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WATERBURY, CONN, SATURDAY, JANUARY 24,J.903.
PRICE TWO CENTS. FOUND DEAD ON THE KITCHEN FLOOR '8 If FOURTEENT AY OF TROLLEY VOL. XVI, NO. 41: LEGEM TORS WEEK ORK STRIKE Mystery Surrounding Death of a Monroe Woodchopper- THE CORONER INVESTIGATING Father of the Dead Man Is Laid Up From Injuries Received A Double Barrel Muzzle LoaSIng Shot Gun, Which Had Been .Used Recently, ! Found. Bridgeport, Jan 24. The murd:r of ft woodchopper named Dorman was re ported to Coroner Doten by Dr Frank Wales, the medical examiner of Mon ( roe, to-day. Dorman, who -was 20 years of age, was found dead on the kitchen floor of the house where ha lived with his father and two broth ers. The medical examiner found the fnthpr 1n - had snffrlne-' from inlnrips to his face. He said the boy was killed In a quarrel with some stranger over a woman. The two brothers of the dead man are said to have bsen absent when the tragedy occurred. One of them summoned the medical examiner to the scene of the tragedy. The story of the affair as the coro ner received It is very fragmentary. Dr Wales says that one of the Dorman boys ?amte to his home last night and summoned him to the Dorman home, "which is about a mile outside of Mon roe Center. When Dr Wales arrived there he found the dead youth's body lying on the kitchen floor, with a bullet wound in the breast The father was In bed and had .apparently been en gaged in, a scuffle. " There was a tu mor on his face-from which the btaod was" flowing. When questioned by the medical ' examiner he said that he. was in the bedroom when a stranger en tered the house. He had not been long there when "his son and the stran ger began to. quarrel. ' They dually came to blows and .the son was shot. Dr Wales found in his search of the place a double barrelled muzzle load ing shot gun. The old man said that the gun had not been, used In a year, but on examination, it was seen that It had 'been - used very recently. A number of bits of gun wadding were also strewn about the floor. The father of the boys gave no reason as . to now ne receive! ; the cute on his face.; It was also learned that "tho two sons were away all the afternoon. They returned at 5 o'clock and went out again after supper and returned at j. i . . . . ouu iuuuu mtur uiutuer ueaa on ine -floor. Telephone connection, "with Bridgeport was cut off last night for some reason and the medical examin er was not able to report until this aaorning. v" DOTS OP COAT, COMING. fteadlng Co Is Getting the Situation TtrTl t r TT r. rt A Beading, Pa, Jan 24. The Reading Co officials say that they have the coal situation so well in hand that there will be. a decided Improvement in" the supply within a short time. During forty-eight hours ending with midnight the Reading Co brought down from the mines nearly 4,000 cars of anthracite. The prospects are that about the same quantity will be marketed from that period until Sunday evening. The usual shipments in twenty-four hours aire generally 1,500 , cars. An official said that if the weather did not interfere the company would be in excellent I shape within the next two weeks. RETURNING TO WORK, "4-Ction of Men Considered Setback to 1 Knights of Labor Shoe Cutters. Lynn, Mass, Jan 24. Some of the i treers who struck at the Walton & Lo ;gan shoe factory in sympathy with the V Knights of Labor returned to work to iday. The men are members of the Boot and Shoe Workers' union. This l action is considered a setback to the Knights of Latjor shoe cutters In their fight against the cutters. 1 The cutters placed at work in the strikers' places by the Boot and Shoe Workers' union went to work to-day without police escort and met with no 'trouble or annoyance. In the police court to-dny Judge ' Berry continued for one week the five cases of rioting against the men ar rested during a disturbance last Tues day evening. This was done in view of the pending hearing on facts in connec tion with the manufacturers' applica tion for an Injunction against the strikers may be h;rd without preju dice. STORM WARNINGS HOISTED. Kew York, Jan 24. The local weath er bureau has received the following from Washington: "'To Observer, New York: 'Northeast storm warnings are displayed along the middle Atlantic and New England coast from Delaware breakwater to Eastport. Me. Storm central in the lower Ohio valley, mov--ing northeastward. Brisk to high northeast winds wlih snow are Infli ated for to-night on the Middle At lantic and New Englncd coast. (Signed) Geary." SCHWAB DENIES IT. New York, Jan 24 -Oliver W renn. private secretary to 'President Charles M. Schwab, of the United States Steel corporation, paid to-day that lie had ra celved the following cablegram to-day from Mr Schwab at Palermo. Italy: "Report concerning health being worse ntirely unfounded. Am better." INGERSOLL'S CONDITION. New Haven, Oonn, Jan 24.