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SCUANTON, PA., MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 30, 1901.
fhe Contest at Goltimbiis Has Ex
tended to Factional Circles
All Over the State.
PRINCIPALS ARE ALSO
KEPT VERY BUSY
While the Members of the Legisla
ture Are Fighting tit Columbus,
Senators Foraker and Hanna, Con
gressman Dick and Others Are En
gaged at the Long Distance Tele
phoneMr. Foraker Denies a Silly
Yarn A Movement to Defeat Mr.
Hanna Is on Foot.
Hi r.xrlmlir Wire from The Associated I'rrsi.
Cincinnati, Dor. 2!). The contest nt
Columbus during tho coining week, be
tween the followers or Senator Foraker
iiml those of Senator lliinmi, over the
organization oC the legislature, has ex
tended lo factional circles elsewhere in
the slate. Wh'le the members of the
legislature and candidates are fighting
at Columbus, the principals arc kept
busy at Ions distance telephones, nota
bly Senator Foraker ami (ioot'Kc H. i'iis
in Cincinnati, .Senator Hanna in Wash
ington, Congressman Dick, chairman of
thi) state executive committee, ami
oilier Itcpiiblicau loaders.
Senator Foraker Is being visited hero
by many leaders and members of the
legislature. Today lie made the follow
"The story published from New York
that 1 spoke, to the president in a de
rogatory manner of Senator Haumi and
that the president communicated (lie
Mime to Senator Hanna and told him to
he on his guard, lest he have trouble to
maintain his leadership in Ohio polities,
is an unqualified falsehood from begin
ning to end. 1 never had any such tulle
villi the president and il Is not credit
able to lilm to suppose that ho would
have re-told it to Senator Hanna, if I
had. This story is but a sample of
many others appearing in newspapers
and being peddled about from mouth to
mouth for mischievous purposes."
Movement to Defeat Hanna.
Most of the Republican members
this year are serving their ilri-t terms
nnd according to precedent they are
expected to be members of the next
legislature which elects Senator Han- I
mi's successor two years hence. While '.
there is no opposition to the re-elee- !
tion of Senator Foraker two weeks !
hence, it is claimed that there Is an
organized movement to defeat Senator
ilannu two years hence. As the pre
siding ntllcers in the appointment of
committees and other functions ha.
fn'nn r Ittllniim.ii ttn SVIn.,!., I...I1. !
Senators are seeking to control those
positions, as well as all other otlicos,
Including the clerkships, sergeant-nt-anns,
The Hanna men admit that they are
working for results two years hence
and charge that there is a "conspiracy
to retire Hanna." In former years
there were contests between the Slier
man and the Foraker factions and
later between the McKinley and the
Foraker factions, but none of the
former factional fights approached the
present contest In general Interest.
There are separate Foraker and Han
na tickets, subject to the senate and
house caucuses of the Itcpubllcnn
Members next Saturday. Charles L.
iCurtz, formerly secretary to Furaker
ns governor, and later chairman of tho
state committee, leads the autl-Hanna
forces and John It. Malloy, tho present
secretary of the state committee and .
stilt" oil inspector under Oovornor i
Nash, leads tho Hanna forces. Uoth
sides claim "a sure thing" and these '
claims and counter claims are expect
ed to continue during tho week.
The Democratic minority presents a
scene of harmony. Col. James Kit
bourne, formerly the Democratic can
didate for governor, yesterday notified '
the members from his county not to ;
present his name to the Democniilo
joint caucus for their nomination for
t'nlted States senator. This leaves !
Hon, Charles V. linker, of Cincinnati
without opposition for tho Democratic, j
JUMPED BROOKLYN BRIDGE.
John Finover Desired to Seo If He
Could Accomplish the Feat.
Py i:clusHe Wire from The Associated Prcs.
New York, Dec, 20. John Plnover, a
young wholesale liquor dealer of Mld
dlotown, Is. Y., today Jumped from tho
Hrooklyn hrid:;c, He Is still alive at a
hospital, Plnover told the doctors he
simply wanted to seo If he could make
the jump and live.
Tho lean was taken in the afternoon
from the girders near the New York
tower. ,A government tug lowered a
boat and the man was taken out of thu
water apparently lifeless, At tho hos
pital ho was unconscious for three
LEDOER COAL ARTICLE.
