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PARIS, Jan. 5 The French government
has cabled the commandant of the naval
squadron -on the Atlantic to proceed Im
mediately to Santo Domingo.
In view of the feeling in Santo Domingo
against the French consul In presenting
the Bolsmare-Caccavell claim of 280,000
francs, the following statement of the
French position is given from a source
whose accuracy of Information Is unde
niable: "In accordance with the treaty conclud
ed In IKS between President Heureaux
end the French minister to Haytl, the
government of Santo Domingo agreed to
urn over to the French consul a monthly
dered and damages sustained by families
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slnated In default of payment the treaty
against the improvement company having
the concession to collect the revenues of
the Is'and. Since the assassination of
President Heureaux the indemnity has
been withheld, hut on account of the dis
turbances following his death France
made no Immediate demand tor payment
As rooTe than six months have passed
without action and Santo Domingo show
ing bad faith in the execution of the obli
gations, the French consul, In conformity
with the treaty, received an order to place
an embargo on the revenues of the im
provement company. The execution of this
order provoked disturbances, which the
government of Santo Domingo has not at
tempted to suppress, and serious Insults
have been offered to France and the con
sulate As soon as advised, the French
government cabled to the commander of
the French Atlantic squadron to proceed
immediately to Santo Domingo."
Extensions of Time Recommended.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 The board of
naval construction today decided to rec
ommend to the department that exten
slons of time allowed for the construction
of the torpedo-boats now building be
granted to contractors on account of the
difficulty experienced by them la procuring
Roland Heed Better.
NEW TORK, Jan. S Roland Reed was
reported today to be resting comfortably
and much improved.
General Davis Is In New York.
NEW TORK, Jan. 5. General G. W.
Davis governor-general of Puerto Rico,
arrived Jaere today.
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183 SIXTH STREET
TOBACCO WAREHOUSE FIRE.
Nearly Half a Million Dollars Lost
in a Richmond Blaze.
RICHMOND, Va7Jan. B. Richmond
suffered this evening the severest fire
loss it has known for years. A fire which
broke out in the Merchants' & Planters'
tobacco warehouse, at Fifteenth and Ca
rey streets, in which was stored some
SC00 hogsheads of tobacco, destroyed that
building and spread across the street to
I Klngan's cold-storage plant, which suf-
lerea a loss of 530,000. The loss on the
tobacco In the Merchants' & Planters'
warenouse, aDout two-thirds of which
belonged to the American Tobacco Com
pany, is estimated at $350,000, with In
surance aDout sftw.uoo. The total estl-
mated loss Is $100,000; insurance, $350,000.
The Fire in Merirs Village
HART, Mich., Jan. 5.-The fire 'which
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er vlng TeTtroyed SSS
stores and the postoffice. exnrwo nnrf
township clerk's ofBces. The loss was
DR. W. Jl. HAMMOND DEAD.
Formerly Surgeon-General of the
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5. Dr. William A.
Hammond, formerly surgeon-general of
the army, died at his residence in this
city tonight from an attack of heart fail
ure. He expired before a physician could
be sumnjoned. Arrangements for the fu
neral have not yet Jeen completed. Dr.
Hammond was 71 years of age. At the
time of his death he was on the rolls Of
the United States army as a brigadier
general on the retired list
Verdict for Linotype Machinist.
BUFFALO, N. 'T.f Jan. 5 Edward'
Wunsch, a linotype machinist, "formerly
empioyea m me composing room of the
Evening News, who brought suit several
months ago against David Shankland, as
President of Typographical Union, No. 9,
of ls cIty t0 recover damages fon "al-
legea conspiracy in rorcing aim out of his
position because he refused to take out a
card In the Typographical Union, got a
verdict of $650 in the supreme court to
day. ( r -
Daily Treasury Statement.
WASHINGTON, Janl 5 -Today's stat.
ment of tho condition of the treasury
shows: -4 I J
jivuimuiB uiisu. ua.uuice............52JH.KnfW7
A Gold reserve. ...:.'.;. ,r..r. Se.ZoLgss'
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ALL ARE NOW FRE
American Prisoners Rescued
SUCCESSFUL END OF PURSUIT
Remaining: Members of Torktovm
Party Believed to Be at VIgan
Campaign In. Cavite.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 5. After a silence
of several days, General" Otis is able to
notify the war department of the com
plete success of the military operations
in Northwest Luzon, the main object of
which was the rescue of the American
prisoners which the insurgents took" with
them in their flight .
