Corvallis gazette. (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) 1900-1909, January 31, 1902, Image 1

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VSi:,ir I CoasoIWitedFeb. 1899. ;
A Comprehensive Review of . ihe Important
Happenings of the Put Week Presented
In a Condensed Form Which I Most
Likely to Prove of Interest to Oar Many
Eight lives were lot in a Boston fire.
The Boers have made peace proposals
through Holland.
There were 10,000 people present at
a hanging in Pennsylvania.
The house committee voted in favor
of a government owned Pacific cable.
A substitute for the Nicaragua canal
bill has been introduced in the eenate.
The general outlook in Batangas prov
ince, Philippine islands, is favorable.
A train wreck on a New York rail
road resulted in the death of the
Four vessels are now on" the Pacific
sear-hing for the missing English war
ship Condor. - -
A discharged soldier in San Francisco
planned to go to New York in a box,
but was discovered'and turned over to
- the police.
Two prospectors in Montana have,
found a mine of almost pure silver.
The average assay is 18,000 ounce s
which givei it a value of nearly $8,000
to the ton.
Emperor William has celebrated his
43d birthday.
River navigation has been suspended
above the Cascade Locks.
Two Negroes in Louisiana, who had
murdered a white man,-were lynched.
A train in South Carolina was held
up and the express car rifled of its con
tents. ,
Governor Shaw, of Iowa, will assume
the duties of secretary of the treasury
February 1.
Liberals defeated the Conservative
forces of Colombia in three successive
United Mineworkers will levy an
assessment to help strikers fight battle
with operators to the end.
. The delay of the committee in report
ing the canal bill to the senate means a
saving rf much time' later.
The treaty for the sale of the Danish
West Indies to the United States cajls
for the payment of $5,000,000.
Intense cold continues to . prevail
throughout the middle west. Many
trains are delayed on account of snow.
An extra session has been called of
the Colorado legislature to make corpo
rations pay taxes on full valuation, the
same as private citizens.
There is a movement to hold an ex-,
position at Manila in December next.
The Manila chamber of commerce
asks that Chinese be admitted to the
islands. ..'.
An unknown hypnotist puta Spokane
man to sleep and doctors can do noth
ing to rouse him.
Prince Henry will be given a military
farewell when he leaves Germany for
the United States. .
The Prince of Wales received a very
chilling reception on the occasion of
his visit in Germany.
Investigation of the Iowa mine dis
aster disclosed the fact that the explo
sion was caused by too heavy a charge of
dynamite being placed by one of the
men who were killed. i.,... .
Fire at Goldfield, Colo., caused dam
age estimated at $30,000.
Manila banks refuse to accept de
posits of Mexican silver.
Colorado union miners have demand
ed the discharge of nonunion men.
A man and his wife have been arrest
ed in San Francisco for counterfeiting
Eight of the colleries in .the Hazel
ton district, Pa., were closed because of
high water.
It is estimated that the loss by, the
recent fires in Columbus, Ohio,, will
reach $500,000.
The wheat crop.of the Pacific Norths
west for 1901 was, approximately, 44,
000,000 bushels.
Governor Taft says 15,000 soldiers
will be enough in the Philippines be
fore the close of the year.
Five hundred miners at the West End
colliery, at Moeanaqua, Pa,, went on
strike because nonunion workmen were
All formalities for the purchase of
the Danish West Indies have been com
pleted and the treaty will be signed in
a few days.
A Cincinnati bookkeeper is almost a
quarter of a million short in his ac
counts. He contends that it is the re
sult of (errors and has made most of it
The cotton crop of the United
States now almost equals in value its
wheat crop.
The gold mines of Mysore, India, are
worked by American electrical devices,
the power being from the melting Hi
malayan snow.
Swiss papers record a decline in the
export of wood carvings, and attribute
it to the lack of variety in the carvings,
the subjects being monotonously repeated.
Peculiar Fight Being , Made by Chicago
Coal Teamsters.
: Chicago, Jan. 30. Coal teamsters
renewed their war on big down town
buildings today. The Coal Teamster's
Union decided that its members should
cart no coal to buildings where gas is
used during the summer months. .... At
8 o'clock 100 drivers were ordered to
stop . by officials of the union, : and
promptly obeyed the order. President
Albert Young, of .the Coal Teamsters'
Union, said:
"We have already stopped hauling
coal to the Old Colony building, the
Monadnock, the Palmer house and the
Auditorium, and before night not a
union teamster will be hauling coal to
a building that uses gas for fuel during
the rammer. During the last cold
t-nap our men were worked to death.
