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SCRANTON, PA., WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 1, 1902.
HrfT ' ". . T" I . . ,?' L
rmf H .k. Lha k. HI .at. A .LV i A. k. . . AK.
ie moiuns mutkcu
to be too Extrava-
latlng the Movements
lustrial World The
ormpus Mill Econo-
led Coal and Coke
lm Tie Associated Frcs.
c. 31. Dun's Review
Ii of all the phenom-
advancement in busi
year was tlie progress
Iicturing. It is irrpos-
extrnvagant In dellne-
lionts of the industrial
the history of this or
. has such development
the ppace of a twelve-
Ibllshment of product-
Is enormous, the im-
tf work and organiza-
fcuous, wise economies
but more than all
It made for permanent
ie conservative resist-
After the reaction of
ff prices remained de-
lie months, but gradu-
to the increasing de-
llve accumulations were
In a condition of glut
liost a famine, greatly
the stubborn strike.
Ihe chances in size of
found In the compari-
stocka .of plff Iron, as
the Iron Age, which
1,603 )W3 xm January 1.
hidily declined through-
til only 1!23,402 tons were
slight fall during the
Jjy the strike, there np-
Isteady gain In produc-
the maximum quan-
Whlle the output on
is at the unparalleled
tons yearly, it is obvi-
Itual production for the
I smaller, although quite
Ibllsh a new record, and
amount of business al-
1902, the current year's
treasonably be expected
Iiteen million tons, Out-
beyond all record, yet
(002 already assure an-
ler mark of probably
Readjustment of quo-
lured durlnsr December,
I was stubbornly held at
the time, but when the
there was a fall of four
few days. Tin was ad-
lln June, but fell to 22
lier. Similarly with lead,
Ice of 4J was cut to 4
en closed the year where
lit in the Interim there
Ie to $7, on account or
.followed the strike.
Ie Records Surpassed.
All records of output
Dft coal wirre surpnBsed
Iplte the scarcity of cars
perat'ons. A feature of
: was the expanding ex-
wlilch reached moiu
loportlons than In earl-
len months tho value of
Is $19,037,353, against
year previous. Coke
phenomenal record, es-
lv high water mark of
at 214,529 tons late In
mnrUctH! Whlln mnn
rar ever exnorlenceil hv
iultural Interests, the
C tho new" century was
nore profitable nnd the
avo nut tho fiii'mlnc
mch the most aUtlsfac-
i the nation's history.
HEOll of IinrvpRtlnir niwl
ought heavv borrowlnir
eust, but Interior condt-
igeii to such an extent
Inks are lenders nt New
iffo, nnd while there in
venitnt of money away
luniiB me run months,
nai were held here for
dy tendency tp enlarge
.n m ite leading: crops,
not Increase, owintr to
lad both tet hnmn mi.
port. Hei ,anil drouth
lUH curwiunent or tho
in proven the most lm
!f the year. Whlia nitu
lilly Induced a,n advance
ruciicuny pronfuiteu ex
I Heilouulv affected tn:
I. It was, by no means
ii, since me return to
veil larirer than n. vni
UCtlon. while thn minr.
wheat was absorbed by
iu xureign consumers In
llence, Instead of u low
1 1 In proportion to the
p whh maintained an
S-QKe auotatlou thun in
low Tlie AuocUted Pre .
lit i. V, iioivan & Ce. ubuld
ui aonnern iuciiw iirclertea
WILCOX WILL HAVE HEABINO.
Feollng Strong Against Him but
Talk of Lynching Has Ceased.
tly nxclmlir Wire from Tlu Aiioclalcd I'rwj.
Elizabeth City, N. C, Dec. 31. James
Wilcox, who Is held In connection with
the death of Mlsi Ella Cropsey, will
he given a preliminary henrtnpr tomor
row before five justices. The citizens'
committee of live ls Investigating a.
possible clue to tho cause of Miss Crop
soy's death and will present evidence
ut tho hearing tomorrow. Wilcox In
still confined within the Jail here. Pop
ular sentiment Is very strong against
him hut time hns alleviated tho feeling
somewhat and tho talk of lynching has
Wilcox's mother, who Is In delicate
health, Is said to be In a serious condi
tion caused by the suspicion cast upon
AN OPEN LETTER FROM WILLIAM' CONNELL.
Nothing Will be Done at Caracas
Until His Arrival Which. Will
be About January 5.
