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cuage quoted above, and desires to not only express . the hope but the firm conviction that her Majesty's Government will prosecute the war in euch a manner as to vindicate the honor of the nation and .the cause of Justice they have, as ever, undertaken to sustain. BOER SYMPATHIZERS AND ALLEGED TREASON VICTORIA, B. C, Jan. 3.— A citizens' committee was formed here 1 to-day to ascertain the identity of all Boer sym pathizers identified with the Transvaal assistance movement and institute prose cutions for treason, also arranging a boy cott. The movement, which has excited great Indignation, Is chiefly among Ger man, Dutch and Belgian residents. RUSSIA'S CZAR WILL NOT INTERFERE LONDON, Jan. 3.— The Vienna corre spondent of the Standard says: Emperor Nicholas has assured the British Embas sador at St. Petersburg (Sir C. S. Scott) that Great Britain need not fear interven tion or any sort of difficulty from Rus sia In the South African complications. This may fairly be interpreted as an as surance including an indirect promise that France will abstain from creating difficul ties for England.. ROUGH VOYAGE OF THE STEAMER THYRA Beset by Heavy Seas on Her Trip From Portland to San Itfego. SAN DIEGO. Jan. 3.— Tha California and Oriental steamship Thyra, Captain J. O. Edwardsen. arrived this forenoon from Portland, having on board about 3SOO tons of flour. She left Portland on tha mom ing of December 27. and after being bar bound at the mouth of the Columbia River for twenty-four hours she got away, running into the storm which has been off the coast for the past week and more. The storm did not leave her until she rounded Point Loma Into the bay this forenoon, and even then the rain con tinued, though with some abation. • ¦ The captain reports that the seas were heavy all the way down the coa3t» and that progress was necessarily slow. Ho expected to make San Diego on Monday, but the storm kept him back. There was no trouble and the vessel made headway all the time, but the wind was from tha southeast and it was slow work headinz into it. The Thyra will begin loading: to-morrow morning. She will take about 1000 tons of wire and nails and 3400 to 3600 bales of cotton, besides about 100 tons of general merchandise that may bo offered. She will take out one of the most valuable cargoes yet taken from th! 3 port by tha new transpacific steamer line. The steam er Volumnia. now twenty-eight days out of Valparaiso, is due on Sunday or Mon day, and the Oriental steamer Lady Joy sie is expected along about the 12th. STEAMER BORGHESE IS A TOTAL WRECK LONDON, Jan. 4.— A dispatch from Bris tol says that the British steamer Borghese of Glasgow foundered off Cape Finistere last Friday during a "hurricane. Twenty two of the crew were drowned. The sur vivors, nine In number, have juat arrived at Bristol. Chief was hand in glove with the.Pin kertons — so much so,. indeed, that they did not consider it necessary to have an agency here. Finally, with the rush of racetrack business, they were com pelled to put in a local force, and since then Lees has not been working with them. No rupture is supposed to have occurred, but all is fair in love and de tective work, and the San Francisco veteran is on the trail of the golden goose. With his private rogues' gal lery, which the city thought its very. own, he should be able to cover the detective business of the coast. That he will leave no stone unturned to do so> goes without saying. Meanwhile the San Francisco Police Department will have to go without a rogues' gallery. GENERAL H. SHOEMAN, Commanding the Boer Forces Opposing General French in the Colesberg District, Cape Colony. General French's victory was a little pre r mature. Later reports show that his puc et-ss was not complete, as at first thought. The British have not been able to occupy Coie?b«rg. During the r.lpht the Boers were reinforced and re occuple-1 the position out of which they had been maneuvered. They then opened fire upon the British cavalry with tneir guns, which were supposed to have been disabled. Th*y seem to be in considerable Ftrensrth and may prove too hard a nut for French's little force to crack. It !s f-ignlficant that in General French's re port, as Issued by the War Office, he rays he thinks hp could drive the Boers off if he had reinforcements. The Borrs are reported to be hemmed in by British guns which command Norvals Point bridge and the road bridge north of Colesberg. but to the south and east a way of retreat is open. It would be very remarkable if French's small column were able to hem In their active oppo nents. As to reinforcements, it is very doubtful if these can be spared from any quarter. Just now every man is wanted Jn Natal. General French haa