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vol. xxvi.
NO. 51
rident at the Metropolitan Opera
Panic In the Vast Audience Prevented by
Presence of Mind of the Chorus and
the Eames; Persuas o i of Heinrich Conrled
?Bridge Used in thc First Act of "Carmen"
New York (Special).?By the break?
ing of a bridge over the stage in the
Metropolitan Opera House, at Fortieth
street and Broadway, during a perform?
ance of "Carmen," nine persons who
were beneath it were injured, a few of
them seriously.
Notwithstanding the fact that the
accident occurred in full view of an
audience that filled every teal in the
vast auditorium, there was not the slight?
est semblance of a panic, and after a
few minutes' delay the performance was
continued minus thc bridge and the in?
jured people.
Ambulances responded to hurry calls
from the New York, Bellevue and
Roosevelt ho-pital-; and the injured were
taken to those institutions for treatment.
Frank Palmer, the stage carpenter,
was arrested, charged with negligenc-',
but at thc request of thc management
of the opera house he was permitted to
return to the theater until the conclu?
sion of the performance.
The accident occurred ten minutes
after the curtain had been rung up on
the opening act. The act was at that
time well filled with chorus girls and
several of the principals. Everything
was proceeding along smoothly, when
suddenly a creaking noise was heard,
instantly followed hy a crash.
The bridge upon which were stand?
ing seven men, participants in the scene,
had broken in the middle and the dis?
puted end? smashed into the chorus
he stage below, piling in a heap
on each <ide of them,
was confusion on the stage; but
for a moment. The great asbestos l
ain was hurriedly rung down, shut- j
lg everything from the view of the
Uotence. Herr Conned, the director of |
Opera House, was in his box wit- I
newsing the performance. He jumped.'
on the stage in front of the fireproof
curtain, and moving over to the censer,
raided his hand in warning and showed:
"My friends, we have had an accident
here, but it is nott serious. A ww have
been injured, but moue very ioadly. Per?
haps some of them are moire scared than
hurt. The perfotyiianejf-will be resumed
in a few t^rnrite*s."
Hon ri ed's reassuring words were
necessary, for, with the exception
?f ?fi few nervous women, the audience
uained perfectly calm.
Tn fact, it appeared as though many
of those who were present considered
the breaking of the bridge as an innova?
tion included in the presentation of the
opera. A few minutes later the major
part of the male portion of the ^dience
was gathered in the lobby discussing the
accident over cigars and cigarettes, while
the feminine portion was betting boxes
of candy with each other as to the length
of time that it would take to clear the
After a delay of about half an hour,
during which period the broken bridge
was torn down and the injured carried
away, the curtain went up again and thc
performance proceeded.
One of the peculiar features of the
accident was that the seven men on the
bridge when it collapsed were absolutely
unhurt, although somewhat shaken up.
When seen shortly after the accident
Herr Conreid said:
"I have made a hasty examination of
the bridge, and, while my conclusions are
not definite, I am of the opinion that
there was a flaw in the iron bar that was
placed on the balloon of the bridge to
strengthen it. In addition to the iron
bar there was thick scantling, but when
the bar gave way the scantling was not
strong enough, apparently, to sustain the
weight of the bridge and those upon it.
The bridge was practically new and
thoroughly tested shortly before the per?
formance. This test consisted of several
men jumping on it. It was all right
when the curtain went up and a flaw in
the supporting bar is the only reason I
can assign for it collapsing.
onThe verge of war.
Great Britain and Germany Nearly
Berlin (By Cable).?The National
Liberal leader, Ur. Paasche, addressing
his constituents at Creuznach, made the
astonishing statement that Germany and
Great Britain were on the verge of war
la>t week, referring evidently to the
representations which the Orman For?
eign Office made to Great Britain re?
garding a bellicose threat against Ger?
many in the Army and Navy Gazette.
Dr. Paasche's words were:
"I know with absolute certainty that
Germany and Great Britain last week
were much nearer warlike complications
than many people dream. Our diplo?
macy succeeded in averting thc danger,
though with difficulty."
Referring to the American duty on
German wines. Dr. Paasche said he had
mentioned the matter to Chancellor von
Buelo*. who had promised to do every?
thing in his power to prevent it. Never?
theless, he added, the Americans were
incensed against Germany because of
difficulties thrown in the way of the im?
portation of American goods into Ger?
man v.
Fatal Hunting Accident.
