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UNION Eatab. Jnl v. 1897.
GAZETTE Eatab. Dec, 1862.
Consolidated Feb. 1899.
CORVAIiLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, MAY 4, 1900.
VOL. XXXVII. NO. 19.
EVENTS OF THE DAT
Epitome of the Telegraphic
News of the World.
TERSE TICKS FROM THE WIRES
an Interesting Collection of Items From
the Two Hemispheres Presented
i.nzon rebels lost 333 killed in two
Oregon wool growers are urged to de
mand 20 cents a pound for their pro
duct. Pennsylvanians believe that Quay's
deleat in the senate winds up his polit
War taxes have brought in a total of
$183,405,292 to the United States
The rumor .of an American plot to
lestroy the Welland canal has proven
to be unfounded.
The transport Bavarian has sailed
from Cape Town for St. Helena with
1,050 Boer prisoners.
Heinhold Harms, convicted at Walla
Walla of stealing cattle, was sentenced
to four years in the penitentiary.
The prospect for the admission of
Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma
as states at this session of congress is
Chinese emperor is said to be dying
by inches. Some aver that slow pois
oning by the empress dowager is th
Hon. W H. King, representative
from Utah, successor to Brigham H.
Roberts, the polygainist, has been
The Tammany delegation (700 strong)
to the national convention at Kansas
City, will have five special trains to
Casualties of the garrison at Mafeking
up to April 1 had been 368 killed and
wounded. They are now living on
bread made of oats.
Prominent American capitalists of
Philadelphia and Richmond, are en
deavoring to secure the contract for a
$90,000,000 railroad line from St.
Petersburg to Odessa, in Russia.
The naval board of construction has
finally approved the plans for the three
battle ships authorized by the last con
gress and given instructions to have the
specifications prepared at once prelim
inary to calling for bids from the ship
builders. The ships will be enlarged
Iowas in type, with the same rectangu
lar superstructure and the two turrets,
bow and stern, on the main deck.
The state department at Washington
has notified Mrs. Rita L. Ruiz, widow
of Dr. Ricardo Ruiz, who was murdered
in prison at Cuanabacao, Cuba,
while a captive of the Spaniards, that
the chair on which he wrote his last
message in blood would be forwarded
to her. The message reads: "Mer
cedes, mine, Evangeline, Ricardlito,
goodbye. My children of my life, I
give you my blessing. Be obedient to
your mother. Goodbye, Rita of my
Plumbers of Chicago have gone on a
Turkey's reply to the United States
Boer peace commissioners' mission
has been a failure.
China is growing more and more
opposed to the "open door."
Japan will take steps to stop the
emigration of her coolies to this
Captain Denning, on trial before
court martial at San Francisco, has
Frank L. Campbell has been nomin
ated to succeed Webster Davis, as as
sistant secretary of the interior.
. William A. Clark, of Montana, wil)
resign his seat in the United States
senate, having decided that it will be
wiser to retire gracefully.
Vote on the Qua' case was taken in
the senate with the result that the
Pennsylvanian senator was shut out by
one vote. It stood 32 to 33.
Floods in the South grow worse.
Traffic in Louisiana and Mississippi is
paralyzed, and the crop and property
damage will amount into millions.
John Horton, a negro, his wife and
four children, were drowned in the
backwaters of Pearl river, near Jack
son, Miss., while trying to escape from
The Sixty-ninth Regiment Veterans'
Club, of Sew York City, celebrated the
89th anniversary of their departure for
the war, with a dinner at the Sturte
vant House. Just before the close of
the festivities, Sergeant John Gleason,
who has been in the regiment for 40
years, offered a resolution offering the
services of the regiment to Paul Krnger.
Before introducing the resolution. Ser
geant Gleason said: "I am willing
and prepared to go to the front with ;
j'aui Krnger now, aitnougn i nave not
shouldered a gun for 40 years." The
resolution was adopted with tremend
Colorado congressmen want a sol
dier's home established at Denver.
