The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, January 08, 1901, Image 1
ribuwe. cranton THE ONLY SCRANTON PAPER RECEIVING THE COMPLETE NEWS SERVICE OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE GREATEST NEWS AGENCY IN THE WORLD. SCRANTON, PA., TUESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 8, 1901. TWO CENTS. o TWO CENTS. tBKPfr3aMBplBPWBi tTE!i MlsssUES S0j r HAZING INQUIRY IS RESUMED Testlmonu ls.Hcard In the Case o! Booz and Bretli, Victims o! West Point Hoodlums. EVIDENCE OP BURNHAM A Tout Mate of Booz Describes His Persecution at the Military Acad emy Tho Case of John Broth, of Altoona, Is Taken Up Evidence Indicating That His Death Re sulted from Effects of Tortures In flicted by the Hazers. By Kxilutive Who from Th Associated Press. Philadelphia, Jan. 7. The congres sional Inquiry Into tlvb charges that Cadets I3oo7. and 13rcth were brutally hnssed at West Point was resumed here today. Anthony Burnhnm.of Fiankfc , Ky Hook's tentmnto, was tho llrst Itnoss culled. Ho said hu had asked tent with liim when thi we tor. to into camp m July, 1S98. no roanu iJooz a nice sort of young man and up to tho standard of other cadets. Tho older cadets made a Rood deal of fun of Booz on account of his name. The tinner II class men and a c&Met named Bcttlson II . I.. nt,...i.... n.. t ..i.i 1 i 111 I'tii 1.;UIU1 , 1)111 Illlillll Mllll. (MllfllM now cadets to do various things to see if the new men would obey them. Dooz did some of the things asked of htm, but Anally refused to do others, believ ing tho thli .class men were only try lug to harass Mm. Hurnha"' said Booz, like all other fourth class men, was always tired out Uv tho severe routine of camp. Burnhnm Kald that Keller, Booz's op ponent In his fight, was an experi enced boxer and a line gymnast. Booz tudicd very little on account of his i yes hurting him. On that account he stood low in his class. In regard to the tobasco sauce, Burn ham testified that 'l3ooz was given u. small bottle of it and was ordered to take all of It before he left tho table, lie took it by tcaspoonfuls. On one oc casion I3ooz told liurniiam that he put tho sauce on a piece of steak Intending not to eat it, but an upper classman saw the ruso and ordered him to eat It. Uooz said the stuff was ruining bis stomach. According to Buinliain, Uooz was compelled, to take tho sauce quite often. Ilurnham had tobasco adminis tered to him once, but only a drop on a spoon. Complaint Useless. Buruham said ho believed that IJooz resigned because he w-as dejected, on account of hazing and failure In his studies. Colonel Dick asked: "If a complaint had boon made, do you think 13ooz would have been treated better?" "Uooz was very unpopular," was the reply, "and If ho had made a complaint he would have been treated still woie." "Do not tho ofllcers of tho academy try to prevent hazing?" "They do; but tho olllcers nro not always around when the hazing Is go ing on. When any hazing was In pro gress, a number of cadets were usual ly on duty to watch for tho ofllcers and warn the hazers If one should come along." Rurnham explained the method of making complaints against hazing. It would be difficult for a cadet to make a secret complaint, ho said, and oven If he succeeded in doing so, and an investigation followed, the hazers would quickly reach the conclusion that tho hazed cadet had made the complaint, and ns a result his life wi.uld bo made even more miserable. Tho witness believed that only about one-tenth of the cadets ap proved of tho harrasslng tactics prac ticed on tho Bristol cadet. He said Booz was considered a good fellloiv personally, but his actions In his fight with Keller made him unpopular. He was not persecuted so much after the cadets left camp for the barracks. The hearing was resumed at L'.iO o'clock. After a few further questions regarding gymnastics at tho academy, Durham was dismissed. He was on the Btand for over threo hours. Tho Case of John Breth. Tho case of John Breth, of Altoona, Pa., who died from an ailment which, it is alleged, he received Indirectly as a result of hazing at West Point, was then taken up. The llrst witness called vas Dr. E, E. Goodman, of Altoona, the Broth family physician. Dr. Good man said Breth entered West Point In June, 1S7, and died last October. His physical condition before entering the National Military academy w'as excel lent. Dr. Goodman treated him fvo weeks after he carao home from West Point for hemorrhoids, Later on young Breth went to Pittsburg, where he was employed as a salesman by a Pittsburg tobacco house. Ho returned homo two months later suffering from nervousness and Insomnia, but soon re turned to Pittsburg. Last