Phlliilelphla, !. 2!.-'llii' Lulacr III IU toj
arlli.li' tomoriuiv will fan
"The anthracite ial year of llm Is piactltally
coiiijlct. it, and tin.' estimated tMin.inu mini'il
ami KUl i uuikct nuke it tin' haiinir year fr
llils uri'iit Indudiy. 'llu! estimate Is 1l1.1t about
M,UMi tons lure been pinihued fur lull,
which is an incieaso ot about 8,)uu,()0i) tons our
1'JK) ami by tar Hit- lari.c.-t .'innu.it pioihict of
I he tiailc. Willi ample facilities for 111.1I ship
ment and no car shortage at tho inline I lie mar
ket would hate taken .1 inuili larger oul c.it , .u
the tlciiiaml for anthracite has exceeded thu
hUily during thu latter pait ut thu year, Piuc
arc urn-hinged, the full clicuUr rate belna; uli.
tidied, and there is no indication ot any ad
vance in coiitcmplallou by thu luoduclng loin-
Would Reopen Negotiations for the
Sale of Her West Indian
fly Kiihi.she Wire from The Associated l'rm
Copenhagen, Dee. 29. The agitation
against the sale of the Danish West
Indies has placed the government In an
embarrassing position. There is con
siderable difference of opinion as lo
how far public sentiment against tho
sale Is genuine and how far It Is the
work of speculators and promoters. At
any rate, It bus Impressed the foreign
minister to the extent that he Is deter
mined to request Secretary Hay to al
low of an arrangement being made for
a plebiscite. This matter will bo set
tled through Copenhagen and not
through the Danish minister, C. Hrun,
It Is generally declared In well in
formed circles here that tho Islanders
favor tho sale. The chief argument ad
vanced, howt've, by the large major
ity Is that there should be a. plebiscite
like that of tSG".
The fact that the Danish government
is reopening the negotiations Indicates
that there is considerable doubt in the
minds of the authorities as to how ac
curately they have gauged the national
spiitimenl. In the mean while, those
wlio are opposed to (lie sale are for
mulating numerous plans for realizing
on the tropical asset so long neglected.
A company has just been formed for
improving the economic status of the
islands, In the event that they are not
sold. The capital of the company is not
announced, but the directors include
Ilolde and (Jlenckstiidt, bank directors;
Andersen, a director of the Kast As
iatic company, and other influential
A Number of High Officials Dins
with United States Minister Con
ger Meet American Ladies.
fly Kcluslr Wire from Tin- Associated Press.
Pekin, Dec. 2'J. Considerable sensa
tion has been caused in Chinese ofllcial
circles by a dinner given at his resi
dence by 1'nlted States Minister Con
ger, and which was attended by the
lending olllcials of the Chinese foreign
ofllee. Among the olllcials present were
Ma Tung, a former "Boxer" leader, and
Wang Wen Shao, one of the Chinese
plenipotentiaries. The dinner was at
tended by several American ladies.
It was formerly the custom for promi
nent Chinese otlicials never to enter a
foreign legation except upon the most
formal occasion, while the meeting of
foreign ladles socially would have been
considered as degrading as would the
associating with Chinese women upon
the same footing,
This event is significant of the pro
gressive tendency of today, which has
recently been m'anlfested In many ways.
TO SELL PANAMA CANAL,
A Representative of the French
Company Is Hurrying to Reach
fly i:.(lusie Wlic from The Associated Prey.
Paris, Dec. 29. M. I.ampre, secretary
general of the Panama Canal company,
sailed for New York this morning from
Havre on the French Line steamer
l.'Aqultalne. He will confer on his ar
rival In the United Slates wllh a num
ber of the Panama company's Ameri
can representatives, and overtures for
the sale of the canal property to the
United States will then be renewed.
In view of the doubt existing In the
United States regarding the price tho
Panama Canal company's representa
tives Intend to ask for the property, the
correspondent of the Associated Press
made Inquiries from the best sources of
Information on thai subject, and Is en
abled to say that the price will be, ap
proximately, $10,OCO,000. This figure can
not yet bo given ns the exact one, be
cause the company has not yet come to
it definite decision. But It will not be
appreciably higher. Tho isthmian com
mission's full report Is now In posses
sion of the Panama company, and its
valuations will be studied In detail. Tho
report of the directors of thu Panama
company, cabled to the Associated
Press on December 21, said;
"Wo offer to accept as tho basis and
point of departure of fresh negotiations
the figures and declarations contained
In the Isthmian commission's definitive
Tho estimates reached by such emi
nent men are not thought to be open to
question, though possibly a few Items
are susceptible to reconsideration, and
a few matters niuv remain to be de
cided, such as a valuation of tho com
pany's stqeks of supplies; but none of
these uj'o calculated to modify the gross
llguro to any extent, The company does
not Intend to give the slightest ground
for any further misunderstanding, and
believes the definitive price put forward
will now bo acceptable, With M. Lam
pro In America, It will not be necessary
for the mandatary who Is empowered
lo submit tho dl'llnltlvo price to depart
from France until later, when the ne
gotiations are under way,
General Seameus IU,
lly i:cliidvv Wie fimn Thu Avwilaled l'uj.