Dy ExcIimUc Wire from The Associated Press.
Berlin, Dec. 31. Until Dr. O. Schmldt
Leda, the German minister to Vene
zuela, arrives at Caracas, which will be
about January 5, nothing will be done
by Herr Von Pllgrj-Baltazzl, the Ger
man charge d'affaires there, to press
President Castro further.
Dr. Schmldt-Leda bears Instructions
from the German government. The
carrying out of the successive steps
outlined in these Instructions will end
In coercive measures, which will prob
ably be applied In four or five weeks'
time, If Intermediate efforts shall have
failed In the meantime. It Is possible,
however, that events may shorten this
In so much as Germany is possessed
of the good will of the United States
in this matter, Baron Von Rlchthoff,
imperial secretary of foreign affairs, de
sires to give President Castro ample
time to recognize this fact, and the fact
also that Gennany is really In earnest
,ln the matter. Germany will not act at
the moment when a foreign difficulty
might strengthen PresIdenU Castro's
bold upon his country by uniting Vene
zuela national , feeling against Ger
many. It is understod at the foreign
office here that the United States is not
only tolerant of Germany's purposes
toward Venezuela, but pleased that
Germany, and not the United States,
is to undertake to discipline Venezuela
Into paying her debts and keeping faith
with foreigners doing business there.
.Germany's action with regard to
Venezuela has been likened here to
France's recent course In Turkey, which
was considered wholesomely to have af
fected the controversies between Tur
key and other countries.
The German cruiser Gazelle is still at
Kiel, although she has been ordered to
sail for the Carrlbbean sea. Her de
parture ls delayed by necessary out
flttlnff. The German press today prints with
satisfaction copious extracts from
American editorials disapproving the
dispatch from Washington to a New
York newspaper, printed Sunday, to the
effect that persons of importance In tho
American war and navy departments
considered war between Germany and
the United States to be Inevitable.
CHINESE COUBT NEAR PEKIN.
Will Beach Capital Jan. 7, Proceed
ing by Bflllway.
Dy Exclusive Whe from Tlie Associated Prcsi,
Pekln, Dec. 31. Tho Chinese court
will proceed by train from Pao-Tlng-
Pu for Pekln, Jan. 7.
The court will reach Pao-Tlng-Fu
Jnn. '.',. The railroad thence to Pekln,
during tho court's transit, will be
guarded by General Ma's troops. AH
tho nobles and high officials of I'ekln
have been ordered to assemble on tho
plaza between the Temples of Heaven
and Agilculture, and prostrate them
selves while the emperor and dowager
empress pass, Ofllclals and Manchu
bannermen will line the entire route
from the station to the palace gate.
ZIONISTS ELECT OEFICEBS.
A New Executive Committee of 45
Members Also Selected.
tty Utelualu' Wire frgm Tho Associated press.
Basle. Dec. 31. Before ncHniirnlnrr tn.
dav the Zionist congress elnotpii n nmv
executive committee consisting of for-ty-flvo
members. Dr. Theodore Herzl
of Vienna, founder of the Zionist move
ment, aiih re-uiucieu president. Itablil
uusiavo uoiineii, or. wev York; h, j,
Wise, of Portland i Hev. Dr. Schaffer, of
Baltimore; Perecla Mendez, of Chicago,
and Rov, Dr. Sunsohn, of New York,
represent the United States, Rev. Dr.
Sola of Montreal, I the Canadlun rep
resentative on the committee,
FLOOD IN ENGLAND.
Great Damage Done In the Valley of
Jly i:tclmbi Wire from Tim Associated !,
London, Dec. 31. Melting snow has
caused the rivers Wye and Derwent to
pverllow, and the whole valley of the
Derwent this morning presents a scene
of desolation unprecedenjed for twenty
years. Hundreds of business premises,
hotels and residences nfo Hooded, and
the occupants of several buildings bad
narrow escapes, so rapidly rose the
Ten feet a" water covers the Matlock
Miner's Theatre Burning,
By Exclusive Wire from The Aakociafed Press.
New ork, Jan. J. bhorlly after 1 p'clock
Hill luomln; Mluer4 Kthtli Aunue theater
M dUcovcud to lia on fire. Tlie .Uutices re
that tlio building will te a total loss.
