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TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. 78. THE SENATORIAL CONTEST Has Resolved Itself Into a Guess' ing Contest EVEN THE EXPERTS ARE ALL AT SEA Just Now Burns is a Good First Choice, Grant Second and Bulla Third With Probability of Rearrange ment or Reversal Tomorrow Special to The Herald. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 10 —The sena torial situation has resolved itself into a general guessing contest, to far as in Forma tion goes, not only of the average citizen liut of many men who are presumably on the inside of the mystic pool of polities. In the four weeks that intervenes between now and the lirst Tuesday after legislative or ganization, when the election of a United States senator is in order, hot times among the workers are looked for. ' I asked a man today—one of the best in formed newspaper men in the city - for his inside tip, and he promptly confessed him self at sea. "Nobody really knows," he said; "no one can give a good guess or make a safe bet. The Herrin muddle and the withdrawal of De Young, the open opposi tion of De Young and Spreekels to Hums, the half-hearted support of Grant in the south. Knight's strength in Humboldt nnd northern counties)—-all these have com bined to make as line a senatorial mix-up ar tin' state has ever had. M> best judg ment, now, is that it looks like Hums lirst, Grant second and Bulla third." lt is generally conceded that Grant will have thirty votes in caucus while he will need forty. Bums, according! to outlook, will have tbe San Francisco, Alameda and Sacramento contingents sure. Knight's: votes will likely go to Burns, although the silver-tongued lawyer says he is in the field to stay. Barnes, like De Young, is far in the Held, and :. -« of the wiseacres give any credence to the boasts of the friends of Dr. Pardee of Alameda. It was tbe gossip of the lobbies today that Herrin, the astute, is displaying a letter from ('.'P. Huntington, in which the aged manipulator exprevs»?sconfidence in Herrin, and says his course in pontic* has his "un qualified approval." This letter, the story goes, was displayed over the lunch table with Considerable pride. But the date of the -'• letter—that was something the friend f a J]f^_ WAR AND STARVATION MAKE CHIN CHOW CHINAMEN TIRED OF LIFE Thousands of People Dying and Other Thousands Terrorized by Anti- Foreign Rebels SAN FRANCISCO, Doe. 10.—On board the steamer Gaelic, which arrived from the Orient today, was Rev. 11. W. White, a missionary, lie brings news of a terrible condition of affairs existing in the Chin Chow Fu province, a section 150 miles long and seventy miles wide, inhabited by over 4,500,1100 people, mostly farmers. Owing to two successive droughts the eiops hate been failures and the people of the province mentioned arc dying by thousands from starvation and the outlying provinces and the government arc doing little to help the suffering. The people of Bhang-Tung prov ince are also starving. In some of the vil lages of the latter place there are hundreds of deaths in a week's time. In thin Chow Fu there have been a.s many as 180 deaths in one day. Rebellion Rampant TACOMA, Wash, Dec. 16.—The steamer Empress of India brings news from ( hung King, China, via, Shanghai, that business is still paralyzed throughout the western Chinese province of Szehuen, because of the depredations of Yumantze and his band of 5000 rebels, who are thoroughly disciplined and wear a uniform having for its distin guishing feature the Chinese character mean ing "revenge." They arc determined to rid China of all foreigners and to stamp out the Christian religion. There are 0000 Catholic refugees in Cluing King, and the property destroyed by the rebels is estimated at 5,000,000 tacls. During their raids they have rendered 20,000 people, mostly native Christians, homeless, and sixty-two lives have been taken, including several European mission aries. Yumantze recently beheaded two Catho lic missionaries, which the city of Yuinchuan gave up to bim as hostages. He offered them their lives if they would renounce their religion. They refused. J. Fleming, an English missionary, has been killed by natives and soldiers at Tsing ling, ninety miles east of Kuei Yang. The. mission house was raided and burned down. There has been no attempt to punish the rebels at the hands of tbe mandarins. France demands 5,000,000 tacls damages for the destruction of tbe French mission ary property. A French missionary was burned to death at Swatow. The mission was attacked and Catholic crosses nnd nltars destroyed by a mob of 1000 of the Christian haters. Advices by the Empress of India state that Russia has sold half a million obsolete Berdan rifles to China nt a large price through tlie Russo-Chinese Bank. Viceroy Tnn of Canton is ordered from Peking to pay for them at the rate of five taels per rifle and 12 taelH per 1000 cartridges-. Every two rifles are supplied with a set of extra parts ill case of loss. Manchu troops throughout the empire arc to be armed at once with these rifles. Transports Selected NEW YORK. Dec. 16.