Although General Otis does not specify
Lieutenant Glllmore, U. S. N., by name,
the wording of his message Is taken to
mean that that offlcer is among the list
of rescued prisoners. General Otis' mes
sage is as follows:
"Manila. Colonels Hare and Howse
have just arrived at Yigan, Northwest
Luzon, with all the American prisoners.
Their successful pursuit Tvas a remarka
"Schwan and Wheaton are now with
separate columns in Cavite province.
"Affairs In Luzon, north of Manila, have
greatly improved. OTIS."
In the absence of a detailed statement
from the admiral as to the personality of
the prisoners, the officials of the navy de
partment have prepared the following
statement, which, although believed to be
correct is subject to amendment by Ad
American nava4 prisoners in the hands
of the Filipinos rescued hy Colonel Hare:
Captures from the Mariveles, William
Juraschka, boatswain's mate, first class,
born in Germany. s
Captured from the Urdanetta and be
lieved to have been just released:
Benjamin J. Green, coxswain, born In
San Francisco. ,
Edward Burke, ordinary seaman, born
George Daniel Powers, apprentice, first
class, born in Smartsvllle, Cal. '
James Farley, fireman, first class, born
In Newark, N. J.
Captured from the Torktown s boat and
believed to have been released:
Lieutenant J C. Glllmore
William Walton, chief quartermaster,
born in Man helm, Germany.
John Abworth, coxswain, born in Ports
mouth, N H.
Lyman Paul Edwards, landsman, born
In Peru, Ind.
Paul Vandolt, sallmaker's mate, born in
Silvio Brisolez, landsman, born in San
Albert OPeterson, apprentice, first class,
born In Oakland, Cal
Fred Anderson, landsman, born in Buf
By this statement it appears1 that the
following Torktown men wno -were
ntiMinnil YrfAA TAlnflCPfl?
William H. Binders, coxswain, born In
k Orrlsdri W, Woodbury, "seaman, born in
ffi,tssrr-7 TzM&aZp TZ
XXmzeu li. a. venviiie.fjapprpiHiceaeu
ond class, born in Dudley, England, next
of kin Mrs. H. D Mash, Sellwood, Or.
The statement thus makes it appear that
the following sailors Included ln the Ur
danetta and Torktown parties were killed:
Of the Urdanetta, Cadet W. C. Wood;
William Mitchell, seaman born in Buck
vllle. S. C, residence New Tork city;
Samuel Jones Tilden Herbert, ordinary
seaman, born In Charles county, Mary
land, residence Baltimore, Md ; Arthur
William Drummond, machinist, nrst class,
William Drummond, macmnist nrst ciass,
born in Canada, next 01 Kin jura. uavi,
Bathell. Canada: Thomas Gray, fireman.
second class, born in Buffalo; Samuel
Stone, seaman, born In Vilna, Mass., resi
dence Fall River, Mass.
Of the Torktown: John Dillon, lands
man, born In Gal way, Ireland; Charles Al
bert Morrissey, landsman, born in Colum
bus, Neb ; Ora B. McDonald, ordinary
seaman, born in Carmel Valley, Cal.; Ed
ward J. Nygard, gunner's mate, third
class, 'born in Warsaw, Russia.
Mrs. H. "D. Mash Notified.
It would not be easy to convey an ade
quate Idea of the joy and relief experl
onopfl hv Mrs. H. D. Mash, of Sellwood,
mother of G. A Venvllle. when informed
iocf -nrYit that her boy had oeen re
leased with the other members of tne cap
tured party from the Torktown.
"Oh, I cannot tell you how I feel at get
ting this glorious news, after having my
hopes deferred until my heart had grown
faint with waiting suspense. It can scarce
ly "seem possible that my dear hoy Is alive
and that I shall yet he permitted to see
him again, when I had almost given up
hope. It has been three years since he
went away on the Adams. He then was
transferred to the Bennington, and finally
Vi Vn-rlrrTTrrt TTo TPnntPfl tO CO to Ma
nila, but I was afraid that he would ba'j
in danger. It seems tnat ne was in dan
ger. He wrote me that he was shot at
a short time before he was captured with
the others from the Torktown. It has
been nine months, since he "was captured,
and I can hardly tell what a weary sus
nPTisn T have been In constantly. X would
sit as the days "went by and -wonder wheth- J
er my boy was aeaa or anve.. x ttouio
open the morning papers with fear and
trembling, lest I should read some fatal
news about him, yet I sought all the in
formation I could, get hold of to relieve ny
suspense. Information Tve got from the
department was to the effect that my hoy
had been wounded, but was well, and had
not been recovered. He was always a
good boy, and wrote me constantly."
