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It's a Cold Day When We Get Left.
NO. 32.
Epitome of the Telegraphic
' News of the World.
.n Interesting Collection of Item From
the New and . the Old "World In a
Condensed and Comprehensive Form
Sheepmen in Southern Colorado are
losing thousands of sheep by snow and
extremely cold weather. 's
The .Northern Pacific Railway Com
' pany has reduced wages of car repairers
at Superior 25 cents a day.;
. . The schooner Ballora Loherman,
Captain Plummer, from 'South River,
N. J., for Boston", foundered without
v. warning Sunday morning off Highland
Lights. No liveB were lost.: v
! Charles W. Winkler, a brakeman on
the Columbia & Puget Sound railway,
was run over by a coal car and killed
in the Seattle yards. Winkler form
erly lived in Butte City, Cal., where
; he has relatives.
A bomb, made of gas pipe and filled
with powder, was' the Ger
man theater, in Olatuez,1 Monrovia.
Little damage Wjj.5 done, but ' the inci
dent caused 'great excitement among
the German residents. .
The Turkish government, replying to
the representations of Greece, has ex
plained that the. firing upon the Greek
gunboat Actium' by the Turks at Per
vassa, on Saturday last, as the vessel
was leaving the gulf of Ambraoia, was
due to a misunderstanding.
Aunt Judith Moore, the first colored
woman admitted to membership in
Henry Ward Beecher's church, is dead
at her home in Brooklyn,' aged 74. It
is said that Mr. Beeoher in his will re
quested that she be care for. She is
one of the original -members of the
: Christian Endeavor Society. ,! :
. Jacob. Sarigs, of Ooramiah, Persia,
' bow in Cincinnati,' giving talks on
' Persia and Armenia, has just received
. a letter from friends in his Persian
home, informing him that a band of
raiders from Eoordestan had massacred
all the inhabitants of a Persian Chris
tian town, 800 souls, near Salinas,
Persia. ,
Peter French, a .prominent cattle
man and landowner of Harney oounty,
Oregon, was killed by a man flamed
Oliver. : It is reported that the deed
was a cold-blooded murder. The vio
" tim was shot in the back of the .head,
the bullet-coming out betwt-en the eyes.
A land dispute is said to Jjave been the
oause of the trouble. J. ' ' ' ' .
' The Overman Wheel Company, of
Chicopee Falls, Mass., has made an as
signment for the benefit of its creditors.
Henry B.. Bowman, president : of the
Springfield National bank; has-been
k appointed trustee. Albert : H. : Oyer
, man is president of the company, ana
the principal owner.and has given out
i a statement showing that, -on Novem
ber 10, labt, the assets were $1,818,000
and the liabilities $589,000.
( i Frank G. , Farley was accidentally
shot and instantly killed by Ed. Alvord,
in Tekoa, Wash. Both men were O.
R. & N. conductors. ' At the ooroner's
. inquest, the evidence showed that Al
vord was turning the cylinder of a re
volver So the hammer would not rest on
a .cartridge. The weapon wasj(dis-
charged, and Farley fell and expired
without uttering a word. The jury ex
onerated Alvord. r
The long-continued . oold and heavy
enow of the past month are beginning
' to have a seriouB, effect upon sheep in
Wyoming; and it is feared that, unless
there is a break in the weather soon,
the losses will be heavy. Sheepmen
. report that a number have already
perished. - ' ,
Mr. Coffin,' the, acting controller of
the ourrenoy has called attention to the
. fact that the retirement of national bank
notes during the first 20 days of Decem
ber . reached, the sum of $8,000,000.
, This is Buid to be the first time during
: the last 10 years that the voluntary re
tirement has readied this amount in
any one month. ' -
After a week of conference in Bos
ton, Justices Putnam and ' King, the
commissioners . for the United States
and Canada, respectively,, in the arbi
tration of the Behring sea claims, have
completed their work for the present,
and it is understood will soon begin
the preparation of their reports to their
respective governments. ; i . .
