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News of the World.'
fERSE TICKS FROM THE WIRES
in Interesting Collection of Items From
the New and ' the Old World In a
Condensed and Comprehensive Form
Sheepmen in Southern .Colorado are
losing thousands of sheep by snow and
extremely cold weather- , .
Th? Northern Pacific Railway Com
pany has rtiduced wages of car repairers
at Superior 25 cents a day. -
The schooner Ballora Loherman,
Captain Plummer, from South River,
N. J., for Boston, foundered without
warning Sunday morning off Highland
Lights. No lives were lost. -
Charles W. Winkler, a brakeman on
the Columbia & Puget Sound railway,
.was run over by a coal car and killed
in the Seattle . yards. . Winkler form
erly lived in Butte City, .Cal., where
he has relatives. "
A bomb, made of gas pipe and filled
with powder, was eploded in the Ger
man theater, in Olatnez, Monrovia.
Little damage was done, but' the inci
dent caused great excitement among
the German residents. '
The Turkish government, replying to
the representations of Greece, has ex
plained that the -firing upon the Greek
gunboat Actium by the Turks at Per
vassa, on Saturday last, as the vessel
was leaving the gulf of AmUfacia, was
due to a misunderstanding. .
Aunt Judith-Moore, the first colored
woman admitted to. .membership in
Henry Ward Beecher's church, is'dead
at her home in Brooklyn, aged 74. It
is said that Mr. Beecher in "-Lis will re
quested that she be care. for..-, till a is
one of the original .members of the
Christian Endeavor Society-. ' ''.
Jacob Sarigs, of Qoramiah, Persia,
now in Cincinnati, giving talks on
Persia and Armenia, has just received
a letter from friends in his Persian
home, informing Mm that a band of
raiders from Kbordestan' li ad "in ass acred
all the inhabitants of a Persian Chris-J
tian town, , 800 souls,-. ;near . Salinas,.
Peter French, -: a .' prominent cattle
man and landownerbf Harney county,
Oregon, wag kilted, hya man,. nitvueJ
Oliver. It is reported-- that the deed
was a cold-btoodedVniu'rder.; The - vie-'
tim was shot is tb:bok of the head,
the bullet coining out between the eyes.
A land dispute is-BHiil to have been' the
cause of the-trouble; " " -" ' "'
The Overman Wheel Company, of
Chicopee Falls, Mass., has made an as
signment for the benefit of its creditors.
Hfitirv R. Rowmfin .- rirpjtident of the
Springfield' iNation at bswi ir, ha ben
appointed trueteel,' '.Albert' J3. Over
man is president of tbtt- company, and
the principal owner arid has given out
a statement showing that, on Novem
ber 10, last, the assets were 11,318,000
and the liabilRies $S$9,000. . '
Frank G. Farley was accidentally
shot and instantly killed by E.I. Alvord",
in Tekoa, Waeh-- Botlt men were O.;
E. & N. conductors. At , the coroner s
inquest, tb evidence i'showed that Al
vord was turning the "cylinder cf a re
volver so the bairHnjei'Wjoitt'd not Te&fron
a cartridge. The weapon was' dis
charged, and Farley fell -and expired
without uttering-a word.-,- The jury ex
onerated Alvord.' f .:;:;.
The long-cOntinued cold and heavy
enow of the" paBt ntoTrth are bcginni'tig
io have a serious effect' upoii sheep in
Wyoming, a.n,d,it U .fnaredjhat,.ules3
there is a break. inr, the. weather toga,
the losses will be heavy. Slteepuien
report that .a . number have already
perished. .'' ''."'.."
Mr. Coffin the acting controller ,of
the currency has called attention to the
fact that the retirement of national bank
notes during .the first 20 days of Decern
ber reached the sum ; of $3,000,000.
This is said to be the first time during
the last 10 years that the voluntary re
tirement has' reached this amount in
any one month. , -.
After a week of conference in Bos
ton, Justices Pjitnam. and King, the
commissioners, for the United States
and Canada, respectively, in. the arbi
tration of the Bhring sea claims, hijve
completed their work for the present,
and it is understood will soon begin
the preparation of their reports to. their
respective government!- i
The first meeting of the National
Building Trades -Council -was held at
St. Louis, and was market! by a scath
ing denunciation of the American Fed
eration of Labor for having ' passed a
resolution at Nashviile opposing tha.
formation of the national counciL- The
Federation of Labor opposed - (he new
organization as tendipg to create a Tur
ner ai vision in tne ranns oi iaoor.
Fireman Martin J, Oakley .was. killed
a fire in a five story tenement on
Forty-fourth . street, . New York
Oakley Was -suffocated by smoke
as Head, James Davis and Peter
nelly, qi trie same company,- were
M J . . . .. . . -. I . . . 1 .
ty revived. They -are in ' hospitals,
and their condition is serious.
Secretary Alger has cabled to Wil
liam Akellman, chief government rein
deer herder, who is now in Norway,, to
inform the war department immediate
ly how soon 600 reindeer can be shipped
to this country. These are wanted for
use as draft animals in getting supplies
to the miners in the Klondike region,
They must be transferred at New York
to railroads, and in that manner car
ried across the continent, and again by
sea from th6 Pacific coast up to Dyea,
or -come other point that may be select
ed as a base of operations.
An eight-pound dynamite cartridge
exploded in the rear of the Arbuckle
coffee building in New York. .Nearly
5,000 panes of glass in the neighbor,
hood were shattered, and that the ex
plosion was not attended by loss of life
is remarkable. The explosion was
heard 20. blocks away. " The dynamite
cartridge was to: have been used in
blasting a huge rock that has obstructed
an artesian well drill. It had been
ifrozen and - placed in an iron pipe,
wrapped with paper, to thaw out.
