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selves to elevate Ksola to the ttosition
he has. long sought. The eentlemen " who will direct police affairs under the charter were chosen -simply because they gave their absolute promise- that they, would make Esola, the successor of Lees. -.' • '.. .- * ¦"-• . -.. ¦ Even Mayor Phelan gave way to the pressure that was tjrougrht "ttpori him and changed the commission as' he originally selected' it to suit the ideas. of. those whom he accepted as his dicta tor's. If.was his first intention to make Reuben H. Lloyd * . Police Commit, sionex to. satisfy the demands of M.. H. de Young.. When the 'supporters of Esola learned this fact they . voiced a protest and Mayor Phelan scratched the name of Reuben H. Lloyd from his list of eligibles. He had also decided to name D. I. Mahoney as one of the Po lice ¦'.Commissioners, but Mr. Mahoney was' not satisfactory, to the friends of Esola" and went the way of Lloyd. D. V, Kelly was also another choice of the Mayor, but fell before the Esola forces. • With one .-exception- ervery member of £he new commissiort, before he. re ceived his commission, gave his sol emn," definite pledge. .to . make Esola Chief of Police. ,;ACTv V • i " When The Call makes .this assertion it knows what- it .is .talkincr about. ' There is now.a disposition on the part of two' members of the new commis sion, to deny this fact, bat the denials arc futile. When William Thomas ¦ wire informed that he might be- appointed a' Commissioner of Police he was forced to promise that he -would -make " F. L. Esola Chief of Police. William' J. Biggy and Dr. Mcl^utt were compelled to make the same promise, ami .those that know these facts are at a loss to understand why these gentlemen, with the : exception oi Biggy. who 'admits' his pledge, are nbfc so vehement in "their denials of their promises. .Their friends have- gone so far as. to ask them if they have any reason to regret- what they have done, or if they- know anvthlnz. that would make .• their election of Esola an ' impropriety. . . appoint men who. would elect; Esola and these men must carry. out their con tract.. ';\''^C; /.-I; -; 'Chief. Lees -w-a's not Ioni? fn discovering .this condition of affatrs. Ii? saw that hla reign was over and rather than be thrown out by the new commission ho detennlne<l ¦to accept the privilege of the pension law ana go .voluntarily upon. the retired vu 3 t. Until ten days ago he believed that at .lea^t two mejnbers ot the preeent com mission would be chosen to serve upon the new board. If this had been done Chief Lee*, would have been retained in the ' position from .which he has now re tired. I«s friends declare that he ba lleved It hrs duty to retire with the men with whom he has' served so many year*. ¦ For nearly a quarter of a. century he has served under two of the retiring com missioners. . He believes that they have contributed the greatest part of the effl ctency which has made the local police department one of the greatest In the nation. Since their services- are no longer required he feels that he also should re tire. He does not wish it to be under stood, however, that he has re^ifned. He has simply gone upon the retired list and may be asKed to return to active duty let the position which he has just left. • His letter to the Commissioners demon strating this Is as follows: To ,th^ Honorable the Board of Po lice Pension Fund Commissioner!* ot the City, and County of San. Francis to—Gentlemen: M respectfully mak* this my application to be retired on a pehslon under the provisions of section three. t3> of. an act of the Legrlslaiure Of the State of California entitled "Ap. act to create a police relief, healtb anrt life insurance and pension fund In tne •everaj eotiritles, cities and counties ¦cities and -town? of the State." ap provjed March 4. ISSJ.'as amended by an art of tlie Legislature »f the State .of CaliTorcia- tntitted "An act to amend, an act entitled *An- act to cre ate 9- police reller. health and life In-" Surancf and pension fund in the sev eral counti*--. cities and counties, cit- lea and towns of the State,, approved March 4. ISSS,' " approved March 2 •is>?7. . - .. ¦ .1 am over 60 years of a.ze. I wan bom on the 2T>th day of November. ISTO. in Lancashire. England. I am and have been since the <>th day of April. I*^9. a reslflent of said city and county of San Francisco, and a citizen of said State of California and of the United States. I was'CUly appointed and sworn anci «iuaUfle»l .asa member of the re*s ularly constitued'. Police' Department, of the city and county of San Francisco. -State of California, on the 2Sth day of October, 1551, and I have served for .twenty years and more In the agsrnt- Sate, to wit. for more than torxy-elx •.years as a duly .appointed and sworn and qualified member of the regui»rly But can Ladysmith hold out? We hear reports, of! plenty, of food and ammunition and the fine spirits of the troops, but the report issued yesterday shows that while an. occasional Boer shell finds its victims' among the besieged