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COEVAIiLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, lflOl.
VOL.. XXXVIII. NO. 9.
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From All Parts of the New World
and the Old
OF INTEREST TO OUR MANY READERS
Comprehensive Review of the Important Hap
penings of the Put Week In
Condensed Form.
"' Tbe condition of Empress Frederick
continues unchanged.
Purchase of 500 cavalry horses in
Oregon has been ordered by lha. war
department.
A provincial government is in course
of formation in Tarlao, a northers Lu
son province.
General Chaffee is not to join in the
German expedition in China under
Yon Waldersee.
' Fire destroyed the Union Railway
Company's barns at Klwood, R. I.,
and 80 tiolley cars, causing a loss of
162,000.
' Governor Rogers has appointed G.
Meade Emery, as an additional judge
for King county, Wash., to serve until
the next election.
Eight alleged Boxer leaders, after
trial by officers of Chang Chi Tung,
the viceroy of Hanko, have been de
capitated at that place.
William P. Hill, for over 50 years a
prominent New England newspaper
editor, is dead of grip, at the home of
his son-in-law in Denver, Col.
The schooner Alice, which was in
the Nome trade last year, ran on the
rocks near the West Point lighthouse,
while en route to Seattle from Ban
Pedro. . The full extent of tbe damage
is not known. She was towed to Port
Townsend.
Fire destroyed the Pvthian opera
house, the Second National bank build
ing and the building occupied bv the
Southern Express Company, at Jack
son, Tenn., causing a loss of $100,000.
It is believed two lives were lost in
the falling of the opera house walls.
The bank of Omaha, at Omaha, Tex.,
has been" robbed of $3,000 in cash and
paper amounting to $2,000. The rob
bers made tbeir escape upon a hand
, car. The lone occupant of the bank
was decoyed from town by bogus tele
grams, and remained away from Omaha-on
the night of the robbery. H
A verdict for $1,600 for the plaintiff
was rendered in the circuit court in
the case of J. J. Hecker vs. the O. R.
& N. Co.. at The Dallesj Oregon.
Heoker, in June last, while driving
across the railroad track four miles
west of town, was struck by an engine,
and sustained severe injuries for which
suit for $2,500 was brought.
Money scarcity in England contin
ues! . "-
' The president will call an extra ses
sion. The end of the Boer war is not in
ight.
Severe cold weather prevails through
out Europe. ' , -
A 13-inch gun exploded on tbe bat
tleship Kearsarge.
An Englishman's letter created a
sensation in Manila.
Five rebel officers and 20 men were
captured near Manila.
Civil government was established in
Pangasinan province.
All the volunteers will be home from
the Philippines by June 30.
The czar is suspicious of Emperor
William's doings in England.
Appropiiatioa bills have the right
of way in the house this week.
Russia has imposed an increased
tariff on imports from America.
The senate will practically d"vote
this week to appropriation bills.
Louisiana mob hanged a negro who
killed a white man and his family.
Six persons were killed and as many
seriously injured in a train wreck in
Nevada.
Nine prisoners in tbe Spokane coun
ty jail overpowered the jailer and es
caped. Official list of the victims of the
Union mine accident places the num
ber at 64.
One regiment and a portion of two
others will be mustered oat at Van
couver. Wash."
Elaborate preparations are being
made for the colonial tour of the Duke
of Cornwall and York.
Two Bridal Veil. Or., factories and
tbe O. R. & N. railroad bridge were
damaged by the bieakingof a drift jam.
Danish government has broken oft
negotiations with the United States
regarding the sale of Danish West In
dies, Colonel W. T. Hart, a well-know
Western promoter, committed suicide
by jumping from a moving train into
the Snake1 river. ,
To hasten peace negotiations, Von
Waldersee has planned an 80-day ex
pedition and asks American and Frenob
to co-operate with tbe Germans. ' '
(jueen Victoria had 73 children.
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
.
Lord Roberts is the first man ever
entitled to wear the Garter, the Vic
toria Cross and- the order of St. Pat
rick. Thirty-five prominent American
sculptors will contribute to the embel
lishment of toe grounds and buildings
of the Pan-American exposition at
Buffalo, N. Y.
