Newspaper Page Text
VOL. XXIII.- ISO. 351.
II121) 111 EOEUS V/ORSTKU A PARTY OF ITRA BAXT'S HORSE XEAU ASTRO V, ORAXGE COLOW CAPS BOEftS TO RELOCATE PARTY AVILIj SETTLrE O\ GEfiMAS rOSSBSSIOXS IX SOI TII WE-ST AFRICA MAY NOT COME TO AMERICA Ooui Paul So suites on Receiving an Invitation From Friends in Grand Ranid«, >lfch. . ALTYVAL NORTH, Cape Colony, D£C. I.*.— A party of Brahant's horse, consisting ■ mainly <>f raw recruits, engaged a su perlcr force of Boors Dec. 13, near Zas . tron, Orange River Colony, losing feu. killed, sixteen wounded and 120 taken prisoners. * REPORT FROM LORD KITCHENER. LONDON, Dec. 17.—The following dis pntch has been received by the war cflice from Lord Kitchener: toria. Doc. i 5. five offlcex's and men, Magaliesburg prisoners, have been ased. "The Boers Fiirround«l and captured 120 of Prab.mt's horse in a defile in the Zastrou district. "Col. liomfleld, moving en Vryhtid, de feated the Boers with heavy loss. driv ing them from Schepers Nek ar.d captur ing a quantity of arms. The Schepers Nek movement occurred Dec. 33. "The Boers who attacked Vryheid, Dec. 30, lost 100 killed and wounded in the fight. The fighting lasted all day, the enemy draw-ing off at 7:30 p. m. The British loss was G killed, l 1 wounded and Mil mis?ing. Our casualties include two officers who died of their wounds." . Wiring from Pretoria yesterday (Sun day) Lord Kitchener, alter announcing that the released Ma?aliesburg prisoners had arrived at Rustenbiirg' says that the Boer forces divided into two portions, tipe moving south and the other west. STORY OP MAGAL.IESBERG. The Magaliesberg affair is described as follows in a dispatch to the Standard from Rietfontein: "The scene of the engagement was a horseshore-shaped depression. The Nortbumberlands occupied the center. ♦Jen. Clements' camp was pitched one thousand yards lower down at 'the east ern part of the horseshoe, ani Col. Legge's cam]) was about three hundred Jards distant. "Gen Delarrey's 1,000 men. against whom Geni Clements'had fought repeated actions, were, unknown to Gen. Clements, suddenly reinforced by 3,000 men from Warmbaths, under Commandant Boyets. At daybreak <"<>]. Legge's picket descried what seemed a fresh force of British troops.; thirty yards distant. The. _ stran - j;-ts were challenged. The replied with a volley, revealing 400 Poers in khaki. The firing became heavy and the noise aroused Col. Legge's troops, who a-rrived just in time to save the outposts from capture. "A furious engagement ensued. Artil lery was brought up and it compelled the Boers'to retire. Col. Legge, following up the withdrawal, was shot dead by a buljet through his head. ' -. "Gen. Clements and. his staff, soon ar rived. The staff suffered severely, but (t^h. Clements appeared to have a Charmed life. •"While mounted men were driving the enemy back along a slope covered thickly with Boer dead, a deafening rifle fire siul tlenly broke out on the plateau above. The signalers hellographed that the North umberlands were being attacked. Gen. Clements, convinced that they would easily hold their own, disposed the re mainder ni' his forces on the Ranks and "' rear of his two camps. FUSILIERS AT CLOSE O.IARTERS. "At 4:30 ]>. m. a heliograph• from the ii i»:ik announced that the Boers were about to overwhelm the fusiliers. Gen. Clements was unable to send ade quate help, but dispatched y omanry to climb the precipitous hillside and create a diversion. Before the yeomanry could come into action the Boers had overlap ped the Northumberlands and weiy in possession of the entire horseshoe, Tiring down on the yeomanry, entangled in the bushes and boulders. "The Korthumberlands made a mag nificent defense, as long as their ammuni tion lasted. According t" Boer accounts, many even when resistance was hopeless, died fighting Gen. Clements, now left with VOO men, almost superhuman efforts against the bullets from the Boers pouring over Die peak.-, ami managed to save his guns suid camp equipage, lie retired in splen did order, and ■.',: 4 p. m. started to march in Rietfontein. fighting a rear guard ac tion all tin- way, and arriving tin' next day at 1 a. m. METHI'EX TOOK A LAAGER. Lord Methuen, according to another dispatch from Lord Kitchener, dated yes terday, attacked and captured a Boer laager near Lichtenburg. Transvaal, l>-<.\ ]•», securing large supplies of rattle and sheep and » considerable quantity of ammunition. A further dispatch from Lord Kitche ner, dated Pretoria, Dec. l»J. pays that Lord Methuen lias official confirmation o: the report of the death of Gen. Lemner, the Boer commander. WAR OFFICE OPEN AGAIN. A grim irony now attaches to Lord Roberts' description of the war as "over." Yesterday, the war office, for the firs! time in many months, remained open throughout a Sunday in response to the demand of puoik anxiety to learn the latest ncv.s. KIT.-:i,::\l ,1 CALLS FOR AID. Lord Xii -.