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i^6 m:y^: wfe 1 'The Leon Reporter, O. I!. BCLL, Published XEONj#5 IOWA. NGRESS. miAn. 3V/' .'lit. Kgton, Jan. a—Chandler «f New aire offered an amendment to the 1 bill, declaring It "the existing .. the United States to continue the ./use of tooth gold and silver as standard money, to coin both gold and silver into money of equal Intrinsic and exchangeab value such equality to be secured through International agreement, or by such safe guards of legislation as.will insure a main tenance of parity in th«i value of the coins of the two metals, and equal powerof every dollar at all times In the markets and for payment of debts." Allen presented a res olution similar to tliat of Suizer in the house. It went over. Fettlgrew offered a resolution asking the war department lor information as to how hostilities began between the United States and Fi ipinos at Manila. Cons'de' atlon objected to. HOHT protested against what he te med an at tempt to throttle senators In their efforts to obtain information concerning the "deplor able conditions" which have existed in thr Philippines. Adjourned. HOUSB. Suizer, dem., of New York, offered a reso lution calling on the secretary of the treas ury for a detailed statement concerningtoe relations of the department witn the National City Bank and Hanover National Bank of New York in the matter of deposit ing public funds therein or other relation or business transact.om between them and the government. Immediate consideration was objected to and the resolution wan sent to the committee on ways and means. Mc Rae,of Arkansas, introduced a resolut'on to the effect that the United States declare its.purpose in the matter of the Phllipp'nes Is to secure to the Inhabitants thereof as aoon as practicable after the suppression of the existing rebellion, a free and independ ent government, republican in form, and ithat the Unite! States guarantee the inhab litants protection against foreign invasion 'Adjourned. SENATE. Washington, Jan.4.—Beveridge.of Indiana, presented the following resolution: "That the Philippine islands are a territory be longing to the United States, and that it thelnteation of the Unite states to reta as such and estab lsh and lntaln cti governmental control throughout the ai ch fpe a*o as the situation mav demand." Mr. fceverldge will speak upon ft next Tuesday. Tftercbmmttee on foreign relations eport _,W*" ed a form or government for Hawaii. A ,VW message was received Tom the pros dent 'Pi,! transmitting the testimony taken by the commission appointed inve 'lgate the conduct of the war dera'tment Allen's resolut'on askin? for information as to the treasury lelatons w'th the Na ional Cltv and the Hanover Natio al banks was mod ifled an! pas ed. Fe.ti rew pre ented a re olutlon asking the t,e, re arv of thenav lor the rerort of Dewey of April i3, 1808, in which he said he could take Manil at any time. It went over. Aldrich opened the iiscuwiin of the tlnancial li wltn as] ee :b in evp'anaton of the senate substitute lor the hou.e bill. The speech was carelullj prepared and was read from manuscript Adjourned until Monday. BOUSE. The committee on ways and means re tried the,resolution presen ed yesterday lUlze.vcallingon the secretary for fail irmar.lon relative to the ae. artment's igrn-i with the Na lonal City' and f±an atonal banVs of New V'ort. wi idmen extending the si ope of the ln- Mr. Levy, dem., of New Yo- k. offered ther amendment asking the secre cy's letsons for delaying deposits in ittonal banks until the pjnlc occurred, ^e sneaker ruled the ame dment out ol :r and the resolution was passed as re- Adjourned till Monday. SENATE. Can. 8—Morgan spoke against esolution, which condemns racial "on suffrage and attacks the new ution of North Carolina. He. declared Kgro race to be Inferior in every way to Irhlte race and defended the wMtejaln their atment of the "blocks, holding lhafe It was •elf detPnse. Pettdgrew offered a resolution authorizing the administration to oflertmedia tion between Great Britain and the Tnfegv Allen offered a resolution calling upou inet officer for an Itemized statement, amount of the $50,000,000 defense fi partment had expended. Adopter resolution calling upon the •avy for Admiral Dewe be made the stal iingr upon the Tor information as to the alle£»d view between Gen- Torres, of the Filipino army, and Gen. Otis, was called up, and Petti-1 frrew said he believed this government attacked its allies. Pettigrew's statement was warmly resented by Lodge. HOT7SH. The house ordered an investigation by "the committee on postofflces and postroads into the that two appointees of the president. Postmaster John T. Graham, of Proyo Citv. Utah, and Postmaster Orsun Smith Qt Logan, Utah^are under indictments as polytfamists and whether affidavits to that efrect j%re on file at the time of their appointment.,-'' it also ordered A general investigation of the/military commit* IS! General MeiTiam and g®. United States armv/0fficers during the subsequent thereto •djournod till Wedne'"4"' LEGlSLATiyg PROCEEDING] SENATE. Des Moines, Jan. 8.