Editor op the Scranton Tribune:
,Sir ; The persistent misrepresentations of the opponents of the ordinance granting consent of the city to
the construction of tlie proposed lines of street railway and the persistence with which my own personal rela
tions thereto are criticized and my motives Impugned, compel me to depart from my uniform custom by mak
ing a public statement of my position and that of my associates in tho enterprise.
I think It Is generally known that very few, if any, of tho enterprises which have been established In the
city of Scranton during the last twenty years, and which have contributed to its growth and prosperity, have
failed to receive my hearty personal and financial support. I have never hesitated to Invest In such enter
prises, trusting to the ordinary methods of business management for returns, some of which have been suc
cessful and others not. 1 have never thus far had a dollar's Interest In, or made a dollar of profit from any
such enterprises, which received from the city any special benefit or public franchise. I was at one time
associated with a number of gentlemen in the organization of a company which sought and obtained public
utilities from the city, but when I ascertained that the plan of the organizers contemplated that they should
appropriate for themselves one-half of the bonds Issued by the company and sell the other half at par upon the
open market, I refused to continue connected with the enterprise and withdrew. I could name many men who
have accumulated considerable fortunes In the city of Scranton, who have been largely Interested in such
incorporations, enjoying public franchises for which they gave no consideration to the city and some of which
were evidently organized simply for the purpose of being sold out. Not a few of the persons referred to now
find their civic conscience seriously disturbed by the application for the proposed new railways.
I, personally, had nothing to do with the passage of the amendments to the street railway statutes at the
recent session of the Legislature. After they had been passed, however, realizing that one of the most urgent
demands for the prosperity of Scranton was a new and efficient street railway system, I consented to act with
others in procuring the charters which are now before the councils for their consent. They were procured In
absolute good faith and with the purpose of constructing every foot of track described therein, Involving the
investment of several millions of dollars, all of which would be of great immediate, and still greater prospect
ive, advantage to every financial and commercial Interest of the city.
The ordinances with reference to these railways were withheld from introduction in the councils for sev
eral months to avoid the suspicion that the promoters sought to secure any direct advantage from the exist
ence of a strike upon the rival lines, and they were only introduced when the development of the connecting
lines and the purchase of several hundred thousand dollars worth of property In the city of .Scranton made It
necessary that some action should be "taken.
The ordinances as originally drawn made a number of concessions to the public interest, such as have
never been made by any other similar companies in the city, and the owners of the charters readily and
promptly made many other concessions as soon as they were suggested,
Long conferences were held between the representatives of the companies and a committee of the Board
of Trade and certain opposing councilmen. By the testimony of the parties themselves the position of the
representatives of the company was absolutely frank and open throughout all these conferences, and they were
carried on on our part In the utmost good faith. The concession of the payment of street grading damages by
the company was made at the first conference, involving the possible expenditure of from $200,000 to $500,
000. Practically everything asked of us was granted save the limitation of the life of the franchises and the
payment of a large bonus or tax to the city. With reference to the time limit, the opponents of the franchises
apparently early recognized that It could not be fairly Insisted upon and It was tacitly abandoned. The demand
for a graduated tax upon gross receipts, however, was Insisted upon to the last. In view of the fact that we
had conceded already to the city a large number of advantages which had never been submitted to or imposed
upon any previous company owning public utilities In the city, It seemed to us that we had gone as far as pub
lic interest required, but after full consideration, and with the desire of doing even more than could be reason
ably required, I personally, in the end, committed the companies to the payment of a graduated tax which was
inserted in the ordinances.
Throughout all these conferences the representatives of the company acted in absolute good faith and
openness and are ready to stand L every agreement which they have made. We assumed that those with
whom we were dealing were equally fair and frank and would be equally ready to adhere to their agreements.
No sooner, however, had the final concessions been ;nade and gratefully accepted than thepublic press was
flooded with abuse, threats, and extravagant demands-"for' further concessions, which in view of the definite
statements of 'what had occurred in the conferences, could have emanated only from some of tKtTpersons who
were there present. It has thus become evident that at least some of those who are opposing the ordinances
are not actuated solely by motives of public interest but are determined to use every concession gained as. a
weapon by which" to force further concessions and ultimately to entirely defeat the ordinances. ' This inference
is strongly confirmed by the knowledge which we have that certain persons who attended the conferences rep
resenting the Board of Trade and the councils have been in frequent private consultation with the.representa
tives of the Scranton Railway company, and we are fully satisfied from facts within our knowledge that the
various offers to buy out the franchises, which are large In their ultimate promises but petty in their present
deposits, emanate from the same source. It needs no argument to convince anyone that the Scranton Rail
way company could well afford to deposit not $5,000 alone, but $100,000 if it could either defeat or postpone
'for a considerable time the building of the new'lines, which are made necessary by its failure to meet public
It being evident that we are not being treated in good faith but that at least some of those with whom we
have negotiated have been either striving to protect the monopoly of the present street railway company or
securing personal advertisement and notoriety, we are compelled to cease any further relations with them.
