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SCRANTON, PA., SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 24, 1902.
Theu Think That Martinique Mail
Expect New and More
MONT PELEE IS AN
It Is the Unanimous Opinion of the
Visitors Now at Martinique That a
New Period of Best Is Now on,
but the Next Outburst Will Be Far
More Disastrous Than the Former
Eruptions Inhabitants Leave the
Island as Bapidly'as Possible.
By Exclusive Wire from Tfie Associated Tress.
Fort do France, Island of Martinique,
Muy "2 (Thursday). A torrential
downpour of rain this morning washed
off the ashes from the vegetation on
The United States steamer Potomac
made her usual trip to St. Pierre to
day with another party of scientists.
She found the conditions there un
changed from yesterday. The top of
the mountain was clearly visible for a
considerable time. Captain McLean, of
dio TTnltnrt Rr.-itpR cruiser Cincinnati.
1 y who has carefully observed Mount Pe-
lce, agrees with other experts in re
porting that a new crater has been
formed below the old one. In the new
crater there Is a great cinder cone,
more than a hundred feet high, from
which steam and volcanic matter is
It is now the unanimous opinion of
the scientists that this is an explosive
volcano, no real lava or moya rock ma
terial having been emitted, only mud,
steam, gases and fragments of the old
crater beds. The scientists compare
the mountain's outthrow to the steam
of a boiler in which the pressure rises
to bursting point, and they think it
possible that a more violent outbreak
may occur. The scientists remark that
the explosions have occurred at pro
gressively longer intervals, and that
they have also'been progressively more
violent. Thus there had been three
light eruptions of ashes. On May 5
there was an overflow of mud which
caused the destruction of the Uslne
Guerln,on May 8 there was the out
burst which destroyed St. Pierre, and
on May 20, or after an interval of
twelve days, 'the last tremendous out
burst occurred. A new period of rest
is now on, and one of two things may
happen. The pressure may be confined
for a still longer period, and then ex
plode with still greater violence,
spreading destruction over a vast area
or the mountain may remain quiescent
for another half century.
Scientists at St. Vincent.
AtXs o'clock this afternoon the Poto
mac left here for St. Lucia and St. Vin
cent. The United States steamer Dixie,
having landed 600 tons of supplies,
sailed at'0 o'clock for St. Vincent. The
"United States cruiser Cincinnati has
also sailed,md there are no American
warships here now. They all probably
will return toFort-de-France in two or
three days, pearly all the scientists
and newspaper correspondents have
gone to St. Vincent.
Many of the shops have been forced
to' close by the flight of the employes.
In addition trade has practically been
killed by the free distribution of sud
plies of all kinds, foods, clothing and
The patients In the hospitals are Im
proving. Very high praise Is due to the
doctors, their assistants, the nurses and
all employes, both civil and military, of
the hospitals, for the prompt and skil
ful attention given to all the sufferers,
and this care has been and is unremit
ting. The latest reports show that the ex
plosion of May 20 did not result In any
As this dispatch is closed Mont Pelee
Is slowly emitting heavy clouds of
smoking steam, but otherwise the vol
cano is quiet.
Notwithstanding the favorable change
In the sltuutlon today many families
left by the French steamships Ver
sailles and Ville de Tangier, for Trini
dad and Cayenne, in French Guiana.
They, with the 1,200 persons who have
gone to the Island of Guadeloupe and
many others who have sought refuge at
St. Lucia and other islands, have, less
ened the population considerably.
In addition to those who left the isl
and 2,000 persons departed from this
vicinity for the southern portion of
Martinique, where 3,000 lefugees have
POLITICS IN KANSAS.
Democrats and Populists May Unite
on a Ticket.
By Inclusive Wire fiom '1'lic Asiuclatcd Tress,
Wichita, Kan., May 23. Tlio Democratic
tuto convention lias adjourned after nom
inating six of tho fourteen places to bo
'illled ut tho November olectlon. W, P.
Cinddock. mayor of Kansas City, was
punted for governor.
A commlttco of this convention will
meet with tho Populists at Topoka Juno 21
with power to ratify tho balauco of tho
ticket expected to be Illled out at that
Haytl Quiet Again.
