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VOLUME XXII. MAYSVILLE, KY., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1902. NUMBER 20. TO OGERCE CASTRO. If Necessary, Further Harsh Measures Will Be Used. DRITISH ATTITUDE DEFINED. It Is Not Intended to Land Troops or Occupy Venezuelan Territory. DECIDE TO BLOCKADE ALL PORTS. Opinion Prevails at Berlin That It la Too Late to Entertain Proposals For Arbitration Gunboats Sent to the Bottom, Not Towed Away Italians to Take Hand Late De velopments. London, Dec. 16. Replying to a question in the house of commons, Under Foreign Secretary Cranborne said no attempt had been made by Oreat Britain to refer the dispute with Venezuela to arbitration. Replying to a question in the house of lords, Lord Lansdowne, the foreign secretary, said that if"lhe seizure of the Venezuelan gunboats did not pro- PREMIER BALFOUR, duce the desired effect further coerc ive measures would be employed. The matter had been considered in con sultation with Germany and it had been decided to resort to a blockade of the ports. It was not intended to land a British force and still less to occupy Venezuelan territory. At the foreign office it was said no decision had been arrived at in regard to Venezuelan arbitration, that many difficulties have arisen in the way of arriving at a basis of what can be ar bitrated and what can be otherwise settled. The outlook for a pacific set tlement of the dispute is not partic ularly bright. TOO LATE TO ARBITRATE, The Prevailing Idea In Germany. Government's Attitude. Berlin, Dec. 16. The German gov ernment has not yet replied to Pres ident Castro's offer of arbitration, be ing still in correspondence with the British government on the subject. It is intimated that Germany's reply Is not likely to be ready for some days. The opinion in the cabinet appears to he that President Castro's proposals are merely a move In a game design ed to see what Germany and Great Britain are now willing to do and as a test also of American public feeling. The prevailing idea here at present is that it Is too late to arbitrate and that the acceptance of the offer to do so would place Germany In the position of having put her hand to the plow and as looking backward. The gov ernment's concern at the present mo ment Is to guide the application of force so as to avoid what could be taken internationally as a declaration of war, resulting in the recognition of Venezuela as a belligerent. The conduct of the United States is regarded In diplomatic opinion here aa being strong and dignified and the state department's handling of the affair is looked upon as establishing Europe's recognition of the Monroe doctrine, because every step of Ger many and Great Britain was made after taking into account what the United States thought of it. At the same time It is claimed that events in Venezuela are saving the United States many future complications by letting the Latin republics under stand that the United States will not SsawSr win. ytKnlm J 'Jffn I n IsH HI' A nj slv protect them from the effects of a financial delinquency and internal disorder. SENT TO THE BOTTOM Were All the Venezuelan Vessels. Not Towed Away. Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 16. Further details of the sinking of the Venezuelan ships have been obtained from an entry made in the book of the signal men of the fortress of La Guayra. It is as follows: "The ad jutant called me to see if I jew that the steamer Retribution of the Brit sh navy was towing the steamers Crespo and Totuno of the National navy, three or four miles north. I had heard four cannon shots and laid the two steamers had disappear fl I'd and understood they had been sunk by the Vineta and Retribution. At the end of an hour, the Retribution returned to the harbor at once.'' The fact that Retribution returned to La Guayra alone two hours after leaving with the captured vessels was con firmed by English residents of La Guayra. Consequently she did not have time to conduct the Venezuelan ships to Curacoa- or Trinidad. It is now said that the object of the German cruiser Panther in sailing for Maracaibo is to capture the Ven ezuelan steamer Ministeres, formerly the Spanish torpedo boat Dlogo, Va lesques and the remaining vessels of the Venezuelan fleet. BAD SCARE Caused at La Guayra By the Arrival There of British Warships. La Guayra, Dec. 16. The arrival of the British cruiser Charybdls and the torpedo boat destroyer Qual caused a bad scare among the population of this place. The commander of the fortress visited the American, French, Spanish and Dutch consuls and asked them in case the British landed mar ines to intervene to prevent firing on the fort and to delay any movement on the fort, as he had received orders from the government to evacuate the place. The commander added that if the consuls refused to intervene and the fort was attacked he would de fend his post and could not answer for the consequences to the town. Later, however, the Charybdls and the Quail left La Guayra and the fears of the population subsided. What caused most of the alarm was the fact that when the British ships arrived