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BELGIAN KING DYING
Mind Remains Clear, Condition Is
MAY OPERATE AS LAST RESORT
Dying Monarch Calmly Makes Will,
Receives Sacrament and Bids
Farewell to All.
Brussels, Doc. 14. At 5 o'clock this
morning the condition of King Leopold
Brussels, Dec. 13. Leopold II, king
of the Belgians, tonight is making a
desperate effort for his life, and the
odds are strongly against the aged
mo mi rch.
, As a last resort, the surgeon's knife
Hill le tried tomorrow. If the opera
tion is successful, King Leopold may
live. If it fails, the end is inevitable,
.All will depend on the king's strength
and vitality, which aro ebbing fast.
Rheumatism has already conquered
the aged and wasted frame. Dropsy
has developed, and an obstruction of
, the intestines, which must be removed,
lias greatly aggravated his condition.
The general opinion is that the king
will not survive the operation. Indeed
he may die at any moment. The mon
arch is rather optimistic, and today
'exclaimed to his physician:
"Operate, and the sooner the bet
ter." But he added with a wan, wist
"I'erhaps, doctor, the long, long jour
, ney is at hand."
King Leopold is still as lucid of in
tellect as ever. This masterful mind,
which conceived and carried out the gi-
gantic Congo project and roused the
whole world into bitter indictment and
discussion, calmly directed what seems
to be the final chapter in his spectacu
The picture was pathetic enough.
Separated from his two eldest daugh
ters by a tragic skein of events, with
scandal of his own personal life whis
pered by every tongue, Leopold lay
tonight in "The Balms," a little pa
vilion of six rooms, close to the great
Lacken attended by his faithful daugh
ter Drincess Clementine, Crown Prince
Albert and the royal household.
The day was a mixture of anxiety,
hope and despair. As his strength
failed the king, his chaplain, an aged
priest with tears wetting his cheeks,
... approached the bed to hear the king's
confession and administer communion
and extreme unction. In the morning
the king, assisted by a notary and so
licitors, settled his private affairs.
To Count Oultremont, marshal of the
court, his majesty said:
" Vou have served me well for more
than L'O years. I am grateful. Before
I die, I want to tell you so and give
you my thanks."
The king then summoned Frincess
Clementine, whom he kissed several
times, telling her not to cry. She was
led fainting from the room. Other rela
Subsequently he received the papal
' nuncio, who brought the benediction of
the holy father, and the Spanish min-
i. ister. The mayor of Brussels came to
the caslle as the bearer of the good
' wishes of the people of Brussels, and
to express the popular hope that his
majesty would recover, but the king
was too tired to receive him.
AMERICAN MEAT SHUT OUT.
German Conservatives Strongly Oppose
Berlin, Pec. 13. In the conservative
party convention today at Berlin, Count
Sehwerin Leewitz, one of the most
prominent agrarian members of the
reichstag, took strong ground against
Germany's making concessions on
American meats in order to secure bet
ter tariff rates.
"The higher duties in the new tar
iff," he said, "are especially unfavor
able to Gerinany, but German agricul
ture is practically concerned about the
question whether the German conven
tional tariff will be accepted again by
Americans without something equiva
lent in the way of concessions, because
of the fear in agricultural circles that
the federal government might make the
provisions for the American meat im
ports adopted for the protection of the
health of our people and today more
necessary than ever the subject of
commercial treaty negotiations. This
fear I regard as unfounded, in view of
the 'certain information which has been
conveyed to me.
"Such a thing I would expect even
less from the present chancellor than
from his predecessor. He values too
highly the interests of our public
health and it too just toward our Ger
man livestock growers to do such a
thing. Moreover, the chancellor knows
too well the sentiments of the country
and the great majority of the reichs
BREEDING IS ALL PROFIT.
FERRY BOAT IS LOST
MOVING PICTURE OF MURDER
Big Steamer and Crew of 32 Is
Five Days Overdue.
WENT DOWN IN LAKE ERIE STORM
Ship Wat Valued at $360,000 and
Cargo of Loaded Freight Cart
at About $40,000.
SEVEN DIE IN FIRE.
Cincinnati Tenement House Scene of
Cincinnati, Dec. 14. Two women,
two men and three children lost their
lives and seven other persons were
seriously injured in a tenement fire at
Third and Sycamore streets, which
broke out at midnight. Three of the
dead were burned to cinders.
The frenzied inmates gathered in the
windows and climbed to the roof
whence they jumped into blankets.
Six men fled to the roof, where fire
men had to use force to prevent them
from virtually committing suicide by
jumping to tho street.
A woman, clasping her 8-year-old son
in her r.rnis, jumped from a third -floor
window. Both were instantly killed.