' The first meeting of the National
Building Trades Council was held at
St. Louis, and was marked by a scafh-
' ing denunciation of the American Fed
eration of Labor for having passed a
resolution at Nashville opposing the
formation of the national council. The
Federation of Labor opposed the new
organization as tending to create a fur
ther division in the ranks of labor.! ;,
Fireman Martin J. Oakley was killed
at a fire; in a five story tenement on
East Forty-fourth street, New York
ity , Oakley was suffocated by smoke
and esoaping gas. ; Assistant Fireman
', Thomas Head, James Davis and Peter
Connelly, of the same oompany, were
rendered unconscious by inhaling'
; smoke and gas,' and were with diffi
culty revived. They are in hospitals,
, and their condition is serious
Thousands of Cubans Are In the Direst
Distress. .
Washington, Deo. 29. The- most
profound distress prevails among many
thousands of people in Cuba. Starva
-tion not only impends, but is an actual
faot. The president has been informed
of the facts from Bources whose reliabil
ity cannot be doubted. He has gone to
the length of his constitutional power
in calling the State of affairs to the at
tention of the American people. The
state department has used all of its
authority to mitigate conditions, and
the letter to the public sent out by Sec
retary Sherman the day before Christ
mas pointed 'out the way to further
alleviate the miserable condition of the
oonoentradoes? Today the sum of
$5,000 was received by Assistant Secre
tary Day from certain charitably dis
posed persons, whose names are hot
disclosed, and this sum will be remit
ted by telegraph tomorrow morning to
Consul-Goneral Lue for disbursement
among the more pressing cases. .
It is hoped by the department of state
that the Americi n people will come to
the relief, and promptly, by subscrip
tions of money, clothing and. supplies
of various kinds. The newspapers
are expected to ienci a generous aid in
carrying forward this movement. The
machinery for distributing has 'been
provided by the state department, and
Consul-General Lee has undertaken,
with the aid of the American consular
agents in Cuba, to give personal atten
tion to the alleviation of distress by the
distribution of the gifts of the , Amer
ican people.' One line f steamers ply
ing between New York and Havana-
the Ward line it is said, has under
taken to forward any, contributions of
goods to General Lee, at Havana, and
it is believed that the American rail
roads will do their part by carrying the
goods to the seaboard, r
The Spanish authorities have con
sented to remit all duties on relief sup
plies so forwarded. The state' depart
ment directs that they be sent direot to
Consul-General Lee, , either money
draft, or check, or jjoods, Consul
General Lee tonight' cabled the state
department just what is wanting at this
juncture, and his list is as follows: -Summer
olothing, second-hand or
otherwise,, principally for women and
children; medicines for fevers, includ
ing a large proportion" of quinine; hard
bread, corn meal, bacon, rice, lard,
potatoes, beans, peas, salt fish, prin
cipally codfish; any canned goods, especially-condensed
milk for the starving
children. Money will also be useful
to secure nurses, medicines and for
many other necessities.
Terrible Fate of a Woman and Her
Aged Mother. .
Pittsburg, Dec. 29..-During a fire at
New Haven, a suburb -of this city, in
the residence of Mrs. Mary Ann
Browdy, this .evening, Miss ' Nancy
Browdy, aged 46, was bunred to death,
and the mother, aged 76, was so badly-
burned that she cannot survive , the
night. Miss Browdy, who came here
about a month ago from Butte, Mont.,
to visit her mother, lost her life in try
ing to save some personal property.
She went to the upper floor after the
flames had made good headway on the
structure, and was suffocated. -, When
the house had 'been gutted, the body of
Miss Browdy was seen hanging over a
joist, and, in the presence of about 500
people who had gathered at the scene,
was literally burned to a crisp. The
mother threw herself; into the burning
building twice in an endeaVor to save
her daughter, but ' each time was
dragged baok,. not, however, until she
was so badly burned that the physicians
say she cannot recover. '
Kinehau, a Remarkable Point , of Vant
, age, Now Occupied. , ;
St.-Petersburg, Deo. 29. The Rus
sians have becupied Kinehau, north of
Port Arthur.. - 4 -, . : ...