The mother was simply overwhelmed
with the news. On the walls of the hum
ble little cottage Is a picture of the young
man, and the mother looked fondly on it
Her suspense has indeed been very great,
as the people of Sellwood can testify. It
was on the recommendation of Dr. Sell
wood that Venvllle went to sea for his
health three years ago.
REBEL STRONGHOLD CAPTURED.
Filipinos Shot and- Mutilated Five
MANILA, Jan. 6, 7 30 A. M. Advices
from Magalang, province of Pampanga,
Teport that Captain. Conhauser, with three
companies of the Twenty-fifth regiment,
captured the Insurgent stronshold of Co-
mancne, on .mount Arayat, "yesterday.
Three Americans were wounded,' but the
enemy's loss is not known.
Three members of the Ninth and two of
the Twelfth regiment, whom the. insur
gents held as prisoners, were shot and
horribly mutilated. Three of them are
dead and, the other two are recovering.
Captain Conhauser set flre,to the barracks
and the town.
ANOTHER ISLAND TAKEN.
Navy Hoists the Flag Over Sibutu,
t Near Coast ofVBorneo. '
WASHINGTON, Jan.j;5. The United?
States navy hasj taken jpbssession of- an
other ""island in?the East The news ofjr
the seizure was contained In the follow
ing dispatch: -
"Cavite, Jan. 5. On December 21, Wents
baugh,, commanding the Albay (a little
gunboat), hoisted the flag on Sibutu island
and the chief dato provided and raised tht
pole. Natives and North Borneo authori
ties pleased. WATSON."
Tho island lies at the southwestern angle
of the boundary line of the quadrangle
enclosing the Philippine group. It is prob
ably outside of the line, and lies verv near
the coast of Borneo, commanding the prin-
cipal channel, but is not one of the Islands
of the Philippines. The sultan of Jolo,
whose group is close to this island, Is be
lieved to claim jurisdiction over it, and as
his authority Is recognized by the natfve
tribes on the north coast of Borneo and
vicinity, it Is believed hl3 claim Is well
founded. It was probably at his Instance
that the naval officer commanding the
Movements of Transports.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5. The war de
partment has received a cable message
from General Otis, saying that the troop
ship Logan and the animal transport Wye
field had arrived safely at Manila.
In answer to a cable inquiry as to the
whereabouts of the freight steamer Vlc
toria, which had not been heard from
since her departure- from San Francisco,
October 16, Quartermaster-General Lud
ington today received a cable message
from Colonel Miller, quartermaster at Ma
nila, as follows:
"Victoria, with broken shaft, left Guam
for Manila December 25, towed by collie
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5. The United
States transport Sheridan sailed for Se
attle this afternoon. At that point she
will load supplies for Manila, but may
call here on her way down In- order to take
aboard some recruits.
Otis' Casualty List.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 General Otis
latest list of casualties is as follows:
Killed in action at Panique, December
31, Twelfth infantry, John Q. A. Carter,
Engagement near Santa Rosa, October
2S, Thirty-seventh infantry, George Lamb
kin; Twenty-second infantry, Harry H.
Wounded in action at Montalban, De
cember 27, Forty-sixth infantry, William
Patton, chest, mortal; Eleventh cavalry,
Sergeant Joseph L Hordemon, foot, slight;
Harry Ross, thigh, slight; Sergeant Fred
S. Taylor, leg, slight.
Action near San Mateo, December 29,
Twenty-ninth Infantry, Peter Thompson,
corporal, thigh, slight.
The Sclndln's Passengers.
VALLEJO, Cal., Jan. 5 The big collier
Sclndla, which went into commission a
short time ago, had orders to sail today,
but Rowing to work that still must be
done, she will be detained at the navy
yard until February 1. She will go to
Guam and Manila and carry many officers
and men who have been ordered to these
stations. Among her passengers will be
a battalion of marines for Guam and 100
apprentices for the Eastern station.
