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Items of Interest.
Thirty manufacturers of gasoline lamps have
organized a trust
More than 400 British soldiers fell fighting
Boers during the month of March.
Rev. William M. Mese, of Auburn, Ind., has
officiated at 1,600 marriage ceremonies.
The statue of General John A. Logan in Wash
ington city was formally unveiled on April 9.
Grace church in New York city realized $107.
000 on Easter Sunday in the passing of the col
Philander C. Knox, attorney for the steel
trust, has taken up his duties as attorney general
for the United States.
Rev. Jacob Schlegel of New York city has
been a clergyman for 24 years and in that time
has officiated at 3,000 marriage ceremonies.
Louis Voilland died in New York recently at
the age of 102 years. He had lived in three cen
turies and was well acquainted with Napoleon
The machinery and stationary engine plants
of the country have formed a combination which
win have a capital stock of $50,000,000 and will
include forty plants.
The New York World is authority for the
statement that General McArthur has been in
structed to discourage any inclination on Aguin
aldo's part to visit the United States.
Mrs. M. A. Ratcliffe of Denver is the first worn-'
en to be arrested on the charge of fraud in politics.
Mrs. Ratcliffe is charged with voting in a precinct
in which she was not entitled to vote.
The Wisconsin legislature has refused to pass
a bill providing for a physician's certificate of
freedom from insanity in certain diseases before
a marriage license would be granted in Wisconsin.
Rudolph E. Smyser of the 47th regiment, U. S.
V., and a resident of York, Pa., has recently been
appointed a first lieutenant by the president.
Smyzer is 18 years old and is the youngest lieu
tenant in the army.
John P. Madden, who recently died in New
York city, left a will, in which after disposing of
his property, he said: "It is my earnest wish that
when my widow shall meet someone deserving of
her high character and loving disposition, that she
A bill has been introduced in the Connecticut
legislature providing for a tax commissioner who
shall have power to go into any town and examine
suspected tax dodgers. The bill provides a pen
alty of $100 fine and 25 per cent additional to the
tax list where anyone refuses to submit his tax
Charles T. Elles of Belleville, 111., recently re
tired from the office of treasurer of the Presby
terian Sunday school at Belleville. He had held
that office for 61 years. Mr. Elles organized the
firs. Presbyterian Sunday school in Belleville in
1839. He Is now 91 'years old and retir.es because
of his advanced age.
The one hundredth anniversary of Daniel
Webster's graduation from Dartmouth college is
to be celebrated at that institution on September
24 and 25 'next. The exercises will include speech
making on Webster's college life, and his char
acter notably an address by Representative S. W.
McCall of Massachusetts.
James P. Witherow began suit in the United
States circuit court in New York against the Car
negie Steel company for damages amounting to be
tween $40,000,000 and $50,000,000 for an alleged in
fringement of a patent held by him. Mr. Witherow
was a builder of blast furnaces in 1884, when he
obtained his patent. He constructed many large
furnaces all over the country. Ho claims that a
patent secured by one Jones and used by Carnegie
is an infringement of his patent and was so de
clared by the United States circuit court of ap
peals. Thomas B. Reed has been engaged by tho
Carnegie company to defend the suit.
The United States court of claims has rendered
a judgment in favor of Admiral Sampson for
$3,330 as a bounty growing out of tho engage
ments at Manzanillo and Nipa Bay, in Cuba, dur
ing the Spanish war. The court also rendered a
judgment in favor of Fleet Captain Chadwick, who
participated in these engagements.
Professor Joseph Henry Thayer has resigned
his chair In the Harvard Divinity School becauso
of old age. He was graduated from Harvard in
1850, received his degree from Andover Theologi
cal Seminary in 3857, and was professor of Sacred
Literature at the Andover Seminary for eighteen
years. Since 1884 he has been professor of Now
Testament criticism and' interpretation at tho Har
vard Divinity school.
The first United States coaling station to bo
located on foreign soil has just been completed at
Pichalinqui, on the west coast of Mexico, and tho
collier Alexander is now taking on 5,000 tons of
coal at Baltimore to stock this latest acquisition
of the navy. The station is on California bay, at
the extreme end of the long peninsula which juts
from California and Is known as Lower California,
although it is an integral part of Mexico.
The Turkish Free Masons have sent to King
Edward a curious appeal on behalf of the unfor
tunate Mourad, elder brother of Abdul Hamid,
who resigned as sultan under the name of Amu
rath V. for three months and was then deposed on
the ground of insanity. The appeal refers to him
as "one who for the last quarter of a century has
been imprisoned on the pretext of a mental mal
ady," and begs King Edward to use his influence
to secure the freedom of a brother Mason.
