The Yamhill County reporter. (McMinnville, Or.) 1886-1904, November 19, 1897, Image 3

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Murderers of the Spicer Family Strung
lip by a Mob.
Miles’ Estimates of Cost cf
Our Seacoast Defenses.
|lr»r Three Million* N'eeded-«M5.OOO
Recommended for the Columbia
and S1,140,000 for the Sound.
Washington, Nov. 15. — Secretary
Alger has approved the estimates for
the coast-defense work submitted by
General Miles, and they will be sub­
mitted to Chairman Cannon, of the
house committee on appropriations
some days before the ojiening of the
session. In accordance with law, the
expenditures of the different seaports
are itemized, but the secretary will
ask fo» authority to spend the money in
lump sums, so that work on any par­
ticular defense may be hurried to meet
emergencies. General Miles divides
the fortification appropriation for the
Pacific coast as follows:
San Diego, Cal..................................................J 725.000
San Francisco................................................... l,306,0U>
Columbia river............................................... 605,<HO
Puget sound...................................................... 1,14o,000
In his report to the secretary, Gen­
eral Miles makes no reference to pos­
sible complications with Spain, but
‘‘Although the general desire of our
people is to maintain a condition of
peace with all nations, and the policy
of the government is one of good will
and peaceful relations with all others,
yet nothing could be more injurious
than to settle in a condition of inse­
curity and permit the lives of millions
and the accumulated wealth of many
generations to be destroyed or endanger­
ed by any foreign power with which
we are liable to come in contact, and
the general plan for defense which has
been adopted by the government should
be steadily pursued until the nation is
in the condition of security and safety
which a due regard for self-preservation
would demand.”
Commercial Directory of American Re­
publics Presented to the President.
Bismarck, N. D., Nov. 10.—Alex
Coudol, an Indian half-breed, and Paul
Holytrack and Philip Ireland, full­
blood Indians, the first of whom was
sentenced to death for the murder of
six members of the Spicer family last
February, and had just been granted
a new trial by the supreme court, and
the latter two self-confessed accessories
in the murder, were taken from the
county jail in Wood county last night
and lynched by a mob.
The lynching had apparently been
cooly planned, and was carried out
without a break. Sudden and swift
retribution was meted out. Williams­
port, where the hanging took place, is
about 40 miles from this city, and off
the railroad. The news of tiie lynch­
ing was received here this afternoon.
The men had been in the custody of
Deputy Sheriff Kelly.
They were
taken from him by the mob and hanged
to a beef windlass several yards from
the jail. Their bodies were left hang­
ing during the entire day, the coroner
not having arrived, and no one else
volunteering to cut them down.
Aliout 40 men were concerned in the
lynching. They rode into Williams­
port on horseback late at night, and
tethered their horses a short distance
from the city, that they might secure
them again as speedily as necessary
after the deed was done. The jail is a
substantial stone structure, and was in
charge of Deputy Sheriff Thomas Kelly.
Since the confinement of the prisoners
there, so great has been the fear that
they might escape in some way, that
one man had watched the prisoners all
night. Last night Kelly was on watch.
There was a meeting of the lodge of
Woodmen in a building near the jail,
and as Kelly was a member, he expect­
ed to meet some of the members of the
lodge after the meeting had adjourned.
To while away the time during the
night hours, he was playing solitaire
in front of the cells in which the mur­
derers were confined. About 2 o’clock
there was a rap on the outer door of
the jail, and Kelly rose quickly and
turned the key in the lock, thinking
that the persons he expected to meet
had arrived.
No sooner had he opened the door
than the mob crowded into the corri­
dors. All of them were masked, and
the leaders carried ropes. Kelly at
once realized what the mob had come
for. The lynchers were quiet but de­
termined. The lead?r presented a re­
volver at the head of the deputy sheriff
and told him they wanted his prisoners,
and demanded that he open their cells.
Kelly demurred, but saw that resist­
ance was useless, and unlocked the
door. Two of the prisoners were con­
fined together, and the otiier in a seper-
ate cell. They had been aroused from
sleep by the entrance of the mob. and
sat up, half awake and trembling in
Holytrack and Ireland were
pulled from their beds, ropes were fast­
ened about their necks, and they were
dragged out on the ground, alter being
told to prepare for death.