Buildings that had formerly used fuel
gas found out that coal was necessary
and our men had to work day and
night, and at that time were unable to
meet the demand. Many of -the regular
coal burners were compelled to wlait
for coal, and suffered greatly on ac
count of our inability to supply the de
mand.' Milton Booth, secretary of the Coal
Teamsters' Union, said:
. "We are not in the fight alone, but
have the support of the coal men. We
would have conducted the campaign
alone; had it been necessary, but with
the aid of our employers we are in: a
much better condition to conduct the
fight and, it will be a lively one." .
After the teamsters' boycott against
the sky scrapers had been in effect'for
four hours, firemen, engineers and
elevator conductors threatened to co
operate with the teams-tors. This af
ternoon a meeting of the , prominent
coal dealers and property owners waf
held, and a truce was declared until
Friday. In the meantime union men
hope to influence the consumerstd burn
coal the year round.
Substitute for Nicaragua Canal Bill is Intro,
duced In the Senate.'
Washington, Jan. 30. Just before
the adjournment of the eenate Senator
Spooner today introduced a substitute
for the Nicaragua canal bill. The new
bill is a practical authorization to the
president of the United States to choose
between the Panama and Nicaragua
routes. The first provision looks to
the acquisition of the franchises, right
of way and other property of the new
Panama canal company of France, in
cluding that company's control of the
Panama railroad. The president is
authorized to pay $40,000,000 for these
"provided a satisfactory title can be
obtained." " " r '
He is then authorized to secure the
necessary concessions from the republic
of Colombia, these to include the
perpetual control of a 10 mile strip of
territory from the Caribbean sea to the
Pacific ocean.' A canal sufficient to ac
commodate the largest vessels is then
to be constructed, under the super
vision of the secretary of war.'
The bill also carries an alternative
provision authorizing the president to
proceed with the construction of the
Nicaragua canal in case he fails to se
cure the necessary concessions from
Colombia or a satisfactory title from the
Panama canal company.
An immediate appropriation of $10,
000,000 is made in either event. The
limit of cot is fixed at $1,35,000,000
in case the Fanama route is chosen,
while $160,000,000 is allowed in case
the choice falls on the-Nicaragua route.
Firt in " Adjoining Building Drove; Quests
From the Lindell. -
St. Louis, Jan. 30. -Two hundred
and thirty guevts of the Lindell hotel
were driven from their apartments into
the sleety street tonight by flames
which wrecked the adjoining building
at the corner of Seventh street and
Washington avenue, and for 30 min
utes threatened to sweep away theybos
telry. Women : were carried from the
upper floors by elevator, and down the
stairs in a fainting condition. Mothers
with ( infants in their arms groped
their way through suffocating smoke.
Men dragged their trunks after them
down the broad stairways of the hotel,
and clerks in the office hastily pro
cured the valuables of the guests from
safes and vaults and carried them to
places of greater safety. The structure
in which the fire originated was the
old O'Neill building. A dozen or
more firms occupied it, and the losses
suffered by these firms will approxi
mate $300,000. The Lindell hotel was
damaged by smoke to the extent of
Japanese Soldiers Frozen to Death.
London, Jan. SO. The Tokio corre
spondent of the Daily Express cables
that over 200 soldiers have been frozen
to death in Nothern Japan.
Drouth in India.
London, Jan. 30. The viceroy of
India telegraphs that the drouth is
drying the crops in Bengal, the North
western provinces anl in Punjab. The
autumn crops are fair in the province
of Scind and in the Bombay deccan.
Commercial and Financial Happenings of Ira
V; portance A Brief Review of the Growth
and Improvements of the Many Industries
Throughout Our Thriving Commonwealth
Utesf Market Report .
Eugene school district voted a 6 mill
tar at the annual meeting last week.
Many hogs are dying around Pendle
ton from what may prove to be cholera.
The company owning the hot artesian
wells at Vale, has decided to erect a
fine hotel for the accommodation ' of
guests. '
Work is progressing smoothly at the
oil well being sunk at .Vale, Malheur
Fire damaged the Ashland Iron
Works to the extent of . $1,000 a few
days ago. ' - 7
'The merchants of Baker City have
agreed .. to close their stores at 6 :30
every evening except Saturday. ; ..
