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WATERBURY. CONN, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1900. PRICE TWO CENTS, i REATY RATIFIED. Senate Stood 55 to 18 on Hay Pauncelote Instrument. TEXT OF AGREEMENT AMENDED Two Weeks' Discussion Ended in a Brief and Not Exciting Session Spirited Debate on the Montana Senatorial Case. London, Dec 21. Nearly all the morning papers have editorials on the action of the United States senate In connection with the Hay-Pauuce-fote canal treaty. They express re gret, rather than surprise, at the sup ercession of the Clayton-Bulwer treaty and unanimously declare that it will be impossible for Great Britain to ac cept the amended treaty. "The senate has struck a serious blow." says the Daily News, "at the fundamental prin ciples of good faith among nations, at its own reputation and at the very constitution of the great republic." Washington. Dec 21 After spending the greater part of the past fortnight in considering the Hay-Pauucefote treaty for the modification of the Clayton-Bulwer convention of 1S50 the sen ate yesterday eonsuuitcl only one hour and ten minutes in amending it and ratifying it as amended. During this time there were six roll calls and sev eral viva voce votes. The tirst live of the roll calls were on amendments offered by Individual senators, and the last one on the resolution to ratify the treaty as amended. All the amend ments except those offered by Senator Foraker and reported by the commit tee on foreign relations were voted down by majorities averaging about nineteen. The ratification resolution was adopted by a vote of ."-j to IS. The senate was in executive session for about an hour before the time lor vot'-''K arrived listening to speeches by Senators Thurston, (jallingtr, Wolcott and Bard, explanatory of their atti tude. Sxmator Lodge, who as a member of the committee cn foreign relations, lifts piloted the treaty through the sen ate since the death of Chairman Davis, last no time in demanding that the voting begin when o'clock arrived. The foreign relations committee amendments were read lirst. Sen ator Ixdge' himself suggested a verbal amendment to the first of these, add ing the word "convention" after the word "which" so as to make the amendment read, "which convention is hereby superseded." lie explained that suggestions had been made that without the addition of that word the amendment might be construed as ap plying only to article eight of the Olaj-ton-Bulwer treaty, whereas, he said. It was intended to apply to the "?! 1 i re tmn tv The amendment was accepted, and the committee amendments then were both accepted without division. The text of the treaty as amended is as follows: "The United States of America and her majesty the queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ire land and empress of India, being de sirous to facilitate the construction of a- ship canal to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and to that end to remove any objection which may arise out of the convention of April 19, 1850, commonly called the Clayton-Bulwer treaty, to the construction of such canal under the auspices of the gov ernment of the United States without impairing the "general principle' of neutralization established in article eight of that convention, have for that purpose appointed as their plenipoten tiaries the president of the United States, John Hay, secretary of state of the United States of America, and her majesty the queen of Great Britain . and Ireland and empress of India, the Right Hon Lord Pauiicefote, G. C. B., G. C. M. G., her majesty's embassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United States, who. having com municated to eaclr other their full powers which were found to be in due and proper form, have agreed upon the following articles: "Article 1. It is agreed that the canal may be constructed tinder the auspices' of the government .of the United States, either directly at Its own cost or by gift or loan of money to individuals or corporations or through subscriptions to -or purchase of stock on shares, and .Jhat,, subject to the provisions of the present con vention, the said government shall have and enjoy all the rights incident to such construction as well as the ex clusive right of providing for the regu lation and management of the canal. "Article 2. The high contracting parties, desiring to preserve and main tain' the 'great principle of neutraliza tion established in article 8 of the Clayton-Bulwer convention. which convention is hereby superseded, adopt as the basis of such neutralization the .following rules substantially as em bodied in the convention between Great Britain and certain other pow ers signed at Constantinople October 28, 18S8, for the free navigation of the Suez, maritime canal that is to say: , "First. The canal shall be free and open