John Gallagher, a workman, .was
thrown 15 feet in the -air, but escaped
REINDEER -WILL DIE.
I- Nansen's Views Upon Alger's Klon
dike Relief Plan.
Binghamton, N. Y., Deo. 80. Dr.
Nansen, the Arctic explorer, was asked
what he thought of the plan of bringing
reindeer for taking relief to the Klon
dike miners. He said if the reindeer
were taken overland across the country
they would probably reach Alaska in
time to accomplish the desired object,
and if they-could, reach Alaska they
would be of great assistance in the re
lief work. The difficulty would be to
get the deer transported.
Dr. Nansen said the moss on which
the deer fed was about the only food
they wpuld eat, and they would starve
before they would eat - much of any
thing else. They had Bometimes.been
trained to eat bread, but not very suc
cessfully. ; While there was an abund
a'nee of moss in Norway, he thought it
wo.uld ..be impossible to gather it in
such quantities as would be necessary
for the feeding of 600 deer'in transpor
tation from Norwav to Alaska. The
deer themselves seemed to know how
to gather it better than humanbeings.
He believed that if 500 reindeer were
shipped from -Norway it would' be" im
possible to keep more than a small per
centage of them ' alive until Alaska
should be reached.
Acoording to his opinions, Iceland
horses would.be better for this -work,
for they would subsist on the moss of
the Arctic" regions and also on hay or
other provender. They were also
hardy, and would do the work after
they reached Alaska almost as well as
the deer. It would be much easier to
transport them, he said.' .
Recent Events in the East Will 'Prob
ably Hasten the Event.
Washington, Deo. '80. '"Affairs in
China and the East generally," sid
Senator Cullom, "have pnt an entirely
different complexion upon Hawaii's
prospects for annexation. Since con
gress adjourned for the holidays there
has been a marked change of sentiment
concerning Hawaii, and it would not
surprise me, if the. pending treaty
should be ratified by the necessary two
thirds of the senate.
"It would be the height of folly to
let" suoh an opportunity slip as Hawaii
presents to the United States at such a
critical time. Here is a most desirable
piece of property only waiting for a
nod'from Uncle Sam. to become' his
own, without firing a gun or precipitat
ing any trouble.
"As son as congress meets we will
get at the treaty, .and my impression
is that a number of senators who have
hitherto been against ratification . will
be found on our side. It has always .
been my opinion that we ought to have
Hawaii, and I am confirmed in this be
lief more than ever by the recent course
of events in the Orient,''"
rIR3T COLONY READY.
Progress of the Salvation Army's Work
in California. . . ,..
New York; Dec. 80. Commander
Booth-Tucker has started for California
to complete the work of founding the
first of the Salvation Army colonies ii.
this country at Soledad near Monterey.
Most of the cottages have already .been
bnilt and the work Of "cultivation is
'well installed, on , jhe "farm of 500
acres, but numerous applicants are
ready to fettwt the moment Bodth'Tuck
er reaches San Francisco. .. . .
The commander said- that there was
'no dotilrt that .the experiment- wonM
prove a great success. Claus epreckles,
he said, is erecting, a million dollar
beet-sugar factory in the immediate
neighborhood, which- will be able to
consume all that the colonists can pro
duce; -and the product of as many
farms as they may care i to start in the
"I shall "spend several" weeks in the
West and take a look at our Colorado
farm in the Arkansas valley .before I
return," said the commander. "A del
egation of men connected with a tin
ning, establishment in Chicago recently
came to me and asked that I establish
a farm near that city. They were Mot
but of work, but said they would
rather go into something that promised
a permanent occupation than to remain
where they were. " -., .-'.--
Dan Daly's Bad Fall.
Boston, Dec. 30. Dan Daly, . the
popular comedian, and one of the lead
ing lights in the "Belle of New York"
company, received probably a fatal in
jury at the Park theater last night. At
the close of the first act Daly makes a
"flying entry, ""sliding in on an in
clined wire. In some way either tiie
wire or handle broke, Daly falling to
the stage, striking on- the shoulders
and back of the head.
- Two physicians were summoned
from the audience, and worked over
him half an hour, but could not bring
him back - to consciousness. He was
then sent to the Massachusetts general
hospital, and at an early hour he was
still unconscious, the physicians believ
ing he was suffering from, concussion of
the brain. .-
Ctica, N. Y., Dec. 29. A special
from Amsterdam says that one of the
engine houses of the Sanford carpet
mills was wrecked by an explosion,
presumably of dynamite, at "10:80
o'clock. Only two walls were left
standing. Few facts can be ascertained
Liberty, Mo., Dec 29. A wreck oc
curred at the Memphis road depot here
last night. Local train No. 56 broke
in two on the down grade coming into
town, and the two sections : came to
gether in front of the station. Five
persons . were injured, two seriously.
The injured are: Miss Tilly Smither,
of Liberty; Mrs. Shelton, Colonel Jesse
Poore, of Golden City, and Floyd
Quinthard. Miss Smither is still un
conscious. The conductor and brake
man were slightly injured.
Wrecked on a Bahama Reef.
Nassau, New Providence, Dec. 28
The schooner Harlequin, which, as pre
viously reported, went ashore on the
reef near Rumcay, Bahamas, on the
12th became a total loss. The crew
was saved. The vessel was owned in
New York.. The British man-of-war
Partride went to her assistance, and
spent several hours in a vain effort to
float her. The schooner was in ballast.
Michigan has a law fixing a heavy
penalty upon railroad companies for
employing persons addicted to the nee
ARE READY FOR fl CONFLICT
Japanase Fleet Assernbling
; at Nagasaki.