OUR LAWMAKERS.
Doings of Importance at the State Capital
BiUs Passed.
To Prevent Hoboing.
A bill to prevent persons beating
their way on railroad trains was passed
by the house Monday. The bill was
introduced by Poorman, at tbe request
of railway employes and managers. It
is a copy of tbe law now in force in
Alabama, and is designed to put a
stop to the tramp nuisance. The result
of sncb laws in Alabama was shown by
Mr. Poorman to be far reaching in its
effect, putting a stop to car robbing.
The bill was passed, there being no
negative votes.
Passed by the Senate.
The senate passed the following bills
Monday: House bill 11, to authorize
clerks of school districts and county
judges to bid in property sold for taxes
and to direct the manner in which
such property may be disposed of; sen
ate bill 222, to regulate surety compan
ies; by Senator Booth, fixing the salar
ies of the county treasurers of the state;
senate bill 227, to anthorize the capi
tol building commissioners to construct
a ditch in order to secure water for
tbe state institutions. ,
To Pay State Taxes Twice a Year.
Senate bill 223 was passed by the
senate Monday. It provides that state
taxes shall be payable by tbe counties
in two semi-annual installments. This
change in the law is proposed in order
to harmonize with the new law which
makes taxes payable in the oounties
semi-annually.
The Senatorial Vote.
The vote for senator Monday stood:
H. W. Corbett, 32; Binger Hermann,
28; R. D. Inman, 26; George H. Wil
liams. 1; C. E. S. Wood, 1; absent. 2.
Two Railroad Bills Killed.
The house after spending nearly an
other balf day in consideration of rail
road bills, disposed of two more Wed
nesday. One of these measures was
Poorman's fellow-servant bill. It was
debated at length, and although even
its opponents admitted., it had good
points, it was defeated by a vote of 31
to 22. The other railroad bill which
was disposed of, and which met a sim
ilar fate, was the bill of Harris to fix
tbe liability of railroad corporations
for injuries. But 19 votes were cast
in favor of this bill.
No Holiday at Salem.
Washington's birthday, February 22,
is a legal holiday, but it is not a legis
lative holiday unless the legislature by
specific act chooses to make it so.
Inasmuch as Washington's birthday
happens this year to fall on the 40th
day of the session (the usual day of
sine die .adjournment) it is probable
that business will be proceeded with
much as usual. The constitution of
the state does not limit tbe sessions to
40 days, but does limit the total com
pensation of each member to $120 at
$3 per day; therefore, few legislators
can be expected to be so self-sacrificing
as to work long for nothing.
Bills Passed.
Tbe ' senate Wednesday passed tbe
following bills: Senate bill 79, to cor
rect the description of the boundary of
Wheeler county; senate bill 143, to
protect hotel and boarding house keep
ers; by Hunt, regulating street rail
ways in Portland; senate bill 73, to
enact the Torrens system of registra
tion ol land titles; senate bill 173, to
regulate insurance companies; senate
bill 31, to provide for the election of
road supervisors; senate bill 137, to
create the office of county auditor of
Multnomah county; senate bill 217, to
amend the charter of Sherwood; senate
bill 216, to fix the salary of prosecut
ing attorney in the Seventh judicial
district.
Tbe house Wednesday passed bills
aB follows: house bill 27, providing
for a uniform system of mine bell sig
nals; house bHl 146, making it a crime
to remove or interfere with mining lo
cation marks; house bill 127, regulat
ing tbe supply of water for irrigation
purposes.
The Senatorial Vote.
The joint vote for senator Wednes
day was: H. W. Corbett, 32; Binger
Hermann, 29; George H. Williams,
1; R. D'. Inman, Democrat, 26; W. E.
Robertson, Democrat, 1; absent, 1.
Oregon Notes.
The Robins saw mill, six miles east
of Union, has been leased by a man
from the East. -
Eugene vetmans of tbe Spanish and
Philippine wars are planning to organ
ize a local association.
A' paper ij being circulated at New
berg soliciting subscriptions to stock
for the purpose of operating a cannery.
