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WATERBURY, CONN, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1900. PRICE TWO CENTS, nCDMAKSV nCMSCQ Ul-liifinill ULIIIL.U That the Empire is Uoing to Buy Island of St John. GERMAN CAPITALISTS PERHAPS That Are Trying to Secure Land at St John Tbe Rumor Was That Ger many "Wanted It For a Coaling Sta tion. Berlin, Dec 2S. The Frankfurter Zeituug prints a letter from Copen hagen in which the writer says Ger many intends to buy the Island of St John for a coaling station if Den mark's negotiations with the United States miscarry. The letter refers to the organization of a German syndi cate for the purpose of acquiring land on the Island of St John and says the syndicate has sounded the Danish gov ernment regarding the acquisition of the island by Germany, and that Den mark answered that she was unable to discuss the question owing to the pending negotiations with the United States. Now, however, according to the letter, the plan for German ac quisition of the island is approaching realization. A representative of the Associated Press showed a foreign office official tbe letter referred to. Iu reply the official said Germany had never even remotely thought of acquiring a West Indian island. The official admitted - that it might be true that German cap italists were trying to purchase laud on the island of St John, but he re iterated that the German government has absolutely nothing to do with the project. The foreign office regards the letter as intending to bring pressure to bear on the United States for has tening the purchase of the Danish An tilles. SYSTEM OF FRAUD. Japanese Laborers Are Being Rail roaded Across the Border. Chicago, Dec 2S. A special to the Record from Vancouver. B. C. says: John Watchorn, agent of the United States immigration department at Ta coma, left to-day for Washington, where he will lay before the author ities the details of a complete system of fraud perpetrated in deliance of United States customs laws at the in ternational boundary line between here and Seattle. With Inspector Kelley of Vancouver Commissioner Watchorn has lately unearthed the facts of how a large number of Japanese laborers were railroaded across the border. The Japs were liired out to farmers In Washington and Oregon through large Japanese contractors. Two months ago Secret Service Offi cer Sargent was sent from Washing ton and with the inspectors hete has been making a full investigation. His report states that about 1.700 iitdigent Japanese have been taken across since August. COUNCILMAN NOT GUILTY. The Members of Cleveland City Coun cil Acquit a Brother Member. Cleveland, O., Dec 28. The trial of Councilman John R. O'Donnell before the Cleveland city council came to an end last night, when by a vote of thir teen to six his colleagues decided that the charge against him of accepting a bribe to vote to award a contract to the Gamewell Fire Alarm and Tele graph Co of New York had not" been sustained by the testimony. Director of Law Hogsett accused the council of utterly disregarding bis advice and an nounced that he would refuse to take part in the trials of Councilmen Steuer, C. Purdy and Henry. ' GAS FITTERS' ASSOCIATION. Chicago, Dee 28. The Record says: The Gas and Electric Fitters' National Association of America was organized here last night. The object is to ef fect an amalgamation of the lighting trades. The gas fitters' unions in Cin cinnati, St Louis," Boston and New York have applied for charters of affil iation. The idea of amalgamation is In line with the policy laid down by the American Federation of- Labor as a means of settling disputes which come before that body at every convention relative to the classification of .work. CAMP GROUND FIRE. Jamestown, N. Y.,' Dee 28. Fire early this morning at the Spiritualist camp ground" at Lily dale.- destroyed live cottages belonging to Mrs Scheu, Nellie Warren, Mrs Covell. Miss Rus sell and Mr Heme. The Heme pho tograph gallery was also destroyed. The total loss will reach $10,000. FOUNDER WEBSTER DEAD. " Vineland, N; J.. Dec 28. Prof N. B. Webster, a prominent citizen of" this city, is dead at his home in this city. Mr Webster was the founder of the ebster military institute at Norfolk, - Va, and a fellow in the American As sociation for the Advancement of Sci ence. , V ONE CLUE FOUND. Omaha, Neb, Dec 28. One of the most important developments in the Cudahy case is the positive identifi cation by Mrs Schneiderwind of a pho tograph of Pat Crowe, as a picture of her tenant, the light complexioned man who rented the old house used as Eddie Cudahy's prison. CURED OF FRACTURED SKULL. New York. Dec 28. Lieutenant-Commander Hall, assistant in the steam engineering department of the Brook lyn navy "yard, who