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Over 600 I?ritih prisoners captured at Stormberg have reached Pretoria. I! til lor him destroyed the Colenio footbridge, and makes no further at tempt to advance. Armour's canning department, Chi fr caito, is rushed night and day filling ' ' orders fur the English army, ' A drunken wlfo In San Francisco bar charged her husband with murder and he ia lielng held by the authorities. The oarrenoy bill, according to Washington correspondent, will be rushed through the aenute without aiiieudment. The (treat Northern will inaugurate a new departure. A large block of the company's atock ia to be distributed among the employee at par. It I mild that England bad been warned by General Butler, whom ahe in now turning down, tliat it would not I wine to attack the Boers until bet ter prepared. ' : , Should all Spanish war pensions no . asked lie allowed, it would Ctiat $J. - ; 728,000. The Hoventy-flrst New Yorki asks for annual allowance) which ag gregate $34,602. ,. Yaqui Indiana plunder, kill and bun villages and the Mexicans do not tee in to make much headway in whipping the savages. An entire Mexican regi . ment seems to have disappeared. ' Tlie Fenians are organising at Italia, lo, N. Y., for an invasion of Canada. They expect, it ia said, to raise 125,000 " men, and have two carloads of arms aud uinuitoua of war in concealment. There is disaffection among the Free Stater troops. Tbey complain that Cronje's men are overbearing and bet ter fed than they. The Tranavaaler't , are auspicious and the situation ia be , coming grave. The president of the New York prison association, who has made an investigation of the Cuban prisons tells , horrible tale of the conditions there. Offenders of all c lueses sleep in filth and vermin. No beds or clean clothing is provided. Money or iniluence U necessary beforo they can secure their freedom. , ' The members of the senate committee on privileges and elections . deolare they will carry on the investigation ol Senator Clark's case without regard to the decision of the Montana supreius court under which Wellcome was dis barred from practice on charges of brib ery in connection with the senator', election. The United States cruiser Mont gomery has been on a secret mission and the American ling may soon Host over Liberia. The little country hai long desired an American protectorate and it may now be given. Mason ol Illinois will introduce a resolution ol inquiry in the senate, asking the pur- pose for which the Montgomery was sent to Liberian waters. The Grangers' warehouse at Rose burg, Or., was destroyed by Are; loss, $4,000, fully insured. A sis-story building, 00 years old, waa destroyed by Are in New York, en - tailing a loss of $HO,000. At San Francisco the Carlisle In dians defeated the university of Cali fornia in a football game; aeoge, 2 to 0. Julius Baldwin is dead at his horn at Tho Dalles. lie was one of the old est and most prominent ploueers of the Northwest. Thirty men perished In a colliery horror caused by fire damp explosion 4- at the Brazuoll mine, near Browns ville, Pa. ',. Lander's French-Canadian following is protesting against Canada sending any more troops to help Kngland in South Africa. Mrs. Potter Palmer will be appointed by President McKlnley director of tha American woman's department at the Paris exposition. The state department will investigate the action of the British government in sesing several cargoes of American flour off Dolagoa bay. The train wreck noar Pomona, Cat., in which one life was lost and foui were Injured, was caused by the break ing of a locomotive whool. At Rome the pope solemnly inaugn , rated the holy year by performing the - Impressive ceremony of opening the holy door of St. Peter's cathedral. The charred remains of W, J. Thomas, a farmer, and his three chil dren, were found in the ashes of thelt home, 11 miles sonthwest of Chilli oothe, Kan. It is supposed that Thomai murdered the children aud then set Are to the house aud took his owu life. Aliout a year ago Thomas' wife com mitted suicide by taking poison. Admiral and Mrs. Dewey have taken a pew in St. Paul's Roman Catholic church, Washington. The entire crop of sugarcane and beet for 1800-1000 will amount to about 8,.' 