John H. Reagan, the sole surviving
member of Jefferson Davis' confederate
cabinet, is writing his recollections.
John William Rey, a famous min
strel 40 years ago, is dead at his home
in North Paterson, N. J., aged 77 years, j
A mummy discovered two years ago
in Egypt has now been identified in
France as that of the Pharoah of the
Rush to Cape Nome has begun at
The Boer peace commission is coming
General Olivier is reported to be
President McKinley signed the
Governor Pingree, of Michigan, has
Four deputy fish commissioners are
watching the Clackamas river.
It is now known that Captain Carter's
gigantic steal will reach $2,000,000.
Many thousands of people greeted
Admiral Dewey on his arrival at Chi
cago. Governor Taylor has returned to
Kentucky. No warrant was served on
Washington courts have declared
$50,000 worth of Olympia warrants to
Nine people were killed by the fall
ing of a condemned bridge at the Paris
Roberts must have more horses be
fore he can advance. London complains
of his slowness.
By a vote of 20 to 29 the senate re
fused to consider the resolution of sym
pathy with the Boers.
Charles Ingersoll, of Ithica, N. Y.,
an embezzling county treasurer, was
arrested in San Francisco.
German officials at Washington think
that Secretary Root's speech on the
Monroe doctrine was aimed at their
Forest fires are raging furiously north
of Fish, Mich., and the property dam
age will be large. The town of Ames
has been wiped out.
The Boer forces have moved irom
Thabanchn to a stronger position, and
General French has abandoned the
effort to capture the burghers.
The American chamber of commerce
at Manila has entered a protest against
the excessive taxation exacted by the
military government under General
William F. Miller, manager of the
Franklin syndicate, who was recently
convicted of grand larceny, was sen
tenced in Brooklyn to 10 years' im
prisonment. Rev. William F. Crafts, superintend
ent of the National Refrom Bureau, in
a speech at New York, said that heath
en nations look upon Americans at
drunkards and that drink is a great
hindrance in mission work.
The first batallion of the Fourteenth
United States infantry, which has been
in quarantine, has landed at the reser
vation wharf at the Presidio, San Fran
cisco, after two years of continuous
fighting in the Philippines.
Three persons were drowned at Port
Gamble, Wash., by the capsizing of a
Fire destroyed the building occupied
by the Atlas Brewing Company, of Chi
cago. Loss $200,000.
At an Indian famine mass metting in
New York, $1,667 was contributed.
Helen M. Gould pledged $200.
George C. Tod, formerly of Ken
tucky, a brother-in-law of President
Lincoln, died at Barnwell, S. C.
Desk Sergeant Timothy S. O'Connell,
of the Woodlawn police station, Chi
cago, was shot and killed by footpads.
Mayor Harrison has issued an appeal
to citizens of Chicago to use their in
fluence in settling the labor troubles
The Berlin press says Lord Roberts
has blundered in believing that the
southern half of Orange Free State was
Senor Perfecto Lacoste has accepted
the office of secretary of agriculture ol
Cuba, made vacant by the resignation
of General Ruiz Rivers.
British ammunition wagons passing
through Basutoland were stopped by
Basutos, who informed General DeWet.
The British were forced to retire.
The British government has issued
orders for the clearing of all the hos
pitals at Cape Town, with a view tc
providing for future contingencies.
Mrs. M. I. Warfield Clay, the di
vorced wife of Hon. Cassius M. Clay,
sage of Whitehall, died, 86 years old.
She was the mother of Brutus J. Clay.
Floods in Texas continue unabated,
and hundreds of families are moving
from the submerged district. The
rainfall has been the heaviest since
The engagement of Albert G. Van
derbilt, second son and the principal
heir of the late Cornelius Vanderbilt,
and Miss Elsie French, the daughter of
Mrs. Francis Ormond French, is an
nounced. In the accident at Matanzas, Guba,
which resulted in the death of the wife
of General Wilson, governor of the de
partment of Matanzas, Santa Clara,
the daughter, who was driving with
her, was also burned, though not seri
ously, while endeavoring to extinguish
the flames. Mrs. Wilson's hands were
so badly swollen before death that if
was found necessary to cut the rings
from her fingers in order to give hei
From Cuba 10,000,000 pineapples
will be shipped into the states this
year. The fruit now reaches New York
from Havana in three days.
