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PL hn 14 Pasres 14 Pages UABTFOED, CONNECTICUT, WEDNESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 12, 1900. PRICE THREE CENTS. VOL. LXIV. 3STO. 219. THE TEXAS DISASTER, Galveston's Dead Estimated at 5,000. OYER ; 10,000 DESTITUTE. Stricken City Appeals . for Help. TROOPS PATROL 6TREETS TO PREVENT LOOTING. Not a Bnlldlnir Escaped tomge-Some 400 Bodies Identified and 00 More Have Keen Recovered Ghouls Bobbins the Dead Prompt Response to Appeals for Belp. The mayor of Galveston, Tex., estimates that B,000 people lost their lives In the terrible hurricane 'which swept over that city Saturday. Thousands of families are destitute and the destruction of n' rty Is great. Troops have been o cd to the city to preserve order and prevent looting. Mayor Jones's Appeal. Houston, Tex., Sept. 11.-10:45 p. m. The "Post" correspondent has been Instructed to , forward the following address to the people of the United States from Mayor Jones of Galveston: Galveston, Tex., Sept. 11. It Is my opinion, based on personal information, that 5,000 people have lost their lives here. Approximately one-third of the residence portion of the city has been swept away. There are several thousand people who are homeless and destitute. How many there is no way of finding out. Arrangements are now being made to have the women and children sent to Houston and other places, but the means of transportation are limited. Thousands are still to he cared tor here. We appeal to you for Immediate aid. "Walter C. Jones.". Galveston, Tex., Sept. 11. The local relief committee has issued the following: "A conservative estimate of the loss of life Is that it will reach 3,000; at least 5,000 families are shelterless and wholly destitute. The entire remainder of the population is suffering In greater or less degree. Not a single church, school or charitable institution, of which Galveston had so many, Is left Intact. Not a building escaped damage and half the whole number were entirely obliterated. There is immediate need for food, clothing and household roods of all kinds. If nearby cities will be open asylums for women and children the situation will be greatly relieved. Coast cities should send us water as well as provisions, including kerosene oil, gasolene and candles. W. C. Jones, Mayor. M. Lasker, President Island City Say ings Bank. J. D. Skinner, President Cottori Exchange. C. H. McMaster for Chamber of Com merce. R. G. Lowe, Manager "Galveston News." Clarence Owsley, Manager "Galveston rriDune." THOUSANDS DESTITUTE. Early Reports of the Calamity Not .exaggerated. Austin, Tev., Sept. 11. Official reports from Galveston to Governor Sayers to day are that 400 bodies have been Identified, 200 more are In an Improvised morgue awaiting Identification, and. many more are thought to have drifted out to sea and their Identity will not be known for weeks. A telegram from Adjutant General Scurry, who is at Galveston, to the governor. Is as fol lows: "Have just returned from Texas t-ity with several Galveston parties. who assure me that conditions there beggar description. Accounts have not Deen exaggerated. One thousand lost s too conservative. While a portion of ine provisions have been destroyed by water, there is sufficient on hand to relieve immediate necessities. The citizens seem to have the situation well in hand. United States troops and Company C, Volunteer Guard, with citizens, patrol the streets to prevent looting. 10,000 People Destitute. "I requested W. B. Wortham to go to Galveston from Texas City for the purpose of advising me of the city's most urgent needs and I returned here to report and ask for further instructions. I respectfully suggest that the distress is too great for the people of Galveston, even with the assistance of Houston, to stand, and that a general appeal for help would be welcomed. The estimate of 10,000 destitute does not seem to be excessive." It is estimated by telegraph companies at this point that upwards of 10.000 private messages have been handled out of Galveston by boat to Houston, thence to relatives and friends of Galveston people, notifying them of their safety, and so great has been the strain of business that all telegraph companies have been using their full force all the 24 hours without relieving the rush. Hundreds of messages poured in here to-day being relief to some and sad news to others, recording the safety or death of relatives in Galveston. From reports reaching the governor this morning it will be necessary to co-operate with the federal troops to place all the mainland opposite Galveston, as well as the island, under martial law. Bobbin? Dead Bodies. If reports are true, thieves have be gun to enter the city for the purpose of pilfering the bodies of the dead. The governor lias been informed that the commander of the Texas troops has been ordered to Galveston by the federal authorities, and the governor will iend him every assistance