Washington, Dec. 2').-'lhc imullllim ol Ailjut.
ant (itmi'dl Sciancn, t( California, who lu
heen 111 hue for mora tlun tuu ucekv, Is viry
1 illicit tonight, llu falh tu icqioinl to thu
innlUlnci then to him.
Georgo A. Bruco's Head Split with
An Axe One Arrest Made.
Ily llxcluslio Wire from TV Associated Pics.
Philadelphia, Dec. 29. George A.
Bruce, a watchman of a tool house
owned by railroad contractors at Jack
son street wharf, Delaware river, was
murdered some time during last night.
His skull was split with tin axe and his
throat was cut from ear to ear with
the same Instrument. Harry Johnson,
who Is employed as a watchman by the
same contractors, reported the murder
to the police and was subsequently tak
en Into custody by the police pending
un Investigation of the alTiilr. The po
lice believe the motive for tho murder
was robbery, as $12 anil a revolver
which Bruce was known to have had
In his possession early In the night, are
David Henry, who was employed
near Jackson street, was also arrested
In connection with the crime.
WATER SPOUT BURST
OVER SAFFE, MOROCCO
Two Hundred Persons Are Reported
to Have Been Drowned Damage
to Property, Enormous.
Dy f.wluslvc Wire from Tho Associated Puss.
Tangier, Morocco, Dec. 29. A water
spout has burst over the town of Saffe,
Morocco. It Inundated the lower part
of the town for the space of 12 hours',
sweeping everything into the sea. Two
hundred persons are reported lo have
been drowend. There are no I'hiropeana
among the dead. The damage to Saf-
j fe was enormous.
Saffe is a, fortified seaport town of
Morocco, It lias a. population or 12,000
including about :t,00n Jews. It is en
closed by massive walls and has a
palace and a small fort.
CHAFFEE SAYS THAT
NO FRICTION EXISTS
Denies Rumor That There Has Been
Ill-Fecling Between Civil and
Uy Kxclu-lrc. Wire from The A"nrinlci! Prew.
Manila. Dec. 29. General Chaffee,
when questioned today by the corre
spondent of the Associated Press con
cuinlug t'li'i" allegfu' "Trlctloir 'between
the civil enil military authorities in tho
l'hilinninn nrchlnolairo. said that ab-
solutely no such friction existed and
that perfect Harmony prevailed ne
tween the two authorities. Genera!
Chaffee said that the only occasion
when there had been anything ap
proaching friction was in tho matter
of habeas corpus proceedings In the
case of Oakley Brooks, and that upon
this occasion a solution of the diffi
culty satisfactory to both authorities
bad been found.
General Chaffee said that he and the
members of the commission had at
times differed In their views, but that
these differences were of purely person
al opinion. He said that his relations
with Governor Toft and Acting Gov
ernor Wright and the other commis
sioners were both officially and socially
extremely pleasant and that he thought
the published statement of friction be
tween the civil nnd military authori
ties hero must have resulted from a
misunderstanding of the facts of tho
General Chaffee further explained
that every time the slightest friction
had arisen In the provinces between
the two authorities he had Invariably
ordered the military to surrender to tho
civil authority, and said that tho rela
tions of these authorities throughout
the provinces, where they frequently
hold widely opposite opinions, would
In no miv liitei'i'init the existing cor-
dial relations at Manila where both
worked toward the same goal,
namely, the paclllcatlon and welfare of
the Philippine archipelago. General
Chaffee concluded by saying that he
thought the prospect of subduing the
Insurrection In all places to bo promis
ing. When Acting Governor Wright was
questioned on this same matter he
"Where men of sense are at the
head of affairs, there Is not likely to
bo much cause for alarm or friction."
Engineer and Conductor of a Train
Are Killed Several Other Per
sons Are Injured.