October ho again treated hlin for typhoid pneu monia, from which ho died. Young Breth never told Dr. Goodman any thing about hazing at West Point. All the Information the doctor had came to him from tho boy's family. He became very nervous a year after he relumed from West Point and tho physfcuan often wondered what eoulu hove caused It. Jt had been reported that Broth was compelled to eat soap at West Point. Tho doctor knew nothing about that, but If tho boy had eaten soap It would have explained his physical condition on his return home, Samuel J. Breth, father of Cadet Broth testified that ftls son was ap pointed by Congressman Hicks In March, IS'.i". and was dismissed from tho academy, becnuso of deficiency In mathematics In Januury, 1K9S. ,Mr. Broth said member of tho family had received letters from tho son In re gard to hardships at West Point. The father and mother knew that the boys at tho academy were more or less hazed, and Cadet Breth and his brother Harry had an understanding between them that If he had anything to writo about hardships, John would wrlto to Henry only, so that the par ents would not worry. He said Harry and one of the daughters visited John at tho academy in August, 1897, anl on their return home they said John hnd been scverly hazed and that be lied nervous prostration. At West Point John, told them he had been, so severely hazed that ho becamo un conscious. The only one that was mentioned ns being among the hazers was a cadet named Bonder. Tho father was questioned at length as to what tho cadet told him of tho hazing, but the young man, it appears, said lit tie to the parents. He told his brothers nnd sister more and thoy kept tho Information from them. Tho father learned from the son Harry that John had been "choo chooed." On his death bed, the father said, the boy went through the "choo choolng" motions. Miss Rosa Bretli said that she had received a letter from her brother while Iw was in West Point hospital In which he said tho surgeon told him that he had a light attack of nervous prostra tion from overwork. John, however, told other members of the family when they visited him at West Point that his condition was due to hazing. John wild ho was hazed three times in ono night. John wrote home that he had to eat eight slices of bread soaked In molasses. On his death bed ho told mo tlmt "West Point Is the cause of the breakdown In my health." He men tioned tho names of Bender, Wood nnd Yonge, as being "awful hazera." While In the hospital, she said, John told her that he was visited by uoper classmen and told "that he had bettor pet out of here tomorrow." In his lost illness John told Horry some things of what took place In the hospital to make Harry bellevo that Cadet Breth vas even subjected to hazing in the hospital. This completed Miss llosa Broth's testimony and she left on the 4.;'.0 train for Altoona. After Robert B. Wallace, who was ono of Oscar Book's Instructors In a private sonool In this city, had told of Oscar's good record as a scholar, William A. Breth, another brother of John Breth. took tho stand. Williams' story- is substantially as follows: "When John camo home ho told mo that ho, had to do so much 'oagllng' that ho often became uncon scious and until his muscles felt like leather, a cadet named Bender made him sit on the point of a bayonet until ho fell off. He was mado to sit on It again and during this operation Ben der played a violin. On another occa sion, a hot July day, after a hard day's drill, he was compelled to don a rain coat and hold out dumbbells. On a Saturday all cadets were given a cer tain amount of liberty, but Bender prevented him from leaving camp. My brother mado a complaint about It, which resulted In Bender exercising him more severely. Ho regarded 'field Inspection' as a Joke. One night he was dragged out of bed, leaving tho clothes behind him, and was dragged over rough stones in tho company street. On another occasion ho was so exhaustively exercised that on the next morning tho olllccr In charge of the drill compelled him to drop out of lino because of his weakness. Ono time John was on guard and Bender refused to give tho sign of recognition ns he should, which was a breach of the regulations. He reported Bender and the latter said ho would make him fight, but tho threat was never carried out. Upper Men Ran the Place. "My brother considered AVest Point Military academy the best in the world, but said tho upper class men ran the place." Mary C. Breth, another sister of Breth, was called and corroborated the testimony of other members of the famllv. She said her brother told her that one night he was hazed by three separate sets of cadets. Ho