-The con dition of ex-Governor Charles R. In gersoll, who is critically sick at his residence on Elm street, was reported iirao-tiAan v uiiohADLtfAd. this, tnnrninz. BR1DGER BANK ROBBERY. Plans for Robbing Many Banks Frus trated By Capture of Burglars. Red Lodge, Mont, Jan 24. The au thorities of Carbon county have evi dence in their possession showing that the famous Bridger banii robbery last October was only intended as the first step in a much larger plot. The statement is made by a high county official that when the cases of the Bridger bank robbers come before the district court, the prosecution will prove that it was intended by the gang, after the successful robbery of the Bridger bank, to assemble 20 men in western Carbon county, make a raid on Red Lodge and loot the three banks in jfhat city. The plan was frustrated by the capture of the men who are said to have. robbed the Bridger bank. This is the second time a plot has been formed to raid Red Lodge. Last summer the authorities received word that the hole in the wall crowd were on their way to hold up the town. The desperadoes, however, learned that the police were prepared to receive them and abandond the plan. Mrs. floosevelt's Musical. WASHINGTON, Jan. 24. Mrs. Roose velt gave another of her Friday even ing musicales at the White House last night, to which a large number of guests were invited. There was an in teresting programme .of fourteen num bers, which included selections from, popular songs and from the classics. Mr. Albert Lockwood was the pianist, with Mrs. May Pomeroy Graves as ac companist and Mrs. Dora C. Howard soprano. Those invited included the members of the cabinet, the greater portion of the diplomatic corps, senaJ tors and representatives, officers ot the army and navy, United States Minister Herbert W. Bowen and Mr. Vander bllt and the Right Rev. John L. Spald ing. Preceding the musical entertain ment the president and Mrs. Roosevelt entertained at dinner. 1 Lieutenant Evan Acquitted. NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Jan. 24. First Lieutenant H. Clay Evans, Jr., whose trial by court martial -on -the charge of neglect of duty was begun at Fort Monroe last Wednesday,- nas been honorably acquitted. The al leged "offense was the repeated absence of Lieutenant Evans from certain classes, it being assumed that he was willfully neglecting his duties. It was shown at the trial ; that the ! lieu tenant's absence, was due. to .fUness, His uncle, Major. Evans of Tennessee, defended the case. . "' ' ' Small Slice Fop Bank's Creditors. SILTERTON, Colo.; Jan. 24s The re ceiver of the Bank of Silverton, which closed its doors on Jan. 2 because of the suicide of James H. Robin, presi dent and principal owner of the bank, has made a report showing the total liabilities to be $177,738,' including de posits of $151,718.' The creditors, it ia said, will receive between 20 and 25 cents on the dollar. Vanderbilt' Gift to Tale. N.EW HAVEN, Coan., Jan. 24.-Fred-erick W. Vanderbilt of New York has signified his intention of giving anoth er dormitory building to Yale for the Sheffield Scientific school. The new dormitory will stand on College street near another building of the same char acter given to the university by Mr. Vanderbilt last summer. Shot' Baby on Ilia Knee. CAMDEN, N. J., Jan. 24. Joseph Arthur of Lawnside, a village a few miles south of here, accidentally shot and killed his two-year-old child while he was examining a revolver which he believed to be empty. Arthur was holding the baby on his knee while in specting the weapon, which in some way yet unexplained was discharged, killing the child. Earth Shoolc In South Carolina. CHARLESTON, S. C, Jan. 24 An earthquake shock was felt here at 8:11 o'clock last night. There was one dis tinct sheck, which was not sufficient to cause any damage to . property or even to occasion serious alarm. Re ports from points near the city indi cate that the shock was felt through out lower South Carolina. Transport Dix Believed Safe. SEATTLE, Wash., Jan. 24. Careful Inquiry fails to find the slightest foun dation for the report that the United States transport Dix has foundered. The Dial sailed from Seattle Dec. 31 'direct for Nagasaki and is not due there for two days yot. Major Bing ham, quartermaster at Seattle, discred its the rumor. Kinir Oscar "Very IIS. STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 24. It is reported on excellent authority that King Oscar has collapsed both mentally and physically, chiefly in con sequence of overwork and worry, due to the present strained relations of Sweden and Norway. It s expected that he will abdicate shortly in favor of Crown Prince Gustav, his eldest son. Snow In Kansas. TOPEKA, Kan., Jan. 24. A snow storm has been general over Kansas. No severe cold, accompanied the snow, but the weather is growing colder. The snow was especially heavy lu the central portion of the state. BODY IDENTIFIED. Hartford, Jan 24. The body of the unknown man which was found .in the ruins of a barn this morning was iden tified to-day as that, of Timothy Ryan, a laborer, aged 50 years.. ONE BAKER SIGNED. Danbury, Jan 24. One master '.nker signed an agreement with the bakers to-day, but aside from that the situa tion remains the same. the The Rush of New Business Is Not Large Proposed