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Interesting Information Upon
fllfairs Is Furnished bu De
THE CURRENCY PROBLEM
Mexican Dollars Render It Difficult
of Solution Government to Reim
burse Bnnks for Losses Sustnined
In Paying Out Mexican Sliver.
The American Immigration Laws
a Damage to the Work of Develop
ing the Country People of Negros
fly exclusive Wir.j from 'flip A!oci.itoil Prow.
Washington, Dec. 23. The war de
partment has made public a series of
reports made to General MacArthur by
the subordinate ofllcers constituting the
head of the various bureaus and de
partments, which have administered
the civil affairs of the Philippine
islands during1 the lasL year. These
are closely but sufficiently summarized
in the report of Lieutenant Colonel
'rovder, Thirty-ninth infantry, secre
tary to the military governor.
ITnder the head of the treasury de
partment, It is said that the problem of
securing a stable currency has never
approached a definite solution in the
Philippines, though It had not pressed
for immediate settlement until very re
cently, when United States and Mexi
can dollars were for a few days evenly
exchanged. This was terminated by a
provisional order, whereby the govern
ment arranged to reimburse the banks
for any losses they might sustain
through paying out Mexican silver for
Pniled States currency from disburs
ing ofllcers and trade. Dout is ex
pressed, however, us to the desirabil
ity of continuing this arrangement.
The customs service is discussed at
sonio length in the report, and it is
stated that there does not seem to be
any present necessity for an increase
in the number of ports of entry. At
tention is directed to the marked in
crease, in the customs receipts under
American management. This is ex
plained in part by the fact that for
merly a la,rge part of the imports came
-frejui "Spain and paid no duties, also the
American system of collection is said
to tend to honest collections. The new
tarifC adopted for the islands is sot out
in detail. In almost every case specific
duties are fixed, following the estab
lished system in the islands, which it
was believed to be dangerous to change
to the ad valorem system.
The extension of the United States
immigrant laws to the islands with
substantial chunge to meet the local
conditions Is said to have proven of
doubtful expediency, and especially
so with regard to the contract labor
law. It is essential, says the report,
for the mercantile interests to secure
employes from abroad under contract,
else business will suffer. These labor
ois do not come into competition with
the native residents. More than 2.ri,00i)
Chinese entered and left the islands
last year. Only one-ninth or the land
in the archipelago has been brought
tinder cultivation, and there is no land
tax. Regarding the judicial depart
ment, it early found to bp necessary
to provide a system which would be
divested of those harsh and oppressive
features so much in conflict with
American standards. It was impossi
ble for lack 'of time to supply an en
tirely new system, so some change?
regarded as indispensable were made
by .a general order. It appears that
the law as thus qualified has been
satisfactory in securing to defend
ants in criminal cases the fundament
al rights of Anglo-Saxon criminal law.
The writ of habeas corpus has been
frequently invoked, and under its
speedy operation nearly one hundred
prisoners, the heritage of Spanish
regime, have been liberated from un
warranted detention. Colonel Crow
dor thoroughly endorses the recom
mendation of Lieutenant Burritt, In
charge of tho mining bureau, looking
to a thorough change in the mining
JawiS. He says that these are ex
tremely cumbersome, and that onoa
they aro brought up to American
standards the mineral condition of Mm
country soon will bo enormously Im
proved, as experienced prospectors and
competent mining engineers now In
tho islands stand rendy to undertake
tho work of exploitation.
People of Negros Happy,
Colonel Crowder closes with a sum
mary of tho report of General J. F,
Smith, military governor of Negros,
showing that this island, which has
hud under tho entire period of Ameri
can control a substantially autonomous
form of government, has progressed in
marked uml favorable contrast with
the other Islands, The attitude of tho
people Is highly favorable towards the
United States and the largely autono
mous government which they now en
oy seems to be their fitting reward,
nd the peoplo are naturally desirous
that It should bo continued. But it will
be impossible to discriminate In favor
of Negros, the report says, In the
schema of government to bo ultimately
adopted, so that complications are ex
pected not easy of adjustment.
Filipino Autonomy Party.