■!,< m r Is reported to have Bent n fresh and urgent request to the govern ment to send out every available mount ed man. With Gen. De Wet again es caped through iho British cordon in the n ighborhood of i'haba N'Chu, the seri ous affairs at Vryheid and Zastron, and the Magaliesbc-rg disaster confronting the British people, they are beginning to ask why Lord Roberts is allowed to come home. WILL ENLIST 1,000 MEN. The colonial office announces its decision to enlisi 5,000 men instead of 1,000, prev iously asked Lo be recruited in Great Britain for Gon. Baden-Powell's con stabulary, which shows that recruiting In South Africa is loss active than had been anticipated. 1 Dispatches from Lourenzo Marques as- Berl that all the Boer forces are plenti fully supplied with ammunition, but ter ribly in want of food and clothing-. Mr. Kruger, at The Hague, received Mr. William T. Stead yesterday. Mr. Stead urged him to continue his tour of rope and to go to America. The Boer statesman listened attentively, but de clined to commit himself by any definite statement It is reported that he is about « to remove from his hotel to a private residence, as though contemplating a pro longed stay at The ITa^uc. I - .. ■ -. ■ . y . i THE ST. PAUL GLOBE MAJ. GEN. R. A. P. CLEMENTS. - . „ «* ill One of Kitchener's Division Leaders Crushlngly defeated by Die Boers. 1 111 l if boahdebs i\ a \kw yohk ESTAB LISiniEXTDIEIXDSRPKCU- LIAR, .eONDJTIOXS .. ONE LEFT A GAS COCK OPEN And tlie C««s Leaked '.'Fliroijejli. a Faulty Partition S« ns to A.Ki»hs*xlntc tlie Two. NEW YORK, Dec. 16.—Miles Novotny, thirty-three years old, believed to have J>een a stenographer' eitiployeil :in the government service, was found dead in bed this morning at his boarding hou?e, on West Seventee^nUi, str-eel,. . H >i£ be lieved that he had accidentally opened the stop-cock to a small heating stove and gone to sleep without noticing: that the gas was escaping.* 3 Jitters fo\in<l in the room bore his name, with the address «13 Oxford buildingT'&l l^i Salle street, Chicago. . ' He had been in New York for about a year and is believed previous to that time to have practiced law in Chicago. The physician who was summoned in the case noticed that there were some large cracks in a wooden partition which separated Novbtny's room from the next one. He advised that Ihe occupant of this room be summoned to inquire wheth er he had noticed the escaping gas. The door, however, was found locked, and on being broken in the occupant of the 100 m, Henry B. Gibbons, sixty-three years of age, was found dying from the fumes. All efforts to revive him proved unavail ing. Gibbons had only been in the house for a week, and Ills antecedents are un known. • HE TOOK HIS SON HOME IRATK FATHER I\TERIHPTS A CI/AXDESTIXE H(»XKVMOO\. BOSTON, Dec., 15.- It .w.^s discovered tonight that Gerard S. 'Foster, of \ ties, N. V., a Harvard student in the second year class of the Lawrence Scientific school, was married on Nov. ?(! to Mss Jessie Jordan; a chorus girl in the Cadet Girl company, then -running • at! 'a 'local theater. The ceremony was performed in the "Little Church Around the Corner* in New York, and was kept a profound secret until early in the week, the young bride In the meantime ki-eping up with her work and ihe youthful husband with hiS. ■:,..:,...■.. :.!?V.. v. V : Then Foster's father, who is a wealthy manufacturer, came to' Boston, having learned of the marriage, and carried hla son home with him, b;jlh in a very angry mood. •'•/ ,-■,,:*■ .:■-■: The bride is still here and is heart broken over the l(Ss oi' hot- husband. She is a very pretty girl, and declares that tli" marriage was one of mutual love. BOTH SIDES LOST HEAVILY I COLOMIIIAX R&3EI/S (JAVE GOVER\- MEST FORCES A HARD FIGHT. KINGSTON' Jamaica, Dec. 16.—Advices received from Colon," Colombia, today, re ] garding the recent fighting between the j government troops' and ; the insurgents at I Tumaco, the iwslstrong-hold, which be i gan Dec. I. and lasted three days, tho in ; surgents then cvaeuating the town, say ! that the withdrawing insurgent force waa not dispersed. .. <^i the contrary, fears are entertained I at Colon that this body of rebel:; will ef ' feet a junction with the force operating j around Buena Ventura. Telegraphic communication with the interior ha= been suspended by government, order and. fighting is proceeding at various point?, i although without important results. Both sides lost heavily in the batt:e at | Tu-naco. When tlie government forces ;• destroyed the rebel steamer CJait'ah, they ' also destroyed a large quantity of amniu j nition. Gen. Alban, governor of the state | of Panama, who was in command of j the government troops, left for Bogota I after the evacuation of Tumaco arii-the j destruction of the Gaitan. FOR VALLEY FORGE PARK. >l«-«'(ii»n of Original Tlilrfe<>n Slsi'.es at Philadelphia Wertnendftyl PHILADELPHIA, Doc. 16.