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A. W, CHENEY, Publisher.
OREGON CITY OREGON
SEWS OF THE WEEK
Interesting Collection of Current Event!
In Condensed Form From
Representative King, of Dtah, intro
duced Tuesday a joint resolution recog
nizing the independence of Cuba,
The submarine boat Holland has
made another trip in New York. At a
depth of 15 feet under water she showed
good speed, and was handled with ease.
A dispatch to the Borlin Vossiohe
Zeitung from Dare's Salaam, 25 miles
Booth of Zanzibar, East Africa, says
that last month a party of German for
esters was attacked, and three Germans
and many of the native carriers were
The Vionna newspapers annonnoe
that Japan, between 1805 and 1905,
will have devoted 194,000,000 yen to
the building of warships. Forty-seven
have already been ordered with Bhort
terms of delivery in England, Franco,
Germany and the United States.
While returning home from church
in Wellsvillo, O., Olivor Reed asked
Sarah Walton to marry him, and upon
her refusal he shot her through the
heart. Ho then blew his brains out
dying in a short time. Papors found
on his body show thodeed was premed
itated. The house committee on naval affairs
has com pleted the naval appropriation
bill. The bill isoalcnluted as carrying
betweon $80,000,000 and $37,000,000,
of which about $3,000,000 will bo ex
pended on this year's work on the three
battle-ships, six torpedo boats and six
Replying to a resolution of inquiry,
the attornoy-goneral sent to the senate
Tuesday a statement that the records
of his department do not show that any
writs of injunction or restraining or
ders have been issued by United States
courts against labor organizations or
their members engaged in strikes in
1897 and 1898.
A dispatch to the New York World
from Madrid says: Instructions have
been given sinco Friday night to the
press censor to stop all foroign and do
mestic pross telegrams and even tele
phone messages containing news un
palatable to the government. Unau
thorized details of naval and military
preparations of the movements of war
ships, particularly of the flying squad
ron, of the purchase of vessels of war
and stores abroad ore especially inter
dicted. "'lioland Worthington, the votoran
journalist, died at his homo in Boston,
god 81 years. He entered the news
paper business as an omploye of the
counting-room of the BoBton Adver
tiser. In 1840 he took ohargo of the
Boston Traveler. Whon Daniul Wob
Btor mado his famous speech at Marsh
field in August, 1848, Mr. Worthing
ton publishod a verbatim report and
had it sold by the nowaboys in the
Btreots, an innovation which called
xlown the severe critioiam of the other
Boston papors. " .
t The British Columbia, Seattle & Pa
cifto Coast Railroad Company has made
application to the city council of Se
attle for a franchise 30 feet wide ovor
Railroad avenue. It was Btatod to tho
council that it was the purpose of the
company to construct n railroad from
Portland, Or., to Seattle, and thence
to tho British Columbia boundary.
The company was willing that a condi
tion be impoHud in tho franchise that
the work of construction should begin
in 80 days, and the line be finished
within 18 months. The two incorpo
rators of tho company are Henry J.
Urokaw and Austin J. Fletcher, well
known financiers of New York. The
road will cost between $4,000,000 and
Tho Republican loaders of tho house
are pressing for an early adjournment,
and it is said that their course meets
the full approval of tho president. All
gave three of tho appropriation bills
have gone to tho Bonato. Tho action of
the appropriations committee in prepar
ing tho general deficiency bill at this
time is the best evidence of the inten
tion to secure early adjournment,
Tho construction of five modern dry
docks has boon agreed on by the houso
committee on uaval affairs. They are
to bo located at Portsmouth, N. II. i
Boston, Loiigne island, near Philadel
phia; Algiers, La., and Mare island,
Cal. TIiobu docks aro to bo of wood,
except those at Algiers and Ports
mouth. Tho material of construction
of those will not be determined upou
Oeueral Superintendent MoQutrohni)
announced that large gangs of men are
at work all along the line of the Astoria
& Columbia River railroad, and only
11 iniloH of rails are yet to be laid.
Tho last spike will be driven about
April 1, with appropriate ceremonies.