By Kxeheilve Wire from The Associated 1'ien
Lynchburg, Vn Dec. 29, A land
slide 911 the Chesapeake railroad near
Heuseu'H station, live miles south of
Lynchburg on the James river branch
today caused n wreck In which tho en
gineer, conductor, flagman, and bag
gageman of a passenger train were
l.lllid and several other persons Injured,
but none of them seriously. The slide
was caused by washouts duo to tho
Marly reports said that 10 or 12 pas
sengers hud been killed hut It Is now
slated that the passenger car got out
of the way Just In time to escape tho
hillside when It crushed down over the
The name of the conductor who was
killed was Captain Whltaker and that
of the engineer, Fisher, Kxpress Mes
senger Shannon is missing and It Is
believed that he was drowned, the
watei being very high about the scene
of the wreck. The llreninn, It Is said,
was not killed and his Injuries are not
llkfly to prove fatal. The dead will
number four to live.
II)' r.vclmhc Wire from The AstucJati.il 1'rcsi.
New York, Dee. 'JU. Arrived; Steamer St.
The Recent Rainfall Gauses In
convenience at Various
All Trains on the Philadelphia and
Reading and the Jersey Central
Railroads Have Received Instruc
tions to Proceed with Caution,
Damage from Rains in the South.
By Exclusive Wire from Tho Associated Pret J.
New York, ec. 20. Reports from
Somerville, N. J., tonight say that the
heavy rains of the last twenty-four
hours have caused the Raritan river
and Its tributaries to flood the Raritan
valley and do much dtimasc to farm
lauds. The situation tonight Is serious,
and the business section of Hound
Jirook is again threatened with Inun
dation sueli as It experienced in the
winter of ISOii. The river at that point
has already Hooded the tracks of the
lirunswiek Traction company and
The river Is rising at the rate of ten
Inches an hour tonight, and the resi
dents In the lower portion of the town
have become alarmed and are moving
to the upper stories of the buildings. Jf
the river rises a few feet higher,
Middle Urook will be again so chockul
that It will rush through tho town and
cause widespread destruction.
All trains on the Philadelphia and
Reading and the Jersey Central rail
roads have received orders to approach
the Middle Rrook at a speed of live
miles an hour. The big bridge over the
stream is being anxiously watched to
night. Saratoga. N. Y., Dee. 2!. A heavy
downpour of tain, which begun at :',
o'clock this morning and continued all
day, threatens to bring on a Hood
which, it is feared, will do much dam
age. Rainfall at Lancaster.
Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 29. A heavy
rainfall lias bjen continuous in this
section since last evening. All the
streams in the county are swollen
greatly beyond their usual volume,
and the Conestoga has overflowed its
banks to an extent unknown in recent
years. The bridge crossing this stream
at EnglcBido is threatened with de
struction, and traffic on the JUincaster
Strasburg railway, of which the bridge
is a link, has been suspended. Tho
bridge has begun to move, and is al
most sure to lie washed away. It was
erected seventy-live years ago.
High water at the plant of the Lan
caster Electric Light company at Rock
Hill, on the Conestoga affected their
system and sections of the city are in
darkness tonight. The Susquehanna is
rising rapidly. At Safe Harbor, where
the Conestoga empties, the rise Is at
the rate of six Indies an hour. The
tracks of the Port Deposit and Colum
bia railroad at this point are sub
merged and much apprehension Is felt
for property on low lying ground. At
Raid Friar, further down the river, a
landslide has occurred covering tho
Hacks at Columbia and Marietta. The
river has not yet risen sufficiently to
In tho South.
Pittsburg, Pa., Dec. 29. Heavy rains
for thirty-six hours hero and at all
headwater points on both rivers has
produced a condition which will result
in what may be called a flood stage In
the Ohio river by tomorrow, when nt
least twenty feet Is predicted. Timely
warning by the weather bureau will bo
the means of saving much property,
and only temporary Inconvenience is
expected by the Interests along tho
At midnight the marks at Davis Isl
and dam showed II feet and rhiiujr at
the rate of 4-10 or a foot an hour. Roth
tho Allegheny and Mouougahela are
Knoxvllle, Teiin., Dec. 29, Incessant
rains for tho past forty-eight hours
through Eastern Tennessee, threaten to
do more damage to property than tho
disastrous flood of last May, when eight
lives were lost and fully $2,000,000 was
done to railway and farming property,
Tho Southern railway has annulled all
trains between this city and Ashevllle,
N. C, owing to water-covered and badly
washed tracks between Newport and
Rankin. All through traffic and mall
will bo handled over the Norfolk and
Western. It will be Impossible for tho
Southern to handle trains oast via
Ashevllle until late tomorrow at least,
and possibly longer, for rain Is still
The Tennessee river Is Hearing the
30-foot mark at this point, with Indi
cations that It will reach forty feet and
do heavy damage,
lllntou, W, Va Dec, 29, Heavy rains
here for the past thirty-six hours have
caused Green Urler and New rivers to
become very high, They are rising six
Indies an hour, Tint daniimo along
both streams will be heavy. Tho Ohtsa
peako and Ohio tunnel at Allegheny Is
blocked by cars belntf derailed by a
Cumberland, Mil,, Dec. 29, The Poto
nme river Is rapidly rising, and a Hood
Is threatened as a consequence of
thirty-six hours' Incessant rain.