—Wednesday the Valley Forge National. Park .associa tion will hold its lirst convention In In dependence hall. Dcde-gii tes from the Lhirteerworiginal states wriU.be in attend ance, repres< utihg the following"YAftViotic societies: Colonial Dames, Daughters of th<j American Revolution,"%6cjfeff of the "War of ]812, Daughters of the .Jtey,.olu tion, Society of Colonial Wars^ Brother hood of the I'nion, -New England so ciety. Junior Order of American Me chanics, Montgomery t'ount\' Historical society, Chester County Historical so ciety and a number af" other organza tions. ... ft . The purpose of the association is to arouse public sentiment for the preser vation of Valley Forge, the historic c imp ing ground of Gen. W.tshir^ioji.and the Continental army during the winter of ]777-7 v A bill is now before'" congress which provides for the acquisition of Valley Forge by the government and its preservation as a ,military l&ark under the control of the war department. One of the Rioters Convicted. AKRON, O.,Dec. 16.—Walter Viall, a prominent farmer of this country was to day convicted of participating la the riot of August 22 last. It was the hard est fougrht of any. .of .-the—fifteen eas£s the that have been tried. Up to date twenty-t vo of the cases have been dis posed of, seven of the rioters having pleaded guilty and convictions have reen secured in the fifteen cases tried. Four teen cases remain to be disposed cf at the next term of the court. MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 17, 1900. II1II1I! HAVE* XOT Ql IT WORK. AS WAS EXPECTED BY SANTA FE OPERATORS BUT OPERATORS WOK TO THEM AXO PREDICT THAT TODAY MILL SEE THEIR FORCES AIG MEMED GREATLY OFFICIALS CONTINUE LOCKOUT Say That the Striking Telegra phers Can Sot Come Bnek to "Work on the San ta Fc. WICHITA. Kan., Dec. 16. — Opinions tonight on the likelihood of the Santa Fe trainmen going out on a sympathetic strike differ. Supt. Scott, of the Oklahoma division of the road, says such talk is nonsense. Operators here are still hopeful of win ning their strike, and they laugh at the statement of Supt. Tice that he has op erators at every station on his division save two. Something: will happen to morrow, they assert. Supt. Tlce says: "No one knows better than the trainmen that there is nothing in the operators' strike—not even the semblance of justification. 1 am In close touch with the trainmen of the division, and the claim that they are seriously in sympathy with the O. R. T. strikers is absurd. 1' lie continued: "Two small stations are without opera tort*, but not because we cannot yet men to supply them. We have agents there that are sufficient for all the purposes of the stations. Our trains are coining m and going out in better shape than be fore the strike. Many of our old opera - tors, pay SO per cent of them, would like to come back, and a great many hav e asked to come ba^ck, but it is out of the question. THINKS DOLPHIX BLI'NDERKD, Yardmaster Thomas Peters, of New ton, speaking to an Associated Press cor respondent, said tonight: "1 am a member of the Switchmen's and-Tralnmen's union. This morning 1 received a dispatch from the switch men's general office stating that they are not interested in the O. R. T. strike and arc not considering the question of a sympathetic strike. I had a similar mes sage from the general office of the Train men's union. 1 like Dolphin personally, but I think he has taken about 2.0C0 op erators out on a limb and can never get them back." CONFEREXCE HELD LAST NIGHT. Representatives of the trainmen, con ductors, engineers and firemen, held a conference this evening with General Manager Mmlge, of the Santa Fe rail way, for the purpose of attempting to mediate the trouble between the railway and the .Order of Railway Telegraphers. While no agreement was reached, the board of mediation was encouraged by Mr. Mudgt to hold a conference v>ith Third Vice President Barr. The board it is said, seek this conference at Chl- cago tomorrow or Tuesday. "Representatives of the various rail way orders," said Mr. Mudge tonight, "held a short conference with myself and Mr. Resseguie this evening. They stated that they had no grievance against the Santa Fe, but at the request of the tel egraphers, desired to offer their ofnce3 to mediate the differences between the O. R. T. and the company. "They expressed a desire to act for the entire system and include the trouble on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe. As my authority extends simply over the Santa Fe proper, I could not deal with them. They will probably hold a meeting with Mr. Barr and attempt to reach a settle ment on the best possible basis to be obtained for the telegraphers." Little information about the conference could be obtained from the members of the board of mediation. They inti mated that there would be something- to give out in a day or two. The telegraphers' headquartf-rs at the National hotel presented a lively appear ance all day. The representatives of the different orders held a lengthy conference in the afternoon before they .decided to take any action in the matter. When shown a telegram from Wichita, stating that telegraphers on the Okla homa division were petitioning Superin tendent Tlce for restatement, Mr. Dol phin said: "There is nothing in the story. The telegraphers all over the system are standing firm and will stay out until this matter is definitely settled. "As a matter of fact, the strike is spreading. Only today I have received information that old men who did not go out on the first call are throwing up their positions, and new men have been induc ed to quit." Mr. Dolph-'n refused to talk of the in terview between the board of mediation and Mr. Mudge. ATTA( 'KED THE DEPOT. ARDMORE, I. T., Dec. 1(5. —At Dough erty. I. T., tonight, unknown persons smashed the Santa Fe station windows with stones and tired on the new oper ator. Marshals, who were protecting the building, exchanged several shots with the miscreants. No one was hurt. GkET THE TAKU HEROES EMPEROR A\D BERLIN WBUJOME CONTINGENT FROM CHINA. BERLIN, Dec. 16.