at Ladysmith; disease is working considerable havoc. Dysentery and enteric fever are increasing; daily, and the average of deaths is also increasing. . General' White reports- sev enty-one serious cases of enteric fever and dysentery among, the troops, with, ninny .others ' sick from the same causes, not se riously, the number hot bein^ • . - •¦¦_• *. o stated. Such conditions must necessarily .weaken the gfarrison's powers of resistance. • It is understood in . well informed circles that the defense committee of the Cabinet has had' under ' consideration the question of defense of the em pire generally, and of its artillery in particular, and that in conse quence a statement will shortly be made to the effect that a very large, expenditure is to be pro vided for in. order to make. good Britain's deficiencies in this re spect. . As the construction of artil lery is a matter of time. : it ' may not.be possible to ] manufacture new armament sufßciently rap idly for use- in-.the South African campaign, but it is said that the defense committee has decided that the matter is to be pushed through as rapiclly as possible. Much of this new equipment if is>tated, while : being suffi* ciently mobile for use in the field, is intended for adaptation to the necessities of what are known as guns. of position, showing l that the lesson which the British have received from the Boers has not ¦. -in dlhtr Ulandi wiU rirogrtss satisfac "/ '.tortly d.urjnk. the ri^xt few months, and :'. t hat •" before the bf^ir.r.ing of the next ¦ lainy w»«an a -cons id-rable reduction in •'.-. tfie. force may be rr.«'.^ The policy in "•- ¦• withdrawin- troops win be to brtni^ those ' kome first which have been there the : ¦•Jfls r c;. . . . - : ; _ . ' Otis is organizing local civil in those parie of the Island tr.der his cojTtrol. and it uill be the policy ;«* the admir.tatration at «* "¦arly a date i « jiOEsible to fjrsranize ar.d put into ope ration over ail the islands a. civ;l govern rcectv: under the President's military au thorny. ¦ . . . As «oon as po**ible after the completion of "the detailed report of the Philippine CommjMlon. the President wishes to send Oolopel Denby "back .to the Philippines with two other Commissioners. As m-i «ber Professor Schurman nor Professor "U'oreesUr willbe able to return two new xcer: w-n j-,« appointed. Before carrying oui this plan the President will consult members of the Cor.eresslonal commltte* chßrged with Philippine affairs. i ne ract that the northern ports of Lu ton have tipm thrown open to commerce *^d that the President has cabled in ¦iructlons to General Otis to open .the •ouibern ports «h»r e there is hemp as roon as possible show confidence in the situation. It hae been Intimated that r.emp speculators have used their Influ enr# with army officers to keep the hemp ports closed, it is Raid at the War De r-artment that if any officer ha* been af fected by this influence it has not reached General Otis. ARCHBISHOP CHAPPELLE ARRIVES AT MANILA M\XrLA. Jan. 2.— Archbishop Chap- P'lie. the papal delegate to th« Philip- Fln*-*. ajrl^ed here to-day on the Cnltefl States tranrport Sherman, which sailed from Ran Francisco on December 8. He »!!1 \n<Sge in the house formerly occupied by C-harles Denby or the PMUpplne Ad vifory Committee. This action on the part of Slon*i»mor Chappelle settles the Contest between the various frtar broth erhood*- in Manila, which-, separately, have been fisißg their influence to' obtain the privilege of entertaining: the Arch blfhop and the Rev. Father McKinnon. ; l«-te of the California Volunteers, and now time residents of the islands declare if the friars are returned to their former par ishes the native?, seeing them return un der American administration, will surely auack and hill them and otherwise cause disorder. Revolutionists having started the rumor that Mpn.«igneur Chappelle intends even tually to recommend the- appointment of Father McKlnnon as Archbishop of the Philippines, the Tatter's Hefrnpe of the brotherhoods in the American newspapers having been translated and circulated nmon^ the natives 'or the purpose. It Is declared, of showing that Father McKln non will support the brotherhood If he Is selected. Suth staTcmeme as ihe?e create uneasiness among the nAtives. which is Increasing by recent news rc-cejv e d from Spain to the effrijt that Monslgnor Chap pclle will suppo: '/ ..he brotherhoods. The Tasalos, 1' I!" declared, have become wore embittered ykealnst the church since Archbishop JJosaleda. excommunicated an insurgent priest, and it i« said the num ber of Protestant marriages among the natives continually increase?. GOVERNOR OF GUAM ABOLISHES SLAVERY MANILA. Jan. 2.— A naval officer who hns arrived here from Guam i>rln#s a. pro clnmdticr. lssred by Captain Leir;\ navai solute inhibition and total abolition <.t *' EV ''> or peonage, the order taking ef fort February 22. Tli-. prologue of the proclamation de ciarts that the Bpanish system, of peon n?