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VOL XIVr XO 12
WATERBURY, CONN, .WEDNESD AY, DECEMBER 19, 1900.
PRICE TWO cents;
CALLAHAN I!
Judge Robinson Rendered His
Decision To-Day.
USED FUNDS LEFT IN HIS CARE.
The Matter Has Boon in tbo Hands ot
a Committee for a Long Time Mr
Neely, Callahan's Bondsman, I'aid
the Shortage Callahan Agrees to
Fay Him.
New Haven. Deo 10. .Twigs? Robin
son, of tht superior court, to-day ren
dered a decision in the disbarment pro
ceedings against former .Judge David
Ca'lahan. The decision is for disbar
ment. The charges against Mr Calla
han were made by a committee of the
New Haven bar and alleged that aS
administrator of the estate of Mrs Lot
tie Wiiimau of this city, he appropriat
ed some of the funds to his own use.
The charges against ex-Senator Cal
lahan were that there came into his
possession. August !i. .1898. from the
estate of Lottie W oilman, of which he
was executor, about S;!..1uO. which ho
wrongfully appropriated and convert
ed to his own use at various times be
tween that date and April 7. 18U0.
Mr Callahan's defense was that at
the time of tiie summons to make the
accounting in the probate court he
was busy iu Hartford. where
an important contest for his
seat as senator was on.
and that he had no time to attend to
his duties. He admitted that he had
used the money and expected to bo
able to pay it back at the end of the
year from his income. He claims that
the summary ending of his office as ex
ecutor so a't'ecied his credit that he
was unable 1o make good the amount.
William Neely. who was his bondsman."
paid the estate 8::.r,54.47. which was
the exact shortage.
Senator Callahan testified that he
had been practicing thirteen years if
the bar. He was executor of the es
tate ot Lottie Wellman and had iu
Ids possession between sruXiO and s".
OUO. He did not remember whether at
the time of his notification to appear
in the probate court his senatorial con
test was settled. He testified that
when the hearing was called in the
niobate court he had used some of the
money and expected to pay it back.
He had enough money to live on.
and. supposing that lie had a year to
settle the estate, he thought that lie
would be able to make the amount
good. The effect of the presentation
of this matter was that he has not at
tended to any law practice of any ac
count since then, and some of his
friends who had helped ,hiiu refused
to do anything for him. He supposed
Mr Neely would pay the money, and
agreed to repay him. As the result
of these charges he has practically re
tired from law practice.
GALLANT YOUNG OFFICER
On His Way Home from China and
May Not Survive Trip.
New York. Dec 10. According to a
dispatch from Washington to the
Times, Captain Smeutey I). Butler, the
young officer so frequently mentioned
for gallantry in the actions in China,
is on his way to this country in a
dangerous condition and may not live
to reach port. He is a son of Repre
sentative Butler of Pennsylvania and
is a captain in the marine corps.
Captain Butler was wouuded at the
battle of Tien Tsiu and again at the
taking of Pekjin. Subsequently he had
typhoid fever. He was reported con
valescent on November 10. He again
became ill. however, and was very ill
when the transport Grant sailed from
Manila on December 1. He is oa the
sick list of that transport.
Th? Grant iu due in Saa Francisco
cn January 1.
FROZEX TO DEATH.
Washington. Dec 19. Thomas Par
ker, a native of Lincolnshire. England,
was frozen to death near the mouth
. of Whote river, in the Klondike dis
trict, early in November. He and an
other mai were building winter quar
ters and when some distance from
camp Tarker fell through the ice cross
ing a stream. He got out safely bitt
dropped on the trail before reaching
camp and froze to death. He was
about 37 years old.
VOX WALDERSEES BRUTALITY.
St Petersburg. D 10. The Xovoe
Vremya observes that there are evi
dences of discontent in all the armies
in China, including the Germans, with
1 lehl Marshal Yon Waldersee's bru
tfdity. The paper supports the de
mand that each army act henceforth
on its own responsibility.
TWO BOYS DROWNED.
Pntnani, Dee 19. While skating on
cue of the lakes in this vicinity to-day,
John Bassinet, aged 13, and John La
pelle, aged 8. broke through the ice and
were drowned. .Both bodies were re
covered. . , ' '
May Strike In Sympathy.
TOPEKA, Dec. 19. Santa Fe switch7
men and brakemen here say they, will
strike if the demands of the telegraphers
are not granted by Third Vice President
Bnrr. The conductors announce that they
will stay by the road, but it is asserted
that they will be induced to join in the
strike if one is ordered. The engineers
and firemen have not yet said whether or
not they would strike. Considerable pres
sure has been brought to bear on them,
and they show much, sympathy with the
strikers. - - " ''" ' .