possible with state militia to keep vandalism down. There 1m. only one road operating to Ihe coast from Houston, and that will be placed under military supervision temporarily. Governor Sayers was to-day in receipt of a telegram from Miss Barton of the Red Cross Society offering the assistance of that association if necessary, and be replied that he would call on the society if he found that Its help was needed. Many Mutilated Bodies. According to reports to the governor to-night, the work of recovering bodies continues unabated and while a number of them are so mutilated that they cannot be recognized they are being held as long as possible in the hope or securing their names. A number of children are noted among the list. A large number of state militia tents were shipped from here to Galveston, to-day for temporary use on the island. Belief Coming In. Govtrnor Sayers received upward of 1,000 telegrams during the day from parties in the East and West offering assistance to the flood sufferers at Galveston, and from various parts of the statj, reporting the collection of money and supplies. During the day Governor Sayers estimated that the re ceipts in money from collections in this Etate would amount to $15,000, though, from reports, a great deal of money has been sent direct to Galveston, instead of coming through the governor, and the amount may be much larger than that stated. Governor Sayers will not make known the total amount until to-morrow. SEVERAL NEGROES SHOT. Soldiers Patting a Stop to Looting; at Galveston. Houston, Tex., Sept 11. Details from the storm-swept district of Texas hour ly disclose the heartrending features and confirm early rumors of one of the greatest catastrophes of late years. No wire communication Is yet possible with Galveston, and the only definite news obtained so far come by tugs and refugees. There seems to be no ground for the hope that fuller details would show a reduction in the number of lives lost. The property loss is estiamted at mora than $12,000,000. The tug boat Brunswick, which arrived here last night from Galveston, brought additional news. The horrors of Sunday were as nothing compared with Monday's. An attempt was made to bury the dead, but the ground was full of water, and It was impossible to dig trenches. Two aldermen secured authority to have the bodies taken to sea for burial, and a barge was brought for that purpose. The firemen rendered heroic service in bringing the bodies to the wharf, but it was almost Impossible to get men to handle them. During the storm and afterward, a great deal of looting was done. Many stores had been closed, their owners leaving to look after their families. The wind forced in the windows and left the goods as a pray for marauders. Ghouls stripped dead bodies of jewelry and Iarticles of value. Galveston was patolied last mgnt ny regular soldiers and citizen soldiery. No one was allowed on the streets without a pass. Several negros were shot for not halting when ordered. It is reported that three of the citizen soldiery were shot by negroes. The steamer Lawrence arrived at Galveston earlv this nrnfng from Houston with water and provisions. A committee of 100 citiens were aboard, among them being doctors and cooks. Bodies Burled Where Found. Dead bodies have decomposed so bad ly. It Is Impossible to send them to sea for burial. The water has receded so far, however, that It is possible to dig trenches and bodies are being buried where found. Debris covering bodies is being burned where it can be done so safely. Work on the water works is being rushed and it is hoped to be able to turn a supply on this afternoon. The relief committee met at 9 o'clock this morning. The city needs fel Jot horses. It is also badly in need of dis infectant. NEW YORK SENDS HELP. Mayor Van Wyck Issues an. Appeal-Volunteer Doctors. New Tork, Sept. 11. Mayor Van Wyck to-day issued an appeal tj? the citizens of New Tork for help for the sufferers of Galveston heading the appeal with a $500 subscription. Six physicians of the staff of Bellevue Hospital left or Galveston at 6 o'clock thlsv evening. At the head of these volunteers is Dr. Frank L. Christian, the house surgeon. The others are: R, H. Cossitt, William P. Sullivan, J. K. Traine, Stanhope Cash and William P. O'Reilly. Fourteen others stand ready to follow them. The Merchants' Association of this city was notified to-day that word had been sent to Governor Sayers of Texas by the Standard Oil Company, author izing him to draw upon the company for $10,000. The subscriptions received by the Merchants' Association up to this evening amounts to ?4,8ou. Helen Gould to Send 80,000 Rations. The war department officials at the army building have been notified by a reprsentatlve of Miss Helen Gould that Miss Gould will send at her expense 50,000 rations to distressed families in Galveston and the hurricane swept district of Texas. Over $400 has already been raised In Newark towards the relief of the. hurricane sufferers. Pennsylvania Responds. Harrisburg, Pa., Sept 11. Governor Stone has issued a proclamation to the people of this state urging them to respond to the call for aid from the storm sufferers of Texas. Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 11. The Citizens' Permanent Relief Committee of this city to-day wired $5,000 to Governor Sayers of Texas for immediate use in relieving the distress among the sufferers from the Galveston storm. AN OFFICIAL REPORT. Thousands Homeless and Destitute In Galveston. . Washington, Sept. 11. The secretary of the treasury has received the following Joint telegram dated yesterday from Postmaster Griffin and Special Deputy Collector Rosenthal at Galveston: "The city and island of Galveston swept by terrific cyclone and tidal wave of unprecedented fury. The entire city Inundated and gulf encroached several blocks. The residence part in ruins and many people homeless. The dead, it Is feared, will reach about 1,500 and perhaps twice as many. Streets obstructed by debris, dead animals and wires in every part of the city, more than eight feet of water In stores and warehouses, damaging stock of goods and provisions. "Thousands homeless and destitute. Five hundred sheltered In custom house, which is practically roofless; all railroad communication shut off and wagon and railroad bridges leading to mainland gone. Ocean steamers to the number of seven or eight, ashore, and small craft demolished. Life-saving station swept away, no trace of crew. Lightship up In west bay; occupants supposed to be safe. Old custom house roofless and windows blown out. All stored merchandise, principally sugar, badly damaged. Boarding boats swept away and barge office badly wrecked. Need tents and 30,000 rations. Citizens' relief committee doing all in their power, but stock of undamaged provisions exhausted." DAMAGE TO SHIPPING. Several Steamers Sunk or Driven Ashore. New Tork, Sept. 11. The following dispatch was received at the maritime exchange this afternoon: "New Orleans, La., Sept. 11. Galveston advices state that steamship Cumberland sank at her wharf. Steamship City of Everett sank at her anchorage off Quarantine. Steamer Taunton le hard aground at Pelican Island. Steamer Mexican is stuck hard in mud up the bay. Steamer Pensacola, for Pensacola, Fla., put to sea during storm. It Is feared that she is lost. Steamer Telesfora went adrift and col lided with steamer Whithall. British steamers Alarious, Kendall Castle, Red Cross and Benedict were driven hard aground In flats north of city; also steamer Gyller, Alamo and Noma, also driven at same place." The following telegram was received by the Mailory line this afternoon: 'Comal arrived Monday all rlgnt. Comal will try to pull Alamo off. No communication yet Situation quite serious. J. B. Dennison." Mr. Dennison Is the line agent at Gal veston and telegraphed from that place. The Comal runs between this port and Galveston. DISPOSING OF THE DEAD. Many Bodies Are Being Cast Into, the Gulf. Houston, Tex., Sept 1L People from Galveston are now numerous, and all tell of a terrible calamity. More bodies have been picked up on the beach at Virginia Point and Texas City, and searching parties are now getting Into the country between the two points. One member of the life-saving crews says he believes that not one-third of the dead bodies are being recovered. Many sank before reaching the beach. and he believes a week will pass before the bay gives up all the dead. A man who arrived from Galveston to-day says that bodies are being cast into the gulf with weights attached as the best method of disposing of them, while others are being buried in the sand where found. Many of these are unidentified and so the dead list will never be known. Scores of people are here trying to get Into Galveston. Many of them claim relatives there, but It Is not possible to reach that city at pres ent. The great storm covered a large area of the cotton growing section of Texas and did tremendous damage to the crop. A traveling man who covers a big area of the state reports that for a hundred miles west of Houston the wind and storms have wrought great havoc and all chances for a crop have been destroyed. There has been no damage at Corpus Christi. No lives lost at Rockport, Aransas Pass or Brownsville. Supplies for Galveston. Washington, Sept. 11. Orders have been issued by the war department for the immediate shipment to Galveston of 855 tents and 50.000 rations. These stores and supplies are divided between St. Louis and San Antonio, and probably will be delivered to-night or to-morrow. This represents about all such supplies as the government has on Imnd at the places named, but it is stated at the department that the order could be duplicated in a day. Sir Thomas Upton Subscribes. New Tork, Sept. 11. The following cablegram was received here to-day by the American representative of Sir Thomas Lipton: - "London, Sept. 11. Very grieved see press