<\ rr.icuntlr;? to slavery, is a nenue to popular liberty an ri a viojation cf the && r o l n^^ tBiot 8 iog Uaraflteed b >' Americn TRANSPORT MANAUENSE WAS NOT SEAWORTHY MAXIMA. Jan. Z.— Colonel Fettlt, com manding the Thirty-first Infantry, and Lieutenant cok>nei Hayes, who command ed the three companies of that regiment on board the transport Manauense, which arrived here on November 28 and report ed terrible experiences at sea. the steam er helnK classed as unseaworthv, under manned and short of provisions, have filed official rfvports corroborating in every de tail the etory of the Associated Press at the -time describing the hardships of the foldierg. The colonel* report, which is particularly rtwrous. recommends «. claini aralnst the snipe owners for the uniforms of tho whole battalion, which were ruln«sl during: the passage. Continued .on Second- Page. ISAIAH W. LEES, RETIRING CHIEF OF POLICE. Generals Buller and Joubert are engaged in a great game of war before Ladysmith/ like two experienced chess players, neither making- any' decisive moves, but trying to find out the other's intention. Buller is anxious to ascertain theiorce left by the Boers on . Ulangwana Mountain and the exact loca tions of the guns in the Colcriso position. Joubert, thinking this exclusive attention to the left center of his position suspicious, has strengthened the right. It would be unwise to refuse to face the facts, and, notwith standing the optimistic dis-' patches from some of the cor respondents on the Tugela River about the eagerness of the troops to engage the Boers and prepar ations completed for the ad vance, the facts. are that Buller has before him a .task of the ut- • With a force which lacks mo bility and is dependent upon one line of railway and with cumber some transport, he has to cross the Tugela and march to Lady smith in the face of an enemy su perior jn mobility and. little infe rior in numbers and inspired by success; he has either to turn the hostile intrenchments or take the bull by the horns and deliver a. fresh frontal assault. It is not obvious how slow moving infantry are to get round fast-moving mounted infantry such as the Boers. .Of course if it be possible •to wait another month, and if Ladysmith can hold put- for that time the sixth division, with more co lonial mounted ¦ .troops — '¦ ah arm in- which Buller is partic ularly weak — would .be available, and with "full preparation by the far/more; powerful artillery npw at his disposal j' Buller' may suc ceed in a fresh- frontal; attack. LONDON, Jan; 3.— Colonel Pilcher is another British officer who has adopted Boer tactics and has gained a small but strategically important success. . It has been known for some time that there was,a.con siderable Boer force at Douglas, a small village on the Yaai River, fifty miles west of the Modder River. A portion of this force advanced to Sunnyside, twenty five miles from Gras Pan, and was in position to threaten Gen eral Methuen's line of communi cation. • i Colonel Pilcher, with the Aus tralian Mounted Infantry, com pletely defeated the Boers and captured forty prisoners at very slight loss. Pilcher then pushed on to Douglas, which he occu pied. In this position he is on the extreme of Cronje's right flank and with the mobile force at his command is apt to prove a source of considerable annoy noyance to that general, espe cially as it is reported that Meth uen's mounted troops are al ready in communication with From reports of the fighting there is one. prominent,, .domi nant fact — that the mounted in fantry, this time the colonials, can fight the Boers in their own way and on their own ground with a good chance of success. Aside from this ¦ encounter, however, there appears to have been no other move. The offi cial report from General French shows that the fight at. Coles be'rg was a. stiff one. His night march from Rensberg -with cav alry, mounted .infantry and in fantry, anil his seizing the heights overlooking Colesberg to the west of the town, took the Boers. by surprise, as it was a march only possible for .a very mobile column. CANDIDATE FOR THE VICTORIA CROSS. Lieutenant the Hon. R. L... Pomeroy of the Fifth Dragoon Guards, when retiring from the field on the occasion of. the fight near Lady mith November 3. saw a wounded and dismounted trooper needing help, and. regardless of the bullets which were flying thick around, took him up and carried him to safety. a regular army chaplain, who also was a passenger on the Sherman. It !s said tho friars are striving to obtain Monsig nor Chappelle"s ear for the securing, of better protection of individual interests. The arrival of the papal delegates di rects attention to the question of the church and the brotherhoods in the Phil ippines, including the matters of deciding the brotherhoods" claim to real and property of the church receiving state support aud of the re-establishment of Spanish curates !n native parishes. By the appointment of Mons'g-nor Chap peiie as Archbishop Nozaleda's successor, the > ilipinos and Spaniards f*»el that steps will be iak»»n in thf-fe momentous matters which may brinp infinite po<><l or evil to the