The men were then dragged to a huge
beef windlass, which had been erected
to suspend carcasses of slaughtered
beeves, and were strung up on a cross­
beam. Cudol was the first man to be
hanged. It is reported that he was
asked before he was hanged whether
Blackhawk and Defender had also been
concerned in the murder for which he
was about to be hanged. He answered
in the affirmative. The rope, which
had been fastened about his neck, was
then thrown over a crossbeam, and he
was suspended in midair. Holytrack
and Ireland were treated in a like man­
ner and the mob then quietly dispersed.
Washington, Nov. 15. — Secretary
Sherman, Minister Romero of Mexico,
and Minister Merou of Argentine, mem­
bers of the executive committee of the
bureau of American republics, were at
the White House today and presented
the first voltimn of the commercial di­
rectory of the American republics to
President McKinley. There was con­
siderable formality about the matter,
the presentation being made in the blue
parlor. Secretary Sherman presented
the volume, saying the work was re-
garded as of ‘‘such vast practical im­
portance to the commerce of our coun­
try, as to be well worthy that we
should come in a body to present it to
you. Upon looking through its pages
you will discern its far-reaching value
as a factor in disseminating general in­
formation respecting the natural re­
sources, the peculiar commercial activi­
ties, the varying occupations, the in­
dustries and the latent capbilities of
the countries of the Western hemis­
President McKinley made a formal
response, expressing his interest in the
work of the bureau and the hope that
the publication would lead to a closer
commercial relation between the repub­
lics of America. With the volume was
transmitted a letter to the president
from Joseph P. Simth, director of the
bureau, in which he stated the objects
of the publication. It is a commercial
cyclopedia of the Western hemisphere,
intended to furnish information for the
benefit of merchants and agriculturists. Muneuni Watchman Severely Injured by
President McKinley has been congratu­
an Anaconda.
lated from time to time during the
Philadelphia. Nov. 16.— A huge an­
progress of the work, and has shown
aconda on exhibition here today severe­
great interest in it.
ly injured Samuel Masher, the museum
watchman, and crushed to death a
valuable trick pony. The pony was
Two Ohio Girin Beaten and Tarred and tied to a feed box alongside the ana­
conda’s cage. Masher saw the reptile
Holgate, O., Nov. 15. — Word reached had worked one of the boards of its cage
this city this evening from Oakwood, a loose and had stretched out a short dis­
hamlet 25 miles south, of an outrage tance. He pushed tbe board to, believ­
perpetrated last night by whitecaps ing the anaconda would pull within its
upon two girls, Edith and May Rob­ cage again. Instead, it wriggled out
erts, 19 and 17 years of age, respect­ and wrapped itself several times about
ively. Ten days ago the young ladies Masher. The latter screamed for help,
received a whitecap notice warning and the pony, frightened by the big
them to leave the town and county, reptile, began jumping about. This
but they paid no attention to the no­ saved Masher’s life, for the reptile un­
tice. Last night, they were awakened wound himself from him and com­
by a band of eight or ten men entering pletely encircled the pony.
their rooms and dragging them from fell to the floor unconscious. When a
their beds in their night-robes to the number of employes reached the scene,
near-by road, where they were terribly the snake began to unwind itself, and
whipped with a cat-o’-nine-tails, which appeared to be getting ready for the
was found this morning. After beat­ fight. The men kept aloof until a lasso
ing them, they gave the girls a coat of was obtained and the snake finally
tar and feathers and took them back to made secure. Several of Masher’s ribs
the house, where they were found un­ were broken, and he was taken to a
conscious this morning.
May, the younger of the girls, is in
Marching on Havana.
a critical condition, the flesh being cut
Key West, Fla. Nov., 15.—Riano, in
to the bone by the whip.
There is no
Havana province, has been attacked
clew to the perpetrators.
again, the insurgents making no effort,
T.adue Robbed of Klondike Gold.
however, to enter tbe town. The in­
Chicago, Nov. 15.—Joseph Ladue, surgents were under Juan Delgado.
who struck it rich in the Klondike,was The Spaniards made no resistance.
robbed of *700 worth of nuggets in the Calixto Garcia is said to lie marching
depot of the Lake Shore railroad today. toward Havana through Matanzas prov­
The thief managed to secure the gold ince with a large insurgent army, many
while Ladue was walking from his large guns, and plenty of ammunition,
train to the depot door.
arms and dynamite.