reports here regarding fearful calamity befallen Galveston. Sufferers have my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy. If getting up public subscription will be glad to give $1,000. Lipton." A Wind Velocity of 06 Miles an Hour. Washington, Sept 11. The first report from Galveston since the afternoon of September 8 was received by the weather bureau this morning. At 8:10 p. m. of the 8th the barometer read 28.63 inches, and a wind velocity of 96 miles an hour from the northeast was recorded at 6:15 p. m., when the anemometer blew away. A higher velocity from the southeast was noted shortly after. No Dlreot Wire to Galveston. New Tork, Sept. 11. The general superintendent of the southern division of the Western Union said to-day that wire connections had been restored between New Orleans and Houston. No direct wire to Galvesten was expected before to-morrow. The entire telegraph force of Galveston was reported safe. Fears for Twenty-four Nuns. New Tork, Sept 11. Twenty-four nuns belonging to the Dominican Order, recently residents of Newark, N. J., are believed to have perished In the Galveston hurricane, and their relatives and friends In Newark are unable to get any tidings of them. The names of some of these nuns before they took the veil were Miss Catherine Gannon, who became sister superior of the Roman Catholic convent of the Sacred Heart of Galveston; Miss Alice Kane, Miss Mary Collins, Miss Catherine Kinney, Miss Katie Gallagher, Miss Mary A. O'Reilly, Miss Mary Norton, Miss Annie Tunney and Miss Elizabeth Aury. The names of the others could not be gathered to-day. Loss In Small Towns. Houston, Tex., Sept 11. Outside Galveston, smaller towns are beginning to send In reports and many additions to the list of dead and property losses are received. Richmond and Hitchcock each report sixteen lives lost, Alta Loma, Arcardla, Velasco, Seabrooke, Belleville, Areola and many other towns have from one to eight dead. In most of these places many houses have been totally destroyed and thousands of head of live stock killed. The railroads alone will suffer millions of dollars in actual damage, to say nothing of the loss from stoppage of business. Communication Opened. Galveston, Tex., Sept 11. Some order is being brought out of chaos and something like a systematic attempt Is being made to clear the debris and remove the dead. Supplies are coming In from THIS MORNING'S NEWS. General. Loss of life at Galveston estimated at 5,000. 1. LI Hung Chang's credentials presented. L Massacre in Shan-Se confirmed. 2. Minister Wu denies that he Issued bogus edlcts.-2. New Hampshire republicans meet. 2. New Tork democratic slate arranged. 2. Germany negotiating a big loan. I Fast time on the Empire City tra.ok.-l. Republicans claim 87,000 in Maine. L Rescue of missionaries. 2. State. Republican outing near New Haven. 12. Strikes at East Hampton and at the Hartford Carpet Company's. 3. Sketch of History of Norfolk 12. Raees at Putnam fair. 3. Manchester's water wantonly wasted. 3. Reunion of Second Heavier. 7. Stocking lakes with bass. L Mlddletown road race. 3. Willimantic Dime Savings Bank affairs. -3. Suit of Hildreth & Co. vs. trolley com pany. 3. New Britain woman's son wounded In African war. 3. Drought in various places. 7. City. Fifty-four put to plea in the criminal court Anise Holcomb discharged James Balfour sentenced for four months for manslaughter. S. Grant reunion at Compounce. 4. Horticultural Society exhibition. 7. Mrs. John Gatling shot 7. Water board will hold open sessions. 7. The Rev. A. P. Martin Is safe. 7. Plans for convention of Insurance commissioners. 4. Deaths of Aaron Peck Fenn and Miss Fannie M. Cowles. 7. Showers and Cooler. Washington, Sept. 11. Forecast for Wednesday and Thursday: For New England, showers; cooler Thursday, except in eastern Maine; winds becoming high south to southerly. For eastern New York, showers Wednesday and probably Thursday; cooler Thursday; winds becoming high southwesterly Wednesday morning. Tb great storm has reached southern lower Michigan with much Increased intensity and is moving rapidly east northeastward. It is accompanied by high winds and rain, and dangerous gales occurred Tuesday over Lake Michigan, Chicago reporting a maximum velocity of 72 miles an hour from the west. Except in the vicinity of the storm there has been no rain beyond some scattered showers in New England, extreme southern Florida and the extreme west. The storm will continue eastward during Wednesday, ..oiiafna. rntn And smithrlv ea.lea over the lower lake region and extending to the New England and northern parts of the middle Atlantic coast The following tempera tures were reported this evening: Wind Pre Temp Dir Vel clp !pm Mln Max Abilene, clr SE 6 f 74 82 Atlanta, clr 8 Lt 0 84 70 P2 Atl'tic C, clr SW 8 0 78 74 80 Blsm'k, ptcldy..NW Lt 0 70 48 74 Boston, cldy NW Lt 0 68 62 78 Chicago, rain...; W 36 .01 70 72 86 Denver, cldv.... 8E 10 .08 66 64 76 Hatteras, clr....SW 14 0 80 78 84 Helena, cldy SW 8 .06 70 62 Jack'vllle, clr.... BE 6 0 80 72 88 Nanfket, cldy.. S 10 0 70 72 88 New H'n,eldy..SW 9 0 75 67 83 New T'k. clr S 14 0 76 72 84 New OrL.clr SB 8 0 80 76 88 Portland, cldy... .18 H ) Salt L. C.,clr....NW 10 0 78 - 88 St. Louis, clr.... W 12 0 84 76 90 St. Paul. cldy... NW 6 .98 62 64 64 Wasb'ton, clr... S 6 0 86 74 96 Xantern Law Time-Table. Sun sets 6:16. Lanterns rise 7:16. . . Sun rises 6:38. Lanterns "set 4:38. " Yesterday's Temperature. (By Postal Telegraph Thermometer.) 