-The transporta tion department of the army was notified to to Me, and tlie assumption of those who love not Herrin is that the letter is of antique date—prior, at leavt, to that famous conference at which Herrin told De Young and Spfcekels that the railroad favored Hums. The (.'all today prints this story about Grant! "It may be of interest to the legislators who will Hoon be called upon to choose a United States senator to know a few of the schemes this brilliant young man so re cently arrived from beyond the mountains has attempted to put into execut ion in order to delude the general public and secure for himself w hat he is pleased to call hisi'ambi tion.' Some time ago Mr. Grant approached a gentleman who is prominent in the councils of the Republican party and sought his support. This is the proposition he made: " 'I have an ambition to be United States senator. If you will lend your influence and support to secure, my election i will serve one year in congress and then resign in your favor.' "The gentleman to whom the offer was made replied that he was not in the busi ness of assisting unknown young men to gratify personal ambition at the expense of the people of the state. He also said much more tot the same effect and. Mr. ("rant was dismissed with the assurance that be would do well to let 'crooked' polities atone if be wished to retain the respect of decent men. If Mr. Grant has a sufficient disregard for Ihe truth to deny the assertion that he made the above-mentioned proposition the name ol the gentleman will be given, as well as some additional particulars regarding the interview." The name of thii. gentleman "prominent in tbe councils of the Republican party" is understood to be none other than the Call's proprietor, .lohn D. Spreekels. Green, Grant's manager, declined tonight to dis cuss >pc matter, nor srttktjte Spreekels men say more. They await Grant'sjdenial. day by the war department to get ready two transports to leave here as soon lis possible for Manila via the Sues canal. The i transports Mobile and Mohawk have been! selected and t'olonel Kimball lias been in- : structed to have them brought here audi made ready for service as soon as possible. | Ebch of the transports has a capacity of 2400 men, but for this trip they will carry only 1800 men each. _ . TT" • " * I SALISBURY SPEAKS But He Confines Himself to General Principles LONDON, Dec. 16.—The Marquis of Sal isbury, the. premier, at a banquet given this evening in his honor, at the Constitutional club, devoted his speech in reply to a toast of his health to home affairs and to the general principles for the conduct of foreign policy, without direct) reference to any par ticular question. "The government," he said, "should be judged not on individual items, but on the success of a poliev as a whole." Referring to the "difficulty of taking the people into a government's' confidence in matters of foreign policy," he said:' "I have often felt the'want of such an in stitution as the United States foreign rela tions committee. It is impossible here, but it must be a great advantage for a min ister to be able to meet persons not of his own political opinion and to explain to them the reasons for his action." Roosters With Gloves ST. LOUIS, Dec. lfi.-Sparring contests between game cocks with gloves on and an exhibition of trained tunnSler pigeons proved interesting and attractive features at the poultry and pigeon show last night. The judges have completed the awards for the pigeon exhibits. The center of interest in the judges' w ,-k was about the Silifcr Wyandottes. In this class awards were made as follows: Cock, first, Campion nnd Beck, St. Louis, score 00M: ben, first, H. Steinmesch, St. Louis, score 94%; cockerel. Steinmesch, score 94%; pullet, Steinmesch, score 94. The Dusenberry Estate SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16.-A contest for a part of the f state of John Dunberry, who died in this city two weeks ago, leav ing property valued nt (1,500,000, was com menced today in the superior court. The contestant is R. Barron, a cousin of the de ceased, and the defendants are Nathan and Louis Dunberry, surviving brothers Barron alleges that the brothers are con cealing a will in which he and his grandchil dren are named as legatees. The Lafayette Monument NEW YORK, Dec. 16.-The Lafayette Memorial commission announced today the selection of nn expert advisory jury to ap prove the design for thei LafnvAt'te monu ment, consisting of J. Q. A. Ward, presi dent of the National Sculpture society John La Farge, president of the Society of American artists, and George B. Post, pres ident of the National Institute of American Architects. Spanish Prudence MADRID, Dec. 16.