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Roberts' Attention Fully Occu
pied in the Free State.
UNFAVORABLE SEASON IS COMING
The Lack of Uonwi la Keenly Felt
by British Considerable FJ cut
in; Abo at Wtpener,
LOXDON. April 16. 4:33 A. M. The "War
Office had nothing to communicate to the
public yesterday. It was taken for grant
ed that the rumor of General Brabant's
victory at Wepener Is premature. With
the remainder of his force he left Allwal
North Saturday for Rouxrllle, and there
has scarcely been time lor an engagement.
There Is practically no fresh new this
morning. All the Bloemfonteln dispatches,
however, breathe a confident tone. There
seems to be a heavy demand on the rail
way for so large an arm); leaves the
populace bare of everything save the ab
solute necessaries of life.
The fact that the censors allowed "Wins
ton Churchill's dispatch on the subject ot
remounts to pass, speaks volumes for the
condition of the question and concerning
the prospects of any Immediate advance
toward Pretoria. The utmost Lord Roberts
will bo able to do for some time to come
will be In the direction of clearing the
Boers from the southern part of the Free
State. The dispatches announce the ap
proach of "Winter. The first pinch of
frost has been felt at Bloemfonteln, where
considerable rain has fallen.
It Is sold that President Kruger has
visited the camp at Kroonstad. as well
as at Brandfort.
250,000 Men "Will Be Xecded.
"Winston Churchill telegraphs to the
Morning Post from Bloemfonteln, under
Saturday's date, ..reiterating his opinion
that the war Is bound to prove an ex
pensive business. He says:
"Two hundred and fifty thousand men
will be needed before the end is attained.
The question of remounts will continue
one of .vital Importance. Great numbers
are now arriving, but owing to the fact
that they have to be put to work before
time Is given them to recover from the
effects of the voyage, their condition Is
low. and the death rate among them high.'
Thousands, therefore, will be wanted
In addition to those now here or on the
way, and great resting depots roust b
formed, together with ample staff to nurse
and exercise them. If that Is done, then
about four or five months hence you will
be able to give your cavalry a new lease
of life and strength."
THE "WORK AT WEPEJfER.
Some Fierce Fighting nnd Boer Po
sition la Not Easy.
MASERU. Basutoland, Saturday, April
14.-filr Godfrey Langden, British Resi
dent Commissioner, returned here yester
day from the scene of operations near
Wepener.' He-and the paramount chief
have stationed 3000 arrmd nntlves to re
sist possible Boer encroachments. The
orders of the Resident Commissioner ore
that-the Basutos are not to be allowed to
cross the Free State frontier on any nre-
text whatever. Two natives who crossed
and looted an abandoned Boer farm are
now in custody.
Colonel Dalgetys position Is strong and
well chosen, but ho Is completely sur
rounded. The Boers have their backs against
Basutoland. and If they stay much longer
they will' be hemmed In. The British op
erations are keenly watched from the
neighboring heights. Shelling and sniping
have been going on steadily during the
last six days.
Colonel Dalgety's guns are admirably
served, and there Is no waste of ammuni
tion. The Boers, when they see the elec
tric flash of the cordite, bolt Into their
holes or behind walls. So near are the
Boers and, the Basuto guards that they
converse. 'The ambulances are close to
the border, but the killed and woun.lr-d
are not removed until nightfall In order
to conceal the number of casualties. The
Boers are fatigued, and their horses are
tired and footsore.
The Boers attacked fiercely the British
northern position on Monday. April 9, but
they were beaten back at daybreak. Noth
ing is known here of the casualties on
The "Wepener Caannltlea.
ALIWAL NORTH. April It Colonel
Grenfell wires that the casualties at Wep
ener include Quartermaster Williams,
Lieutenant Halford and Lieutenant Dun
can and IS men wounded.
Sir Godfrey Langdon, Resident Commis
sioner at Maseru, telegraphs that no
shelling has been heard from the direc
tion of Wepener today.
A regiment of British Infantry ntd a
battery of artillery arrived Friday.
General Brabant's headquarters and all
the mounted troops have gone to Roux
vllle. Free-Staters Rcanme netting.
The Northern Post asserts that the
Rouxvllle district furnished 1000 recrults
to the Boer force as a result of the In
vasion last week.