Hehl Vp by a I.onr Hl(h«.yn»n.
Lewiston, Idaho, Nov. 15.—Word
has been received here that the Warren
mail and express carrier was held up a
few miles from Warren by a lone high­
wayman. He turned over the express
box, which contained a considerable
amount of gold dust, although the ex­
act amount is not known.
Boston, Nov. 15. — Bv the collapse of
a three-story brick building today four
men were injured, one of whom, it is
eaid, will probably die.
London, Nov. 16.—The Rome corre­
spondent of the Daily Chronicle says:
Baron von Bullow, the newly appointed
German secretary of state for foreign
affairs, in an interivew with the pope,
has warmly complained against the
sympathy of the Vatican with the
Franco-Russian alliance ami its hostil­
ity to the triple alliance. He declared
in the name of Emperor William that
if the Vatican persisted in such a policy
the German government would retali­
ate on the Roman Catholics.
An Alleged Conspiracy to Wipe Bolivia
OtT the Map.
[Office of Downing, Honkins A Co., Chicago
! B->ar<l of Trade Brokers. 711-714 Chamber of Com-
I iueice Building, Buriland, Oregon.]
New York, Nov. 15.—A dispatch to
the Herald from Valparaiso says: A Evidence of Steady Growth
The action of the market has been a
plan for a dreibund of Chile, Fern and
and Enterprise.
great disappointment to the bulls, and
Argentina is in existence, which, if
there is a growing feeling that with I
adopted by the three governments, will
favorable conditions in the winter
wipe Bolivia off the South American
wheat sections for the next two weeks, 1
map, Chile. Fern and Argentina divid­ ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST | that wheat possihy may sag still lower j
ing her territory. Startling as this
■ The news has been rather bearish in
statement is, there are many who are
many respects, the enormous receipts
inclined to give it credence. Without From All the Title* and Towul ol (much of which is low grade), the
the Thriving Slater State*
a doubt some international move of im­
heavy rains in the winter wheat see- i
portance is under contemplation. Chile
lions in the past week, the improved
and Feru have become entangled with
Umatilla county recently bought a conditions in the Argentine, and the 1
Bolivia, and what the result will be no
reversible road grader, ami this county smaller demand for flour has caused a
one can tell.
liquidating movement to set in that has
now has four road machines.
The demands of the alarmists for an
carried May wheat down to a lower
explanation from the government, it is
price than it has seen for a long time
generally believed, are justified. Senor ?ounty, is now estimated at 175.
Claims are made that the ealier esti­
Salinas, Chile’s minister to Sucre, Bo­ Three months ago only 40 people were mates of Euro)>e’s import requirements
livia, has gone to Santiago to confer
of breadstuff's are now thought to have
A farmer of Tangent has nearly
with the government on the situation.
been somewhat too high. In addition,
The government flatly denies that he ready for trial a steam plow that he the demand has been, so far, easily
will uot return to Sucre, though there has invented, and which he thinks met, causing together a shade of indif
are grave fears that he will be mur­ will plow 15 acres of ground in a day. Terence ou the part of purchasers. In
dered if he does return, as the feeling
A Curry county man soon expects to all estimates of the future, much is
there against Chile is intense.
begin manufacturing barrels in which made of what may be expected of the
In the clubs, in cafes and at social to pack fish. A number of such barrels crops of the Argentine and of the Au­
gatherings, everywhere in Bolivia are used on the Coquille, and some on stralian colonies. Too many perhaps,
everybody hears Chile talked of as a ! Sixes and Elk rivers.
forgot that while harvesting begins in
faithless nation. Reasons for all the
George II. Tolbert, who is in charge about a month, the products of the
feeling against Chile are to be found in of the Rogue river salmon hatchery harvest do not appear, to any great ex- j
the rebellion of 1891, and its bearing station, says that 1,679,800 eggs have tent, before April or May. Tbe large
on the Ancion treaty. The revolution­ been taken. Some of the eggs now' shipments from Russia and America
ists promised to Bolivia, if she would ( taken are hatching.
yet stifle any uudue efforts on the part1
recognize the belligerency of the rebels,
of buyers in Western Europe to secure
that if they were victorious they would
larger shipments at present, especially j
give to Bolivia two years after victory
as the quantity on passage is about
the two Peruvian provinces of Taeana i county, did a good business for the double the amount so found at the be­
and Arica, held temporarily by Chile season just closed. It is reported that ginning of our crop season. It is not
it canned about 10,000 cases of salmon.
under the Ancion treaty.
