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lution has been Introduced by Representa
tive Molten (dem.), expressing confidence
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te the session of the house that the order
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night by Congressman Cushman, of Wash
1 Daily Treasury Statement.
j Gold reber e . 230,634,386 j
Roberts'. Column Invades
40,000 MEN ADVANCING
French Captures Moddcr River
A GREAT BATTLE IS IMMINENT
Results of Three Days' "Work The
Dutch Beaten at Their
General Roberts, with the bulk, of the
British army operating against the Boers,
has succeeded In entering the Free State
and has made the first step In his ad
vance toward Bloemfontein. General
French has turned the Boer line, and with
some 20,000 men, has seized a crossing of
the Modder river, to the east of Jacobs
dalj thus placing himself between Cronje's
army and the capital of the Orange Free
State. Reinforcements are being hurried
up to him. The main Boer army In that
section has not yet been encountered, but
a great battle Is Imminent.
As shown by the dispatches of Lord
Roberts to the war office, the forward
movement began Monday, when Colonel
Hannay set out with a brigade of mount
ed Infantry from Ramah, on the Rlet,
eight miles from Jacobsdal, the Boer sup
Monday General French, with the cav
alry division, seized the crossing of the
Rlet river at Dekil's drift, south of Ja
cobsdal, and 18 miles east of Honey Nest
kloof. He skirmished with the Boers and
cleared the way for 20,000 Infantry, who
Tuesday, with his three cavalry brigades
and the horse artillery, General .French
ajrpde to dtheteMcjldar rlvar, a-,,distance of
ground beyond the river, and five "Boer
camps. He had a few casualties in
brushes with the Boer horse.
LORD ROBERTS' DISPATCHES.
Report of French's Advance Into the
LONDON, Feb. 14, 11:45 P. M. The war
office has issued the following message
from Lord Roberts, received this even
ing: "Dekil's Drift, Feb. 14, 8:10 A. M Gen
eral French left this point at 11:30 yester
day morning with three brigades of cav
alry, horse artillery and "mounted Infan
try, including several colonial contin
gents, In order to seize a crossing of the
Modder river, about 25 miles away. He
reports by dispatches dated 5:35 P. M.
that he forced a passage at Clop drift, and
has occupied the hills north of the river,
capturing three of the enemy's laagers,
with their supplies, while General Gor
don, of the Fifteenth hussars, with his
bilgade, who had made a feint at Ron
deval drift, four miles west, has seized
It, and also the drift between It and
Clip drift, together with two more laagers,
"General French's performance Is bril
liant, considering the excessive heat and
a blinding dust storm, which raged dur
ing the latter part of the day.
"Owing to the rapidity of his movement
General French met with but slight op
position, his losses being small. Lieuten
ant Johnson, of the Inniskilling dragoons,
is the only officer reported severely
wounded Four officers and 53 men had to
be sent last evening In the returning wag
ons to the railway line, prostrated by
heat and exhaustion.
"The Sixth division was last night on
the north bank of the Reit at Waterval
, ' c ,, i.i Z w ;
airy. The Seventh division is here and
will go on this afternoon."
"Belt River, Feb. 14. Colonel Hannay,
In command of a brigade of mounted In
fantry, marching from Orange River to
Ramah, had a slight engagement Febru
ary 12, with the Boers holding the hills
and threatening his right flank. With a
detached part of his force, Hannay de
tained the enemy while he pushed his
baggage and main body through to Ra
mah. The object of the march was suc
cessfully carried out. Four men were
killed, 22 wounded and 13 are missing."
RELIEF OF KIMBERLEr IN SIGHT.
Tactical Advantages Gained by Rob
LONDON, Feb. 15, 4:20 A. M. The Brit
ish army, for the first time since the war
began. Is Inside the Boer frontier. Lord
Roberts, with at least 40,000 infantry. 7000
cavalry and 150 guns, has turned the
' Magerefonteln lines, before which the
British forces have 7een encamped for 10
weeks, and with half of his corps he Is
already operating on Free State territory.