Manila, Dec. 23, Tho recently or
ganized Autonomy party was launched
today at a meeting attended by virtu
ally all the loyal Filipino leaders In
Manila. The declaration of principles
was read and, after soma discussion,
adopted by a vote of Vi'i, less than half
a dozen declining to vote. All signed
an endorsement of the platform, in
cluding Senor Puterno, one of the most
influential of the former Insurgent
leaders, whose real attitude towurda
American authority had been much
Tim principal discussion was with
reference to the organization of the
government of the party. A rouncll
of twcnty-llvc members was elected,
together with an executive committee
BLIZZARD AT ST. PAUL.
First One of the Present Winter.
Storm General in Minnesotn.
By Uxchnbc Wire fiwii Iho Associated Pick.
St. Paul, Dec, 23. This section of tho
northwest is experiencing the first bliz
zard of the present winter. The past
week hns been extremely mild and
pleasant. Early today, however, the
wind shifted" to tho northwest and
changed the rain to snow. In St. Paul
the snowfall has been light, but the
fierce wind blew It in blinding sheets
and made things very disagreeable.
The storm Is general- throughout the
Frank H. Morris Murdered by Sam
uel MacDonald Assassin At
tempts Suicide, but Lives.
By I'xclii'lvp Who from 'flic Associated Press.
Washington, Dec. 23. Frank H. Mor
ris, of Ohio, auditor of the war depart
ment, was shot and instantly killed
about 2.10 o'clock yesterday afternoon
by Samuel MacDonald, also of Ohio,
recentlya disbursing clerk of the treas
ury in the former's ofllce at the Winder
building, in Seventeenth street. Mac
Donald afterward shot himself and
slashed his throat with a penknife. He
was arrested while leave the building.
Before being taken into custody, how
ever, he shot himself In the breast, and
made an ugly gash in his throat with
a small penknife.
MacDonald was removed tothe Emer
gency hospital, where the doctors have
been busily engaged In trying to save
MacDonald Is a brother of William
H. MacDonald, the well-known bari
tone singer of the Hostonluns. who is
said to have educated him for the oper
atic stage. He is unmarried, fifty-eight
years of age, and tall and line looking.
He entered the government service
soon after the Civil war. In 1S6S he
was removed from his place as chief of
division in the ofllce of tho commis
sioner of customs. In tS9 he was re
appointed a clerk in the office of the
auditor for the war department. In 1S!)7
ho was made disbursing officer In that
ofllce, in addition to his other duties,
receiving in all $2.C00 i year, fn Feb
ruary of this yeur his accounts were
found $1,000 short, and upon being re
quired to make an explanation ho said
that on one occasion he had forgotten
to close his safe on leaving his iitllee,
and that It had been robbed of Sl.uoil,
lie produced evidence which tended to
exonerate him from the charge of
taking the money, and as he immedi
ately made good the amount, nothing
further was done except to reduce his
salary to $1,400 and transfer him to the
ofllce of tho auditor for the iiostollice
department, where he was employed at
tho time of the tragedy. It Is said that
MacDonald has been a hard drinker at
times, and that many of his misfor
tunes can bu traced to this source. He
has many friends, however, who regard
him as a man of excellent qualities.
McDonald has been entirely conscious
since his removal to the hospital. His
condition this morning seemed more
favorable, but tonight It took a turn
for the worse and he began to sink.
He has constantly reiterated, though,
that he would die, declaring ho did
not care to live. All day long there
was a continuous stream of visitors
to see the wounded man, but the lat
ter was particularly anxious that none
of his friends should talk to the news
papers about what he told them, and
he oven took the precaution to tear up
their visiting cards, so that their Iden
tity might not be learned, MoDonuld
has a large number of friends In this
city, and the opinion was expressed
quite generally that his mind was In an
unsettled condition at the time of the
An autopsy was performed on the
body of 5Tr. Morris today and devel
oped the fact that three of the five
bullets fired hud struck him. Tho
body will be taken from here tomor
row evening to Cleveland, where the
Interment will be made In Dnkevlew
cemetery. The family of the dead man
was the recipient of many telegrams
and letters of condolence today and
among the touching Incidents wns a
visit of twelve ehlldron of Mr. Morris'
Sunday school class from Faith chapel,
Dan, A. GroSvenor, deputy' auditor
for the war department and the next
In line of the funk to the Into Mr,
Morris, was discharged on Saturday.