lost a train laden with supplies, which was set In motion, it is reported, by treachery. The Boers, frustrated by a heavy fire, made en attempt to- rescue a train and recover the Bupplies. Ehowing that they are in force not far away. The critical iltuatlon in Natal Is unal tered, but it is impossible that It can re rr.afn so much longer. Everything points to the fact that General Joubert has sought to envelop the British wings by a croscent-shaped formation, the two horns being at Springfield, on the Little Tugela, on the west and at Hlangwane Mountain or perhaps even Weenen on tho cast. A strong position on the southeast of 'Colcr.so would seem to be 'the best 'point to be attacked. If General Buller once gains the crest of Mount Inhwane. his big guns will command both Colenso and the enemy's entrenchments along the river. The problem on the Tugela River •will probably be solved by a series of en gagements on the result of which will depend the British hope of breaking down the opposition' and rr-lieving Ladysmith. ¦ General Buller's call for more stretcher hearers and the movement of foreign at taches point to th<» Imminence of fighting. The Fourteenth Hussars and Twentieth Field Battery, which sailed from Cape town for Durban a few days ago. should have arrived, completing General War ren's force. By the end of this week an advance may be expected. It may be pointed out that the very fact of the IJoers holding three strong detached posi tions facing General Buller, viz.: On the right, on Inhlawe Mountain, on the south bank of Tugela with rntrenchments, fac ing Colenso, and on left with an Orange Free State commando at Springfield, may prove an advantage to the British. The Hoer Jine Is so extended that a rapid* at tack on one of these positions may suc ceed before reinforcements could arrive. The total Boer force is probably 20,000 to 2j,o<>o. with fifty or sixty guns. Buller's .reinforced strength we now know, thank 3 to the censor who has allowed some facts to come through, amounts to about 22,000 infantry. 2500 mounted men, half regukor and half irregular mounted Infantry, fifty UNITED STATES TUG RESOLUTE GOES DOWN BOSTON, Jan. 3.— The United States Quartermaster's tug Resolute. Captain George Loring, was sunk in the harbor early to-night in a collision with the steel ocean tug Swatara. All on board are be lieved to have been saved ' except Henry Ottobins, who had not been found at a late hour to-night. The Resolute filled and sank almost at once. Among the twenty-one persons on board at the time of the collision were Captain Brown, . Seventh Artillery, . stationed at Fort Warren, and daughter; Lieutenant Hatch. Fourth Artillery, Mrs. Hatch and Miss Hatch. . ests of the United States, yet self-pres ervation must necessarily come first." It was . further . learned that .Great Britain may lay down new' regulations regarding contraband, making a ' dis tinction between food evidently lnten'ded for domestic purposes and food probably intended , for. field rations.^ Under ; .th"e latter head might come classes of canned goods. .^ j't .. ; Tho British Government, fully realizes that the representations of Mr. Choate will compel it to decide this far-reaching matter, .and while, his request has been made and received in the most friendly spirit the quandary Is not relished ' by Lord Salisbury, though it is not re garded as likely to cause international friction. One thing is certain, the matter will not be settled hurriedly, though it is impossible for the Cabinet Minister to forecast the date when Mr. Choate will receive a definite answer, which must settle Great Britain's stand upon the question of contraband. GERMANY BEGINS FRIENDLY NEGOTIATIONS BERLIN, Jan. 3.— lt is semi-officially announced that Germany has not pro tested against the seizure of the Bundes rath, but has merely requested that the matter be investigated and settled as speedily as possible. Friendly «iegotia tions.in'this direction' are now proceed ing here. __i^____ ORGANIZATIONS TO SEND AID TO BOERS PHILADELPHIA. Jan. 3.— The Knights of the Red Branch at a meeting last night decided to extend all possible aid to President Kruger. Resolutions of sym pathy for .the Boers were adopted. The order claims a membership of 100,000, made up principally of Irish and Germans. A meeting of the local branches of the Clan Na Gael was also held last night for drill. Fully 400 young men have been formed into companies, and will; it Is said, be sent to South Africa. The men cannot go in a body, as that would be. a violation of ,tho . neutrality GAT ACRE'S BRUSH WITH THE BOERS. STERKSTROOM. Jan. 3.— General Gatacre to-day met the Invading forces at Cyphorgat, near the British ad vance camp at Bushmanshoek. The Boers retired hurriedly shortly after the British artillery opened fire. The enemy occupied Molteno and Cyphorgat to-day, but the latter place Is now reoccupied by the British. ¦ FRERE CAMP, Jan. 3.