Dwellers in tho tenement were so
overwhelmed by panic that some rushed
headlong into the flames. The fire was
extinguished with slight trouble with
a total loss of about $25,000.
Ruin as Governor Snaps.
Camus, Wash., Dec. 14. The governor
on one of the high-speed engines used
for running a dynamo at the Crown
Columbia paper mill broke about noon
today, causing the engine to tear it
self to pieces. One large piece of the
flywheel wont up through the second
floor, tearing out heavy timbers and
seriously injuring Sam McKever, who
was working on a papor machine on
the second floor. One paper machine
was also badly wrecked. Several men
were near the engine wh-en the accident
happened, but were not injured. Part
of the mill is shut down for repairs.
$206,9'J0 Theft Exposed.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 14. Members of
the Duma have introduced an interpel
lation in regard to the recently dis
covered thefts of government bond cou
pons presented for redemption com
mitted by employe of the state bank
and of the controller department act
ing in collusion. Thefts amounting to
Jik,!ioo have been established, but it
is known the total amount is several
times greater, the criminals having for
several years taken large quantities of
canceled coupons from bundles about to
Paper to Be Devoted to Enrichment
Through Better Stock.
Omaha, Dec. 13. Willett M. Hays,
assistant secretary of agriculture, with
his associates, will start a magazine
devoted to the scientific breeding of
plants and animals. A new department
has been organized in the American
Breeders' association to study the
heredity in man, and David Starr Jor
dan will head the work and conduct
this department in the magazine.
This was decided at the closing meet
ing of the American Breeders' associa
tion today, when 1200 new members
were obtained and the organization
voted to ask manufacturing, commer
cial and transportation interests desir
ing nn increase in farm products to
provide the association with sufficient
funds to put the publication on a busi
ness basis at once.
Assistant Secretary Hays, of the
Breeders' association, said:
"We have at least induced the public
to believe that a billion dollars can be
added to our plant and animal products
by scientific breeding. Another billion
can be added by bringing more acres
under cultivation and adding fertilizers.
"The scientifict fact, however, is that
the billion added by breeding will be
almost all profit, while the increase
from more and better farming will cost
ST. CROIX OIL SOAKED.
Former Engineer on Burned Craft Tes
tifies Tanks Leaked.
San Francisco, Dec. 11. That the
fuel oil tanks of the steamer St. Croix,
which was destroyed by fire off the
coast of southern California, leaked
badly and allowed seven barrels of oil
to ooze into the bilge during one trip,
was the statement made today to the
federal inspectors by John D. Druillard,
formerly first assistant engineer of the
Druillard was not on the St. Croix
at the time of the disaster. He stated
that the condition of the vessel was
such that he did not care to go to sea
aboard of her, and left the employ
ment of the company after making his
Druillard said he discovered the con
dition of the tanks and reported it to
Chief Kngineer Doe, who ordered that
they be loaded only to the point where
the leaks were located. This order
was later countermanded by Captain
Warner, according to the witness, and
tho tanks filled to the top. The wit
ness stated that he measured the oil in
the hold, and found it was several
inches deep. From this he computed
the total leakage at 7 barrels. Or
ders were issued against open lights
below decks, but Druillard said that
he twice found lamps burning and
threw them overboard.
Druillard believed that a lighted cig
arette might have been thrown down
a ventilator by a passenger and caused
The inquiry closed today.
Editor's Home Dynamited.
St. Louis, Dec. 13. The residence of
Harry B. Wandell, city editor of the St.
Louis Star, was dynamited early this
morning. The front door and windows
were blown out. A man was seen run
ning awav from the house. No person
was injured, Recently Wandell was
slugged as he was entering the Star
building. A note shoved under the
door and found after the explosion,
read: "H. W, D. Be careful; next time
under your chair." Twenty minutes
after the explosion Wandell collapsed
and was put under the care of a physician.
Detroit, Mich., Dec. 11. All hope
that the car ferry Ma.rquet & Bessemer
No. 2 outlived the wintry fate that has
mado Lake Erie a watery graveyard in
the lust 70 hours has been practically
abandoned at the head offices of the
Marquette & Bessemer Dock & Navi
gation company, owners of the vessel.
It is believed that Captain R. It. Mc-
Leod of Conneaut, and his crew of 31
men, have gone down with the steamer.
The Marquette & Bessemer No. 2 left
Conneaut, Ohio, at 10:23 o'clock Tues
day morning for Port Stanley, Ont.,
with 30 loaded cars and, under ordinary
conditions, should have reached her
destination at 3 o'clock that after
noon. She has not been sighted by
other boats. An empty green yawlboat
and some wreckage was seen by the
steamer W. B. Davick, near Long
Point, Ont. Yawlboats of the No. 2
are painted green.