—A portion of the German contingent that recently arrived from China was publicly received here today in accordance with the express de sire of Emperor William, great enthusi asm being displayed by the crowds that lined the route from Liehter railway station, which was beautifully decorated. The troops bore the shot-riddled Ger man flags which were taken in action at the storming of the Taku forts, to gether with several captured Chinese Hags and guns. The procession went to the arsenal, where the Chinese colors were deposited. Everywhere the men were greeted with trmendous cheering. In front of the arsenal were Emperox- William, the empress, Prince Henry of Prussia, Prince Ripprecht of Bavaria, Count yon Buelow, imperial chancellor; members of the general staff, and other persons of high rank. After saluting the troops the kaiser in spected them, speaking to those who had been wounded, or had received decora tions, and then addressing all formally. TAKING UNCLE SAMS TIP. Great Britain Demands Indemnity From the Porte. CONSTANTINOPLE, Dec. R—Owing to the success of the United States in pressing claims for compensation in con nection with the Armenian disorders Great Britain is now urging the Ottoman government 1o pay similar claims put forward by British subjects. It is ex pec*ed that energetic means will lie taken to obtain a settlement. HENRY C. PAYNE. La... .^A 1 ' «.". . : j iiwaukee Man Is a Cabinet ProbablHty and Seeks Totmaster Generalship. sn ii ai in BRITISH MINISTER HAS DEMAXDED AX 131 PORT AST CHANGE lIX '"' POWERS* JOIXT NOTE ■- ' : ■ ■ '.': ':.' ■■■ - '.- t. ''" » :'■■•■ ■ WASHIITGTOH IS :. MYSTIFIED (HKciuls Tliere (nn Xot Figure Ont What tlie*' Dlffl cnlty C'Hfi Be Wltb It. ' PEKTN, Dec. IP.—Definite instructions supplementing yesterrtas's ; communica tion from J.,ondon have<been received by Sir Ernest Mason"* I Sstoyir, the British minister, and he now demands a modifi cation of a point in the joint note, wlJch the foreign envoys generally regard- as important. This means-further delay as all the ministers must communicate anew with their respective governments. Just what is the nature of, the objection raised by Great Britain the ministers decline to say. but they admit that the new demand will involve a good deal more diplomatic procedure. '■'■ ; *-- ;• > ' SEIZED SOME CUINKSE GUNS. Yesterday, -while a private of the Ninth United States infantry w;as searching Ten two stray" mules near Ho-Si-Wu, he ar rived at a town where he found a rapid, fire machine pun. wilfh 5,000 rounds of ammunition, of which:' he took charge. He went back to the mall station for the night, but on retii'hingr in the morn ing-, he found two leaded AVinchesters; tvo other magazine rlfles-.«and 1,100 rounds of ammunition. When leaving- the town he was fired upon, but he did not return ihe fire.' A village five miles southeast of No-Pi-\Vu has been fired upon by Chinese twice, within half a miFc. of the mail sta» tion. PUZZLED AT THE CAPITOL. WASHINGTON, Doc. .'l6.—Officials here are at a loss to understand the reasons for; th-2 important modification in the joint Chinese note- which it is renorted, the British mini3tei- to Y'ekin tot -l» --rnand before signing tfrbC document pre paratory to its present*. to the Chi nese pltnipotentiarp Ti'.ey have no. in formation on the subject jas nothing his be?n. heard from Mr. Conger on the mat ter tor some. days. .The understanding here has been that the. joint note as agreed . upon •by - tht envoys w&s in the main satisfactory to the British govern ment. It simply desired, a slight amendment, said to be in the nature of a mere change in styie of 'language to. be used rather than any amendment to the scope of the agreement. This did not conflict with any of th< principles held out for by this government. Such being the case it was confidently expected the signature of the British minister- wou'd be promptly affixed to the agreement and the note presented to the Chinese at ah early day. RUSSIA CLAIMS THE RIGHT. ST.. PETERSBURG, Dec. 16.— '\ he Of ficial Messenger published an inspired •strvtement us to the views, of. the Russian government concerning the Yang'Tsan Shan Hai Kwan r.illri>ad. repudiating: the charge that the Russians/- have" acted illegally in holding- the line, contending that Russia's action was 'necessitated by military considerations/ rtecllhlrig .to recognize the British as; owners of .the line, but admitting that they have the preponderating financial* interest and finally promising to restore it to the former administration after Ine foreign troops have evacuated the province of Chi LI. 7 '• - IS PRETTY, BUT DESPERATE. Chtcng-0 Shoplifter 'J>l«-d Twice to End Her liife. CHICAGO. Dec. 16.