VOL XIV NO 15
WATERBURY, CONN, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1900.
PRICE TWO CENTS, i
A VERYJDULL SPOT
London is Trying to Brighten
Up For Christmas.
RECENT DEFEATS A SET BACK
The Fashionable Set Has Left the City
For the Country Mrs Maybrick Still
Lingers in Frison "Alice in Wonder
land" Was Not a Success.
London, Dec 22 There will be a
merry Christmas in England, though,
in consequence of the recent defeats in
South Arfiea, London is already one
of the dullest spots in " the United
Kingdom. The fashionable world has
deserted the metropolis and sought
refuge in the country places. There !
will be such a round of house parties
as has been unknown for several
years. They will be accompanied by
the revival of the queer, old cnsroms
which, a century ago, made the reason
the occasion for unrestrained merry
making among rich and poor alike. It
would seem that those who are able to
celebrate realize the necessity for de
tracting public attention on the events
in South Africa. At Osborne, the
queen will be surrounded by the Duke
and Duchess of York, .the Princess of
Battenberg and several of her grand
children. At Sandringhaau, the Prince
of Wales will entertain i'ae Duke and
Duchess of Fife and their children wi.h
Christmas trees. Welbeek Abbey.
Bleinham palace. Hatfield house and
all the stately homes of England's aris
tocracy are filling up with scores of
guests prepared to make the most of
Yuletide. Balls, amateur theatricals
and entertainments without end have
been arranged, conspicuous among
which is the old English custom of a
dance in the servants' hall. At the
Duke and Duchess of Devonshire's.
Earl and Countess Spencer's, the Mar
quis and Marchioness of Londonderry's
and other places of nobility, Christmas
eve will be marked by the strange
spectacle of butlers dancing with
duchesses, footmen with countesses,
and grooms with the daughters of
belted earls, while ladies" maids, cham
bermaids, and cooks will hang on the
arms of cabinet ministers and other
male heads of illustrious lines. The
ancient practice of the land owners
enjoying the servants' quadrille had al
most lapsed, except in the case of a
few families. The revival is, perhaps,
no little due to the increasing necessity
for pampering the British servant.
The Onlooker gays the householders
now have to study the comfort of their
domestics as much as their own, and
quotes one country home where a set
of rooms is specially alloted to them
for recreation, comprising a ball room,
music room, library and billiard room.
In striking contrast to this is the
treatment accorded to Bernard Nich
olls, the American golfer, who defeat
ed the English crack, Peter PaXtofi,'
Thursday. Nicholls, who is of Eng
lish birth, returned here after naving
passed many years in America. The
Tooting Bee Golf club compelled him
to lunch in the workshop, though the
club members were glad to face the
December storm to witness his play.
Nicholls said: "Had I never been in
America and witnessed the lavish
kindness bestowed on Vardon and
other English players. I might not have
resented this treatment, but you may
be assured I will rvver remain in Eng
land long, and if it were not for meet
ing Braid Saturday, who is a personal
friend. I would not play on another
English link. You may depend on it
Vardon will not remain here long, for
I know he will be unable to stand this
sort of tiling after the kindness he has
received :n the United Stales. The
curious thing about it all is that Amer
ica will soon outstrip England not only
; 1 f . t .i 1 . 1 . . . I 7. 1 in ! 'i f nirn t-j
of. golf equipment."
Once again Mrs Florence Maybrick
spends an unhappy Christmas in her
prison ceil. In spita of the various re
ports, her chances of liberty are no
brighter than last year. Secretary Hay
has forwarded to Mr Choate several
private letters which will shortly be
presented to the new home secretary,
Mr Ritchie, in accordance with the cus
tom of approaching each new occupant
of that office. But the Associated
Press learns there Is no possible chance
of anything b?lng done so long as Lord
Halsbury Is lord high chancellor.
When a" new chancellor is appointed
.Mrs Maybrick will have a good chance
Another American woman is likely
to be soon elevated to the British peer
age, as Lord Salisbury intends to recog
nize the Right Hon Arthur Hugh
Smith-Barry's services to his party by
putting; him in the house of lords. Mr
Smith-Barry married the widow of Ar
thur Post of New York, whose sister,
Mrs Adair is also well known in Lon
Lord Salisbury has already created
nearly ninety peers. If the present
rate is kept up the upper house will
soon be in numerical superiority over
the commons. -
W. R. Hobbs, head of the recently
formed Canadian furniture combine,
now in London, hag decided that the
Canadians have no need of the assist
ance or co-operation of English finan
ciers, which was originally projected.
