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SCRANTON, PA., FRIDAY MOJKN1NG, DECEMBER 3.0, 1902.
GIVEN FULLPf WER
President Castro Asks Our Repre
sentative to Effect Settlement
With the Powers
The Effort to Induce the United
States to Act as Guarantor Will
Probably Not Succeed A Mere
Payment of Money Will Not Meet
Germany's Desires for Satisfaction.
President Castro Becomes Excited
When Interviewed Regarding the
B.v Exclusive Wire from The .Vo-iJt'il l,ro.-.
Caracas, Dec. IS. Lopez. Barak. Ven
ezuelan minister of foreign affairs has
transmitted to United States Minister
Bowen a document signed by President
(.'astro as constitutional president of
the republic, and countersigned by
himself as minister of foreign affairs
In which Mr. Bowen is recognized as
the only representative of Venezuela
in the mat lor of affecting u. settlement
of the present fllfllculty.
According to the terms of this docu
ment Mr. Unwell may act without re
st rli'tion. and he is to use all means
possible to protect the interests of Ven
ezuela. The' document was subjected
to correction last night and again this
morning before delivery. The state de
partment at Washington has been no
tilled of the transmission of this in
strument to Minister Bowen.
Kvents here are dependent upon the
receipt, through the state department
uC the answers or the governments of
CI runt Britain, Germany and Italy to
the proposal ot-nrbitration advanced
by Venezuela;-these answers are ex
pected to-morrow. Should they be fav
orable the Venezuelan government
strongly desired that a, conference of
the ambassadors of Great Brituin, Ger
many and Italy to the United Stales
then be held in "Washington and that
Mr. Bowen leave I.u Guayra. December
23 for the United States on board the
lied "D" line steamer Caracas, which
is due to reach New York December
9. Mr. Bowen will meet the ambas
sadors In "Washington. Is'o meeting to
discuss terms of settlement is to bo
held on Venezuelan soil.
Washington, Dec. 18. President Cas
tro has clothed Minister Bowen with
full powers to effect a settlement with
Great Urltaln, Germany and Italy.
Mr. Bowen simply awaits the consent
of the state department to assume this
task, assuming that the nations named
are willing that he shall undertake this
it Is believed that the critical phase
of the Venezuelan dilliculty Is passed.
Whether the consent of these gov
ernments can bo obtained will, It Is
believed here, depend entirely upon the
puttleleney of any guarantee that can
be given for the faithful discharge by
President Castro of any obligations ho
may assume as the result or Mr. Bow
en's efforts. The allies feel that they
must be assured against the consc
(juenees or another revolution and tho
possible repudiation by the president
who may follow Castro of his under
takings. Tho effort to Induce the United States
government to act as guarantor, It is
safe to say, will not succeed, and it Is
beginning to appear that there is likely
to he a mixed commission appointed to
receive all Venezuelan customs, set
apart it certain portion for the main
tenance of the Venezuelan government
and disburse the remainder among tho
powers until their obligations nro met.
Tho government of Franco has now
entered tho field as an active party In
Interest In the Venezuelan trouble. The
French government has, through Its
ambassadors and charges and minis
ters, nerved notice upon the govern
ments of Great Britain, Germany ami
Italy, and, by way of information, has
also told Secretary Hay that any pro
vision mndo for the settlement of tho
claims against Venezuela, must recog
nize the pre-eminence of tho French
Tho French government received as
surances from tho other governments
uumed that any arrangements made
would provide for tint security of tho
French interests In tho Venezuelan cus
toms.. Germany Not Satisfied.
Tho state department has learned,
that, us reported (he Berlin dls
patches, a niero money payment will
not meet Germany's desires. Count
Quadt, the German charge, had u long
interview with Secretary Hay today
touching Venezuela and the fact is now
apparent that whllo money will satisfy
Great Britain and Italy, Germany must
huvu an apology. The difference be
tween her caso and that of tho other
powers is that the -German legation at
Caracas was attacked, Its windows
broken, the minister's sick wife terror
ized and the Gorman national honor
otherwise touched in a manner that
cannot be healed by money.
