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WATERBURY, CONN, THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 1903.
PRICE TWO CENTS. NINETEENTH ' DAY .OF .STRIKEWOST SENSATIONAL YET yOL. XVI, NO. 46 WHO REIMBURSES THE CITY ? If Colonel Burpee has been quoted correctly, he has said that the Connecticut Railway and ,' Lighiting Co. will ask the city to pay for all damage done to its property dur ing this strike. Isn't it about time Mayor Kilduff asked Colonel Burpee, or some one else in authority, who the city is to look to for damages brought about by inexperienced' and reckless non-union motormen ? What is, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. If the big corporation can do asjt likes with our streets, as well as with the people and ve hides that find it necessary to use them, it should be . held responsible for at least its share of the damage. The acci dents of the past few days should open the eyes of ' the , city fathers, and through Mayor Kilduff they should demand that competent men be put in charge of the cars. It .is just as well to do this now, before lives are sacrificed, which came near being the case this morning. lT'TTTTlTT'rTT'YTT'YTlT''yTTy.TT'TT''T,rTT'?'Tl'V'TTTTTTVTT FARMER'S TEAM STRUCK Run Down by Motorman on Oak ville Line Two Women in Toam . Injured Wadon Damaged and Con- - ; tents Scattered. The first serious accident that hap pened since the strike stayted occurred this" morning pn the Watertown road, near the Methodist church building, when Mr. and. Mrs G. R. Benjamin and Miss Hayden,- Mrs "Benjamin's Bister, residentsf of Woodbury, had a t-lose. call for their lives. Mr Benja min is a farmer and has been making regular ' trips into ' Waterbury on Thursday for many , years supplying customers with" eggsbutter and other articles. They were figuring on dis - posing of their stock early to-day so as to have time to do some shopping and reach borne before dark when all their plans were dashed to pieces by a trolley car, which struek the team a Banning blow,-upsetting it and hurl ing the occupants and ineir goods in to the street -Mr Benjamin escaped without any serious injury but the women aian't , rare so ., wen, jwrs .pen; laming suffering" a. dislocation of ' the shoulder and several contusions. Her sister came, "out of the mlx-up with a sprained thumb . and some contusions. The injured parties were brought to Dr Pomeroy's office' and the wagon was .turned over to Mr' Sunderland. Mrs Benja'min told a Democrat report- er .'. that she knew nothing about the damage to the wagon or anything else. All she could tell was that the trolley car hit the team h She is a larse, cheerful appearing ' woman and although suffering great pain bore up under . the ordeal without - making much complaint. Some people who claim to have witnessed the accident place the Whole blame upon the man in -charge of the car, but whether this is so of not is something which it would be manifestly unfair to pass up on in a newspaper article at this . Rtage of the, proceedings. V, It is cer tain that Mr Benjamin is a good citi zen, -not In any way connected with the strike, and wanted nothing .but the privilege of driving into town. It Is . not unreasonable to presume, too, that he knows how to drive. It might not be a bad .plan for the company to look into the "complaints of " reckless doings on the part of the men now in the employ of the trolley company, for no matter what people may think about the strike question it is nothing more 'than fair to Mr Sewell to say that it is not 'at all likely he would tol erate, such conduct as is being attrib uted to the new men if he knew It to J be true. : . . .'. "! ;. v , . The company has been in hard luck during the past few days so far as ac cidents are concerned. Last evening tW6 or three occurred; glass was broken In two cars since Monday, one broke its axle Monday evening, and this forenoon the NaugatucK car xso n came to town about 11:20 with its bear ing -broken. Only with the greatest care it was taken to tne barn. These accidents may be of no moment, but their frequency since the strike began is peculiar. '. .'