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From All Parts of the New World
and the Old. -
Comprehensive Review of the Important Hap
penings of the Past Week in a
Condensed Form.
The powers have agreed to the joint
The Japanese gave Admiral Beards
lee a reception.
Chicago police will prevent the Gans
JlcGovern fight.
Santa Fe strikeis wish their differ
ences arbitrated.
Five persons were killed in a train
wreck in Montana.
Fire in Pekin destroyed the quarters
of a number of officers.
Kitchener rpeorts a running fight be
tween Dewf t and Knox.
Gompers will be re-elected president
of the Federation of Labor.
The Santa Fe repudiates its relations
with the telegraphers' union.
The American fleet in North China
waters is reduced to two vessels.
The Irish Nationalist convention de
clared for the abolition of landlordism.
Washington's centennial anniversary
was celebrated with imposing ceremo
nies. Full particulars have been received
ot the tyboon which recently swept the
coast of China, causing a heavy loss to
life and shipping.
There are more than 40 cases ol
smallpox in St. George's hospital, Kan
sas Citv. Only one death from the
disease has occurred.
The city election at Astoiia, resulted
in a sweeping victory for the Citizens'
ticket, every candidate being elected
by large majorities.
Jospeph Benoit, a stage carpenter at
the Grand Opeia house, Salem, Or ,
fell from a scaffold, breaking several
ribs and bruising his face and body
badly. The accident was caused by
-the breaking of a board upon which he
was standing.
The Lakeview and Ager stage wai
robbed about two miles from Lake
view, Or. A lone highwayman accom
plished the job. No passengers were
aboard of the stage. Two mail sacks
were rifled and a considerable amount
of registered mail taken. Officers art
now workng on the case.
The will of the late Senator Davis,
who died November 27. was filed foi
probate bv Mrs. Anna M. Davis, the
widow. The will, made during the
senator's last illness, leaves all his
estate to Mrs. Davis. The estate ii
valued at $25,000 in personal and
$40,000 in real property.
Lord Roberts has left the Cape for
Holland refuses to intervene in the
Boer war.
Senator Clay spoke against the ship
subsidy bill.
French troops -have ceased looting
Chinese observatories.
Li Bung Chang claims to have abso
lute power to negotiate.
Chaffee protested to Von Waldersee
against German looting.
The debate on the war tax reduc
tion bill began in the boose.
The house of commons voted 16.
000,000 to carry on the Boer war.
The Hay-Pauncefote treaty wai
again considered in executive session.
A congressional committee was ap
pointed to investigate the Booz hazing.
The Philippine commission gavs
merchants a bearing on the traiff bill.
A $50,000 irrigation ditch will b
constructed at once in Moxee valley,
Oregon delegation decides upon con
tinuing contract for Columbia rivei
State Superintendent Ackerman re
commends that Oregon schools observe
John Marshall day.
The matter of developing Lower
Nehalem coal is said to have been con
sidered in New York.
A number of persons suspected ol
ploting to murder Lord Roberts during
his visit to Cape Colony recently, aban
doned their schemes on learning that
they were shadowed.
In his annual report, Fish Commis
sioner Reid says value of fish output
for Oregon is over $3,000,000.
Outlawry in Kwang Si and Kwang
Tnnng is increasing. The officials
appear to be losing their hold of the
situation and are powerless to restore
order. Pirating on the West river it
Owing to a lack of proper facilitiei
in the way of telegraph, caused by the
strike, a serious collision occurred on
the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, in
which several persons were probably
fatally injured.
Five editors were ohosen to sit in
the Nebraska legislature at the recent
Joseph Manley has resigned as chair
man of the Republican execuitve com
mittee of Maine after a service of 18
Electric coal-cutting machinery it
rapidly displacing hand work and othei
varieties of mechanical mining appli
ances in the collieries of Gieat Britain
and the United States.
Loot sent to France will be embar
goed. American wheat visible shows a de
srease. The Monroe doctrine may be applied
to France.