Tom Gilliam's log drive, consist
ing of 4,000,000 feet, is stranded in
the Mohawk waiting for a' freshet. It
is consigned to the Booth-Kelly, mills
at Coburg.
Barbed wire telephone lines are com
ing baok into fashion in Morrow coun
ty. The latest is one between the
ranch of C. E. Jones, near Eight-Mile
postoffice and Heppner, via O. E.
Farnswurth's ranch on Rlrea cieek
and the public road to Hardman.
The recorder and clerk of Washing
ton county collected $211.80 in fees
last month.
It ia annonnoed from Hanisburg
that David Bnsey has sold his farm on
Lake Creek to Mr. Bnsbee, from Wash
ington. The consideration is said to
have been $7,000. ,
The Heppner Milling Company last
week shipped a lot of stnd-hand ma
chinery to Portland. ' As soon as the
water open np aagin the mill will be
run to its full capacity day and night.
15 in CAPf C0L0I1T
Dewet Engaged a British Force
Near Philipstown.
CROSSED ORANGE RIVER AT SAND DRIFT
The tnniskillings Charged the Enemy Who Left
Five Killed and Six Wounded
Ten Boers Were Captured.
London, Feb. 16. The war office
has received the following dispatch
from Lord Kitchener:
"Pretoria, Feb. 15. Our troops are
now engaged with Christian Dewet'a
force north of Philipstown, wbioli we
hold, Dewet having crossed the Orange
river at Sand Drift, apparently moving
west. ; '
"French, reporting from a point 25
miles southeast of Ernielo, states that
a large force of the enemy is being
driven on the Piet Rief, their efforts to
break back having so far been frus
trated. Tbe Inniskillings charged the
enemy, who left five killed and six
wounded on the ground. Ten Boers
were captured, and there was a large
capture of wagons, carts and cattle.
Our casualties were one killed and five
wounded."
The Evening News prints a dispatch
from Cape Town, dated Thursday,
February 14, which says:
, "Tbe government here is advised
that Christian Dewet and ex-President
Steyn entered Cape Colony and occu
pied Philipstown. The British attack
ed them yesterday and drove them out
of the town with loss."
Cape Town, Feb. 16. A Boer com
mando crossed the Orange river yester
day, in the Philipstown district. It is
reported that Dewet was in command.
Van Wyksvlei was occupied Monday
by 300 Boers who were retreating from
Calvinia. Tbe Boers are reported in
force 24 miles west of Carnarvon. A
Boer convoy of 65 wagons and 45 pris
oners has been captuied north o( Am
sterdam. Boers Near Cape Town.
London,Feb.'16.It is reported from
Cape Town that the wife of Comamnd
ant Botha left Pretoria with a military
escort to endeavor to get her husband
to surrender. ,
The Boers tried unsuccessfully to
destroy a culvert near Cape Town. Re
vere fighting ensued, the Boers leavi ig
three killed and 23 wounded. The
British lost one killed and two wounded.
Boers Worsted at Aberdeen.
Cape Town, Feb. 16. Fighting is
reported to have taken place near Aber
deen Friday and Saturday last, the
Boers being worsted.
CHICAGO HOTEL FIRES.
Attempts Were Made to Burn Four Structures
Robbery During the Excitement
' Chicago, Feb. 16. Flames were
started simultaneously on four floors of
tbe Palmer House this afternoon, and
45 minutes later were discovered on
two floors in the Great Northern hotel.
- Two men supposed to be hotel
thieves were seen to run from the
Palmer house. During the exoite
ment, $500 worth of jewelry was stolen
from one of the rooms of the Great
Northern. About the same time, a
blaze of light was discovered in tbe
Sherman house. Another fire of sus
picious origin had been discovered
only 24 hours before. The fires con
vince the police that an' organized
gang of incendiaries is operating in
Chicago. Good desciiptions have been
secured of the two men who were seen
running from the Palmer house, and
a number of detectives are at work on
the case. The four fires, with tbe cir
cumstances attending them, were:
Palmer House Four fires started
simultaneously in baskets of linen on
different floors. Towels saturated
with, kerosene were found. Tbe fire
was extinguished by . guests and em
ployes. Two suspects were seen, but
allowed to escape. Damage nominal.