Mr. Grosvenor received his discharge
papers half an hour after the killing
of Mr, Morris. They were conveyed to
him from the olllco of Secretary Gage,
tho discharge taking etTect at once,
Captain Cobaugh, of the treasury
watch, took chargo of affairs at the
Windsor building shortly after tho
shooting on Saturday, with Instruc
tions to report to W. W, Brown, audi
tor for the navy department, and the
predecessor of Mr. Brown, who had
being reinstated In his old position as
auditor for the war department.
TORNADO AT MACON.
By Exclusive Wlro from 'flio Associated Press.
Macon, Mlvi., pee, 23. Jfewn wai received hero
today that a tornado pasted through tho east
ern edge of Noxubee comity ami tho western iart
of Plekcni and Su-.iiptcr counties, Ala., )a4
night, doin great damage, Several plantation
houses wcro blown down Two negroes aio
known to have been Mllcd.
Population of Berlin.
By Exclusive Wire from Tho Associated J'reas.
Berlin, lec 23. The population of Berlin, In.
rludiiiK Ilia euhurlw, h 2,(09,070, as compared
with 2,070,1)10 in lbOJ.
By Exclusive Wlro fiom The Associated Press.
Quecnstowii Dec. 2 J. Sailed i lHrurla, from
Liverpool, New York.
Gommander o! the British Troops
Believes Boer Movement in
Gape Colony GlicGkcd.
COLONISTS ARE ARMED
British Soldiers Getting Around Both.
Bodies of the Invaders De Wet In
the Neighborhood of Senekal.
Clement's Force Engaged South of
Oliphant's Nek General French
After Beyers and Delarey.
Uy EvclthlvR Win from The Associated Prc.
London, Dec. 2. The war ofllce has
received tho following dispatch from
Lord Kitchener, dated Pretorln, Dec.
"As far as It Is possible for me to
form an opinion from the reports of
ofllcers on the spot. I think the Boer
movement into Cape Colony has been
checked. Of the two forces that en
tered the colony, the eastern Is still
north of Zoutspanberg Bange, while
the one that entered west uppears to
have been turned In the direction of
Brltstown and Brlesku. Our troops
are getting around both bodies and a
special column is also being organized,
which will be dispatched Immediately
when I know where its .services are
"Tho Boers have not received much
assistance In Cape Colony, as far as
my Information goes. We have armed
some of the colonists, who are assist
ing our forces. Hallway and telegraph
communication has been much inter
rupted by the very bad weather.
"Do Wet Is in the neighborhood of
Senekal. General French, In conjunc
tion with General Clements, attacked
a force under Beyers, south of Magu
liesborg. The Boers broke away In a
southwesterly direction, toward Pot
chefstrooni, and were followed by Gen
eral Gordon, with a column of French's
At Oliphant's Nek.
"Yesterday evening about ." o'clock
Glemonts' force was engaged south of
Oliphant's Nek, but I do not yet Known
A later despatch from Lord Kitchen
er, dated Pretoria, Doc. 22, says:
"The western column of Boers oc
cupied Brltstown and cut the railway
south of De Aar Junction. The enemy
is being followed up.
"General French has been in contact
for two days with tho commandos of
"Beyers and Delarey, south of Mugu
llesborg. He is pursuing them. The
enemy has lost considerably and Com
mandant Krcus and others have been
"General Colville engaged two sepa
rate commandos Dec. 21 near Vlak.i
fouteln, with slight losses, tho enemy
DARK" MAN ARRESTED
BY THE OMAHA POLICE
They Are Actively at Work on the
Cudahy Case Chief Well Pleased
Uy Kxclusdve Wlie from The Associated Piess.
Omaha, Neb Dec. 23. Tho mysteri
ous "dark" man in the Cudahy kid
napping case was arrested this after
noon by the police from the descrip
tion given by Miss Maude Munshaw,
who lives near tho house In which
.Eddie Cudahy was held for ransom
by his abductors. His name is Ed
ward Johnson. He Is a laborer In tho
Cudahy packing plant and resides at
Twenty-sixth and Walnut streets. Ho
admitted having gone out to the Gra
ver street house three times for the
purpose of renting the building, which
lie found already let to tho "light" man
and his accomplices.
Johnson was easily able to prove to
the satisfaction of the police and' Mr.