A battle has not yet been fought, but
large tactical advantages have been
gained. The rel.ef of Kimberley is within
measurable reach, and the way to Bloem
fontein is appreciably easier. General
French has now fixed himself on General
Cronje's main line of communication with
Bloemfontein, and 20.000 Infantry, with 72
guns, are being pushed up to support him
Lord Roberts' dispatches, wired from
Inside the Free State, and on the Rlet
river, left him Wednesday morning. His
advance had not been opposed by the
Boers in force. Their patrols melted away
as the British moved forward. The Boer
army is likely to be felt In a day or two,
and a battle is consequently imminent.
As to what forces General Cronje has
now at his disposal and as to where he
proposes making a stand against the in
vaders, no one here connected w'lh the
war office knows anything. The data for
conceptions are wholly wanting.
The forces immediately at the dsposal
of Lord Roberts are placed at 50,000 In a
general way. These figures are revealed
by the commands mentioned in the dis
patches as having1 been added to the di
vision known to be with Lord Methuen.
Quite possibly. Lord Roberts has 10,000 or
20 000 more.
It lfi now realized that the Incidents at
Rensburg have been seen out of all pro
portion. Merely skeleton lines were main
tained there, while troops were being se
cretly and rapidly concentrated on the
The facility with which 30.0C0 men have
already been sent beyond the rail ter
minus shows that Lord Kitchener has been
fully successful in organizing transport.
He is now supposed to be down the line,
sending forward more troops and getting
together more transport. About five mllea
of ox and mule wagon trains are esti
mated for each division, so that Lord
Kitchener, who Is reputed to have more
skill than a circus manager in handling
field transport, has immense labor in hand.
The London morning papers take rather
sober views of the situation, but are
greatly pleased and hopeful of what is
to come. They have been fed, however,
o such a low diet of British successes
that they aro disposed to caution and
given to measuring deve'opments with con
siderable reserve. They fully realize that
serious fighting is yet to come. Lord Rob
erts' announcements make the minor op
erations in other parts of the field shrink.
RECOXNOISSAISCE AT CHEVELEY.
With the Result of No Gain on Either
LONDON, Feb. 14. An official dis
patch from Duller from Cheveley an
nounces a reconnolssance at Spring
field, resulting in no gain of ground on
either side. Captain Hamilton Russell,
Lieutenant C. Churchill and 10 men were
wounded and Lieutenant Pilkington and
six men were captured by the Boers. The
dispatch contains detailed accounts of
what appear to be unimportant opera
tions. They only tend lo throw light on
the situation by proving that the Boers
are actively following Buller's every
Buller's dispatch from Cheveley, dated
February 12, says:
"The commanding officer at Springfield
reports this morning that a squadron of
the First dragoons, moving to the out
post line, covering the right flank, met a
party of Boers near Fustenberg. The
Boers in reaching the crest of a hill first,
opened a heavy fire on the squadron,
which retired without support, and the
The dispatch then giveg casualties as
already cabled. Continuing, the dispatch
"Dundonald, with 700 mounted men, a
field battery and the First Royal "Welsh
fusiliers, on February 12, reconnoitered
high ground which the enemy has been In
the habit of visiting. The enemy evacu
ated it with a loss of twp men, after
slight resistance. When the force retired
on completion of the reconnoissance, the
enemy returned in considerable numbers
and kept up a heavy rifle fire, wounding
Lieutenant C. Churchill, of the South Af
rican horse. Five men are missing."
It is not quite clear who wrote the dis
patch, as Generals Lyttleton, Hldyard,
Warren and other generals are believed
to be In the neighborhood of Springfield.
A dispatch from Mafeking says the gar
rison there can hold out until June.
The total British casualty returns up
to tonight are:
Officers killed, 152; wounded, 380; missing,
Men killed. 1477: wounded, 5050; missing.
27SL, . -. ' -
Other fatalities reported, 563,- " -"
Grand total, 10,515.
The casualties at Dekil's drift wefe two
troopers killed and Captain Majendi, of
the rifle brigade, wounded. He has since
died. One trooper was wounded.
The general commanding at Rensberg
reports that February 12 he was attacked
in force by Boers. Lieutenant Conynlg
ham, of the Worcester regiment, waa
wounded, and has since died. There were
no other casualties.
Shelled "Women's Laager nt MnfeMng
LONDON, Feb. 15. The Dally Chronicle
publishes the following dispatch from Ma
feking, dated January 2a:
"The Boers shelled the woman's laager
for two hours Saturday, January 27. Boer
women, warned by spies, evidently, went
into the trenches, clapped their hands and
hurrahed when the shells fell near the
English women. Lady Sarah Wilson was
eligntly w ounded. Major Gould-Adams and
Captain Wilson received contusions from
Plainer Engages the Boers.
