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THE ONLY SCRANTON PAPER RECEIVING THE COMPLETE NEWS SERVICE OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE GREATEST NEWS AGENCY IN THE WORLD.
SCRANTON, PA., THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 25, 1902.
The Arbitration Retiucsts ot Great
Britain and Germany Leave the
President Free to Choose.
MR. ROOSEVELT IS
He Has Not Mode Up His Mind ns to
His Reply Yet No Details as to
the Restrictions Laid Down in the
Arbitration Plan Will Be An
nounced Until the Answer Is Pre
pared The President to Weigh
the Matter Carefully.
It Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Washington, Dec. 24. The British
and German formal proposals to Presi
dent Roosevelt that he arbitrate the
Venezuelan difficulty have been re
They are in such shape that the Pres
ident can accept or decline the proposi
tion. He has reached no decision so
far, not having had opportunity to
catvfully consider the proposals.
The messages were received while the
President was absent from the White
House. Nothing can be learned yet as
to the details of the proposals. Curios
ity on that point must remain unsatis
fied until the President has determined
what to do.
It Is known that he is disposed to net
v. ith all speed in this matter, for lie
.eallzos that the conditions on the
'jlockade lines ore Mich that at almost
my moment an unpleasant Incident
lrlln, Dec. 2 1. Germany is anxious
to receive President Roosevelt's accept
ance of the formal Invitation from Ger
many and Great Britain to act as ar
bitrator In the Venezueluu controversy.
The German government's preference
is very decidedly in favor of arbitra
tion through President Roosevelt rather
than through The Hague tribunal, be
cause It believes the president will
leaeli an early decision, whereas The
Hague court would require many
The officers hero also Insist that it Is
to the advantage or the United States
to have the President decide the mat
ter. The German Flramship Siberia,
m hlch sailed from Hamburg for Ven
ezuela yesterday, carried an export In
international law, who will act as
counsel for Commodore Schcder in
technical legal questions arising during
Home, Dec. 21. Italy's reply to the
arbitration proposal of Venezuela,
through Minister Bowen and the gov
ernment of the United States says,
among other things, that Italy would
be pleased If the question were settled
by the arbitration of President Roose
velt. It adds that if lie does not accept
Italy will have no objection to submit
ting the solution to The Hague' tribun
al. No News for Publication.
Washington, Deo. 2. The President
Hid Secretary Hay were In conference t
jor some nine mis aiiernooii over tins
Hie nature of the restrictions the allies
have imposed on tho arbitration. If
any conclusion was reached at the con
ference between tho President and the
Secretary of Stale to-day the fact was
not made public. Inquiries at the
White House regarding the President's
intentions wore referred to Secretary
Hay and tho latter sent word to news
paper reporters who called on him that
there wus no news to be given out, on
,the subject to-night. s
CASTRO AGAIN MENACED.
Rebels Gain Strength by Blockade
and Flock to Matos.
Il.v HxcltisUe Wlrr (rom The Associated I'rcaj.
Wlllemstad, Islund of Curacao, Dec.
t'3 (by boat from La Guayra) Tho i evo
lutionists have answered President Cas
tro's proposition that they should unite
with the government nnd turn their
arms against the foreigners who have
attacked Venezuela. They refer the
president to General Matos, their only
tihlef capable of dealing with the mat
tor. Tho revolutionists are strengthened
by tho Impossibility of tho govern
ment's suppressing the smuggling of
arms and ammunition Into tho countrv
nnd by tho fact that it has no longer
any iieet at its disposal. The ten-day
armistice which the government feigned
with them ends tomorrow.
Tho government lias 3,000 men at Bar
qiiislmeto nnd 2,500 ner Caracas, but
nil others who had enrolled themselves
to fight against the foreigners have re
tired. Tho revolutionists havo planned n
inarch on Caracas by three roads. The
leaders, Jtamos, Antonio Guevara, Ur
banota and Ponaloza, with 2,500 men,
will march via Guatlre. Antonio Fer
nandez, Osjo and Crespo Torres, with
2,300 more, havo left Camanagua, nnd
General Bolando, with 2,500 troops, will
bo from Alta Gracla. Ammunition la
opected to arrive every day near Tu
cacus. The situation for President Castro la
considered to be again perilous. At
tacked by foreigners and his own coun-
trymeu, he can with difllculty resist tho
I shocks, us tho govern men t's resources
The president's deporturo for La Vic-,
.ropoiilH from Great BriUaln and Ger- ' arranging an et,ultablo division. T ,0 lsioiuc- nispcotors .under an
many that the President arbitrate the Tho arrest of Madame Dalazza, the m 'J fn VnnL f STu ,
issues Involved In the Venezuelan ! friend of Romain D'Aurignac, at lueu- tl ! Ho Is charged
claims controversy. They went over , os Ayres, was part of the government's 'Hi ''!f,' If,, r PUl"
the subject very carefully. The accept- energetic plans to apprehend tho fugi- ' !, ,.""' .. vnl.i,,iiB .,,. f
unco or declination uC tho proposals by tives. She was not connected with tho ' pS,? m c Jm 1 JB , ?i
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toria is for the purpose of trying to
check the near advance to tho capital
of the revolutionists. General Matos
will leave C . Vao shortly.