000,000 tons about the same amount as last year. Exports and imports at the five prin cipal ports of Porto Hico for tha' months of May, June and July show ' a balance of trade in favor of these Jiortl of 1347,883, ' LATER NEWS, Boutelle will probably never return to congress. The Itoer trenches at Colenso are bomb proof. Pingree's tax resolution was defeated In the Michigan senate. People are tired of Colombian war and ask for intervention. Ilritish Columbia has sent a gold dis play to the Paris exposition. If Dolagoa bay is closed the Boors will raid Portuguese territory. Hie SUM & Straub failure tn Phila delphia is a clear case of looting. An important witnoss against Sena tor Clark has confessed to perjury. Robert Cornelius, aged 20, wat found dead in the woods near Olencoe, Or. Fosslliferons remains of a glgantio sea serpent were found on the coast ol Chili. At its last meeting the cabinet dis cussed the agricultural possibilities In Alaska. Iluller's army on the Tngela has now reached the euoromus strength of 28, 000 men. Luzon hemp potts will be opened in time for supplies to roach this country by next harvest. A London dispatch says Russia lonps to aelte Herat, aud she only waits fot England to occupy Dolagoa bay. O. O. Goad, of Dallas, Or., has been appointed assistant sergeant-at-arms in the United States senate. The Doers have mounted a new gun at Ladysimth in the place of the one captured by the Ilritish cavalry. The clerk of the court of appeals has refused to administer the oath of office to mom tiers of the state election board in Kentucky. A Colorado Midland passenger and a SanU Fe freight collided near Palmer Lake, Colo. One fireman was killed and two engineers were hurt. An English military expert asserts that the time has come for a change in the cabinet, lie favors either a dicta torship or an all-powerful military minister. Miss Florence Blythe Hinckley, heiress to the Plythe millions, was quietly married in Sun Francisco to A. A. Moore, Jr., deputy attorney-general of California. Americans bare captured another in surgent stronghold. Many rebels were killed, wounded and captured and an amount of ammunition aud food taken. Their supposed impregnable position was north of San Mateo. An Ottawa dispatch says that treason Is talked openly among the French Ca nadians, and all of their memtwrs have retired from parliament. All the lat ent hostility to Ilritish rule has !een aroused by Canada's action in sending troops to the Transvaal. San Franciscans are arranging for a big pro-Boer demonstration. E. O. Hodges & Co., one of Boston's largest banks, has closed its doors. In the engagement at Ladysmlth Fri day, 10 British were killed and 16 wounded. England has discovered that her mil itary resources were overestimated by 80,000 men. Mat Chandler, the old-time pugilist and former partner of John L. Sulli van, is dead. The queen has given warning that British subjects must not help Boers or Free Staters. Plague of a severe type is raging and many deaths from that cause have oc curred in New Caledonia. Sydnoy raget, William C. Whitney's racing partner, has left this country to Join the British rough riders. , A Paris dispatch says that France would be happy if the Delagoa bay in cident caused an anglo-American quar rel. Alfred Borlini was arrested in San Francisco wL He on his wedding trip. He is charged with being a bank de faulter. Iowa termors have formed a syndi cate to grow rice in Texas. They have seoured options on 14,000 acres of land to cost $245,000. The Boer amy on Moddor river is growing greater each day. They are building trenches within three and one half miles of Methuen's picket line. The Northern Paclflo wreck in Idaho waa a bad one. Aftor 10 days the last body had not been recovered. The trainmen were to blame. Governor Geer, of Oregon, does not approve of Oregon citlaena contributing to a fund for Lawton's family. He thinka the state should look after her own heroes' familes flrt. The Conntess of Canavarro thought she was a convert to Buddhism. She entered tholr convent and changed her niind, and has applied to friends in son Francisco for assistance. ' Winston Spencer Churchill hits cabled to the London Post of his escape ifrom the Boer prison. He made his way overland from Delagoa bay and soa'led walls while guards were not looking. He Journeyed for six days, walking at night, with nothiug to eat but chocolate. The Pittsburg baseball olub has bought the piok of the Louisville team ,for a sum said to be $35,000 cash. Mrs. C. A. Burling, mother-in-luw rt Hear-Admiral William T. Sampson, Jdied at hor home In Koohestor, N. Y., agod 76 years. , Ex-Sheriff Wels, of Dayton, O., has received by mall a commission from President Kruger appointing him a (brigadier-general in the Boer army. IWeis is a personal friend of Kruger's, and once visited him In Africa. PLAGUE IN HONOLULU The Disease Gets a Foothold in the Islands. SIX DEATHS HAVE OCCUURED rha Epldninla la Confined to tha Chi asa (Juartar Mcaaurea Takna ta HUin It Out. San Francisco, Dec. 80. The trans port Centennial, which has reached here from Honolulu, confirms the re port that bubonic plague exists in that ilty. There had been no new cases of the disease, however, from December 12 up to the time the transport sailed, the 18th. The quarantine at the ort was to I raised tha 10th. There war little anxiety among the residents ? Honolulu, according to Captain Eagles, of the Centennial, as the plugne was confined to the Chinese quarter of the city. That part of tho city was under strict quarantine, and no