Cudahy, who was called In, that ho
had nothing to do with the case, and
was allowed to return to his wife and
family. Chief of Police Donahue Is
well pleased with tho progress his men
are making, saying that tho arrest of
Johnson narrows the enso down by
eliminating one of the suspects,
DEATH FOLLOWS KNOCKOUT.
Joe Kelly, the Opponent of Edward
Barr, Is Arrested.
By Inclusive Wire fiom The Associated Press.
Philadelphia, n?c, "J.-riauk Hair, aged 19
years, died latu last nigh1. In a hospital lieio
following a boxing contest at the l'hlladolihi.i
Athletic club. Joseph Kelly who was Hair's op.
poncnt, and Flank Henderson, the referee, were
uriTated. Tor the past few di)s a touinauitnt
between local amateurs lias been In piogress
at the club.
On Thursday nluht Barr was knocked out by
a boxer wlio was uftciward disqualified on the
gronud of piofeMloualiMii. This allowed Pair to
enter last night's finals, lie boxed four rounds
Willi Kid White am) was awarded the decision.
He then met Kelly, The first round was fast
and Kelly sent Barr to tho rloor. Henderson un.
Uer tho amateur rules stopped tho rourd, Ibrr
nine up for the sworn! round and Kelly so far
outclassed lilm that the fight was stopped, Barr
taggerrd as he was leaving the ring and It was
decided to send him to a hospital. Here It was
found that he had a fractured skull and death
followed soon after.
DEATHS OF A DAY.
By Exclusive Wlro from The Associated Press.
Syracuse, N, V,, Pec, Ei. Theodora L, Poole,
United States marshal for the northern district
of New York state, member of f lie r'lfty.l'oiuth
congress from lbOl to 1511, and a civil war
veteran, died of apoplexy this morning. ,
Cincinnati, Pec. 2:). "V, K. Jones, who lias
been treasurer and assistant secretary of the Bal.
timore Southwestern lallway and Its predecessor)
for over thirty eais, died suddenly ut his resi
dence here- today, aged S3 years.
TROUBLE IN THE VALLEY
Wllkes-Barre and Wyoming Electric
Railroad Employes Want Shorter
Hours and More' Pay.
By Inclusive Wire Irt.tn The A-wicl.ited Presi.
Wllkcs-Iiurro, Dec. 211 The employe'
of the Wllkos-ISnrre and Wyoming
ICIeclrlo railway company and the of
clals of tho company met In confer
ence today to talk over certain griev
ances, which the men submitted to the
company on Saturday. The employes
demand shorter hours and twentv
cents an hour for every hour worked.
President Klgg said he wanted to bo
fair with the men. but thelt demands
were too sweeping, nnd the company
could not afford to grant them. .rf
a compromise President Hlgg offered
the men sixteen cents nn hour, but
no reduction In the hours of Inbor.
The conductors and motormen re
fused to accept this offer, and gave
tlte company until Thursday to de
cide whether or not the original de
mands would he granted. After tho
conference President Hlgg declined to
talk, but It Is understood ho will not
grant tho demands, and a strike Is
likely to follow.
FOR BRITISH ARMY
Captain Heygate Desires 50,000
American Horses and Mules for
South African Campaign.
By Kxolusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Kansas City, Dec. 23. Captain Hey
gate, of tlio British army, Is purchas
ing fiO.OOQ cavalry horses and mules for
the British army in South Africa. He
came here more than a year ago to buy
horses and mules, but was ordered
home a short time ago. But the unex
pected renewal of hostilities has made
tho purchase of more burses and mules
necessary. As fast as the animals are
Inspected and bought they will be sent
to New Orleans and shipped to Cape
Town, Durban and Now London on
British transports, some of which are
now on their way to the United States.
One shipload of the animals will be
taken to South Africa by Lieutenant
David Moberly, leaving New Orleans
soon after January 1 Lieutenant Mob
"By the time the horses and mules
aro landed in South Africa they cost
tho British government ?00 a head.