Sensational Suicide. . ,
NEW YORK. Dec. 19. Thomas Nol
graft. 40 years old, a saloon-proprietor
of Jamaica, L. I., committed suicide by
-hanging himself in a peculiar, manner.
He first broke- all the windows and fur
niture, in his.-place; then going to the
head of the stairs he tied one end of st"
rope , nronnd a heavy trunk, the other
around his neck and jumped over the
banisters. When found, he wus dead,
tad his neck Was broken by the fall.
REVOLUTION BROKEN OUT.
Venezuela President and Cabinet
Would Deprive Americans.
New York, Dec 19. The Tribune
says :
A cable message has been received
at the office of the National Asphalt
company from its agent in Venezuela,
which announces that a revolution has
broken out in that country. No de
tails were contained in the message.
Tiie revolution, it is said, is proba
bly the outcome of an attempt on the
part of the president and cabinet of
Venezuela to deprive American cor
porations of their property and lights.
The National Asphalt company .will
be a sufferer if this be true. The com
pany owns large concessions and null
ing title in the st::te of Bcrmudez.
Venezuela. The company has been in
actual possession of the Belmr.dez
Asplir.lt lake for twelve years, and i:i
this time it has founded the village of
Guunaco.. and erected buildings, shops
and a railroad.
Several attempts have been made
by the government of Venezuela to
cancel tiie company's concessions, but
these attempts have always failed.
On December 13 President Castro
personally told I'nited States Minister
Loomis at Caracas, that two govern
ment commissions had proved the
company's right to its property. Later
on the same day it is alleged the
president seized the entire property
and divided it among others.
General Avery D. Andrews, vice
president of the company, has appeal
ed to the United States government for
assistance.
FAMOUS GUERILLA DEAD.
Bill
Hallev, Quautrell's Lieutenant,
Dies In An Insane Retreat.
St Joseph. Mo. Dee 10 William
Haliey, better known to border fame
as Kill" Haliey. chief lieutenant of
the noted guerilla Quant rell. who. dur
ing the early part of the civil war.
burned and sacked Lawrence. Kas,
died in the stale insane asylum here
yesterday, aged 50. Haliey was born
in Louisville Ky. He had been a
resident of this city for twenty-live
yea rs
DIED WITHOUT MEDICINE.
A Whole Family Had Typhoid Fever
And Two Are Dead.
Detroit. Miffi, Dec 10. A Tribune
special from Boston Harbor says:
Charles Mosher. aged 35 years, and
his son. Harold, aged Hi, are dead
from typhoid fever and a daughter is
not expected to live. The mother was
sick but is recovering. The father
died yesterday while the boy died Sun
day. The family are followers of
John Alexander Dowie, and refuse to
have physicians. The sick members
refuse to Take medicine.
LARGEST IN THE WORLD.
The Christmas Entertainment
For
2.G00 Insane Patients.
Watertown. N. Y., Dec 1!). One or
the largest Christmas entertainments
in the world will be held at the St
Lawrence state hospital for tin? in
sane at Ogdensburg. Tuesday, when
presents will be distributed among the
2,000 patients.
CHOATE DENIES REPORT.
He Is -Not Going to Resign His 1'ost
of Ambassador.
London. Dec 10. United States Am
bassador Chcate denies the report that,
he is about to resign his position. The
report, he says, is probably based on
the belief liiat the deatli of his part
ner. Charles C. Keaman. would neces-t-it
ite his return to his law practice.
DEFAULTING CASHIER CAUGHT.
Denver, Col. Dee 10. V. M. Hender
son, formerly assistant cashier of the
First National bank of G reefy. Col.
who disappeared last July, has been
located in a small town near El Paso.
Texas, on the Mexican side of tiie bor
der. After Henderson left Greely the
bank officials made an examination of
his books and discovered, it is said,
a shortage of nearly $20,000. An
officer from Greely has gone fo E!
Paso to bring Henderson back for
trial. Henderson entered the service
of the bank when he was 17 years of
age and had been in its employment
ten years.
AFFAIRS IX MADRID.'
Madrid. Dec 19. The minister of
marine. Rear Admiral Ramos, in the
course of an interview on the subject
of the slight reverse suffered by the
government yesterday during the dis
cussion in the chamber of deputies of
the
special naval budget for the ti
crease of the navy, said he alone was'
not responsible for the check to the
government, since the question at is
sue had been decided by the whole cab
inet. The ministers will meet to-day
to discuss the situation.
MANILA TARIFF WORK.
Manila. Dec 19. The Philippine com
mission is still at work on the tariff.
Officers here consider that the return
of the volunteers will necessitate little
abandonment of stations, and that con
gress will provide an immediate in
crease in tiie number or regulars., it is J
believed that many volunteers will re
enlist here if bonuses are offered, the
amount. to be about equivalent o the
expense of equipping and bringing out
a recruit. -
WHEAT SPECULATOR DEAD.