was almost killed several weeks ago by a falling beam, his skull being fractured, is now able to-be up and. walk about. - , "GRAND DUKE'S ILLNESS. Weimar. Dec 28. The condition of the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar, who wai recently reported to , be suffering I row an attack of influenza, is eonsid . red more serious, his original malady paving become complicated - with, in-t-unatton of the lung . THE HEARING CONTINUED. Cadet Breth Had to Be Revived With Stimulants After Being "Exercised." West io mt, in. x.. Dec .:. -for tc first time since the military court of inquiry began its investigation of the hazing practiced at the military acad emy during the past three years, cadet witnesses testified yesterday that they had seen a man "exercised" to the limit of endurance and that he had to be revived with stimulants. The man was former Cadet John Breth, of Al toona. Pern!, who died eighteen months ago from typhoid pneumonia, superin duced, it is said, by the rough hazing which he received while at the West Point post in 1SS)7. Cadet Harry H. Jordan of Washing ton, of the present first class, was the first witness called when the: court opened to-day. His examination was verv brief and his testimony uninter esting. The next witness. Alfred A. May bach, of Ohio, did not know Cadet Booz personally and was not aware of his being hazed. Cadet Elliott J. Dent, of Pennsyl vania, was next sworn. He had been hazed when a fourth class man. but did not have to so to the hospital in e-onseuueuc-e. He told of being pun ished for refusing to reveal the names of cadets who huzod him to the mili tarv authorities of the academy. Ernest D. Peck, of Wisconsin, swore he knew Cadet Booz and while he knew him he was sure he was not hazed. He was rather left alone. HIGH SCHOOL FOOT BALL. In Illinois the State Teachers' Asso ciation Will Have Charge. Springfield, 111, Dec 28 The State Teachers' association, now in session in this city, has placed the seal of its approval upon the game of foot ball with proper supervision by High school authorities, and under such reg ulations as shall insure' the elimina tion of brutality. , Rules governing the game will be submitted to the High schools for sig nature, and only those schools con forming thereto will be allowed to en ter contests. The central feature will be facultry control. COLLEGE PROFESSORS MEET. New York. Dec 2S. An informal meeting of the executive, advisory and faculty advisory committees of the In tercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletics of America has just been held here. It was attended, among others, by President Albert G. Mason, Har vard: Jesse T. Dana, Yale, of the ex ecutive committee; Prof Ira N. Hollis, Harvard, and Prof K. N. Corwiu, Yale, of the faculty advisory committee. Chairman Kirby of the advisory com mittee said that no formal business was transacted, and that the meeting had been held to gather the three committees to decide upon a policy re garding a number of questions now pending. He stated that the case of Beck, the Y'ale athlete whose amateur standing is in question,, will be re ported upon, probably favorably, at the next meeting of the committee hav ing tt"in hand. The revised eligibility rules, it was stated, will be issued in about two weeks. THREATENED STRIKE OVER. Wilkesbarre, Penn, Dec 28. The threatened strike of the employes ot the Wilkesbarre and Wyoming Valley Electric railway will not take place, the company and the men, after sever al conferences, having succeeded in ef fecting an amicable arrangement in which each side made concessions. THE WRONG MR WARNER. Many interesting anecdotes about Charles Dudley Warner are being told since his death. Among them is the following story by one of a party to the Pacific coast, when some years ago Warner was the guest of Thomas S. Shaughnessy, then vice-president, now president, of the Canadian Pa cific railway: The party traveled in the president's private car. and one day Mr Warner, who had been making a little tour through the ordinary ilrawing room cars of the train, said to Mr Shaugh nessy that he had made the acquaint ance of two charming girls that morn ing who were going to Japan and asked if he might invite them into the private car, in order that they might see the wonderful scenery to better advantage. The vice-president cheer fully assented and the young women were escorted to the observation plat form of the car. For several days the train went on and each day the girls either lunched or took tea with the party. With one of them Mr Warner seemed much im pressed, and numerous long conversa tions between them were noticed. It was apparent to all that the youug woman did most of the talking. Her name was Sarah Jeannette Duncan, author of "A Social Departure,' and other successful books, then a corre spondent of the Montreal Star and just on the threshold of her literary ca reer, One day the train stopped at a lit tle wayside' station and Mr Shaugh nessy invited the ladies to accompany his party on an excursion to an Indian fair being" held a few miles distant. Miss Duncan . had the seat of honor next the railway official. 