stood the first two, but fainted during the third act of hazing. When he regained consciousness he taw several men rub bing him. They appeared to be great ly frightened. Miss Breth nlso said that her brother in speaking of hazing, said he "often ate soap," and "chewed rope ends" at West Point. Miss Breth said her brother did not ltnow Father O'Keefc, who testified before the mili tary board of Inquiry at West Point that lie took a great interest In Cadet Breth. At C o'clock the committee ad journed until 9 o'clock tomorrow lornlng. STRIKE AT SUSQUEHANNA. One Hundred and Fifty Employes of the Erie Quit Work. By Exclusive Wiro lrnn Tho Associated PtfM, Kusnuohanna. Pa., Jan. T. About 1&0 employes in the boiler department of the Erie railroad company's extensive locomotive simps at this place, wint out en strike today. For some weeks there hns been dissatisfaction among the men employed, on account of the Introduction of the piece work system In do shoVis and, It Is alleged, thai laborers have been doing tho work of regular bollermakers or apprentices, The local Boilermakers' union suc cessfully attempted to have their griev iine.s righted and tho strike Is the ro Milt. A committee from tho strikers will confer with the Krle ofllclals and ft In likely that tho difficulty will bit amicably adjusted. Tho chief shops of tlfi Frle company aro located here, ,tIv Irg ttendy employment to about 1,200 n v. , Strike at Elmira. By exclusive Wire from Tho Associated Pre, I'.lmlru, Jan. 7. A large portion of the ma chinists emplosod In tho Erie thopa nt lfcrnells vllle went on strike this afternoon and It U pos ihlo they wilt bo joined by tho majority of the oilier employes fomoirow, about 500 In all, Earner Sentenced to Bo Hanged, fly Exclusive Wire fioni The Aioclated Press. Ilarrishurg, Jan. 7, Elmer Darner, who shot nnd kilted his brother-in-law, Uaac Miller, near Halifax, l'a last summer nnd was convicted of imiidrr In lhs first degric, win t-xlay sentenced lo lie I "I. GUAM FOR THE FILIPINOS The Captured Rebel Leaders at Manila Are to Be Deported to the Island. PRISON TO BE BUILT General MacArthur Hub Ordered tho Deportation of Generals Rlcarti, Del Pilar, Hizon, Llanera nnd San tos to tho Island of Guam Pro gress Toward Civic Rule in the Islands First Municipal Election In Benguet Province Natives in Manila Holding Political Meet ings. By Exclusive Wire bom The Assoclaled Press. Manila, Jan. 7. General MacArthur ha ordered the deportation of Gen erals IUcarto, Del Pilar, Hizon, Man era and Santos to the Island of Guam. Nine regtmcnUil and four subordinate olllcers, with eight civilians, including Trias, Tecson and Mablnt, notorious assistants of the lnsurrectlonsts, have also been ordered to be deported. It Is General MacArthur's Intention to hold most of the active leaders of thu rebels who have been captured In Guam until tho resumption of a condition of peace hns been declared. The llrst municipal election was held successfully at Bagulo, province of Benguet, Saturday. Tho Igorrotes took part in the election. The Filipinos In Manila have been enjoying recently a novel experience in the holding of free, open political meetings. Most of the addresses at those meetings were mado by former ofllcers of the insurgents, all of whom asserted that the best way to obtain personal liberty was to accept tho lib erties guaranteed by the constitution and government of the United States, which is what American sovereignty stands for. Tho nudlences were great ly interested, and many of those at tending the meetings signed tho Fed eral party declaration. The construction of u rebel prison at Olongapo. In addition to those at Ma nila, is to bo begun soon. General MacArthur, accompanied by his staff, reviewed the Thirty-seventh regiment of Infantry. United States volunteers, on the Lunula field this evening. The companies were all to gether for the first time almost sines tho regiment was organized. After the review the men were drawn up In close order and General MacArthur, in a farewell address, congratulated the ofllcers and enlisted men on their bravery, discipline and Judgment. He concluded his remarks with a hearty "God bless you, comrades." Tho Thirty-seventh regiment will sail for homo in the transport Sheri dan on Thursday. More than half the men and many of tho olllcers come from Tennessee. SNOW IS PALLING OVER EUROPE Cold Weather in Spain and France. The Rhino Frozen Over. By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Pie's Paris, Jan. 7. Snow is falling In Farls for the llrst time this winter. Tho temperature, however, has risen somewhat. Elsewhere in France, ex tremely severe weather Is recorded, accompanied by heavy snowfalls. Madrid, Jan. ".Heavy weather has set in throughout Spain. Snow is fall- Jng and the mall trains aro delayed. Berlin, Jan. i.ino iinine i iruzuu over and navigation Is temporarily closed. GOVERNORS INAUGURATED. By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Pres. Madison, Wis., Jan. ".