ingress or egress whatever was allowed. Up to the time of the sailing of the Centen nial, there bad been six deaths. The Centennial arrived at Honolulu from this port with horses December 15, but was not allowed to dock nntil tho 10th. Even then none of the crew was permitted to land. All Inter-island traflio was at a full stop, as no steamei could enter the port. The citizens have subscribed $25,000 to fight tkf. plague. The transport Newport has arrived from Manila in ballast, with no news of importance. The Centennial will be kept in qaur antlne till tomorrow. There Is no trace of the disease on the vessel, and as has been demonstrated, there Is no likelihood of its finding lodgment there bnt still there are many Hawaiian rats that have made a home on the steamer, and they have all to be caught and sac rificed before the vessel will be allowed to dock. Hats are said to be the most prolific means of spreading the plague. Tbey carry the germs from port to port. IN STRONG POSITION. Boars Have fortified tha Hllla at Col anao Tranrhea Bomb Proof. London, Deo. 80. A dispatch to the Daily Mail from Pietermaritzburg, dated Saturdoy, December 23, Bays: "Every day reveals some fact regard ing the strength of the Boer position at Colenso. Thanks to the services of Continental olllcers, the character of the campaign has changed. We are no longer fighting a foe who relies upon guerrilla tactics, but we have to deal with what Is rapidly becoming a disci plined army, enjoying the advantages of knowing the country and of selecting the scene of contest without the bur dens of cumbersome commissariat. "The Boers have converted tho hills near Colenso into fortresses of immense strength. Everywhere they have splendid trenches, many of them bomb proof. Tramway lines permit the shifting'TST guns with astonishing rap idity. The main positions are con nected with the outlying positions by underground passages, and the forts proper bristle with machine guns that command the approaches. Probably mines are laid. klrml.h at Tugela. Chevoley Camp, Natal, Wednesday A heavy Boer gun on Bnlwana hill fired steadily upon Ladysmith through out the morning. Ladysmith did not respond. The enemy having been again de tected attempting to improve their tranches facing General Buller, the British heavy guns opened uion them and the Boers scampered back into the hills. Tho British patrols sighted the en emy in force on tho extreme left. Nine Boers were killed In a skirmish that followed, and six Boer wagons were captured. Clan-Na-Oael Talk. New York, Dec. 29. Relative to tht attitude of tho Irish revolutionary soci eties toward the government of Great Britain at the present juncture of affulrs, the Evening Post today quotes an officer of tho Clau-na-Gael as say ing: "Englond can lie only made to feel by physical foroo, and we're now going to give her some Boer treatment. We did intend going out and sinking the first expedition from Canada to South Africa, but thought it better to wait a little. We can mobllizo our men with out much difficulty for an attack on Canada, and we are fairly well armed as well as tho United States troops In the Spanish war. We have lots of Springfield ritles, aud are handy with the bayonet. Tha Movement In rhlladelhla. Philadelphia, Deo. 20. There is a general movement among tho Irish here to aid the Boers in their war with England. A call was sent out today for a special assessment on every mem ber of the Order of Hibernians, of which there are 26,000 in this city. A return of $25,000 is expectod, which will holp to swell the gouoral fund of $1,000,000 which organizations throughout the oouutry sock to raise. 'Frlaoo la Noed of Cunt. San Francisco, Deo. 80. The Exam iner soys: There ore over 00 vessols, each carrying from a few hundred to ovor 2,000 tons of coal, bound from Newcastle, Australia, to tho Hawaiian islands. From the same Australian port to San Francisco there are but 20 vessols bound with similar cargoes. The coal destined for Hawaii Is chiefly for use of the sugar plantations, but the diversion of the supply from this port has caused a scarcity of fuel and a consequent Increase in price. AMERICANS BUY A CANAL. At Lea.t Thar How Own aa Intaraat la tha Panama. New York, Deo. 80 The incorpora tion of the Panama Canal Company of America is said to be the first move in a plan to transfer the Panama canal to Americana in order that it may have a better chance in the struggle with the Nioaragoan concessionaries. The banking houses and Individuals who are understood to be Interested are: August Belmont Sc Co., Knhn, Loeb & Co., Levi P. Morton, Charles K. Flint, J. E. Simmons, president of the Fourth National bank; Edward Sweet, George Sheldon & Co., Baring, Magoun & Co., and George W. Young, president of the United States Mortgage & Trust Com pany. In addition to these, several banking houses in San Francisco and In cities in the South and West are