By Kicluslio Wire from The Associated Press.
Port au. Prince, Haytl. May Kl.-Tho
Haytlan warship Crete A. Plerot arrived
here today and landed Autonor Flrmin,
the foimor IJuytlan minister at Purls,
who was recently at tho head of tlto army
of the north, which advanced until within
two days' march of Port au Prince, lo
was uccoidcd a very sympathctlu icccp
tion. All danger of civil war uppcara lo
EABTHQVAKE IN GUATEMALA.
Business Entirely Suspended The
Coffee Crop Destroyed.
By Excluslie Wire from The Associated Press.
Hamburg. May 23. A special dispatch
to tho Hamburger Boersenhallo from
Guatemala says that the town of Quez
altenango has been wholly destroyed by
nn earthquake, which lasted three-quarters
of a minute.
Business is entirely suspended in Guat
emala, and a great part of tho coffco crop
thcro hns been destroyed.
It was reported from Guatemala City,
Guatemala, April 20, that earthquake
Hhocks, which wcro general throughout
that country April 18, 10 and 20, partly
obliterated tho town of Quezaltenango
and badly damaged Amatltlanfl Solola,
Nahuala, Santa Clucia and San Juan.
Two hundred persons wcro reported
killed, mostly women and many pooplo
Quezaltenango has a population of about
2.",O0O people, Is handsomely built, and
well paved and has a richly decorated
cathedral, several other churches and a
fine city hall.
Moderator Rebukes Some of
the Commissioners for
Lack of Interest.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Now York, May 23. At today's ses
sion of the Presbyterian general as
sembly, during the consideration of the
report of the special committee on
Sabbath observance, R. M. Garothers,
of Grand Rapids, N. D., moved to
strike out a part of the report in which
card parties on Sunday are condemned.
It would convey the Idea that the gen
eral assembly of this church approved
of card parties on other days of the
week," said Mr. Carothers. The amend
ment was accepted.
After the adoption of the Sabbath
observance report, the moderator ad
ministered a rebuke to some commis
sioners, who, he said, were members
of a judicial committee and yet could
not be found when called.
"You are here to get through with
the work of the assembly,"1 he said.
"That is what the church sent you
here for, brethren, and-not merely to
have a good time."
The report of the standing commit
tee on church erection was next called
up. The report which was presented
by the chairman, the Rev. Dr. Arthur
C. McMillan, of this city, opens by say
ing that 35 per cent of ull churches
established sooner or later cease to
exist, but that this is no reason to
cease to aid in building new ones. The
report commends the work of the
board of church erection during tho
year. The board commenced the year
with $103,375 and spent $205,269. The
board begins the coming year with an
empty treasury, and only contributions
received after the annual report had
been completed enabled to report no
debt. Two hundred and flfty-nlne
churches were aided during the year
to erect new structures.
The report with its recommendations
The Rev. Dr. Hubbell, of the New
York Sabbath committee was, then in
troduced and briefly described the work
of that organization. Dr. Hubbell sold
the police department had helped them
very much in their work.
"Even Devery used to help us," he
Judge Robert N. Wilson read the re
port of the special committee on va
cancies and supplies.
The committee on bills and overtures
reported adversely on the report of a
committee, asking that a protest be
sent to congress against tho printing at
public expense of Thomas Jefferson's
"Life of Christ." In spite of the ac
tion taken by the committee on bills
and overtures, the nssembly, by a vote
of 205 to 139, decided that tho protest
should be sent. The Rev. George Du
gan, of Troy, N, Y presented the re
port of the standing committee on be
nevolence, which reviews the contribu
tions Elven to tho various branches of
tho benevolent work of the Presbyter
Ian church In the United States. It
generally finds fault with the small
contributions, The report was adopted.