PRINCESS .ANTS A DIVORCE.
She Will Tak eps to Procure One
by Inclusive Wire (ro
Vienna, Dec. 24.'.
of Saxony, through
tner ni'Kldi.iit nl'
o Crown Princess
Luchonel, a for-
veiland, has in
formed the Nous We. '-. T.igeblattthut
slu Intends to take 1. ediate steps to
procure n divorce. r!5j
She will not return Salzburg for
fear of being pluced ln-iii asylum. In
two lettei s to her intimate friend, Prin
cess Thereso of Bavaria, tho crown
princess complains bitterly of her
treatment at the Saxony court, wheio
she always was subjected to the strict
est discipline. She says the official
statements in her case are Incorrect.
Dresden, Saxony, Dec. 21. It Is re
ported here that the Crown Princess of
Saxony left for her husband a written
confession of her relations with M.
Glron, together with a declaration of
her unalterable intention of never 10
turnlng to the Saxon court. The court
has no official Information as to the
present whereabouts of the princess,
but it is known here that she is going
to Men tone, France, to reside. Tho
court Is at 'present concerned with con
siderations U3 to the best course to pur
sue in the matter. It is believed that
the pope will be appealed to to grant
an absolute divorce.
ALL READY TO RECEIVE
THE HUMBERT FAMILY
Complete Arrangements Made for the
Reception, of the Prisoners When
They Arrive in Paris.
By Kclube Wire from The Aosoe.'jtcd Pros.
Paris, Dec. 21. As a result of confer
ences between Premier Combes and
Minister of Justice Vallo complete ar
rangements have been hade for the re
ception of the members of the Humbert
family, now tinder arrest, but the pre
caution has been taken not to disclose
where the prisoners will be taken from
the train, as a popular demonstration is
feared. The government authorities
are showing great activity In preparing
for the prosecution of tho prisoners.
M. Hennion. chief 'of detectives, who
has gone to Madrid, Is accompanied by
four civil guards, four police inspectors
and two of the best detectives in the
service. It is expected they will occupy
a special car with the prisoners, whoso
arrival is awaited in Paris wltlt intense
interest. The affair continues to be the
universal topic lor discussion and even
effects tho Christmas rejoicing, many
of the holiday novelties depleting
phases In the famous case. One'of these
is a miualure of Humbert, as empty ns
that which Induced hankers and others
to lend millions to the Humberts.
The nature of the legal proceedings
has not yet been definitely settled. The
.statement in the extradition papers that
the accused are charged with swindling
and irregular bankruptcy proceedings
gives a general Idea of Hie lines of the
prosecution. The creditors are chiefly
interested In heeurlnir tho rrminnnr nt
their assets and plans are on foot for a
departure for Buenos Ayres Indicated
that Itomaln D'Aurignae and other
members of the Humbert family wero
in that part of the world.
KING GEORGE WATCHING
THE PRINCESS LOUISE.
His Policemen Are Reporting Her
Actions nt Geneva,
By llulushe Wire (rom The Associated Prnt.
Berlin, Dec. 24. Tho Lokal Anzolger
today prints a dispatch from Dresden,
saying that King George of Saxony
sent several of the highest police to
Geneva to observe und report on tho
actions of the fugitive Crown Princess
Louise. One olllcial returned yesterday
by way of Vienna. Tho other will re
main at Geneva.
A divorce of tho crown prince and
crown princess is regarded us impos
sible during the lifetime or King
George, who entertains stringent relig
ious scruples against divorce. The Pro
testant clergy, however, hope that Ber
lin will bring pressure to bear for a
SNOW AT CONSTANTINOPLE.
All Communication Interrupted and
Weather Intensely Cold.
