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ONLY REPUBLICAN DAILY IN LACKAWANNA COUNTY.
TWELVE PAGES 84 COLUMNS.
CIt ANTON, PAM SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 28, 1895.
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SHARP TALK IS THE SENATE
Mr. Teller, of Colorado, Scores the
l'residcnt and Treasury Officials.
A KAGLB OVEK FINANCES
Mr. Hill Is Sorcastic-A Populist'. Sub
stitute fcutuuhin Accepted Silver
Speeches In the Homo Mr.
IHnglcy Favors Sato of Bonds.
Washington. Pec. 27. The financial
question ramp to the front In the sen
ate today In the form of a Joint resolu
tion introduced by Mr.. Kill (Dem.. N.
Y.) to the effect that the bonds to be
hereafter Issued shall be payable in gold
coin, or in silver standard dollars, at
the option of the holders, and that no
bond containing such option shall bear
u higher rate of Interes-. than three per
cent. He made a lone;, carefully pre
pared speech on the subject, winding
up with the declaration that his pro
position was a measure simply for tem
porarily relief: but that as a measure of
permanent relief It was reasonable that
the United Stales notes and treasury
notes should be redeemed and be can
celled. Mr. Teller (Rep.. Col.) jvas wrought
up to a state of Indlirr-atlnn by Mr.Hlll's
proposition and speech, and In his In
vective against the president, the sec
retary of the treasury and treasury
subordinates made a contemptuous al
lusion to tho "tidal water waiter who
now assumes to speak on financial mat
ters." Kveryhoily understood tfint It was the
New York senator who was thus lgno
minnusly referred to, but when Mr. Hill
subsequently took up the offensive epi
thet he was assured In tne most positive
manner by Mr. Teller that he hud no
reference whatever to the senator from
New York, but had only meant to op
ply the epithet to suit the treasury sub
ordinates, the director of the mint
and assistant treasurer at New York.
Mr. Hill apparently accepted the dis
avowal, but avenged himself. In some
decree, by Intimation that the director
of the mint was as comnt-tent to speak
on the financial question as gentlemen
who hailed from the wilds of Colorado.
The Joint revolution remains on the
vice-president's table to be taken up
for further discussion In connection
with a substitute offered by the new
Populist senator from North Carolina.
Mr. Putlor. to make the Interest and
principal of all coin bearing bonds pay
aide in the cheaper of the two metals.
A Joint resolution for the acceptance
of the ram Katahdin was reported from
the committee on naval affairs and
Argument, on Itond yuctlon.
Tn accordance with the decision of the
committee on ways and means reached
last Monday. Chairman Dlngley report
ed to the house the bill to provide for
the restoration and protection of tho
gold reserve by the rale of ,1 per cent,
bonds and to authorize the Issue of cer
tificates of Indebtedness to meet defl-i-!en
Vs In revetfae. but undor, the prv
Tey ta w r Turr number of Republican
members, the bill wan amended by the
committee at a meeting held this morn
ing, and the programme calling for n
vote on the passage of the bill at li
o'clock today, was changed so as to
Rive six hours additional debate, three
i tonight and three tomorrow, tho vote
to be ta'cen at fl o clock Saturday after
noon. The resolution from the commit
tee on rules to this effect was adopted
by a vote of l!).;i to 201 after It hud been
antagonized by Messr.t. Crisp, Bailey
and McMlllln. the Republicans refrain-
Ing from discussing It.
The debase on the bond bill was
opened by Mr. Dlngley, who advocated
iU pnssage in a speech of nearly an
hour's duration. He said Its provisions
were to tend to strengthen and keep the
jrold reserve by keepinK a fund for the
redemption of greenbacks only, and
r.ot a fund to be drawn upon for cur
rent rxnenses. The passage of the bill
was also advocated In the house In the
pfternoon by Mr. Grosvennr. (Rep.,
Ohio), as a patriotic duty: by Mr. Laeey.
(ftep. Ohio), and Mr. Johnson, (Rep.,
N. l )
It was opposed by Mr. Turner (Dem..
Oa.) who said the administration
wanted all the paper money retired,
and If he had had an opportunity to do
so. would have offered to so amend the
bill; by Mr. Putterson (Dem., Tenn.)
who said the duty of congress was to
restore confidence In the currency of
the country; and by Messrs. Swanson
(Dem., Va.) and Wheeler (Dem., Ala.)