Can Defy the World.
San Franoisco, Dec. 29. E. L. Shep
hard, who recently returned from
China, where he had an official posi
tion, , commenting upon the reported
occupation of Kinehau by Russia, said
today: . - ,
"Kinehau is an ' important walled
city (not an open port), at the head of
the gulf of Lau Tung, and it commands
the mouth of 'the liver Yalu, where
the battle ' between the Japanese and
Chinese was fought,. and-the other im
portant rivers which flow into the gulf.
It is about equally distant between the
mouth of the Yalu river and ' the, .ter
minus of the great wall , of China. It
commands the railway system reoently
constructed from Tien-Teen to the cap
ital of Manchuria, and is of pre-eminent
importance as a strategic post.
"The seizure of the point shows that
Russia has practically taken possession
of Corea, Manchuria , and the gulf of
Lau Tung, and 'possesses a significance
whioh. will cause consternation among
the diplomats in the Old World. Its
situation is such that its possession
practically places Russia in a position
to defy the world-."
ii . i yi, . -, .- -i ;r v -
; The gizzard of a hen : recently killed
at Covington, 'Ga. V contained . &1. brass
tacks,' 81. birdshot, two pins, a tiny
brass ring, a bit of steel and iome
crushed brans oapa.
England Presents an Ultima
tum to King of Corea.
Big British Fleet Lying Off Chemulpo
, Japan Supports the More and Has
.Warships in Readiness. .
London, Deo. 28. A dispatch from
Shanghai says: It is reported that 17
British warships are off Chemulpo,
Corea, southwest of Seoul, supporting
the British consul's f protest, really
amounting to an ultimatum against
the king's practically yielding the gov
ernment of Corea into the hands of the
Russian minister. The protest is spe
cially directed against the dismissal of
McLevy Brown, British adviser to the
Corean customs, in favor' of the Rus
sian nominee. ; The news has produced
consternation, at Seoul, which is
heightened Jay the knowledge that Ja
pan lias a fleet of 80 warships awaiting
the result of the British representation,
which Japan fully supports. Japan is
irritated by the arrival of Russian
troops in Corea, and it is believed she
will oppose them.
i According to advices from Tokio, Ja
pan has offered to assist the officers at
Pekin jin drilling the Chinese army,
and to consent to a postponement of
the war indemnity. Many of the Pe
kin officials.favor the proposal.
According to a dispatch to the Daily
Mail from Shanghai,- it is reported
there from reliable sources that a Brit
ish foroe landed at Chemulpo Saturday
and caused the reinstatement of Mc
Levy Brown. . The epe dispatch re
fers to "a native rumor that' the union
jack has been hoisted on an island in
the mouth of the river Yang-Tse.
- A correspondent of the Times says:
, The government refuses to place the
li-kin under foreign control' as security
for the loan proposed . by the Hong
Kong & Shanghai bank,, and asserts
that, unless, the loan is procurable
without this condition,' arrangements
will be made for a Russian guaranteed -4
per cent loan of 100,000,000 taels, to
be issued at 93 net. The security will
be the land tax, 'which will remain!
under Chinese administration. ; China,
in return, will give Russia a monopoly
of the railroads and mines north of the
sea wall, open a port to the railway,
mid agree that a Russian shall succeed
Sir Robert Hart as direotor of the Chi
nese imperial maritime customs. If
these conditions be permitted, British
.trade interests will surely severely
sorter. - , ..-
The Shanghai correspondent of the
Times says: ffhe sloop Phoenix sailed
today, under 'orders to join the British
squadron. . The utmost secrecy is pre
ferved with regard to the latter's
movements, but gossip here : suggests
that its destination is Tao Lien Wan,
An Aged Pennsylvania Couple Foully
f .; , Murdered. '.,
"Indiana, Pa., Dec. 28. Milton Neal
and his aged wife were shot to death
by an unknown assassin at their home,
near Jacksonville, nine miles southwest
of here, some time during Christmas.
