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It's a Cold Day When We Get Left.
VOL. Till.
NO. 32.
From. All Parts of .the New
World and. the Old. i;
oasprehenslva Review of the Import
ant Happening of the Fast Week
Culled From the Telegraph Colnmni,
An ocoult temple will be built in Si n
Franoisoo by theosophista, and fund 4
have already been subscribed.
A strike instituted at Georgetown,
Mass., has thrown out of work 200
men, and promises to embrace the en
tire six shoe factories of the town. ; A
threatened oat in wages was the cause
of the strike.
- A family of ten persona and a num
ber of oattle have been engulfed by
the subsiding of a bog of 100 aores
near Castle island, county Kerry, Ire
land. It is stated that other persons
, were drowned. !.
The foreign office informs the Asw
! ciated Press that no communication to
any power regarding Cuba and the
United States has been made by Great
Britain, and it is added that - no repre
sanations direotly or indireotly have
been made on the subjeot to the United
. States by Great Britain. If any other
powers have done so, the foreign office
is not aware of the fact.
The oonstruotors of the Siberian rail
.." road have undertaken to build a line
through Mantohuria. starting from a
k point on the river where the Siberian
road joins the trans-Baikelia line and
terminating at Mikolskaya, Russia.
The ministerial press of St. Peters
burg poiuts out that this line will
make Russia the intermediary of peaoe
. ful civilisation between Europe and
Asia. , ' .. .
A speoial trom Paris says it is sug
, gested that Great Britain, Franoe and
Italy, the powers most interested, offer
' their servioes in the Cuban question in
order to prevent a . conflict between
Spain and the United States, and ter
minate the revolt.
Dr. E. Forbes, representing a Lon
don firm, arrived on the last steamer
from the Orient in San Franoisoo, with
v cases of medical instruments valued
at $80,000.' He olaims they are works
of art, and should be admitted free of
duty. The oustoms authorities are
withholding the instruments, however,
until the duty is paid.
' The postmaster of Des Moines, la.,
had his oarriera look up worthy oases
of poor families and delivered presents
. to them on Christmas morning. Sev
eral hundred dollars was subscribed by
business men for the purpose. S aores
of letters were reoeived from poor chil
dren telling what they desired Santa
Claus to bring them. ;' ,
Senator Mitchell, of Oregon, has!
proposed an amendment to the sundry
civil appropriation bill, providing for
auxiliary fishcultural stations at points
to be selected by the commissioner of
. fish and fisheries in Oregon, Washing
ton and California, for the propagation
. of salmon, trout and other fishes. The
amendment appropriates $17,600 for
the purpose. ...
Jerry Burke, the colored boy, who
haoked Mrs. John Foss and her daugh-
ter, Mrs. Cavanaugb, with an ax, at
their home at Clio, Livingston parish,
, Louisiana, last Sunday, was oaptured
by a posse of citizens about a mile
from the scene of the crime. In view
of the faot that the ladies are not dead,
the plan to burn him at the stake was
abandoned, and he was simply riddled
with bullets. ;
The secretary of the treasury has
sent to congress a computation of the
aPaoifio railroad debts as made by the
government aotuary. The statement
shows that the advances to the Union
Paoiflo, including the Kansas Pacifio,
by the government, will, at maturity,
the first of next July, amount to $92,-
846,285, of which sufficient has been re
paid to reduce the amount to $53,289.
. e 593. The balanoe due on acoount of
j, the Central Pacifio on July 1 next will
",ube $60,818,377., .;
Dr. Thomas Powell, of Missouri, re
cently made some remarkable experi
. ments before a party of dootors in Los
Angeles in order to prove the efficacy
of his remedy for oertain diseases. He
alarmed the physicians present by in
jeoting baooillus tuberoulosis and bac
v oilli diptherial into himself, appearing
to take them without evil effect. He
also injected some baotina into two
,: guinea . pigs, which promptly died.
