Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, January 17, 1900, Image 1

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The True Criterion Is QoaSty
The attention of connoisseurs is called to the Superlative Quality
of POMMERY CHAMPAGNE, which & being shipped to this coun
try. In London, the acknowledged home of , wine connoisseurs,
where QUALITY regulates prices, Pommcry commands from two
to six dollars more a case than other leading brands, as per figures
taken from Ridley's wine and spirit trade circular.
20-26 North First St.
In Bulk and Cases. For sale by
We are prepared to fill all orders promptly. Enquiries
solicited. Samples furnished to the trade on application.
AMERICA. 'PLAN lifj 5B -
(Special rates made to families a d single srentlemett. The raanatre
Bacnt trill be pleased at all times to sboiv rooms and srlre prices. A mud
r. Tariclsb batb establlsbxaent Is tbo hotel. H. C BOWERS, tauserw
3.00 Vaiues a
Women's Lace and Button
Storm Calf, Box Calf .
Vici Kid
Kid or Vesting Tops -
Indiana Woman's A'arrow Escape
Prom a. Terrible Death.
CHICAGO, Jan. 16. A special to the
Chronicle from Indianapolis says:
Mrs. Ellen Crosby haa a narrow es
cape from being burled alive in Crawford
county. She was pronounced dead, -and
preparations for the burial were being
made. While this was in progress her
daughter, 19 years old. worn out by ex
haustion, lay down to Test, but her eyes
had scarcely closed before she sprang up
and peremptorily insisted that her moth
er's body be returned to the bed. She re
marked that her mother had called to her
in her sleep, saying: "Mary, don't let
them bury me alive." The undertaker
complied with the daughter's request, say
ing It was but a dream, but the daughter
stoutly claimed the contrary and would
not be denied Nearly eight hours passed
when Mrs. Crosby slowly opened her eyes
and looked at her daughter, who had re
mained by her bedside, constantly watch
ing for a return to life. Mrs. Crosby is
now considered in a fair Tray to recovery.
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Advance in Price of Wool Hats.
DANBURY, Conn., Jan. 16. All of the
leading manufacturers of men's and
women's wool felt hats in this city
Reading, Pa., and other hat centers, ow
ing to the rapid rise in the price of wool,
by agreement advanced the prices of
wool hats today 75 cents per dozen on
cheap grades, and higher qualities in
.1.T. S1.50. $2.00
.$2,00. $2,60. S3.00
88 Third St
ffp. Chamber oi Coautrc:
$3.00 -PER .DAY
Astigmatism alone creates
more headaches than all
other causes put together.
The eyes are unequal in focus.
They may see better verti
cally than horizontally, or
vice versa. There is constant
strain upon the nerves and
muscles. Nothing but glasses
will ever prove a permanent
If you are subject to head
aches, I -will tell you If glasses
will relieve you.
Eye Specialist
Rumor That a Gasoline Schconor
Blew Up.
SAN DIEGO. Cal., Jan. 16. A report
was brought to this city today by a Mex
ican, who arrived overland from Enscn
ada, that the gasoline schooner Anita
had blown up in Magdelena bay, and that
six persons, all on board, had perished.
The schooner was owned by the Tbarra
Mining Company, of San Domingo, Lower
California, and had been running between
the mine and this port for some time.
She was In command of Captain Funcke,
with Charles Anderson as mate; "William
Forrest, engineer, besides three sailors,
two of whom were Mexicans. The Mexi
can who brought the news, however, says
that there was no very definite informa
tion at Ensenada, and friends of the cap
tain and crew do not fully credit the
t o
Contract for Xc-v York SuhTray.
NEW YORK, Jan. 16. The board of
rapid transit commissioners today decided
to let .the contract for hulldlng the under
ground" railway In New York city to J.
B. McDonald, of 100 Broadway, one of the
two bidders. His price was $35,000,000.
Bally Treasury Statement.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16. Today's state
ment of the condition of the treasury
shows: -
Available cash balance ?2S0,925,1SS
Gold reserve 224,513,2S3
righting T ak
mg clace-'On-.the
-;Tugela Rivera ,
Boers, Probably tCon.esrtittg' JBuIler's
Passage of the "lUverRunidrs
" Prom- the Pronto
LONDON, Jan. 17. The Times t pub
lishes the following' from Pietermarltz
burg, dated Tuesday: "l"
"Very heavy artillery firing'. was heard
yesterday lnttie direction of Springfield."
