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Senate Will Continue to Give Its
Attention to the Hau-
THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS
Nicaraguan Canal Bill Will Be Dis
placed by the Ship Bill Business
In the House for the Coming Week.
Plans Concerning the Reduction in
Revenuo lax Brewers Want Con
sideration. $y Bxtlmhr Who fumi The Associated Pros?.
Washington, Dee. !). The senate will
continue to give Its attention to the '
Hny-Pauncefote treaty and the ship ,
l 11 Vu t ill lit 1 1 iltii'ltirr tltii iii'fiunnt liint 1
taking up tli-Ht one and then the other
us miiv suit Hip ennvoiilene,. of thns?
us limy kciic icie c-uuvuiiii-'iie-t: ui uiu.j
who wish to speak on the two mean-
uies. During the last session of con
gress the Nlearaguan canal j bill was
made the special order of rntigre-n lor
Monday next, but the establishment
of the ship bill as the tegular order
will have the effect of displacing th"
canal bill, preference being given un
der the senate rules to a regular order
over a special order. It Is understood
that Senator Morgan, who has charge
if the canal bill, will not prews thai
jneasure until the treaty for the abro
gation of the Cluyton-Bulwer treaty
is disposed of. On this account tho
friends of the ship subsidy bill do nor
apprehend that he will make any op
position to the continuance nf the con
sideration of that measure, lie has,
indeed, said that he would be content
to allow his bill to follow closely in
the wake of the ship bill.
Three or four speeches are promised
in opposition to the subsidy lull, end
it Is expected that most, If not all, of
those already in sight will hi made
during this week. Among those who
probably wilt speak on the subject are
.Senators Clay, Vest. Berry, all of whom
oppose the bill. Senator Vest is an
especial advocate of free ships. There
are differences of opinion as to what
effect the taking of a vote on the forti
fication amendment to the treaty will
haxe upon the time of dIs.po.slng of that
instrument, but a majority of the sen
ators express the opinion that the vote
upon the treaty itself will follow very
soon after the vote upon the amend
ment. The indications are that ilie
amendment -will be adopted and ti.it
ap thus amended the treaty will be
ratified. Opponents of the treaty v.-ill
offer other amendments, but thev do
not count upon having them favorably
The senate will not sit Wednesday,
on account of the centennial eiebra
tlon of the establishment of the seat
of government at Washington, and
there is possibility of adjourning from
Thursday until Monday of next wee).-.
Programme of the House.
The programme in the house for the
coming week contemplates the consid
eration and passage of the legislative,
executive and judicial appropriation
bill and the bill for the reduction of the
war revenue taxes. Wednesday will
be a dies non so far as legislation is
concerned, as on that day the exercises
in connection with the centennial cele
bration of the removal of the seat of
government to Washington will be
held In the house. The legislative ap
propriation bill is not expected to con
Mime more than two days at most,
probably only one, and the leaders ex
yiect that the remainder of the week
will suffice to pass the war revenuo
i eduction net. It is probale that special
interests which do not receive the con
sideration in the bill which they think
they are entitled will attempt to
amend it. This Is especially true of
the brewing interests which hope to se
cure a further reduction of the tax on
beer from $1,C0 a barrel, as fixed by the
committee, to $l.:ir a barrel. A plan
bus been organized by which these In
tel ests believe they can accomplish
their purpose, in order to secure this
reduction, which will amount to about
$7,000,000, that amount of revenue must
be retnlned and those members who
are working for a further reduction ..n
beer will advocate the retention of the
tax on bank cheeks and discounts
which amount to about the same sum.
It Is understood that many of the
larger banks are not opposed to tho
jelentlon of this tax on the ground
that It reduces the number of small
f recks presented for payment and thus
i educes the cost of the clerical force
in the banks. Most of the Republican
members or the ways and means com
mittee, however, do not believe a suc
cessful fight can bo waged against any
feature- of the commit tee's bill,
AGENT'S STRANGE DEATH.
Smothered by Blood from a Vessel
in His Forehead.
Py Erclujbo Wire fiom The Associated Press
Altnena, I'.i., Doe. y, -dame J, Waltcu, tr.iv
1'mc agent for Jones Brothers, um-ii- ilt-jli'io of
this lit), .ih foi.ml dead this morning In lis
room ut the Iti'd Mon hold. He worked ull clay
yesterday, ritiirnlii at li.a.) but night,
, blood win I in lila forihud burst, Ihe blw.el
running down huii'illi tlio skin mid sinothcilug
nlm. Ho was i)7 js-.trs old, and le.iut :i witc
lud four rliUilivn. Thu leinilw will he taU-n lu
, IVj.hiliKtoii, I'.i., ttlieii- hi (Jliily li now iltit.
Cnzeuovia Mills Burned.