His next experiment will be to iDjeot
sputum from a woman dying of con
gumption into himself.
The annual statement of construc
tion published by the Railway Age, of
.Chioago shows that during 1896 only
1,802 miles of railway lines were built
y in the United States. . This is one mile
less than the total reported for 1895,
and the smallest mileage built in any
:, year sinoe 1875. The number of lines
on which this track was laid is 163,
which is eleven less than the number
of new lines added in the previous
year. Track was laid in thirty-eight
of the forty-four states and territories.
. The longest mileage was built in Cali
fornia 187 miles on eight lines.
Absolutely Refuses to Permit Further
Constantinople, Dec. 80. The Rus
sian ambassador on Saturday, acting in
ooncert with representatives of Great
Britain, Franoe, ; Italy. Germany and
Austria, bad an audience with the sul
tan, Abdul Hamid, one of many such
interviews within the past year, on the
same subjeot, the better administration
of affairs in the Turkish empire .
The Russian diplomat began by
warning the sultan and the Turkish
government that if the evenues oeded
for payment of the Turkish debt were
touched, v European ' oontrol of the
finances of the empire would become
inevitable. M. de Nelidoff, the Rus
sian ambassador, further informed the
sultan that the ozar guaranteed his per
sonal safety and engaged himself to
maitain the sultan's supremacy in the
eveat of severe measures being neoes
sary upon the part of the powers. '. The
sultan, however, remained obdurate,
refusing to consent to any measure of
oontrol, financial or otherwise, by the
. The Russian ambassador said the
condition of the Turkish empire placed
the throne and the caliphate in immi
nent peril. Thereupon .Abdul Hamid
remarked impressively;
"I may be the last of the caliphs,
but I will never become a second khe
dive." In addition to these warnings, M. de
Nelidoff sent a note to the Turkish gov
ernment and; to the palace. The ut
most significance is attached to it in
diplomatic ciroles. He pointed out in
preoise terms the necessity for the sul
tan following the advice of the powers
and acting in complete agreement with
their plans for improving the situa
tion, warning them once more that
the sultan's refusal to do so involves
the most disagreeable oonsequences.
The ambassadors of the powers will
meet again to disouss the situation,
and will reassemble in future twioe a
week until they oomplete their recom
mendations to the sultan and his ad
visers. The envovs acting together
will henceforth maintain' the strictest
seoreoy regarding their deliberations
and the aotion taken or contemplated
and will not even inform the envoys "
of other powers of the deoisions reached.
'. These latest steps upon the part of
the powers are once again reported to
have produoed a profound impression
at Kiosk and in pursuanoe of the is
suance of an amnesty deoree the Ar
menian prisoners in Asia Minor and
this oity and vicinity are being released
daily" in batches of fifteen.
Tlratei and Counterfeiters are Promptly
Beheaded. .
San Franoisoo, Deo. 80. According
to the latest advices from the Orient
Li Ka Chuck, superintendent of the
Canton police, on November 23, seized
a large number of counterfeit coins.
The chief coiner, Tse Sang, and others,
were arrested. . An imperial deoree
from Peking oommanded the immediate?
decapitation of the three named offend
ers, and enjoins the viceroy to deal
with the others as he thinks necessary
according to law, as a warning to the
people. The offioials who effeoted the
seizure were all promoted in rank. , .
. The Canton viceroy reported in an
other memorial the capture of two no
torious pirate junks. In effecting the
capture one military officer lost his life.
A deoree was issued on the 19th of
November authorizing the execution of
the oaptives and ordering the offioials
ooncerned in the oapture to be promot;
ed in rank and that the matter of the
military officer who had lost bis life
be referred to the board conoerned for
rewards and posthumous honors.
An Investigation Asked For.