SHIPS FULLY EQUIPPED FOR WAR
Twenty English Warships Arrive at
- " Fort Hamilton Her Reason for Pro
testing Japanese Cabinet Resigns.
London, Dec 80. A special dispatch
from Shanghai, . dated Tuesday, says:
It is reported .- that a Japanese fleet of
warships is waiting near Gotto island,
outside ' Nagasaki fully equipped " for
war, and only waiting instructions.
The fleet includes the Yashima and the
Fuji, two. of the finest vessels in the
Japanese navy, - and the Chen Yuen,
which was captured from China. ' The
Japanese fleet, it is understood, is act
ing in close touch with the British
squadron, under Vice- Admiral " Sir
Alexander Buller, commander-in-chief
of the China station. Japan will cer
tainly oppose a 'permanent Russian oc
cupation of Port Arthur. The sudden
dissolution of the Japanese diet was
owing to the war spirit. It is expected
that the Japanese fleet will attempt to
prevent the landing of reinforcements
from Odessa for the protection of the
Russian trans-Asiatio railway in Man-d
churia. ' . - -'
British at Port Hamilton."
London, Dec .80. The Globe this
afternoon says private telegrams reached
London last - evening announcing that
over 20. British warships have arrived
at Port Hamilton. Another report says
a report is current at Chee Fpo to the
effect that the Japanese fleet, has 'also
arrived at Port Hamilton. Port Ham
ilton is a small island south of Corea,
and not far from Quelparet island.
England's; Reason for Protesting;. .
Washington, Dec 30. The an-
rnouncement of the determination of
England and Japan to protest against
the emperor of Corea practically yield
ing the government of that .country
into the hands of the Russian minister,
"excites great interest here, where the
story of Russia's invasion of i Corea is
A year or more ago Russia and Japan
entered into a; treaty of alliance under
which they agreed to assume jointly
the responsibility of preserving the
peace and providing a good government
for Corea. In the division 6f responsi
bility Russia took command of the
army, the police and the. direction of
foreign affairs, Japan having ' the de
partments of education, agriculture and
other comparatively unimportant
branches of the government.
:The collection of revenues, and the.
management of the finances were left
in charge of an Englishman named Mc
Levy Brown, who held the title of "ad
viser to the finance department and
chief commissioner of customs." It
was bis dismissal, by the emperor of
Corea which brought forth the English
consul's protest. British war vessels
are now on the way to Corea to support
this protest. . It was Mr. Bsown's duty
to see to the collection of customs,
which'hs performed so ..well Hhere was
a prospect of Corea's debts, being paid.
Early in November, however, to. the
surprise :of . all concerned, there apr;
peared in Seoul as a guest of the; Rus
sian legation a Mr. .AJexieff, whose call
ing bore the title in French, "Counoilor
of State and Agent of the Ministry of
Finance of -the imperial Russian- Gov
ernment," and an .inscription in ..Chi
nese which read "Superintendent of
Lthe Finances of. Corea." .
It is said .the Russian government
compelled the Corean ambassador at St.
Petersburg to contract with Alexieff to
.manage the Corean finances without
consulting the authorities at beoul.
The day after the arrival of Alexieff at
Seoul- he"" called on the minister of
finance, exhibited. .his contract and an
nounced that "he : was ready to enter
upon his duties. Mr. Pak explained
that the government was already enjoy
ing the services of Brown, and that the
Corean ambassador at St. Petersburg
had no authority' to interfere -with the
finance department. Alexieff responded
that the fact that the minister of
finance questioned the .validity of the
contract cast a reflection upon his ver
acity. After a show of resistance by Corea
and repeated threats by the Russian
government, Mr. Brown was dismissed
and " Mr. Alexieff installed in bis
stead. Then followed Mr. Brown's ap
peal to London and the sending of a
fleet. " - - .'" .-; .
- Japanese Cabinet Resigns, '
Yokohama, Dec 80. Owing to the
failure of Premier: Marquis Saigo to
reconstruct the cabinet, all the mem
bers of that body have resigned. The
newspapers demand the formation of a
very strong ministry, capable of coping
with the situation in the. East.
Broke Through the lee.
Kingston, N. Y., Dec 28. While
skating at Rifton, on Wallkill creek
yesterday, Mrs. "V. W. Vanberger, aged
23, broke through the ice. Edward
McMichael went to her rescue, crawling
alqng the. ice, but the ice. broke under
him and he was precipitated into the
water. Both were drowned. .
St. Louis, Dec 29. The business
bouses in the center of the oitv were
shaken to their foundations, knocking
goods from the shelves this morning by
a terrific explosion, and for a time
there was great excitement. The shock
came from a charge of dynamite used
in trying to raise . the sunken towboat
Dolphin, which went down during the
tornado. It lies in the middle of the
Missouri, opposite the foot of Olive
street. All attempts have proved fu
tile. ." . ' ...
i ' Result of a Practical Joke.
St. Louis, Dec 80. It was devel
oped tonight that the shooting -of
Katie Dozen bach by Marcus Nassauer,
at Clayton yesterday, and his own sui
cide, was the result of a practical joke.