Ordered to South Africa1.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 5. General Otis
accordance with Instructions, Captain
Relchmann, Seventeenth infantry, now in
the Philippines, has been ordered to South
Africa, to report upon military operations
in the Transvaal.
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JOJK.o.iti AXU XXXAV'&IjXVHj JiLCW.
Finances and Expansion Discussed at
a Lincoln Banquet.
LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 5 The fourth
annual banquet of the Nebraska Travel
ing Men's Bryan Club was held tonight,
at the Lincoln hotel. Nearly 200 traveling
men and their guests were seated at the
tables. Colonel Bryan's address was the
feature. He complimented the club on
the increasing importance of its banquets.
and Dralc.ert the members fnr thir nniiUnni
zeal. Touching on national topics, he said
"We are now near enough to the national
convention to feel assured that there will
De no considerable opposition to the reaf
firmation of the Chicago platform. The
late elections destroyed the last hope of
those who sought to modify or subtract
from the creed enunciated in Chicago in
1S9G. The republican party has been driven
under the lash of the financiers to tho
open espousal of the gold standard, and,
spurred on by the national .bank corpor
ations, It has avowed its purpose to drive
the greenbacks out of circulation and aub
stitute a bank note issued and controlled
by tne natlonal banksS The democratic
party still contends for the restoration of
blmetallsm at the ratio of 1G to 1, the
only ratio advocated by those who believe
In the double standard. It also contends
for the greenback as against the hank
Mr. Bryan discussed the trust question
J at some length, p,nd then, taking up tho
suDject or imperialism, said:
"Commercial travelers who sought the
extension of trade by peaceful and legiti
mate means will not lend heir support
to the imperialistic metnods employed in
the furtherance of conquest. The commer
cial traveler has been eminently auccesa
lul as a persuader. He will not substitute
violence for reason.
"The questions now before the people
are now but manifestations of a jvlaloua
principle which pervades .all republican
policies, namely, that the dollar Is all, im
portant, and that struggling humanity de
serves no consideration."
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AT PARIS EXPOSITION.
Seven Thousnnd American Exhib
itors Have Applied lor Space
CHICAGO, Jan. 5 According to statis
tics collected by the Tribune, there will
be more than 7000 American exhibitors ati
the Paris exposition. Of thl3 number five
sixths are classified as exhibitors In ag
riculture, mines, literature and periodicals,
science and fine arts, religious, charitable
and other associations, schools, colleges.
etc The number of exhibitors In the pure
ly commercial orancnes who had accepted
space up to the first of the year was.
Among the large cities of the country,
New Tork leads in the number of commer
cial exhibitors, with 224 to Its credit. Chi
cago is second with U?; Philadelphia, 46;
Boston, 42; San Francisco, 37; Cincinnati.
21; St Louis, 10, and New Orleans,, 3.
These eight cities have among- them only
485 names on the list, leaving more than
600 to be distributed among the rest of the
Among the strongest numericallv are
the manufacturers of wines, who are go
ing to show the French experts what
America can do In the way pf producing.
champagne and all the other vintages in
which France has so long held .an easy
supremacy. These makers come from.
New Tork, Ohio, Florida and the Jaro
linas, but the largest rumber'is ffom Cal
ifornia. B ' ' t
Trainmen Killed hyv Dynamite. "
CHATTANOOGA, T.enn., Jan. 5. Word
has reached here of the killing ofvfour
men onthe Tennessee Central railroad,
eight "miles 4from Rockwood. They ""were
unloading dynamite when'a5quantltyiof it
exnloded. ' ,
A GALLANT CfjARG
Mafeking Force Attacked the
Boers at Gametree, ..
BUT WAS REPULSED WITH LOSS
British Advanced to the Walls of the
Dutch. Fort Before They "Were
LONDON, Jan. 6, 4:45 A. M. The Tlme3
publishes the following dispatch from
Mafeking, dated December 26:
"At dawnttoday Colonel Baden-Powell
organized an unsuccessful attack upon a
strong position of the enemy at Game
tree, two miles from Mafeking, from
which the Boers have been maintaining
a desultory, but annoying, shell and rifle
fire for several weeks. The railway has
recently been reconstructed between the
town and Gametree where the Bqprs had
destroyed it, the final repairs being made
in preparation for the sortie.