Chicago, Dec lO.IIenry Wallace, for
thirty years a. member of the board of
trade,-who had won and lost several
fortunes' in the wheat pit, was found
deail last night in a small office which
he had occupied for some time near
the boartl of trade. Death was due to
heart failure. He was about 05 years
old. and so far as is known had no
relatives in the city. A .cousin is said
to live in Iowa. - -
CRUISER BUFFALO SAILS.
Lewis. Del. Dec J9 Thf T Unite?!
States cruiser Buffalo en route from
New York, to Manila, which put into
the Delaware bay to" wait a "draft' of
men from, the Philadelphia navy yard.
to-Uuy resumed her oyage to the.Pbil
ippincs. .
HE KUTHjFCIT BOOZ
Examination of Classmates is
Now Going1 On.
They Deny That Any Brutality Ex
isted at the Academy They Also
Testified That Booz Was Unpopular,
Untruthful and a Coward.
West roint, X. Y., Dec 19. The ex
amination of cadets who were in the
same class with the late Oscar L. Booz.
at the military academy here two years
ago. was continued th'.s morning by
ifie court of inquiry appointed by the
war department, to probe tiie charge-?
of the brutal hazing of the cadet Kuoz.
who resigned two years ago and died
two weeks since ai Bristol, 1'enn.
Fourteen of Hook's classmates, who
nu.i'ber sixty-i ight. testified at yes
terday's proceedings, and each one of
them denied that any brutality existed
ai the academy. The only hazing
wide,, was in vogue consisted, they
said, of "correctional measures." such
as bracing and exercising, which were
i.i no way injurious or humiliatimr.
The use of tobasco sauce came up very
frequently.
Robert R. Ralston, a young Penn
f.; Ivanian. who looked the picture of
health, told of his being requested to
stand on bis head in a bath tub con
taining about ten inches of water.
The court asked him how long did he
remain in that posit ion and Ralston re
plied: "Oh. just only while I said
something." Just what he said or how
long it took hint to do it in his invert
ed position was not made clear.
This was the only case oilier than
tho-e of bracing, exercising and sil
ting or standing in strained positions
which came to (he knowledge of 'he
court, and the Pennsylvania cadet was
-of,- emphatic in denying that any haz
ing' which he or others has undergone
was in any way injurious.
The cadets were all of the saute
opinion when asked as to the charac
ter and standing of Booz while iie was
here in 'US. They said that he was
vcrv unpopular, because he had shown
euwaiJice. and was "untruthful.
They denied that he was despised in
any wS.v for his religious actions or
ti.'i'd.encies. The storv of the light be
tween Booz and Frank Kellar. of Mis
souri, now of the first, class, who
plav-'d right end of last, year's foot
ball team, was told by Orvllle X. Ty
l?r. of Maryland. Tyler was Booz's
second and he said Booz did not act
like a man. He quit, he stud, before
he was licked. Booz got a blow over
the stomach and rolled over the ground
saying the wind was knocked out. of
1dm. Tyler said Booz was a coward,
and that although be cot a black eye.
he it ft the scene of the light with a
smik on Lis face.
When the word coward is applied
1 1 a. man in academic ethics he is tu
bcoeu" or "cut." and his resignation
is generally ihe result.
The court convened at 9:50 o'clock,
and after fifteen minutes devoted to
executive business the door" were
opened to the public. Among the spectator-!
who entered were several worts
en who were accommodated with seats
in ihe gallery.
Cadet Raymond L. Linton, of Mich
igan, was 1iie first witness. He knew
former Cadet Booz In "i'S. At that
time Book seemed to be iu gooel health.
He said that Booz was not hazed or
treated brutally so far as he knew.
The witness described "bracing. ' as
an exatrsvratcil form of the position
of a soldier. IT was a drawing in oi
i tie chin and the throwing back of The
shoulders at the same time.
If a fourth class man is unpopular,
he is .generally let alone by the upper
el:!ss men and members of his own
class.
Cadet Stephen Abbott, of Illinois,
the next witness, was not quite clear
on the rules prohibiting the hazing
practices. He had been requested as
a fourth class man to take some few
drop.- of tobasco sauce off a spoon, but
was not forced Io do it. He took it
himseir at the order of two upper c!as
men. It was hot. but did him no
harm. He saw Booz after the fight
with Keller.
The former's left eve was blackened.
He had never known Booz to be-1 abused
cr ill treated and he also denied that
Booz was interfered with on account
cf his religieus actions. In reply to
Commandant Hein. the witness said
that he had known cadets, as well as
the commandants of the mess table,
to be severely punished for permitting
cr practicing "restraint," "bracing" or
other "exercises" on lower class men.