— Captain Thornycroft's patrol found the enemy in some force at the- Little Tugela bridge." Their presence was discovered by scouts. It is reported that five men and a lieutenant of the party have not returned. .... ' laws. They will, therefore, be sent to Paris as individual passengers and ar rangements made there for their trans portation to the Transvaal. Grand Chief Ryan left this city to-day for Troy, Ny V.. where he expects to or ganize a council of the Knights of the Red Branch. P. J. McManus, a leading spirit in the movement to aid the Boers, said to-day: "We do not care to publish our plans. We will assist the Boers and In such a way that results will tell." LEYDS CONVERSES WITH HOLLAND'S QUEEN THE HAGUE, Jan. 3.— Dr. Leyds. the diplomatic agent of the Transvaal, at tended the New Year's ball at the palace yesterday evening. Queen Wilhelmlna conversed several times with him. He was received by the Foreign Minister. ALDERMEN OBJECT TO "PEACE WITH HONOR" NEW YORK, Jan. 3.— A special dispatch from St. John. N. 8., to the Commercial Advertiser says: On New Year's day Mayor Sears sent the following message to the Canadian High Commissioner in London: "May New Year's blessings rest upon her Majesty, bringing peace with honor." Tho Board of Aldermen is now . after his scalp.. At a meeting of the Board of Public Works yesterday. Aldermen Mil lege, Christie, Maxwell, Waring. McMul lln and others indignantly denounced the Mayor's right" to speak for the people. As the Mayor refused to call a special meeting of the Council to discuss the mat ter to-day, a meeting. was called by. eight Aldermen and a hot time is expected.' The Board "of Public Works, before adjourn ment, adopted^ the following resolution: Whereas, The expression "Peace, with honor" in diplomatic language, ' Indicates that a nation which has Buffered reverses may, without loss of dignity, accept. terms of an opponent; and, .whereas; the opinion of this community la op posed to peace upon any other terms than the unconditional surrender of the national enemy.' Resolved, That the board regret* that in a semi-official manner the views of the people of I though the Boers removed their laager ! out of range of our guns, they still oc cupy a strong position around Colesberg in big force. General French and his staff and Colonel Porter's command , stayed out last night. Everything is quiet i to-day. An extraordinary occurrence took place last night. A number of trucks, loaded with foodstuffs, got loose and ran away from our lines down the Colesberg decliv ity toward the Boers at great-speed. Far ther 1 down there was a broken culvert commanded by Boer guns. Three trucks crossed the culvert and remained on tho line, marvelous to pay. The others fell over, while some remained on this side. The engine-driver of the trafn attempted to rescue it. but was shelled by the Boers and obliged to retreat. A train was then sent to rescue the goods in the wrecked train, escorted by a cavalry company of Suffolks. but when it reached Plewnans Siding it was subjected to a terrific shell fire from a Hotchkiss and a big gun and also rifle fire. The train and its escort had to hurry off. An attempt will prob ably be made to-night to destroy the goods. We command Norvals Pont. INCIDENTS OF THE SIEGE OF KIMBERLEY KIMBERLEY. Dec. 26.— The Boers last night evinced considerable interest in the Premier mine, using their searchlights. This morning they actively shelled the fort. . The Royal Artillery replied. Our shells were well placed and dropped amid the emoke of the enemy's guns. Last night's storm Ignited some of our military mines, but there were no casual ties. Cecil Rhodes has supplied the Boer pris oners with new clothing. PUZZLING AFTERMATH OF THE FLOUR SEIZURES LONDON, Jan. 3.— The United States Embassador, Joseph H. Choate. visited the British Premlor, Lord Salisbury, at the Foreign Office this evening, for the purpose of making the first official rep resentation on the subject of the Delagoa Bay flour seizure. Mr. Choate received no definite reply, as the Premier In formed him that the British Government had not arrived at any decision as to whether or not food stuffs were contra band of war. but Lord Salisbury assured Mr. Choate the commercial rights of the United States would be equitably con sidered and that a decision in this Im portant matter would be reached as soon as possible. The Interview was brief. It 1b learned that Lord Salisbury "has not only eot the Attorney. General, Sir Richard Webster, working hard on the question of the Delagoa Bay seizures but that he is consulting with the ablest lawyers- In Great