-liobeit M. La Toilette was Inaugurated governor of Wisconsin this af ternoon. The rercinonliM wero without display. Ectrtrd by inllltla, the newly elected official drove to tho capltol, vthtre Governor Scoflcld introduced his successor nnd Chltf Justice Cai slily administered the oath of oflici IllsmarcW, .'. D Jan. 7. Governor White and the other new state olflceis wero Inducted It to office today, A large croud osscniblcd nt the capltol to witness the ceremony. Tomorrow the legislature will woef. i i Killed by a Train. Bv Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press. Cumberland. Md Jan, 7. T. A. Bedford, as sistant intnlns engineer of tho Davis Coal and Coko cumpany, and Ilichmd Lewis, of Cleai flcld, Pa., were struck by a train on the We:t Vligiiiia Central and Pltlihuti; railway this morning, Mr, Bedford died In half an hour and Mr. Lewis died about tin to hours later. Tho men did not sec the approaching train ueciwa of tho steam made by a ehtltliig engine. Bed ford left a widow and tli'ce childien. Base Ball Business. By Exclusive Wlro from Tho Associated Prejs, Detroit, Jan. 7. Ban B. Johnson, putldent of the American league, was In Detroit today and mado a combination between Tom N'avln, of this city, and James II, Manning, for tho nianage mint of the Waihinclon, D. C, club. Johiuou said that Burns and Ktalllncs, of this city, were t remain in tho American league and that Mo Gray, of Baltimore, would oli remain, James 1). Burn tonight agreed to what Johiixnn said In most emphatic teiuu. From Pekin to Washington. By Exclusive. Wlro from The Associated Piess. London, Jan, 8. "The I'nltrd fitatca govern ment has rtoposed to tho powers," mjh the Wanlngton correspondent of the Dally Mall, "to trcrsfcr the Chines negotiations from l'el:ln to Washington." I, A Peace Commission. By Etcluilre Wire from The Associate! Press. Btoemfonteln, Jan. 7. It Is reported that an Influential peace commission U being formed hero to Interview General Do Wet, Mr, Fleyn and other leaders to explain Lord Kitchener's terms and to endeavor lo Induce them to yield. BOERS DRIVEN BACK. Commandant Dupres Captured and His Forcos Routed. By Exclusive Wire from Tli Associated Trev. London, Jan. 7. Reporting to tho war ofllce, under dato of January 6, Lord Kitchener says: "Yesterday Bablngton engaged De larey's and Steenkamp'a commandoes at Naauwpoort. Tho enemy was forced to retire to tho northwest. Our casu alties have not yet been received, but arc reported slight. A Boer doctor ad mitted that twenty Boers were killed or wounded. Commandant Duprez was taken prisoner. "It appears from reports of the wounded who have arrived at Hell- bronn that n detachment 120 strong be longing to Knox's command came Into contact with a" superior force near Llndley. I regret to say that Lieuten ant Lalng, two other ofllcers and fif teen men were killed and two ofllcers and twenty men wounded. No details have come from Knox of this action." The Naauwpoort mentioned In Gen eral Kitchener's dispatch Is not Naauwpoort Junction, Capo Coloney. There are several Naauwpoorts in South Africa. Possibly tho scene of tho fight reported Is the Naauwpoort on the railroad between Potchefstroom and Frederlckstad, Transvaal. THE DOINGS OP A DAY IN CONGRESS Notable Speech Delivered in Senate by Mr. Lodge, of Massachusetts. Mr. Grow on Hopkins Bill. By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press. "Washington, Jan. 7. A notable speech was delivered In the senate to day by Mr. Lodge, of Massachusetts. Addressing the senate on the amend ment of the military committee strik ing' out tho provision In tho army re organization bill for a veterinary corps, lie discussed briefly and principally In tl'o form of a colloquy with Senator Uacon, of Georgia, the Philippine ques tion and tho necessity for an army of IOO.CO'j men. In conclusion ho dreiv a b'illlunt word picture of tho commer cial future of the United States, de claring that the trade conflict with Europe already begun could result only in the commercial and economic su premacy of this country over the en-tl'.