. Motorman Ilinley, who was in charge f the car that ran off the tracks at McConnell's curve - Monday evening and broke the front axle, was : d s, charged yesterday, thus confirming the strikers' statement that the accident was caused by the man's carelessness or Ignorance in handling a trolley car. Ills discharge also removes all doubt that there were no stones or "bould ers" on the tracks. ! A change has been found necessary in the date for the sacred concert for the benefit of the strikers. It was thought at first to hold It a week from next Sunday evening in Poll's theater. Inasmuch as another concert was booked for the same night in City (hall by the Gaelic society it was thought best to postpone the affair for one week. The tickets as printed for Feb ruary 8 will be used, however. They N will be put in circulation to-day. All union men should get them from, their delegates to the Central Labor union. All the strikers will also handle them and a lively demand is .anticipated. Many who have no ready means of contributing small sums to the weekly fund will '4nd this an excellent method ot helping nkmg the men Who are de manding far treatment. A special meeting of ho Central Labor uniwj will be held t-i-morrow night, at which a lare attenmi is expected. MILLER DESERTS RANK Former Conductor Goes Back to Company as Inspector Was ; Expelled from Union Under.- Suspicion , for Some Time Past ,Tho first desertion from,thV trolley men strikers took place last evening. The deserter is Frank Miller, who was couductor on the car on which Presi dent Barrett, one of the discharged men, was motorman. ' He will not" be missed from the ranks of the strikers, for he was suspected for some time. The men had an Inkling yesterday that something like this was" going to hap pen, and knowing that.tlielr weakest spot was Miller, suspicion was directed toward him. 'For1 some time the men were aware that Manager Sewell was cognizant of all that' had taken place at their daily meetings and it was sug gested that an inquiry be set afoot with, the idea of-making Miller disclose him self. .But it wa feared that it would work: harm to the union and - to the strike .if- the inquiry was a ;f failure. Certain- asthe men-were that 'the in former vwas Miller, '-ey had no posi tive evidence -agaimV hjm. ' '.-But. xuxiti Jatertlian, yestjerdoiy after-, noon :,''ah incident,. tw)k ')ilacel r'which showed . Miller was not In. sympathy with the objects of the : strike. .; He wa s one of.those Who witnessed the in cident in -which ; it was said that As sistant Superintendent Cocklngs and half a dozen non-union men set .upon a few small boys with switch sticks In the West; End because the boys threw snowballs at them. Miller's version of this affair was .entirely different from that of the rest of tlie witnesses and he was told so without any mincing of words yesterday afternoon. It struck the men as rather strange why Miller's version of the affair should differ so radically from' the story told by the rest of the spectators. It only served to further prove the men's suspicions were correct. It Is a singular coincidence that Miller-was the only man whom Manager Sewell ever discharged for offensive personalities. This occurred some, time ago. Miller got into 1he habit of call ing Manager Sewell all the slanderous and vile names' In the decalogue. They reached the ears ' of Manager Sewell, but he paid no attention to them. , He was man of the world enough to know that he could not' - please everybody, moreover the men who worked at his direction, and he -thought that in time Miller's abuse would cease. Bur seem ingly it did not and he was discharged. Afterwards Mr Sewell remarked to the writer of this article: "Did he think I wouldn t hear what he was saying? Well, I guess he found himself , mis taken." ' Miller since thenhad a great regard for - Manager SeweJI. and no doubt, it was to prove this feeling for the manager that he Informed on his fellow strikers and finally deserted them. He Js to be paid his price, bow ever. ; Instead of - his old position as conductor he has been promoted to in spector. ... , Miller, last night, was fine.1 .155(1 und ms rauure to pay It resulted In his eTrnnlH'.nn . Tv. I c ,r 4-1, : i i ,Trni5 mt: uiUHL eXCUC- ing incident that happened yesterday. Last night it was the talk of the town. " - : -. But there were -several other mis haps and the officials of the company spent an anxious evening. It has several times been stated by officers of the company, that tha non-union men are all well informed trolley men. Last night's incidents went to snow otherwise. , A car got sta'led on ii,ast Main street in . the .evening and it was thought that something serious had happened. Investigation showed that the car had stopped ow ing to a conflict of the current in' the