ThejExchange Telegraph Company has
received the following dispatch, dated
January 16, from PietermaritzbUrgf
"There Is no news from the front, but
heavy firing was heard today In the di
rection of Frere. It Is probable that
General Buller is engaging' the venemyi
A rumor Is current here that a portion
of the British force is near Ladysmlth."
A dispatch to the Dally Mall from Ple
termaritaburg7 dated Tuesday, says:
"There was very heavy firing1 to the
north yesterday. I believe the Boers are
contesting General Buller's passage of
the Tugela. Howitzers are evidently busy,
as the firing Is described as 'the heaviest
yet heard in Natal."" l
Troops Now Mobllizlnsr Will Be the
Last to Go.
LONDON, Jan. 17, 4 A. M,-Even ru
mors are no longer telegraphed from Na
tal The conclusion deduced from this
silence by the military experts generally
is that no decisive blow lias been struck
either way, as In such an event there
would be no necessity for silence.
The South African conciliation commit
tee, quietly formed to represent the peace
minority, announces itself to the country
today and asks for support. Among the
members are Lord and Lady Coleridge,
Herbert Spencer, Sir Robert Threshle
Reid, George John Shaw-Lefevre, Fred
eric Harrison, Stephen Gladstone, the
Countess of Carlisle and other notable
persons. Leonard Courtney, unionist
member of parliament lor Bodmin di
vision of Cornwall, is president or the
This movement should be distinguished
from the "stop the war" group of ex
tremists, of which William T. Stead, is
the most active member. Its programme,
summarized, Is to wait until a proper
opportunity arises for some peaceable
settlement. Meanwhile, it will gather and
distribute correct information and "Bound
views. The manifesto affirms that "as
the war was begun amid misunderstand
ings on both sides, a pacific settlement
is possible." .
-There is no indication that such an ar
rangement would be tolerated by any
considerable portion bf the public. Na
tional emotloiy is nowina statefOfIs
tuieti.dewover tho reverses" to ''British
arms; dissatisfaction wiih the conduct
of' military business Is intense, arid there
Is an almost universal determination to
see the thing through.
The war office has issued orders for the
formation of five new batteries. Soma
Idea of the extent of the artillery re
sources to be drawn upon may be gained
from the faot, according to the statement
of a military expert this morning, that an
old practice howitzer at Lydd, in Kent,
with which it is impossible to do accurate
shooting, but which for some time has
been solely used to test shells, has been
laid under requisition for the front. Or
ders have been received at Lydd to pack
this venerable relic with as much dis
patch as possible for embarkation.
Seventeen more militia battalions will
be embodied in tho course of a fortnight
All the regulars are now out of the coun
try, except 14 infantry battalions and 11
cavalry battalions.
The war office has placed an order for
32,000,000 cartridges in cases.
The yeomanry committee announces
that It has accepted 6000 out of the 10,000
which it wishes to raise, and still has
20.000 applicants to be examined. The
Daily Chronicle asserts that the com
mittee was goaded Into this statement
hy the reports that there was no hope of
getting the full number.
The war office has wired to counter
mand the departure from Egypt of a
number of officers who were previously
ordered to South Africa. The Daily
Chronicle, commenting upon this, and
upon other news related to It, says:
".There are some curious reports in cir
culationapparently with some authority
behind them which point to the stoppage
of the dispatch of further reinforcements
when the troops now mobilized shall have
embarked. The new cavalry brigade Is
not to leave England at present."
The military and civil authorities at
the Cape are In conflict over the treason
cases. A dispatch to the Daily Mail from
Sterkstrom says on this point:
"Keokomons and Nel, two Dutchmen
who were tried by court-martial Christ
mas week, with General Buller's sanc
tion, were committed January 12 for civil
trial, the court-martial proceedings hav
ing been stopped by the Intervention of
the attorney-general of Cape Colony."
Fragments of Ne-rrs From Forces of
Methucn, Gatacre and French.