Judge Foster, in charging a New
York grand jury, said that they must
go to the bottom of corruption and
could use the military if necessary.
Gov. Richards, of Wyoming, hai
called on the women of the state tc
raise $4,000 to purchase a silver serv
ice for the new battleship Wyoming.
PERISHED IN A FLOOD
ight Persons Drowned at
GREAT DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
a Succession of Cloudbursts Raised tit
Streams to aa Unprecedentedlj
Waco, Tex., April 30. A cloud
irarst, accompanied by a high wind, de
icended upon this city at noon today,
md the result is that eight people are
mown to have perished in the city lim
its, and property valued at many thou
tand dollars has been destroyed or in
jured. The known dead are: Mrs.
Sanoy Caudle, Miss Clara Caudle, Rosa
Chapman, Emma Decker, Thomas
3apps, Frank Walker and two negro
ai en, names unknown.
The downpour of rain commenced
about noon and was incessant until
lark. It was in the shape of a water
spout, and the rise in the creeks and
branches was so rapid that it did not
give the inhabitants time to flee.
Three persons, two women and a man,
all colored, were drowned within 100
yards of the city hall. Their bodies
were washed into the Brazos river and
have not been recovered.
There were several people, mostly
negroes, standing on a bridge watching
the rapid rise of Barron's branch, when
the bridge, a brick structure, gave
away without warning, precipitating
them into the water.
The number positively known to
have been drowned within the city
limits tonight is eight, and it is al
most certain that several more lives
have been lost. Searching parties are
out looking for the drowned and help
ing to move those who are in danger or
distress. In the southern part of the
city, where the two white women,
Mrs. Caudle and her daughter, lost
their lives, the rise was the highest
ever known. The damage done by the
storm will be heavy.
Incoming reports indicate that one of
the heaviest rainfalls experienced in
years visited many sections of the state,
and rivers and smaller streams are
again rising rapidly. All points along
the Brazos and Colorado rivers have
been notified, and while much damage
to property may result from another
rise, yet it is believed that the timely
warning will enable those who live in
the valleys fully to protect themselves.
Reports from Belmont and Rockport
state that the storm was especially
severe in those sections.
ANOTHER CHINESE CRISIS.
Era of Widespread Horror and. Blood
shed Mot Far Ofl."
Yokohama, April 7. (Via San Fran
cisco, April 30.) The flury over the
Masampo incident and the fears of Rus
sian encroachments in Corea, are today
entirely in the shade by the tidings
which indicate serious trouble in China
nd the approach of another of the
crises of which the empress dowager's
reign has been so prolific.
It is quite evident that this restless
female intriguer has another coup in
contemplation, and it is as evident that
this time the western powers are re
solved by concerted action to prevent
it, as is evidenced by the presence of
their fleets. The China Gazette, in a
recent editorial, has declared that "if
the recent policy of the empress dow
ger inspired by her evil advisers, Kang
Yi, Prince Ching, Li Hung Chang and
Usui Tong, on the 'one hand, and by the
Russian and other continental political
wire pullers on the other, is not speed
ily restrained, an era of widespread
horror and bloodshed is not far off.
The people and even many of the Man
darins in almost all the provinces, most
certainly in the middle and south, are
ready to rise and throw off the strang
ling yoke that binds them."
Whole Faintly Hanged.
Cambridge, Md., April 30. A
German family consisting of Carl Ker-
nig, his wife and son, were discoverd
dead in their little farm house seven
miles from this city, each corpse hav
ing a noose about the neck. Strangu
lation was probably the cause of death
in each case. From the decomposed
condition of the bodies it is thought
the act must have been committed sev
eral days ago. As far as known the
last seen of any member of the family
was on last Saturday, when the elder
Kernig came to Cambrigde and drew
$600 from a bank. No trace of this
money could be found today. The au
thorities are of the opinion that young
Carl Kernig assisted his father and
mother to hang themselves, and then,
after making a half hitch with the
rope, strangled himself and fell where
he was found today.