Tho j f port of tho committee on
church policy was next presented, It
states that a communication from the
committee of tho general association of
tho Protestant Episcopal church had
been received, making a request for the
appointment of a committee of confer
once on marriage and dlvorco and that
overtures on tho samo subject had been
received from the Presbyterians of Bal
timore and Washington, in accord
ance with' the request, a conference
committee of nine was ordered to bo
appointed. Rev. Dr, Marcus A, Brown
son, chairman of tho special committee
on the twentieth century fund, then
piesentcd his report,
Uev, Dr, William H, Roberts, stated
clerk of tho general assembly and
treasurer of tho Twentieth Century
fund, reported a grand total of receipts
during the last two years for tho fund,
amounting to $7,652,801.81,
In addition to this, Dr, Roberts said
that about one thousand churches had
paid oft their mortgages and freed
themselves from debt, This wus
greeted with great applause and a vote
of thanks given the committee,
Alfred Hamilton Hanged,
By Exclusive Wire fiom The Associated Press.
Whatcom. Wash., May 23. Alfred Ham
ilton, alias Fred HuwKIn, was hanged to
day for tho minder of D. H. Woodbury at
Anacortes, September 7, ISM. His nock
was biokcn by the fall, ilo cuucd the
slim Iff when lie ivud tho death warrant
to hint and rushed up tho scaffold sUtrs
two steps at u time.
FBESIDENT BEVOXES OBDEB.
War Department Without a Hoad in
Absence of Secretary.
By Exclusive Wire from The Asocinlccl I'rcw.
Washington, May 23. The president
hns revoked the old executive order of
August 29, 1901, by which the lieutenant
general commanding the army (Oenernl
Miles) and the adjutant genernl (Gon
ernl Corbln) In turn arc to assume the
duties of secretary of war In tho nb
sencc of the secretary and the assist
The president's order of revocation,
which Is dated yesterdny, leaves the de
partment without a head In the event
of the absence of the secretary and as
sistant secretary, unless such head is
specifically designated on each occasion.
Both the secretary and nsslstant secre
tary were absent today, but Secretary
Root, before he left this morning, Is
sued a special order designating Chief
Clerk John C. Schofleld to "sign requisi
tions upon the treasury and other
papers requiring my signature, during
my temporary absence from Washing
ton, on the 23d of May, 1902, and until
my return or until the return of' tho
assistant secretary of war."
It Is oresumed that similar special
orders will be made designating Mr.
Schofleld to perform these duties when
ever the secretary and assistant secre
tary are absent in the future.
PBOCEEDINOS OF THE
A. M. E. CONFEBENCE
Will Publicly Express Disapproval
By Kxcluslve Wire from The As.-oclnlrd Prcw.
Harrisburg, May 23. The Philadel
phia and Baltimore conference of tho
African Methodist Episcopal church,
now in session In this city, will pub
licly express its disapproval of the kill
ing of Dud Morgan, the colored man,
who was burned to death at the stake
In Texas yesterday. Tho commitee on
the state of the country was instructed
at today's session to frame a resolution
of disapproval of the act, to be sub
This morning Bishop J. W. Hood con
ducted the devotional exercises, after
which a fraternal address was deliv
ered by Rev. D. S. Bentley, of Scran
tnn. Rev. J. W. Phillips, of Wilmington,
Del., was reported as having received
$24.80 and having failed to report to the
general treasurer. Bishop Clinton, after
reprimanding Mr. Phillips, declared
that unless the money was paid over
at once he would not receive an ap
pointment from him or any other Zion
DU B0IS DISCUSSES
Believes the Retaining of the Islands
Would Be a Disadvantage to
By Exxlusive Whc from The Associated Press.
Washington, May 23. A temperate
and carefully prepared speech was de
livered in the senate today on the Phil
ippine bill by Mr. Dubois, of Idaho. He
confined himself almost entirely to a
discussion of the commercial and in
dustrial aspects of the Philippine ques
tion, his purpose being to show that it
would be a disadvantage to the people
of this country to retain the Islands.
Whatever of profit there might be In
them, he said, would accrue to a few
capitalists who, by their development
of the resources of the archipelago
through cheap labor would come into
competition with the agriculturalists
und manufacturers of the United
States in the markets of the world.
