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SCJRA'NTON, PA., MONDAY MOHXING, DECEMBER 15, 1002.
PUERTO CABEf .0
State Department Receives Dis-
patch From Bowen Veri!uino
Reports of Hostilities.
CHARVBDIS AND VINETA
I, fHE ENGAGEMENT
Sho English Commodore Sends a Dc
mmul to Authorities for Satisfac
tion for Having- Pulled Down the
British Flng from the Merchant
Steamer Torwze While a Reply to
a Message Sent to President Castro
for Instructions Is Awaited, Fire
Is Opened Upon the Portress and
Custom House at Puerto Cabello.
Fortress Replies, but Is Soon
Silenced The Situation Much More
Quiet at Caracas, the Venezuelan
By i:.cluivc Wire from The Associated Press.
Washington, Dec. 1-1. Minister How
en, in a dispatch received by the state
department this afternoon, cabled that
ho has been informed by President
Castro that British and German war
ships were bombarding Puerto Cabello.
In an earlier dispatch received by the
state department at li."2 o'clock Sunday
morning, Minister Bowen said that the
situation at the Venezuelan capital,
Caracas, was much quieter. The groat
excitement noted at the outset of the
affair, was caused by the precipitate
flight of the British and German min
isters, the arrest of all the subjects of
those two nations and the seizure of
the Venezuelan gunboats without first
iiLclarlnxr a. blockade, thus causing the
people to fear a bombardment would
follow at once.
Bombardment of Puerto Cabello.
Puerto Cabello, Saturday, Dec. 13.
The British cruiser Charybdls and the
German cruiser VIneta, have bombard
ed the fortress here. They quickly
'The Chnryijdig -'.ltd VIneta arrived
here this morning '.The' captain of the
English merchant steamer Topaze,
which was seized by the mob last Wed
nesday, visited the English commodore
on board the Charybdls and returned an
hour later with a detachment of fifty
marines, who took churge of the To
pazc. The populace is greatly excited
at this incident and raised the cry "to
arms" but no incident occurred.
The English commodore then sent a
demand to the authorities for Immed
iate satisfaction for having pulled down
the British flag from the Topaze and
advised the government that if satis
faction was not forthcoming in two
hours the fortress and the custom house
would be bombarded. The authorities
nn the receipt of this demand sent a
message to President Castro asking for
At 5 o'clock the Charybills and VIn
eta opened fire on the fortress and cus
tom house. The fortress replied but
was soon silenced. No damage was
done to the town.
The T'nlted States consul went on
board the two cruisers and was Inform
' f'd by their commanders that they had
crime to this port in search of the Ven
Thi! entrance to the Inslilt: harbor at
Puerto Cabello Is through a narrow
channel not more than a few hundred
feet wide, To lliu left of lhls channel
nc one enters the harbor, situated on a
low sand spit, is the fortress whleh wni
bombarded by the German and British
cruisers. Tt is an old fashioned struc
ture, which was rebuilt in the eight
eenth century. Its sides niv compara
tlvi ly low and would offer but poor
resistance to modern shells, it Is not
propablo that the Venezuelan govern
ment had any cannon there. The cus
toms house at Puerto Cabello Is sit
uated on the right, nr mainland chan
nel, Tt Is a long, two-story brick build
Ing and contains, besides executive of
fice, a largo warehouse. Steamers dis
charging at Puerto Cabello tie up Im
mediately In front of the custom house.
The town Itself Is Hat and stretches
fiom the water front Inland tothu base
of the hills, a distance of two or three
The outside harbor at Puerto Cabello
Is hardly more than u large bay, offer
ing comparatively little protection to
Shipping. The Inside harbor Is very se
cure and quite commodious.
Note from Commanders.
Caracas, Saturday, Dec. 13, A note
from the conminnde.rs of the allied
Anglo-German -Heel, which the AYno
s'tielan government refused u receive
yesterday at T.a Guayra, was .sent to
day to United States Minister ISowen
nt Caracas and forwarded by him to
the proper government oflielnl here.
The note Is In the name of Great llnt
nln and Germany; It requests all Vene
zuelan shins, after the lapse uf live
lays, to refrain from sailing from the
port of La. (Jtiayra until the present
dlltlcultles tiro over,
Tho question what right Great Brit
ain anil Germany have, to eoerco, Vene
zuela without declaring a blockade Is
being asked on all sides here.