Concord, Mass. (Special).?Clarence
E. Jones, son of B. H. Jones, of the Bos?
ton banking firm of Blake Bros., was
fatally shot From a weapon in the hands
of Samuel Hoar, son of the late Samuel
Hoar. He died a few moments later.
The discharge of the tiring-piece was ac?
cidental. The boys, who were close
friends, and each 17 years of age, were
hunting muskrats on the Concord River
when the accident occurred. Jones re?
ceived a ball from a .32-caliber rifle in
the left temple.
Tba Latest Happening Condensed for Rapid
A new presentment against Bishop
Talbot, of the Central Pennsylvania ,)io
cese of the Protestant Episcopal Church,
is being prepared, lt is based mainly
on charges set forth in thc first docu?
The body of an unidentified woman
was found in a ditch at Dunning, near
Chicago. It is supposed thal the wom?
an died after an operation and that her
body was thrown into the di'ch.
The followers of Governor Peabody
in the Colorado legislature gained a
point by the passage of a resolution cre?
ating a commission of 15 members to
canvass the state's vote.
An agreement has been signed be?
tween the Chicago Railway Company
and its employes by which they agree
to resort to and abide by arbitration to
settle differences.
In his message to the legislature Gov?
ernor Durbin, of Indiana, dwells upon
the bribery evil and says that the tune
has come for its suppression.
II. O. Barber, former vice prcsidrtnl
of the wrecked Commercial Bank, y\
Cambridge, O., has been sentenced
the penitentiary for embezzlement.
In a freight wreck it Glencoe, on tlu
Pittsburg Division of the Baltimore am
Ohio Railroad, four unknown tramp:
were killed.
William J. Bryan delivered an ad
dress before the Jackson Club of Mern
phis, Tenn., his subject being "Watch
men of the Night."
Prof. Fred ll. Perrine, of the Eic!
Conservatory, at San Jose, Cal., ha:
discovered the sixth satellite of Jupiter
Justice Grecnbaum, of the New Yorl
State Supreme Court, denied thc appli
cation of Nan Patterson for bail.
Alfred M. Lamar, a member of lin
New York Consolidated Stock Ex
change, has been expelled.
Sing Yen, a Chinamian, was hange<
at Folsom, Cal., fop the murder of an
othei Chinaman.
Elwin C. Foster, of New Orleans, ha
been appointed receiver for the Nev
Orleans Railways Company by Judg
Lanning, 'in the United Stales Circui
The Canadian Carriage Company'
plant, at Brockville, Ont., was destroy
ed by fire, causing a loss of approximate
f ly $300,000. The insurance is $225,000.
Miss Mary Abbott, of Wateitown, Ct
I has been appointed chairman of the edu
1 cational committee of the General Fed
j elation of Woman's Clubs.
The Twentieth Century Limited aiv
a Lake Shore special collided near An
gola in the snowstorm. Eight passen
gers were slightly injured.
William L. Douglas was inaugurate
governor of Massachusetts.
In a scuffle following a quarrel abott
io cents Thomas Mooney shot and kill
ed James Dunn in Waterbury, Ct.
William T. Cobb, of Rockland, wa
inaugurated governor of Maine.
Neil S. Phelps, a capalist, of Battl
I Creek, Mich., who lost his fortune, com
j mitted suicide.
Brigadier General Nathaniel Collin
? McLean died at his home, in Bellpor
Ia, I
Henry V Poor, the railroad exper
j died at his home, in Brookline, Mas
John Mcl.ane, of Milford, was inat
j gurated governor of New Hampshir*
Prof. Albert P. Mathews, of the Un
versify of Chicago, declares that th
present creation of life has been prove
the result of purely physiological-chen
ica! reactions.
The United States Steel Corporatio
j repeated its offer to its employes to a
! low them lo subscribe on the same pla
as last year to the preferred stock.
A Baltimore and Ohio tr.'in crnshe
I into a trolley car carrying 100 wort
I men of the Cambria Steel Company ;
a street crossing in Johnstown, Pa.
The body of the woman who vii
found dead on Mount Cutler, in CoU
rado, was identified as that of Mr
Bessie Bouton, of Syracuse, N. Y.
The Massachusetts legislature ni
seated a member who is now in ja
for fraud in connection with feden
civil-service examinations.
The executive committee of the Zioi
ist organization concluded a confereiu
at Vienna after making arrangemen
for the next annual Zionist conferem
in Switzerland, nexl? July.