— After confessing (o the theft of nearly $2,000 vorth of silks and other valuables from twelve down town department stores, Amelia Meyer, a pretty young woman, drew a knife from her dress at the Harrison street police station annex, where she was confined, and attempted to cut her throat. Her efforts were unsuccessful. however, owing- to ihe promptness o£ Detective Sergeants Walsh, Broderick. Kane and Meskell. of'Capt. CoHeran's o!?lce, who saw her and after a •struggle, took the knife from her. Thi? was not accom plished, .though, until s-h* had severely lacerated her mouth with the keen edge ;of the blade. ;".'.*' " She was arrested - -jn ; Schlesinger & Mayers department aJid wh»-n searched silks valued at $20. which she had appropriated from various counters, wore iound on her person. She was then taken, to the police sta tion i.nd the detectives, learning: that elkj lived, at 24 Aberdeenf street, visited tn-3 mises. I'pon opening^ the Ooor leading to their prisoner's. apartir.ents they found a miscellaneous collection of articles piled in every, corn.;- of the rcom. ■•-'• A patrol wagon was called \ and loaded v.-iih various" articles of clothing. Later when Miss Meyer was inken from tho Harrison street polfceM&ation. to detecilve headquarters ■ and tifcere viewed the plunder she became hysterical and draw ing a liat pin : from her hat again at tenpted to do herself injury. : . - | Again the detectives came to the rescue and the piri was taken • from her. .The prißonor is twenty-four y«ars old and boarded at the Aberdeen Street residence. Late Friday-night Mrs! M. McCready, en.ployed as house detective by Schles ing-er & Mayer, noticed waking from counter to counter ana acting suspicious ly. The detective followed her about ard on several occasions saw,' her take goods from the counters wbert the clerk's \ at tention was called to j&iath?r part of the hcuse and hide them : the fo'.ds of her drees. The weman wrs \ about to leave the establishment when she felt a hanl placed upon her shouldfer and the an nouncement made that -she was under arrest. At first she denied her guilt, later when taken to the office of the store and searched " the goods? were found in her possession. ■ ■ . . % -.. . '"" • The police are now searching for a man. with whom it is. said the prisoner had been teen on various occasions. V - Hi IS lED I3IMEXSE TAXNERY OF ZSCHET ZCHE & SOX WAS TOTAL.LV DESTROYED BY FIRE it cweied 1 crn SOUARE AXD THE LOSS WILL RE IX THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $200,000 OTHER PROPERTY DAMAGED ■MiltvanUee and Manitovroe I-ir<- De jmrt nifins Were Called on for Aid, but Fire Wa« Subdued Withont Them. SHEBQTGAN, Wis., Dec. IC.-The im mense plant of ZscJjetZche & Son. tan ners, was totally destroyed by fire this morning-. The cause of fire is unknown. Loss $180,000, fully covered by insurance. The flames fanne.i by a high wind scorch ed the big furniture plant of the Mal colm Manufacturing company adjoining, whose loss will be .several thousand dollars. Mayor Born wired Milwaukee and Man itowoc fire departments to bold them selves in reactfne^s, a general conflagra tion in the manufacturing department be ing feared. The fire corps of. a dozen factories lent aid and finally controlled the lire. Nearly 200 men will b^ thrown out of employment, and the plant may not be rebuilt. The plant was one of the largest in the state, covering an en tire block of ground. NOTED LAWYER IS DEAD CHARI.RS C. BEE MAX, GENERAL COl NSEIi WISCONSIN CEXTRAL. NEW YORK, Dec. 16.—Charles C. Bee man, of the law firm of Evarts, Choate & Beeman, is dead at his residence in this city. He died suddenly of heart dis ease, and had been ill for only three days. Mr. Beeman was born In Houlton, Me., in IS4O. When a young man he was pri vate secretary to Charles Summer, and in 1871 married the daughter of William M. Evarts. Mr. Beeman was consulting attorney to many corporations, a director in some and was general counsel of the Wisconsin Central railway. AT WORK ON A TARIFF. Philippine Commission Fixing- Ip a Hevwinc Scheme. MANILA, Dec. 16.—Advices from Jloilo, Island of Panay, are that the American troops have been moving northward and westward for several days, and that de tachments of the Sixth, Eighteenth and Twenty-sixth regiments have been active near their stations. The insurgent losses during the last ten days there have been F» killed and 40 taken prisoners. The Americans have lost 2 killed and 3 wounded. . Large numbers of the natives. however, are swearing aliigeanee to the United States. In. several recent attacks and expedi tions in Southern Luzon the insurgents have lost S killed and 7 wounded and about 20 captured. The Americans have lost 1 killed and 2 wounded. Gen. Wheaton reports that 43 natives have entered Calanao for registration. Most of the time of the Philippine com mission is now devoted to the tariff bill. Judge Taft said today that generally speaking- the new rates would be about 40 per cent of the existing rates. "It will be essentially a tariff for | revenue." he remarked, "but some of the industries already established will be given protection. The commission is not considering the question of the constitu tionality of taxing United States pro ducts. The precedents have been estab- : lished in the case of Porto Rico and by the military government of the Philip pines. The bill requires the washing of cotton goods, so as to eliminate the clay used by European manufacturers. which increases the weight. This will incidentally favor American goods. The rate on kerosene will be reduced from lie a gallon to 4c. Some of the American products will be admitted free, and al- j most all will come in at reduced figures." I PLAN FOR HUGE ROBBERIES. Detectives* of \orth-Western Ilall yray Claim to Incover Dii; Scheme. GRINNEL, 10., De-. 