A Silver Sensation. .
The sensation of the day came at a
late hour In the afternoon when Mr.
Johnson (Rep., Cala.) voiced In Im
passioned vigor the opposition to the
measure In the ranks of themajorlty. He
said It pave the He to every Republican
speech and every Republican platform
and he pleaded with his political asso
ciates to vote against It. He was
cheered by the Democrats and many
Republicans as he predicted the de
feat of the first section of the bill, and
declared that the only true relief to
be found would be In the free and un
limited coinage of silver.
Mr. Hugh Bellamy was declared elect
ed to the seat from the Third Illinois dis
trict for which Mr. Lawrence McOann
held the certificate. Mr. Bellamy was
sworn in by the speaker.
Mr. Quay's Hills. '
Mr. Quay today Introduced In the sen
ate a bill to pay the heirs of the late
John Roach $48,858 for labor and ma
terial furnished, for the gunboat-Dolphin;
also appropriating for the same
heirs $:)50,151 for labor, material, dock
age and detention and occupation of
yards and, shop, for the gunboats Chi
cago, 1 ton ton and Atlanta.
Mr. Quay also In the senate this af
ternoon gave notice of an Intermediary
to the tariff bill to Increase duty on Im
ported tobacco wrappers from $1.50 to $2
stemmed, and from $2.25 to $4.50 un
LAND GIVEN A WAV.
Potent. Are Issned for Newly discovered
Country in Pennsylvania-
Harrlsburg, Pa., Dec. 23. The depart
ment of Internal affairs has Issued four
patents to the Clearfield Bituminous
corporation, covering 1,600 acres of land
In Center and Clearfield counties. This
land has been without -any legitimate
owner up to this date, save the com
monwealth, and It has been acquired
for practically nothing.
Another patent has been Issued to
Edwurd A. Meyer for an Island In Sus
quehanna county. Strange as It may
seem, no patent has ever before been
Issued for this Island. ..
NEW CELESTIAL WANDEKEK.
A Harvard Professor Explains th. Dis
covery of Mrs. Klemlnp. v.
Cambridge. Mass.; Dec. 27. Professor
Edward C. Pickering; of Harvard Col
lege observatory, has Issued a circular
announcing the discovery of a new star
In the constellation Centaurus, found by
Mrs. Fleming on December 12, 1895, from
an examination of the Draper memorial
. Its approximate position (or 1900 Is R.
A. 13h. J4tn. 3s..dec. 31d. Sm. Attention
was called to It from the peculiarity of
the spectrum on the plate taken at Are
qulpa on July 18,1 Wo. with the ISaehe
telescope, exposure 52m. The spectrum
of the new star resembles that of the
nebula surrounding 30 Doradus. and al
so that of the star A. G. C, 20,937. and
Is unlike that of an ordinary nebula, or
of the new stars in Auriga, Norma and
SECRETARY CARLISLE'S VIEWS.
Ho Insists That One May F.at Ills Cake,
and Sell It, Too-Hutt y Panky, and
-Not F.strn Revenue, Is Wanted.
Washington. Dec. 27. Secretary Car
lisle gave his views on the tariff meas
ure now pending In congress.
"What. In your opinion, will be the
effect upon the financial situation of the
tari'Y bill passed by the house of repre
sentatives yesterday," Mr. Carlisle was
"I hud supposed that very few could
now be found who believe that our
financial difficulties wen. caused by a
deficiency In the ordinary revenues of
the government, or that they can be
relieved by Increasing taxes upon the
commodities consumed by the people.
These difficulties are the necessary re
sults of our financial legislation, and
they cannot be removed, even tempor
arily, by tariff laws nor by any other
mensures which do not directly enable
the government to procure the means
necessary for the maintenance of gold
"Do you think then, that the bond
bill reported in th house today will
furnish any relief to the. treasury?"
"I am satisfied that there is but one
permanent remedy for our financial em
barrassments, and that Is legislation
providing for the retirement and can
cellation of the legal tender notes, but,
recognizing the fact that such a meas
ure would require time for its consid
eration and for Its complete execution
if adopted, I had hoped that congress
would immediately lake the necessary
steps to assist the government In its
efforts to procure and maintain such a
measure as may be required to remove
distrust and apprehension, which have
precipitated this emergency. The bill
reported by the committee on ways and
means falls very far short of the re
quirements of the situation, and its pas
su gu will not specially affect the situa
tion with which we now have to deal.