The Marquette & Bessemer No. 1 left
Conneaut at 6 o'clock Tuesday for Port
Stanley and it was 60 hours before she
was heard from. She has since searched
the lake toward Point relec, but has
found nothing of her sister ship. Tugs
have scoured the lake and report no
trace of the No. 2.
The Marquette & Bessemer No. 2 was
valued at $350,000 and the carg. at
more than $40,000. She was built ii
Cleveland in 1905. The boat is operated
by the Pore Marquette and the Besse
mer & Lake Erie roads.
Film 600 Feet Long Depicts Tragedy
of Ito at Harbin.
Victoria B. C, Dec. 10. A moving
picture of the assassination of Trince
Ito at Harbin is to be used in the
trial of tho Corean assassin, accord
ing to advices brought by the steamer
Kaga Maru today.
When Prince Ito was meeting M.
Kokovostaff, the Russian minister of
finance, a Russian cinematograph pho
tographer had prepared to make mov
ing pictures of the meeting and took
the scenes attendant upon the assassi
nation of Prince Ito. When the Jap
anese officials learned that the pic
tures of the tragedy were successful,
they obtained a film 500 feet long, and
this will be shown in court at the
trial of the assassin. Another set of
the film will be exhibited in Japan.
Chinese newspapers fear that the
death of Prince Ito will result in a
changed policy of Japan toward China,
owing to the military party being
brought to power with the passing of
Ito as head of the civil party. The
COOK BOUGHT PROOF
BUST AT OVERAMMERQAU. j V70MEJI OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLIL
Already PreparlnaT for the Prescata
Ion uf tfc I'uaaloa Vlmy,
Oberammergau Is already busy with
prtparatlons tor the periorniance ot
tablae Mil, froaa So-Called Civil
laatloa Horn of Happlneas,
Every spring hundreds of brldua
Remarkable Story Sworn To by the passion play, which will take place 'young women go north, with more or
uexi year, a jLonaon leuer 10 me .New iess trepidation, to bo married, so that
Vorx Sun says. Thirty dates have the number of home In the neighbor
been fixed between May 16 and Sopt.'hood of the arctic circle grow larger
26, of which nineteen are Sundays, each year. Frances Sterrett saya in tho
Extra performances are sometimes glv- Housekeeper. The trepidation only
cn on Mondays, wncn mere are more lasts while the brides are "cheechalk
people in the village on the preceding os,", or tenderfeet After they have
CAPTAIN MADE "OBSERVATIONS'
Mat Promised $5,000 for Manufac
turing Records and Instruct
. Ing Cook What to Say.
ANDRE'S BALLOON FOUND.
Boys' Play Proves Fatal
Los Angeles, Dee. It. Wesley
Haughtelin, 11 years old, died early to
day as the result of a schoolboy en
counter yesterday over a game of mar
bles. According to statements of otter
boys, Haughtelin became involved in
an argumeut with Truman Flint, a 15
year did lad. Their dispute led to
blow, and a rough-and tumble fiabt.
W. E. Haughtelin, father of the lad, and attempt to secure indictment of cue
Arbitration Will Begin.
Chicago, Dec. 13. Negotiations be
tween the railroads conference commit
tee, representing the General Managers'
association, and the switchmen's com
mittee will begin in Chicago on Mon
day, according to an unauthorized state
ment issued here today by the General
Managers' association. Interstate Com
merce Commissioner Knapp and Labor
Commissioner Neill on Monday will take
also the dispute between the Illinois
Central railroad and its telegraphers,
who have asked for an increase of 10
per cent in wages.
Sutton Case Is Up Again.
Washington, Dec. 13. The Sutton
ease is to be revived. Mrs. Rosa B.
Sutton, mother of Lieutenant James N.
Sutton, who died at Annapolis under
peculiar circumstances, is preparing,
with her attorney!, to go before the
Maryland grand jurr when its sessions
are resumed in Baltimore next month
Party Met Death in Fight With Eskimo
Tribes of North.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dec. 11.
Bishop Pnscal, who has charge of the
diocese of Prince Albert, which em
braces the sub-Arctic country to the
north of that city, brings back with
him a story of the finding of traces of
a balloon in which S. A. Andre, Swed
ish explorer, attempted to drift across
to the North Pole.
One of Bishop Pascal 's missionaries
reported to him that, while working
among the Eskimos of tho Arctic re
gion, lie met a tribe wuicu had some
of the plunder of tho party with them.
Those natives had in their possession
a qnantity of rope of a quality which
they could not get in a barker from
ships which enter the Arctic Sea.
When questioned the Eskimos told
that many years before they had come
across two white men who came down
out of the sky in a "white house."
These men had afterward starved to
death, and the natives had seized upon
the balloon, the cordage of which they
converted to their uses.
Bishop Pascal instructed the mission
ary to return and get further details.
A Hudson s Bay factor has the same
report in a somewhat different form.