A Mother Lost Her Child.
Los Angeles, Cal., April 30. C.
Cole took his 3-year-old daughter from
in front of her mother's eyes because
his wife would not return with him to
his home in Massachusetts. Cole
placed the child in a buggy, and, de
spite the protestations of the young
mother, proceeded to the Southern Pa
cific depot, and is now well on his way
Loss of SI 7, OOO.OOO.
Ottawa, Ont., April 30. Over five
square miles of territory burned over,
more than 2,000 buildings destroyed,
seven lives lost, 7,000 men, women and
children homeless, and a property loss
of $17,000,000, according to the latest
' estimate, insured for about half its
value, are the results as viewed tonight
j of the destruction which swept this
city and Hull, yesterday and today.
Although under control for many
: hours, the flames were not entirely ex.
I tinguished until about noon today.
ROOSEVELT IN 1904.
slogan of the Marquette Club
Chicago, April 30. "Theodore Roose
velt," of New York, for President in
1904," was the slogan of the Marquette
Club banquet tonight. Governor
Roosevelt was there, and looked happy
at its suggestion and its hearty endorse
ment of cheers from the 200 banqueters.
Toastmaster Frank Lowden told the
guest of honor that only a few years
ago the Marquette Club had brought
out William McKinley as a presiden
tial candidate, and when his remarks
switched to "Roosevelt," "White
House," and "1904," the 200 tried
hard to make themselves hoarse.
Governor Roosevelt was the first
speaker of the evening, because he had
to leave early. He pleaded for high
ideals in politics, but said nothing
could be accomplished unless things
were gone at practically and deter
minedly. He mocked at the "goody
goody man" who refused to do his
political duty because he was "jostled
by the rude man."
In an interview today Governor
Roosevelt declared that he would rather
be in private life than be vice-president
of the United States. He said that
his position in regard to the Republi
can nomination for this office was abso
lutely unalterable. He said he would
be glad if the Republicans of New
York should renominate him for gov
ernor, and expressed the belief that he
could be of more service to his party
and the public in that position than as
In reply to a question as to how he
regarded Admiral Dewey as a presiden
tial possibility, he said the admiral
was a personal friend of his, and he did
not care to talk of him politically.
STORY OF REDDERSBURG.
Told hy a Correspondent Who Was
With General Da Wet.
Lourence Marques, April 30. A cor
respondent of the Standard and Digger
News wiht the Boer commander. Gen
eral DeWet, gives a full description of
the British disaster at Reddersburg.
"Five hundred Irish Rifles entered
De Wet's Dorp on April 1 under Cap
tain McWhmnie and demanded the sur
render of the town which was readily
given. Captain McWhinnie was sur
prised to hear that a Boer force was ap
proaching and he promptly retreated to
"General DeWet, fresh from his
brilliant victory at Sannas Post, fol
lowed the retreat along a range of kopjes
for hours. The two opposing forces
were in camp on different sides of the
range. General DeWet knew all about
the British positions and movements
but the Irish were quite unaware of the
proximity of the Boers. They blund
ered again as at Sannas Post and the
scouts were not alert.
"Before sunset DeWet had the Brit
ish force in his power after an engage
ment which lasted all the afternoon.
The Irish made a most brilliant de
fense, but their fate was never in
doubt. During the afternoon DeWet
sent 800 burghers to cut off their re
treat and he then moved forward a
small force of Boers to the top of the
kopjes held by the British. The latter
boldly attacked the Boers then DeWet's
plan was suddenly developed.
"The British soon found themselves
surrounded. They had, indeed, fallen
into a beautiful trap for they were com
manded at every point by the Boer
guns while their force was surrounded
on two kopjes with the Boers in be
tween. "At sunrise the next morning the
ijoer guns commenced to hurl shell on
the devoted Irishmen who, however,
refused to surrender, but fought with
the utmost fierceness for three hours.