Ily Kiclu'lie Win; fuuii Tin Aauiciatitl I'resj.
Byriieiue, IK-e, P. A d(patc!i from ('arnoia
li)s that llu- in Ills of the 'tUfic.U UV.ntm ami
lt nniuriy 'Ht destrojnl by lire l.ilu tit
liKhl. Two lioiist's utrt! also humid. I.is
ilioiit (f50,ti iiiMirance, $20,01)0.
Kruger at Church.
By Exclusive Win- from The Associated I'rim
Thu llajfiie, Doe. P. Jlr, Krum intended re
ligicui sertlce tills mornliu; nt tin- iMthcdial and
Hie congregation wnj; the Iltxr anthem as he
klthdrew. After I ho acnlec ho ronfened with
'., (llelchmin, in-slilnt ot the ui-ond i-hamta-r,
Frank Adams, of Pittsburg,
tured in Now York.
By Exclusive Wire from The Aiwoclalcil Pres.
New York, Dec. 9. Frank Adams,
11 years old, of 2337 Wylle avenue,
Pittsburg, Pa., was arraigned In the
West Side court this morning before
Magistrate Mayo, by Agent Wntson,
of the Oorry society. Mr. Watson said
thnt the boy was from Pittsburg and
that he had run away from home re
peatedly and had been sent home from
New York not more than two months
ago, but that he seemed so fascinated
with life In the metropolis that he
was buck here again. The boy was
ti handsome lad and well dressed. He
wild that his father Is Oscar Adams,
a copy reader on the ''hronlcle-T'.'le-graph,
In Pittsburg, and that ho had
left homo a month ago. Since that
time ho has been working for Joseph
Tate & Ron, tin box manufacturers In
that city ut $3 per week, but he said
he could not live on so small an
amount and hence he concluded to
dime back to New York. He cam"
Saturday night on a freight over the
Pennsylvania railroad and was found
ut 10 o'clock the same night wander
ing about the streets at Soventy
fourth street and North tlver.
The boy was committed to. the care
"f, l'" ""clety at the request of Agent
! iviiiuon, x no j-.uci
that they would
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i sid the boy back to his parent
ARE FALLING BACK
Apparently Sacrificing Their Posses
sions Without Much Fighting,
Content to Save Themselves.
By Exclusive Wiie from The Associated Picas.
Manila, Dec. 9. While the captures
of supplies and the occupation of new
points are quite numerous, those In
volving actual lighting are comparatively-
few. Apparently the insurgents
are falling back at all contested points,
sacrificing their possessions in most
cases and satisfied to save themselves.
A detachment of the Forty-seventh
United States volunteer Infantry from
the island of Catanaduanes, off the
southeast coast of Luzon, relinquished
an attempt to land near Pandan. On
anchoring the Americans were fired
upon by sixty riflemen and, after a
short engagement, they cut the an
chor chain and sailed for Catanaduanes
with two killed and two wounded. The
names' have not yet been received here.
Captain Richard T. Ellis, of the
Thirty-third volunteer infantry, cap
tured In the mountains near Barbara
a large quantity of Krag-. Maussr and
Remington ammunition, together with
signal outfit, a printing press and oth
er equipment. All of this was de
stroyed. Thirty lilies and several hun
dred cartridges weie secured at Vic
toria. A detachment of the Fourth infantry
captured Major (Sarcon and three offi
cers of lower rank In the town of
Pasay. Another detachment destroyed
General Uguad's camp. The enemy
had fled, but the Americans .subse
quently rounded up twenty-five insur
gents. General Mac-Arthur has approved the
death sentences passed upon several
additional parsons convicted of mur
der, arson and pillage. In a few other
instances he has commuted death sen
tences to Imprisonment.
OF N. C. SCHAEFFER
Thinks That the Funds Should Be
Used for the Betterment of
By Kxeluie Wiie fiom Tlio Ai-w-Uted PreM.
Harrisburg, Dei-.il. Dr. N. C. Schaef-
fer. superintendent of public instruc
tion, In his report for the past year.
says that during the year ending the
Monday of J .e.Too. he whoe '
er of teachers employed T
h. L L rW...Sf "':
390, the total enrollment of pupils was
l.lSl.SSO, the total tecelpts for school
and building purposes were Mt,91C,668,
ti!, and the total expenses were $21,47C,
9M.90, In expressing his satisfaction that
Governor Stone will recommend the
restoration of the million dollars taken
from the school appropriation for 1900
01, Dr. Schaeffer says: "The friends of
education should everywhere insist that
this amount be used for the betterment
of the schools and not for the reduc
tion of local taxation or In the DUr
chiiHo of usl'lohs apparatus and showy
AN ARTIST KILLED.
He Falls from a Window of His Res
By i:clusire Wire from The Afeoiiated I'rens.