—A semi-official note is published today which says: "As the American Senate must ratify the treaty of peace before it comes effective, our govern ment should wait for this ratification and not hasten to cede territory which the United States may not accept." Sailed for Hawaii SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 10.-The Italian cruiser Etna sailed today for the Hawaiian islands. THE HERALD SUNKEN SHIPS OF WAR MAY YET BE RAISED AND SEE SERVICE MANY ENGINEERS ARE EAGER To Make Contracts to Raise the Maine and the Colon on Contingent Fees Associated Press Special Wirei NEW YORK, Dec. 16.—A dispatch to the Tribune from Washington says: The Navy Department has not abandoned the hope of rescuing the Maine from Havana harbor and bringing the wreck back to this country for rehabilitation, nor does it seem i likely, from the interest taken by respon j sible wrecking experts', that the Cristobal j Colon will be permitted to pound to pieces jon the shore west of Santiago. The board |of construction has under consideration a 'formal proposition for the salvage of both I these vessels and their delivery at New York or such other port in the United .State* as the government might select, but no company will be allowed to begin opera tions on the vessel until a comparison car. be made between the offers from several trustworthy concerns. The Swedish company, which is said to he the most capable and experienced in the world, now has experts at work on the Colon, making an investigation into the difficulties involved in her salvage. Divers and engineers have been brought from Ku rope, especially for this' purpose, and after satisfying themselves of the Colon's condi tion and the expense that must he incurrer in floating her they will go to Havana ant examine the Maine. There is no doubt in the minds of naval oftieials that the re oprt of these experts will result in a bona ride otter from the Swedish company. The Navy Department has, however, made the rigid rule that no proposition will be con sidered involving the government in any ex pensc until the vessels are safely deliverer in a naval dry dock, on the "no cure, no pay" principle. One offer under consideration comes from some associated engineers in New York City who have ample capital and who easily con vinced the board of the feasibility of their project from an engineering point of view. Their original terms, which are, however, subject to modification, contemplated the payment by the government of $2.50,000ca5h in the case of the Maine, and $1,000,000 in the ease of the Colon on their delivery a the New York or the Norfolk Navy Yard in addition to one-third of the appraisei value of these vessels on their arrival, the valuation to be made by a board of arbi tration. The uncertainty as to the precise amount of remuneration involved in thi proposition is not attractive to the nava officials, who will insist on stipulating the exact sum to be paid by the government for salvage before a contract is signed. The method of raising the vessels to be used by the engineers who appeared before the board is extremely simple. Pneumatic caissons attached to chains, passed under neath the vessels through channels by al ternating jets of water and compressed air constitute the lifting power. These chan nels will be of sufficient size to enable a diver to pass under the vessel with mes senger lines. As soon as the chains are hauled through and made fast to the sides or deck of the vessel, the excavations wil be rilled up by the process by which they were made to prevent the vessel from set tlia*. Experience has shown that ten o twelve such channels' will not cause a heavily loaded vessel to sink more than six inches in very soft material. To effect the release of a vessel situatec like the Maine, in tenacious harbor dtpos its, iets of compressed air will be sent afoni the Keel simultaneously with the introduc tion of air into the caissons. The caisson are uniform in size, having a buoying or lift ing effort of thirty tons 1 each, this constitut ing the system, the weight of the vessel ant its contents determining the number re quired to raise it. Their size and weigh admit of these caissons being easily handlec in the water by the divers alone and thei distribution, together with the automatic valves with which they are provided, make it possible to exert a uniform force on al parts of the vessel. The danger of rupture from undue pressure due to depth under water or other causes or the danger o breaking air hose is wholly obviated by the automatic valves. The caissons are ar ranged in series, and greater or less power as circumstances require, may be exertet at any point. The system is declared to af ford complete control of the wreck and when the water is expelled from the cais sons the vessel is lifted to the> surface in , single operation. It is asserted that witl these caissons the Cristobal Colon can b raised and righted even in a sea way. In the case of the Maine, it is intendet to cut away the forward portion of the hull LOS ANGELES, SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 17, 1898 WASHINGTON, Dec 10.