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UNION F.Xah. July, 1897.
GAZETTK Etb. Dec, 1862.
Consolidated Feb, 1899.
CORV ALIUS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FE1DAY, MAY 18, 1300.
VOL. XXX VII. NO. 21.
EVENTS OF THE DAY
Epitome of the Telegraphic
News of the World.
TERSK TICKS FROM THE WIRES
An Interesting Collection of Items From
tile Two Hemispheres Presentel
in a Condensed Form.
Plague has broken out at Hong Kong.
Ira Williams, a logger, was diowned
in the Necanicum river, near Astoria.
The government ot the Orange Free
' State has been moved from Kronstadt
Republicans of Illinois in convention
assembled, indorsed the McKinley ad
ministration. Two men and two boys were killed
by the wrecking of a fruit train, near
Rawlins, Wyo. i
Excessive customs duties imposed by
the military government are fast kill
ing American trade in the Philippines.
The First and Second Irish Fusiliers
sailed from Cape Town for Athlone,
Ireland, to recuperate from their try
ing experiences in the field.
President Powell, of the Order of
Railway Telegraphers, issued an order
formally discontinuing the strike of
the Southern railway telegraphers.
During a riot between strikers and
workmen at the Bnttonwood mine of
the Parish Coal Company at Wilkes
barre, Pa., about 20 men were badly
injured, the strikers dispersing the
The British iron ship Sierra Nevada,
Captain Scott, from Liverpool, Janu
ary 16, for Melbourne, Aus., was total
ly wrecked outside the harbor of the
latter place. Five of her crew were
saved, but 22 others, including the cap
One hundred and fifty-seven Japanese
immigrants have landed in San Fran
cisco, of which number 75 were admit
ted by certificates of landing signed by
the United States immigration com
missioner at Vancouver, B. C, and 82
on certificates from the commissioner
Franklin W. Fisk, D. D., whose res
ignation after 41 years incumbency of
the office of president of the Chicago
Thoelogical seminary, takes effect at
the close of the current year, has been
elected professor emeritus of the chair
of sacred rhetoric of the institution.
The election is for life.
The secretary of the treasury has di
rected Collector Jackson, at San Fran
cisco, to detail an inspector from the
Chinese bureau to attend to the making
out of papers for Chinese merchants
doimciled in this country who are on
the eve. of departing for China with the
intention of returning. They will have
these papers on their return to this
country to facilitate their landing.
Russians and Chinese clash in Man
churia, many being killed on both
Admiral Dewey attended a reception
by the colored people at Memphis.
Astoria will ofler a bounty for seal
scalps in order to protect the salmon
The steamer Tosa Mara has arrived
at Seattle from Yokohama with 700
The bill for Alaskan lighthouses prob
ably cannot be passed at this session of
President McKinley sent birthday
congratulations to the crown prince of
Two persons were buined to death by
the destruction ot the American hotel
at Genessee, N. Y.
New York's naval reserve refused to
accept the navy department's offer for
a cruise and practice.
Charles F. Neely has been arrested
for embezzilng $36,000 in the Cuban
Three Forest Grove people are thought
to have perished in the sinking of the
Dora B. in Alaskan waters.
Three Americans were killed and
seven wounded in an engagement with
rebels on the island of Pariay.
Middle-of-the-road Populists at Sioux
Falls will hold their convention in a
big tent. Ignatius Donnelly is talked
of for the presidency.
Martin Sievert, who killed one
Christenson at Latuya Buy, Alaska,
asked the miners there to hang him
and was accommodated.
The chiefs of Tutuila, of the Sa
moan group, have formally ceded the
island to the United States, and the
American flag has been hoisted.
