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I VOLUME I.VIII.-XO. 45. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1809 TWELVE PAGES. PRICE TWO CENTS. (JAPTUKE OP THE CITY OF ILOILO. American Ships Bombard and Troops Take Insurgent Stronghold in tlie Isl-I and of Panay. i0 LOSS OX OUR SIDE. Filipinos Set Fire to the Capi-; tal, hut United States Sol-l diers Promptly Extin- guish Flames. JfKINLEY GETS THE NEWS. JIanila, Feb. 14., 9:35 a. m. The United Stktes forces under Brigadier General Miller captured Iloilo, capital of the Island of Panay and seat of the so-called government of; the Visayas federation, on Saturday last after a bombardment. , J"he rebels set the town, on fire before evacuating it; but the American troops extinguished the flames. There were no casualties on the American 6i?e. f Formal Demand for Surrender. larlla. Feb. 14, 9:45 a. m. The United States gunboat Petrel arrived late last evening with dispatches from Brigadier General MJ P.- Miller to Major General Otis announcing that Iloilo had been taken by the combined military and naval forces on Saturday morning. general Miller, on receipt of his instructions from Manila, sent native commissioners asiiore from the United States transport St. Paul with a communication for the rebel Governor of Iloilo calling on him to surrender wtthdn a time stated, and warning him not to make a demonstration in the interval. i ; Rebels Fire on Gunboat. The rebels immediately moved their guns ard prepared to defend their position. Thereupon the Petrel fired two warning guns, the rebels- Immediately opening fire orJ the gunboat. The Petrel and Baltimore then bombarded the town, which the rebels, having set on firfe, immediately evacuated.' American troops were promptly landed ai;;i extinguished the fires in all cases of foreign property, but not before considerable damage had been done. I t is believed) that the enemy's loss during thj; bombardment was heavy, but no American casualties are report edV McKinley Gets " Tribune News. Washington, D. C, Feb. 13. ISpecial. Owing to the storm which has so paralyzed th government the late news of the capture of ; Iloilo reached the President by telephone from The Tribune bureau. (if course, the news was expected, as General Otis started General Miller after the natives at Iloilo some time ago. Miller's instructions were to give the insurgents a day's notice and then to bombard thl city by the fleet if they failed to surrender. l-;n the absence of official news, it is taken for granted here that General Miller turned loose on shore the Filipino representatives wlio were captured trying to reach Aguinal-do They were expected to inform the natives on the Island of Panay of the terrible drubbing the leader of the insurgents had bej-n given at Manila. Surrender Looked For. It was hoped and expected the insurgents at- Ilcilo would take warning and surrender. litis Is understood to be what has happened, but General Miller's Instructions were to take the town after the notice expired by this use of such force as became necessary, experience with Aguinaldo having demonstrated that the Filipinos invariably mistake mrcy for fear, and have to be hit with a clib before they recognize the force of an InernationaI argument. -Iowever the surrender may have been accomplished, the President went to bed after th storm fully informed by The Tribune thjt Iloilo, the last considerable strong-hold of; the insurgents, was in the hands of his boys in blue. Otis Sends Particulars. Shortly before midnight Adjutant General C'erbin made public the following dispatch fr4i m Major General Otis reporting the captures of Iloilo by the American! forces on the 11 :h Instant: '.Manila. Feb. 13. General Miller reports frm Iloilo that town taken on the 11th instant and held by troops Insurgents given until evening of 11th to surrender, but their hostile actions brought on engagement during the morning. Insurgents fired native portion of town ; but little losses to property offoreign inhabitants. No casualties among this United States troops reported. Otis." Officials Are Pleased. There is a feeling of Intense satisfaction among such of the administration officials asare aware of this battle, as considerable apprehension has existed, not, however, as toHhe ability of the Americans to take the Plce when they decided upon this step, sut asito the loss of life which