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VOLUME XC— NO. 180.
COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT BEATS LIBERALS IN BATTLE AND BREAKS DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH VENEZUELA TWENTY-SIX MEN MEET AWFUL FATE Boiler Explosion at De troit Causes a Har vest of Death. Without Warning a Building Is Blown to Shreds and Debris Set on Fire. yiv» of the Killed Are Charred Be yond Identification and the List of the Injured Buns Up to Nearly Forty. DETROIT, Mich.. Nov. 26.— Twenty-six v «en are dead, five of them unidentified ¦ c^d so terribly burned and blackened that i?fier.tl£c&tlon Is almost impossible, and! twenty-four others are lying in the vari ous hospitals of the city, suffering from burns and other injuries, all resulting from the explosion of one of the boilers in the Penberthy Injector Company's large plant at Abbott street and Brooklyn avenue at 9:30 o'clock this morning. The dead: A. E. HOFFMAN. LOUIS HENNING. PATRICK MALLOT. A. F. MILLER. EUGENE BERTRAM. K. MULKET. JOSEPH COFFET. CHARLES MARVIN'. I JOSEPH KOSEK. v> -i" STEPHEN CHRISP. GEORGE SCHENOR. CHARLES LTDT. - JACOB KEOBEL. WILLIAM MANN. . CHRISTOPHER WALMAN. ROBERT CREER. EDWARD BURCH. JOHN SCHAIBLE. RICHARD RYAN. r~i~£ DOUGLAS DICKINSON, boy. peteh DOLL. - FIVE UNIDENTD7ED BODIES. Injured at the Hospitals. The injured at the hospitals are: Sam uel Riley, engineer, condition critical; A. T. Gidday. burns; John Hofflain, badly burned; John Klincwicz, very badly burn ed, will probably die; German Goldner, burned; Tony Walker, foreman molding department, badly burned; John Voght, bruised; James Hall, back injured; Saul Graupe, slight burns; Bert Dickson, minor injuries; John Dingal, injured about head; Julius Lieben, arm broken and slightly burned; Edward Ldeben, boy, burned; George Kelsey, head badly cut; Stephen Nachtiget, slight; Ignatius Brock, slight; Gus Galley, head and arm injured; Wil liam Knapp, head cut: Bert Martin, leg broken; T. D. Crowiey, slight; Louis Mil ler, slight; Mike Duranger, burned about head; William Ager, boy, severely burn ed; William Begeman, arm cut. Dozen Taken to Homes. * In addition to these a dozen or more of the employes who suffered slight injuries were taken directly to their homes. Eight en men and boys have not as yet been located. The five unidentified bodies ac count for ten of these and the officers of the company say they feel positive that the majority of the remaining fifteen are by to-night at their homes. To-night a great force of men is search ing the ruins and the work will not be stopped until every foot of the debris has been explored. The Penberthy Injector- Company's plant occupied half a square of ground. It •was composed of two brick buildings, sep arated by a sixteen-foot alley. The rear building, in which the boiler was located and which was destroyed, was three stories in height, fifty-four feet in depth and one hundred feet wide. The boiler and engine room was located at the northwest corner of the building on the first floor. Also on the first floor was the department for testing the output of the plant. The finishing and brass manufac turing department was located on the second floor, and the third floor was de voted to the foundry. It is impossible to tell exactly how many men were at work in the various departments of this rear building when the explosion occurred, but . the company officials insist that the num ber was not over eighty-five. There were four boilers in the plant— horizontal ones, which furnished steam for the en gines, and two vertical boilers, which were used solely to test Injectors. It was the horizontal boilers that were in use this morning which caused the awful loss of life. Awful Crash Comes. The awful crash^cama without the slightest warning. Those in the front building said it seemed like the concus sion of an immense cannon. The floors and roof of the rear building bulged up ward and then crashed down with their heavy loads of machinery and foundry apparatus. Walls, roof and all dropped into a shapeless mass of ' debris. Win dows in houses for a block around were broken by , the concussion, and flying bricks filled the neighborhood. A dense cloud of dust arose and as it settled and was succeeded by denser clouds of smoke and steam agonized cries began to come ¦v from the heap of tangled wood, metal Hind bricks. Those who were only partly "buried frantically dug -themselves out and then as energetically turned to dig Continued on Page Three. The San Francisco Call. Barbacoas Bridge, Midway Between Panama and Colon, the Scene of an Engagement in Which the Insurgents Are Compelled to Retreat, After Heavy Losses and Exhausting Their Ammunition Special Cable to The Call and New York Herald. Copyrighted, 1901, by the Herald Publishing Company. COLON, Nov. 26.