Before the next witness was calleel
in General Clous asked permission to
lu.-ike a statement. He complained of
being misctuoted yesterday concerning
his request to have the commandant
of endets anil the superintendent of the
peailemv nresent at .the hearXier -met
he asked the stenographer to read the
words which he hnel used.
This was done but no explanation
of the cause of the interruption was
made.
EIG CONTRACT AWARDEIv.
One of the Largest in the History of
. Railroad Construction.
Salt Lake. Utah.-Dec 19. A special
to the Tribune from Cheyenne, Wy ,
f-ays: The Union . Pad tie Railroad
company to-day. awarded a contract
for the construction of a cut-oil'
through Echo canyon from Echo, Wyo,
to Salt Lake, a elistance of forty miles.
The contract price, $0,000,000. is one
of the largest in the history of railroad
construction in the west, the length o
the line to be built being considered.
The contractors have four years, 'in
which- to complete ho work.
It is said the Union . Pacific:".' vhas
formed a deal with the rectully. In
corporated Angeles and Salt. Lake
Railxoad company, which will give
them practically an air line .from Chi
cago to the Pacific coast via Salt
Lake. - ' . '.". " , " . '
LARGEST PEARL IN COUNTRY.
Xew York. Dee 19. The customs au
thorities have received at the apprais
ers stores, for appraisement.: ji black
pearl from London -weighing ICj grains
ajld valued at about $15,000. 1 1 is said
to be the largest pearl ever imported
into this country -
PORTER LAID AT REST,
Funeral Largely Attended Yale Build
ing. Draped in oMtirning.
Pomf ret, Dec 19. The body of John
Atldison Porter was taken from the
family resilience here this morning and
removed to a special car attached to
a train leaving Putnam at 10:30, over
the Air line via Willimantlc for New
Haven. The members of Mr Porter's
immediate . family and a few intimate
friends accompanied lh remains. At
tiie residence early tliis morning pray
er was offered by the Rev L. M. Har
dy, rector of Christ church of Pomfret.
The service was a simple one, only the
family being present.
New Haven. Dec 19. The funeral
services over the remains ef the late
John Addison Porter were held this
afternoon a; .'!. o'clock in Trinity
church. Many were preseht to pay
their last tribute, of respect" to the de
ceased. A large number of strangers
were present from a distance, most
of lliem relatives and former associates
in public life. The Washington dele
gation was not large, owing to the fact
that both houses of congress are in
session. President McKJiiloy. however,
was represented by Secretary George
Bruce Cortelyou. who succeeded Air
Porter In the office of secretary to the
president. A great quantify of llow
ers came from the White House con
servatory and were sent b- President
and Mrs McKinley, Mr ami Mrs Cor
letyou and by every messenger, door
keeper anel official in the' executive
mansion, as well as by several con
gressmen. The sad event -was recog
nizee! officially by Vale university.
J "helps building and the buildings id'
the Sheffield Scientific school, which
weiv given to the universiiy by the
relatives of Mr Porter. Which were
draped iu black, while the flair on
Alumni, hall .was at half-mast."" The
pallbearers were members of the sen
ior societies. Scroll and Keys. Francis
Gordon Brown. Hugh Auchincloss.
George B. Chittenden. Julian Day,
Maurice Mason and William M. Hop
pin. Interment was in the family plot
in Grove Street cemetery.
LUNATIC A JOKER.
That Is What Is Thought of a Man
Selling New London Firms.
New Loudon. Conn. Dec 19. The
Yale brewery of this city and a num
ber of business houses of Boston anil
I'rovielence are being imposed upon
by the operations of a a man who rep
resentes himself as an agent of t he
brewing company. The man has placed
orders for material ostensibly for ihe
brewery, including a Sl.ooo' gas en
gine, several pairs of scales. 100 feet
of belting, brewers hose and various
sunelries. The Yale brewery has ro
ceiveel several loiters since yesterday
notifying the lirm that their orders
have been received and will have
prompt attention. The swindler has
several names. His ob.jet't is-a mys
tery, as he has obtained no money so
far as is known. President Leinert. of
the brewery believes he is either a
lunatic or a practical joker. The mat
ter lias bee-u placed in the hands of
the police at Boston and Providence.
BILLIARD TOURNAMENT.
New York. Dec 19. Dr A. L. Mam
ney. lor Ihe Knickerbocker Athletic
club, has a nnou.'ie-ed a list of eight
entries for the class A billiard tourna
ment, for the amateur championship,
to be held in The club house beginning
on February 4. under sanction of the
Amateur Athletic union. The men
who will compete are Charles Threshie
of Boston, class B. champion in 1s:iP:
Albert G. Cutler of Boston, winner of
tiie class B championship that was de
cided Monday night: Charles G.