this might incur. Tl!e tension between the opposing forces at-Jloilo has been for some time at the danger Pojnt and a collision between them at any tir,ie would not have been surprising. It is fePi here that General Miller conductedhlm-with great circumspection in treating 'i!h the natives, as their attitude has been nvthing but conciliatory and petty annoyances have been resorted to by the natives to jprovoke the Americans. bout a month or more ago the officials hee and in the Philippines deemed it wise to dispatch an expedition to Iloilo because of rujnors that the natives were gathering in h4t and neighboring localities and were threatening to take the city. General Miller, who was on duty with the Major General commanding the troops at Manila, was selector for this duty and several Tegiments of 'nffintry were forwarded, convoyed by an American man-of-war. Before they reached l!9jlo the Spaniards, who then occupied the t0in, had surrendered It to the insurgents, l immediately occupied it. Y'ktia the troops attempted to land they were notified by the Insurgents that such a course would precipitate a battle, and General Miller, under his instructions to pursue a conciliatory course, held his men aboard the transports. The men became tired of this, and about two weeks ago the Fifty-first Iowa Regiment was sent back to Manila, and the First Tennessee was sent to Iloilo to replace it. As soon as the latter arrived it is believed General Miller decided to force a landing. The desire of the administration has been that the natives should submit to the American demands and avoid a forced fight, but it appears that up to the last moment they could not be so persuaded. General Miller has with him the Eighteenth Infantry and Battery G of the Sixth Artillery, and if they arrived.asexpected.the First Tennessee Regiment of Infantry, while the naval assistance rendered him was by the gunboat Petrel and the cruiser Baltimore. Charleston at Malalos. Manila, Feb. 13. The United States cruiser Charleston has moved up the coast and is now off Malalos, the seat of the so-called Filipino government, at a distance estimated at about eight miles. The Twentieth Kansas and the First Idaho Volunteers have been recalled from the marsh lands north of Malabon and the former regiment is now intrenched in front of Caloocan. The American lines form a complete cordon, twenty-two miles in length, from the coast north almost to Pasa-qua, south of Manila. There has been no change In the disposition of the troops except that the Fourth United States Cavalry has relieved the First Idaho Volunteers and a battalion of the Twenty-third Infantry has been stationed on the left flank to prevent the rebels STEAMER WRECKS AT SEA. DISASTERS REPORTED ALONG THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD. Fate of Bnlg-arla and Paronls Sltll in Doubt Nearly All the Crw of Will-lam Lawrence at Port Royal, S. C, Mlaatngr Dixon Yacht Dixie Ice-Uoond I'ntted States Collier Sterling In Distress at Delaware Break-water. DISASTERS AT SEA. The Bulgaria has not yet been reported safe, and no news has been received of the passengers left aboard when the vessel was deserted. The Cunard liner Pavonia has not been heard from. The company has taken out reinsurance on the vessel at a high rate. The steamer William Lawrence has from here to look for a ship's boat filled with men, which the coast guard sighted off Ard-more Head, has reached Dungarven after a fruitless search. The life-savers report that they saw a good deal of wreckage from a large ship off the Waterford coast. Steamer Daybreak Injured. Dartmouth, Kngland, Feb. 13. The British steamer Daybreak, Captain Jones, from New Orleans, via Newport News. Jan. 21, for Hamburg, has arrived here, and reported all boats gone and bridge and gear damaged. .The Daybreak was terribly battered by heavy seas. The doors of the cabin were washed off and the wheels smashed. For three days the crew was unable to reach the portion of the ship where the provisions were stored, and during that tims they subsisted on rum, water, and biscuits. The ribs of a fireman were crushed in, and one seaman had a leg broken. Other members of the crew are more or less injured. Mysterious Ship at Swampscott. Swampscott, Mass., Feb. 13. A big steamer, apparently an ocean liner, was sighted 3ff Dread Ledge in Swampscott Bay this afternoon in the midst of the