The man to drive it lias been selected
from the ranks of tho men who have
worked faithfully during tho winter to
push the line through.
Dr. Toning Estrada Talma, of the
Cuban junta in New York, is quoted m
Baying: "1 consider Mr. Quosadtt'i
presenco nt Vioe-Piesidont Hobart'i
reception to the Belgian prince in
Washington Tuesday a matter of groat
importance. He was invited as the
accredited representative of the Cuban
republic, together with tho Spanish
minister and other members of the dip
lomatic corps. Mr. Quesada't presence
as an honored guest is very significant.
It ia a semiofficial recognition of Cuba."
ITS CONTENTS KNOWN.
Summary of the Court of Inquiry's Re
Chicago, March 23. A special to
the Tribune from Washington says:
Late last evening Secretary Long ad
mitted that a telegraphic summary of
the report of the court of inquiry had
been received, and he also admitted
that Admiral Sicard had received the
report last evening and would forward
it to Washington without delay. With
the telegraphic summary received as a
basis the state department lias already
proceeded to notify Minister Woodford
officially of the character, and he in
return by this time has probably com
munioated the news to the Spanish
government with an intimation that it
must be prepared to present a satisfac
tory reply within a few days.
THEORY WAS NOT TENABLE.
Spaniards Privately Admit the Maine
Disaster Was Not an Accident.
: New York, March 23. A dispatch
to the Tribune from Havana says:
The Spanish inquiry into the Maine
disaster has gone to pieces in seeking
to establish the accident theory. This
admission ia privately made in govern
ment circles. The nature of tho
board's report will not be charged to
unknown causes, but the Spanish find
ing will be with a view of making a
case to be passed on by a third party.
The work of the Spanish divers has
not been thorough. Apparently thoy
have found no little evidence on which
a theory of internal explosion can be
based that the Spanish court is not
willing to stand unequivooally on the
theory of accident, whioh it Bet out to.
maintain. The faots have boon known
for three or four dayB. They may ac
count for the statements from Madrid
that the Maine incident will not be a
cause of war between the two countries,
and also hints at arbitrating the dis
pute on the question of facts.
This talk is semi-official. The Span
ish recognize the improbability of suc
cessfully controverting the oaso whioh
will be presented when tho report of
Cuptain SampBon and his associates on
the American board of inquiry is pub
lished. Thoy have had an inkling that
the evidonce on which the external ex
plosion due to foul play will be charged,
is meant to satisfy, not simply the
American people, but the judgment of
experts throughout the world. How
strongly the conclusion of the American
board is fortified will soon be known.
The one recoived from Madrid is to
have a oountcr-case ready, so a suspen
sion of the world's judgment can bo
asked until diplomacy can arrange a
satisfactory settlement. The evident
hope of Blanco's government is to keep
the Maine incident entirely distinct
from other Cuban questions. Not
withstanding this lack of conildonce in
thoir own theory of accident, it cannot
bo learnod that the authorities are do
ing anything to uncover the conspira
tors who are responsible for the blow
ing up of the Maine.
RELIEF BILL PASSED.
k Substantial Tribute to the Maine's
Washington, March 23. The house
today unanimously passed the bill for
the relief of tiie survivors and victims,
of tho Maine disaster. Tho bill reim
burses tho survivors, officers and men
for tho losses they sustained to an
amount not to exceed a yeur's pay, and
directs the payment of a sum equal to
a yoar's pay to the legal heirs of those
who perished. Tliero was quite a spir
ited debate over an amendment suggest
ed by Cannon to give tho survivors a
year's pay out of hand instead of at
tempting to reimburse them for actual
losses. Somo old alleged scandals in
connection with the reimbursement of
the survivors of tho Snmoan disaster
wore raked up, but tho debate in the
ond was saved from a rather sordid tono
by a beautiful tribute paid to the gal
lant dead by Cousins of Iowa, in a short
but eloquent speech. Ho aroused the
galleries to spontaneous applause. The
remainder of tho day was occupied in
tho consideration of the old claim of
John Roach, the shipbuilder, for $331,
000. No uction was taken upon tho
Tho senate, after passing somo minor
bills, to which there was no objection,
adjourned ut 1:55 o'clock until tomor
row. Keller for Stricken Cuba.
