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A British Skirmishing Force Draws
a Heavy Artillery Fire.
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MOE3BR BXVBB. Dec 25. A recon-
by the British, ibis morning
oat a heavier artillery Are than has
experienced since the Boers occupied
Mwatiirfonteto. The British had deter -attBsf
to destroy a hooae on the bank o(
ism jfrcr that the Boers were using as a
from which their tiharpsboeters
iff incautious British soldiers. At
daws the twelve-pounders and the 4.7-inch
lyddite .gun. with three wagons, escorted
by the Twelfth Lancers, moved out to at
weJt the Beer lines is front of the kopjes.
The wagons were fastened behind the
river bank. As soon as the British were
by the Boers they opened Are upon
fhere was a party of Boers sta-
ttosoa twenty yards from the well, near
Ganger's cottage. A detachment of Lan
ces attacked them, but they scattered un-
Boers worked another gun from the
track to the north. Altogether
they had four guns, besides two quick
Avers. These guns were mostly mounted
hepsnd the crest of the kopje. The
heaviest Are was directed against the Lan
cers. The object of the reconnoissance
less successfully carried out, the bouse on
the bank being blown up, creating a great
.Mt The Boers fired a few shots after
ward, hot the British made no reply. Four
of the Twees of the Lancers were hit by a
zsmIL None of the men was hurt.
Urn enemy have brought their trenches
a thousand yards nearer the British lines
since the repulse of the Buglish at
Jffagersfontein. The reconnoissance estab
lished the fact that they have not advanced
many of their guns. Their vanishing gun
is nearest the British lines.
B&ST: COAST CATHYF, REPAIRED.
3&nfH.In;r Report, lteardinfc the
Whereabout of General "Warren.
jSJOJtfDOX. Dec 28. The cable along the
east coast of Africa has been repaired and
Safer feas enabled the receipt of news con-
General Boiler's force up to De-
36. There is, however, nothing of
gMat importance recorded. The most
noteworthy item from Natal is contained
:Je a Pietermaritzburg despatch dated De
cember 2. which states that General War.
ism. concerning whose movements much
'wystery Juts been observed, arrived there
wtth his staff on Christmas Day, and went
la the front. The report needs confirma
tion. The Cape Town correspondent of
the "Daily News," in a despatch dated
December 2L records a curious report that
general Buller is returning to that city to
Meet General Warren, and that both of
them will probably go to Modder River.
Tfc story can be safely ignored as untrue.
Ac e battalions of the eight belonging
1 General Warren's division have gone
is Katal from Cape Town, General War
ren's arrival at Cheveley is not improb
aMe. The military critic of the "Morning
Past" writes: "The task before the British
is to collect at some point a force decided
ly superior to the enemy's, and to drive
the latter before them. Not until that is
done wfll there be a change for the better.
but a superior force means more than a
numerical excess. There must be efficient
transport, and a due proportion of cavalry,
mounted infantry, and horse artillery.
There are no means of knowing the state
of Qeaeral Buiier's transport, but until be
has three-quarters of his force equipped
with the minimum transport be will not
have the mobility requisite to turn the en
emy's position. It will be the beginning of
February before the necessary transport
and mounted troops can be available in the
West. By that time General Roberts may
be able to concentrate the forces of Gen
omic Methuen, Gatacre, and French, and
the Sixth and Seventh divisions, but much
mar happen before then."
So far as is ascertainable the position
af the British at Ladysmith is unchanged.
Tim "Standard's" correspondent at Cbeve
my. telegraphing under date of December
St, reports that the Boers 'continue fortify
ing dm hills around Cotenso and the road
A helionram to the "Chronicle" from
Lacyaatlth explains the British casualties
ea December 22. eight of the Gloucester
shire regiment being killed by a single
The latest advices from Mafeklng bear
set of December 1. when there was a
bombardment which lasted two hours,
without, however, apparently changing the
The "Chronicle's" Cape Town correspon
dent, in a despatch dated December 22,
gives an Interview had by him with Mr.
Gehleaimofr. agent of the Equitable Life
Assurance Association of New York, who
recently arrived from the Transvaal. Mr.
Sehlesiager says that the Republics have
1 ion stores of food. Speculative capi
talists Imported a huge quantity, believing
that mixing would continue during the
The "Times" correspondent at Pieter
nmritxburg says that there are strong aus
utelona that Innocent descriptions given in
the bills of lading of the cargoes of Ger
man steamers arriving at Deiagoa Bay con
ceal contraband of war. The press, he adds,
daassads that the British naval officers be
osisred to open and search packing cases
la the cargoes, and to seise the vessels If
oeatrahand is discovered.
HEIGHT KEAR BLAHDSLAA.GTE.
A. Boer Defeat Reported Prom Native
OKSVELEY CAMP. Dec 26 (4:35 p.
a.). Reports from native sources state
that there was fighting yesterday south
of mtaadslaagte. The Boers engaged came
freat liotomakaar. The British troops de
feated the burghers and destroyed their
teats. There are no Boers at lielpmskaar
A heliograph message from Ladysmith,
received today says:
We play polo here on Sundays and
otherwise enjoy ourselves. There is no
excessive dodging of shells."
OONTXDBNCE IN BTJLLEE.
Tltc Soldier Grieved n( the Chance
In the Leadcrnlilp.
IjOKDOX, Dec 2& A despatch from
Winston Churchill to the "Morning Post,"
dated Cheveley, December 26, says be
fewd that a painful Impression had been
ceased hi' the change in the commander-Bfatp-ta-eaief
of the British forces in South
Africa by the substitution of Field Mar
eta! Lord Roberts for Goo. Sir Red vers
lie adds that all ranks in the service
have complete confidence in General Dul
ler, and that there Is a stern determina
tion lo suc-eed next time at ail eoBts to
vtodn-wtt their trusted leader.