The Boers were defeated in a battle
it Orange river.
A third negro was lynched by the
Kockport, Ind., mob.
In the sinking of the Goeisenau, 136
persons ver s drowned.
There is no prospect of passing the
subsidy bill this session.
The steamer Alpha was wreoked on
the Vancouver island coast.
Major-General John G. Parke died
it his home in Washington.
The Porto Rico case is before the
United States supreme court.
Congressman Boutelle was placed
on the retired list of the navy.
The military commission begins its
investigation in the Booz hazing.
Fresh instructions sent to Conger
will clear the way ol all obstacles.
A cure for strikes was discussed by
the arbitration conference at Chicago.
Preparations are being made for de
velopment of natural gas near Rosalia,
A Washington county farmer was
murdered by a shot fired through his
The official report of the finances of
the Paris exposition, shows a loss of
2,000,000 franca.
The Oregon supreme court decided
that the Portland vehicle license ordi
nance was invalid.
Five cases of what is believed to be
bubonic plague have developed in Tucu
man, in the Argentine Republic.
A resolution was introduced in the
United States senate for an investiga
tion uf the conduct of Judge Noyes in
The officials of the Santa Fe and
the officers of the different trainmen's
organizations will hold a conference in
Seven hundred Boers have crossed
from Orange River colony into Cape
Colony near Aliwal North, and have
reached Kaapdal.
. President MoKinley expects to ar
range his Western trip so as to be in
San Francisco to witness the launch
ing of the battleship Ohio.
Fire in Cleveland, Ohio, destroyed
five out of seven buildings of a machine
company, causing a property loss of
over $500,000, and throwing 1,100
men out of employment.
The war revenue bill has been passed
by the house.
Railway telegraphers threaten to
boycott the Santa Fe.
Lord Kitchener has called for all
available English troops.
England has awakened to the new
seriousness in South Africa.
Colonel Tnllock's expedition failed
to find the Chinese treasne.
At Rockport, Ind., two negroes, who
had murdered a white man were
The German training ship Gneisenan
foundered near Gibraltar and 100 were
A large Boxer force is said to be
approaching Peking with the intention
of attacking it.
The senate cannot considered the
army and appropriation bills until ,
after the holidays.
John Addison Porter, MoKinley's
former private secretary, died at his
home in Putnam, Conn.
The British admiralty is arranging
to test various inventions for steering
torpedoes and submarine boats.
The Oregon Historical Society pro
poses to hold a great fair in 1905, in
commemoration of the Lewis and
Clark expedition to the Pacific coast
100 years ago.
As a result of a mysterious poisoning
case at the Forsyth mines, near Mar
ietta, Ohio, four persons are dead, four
dying and two others serironsly ill.
Five unknown men who asked the
marshal of Brighton, 111., for shelter,
in the calaboose, locked him up anp
then broke into a bank and two
The building occupied by the con
struction department at the Norfolk
! tin w varrl. was destroyed bv fire. It
contained all the important papers,
models and plans of the construction
Telephoning without wires was sue
cessfully accomplished by transmit
ting the voice across the Mississippi
river, at Minneapolis, a distance of
over 1,000 feet.
Advices from Ho Ho report that the
American troops have been northward
and westward for several days and
that detachments of the Sixth, Eigh
teenth and Twenty-sixth regiments
have been active near their stations.
The insurgents losses during the last
10 days there have been five killed,
seven wounded and 40 taken prisoners.
The Americans nave lost two killed
and three wounded.
Prairie chickens are said to be more
anundant in western Kansas than for
During the past five years the state
of Pennsylvania has purchased more
than 100,000 acres of land to be .issued
as a forestry reservation.
Former Ambasador to Italy W. F.
Draper has been decoiated with the
order of SS. Maurice and Cazal by the
king of Italy, for services during his
embassy to Rome.