Representatives of the FieW museum
in Chicago will soon be in the North
west for a three months' tour for the
purpose of seeking curios among Ore
Twenty-six hundred street-car men
are on a strike in St. Louis, and every
line in the city is compelled to sus
pend operaton. The police are power
less. Greece has forbidden the exportation
A railroad across Gieece, to cost
$9,000,000, will be finished in four
During the present decade the United
States produced half of the world's cop
The Alaskan winter was the coldest
on record. The temperature ranged
from 17 to 69 degress below zero at
Congress will adjourn about June 20.
Burglar rifled the postoffice and store
it Jefferson, Or.
Duller has taken Boers' stronghold
Dn the Biggarsberg.
The British were received at Kroon
stad with open arms.
The minority report on the ship sub
sidy bill is strongly against a subsidy.
The governor of Missouri has offered
lid to the police in the St. Louis strike.
Nationalists won two-thirds of the
vacant seats in the Paris municipal gov
ernment. The Chicago & Rock Island railway
will probably build to Portland, Or.
Surveyors are now in the field
Dreyfus is in Paris and France is
worried. Officials will try to hurry
liim away, owing to fear of demonstra
tions. Landing privileges at Manila are
held by an unscrupulous monopoly that
is accumulating a fortune and throt
The number of cases of bubonic
plague at Sydney, N. S. W., officially
reported to this date is 216, of which
76 proved fatal.
Chicago and other Mississippi valley
cities are expecting the hottest May
weather in years. There were four
prostrations in Chicago.
Joe Barker, found guilty of man
slaughter for the killing of Charles
Johnson, in Seattle, three months ago,
was sentenced to 15 years' imprison
ment. After writing a note of farewell to
his former sweetheart, Harry S. Bar
rett, of Chicago, prosperous in business
and heir to an estate worth $75,000,
took carbolic acid and died.
Fifteen thousand Mohammedan
weavers met in Benares and indorsed a
memorial to the Indian government
against the plague rules, declaring that
they were contrary to the laws of Mo
hammed. In the United States supreme court
at Boston, Charles H. Cole, former
president of the now detunot Globe
National Bank, who recently pleaded
guilty on an indictment charging him
with misappropriation of funds of the
institution, was sentenced to serve eight
years in Greenfield.
Alec Whitney, aged 25, a society
leader, was shot and killed on a street
car at Augusta, Ga.t by a negro in a
quarrel over a seat. The negro, Gus
Wilson, was taken off a Georgia rail
road passenger train at Harlem, 25
miles from Augusta, by a mob and
lynched. He was being taken to
Atlanta for safekeeping.
A cheese trust has been formed in
Arbitration with regard to the St.
Louis street car strike has failed.
Lord Roberts entered Kroonstaad,
which had been evacuated by the
Honolulu has been officially declared
a clean port, the plague being efficient
ly stamped out.
The senate, by a close vote, rejected
the proposition for an armor-plate plant
operated by the government.
The towns of Hilongos and Maasin,
in Leyte, have been captured by the
Americans with few casualties.
The American pavilion at Paris was
turned over to the exposition authorities
with impressive ceremonies.
Z A woman and 8-year-old child were
burned to death at South Omaha, Neb.,
by starting a fire with gasoline.
Germany is said to be supplying the
Filipinos with arms to enable them to
continue their fight against the United
Charles Panstein, a murderous ath
lete of Butte, Mont., shot and killed
a butcher, his wife and then committed
The Populist national convention at
Sioux Falls nominated W. J. Bryan for
president, Charles A Towne for vice
president. Before leaving Kroonstaad, President
Steyn issued a proclamation makin
Lindley the seat of government
Orange Free State.
Middle-of-the-Road Populist conven
tion at Cincinnati, nominated Wharton
P. Barker for president and Ignatius
Donnelly for vice-president.
The work of the Chicago city di
rectory enumerators for 1900, almost
completed, shows that the population
of Chicago is not less than 2,001,000.
Seven men were killed and 20 or
more firemen hnrt by a collision in a
tunnel in Philadelphia. The wreck
caught fire, and the total loss is $140,
000. Owing to the alarm being taken in
America over the influx of Japanese
and the probability of anti-Japanese
legislation, the Japanese government is
making efforts to turn the tide of its
surplus population to Formosa.