-o world. In this industrial conflict he apprehended no dnngor from a jua terial contest with any nation in ihe wot Id, but ho urged the necessity for a sfong and sclentillcally organized army and powerful navy in order that the United States might be propa.ed t defend Its rights against any po;sl b'e foe. Tho npeim created a pro found Impression. Purlng the afternoon the senate rati fied the committee proposition to elim inate tho house provision for the "s tabllshment of a veterinarian corps In the. army. Senator Teller, of Colora do, gave notice of a substitute he wilt offer for tho entire pending measure, continuing in full force and effect the act of March 3, 1S99, Increasing the size of life army for three years from July 1 1001. The animated debate in the house on tho reapportionment of representation from the various states is nearlng Its close. It being unanimously agreed to day that the final vote would bo taken before the session closes tomorrow. It was expected there would be a sequel today to the exciting clash of Satur day between Mr. Llttlelleld, of Maine, and Mr. Hopkins, of Illinois, nut the latter mado no effort at rejoinder nnd contented himself with the direction of tho measure toward tho final vote. He expresses confidence that the bill bearing his name will be passed to morrow, although there may be a slight change, giving an additional member to Florida, Colorado and North Dakota, bringing tho total membership up to SCO. The notublo speeches today were by Mr. Crumpackcr, of Indian, dealing with alleged disfranchisement In the South: by Mr. Hepburn, of Iowa, severely arralgntng the present rules as annihilating tho constitutional prerogatives of the house, and by Mr. Grow, of Pennsylvania, comparing the old system In tho house with that of the present. Mr. Grow favored tho Hopkins bill and gave an interesting comparison between tho workings of the house la the early days, when the membership was far more limited, with tho dis orderly and unrepresentative character of the body today. Thanks for Captain Clark. By Exclusive Wlro from The A.-oclatcd Press. Washington, Jan. 7. Senator Warren today Introduced a Joint resolution In tho senate ex tending the thanks of congress to Captain C. E. Clark and officers nnd men of tho battleship Oregon "for bringing tho battleship H.00O miles at forced tpecd frr.m the Paoiflo to the Atlantlo station In condition for Instant service and for gallant and meritorious services In aiding In tho diitructlon of the Spanish fleet at Santiago." Bryan Addresses Jacksonian Club, Uy Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press. Omaha, Jan. 7. The Until annual banquet of the Jaoksonlan dub of Nebraska was held at the Millard hotel tonight. Tho occasion was ono of interest on account of tho presence of the Hon, William J. Bryan, vho responded to the toast, "Democracy," anil of Senator Benjamin Jt. Till man, whoso address was on "Tho Pcinocrutlo Party, lis Duty and 1U Destiny." Only a Big Patrol. By Exclusive Wlra from The Associated Prrss. Piquetburg Bond, Capo Colony, Jan. 7. The Boers boatt that their present incursion Is only a big patrul, preparatory to an Invasion in force by General Do Wet. The litter's Jnlluenco over the Dutch Is so enormous that there is no doubt his actual presence would result In a guieral rising, Postmaster at North Towanda. B." Exclusive Wlro from The Associated Prc&s. Washington, Jan. 7. Tho following was among the fourth class Pennsylvania potmateis ap pointed tcdoyi North Towanda, Bradford coun ty, A. It. 1homps.ui. Advance In Sugar. By Exclusive Wlro from Tho Associated Press. New York, Jan. 7. Tho Evrnlng Post sayst Announcement was mado today that all tho re flnen had advanced all grades of refined sugar ten points. RECORD BROKEN IN WALL STREET Stock Business Upon the Floor Transacted on a Garoantuan Scale ThrouQhout the Dau. 2,197,000 SHARES SOLD Where 100 Shave Lots Would Be the Normal Unit In an Ordinary Mar ket, 1,000 and Even 5,000 Share Lots Were Bandied Like Play things Movement in Prices Corre spondingly Gigantic Lackawnnna Advances 0 Points Progress in Other Stocks. By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press. New York, Jan. ".Today's stock market had all tho characteristics of what Is usually called a trader's mar ket. Dut everything was on a clgan tlc sca'le. Where 100 share lots would bo a normal unit in an ordinary mnr kct, in today's market 1,000, 2,000 and even .1,000 sharo Ioi wero bandied about like playthings for a quick turn In the market. The movement of prices was on a correspondingly gigantic scale. The turnover of profits in some cases in these enormous blocks of stocks wero made within a few min utes of time, prices having varied in tho intervals perhaps many points. Losses were recovered, gains were lost and there wero strong rallies from re actions. All this made the utmost ex citement and confusion in tho market all day long. The eagerness with which stocks were unloaded and the reckless disregard