By Eiclujht Wire Ircm Tho Aiiocitted 1'rm.
Constantinople, Dec, 24. A severe
snowstorm has been raging here for
Communication by land and sea is in
terrupted, and tho telegraph wires aro
down. Tho weather Is intensely cold,
There have been heavy falls of snow
In all tho European provinces of Tur
key, Mr. Astov's Memorial to Daughter,
By Exclushe Wire (rom The AuocUted Preii.
London, Dec. 21. William Waldorf As.
tor has given JKO.OQO to build a now out
patient department for tho Hospital for
Sick Children, in Great Onnond street. It
will bo dedicated to the memory of his
daughter Gwendoline, who died recently,
Vunderbilt Will Recover,
Uy Kxclushe Wire (rom The Associated l'rei.
Now Voik, Dec. 21. On leaving tho
Vanderbllt reoideueo at 10,(3 tonight, Dr.
Aubtin Bald: "Mr. Vanderbllt has turned
tho corner. Ho will got well "
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Charles Miller Disappears with Near
ly $500 Belonging to His Wife.
Special to tho Sorantonv Tribune.
Stroudsburg, Dec. 24. With ulmost
five hundred dollars belonging to Ills
wife, Charles Miller, who a few days
ago married Mrs. Hannah ViinWhy,
proprietress of thu Valley House, hour
East Stroud 8 burg, Is alleged to have
run off. He disappeared yesterday.
Several who hove seen Miller say ho
hears n striking resemblance to Oscar
Sehnwyer, a notorious horse thief and
Mrs. Miller met Miller some mouths
ago. He represented himself as a well-to-do
stock farmer of Little Washing
ton) N. J. Ho conducted himself In an
exemplary manner and soon won her
consent to inurrloge. Since the mar
riage Mr. and Mrs. Miller have been
living at tho Valley House. Yesterday
morning Mrs. Miller gave her husband
$449 to pay a note duo Burt Brothers,
The note has not been paid. After re
ceiving the money lie engaged a livery
rig to take hi in to Portland and upon
arriving there dismissed the driver and
since then has not been seen.
Chief Roderick Meets the District
Officers Including Those Chosen
at Last Election.
By Exclude Wi.o trout The Associated t'U'os.
Wllkes-Barre, Pa., Dec, 24. James
Rodorlck, chief of the bureau of mine
insnectnrs. mf.r tho riifirrint insnontnrs.
including those elected nt the late elec-
tlon, in this city tonight, and made the
First, Lackawanna Edward Roderick,
with office In Scranton. ,
Second, Lackawanna and including Sus
quehanna and Wayne Patrick J. Moore,
Third, Lackawanna Henry O. Pry torch,
Fourth, Lackawanna Thomas II. Will
Fifth, Luzorno and Sullivan Hugh Mc
Sixth, Luzerne P. M. Boyle. Kingston.
Seventh, Luzerne Edward Reynolds,
Eighth, Luzerne David T. Davis,
Ninth, Luzerne and Carbon David ,1.
Tenth, Schuylkill-Wllllum Stein, Shon-
Eleventh. Schuylkill Patrick Fenton,
Twelfth, Schuylkill .Michael J. Bren
Thirteenth, Schuylkill John Curran,
Fourteenth. Northumberland James
Fifteenth, Columbia Martin Kelly, A-h-land.
The number of mines in each dis
trict are given as follows:
First, IS; Second, 21; Third, 2t;
Fourth, 10; Fifth, 23; Sixth, at; Sev
enth, 17; Eighth, 17; Ninth. 3fi; Tenth,
20; Eleventh, 12; Thirteenth, 19; Four
teenth, 2S; Fifteenth, 7.
AN OIL NAPOLEON
IS UNDER ARREST
William Baer Ewing Is Accused of
Using tho Mails for Fraudulent
By Exclusbe Wire (lorn The Asoclsted Press.
Chicago, Dec. 1. William Baer low
ing, secretary or a concern known us
the Standard Oil Promotion and In
vestment company, has been arrested
money In the shares of the oil concern
under representation Unit tho company
had a subscribed capital ot $2,000,000;
that it had much money on deposit in
Saiv Francisco banks, and that men of
large means had united in tho vcuturo
to promote the oil industry of the Pa
cific coast. Residents of Sacramento
and Broderlek, Cal aro mentioned In
the Indictment as having lost money
through representations made in circu
lars alleged to have been sent through
tho malls by Kwlng.