Socialist Provokes Riot.
Dy Kkcliuive Wire from The Associated Press.
Naples Da', lili. Tho arrival hero of the So
rl.iILt mt'iiihti' nf the thamluT of iIimiuIIm, SIkiioi'
, I'euy, to aihliess a niietlui;, iciitiltt'd in tinliuU'nl
1 ili'iuouttialloii whlih the Hoops weie called out
tu auppictis. "hulciile uriot.s weie 111.1 Jo.
DEATHS OF A DAY.
Uy Kichidtc Wire from The Asjoclatcd IVcm.
Newliuifih. N. Y., Dee. i .lolm P. IViU. a
Ki'ailuale ut Vile and a (oimer In.-tim-Uir in be
high uulurblly, illud Ikic today, aed 2i.
TROUBLE IN THE ORDER OF
Police Are Obliged to Interfere to
By Kxchulvc Wire from The Associated Pres.
New York, Dec. 29. Five hundred
members of the Order of ll'rlth Abra
ham mnt tonight In this city. The
order, which Is a fraternal one. Is suld
to number 40,000 In the country, 12,0'M
living In this city.
The meeting was called by pant
Grand Master Oscar Welner, of New
ark, N, J,, Past Orand Treasurer
Moses I.ubolsky and Past Deputy
Grand Master Robert Strahl, for the
purpose of considering matters regard
ing the endowment funds of the order.
Two, factions developed, one led by the
men mentioned, the other by Grnnd
Mnster Samuel Dorf. In an effort to
elect a chairman of the meeting there
was a light In which furniture was
broken nnd the police had to Interfere.
Finally tho lights were turned off and
the meeting perforce went over until
SIX MEN KILLED
IN A MINE CAGE
Tragedy at Mine of the McAlester
Coal Company at Hartshorn,
Ily llxchulvi Wire from The Associated Press.
Kansas City, Doc. 29. A special from
Hartshorn, I. T., says at shaft No. 1,
of the McAlester Coal company yes
terday while the cage was ascending
with eight men it jumped its guidings
about 100 feet from the bottom of the
shaft. Six of the eight men were kilted, j
They were caught between the cage i
and the buntings and their bodies '
dropped lo tho bottom of the shaft.
Three of the killed so far as could be '
learned are Alexander Romanchok,
Michael Pertko and H. Ketchok. All
were Russians, There were two oth
ers who held to the cage. They were
only slightly injured. Tho others
killed, whose names are not known,
came here only recently from Pennsyl
vania, FUNERAL OP
MISS NELL CR0PSEY
Feeling Against Wilcox Is Still
Strong, but There Is Less Danger
By Exclusive Wire trom The Associated Press,
Elizabeth City, N. C. Dec. 29.
Funeral services over the body ot Miss
Nell C. Cropsey, whose remains were
discovered in the Pasquotank river,
after a search lasting several weeks,
were held In the Methodist church here
today. The church was crowded to suf
focating and the street lending to It
was lined with people, who uncovered
as the hearse drove past. The Rev. It.
It. Tuttle conducted the services, as
sisted by the Rev. C. W. Duke and Rev.
J. R. Forbes, of the Baptist church. At
the conclusion of the services the body
was placed In the Sunday school room,
and later will bo taken by Andrew G.
Cropsey, uncle of the girl, to Brooklyn
for Interment. The citizens' committee
Investigating the affair acted as pall
bearers today. The jail in which young
Wilcox, who was arrested for alleged
participation In the girl's death, lies
only a stone's throw from the church.