Great Northern Hotel Simultan
eous fires were discovered on the H and
J floors. Odor of kerosene on H floor.
J. S. Friest, ot New York, reported
that $500 worth of jewelry had been
stolen bom his room. Damage of
$1,500 by fire and small panic among
the guests.
" Sherman House The blaze was on
the upper floor and was attended with
little commotion. Damage, $100.
Hotel - Grace Fire of suspicious
origin discovered in a linen closet.
Damage nominal.
The cnoBt dangerous fire in the
Palmer house was on the fifth floor.
It was extinguished at personal risk
by John M. Mc Williams, Jr., a senior
at Princeton university. The police
agree that all the fites were incendiary
and tonight every iiortant down
town hostelry was guarded by a detail
ef officers in plain clothes, watching
for the men suspected of having started
the fires. These officers, as well as
tbe hotel managers, have the theory
that tbe blaze was started by some dis
charged hotel employe who wished to
satisfy bis grudge and was able to do
so through his .intimate knowledge of
opportunities.
Ribbed of $3,000 Worth of Jewelry.
San Francisco, Feb. 16. Mrs. F.
H. Osgood, of Seattle, who arrived in
this city on the Oregon express this
morning, has reported to tbe police
and railway officials that she was
robbed during last nigbt of $3,000
worth of jewelry. She stated that the
gems were in a leather bag which she
suspended from her neck, but that
they were taken while she was sleep,
ing. Tbe police officers have arrested
a man on suspicion. - .
SIX WERE KILLED.
Frve Passengers and Fireman on Wrecked Train
As Many Seriously Injured.
Winnemucca, Nev., Feb. 19. The
east bound overland limited Southern
Pacific train, officially known as No. 2.
was wreoked at 6:20 o'clock yesterday
morning at a point 27 miles west ot
this plaoe, while running at a speed of
60 miles an hour, the train went into
a washed out culvert, and the result
was the .. worst wreok known on this
division of the road. Six persons were
killed and six injured.
The disaster occurred at a point
where an embankment 8 feet high
crosses a ravine. Melting snow from
the mountains caused a heavy rush of
water which broke through tbe em
bankment some time during tbe night.
The washout was about 75 feet in
width, and into the raging torrent tbe
ill-fated train plunged without warn
ing. Tbe engine nearly olearea the
break before the rails gave way, the
tender falling back. The mail car
and composite car followed into the
chasm, the composite car telescoping
tbe first of the Pullman sleepers nearly
half its length.
Two sleepers and the dining car re
mained on the track.
The bodies of two men, evidently
tramps, who were stealing a ride, are
in the wreckage. - ;
Train No. 4, the eastbound express,
was following the limited train very
closely, and tbe rear brakeman of the
latter had only a few minutes in
which to flag No. 4 and prevent a rear
end collision.
At 7:20 A. M. a special train left
this place for the soene of the wreck,
carrying doctors and nurses, and tbe
injured were given every attention pos
sible, being taken to the hotel at Mill
City, tbe nearest station. The dead
and injured were later taken back to
Wads worth on a special train, and
will be carried on to San Francisco.
It will be two or three days before
tbe track can be put in condition so
that the running of trains may be re
sumed. It will be necessary first to
build a trestle aoross tbe chasm in
which the recked cars are lying. ':
OVERPOWERED THE JAILER.
Nine Prisoners in the Spokane County Jail
Escape Officer Oave Pursuit ;
Spokane, Feb. 19. Arthur Spencer,
of San Francisco, charged with imper
sonating a United States officer, and
eight other prisoners - overpowered
Jailer Thompson in the Spokane county
jail this morning and are now at large.
Thompson says he was seized from
behind by prisoners who were hiding
behind a door, was beaten in o insensibility,-
robbed of keys and revolver
and gagged to prevent an outcry.
When the jailer got loose he took a
Winchester and went out to look for
the escaped men. He spied a citizen
who, frightened by the jailer's appear
ance, started to run. The jailer gave
pursuit and began to shoot at the man,
who finally was rescued by a jury out
for an airing. -
Posses have been sent out every
where, but not one of the jail breakers
has been sighted.