—The senate was called to order at 10 o'clock by Lieutenant Governoi were appointed a committee on credentials. The oommitteo found no contests and the senate then eleoted its officers as follows: Secretary, Geo. A. Newman, of Cedar Falls first assistant, & D. Alexander, of Winterset seoond assist ant, T. B. Emmons, of Sumner engrossing clerk, LoisM. Rlgby, of Davenport enrolling clerk, Olive Conger, of Wayne county journal elerks, H. C. Lonsbury, of Hancock counter and Cecil Dixon, of Calhoun county sergeant-at arms, T. C. Collins, of Hancock county file clerk, D. H. Shenok, of Leon bill clerk, Miss liottle Holman, of Buchanan county postmis tress, Miss Viola S. Cook, of Carroll chief door keeper, John N. Lerine. of Allamakee: janitors of the cloak room, Jeff Logan and W. J. Jones, of DeB Moines: janitor of the toilet room, C. H. Comeley, of Webster City. On motion the pres ident appointed the following committee of five to make arrangements for the coming in augural ceremonies: Cheshire, Trewin, Smith, Emmert and Porter. After further routine work, adjournment was taken. HOUSE. Representative Stewart, of Polk county, call ed the house to order at 10 o'clock. After prayer the house effected temporary organiza tion. Representative Temple, who had been elected temporary speaker, spoke briefly, after whloh Dunham, San tee, Harbert, Downing and Blume were named as a committee on creden tials. After Its report the members signed the constitution and took the oath. Proceeding to permanent organization Eaton nominated D. H. Bowen for speaker, and he was unanimously eleoted. On assuming the gavel Mr. Bowen spoke briefly, after which the republican caucus nominees for house offices were elected. Con tests were announced from the Shelby, Ida Monona and Plymouth districts. On motion of Temple, the contest in Shelby county, affecting H. W. Byers, was submitted to a special com mittee or seven, to be appointed bv the speaker. Carr, Down, Letts, Henkle and Way were ap pointed a committee on inaugural ceremonies BOERS HOLD COLESBURG. Tkclr Troops Attacked the British and Were Bepnlsed. RENSBUBQ, Cape Colony, Jan. 5.— Colesburg has not yet been occupied. The Boers unexpectedly attacked the British left at daybreak yesterday morning, but were repulsed. They ^occupied the hills to the north of the (own, but were eventually driven out of jbheir positions after an hour's shell ing by onr guns. They still hold, however, the hills immediately sur rounding the town, thus preventing the British from advancing along the railway. The British loss in yester day's engagement was light, while the Boers are reported to have lost 100, in cluding twenty prisoners, who were taken by the mounted infantry about .midday. It is said John Shields, of Davenport, Ji under arrest at Sioux City on suspicion of complicity in the John E. Bobson murder. There seems little against him, except that his clothes /. are blood-stained. Ed Patterson is another suspect arrested. The police wfll hot say what case they have against him. A bloody suit was also found by skaters under railroad igp near town, which, it is hoped. THE NEWS IN IOWA nrANiHODS FOR GEAR. Cummins' Name Not Presented In Re publican Caucus. DES MOINES, Jan. 9.—Senator John Henry Gear was last evening nominat ed by acclamation, in the republican joint caucus, for a second term in the United States senate. Senator Gear was escorted to the speaker's platform and made a brief speech of acceptance. Bernard Murphy, of Vinton, was nom inated for state printer, and Howard Tedford, of Ringgold, for state binder, by acclamation. The caucus was called to order in the house chamber, which was well filled, the gathering being public. The caucus As called to or derby Senator Blanchard and Senator Junkin was made chairman. When the caucus proceeded to a selection of a candidate for senator, Senator Chesh ire arose and in a brief speech with drew the name. of A. B. Cummins. Upon motion of Representative Scott, the nomination of Senator Gear was made unanimous by acclamation. Senator Gear made a brief 6peech thanking the caucus for the honors bestowed upon him. MILWAUKEE DEFENDANT Suit for 918,000 Damages for the Death of T. H. Qninn CKDAB RAPIDS, Jan. 5.-—Ellen Quinn, administratrix of the estate of T. H. Quinn, has brought suit against the Milwaukee through Attorneys Red mond & Stewart for 915,000. She alleges for cause of action as follows: That Quinn died July 20, 1898, from injuries inflicted on him by the com pany th'-ough the negligence of its employes on January 18 and July 19 of the same year. Thai by the gross negligence of the conductor of a train on which Quinn was riding, he was put oS at Madrid, the wrong station from that called for in his transporta tion. That he was put on the caboose of a freight train to be carried from Madrid to his proper destination, and that in making a violent and danger ous coupling to the caboose the head and body of Quinn were cast against the inside of the caboose, causing a wound and subsequent death. That afterwards in attempting to treat and remedy the wound it was aggravated by the employes of the company, who were grossly careless ^n the treatment of the same, thereby causing further aggravation and death. 