His story is continued lrom tbe Lon
don ollicc of the company, where it
was sent in ofiicial dispatches. Accord
ing to the factor, an Indian arrived
at his post on tho Upper Churchill in
1!)00 from an extended trapping and
trading trip along tho borders of the
Arctic in northern Canada,
Tho Indian told of having met a
party of Eskimos who had been hunt
ing on one of the islands of the Arctic
ocean, and one day they behold a pe
culiar apparition in the sky. When
it finally landed, three men stepped
out. They started to approach the na
tives, who were in a state of terror
and made hostile, demonstrations. One
of the white men fired a gun and a
fight followed in which the natives
were victorious, killing all three of tbe
New York, Dec. P. The New York
Times presents tomorrow the remark
able narratives of two men, made under
oath, declaring that thev wore employed
by Dr. Frederick A. Cook to fabricate
astronomical observations for submis
sion to tho university of Copenhagen,
winch is about to pass upon Dr. look's
Pekin Times says that, whilo Ito re-1 assertion that he discovered the north
f rained from making coups to boost P"'1 n April --1, jwuk.
his personal ambitious, his successors These men are Cenrge H. Dunkle, an
are likelv to bo acirressive. and China insurance broker of New York, and
mav suffer the couseouence. i Captain August Wedell Loose, a sea
I captain of Brooklyn. For their labors
. , . thev were to have received lointlv from
COPENHAGEN STANDS BY COOK nr rooU $4()00, with an additional
, . . . I bonus of toOO to Captain Loose upon
Copenhagen, Dec. 10. Dr. Torp, rec
tor of the University of Copenhagen,
said tonight that the charges pub
lished in the New York Times against
Dr. Frederick A. Cook are based on
pure fiction. Nevertheless, he added,
he would accept the offer to examine
tho documents prepared by Loose and
Dunkle which the Times has agreed
to send to Copenhagen.
Walter Lonsdale, secretary to' Dr.
Cook, who brought tho explorer's rec
ords to Copenhagen, also declared that
accusations publishod in New York
and London against Dr. Cook were
totally unfounded. He said that the
papers delivered to tho University of
Copenhagen contained the original ob
servations mado by Dr. Cook on the
trip, without alteration.
Mr. Lonsdalo said the explorer's re
port was founded on these nud dic
tated by Dr. Cook to him, no other
person having anything to lo with it.
Loose and Duukle, Mr. Lonsdale
added, were guests at tho Waldorf
Astoria when Dr. Cook was there, but
tbe explorer's acquaintance with them
MINE VERDICT REFUSED.
the acceptance of the records by the
university of Copenhagen. They say
that Dr. Cook had paid them only $200
when he disappeared on the eve of the
dispatch of his "records ' to Copen
hagen, two weeks ago.
Tho Times has followed the steps do
scribed by these two men, and has veri
fied their goings nnd comings, their
purchases of books and charts, and the
fact of their intimate relations with Dr.
The full narratives of Captain Loose
and Mr. Dunkle constitute one of the
most fascinating chapters in tho litera
ture of imposture. Captain Loose
frankly expresses his scorn of Dr.
Cook's claims, laughs at his ignorance
of the simplest essentials for accurate
observations in the Arctic regions, and
describes at length how, working back
ward from tho pole, he calculated ob
servations that would fit in with Cook's
narrative, and coached him on the neces
sary modifications of the latter as, for
example, that ho must be sure to record
that he rose before 4:1." o'clock on a
certain morning, because it was at that
hour that a certain star mentioned in
one of Loose's calculations would bo
Mr. Dunkle describes the inception of
ho enterprise; how from the newspapers
they gathered that Dr. Cook was in
deep water, and inferred that ho would
be glad to pay for help; how Dunkle
got John R. Bradley, Cook's backer, to
introduce him, how the subject was
led up to delicntelv and the bargain
finally struck nnd carried out, and how
at. last v ook disappeared
Officials Scored for Laxity in Search
Cherry( Dec. 10. -Tlic Juquiry
of the coroner's jury into the St. Paul
mine disaster, in which 300. men wore
killed, came to an abrupt close today I sihfj.
without a verdict being reached. One chart covering route from
The jury announced it would not ! "vnrtevaag to the pole, with all of Dr
Sundays than can find places In the
The great problem "of the passion
play committee is to prevent the per
formances from, degenerating into
commercialism. The play commemor-
tes the departure of the plague from
:he village In 1633 and the devoutne3S
f the actors Is no less now than it
bos ever been; but already this au
tumn agents have canvassed the en
tire village to buy up sleeping aceom
Diodatlons for next summer and prices
liavo been offered for single rooms
slilch have almost turned the heads
it the peasants.