A significant fact, showing Canada's
progress, is that sufficient funds are
easily obtainable- there, while the new
law, coming into force January 1 in
the United Kingdom, imposes an al
most prohibitory taxation on new cor
About forty pantomimes will be pro
duced in and around London during
' the holidays,. "Cinderella" being the
most popular production, no fewer
than nine versions being presented.
Nearly all the theaters are already
doing a" crowded holiday business.
Phyllis Rankin had a most cordial
welcome on her return to the English
stage, when she appeared in "Floro
dora,". at the Lyric theater, Thursday,
but she was manifestly ! nervous and
did not make much of the part of Lady
Holyrood. : - ' '
"' Frohman's production of "Alice in
Wonderland," at tb& Vaudeville, Wed
nesday, with. Ellaline .tetriss as Alice
' nnd Seymour Hicks as the Mad Hat
ter, was not successful fromthe.critle's
"Mr and Mrs Daventry" continues to
attract fasbionaole audiences.-. XUe
Prince of Wales witnessed the per
Worseley Taylor, conservative, lias
been elected to represent the Black
Pool division of Lancashire- in the
house of commons, in succession to Sir
Matthew White Ridley, who was home
secretary in the late ministry, and who
recently relinquishing his seat in the
lower house on being elevated to the
RAILROAD MEN MEET.
Some of the Most Important Capital
ists Discuss Situation.
New York, Dec 22. The Herald
James J. Hill, president of the Great
Northern Railway company, who lias
arrived in this city, was in confer
ence last night with some of the most
important capitalists of the country,
representing Morgan, Vanderbilt and
Standard Oil interests. Attempts
made to see him last evening proved
Nothing definite could be learned
of the place of meeting, but there is
110 doubt that a conference having an
important bearing upon the general
railroad situation was held.
It is asserted upon the very best
authority that three principal stock
holders "in the Great Northern railway
namely. James J. Hill, John S. .Ken
nedy, and Lord Strathcona are now
the three largest stockholders also of
the Northern Pacific road. Lord
Strathcona and Mr Kennedy were
formerly directors in the Great North
ern. The former is a director and a
member of the executive committee
of the Canadian Pacific and Is of
great influence in Canadian affairs.
It apears as though harmony of
interest in the northwest is now com
plete through these great interests and
those of Mr Morgan in these proper
ties: Great Northern, Northern Pa
cific and Canadian Pacific.
In view of this situation, Mr Hill's
election to the directorate of the Erie
railroad and recent purchases of the
stock of the Chicago, Milwaukee and
St Paul are- of considerable signi
ficance. The stock of the latter com
pany has been steadily acpuired by
powerful interests not far removed
from those that have recently bought
into the Northern Pacific.
YET ANOTHER HITCH.
Preliminary Joint Note Still
PEKING, Dec' 22. Once more there
is a pronounced hitch in the proceedings
The preliminary joint note has not yet
been signed. Mr. Conger, the United
States minister, says he does not believe
there are sufficient reasons why it should
not be signed in the near future, and Sii
Ernest Satow, the British minister, takes
the same view. Dr. Mumm von Sebwart
zensteiu, speaking for Germany, believes
that the existing agreement will be sign
ed sooner or, later. The other ministers
also say that they consider the probabili
ties in favor of signing.
" Chinese sources of information, howev
er, say there is reliable authority for the
statement .that there is very little chance
of ; the note being signed for some time.
As a matter of fact, the members of the
staff of Li Hung Chung believe that the
note will eventually have to be drawn up
either in Europe or America, probably
the latter, because they claim that the
Washington government has had most to
do with the existing modifications of the
various forms of harshness.
The United States is looked upon by
the Chinese as the only power really de
siring to retain the integrity of the em
pire. The other powers are regarded as de
sirous of breaking it up with the possi
ble exception of Russia, who, the Chinese
think, merely favors a postponement iu
order eventually to secure a larger share.
Agreement to Be Signrd Will Make
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22. It is learn
ed here that the agreement of the pow
ers at Peking naming conditions as a
preliminary to the negotiations of peace
terms contains a demand for the sever
est penalties that China can impose ia
the punishment of the high officials be
lieved to be responsible for the Boxer
outrages. This refers particularly to
the 11 prominent Chinese nobles whose
names have been mentioned in the press
dispatches as those whom some of the
nations contended should be executed.
Our government has persistently held to
the position that penalties should notbe
inflicted on the Chinese government
which she was unable to carry out. The
demand for the death penalties was
stricken out of the agreement and that
for the severest penalties possible in
serted. The trouble and delay over the joint
note has been almost entirely over the
statement in the preamble to the agree
ment that the conditions imposd on the
Chinese were "irrevocable."
Great Britain sought to obtain the sub
stitution cf a milder word, realizing that
China might not be able to comply fully
with soiqe of the conditions, or that it
might be found desirable to revoke them.