The cholera continues to rage in the
famine camps of India. There have
been 400 deaths in three days at Man
dive So numerous are the cases at
Godra that it is impossible to collect
i the bodies, which lie for days in the
' sun. The people have fled and cannot
be induced to return. A similar state
of things prevails at Broach.
Louisville, Ky., is to have
There are 9,321 officials on the New
York state pay roll.
Census enumerators begin work on
June 1 and finish in SO days.
The Alaskan gold output for the sea
son is estimated at over $20,000,000.
! Major Arms says he has 'sent nearly
23,000 Americans to South Africa to
join the Boer forces.
THE POPULIST TICKET
Bryan for President, Towne
NOMINATED AT SIOUX FALLS
Both by Acclamation Platform
Bounces Gold Standard wd
for President W J Bryan, of
For Vice President Charles A.
Towne, of Minnesota.
Siuox Falls. S. D., May 12. The
National Populist convention conclud
ed its session and adjourned sine die
after nominating Hon. W. J. Bryan for
president and the Hon. Charles A.
Towne for vice-president. The nomin
ation of Mr. Towne was only accom
plished after a struggle of several hours'
duration, in which an effort was made
to have the question of the nomination
of a vicS-presidential candidate referred
to a committee to confer with- the
Democratic and Silver Republican
parties in their national conventions.
A motion to this effect was defeated
by a vote of 268 to 492.
Both candidates wore nominated by
acclamation, but before the result was
reached various candidates were
placed in nomination, and their names
successively withdrawn. Both nomin
ations were accomplished amid scenes
of great enthusiasm.
"The People's party of the United
States, in convention assembled, con
gratulating its supporters on the wide
extension of its principles in all direc
tions, does hereby reaffirm its adherence
to the fundamental principles pro
claimed in its two prior platforms, and
calls upoys all who desire to avert the
subversion of free institutions by coi
porate and imperialistic power to unite
with it in biinging the government back
to the ideals of Washington, Jefferson
and Lincoln. It extends to its allies in
the struggle for financial and economic
freedom assurances of its loyalty to the
principles which animate thn allied
forces and the promises of honest and
hearty co-operation in every effort for
their success. To the people of the
United States we offer the following
platiorm as the expression of our un
"Resolved, That we denounce the
act of March 14, 1900, as the culmina
tion of a long series of conspiracies to
deprive the people of their constitu
tional rights over the money of the
nation, and relegate to a gigantio
money trust the control of the finances,
and hence the people.
"We reaffirm the demand for the re
opening of the mints of the United
States to the free and unlimted coin
age of silver and gold at the present
legal ratio of 16 to 1.
"We demand a graduated income
and inheritance tax.
"We demand that postal savings
banks be established by the govern
ment. "With Thomas Jefferson, we declare
the land, including all natural sources
of wealth, the inalianable heritage of
the people. The government should so
act as to secure homes for the people
and prevent land monopoly.
"Transportation being a means of
exchange and a public necessity, the
government should own and operate
the railroads in the interest of the
"Trusts, the overshadowing evil of
the age, are the result and culmination
of the private ownership and control of
the three great instruments of com
merce money, transportation and the
means of transmission of information.
' The one remedy for the trusts is that
the ownership and control be assumed
and exercised by the people.
"Applauding the valor of our army
and navy in the Spanish war, we de
nounce the conduct of the administra
tion in changing a war for humanity
into a war for conquest.
"We extend to the brave Boers of
South Africa our sympathy and moral
support in their patriotic struggle for
the right of self-government.
"We denounce the pratice of issuing
injunctions in the cases of dispute be
tween employers and employes.
"We indorse municipal ownership of
"We demand that United States
senators and all other officials, as far
as practicable, be elected by direct vote
of the people.