Sclimitt of Boston. Charles S. Norris,
ex-amateur champion of the Chicago
.-u luetic association, now a resident
of New York: John A. Llendrick of
New York. Dr I,. L. Mial of New
York. Dr Mun Smith of St Louis, anel
Charles Conklin of Chie-ago. The win
ner will challenge Wilson P. Foss for
the class A chamyit'i'Ship emblem won
l;y him in the competition last year.
It is saiel by officials that this cham
pionship contest will be thoUast held
in New York for several years, as the
annual competitions will be trans
ferred to other cities.
'RAILROAD STATION BURNED.
Stonington. Dee 19. The railroad
statiou at I'oeiuonnoc. between New
London anel Stonington. was burned
to the ground this morning, the roof
catching tire by a spark from a passing
engine. The station agent suce-eeded
in removing the books, tickets and all
movables of much value iu safety.
The loss is $1.5' 10.
FIRST FEDERAL MINISTRY.
Sydney. X. S. W.. Dec 11). The Earl
of Hopeioun. governor-general of the
commonwealth of Australia, has re
qv.esteel William John Lyne. the pre
mier of New South Wales, to form the
first federal ministry. Mr Lyne is con
sidering the proposition.
WEATHER REPORT.
Washington. Dec If). For Connecti
cut: Generally fair to-night and
'fhwrsday: fresh south to west winils.
Weather notes: Light snow has fall
en during the past twenty-four hours
iu the' Lake region and the St Law
rence valley anel light rain in the low
er Mississippi i valley. Pleasant
weather has prevailed in other sec
tions." Th'ete has been a decided rise
in temperature in the eastern portion
of the Lake region and New England.
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iER RECE
Greeted at Amsterdam To-Day
; By the Authorities.
The Boer President Made a Speech
The Burgomaster of the Tlace Made
An Address of Welcome He Ilopeil
To See Presielent Krttger Successful
In His Efforts to Secure Honorable
Peace General Knox Will Have To
Give I'p -Tiie Pursuit of De Wet.
Amsterdam, Dec 1!). Mr Kr tiger ar
rives! here to-day. He was met at
ihe railroad station by the municipal
anil communal authorities. Speeches
were exchanged in the Royal waiting
room. A bouquet was presented lo Mr
Kruger. whose every appearance was
the signal for rounds of applause.
Very large crowds of people lineel
Ihe route to the town hall, whew the
burgomaster made a speech in which
he said he hoped Mr Kruger would
succeed in his efforts to secure hon
orable peace. Mr Kruger, in the
course of his reply, said:
"iu 1SS4 we obtained olir independ
ence but that honorable action has
been obliterated.' The invaders are
leu against one. but we await the day
when God will make known bis will.
We rely on His help mure than on
emperors and princes. I have not:
come as a fugitive but by order of my
government, with the object of ter
minating a War in which the British
employ women and children against
us."
A luncheon followed. Mr Kruger
subsequently visiteel the headepiarters
of the South African refugees.
London. Dec 19. It is reported this
.afternoon that General Knox lias been
forced to abandon ihe pursuit of Gen
eral De Wet owing to Ihe situation
created in Cape Colony by the Boers
crossing the Orange river. It is said
that ."..lulu Boers have entered Cape
Colony and that a large number have
reached Phillipstovvn. The report adds
that De Wet with about 4.5H.i men is
northeast of Ladybrauel and that an
attack oil Winbeig is immediately ex
peeled. LONDON, Dec 10. "The Boers hav.
raided Cape Colony at two separate
points, 10U miles distant." says the- Cape
Town coiTesnoiide'iit of The Daily Ma.ll.
"One commando advanced upon Philips
town, between Colesburg and Kiu.beiley.
The other, 'supposed to he Hefzog's com
mando, crossed the Orange river between
Odeiniaal Sivoom and Bethe.lie. north
west of Burghersdorp, its object appar
ently being Cnulock.
"General Mueeluiiald is engaging the in
vaders, who have no guns, 120 miles west
of Biirghersdoi-p. The latest news is that
they are lieins slowly forced back t j the
Orange river, where a warm reception is
be-ing prepared for them."
The contemplated fhai.ksgiving service
in St. Paul's cathedral in connection with
the return of Lord Roberts from South
Afiica has been abandoned, owing, as
tiie government announces, "to its being
considered desirable to defer a general
thanksgiving until the close of the oper
ations iu South Africa."
The programme now is for Lord Rob
erts to debark in the Soient. to visit the
queen at Osborne House Jan. 2. to re
embark and to land finally at Southamp
ton, coming from that poiut to London.