That is a large price for an animal
which will be lit for service only six
weeks. .Most of the .nltnals Jlo be
cause of the change in climate. They
must cross tho equator In going to
South Africa and the torrid beat of the
tropics kills them rapidly. The aver
ago death rate on shipboard is ,",2 to
the 1,000. forty days after a horse is
purchased in Kansas city it is landed
In South Africa. So great Is the de
mand for horses al the front that it is
impossible to give them the needed rest
after landing before putting them into
service. Consequently they go to the
front in a weakened condition, und not
getting a sufllcietit amount of food,
they .soon die. Since the beginning of
the Boer war, Kngland has purchased
over 100,000 head of horses and mulus
ii. the United Stales. It required sixty
five ships to carry them from New Or
leans to South Africa. Government
transports will be kept very busy from
now on carrying tho horses which Eng
land will need in South Africa and
w"hlch have been ordered purchasi'd in
the United States. Baden-Powell now
has 2.1,000 mounted police, and it is pro
posed to mount liO.000 of the Imperial
infantry. Kngland has discovered that
her soldiers must be mounted to be
able to cope with tho Boer, who gets
over the country with alarming rapid
ity." SKATING ACCIDENT.
Ida McKuno and Arthur Munson
Are Drowned In Susquehanna
Kiver at Lanesboro.
By Inclusive Wire from Tho Assodated Press.
Susquehannu, Pu Dec, 2;). While a
party of young people were skating
upon tlio Ice on the Susquehanna river
last night at State Line, four miles
north of Susquehanna, the lee broke,
and two of tho number, Miss Ida Mc
Kuno, of Stato Line, aged 22, and Ar
thur Munson, of Lanesboro, aged 20,
went under. Miss McKuno's body dis
appeared from view, but Munson suc
ceeded In reaching shore, Ho hurried
to the farm house nearby for help und
while working with tho rescuing party
a few minutes later ho went through
tho Ice a second time and was drowned,
Tho bodies were recovered several
hours later. Hundreds of men were
engaged In tho search for them.
Munson was employed In the Erie
railroad shops at Susquenannn, Miss
McKuno was employed by the Dela
ware and Hudson Hullroad company
at Stato Line.
Crushed to Death,
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Philadelphia, Dee. 2:1. Ktlvrunl A. 1'almer, aged
42 years, was crushed to death today by n
charging nuchino falling on him while he was
at work In tho l'encoyd Iron works, lu this city.
Palmer was founerly a conductor on the Phila
delphia and Beading Hallway company between
hero and Willlamsport and was well known along
Minister Hoslii Toru Besigns.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Y'okohama, Pec. 23. Ifoshl Torn, ininlstcr of
coimnunkatlons and forinctly Japanese minister
to the United States has resigned his portfolio in
ccnscqucu'co of the persistent allegations of Ids
implication in financial scandals, lie will be
succeeded hy'Mr, tiara former minister to Korea,
It is invisible that the stability of the Ito cab),
net will be affected,
The Czar Convalescing.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
St. Petersburg, Dec, 23. Tho correspondent Of
the Associated Press was Informed by one of the
ministers of state this afternoon that Kmperor
Nicholas and tlio ministers of finance, war one
foreign affairs do not expect to leave I.ivadia, at
which the car is convalescing before the middle
Appallina State of Affairs Revealed
bu the March of United States
Troops Across the Island.
HUNGER CAUSES DISEASE
Report of Dr. Williams Shows the
Suffering Prevailing in tho Coun
try Districts Men, Women nnd
Children Swollen, Bloated and Dis
eased, Pinched and Haggard as
Though Weighted with the Sor
rows of Years.
By Kxcluslte Wlro from The Associated Prcs.
Jacksonville, Fla Dec. 23, Dr. A.
D. Wllllums, assistant surgeon of the
United States army, has arrived from
Porto Rico, where he was detailed to
make a report on conditions of the
people as observed by him on a march
with the soldiers across the Island.
The report was made to the adjutant
general, department of Porto Klco. A
copy of the paper was given out to
night by Dr. Williams.
"At Los Marias." the report says,
"we began to see the vanguard of mis
ery. In that small, squulld town, there
is no medical man. Many were sick.
A Mr. Toncuand, the American school
teueher there, told me that many of
the people.'not only of the surrounding
country, but of the town, were In great
distress. I asked him the cause of so
much sickness und so many deaths.