The London Chronicle publishes a dispatch
from Tangier regarding a new Franco-Italian en
tente in north Africa. "This is likely to have
great consequences," says the correspondent,
"Italy ceasing her opposition to French designs in
Morocco in return for permission to occupy Tri
poli. It is suggested that Great Britain would
welcome the creation of a friendly state, between
Tunis and Egypt. A big move is expected after
M Delcasse's interview with Count Lamsdorff in
On April 1st, 1851, at Newburg, New York,
Edward Watkins and a young woman whom ho
had known but a short time attended an April
fool party. The young couple were bantered to
be married as an April fool joke. They accepted
the banter and were united in marriage. On April
1 1901, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Watkins at their
home in Williamsport, Pa., celebrated the 50th an
niversary of their wedding, thus disappointing
the prophets that declared that no good could
come from an April fool joke.
The secretary of the treasury has approved
a design for the new $10 legal tender United
States note. Prominent in the center of the face
of the note is the picture of an American buffalo
taken from a photograph of a fine mounted speci
men in the National museum. On the right and
left ends are the portraits of Lewis and Clark, the
noted explorers of the far northwest. By the side
of each is a youthful figure extending a palm over
the pictures. The figures and letters denoting the
denomination are quite large and conspicuous.
In the state senate of Minnesota a resolution
was adopted directing the attorney general to in
quire into the reported operations of the United
States Steel corporation In Minnesota and take
steps to forfeit certain railroad franchises or pre
vent consolidation by injunction if he finds tho
law is being violated. The resolution recites that
the Duluth and Iron Range and Duluth, Missabo
and Northern railways havo consolidated, or aro
about to consolidate, and becomo merged into
tho United States Steel corporation; that dis
patches from Now York report tho formation of a
great trust to consolidate and control tho stock
proporty, and franchises of other great railways
of this state, all of which is declared to be in vio
lation of tho state laws.
Tho people of New Orleans aro preparing somo
odd gifts to President McKinley when he visits
that city. Among the list of gifts which will bo
offered him, arc a largo alligator, a tamo pelican,
the emblem of the state of Louisiana; an immense
black swamp rabbit, revered by tho negro believ
ers In voudouism; one or two odd-colored swamp
snakes, also considered significant of the voudou;
an Indian crane from the Bayou Teche, tho coun
try of Evangeline; a curiously wrought memorial
from the Creole Catholics of New Orleans; a tran
script of tho original cession of tho provlnco of
Louisiana from France to tho United States; a
relic of the barbarism of the Spanish inquisition
in Louisiana; and a complete voudou outfit from
Marfo Lacart, tho present voudou "queen" of New
Tho Pennsylvania Steel company has I ought
the entire stock of the Spanish-American Iron
company, und thus became the owner on April 1 of
tho Iron mines at Baiquiri, Santiago de Cuba. The
Pennsylvania Steel company is now in course of
reorganization, and is to have a capital stock of
$24,000,000. Tho price paid for the concern is re
ported to havo been between $1,500,000 and $2,
G00,000. Tho Pennsylvania is one of the companies
that has not gone into the United States steel cor
poration, and there was talk today that by this
purchase the company fortifies itself, as there aro
unworked ore bodies in tho Spanish-American
property which It is thought are ample to supply
tho entire 1,000,000 tons of 050 required annually
by tho company. The Pennsylvania Steel com
pany Is also interested in tho Auburn Steel Ore
company, with iron mines west of Santiago. These
purchases mean that the Pennsylvania Steel com
pany has come Into control of all tue iron mines in
the Province of Santiago.
The Chicago Tribune attributes an interesting
idea to William T. Stead, the English editor. This
is called "International flirtation." Primarily the
scheme is intended to promote correspondence be
tween tho pchool children of all nations. Ho
would have a German school girl write a faulty
letter in English to an English school boy, who In
turn will send back an answer written in more or
less faulty German. In the same way French and
American pupils may correspond, or any two pu
pils who speak and write differjnt languages. So
far-as he has already gone Mr. Stead has succeed
ed in getting more than 9,000 school children
English, French and German busy in murdering
each other's languages on paper. He works
through the school teachers. For instance, ho
finds a school teacher in England who has a dozen
pupils who would like German correspondents,
end he puts him in communication with a German
teacher who wants an equal number of English
correspondents for his children, "There is noth
ing so likely to promote and cement the friendli
ness of nations," says Mr. Stead in his enthus
iastic way, "as this plan of international corre
spondence. Often the young people become warm
personal friends. My son, for instanpe, went over
and visited the boy in Germany with whom he
had corresponded, and later the young'German re
turned the visit. In addition, there is no other
way in which a foreign language can be so quick
ly and so easily learned. It makes it pleasant
from the first, and the children learn German and
French without ever realizing that they are study
ing at all. The children write to each other about
postage stamps, botanical specimens, and all 'sorts
of things. Wo find that sex has little to do with it.
Boys would often rather write to other boys and
girls to other girls."