This government's activity in the Phil
ippines also would serve to arouse
China from her lethargy and once
aroUsed, the dragon would devour the
trade of tho world. An earnest and
forcible reply to Mr. Dubois was made
by Mr. Beverldge, of Indiana, who con
tended that the development of China's
resources would be of advantage in
trade and commerce to the United
States, as the Industrial development
of other nations had been. w
The house devoted the day to private
pension bills and to a few other minor
measures. Mr. Loud (Cal.) criticized
the special pension legislation us a dis
grace and drew emphatic responses
from Messrs, Sulloway (N. H.), Sulzer,
(N. Y.) und Mlers (Ind.). In nil 105
private pension bills were passed. Tho
house adjourned until Monday In or
der to participate In the Rochambcau
LEBANON MANAGER ACTS.
Insubordinate Ball Flayers Are Dis
charged and Then Arrested.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated press.
Lebanon, May 23. Munuger Hyues, of
tho Lebanon league club today discharged
every player on the team for refusing to
go to Lancaster to fill the scheduln en
gagement today, Later ho had warrants
issued charging nlno of the men with lar
ceny as bailee of tho suits, gloves and
hats. Tho players say Hyncs refused to
pay them for an exhibition game ut night
on Wednesday and they refused to work
whereupon Hynes lined them soven days'
pay for Insubordination. Hynes went 'to
Lancaster and says ho will got an entlio
new team and complete tho schedule.
Tho men luivo retained counsel and will
contest tho matter with tho manager.
Mr, McCormick's Condition.
By Kxcluslve Wire from 'll.c Awsiiatid Prcsu,
Wllllamsport, Pa May 23. Tho condl.
tlon of formor Attorney General H. C. Mc
Cormick H somowhat Improved ovor yes
terduy. but Is .still regarded as critical.
His ullment Is acute Brlght's dlst-dbo,
complicated with blood poisoning.
Mr, Hamblln's Promotion.
By i:clublvc Whe from The Associated Press.
Milwaukee May 23. M. W. Hamblln,
manager of tho Western Union Telegraph
company In this cty for tho past threo
years, has been appointed mauugcr of
that company') main ofilco In Now York
city. Ho will leave for New Yoik within
a day or two.
On tho Governor's Staff,
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Harilshurg, Muy 23. Governor Stone to
day appointed G. Llndsey, of Allegheny,
h member of his staff, with the null; of
The Struaole Between Mine Work
ers and Operators' Liable to
NEITHER SIDE SHOWS
SIGNS OF WEAKENING
Yesterday One of the Dullest Days
About Strike Headquarters Tho
Haddock Coal Company Will Grant
Demands Made for Engineers, Fire
men and Pump Runners President
Mitchell Keeps an Eye Upon Soft
Coal Shipments The Bituminous
Miners Not Likely to Be Called
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Wllkes-Barre, May 23. It becomes
more evident as each day passes that
the great struggle between capital and
labor In the hard coal field of Pennsyl
vania will be a protracted one, and that
only utter necessity Is likely to force
either side to weaken In order to avoid
absolute ruin. Each day brings forth
Its crop of peace rumors, only to bo
promptly denied by either side, and
each day finds the miner and the mine
owner still nt work perfecting plans to
carry on the war.
This was one of the dullest days
around strike headauarters that has
been experienced since tho suspension
began, a week ago last Monday. The
three district presidents, Messrs. Nlch
olls, Duffy and Fahy, held a long con
ference with National President Mitch
ell in the morning, after which the
three district lenders departed for their
homes. As in the ense of most of the
conferences that have been held, the
nature of the discussion was not di
vulged. President Mitchell had no In
formation to Impart upon any phase of
the situation. He said he had received
no communications or overtures from
any ono that could in any way be con
strued as bearing on a settlement of
tho difficulty. Senator Hanna's name
is Invariably connected with every
rumor that Is telegraphed or telephoned
to headauarters for -verification. The
-miners' leader 'spent' the entire day at
tending to his correspondence. He had
only two out-of-town visitors, who
came to sec him on business which had
no bearing on the strike.
The only Information received from
the operators' side during the last
twenty-four hours was tho announce
ment that tho receivers of the Haddock
Coal company, nn Individual concern,
had instructed the company's superin
tendent to grant the demands of the
engineers, firemen and pumprunners, to
take effect June 2, the date fixed by the
union for the Inauguration of the strike
of this class of employes. The company
operates the Dodson colliery at Ply
mouth and the Black Diamond at Lu
zerne. About fifty men are affected.