New York, Dec, 0. John MeAullffe, a well
I.l.own artUt, ap-d TO )iurs, van nc IdeiiUUy
hilled today by ialllnir ln.in a window of lib
Mr. McAullHti was especially well known In
cornei'lion ulth bis plctm.--. of horM, lie wait
original))- a houx- lulntor, but ai he lud a
lutnral gift for drawing and painting horses he
run look In that as a biiHlnew. He una quick
to Ihe os)lliUtli? of Ihe Ameriian tiottliiK
horse and lenk up work in that line ilmost
euliuiwly, nltlwvuh there are extant u nuinbn
of palntliiKs by him of thoroughbreds and load
l.raii, ll pilnlid rxtensbely on order tor tho
ijiu iioucrt liiiiitii-r, Commodore Diiklnson, Col
onel Klpp, Mieparil Knapp, Clabo C'ae und
)lrira. Wakiinaii, llimmoiiil and others. lie.
ai known to nearly ewy liorM-nian of promln.
Nile, He had been working on ordera within tha
lant week ami Iravrn feeia moiiiileted pic
tures nf saluable licinv, Mr, JleAulllfii was
bom In Ireland, coming to New York In JSl?,
lilt widow, thru- bona and one daughter sur
As a World Power.
Ity Kicluilti! Wiie from The Associated I'rosa.
Jlcrllii. Dec. D.--'1ie National Zcltuufr deiotea
Ha Brat pan today to a. carefully prepared edi
torial dealing with the United States ax a world
power. Aftir puiutliK out the enormous pro
lirens, troiiomleally and politically of America In
the world's aflalra, Ilia editorial declare that
In both rrrpefta the United Sutr, are arrayed
The British Queen Greatlu Touclicd
bu the Gonoratulatoru Tele
gram from Her Nephew.
GOOD WISHES PREVAIL
The Alliance Between Great Britain
and Portugal Cemented by the
Friendly Attitude of the Latter
Country During the Recent War in
South. Africa Cordial Farewells at
Lisbon Salute to the Flags.
By Excluilvc Wire from The Awioelited 1'rMi.
IJsbon. Dec. 9. King Carlos has re
ceived from Queen Victoria the fol
lowing telegram In response to the
one sent b- his majesty yesterday:
"I am greatly touched by your kind
telegram. I sincerely thank you, my
dear nephew, for It, and for the g.io 1
wishes you entertain toward mo and
inv r cnnlo. It Is ntralti xvlth the
greatest pleasure that I recornl-e Hie
cordial and friendly understanding
between Portugal and England."
After cordial farewells to the Por
tuguese officials and an exchange of
salutes, the Ilrltlsh squadron palled
at noon. At Saturday's b-inquel en
board the British battleship MnjestN;'.
when King Carlos, Queen Maria Aimi
lict and Prince Louis Philippe, to
gether with members of the cubiiut
and other dignitaries, were entertained
by Vice Admiral Sir Harry Holds-
worth Hawson, the Portuguese pre
mier, Senot- J. Luciano De Castro,
toasting "Queen Victoria and Great
Britain" saluted "the alliance that has
long existed in treaties and has been
confirmed in recent acts." He said
the significance of the alliance xxas
"an assurance that our rights xvlll be
respected and our dominions main
tained." Sir H. (J. MacDonnell, the British
minister, in responding1, thanked th
government of King Carlos for thu
friendly attitude maintained with
such coircetnc&s toxsatd Great Britain
during the war In tfouth Atiie-i,
xvhlch has been warmly appreciated
by the government ot Queen Victoria.
"The confirmation of ihe alliance
which unites us. indlssolubly." con
tinued tho British minister. "Is there
in the presence of the channel squad
ron. Ancient tie-arc drawn ciosor
by recent events. Tlu; British gov
ernment desltes that a firm and dur
able alliance may be over main
tained." Concluding Toast.
In conclusion he proposed "the pros
perity of Portugal and the happiness
of the royal family."
Penor Villaca, minister of marine
and the colonies, who responded, said:
"We xvelcome our allies. Tfoeie
("pointing to the British flag) Is the
British flag. Let us salute it with
respect and affection, as the Portu
guese flag was saluted at Komati
poort. These two oalutes are a public
aflli million of the alliance."
Honor VUlanc-a toasted the British
squadron. Sir Henry Dawson, reply
"I welcomed with enthusiasm my in
structions to comt. to Lisbon, where
nur union nnrt nlllnnee fire nnu- helncr '
celebrated. I thank you for the re
ception and I drink to our sister
navy, which has gloriously main
tained Portuguese traditions."
WILL PLAY AT GLASGOW.
John Philip Sousa and His Band
Have Been Engaged,
fly Excluihe Wire from The Associated I'resi.