No one can witness the passion play
who has not spent the previous night
in the village itself. Every house is
registered as possessing a certain
amount of sleeping accommodations,
and the total number of beds in the
village Is approximately the number
Ot seats in the theater 4,200. One
third of the beds in each house must
he placed at the disposal of the local
official lodging bureau. The house
holders may make their own terms for
be other beds, with a maximum hare
rigidly fixed by the committee.
Three great tourist offices of Ixin-
don, Berlin and Munich have secured
certain number of .beds for the light
betore each performance. Many ot
the villagers are reserving accommo
dations for visitors of 1900 to -vhom
they are pledged and whom they re
gard as friends.
The burgomaster, Herr Buuer, has
promised all his available beds to an
English woman, who has taken a vl!l:i
at Oarnilsch, twelve miles away, and
will convey her guests to the village
in a motor car, She has already re
ceived 200 applications for the .iccom
Tne large firms of tourist ngeuts
have already about 3,000 appllcat'ons
and the local bureau Is receiving scores
dally. Offers of $6 and 7 a night for
convertible sitting rooms, which the
villagers would gladly let in ordinary
seasons for 25 cents a day, are being
made by agents, but such speculative
offers have no chance ot aeceptan.-e.
Anton Lang, who will be the Chrls
tus, as In 1900, Is now 35. Since the
last performance he has married a
watched the ice go out and are real
"sour doughs," they want no sympathy
because fats sent them to a country
where coal Is $30 & ton and lemous
a dollar a dozen. You cannot find an
Alaskan who will find fault with Al
aska, and so, as every one Is satisfied.
the mining camps at Dawson, Fair
banks and Nome, or the cabins out
along the creeks, miles and miles from
what we call civilization, hold only
happy housekeepers, women who know
more about canned goods and what can
be dons with a tin of beans than any
body on either continent.
Everything that comes to their doors
is canned, milk, eggs and potatoes, as
well as tbe vegetables that we all use.
In the larger camps fresh vegetables
are brought In by steamer In the sum
mer, until the shops bloom with a
wealth of succulent green things, but
only the anecdotes of these delicacies
reach "the creeks." The gardens at
Dawson are famous, for almost any
vegetable will grow If the housewife
will bother to plant It Although tho
eason Is so short the sun Shines night
and day and the cabbage keeps ths
same working hours.
Condensed milk Is the arctic house
keeper's stand-by and you would not
believe how much was used unless you
aw the pile of empty tins. Every
woman has to learn to make muffins
and rnka all over attain until BhO
knows Just the proportions ot milk and
water that will produce the light and
feathery result. Canned eggs offer a
similar course ot study and so do
tinned potatoes to the woman who
must serve three palatable meals a day
from canned or dried foods. '
It Is a wild, free life these arctic
women live. They know how to shoot
and can keep the larder replenished
when the men are busy. The.can also
take a big pan of pay gravel and wash.
It until the specks of gold are tree
from dirt. In their fur parki and
muckluks they can trot beside the do
sled on the winter trail and when,
the Journey of several hundred miles
Is over they can play Mendelssohn or
Chopin on the piano that takes up half
the room in the little cabin.
"We never sleep," declared a happy
arctic hniiaabswner "In tha anmmer It
Captain Loose asserts that he supplied
Dr. Cook with:
Iwontvfour altitudes for latitude
consider returning a verdict until
Alexander Rosenjack and Robert
Deane, missing witnesses, either had
bcon found or county oflicials showed
evidence of a genuine desire to find
them. The hearing adjourned to De
cember 20 to give officials an oppor
tunity to search for witnesses.
John Hand, a miner, who was among
the first to enter tho mine tho day
following the disaster, testified that
he heard signals from entombed min
ers, but that ho could get no help
f loin oflicials or experts to whom he
told his story.
The miner said he was standing at
the top of the shaft when he heard
repeated tappings that could have
been caused by nothing but tho picks
of the entombed men.
Eagle Carries Trap Far.
Sacramento, Cal., Dec. 11. Last week
an eagle was killed at Ellison ranch,
near Edgewood, in the upper part of
Siskiyou county, and on one of its feet
was attached a No. 3 steel trap. It
has just been learned that on Novem
ber 22 an eagle got into a No. 3 steel
trap belonging to N. Greenslate of
Plymouth, Amador county, and carried
the trap away with it. It is believed
the eagle killed at Edgewood, which
is just about 300 miles from Plymouth,
in an air line, is the same that carried
off Mr. GreenHlate's trap about ten d'iys
Long Walk Safely Made.