interested in the company. The Herald says this incorporation of an American company is the result of negotiations between representatives of the French company, Including Baron Openbelm, who came to this city from Paris several months ago, and leading financiers of America. The representative of -the French com pany came to this country empowered to transfer the rights of the company having now been incorporated, the transfer will very shortly be effected, the transfer to be given formal approval by the shareholders In France. These shareholders receive shares in the new American company in proportion to their holdings in the old. This "Americanizing" v of the Pans ma canal, as one of the gentlemen in terested in the new company styled it yesterday, has been brought about in order to place the Panama canal on a footing in America more satisfactory to the French company, and to place it on the same base aa the Nicaragua canal before the United States govern ment. An isthmian canal commission, with Rear-Admiral Walker as chairman, la now at work making an exhaustive study of all possible routes for a canal across the Isthmus of Central America. This commission was created in the closing hours of the last congress, and $1,000,000 was appropriated for its use through tthe river and harbor bills. Its report will undoubtedly be final as far as the UnltedStates is concerned as to the best route for a canal. Its par ties, both engineering and exploring, are now scattered over Central America, obtaining material to assist the com mission In forming conclusions. ! The French company, realizing the importance of the commission's find ings, has taken the steps which have been described, believing that the canal commission would naturally be enabled to judge more impartially between the two routes with both under American control. The gentlemen of the French company long since recognized that the undertaking of a canal across Nica ragua either by the United States or by private parties with the assistance or indorsement of the United States would be a most serious blow to their project, but the American financiers who havt formed the new company, now that the two routes are on an even footing, and that judgment will be made only on the grounds of engineering and general desirability, they argue that th "Americanizing" of Panama ia the only way by which the 400 shareholders can have any hope of any return from the $200,000,000 which has gone out of France and into the canal, and they be lieve that this arrangement can pro duce only good feeling between the two countries. Since 1884, when the French com pany was formed, there has been ex pended in work on the canal something like $8,000,000. Several thousand men, mostly negroes from Jamaica, have been employed, and experts de clare that the 'money has been proprely expended, and that good progress has been made. There la a large number of men at work on the canal at the present time, and this force will be found at work by the canal commission when it goes over the route, which will probably be during February. The canal Is alwut two-fiths completed, and the new American company esti mates that the cost of completion would be about $100,000,000. Hilton Palntlnga at Auction. New York, Dec. 80. The gallery ol paintings collected by the late Judge Hilton is about to be sold at auction. It ia composed of nearly 200 paintings, mostly by modern French artiste, and is valued at more than $500,000. Among the masters represented are Meissonicr, Cort, Daubigny, Gerome, Vibert, Makort, Munokasy, Bourgereau and Tissot. Quarantlua Agalnat New Caledonia. Melbourne, Victoria, Deo. 80. A passenger who arrived here on board the steamer Australian from Noumea, New Caledonia, where the plague is raging, has been quarantined, and eight others have been placed under surveil lance. Money for Improvement. St. Paul, Minn., Deo. 80. The Great Northern directory today in creased its capital stock $7,500,000, for the purpose of acquiring new prop erties and making extensions and im provements on the Paciflo coast. The Sioux City & Northern and Pacific Short Line, in Iowa and Nebraska, are among the new properties to be taken in. 8ona'a Band Goea to Parte. New York, Deo. 80. Commissioner Genoral Ferdinand W. Peck, of the United States commission to the Paris exposition of next year, has appointed Sotisa's band as the official American baud to play at the exposition. A Chrlatmaa Polaonlng. Borboursvllle, W. Va., Dec. 28. Three members of the family of Man ford Pollock died last night, having been mysteriously poisoned while eat tug their Christmas dinner, RETURNING IN BANDS Filipinos Terrorizing Unpro tected Towns. NATIVES ASK FOR ASSISTANCE Colonel Mara Loaea tha Track of tha Prleonere He Haa followed Gen eral Wheeler Goea Month. Manila, Jan. 1. The insurgents who evacuated the coast towns between Dagupan and Vlgan, fleeing to the