New York,.' Deo. 80. Several life
insuranoe oompanies have asked Coro
ner Tuthill to make a thorough investi
gation as to the cause of the death of
David Blakeley, manager of Sousa's
band, who expired suddenly in his
office in this city in November last
The body is to be disinterred in odrer
to determine whether certain sums in
a Chicago aocident insuranoe company
oan be collected, Blakely having suf
fere 1 a severe bioyole aooident some
weeks prior to his death.
An Immense Blast Fired.
San Diego, Deo. 30. The Southern
California Mountain Water Company
fired the largest blast at Morena made
in - the history of the ' state. The
amount of rook disloged was 160,000
tons. . Giant and blaok powder was
used. All the deposits of powder
which were plaoed in tunnels at differ
ent levels in the hills were conneoted
by eleotrio wires, which completed a
oirouit. . .
A Big Cruiser Floated.
Cronstadt, Deo. 80. The armored
jruiser Rossia, of 12,180 tons displace
ment, the largest vessel in the Russian
navy, whioh ran on a sandbank in the
beginning of November and , has been
frozen in ever sinoe, has ' been floated
after fifty-one days of incessant labor
with steam ioebreakrs.
Bombay, Djc. . 80. The bubonic
plague is increasing," there having been
2,094 cases and 1,494 deaths from that
cause up to date. The exodus from
the city oontinues, and the natives are
threatened with malarial law unless
they conform with the sanitary regulations.
They Insist That Incidental Negotia
' tlons Shall Be llosed First Gen
eral Arbitration Treaty Completed.
Washington, Deo. 80. Seoretary 01
ney left the state department at 12
o'olock today and went direct to the
British embassy, where he held a long
conference by appointment with Sir
Julian Paunoefote, the British ambas
sador, relative to the status of the Ven
ezuela treaty. Mr. Olney 's call fol
lowed the arrival of Minister Andrade,
of Venezuela, and James J. Storrow,
counsel in the Venezuela oase, who
reached Washington late last evening.
The result of the conference was
guarded with the usual seorecy which
prevails at meetings between the secre
tary and an ambassador, but there is
good reason to believe it was the occa
sion for going over sevoral new phases
of the Venezuela question.
The offioials are reticent, and will
say only in general terms that the pros
peot of an acceptance of the settlement
by , Venezuela is good. It is understood,-however,
that there are impor
tant limitations to the acceptance
whioh appear to make the ' case less
hopeful of an immediate and satisfac
tory conclusion than has been expeoted.
The plan of an extra Session of the
Venezuela congress to ratify the treaty
has been practically abandoned. There
appears also to be a question as to the
nature ' of Venezuela's acoeptanca.
President Crespo and the government
authorities hare expressed satisfaction
with the general settlement, so far as
they seoure arbitration, yet they have
not yet expressed official approval of
all the details of the settlement On
the odntrary, there seems a very
earnest desire at Caracas for more ex
act information of the terms of the
treaty between Venezuela and Great
Britain. .
At present there is no disposition to
await the gradual maturing ' of this
complete treaty, and it is little short
of settled that the treaty will have to
be forthcoming, and all the incidental
negotiations closed before the desired
Venezuela ratification is seoured. ,
In official and diplomatio -ciroles,
there continues to be a satisfactory and
hopeful view of the situation. It is
felt-all obstaoles will be cleared away
in time, and there is a disposition to'
minimize obstaoles as being under the
head of minor details. ,.
At the same time, the practioal
abandonment of the extra session of
the Venezuela congress and the dispo
sition to olose all negotiations on the
final treaty before acceptance is given
do not increase the prospeot of a speedy
conclusion of the oase. . '
' Ontbe question of general arbitra
tion between the United Stated and
Great Britain, Mr. Olney and Sir
Julian have made their final draft of
the treaty, and it is in the hands of
Lord Salisbury, awaiting his approval.
No doubt exists of its approval, and
it is expeoted to oome daily. .