Their bodies were found at 9 o'clock
that night by their son Harry, who was
passing the house and shopped to pay a
Christmas-call on bis ' parents.' Neal
was one of the most prominent and
prosperous farmers in; the vicinity 'in
which he lived. Officers are searching
for the murderer, but as yet he has not
been found. - ,
When young Neal tried to enter his
parent's house, he found the doors
locked. He forced his way through
the cellar, and upon , entering the sitting-room,
a horrible sight met him.
In a chair near the window was the
form of his mother, her face entirely
blown away. - At her feet was all that
lemained of her husband; a ghastly
hole in his head told the tale of his
murder. At' his fiide lay a double
barreled shotgun, the implement of
.leath. vTlie walls, ceilings and ar
ticles of furniture in the room were
spattered with blood, and on the ceil
ing was a good sized deiK, in which
was imbedded a piece of the ' woman's
stall. For a time there was a suspi
cion of sxticide, but as the facts devel
oped," : the 'murder theory gained
strength , The woman was killed with
birdshot, the husbapdj with buckshot.
There were no marks of powder on his
face something which is said would
have been impossible to avoid had sui
cide been with, a . shotgun. There is
nothing to indicate that the crime was
committed for plunder," as in Mrs.
Neal's pocket were $10 and $2 lay on
a dresser. ; Friends say they have a
olew whichsthey will begin work on at-
once to trace the murderer ,
' "... , ' Boat Upset by a Dog. i
Elmira.'N.' Y., Dec" 2. Rudolph
Boericke, aged 88. son of Dr. Boericke,
of Philadelphia, and his brother Ed
ward, " of Chicago, were rowing on
Kouka lake, seven miles - from. Ham
memdsport, Christmas night, when the
boat was upset by their dog. Both' men
were taken from the water alive, but
Rudolph died immediately after he
wai brougkt to chera. v
' ''-'. '"- ' ' " ' :- ;'
Spain's Wrath Over Woodford's Note
Uncalled for.
Washington, Dec. 29. Officials
here are somewhat surprised at the ex
hibition of feeling at Madrid over the
latest note of Minister Woodford de
livered to the Spanish foreign offioe the
day before Christmas. While the note
itself will not be made public at pre
sent, it is said that there is ho reason
whatever why it should be withheld,
save the fact that preceding steps in
the negotiations have not yet sen the
light of . newspapers and it is desirable
when publioationis made to preserve a
complete chain of events in their nat-'
ural order. Possibly the correspond
ence will be shortly called for by con
gress, in which case it is not 1 likely to
be withheld on the ground of public
policy. '. i ' " . .,, .
The last note presented by Minister
Woodford was in answer to the Spanish
note, called forth by Woodford's very
first note upon his arrival at Madrid.
In his initial note the United States
minister pointed out the interest of his
country in the early termination of the
present struggle in Cuba and aske4
when such conclusion could be expect
ed. The Spanish government in . its
reply acknowledged our interest in the
matter, but suggested after stating what
it intended to do to ameliorate the con
ditions in Cuba, that the United States
could best exercise its gQpd offices by
stopping filibustering. To this Wood
ford responded . with his note of last
week. It is said to bo a purely argu
mentative statement of the position
taken by the United States, and the
facts set forth are those, so strongly
drawn in the president's message to
congress, of whioh it was. supposed the
Spanish public had been, fully advised
through newspapers. . ' r ,.