—William .1. Bryan came to tbe House of Representa tives about 1 o'clock today and was given a most cordial reception by his former col leagues in Congress. Earlier in the day Representative Bailey of Texas, the Demo cratic floor leader, breakfasted with Mr. Bryan at tbe latter's room, and it is undcr >tood discussed in a general way questions of public and party policy. When Mr. Bry an reached the House he was escorted to the Democratic cloakroom, where he was surrounded by members nnd made tile re cipient of many attentions. For some time he talked socially and politically with that unreserve which marks cloakroom discus sion. BRYAN AT THE CAPITAL Colonel Bryan expressed himself very em phatically to his Democratic associates upon the duty of congress in regard to tbe Philippines. He believes that the inlands ought not to be held longer than is neces sary for the I'nited States to establish there a stable and independent government, as was guaranteed to Cuba in the resolution" which led to the declaration of war, and he believes it is the duty of congress to make a declaration of the intention of the I'nited States at the earlist possible date, in order that there may be no misunderstanding in the future and that the natives of the islands j may be assured that the ultimate purpose |of the United States is to give them a free j and independent government. The war j was fought for humanity's sake, he says, j and the I'nited States, in tbe hour of vie ■ tory should stand upon the policy it had pro- I claimed at thqebuteet regarding Cuba. NOT MATES which was destroyed by the explosion and, after listing the uninjured portion of the vessel, to building a bulkhead and false bow lo fill the opening. A CORDIAL GREETING Accorded to Col. Bryan by Friends at Washington BARSTOW BULLETS Fired by a Mexican Who Prudently Retires BARSTOW, Cal, Dec. 16.—A shooting scrape occurred in the Harvey House lunch counter, about 3 o'clock this morning, in which Harry Wettoeh, lunchinan, was shot in the arm by a drunken half-breed named Carlos Lozano. The trouble arose over a dispute in mak ing change. Lozano drew two large revol vers and was threatening to shoot, when George Hamilton, night yardmaster, hand ed Wettoeh a revolver. The two men ex changed four or five shots without effect, when Lozano ran outside and fired through the window, striking Wettoeh in the left arm above the elbow. Dr. Henshaw dressed the wound, but being unable to locate the bullet. Wettoeh was sent to San Bernardino on the passen ger train early this morning for treatment Lozano bears a bad reputation, having been in several shooting scrapes before. A posse is searching for him with threats of lynching if apprehended. A CABLE SYSTEM To Connect All the British Cable Stations LONDON, Dec. 16.—The morning papers print a letter addressed to the Right Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, secretary of state for the colonies, by Sir Sanfnrd Elcming, chan cellor of Queens university, Canada, and a leading expert in telegraph communication and tbe unification of time reckoning throughout the world, advocating the adop tion of a system of state-owned cables con necting every British possession and all of Great Britain's naval coaling stations. Sir Snnford Fleming proposes three sec tions of cables in the Pacific, Indian and At lantic oceans, and estimates their cost at £6,000,000. The first step he suggests is a state-owned Pacific cable. He contends that if his proposals were carried out the cost of cabling would be enormously cheap ened. The Ocean Vote TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 16.—The State can vassing Board decided a tie between A F Scott, Republican, and L. M. Marks, Popu list, candidates for the Legislature from Jefferson county, by ordering the drawing of lots. Mr. Scott won, but did not demand his certificate, going home with the expecta tion that it would be sent by mail. Before the certificate was sent, however, tbe mid- Pacific vote cast by the Twentieth Kansas, en route to Manila, was received. Upon ex amination one vote was found for Mr. Marks. Accordingly the State Canvassing Board reversed its decision and issued a certificate to Mr. Marks. DEWEY INTERVIEWED ON CONDITION OF AFFAIRS AT MANILA THE ADMIRAL NOT TALKATIVE But He Makes a Number of Sensible Suggestions of the Methods to Be Followed Associated Press Special Wire MANILA, Philippine Islands, Dec. 16.