LONDON, Jan. 16 Modder River ad
vices of yesterday's date only report the
dally long-range shelling, from which the
Boers are supposed to have suffered se
verely. A dispatch from Sterkstrom, dated Jan
uary 15, reports that Gatacre's troops had
made a demonstration beyond Molteno In
tho direction of Stormberg in the belief
that the Boers intended to seize Molteno.
The burghers were not sighted, and the
British remained at Molteno.
Arrivals from Stormberg estimate that
there are 4500 Boers at that place, mostly
revolted colonists and Free Staters. Pres
ident Steyn's brother is the landrost.
General French continues to shell the
Boer position, but nothing decisive has
taken place.
The Associated Press has learned that,
while it Is still uncertain that the entire
special service squadron Is going to South
Africa when relieved at Gibraltar by the
Channel squadron, a portion of it will be
detailed to convoy the new naval brigade,
being formed for service at the front in
Cape Colony. This brigade, consisting of
720 men, eight four-Inch guns, 24 'Maxims
and eight 10-pounders, will be taken to
Gibraltar by the Channel squadron when
it sails January 30.
Strewn With Dead Boers Havoc
"Wrought hy British Guns.
LADYSMITH, Monday, Jan. 8. By mes
senger to Weenen, Jan. 16. A representa
tive of the Associated Press visited Sat
urday's battle-field this morning and saw
large numbers of Boers dead. The Brit
ish. guns seem to have worked great
haVfect One Boer was completely djsem-
ijuweiea, anoinej nacr'nis xieau ciean auuw
off and a ec-unle of others were killed by
f he same? -shelf -evidently, "while easing
their luncheon, as nara-bolled eggs lay
. be9id. them. ;N"atal Dutchmen were rec-
ognlze&r among- ihe dead. A number- of
Boer bodles-ind' carcasses oC horses haveV
been washed down Intombispruit, whiQh
became a raging torrent during a- .heavy j
7ging graves, were -fired on by the Boer;
artillery, and several of them Wer.e nit;
Soft-nosed bullets and dumdum cartridges
have been .found on. wounded prisoners.
Volunteers carried the Bber dead from
the hill and handed ihe bodies over to
their comrades at the bottom. Oyer -90
-were jthus carried offVWagqnhlll alone.
Swazi atteen Mother Ploitingr vwitf-'
the Butch.
LONDON, Jan. 17--The correspondent,
of the Times at ifietermaruzDurg, tele
graphing Tuesday January 16, sayst
"The Delagoa bay correspondent of the
Natal Times asserts that six big Creusot
guns and 50 tons of snells were landed;
from the French steamer Glronde about
the middle of last month, under the nosed
of two British warsnips, and were dis
patched to Pretoria, causing much rejoic
ing at the ease with which contraband of
war can run the blockade,
"The Swazi ' queen mother, since the
death of King Bunu, has killed all the
chiefs whOvwere ever in England, or Cape
Town, and is now plotting with the Boers.
'Jhe situation may fairly1 be considered
grave, and il would be well to send regi
ments of 'Guerhas to Swaziland imme
diately." (Refugees from Swaziland, living in the
Lebombo district, recently brought news to
Lourenco Marques that the queen oi
Swaziland was dead. Her death, follow
ing so soon upon that of King Bunu, waB
looked upon with suspicion". According to
their story, however, not the queen mother,
but Necco Bunu's brother, was acting as
head of the Swjxzi nation, and he, in con
junction with9 Tccuba, Umandlne's old
prime minister, was carrying on a reign
of terror, killing off whole kraals all over
the country.)
Boers Tried to Seize the Heights Near
Rensburg', hut "Were Repulsed.
RENSBERG, Cape Colony, Jan. 15. The
Boers this morning attempted to rush
the hill held by a company of Yorkshires
and New Zealanders, but they were re
pulsed at the point of the bayonet. The
Boers had 21 killed and about 50 wounded.
The hill commands a tract of country
east of the main position of the Boers,
and they had determined to make an at
tempt to seize the heights. They ad
vanced cautiously, directing their fire at
a small wall held by the Yorkshires, apd
compelled the latter to keep close under
cover. When the Boers rushed the wall
the Yorkshires fixed bayonets and charged.
Just at that moment, Captain Maddocka,
with a small party of New Zealanders,
came up, and the combined force leaped
over the wall and charged straight for the
enemy, who fled, followed by a. withering
fire at close range.