New Tork, Dec. 9. The International
osMm ,f T19" "W? Beotlnn;l.
nns e"Sa&e(1 John Philip Sousa and his
band to play at the exhibition for four
weeks next October, After his Glas
gow season, Sousa will take his band to
London for a series of concerts, titter i
which he xvlll make a tour of the p: in-
ninni cIUbb nf rteont Ttritniii nn.i 1.-... I
land, returning to America about ChrU't- '
mas time. Sousa starts on a seventeen
weeks' tour of the United States on
January 3, playing In 1C0 different cities
In all parts of this country. .
He xvlll play during the month nf I
June at the Pan-American exposition
at Buffalo and for txvo xveeks nt .Jvj
Pittsburg exposition, prior to sailing
AMERICAN WILL BE SHOT.
A Texan Is Convicted of the Murder
of a Mexican,
fly Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press,
Kl Paso, Tex., Doc. . For the first
time In many years an American citl
y.en has been sentenced to be shot In
Mexico. The sentence xvas Impobeil
upon Ulaso Agulroe, a. native born
Texan, yesterday, by Jaurez tribunal,
us the penalty for murder in the first
degree, Agulroe xvas convicted of
making u raid ucross, the border and
murdering Juanez Cajeda, a citizen of
He escaped to Texas, but was ar
rested by American officers and extra
dited eight months ago. He xvas tried
and convicted and the sentence xvlll
undoubtedly bo carried out.
Steamship Arrival b.
By Kxcliielve wire from The Aasoilated I'ress.
New York, Dec, 0. Ariiinl; I.a llreUsne,
Havre; drat Waldcm-e, llamlnug, Houloue awl
Plymouth. Moville Arrhedi Anclioila, Xew
Vtlk for fllatgmr (and proeceded). fioutliainp
ton Arrived: Kepjliigton, New York for Ant-we-j-p
(and proceeded). Qucciutown Sailed: I'm
brla (from Liwpool), New York.
Broke Off with the Standard.
Py Exclusive Wire from Tho Associated liess.
Kraiikfort-Oii-the-Main, Dec. 0. Acconllnj to
I despatch to the Vuuiiiic Zeitung fiom Buchar
est, the Roumanian got eminent has broke- off the
negotiations with the btandard Oil company for
a Icaso of tho petroleum lUids.
BAD MAN CAPTURED.
New York Detectives Overhaul a
Negro Wanted at Pittsburg.
By Exclusive) Wire from The Associated 1'reM.
Now York, Dec. 9. On advices re
ceived from the Pittsburg police. New
York city detectives today scoured the
upper west side for a negro known as
Henty Mason, alias Oeorge Christian,
who Ih wanted for a murder nommlt
tcd in Pittsburg In September last.
The namo of the murdered person
was not disclosed in the advices. The
detectives traced the fugitive to ono
house, but he escnped before they had
time to lay bands on him.
Mason, on seeing the detectives, fled
through the street to the tracks of the
Now York Central and Hudson River
Railroad company, whero he was
overhauled. Tie Is being held for the
POLITICS CAUSES DIVORCE.
Nebraska Admirer of Bryan Cannot
Longer Stand Wife's Jibes.
Fremont, Nob., Dec. !. John M.
Urogman, a wealthy farmer residing
near Fremont, has filed a suit for a di
vorce on the gtotind that his life ha-i
been made unheal able since the de
feat of I'.ryan by the jibing of hi
wife, who lint ben actively rlrllcul'ng
his political view since Mi-yan was
defeated the first time.
In his bill he recltts that he b-irc
the jibes patiently for four years In
the firm belief that he would hnxe a
' chance In li'OO to turn the tnblei
THE FOREIGN ENVOYS
All Except Sir Ernest Mason Satow,
the British Minister, Direct
ed to Sign Joint Note.
Hy Esdii-sivi Wire fiom Th AiiotJuted Piecs.
Pekin, Dec. 9. All the foreign en
voys, except Sir Ernest Mnson Satow,
the British minister, have received In
structions irom their governments
agreeing to the joint note proposed at
the last meeting. Another meeting
will probably be called for Tuesday
next. Should the British minister
have received Instructions to sign the
joint note by that time communica
tion will be Immediately opened with
Prince Chlng and A Hung Chang, who
are in daily touch xvith the court by
Prince Chlng says Emperor ICw.uijt
Su Is ready to return as soon as as
sured that the negotiations will ailow
him to eome under conditions conson
ant with his dignity and safety.
The remox-ul of General Tung Fti
Hstang I'lom'tlie command of the Chl-
nese forces surrounding the court is
considered by the foreign envoys to
be u very Important step, as showing
the real desire of the government to
come to terms. Ills banishment in
dicates that the court recognizes t In
expediency of obeying the denunds
of the powers.