in time of war as in time of peace to vessels of commerce and of war of all nations on terms of entire equality, so that there shall be no dis . crimination against any nation or its citizens or subjects in respect of the conditions or charges of traffic or oth erwise. .... "Second. The canal shall never be blockaded, nor shall any right of war be exercised nor any act of hostility be committed within it. -. "Third. Vessels . of war of a bel ligerent ' shall not revictual nor take any stores in the canal except so far as may be strictly necessary, and the transit .of such vessels through the canal shall be effected with the least possible delay in, accordance with the . regulations. in force and with only such tirterinVsalon as may teauit from the necessities of the sarviee,' pri&es shall Tie in all respegia ui4e lo yie same rules aa vessels of war of the belliger ent. . - . ' : "Fourth. No biUigerent shall embark or disembark .troops, munitions of war or warlike materials In f i. "canal except in case of . ( T-ital hindrance of. the tran- sit, and in such case the transit shall be resilintd with ail possible dispatch. "Fifth. The' provisions of this arti cle shall apply to waters adjacent to the canal, within three marine miles of either end. Vessels of war of a bel ligerent shall not rttnain in such wa ters longer than twenty-four hours at any one time except in case of dis tress, and. in such case shall depart as soon as possible; but a vessel of war of one belligerent shall not depart with in twenty-four hours from the depart ure of a vessel of war of the other belligerent. "It is agreed, however, that none of thf immediately foregoing conditions and stipulations in sections numbered 1. 2, ::. 4 and ." of this article shall apply to measures which the United Slates may tine! it necessary to take for securing by its own forces the de fense of the United States and the maintenance of public order. Sixth. The plant, establishments, buildings and all works necessary to the construction of the canal shall be deemed lo be part thereof for the pur poses of this convention and in time j of war, as in time of peace, sh.ill en- , joy complete immunity lioiu attat-u oi "injury bv belligerents and from acts calculated to impair their usefulness as part of the canal. -.Seveuth. No fortifications shall be erected commanding the canal or the waters adjacent. The United States, however, shall be at liberty tcr maintain such military police along the canal as mav be necessary to protect it against lawlessness and disorder." A spirited debate was precipitated in the senate over the resolution ot Mr Chandler to d'sc-barge the committee on contingent expenses from further con sideration of the resolution .authoriz ing an investigation of the Montana senatorial case. The- exchanges be tween the advocates and opponents ot the resolution took a political turn and resulted in some lively colloquies. No action upon the resolution was taken, the senate- proceeding to the considera tion of executive business without reaching a vote. The house passed the Indian and the militarv academv appropriation bills. The former carried S0.030.52tf aue'. the latter $700,151. Neither provoked much discussion. A few minor amend ments were placed upon the former. SENATE ADJOURNED. Washington, Dee 21. At 12:0.-. this afternoon the senate adjourned until January 3, 1901. POPULATION REDUCING. French Canadians Going to Quebec From Maine. Buffalo. N. Y.. Dec 21. A special dispatch from Montreal says: The population of the New England states, but more particularly of Maine, threat ens to be j-tduced by 150,000 or 200, 000, and that; of the province of Quebec correspondingly increased early next swing, by the return to their name province of that many French-Canadians, who have eluring the past thirty years crossed the border with the hope of bettering, their condition. - Rene Dupout, colonization agent lor the Quebec and Lake St John region, returned to-day from a prolonged visit among his fellow coraitrymen. He states that the utmost discontent pre vails among them in Maine, ami that he has been asked to make provision for their reception at the close of the winter., in the Lake St John territory, where hundreds of thousands of acres of land lie idle for the want of men to work it. "Of the 200.000 French Canadians in the state of Maine." said Mr Du pont "I believe 150.000 of them will come back early in the spring. The town of Biddeford alone counts 12,000 of my countrymen in a total popula tion of 15.000. Many of them have lost heavily of late years, and this, coupled with the fact that the fac tories in which thousands of them were employed, are running only half time, has caused them to turn their eyes homeward." There is another reason why the French Canadians desire lo leave Maine. -The Roman Catholic church es in several places of the state