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WATERBURY, CONN, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1900.
PRICE TWO CENTS,
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
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
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
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
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
"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 ' ' ' '
Are Still Locked Up in New
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
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
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
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. .
By the Will of Ex-Governor WOieort
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.
Kansas City ,.'
Nantucket . . .
Kew Haven .
New York . . ,
St Louis . .
St Paul ". ....
34 . RW"
24 N .
38 V S
Was Arrested Under General
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
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.
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.
John Thompson, who is detained at
Ins home on Dublin street with a se
vere attack of pneumonia, is improv
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
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
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
Mayor of the Consolidated City's
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
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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
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
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.
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