storm. The chip was apparently at anchor and was blowing Its whistle continually, but whether as a distress signal or a warning on account of the thick weather could not be determined JACK FROST VISITS THE SUNNY SOUTH. BLIZZARD IN WASHINGTON WIND AND SNOW STOP BUSINESS IN THE CAPITAL. Unprecedented Scenes Around the Departments and Great Sufferlng-A mo lie the Poor Gale Attains Velocity of Forty-five Miles an Hoar ana Drifts Are Piled Throughout the- City Public Men Snowbound Flood Expected. Washington. D. C, Feb. 13. Special. Clogged with snow and ice, the wheels of the United States government have practically ceased to turn. Washington's reputation as a winter resort has been destroyed forever, and all records and memories have been completely outdone by the performances of the weather within the last three days. The whole city is snowbound, railroads and street cars are absolutely blocked, and the government departments early in the day stopped business to give the clerks a chance to get home before dark. Sessions of the Senate and House were held, but they were attended only by those who reached the Capitol before the blizzard got thoroughly started. High Wind and Snow Blockade. People living a mile from down-town are Hooking Into the hotels, as there are drifts on many streets of from six to ten feet in height, while the wind is blowing forty-five STORM IN EAST AND SOUTH. IN THE EAST. Temperature City. at midnight. Albany ..... V above Buffalo ..... 'Jt above Doaton .....lO above Baltimore ...lO above New Haven.. 8 above Kew York. . . . K above Philadelphia 8 above Pittsburgh ... 1 above Trenton .....lO above Washington . 7 above Wind Total veloc ty. snowfall 2 miles 17 In. 25 miles Sin. 43 miles . In. SO miles 40 in. 35 miles 15 In. SO miles lOin. 40 miles 2i In. S miles 13 In. 35 miles S3 in. 3tt miles 34 la. IN THE SOUTH. Temperature Wind at mid .Ight. City. Atlanta ..... 4 above Charles'n.W.V.C below Clifton ForgrelO below Charlen,S.C. lO above Colnm'a, S. C.I O above Galveston ..28 above Jacksonville IS above Louisville... 8 above Memphis ...1U above Montgomery. 9 above Xashville ...12 above Sew Orleans.2 above Norfolk ..... 7 above Richmond ..Zero Savannah ...13 above Tampa .... .22 above Vlcksburg ..18 above Total velocity, snowfall 11 miles 7 in. Smiles 18 in. 2U miles 15 In. 30 miles 4 In. lO miles' 12 in. lO miles ..... lO miles 2 In. 7 miles 4 in. 10 miles 12 miles 3 In. 5 miles ..... S miles ..... 35 miles In. 20 miles 24 In. 11 miles 2 in. lO miles 5 miles FROZEN TO DEATH. ATCHBSOX. RICHARD. New York. BROCKMAN. WILLIAM. Richmond. Ky. HALL. JAMES. Philadelphia. Pa. HATZEN. GEORGE. New York. MAPLES. ALBERT. Jellico. Ky. REAGAN. JOHN. Mlddletown. N. Y. RECOR. CHARLES, aged 50. Black River. X. Y. SINN3. LEE. a Chinaman. New York. I m - . WAX - J i . -M, 71 s ' "i- -yr- - - i . . , jor - sneaking along the beach. The enemy are busily throwing up In-trenchments on their left, sharpshooters In the jungle covering their operations. Several Americans were wounded In the trenches. Second Lieutenant George A. Seaman of Battery B. Utah Artillery, was shot in the leg while standing near his gun. Four men of the Twentieth Kansas Volunteers were wounded slightly. Last night Private Brinton, Company B, and Private Stevens, Company G, of the Twentieth Kansas, were wounded. All the enemy's dead at Caloocan have been buried 127 last Sunday and 300 yesterday. Filipinos Tire at Long Bange. Pursuing their customary tactics, the insurgents on the extreme left of the line opened fire at long range on the American troops last night, maintaining their fire for a few minutes before settling down. None of their shots took effect, however, and the Americans did not reply. All was quiet along the rest of the line. The Concord is now lying off Paranaque. The weather at night now is cool and showers are: frequent. Private Meisick of the Montana regiment died in the hospital yesterday. Paying Spaniards to Fight. London. Feb. 13. Reuter's Telegram company, limited, has received the following dispatch from Manila, dated Feb. 13, 3:45 p. m.: "Aft6r the capture of Caloocan, a Spaniard who- had been a prisoner there came to the Americans, holding up his hands and said the Filipinos had) offered to release the Spaniards, especially the artillerymen, if they would Undertake to fight against the Americans at $4 a day. Most of the Spaniards refused and even