PRIZE FIGHTERS AS ORATORS.
Corbett and Sullivan Will Preside nt
Salvation Army Dinners.
By Kxclushe Wire trom 'flic .Upoclalml Picaa.
Toledo, O., Dee. 24. At the Salvation
Army dinner to tho poor or Toledo to
morrow, James J. Corbett, Joint L. Sul
llvan, Mayor (Golden Rule) Jones and
Rev. F. D. Kelsoy, nil national charac
ters, will address the assembled diners.
Sullivan and Corbett, who are ap
pearing at rival theatres this week,
Iwth volunteered to act as waiters ut
the dinner, but the army suggested that
they mako a speech. When they learned
that Jones and Kelsey would spouk,
they accepted the invitation.
THREE SCHOONERS MISSING.
It Is Bolieved That They Have Foun
dered nnd That Fourteen Persons
Have Beeen Drowned,
By Uclulre Wlru (rom The Associated I'rci.
St. Johns, N, F., Doc, SI. Tho steamer
Magnlile returned hero this afternoon
from tier search for threo scliooneis which
have been missing blnco tho gules bemm.
The crow of one schooner was landed yes
terday nt Boulogne. The Magnlllo fulled
to tltul the others.
It is believed hero that tho vessels foun
dered and that fourteen persons havo been
Mr, Morgan Sued for Damages.
ttj Excliulro Wile from The Associated Frets.
New York, Dec, 21. J. P. Morgan has
been summoned to appear in tho district
municipal court to answer hi a suit
brought against him for J2J0 damages.
Tho claimant, a tenant In u house owned
by Mr, Morgan asks these damages on
tho ground that ho caught a severe cold
through the house not being heated owing
to tho Jauk of cout
Natives Preter Gharaes flualnst
American Soldiers to General
Miles' at Llpa.
WATER CURE CASES
Captain Howze Taken to Task on
Charge of Having Allowed Native
Officials at Laoag to Whip Prison
ers to Death General Miles Sends
Cablegram to General J. Franklin
Bell Directing Him to Report Cases
of Misconduct That Had Prompted
Him to Issue Circular No. D.
By Exclude ire from UIio Associated I'rcus.
Manila, Dec. 24. Several official in
quiries into charges of alleged cruelty
to natives by soldiers are at present
progressing throughout the Islands.
Some of these cases have been investi-
. Su,t,?d Previously, , , ,
When General Miles was at Liua, in
? Province of Batangas, Luzon, cer
tain natives laid charges before him
that during the campaign of reconcen
tration, American soldiers had com
mitted acts of cruelty and violence.
General Miles referred the matters to
General Davis, and the latter detailed
Colonel Morris C. Foote to Investigate.
Colonel Foote found the charge of vio
lence untrue, hut, it is believed, that ho
found in some cases tho water cure had
been administered. His leport will bo
sent to Washington.
While General Miles was In the island
Major GeorgU K. Hunter, of the. Fif
teenth cavalry, repeated to him cer
tain charges which had been brought
against Captain Robert L. Howze, of
the Sixth cavalry, when in command at
Laoag, North Ilocos, Luzon, 111 1900. At
the time specified, Captain Howze was
lieutenant colonel o,f the Thirty-fourth
Volunteer Infantry. Major Hunter said
that native officials of Laoag had
whipped certain prisoners, two of whom
died from the effects of this treatment.
At the time of this alleged occurrence,
Major Hunter was serving at Luoag;
lie reported the matter in a letter to
Governor Tart, Mho Informed General
MacArthur. Captain Howze denied the
charges. An Investigation was ordered
and tile bodies of the two prisoners who
tiled were exhumed. In their report tho
investigators held Captain Howze to bo
blameless. General Miles brought Major
Hunter tn the north of Luzon and land
ed him at Laoag before leaving the isl
ands for China. At present Major
Hunter is in Manila. Ho says tho In
vestigation into the charges against
Captain Howze has not et been' coin
Dieted. Cablegram to Bell.
After leaving Manila, General Miles
sent a cablegram to General J. Frank
lin Bell, directing him to report what
cases of misconduct on the part of the
enemy had led him to Issue circular
No. 3, ill which It was charged that the
enemy had bolucd American wounded,
had made use of American uniforms,
had planted infernal machines, shot
poisoned arrows, violated their paroles.
iittMUKSiimieu jricmuy iiuuvus, iicccjut'u
otllce under tho Americans for the pur
pose of obtaining Information and had
entered the American lines by deceit.