Our difficulties were produced, and have
been prolonged and aggravated by
the fear that, notwithstanding all the
efforts of the administration, we may
ultimately be unable to procure gold
for the purpose of redeeming our notes
and consequently be forced to a silver
basis, and this fear cannot be wholly
removed until some action Is taken by
congress clearly Indicating a purpose
to pay all our obligations In gold when
demanded by the holders.
Although there Is no substantial rea
son to distrust the character of our
notes or other securities, or to doubt the
purpose of the government to main
tain gold payments, the farts that there
has been no legislative declaration up
pn the subject and that no legal author
ity to make them expressly payable In
gold, not only prevent the sale of our
bonds for-the replenishment of the re
servo ' upon the iitosi advantagnous
terms, but Increase the demands for
gold by the presentation of notes at the
very time when we are least able to
meet them without Injury to our credit.
If It wns not generally expected that
the three classes of bonds alreadv, au
thorized by law will be paid in gold nt
maturity, If demanded, they could not
be sold except at an enormous sacrifice,
but even this general expectation is not
sufficient to altogether satisfy Invest
ors, especially in times of financial dis
turbance. About $1(1.000,000 In Interest could have
been saved to the people on the last
Issue of bonds If congress had consented
to make them expressly payable In gold,
instead of coin. This condition is not
at all Improved by the pending bill,
which still renulres all bonds to be pay
able "In coin" as heretofore, and con
fers no new authority except the power
to Issue and sell three per cent, bonds,
also payable an coin, after Ave years,
with interest payable in coin semi-annually.
At the present time our thirty
year four per cent, bunds, with Interest
pavahle quarterly, are selling In tne
markets at rates which yield the Invest
ors more than three per cent, per an
num, and this fact should not be over
looked In determining whether not a
five year three per cent, bond could now
be sold at par, as the pending bill re
. "What wll! ho the effect of the pro
vision prohibiting the sale of bonds ex
cept after public advertisement?"
'"Assuming that a sufficient amount
of gold could be procured In that way,
any secretary of the treasury would
prefer to advertise for bids, but It Is evi
dent that there may be circumstances
when prompt action Is required In order
to preserve the credit of the govern
ment, and In such eases a peremptory
provision reouirlng a public advertise
ment might defeat the object of the law
and prevent any sale."
MYSTEKY AT OWOSSO.
Prominent Man and official Suddenly
Drops Out of Sight.
Owosso. Mich.. Dec. 27. Colonel
George F. Robinson suddenly disap
peared from this city Saturday night,
since which time no possible clew can
be obtained as to his whereabouts. He
was walking with his wife toward
their home about It o'clock Saturday
night, when they met a man unknown
to Mrs. Robinson, with whom her hus
band had some conversation, she In the
meantime walking on toward home, ex
pecting her husband would follow pres
ently. That was the lost seen of Rob
inson. The matter was not made public
until today, from the fsct that Robin
son Is a 'deputy sheriff, and It was
thought his absence was due to busi
ness in that line.
He had no known enemies, and was
very popular with the old soldiers, hav
ing served with Company C. , Second
Michigan cavalry, during the late war,
and at present holds the rank of col
onel, being a member of the staff of
Oeneral Daboldt, commander of Michi
gan department of the Grand Army of
the Reoubllc. He tn past 50 years old.
5 feet 8 Inches high, and Weighs 160
pounds, and when he left Owosso he
wore a dark blue overcoat and a soft
black hat of the Grand Army pattern,
Starvation I. Before Many Farmer. In
Sedalla. Mo., Dec. 27. As the water
recedes In the submerged districts the
extent of damage Is becoming known.
The valleys of the Osage and Gasconade
rivers suffered most, and it la not an
exaggeration to place the aggregate losa
at $5,000,000. Famine threatens in some
At i Eldorado Springs the supply "of
groceries Is exhausted and not a train
has arrived for ten days. Great des
titution prevails at Lynn creek, Camden
county, and a relief fund has been start
Hay ward', body Cremated.