The Boers literally tumbled over each
other In their hurry to escape, but the per
sistent fire of the .British inflicted a. heavy
l loss.1Deaultdrr firing "coaf fopeSVgr glwa
iut;, uu i4t? (llcvxw yxa au ukict xaiulc,
and the Boers 'retreated to the shelter at
?he small kopjes at the base of the hill.
Brislc Exchansre of Shells British
Entrenchments Strengthened.
MODDER RiyER. Jan. 16 There was
a brisk exchange of shells this morning,
the Boers returning our fire for the first
time in several days.
The British entrenchments are being
continually strengthened and extended.
The permanent railway bridge is almost
Stories still reach camp that the Free
Staters desire" to end the war. The lat
est report Is that a council was held
recently at Bloemfonteln, at which Pres
ident Steyn and General Cronje were
present. It was then stated that unless
the British began the attack by January
17, the Free Staters would return nome.
Kruger'a Plana lor Escape In the
Event of Pretoria's Fall.
LONDON, 3 an. 17. The Durban corre
spondent of the Standard deals today with
the numerous reports that the Free Statera
haye tired of the war and will abandon
the struggle as soon as the British crogj
the border. Ho mentions an extraordinary
story with reference to a journey of Pres
ident Kruger's son-in-law, Eloff, to Dela
goa bay, In a German warship. According
to this, Eloff has been making arrange
ments for President Kruger's escape
through German Damaraland, in the
event of the capture of Pretoria.
Maiel-ing "Well Supplied.
LONDON, Jan. 17. The correspondent of
the Times at Lourenco Marques, tele
graphing Monday, January 15, says:
"I am Informed on the best authority
that six days ago Mafeklng was holding
out as plucklly as ever. There was then
no likelihood of capitulation. The garrison
had plenty of cattle and tinned meats.
"It la openly stated at Johannesburg
that 20 field guns were recently smuggled
through Delagoa bay."
Mafetinc Was Bombarded.
PRETORIA, Jan. 13. As a result of the
bombardment of Mafeklng yesterday, the
British fort at the east was demolished
and tho British retired. One Boer was
Advices from the head laager at Lady
smith report that the attack on that
place January 6 was disastrous to the
British, and Ladysmlth appears to be In
sore straits.
Pacific Whaling: Company
8100,000 Damages.
SAN 'FRANCISCO, Jan. 16. Suit for
$103,000 has been begun by the Pacific
Steam Whaling Company against the
Alaska Packers' Association, of San
Francisco. It is charged by the plaintiffs
that the defendants seek to monopolize
the salmon fisheries adjacent .to Kodiak
island, Karluk beach and Tanglefoot bay,
In Alaska. These fisheries, the plaintiff
says, are along the line of the open sea,
and may not legally be treated as private
property, yet the defendants assume to
exercise the control of absolute owner
ship over them. It is charged that, July
24 and September 6, 1899, employes of the
Packers' Association destroyed the nets
and boats of the Whaling Company, and
by force prevented the latter from taking
fish from the waters of that region. The
Packers Association had possession of
tho land and fishing privileges In that
neighborhood before the Whaling Gpm
pany entered those waters, but the plaint
iff says that priority of occupation df land
does not confer a right to bar later com.
ers from the privilege of taking fish from
the onen sea.
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Tnfee Prominent etiicklans"
s.'iSiain and, Three "Wolinded. -'
Ex-CoRgrreHman.'Colaorf ond'Iifctitcn
'antxJScott the Central Figures
" TOte Latiefc Was H-illeu.'-
FRANKFQRT Ky., Jan. 16. A' shock
ing tragedy, ip which the lives of three
prominent men were sacrificed and that of
a fourth a slender thread, wh'le
two others miraculously escaped with
'painful injuries, occurred here at 1 o'clock
today. The principals In the tragedy were
ex-Congressman David G,fColson, of Mid
diesboro, and Lieutenant Ethelbert Scott,
of Somerset
Scott was shot six times by Colson, and
almost Instantly killed. Luther W. De, assistant poatmaster at Shelbyvlll",
an Innocent bystander, was shot three
times and died Instantly. Charles Julian,
another "bystander, was shot and died half
an hour later. Captain. B. B Golden, of
Barboursvllle, commonwealth attorney of
the 27th judicial district, was shot in the
back and is not expected to survive the
night. ColoneL Colson himself was shot
twice In the: arm. Harry McEwlng, of
Louisville, was shot In the foot, and W.