16.—The private detectives of the Northwestern railway state that they have discovered a gigan tic thieving plot. The scheme, which has been in successful operation for a num ber of years, they say, extended over a large portion of lowa along the line of its road. Thefts have occurred for a num ber of years in a systematic manner, goods being taken from cars in transit and in the various railway yards and from stations and warehouses. It is believed that the two men recent ly sent to the penitentiary from Slate Centex for burglary are members of th^ gang, and another man, who is believed to have been the "fence,'" through whose means the stolen property was disposed of, has been arrested and is being held for examination. FIVE BODIES ARE FOUND. Removal of the Dead From the Ruins at Dunkirk. DUNKIRK, N. T., Dec. 16.—Bodies of. five more victims of the normal school fire were recovered today, making six that have been taken from the ruins. Those found today were charred beyond recognition, as was the same one pre viously discovered. Workmen, while removing the debris, found the five bodies at the foot of a fire escape. They were piled across each other and burned beyond recognition. A ring upon the finger of one of the bodies gives a hope that it may be iden tified, but there is nothing by which the others can possibly be distinguished. It is proposed that all be buried in one grave and that it be marked by one mon ument to be placed in the Fredonia ceme tary in memory of the victims. District Attorney Greene and Coroner Blood will begin a rigid investigation at once, which will inquire into all matters connected with the structure of the build ing and the fire. SAYS TONTINE IS ILLEGAL. Attorney General of Mfchlg'tin Will Drive Out Companies. LANSING, Mich . Dec. 15.—Attorney General Orcr. has decided that the busi ness of various debenture, diamond con tract and tontine companies operating ii Michigan is fraudulent and against public policy and today announced that he would begin proceedings to drive them from the state. He says the law pro vides ample procedure, either by pro ceeding criminally against the officers or by quo warranto proceedings, and that the business must stop. PRICK TWO CENTS— gfvS'^T. BULLETIN OP IMPORTANT NEWS OF THE DAY iWeather Forecast for St. Paul: Colder and Cloudy. llrltlNli Taken Prisoner*. Santa. Fe Strike Hold* On* Fire at .Slienoj-jcjan. Perils of the Oeonn, Coal <in» Kills Ttto. ' Chinese' Affairs. --■•^' . — ■•-" 2—Annnal O. It. C. Bnnquet. Rev. Mr. Alcoti on Gonfnclni). I'hangeit In City Boards. Hiirt in Saloon Row. Minneapolis* Matters*. — Xorthivest Xevrs. lowa Child Studjr Society. Forecast of Congress. 4—Editorial Page, s—Sporting; Ticvrn. > Ball I'lnycrs Stand Flrni* Foreign Stock Markets. G—A Poet at Home. Popular Wants. 7— Mnrkets of the World. Odd Items of Nerr*. B—Molly's .Fortn»»e.«.^ LIYNCiiED TWO NEGROES MIHDKR OV WHITE MAX AT ROCK- I'OHT AVENGED. OWENSBORO, Ky., Dec. 16.—Jim Hen derson and Bud Rowland, negroes, were hanged by a mob of 860 persons at S o'clock tonight In the jail yard at Rock port, Indiana. Henderson and Rowland waylaid, murdered and then robbed 1". S SiniUions, a white barber, at 1 o'clock this morning. The two were suspected and arrested and by the aid of v blood hound their guilt was established. Hen derson was shot 10 death in his cell and then hung. Rowland confessed before n<» wars strung up. The bodies were riddled, with bullets after hanging. When the dog was placed on the trail ho followed it until he reached the house where Rowlands lived, six blocks from the scene of the murder, and went hay ing' to the bed the negro had occupied. This was enough for the excited Citizens. Within a few minutes a mob of a. thousand bloodthirsty citizens, with sledge hammers, ropes and, guns, were running to the jail. Sheriff Anderson and his two deputies attempted to protect the prisoners. The officers were seized by the leaders of the mob, who disarmed them. The sher iff v,as then locked in a room and placed under guard, but he stoutly refused to give up the keys or tell where the pris oners were hidden. Failing to get the keys, the mob made a determined but unsuccessful attempt to break in-the jail door. By this time the would-be lynchers were in a frenzy,' and, procuring a telegraph pole, they used it as a battering ram, and broke in the side wall of the jail The door of Row lands' ceil was quickly broken in with sledges, and he was dragged