Denver, Dec. 10. Miss Arizona
Owens, who completed her 433-mile
walk from Shoshone, Wyo., to Denver
last night at 7:30 o'clock, appears
little the worse this morning for her
experience with an almost continuous
blizzard during her 10-day trip. "To
make a living," is Miss Owens' ex
planation for tho unusual journey,
which sho says was made on a wager
that she could accomplish the feat in
17 days. Miss Owens, who is small
and almost frail, has walked long dis
Cook's assumed positions marked upon
Complete observations for time and
chronometer r;rte, as thev might have
been taken by stars at Anoratok nnd
Svartevaag, probably .'10 in all.
Diagrams for compass error and cor
rection at different points.
Calculations for longitude, about 20
Sixteen observations as they could
have been taken at the north pule, in
two sets, eight with depression of polo
considered and eight with depression
"It took me only about three min
utes on my first acquaintance with Dr.
Cook," says Captain Loose, "to get
the idea into my head that he had never
found the north pole. 1 found that he
was entirely ignorant on many vital
points of the method of taking observations."
(pretty young woman and they h:ive a light (or twenty-four hours and It I
uiree cnuaren. jib is ami a huihiib riot worth While to go 10 Dea, ana mi
potter, and his little shop Is con-1 toe winter when it Is dark for twenty
stantly Invaded by visitors. He four hours, we have to be doing things;
played Chitstus In 1905 In a apeelal t0 f0rget the darkness, so there is no
piny on the history of David, and his cnance to sleep."
wife complains that he often spent five j But whether they sleep or not they
look fresh and untagged like the days
they go forth so Joyously to meet.
ayi death was the result of an aeci
dent, and taut be Will not projecute
Siceuttfle Data Burned.
I.oi Angeles, Dee. 14 Tbe "Moa-
aM.rv," the home of the srirutlstt Sd
or more of LU-ut.-natit Sutton's fellow
officers who figured In the Annapolis
inquiry lat summer.
Oldest Oddfellow Dead.
Bangor, Me., Dee. 13 I'blneas Barh
elder, said to have b-ru I tin oldest infill
Defer Excursion to China.
San Francisco, Dec, 11. The excur
sion to China of delegates from tbe
various Chambers of Commerce and
other commercial bodies of the Pacific
coast, which was to have started from
this port on February 8 next, has been
postponed until September at the re
quest of the Chinese Chambers of Com
merce. The reasons for asking tho
postponement are that in September a
great industrial exposition will be held
in Nanking, which it is desired tbe
visitors should see, and also because (
or the better eumaue conumons.
Annual Orgy Squelched.
Chicago, Dec. 10. Protests from
'"''Wi civic, organizations, charity
workers and citizens against the an
nual "FirHt ward ball," which, in
other years has been described as an
orgy, hail its effect hero today when
Alderman John Coughlin announced
there would be no ball and that a
concert would bo given in its stead
No drinking or dancing will be al
lowed at the concert. Mayor Bussn
said today that ho had received let
ters threatening that his houso would
bo blown up if he did not prohibit
Farm Hires Professor.
Pullman, Wash., Dec. 9. The nevtf
position accepted by Professor George
Severance, whoso resignation as pro
fessor of agriculture in Washington
State college was handed in yesterday,
is responsible and unique. lie will bo
general superintendent for tlnee large
farms in British Columbia between
Lothbridgn and the Montana state line.
There aro 1.1,000 acres in the three
farms, which lie within 10 miles of
each other, but he country is level
ami roads are good, and Mr, Severance
will havo an automobile.
hours a day signing photographs.
All profits from the sale of sea's will
be administered by the committee for
tho benefit of the village as usu.il. The
actors are only nominally compensat
ed. For them It Is a labor of love aid
It Is expected that about 200,000 per
sons will go to the play next year, in
?li'dlng fully 40,000 English and Amer
RESOURCES OF SIBERIA.
Sailor's Oral Will Filed.
New York, Dec. 0. An unusual for
mality, tho probaling of an oral will,
took place in surrogate court in Kings
county today. It was that of Georgo
O'Connor, who at the time of making it
was two days out of port. O'Connor
was dying, and when the ruptain and
mate asked if they could do anything
for hinij he replied: " N'o, except that
everything I have belongs to my daugh
ter, Lizzie." That was O'Connor's will,
and it was proved today by tho two
seafaring men. The. right to nmkn an
oral will is only accorded soldiers in the
field or sailors at sea.
Goodwin Back to Stage.
Los Angeles, Dec. 10. Nat Goodwin
and his bride, who was Edna Good
rich, today announced that they would
return to the stage in three months,
but would appear in different plays.
Steel Firm Not Ouilty.
Boston, Dec. 9 Thirl v three Ameri
can steel firms and individual agents
for thti aleel companies were found not
guilty of collusive biildini for citv steel
Unostentatiously Mr. and Mrs. Good-1 contractu in the superior court today.
win slipped into Los Angeles a few , I he chho was the outcome of a report
days ago and betook themselves to ' of the fiiiniire couiinikion two years
their winter home in Santa Monica. I ago. The commission declared inany
Goodwin will appear in "An Old New I steel companies hud eombiued to main-
lorKer three mouths hence. Mrs. tain prices by perm it tin it one of tho
Goodwin's appearance will be made at
about the same time
Mrs. Nation Wields Orip.