shown for a half, or even a full point In the price Indicated a ncivous dread that tho passing min utes meant loss of opportunities for fortune. But even in that the early period of tho market there were not lacking signs of strength and there was quite a long list of gains of be tween 1 and 2 points. New Jersey Central was carried down an extreme flvo points, Northwestern 3)g. North ern Pacific 2"i, Reading and Delaware and Hudson 2 points, and Erie first preferred tiVt. and Rock Island and Pennsylvania 2 points. It Is only once or twice in a generation that such ner vous anxiety and uncertainty are re flected In tho stock market as wero shown during this period of oonlnx reaction today. Prices Jumped about In the most violent and erratic man ner by wide Intervals. Gradually the fact began to emerge that there were brokers on the floor who had appar ently orders to take all offerings at a certain level of prices below the mar ket. The course of prices thereupon gradually steadied and then moved up wards with an impresslvo surge. Bur lington and Ohio was tho first point of aggrosslvo strength. It bad risen 1 at tho opening, but had lost all but a fraction. Its upward sweep carried it 5 over Saturday's level. During the rest of the day It was simply a ques tion where the new points of strength would develop. With the appearance of anything like a bull leadership In a given stock, or with tho first sign of manipulation for an advance, a perfect horde of speculators wero ready to rush pell-mell to buy the same stocks. None of theso advances were well held, and the process of profit taking cost them all the way from 2 to nearly 5 points. But even at that reaction many Handsome net gains were con served for tho day, tho Grangers being foremost in the midday advance, the three leading members of tho group, Burlington, Rock Island and St, Paul, advancing 8 to CvA- Rise In Anthracite Coalers. Later in tho day the anthracite coal ers, which have not hitherto moved largely in sympathy with the Readings, New Jersey Central and Fries, made Impresslvo progress upwards. Dela ware and Hudson rose no less than 1, Lackawanna C and Ontario and Western 5. These were the most striking movements of the day. Sugar was very erratic, working upwards an extreme 5j& on the reported advance in the price of refined sugar, and re lapsing 4 In the late selling move ment. Tennesseo Coal showed acute weakness on tho decision to pass the dividend and fell an extreme 6, clos ing only a fraction above that. The steel stocks wero Inclined to heaviness In sympathy except tin plate, which was advanced 4?a- The rubber stocks wero Inclined to weakness, but had a good rally. Northern Pacific moved up 4?i, after its sharp opening decline, and People's Gas had a midday rise of 4',4- The list of stocks which rose as much as three points nnd a frac tion Is a long ono and the stocks which did not fluctuate affmuch as a point or over were very few. It was evident that the Inciting cause of the furious speculation waa tho recent develop ments In the railroad world looking towards vast consolidations. The ac quisition of the Pennsylvania Coal company by the Erie and of the Cen tral Railroad of Now Jersey by tho Heading prepared tho speculative world as a prelude to further important de velopments in the anthracite carrying properties and ready credence is given to almost any suggestion of a plan for railroad consolidation. The day's rec ord of business was carried far be yond tho previous high level, the ag gregate Bales footing up 2,197,000 shares compared with 1,837,000 shares on last Friday, which mado the record up to the time. Steamship Arrivals. By Exclulie Wlro from The Associated Frew. New York, Jan. 7, Arrived! Potsdam, from Rotterdam and Boulogne. Gibraltar Arrjved: Aller, New York for Naples and Genoa, Sailed i Columbia, Genoa and Naples for New York. Southampton Sailed: Southwaik from Anlweip, New York. Llurd Passed t Bulgaria, New York for Hsrobnrg. THK NEWS THIS MORNING. Weather Indications Today, PAIRi FlfKaH WINDS. 1 Central Unprecedented Dealings In Will Street. Testimony In the lining Inquiry. Captured Filipino Leaden) Wilt lie Deported. Draft of a Commercial Treaty for China. 2 General Carboiidalo Deparbnent. 5 Local Busy Day In tho Lackawanna Courts. Opinions Handed Down by tho Judgtf. 4 Editorial. Not a and Comment. 6 Local Changes of Officials in the Court Home. Amendment tor Second-Class City Laws. ( Local West Scranton and Suburban. 7 General Kortheastcrn Pennsylvania. Financial aud Commercial. 