overhead wire. The conductor should have known how to get out of this tangle, but he knew not, the. first, par tide of information about it and he Was held Hip until another car went to his assistance, v 1 ' : Another car was held ; by a burned out fuse on the Oakville line. The conductor "felt he was out '. in " the woods without any means of sending word 'for assistance. A "chaser" had to be sent after him to bring him home. , PUETENDEU REPULSED. Madrid, Jan 29. A dispatch to the Imparcial from , Tangier announces that Bu Ilamara, the pretender to the throne of Morocco,' has been repulsed and is retreating rapidiw. it was an nounced from Madrid last night that the-Spanish government" had received news that the Moorish pretender was advancing to attack Fez. , BRIDGEPORT ECHOES. Trolleymen's Union in Session 1 Early To-Day Waterbury fT Strike 'Subject of Dis cussion 2$c Assess ment Voted Down. -'.. . i ' -. - The Bridgeport papers of yester3ay's dale con taibed accounts of an ominous character. They implied that the trol ley employes of that town were to hold "an important meeting" in the even ing and that the business to be dis cussed was the question of striking in sympathy with the local situation. Part of the Standard's account is as follows: . - ; "Considerable Importance is. attach ed , to a special meeting of s the , local branch of the Amalgamated Associa tion )f Street Railway; Iimployes, which will be. held at 1 :30 "o'clock to morrow morning, in the headquarters of the Carpenters' union in the Studio building on Fairfield ' avenue. Mem bers of the union 1 are non committal concerning the object of the" meeting, which is to be believed for the purpose of discussing the Waterbury strike. , "In Waterbury the conductors and motormen are employed by the Connec ticnt Railway A and ' Lighting com pany, which controls the trolley lines iir- this ' city and vicinity. Non-union workmen have replaced the strikers and the company is operating its lines. The- strikers are running 'buses and a settlement of the difficulty seems re mote, as all negotiations toward that end have been abandoned." The Telegram-XJnlon of this morning says: "This morning shortly after 2 o'clock the local: trolleymen's union met' at their headquarters in the Stu dio building on Fairfield avenue, but seemed to be in no hurry ' about the consideration of matters which it is said are to be taken up for action. Those questioned previous to entering the hall were reticent and no informa tion of a reliable nature aa to the ob ject of the gathering, could oe gleaned. That the Waterbury situation was to be discused, however, was not denied. On the outside it was said that positive action would, be taken, but those in a position to know would neither affirm or'deriy the assertion. "At 3:30 this morning the union was still in session and all efforts to ob tain Information, were met with the reply: 'We will be in session for quite; a long time yet and cannot say now what Ave will do.' " Mr Collins, a member of the local ex ecutive committee," saicfthis" morning that he had no knowledge, of what the above meeting was called for. Bridgeport, Jan 29. The trolley men s union held a meeting to-day and a motion to levy an assessment of. twenty-five cents , a man for the benefit of the striking trolley men , of Waterbury was voted down. A com niittee which was appointed last .week to wait upon Mr Sewell and ask that he recognize the union reported that they, had not complied with the vote of the union. The North Main street line was op crated last evening, and soon, it is said, the -whole system will be running nights. ' 1 ' The. national organizer of the Amal gamated Street Railway employes, Mr Weed of Lynn, was in town last even ing and it is said his presence bodes some new action on the part of the strikers. . There were rumors of as sistance coming from the trolley, men in Bridgeport, and it was said Mr Weed's presence . was . coupled with that report. -.'; : , -I ; .. i - POISONED TnE COFFEE. - Two Young Children Only Ones Who 'Did Not Drink Some. Louisville, Ky, Jan 29. As a result of having drunk coffee ? containing a poi sonous drug administered by some one whose object, according to the mem bers of the family, was wiholesale mur der, Mrs Nancy Birch, Mrs Laura Fea man, her daughter, Mrs Birch Cooper, her granddaughiter, two , guests,. Mrs Emma-Ware of vlouisville and Miss Frank Canon of Owensboro, and Racb ael Davis, a colored servant, are ill at the