Officials of the Santa Fe Boad Take
a Decidedly Hopeful View of
Ity I'xPliiitxo Wiie hum Ihe As i.itnl 1'ie-?.
Topeku, ICnm'us, Dec. It. The officials
of the Hantti Fe road take a declded'v
hopeful view of the telegraphers' strike
situation. They say the backbone of
the .strike Is practically broken already
and that the affairs of the i-otd xvlll be
in their normal condition inside of two
weeks. Tho officers felt justified to
nltrht, In view if the alleged improve
ment in conditions, in rescinding tho
order closing the shops
H. U. Mudgo, general manager of the I
road, sent out u general order this af-
ten-noon to all operators xvho had not
yet gone out. offering to promote them
If they would continue In their resist
ance to the strikers. He lolrl them all
the men not taking part In the strike
should have better positions, if thev
were capable of filling th.ini. and that
their old places would be filled from
"Some of tho strikers." bu said,
"htix'o already made application to be
reinstated in the employ of tho com-
Py. hut It xvlll bo no use. This will
p permanent, ihey left our emp'oy
without a cause, and now they xvlll
have to suffer for it."
Other olileiuls udded thn' they have
,e" ' slu'ht to till the placed of the
San Hernnrdo, Cal Dee. 9, The
strike of thu Santa Fe telegraphers has
caiiKed consternation among the orange
growers and shippers of this city, as If
tho strike Is continued it will undoubt
edly result In a henx-yloss to the ornngo
dealers. An average of one hundred
cars of oranges Is being shipped from
this vicinity daily. Thousands of lmxs
of fruit have been picked and are rendy
to bo shipped, and nearly the entire
crop is ready for shipment.
All the opeialors on tho Southern
California railway, of xvhlch fiitn llor
nardo Is tho headquarters, have obeyed
thu order of their president nnd quit
work, No attempt lias been made to
fill thu positions left vacant.
Drowned In the Delaware.
By i:rliinbo Wiie from The Aiioclated Press.
Burlington, N .1,, Dec, (, Jirph Jlnrlln and
Cass Mppemott, of this (Ily, attempted lu row
across, (he llel.maie rlxer during a raid at noon
today, but Just o they reaihed midstream the
boat was nvamped, ami Martin was drowneU.
J.lppcucott was icsniid alter a cero alnisglo in
the ley water, Martin was il years old, and
leans a wife and child.
The Czar's Condition.
By Kxclulve Wire from The Associated I'rcsa.
St. Pt'terebuig, Dec, U. A tatlsfactory bulle
tin, Isdiicd at I.bldia today, concerning the
rzjir's condition, i.a)si "1IW majesty's weight Is
incicjiug ai.d the organs aftectcd hate icturncd
to the noim.d condition,"
Shipments of Coal.
By Inclusive Wire from The Aisolated Prenj.
Pittsburg, Pec. 0. Shipments of coil to touth
ern points today amounted to 1,073,0X1 bushels.
IN A GALE
ftn Iron Ore Baroc In the Midst of
a Storm Goes to the Bottom
ot Lake Erie.
LOSS OF S. H. FOSTER
Disaster Ten Miles Off Erie The S.
H. Foster in Tow of the Iron Duke
Meets Disaster During a Heavy
Gale Captain Ashley's Heroic Ef
fort to Rescue the Victims.
!y Inclusive Wiie from The Associated l'ie.
Cleeland, Dec. 9. A special to tho
Plain-Dealer from Erie, Pa., says: "In
the midst of oneof the most bitter gales
that ever swept lake Krle, the lion ore
barge Charles Poster, In tow of the
iron Duke, went to the bottom at 4
o'clock this morning, ten miles off Krle,
und eight persons were drowned, as f 1
lows: Captain John Bridge, of Cleve
land; first mate, name unknown: rec
ond mate, name unknown: S,nmn
liobert Wood and William Kelly "f
Port Austin, Mich.; Cook Mrs. Va; nf
Detroit; two unknown deck ha."ds.
"The Charles Pot-ter was one of the
fleet of James Corrlgan, of Ck" e'and,
and for two months bad been running
from Duluth to Erie with lion ore. He
cargo consisted of fifteen hundred t n?
Captain Ashley's Story.
Captain Ashley, of tie lion Buke,
made Erie in safety. In an Interview,
"The Foster was In tow about OOfl
feet astern. I was up all nl-h anl
there were three men on watch xvlth
me. The seas were rolling tremend
ously from the northwest and the rale
carried xvith It a blinding snow stnrm.
Vp made the harbor light all rl-ht.