Chicago, Dec. 27. The remains of Harry
Hsyward, the Minneapolis murderer, were
incinerated shortly after noon today In th.
crematory of Oraceland cmewry. ;
1SMI SHOUTED FIRE
And a Terrible Panic Followed in o
A YEKITABLE DEATH TRAP
Thirteen Persons Killed and Twenty
Seriously Injured In the Wild Rush
forth. Doors Which Could
Not Bo Opened.
Baltimore, Dec. 27. Thirteen bodies
lay calm In death at the morgue tonight
and twenty persons are In the acciden
tal wards of the city hospital, the result
of a panic at Front Street theater. The
United Oriental Opera and Dramatic
company, of New York, was presenting
un opera In the Hebrew language to an
audience of fully 3,000 persons.
Shortly ufter the performance began
some one shouted "fire," and the Im
mense gathering with one accord began
a wild scramble for the e::its. Men and
women, boys and girls fought for a
vantage ground and a scene of the
wildest confusion prevailed.
The street doors were closed, and
being hung to open Inward, the strug
gling mass of humanity was bniught to
a standstill. Those in the rear climbed
over the heads of the ones In front, and
trampled the weaker ones beneath their
feet. For several minutes tlje wild
light for liberty continued
Mass of Strusslint: Humanity.
When the policemen arrived on the
scene they found a mass of struggling
humanity five feet deep In the small
entrance to the playhouse, one of the
doors was forced open and the work of
pulling out the dead and Injured was
commenced. An alarm of fire wns
turned In, followed immediately after
ward by an ambulance call. Patrol
wagons were also pressed Into service,
and were soon hurrying to the city hos
pitals with one or two of the unfortu
nates. None of the dead have been Identi
fied up to 10 p. in. Among the dead ure
two men of about 22 and :!.'. years respec
tively, a woman aged about 23. three
girls aged 4. 7. and 13 years respectively,
and three boys, whose ages range from
4 to IS years.
Among the Injured are two girls aged
13 and 11 respectively; two women of 3S
and tift years of age; boys of 4, S and 11,
and two men aged 22 and 30.
Story of the Trncedy.
The lTnlted Oriental Opera Dramatic
company, of Huston, under the manage
ment of A. Schongold and Abram Tan
seman, wns billed b presetlt the Jew
ish opera, "Alexander." the theater was
filled with a motley throng. About
2,500 persons wore In tlie house when the
orchestra bigan playing the Introduc
tory. A strong odor of gaB was noticed In
the second gallery of the theater, and
one of the attaches of the place was
seen hunting for the leak with a lighted
torch. Suddenly a Jet of flame flashed
out as the torch came, In contact with
the punctured gas pip'. Cries of "fire"
wore heard In the uopcr galleries, and
In an Instant the excitement became Intense.-
Some one rushed to the gas
meter and turned off the supply, plung
ing the main body of the house In dark
ness, the stage jets alone remaining
lighted, being fed through another
meter. Instead of allaying the excite
ment caused by the Bheet of flame from
the leaking pipe, the turning of of the
gas ami consequent darkness only
served to add to tho confusion The au
dience arose en masse and mude a mad
rush for the exits.
The actors ran down to the footlights
nnd shouted: 'Hit down; there's no
danger!" but the excited throng paid no
heed to the advice, but continued their
wild ocramble for the doors.
The gas was quickly turned on at the
meter and as the theater again became
Illuminated an Indescribable scene of
horror wrs presented. Men. women and
children, crazed by fear, were fighting
and struggling in the aisles and on the
stairways In their efforts to reach the
The struggling mass of humanity
made little or no headway for a few
minutes; every aisle was congested and
every doorway Jammed with the fran
tic Poles and Russian Jews, who main
ly comprised the gathering.
Women and children Crushed.
Strong men In the rear of the panic
stricken mob climbed upon the shoulders
of those In front, crushing the weak
er men, women and little children to the
floor to be trampled to death by those
still further in the rear.
For several minutes the wild fight
continued. Then a few policemen
forced a passageway to the main en
trance and began dragging forth those
who were Jammed In the doors. A
rushing stream of humanity flowed out
on Front street until all those who were
able to move reached the open air.
A hurry-nil for policemen had brought
a large squad to the theater by this
time and a fire alarm had also been sent
In. bringing some engines to the scene.