Changes in Manner of Representation Two of the Im portant Measures Thus Far Present ed Hartford, Jan 24. While there were several new bills of importance pre sented in preliminary form to the gen eral assembly this week the election and subsequent reception and address of United States Senator Orville H, Piatt made the week less productive of new legislation than was expected. There has been an unprecedented de lay thus far in getting new measures introduced, hardly more than fifty bills having thus far been presented. As the final date for new business, Feb ruary 6, is a week earlier than usual this session, the result yill necessarily be a tremendous rush of new business this coming week and the next. In order to expedite matters the next two weeks may be filled to their limit with sessions, and Friday committee hearings will probably be started. The most important measures from the public standpoint introduced this week were the two propositions that came out of the constitutional " con vention in- the best condition both measures arranged and introduced by Representative Chatfield of New Ha ven. One of them is the old plan for a sliding scale of representation start ing with one representative to a town. It gives a less number of legislators in the lower house than the governor's proposition, and like it will change with each United States census. The other, plan starts with one representa tive, for each town and adds to that one from each of the senatorial dis tricts hereafter to be decided upon. This Rlan will virtually give each town two representatives, as each will have to vote for at least one senatorial district man, while at the same, time it gives to the large centers of popu lation a proportionate representation. It makes a house of 204 members in stead of the present 255, and does not expand with , the census, merely read justing itself to the re-arranged sena torial districts. . Next week,, it is ex pected that the governor's plan will be introduced, providing ' also for a, sliding scale of. representation, as well as . several other methods. . -There seems now to be no! doubt that a .strong effort will be made at this ses sion to pass a cpflswcuaojoai amenu ment which' tvili'then go over to the next legislature for final actioii and then be referred to the people. : " In ' view of the importance of . : the constitutional amendment committee in this session the argument in the senate this week between the minority and majority over senatorial represen tation on.' that committee was of more than ordinary importance. That com mittee has but one senator Upon it, who is a republican and chairman. The democratic senators made a strong fight this week to add to that committee a democratic senator, and after a heated argument the motion was lost. The incident was unusual, as it forecasted to some extent fur ther arguments along thesame line. When the two branches of the leg islature reconvene on Tuesday at 12:30 o'clock the main rush of new legisla tion will begin in earnest. Most of the committee chairmen will send in the bulk of their new measures this coming week. ONE SESSION TO-DAY. Witnesses for Independent Coal Com panies on the Stand. Philadelphia, Jan 24. The anthracite coal strike commission held . one ses sion to-day at which it heard more wit nesses for the independent coal com panies. The first witness, Edward S. HI we. an accountant of the Wyo ming Coal and Iron Co, presented the wage statement of the men employed by the company. He said that the contract miners employed by the com pany were not mining as much coal now as they did prior to the organiza tion of the miners' union. John J. Gllligan, outside foreman of the Wyoming Coal and Iron Co, said that the miners of his company tried a check docking boss for two weeks and then dispensed with his services. The witness said that the company wanted a number of men to load culm and was willing to pay the men union wages and to allow them union hours, but the union would not let any men go to work. After conisderable trou ble the president and secretary of the local union gave the company "per mission" to hire men. DIED FROM EFFECTS OF FALL John C. Delaney Received Fracture of Base of Brain. John C. Delaney, for many years a well known local carpenter and joiner, died this morning at the residence of his daughter Mrs Daniel Bergin, 510 Baldwin street, from the effects of in juries received by a fall last night. He received a fracture of the base of of the skull. Dr O'Hara was called and after examining the patient recommended that Acting Medical Ex aminer Graves be notified. Besides Mrs Bergin the deceased leaves two other daughters, Mrs John Manion and Sister Agnesine of the convent at Hol yoke. Mass; also one son, John E. De laney; Mr Delaney had resided in Wa teribury for many years and was well Hked by all who knew him. Thirty-five or forty years ago he was considered one of the "best joiners in Waterbury. The funeral will be hold at 8:30 o'clock Monday morning with a mass of re quiem at St Francis Xftvier's church and interment in new St Joseph's cemetery.' Election