7 a, m......68 J p. ro 82" 10 a. m 78 7 p. m 76 12 noon 80 12 p. m 77" Houston, and the first line of communication with the outside world was opened to-day via Texas City- Large forces are working on the railroads. The revised list of known dead makes a list of about 600 people. Car Load Sent from New Tork. New Tork, Sept. 11. The first car load of provisions and clothing for the storm-stricken people of Galveston to be sent out from this city, left over the New York Central to-night No Soldiers Drowned. Washington, Sept. 11. Adjutant-General Corbln has received a dispatch from Captnin Rafferty, commanding Battery O, First Artillery, stationed at Galveston, Tex., daied Sunday, September J. It reports no loss of life in his command, but says that the records of the post have been destroyed, end asks for duplicate records from the war department. Under Martial Law. Dallas, Tex., Sept. 11. A bulletin received at noon states that Governor Sayers has placed Galveston city and Island under martial law. Adjutant-General Scurry is ordered to have state troops to take charge at once. The other Includes Instructions that the troops compel the people to bury the dead. Delaware Democrats. Dover, Del., Sept 11. The democratic state convention adjourned at 7:10 this evening after having made the following nominations: Governor, Peter J. Ford of Wilmington; lieutenant governor Dr. W. F. Hoey of Frederlca: congressman (long term) Alexander M. Daly of Dover; congressman (unexpired term) Dr. Edward Fowler of Laurel. The platform indorsed the nominations of Bryan and Stevenson and the Kansas City platform. To Swim Across the Sonnd. Stamford, Sept. 11. Three New Tork men, Nolan O'Reilly, Harry Burnes and Harry Annes, will swim across the Sound next Sunday at high tide for a prize of four cases of champagne. Hartford People la New Torlc. New Tork. Sept. 11. Hartford people registered at hotels here to-night are: Fifth Avenue Mrs. F. S. Snow. Waldorf J. H. Brewster. Westminster G. H. Warner Cadillac R. F. Blodgctt. Astor A. K. McCoriteil. Imperial H. J. Woods, W. B. Rothschild. J. 8. Mack. Fifth Avenue F. C. Moore. Herald Square C. L. Burdett Grand Union R, D. Brltton, J. A. O'Nell. W. Raphael. Murray Hfli-W. A. Hitchcock, W. T. Hunttlng, C. J. Burnell, E. B. Pratt Everett H. C. Long. Holland A Brand. Manhattan W. A. Moore, II. C. Billings. Park Avenue E. J. Andrews. A Brain-erd. W. 11. Pye. EARL LI'S AUTHORITY. United States Not Yet Ready to Deal With Him. COPT OF IMPERIAL EDICT PRESENTED. Minister Wu Asks that LI Hun , Chang Be Taken to Taku In a United States Government Vessel. Washington, Sept. 11. The state department this afternoon issued the following: The following communication was handed to Acting Secretary of State Hill on September 10, by the Chinese minister: Cablegram from Earl LI Hung Chang, dated September 7, 1900, transmitted by the Chinese minister at St Petersburg under date of September 9, and received by Minister Wu on the last named date: "I am in receipt of an Imperial edict of the thirtieth day of the Beventh month (August 24, 1900) transmitted by way of Pao-Ting-Fu. It Is as follows: 'Li Hung Chang, envoy plenipotentiary, is hereby vested with full discretionary powers, and he shall promptly deal with whatever questions may require his attention. From this distance we will not control his actions. Let this edict be forwarded with extra expedition at the rate of 600 lis per day (to Karl la) for his information and guidance. Respect this." " To the above communication. Acting Secretary Hill has handed Mr. Wu the following reply: "The United States does not feel called upon to express any opinion at this time as to the sufficiency of LI Hung Chang's authority, but hopes it will transpire that his credentials are full and authoritative, not only for negotiation, but to enable him, without further delay, to give assurance that the life and property of Americans vdll henceforth be respected throughout the Chinese empire." Minister Wu has received a dispatch from LI Hung Chang asking that the powers co-operate in affording him personal protection and facilitating his journey to Pekin. Sir Robert Hart, imperial minister of customs, has been asked to procure steamer accommodations for the trip. From the formal statement given out to-day it appears that the state department Is not yet ready to begin direct negotiations with Ll Hung Chang. It does not question his credentials as a plenipotentiary, but