"During the night the armored train,
with Maxim and Hotchkiss guns under
Captain Williams and troops, took up po
sitions for attack from two sides. CaptainJ
Lord Charles Bentinck and a squadron
were in reserve on the left, 5vhlle the ex
treme left wing was occupied by artillery
under Major Panzera and a galloping
Maxim of the Cape police, the whole be
ing under Colonel Hore.
"Emplacements were thrown up during
the night, the orders being to attack at
dawn and tho artillery fire to desist upon
prolonged tooting from the armored train.
At daybreak the guns opened fire and
rapidly drew a reply from the enemy,
our shells bursting within effective range.
Captain Vernon gave the signal to cease
firing and to- advance, his squadron lead
"As our men engaged, the position with
the rifle fire, it was soon found that the
strength of the forts was greater than
we had supposed. The enemy concen
trated such an exceedingly hot fire that
the advance of Captain Vernon was al
most impossible, but with remarkable
heroism and gallantry Captains Sandford
and Vernon, Lieutenant Patton and Scout
Cooke, who guided the squadrons, and a
few men actually reached the sand bags
of the fort, within 300 yards of the area
of the fort
"But nothing living could exist there,
since the "ground was swept by Mauser
and Martini bullets The men who charged
through this zone of fire suffered terribly,
and in following their officers to capture
tho fort 20 "men lost their lives. Captain
Sandford was the first to fall, and Captain
Vernon, already twice wounded, and Lieu
tenant Patton were killed at the foot of
the fort These two officers, climbing a
ditch which surrounded the fort, thrust
their revolvers through the enemy's loop
holes, only to be shot themselves the next
"Gametree is surrounded with scrub
which contained many sharpshooters, "and
their accuracy of fire still further confused
the men who had followed Captain Ver
non and who saw him and his brother
officers kllledt Being without the com-
-manders, they Tvere driven off -at tme
po!ntr$hut they endeavored io scale ih
rort at otners. Tney round tne position
of the Boers, however, almost Impreg
nable. "When we retired under cover of the
armored train so many men had been
wounded that a suspension of hostilities
occurred under the auspices of the Red
Cross. The veldt around the Boer posi
tion was at once dotted with flags of
mercy, and It was seen that our wounded
were scattered within but a short radius
of the fort. We had almost completely
surrounded It, and, had it not been so
extraordinarily well protected, we should
have been in possession.
"I went with an ambulance to Game
tree. The fort Itself Is circular, with a
wide Interior and a narrow frontage, be
tween six and seven feet high, pierced
wlth triple tiers of loopholes and sur
Tounded by a ditch,"
"I was permitted to assist In dressing
the wounds, p. majority of which ap
peared to have been caused by explosive
bullets, the point of entry being small,
but the area of Injury covering a wide
region. While the wounded were being
attended, numbers of Boers left their en
trenchments and gathered round us. At
the conclusion of the dressing I spoke to
several tattered and dirty, but physically
fine men. Many of them were undersized,
and all wore beards.
"They referred me to the field cornet,
who denied the use of explosive bullets.
On being shown the horrible wounds, he
admitted that at one time explosive bul
lets had been served out, but he said he
was certain they had all been previously
expended, and that none could have been
used on this occasion. He then produced
a bandolier filled with dum dums, and
I pointed out tha- as far as Mafeking wa3
concerned these had been recalled.
"Later on I called thp attention of the
field cornet to four of his own men who
were rifling dead bodies. He expressed
his regret to a British offlcer that, despite
his instructions to respect the dead, the
younger Boers were unruly and beyond hl3
control, and he accused the British sol
idlers of stripping General Kock and leav
ing him naked and wounded on the field,
thus "indirectly causing his death."
X.ONDON, Jan 5. The war office has
received, through General Forestler
Walker, at Cape Town, the following dis
patch from Colonel Baden-Powell, dated
Mafeking", December 26:
''We attacked one of the erTemy's works
this morning, endeavoring to push back
the, cordon, northward. Our force con
sisted of three guns, two squadrons of the
Protectorate regiment, one of the
Bechuanaland rifles, armored trains, etc.