The excitement In the street was al
most as great as In the theater as rela
tives began searching for those from
whom they had become sparated during
the mad rush. Fathers and mothers
rushed about looking for their children
and attempted to re-enter the theater In
their search for missing ones.
The crowd grew so great that the po
lice, fearing a riot, ordered the fire en
gine hose to be turned on, and in that
way the struggling mass was driven
baek from the theater entrance.
Meanwhile officers had' entered the
theater and encountered a horrible
sight. Everywhere bodies were found
with life extinct. A majority of the
victims were young girls and children.
They were carried to the front of the
house and taken to the city hospital
and the morgue as soon as the ambu
lance and wagons could make the trips.
Great crowds followed the ambulances
and patrol wagons and stormed the en
trances to the hospital and morgue In
their anxiety to learn if their relatives
or friends were among; the injured or
Twenty-three dead bodies were finally
taken from the theater. Ten persons,
more or less Injured, are at the city
hospital, two of them may die. Several
others were taken to their homes In car
riages, suffering from contusions or
broken bones. The death list will prob
ably exceed twenty-five. w
At a late hour tonight therej bad but
fourteen of the dead been Identified
They are: Miss Jennie Hlnhle, $1 year,
old; Louis Cohen, a 10-vear-old boy;
Jacob Rosenthal, a tallor.abqut 25 years
old; Wolff, a tailor- Theresa Gold
stein, 7 year, old, and her little 4-year-old
brother; Louis Amofsky. 82 years
old; 8a rah Rosen, 15 years: Ida Hilber
man, 14 years; Ida Friedman, 14 years;
Sarah Slegel, It years; . Leven-
steln, 40 years: SMsbelg, 12 years;
Lena Lewis, aged 22.
TO LOCATE A MURDERER.
Test of Wind Reader Makes a Huspeet
Kervoa. and Shaky.
Kokomo, Ind., Dec. 27. The official
Investigation of the noted ton quarry
mystery la now on Its seventh week and
th only malts up to UUa time art two
$10,000 damage suits brought against
the police officials for false imprison
ment In connection with the murder.
November 9 Charles Lowry, a teamster
for the American Straw Hoard Works,
was murdered and the body carried a
mile from his home and thrown Into a
stone quarry, Harry Hoffman, Kd.
Hogue. Wlllard Campbell and John
Thompson were arrested. Campbell be
ing a brother-in-law of the victim and
Thompson a near relative. All were re
leased. Thompson was re-arrested ,uter
and the preliminary examination Is still
Yesterday a novel plan was resorted
to In the hope of solving the mystery.
Paul Alexander Johnstone, the well
known mind reader, visited Thompson
at the jail and applied his powers on the
accused man, Thompson, of course,
knowing nothing of the business of his
caller. As the corridor door opened Dr.
Johnstone exclaimed: "That Is the
man we want to see. the one in the third
cell, with glasses." In me waiting
room, where Johnstone, the Jailer and
two newspaper men sat, Thompson was
brought out. During the long court In
vestigation Thompson hus not mani
fested the least concern or emotion. The
moment the eyes of the mind reader
were fastened on him, however, the ac
cused man shook nnd trembled like an
aspen, being so nervous he could scarce
ly kep his seat, while not a question
was asked or a word spoken. The sub
ject was greatly excited, but on the ad
vice of his attorney said nothing con
cerning the murder.
"Guilty?" said Professor Johnstone
after leaving the Jail. "Well. I should
say but I will say nothing about that.
Suppose I do supply the missing link In
the chain of evidence, w hat good will
that do? My knowledge Is not good
evidence In court and would not be ad
mitted. I can make n whole lot of
trouble for myself and do no good to the
prosecution. If my knowledge was evi
dence it would be different."
THE ALUEX SMITH BILL.
A Plan to Relieve the Treasury That Has
the Approval or John Sherman and
Other Financial Experts.
Washington. D. C, Dec. 2". The Wil
liam Aldcn Smith bill to relieve the
treasury from the menace now threat
ening it by the presentation of I'nlted
States notes culled greenbacks and
treasury notes was Introduced by the
Michigan members in the house today.
The measure was submitted by Mr.