8MAIXPOX AT EARI.il/lM. Afore Than a Dozen Cases Reported at That Place. DES MOINES, Jan. 8.'—Smallpox is within thirty miles ofi Des Moines. Dr. J. H. Kennedy, who was sum moned to Earlham, r- town on the RocJbJ^^Wl road in .Madison county, mileF' southwest of Des from twelve to fifteen town and surrounding isease is supposed to 1 into Earlham by cademw place, as it first broke otrtfin the school when it had taken up after the holiday vacation. It was at firsV^Tnought to "be chicken-pox, but Dr. Kennedy was called and pronounced it smallpox. As a result the academy and public schools have been shut up. The exposure has been great, but the health officers ex pect to subdue the disease in the near future. There are at least six eases in one family. WILL OFFER A REWARD. Governor Will Oiler S500 for Capture of Murder of Robson. DES MOINES, Jan. 6.—The brutal murder of John E. Robson, a promi nent and highly respected business man of Sioux City, has stirred the peo ple of that community as they have not been stirred since the lamented George C. Haddock fell before the assassin's bullet and as the people of Des Moines were stirred by the myste rious death of Mabel Schofield a few months ago. Inquiries were at once made as to whether Governor Shaw would offer a reward for the capture of the man who committed the dark deed. The governor says he is only awaiting the action of the coroner's jury. If that body returns a finding to the effect that John E. Robson was murdered a reward of 8500 will be im mediately offered for the apprehension of the murderer. Mitchellvllle Girl* in Des Moines. DES MOINES, Jan. 6.—Three girls from the Mitchellville reform school were arrested in company with three male companions in a house in White chapel. The j^irls pleaded guilty to the charge of being found in a disorderly house, when arraigned in police court and when the judge imposed a sen tence of 30 days in jail for the offense, they thanked him for the respite it would afford them from the duties and punishments of the reform Bchool. Cassatt Fardoned. DES MOINES, Jan. 6.—President Mc Cinley, according to dispatches from Washington to persons at Knoxville, has pardoned E. R. Cassatt, former president of a national bank at Pella, who was sentenced to nine yearsin the penitentiary for looting the institu tion. He has served four years and nine months and is in badly broken health. He was a member of the state senate and a prominent man in the state. State Auditor .Best* Ef(^. DEB MOINES, Jan. 6.—From last re ports State Auditor Merriam is rest ing easily in the hospital in San Fran cisco, where he is suffering from an attack of typhoid fever. His family physician, from Hopkinton, Iowa, is with him, and everything is being 4ne for his comfort, and the fears of his friends have been materially allayed by reports, though it is not known at what time a change may come, as the crisis is not yet passed. Few Getting Married. AMES, Jan. 6.—The number of mar riages in Story county has fallen off at an alarming rate during thiB year. The recent report qf the county clerk shows that the number of marriage li censes issued during 1899 was 188 as against 238'in 1898.^a falling off- of .fifty tor ttyalttt yeatjA It is announced that the retail liquor dealers of Cedar Rapids, who organized some months ago, have been discussing a measure which they pro pose to. have introduced before the general assembly at its coming session. It will ask that the law relative to closing on legal holidays be amended, giving the dealers several days more of business each year. The local li quor men area unit in favor of Sunday closing and the proposed measure will provide for a strict enforcement of this law. It will also provide that all saloons shall be closed on Decoration Day and Thanksgiving, but will give the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Christ mas and New Year's as open days. The bill will also provide that all sa loons shall be closed until 6 o'clock p. m. on election days. Des Moines dispatch: Dr. Hurd, of North wood, Worth county, has report ed two fatalities out of a half dozen new cases of small pox in a family liv ing in Kensett township, Worth coun ty. He also reports one new case of the disease at Silver Lake township, the same county, where there have been previous cases. In Danville township, the same county, there have been two deaths, those of a woman and a baby. In Svea City, Worth county, there are eight cases, which were announced in the papers a few days ago, and in Albia, the county seat of Monroe county, there is one case of varioloid, presumably con tracted from the epidemic abroad in the town of Coalfield, northeast of Albia. From the above reports it may be taken that the disease is not only faifrom being subdued, but that it is spreading rapidly. Dr. Edwards, of Iowa City, deputy state veterinarian, went to Lone Tree, where he has been making in vestigations in cases of blood poison ing. It seems that a short time ago Kirkpatrick fc Riggs, stock dealers of Lone Tree, bought of the Union Stock Yards Company, of Chicago, a "con signment of cattle which they intend ed to sell to buyers in their vicinity. Shortly after the cattle were -unloaded they showed signs of some ailment, and the state vetinerian was notified. Gov. Shaw finally sent a notification to the deputy, who upon his arrival at Lone Tree found five of cattle dead and seven others afflict ed. It is claimed that the Lone Tree firm will bring suit for damages, their claim being |hat the animals con tracted the disease standing about in neglected and mthy yih-ds, and if the matter should get into/ court it will prove of interest, not only to the feeders (ft Johnson ctunty, but to those of the state aa w«L B0WEK CHOSEN SPEAKER H0TES FROM THE CAPITAL House Republicans Select Him by Vote of 43 to 38 for Eaton. DES MOINES, Jan. 8.