8 Loral Live News of the Industrial World. NEW JERSEY CENTRAL AND READING DEAL Directors of tho Reading Authorized to Purchase the Stock Rumors Regarding Lehigh Valley. By Exclusive Wire from The Associated TrcSs. Philadelphia, Jan. 7. At tho conclu sion of tho meeting of the board ot i' (rectors of tho Reading company this afternoon, tho following official state ment was given out: "At a meeting ot the board of direc tors of the Heading company, which wish held at Its ofllce at 2 o'clock, tho proposition from .Messrs. J. P. Morgan A: Co., of New York, for the sale ot the majority of the capital stock of the Cential Hallroad of New Jersey was submitted. President Harris recom menced that the proposition should be accepted as tho two properties can be managed In connection with one an other to the best advantage, and lr- tually supplement one another, glvlns his reasons In detail. ' After full consideration the officers of the company were authorized to ar range for the purchase." Tho meeting adjourned at 3.S3 p. m. and no further statement of what transpired could be obtained. It way said on behalf of President Han Is, however, that any statements concerning tho financing of tho deal are premature. Tho directors held a nuviiSiig this afternoon and reached this conclusion after a session of an hyur and a half. There were present: Josepl S. Harris, A. J. Antelo, John Lowber Welsh. Oeorgo C. Thomas, Henry A, Dupont, Henry P. MeKean and Samuel Dickson. The absentees v,re Ceorge F. Baer and Cluiles Stvde. At the conclusion of the meeting tho following official statement was given out: "A meeting of the board of dlicctors of tho Reading company was held at its ofllce at 2 o'clock. The proposition from Messrs. J. P. Morgan & Co., oi New York, for the sale of the majority of the capital stock of the Central Railroad of New Jersey was submitted. President Harris recommended that the proposition should be accepted, as the two properties can be managed tn connection with ono another to the best advantage and virtually supple ment one nnother, giving his reason In detail. After full consideration the officers of the company were author ized to arrange for tho purchase.." As to the manner in which the money Is to bo raised to pay for the stock, it is said there will doubtless be Issued a collateral trust bond bear ing about 4 per cent, annually. To secure this bond it Is stated that tho stock of the Central Railroad of Nesv Jersey will bo deposited with the trus tees. At the office of President Harris to day, however, It was announced that this matter was not discussed at tho meeting of the directors. While It la generally believed that eventually the Lehigh Valley Railroad company will PUSS UIlUtT W113 CUI1UUI III lUB IVfilUllIg company, nothing was done In regard to that company at today's meeting of the directors of the Reading company. Tho annual meeting of the Lehigh Val ley company will be held on January 15. RELATIONS ARE STRAINED. Trouble Brewing Between Colombia and Venezuela. I'y Excluslie Wire from The Associated Press. Kingston, Jamaica. Jan. 7. Litters received hero from Panama say tho re lations between Colombia and Venezue la are much strained in consequence ot the lattor's connivance with and tho assistance being given to the reolu tionlsts In the former country. The activity of the rebels, It Is add ed, cniy restrains Colombia from tak ing warlike measures against Vene zuela and even now Colombian troops aro being removed to the border. The rebels aro still rec-lving large supplle of aims and ammunition through Ven ezuela. Gardiner Put Out. By Exclmlvo Wire from Tho Associated Tress. noston, Jan. 8. Oscar Gardiner, better known In tho fistl" world as "The Omaha Kid," was cleat ly put out by Tim Callahr.n, of Philadel phia, In the fifteenth round of their bout at tho holirla club tonight. The distance tho lads had to liavel for a decision was fifteen rounds and the knockout Mow came just niter tlks round started. i Wllkes-Barre Republican Convention By Excluslie Wire from The Associated Pre. Wllkes-Barre, Jan. 7. Hie Itcpubllcans held their city convention tonight and nominated the following ticket: For mayor, Oscar Smttli: school illreitnrs, O. II. Andirson, T. C. Grif fith and J, II, llouscr. .i m DEATHS OF A DAY. By Kxcluthc Wire from The Associated Press. New York, Jan. 7. Frederick Clarke Wtthcrt, ono of the most famous architects in America, died today at Ids Yonkcre home, lie was born In England feventy-threo years ago and carno to this country in 1&3. Liverpool, Jan. 7. Captain J. P. Bulloch, a famous sgent of the Confederates during; tho American CI) II war, died in this city today, THE TREATY WITH CHINA Conditions Proposed bu Sir Ernest Mason Satow, British Minis ter, to Other Envous. OBJECTIONS ARE RAISED The Court Officials at Pekln It Is ported Still