here they took up a com manding position, their guns covering the fort, and remained stationary for a few moments as If about to open fire. The Charybdls and the Quail steamed away in the direction of Curacoa. The foreign consuls subseuqently called An the prefect, who assured them there was no danger at present. H added that the commander of the fort had been needlessly alarmed and had only succeeded in almost caus ing a panic. HAY PRODS EUROPE. Again Calls Kor Expression of Opinion. Italy Joins the Allies. Washington, Dec. 16. The Italian ambassador called at the state' de partment and advised Secretary Hay that Italy had joined the allies in UM operations against Venezuela. He re quested that Mr. Bowen assume JOHM RAT. charge of the Italian interests in Ven ezuela and the secretary granted the request, subject to the approval of Venezuela, Italy enters the combina tion on the same plane as to absten tion from territorial seizures as Ger many and Great Britain. Failing to hear from Europe as to Mr. Bowen's proposal to arbitrate the Venezuela troubles, Secretary Hay addressed cablegrams to the United States ambassadors at London, Ber lin and Rome instructing them to call the matter again to the attention of the governments to which they are accredited, with a view to securing an early expression of opinion from them. STORIES OF CHILDREN Deeply Impress the Members of the Ceal Strike Commission. PROMPT JUDGE GRAY TO COMMENT. Would Have Youngsters Prohibited Prom Tolling at Night Miners Spring Another Surprise. Proceedings of the Day. Scranton, Pa., Dec. 16. When the coal strike commission met, Chairman Gray opened the proceedings by say ing that the commissioners were im pressed with the spectacle of the lit tle girls, daughters of coal miners, who were before the commission and testified that they worked all night in the silk mills. He said the people of the community and citizens of the commonwealth should not let the in cident pass without taking some steps to have the legislature of Pennsyl vania seriously consider the enact ment of a law that will forbid the em ployment of children at night. At the suggestion of the commission the statement of the wages of the fathers of two of the girls were presented. One earned more than $ 1,000 last year and the other S900. The miners sprung another surprise by presenting an individual operator on the witness stand against the op erators. He was John C. Haddock of Wilkesbarre, president of the Ply mouth Coal company. Mr. Haddock, In answer to questions put to him b. C. S. Darrow for .the miners, said he had been in the coal business 35 years. His company operates the Black Dia mond and Dodson mines near Wilkes barre. He said his company went in to the hands of receivers on March 14. and on Nov. 14 trustees took hold of the, property. Mr. Haddock then ex plained that the miner's ton. which runs from 2,700 to 3,200 pounds, was fixed years ago so that the employer could get out of the ton 2,240 pounds of pure coal above the size of pea. Pea coal and all sizes below that was waste. This waste is now being util ized. Regarding the prices of coal. Mr. Haddock said the middlemen in New York are paying $11 and $12 a ton. Judge Gray: "Do they pay the op erators that price?" "Possibly," was the reply. Children Testify. Girls 'of tender age testified that in order to help support their parents, they had to work all night in silk fac tories. The commissioners, who had listened with moist eyes to the stories of tiny breaker boys, heard with in dignation the stories of tiny daughters of miners, who worked from 6 p. m. to 6 a. m. at the loom for wages ranging from three cents to five and a half cents per hour. Annie Jacks, 13, said she worked at night from 5:20 o'clock until 6:20 in the morning. She had to stand up all night during her working hours anu received 65 cents a nignt. One girl, 11, said she had to go to work because her father had been hurt in the mines. She said she worked from 7 a. m. until 6 p. m. for $2 a week. Slavonian girl, aged 12, also worked all night. Gave her tes timony through a 13-year-old girl in terpreter. She worked 12 hours each night and received three cents an hour. A breaker boy, aged 15 years, said he has a 10-year-old brother working in the breaker of the Red Ash com pany at Mount Carmel. The father of the boys was killed in the mines and the 14-year-old brother wrote the note to the company, which was signed by the mother, stating that the younger brother was of legal age. First Break In Monroe Doctrine. New York, Dec. 16. Italian partici pation in the Anglo-German action against Venezuela produces an effect here not anti-American, but one of self-satisfaction and pride at taking a part in what is considered the first break in the Monroe doctrine. Par liament and the public press, without distinction of party, which is very strange in Italy, approve the action of the minister of foreign affairs, M. Prinetti. In the chamber of deputies Deputy Santini declared that the en ergetic attitude of Germany and Great Britain had "sent the Monroe doc trine sky high, as the United States understood they were not dealing