O. Rldpath, of Chicago, sustained a broken
leg by the lifeless form of Scott falling
against him as it rolled down the stair
way. The tragedy Is one of the most sensa
tional In the history of the "dark and
bloody ground." The killing occurred in
the lobby of the Capitol hotel, the prin
cipal nostelery of tho state capital, the
room being well filled at the lime with
politicians and others, who are hero at
tending the contests for state offices"bef ore
the legislature. Colonel Colson is in jail
tonight, charged with murder, but he
claims self-defense.
Stories of the Affair.
The witnesses to tl s affair were taken,
so much by surprise when the shooting
began that most of them were almost
panic stricken, and there are many con
flicting stories ag to how the fight com
menced. Colonel Colson and a party of
friends, among whom -was Demaree, were
sitting in the lobby, engaged in conver
sation as Scott and Captain Golden came
up the stairs from the barroom, walk-ng
In the direction of Colson. The latter. It
Is said, half rising from his chair,, fired
at Scott, who Instantly returned the fire.
The shooting then became general, and
bystanders are at variance as to the num
ber engaged in Jt. Demaree was standing
slightly in front of Colson, and young
Scott Is said to have crouched behind him
to ward off bullets from Colson's revolver.
In an Instant Demaree fell dead, pierced
by three bullets. Captain Golden, jvho
accompanied Scott, reeled to one side, fall
ing into the arms of ex-Governor James
E-MacCreaxy, exclaiming, 'Tarn shot."
The smoke in the locality of the an
tagonists became dense. but-Colsonpnn-.L
snuemopress ecou, yna retreated back
ward, shooting as he moved. Colson
emptied the chambers of a 32-caliber re
volver and quickly brought a 44 into
action. Scott, by this time had been shot
several times, and as he staggered back
and fell down the stairway, Colson, who
was within a few feet of him, continued
tho fire until the form of Scott rolled
over and showed life extinct.
The battle was terrific, and bullets fair
ly rained through- the lobby of the hotel,
several of which went wild, piercing win
dow glass or embedding themselves in
the walls and furniture of the hotel. It
was not discovered for several minutes
that Julian, who died later, had been shot,
and at first his wound was thought to be
only trifling.
After the killing, Colonel Colson ran out
of the hotel and hurried to the residence
of Chief of Police Williams, where he sur
rendered. He was almost exhausted, and
as he entered the house -ie gasped:
"I am sorry he would not let me alone.
There were three of them shooting at
Meantime the wildest excitement pre
vailed In the hotel lobby where the kill
ing occurred, and In the din'ng-room near
by, where about 300 guests had been seated
at dinner when the fusillade began. Men
fell over each other In frantic efforts to
get to places of safety; women fainted,
and it was several minutes before the
awful scope of the tragedy was fully
known. The dead were left lying In poo's
or mood, and messengers were dispatched
In every direction for physicians and
nurses to care for the wounded.
Charles H. Julian, who was shot In the
leg, died shortly after reaching a room,
death being due to loss of blood and the
shock to his nervous system. Captain
Golden was removed to a room, and
made a statement that Colson was the ag
gressor. Cause of the Tragedy.
Colopel Colson has long been a promi
nent figure In Kentucky politics. He
served two terms in congress and declined
a renomlnatlon at the hands of the re
publican party of the 11th district in 1S93
in order to accept the colonelcy of the
Fourth Kentucky regiment in the Span
ish war. Scott was a lieutenant and
Golden was captain of a company in Col
son's regiment, and the troube which led
to the tragedy today began then. A fued
sprang up between Colson and Scott whi'e
the troops were in camp at Annlston,
Ala., and In this, it is said by Co'son's
friends, Captain Golden was a warm par
tisan of Scott. The trouble between them
at that time culminated in a meeting be
tween, them in a restaurant, which re
sulted In Colson being shot by Scott.
The regiment was shortly afterwards
mustered out of the service as a result
of the fued between the officers, and the
serious charges and counter-charges which
they had made at Washington against
each other as officers. Since then the men
had not met until today, and it was gen
erally believed that blood would be spilled
should they meet, as both were under
stood to be looking for each other.
