lost 1%.
Yale won3Vfe; lost 4%.
Princeton won 2%; lost SM.
GAGE'S ORDERS
Concerning the Handling
of Sealskins
THE HOMECOMING TOURIST
WILL RISK THE DESTRUCTION
OF HER SACK
Most Stringent Regulations Provided
to Stop the Trade in Skins of
Pelagic Seals
Associated Press Special Wire
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30.—The secre
tary of the treasury, with the approval
of the president, has issued regulations
under the act of congress signed yester
day prohibiting the taking of sealskins
by American citizens except on th 3
Pribyloft islands, and inhibiting the
importation into this country of pelagic
sealskins, raw, dressed, dyed or other
wise manufactured, except there be at
tached to the Invoice a certificate signed
by the United States consul at the place
of exportation that such skins were not
taken from seals killed within the
waters mentioned In iald act, specifying
In detail the locality of such taking,
whether on land or at sea, and also the
person from whom said skins were pur
chased In their raw and dressed stat",
the date of such purchases and the lot
number. Consuls shall require satis
factory evidence of the truth of such
facts by oath or otherwise before glvlns
any such certificate.
It Is further provided that no fur
sealskins, raw, dressed, dyed or other
wise manufactured, shall be admitted to
entry as a part of a passenger's per
sonal effects, unless accompanied by ah
Invoice certified by the United States
consul.
All fur sealskins, whether raw.
dressed, dyed or otherwise manufac
tured, the invoices of which are not ac
companied by the certificate above pre
scribed are directed to be seized by the
collector of customs and destroyed.
Every article manufactured, in whole
or In part, from fur sealskins, to be im
ported into the United States, Is required
to have legibly stamped thereon the
name of the manufacturer and the place
of manufacture, and shall be accompa
nied by a statement in writing under the
oath of the manufacturer that the skins
used In such article were taken from
seals not killed at sea within the pro
scribed waters mentioned, specifying
the locality In detail, and also the per
son from whom said skins were pur
chased In their raw and dressed state,
the date of said purchase and the lot
number. It Is also provided that when
an application Is made to a consul for a
certificate under these regulations, the
Invoice and proofs of origin presented
by the exporter shall be submitted to the
treasury agent designated for the pur
pose of Investigation.
All manufactured articles from seal
and Imported Into the United States
shall have the linings so arranged that
the pelt of the skin or skins underneath
shall be exposed for examination, and
all such skins or articles, whether Im
ported as merchandise or as part of a
passenger's effects, are required to be
sent to the public stores for careful ex
amination and inspection to prevent
evasion of the law.
All garments of this character taken
from this country may be re-entered on
presentation of a certificate of owner
ship from the collector of customs for
the port of departure, which certificate
shall have been obtained by the owner
of the garment by offering the same to
the collector for inspection before leav
ing this country.
In speaking of the scope of these regu
lations. Assistant Secretary Howell said
that neither the law nor the regulations
would be made to apply either to skins
or garments made of skins which were
shipped to the United States, and were
actually on the ocean Wednesday
morning, December 29, the time the act
was signed by the president. Evidence
of the time of shipment, however, would
be required.
COFFEE DUTIES
Will Lead Venezuela to Ask for
Reciprocity
WASHINGTON, Dec. SO.—Francis B.
Loomis, United States Minister to Ven
ezuela, has arrived In Washington. He
is on leave of absence from his post and
will advise with the officials on the sub
ject of negotiating a reciprocity treaty
and also a parcels post convention be
tween the United States and Venezu
ela.
It is said that one of the purposes of
the present visit to Washington of the
United States minister to Venezuela,
Mr. Loomis, is tn start negotiations for
a reciprocity treaty between Venezuela
and the United States. This is rather an
unexpected step, as Venezuela was one
of the South American countries which
did not make reciprocity under the form
er system. At this time, however, Vene
zuela suffered by having her coffee
practically excluded from the United
States because Brazil and other coun
tries producing coffee had reduced
duties under reciprocity treaties. This
experience makes Venezuela one of the
first southern republics to consider the
question of a reciprocal treaty under the
Dingley law.