Count Tolstoi's son, in an article di
daring that Great Britain's constant di
sire is to embarrass Russia, says tlu
if the former forces war she will haste
her own end.
In an engagement between the Ge
man troops and the Hereros in Soutl
west Africa the natives lost heavil
many being slaughtered in a bayon
In an encounter between strikers ar
Cossacks at Balakhany, Trans-Caucasi
six strikers and one Cossack were kilW
and many persons were wounded.
Ambassador McCormick returned
St. Petersburg from his visit to tl
United States and resumed his duties
John P. Sousa and the members 1
his band arrived at Liverpool and we
guests of thc Lord Mayor.
An English jockey named Dent, ri>
ing in a novel stage production of tl
Derby in a London music hall, w;
thrown from his horse and killed.
France and Morocco have settled the
recent misunderstanding.
The refrigerating plant of a brewe:
at Coburg. Germany, collapsed und
thc weight of snow, burying nine worl
men, five of whom were killed and foi
inj ured.
The members of the Danish Cabin
have resigned owing to disagreeme
over the military situation.
A conference of the Zionist Committ
on the proposed Jewish settlemeiiK.
British East Africa is being held
The British consul's residence, on
side the city of Tangier, Morocco, Wi
attacked by insurgents .
Foreign Minister Tittoni of Ital
while on a shooting trip, was strickt
with apoplexy.
Jiu-jitsu and the American style we
compared by Japanese exoerts .
Supreme Court Hears Argument of the
Mr. Miller Attacked the Bill of the Government
as Insuffic ent in Its Failure to Allege Facts
Necessary to Constitute a Cause of Action,
and Said That the Charge s Made Are Not
Facts, But Conclusions of Law.
Washington, D. C. (Special).?Argu?
ment in the case of Swift & Co. against
thc United States, known as thc "Beef
Trust conspiracy case," was begun be?
fore the Supreme Court of the United
States by Attorney John S. Miller, of
Chicago, in behalf of the packers.
Mr. Miller attacked thc bill of the
Government as insufficient in its failure
to allege facts necessary to constitute
a cause of action, and said that thc
charges made are not facts but conclu?
sions of law; that thc commerce charged
is not interstate or foreign commerce,
and that even if it be interstate com?
merce the facts given constitute no vio?
lation of law.
lie said that an injunction had been
prayed for and secured from the United
States Circuit Court tex the Northern
District of Illinois under the Sherman
Anti-Trust act, and, quoting thc de?
cree of the court making permanent thc
injunction, Mr. Miller said it nierelv
adds the prohibition of the court to that
of Congress, leaving the packers to as?
certain whether individual acts will be
in contempt of the court's order. He
contended that the case presents an in?
terference in business such as never be?
fore has been undertaken. The charges,
he said, are of the most general char?
acter and do not specify time and place.
He did not believe, therefore, that the
charges could stand at all, and he quot?
ed the indictments in the whisky cases
to show that charges much more spe?
cific than are here made were consid?
ered insufficient.
"It is alleged," interrupted Justice
White, "that your clients' agents com?
bined to refrain from bidding in order
to put prices down, and again agreed
to pat them up. Do you think there
should have been a specification of hour
and place?"
"Yes, your Honor," responded Mr.
Miller. "If the Government had these
facts, why should it not have given
them ?"
"Did you ask for a bill of particu?
lars?" inquired Justice Harlan, and Mr.
Miller replied in the negative, saying
that th? defendants had filed a demurrer
in the case." /
Mr. Miller said that if thc packing
s^ industry could be interfered with, as
proposed in this case, the manufactur?
ing industries could be similarly regu?
lated, "and thus you will find," he add?
ed, "the Federal courts is regulating a
considerable part of the commerce of
the country "
He continued that there is no inter?
state commerce involved because the
business of the packers, including the
purchase of cattle and the sale of meat,
is confined entirely to Chicago. The
shipment, he said, is no part of the pur?
chase or sale.
Explaining the economic situation,
Mr. Miller said the demand for fresh
meat is fairly uniform and that owing
to the necessity for maintaining a prop?
er supply of an acceptable article there
should be some understanding among
the packers. This is, he said, perfectly
legitimate, and the Government itself
might properly assume this supervision.
The cattle supply is not so regular as
the demand, and to this fact he attrib?
uted the fluctuation in prices.
When Mr. Miller concluded Attorney
General Moody began. It was idle, he
said, to discuss the contention that thc
charges of the bills connected one with
another. Be that, he added, as it may,
the purpose of the suit is single and
all the separate parts of thc bill are in?
dependent for the accomplishment of
thal end. He also maintained the con?
stitutionality of the provision of the bill
asking for discovery of the books.of the
packers. .
