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VOLUME XC-NO. 178.
COMMANDER OF COLOMBIAN GUNBOAT GIVES NOTICE OF BOMBARDMENT OF COLON, BUT THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT PERMIT SUCH ACTION BRITISH TROOPS NARROWLY AVERT FRESH DISASTER IN SOUTH AFRICA Grobelaar's Commando Surrounds and Captures a Hundred Cape Railway Pioneers, but Reinforcements Compel Boers to Retire and Release Prisoners — Major Fisher Among Officers Killed NOTED BRITISH PEER AND THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. LORD DUNHAM ANNOUNCES HE WILL NOT SUPPORT SIR HENRY FOR PREMIER, INSINUATING THAT THE LATTER, BECAUSE OF UTTERANCES ON THE BOER WAR, IS EITHER A FOOL OR A KNAVE. LONDON, Nov. 24.— This morning's dispatches from South Africa show that the recent fighting near Viliiersdorp. southwest of Stand erton, concerning which Lord Kitchener report f-d nothing beyond the fact that Commandant Buys had been captured after attacking a patrol of 100 railroad pioneers, was really a serious af fair. It seems that Grobelar's com mando succeeded in surrounding and cap turing a force of in British Cape Railway pioneers. Subsequently Colonel Rimeng ton came up with reinforcements, and, after heavy fighting, compelled the Boers to retire and to release their prisoners. The British losses included Major Fisher, LOUBET HONORS THE SCIENTIST President Embraces M. Pierre Berthelot and Presents Commemoration Medallion PARIS, Nov. 24.— The Jubilee of the scientific debut of Pierre Marcelin* Ber thelot, the chemist, was celebrated to day in the Grand Ampitheater of the University of Sorbonne, which was filled to overflowing with nota-bles from the sci entific and political worlds. M. Loubet was present, surrounded by members of the Cabinet, members of the diplomatic corps and many representatives of the foreign scientific bodies. M. Leygues, Minister of Public Instruction, pro nounced a eulogy on the labors of M. Berthelot, and described the ceremony as a national fete. President Loubet presented to M. Ber thclot a commemorative medallion an-1 embraced him amid great enthusiasm. Fatal Shots at Council Meeting. MENTONE, Nov. 24.— a meeting of the Municipal Council of Roquebrune last i night, M. Orßlni, one of the Councilors, ~f~ after a heated discussion, drew a revolver and shot M. Sigaut, the Deputy Mayor, dangerously wounding also the Mayor and the Mayor's brother, who had .tried to arrest Orsini. The latter escaped^ v - iI&iHHMKMHinHMH! The San Francisco Call. killed, and three officers wounded. Tho casualties among the men have not yet been reported. With reference to the story that the British placed Boer women and childron in front during the fighting at Graspan June 6, when General Dewet's convoy was captured— a story which has been Fpread broadcast as an example of Brit ish barbarity— the Daily Mail sent a dispatch of inquiry to Lord Kitchener, who replied as follows: "The story is absolutely untrue and de void of all foundation. One child was killed and one woman and child were wounded by the Boers." CAPTURE FORT AND THE GUNS American Troops Attack a Filipino Stronghold and In flict Very Heavy Losses MANILA, Nov. 24.— Captain Kdvard P. Lawton's company of the Nineteenth Inr fantry has attacked and captured an in surgent fort on Bohol Island, south of Cebu, in the Vysayan group. This fort was surrounded on all sides by a precipice, and the only entrance to the higher ground was guarded by a stockade with a line of entrenchments behind it. Captain Lawton sent Sergeant McMahon and twenty men to climb the precipice and attack the fort in the rear. Sergeant McMahon's party accomplished their task after three hours' climbing through the thick undergrowth. They took the enemy by surprise and drove them from the fort. As the insurgents escaped they had to pass the remainder of Captain Lawton's company at a distance of 150 yards. Here the enemy suffered terrible losses. The insurgents defended themselves with both cannon and rifles. The cannon were captured; the smaller ones were re moved, while the larger ones were buried. Captain Lawton, in his report, makes spe cial mention of the bravery of Sergeants McMahon and List., - SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1901. As the story has been prominent In the recent anti-Chamberlain campaign in Ger many, the Daily Mail has telegraphed Lord Kitchener's reply to all the leading German papers. William T. Stead, lecturing in London yesterday, said that he thanked God that Germany and Europe were bold enough to call baby murder crime. "Compared with England's conduct," he continued, "Herod's slaughter of the innocents was saintlike. Great Britain ought to be beaten in this unjust war. In the American war we employed red skins, just as we have loosened Kaffirs against the Boers, and, thank God, we were beaten." TWO LYNCHINGS IN THE SOUTH Murderers Overtaken and Put to Death, in One Case Avengers Being Negroes COLUMBIA, S. C. Nov. 24.