Wilcox know the funeral was In pro
gress, but showed no emotion and
merely inquired if a largo crowd was
present, He is more nervous than yes
terday, but retains much of the easy
manner that has characterized him at
The guards were withdrawn from
the jail today and permitted to go
home. Public sentiment Is strong
against Wilcox but there Is less talk
of lynching and some of the ministers
todny look ocaslon In their sermons to
advise against mob violence, "Wilcox
absolutely refuses under advice of his
attorney to say anything regarding
the case. Ho asserts that the llrst
statment made by him covers nil ho
knows of the case. He Is charged with
the murder of tho girl, nnd as the of
fense Is not bailable in this state, he
will have to stay In jail pending a
It. W. Turner, a member of tho citi
zens committee asserted today that
they would have sufficient evidence to
connect Wilcox with the crime. He
"We know Miss Cropsey was killed
by a blow on the head with a sandbag
or blackjack, if the blow was struck
while she was on the porch then her
unconscious form was dragged across
the lawn to the river only a short dls
tancn away. If the blow was struck
on the lawn wo are convinced she was
induced to cross tho lawn by Wilcox
and that while walking across sho was
Mruck bj him, There Is another wit
ness who may be called upon to testify,
It Ik R. F. Parker, who told his wlfo
tho night after Miss Cropsey disap
peared that ho had seen Wilcox drag
ting a girl across tho road in front of
the Wilson residence. We will Inves
Zionists Establish a Purchase Fund.
Dy llnludvo Wire from Tho Associated I'rou.
Il.ule, SwIUcrl mil, Die. 29. The ZlonU eon.
KirKi, now In n'vion here, hai veolcd tu es.
tahlUli ii fund ot 'JOo.lino pounds lo he devoted lo
the punluslin; ( land in tivih mid I'.iUVJii",
Collect iou.s for thl fund will he mailu In all
the lounlrh'i of the woihl. The ron;ic nbu
ileildod tu f 01 m nrKJUlJllnus In vaiioiii couie
tries In promote thu MihjciU of hn picicnl roil
Kicui ami to hold liieiinlil ion0'reeo.
Rosebery Declines to Act.
Dy Inclusive Whe from The Associated I'rew,
London, Dec. 30. The Dally ,'ew, .1 Liberal
oiimii, today admits that Lout Iloschciy has ih"
1 lined tu net wllh the Liheial pjily and allhmr,'W
thu paper ii't'rils hi vuluntaiy auvcrance fi'im
(his patty, it thlnU it well that thu air has been
ilfjiul and that .Sir Henry Caniplcll-llauiicrmaii
U 111010 tlruily Installed in the leadership.
FATAL WRECK ON
MANILA FIRE. DEPARTMENT.
Ex-Chief Hugh J. Bonner May Or
ganize the Service.
By Ktcltulve Wire from The Associated Prosi.
New York. Dec. 29. From 11. reliable
source comes the Information that ex
Flro Chief Hugh J. Homier Is consider
ing a proposition made by President
Roosevelt and the war department to
reorganize on New York lines the lire
department In Manila, Philippine isl
ands. It Is said that such was Mr. Hon
ner's business In AVnslilncton during
the week just ended.
Mr. Bonner, when seen todny, prac
tically admitted that such a plan is In
Washington, Dec. 29. Tho tender of
the nppolntment to Mr. Bonner was
made In consequence of a cablegram
from tho Philippine' commission to Col
onel Edwards, chief of the Insular
bureau of the war department, asking
that the best available man for head of
the Manila fire department be recom
mended to them. Tho cablegram said
that a strictly first-class man to organ
ize the department was wanted.
After some Inquiries Hugh J. Bon
ne r wus decided on as In every rcspct
the best selection that could bo made.
He came to Washington not quite a
week ago, went over the situation and
when he left was given about a week
lo think over the matter of his accept
ance ot tlie post, he not being prepared
to give an immediate answer. It Is be
lieved that ho probably will accept. A
law was passed some time ago creat
ing the lire department. The original
chief .of It Is no longer In tho service
and it was decided to recure a man of
experience and ability. The place prob
ably will pay $.!,0n0 to ?:t,fiIO a year.
Peaceful Adjustment of the Difficul
ties Is Looked for Infante Says
There Will Be no War.
By Kxclusho Wue (rem The Associated Press.
Washington, Dec. 29, Advices re
ceived by Senor Infante, the Chilean
charge, today confirmed the news al
ready published that the Argentine
minister at Santiago had informed the
Chilean minister of foreign affairs that
Argentina could not accept, all tho
terms of the proctocol heretofore sign
ed for the settlement ot the dispute
and that some changes would bo
necessary In the instrument. The un
derstanding here Is that no founal de
mand has been made upon the Chilean
governement for a change In tho terms
of the proctocol but that the matter
has simply been one of informal talk
at Santiago. This being the case tho
hope is expressed that a satisfactory
arrangement may yet be reached.