'Mr Shaughnessy." she said, "what a charming man that Dr Warner is and how cultivated for one in his busi ness." .' "Wnat business?" asked Mr Shaugh nessy. - . -' "Oh, I mean his patent medicine business; Warner's- safe cure, you know." replied Miss Duncan. " "Why, my dear Miss Duncan." said the vice-president, "that Is not the safe cure man; our Dr Warner is Charles Dudley, the author." - .- Miss Duncan's consternation may be beter imagined than described, and she burst almost into tears of mortifi cation. '..'". -''-''""'"';' ;- . - ' ' ' "Why, Mr .Shaughnessy," she ex claimed, "what an idiot I have been. I took him for the patent medicineman and have been lecturing hiin for three days on matters literary and scientific. What' will he think of me?" The joke Was too good to be sup pressed, and no- one enjoyed it: more than the' writer, who . became a fast friend of Miss Duncan. . - N ' ' ' ' 1 Are Still Locked Up in New Haven. Nothing New Was Developed To-day . Coroner Mix Is Busy Making an In vestigation Result of His Examina tion Thus Far Not Made Public. New Haven, Dec 28. There are no new developments in the Rathbun poison case, except tiiat Hart and Mrs Kathbun, lodged at the station house, were again put through a severe ex amination by Coroner Mix. The result of the examination was not made pub-lie-, but it is stated that the state is confident of proving its case. It is be lieved that the case will be tried dur ing the January term of the superior court. New Haven, Dec 2S. Mrs Rathbun and John F. Hart, the principals in the melodramatic poisoning case that has set New Haven by the ears for the past week, spent last night at the jail for the first time since they have been under the surveillance of the police and the cross-examination of Coroner Mix. who is holding an inquest upon the death of William R. Rathbun. The inquest has been held all the week be hind closed eloors, and it has been an impossibility to obtain any definite news upon the alia ir from any of the officials acting iu the case. Coroner Mix is very cautious about evervrhine connected with the case, but for all the care he lias taken it seems that scraps of the testimony of both Hart and Mrs Rathbun have leaked out from some source. The coroner would not dis cuss the'rtiiability of the statements purporting to be the testimony, and last night all he would say was that the analysis of the articles in the pos session of the medical examiner had not been completed. Both Mrs Rathbun and Hart havj be en under a most rigid cross-examination for the past two tlays. and on Wednesday night Hart was locked up in the police headquarters, where he spent the night. He was simply held for the coroner, it was explained, and yesterday at 10 o'clock the: inquest was resumed. All three of the Rathbun children were taken iu hand yester day morning, and after they had left the room in which the inquest was be ing conducted Hart was brought from his cell and was again put through the "agony." This was Hart's sixth course of examination by the coroner. At 1 o'cloe-k Hart was given a res pite from the examination, and after lunch, at 2 o'clock, Mrs Rathbun was again taken into the commissioners' room for another degree. , Hour after hour dragged along, and still there.' were no signs of any cli max being reached. The corridor of the police building just outside the eloors of the inquest chambers was filled with1 reporters, and as the hours grew late' they grew tired of waiting anel gave- up the watch for the day. At a few minutes before 6 o'edoek. however, Mrs Rathbun was observed to leave the "sweat chamber" in the custody' of Detective Ward. He stepped to the sergeant's desk in the headquarters while Detective Mc Grath took Hart from the lockup, after which the party moved towards the jail, where' they spent, the night. The warrants under which both are held are coroner's warrants and will serve to holel Mrs Rathbun and Hart in the custody of the police until the inquest is completed. " The object that is tiuite apparent in the arrest of the two people is to keep them apart and prevent their changing the testimony thev have already given. GRAND LARCENY CHARGED. Accused of Stealing Accounts of Provi dent Savings Life Assurance Society. New York. Dec 28. Morton D. Mor timer, an insurance broker, and John M. Van Kleeck, were arrested last nisht on a charge of grand larceny. preferred by