NEGRO WAS LYNCHED.
Kilied a Man and His Family and Ransacked
the House. .
New Orleans, Feb. 19. Thomas
Jackson, a Negro, was lynched today
at St. Petei, 20 miles above this city,
for a series of crimes. This morning
ho visited the borne of Alexander Bour
geois, the engineer of the drainage
machine on Bellepoiut plantation, some
distance from the plantation quarters.
He told Bourgeois the manager wanted
him, and the engineer mounted the
tricycle with the Negro. Jackson
stabbed tbe engineer in the back and
threw the "body into a ditch. He then
returned to tbe bouse and butchered
Mrs. Bourgeois and her two babies and
ransacked the house. Two boys visit
ing the family hid in the woods. A fter
tbe negro's departure the boys went to
St. Peter and gave the alarm, return
ing with a mob of several hundred
men. The negro was tracked to his
home and fully identified by the boys.
He was hanged and his body riddled
with bullets before the sheriff arrived.
Composer Nevin Dead.
New Haven. Conn., Feb 19. Eth
el bert Nevin, musician and composer,
died suddenly here today of heart dis
ease. Mr. Nevin came to New Haven
about five weeks ago to be associated
with professor Parker, of Yale univer
sity, in bis muscial work. Ethelbert
Neivn was born in Nevinacre; Pa., in
1863. As a copmoser, Mr. Nevin at
tained a name hardly second to any
musician, and his songs are known
throughout the continents. Among
tbese are "The Rosary," "Narcissus,'.'
"Good Night," "Good Night. Belov
ed," and an arrangement of Heins'
"The Heiden Roeslein."
Mexican Troops Defeated Indians.
Mexico City, Feb. 19. The federal
troops had another engagement with
Maya Indians yesterday, and the troops
turned their flank and drove them from
all their fortified places. The new
Mauser Titles are found to be extremely
effective against the enemy.
Three Suicides in San Francisco.
San Francisco, Feb. 19. Sulfides
were epidemic in this city today.
Three men suffering from despondency
took their lives. A. Lewis, a, shoe
maexr in ill health, ended his life trou
bles by asphyxiation. Robert Mo
Kenna, a painter, quarreled with his
wife and swallowed a dose of arsenic
A. Moeller, a baker, who grieved over
tbe death of a son, who was killed in
the terrible football accident last
Thanksgiving, took carbolic aoid.
Ill A DiTATil I
Sixty-Five Miners Are Entombed
' No Hope for Them. -
CAUSED BY AN EXPLOSION OF GAS
Only Exit Is the Mouth of the Shaft. Which Is
Filled With a Huge Volume of Smoke
Relief Measures Have. Begun.
Vanoouver, B. C, Feb. 18. Sixty
five miners are imprisoned in No.
lhatt of the Cumberland coal mina nn
Vancouver island. The only exit is
tne mouth ot the shaft which ia filled
With a hnse volume nf flama Th.M
Is considered to be no possibility for
tne unfortunates to escape.
Details of Disaster Meager.
: Details of the disaster are meager.
The Cumberland mine is near the vil
lage of Union, about 60 miles north
of the town of Nanaimo. Tbs only
telegraphic communication bom Un
ion is by a single government wire,
and little is known of tbe tragedy in
tbe mine except that a terrible explo
sion occurred in No. 6 shaft of the
Cumberland about 11 o'clook this
morning. Following the explosion the
shaft caught fire, and the 65 miners
who were working half a mile from
the entrance were caught in Ja death
trap. A relief party from No. 6 shaft
made a brave but futile attempt at a
rescue. They were headed off by the
fire and could not reach the imprisoned
men. The attempt at rescue was made
through No. 5 shaft, but the flames
prevented any development of the per
ilous venture.
The Cumberland mine is one of the
pioperties of the Union Colliery Com
pany, situated near Comox and
reached from Union bay by the private
colliery railway crossing the Trent
river on which the memorable bridge
disaster occurred a year or two ago.