This action by the Haddock company
has been looked for, as It was known
that the company had made overtures
to President Mitchell at Hazleton last
week looking towards some arrange
ment by which its pumps could be kept
in operntion in the event of a strike.
The mines of this concern are very
watery. The decision to grant the
union's demands by the Haddock com
pany will not have any effect In In
fluencing other companies to do the
same. Several other individual concerns
In this district, it Is known, will give
the men what they ask, but are not
ready to make the announcement.
Watching Soft Coal.
President Mitchell Is keeping a very
sharp watch on the shipment of bitum
inous coal. This was shown today when
he denied a published report that there
was an unprecedented movement of
soft conl Into the anthracite territory.
Ho said that If such a thing were true
he would surely know It. The United
Mine Workers have a complete system,
It Is known, by which tho national
president Is kept informed of the exact
number of curs of soft coal that are
shipped from tho mines and also as to
their destination. This is made pos
sible by the co-operation of miners und
L. M, Beutty, of Barnhlll, Ohio, a
miner employed by the Mldvale and
Goshan Coal company, was one of Mr,
Mitchell's callers today. He came cast
at tho Instance of his employers to get
150 striking anthracite miners to go to
the company's Walnwrlght mines on
the Cleveland, Loruln nnd Wheeling
railroad In Ohio, where steady employ
ment will be given them. Soft coal
miners are scarce, Mr, Mitchell re
ferred Mr. Beatty to District President
Nluholls, at Scranton. There are other
agents In the region on a similar mis
sion, but they are not meeting with
much success, because unthraclte min
ers, as u rule, do not care to work in
Mr, Beutty said that there Is a feeling
among the bituminous miners In Ohio
that If the special natlonul convention
Is held It will not decide to cull out tho
soft coal men, He added that If such
a step Is taken tho order will be pret
ty generally obeyed. President Mit
chell will leave for Chicago late to
morrow afternoon where ho will meet
his family, He will remain there only
ono day and on his return to the east
will stop at national headquarters ut
Indlunapolls for one day. Ho expects
to bo buck .hen3 by Thursday,
IN A DILEMMA.
Many of the Mine Engineers at
Hazleton Do Not Wish to Strike.
By Excluslte Wire from The Associated I'rc.i.
Hazleton, May 23. Many of tho mine
engineers In tho Hazleton region whq
have been in the employ of their re
spective companies for years are In a
serious dilemma us to what tu do If the
operators do not grant the demands of
tho miners' executive board on behalf
of the engineers, firemen and pump
runners for an eight-hour day on Juno
2. A largo number of the engineers arc
men past middle uge and they fear that
If they quit they will not bo re-employed.
If they remain ut work they
dread the annoyance that will follow
their refusal to obey the summons of
the miners to assist In the tatter's fight.
The firemen nnd pump runners arc
more independent nnd the majority of
them will strike If necessary when the
time comes. Thejcompnnles have a list
of all the firemen and pump runners
who arc suspected of being In sym
pathy with the latest move of tho min
ers and the companies' officials say
their places can be filled nt short notice
by foremen and other company hands.
The members of the executive board
of this district visited all the mlno
workers' local assemblies In the Hazle
ton region today but for what purpose
is a mystery. It is believed they 'car
ried Important instructions from Presi
dent Mitchell and the executive boards,
which met at Wllkes-Barre Wednesday
and Thursday. It appears that the
miners are about to make some new
move but what It Is cannot be learned.
The Hazleton Iron works employing
about fifty men will be closed down to
morrow until the strike Is over.
Supply Depots Established.
Shamokln, May 23. The Ninth Uni
ted Mine Workers' district headquar
ters today granted permission to local
1403 of Shenandoah to purchase flvo
car loads of flour tomorrow at whole
sale. The flour will be sold from a
supply depot to strikers In order to
save the storekeepers' profit. Supply
depots are to be established In the
principal towns and townships of the
district where flour, potatoes and
canned goods will bo bought by the
miners and If tho latter win the strike
co-operative stores will be organized.