Concord, N. H., March 23. Senator
Chandler, in an editorial in tho Con
cord Monitor today says President Me
Kinley is ubout to take action in the
name of the United States to relieve
famine and sickness in Cuba.
"Food and medicine and clothing,"
he says, "given by the generous people
of the United States, will be sent with
tho appioval of Spain, if she consents,
or will be carried by American sailors
and Boldlera without her approval, if
she does not consent. Tho end of
starvation and torture is near at band.
Every humane person in this whole
land should sustain and bless the piesi
dent in his coming proclamation, which
is to cause the name of William Mo
Kinley to be held in Baored reverence
by Cuban generations as long as will
bo the revered name of Abraham Lin
coln by the colored race in America."
Barcelona is now the most populous
city of Spain, the result of a census
just taken showing 520,000 inhabitants
to Madrid's 507,000.
Insurants I'slng Dynamite.
Havana, March 23. Generals Panda
and Saliodo, it ia announced today
"continue advancing with considerable
forces toward Puerto Principe," The
insurgents on Saturday dynamited nn
iron railroad bridge near Madmga,
province of Matanzas, partly destroying
the structure, and last night they de
stroyed with dynamite a culvert be
tween Roblos and Mudruga.
Long Beach, Cal., has a 70-foot whale
staked out in the ocean near the town.
SPAIN'S LIST CARD
Pando Seeking a Conference
With Cuban Leaders.
THE FINAL OFFER, OF AUTONOMY
Masso and Gomez, It Is Believed, Will
Keject the Offer, and March on
Havana Other News.
Havana, March 22. News has just
reached this correspondent, from au
thentic sources, that the autonomist
government at Madrid, is now playing
its last card to secure peace in Cuba
and prevent intervention by the United
Near Palo Prioto and ViaJacas Gor
das, in the province of Satita Clara,
on the wost sido of the Juoaro Moron
troclia, are gathered several thousand
insurgentB, under command of Calixto
Garcia and other prominent chiefs, ac
companied by Sonor Masso, president
of the Cuban republic, witli several
members of his cabinet; also on the
west side of the trocha, in the district
of Sancti Spiritus, less than 10 miles
distant from General Garcia's forces,
are stationed 2,000 insuregnts under
Generals Pancho, Carrillo, Montoan
guedo, Lanclise, Legon and Gonzales.
The Spanish commander, Goneral
Pando, with General Ramirez, Cliar
vez and other generals, is within a few
miles of General Calixto Garcia. Gon
eral Gomez is west of the Jucaro Moron
trocha, within easy reach. All tho in
surgent generals, President Masso and
the insurgent officials with General
Garcia, got through General Pando's
lines some time ago, and the hitter gave
up the campaign, which was to be a
grand military coup-do-grace, in the
province of Santiago de Cuba or the
province of Puerto Principe. In addi
tion to passing through the troclia, the
insurgents turned Goneral Pando's
flank. It is just possible that this flank
movement will be tho means of General
Pando's oarrying out a long-contemplated
conference. General Pando's
purpose, to further which he has or
dered a practical armistice in the east
ern part - of Cuba, is stated succinctly
To have a personal conference with
Goneral Calixto Garcia, President
Masso and other insurgents, and even
with Goneral Gomez, if possible, and
to make them a formal offer of auton
omy, according to the programme drawn
by the left or radical wing of the party.
Ab previously cabled, this offer in
cludes, in return for the ending of the
insurrection, the disarmament and d ia
baniWng ot all volunteers, commercial
treaties to be concluded without Spanish
interference, a maximum sum of $2,
000,000 annually to be paid to Spain by
Cuba, as the latter's nominal suzerain,
no insurgents to be Bliot or imprisoned
on account of the existing insurrection,
and no insurgents to bo sent as prison
ers out of Cuba for future offenses.