Track laying on the Astoria & Co­ surprising, in view of these conditions
More than six years elapsed since
that the markets have occasions of re- J
the victory of the revolutionists, and lumbia River railway was completed lapse
But later, when the two prin
Chile has not yet fulfilled her promise, to Aldrich )>oint Monday night. The ci pal sources of supply begin to show
for the reason that by doing so she
actu tl exhaustion, as they may be ex­
would trample on the treaty. Bolivia tracked at Knappa, and the work is pected to, at the rapid rate of shipping,
now' insists on the fulfillment of this now being done by hand.
an upward turn in affairs is likely to
promise,which’Chile holds is illegal.
Fish have been plentiful on the ensue. It should be no disappointment
In the meantime Chile recalled Senor streams of Curry county this fall. One
to those who habitually understate the
Lira, the minister of Chile to Peru, fisherman caught 250 big salmon in the resources of ex(H>rters to find relapse in
who belonged to the revolutionary Sixes in one night. Flora creek, Sixes prices when the facts showing it are
party, and has sent Senor Vicente and Elk rivers, Rogue river and the developed. Still there need be no great
Santa Cruz, a Balmaeedist, there with C’hetco are all good salmon streams.
apprehension of the future for the sup­
instructions to sound Peru on an alli­
An Oalkand, Cal., man estimates ply is none too great for the natural
ance against Bolivia, against which that the amount of apples contracted want* of the world.
the government of Peru has grievances. for in C oob county this season, includ­
The plan is to bring about a war with ing those already shipped, figures up to
Portland Market.
Bolivia and for Peru’s assistance it 30,000 boxes, and several thousand
Wheat—Walla Walla,72@73 v^C;Val­
promises to return Peru the provinces more boxes are being held for higher
ley and Bluestem, 75@76c per bushel.
of Taeana and Arica without putting prices.
Four—Best grades, *4.25; grahatu,
the question to popular vote or de­
Baker City is the only city in Eastern *3.70; superfine, *2.40 per barrel.
manding of Peru the 10,000,000 soles
Oregon with a gas plant. There is also
Oats—Choice white, 33@34c; choice
ransom, as provided in the Ancion an electric light plant. Three new re­
gray, 31@32c [>er bushel.
treaty. Chile has also prepared to
torts have been added to the gas plant,
Barley—Feed barley, *19(320; brew­
furnish Peru with all necessary arms
and half a mile of additional main ing, *20 per ton.
and munitions to carry on a war with pipes have been laid since September
Millstiffs—Bran, *14 per ton; mid­
15 last.
dlings, *21; shorts, *15.50.
In this connection the dreibund
Hay—Timothy, *12@12.50; clover,
The cannery in Marshfield shutdown
against Bolivia is considered. Argen­
*10(311; California wheat, *10; de
tina, it is said, will be invited into the last week. The pack for the season
oat, *11; Oregon wild hay, *9@10 pei
alliance to give strength to the move­ amounts to 8,500 cases, of which about ton.
Eggs—22l£@24c per dozen.
The Heraldo eays that it is reported •alteries are still running, and the fish­
Butter—Fancy creamery, 45 (3 50c;
all international affairs between Chile ermen will probably continue opera­
fair to good, 35@40c; dairy, 25@35c
and Bolivia and Peru will soon be sat­ tions until the middle of the month.
A thoroughbred trotter just 40 inches per roll.
isfactorily settled, except the commer­
Cheese — Oregon,
11 %c;
cial and police treaty, drawn by Bo­ high and weighing 900 pounds was
America, 12‘sc; California, 9@10c
livia, and leaving the solution of the brought into The Dalles recently. per pound.