WORK FOR STRIKERS.
Labor Bureau to Be Established.
Municipalities to Be Urged to
Make Improvements Now.
The district executive committee of
the United Mine Workers met, yester
day, in the headquarters in the Paull
building and among a number of other
things decided to establish an employ
A circular is to be sent broadcast
asking for employment for the strikers.
As fast as requisitions are received men
will be supplied. Applicants for work
will be taken care of according to the
order of their names on the application
The Idea was suggestecfearly In the
strike. It'was adopted as a. practicable
and' expedient measure, yesterday,
when a letter was received from Ohio
asking for one hundred men to work
in the soft coal mines.
It Is also inteded to have a committee
appointed to wait on the officers of the
different municipalities and urge them
to proceed now with any Improvement
or repair work they may have In con
templation, such as sewering, paving,
grading and the like, that the idle
miners may be given employment. In
the city of Scranton alone provision is
being made for nearly three-quarters
of a million o0"ars worth of sewer,
paving, grading and park work. Under
the law the lowest wages that can be
paid on this work is $1.50 a day.
President T. D. Nichols, of District
No. 1, said, yesterday, that the miners
are proceeding with every strike ar
rangement on the assumption that the
struggle will be a long one. He would
not venture any speculation as to how
long It would last, but averred that no
matter how long It lasted It would only
end in a victory for the strikers.
President Nichols further announced
that the request of the People's Coal
company, the Gibbons Coal company
and other smaller operators In various
places to be allowed to work their
mines to keep local trade suppplied had
been one and all refused.
The street car men's union met,
yesterday morning, and decided to as
sess each member ono day's pay a
month and contribute It to the miners.
The contribution will amount to about
$475 a month. Resolutions were adopt
ed endorsing tho strike and speeches
were made expressing appreciation of
the assistance the miners extended the
trolley men during the hitter's strike.
The Erie company collected ull of Its
600 mules at Dunmoro yesterday and
shipped them at mldnlzht to Susque
hanna, where they will be pastured.
LIQUOR CAUSES STRIKE
Opinion of Rev. Mr, Lansing Ex
pressed Before the Presby
By Kxtluslvo Wire from The Associated Press.
New York, May 23. Strikes and
strike leaders were discussed at a tem
perance meeting held tonight by dele
gates attending the general assembly
of the Presbyterian church, In Central
Presbyterian church. Tho Rev, Dr,
Isaac J, Lansing, of Scranton, Pa.,
"I, who reside in the coal regions,
where 140,000 men are an strike, have
Investigated strikes for a number of
years, Investigated them closely, and I
have never known a sober, Industrious
man to be the leuder of theso strikes,
I will say nlore, Even tho half-sober,
Industrious workman does not upprovo
of the strikes,
"Tho liquor trufllc is affiliated with
nil labor troubles, If the saloons of
that district wero abolished I do not
think wo would have strikes."
DEATHS OF A DAY.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Danville, Ky., May 23.-The Rov. Dr. J.
L, McKce, u piofcbsor emeritus of Cen
ter college, and ono of tho best known
Presbyterian teachers and preachers In
tho bouth, died today from the effects of
u caibuuclo on thu neclt. Ho wus 75
Chlcugo, May 23. Former Lieutenant
Governor Thomas Jl. Duncan, of .Michi
gan, died tonight ut tho, Auditorium.
SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
IS AT AN END
HUNTINGDON FOB ELKIN.
Perry Lytle Bef uses to Begister Pen
nypacker as a Candidate.
By Exclusive Wire from The Aoclatcd Prci.
Harrisburg, May 23. A. S. Welsh,
chairman of tho Huntingdon county Re
publican committee, has announced that
the registration of candidates In that
county closed Wednesday and that At
torney General Elkln will be the only
gubernatorial candidate who will bo
voted for ut the primaries on May 31,
This insures Elkln the two delegates to
the state convention.