Coloriel Colson remained at the resi
dence of Chief Williams while the surgeons
dressed his shattered arm, and he was not
taken to jail until 5 o'clock. He begged
to be allowed ball. The grand jury Is in
session, and an Indictment will probably
be returned against him tomorrow.
Coroner Meagher will also hold an inquest
tomorrow morning.
Colsop tonight still declined to talk. He
Is in a highly nervous state, and appeared
to have been weeping when a reporter
called. He suffered a partial stroke of
paralysis after he was shot by Scott at
Annlston, and had never fully recovered
from It.
Participants Were Prominent.
That death seeks a shining mark was Il
lustrated in the tragedy. Colson was the
most widely known of those who figured
In It, but none of tho others were obscure.
Scott was a young lawyer of Somerset
and a nephew of ex-Governor Bradley,
his mother being a sister of the ex-gover
nor. He was about 30 years old. Julian
-was oneof the wealthiest farmers of the
county, and was active in local poi tics,
belng a. democrat. His- family were among
the best-known 'people in Kentucky. One
brother, Henry iS.isf a- lawyer at Kansas
City,1 Mo.; another, Alexander, 13 a
wealthy shoe man of Cincinnati, and a
cqusin, Judge Ira Julian, of this city, Is
new a candidate for the democratic noml
inktlon for congress in this d'strlct. De
m'aree was about 32 years of age, and, in
addition to being assistant postmaster at
Shelbyvllle, was a large real estate owner.
Captain Golden 13 one of the best-known
lawyers in the southeastern part-of the
state, and has long been a leading repub-
Ucan. politician of his section- Both Col
son and Scott were regarded as dead
game, and both had figured In shooting
affrays before.
Fifteen shots went home In the tragedy
today. When It Isr remembered that, so
far as known, only three revolvers pTaycd
a part In tho duel, it can be seen that
the aim was for the most part accurate.
Colson's shots were true, but this detracts
nothing from the noted skill of Scott, be
cause he emptied h's revolver after several
bullets had' lodged In him.
Following" Is the record of the marks
men: Scott, bullet In the temple, one In
the throat, two In the lungs, two In the
back; Demaree, two in the heart; Julian,
bullet In the calf of the right leg; Cap
tain Golden, two bullets in tho spine; Col
son, bullet splintered the left wrist to the
elbow and tore his cuffs and sleeves to
shreds. Nobody not in line of fire was
The death of Julian Is the most remark
able. He walked to his room unaided.
His cousin, Judge Ira Julian, examined
the wound and congratulated him upon
his escape. Doctors were busy with the
dying, and Julian waited. He was bleed
ing to death, however, and when the doc
tors turned their attention to him he was
past recovery.
Captain Golden way alive at a late hour.
Union Trust Company Attorney on
the Lake Shore & Eastern Suit.
NEW YORK, Jan. 16. W. H. Peckham,
counsel for the Union Trust Company,
stated today that the charges in the bill
of equity filed In the United States cir
cuit court at Seattle on behalf of the New
York and Canadian stockholders of the
Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern railroad
against the Seattle & International Rail
way and the Union Trust Company, ask
ing for a receiver for the road, were
"perfect nonsense." Said Mr. Peckham:
"The Union Trust Company had auso
lutely nothing to do with the reorganiza
tion of the Seattle, Lake Shore & East
ern, except that the mortgage wa3 de
posited temporarily with it. In no way
has this company had any relations with
the property in question, which could
furnish any relevant pretext for such a
bill. The Northern Pacific Is now In prac
tical ownership of the property reorgan
ized." -
Proposition for Its Settlement Sub
mitted to Chicago Meeting?.
CHICAGO, Jan. 16. At an adjourned,
meeting of Chicago, St Louis and Missouri
river lines today, a proposition was sub
mitted, which, if adopted, will, It Is be
lieved, result In a settlement of the rebate
promem connccuon wun tne xsortnern. QeorsH--L EdkiJ-S:
the Missouri-river gateway from the re
bate system, applying it only to the Ogden
gateway. This plan, is i3 believed, will
be sufflcienit to protect Colorado and Utah
rates, while It will not subject the Oregon
Short Line and the Oregon Railroad &
Navigation Company to the inequality
which the rebate plan inflicts upon them
as compared with the North Pacific coast
Arrangements have already been made
by a majority of the Mlsscurl-rlver lines
to continue the rebate system until the
Great Northern consents to cancel Its col
onist rates from St. Paul.