—Dr. D. H. Bow en, of Allamakee county, was chosen speaker of the house in the Twenty eighth general assembly by a caucus of republicans held at the state house Saturday night. W. L. Eaton, of Mitchell, was the opposing candidate. The ballot was open, the members re sponding to the roll call- The vote was 43 to 38 for Eaton. A contest arose over the question of an open or a secret ballot, the Cummins men being in favor of the latter, but their amend ment was defeated by a vote of 42 to 38. Other officers nominated were as follows: Chief clerk, S. M. Cart, In dianola first assistant clerk, John A. Cook, Hampton second assistant clerk, W. J. Hanlon, Chickasaw engrossing clerk, Mrs. Mollie G. Heist, Wayne enrolling clerk, Miss Clara Keller, Louisa journal clerk, A. U. Swan, Warren assistant journal clerk, Roy Burns, Clarke assistant postmistress, Jennie Brice, Palo Alto file clerk, A. W. Parsons, Sioux bill clerk, Bessie Conger, Washington sergeant-at-arms, P. G. Greer, Page chief doorkeeper, Thad B. Maxson, Cedar speaker pro tem, M. L. Temple temporary clerU, J. D. Rowen. Will Shorten the Road. CmcAGo, Jan. 9.—Burlington officials are preparing to spend 82,000,000 or more on improvements to the main line of the "Q" property in the central part of Southern Iowa. The proposed improvements contemplate a shorten ing of the line of about three miles'be tween the towns of Crestou and Mur ray, a marked reduction of many grades and an elimination of several dangerous curvatures. Nash la Governor. Coi.UMBCS, O., Jan. 9.—At noon yes terday Hon. George A. Nash was in augurated governor of Ohio, succeed ing Asa S. Bushnell. The oath of office was administered by Chief justice Schauk of the supreme court, follow ing which Governor Bushnell present ed the now governor with his commis sicu '-VvhJ./S-' BREVITIES. Fire at Clinton destroyed thousands of dollars worth of goods in McCullough Bros.' large dry goods store. The amount of damages will exceed $10,000. In a decision handed down by Judge Eiclielberger, of tha Wapello county district court, in the case of the state against the owners of the dam at Bonaparte, asking for the abatement of a nuisance which it is alleged the defendants are maintaining, by ob structing with a dam the Des Moines river at Bonaparte, not provided with a fishway to afford free passage for fish up and down said river, the peti tion of the attorney general is refused. The case may be carried to the supreme court. At Iowa City recently Captain W. W. Marshall^ of Des Moines, who was for egw4j~_postiHaster -of Des Moines, and had previously been con nected with the passenger department of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, suicided by shooting. The bullet took effect just over the heart. Captain Marshall had grown morose over his business prospects, and it is supposed this caused him to attempt his life. He is widely known through out the state. During the Spanish American war he served in Cuba in the commissary department with the rank of captain, and returned home ill with malarial fever. He was one of Gov ernor Boies' staff officers. LEON REPORTER, THURSDAY, JANUARY DES MOINES, Jan. 9, 1900. Frank F. Merriam, state auditor of Iowa, is dangerously ill at San Fran cisco, and serious fears are entertained for him. He left Iowa ten days ago on a business trip to the coast, and before arriving in San Francisco was ill. He was soon after taken to Mount Zion hospital in that city, where he now is. Constant telegraph ic communications have been kept up and he is reported suffering from typhoid fever. His relatives and friends are seriously alarmed, though he has wired for his family to remain in Des Moines. He has, however, sent for his family physician to come at once. The Ministerial Association has given up hope of securing its counter saloon petition. A few canvassers are at work, but matters are not being pushed. At the last association meet ing Attorney E. B. Evans was author ized to inspect the new petition of consent, which the Polk Directory Company has filed with the board of supervisors, and to challenge any names he found which he considered should not be allowed. The ministers claim there are a large number of names on the new consent petition which will not stand a test. The proposed change of the Iowa constitution, to inaugurate a system of biennial elections in future, is be ginning to attract a good deal of at tention. There are only nine states in the union which now hold state elec tions every year, and Iowa is one of them. Half of the state officers are elected