The advices received hero aro in sub
stanco that General Pando felt confident
of securing the conference, while, on
the other hand,Captain-Geteral Blanco,
Secretary-General Congosto and the
Spanish staff officers of high rank, and
many radical members of the autono
mist government, felt sure that the
proposition, being the best ever offered,
and assuring practical independence,
would be accepted, that the rebellion
would be declured at an end, ami that,
consequently, all excuse for the inter
vention by the United States would be
Suoh vlows, however, were not held
when this dispatch was sent by those
best acquainted witli Goneral Gomez
und bis chiefs, nor by the Spanish
Cuban merchants, bankers, editors or
lawyers, nor the liberal class in Havana.
Tho latter were sure that nothing but
absoluto independence for Cuba would
ever be considered by General Gomez
or any of his principal followers. In
support of the latter view it is officially
announced that after the efforts near
Manzanillo only two privates of Salva
dor Ruiz' band surrendered.
It is known besides that General
Pando, in order to advance his plans
for the proposed campaign in Santiago
do Cuba, greatly weakened all the
trnchas, taking from them several
thousand men and much artillery.
It is regarded as certain in well
informed circles here that Generals'
Gomez and Garcia, after refusing to
confer with General Pando, or if they
do confer, , after refusing tho terms
offered, will tako sufficient cattle and
provisions from their comparatively
well-stocked plantations immediately
west, and then Inaugurate a raid upon
tho provinces of Matanzas, Havana and
probably Pinar del Rio, appearing near
hero within 15 or 18 days, which is
Letters received here from prominent
autonomists in tho provinces of Santa
Clara and Puerto Principe havo been
shown to this correspondent. The
writers aro not favorable to the United
States; they still cling to the theory of
autonomy, and class as false tho asser
tions that the Spanish soldiers are un
paid, unfed and living in towns, while
their officers aro conspiring against tho
autonomist government and refuse to
tako the Held, either denying the pres
ence of insurgents or saying "Let tho
troops who are in favor of autonomy
fight its battles."
Other letters from the same sonces
insist that all the plans laid to secure
the surrender of tho insurgents have
been badly conceived and poorly exe
cuted. These letters add that only in
isolated instances have any of tho in
surgents laid down their arms, and
the leader, Masso, who surrendered, it
is still further asserted, was proscribed
by General Gomez and was liable to bo
tried by court-martial, while of the 100
insurgents who surrendered with him
at Fomento, mere than half were back
with the lusurgouta within a fortnight.
DEATH IN THE FLAMES.
Many Killed and Injured in a Hotel
Fire in liutte.
Butte, Mont., March 23. The Hale
house, a large three-story brick build
ing on East Broadway, used as a lodg
ing and boarding-house by miners in
tho employ of the Anaconda Company,
was entirely destroyed by fire, which
broke out shortly after 3 o'clock this
morning. So far as known, two men
are, dead from injuries in jumping from
windows, another is dying and 20 are
missing, while a search of the ruins
may disclose the fact that many tran
sient lodgers lost their lives also. The
casualties were as follows:
Doyle, aged 45, miner at the
Mountain Consolidated, jumped from
third-story window, turned over in the
air and struck on head.
Frank Rhodey, aged 40, lately from
Portland, Or., jumped from third-story
window, turned over and struck on
head and shoulders, fracturing his
Hugh Boylo, aged 80, miner at Ana
conda mine, started to lower himself
from third-story by means of impro
vised rope, which parted 50 feet from
the ground. He was 'just recovering
from the effects of a broken leg through
an accident a month ago. Six men
were severely injured.
There were 250 men and women in
the building when the fire broke out.
Of these, it is believed about 200 es
caped without injury. The fire started
in tho bakery south of the center of
the building, and had a good start be
fore discovered. The blaze was first
discovered by Billy White, Jake Yuch
and Jack Dooley, who were awake at
the time, and, smelling Bmoke, went
down stairs to make an investigation.
Two of tho men immediately attached
a small hose to a hydrant and began to
throw water upon the fire.
After a few minutes' work, however,
the men realized that the task was a
hopeless one, and they retreated to give
the alarm. They summoned the watch
man and rushed to the' upper portion
of the building, shouting that the house
was on lire. By this time, tho fire had
broken through tho first floor, and
smoke filled the hallways. Dooley
and his companions realized that there
was no time to lose, and they began
kicking in the doors of the rooms.