President Cleveland Preparing to Bring
the Mattir to a Settlement. t
' Washington, Deo. 80. The Even
ing Star today says: '
The president has had several con
ferences of late with the attorney-general,
and the secretary of the interior
and the seoretary of the treasury, with
a view to speedy aotion for the adjust
ment of obligations of tha Paoiflo rail
roads to the government
It has been settled that steps will
shortly be taken for the foreclosure of
the government mortgages on these
roads, unless congress shall ' make
provision for settlement of the ques
tion at the present session. . With the
amount already matured, more than
$13,000,000 of the prinoipal of the
subsidy bonds issued in behalf of the
Union Pacifio line, and more than $6,
000,000 of similar bonds issued in aid
of the Central Pacifio road, will have
fallen due and been paid or -, must be
paid on or before January 1 next.
Without reference to the application of
the sinking fund now in the treasury,
this state of affairs will, in the opin
ion of the president, as stated in his
annual message, "create such a default
on the part of the companies to the
government as will give it the right to
at onoe institute proceedings to fore
close its mortgage lien." - r , -
In addition to the above stated - in
debtedness maturing January 1 next,
there will mature thereafter, by Jan
uary 1, 1899, the remaining principal
of suoh subsidy bonds whioh must also
be met by the government. ; These ag
gregate $41,000,000, of whioh $20,
000,000 are on account of the Union
Pacifio, and $21,000,000 on acoount of
the Central Paoiflo Company.
1 Lost on te Swedish Coast.
Hull, England, Dec. 80. The Wil
son line' steamship Volo is a total loss
at -Wingu, off the coast of Sweden.
The crew and passengers were saved.
The Volo was a screw steamer built at
Hull in 1890, registering 841 tons net. '
Venezuelans Not Ready
' Ratify the Treaty.
Spain Asks the Unitel Stales to Aot
as Mediator.
Washington, Deo. 30. It has been
learned from an authentic source that
Secretary Olney and Senor Dupuy de
Lome have practically terminated the
negotiations of the Cuban question,
whioh are to be submitted to congress
when it convenes, January 5. The
terms of the agreement are based on
recent official communications from
Premier Canovas addressed to the seo
retary of state. -.. . .., v :
The premier states clearly the terms
whioh Spain will accord to the insur
gents, and praotically asks the United
States to propose these conditions to
her rebellious subjects. In return for
our good offloes, Spain assures this gov
ernment she sincerely deplores the great
commercial loss which we have sus
tained on acoount of the Cuban dis
turbances. She assures us she is even
now considering a reoiprooity treaty
which will deal mainly with Cuban
products, and whioh will be framed
in suoh advantageous terms toward this
government that our . losses, both in
commerce and. in the destruction of
Amerioan property in Cuba, will be
most generously compensated.
Premier Canovas bays Spain cannot,
as a self-respeoting and respeoted na
tion, stand before the world as having
been coeroed into , measures by the
United States. . She has freely granted
all she now offers, and that in the face
of a rebellion. But she acoepta tho
good offices of the United States to act
as mediator, and to guarantee to the
insurgents amnesty and the enforce
ment of the new reform law whioh she
is about to proclaim in Cuba.
The form of government offered is,
the Spanish statesman declare?, the
limit of independence which oau be
granted to a province by any nation
without absolutely severing the bonds
of union with the mother oountry.
Autonomy as enjoyed by the Canadians
can never be granted in Cuba. What
Spain is willing to grant the insur
gents, if they lay down their arms,
and what she asks the United States to
guarantee, is an act whioh provides
for a counoil of administration which
shall control all matters pertaining to
the commerce of the West Indies and
all estimates upon the general taxation
and expenditures of the island, as well
as its general home government.