When we turned for the harbor a s a,
much heavier than any other experi
enced, struck us. I ran to the ste-m
Just as I got there the Koser p'ung'd
in an awful sea and dove down, nos?
first. There xvas not a cry from a soul
. of tho crew of eleht she carried. Jus
I as she pitched down, I siw a man on
her forecastle with a lantern. The --
llne parted xvhen she went down. The
storm was so heavy that I could not
put about to hunt for any one. There
would not have been a particle of use,
anyhow, because in those tremendous
seas no one could "hax-e TtVed a minute,
even if the water had not been icy c-ld
Had there been a eiy for help, I xvou'd
hax-e turned and risked my ship, but it
x-as no use. I had all I could do to
make port In safety myself."
When asked for an opinion as to the
cause of the sinking of the Foster, Cap
lain Ashley said that he could not tell.
"Apparently everything xvas all right
aboard her until she took that fatal
dip. There had not been a single sisrnal
of distress from her up to that time."
There is from eighty to one hundred
feet of water where the wreck occurred,
and there is little hope of ever bins
able to locate the place. The Foster
xvas valued at $111,000, but there was
no insurance, as It lapsed December 1.
The cargo was not Insured. The lire
saving crew took a trip out today, but
could find no traces of xvrockage.
Next Important Step Will Be Pre
sentation of Plenipotentiaries.
By Exelusive Wire fiom The Asociatrd Prow.
Washington, Dee, 9. The next im
portant step In the Chinese situation
will be the formal presentation to the j
t.hlneso plenipotentiaries of tho agree-
ment arrived at between the represeu
tntives of the poxvers at Pekln for
teparatlon for the Uoxor outrages. In
jtiRt what manner this xvill be done
Mr. Conger has not Informed the
state department, although the prob
ability Is that the document xvlll be
handed to the Chinese by the dean ot
the diplomatic corps. As has been al
ready stated, the agreement is sim
ply ti statement of tho terms upon
which tho poxx-ers xvlll negotiate xvlth
China for final settlement, and Is laid
before the Chinese officials as n mat
ter of form. The negotiations for final
settlement xvlll come later, after the
Chinese have had n reifconable oppor
tunity for the consideration of the
conditions laid down by the powers.
The complete agreement Is noxv In
tho hands of thu president. Olllclais
decline to make its text public In ad
vance of the receipt of information
that It has been formally accepted by
the powers, although the advices
xvhlch have heretofore come from Mr.
Conger leaves no doubt that this, will
be the case, Tho essentl.il feature- of
tho agreement alrendy have been out
lined In tho press dispatches.
ESCAPED ON THE MAINE
KILLED AT PATERSON.
Samuel Grlffen Accidentally Shot
While Examining a Revolver.
By Kxclurlrr Wire from 1 lie Associated Press.
Now York, Dec. 9. Samuel Griffon, a
colored man, who wus serving on the
battleship Maine xvhen she xvas blown
up in Havana harbor, xvas shot und
killed, at Patorson, N. J today.
Grlffen had opened a saloon In Patr
sou, and today he, xvlth Herman Hu
rls, also coloted, and others, weio ex
amining a revolver, Tho weapon wns
la Harris' hands, xvhen it xxas accident
ally discharged, a ball entering Grif
fon's abdomen. He died two hours
later, after fully exonerating Harris,
Pao Ho Nien Captured,
By Exclusive Wire from The Assotlated Prssj.
hhanshai, Dec, I). l'.io Ho Men, Taotal, of
Chu Chau Kii, in the province of C'he-Klana;,
who was rcupciulhle for the July muin'io and
who absconded, has been captured li'.Mr Su Chau
and sent to IIang-Chaii-l'u. Mr, fohi Cood
r.c.w, United Ktatesi consul general In Slunihil,
ts about Parting for tho United States ou ltav
TIIK NtiWS THIS MURKINCi.
Wother InJlcatlnn Today,
1 (Icnrrat How Money li Itnlned In Becontl
Diisland and l'orlnit.il Craternlre.
Death Follows a Storm on Lake Krle.
Programme for the. Week In (.'onRtcii.
2 tlenrral Carbondjle lUpartnient.
Note and Comment.
5 Ccnrral Annual Ilepott ol l'twlmHcr (len
C bmnl-llrlbciy Cum Will tin Culled In Ciim
in.il Court Todiy.
Senium by llev. It. P. V. l'leice.
T l.oeul Mention of Some -Men of the Hour.
How Money l Puked III SaikI Class Cities
S l.iKal Wist Per.niton and Mihiiihun.
It Clener.il Closing Session of the W. C. T. IT.
Xnrthf.T-tcm Pctinmhniiln Ncw-i.
liu.inii.il ami Cominei(ijl,
10 Local l.lio Xeui of (he linhulil.il W'oild.
INDEPENDENCE OF POPE
The Question Reviewed by Arch
bishop Ireland Pontiff a Volun
tary Prisoner at Vatican.