simply leaves the matter in abeyance. Probably this Is because all of the powers have not yet returned their response to the Russian note. Minister Wu was twice at the state department to-day. It was understood that his first call was in part, at least, to secure transportation for Ll Hung Chang from Shanghai to Taku on a United States vessel. His later call was to receive the answer of the department to that application, as well as to the communication respecting Ll Hung Chang's functions. The answer returned by the state department to the letter of communication apparently made It unnecessary at this time to pursue the inquiry as to the ship. If Lt Hung Chang may not enter into nego-tlons at present, there Is no occasion to transport him to Taku. EXPEDITION TO PAO-TING-FU. Four Thousand Troops Gotnt No " Germans 1n the List. Che-Foo, Sept. 8, via Shanghai, Sept. 10. The Pao-Ting-Fu expedition, leaving to-day, numbers 4,000 men. It Is made up as follows: British, two regiments of cavalry, a battery of horse artillery and 300 infantry; Italians,' 1,000; Japanese, 306; Russians. 300; Americans, 500. London, Sept. 11. Considerable Importance Is attached to tSie announcement from Taku of the start of the expedition to Pao-TVng-Fu, (about ninety miles southwest of Tien-Tsin). It is thought strange that no German troops are mentioned as participating in the expedition. Apart from the belief that the Chinese Kmpeor's latest edict emanated from Pao-Tlng-Fu, it is said that General Yung Lu (commander-in-chief of the northern armies of China, who is one of those held responsible for the outrages at Pekin, if not for the Boxer outbreak) is also at Pao-Ting-Fu. Inspection of the Palace. Shanghai, Sept. 10. A dispatch from Pekin by way of Taku says that after the march of the allies through the palace grounds a party of civilians, including the legation ladies and some prominent misslonarias, were admitted. Tea was served to them, and the palace was Inspected. The most remarkable features of the buildings are said to be the guilded exterior staircases, carved from single stones with dragons, lions and other ornaments. The empress dowager's bed is trimmed with solid gold. After the inspection the palace gates were again closed, and no one was permitted to enter the grounds. May Transfer Winter Supply Base. (Copyright The Associated Press.) Tien-Tsin, Sept. 3, via Nagasaki, Sept. 10. The Americans and British are considering the feasibility of transferring their winter supply base from Tong-Ku to a point near Shan-Hai-Kwan on the gulf of Llao-Tung, which is free of Ice and is also a railway terminus. The chief difficulty in the way of the' project is the lack of troops to guard the railway. The British marines and two naval guns have been withdrawn on ship board. The Boxers are reported massing along the grand canal. AMERICANS BEHEADED. Refugee from Pao-Tlng-Fn Brings News of the Massacre. Tien-Tsin, Sept 3. A Christian refugee from Pao-Ting-Fu where Pekin officials were enlisting troops when he left, asserts that he saw a large force' of Boxers between Pekin and Pao-TIng-Fu. He also brings authoritative news of the massacre (already reported) by provincial soldiers of the American missionaries at Fen-Chow-Fu on August 15. Mr. Atwater and his wife, with their two children, Mr. Legren and his wife and Miss English were beheaded. He also confirms the report of the killing 23 members of the English mission at Tai-Wuan-Fu. At Tai-Ku, where Miss CoombB was thrown into the flames of the burning mission buildings and where ten French priests were killed, all thg members of the American mission were exterminated, the men making a gallant defence until their ammunition was exhausted. He says there la no doubt that Miss Whitchurch and Miss E. B. Searel were murdered at Hsiayo; and he confirms the reported massacre of Miss French and Miss Palmer, as well as of hundseds of native Christians, in the Chi-Shien dlb-trict of the province of Shan-Se. Foreigners Besieged In Shan-Se. The same refugee, giving further details as to the condition of the party of foreigners already reported as under siege, August 25, by Chinese regulars in the province of Shan-Se. says that the party consisted of four priests, five nuns, five European engineers and several missionaries and that fhey were surrounded by troops, who had retreated from, Pekin. On the date in question the foreigners were entrenched in the French Cathedral. The latest reports received here from Pekin say that the empress dowager is in the province of Shan-Se and that the Japanese are pursuing her. LIFE UNDERWRITERS. National Association Meets In Sara-toca. Saratoga. N. T.. Sept. 11. The Na-tonal Association of Life Underwriters began its eleventh annual convention here this morning. The address of welcome was made by John Foley, who was responded to by the president of the association, James L. Johnson of Springfield, Mass., who afterward delivered- his annual address. At the afternoo