LOSS'BY BRITISH SEIZURES.
Vic! of American Finns "Whose
Goods Hit vv IJeen ConflHtfiitcd.
NEW YORK, Dec 27. The Pennsylvania
Milling Company end Flint Eady and R. TV.
Gilbert, exporters, who are largely inter
ested in the cargoes of three vessels re
cently seized by British warships while tho
vessels were on their way to Deiagoa Bay,
have received the following notice from
Norton & Co., the agents for their three
"We have been notified by our agents in
East London that all goods intended for
Detagoa Bay in the steamship Beatrice
have been ordered discharged in lighters
at Bast London, and will remain there at
your risk and peril. In accord with our
! claims in the bill of lading our responsi
"I examined the bill of lading for the
Beatrice." faid Mr. Gilbert this morning,
-and find that Norton & Co. are right. The
clause distinctly states that after the cargo
has been cleared -from the vessel .he agents
of the vessel may no longer be held re
sponsible for the welfare of the cargo. I
have small hope for any portion of the
cargo now. The beer and lard will surely
spoil, and somebody will have to pay for
it. The firms at Lourenco Maruues, of
j course, will not pay Jne for the goods that
I are not delivered. I wrote to Secretary
Hay some time ago, and received a rather
colorless reply. He told me that the
United States Ambassador had been noti
fied and that the Government would look
l into the matter through other channels. He
also said that the case was without prece
dent. "Besides this.", continued Mr. Gilbert, "I
have decided to put the case into the hands
I of the Representative from my district, Mr.
Fitzgerald, vvitn tnc request mat ne put me
matter before the House for action. I think
the whole affair was a high-handed piece
of work on the part of the British Govern
ment, as beer and lard were never before
considered contraband of war. I had Hour
and beef on the Mashona, and they were
held up at Cape Town. I have had no com
munication from that place, and don't
know what they have done with the cargo."
At the offices of Norton & Co. it is said
that firm did not call the detention of the
vessels a seizure, but simply a hold-up of
DISLOYALTY IN CANADA.
Open Sympathy for Enjrlnnd'.s
Enemies in Sontlt Africa.
OTTAWA, OnL, Dec. 27. Sympathy for
the Boers is not confined to Quebec alone,
but Is now openly manifested in Ontario.
A despatch today from Woodstock, Ont.,
states that Principal Crane, of the Dunne
vilie public school, is an ardent supporter
of the Boers In their struugle with Groat
Britain. He publicly expressed himself as
such and says he tried to imbue the same
sentiment into the scholars of the public
school. He was warned by the school
board to desist, but refused, so the hoard
held a meeting and decided to dispense
with bis services after January 1. It Is
said other schoolteachers In Western
Ontario running along the same lines as
those taken by Crane will be dealt with.
The Government now contemplates a
material change in the composition of
the second contingent. A cipher message
was sect to Toronto this morning com
pletely altering the order of establish
ments agreed upon for the contingent.
Both the Minister of Militia and General
Hutton cannot speak at present as to de
tails, but the principal feature is a sub
stantial increase in the number of mounted
riflemen, four squadrons, instead of three,
as originally proposed. Recruiting Is now
in active progress throughout the Do
minion. The report of the capture of a Can
adian picket at Belmont is not credited
WORK OF TRANSVAAL AGENTS.
Attempts to Enlist Men to Fight In
NEW YORK, Dec. 27. From several
quarters it has been learned that agents
from the Transvaal have been working in
this city for weeks trying to enlist men to
fight against the British, in South Africa.
With what success these agents have met
it is bard to tell, but the agents are offering
fairly large sums for men "to serve in the
Boer hospital corps."
An Instance of the work of these emis
saries was told by a waiter in one of the
large restaurants in this city. The waiter
had served for several years in the French
army as an artilleryman. About a week
ago a man who described himself as a Boer
agent met the waiter and said that he
wanted him to enlist. The agent seemed to
know all about the former artilleryman's
record. The agent offered the waiter $1,400
and all bis expenses to go to South Africa.
The agent, moreover, told this man that
within the last month between 600 and 600
men, most of them Frenchmen, had en
listed and had gone to the war.
It was also said today that two men who
make their headquarters at a saloon near
police headquarters had announced to sev
eral persons their intention of starting a
Boer association, for the ostensible purpose
of retailing information about the Trans
vaal, but really to form a nucleus for a re
cruiting bureau. These two men. accord
ing to the story, have announced to several
that they want recruits for the hospital
service. The agents have suggested, how
ever, that if any of the recruits prefer
fighting they can be easily transferred to
any regiment they choose when they reach
South Africa. The agents think they can
evade the neutrality laws in that way.
One of the men who was approached by
one of these Boer agents said he had re
ceived the impression that the agents were
materially helped in their work by some of
the foreign consulates, although probably
in an indirect way.
Officials at both the Russian and Greek
consulates In this city denied positively, of
course, that they had even heard of such
enlistments, except through the newspa
pers. The Greek Consul General, Demitriua
N. Botassi. went so far as to bay that his
office had absolutely no interest in the sub
ject. It was said at the British Consulate here
today that literally thousands of men had
applied to the British Consul General for
Information as to bow to enlist in the Brit
ish army against the Boers. AH of these,
the officials at the Consulate said, had been
advised to go to England if they wauled to
enlist. The Consul General ..aid that sev
eral soldiers in the United States uniform
had applied at his office for information as
to the best way of enlisting.