By KxcliMixp Wire from The Associated Prcw
Washington, Dec. 9. Archbishop Ire
land, In a sermon preached nt St. Pat
rick's church In this city today, re
viewed the question of the independ
ence of the pope, and prophesied that
at no l emote day "the Italian people
and Christendom at large will give
back to the papacy Its wonted dignity
and liberty." The discussion of xvhat
Is known as to the Roman question was
especially significant, as the arch-
bishop, during the latter's recent visit
to Rome, talked at length with the
pope as a prisoner In the -atican, x-ol-untnry,
in that no physical force p e
vents his leaving Its precincts, and In
voluntary in that be could not go be
yond the Vatican xvlthout Impairing h's
dignity as pontiff and without seeming
to accept the situation created for him
by the entrance Into Home of the
troops of Italian government. He said ; noxv. The primary work Is a mere mat
the Catholic church is a "divinely ere- ter of enei.gy. Bvory property is to be
ated organism, receiving directly from fflven 1(3 aclU!ll valuation: not what it
Christ its mission and all the riehts would bring in a forced sale, but what
which are needed that It may live and I t rea,ly represents in cash. But after
work: its lift and missions are ex- tnat comeH a demand for the exei de
pressed in its supreme chief, the sue- ' ot the most painstaking discretion. The
cesser of Peter, and to him belong in a properties must be divided Into three
prominent manner all the rights in- I classes, aceoidlng to characteristics
herent in the church and whose dos- i presented by the statutes: City prop
session Is needed for fulfillment of Us erlv wh,ch pays the full assessment:
mission- and work xvllled by Christ. , 9l,illlri,,ln nrnnei-tx-. xchKrh-nrrvp u tin ee.
Hence the pontiff's right to independ
ence and as a consequence to temnor-tit-y
The archbishop said:
If the pope is a cisil Mihjcct of au authority
outside of himself he has not the necessary fie
elorn; the leilu- or gmcrnmont xxouM inicrf'.r:,
make laws impaliing his freedom of action, or
strive to impose methods more neniccable to the
htate than the church. The pontiff's nordh miit
biar no possible Mispicion that they weie im
posed by men nho have no authority m Ihliu's
moral and spiiiliul. If the sowreicn pontlrT bo
the subject of the king of Italy what Kiianintce
i-i there for other peoples and otlie-r luleis tlut
ulicthcr throuuli tear or fixor Kalian influence.!
bae not pcuctrutril into thu xatlean and tint
Italhn inteiests are not to be set veil. The peiil
of luiion.il jealoutiiw would be the greater xxi-re
the foreiEli countiics at the time wurin? xvith
the king ot Italy. We ill America are xvilllno:
indeed to hearken to the woids of the pope, but
it mint be phln thev aio not the woids of a
foreign ruler whose sole purpose 'h the interest
of a foreign nationality, not of the church. Tho
side effecthe guarantee ot Independence, for the
pontifl in temporulcy which marks out for lilm
.utflrlint tpaee on earth upon whcli he may woil:
in fulfillment of bin mission with all the inde
pendence he needs.
Other churches than the Catholic do
not demand civil independence nnd
temnorarv noxver for their chieftains
i,e(.liuse no other church than the
because no other church than tho
Catholic is a world church nor aims at
being at the same time universal and
one, nor fulfills tho injunction of the
Savior, "teach all nations." The gov
ernment of Italy, ha contended, should
have remained somewhere outside of
LEDGER COAL ARTICLE.
Good Demand for Anthracite in the
By Exeliinive Wire from Tho Assoe'iited liess.
Philadelphia, Dec. 9. The Ledger in
its coal article tomorroxv xvlll say:
The anthracite coal trade is prepar
ing for winter. The lake navigation
has closed nnd consequently the ship
ment of coal to Buffalo and other ports
for movement up the lakes has ceased.
There Is, hoxvever, some coal yet going
westward by rail, though this method
of transport is too expensive to be re-
lied upon. There is a good demand
for shipment to tho eastern ports, and
also for all tho homo markets, as bins
are everywhere being nilod, and the
companies tiro forwarding coal as rap
Idly as possible. .So good is tho trade
at present that u cheerful feeling per
vades the xvhole Industry, there Is ac
tive working nt tlio mines and the
companies aro gaining so much trntlio
as to recoup the losses liy,4iio strike,
Prices are fully maintained In all the
FOUGHT WITH THE BOERS.
Major McBride Thinks Oom Paul's
Followers Will Triumph.
By Exclusite Wire from The Associated l'resw.