It is said Nassauer 's friends had con
stantly told him the . girl : loved him
deeply, and she herself entered into
the spirit of the fan by telling him she
was about to r leave for Oregon to be
married. Driven to desperation by the
thought of losing her, Nassauer called
at her home and shot bcr and tfeen
blew out hia brain. . -
Thousands of Cubans Are in the Direst
Washington, Dec 29. The most
profound distress prevails among many
thousands of people in Cuba. - Starva
tion not only impends, but is an aotual
fact. ; . The president has been reformed
of the facts from sources whose reliabil
ity cannot be doubted. He has gone to
the length of his constitutional power
in calling the state of affairs to the at
tention of the American people. The
state department has used all of its
authority to mitigate conditions, and
the letter to the public sent out by Sec
retary Sherman the day before Christ
mas, pointed out the way to further
alleviate the miserable condition of the
concentradoes.-j -Today : the sum of
$5,000 was received by Assistant Secre
tary Day from certain charitably dis
posed persons, whose names are not
disclosed, and this sum will . be remit
ted by telegraph tomorrow morning to
Consul-General Lee. for .disbursement
among the more pressing cases. - . "r
It is hoped by the department of state
that the Americti -people will come to
the relief, and promptly, by subscrip
tions of money, clothing and. supplies
of various -kinds. The newspapers
are expected to lend a generous aid in
carrying forward this movement. The
machinery for distributing ' .has been
provided by. the state, department,-and
Consul-General Lee has undertaken,
with the aid of the American consular
agents in Cuba, to give personal atten
tion to the alleviation of distress by the
distribution of the gifts of the Amer
ican people. One line of steamers ply
ing between New York and Havana
the Ward line it is said, has nnder
taken.to forward any contributions of
goods to General Lee, at Havana, and
it is believed that the American rail
roads will do their part by carrying the
goods to. the seaboard.
The Spanish authorities ' have- con
sented to remit all duties on relief sup
plies so forwarded. The state depart
ment directs that they be sent direct to
Consul-General, .- Lee, . either money
draft, or check, or . goods. Consul
General Lee tonight cabled the state
department just what is wanting at this
juncture, and'b,is list is as follows: -
Summer clothing, second-hand or
otherwise, principally for women and
children; medicines for fevers, includ
ing a large proportion of quinine; .hard
bread, corn .meal, bacon, rice, lard,
potatoes, beans, peas, salt, .fish, prin
cipally codfish; any .canned goods, es
pecially condensed milk for the starving
children.. Money will also -be useful
to secure nurses,'' medicines and for
many other necessities. ' " '-' " '.
BURNED TO DEATH.
Terrible Fate of a "Woman and Hex
. Aged Mother.
Pittsburg, Dec. 29. During a fire at
New Hav.ri, a suburb .of this city, in
the residence of Mrs. Mary .Ann
Browdy, this 'evening,. -Miss Jf.iney
Browdy, aged 46, was bun red to death,
and the mother, aged 76, was so badly
burned - that she cannot survive the
night. Miss Browdy, who came here
about a month ago from Butte, Mont.,
to visit her. mother, lost her life in try
ing to save some personal property.
She went to the upper floor after the
flames had made good headway on the
structure, find Was suffocated. When
the bouse had been gutted , the body of
Miss J'rowdy was seen hanging over a
joist, and, in the presence of about 500
people who had gathered at the scene,
was literally burned to a crisp. . The
mother threw herself into the burning
building twice in an endeavor to save
her daughter, but each time was
dragged back, not, however, until she
was so badly burned that the physicians
say she cannot recover. V : '-"
THE CZAR ADVANCING.
Kincb.au, a Remarkable Point of V'aut
m afffl, Nov Occupied.
St. Petersburg Deo. 29. The Rus
sians have occupied Kincbau, north of
Port Arthur. , '.-';'
Can Defy" the 'World. - - i
San Franoisco, Dec. 29. E. L. Shep
hard,' - who recently - returned from
China,-where he had ' an official posi
tion, commenting upon the reported
occupation of - Kinchau- by. Russia, said
today: ;. ; ' - .. .
- "Kinchau is an "important walled
city (not an open port), at the head of
the gulf of Lau Tung, and it commands
the mouth of -the liver Yalu, where
the battle between the Japanese and
Chinese was fought, and the other im
portant rivers which flow into the gulf.
It is about equally distant between the
mouth of the Yalu river and the ter
minus of the great wall of China. v It
commands the railway "system recently
constructed from Tien-Teen to the cap
ital of Manchuria, and is of pre-eminent
importance as a strategic post..
"The seizure of the point shows that
Russia has practically taken possession
of Corea, Manchuria and the gulf of
Lau Tung, and possesses a significance
which will cause consternation among
the diplomats in the Old World... : Its
situation is such that its possession
practically places Russia in a position
to defy the world." "; ... .
The gizzard of a hen recently killed
at Covington, 6a., contained 21 brass
tacks, 31 birdshot, -two pins, a tiny
brass-ring, a bit of steel and . some
crushed brass caps. : -.' .
Pittsburg, Dec. 29. Captain G. B.
Hayes, aged 68, on Friday night while
walking from Osborne to Haysville,
was overcome by the cold and fell and
was rapidly freezing to death. He was
found by John and Harry Bishop,.and
carried to their stable, where he re
mained all night. Later he ; was re
moved to his home. . At New Orleans
in 1861 Captain Hayes hauled down
the Pelican flag of Louisiana and ran
up the Stars and Stfipes. This act
eost him his steamboat. -
Blown Out of the Cab.
Bridgeton, N.' -J., Dec. 28. James
Bowers, an engineer on the West Jersey
railroad, was blown out of his cab late
last night between Husted and Pal
adin. The wind was blowing a gale,
when a sudden gust caught him and
whirled him to the roadside. The fire
man backed the train and found him
some distance off. He was painfully
but not badly hurt .
Isaiah W- Lees, the chief of police
of San Francisco, -has been connected
with tha department 44 years. He
was born in England and is 60 year.
fi ll III OF EVENTS
England Presents an Ultima
tum to King of Gorea..