BRITISH PICKETS ATTACKED.
The Nnvnl Guns Directed at the
CHEVELEY CAMP. Dec. 2C (10:30
a m.). The British pickets were fired on
by the enemy this morning. The naval
1 guns were fired at the enemy on the Illang-
wane hills and at Grower's Kloof. The fir-
1 ing ceased at 7:80 a. m.
Christmas was spent quietly by the
troops, who passed the day in sports and
the singing of songs. The men are in very
good spirits and arc anxious to get forward.
The Boers are working hard in strengthen
ing their earthworks and throwing up new
i While Captain Kirkwood and Charles
; Grenfell were looking through glasses on a
hill near Coleneo, they were suddenly sur
rounded by twenty armed Boers and called
upon to surrender. They did so and were
J taken off by the enemy, whose presence in
that Immediate vicinity was not suspected.
A native reports that the two men are well
cared for The number of prisoners token
by the Boers is considered very discredit
able and their lo6 is very serious.
CAPTURED THE PAiTBEB
Colonel Bryan and Mr. Hogg Engage
The Start From Austin, Texas, at an
Early Hour State Ofllelnls. Iliisi
ness Men, and Conboj.s in tin Com
pan j The XclirHlnn Leads the
Ciwaleiulc Fierce Game La.sNoeil.
AUSTIN, Tex., Dec. 27. The great
panther and Mexican lion hunt, which had
been arranged in honor of Col. William J.
Bryan by his Texas admirers, took place in
this county today. Over two hundred men
participated in the sport. The crowd was
composed of State officials, business men,
and cowboys from all parts of the State.
The start was to be made from this city at
0:30 a. m., but an hour before that time
Colonel Bryan and former Governor Hogg,
the former mounted on a broncho, rode up
i the principal street of the town. Mr.
Bryan was dressed In corduroy clothes and
wore a sombrero, and in one hand he car
ried a horn, which he blew ocpasionally.
The broncho did not take kindly to the
noise which its rider made with the horn,
and it had several bucking spells that gave
the crowds much amusement.
Former Governor Hogg, who weighs 35G
pounds, was mounted on a giant horse, and
was in high spirits when the start was
made. The hunters rode across the rough
country for ten miles before the real sport
began. The hounds struck the scent of a
panther near a farmhouse, where the ani
mal had killed and devoured a fat calf last
night. Colonel Bryan was on hand, and
no sooner had the dogs given tongue than
he gave his broncho the rein and was off
after them. He led the chase for about a
mile, when his horse suddenly broke
through a heavy undergrowth, and before
ho was brought under control the som
brero and part of the rider's clothes had
been left behind. At this critical point a
cowboy came to the rescue, and the wild
career of the broncho was checked. Col
onel Bryan resumed the chase and kept
close up with the hounds.
The chase lasted about two hours. The
panther led the hounds several miles and
finally sought refuge in a tree. The ani
mal jumped from the tree alighting in
the midst of the pack of hounds, and kill
ing two of them. "Bill" Redd finally suc
ceeded in lassoing the panther, which was
presented to Mr. Bryan. The animal was
brought into town, and will be shipped
to Lincoln, Neb. The panther Is about
three years old, and is one of the largest
ever seen in this part of the State. The
hunting party routed a large Mexican lion,
but the hounds lost the scent, and the an
THE PDAGTJE IN HONOLTJXTJ.
Two Cases of Unljonic Dlseaxe He
ported in Hawaii.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 27. Some time
ago the physicians discovered two men
suffering from plague In tbe native quar
ter of Honolulu, They showed all the
signs of the dreaded disease, and were
It is probable that the disease was in
troduced by Japanese coolies brought over
to work on the sugar plantations. These
coolies are herded Mke animals in huge
buildings, which would be regular breed
ing places for the plague.
The transport Centennial arrived tonight,
from Manila, via Honolulu, with a large
number of officers and siclc and discharged
soldiers. She brings the news that tho
plague has broken out In Honolulu.
A CURIOUS CAUSE OF DEATH.
Horror Stricken at an Accident, Har
ry Swcltater Falls Dead.
PITTSBURG. Dec. 27. Walter Urkin
was thrown between the cog wheels of the
forty-two Inch plate mill in the Carnegie
Steel Works, at Homestead today, and his
leg was ground off. He may recover.
Harry Sweltzer, Urkin's helper, saw the
accident and dropped dead. The doctor
said the sudden shock of seeing his friend
hurt was too much for his heart.
Sweltzer was in several skirmishes with
the Twenty-third Infantry in the Philip
pines, and got his discharge on account of
a bullet wound ir the left side. He le
tunied home with the Tenth Pennsylvania
Regiment and had only recently been able
HOW CHURCHILL ESCAPED.
Traveled Amid Diilletiltics From Pre
toria to Delauoa Hay.
CHEVELEY CAMP, Dec. 23 (4:33 p. m.)
This morning Winston Churchill, the
correspondent of the "London Morning
Post." who recently escaped from Pretoria,
where be was held a prisoner by the Boers,
entered the tent of the correspondent here,
which is pitched on almost the exact spot
on which Churchill was captured six
Churchill came here from Lourenco
Marques by way of Durban. He is look
ing well, despite his rough experience in
getting out of Boer territory. He recounts
a thrilling story of his adventures after
his escape from his captors. When he
left Pretoria he was not in disguise, though
a report recently stated that he had left
in the dress of a woman. He had no
knowledge of the country, and was there
fore compelled to follow the line of tho
Deiagoa Hay Railway in order to reach the
coast. This was, of course, tho most dan
gerous route, as the fact of his escape had
been telegraphed along the line. He man
aged, however, to avoid detection by trav
eling only at night. Whenever the oppor.
tunlty offered ho surreptitiously boarded
freight trains bound east, but left them
before daylight so that the train hands
would not detect him. After several nar
row escapes he reached Deiagoa Bay,
where he was safe from pursuit, and as
poon as possible he took passage for Dur
ban, where he was given an enthusiastic
He declares that his escape through ex
treme difficulty was almost miraculous.
lltirirlierN Moving1 South.