have denied them the privilege of having priests of their own tongue.. This dis pute has . caused a bitter feeling be tween the two races and the matter has finally been referred to Rome for adjustment. DIRECT STEAMBOAT LINE. San Francisco. Dec 21 San Francis co merchants will try to obtain.elirect steamboat communication between this port and Manila. The San Fran cisco boarel of trade has petitioned the Pacific Mail Steamship company to run their vessels to Manila. As an alternative it has been suggested that a line of steamers be established to connee't at Hong Kong with the Paci tic Mail and carry Philippines freight. The present arrangement is unsatis factory to the merchants at Manila who do business with San Francisco. Goods in transit which have been stored in Hong Kong have been broken into while in the storehouse. The rnni1:i merchants are stiblecteel to de lay and loss for which there is no redress and have written letters to San Francisco threatening to do bus! ness solely with places connected by direct lines to Manila. - JOINT NOTE READY. 5 - .: Loudon. Dec 21. A representative of the Associated Press was informed at the foreign office here to-day that the joint note of the powers, which has been signed by all the ministers at- Pekin. will be presenteeLto Prince iCliing antl Ll llung uijang immediate ly. The text will be published as soon as the note is delivered. " , ' BUILDING WILL COST $3,500. New Haven. Dec "21. Announcement was made to-day that arrangements have been completed for the erection bv the Yale university, at the cost of 83,500, a medical clinics building , on the property of the general hospital society of Connecticut.. , -: GENEVA; N. Y., Dec. 21. After be ing nffiicted with hiccoughs for three days Arthur C. Dove of this place was given a cigar by a physician as a test, end thJ hiccoughing stopped - immediately. Sev eral other physicians had failed in ever; c$.-i made. II AGlllNSTJflDET BOOZ. The Testimony Thus Far Taken at West Point. Cadets Say They Suffered No Serious Effects from Being Hazed The Medical Records Do Not Show That Booz Received Any Treatment at the Time of the Alleged Hazing. West Point. X. Y.. Dec 21. During the three days that the military court of inquiry lias been Investigating the hazing charges, many names of cadets who are In the first, class and now at this pose have been mentioned by P.ooz's classmates as having taken part in the hazing of fourth class cadets in 1S9.S. The witnesses who gave the names invariably added that they bore no grudge or ill feeling in consequence )t tile ordeals and insisted that the hazing to which thev were subiecled was not brutal. None suffered anv ill ffeets from the irksome tasks set tnem. To-tlay the cadets of the fourth lass will be called upon to tell wiiat they know of ihe "98 hazing. One of them will be Frank Keller, who fought with Booz. The medical records of the military academy do not show that Booz ap plied tor or received any medical or surgical treatment after the light or at any other time during his stay at the post with the exception of his being excused I rum one drill, a week before the light took place, on account of an attack of diarrhoea. The authorities ert 1iiat Booz was not in Hi reel while here, and by the medical records and the testimony of a Catholic clergyman, they refute the assertions that John K. Bre th of Altoona. Pa. was in any way injured during his stay here in 15497. Ihe evieleuce to-elav mav throw some light on the Kreth case, as he belonged to the class which is supposed to have hazed Booz. TO ENTER TRIAL RACES. Hauley Construction Co Preparing to Build a Yacht. Quincy, Mass. Dec 21. C. CIIau!oy, of the Hanley Construction company. of this city, builders of many fast. ichts. among them the American de fender Tennessee, in the Canadian cup races of 1.SM9 and 1900 at Chicago and Toronto, has entered the American cup defender lists and will form a syndi cate to build a wooden centerboard yacht to compete in the trial races to lecide which yacht shall defend the America's cup against Sir Thomas Linton's Shamrock. Mr Hanley admits that the syndi cate is under way and that the pros pect was that the yacht would be built by the Hanley works at Quincy Point. Mr Hanley said to-day that while he had no elesire to conceal the fact that a syndicate was being formeel with every prospect of success, any discussion of details at this time would be premature. Ha talked on yachting in general, however, and lef t no chance for doubt that he is a firm believer in centerboard boats. "Since the time of the Vigilant," lie said, "American antl English design ers have been trying to defeat keel yachts with keel yachts. The Vigilant wiis an attempt at a half-and-half boat. being neither keel nor centerboard, but a. combination of both. Result is in trving to beat keels with keels, that the challenging