residence of Mrs Birch, east of this citys Mrs Birch and Mrs Feaman are not expected to live. The entire family, with the exception of Birch Cooper, 5 years of age, Mrs Birqh's grandson, and Philip Feaman, a godson, about 6 years old, drank the coffee.. - "Mrs Birch is the widow of George Birch, fpr years president of the stock yards, who left her ,an estate Valued at about $300,000, to be divided equally among Mrs Birch's children or grand children at her death. ' , Onicers are at work on the case. , MENINGITIS CAUSED DEATH. Dr Hoyt Published Many Verses for Religious Publications. Chica go, Jan 20. The Rev Charles S. Hoyt, for nearly 15 years pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Oak Park, died last night of meningitis. Before assuming charge of the Oak Park church Mr Hoyt had lien pastor of the old Westminster church of Chi cago for tour years. He was 48 years old ami a native of Auburn, N. Y. For six years he occupied a chair In the Robert college at Constantinople, Turkey. . . Many verses by Dr Hoyt have been published ' in magazines and religious publications. " He . Is survived ; by a ldow and three children. ' , COLLISION IN HARBOR. New York, Jan 20. The railroad tug New York Central No 8 while rounding the Battery to-day collided with the Liberty Island ferry Liberty at the latter's landing. The ferry was struck on the port stem and a large hole was cut in her below the water line, $io one was hurt ? PEARSALLVILLE STORY. . : Trolley Conductor Solicited Pas sengers Given a Call by a Man He Asked to Ride Woman Said to Have,.; v Left the Car. , ' Here Is a story which was told to a Democrat reporter at noon to-day. it was brought to the office by a person who claimed to have been on tlie ground when tbe . incident occurred. We give it just as it came to us as follows: "This morning, while a trol ley car was standing at the terminus of the North Main street lme, and while a few, people wero;waiting for a 'bus wTii ion in h is work I a : man was hailed by the trouey conauexor and asked why he didn't get on and ride."' This is not tlie kind of language the conductor is said to have used, but it will answer for the purpose. The fellow on the 'street talked back: and for a time things looked like a scrap, but as the car Was not moving and the gentleman from . the "Klondike ' kept pushing his way forward, pretty soon the distance between tne men oecame so far that they couldn't hear" each other. There was one passenger in the car, a lady who lives in Pearsallsville and works not far from the Nauga tuck station; After the car started the conductor went inside and engaged the lone, passenger in conversation. She didn't appear to take much stock in what he had to say and is reported acting as though she wanted to getj out and walk; ; Well, j to make a long story short, and avoid saying thing that wouldn't look just right in print; the lady, is said to have left the car at Division street and footed It all tne way to ,where she , Is , employed. If Mr SeAvell cares to inquire into . this matter he cau learn the name, of the young woman who is reported to have been in the car by calling at the Demo crat office. ' " , ' . The-" conductor who was drunk on the Oakville line the other night has been discharged. -, ' y- J It is said that when the strike is set tled, if : it ever Is, that there will be three or four inspectors instead of one. Inspector Missel says that three or four spec(ors are required for such a large line.',- ,v '.'::": 'U ::, ,',::v. , It is. reported that Detective Farrell, who has charge of the strike breakers. Jieft yesterday for New. York, or some other place, t bring some more strike, breakers here... The ranks of-the occu pants at the Ilotel de Sewell have been diminished Considerably -ot late by de sertions aud discharges. " r Only two cars went up North Main street this . noon. Before the strike half a dozen used to make this trip, and everyone of them .was always load ed from stem to stern. Half a- car mld carry ' all the passengers - that were in the two this noon and' then they would i.ave plenty ot room. , ? 1 There 'is no truth In the report that Miller was atacked last night. He was on Exchange place this afternoon With a , number tof the non-union men and bore no signs of a beating. The report was tnat ne was assailed in the ooice of a 'hotel and given a terrible drub-. bing. ! ' A WATCHFUL ENGINEER. 1 Just Starting on a Long. Run When He ' Discovered a Broken Axle. , Saybrook, Jan . 