The men thoughtfully awakened the
women help first. By this time, the
alarm had been turned in, and the de
partment responded promptly. When
tho firemen arrived, men in thoir under
clothing and others half dressed wore
clambering down the fire escapes in the
rear. Others, and the servant girls
were at the windows in the front of
the building, frantically calling for
help. They wero cut off from the rear
of the builuing by the dense smoke.
Laddors were run up, but not before
many of the frightened people had
jumped. Others, including all the fe
male help, were gotten out by the fire
men. On the aide of the buidling,
many had made ropes of their bed
clothes and sought to escape in that
way. Somo of them suoceded, but in
other cases the ropes broke and the
mon dropped many feet to the ground.
A SERIOUS BLAZE.
A Jersey City Railroad Depot Damaged
to the Kxtent of SIOO.OOO.
New York, March 23. The Penn
sylvania railroad depot in New Jersey
City was damaged by fire early today to
the extent of $100,000. The mammoth
train shed and large offloe building es
caped. Much mail matter was do
stoyed. Train and ferry traffic is seriously
crippled. All of the frame portions of
the depot, with tho shed covering the
approach to tho several ferry Blips and
the waiting-room and restaurant, were
destroyod. The rolling stock was
promptly run out of tho shod when the
firo was discovered, and the ferry boats
were simultaneously hurried out into
tho stream and over to this city.
Thero wero several acres of glass on
the roof of tho big train Bhod, and, be
ing melted and cracked by the intense
heat, it fell upon the firemen and made
their work more perilous. The Key
stone restaurant, whero the greatest
damage was done, was one of the most
spacious and handsomely fitted up
restaurants in the country.
Kallroad to the Vukon.
San Franoisoo, March 23. At a
meeting of capitalists interested in the
construction of a railroad to the Yukon
country, W. O. Alders presonted a re
port based upon recent explorations and
from observations mado during an ex
haustive surveying trip to Alaska, and
showing that a routo up Copper river
was not only feasible, but practicable.
It was decided to organize a party of
surveyors who are to start as soon as
tho weather conditions will permit,
probably by May 15. Tho programme
is to start for Orca and proceed up Cop
per river to its head, and thence across
to tho Yukon to its junction with
American boundary line.
From Copper ltlver.
Senttlo, Maroh 23. Tho schooner
General Siglin arrived tonight from
Copper river. Captain Johnson states
that 800 people have crossed the Val
doa glacier and are now making their
way into the interior. The day the
Siglin left Copper City, which is now
of 000 inhabitants, the theft of a quan
tity of bacon had been discovered. No
tices were being posted that the thief
if caught would be hanged.
Would Affect France.
London, March 23. St. James's
Gazette, commenting on tho mobiliza
tion of the Freuch fleet, suggests that
it may bo connected with the Spanish
question, and says:
"If trouble between Spain and the
United States should become acute, it
would precipitate issues of great mo
ment for France."
The common pond frog's natural life
time is 12 to 15 years
SUPPLY IS SUFFICIENT
Food Enough in Dawson to
Last Two Years.
FROM THE MINOOK COUNTRY
Skagway Gambling Houses Closed Down
But Few Cases of Scurvy
at Dawson Now.
Skagway, Alaska, March 16, (Via
Port Townsend, March 21. Ben At
water arrived here last night from Cir
cle City and Dawson, N. W. T., bring
ing 100 pounds of mail from the above
places. Atwater's former home was
in Morrison, 111. He went to the Yu
kon country in 1886, and has resided
there ever since. Atwater, accom
panied by H. C. Pettit, of Snohomish,
Wash., left Circle City January 10 and
Dawson February 8, with dog teams.
The trip up the river and lakes was a
hard one, the weathor being bitterly
Atwater says that there is food
enough in tho Klondike country to last
the present population two years. As
a consequence of the tood scare the
output of the mines will be curtailed.
He estimates it at about $8,000,000.
