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ESTABLISHED JTJNE 19 , 1871 , OMAHA , WEDNESDAY MOBISTING , NOTEMJBER 1 , 181)0 TWELTE PAGES. SINGKLE COPY FIVE CENTS. MARCH INTO A TRAP Boers Capture Two Britlxh Regiments and a Battery of Artillery , SURROUND THEM IN HILLS AT Boyal Irish Fntlloers and Regiments tha Unfortunate Oner SENT OUT-TO PROTECT FLANK OF ARMY Losses Among the British Troops Unknown , but Thought to Bo H aty. t WHITE OUTGENERALED BY JOUBERT Ilrlilfth Experience * nt Ciicncoo nnd Lnilynnillh Tend to Show thnt Sir GcorKC INVo Mntch for llocr Coininandcr. LONDON , Oct. 31. There was a contlnu- oftn stream of callers at the war office until a Into hour , everybody anxiously Inquiring regarding yesterday's casualties , but the war offlco declared nothing had boon re ceived elnco General White's dispatch con veying the Information of the capitulation ot the Iloyal Irish Fusllcors nnd tbo Glou cester regiment. Public anxiety was caused by a special dlspatih from Ladysmlth , published In the Into editions ot afternoon papers , to the effect that before darkness last night the Boers occupied the position held by their heavy artillery which General White had Bllcnccd by the naval brigade and bad oncned nro again. The dispatch further says : "The enemy Is again closing in nnd the situation Is ono of grave anxiety. Beyond doubt the Boer retirement yesterday ( Monday ) was a ruse to draw General Whlto Into the hilly coun try and away from the British camp. " This last sentence Is significant nnd con firms the opinion of military experts that General Whlto Is allowing himself to bo outgeneraled by Commandant General Jou- r bcrt. From the scanty advices received up to 11 p. ra. It BComa certain that the disaster was a simple repetition of the battle of Ma- Juba hill , though on a larger scale. The two regiments were allowed to march into a trap set for thorn by the Bee s. It Is simply a case ot the Boer splilor and the guileless British fly , . Harsh things aro'ifca ln military circles Df tho' tactics which have made possible the nmbush of the Eighteenth Hussare at Glen- coo and now the loss of two fine regiments Sir George White's honest admission ot fill responsibility and the terms of his dispatch ore regarded In some circles as gradually plnclns his case in the hands of home authority and It la rumored this evening that the war offlco has decided to supersede him. The report , however , Is discredited in well Informed quarters. About 6,000 fresh troops will arrive n Capetown on Sunday next from England and will TJO available to reinforce Sir George White. Transports will arrive there dally pttq jyl y , viMI Viv tV flirt of-ntixt wol 28,600 troops will have been landed In South Africa. These men are intended for General oral Bailor's army , but they will undoubt edly bo detached to Natal If the situation there should 'become perilous. The British army will eventually reach the huge tola of 80,034 , of which 69,634 will toe regular and the other 20,000 miscellaneous , but ex cellent colonial troops. Hold Fortd nt Klmlicrlcy. CAPETOWN , Oct. 31. It is reported from Barkley West that the Boers are construct Ing forts around KItnberley for the purpos of shelling the town. IlocrH LONC One Thoniinml men. LONDON , Oct. 31. A special dispatch from Ladysmlth says tbo Boers suffered se verely during .the engagement , some per sons estimating their loss at 900 to 1,000 killed and wounded ) Untile nt Foot ot Unibniiliniic. 1 CAPETOWN , Oct. 31. 12:10 : p. m. The South Africa News publishes the following dispatch : LADYSMITH , Oct. 31. A battle Is pro ceeding nt the foot of Urabanbane , a few miles from Ladysmlth. Several shells have f dropped Into the town' . BRITISH CALL OUT MORE MEN - B- , . to Dntvii Upon Thnt They Iliive UiulrrtuUcn n lllir Contract. LONDON , Oct. 31. The war office has re ceived a dispatch from General White , com manding , the British forces at Ladysmlth , reporting that the Royal Irish Fuslleeis , No. 10 Mountain battery , and the Gloucester shire regiment wcro surrounded In tha hills by the Borre , nnd , after losing heavily , obliged to capitulate. General Whlto adds that the casualties have not yet been ascer tained. The following lii the text of General White's dispatch to the war offlce : "LADYSMITH , Oct. so. 10:35 : a. m. i have to report a disaster to the column sent by jno to take a position on a hill to guard the loft tlnnk of the troops. In these opera tions today the Royal Irish Fusllcers , No. 10 Mountain battery and the Gloucester shire regiment were surrounded In the hllla and after losing heavily had to capitu late. Tbo casualties have not yet been ascertained , "A man ot the Fusllcers , employed as a hospital orderly , came In under a flag ol truce with a letter from the mirvlvora of tbo column , who asked for assistance to bury the dead , I fear there Is no doubt ol the truth ot the report. "I formed a plan , In the carrying out of which the disaster occurred , and I am alone responsible for the plan. There IB no blame whatever to the troops , as the posi tion was untenable. " General White , in a subsequent dispatch nays ; "Tho following la a list of the officers taken prisoners today ; Staff Major Adyo ; Irleh Fuullccrs : Colonel Carleton , Major Munn , iMnjor Klncald , Captain Burrows , Captain nice , Captain Stiver , Lleu- tcrtant Heard. Lieutenant Southey , Lieutenant Phlbba , Lieutenant McGregor , Lieutenant Holmes , Lieutenant Kelly , Lieu tenant Dooncr , Lieutenant Kentish , Lieuten ant Klnabau , Lieutenant