At 10 o'clock, however, the British
commander saw that further resistence
would only involve a useless waste of
life, as his military position was quite
hopeless he therefore hoisted a white
"Twelve officers sorrowfully handed
over their swords to General DeWet
and 459 non-commissioned officers and
men surrendered. All the prisoners
were forthwith sent to Thabanchu
under escort and Genreal DeWet con
tinued his march toward Wepener."
Carter Behind the Barm.
Leavenworth, Kan., April 80.
Oberlin M. Carter, late captain U. S.
A., arrived at the federal prison here
at 7:30 o'clock this evening, under
guard of Lieutenant Thomas Haker,
Fifteenth infantry, a corporal and three
soldiers. By special orders issued from
the department of justice, newspaper
men were not permitted to interview
the prisoner, who was immediately
dressed in the prison garb of gray and
assigned to a cell. His prison number
is 2094, and he is now the occupantof
cell No. 425. When the late army
officer begins the monotonous grind of
prison life it will be as prison book
keeper, for he has been assigned to this
task in the harness, broom, shoe-repairing
and carpet-weaving shops,
which are in the third story of the big
New York Central Strike.
Buffalo, N. Y., April 28. Twenty
two hundred employes of the New
York Central railroad shops and yards
went out on a strike this morning. An
increase in wages and the reinstate
ment of men alleged to have been un
justly discharged is demanded by the
Mill Burned at Lewiston.
Lewiston, Idaho, April 30. The
plant of the Lewiston Sawmill Com
pany was destroyed by fire at 2 o'clock
this morning. The loss was $7,000;
Burglars Got Five Thousand Dollars.
Richmond, April 30. The vault of
the Massanntten bank, at Strasberg,
Va., was blown open by burglars this
morning and $5,000 taken. The burg- !
lars escaped on a band car.
NINE WERE KILLED
Sunday Accident at the Paris
A CONDEMNED BRIDGE FELL
Nine Other Persons Were Severely
Hurt Fair Officials Are Sharply
Criticised by the Press.
Paris, May L An accident within
the exposition grounds caused the
death of nine persons and injured nine.
A temporary bridge, unable to with
stand the Sunday crowd, broke. The
injuries were mostly compound frac
tures of the legs. One woman and a
child are still unidentified.
The accident threw a pall o,er the
immense throng who had profited by
the magnificent weather to visit the ex
position. Today's was probably the
record attendance. Not merely the in
terior of the grounds, but the precinct
also were crowded, and the concourse
was particularly great along the
Avenue de Sufren, which forms the
northern boundary of the grounds.
Here is situated a big side show, the
Celestial Globe. A footbridge, on
which the finishing touches were being
put today, crosses the Avenue de Sufren.
connecting the side show with the ex
hibition. It was constructed of wood,
with a stucco facade ana with a
plaster-made tower at each end.
Strangely enough the bridge had been
condemned only this morning. The
public was, therefore, not allowed to go
upon the structure, and in this way a
disaster even more terrible than that
which occurred was averted.
The gay crowd was passing along the
avenue and some hundred or more per
sons were walking beneath the bridge,
when suddenly an ominous crash was
heard. Before those underneath could
turn aside, the structure fell with a
fearful crash, burying nearly 50.
A cry of horror arose from the spec
tators and mingled with the cries of the
victims. For a moment nothing could
be distinguished but a cloud of dust
and plaster. A scene of the greatest
excitement and confusion followed.
But this was only for a few seconds.
Almost immediately the crowd attacked
the debris in an effort to release those
lying beneath. The workmen within
the grounds, who had witnesed the ac
cident, the police and the Republican
guards, together with quite a number
of soldiers, joined in the rescue work.
The promenaders forgot their Sunday
attire and covered themselves with dirt
in tearing away the rubbish with their
hands. Wooden beams and poles were
brought from the half finished build
ings near by and were used as levers
to raise the fallen mass.