Touching the question of a guarantee
of any obligations that may bo assum
ed by Castro as a result of Mr. Bow
n:'a 'fc'oo'd otlnss. it Is suggested In of
J'.clal circles that tia United States be
Jiu; without nwr In j .ibsenco of
legislation to assume & 'tly and re
sponsibility for the cx 3.n or Cas
tro's pledges, it Is still .bio Tor tho
statu department to glv6 an assurance
to uny parties who might be Induced to
produce the money to pay tho Judg
ments against Castro that when the
time conies for re-payment, the United
Slates government would exercise Its
good olllces to see that tho obligations
were kept. It is distinctly stated, how
ever, that no pledge will be made on
the part of tho United States to forcibly
collect any Indebtedness of this kind.
Castro Is Angry.
Caracas, Dec. IS. Early this morning
the correspondent of the Associated
Press saw President Castro and ques
tioned him regarding the report pub
lished in the United States thut the Anglo-German
ultimatum had been ac
cepted by Venezuela. The president be
came furious with rage and said there
was no truth In the report. He added:
"The acceptance of an ultimatum
cannot be coupled with arbitration. Be
sides, the Anglo-German ultimatum Is
not, properly speaking, an ultimatum."
AVholi asked if it was true that Ven
ezuela was taking diplomatic stops to
arrange ror arbitration and that ar
rangements In this connection were
well advanced, President Castro re
"The government or Venezuela does
not propose to determine on any steps
while the proposition for arbitration
that the legation of the United States
was charged to present, to Great Brit
ain and Germany remains unanswered."
Anti-War Party in London.
London, Dec. IS. The executive com
mittee of tho British branch of the in
ternational Union passed a resolution
tills evening, which was introduced by
W. T. Smead. expressing regret that
Great Britain had oniraired In war With
Venezuela without attempting to se
cure arbitration in accordance with
The Hague peace convention, and urg
ing the people of the United States to
protest against war being made upon
any American state prior to the sub
mission and refusal of an offer to ar
bitrate. Copies of the resolution will
bo sent to Lord Lansdowne and Sec
IN EFFECT TOMORROW
But Will Not Indicate That Minis
ter Bowcn's Efforts Have Been
By i:cliteirf Wire from The .Vs-oiuKmI Pre.--..
Caracas, Dpc. IS. rt has been learn
ed from an ollicial source that the allies
today will notify the Venezuelan au
thorities at La Guayra of the blockade,
to become effective Saturday, Dec. 20,
at S p. m., of the porta of La Guayra,
Puerto Cabello, Coro, Maracaibo, Cur
upano and Barcelona.
Washington. Dec. IS. As understood
hero the blockade to be declared by tho
allies against Venezuela on Saturday' is
to be a "war blockade" as contrasted
with the "peace blockade," which has
been in operation since the trouble with
Venezuela assumed an acute stage. Or
dinarily a "war blockade" Is preceded
by a declaration of war, but at times
this formality Is dispensed with and a
blockade maintained Just us though
war had been formally declared. To
all Intents and purposes war has exist
ed and such condition has been recog
nized by the governments of the allies.
A formal declaration that a blockade
has been established will be sent to all
the powers and It will he recognized by
tho United States government. Follow
ing tho practice In such case, this gov
ernment will maintain an attitude of
neutrality towards the belligerents,
which they practically become by the
establishment of the blockade, whether
a presidential proclamation announc
ing our neutrality will be issued has not
yet been decided upon. Tho matter will
come up for definite determination very
soon. Our government is fully Informed
of tho intention of the ullles in tho
movements they nre making in the op
erations against Venezuela.
The notice about to Issue of the for
mal blockade of Venezuelan ports Is not
understood hero to mean thut Minister
Bowen's efforts to adjust tho Venezue
lan difficulty have failed. It was con
ceived that the naval commanders of
the powers were noting under explicit
Instructions, which included tho e.i
tabllshment of n blockade, and it was
not expected that these instructions
would bo suspended until the negotia
tions through diplomatic channels had
assumed u phase indicative of a final
and satisfactory adjustment. As Min
ister Bowen has only today been ap
pealed to, to endeavor to effect such
nn adjustment, he has hud as yet no
opportunity of moving forward In his
negotiations to a point where he might
reasonably expect the allied powers to
cancel, completely tho remainder of
their punitive programme. Therefore,
it Is to be expected thut the threatened
bloekudu will be duly published next
Saturday, unless In tho meantime Min
ister Buwen is able to offer sulllelent
assurances that the Venezuelan govern
ment is ready to meet the terms of
It can be stated positively that theso
assurances will not Include a direct
guarantee by tho United States of Ven
VENEZUELAN VESSEL DISABLED
Destruction of the Victoria Causes
Great Indignation at Maracaibo.