Spain's Backdown. '
New York, Dao. 80. A Madrid dis
pa toh to the World says: , '.""'".,
An evidently inspired editorial ' in
the Epooa today, foreshadowing . the
possibility of an , understanding , be
tween the Spanish government and
President Cleveland, has caused a pro
found sensation in Spain. The Epoca,
the organ of the conservative party,
now in power, says:
"Amerioan intervention in Cuba is
perfeotly logical on the grounds of
material interests and- national senti
ment It might become au inevitable
necessity of American home politics,
and it is eminently to the in'.erest of
our own country to avoid a oonflict
while we oan do so with honor, main
taining our dignity and sovereignty."
The present active efforts of Spanish
diplomacy are all aimed, it is asserted
in diplomatio and political quarters
here, at oonvinoing the American state
department that exigencies of domestio
policy make it impossible for Spain to
enter into any formal agreement or
convention with the United States for
the settlement of the Cuban question.
Strenuous efforts are being made by
the Spanish and other European gov
ernments to prevail upon President
Cleveland to be content if Spain assents
taoitly only to his interference, and
satisfies Amerioan opinion for the time
being by voluntary and prompt insti
tuting in Cuba and- in Porto Rioo of
the reforms voted by the- c'ortes. This
is an' understanding,' however, that
Preimer Canovas will ask the . cortes
this year to authorize oomplete colonial
autonomy and reduction of colonial
tariffs, to prepare the way. for a reci
procity treaty with the United States.
The Spanish generals agree that it is
possible to reduce the insurrection in
Cuba to the three eastern provinces in
a few months with the foroes now on
the island, but they share the opinion
of General Weyler that oomplete pa
cification of the rest of the island
would require a much longer time, un
less the - rebels should be convinced
that resistance is sure to diminish in
consequence of the Spanish government
coming to an understanding, even un
official, with the United States to set
tle the Cuban question.
Crime of a Tramp. '
Grafton, Wis., Deo. 29. John
Holmes, a farmer near here, was shot
last evening by Ferdinand,' Fragen
kneoht, whose objact was presumably
robbery. Two shots lodged in Holmes'
head and one passed through his neck.
He cannot reoover. After firing the.
shots Fragenknecht fled.. 1 He was
quiokly pursued by a posse of citizens,
who oaught him and were on the point
of executing him when the police in
terfered, and after much ' trouble suc
ceeded in lodging him safely in jail.
The murderer evidently is a tramp.
He asked Mrs. Holmes for a meal,
which was given him, and he then
pulled a revolver and shot the old
farmer while his wife was in another
room. She ran out shouting ."mur
der," and a crowd soon collected and
followed and captured the man.
A Resume of Events in the
. ' . Northwest. .. ..
News- Gathered in All the Towns o!
Our Neighboring State Improve
ment Noted in A 11 Industries- Oregon.
. A project is on foot in Brownsville
to have a free reading-room.
Stockbuyers are paying $12 to $17 for
2-year-old steers, and $15 for oows, in
Grant county. . . ';.....'
Cattle on the range in Grant county
are looking thinner than ever at this
time of the year. ,
Empire City's town treasurer holds
$1,200 town funds, and the oity boasts
of no indebtedness.
The colored miners at Beaver Hill,
in Coos county, are organizing a lodge,
supposedly of Masonry.
There are about thirty taxpayers in
Wallowa county, who pay taxes on
property valued at over $6,000 eaoh.
Elgin has shipped 787 oarloads of
grain, stook, wool, lumber and ties in
the last ten months valued at $105,000,
Strange as it may seem in midwinter
the feunohgrass is growing on Grant
county's hills, says the Canyon City
News. . , - .
Mr. Herrick expeots to have work
begun on his oannery at The Dalles in
a few weeks, to put it in shape for the
spring run of salmon.