anil defending yachts are coining to be alike as two peas." Mr Hanley holds mat the history of international races shows the su periority of the centerboard. although in late years for lack of anyone to push ihat kind of keel boat has come to the front. He says that several gentlemen are ready this year to build and enter a centerboard yacht in the interna tional contest believing that it will out sail auy keel boat in its class that cnu bo built. LUMBER SCHOONER STRANDED. Lewes. Del. Dec 21. The schooner N. 11. Skinner, lumber laden, and bound from Wilmington.' N. C, for New York, stranded this morning near Cape Honlopen. A wrecking tug went to her assistance and it is expected she will be floated at high water. The Skinner is a vessel of 2S4 tons anel is commanded by Captain Wheatley. Several attempts were made to haul the schooner into. deep water without success. The "heavy seas washed over her and she filled with water and be gan breaking up. and the position of her crew of nine became so dangerous that the life savers brought them ashore in breecher buoy. All hopes of saving the schooner have been given up. ' AMERICAN RICE GROWERS. New York, Dee 21. Several meetings of the American Ric-e Growers Dis tributive company, limited, the $15. 000.000 company recently incorporated in Louisiana, have been held here this Week to complete the organization of the company aud eliscuss future plans. All of the preferred stock has been is sued and somewhat less than half the common. For the present the . com pany will buy rice from the growers and sell it on its own accounts. Con tracts have been made, it is said, for about 75 per cent of the rice output of Louisiana. Eventually it is intended to acquire, rice mills and canals. MASONIC ENGINEERS. ' Cleveland, O., Dec 21. At a'meeting here last night of engineers who . are members of the Masonic order, it was-) decided to form an International Asso ciation of. Masonic - Engiuet'rs, te be composed of locomotive, marine and stationary engineers-. The object will be mainly educational, v About sixty engineers attended the meeting last evening. .... " FIRST TRAIN THROUGH. Seattle, Wash. Dec 21. Great Northern train. No 4, east-bound,-was the-nrst to enter the Cascade tunnel. Eleven minutes later It. emerged on the east side. The trip was a success in every particular. President Hill did not arrive in time, to participate In the event. There were - no -ceremonies and chance settled what train had the -honor, : The tunnel is 12,813 eet lone - ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. Woman Cut Her Throat With a Case ' Knife. Hartford, Dec 21. Mrs Betty Meisel, wife of Louis Meisel of No 04 Village street, attempted to kill herself about 10 o'clock last night by cutting her throat with a case knife. Mrs Meisel has been sick about two weeks and it is said did not receive proper atten tion. Furthermore, jit is said by the neighbors that her 'husband spent a good deal of his time playing cards and neglected her and their tnree children. Mrs Meise-1 is 34 years out and has been married about eight, years. She has been here with her husband about, seven years. As is very often the case in such circum stances, the three children are bright and pretty anil it wan-pitiable to see them last night after theii mother's deoel. They did not cry but their' sad little faces as. they lay in bed showed thai they knew what was going on. Meisel arrived after his wife had been taken away. He saiel that The reason she cut her throat was because she was very sick and wanted to go to the hospital! He had no money to send her there aud though he tried to have various persons senet her to the Insti tution, he - was unsuccessful. He could give her no careful treatment at the house, and this made her tired of i:-v. WHITNEY'S GAME PARK. New York. Dec 21. William C. Whit nev is arranging to raise big game in the AdirondacKs elks, bears, ueer and perhaps buffalo and moose says an Al bany dispatch to the Journal ami Ad vertiser. He has just, bought 33.744 acres of wild land In the AeuroudacLs. Tills brings his total lanel possession in that region up to 70.000 acre's. .Mr Whitney bought the land at the recent tax sales at Albany, quietly, through an agent. The land is in Hamilton and Frauklyu counties. It Is near the Mohawk and Malone branch of the New York Central railroad. LAW IN PORTO RICO. San Juan, Porto Rico, Dec 21. A bill introducing the jury system in Porto Rico has passed both houses. Freder ick L. Cornwell. a member of the house of elelegates, introeiuceel a house bill provieling for an appropriation of $30,000 for an insular exhibit, at Bpffalo, providing the people raise $20,000 additional. The house has passed a bill fixing the salaries of the live native councillors '.aj $4.0OO. This is considereel excessive ,as it exceeds the salary of some of the department heads. It is not likely to pass the council. . DRY COLOR TRUST. New York. Dim? 21. A meeting of dry color manufacturers has just been held here in connection with the cur rent plans for a consolidation of these interests. A committee was appointed to appraise the real estate aud ma chinery of tlie various factories in the Uniteei States, anel is expected to re port by the 15th of January. A large majority of the manufacturers of the country are said to be willing to enter iuto a consolidation. The new corpor ation, if formeel. will probably be cap italized at about .1(3,000,000. PREPARING FOR WORLD'S FAIR. St Lottis. Dec 21.