The' most forcible statement in tlp
note is based upon facts collected and
published recently by the United
States treasury department, exhibiting
the great expense to which the United
States had been put by reason, of its
efforts to patrol the enormous coast line
ih pursuit of a few filibustering expedi
tions and the remarkable suocess of gov
ernment officials in stopping these ex
peditions as contrasted with the feeble
efforts of the Spanish authorities to
maintain a patrol around the island of
Cuba. All these facts were included
in Woodford's note, and while he put
them in his own language in presenting
them to the , Spanish foreign office; it
is said the statements concern only the
events which have already been touched
upon. . ..' ;
Captain W. C.OledrKe, of Boston, to
Walk Across the Atlantic. .
Chicago, Dec. 29. A special . to the
Times-Herald 1 from New Yo,rk says:
Captain W. C. Oledrive, of Boston, has
planned to walk aoross the Atlantic
Dcean. He will begin hiB journey July
and will be acoompanied by . Captain
W. M. Andrews, famous by reason of
his voyage aoross the Atlantic in a
small boat. ' It is nothing new for Cap
tain Oledrive to promenade the waves.
That has been his pleasure and profit
these ; ten years. Captain Andrews,
who is to be the companion of the wa
ter pedestrian, will journey in a brand
new 14-foot small boat and in this
merely repeats a feat performed in 1878
and again in 1892. Captain Andrews
is the man who has brought about the
whole affair. Here is his own state
ment: - ' " ' '
"Incredible as it'may, seem, next
year we are, really going to walk and
sail down Boston harbor, out onto the
ocean and over to Havre, :. France,
through the great bore of the river
Seineand up to Paris? to be there to at-,
tend the exposition of 1900 in our new.
seagoing shoes and the smallest, fastest
and best boat that ever crossed the At
lantic ocean, the Phantom ship. : Every
vessel we speak on the ocean will re
port one of us walking and sometimes
towing the boat in calm weather.
"The seagoing shoes of Mr. Oledrive
are the most wonderful part of the
whole affair, ' They are a pair of cedar
boxes five feet long with fins on the
bottom and sides. They are very light
and capable of sustaining 140 pounds,
and as Oledrive weighs only 130 pounds
they are as good to him as a steamer's
deck." : . . ; ;
Its Design Is to Expedite Disposition
of Fending Claims.
Washington, . Dec. - 29. A new or
der, the enforcement of which it is be
lieved will expedite the disposition of
pension claims now pending has been
issued by Commissioner. Evans. It is
as follows: ; 5 . ' ;
"Hereafter claims for increase of
pensions will not be considered within
12 months from the last action, allow
ance or rejection." , ... .
"The neoessity of the new order,"
said an official today, "grows largely
out of oalls made on the offioe for state
ment of the status of pending cases
by means of congress. These calls have
been answered to the exolusion of
other olaims pending, which,' it is said,
have been taken up in their order.
It, is only fair to these cases which have
not had any consideration that they
should be taken up as promptly as pos
sible. .'.
Made Known to the State Department.
Tlu Award Is Final, and Disposes of all
Cases Before the Commission The
Award Nearly Haifa Million.