AGAINST DISMISSAL OF BROWN
Bis; British Fleet Lying- Off Chemulpo
' japan Supports the Move and Has
- Warships In Readiness.
London , Dec. 28. A dispatch from
Shanghai says: - It is. reported that 17
British warships are off ChUlpo,
Corea; southwest of Seoul, supporting
the British ' consul's "-' protest, really
amounting to an ultimatum against
the king's practically yielding the gov
ernment of Corea into the hands of the
Russian ' minister. ,The protest is spe
cially directed against the' dismissal of
McLevy Brown, British 'adviser to the
Corean customs, in favor of the Rus
sian nominee. Theaiews has produced
consternation' at ; Seoul, which .- is
heightened by the knowledge that Ja
"pan Lai a fleet of 30 warships awaiting
the result of the British representation,
which Japan fully supports. Japan is
irritated by the arrival of Russian
troops in Corea, and it is believed she
will oppose them. . " .
According to advices from Tokio, Ja
pan has offered to assist the officers at
Pekin in drilling the Chinese army,
and to consent to a postponement of
the war indemnity. ; Many of the Pe
kin officials favor the proposal.
According to a dispatch to the Daily
Mail from Shanghai, it is reported
there from reliable sources that a Brit
ish force landed at Chemulpo Saturday
and caused : the reinstatement of Mc
Levy Browiu The same dispatch re
fers tot, "a. native rumor that- the union
jack; has been hoisted on an; island in
the mouth of the river Yang-Tse.
' A correspondent of the iTimes-says:
..' The government refuses to. place the
li-kin under foreign control as security
for the loan proposed, by the Hong
Kong & Shanghai bank, and asserts
that, unless the loan-,-is procurable
without this condition,' arrangements
will be made for a Russian guaranteed
4 per cent loan of 100,000,000 taels,-to
be issued at 93 net. . The security will
be. the land tax, which will, remain
tinder' Chinese administration.'- China,
in leiurii, will give Russia a monopoly
of the railroads and mines north of the
ea' w:;ll, cpcri a port-, to the railway,
-and agfee that a Russian shall succeed
ir Robert Hart as director of the Chi
nese imperial ' maritime .customs. : If
ihcee conditions be permitted,' British'
trade : interests, will surely -. severely
suCer. -. "? ' '
--The Shanghai correspondent of the
Times says; :The sloop Phoenix sailed
today, under orders to join the British
squadron. The utmost secrecy is pre
seived with regard to the;' -fitter's
"movements,'" but gossip : here suggests
that its destination is Tao Lien Wan.
A CHRISTMAS TRAGEDY.
An Aged Pennsylvania Couple FoullJ
Murdered. ";v:v:. '. ,
; Indiana, Fa., Dec. 28. Milton Neal
iin.d his aged wife were shot to death
by .an unknown assassin at their home,
near Jacksonville; nine miles southwest
of here, si'me'time during Christmas.
Their bodies were found Tit 9 o'clock
that night by their son Harry, who was
passing the house and stopped to pay a
Christmas call on .his parents. Neal
was one of the' most prominent and
prosperous farmers in the vicinity in
which he lived. " Officers are searching
for the murderer, but as yet he has not
been found. .
." When young Neal tried to enter his
parent's house, he found the doors
locked. He forced his way through
the cellar.'and upon entering the' sitting-room,
a horrible sight met him.
'n a chair near the window was the
form of his mother, her face entirely .
"blown away. . At her feet was all that
.remained of her. husband; a ghastly
hole in his head told the tale of his
murder. At his side lay . a ' double
barreled shotgun, the implement of
ieath. The - walls, ceilings , and ar
ticles"?!!' furniture in the room were
spattered with blood, and on the ceil
'ng was a good sized dent, in which
was imbedded a piece .of the woman's
ikull. For a time there was a "suspi
cion of suicide, but as the facts devek
oped, the . murder -theory gained
strength. The woman was killed with
hirdFhot, the husband 'with buckshot.
There were no marks of powder on his
face, something which is said would
nave been impossible to avoid had sui
cide been with a shotgun. There is
nothing' to indicate that the crime was
committed for plunder, as in Mrs.
Neal's pocket were $10 and $2 lay on
a dresser. Friends my they have a
clew which they will begin work on at
i:nce to trace the murderer. -
'.. j - Boat Upset by a Dor.
Elmira, N. Y;, Dec 28. Rudolph
Boericke, aged 33. eon of Dr. Boericke,
of Philadelphia, and his brother Ed--ward,
. of' Chicago,- were rowing on
Keuka'Take, seven miles from Ham
mondsport, Christmas night, when the
boat was upset by their dog. Both men
were taken from the water alive, but
Rudolph died immediately after he
was brought to shore.
Fell Into a Grate.
Franklin, Pa., Dec. 28. Grace and
Annie Nelson, whose parents live near
here, were left'alone in their home last
evening. The former fell into the
gratefire and her clothing was ignited.
She was burned to death. In trying to
save the life of her: sister, Annie was
also badly burned, and it is believed
she cannot recover. -
The Eiffel Tower, Paris, - weighs
Passenger Train Ditched.
Atchison, Kan., Dec. 28. The Mis
souri Pacific southbound limited pas
senger train, which left Omaha at 8:05
this afternoon, was ditohed between
Becker and Willis, 80 miles north of
Atchison, tonight. . The tender, the
combination baggage and mail car and
the chair car left the track. The com
bination car turned completely over.
J.. J. Pike, the baggage ' and - express
messenger, was painfully bruied, bat
no one. was seriously hurt. The pas
sengers were transferred to a speoial,
train. " . - . . - V
SENSATION AT THE CAPITAL.