Ralph K. Hubbard, sec retary of tile Provident Savings Life Assurance society. According to the warrant the men are accused of stealing books, papers and accounts of the Provident Savings Life Assurance society. Magistrate Deull, who issued the warrant, said that the charge was simply a tech nical one and others would follow it. The prisoners were released on bond. Counsel for the accused said; "Mortimer Is the actuary of the Provident Life Assurance society and Van Kleeck is his assistant. These two men were requested by their su perior officers to make certain entries and reports in a manner mat vuey were unwilling to do. These reports were made from the actuary s books, and every report was copied by them They had a perfect right to keep copies of their own reports roir tneir own safety. "On December 10 last certain officers appeared in the rooms of my clients with persons supposed to be officers, and they forcibly took possession of these duplicate copk-s, together with other papers. . GREAT ROAD SCHEME. Warden Hayes Vhinks That Convicts Could Build the Roads. ' New York, Dec 2S. Warden Hayes, of the Kings county penitentiary, has a road-building plan which he would like to put into effect between New York city and Buffalo, making a high way 1C0 feet wide and 426 miles long. He thinks the. work couldbe:doue .by. the convicts in the penal institutions of the state, which he believes would prevent prisoners from growing de spondent from lack of work. There would be no expense to the state, he thirks, as the propositions stand now. He has Interested the state prison com mission and the prison reform associa tion in the proposed undertaking. ; It is considered that the scheme would require about ten years.' -''.- ; ; ARRIVAL OF STEAMERS. : New York hie 28. Arrived; Steam ers Oldenburg, from. Bremen; Alsatia, Crom Naples.; - Y .DIED AFTER ESCAPING. Mail Thief Who Led a Band of Four In Escaping From Prison. New York, Dec 2S. According to the World, William H, Post, the alleged mail thief who led' a band of four prisoners in. the escape from Ludlow street jail in January, 3897, and for whom the United States secret service officers have been searching the coun try ever since, died two' months after escaping. His . body has been for three and "a half years in the Wooster cemetery.- Dauburyi Conn, under a tombstone bearing the name "Charles Mason.". Post, who was a mail wagon driver, was arrested during the holiday week of 1S9U. charged with robbing letters of holiday gifts. He did not eleny the charge. Two weeks later he broke jail. . In March, 18!)7. a farm hand em ployed near Paterson, N. Y.. died in Daubury, Conn, hospital, from in juries received in falling front a wagon. He was buried and the town placed a stone over his grave. Police Captain Ginty of -Danbury. a few days ago, learneel that a letter had been rec-eived from post's mother, ask ing about the body. ' A description of "Mason" tallied with that of the miss ing Post even to the absence of two fingers on the right, hantl. ANOTHER SQUABBLE. The Independent Order of Foresters Won In a Law Suit. New York, Dec 28. A motion of great interest to the Independent Order of Foresters has just been ar gued before Judge Bhinchard in the supreme court, special term, In an ac tion brought by Dr Charles L. Coulter against the Foresters. Dr Coulter al leges that he recently brought suit for $lu(),0OO against Supreme Chief Ranger Oronhyatekha and " Supreme Secretary McGillivray for the use and manufacture of a medical instrument of which he was the patentee and owner, ami that they took advantage of their Official position to cause Dr Coulter to be dropped from member ship and to- cancel his life insurance policies without notice. It is asserted by Dr Coulter that they have also threatened his attor neys and witnesses with expulsion from the order and cancellation of their insurance policies, and he asks for an injunction to restrain the order and its officers from litis alleged in timidation and cancellation. In the motion papers it is alleged further that the order is managed by a number of Canadians, headed by Oronhyatekha, a halfbreed Indian, in an arbitrary and extravagant man ner. Affidavits from . various Canadian members of the executive council were read by counsel denying all the allega tions in the plaintiff's affidavits. Behind all.. the litigation, says the Canadian members, a scheme to re move the executive .