A Gift of $50,000 to the Lebanon Valley
Lebanon, Pa., (Special).?Kervin U.
Roop, of Lebanon Valley College, Ann
ville, made announcement of the receipt
of a letter from Andrew Carnegie in
which the latter promises to give $50,000
toward erecting a greater Lebanon Val?
ley College on condition that an equal
sum is raised by the college, exclusive
of the insurance recovered on the fire
which destroyed the administration
building. The announcement was made
at a meeting of ministers and lay de
:>f j legates of the Eastern Presbyterian Con?
ference of United Brethren Church held
in United Bretr jen Church at Annvillc.
Thc purpose o the meeting was to meet
the crisis ca' sed by the burning of the
main dormitory on Christmas Eve. The
meeting resulted in pledging the $50,000.
The amount of the insurance is approxi?
mately $45,000, which will give the
trustees a total of $145,000
Mr. Carnegie last spring gave the Le?
banon Valley College $20,000 for a li?
brary building, which is now rapidly
nearing completion.
To Life Imprisonment.
Rising Sun, Ind. (Special).?James
Gillespie, convicted by a jury for the
murder of his twin sister, Elizabeth, was
sentenced by Judge Nicholas Cornet to
the penitentiary for life. A motion for
a new trial was overruled, but it was
agreed that it might be taken up at a
latter date, if necessary. Gillespie then
prayed an appeal to the Supreme Court,
which was granted, and 60 days were
given in which to file his bill of excep?
tion. 1,
A Miolster (or Morocco.
Secretary/Hay, through the Secretary
the Treasury, has asked Congress to
ipropriate $7,500 annually to provide
t an envoy extraordinary and minister
enipotentiary to Morocco. He urges
at the establishment of such a mission
lould not be delayed. Our relations
ith that country are growing, he says,
id there are possibilities for a large
durne of trade. Forcasting import
it changes in Morocco, Secretary Hay
lys that potential commercial interests
f the United States should be safe
Thc representative of fte United
tates in Morocco is a consular officer,
hile nine European powers have min?
ters who are permitted to see thc
ultan and impress him with a senr.e of
ic significance and power of the gov
rnments they represent. Thc Secretary
lys the consequence is "those who en
)y American protection in Morocco are
ot treated with that degreee of courtesy
nd justice that is accorded to those
vlv> arc under the aegis of any of the
hie European nations which have dip
imatic representatives in that country."
School for Army Bakers.
The Secretary of War has directed
ie establishment of a training school
ir bakers at Fort Riley, Kansas, at
diich successive classes will bc instruct
d for periods of four months. Each
f these classes will be composed of 18
ecruits, four from thc cavalry, four j
rom the artillery and io from the bl?
unt ry. On completing the prescribed I
ourse of instruction the men will bc j
ssigned to various regiments. This
ction was taken at thc instance of
icneral Weston, commissary general of
Six-year Term for President.
Senator Bailey submitted to the
ienate a proposed amendment to the
Constitution fixing the term of the pres
dent at six years, and making him in
ligible for re-election. The text of the
mendment follows:
The executive power shall be vested in
. president of the United States, who
hall hold his office during a term of
ix years, and, together with the vice
tresielent. chosen for the same term,
?e electded as provided in article 12
>f the amendments to the Constitution.
Hie president shall forever be ineligible
0 a reelection to the presidency who
tas served as president under any suc
:esssion provided for in the Consum?
ion or the laws made ni pursuance
Sugar Beet Industry.
That temperature and sunshine are
he dominant factors in producing the
lest quality of sugar beets is announced
ts the result of five years' experiments
vhich have just been concluded by the
Chemistry Division of the Department
if Agriculture. The data obtained is
:xpected by agricultural officils to save
mmense amounts to capital by pointing
nit in what sections of the country
>eet sugar growing industries should be
instituted. The tests were made in
ocaiities ranging, from New York to
North Carolina and entirely across the
The Cortelyous Go Abroad.
George B. Cortelyou, chairman of the
National Republican Committee, and
Mrs. Cartelyou left here for a seven
iveck trip to Southern Europe. Mr.
Cortelyou, who is feeling the effect of
his . rduous work during the recent cam?
paign, is in need of a rest. He expects
to return to Washington in time for
the inauguration of President Roosevelt,
md will enter upon his duties as post?
master general immediately thereafter.