El Moeho Hernandez and certain
other revolutionary leaders left Alara
calbo today for Curacoa on their way
to Caracus, Hernandez Is probably tho
most popular of tho revolutionary lead
us. President Castro has kept him Im
prisoned nt Maraculbo for several years
The news of the shelling of tho fort
ress nnd custom houses nt Puerto Ca
bello this afternoon by the British
cruiser CliarybdU and German cruiser
VIneta, readied Caracas at a Into hour
tonight. It cuused considerable excite
ment, and Iii''jV' t,r ,llu preventive
nionsitrLH takcif,the police of Puerto
Cabello, troubl "Wred at that port.
BLOCKADE ATLA GUAYRA.
clines the Offer of n Loan.
Dr delusive Wire from The AiewUlM l're
lly li.uiii-.lvp Wliu trm'llu' Avocl.i'i Pirni.
London, Dei-. 1",. In a dispatch from
WlllemsUiiI, Curacao, dated Dee. 14, the
corristpondeiit of ih. Dally Mail says
I hi Angio-Gtrmiiu warships are block
ading I -a. Cuayra. The steamer Yuca
tan was warned by the British cruiser
Indefatigable- not to enter pi Gualra
and returned to Curacao.
The V nezitolan government has de
clined tile offer of a. loan, made by a
tierinan banker of Caracas, to settle the
claims against it.
United States Does Not Give
Consent to Any Exten
sion of Rights.
By Exclmiv-e Wire from The Aesoclatcd Pri.
"Washington, Dec. 14. Aside from dis
patches from Minister Bowen, there
were no important developments in the
Venezuelan situation, so far as the
state department is concerned. The
officials are watching events with keen
interest, so as to bo able to act prompt
ly should such a step become neces
sary, but nothing was done today ex
cept to make some representations to
the German and English governments
In tho matter of the peaceful blockade
now being enforced by those govern
ments In Venezuelan waters. Secretary
Hay took the dispatches from Minister
Bowen over to the white house during
the day, and discussed the situation in
Venezuela for some time with the presi
dent, but he had nothing to make pub
lic on the subject.
In the matter of the blockade, the
secretary has Instructed our ambassa
dors at Berlin and London to represent
to those governments that the United
States must not be understood as giving
Its consent to any extension of the In
ternational right of peaceful blockade.
It is not known that this instruction
was called forth by any incident malt
ing such representation necessary. It
war. made simply as a cautionary
measure and gives the attitude of this
government should any development
arise making its position a matter ot
It was confidently hoped that by this
time some answer would have been re
ceived from the German and British
governments to President Castro's re
quest that the claims of these govern
ments be submitted to arbitration.
This request was transmitted from
Caracas by Minister Bowen during the
latter days of last week, tiud In turn
was handed to the embassies of Ger
many and Grtat Britain at this capi
tal. Secretary Hay up to this time has
not receive! any reply.
The visit of President Castro to the
bedside of the invalid wife of the Ger
man diplomatic representative at Cara
cas created a good impression here, as
It did at that place, whereas the neces
sity for bombardment of Puerto Ca
bello made an equally unfavorable one.
It is regretted that the commanders of
the German and British vessels should
have found it necessary to resort to
such a severe step u.s bombardment of
the city for an act for which satisfac
tion might have been obtained in a
more, peaceful manner.
AT CARACAS RE-OPENED
W. W, Russell, Secretary of Ameri
can Legation in Charge Minister
Bowen Shelters Germans,
II- lulii'.ivv Wile from 'I lie As-odatoil I'iiv.
Caracas, Saturday, Dec. IS. The
British legation here will be re-opened
to-night imiter tho American Hag by
AV. W. Russell, secretary of the Ameri
The statement that Italy, through her
legation here is to demand payment of
her claims against Venezuela, has been
confirmed. The arrival of the Culled
.states gunboat .Marietta at La. Guayru
yesterday was due to a rumor that
Culled Slates Minister Bower, was hi
danger. There has been no ground for
such a rumor and the presenro of tho
Marietta was not required by Mr.
The situation at Caracas continues to
bo critical and there is Intense excite
ment among the German residents of
tho city. To-dny tho Germans sought
refuge at the American legation where
they will be sheltered, Mr. Bowen has
gotten In quantities of all kinds of pro
visions, to bu prepared for any emer
gency, Tho enlistment of Venezuelans sol
diers continues; L',000 men from 'the en
virons of Caracas and Valencia- caino
Into this, city to-day, Tho boycotting
of British and Gurmau goods continues.