' A preliminary survey of the route of
the proposed electric road ; from La
Grande to Cove has been completed.
- Oil has been struck in one oi the
wells being bored near Nampa, in East
ren Oregon. Samples analyze 78 per
cent paraffine.
, The Gopher Mining Company, whose
property is in Southern Oregon-, is in
tailing a five stamp mill, and will have
ore to keep it going steady.
' The Wood burn schoortax will be 10
mills this -year. This, with the
county and state tax. will make a total
of 43, the highest ever known.
The telephone line from Union to La
Grande has changed hands.
The net valuation of taxable property
in Baker county is $3,523,346.
Hop buyers at Salem are offering
12 to 12 cents per pound.
The postoffice at Independence has
been moved into new quarters.
Extensive tests are being made with
silage at the agricultural college. -
The mayor of Pendleton has ordered
slot machines of all desreiptions out.
A franchise has been granted for ;vthe
erection of an electric - light plant at
Burns. ' . " . . ,.:..,.:.
Asbestos has been discovered in paying
quantities in Josephine county, near
the state lien.
The Salem school district levied an 8
mill tax for running expenses and 1
mill for a sinking fund.
Preparations have begun for the
building of a large saw mill on Foots
creek near Grants Pass. .
Extensive preparations are being
made for a thorough test of the exist
ence of oil near Monmoth. .
The expenditures of the agricultural
college . for 1901 were $41,507.93.
Total receipts, $63,285.93.
About 400 were in attendance at the
annual convention of the Knights of
Pythias in Pendleton this week.
Farmers around Ontario are making
arrangements to import ferrets to clean
out the gophers, which are very numer
ous. Portland Markets.
Wheat Quiet. Walla Walla, 63
63 c; bluestem. 6464c; Valley,
631,6c "
... Barley Feed, $1920; brewing,
20 21" per ton.
Oats No. 1 white, $1.1031.25; gray,'
Flour Best grades, $2.803.40 per
barrel; graham,- $2.502.80.
Millstuffs Bran,' $18 per ton; mid
dlings, $21; shorts, $20.50; chop, $17.
Hay Timothy, $1112; clover, $7
7.80; Oregon wild hay,' $5 6 per. ton.
Potatoes Best Burbanks, 90c $1.25
per cental; ordinary, 7085c per cen
tal, growers' prices; sweets, $1.75
2 per centaL
Butter-r-Creamery, 2527c; dairy.
J820c; store, ll13c. .
Eggs 3021c for fresh Oregon.'
Cheese Full cream, twins, 13
13c; Young America.- 1415c; fac
tory prices, llc less.
Poultry Chickens, mixed. $3(3)3.50;
hens, $44.25 per dozen, 910c per
pound; springs, 10c per pound. $3
3.50 per dozen; ducks. $6.50a7.50 per
dozen; turkeys, live, -. ll12c;
dressed, 14 15c per pound.
Mutton Gross, 4c per ( pound;
dressed, 77V&c per pound.
Hogs Gross, 594c; dressed, 67c
per pound.
Veal 89c per pound, dressed.
Beef Gross, cows, 34c; steers,
44c; dressed, 67c per pound.
Hops ll12c per pound. .
Wool Nominal. Valley, 13 15c;
eastern Oregon, 812c; mohair,
2121c per pound.
A million dollars a week is the cost
of the United States army.
American manufacturers of silver are
preparing to enter the market in Eng
land. ;
The Italian government has declined
an invitation to take part in the St.
Louis exposition.
The Baltimore & Ohio-road will
spend $50,000,000 on improvements,
mostly on the line between Pittsburg
' and Chicago.
a A Bennett at Last Arrested for Extensive
- Cattle Stealing. '''',
Missoula, Mont., Jan. 29. G. A.
Bennett, formerly a prominent merch
ant of this city, who for the; past 1 J
years has been hiding from sA iindict-
ment of a grand jury issued October 12,
1890, on a charge of stealing cattle, was
brought last night to Missoula by the
sheriff. V , .''-,.