He answered without hesitation, 'for
want of food.' "
The report continues:
"At Adjuntus the conditions were
appalling, men, women and children
swollen, bloated, diseased und emaci
ated, whose pinched und haggard feat
ures appeared weighted with the sor
rows of years. When I asked the city
physician of Adjuntus the cause of
such a large death rate fifty-two
deaths and four births the week Imme
diately preceding our visit there he
replied: 'The death rate Is about the
same every week. The prime cause,
chronic starvation.' "
Dr. Williams in this report declares
that with fourteen patients in the
hospital at this place and three nurses
the municipal authorities allow the
steward to draw only one dollar a day
in municipal stamps for the subsist
ence and care of the patients, and
that the steward can realize only 50
cents for his stamps, and with that
amount dally he has to provide the
scanty hospital food.
PHILBIN IS SUCCESSOR
TO ASA BIRD GARDINER
The Members of the New York Dis
trict Attorney's Staff Talk of
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
New York, Dec. L'3. Kugene A. Plill
bln, who has been appointed by Gover
nor Koosevelt to succeed Asa Bird Oar
diner as district attorney, In an Inter
view today said tho first thing he would
do would be to resign as a member of
the state board of charities, and that
ho would take charge of the district
attorney's ofllce as soon as he receives
the ofllcial notification.
"1 had made no effort to get the ap
pointment and it was entirely unex
pected. "I shall not make a clean sweep of
th(e district attorney's ofllce. I shull re
move no man who Is competent to fill
the ofllce he occupies and who Is doing
The members of District Attorney
Gardiner's staff held two conferences
today and it was decided that they
would not resign, though several of
them at first strongly favored the res
ignation of the entire stuff.
At the conclusion of the conferences,
Assistant District Attorney Melntyre
"Of course, all of us feel that Col
onel Gardiner has met with great in
justice, nnd as individuals we protest
against thu governor's action. Our'
sympathies are with Colonel Gardiner,
and wo will stand by him to the last
ditch, but It was decided at the con
ference today that Colonel Gardiner
will not onter into any legal contest
over the matter but will. surrender the
. FURLONG PARDONED.
The Policeman Who Shot a Brother
Officer Again Free,
By Exclusive Wire from Tlit Associated Press.
Chicago, Dee, 23. Former Policeman Patrick
I'uiloni,', who in February, ISM, killed Kdwaid
Leach a brother officer and was' sentenced to the
penitentiary for fouiteen years has been :nr
doned by Governor Tanner anil will tal,o his
Christmas dinner with Ids family in Chicago,
Furlonir, who is of Irish parentage, and Leach,
an F.nidlshman becjmo involved in an argumant
ubout the Boer war, beach's declaration that
DiiKland could whip any country on earth led
to blows and liotli nien drew revolvers, Fur
Jong shot first with fatal effect.
Largest Coal Deal,
By Kxeluslve Wire Irom The Associated Press.
Fairmont, Va., Pec, 'J3, The largest coal deal
ever made in llanison county will be closed in
a few days. The territory comprises 13,000 acres
or nineteen sipiaic mild, lying aiouuil Salem.
The purchasers are James V. Brown, of Union
town, and Alfred J, Cochran, of lUwtou, who
will pay $S!2,000 for the entire tract.
Mangled Beyond Recognition,
By Inclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
. Lancaster Pa. Pec, 23. An unknown man was
killed on the Pennsylvania railroad this morn.
Int.- at Gordon vllle. His arms and legs were
cut oil and his iiead crushed the mutilation be
ing so terrible that the remains were gathered
and brought to this city lu a bag. There was
nothing by which he could be identified.
THE NEWS THIS MORNING.
Weather Indications Todiy,
1, Ooncml Attain In the Philippines.
Appalling State of Allaltn In l'orto Itlco.
Progicss of thu War hi South Africa.
Street Car Employes do Out on Strike.
2 Irfical Christmas Service? In the Churches.
Lackawanna County News
3 Local Sermon by Ilov. T)r. Hughes on the
Death of lib Daughter,
Vacancies in tlio Thirteenth Iteglmcnt.
Note and Comment,
6 Loral Dunmore Woman .Mtirdcieil.
.lndgp Kelly Defines Powers of City Councils,
(I Local West Soranlon nnd Snbmban,
7 Oencial Northeastern Pennsyhanla.
Financial and Commercial.