mountains before the advancing Amer icans, are returning in small bands to the towns the Americans do not oc cupy, terrorizing the natives and Chinamen, who showed friendship for the Americans. The natives and Chinamen are seeking the protection of the American garrisons'. Colonel Wessel's cavalry, while scouting in the vicinity of Trinidad, found evidence of Filipino soldiers be ing in that vicinity, but it was impos sible to bring about an engagement. The recent increase In the garrison of Namacpacan against the threatened rebel attack on Christmas day averted trouble. Colonel Hare, of the Thirty-third in fantry, who has been following a party of American prisoners, lost track for three days, about December 20, of such signs and evidences of their passage as they customarily left behind them. It is thought the prisoners were separated and conveyed to remote parte of the mountains, thus increasing the difficul ties of General Young's troops to effect a rescue. General Wheeler, who was recently in Manila requesting an appointment touth in the line of the expected cam paign, is now at Paranaqne. Americana Captured Stronghold. Washington, Jan. 1. General Otis cables the war department today as fol lows: "Manila Colonel Lockett, with a regiment of two battalions of the Forty-sixth, (Colonel Schuyler), one battalion of the Forty-fifth (Colonel Dorst), and one company of the Twenty-seventh infantry, and two guns (Cap tain Van Deusen, ) attacked the enemy, 600 strong in a mountain stronghold beyond Mont Alban, northeast of San Mateo. A large number were killed and wounded, and 24 were taken pris oners. Lockett captured one cannon, 40 rifles, 20,000 rounds of ammunition, 500 pounds of powder, arsenal fortifica tions, all their food supplies and con siderable other property. "This captured point, located on a mountain trail, waa formerly supposed to be impregnable. Our casualties: Lieu'enant Enlow, Eleventh cavalry, and five enlisted men wounded, mostly slight. Private Matson, Forty-fifth in fantry, drowned." Not American Yeeeela. Port Townsend, Jan. 1. The pur chase of foreign vessels by the United States government for use as transports during the Spanish-American war and their subsequent sale by the govern ment to private citizens has resulted in complicating matters for purchasers from the fact that after purchase of such vessels the government refuses to allow them to be documented in the United States as American vessels. The case in point is the steamship Scipio, which was recently sold by the navy department and waa afterwards refused documentation. - The purchaser applied to the secretary of the treasury, asking that if he should break the Scipio up, whether the material of which she waa constructed would be subject to duty if Bold In the United States. Yesterday Collector Heustis received a circular letter covering the above case from the treasury depart ment in which Acting Secretary Spaul ding saya that upon the sale of said vessel in a port of the United States the material or materials taken there from would not be regarded as an im portation within the meaning of the customs laws, and would therefore be exempt from duty. The Plague Scare. San Francisco, Jan. 1. The steamer Gaelio arrived here this afternoon from the Orient, via Honolulu. The Gaelio was sent to quarantine, owing to the plague scare, but her cabin passengers were allowed to land, towboats plying between the steamer and the city for the purpose. The press correspondent at Honolulu says there have been no new cases of plague since last advices. There have been several sudden deaths, and in each instance rumor assigned the plague as the cause. Investigation proved otherwise. The board of health now claims but two deaths were caused by the scourge, the remaining cases be ing doubtful or suspicious. Bobbed or SIS.OOO. Walsenburg, Colo., Jan. 1. W. J Milsap, a prominent stockman, was seized by two men when about to enter the Klein hotel and was robbed of f!2,S)00. The money was mostly in his coat and vest pockets and these garments were' torn from him. No trace of the criminals has been found. Mr. Milsap was on his way to Mexico to buy cattle. Big Liner Ia Aahore. London, Jan. 1. A large German mail steamer, believed to be one of the Hamburg-American liners, has gone aground during a terrino gale in East bay, about a quarter of a mile off Dun- geuess, the southern extremity of Kent Heavy seas are breaking over the ves sel, and life-boats are unable to reach her. Fears are entertained for the safety of the passengers. It ia reported that the position of the liner ia very serious. A DOUBLE TREATY. fortagneee South Africa Ia to Be Di vided Up. New York. Jan. 1. A dsipatch to the Herald from Berlin says: The Lokal Anzieger publishes the contents of the German-English-Fortu-guese secret treaty. This double treaty will have executive force as soon as the Swiss jurists,- Messrs. filaesi-Hensley