LOURENCO MARQUES, Dec. 21. Ac
cording to information received here from
Boer sources the chief laager of the Boers
was being moved southward (la December
The Itritirtlt Defeat Coiillmied.
PRETORIA, via Lourenco Marques, Dec.
20 (11 a. m.). The reports of the Boer
victorv at Colenso on December 15 are fully
confirmed. The Boers are firing on tho
British from the positions the latter aban
doned. HritiNli SentrleM Arretted.
LONDON, Dec. 27. A Cape Town de
spatch to the "Chronicle," dated December
21, says It is reported that several men,
who were lately employed as sentries, have
been arrested as the result of the dis
covery of a plot to connive at the escape
of Boer prisoners.
The Ilulionlc IMuRue In Auntrnlln.
SYDNEY. N. S. W., Dee. 27 The bu
bonic plague 1b raging In New Caledonia.
A PANAMA CANAL PROJECT.
Anierienn Cumpifhy Formed to
Complete the Work.
NEW YORK, Doc. 27 The Panama
Canal Company of America was incorpor
ated under the laws of New Jersey today
by Sullivan & Cromwell ah Francis Lyndo
Stetson as counsel. The objects for which
the company is formed are, among others,
to acquire and complete the oanal across
the Isthmus of Panama of the now Panama
Canal Company of France. The authorized
capital stock is $30,000,000, of which
$5,000,000 Is first preferred stoek, $15,000,000
second preferred, and $lf,W)u,000 common
stock. An increase of stock tjo $120,000,000
at an early date is said to be the intention
of the promoters of the compmiy. William
Nelson Cromwell, of counsel, had this to
say regarding the new company tonight:
"The company has been incorporated for
th purpose of accomplishing the Ameri-
' canization of the Panama Canal. Tho
' company will have the support of Ameri-
can merchants and capitalists of well
known ability who are satisfied that tho
Panama Canal is thi practicable route.
and that its completion wilt secure a watar.
way between the Atlantk ami Pacific In
the quickest time.
"The canal is at least Uo-fifths com
pleted and is open on both sides, being
navigable for twelve miles inland on the
Atlantic side and four miles on tho Pacific
side. The French company has called to
Its aid nn international technical commis
sion, who have made a report which defi
nitely disposes of all the problems pre
sented. The cost of the completion of the
, work is estimated at $100,000,000. It wilt
1, 11. . 11. ! ....,.. t
press tho completion of the canal at tho
i earliest practicable date. The diplomatic
siiukuuu is uiUii auiismumi .
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Edwa;Tsons. SSaSoi ofthe F-ourtJh
National Bank; Kuhn. Loeb Co., Edward
C. Converse. ' President of the National
Tube Company; Warner Van Norden, Pres-
ident of tho Bank of North America; Au-
mist Blmont. j. ami W. Se tcmsn. Gsorce
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R, Sheldon. Levi P. Morton, Charles R. j corrected, but he purposes to prevent an
Flint. Capt. J. R. Do La mar, and Vornon other such congestion of justice by radical
II. Brown, of the Cunard Steamship Com- j reforms similar to those promulgated by
E. C. HODGES & CO
A Ronton Urokeratve Klrnt Involved
AVI th the Globe IJanlc.
BOSTON, Dec. 27. E. C. Hodges & Co.,
bankers and stock brokers, with offices in
the Exchange Building, 53 State Street,
made an assignment this morning to
George C. Dickson for the benefit of credi
tors. The members of the firm are E. C.
Hodges, E. F. Lowry, and Frederick Swift,
and they have seats on the Boston and New
York stock exchanges, and tho Chicago
Board of Trade. The present firm has been
In business about one year and handled
a large business in mining stocks. The
failure Is one of the results of the Globe !
The firm this morning had about 5,000
-hares of United States Mining stock.
This was discredited at two banks, and the
firm was unable to realize. This was the
Clark and Coolldge stock. With $100,000
tied up in this manner it waa found impos
sible to carry on "business and a general
assignment for the benefit of the creditors
was made. E. C. Hodges said:
"There Is very little to say, except that
we had too much United States Mining
stock, which was divredited at the banks,
and we were unable to carry on our busi
ness. It is too early to give any statement
of our affairs."
George E. Dickson ai- that expertfi
would be put on the bot'k6 o. the firm and
a statement of its affairs would be given
out as soon as pofesible. The firm of E. C.
Hodges & Co. made an assignment onFeb
ruary 2, 1S97, to George C. DIckeon, which
was then attributed to a heavy drop in
wheat, the firm being heavily interested in
the wheat market. At that time the firm
owed $256,000, and creditors accepted 55per
cent in settlement.
LAND WITHOUT AN OWNEK.
A Tract In Pennsylvania Lnelc I.ckuI
HARRISBURG, Pa., Dei St. It was re
cently discovered by the official surveyor of
Blair county that a tract of land on the
Allegheny Mountains, including the famous
Horseshoe Bend on the Pennsylvania Rail
road. waB without an owner. This vacant
tract also includes the large reservoir
which supplies Alloona with water.
A Joint application was filed at the de
partment of lutenial affairs today by the
city of Altoona and the Pennsylvania Rail
road Company for a warrant for the land.