The story of his downfall so far as
can be learned, is that stocjkmen, in
the summer of ,1890, had been missing
cattle, and suspicion fell on Bennett
and his range riders. A close watch
was kept oh tnem with the result that
evidence against Bennett, which c was
laid before the district judge, was con
sidered sufficient by that official to war
rant his calling a grand jury to investi
gate the matter. ' After a" session last
ing several day8 the grand . jury re
turned a verdict' against Bennett and
four others, charging them with, steal
ing cattle. , V ': .- ' ; t .. ' -:
JJennett drove from his home direct
ly through this city to some unknown
point on the Northern , Pcifie, where
dressed in -woinan's garb, ; he made hit
escape. " The vaxious( sheriffs of thi
county since', the escape have constant
ly been on the lookout for him. Some
weeks ago the sheriff located his man
at Albuquerque, . N. - M., and quietly
left the city for the south with all the
necesi-ary papers for his arrest and t!&
turn here. . ' ; 7
At the time the affair became publU
Bennett was operating a slaugh ter home
and in searching the place the grand
jury found upwards of lOQ.jeattle bide?
bearing the brands of -several Bitte'
Root stockmen hid.- in the. river and
buried in the ground in: that vicinity
Two Companies of the Eighth Infantry Re
ceive Orders. ,.'.,
Helena, Mont., Jan. 29. Orders
were re eived at Fort Harrison today
from General Miles, at Washington,
for two companies of the Eighth in-i
fantry to prepare , for transfer to the
Philippines. No time was tet for the
departure of the troops and - the date of
their leaving- wjll -probably not be
known ! until the arrival at San Fran
cisco of the infantry which is t' ta take
the place of the various commands now
in -the department; of the;Dakotas.
Two companies of the Eighth are at
Fort Harrison, one at Fort Missoula,
and one at Fort Yates , S. Di' All are
ordered to the Presidid, .whence they
will embark for the Philippines.
Sailing Dates for Returning Tro6ps.
Washington, Jan. 29. The war de
partment, has been informed that the
troops which are to come home from
the 'Philippines will sail from Manila
as follows:
Twenty-second infantry, February 1 ;
Twentieth infantry, February 16 ; head
quarters and First and Second battal
ions Seventeenth infantry, February 28.
The Third battalion of the Seventeenth
infantry will sail from Manila after
the arrival there of the Second battal-
n- of the Twenty-seventh infantry,
between March 1 and 10.. .
Pan-American Conference.
City of Mexico, Jan. 29. The pro
ject for an international court of claims
was presented at today's session of the
Pan-American conference. Though it
has not attracted the 1 same amount of
attention as the arbitration treaty, it is
of even greater practical importance.
It is in reality itself a compulsory arbi
tration plan, applied, however, only
to controversies involving . nothing but
pecuniary claims.
Two Freight Sections Collide.
Houston, Tex., Jan.. 29. In. a rear
end collision between two sections of a
stock train, at 3 o'clock this morning,
near Keller, 15 miles north of Fort
Worth, one man was killed and anothor
fatally injured. The men were in the
caboose of the first section. The wreck
was caused by a dense fog which pre
vented the danger signal from being
seen by the second section.
x Surprised a Boer" Laager.
Pretoria, Jan. 29. General Bruce
Hamilton, by a clever . night march,
surprised a laager between Ermelo and
Bethel, in the Transvaal colony, and
charged the Boers, who fled in all di
rections and were pursued many miles.
As a result of this expedition 82 Boers
and a quantity of stores were captured.
The casualties were small.
Fire in a Well-Known Book House.
Cincinnati, Jan. 29. A fire today
burned the'book house of W. E. Davie
& Co. 224 East Fourth street, causing
a loss estimated at $50,000. The' es
tablishment is widely known among
book lovers as a repository for old and
rare volumes, many of which were de
stroyed. - .
Explosion on a Spanish Gunboat
Vigo, Spain,' Jan. 28. The obsolete
Spanish .gun boat Condor has been towed
into this port in a damaged condition,
due to the explosion of her boiler,
which killed four men and dangerous
ly injured seven others, including the
commander of the vessel. ' The boat is
practically a. wre k. r
British-Canadian Trade.
London, Jan. 29. Lord Strathcona
and Mount Royal, Canadian high com
nrission in London, had addressed let
ters to the press in which he calls at
tention to the expanding trade between
.Great Britain and Canada, expresses
I his belief that this trade is capable of
much greater development, and invites
correspondence as to the best mean's of
assisting this development -by the dis
' semination of commercial information.