Senator Quay last Friday telegraphed
Perry M. Lytle, surveyor of the port at
Philadelphia, asking him to register
Judge Pennypacker In Huntingdon, but
after a review of the situation Lytlo
Informed Ouay that the Elkln senti
ment wns too strong and a fight would
Over 100 Men Are Either
Dead of Imprisoned at
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Vnnco'uver, May 23. One of the most
terrible mine disasters In the history of
the frequent accidents In British Col
umbia occurred last night In the Crow's
Nest Coal company's mines at Fernle,
B. C. Over 100 men are olthe dead or
imprisoned in tho mine, and little hope
is entertained of rescuing any who may
yet be alive. Fernle is 300 miles up
country, and the limited telegraph facil
ities have not enabled complete details
of the disaster to bo sent out. A spe
cial from Fernle tonight says the ex
plosion took place last night ut 7.30.
The management has a list of 133 men
who are known to have been in the
mine, and there are probably others.
Only twenty-four of these are known to
be safe. It Is feared that few of the
remaining 109 are now alive.
What caused the explosion is not yet
NINE DISASTER IN
Only 35 Out of 200 Men Working in
Crow's Nest Pass Mine Escape.
Results of an Explosion.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Pres3.
Vancouver, B. C May 23. A special
from Fernle, B. C, says:
"In the terrible explosion at 7.30 last
evening In No. 2 shaft of the Crow's
Nest Pass Coal company's mine, near
Fernle, which also extended to No. 3
shaft, only thirty-five of the 200 men
working In the mine at the time are
known to have escaped. Nine dead
bodies have been taken out up to this
writing. Of the 100 men entombed It is
feared the majority are dead.
The scenes at tho mines and in the
village of Fertile are heart-rending.
Hardly a house has escuped affliction.
Tho work of rescue Is being hurried nnd
perfect order prevails, and assistance Is
coming from every available source.
The presence of coal damp Is adding to
the danger of rescue work. A feur has
become general that the mines may
ditch fire at any time and tho survivors
arc being besought by their relatives
not to venture Into tho shaft even for
The Jefferies and Fitz Fight.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
San Francisco, May 'ii. James J. Jef
fries and Robeit Fltzslmmons havo
agreed upon tho final detail, for their
battlo hero on July 23. Tho amended ar
ticles of agreement were signed lato this
afternoon. The contest Is to be under
straight Marquis of Qucensberry rules,
tho winner Is to rocclvo CO per cunt,, and
tho loser 40 per cent, of tho puise. Ed
ward M. Cniuey Is to bo referee.
By Exclusive Wire from The Anoiiatid Press.
New York, May 2J. Anlvcd: I.a Savolo,
Havre. Cleared; Campania, Liverpool;
Statcndam, Rottoidiim via lloulngnc; Al
ler, Genoa nnd Naples. Plymouth Ar
ilved; Patricia. Now York, Sailed; Cel
tic, Now York; aenigic, New York, Ch'T
bourg Sailed: Columbia, from Hamburg
and Southampton, New York, fble of
Wight PiiRsed: Itymlam, Rotterdam for
Now York. Lizard Passed: Southwarlc,
Now York for Antwerp.
Town of Clover Destroyed,
By Kcluklve Wire from 'flic Associated Press.
Richmond, Va May 23. Tho town of
Clover, on the Southern lallwuy, In Hali
fax county, wus almost completely de
stroyed by fl ro lod.iy, Tho tiro started tn
Payne & Gregory's tobacco factory, The
loss Is about J-W.OOO; paitlally covered by
For Belief of Coal Creek Survivors.
By Kiclushe Wire from 'Ihc Atsoclatcd Press.
Wubhlnton, May 23. Representative
Gibson (Tonn.), today IntioducoU a lesolu
tlon appropriating $10,000 to bo expended
for tho bonellt and rellof of tho widows,
minor children nnd dependent parents of
thoso men killed May 19, 1003, by an ex
plosion In the Coal Creek, Tenn., mines.
By Exclusive Wire from The Auoclttcd Press.