General Bell has written an extended
report enumerating the Instances which
justilled him in his action.
The inquiry Into the causes which led
to the death of Father Augustin has
been completed and forwarded to
The water cure was administered to
Father Augustin at Banate. Panny isl
and; the priest died from the effects of
this treatment. It is said that a large
Mini of money had lieen raised among
the natives of tho southern islands and
sent to Boston to aid in the private
prosecution of the Augustin case. Tho
claim has been made that this money
was in tedded for Ube against Major Ed
win F. Glenn, of the Fifth infantry,
who is charged with unlawfully and
wilfully killing seven prisoners of war,
mid whoso ti-al will lie continued here '
u January. Major Glenn, however, was
In no way connected with tho Augustin
POPE CELEBRATES MASS.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Trcs.
Borne, Doc. 21. His holiness, tho iopo,
celebrated mnss In his pilvato chapel to.
night, after which ho wished all present
a Merry ClulMmns and said laughingly:
"Do I look as If I had been 111 yester
day." Tho pontiff dcllvcied tho benediction
Potter Pormitted to Paint.
By Ihchulie Wlru (rom The Associated Pros.
Schenectady, N. Y Dec. 21. William
Potter, tho inumber of Coippany F, Sec
ond regiment, who was expelled fi,om tho
local ruintcis union becauso ot his ser
vice In tho recent railway btilk'o was re
Instated to-day by that organization and
he immediately applied to his former em
ployers to employ him. His request wus
acceded to and ho was put to work.
Collision at Lancaster,
By Kxclushe Wire (romTlio Ajuclted Pre.
Lancaster, Pa., Deo, 24. Ilarrlsburg and
Willlumsport express this evening col
lided with a dratt of trolght cars that
wore being shifted betwoon Downliigtown
nnd Coutesvllle. Tho oxpress e.ugluo was
detailed und Engineer Charles Downes, of
this city, Injured, though not seilously
Nono of the passengers wero hurt,
President's Western Trip.
Br Exclushe Wire (rom The Associated Crts
Denver, Dec. 21. D. B. Fairley, chair
mun of the Republican stuto committee,
was udvlsed today that President Roose
velt will vl.slt Denver about thu middle
of March. From Denver, It Ih said, ho
will go to New Mexico and Oklahoma.
CHRISTMAS AT WHITE HOUSE.
President's Family Will Bo All To
By Kxclii'he Wire from The Asoclatcd l'ie..
Washington, D. C, Doc. 21. The pres
ident's family will all he together at tho
White House to spend Chrlstmus. They
will not have a tree, but wlll.cxchange
presents In Die morning In the library.
They will go to Captain Cowiefl house
later to take lunch with thu captain nnd
Mrs. Cowles. In tho afternoon the pres
ident and Mrs. Roosevelt probably will
Dinner will ho served In tho stale din
ing room in thu evening and the follow
ing guests will be presents Senator and
Mrs, Lodge, John Lodge, Captain and
Mrs. Cowles, John Klllott, of New York;
Mrs. Charles Henry Davis, Miss Davis,
the Messrs. Davis.
Hobert Ferguson will be a. guest at
the house today over Christmas, Tho
president will present turkeys to the
employes in the White House,
Gas or Gasoline Creates Hav
oc in a Club House at,
By ENcluslve Wire from The Associated l'i ess.
Hot Springs, Ark., Dec. 21. By an
explosion of gas or gasoline this after
noon In the cellar of tho Turf Exchange,
a club. house and pool room, operated
by Chambers & Walker, the building
was badly damaged and thirty people
were Injured, sixteen of them being in
a serious condition.
Tho most seriously injured were:
R. C. CHAMBERS, one of tho propiletors
of the Turf Exchange; both legs and
both wrists broken.
WILLIAM HELWIG, a blind man, man-
Uinor of a bath house; both legs
broken: will die.
J. S. MEEKS, Hot Springs; badly
bruised and cut.
JOSEPH KINNEY. Hot Springs, both
JOSEPH PACE, hotel keeper, Hot
Springs; both legs broken.
FINNEGAN. plumber. Hot Springe:
both legs broken.
JAMES COWEN, Hot Springs; both legs
WILLIAM MET.GER. a boy. Hot
Springs, both legs broken and skull
fractured: will die.
JAMES COUG1ILIN. plumber. Hot
Springs; leg broken.