Texas Line May Change Hands.
NEW YORK, Jan. 16. It was reported
In Wall street that the Galveston, Hous
ton & Northern will shortly become Hunt
ington property, connecting the Southern
Pacific system with Galveston
At the
offices of the Southern Pacific here last
night, It was said nothing was known of
the matter, nor had there been any In
spection of the Galveston line Friday, as
had been stated.
Ill-Fated Steamer Believed to Be the
Tank Liner Helgoland.
ST. JOHN'S, N. F., Jan. 16. Every
thing goes to show that the wrecked
steamer in St. Mary's bay is the Helgo
land, the property of the Dutch-American
Petroleum Company. Among a number of
flags picked up this evening near Holly
Rood was one with the colors blue, white
and red with the letter "R" In the center.
This is tho house flag of the company.
Taken with tho finding of the boat oft Cape
Pine, it seems to leave no doubt as to
the Identity of the vessel. A life-buoy was
also picked up with the name of the
steamer painted on It, but the lettering
was partly Illegible from fire and water. In
other respects, however, the day's oper
ations by the steamers and fishermen t ere
disappointing. The former had to aban
don work owing to tho heavy sea, as they
could not approach the wreck, and the
boats found the task equally difficult, and
were obliged to abandon it early.
Landsmen were unable to get down to
the beach, and, therefore, were unable to
recover the bodies which have been lying
there exposed five nights and days. Four
bodies are now ashore and can be reached
when the sea becomes smooth. Therd are
five others in the wreckage near the ship.
Others still were seen drifting south today.
The colonial steamejr Fiona and the tug
Ingraham started at daylight for the scene
of the disaster. Wreck Commissioner
Lundrlgan says there was no funnel in
tho vessel when he reached the scene. He
adds that her ventlators were situated far
aft, like those of a tank steamer, and that
she was a two-masted ship.
The steamer has now completely disap
peared from view, but a large quantity
of wreckage Is visible along the beaches.
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The Only Case of the Kind.
NEW YORK, Jan. 16. William A. Eng
lish, a son of the ex-democratic vice
presidential candidate from Indiana, and
a captain of volunteers in the war with
Spain, has returned to the treasury a
check for $1172 sent him for his services,
with the statement that he would not ac
cept pay for service to his country in the
time of danger. It is the only case of tho
kind in the Spanish war.
Favorable Report on Canal Bill.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16. The senate
committee on interoceanlc canals today
agreed unanimously to report favorably
on the bill for the construction of the
Nicaragua canal. The bill Is the same as
that reported favorably m the house by
the committee of Interstate and foreign
commerce, with a few verbal amend
ments. The Lavrton Fund.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16. Tho total of
tho Lawton fund now amounts to over
Ratified by the Senate Without
Bacon's Speech In Opposition Arsrsu
meats of the Friends oi
the Treaty.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16. The senate to
day ratified the Samoan treaty without di
vision. The ratification occurred fni the
executive session, after two hours of de
bate, which was participated in by a num
ber of senators. Davis. Foraktr and
Spooner advocated and Bacon, Money and
Tillman opposed ratification.
Bacon made the leading speech In op
position. He based his objectIonupon the
general ground that It Is contrary to the
spirit of our Institutions to attempt to
govern any people In opposition to their
wishes. Bacon said the friends of the
treaty supported It upon two grounds, that
It simply divides authority heretofore ex
ercised jointly, and that the Samoan peo
ple, being "only savages," there Is no
reason why they should not be despoiled,
of their country. He contended that it Is
not true that- the old arrangement is sim
ply to be continued under a division of
authority, and asserted that the declara
tion that the Samoan people are savagea
la untenable. In conclusion. Bacon .said
he Is willing that the United State3 should
acquire the island of Tutuila with lt3
Pango Pango harbor If that could bo done
in the proper manner and without" violat
ing all of our principles in securing con
trol of It. Money and Tillman spoke ort
practlcally the same lines.