and Goldau, have given a decision in the Delagoa bay arbitration. The decision, it is expected, will be given in January or February and will probably be in favor of England, in which case Portugal must pay to Eng land and America an indemnity of 1, 900,000. England obtained in ,1891 from Portugal the right of pre-emption in Delagoa bay, and the cession of Del agoa bay to England may therefore be expected In March next. It Is possible that President Kruger may now declare war on Portugal and attack Delagoa at once. In order to prevent any interference by France or Russia, Enlgand con cluded a secret treaty with Germany regarding the complete partition of the Portuguese colonial possessions. Ger many is to receive all the Portuguese possessions in Asia, with 20,000 square miles of territory and 1,000,000 inhab itants. Germany further receives in Africa all Portuguese territory north of Mozambique, except a strip of land three miles wide, for Mr. Cecil Rhodes' trans-African railway. For this the German government will pay Portugal 25,000,000 marks. REST AT ARLINGTON. Burial of the Kartjrred Heroea of the Maine. Washington, Jon. 1. Upon the windy heights of Arlington cemetery, the Maine dead, brought from Havana by the battleship Texas, today were laid away in their final resting places. with simple religious services, and the impressive honors of war, in the pres ence of the president, members of his cabinet, officers of the army and navy and other officers of the government. A cabinet officer, surveying the flag draped coffins before the ceremony be gan, said: "The lives of these men cost Spain her colonies." But there was no note of triupmh in the grim scene today. With a touch of sadness and solemn gravity, the nation per formed its duty to the dead and gave its defenders a Christian burial at home, in soil hallowed by patriotic dead. Battle With Bobber. Seattle, Jan. 1. Two masked men held up a Ballard street-car at 11 o'clock tonight. There were eight passengers aboard, and a regular fusii lade of shots waa fired. One of the passengers inside the car, C. E. Plimp ton, opened fire on the hghwayman en tering from the rear, and three shots were returned. One broke Plimpton's arm and the other entered his breast. Shortly after midnight the police found near the scene of the Ballard street-car hold-up the body of one of the two bandits. He bad been almost. instantly killed by a bullet from a passenger's pistol. The body is still unidentified. Big Buffalo Mine Turns Out Bleb. Baker City, Or., Jan. 1. A sensa tional strike was made today in A. Geiser s Big Buffalo mine, two miles west of this city. The miners took several samples of ore from the tunnel, which today tapped the 80-foot ledge. By assays just returned to the owner of the mine, the samples all show gold values ranging from $18 to $102.75 in gold and five ounces of silver to the ton. Mr. Geiser, who was formerly part owner of the Bonanza mine, said today that If the values hold out throughout the Big Buffalo, the prop erty will be equal to the Bonanza. The Big Buffalo ia within plain sight of this city. Killed Hie Young Wife and Blmaelf. Winnipeg, Jan. 1. Pierre Dentzer, a German farmer, aged 50, living near Rath well. 100 miles from Winnipeg, shot and killed his 19-y ear-old wife in a fit of temper. Dentzer then carried his baby to a neighbors' house and re turned borne. The authorities were notified, and on approaching the house ound that the woman's body bad been dken inside the house and a cross had been raised by Dentzer on the ground where she had been shot. Dentzer had spread a sheet on the floor, placed his wife's body on it, blew out bis brains. Went Through a Bridge. San Bernardino, Cal., Jan. 1. As No. 83, west-bound freight train over tha ftiwte Fa route, was crossine Calon creek bridge today, about 12 miles north of this city, nine cars went through the bridge into the creek bot tom. Six of the cars weie loaded with cotton, one with telegraph wire, and one with general merchandise and sul nhnr. The cars caueht fire and made a terrible conflagration, destroying the entire contents and irameworg. ao one was killed. A Hurderoua Collector. Chattanooua. Tenn..Jan. 1. Samuel Mills, a collector for an installment house, this afternoon attempted to seize furniture in the house of Mary Ven able, colored, for a small debt. The woman attempted to prevent it, and in the struggle that ensued Wills shot the woman and her little son and daughter, all seriously. Aims was arrested. Buller'a Sphere of Action. Cape Town, Jan. 1. Colonel Otter, commanding the Canadian contingent nf troops. Is to Join the staff of Buller, nil the members of which are proceed ng to Natal, indicating that Buller'a rphere will shortly be confined to fN'atal. Boaton Sympathy for Boera. Boston, Jan. 1. The common coun cil of Boston today, after a spirited de bate, adopted a resolution of sympathy for the Boerst , CONTRABAND OF WAR Rosebery Wants the Govern meat's Position Defined. POSSIBLE CHANGE OF POLICY Sir Charlee Dllke Warna Agalnafi Haaty Overturning of Precedenta. London, Jan. 1. Lord- Rosebery writes as follows this morning to the Times: "There are disquieting intimations which appear to point to our govern ment having treated foodstuffs as con traband of war. As this is a matter of supreme importance, I venture to ad dress this line to yon in the hope that it may elicit an authoritative statement on the subject." The Times, commenting editorially upon Lord Roeeberry's letter, saya: "Too little is known of the seizures for any valid inference safety to be drawn. An emergency might arise when certain foodstuffs would be re garded as contraband while others would not, especially if the latter were intended for concombatante. There might, for instance, be reasonable grounds for treating canned goods aa contraband and flour as legitimate." After admitting that it "would be nnadvisable to create a precedent which might some day be invoked against us, " the article concludes as" follows: "While we fully share the view that bo serious change of policy should oc cur without cogent reasons and ample consideration, we cannot but ask our selves whether, in the event of Great Britain being engaged in a war, the action, either of the enemy or even of neutral powers, in a matter upon which such great divergence of opinion still exists ia likely to be governed by any precedent we or any one else may have set in the past, rather than by the immediate interests of the moment." A NEW YORK FIRE. Two Seven-Story Bulldlnga Ware De stroyed Firemen Injured. New York, Jan. I. The two seven story buildings at 425 to 435 East Twenty-fourth street, occupied princi pally by the wall-paper factory of Wil liam Campbell & Co., were destroyed by fire tonight. The loss ia fully $500,000. The plant of the New York Hygienic Ice Company, which occu pied the basement of 425, and that of the Manhattan Electric Light Com pany, on the first and second floors of the same building, were totally de stroyed. A large portion of the east side gets its lights from that company, and was, on account of the fire, cast into complete darkness. The Campbell company employed 400 hands, who will be thrown out of work by the fire. The properties of all three firms are de stroyed beyond the hope of saving a dollar's worth. The losses are partly covered by insurance. Three hook-and-ladder men, Andrew Degnan, Joseph Shaughnessy and Jos eph Bessinger, were caught on the sixth floor othe building, and escaped with great difficulty. All were severely burned. Shaughnessy and Bessineer were sent to Bellevue hospital. The other hook-and-ladder men were caught on one of the high window ledges, with the flames roaring all around them and the dense smoke making them almost imperceptible from the street. Exten sion ladders were run and firemen brought them down In an almost un conscious condition. One of the men, Lee Potter, was very severely burned, and was sent to Bellevue hospital. TWO TRAINS WRECKED. One Person Waa Killed and Fourteen Were Injured. Denver, Colo., Jan. 1. The Chey enne flyer on the Union Paciflo rail road crashed into the Boulder Valley train, at Brighton, Colo., at 6 this morning. One man was killed, Win field Randelman, express messenger, Denver, whose body was burned to a -crisp. Fourteen persons were injured. The Boulder Valley train left Denver a little late this morning, and as usual stopped at Brighton, which is the junc tion for the Boulder Valley line from the main line to Cheyenne. The Chey enne flyer also left Denver late, and coming Into Brighton in the early morning dusk, ran into the rear end ol the Boulder train, telescoping two or three cars and derailing the passenger locomotive. Section gangs from Denver yards and half a dozen passengers occupied the Boulder train. The mail and baggage car and the smoker of the flyer were burned. Mrs. Young was in the chair car with six children. None of the children were hurt, although she re ceived gerions injury. The wounded were brought to Denver and taken to the hospitals. Conductor McAllister, of the Boulder valley train was crazed by the accident. He attempted to jump into the burning wreckage, and had to be forcibly restrained. In his proclamation to the burghers, Baden-Powell makes the extraordi nary statement that the American gov ernment has warned others of her In tentions to side with England should any of them interfere. General White Maa tha Fever, Ladysmith, Sunday, Deo. 24, via Pietermaritzburg General White has bad a slight attack of fever, but is now convalescent. It is reported that General Joubert is again in command of the Boers here. The military authorities appear confi dent, but they are very reticent. About 2,000 claims have been filed so for for pensions for disabilities re ceived during the Spanish-American war.