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Life-Saving Crew Succeeds in Rescuing
All but Two of Those Aboard
the Vessel.
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Holds Up Two Express Messengers
and Escapes With His
CHARLESTON*. EL <'.. Dec. 1.-An un
known wfalta man. rl<i««»ly masked, held
tip the two mrssensrm In a Southern ex
jire««s company car to-night, and, under
cover of n revolver, compelled them to
Klvr up ?17<*i In rash. Kight thousand
dollar* in another safe was overlooked
liv tin* outlaw.
The train had Just left liranehvllta
when Messengers Ramsey and Rhodes
welt* covered by two revolvers. One
messenger was made to stand with his
liarxls over his head and the other was
compelled to hand over the money pack
nges In the wife. After warning the mes
«-<'iigers not to put a foot outride of the
car until the train had c»t under way
jipaln. the robber pulled the bell and
jumited off a.* the train slowed up. The
conductor saw the robl»ei escaping
••ilotur.vjde the track, but. thinking him a
tr;nss>, signaled the engineer ahead.
Whf-n the train Rot under way the mes
lenß'TK came out and told their story.
The car was a combination baggage
nrnl exjtress. and the iloor had been
opened t<» permit the conductor to reach
the bacffaue Fectlon. which won in the
forward cad at j&o cor.
The san Francisco Call
• ly got aboard and the pa-scr.^ers
and crew were taken aboard the
lifeboat by means of a slincr.
From the lifeboat they were
transferred to the tug and
iught to this city.
Rom members of the crew of
the W'eeott it was learned that at
about 5:30 o'clock the captain
headed his vessel toward the en
trance to the harbor. The bar
heavy, but all went well until
a point near the outer end of the
th jetty was readied, when a
giant sea swept over the steamer,
I ing her from <tern to >iem.
Water poured down the compan
ionway and flooded the engine
and fire rooms. The tires were
quenched and the vessel, her up
per w.rks wrecked, drifted help
. le>sly i n the heavy sea. A few
minutes later she struck the
r- >cks ..f the jetty and each suc
ling breaker bore her down.
With life preservers strapped
about their bodies, the thirty hu
man beings aboard awaited the
arrival of the life-Saving crew. It
than an hour after the
steamer struck when the last Mir
was landed in the lifeboat.
I wo fatalities occurred during
the work of the rescue. Mrs. Car- i
michael. who hailed from I >re
gOfl, was placed in the sling and
started for the lifeboat, but, beinp
old and feeble, she was unable to
help herself. -\ i urcn o f t h e 'line
ed her into the sea and she
was drowned.
Carpenter Wilson was killed
by the falling of one of the masts
, just as he was about to leave the
el. Neither body was recov
Will Not Accept Anothpr Term as
Chairmnn of the National
MILWAUKEE. Dee I.— Mtircua a.
Hanna. chairman of the National Re
publican Committee, will not accept an
other term as national chairman, al
though he will serve out his present term
Thii much was admitted by Henry C.
I'ayne, National Republican Committee^
tnan of Wisconsin, to-day.
Shaking of the rumor that Mr. Ilanna
would resign Mr. Payne Bald Mr. Ilanna
told him he would serve out his term
nut would not accept another. Ills term
expires after the Republican National
Convention, which will be held In June.
Mr. Payne said Mr. Haima's health was
such as to forbid his taking up the ac
tive duties of a national campaign. His
successor Is entirely a matter of the fu
Sexagenarians Wed.
AUBURN, Ind.. Dec. I.— A romantic
wedding occurred here to-day when' Rev.
Mr. Arlon married Jacob Dawson of ReJ
lands, Cal., and Mr« Julia Murke of Au
burn. Uoth are past 10 years of age and
recently formed an acquaintance upon a
train. Dawson owns large orange or
chards. They leave to-morrow for-Red
laa<ls- .. . ._:
Several of the crew suffered se
vere injuries. (, aptain Burtis was
; badly bruised while rendering as
sistance to the passengers. His
, injuries are not believe. l to be se
rious. Fireman Patrick Quirai of
Eureka suffered fractures of both
and some*of the passengers
were more or less injured, but
none seriously.
Al MoCann. a well-known Eu
rekan, who was purser of the
Steamer, was instrumental in sav
ing the lives of many persons
aboard. He describes the work
of the captain and other officers
•tremely heroic.