those who accepted' the offer did so in the hope of effecting an escape. " The rebels, according to this informant, are discontented, unpaid, unfed, and thoroughly disillusionized, the talismanlc wafers being of no avail against wounds, hunger, and fatigue. " On Friday Aguinaldo visited- Polo, a few miles northwest of Calcoocan, and addressed the Filipino troops there, claiming he had won a victory and asserting that 2,300 Americans had been killed." Agoncillo Contradicts Otis. Montreal, Que., Feb. 13. Agoncillo, the Filipino commissioner, in an interview tonight gave an unqualified contradiction to the cablegram from General Otis, in- which It is stated that he, Agoncillo. telegraphed-advising- Aguinaldo to drive the Americans out before reinforcements arrived. " The falsity of this is proved by the American papers themselves." said the Filipino, in which you may see the statement that many Filipino officers were arrested in the theater just prior to the commencement of hostilities. It is not likely that our officers would be found in the theater if they knew that war was to commence. The thing la absurd on the face. It would have been suicidal for me to telegraph any such instructions. Our policy was to maintain- an attitude of reserve." Following Is a copy of an official telegram from Aguinaldo received by Agoncillo, which was translated by Seflor Marti: " On Sunday night the American army attacked our lines with premeditation and without justification, and the men-of-war of the American flotilla bombarded simultaneously Malabon, Caloocan, and Paranaque, killing men, women, and children. In the Cities cf Manila and Tendo, defenseless and unoffending civilians were arrested, the Americans, besides injuring the property of the people, at the same time saying that they would never cease till they had exterminated the Philippine race. ' The Filipinos are united with one sentiment: They are resolved to die gloriously for the Independence of the Philippines rather than to submit to the unjust ambitions of the Invader." SITUATION PRIOR TO ATTACK. Conditions at Iloilo with Respect to Americans and the Insurgents Sketch of the City. The news of the fall of Iloilo is In harmony with the plans of the Commanding General of the Philippines as reported to Washington. On last Thursday General Otis advised Secretary Alger that he had sent the First Tennessee Infantry to reinforce General Miller, and the commanding officer of that regiment carried instructions to him to demand the evacuation of Iloilo on Friday. If this demand was not compiled with Immediately the instructions were to begin the bombardment of Iloilo, and continue it until the (Continued on third pace-) been abandoned off Port Royal, S. C, and of four boats from the vessel only one is accounted for. The Captain, first and second ' officers, and nearly all the crew are missing. A mysterious vessel was blowing signals off Swampscott for several hours and then put out to sea. The ship appeared to be an ocean liner, but could not. be identified. The schooner W. S. Phelps, from San Diego, Cal., has been missing for thirty-two days and is thought to be lost. A lifeboat crew from Youghal, on the Irish coast, returned after a fruitless search for a lifeboat full of people sighted off Ardmore Head. The yacht of the Rev. Thomas Dixon is still ice-bound, and an effort will be made to reach it with a tug. At Delaware Water Gap many vessels are in distress and several crews have been taken off. United States collier Sterling was flying distress signals. SPECIAL CABLE TO THE NEW YORK WORLD AND THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Ponta Delgada. Azores- Islands, Feb. 13. Have rescued eleven passengers and twelve of crew of Bulgaria. Fear steamship is lost. Casey, Captain of the steamship Weehawken. f Ponta DelKada. the point from which the cable dispatches were sent, is the capital of the Azores Islands, which lie in the North Atlantic about 800 miles west of Portugal, and perhaps 2.50t miles east of New York. London, Feb. 13. The Hamburg-American. Steamship company has issued an assuring statement regarding the company's steamer Bulgaria, reported in a dispatch from Ponta del Gada, Azores, yesterday, as drifting helplessly Suo miles from the Azores, where twenty-five passengers, women ' and children, were taken from the vessel by the tank steamer Weehawken and landed at