-VThe non-partisun committee for the public welfare of St Louis, an. organization embracing rep resentatives of all civic anel commer cial bodies of the city, was created and held its first meeting at the Mercantile club last evening. The primary ob ject of the committee is the putting of the city in proper condition for the holding of the world's fair, aud plans as to tlie best methods of reaehir; the desired end were outlined at the meet ing. AFTER AMERICAN I'OCKKX. New York. Dec 21. M. Jean De Reszke. the singer, who has just ar rived here, saiel in the course of an interview: "Before returning . home 1 hope to secure a prominent American jockey to ride my horses in the large stake races of Europe, in which 1 in tenel to take interest next season. Like many others abroad, I have come to the conclusion that the' old English style of riding is outclassed by the American style." DIED THIS MORNING. Washington. Dec 21. Speaker Hen derson received a telegram this noon announcing the death of Dr Richard A. Wise, member of the house from Norfolk. Va. His deatli took place at his home in Williamsburg, at 12:10 this morning. The news of his death came as a great surprise, for he was here only a .ftw tlays ago atteneling to his congressional duties. WEATHER REPORT. Washington, Dec 21. For Connecti cut : Partly cloudy to-night anel Sat urday; fresh north winds. Weather notes: The storm which was central in Alabama: yesterelay morning is now central near Hatteras. It will probably, pass out to sea at that point. A decided low pressure area appears this morning in the. northwest. Rain has fallen during the past twen ty-four hours on the north Pacific coast, the middle ahd south Atlantic coast and light snow in northern por tion of New England and eastern por tion of Lake region. There has been a slight rise iu temperature in the northwest and a slight fall in the northeastern sections. "' i Barom. Tern. W. We a. Bismarck 29.38 34 SB Clear Boston.. 30.02 28 N Cloudy Buffalo .......30.02 32 NB Cloudy Cincinnati 30.04 2t E Cloudy Chicago 29.S4 34 W Clear Denver .. .29.58 50 NW Pt Cldy Helena 29.40 42 SW Clear Jacksonville . .29.92 52 W Pt Cldy Kansas City ..29.70 42 S Clear Nantucket . . . .29.98 30 NB Cloudy New Haven : .29.49 2H NE PtCldy New' Orleans. .30.0S 40 NW Clear. New York . . .29.48 34 SE Cloudy Notthaelel .'....30.08, 8 ,N Cloudy Pittsburg .. v .30.00 2S . S . Clear- St Louis . 4. .-.29.88 34 S Clear St Paul . .29.54 30 SE3 Cloudy Washington ..29.94 34 N Snow g Satteras .....30.58 DO SW Cloudy I CUFiG JS AT HL Coast Storm Put Several Vessels in Peril. Rocket Apparatus Was Made Ready to Assist The Storm Is Now About Over, But While It Lasted It Was the Most Severe Ever Known. London, Dec 21. The latest news j from the White Star line steamer i Clitic wliteli vc.i.. it, n.iu.l j.f .iuwr.im.p " yesterday off the Skerries while on her way from Queenstown to Liverpool in tow, is that she is still riding heavily at anchor a mile suuthwesc of the Skerries. The steamers Somerhiil and We-tei'U-laud are now riding safely at anchor in Yo.-:t Bay. near Weymouth, after a fearful night which kept tlie coast guards busy from nightfall to day light. They had the rocket apparatus iu the vicinity of the stormbeuten craft in rvatlihes.-s to assist the ships which were about a mile f rum the shore. The Somerhiil is apparently consielerably damaged and tugs have gone to her as sistance. The British ship Clan MacFarlane, from Tocopila. October 20. for the Channel, drifted on a sandbank north of Suuthport. A lifeboat went out to her and fouud she had been aban- doned. Her sails wore blown to shreds ami she will probably be a total wreck. Skibbe-reen reports a large unnamed steamer with a rid funnel auel black top en the rocks off Sherkln Islariei. She will be a total wreck. Her crew of twenty-four men is reported to have reached the shore. The storm appears to have leached its height during the night and while the ale is still severe and tne stas very heavy, it Os hoped that the wurst is over, stories ot wrecks and damage are coming from all directions, but the fatalities reported are few. The Dominion line steamer New Eng land, which sailed yesterday from Liv erpool and this morning 'from Queens- town tor Boston, had