Jeudwlne , Chaplain Matthews. Of the above Captains nice and Sliver and Lieutenant Dooncr wore wounded. Glouccsteruhlre regiment : Major Humphrey , Major Capel-Cure , Major Wallace , Captain Duncan , Captain Conner , Lieutenant Bryant , Lieutenant Nlsbet , Lieutenant Ingham , Lieutenant Davoy , Lieutenant Knox , Lieu tenant Temple , Lieutenant Jladlce , Lteutcn- nt Breul , Lieutenant Hill , Lieutenant Short , Lieutenant Smith , Lieutenant Mackenzie , Lieutenant Ileaeley , Lieutenant Gr r , Ot the above Captains Duncan and Conner were wounded. Royal artillery : Major Bryant. Mounted battery ) Lieutenant Wheeler , Lieu tenant Nugent , Lieutenant Moore , Llcuten- nt Webb. " While minor -reverses were not wholly un- expected , nothing Hko the staggering blow General Joubert delivered to General White's forces yesterday was anticipated , The full extent of the disaster in not yet acknowl edged , it It Is known at the war office , The lots In effective men must bo appalllng'to a general v ho Is practically surrounded. Two ot the finest British regiments and a mule battery deducted from the Ladysmlth garrison weaken It nbout a fifth of Its total strength nnd alters the whole situation very In favor of the Boers , who have themselves stern fighters and cglst8 of no mean order , The the British from WOO to 2,000 x Devon-pound screw guns , and s the Boer artillery Is already stronRer ban Imagined , the capture ot these guns will bo a great help to the Boers. Further news must bo awaited before It s attempted to fix the blame where It bo- ongs. General Whlto manfully accepts all ho responsibility for the disaster , which ap parently was nt least partially duo to the tarapedlng of the mules with the guns. From the list It will bo seen that forty- .wo officers were made prisoners , besides a newspaper correspondent , J , Hyde. The Interest In the news waa universal , icrvadlng all classes nnd conditions ot Lou- Ion's populace. The newspaper extras wcro eagerly read In business houses , on the streets and by women In their carriages. Then there was a rush to the War office , which , by noon , wns surrounded with prlvato carriages and hansoms , while many ot the humbler class cf people came on foot , all waiting and watching for the names they held dear. Never was the old saying "Bad news travels thickly" bet- er exemplified than today. By noon gloom and bitter sorrow prevailed throughout the British metropolis. Illmnny nt the Wnr OIIlcc. At the government offices no effort was made to conceal the feeling of dismay pre vailing. One official Bald to n representative of the Associated Press : "It Is Inexplicable and I am sorry to say that Its moral effect Is Inestimable. We have lost heavily , and have had regiments almost wiped out , butte to have regiments captured and by the Boers It ia terrible. " An official of the war office'said to a rep resentative of the Associated Press : "Tho disaster Is more likely due to the craze of our younger officers to distinguish them selves , obtain mention in the dispatches and earn the Victoria Cross than to the fault of that splendid Indian veteran , General White , in spite of his avowal. " As the day were on the crowd arbund the war office swelled to enormous proportions tions , and at Gloucester , the home of many of those engaged , the wildest excitement pre vailed. The special editions of the local newspapers were opeedlly exhausted and the same thing occurred at Bristol and other towns In that county. Coming so soon after the engagement at Rletfonteln , where the Gloiicestcrs suffered heavily , it brought the keenest sorrow to households all over the county whose name the regiment bears. Cnll for More Men. It Is learned by the Associated Press that the war office has ordered a second army corps to bo In readiness to be called out. The military officials have not yet decided whether the consummation of the plan will bo necessary , but they are determined to have everything In readiness either for a demonstration in Europe of Great Britain's capabilities or for sending even a larger force to the scone of action. Until the receipt of the 'news of the Lady- CTsith rfl.'ias..sr the latter"csur.3ii v , .s euiiukl- cred out of the question. But now there is no knowing what steps will be decided upon. White May lie tire. Reporvs nro current here that General Whlto may retire to Plctermarltzburg , while the railroad Is Intact. There I * much di vergence of oplnlcn In military circles as to the advisability of such a steo. The disaster had an Immediate effect on the Stock exchange here , where consols fell J , . South African securities dropped heavily , Rand lines falling 2 points. Rio Tlnto3 fell 5i. The afternoon newspapers made only brlet editorial comments on the news from Lady- smith , but their headlines voiced the feeling of general sorrow. The tone of the edl- orlals can bo summed up In the following statement : "It Is evident that the patriotism and fortitude of the nation are to be tested In' real earnest by these operations of ours In , Natal against great odds. General Whlto lad a difficult task set him and wo must , .alee the disaster with the dogged coolness which Britons know how to display. We shall await the final result without appre- lonslon. " The Glebe calls upon the British empire : o receive this "bitter and unpalatable dis patch with the spirit of a great nation that relies upon Its Invincible reserves of strength. " * While announcement today of the arrival cf General Buller nt Capetown" was received by the British with