Britain. To quote a high official: "England is between Scylla and Charybdls. If we declare food stuffs contraband we put ourselves in a most awkward position should we be a neutral power in some future war. "We are mqst anxious to conserve the Inter- CAPTAIN JOHN SEYMOUR of the City Prison. thought to such an institution as a rogues' gallery, they certainly labored under the impression that a fully equipped Police Department was about to be turned over to them. Even after the retirement of Lees they had no fear that they would be unable to find in Esola a competent successor. Whether or not that is so remains to be seen, but it is certain that the choice of the new Commissioners will be badly handicapped in going into office — the business of which is to prevent and detect crime — without the aid of a rogues' gallery. How the Chief to be appointed will get around this difficulty is a conundrum hard to solve. Lees' descent upon and capture of the rogues' gallery is based upon his claim that he owns it from cover to cover, with every photo and criminal record in it There is no question that he start ed it, years and years ago, when it was not dreamed that San Francisco would grow to its present importance upon the map of the world. At that time — thirty or forty years ago — no financial provision was made for the collection of photographs of criminals, no books were provided for criminal records. He began on his own account to gather and index and classify the "mugs" of notorious crooks that came this way, and he has continued it ever since, with out, he claims, a cent's worth of assist ance from the city. The collection is now an enormous one.. It contains the photographs, an tecedents, criminal records and close descriptions of nearly every crook in the country, white, black and yellow. The ugly "mugs" of 14.744 whites and blacks, men and women, glower from the pages of the gallery, and in black and white their records are under the thumb of the possessor. In addition the faces of 2570 Chinese and Japanese murderers and thieves are inclosed be tween its covers. And Chief Lees has them all, and the city's big black iron cupboard is bare. Whether or not this claim of the ex- Chief will hold in law is a question that depends entirely upon the incoming Police Commissioners. They will un doubtedly make claim that the ex- Chief had no right to re move the gallery. Those who know the white-haired veteran de tective may be sure that he will stub bornly contest any such claim and yiill make as bitter a fight in the court as he knows how — and he can go a little at that, as the history of the department will show. Pending the probability of any such CALL HEADQUARTERS, WELLINGTON HOTEL, WASHINGTON, Jan. 3.— There is reason to be lieve that the Transvaal Government has but recently requested this Government to use its good offices to bring an end to its war with Great Britain. The proposition, I understand, came through the American Consul at Pretoria. No answer has been given by the State De partment, and unless Great Britain intimates that she is desirous of the President exercising his good offices there is no, reason to believe that_rjejyjlj^cqmp|y^wjth : jhe Boer request. It is ~to be expected that a reply will be made acknowledging the receipt^ of the Consul's representa tion, which he will transmit to State Secretary Reitz, but this, probably, is as far as the Govern ment will care to go at this time. It can be stated on authority that there is no intention on the part of the administration to depart from its policy of non-interference unless requests for mediation are received simul taneously from Great Britain and the Transvaal. Just before the outbreak of hostilities the Boer Government appealed to the President to use his influence with Great Britain to avert war, but the President declined to interfere, and nothing has occurred to change his determination. In certain quarters there is a disposition to urge American mediation on the ground that under the agreement of The Hague conference the United States could extend its mediation to Great Britain without offending that power. In answer to this suggestion it is said, first, that the United States has not yet become a party to the convention, becaase it has not yet been ratified by the Senate; and, second, the American delegates representing the United States at the conference guarded the historic position of the United States by the declaration that nothing contained in the convention should be so construed as to require this * Government to depart from its policy of non-interfering with foreign questions. It is stated that the movements initiated by Europeans to obtain the mediation of this Government will be fruitless of results, unless, as stated, they first induce