The friends of the treaty repudiated the
assertion that the old treaty provisions
were annulled. They asserted that this
country, by the new arrangement, retains
all the old advantages and avoids the
complications liable to grow out of the
tripartite agreement. They urged that the
opportunity should not be lost both to
get out of an aw"kward predicament and
to control In our own right the harbor of
Rohcrt M. McWadc to Succeed Br,
Bedloe r.a Consul at Canton.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 16. The president
I sent to the senate the name of Robert M.
McWade, of Pennsylvania, to be eonsul
of the United States at Canton, to suc
ceed Edwin S, Bedloe. This nomination
closes the Incident In Dr. Bedloe's case.
So far as can be learned. Dr. Bedloe left
the department of state by resignation,
and bears its good will- Mr. McWado
is a resident of Philadelphia, and a mem
ber of the Manufacturers' Club. He is a
well-known newspaper man, having been
connected with the Ledger. The presi
dent also sent these nominations to tho
fifth district of Arkansas.
Navy Lieutenant-commanders to bo
commanders William M. Kimball. Will
iam P. Day, John C. Wilson. To be sec
ond lieutenant, marine corps H. J.
Hirschlnger, of North Carolina. To be
assistant paymasters In the navy John D.
Robnett, of Texas; Stewart Rhodw, ofi.
Callfornla; George W. PIgman. jr., of
Indiana: P. J- Kennard. of Illinois.
Postmasters Colorado John C. Twemb
ley, Denver. Montana Walter Anderson,
Red Lodge: J. C. Richer. Havre. Idaho
Francis Ball. Pocatello. Oregon HL H
Riddel, The Dalles; J. P. Smith. Lebanon;
E. H. Woodward, Newberg.
Bynum'q domination.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16. The sanato
committee on finance today again had, un
der consideration the nomination of Hon.
W. D. Bynum to bo general appraiser of
merchandise at New xork. The demo
cratic members continued their opposition
to tho nomination, contending that By
num is not a democrat, and his nomina
tion as such. Is an evasion of the law.
Senators Burrows and Spooner and other
republican members of the committee de
fended the selection as entirely proper.
After a general exchange of opinion, it
was decided that the democrats should
have time to adduce proof of Mr. Bynum'a
republicanism. The matter is in the hands
of Senators Aldrlch. and Jones CArk.)., as
a subcommittee.
President Is Anxlons That Congress
Should Do Something for Them.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16. The principal
subject of discussion today at the
cabinet meeting was the unsatisfac
tory status of Puerto Rico. The
president and the members of the
cabinet are very much in earnest in
their advocacy of action by congress, and
particularly desire a material reduction in
the present tariff duties on Imports from
Puerto R'co to the United States. In fact.
it was stated today that an entire removal
of the duties would be eminently satis
factory, should congress sc decide. As it
Is, It Is pointed out the Puerto Ricans are
practically shut out of our markets, with
the result that business of all kinds is
stagnant, and a depression In all branches
of industry prevails throughout the isl
ands. Although the president has no
thought of urging his views upon the at
tention of congress, he feels very strongly
the necessity for some action which shall
define their political status and relieve the
Islanders from the present depressing eon
ditlons. Delegation From Puerto Rico.
NEW YORK. Jan. 16. Aniong the pas
sengers who arrived today bythe stamer
Philadelphia from Ponce and San Juan,
Puerto Rico, was a delegation of Puerto
Rlcan merchants and citizens en route
for Washington to consult with President
McKlnley and present to congress the
needs of the island of Puerto Rico. The
delegates are in favor of the island be
ing made a territory of the United States.
They also favor a modification of tariff
law3 and other reforms.
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Boston Bankers Fail.,
BOSTON. Mass., Jan. 16. H. C. Wain
wright & Co., bankers and brokarsof this
city, have made an assignment. Nestate
ment of assets and liabilities is avttftable.
Tho firm has been carrying heavy toads of
United States mining stock, on which it
was unable to realize. The firm has been
in business for many years, and Is a mem
ber of the New York and Boston stock
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United Mine Worlccrv
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.. Jan. 16. The sec
ond day's session of the United Mine
Workers convention came to an unx
pected end at 10 o'clock, the credentials
committee not being ready to report- The
committee was given until tomorrow morn
ing to report.