Ponta del Gada. The company's statement is to the effect that they have been advised that the Bulgaria's rudder was injured, but that its commander. Captain Schmidt, one of the oldest and most efficient shipmasters, evidently considered the situation so little dangerous that he declined the Weehawken's offer to take the Bulgaria in tow. The company, it is added, has taken steps to send assistance to the steamer. Lloyds agent at St. Micahels, Azores, cables that the tank steamer Weehawken reports that the Bulgaria, when spoken on Feb. 0, lattltude 40, longitude 43, was In. a sinking condition with three holds full of water, the rudder broken, and the machinery disabled. The Lloyds agent says the Weehawken, had lost Its boats and arrived with bunkers full of water. . The agents of the Hamburg-American Steamship company here admit that the latest news as to the Bulgaria's condition when sighted by the Weehawken is graver than they had supposed developments would show. They are still hopeful, however, that the rest of the crew and passengers have been rescued by other steamers in the vicinity. The Daily Mall tomorrow will publish a dispatch from Ponta del Gada, Azores Islands, saying that the Bulgaria had a crew of ninety-eight and carried forty-one passengers and that the Weehawken rescued twelve members of the crew and eleven passengers. ' List of Passengers. New York, Feb. 13. The agents of the Hamburg-American line today issued the following list of passengers, all steerage, on the steamship Bulgaria: Ade, Jacob. Ade, Johanna. Anderson, Nels. Asmussen. George. Backer. Heinrich. Bergmann. Elizabeth, Belumas. Joseph. Hilaki). Joseph. 1-iiiako. Menam. Borgmann, Heinrich. Brown. A. Burgmann. Annie. Cohan. Petro. Frachtmann, Helen. Frapold, Ignaz. Gunnlick. John. Helig. Joseph. Hill. John. Jaeger. J. Jart-hov. C. Kohn. Moritz. Kohn. Eva. -Kohn. Ignatz. Kohn. Nettie. -Kohn. Nathan. Kohn. Kenny. I. Lippert. Ergard. Lyal, Thomas. Metzka. Martha. Minturn. Josef. Miikowltz, Ferenz, Moses. Juda. Osmidak. Jonas. Plietskl. Josephine. PtxtzT, John. Raven. E. P.. and infant. Rose. Jos6. Rubowltz. Juda. Schroeder. Adolph. Spagat. Fanny. Stelhis. Wejeteik. Sujale. Ptanlslow. Pzoerbowskt, Ludorlke. Trosti. Vladivotska. Trotzka. Franciscka. Wetnhart, August. Werner. Charles. "Widner. Wallace. Wingarten. Nathan. Worniak. Anton. Zolnekwltz, S. war. Kapsowski, Lifeboat's Fruitless Search. Youfehal, Feb. 13. A lifeboat that put out from shore. The vessel had a black hull, was about 300 feet long, and had a red band around the smoke stack. It stood in the water and was badly iced up. The life-saving crew was prevented from going out on account of the Ice. The steamer stood off here for some time and then suddenly put to sea, about 3 o'clock. It steamed to the southeast, apparently endeavoring to weather the gale in the open sea. The boat's identity could not be learned. Wreck Near Port Royal. Savannah, Ga., Feb. 13. The steamship William Lawrence of the Merchants and Miners' line, running between Baltimore and Savannah. Is a wreck, and probably a total loss, off Port Royal. S. C. It left Baltimore last Wednesday with a full cargo, but no passengers. Saturday the vessel ran into a severe storm off the South Carolina coast. It became disabled, and in a helpless condition drifted ashore near the Port Royal bar. The crew abandoned the ship In four boats. One boat, containing A. J. Morrisell, second assistant engineer, and John Canaway, John Donahue, William Zifort, Charles Greene, and Frank Bolden, seamen, made Port Royal. Three other boats, containing Cap- (C'ontlnued on third page.) BULLKTIX OF" CHICAGO, Tl'ESDAV, FEB. 14, '1SOO. Weather for Chicago today: . Partly cloudy and warmer, with possible snow flurries. Sun rises at 6:57; sets at 5:32. Moon sets at 11:11 p. m. IMPORTANT NEWS AND FEATURES. Pages. 1 Iloilo Captured by Americans. Steamer Wrecks at Sea. Wanbingrton In Grip of a Storm. Mew York Is Snow-Iioand. 2 Frost In the Sunny South. Philadelphia Surrenders to Storm. 3 England Vexed at France. Chambers Tells of Samoa. 4 Banquet of Marquette Club. Beefsteak Club's Lincoln Feast. 5 Grand Opera Season Opens. Depevr on Xatlonal Duty. Lincoln's Memory Honored at Peoria 7 AH Are Saved from Ice Floes. Cold Wrecks a Train. 8 Women Slay Visit New Islands. 9 Tilt Over Mason's Action. Heir of a Rich Community. Judge Dellenbaugh Found Guilty. lO Favorites Go Wrong at Ingleslde. Future of St. Louis Browns. Work Boom for Altgeld. Woman Bobbed by Cab Driver. 