Senor Infante continues to express
his firm conviction that there will bo
no war becauso of the present mis
understanding. The government of
Chile, he says, has been conducting
the negotiations in a very amicable
manner and ho confidently look for a
peaceful solution of the difficulty.
The President-elect of Carabobo Is
Routed by Castro's Troops Al-
ban'3 Faith in Government.
By Kxelu.lve Wire from The Associated Press.
Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 29, Genera!
Luciano Mendnza (nresident-elect of
the state of Carabobo, who rebelled
against President Castro, marched on
La Victoria and was said to have been
defeated, and who wus later reported
to have escaped to the neighborhood of
San Juan de las Moros) Is now said to
have reached Villa de Curn, In the state
of Miranda, where he was routed by
tho government troops. In company
with a small number of followers, he
escaped and reached La Pucrta, where
ho was again overtaken and again de
feated. Accompanied by only forty
men, General Meudoza passed Ortiz, In
the state of nuarlco, December 21. lie
was proceeding In tho direction of
mountains considered to bo almost In
accessible, Colon, Dee. 29, The Colombian gun
boat Hoynca left Panama curly this
morning, carrying troops to relnforco
Oeueral Castro in the interior, Tho
Colombian gunboat fieneral Plnzon Is
expected here shortly with &00 men
from Rarranqullla. She will return Im
mediately to bring 111010 men from that
port. Ueneral Carlos Alban Is confident
that the Colombian government Is able
to defeat tho revolutionists, notwith
standing the help, he alleges, they have
received from Salvador.
Skeleton Found in Church,
Dy Kxcliislu" Wire (rem The Aeeialid 1'res.i.
lllrmliiKhiiii, Ala., Dec. 2'l.-The l.ehloii found
III the iieitio ihuii'h, It.-ar llasll.ilie, Is ihat '(
Winter White, .1 liesiio who Is bupnnvil In h.ne
blmt a mini wmi.iI yean, imo, nnd wli.i wa- .1
fluifltiu irom jiMiic. A mmo wniuiti, ivpiv.
tciitlwr liciwlf as Ihe wife nt While, h.ls Idea
tlll.il the nun i her hiith.iuil,
British Prisoners Released,
Ily i:elirdve Wire from 'I lie .Usoclated Prey.
London, Dee. 2'.--The war nCUc Ins leociu 1
a dci-patih hum I .ot il Kililieuer, dated .Iidi 1.1.
iiriliiin;, jyfin; Ihat the II1I1W1 piMmiel lap
1 111 cil win 11 (lie II his uiiictdiilly nislied Colonel
I'll 111 in'.s tamp al K.cloiitchi, Pec, Jl, hale liien
llWmliil and leliuned to Detldelieiii.
School Building' Burned.
Ily Kiclirdic Wire from 'Ihe Associated Press.
Pulldown, Dee. 211. The new rat wins el Hie
Hill Pie.dijieilin tiliool was iledioyed hy tire
euly IliU iiioiuliiic, iiitalllii,- u Lus el' $IO,00.
The wlut: loulalied the u limning pool, uiaiiud
tuliilm,' loom, chiNi looms and dormitories. Moat
of the loutcuu vt the toonu were livid.
Four Persons Killed and Elohteen
Wounded Several Prob
WITH " OMAHA FLYER "
Two Passenger Coaches, One Sleeper
nnd Eight Freight Cars Are
Burned Tho Injured Passengers
Are Convoyed to Chicago by
Special Train List of the Dead
and Injured The Freight Train
Too Long for the Siding.
Dy Kxclukho Wire fioin The As-.orialnl Pies.
Chicago, Dec. 29. Four persons weie
killed and IS Injured, several of them
possibly fatal, In a collision on the
Chicago and Northwestern road today
at .Malta, Ills.. CO miles west of Chica
go. The trains In collision were tho
"Omaha Flyer," an cast bound pas
senger train, and an eastbound freight
train. The wreck caught lire and Iv, 11
passenger coaches, one sleeping car
and S freight cars were burned and
another sleeping car was partly con
sumed. The Dead.
(iCOIKJK W. lll'lUn, western asent Kill. Ai.1
(omp.ini; iri!rixt Ounih.i.
MltS. (iKIiltl.T, W. Ill HID. Omaha.