C. G. PARKER. Milwaukee; both legs
A. F. HOTCIISKIFF, Hut Spring: knee
T. OZIEIl. engineer. Hot Springs; both
II. GEHGK, New Ycuk; leg broken.
F, CRANFIELD, Cincinnati; both legs
broken, ribs eruMied.
WALTER POWERS. St. Louis; arm
EUGENE DALY, Hot Springs; both legs
THOMAS PIIELAN, telegraph operator.
Hot Springs, badly cut.
MR. DONNELLY, visitor, residence un
known; log broken, also badly cut.
Twelve others sustained bruises and
About 4 o'clock this afternoon tho
pool room was crowded with more than
100 persons. Just us a race at New
Orleans was being called by the oper
ator the floor of the building seemed to
rise and in an instant u report that
shook the entire block rang out. The
upper lloor and back walls of the build
ing fell on the mass of struggling men
who were wildly excited and endeavor
ing to escape to the street. The entire
house looked as if a tornado hud
fll,,11trl,,),l tl.VMltrrl, Hl i,tllfi,. rplir. e.iit
KlaBH wlllll0WH 'wero broken antl both
sides of the structure were shattered by
the concussion, which resembled the
report of a twelve-pounder.
Men wero pulled from under the deb
ris In a terribly shattered state. Ono
of the most pitiable sights was when
"Blllv" HolwlL-. the blind inuiiiicwr of
thu Lamar bath house, was taken from
the ruins. Holwlg is widely known to
the thousands of visitors who come to
Hot Springs annually.
The exact cause of tho explosion lias
not yet been determined. It is said by
some that gas, which had escaped In
til., rwillri,. tf m llllMtnr- .,'nu l.vt.l.swl
in ' tgmvt mauner musing the terrible
Another report, which is probably
time, bays a driver of a gasoline wagon
was lining a tank In tho cellar when
the explosion occurred.
The police have made a full investi
gation and have held Ben Murray, who
. is uiiegeu to ue respousime ior tne ells-
U8ter by 01lre,ess handling of the high I
oomliUBtlhlo. The bank roll of tho pool
room cim3.steii 0f $35,000 and was blown
away In the explosion, but tho greater
part of it has been recovered,
By i:xi'luivi! Wiro from Thn Associated I're4.
Now York. Dec, 21. Arrived: Covin.
Liverpool, Cleared: La Snvolc, Havre;
La Campluo, Autwei p. Sailed: St. Louis
Southampton; Cymric, Liverpool, Liver
pool Arrived: Oceanic, New York.
Sailed: Teutonic, Now York. Southamp
tonArrived: St. l'aul, Nuw ,York. Aut.
werp; Finland, Nuw York.
Anothe r Police Captain Vindicated.
By Exchwho Wlie d'omThe Associated X'ftiS.
New Yotk, Dec, 21. Tho Jury In tho
cuso of I'ollco Captain Duulol C, Moyni
ban, on trial on a charge of accepting a
brlbo of $25, returned a verdict of not
guilty after being out threo hours today,
DEATHS OF A DAY.
By Exclusive Wire front Tho Associated Press.
Salt Lake, Utah, Dec, 21,-Georso W.
Thatcher, a Utuh ploimer und for years
prominent In political and church affairs,
Is dead at his home In Logan, Utuh, after
a long illness, aged 02 years. Mr, Thatch
er crossed tho plains with his purenta
with the tlrst baud of Mormon pioneers.
In tho curly days of tho stato Mr. Thatch
er was ono of tho famous "Pony Express
riders," und later wus Identhled with
New York, Dee. 24. No to Salsbury, con.
tiding partner In tho Buffalo Bill Wild
Webt show, died at his homo in Long
Biauch, aged 57 years,. Disease of tho
stomach, from which ho lutd suffered lor
several yeurs, wus tho cause of Mr. Salis
BIG SMASHUP At
IAURA BIOOAB ACQUITTED.
Her Associates, However, Are Found
Guilty of Chargesof Conspiracy.
By Cxclushc Wire from The Associated 1'rcBj.
Freehold, N. .T., Dec. 21. Laura Big
gar wus acquitted and Dr. Charles U,
Hendricks and Samuel Stanton, for
merly Justice of the peace, wero found
guilty by the jury today In the case
against tho three defendants on Un
charge of having conspired to get pos
session of Uie entire estate of Henry M.
Bennett, a capitalist of Pittsburg, P.t.