-council, composed of Canadians, and substitute in their places residents of the United States; also to remove its headquarters from Toronto to this city. STORMS IN ENGLAND. Several Vessels Wrecked and the Crews Missing. London, Dec- 28. There has been a suce-ession of storms iand violent gales iu the channel and .considerable dam age has been wrought ashore. The telegraph lines are down in many places. The British bark Pegasus, Captain Bailey, from San Francisco, which left Queenstown December 20 for Sharp ness, has foundered off Penarth Roads. One man of the crew was landed at Cardiff. The fate of the rest ig unknown. The British bark Queen of Cambria, Captain Robe rts, while being towed in to Falmouth, parted her tow line and the force of the gale blew her across the bows of the British bark Crown of India, Captain Williamson, damaging her head. The Queen of Cambria was cut down to the water's edge. She has been beached and is leaking. . LITCHFIELD LIBRARY. By the Will of Ex-Governor WOieort Gets $i,ooo. Boston, Dec 27. By the will of for mer Governor Wolcott. which was filed this afternoon at the Suffolk pro Date; court, it is learned tnat Harvarc college is to receive $20,000. There are several other public bequests also, as follows: Massachusetts general hospital, $5,000; Boston museum of fine arts, $5,000; Hampton Normal mid Agricultural institute, $1,000: Tuske gee Normal and Industrial institute, $1,000; trustees of the Wolcott lHi- ry of Litchuold, Conn, $1,000; trustee, of the publio library of Milton, $2,000. The will, which is dated March 8. 1000, appoints Francis C. Welch. Phil ip Dexter and Roger Wolcott, the pld tst son of the dead governor, as trus tees. WEATHER REPORT. Washington, Dec 28. For Connect i cut: Snow and colder to-night; Satur day fair and colder; winds becoming fresh west. ' - . Weather notes: Light snow has fallen ia the post twenty-four hours in the Lake region and New England. Light rain has falien on the middle and south Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Pleasant weather and falling tempera ture prevails west of Mississippi river. :, , :.''.. V Barom. Tern. W. "Wea. Bismark Boston ...... Buffalo Cincinnati ... Chicago '. Denver ...... Helena ."....- Jacksonville . Kansas City ,.' Nantucket . . . Kew Haven . New Orleans. New York . . , Northfleld ... Pittsburg St Louis . . St Paul ". .... Washington . Hatteras .30.52 .80.02 .29.94 .30.10 .30.24 .30.70 .30.52 .30.1 .30.52 .30.10 .30.05 .30.02 .30.02 .29.90 .29.92 .30.32 .30.42 .30.00 .30.10 2 W 34 . RW" 32 NW 3G NW 24 N . 2 S 14 N W NW 20 N 38 S 33 SW E8. SB 38 V S 10 s 38 NW 28 NW Clear Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Clear ; Clear Rain'g Pt Cldy Cloudy Snow'g Rain'g Cloudy Snow'g Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Rain's Cloudy 4 38 NW S " SW. Was Arrested Under General MacArthur's Proclamation. Many Arrests Have Already Been Made, Some of The Prisuners Being Men of Prominence Fortieth Infan try Has Carried on a Pushing Cain lim'gn Manila, Dec 2S. A pushing cam paign has been carried on by the Fortieth infantry during December in Northern Mindanao. The town of Jemeniz was c-aptured. as was also an insurgent stronghold iu the mountains further inland. The coast Town of Langariu was e-aptured by a detaeh men of a hundred troops, who se-atter-ed the enemy iu that vicinity, killing and capturing several. A portion of tile troops tints engaged have returned to Cagayan anel joined in the cam paign which Brigadier General Kobbe is personally prospecutiug. General MacArthur's proclamation is result ing in many arrests of allege-d insur rectionists in Manila and vicinity, a few of those taken into custody helm; prominent. One prisoner was shot dead and, another wounded iu attempt ing to escape. LITCHFIELD WAKING UP. Town Meeting Votes to Build Trolley Line to Several Adjacent Places. Litchfield. Dec 1!S. At a special town meeting held here to-day. a reso lution was adopted for the' building of a trolley road between Torriugtou and Litchfield and Bantam anel Ban tam lake, and urging the representa tives of the towns to ask for a charter in the next meeting of the legislature providing the road is built within two years after the granting of the char ter. FINED FOR SHOPLIFTING. Bridgeport, Dec 28. Mrs George Dttnlap of Stratford was this morning tried in the city court for slioplif fin; in the store of the Howlaud Dry (foods company last Saturday evening. Her defense was that the articles be came entangled in her cloak when she was crushed up against the i-otuite-with 1 he crowd. Judge Carroll fincti her $7 and costs and sentenced her to twenty days in jail. She took an ap peal and furnished bonds of $100. DRINK AND DICE HIS DOWNFALL Bridgeport. Dec 2S. George D. Grif fin, an employe of the City Baking company, was arrested to-day. on the charge of embezzlement. The amount of his peculations is not known, but it is known by the firm that he has not turned over all his cash collec tions. . He. says that drink and dice were the cause of his downfall.: DEAD AT FOOT Oi-' STAIRS. Hartford. Dec 2S. Edward O'Rourke, 44 years of age, employed