LONDON, Feb. 14. Advices from Gabe
rones, dated February 4, say:
"The artillery duel between Colonel
Piu.-nrb force an 500 J'.ers cc tir.jed
until today, when the British dropped two
shells into the Boer fort. The Boer guns
have since been silent. Plumer's advance
has been checked by floods."
WE ARE AN ASIATIC POWER
United States Alone Opened the Door
ITHACA, N. Y., Feb. 14. President Ja
cob G. Schurman, of Cornell university, In
an address before the Business Men's As-
sociation, of Ithaca, spoke at some length
,. , ' ,,' ft nf tlia, mmJnil
on the Issues arising out of the Philippine
question. Regarding the commercial bene
fits which the United States is to derive
as a result of the Spanish-American war,
"The markets of the world are open to
us and receiving our products. The Span
ish war gave us a solution to that question.
That war was waged to drive from Cuba
an effete European power, a government
of tyranny. The irony of fate has followed
up our late war, and, paradoxical though
It be, we are now an Asiatic power, with
new outlets for our products.
"These are hard facts, and as strange as
they are true. Where England and Ger
many kept us from the competition, It Is
no.w all our own, and the lion's share is
coming with it. We allowed Africa to be
sliced up by European powers. It Is our
national crime. China has opened the
door to its 400,000,000 human souls for us,
i Russia, France, Germany and England
were dividing that great empire as Africa
was divided. We might have lost It. Eng
land was in despair. Its trade was ridi
culed by Russia, Germany and France. I
But the united States alone opened the
doors of China, and accomplished one of
the greatest achievements in history.
"Our flag is anchored in the Pacific; it
Is floating over the Philippines. Hence
forth we are to be on an equal footing In
Asia with Russia, Germany, France and
England. But our misslun Is not alone to
make money there, although Providence
dropped the island into our lap. Eight
million people with immortal souls have
been redeemed from the tyranny of ages,
and our mission is to share with them our
highest American civilization and liberty
They will accept our flag, our education,
and then our mission will, be accomplished.
It will be their flag and ours, their glory
and ours, their pride and ours, emblem of
the Orient in its highest and noblest form."
Changes In the Pacific fc Idaho.
BOISE, Idaho, Feb. H.-here has .been
an upheaval In the ofllces'of the Pacific
& Idaho Northern railroad. General Man
ager P. P. Shelby has dismissed Chief En
gineer C. D. Moore, Superintendent' F. L.
Richmond and Acting Treasurer Fred
aterrill Lewis A. Hall, of New York, is
president of the company, and he has
furnished all the money for the 40 miles
of the road now in operation. There are
sensational charges to the effect that there
has been a conspiracy against him.
WHY HE CAME HOME
Ex-Consul Macrum Gives His
Reasons for Leaving Pretoria.
SAYS HAY ACTED IN BAD FAITH
Possessed of Important Information
Which, the British Censor Would
Not Allow Him lo Transmit.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14. The follow
ing signed statement was given out to
night by Charles E. Macrum, ex-United
States consul to Pretoria:
"The sltuatiort In Pretoria was such
that, first, as an official, I could not re
main there while my government at home
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J35"-"CONSUL OF THE UNITED STATE S 'AT PRETORIA.
was apparently in -the dark as to the ex
act conditions In South Africa; secondly,
as a man and citizen of the L'nited
States, I could not remain In Pretoria,
sacrificing my own self-respect and that
of the people of Pretoria, while the gov
ernment at home continued to leave me
In the position of a British consul, and
not an American consul. I want to say
right here that there was not one single
request made of me through the depart
ment of state looking to the car of Brit
ish Interests In Pretoria which I did not
fulfill and report upon according to my
orders. On the other hand, American in
terests In South Africa were in that con
dition which demanded" that the depart
ment of state should be cognizant of
"I Is'sued the statement received from
the state department that Americans
must remain neutral. In the face of this,
Americans were continually going to the
front and taking up arms in the cause
of the Boers. I could not help but know
that many of these were citizens of the
United States. I also knew that many of
I them, In utter despair at the apparent
attitude of our own government, were
taking the oath of allegiance to the
Transvaal republic. When affairs had
reached that state- that my vice-consul,
Mr. Amerlngen, closed up his business,
took the oath of allegiance to the repub
lic and went to the front as a burgher,
I thought the time had come when I
should make a report on these conditions.