The United States adopted the British
suggestion and instructed Mr. Conger to
urge the elimination of the word "ir
revocable." But these instructions reach
ed Mr. Conger in somewhat confused
phraseology, due to the omission of a
cipher symbol, and he undertook to trans
late them without further communica
tion with the state department. His in
terpretation of the instructions was that
he was to urge the retention and not th
elimination of the word "irrevocable."
On two occasions the state department,
ia the belief that the objectionable term
had been modified, had directed Mr. Con
ger to sign, only to learn overnight that
the word had been retained!
As much time had been lost in attempt
ing to make Mr. Conger understand what
his government wanted and as the delay
was causing uneasiness the president yes
terday directed . Secretary Hay to have
no further correspondence with Mr. Con
ger on the subject, but to instruct him
sign the. agreement,, "irrevocable" clause
and all. . . ,
Emperor ln Route to Peklnjr.
BERLIN, Dec. 22. A dispatch from
Tien-tsin to the Frankfurter Zeitung.
dated yesterday, says: "Prince Ching's
interpreter asserts that Emperor Kwang
Stt, unaccompanied by the empress dow
ager, left Sian-fu Dec. 19 bound for Pe
king. illLl'jli2r: .l '.'
-'." r5- Ktre at Scaiide, IS.. J, '
NEW YORK, Dec. 22. A fire last
(evening at Seaside.' N, J., which destroy
ed- two cottages and put in jeopardy a
number of others is attributed : to the
yrork of firebugs.
Have Taken a Vacation Until
Fourth Class Men Have a Hard Time
of It for a Few Years Cadets All
Positive That Booz Was Not Bru
West Point, Dec 22. The niiliiary
court of inquiry which began taking
testimony here last Tuesday regard
ing the charges of alleged brutal haz
ing at the military academy, will ad
journ at noon to re-convene on Wed
nesday of next week, and it is prob
able that the remainder of the we.-k
will le taken up in getting all the
available evidence on record. At yes
terday's session one of the cadets, V.
R. Bettison. of Kentucky, when testi
fying to his interference with Booz,
when the latter while on sentry duly
was not patrolling his post to Betti-
son's liking, was told by General
Brooke that he had no right to inter
fere with a soldier on guard, and Bet
tison acknowledged that he had violat
ed the military regulations in doing so.
This was the first and only instauee
siuce the beginning of the investiga
tion that the court had spoken to a
witness, and the severity of the gen
eral's rebuke was emphasized by the
milliner in which it was uttered.
To-dav the- court will continue the
examir r.ion of the cadets of the lirst
class. These are the menwho hazed
Booz's classmates, but none of them
who have testified so far has acknowl
edged that any brutal hazing occur .'eel
Cadet Clarc-nce O. Shcrrill, of North
Carolina, was the lirst witness called.
lie knew Booz only slightly; had never
hazed him. but he might have braced
01 her men of the fourth class and taic
cii part in "feet inspection."
He denied ever having given tabasco
or pepper sauce to P.ooz or any other
Major John M. Bannister, surgeon
U. S. A., was recalled and told of his
testing the effects of partaking of feu
drops of tropical pepper sauce, such as
is used in the cadets mess ball. He
said he tried it last night by dropping
four drops of the sauce on the palm
of his hand and taking- it up with
his tongue, and swallowing it. His
throat, he said, was very susceptible
to an irritation, but felt 110 ill effects
from the dose. Two young ladies who
were present when he made lhe test,
in a spirit of fun, did likewise, and
they, too, found no difficulty in swal
lowing the same quantity.
In reply to General Clous, the wit
ness s.-, id: "i positively swear tn:u
the taking of this sauce could not di
rectly or indi'-eetly have caused tuber
culosis of the throat or in any way be
the cause of the death of Cadet liooz
two years after his- partaking of it."
Cadet John 11. Poole, of Michigan,
swore tnat lie never nazeci isooz. xie
knew Breth, who was a member of his
own class in 1S97.
"Did you see Breth hazed V"
"No, sir, but I heard he was 'exer
"What are the relations of the upper
class men to the fourth class men?''
"With the exception of exercising.
which lias been abolished, it is about
the same as usual. We require them
to do special work about our tents,
cleaning guns, making up beds and so
"Have you heard of any fights since
"Yes. sir, I heard of four."
"Between upper class men and
fourth class men?" inciuired General
"Who won?" asked the general.
"Two were won by upper class men
one bv a. fourth class man and the
other was a draw."
"Did you ever administer pepper
sauce to Cadet Booz?"
"No, sir. I did not. nor do I taow
of anyone who did." was the reply.