Washiagtci, Dec. 9. Mrs. Carrie
Nation, who came here to keep her eye
on congress, went into the buffet of the
I'.. : -.. .l:.. ...
I i limn naiion inn anernnon, ani, wun
her satchel, smashed about .Vi worth
firms in the combination to submit bids
for steel work in the city of Boston.
The rvport created a sensation, and was
quoted by President Hoonevelt in a lues
sage to congress in April, 190M.
Strikebreakers Blown Up.
St rut hers, ()., Dee. 9. A Urge house,
Occupied bv tin worlutra l.n.n.rl.t l...ru
of bottled whisky. She hi at r.ncn to break tl. alrika at thm ,.!.., u .
Peary's Boat May Be Sold. arrested, charged with destroying pri- American Sheet k Tinplate company,
Astoria, Or., Dec. 11. Tbe Alaska ; vate property. ' was dynamited early today. The house
Fishermen's Packing company received! , ' occupied by tho famil.e. of Harry
a lefer today from Samuel Holmes PftUDt "l 300.000- ! Birney and Louis Hrnlth, who were re
a 1 t er today f rom amu. 1 Holmes, a eAvin , cent ly Imported. William Bin.ev, father
broker in New Wk . offenng o ll .....j b h ,;,;,,, HMlf JUrry llirny, ... almo-t ...ffo.-trd
the company omnia ode r 1 eary s Are- that it had imrrhaae,! ,i.i'y U-ing buried under it.-t.ris. and ail
- ... ... - ...i . . . . . . . .
tic steamer Kouaevelt. The letter states
is a fariittr and mer
attaches ,f U Mount Wllaoo obrte Iber ,f the Indei.eadeet Ord.r .f Odd
... ur.iruyru VJ ura iouy, .Ml feo, n the world, d.rd U.t .irfl.t,
I valuable records and J a .. : , rf.f H yrars. JU tad U.u aa Odd
. t ratory, lo.ihrr with ibe t,i J frj!w fuf u.r than U;f a rrMurr,
J I'tiary y f J ufi.r Jial., ,! sad Sal Laid Hte uf gfaaj pal
other members of the f.iliii e suit ailied
light injiirlra, The house i prac
King Leopold Paralysed.
Par. a, Dec. 0 Privaln adii.-r fr.on
liu.el atala that Kii.j 1 .,..,..,1,1 i.
Jr.aeph, S. ., Dr. 1 0 - - rlf lnr.B .1 . ihl ly Improved. The ai.t... .il.l
livn ani I'ikUi') worth ot iropert y . i i u.mIv. I I, i ., ,,!,. o. l,..,.
1'ar.bsuU, Mlua , Ie. Jl.TLe Hl.af !t,ih on laud and aea ia lU total m. tn hl.l.i to d-on.. i.M. Ha th!)
flrbJKii. flour u.UI, employing l l,t,,u lo t.ave b..a takrs by th. ,.,IT.i. gi.tly from rheumatism, sad
m.b, has fvrrrd 1 eloae btciiiii alorm that ttt.pt Nw ) yutdlab 1 sad ait. i. lii,rf d.a.r.a tall ut Us raises
the ivu.jaiy faaavl t wUtt. H waLi. ( L,. dailr.
;; ' " . ,, , . .ipaim range n.oler an 'I ilitiUnra a,
that the sli-ame-r is especially adHd f,lf V)l)im. The invntioB
for sailing nortiiera waters, and eon j, ,,,,. ,u irlg , Ug , ,,,
....... a : nmy. J.,aiM Is
pushed htr purpose, the owners have i ,.fML t,f (,,,,,., Aj
no further use tor her and will dispose j
of the rraft for '10,m0. j lW.nt Btorw Is Costly.
striae Closes Hour Mill.
lilllaattoa of Mature' Ulfis Will
Make Poaaantr- Illok.
In the forests there Is wealth, the
half of which cannot be told, aye
Consular Reports. There Is scarcely a
farm that does not support one or
Whr Are tbe oii roorf more valuable forests that add to tn
Is It not the old man's fault that he beauty ot the landscape and afford
Is poor?" you ask. Often It Is. The ni0i or less protection from the cold,
aged man and women who drag out ( both for man and beast. Birch, pln
their weary Uvea In a hopeless effort Bn(j oav: predominate. The linmeus
to hold on are often the victims of weauh 0f the forests may be Indicated)
their own bIiis. says Walter Weyl. In j ,y the fact that the area of forest b
Su cess Maguzlne. A man may drink )0ngltig to the crown alone exceeds 3.
to excess for forty yars, and wonder j rl0u,ooo acres. In addition to the na
that at l) be Is not an established and llve foreHt8i B well-regulated system of
respected citizen. The old man who (ore8try has been established and th
waits at midnight In the bread line for ' l)lttllJ hitherto barren are now being
crust and rorree, may tie a wreicnea f apldly planted.
record or an ni-speni me.