session Charles A. Hewitt, editor of the "Insurance Post" of Chicago, 111., delivered a long address on "lour Services to the World." The balance of the -session was devoted to five minute addresses on insurance matters. TO ORDER A STRIKE. Unless Mlpo Operators Agree to a Conference Thursday. Chicago, 111.. Sept. 11. "I will leave for Indianapolis to-morrow night, and If upon my arrival there Thursday morning I fail to hear anything from the- operators in New Tork indicative of their willingness to meet us in conference, I shall Immediately order a strike." These were the words of John Mitchell, president of the United Mine Workers of America to-night. Teleerraph Line In Alaska. Washington. Sept. 11. A report has been received from General Greely, chief signal officer, who went to Alaska to arrange for telegraphic communication with that territory, which says that by making use of the Canadian line there will pe communication with Egbert Eagle city by the end of September. Thjs Canadian line extends from Ashcroft north to Dawson and the boundary line. The United States has constructed a line from Fort Egbert to meet this line. Another line Is being built by the United States up the Tukon River which will connect with Fort Egbert, but it Is not likely that it will be completed this season. , Dividends Declared. New Tork, Sept 11. The directors o the Mergenthaler "Llnetype Company have declared the regular quarterly dividend of 2 1-2 per cent, and an extra dividend of 2 1-2 per cent, both payable September 29. The directors of the Manhattan Railway Company to-day declared the regular quarteily dividend of 1 per cent. The executive committee of the Western Union Telegraph Company, to-day recommended the declaring of the regular quarterly dividend of 1 1-4 per cent Grado Crossing Accident. Ansonla, Sept 11. Joseph Colwell, Miss Mamie Condon and Miss Mamie Mansfield were caught between the gates at the Naugatuck crossing yesterday while driving and were struck by a train. Colwell received a serious compound fracture of the right leg ana a dislocation of the ankle, Miss Condon was Injured about the month and lost several teeth, while Miss Mansfield escaped with some bruises. Colwell was taken to the New Haven Hospital. Stocking Lakes With Bass. (Special to The Courant.) Winsted, Sept. 11. Two hundred large-mouthed black bass were placed In Highland Lake yesterday by Postmaster C. K. Hunt, having been forwarded by George M. Bowers, commissioner of fjsh and fisheries at Washington, by request of Congressman E. J. Hill." Two hundred have been placed in Lake Waramaug and 400 In Twin Lakes. Body Found In Creek. Bridgeport, Sept. 11. The body of Christian Dapp, a German, was found in Ash Creek, ..back at Gneeo Mountain Cemetery, this morning. He Is thought to have committed suicide, as he had lately become despondent and troubled by imaginary wrongs. He leaves a wife and two boys, 5 and 8 years of age. Bridgeport Man Disappears. Bridgeport, Sept. 11. Andrew Webster, agent for the Mohican Spring Water Company, has disappeared and his accounts are said to be short about $1,000. Miss Maggie Donahue is also reported missing and they are said to have gone together. May Have Committed Suicide. Bridgeport, Sept. 11, August Herskle strolled away from his boarding place last night in a nude condition and has not been seen since., It Is feared that he may have co.mmltted suicide, as be has several times lately said he was tired of life and would either drown or hang himself. A Kathinir Accident. Mllford, Sept. 11. Miss Florence Stroebel of New Tork city struck a rock while diving yesterday and narrowly escaped drowning. She had sunk a second time before she was rescued and she remained unconscious for an hour and a half. Relics from TIen-Tsln. Waterbury. Sept. 11. John Walsh has sent home here from China a Chinese woman's hat and slippers that he secured In the palace at Tien-Tsin. Steamship Arrivals. At New Tork Kensington, Antwerp;" Anchoria, Glasgow. At Hamburg DeutBchland.New Tork. At Gibraltar Ens, New York. At Glasgow Fumessia, New Tork. At Bremen Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse, New Tork. At Queenstown Oceanic, New Tork. At Rotterdam Rotterdam.New Tork. Battle of Tirandywine Celebrated. West Chester, Pa., Sept. 11. The 123d anniversary of the battle of Brandy-wine was celebrated to-day on the battlefield where on September 11, 17, for the first time the Continental army carried the stars and atrlDes Into battle. THE RESULT IN MAINE. Chairman Manley Claims 37,000 Majority. HE SENDS CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PRESIDENT. He Says It's the Greatest Victory tbs Republicans of Maine Ever Won. Augusta, Me., Sept 11. The Hon. J. H. Manley to-day sent the following telegrams: "Augusta, Me., Sept. 11. "The Hon. William McKinley, President. "Our majority will reach 37,090, It is under all the circumstances the most complete and the gseatest victory that the republicans of Maine