Cargo of Coffee Spoiled.
San Francisco, May 12. On the last
voyage of the Acapulco, from Panama
to this port, $12,000 worth of coffee
was destroyed, and the Pacific Mail
Company, not only is out the freight
money on the shipment, but will have
to stand the loss as well. The destruc
tion of the cargo was the result of pack
ing sheep dip into the same hold with
the coffee. The matter is being in
vestigated. Washington, May 12. Major-Gen
eral John R. Brooke today assumed the
duties of commanding general of the
department of the East, succeeding
Major-General AVesely Merntt, who to
day, with Mrs. Merritt, sailed for
Europe in search of health.
Corn for Indian Sufferers.
New York, May 12. The steamer
Quito sailed today for Bombay with
200,000 bushels of corn for the famine
district. This is the largest cargo ever
carried by any vessel on a similar occa
sion. It comes from the people of all
denominations in every part of the
United States. It is expected the voy
age will be made in 40 days.
Last year 4,700,000 cubic yards of
material was dredged out of the Duluth-
BARKER AND DONNELLY.
Nominated by Middle-of-the-Road Pop
For President Wharton Barker, of
For Vice-President Ignatius Don
nelly, of Minnesota.
Cincinnati, May 12. What is com
monly known as the Midlde-of-the-Road
Populist party, but according to
leaders of the movement is the one and
only People's party, placed its national
ticket in the field today.
The People's party of the United
States assembled in National conven
tion this 10th day of May, 1900, affirm
ing our unshaken belief in the cardinal
tenets of the People's party, as set
forth in the Omaha platform, and
pledging ourselves anew to continued
advocacy of those grand principles of
human liberty until right shall triumph
over might, and love over greed, do
adopt and proclaim this declaration of
First We demand the initiative and
referendum and the imperative man
date. Second We demand the public
ownership and operation of those means
of communication, transportation and
production which the people may elect,
such as railroads, telegraphs and tele
phone lines, coal mines, etc.
Third The land, including all
natural sources of wealth, is a heritage
of the people, and should not be monop
olized for speculative purposes, and
alien ownership of land should be pro
hibited. Fourth A scientific and absolute
paper money, based upon tne entire
wealth and population of the nation,
not redeemable in any specific commo
dity, but made a full legal tender for
all debts and receivable for all taxes
and public dues and issued by the
Fifth We demand the levy and col
lection of a graduated tax on incomes
Sixth We demand the election of
president, vice-president, federal judges
and United States senators by direct
vote of the people.
Seventh We are opposed to trusts
and declare that the contention be
tween the old parties on monopoly is a
sham battle and that no solution of
this mighty problem is possible with
out the adoption of public ownership of
FIGHTING. IN PHILIPPINES.
Large Rebel Force Attacked American
Scouts. But Were Routed.
Manila May 12. A force of 500 in
surgents attacked 25 scouts of the
Forty-eighth regiment near San Jacinto,
province of Pangasinan, Monday, but
were routed by the scouts, 10 of their
number being killed. The Americans
lost two killed.
April 26, the rebels burned and
sacked the town of Trocan, near Bulu-
can, murdering natives who were
friendly to the Americans and two
Spaniards. The Americans killed 37
of the insurgents.
The same date, Major Andrews,
with two companies of troops, attacked
General Mojica's stronghold near
Ormuc, Leyte island. Mojica had
brass cannon and plenty of ammuni
tion, but after three hours of fighting
the insurgents fled. Their loss is not
known. The Ameericans lost two
killed and 11 wounded. They destroy
ed the enemy's rifles, powder and stores
The Insurgents have suffered a heavy
loss at Tabako, province of Albay,
Luzon. Two hundred riflemen and 800
bolomen were preparing to attack the
town, and Captain Lester H. Simons,
with a company of the Forty-seventh
volunteer regiment, advanced to meet
them and killed many. The insurgent
leader, native priest, was wounded
and captured after his horse had been
shot from "under him. Three Ameri
cans were wounded.