And yet be may not tie. He may be
more sinned aKalnst than sinning; he
may be turned out Into the storm, as
was King Lear, by his ungrateful
children, or by the ungrateful chil
dren of bis neighbors. The tottering,
Siberia Is richly endowed with navi
gable rivers, the Volga, Kama, Chuso
vaya, Serebrlanka, Tagil, Tura, Tobo!.
Irtysh, Obi, Amur and many others
affording transportation for millions of
tons of freight In and out. It Is nota
ii that many of these streams flow to
decrepit, dissolute old man may be the hfl nQrtn A aMound )n flBn of rr.
senile child of the boy who worked at
8, of the young fellow who was cast
Into Jail for a trivial offense.
It Is not true today that the right
eous In their old age never beg bread.
The (bailees of life are many, and a
man may work, and save, and yet In
varieties, the sturgeon of the Volga be
ing noted world over.
With the settlement of Siberia, rail
ways will follow, and eventually tbe
exports will surpass the brightest
dream of the peasant, who will become
rUh and prosperous. Already thou-
. a . a. ..M .... I m..
ne UHinoiir , . of to, of th, flneit butter ar
less. I n IMMiiii i on ii ii iiiuy uirnit.
the trusted friend defraud; even lbs
Insurance company may fall to Insure.
And there are men, honest and Intel
ligent men, and great men and geni
uses, too, who cannot keep their heads
above water, and who are driven by
their very humanity Into a penniless
Successful ttM have been mads of
ao apparatus Invented by M. Dlenert,
one of the city engineers In i'arls, by
which the microphone Is used for dis
covering subterranean water, says an
exchange. The apparatus consists of
an acoustic cone with a small cons
being sent to Denmark, Holland, Ger
many and Kngland. It Is of lata
shipped In tubs to China and Japan,
where It Is rapidly replacing the tinned
butter Imported from Denmark and
Holland; It also finds Its way to Soutb
Ths herds are being Improved, th
shorthorns and Jersey replacing the
long horned, small and unproductive
native breeds. Better horses aro to b
seen, owing to ths cross of the natlva
animals with Imported breeds front
France and the United States. Th
common black sheep, small, ugly, with
cosrse wool, are being replaced with
the flat-tall Cotswold, the Southdown.
II tiff iiai'ia ii vi uuu uiguw i
and other Imported breeds. Five years
cone Is turned toward the narrow white sheep In a flock was ths
of tbe acoustic cone. A special cover L,..,,.!,,., ,.. it i. different now. Th
prevents the air outside from causing'
a noise by blowing the apparatus.
To use the apparatus a hole Is dug
eight or ten Inches Into the ground,
or It can be placed In a receptacle
holding water which la flat on ths
ground. The acoustic cone ts placed
la the hols or water and rubber tubes,
the suds of which are placed In tho
listener's sars, conduct the sound. Ths
sound of subterrsnean water thus
beard Is continuous and Is particu
larly Intense when ths water falls la
Tbo apparatus was successfully
uoed a tew da ktfU In a valley in ths
marine department, where three farm-
era wsis gieally Inconvenienced by
having to dind on the river suuie
dUtaiwo away (or their water supply,
After l hie dS Searching water was
huard at what proved to U a deplU
of aU'ut sliteen yards
razorback, long snouted swlns are
also giving way to ths Poland China
and other Improved breeds. They
grow fat on ths cheap grains grown ou
the Siberian plans and from ths wastes
ot ths dairy, and from them ths flnest
hams and bacon are produced, which
And a ready market In Germany and
When there I a insulate, the wont
in say: ''lie seeins to wwehlp htr;
'ut I dU I Ullsvs Le ta'vt luuiti Ut
The Kaslest Way.
"Hers, you." said ths conductor
ang-tly, "you rang up a faro. Do that
again and Ml put you off "
The small man standing In ths mid
dle of ths crowded tar promptly ran
up another fare. Thereupon ths con
ductor projected hint through ths
crowd emd to tbe edge ot ths platform.
Tbsuka," said lbs little man. "
did not see any other way to got out.
Here's your dime"- Huiv.aa
Ikewrr sss v-raetlee.
(ieraldine- A rose by any other
bsii.e would smell as swe.l, Gerald y
1 have lirver tvru able to make )i
Lellete It wh.tt I hioii,bt )uu Uwella, '
New Vwis I'lvsa.