Smith to Senator John Sherman, who
pronounced It meritorious In affording
relief to the treasury reserve. The plan
was also submitted to the leading mem
bers of the house, Including Congress
man Dingley, Chairman Walker and
others by proposition, and was general
ly commended. The Jlll amends sec
tion 5, 1!)1, of the revised statutes of the
I'nlted States and provides that every
nationnl banking association In either
of the following cities, Albany. Ualtl
more, IJoston, Cincinnati, Chicago,
Clevelnnd, Detroit, Louisville. Milwau
kee. New Orleans. New York. Philadel
phia, Pittsburg, St. Louis, San Fran
cisco and Washington shall nt nil times
have on band In United States notes
and treasury notes an amount In full
to at least 25 per centum o' the apgrc.
gaie amount of Its notes In circulation
and of its deposits, and every other
Institution (banking) shall at all
times have on hand In I'nlted
State notes and treasury notes an
nmount equal to at least 15 per
centum of the aggregate amount
of Its notes In circulation and of its de
posits. Whenever the United States
notes and treasury notes of any asso
ciation In any of these cities named
lug) shall bo below 15 per centum of its
um of lis circulation and deposits and
whenever I'nlted States notes nnd
treasury notes of any association (bank
shall be below the amount of 25 percent
circulation and deposits, such associa
tion shall not Increase Its liabilities by
making any new loans or discount
otherwise than by discounting or pur
chasing bills of exchange payable at
sight nor make any dividends of Its
prolits until the required proportion be
tween the aggregate amount of Its out
standing notes of circulation and de
posits of the United States notes and
treasury notes has been restored and
the comptroller of the currency may
notify tlie United States and treasury
notes constitution the legal reserve
shall be below the amount above re
quired to be kept on hand, to make good
such reserves ond If such association
shall all for thirty days thereafter so
ns to make good its reserve, In United
States notes and treasury notes, .the
comptroller may, with the concurrence
of the secretary of the treasury, appoint
a receiver to wind up the business of the
Acocrding to the last report of the
comptroller of the currency, there was
$I.7188.8.131.52 of individual deposits.
United States denpsits, and deposits of
United States disbursing officers in tne
national banks of the lTnited States.
Twenty-five per cent., the legal rescn-p
required In reserve cities, and 11.5 p.er
cent., required In non-reserve cities,
would, upon the adoption of the not. Im
mediately break the endless cr.aln of
which there Is so much complaint and
these notes would be placed beyond tne
reach of speculators and would release
$162,925,290 In gold now tied up In bank
vaults as a part of their legal reserve.
SAN FRANCISCO HOLD-UP.
Three of the Highwaymen Arrested Yes
terday While Looking for Plunder.
Ran Francisco, Deo.' 27. Two of the
hlghwnymen who ,icld up a Mission
street car on Wednesday night and
robbed Reuben Clark, an Ingleside race
track employe, of $l,000.ave been ar
rested The discovery of a pouch con
taining P0o which was burled In the
Sand rjar the Cliff house led to the cap
ture. The police burled the sack where
It was found, and then lay In wait with
Winchesters for the bandits.
' After dark John Mlddlemass and
Harry Gardiner appronched the spot,
and were about to unearth the treasure
whenj they were arrested. Patrick
Welsh, who Is believed to be one of the
robbers, was also arrested.
AN OKLAHOMA DIVORCE.
Son of a Member of Parliament Freed
from Marriage Bonds.
Oklahoma City, Dec. 27. Wm. J. Con
nor, son of a member of the English
parliament, secured a divorce here yes
terday from his wife, Emma Connor,
on the ground of Incompatibility of tem
per and neglect of duty. Mrs. Connor
prior to her marriage was leading lady
of Sir John Astley's troupe In England.
The marriage was a very unhappy
one, the wife refusing to give up the
footlights. After the birth of their first
child she returned to the stage. Falling
in prevailing on her to return to him,
Connor came to Oklahoma and secured
a divorce. His wife's stage name Is
Maud Avery.. ,
Will Protect a Murderer. . '
Wllkes-Barre, Dee. 27. During a quar
rel between a party of drunken Poland
ers J'ist outside of . the elty limits here,
tonight, CharloM Sieve, aged Si years, was
hot three tlmjs and fatally wounded by
a countryman Inamed William Ambrose.