ol Senator Piatt Most Important. Many Kumors of Settlement Floating Around--Committee of Clergymen Heard Story o Both, Parties To-Day Will Confer and Talk Over the Situation and Announce Decision Later Cars Still Running from Sunrise to Sunset Strikers Rumors of settlement of the strike were in the air this morning. This was good news to the public. Still, no one could be found to give' a satis factory account of these rumors. Yes terday afternoon and . part of the evening Colonel Burpee and Mayor Kilduff held conferences, but by agree ment neither would say what was done, or what wai likely to result. It was reported that, the company . would submit their final .proposal for peace to the strikers t this morning - at ' 10 o'clock so that action could be taken upon it at their regular morning meet ing. The executive committee of, the strikers said they ., had , not heard of this but would not be surprised if such a proposal should be submitted, from the course affairs have been taking during the past day or two. It was ascertained from the com pany's side, that so far very little stress has been , made on the demand for twenty-two and. one-half cents an hour, which is apparently one of, the important items In the strikers' propo sition. The company have been hold ing the Barrett matter over the strik ers' heads and in this! way any posi tive or Insistent speech was held back on this point. Now, the strikers say that this is not so. That in every conference except the first or second this point has been particularly dwelt upon and it has progressed so far that an alteration .in the figures has been suggested by which, while the com. pany shall not pay any more than is at present paid to the men, the limit, twenty-one cents an hour, shall be reached earlier than under the old sys tem, four years. .. 1 If the' strike threatens to be long drawn, yhich all good, citizens hope will not , be the case, it is understood that , 'busses will make regular trips to ana rrom JNaugatucKoatvllie and Waterville. ' There Is no doubt "but this would pay bptJt Js hope tha such a ihng will; notbe necessary. There ' must be some way of bringing the company and the men together and if there is not then let the . city ' gov ernment take the matter in hand and buy the electric lithtinir rifcii-it and run the business itself. It seems the com pany refuses to have the difference adjusted by a committee composed of such men as Dr Anderson; Father Slo cum and Dr Davenport, and so long as they do it is plain that they want to occupy the whole trough and while the concern holds to this view, of th case there is little hope of an amicable adjustment of the questions at issue. There cannot be anything wrong in arbitration by a competent, impartial committee. Didn't President Roose velt suggest that as a "way out ojf the coal strike, and when the barons got stiff -necked over, the matter he quick ly gave them to understand that there were others. Let us follow the pres ident's example. Put th mn to work pending an investigation of the grievances by a committee. William J. Maton, leader of Maton's orchestra and formerly manager of the Waterbury, Military band, takes excepr tion to a statement in a local paper yesterday which was to the effect that the members; of the Musicians' union would - refuse to play with Mr Maton. at the concert of the Waterbury Burns club last night because he has heen riding on the trolley cars . during the strike. The article further said that the Musicians' union had voted to support the strikers and to fine ev ery member who rode on the cars during the strike. Mr Maton says that a great injustice was done not .only to him, but also to the Burns club. The Musicians' union has ta ken no action upon the strike and has not voted to impose a fine upon mem bers riding on the cars. He further states that it is not because he loves the trolley company or opposes the strikers that he. Is riding, but for the benefit of his health. He lives over a mile from the city and has to make three or four trip's to and from his home each day. He has to work both day and night and if he were to walk all the time his health would suf fer; he couldn't stand It. He does not think that he should bring upon himself an attack of typhoid fever or pneumonia. Every night this week he has been working. All last week he walked, though the cars were run ning. One or two nights he had to pay a dollar for a carriage to ride home. So it is not because he wishes to hurt the strikers that he is riding. Far from it. Mr Maton's concluding remark was to the effect that if the trolleymen would run a 'bus in the di rection of his home he will ride in it and not on the cars. There wa no practical increase in the trolley traffic to-day. About the same number of cars was on Exchange place at noon and about the same faces were In them. The. Business Men's association will hold a special meeting Monday even ing and some action will be taken which, it is said; will make the trolley company submit to arbitration or show reason for refusing to do so. The Waterbury Business Men's asso ciation