Great Britain to in timate to this Government her willingness to accept the exercise of the powers' good offices. NAVAL BRIGADE IN ACTlON— Bluejackets Working the 4.7-Inch Guns at Ladysmith. (Drawn from an Instantaneous photograph for the Dally Graphic.) HJX-CHIEF OF POLICE LEES may not be missed in the San » Francisco Police Department. but the rogues' gallery will be. When he left he took it with him. and in the recesses of the big black iron case in the "upper office," where it once was stored, are only aching voids. Lees descended on the office Tuesday night, opened the case and took the gallery with him. He claims it as his own per sonal property, to do with as he will, and he does not will that it shall be of benefit to the department from which his judgment told him to resign to save dismissal at the hands of the new Com missioners pledged to Lieutenant Esola. The gallery is stored safely under lock and key at his home, where it will re main until he moves it downtown to the private detective agency he intends to open in competition with the Pinker tons and the local police. This new,s will come undoubtedly as a painful surprise to the newly appoint ed Police Commissioners. Although they probably never gave a moment of legal contest. ex-Chief Lees has fully made itp his mind to open the greatest detective agency on the coast. A case containing the late police rogues' gal lery will be its principal bit of furni ture. The ex-Chief has not a doubt' in his mind that he can take all the bus!-' ness he needs away from ¦ : the Pinkertons and. other private agencies., and, incidentally, "make" a monkey. pf his gallery-less successor, who willnot have a tintype or the scratch of a pen. to go on in search for crime. As. • as sistants in his agency Lees will, take sev>. eral of the best men from the present "upper office" force. His first assistant' will undoubtedly be John Seymour, for. a long time his right hand man, and at present captain of the City Prison; The others are not known. • • . : . .;:.' Almost any day now pedestrians may notice the shingle of the Lees' Detective Agency swinging to every breeze that blows — and it will blotv no good toithe Pinkertons. He will undoubtedly. :Cttt deeply into their business on this coast: Up till a year and a half ago. the aged KRUGER'S APPEAL TO THIS COUNTRY -.: ¦ ¦ ¦ America Asked to Mediate in South African War, but Cannot Act Un til Great Britain Joins Request. EX-CHIEF LEES CARRIES AWAY ALL THE ROGUES Leaves Police Department Without a Gallery — He Will Open a ; Private Agency. BIG BATTLE TO BE FOUGHT SOON ON THE TUGELA Buller's Call for More Stretcher- Bearers Indicate the Immi nence of an Encounter. LONDON, Jan. 4.— A rer>ort was cur rent in London yesterday that the Boers had attacked Molteno, and that a battle was raging. This mys tified those who have been follow ing closely the movements of the differ ent columns. It must be remembered that General Gatacre, soon after his repulse at Etormbergr. evacuated Molteno and re tired to Sterkstoom, bis present head quarters. Inquiry at the 'War Office elicited the reply that nothing had been received con firmatory of the report, although several telegrams had been received from General Gatacre'e camp of a new advance to Mol teno. It Is possible that simultaneously with General French's move on Colesberg General Gatacre pushed forward a small force to "Molteno to feel the way for an advance on Stromberg, and that the Boers had met this movement by a prompt at tack. Molteno Is sunk in a hollow among the. hills and It not an easy place to hold. Gatacre, supposing that he is there, will cither have to abandon it again or ad vance !n force and risk a battle to extri cate his var.eua.rd. It now looks as if the exultation over field guns, twenty siege and naval guns and 2000 artillerymen. ¦ • BRISK FIGHTING GOES ON IN THE HILLS NAAUWPOORT, Cape Colony, Jan. 3.— rhere was brisk fighting to-day in tho illls around Colesberg. The Boers stub bornly resisted the British at every point, sut gradually retreated. The British held the extreme position to .he south and east overlooking the town. The hills around Colesberg are numer >us—not in ranges, but in groups— making t very difficult to hunt the Boers out. Sixteen wounded have arrived at Axun lei. STRONG POSITION OF BOERS AROUND COLESBERG [Speelal Cable to the New York Herald. Copy right. 13C«). by James Gordon Bennett. Re- publication of this dispatch la prohibited. All rights reserved In the United States and Great Hrltaln.] LONDON*. Jan. 4.— This dispatch from Its special correspondent is published by the Dally Mail: NAAUWPORT. Tuesday, Jan. 3.— Al- PRICE FIVE CENTS. VOLUME LXXXVII — NO. 35. SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 1900. The San Francisco Call.