It has been singularly fortunate here
tofore in immunity from disaster and
was counted an especially safe mine to
work in by reason of the character of
the formation in which the coal is
found there, and the manner in whioh
it had been opened up. No. 6 shaft,
the scene of the disaster, was bottomed
in October, 1898, at a depth of 814
feet. It ia well constructed and tim
bered, with a mud wall, the pit bot
tom being timbered with 12x18 sawn
hulks, built solidly together, 16 feet
wide and 12 feet high. The shaft is
located close to the railway, and the
ventilation of the mine is effected by a
14x5-foot Guibal fan, which, when run
to its full capacity, gives 85,000 oubio
feet of air circulation per minute.
The air enters by the haulage slopes
and is divided into . seperate splits, the
main split being at the point where
No. 2 branches off-the main slope,
part of the air going down eaoti elope.
Further down each' of these slopes the
air is again split, and sent to the work
ings east and west of the respective
slopes. -
A second explosion ooonrred in No.
6 shatt tonight, but it had been ex
pected, and all the men had left the
workings. There were no casualties.
This explosion prevents any further
efforts being made to resoue the en
tombed miners through No. 5 shaft.
Killed by a Tiger.
Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 18. Albert
Neilson, aged 15, employed as an ani
mal keeper at the Zoological garden,
in this city, -..as killed by a Bengal
tiger today. He entered tbe tiget's
cage and was attacked by the beast.
A terrible struggle followed, in which
Neilson was torn in a hundred places.
Red hot irons were thrust into the
blood thirsty animal, but not until
seven bullets had been fired into its
body did it release" its hold on it vio
tim. Neilson was dragged from the
cage more dead than alive, and was
hurried to the city hospital, 'where he
died as he was being carried in. The
tiger was not fatally wounded. Neil
son had been employed by the Zoo
company three years. He was in
charge of the lion's cubs, and it is sup.
posed opened the tiger's oage by mis
take. Generals to Retire Today.
Washington, Feb. 18. Generals J.
H . Wilson, Fitzhugh Lee and Theo
dore Schwan will be retired tomorrow,
the last named on bis own applicaion.
Colonel A. S. Daggett, Fourteenth in
fantry, will be promoted to a brigadier
generalship, succeeding Sohwan, and
will be retired immediately.
May Arrest Without a Warrant
Pittsburg, Pa., Feb. 18. In tbe suit
i jonn a. Bennett against secret serv
ice Agents Flynn and Berriman and
Deputy United States Marshal W. S.
Blair, who were charged with malic
ious trespass assault and battery in
connection with the arrest nf t.ha nlain.
tiff, Judge W. M. Achin, in the Unit
ed States court, handed down an im
portant opinion. He makes a prece
dent in aeoiumg mat united states
marshals or their derjntien nan mat.
arrests in emergency cases without
warrant.
Found Dead on the Desert '
Tuoson, Ariz. Feb. ' 18. George
Tfneatley a well-known mining man
and two Mexican miners were round
dead in their tent, one mile from the
mining camp of Schultz, 30 miles from
Tuoson. When found the parties had
been dead for several days. lndioa
tions point to death from charcoal
fumes. Some believe that the men were
poisoned. Tbe body of one o'. the
Mexicans was being consumed by fire
when the remains were disoovered.
MOSCOW PAPER SUPPRESSED.
For the Publication of University Bulletins
320 Students Have Been Arrested.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 20 lhe min
ister of the interior. M. Sipiaguine, on
Saturday ordered the suppression for
three months of the Novosti Dnja. a
Moaoow newspaper, wbich has violated
the prohibition against the publication
of university bulletins. A secret cir
cular has been issued reminding all
the newspapers that the prohibition is
now effective.
Information has been received here
that 320 students have been arrested in
Mosoow. nresumablv the whnla as.
sembly whioh obstructed the lectures
among tne students. Eighteen stu
dents were arrested here, but were sub
sequently released. Pending a decis
ion in their case, however, they were
forbidden to re-enter tbe university.
Sixteen additional arrests were subse
quently made. Tbe forestry institute,
near by, held a meeting and declared
the institute closed until the sentences
aaginst the students should be revoked
and military law repealed.