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Is Going North
Oom Paul.
to Help
Schalkenberger Sworn In as Acting State Presi
dentRumor in London of a Serious
Defeat to British Arms.
New York, Dec. 15. A dispatch to
the Journal and Advertiser from Am
sterdam says:
The following proclamation by Gen
eral Louis Botha has been received:
"Whereas. I have been informed
that the enemv circulates all sorts of
! wwin. and 1 vine rertnrts amonc the
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burghers about the government and
myself, our officers and officials are
charged to communicate the following
information to the general public:
The executive counril, after consulting
the president ot the Orange Free State,
has decided in the interests of our
cause to give leave of absence to our
state president, with orders to go im
mediately to Europe in order to assist
our deputation there in the work thev
have before them. Vice-President
Scbalkenberger has been sworn in, ac
cording to law, and is now acting as
state president. He is now assisted
by the state secretary, two members of
the executive council. Lucas Meyer
and mvelf, and otber officials, in
short' our government exists in the same
way as before and is now in my imme
diate neighborhood and in direct com
munication with me.
'Let the blood of our brave dead al
ways by a strong voicti induce every
burgher to fight for liberty. We have
nothing left to lose, but everything to
win. The government is most firmly
decided to continue the struggle. I
am convinced the burghers will ap
plaud this decision and act accordingly
until the end. Burghers are warned
aeainst trie fine words used by the en
emy to deceive them and to make them
put down tbeir arms, because, accord
ing to the proclamation of Roberts,
they will all be transported to St.
Helena or Ceylon as prisoners of war.
Our cause, however, precarious, is not
hopeless if every burgher only does his
duty. The Lord is sure to give a
blessed end in his own time and in his
own way."
Postal Clerk on the Cotton Belt Railroad Line
Was Nearly Killed.
Texarkana, Ark., Dec. lo A bold
robbery on the Cotton Belt railroad oc-
1 curred today at Bassetts, Tex., 30
j miles south of Texarkana, on the train
' coming north, in which Postal Clerk
John H. Denniswas almost killed and
mail pouches of the car rifled of their
contents. The amount stolen is not
known. As the train left the Bassetts
water tank at 6 A. M., the express and
mail cars were separated from the
tiain, but the train crew soon had
them coupled again. In the run from
there toTexarkana, the coaches were
uncoupled twice in a very mysterious
manner. Upon the arrival of the train
here the United. States transfer clerk
went to the door of the mail car and
knocked for the poi-tal clerk to open it.
No response was given. Officials then
forced an entrauce and were astonished
to find Clerk Dennis stretched upon the
floor, apparently dead. A hurried ex
amination showed that the registered
pouches had been ripped open "and
robbed of their contents, the most
valuable of which was the Wayne
Memphis pouch, containing a. large
number of valuable packages. A phy
sician was sent for and it was found
that Dennis was alive but unoonscions.
An ugly wonnJ on the top of his head
told the story. Two hours after he
was taken to the hospital he revived
enough to give the details of the rob
bery. Just as the train parted at "Bassetts
tank, Dennis went intq the vestibule of
the mail oar to stir npfcbej fire. When
he onened the vestibule door he saw
two men standing by the stove. One
of them dealt him a terrible blow over
the bead with a heavy fire shovel,
The first blow felled him and he was
than quickly beaten into a senseless
condition. Word reahced here at noon
that two suspects have been arrested at
Naples, near the scene of the robbery,
but none of the stolen packaegs wa
found. -
American Arrested in Cape Colony.
London, Dec. 15. The Cape Town
correspondent of the Daily Mail report!
the arrest at Worcester, Cape Colony,
of Harold Darringale, alleged to be an
American, on a charge of fomenting an
Afrikander rebellion. "The arrest,"
says the dispatch, "has made a great
sensation, and startling disclosures are
Held Up a Box Office. '
Sioux City, la.. Dec. 16- During
the performance of "Shore Acres" in
the Grand Opera house in this city to
night, two masked- men entered tho
box office, assaulted, beat and shot
the treasurer, Harley S. Rounds; and
escaped without getting any cash.