Spain's Wrath Over Woodford's Note
Uncalled for. ;
Washington, Dec ; 29. Officials
here are somewhat surprised at the ex
hibition of feeling at Madrid over the
latest note-, of Minister Woodford de
livered to the Spanish foreign office the
day before Christmas. ' While the note
itself will not be made public at pre
sent, it is said that 'there is no reason
whatever why it should be withheld,
save the fact that preceding steps in
the negotiations have not yet 8"en the
light of newspapers and it is desirable
when publications made to preserve a
complete chain of events in their nat
ural order. -Possibly ' the correspond
ence will be shortly called for by con
gress, in which case it is not likely to
be withheld on the ground of public
policy. ; "-''-
The last note presented by Minister
Woodford was in answer to the Spanish
note, called forth by Woodford's very
first note upon his arrival at Madrid.
In his initial note the United States
minister pointed out the interest of his
country in-the early termination of the
present struggle in Cuba - and masked
when such conclusion could be expect
ed. The Spanish government . in its
reply acknowledged our interest in the
matter, but suggested after stating what
it intended to do to ameliorate the con
ditions in Cuba, that the United States
could best exercise its good offices by
stopping filibustering. To this Wood
ford responded with his note of last
week. It is said to be a purely argu
mentative statement of the position
taken by the United States, and the
facts set ..forth are those so strongly
drawn in - the president's message to
congress, of which it was supposed the
Spanish public had been fully advised
through newspapers. T -
The most forcible statement in the
note is based upon facts collected and
published recently by the United
States treasury .department, exhibiting
the great expense to which the United
States had been put by reason of its
efforts to patrol the enormous coast line
in pursuit of a few filibustering expedi
tions and the remarkable success of gov
ernment officials in stopping these ex
peditions as contrasted with the feeble
efforts of the Spanish authorities to
maintain a patrol around the island of
Cuba. All these facts were included
in Woodford's note, and while he put
them in his own language in presenting
them to "the - Spanish foreign office, it
is said the statements concern only th
events which have already been touche
upon.' ' "- . ' ' . ..- -"'
Captain W. C. Oledrive," of Boston, to
: Walk Across the Atlantic. .
Chicago, Dec. 29. A special to the
Times-Herald from New -York says:
Captain W C. Oledrive, of Boston, has
planned to , walk across the Atlantic"
ocean. He will begin his journey July
'4 and will be accompanied by Captain
W. M. Andrews, famous by reason of
his --voyage across the Atlantic in a
small boat." It is nothing new for Cap
tain Oledrive to promenade the waves.
That has been his pleasure and profit
these ten years. '. Captain Andrews,
.who is to he the companion of the wa
ter pedestrian, will journey in a brand
new 14-foot small boat and in -this
merely repeats a feat performed in 1878
and again in 1892. Captain Andrews
is the man who has brought about the
whole affair. ' : Here is' his own state
ment: . "".-' ' -" ':' '
"Inoredible as it .may " seem, next
year we are really going to walk and
sail down Boston harbor, eut onto the
ocean and - over to Havre, France,
though the great bore of the river
Seinejand up to Paris, to be there to at
tend the exposition of 1900 in" our new
seagoing shoes and the smallest, fastest
and best boat that ever crossed the At-'
lanticoceanr the Phantom ship.- Every
vessel-we speak on the ocean, will re
port one of us .walking and sometimes
towing the boat in calm weather.
"The seagoing shoes of Mr. Oledrive
are the moat wonderful part of the
whole affair. They are a pair of cedar
boxes five feet long with fins on the
bottom and Bides. They are very light
and capable of sustaining 140 . pounds,
and as Oledrive weighs only 130 pounds
they, are as good to him as a steamer's
deck.".;, - ;-,-' '' :" : -. .
PENSION OFFICE ORDER.
Its Design Is to Expedite Disposition
of Pending; Claims.
Washington, Dec. -29. r-A new or
der, the enforcement of which it is be
lieved will expedite the disposition of
pension claims now pending has been
issued by Commissioner Evans. It is
as follows: " ".""." " .-
"Hereafter . claims for increase of
pensions will not be considered within
12 months from the last action, allow
ance or rejection." " ' "
"The necessity of. the new order,"
said an official today, "grows largely
out of calls made on the office for state
ment of the status of pending cases
by means of congress. These calls have
been answered , to the --exclusion of
other claims pending, which, it is said,
have been taken up in their order..
It is only fair to these cases which have
not bad any consideration that they
should be taken up as promptly as pos
sible. . ' ' ..'; -:,' -.
San Jose, Cal., Dec 29. As a result
of a Christmas debauch, Lagora Molina,
a Chilean woodchopper, met a terrible
death near Los Gatoa. " He drank
deeply and with.Uhree fellow-workers
caroused in his cabin until far into the
night. . - Then he - took a lighted lamp
and went into the yard. - He stumbled
and fell, the lamp exploded and the
burning oil ignited his'clothing. He
was burned to death, but bis ' fate was
not known until morning, when his
charred body was found.- -
Three Were Asphyxiated.
Chicago Dec 29. Mrs. Anderson
and her :. two : daughters, Edith and
Myrtle, aged 8 and 5 years, were as
phyxiated by illuminating gas in their
home -at 61. Johnson -avenue, today.
The husband, on 'returning frcttn work
tonight, found his wife and children
dead in bed.. Gas was pouring from
all the jets In the cookstove.
Jim Stevenson of Lexington, Ky.,
has an immense hand.- From the
wrist to the tip of the middle finger it
measures 11 inches, and the thumb
sail is as big as half a dollar. .