The British and German colleges here
which wero boycotted, have closed their
doors. The university of Curacas also
Is closed. Priests are preaching for
war. It Is reported that ninety Ger
mans living In the country luivo of
fered to support, tho Venezuelan gov
ernment against Germany.
Leading German and British resi
dents of Caracas aro very bitter against
their icspecllve ministers, whom they
accuse of leaving Caracas without giv
ing any intimation of their intention to
anamwn tno citv, I
Tho note front Iho commanders of tho
allied licet, Which was pent to tho
Venezuelan government throuah Min
ister Itoweti, concerning Venezuelan
vessels leaving I.u Uiniyni Is supposed
to herald the blockade.
The people of Caracas are astonished
that the government nt Washington
remains slluut In spite: of the recent
acts of the allied lleet.
The fact that the peopl" of Venezuela
lire In absolute Ignorance of tho designs
of the alllr.'i upon their country creates
n deep and disturbing Impression hen;.
The chief olllcer of President. Castro's
guard said to-day to the representative
of the Associated Press:
"It there is to be war let us know
and we wilt light. If there is to be
only nn assault on our coast, where we
cannot reach the allies, the only tiling
left for us to do Is to declare that to
destroy our debtor's furniture Is a
strange way to force the payment of
his obligation. I believe this situation
will soon conic within the scope of tho
THE CLAIMS OF ITALY.
Aro for Damages Sustained by
Italian Subjects in 18D8.
lly exclusive Who from Tin1 As-oeiJtcil Pre".
Home, Dec. 14. Italy's claim against
Venezuela are for damages sustained
by Italian subjects during the Venezue
lan revolutions of 1898 and 1H0O.
When Great Britain and Germany
agreed upon n common course of action
toward Venezuela, Italy thought to join
them. Two Italian men-of-war, which
left Otranto with secret orders, sup
posedly for Tripoli or Morocco, were in
reality destined for Venezuela. Other
warships have been ordered to Vene
As already announced, negotiations
are still pending with Germany and
Great Prltnln and Foreign Minister
Prlnettl hopes to arrive at an arrange
ment which will enable him to make a
I statement In the chamber ot' deputies
tomorrow in reply to an interpellation.
IS NOW READY
The Final Preparations for Greatest
Naval War Game Details of
By Kxolusivi" Wire fiom The A!oci.Uci 1'iess.
Snn Juan, Porto Rico, Dec. 14. Ad
miral Dewey is conferring with the
squadron commanders regarding the
Hear Admiral Sumner's squadron ar
rived here yesterday and saluted Ad
miral Dewey's Hug. Admiral Sumner
today transferred his Hag to the Chi
cago and assumed ""-command of the
The Kearsarge has landed .a battalion
and has established a. camp at Culebra
Island. Tho other warships are engaged
in boat and minor drills, which will
continue until Monday. Then there will
be evolutions by the vessels forming
the divisions, to be followed December
17, IS and 19 by lleet evolutions. Be
tween December 19 and '!'. there will be
a holiday at tho various ports.
Admiral Dewey has -announced the
fleet organization to be as follows:
First Squadron, Hear Admiral Hig
glnson commanding: First Division
Kearsarge, Alabama, Massachusetts
Second Division, Bear Admiral
Crownlnshleld commanding Illinois,
Indiana, Texas and Olynipla.
Second Division, Hear Admiral Sum
ner commanding: Third Division Chi
cago, Hulelgh, Cincinnati and Newark.
Fourth Division, Captain A. Walker
commanding San Francisco, Albany,
Atlanta, and Montgomery, with the
.xusnviiie. .viacnias ami Detroit as
Hear Admiral Coglilan commands the
base, attached to which ure the auxll
iary and supply ships.
After the holidays one squadron will
blockade a port and the auxiliary ves
sels uiul torpedo boats will attempt to
raise it and break through. This will
last five days. Then there will be tac
Admiral Dcwvy is gratified by the
mobilization. He say.s it Is the finest
fleet ever assembled under one Hug,
and that It is an honor to command It.
The search problem taught important
lessons which will be beneficial to the
Hear Admiral Hlggiiison has person
ally congratulated Hear Admiral Sum
ner. Tie says lie would hitvo been glmi
to have won, sllll the victory of ihe
former was fairly earned. Hlgglnson
was handicapped by the absence of the
Toxai and Newark and the hteakdovvn
of several of his ships, The problem,
the admiral adds, showed the need of
fast scouts and an lucreafed navy.