29. A serious acci dent, was, probably averted here at 3 o'clock by the watchfulness of the en gineer of the midnight express from New York to Boston. i . Train No 2, leaving New - York at midnight bound for Boston, over the Shore line division of the New York, New Haven & Hartford railroad was slightly delayed at this junction by a freight train, No.562. The delay was but for two or three minutes, and when the express, made, up entirely of sleep- iu& vui-8, - suineu up again, tne engi neer, William Knapp, discovered that something was wrong. Upon investi gation he found that a journal on the rear, axle of the tender had become hot and had cracked the axle.". The engine was immediate! v tnVon (from train 5G2 and attached to the ex- f'es8 proceeded with a delay ,? but about ten minutes. Not one of tne passengers In the skrww nc aware of the accident. ( 'Had the train after starting been run at full speed a slight jar would have derailed the engine and a fatal accident occurred. , FORMER SENATOR DEAD. Had Always Been Prominent in Re publican Politics. Seattle, Wash, Jan 29.-Jon Beard j-meu, aurmer united states senator irom vvasmngton,- died suddenly last night at his residence here of ansina pectoris. Senator Allen was' .born' at Craw fordsville, Ind, in 1S45, and came west while yet a, young man. He always had been prominent in republican poli tics in the northwest. In 188S he was elected territorial delegate to congress, and upon the iidmission of Washing ton as a state In , 1889 .was chosen as one of the first United States senators during the short term, v . In 1893 lie was a candidate for re election, but the legislature was dead locked. He always had been promi nently mentioned before subsequent legislatures as a candidate and had been receiving the support, of a small number during the present session. He leaves a widow, two daughters and two sons.' - - ,- NO TRUTH IN REPORT. ' Madrid, Jan 29. There is no truth In the report, published in the United States by a news agency yesterday. that fifty persons were missing as the result of the overflowing of the river at Caparoso.' The flood occurred Jan nary 21 and there was no loss of 'life. THE DAILY STATEMENT. Strikers Look on Bright Side and Are Relieved to be Rid of f Miller His Dropping Out Cements Union ' More Strongly The following statement was issued by the strikers' executive committee this afternoon: ' . ' To-day, the nineteenth day of our strike, finds our ranks . diminished by one As the removal of a defective link and (the binding together of the staple ones makes the chain a trifle smaller but-stronger than ever, so the removal of Frank J. Miller from our ranks, r instead of weakening our un - v, gicc, una uvuuu 111c men uimp viuacjijr together. We expelled Miller , from our union yesterday afternoon . and Imposed a fine of $50 upon him. This means that he wili have a $50 fine hanging over his head If he ever agahi attempts to join a labor organization. It is not our intention to abuse Mil ler or criticise him for the way he has acted- since the.; strike began. We Were going to expel - him about ten days ago, but he appeared so penitent that he was given anotber, chance. We liave felt it necessary not to trust him in the slightest degree and have even had him watched between meeting hours. By this means we gathered sufficient evidence to convict him of violating the obligations he took as a member of pur union and yesterday af ternoon expelled him. We now feel that we can safely , transact our busi ness without fear of having our doings reported to the company. Miller made . no, delay, in : getting back into the arms of the company after his ex pulsion, v And the company was so overjoyed on the return of the sort of a 'man . that President Eliot of Har vard college, describes as, a "hero" that they elevated him to the position of a whistling car-staf ter In Exchange place. Miller consciebce may not trouble him over his , action, but we doubt it. '.