Tacana-Arica question until next year. The animal is well built, and perfectly
Poultry—Chickens, mixed, *1.50(3
formed in body, but his legs are con­
per doezn; broilers, *2.00@2.50;
siderably shorter than those of a normal
horse. He was raisel in the Willam­ geese, *5.00;
per dozen; turkeys, live, 10@llcpei
ette valley.
Missouri Robbers Were Wrong in Tlieif
The horse cannery at Linnton is fur­
Potatoes—Oregon Burbanks, 35@40c
nishing a market for considerable num­
Kansas City, Nov. 15.—The Missouri ber of cayuses from Eastern Oregon and per sack; sweets, *1.40 per cental.
Onions—Oregon, new, red, 90c; yel­
Pacific passenger train known as the St. Washington, and will in time relieve
Louie fast mail, which leaves Kansas the ranges of a large number of useless low, 80c per cental.
Hops—8@13c per pound for new
City at 9 P. M., was held up by five stock. One day last week 16 calroads
masked robbers at 9:30 tonight at the passed through The Dalles on the way crop; 1896 crop, 6@7c.
Wool—Valley, 14@16c per pound;
Chicago & Alton crossing, just east of to Linnton. They were a lot of [Mtnies
Eastern Oregon, 7@12o; mohair, 2C
Independence, and less than a mile from the Warm Springs reservation.
(3 22c per pound.
from the famous blue cut, in which
W ashiiiffton.
Mutton—Gross, best sheep, wethers
three trainrobberies have occurred
About *750,000 will be paid out for and ewes, *2.50@2.60; dressed mutton,!
within the past year.
5c; spring lambs, 5t^c per pound.
The robbers were disguised as women, wheat at Tekoa this year.
Hogs—Gross, choice heavy, *4.50;
A new brewery in Colfax will beign
and w hen the engineer saw them swing­
light and feeders, *3.00@4.00; dressed,
ing a lantern across the track, an ap­ operations this week.
parent signal of danger, he did not
The proprietors of the Tekoa mills *4.50@5.00 per 100 pounds.
Beef—Gross, top steers, *2.75(33.00;
hesitate to stop.
The engine’s crew have 30,000 bushels of wheat now in
was covered with revolvers. Conductor store and are running on full time. cows, *2.25; dressed beef, 4(®5,1yc per
Dennis O’Brien and Brakeman Michael They are shipping large quantities of pound.
Veal—Large, 4>^@5c; small,
stepped out to see what was the matter, flour to China and Japan and their ex­
6c per pound.
and were greeted by a volley of bullets, port trade is increasing rapidly.
which caused the greatest confusion in
Seattle Market*
One hundred and Seventy-five Chi­
the passenger cars. The conductor and nese arrived at Tacoma on the steam1 r
Butter — Fancy native creamery,
brakeman were compelled to cut the Utopia last week, en route from the brick. 24(3 25c; ranch, 16 (3 18c.
express and baggage cars from the rest Blaine salmon canneries for Portland.
Cheese—Native Washington, 12J>j'c;1
of the train, and the engineer and fire­ After landing they ami their baggage California, 9l$c.
man were made to get down from their were inspected by Chinese Inspector
Eggs—Fresh ranch,'80c.
The robbers quickly jumped Jossey, and then put aboard cars and
Poultry—Chickens, live, per pound,
aboard and took the engine and express dispatched to the metrofiolis.
hens, 10c; spring chickens, *2.50(3
car about two miles further east, where
8 00; ducks, *3.50@3.75.
they stopi>ed and compelled Exprees
Wheat—Feed wheat, *25 per ton.
Messenger Williams to open his car.
Oats—Choice, per ton, *19@20.
He offered no resistance, as he carried the Elwha river, 15 miles from the
Corn—Whole, *22; cracked, per ton,
no treasure. The robbers had evident­ mouth, in Clallam county. The ore *22; feed meal, *22 per ton.
ly intended to stop the St. Louie lim­
Barley—Rolled or ground, per ton,
ited express, which leaves Kansas City in silver. The Selby Smelting Com­ *22; whole, *22.
at a late hour, and were greatly sur­ pany, of San Francisco, offered to take
Fresh Meats—Choice dressed beef,
prised upon discovering that the cars 1,000 tons of the ore at the assay valu­ steers, 6c; cows, 51$c; mutton Bheep,
which they had captured contained
The receipts at the Everett custom­ 6c; pork, 7c; veal, small, 7.
nothing of value. In their rage they
Fresh Fish—Halibut, 5c: salmon,
pounced ujstn the express messenger house for last month were *16,268.21, 3‘2c; salmon trout, 7(3 10c; flounders
and went through his pockets, but *2.65
and sole, 3(34; ling cod, 4@5; rock cod,
was ail they secured.