TUCKER DECLARED GUILTY.
Convicted of Violating the Primary
Special lo the Scranton Tribune
Stroiulsburg, I'a Dec. H, Alter de
liberating over hlx hums, the Jury In
the cnti of I. M. Tucker, whu was ar
rested for alleged violation of the pvi
mury election laws hi August lust, re
turned a verdict Satin day moinlng or
guilty on two counts of tho Indictment.
A new trial was asked for tiL once,
It was alleged by Joseph Overflow, a
candidate at the primary election, that
Mr. Tucker, who is the well-known pro
prietor of tho famous Cataract house
at tho Water Gap, counted out it big
majority of votes received by hlin
(Overlitld), thus giving him only twelve
votes in the township, when ho proved
ho had received upwards of eighty.
DEATHS OF A DAY.
lly Kiciiblw Who from Iho Aswiatuil I'rwi.
Baltimore, Dec. 11. Major Alexander
Shaw, financier, coal operator and phil
anthropist, died suddenly of heart falluro
at Ms homo In this city lato last night,
Alexander Shaw was born In Long
Branch, N. .1., In 1S17. Ho como lo Mary
land twenty years later, and became Idea
tilled with tho coal mining ludustiy of
Allegany county. Ills rank as major was
earned dining tho Civil war, In which ha
took part In tho second Maryland ivguhr
Infantry. Major Shaw leaves no Inline,
dlatu family, his wife having died' In ISul.
Senator Prodor Will flsk the Sen
ate to Take Up Measure For
THE STATEHOOD BILL
DOWN FOR DISCUSSION
Senator Dillingham Will Address tho
Senate in Opposition to the Admis
sion of New Mexico and Arizona
In Cnso Opportunity Offers Senator
Penrose Will Make nn Effort to Get
Up the Immigration BUI at Odd
Times During- the Week An Un
eventful Week in the House Hol
iday Adjournment on Saturday
lly KxcluMve Who fiom The AfeOcUteil I'ie..
Washington, Dec. 14. After the rou
tine morning business in the senate is
disposed of to-morrow, Senator Proctor
will ask tho senate to take up the bill
lor the ru-organlzatlon of the inllltlu
force of tho United States, and he will
continue to bring it forward each day
in the morning hour, in the hope of se
curing action early in tho week and of
having it become a law before adjourn
ment for the Christmas holidays.
At 2 o'clock the statehood bill will lie
again taken up and Senator Dilling
ham will address the senate In opposi
tion to the admission of New Mexico
and Arizona. He will speak at length,
quoting from the testimony taken by
the sub-commlttoe. which visited those
territories, and giving hisi personal ex
periences as a member of that commit
tee. The statehood bill will i.mtlnuu
each day of the week, except Wednes
day, to be the order of business, after
2 o'clock. 'Wednesday has been set
apart for eulogies in memory of the
late Senator Sewell, of Now Jersey.
Senator Nelson will be succeeded in his
speech on the statehood question by
i Senators Burnham and Kean. Senator
Beverldge, chairman of the committee,
will close the debate. He also will be
beard frequntly during tho course of
the debate on points as they comes up.
The senate will adjourn on Saturday
for tho holidays, and not even the
friends of the bill express confidence of
action on the measure before that time.
In case opportunity offers, Senator
Penrose will make an effort to get up
the immigration bill at odd times dur
ing the week, with the hope of secur
ing action on it, but the prospect now
is that It will go over until after tho
Christmas adjournment. In all prob
ability tho bill making an appropria
tion for the prosecution of tho agricul
tural department's tight, on the foot
nnd mouth cattle disease in New Eng
land will be passed during the week.
In The House.
Tho prospects are for an uneventful
week in the house. To-morrow is Dis
ti let of Columbia, day, and the bill to
give the secretary of agriculture power
to make regulations to prevent the
spread of contagious diseases in live
stock has been set for Tuesday. Be
yond tills and the consideration of an
urgent deficiency bill, which will fol
low, there Is no fixed programme. The
committee may be called and some odds
and ends of legislation disposed of be
for the adjournment for the Christmas
holidays next Saturday.
THE QUEEN'S GIFT.
Alexandra to Give a Dinner to All
Widows and Children in London
of Victims of the Boer War.
lly llxi'lu-Ivc Win- irom The Aoei,iuil I'nwi.