from the jail to the east side of the court yard, where a noose was put about his neck. He was given time to make a statement in which he implicated Jim Henderson ami another negro. Rowlands then beg- K<-d piteourly for mercy, but the mob swiftly swung him to a tree and tired many bullets fnto his body. leaving the body of Rowlands dangling from the limb of the tree, the mob rush ed back to the jail and attempted to burst open the cell occupied by Hender son, but before the steel bars yleldpd some one in the crowd fired upon the ter rified negro as he crouched In the corner of his cell. A'few moments more and the door of the cell was broken in. The negro, half dead, was dragged at a rope's end to the court house yard and swung from the tree beside the body of Rowlands. Firing- a parting volley at the bodies, the mob, eager for another victim, hur ried away tp catch the other negro im plicated by Rowlands in his confession. He was found at a hotel, where he was porter. He escaped, however, to the roof of the building, and Manager Debruler convinced the mob that the porter had nothing to do with the crime, proving an alibi for him. The mob then dis persed The negroes' victim, Simons, was way laid and murdered in the most bruial manner one square from the main street of the city as he was going to his horre from his hirber shop at 2 o'clock th's morning 1. He carried the receipts of the day at his place of business. The negroes were aware of this*, and evidently lad the- plans accordingly. Crouching lo hind a fence they awaited their victim, and jumped from their places of conceal ment and attacked him from behind, striking him over the head with a heavy club with a large nail driven into the end of it. Although terribly beaten, Simons made a desperate fight, and his eih'-; soon attracted two boys, who went to h's assistance, but they were a moment too late, the barber was lying dead at iheir feet. The murderers then drove the would-be rescuers away, securing a ba^ containing over $40, from the prostrate form of their victim and made their es cape. Simons was terribly beaten, his sku.l crushed in, his head and face beaten into a pulp. Four gaping wounds showed where the spike on the club had puuetur ed his skull and penetrated his brain. The dead mans wife is prostrated, and it is believed she will die from the shock. Simons came here from "Winslow, Ind., three years ago. GERMAN FRIGATE IS SUNK TRAIMXG SHIP FOUNDERS IX MED- ITKIJRA\EA\, OFF MALAGA. MADRID, Dec. 16—The German train ing friKate, Gneisenau, has foundered oft Malaga, sixty-five miles east-northeast of Gibraltar. Private dispatches say that forty persons were drowned. According to the navnl pocket, book, the Gneisenau, built in Dantzic in 1879, was an iron vfssel sheathed with wood and had a. displacement of 2,55G tons. Sh^ was °A 2 feet S> inches in length and 45 feet 11 inches in the beam., having a mean draught of 19 feet 8 inches and a coal capacity of 400 tons. Her speed was 13 knots. Her armamerft consisted of four teen 5.0-inch Kriipp breech loaders, two 3i-iiich quick firers, one boiler field gun and several torpedo tubes. Her com plement was 1C: and she was used !or training boys. A large number of the cadets can be seen from the shore, clinging to the rig ging. They aru shouting arid signalling for help. The captain and many of the cadets have been drowned. It is believed lhat 40 who left in one of the ship"s boats and have not been seen since are also lost. The total loss is now thought to be no leas than ICO. Some dispatches say 140. Forty of'those saved are badly hurt. Settle on German Soil. BERLIN, Dec. 16.— According to the Lokal Anzeiger fifty Cape Colony Boers, now in Amsterdam with their fam.Ke--, have been granted permission to settle in German Southwest Africa, the Ger man government having just assented to the purchase of lands by them in Dama raland and Great Hamaiquan Land. The Boer,= will leave Amsterdam Jan. 5. PERILBOFIII : 1 • : ;J| "WHITE STAH LIXER CTPIC IS »IS* ABLED AT SEA. HIT I,A\US .' IX TOW . 'r CHIEF ©FFICEIt IS D20W39 7WIIILE trying to repair dam-* age j)o\k IX the TER RIFIC STORM AFLOAT ON LAKE MICHIGAN I.iKlitlioiisi* Keeper* Picket! i*b> Nearly Dead—Women Ultli Them. , • Drill! lint J.asht'll l«i the Boat. QUEENSTQWX, Dec. 16.— The \Yhit« Star line earner Cuflc, Capt. Caven, from Liverpool, Dee. I, for New York,) was towed to anchorage here at i o'clock this morning by the British steamer Kansas City, Capt. Lewis, which sighted the Cufic Dec. !