such a bad time in the channel that several of her. crew were injured. There have been numerous minor wrecks. iLie gale lasted all night ana blew almost with hurricane force at times. Telegraph lines are down ia all directions. communication with Scotland is cut off, the Mersey ferry boats have suspended service, and channel passages have been the most tempestuous in years. The storm at Beltast and m its neigh borhood was the most severe iu a tie- cade. Great damage was done to prop erty, many persons were injured aud Belfast Lough is crowded with vessels which have sought shelter from the wind's fury. SERIOUS RUNAWAY. Rockville, Dec 21. A pair of horses attached to a heavy team owned by Charles Anderson of Stafford Springs, and driven by a young man naim;el Kendall, ran away this morning and as the result seven persons were more or less injured. The horses became frightened at a trolley ear and started on a mad .run. Kendall aud a stran ger who was in the team with him were thrown out and injured. The horses continued down the street, in a wild race. There were a number of children standing iu the street listen ing to a band, and through this group the horses dashed. Five of the small er children were injured, but none ser. iously. A PERMANENT PENSION. Chie-ago. Dec 21. The directors of the Chicago anel Northwestern rail rtiael have decided upon a permanent pension system for the 27.000 employes of the road to go into effect January 1, 1901. " The system is patterned iu many respects after that recently created by the Pennsylvania lines. How many eipployes of the road the system will immeeliately retire, the officials of the directory have been unable to calculate as yet. but event ually tlie full working of the plan will call for an annual expense upon the part of the company of 200,000. LARGE LIABILITIES. Two voluntary petitions in bank ruptcy were filed yesterelay ill the United States elistricf court. That of Henry W. Ayres of Bridgeport, a trav eling salesman, shows liabilities of $09,210.02 and assets amounting to $1. 020, which includes an insurance policy for '$1,000 anel household furniture val ued at $20. The liabilities are mostly for borrowed money, principally from Britlgeport people. The petition of George W. Loomis of Waterburv shows liabilities of $1,903.00 and the assets are household goods amounting to $20. CANNOT RECOVER TAXES. San Francisco. Dec 21. The su preme court of California has decided that Mrs Jane L. Stanford cannot re cover taxes paid under protest upon certain bonds and stocks situateel in Ne-w York city. The courts decision is to the effect that stocks are taxable iu the state where ownership lies. ARMOUR SERIOUSLY ILL. Chicago, Dec 21. Philip Armour, head of the firm of Armour & Co, who has been slightly ill for a few days past, was reported to be in a serious though not alarming 1 condition last night. The present difficulty arises from a complication of ailments and comes in the nature of a relanse. . r. . .. .; ; : FIRE IN ROCKVILLE. Rockville, Conn, Dec 21. The resi dence of A. ' F. Street on Orchard street was partly, destroyed by tire this morning through "the explosion of a gasoline stove. The loss is $1,000 and is covered by insurance. ' ARRIVAL OF STEAMERS., Hamburg,' Dec 21. Arri ved : Stea m er Patricia, from New York. Havre, Dec 21. Arrived: Steamer Li Bretagne from New York. . -New York, Deo 21. Arrived: Steam er Bovic from Livemoou. Boston, Dec 21 Arrive f Cestrlan froi. f!.""""1""1- ,'- ' . - ..: Steamer WIFE OF SENATOR FRYE. Died Suddenly at 9:40 This Morning at Hamilton Hotel. Washington, Dec 21. Mrs William P. Frye, wife of the president pro tern of the senate, dietl very suddenly in the Hamilton hotel here at 9:40 this morning. Mrs Frye on Tuesday last suffered' an acute attack of indi gestion and has since been ill. When she arose this morning she was ap parently much improved and partook of breakfast. Shortly after leaving ilie table the end came without the slightest warning. Heart elisease was the cause of eleuth. The body will be taken on The 4:50 train this after noon, to Lewistou,' Me, the home of Senator Frye. FOR INAUGURATION DAY. Hartford. Dec 21. Special orders number 172. have been issued from the adjutant general's oiiice. directing the commanding oticers of the governor's guard (one and two foot and horse-1 to report with their commands to the adjutant general at the state capital. Hartford, for escort duty, on January !, 1901. at 1:3 iu the afternoon. The staff of the conimaudei- in chief is ordered to report on the same date at lo o'clock iu the morning for attend ance upon the commander in chief during ihe inaugural ceremonies of the governor-elect . . CATHOLIC CHURCH Bl'RNED. Gorliam. N. H.. Dec 21. The Holy Family Catholic chni-cn here was de stroyed by tire early to-day and all the contents Were consumed, iucluding a valuable