12 Women Support liusse School Bill. Substitute Traction Bill Ready. Talk of w Assessment. Pages. Pages. 8 Society. : Insurance. 8 Fontenoy Letter Railroads. 8 Literature. O Markets. S Courts. MOVEMENTS OF OCEAN STEAMSHIPS. Port. Arrived. HAMBI'RO ....Pennsylvania LIVERPOOL.. .Bovlc LIVERPOOL ...Catalonia .... LIVERPOOL . .. Aurania ...... Sailed. miles an hour and the snow on the level is three feet deep. Business throughout Washington is practically at a standstill except In a few stores where hats, mufflers, and warm gloves are sold, anil the stock of these is almost exhausted. Tonight carriages and horses cannot be obtained at any price and communication between different parts of this city of magnificent distances is practically stopped. The railroads are all snowed in and there is already a shortage of coal, wood, and provisions. Suffering1 Among the Poor. Reports are accumulating of intense suffering among the poor colored people, which cannot be relieved at once because of the impossibility of transporting fuel and food about the city. Men, women, and children are separated from their dwellings and-forced to spend the night in drug stores and cheap lodging-houses. To cap the climax, all the indications point to a terrible flood in the Potomac, which is covered with heavy ice. The blizzard seems to be abating somewhat tonight, but the cold Is getting more severe, and the consequent suffering out of dors more Intense. The cold wave is certain to be followed by a thaw, and thaws in Washington. are always rapid, so that the prospects of a flood have alarmed everybody, and almost outweigh the discomforts of the blizzard itself. Weather Record Smashed. The cold weather record was smashed last Saturday morning when the thermometer went down to 15 below zero, distancing the record of the cold New Year's of 1881 and completely outclassing any of the memories of the oldest inhabitants in the departments or elsewhere. Forty-eight hours of snow in Washington is an unusual thing. During the last week fourteen Inches fell on the level, and the cold wave permitted It to stay for the whole week. The Weather bureau believed the clouds had exhausted themselves, but it commenced snowing again yesterday and kept it up all night, so that since Saturday eighteen Inches more of snow has fallen, making an official record of thirty-two inches early this evening, and thirty-six inches at 10 o'clock. The wind began to howl early this morning and by afternoon it was sweeping down from the northwest with a measured velocity of forty-five miles an hour. Such a blizzard was not seen In Washington before within the memory of man, and Western members of Congress say it is quite as bad as anything reported west of the Missouri. Driven almost parallel with the ground the particles of fine snow cut like needles and blinded pedestrians and horses alike. Electric Lines Fail. The two main street car lines, both run by the underground electric system, capitulated early In the day owing to the fact that the blizzard filled the tunnels through the slot and prevented the wheels of the car touching the track, thus causing constant slipping on the many heavy grades. Residents of the hills northwest of the city were obliged to walk down-town by noon, although fortunately the blizzard had not reached its height at that time. The cable line on New York avenue ran at intervals during the day, but was also blocked at night. - Railroad Blockaded. A few trains on the Southern, Baltimore and Ohio, Chesapeake and Ohio, and Pennsylvania lines moved slowly In and out during the morning hours, but about noon Washington was cut off from the outer world except by telegraph. Quite a number of Senators and Representatives who had committee meetings or other, business at the Capitol managed to get down before the storm reached its height. There was nothing like a quorum in either House, but business proceeded In a quiet way for several hours. Speaker Reed, at the Shoreham. was afraid to venture out in the storm and telephoned down to the Capitol suggesting that the House should adjourn. The faithful few that were present, however, insisted on having something to shaw for their bravery, disregarded the Speaker's advice, and elected Sereno E. Payne of New York Speaker Pro Tem. which gives him