Five hundred Boers forced the Royal
Irish Rifles to evacuate Rouxvllle. The
former Landrost, who had been acting for
the British, offered to go to the front to
prove himself a true Free-Stater, and al
most to a man the Free Staters who had
taken the oath rejoined the Boers. Near
ly every one produced a Mauser. It Is
reported that there are 7000 Boers at
Fourteen British sympathizers have
The Paymaster, with 1400. was cap
tured. It Is officially reported that the British
losses at Wepener In four days' fighting
were IS men killed and 132 wounded.
XO VISITORS WAM1D.
Source of Annoyance and Expense In
LONDON, April 15. Joseph Chamber
lain. Secretary of State for the Colonies,
has received the following dispatch from
Sir Alfred Mllncr, British High Commis
sioner In South Africa:
"The number of visitors to South Africa
Is constantly increasing, and Includes
many, especially ladles, who seem to have
no partlcu!arcal! of duty or business. I
am sure this would not be the case If It
were realized at home that visitors who.
In ordinary times, would be most wel
come, may, under existing conditions, be
come a serious source of Inconvenience,
interfering with the work of the military
and civil offices, and putting a strain on
our limited means of accommodation,
which aro urgently required for those who
have duties "to perform here or who are
Invalided at the front.
"A considerable Increase In the expense
of living at all times very high Is caused
by this excessive influx of visitors, and
this Is a hardship to persons of the lat
After saying that there Is no place less
suitable for recreation than South Africa
at present. Sir Alfred Mllncr concludes
"Lord, Roberts, to whom-1 have submit- -ted
this message, authorizes me to add
that he fully concurs In the views ex
pressed." ROBERTS PROTEST TO KRUGER.
Treatment of British Prisoners Jfot
What It Should Be.
BLOEMFONTEIN. Saturday, April H.
Lord Roberts, In his telegram of protest
to President Kruger regarding the treat
ment to which the Colonial officers and
troops who are now prisoners at Pretoria
have been subjected, complains that the
Boers have treated them as If criminals
confined in Jail.
He points out that there ore 90 cases of
enteric fever and dysentery In the prison
ers' camp at Waterval- that the Trans
vaal Government failed to supply, on de
mand of the doctor, thernecessary med
icines and medical comforts; that the pris
oners were forced to bivouac on the open
-veldt; that the sick were placed in an
open shed with an Iron roof, and that It
was only when the new doctor threatened
to resign that medicines and mattresses
were supplied. He invites President Kru
ger to remedy this state of things, and
contrasts It with the treatment the Brit
ish give the Boer prisoners, sick and
wounded, who, as Lord Roberts says, "re
ceive the same treatment as our own
Four farmers who had taken the oath
to abstain from further co-operation with
the Queen's enemies were found signaling
to the Boers at Karee Siding, and have
been brought here.
Advlcea to London Papers.
LONDON, April 16. The Bloemfonteln
correspondent of the Times, telegraphing
"It Is reported that reinforcements for
the Boers, with 0 wagons, have arrived
at Dewcffl Dorp, en route for Wepener.
This should precipitate an action
The statement that President Kruger
has been south seems to confirm the
reports that the Boers are getting dis
heartened. This continued exertion of his
personal Influence appears now to have
become a necessity."
The Bloemfonteln correspondent of 13
Daily News, telegraphing Saturday, says:
"President Kruger, attended a confer
ence of the Boer commandants at Brand
fort on Thursday. It Is believed that a
decision was reached to withdraw the
Transvaal forces to the north of Veldt
River, preparatory to a general retirement
across the Vaal River, If hard pressed,
leaving the Free Staters to their own re
sources." A Cape Town correspondent of the Dally
Telegraph, telegraphing Sunday, says:
"An unconfirmed report Is In circulation
here that General Brabant has Inflicted
a crushing defeat upon the Boers at
Wepener, capturing guns and taking pris
Boer Prisoners Attempt to Escape.
ST. HELENA. April 15.-Colonel Schiel
and two other Boer prisoners were land
ed today and sent to the citadel. In con
sequence of an attempt to escape. It ap
pears that Colonel Schiel bribed a boat
man lo take a letter to a Dutch cruiser,
but the boatman by mistake took it to
the British cruiser Nlobe. A large knife
was found tn possession of one of th
three. Colonel Schiel waited to frip cl:?
del. declining a carriage: placed at his dis
posal. All Well nt Reddersbnrg.