The murderer i.as taken to his home br
a party of frllnds who claim they wlil
?rotect Mm.- Nl arrests ha. bean mad. up
Midnight toJlxht, f .,.,,
REBELS ARE RETREATING
Reports That Cubans Are Stealing
Away to Matanzas.
SPAXISH TROOPS TO MARCH
It Is Claimed That They Will Endeavor to
Head Off the Insurgent Uand-Kor-tlfieatlons
Ar. Being Con
structcd in Havana.
Havana, Dec. 27. It Is reported here
that the insurgent forces have taken up
a line of retreat from about the city of
Matanzas through Sldra, Navnjas and
Corral Falso, In the direction of Juguey
Grande, In the southern port of Matan
zas. This is beyond Union Reyes,
where It was reported that the Spanish
troops were being concentrated to cut
off their retreat.
The insurgent leader Acebo was exe
cuted yesterday at Clenfuegos.
Havana, Dec. 27. Active prepara
tions are being made here for the de
fense of the city and for forwarding to
the front all the troops which can be
spared. It Is understood that the Span
ish columns tn the rear of the Insur
gent army have been ordered to con
centrate as quickly as possible about
the frontier of Matanzas, and that
every effort Is to bo made to prevent
tho retreat of the Cubans Into Santa
While these preparations are being
made apparently to stop the Insurgents
from escaping back to Santa Clara, the
land fortifications of Havana are re
ceiving attention day and night. A
number of additional earthworks have
been thrown up during the last month
also and are being completed and sup
plied with guns as rapidly as possible.
The magazines are being plentifully
supplied with ammunition, and the out
posts of the Spanish troops around Ha
vana are being more securely fortified.
There has been an air of hurry and
anxiety about the different headquar
ters here' which does not seem to IndU
cate that the supreme authorities are
In any way satisfied that the Insurgents
are retreating. Tf military activity
goes for anything, the most determined
efforts are being made to prevent a sur
prise. There is considerable speculation here
as to the actual number of men under
the command of Gomez and Maceo. The
highest estimates have it that the Cu
ban army numbers 12,000 men, while the
lowest number of followers the Insur
gent leaders are credited with having
under their command Is 6,000. It Is to be
presumed, however, thai Gomez and
Maceo may have 10.000 men with them,
as they are known to have been Joined
by large numbers of adherents since
they entered the province of Matanzas.
The Insurgents have also been plenti
fully supplied with ammunition, said
to have been stored for their use at dif
ferent points and accumulated and hid
den for months past.
A conservative estimate of the force
at the disposal here of the captain-general
has "seen made and It Is estimated
that he has 20.000 regulars and about
40.000 volunteers with which to meet the
insurgent army. But the Spanish regu
lars and volunteers are scattered over
a large expanse of forts and fortifica
tions composing the defenses of Ha
vana, and when the brilliant achieve
ment of Gomez and Maceo In passing
through the many Spanish columns,
said to number from 40,000 to 80,000 men,
In the provinces of Santa Clara and
Matanzas, is taken Into considera
tion, there is some justification for the
belief that it will not be long before
Gomez and Maceo arc outside of Ha
vana. This, however, is ridiculed by
the Spanish authorities here, who claim
that the Insurgent movement has re
ceived a decided check.
OUTLOOK HOPEFl L
Indications) Are That the New Year Will
Dawn Upon an Era of Prosperity Ex
ports on the Increase.
New York, Dec. 27. R. O. Dun 8c Co.
will say tomorrow, In tuolr Weekly Re
view of Trade:
Failures for the wek have been 322
In the United Staes against 350 last
year, and 40 In Capada, against 41 last
The foreign vnA financial messages of
the president were followed by violent
reaction in the stock market last Sat
urday, with grave fears of monetary
The UMdden panic checked business In
many departments and the Industries
cannot be expected to show signs of Im
provement until the new year begins.
Anthracite coal is selling at $3.40 In
I New York harbor. In the great textile
manufactures the usual holiday busi
ness Is Increased by delay of orders,
though there Is some accumulation of
goods for the demand expected noon.
Standard brown Bheetings and drills are
an eighth lower and cotton goods aver
age a third of one per cent, lower. For
woolen goods the market is extremely
dull, soft wool dress goods and ladies'
cloths are a shade lower, and the aver
age of quotations Is about an eighth
per cent, lower for the week.