— Hear Admiral Dewey, when a correspon dent of the Associated Press called upon him today, courteously, pleasantly but ab solutely declined to discuss the present sit uation in the Philippine Islands, on the ground that his sphere was purely naval. The Admiral seldom goes ashore, and in sisted that his interviewer was in better position to acquire information than him self. He then proceeded to cross-examine the correspondent about everything ashore. He was glad to learn the insurgents were feleasing the sick Spanish soldiers they held s prisoners, notwithstanding Agumaldo s grandiloquent refusal to do so. This proves that the insurgents arc very conciliatory, in spite of their defiant talk. ' • ■ Admiral Dewey always believed that the insurgents were friendly, and especially since the warships of our fleet have visited the different ports of those islands, and since some of our officers have made tours of the island, carefully investigating popu lar sentiment and judiciously preaching the gospel of peaceful settlement everywhere with highly satisfactory results. A few in fluential Filipinos, in an ambitious attempt at self-advancement, are clamoring for in -1 dependence, though unable to realize its true meaning. They are utterly ignorant of the difference between the name and > I the reality. j The agitators here invariably admit that they would he unable to stand without j American protection. But in spite of this, j they continue their meaningless outcry for I independence and may possibly create trouble. The Admiral, however, believes this to be improbable at the present junc ture, though every trilling incident counts. However, every day that passes without a conflict means so much gain, because the friendly feeling is steadily increasing, the incipient roughness is disappearing and the •agitators are weakening. The newspapers of Manila are doing par publication of conciliatory articles printed in 'publication of ooncilitory articles printed in Spanish and in English. This course is i looked upon as being certain to eliminate the friction which has existed here. The Admiral is greatly interested in the ' movement among the American volunteers jto obtain their discharges here and engage 'in pioneering enterprises. He believes there is a practically unlimited ticld for planters, i farmers anil miners here. To the sugges- I tion that if the natives prove to be obstrep | erous perhaps they might be handed over |to the Germans or other ungentle land ! grabbers, the Admiral said hie believed the | Germane now have entirely abandoned their design in the Philippine Islands, though, I formerly, he said, the German altitude here bad caused him indescribable anxiety. According to recent information received here, the Filipino insurgents are endeavoring | to maintain a brave show for the purpose of securing the best terms possible from the Americans, lt is the opinion of our Ad miral that it would be advisable for the I'nited States to pay insurgent troops their arrears of wages. The whole amount would be a comparatively trifling sum, and the payment of the troops would have a valu able effect and may save incalculable trouble-. Admiral Dewey was strongly convinced that the. Filipino insurgents deserve ackowl edgment. lie is a believer in the practi cability of liberal measures in the direction of local autonomy. Regarding the possibility of international complications Admiral Dewey said: "Prior to the arrival of the monitors 1 felt uneasy, but now I am ready to hold this position against the whole earth." HELD TO ANSWER Brandes and Mrs. Mantel Charged With Murder OAKLAND, Cal, Dec. 16.—The prelimin ary examination of W. A. Brnndes, accused of the murder of his five-year-old daughter, was concluded before Justice Clift this morning. Very little additional testimony was given. The defense attempted to put some of the autopsy physicians on the stand, but they refused to testify unless they were paid expert fees. The defense refused to pay the money so they did not get any testimony. Both sides then rested and submittd the case without argument. Attorney Sawyer for the defense moved to strike out the policeman's club as an exhibit in the case. The judge denied the motion. Justice Clift DAVIS'S DREADFUL REPORT Of Conditions Prevailing in Western Cuba COUNTRY RAVAGED TO DESTRACTION Responsible Citizens and Foreigners Agree That One Half of the Former Population Has Been Killed or Has Starved to Death Associated Press SpeciM Wire WASHINGTON, Dec. 16.—The terrible state of affairs existing in the western province oi Cuba is shown in this report to tin war department from General Davis: PINAB Dill. UK), Dee. 14, 1898.—Ad jutant General, Washington: Arrived here last night; troops comfortably encamped; hlave all required supplies; have been re ceived with greatest enthusiasm and re joicing. Civil governor left province when Spanish troops retired. The alcalde called, and tendered his services. A small Cuban force is in. town as police; good order pre then rehearsed the evidence and held the defendent to answer without bail. The preliminary examination of Mrs. Anna Mentel was concluded today. She was held to answer before the Supreme Court without bail. The prisoner was put on the stand and testified that she shot her hus band while she was on the ground. She de clared that he denied their marriage, beat her, knocked her down and was in the act of choking her when she tired the shots. TROOPS FOR MANILA Regulars May Expect to Stay Three Years WASHINGTON, Dec. 16.