By Exclusive Wire, trcin The Associated Press.
La Guavra. Dec. IS. The iTui-.n....
cruiser Fulko, which has been anchored
tor tne pabt two days at the entrance
of Lake Mar.iculbo, today captured tho
Venezuelan ttehnonei' Vletnrhi Aft.
cutting down her main mast, thus dU-
nbllng her, the (Jorniuiis abandoned tho
This action has caused grout Indig
nation among the Venezuelans and ex
citement runs high at Maracalbo.whore
tho people huvu been parading the
streets tittering cries against Great
Britain and Germany.
THE COAL FAMINE
Merchants May Be Obliged to Close
!! t'.xilmlw Who from 'J'liu .Uw laird I'iivm.
Schenectady, N. Y., Dec. 18. Local
coal dealers say there Is no hope or the
coal faniino being relieved this season.
Today a delegation went to Albany to
appeal to the sales agent of the Dela
ware and Hudson company for nn In
crease in the apportionment for this
city. Merchants say If they cannot get
coal they will have to close their stores.
The depot opened by the Citizens' as
sociation was again thronged today,
well-to-do persons touching elbows hi
the most abject manner In the quest
It was announced that no more coal
would be forthcoming from this source.
This fact Is due to a visit to Albany
by local dealers, who protested that
the association was injuring their
FRANCE ADDRESSES NOTE
Her Position Regarding Claims Is
Stated Will Make No Demon
stration Against Venezuela.
Hy IlxrliKlve Wire from The Associated l'n-M.
Washington, Dec. IS. It was learned
tonight that Franco has addressed a
note to her charge d'affaires at Cara
cas for submission to the Venezuelan
government, stating the position she
will maintain with reference to claims
of her citizens against Venezuela.
Franco makes a distinction between
claims arising before Castro's assump
tion of power and those arising since.
The claims of France prior to Castro's
administration, it is agreed, nro. to be
settled by arbitration. The claims aris
ing since Castro became president are
to be adjusted by the French minister
at Caracas, and the proper ministerial
olllcers or Venezuela. This was ar
ranged some time ago.
In the note sent to Caracas, Franco
takes tho position that claims arising
since S9!, when Castro became presi
dent, should have as favorable treat
ment as Is given to claims of Germany,
Great Britain and other countries.. As
to claims prior to lSD'J, France says
they shall be met according to the
most favored nation treaty clause and
be mel out of the eustonlSPrccclpts. The
note Is courteous, but firm. France, It
Is announced, will make no demonstra
tion against Venezuela.
DINNER AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
President and Mrs. Roosevelt Enter
tain in Honor of the Cabinet.
Jly Kclusie Wile from The .jochtrd f'rr.s-.
Washington, Dec. IS. Thu president
and Mrs. Itoosevelt gave a dinner at
the white house tonight in honor of
the cabinet, to which a large number
of other guests also w.ero Invited. It
was the lirst formal evening function
at the white house since its remodel
ing and gave tho guests an opportun
ity to view the many changes which
have been made in the interior of the
mansion. The table was sot In the new
state dining room, which has been con
siderably enlarged. The table was set
in tho form or a semi-circle anil tho
decorations were mainly red and white
roses. The guests included members of
the cabinet and their wives, senators
and representatives, with their wives,
and a number of personal friends of
the president and Mrs. Roosevelt. Sen
ator and Mrs. Quay and Representa
tive and Mrs. Dalzell were anions tho
The guests found many changes had
been made in the Interior of the house
since last summer.
BANQUET OF BANKERS.
Five Hundred Members and Guests
Dine at the Waldorf-Astoria,
by Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
New York, Dec. IS. William Barrett
Ridgley, comptroller of tho currency;
President Woodrow Wilson, of Prince
ton university, the ltev. Dr, itobert S.
MacArthur, Major General Adna n,
Chaffee and John' S. Wise were tho
principal speakers at the annual ban
quet of tho New York Stale Bankers'
association given at the Waldorf-Astoria
tonight. Five hundred members
and guests of tho association wero
Comptroller Itidgley spoke on "Elas
ticity in the Currency." "The Relation
of the University to Business," was tho
subject of Dr. Wilson's address. Dr.