The situation as It now stands Is simply this: These companies have been organized to furnish bona fide
competition to the inadequate street railway system of the city. Their construction is desired by the great
mass of the community, particularly the residents upon the streets through which they are located, who would
flood the councils with petitions to pass the ordinances If they were asked to do so. The company stands
ready to spend several million dollars in the city of Scranton, which would result In very great benefit to It.
In order to do this, however, it is necessary that it should receive Its franchises upon such a basis as will
enable It to float Its securities Into the money market. It has gone already to the extreme limit In making
concessions; to grant more would be to simply cripple the enterprise at its birth.. If the ordinances are passed
as they now stand In councils the promoters will stand by their agreements and build the roads. If the ordin
ances are amended by imposing further conditions and burdens upon the company they will simply refuse to
accept them, and retain their charters until such time as the city is ready to do what is fair and reasonable.
This Is the only opportunity that the city has had or can have "for years to come, to secure an efficient and
adequate street railway system. A large proportion of the members of councils, recognizing this opportunity,
have steadily supported the franchises, and 1 am satisfied that they are entitled to the gratitude and not the
abuse of the public for so doing. There has never been a time since these charters were granted when the
ovners of them could not have sold them out to the Scranton Railway company for sums very much larger
than those represented by the bluffing offers of various more or less responsible persons who are rushing into
the public press. The companies, however, vere not organized to be sold out and will not be sold out either
to the Scranton Railway company or to Individuals. From the position which we now take we shall not b'e
moved by cheap abuse, hypocritical pretence, sham civic virtue or empty bluff.
The only interest which can benefit by continued opposition to the franchise ordinances Is the Scranton
Railway company, and it Is neither unnatural nor unfair to conclude that solicitude for the interests of that com
pany furnishes the real motive for such opposition. Wm. Connell.
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SCHLEY AT BALTIMORE.
Payo a Long Deforred Visit to His
Uy Cxcliuhe Wire from The Aisoclatcd I'res",
Washington, Dec. 31. Admiral Schley
left here this afternoon for Baltimore,
to pay a long deferred visit to hla
sister. He will return on Thursday to
act ns honorary pall-bearer at the fu
neral of tho late Rear Admiral Roe.
On January 8 Admiral Schley will go
to Savannah, Oa., for a ten days' visit
with General William W. Gordon. On
tho 2,)th, '2Gth nnd 27th of Jnnuary
he will be the guest of tho Hamilton
club, of Chicago; January 29 and 30
he will visit. Louisville as the guest of
tho Board of Trade and the Knights
Templar of that city; Feb. 1, 2, and 3
he. will be In Nashville, as the guest of
the board of trade and Knights Temp
lar. He will visit Knoxvllle on Feb
ruary s and C as the guest of the city.
The Memphis trip has been arranged
finally for tho Jast Week of April.
shoots five persons
Two Are Dead Tho Other Victims
May Live Tho First- Klllinff
HAS TURNED UP
A 93,500 Package Thought to Have
Been Stolen Is Located.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Vrem.
Washington, Dec. 31. The J3.E00 dia
mond necklace, supposed to have been
shipped by Messrs. Shaw & Berry, of
this city, to Joseph Frankels & Sons,
of New York, and which was thought
to have been stolen, has been found, A
long distance telephone message from a
lady In Pittsburg to tle Jewelry firm
hero contained the Information that the
necklace had reached her nmonjr other
Christmas packages from Washington,
but as it bore no card of the sender,
she made Innulry from tho firm ns to
Who had sent It. In this way (he neck,
lace was located, An error. of a ship
ping clerk guve rise to the'conuluslon
at once that tho package containing the
diamonds had been tampered with and
Its contents removed. The necklace Is
now on Its way to Washington from
Tho orlglnnl belief of Messrs. Shaw &
Berry that the diamonds were abstract
ed from a package while It was In
transit from Washington to New York
by express Is shown to have been ln
correct. Tlio llrm desires clearly to abr
solve tho Adams KxDress company
from any connection whatever with the
tejnporury disappearance of the jewels,
which was due wholly to the Incorrect
address placed upon the packuge.