Washington, Dec. 27. The. findings
of the Britiah-American commission
chosen to - assess the damages for seiz
ures of British ships in Behring sea
have beep received by the state depart
ment and the British embassy. The
strictest reticence is maintained, howr
ever, on the general character of the
findinos. thofiffh it. in admittarl thfi totnl
i award against the United States is 464,'-
000, which includes principal and in
terest. . The finding afainst this gov
ernment is no surprise. '
; The controversy has. occupied tle at
tention of the authorities here' and in
London for the last 11 years. At the
-outset the tone of the controversy was
belligerent, suggesting a possible re
port to arms. This was following the
seizure, by the United States steamer
Corwin, of the British sealers Carolina
and Thornton, on August 1, 1886. The
facts of the seizure were not known
until some time later, and in the mean
time, the Corwin had taken ' the On
ward and Favourite. The same policy
of; seizure and confiscation occurred
during the next sealing season, despite
the protests , of Great Britain, the
United States steamer Rush taking the
Sayward, Grace, Anna Pack, Dolphin,
Alfred Adams, Triumph, Junita, Path
finder, Black Diamond, Lilly, Arctic
and Kate and Minnie, . and the cutter
Bear taking the Ada. ' ' '
The olaims for these Beizures' took a
wide range, beginning with the value
of the vessels and outfits, an'd includ
ing not only the value of sealskins con
fiscated, , but also the skins which
might have been taken if the ships had
not been seized. This last feature of
prospective damage caused the main
contention. In the case of each Brit
ish ship, the largest item of the claim
was for estimated future catch. For
instance, in the case of the Carolina
tee claim lor trie snip was only f 4,000,
while that for skins which might have
been taken that year it she had not
been seized was $16,667. Each ship
estimated a prospective catch of from
,600 to 6,000 skins, the value being
from $3.50 per skin in 1887 to $12.25
in 1 1889. The total of the claims,
without interest, amounted to $439,-
161, and with interest at 8 per cent
and other charges, the total reached
$786,166. : , , -
The only official statement : that
could be secured here of the judgment
reached by the commissioners is con
tained in the following announcement
given out at the state department:
"The . award of the, Behring sea
claims commission has been filed in
the department. The claims as pre
sented by the Brifish government on
account of British vessels seized in
Behring sea, aggregated, with interest,
$1,600,000. These included several
cases not embraced in the settlement
proposed by Secretary Gresham. The
award now made amounts" , to $294,-
181.91, to which will increase the total
about 50 per centi The award is final,
and disposes of all cases before it. Pay
ment under the treaty mast r be made
within six months." .--
. The departmental officials, it is as
sumed,, will' proceed at once to prepare
a bill or an amendment to one of the
appropriation bills for submission . to
congress, covering the necessary appro
priation to pay the judgments, for, be
ing bound by treaty not only to pay
any judgments rendered, but to pay
them'' promptly, the government' is in
honor bound to . take the remaining
steps toward a settlement ih short or
der., ':: .. t ; y . .-
There appears to be little doubt that
the United States carried its point on
the question involved, as the prospec
tive damages were evidently soaled
down to an insignificant amount, or
rejeoted entirely. While the depart
ment officials will make no definite an
nouncement to this effect, intimations
are given that the smallness of the
award precludes the possibility of any
allowance having been made on account
of prospective "damages. -The -American
claims commissions established the
precedent that no prospective damages
could be inoluded in a claim, and the
present award .is evidently on the same
line.- ; . '-,
General J. W. Foster, who is now in
general charge of Behring sea affairs,
said tonight, as to the award, that he
was not surprised at the result. Presi
dent Cleveland having officially de
clared that $425,000 was a just and
equitable sum in settlement, and hav
ing appointed as the American commis
sioner to adjudicate the claims a close
personal and political triend, it could
hardly be expected that 'the latter
WOtrid strenuously contend for an
award of a ' less amount. r Mr. Foster
was absent from the country ,in Japan
when congress took action on Presi
dent Cleveland's recommendation, but
he regarded the commission as the
proper method of reaching a settle
ment, and tbeorj!y one whioh would
satisfy the country. '
Senator Lodge Wants Us to Buy St.
, Thomas, St. Orotx and St. John.
Chioago, Deo. 23 A special to the
Times-Herald from Washington says;
Senator Lodge is preparing a bill fa
voring the purohase of the three islands
of St. Thomas, St Croix and St. John,
owned by Denmark, in the West In
dies. ; The Benate passed a resolution a
year ago asking the state department to
ascertain whether the islands were still
for sale, at what price they were held,
and whether any ! other country was
after them. Denmark has replied that
she is still willing to sell, nd that two
Euiopean governments are now nego
tiating for their purchase. These are
supposed to be Great Britain and Ger
many. The United States has been
discussing the purohase for nearly 80
years. In 1868, negotiations went so
far that a treaty was negotiated for the
purchase, by whioh this country was to
pay $8,000,000 for the islands, but it
failed of ratification. ' It has been de
termined by Denmark to either sell
these islands or give them away, St.