"It was over four weeks from tHe time
the war opened before I received a single
mall dispatch from my government, or a
personal letter. The mall for the Trans
vaal had all been stopped at Cape Town
by order of the high commissioner. When
fthis mail was finally forwarded to me,
after Colonel Stowe, the consul-general at
Cape Town, had secured its release, I had
the humiliation, as the representative of
the American government, of sitting In
my office in Pretoria and looking on en
velopes bearing the official seal of the
American government, opened and offi
cially sealed with a sticker, notifying me
that the contents had been read by the
censor at Durban. I looked up Interna
tional law, but failed to find anywhere
that one military power can use its own
discretion as to forwarding the official
dispatches of a neutral government to Its
representative In a besieged country.
"The mail service from Delagoa bay
to Europe was continually interrupted by.
the action of British men-of-war at that
port. The service was over two weeks
longer than hy the west coast, and there
were continual rumors that that port
would be closed and communication with
the outside world entirely cut off. The
cable service from the Transvaal was
absolutely cut off. I was privately in
formed by the Belgian and German con
suls at Pretoria that their official cables
In code to their governments had been
refused by the censor.
"I Tiled one cable in the Interest of an
American In Pretoria, which was refused
absolutely by the censor In Durban. This
cable I sent to the fiancee of a Mr. Nel
son, an American business man In Pre
toria. She was on her way to South Af
rica from Buffalo, N. T., when the war
broke out According to a letter which
Mr. Nelson received just before the war
commenced, she was buying her trous
seau in Europe. The cable requested her
to come by the east coast. When I in
formed Mr. Nelson that the cable had
not been sent, his brother took the oath
of allegiance to the republic and went to
the front. But these are simply minor de
tails. "The misrepresentations which had
been going on before the war and after
it opened were of such a serious nature
that on the 6th of November I filed a
cable to the department in code, stating
that-I wished leave of absence in order to
visit the States. I set forth In this cable
that my vice-consul had enlisted In the
Boer army; that a Mr. Atterbury, an
American, whom I had known very favor
ably for more than a year, could take
charge of the office until my return.
"In reply to this, dispatch, which was
forwarded without delay, I received from
the department a reply advising me that
my presence at Pretoria was important
to public Interests.
"On the 8th I telegraphed again, ac-
knpwledging the rqcjtpt of the cable, ad
vising the department that the situation
was not critical, that Mr. Atterbury was
competent; that my presence in America
was important No reply was received,
and I wired again on the 11th, stating
that no reply had been received, and
again urged a favorable reply. No reply
was received to this. On the 14th of No
vember I again wired the department,
slating that I could not leave without
permission, that I would forfeit my post
if the reasons which I would make to the
department did not prove satisfactory.
This cable was delayed by the censor un
til the 2di of December, when I had ad
vices that it had just been forwarded.
On the 18th of November I again filed a
cable stating that three of my cables had
been unanswered, and stating that a sub
s' itute would act as consul daring my
absence, and requesting a reply. To thla
I received a reply Immediately, which
was a reiteration of the reply to ray first
cable. Upon receipt of this reply, which
was on the 28th of November, I immedi
ately wrote to the department, accepting
the refusal to grant my leave, and stat
ing in that letter that I would abide by
the decision of the department, and at-
tempt to convey an Intelligent Idea for
the department's guidance, of the condi
tions there, in mail dispatches.
"On the 4th o"f December I received a
reply from the department to my cable
gram of the 14th, which I had been in
formed two days previously had just been
forwarded. It read as follows: Tou may
come home. Put Atterbury temporarily
in charge. Department will send mail
from here." This was signed 'Hay.'
Thereupon I cabled the department as
follotvs: 'Sail 18th, by Naples.'
"This cablegram was sent on the 8th,
and In the meantime I prepared to- go.