Atwater says that many claims
which were considered to be only wild
oat properties on various creeks aro
turning out well. Dominion is pay
ing finely, and will have a big cleunup
next spring. Sulphur and Hunker are
also good, and so is Indian. Quartz
ledges have been found on the latter
creek whioh look well. There is quite
a settlement at the month of Stewart
river, but no reports have as yet been
received from the prospectors who went
up the river early in the winter.
On Walsh creek, five miles below
Big Salmon, dirt has been found whioh
yields 75 cents to the pan. A stam
pede occurred from Circle City about
January 10 to American creek, about
800 men leaving for that section. At
water mot 800 or 400 men from Daw
son making their way to American
creek. American creek is 50 miles
from Forty-Mile, and about 25 miles
below the international boundary on
the Alaska side.
The reports from the Minook conn
try aro very encouraging. A courier
from Minook arrived at Circle City just
before Atwater left that place, with
about 50 pounds of mail. This At
water brought out. Tho courier had
with him a quantity of gold from
Minook, and he stated that the pros
pectors had struck it rich in that sec
tion. Atwater says there are but few cases
of scurvy in Dawson. The hospital
contains but 45 inmates, and these
have either met with accidents or are
suffering from chronic diseases. The
goneral health of the people is good.
As a result of tho agitation here
against the "sure-thing" men lod by
"Soapy" Smith, United States Com
missioner Smith and Doputy United
States Marshal Melnnes closed all the
gambling-houses on Wednesday night.
It is said that an arrangement was
made whereby the gambling will bo re
stricted to so-called legitimate games,
and all sure-thing or bunco games will
be prohibited. Tho sure-thing men are
leaving the town in twos and threes.
The weather here for the past week
has been mild and spring like, and the
warm south wind and the sun are play
ing havoc with the winter trail, which
follows the river for a distance of eight
milos. Hundreds of people aro making
their way over the divide, however,
undoterred by wind or weather. Tho
snow has ontiroly disappeared from the
streets, which are now muddy beyond
The strike of the longshoremen for 75
cents an hour has been declared oft by
a vote of tho local union. Tho rate
now paid is 50 cents an hour, the
steamship companies agreeing not to
employ Indians in hauling freight on
Lived on Dog Dlot.
Seattle, Maroh 21. II. C. Pettit,
who arrived here from Dawson City
this morning on tho City of Seattle,
says that a large party left Circle City
in January, with supplies for the Tan
ana Indians on tho headwaters of Tan
ana river. Tho Indians number about
800. Every winter they depend on a
run of moose and cariboo for food. The
run did not materialize this winter,
and, after they had exhausted their
supplies of salmon, they were foroed to
eat their dogs, the supply of which was
A trapper passing through the dis
trict became acquainted with their sit
uation. He immediately carried the
news to Circle City, and a relief expe
dition was at once sent out.
Down From Copper lilver.
Seattle, March 21. The steam
schooner Rival arrived today from
Copper river. Tho Rival encountered
a terrible storm on the way down and
was forced to put into Yakutat bay for
three days. Of tho 1,000 prospectors
that have landed at Valdes, 000 have
started into the interior. The remain
dor aro camped on the ice at Valdes.
The Rival reports having spoken the
schooner Moonlight, northbound, with
all well on board. The schooner Gen
eral Siglin arrived out safely, dis
charged and is now returning. Noth
ing was seen of the brigantine Blakely
or her consort, which left here some
woeks ago for Copper river ports.
Scheme Is Impossible.
Madrid, March 21. A semi-official
agency today publishes the following
"It is useless to talk of the sale ot
Cuba. The sale could not be arranged,
except by parliament, and it is impossi
ble that any Spanish chamber would
agree to Bell the island at any prioe."
FOR THE OMAHA FAIR.
Thirty-Five States Making Preparation'
Omaha, March 23. Plans for state
buildings at the Trans-Mississippi ex
position are coming in rapidly. The
department of publicity has just re
ceived the architects' drawings of the
Minnesota building, the Arkansas
building, the Denver building and the
Missouri building. The plans for the
proposed Iowa building meet the'
hearty approval of the exposition au
thorities. The Illinois building is
nearly completed. The 'Wisconsin
building is well under way. The Ne
braska building is practically com
pleted. The plans for the Denver, or
Colorado building have been accepted,
and the coutraot will be let In a day or
two. Plans for the Georgia pine pal
ace have been submitted. It will be a
handsome structure, built wholly of
pine donated by the people of Georgia.