8 Local News of the World of Labor.
LI HUNG CHANG'S
He Will Be Able to Attend the
Meeting Today and Accept the
Preliminary Joint Note.
By Kxclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Pekin, Dec. -', LI Hung Chang, an
swering un Inquiry from the foreign
envoys regarding his health, said lie
believed ho would be able to attend
the meeting tomorrow to accept with
Prince Ohlng the preliminary Joint
The note will be presented by the
Spanish minister, Senor B. J, De Col
ognn, doyen of the diplomatic corps,
with a few words expressive of a hope
of as prompt a reply as possible to
a note which hns been carefully pro
pared with every desire to continue
the dynasty and not to be hard to
ward tho nation, and of a further
hope that tho Chinese plenipotenti
aries will urge upon Kmperor Kwang
Su tho necessity of immediate compli
ance. An answer is expected about Thurs
day. BAD EXPERIENCE
OF THE B0ERSE
Great Kise in Values in New York
Meets with No Response in &
By Exclusive Wire fiom The Associated Presj,
Merlin, Dec. 23. Last week the Mer
lin i-'.oerse had a bad experience, be
ginning with the heavy declines in
coal and iron shares, due to tho coal
syndicates' restriction of the output.
During the latter half of the week
quotations were at a standstill. Yes
terday, however, they showed more
firmness. The linancial press is now
contrasting the situation in Wall
stredt with that of Mm German
Moerscs, where complete pessimism
The great rise of values In Noev
York has not met with u response
here, exi'ept in American railway
shares, where great activity has pre
vailed. The German market soil
Americans heavily after the rise in
November, but during tho past week
it purchased heavily in London and
New York. Under the lead of North
ern Pacific, ail the American railroads
were sought after, and the papers
were beginning to warn the public
against buying at the present hlgn
Bank stock declined one or two
points during the wc;k, Iron shares
from two to four points and coal
shares ten points.
During the week the iron murkst
showed an unusual number of bad
reports, and more declines In price
than during any other week since the
reaction began. There were several
nuctlons of goods not taken by those
who had ordered them that resulted
In unexpectedly low prices. Five
thousand tons of steel wire sold at
auction In Witten brought (inly '$
marks per ton, which was offered by
tho company, tho latter bidding In tho
On the Dusseldorf Doorse English
pig iron, number 3, fell five marks.
FIRE UNDER CONTROL.
Celebrated Burning Mine at Summit
Hill Will Soon Be No More.
By Exclusive Wlro from Tho Associated Press.
Tamao,u.i, Pa., Dee, S!.--The officials of the I.e.
high Coal and Navigation company are Jubilant
over the fj"t that the Hit' In the celebrated
Burning nilno at Summit Hill, which staitin!
forty-two years ago, U now under contiol and
It la bald that tho next two years will mv Its
Tho fire lias consumed about thirty-lire acres
of the finest coal land in tho anthracite coal
region, has moveel westward towaid L.iiisfoid.
Two Immense drolling muililne wide h. have been
constantly probing for the fire, hate now huney
combed the earth' to tlio west of the burning por
tion. Culm Is being poured Into these holes and a
solid mass will soon confront the Ilic,
JESSIE MORRISON'S TRIAL.
Results in a Hung Jury Prisoner
May Be Released on Bail.
By Exclusive Wlro from The Associated Prcwi
Eldorado, Kan., Pee, 23, Hay waul Morrison,
brother .of Jessie Morrison, whoso trial for mur
dering Mrs. Castle ended in a hung jury, said
"Six wealthy men of this county have voliin
teereil to go on tho $5,000 bond. We are in no
hurry to file the bond. Jesle is feeling very
well and still receives letters of sympathy dally."
Wldle Mr.. Morrison would not say when th
bond would be filed he left the Impression that
his sister would spend her Christinas at home.
Two Ribs Broken.
By Exclusive Wire frrm The Associated Press.
Wlllcs-Barro Pee. 2J.-ln a (Iraecn-Itoman
wiestling match at the West Eml Wheelmen's
club rooms last night between M. J. lhvtcr of
this city, anil II. 0. Le'ouard, of Xcn Voile, the
latter sustained two broken iftn. He eleclliu'd
medical attention but left on the eaily miiiiilng
tl.ilu for N'ew York. The bout was awaided to
Pwycr, who received u pursr. of sf-00 and 7 per
tent, of the gate reieli'ts.