Proposed Honor Medals.
Secretary Taft has forwarded to his
House the draft of a resolution author?
izing the President to cause medals to
be struck and presented to officers and
soldiers and others who served in the
Spanish war, China relief expedition
and Philipinc insurrections.
Whippingpost in Washington.
Representative Adams, of PennsyL
vania, introduced a bill providing for the
establishment in the District of Colum?
bia of a whipping-post for wifebeaters.
lt prescribes that the whipping shall
be done privately by thechief of police
or his deputy., in the presence of the
jail physician only.
Notes of (he Departments.
President Roosevelt and Ambassador
Jusserand delivered addresses before
the Forestry Congress.
The House laid on the table the res?
olution aimed at the statistical depart?
ment of thc Department of Agriculture
and vindicated the cotton reports.
Henry M. Rose, reading clerk of the
United States Senate, has been ap?
pointed internal revenue collector for
the fourth crdistt of Michigan.
A favorable report on the extradi?
tion treaty between the United States
and Panama was authorized by thc
Senate (Committee on Foreign Rela?
The Senate committee authorized a
favorable report on the nomination of
W D. Crum as collector of the port
at Charleston, S. C.
James A Watson, was convicted on
thc charge of embazzlement while in
the office of District Auditor Petty.
The Comptroller of the Currency has
in his possession an emerald ring and a
diamond sunburst brooch that arc said
to have at one time belonged to Mrs.
Chadwick. They were deposited with
the failed Citizens' National Bank of
Oberlin, G., as collateral. When the
bank failed the jewelry was taken pos?
session of by thc receiver.
At the meeting of thc House Commit?
tee on Interstate Commerce members oi
the committee denied thc statement?
attributed to E. P. Bacon, of Milwau?
kee, president of the Interstate Com?
merce Convention, that members of Con?
gress are influenced by railroads.
Conrad H. Syme, attorney for A. W
Madlen and others involved with hitr
in the alleged postoffice conspiracy, filee
application for a writ of certiorari in the
United States Supreme Court.
Involuntary bankruptcy proceeding
were instituted against John Ridout, tht
real estate dealer.
Admiral Rojestvensky's Charts Are
Warships Likely to Strike a Reef or Rock at
Aoy Time?The Czar Leaves lt Optional
With Officers at Port Arthur to Accept
Parole Under Obligation or Share the Des?
tinies of Their Men.
The ships of the Russian second Pa?
cific squadron are reported to be in con?
stant danger, not from any encounter
with thc Japanese, but of striking hid?
den reefs and rocks. Vice Admiral Ro?
jestvensky's charts of the waters in
which his squadron is now cruising are
defective and practically worthless. Jap?
anese naval officers at Tokio regret the
recall of the Russian squadron, as they
had expected "a splendid fight."
Lieutenant General Fock, commander
of the Fourth East Siberian Division
and of the Russian left wing at Port
Arthur, is dead.
The Japanese have raised thc block?
ade of the Liaotung Peninsula, but for
thc present no ships except those in the
Japanese government service will bc al?
lowed to enter Port Arthur harbor.
The Russian Christmas brought sor?
row and mourning to thousands of
homes, instead of the usual joy and
good cheer. There was no elaborate cel?
ebration at thc imperial palace.
Thc Czar has sent a dispatch to Gen?
eral Stoessel, leaving it optional with
the Russian officers at Port Arthur with
them to accept parole under obligation
neit to return to service during the war,
or to share the fate of their men. About
150 so far have been paroled.
Charts Are Defective.
Paris ( By Cable).?Information re?
ceived in offici-il quarters here shows
that Vice Admiral Rojestvensky's charts
of the waters in which the Russian sec?
ond Pacific squadron is now cruising are
defective and practically worthless.
This arouses apprehension of a possi?
ble future catastrophe, as it is known
that the charts do not show the recent
hydrographic dangers of the Indian
In naval circles the recall of the Rus?
sian second Pacific squadron is not re?
garded as a sign that Russia eloes not
hope for final success on the seas. It
is considered that thc authorities at St.
Petersburg have realized the improbabil?
ity of thc second Pacific squadron alone
defeating Vice Admiral Togo, and has
recalled it to await reinforcements and
to further train its officers and men pre?
paratory to a supreme effort for the
A naval officer said: "Japan has con?
fidently awaited thc arrival of the sec?
ond Pacific squadron of the Russian
Navy, in the Far East. It would have
been a splendid fight. Now we must
prepare for the future, of which we are
not afraid."