in the American Bicycle shop here, was found tiead at the foot of a steep flight of stairs at 89 Arch street early this morning, having, it is thought, fallen from the top of 'the flight-during the night. A Fltht Willi Tugert Pirate. VICTORIA. B. C, Dec. 28 The steamer Miowera brings advices of a raid on the British possessions by the Tugeri tribe from Dutch New Guinea. A squad of police met the pirates from Tugeri at the month of Morehead river. A fisht on the water ensued, the police capturing or sinking five junks. No prisoners were taken, but it is estimated that 40 were shot or drowned. There were no casual ties among the government forces. Aft erward the Tugeri made another raid on the Morehead villages, killing 15 persons. Six months ago the tribe concluded terms of peace with the British. Colombian Revolutionists Defeated. Washington, Dec. 28. united States Charge Beaupre at Bogota has ca bled the state department that he ( Has been informed by the Colombian gov ernment that the invading troops were overtaken by the government forces at Rosario; also that their leader, General Uribide, was defeated at Corazel. in the province of Bolivar. He was retreating with a few remaining followers through the department of Magdalena toward the Ve-nezuelan line. The war is said to be progressing favorably for the Colom bian government. . , WoIeotCs Charitable lieqnests. BOSTON, Dee. 2S. By the will of for mer Governor Wolcott, which has been filed in the Suffolk probate court, it is learned that Harvard college is to re ceive $2O,OU0. There are several other public bequests also, as follows: Massa chusetts General hospital, $5,000: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, $5,000; Hamptuu Normal and Agricultural institute. $1, 000; Tuske-geo Normal and Industrial in stitute, 1,000; trustees of the Wolcott library of Litchfield. Conn., $1,000; trus tees of the Public library of Milton, 2, 000. A Lesion Editor Abroad. 'NEW YORK. Dec. 28. Alfred C. Harmswortu. editor and owner of the London Daily Mail, arrived ia New Yovk ou the White Star liner Teutonic yes terday. He is accompanied by his wife and comes to this country on a much needed vacation. Most of his time in this country will he spent in visiting the vari ous winter resorts in Florida aud other southern states. He expects-to return to London in March. Canlbalism Reported. VICTORIA,' B.' C.Dec. 28. The steamer J Miowera brings "advices from Queensland that a prospector named P. KiUaue has been killed and,'' according to the belief of the ship s people, eaten by the natives. It was reported that gold had been discovered near Apia, in &a moa, and that Mataafa is becoming rest less and on Dec. 0 called a meeting of native chiefs. ' - - . ;' Princeton Won Chess Match. , NEW YORK, Dec. 28. When hostili ties ceased at 0 o'clock last night,, with out the intervention of the referees, Princeton had won the match with Yale in decisive .fashion, scoring S'i of. the possible 4 points. A close struggle be tween Columbia and Harvard ended in the former's favor by 2 to 1,' no less than three of the games being drawn. IS DE WET CAPTURED? Unofficial News Received in London to That Effect. London, Dec 2S. Persistent reports are in circulation in- London and on the continent that General De Wet has been captured. The British Chartered South African company received this information from a source which is considered trustworthy, and in which can be placed implicit confidence". The v.'tir office, however, has not heard anything officially of the report. CITT IsTSWS. John Thompson, who is detained at Ins home on Dublin street with a se vere attack of pneumonia, is improv ing rapidly. The funeral of Charles Francis son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Lynch, of Baldwin street, took place yesterday afternoon, with interment in the fam ily plot in St Joseph's cemetery. Some one entered the pool room of J. Adleman on East Main street Wed nesday night, and carried a slot, device gas machine into the yard and knocked it to pieces. Irving J. Messenger, the popular clerk at E. W. Hale's news store, has the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in the death of his father, which occurred at the old homestead, in Canaan, last Monday. Mr Messonl gcr was at his father's beilside when he passed away. The executive committee of the High school alumni desires that all who are selling tickets for the annual concert and promenade on New Year's night will make a report of their suc cess in disposing of them to Dr Kil nuirtin, who will be present at the High school building to-morrow after noon from 4 until 5 o'c-lock. The carcass of pork that was found on Johnson avenue some days ago vrnpped up in a horse blanket and which was supposed to have been