WRECK DUE TO CARELESSNESS
At Least Six Persons Killed in the
Accident at O'Neill.
Denver, May 12. A special to the
Republican from Cheyenne, Wyo.,
The charred remains of two more
victims of the Union Pacific accident
at O'Neill sidetrack were found in the
wreckage today. Both bodies was so
badly burned as to render identification
impossible. One of the bodies was that
of a boy. Papers in the pockets of one
of the unknown victims found yester
day indicate that his name was Daniel
Shay, and that ha had recently been
employed at Rook Springs. The other
unknown found yesterday has not yet
been identified, and the remains of
Fireman Louis Benta have not yet been
found. When the accident occurred
a car loaded with sulphur caught fire,
and transformed the wreck into a sea
of flames. The wreckage is still burn
ing and renders the work of searching
for additional victims exceedingly
hazardous. Thus far, the remains of
three men and three boys have been re
covered and it is believed other bodies
will be fonnd before the search is com
An official investigation into the
cause of the awful accident discloses
the fact that it was due to the care
lessness of an employe. The last train
to pass O'Neill prior to the accident
was a westbound freight, in charge of
Conductor Hendricks' crew.
New York, May 12. A dispatch
to the Tribune from London says
Lord Salisbury took the grace out of
the recent visit of the queen to Ireland
by the vehemence with which he
warned Irishmen that recent events in
South Africa proved that therejeould
not be practical independence any
where in the empire with opportuni
ties for arraying hostile forces against
the imperial government. It was a
trenchant, but acrid speech, and was
not well timed
WAR ALMOST OVER
British View of Situation in
THE BOERS' DEMORALIZATION
Lord Roberts Was Welcomed to Kroon-
atad Dutch, However, Have Suf
fered Small Material Loss.
London, May 15. "The war is prac
tically over, " says the Daily Chroni
cle's Kroonstad correspondent, and, in
less d efinite terms, this is the view to
be gathered from all the correspond
ents. They picture the Boers as utter
ly demoralized' and- disheartened by
Lord Roberts' unexpectedly rapid ad
vance, and by his facile turning of the
carefully prepared positions of the
Boers. There was practically no fight
ing and there are no further details to
give respecting the occupation of Kroon
stad. The correspondent of the Daily
The Union Jack was hoisted in the
market place by Mrs. Lockhead, the
American wife of a Scotchman. Most
of the horses of the Boers are in a
wretched condition, but President
Kruger declares he will continue the
It appears that the Boers at Kroonstad
had been reinforced by 3,000 men from
Natal last Friday, and that altogether
10,000, with 20 guns, treked from
Kroonstad on the approach of Lord Rob
erts. The Boers made an ineffectual
stand at Boschiand, and had elaborate
entrenchments in front of Kroonstad,
which offered great facilities for a rear
guard action. Their only anxiety,
however, appears to have been to get
away safely with all their guns and
convoys, which again they have success
fully accomplished. The few stores
they were unable to carry away, they
The Times says: "The signs point
to military break-down on the part of
the Boers, but after experiences of the
past, we cannot accept the reports of
demoralization without reserve. The
game of war must be strictly played
out to the end."
Lindley, the new Free State capital,
is 45 miles southeast of Kroonstad, half
way to Bethlehem, and was probably
selected as a convenient rendezvous for
the command that is now retiring be
fore General Brabant and General Run
die, in the Thabanchu district. Bra
bant has occupied Hoepelok, half way
on the road from Thabanchu to Lady-
There is not a word of news regard
ing General Buller's movements or
from the far western side. Nothing is
known, therefore, of the progiess of the
Mafeking relief column.
THREE KILLED IN STORM.