Caeiet Guy E. Carleton, of Michigan
knew Cadet Bocz and said Booz was
hazed in the same way other men in
his class were, but there was nothing
brutal or severe in it.
In reply to questions regarding Ca
det Breth, the witness said: "I knew
him but did not hear of his being
hazed or put in a straight jacket. If
he had ever been placed in a straight
jacket I certainly would have heard of
Poor Coat Hindered the Bailey.
NEWPORT, R. I.. Dee. 22. The new
torpedo boat Bailey failed in her attempt
to complete her standardizing trial yester
day, likewise failing to reach a 30 knot
speed on account of a poor quality of coal
used in firing. Her failure to reach the
necessary speed was not a surprise to
those on board who saw the way the poor
coal acted. The Bailey would repeatedly
go a little over 29 knots, and then the
steam would fall off. As a better quality
of coal cannot be obtained here it wiU
require some time to have a supply sent,
and the boat will return to Washington
Another trial will not be made for a
couple of weeks at the least.
Schooner Sunii; Sailors Escape.
ATLANTA. Dec. 22. A special from
Portsmouth, Va., says: "Cut down in the
darkness by a big ocean steamship, the
little schooner Emblem, Captain George
B. Marshall, went to - the bottom ia
Hampton Itoads shortly before daylight
yesterday morning.- The sailors reached
the deck just in time to seize the dory,
which- was being towed astern, and,
drenched and shivering, made their way
to Old Point. The name of the vessel
which struck the schooner is unknown.
The vessels of the north Atlantic squad
ron sent boats to the assistance of the
Bic Cave In at l'lttston, Pa.
. PITTSTON," Pa., Dec. 22. The big
cave in of the abandoned workings of the
Seneca mine in the central part of the
city, which began Thursday, continues.
Fifteen buildings have so far been twist
ed out of shape, and big fissures from
two to four feet wide are visible all over
the three acres affected. Yesterday a
"bell" dropped, leaving a hole 30 f$et in
diameter and 40. feet dees on one ot the
main thoroughf if
Present Annual Report The Most
Prosperous Year Known.
Hartford, Conn, Dec 22. The forty
eighth annual report of the railroad
commissioners of Connecticut was
submitted to Governor Lounsbury to
day. The report says: "The year has
been the most prosperous of any in
the history of the railroads of the state
and the nation. The gross earnings
of the roads re-porting to us have been
$-1 2,024.951. MO, as compared with
!?:58,OOi5,732.27 for the previous year.
The revenue derived from the trans
portation of passengers was $17,158,
dOl.00, and that derived from trans
portation of freight was $20,0o0,051 .0;;.
The number .of passengers carried was
5.'!.:J52,41 7, an increase over the pre
vious years of :i,0S2,'.)4t. The number
of tons of ft eight carried was
45!l. au increase of 1.501,;!17 tons."
The text of the report then rehearses
at length the proceedings' in lhe con
tioversy in which the Hartford and
Connecticut Western railroad has been
.involved in connee-tlon with the Tarifl
ville branch and the so-called "Monta
gue land contest." The report also
cites its order prorliliug for safety
guard rails on railroad bridges.
The number of passengers injured
by the steam roads during the year is
21, 13 more than for the previous
vear. One person was killed. The
number of employes injured was lfi7.
of whom :J2 were killed. During the
previous year 18." employes were in
jured. The injuries to trespassers
upon the track numbered ids, compar
ed with 117 for the previous year.
Seventy of the 13S were killed, ex
ceeding, as usual ,the number of fa
tilifies resulting from all other sources
combined. The results of this dan
gerous practice for the past eight
years reached a total ot l.mls injute".l
and CCD killed. The number injured
at highway crossings has been as. be
ing 21 more than last .vear, and 12 of
the 38 were injured fatally. The total
number of highway crossings at gracie
within the state is 997, one less than
The financial conditions of all the
companies reporting to the commission
ers are given as follows: Total capi
tal stock, $10.B4o.2tM$.38; the total
funded debt. S30.444.0H0. The total
current liabilities. $8,400,949.54. The
sum of 1.320,31-3.33 has been paid for
taxes. The amount of taxes paid to
the state of Connecticut was $975,
143.48. The mileage in detail of the four
steam roads operating in this state is
given as follows: New Y'ork, New
Haven and Hartford railroad, 4,024.33;
the Central New England railway,
228,37; New Loudon Northern railroad,
operated by the Central Vermont rail
way, 100.02; the South Manchester
Treating of the street railways the
report says: "The steaely growth of
the street railway, systems of the state
and the increasing number of people
who are availing themselves of this
frequent and cheap service are un
mistakable evidence that they are
meeting the demands which no other
mode of transportation supplies. The
street railways system is bringing lhe
business, eelueational, and social ad
vantages of the larger cities within
the reach and enjoyment of the ad
jacent towns. It is making country
homes for city residents possible and
furnishing city advantages for country
residents. We note the tendency to
a concentration of ownership in the
hands of a few companies similar to
the consolidation of steam railroads,
which, thus far, we think, has been
conducive to the public benefit.