The victims first recovered were most
ly only the injured, the dead being
found later beneath the center of the
structure. Messengers were dispatched
to bring firemen and sappers, with
their equipments, and the first body
was found after a quarter of an hour's
frantic labor. It was that of a little
girl about 7 years old, whose head was
horribly crushed. Victim after victim
was brought to light, until, a row of six
mutilated corpses had been placed upon
the sidewalk, and nearly 40 other per
sons, some badly and others less seri
ously injured, had been carried in am
bulances or driven to the hospitals.
WORSTTOF FLOOD OVER.
Still the River Is Out of Banks and
There Is Great Damage.
Galveston, Tex., May 1. Tonight's
reports indicate that the worst of the
trouble in the Brazos basin is over, if
more rains do not follow.
Bryan, about 150 miles from the
mouth of the river, reports the Brazos
out of its banks and considerable bot
tom land overflowed, and the river ris
ing two inches an hour. The Navasota
river is out of its banks and flooding
the lowlands, and in Velasco county,
near its mouth, the water is three feet
below last June's high mark. The
river is rising slowly, and lowlands are
inundated. The Texas railroads have
not suffered any great losses in the de
struction of property, and those who
have wash outs are operating ny mak
ing detours over other lines. The
Southern Pacific bridge at Columbus,
which was washed out about three
weeks ago and which was replaced by
a temporary structure, was again
washed out. The Gulf, Colorado &
Santa Fe lost about 2,500 feet of track
and some small culverts on the San
Angelo branch. About two miles of its
track on the Montgomery branch is
unner water and two or three small
trestles are gone. The main line is
Embezzler's Money Gone.
San Francisco, May 1. Charles In
gersoll, of Ithaca, N. Y., was arrested
here today on the charge of embezzling
$15,000 of publio funds belonging to
Tompkins county, New York, of which
he was treasurer. Ingersoll, who is 57
years of age, admits his identity, and
says he is willing to return without
the necessity of extradition proceedings.
He says he took the money to tide over
a temporary financial embarrasment,
and if he had only been courageous
enough to have told his friends, he
would not have been compelled to take
refuge in flight. He is extremely nerv
ous, and says he has been almost crazy
since December. All the money he
took with him when he fled in Decem
ber was $255. When searched at the
city prison he had $1 .50 in his pocket.
"Boxers" Still Troublesome.
Tacoma, May 1. The steamship
Olympia brings news that the "Box
ers" are having more trouble in Shan
Tung and Chihli provinces. They have
been stirred up against foreigners by
the reactionary policy of the empress
AGAIN TURNED DOWN.
senate Refused to Consider the Boer
Washington, May 2. Again today
the question of expressing sympathy for
the Boers was thrust on the attention
of the senate. This time it came up
on a motion to proceed to the consider
ation of the resolution introduced by
Pettigrew (Silver, S. D.) which was
before the senate last Saturday. The
motion was defeated, 29 to 20. The
conference on the joint resolution re
lating to the administration of civil
affairs in Puerto Rico and providing
for the appointment of temporary offi
cers on the island was agreed to. Dur
ing the greater part of the session the
Alaskan civil code bill was under con
sideration, bnt no progress was made.
The house today passed the Lacey
bill, to enlarge the powers of the de
partment of agriculture and to prohibit
interstate commerce in game killed in
violation of local laws. It authorizes
the secretary of agriculture to provide
for the introduction and restoration of
game and insectiverous wild birds. It
gives him the power to prevent the in
traduction of undesirable birds an
animals and prevents the killing oi
game in violation of state laws for con
cealed shipment to states where it can
be sold in the open markets.
The senate bill to create a commis
sion of five to investigate and report
upon the commercial and industrial)
conditions in Japan and China was de
bated at length, but was vigorously an
tagonized by the Democrats, and they
finally succeeded in striking out the
enacting clause in committee, and this
motion was pending when the house
adjourned. If the motion prevails in
the house, the bill is dead.