REDDERSBURG. April 15.-Colonel Dal
getty wired yesterday:
"AH well; enemy apparently slackening
General Chermlslde's division Is en
camped 17 miles east of the railway.
Boers aro supposed to be In the vicinity,
but an attack by them Is improbable.
Miner Fell Into Boer ITands.
WARRENTON, April 15.-Frank Smith.
a well-known mine owner, felt into the
hands of the Boers while driving from
Barkley West toward the Frank Smith
BIG DEVELOPMENT SCHEME
Many KeiT Towns Between Chicago
and the Rocky Mountains.
CHICAGO. April IT The Times-Herald
tomorrow will say:
"Railroads using Chjcago as their gate
way have taken up Internal Improvement
plans for the territory between Chicago
and the Rocky Mountains, which Involve
the expenditure of millions of dollars and
an addition to present population, from
immigration alone, of at least 200,000 now
people, within the next IS months. The
number of new towns that will appear
on the maps of the West within 'the next
year or those to which 500 to COO new pop
ulation Is to be added already number
173. Before 1902 it Is believed this num
ber will exceed 200. Areas neglected In
the past while trunk lines were building
are receiving the closest attention from
railroad land commissioners and traffic
'The railroads undertaking the most
Important part of this work, a work to
which they have practically paid no at
tention since the Western land booms
ot 15 years ago, are: Atchison. Topeka &
Santa Fe; Chicago & Northwestern; Chi
cago. Milwaukee & St. Paul: Northern
Pacific; Chicago & Eastern Illinois; .Illi
nois Central; Chicago, Burlington & Quin
cy." Xew Passenger Ascents Association.
CHICAGO. April 15. General passenger
agents of Western lints centering in Chi
cago have formed a new organization,
which will undoubtedly have an Important
bearing upon the relations between the
various lines interested. The organlzi
tlon Is without a r.amo. It has but one
article, one by-law. which provides that
tho members shall meet six times a year
and informally discuss every subject of
interest in the several departments of the
Tho club grew out of one of the meet
ings of the Western Passenger Associa
tion, when some one suggested that dif
ferences could be more easily sett tied If
general passenger agents were more fa
miliar with the conditions and require
ments of other than their own road. The
organization does not aim at the acqulsi
tln of any power or authority. Good fel
lowship, a better acquaintance and the
betterment of passenger service in general
Is tho unwritten motto.
Millionaire Want Ills fame Changed
CINCINNATI, April 15.-Moeea Fowler
Chase, tho young millionaire of La Fay
ette. Ind., flails for Europe next Wed
nesday, and his attorneys during his ab
sence will petition the court to change his
name to Moses Fowler, the name of his
grandfather, whose estate he Inherited
after the death of hU mother. Chase's
father recently arraigned the son for lu
nacy pending litigation over control of the
Death of Xotcd Horsctralner.
CINCINNATI. April 15.John Hannlgan,
aged 63, one of the "best-known horse
trainers In the country, died at Mllldale,
Ky., tonight. He had charge of Chris
Smith's stable, when it Included To Tarn
bleu, and was In charge of stables for
Ed Corrigan and others.
TROOPS CALLED OUT
To Suppress Italian Strikers at
300 ARMED DEPUTIES ON GUARD
Infantry and Cavalry to the Xnmber
ot BOO Have Been Called for
CROTON LANDING, N. Y.. April 15.
"While everything is quiet and peaceful In
the neighborhood of the Cornell dam to1
night, nearly 300 armed deputies are guard
ing the works, and each ono of them is
guessing as to what tomorrow may bring
forth. The striklnar Italian laborers, whox
homes are In the vicinity of the works,
are behaving themselves excellently. But,
underneath their assumed qu.et there Is
stubborn resolve not to go back to work
nor let.any outsiders take their places until
the contractors agree to pay the increase
of wages demanded. Strenous efforts are
being made by Italian Consul Bronchi to
bring about a settlement of the difficulty.