Admirals at Chefoo In Disguise.
St. Petersburg (By Cable)..?A dis?
patch from Chefoo says it is reported
that Rear Admiral Prince Ouktomsky
and Rear Admiral Dochinsky have ar?
rived there disguised on board a launch.
Prince Ouktomsky assumed command
of the Port Arthur squadron after Ad?
miral Makaroff was drowned a< a re?
sult of thc sinking of his flagship, the
battleship Petropavlovsk, at the entrance
of Port Arthur April 13. Later the
Prince was replaced in command of the
squadron by thc late Rear Admiral Wit
hoft, and after the latter was killed dur?
ing naval battle of August io, Prince
Ouktomsky again assumed command of
the squadron, and, it is said, contrary to
orders, returned to Port Arthur, for
which, it was alleged, he was to be
tried by court-martial.
This, however, was denied, but the
Prince waa succeeded in command of
thc naval forces by Renr Admiral Wircn.
Recently, it is understood, Prince Ouk?
tomsky has not been attached to any
of the Russian ships.
The name of Rear Admiral Dochin?
sky has not figured in the cable dis?
patches from the Far East.
His Death From Heart Failure While in Ap?
parently Good Health.
Cumberland, Md. (Special).?Hon.
Lloyd Lowndes, former Governor of
Maryland, died suddenly Sunday morn?
ing at 9.30 o'clock at his home on Wash?
ington street. Cumberland, from organ?
ic heart trouble, in the sixtieth year of
his age. Th r ? was no premonition of
the approach of death. Mr. Lowndes
had just taken his morning bath in wa?
ter about the temperature of the body.
Brown, his faithful colored valet, wn-;
rubbingliim down when he fell forward
on his face and expired instantaneously.
The left side of his head struck the
bath tub, making a slight scar on the
side of the cheekbone and on the fore?
head. Members of the household heard
the noise of thc fall and Mrs. Lowndes
was the first to reach her husband's side.
Then all sign of life had disappeared.
but she thought he was unconscious, as
did the son, Mr. Richard T. Lowndes,
who had just arrived from Clarksburg.
W. Va., to visit his wife and child, who
have bern at the home of Governor
Lowndes since thc holidays.
Dr. James T. Johnson, the family phy?
sician, arrived 15 minutes after the Gov?
ernor had fallen. He simply pronounced
life extinct, saying that from all indica?
tions death was instantaneous. Dr. Ar?
thur H. Hawkins, who was also called,
corroborated Dr. Johnson in his diag?
nosis that death came from an affection
of the heart.
A Girl's Mistake.
Rome. N. Y. (Special).?Maud Let
son, aged 19 years, testified before Jus?
tice Scripture that in 1902 she married
innocently her dead father's brother. The
girl was placed in an orphan asylum at
the age of two years and her relatives
lost track of her until last September,
when her sister, Mrs. Vernevale, of Al?
lentown, Pa , wrote "You've married our
uncle David." Justice Scripture grant?
ed a decree of annulment.
gi Reports That 29,000 Out of 35,000 Are
Tokio (Ry Cable).?The followingre
rt was received from General Nogi:
"Order is maintained at Port Arthur
the officers. The people are quiet.
"Our minute investigation was not
ished until Tuesday night.
"The total number of inhabitants is
out 35,000, of whom 25,000 are sol?
ars or sailors. The total number of
:k or wounded is 20,000.
"Common provisions and bread are
entiful, but there is a scarcity of meat
id vegetables.
"There are no medical supplies at
jrt Arthur. The Japanese are str-jn
?usly succoring thc people.
"The capitulation committees are
ishing their respective works."
The Czar has cabled to General
oesscl saying that the giving of their
role or the alternative of imprison?
ed is optional with thc Russian offi
The weight of opinion in Japanese
ficial circles is against a belief in the
rly conclusion of peace, and doubt is
^pressed that the fall of Port Arthur
ill materially affect the situation. One
several high officials, who discus,ed
e question, voiced the sentiment of
e majority when he said:
"We are confronting a situation which
Mltinues to be purely military. Thc
?esent problem is created by General
uropatkiu's army and by the Russian
sond Pacific squadron. Wc are de?
ming all attention to them.
"We anticipate that the Russians will
?new more determinedly than ever their
Tort to drive Field Marshal Oyama
ick and that they will strive ro a;ain
ipremacy at sea. We are preparing
> defeat both these objects.