certain perqui- (Continucd oa second page. TEOMAKS. JOHN W. Philadelphia. Pa. ZEBLET. BEMJAMIN. Philadelphia. Pa. MAIL CARRIER, unknown. Hazard. Ky. NEGRO, unknown. Savannah. Ga. NEGRO CHILD, unknown. Catlettsbunt. Ky. NEGRO CHILD, unknown. Paducah. Ky. NEGRO WOMAN, unknown. Paducah. Ky. TWO NEGROES, unknown. Montgomery. Ala. FIVE MEN. supposed to be dead on a barge In Boston harbor. The storm which held Chicago in its grip last week yesterday held captive the East and South, raging with particular violence in New York and Washington. In the South the temperature ranged from 22 degrees above zero to 10 below in Alabama and West Virignia. In Florida and Louisiana this means a possible loss of millions of dollars, for the orange groves, destroyed four years ago last week, are believed to be killed. The " star " story to come over the wires last night had its birthplace in Lebanon, Ky. There, it is said, a truthful and well regulated thermometer registered 39 degrees below zero. In order to lend verisimilitude to this charming tale it is stated that other towns nearby were almost as cold. It was 12 degrees warmer last night in Medicine Hat than in Jacksonville, Fla. At the various gulf coast resorts zero weather has frozen the sea to a distance of a mile from shore, and much suffering prevails among the visitors, who were poorly prepared for such an extreme. In Georgia, it is said, Anniston registered 15 degrees below. Fuel is scarce, and the colored people are suffering. All shipping on the Mississippi from Cairo to Memphis is at a standstill. Coke and wood are becoming scarce in Virginia, and the owners of what is left are making profits while the mercury drops. Drifts of snow ten feet deep are reported, in some cases preventing burial of the dead. Although Kentucky is full of soft coal mines a fuel famine is reported. The peach crop is ruined, and vegetation generallly blighted. South Carolina is practically without railroad transportation. Fuel is running short at Camp Marion in that State, exposing Pennsylvania and Connecticut troops. In Maryland a furious gale is raging, the wind reaching six?r miles an hour. Snow is forty inches deepen the level. Business t Baltimore is completely paralyzed, travel is made impossible, and much suffering is reported. In Massachusetts a gale is blowing at the rate of forty-five miles an hour and travel is blocked. Hundreds of men and women are sleeping in the Boston train sheds for lack of better accommodations. Fuel is running 6hort, with little hope of replenishing the supply. Five men are supposed to have perished on a barge in the harbor. New Orleans reports " uncomfortable weather, but declares that King Rex managed to make his yearly advent with the accustomed pomp. One parade, that of Proteus, has been postponed till Friday. It was scheduled for last night. Burlington, N. J., telegraphed New.York for aid. The town is blockaded and food is almost exhausted. An ice dam caused Still River to rise suddenly and flood Danbury, Conn. GALE REACHES T0HAVANA. Sea Invades Zl Vedado and American Troops Assist in Saving Property. Havana, Feb. 13. A severe norther has been blowing since last night, and the sea has invaded a part of El Vedado, flooding the streets and houses. The United States troops, aided by army wagons, are helping tha residents of the locality to save their property. STORM SWEEPS OVER AW YORE. City Is Buried Under a BlizzardBusiness and Traffic in All Lines Are. Stopped. DxVXGER OF COAL FAMILY. Harbor Is Filled with Ice and Net a Vessel Enters or Leaves ' Port During the Day. ROOSEVELT ORDERS RELIEF. SITUATION IN NEW YORK. Street car traffic almost suspended. Coal famine threatened, as barges are ice-locked at Perth Amboy. Not a ship leaves or enters harbor during day. Many ocean liners and large number of freighters overdue. Some feared to be lest. City threatened -with gas famine, as coal supply of companies is short. Fifth avenue millionaire offers large sum for half ton of coal and cannot get it. All suburban, traffic abandoned. Many villages around city short in food supply. Police ordered to receive all lodgers applying to station-houses. Almost every theater in the city i3 closed. Governor Roosevelt, without waiting to ask legal right, ordered police to throw open armories and furnish f ocd and blankets to destitute. The New York Central has abandoned all trains. The Erie and