The strikers are very determined In their
demands, and swear that If outside labor
Is brought here they will fight tooth and
nail to prevent it. Angela RotelIa,"wha
Is the recognized leader of tho strikers,
This Is a fight to a finish. We earn
more money than we are receiving, and
the contractors must pay us for our work.
The state should protect us, and. Instead
of sending deputies and soldiers to help
the bosses, they should compel them to
treat us rightfully. If the bosses attempt
to bring the other laborers here we shall
prevent any work being done, and if the
military comes to help them, then we will
fight the soldiers."
Rotella spoke earnestly, and his remarks
were listened to "by a crowd of his coun
trymen, who voiced the same sentiments
In a manner which showed undoubted de
termination. The strikers are all well
armed with guns and pistols, and In this
regard they have a decided advantage
over the Sheriffs deputies, who have only
long night sticks and 32-callber revolvers.
There were several additions to the
ranks of the deputies today, and thero
are now nearly 300 of them at the works.
Many of them complain of the food fur
nished and of overwork, and threats of a
strike among the deputies were-rife today.
Tho strikers and the deputies mingled
at the Eastesr service in the little Roman
Catholic chapel In the valley. The men
greeted each other amicably, and there
was no show of trouble. Father Owens
counseled the strikers to obey the law
and shun the saloons.
A report reached hero at 10 o'clock to
night that a conference in New York
between two contractors, whose men are
out. Sheriff Malloy and General Roe was
a failure to far as bringing about the
settlement of the strike, and that troops
had been ordered to come nere tomorrow.
The news was quickly passed to the strik
ers, who hastily gatherrd on the Bowery
to discuss the situation. The tttrikera wero
much excited. Angclo Rotella, the leader,
was much perturbed and downcast. Ha
"Only some of our men are armed, but
they will all be armed In the morning. I
will resist ever attempt by the contractors
to renew the work tomorrow with strange
men, and we will fight If necessary."
State Troops Ordered Oat.
NEW YORK, April 15. General Roe re
ceived a formal written demand from
Sheriff Malloy, of Westchester County,
this morning, to call out 500 troops to go
immediately to the scene of the Italian
laborers' strike at the Croton dam. and
has decided to order out early tomorrow
the Fourth separate company of Yonkers,
the Eleventh separate company of Mount
Vernon. Squadron "A. of New York, and
Troop C. of Brooklyn. The troops will
number 160 Infantry and S cavalry. Gen
eral Roe thinks that these men will be
sufficient to quell tho strike.
TELEGRAPHERS' STRIKE EXDED.
So Says General Manager Cannon, of
the Southern Rnilvray.
"WASHINGTON. April 15. Third Vice
President and General Manager Cannon,
of the Southern Railway .Company, to
night made the following statement con
cerning the strike:
"The so-called strike. If It ever existed,
of the telegraph operators, might be con
sidered ended. Out of a total of some 1100
operators, less than 10 per cent left tho
service of the company, whose places have
now been supplied, and there is absolutely
no Interruption In the telegraphic system
from this cause, and passenger and freight
trains are being conducted without any
Telegrams and telegraphic reports re
ceived tonight from all superintendents
of the line Indicate a general desire for
reinstatement of the operators who left
the service, the citizens of some of tha
towns Interceding for them. The company
will prosecute In the courts any persons
interfering with the conduct or its busi
ness. Several arrests have been madi.
and others will follow."
Tells a Different Story.
ATLANTA, Ga.. April 15. President
Powell, of tho telegraphers, tonight gave
out a statement. In which he says: i
The conditions tonight are entirely sat
isfactory to the men. Telegrams received
by me irom every civision on me Lrm
Indicate a feeling of unrest and dissatis
faction on the part of. train and engine
men on the system, as a result ol tho
wreck on the Mobile division last night.
"My action in declaring a boycott
against the Southern has brought a large
number of telegrams today from ticket
and freight agents on every road of any
consequence, from Maine to California,
"General Manager Cannon, of the S'uth
em. has wired a large telegraph college
to send as many students as possible to
take the strikers' places.
"The freight blockade at the main di
vision points of thP road Is growing dally.
The company Is unable to move this bus'
ness. but the tracks are being kept clear
for passenger trains.