The total length of the street rail
ways in operation is 499,700 miles, in
cludings sidings. This shows an in
crease during the year of 54.737 miles
in the length of main tracks. The
finances of the street railroads are
summarized as follows: Total amount
of capital stock authorized. $21,407,000.
Amount issued. 12,145.488. Amount
of stock issued for cash, 4,529.940.
Total amount of bonds issued $10,
592.800. Cash realized on amount is
sued. $7,584, 804.19. The amount of
floating indebtedness is $841,908.04.
which is $499,405.07 less th-in last
year. The gross earnings for the year
were $3. 297.403. 20: the operating" ex
penses $2,031,507.12: net earnings.
$1,265,998.08. Dividends were paid by
ten out of the thirty-one companies
reporting, .amounting to $322,S00.4S,
upon $7,325,000.00 of capital stock,
while no dividends have been paid on
$4,81S,44S of capital stock.
BOERS GAINING GROUND.
They Are Now Making an Effort to
London. Dec 22. The Evening Stand
ard says It hears a report has reached
London that Kimberley is serierusly
threatened by the Boers.
.None of . the leading South African
firms interested in Kihiberlev have re
ceived information tending to confirm
the report of the Evening Standard.
. Washington, Dee 22. For Connect!
cut: Fair and watmesr to-night and
Sunday; variable winds, becoming
brisk east to south.
Weather-notes: The low 'pressure
area, which was central in the north
west yesterday morning, is now cen
tral near Omaha. It is producing con
siderable cloudy weather but very lit
tle precipitation. The temperatures
are rising , slowly in the central and
eastern sections. No temperatures
were reported below zero.
Baroni. Tern. W. Wen-
Bismarck ;. .
Buffalo . . . . .
. . 29.92
5 . Clear
; .30.03- 24
New Orleans., 29.80
New York . . .30.08'
Nortiifield ... ,30.10
St Louis .. .. .29.48
St Paul ..... .29.28
Washington . .30.14
SB - Cloudy
30 'NW Clear
Hardware Factory Totally De
Fire Department Had Hard Work Sav
iug Other Property Bucket Brigad.
Formed Four Hundred Hands are
Thrown Out cf Work.
Bridgeport, Dec 22. The E. S. Ilotch
kiss Hardware Manufacturing Co was
totally destroyed by fire this noon.
Ai 2 o'e-lock this afternoon the efforts
of the lire department was turned to
the rescue of the extensive plant of the
Bridgeport Malleable Iron works, di
rectly across the street from the Hard
ware Manufacturing Co. which at that
time was seriously threatened by. the
heat and sparks from the burning
building. There is insufficient water
to fight the Humes and a brisk south
wind is blowing from the ruins of the
hardware factory upon the plant of
the Malleable Iron Co. A bucket bri
gade was formed formed shortly after
the plant was discovered in danger and
the two thousand employes of the com
pany are giving the firemen every as
sistance in their struggle to subdue the
Tlie Hotebkiss Hardware Co build
ing is a complete loss. Besides the
Hardware Co, the Connecticut Clasp
Co and the Ives Manufacturing Co oc
cupy the building. About 400 hands
were employed in the building.
.t 3 o'clock the heroic efforts of the
fire department.' aided bv the work of
the bucket brigade, succeeded in beat
ing off the flames from the Malleable
Iron works and the building was
saved. Six dwelling houses at a con
siderable distance from the tire were
also set on file at different times,
caused by the flying sparks, but the
flames were quickly extinguished.
The walls of the Malleable Iron works
were score-heel, but there was no seri
ous damage clone to tnat lactory. xne
loss is estimated at $80,000. and the
Hotebkiss factory was insured for $00,-
GUILTY ON FOUR CHARGES.
New Haven, Dec 22. The case of
Mrs Fannie Miller, charged with shop
lifting, came up in the city court here
this morning. Mrs Miller pleaded
guilty to four of the charges and was
fined $5 on each e-harge. The mer
chants of the city who had been robbed
and who were present in court, protest
ed against the light sentence and said
that if would have a tendeucy to en
BALES OF COTTON FELL.
Boston, Dec 22. One man killed and
two injured ou the pier of one of the
steamship companies in this city to
day was caused by the falling of two
bales of cotton into the head of a ves
sel where- the men were at work. The
dead man was Michael Sullivan, aged
38. and the injured were Joseph Mur
phy, aged 25, and James Walsh, 30.