CAR MEN ARE
Without Waiting to Give an Ultima
tum, Then Deckled to Quit In a
Bodu Yesterdau Mornlno.
ONLY TWO CARS
Every Motorman, Conductor and
Barn Man Between Pittston and
Forest City Joined in the Strike,
and When the Company Wanted
to Man a Couple of Cars It Had to
Draft Officials Into Service Gen
eral Manager Silliman Expects to
Have Some Cars Running Today,
and to Keep Adding to the Number
Until the Full Equipment Is in
Motion Men Issue a Statement.
President Clark Here.
Tho strike of tho street car men.
which had been brewing for several
weeks, was declared yesterday morn
ing at 5 o'clock.
Kver.v man in the employ of the
Seranton Railway company, engaged in
running or caring for cars, excepting
superintendents and foremen, In all tho
territory covered by the company's
sixty-five miles of tracks, between
Pittston and Forest City, joined in the
strike. The men at the power houses
continued to work, but sent word to
tho car men that they are ready to
quit if such action Is deemed necessary
to the success of tlio strike.
A few cars were run yesterday at
Irregular intervals, with olltcials of the
company acting as motormen and1 con
ductors, but they carried very few pas
sengers. The employes of the Wyoming Valley
Traction company, which operates all
the lines in upper Luzerne county, are
also threatening to strike. It was ex
pected they would order a strike yes
terduy morning, but after a lengthy de
r,r"' tleferrert"ac on itil next Thurs-
The local strike is the result of .the ,
company's refusal to grant demanUsl'
for Increased wages and shorter hours.
On December 1-, a committee of the
men presented to General Manager Sil
liman a statement of grievances and a
reeiuest for their redress. They asked
that an answer be given December 17,
last Monday. In anticipation of the
answer, a meeting of the car men was
hold Tuesday morning, at tho conclus
ion of the day's work. When the com
mittee reported that the answer was
not at hand and that It would not be
given until Saturday, some of the more
ardent pro-strike men wanted to unit
then and there, but the more conserva
tive element, headed by I!. j. Itoevns,
of TMttsbura', a member of the execu
tive committee of the Amalgamated As
sociation of Street far Employes, who
is here to confer with the local ofllcers,
resolved to wait until the answer wns
received before taking any action.
Saturday, General Mutmgor Silliman
gave the company's answer to the com
mittee In printed form and also sent
one to each employe. Tho men met at
2 o'clock yesterday morning In Carpen
ter's hall to hear und ant upon the
committee's report. Every man, prac
tically, in the membership of the union
was in attendance. The men from CoY
bnndale, Maylleld and Archbald were
brought down on a special train uro
vlded by General Manager Silliman.
They were also provided with a lunch
at the company's expense, and at the
conclusion of the meeting returned to
their homes In the special train,
ONLY ONE AGAINST.
Only one man voted against striking.
Incidentally, he was from among tho
Onrbondale contingent. This one man
fought against a strike from the v.orv
beginning and, true to his convictions,
voted against It to the very hist, al
though he knew before ho stood up lu
response to the call for "noes" that he
would constitute the whole mlnnr'tv.
When the chair formally announced tho
strike order In effect, this minority
man stated that he would be with them
till the finish, und yesterday was among
the tirst to present himself at head
quarters for any duly the strike com
mittee might have for him,
Tho action of the men wtis some
what of a surprise to the company
President O, M. Clark, of Philadel
phia, enmo nt once to Seranton upon
hearing that tho men hteci struck, He
arrived al 11 o'clock last night, und
went to the Jormyn, where he had a
conference with General Manager Sil
liman, He was seen by a Tribune re
porter while he was yet learning from
air, Silliman the condition of aft .Ira.
"I did not expect the men to strike,"
snld he, "If the men believed what
wns contained In Mr, Sllliman's letter,
and they have no cause to doubt It,
they could not in reason expect a
raise In wages now. What was meant
by that letter was that when circum
stances would permit we would grant
an Increase In wages. We have al
ways actcel in good faith with our
men, nnd In every company In which
I am concerned It Is tho policy to glvs
the employes tho best treatment that
cftn be afforded.
"In Columbus, Ohio, where wo have
a paying system, tho men receive; tho
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