Rumor of British Defeat.
London, Deo. 15. The Daily Express
publishes a rumor of a serious dis
asterto the British arms. According
to this report, the Boers attacked the
camp of General Clements, in the Bar
berton district, capturing the camp,
killing a number of British officers,
and taking prisoners all the British
troops, including four companies of the
Northumberland fusiliers. The story
is not confirmed in any quarter, and
is not generally believed.
General Kitchener Reports a Running Fight
With the Boers. -
London, Deo. 17. Lord Kitchener
cables the war office from Pretoria un
der date of December 12 that General
Knox reports from Helvetia that he is
engaged in a running fight with Gen
eral Dewet, and that the enemy ia mov
ing towards Reddersburg, where . there
is a column ready to co-operate -with
the other British forces. Lord Kitche
ner in another dispatch reports that
Boers attaoked the post near Barber ton.
The British casualties were three
killed, five wounded and 13 taken pris
oners. The captured men have since
been released. The Boers raided the
Riverton road station December 11.
They are being. lol lowed up.
General Kitchener's message indi
cates that Dewet has again evaded
Knox. After the latter had foiled the
Boer general at Coomassie drift, the
Boers seem to have doubled back,
crossed the Caledon rivet elsewhere,
and turned thence northwest in the
direction of Reddersburg, the memor
able scene of the British disaster in
April, when Dewet captured the Brit
ish Rifles.
Tragedies on Shipboard.
San Francisco, Deo. 17. The Brit
ish ship Crown of Scotland, which ar
rived today, 130 days from Penarth,
Cardiff, bad three tragic entries in her
log. November 24 John Warrington
tabbed P. C. Hagltind, his shipmate,
while the latter was asleep in his
bunk. Leaving his sheath-knife in his
victim's breast, the murderer ran np
on deck, jumped overboard and was
drowned, despite efforts to reach him
with a lifeboat. No one on board of
the ship knows of the motive. The
second tragedy occurred August 1.
Salvatori Servis fell from the foreyard,
struck the deck and fractured his
thigh and received internal injuries
which caused his death.
Correcting an Extradition Treaty.
Washington, Dec. 17. A treaty has
been concluded between the United
States and Great Britain amendatory
ot the existing extradition treaty and
intended to correct certain imperfec
tions in that instrument, developed by
recent experiences. The changes do
not materially affect the scope or prin
ciples of the existing treaty, the obief
item in the list being provisions clas
sifying as a crime subject to extradi
tion the obtaining of monei under false
pretenses. At presentptrfc . treatv
makes extraditionable the recepjfonof
money obtained under false pretenses
and omits the principal in the crime,
constituting a manifest absurdity.
To correct this the amendment is made.
Grounding of the Garonne.
Seattle, -Dec. 17. Letters have been
received in this city announcing the
gioundfng of the United States trans
port Garonne on the northern coast of
Luzon. She struck twice, being res
cued both times by the York town.
The second time the Yorktown'j cable
caught in the Garonne's wheel, cansi
a further delay of 13 hours
tors also tell about S
the American troops u:
Hall. The line of marc
steep mountains for a dist
miles, taking in all six da
conclusion, 165 men were
cal treatment for several d
Search for Hidden G
Pekin, Dep. 17 A fej
...ays ago
the British troops were n
ied of the
existence of a large amou
20 miles northwest of be,
Tullock and 100 men le
vestigate the truth of
lay to in-
e re, orti
Colonel Tullock request'
ho ver.
that 50 extra men be de
5d. Mt is
believed that a large am
and valuables were buri1
it of goia
at that
point by persons connected
with the
Chinese court during the ifeient dight.
The information regarding thf treasure
was received from a ,'ormer curt offi
cial. Trial Trip of the Alabama.