The institute of railway engineers,
by a vote of 230 to 100, declared for
obstruction. The military and medi
cal academy students met, with the
permission of General Kouroptkin, the
minister of war, the latter merely
warning them that he could not pre
vent the operation of military law if
obstructionary tactics were adopted.
Of the 800 who were present at the
meeting only 150 favored obstruction.
LEFT $70,000,000.
Huntington's Estate Has Since Increased $10,
000.000 Pays $700,000 Inheritance Tax.
New York, Feb. 20. Executors of
the estate of Collis P. Huntington,
have deposited with the controller a
certified oheck for $700,000, to cover
the amount of the inheritance tax
which will be collected by the state.
The deposit indicates the worth of the
estate at tbe time of the testator's death
to have been approximately $70,000,
000, which has now been increased
about one-Beventh, making the present
worth $80,000,000.
The size of the cheok indicates that
the Huntington estate in value will
more than double the estimate placed
upon it at tbe time of the death of tbe
California pioneer. Owing to tbe rise
in railroad securities during the last
six months, the Huntington estate is
now worth almost, if not quite, $10,
000,000 more than it was when tbe
will was offered for probate. As the
inheritance tax is based upon the value
at the time of the death of the testa
tor, the estate would now seem to be
woith approximately $80,000,000.
No accurate idea as to how the Hun-I
tington millions are invested has yet
been made by the executors.
TRIED BY A MOB.
Tennessee Negro's Jurors Hanged Him He
Confessed, Implicating Others.
Dyersburg, Tenn., Feb. 20. An un
known man broke into the residence
of Dr. Arnold, a prominent physician
here, yesterday, and struck Miss EliCa
Arnold on tbe bead and side with a
hatchet. She fainted without seeing
the assailant, who became frightened
and fled. Bloodhounds followed the
trail from the young lady's room to the
honse of a negro named Fred King,
where a hatchet was found in a bureau
drawr. King and two other negroes
were arrested but the latter were re
leased. A mob formed and would
have lynched King but for the plead
ings of Dr. Arnold, who insisted upon
having better evidence of guilt. A
mob formed today and took King from
tbe jail and tried him before a jury
selected from the mob. He confessed,
implicating several other negroes, and
was then hanged. Another negro
named Beebe has been captured,
charged with complicity in tbe assault,
and probab'y will meet the same fate.
NEGOTIATIONS BROKEN OFF
Danish Government Will Not Sell Us Danish
West Indies.
London, Feb. 20. "The Danish gov
ernment," says the Copenhagen corre
spondent of the Daily Mail, "has sud
denly broken off all dealings with the
United States regardjg the sale of the
Danish West Indies. This ia due to a
satisfactory offer made by the Danish
East Asian Steamship Company to as
sist and in the future to administer the
islands. The American government
has been notified as to. this decision."
The Copenhagben correspondent of
the Times says:
"From a competent source, I learn
that tbe Danish West Indies will not
be sold during the present parliament
ary session. The syndicate will form
a new trans-Atlantic steamship com
pany and undertake other commercial
enterprises in connection with tbe
islands, whose excellent ports will be,
it ia presumed, invaluable when the
Nicaragua canal is finished.
'The negotiations are still uncom
pleted, but they will be settled before
October, and the negotiations with the
United States will then be dropped.
Skagway to Dawson.
Tacoma, Feb. 20. Advices have
been received here that the White Pass
& Yukon road have purohased the
property of the Canadian Development
Company, to take effect April 1. By
this extensive acquisition of property
the railroad eompany practically ex
tends its line from Skag Jvay to Daw
eon, r This practically gives the White
Pasa Railroad Company tbe control of
all the waterways to the interior, aa it
also controls tbe Atlin route. ,
he n nor oo
Chaffee Is Not to Join the Ger
man Expedition.
THE GOVERNMRNT FACES A CRISIS
State Department May Try to Dissuade Berlin
Authorities From Undertaking This Cam
paign Chinese Are to Blame.