ever won. It was obtained against a united democracy. The democratic vote is the smal lest ever cast in Maine since 184S, with the single exception of 1896. The re publicans of Maine send to you their congratulations over the splendid in dorsement given your administration by the voters of this state. . "J. H. Manley, Chairman republican state committee." "The Hon. M. A. Hanna, "Chairman Republican National Committee, New Tork. "Our majority, like the administration, grows stronger and better hour by hour. Our majority will reach 87,-000. This, under all the clrcurnstances, is the greatest victory the republicans of Maine ever won. The republican vote will exceed by thousands the average republican vote for the last'quar-ter of a century, while the democrayo vote is smaller than it has ever been since 1848, save four years ago. We are all happy and rejoicing throughout the state. I 4eave for New York to-morrow. "J. H. Manley." The President Pleased. Somerset Pa., Sept 11. President McKinley was very much gratified with the news he received to-night from Chairman Manley concerning the election news from Maine ard in acknowledgment this message was sent: "The Hon. J. Manley, Augusta, Ma,: "The President read ymr message witty great satisfaction and reciprocates congratulations upon this significant victory. "Genrge B. Cortelyou, "Secretary to the President." Returns Not All In Yet. Lewiston, Me., Sept. 11. Belated election returns from all over th,e state earn sifting In to-day, but w,lth the exception at Knox county very few showed any decided change from those received last night. The Associated Press estimates sent out last night held good all day, and to-night, with V5 cities, towns and plantations heard from out of a total of 512, the estimated republican plurality for the state tickst remains at ,32,000. The total vote of the above towns gives Hill, rep4, 6S.237: Lord dem., 38,101. The same places in 1896 gave Powers, -rep., 76,398, and Frank, dem., 31,179. These show a republican loss of 11 per cent, and a democratic gain of 22 per cent. Perhaps one of the most notabje features of the election was the democratic victory in Knox county, whore, owing to labor troubles, every republican candidate wns badly knifed, ntifl only Congressman Littlefield anil Sheriff Ulmer succeeded in coming out ahead of thir opponents. This was surpriring, as Knox county Is Mr. Llt-tlefield's home. The democratic candidate for governor carried the ceun-ty, and pulled alrmgTvith hlti the senatorial candidate, L. H. Staples of Washington, and the latter will have the distinction of fceing the only "democrat in the upper branch of the Legislature. THE PRESIDENT AT SOMERSET He Receives Messages from the Disaster lu Texas. Somerset, Pa., Sept. It President McKinley Is both working and resting. He keeps in close touch with the affairs of the country, and is In frequent communication by telegraph and telephone with Washington, lie was grieved to learn that the disaster in Texas was greater than had been contemplated at first He received a telegram this even ing from Governor Sayers of Texas which was somewhat susprlslng in character. It asked for a light boat, belonging to either the treasury or navy departments, to be ordered to ply between Galveston and the mainland until other boats could be obtained. The President immediately telegraphed the secretary of the treasury to furnish the desired relief at once, and answered the governor of Texas that his request had been complied with. Fears for a Lake Steamer. Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 12. In the midst of a 60-mile gale the steamer F. and P. No. -6 of the Pere Marquette Line, is reported to have left Holland, MJoh., Tuesday afternoon with over 300 passengers. At 12.-.3J) this (Wednesday) morning the steamer has not been sighted. Weil-Known Horticulturist. Washington, Sept. 11. William Saunders, a horticulturist widely known both In this country and in Europe, died arthls heme in this city to-day. Ha was 78 years old. and had been connected with the United States department of agriculture since its organization in 1862. Nelson Defeats Downlnar. Worcester, Mass., Sept. 11. John A. Nelson, defeated Hardy Downing of San Jose, CaU at the Coliseum to-night in a 15-mije match race. Downing lost his pace In the third mile and Nalson took the lead, adding to it the entire distance, defeating Downing three-quarters of a mile. Time 24:36. The Tfc-ous Dying, OfT. New Haven, Sept 11. Seth Main ot Preston, a wejl- known trout fisherman, has recently been over some ojt the hjrst trout streams In this vicinity and reports conditions the worst ever known. He says that the fish ae dying by. the thousands and that all brooks will have to Ije restocked. The Evil of Gum Chewlnsr. Waterbury, Spt. 11. Mrs. Booth, wife of Constable .George Booth, of 197 Cherry street, while chjewing gum yesterday dislocated h.-r Inwar law.

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