The bill for a constitutional amend
ment to disqualify polygamists for elec
tion as senators and representatives and
to prohibit polygamy, which was re
ported by the committee on the elec
tion of president, vice-president and
representatives in congress, was re
ferred to the committee on judiciary,
after meeting with opposition from both
sides of the house. Every speaker who
antagonized the bill said he opposed
polygamy, but did not see any reason
for legislation on the constitution and
invading the rights of the states. The
house agreed to the conference report
on the joint resolution extending the
tenure of military officers in Puerto
WRECKED MANY LIVES.
The Cause of a Beautiful Woman's
Chicago, May 2. Standing before a
mirror in her room at the Palmer
House, Minnie H. Wray, a beautiful
young woman, pressed a revolver to her
temple and sent a bullet crashing
through her brain. Scraps of a torn
letter found in the waste basket, and
put together said the writer "had
wrecked too many lives already and
must cease." This letter was ad
dressed to A. N. Ohler, of Moline, Ills.
Miss Wray came to the hotel last
Friday. She carried a small hand grip.
She gave the name of "Miss L. Gray,"
to the clerk, who registered for her,
and when asked for ner address re
sponded that Chicago would do as well
as any. She handed him the check for
her trunk and asked to have it brought
to her immediately.
The death was encompassed by a
number of theatrical features, the
young woman having taken every pre
caution to render impossible her iden
tity. While she entered the hotel at
tired attractively and wearing a num
ber of diamonds, nothing was found in
her room but a coarse, black wrapper,
which she wore when she killed her
self. Her diamonds were gone, only a
single unset stone being found on the
dresser, where it had dropped from her
purse. She left a note to the manager
of the hotel, diiecting them to take the
money from her pocketbook to settle
the hotel bill. She requested especially
that no effort be made to find her rela
tives, as she did not wish them to
know of her deed.
In Memory of Grant.
Pittsburg, April 30. The 14th an
nual banquet of the American Repub
lican Club of this city in commemora
tion of the birth of U.S. Grant was
held at the Hotel Schenley tonight, and
was in many respects the most success
ful dinner yet given by the famous or
ganization. The guest of honor was
Mrs. Julia Dent Grant, widow of the
great soldier and statesman, and among
the distinguished personages present
were Postmaster-General Emory Smith,
Congressman R. G. Couiiins, of Iowa,
Senator M. A. Hanna, Governor G. W.
Atkinson, of West Virginia, Colonel
J. E. Barnett, of Pennsylvania, Charks
F. Dick, of Ohio.
Indiana Will Be Laid Up.
New York, May 2. The battleship
Indiana left for Brooklyn navy yard to
day, bound for League island, where
she is to be laid up in ordinary.
Minneapolis, May 2. The wood
workers, 800 strong, at 2 o'clock this
morning, decided to go on strike today.
Tarantulas are common in Santiago,
Cuba, and sometimes make their way
into the beds of sleepers. In the best
houses, as a protection against these
poisonous spiders, a close netting sur
rounds every bed.
Cloudburst in Mexico.
San Antonio, Tex., May 2. Meager
information received by the Express
early this morning, from Hondo, Mex.,
states that much damage was done by
a cloudburst yesterday, with possible
loss ot life. The mines are badly
Shots of Drunken Husband.
Chicago, May 1. William Edmunds
today shot his wife and then himself.
Both may die. Edmunds was intoxi
cated and bad been despondent.
ON WESTERN BORDER
Uncommon Activity of Boers
North of Kimberley.
fHEY MAY CUT OFF WARRENTON
Still in Possession of Thabanchu Hills
Duller Resigned, But it Was
London, May 2. The Boers are now
ihowing uncommon activity west of
Bloemfontein. They are in force be
tween Fourteen Streams and Kim
berley. Sunday they occupied Wind
sorton, west of the railway, and now
threaten to interrupt the communica
tion of the British force at Warrenton,
to the north. This, too, at a time when
General Hunter is about to start on .a
200-mile march for Mafeking, proba
bly with 5,000 men.