The Times, editorial!-.- denouncing "mis
guided leniency toward tiie Boers," says:
"Such a concentration of Boers as
brought disaster on Genera! Clements'
force would not have been possible had
we carried on the war as it would have
been carried on by any other civilized na
tion. A dispatch from Lonrenco Marques
says: Heir Pott, the Netherlands consul,
lias sailed for Europe. There was no
demonstratky. Mr. W. W. Stanley Hol
iis. the United' States consul, went on
board the steamer to bid him farewell."
Lord Salisbury's gloomy reference to
South Africa yesterday at the conference
of the National Union of Conservative
associations causes much heartburning.
The Conservative press, reluctant to ad
mit hat the situation is worse, eomplains
of the premier's "needless pessimism."
The Daily News asks whether Lord
Salisbury's utterances foreshadow the
news of another reverse, and it suggests
that the government lias received eiis
patehes from Lord Kitchener asking for
more troops on the ground that the war.
instead of being finished, is entering upon
a new and difficult phase.
Ammunition Failed llrltinh.
PRETORIA, Dec. 19 The Northum
berland fusiliers who were captured by
the Beers at Nooitgejdaeht made a dog
ged defense against superior numbers
and fought on until their ammunition
was exhausted. Then, when they saw
that they were irretrievably hemmed in
and that there was no hope of assistance
from the valley below, where General
Clements had his hands full directing
the retirement of the rest ot the force,
they surrendered. Most of the prisoners
have since been released at a point close
to iiustenburg. The Boers lost heavily.
They carried nine wagon loads of dead
and wounded off the Held.
Justice Ludlow Deed. -NEW
YORK. Dec. 49. Associate Su
preme Court Justice George C. Ludlow
of New Jersey died yesterday at his resi
dence in New Brunswick of bronchitis.
Justice Ludlow was botn iu Milford.
Hunterdon county, April 0. 1830. He had
lived iu New Brunswick since 1835. Ke
graduated from Rutgets college in 1850
and was aduiitteel to the bar in 1853. He
served as city counsel, freeholder and
president of the board of education. In
1870 he was, elected to the state senate.
Two years later he became president of
that body. In ISSO he was elected gov
ernor of the state, defeating Frederick A.
Potts, his. Republican opponent, by G51
votes after an exciting canvass. In 1SS4
he was a member of the constitutional
commission.
Another Clit't Finn iioeUef ller.
CHICAOO," Dec. 19. At the convoca
tion exercises. of the University of Chica
go President. Harper: announced thit
John D. Rockefeller had made smother
gift of $1,500,000 to the institution. Of
this sum $1,000,000 is to be used as an
endowment f und, and the university is to
derive' the benefit , of the income of it
from year to year. It is also stipulated
that the $1,000,000 is to- be in the univer
sity's' name and is. to-be considered its
absolute property - for all time. The bal
ance oT the gift is to he used for immedi
Ite purposes and for general needs.
HELP FOR THE POOR.
Gooel Work Being Performed by the
St Vincent ele Paul Society.
The St Vincent de Paul society of
the Immaculate Conception church is
preparing to bring sunshine and mirth
into the homes of thirty-five or forty
poor families on Christmas tlay and
the members of the organiza
tion, assisted by the teachers
anel pupils of St Mary's school,
have gone to work with -a will to pro
vide food. fuel, clothing, or the where
wilh to purchase these supplies, and no
doubt their efforts will fie crowned
with success. -They desire to state
that people who desire to donate ar
ticles of any-kind can leave them at
St Patrick's hall on Saturday morning,
where there" will be some one to look
after them. This is a good work anel
those who have a little te spare over
and above their own wants should lend
a hand and in this way the burden will
not: be fell by any one. The society
semis a committee through the parish,
whose duty it is to report all deserv
ing cases to tin organization and then
the whole body take: hold and. as a
i uU enough is secured to meet the de
mand. This is kept up the year round,
bur. of course, a special effort is made
at this sea-son. This is as it should Im
for it would be cruel on rtie part of
people e.f means to allow the children
of the' poor to sce Christmas toys in
every house but. theirs. Send in such
articles of wearing appared as you can
span , and if you have nothing iu this
line-, a turkey or a good, fat chicken
will come In handy. Anything at all
will be thankfully received.
FELL IN THE RIVER.
Five
Year Old Bov Had a Narrow
Es-
cape This Afteruoou.
Little Adam Staivnas. ihe ." year old
son of Mr and Mrs A. Staivnas ot" 1!1
Green street, narrowly escaped being
ell-owned in the Naugatuek river at the
rear of .Jackson street, this aflernoon.