Investigation at the department shows that
this tract was never conveyed by the State,
the title remaining In the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania since the ' Revolutionary
This tract was embraced within the land
that was given to William Penn undpr the
charter of tho Crown of t England, and
which the Legislature received from Penn's
heirs by virtue of the divesting act of
1779. paying therefor 196,000.
PEARS OF A COAL STHIKE.
The IlituinliioiiN Mine AVorker.s Mny
Go Out Next AVeeU.
ALTOONA, Pa , Dec. 27. The result of
the miners' meetings held today to consider
a general strike for an increase of wages
is still In doubt. Conventions were held al
Lilly. Clearfield, Barncsboro, and Rey
nohlsvllle. but the proceedings were kept
secret. Operators in this section are guess
ing as to whether a strike will be declared
on January 1. The miners are better or
iranzed than ever before and their threat
to strike Is regarded seriously.
It Is feared the radical element in the
miners' ranks has triumphed over the con- J
uo regard a smite at
this time as little short of a calamity. The
operators all over this region have served
notice that they will not grant the In
crease demanded, preferring to close their
mines and corner coal. One operator said
tonight that he feared the worst, though
the strike might not be declared before
A Schooner on Fire.
PORTLAND, Me., Dec 27. The schoon
er Henry N. Squire, of Boston, bound
from Rockland to New York, with a cargo
of lime, sprung a leak off Ihle of Shoals
this morning. She made Portland harbor
and In trying to reach her, the captain
ran her on to Hog Island ledije. Her car
go is on fire and she will lie a total loss.
Gold SliipuientK ( ISiiKlnnd,
NEW YORK. Dec. 27. On board tho
Teutonic, which sailed for England today,
was $50,000 in gold, shipped by Heilde
bach, Icklohcimer & Co. This brings tho
total of exports since December 10 up to
Anierienn Firm Gotn the Hid.
GLASGOW. Dec. 27. The corporation
has accepted the tender of the National
Conduit Companv. of New York, to fur
nlph olectrlc feeders Tor the tramway here.
The American bid was 151,00, while the
lowest British tender was 161,000.
A AVoiuan Hansred for Murder.
BRANDON, Manitoba, Dec. 27. Emily
Hilda Blake, a domestic, was hanged here
this morning for the murder of Mrs. Lane,
her mistress. The execution was private,
only a few persons obtaining the privilege
of witnessing it.
Electrie 'l'rtilii to Arlington Today
lit cry I5 Mliinte,
Prom slatu'ii, U'., rd Pi at Qu ' t and
most atiraihte route. Hound ti.p, 20c.
WOOD'S EEF06IS BEGUN
The Governor-General Asks for Rc
porls From Cuban Prisons.
Freedom to lie Given to All "Who
Are Held "Wrnnfiilly Interest In
the Coining Cabinet Appointments
A CoiigrrusM ot Natives Called
The Troubles of Colonel Bli.i.s.
HAVANA, Dec. 27. Political circles are
teeming with gossip regarding the cabinet
which Governor General Wood has deter
mined to form. Tho appointees will not be
announced for several days yet, but in the
mean time every local newspaper has a
slate. Every public man who was not
J closely identified with General Brooke's
administration is mentioned as a member
of the cabinet. It is reported that the De-
i partment of Education and Justice will be
divided into two departments, with a sec
retary for each.
General Wood, who is considering the
available candidates, refuses to discuss the
iiiijjuiuuueiiis ueiore tney are maae. .iuca
moro interest is displayed in the question
of who will obtain these appointments than
In the sweeping prison reforms that have
been instituted for the benefit of those per
, son3 who are unjustly confined. An order is
i aucu uy uuueiai
Wood calls for renorts
' , . ... . ".
Hum every prison in tne island, anu tnese
" expected before the end of the
weck- hen a wholesale clearing out of the
prisons will commence. Before thr middlo
, of January not a man against whom evi-
donee is lacking will be in jail. Not only
' will fipnii w,i cn tw of ,n ,1
mm in bantiago prior to General Brooke's
advent on tho island.
All changes will be considered to some
extent by a congress of influential Cubans
from civil and public life from all parts of
the Island, whom General Wood has Invited
to meet here the first week in January. He
will thus get their views and will get in
touch with tho feeling in all the provinces,
thus preventing a preponderance of Havana
political sentiment affecting his determina
tions. The storm about Colonel Bliss' head in
consequence ot the recent arrest of ten
appraisers charged with attempting to de
fraud the customs will surely be renewed
tomorrow as the result of orders to re
arrest three of the appraisers, Losa, Mesa,
ana unarcun, who wero released thirty
wi, " " T--4 ,mt" "-'- iK to
tnn. ii ciiuvuge agiiiuai. uiuui. ivn oruer
has also been issued for the arrest of two
customs brokers, who are charged with
complicity in the conspiracy. The sym
pathy of the community is all with the
prisoners, and against Colonel Bliss, al
though prior to the arrests gossip freely
accused some of the men now awaiting
trial with crooked work. As soon as the
authorities moved,, however, tho tendency
to resist the governing powers, whicji is
so strong in these people, asserted itself,
resulting in abuse of Colonel Bliss and
these assisting in the prosecution. One
inspector in giving evidence against the
accused, became badly frightened. He de
clared to the fiscal who was handling the
case that he had been forced to testify by
"What you have said Is true?" asked the
"Yes," answered the Inspector, "but I
was scared into telling it."