The en&my had strengthened their "works
during the night and doubled the garrison
since yesterday's reconnaissance. Never
theless, 6ur attack was carried out and
pressed home with the greatest possible
gallantry and steadiness, under a very
heavy fire. But all .efforts to gain the In
terior by escalade failed, the fort being
practically Impregnable. Our attack only
withdrew after six of our officers and a
large number of men had been hit Noth
ing could have exceeded the courage and
"The general situation remains un
changed, and the health and spirits of the
garrison are very satisfactory. 1 regret
to report the following casualties:
"Killed Captain R. J. Vernon. Captain
H. C. Sanfried, Lieutenant H. C. Patton,
18 noncommissioned officers and troopers.
"Wounded Captain Charles Fitzclar
ence, 23 noncommissioned officers ana
1 'Prisoners Three troopers.""
General Forestler-Walker points out
that, while the dispatch gives all the
names. It falls to show that six officers
OPERATIONS IN NATAL.
jrom Cheveley." vfP?
LONDON, Jan. G. A -dispatch to -the 1
Dally Telegraph from Frexe camp, dated
Friday, Jaunary 5, says:
"There has been firing today at Lady
smith and Colenso. A strong cavilcy re
connoisance, under Lord Dundonald, pro
ceeded" westward this morning toward
Springfield, where firing Is proceeding.
There is a revival of the report that the
Boers are short of provisions. General
Bullers army is eager for the advance."
FRERE CAMP, Natal, Jan. 5. There
was a reconnoisance in force from Cheve
ley this forenoon with 2000 horse and two
guns, the object being to locate the enemy
on a.,hni south of "Hlangwano hill. Sev
eral, shells were fired, supplemented by
the naval" guns. The enemy replied at
long range, but did not-touch the British.
Lord Dundonald, perceiving- a strong
mounted force issuing beyond the range
of the British guns, with the evident in
tention of working around our flank, di
rected the force to retire to Chevcley.
NO SUBSTAATIAI. GAINS.
The British Army Is Matin ff hut Lit
' LONDON, Jan. 6, 4-50 A. M. No de
cisive action is reported from South Af
rica this morning, military activity being
confined to points of subsidiary impor
tance. In the central theater of opera
tions the British apparently have rc
cured 10 substantial gains. The only
dispatch of dramatic Interest Is the nar
rative of useless gallantry at the sortie
from. Mafeking, where the stormera threw
themselves hopelessly against a strongly
defended Boer work.
The question of contraband seizures
takes almost the paramount place In the
thoughts of the public, the vague possi
bility that these may be mide a pretext
for Continental intervention disturbing
official and private observers. The gov
ernment's undevlatlng purpose to enforce
strictly the right of search has been set
forth In detailed Instructions dispatched
yesterday by the admiralty to the Brit
ish naval commanders in South African
waters, giving them weighty warnings,
without exception, to uphold the gov
ernment measures for the suppression of
the importation of contraband by way of
Lady Georgiana Curzon has received a
dispatch from Lady Sarah Wilson, at
Mafeking. dated December 25. saying.
"Both well," referring to herself and her
husband, who has been reported a3
The Dally Mall has the following dis
patch from Rensberg. dated January 4:
"Some Free Staters sent a petition to
President Steyn, asklnrr to return home.
He replied that they had crossed the bor
der without permission, and. as they had
no money to pay the damage done, they
must pay for It with their blood."
PITCHER RETIRED IN TIME.
Large Boer Force Was Preparing to
LONDON, Jan. 5. There Is still no Im
portant news from th front, but the si
lence which has descended on Buller's
huge force at Tugela river is believed to
be the prelude of another attempt to reach
Ladysmith. Meanwhile, the extraordinary
tenacity the Boers are displaying around
Colesburg tends to detract from the suc
cess of "General French.
Later news of Colonel Pitcher's raid
show s that some of his accounts were con
siderably exaggerated in regard to the ef
fect of the raid on the Boers and their
sympathizers. It is true, he successfully
drove a couple df hundred rebels from Sun
nyside, killing or wounding 30 and. captur-
Jng 43 Pitcher's immediate evacuation of
Douglas seems to prove ho had Informa
tion that there was a sufficient number of
Boers in the neighborhood to make- his po
sition unsafe. Indeed, there Is reason to
believe that only the dispatch of a cavalry
brigade from Modder River prevented a
force of 600 men sent by General Cronje
from attacking Pitcher's column, and a3
soon as the cavalry returned to Modder
River, Cronje's troops reoccupied Sunny-
According to advices from Sterkstrom,
the Boers have completely retired from
the neighborhood of Molteno, but Gatacre
does not appear to have pursued them, as
the reinforcements from Sterkstrom have
returned there. General Gatacre's report
of the Molteno affair confirms the Asso
ciated Press dispatch, showing it was
merely a skirmish of outposts. There were
no British casualties.