organ, the vestments and the property of the priests. The church was built live years ago and had been paid for, with ihe exception of a small amount. If. was valued at 10. ooo and was partially insured. The lire evidently started around a small stove in one of the vestries, iu which a tire had been kei.it over night. PHILIPPINE IMPROVEMENTS. Manila. Dec 21. The Philippine com mission has passed bills prescribing that English text shall be used in the construct ion of a'l laws enacted: au thorizing tlie provost marshal to estab lish p-.Jice and health regulations, with limiteel punishments for their viola tion: appropriating $75,000 for the im mediate construction of a . highway from Pozomibla. province of Pan gasinan. to'Bagt'io. in Bontiue prov ince, along the line surveyed for a gov ernment railroad. KILLED BY FALLING TKEE. Silver Mines. Conn. Dec 21. While engaged in felling a tree this tuorntng. Isaac Wardwel). 40 years of age, was struck in the head by the trunk of a tree and instantly killed. The tree had become lodged on the trunk of an other tree. . when it suddenly broke away from its fastenings and Ward well, who was directly beneath it, was crushed to the ground. NATIONAL JOCKEY CLl'B. New York, Dec 21. According to a current report a movement may be started at the meeting of the western turf congress next May looking to the formation of a National Jockey club, to be composed of all the racing-organizations in this country. OLDEST MAN DEAD. Middletown. Dec 21. Edward John son, the oldest man in Middletown. died at his home in the Johnson lane district to-day from pneumonia. He was 99 years and !) months old. OLD RESIDENT DEAD. Bristol. Dec 21. Edwin F. Lewis, aged 94. the oldest resident of this town, died at his home here this morn ing. Death was due to general debil ity. CITT NEWS. Over 100 children made merry a round a Christmas tree at the Young Women's Friendly league. The executive committee of the High School Alumni association will hold a meeting this evening in the of fice of Attorney Carinody. Lizzie Ash, the 14 years' old daugh ter of J. W. Wallis of South Leonard street, died this morning. She hael been a sufferer for the past seven or eight years. James Grady. James W. Fitzpatrick and Michael Thompson of the Calh olic university at Washington: Timothy 0"Rourke of Mt St Mary's, and John Egan of Villanova. are among the col lege students who will enjoy their Christmas vacations in Waterbury. There was a hearing last evening on the final account of Anne I.vfddy. executrix of the estate of the late Ann Luddy. There was a dispute over her fee, which will be decided to-morrow morning. The executrix ask Sl'-O and the rest of the heirs claim she should receive only $25. The music at St Cecilia's church on Christmas day will be of an unusually solemn and 'inpressive charae-ter. The instrumental music will be augmented by a piano, at which Miss Cecilia Her iuger will p:eside, while Miss Marie Heringer. the regular organist, will also be in attendance. This is the first time that a piano has been used in conjunction with an organ in any of the Catholic churches of the city. The music which emanates from the sim ultaneous playing off both organ and pin.no is said to be very pretty. A full program of the Christmas music at. St Cecilia's will appear later. Attaruey x. jr. i-armody has pro cured for Mrs Julia Sullivan of Park avenue a pension of $12 a nionth. Mrs Sullivan's son Patrick- was killed in tlie war in the Philippines. One Sun day he. rambled beyond the picket lines with si few comrades anel went swim ming: ; Then a band of natives sur rounded the party and "in the scrim mage that resulted Sullivan was killed. A week-, later his body was found in the river. The first news Mrs Sulli yau got of her sou's death was through the Democrat. She had been writing to him for months and was surprised at his silence. A Waterbury man sent the news to a Democrat renorter and later it was confirmed by the war department, HARD AT WORK Consolidation Committee Ma. Finish Labors To-Night. MANY CHANGES PROPOSED. Some of the Committee Want, to In vest More Power in the Mayor Re publicans Are Said to Favor Such a Scheme. Tlie consolidation committee wilt meet this evening when it is thought they will linisli their labors, unless, something new turns up. So far as can be learned the changes agreed upon do not contemplate anything very radical in the town. About the; only way it effects tlie townspeople in that they will be electors in the city, aud in the natural course of events, -The different districts will ask to be relieved of the committeemen and come into the city under the broad plan in vogue in the center dis trict. That's the way the committee looks at it. but will they elo it? An other contemplated change is to have the board of assessors appointed by the mayor instead of elected by the people, and