MacArthur spoke on "Hankers, tho
Promoters nnd Conservators of Civil
isation." General Chaffee spoko on
"Exncrlenco with Hanks and Bank
ers," and Mr. AVlse. on "Something
Which Bankers Do Not Know."
By llxcluslvo Wile frumThu Associated Press.
New York, Dec. IS. Sailed: La Tour
aluo, Havre. Liverpool Arrived: Teu
tonic, New York. Qucenstown-Salled:
Celtlo (fiom Liverpool), Now York. Gn
no.i Arrived LuhuiNow York via Naples.
DEATHS OF A DAY.
By Kxcluihc Wire from The Associated I'rus.
1'hilailolphla, Dec. 18.-Willlam .1, Bo
jioy, former receiver of taxes of this city
died today at Ills homo In Torrosdule, a
suburb. Air. Honey was stileken with
apoplexy while lunching at thu Union
Leuguo, this city, on December S, Mr.
Honey was born In this city, At tho agu
of 17 years ho enlisted In thu Union army
and was mustered out In lfCi. uu repre
sented tho Eighteenth district In tho state
legislature from U7:i to lSItf. Mr. Honey
was a member of tho Masonic fraternity,
tho annul Army of tho Republic, and the.
Order of Odd Follows.
Kuw York, lli.i. 1S. rimir.v.ii Mrn
Hwanyno died this afternoon ut his rest-
ui-uvu iiuiu n n i-uiiiihiiuiiuii 01 uiseascs.
Ills widow, two turns and u daughter
wero at tho death bed.
rtVrnm;i. "WiikIi . n.o Itf 1Vt...l..lln a
Whltnoy, statu organizer for the Ameri
can Federation of Labor, and treasurer
of tho stuto federation, died today of ty
phoid pneumonia, iiued i years
Kfnu Edward's Speech Reviews
the Conduct 'of Affairs
REGRETS THAT ACTION
HAS BEEN NECESSARY
Complaints to the Government of
Venezuela in Regard to Unjustifi
able Acts Against British Subjects
During the Past Two Years Has
Been Disregarded The Course Pur
sued by Venezuela Made Conceited
Action Desirable King Also Re
fers to Transvaal.
By Kxr.hnhc Wire from The Associated Press.
London, Dec. IS. Parliament was
prorogued tills afternoon, until Feb.
17, by royal commission. Only a score
of members of the Hous6 of Commons
wero present when Bluck Rod sum
moned the lower house to the House
of Lords to hear the king's speech.
The speech was an unusually long
recapitulation of public events since
January, Including the action taken In
connection with Venezuela. Regarding'
thos the speech said:
"1 regret that the constant com
plaints which my Igovcrnmcut found it
necessary to address to the government
of Venezuela in regard to unjustifiable
and arbitrary acts against British sub
jects and property during tho last two
years have been persistently disregard
ed and that It has become necessary
for my government, acting in concert
with that of his Imperial majesty the
German I-hnperor. which also has ser
ious causes for complaint against tho
republic, to insist on measures of re
dress." The speech refers to the conclusion
of the South African war, and adds:
"There seems lo be every reason to
hope that material prosperity greater
than any tho Transvaal and Orange
Ulver colonies have yet experienced"
may visit these regions and that all
sections t)f tho .population may live to
gether In friendship for each other and
loyalty to the crown."
Paragraphs deal with the postponed
coronation, the colonial conference and
Colonial Secretury Chamberlain's tour,
which together are .expected to be of
the "utmost value, both In respect to
their immediate effect and as prece
dents In the future."
The Anglo-Chinese treaty Is referred
to as promising to "secure not only for
this country but for the commerce of
the world valuable facilities and ad
vantages." The speech closes with a reference to
India, where the anxiety regarding an
other famine has been averted by a
plentiful rainfall, and where the Cor
onation Durbar will be associated with
a period of unusual commercial and
The speech entirely omits the usual
reference to foreign relations.
Other topics touched upon were the
expedition against the Mud Mullah
and tho co-operation of Italy therein,
the acceptance by Chill and Argentina
of tho British boundary award, the
Brussels sugar convention, nnd the al
liance between Great Britain and Ja
pan. The speech expresses the belief
that this alliance "will bo of advant
age to both countries and contribute
to tho maintenance of general peace in
the extreme East..
RESULTS OF COAL FAMINE.