Philadelphia, Dec. 17 The Unit
ed States battleship Alabama sailed
today from League Istfnd navy yard
for New York, where ale will await
further orders. She will make a
trial trip on the run, wVich will begin
as soon as she passes out to sea. After
the sea trial is completed the vessel's
course will be shaped further ot--to
sea to avoid shipping, as all of her
guns and turrets are to be tested. If
the leport is satisfactory, it is probable
'that the battleship will be ordered to
Hampton Roads to join the North At
lantic squadron.
Anti-Foreign Plot In Hong Kong.
Hong Kong, Deo. 17. The city was
placarded today with statements, incit
ing the people and the members of the
secret societies to unite and rise during
the month of January and- drive out all
the foreigners. Crowds gathered about
the placards, but no . actual outbreak
is reported. ;
Wisconsin's Vote.
Madison, Wisconsin, Dec. 17, The
total vote of Wisconsin, as officially
canvassed, was 425,151. McKiniey's
plurality was 106,581. ' LaFollette,
Republican, for governor, has a plural
ity of 103,745.
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Oxford Beats Cambridge
: London, Dec. 17. The annual Rug
by football match between Oxford and
Cambridge took place today at the
Queen's club. A magnificent game
was won by Oxford by two goals to
a goal and a try. There was a large
and fashionable attendance.
Nordenskjold's Expedition.
Christiania, Dec. 17. The Antarctic
expedition, headed oy Dr. Otto Nor-
denksjold, will leave in August.
an -rno 1 at
rjanSBneral -k
over ssS'Jr
Clements' Force Defeated by
Boers Under Delearey.
English Forced to Abandon Their Position
Oeticral French With Reinforcements
Has Gone to the Rescue.
Dec. 17. Lord Kitchener
after severe fighting at
bt, General Clements' forces
led to retire by Command-
larey, with a force of 2,500 men.
Five British officers were killed. The
other casualties were not- reported. 1
Lord Kitchener's official dispatch to
the war office is as follows:
Pretoria, Deo. 15. Clements' forco
at Nooitgedaoht. on the Magaiies
Berg, was attacked at dawn today by
Delarey, reinforced by Beyer's com- j
mando from Warmbath, making a
force estimated at 2,500. Thongh the
first attack was repulsed, the Boers
managed to get to the top of the Mag- ;
alies' Berg, which was held by four
companies of the Northumberland fusi
Hers, and were thus able to command
Clements' camp. He retired on Hek-
poort, and took up a position on a hill
in the center of the valley.
"The casualties have .not been com
pletely reported, but the fighting was
very severe, and I deeply regret that
Colonel Lpgge, of the Twentieth hus
sars, and Captains MoBean, Murdoch
and Atkinson were killed."
Lord Kitchener also reports that the
Boers made an attack and were re
pulsed at Lyohtenberg, and that Gen
eral Lemmer was killed. Attacks
npon Bethlehem and Vrede were also
repulsed, the Boers losing 10 killed and
14 wounded. Yryheid was attacked
December 11." Sniping continued
when the message wf dispatched.
The scenes at the war "omoe today
recall those witnessed in the early
stages of the war. A constant stream
of excited people filled the lobbies, all
seeking details of the disaster. The
absence of the names of any of the offi
cers of the Northumberland fusiliers
in General Kitchener's dispatch leads
to the foreboding that the four com
panies of the fusiliers mentioned are
in the bands of the Boers. The war
office officials evidently expect a heavy
casualty list, but they are hopeful from
the "fact that the dispatch does not
mention the capture of the Northum
berlands that such a great catastrophe
has been escaped.
-1 1 .3 A UmmIi'
wruera were wuwu at aiuacuui,!
Malta and other military centers to
dispatch all the available mounted in
fantry to South Africa.
It is reported that General Knox, co
operating with the British colum
Reddersberg, has stopped Gener
Dewet, and that a battle is proceedin,
The report adds that many of G
Dewet's followers have been ca
The scene of the fight is ominously
to Pretoria. Hooitgedacnt is
32 miles northwest of Pretoria.