each year, for a two-year's term and similarly with county officers. At the last session of the legislature Senator G. M. ,Titus, of Muscatine, in ttfOdficed'the Titus resolution, looking to a change in the constitution by which all elections should be made bi ennial. in the even' numbered years. Thus the necessity of elections in the odd numbered years would be done away with. The Titus amendment passed the last legislature by over whelming majorities in both houses. Jf it now passes the coming session it will be ready for a vote of" the people at the general election next November. If at that time it receives a majority of the votes cast on it, it will become part of the constitution. If the amendment passes there will be no election in 1901. Those officers, either state or county, whose terms expire under the present law with the year 1901, will have their terms extended one year so that they may expire at the close of 1902 and be succeeded by officers elected in November, 1902. Judge Kinne, of the »Sate board of control, has written descriptions of two more county insane asylums, and they^ are fully as interesting as his previous productions along this Hne. The report on Muscatine county's in stitution indicates that it is among the worst of its kind in the state. Tama county comes off better but it is pretty severely criticised. The mem bers of the board have been criticized for their reports of the county asylums, it being charged by some that they have been prejudiced against them by reason of their desire to secure the passage of a law giving the board com plete charge of the insane of the state. The members deny this absolutely and say that they have taken special pains to present everything in favor of the county institutions. The state board of railway commis sioners met in the headquarters of the commission at the state house and perfected their organization for the year of 1900. Colonel D. J. Palmer was made chairman, Dwight Lewis secretary, and C. L. Boylan clerk. Judge Charles T. Granger, of Alla makee county, after 12 years' service on the supreme bench, announces that he will not again be a candidate. Recognizing the many obligations im posed the past, he expresses his gratitude to the people and will give way to somebody else. Postmaster Schooler has been definitely instructed to begin the reg istration of letters by letter carriers in Des Moines January 15. This will be in the residence portion of the city only, and for the purpose of ascertain ing whether the plan is practicable. If the experiment proves a success the service will be gradually extended over the entire city.. Governor Shaw has offered a reward of 6500 for the apprehension of the murderers of John E. Robson, of Sioux City, who was killed in his office on the evening of December 29. Dr. Breeden, the popular pastor of the Central Church of Christ, is ill with typhoid fever, and his condition is said to be serious. The Ministerial Alliance, at its re cent meeting, decided to print the names appearing on the saloon peti tion, giving as their reasons that they believed the saloon men had used un fair means in securing the petitions now on file. TOOK COMMA NCHE Captain Conhauser Captured and Burned the Town. MANILLA, Jan. 8.—Advices from Magalang, province of Pampanga, re port that Captain Conhauser, with ftiree companies of the Twenty-fifth regiment, captured the insurgent stronghold, Commanche, on Mount Arayat. Three Americans were wounded, but the enemy's loss is not known. Three members of the Ninth and two of the Twelfth regiment, whom the insurgents held as prisoners, were shot and. horribly mutilated. Three of them are dead and the other two are recovering. Captain Conhauser set fire to the barracks and tow*. ,v.»rw im Another Boer Victory. LONDON, Jan. 6.—A Mafeklng dis patch, date Dec. 26, Bays: There Was a sortie to-day with a'view of capturing the Boer earthworks, but it was un successful. The works were crowded with Boers awaiting the assaultand the hail of bullets jorj^d the British ttfretire, killing and wounding a num ber. The British storming party num bered eighty, of which twenty-one were kille4..*nd thirty-three wounded. Dead With Wound* In Breast. OTTUMWA, Jan. 9.—Phillip Dietz was found dead with three holes in his breast in a room over Wagner's saloon. His body was frozen, and he had prob ably been dead for some time, as he has been missing for a week. It is generally supposed to have been a case suicide. American prisoners Released. WA SHIWGTON, Jan. 6.—General Otis telegraphs thatjCol. Hare has released all the American, prisoners in the hand's of the FilWnos, including Lieu tenant Gilm '1 NEWS IN GENERAL TELL A THRILLING STORY. Wonderful Experiences of XIeatenaat Gllmore and Party. 2MANILA, Jan. 9.