Washington People Suffer from Colds
Ttj Kiclushe Wire (rora'fhe Associated l'reei
"Washington, Dec. 18. A material In
crease in the number of cases of pneu
monia and severe colds among the peo
ple of this city Is attributed to the coal
famine, according to a number of phy
sicians Interviewed to-day. They say
that in most of tho houses they visit J
only a few of the rooms nro heated.
Kven In muny of tho homes of the
well-to-do residents furnaces have had
to bo abandoned.
The price of hard coal from the In
dependent operators to-day was $12
a ton. Soft coal at retail brought 8
a ton and many of tho dealers are un
ablo to furnish even small lots to reg
NOTES OF CONGRESS.
By Kxjluslve Wire from Tho Associated Press.
Washington, Dec. IS. Thu seuato com
mittee on education and labor today
agreed on a favorable report of tho houso
eight-hour bill, Tho agreement was
leached after many hearings nnd threo
days of executlvu sessions. Many amend
ments have been mado.
Hepresontatlvo Hill, of Connecticut, to
day Introduced a Joint resolution provid
ing for a drawback on all coal Into tlm
Pulled States at Atlantic porti until Juno
Tho conferees id the senate and tho
houso of representatives on tho Anthra
cite Coal Strike commission hava raelu-d
an agreement. The report will bo mado
on. S.iturduy, it Is understood most of
tho senate amendments weru retained.
Tho house today passed the bill to re
duce, tho duties on thu products of tho
Philippine Islnuds coming Into tho United
States from "5 per cent, of tho Plngley
rates (tho present duties) to i per cent,
of those rates. Tho discussion of thq bill
was uccnmpanled by cousldorahte niau
Qouvi'clug on thu Democratic, side lo so
euro test votes on various amendments
designed to lower tho tariff barrier still
further, and a record vote was forced on
a motion to ro-commlt with Jus'tructlntuj
to report a bill providing for absolute
free trado with tho Islands. Tho division
oa this proposition was oa party Hoed,
with tho exception of Mr. McCall (Hep.,
Mass.) who voted with tho leniocrtH.
Thu mollun was defeated ft I lo ViZ
WORK OF BOARD OF PARDONS.
John J. Robinson, of Luzerne, Among
Those Who Ave Released.
lly l'.xcliile Who Iroiii Tho Anncl.itcd l'iat.
Harrlsburg, Dec. IS. The board or
pardons today refused to commute the
death sentence of Mrs. Katu Ndwnrds,
of Berks county, to lire Imprisonment.
Mrs. Kdwards Is alleged to have hilled
her husband, and ten of tho twelve
Jurors which convicted her recom
mended the commutation of sentence.
Tho board also refused to recommend
pardons for Michael Sentmnn, Phila
delphia, assault and battery; John O.
Dally, Philadelphia, second degree mur
der; Andrew Slsko, Luzerne, arson;
John 11. Brooks, Philadelphia, torgery;
Albert West and Robert Klluatrlck,
Delaware, first degree murder: John
Szoyak, Allegheny, second degree mur
der. Re-heurlngs were refused In the cases
of AVUllam Punn Bowman, Luzerne,
first degree murder, and D. Knight Flu
ley, abductloln and conspiracy, Phila
delphia. Pardons were recommended for James
Gillespie, Schuylkill, burglary; Hurry J.
Hannah, .Westmoreland, murder in sec
ond degree; John Clirlstll, Allegheny,
assault and battery; John J. Robinson,
Luzerne, murder in second degree;
Michael Hart, Clearfield, murder In sec
ond degree; Amos IC. Rboads, Berks,
embezzlement; John Rommelc, Phila
delphia, murder In second degree.
Tho case of Daniel H. Bean, Alle
gheny, perjury, and Harry W. Bru
baker, Lebanon, felony, were held under
THE STORES RECEIVE.
A Reception and Dance Given in
Honor of Miss Jean Stone.
lly Inclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Harrlsburg, Pa., Dec. IS. A reception
and dance was given by Governor and
-Mrs. Stone In honor of their debutante
daughter, Miss Jean Stone, this even
ing at the executive mansion. The dec
orations wero surpassingly beautiful,
thu greens and the flowers contrasting
prettily with tio red and blues of the
ball room and the reception room. There
were present COO guests, including state
olllclals. members of the governor's
staff and Major-General Miller and
staff in full uniform.