"I am preparing a letter to tho business
men and shippers of the South, asking
public assistance and support In this strug.
gle. and asking them to divert their busi
ness to other lines."
Clgarmnkcrs Declnre n Strike.
NEW YORK. April 13. Five thousand
clgarmakers who have been locked out
have declared a strike, and sny now that
they will not return to work until a ralre
of 32 to S3 per week Is made In the'r
wages. It is understood that eight more
manufacturers have decldtd to Join the
fight against those who sympathize with
the striking employes of Krebs. Werthejm
& Schaffer, and 2000 mere men and wemen
will bo locked out tomorrow. They. too.
will at once declare a strike.
Clgarmakers of Cannda In Trouble.
MONTREAL, April 15. Trouble between
the cigar manufacturers and their em-
ployes threatens the closing of almost
all the factories in Canada. The trouble
originated in the factories of J. Hlrsch
Sons & Co. and L. O. Grothe over non
tdherence to the union rules regarding
the employment of apprentices, the union
ordering a strike of these employes. The
manufacturers have a strong organization,
nnd their union offered to old the firms
affected. As a start, Harris. Ytmngheart
& Co. and Goulet Bros, locked out their
men until such time as the union came
to terms with the other firms. Other large
factories may lock out tnclr employes.
. All Trains On Time.
KNOXVILLE. Tenn.. April 15. The
strike on the Knoxvllle division ot the
Southern Railway did not prevent all the
passenger trains moving on time today.
Tho officials say that freight trains which
left on regular schedules ore also run
ning on time. Former telegraph operators
of Sweetwater and Bearden 'have been
arrested charged with cutting wires.
Guards are being kept at several telegraph
stations to prevent anyone entering the
' President Powell's statement that traffic
is oiocKea on tms division is untrue. Two
night operators and three agents went
out on this division today.
Mine Managers' Aid to Quit.
ST. LOUIS. April 15. The Mine Man
agers' & Examiners' Aid Association, ot
Illinois, falling In an attempt to get a
hearingr with the nDerators nn thpfr rfc.
j roand for more wages, has decided to quit
I work tomorrow in alt mines In the state
1 until nt least a recognition is received.
A prominent member of the Bellevllls
District Union said tonight the decision
would not affect the miners or mine
workers. He said the operators had 3)
days' grace In which to select men to
fill the places of those who struck. The
association, he declared, was not af
filiated with the Mine Workers Union.
Maryland Miners to Go Out.
FROSTBERG. Md.. April IS. It was
announced today. In connection with the
strike of the miners of the George Creek
region, that all the laborers throughout
the district will be called out. Men were
. sent to Midland and Klondike tonight tn
I advise all men to remain away from the
' mines tomorrow. Organizer Ditcher said
tonight that everything was quiet
throughout the region. The men are re
ported as being more determined than
ever to hold out for the 60-cent rate.
Tailor Go Back to Work.
CHICAGO, April 13. The 400 striking
tailors, who have been on a strike for
several weeks, will go back to work to
morrow. The wages will remain the same
for three years. At the end of two years,
it the majority of men In a shop ask
for free shops the request will be granted.
Shortage ot Teletrrnph Linemen.
ASHEVILLE. N. C April 15. AH
passenger trains on the Southern arrived
and departed on time here today. Wires
are stBl being cut in local territory. Rall-
road officials say they have operators In
I abundance, but there is a shortage ot
To Meet Today nt Houston With Its
Longest List of Delcgutca.
HOUSTON. Tex., April 15. Tuesday the
Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress
will meet hero in 11th annual session, and
for the first time every etate and territory
west of tho Mississippi River will be of
ficially represented. Many towns will also
have representation, as will the National
commercial bodies. Problems affecting the
trade and commerce of the region west
of the Mississippi River will be discussed
fully, and the probable action on the
question of the disposition of the Philip
pines will be one of much political as well
as commercial interest. Able men ore to
discuss these matters. The programme In
cludes the following papers:
Hon. George II. Maxwell. San Francis
co." "The Great West. Irrigation and Pop
ulation and Prosperity"; Hon. J. W.
Springer. Denver, "The American States
man"; Hon. L. B. Bradford Prince. Santa
Fe. N. M.. "A Department of Mines and
Mining; Statehood for Territories."