If the other Cubans aro as easily
handled at the trial the chance of con
viction Is excellent The end of the in
vestigation Is not yet, and the whole mer
cantile and political community is still ex
ercised over the revelations, past and pro
spective. NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 27. -Advices by
the Morgan Havana steamer Whitney, that
arrived today, state that the greatest con
sternation prevails In the commercial cir
cles in Havana over the recent arrest of a
number of prominent merchants and Unit
ed States appraisers. Business for the time
being is seriously affected. Whilo no
criminality Is thought to attach to Gen
eral Brooke, it is asserted that the general
utterly failed to supervise the civil divis
ion of his office.
WEDDED AT STAPLETON.
The Nuptials of Licniennut A'ojcrel-tcesanis-
and Miss Zennlde Sliepard.
NEW YORK, Dec. 27. Miss Zenaide
Stevens Shepard, daughter of Capt. E. M.
Shepard, U. S. N., was married at S.
Paul's Memorial Church, Staplcton, S. I.,
at noon today to Lieut. Theodore Vogel
gesang, U. S. N. Rev. Alonzo Llppincott
Wood, rector of the church, performed the
ceremony. A reception to intimate friends
and a breakfast to tho bridal iarty 'ol
Iowed at the residence of the uaval inspec
tor, Third Lighthouse district, at Tomp
kinsville. The brido was attended by her sister,
Miss Kate Shepard, as maid of horor. Miss
Emilie Kennedy, of Philadelphia; Miss
I Mary T.xld, of Washington, and Miss Isabel
SncUett, of New York, were the buries
I maids. E. M. Shipp, surgeon, U. S. N., was
I best man. and the ushers were Lieut.
, Montgomery M. Taylor, U S. N.; Lieut.
I William A. Mou"ett, U. S. N.; Lieut. Arthur
Cranston, U. S. A.; Capt. Thomas C. Tread -!
veil, U. S. M. C, and John M. Blanken
, ship, of Baltimore.
Among the guests were Rear Admiral
Miller. U. S. N. (retired), and Mrs. .MHler,
Rear Admiral Higginson, Capt. and Mrs
!,,.), r Chadwiek. and Omit. Morrill
Miller and Miss Miller.
The Hilton Trophy at Trenton.
TRENTON. N. J., Dec. 27. The Hilton
Trophy, won by the New Jersey rifle team
at Sea Girt last summer, arrived at the
Statehouse last night from Georgia,
minus the scalp band, which would indi
cate that it was won last year by the
Georgia team. The Georgians protested
against the award of the trophy this year
to the New Jersey team on the ground
that their score was not a correct one, but
their protest "vas disallowed.
Major Richards Goen to Cavlte.
Major George Richards, paymaster of the
Marine Corps, has been assigned to duty
at Cavlte, Philippine Inlands. He will sail
on the Scindia, leaving San Francisco Jan
uary 0. Col. P. C. Pone, who has just re
turned from the Philippines, has been
granted six months' leave of absence.
Shot AVhile I'laj iii; William Tell.
COLUMBIA, S. C, Doc. 27. Robert
Chaflln, sixteen years old, of Bennetts
ville, allowod a playmate, Edward John
son, to attempt the William Toll act In
tho streets of Beunettsvllle. Johnson usei
a riflo to shoot the apple off Chaflln's head
and sent the ball through his brain. Chaf
fin did not know tho gun was loaded.
A Itaee Itlot at Itidirelaud.
COLUMBIA, S. C, Dec. 27. News ha?
reached here of a race riot at Ridgeland,
Beaufort county, In which two negroes
and a white man were kll'ed and several
others wounded. Ilitigeland is a small vil
lage near the coast, thickly populated by
negroes. Particulars are unobtainable.
Flynn'.n DiiHlitean College, Sth and K.
Bosine.iJ, thortlunJ, typewriting $C5 a year.
MR. BOUTELLE'S MALADY.
He Ih Supposed to Have Acute
BANGOR, Me., Dec 27. It is announced
here tonight that Representative Charles
A. Boutellov who was taken to Boston on
the midnight train Monday night, baa en
tered the ChsHnlng Sanitarium, in Brook
line, Mass., for treatment. He is accom
panied by his brother. E. P. Boutelle. and
I by his famfly physician. Dr. Daniel A.
During the Congressman's stay at heme
nothing definite could-" be ascertained from
the doctors or from members of the family
as to tho exact nature of his illness, but
It is now stated on good authority that he
is suffering from the roost aggravated form
of Bright's disease of the kidneys, which
has reached the stage accompanied by
uremic poisoning and uremic convulsions
so that his condition has frequently bor
dered on the delirious.
The gravest fears are entertained here
as to the result of his illness.
SENATOR &AUJNGSK ACCUSED.
Charged "With Seeretly A'iolatfiiK the
Civil Service l.nn'.
CONCORD, N. H.. Dec. 27. The grand
jury of the United States District Court.
in session here, has given the day to a
consideration of the charges brought by
former Gov. Charles A. Busiel against
United States Senator Jacob H. Galtinger.
In these charges it is alleged that the Sen- ;
ator has violated the Civil Service law by-!
becoming a party to the aol'cttation of cara
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up of the seventeen witnesses which have i
, heena lied and preparing for a presenta-
. " ?f J, 3 sdleeMTJht Unlt"
" State.s District Attorney carried the case ,
and gave teslimony Tnes chXloS
anu .K!rve testimony, i nese included post-
masters and other Federal officials from
various parts of the State. Four witnesses
remain to be heard and the only one whose
testimony Is looked upon as important.
and who Is yet to testify, is William F.
Thayer, who was treasurer of the State
committee at the time Senator Qaltinger
It is probable that the case will all be
in by tomorrow noon, but as other mat- j
ters are to be brought before the jurors ;
a report in this most important case of
ail will be delayed until Friday, when the
other findings of the jury are reported.