Men Were Without Food for Several Days
Relief Party Found Several of the. Com
pany Delirious Insurgent Officers Sur.
rendered Fight Between Police and Re
. Ws Led by Two Americans.
: '.Manila, Jan. 30. General Chaffee
curtailed his trip and returned here
this morning. ; . He says hj lound the
conditions satisfactory everywhere ex
cept in Saniar, where continuous rain
during the past " two months has re
tarded the campaign, especially against
such an elusive enemy. - ? I .
The condition " of Captain David B.
Porter's marines, who took part in the
expedition .into . the interior of Samar,
is worse than previously described.
They ; suffered fearful hardships, and
were without food for several days.
Ihey had been provided with rations
for only five days. The natives who
accompanied the marines declared they
were unarble to . distinguish the edible
roots, which the marines did not be
lieve. : The anger of the marines
against the natives is intense. None
of, the latter returned with the marines.!
The marines suffered so acutely from
-tarvation that they ate raw. the flesh
of two dogs. -.
When Captain Porter and 26 of his
men staggered into camp January' 2
they were delirious, and difficulty was
experienced in ascertaining the wherea
bouts of their companions. Williams,
of the First infantry, headed the relief
expedition in the face of a terrible
storm which flooded the rivers.- He
succeeded in" reaching the remaining
IB men, who would otherwise have cer
tainly perished. He found them all
delirious. ' Two of the men were dis
covered in the branches of trees, barr
ing like dogs. Some of the marines are
so ill that they are -not likely to re
cover. General Chaffee has endeavored to
obtain full details of the trip of the
marines, but Captain Porter is not yet
able lucidly to explain matters.
Major Lot and three Filipino lieuten
ants, with. 10 rifles, three revolvers and
24 bolos, surrendered to Major Ander
son, of the Sixth cavalry, yesterday at
Lipa, province - of Batangas. Lot
was brought in sick on a litter. He is
cordially hated at Lipa, where he looted
$55,000 worth of jewelry from promin
ent families. Nickerson's scouts have
captured Colonel Lot, a, brother of Ma
jor Lot, near. Batangas.
Lieutenant Larned, of the Sixth cav
alry, had a slight . engagement with
some Filipinos, during which he killed
two insurgents and captured a captain
and two soldiers. The general out
look in Batangas province is decidedly
A party of insurgents, led by two
renegade Americans, recently entered
Alangulang, in Leyte province, claim
ing they were constabulary, but not yet
uniformed. The impoeters were taken
to police headquarters and were royally
entertained by tha native sergeant in
charge. At a given signal the rene
gades and insurgents fell on the police,
who, though outnumbered two to one,
fought desperately and drove off their
assailants after a hand-to-hand fight,
in which bolos were the chief weapons.
The victory was notable, as the police
were completely surprised and outnum
bered. They lost two men killed and
j had one man wounded. ' The
; gents left one man dead.
Eight Lives Lost in a Boston Blaze Several
;'More Seriously Injured. ." .. .
Boston, - Jan. - 30. Eight persons
were killed, three probably fatally
burned, three seriously hurt in jump
ing from windows, and others more or
less hurt as a resjilt of a fire just be
fore 2 o'clock in an Italian tenement
house "on Fleet 6treet, North End.
Seven of the dead are adults, three
oj them women, and the eighth is a
child. The building was six stories in
height. The fire was not seen until it
was under such headway that the sleep
ing inmates on the upper floor were cut
Before the firemen got on the scene
two women and a man were seen to
throw themselves"- from the windows
of the third floor to the street below.
After the firemen had succeeded in
subduing the flames they began a
search of the far rooms and found eight
bodies. The firemen and police offi
cials labored hard in giving the unfort
unates emergency treatment, but their
efforts were in vain, for all had in
haled flame and smoke, and their bod
ies, in most cases, were blistered by
the fierce heat which they had en
countered. - Admiral Kimberiy Dead.
Washington Jan. 30. Secretary
Long has received a telegram annoudnc
ing the death of Admiral Lewis N.
Kimberiy, U. S. N., retired, at West
Newton, Mass., this morning, of
heart disease. Admiral Kimberiy was
selected f6r service on the Schley court
of inquiry, but was compelled to de
cline on account of ill health. He had
a long and distinguished, service in the
United States navy. He whs born in
New York, and appointed from Illinois.
Disaster n Iowa Cost Many . Uvea Several
Men Serin r sly Inhircd.