with poor Spain." Born In Ohio. Leavenworth, Kan., Dec. 16. Colo nel J. L. Abernathy, a pioneer Kansan and a wealthy wholesale furniture manufacturer, died at his home here. He was horn in Warren county, Ohio, in 1843, and came west in 1856. He was the father of H. T. Walter and W. M. Abernathy of Kansas City, members of the Abernathy Furniture company of that city. FROM OKLAHOMA. Interesting Letter From Mr. S. M. Worth ington Who is Visiting at Norman. Norman, Oki aiioma, Dec. 14th. We are st present about twenty miles south of Oklahoma City, the capital of the territory with a population of about 18.000, with quite a num ber of large business houses and comfortable residences. We find this place, Norman, to be quite s thriving; business point of about 4,000, sll alive and striving for front seats. The streets are wide and breezy and spread over quite a lot of ground. Most of the business Is done on Main street, which la closely built with many large brick business houses that appear to be doing a Mue business, The city presents a lively scene each day, with Main street tilled with bones, mults, wsgons, buggies, Ac, snd sidewalks and stores rilled with people men, women, children and often Indians who can be seen In town most any day from the Indian Territory which Is onlv eight or ten miles awsy. They trade with the whites s good deal. This city is well supplied with schools, churches and whisky bouses, some twelve of the former snd fourteen of the latter. The Oklahoma University Is located here, it has some 500 students. They are now putUng an addition to It that is to cost $90,000. The building la built and maintained by fund raised by the sale of lands reserved by the Ter ritory for educational purposes, building houses, employing teachers, fcc. There is also an asylum in this city with about 6(0 Inmates. This seems to indicate that the older States are sending their lunatics to the wild West to get rid of them. As yet there are no factories in Norman, save a flour mill, cotton gins and cotton seed factory. By the way, the soil is well adapted to the growth of wheat and cotton, making from twenty to thirty bushels of wheat and half bale of cotton to the acre. Hogs are high an.d scarce and oottolene nsed mostly in place of lard. The negro is thought less of here than the Iudian. A negro is not allowed to live or stay In this town. They are hounded and driven out, mostly by the ultra abolitionists and hood lums ot the town. Their friends here are found mostly from the slave States. Were they not protected by the Government they would hardly be permitted to stay in the Bute, save for polit ical purposes. Am told that some young men of the lower claas who are too lazy to work go to the Indian Territory and marry young Indian girls to get the land given by the (toTernment. Some of them are quite rich In the estimation of the penniless dudes. They are slotted from 160 to 320 acres each, according to location and quality of land. By law they are not permitted to sell their entire holdings, but are required to keep eighty acres to insure them a home. Otherwise many of them would in a few years become homeless, as they arc very shiftless as a class, though we sometimes meet half-breeds that are enterprising and prosperous. Think the sessons for crop making more favor able than In Southern Kansas. Those who have been here since s'J say there has been but one failure 1b crops since the territory was opened for settlement. The people, as a rule, are so elsble snd friendly, and more Inclined to work than those we met in Kansas a few years ago. Tbe crop failure referred to atove was due to a dry season and visit by the chinch bug, which of late years has gone as far east as northern and middle Kentuoky. I think this a healthy coun try, and if settled by young industrious people, will some day compare favorably with the best lands of Kentucky. The climate is warmer and I thluk better than in Kentucky. Mercury seldom gets below tbe freezing point in winter or above 90 in summer which 1 am told is less oppressive thsu fsrtber east. Owing to the purity of the at mosphere, some claim fresh meats can be bung out for days In the open air without putrifactlon. Of this fact ! know not, but take it that the peo ple iu the new country have not as yet learned to lie unless It be that some of them still remem ber old habits formed in older Htstes. There are no rocks here with which to make good solid roads as in Kentucky. When a boy I lived on a mud road and my father, who I tbiuk was more obliging tban any of his sons, kept his oxen yoked a week at a time during the muddy season, to help the unfortunate teamster (who not a neighbor but often a stranger pull out of a mud hole and over the hill that he might go on his way rejoicing. I thluk the teamster here liable to stick on most any road without a friend or neighbor to pull him out. In Oklahoma City they are making asphalt streets which remind ut of our streets at home. Think any industrious young man who ex pects to raise a family and have a good home of his own can do better here than Iu Kentucky. But if a man is fifty or over and has a home iu