"Thc situation makes talk of peac*e
The Jiji. discussing the capture of
ort Arthur, reviews the price paid in
ires and says:
"We ought to keep' Port Arthur in
ur hands so long as our Empire ex
ts. Port Arthur is the key to peace
1 the Far East, and it is our duty to
eep the city in our hands."
Commander Pelem and a lieutenant
f the Russian torpedo-boat destroyer
astoronpy, who were captured on board
ie British steamer Nigretia and taken
n board of her to Sascbo, have cou?
rsed their ? identity before thc naval
3tirt lhere. Heretofore they posed as
rcrman super-cargoes, but when con
?onted with the results of the Japan
>e investigations at Shanghai, conceal
lent was impossible. They have been
esignafed as prisoners of war.
No contraband of war has yet been
iscovered on the Nigretia. Her cargo
?insists of kerosene and the prize court
i still undecided upon what action to
ike in her case. It is probable if thc
hip is condemned it will be solely ow
ig to connivance in the escape of the
Lussian officers.
o^l and Rice Said to Be the Only Prizes at
Port Arthur.
Chef ti. China (By Cable).?It is said
hat the booty which fell into the hinds
f the Japanese at Port Arthur amount
d only to 80,000 tons of coal and some
atinns of rice.
Of 270 officers of the Russian navy
t Port Arthur at the beginning of the
rar 180 have been killed or wounded,
nany of them while doing duty in the
The protected cruiser Akitsushima,
our totpedo-boat destroyers and two
orpedo boals constitute Japanese guard
iff this port. Thc destroyers which
warded the Russian flotilla wont out
t the expiration of 24 hours, returning
nth others. They have been in mid I
>ut of the harbor intermittently ever
(idicule '.be Statement That Losses at Port
Arthur Were 50,000.
Chefoo, ( By Cable).?The statement of
h e censored dispatches from corre?
spondents with General Nogi's army
hat the Japanese lost only 50,000 men
n taking the fortress is declared to be
insured hy Russian naval officres here.
Their lowest estimate, they sa>, based
loth on personal observation and on
uories told hy prisioncrs, is that thc
lapanese lost 80,000.
Advices from Japanese sources say
:hat the condition of Port- Arthur is
maotic, hut that General Nogi and C.cn
jral Stocssel are rapidly systematizing
iffairs there.
General Nogi* is prepared, through
igcn'.s who have been recrnitiujr for
ncnths, io jin; a horde nf Chinese coolies
ti work in the fortifying of Port
\rthur immediately that the Russians
ire disposed of. Vast quantities ?f
:emcnt and timber arc ready on the
S'alu River for this purpose, while steel
dates are ready in Japan for trans?
portation to thc fortress.
Thc Japanese arc confident that the
refortification o? Por Arthur will place
he fortress in a better condition 'han
ncr, with the Russian defects elimi?
nated, long before Russia can besiege it,
if such a thing ever occurs af all.
Ammunition, food and medical sup
ulies to last for years will he sent to
Port Arthur. Japan being heedful of the
mi-takes made by the Russians .
There is now only $io.?.ooo,ooo of
United States funds in national banks.
Thirty-two railroads in November
earned gross $41,680,000, aa increase of
o per cent.
Active railroad shares have now re?
gained 5 of the 6 points they lost on the
average of Lawson's raid.
Kuhn, Loeb ot Co. are quoted as say?
ing that no new stock or bonds of the
Pennsylvania will be i ;sued for at least
iix month
Latest News Cleaned From Ali Over
(he StaU.
William AnsHl, of Norfolk, while
shaving cut his throat and is at the
Protestant Hospital. He is a machinist,
formerly working at the navy yard, but
at home recently of ill health. He is
J5 years old and unmarried. During the
absence of his mother he says, he at
tempted to shave. The re-mlt was a long,
dangerous wound in his throat, *hich
barely missed the jugular vein. Hil
relatives declare the wound was acci?
dental, but it, wi'h his feeble condition.
[>uts his life in jeopardy.
Suit for $10,000 damages was entered
in the Corporation Court, Newport News,
by the administrator of A. N. Calhoun,
igainst the Newport News Shipbuilding
ind Drydock Company. Calhoun was
he Richmond man who fell into the h:g
frydock at the yard the day the battle?
ship Virginia was launched and died
is a result of injuries received.
The War Department mine-laying
>oats, General Evans and Sarah F.