— An un known negro was lynched in Anderson County to-day. Yesterday afternoon the man went to the house -of Mrs. Perry Craft and asked for something to eat. When she turned the negro shot her through the back, inflicting a fatal wound. The man fled, but was pursued by hundreds of men. There are no de tails of the manner of his death. SHREVEPORT, La., Nov. 24.— Negroes to-day oa Herndon plantation, eight miles south of Shreveport, lynched Frank Thomas, one of their own race, because he had shot and killed a negro boy over a debt of 30 cents. The Sheriff was proceeding toward Shreveport with his prisoner when a mob of 200 negroes and half a dozen white men took possession of the murderer and promptly strung him up to the limb of a tree. President Returns to Washington. WASHINGTON, Nov. 24.— President and Mrs. Roosevelt returned to the city about 5 o'clock this afternoon from their outing down the Potomac River. GOVERNMENT ' THREATENS TO RETAKE CITY Federals Would Turn the Guns of the Pinzon on Colon. Foreigners Notified to Seek Refuge on Board of the "Warships. Uncle Sam, However, Will Instruct the Commander of the Machias Not to Permit the Proposed Bombardment. COLON, No\ s . 24.— The Colombian gun boat General Pinzon arrived in this har bor at 9:30 o'clock this morning. After an exchange of notes between the United States gunboat Machias and the General Pinzon General Alico, commanding the Pinzon, which has 600 men on board, offi cially notified the American, British and French warships now in the harbor that he intends to bombard Colon at noon to morrow (Monday), thus giving twenty four hours' notice. The various Consuls are notifying their respective fellow-citizens that refuge may be had on board the warships. To bombard the town of Colon it is ab solutely necessary to fire across the rail road tracks, and the railroad employes will probably refuse to work. Lieutenant Commander McCrae of the Machias is the senior naval officer, and he awaits instructions from Wash ington regarding the threat to bombard. Breastworks at Panama. Breastworks are being erected in the public thoroughfares of Panama. The townsfolk in the vicinity of these are hastily removing to safer places. All persons known to be Liberals are ar rested on sight. The Government has declared its determination to contest every i->oh of g->;«und if an entrance to the city is effected. It is rumored that some seventy men who were wounded at Perequito were landed on the .island of Taboga, facing Panama harbor, to avoid threatening alarm in Panama. Taboga is about eight miles from Panama. The Government is very anxious that marines should be landed from the United States battleship lowa, but Cap tain Perry, her commander, has not com plied with this request. Prisoners Axe Recovered. The Boyaca returned to Panama a sec ond time yesterday afternoon with Gen eral Alban at Chorrera, routing the enemy and recovering all the prisoners previously reported taken with the ex ception of two. Arnold number re covered, according to the Government version, is the Alcalde of Taboga, The Liberal version of the incident is that the Alcalde was afraid to fight, and when captured offered Domingo Diaz, the Liberal leader, $1000 if he would release him, that the offer was accepted and that the Alcalde was allowed to go after giv ing his word of honor not to attempt to escape. The Liberals also assert that General Alban effected a landing at Chorrera after the Liberals had with drawn to join the Liberal forces march ing to the Empire station. It is asserted that \.he steamer Darien, which the Liberals recently captured from the Government, escaped the Bo yaca under cover of night, but it is gen erally believed that she went to Tumace some time ago. May Attack the Liberals. The Government asscits that the Chor rera troops are momentarily expected at Panama, and that on their arrival prep arations would be made to attack the Lib ¦ eral advance guard, aad that these will not cease until Colon has been recaptured. Great hopes are entertained that the news of the capture of Colon will induce the authorities of Barranquilla to send big reinforcements to land at Colon and annihilate the enemy. It is rumored that the Liberal gunboat Alacante Padilla, with General Herrera on board, left La Libertad, San Salvador, November 21, bound for Panama. The United States gunboat Concord, Commander Harry Knox, arrived at Paa ama yesterday. Colon has become a red city, being in Liberal hands. A large red flag bearing the words "Patria y Libertad" is flying at the cuartel. No Bombardment, Says Uncle Sam. WASHINGTON, Nov. 24.— The bombard ment of tfiie town of Colon and conse quent interruption of Traffic across the isthmus of Panama will not be permitted by Commander McCrea. commanding the gunboat Machias, stationed at that port. Secretary of the Navy Long said lat-3 this evening that he had received no in formation from either Commander Mc- Crea or Captain Perry, commanding the lowa at Panama, regarding to-day's de velopments in the situation on the isth mus. Both of these officers have been given comprehensive instructions, so that they are prepared to act in accordance with precedent already established. As surances were given by Secretary Hay to Senor Herran, the Colombian Charge d'Affaires, a few days ago that the United States would not permit the bom bardment of the city of Panama by th» rebel troops. Probably the administra tion will oppose as vigorously an attack by. the Government forces on Colon. Un GREEK CABINET RESIGNS BECAUSE OF THE RIOTS Demonstrations Against the Proposed Trans lation of Gospels Into Modern Greek Continue and Is Followed by a Crisis ATHENS, Nov. 24.