Captain Burtis was the last
man to leave the ship, and before
leaving he superintended the
placing of those who had become
his charges in the sling and see
m- them start safely for the life
boat. The first mate and chief
engineer stood nobly by their
captain, and but for their cour
age and coolness the list of fatali
ties would have been much
Scarcely had the work of res
cue been completed when the
steamer swung partly around on
the rocks and commenced going
to pieces. It is expected she will
entirely break up during the
The Weeott was owned by C.
A. Doe & Co., and was com
manded by Captain S. H. Burtis.
She carried besides her regular
crew of twenty officers and men
the following passengers: Mrs.
Cannkhael, D. R. Carmichaei,
William Staples and wife, James
Gill. Lee Baxter and C. S. Spil
Coroner Stops n Funeral and Autopsy
Shows the Woman Died a
Violent Death.
.o-day of her ln, s !,a n ,f»,; S charcT^
meat* had been made for Mrs \vim!l« c ".
fun.-ral. an order -am.. f,,l „ , ams
hald. ti,i. action w« tAk , i,v r
of certain suspicious circumstances con
nected with the death of Mr- \viiii»m
that had been brought to the at entSn
of the State Attorney. Mr liarfrM»n
Shortly afterward a warrant was S3l f od
for the arrest of John D. William, "So
young woman's husband, and ho waasnnn
apprehended and placed In the coSmy
JaJl charged with the murder of his wife
The autopsy developed that Mrs AVI?!
Hams came to her death by a violent
blow In the stomach, bursting the bladder
and rupturing other vessels. The woman
died In great agony, but made no charges
against any one. The husband refuses to
talk except to deny the murder. Williams
Is a well-known young man, about town. ,
Insurgent Garrison Surren
ders and Prisoners Are
W.th Fifty Men He "Bluffs" the
Filipino Genera: Into Laying
Down His A ms.
Spcrla 1 . Dispatch to The r a :i.
MANILA. Dec. 2. — General Conon
surrendered 800 oincers and men,
•with rifles, several American and sev
enty Spanish prisoners and the gar
rison at Bayombo.ig, province cf
Nueva Vizcaya, to lieutenant Mon
roe, with fifty men of the Fourth Cav
This surrender was due to remark
able courage and biuff on the part ot
Monroe. He had bin fifty men, and
possible reinforcesru nts were far in
the rear. He cor inunicnted tele
graphically with tb* insurgent gen
eral, Conon, stating hat he was r ad
to immediately mo^ i the large forca
on him unless th'jre was an uncon
ditional surrender. Monroe wired
south for reinforce ae nts. Twenty
four hours before the reinforcements
came he went with a small escort to
Bayombong and accepted the sur
WASHINGTON. Dee L— tbe w.ir De
ll anything '■' m
rml «»tis confirmlag th<- report of the
■ • 1 . • r of General <'<>non and siio men
at Hnyomboiiß. but the Information con-
I in the preM • Msjmti-h Is believed to
be correct
A dispatch received from General Otis
this morning said that word from General
I«awton Indicated that Bayombeui had
been captured. It is believed that this re
port from General Law ton has been con
firmed, with details as to the number of
men surrendered.
. The surrender of BnyombonK puts Gen
eral Lawton In possession of the most im
portant place in Vizcaya Province, and
General Conon's force of SOO men was
probably one of the largest fragments
into which Aguinaldo'B fleeing army had
been broken.
WASHINGTON*. Dec. 1.-Genera< Otis'
i advices to the War Department to-day
show that the advance Into the interior Is
being vigorously pushed and the Ameri
can troops continue to drive back and dis
perse tho scattered bands encountered.
j Captain Warwick. Eighteenth Infantry.
! was killed In an engagement at Passl.
j Hollo Province, on the 26th ult. General
i Otis' dispatch Is as follows:
"MANILA, Dec. I.— Hughes reports from
Central Pa nay that Hollo Province, one
third of the island, is cleared of insur
gents, By forced matches with two bat- i
talions from I.;ibu;ino by way of Callnong,
he engaged the enemy at Passl on the Kth I
ult. and drove him with loss to the moun
tains in detached bodies, rapturing ten
Held pieces, of which two are breechload
ers, also nine rifles and several thousand
rounds of small ammunition. Hughe*'
casualties Captain Warwick. Eighteenth
Infantry, and Private Daniel W. Hum
phreys, Company K. Eighteenth Infantry,
killed. He reports his troops In excellent
health. He is now converting wheel into
pack transportation for entering the
mountains, It is expected that he will
pass on to Capiz. on the northern coast
of the island.