S. B. Edson, representing Edson
Bros., of Gazelle, Cal., who has been
in Lane oounty for some time buying
cattle, will ship about 350 head, eight
carloads, to Gazelle. The cattle are
mostly 3-year-old, steers. . ,
In answer to a request from the Mil
ton board of trade for a conference
upon the quesiton of dividing Umatilla
county, the Pendleton chamber of com
merce has written that the question of
division is one for the people of the
county; but that, as an association, it
is opposed to division. : ,'
Last summer P. Boler, who lives in
Springfield preoinot, in Lane oounty,
raised ' several hundred bushels of
canary seed, and sold it in Portland,
Salem and Eugene. He reoeived 4
cents per pound for the seed. It is
better than the canary seed raised in
California and the other states, weigh
ing considerably more to the bushel.
An old oonple, while on their way
to The Dalles last week in a two-horse ,
hack, were upset in a snowdrift on a
steep grade on Ten-Mile, and went
rolling down the hill. A young man
went to their assistance tried to get the
horses out of the drift, and the horses
and hack went tumbling after. For
tunately, no one was seriously hurt,
nor was muoh damage done to the rig.
Harold Parker has returned to Baker
City from Omaha, after an absence oi
several months. Last spring Mr.
Parker left Huntington with 13,600
sheep, the property of Gutherie, Foss
& Co., of Omaha, to be driven over
land to Clarks, a station near the me
tropolis of Nebraska. Although it
took Mr. Parker four months or more
to make the drive, he was so successful
that he lost but ninety sheep.
? . - .' Washington." ' '
A great deal of wheat has been sold
in Ellensburg lately.
The city treasurer of Fairbaven has
issued a call for warrants numbered
from 8970 to 8080 inclusive, drawn
upon the general fund, there being
funds on hand with which to pay them.
Buokley citizens are now oiroulating
a petition for- the establishment of a
wagon road from that town to the
Summit mines, and pledges of assist
ance are said to be numerous.
The aggregate value of real property
in Eliokitat oounty is 1896, as equal
ized by the oounty .board, is $1,612,506.
The population of the oounty is 7,600.
The oounty has fifty-six organized
school districts, with an attendance of
2,680 pupils. ; (
The Washington state board of pilot
commissioners for the Columbia river
and bar have submitted their report to
the governor of vessels bound in and
out of the Columbia river from July 1 ,
1896, to Ootober 6, 1896. It shows
that there were sixty-four bound in and
sixty-one bound out between these dates.
The oity oi Ellensburg has been or
dered by the oourt to make a speoial
tax levy of four mills a year for four
years to pay the 'amount of the judg
ment in the Lorerice case, wherein a
verdict for damages against the oity
was rendered, because of an aooident
resulting from a defective sidewalk.
The judgment now amounts to about
' " Superintendent Barnett, of the St.
Louis mine, was in Everett the other
day from Silverton. " He brought down
five pack horses, and had to make them
swim the Stillagnamish river three
times. It was a perilous undertaking,
for the stream was high and swift.
Tho nnmnnnv Vina a drillinor mi t fit
ready to put in the mine as soon as the
maohinery oan be transported by rail, :
and then work will be continued all
winter. v '
Brave Party of Texans Fighting for"
Cuba Killed in a Hot Fight.
New York, Deo. 29. A special to
the World from Key West, says:
' The Lone Star company, of the Pa
triot Army of j West Cuba, consisting .
of fifteen Texas sharpshooters, perished
to a man after battling more than five
hours against vastly superior Spanish
forces in Pinar del Rio provinoe, kill
ing double their own number and
wounding probably as many more.
Havana offioials are jubilant, passen
gers say, over the news of this victory. .
A Cnban band was observed near .
Pinar del Rio oity Thursday morning,
and General Melquiz sent two squads
of oavalry to attack it. After a run
ning fight, the band, whioh proved to
be oomposed of the fifteen Texans, was
chased into a "bottle," a bit of hum- -mock
having one opening. The Texans,
seeing they were in a hole, retreated to
the further end and fortified them
selves behind some boulders.. i The
Spanish troopers dismounted and sur
rounded them, pouring "in a fire from
both sides. : The brave Texans replied ,
and kept up the fight more than five
hours. By that time, six of the fifteen
bad been killed and four wounded,
while twenty-five Spaniards had bit
the dust and ten or more were wounded.