CHINESE CREW DISCHARGED.
San Francisco, Dec 22. Eighty Chi
nese of the crew of .the transport Han
cock have been discharged by the gov
ernment and will be returned to China
by the steamer Coptic. The- Hancock
now has a crew of white men, all of
them American citizens.
Washington. Dec 22. F. H. Morris,
of Indiana, auditor for tj.ie war depart
ment, was shot at 2:15 this afternoon
in his oflice iit the Winder -building,
by a man named McDonald, formerly
a." distributing clerk in the oflice. Mor
ris is believed to be fatally hurt .
Weavers' Stritce Declared Off.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Dec. 22.
The strike of weavers in the Acushnet.
and Hathaway mills is undoubtedly off
after a five weeks' struggle. A largely
attended meeting cf the weavers was
held yesterday afternoon, when a vote
was taken on returning to the mills cn
Monday. The strike leaders gave out the
news that the vote would be kept a se
cret until after roll call this morning, but
the supposition is that the weavers voted
to return to work, the only question be
ing whether to go in Monday or to re
main out until after Christmas day.
Rockefeller's Blm Stock Farm."
WICHITA, Kan.. Dec. 22. It is re
ported here that Frank Rockefeller is
negotiating for the purchase of 140,000
acres of land in Kiowa and Clark coun
ties with a view to stocking it with
horses and high grade cattle, sheep and
hogs. The land is along Soldier creek,
the fastest running water ia the state.
At present he ovns land on both sides of
the creek for over seven miles, but the
area is too small for his plans.
NEW YORK, Dee. 22. One hundred
and fifty thousand dollars in gold was dis
tributed in Christmas gilts by the Ameri
can Express company among its employ
ees in the United States and Canada.
Each of the 30.000 employees received a
brand new $5 goldpiece of the mintage of
1900, together with a beautifully printed
souvenir containing an abbreviated histo
ry of the company since its formation in
1S50 to the present day. No distinction
was mads in the distribution, the man
aget of a department or superintendent
of a division receiving no more than the
driver or helper or clerk.
Bell Telephone Wins.
BOSTON, Dee. 22. Judge Colt in the
United States circuit court has given a
decision in favor of the American Bell
Telephone company in the suit brought
by the Western Union Telegraph com
pany to recover a large sum alleged to be
due on a division of rentals and royalties,
accruing under "the terms of a contract
between the two companies, dated Nov.
10v 1879. The case has been in the courts
for 17 years and the -sum demanded is
said to have been $12,000,000.
- Gasoline Kxploslon aud Fire. -
CHICAGO. Dec. "22. Sears, Roebuck
& Co.'s five story warehouse at 171-179
West Adam. street was damaged to the
extent of $50,000 by fire yesterday. The
lighting of- a match by a boy' who stood
near a. leaking gasoline can caused the
fire. . The gasoline exploded, but no one
was hurt. Occupants of th building es
caped at the first alarm, many going
Iowa the fire escapes.
Rose Hill Hose company will meet
to-night to make arrangements to at
tend the funeral of their brother mem
ber, Robert Witte.
The masses at St Cecilia's church
on Christmas day will be at 5:30, 8 and
10:M0 in the morning. Vespers will be
sung at 7:30 o'clock in the evening.
James DV.wlIng. one of the Water
bury boys 'io joined the army when
the Spanish1-iva!' broke out in behalf
of humanity, is on the sick list in China
and has been ordered home.
Baker Kelly, as usual, remembered
the Democrat oflice with a box of his
choicest Christinas candies. If Kelly's
Christmas is as happy as the Democrat
staff wishes then his cup of happiness
will be1 lull to overflowing.
William Lawson of SOO North Main
street, who is an expert in the manu
facture of medalioiis. and also an ex
perienced wood carver, has made some
medalioiis of the Rev Father Slocum,
which are a work of considerable
There will be an important meeting
of the St Joseph's T. A. society at -i
o'clock to-morrow afternoon at the so
ciety's rooms on East Main street.
Election of officers and other import
ant business will come before the meet
ing and consequently it is desired that
every member should be present.
The meeting of the Patrick Sarslield
club will be held to-morrow afternoon
at 2:80 o'clock, instead of Monday
evening. This change has been de
cided on 011 account of the regular
meeting falling on Christmas eve. It
is requested that all the members be
in attendance to-morrow afternoon.
Joseph l.av.lor. Walter Moliaghan
ard James Mitchell, of Holy Cross col
leg", aic spe-iicling the Christmas vaca
tion at their homes in this city. Mr
Mitchell is a member of this year'.-;
graduating class and is very popular
with his fellow classmates. He has
been electee! president of his class.