Senator Gallinger is at his home in this
cRy, quietly awaiting the outcome and
positively refuses to be interviewed con
cerning the charges which have been
brought against him, or the probable dis
A LOUISIANA TRAGEDY.
The Fend Tlctween the Cltadwell and
Henry Fam II lex.
NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 27. The feud be
tween the Chadwell and Henry families,
of Cameron, resulted yesterday In the kill
ing of Ben Chadwell by C. P., or "Toot,"
The feud between the two families was
Intensified a few weeks ago when Arthur
Henry was arrested for the seduction and
murder of Alice Chadwell. the charge be
ing that he had poisoned the girl in order
to get rid of her. Henry was arrested and
locked up. The grand Jury refused to in
dict him, which has only further inhamed
Ben Chadwell came to town yesterday.
He assaulted the editor of the "Cameron
Pilot." whs is a sympathiser with the Hen
rys, and finally became involved in a fight
with "Toot" Henry, iu which he used a
knife, and Henry a revolver with fatal
effect. Chadwell was a prominent cattleman
of Cameron, while Henry Is a young man,
whose father is Speaker of the Louisiana
ALERED BORLINI'S CRUMB.
Slot Machines Cmiic a San Francisco
Itnnk Teller's Downfall.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 27 Alfred Bor
lini, for many years in the employ of the
American Bank and Trust Company, is
under guard of private detectives, who ar
rested him for embezzling $7,500 from the
bank. Borlini's offence is aggravated by
the fact that he married on December 7 an
estimable young 'woman. Miss Margaret
Olcese, and went on his honeymoon, though
he knew that on December 14 his theft
would be discovered unless he were at his
desk. When he eame back he was arrested
and given the option of restoring the money
or going to state prison. It is probable
that Borlini's friends will save him from
going to prison, but his bride has disowned
him, and her family is especially bitter.
The case is peculiar in that Borlini has
no great vice, except a passion for playing
nickel-in-slot machines. It is estimated
that he spent the greater part of a good
salary as receiving teller of the bank In
slot machines, which he played whenever
he had any leisure. He says he began
stealing last May.
His young w ite is wealthy, but her rela
tives refuse to aid Borlini.
AN AMERICAN LEAGUE FORMED.
Senator I'ettlcreM's Plan to Perpet
uate American Institutions.
SIOUX FALLS. S. D., Dec. 27 In re
sponse to the call issued last week, a num
ber of friends and political supporters of
Senator Pettigrew met here today to organ
ize an "American League," the purpose of
which is pioclalmed to be the "sustaining
of republican institutions against the ex
isting tendency toward imperialism, mili
tarism, and the control of all industrial
institutions, and even the Government it
self by organized, aggregated capital," and
for "the preservation ot the principles of
the Declaration ot Independence and the
perpetuation of American institutions."
Tho promoters of the league announce
their intention of following up the move
ment initiated today by organizing branch
clubs throughout the State, which blubs, it
is expected, will use their efforts to further
the candidacy of Senator Pettigrew to suc
ceed himself next year in the United
Santos Coffee liplsode ISndcd.
NEW YORK, Dec. 27. An end. was made
of the Santos coffee episode today when the
board of health voted to allow the roasting
of the 44,000 bags of coffee brought here
by the J. W. Taylor, at one of the plants
of Arbuckle Brothers, near Adams Street.
Brooklyn. This action of the health com
missioners was based upon a report of their
sanitary superintendent to the effect that
the coffee might now be landed without
danger of spreading the bubonic plague
The J. W. Taylor arrived at quarantine on
November IS. The cargo might hare been
landed just three weeks ago tomorrow. De- i
cember C, according to Dr. Doty, without
the slightest menace to public health.
Partition of PortuKTnese Colonies. j
BERLIN, Dec. 27. The "Lokal Ansel- i
ger" snys a secret Anglo-German-Portu- i
guese treaty divides Portuguese colonies,
the cession of which is expected after the
Judgment of the Swiss arbitrators. Ger
many Is to pay 2S.0OO.0O marks for Tiinar,
in the Malay archipelago. Goa. In India;
Damas and Macao, a Portuguese seaport
town In China, and land north of the Zam- i
besi. except a three-mile strip reserved for
Cecil Rhodes' railway England li 'n eet
Deiagoa Bay and other Afri.n poss -i n
M DEMOCRATIC ISSUES
Hr. Danforlh Discusses ConflilioHS
in the Sonthern States.
The Ifeeltnic General That rarty
Headquarter Shonld Hu In Wanh
inprton In llno Silver Uet!wn In.
Alxryanoe to Trust and iHijierial
i.sm Political Outluolc Chanced.
NEW YORK. Dee. S7.-felho' Kaaforth.
Chairman of the Democratic St ,t Tonnsit
tee, has been on a .kirmirhing ton. tbiouga
the Southern States. He s:opp-.! .i-fc Wash
ington on his way home and talked with
Senator James K. Jones, Cfcairioj of fa
Democratic National CommUiee Caair
man Jones does not desire to air Demo
cratic national headquarters cp n i in Chi
cago next year, but much p.e.-r- Wa h
fngton, because of the trouble n 'Chica-o
between John P. Altgeid aud 3r'r Har
rison, Mayor of Chicago.
"The sentiment of the Demtxr.it talked
with," said Mr. Danforth, a m favor of
selecting some Wi stern city other than
fhicago as the place for holding the na
tional convention. The members of the
national committee have a strong feeling
against Chicago, b- auso they bli'Te they
did net receive faiaf trtatmcct fresa tho
Chicago newspapers In 1S96. The general
opinion favors Milwaukee cr Kansas City.