Murder and Suicide.
0 Exclmhe Wire from The Atwctileil l'rew,
Spokane, Waiii., Dec, 31. At WiJJe, fif
teen tulle norlU ot thin city today fleen Vro.
nunn, poatmwler and j leading meulianl, Uiot
hla aU-year-old daughter and. then hol; liinusU.
Both died in a few injnutc without nuking jny
i-tatcmont. Vromami' wife necured a divorce
last week on the chirtre of rtuelty and the two
daughters wtre .martlet to her custody, lc 1)
thought Yrumanu blooded oer this and the
tragedy h the result,
PREDICTS REVOLUTION IN U. S.
Prof, Herron, Formerly of Chicago,
Addresses Brussels Socialists.
Dy Enc1uso Wlra from 'Ihe Associated J'rcj,
Brussels, Dec. 31, Prof. George D.
Herron, formerly of Chicago, who ad
dressed n largo meeting last evening
nt tho Maison du Peuple, declared that
seven-eights of the total of fortunes In
tho United States weie monopolized by
$2,000 Individuals "tho masters of the
trusts," Tho only solution of the situa
tion, ho said, was a revolution.
The Chicago socialists, said Prof Her
ron, Intend to erect a Maison du Peu
ple similar to that In Brussels.
THE BAND'S JEWELRY FOUND
Pardon Board Meets.
11 Kxelnshe Wire fiom The Associated I'les
JIairisbursr, Pec, 31, The hoaid of rurdmu will
hold u short executive' session tomorrow to ton
elder several case heard at todav'4 tesiion.
Among (he number are tin cases of Jclm J,
ItoMiuon, pf l.imenie, second deirree murdif
Alfred Smith, of riiiladelphla, first dcuice nuir
dti; John Waltz, of buquehaniu, iietond dig lee
murder; and William I'alrfax, of ra)ettc, Ilrnt
Fell Off the Train.
Dy Exclusive, Wire from The Associated Press.
Ilarrlshurg, Pee, 31, James Connelly, of No'.
SSi Bedford menue, Hiooklii, !. V,, a passm
t'lT on the Cincinnati and" Cleveland expruvi
west on th I'ennkyhania railroad, this morn-In:,-
fell tilt the train before It arrived u the
UnrrUburg station una hU lifo wh crushed out
on tlie Iraiks. underneath tho ilulbtrrj street
Kern, the Valet, Failed to Return
for His Pawn Ticket.
Dy Exclusive Wire from Tho Associated Press,
Now York, Dec. 31, It was made
known at the detective bureau this af
ternoon that $30,000 worth of Jewelry
stolen from Paul G. Theband had been
recovered, Some of It was found In a
pawn shop in this city nnd the rest In,
a satchel. Kern, the valet had left the
jewelry with the pawn broker and was
to have received a loan of $1,500, Ho
received $700 and was to lutvo returned
yesterday for $800 and tho ticket, Ho
did not come back.
PENNILESS IN HIS OLD AGE.
Mnn Who Nominated Greeley for
President Applies for Charity.
Hy liuliHiie Wire from The Associated Tress.
Syracuse, Dec, 31, Lewis Canuichael
of Sidney, 70 years old, has applied to
the overBeer of tho poor for assistance,
He was ouco a power in tho politics
of this state, having mudo the bpeech
plachiB Horace Ureeloy In nomination
for tho presidency at tho Deniociatlo
national convention In 1872, He was a
personal friend of Qreeley,
His property was wept uwny through
unfortunate business Investments, and
he is a cripple through rheumatism.
McOovemWill Fight Sullivan.
Dy Exclusive Wire from The Associated Prcu.
New York, Dec. 3?. The Terry UcOoern.
Dare Sulllwn fbiht' will, lake place befoie tho
Yobtnilte Athletic- club, Kin Frai'cisco, nmm
time between Jlan.li 17 and April SO. lliU wm
decided, here IhU afternoon. The bid wili made
by James C, Kennedy, who will brliu; the match
off lu conjunction with the Jifliias-Sharkcy bout.