Refuse to Sign an Ac ceptance of the Joint Demands, Massacre of Children. By Exclusive Wire from Tho Associated Press. Shanghai, Jan. 7. Sir Ernest Masorl Satow, British minister to China, has! proposed to tho other foreign envoys the draft of a commercial treaty with China, based upon tho following con ditions: First Freedom for ll ceastlnit vessels. Second Freedom for all vessels on Inland w ter, and erpeclally tho Vans Tse Klang. Thlrd-Pcrmlsslon to Import foreign salt. Fourth Adoption of regulations encouraging Chinese investment In foreign coucsra. Fifth Steps extending China's export and lm portn. Sixth Protection ot trade marks. Seventh Protection of treaty port Tho draft has not been nccepted by tho powers and discussion regarding It has been postponed. Bigoted court otllclals, It is reported, still raise objections to signing an ac ceptance of the Joint demands. London, Jan. 7. A sister of charity, writing from tho Mnlson Te Jesu En fant ut Ning Po, Nov. 20, describes the massacre at Nan King ot the ono hundred little boys. Some of them. she says, wero roasted nllvo in tlu church. Others escaped to the or phanage out side the city, but nil were killed and the place burned. "Desplto threats of torture and tho frequency of most painful deaths," the sister de clares, "apostacy was wonderfully rare." London, Jan. 7. Tho British foreign olllco considers the report of an agree ment between Russia and China re garding the Manchurlan provlnco of Feng Tien as probably referring to military measures of a temporary character. There Is nothing in tho possession of the foreign' office to show any such agreement has the sanction of Rus sia and China. In the opinion of tho foreign office, there Is likely to be a great deal more discussion before tho Chinese royal personages finally agree to the penalties Insisted upon by the powers. Expeditions Cannot Cease. Pekln. Jan. 0. Count von Wniaer seo says that China's request, through her representatives nt foreign courts, that the expeditions should cease, can not be complied with at present. No expeditions, he asserts, nro sent out without a definite cause. Where there are scenes of bloodshed or disorder, troops are sent to interfere, this being tho only means of preventing outrage. Ho declares that tho expeditions aro not intended for punitive purposes, but merely for police purposes, with a view of giving the necessary protec tion to life and property. TRANSPORT SHERMAN ARRIVES FROM MANILA Has On Board 600 Soldiers, 437 Sick. Other Passengers. By Excluslie Wire from Tie Associated Press. San Francisco, Jan. 7. The trans port Sherman arrived hero today, twenty-one days from Manila. Sho had on board twenty-nlno cabin pas sengers nnd COO soldiers, ot whom 437 are sick. There were also threo con tract nurses, a number or civilian cm- - 1 , j.,il.,,t l,. ' PloyeH of the army, one destitute evil- Ian, seventy uischuikcu nuiuioi twenty-three quartermasters' era ployes', twenty-three hospital corps men, six Insane patients, forty-two general prisoners, fifteen soldiers of the guard, and the remain of twelve) dead soldiers on the transport. Six soldiers died on the trip. They wore: William Hart, Company A, Thlrly-slxth Infantry, who died of dys entery Dec. IS; Matthew J, Comlskay, Company M, Seventeenth Infantry, of tuberculosis Dec. 24; Charles O. Hall, Company A, Forty-second Infantry, of tuberculosis Dec, 27; John H. Cham bers, Company A, Thirty-sixth Infant ry, dysentery. Dec. 28; Axtel Johnaon, Company K. Twentieth infantry, dys entery. Dec. 30, and Nelson II. Rlmbery, musician, Thirty-ninth infantry, of! dysentery, Jan, 1. Supreme Court Decision. By Exclusive Wire from Tho Associated Press. Philadelphia, Jan. 7. Tho Supremo court to day reversed the judgment of the common plc court of Lackawanna county in the case of Mc Cann vs. Mct'ann. m Gable Elected U. S. Senator. By Exclusive Wire from Tho Associated Picss. Pierre, H. !., Jan. ".Congressman It, J, Gable, has been elected us the unanimous cholc of tho llepuMican caucus for United Btstsl senator. Martial Law Proclaimed. . By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press. Cape Town, Jan. 7. Martial lair has beta Pro claimed in the districts of Calvinla, ClanwlUUm Plquetberg, Tulbagh, Pearl and Btellebosob. Drowned In tho Danube. By Exclusive Wire from Tho Associated Pre Bula Pest, Jan. 7. M. Lukasics, former Hun garlan minister of commerce, committed sulcldsj by drowning birasdf in the Danube. t "T ' 1 f WEATHER' FORECAST. Washington. Jan. 7. Forecast for east ern Pennsylvania! Fair Tuesday and Wednesday; fiesh north tn northeast winds; colder Wednesday night. ,t-f -t--T-t t -t- t-rti r"! i:"'Y ' : ' tiiit- - v . jtin. .