- -ji . , i 4 :; ; Accidents and undesirable incidents keep going on merrily with the experi enced (?) gentlemen ; at present run ning the cars. . Last evening it - was reported that a car was stalled on one of the lines with a fuse burned out In vestigation on our part broughtout the-informaton that two of the strike breakers foun(? it Impossible to ass a certain saloon Without" stopping and imbibing. They became so Interested on one of ; those visits that they forgot about their car and a tracer was sent ojit by the company to tow them home. That's the story of the burned out fuse, i This mornjng, on the. Oak ville line, a team which was obliged to go upon the track to avoid another vehicle, was. crashed into with, the re sult that the occupants were badly In jured and the wagon demolished. The car was going tit an illegal rate of speed at the time. ,.We presume tlie newspapers will give a more detailed account of this accident to-day." ; Despite the volunteered information nf he romnanv's officials that our 'bus un wna kvovi wnv "for na m riron 'money (and. we haven't $100,000 to drop, either) we can, assure the public that our "overland" system Is a big success. ; me aemanas maue upon us from - our friends all oveY the city have almost staggered us with our present paraphernalia, but with a lit tle patience on the part of our patrons we hope to be soon running a system that will accommodate the greatest number possible. ' v - - V v . SURVIVORS LANDED. Men of the ' Burned Veronica Who Were Picked Up At Sea. Liverpool, .Jan .29. The British steamer Brttnswick, Captaiu Brown, from Maranham, Brazil, via Funchal, island of Madoria, arrived here to-day and landed five survivors of the Brit ish bark Veronica, Captain Shaw, from Ship Island, Miss, October 0 for Montevideo, who were picked up at sea by. the Brunswick before : arriving at Funchal.- Tlie men reported that the Veronica was burned -at sea De cember 20 but that police have detain ed four of them on suspicion of having mutinied and murdered Captain Shaw and seven of the crew of the Veroni ca, after which they are alleged to have set fire, to the ship. Vs' ' ; :, The cook of the Veronica, a colored man, who was among those rescued by the Brunswick, made a statement to Captain Brown which caused him to cable to Scotland Yard. 1 ', " Wiien questioned bere the four sea men said .the. Veronica wtag 'abandoned because she was on Are - Thev nHrftwi that the chief oflicer and a sealtaandied on board of her, that Captain Shaw and some-of the crew left in one boat, and that they (the men brought here by the Brunswick)" left the bark in another boat and succeeded in reaching Cajucira Island, December 25, In a Starving condition, after drifting for five days, during Which they subsisted on eleven biscuits and a small barrel of water. Three days later tlie men were picked up by the Brunswick. The cook, however, asserts that the men, led by the .boatswain, a German, mutinied and murdered the captain. chief officer and others, and threatened lo kill him if ho betrayed them-: RECEIVED IN AUDIENCE. Berne, Switzerland, Jan 29. Arthur S. Hardy, the retiring United States minister to Switzerland, was received in audience by the president. Dr Deucher. to-day, and handed him his letters of recall. MAJOR GLENN ACQUITTED. Manila, Jan 29. Major Edwin F. filenn of the Fifth infantry, who was tried bv courtmartial on the charge of unlawfully killing prisoners of war, has been acquitted. MILLER TELLS WHY. Offered Good Position and Took It Says His Sympathies Are with Strikers, but Can Not Live on $14 for -' Three Weeks. Tdie chief subject of conversation about the city to-day was the desertion from the strikers' ranks of Frank Mil ler and his return to the employ of the trolley company to fill a better and more lucrative position. - Of course his action Is disapproved of by the public In general and many uncomplimentary things have been said about him to day. A Democrat reporter had an in terview with Mr Miller shortly after l o'clock at his home. -C Grove court He spoke as follows: Of course I know I am running big chiinces in returning to work, but I look at it in a better light.'1 TThree months ago. Mr Wales told me that there was a better joib in store for me. for Mr Sewell had been speaking to him about, it and said that I was deserving of .it owing to my term of employment with -the com pany.