I Anvng tho many spcecnes set down
Hon. William A. Bates, Denver, "Policy
and Measures for Shlpplnr? Restoration";
Hon. Elwood Mende. Cheyenne. Wyo..
"Needs of Irrigation": C. M. Helntz. Loo
Angeles, will discuss "Importance of Res
ervoirs." The Colorado delegation will be the first
to arrive and will come 50 strong and
endeavor to capture the next congress.
COUSIN OF EUGENE FIELD.
MIsa Mary Field French Dlea nt Am
AMHERST, Mass.. April 15. Miss Mary
Field French, aged 73 years, a cousin of
the late Eugene Field, and for a number
of years his guardian, died suddenly at her
homo today. Mr. Field was accustomed
to visit Amherst frequently to s:e his
cousin, of whom ho was very fond. Her
cousin, Roswell M. FTeld. of Chicago, a
brother of Eugene, will attend her funeral
Found Dead In Bed.
NEW YORK. April 15. Julluo Kotcr.
a bricklayer, who had Inherited J3I.O.C0I1
from his brother's estate In Germany,
was found dead today, swinging from a
rope In an empty water tank on the
roof of his house. He had bcn 111. and
the sudden change from poverty to riches
affected his mind.
Tivo Sick Stntemcn.
TYLER. Tex., April 13. The condition of
United States Senator Chilton, who h-s
been sick for several days, phows no Im
provement. Congressman Croker Is a vry
sick man at his home at Beaumont. Both
are down with la grippe.
Editor Getting His Voice Again.
CINCINNATI. April IS. The condition
of Harry M. Weldon, sporting editor of
the Enquirer, is very encouraging. His
voice 1" coming back gradually, and gives
every promise of being restored.
Wisconsin Pioneer Dend.
MENDOTA. Wi. April 13,-Cohn W.
Owsley. Sr.. one of the foremost pioneers
of Western Wisconsin and South Dakota,
died here today, aged SI years.
Ex-Rnlirond President Drnd.
PHILADELPHIA. April 15.-K"harles E.
Smith, ex-president of the Philadelphia &
Reading Railway Company, died here to
day of paralysis, aged 79 years.
Paid Church Debt.
CLEVELAND. April 13. The women
members of tho East Madison-Avenu 3
Presbyterian Church some time ago en
tered into an agreement to abstain- from
new Easter gowns and millinery and to
divert this money to the raising of the
church debt. They kept their promise,
and today the amount of the debt J1C00
was contributed to the Easter service.
A SNOW BLOCKADE
Damage to Crops and to Rail
roads in Colorado.
GROUND IS COVERED THREE FEET
Temperature la "Warm, and It I
Feared Slides Will Follow and
Do Much Harm.
DENVER. Aprlt 13. A mixture of rata
and snow has been falling Incessantly
throughout the State of Colorado for the
past 24 hours. and. with tho exception. o
intervals of a few houre, the stormy,
weather has been cont'nuoua for 11 da jr.
Previous to this there had been but llttlo
moisture for months, and the present vis
itation was received with welcome. Now
fear Is being expressed of the possible,
damage that may accrue from it. Al
though no serious damage . to railroads
has as yet been reported, several small
washouts have occurred, and railroad of
ficials are prepared to receive news ot
greater ones. Tn the agricultural districts
much seed had been planted and as tho
ground Is now saturated it Is feared tha
seed will rot In the ground.
From Idaho Springs. Central City and
other points In the Clear Creek district
corao reports of a heavy snow fall yes
terday and today, blocking the railroads
and paralyzing the mining Industry In that
section. At 5 o'clock thlfl afterncon tha
enow was three feet deep and still fall
ing. The weather Is warm, and the snow
cannot last, and It was feared slides and
washouts would come with the thaw.
Cheyenne. Wyo.. reports the southeastern
part of Wyoming thoroughly soaked.
A 2-t-lnch water main broke at Twenty
fifth and Franklin streets here thb after
noon, flooding the adjacent property and
cutting off the water supply for two miles
In the residence district. Street railway
companies are having trouble with wash
outs. A report comes from Fort Collins that
the Cache La Poudre and Stravln Rivers
are badly swollen, the latter being two
miles wide at Lnngmont, Ordinarily tha
Stravln la but a small stream, and If tho
report is true, much damage will result
to ranch property In the lowlands around
Longmont. Thero are no towns In a posi
tion near enough to either of these rivers
to suffer to any great extent, Longmont
Is Inaccessible tonight by wire.