>. in latitude 31.44 north and longitude 21.24 west, the day the White Star liner lost her propeller. Owing to the terrific weather, it was im possible to connect the hawsers until . . Dec. 12. These parties In a fisree gale and the Kansas City only succeeded in resuming towing the following day. The hawsers broke again last night off Kinsale, but after a shoit delay, towing was resumed. Off Cork a local tug s i i<<). In one ot' the efforts to connei the Kan sas City, Mr. Corsby, chief officer, of the Cufic, while trying to swim to a line, attached to a buoy, afloat from th Kan sas City, was drowned, although a power* ful swimmer. The Cufic will await the arrival <>t tugs here and will then procee i to Liver* pool. She carries no passengers. •- ! The Kansas City's machinery was strained and there was a heavy ist to the starboard. She will re-coal and may re sume within a day or two her voyage to Xew York, whither she w:.s bound from Bristol, after touching at Swansea Dec. 6, when she sighted the disabled Cutic. WO.IIEX DIED rilOM HXI-OSIkkT Spent liay and a Nitilit in » Vnvrl on M leliiK'an. MA&ITOWOC, VVia, Dec. IG. — The steamer Manhattan arrived here today with W. A. Shields and William Mc-Auley, lighthouse keepers on Squaw island, and • the todies of Mrs. Shields and her niece; Mrs. Mary Davis. They were picked up Saturday afternoon in the lake, where they were found lashed to an overturned yawl. They had. been thus exposed since Friday, when they were capsized by a squall, while sailing .from the island to the main laud. Luclen Morden, of Mon tague, Mich., was also an occupant of tli*> boat when it capsized, and was drowntd before he c^uld lie lashed to the over turned craft.. .The-two rescued n»en are bailly fryzoh'i, and It is thought they may have to suf fer aniuutatinn of .their lower HmU*. They were .-taken to the Holy Family hos pital, where the following; story oi their terrible experience ■• was told hv Alru Shields: ■: ; >'Up6ril'ecttvin<( >. orders -to <Ms»- t!lfe lighthouse for the season we prepared i.> leave -the lighthouse together, with alii helpers, I-ueieir Morden; of Mon:a r<u», Mich.; Mrs. Shields and Mary I>a\i*. my, wife and niece. We left the island Fri day morning-, bnind' f<;r Harbor Springs. When out but a short dis tance a heavy wind stru< k the sail of our boat, capsizing it and throwing all into the lake. \\ r. all succeeded, after much har.l work, to reach the boat. Mc- Cault'y and myself, after much lab .r, finally succeeded in lashing the two w.mi en to the heat, and then ouivelvesv Mo.' - den, the helper, Ir. the meantime had h:-, come delirious and refused to help him self, and soon afterwards fell off th« boat. Mrs. Shields. Mary Davis, Mc- Cauley arid myself, lashed to the bottom of the boat, were swept about the lake and the seas washed owi- us. Aboi.it seven hours afUr the accidenl happened my wife succumbed, being uriaWe longer to endure the terrible conditions thy exposure to the wind and seas caused. Mrs. Davis, after holding on for several hours after my wife's death, also suc cumbed, and only- McCauley and n.y-'ir remained allv<\ with the two dead bo.ljes lashed by our sides, floating around tf.e lake with no one >•• b- .-'•mi. At one time we were within a short distance of the in.ii:; land and would soon l>;)\»- b*en washed -rm the beach; when, to our dis may and horror, ihe wind changed, an I we were drifting out into tile lake again. Fortunately, however, as it proved, we were takti! by the wind Into the north passage, which is often taken b> boats coming up the lake. In this manner w< passed Friday night, suffering terribly from the cold and holding on until Sat urday, at 1 i>. m., when we succeeded in attracting the attention of the outFoofc of the steamer Manhattan. Although weather was very rough, the captain of the steamer, after much maneuvering, succeeded in rescuing us. also: picking up the bodies of my wife and niece. "•'The terrible exposure and conditions from which we suffered can only bt wi, aginod by those who have had similar experience) and the only wonder Is that we were able to survive it. We did our best to save ami keep the women alive, but our efforts were unavailing.'' Both men are about forty years of age. PRIEST BRAVED THE FIRE. Ri.tktMl His Life ta Save >»<-r«-«l « i- borlum I'roiii FiaiHVM. ST. T.OT.'IS. Mo.. Dec. 16. -Uncoil and tightly clasping In his nrnn tne cil'orium containing ih r consecrated ele ment sacred to the Catholic faith .-.n-l nearly blinded anil smothered by bnioke which filled the church, Rev. Father Ceasaro Spigerdi was rescued by firenien from the burning r ltalia'p church, o.r I-.ady c«f Our Hopes, at fCiiieteentL aiul Morgan streets. T&e.priest when notified of ilit- [ir< a;;s in his study. His Hrst thought was of the revered sacrament. Wrapping his cassock about his h< ;ml. ht^ went Into ih : church and took un the eiboriunt. He then tried to escape, but lost hia wkj ;.n.l fell bewildered and nearly suffocate.j from the smoke and iieat. The liri learning that he was Inside, risked th< ir lives to save him, a task accomprishei with great difficulty. Milwaukee Man Kills Hliuac-ir. MILWAUKEE, Wis., Dee. LB. -Frank L. Wflliama .gi aeral agent of tiio Streator j Bottle and Glass company ■ f Strtator, 11!.. committed sul'.'ldv today by shooting himself at tlie rr;sid?!ice of hie brother-in-law \V. S. Pleria of . Wil«on street. Williams vva-< well-to-do and well known in Chicago: Deapohdencj is taid to be the-"caoise. ' . . ■. ■ Clileago < lotkler in mihK*. CHICAGO, Dec. ID.— Sol. Wolfe, retail clothier, ha- filed a petition in bank ruptcy, estimating his liabilities h 000, with asset.- of JTJO.UW). Ifearj J,. "Wilson, an attorney has been app< receiver. The largest creditors nr< :n Chicago, Philadelphia and N\vv Folk.