London, Dee. II. The Associated
Press tennis that (Jueeu Alexandra In
tends to mark her sympathy for the
sulferers In tho recent South African
war by giving it Christinas dinner to all
the widows and children, now hi Lon
don, of those who fell in the war.
Tho dinner will be given on Dee. 27
at th'i Alexandra Trust Hestaurant, ot
which the ijueeu Is president, and
which was founded In March, 11-00, by
Sir Thomas Upton for 'the beneilt of
the poor. Sir Thomas Upton has
charge of all the arraugeineuiH for the
In the proclamation announcing her
Intention, Queen Alexandra will Invite
all the widows and children of the sol
diers and sailors belonging to the Im
perial and Colonial forces who lost their
lives in South Africa, or died from tho
clfects of the campaign, She adds:
"U or Majesty desires in tho Corona
tion Year to express her heartfelt .sym
pathy with those who have suffered the
cruel bereavement of war. and to wish
that JiupplnsH and comfort may, with
God's blessing, bo theirs In the com
ing year," .
Her Majesty will defray all the trav
eling expenses of her guests.
ttijjh Water In Pittsburg-,
Uy i:cludvo Wire imii Tho Aoti.ieJ I'u-,.,
Pittsburg, Pa., Dee. J I. Tim Mononga
hula and Allcgheney rivers nro falling to
nlght after a continued rlsu of three
days. The Ohio liver niurlt at thu dam Is
fifteen feet, falling slowly. Three million
bushels of coal were started soulh to-day
and fully five million in expected to bo
shipped to-morrow, which will mako the
agaregato for four days nearly fifteen
High Rates for Coal Tonnage.
Bj- Eicluilve Wire from Th AiiociXtJ j'res?.
Boston, De.c. II. Local vessel ovvncis
urn benefiting by thu urgent demand for
tbumign for transporting twal. and tho
unusually high rates being paid for suit
ablo crutt. From ti to Ji.W) Is being paid
for eniTVlug fuel from Philadelphia to
this Dori.' thu hl-hest hi yea it.
MISSOURI 11IVER VAGARIES.
Interstate Dispute Canoed by Change
of Channel in 1800 Now Settled.
Uy llif-ludu' Wire from The AioH.ilnl Press.
Knnsns City, Dec. II. The commission
which lias been sitting at the Midland
hotel to hear arguments la the Mlssouil
Nebraslai boundary line cnso has ad
journed offer limiting a dccl.don which Is
In tlie nature of a. compromise. Thu point
at Issue, was Hie ownership of l.'.nOO acres
of valuable land at the point wheio tho
two states inecl.
Tho dispute was caused by the chang
ing of tho curient of the Missouri river.
Formerly the river made a. groat bend
and oiiine around again, leaving only a
short neck of land. On July ". lsrtl, tho
river broke this neck, and since then the
line linn been In dispute.
The commission, which wits appointed
by tlie United States Supremo, court,
found that a line drawn through tho
territory of the old river bed equally dis
tant from each side represented tho main
channel of the Missouri river prior to ISM
ami that nil laud lying on the Missouri
side of tho line belonged to tho state ot
Missouri, and nil lnnd lying on tho Ne
braska side of said lino belonged to that
state. The river shortened Us course
fourteen miles by cutting through the
neck of land.
Secretary Wilson Sends Out
Lists for the Coming: Elec
tion of Officers.
lly t:L-liKivo Wile fruin The Associated l'ic-.
Indianapolis. Dec. 14. Secretary Wil
son, of the Cnltfd Mine Workers, is
WMlrllmr nlir the llJt nl enlldhhlleS for
the coming election of officers of the
national organization, wmi nn: oi.uii.k
upon which returns are to be made to
the various locals throughout the coun
try. In selecting the national officers this
time, the new system of a referendum
vote by the members, which was de
cided upon at tlie last session, will be
These l-eturns must all be in by De
cember ill, but as some time will be re
quired to tabulate the returns and de
termine the successful candidates, if
probably will be a week later before
the outcome will be known. It will bo
necessary to complete the count before
tlie national convention, for in every
case where no candidate receives a
majority of the votes cast, the conven
tion will have to choose the candidates,
as under the old system.
The list of candidate!-, for positions to
be voted on by the locals is given be
low. The candidate's standing in tlie
list is determined by the" number of
nominations each received.
President-John Mitchell, Spring Val
Vice-president T. L. Lewis, Bridge
port, O.. and T. D. Nicholls, Scrnntui!,
Auditor and Credentials Committee
(three to be chosen) M. McTaggart.