A few days later I received a telegram
from Mr. Hollls, consul at Delagoa bay,
stating that he had been instructed to
come to Pretoria to take charge of my
office during my absence, and until a man
should arrive from Washington. Mr. Hol
lls arrived on the 14th of December, antl
was thoroughly posted in the routine of
the office, and I introduced him to the
headte of all government departments, and
to my consular colleagues. I left Pre
toria the night of December IS. I went
straight to Paris, notified the depart
ment of my presence there, while wait
ing for the American line boat to sail
for New York.
"I arrived In Washington the 5th of
February and reported to Assistant Sec
retary Hill, of the state department, who
officially Informed me that Secretary
Hay's son had been appointed in my
place, and that he was on his way to
"I appreciated the seriousness of the
conditions In South Africa to the extent
that on my way to Washington, believing
that I was still the consul in Pretoria, I
refused to make any statement that would
in any way Involve the department or em
barrass It. My one object was to lay the
Information before the department as to
the true state of affairs in South Africa.
If the department thought these facts
were of value sufficient to warrant the
expense of the trip I had taken, I ex
pected to be remunerated and returned
to Pretoria, leaving the department to
act as it saw fit upon the facts which I
laid before it.
"Instead of this, I find that Secretary
Hay, whether actfng upon the reports in
the newspapers or upon advice from the
British government, or some other motive,
I do not know, saw fit not to wait until I
could present my reasons In person, and
has been a silent or conniving partner to
discrediting reports of my official acts.
I come home to find an attempt has been
made to tear down my personal reputa
tion. I wish' to state right here that
when I accepted my post as consul I knew
nothing of any secret alliance between
America and Great Britain; and that I
had seen nothing in the regulations which
made the consul of the American repub
lic subject to the whims and caprices of
an English military censor at Durban. I
came to America with a motive of which
I am not ashamed.
"There is not one soul who can point to
a single official act of mine which de
parted from the strictest neutrality. My
confidential dispatches to the department
contained information which will show
my sympathy for the republic, but whfeh
time will prove to be unbiased as to
actual facts My acts as a public offi
cial are all recorded at the department.
My acts now as- a private man can in no
way Involve the public service, and I
simply make this statement in my own
defense, as against those which have
corae from the department, secretly and
officially. CHARLFS i" "WACRUM."
MEETING OF' CATTLEMEN.
Object Is to Secure the Passage of
the Foster Grazing Bill.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb.. 14. A meeting
of the cattle-men of California, Washing
ton, Oregon. Montana, Utah, Nevada and
Arizona will be held in this city March
5 for the purpose of taking steps to secure
the passage of the Foster bill now pending
before congress. This bill provides for
the delimitation and leasing of the grazing
lands on the public domain to stockmen
fo" terms of 10 years, with the right of
TWO SUITS FILED
Beckham and Taylor Both Want
INVESTIGATION' BY DEMOCRATS
They Came is the GoBfa&Mlea. Thvt 1
Is Sot1 Safe or Thom to Re.
tursL te FraalaJert.
FRANKFORT, Ky.. Foh. M. The ault
of Beckham vs. Taylor, for the possession
of the ofltco of governor, was filed today
in the circuit court at Frankfort. Up to
a late hour tho sherht had not succeeded
in serving notice on Governor Togrtor, and
the chances of his doing- so did not seem
bright as all vurttotis to the office of the
governor or to tho gubernatorial mansion
were compelled to run a gauntlet of
guards, who were on the lookout for gen
tlemen with suspicious paper.
The petition tn tho suit holds that W.
S. Taylor is not tho governor of the sta'e,
and that with an armed force he holds
possemlon of tho executive building It
alleges that ho Is drawing money with
out authority of law from the state treas
ury, pardoning convicts and doing other
things that are detrimental to tho wel
fare of the state. Tho petition asks that
the court enjoin htm from exercising any
duties as chief executive, and from as
suming any control whatever over the
legislature. Application, for the Injunc
tion will be made Friday before Judge
Cantrlll at Georgetown.
The committee of the democratic mem
bers of the legislature, which came from
Louisville for tho purpose of Investigat
ing conditions hero and determining
whether It Is safe for the democratic
members to venture within the precincts
of Frankfort, returned to Louisville to
night. Tho members of the committee de
clined to hold Any conversation with Adjutant-General
Collier or Governor Taylor,
and made Custodian Thompson, of the
executive building, the go-between. They
first sent word to Governor Taylor that
before the democratic members could
think of returning to Frankfort, the sol
diers must be sent away. No objection.
they said, eould bo raised to a small num
ber or a body-guard to Governor Tayior
personally. As for the legislature, it
needed no protection.