— As a result of the demonstrations against the proposed translation of the gos pels into modern Greek the Cabinet has resigned. This ac tion was taken in spite of King George's efforts to induce the Cabinet and the Premier to remain in office. M. Theotokls, the Premier, considers the responsibility of a judicial inquiry into the recent riots should be left to another Cabinet in order that the truth may be established beyond suspicion. There was a renewal of the rioting to night, though not on a large scale, with demonstrations against the retiring Cabi net. The residences of the Ministers were stoned.^ The crowds were finally dis persed by cavalry. Armed students continue to occupy the university buildings. After an audience with King George to night, M. Zaimis, former Premier, com pleted a Cabinet made up as follows: Premier and Minister of Foreign Af fairs — M. Zaimis. Minister of the Interior— M. Trianda- Fyllakos. Minister of Marine — M. Topalis. Minister of Public "Worship— M. Monfer rato. Minister of Finance — M. Negrls. Minister of War— Colonel Korpas. Until an official inquiry into the causes LIMITED TRAIN STRIKES LOCAL Collision on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Causes Trainmen to Jump NEW YORK, Nov. 24.— The Buffalo and Chicago limited train on the Delaware, Lackawana and Western Railway, leaving here at 1:40 p. m., and a local train from Dover, N. J., to New York, were in col lision this afternoon at Morris Plains, N. J. The trains were on a stretch of single track. Both engineers and firemen jumped. Engineer John Skillman of the limited and his fireman, Charles Loper, were badly hurt, while the conductor and en gineer of the local were bruised. James Tinton of Morristown, a passen ger on the local, was pinned down by seats and seriously hurt. Both locomotives were badly damaged, but the coaches of the limited stood the shock well. The local appears to have been late and neglected to take a siding. der the treaty of New Granada the United States is required to "prevent the free transit from the one to the other from being interrupted or embarrassed." The bombardment of Colon would cer tainly interrupt and embarrass transit, and Commander McCrea will therefore not permit such action. If he is in need of reinforcements Captain Perry of the lowa will send him a detachment of blue jackets. IMPROVISED GUNBOAT TAKEN. Steamship Hyades Brings News of a Funny Expedition. The Panama Railroad's steamship Hyades, which arrived Saturday night, brings the news that everybody on the isthmus was preparing for an attack. The rebels were known to be close to the town, and thinking they were poorly armed the commandant at Panama tr.ought he would overawe them. He ac cordingly requisitioned a dredger and fitted It out as a gunboat. All the spare cannon on the isthmus was put aboard it and an officer of the navy, with all the mon he could muster, taken aboard. "The mud digger gunboat started up the Chagres River to dislodge the rebels while we were in port," said an officer of the Hyades yesterday. "They went a few miles up the river, when the rebels appeared in force. They were armed with the latest repeating arms and the government troops were taken complete GREEK PREMIER WHO HAS RESIGNED TO GIVE NEW CABINET FREE HAND. of the riots has been concluded M. Zaimis will also hold the portfolio of Justice. ?..T..T,M..T,T.1..r..r..T..T..t..t..T..T..T..t..T..1~t~t..T~t~t. MAY MURDER THE CAPTIVE Brigands Threaten to Kill Miss Stone if Full Ransom Is Not Paid by January i LONDON, Nov. 25.— "Consul General Dickinson has received no reply from the brigands to his ultimatum," says a Sofia dispatch to the Daily Telegraph. "The brigands threaten to kill Miss Stone unless the full ransom is paid by January 1." CONSTANTINOPLE, Nov. 24. — Mr. Dickinson, the special diplomatic agent of the United States who has been conduct ing the negotiations for the release of Miss Stone, arrived here from Sofia. VIENNA, Nov. 24.— The Vienna papers assert that Turkey is addressing an arro gant circular note to the powers, protest ing against their "perpetual interference" in Turkish affairs, and demanding to know their intentions regarding Crete. ly by surprise. After half an hour's fighting the 'gunboat' surrendered, and the rebels secured all the guns and muni tions of war. "Around Panama and along the line of road everything seemed as quiet as a street in California, but everybody »eem«d to be expecting something, and I would not be surprised to hear any day that the rebels had taken Panama," The Hyades was detained all night in quarantine because the cook was sick. An examination by the quarantine officer showed that he was suffering from Chagres fever, so the vessel was re leased. IXPECT ANOTHER CLASH WITH THE* STEEL TRUST CLEVELAND, Nov. 24.