Barnesboro, Pa.; John J. Mossop, North
Lawrence. O.: Patrick Fltzsinmions,
Olyphant, Pa.; Joseph Pope, Belleville,
III.; Bfcese Bennett, Wyoming-, Pa.:
Lawrence Love, Hocking, la.; Albert
Neiibelln, Glen Carbon, 111.: Steven
Corven, West Bay City, Mich.; J. C.
Hennun, Linton, Iml.; Alex. Suttie,
Strcutor, 111.; Kvan Owens, Belleville,
111., and James Hlchards, Sandoval, III.
Delegates to American Federation of
Labor (seven to be chosen) John
Mitchell, Spring Valley, 111.: W. P..
AVilson, Blossbtirg. Pa.; W. D. Hyan,
Springfield, 111,; T. L. Lewis, Bridge
port, O.: John Fahy, Shamokln, P.i.;
W. II. llaskins, Columbus, O.; AV. H.
Falrley. Pratt City, Ala.; G. W. I'ur
cell, Terre Haute, Intl.: John F. Beam,
Beacon, la.: William Dodds, Pittsburg,
Pa,: I'M ward McKune, Versailles, Pa.;
Joe Vasey, Whitwell. Tenn.; D. 11. .Sul
livan, Coshocton, O,; John T. Deinp
sey, Scr.inton, Pa.; J. II. Kennedy,
Terre Haute. Iml.; (!. AV. Savage, Col
umbus. O.: Harry Wright, Perth, lad.;
Uriah lielllnghain, Pittsburg, Pa.: Will
iam Little. Pittsburg, Pa.; Paul F.
Pulaski, .Mount Carmel, P.i,: John Nu
gent, St. Charles, Mich.: AV. F. Will
iams, Saginaw, Mich,; Chris Evans-,
Nclsonvllle, O.; James Mooney, High
bee, Mo.; Barney It Ice, Dubois, Pa.;
F.dwunt Flynn, Pratt City, Ala.;
Thomas Haggarty, Heynoldsvllle, Pa.;
Hubert Legg, Kant Greenville, O.; T.
II. I'lckton, Canton. 111.; Adam Hascav
age, Plymouth, Pa,; James Cantwell,
Carbon, Ind,; George Bagwell, Mur
pltysboro, 111,; J. W. Davis, Keystone,
AV. Va.; M. L. Haptonstall. Montgom
ery. AV. Au.; D. C, Kennedy, Sewell,
AV. A'a.; Lawrence Love, Hocking, i.i.j
M. C. Perry, Spring Valley, ill,; Percy
Tettlow, Washlngtonvllle, O,; J. D.
AVood, Central City, K: M. S. Elliot,
Co:,l creek, Tenn.: charlcn P. Glldea,
PIVE KILLED IN A WRECK.
Half a Dozen Others Injured All
Were on a Wrecking' Train Which
Went Through a Bridge.
Uy tiu'luslw Wire Irum The AssoiLtoJ l'r.
Bi-ookfleld, Mo Dt-c, 14. Five per
sons were killed III a wreck on tho Han
nibal mid St, Joseph railroad, just cast
of this city, early this morning. Tho
J, Murphy, road master.
Arthur Hyatt, brldgeman.
Thomas Alnsworth, brldgeinan.
A Green, fireman.
J, 12. Votaii, trainmaster.
Kuglueir Good was fatally Injured and
half u dozen others seriously hurt, All
the dead and Injured ate railroad em
ployes and were in a wrecking train
which went through a bridge.
( Steamship Arrivals,
lly Hwluiivc Wile fiom The AswicUtnl I'u .
New York. Dec, II. Arrived: Steamers
La Tourulne, Havre; Ethiopia, Glasgow;
llayre Afrlvcd: La .Champagne, New
(jgueiiKiown Sailed: Steamer Etrurla,
New Vork. ,
Hon th amp ton-S.i I led: .steamer Kaher
AVIIhelm dec Grone. J'cw Yjiik via Cher-Uour".
MINERS' CASE WILL
LIKELY END TODAY
MRS. U. S. GRANT DEAD.
Wife of the Late President Expires
from Heart Failure nt Her Res
idence in Washington.
By i:zeluilv Wire from The Associated 1'rrai.
AVashliigton, Dec. 11. Mrs. L'lysses S.