Two More Seriously Injured Severe
St. Paul, May 15. Three persons
were killed and two were seriously in
jured during a severe wind and rain
storm this evening. The wind played
havoc with the telephone wires between
this city and Minneapolis. The poles
of the company for two blocks were
strewn over the track of the Inter
Urban trolley line, thus blocking traffic
for the night. Sidewalks were dis
placed and buildings suffered.
Patrick Sexton, senior member of the
firm of Sexton & Co., wholesale cigar
dealers, had been at Como Park with
his four children and they were driving
home. On Dale street the storm dis
lodged the sidewalk, which crashed
into Mr. Sexton's carriage, killing him
almost instantly and more or less in
juring his daughter and 10-year-old
first Republican Convention.
New York, May 14. A special to
the Herald from Washington says:
Survivors of the first Republican Na
tional convention are to be the guests
in Philadelphia next month. Invita
tions will be sent to them next Mon
day. Only 15 survive of all those who
assembled in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania,
on June 18, 1856, to enunciate the new
principles and to bring into existence
a new party. Of these only one con
tinues a prominent figure in politics.
He is Representative Galnsha A. Grow,
who was the youngest member of the
lower house when he first entered it
and who is now its oldest member.
The guests of the national commit
tee will be given prominent seats on
Boston, May 14. Special treasury
agent, under the direction of Agent
Converse J. Smith, of this city, have
just unearthed an alleged swindling
scheme, and, as a result, 100 sacks of
wool, valued at $6,000, have been
seized in this city, Lawrence and Bris
tol, R. I. It is estimated $50,000
worth of wool has been smuggled
through the port of Boston during the
America Ought to Send SI, OOO.OOO.
New York, May 13. The Indian
famine relief committee tonight issued
an appeal asserting that despite sys
tematic aid furnished 6,000,000 people
in India, at least 6,000,000 are starv
ing. The appeal says that America
ought to send at least a mllion dollars.
Scotch Banker Killed Himself.
Edinburgh, Scotland, May 14. H.
H. Norc, manager of the Union Bank of
Scotland, was found dead this morning
at his residence. His head was half
blown away by a gun. Apparently he
committed suicide. His action is attrib
uted to the fact that he had been
suffering from influenza.
Mnrat Halstead has accepted the
presidency of the new College of Jour
nalism, an institution devoted to teach
ing practical newspaper work.
BULLER ROUTS THE BOERS.
He Succeeds In Forcing the Big
garsberg. London, May 16. A special dispatch
from Stone Hill farm, near Natal,
dated today, says:
General Buller's advance commenced
Thursday, when he left Ladysmith in
strength. When within twu miles of
Helpmaaker, the Boers opened a heavy
fire of artillery and the British guns
replied while a portion of Buller's
troops worked around the Boer flanks.
The British attack was pressed home
Sunday. Bethuene on the right, out
flanked the Boers, whose splendid de
fensive positions on the Biggarsberg
were practically taken. General Bui
ler's march, subsequent to the attack,
was carried out without a hitch. The
British are still pushing on."
London, May 16. A dispatch re
ceived from Pietermaritzburg, Natal,
brought the first intimation of success
attained by General Bu Her, in Northern
Natal. The sender of this dispatch
evidently assumed that news of the
affair had been received direct from the
scene of hostilities, for he merely said:
"General Buller's official telegram
notifying of his success at Biggarsberg
and received here an hour ago, has
given keen satisfaction. It is confi
dently anticipated that Dundee will be
occupied by the British today. Resi
dents of the north country are delight
ed, as the forcing of the Biggarsberg
means that they will speedily be en
abled to return to their homes."
Another dispatch from the Stone Hill
"After four days' march eastward at
the foot of the Biggarsberg ridges in
the direction of Helpmaaker, which
was occupied by the federals, the sec
ond brigade on Sunday led the attack.