stolen, was given over to the Boys' club this morning by the chief of po lice, tin; owner of the goods having failext to call for it after due notice was given. The chief of police deemed this the best disposition that could be made cf the meat, and moreover, as further delay would make it unfit for food. Prosecuting Attorney Bronson, of the district court, raised an objection to receiving the check for $30, which Prosee-utor Durant, of the city court, gave in settlement for two case's iu the district court recently, and iu which he gave bail, anel the ace-used gave him ley bail. As the check was not drawn up for the purpose for which it was tiii'iti. Mr Bronson refused to tie-knowledge it. A great eleal of reil tape had. therefore, to be unwound, and u check drawn up for the specific" purpose for which the first one was paid was- given to the clerk of the district court. The snow squall of this morning piomised to result in good sleighing, and c.wners of cutters were figuring upon lemg out iu all their glory this .afternoon.' Things did not pan out jitsc right, however, and in conseiiuencc the merry sleigh bells have hot yet been heard upon the public streets, and it is doubtful if they will be; during the present century. This may sound iitressing to the young ladies who have been promised a spin at the first snow fall, but there seems to bo no way out of it, so that they might just c. i well make themselves happy while they wait. A pleasant whist party was given by Miss Elsie Humphrey last night at her home on Woodlawn Terrace. Con solation whist was played and those participating were- arranged at. four different tables. The prize was won by Miss Milelred. McFarland of Bridge port, Who is the guest, for a few days of the Misses Bessie and Berniss Bur ton of Abbott avenue. Following the conclusion of the game, piano anel vo cal seie-ctions were rendered by the Misses Elsie Dixon, Betty Bryant, El sie Humphrey, Kitty Glynn anel Mil dred McFarland. During the evening a light collation was served, it was a late hour when the jolly merrymak ers separated ami wended their sever al ways homeward. Thomas Kelly died last night at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs Eliza Cunningham, 1!) Beacon street. His wielow survives him. Mr Kelly was for a number of years a resident of Jackson street anel had many friends there and in otlier parts of the town who will be surprised to hear of his eleath, for but few were aware that he was sick. The cause of death was pneumonia whic-h set in upon him about a week ago and although lie had good medical attendance anel proper care in every other way, he sank rapid ly and passed away last evening at r o'clock. . Mr Kelly and his wife lived in Jae-kson street until a short time ago when they decided to take up a. residence with Mrs Cunningham. The funeral will, take place to-morrow morning at 8:30 o'clock with a mass of requiem at St Thomas's church and interment in St Joseph's cemetery. The program at the Christmas tree exercises in the basement of St Thom asV. church yesterday afternoon in-e-luded: "Christinas in Song and Story,"1 by the Sunday school children: recitation, "Christmas Tree," Sadie Fitzpatrick; recitation. "Gifts," Sun day school: "Santa Claus anil the Mouse." -. Grace . Kcefe; recitation, "Christmas," G. Reardou; song, "Santa Claus Is Coming." infant chuss; "An nie and Willie's ' Prayer," Christian Kenncy; song, "Jingle Bells," Suudsy school class; recitation. "Snuta Claus."- Gortruele Pa tzer: "Christmas Stockings," Mabel Nichols; sonsr. "Wo Bring" .Our G.'t.O Sunday school clnss. On the part of the -Sunday school Tuonias Hardie dollverotl an address to - Father Crowley and Father Ken-, netly, in the cdurse of which he. pre sented to each a;; present as a-; mart of esteem .from the children of the par ish. All the little ones received a. li esent anel as much candy as they could take care of. . The affair w? conducted under the management of the Misses Katlieriue Ward. Margaret Corcoran, Lizzie Qninn and Gertrude Me-Evoy, and was a success away and beyond ' the expectations, of the-cona-rr.ittec aud - others who helped it -lons. ;. WHO WlLLBE.KING Mayor of the Consolidated City's Great Power. IT WILL BE ALMOST UNLIMITED A Great Number of Teople Who Hava Not Had Time to Read the Bill Think It a Foregone Conclusion That It Will Be Passed Anyway Some of the people about town ara not bothering their heads about con-" solidation and don't seem to care a. row of pins whether it passes or1, not. . One of the largest property owners in the city told a Democrat reperter to nay mat -lie was not going to arme-r away any of his time with it because . he was satisfieel that it would not pay. ' He knew, he said, that if the republi cans agree -upon what they Want