Grant, wife of President Grant, died at
her residence In this city nt 11.17 o'clock
tonight. Death wan due to heart fail
ure, Mrs. Grant having suffered for
some years from a valvular disease of
the heart, which was aggravated by it
severe attack of bronchitis. Her age
prevented rallying from tho attacks.
Her daughter, Nellie Grant Sartorls,
was tho only one of her children with
her at the time of her death, her three
sons, who find been summoned here, nil
being out of the city.
There also were present at the bed
side, when the end came: Miss Ro.-:e-inary
Sartorls, a. granddaughter: Dr.
Bishop, one of the attending physicians,
and tho two trained nurses. Death
enmo peacefully, the sufferer retaining
almost complete consciousness practic
ally to the end. Jesse and Ulysses S.
Grant, two of the sons, now In Cali
fornia, have started on their way to
Washington. The other son, General
Fred Grant, is in Texas, and will hasten
here at once. The remains! of Mrs.
Grant will be deposited in the tomb at
Hlverslde pail;, New York, where those
of her husband now repose. AVhetlier
they will be taken Immediately, or this
ceremony be postponed for a time,
could not be ascertained at the house
Mrs. Grant, whose maiden name was
Julia Dent, was' born in St. Louis In
IWi!, and w:is a daughter of Frederick
and Ellen VVrcnshall Dent. She was
married to General (then captain)
Grant in 1S4G. During the Civil war
Airs. Grant was with the general much
of the time and remained as near as
possible to him when he was campaign
ing. She saw her husband twice In
nugurutod as president, and accom
panied him on his journey around the
Two Men Killed, Two Fatally
Injured and a- Number
By Diclmne Wire from 'flip Associated 1'rMS.
Cleveland, O.. Dec. 11. Two men were
Instantly killed, two others probably
fatally burned anil a number of others
less seriously burned In an explosion of
gas in the water works tunnel, one
hundred feet below the bottom of Lake
Erie, this afternoon. The dead:
BEX ltUDNEH. Hochestnr, X. Y aged
AUTIim ISOLliKlt, Ciinloii, Ohio, aged
Tlie Injured are:
AVilllam Knox, Brooklyn, X. A'., civil
engineer, seriously burned about head,
face and body, will probably die.
James Os.-nnln, W'llllnmstown, Pa.,
burned about bead and face, condition
Others less seriously burned are:
Edward Eaglc-ou, Cleveland.
Peter Cnrllii, Cleveland.
Henry llapyar, Canton.
John Powers, Cleveland.
Albert Arnet, Cleveland.
Ernest Buries, Clevelau
The cause of the explosion, it is be
lieved, was a spark from the joining of
two electric wires in the tunnel, thus
igniting the accumulated gas.
Lucille Gage, Daughter of the Gov
ernor of California, Breaks a
Bottle of Champagne.
Il.v livliiiivi' Mile iiom I'lie .Uwliii'il ITi-i-i.
San Francisco, Dec, 11, Lucille Gage,
eleveii-year-old daughter of H. L. Gage,
governor of California, today christened
the Tivms-Pacilli; cable by breaking a
bottle of champagne over the shore end,
and thus Inaugurated a new era in
the commercial development of the Pa
cllle roast, The landing and splicing
of the shore end, which Is to connect
the mainland with Honolulu, as accom
plished without hitch ami was witnessed
by nearly iiu.Ouo people.
The steamer Newsboy then steamed
out to sui live miles and anchored the
cable with balloon buoys. The splicing
to the main body, on the steamer SU
vertown was completed tonight nnd the
Sllvcrton sailed for Honolulu,
Telegraph Operator Injured.
lly Exclusive V iru from 'flic Aaioemoil Vtat.
I'lilsliuiu-. Pa.. Dee. II. Earl 11. I'l.nke. i
a telegraph operator from South Cluules-1
ton, Ohio, whu call!" here yesterday to
accept u position oil tin Pennsylvania
lines, was probably fatally hurt to.ulglu
by jumping from a third flour window i f
tho Hotel l.ala.vetto during the pi ogress
of a small lire in Die building. Clarke's
skull Is fractured and he is otherwise
badly hart. Ho was taken to the Home
opathic hospital In an inioonsdmis condi
Grether to Bo Hanged February 24.
Special to the Serantou Tribune.