unfeigned catlsfactlon , It is pointed out the general cannot end the war without an army corps and some of the troops which are to compose It have not even left England for South Africa. Cordial Welcome for Uuller. Dispatches from Capetown show that General Buller's reception there was most enthusiastic. He was welcomed by General Sir Frederick Forestler-Walker , after which they both entered a carriage nnd drove to the government house , escorted by mounted police and mounted volunteers. They wore wildly chcored by the throngs of people lin ing the route. There wcro erica of "Avenge Majuba" and wild cheers for the general. General Buller's face was Impassive as ho returned military salutes for the cheers. Other advices from Capetown show that the Boers are gathering In considerable force at Dewdrop , southwest of Ladysmlth , while large forces of Boers are advancing over the Helpmaakar road. A big ramp of Boers Is to bo formed between Harrlsmlth bridge and Potgotiero farm camp , at Dewdrop - drop , which , It IB said , will extend four miles. An Englishman who has arrived at Allwalnorth , from Pretoria , whence be was expelled by way of Bloemfoutoin , says that when ho left Pretoria all the stores there were carrying on business as usual. Pres ident Kruger win still there and he did not see any wounded at Johannesburg. Some of the Transvaal papers are still publish ing and contain glowing accounts ot the success of the Boer army , saying that Klm- berloy and Mafcklng are expected to fall at any moment , while Bechuanaland la con quered and annexed , that the republican arms are also successful in Natal and that tbo burghers are continuing their victorious march south , capturing British prisoners and stores. The papers admit that the bat tle ot Rlandslaagto waa a reverse for the Boers , who lost thirty killed , had many wounded nnd that elghty-Ave Boers were made prisoners , Ladysmlth , according , to tbo Boer newepapera , Is soon to be taken , Conlldent of SIICCCNM , The Englishman added that tbo Boers are absolutely confident of their ultimate triumph and believe the whole of Natal Is already practically In their hands. A dispatch from Vryburg dated October 25 slvea a report of a speech of Command ant Delarey when hoisting tbo Boer flag there. Ho declared that the flag of , the republic was now floating over the whole country north cf the Orange river and that ( Continued on Second Page. ) Members of the latmljr and Physician Make Public Statement , HIS AILMENT IS A HEART TROUBLE Ka in lly Announce * Vice ITonldent AV111 Sot llcturn to WnMHliiKtnii or A mi I n Take 1'nrt in 1'ulillo Affair * Should He Ilnlly. PATERSON , N. J. , Nov. 1. 2:30 : a. in. Vlco President Hobart Is renting ( lutctly. Ho has slept since S o'clock and Dr. New- toil reports his condition Improved. A re- lapao or death Is expected within the next twclvo houro. PATERSON , iN , J. , Oct. 31. The follow Ing statement cf the origin and development ottho Illness of Vlco President Itcbnrt baa ( been given out by his family and physician : "There nro several reasons why the exact nature of the vlco president's Illrusj b been withheld. In the first place , the fam ily has desired to reserve to lUc'.f the priv ilege of retaining such facto as were o [ a private nature , nt the same tlmo recognizing the rights of the public. Moreover , there were reasons connected with the vlo pres ident's relations with the government which provided a similar policy. This waa done , however , not for the purpose cf secrecy butte to avoid embarrassment. In addition the effect of publicity upon the vlco president's health had to bo considered. Ho was a diligent reader of newspapers and It was observed that the alarming repbrts which crept Into the papers and there met the vlco president's yes inado a most unfavorable Impression. For these , reaeo-ns It was deemed advisable to keep certain facts from the public. Recently tno family anu pnysicians have decided to place the facts more clearly before those Interested and the following statement Is Issued : "The lllncEs of the vice president may to said to date from the fall cf 1898 , prior to his return to Washington in November. At that time his physicians observed symptoms ot embarrassed roiplratlon , with frequent at- tacka of angina pectorls. Th's condition re sponded readily to treatment and when the vlco president went to Washington In the latter part of November he was In good [ health , He stood remarkably we'l the Etrala and excitement incidental to the opening of congress and ho was making favorable prog ress until in January ho boair.o a victim of the grip. Following this there was a return of heart trouble , accompanied with signs ot degeneration. His ailment was diagnosed ns dilated heart due to myocar ditis. The recovery frcm this attack was lesi rapid and on the last day of the seEelon of the senate the strain and excitement ot de livering the closing speech were so great that ho was on the verge of a collapse. "A for. " weeks afterward , toward the mid dle of March , the vlco president and family , with the presidential party , went to Thomas- vllle , Ga. , to visit Senator Hanna. The fa tigue ot the trip alfected Mr. Hobart ve'ry much and his condition was further impaired by the intense heat and humidity then pre vailing. As agon as possible ho was taken to Lonp Bjyinch. . vyb rn h ° ' nellrlHl rtinlfji wore expected , ills progr Ea'"iowar t , recov ery was not made , however , at the rate that was anticipated and a trip to Lake C'aam- plaln , with the