will meet in Master Builders' hall, 64 Bank street, on Monday even ing at 8 o'clock, to hear the report of the committee appointed to confer with the strikers and to transact other business. Issue Their Fourteenth Daily Statement to the Public The committee of ministers compos ed of Father Slocum, pastor of the Immaculate Conception parish, Dr Anderson, pastor of the First Congre gational church, and Rev Mr Stock dale, pastor of the First Methodist church, spent the greater part of the day 'hearing the statements of the trolley company and the men with a view to getting the matter in shape so that they may be able to see what can be done towards settling the differ ence. The committee heard the com pany's side of the case from General Manager Sewell at the Waterbury club where the whole matter was talked over and questions asked by the com mittee and answered by the company's representative. Later they met the strikers committee in the mayor's of fice and heard what each had to say in support of the vote passed two weeks ago ordering a strike of all motormen and conductors. It was close onto 2 o'clock when the hearing closed in the , mayor's office and as the three ministers walked out of the hall . nobody not aware of what was going on would have suspected that they had anything unusual on hand. They acted as if they were chatting about the weather or some other com mon:place topic and by so doing got past the crowd that happened to be standing on the City hall steps without attracting any attention. They will get together to-night and probably will also give the evidence some attention to-morrow so as to be able to give the public an expression of opinion on the question Monday. If the commit tee decides that the men are in the wrong that will end the strike and if on the other hand they find that, the company has not been , treating the help fairly the snarl will be very apt to be straightened ' out, too, for it is but fair to assume that the public will abide by whatever this committee re commends, eyen though that might mean a long walk. ; R." G.v Tkssier,' who was mentioned asbeing oneof those union men who pa tronizes the cars," says it is not so, that he hasn't rode on the cars. ' ' An East Main street, grocer' is said to have lost about, thirty customers be cause his wife has been riding on the trolley , cars during the strike. A lady who had, just arrived from a train at the Dublin street station, stopped in a. store in the east end yes terday and asked the proprietor if she could wait there for the trolley car. He politely told her that his store was not a waiting station for the trol ley company, while thetrike was on. The Plumbers' union, Local 43, met last night and indorsed the strike of the motormen and conductors of the trolley company. :. They also voted to assess each member fifteen cents per week for t the purpose of carrying on the fight.- A lump sum' was appropri ated to make up the union's fifteen cents per capita to the strike fund for the past two weeks. It was also vot ed to fine any member convicted of patronizing the cars during the strike the sum of $25 for -the first offense and $50 if he comes up again. Judge Peasley said to-day that in a day, or two he will draw up a law to be passed by the legislature for arbi- tration in strikes. There is an arbi tration law on the statute books at present, but it is not compulsory. Either side to a strike may call upon the state - arbitration board, but the other side is not compelled to present its side of the dispute, nor submit to the decision of the board. Judge Peasley's law will wipe out these vol untary features and insert ones that will make both sides submit to arbi tration. He said it is not fair that the public should be inconvenienced as it has been during the past two weeks. In the present strike, the opinion of the public seems to be that the trolley company is in fault in this respect. Several times the strikers have volun teered to have the dispute arbitrated, but the company so far has not con sented to any of the proposals. STRUCK BY A TROLLEY. Man With Load of Paper Knocked Under His Team. Westport, Jan 24. While driving down Turkey hill with a load of paper last night, Louis Leptic, employed by Gault Bros of this place was. badly in jured by collision With a trolley car. His skull was fractured and it' is thought he received internal injuries also. ' Leptic is SO year3 old and has a family. The car Is said to have been going down the hill without lights, the trol ley pole being off the wire, and the motorman failed to see LepMc, who was driving in-the middle of the track, which is at the extreme east side of a 60-foot iadway. ' The impact of the car against the back of the cart turned the vehicle and horses completely over, Leptic gong under the load. LITTLE GIRL BURNED. Shelton, Jan 24. Mary Hukins, two years of age, wag probably fatally burned at her home here to-day. Her mother left her for a short time with her little' four year old brother. An Italian woman living next door while looking out of her window saw; the little' girl 1 standing in me siaewaiK with her clothes on fire. She rushed out and smothered the flames with a blanket, but not before the little blrl was badly burned. ; 1 The executive committee of the strikers Issued the following statement to-day: "To-day is the fourteenth day of our strike, and at this morning's usual roll call at 10 o'clock every man reported at his gun. We have had considerable business on bur hands since yesterday's statement, but. the situation -at this writing has; changed but little since then. .' 