An Irrigation ditch between Denver and
Boulder broke and the water rushed ove?
the Colorado & Southern tracks, washing
out a stretch of several feet of track. No
trains aro moving over this branch of tho
All east-bound Denvr & i0 Grando
trains are tied up at Monument by the
heavy snow that has fallen on the divide.
Train west over this road left Denver
tonight with double-headers pull'ng them.
Incoming trains over the Sinta Fe aro
late several hours. Colorado Midland
trains are ateo laid out.
TORJfADO XX KAJfSAS.
Loa of Life Is Reported, hut Details
KANSAS CITT.- April 15. A Journal
special from Wichita. Kan., says:
"A storm approaching a tornado in pro
portion, is reported in the vicinity west
of Clearwater. Two deaths are reported,
and four people arc said to have been
Injured by overturned houses. Wires are
down, and particulars are unobtainable
at 10 o'clock tonight. At Putnam It is
reported several houses were blown down
and four people Ferlously injured. Word
was brought by passengers on the south
bound Santa Fe passenger train that two
persons were killed, but It is impossible
to confirm this report at 10 o'clock to
night. The telephone and telegraph wires
were rendered useless by the wind, and
all attempts to reach Putnam. Newton
or nffected points have proven of no avail.
"West of Clearwater, in the country
northeast of Adams, on the Englewood
branch of the Santa Pc Ttillrnnri if io
I reported that a strip of country five miles
long was swept by a storm at 6 o'clock
mis evening, ana several farmhouses,
barns and other buildings blown down.
No casualties are reported from there."
The fact that Indefinite scraps of Infor
mation are all that can be secured gives
cause for alarm that the storm is much
more serious than is generally admitted.
From a small settlement, several miles
west of Fremont, In Sumner County. It
is said all the houses were wrecked with
loss of life. This report cannot be sub
stantiated. The storm area, so far as can be learned,
extends over about 10 counties near and
at the southern line of the state. The
cyclonic disturbance seems to have fol
lowed the trend of the Arkansas River.
Heavy Rain and "Wind.
NEWTON. Kan.. April 15. This morn-
!n nwr an lni.H nt rfitn fall hem. .,1
"between 5 and 7 this evening three Inches
oi waier leu. iiooaing me nortneast part
of the city A "baby" tornado accompa
nying tho storm this evening, took a
southeasterly course a mile and a half
southeast of here. It Jumped a farm
house and took the roof off a barn.
Tornado's "Work in Texas Toirn.
DALLAS. Tex.. April 15. A special to
the News from Royso, Tex., dated April
IS, 2 A. M.. says:
"A tornado struck this place at mid
night, nnd It Is believed that several lives
have been lost. Eight houses wero
wrecked, and at this hour the greatest ex
There had been an electric display early
In the night, and ominous clouds had
gathered In the northeast. There was,
however, but little wind. A light breeze
prevailed until about 13 minutes before
the tornado. This came almost without
"A man In a buggy was lifted from his
scat and blown 100 yards; Telegraph and
telephone lines were destroyed."
Royse is CO miles north of Dallas.
Transfer of Michigan Enterprise.
CLEVELAND. April 15.-Several Chica
go capitalists have Just purchas.d and took
over all th Interests of a number of well
known Cleveland and New York parties.
Including Secretary of State John Hay. and
others, in the Munlsing Land Compary
and the Munlfing Railway Company, in
Upper Michigan. One hundred thousand
acres of hardwood land and GO miles of
railroad. In operation from Muniflng Bay
to Little Lake, passed Into Chicago hands
by the transfer. A sum said to "be In
the vicinity of 31.000.000 was paid over.
Innnrera Getting Xervoua.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 13. The gam
blers in reinsurance are getting very much
afraid of the chances they have taken on
the British ship Annie Thomas. She is
now out 260 days from Cardiff with a load
of coal for Acapulco, and so little do tho
underwriters think of her chances of ever
reaching port that they are offering $3
per cent to reinsure hull and cargo.
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