The jury, which retired at 1.30 o'clock
yesterday afternoon, remained out all
night and today asked the rourt if tho
Jury might convict two of tho defend
ants and acquit one. Thu court said
such a verdict would lie legal and
later In the day tho verdict as stuted
Miss BIggar laid claim to the entire
estate of Bennett, who died recently,
leaving u. large fortune as his wife and
as the heir of a child of Bennett which
she said was born to her after ills death
nnd soon died. Dr. Hendricks was her
physlcion and the proprietor of a sani
tarium in which the child was said to
have been born. Stanton said he had
united Miss BIggar and Bennett in mar
riage and u marriuge certificate signed
by him pluyed an important part in the
ease. The claim of Miss BIggar was
contested by persons who laid clulm to
being the rightful heirs of Bennett and
they made the charge of conspiracy.
Under the will Miss BIggar was be
queathed a largo part of the estate.
DRIVING SNOW STORM
OBSCURED THE TRACKS
Several Persons Injured in a Collision
At Marietta No One
Marietta, Ohio, Dec. 21. The north
bound passenger train on the Ohio Riv
er railway collided with a southbound
passenger train near Waverly, W. Va.,
this morning and several people were
injured. A driving snow obscured the
tracks. Xo one was killed. The in
jured: J. A. Queen. Murlctta, chest and
spine, probably fatal.
Fireman Wyatt, Markersburg, badly
Mrs. Wugnor, head cut.
Juhn Klnkead, Point Pleasant, bag
gogemasler, head and neck injured,
Sybil Harris, Newport, Ohio, bruised
Hnttlo Riffle. Newport, Ohio, face
cut, head bruised.
ITALY IS PLEASED
If He Does Not Accept She Has No
Obectiou to The Hague.
By Kxclusire Wire from The Associated 1'res.
Rome, Dec. 24. Italy's reply to the
arbitration proposal of Venezuela
through Minister Bowen and the gov
ernment of the United States among
other things, says Italy would be pleas-
ml IF tlm ..l.nutl.in ,'nu untHftil 1... t n ii.
Miration of President Roosevelt and
!trMK that if hr. dnrs not n...nr. ii.iiv
will have no objection to submitting the
solution to The iluguc tilbuuul.
QUIET AT CARACAS.
Feoplo of Ln Guaira Are Indignant at
Heir Von Pilgrini-Baltasszi
Dy i:.i'liiHe Wire (rom The Assocl Ufd Pre,.
Caracas, Dec. 24. The Red "D" lino
steamer Caracas was cruising to-duy
boforo La Guaira,
Tho steamer Merlda, of the same line
has left Wlllemstcud, Curacao, for Mnr-
aculbo. She will atetmpt to ascertain
Niirwicr iu ujucituuv in cjieciivi'.
There is much Indignation among the
people of La Guaira with Signer Do
Itlva and Hcrr Von PIlgiim-Baltanzi,
who are considered responsible for tho
shelling of the forts at Puerto Cabello,
Tho envoys promenado dally on the
beach and La Guaira and It Is feared
they may be the object of some dem
onstration. At Caracas everything Is quiet. Pres
ident Castro wont to La Vlctoiia to
day. HAYTI EXILES RETURN.
It Is Expected That Peace Will Fol
low Return of General Nord.
Uy KulustiD Wire flora alio Associated Press.
Kingston, Jamaica, Dec, 21. Largo
numbers of exiled liaytiaus are pu
parlng to return to Haytl, under thu
terms of thu new law pcnnfttlng them
tu return. It Is expected peace will
follow General Nord'a return to thu
There Is no fear of further rising, it
is said, but tho government employes
are clamoring for their salaries, which
they have not received for some
DEATH IN BOILER EXPLOSION,
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated I'rws.
Lutrobe, pu Deo. 24. By a tcriltlc ex.
plosion occurilug ut the Loyal Huuuu
Bumping blmft of tho Loyal Banna Coal
und Coke company, at OakvIIle station
on tho l.lgouer Valley rullway, two miles
south of Latrobe, this afternoon, ono man
was fatully injured and soveral othors
seriously Injured. Fireman John Weaver
was blown high In tho air and fatally In
jured; William Peters and Joseph Gontz
wero terribly scalded and cut by Hying
fragments. Tho battery contained four
boilers, throe being old.
Tho boiler house was entirely demol
ished and tho tlpplo thrown down. Ono
boiler was blown into the woods a dls
tunco of fifty feot. Th explosion was
caused by low water, The injured men
llvo near Oukvlllo.