Dy Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Turner's Falls, Mass., Dec. 31. Louis
Bltzer, a Jeweler of this place, today
shot flvo persons, two of whom, his
clerk, Miss Ida Columbe, and Bitzor's
5-year-old son, ara dead. His other
victims were his wife, Christina, and
his two daughters, Annie, about 10
years of age', and Carrie, 12 years old.
It Is thought they Will not die. There
is evidence that' it was Bltzer's purpose
to take his oAvn life, but his prompt
arrest apparently prevented him from
carrying out this purpose. He is about
35 years of ago.
From a note lort In his store by "Bit
zer, it appears that 'while- he was
cleaning a revolver, the weapon was
discharged accidentally, and the bullet
hit Miss Columbo In the head, killing
her instantly. Overcome by the- sit
uation, Bitzer apparently rushed to his
home, hatless and wild with excite
ment, and began the work of. exter
minating his family.
The little boy, 111 In bed with the
measles, was shot and Instantly klllei,
The 16-year-old dauKhter, Annie,
was wounded through the left hand
and in the ear. The 12-year-old daugh
ter, Carrie, was shot through the neck.
Mrs. Bltzer was hit in the face, the
bullet passing through the nose.
The sound of tho shots brought the
neighbors Into the house and Bltzer
The police, believe that Bltzer Is In
sane. The note which they found In
the Btore after the affair was almost
an Incoherent jumble of words. After
telling of the shooting of Miss Co
lumbe, Bltzer vrote that he had de
termined to got bis home and end
the lives of his vlfe and children and
his own. He asked that at his funeral
the hymn, "Nearef My God to Thee,"
be sung. a
He wished thatjjhts property should
be given to his brother and to his ag
mother and endeo the letter with an
expression to tho'" effect that "God
would not blame a man-for doing what
he had done." Substantially tho same
story was told by Bltzer after his ar
Position of the United States Re
garding the Venezuela Af
fair is Defined.
MEMORANDUM OF THE
Says It Wa3 Indicated by the Presi
dent in His Communication to
Congress Monroe Doctrine Not
Intended to Sustain Southern Re
publics in Refusal to Pay Debts.
No Complications Which Will In
volve tho United States Are Ex
pected. By nxchnhe Wire from The Associated Press.
Washington, Dec. 31. Secretary
Hay's view as to tlie proposed German
programme in Venezuela was communi
cated to the 'German government In
the shape of a written memorandum.
This supplemented verbal exchanges
that had taken place In Washington
between Ambassador Von Holleben
and President Roosevelt, and between
the ambassador and Secretary Hay at
greater length. 'Tho state department
positively declines to make public tho
memorandum or lis substance, but it
Is pointed out again that the basis of.
the United States representa ns ls to
be looked for in tho utterances o Pres
ident Roosevelt in his annual messaso
to congress touching the Monroe doc
trine In Us application to South Ameri
can countries which do not pay their
Nothing has been heard from Cara
cas to sustain the report that United
States Minister Bowen, through 'urgent
representations, has induced the post
ponement of tho exequtlgnjefthe Gerr
man programme, "it is certain that no
instructions to that effect Have been
given Mr. Bowen, though it is admit
ted that it woul'd be- the duty of any
United States minister to exercise ulj
,of his pdwers, within' the lines of tho
general policy of this country, to pre
vent possible bloodshed. Confirmatory
evidence is had from unofficial sources
of the purpose of the German govern
ment at least to delay action against
Venezuela until the Issue of tho present
against President Casro.
The subject was discussed casually
at the cabinet meeting' today. 'No com
plications are expected which will In
volve the United States.
CASTRO DEPENDS., HIS;OOURSE.
CUBAN ELECTIONS QUIET,
Light Vote Reported at Ha
Santlagdi de Cuba
dSBBBBBBBBBBl 1 n
By Exclusive Wire from Th Associated P.
Havana, Dec. 13. Vllectlon
have not yet been received ).
indications promise a light
partisans of General Barto
In Havana did not vote,
According to a dispatch to the
elated Press from Havana 'Dec. 26,
General Maso, candidate of the Demo
cratic party for the presidency of Cuba
left there that morning from Munzan
Ulo having given up the campaign.
Santiago de Cuba, Deo. 31. The elec-i
tlons passed off today without notable
incident In the district. Tho National
ist was the only tlbket In the M-Jd and
consequently It was elected. Vtry few
votes werecast liiuhW city, and little
Interest in &fiMrit'n 'vnM PI"U'"
ent. TJib day "evaffmuaually cold and
EMELINE DALE'S BODY:
SHIPPED TO CHICAGO
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Pres.