"Dispatches from Lawton Indicate that
Rayombong was captured on the 28th ult.
Trails over the mountains are Impractica
ble for wheel transportation of any kind.
The troops have subsisted on rice, and a
scant supply of that. Mac Arthur's troops
have had several minor engagements, cap
turing men and rifles. Hell's capture In
the mountains Includes fourteen modern ;
guns, all In good condition. Over fifty
pieces of artillery were captured by troops
of the corps in the last three weeks.
"The Oregon brought In KM Spanish
prisoners from Vlgan yesterday. Ninety
four were received by rail the previous
evening. Young, with three troops nf cav
alry and March's battalion of the Thirty
third Infantry, should have reached Vlgan
"Conditions at Zamboanga are satisfac
tory. Additional ordnance was surren
dered, consisting of four field pieces,
seven rifles and a quantity of ammunition.
The natives of the adiolning towns are
visiting the city and the native military
bands are serenading the troops. The
Thirty-first Infantry leaves Manila this
evening to garrison several stations on
the Mindanao coast. No difficulties are
MANILA, Pec. 1— The steamer Salva
dor. from Zamboanga. Island of Minda
nao, which has arrived here, brings de
tails of the occupation of the town by
Commander Very of the United States
gunboat Casting. The revolutionists. In
Mindanao were led by Alvarez and Pa
llxto. who left Luzon some time ago.
and for the last seven months had been
stirring up the people, winning a consid
erable following. The commercial de
pression and the lack of food resulting
from the Island's blockade sot the people
against the revolutionists, and culmi
nated In the assassination, on November
It, of Callxto. a firebrand and the real
leader of the revolution, by Mldel, Mayor
of the town of Tetuan. * "
Mid. i. under * pretext, obtained Calix
to's presence In Tetuan. and when the
Mayor"? guards were stationed, the lat
ter tired ■ volley, killing Callxto In
stantly. Mldcl at once repaired to the
Castlne, and arranged with Commander
Very for the occupation of Zamboanra.
Commander Very asked that l>atto Man
dl. with 000 of his followers, stationed
on a neighboring Island, come to 7.am
boanga. The following morning Mldel
raised the American, flag over Zam
boanga. the insurgents offering no resist
ance and evacuating the town. The Cas
line was saluted with twenty-one guns
and Commander Very landed a hundred'
'..lue-Jackets and took possession of the
town and fortification*. Datto Mandl's
men arrived in the afternoon. They were
armed with wooden shields and swords
and were used on picket duty.
Commander Very dispatched the eun
boat Manila on November 15 to Jolo to
convey troops to reinforce him. A com
pany of the. Twenty-third 4 irne n t un
der. Captain Nichols, arrived on Novem
ber 17, and two more companies followed
them shortly. ... Mandi's followers then
returned home. \< •■■ 1 . . .■ ■ „
Alvarez sought j to ' arrange | for » a »ur
4 Unf lpi'fr'i * O" ' < M^vinrt_ ]P* ~f\ r
British Forces Advancing to the Relief of
Ladysmith Will Soon Encounter
Joubert's Army of Boers.
LONDON, Dec. 2. — The
week which lias l>een
marked by the brilliant ad
vance of L«»r<l Methuen's column
closes in profound and remark
able silence. ( hrders seem to
have gone forth from military
headquarters in South Africa t<>
maintain silence. As there is n<>
great delay in telegraphing, de
spite the breakdown of one ca
ble, nothing else will explain the
absence of news. There is almost
no new information this morning
from any <>f the British i-<mi
mands in South Africa. The in
ference to be drawn is that the
generals are maturing plans,
which it would be improper at
this moment to disclose.
. It is not known yet how the
nattle of Modder River was
fought; whether Kimberley has
been relieved; whether General
Hildyard has moved forward
from Frere since last Tuesday, or
whether ( ieneral Gatacre has got
any closer to Stromberg Junc
The latest dispatch from Frere
states that on Tuesday the Brit
ish drove back the Boers, who
were trying to destroy a big
bridge near Colenso. If this was
the great structure over the Tu
gcla River, the fact of its being
intact is of great importance to
General C'lcry's advance. It is
uncertain which bridge the dis
patch refers to. There arc two,
a railway and a road bridge to
Ladysmith, crossing the Tugcla
at this point. The railway bridge
has already been reported to have
been destroyed. It is quite likely
that this report was false.