After this they little over a half a ton for C^aptain L. 5c; smelt, 2‘2(34c.
quickly left the train and disappeared H. Coon to handle during the first
Fresh Fruit—Apples, 25c(3*l per
in the darkness. After a delay of over month he has been in charge of the box; [leaches, 75(380c; prunes, 35@40c; 1
an hour the train was got together
ness that has ever been done in the pears, *1 per box.
again and started on its journey.
The county marshal and his men history of the office.
Ran Francisco Market.
were at the scene of the robbery very
A proposition to establish, in Seat­
Wool—Nevada 11@ 13c; Oregon, 13
soon after, but there is every probabil­ tle, a plant for the manufacture of @ 14c; Northern 14 (3 16c per pound.
ity that the robbers were safely in In­ cans, has b»en laid before the chamber
Hops—12‘yc per pound.
dependence or Kansas Citv before any of commerce by Irving Ayres, treasur­
Millstuffs—Miildlings, *20(322; Cal­
organized effort was made to capture er of the Pacific sheet metal works, of ifornia bran, *16.00(316.50 per ton.
San Francisco.
He is investigating
Onions—New red. 70(3 80c; do new
the probable advantages of such a silverskin, *1.00M 1.15 per cental.
The new standard postal card will l>e plant, and on his rejiort to the directors
Eggs—Store, 18(326c; ranch, 39@
a trifle smaller than the card now in of the company, of whom he is one, 41c; Eastern, 17(325; duck, 25c per
use, so that it can be inclosed in busi­ will depend the inauguration of tbe en« dozen.
ness envelopes of ordinary size.
Potatoes—New, in boxes, 30(3 70c.
The gathering of the cranberry crop
Cheese—Fancy mild, new, 12,^c; fair :
Lon« Highwayman'* Haul.
Lewiston, Idaho, Nov. 15.—Letters at the Chabot marsh, near Ilwaco, was to good, 7(38c per pound..
Citrus Fruit—Granges, Valencias, j
received from Warren state that the concluded last week, and the product
highwayman who held up the express will be over 6,000 bushels. Last year *1.50(38.00; Mexican limes, *2.5009
messenger a few miles from Warren it was 6,500bushels. Aliout 40China­ 3.00; California lemons, choice, *2.00
November 2 secured *1.000 in gobi duet men were engaged as pickers this year, @2.50; do common, 75c(3*l j>er box.
Hay—Wheat, 12(3 15; wheat and
from the treasure box, besides coin and and about 100 hundred white people,
pat>er money that increased the booty men, women, boys and girls. At 50 oat, *11; oat, *10(3 12; river bar­
cents a bushel, these pickers earned ley, *7(38; best barley, *10(312;
to *5,000. _________________
just *3,000.
alfalfa, *8(39.50; clover, *8(3 10.
The Berlin town council has decided
At Olympia land office six final
Fresh Fruit—Apples, 85(3 85c per
to appoint a municipal ‘‘hydrologist,” proofs were made, three were received large box; grapes, 25(340c; Isabella, |
whose duty it shall be to supervise the from subordinate officers and three irons 60(375c; peaches, 50c(3*i; pears, 40 i
water supply of the city.
homestead enrtiea were made.
1 65c per box; plums, 25(335c.
Sure to
Be Much Opposition at th*
Coining Session.
Washington, Nov. 15.—One of th»
prominent measures which will be
brought before congress at the coming
session is the consideration of the Nic­
aragua canal. From the present out­
look it is probable that no action will
be taken, and that a final vote on the
bill will not be reached.
The main
proposition which is now pending is the
construction of the canal by a com­
pany, the bonds of which to the amount
of *70,000.000 shall be guaranteed by
the government.