fatigue and expcsuro inci dental thereto , hastened rather than retarded the couise of his disease. Since then his sys tem has not responded to the ministrations of his physicians and the critical condition of the last few days has been the result. "It should bo added that ever since his Ill ness became serious the vlco president has had the benefit of the best medcal advice and treatment. His attending and consulting physicians have at all times agreed upon the naturu of his disease and on the treatment of It and the results to be expected. "It Is apparent from this statement that the vice president is In no condition to resume - sumo his political duties at Washington. Ills family , therefore , desires to announce that he will not return to Washington , nor will ho again take part In public affairs. Ills condi tion today is such that a fatal attack may re sult at any moment or his present condition may be indefinitely prolonged. " HEAVY LOSSES ALONG COAST Much Property Destroyed nt Hesorts JVenr WllmliiKtoii , A. C. , Ilut No I.ONII of Jlf < - Ilcjiortcd. WILMINGTON , N. C. , Oct. 31. Author. Itatlve reports from Wrlghtsvillo and Car olina beach say the northeaster which prevailed all ot yesterday reached the height of its fury in that vicinity at 4 o'clock this morning. Much property waa de stroyed , but no loss of life has been re- ! ported. At Wrlghtsvillo there are sixty cot- ages and of this number fifteen are a total oss and the others are badly damaged. The ota Is estimated at from $20,000 to $25,000. The trestle of the Wilmington Seacoast railroad and track , aggregating in extent about three miles , is a wreck , and the dam age is estimated at from $10,000 to $50,000. At Wrlghtsvillo sound , on the mainland , one mile this side of the beach , considerable damage was done and this IOES is estimated at several thousand. The two large summer tiotels on the beach were damaged to some extent. < At Carolina beach , near the mouth of the river , there are about twenty-flvo cottages , boat and club houses and also n largo hotel. About eighteen of these wore totally de stroyed and tbo remaining ones were badly damaged. Thin lees Is placed at from $12,000 to $15,000. The maximum velocity of the wind hnre was sixty miles an hour. At tbo beaches and at Southport the velocity was estimated nt from seventy-five to ninety miles per hpur. GENERAL TRACY ON THE STAND Chief -Wllm-nn Itefore the Mmet In- ventlnutlnii Committee ItcKiiril- Incr Iliimnpo Wntcr Denl. NEW YORK , Oct. 31 , The Mazet Investi gating commilttea resumed iti1 healings to day. General Benjamin F. Tracy wao the chief witness called and ho was examined by Counsel Mos3 , Commltteeman Hoffman and President Grout of the borough of Brooklyn. General Tracy eald In answer to Mr , Moss' questions that be had been connected with the Ramapo Water company since 18S7 , that ho was Its president In 1895 , that he had never received a compentatlon excspt 650 chares ot itcck which bo has since sold. General Tracy went on to say that he waa president of the charter committee and was an cx-ofllclo member of the commute ? on drafts. He had nothing to do , however , with the drafting cf any part of the charter relating to water supply. Among other reasons ho gave for resigning tha office of president of the company waft that bo felt that no company could advance tha capital to float It BO long OB ono man Mf , Lament , who bad induced him to be come a shareholder , retained control. HP said the newspapers had , begun to abuse him and to vilify him foe his partnership with Senator Platt'u eon. "I thought that as n whole , " ho said , "I would not take the responsibility of being the head of a company that , however honest It might be , would bo abused If It made a contract with the city. " TO IMPROVE THEJJIYIAHA ROAD KortliwrMtern 1'rcpnrlnc to ntpniid UN KnollltlcM llelyrecu Oiimlin nnil Slims City. CHICAGO , Oct. 31. The Record tomorrow will say : Thj Chicago & Northwestern system Is preparing to make Improvements to lie track nnd the shops ot the Chicago , St. Paul , Min neapolis & Omnha road , which will cost $22j,00i. It Is known that thrao Improve ments will bo but the beginning ot bigger things In the way of bringing the .system tea a higher standard. For years it has been expected that as coon as the Sioux City & Pacific road from Sioux City to Council Bluls , which now Is , leased by the Northwestern , was sold at forcclceura sale the Northwestern would coma Into possession of It and secure Its own terminals In Sioux City and then Im mediately 'begin ' the extension cf the branch line now terminating at Melville , but twenty mtloi away , and In the feamo county with Sioux City to Sioux City and to Centervlllo , S. D. , beyond ; also that a largo union pas senger station would bo erected nt Sioux City for three lines the Northwestern piopc ? , the Chicago , St. Paul , Minneapolis & Omahn and tha Union Pacific. This ex panelon ID expected to bo well under way bcforu next summer. Them soemn to bo llttlo reason for doubt ing that the Sioux City & Pacific foreclosure sale will bo ordered by the next congress and the active chances which already' ' are taking ehnpo In a preliminary way seem convincing evidence that the Northwestern will spend Jl.OOC.OOO In Sioux City and vastly increase III passenger nnd freight' business to and from tha Iowa city. The changes decided upon by General Man ager Scott and General Superintended Stuart , by reasons of the plans of the chief engineer who recently visited Sioux City , contemplate