— A battle between the Government troops and the revolutionists took place to-day at Barbacoas bridge, which is near the middle of the isthmus of Pan ama. The insurgents were forced to re treat toward this town because their am munition was practically exhausted. The retreat -was conducted ir. good order. Be fore their ammunition out the revo lutionists repulsed the Government troops three times. The latter force lost a hun dred men in killed and wounded. The in surgents' loss was comparatively insig nificant. Two were killed and seven wounded on their side. The Government's wounded were taken to Panama. There was severe fighting. The battle was begun at 7:30 o'clock in the morning and ended at 1:30 o'clock in the afternoon. The Barbacoas bridge crosses the Cha gres River. Ir is a strategic point, and the Government troops, it is admitted, gained an important victory in obtaining possession of it. Their march toward Co lon will now be less difficult. \ Fighting Delays Trains. Owing to the fighting along the line of the railroad the morning train from Pan ama, due here at 11 o"clock, was delayed. The train did not re=tc!i Colon until 4:30 o'clock this afternoon. The revolutionists ur.der General Lugo are now at Bohia Soldado, near the rail road, while the Government force is oc cupying Tabemllla, a few miles away. An other battle is promised to-morrow. General Alban did not leave Panama 10 day. The trains which crossed the istn mus had United States marines as guards. No further news -haa reached here con cerning the revolutionary force under command of General Domingo Diaz, who Is supposed to be at 3<tr Pablo, near the middle of the isthmus. It is announced that the Government's loss In killed and wounded at Culebra and Empire station was eigJity-three and that the insurgents' was sixty. Troops Land From Pinzon. The, Colombian warship General Pinzon returned to this port this morning with only one hundred soldiers on board. She landed the other five hundred men at Puento Bello, which is about twenty-five miles from Colon. It Is said that the force intends to march overland to join the Government force marching toward Colon, SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1901. Another conference was held on board the French cruiser Suchet at 10 o'clock this morning. Among those present were the commanders of the foreign warships, the captain of the General Pinzon and a representative of the Insurgents. The General Pinzon left the harbor again this evening. There is considerable excitement in Co lon, but the insurgents are confident that they will hold the town. About one hundred marines who were to relieve others on the battleship lowa arrived here this morning on the steam ship Orizaba. They left for Panama in the afternoon. MAY BOMBARD COLON. Colombian Gunboat May Defy the Edict of the United States. CALL BUREAU, 1406 *G STREET, N. W., WASHINGTON, Nov. 26.— 1s Colon to be bombarded by the Colombian forces despite the prohibition imposed by this Government? This is a question admin istration officials are asking as a result of dispatches received by Secretary Long late this afternoon from Captain Perry, in command of the naval forces on the isthmus of Panama, announcing that the Colombian gunboat General Pinzon has re turned to Colon. This vessel, after an nouncing her purpose to bombard, mys teriously disappeared yesterday. If she attempts to fire upon Colon either the Marietta or Machias will take station between her and the city and thus pre vent her from making an attack. The return of the General Pinzon to Colon Is the only alarming feature of an otherwise peaceful situation. Consul Gen eral Gudger wired the State Department this afternoon that trains are running between Colon and Panama without in terruption. Bluejackets on Guard. Detachments of American bluejackets are on the trains and other detachments are stationed at various points where stops are made. An Interesting question has arisen In connection with the claim of the Government forces to transporta tion on the road. The presence of Gov ernment troops might precipitate an al tack upon the railroad, and on the gen eral principle that it would lead to an interruption of transit Captain Perry will probably decline to permit either the tJovernment or insurgent forces to use the road.' The authorities say the situa tion is quite satisfactory, and they do not believe the insurgents have any intention of taking action which will bring them into conflict with the United States. PREDICTS LIBERALS' DEFEAT. General Castro of Colombia Believes the Federal Forces Will Triumph. NEW YORK, Nov. 26.