Governor and Mrs. Stone and Miss
Stone wero assisted In receiving by
.Miss Hodgers and Miss Doty, of Pitts
burg; Miss Fealy. of Washington; Miss
Watson, of Wllliamsport; Miss Winter,
of Indianapolis, and Miss Swindell, of
Baltimore. The reception was tho last
one lo be tendered by Governor and
Airs. Stone and surpassed any of the
brilliant entertainments given hi the
mansion during tho Stone administra
tion. INSPECTOR BISHOP'S REPORT.
No Girls Employed at Scranton Silk
Mills Under Age.
lly IlM.Unbe Wire from The Asswriated l're.w.
Harrisburg, Dec. Hi. Factory Inspec
tor Campbell received a report to-day
from Deputy Factory Inspector K. W.
J Bishop, whom he sent to Scranton to
ascertain If the girl employes of the
silk mill told the truth when they tes
tified before the coal strike commission
that they were under thirteen years of
age and yet were allowed to work,
which Is against the ractory Inspec
Air. Bishop reports that ho secured
the certificates sworn to by the par
ents of these girls before the children
were allowed to work and all showed
that the parents represented their age
to bo over the legal limit.
Proceedings may be brought against
tho parents for perjury.
MR. SHRAFROTH'S PLAN.
He Would Guarantee Payment of the
lly K.ulu-lve Wile from The Associated I'risi.
Washington, Dec. IS. Representative
Shrafroth (Colorado), appeared before
the committee on foreign affairs, to-day
to urge action on a joint resolution
which he Introduced authorizing tho
president to propose to Great Britain
and Germany to submit their claims
against Venezuela to arbitration and to
guarantee the payment of tho awards.
Air. Shrafroth said that war In South
America would make the violation of '
tho Alonroe doctrine probable. Mr.
Shrafroth expressed the opinion that
the trouble In Venezuela would not
end until the united States guarantees
payments of whatever demands may bo
"Castro's proposal Is inadequate," ho
."aid, "unless accompanied by a guar
antee by the United States. It can bo
given by no other nation and, by no
body of men In Venezuela now.
Gillespie Was Innocent.
By Kiclusive Wire fiom The AssocUted Prest
Pottsvllle, Pa., Dec. IS. A pardon bus
been recommended for James Gillespie,
who has served two years hi prison hero
for a ciimo of which ho was innocent,
in January, VMl, Olllesplo was convicted
of burglary and sentenced to suven years'
Imprisonment, It has developed that ho
was hi Sunbury on tho night of tho bur
glary. GIIesplCi Is a member of a prom
inent Wilkes-llarro family.
Drowned in the Schuylkill,
By r.xcliultft Wile from The Associated I'reis.
Pottsvllle, Dec. IS.-Joseph and Walter
Hast, aged 7 and 'J years respectlvelv,
weie drowned In Urn Schuylkill river whllo
coasting at Schuylkill Haven. They wero
unailo to control thu sled, which left tho
hill und carried Ilium lutd thu strouni,
President Receives Teachers,
By Kxclu.lve Wire fiom The Associated I'rcjs.
Washington, Dec. IS. President Hooso
volt today lecelvcd ono hundred and fifty
to-iehi'i-H from Biibquehunna county, pro
seated by Representative Wright. Latur
the pu'Miknt revolved tho students of thu
Pennsylvania Statu Normal school, lo
cated at Blnomsbuig.
Carried Life Insurance,
lly Kxclule Wire from The Associated Press.
Louisville, Kj',i Dec. IS. It developed
today that H. C. Whuyncy a Loul.svlllo
businessman, who wus found dead lust
night with a gunshot wound la Ida breast,
carried SCT.Mo life Insurance.
SUFFERINGS OF THE
THREATENED STRIKE AVERTED
Action of International Officers Pre
vents Disaster for Schenectady.
By llvclushn Wro from Tho Associated l'rr..
Schenectady, N. Y., Dec. IS. The
threatened strike In the General Elec
tric Works here, it Is now understood
has been averted through the action of
the International officers of thu nllled
metal mechanics and of the kindred
unions, who have now taken the mut
ter in charge. Tho proposition of the
unions Is Hint nn agreement bo entered
Into between the General F.Iectrie com
pany and the unions providing, that ir
the company will not declare a lock
out, the men will promise not to go on
strike. Hereafter all matters that may
fall into dispute are to be submitted
to a commission, comprising tho pres
ident of tho company, C. A. Coffin, of
New York, John Mulhollaiid, president
of the International Association of Ale
chaulcs and one other person to be
chosen on each occasion In question.