the practical rebuilding of the shopo of the Omaha roae equipping them with tha most modern machinery so that they can handle tha h&xvlcst ef lot'oino- tlvu and car Improvement work , which now haa to bo sent to St. Paul. TO SHUT OFF SPECIAL RATES Ilnllrond Olllclnla Inniiunrnte n 'nis- pnltrniriiiiiit JlaUlunr Hciliicetl UntcN to Fulr nml Cnrnlvnls. CHICAGO , Oct. 31. Officers of a number of the Important roads running out ot Chicago cage are Inaugurating a campaign against the practice of making reJuced rates to street fairs , carnivals , festivals and all out side demonstrations gotten up with the solo object' ' of drawing trade to particular com munities at the expense ot others. These .fairs have grown to such proportions tions , say the railroad men , that they are injuring freight and passenger business. The theory ia that they dralp Vne community attho expense of another , mulling in con- MRS , PUGH A VICE PRESIDENT \ebrumUa . IleprcHenteil nt Nntlonat Ilounchulil Economic Anooclntlon Mcctliii ; nt Chicago. CHICAGO , Oct. 31. The National House hold Economic association , which has for Its object the "Rational con sumption of more rational food , " held the first session of a two days' meeting hero today. The first speaker was Mrs. Ellen M. Henrotin. Her subject was "Finance in the Home. " Dr. Mary E , Green , the retiring president , addressed the association , giving her expe rience as head of diet kitchens at Fort Thomas and Fort Myer during the war with Spain. The election of officers resulted as fol lows : Mrs. Ellen M. Henrotin , honorary president ; Dr. Mary E. Green , honorary vice president ; Mrs. S. B. Lamed of Syracuse , N. V. , acting president ; Mrs. Mary Moody Pugh of Omaha , vice president ; Mro. Ellen Marshall of Chicago , secretary and treas urer ; Mrs. Maria S. Owing of Chicago , chair man of the press committee. These state vlco presidents were present nnd gave reports : Mrs. J. E. Keeler , Con necticut ; Mrs. Charles H. Kcer , Illinois ; Mrs. Mary Moody Pugh , Nebraska ; Mrs. W. G. Shatler , Now York ; Mrs. S. N. Balrd , Wash ington. ESCAPE CUT OFF BY FLAMES Three I'crxoiiN Are Known ( o llnvc I'crlHht'il In tlii > ItiirnliiK. of Montrrtil HoMtclry. MONTREAL , Oct. 31. The Webster house , at the corner of St. James and Cathedral streets , was burned this morning. Several lersons are supposed to have been burned or suffocated. Three bodies have been recov ered. Following is a list of casualties ao far as ascertained : Dead : JAMES WILSON , deputy sheriff , Sherbrooke - brooke , P. Q. T. J. BENBOW , caretaker drill shed , Ot tawa , Ho had been to Quebec to see his fion , ulio la with the Canadian contingent for the Transvaal , Ho Jumped from a second-story window. JANE GAFFNEY , scrubwoman , from sut- focatlon. Injured : Colonel J. G. Oswald , a retired military officer , who boarded at the hotel , Is in a dy ing condition. Several other guests were'slightly scorched. TWO MILLION GOLD OUTPUT Cripple Crock ISxcceilN thnt Amount In October , IjiirKCMt Month' * I'ro- diictloii In DM IllHtory , CRIPPLE CREEK , Oct. 31 , The gold out put of the Cripple Creek district In October was $2.001,600. This Is the first month's production that has exceeded $2,000,000 , It la estimated that tbo total of the year will not fall short of $18,000,000. McthodUtM Will Send .Honey ( o Inilln. CLEVELAND , O. , Oct. 31 , Tro ) Women's Foreign Missionary society of thn Methodist church considered today a proposition to unite with the Home Missionary ooclety and decided that both could do the most eooil working separately. It was agreed teat at once send money to the mUulonurleH In India who cabled several day ? ago for help on account of a recent landslide which killed many people , Co I ( line lloiuu In Wrecked. CHARLESTON. B. C. . Oct. 31.-A small frtrtno clwelllnt ? occupied liy a colored fam ily wuu wrecked here hint night by the storm , one child being killed nnd thren injured , The storm wax uevere. thn wind reaching u velocity of tlfty-eleht miles nn hour , Shipping in the iiurbor buffered no damage and no marine dlsubtcru have yet been reported. SC1IURMAN ON SULU TREAH Pint American to Visit Jib , Beat of Qov ernmsnt In the Atchipelago. HOLDS AN INTERVIEW WITH SULTAN Military ARrccment > llrtwpon Oenrrnl Ilutc * ntul the Snltnn \otlilnu Mure Tlinn nn Uxtcrnnl Pro tectorate Over liiltimlH. WASHINGTON , Oct. 31. In view of the current dlscuulon of the military agree ment between General Bates and the sultan of Sulu the report of Mr. Schurman on this subject is interesting. Mr. Schurman was the first American to visit Jolo , the scat ( 1 of Spanish government in the Sulu archipel ago , nnd had an extended interview with the sultan before the arrival of General Bates. The arrangement entered Into be tween the sultan and General Bates was considerably Inlluenccd by this visit. Al though the full text of thb agreement with the sultan was not made public by the Washington authorities It rany bo said It practically conforms to the convention pre viously existing between the sultnn and Spain. In this agreement Spain never claimed anything more than nn external protectorate In the Sulu group , the right to suppress" piracy In its waters and to prevent periodic migrations of oath-bound Mohammedans , i who went to the northern islands under n vow to kill Christians and thus secure an entrance Into paradlso. Prof. Schurman said today , when ques tioned about the probable continuance of polygamy nnd slavery In the Islands after they came under American dominion , that | this was a question that would have to be , dealt with "carefully to bring about a Balls- factory solution. "It seems to me , " eald ho , 'that were it not for the ignorance displayed the present hue nnd cry about polygamy nnd slavery in these Islands would bo absolutely crim inal. In taking charge of the Sulu group wo have acquired no righto ot any sort | i there except those bequeathed us by Spain , j I She was bound by her agreement with the oultan not to Interfere -with the religion or customs of the island and it would be very unwise for us to attempt this by force when It can bo ultimately accomplished by the Blower method of civilization nnd edu cation. The Sulu group proper contains about 100,000 Inhabitants. They are all Mo hammedans , as are about 150,000 of the resi dents of Mindanao , directly east. AVonld Precipitate a llloody AVnr. "To attempt to Interfere with the religion of these people would precipitate one of the bloodiest wars In which this country has ever been engaged. "They are a different race , physically and mentally , from the residents of the Vlsayan isles , powerful men and religious fanatics of the rncst pronounced type who care noth ing for death and believe that the road to heaven can bo attained by killing Christians. Polygamy is a part of their religion and slavery , about which so much is being said , just now Is a mild type of feudal bondage. "The sultan believes from what ho has seen of Americans that they are .ready to be frlwdlv and iiwl bytfffl.tly wlpi hljri. , Our soldiers and officers travel Into the interior of Jolo with perfect Impunity where Span- lards have never dared to set foot. It has been suggested directly to the sultan that ho should maintain nn American of good standing as a. confidential adviser at his court , to advise him as to material Im provement , which is bound to come when they are thrown into touch with the civilized world. I believe he will take kindly to this suggestion nnd the leaven of civiliza tion Introduced In this way will ultimately do the work which armed Interference with immemorial religious customs would never accomplish. "We have before us the caeo of England In her various possessions and of the Dutch in Java , where a remarkable work of civi lization and progress has been accomplished. Wo should take a leaf out of their book , which shows us that semi-barbarous people can be frequently led -where they cannot be driven. j "I have been harshly criticised for taking I this stand in regard to the Sulu Islands since I returned , but It is my serious belief that what I have Just stated Is the truth and that any attempt to interfere by force In the Sulu islands at this tlmo will bring on a bloody and wholly unnecessary war. " NO PAUSE OF YOUNG'S COLUMN Aitvnnce Continued < oorth nnil Emit Thonirh llncl Ilonil * Make Travel DUUcult. WASHINGTON , Oct. 31. Cable advices to the War department today Indicate that General Young's column Is steadily continu ing its advance In spite of unfavorable con ditions. A cablegram from General Otis says : "Young's advance north and cast of Ca- 'banatuan ' will occupy Talavora and prob ably Allaga today , objective points being San Jose and Carranglan ; wet season has rendered roads In that section Impractica ble for wagon transportation and progress difficult. " A message from General Miller at Manila states that William P. Chamberlain , the messenger who was wounded in the fight in which Captain Guy Howard was killed , is doing well. SPAIN HOLDS THREE ISLANDS Count ( I'AIiiiiulUN Dec-larcn Two Ilf- tuiieH mill Cnluynii InlimilN North of Ijuzoii llelouc to Synln. MADRID , Oct. 31. A sensation was caused tonight by the declaration of Count d'Almades that , by the ignorance of the Spanish-American treaty commission , three islands of the Philippine group , the two Ba- taues and Calayan islands , both north ot Luzdn , wcro not Included In tbo scope of the treaty. Theao Islands , he asserted , ought to be made tbo basts of negotiations for the liberation of the Spanish prisoners. WASHINGTON , Oct. 31. The Islands In the Philippine group , referred to in the Ma drid dispatch as not having been Included In the treaty ceding the archipelago to the United States , are not regarded by the mem bers of the Philippine commission UK of any Importance and no regret , tboeay , need bo felt If the statement obould pr-ve cor rect , The rpinion was expressed by one of 'tha ' commissioner. ) that thb Islands referred to are not worth negotiating for , as they would not lie of any material benefit. They are not thickly populated and their commerce b tuiall , as the Islands are out of the way of the regular ocean travel , The terms of the peace treaty placed the northern bound ary of the limit of cession along or noir the twentieth parallel of north latitude. The Islands of the Batanes group are north ot latltuda 20 and If tbo parallel should bo strictly adhered to they would not fall wthln ( the scope of the treaty. A general study of maps prepared in Manl'a for tha use ot the commleslonera show the Calapin Islands belong to the Babuyan group , which CONDITION OK THE WEATHER Forecast for Nebraska Fair : Colilcr : Northerly Winds. Temperature n ( Uninlin ycMerdnyi llniir. I > FK , Hour. UC-K- SI it. in IK 1 p. ni. . . . . . < IB 41 n , in 17 i ! p , in 7 n , in -1(1 it p. in ( Ill S n.'m Ill .1 p. in ( IT it n. in. i. . i. r : t n 11. m. . . . . . m 10 n , in r. I < i ji. in OB ji n. in tit ? 11. m n i 12 in. . . 