With oilier younstcrs the boy was play
ing on tiie treacherous ice when it
gave way, letting him Into water above
his head. One of Ids companions tried
to reach (lie drowning child with a
ptde. but lie did not succeed, and al
though the child held up Ids. hands
and shouted piteously for help none of
the grown people who looked on went
1o his assistance, and he was about ex
hausted when Frank Collins of South
1'itili street, a brakemau on the switch
er on the Highland division, rushed
down from tiie railroad and plunged
imo the river, smashing
t!it. ieo before him until
lie reached the boy and then pulled
him ashore. He hael gone down for
the last time, as everybody supposed,
so ii was thought that he was de'ad.
but this belief was soon dissipated and
Ihe child was carried to hishoinewhere
be was attended by. Or Russell. At
:'. o'clock the patieiu. appeared to be
out of danger, although he refused to
talk and did not recognize bis father,
who bad heard of the accident where
lie works at Holmes, Booth & Hayihms,
and went home to see what was up.
When lie saw the boy he almost went
wild and wept like a child. That rivet
is a dangerous spot during the winter
season and some plan should lie adopt
ed to keep children off it.
SIDES WITH AMERICA.
St Petersburg. Dec iy. Discussing
the Nicaragua canal, the Novoe Vrem
ya savs Russia is not Interested in the
matter, but, naturally, sides with
America.
CITT NEWS
John Francis, the 1.S-inontt,-old son
of Mr and Mrs Patrick I'lielau. of 780
Baldwin street, died this morning.
The- funeral will take place at 3 o'clock
to-morrow afternoon.
The funeral of Geeuthaine. better
known as Nellie, daughter of Sir and
Mrs Joseph Gale, will be held from her
parents' home, ;7." South Main wreet,
at 2 p. m. Thursday, with services by
the Rev Charles Granger. I nteraient
will be held in Riverside cemetery.
Court Falcon. F. of A., held a large
ly attended me ting last night in G.
A. R. mill and elect ed the following of-
I ticers for the ensuing year: Chief ran
ger. Maurice Griffin; sub-chief ranger,
Daniel O'Neil: financial secretary, 1.
G. Egau; treasurer, Johu II. Galvin;
senior woodward. Daniel Dunn: junior
woodward. Chris Dunn; beadle. John
Phelan; trustee for three years. James
Lvons: physician. Dr Moriarty; tlrug-
pist. James Cone. About ten appli
cations were received. A committee
was appointed to investigate charges
against one of the members for appro
priating funds belonging to the society
and report at. the next meeting.
An unusually large number was at
tracted to Speedwell hall last night.
the oee-asion being the first annual so
ciable anel dance of the Broadway Ath
letie cluli. lne grand inarch, in
which about sixty couples participat
ed, was led by Thomas McCarthy auel
Miss Mamie Moriarty. Booth's orches
tra furnished mus'ie and ProfVssor Pro.
vost prompted for the dancing', which
consisted of about twenty numbers.
Miss Georgia. Kelly was awardeel a
gold ring for selling the most tickets.
She sold $31 worth, while Miss Mam
io naley. who will ne presented Willi
a suitable prize, had $20 worth ot
tickets to her credit. Much credit
due to the various committees in 1
charge of the affair for the excellent
manner in which every detail was ar
rangeel. ,
The funeral cf Mrs John McCarthy
took place this morning from the fam
ily rcsidene'e on Mill street, to St Pat
rick's church, where a solemn mass of
roiuiem was e-elebrateel with these of
ficers: Celebrant. Father t.leeson;
deacon. Father Sullivan; sub-deacon.
Father Kennedy- The bearers were
Patrick Coffee. Michael .Quitter. Simon
McCarthy, Patrick' Barry. Edward
Stack anel John Filzmaurico. The
floral offerings' included -a 'mound let
tered "Mother'frofii William McCar
thy; sheaf of wheat, Margare't McCar
thy; clock, Mrs'Kltzuiaurice and -Mary
Fornn. sister and niece of deceased;
Faith. Hope anel Charity, Katie Mc
Carthy; wreath, -SiaionV Me'Carthy,
Fannio' and Lizzie. Xamoe-k: pillow in
scribed "GrandmaJ' Mary and Jere
miah McCarthy; wreath. -.Thomas Han
ralian: fifty-one carnaliQiis,"A Friend";
standing cross;: employes of the Wa
terbury Buckle, company:: sheaf 'of
wheat. Thomas Quill, v The funeral
was very largely attended.- The in
terment was in Rt Joseph's" cemetery.
A GOOD DEMOCRAT
Should Be Named as County
Commissioner.
MAKE BOARD NON-PARTISAN.