The award of this commission Is to
be final. Edward Uttlng, whose dis
charge precipitated the trouble will,
It Is said, not return to work, but will
become the state organizer of the al
lied mechanics' union.
THE CASE OF
Testimony Given in Favor of Actres3.
Samuel Stanton Swears He United
Miss Biggar and Bennett in 1887
By Kxelusivc Wire from The Asfociatcd Press.
Freehold, N. J., Dec. IS. Til the trial
of Laura Biggar, Dr. Charles C. Hen
dricks and former Justice of tho Peace
Samuel Stanton for having conspired,
as alleged, to secure possession of the
estate of the late Henry M. Bennett,
opened before Judge Helsley In tho
quarter sessions court this morning.
Mrs. Mary Roche, who formerly kept
house for Mr. Bennett In Seventy-second
street, New York, was tho first
witness called. She testified that in
1000 Mr. Bennett told her that he
would occupy one of rtiu flats In his
.apartment house." in Seventy-second
street, New York, with his wife. The
witness said that later in the same
year Miss Biggar showed her a certifi
cate of her marriage with Mr. Ben
nett. Dr. James G. C'onley, of Bayonne,
who was called yesterday by the de
fense and who swore that he saw Miss
DDBiggar accouched of a male child at
Dr. Hendrick's sanitarium, was recalled
for cross-examination by the state. The
prosecutor failed utterly to shake his
testimony as to his having been pres
ent at the birth of the child.
Joseph nicker t, proprietor of the
Park Hotel at Mount Pleasant, Mich.,
testified that on Dec. 15, 1000, Mr. Ben
nett and Miss Biggar stopped at his
hotel. Ho said that Mr. Bennett reg
istered for himself and Miss Biggar as
"Henry M. Bennett and wife." The
register was produced in court and the
state acknowledged that the signature
was that of Mr. Bennett. C. K. O.
Keetter, a manufacturer of artificial
limbs of New York, testified that on
June 17, 1901, he called on Air. Bennett
at the latter's stock farm In. Farming
dale, N. J., to measure him for a leg.
On that occasion Air. Bennett Intro
duced Miss Biggar as his wife.
When Samuel Stanton, ono of the de
fendants, was called, Miss Biggar
looked steadfastly at him ns he took
the witness chair. Stanton testified
that he was a justice of tho peace from
1SS7 to 1S91 and that on Jan. 2, 1S0S,
Bennett and Miss Biggar called at his
house, 117 Monroe street, Hoboken, tit
about 10:30 p. ni and asked witness
to marry them. Stanton said he had
never met thu couple before, and he
called In Elizabeth Webber, a servant,
to act as witness. After he had per
formed the marriage ceremony Stan
ton said ho gave the bride a marriage
ertlllcate. About a year later she
came to him mid stated that she had
lost the marriage certificate and asked
him to give her another.
"Witness then went on to explain
while at tho house of Joseph Tucker,
secretary of the Board of Heatlh in
Bayonue, lie met Lawyer Alexander
Young, of Jersey City, there, and that
Young told him a prominent man of
Now York City had been married in
Young's oilier- nnd ho wanted to file an
antedated marriage certlllcate to savo
the young woman's rmmr, who was
soon to become a mother, Stanton said
Young offered him ?25 if ho would
make out the required certlllcate. Tho
witness said hu refused.
Tho witness told about Young going
to tho ofllce of Joseph Tucker, whom
ho tried to. Induce to "doctor up any
book In his olllce," so that ho (Young)
could got tho marriage or Miss Biggar
and Bennett on the records, also, that
Young lllled out a blank mnniago cer
tificate which Tucked gavo him. On
cross-examination Stanton said Miss
Biggar wrote to him for a second mar
riage certlllcato last summer and that
he ivcelved $5 for making It out.
Mr, Vanderbllt's Condition,
ly lliclusivc Wire from Tho Assneiated 1'iess,
New York, Deo. IS. Tho Physicians in
attendance upon Oornollim Yaudorbllt, In
dued tho folluwlntr bulletin at 7.50 o'clock
"Mr. Vunderbllt, so far, Is standing tho
complication as well ns wo can reason
ably expect. He Is no worso than ho wan
Fatal Coasting Accident.
B Exclusive Wire from The AssocUted Press.