- I ha.ve been . working for the company, for about ' thirteen years. When the strike was ordered I went out with the rest of the men, although I didn't like some of the things con nected with it. When I went out on strike ,1 said that Iwouldn't go back on the cars a.s a motorman or; conduc tor, and I haven't and I don't Intend to. Yesterday morning Mr Sewell told; me that he was going to put on a new man to be starter in the center. He said that as he had told Mr Wales some time ago that he would give me a bet ter position, he had. decided to offer me this one. : I couw .accept or decline as I saw flt. If I declined the would se cure somebody - else. There has been need of finch ; a ' man for ; some time, especially now, ' when there y are so many green hands pn the cars. He told me that I couad bave a day or two to consider the offer and that he had.no Intention of forcing me Into accepting it. I considered 1 the matter all day, and at 4 o'clock I decided to take It. My wife and I cannot live on $14 for three : weeks. That's all the money , I have received since the strike began. In ; accepting tbis position I :. do not tjhlnk that l am violating my word wltb the union. : When I went , out I told them that I wouldn't go on the cars and l won'tand I told Mr Sewell go. Yesterday , afternoon about. 4 o'clock T went, down to the headquarr ters of tlie union and' I saw President Ba?rett and thev members of the ex ecutive committee, and I toid Mr Bar rett that he knew of the;pronilse of the position to me and" that I would be out of: it altogether if I didn't ac cept It now, I told them that I hadn't given out any tiling against the' union and that I wouldn't, and I begged of them to accept my proposition and to allow me to return to work. I consid er this request no more than" fair, as I knew that a member of the union, waa night foreman at the car barns and he has been working throughout the strike, They wouldn't accept my pro posal. - They talked to me, they coaxed me and tjiey threatened me indirectly. But I had made up my mind that I would take the position and ; I ' have done so..; I started in at 7:30. - I know that I toave already been and .will be harshly criticized for my action, but. I look at it from the standpoint that I have a family to support." V," ' ; J Mr Miler was asked if . the report was' true that lie bad been assaulted last night, and he replied in the nega tive. "I suppose some persons may a tempt goMHrthing of that. nature, but I will always be on the lookout, and as I know nearly everybody in the city it will be easy for me to identify my assailants. ; I have nothing but the best of wishes for the strikers." BURIED IN RUINS. Terrific Explosion at . Packing Com pany's Plant This -Morning. Fort . Wayne, Ind, Jan 29, An ex plosion at the Eckart Packing com pany's plant this morning buried a dozen men in the ruins, all of whom were injured, some, it -is believed, fa tally. Several are yet imprisoned in the wreckage. A large part of the plant was destroyed and a fire follow ed the explosion. ' - --,'-' - Two bodies have already been taken from the Eckhart plant and others are still in the ruins. Four injured taken to the hospital are believed fatally hurt It is not known whether tlie explosion was due to natural gas or ammonia, large quantities of which were stored in the part of the plant where the ex plosion occurred. ; VENEZUELA AFFAIR DISCUSSKD Washington, Ja,n 29. The Venwue J.i ufituatioii and especially tho atti tude of Germany was discuss : i tn-dny bv the senate committee on military affairs. ' The committee provided for an increase of electricians, skilled gunners, machinists and others who take care of or handle guns on coast defenses. The - conclusion. was reached as stated by member of the committee that the United States should' make it plain that the honor and dignity of this country would be maintained and that Germany should not be allowed to bluff this govern ment b3r any attitude" she might assume.- - : " - AFTERNOON SESSION. Philadelphia, Jan 29. At the - open ing ft tlie afternoon strike session, At torney Wolverton for the Reading Co aunSunced that a conference held dur ing the noon rwess between John Veifch,; general idning superintendent of the Reading Co, and George W. Harllein, secretary of district No 0 of the miners' union It was agreed that the weighing of coal in the ninth dis trict which takes in- all of the southern coal fields Is impracticable because of the pitching of the veins. This settles as far as the lower fields are' con cerned one of th enrlnclnal -issues In J dispute in the otiier two x-eglons. BILL TO ELECT II, . Representative Cross Would Amend The Constitution. So That Each Town May Elect Local Police Onicers This Was McKinley Day in the ' Legislature A. M. , Guernsey of Thomas ton Confirmed as '. Commissioner for XdtebfieM County. - Hartford, Jan 29.