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ARE MOVING ON VENEZUELA
ENGLAND NOW JOINS HANDS WITH GERMANY Both Powers Will Soon Have Warships Enough on the Scene to Enforce Their Demands Against tee South American Repnbllc. London Great Britain and Germany, according to official statements made, have commenced punitive measues against Venezuela. German war ves sels, it is stated, are already on the scene of the contemplated action and Great Britain expects to have a squadon there capable of coping with any resistance that Venezuela might offer soon. Meanwhile the Associated Press cor respondent is informed that no definite answer has yet been received from "Washington by the financiers who wish to bring about a pacific settlement. An important communication one way ' or the other is expected from Wash ington. If the United States is will ing to- guarantee Us moral support to tho request thali Venezuela be allowed time to fulfill the suggested bargain, the plans thereof will at once be submitted to the British foreign office. If Washington refuses to suggest to the European powers that Venezuela bo allowed time, it is probablo that the financial houses now interested will drop the plan alto gether. In the latter alternative the Venezuelan delegation is likely to submit the suggested settlement to the British and German Governments, with an application for time to admit of their entering into negotiations with other financial inteicsts, The Venezuelan delegates maintain that their status has been seriously affected by the adoption of the aggres sive measures announced, but they declare that it would bo obviously bad policy in spite of the critical position of their country to make any sugges tion to Europe until the attitude of the United States, both as a joint creditor and a largely interested politi cal power, has been ascertained. The Associated Press correspondent is in a position to stale that Venezuela -offers the payment on a unified loan of over $3. 000,000. interest yearly; guaranteed by the customs, with the establishment of a European bank at Caracas to superintend tho collection. The whole plan is on a basis similar to that on which Brazil serves its European creditors. If such a method is now followed, the Venezuelan dele gation maintains, all claims can eventually bo met, whereas it alleges, that a tompornry stoppage of thefcus toms would so disturb the commerce of the country as to practicallly render it impossible to satisfy the European bondholders and would bring with it vthe danger of another revolution. JU1 these dctailn are still unknown to tho powers who have ordered their warships to Venezuela. In spite of the announcement of joint action by 'Great Britian and Germany, tho Brit iish ministry exhibits not a little per plexity over tho Berlin dispatch of December 1, announcing that President Castro had handed tithe German min ister a written acceptance of a part of Germany's claims, sufficiently compre hensive to delay ttie presentation of a joint ultimptum by Germany and Great Britian if not rendering it alto gether unnecessary and also stating that it was understood that Great Britian's demands would be satisfied. Not the slightest official information to this effect has reachod Loudon. Washington Notes A joint resolution providing for a (Commission to investigate the pension laws has been introduced in the Senate by Mr. Scott of West Viiginia. The House Committee on Appropria tions has agreed on tho Pensions Ap propriation Bill. H appropriates $139,847,000, which is 15370 more than for the current year. The President has denied tho appli cation for pardon made on behalf of J. M. McKuight, who was convicted of embezzling the funds of the German National Bank of Louisville, while its president. F. M. Newell, hydrographer of the Geological Survey, gave testimony before the Senate Committee on Ter ritories concerning the lands in the Territories of Arizona and New Mex ico which are capable of being made productive by irrigation. A statement prepared by Assistant Commissioner Richards of the General Land Office, shows that 0,109,039 acres of land were disposed ot by the gov ernment during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, tho receipts there from aggregating $2.(515,080, an in crease of 000,978 acres in area and $1,184,910 in receipts over the first quarter of the last fiscal year. Tho United States Naval Observatory reports that W. W. Dinwiddie, one of its staff, observed the comet discovered by Giacominia at Nice, Tuesday. The observation was made here at mean time 12 lira. 32 min., right ascension 7 his. 17 min. 25 sec, southern declina tion 1 deg. 50 min. The comet is nearly on a straight line joining Trocyon and Sirius and is about one third of tho distance from Trocyon to Sirius. Tho comet is moving northwest. MINERS SWING ABOVE TORRENT Shasta County Men Narrowly Escape From Death Tom IIaskiii8 and John Cleone, miners employed at the old Calumet mine, across tho Sacramento River, eight miles north of Redding, had a thrilling experience. Ilaekins and Cleone had boarded the cage on the wire cable across, the river, the only way of- getting to the other side. Tho man at the mine end of the cable turned the machinery that oper ated the cage loose and the trip across '"as begun. When the cage reached the middle of the stream;the pulley on the cable snapped and the cage was stopped in midair, thirty feet over the raging waters of the river. A steady rain was falling and the miners, swinging over the flood below, were in danger each minute of over balancing the cage and being flung headlong into the water. The cage is not provided with sides or ends, it being a square board with chains attached to the four corners and coupled together at' the cable. James Thompson, the man at the cable windlass, proved the hero of the hour. He realized the miner's peri lous position and crawled out over the cable, risking his own life, and at tached a hook to the cage. He then crawled back to the furtlir shore, drawing the cage, with its living freight, with him. Had it not been for Thompson the miners would un doubtedly have perished. CUBAN TREATY TO BE APPROVED Senate is Ready to Sanction the Re ciprocity Measure Washington President Roosevelt' is assured that if the negotiations with Cuba for a reciprocity treaty are con cluded satisfactorily by tho State De partment the treaty will be ratified by the Senate during the present session. The latest advioes from Minister Squires, dated a few days ago, were to the effect that in his judgment the treaty would