IS WELL SPOKE X OF
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE TO
Bis Advice on Money Question Looked
Upon as Bound and Logical If Fol
lowed Will Lead to. an' Easy Solu
tion of That Issue. - .. . ' . ':.
E. F. Parsons, Special Correspondent.
- Washington, D. C: As to what con
gress will do about the - great subjects
which are to come before it,. is a ques
tion many people in Washington and
elsewhere are now asking. , Of course
it is more easily asked than answered,"
but the outlook becomes more hopeful
as the time - for : action approaches.
President McKinley's ' admirable mes
sage has clarified the atmosphere, so to
speak, and has suggested such simple
and effective solutions of the apparently
vexed problems that there is great en
couragement not alone among friends of
the administration, but among people
who actually want to see definite action
upon these important questions and to
see them adjusted without reference to
party prejudice or partisan bias.
. The currency .problem, which looked
so large-and alarming a few weeks ago
assumes a very different aspect in the
light oast upon it by President McKin
ley's message. Simple as his proposi
tions is, many people see in it an open
door to a final solution jrf . the currency
problem and one' through which the
government may walk without danger
of disturbance. The feeling which ex
isted a few months ago that a revision
of the currency system, and one which
should eliminate the gold bearing obli
gations could not be accomplished with
out a general upsetting of business
methods and perhaps without material
ly increasing the indebtedness of the
government, is rapidly giving way in
view of the admirable plan outlined by
the president.' -
- ' 'If congress will follow the presi
dent's adyice in this matter," said a
distinguished and experienced official
of the government who has had a long
opportunity to study matters of this
kind, "the people of this country will
wake up some fine morning a few years
hence and find that the cuneii.-v system
has been changed in a satisfactory way
without any financial disturbance and
almost without the people bein con
scious of it. The president's propor:.
tion to retain in tlie treasury the gold
demand obligations which are re
deemed in gold 'and to pern: it the na
tional banks to increase their currency
so as to'flll .the vacancy that retention
Of United States notes would causo a:id
also that the banks be required to re
deem their notes in gold, will, if car
ried out, gradually transfer to tha
shoulders of the banks that duty of
providing the gold for the demands of
the country. which the government has
heretofore attempted to maintain.
This plan, if carried out, would, in my
opinion, solve the entire currency prob
lem and do it in such a gradual quite
way that it would not dibtuib business
conditions or compel the increase. Juhn
Sherman, when he was preparing, as
secretary of. the' treasury, to resume
specie payment, said: 'The way to re
sume is to resume.'.' Now it seems that
another Ohio man has come to the
front with an equally simple, practical
currency refoim proposition which m iy
go into operation as smoothly and sat
isfactorily and with as valuable results
as did. the specie" resumption under Sec
retary Sherman, now the distinguished
and honored head of the department of
state." .; - "' " -';
4 The few people who- were inclined to
criticse the operations of the Dingley
law have learned that their criticisms
were not well founded. ' That law has
in its first four months produced nearly
10 per cent more revenue than did the
"Wilson law in the corresponding four
months of its history, and has increased
its earnings more than 25 per cent in
that length of time. Assistant Secre
tary Howell, who has been many years
connected with the customs service of
the government; has caused a very care
ful estimate to be .made of the earning
which this law would have produced in
the past four months had the importa
tions' been up to the normal. To ob
tain the nomral importations he takes
those of the year 1892, which was
looked upon as a fair example of the
importing habits of the United States.
He finds that if the importations of the
past - four months had been equal to
those months in 1892" the customs earn
ings of the new law would have been
1102,000,000, instead of $34,000,000,
as they were, or an average of nearly
$17,000,000 per month in excess of its
actual earnings meantime. This gives
great encouragement to the friends of
the law and they look forward with ab
solute confidence to its earning capacity
and to the probability that it will,
within the next. few months, show to
the country its ability to supply all the
On this subject it is proper to say
that the so-called estimates of the treas
ury department which indicate that the
revenue for the next fiscal year will be
$21,000,000 short of the expenditures
are entirely misleading.. The law re
quires the war deparment to include in
its river and harbor figures the entire
estimates of the officers in charge of the
various works, which ..brings the es
timate for river and harbor wor, alone,
for the' fiscal year above $60,000,000,
while it is Well known that the custom
is to appropriate " no more than one
fourth of that sum. It is thus apparent
that while the estimates for expendi
tures are nominally in excess of those
relating to receipts, that in fact the re
ceipts will be greater than tlie expendi
tures. v Rigid economy in pnblio expenditure
is the watchword on the Republican
side in congress. This was the recom
mendation of President- McKinley's
m essage. - ; : - -' ' ' ' ' - : i-.
President McKinley's dignified and
forceful utterances on the Cuban ques
tion continue to receive the commenda
tions .of the country.- The splendid
progress made by his administration
in Cuban' matters, not only in the se
lease of ' all Americans confined in
Cubanjprisons when he came into office,
but also the change in the attitude of
the JSpanish government toward the
people of Cuba since the views of the
administration have been expressed on
the subject, have apparently shown to
the people of the United : States the
wisdom of a course - which combines
conservatism with humanity.
WEEKLY MARKET LETTER.
rOffine nf Dnwnfns-. Honlins Jk Co.. Chicaeo
Board of Trade Brokers, 711-714 Chamber of Com
merce Building, Portland, Oregon. "
The trade has fallen into a way of
thinking that the big receipts of the
past week will clean np the surplus
wheat that is liable to come out at
present prices. - Most of this wheat is
contract, when it is all in the bulls
think that they will control the sitna---
tion. . . y., '-."-.-.- -
In the Northwest the claim is made
that 80 per cent of the crop has been
marketed, and that country elevator
stocks are very light compared with
previous years. Every one is looking
for a sharp falling off in receipts after
the first of the year; also for higher
prices, while the situation on all sides
is admittedly bullish the world over,
the prices have not responded to what
the bulls think the position of stocks
to estimate requirements justifies.