Thomas has a harbor , large enough to
accommodate the navies of the entire
world, and, in view of the advantages
to be gained, Senator Lodge is sanguine
of securing an appropriation that will
enable the islands to be transferred to
the jurisdiction of the Stars and"
Stripes. ! The three islands have a total
of 100 square miles of territory and a
population of 40,000.
Special Agent Reynolds' Report on the
Routt County Conflict.
Denver, Dec. 28. The report -of
Special Agent E. B. Reynolds, on the
recent conflict between Inrlians and
game wardens in Routt county, is a
complete vindication of Warden Wiloox
and his men. Mr. Reynoldg, after tak
ing the testimony of six Indians and
the 12 wardens who were in the un
fortunate affair, said: -': '
"I am fully convinced, after having
examined the case fully, and after tak
ing the testimony of both parties, after
meeting the men face to face and reading-
their characters and noting their
demeanor, that .the Indians fired the
first shot." , . ; ' . -
He further states that no blame
whatever can by any possibility be at
tached to the wardens.; He finds that, .
after the first shot, the shooting became
general, and when the smoke cleared was found that several Indians
had been ' killed. The 'wardens de
clared there were six Indians, shot,
while the Indians say there were but
three killed. Mr. Reynolds agrees with
the Indians on this point.
That of Miss Annie Virginia Wells, a
Friend of Miss Herbert. ' 1
Washington, Dec; 28. The death of
Miss Leila Herbert, daughter of the ex- '
secretary, of the navy, is givehas the
reason of the suicide which occurred to
day of Miss Annie Virginia Wells, an
accomplished young society - woman,
and daughter of Lewis S. Wells, a well
known attorney. The. young woman
shot herself through the heart with her
brother's revolver at the residence of
her father, 1311 N street. Miss Wells
had met Miss Herbert a number of
times, and waB very much attached to
her. She herself had been confined to
the house for four months by illness,
and this, combined with the shock
caused by the death of her friend,
brought on melancholia, which resulted
in suicide. The deed was - apparently
unpremeditated, and, ooming imme
diately after the Christmas festivities
in the house, completely prostrated her
aged mother. Miss Wells was 83 years
of age, and very beautiful. '
But His Victim Died of Heart Failure
Caused by Excitement.
San Francisco, Dec. 28. A Japanese
known as Je Tagoni fired four shots at
Mary Oostello, a Spanish woman, ' in
the lodging-house at 91 Sacramento
street, this morning. None of ' the
bullets struck the woman, but she drop
ped dead. The body bears no sign of a
wound, and the physicians say death
was caused by heart failure, induced by
extreme excitement. y ; ;
About a year ago, Tagoni opened an
employment agency, and engaged Miss
Costello as an assistant. By promising
marriage he induced her to live with
him. Recently she left the place where
they had resided. . After making many
threats to kill her on sight, the Japan
ese met her today and accomplished his
murderous design, though in an unex
pected and sensational manner.
... Digging Near Dyea. 1
Dyea, Alaska, Dec. 28. Consider
able excitement prevails here at present
over the reported gold finds on one of -the
tributaries of the Dyea river, only
a jnile above the, town. Prospectors
have been flocking in, and have staked ;
the creek off for a distance of 10 miles.
The creek has been named Boom creek,
and from 200 to 800 men are now on
the ground" and at work. - ,: 1
The surface indications are excellent,
running in places 25 cents to the pan,
and increasing as the shafts go down.i.
Many companies are forming, both to
work claims and purchase properties.
All the diggings are on American soil,
and many more claims will be staked
off within the next few days. - , .