be completed and ready for signature in the course of three or four days. It is understood that the treaty does not differ materially from the outline draft which was prepared here. While many Senators were and still are opposed to direct legislation bv Congress on the subject of Cuban reciprocity, some of them at least, and perhaps a majority among the Re publicans, would vote to ratify a rea sonable reciprocity treaty. Senator Elkins, who led the anti Cuban reciprocity forces in the Senate during the last session ,of Congress, today informed President Roosevelt that lie would support a proper Cuban reciprocity treaty and expressed the belief that such a treaty would be ratified by the Senate soon after its pre sentation. Such a solution of the com mercial obligations of the United States to Cuba would be entirely satis factory to Elkins and many of his Senatorial colleagues, who opposed the enactment of direct legislation because they feared such actions would open up a tariff controversy, which, in the rview of strong advocates of the protection system, might prove em barrassing if not dangerous to the Republicans. The President, it is understood, had received assurances from other Sen ators, who last spring opposed recipro city legislation, that they will support by voice and vote a Cuban reciprocity treaty. MILITIA SYSTEM TO BE IMPROVED Senate Committee Will Report Favor ably on House Bill On the strength of Secretary Root's opinion that tho militia reorganization billrpassed by tho House at the last session was better than no legislation at all, the Senate Committee on Mili tary Affairs voted unanimously to re jpoit it without amendment. There seems to be on opposition to it and it j will undoubtedly become a law. Secre tary Root thinks that, while not per fect the House bill had better bepassed at once, as it will be a long step toward the necessary reorganization of the militia system. The bill provides that the militia shall consist of able bodied citizens of the States and Terri tories and the District of Colombia, and shall be known as National Guards, or such other designation as various laws may provide. There shall also he the National Volunter reserve and the remainder of the State military organization shall be known as the reserve militia. Officers of the government are exempted from militia duty. The rules and regulations shall be thoso of tho regular army. In time of war or threatened invasion it shall bejlawful for the President to call such militia forth for a period not exceed ing nine months and be may in his discretion apportion them according to population. Pay shall commence the day of the appearance at tho company redezvous. Provision is also made for the Secretary of War to issue on re quisition of Governors the necessary arms. Altogether there are twenty seven sections of the bill and it goes into detail as to the exact standing of all State militia organizations. An Advance in Wages The Deleware, Lackawanna and Western railroad company purposes a substantial increase of pay to em ployes in the various departments, notwithstanding the rates paid by this road since 1898 have not been exceeded by any road in the east. All branches of the service and practically all the employes will be affected. Hundreds of Sheep Poisoned Word from the Pavnes Creek district in Yuba county says 435 dead sheep have been discovered, death having been caused by poisonous matter in vegetation.' Several similar ce ports came from other places, though no loss, has been so heavy. Sheepmen are puzzled to locate the poison, and will apply to the State university for ex pert assistance. SIX DEAD, MANY HURT Fngine and Coaches Plunge Down Enbankment The worst train wreck in the history of the Inter-colonial, he Canadian govemmont railroad, happened at noon Sundey, at Belmont station, sev enty miles from Halifax, when the Canadian Pacific express from Montreal rolled down an enbankment, killing at least six persons, injuring a score of others, qnd completely wrecking the locomotive, the postal, express and baggage cars, and several passenger coaches. Six bodies thus far have been recovered from the wreck, and one besides that of the engineer has been identified. The dead are Samuel Trives, engine driver, Truro, N. S., W. B. McDonald, merchant of Glas gow, N. S., an unidentified woman and three unidentified men. One of the injured, William Ken nedy, of Black Rock, N. F. will die, and several others aro.believcd to be in a serious condition. The dining car conductor, two express messengers and two brakemen are very seriously in jured. The fireman was hurled through the window of the cab and picked up in an adjoining field practically unhurt. A number of passengers were destined for American points. The accident was caused by the pilot becoming loose and falling in front of tho engine, which was thrown from the rails. The engine was completely wrecked and the cars next in the make up were telescoped by those in the rear. Engineer Trives was killed at his post, the only member of the train crew to lose his life. The colonist car ran under the baggage car, and the top was cut off the full length down to the windows. Everybody in this car was either killed or injured. To add to the suffering of the injured tho weather was bitterly cold and it was hours before help arrived. Disorderly Troops Manila The disorderly character of some of the discharged soldiers who are going home on the transport Logan has led General Davis to order a com pany of infantry aboard to act as a special guard. The guard will accom pany the transport to San Francisco and then return here. The Logan sails on December 15, and carries the re mainder of the men discharged under the reduction order. Chinese May Enter Custom Collector Shuster rules that Chinese residing in the United States may enter the Philippines. His de cision says: "Any Chinese legally resident in the mainland territory of the United States is entitled to enter the Philippines irrespective of class or occupation provided that he comes by a reasonably direct route and uses dil igence in coming." Sugar Advances in Price The Western Sugar Refining Com pany has sent out circulars to all the wholesale grocery houses in California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington, noti fying them that until further notice the price of all grades of refined sugar would stand advanced 40 cents per hundred pounds. All grades of refined sugar were advanced 10 points in New York an action, which, apparently, caused the- increase of prices in San Francisco.