Railroad earnings In December thus
far are 6.4 per cent, larger than last
year, but 5.8 per cent, less man In 1892.
Payment through clearing house were
abnormally swelled by the week's panic,
so that the average dally tor December
at all points is eighteen per cent, more
than In 194 and 12.2 per cent less than
In 1892. Foreign trade shows a gain of
19V4 per cent. In exports from New York
for three weeks of December, which Is
decidedly encouraging, and a decrease
of 18',4 percent. In Imports here.
MOKE BONDS FOR SALE.
It Is Imnbtf ul If Any Measures for Relief
Will Meet President' Approval.
Washington, Dec. 27. Secretary Car
lisle spent most of the day in consulta
tion with the president and was at the
treasury only for a few minutes.
The Impression is general that the
president, living up to the language of
his message to congress on Its opening,
will within a short time Bell $100,000,000
bonds unless there Is evidence that
some relief measure will pass congress
The best opinion Is that the chances
for the senate and house to concur
quickly In any measure that will get the
approval of the president, are slight. .
FAILED TO BECOME HOLY,
Discouraged, an Aged ond Wealthy Man
Hangs Himself In a Barn.
" Goshen, Ind., Dec. 27. John Smeltxer,
aged 80, one of the earliest settlers and
wealthiest residents of the county, at.
tempted suicide at Wakarusa by hang'
lng himself to a rafter In the barn, and
(otight lies In a dying condition. HI.
art of today is the result of an attempt
to become sanctlncd.
Unvaral Via r, n trn ha Intncwt ta nliiiwili
fit the beginning ot an effort to become
holy. Failure In the attempt brought
on mental depression, wnicn termin-
Med in the use of the rope. ....
um' : .
Will cpmimeice Rw
Beceita 30, Ml
Our annual clearing sale of table lMlv.
ens, previous to inventory, has always
beep looked forward to with Interest DM
inieuigem nouseKeepers, ana juagiua
from the many lnuulrles already niati
concerning this one it will be tie except
tton to any of Its predecessors.
The values we offer are always bbw.
elated, and during this sale 1BRE-
SIST1BLE BARGAINS will be ftroTtBh
forward from day to day and will com
Drlse evervthtntr thrniia-hniit thn fa.
partment, from a table linen at Twenty
live Cents a Yard to one of our Double!
Satin Damasks, at Two Dollars and'al
Half or over; also. In table napkfna
front One Dollar a Dozen up to Flfteen.1
Quotations on goods of this class are)
no criterion of their values, but ara
often misleading. Therefore we Invito
you to a personal Inspection of ou
stock, knowing that you will not onlyi
be interested, but that we can save you
at least Twenty-live Cents on everj;
Extra choice line of Dinner and Tea
Sets, Lunch Cloths, Center pieces, Doy
Our usual fine assortment of German
Agency for John S. Rrown & Sons' lln
ens, "Best in the World."
Sale commences Monday morning and
Will last for ten days.
510 and 512
Begin the New Year In
a pair of our honest Shoe$
lEWI9RHGLtY k BAVIES '
114 AND 110 WYOMING AVE. f
Ladies' Watches from
$5.00 to $75.00. ;
403 SPRUCE ST. NEAR DIME BANK.
EXPLOSION OF POWDER. .
The Shock Felt Over an Area" of Fifty
Mile, square About Romeo, III- ;
Chicago, Dec. 27. Four ton. of giant .
powder were accidentally exploded neau ';
the little town of Romeo, on ithe drain
age canal, early thlB'mornlng. Through
out an area of about fifty miles aquar) .
from Waukegan, III., on the north to
Kankakee. Ill, on the south and from
Rockford, III., on the west, to Michigan '
City, Ind., on the east, 'the sound of the). ,
expjloslon. No one was killed.
The explosion occurred In a nousa
near Romeo, about 800 feet from tha
canal. Throughout Chlcagp windows '
shook and rattled and building, seemed -1
to rock. The explosion occurred In tho (
same place where last week a number
of workmen were killed and Injured by; '
a similar accident, on a smaller scale,
WEATHER REPORT. '
For eastern Pennsylvania fair, warar -qutherly
winds. . ,,
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