English Loss Heavy.
on, Uec. 17. Jjora rutcnener
that 18 officers and 555 men
issine from General Clements
. They consist of four companies
the 'Northumberland fusiliers.
Judging from the message tbeso were
captured by the Boers. Clements'
casualties December 15 amounted to
five officers and nine men killed and
many apparently wonnded.
French Goes to the Rescue.
Johannesburg, Deo. 17. The
still continues within a few miles
from Krugersdorp. General Clements
has asked for reinforcements, acu
mounted men under General French
have already gone. There have been
many casualties on both sides. It is
estimated that the Boers number 2,800.
Montana Town Shaken,
Guthrie, Mont., Dec. 17. The in
habitants of the town of Caahion were
awakened this morning by a peculiar
wave-like motion and trembling of the
earth. Many of them rushed into
the streets, so badly were they fright
ened. No damage was done.
Increase in Wages.
Calumet, Mich., Deo. 17. Commenc
ing January 1, the Calumet & Heola
Mining Company will increase the
wages of its 4,000 employes 2 M per
cent. Last March the company raised
the wages of its employes 10 per cent.
Paddy Ryan Dead.
Albany, N. Y Dec. 17. Paddy Ry
an, at one time champion pugilist of
the world, who was defeated by John
L.Sullivan, in their famous fight in !
Mississippi some years ago, died at his
home in Glens Falls, N. Y., this after
noon. ' Earthquake In Missouri.
Jophn, Mo., Dec. 17. An earth-j
quake shock lasting nearly a minute J
was experienced in this city at 7:45;
o'clock this morning. The motion
was from north to south, and of a
auivering nature.
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No Lives Were Lost
San Francisco, Deo. 17. One of
the severest storms which has ever
visited San Francisco broke over tbe
city at. an early hour this morning and
continued until noon in. fitful gusts,
rain and wind sweeping over tbe city
with unusual violence, and being ac
companied by thunder and lightning,
a rather unusual occurrence in this
part of the country. At one time rain
fell in such torrents that many thought
a cloudburst was imminent.
RMTim hlClfTFn
Vengeance Dealt Two Negroes In Indiana
Authorities Were Overcome.
Rockport, Ind., Deo. 19. Two ne
groes, Jim Henderson and Bud Row
lands, who waylaid, murdered and rob
bed Hollie Simons, a white barber,
early this morning, were lynched to
night in the jail yard by a mob of
1,500. The negioes were arrested soon
after the murder occurred, and al
though Rowlands' clothing bad blood
stains on it they clajmed they were in
nocent. In the meantime Sheriff
Clemens, of Union county, Kentucky,
arrived with a trained bloodhound.
When the dog was plaoed on the trail
he followed it to the house where Row-
) lands lived, six blocks from the scene
of the murder, and went baying to the
I bed the negro had occupied. This
I was enough for the excited citizens.
Within a lew minutes a mob of a thous
and howling, bloodthirsty men with
sledge hammers, ropes and guns were
! on the way to the jail.
Sheriff Anderson and his two depu
! ties made a stand and attem pted to
protect the prisoners. The officers
were seized by the leaders of the mob
and disarmed. The sheriff, although
locked in a room and placed under
guard, stontly refused to give np the
keys or tell where the prisoners were
The mob made a determined but un
successful attempt to break in the jail
door. Finally they secured a telegraph
pole, and using it as a battering ram
caved in the side wall of the jail. The
door of Rowlands' cell was then quick
ly broken in with sledge hammers and
he was dragged from the jail to the
east side of the court yard, where a
noose was placed about his neck. He
was given time to make a statement,
in which be implicated Jim Henderson
and another negro. Rowlands then
begged piteonsly for mercy, but the
mob quickly swung the confessed mur
derer to a tree and riddled bis body
with bullets.