01 ii. 111 nee o 11. m 17 llea south of Iho twentieth parallel and coma within the scopa of the treaty. MuMer Out Ti\o SAN FRANCISCO , Oct. 31. The Forty- fourth Infantry arrlvcil hero today and went Into camp nt the I'rcslillo. The Fifty-first Iowa regiment will bo paid off and mustered out tomorrow and will stnrt for homo. The First Washington regiment will bo mustered out tomorrow , but wilt not go homo until Thursday. The regiment will bo divided In two detachment ? , one going by rail and the other by sea. SOUTH DAKOTA RATE CASE It Ii ArKiiPil nt I.eiiffth llofore the Supreme Court nt the Nntlnnnl CnnKnl. WASHINGTON. Oct , 31. ( Special Tele gram. ) The case of the Chicago , Mil waukee & St. Paul Hallway Company against the 'Hallway ' Commissioners of South Dakota , Involving what are known as the maximum ratal cases , was today argued In the United States supreme court en appeal from the circuit court of the United States for the district of South Da kota. The opening argument for the rail way was made by iA. B. Ktttrldgo of SloUx Falls. Mr. Klttrldgo presented the side ot Iho company In a clear , forceful manner and h ? occupied the attention of the court for moro than two hours. Mr. Klttrldge gave the history of the case and called at tention to the omission of operating ex penses from Judge Garland's computations. He argued that this was a fatal error. He Insisted that the question ot operating ex penses had an Important bearing on tha case and that without considering them no correct Judgment could be reached. Mr. Klttridgo contended that the local operat ing expenses are much higher than the ex penses of through business , or upon busl- , ncsa of the entire system like the Chicago , ' Milwaukee & St. Paul. He showed that local operating expenses in South Dakota are at least 85 or 90 per cent of the. earnings an * pointed out that If the reductions ordered by the commissioners wcro enforced the earnings would not bo sufficient to pay operating expenses. Mr. Null followed In behalf of sustaining the decision of the lower court. Ho con fined himself principally to the reading ot extracts from hla brief filed several days ago. Attorney General Pyle also referred to points of the brief of the state. At the ro- qucst of the attorneys for the railroad com missioners an additional hour "was granted by Justice Fuller to each side. This car ried the case over until tomorrow , some thing over four hours 'being ' occupied by each elde today. Indian Commissioner Jones said today that plans for the insane asylum for In dians , to be erected at Canton , S. D. , will ' tc-njodllod sc IB to opablo the jovarnmcnt to build the Institution within the appro priation of $45,000 made .by congress. Pro posals were recently received at the Indian offlco for the work , but they were all in excess of the money available tor this pur pose. Advertisements will be authorized acaln calling for bids. An order was Issued today discontinuing the postoffice at Rock Creek , Mitchell county , la. 'Mail will ba sent to Dixie. Caroline B. Illchter was today appointed postmistress at Ourtown , Turner county , S. D. Vnlnnlilc Mnll SnluncrKciI. WASHINGTON , Oct. 31. The Treasury department has received Information that all of the treasury imall whlth left hero yester day evening at 4 o'clock for the sub-treasury at Now York went down on the ferryboat Chicago. It Is expected that practically all of the letters , warrants and drafts will be found on recovery to bo decipherable , and In that event little delay will be experienced In sending duplicates. No money was sent in that mail. \ow OrlrniiH lit I'lintii WASHINGTON , Oct. 31. The New Or leans arrived at Punta Delgada , Azores , to day on its way to Manila. The Monocacy has arrived at Hankow , China. Captain Dyer has been relieved from his assignment as commandant of the Havana naval station owing to Ill-health. CoiiilKloim III 1'nrio Rico. WASHINGTON , Oct. 31. The report ot Brigadier General George W. Davis , com manding the department of Porto Illco , was made public today by the War department. It contains a large amount of Interesting material on the social , commercial and po litical conditions In the Islands. Cniitnlii liiullow Iletlreil. WASHINGTON , Oct. 31. Captain Nlcoll Ludlow hna been retired with the rank of rear admiral In tbo navy , on his own appli cation , after thirty years of service. Captain Ludlow Is a Boo-ln-law of Mrs. Washington McLean and brother-in-law of Mrs. Hazen. IMPORTANT LABOR DECISION I'ciiiiMylvnnln Judtie Dcolnren Imlior UnloiiN Iluvc No lllKht to Con trol Apprenticed. PITTSBURO. Pa , , Oct. 31. Animportant decision was handed cjawn today by Judge Whlto of the county courts against labor unions. Tbo case was ono which caused a great deal of comment In labor circles all. over the country. C , L. Flaccus , a glass manufacturer of Tarentum , Pa , , brought suit against the officers of tbo Amcrlcnu Flint Glass Workers' union to prevent them from Inducing the apprentices of the plaintiff to Join the union. The decision holds that the plaintiff has a right to operate his factory independent of the union nnd that the defendants have no right to pursuade his apprentices to become members of their organization. Referring to alleged rules of trades unlon which prevent a young man from learning a trade without the consent of the unlqn , the Judge says ; "Such rules nnd regulations of these trades unions strike at the llrtn principles of personal liberty In a free country nnd are oppressive and tyrannical. They are palpably - pably unjust to Individuals and dangerous to the