Kentucky, I think it best that be should stay there. Think my wife will improve in health here, at least tbe people here tbink so. It Is raining a little and sleeting. Mercury standing at 31 this 5 o'clock Saturday evening, Dec. 13th. Yours respectfully, 8. M. Woktiunuton. KNIGHTS OP PYTHIAS. Eleventh District Convention of Ohio To Be Held at Ripley, January 8th. The Eleventh District convention of the Knights of Pythias of Ohio will be held at Ripley on Thursday, Jan. 8th, 1903. The Grand Chancellor of Ohio, the Grand Keeper of Records and Seal and many other prominent Pythians will be present snd an interesting program will be carried out during the day and in the evening. Arrangements are being made to insure the success of the affair. A large number of the Uniform Rank will be present, and it is expected that all ot the twenty-four lodges in the district will be well represented. An invitation has been received by Limestone Lodge of Msysville to attend this convention. Jndge Cantrill Tuesday postponed the Mescham case to restrain tbe holding of State Democratic primary until the first day of the January term of court. BARGES SWEPT AMY. Flood In the Ohio Causes Loss at Cincinnati and Other Points. LIVES BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN LOST. Heavy Kalns Send Tributary Streams Over Hanks Million Dollars' Worth of Timber Afloat Other Damage by Hlse of Waters. Cincinnati, Dec. 16. The rise in the Ohio river here in the last 24 hours was 12 feet. The swift current swept 80 coal barges from their moorings and most of them sunk. All the har bor boats went in pursuit, but only about 30 barges were recovered. Sev eral men were on the floating barges, and one is reported missing. The barges belonged to T. J. Hall, the Budd company and the People's Coal company at Pittsburg. The loss Is es timated at $50,000. May Reach Flood Stage. Portsmouth, O., Dec 16. There is great danger that the Ohio river at this point will reach a flood stage The river is rising at the rate of four inches an hour. The incessant rains of the past 60 hours are the cause. Roads leading to the city are sub merged. Rising Rapidly. Gallipolis, O., Dec. 16. The Ohio river stage has reached 35 feet and the heavy rains of the past 24 hours are causing a rapid rise. The Kana wha river is also rising rapidly and Gallipolis river men are predicting a flood in the lower lands. Floods Feared. Huntington, W. Va., Dec. 16. Floods are feared in south West Vlr gina. All the tributaries of the Ohio are bank full and heavy rain contin ues. A million dollars' worth of tim ber is afloat on the Guyandotto and Big Sandy rivers. NORD'S OPPONENT Seeks Refuge In the American Lega tion t Port-au-Prince. Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Dec. 16. General Saint-Foix Colin, minister of the interior and opponent of General Nord in the contest for the presidency, has sought refuge in the United States legation. There has been much firing in the city and a state of great excitement prevails. To Identify a Trotter. New York, Dec. 16. A. M. Kirby, a lawyer of Windsor, Canada, and J. Cunningham, a trainer employed by him, have sailed on the steamship Deutschland on their way to Russia, where they will be expected to iden tify a trotting horse, which the au thorities suspect has been raced as "Russian Boy," but it is charged that he is really an animal formerly owned by Mr. Kirby and sold at one of the Madison Garden sales in 1899 to a party of foreigners, who said thoy in tended racing him In Austria. The Russian government has sent for Mr. Kirby and his trainer, paying all their expenses to Russia and back for the purpose of completing or disprov ing the identification of "Russian Boy" as William C. K. Singular Accident on a Car. Wv York n.-f Hi- -,. Anna Stapleton is suffering from the effects ot a peculiar uec.dem on I .Minn ave nue surface car. The car was cross ing Forty-seventh street, when in some way the full force of the electric current found Its way Into one of the electrical heaters placed under the seats of the car. There was a sudden outburst of blue flame and a slight re port. Miss Stapleton, who was over the heater, received a shock which made her hysterical and caused par tial paralysis. When she arrived at Bellevue hospital, she was unable to speak and had lost the use of her right leg. Her condition was pro nounced very serious. Testing Food Adulterants. Washington, Dec. 16. About a dozen young men are boarding on a diet furnished by the agricultural de partment and designed to test the ef fect of food adulterants. It was the first day of the actual Inclusion of borax and other preservatives In the meats, which are to be furnished the young men for a long period, under the directon of Chemist Wiley of the department. The chemist believes that the results will show the harm lessness of preservatives whose pres ence In exports of the United States has led to exclusion of such food pro ducts In a number of Instances. Sofia, Bulgaria, Dee. 16. Advices from the frontier say that 24 Mace donian workmen who were returning to their own country hare been killed by Turkish guards near Dubnltra.