(?'.vans, arc at Old Point Comfort, where
instructions are being Riven thc officers
)f the Artillery School in thc art of
aying harbor-defense mines.
Col. Thomas F. Goode died at Boyd
?on. He was a distinguished Confcd
?rate veteran and a man universally
oved and respected. He was the owner
if thc famous Ruffalo Lithia Spring;
n Mecklenburg county. It was Colonel
lioode's custom for a number of years
:o donate $1,000 annually for the care of
he aged Confederate veterans of Meck?
lenburg county. Thc Colonel leaves
several children, among them Thomas
P. Goode, Jr., a well-known banker of
It was ascertained in Lynchburg, from
a/hat is believed to be a reliable source,
that out of 85 members of the junior
;las> of the Virginia Polytechnic In?
stitute who left the school before Christ
nas on account of the expulsion of Cadet
Coulter, of Richmond, only 12 have been
reinstated, and they are under strict
probation. It was stated by a cadet who
is not a junior that not more than 113
of the 600 or more cadets had returned
from the holiday vacation, although the
leave was good only until last Wednes?
The Court of Appeals refused a writ
of error in the case of Joseph H. Copen
haver, the convicted Clarke county wife
murderer, who is now in the Berry
ville jail, and he will have to serve the
sentence of 12 years imposed upon bini
in the lower court. Copenhaver shot
and killed his wife while in a drunker
frenzy last April. His trial was heh:
at Berryville last August and resulted
in the verdict of guilty. Since the crime
was committed he has been in jail it
Berryville. where he has received atten?
tion not accorded other prisoners.
Under a new law enforced by the
Corporation Court, Norfolk, two men
were released from jail on giving bonds
to contribute to the support of their
families. John A. Griffin's mother gave
a bond for bim to pay his wife $20
a month. He had been in jail 111 the
complaint of his wife. J. \V. Haskett,
an insurance solicitor, gave a bond to
pay his wife $5 a week. There are other
case-? of a similar character pending.
William Sanderlin, conductor of Hh
police patrol wagon, obtained a ver?
dict of $1,500 damages in a suit again it
the Norfolk Railway and Light Com?
pany for injuries sustained in a collision
with a street car. Sanderlin and Officer
Hoy were both crippled in a collision
last April.
W. E. Crismond and C. H. Stokes,
clerks in the postoffice at Portsmouth
were discharged from the service on
thc recommendation of the Civil Service
Commissioner on account o: alleged ir?
regularities in their examinations foi
thc places. The cases have been pend?
ing a long time, but the order of dis?
missal came from the Postoffice Depart?
ment, in Washington.
Harry Starr, a young man of educa?
tion and refinement, went to jail in
Portsmouth to recover from the drug
habit. He was arrested for housebreak
ing, but Judge W. N. Portlock decided
to acquit him if he would return vol?
untarily to the jail hospital, to be under
thc treatment of the jail physician, by
whom he has already been partially
restored to self-control.
The death of Theodore Thomas has
recalled the fact that his father was
a member of the band of thc United
States ship Pennsylvania, at the Not
folk station, and that Theodore Thomas
spent years of his youth in Portsmouth
in a house on High street, now j
John Alexander Dowie blessed Rich?
mond as he pased througn on his way
to Miami, Fla. Standing on the rear
platform of his private car "Ranger"
he .stood with uncovered head and up?
lifted hand until his train had pass* I
the city limits. Then .murmuring "Pu*
Vobiscum" he went inside. Dowie wai
accompanied by his private secretary
-ind numerous attendants, cooks and
porters. He talked for a while with
newspaper men. He said that he was
going to Florida for a short stay on
account of his health,
account of his health.
Hancock Brothers & Co., plug to?
bacco manufacturers, Lynchburg, ship?
ped a solid train of lb cars of plug
The Lynchburg Lodge of Elks, for
thc first time, held its weekly meeting
in the lodge room of the new home,
which has recently been completed at
a cost of $40,000. The lodge has a
membership of about 350 .
Sydney Cole, of Parkersburg, whe
bas served three years of an l8-yeat
sentence in the penitentary tor killing
William Lerry, ship's carpenter of the
steamer Keystone State, while that boat
was landing during a Hood near Cole';
home four years ago, has been grantee
a new trial
The Board of Supervisors of Clarke
county have accepted from the builder
the new steel bridge over the Shenan?
doah river at Castleman's and Berry's
ferries, which were erected at a cost
of about $50,000,

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