the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western are demoralized. The Long Island railroad is completely blocked. The Pennsylvania abandoned all freight trains, but succeeded in pushing through passenger trains. The few trains that did get through on the Erie and Pennsylvania were from eiht to fifteen hours lat. New York. Feb. 13. ISpeclaLl New Tor.:, the whole Eastern coast, in fsct. Is In tha grasp of another blizzard, the like of wh:.h. has not been seen since 1888. Before It is over the storm of eleven years ago may Lo equaled. Snow has been falling for over twenty-four hours, while a wind ranges from forty to sixty miles an hour In velocity-has beaten the flakes into the faces of pedestrians and piled huge drifts In the streets. Three deaths from the cold were reported today. They were: ATCHBSOX. RICHARD. 86 yer of sure, frosea to death In the enow. HATZEX. GEO RUB. an agent at 744 Broadway, found dead In a snowdrift. SING L.EK. a Chinaman. 22 years old, frozen to death in Brooklyn. Tho Immediate vicinity of New York is worse off than the city Itself, where traffic has not yet been entirely blocked. All the railroads running to Jersey City or Hoboken have abandoned their trains, and there will not be a mail leave the city In the morning. A serious coal famine is also threatened and partially exists. Since last Wednesday-only twelve barges of coal have come town. All other barges are either frozen ln at Perth Amboy, the coal distributing point, or locked by the ice at their piers elsewhere. A Fifth avenue millionaire offered $25 fo a half ton of coal today and couldn't get It. If the blockade should last the lack of coal promises to add to present misery a paralysis of business. One big office building has forty tons of coal only on hand. When that Is gone Its managers don't know where they can get a bucketful. Harbor Clogged by Ice. The harbor and rivers are clogged with ice floes, preventing ships either coming In or going out. For the first time In eleven years not a ship left or entered the"harbor today. Ferries have the greatest difficulty In making trips, and suburbanites who da. business In New York are having vacations. The cold Is not extreme, the thermometer registering 8 above late tonight, but the preceding days of 4 and 6 below zero laid a good foundation for the present snow to finish on. The elevated railroads in New York saved the city from a complete blockade. The underground trolleys were practically abandoned. The Broadway cable and the Thirl avenue cable alone Tan with fair regularity. The condition tomorrow, when travel wtil be extremely heavy after today's holic. will be one of Indescribable confusion discomfort. The suburbs have been swept off the rr: . The New York street cleaning departrr.. t threw up Its hands for unconditional render to the storm. At 10:30 in the morning Snow Contractor Dunn was called off. Ail efforts to remove the snow has been abandoned until the weather moderates. The sufferings of firemen are Indescribable. The number of fires has Increased 00 per cent. The brave fellows are being frostbitten by scores. They are keeping heroically at the fight. Shipping has been paralyzed. The harbor Is a jam cf ice. Thirty vessels are overdue at this port. They have 3.0UO passengers. With the crews the total number of persons concerned Is 5,500. Twelve of these vessels are passenger liners. Fear the Catania Is Lost. It Is feared that the Catania of Glasgow. -which put in damaged at the Azores, and sailed hither, has been lost. Measures are being taken to relieve the suffering among the poor. Tammany gave 120,000 to the poor today. Ten thousand dollars was subscribed by the organization. $ 3,000 by Richard Croker, and $5,000 Ly Broker James R. Keene. i The Charities Organization society relieved 500 families with food, fuel, and clothing. Chief of Police Devery rescinded the order which does not allow tramps to sleep la station houses. The Society for Improving the Condition of the Poor received cash donations of $2,000 and the Salvation Army provided four shelters out of its numerous halls, so that 4.0C0 persons could sleep on benches. At these places coffee, bread, buns, and Jam were given away. The City Lodging-House was f ull tonight. Many who go there are given Jobs In the streets shoveling snow. Bellevue Hospital Is i 'J

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