New York, Dec, fit, The Imdy of Kmellnc
Dale, the child uhn died In llobnkiu after lu
lnf eatin fctr-( luilne tablets, which her mother
had provided hi her own u, was shipped to
ChlcaRO today, Counsel for tht father uud
counsel for the mother tamo to an agreement
by v.hkh tit Interment Is tu be made by Mr,
DEATHS OF A DAY.
ly Excliulte Wire from The Associated Press.
WJILei-liarro, Dec, 31. Blmon V, l-onir, ono
of Wllles-llarre'a wealthiest meirhauts died (o
day, aged 71 )eara. He entered biuiucos on A
small ecule hero nearly half 4 cntury uyo and
with Ihe erowth of the Wyoming alloy 1
trade liicrentcd o such iro:iortlgua that ut the
ifmo ot ills death be waa at the head vt prob
ably Ihe largest cMMng house in nortluasUin
Pennsylvania. A fall on u ky pavement tome
weeks ago brought on fatal illness.
la, Croshc, Wjs., Dec SI. Jtev. (Jonstantlne
Maria VonProste Ituelshoff, son of Daren Yon.
Drolo ukihoff, of he diocese cf Melt Pulen,
(Jcrmany, dh-d r-t the Ht. Francis hospital here
tijdjy, llavlntr (then, up die life of a nobleman
to enter (he priesthood, he came to America
thirty year ai;o and lad lhed in La Crosse for
tlio just fUtteu jtars.
Ogdenibuiy, K. V-i De 81. Almon Slreetor,
of lUnueUcr Falls, died today, ajed 197 yean.
President of ' Venezuela i ' 'liettetv
Also Attacks' the Opposition: -.
Washington, Dec. 3f. President Cas
tro, of Venezuela, has wrlten an open
letter, copies of which have been re
ceived by ofllclals here, In which ha
defends the general polloy he has pur
sued and throws considerable Hsht on
his aspirations. ,An Indirect nlldslon is
made to.' the -German affair In the
presidents appeal for united 'support;
In defense of the republic. The letter
was. in response to an application,
which was granted, for the release at
several Journalists Imprisoned at Cara-I
can. In the course of the letter, Presl-'
dent Castro says:
"It ls painful to observe that tho
rashness of some, the Impatient ambi
tion of others, tho mistaken criticism
of tho leading classes, and the obsti
nacy of tho revolutionary spirit hay
sorelv tried the virtues of mv liberal
rSXJ A a t'mo w'ien have desired
"to ithe country huppy and Its citi
zens enjcsving every comfort, i nava
had the painful duty of adopting re
pressive measures, contrary to my
character, niy education and,, nil my
"If the offenders In this case have
not succeeded iNn overthrowing the gov
ernment, they have, nevertheless, con
tributed to the propaganda willed) dq
lays the fruit of peace nndr makr.s our
progress and our" prosperity captive. In
the clutches of thev monster pf BlylJ
war. Our prosperity has been with
held through errors und entangleipenta
fpr which my eovernntont;i. a hot re
sponsible, but which 'cbUuV a prompt
and ciulcl; HOlutlon, Xr' carrylnsr ouf
this policy, I Hhould have the support
of all the citizens of Venezuela, bo
cause therein rests the sovereignty o
"It Is my Svlsh that you convey i
these journalists my wish to see them
again fulfilling their duties of party
opposition. I desire that the press
shall bring all the charges t jnuy have
against mo, neing comment that li
indtrmunt will not affect me. I do tli
In order to establish under our );enuilj
t'UU syBiuiu ilia r.uMM(ne jumiucil
or in) pouikjm purposes, i uo ii, at
because I hu,Vo no fear of an adve
puuue juugmeiu upon my acis,"
Traction Employes Get Increase
By Kwluslve, Wjre from The Associated Prtsj,
Lancaster, Pee. 31. It was announced
that sn Increase of 10 per cent, far mold
and conductors on tit lines of tlio CAinJ
Traction company win bo into enect on J
IS next. About ISO men will receive tu l
t WEATHER POREOAStJ
4- Washington, Dec 31. Eastern PesnJ
f- vanU Fair Wednesday except cnbvr II j
4- rlw In mountain districts, .colder; Tlvu
- uay fair ana com: Drisx noilhvrcst wit
t T -t" -t" -r-t"t f t
ih. .j, . s,