—Orders were today issued for the immediate prepara tion of the following named regiments of regular infantry for service in tlie I'hilip pines: Twelfth at Jefferson Barracks; Twenty-second at Ft. Crook, Neb., Third nt Fort Snelling, Minn. ; Seventeenth at Colum bia Barracks, 0.. and Fourth at Ft. Sheri dan, 111. In each ta.se the order states that the date of embarkation and point of sail ing have not yet been decided upon, and depend upon the transportation facilities which may become available. "It is impossible," the order reads, "to state the duration of the tour of service of this character at this time, but preparations should be made with a view to at least two or three years' service before returning to the United States." It is not the intention of the department to send any wagon transportation. An Illegal Fee WALLA WALLA, Wash., Dec. 15 — Ed gar Lemnian, an attorney of this city, was' arrested this afternoon by Deputy United States .Marshal .lack Stringer of Tacoma, on a warrant issued bjg the, Federal court cburging him w-itff "concealing stolen govern ment properly. Lemninn is accused of hav ing itilliG worth of jxistage stamps which were given bim in payment for defending a man named .Morgan, who was arrested for burglary. Friend* of Lemnian here say that nothing criminal was intended and that he turned over the stamps to officers who had them for several months and then returned them to Lemnian. The latter used some in appealing Morgan's case to the Supreme Court. Space at Paris CHICAGO, Dec 10.—Director of Exhib its John H. McGibbona has received a let ter from the Governor of California asking that as large a space as possible lie allotted to the State at the Paris exhibition. Horti cultural, agricultural, mining and educa tional exhibition space has been asked for. Director McGihhnns was visited by Mrs. Frona Eunice Wait, the official wine-taster of (lajifornia who has been sent from (alifor nia as a special delegate to tbe commission to obtain an additional allotment of space for a State wine exhibit. Mrs. Wait in making her application stated that Califor nia at present exports to France 25,000 gal lons ot wine annually. A Ferryboat Scare SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 16.-A defective casting caused the walking beam of the ferryboat Hay City to break today. The boat was Hearing her dock on this side of the bay. When the shaft broke, the connecting rod of the released shaft crashed through the cabin and upper deck of t he vessel, creat ing havoc. No one was hurt, although a dozen people narrowly escaped being crush ed. The passengers in the cabin were panic stricken for the moment, but cool hearts pre vailed on the more excited, and order was restored. It will take some time to repair the wrecked engines. Canadian Questions WASHINGTON, Dee. 16.—The American and Canadian Commissioners held a brief joint session today, after which both sides held long separate meetings. It is now un derstood that the holiday adjournment will not be later than Monday or Tuesday of next week and that the commission will re sume its work in the second week in Janu ary, lt is generally conceded that there is no present prospect of an ngreement. lt is thought that the holiday session will be brief on account of the approaching ses sion of the Dominion Parliament. Porto Rico Postal Contract WASHINGTON, Dec. 16.—The postal contract with tho New York and Porto Rico Steamship Company, supplemental to exist ing arrangements with the Red 1) Line, has been formally signed. The arrangements are for five regular sailings a month from New York to Porto Rico and regular addi tional sailings therewith around the island at least once a week, calling at all principal harbors and ports. Orders for Iron CHICAGO, Dec. 16— Iron and Steel to morrow will say: An estimate of the pig iron sold here within a week isj 50,000 tons. An inquiry from the Russian government for 75,000 ton's of rails to be delivered at Vladivostock within a year, beginning next March, had to be turned down by the Chicago mills, because deliveries could not be made. Bank Consolidation ST. LOUIS, Dee. 16.