A flag of truoe was sent in by the
Spanish, and the Texans were oalled
on to surrender, but the Americans re-,
fused, shouting, "We remember Ma-'
CeO." ;. ' h- '
' This infuriated the Spaniards, and
they fought with renewed fieroeness.
Twice they charged, but the rapid fir
ing of the brave little band drove them
back. By getting on a high ridge be
hind the Texans' position, the Span-'
iards were enabled to kill all but two '
of those left. Those two gallantly con
tinued to fight and held off the enemy
an hour longer. Then, overoome by
thirst and enfeebled by loss of blood,
flowing from a dozen wounds, they
were out to pieces by the Spanish, who
finally dashed up as the Texans oried, .
"Viva Cnbalibre." .;
A Murder, r Owes Bis Safety to Gov
' ernor Stone. ' ''' ',
Jefferson City, Mo., Deo. 29. The
presence of Governor Stone at the coun- -ty
jail tonight probably saved Toba
Lanahan, oolored, from being lynohed.
At 8:80 o'olook, a mob of fully 1,000,
whites and blacks, surrounded the jail,
threatening to avenge the .most revolt
ing murder ever committed in Jeffer
son City. Early this morning the
body of a 14-year-old negro girl, Millie
Gaines, was found in a yard baok of
Joseph Stampfli's furniture store. The
child had been outraged, her skull
crushed and her body mutilated in a .
horrible manner. Suspioion : pointed
to Tobe Lanahan, and he was arrested.
In the basement of the furniture store -
inoriminating evidence was found. '
The news spiead over the oity, and
by night there was great exoitement.
When a lynching was . finally threat
ened, Governor Stone, aooompanied by
Mayor Silver and Assistant Attorney-
General Jordan, went to the jail and
Governor Stone spoke to the mob. He
appealed to them to leave the punish
ment of the crime to the state. As
oitizens of the capital of the state, he
implored them not to permit, in the -very
shadow of the capital, such a
crime as was contemplated. , When the
enraged men were finally induced to
withdraw, the prisoner was removed
to the ' state penitentiary. Armed
guards from the state armory assisted
in the transfer of the prisoner.
Another Big Tunnel.
Seattle, Deo. 29. H. C. Henry, the
millionaire contractor, today confirmed
the report that he had seoured the con
tract to build the approaches to the
Great Northern railroad's tunnel
through the Cascade mountains, and
that men were already on their way to
commence preliminary work. Mr.
Henry refused to state the amount of
the contract. It will take about six
months, to do the work, and then every-
thing will be ready to commencs on
the tunnel, which will be one of the '
greatest engineering feats known in
railroad history. . The tunnel will be
2 miles long, and will reduce the
altitude of the road 1,000 feet. -
. i Mailcarrler Protected Himself.
Burlington, Ky., Deo." 29. A col
ored people's Christmas oelebration be- .
gan at Big Bone springs Wednesday
night, and continued all night. Chas. .
El wart, a mail oarrier, while passing
the plaoe yesterday morning,' was as
saulted by Harvey Foster, oolored,
armed with a razor. Elwart shot Fos-"
ter dead. He has been arrested.- El-
wart's reputaiton is good while that of
Foster is bad. . ,
' Disastrous Fire.
Potsdam, . N. Y., Deo. 29. The
Windsor hotel, four saloons, two cloth
ing stores, three restaurants, one gro
cery, two livery stables, and two bar- ,
ber shops, oomposing a large portion of .
the business section of the town, were
burned today. The loss is estimated
at $100,000; partially insured.
! A Postofflce Block Burned.
Amesbury, Mass., Deo. 29. The
postoffioe blook was badly damaged by
fire today. The loss cn the building
and property of the various ocoupanta
will amount to $60,000; insurance,
about $40,000. The fire probably J
oaught near the boiler in the basement, i