Stroudsburg. Deo. II. Word was re
ceived yesterday that Governor Stone lus
fixed Tuesday morning, Fob. SI, ISO), as
tho dato for tho execution of Charl?a
Grether. convicted of tho murder of
Adam Strunk. Tho governor recognized
tho two attempts nt eseapo nnd set tho
tliuo earlier than ho Intended
Auomeus For tlie Operators' Side
Are Prerjarlna to Present
FLURRY OVER ANOTHER
Coxe Bros. & Co.'s Employes Dlscoiu
tented Over Alleged Failure of tho
Company to Live Up to the Agree
ment Under Which tho Big Strika
Was Brought to an, End Commls-i
sion Likely to Continue in Session
All Week and Adjourn on Satur
day Over the Holidays Wage Sta
tistics of the Scranton Coal Com
pany. The miners will close the presenta
tion of direct testimony to the ml no
strike commission today, and tomorrow
the operators will open their case.
Among the dual witnesses for tlie
miners' side will be a large number ot
girls from tho silk mills and other in
dustries, here and lu AVilkes-Barre,
who will he put on the stand to show
that because of the poor wages paid by
tlie coal companies to their fathers and
brothers they are forced to go to work
at an early ago to help support the
family. Tlie district presidents are not
lo bu called us witnesses.
The programme of tho companies has
not as yet been definitely decided upon,
further than that some one attorney
possibly Simon P. Wolverton will mako
the opening statement for all the re
spondents. It was intended that the
Delaware and Hudson company would
present Its case first,-but the Illness of
David Wlllcox, general counsel of the
company, may cause a change In this
arrangement. A definite plan will be
agreed upon at a meeting of the com
panies' attorneys to bo held in the Jer
Threaten to Strike.
Some little commotion Is being caused
In commission circles by the news from
Drifton that the 3,200 employes of t'oxe
Bros. & Co. are threatening to go out
on strike again. This company did not
effect a settlement with its men until
a month after tlie employes of the big
companies returned to work. Its men
lefused to go back when It was learned
that the company had 49B of tho old
employes on the "waiting list." After
a number of conferences, It was agreed
that the men should return to work
tinder promise from the company that
all old employes would be reinstated
except those officially charged with
violence during the strike, or who had
been supplanted by tho introduction ot
machinery, such as patent slate pickers
and the like.
The men claim that tho company is
Pot making a. just effort to live up to
its agreement, and, it is said, are anx
ious for the men to strike to enforco
the terms of the agreement.
District President Thomas Duffy and
National Board Member Peter Galla
gher, will meet with the Coxe Bros. Si
Co. men Wednesday at Drifton. Presi
dent Duffy said last night that he is
not sufficiently well acquainted with
the details to speak on the likely out
come of tho discontent. He expects
to be able to get away from here to
morrow, and to have a conference Willi
the men Wednesday.
Should there bo a cessation of work
at these collieries now, it would greatly
retard tho work of controlling tho coal
famine, as the Coxe Bros. & Co. collier
ies have an output of 1,000,000 tons of!
coal si year.
Two sessions of tho commission wero
hold Saturday. Most of tho timo was
taken up with testimony regarding con
ditions at tho Philadelphia, and Reading
collieries. These witnesses had Httlo to
complain ot other than that they aro
not being taken back. There were somo
allegations of local injustices, but on
the whole, tho witnesses nil agreed tho
company treats Its men fairly.
President Mitchell was again on the
stand for further cross-examination.
Tho presentation of tho wage state
ments of tho Scranton Coal company
was the first business that came before,
tho commission at tho morning session,
The statements were presented by John
It. Kerr, vlco president and general
counsel of tho New Tork, Ontario and
AVcsterii railroad', which company con
trols tho Scranton company.
Tho statements show that during
the year ending April 30, 1903, the coin
pany operated nine collieries. Two
worked only eleven months on account
of flto and Hooding and one but eleven
and a half mouths on account of the
Tho avorngo earnings of miners per
year were $53S.0O and of mlno laborers
ij.ilil.'fi. Average per breaker, day ot
Continued on Pago 7.1
YESTERDAY'S WEATHER. I t
Lu.nl data for Dee H, IW.'i
Highest temporatuic 17 degrees
Lowest temperature Jl degrees
8 a. n W per cent.
s p. in ID per cent.
Pivclpitatlun, ill hours ended 8 p. m.
-M -H- -M
4- WEATHER FORECAST.
f AVaslilngton, Dee. II Forecast for -f)
f Monday and Tuesday; Eastern 4
f Pennsylvania Snow Monday and
-f probably Tuesday; Increasing -f,
f northeast winds becoming higher, -f
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