Oakalooea, la., Jan. 27. Tha Lost
Creek coal mine was the scene today of
a terrible disaster, which cost the lives
of 21 miners. Eight others were seri
ously injured. The bodies of the dead
men were recovered from the mine, and
lie tonight in an improvised morgue
near the scene of their destruction.
The injured, all of whom are frightfully
cut, bruised and burned, are under the
care of surgeons in a temporary hospital
equipped near the mine.
The Lost Creek mine is 10 -miles
south of Oskaloosa, and three -miles
north of Eddieville. The explosion
occurred at the noon honr, and was
what is known as a dust explosion.
The miners had just fired their usual
noon shots, one of which proved to be a
fizzle, the powder flame igniting the
gas and causing the explosion. Smoke
and debris were blown out of the mine
in a column 200 feet high. . A part of
the top works was torn away, and the
fans and cages were wrecked. This
made the work of rescue very slow,
and it was 3 .o'clock before volunteer
forces dared to venture , into the ' east
entry, where the explosion occurred.
The men of the rescue party fought
their way into the mine, where a
sQocking sight met their gaze. The
dead and injured were terribly burned
and. mutilated, some of them almost
beyond recognition. Beyond where the
bodies lay the fire was burning fiercely,
and for a time it was feared the work
ings would be wholly destroyed and the
bodies incinerated. Finally, however,,
the flames were-subdued. The bodies
were then collected and . taken to the
top of the shaft.
At the time of the explosion more
than 100 men were in the mine, but all
except those in the east entry escaped
witn only slight injury. The total
property loss will be about $10,000.
Nearly all of the men were married
and leave families in poor circum
Australia Complains That Meat Contracts
Go to Argentina.
Sydney, N. S. W., Jan. 28. The
placing of contracts in Argentina by
the British war office, to supply meats
and other produce for the troops in
South Africa, has engendered extreme
rritation throughout Australasia.
This, action of the imperial authorities
is regarded as evidence of reprehensible
indifference to the claims of the colon
ies, as ill accorded with the expressions
of imperial solidarity, as poor repay
ment for the sacrifices of the colonists,
and generally as-grave injustice. . Most
of the premiers uf Australasia and the
premier of New Zealand have cabled to
the imperial government strong pro-'
tests in practically identical terms, say
ing that the two colonies are able to
supply the war office requirements in
South Africa three times over. Both
colonies, it is pointed out, have more
meat than consumers, and when thev
are doing all in their power to build
up and strengthen "the empire, it is in
comprehensible that trafle is given to
foreigners, especially Argentina, thut-
bringing into the field a keen compe
titor with the people of Australasia.
The premiers further declare that they
feel such action is wrong and unfriend
ly, and that the blunder should be
promptly retrieved.
No Demonstration at SL Thomas, Danish
West Indies.
St.Thomas, D. W. I., Jan. 28. The
announcement which reached here of
the signing of the treaty by which Den
mark sells the Danish West Indies to
the United States, was received quietly
There was no open manifestation, but
much anxiety prevails regarding the
developments. Nothing official has
yet been received from Copenhagen
The governor of St. Thomas has de
clined to be interviewed.
The Danish cruiser Valkiren will re
main here indefinitely, it is reported,
so as to guard against disturbances,
which it is believed, however, are not
likely to occur. ,
Plebiscite of Danish Antilles.
Washington, Jan. 28. The Danish
government will not take the plebescies
of the Danish West Indian Islands to
determine whether they shall be ceded
to the United States until the United
States senate has ratified the treaty of
cession. This circumspection is sup
posed to. be the outcome of the senate's
action in rejecting a former treaty of
cession after Denmark had accustomed
the islanders to the idea of transfer.
' ' Her Release is Near.
Sofia, Jan. 28. The semi-official
Bulgaria announces that the American
delegates bearing the ransom for Miss
Stone, the captive American mission'
ary, have anyved at Jumaya, and that
Miss Stone and her companion, Mme.
Tsilka, will be released within 24 hours
after the money is paid.
- ; Tired of Useless Struggle.
Pretoria, Jan. 28. Lord Kitchener
has authorized General Vilomel, a sur
rendered burgher, to raise an additional
Boer corps of 1,500 men. General vil
omel hap written: a letter to . ex -President
Steyn, warning the latter of his
intention to form such a corps, and
adding that the Boers in the concentra
tion camps are tired of the useless
struggle and are determined to help the
British end it.