— A special to the Leader from Wheeling, W. Va,, says: A gigantic fund is a proposition the lodges of the Amalgamated Association of Steel, Iron and Tin Workers in the Wheeling district are now voting on. The plans call for an assignment on each member of 10 per cent of each man's wages. The lodges that voted against the treaty proposed by the steel trust are inclined to stand out for the big contribution. It is taken to mean that another stern clash with the billion-dollar trust Is due in 1902, when the scale expires, — - PRICE FIVE CENTS. DISASTER TO STEAMER IS FEARED Alerta With Two Hun dred Passengers May Be Lost. United States Distilling Ves sel Iris Aground on Reef Near Iloilo. Full-Rigged Ship Flotbek Is Driven Ashore at Monmouth Beach, but Life Savers Rescue the Crew. MANTTiA, Nov. 24. — Th« local steamer Alerta, with 200 passengers, including some discharged American soldiers from Olongopo, Subig Bay, to Manila, is believed to have been lost. The United States distilling-ship Iris has been aground on a reef near Iloilo for three days past. The United States cruiser New York and the gun boat Yorktown have gone to her as sistance. NEW YORK, Nov. 24. -The full rigged ship Flotbek, which went ashore at Monraouth Beach during last night's gale, is to night resting on the sands ap parently little the worse for her experi ence, and her crew are being cared for by the life savers of Station No. 4. The tug Robert Haddon picked up the Flotbek yesterday afternoon about dark. The ship, under command of Captain Singler, was bound for New York from Plymouth. England, with a cargo of white clay and minerals. The tug had a crew of seven men and the ship had twenty-four men. all told. All went well until late in the evening, when the wind attained a ve locity of forty-five knots and the tug wa3 unable to make headway. Tug Lets Ship Go. The two vessels began to work In shore. Their danger was seen from the beach and the life-savers prepared to aid them. Seeing the struggle was hopeless and that the only chance of saving the tug was to let the ship go, the hawser was cut. The ship drifted rapidly on shore and struck well up and close in at a point favorable for work upon her. The tug lost her rud der about the time she was freed from the ship and, driven by the gale, perfectly helpless, she drifted down the coast and brought up against the Iron pier at Long Branch and began to pound against it. The crashing was heard by a fisherman, who roused some citizens. With a rope they went to the pier to aid the seven men on the tug. Each wave, as it re ceded, carried the Haddon away from the pier, and then as the next came rolling shoreward the heavy tug would be car ried on its crest and dashed against the piling under the pier or against the steel work. Escape to the Pier. After many efforts, a man on the tug caught the rope which was thrown from the pier. He hunt? on and as the tug was carried away from the pier the man, clinging to the rope, swung clear of her and then was hauled up on the pier. Thus all were saved. Meanwhile the shij> had been looked after by the life-savers. The rescued sail ors were taken to Long Branch. About 3 o"clock in the morning the iron pier broke in two. The tug had continued to pound against it and the piling and superstructure were gradually weakened by the blows. The tugr, too, was. battered to pieces. When the pier was carried away one man, whose name is not known, waa washed into the sea and drowned. LOSS BY WIND AND RAIN. Heavy Northeast Storm Strikes the* Coast of New York. NEW YORK. Nov. 24.— A heavy north east gale has been raging along the coast for the past twenty- four hours. T?o storm set in at sunset last evening, blow ing with great severity all night, accom panied by heavy rain. In the upper and lower bay the 3torm blew with great fury and an unusually high tide washed upon the Staten Island shores, doing con siderable damage to docks, small boats and other craft. The Staten Island Rap d Transit Railroad track between Tomp klnsville and Stapleton was obstructed by wreckage from piledrHers, and a small schooner was driven ashore. A heavy sea raged in the upper bay. Two steamers that arrived during the night remained at anchor off the quarantine station until noon, when the health officers succeeded in boarding them. Those steamers wera the French liner Panama from Bordeaux and the fruit steamer Donald from Ja maica. The only other arrival up to noon was the Mallory line ateamer San Marcos from Galveston. The storm did considerable damage in the city. Windows in the upper part ult the city were blown in and a few room taken off. The greatest damage was don* along West street, front!ng the Norti River, where cellars were flooded. Tho rapid transit tunnel also was flooded in many places. The Western Union Telegraph Company reports having suffered most in the Pu Continued on Page Two,