— Consul General de Brigard of Colombia said to-day that he had received a cablegram from Gen eral Alban describing the situation at the isthmus. Alban, he said, denied that Panama was full of Liberal sympa thizers. General Diejto Castro, who was at the consulate, said that both Colon and Pan ama were free ports, that the temporary occupation by the rebels would not amount to much, and that under existi ig treaties the United States was bound to preserve order in that Bection. He said that at the present time Colombia had 32,000 trained soldiers in the field. Qf this force 16,000 men were with General Valen cia on the Venezuelan border, in the De partment of Santander, and another large force was protecting Bogota, the capital. At Barranquilla, he said, there were 1500 men; at Cartagena 2000, and at Rio Hacha there were 3800 men. The general said that this force of 7000. men could be concentrated to support General Alban on the isthmus, but the Govern ment did not consider it necessary at the present time to make an assault upon the little rebel bands. General Castro said that General Alban with his force of 100 men, sent to take Colon and now on board the General Pinzon, would be able to break up the Liberal bands. POPE LEO REPORTED TO BE NEAR DEATH Physicians of the Pontiff Declare Their Distinguished Patient Is Losing Strength. PARIS, Nov. 26.— The Rappel publishes a dispatch from Rome stating that the ' doctors attending the Pope say he is growing slowly but surely weaker, and the end Is possible at cny moment. Turks and Armenians Battle. CONSTANTINOPLE, Nov. 26.— Reports have been received of fighting between Turkish troops and Armenians at Sas soun. No details are available. DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES AT CO LON, COLOMBIA, AND MAP OF THE COUNTRY NSTVADED BY LIB ERALS AND INCIDENTS AND SCENES OF THE INSURRECTION. The United States Is Again Prepared to Offer to Prevent Hostilities Between the Two Bellgerent Little Republics BOGOTA, Colombia, Nov. 20.— The Colombian Government has is sued a decree declaring that dip lomatic relations with Venezuela have ceased and that the Colom bian legation in Caracas has been with drawn. Senor Concha, Minister of War, says that the Government has 80,000 men arm ed for action. CALL BUREAU, 1406 G STREET, N. W., WASHINGTON. Nov. 26.— Colombia's severance of diplomatic relations with Venezuela has created a sensation in offi cial and diplomatic Washington. Rather than that war should take place the United States will undoubtedly again tender the use of its good offices with a view of effecting an amicable settlement of the differences between the two repub lics. An intimation was given to the Caracas and Bogota Governments in August last that the President was disposed to peace ably intervene. Colombia gracefully acknowledged Secretary Hay's note and expressed willingness that the United States should act as mediator. President Castro presented a reply which was a practical rejection of the American pro posal, and he subsequently showed that his refusal was due to a feeling of en mity entertained for the United States by accepting the good offices of Chile. Does Not Mean War. • Senor Herran, Colombian Charge d' Affaires, said to-night that the rupture in diplomatic relations did not necessarily carry with it the inauguration of hostili ties. "To sever diplomatic relations," he said, "is to give notice to an offending nation that you do riot desire to be on speaking terms. Such action does not necessarily mean war. Relation's be tween France and Venezuela were sev ered for more than eight ' years. Italy and Colombia to-day are without direct diplomatic intercourse. "It Is not surprising that Colombia has been moved to action in view of the of fensive charges made against her by President Castro and the Invasions of her territory by Venezuelan forces. President Castro's treatment of the Colombian Min ister at Caracas caused the latter to leave Caracas in August. If war should take place the Colombian troops will probably be led by General Valencia, an able sol dier. General Valencia was formerly Min ister of War and Governor of the State of Santanfier and is now in. command of 12, 00 troops on the Venezuelan frontier. Colombia has a well-equipped army of more than 65,000 men. The troops have been trained in the field,, are courageous and would give a good account of them selves. Expeditions Against Colombia. "Venezuela has sent various expeditions against Colombia, but they have been re pulsed one after the other. Colombia did not follow up her victories, because she was sincerely desirous of peace." Senor Puli*o, the Venezuelan Charge d' Affaires, said to-night that he had not heard officially that relations between h^s Government and that of Ceiombia had been broken. "Venezuela was invaded last July by the forces of Colombia," he said. "President Castro asked tor an explanation. He de sired peace, but Colombia has never satis factorily explained her hostile action. In case of an international war Venezuela could put 100,000 men in the field. We have now available a well trained force of 15, 00 men. " I am confident that war will be averted and that a peaceful settlement will be reached.' French Cruiser Protet Coining. SAN DIEGO, Nov. 26.