The Pennsylvania Limited Runninu
an Hour Late Crashes Into
The Big Engine of the Limited
Ploughs Into the Rear Cat of th
Leetsdale Accommodation Like a
Knife Through Paper The Crash
Is Heard for a Mile Many of the
Occupants Injured nnd Some Per
haps Fatally List of the Wounded.
By Kxcluth e Wiic fiom The Associated PrM. '
Plttsbuig, Pa Dec. 24. The Penn
sylvania Limited, running almost an
hour late, crashed into the rear end of
the Leetsdalo accommodation "at
Squaker Valley station tonight, at .11
o'clock. The big engine of the limited
ploughed into the rear car, the smoker,
like a knife through paper, and the lit
tle car was pushed through the one
ahead of it, maklrjff the two cars tho
length of onot The crash was heard for
a mile and the Limited, running at th
rate of fifty-five miles an hour, carried
the train from Quallor Valley to Edge
worth, a. distance of almost half a mile
before It could be stopped. Many wero
injured, some of them probably fatally.
CILVRLEB HOPKINS, of letsdale, left
arm mangled and cut off; left leg
broken and left eye soused out, badly
bruised all over; will die.
JOHN D. CARSON, of Sowlcklcy. nose
broken, badly cut and bruised all over,'
JOHN 8TRITZEYER, of New Castle.
both legs fractured and two right leg
V. POTTET:, residence unknown,
bruised and cut about th head and
J. JOYCE, of Lestsdale, right leg
broken nnd badly bruised and cut by
tho dying glass.
Many other passengers were cut and
bruised, but none were serou3ly in
jured. Tho Limited was found to be unin
jured except the front of the engine
which was disabled.
WIRELESS MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Marconi Sends Greetings to Friends
Py Kvrhbhe Wire Ircm The Aasacltted rrm.
Halifax, X. S Dec. 24. Wireless
messages sent In Italian by Mr. Mar
coni to General Brusaldl; first aide da
camp to the king of Italy, to the lady
In waiting to the queen dowager MarK
herlla and to the Italian minister f
nl,,rl"e ,UaYc l,ccn "CPlveU at Poldhu.
Cornwall, by operators who have no
knowledge of the Italian language. This
Is considered an Interesting proof ot
the accuracy with which messages may
be transmitted. '
The following message was sent to
day to the directors of tho Marconi
Wireless Telegraph company in Lon
"My best Christmas wishes to my 'o
rllrectors and their families, sent fo
the Jlrst time by trans-Atlantic Wire-lus-s
LAW EXAMINERS MEET.
Charles L. McXeehau Elected Secre
tary and Treasurer.
Il Kc)usivi' Wire (rem The Associated Press,
Philadelphia, Dec. 24. At u. meeting
of the htato board of law examiners
held here, Charles L. McKcehan, of this
city, was elected secretary and treas
urer of tho hoaul. The. Supreme court
approved uf the appointment of tho fol
lowing as assistant examiners: Jamen
L. Meiedllh, Wllllumsport; William
Itlghter, Philadelphia; Thomas Stephen
Brown, Plttsbuig; John M. Harris,
Scranton; l'aul A. Ktinkel, Harrlsbtirg.
Tho preliminary and ilnal examina
tions will he held on the second Tues
day In Juno and second Tuesday In De
cember, Low Tempera tm e in Minnesota.
By Inclusive Wire li-im I ho Aif pitted Press.
Minneapolis, Dec. 21. Despatches to the
Journal tell of a foiiy-mllo wind and nip
idly falling temperature, at points in Min
nesota and tho Dakntas, The. mercury In
thu Red River Valley is 13 belonw and
will roach 20 below ur ntoro before morn,
tug. Train scrvlcu on Hues In South Da
kota Is cilppled.
Local data for Dec. ii. 1S02:
Highest temperature, ,,M,SO-degrees
Lowest temperature, .,,,, 12 degree
Rclutlvo humidity; ," '
8 u, m., TG'per cent
S p. in. .,.,., , 10 per cent
Precipitation, 21 hours tuded ,fp. m.4
4 f -r
-f Washington. Deo. 24. Forecast -f-
for Thursday and Friday: Ka stern '4-
-f Pennsylvania: Rain or snow Thurs- '-f
-f day; Friday fair; much colder wjth-4
u cold wave In north and west por- 4.
tlons; fresh to brisk south winds; "-f,
sMftlng to west uii'tino.thwest and "
-4- bccomlng'hlgh Thursday night. ?
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