Milwaukee seems ta be m the lfa.l It has
an auditorium with a seating opacity of
15.000, and the citisens have offered to
entertain the delegates hanctecmely.
"In my travels I discovered that there
was a general feeling that the ! mecrats
should have their headquarters in Wash
ington nxt year. Mr. Jones favor-t Wash
ington in 139. but Mr. Brysn favored Chi
cago. One remarkable result nt my trip
was that I found that none of the leaders I
talked with insisted upon making free sil
ver the main issue of the campa.gn neat
year. They eld not say that they had
abandoned the 16 to t Idea, but hey ac
knowledge that the situation had :hangu
since 1396, and that the dominarr issues
next year should be trusts and imperial
ism. That is to say, they are unfiling to
repudiate the Chicago platform, but they
see that new issues of far-reach 'ng im
portance have come up laiely and that
their importance should be recognizee.
"I believe," Mr Daniorm a'.'tetl, ' that
the Democratic National Convention will
be held shortly after the Republican Na
tional Convention. No matter 'then it is
held, there is no doubt about the head ot
the ticket. Everywhere I heard only Mr.
Bryan's name mentioned. An Eastern man.
will probably he selected as the Vice Pres
ME. HA20TA LOSES A JTKTEND.
The Senator Quarrel AVlth 5.' T.
Kverett, an Ohio Mnifenntre.
CLEVELAND. Ohio, Dee. 27. H is stated
here today that Sylvester T. Everett, the
millionaire hanker of Cleveland, and well
known in the Bast as a railroad financier,
has fallen out with Senator Hauaa. Tfca
two have been clesa business and seliucal
friends for many years.
Kverett aspired to be appointed as eaa
of the twelve honorary commissioners from
the United States to the Pans Expositlea.
Me west 10 Washington several days ago
and saw the President, also an old friend.
He received no satisfaction. Then he weac
to Senator Hanna, and there a, an ex
plosion. It is reported that Hanaa said:
"Ves, you go your way and I'll go misc."
They parted In anger.
The gossips say that Hanna discovered
that Everett, on the quiet, supported Na
Kisson last spring for the nomination ami
election for mayor, despite the fact that
all of Hanna's friends hated McKisson.
VANDEHBrLT AT OLD POIN3L
The Millionaire, Senators and Kepre-nentniy-es
Bnjoylngr the Resort.
NEWPORT NEWS. Va., Dec. 27. -neilus
Vanderbilt and wife, of New Yor.fr.
are at the Chamberlin HoteL and the isf
lowing distinguished legislators froa
Washington are also at Old Point:
United States Senator W. B. AUfam.
Speaker Henderson, of the House of Rep
resentatives; W. P. Hepburn and R. G.
Cousins, of Iowa, and Amos J. Crammings,
of New York. Senator Cockreit w expect
ed to join the party. His private secretary,
Walter Mitchell, is already here.
The Vanderbilt party arrived this "mow
ing by rail, traveling in a private cssr.
This afternoon, after registering at the
Chamberlin, Mr. Vanderbilt returned Id
the city and spent several hours at tfea
shipyard. He inspected the plant with
The Congressional party reached Qte
Point by steamer early this morning: It
is understood that -a. political confereaca
will be held at the Chamberlin before-they
return. Tomorrow morning the parte will
visit the shipyard.
REDUCED TO ABJECT POVKRTY.
A Once AVealtliy AVmhrh Fereed to
Appeal to Charity.
NEW YORK, Dec. 27. Mrs. Jennie Bab
cock, who once was wealthy, applied yes
terday at the City Lodging House for ahl
for the second time within a year. Unless
other assistance is provided for her she
will be sent to the almshouse.
Mrs. Babcock is the widow of Charles
B. Babcock. a merchant tailor, who died
twenty years ago. and is said to have
left his wife a fortune. Mrs. Babcock
spent her means in philanthropic work
until they became exhausted. She has been
destitute for some time. When she applied
at the lodging house the first time Super
intendent Blair got work for Mrs. Bnh
cock at the New York Hotel, but recently
she became too feeble to do it.
Mrs. Babcock says she is a cousin of the
late Senator Carpenter of Wisconsin. She
Is sixty-two years old.
PRICE OF THREAD IHGRBASu3D.
The Trust Giies .tlee to Merchants
of aw Vdvanee.
PROVIDENCE. R. I., Dec. 27. The price
of thread has gone up. The J. P. Coates
Co.. the Willimantic Company, and the
others in the thread trust are responsible,
for the raise In prices, which went Hrtb
effect on December 23. according to notices
received by merchants.
One of these uotices snys that the now
price of the beat six-cord thread manu
factured by both the Coates and W11M
niantlc mills for 200-yard spools will he
55 cents pt dozen, and for 100-yard spools
27 1-2 cents per dosen, subject to the nsasl
trade discount. This discount allows the
merchants at a small profit to sell the
thread to customers at the wholesale price
of 55 cents per down spools for 200-yajrd
and 27 1-2 cents for the 100-yard spools.
The former price to customers was 4
rents a dosen for the 200-yard spools and
three spools for 10 cent3. Now the pctae
will be 5 ceoti for each spool. The ad
vance in the price of thread is due to the
fact that the prh-e of cotton has increased
and also that the wages of operatives have
ben increased 10 per cent.
Norfolk & AVtiithlHKiOH Steamboat Co
Po.igittiui ntr. ''' -i '30 p m. to OW Pfct
( m i' " x ' Xir'nik and Virgial