-This was McTvln ley day in the legislature and .Chap-' lain Hayes paid 'an eloquent tribute to the murdered president j and. re ferred also to the memory of ex-Mayor Hewitt of New York and ex-Governor Charles - R. Ingersoll of New Ha ven; The desks of ? the members were jdeeorated with flags. Thd old question as to whether members of the legislature should re ceive civic appointments came up to day on the nomination . of Howard M. Guernsey, of rThomaston for county commissioner in Lltchfield county. A severe " attack was- made upon it by Mr Hubbard of Litchfield, but the nomination was confirmed. - . " : Mr Cross of Waterbury. presented a constitutional amendment to the ef fect that '"each town shall annually or bi-annually, .as the, electors' of ths town t may determine,' elect selectmeir and snch onicers of 'the local police ai the laws may prescribe.". . Just before adjournment cam's an unexpected factional flurry ' when Mt . Gruener of New Haven presented some resolutions placing this state In line for the passage of a national bill Increasing the efficiency of the. United States navy.' He asked fpr a suspen sion of the rules s6 that action on th measure might be taken at once. . 'Mr Donovan of Norwalk objected at once, stating that It was presumption on the part of a Connecticut legisla ture to dictate to' congress on such a measure. On a. rising rote Mr Dono-; van's objection Was sustained, the re publicans ; securing only 74 out of a necessary 84, the democrats getting 48. The resolution was referred In the usual coursejto. the committee on federal relations. The house at 1 o'clock adjourned to Tuesday at 12:30. . - ' ANSONIA JUDGES. nhrtford, Jan 29. The rcpubljicsTt of New Haven county at a caucus 'held to-day renominated George C. Bryant and Reuben H. Tucker as judge and deputy judge respectively , of the city court of Ansonla. -r t.rT t 'A tr tilt rfmT k nvf i . "Hartford, Jan 29. In the senate to day Senator Walsh of 'the Judiciary committee reported favorably for the committee on the license bill repealing the liquor license law which prohibit the grantin g of licenses . to applicants whose ; places : of business are within 200 feet of a public school, church ot public building. ' . FOG BOUND AT BOSTON Trains Behind Time Because Engl ;'? neers Couldn't See Signals. Boston, Jan 29.-Rallroad traffic anif shipping were; still; fog. bound;'early to-day and there was much inconven ience to business i in 5 consequence. Trains on . all the. railroads entering Boston were behind time,' due to the inability of engineers to' observe sig nal lights' until ' close upon them. At times half a dozen trains were practi cally . stalled at different points. In the harbor navigation had to bo carried, oh with the greatest ' care. Few vessels entered or left the port during the early nours. The' fog continued well Into the foro noon; but by 10 o'clock conditions had Improved , and the atmosphere, was much clearer. CITY KEWST x A son was born this morning to Tr and Mrs ratriclc Hennessey of the Middlebury road. . , Special forecast for Connecticut Rain to-night; Friday fair- and colder fresh easterly winds winds shifting to south and becoming brisk to high. William Devoy wa8 arrested thl morning on a warrant charging him with breach of the peace. This after, noon James Finley: was arrested for creating a disturbance in his mother's home. .-. 'K:-'-:" . ,,: Henry .AY Larson died at the Water bury hospital last night where he had hiwn f or .the nast two weeks ill with typhoid fever, He leaves a wife in Sweden. His age ; was Ane n 'neral will take place from Hall Me morial chapel at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon. Fred E. Benham who keeps a livery stable on North Elm street lost a team this morning. Martin Moore, a grocei on North square was accustomed tc use . a team every morning in getting, his orders. Yesterday he gave a boy about 17 years old a ride, and the boy laughingly remarked that ' ho would like to steal a team and ride to New York. On his rounds this morning Ivs met the boy as he was leaving the Jtcaia outside a customers jdoor and When ha came out the team and boy were gone. The horse is of a sorrel color and the wagon, a Concord make. N v A horse belonging to Adam Faber ot Waterville caught the caulk of one of Ha Rhnesi in the flancre- of tho trolloV rail in Exchange place this afternoon and came down, smashing one of tho shafts of the carriage and cutting. thi hoof quite badly. A similar accident hsronened abont a week ago In tho same spot with a horse belonging to J. D. Dewell & Co. In tne latter case the horse pulled off a new shoe ant In this way managed to avoid taking tumlle.