JEWISH PATRIOTISM
Proved During the Fight for Amer
ican Independence
NEW YORK, Dec. 30.—The chief paper
read at the second day's session of the
American Jewish Historical society's
meeting was by Leon Huhner, on "New
York Jews in the Struggle for Amerian
Independence." Mr. Huhner said that
a larger proportion of the Jews were
loyal to the American cause than any
other residents of the state; that the
Jews of '76 have for all time aswered the
question: "Can Jews be patriotic?" At
the conclusion of Mr. Huhner's address
there was some discussion on the paper
of President Oscar Strauss, read yester
day, in reference to the ten lost tribes.
As to the authority for the belief that the
American Indians were the lost tribes,
Dr. Cyrus Aller said that Monteclnos
was the first Jew to originate the idea
that the Indians were descended from the
lost tribes. Dr. Kohler said that," Who
ever was the first, he must have derived
his view from Christian sources. , Dr.
Leo Welner of Harvard related some
Interesting folk stories from the Ger
man in relation to the lost tribes, which
he gathered during the last year.
THE SLANDER SUIT
Was Brought Chiefly to Gain Time for
Durrant
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30.—The Call
says:
There may be more In the suit of Mrs.
Durrant against Juror Smyth than ap
pears on the surface. She Is suing for
$50,000 for slander, but lt will probably
be the means of an attempt on the part
of the attorneys for Durrant to have the
prisoner summoned as a witness and
thus add one more complication to the
already over-complicated case.
But little can be done In the matter
until the complaint has been served on
Smyth and he has filed his answer, but
after that both sides will have a right
to his testimony either In person or by
deposition, and the question remains
whether or not the point can be made the
basis for a stay of proceedings by the
court or by the governor.
Mexican Concessions
CITY OF MEXICO, Dec. 30.—Eduardo
Chesio has received a concession from
the Mexican government for exploring
natural products of several uninhabited
islands In the Gulf of Mexico, where there
are large amounts of guano, fruits, woods
and medicinal plants, and also for a
sponge and coral collection. It is under
stood this concession has been offered
for sale In the United States. President
Diaz has approved the concession for
establishing packing houses at various
points In the republic. The department
of communications and public works
has received 37 plans and specifications
from architects and builders, both here
and abroad, for the new legislative pal
ace, which Is to accommodate both the
senate and the chamber of deputies, and
will cost $1,500,000, exclusive of land and
the foundations of the building. A de
cision in the matter will be given tn Jan
uary.
Creditors' Appeals
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 30.—There
was a hearing before Judge Townsend In
the United States court today, on the
motion of the Central Trust company of
New York to foreclose a mortgage on
the bonds of the Worcester Cycle com
pany of Worcester, Mass., $320,000 of
which was issued. There were also hear
ings on motions to Intervene against
foreclosure on behalf of creditors and
of the American Exchange National
bank of New York, assignee of several
claims for labor. The latter asked that
the receiver of the cycle company pre
viously appointed pay those claims as
preferred. Judgment was reserved.
A Pensioner's Privilege
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30.—The postof
flce department has ruled that an ex-
Union soldier drawing a pension under
the dependent pension law may be re-
Instated In a position he formerly occu
pied in the service. The case arose in
connection with the application of a
veteran employed In the Philadelphia
postofflce. In order to obtain a pension
under the dependent act he must swear
that he Is without means of support and
is unable to do manual labor.
An Actor's Mishap
SALT LAKE, Utah, Dec. SO.—A special
to the Tribune from Manti, Utah, says
that Actor Stultz of the Stultz Theater
company was badly burned, and his wife
probably fatally burned, this afternoon.
Stultz was preparing colored fireworks
in his room, to be used In the play, when
by accident a spark from the stove set
the explosives on fire, and they were both
badly burned before they could escape
from their room.
Cross-Country Wheeling
ONTARIO, Dec. 30.— G. A. W. Hass,
champion cross country bicyclist, arrived
tonight. He completes a 14,000-mile trip
at Los Angeles on a wager that he could
make the trip In one year. He is due In
Los Angeles January 1 and will arrive
tomorrw afternoon via Pasadena.
Fear of Foul Flay
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Dec. 30.—1t Is now
bellved by the authorities that George
August Olsen, found dead on the beach
at San Simon, was murdered, the cuts
In the head indicating foul play. It was
first supposed he had jumped from a
ship or had fallen overboard at sea.
Fire in a Seminary
SHERBROOKE, Que., Dec. 30.—The
main portion of the St. Charles seminary
and the left wing were gutted by Are
today. Most of the pupils, among whom
are many Americans, were away on
their holidays. Loss $25,000.