— The -French cruiser Protet arrived outside from Pan ama this afternoon, bhe and the phlon are on their way to Esquimau. Th» Protet will put in 4k San Francisco on Saturday. PRICE FIVE CENTS. GIRL SAVES THE LIFE OF A BURGLAR Urges Him to Escapa Beiore Brother Arrives. Prowler Flees Just in Time to Avoid Volley of Bullets. His Capture Soon Follows and 2T« Time Is Wasted in Sending Him to Do Time in 4 Penitentiary. . Special Dispatch ta The Call. REDWOOD CITY, Nov. 26.-But for th« tender-heartedness ot Miss Gertrude Beeger of this city Burglar David Miller might now be reclinins upon a slab in the city morgue instead of being main tained at the expense of the State. The young lady, while the midnight prowler was at her window and her brother was scurrying for hi 3 revolver with which to open fire upon Miller, decided that she did not wish to be a party to the shed ding of human blood. "My brother is coming with a revolver to kill you," she sa^d to the man at her window. "You had better hurry away." The fellow, without pausing to thank her for the warning, made his escape, just as the brother entered the room with a cocked revolver in his hand. Miller attempted to force an entrance into the residence of Mrs. Henry Beeger early Sunday morning. Miss Pauline Beeger awakened her sister at about 1 o'clock, saying that she heard somebody at the window. They listened and were not mistaken. In a moment they saw a man's face. The eldsr sister arose ard WeUt to call her brother. Carl Beeger. Thi two returned to the room, by which time the burglar had forced up the window and was about to enter. He saw the two persons- in the room, but did not move. Carl Beeger then left the room to set. his revolver. The burglar remained at the window gazing at Gertrude, and she stood her ground and gazed at him. Fin ally she asked him what he wanted, and told him he would becter flee before her brother returned. He accepted this ac vice, descending the ladder he had used to reach the window, and dashed away just as the brother reappeared, revolver in hand. The Sheriff's office was notified by tele phone, and two young men, George Botch and Cnarles Cullen, hearing of the af fair and being friends of the Beegers, started out and captured the man within three blocks of the scene of the attempted burglary. Miller's trip to the penitentiary by way of the courts was a ra ; >id one. On Mor day his preliminary examination for bur glary was held, and he was committal to answer to the Superior Court. Tliis morning an information was filed against him, to which he pleaded guilty. He waived time for sentence, and Judge Buck gave him a term of ten years ia State prison. KING GIVES HONOR TO A DEAD DIPLOMAT Remains of Germany's Late Embassa dor Are Escorted by Troops in London. I.ONDON, Nov. 26.— Fu1l military hon ors were paid to the remains of Count yon Hatzfeld-Wildenburg, the late Ger man Embassador to the Court of St. James, who died here November 22, when the body was removed from the embassy here this evening and taken to the Vic toria Railway station on its way to Ger many. * This exceptional step was entirely dv« to the initiative of King Edward, wh> quite unexpectedly notified the relatives of the deceased diplomat that he desired to pay this unusual tribute to the Em bassador, who had untiringly labored in ; the interests of the good relations be- J tween the two nations. Half a battalion of foot guards was j stationed at the German embassy and ! half a battlion of the same troops was ! on duty at the railroad station. The eof ! fin was borne to Victoria station on a i gun carriage and escorted by the First ; Life Guards. One battalion of the Cold stream Guards and 100 of the First Gren adiers formed a special guard of honor. Representatives of the British Foreign ; Office and other departments were in the funeral procession. Much significance is attached here to this unusual military tribute. It is ex . plained that King Edward commanded | that these honors be paid and it is un- I derstood that the British Government in ! so doing desired to show that it was not j affected by the anti-English tempest in I Germany. Calcutta Damaged by Storm. CALCUTTA, Nov. 27.— The wind blew here yesterday with hurricane violence from neon until 7 o'clock and did much damage. Warning signals of the approach of a cyclone of exceptional severity wer» displayed and caused great excitement. It is feared that the steamers at the mouth of the Hoogly received the brunt of the storm. Telegraph communication is Interrupted and news ia anxiously awaited from Allahabad.