—The experiences of Lieutenant Gilmore and the nine teen other Americans held captive by the Filipinos for eight months, read like a chapter from wild romance. Hastened from town to town as the American rescuers approached, eating bark from trees and uncooked rioe, without clothes, they were finally or dered lined up and shot by General Tino, most cruel of the insurgent leaders, but the commander of the shooting party did not have the heart to carry out the order and left the" half-starved Americans in a savage land, without arms or the knowledge of where they were. The emancipated survivors were preparing rafts to float down the stream, when they heard the thrilling American yell of their res cuers. Lieut. Gilmore naively adds that this little bunch of dust-covered and bronzed troopers, under Colonel Hare and Lieutenant Colonel Howse, "was the finest body of soldiers he ever saw." rtf& WILSON'S VIEWS. _» -5 Open Door" Policy With China Good for United States. WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.—Secretary Wilson, in an interview, emphasized the great commercial significance of an "open door" concert of powers re specting China. Responding to an in terview he said that but for this ac tion the United States would have been shut out from, trade advantages in any province which other nations might see fit to take advantage of. He said: "Anything produced in the United States will now permanently find its way into all parts of the ce lestial empire. Our trade relations there in the future are secured. Not of the least importance is the fact that the permanency of the cotton market in China is secured. The trade in cotton goods has been very heavy in Manchuria and other northern provinces. Our interests generally, our dairy, poultry and other products from the farms of the United States, now have an assurance of permanent markets in all the provinces through out the Chinese empire where such things are in demand and this demand is growing and will continue to grow. VICTORY FOR BOERS. First Suffolk Regiment Meets With a ''Serious Accident." LONDON, Jan. 9.—General French reports a "serious accident" to the First Suffolk regiment. Four com panies of the regiment attacked a Boer position. Lieutent Colonel Wat son, in command, was wounded, and a retreat was ordered. Three-quarters of the British reached their camp, but the others were overpowered and com pelled to surrender. Seventy were taken prisoners, including seven offi cers. The Essex regiment has re placed the Suffolks. This last an nouncement is more bitter to the lat ter's friends'than the list of casualities as the only inference deducible from the fact is that the Suffolks had dis graced themselves and their flag by bolting and leaving a few of their more staunch comrades to fill the Pre toria jailS/ FILIPINOS ARE WORSTED.' Sustain Severe Losses In Brisk Fights With Americans Near Imus. MANILA, Jan. 9.—Reconnaissances out of Imus, Cavite province, resulted in the loss of three Americans killed and twenty wounded. The enemy's loss is estimated at sixty killed and eighty wounded. Colonel Birkhimer, with a battalion of the Twentjj-eighth volunteer infantry, advanced toward Noveleta. Major Taggart, with two battalions of the same regiment, moved toward Perez das Merinas. A part of the Fourth infantry' was en gaged south of Imus. 1 British Reconnaissance. 1 FBEBE CAMP, Natal, Jan. 6.—There was a. reconnaissance in force from Chievely yesterday afternoon with 2,000 horse and two guns, the object being to locate the enemy on a (hill south of Hlangwana hilL Several shells were fired, supplemented by the naval gun. The enemy replied at long range but did not touch the Brit ish. Lord Dundonald, perceiving a strong mounted force issuing beyond the range of the British guns, with the evident intention of working around our flank, directed the force to retire to Chieveley. The Boers' helio can be seen working from a ridge north of Colenso to the Boer camp at Uinbulwane. During the cannon fire natives in the valley can be seen plow ing complacently. American Steamer to Be Released. CAPETOWN, Jan. 6.—The supreme court has ordered that the British steamer Mashona, Captain Johnstone, which left New York on November 3, for Delagoa bay laden with flour foi the Transvaal, and which was capture, by the British gunboat Partridge, »e delivered to the claimants, upon giving satisfactory surety, and that the por tion of the cargo claimed as prize/ be stored in tbe custom house at port Elizabeth, upon security approved by the authorities. The prize cargo con sists of 17,000 bags of flour.. The Mashona will proceed to othe* ports and discharge her unclaimed cargo. The Lawton Fniid. WASHINGTOH, Jan. 8.—The total sub scriptions to the^Lawton fund to date amount to 948,433.32. General Corbin says that although active efforts to in* crease the fund have ceased, voluntary contributions will be accepted up to the time of Mrs. Lawton's arrival at San Francisco about the first proximo. Gilmore at Manila. WASHINGTON, Jan. 8.—General Otto cables: The prisoners en route from Vigan have arrived here. Lieutenant Gilmore is among the number. German Stuamer Heriog Seised. DURBAN, Natal, Jan. 8.—The Ger man steafn^r Herjtog has been seized by aj Brittah wajrship and brought to /thismort. BOERS REPULSED. Determines Attack on Ladysmitb Re velled by British. FBEBE CAMP, Jan. 7.—Gen. White baa wired Gen, Buller as follows: LADTBMITH, Saturday, Jan. 6, 11 a. m.—Attack continues and enemy has been re-enforced from the south. LADTBMITH, Saturday, Jan. OF 12:46 p. mi.