To the east of Bloemfontein the Boers
Sunday night were still holding tl;
hills near Thabanchu, while behini.
them long wagon trains, loaded with
wheat for the Boer army in the north,
are moving through Ladybrand. The
British captured one Boer convoy Satur
day, but its size is not mentioned in
the dispatch, which barely announces
Wepener. lately the scene of inces
sant fighting, is deserted, General Bra
bant and Colonel Dalgety having moved
A dispatch from Maseru, dated Mon
The Basutos are again astounded
to see the Boers peacefully retiring
with herds which the natives think
should be the booty of the British, who
are said to be the conquerors."
According to information from Ma
seru, the main uoay oi tne isoers
reached Leeuw river, due west of Lady-
brand, Sunday, small parties trailing
behind at intervals of 10 miles to pro
tect the rear and whip up their herds.
Slight outpost actions take place
daily beyond Karee Siding, where the
head of the British invasion is can
toned. African horse sickness has broken out
in General Buller's army. It proves
especially fatal among freshly arrived
animals. The Bloemfontein corre
spondent points out that the deficien
cies in the veterinary department cause
thousands of losses.
General Lucas Meyer, replying to
General Buller's complaint, that some
of the British prisoners at Pretoria are
lodged in the town jail, says that only
those are so treated who have tried, or
who are suspected of trying, to escape.
He retorts, moreover, that Boer prison
ers are confined in the town jail at
Pietermaritzburg with the natives.
The morning papers give special
prominence to the statement of a news
agency that Sir Red vers Buller sent his
resignation to Lord Roberts after the
pionkop censures were published, and
that Lord Roberts declined to accept it.
FRAUDULENT USE OF MAILS.
Charge Made Against a San Franciscan.
Who Was Arrested.
San Francisco, May 2. John Bar-
stow, alias James Buckner, alias James
B. Blair, alias Robert Deuprey, was ar
rested today on a charge of using the
mails for fraudulent purposes. The
man gave his name as James Buckner,
but operated bis various schemes under
different aliases. His schemes, though
not entirely new, had some rather novel
features. He posed as the Oneida Oil
Company, incorporated for $250,000,
with offices in this city. He had a
contract with a clipping bureau to fur
nish him with all death notices in Cal
ifornia, Oregon, Washington and the
Pacific coast states, except places with
in 75 miles of San Francisco. Some
weeks after the death of an adult male
Barstow or Buckner would send a notice
to the address of the deceased, asking
for the last payment on the stock of
the Oneida Oil, which the deceased
had purchased and paid for, except one
payment The notice was invariably
accompanied by a letter, written on a
printed letter head of the mythical
company, telling of the value of the
stock, which was selling at par, with
an upward tendancy, and congratulat
ing the lucky purchaser upon his most
judicious investment. The balance the
swindler asked for as still due on the
valuable stock was usually small, $1 a
share, and usually amounting to from
$5 to $15 in each case. He figured on
the relatives of the deceased opening
the letter and remitting the amount
asked for, under the belief that their
deceased relative had secretly invested
in oil stock. Judging from the re
plies, checks and money orders in the
letters found upon him by the authori
ties, Buckner had many victims. It
is estimated that Buckner's receipts
were from $25 to $40 a day.
Train Robbed by a Negao.
Little Rock, April 28. A south
bound St. Louis, Iron Mountain &
Southern passenger train was held up
by a negro bandit near Higginson, 50
niiles north of Little Rock at 1 o'clock
this morning. The negro had no visi
ble confederates, and confined his oper
ations to one passenger coach, compel
ling the passengers to band over their
valuables at the point of a pistol. The
Printers' Assessment Doubled.
Indianapolis, May 2. Beginning to
morrow the assessment of the members
of the International Typographical
Union will be 30 cents a month, just
double the amount heretofore paid by
them. This increase has been decided
upon by a vote of the members, and
carried by a majority of 1,700. By
this action the income for the aid of
striking printers and paying the gener
al expenses of the union will amount
to about $11 000 a month.