To make this bridge, which
ever it is. absolutely secure, a
British force must cross the river
and entrench itself on the further
bank at the bridge. It is not
stated whether General Hildyard
is able to do this. Undoubtedly
ii the advance troops have
crossed the river and entrenched
very importani success has been
gained, ;mrl a great obstacle in
Clery's way has been removed. It
is possible that the bridge has
been mined and may yet be de
There is every probability now
that the Boers will dispute the
passage of the Tugela River by
the British column. With White
in their rear they will run extra
ordinary risks. They are said to
be concentrating at Grobler*!
Kloof, do>c to Colenso. British
movements in the direction of i
Weenen look like an attempt to :
get around the enemy's flank.
Despite the silence, the situa
tion in Natal is regarded as won
derfully improved. There are at
present (juite 30.000 British
troops in that district. Reinforce
ments are being rapidly pushed
to tht front. A good many guns
of great range are now added to
Hildyard's armament. His delay 1
must be owing to the breaking
down of bridges or his relative
paucity of cavalry, just as General j
Gatacre is delayed by the n<
sity of safeguarding Lord Methu
en*> communication from Boer
attack from the Orange Free
Sir George Stewart White is
still more than a match for his
foes at Ladysmith. Much firing
was heard from the besi.
town in the early part of the
That no news has arrived for
twenty-four hours from Moddcr
River may signify that Methueu's
telegraph wires have been cut.
This does not of necessity mean
that there is any danger of his
communications being perma
nently interrupted. It has not
been Methuen's business to clear
the country ««f l;i> a<lversaries,
but simply to ,u retr ct t<> Kiml)erlev.
From Boer sources comes the
information that on Saturday last
the defenders of Mafeking made
a sortie and attacked ElofTs
Fort; that several ambulance
trains left Pretoria on Sunday
last for the Free State, as though
hard fighting was expected,
owing to the British advance, and
that Fort Tali, on the Rhodesian
frontier, where Colonel Plummer
is in command, was to be at
No news of any kind has come
from Xauwpoort or Qn
town. Theßritiah (orces are be
lieved to he on the eve of strik
ing a blow. Probably they are
attempting to catch the Boers —
General French with his cavalry
operating on the Hank and rear.
while General Gatacre attach
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FRERR CAMP. Tuesday. Nov. U -The
enemy this morning, while attempting to
mow tip boom of a 500-foot bridge at Co
lenso. were driven hack by our artillery
and mounts Infantry. The main body
of the enemy, which returned from Wil
low Grange In two column* on our right
and left flanks, appears to have Joined
and to have reooruple.J their camp near
Groblers Kloof, close to Colenso. And to
he preparing: to dispute the passage of th»
Tugela Itlver. The Boers have been guilty
of a great deal of uaelens destruction of
property on their .way to and from Wil
low Grange/ Farmhouses have been
wrecked, furniture hat been smashed and
the contents of drawers and writing desks
have been thrown out of windows. in on«
house, part of the portrait of Gladstone
has been found lying In the hall. Appar
ently It had been used an a doormat. In
another house a portrait of the Queen
has been allowed to remain on the wall,
though all other pictures were destroyed.
All was quiet In camp to-day. Workmen
are busily engaged In restoring the Frero
Railroad bridge.
A native messenger from Major Davis
of the Imperial Light Horse, at Lady
xmlth. reports that fighting goes on In
termittently without much damage: that
there la abundance of food and that all
In the beleaguered town are In good
health and spirits.
PIarrKRJfARITZBUIta Tuesday. Nov.
■■•• Nt arrivals here state that heavy
guns have been mounted on the hills
north of Newcastle by the Boers, who In
tend to contest every Inch of the way to
Pretoria. It In believed that. General Jou
bert will make a determined stand on
Groblers Hill.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 1. - Application
was made by Gustavus Thlellcuhl at the
State Department to-day for 000 passports
Cor members of the third expedition to be
sent from this country to the Transvaal
by the promoters of the Duchesse d'Ures
Legion. He failed to secure the pass
ports. He was told, he Bays, th.it one
reason why he could not secure them Is
that they could not be prepared before
December 21. the day the third expedition
would sail from New York. The second
expedition, according to Thlelkuhl. left
New York yesterday. Some of the men
went on a French liner and the others on
a British ship. Still others, he says, are
going on. the Prairie, which Is to carry.

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