II. 11. Nil HOLS, t-ouni.il Mull:-, l.i.
II, tt. DM.NI'AN, blecpius; r.n porter, L'lliuo.
Ilert ('air, I liiwi,'".
I'le.l Dunham, Chicago.
(ieonrv W. l'ov, HcuihliT. Coloiado.
II. D. (ira.i. Dv.iiiilon, 111. ,
IMwird Hinckley, Surprise, Nil).
Mrs. .1. L. Kail, Chica.'o.
Chnenie Laiizerus, Cliiraco.
W. A. Swecn.i, lni:lifonl, Iowa.
M. 11 Ion Willie, I'mii'int, Neb.
Mrs. )mi II ill. I hieauo.
Liiiioln TaTI, l.'hic.ico.
Veronica Hohimor.iT, .Millard, NrS.
1". Lirraliee, pj.-M'iwr rnidnecr; Icr fractured.
L P. (.'orian, llrinuu.
!. W. .Uken. janlma-ler.
1'. I). O'Niil, i-ptcial ic'cnl N01 llow.-lrm Yallio.icl,
John W. Wilson, ilvll engineer Nordmestem
W. It. Dawes, Pullman eomluilor.
The Injured passengers were attend
ed immediately by surgeons from ttoch
elle and DeKalb and later were re
moved to it hospital In Chicago by spe
The freight train had taken a siding
at Malta, but Ihe train was longer
than the siding and the freight locomo
tive protruded upon the main track
beyond the side track. The Incoming
train from the west was not stopped
until the two locomotives "cornered"
at the switch, the passenger engine be
ing thrown into the ditch and several
coaches piling upon the wreck. The
cars caught fire from the locomotive.
Duncan, the sleeping car porter, was
the only person killed outright. Mr.
and Mrs. Itudlo and Mr. Nichols died
from their Injuries while being brought
to Chicago. At St. Luke's hospital it
is stated that while several of tho In
jured are in a serious condition, all, It
is believed by the attending physicians,
GREAT BRITAIN'S COAL.
Indications Thnt It Will Be Ex
hausted in 100 Years.
Dy i:clitsive Wire from The Associated 1'res.s.
London, Dec. 2!). A royal commission
has been appointed to Inquire into the
coal resources of Oreat Britain. Tin;
questions to be covered by the com
mission's Inquiries will include thu rate
of possible exhaustion of Urltish coal
Ileitis, the effect of export coal on tho
home supply, the possibility of a re
duction In its cost by cheaper trans
portation and whether the coal mining
industry of Oreat Urltiiin, under tho
existing conditions, is maintaining its
competitive power with foreign coal
The coniinlrslon Is composed of sev
enteen members and includes tho chair
men of railroad companies, heads of
big colliery companies and prominent
engineers and geologists. William
Lawles Jackson, M. P., chairman of
the Oreat Northern Hallway company
is president of the commission.
A similar commission was unpointed
In lSti.'i and In 1ST- delivered an opinion
to tho effect that tho supply of coal
to the depth of 1,000 feet was pO,20G,00U,
It Is estimated that during the years
from 1S71 to 1000 Inclusive the Hrlthli
output of coal was r.02.j,000,0O'j tons, a
rale of exhaustion far In excess of that
assumed by the royal coinmlslon and
duo to thu enormous Increase of ex
ports. If this ruto of doubling the out
put In thirty years bo maintained tho
end of the present century will set tho
exhaustion of Oreat Ilrltlan's coa'
Fire in Department Store.
By Cxiludw Wile fimn The Associated Press.
Vlctuil.i, II. (', Pee. 29. Spencer' aicaile, Vic
toila'- li'i; nip. ilueiit ktorc, was ruined hy ilm
and Handed wllh water Pitunlay iiluht. 'llio
luss is edinialiil at SiaO.OOO and the insurance
amounts 10 about 1 123,000. The lire wa.s causal
liv a nom wiie ill Ihe carpet department, llu.
loie II was ilUtoiercd the place wa.s full of
,moke and the Haines were leaplne out through
the luof ami fiont walls. The Bremen managed
tn tontine the lire tt the one btoiv, ulilili rx
timls thioush a hloik.
4- 4- -f -f -f
Washington, Dec. 29. l'oreeat for Mon-
$- day and Tuilday; Kaatern PrunsylvjiiU
-f It j in in eaily inorulnir, followed by lair
-f and collier Monday, Tuesday, fair, brisk
-f- norlhwot wind.
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