—Have beaten off .enemy at pres ent, but they are Btill around me in great numbers, especially to the south, and I think renewed attack very probable. LADYBMITH, Saturday, Jan. 0, 3:15 p. m.—Attack renewed. Very hard pressed. LONDON, Jan. 7.—General Buller sends the following from Frere Camp, dated to-day: "I sent all available troops yesterday to make a demonstra tion at Colenso. The trenches there were all occupied by the enemy." LONDON, Jan, 9.—General Buller transmits the following from General White, dated 2 p. m. yesterday: "The attack commenced on my posi tion was chiefly against. Ccesar's camp and Wagon Hill. The enemy was in great strength and pushed the attack with greatest courage and energy. Some of our entrenchments on Wagon Hill were three times taken by the en emy and retaken by us. The attack continued until 7:30 p. m. One point on our position was occunied by the enemy all day. But at dusk in a very heavy rainstorm they were turned out of this position at the point of the bay onet in a most gallant maiiner by the Devons, led by Col. Park. Col. Ian Hamilton was commander on Wagon Hill and rendered valuable service. The troops have had a very trying time and behaved excellently. They are elated over the service they have rendered the queen. The enemy were repulsed everywhere with very heavy loss, greatly exceeding that on my side, which will be reported as soon as the lists are completed." BOERS CAPTURE KURUMAN British Surrender After a Long Bombardment. PBETOBIA, Jan. 4, via Lorenzo Marques.—Field Cornet Visser, under date of Tuesday, January 2, reports as follows from Kuruman, British Bech uanaland: "I commenced a bombardment of Kuruman yesterday (Monday), aiming at the police barracks. The fight last ed until 0 in the evening, when the garrison surrendered, issuing frotn the forts and yielding up arms. We took 120 prisoners, including Captain Baty and Captain Dennison, Mr. Hillyard, the magistrate, and eight other officers. We also captured seventy natives, to gether with a number of rifles and re volvers and a quantity of ammunition. Fifteen British were wounded. They are being attended by us, with the help of Dr. Bearne, an English physi cian. The hordes, oxen, mealies and flour taken from the prisoners have been sent to Pretoria by way of -Vry burg." PLAGUE EXISTS IN MANILA. Official Confirmation of the Earlier Reports. WASHINGTON, Jan. 9.—The plague has broken out in Manila, beyond a doubt, as appears from the following cablegram received by Surgeon General Sternberg: "MANILA, Jan. 8.—Three bubonic natives. GRKENLEAF." The signer, Greenleaf, is chief sur geon in the Philippines. It was sus pected last week that the disease had obtained a foothold in Manila, but not until Greenleaf's report was the fact established. The first effect will be, probablv, to have quarantine laid upon all shipping coming from Manila. The town will be placed under the most rigid sanitary regulations. HONOLULU, Jan. 3, via San Francisco, Jan. 9.—Seven additional cases of plague hp,ve developed since the last advices, making thirteen to date. The board of health has decided to take radical steps to stamp out the scourge. A portion of the infected district was condemned and burned to the ground. The future policy will be to destroy all infected buildings. SITUATION AT MODDER BITER. London Papers Say Each Side Wants to Be Attacked. LONDON, Jan. 8.—The Morning Post's military critic discusses the de tails of General French's and General Gatacre's skirmishes and operations, and declares that both need reinforce ments. He adds: "Each side of the Mudder river, where General Methuen is, wants to be attacked but neither cares to make the attack. The conse quence is there is likely to be a pause until the arrival of reinforcements. These will reach the British first .if General Buller wins a battle in Natal. If not, they may come first to the Boers, who, in case of their second suc cess at Tugela river, could spare men to go to Magersfontein." CHINESE ROUT THE FRENCH. Fierce Battle Near Wang Chann.ln Which the Gaals Lost Thirty Killed. ^VICTORIA, B. C. Jan. 6.—News has reached Canton that a battle occurred between natives near Wang Chaun land the French forces stationed there. It is said that the Chinese routed the French and pursued them for some distance. The French loss was thirty killed. The Chinese losses are not stated. The battle occurred December 10 and 11. On hearing of the affair the viceroy dispatched three gunboats with 1,000 soldiers to restore order. The viceroy also wired the tsung li yamen asking what steps are to be taken, as he is unable to carry ont de limitation to the satisfaction of the French.: QUAY MUST QUIT. 1 Privileges and Elections Committee Re ports Against Him. WASHINGTON, Jan. S.—The senate committee on privileges and elections decided, 4 to 3, to make adverse report on the resolution to seat Quay, holding an appointment from the governor of Pennsylvania Chandler, Hoar «nd McComafe voted in favor of seating him, Burrows, Caffrey, Pettus and Harris against. ,, German Vessel Released. BERLIN, Jan 8.