The Minnesota building will be con-1
structed on similar lines of unhewn,'
Plans for the Oregon building are
now being drawn, and will be submit
ted next week. Other states send as
surances that plans for their state
buildings will bo forthcoming within a
short time. It is highly probable that
the states of New York and New Jersey
will construct handsome buildings.
Thirty-five states have to date de
cided to participate in the exposition.
In 80 of these, commissioners have
been appointed and reports from agents,
in the field are to the effect that at
least five more states will be organized
within the next ten days.
The great government building, 500
feet long, and the pinnaole of whose
dome is nearly 200 feet high, is nearly
done. Tho management finds it neces
sary to build several annexes to accom
modate the extraordinary demand for
THREE' DEATHS RESULTED.
Murderous Attack of White Men on a
Muskogeo, I. T., March 23. A das
tardly outrage was committed last
night at Wybark, five miles from here,
resulting in the death of two men and
a woman. The house of Ed Chalmers,
a negro, who recently married a white
woman, was attacked during the night
'by six white mon, who had evidently
determined to murder both the negro
and his wife, both of whom had been1
threatened by white men who disliked
the union. A door of their cabin was
broken in, and both the negro and his
wife were shot down, but not before'
Chalmers had put up a good fight
against Ins assailants. Tho woman
was killed outright, and although
Chalmers sucoeeded in driving off the
attacking party, they left him mortally
wounded and he died before daylight
This morning, the body of Matthews,
an aged white man, who lived at Gib
son station, was found near the Chal
mers cabin pierced with a bullot.
Matthews answers the description
given by Chalmers before he died of
one of ids assailants.
Thero were evidences that Matthews'"
body had been dragged from Chalmers''
house to the plaoe whore it was found.
A gun lay beside the body, evidently
put there to give the impression that
the dead man had murdered the negro
and his wife. Deputy United States
marshals are investigating the killing,
and it is believed the murderers will bft
brought to justice.
MASSING HER SHIPS.
Kngland Gathering a Powerful Fleet In
Tacoma, Wash., March 22. Officers,
of the Northern Pacific steamship Vic
toria, whioh arrived last night from
China and Japan, report that the
British government is massing a very
powerful fleet of warships in Chinese
waters, and that the British are buying
all the coal coming to those waters for
the men-of-war. So anxious are they
to get it that they send vessels to sea
and there hail colliers and bargain for
their cargoes paying gilt-edge prices if
necessary. They are said to be buying
all the available coal from the Suez to
the northern coast of Siberia, as they
do not want to use Japanese coal.
Pursor McDonald says there are now 85
or 40 British warships on the China
station, and tho fleet lias been consider
ably augmented in tho past few weeks.
Among the latest arrivals was the big
marine fighter Powerful, one of the
most destructive war vessels afloat.
FOR STARVING CUBANS.
Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma Send
Kansas City, Maroh 22. A relief
fund of $9,033 and 12 cars of provi
sions and clothing, collected in Mis
souri, Kansas and Oklahoma for tho
starving Cubans, were forwarded south
from Kansas City today. The relief
measures are being carried out under
the management of the Kansas City
Star, and the agents of the Star will
aid in the distribution at Matanzas,
under the direction of United States
Consul Brice. This relief is being car
ried free in a special train over the
Memphis road to Memphis, thence over
the Illinois Central to New Orleans.
The United States government has
granted transportation from New Or
leans to Mautanzas. The principal
artioles of food Bent are wheat, flour,
oornmeal, rice, potatoes, rolled oats,'
condensed milk and soup extracts. The
contributions of clothing include a great
number of calico dresses for women and
children, mostly of the "Mother Hub
bard" pattern, made by various church
Ssm Francisco's Defenses.
Saii Franoisco, March 22. Within
three weeks San Franoisco will have
one of the most strongly fortified har
bors in the United States, and will
have a fleet of warships capable to bold
its own with a country that has more
ships than Spain can send to the Golden