some of the members of the committee Would like to see the board of education chosen by tlm mayor, lint This is still" an open trues tion and the chances are it will be de cided not to tamper with the school (Hiesiion at ail. Whether consolida- tiou becomes a reality or not. it i probable that the people in the new city limits as they exist at present will have to pay full taxes, except a por tion of Buck's Hill school district, which may go back into the town. There will lie seven constables, as usual, and unless some new features should be introduced to-day" there will be. no radical changes in the other offices, except, of course, that a board of charities will look out for the alms house and the thwn poor instead of the selectmen. Will anybody be legis latevl out of office V That's a question that has a special interest for two of the assessors. Messrs Coyle and Burns. The proper way to do this, and no doubt that plan will be adopt ed, is to have the mayor appoint a suc cessor to each assessor accoreling as his term of office expires, and then, at the end of three years, the full board can be named, but it would be well to have a hold over there right along, for the office is too important to be filled by all new men. It is being saiel in some quarters that the end sought is to confer almost im perial power on the mayor, because tht republicans feel confident that with all the electors of the town anel city put ting the white slips of paper into the same box on election day there can be no doubt but that, they will capture the mayoralty aud then the rest will be plain sailing. But it is eloubtful if the people of Waterbury are prepared to confer such power upon any -man. republican or democrat, and the prop osition - is iiemg comoatted by some staunch republicans, who think that. we ought to have a .few offices, out side the board of aldermen, and that of mayor, filled by a direct vote of the people. Indeed, some of our Tev publican lrieuds take the ground that the appointive power- now vested in, the mayor is radically wrong and make no bones of The statement that all the boarels now appointed by the mayor, as well as some made by the aldermen, should be chosen by a pop ular vote. But. after all. there does not seem to be much logic in this view of the case. If the mayor is to be hold responsible for the administration-, it would seem that he should have some thing to say regarding the selection of his lieutenants. If we are going to have coL;solielation and a king.In steael of a mayor, let him name all the subordinate boards and also select a city attorney. The mayor is obliged to place more confidence' in the city attorney than in the members of ail the other boards put together, aud if he is to have any appointive power at all it should include the man who comes nearest to him, the -city attor-ne-y. Of course, the republicans tell us That when we have a democratic ' mayor it is well to liu've a republican city attorney, so that we will be sure, of knowing what is going.-on. All right, but why shouldn't the same ar gument hold gotiel as to the advisabil ity of a democrat for city attorney! when the mayor belongs to the oppo site party? Some say no one will want the change after the draft iss made public. Probably that is true, but it would be wise- to wait till wet get a peep at it before saying too much about it, one way or the other. The electors of the Waterville dis trict met last night to consider the matter of consolidation, and adjourned until next Friday night, r This wai done so as to give the people a chance to see the bill before starting in to dis cuss it. The cousolidationists regard the postponement as an indication that there is not much opposition to the change in Waterville. GERMAN REFUGEE KILLED. ! New York, Dec 21. A ' coroner's jury at Harlingen, N. J., empanelled to -Inquire into the eleath of Willhfm Yon Schenier, a coachman of Griggs town, brought in. a verdict that lift came to his death as the result of a blow upon the head inflicted by , u party or parties unknown. Von Schenier, who was found dying, not far from the house of his employer, was a refugee from Germany because of a. dntd he fought and because he took part in the revolution of 1S4S. His father, it appears, was General Von .Scheflier and he himself had been a Prussian cavalry officer. -He was a graduate of Bonn university. W'heu he came to America he was for a tim professor of horsemanship in Vassar college. He worked for a while, it is saiel, under Professor Agassiz ami Professor Dana. - .. VANDERBILT'S TAX COSTS. New York. Dec 21. The Journal antl Advertiser' says:' The estate of late Cornelius Vanderbilt will be taxed on. $10,000,000 of personal property next year. The tax rate is $2.24 per $10o. In the tax lists of last year and oC 1S98 Cornelius Vanderbilfs taxable oroperty was assessed at $400,0001, ;'