Governor Taylor replied through the me
dium of Custodian Thompson that the re
quest of the committee could not be com
plied with, hut promised that the legisla
ture should not he molested In any way.
For the committee. Custodian Thompson
then asked Governor Taylor if the same
conditions would exist Monday around the
statehouse as existed today. Mr. Thomp
son was sent back with the reply that
no assurance could he given, but that
there would ho no show of force, and that
ail- the? -aoHmtos wouM be withdrawn tsom
the gates, and would be kept In the back
ground as muoh as possible.
The members of tho committee said that
in their opinion, the meetings would con
tinue in Louisville, at least for the pres
ent. Several of them expressed a person
al willingness to return to Frankfort.
, Governor Taylor's SHit.
LOUISVILLE, Xy., Feb. 14.-Sut wa3
filed in the circuit court this afternoon
by counsel for Governor Taylor, seeking
to restrain J. C W. Beckham from act.ng
as governor, and General John R. Castle
man from attempting to discharge the du
ties of adjutant-general. Summons were
served on the defendants this afternoon.
The suit will be allotted to one of the cir
cuit judges hy a drawing. This drawing
may not be held for several days. When
it Is held, an application for a restraining
order will be made. The suit Is brought
by Governor Taylor for himself individu
al and as governor of Kentucky.
HAS XO JURISB-ICTKHf.
Judge Taft Refased te Graiit Apnli-
cation for InjunetloH.
CINCINNATI, O., Feb. 14. Holding that
the federal court has no jurisdiction in
the contests In Kentucky, Judge Taft
this afternoon refused lo grant the appli
cation for an injunction against the Ken
tucky state board of elections and the
democratic contestants for state ofilces
other. than governor and lieutenant-governor.
Judge Taft finished reading his opinion
at 2:5f P. M., in which he denied the ap
plications for injunctions in both cases In
the Kentucky suits. After citing the laws
showing that the federal court had no ju
risdiction in such case, he reviewed the
Goebel election law as the most Infamous
statute that had ever come before the
attention of the cdfbrt, and also denounced,
in vigorous terms, the conditions that have
existed In Kentucky and that are cited
In the Mil of facts. But he held that it
was merely a matter of law with the
court, notwithstanding the outrages that
are alleged hi the statement of facts of
the petitioners. There was an Immense
crowd hi the federal building awaiting
the decision of the court
Taylor's 0InI of the Desislen.
FRANKFORT, Ky.. Feb. 14. When In
formed that Judge Taft had refused ju
risdiction. Governor Taylor gave to the
Associated Press the following signed
"The decision of Judge Taft today, hold
ing that bis court has no jurisdiction in,
the ease of the minor state officers, does
not affect the merits of the case. He does
not determine that the petitioners had
no merits in their cases, but only that his
court eould not take jurisdiction and right
the wrong. If he had held that he had
jurisdiction It would have all boon over,
for the outrages were so glaring that the.
republicans would have won hands down.'
The decision in said cases does not In the
least affect my case.
"WILLIAM St TATLOR,"
"Governor of Kentucky.'
The Two LestlHres.
LOUISVILLB, Ky., Foo. 14, Tho senate
met today without a quorum and ad
journed until tomorrow. In the house, the
senate resolution, calling upon Governor
Taylor to withdraw the militia from the
eapHcl and surrender the executive offices
to Governor Beckham, was adopted, after
some debate, a feature of which was a
speech by Representative Orr. taking ex
ception to a clause of the resolution as
serting that the shot which killed Goebel
was fired from tho executive building.
The house adjourned until tomorrow.
FRANKFORT, Ky., Feb. 14. The house
and senate met at 11 o'clock this morning.
Both houses lacked a quorum, and ad
journed until tomorrow.
Sheet Steel Co-naMnatlon.
PITTSBURG. Pa., Feb. 14. The long-talked-of
combination of steel sheet mills
of the country was formed at a meeting
here today Twenty-five concerns out of
29 were represented. The capital stock
was fixed at $52,060 000 None of the stok
will be placed on the market, millionaires
taking it all.