Washington. May 23. The president to
day bent to the senate me; nomination or
Francis W, Ralston, of Pennsylvania, to
bo a lieutenant In tho ortUlery corps of
The British Government Regards
Hostilities with the Boers as
SAVING THEIR PACES"
Botna, De Wet and Other Leaders
Who Attended the Peace Confer
ence Will Fight No More A Few;
Irreconcllables May Continue tho
Struggle for a Short Time Brit
ish Cabinet's Precautions to Pre
vent Premature Elation Downing
Street Officials Believe All Is Over.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press. '
London, May 23. Tho British cabinet
meeting, which was summoned hastily
yesterday to consider dispatches from
South Africa, adjourned at 5. p. m.' to
day. The Associated Press has ascer
tained that the government regards tho
war as practically ended.
Advices received by the war ofllce in
dicate that whatever decision the Ver
eenlng in conference may arrive at, the
majority, If not all, of the Boer leaders
who went to Pretoria will discontinue
the flght. The present negotiations were
merely for the purpose of enabling the
Boer leaders to "save their faces." After
they learn the result of this afternoon's
meeting of the cnblnet, the burgher
leaders, it 3 expected, will announce
their reluctant acquiescence with the
Tho war office does not expect any
serious defections of the rank and flic
from the line taken up by Generals
Botha and De Wet.
Kvery precaution is being taken at
Downing street to prevent premature
public elation, in view of the possibility
that a portion of the Vereenlng dele
gates miaht bolt and continue the
struggle without their leaders. Pri
vately, however, confidence Is expressed
in official circles that everything Is over
but the shouting.
The stock exchange early fully made
up its mind how things were going In
South Africa. It declared this morning
that the bases of peace with the Boers;
had been agreed to and that the papers
defining them were signed yesterday.
The country generally persists In lt3
belief that war has been ended, not
withstanding the fact that nothing offi
cial has been published to support It.
The Cabinet Meeting.
Greater public interest was mani
fested in today's meeting of the cab
inet than had been shown In any meet
ing since the earlier stages of the war.
Tho ministers arrived In Downing
street, where the foreign ofllce, colonial
and other government offices are sit
uated, from all parts of the country,
and were greeted by hundreds of peo
ple nnxious for some sign of the prob
able trend of affairs.
Opinion Is dfvided as to whether a
statement on the situation will be Is
sued tonight, after the cabinet meet
ing, or whether it will be reserved for
the meeting of the House of Commons
on Monday. It seems, however, at the
best, that only the bases of the peace
terms will be before the ministers, and
that if they are accepted the discussion
of the details may still occupy soma
time during which, presumably, an
armistice will be declared.
Interesting references to peace are
contained In a letter from 'Klersdorp.
southwestern Transvaal Colony, dated
April 25. The writer says:
"Seventy to eighty thousand British
troops are here, waiting for General
De La Rey's answer from the peace
conference. Every hour we are expect
ing them (the Boers) to march In and
surrender. We have actually sent out
wagonlonds of clothes to enable them
to come In tidy, so there is every pros
pect of peace. Lord Kitchener cornea
hero from Pretoria every other day,
and seems to be In particularly good
spirits. He actually smiles, and that's
a thing lie not often does. We attach
great Importance to those smiles, In re
gard to peace,"
In the meantime, outside the Boer
commands Immediately connected with
the peace negotiations lighting, con
tinues. Lovat's scouts surprised
Foucho's command, In Cape Colony.
Wednesday last, und captured most of
the Boer supplies,
Berlin, May 23. Tho foreign office
hero bus been advised tonight from
Pretoria that peace In South- Africa Is
piuctleally concluded. Tho artloles of
surrender tiro ready to be signed, with
the exception that the approval of tho
British cabinet of the wording of the
secondary provisions Is awaited, The
suspension of hostilities may be an
nounced at any hour.
This Intelligence, it Is understpod,
reaches Baron Von Rlchthofen, the for
elgn secretary, through a, prjvajtecphei
cablegram from the German, co.nsP.1
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Local duta for May 23, 19021
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Uelatlvo Humidity: , .
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73 pef cent.
Precipitation, 21 hours ended l,p.,ut
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f .WEATHER FORECAST,' ?
-f Washington, May S.-Forecast
-f for Saturday and Sunday: Eastern
4- Pennsylvania, showers and thunder if
-f storms Saturday; cooler In south, 4
f portion; Sunday. fair; fresh south 4
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