Dundonald's cavalry broke the Boers'
center, and Bethuene's horse advanced
on their extreme right in the direction
of Pomeroy. A small party of burghers
occupied a ridge overlooking Help
maaker, but they did not wait for an
Recent sconting in the direction of
Dundee has shown that the federals
were in great force on Biggarsberg, so
apparently General Buller concluded
that it was necessary to clear them from
his rear before commencing a move
ment in the direction of the Drakens
Dewey Day Celebrated With a Parade
Knoxville, Tenn., May 16. Today
was Dewey day in Knoxville. It was
clear and warm and thousands of peo
ple visited the city from East Tennes
see to welcome the hero of Manlia.
After a day of rest. Admiral Dewey and
his party this morning were escorted
along Gay street for over a mile
through a mass of cheering, yelling
At the women's building, where the
welcoming exercises were carried out,
Admiral Dewey reviewed the parade,
which required nearly an hour. The
parade consisted of two battalions of
militia, one battalion of cadets, veter
ans of the Union, Confederate and
Spanish-American armies, fraternal
and labor organizations, professional
men and city officials. The admiral
was delighted with the novelties of
the parade, consisting of the ' 'brother
hood of old time fiddlers," who Addled
as they passed in review.
Mayor Heiskell, in delivering an ad
dress of welcome, alluded to Knxoville
as the birthplace of Admiral Farragut
and spoke eloquently of the first as well
as the third admiral. Thousands of
people crowded around to shake hands
with the admiral. "Ladies, I am glad
you had this life-saving station ready,"
said the admiral.
In the afternoon the admiral and
wif?, accompanied by city officials,
visited the school bnidlings. Patriotic
songs were sung, flowers and souvenirs
presented at each building, and as the
party drove away, showers of roses fell
into the admiral's carriage. When the
tour had ben made, the admiral's car
riage was full of flowers and he and
his wife were literally covered with
them . Tonight a banquet was tendered
EXTENSIVE SUNDAY FIRE.
Started by Boys Playing Left 250 Peo
Camdeu, N. J., May 15. Fire today,
which broke out in the Farmers'
market house, at Fifth and Federal
streets, completely destroyed that
building, 10 stores and about 50 small
dwellings, causing a loss estimated at
$200,000, and rendering homeless about
250 persons. These people are tonight
quartered in the armory, and are being
fed at the expense of the city.
Boys playing in the market honse set
fire to a large pile of tarred lumber
stored there. The flames spread rapid
ly and were soon beyond control, mak
ing it necessary to call on Philadelphia
for aid. Among the structures damaged
was the old postoffice building, which
was partly destroyed. This building
had been abandoned by the government
only a few weeks ago.
When the chemical laboiatory of
William Cogswell, in Federal street,
caught fire, there was a series of explo
sions. The Cogswell establishment
was gutted. The principal losses were
the Farmers' market, $15,000; Cogs
well laboratory, $10,000. Most of the
other sufferers were small property
owners. Many of the occupants of the
dwellings lost all their household
effects. Insurance partial.
Paris, May 16. Some commotion
was caused about 9 o'clock last evening
on the Avenue des Champs Elysees by
the explosion of a bomb under a car
riage of M. Raphael, the banker, who
was accompaned by his wife. The ex
plosion occurred just as the carriage
reached the junction of the avenue with
the Rue Boithe. Although considera
bly frightened, the occupants of the
carriage were not hnrt.
NAVAL BILL PASSED
The Government May Make
Its Own Armor.
FREE HOMES BILL ALSO PASSED
Tongue Secures a Board to Invest!
gate Columbia River Dry
Washington, Mav 16. After a dis
cussion lasting five full days, the sen
ate today passed the naval appropria
tion bill. Practically four days were
devoted to the consideration of the
amor plate proposition, which was
agreed to finally as reported from the
committee, with the exception that the
secretary of the navy is authorized to
make contracts only for such armor as
may be needed from time to time. The
secretary of the navy is authorized to
procure armor of the best quality at
$445 per ton; but if he be unable to
obtain it at that price, he is tbtut
authorized to pay $545 per ton for the
armor for the battleship Maine, Ohio
and Missouri and proceed to erect an
armor factory, the cost not to exceed
$4,000,000, one-half of which amount
is made immediately available. The
committee's proposition carried by a
vote of 32 to 19. The secretary of the
navy is directed to pnichase five Hol
land torpedo boats, at a price not ex
ceeding $170,000 each.