Tbey have fixed the standard of values
in their own minds, and because tbey
are not realized they feel disappointed.
Most of them are too much inclined to
lose sight of the fact that the price of
wheat has reached a point where sub
stitutions of other articles outs greatly
into the consumption, and that the
speculators are .more solicitous as to
the price and the probable supplies
than the consumers.
The outlook for supplies from Ar
gentine is uncertain, the probability
being that the exportable surplus will
not exceed 30,000,000 bushels. Trad
ers lose sight of the fact that Argen
tine is a large country, and that unfa
vorable conditions will hardly exist
over the entire territory.
Harvesting is now in progress, and
the rains might reduce the exportable
surplus. There will be little' wheat to
ship from Australia, but India's pros
pects are evidently good, judging from
the free offerings in Liverpool for Sep
tember. The American visible supply
this week showed a larger increase than
expected, being 1,051,000 bushels more
than last week, and now totals 36,616,
000 bushels, as compared with 54,443,
000 bushels at the same time last year.
Wheat Walla Walla, 75 76c; Val
ley and Bluestem, 77 78c per bushel.
Four Best grades, $4.25; graham,
$3.40; superfine, $2.25 per barrel.
, Oats Choice white, 85 36c; choice
gray, 83 34c per bushel.
Barley Feed barley, $1920; brew
ing," $20 per ton. -
Millstiff s Bran, $17 per ton; mid
dlings, $21; shorts, $18.
Hay Timothy, $12.50 13; clover,
10 11; California wheat, $10; do
oat, $11; Oregon wild hay, $910 per
Eggs 1825c per dozen.
'Butter Fancy creamery, 55 60c;
fair to good, 45 50c; dairy, 40 50c
Cheese Oregon, llc; Young
America, 12c; -California, 910o
Poultry Chickens, mixed, $1.75
2.25 per dozen; broilers, $2. 00 2. 50;
geese, $5.50 6. 50; ducks, $4. 00 5. 00
per dozen; turkeys, live, 8 9c per
Potatoes Oregon Burbanks, 85 45c
per sack; sweets, $1.40 per cental.
Onions Oregon, new, red, 90c; yel
low, 80c per cental.
TTria K (Tt'. 1 i rr nnnnd fnr -npw
crop; 1896 crop, 46o.
- Wool Valley, 14 16c per pound;
Eastern Oregon, 7 12c; mohair, 20
22o per pound.
- Mutton Gross, best bheep, wethers
and ewes, $3.50; dressed mutton,
6)c; .spring lambs, 5c per pound.
Hogs Gross, choice heavy, $4.00;
lightand feeders, $3.004.00; dressed,
$4. 50 5. 00 per 100 pounds.
Beef Gross, top steers, $2.753.00;
cows. $2.50; dressed beef, 4 6c per
Veal Large, 45o; small, 5
6o per pound. .
Butter Fancy native creamery,
brick. 28c; ranoh, 1618c
Cheese Native Washington, 12c;
California, 9 30.
Eggs Fresh ranch, 28c
' Poultry Chickens, live, per pound,
hens, 10c; spring chickens, $2.50
8 00; ducks, $3.503.75.
Wheat Feed wheat, $22 per ton.
Oats Choice, per ton, $1920.
Corn Whole, $22; cracked, per ton,
Barhy Boiled or ground, per ton,
$22; whole, $22.
Fresh Meats Choice dressed beef,
steers, 6c; cows, 5c; mutton sheep,
7c; pork, 6c; veal, small, 7.
Fresh Fish Halibut, 5 6c; salmon,
8c; salmon trout, 710o; flounders
and sole, 3 4; ling cod, 4 5; rock cod,
5c; smelt, 2 4c -
Fresh Fruit Apples, 50c $ 1.25 per
box; peaches, 75 80c; prunes, 85 40c;
pears, 75c$l per box.
San Francisco Market.
Wool Nevada 11 13c; Oregon, 13
14c; Northern 78o per pound.
Hops 10 14c per pound. .
Millstuffs Middlings, $2023; Cal
ifornia bran, $17.0018.00 per ton.
Onions New red. 7080c; do new
silverskin, $2.002.25 per cental.
Eggs Store, 24 28c; ranoh, SO
84c; Eastern, 1620;duck, 20 25c per
Citrus Fruit Oranges, navels,
$1.508.O0; Mexican limes, $2.00
3.00; California lemons, choice, $1.50
2.00; do common, 60c$l. 25 per box.
Cheese Fancy mild, new, 12c; fair
to good, 78c per pound..
Hay Wheat, 12 14; wheat and
oat, $1114; oat, $1012; river bar
ley, $78; best barley, $1012;
alfalfa, $8.50 10; clover, $8.50 10.
Fresh Fruit Apples, 25o$1.25 per
large box; grapes, 2550o; Isabella,
60 75c; peaches, 60c$l; pears, 75o
$1 per box; plums, 20 85c
Butter Fancy creamery, 88c;
do seconds, 85 87c; fancy dairy.82o;
good to choice, ' 80 31o per pound.
. Potatoes New, in boxes, 86 85c
Mr. Gladstone will shortly celebrate
his 88th birthday. The "grand old
man" was born in Liverpool December
29, 1809, and as things look now, he
bids fair to welcome the dawn of the
30th century. If he survives till next
year he can participate in the centenary
celebration of tha Irish rebellion. As
he comes of a sturdy race, the. "chances
are that he will live even beyond his
SOth birthday. ...