It 13 rumored at Cape Town that Colonel
Baden-Powell has again defeated the Boers
A dlspatoh from Cape Town, dated to
day, says the prize court has released tho
British steamer Mashona. captured by the
British gunboat Partridge early in Decem
ber, with ammunition and flour, said to be
intended for the Boers, on board, but or
dered her cargo to be warehoused, pending
the trial of the case.
The war office this afternoon published
a dispatch fom Cape Town, dated January
3, saying that at General French's special
request, the household cavalry, a battery
of field artillery and the first battalion
of tho Essex regiment have been dis
patched to reinforce him temporarily.
A special dispatch from Rensberg says
Major Harvey, of the Tenth hussars, was
killed, and Major Alexander wounded
while the hussars were pursuing tho re
treating Boers after the attack on the
British left, January 4, near Colesburg.
The British foreign office has no knowl
edge of any private messenger having
been sent by Emperor William to Queen
Victoria, supposed to be connected with
the seizure of German ships or any other
FIGHTING AT COLESBURG.
British Repelled nn Unexpected Boer
RENSBURG. Cape Colony, Jan. 4.
OEvenlng) Colesburg has not yet been oc
cupied. Tho Boers unexpectedly attacked
the British left at daybreak this" morning,
but were repulsed. They occupied the hills
to tho north of the town, but were even
tually driven out of their wltlon after an
hour's shelling- by our gitqs; They still
hold, however, the hills Immediately sur
rounding the town, preventing the British
from advancing along- thefrallway.
The .British loss in lodays engagements
was light, while the Boers are reported to
have lost 100, including 20 prisoners, who
were taken by mounted infantry about
mddayv, The Boer attackers numbered
lOOjmen. The tnnlskilllh dragoons cut
their way through the Boers, who were
forced to retreat by the heavy artillery
and musketry fire.
ZULUS ARE RESTLESS. .
The Blacks Are Anxious to Attack
the Boers. ,
PIETERMARITZBURGjJan. 4. The
restlessness, of the Zulus is Increasing.
Many of th?m are on the verge of starva
tion, and there have been several instances
cf.the looting of stores. It Is feared the
magistrates will not be able to restrain
the warriors much longer. It Is asserted
they are anxious to attack the Boers.
Transvaal High Sheriff Arrested.
CAPE TOWN, Jan. 5. The Transvaal
high sheriff. Junta, while attempting to
sail "for Delagoa bay today, was arrested
here. He was subsequently paroled.
jyLgsherJir Columnls at Belmont..
BEDMOBT,' JanTsCoIonel Blfg&rh,
column, with tha Douglas" refugees. reV
turned to camp thl3 morning.
Oregon Delegation Indorses W.
C. Hale for Alaska District.
EFFECT OF VOTE ON QUAY CASE
H. Roberts' Argument Weakens
His Chances The Philippine
Question In the Senate.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5. Members ofi
the Oregon delegation today united in
unanimously recommending- the appoint-
ment of Judge W. C. Hale, of Eugene.
, Or., as district judge of Alaska, to fill
the vacancy caused by the resignation of
Judge Johnson. Judge Hale was once
judge of the first district of Oregon, and
has strong indorsements from all o the
circuit judges of the state, as well as the
judges of the supreme court, and from.
prominent republicans. He was a candi
date for the office at the time Johnson
was appointed, and was then supported
by the delegates to the national conven
tion at St. Louis. Although at present
this judgeship pays but $3090, there are
very good Indications that the salary will
be Increased to at least $6000.
Moreover, should Judgo Hale fall to
secure this appointment, he will stand a
very good chance of securing one o tho
new judgeships, as It is almost certain
that at least one, and perhaps three, new
districts will be created In Alaska by the
present congress. Senator McBride thinks
it very likely that the territory may be
divided Into four districts, as this number
Is really essential to an efficient judicial
system, and Is recommended by Governor
Brady. With the Oregon delegation a
unit for Hale, his chances of success la
one of these offices are very bright
Committee Vote on Quay Caie.