—A dispatch from Aden says: The British authorities have renounced further search of the German mail steamer General, detained under, suspicion of having goods con traband of war pn board. The steam er will resumi days. ar 01 [r voyage in a few fin III MM IK force Under Col. Birkhimer De feats the Insurgents. N m- SEVENTY-F0UR REBELS KILLED., rhree Americans Dead, Including a Lieutenant Twenty Wounded—Oil more Safe at Manila—Four of the Party Were Killed. Manila, Jan. 9. The campaign against the insurgents who have been massing in the province of Cavite dur ing the last few weeks has been opened by Gen. Bates in decisive fashion, and a severe blow has been inflicted on thei. rebels—not without a serious losa to the American troops, however. Preliminary reconnoissancda have been made by Col. Birkhimer with a battalion of the Twenty-eighth volun teers and one gun at Novaleta, by Major Taggart, with two battalions of the same regiment, at Perez das Mari nas, and by a detachment of the Fourth infantry South of Imps. Seventy-four Rebels Killed. The American force under CoL Birk himer was strongly opposed by the rebels, who were attacked in a strong ly fortified position. Sixty-five of the insurgents were killed in their trenches and forty were wounded. The Americans lost three killed, in cluding a lieutenant. Twenty were wounded. Thirty-five rifles were captured. Gen. Schwan's command, which Is now at Binang, also had an engage ment with the Filipinos, in which nine of the -enemy were killed and twenty six captured. The American losses in this fight were one killed and eleven wounded. Gilmore 8afe at Manila. Lieut. Gilmore of the cruiser York town, who was captured by the insur gents near Baler many months ago, arrived here Saturday night by boat from Vigan. Four of the Party Killed. In the fight' near Baler, where Lieut' Gilmore was captured, four of the landing party which he commanded were killed. These were Dillon, Mar cy, McDonald, and Nygard. Three the men. Winders, Vanville, and WoodJ bury, were wounded. The survivors of the party are Wal ton, Voudoet, Ellsworth, Edwards* Petersen, Andersen and Brasolese. After the men were captured they were all taken to San Isidro, wheret Lieut. Gilmore, who had been wound ed in the knee, recovered from the ef fects of his injury. They were then all marched to Vigan, where, under AguW naldo's orders, they were accorded exj cellent treatment. Treated Harshly by Tlno. When Gen. Tino arrived at Vigan however, they were treated very harsh ly. They were thrown into jail and were held "incomunicado" for three months. On Dec. 5 the prisoneys were taken from Bangued, where they1 Tiad been confined, and they accompanied Gen. Tino's retreating army, which had been defeated by the Americans. Our troops were in close pursuit of the rebels, and in the hope of avoiding them the Filipinos marched at night with the aid of torches. This was kept up until Dec. 16, when the source of tne Abuluy river was reached. The rebels were unable to proceed any further in a body, and Uen. Tino, with 300 soldiers and many Spanish prisoners, disappeared, leaving a lieutenant and fifty guards with tha American prisoners. Their Death Was Ordered* The lieutenant In command of the party told Lieut Gilmore that he had received orders from Gen. Tino to kill all the American prisoners, but he said that his conscience forbade him to commit murder, and he therefore in-, tended to abandon them to look out for themselves. Shortly afterward the in surgents withdrew, and the released prisoners floated down the Abuluy river. The next day, being without food, they landed and made a raid on some houses, securing a quantity of rice and figs. They had absolutely no idea of their locality, but hoped to fol low the river to the sea. Found by Hare and Hows*. On the following day Cols. Hare and Howze, with 140 picked men, were marching up the trail along the river bank. The American troops suddenly dashed round a point and saw the party. The Spaniards, some of whom were on the raft, resembled insurgents, and the troops were about to fire on them. They had, however, recognized that Americans were in the party, and thinking they were prisoners, yelled at them to lie down to escape the fire. Lieut. Gilmore and his American coxn-*i panions shouted back not to fire, that the party were all friends, and in a few minutes they were safe ashore1 with the troops. Urdaueta's Men Also Safe. Washington, Jan. 9.—The secretary of the navy has received the follow ing dispatch reporting the arrival In Manila of Lieut. James C. Gilmore and the other naval prisoners recently rescued from the Filipinos: "Manila, Jan. 8.—Gilmore, Walton, Vandort, Ellsworth, Brisolese, Ander son, Peterson, Edwards arrived. Also Farley, Burke and Herbert of Urda neta. Only, Venville unaccounted for. Last seen Baler Jnne 15. WATSON." Last seen Baler June IS. Sv WATfjq The men named with Gilmi attached'to the gunboat Urdam that vessel ran aground and rounded by insurgents. A O N a Washington, Jan. 9.-—On Jaij thia year the navy department! der contract with the variou building concerns of this count three warships, the largest list t^ ever appeared at any one time naval budget of this country. Ifl tion to these, designs for Bix vessels are being prepared by reau of construction, under an tion of congress, and cont ecp willk 7 k!#*'