7 '' "Our committee attended a confer ence yesterday'; afternoon at " which there were' present Mayor Kilduff r City Clerk Ryan, John Dillon of New Ha ven, and Messrs Horgan, Dennis and Collins, the committee. We under stood the meeting was inspired by Mr Dillon, whorcalled' upon ithe mayor to assist him in securing interviews with both, parties to the present difficulty. Mayor Kilduff had no dimculty in ar ranging a meeting with . us and later they conferred with Colonel Burpee, representing the trolley company. The result of the conference with us seemed to leave' no doubt in Mr, DlllotCs mind that; the matted at. issue could be fixed up immediately: Mr: Dillon generously offered us $500 if we, would call the strike off and go 'back to work at once, leaving all of. the disputed points, in cluding the discharge of Barrett and Kelly, ,tq arbitration. Our committee thankediTMr Dillon sincerely for his offi'ur'stateilitat2 were not look ing for money in that way and that we would go back to work immediately if he could get all our grievances, Includ ing the discharge of Barrett and Kelly, to public arbitration. Mayor Kilduff and Mr Dillon then called upon Colonel Burpee", and we fare expecting some sort of a proposition from the company in response-., , "People are continually, telling us we fall to make strong enough the point that the discharged men wer not let go on account or annicing. or arunKen ness. , All; we- can do Js to refer them to; Manager .Sew ell's public statement that, they were discharged for failure in reporting for duty. We contend that failure to report for duty has not been considered cause for discharge in the past." Here is the" company's rule' in regard to the matter: "Article 82. Missing. If from any cause a conductor or motorman' shall fail to take his car out "on time," and has not-prevlously notified the foreman of the station of his inability to. do so, he shall be charged with one miss and shall be suspended for one day; for the second miss, two, days, and so on.' , "People are telling us that we accuse Manager Sewell -wrongfully when we state that he", has intimated that Mr Barrett ; or the" other discharged men were drunk. To that we simply will reproduce the following quotation from his interview to the Republican on Jan uary . 9 : 'If , they (the men) feel they must have a drink or more, why don't they take a da.yff,,spend 50 cents, and go down to Ansonia get out of the city and away from ' the' public . eye, and have their drunk. if, they have got to?' Wonde if anybody who read that thought otherwise than ' that the im pression was meant to be conveyed that the men were on a several days' drunk when . absent froni work; . . "Weiare plaVeCo-noie that the Business . Men's . association will meet next Monday night. We are deeply in terested In what report their commit tee will submit at that time and what action the body of the association will take on same. . . "Through an "oversight, we failed to send Manager Sewell the proposition to the company as! printed in yesterday afternoon's . papers. We have sent it to him, care of Colonel Burpee, to-day, however. . .V- ' "The members of the union will meet at 5 o'clock, as usual." CITY IVEWS. There will be a meeting of the trus tees of the St Joseph T. A. society to morrow morning at 10 o'clock at the rooms of the society.'. There will be a meeting ofy the special union fair committee in the Hibernian hall to-morrow at 10 a. m. AH mem bers of the committee are requested to be present as tickets for the union fair will be ready for distribution. The semi-annual election of officers of the Senior Debating society of the High school was held last niyht and resulted as follows: President, John Gaffney; vice-president. Miss Jennie A. Freneyf secretary, Frank H. Ma toon; treasurer. Miss Hinchcjiff. Reci tations were delivered by , Messrs Dal las, Turley and Thompson, the Misses Coughlin and Hartnett. There was an interesting debate on the sub ject: "Resolved that the press is the greatest public benefactor." The de cision was given in favor of the nega tive side by. the judges, who were Messrs Thompson, Van Tobin and Mil- J ler," the Misses Freney and Coughlin. ' The funeral of Patrick Horan took place yesterday morning from the f am. ily residence on Pleasant street, with a mass of requiem at the Immaculate Conception church and Interment in , Joseph's cemetery. The bearers were John n. Condon and Peter O'Donnell from Court AVolf Tone, ,F. of A., Peter Kenney and John Cavan augh, representing Liberty lodge, A. O. U. W. and Michael J. and John J, Wren from the Mutual