Gettysburg. Deo IS. Dora Thorno. aired
17 yeurs, whllo coasting, slipped from her
sled, railing into a deep pool, and was
Told Mine Strike Commission ot
What Theu Had to Endure
Diirlna Recent strike.
' AND INTIMIDATION
These Were Supplemented by All
Manner o Assaults House o Jo
seph Hoffmanof Drifton, Was In
vaded by Strikers Who Overturned
the Stove mid Set the House on
Fire Sorry Story Related by
George Grossewicz, of This City.
George W. Bowen, the Poet, Had
an Extremely Unpoetic Experience.
Tales of tho sufferings of non-union
men and their families during the
strike formed the burden of the testi
mony before the mine strike commis
sion, yesterday. More than a score of;
witnesses told of their sorry experi
ences, or assaults, boycotting, threats,
Intimidation and petty annoyances un
counted. Tho direct examinations wero
conducted by Attorneys Joseph O'Brien
nnd John T. Lonnhan. The minors' at
torneys did not do much cros's-cxam-1
ining, contenting themselves with an
occasional effort to make it appear that
union men did xxo commit tho vio
lence. There was considerable objection on
tho part of tho, miners?1 attorneys be
cause tho evidence) tending- to prove
boycotting was for tho most part in
direct, but tho commission refused to
sustain the objections.
Chairman Gray said tho commission
was not bound by any strict rules of
evidence, but would "liko counsel to
confine thetnselvcaaa far impossible to
direct evidence. """ " ""
It was difficult, bo said. In provlig
tne existence or boycotts, to get the
best evidence on ihe subject. The com
mission, ho said, wanted to know about
tho alleged reign of terror during- the
strike, and realized It would be impos
sible to get information about it from
witnesses If the strict rules of evidence
"The coward -who will so to the
storekeepers," said he, "and warn them
not to sell the necessaries of life to a
woman, whose husband chooses to
work, can be counted upon to seek tho
obscurity which the rules of evidence
provides for him. If a girl is dis
charged from her position in a storo
because she rode on a street car dur
ing a street car strike, the coward who
discharged her is coward enough to re
fuse to testify."
Realizes tho Cause.-
Ho recognized, ho said, why some
merchants will not come forward and
tell who forced them to refuse to sell
necessaries of lire to boycotted per
sons, but if ho wore a storekeeper, ho
thought, ho would risk his all to as
sist in breaking- up tho cowardly boy
The fact that tho commission Is
about to close Its sessions resulted in
yesterday's attendance being the largest
sineo the opening days of the hearings.
In the afternoon the crowd in tho court
room was as large as that of any day
since the hearings began, and many
who could not gain admission were
President Mitchell, of tho mine work
ers, returned from-the west and was
present during both sessions.
The first witness of the day was Fred
Reynolds, who was a pumprunucr dur
ing tho strike nt tho Bellevue colllerv
or tho Delaware. Lackawanna nmi
Western company In this city. John
Francis, a union man, shot at him four
times, on July 5, after having threat
ened a few days before that he would
kin mm If ho did not stop work, Fran
els was tried and convicted, and sen
tenced to three inontha in Jail and a
tine of $;;,
Joseph Hoffman, of Drifton, went on
strike, but when the union refused to
glvo him any financial assistance, hn
wus forced to return to work. Ono
night a crowd ot" fifty or sixty attacked
his home. He crawled to tho garret,
broko through the roof, crawled across
to a neighbor's house and escaped. lib
went six miles through tho woods to
his mother's home in Kckley.
When tho crowd forced nn entrance
to his houso ami found lilm irone, It
smashed tho furniture uiui terrorized
his wife and children.
On cross-examination, Mr. McCarthy
sought to make It appear that the at
tack was made by a crowd of mischiev
ous youths, who hud been drinking n
keg of beer In an adjacent Jlold. The
witness couldn't see It that way.
Continued on Pago 5.)
YESTERDAY'S WEATHER, ji
Local data for December IS, IMW:
Highest temperatmo ,..,,, , 3$ decreed
Lowest temparture, ,.., 30 degree
8 a, m, ,,,,,, ,,.., C9 per cent.
s p. in ,,... S per cent.
Precipitation, 21 boms ended 8 p, m,,
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f WEATHER FORECAST,
Washington, Dec. 18 Forocast for -.
Friday and Saturday: Eastern -W
Pennsylvania Fair Friday and Sat- 41
-t- uraay; iresn west to northwest -fj
f winds; becoming variable. -L
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