A Democratic Governor ITas Been
Known to Name a Republican For
the Position The Appointment of a
Democrat Would End the Republi
can Row Over Hart D. Munson. ;
The election of a. member of the ,
board of county commissioners to sue- '
ceed Mr Munson, whose term of office
will soon expire, is occasioning a good
ileal of comment, not only iu Water
bury but all over New Haven county,
and while many think that Mr Munson
will succeed himself, there tire others
who c-outeiid that it is manifestly un
fair to have this board composed of
three republicans. When the demo
crats were iu power they inaugurated
the plan of minority representation,
ami instead of gobbling up the whole
board they gave the republican one
man. but as soon as the republicans
came into power again they returnetl
fo the old scheme of taking the whole
hog. anel it looks as if they intend to
continue along these lines", though it
is said that some of the representatives.,
and senators who will have to do with
the matter feel that there ought to be
a minority representation on that,
board, anil that if the democrats put
forward the right man this time they
will stand by him. Of course this is
extremely doubtful, but after all it is,
among the possibilities. An old citi
zen, a republican at that, who knows
something aoout the boartl ot count v
commissioners, told a reporter of tbe
Democrat to-elay that when the "oth
ers were at the helm some years ago
Ihe board was made un of Messrs
Reynolds. Lindsley anil Dunham., two
democrats and one republican, and that
when Mr Dunham's term expired ov-
cry body thought that the democrats
would do as the republicans had been
do'ng. elect one of their own men 11
till the vacancy, but they e'.id not do
this, anil Mr Dunham was re-elected
on the ground that the minority wast.
entitled io representation on the board.
Isn i it surprising what men who are
straightforward and honest in every
oilier walk of life will do in politics?
The republicans fix things so that when
a ilcniuri-.it is elected to office and has
an appointment to make that is worth
anything ho must select some one frour"
the opposite party, where it is well un
derstood that their own side of tht)
house is sure io be in the ascendency;
nine times out of ten. this provision is i
omitted. But without irohej; into these
matters it woulj seem that a sense of
fa moss would suggest the proprietr-
of having one democrat in the board
fit county commissioners. We are told
there are no politics on the board, ami -if
our i eighbors want to make goo.l
ihis statement they will trot out I'l.'
proof by refusing to have it compose.!
f xchisivi ly of men belonging to the
same political party. This is no stab
at Mr Munson. It is aimed at a sys
tem that ought not to be tolerated, ami
the present is a very opportune toie.
to air it.
ORDER OF CHOSEN FRIENDS. :
Receiver Has
Now
Gooel Cheer
Demanded All
Money
in Treasuries.
and Rainbow councils,
Otiter of Chosen I-riends, heftt a meet
ing last night in Johnson hail and
listened to the report of Frank Judd.
who hail been in New Haven and New
York, looking into the present status
of the order. The gist of Mr Judd's
report was that the order might right
fully be termed a thing of the past. It .
has gone down without any hope for
its resurrection. It was stated that
the conduct of Supreme Si'cretary
Linn looked like treachery upon his
part. While connected in the Chosen
Friends he is said to have organizeil
an order known as the National Fra-,.
ternal association, with headquarters
at Indianapolis, lnd, and as soon as he
had this one in running shape he ap
plies! for a receiver for the Chosen
Friends and sent out circulars to the'
several councils requesting them to
join the National Fraternal - associa
tion. Mr Judd had a long conference with
Supreme1 Councilor Morse of . New;
York, who thinks he sees a way ouc.
of the dilemma, and his plan for a new"
organization will: be discussed at a
meeting to be held iu New Haven to-
morrow night. It is thought that if,
the councils, as at present constituted.,
stand together, they will be able to
muster up sufficient strength to savw
the greater portion of their insurance,
but if they go different ways what
they have paid into the Chosen Friends
will be a total loss.
Mr Judd will represent the local
councils at the session in Xew Ha-:
yen. Good Cheer' and Rainbow coun
cils think well of the proposition and
iu all probability they will go into the
new body. -
Another chapter in the history of
the affair is the demand made upon
the councils by the receiver for all
"ihe money in the treasuries, which is
not likely to be complied with in a
hurry. There may be a tussle between
the receiver and the councils over the
funds on deposit in the banks in Wa-te-rbury
and all over the state, for.,
tiie banking houses have been notified
not to pay to anyone except to the
order of the receiver and the upshot'
of this will be that they will hold
the el ust until they know where they
are at. . - . , .
Another meeting will be held Mon .
day night, when Mr Judd will sub
mit a report regarding ttie action taken
at the conference in New .Haven.
Indianapolis, Intl. Dec 19. State'
Auditor Hart is not iu entire sym
pathy with the movement to establish
a new fraternal order from the cer
tificate holders of the Order of Chosen
r rientis. lie s:'.ys:
"If it. is proposed to form such a
salvage corps, to found a. new fraternal -society
and tlo so in Indiana, I shalt -require
a possible straining of ,th
statutes in that the rate shall be based
on mortuary tables., Every phase of
the proposed plan must be positively
within the cloest construction ot the
law."- : . . -

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