Benevolent as sociation. ' The floral tributes includ ed a pillow from the widow of deceas ed; pillow from his sisters; wreath, Mrs H. Gallagher; auchor, employes of the case department of the New Eng land Watch .company; pillow, Julia and Maurice Sweeney; bouquet, Annie 1 Cavanaugh. J SEWELL'S LAST. Gives Answer to Committee o on oap rii i ui uic Negotiations r Between Company and Men ,. Are at an End. Following is the answer to the mnV proposal made yesterday. The ' com pany k wishes lc to be considered as the last of the negotiations between them Belves and the men: ; i ' , "Waterbury, Conn, Jan 24, 1903. "Messrs Cornelius Horgan, Howard Dennis and J. E. Collins, Committee Representing Striking Trolleymen of this City: - , "Gentlemen: I desire to acknowl edge the receipt this noon of your com munication, dated January 23, submit ting a proposed agreement, and stating that if this company will sign this agreement the strike will be declared, off and the old hands begin work im mediately. That agreement ' contains only the same matters which were fully discussed between you and myself last Tuesday evening, January 20. Qf the seven propositions contained . therein I, at that time, offered to concede four, as you admit in .your ' communication 'to the newspapers last night, and In your letter to me. to which I am replvlnir. You notified... me. on. the .22d inst that the preposition .containing these con cessions had been rejected by the trolleymen . whom ' you rep. resent, and by- whom no con cessions whatever were, offered. -The agreement thus rejected by you. i have not since had under consideration and Tp-ill not n train mnli1r Tti m-rr vIatxt of the case; all pending . propositions ; and negotiations-were then terminated by you. I have now no desire to renew the discussion with you or to make any further efforts to settle or compromise the difference between' us! For that, purpose, in ' my Judgment, sufficient time and opportunity-has already been, given. ; . V ' ' ' "This company has now assumed and expects to maintain, the position indi cated to you in my letter dated Janu ary 11, 1903. , , . "Respectfully, " ' ' ; ' "JOHN E. SEWELL, "General Manager, Connecticut Rail way and Lighting Company." The following Is the clause in the let ter referred to by Mr Sewell bearing directly on the situation:: . "Any employe of this company who fails to report for work before 3 p. m. Monday, January 12, 1903, will be con sidered as .having left the .employ of this company, and he is hereby notified to immediately, call at the office of the company for any money that may' be due him. If an v man wTm ahall hnm leave the service of this company ht ax any time re-emmioyed, it will be as a new t emplpye-' and t the established rate of wages."-.' ,-" ' . " BLOCKADE WILL REMAIN. Powers Will Not Agree to. Ministei Bo wen's Proposition. London, Jan 24. It was learned by a representative of the - Associate! Press to-day that Great Britain, Ger many and Italy have agreed that Min ister Bowen's proposition that' the blockade of Venezuela be immediately raised cannot , be entertained and it must continue until a proper guarantee , Is forthcoming. The foreign offices hold that any other course would en tail a failure of the attempt to oring about a" settlement. Regarding the position, of other claimants againsj Venezuela, the- blockading forces con tend that their claims must be settled satisfactorily before the (55ms of otbr er countries who are not uctlvpjy as sertiTig them can receive attention. DR HIRSCH'S ATTACK. Sunday School Books : Roundly De nounced Last Nig at Chicago, Jan 24. Fervid denuncia tion of .Sunday school books; marked the address delvered " by Dr E. G Hlrsch last night in Temple Israel. His subject was "What shall children aead. In the 'course of, his address he. said that most of this church liter ature for children should be labeled as poison. ,- '"''v:t'Vii'-''':i -r : . '.. After telling of the importance ot good reading for children. Dr irsch, in referring to Sunday, school stories, said: "There is not a single note in this trash that rings true to the life or hearacter of the child. In these book all sorts of impossibilities are calmly assumed and God Is dragged into them in the role of a brutal an bungling: policeman. There are no worg in the Anglo-Saxon tongue that would ade quately characterize "their stupidity. The Sunday school books are worse than any dime novel. Their theology is damnable and their morality is be-v low the' freezing point. Even if they were not liable to these objections they should be condemned for their literary style, for they contain so much bad grammar and baby talk that they are a cruel infliction on the child. AGAINST SOCIAL EVIL. ' Chcago, Jan 24. According to the Tribune's correspondent at Tacoma, Wash, the Woman's Christian Temper ance union of that city has inaugu rated a cj usade against the social evil along new ideas. Instead of persecut ing the unfortunate young women and driving them out of the city, prominent members of the union will take them !cto their own homes on promise of re- tmsx. ,