Mrs Catherine Kelly died this noon
at her home. 110 Railroad Hill street,
after a brief illness. She leaves two
sons and ihree daughters. Th.nnas and
Michael Kelly. Mrs Edward Keeuan.
Mrs Hannah Casey and Mis.-! Catherine
Kelly. Mrs Kelly was one of file old
residents of Waterbury aud iiael a wide
acquaintance of relatives and friends.
The Waterbury club has appointed
committees who will make arrange
ments fur one of the biggest society
events ever held in Waterbury. A
grand ball will be given at the City
hall on the evening of Thursday. Janu
ary 24. Supper will lie served at the
Scoviil house. An out of lowu or
chestra will probably furnish the
The funeral of the late C. M. Piatt
took place this afternoon from the
family residence on Buckingham
street, with service at the house by
the Rev Dr Davenport and iutermeut
in Riverside cemetery. The bearers
were JJ. S. Plume. E. L. Frisbie, H.
1 L. Wade. II. W. Hill. George W. Beach,
W. E. Fulton, B. (3. Bryan and C. V.
Sheridan lodge. N. E. O. P., elected
the following officers at the regular
meeting hist . night: Warden, Theo
dore Knapp: vice-warden,. Georgo
Clark; recording secretary, T. Garreii;
financial secretary. Mrs J. II. Turley:
treasurer. James J. Gorman; chaplain,
.Maurice Garreu: guide. Mrs A. Borsf;
guardian. Mrs Timothy Garren; senti
nel, Patrick Tully.
Willis, the 15-year-old sou of Freder
ick W. Tate, of the Miller & Peck com
pany, met with a serious and painful
accident on the West end skating rink
this afternoon. Together with a num
ber of other boys, he was amusing
himself 011 the ice. when he fell, frac
turing his jaw bone. He was picked
up and parried to his home on Central
avenue iu one of the Waterbury Rub
ber Tire Coach company's carriages.
Dr Morgan was called.
The funeral of Miss Sarah A. Mat
thews took place this morning from
the family residence on Baldwin street
to the Immaculate Conception church,
where a mass of requiem was cele
brated by the Rev Father McGuane.
The bearers were James Dolan. John
W. Sayers. John II. Galviu. Patrick
Ney. Cornelius Doyle and Thomas
Phelan. The floral offerings included
a wreath from James Dolau: wreath,
Mrs Dentins Kilduff; standing cross,
from nieces, inscribed "Aunt": basket
of roses. Miss Lizzie Collins: standing
lyre, packing room at the Scoviil Man
ufacturing Co's: bouquet of roses. Mr
aud Mrs Phelan. The interment was
iu St. Joseph's cemetery.
The children of St Cecilia's Sunday
school aud the German school will
hold a Christmas tree exercise in Con
cordia hall on Wednesday evening of
next week. Miss Loretta Hayes has
beeu instructing about fifty children
in Delsarte movements anil calisthenie
exercises and a class of about four
teen little ones in the newest dance,
which exercises and dance will be a
part of the program. Otto Bock,
turnleher. has been drilling about
thirty boys who will appear in turning
exercises. After the floor has bcKm
cleared and the Christmas tree dis
tributed among the children the floor
will be given over the the parents and
friends of the children for dancing
The suit of. Mrs Mary E. A. Quigley
against St Mary's T. A. B. society for
$100 sick benefits was resumed in the
city court, civil side, before .Tuelge
Bradstreet this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Mrs Quigley's interests were taken
care of by "Attorney Poasley and the
defendant society's by Attorney Rus
sell. Mrs Quigley was put on the
stand and Immediately a severe con
tention arose between . Iter and Mr
Russell. The monthly dues cf the
members was 25 cents and the plain
tiff testified that site always paid her's
in advance. At one meeting in Febru
ary she said she paid $1 and at a
.meeting in September she - paid 50.
cents, so that she -thus aid for Octo
ber. . To-day she denied that she had
thus testified at the previous hearing
but the court's minutes showed she
bad. - She then said that 'was a mis
take. She stated ' tliatv her object in
joining the society was merely to help
it. but Mr Russell tried to chow her
object was otherwise. ... Miss . Lena
Corcoran, financial secretary- of -the
society denied in toto the plaintiffs
evidence. The ease was still on at
' cress hour. . - . .
Holiday Shoppers Careless With
DO NOP EVEN GIVE THANKS.
To The Honest People Who Call Their.
Attention To The Fact That The?y .
Have Dropped Something Two
Cases Which Came Under a Report
er's Eye. -
The women folks may talk all they
please about the horrid men, but, after
all, it is hard to see how they could
manage to get along without them.