peace and good order of society. " Movement * of Om'iin VCNMI-IM , ( ) < ( . . ' 11. At Movllle Arrived Anchorlu , from New York , for Glasgow , At Liverpool Arrived Dominion , from Montreal. At Manila Arrived Glonogle , from Ban Francisco , At Sydney Arrived Marlposa , from San Francisco. At Shanghai Arrived Empress of India , from Victoria , etc. At Glasgow Arrived Anchorlu , from New York. At Queenstown Arrived Waesland , from Philadelphia , for Liverpool. At Boulogne Arrived MnaMani , from New York , and arrived at Rotterdam at 10 D , m. ENGLAND IS AGHAST News of Ladysmith Disaster Throws British Public Into Blank Dismay i WORST DEFEAT FOR A HUNDRED YEARS White's Reverse IB Compared with Surrender of CornwalliB at Yoiktown. LOSSES REACH NEARLY TWO THOUSAND Sixty-One Officers in the Detachment Oap- tured by the Boers , ONE-THIRD OF THESE PROBABLY KILLED Grent llrltnln In Orontly Alnrtncd Lent There He a Gciiornl Upris ing of All the Dutch 111 South Af rlcn. . . ( Copyright , 169 ? , by Press Pulllshlng Co. ) LONDON , Oct. 31. ( New York World Cablegram Special Telegram. ) News of the disaster at Ladysmltb. threw London Into blank dismay when announced hero this forenoon , The afternoon pnpera first car ried tb.0 Information to the British public. It is agreed that this Is the greatest reverse to the British anus In 100 yoare. Experts draw a parallel between the Transvaal and the American revolution , citing Burgoyno'a defeat at Saratoga and Cornwallls' surrender at Yorktown. There la no published criticism of White , but In all places of resort ho Is denounced for his blunder In not operating distinctly upon the defensive. Acute alarm In man ifested lest the moral effect of the British losses will bo an uprising of all the disloyal Dutch In South Africa. Experts In commenting express grave feare that Whlto will bo forced to retreat from Ladysmlth to a line based on Fugela * river in order to protect Plctermarltzburg and Colenso. Such an operation , with Jou- bert on both flanks and rear , would ba fraught with the greatest danger and would Involve the abandonment of vast army stores for"woundod and medical corps , but unless some such movement Is made. White will be Isolated and the Boers left free to raid Natal down to Durban. Immediately upon the official announce ment of the report great crowds thronged the corridors of the war office , each person seeking particular information as to relatives nir Jiltndit in White' ? command. So dense and oxctted became the multitude that tlo ( doors wore closed and the police called late to clear the hallways and main entrance. No exact report of losses has yet been made public , but the best estimate is that 1,460 to 1,840 men have been captured or killed. The officers with the lost detachment numbered sixty-one. White's report shows forty-two of these prisoners. The inference drawn hpre is that the others have- been killed. No messages bearing Tuesday's date have- so far reached London from Ladysmlth. It any have reached the war office , they have not been published , but tbo belief Is that none have been received since White's mes sage , announcing tbo disaster. The ellenco is undoubtedly ominous and looks as If com munication had boon cut. Even the usual list of killed and wounded has not reached heret whereas In previous engagements it was published almost Immediately. FRANCE GREATLY PLEASED of the Ilrltlnh Itcvcme nt Lncly- nilth CIIUNCM SntlNfacttoii ACTOBM the Cliniinel , > LONDON , Oct. 31. Abroad , and especially In France , no palna are taksn to disguise the satisfaction felt In consequence of tha Brit ish rebuff. In Paris every means of spread ing tha news was used. Some of the more dignified papers' adopted a respectful ana sympathetic tone , but the majority was over- Joyed. The editor of the Patrle hung tbo Transvaal and Orange Free State flags out of the office wlndovsfl. The Presso predict * a general revolt of tbo Dutch population In South Africa. The Solr hlnta its regret that France did not adopt a different attitude luring the Fashoda crisis. The Courier Do Sour thinks thinks the continental powers will propose arbitration. Yves Guyot , In tha Soldo , IB almost alone n supporting Great Britain against the Boers. SEVEN VESSELS DESTROYED Two Armed C'olumliln Strainer * Ilr- porlnl n M .SliiUlntt liiNiiruent ! with iSOO Troop * . COLON , Colombia , Oct. 31 , ( Via Oalves- ton. ) A report btn reached hero that on October 23 two armed government steamers destroyed seven Insurgent vessels , one of the latter ntnklng with , It Is rumored , 200 eol- dlert' . The government troops were victorious In a pitched battle with the Inmirgonts near Bucararnanga. Tito Insurgent leader , Urlbo , waa klllod and the Insurgent leader , Ruiz , taken prisoner. H Is now believed that the revolution la ending. It ovol ii II ii ii IN In llepiilNfd , LIMA , Peru , Oct. 31 , ( Via Galveeton. ) An attempt was mndo at Plzco to start an other revolution. The promoters captured. the custom house , where a stcck of anna and ammunition was stored , and then at tacked the barracks. They were repulwd by the government troops- and Hod into the hll a. Advlcoj received from Plzco today gay all Is quiet , but tbo government will scad re inforcements. ItovoK In n ( 'liliic e 1'rovliioe. SHANGHAI. Oct. 31. The North China Dally New * haps a dispatch front Chun King , dated yesterday , saying that a native re volt has broken out at Jen-Hualh-Sten , proy- Inco of KueNChow , A maglitrate has be n murdered and tbo situation U con4der4 esrlotu. ,