The vote on the Quay case today in
the committee on privileges and elections
is significant In Indicating the almoet solid
democratic and populist strength against
the proposition to seat a senator under
these circumstances. The confident man
ner In which tho Quay men talked a
short time ago has been entirely changed.
Not even on personal grounds will many
senators vote against their constitutional
The hope had been expressed that the
new populist senator who had been made
a member of the committee might vote for
Quay, and the hope was also expressed
that Burrows might reverse himself, in
order to have the case come before the
senate with a favorable, Instead of ai
adverse, report Some of Quay's hench
men here assert that the report is all
they expected, but there Is gathering
gloom In their ranks, as a number of
senators declined to- reverse themselves
at Quay's request
The action of the committee Is bound
to have more or less Influence in the
senate, as the committee has considered
the case very carefully.
Rohexts "Weak Argument.
Roberts of Utah has not been strengthening-
himself by his personal appearanre
-as-attorney for himself beter he-.ave-
I tigating committee. The main point made
against him today was that as ha la a
polygamlst he could not hold office- m
the District of Columbia, where the Ert-munds-Tucker
law is stilL mi force. Rob
erts' plea that Utah's admission as a
state wiped out all federal control, can
not answer the turn which the investi
gating committee has given the case by
claiming that as a polygamlst he cannot
hold office where the United States ex
ercises jurisdiction, as it does in. the cap
ital. He makes a very dogged and de-
termlned fight upon hi3 constitutional le
gal titles, but he falls to make the point
that he Is not a polygamlst, and that will
determine the action of the committee
Philippine Question in, the Senate.
Although there has been a great deal of
discussion on the Philippine question,
leading republican senators are almost all
of the opinion that there will be no dec
laration by congress this session. The in
timation has been given out that the
Beveridge resolution voices the sentiment
of most of the republican leaders, Includ
ing those on the foreign relations and
the Philippine committees. The resolution
was shown to a number of senators by
Beveridge, and while a number of them
said "That Is all right," it did not mean
that they were committed to Its provi
sions, and probably if any declaration of
policy comes from the republican side, it
will be framed with a great deal more
care and be more elaborate than that of
fered by the Indiana senator. As a text
for a speech the republican senators say
the resolution Is all right. But it would
need careful consideration before being
voted for as a resolution of public policy.
Army Regulation Bill.
While an army regulation bill may not
be passed this session. It is to be perfected
as far as possible by the secretary of
war and the military committees of the
senate and the house. Secretary Root and
Chairman Hull, of the house committee,
after several conversations, have agreed
that a whole staff system, something on
the lines proposed by Senator Proctor in
the last congress, 13 preferable to the per
manent staff system. This te a black eye
to the Corbln plan, and bidtcates that
Corbin'3 influence is growing less to tho
Commissioner to a World's Fair.
The delegation Is expected to unite in
indorsing M. M. Pickens, of Portland, as
United States commissioner to the world's
exposition to be held at Glasgow, Scot
land, in 1301.
EXECUTORS BIG FEES.
Lincoln and Ream Get Nearly Half a
Million for Administering: Estate.
CHICAGO, Jan. & Robert T. Lincoln
and Norman B. Ream, executors of the
estate of George M. Pullman, were today
allotted as compensation for their sec
vices the sum of $125,000. The order was
J entered by Judge Batten, in She prebate
I court. This is said to be the )&raet
amount in fees ever allowed executors of
any estate, handled by the prebate court
Another order was made, fixing tho
widow's award at $20,000. The final ac
counting of the executors in the Pullman
estate is expected to bo made next week.
It is said that the estate; which was Beted
at about $5,000,000 when the will was pro- -7
bated, will now figure up to nearly $,
000.000. o a '
NEW TORK, Jan. 5. Gold to tha
amount of 54.250.000 was engased taday
for export to Europe. This will be shipped
In tomorrow's steamer, the engagement;
being as follows:
Lazard Freres sronoruvn
Heldelbacb. Ioklehimer & Gbs.... 1,80010a
ooiuman. aacns, Sc; uo LOOOfWO
Baring, Magoun &, Co T50W)
Muler, Schali & Co 5W.00O