Half the intended shoppers that come
into the center would be running here
aud there looking for their pocket
books were it not for the fact that
the- men keep an eye out for them and
oiie-e in a while it requires a good deal
of coaxing to induce a woman to pay
any attention to you even when such
an important thing as her pocketbook
is at st:ike. for most of Them are so
taken up with what is going on around
them they don't bestow a thought ou '
their money until they want to use it.
Several instances have occurred about
town during the present week which
show that many people do not. take
proper care of their poeketbooks se
that if there are not more losses re-"
ported it is due ti the fact that, after
all. we hear regarding the tendency of
this age towards dishonesty, the aver
age man is honest, just the same.
Yesterday forenoon a woman was
passing along South, Main street and
sttppcl to look at the articles in the
show window of the Boston Furniture
Co and while thus occupied
she dropped her pocketbook and Wiirk-e-d
away in blissful ignorance of her
less. Quite a respectable appearing
man called the woman's attention to
what had happened, but she did not
appear to umlerstand what the man
said, and giving him a look of scorn,
which seemeel to imply that she took
him for a masher, she passcxl on and
aud had reached a point opposite the
undertaking rooms of Martin Bergin
& Sons, when the gentleman hailed
her again and actually compelled her
to accept the pocketbook. Of course
when she found out what was up she
felt very thankful and was profuse
with apologies for not having stopped
whi'ti the man first addressed her. In
the afternoon, John W. Gatfney, the
contractor, came1 near having a simi
lar experience on Bank street. Mr
Gaffney was bitching his horse part
ly opposite Pollak's art studio when a
bevy of young girls came along and
stopped to look at something in -one
of the windows. All were full of life
and tlttereil at some remark as they
started off towards the center, leaving
a poe-ketbook. and apparently a fat
one at that that, behind them. Mr -Gaffney
saw it and when the girls--reached
where lie was tieing his horse
he fried to call their attention' to tli
pocketbook, but the crowd was still
(nibbling over with laughter and took
no notice of the contractor's "excuse,
me. ladies." Finally, seeing that he
was likely to be left alone with'thei
pocketbook. he 'yelled at the girls and
then pointed at the prostrate form of
the wallet on the sidewalk. One of
them stopped and picked it up and
started off without even thanking at
saying a wortl oue way or the other.
To a reporter who watched the little
incident Mr Gaffney stated iu that
droll way peculiarly his own: "I sup
pose they'll feel angry at me for
stopping them. but. I can't help that."
Shoppers should be more careful of
their money, for once they lose it on
the public streets it is hard to tell
whose hands it will fall into.
HIGH SCiiUOL PRO.u.XADE.
Committees Getting the Arrangements
A meeting of the executive commit
tee of the High school alumni was held
last evening in Attorney Carmody'a
office and reports were received from
the various sub-committees whicb have
charge of the arrangements for the
annual concert and promenade of the
alumni in the City hall on New Year's
night. The reports, which were Tery
favorable. indicate that every effort is
being made to make the affair one of
the greatest social events of the sea
son. , .
The music committee announced that
the services of both the Waterbury
Military band aud the Excelsior or
chestra had been secured for the even
ing. Preceding the; dancing an excel
lent concert will be rendered by the
band, consisting of twenty-five pieces,
under the leadership of J. P. Clark,
while the ore-he stra. under the direc
tion of W. J. Matou, leader and man
ager, will furnish the music for the
dancing, the program of which the
committee on programs reported bad
been prepared and printed. This is
the same- band and orchestra that was
in attendance last year and gave such
excellent satisfaction. " :','-'
Decorator Charters will have charge
of the decorating of the ball and hia
name Is sufficient evidence that the
hall will be tastily -and nattily decor
ated with flags ancl bunting. ' On the
stage will be artistically displayed
numerous potted plants. Caterer Kef
ford and his corps of assistants wilt
furnish the refreshments for the eveii
ing. The tickets for the affair have been
selling rapidly and a large attedance
is already assured. Many persons, of
course, will appear in the conventional
evening dress, but the committee de
sires to announce that the an"?
not lie strictly formal. The commit
tee also decided that it would be in
discreet to issue any . complimentary
tickets, and none will be given out.
ARRIVAL OF STEAMERS. "
.' New York-Dec 22 Arrived:. Steam
ers Campania from Liverpool: II. If.
Heler from Bremen; St Louis from
Southampton; Pennsylvania .from
Hamburg, ' '
S GERMAN MARSHAL DEAD. -
Berlin, Dec 22. Count Von Blumen
thai, the oldest field marshal in the
German army, died last night on his
estate at Ouellendorf Duchy of An
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