Leaving the dangling body of Row
lands, the mob rushed back to the jail
and burst open the cell oconpied by
Henderson. Before the bars yielded to
the blows ot the sledge some one in the
crowd fired upon the terrified negro as
be crouched in the far corner. It took
But a few moments to get at Hender
son, and the negro, more dead than
alive, was dragged at the rope's end to
the court house yard and swung to the
tree beside the body of Rowlands Fir
ing a parting volley at the swinging
bodies, the mob, eager for another vic
tim, hurried away to catch' the otber
negro implicated by Rowlands. He
was fonnd at a hotel where he was em
ployed as a porter. The negro esoaped
to the roof of the building, and Mana
ger De Bruler succeeded in convincing
the mob that the porter had nothing
to do with the crime. The mob then
dispersed, apparently satisfied with its
pwork of vengeance.'
Simons was murdered in the most
tal manner, one square from the
main street of the city, as he was
going to his home from his barber shop
at 2 o'clock this morning. He car
ried the receipts of the day's work, a
'fof rf vxrUinh tlifl npornofl wflTfl aware.
,They attacked him from behind, strik-
ing him over the head with a heavy
i!ub into which a large nai' had been
driven. Aitnougn ternoiy ueaieu,
Simons made a desperate fight. His
cries attracted two boys. The negroes
drove them away and accomplished
tbeir original design, securing a bag
containing something over $40 from
their victim, and made their escape.
When others arrived Simons was dead.
His skull was crushed in and his head
and face beaten to a pulp. The spike
on the club had punctured the skull in
four places and penetrated bis brain.
Walter Evans, one of the young men
who attempted to rescue Simons, and
who afterwards witnessed the lynch
ing, has become a raving maniac.
The dead man's wife is prostrated,
and it in believed she will die from
the shock.
Earthquake In Cuba.
Santiago de Cuba, Deo. 19. A sharp
earthquake shock was felt here about
! mid&ght last night. It was the most
severe that has been experienced in
several years, and created a panic at
i the San Carlqs clnb. where a giand
ball was in progress. The shock was
preceded by a dull sound like a mine
:, explosion. Two shocks followed, the
j former being quite severe and the lat
' ter scarcely perceptible. The clnb
rooms became scenes of frantic com
motion. Several people rushed ..into
the streets. At Morro Castle a liberty
I ball was in progress. American ladies
! present expressed great interest in
; the earthquake, which was the first
they had experienced, but displayed
no fear.
Fighting In Colombia.
Kingston, Jamaica, Dec. 19. Ad
vices from Colon, Colombia, today
regaiding tbe fighting between the gov
ernment troops and the insurgents at
Tnmaco, say that the withdrawing in
surgent force was not dispersed. On
the contrary, fears are entertained that
this bodv of rebels will effect a junc
tion with tbe force operating around
Beuna Ventura. Both sides lost heav
ily in the battle of Tumaco. When
the government foroes destroyed the
rebel steamer Gaitan they also de
stroyed a large lot of ammunition.
Found Dead In Hb Cabin.
Hillsboro, Oregon, Deo. 19. An
drew Bahlbera. an inoffensive farmer
residing near Reedville, was today
found dead in bis cabin. The dead
man had a bad contusion on the fore
head. He had recently sold some pro
duce and was supposed to have consid
erable money in the house. It is gen
orally beieved that he was killed for
his money. The coroner will bold i
inquest in tbe morning.
NO. 52.
Last of The Famous Steamer
The Vessel Struck a Rock at the Entrance
to Union Bay, on the East Coast of
Vancouver Island.
Vancouver B. C, Deo. 19. News of
the worst marine disaster of the season
in British Columbia was brought here
tonight by the steamer Czar, from
Union bay, on the east side of Vancou
ver island. The steamer Alpha was
wrecked on a reef near the entrance
to Onion bay and not a vestige of tbe
1,000-ton steamer remains. Her man
aging owner, captain, purser, three en
gineers, two able bodied seamen and a
stowaway were drowned, and the rest
of the crew of 34 were saved by the
pluck of an unkown member of the
ship's crew, who swam in a raging sea
from the wreck to a lighthouse with
a line around his waist.