tltat the legislature will complete the job f:r tin-in, and on this account lie consid ered it the height of folly for any one not in the ling to. give the matter any consideration. The reporter tried hard . to get an expression of opinion from , him on the draft, but be evaded tha question, anil the most that could' be" got out of him was the following: "If those gentlemen who desire to concen trate all power into The otfice of may or feel sure that Wnterbury will ai-'t ways have a man of strict integrity in,, that office, all right, but if tiie past be any criterion by which to judge tht future this is very doubtful. Wit ninety-nine out of every hundred U'ea it is all a matter of taxation, nuil as this will have; to be Uetermincd Horn year to year tiy Those who "win be in office, it is ji matter. of much importance to every taxpayer" iu both districts What kind of men shall liotit these positions. The others are not so much concerned about taxation and while they are but a small fraction of the whole. I'm willing to risk my guess that they will decide the fate of tins measure. nat else could you ex- .' pect? Most people have not taken enough interest in it to read it anil have no idea as to what it aims at. I asked half a dozen of my friends thi morning what they thought of it. aud found but one who had read a line o.f it, and that man admitted that he did not. finish it. I'm iu favor of consolt- -ilation, but I elon't want, it so. badly that I would be willing to accept it unless it promises to be an improve-'-ment upon the present system. I don't want, the mayor to own the town aud if our neighbors are to be adtnit teel to the franchise at all elections in the city it ought to be worth- some thing." COAL FOR FRANCE. Members of American Chamber ot Commerce Closing Negotiation::. Philadelphia, "Dec "2S.Fr K." .McIH waine. a member of the Amerie-an " Chamber of Commerce in Paris, is now in this city, closing1 negotiations for the sale of coal to the French govern- ment. Mr McIIlwaine believes a: sub stantial coal traile between this eoun--try and France will soon be estab- l!u!l 1.3l-ft. el,u ntfkal aimillir. ..I i ...... .1. . . . ....... 1 . 111. . ULl l .TLIJJJV... . - 1 France is 10.000,000 tons short of the demand. Formerly this deficiency was made up almost entirely Jjy Eng land. The great industrial establish ments are becoming alarmed. Mr Mc IIlwaine said, at the possibility, of ibis, supply being cut off Owing to the scare-it y of coal in England. "Tile government." he continued, "ijt dependent upon English coal, and- it will realize soon that the French navy would be at a serious disadvantage in time of war. The attitude of the French government toward -American . coai is distinctly favorable. I am here, for the puvpose of seeing - 'whether American companies could, within tha next six months, deliver upon the order of the French government at a satisfactory price at least 200,000 tons. These arrangements have been com pleted anil it only remains for the quality of the coal to be satisfactory, I r li.i lmcinuttfi " GERALD MELBERG'S DEATH. Coroner Mix Is Neariug the End of Hi;J Investigation. Nangatuek, Dec 28. The investiga tion which Deputy Coroner Poud and John Leete, a state detective, are con ducting as to the manner in which, Gerald Melberg met his death at the . v I lull iiuiiutt iuau iiuuflc lasi . -.i i , 1 1 day night, was continued to-day. The Naugatuck e-hief-of -police and Sheriff Rigney of Wnterbury are assisting in the investigation. This forenoon two or three young men who are said to have been at the road house on the, night of Mel berg's death, were exam ined. The officials say they are near- !tnr i nf Their innniiT Kilt tlirit 1111 i.niini it ; i v 1 n 1 1 u . 1 1. 11 vti 1 11 ir icouib of the investigation will "be taken -until Attorney Williams has been con sulted. NEW YEAR'S AT Y. M. C. A. interesting .exercises t-sueriug iu New Century. At the Y. M. C. A. building on Tr.es day night from 8 to 10 o'clock, a. New Year's and new century reception wll uo ueiu uuuer me auspices ui lue J. M. C. A. The affair will be au infor mal one aud all young men aud boys in. the city are 'invited to attend,, as well as others who are interested In their welfare. U will be under th direct, supervision of the Women's auxiliary.- The entire building will be handsomely illuminated during tbo evening and its different departments will bo opened for iispex:tion by thosi attending. , Splendid music will " bet furnished during the. evening anil there will be a gymnastic exhibition. Re freshments will also be served. Sev eral of the rooms will b handsomely; aud tastefully decorated with ever green, holly, potted plants and so on. In a word, i; will bo .1 Hiring opening of the now yea; and tac new centcry.