Nexv York, Dec, 9. On board tho
stenmer ba Hretagno, xvhlch arrived tit
quarantine last night, xvas Major John
Mclhide, late of tho Uoor army. Ma
jor McHrldo was lu command of thu
Irish brigade xvhlch x-as recruited In
this country, and sarved xvlth distinc
tion under Colonel Dlake until Major
McHiide, who Is a native of county
Mayo, Ireland, xx-as given tlio com
mand, May 3,
, Major McBride spoke very enthusi
astically of the l3oer cause and ex
pressed tho opinion that they would
eventually win, In spite of their recent
rex-erses. The major, after leaving
I Lorenzo Marques, proceeded to Paris
J and from thence to New York.
Some Details o? Manner in Which
Moneu Is to Be Raised Under
a Sccond-Glass Gharter.
REAL ESTATE DIVIDED
INTO THREE CLASSES
Discretion of the Board of Assessors
Alone Governs in Discriminating;
Between City and Suburban and
Between Suburban and Agrlcul
tural Property A Business Tax on
the Total Amount of Receipts Is
Permitted Hardly Any Limit to
the Tax That Can Be Imposed on
a Water Company or Dike Corpora
tion Bevenuc from Liquor Li
censes Will Be Doubled Poll Tax
of n Dollar a Head on All Resident
Taxable Takes the Place of Occu
, ARTICLE VI.
T. J. DUFFY.
One of the most Important mattein
the city officials xvlll be called upon to
deal with In connection xvlth the trans-
ition of Scr.mton from a third to u
second-class city Is the regulation of
To the city assessors will fall the
most burdensome of the tasks In re
lation thereto. They must make a com
pletely new vnluation on an entirely
different system to the one prevailing
fourth rate, and agricultural property.
which pays a one-third rate.
The folloxvlng excerpts from tho sec-ond-clabs
city act of Juno 7, 1895, P. L.
184, give nn adequate idea, of the office
of city assessor:
Office of City Assessor.
ihe city councils of any city of the second
elasN at the expiration of the terms of office
of the piesent board of as-.e-.-ors of Mid i ity,
and eu-iy third year there if icr, elect flva resi
dents of Mill city as a board of assessors.
Councils shall designate one of them as chief
Each members of council, shall x-ote for n
more th in four assessors.
Assessois fhill classify tho real estate int
three clas-.es as fullowa: The. Ilrst class shall
embrace all piopeity used Inwhole or in paic
for the purpo-.es of any business other than that
of a railroad or lallnay, and all unoccupied
pieces of giouml in the Immediate vicinity ot
Mich business piopeities, and all grounds and
buildings occupied for mauufac luring purposes.
Ihe necond class shall cinbiacc all pioperty
used exclusively for rallioacl, railway or resi
dence purposes; this class also to include all
unoccupied ground In tho linincdlitc xicinity ot
any such residence property.
The third diss shall embrace all property
used exclusively for agriculture or farm pur
poped, and all untlllable land not used tor busi
ness, manufacturing, railroad, lalbvay or rerI
dence puiposes, and all machinery assessed tor
purposes of taxation within such city.
In Pittsburg and Allegheny all prop
erty In the closely built up portion of
the city, no matter what use it may
be put to, is classed as city pioperty.
Nearly all the rest Is In the suburban
classification, very little property be
ing nlloxved to enter tho agricultural
list. That the percentage of property
coming iitnder the suburban list is
comparatively small is attested by
the fact that in Allegheny ninety per
cent of the xvhole -aluation Is as
sessed. In Pittsburg tho ratio isj
City property, $183,123,796; suburban.
$120,617,043; agricultural. $10,43S,066.
Allegh ny's percentage exceeds that
of Pittsburg nnd probably would bo
found to exceed that of any other
large city in tho country, because of
il being so closely built up. Although
a fourth larger than Scranton In popu
lation, its area is only one-third as
Tlio judgment of tho assessors lu
this matter of classification of prop
erties Is tho only thing that governs.
A condition precedent to making the
appeal Is a xviltten offer filed xvlth tho
assessors, setting forth that the ap
pellant is willing to sell his property
at the figutu to xvhlch ho xx-unts hit
assessment reduced. Recourse can bo
had to court, but as this is a rather
expensix'o procedure, the appeals of
this nature tiro fexv. Tho assessors
generally manngo to straighten out
tho difficulties themselves during tho
period of appeal days set apart coll
year for heailg complaints. Tho offi
cials of both Pittsburg and Allegheny
urn well pleased with the assessment
system, Ah there nox-er was a piop
erty holder in tiny city pleased xvlth
any system of assessment, tho opin
ion nf the property holders was not
sought In tho present inquiry,
In the matter of special taxci, sec
ond class laws give ti city an almost.
Continued on I'ago 7. J
WEATHER FORECAST, -f
Washington, Peo. 9. Forecast for Won-
day and Tuesday: Eastorn Pennsylvania
Fair Monday; colder In southern por- -
Hon. Tuesday, fair; fresh northerly -f-
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