Island*. Consequently Monsignor <"happelle's action w.u be clisely watch e<! an>l fully discussed. All ilasnes of the brotherhoods are anxious to send repre sentatives to the parishes in th« provinces recently occupied by the Americans. Thip matter ffw.n will h«» brought to Monslgnor «''haj'ppl!Vs attention and hip ai<l in thf* connection will be «=o!ioited. Inasmuch a^ tho iue?tl'in of the expul sion of the brotherhoods from the islartds and the freedom of the people from the alleged -injustice cf memhers of the or ders has always been declared tn be the principal c«n?e of the revolt of the Fili pinos against Spain's sovereignty, long- CALIJ HEADQrAHTERS. WHL XIXGTON. HOTEL, WASHING TON. Jan. 2— Th<rp will be no re duction tn tlie military force now . in the Philipr-in^s for at least six /•, rr.onths. Inrludinp a.l arms of tne r^rvire there an now in the islands »»,<VX) ; folfAf-vf. in addition to about 1209 marines . £t <""ayite and nbout S^Vi sailors on »ar ¦*h!r?/ The tots! of the fitting forces is thw fully TO/WQ men. The- War DTart . merit «•;«>¦<« ;o avoid ihe mistake' made at • f,r»T. »f .i-»c!«T»»iitlmat:r.K th«» difficulties to and the policy to be fdl* ..'Jnw»*i will be io have more men than are 'r^'-i'A rather, rhan too few. ' . > : rmy 'fficw pp.. duty in Wa«hinjrcon b»» . ti«v«» rerji satisfactory prnprffs is be:nsr rr.zfi.* 'in crusMr.g th* insurrection. It is .jKsiMf;^! that Oe-jeral Otis :«= do.cc the •work systematically, ar.d. having broken ;«p th#- organized insurgent . forces in the ¦¦rirth .sf I.uion. is gfrtag his attention to • there Sn the southern pan of the island. I* I* ' expected that strong forces .v. ill tavp .xi he maintain.*<J for some t'mo ir> . &":i parts of. the island to Srsarf ord»--r and ;ta:ptfete£t the municipal government be ¦'.r.g oirsp.rilzed from roving bands of )i; ¦fjTpcMi* and other disaffected '¦ natives. :. J-"r.r i*i<fe. reasons there is to.be no reduc ;tisn o-f" ; the -military force. '/•lt if,- hoped that the pacification of Lu scr. arid •''-the organization of governments The only member of the new com mission who did not make an absolute promise to vote for Esola is George Xewhall, but his course of action was never a matter of speculation to the friends of Esola. Mr. New-hall's expe rience in the Olympic Club stood him in good stead. He is an adept at fen cing, and while he would give his ques tioners no definite answer he permitted them to understand that he was ready to obey the wish of the Mayor and knew what that wish was. Even Mayor Phelan ha? shown a dis position to deny the deal by which E?ola will be made Chief of Police. His denials are, however, as futile as those of the new Commissioners. The Call repeals that Mayor Phalan ap pointed the Police Commission simply because he knew that the members would vote as they had been pledzed to vote— for Esola. If the Mayor wishes the proof of this assertion he may have it for the asking. He had no alterna tive in the matter. . He was forced to T HE. first jensaticrn in the admin istration of new' San Francisco has been sprung. Isaiah W. Lees is no longer. Chief of Police. He re tired yesterday and his successor -vill be chosen by the new Police Commis sion. While the retirement of Chief Lees has the semblance of being vol untary, it is as a matter of fact com pulsory. He A\as forced to give way'p Frederick L. Esola. who will be elert ed at the -first meeting of the new com mission to take charge of the Police Department. This deal, which affects most materially- one of the most impor tant official departments of the city, was predicted by The Call two days ago. The Police Commission was appoint ed by Mayor Phelan- for the single pur pose of making Esoja Chief of Poiice. Every other consideration of policy in connection with the Police Department was subordinated to this end. Candi dates who might have. shown some in dependence of action -were sacrificed to those who were willing to pledsre them- BRUSSELS, Jan. 2.— Senator Dejeane, former Minister o? Justice and now member of the Council of State; former Sena tor La Fontaine and other leading members of the Universal League of Peace, have convoked a meeting to be held next Thursday in favor of appealing to the United States Government to offer to mediate in the South African war. Seventy Thousand Men Must Be Kept at ( the Work of Subjugation in the V Philippine Islands. While Fi^htin^ Between the British and Boers Continues, Members of the League of Peace Take Steps to Interfere, STATESMEN WILL ASK UNCLE SAM TO MEDIATE IN SOUTH AFRICAN WAR PHELAN'S FIRST DEAL HAS BEEN COMPLETED Chief of Police Lees Retires to Make Way for Esola. New Commissioners Must Now Carry Out the Contract Through Which They Received Appointment NO REDUCTION TO BE MADE IN OTIS' ARMY Big Force Will Be Maintained for Months to Come. LIEUTENANT COLONEL T. D. PILCHER, Northumber land Fusileers. Who Signalized New Year's Day by the Capture of the Boer Laager at Sunnyside, Near Belmont, Cape Colony. TQLOIE LXXXTn-XO. 34. PRICE FIVE CEXTS. SAX FRAXCISCO, JANUARY 3^ 1900. The San Francisco Call.