Acted in Self-Defense
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30.—Thomas
Lindsay, also known as "Tommy No
lan," was today vindicated by the coro
ner's jury of all blame attaching to the
killing of James O'Rourke, finding that
Lindsay acted In self-defense.
A Napa Citizen Dead
NAPA, Cal., Dee. 30.—A. H. Conklin,
for two terms city clerk and treasurer,
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THE NAVAL PROBLEMS
WHICH ROOSEVELT THINKS HE
CAM SOLVE
Methods Suggested to Break Up Stag
nation in Promotions and Im-
prove the Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3D.—Assistant
Secretary Roosevelt has submitted to
Secretary Long a most exhaustive re
port upon the personnel of the navy. He
was charged by a special board to con
sider and report upon means to break
up the present stagnation In promotions,
to settle the long standing differences
between the line and the engineer corps,
and to devise a method for the better
ment of the condition of the enlisted men
aboard ship. All of these things have
been done In a bill which is submitted
to the secretary for his approval, the
features of which have already been sent
out by the Associated Press. But Mr.
Roosevelt's presentation of the evils ot
the present situation, and the reasons
which have Influenced the board In mak
ing Its recommendations are set forth In
the accompanying report In a stronger
light than has ever been thrown upon
this complex subject, and lt is presumed
that it will have Influence with congress,
to which the matter is soon to be com
mitted. /
Mr. Roosevelt pays his compliments to
the members of the board for the con
scientious manner in which they have
generally sunk personal opinons, and re
marks with pleasure that on no one point
could it be said that the line and Btaff
members divided as classes. As to the
results attained, he said: "I am able to
report to you that the bill they have pro
duced would. If enacted Into law, be of
literally incalculable good to the navy,
and would make our naval service tho
pioneer In the proper solution of prob
lems, some of which are old, but some of
which are so new that they have not yet
been solved by any naval nation.
"The board recommends: (a) That
the line officers and engineers be amal
gamated; (b.) that when the number of
officers to be promoted Is so far in excess
of the vacancies as to cause stagnation
In the service, the requisite number of
vacancies shall be caused by weeding
out the men who are least flt to meet the
heavy requirements of modern naval
duty; (c.) that the enlisted men aboard
Ship be given the same . eward of pen
sion and retirement enjoyed by their
brethren who fight ashore, while the up
permost machinists are made warrant
officers to rank with the gunners and
carpenters."
PENSION ATTORNEYS
Are Not Regarded as a Necessary
Evil
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30.—Commis
sioner of Pensions Evans has been (riv
ing some attention to a proposition
whereby the services of pension attor
news engaged In the prosecution of
claims before the office may be dis
pensed with, and their work done by of
ficials under government supervision,
informally he has been discussing the
matter with members of the house com
mittee on invalid pensions, but is not yet
prepared to outline the details of his
plan. The present system, he says, Is
wrong, and should have been done away
with long ago. Discontinuing the serr
vlce of the attorneys would result In a
great saving to both pensioners and the
government, and liability to frauds in
Issuing pensions would be reduced to a
minimum. Under government super
vision the pension bureau would.have
direct control of the persons appointed
to look after the cases whose business
lt would be to see that all honest claims
were promptly and Intelligently pre
sented. The commissioner notes tha
fact that $13,500,000 has been paid out
during the past thirteen years to pension
attorneys by applicants for the prosecu
tion of their claims.
Alta Irrigation Bonds
VISALIA, Cal., Dec. 30.—Superior
Judge Grey today decided the question
of the legality of the bonds of the Alta
Irrigation district in Tulare county,
holding that the bonds, amounting to
$r,30,000, are void. This case was tried
last July and was one of the most bit
terly contested of the Irrigation district
bond cases. The decision holds that the
assessment is void except that portion
which was levied for the payment of the
current expenses of the district for the
year 1896. G. W. Clark brought suit to
restrain J. D. Pillsbury, tax collector of
Alta district, from selling his property
for an unpaid assessment. The Issuance
of the bonds was attacked on the ground
that they had been Illegally issued.
The Charges Ignored
CARSON, Nev. 30.—The state board o<
health today Ignored the charges which
had been filed against Dr. Bergstlne,
superintendent of the Nevada hospital
for the treatment of mental diseases. The
superintendent was accused of polluting
the waters of the Truckee river by throw
ing into lt the brains of dead men and of
keeping bodies until decomposition had
badly advanced. State Treasurer West
erfleld of the board of health filed a
strong dissenting opinion.

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