It is not strange, in view of the re­
cent complications which have arisen,
that members of congress hesitate about
going into a scheme involving any such
guarantee. It may mean that the Uni­
ted States will not only pay the interest,
but, in the end, will be compelled to
pay the principal of these bonds. There
is also fear of a scheme or trick by some
underhanded and underground meth­
ods. People do not care to be entangled
with a concern which is operating for
its own profit. Many men would gladly
vote for the building of the Nicaragua
canal if the United States would have
absoltue control, and if it was assured
that it could be built for *100,000,000,
but, as the matter stands now, it ie
verv doubtful whether the canal oan be
built for that amount, and it is also
doubtful whether the company which
owns the concessions will be able to
carry out the plans and purposes of the
bill which has long been pending before
It is well known that the greatest
benefits that would come from building
the canal would accrue first to the At­
lantic coast—New York and New Eng­
land—then the Gulf states, next the
Pacific states, and following, possibly
the states bordering on the Mississippi
river, which would ship their products
to the Pacific coast by way of the Nic­
aragua canal. It must be acknowl­
edged that the interior states would de­
rive little benefit, and is it not to be
wondered at that their representatives
hesitate about them embarking in any
such undertaking.
Even big Tom
Reed, the speaker of the house, hailing
from Maine, a great maritime state,
hesitates about putting the seal of his
approval, or, in other words, allowing
the Nicaragua canal bill to come before
the house, when it involves sueb a vast
expenditure from the United States
These are the reasons that will pre­
vent the consideration and passage of
the Nicaragua canal bill at the coming
Roentgen'* Discovery In Court for th*
First Time.
New York, Nov. 15. — "X” rays
were used in court for the first time in
this country in a damage suit before a
jury in the Brooklyn superior court.
Martin Hutchinson, 9 years old, was
subjected to ray examination for sev­
eral minutes.
He was injured on
Christmas night, 1895, by being eject­
ed from a street car. The plaintiff
contends that the head of the left
humerus was fractured from the boy’s
fall from the car when the conductor
threw him off.
A dynamo was placed in front of the
jury box and near the lawyers’ table,
ami a large Crooke’s tube was used.
Soon after the case had been resumed
young Hutchinson’s jacket and outside
shirt were removed. The arms and
shoulders were exposed.
Before the examination the question
as to whether any possible injury
would result from the examination was
discussed. J. Stewart Ross, who rep­
resents the plaintiff, insisted that a
limit as to the time of the examination
should be set. It was decided that it
should be three minutes.
When the boy took his seat with his
left shoulder about six inches from the
Crooke’s tube, he smiled at the jury
and the lawyers. Dr. William Morton
looked at the boy’s left shoulder
through a fleuroscope, »nd Judge John-
Bon, who presided at the trial, stood up
and timed the proceeding. George L.
Fowler then took the fleuroscope and
looked at the boy’s left arm and should­
er until time was called.
Dr. Morton and Dr. Fowler will tell
on the stand the result of the examina­
tion. They are witnesses for the de­
Previous to that made in court there
had been examinations of the boy’s
The examinations were
made to show the result of the frac­
Outlook Ha* Improved.
New York, Nov. 15.— A dispatch to
the Herald from Madrid says: The out­
look as regards the United States ia
considered to havo improved. Greater
quiet prevails here.
It is reported liere that the papal
nuncio at Madrid who is at present in
Rome has received instructions fom the
|s>pe to exhort the Spanish clergy
against espousing the cause of Don
Weavers* Demands Granted.
Philadelphia, Nov. 15.—The 250
weavers employed by F. A. Bachman
Sc Co., who struck about three weeks
ago for higher wages, returned to work
this afternon, the company having
granted them an advance of from 5 to
8 per cent. The strike of weavers threw
nearly 1,000 persons out of work.
Polar Expeditions.
Stockholm, Nov. 16. — King Oscar
ami a number of private persons have
contributed sufficient money to insure
the dispatch of the Swedish polar ex­
pedition in 1898, which will be led by
Professor Nathorst, the geologist. The
cost of the expedition is estimated at
70,000 crowns.
The Decree of Autonomy.
Madrid, Nov. 15.—The royal decree
granting autonomy to Cuba will be
formally gazetted November S3.