The Alpha was valued at $45,000.
Her cargo comprised 750 tons of salt
salmon and 350 tons of coal, con
isgned to Yokohama, and valued at
$80,000. The total insurance on the
ship and cargo was $65,000.
It is two weeks since the Alpha first
started trom Vancouver for Japan.
After she had been four days out she
returned to Victor'a partly disabled,
and accusations of tampering with her
engines were made. Some of the crew
and several of the officers left tbe
steamer declaring that she had been
improperly loaded, and one of the offi
cers was tried and sentenced to six
weeks' imprisonment for desertion.
Last Saturday the Alpha left Vic
toria for Union to replenish her coal
supply. A terrific gale was raging and
late Saturday night the steamer ran on
a rock at Baynes sound, at the en
trance to Union bay. She was quickly
dashed to pieces, and all would have
perished had not one of the crew maae
the desperate and successful effort to
swim witn a line to the lighthouse on
Yellow island. In the raging sea
only part of those on the ill-fated ship
managed to reach safety, the officers
and owner remaining on board last and
failing to reach the rock. The 25 sur
vivors remained on Yellow island,
which is a rock 200 yards wide, until
Sunday night, when tbe sea moderated
somewhat and a sloop was able to call
and take them to Union.
But the storm which had wrecked
bo ship had also prostrated the wires,
and so no tidings of the shipwreck
reached the outside world until the
little steamer Czar brought the story
to Vancouver tonight.
The Alpha gained notoriety last
spring when, as a Canadian ship, sne
landed freight and passengers, at JNome
in defiance of the instructions ot.tBe
treasury department, and, it is said,
against the advice of the British em
bassy at Washington as well. &ne was
chased on her return trip from JNome
bv a United States revenue cutter, but
managed to show her pursuer a clean
pair of heels.
The United States May Have Occasion to En
force tne Monroe Doctrine.
New York. Dec. 19. A special to
the Times from Washington says: The
territory until recently in dispute oe
tween Brazil and France, and which
ha hn decreed to belong to Brazil,
may shortly become the object of a dis
pute between France ana tne unuea
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Sates, should tne lvionroe uoctriue ue
violated. The territory lyiDg south of
Frnnnh Guiana in the state of Fara,
and containing 100,000 square miles,
was claimed by Brazil and France, and
Switzerland was made arbitrator. Her
decision was in favor of Brazil. It is
now reportetd that some French finan
ciers, anticipating that the decision
would be favorable to France, had
already invested thew capital in this
territory. They are now, it is said,
trying to engineer a deal Dy wnicn tne
French government win Duy tnis
land from Brazil.
Tbe state department has absolutely
no know led ee on the subject. Its at
tention, however, has been called to
the matter, and the attempt of tbe
French capitalists to secure government
aid in getting their money back will be
watched with interest. There is hard
ly any question, it is said at the de
partment, that such action would be a
violation of the Monroe doctrine, and
would call forth" a protest from tbe
United States.
As long as tbe claim was in its orig
inal form, France might have main
tained that she was Bimply rectifying
her boundaries, and that the United
States cannot object to that. Even in
that case a rectification of boundaries
which involved an area of 100,000
square miles would be closely scrutin
ized. France has, however, forfeited
the right to make that claim by sub
mitting the matter to aribtration by
Switzerland. The territory baa. been
officially decreed by the Swiss tribu
nal to be outside of French Guiana.
Woman Suffrage in Porto Rico.
San Jnan. Porto Rico, Dec. 19. In
the house of delegates today, Descarts
introduced a bill granting unrestricted
suffrage to women on the same terms
as met..
Storms in British Columbia.
Vancouver, B. C, Dec. 19. Storms
of unusual severity have destroyed a
portion of the diking in the delta dis
trict of British Columbia. The dam
age to propel ty is considerable.
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