—The Republic today publishes the following: The final steps were taken yesterday for the absorption of the St. Louis National Bank by the National Bank of Commerce and the papers were signed and delivered. All accounts in the St. Louis National were checked up last night and that bank is now practically out of existence. asda PRICE FIVE CENTS vails everywhere. Shall raise flag tomor* row in the presence of troops and citizens. Treasury empty, and only meatns of replen i-hing it is a system of taxation almost to the verge of confiscation. No custom houses in this province. Country of great fer tility and beauty, but ravaged almost to de struction); assured by responsible- citizens and foreigners that one-half the former population has- been killed or starved to death. Colonel Seyburn, with two battal ions, at Guanajay. He is ordered to occupy Mariel with a detachment. No sickness. DAVIS. WAR CONDUCT INQUIRY REVEALS THE ABSENCE 07 RED TAPE Shaffer's Chief Commissary Says th* Lack of Supplies at Santiago Gave No Cause of Complaint WASHINGTON, Dec. 16.—Brigadier Gen eral Weston, chief commissary of the Shat ter expedition, testified today before the war investigating commission that thera was an absence of red tape methodß in fcedi ing the volunteers at Siboney. He said he never heard a complaint of the condition of the commissary supplies at the front. So far at the food was concerned General Weston characterized the Santiago cam paign as a mere bagatelle, the hardships being trivial, compared to his own experience iv frontier Indian campaigns, when he and his men were forced to use the Wagon mules for food. The Rev. Dr. Henry C. McCook of Phila delphia, chaplain of the Second Pennsyl vania and commissioner of the National Re lief association, said that on his return from Cuba he had called on President McKinley, August 6th, and added: '•If there was anything I did know and he did not get it out of me I am. unaware of it. He has wonderful powers' of cross examination." The president at that time commissioned him to find and permanently mark the graves of the soldiers and he. did so. Quartermaster General Ludington testi fied as to the operations of his department prior to and during the war. The chief difficulty in preparing the army equipment, he said, was in securing the dueff and kersey for tents, both of which were manufactured especially for the army. Requisitions for tents were filled promptly as a rule, and he recollected very few delays .in furnishing hospital tents. NOT A GOOD FIGHT Kid McCoy Easily Disposes of Joe Goddard PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 16.-Joe God dard and Kid McCoy were the features to night at the Arena in a six-round bout, which came to an end in the fifth round by the referee disqualifying Goddard and giv ing the fight to McCoy l T p to that point the fighting was uneventful, McCoy doing the better work. In the fifth round, after a number of exchanges, the, kid landed a heavy right on Goddard s jaw and sent hint to the floor. Goddard was on his feet in a second and the kid again landed on Joe'a jaw and sent him to the grass once more. He got on his feet again and clinched with Met oy. They wrestled about the ring for some time, when the referee interposed and disqualified Goddard. He said he had at tempted to throw McCoy to the floor while wrestling. Calvin Brice's Funeral NEW YORK, Dec 16.-The funeral services of Ex-Senator Calvin S. Brice will be held at noon tomorrow in the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, ltisexpected that the Rev. Wallace RatelifTe of Washing ton, will conduct the services. There will probably be no pall-bearers. After the serv ices the body will lie tken to Lima, Ohio, where it will be interred in the Briee family plot. Among the messages received by the fam ily were telegrams from President McKin ley, Secretaries Hay and Alger and Senator Hanna and Governor Bushnell of Ohio. A Baseball Boom NEW YORK, Dec 16.—That something of a startling nature was to be sprung during tbe meeting of the national baseball league was an open secret, and today when the an nouncement was made that the Brooklyn and Baltimore clubs had amalgamated no one was surprised. When the matter waa an nounced as a certainty it was generally re garded as a great boom for baseball in Great er New York. As a business venture the deal is regarded as a promising one finan cially for both sides. Soldiers' Complaints STOCKTON, Dec. 16.—Since many of the privates of the Stockton companies of the Sixth regiment have returned home, after receiving their discharge papers, they are talking severely about some of their officers. The men complain of harsh treatment at the hands of some of the offi cers and say their supplies were insufficient at times. Bolivian Revolution LIMA, Peru, Dec. 16.—Advices received today* from La Paz, capital of Bolivia, an nounce that the revolutionists have formally proclaimed a federation. Senor Severo Fernandez Alonzo, president of Bolivia, it still at Gruro, at the head of the government troops. He has declared a state of siege. The Tin Plate Trust EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio, Dec. 16.-The new tinplate trust has taken possession of all the mills in this section. \V. H. Bran field of the Ironctole Mills is to manage this district, embracing lrondale, Lisbon and New Castle.