Washington, Feb. 20. Tbe United
StateB government is facing a serious
crisis in China, owing to the announce
ment of the purpose oi Field Marshal
Count von Waldersee to begin anoth
er offensive campaign. General Chaf
fee has been invited to join in the ex
pedition, whioh is to be mobilized on a
larger scale tban anything attempted
in China since the allied army began
the march to Pekin. The general bo
informed the war department today,
and the officials of the state depart
ment have been advised of the situa
tion. This German movement is viewed
with absolute dismay here, for it is
feared that it requires an immediate
decision bv the United States govern
ment of its whole line of policy toward
the Chinese question. General Chaffee
will be told that he ia not to partici
pate in this campaign. He has been
keeping the American forces in Pekin
ever since the city was pacified, simply
as a legation guard, and the German
government is fully aware that tbe
United States government purposely
deprived the American contingent in
China of its offensive military char
acter and withdrew it from the control
of General von Waldersee in order to
hasten peace negotiations and prevent,
so far as it could, the continuance of
military movements against the Chi
nese, which were baneful in their
effect upon the peaei movement. So
our government, not having ohanged
its policy, cannot do otherwise than to
cause General Chaffee to refrain from
any participation in military move
ments so long as the present peaceful
conditions continue.
But another very serious point under
consideration is, not whether Chaffee
shall join tbe German movement, but
whether it is not the duty of our gov
ernment to exeroUe all proper efforts
to dissuade the German government
from undertaking this campaign.
The Chinese government is unfortu
nately delaying the peace negotiations
in an exasperating fashion, and is not
responding in proper spirit to the effort
of the United States government.
Word has just come from Minister
Conger which confirms the press ad
vices relative to the Chinese declina
tion to accede to the demands of the
ministers in the matter of capital pun
ishment of the leaders implicated in
the Boxer movement. Mr. Conger's
message gave it to be understood that
the Chinese government had agreed to
exile Prince Tuan and Lin without
capital sentences; to recommend sui
cide to Prince Cnwang; death for Yu
Hsien and Chao Chi Chao; imprison
ment and degradation from office for
Chi Hani and Hsu Cheng Yu. It is
said an edict has already been issued
to execute these sentences. .
A visit from the Japanese minister
to the state department served to give
color to tbe story that our government
is casting about to ascertain how far
tbe other powers party to the Chinese
question would indorse this proposed
campaign. It is impossible to secure
exact information on the subject. Tbe
whole subject, it is said, is to come be-v
fore the cabinet meeting tomorrow,
when the course to be pursued by the
United States government will be de
termined. It is said unequivocally by competent
authority that the American military
foices under no circumstances will
.participate with the Germans in tbe
proposed expedition, and, although it
cannot be learned that General Chaffee
has yet reoeived instructions to that
effect, he undoubtedly will have threm
wry shortly. Tbe United States gov
ernment stands steadfastly by the prin
ciples laid down in Seoretary Hay'a
letter ot July 3 last.
Collision at Sea.
liondon, Feb. 20. Tbe Russian bark
Hoppet, Captain Lindblom, wbich
sailed from Hull February 14 for Sa
pelo, has been towed into Grimsby
with bows seriously damage! by col
lision on the night of February 15,
with the steamer Homer, from Libau.
The Homer disappeared after the col
lision, and is believed to have found
ered, with the loss of 16 lives.
Mexican Mine Flooded.
Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 20. Particu
lars have been received here of the
flooding of the Santa Rita mine, in the
Bacatate mountains, 200 miles south of -Hermosillo.
Four miners were
drowned and their bodies have been
recovered. Tbe flood was caused by
the opening of a vein by a blast. The
main tunnel was flooded, and while .
miners in the upper end escaped, the
workers in the lower end were caged
like rata in a trap. Miners outside
made desperate efforts to rescue their
fellows, but without avail.
Strikers Riot in France.
Chalons Sur Soane, Franoe, Feb. 20.
Striking metal workers marohed '
through the town today, compelling
other factories to close, forcing open
the doors and bringing out workmen,
until the strikers numbered about 800. r
men. . The gendarmes and troops were ''
summoned and the rioters were die 1
persed with fixed bayonets, after the
reading of the usual proclamation. .
Fifty arrests wree made. Nobody was
seriously injured.