Just before adjournment, Nelson
(Rep. Minn.) called up the "free
homes" bill, and it was passed with
out a word of debate.
A bill for the establishment of a
lighthouse and fog signal at Ship Point,
Wash., at a cost of $12,000 was passed.
A concurrent resolution was adopted
for a survey of the outlet of Flathead
lake, Mont., with a view to keeping
the lake full.
A bill providing for the appointment
of a collector of customs for the cus
toms district of Hawaii, at a salary of
,000 per year, and for such deputies
as may be necessary, was passed.
Hale (Rep. Me.) then called np the
naval appropriation bill, the pending
question being on th a amendment of
Chandler (Rep. N. H.) substituting in
Tillman's amendment $445 for $300 as
the price of armor. The amendment
was rejected, 25 to 27.
Hoar (Rep. Mass.) offered the follow
ing amendment to the committee prop
osition with respect to the construction
of an armor plate factory:
"That if, under the operation of the
above provision, no government armor
plate manufactory is begun or built,
the secretary of the navy shall submit
to congress at the beginning of its next
session a detailed report, in which he
shall estimate the entire cost of a fully
equipped government armor plate man
ufactory, including site and the probable
time at which the best modern armor
plate could be produced at said factory
and ready for delivery."
The amendment was accepted by the
committee and as amended the com
mittee's proposition was adopted, 83
The next proposition of the committee
provided for the pui chase of five Hol
land submarine torpedo boats, at a
price of $170,000 each, and it was
adopted after some debate with an
amendment making the purchase
Chandler offered an amendment re
ducing the number of armored cruisers
provded for in the bill from three to
two and the number of protected cruis
ers from three to two. His purpose
in offering it, he said, was to direct
attention to the fact that we are ex
pendng too much money for our navy
and too little for the development of
our merchant marine.
McBride (Rep. Or.) secured an
amendment providing for the appoint
ment of a board of officers to determine
the desirability of constructing a dry
dock on the Columbia river. Or.
Pettigrew (Sil. S. D. ) declared that it
was the purpose of the dominant party
in congress to make these great con
tracts for war vessels and armor in
order that it might be then in position
to obtain vast contributions to its cam
The bill then passed without division.
Nelson (Rep. Minn.) secured the
passage of an act providing for free
homesteads on the public lands for
actual and bona fide settlers and reserv
ing the public lands for that purpose.
In Central Africa.
London, May 16. Lionel Decla, who
is conudcting a Cape-to Cairo expedi
tion, fitted up by the London Daily
Telegraph, sends by wire and steamer
from Uvila, north ot Lake Tanganyika,
the following: "The situation here is
critical. The Germans have forcibly
seized all the Congo Free State territory
up to Ruzizi river, occupying 3,000
square miles of Congo territory vi ith
1,000 soldiers, 15 officers and cannon.
The Belgian officer withdrew from his
station under threat of instant attack.
The Germans burned the station. Their
officers acted on instructions from
Two Oirls Drowned.
Joplin, Mo., May 15. May MoNal
ly, aged 16 years, and Edna Worden,
aged 20, were drowned today in Neosha
river, their boat capsizing.
India Police Attacked by a Mob.
Bombay. May 16. While the police
were searching at Vizagapatan, capital
of the district of the same name, for
the murderers of two constables, they
were attaked by a mob. They fired
upon their assailants, killing 11 and
wounding 16 others.
There are three things the wise man
keeps on good terms with his wife,
Viio afnmaeh nnrl his onnHfiifinpfi. Chi.
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