Six Mea Lose Their Lives Numb of lai
hired Reaches One Hundred Blast Goes
Off Without Warning at Tunnel of New
Rapid Transit Railway Property Loss Is
Estimated at $1,000,000. . ;
New York, Jan. 29. The reserve
supply of high explosives, stored at the
raric avenue shaft of the Rapid Transit
tunnel, now in course of construction,
blew up shortly after noon today. The
giant blast killed six persons, injured
100 others and damaged all the proper
ty reached by the flying debris and the
vibration of the shock.
The irregular square formed by the
Murray Hill hotel on the west, the
Manhattan Eye and Ear hospital and
the , Grand Union hotel on the east.
and the Grand Central station on the
north, was the scene of the explosion.
The buildings named sustained the
greatest damage, but the area extended
for several blocks in the four directions
from the center.
General alarms brought firemen, po
lice reserves and every available ambu
lance to the spot. A majority of the
wounded were treated on the snot, and
the white coated ambulance surgeons
worxed lor an hour in the debris-strewn
streets. Police lines weie thrown at
either end of Park avenue and acioss
the intersecting streets.
ine cause of the exdosion and the
quantity of explosives that blew up are
not .definitely known. Several causes
nave Been advanced. One was that a
lire started near the powder room.
Another was that it started from a
spark produced from a strav current of
electricity. A third placed the blame
upon a blast in the tunnel. Still
another gave a gas explosion from elec
trical contact with the trolley conduit
in the electrical subway. It will take
an official examination to reveal the
true explanation.
The damage mav exceed Si . 000. 000.
The first estimate of the damnern to tha
Murray Hill hotel places the loss at
$100,000, but later the hotel was
abandoned as unsafe. If the building
is condemned, the loss on it alone will
approximate $1,000,000.
Delay in Reporting Bill Saving of Time Lat
erNicaragua is Most Favored.
Washington, Jan. 29. An attempt is
being made to make capital out of the
delay in reporting the canal bill, but
Senator Mitchell says that time will be
saved in having every possible feature
of opposition to Nicaragua developed
in the committee, so that there can be
no requests for further investigation,
or further delay after the bill comes
before the senate. Then it will simply
be a question which is the best route,
and while the matter may be discussed
at length, debate cannot be drawn out,
as it might be, should some senator
hold that the committee had not gath
ered all the facts obtainable. Senator
Hanna acknowledges that the commit
tee is surely in favor of the Nicaragua
bill, there being three majority against
Panama, whenever the committee is
ready to vote.
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Dole Not Asked to Resign
Sam Parker, who was once promi
nent in Hawaiian affairs, a member of
the Bepublican national committee
from that territory, is stirring up
more or less gossip about the governor
ship, and already several stories have
been published that he is to succeed
Dole. It was ascertained at the White
House today that Dole's resignation
had not yet been asked for, and the
president has not decided to select
Parker if he finds it necesfary to make
a change. He is considering the case,
and it is possible after he obtains all
the facts that Dole may be removed,
and that Parker . may be appointed,
but some other man instead of Parker
stands just as good a chance.
It is reported that General Miles and
Admiral Dewey are to be sent to Europe
as representatives of the St. Louis ex
position, to arouse interest in the en
terprise and secure foreign exhibits.
Should this be done, both will first
have to obtain permission from their
respective departments.
American Invitations to Kruger.
London, ,Jan. 29. The correspondent
of the Daily Telegraph at Brussels says
in a dispatch that Mr. Kruger has re
ceived fresh invitations from Chicago,
New York and Philadelphia to vieip
those cities, and that he will probably
start upon an American tour next April.
Fire at Montciair, N. J.
New York, Jan. 29. Fire at Mont
ciair, N. J., early today destroyed sev
eral buildings in the business section.
Other buildings were badly damaged.
Loss, $95,000.
, Mt Athos Monastery Burned.
London, Jan. 29. Telegraphing from
Vienna, the correspondent of the Daily
Chronicle says the newspai ers of Ath
ens report that the celebrated St. Paul
monastery on Mount Athos, was burned,
two days ago. The prior and nine
monks ' perished and 20 others were'
seriously injured. The occupants of
the monastery were sleeping when the
fire broke out, according to the Athens
caners. and the monaster? itFelf van
j damaged to the extent of $400,000.