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- Items of Interest.
A New York woman left $10,000 to provide .for
her pet dog.
General Alexander C. McOlurg of Chicago died
in Florida on April 16.
General Gomez, the great Cuban leader, will
visit the United States.
Dr. C. K; D. Tanner, the famous Irish nation
alist, died April 21 of consumption.
During the past three months 945 people in the
City of Mexico have died of typhus fever.
The Indianapolis Single Tax club has launched
a presidential boom for Tom L. Johnson.
May H. Stimpson of Biddford, Mo., who is
only 13 years of age, is an expert telegrapher.
A syndicate headed by J. Pierpont Morgan has
subscribed for $50,000,000 of Great Britain's now
war loan. - .
Major Joseph S.' Brico, said to bo tho oldest
graduate of West Point, died in New York on
It is announced that General Corbin will repre
sent this government at the coronation of King
lae palace of the Empress at Pelcin has been
destroyed by Are. It was occupied by Count Von
It is proposed to organize a trust for the pur
pose of controlling the entire cotton industry of
George Q. Cannon, the apostle-of the Mormon
church who died in California, was buried at Salt
Lake City, April 17.
Residents of Porto Rico have entered a formal
protest against Governor Allen's claim that the isl
and is in. a prosperous .condition. '
. ' WIlliam'Edward Coffin of New York has filed
&' "petition iritfarikruptcy in which he places' his
liabilities at $4,000,000 and his assets at $25 cash.
Henry Walters of Baltimore has offered to give
$100,000,000 to' Johns Hopkins university, provided
the trustees will raise an additional $100,000,000.
English stockholders in tho Manila railroad
have asked the United States to-pay $2,300,000 for
damages done their property during the Philippine
Walter Wellman, the fame- explorer and
newspaper man, is making arrangements for an
expedition in the hope of discovering the north
It is reported that Mr. McKinley will restore
Russel B. Harrison to the army as a sort of tri
bute to the memory of Mr. Harrison's distin
Li Hung Chang, the wily old diplomat of the
Chinese empire, is charged with carrying water on
both shoulders in the contentions between China
and the powers.
The physician who attended the late C. L. Mc
Gee of Pittsburg, has presented a bill- in the sum
of $190,000 for' professional services during a per
iod of 21 months,.
Dr. Buckley, the distinguished editor of the
(Christian Advocate, is authority for the statement
that Jamaica ginger is' an intoxicant whose only
rjval is applejack.
The Cuban constitutional convention has ap
pointed a commission of five to confer with Presi
dent McKinley concerning the relations between
Cuba and the United States.
Wu Ting Fang, the Chinene minister to this
country, has completed a plan of political reforms
which he proposes to submit to the Chinese gov
ernment. He takes Japan largely as his model.
John A. Kasson, who was some time ago ap
pointed special reciprocity commissioner at a sal
ary of $10,000 per year, has declined to accept his
ealary because tho senate has failed to approve
tho treaties proposed by him. He tendered his
resignation to tho president who declined to ac
cept tho same. Mr. Kasson withdrew tho resigna
tion with tho understanding that ho would accept
no ray for his work.
The government commission appointed to
make an investigation of the bubonic plague In
San Francisco has reported that the plague has
secured a foothold among the Chinese in that city.
Statistics have been collected by a French
writer to show that of every 100,000 men of the
army or naval profession 199 become hopeless lun
atics. Among mechanics the- number is only 66 per
In 1900 England spent over $20 a head for
drink; Scotland, $16.50; Ireland, not quite $15. Tho
total drink bill of tho kingdom was over $800,000,
000 and showed a decreaso of more than $5,000,
000 over 1899.
Potter Palmer of Chicago has filed with tho
board of assessors his property list showing that
his personal estate amounts to $435,940. This is
said to be the most accurate assessment list ever
filed in the city of Chicago.
' Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Pritchard'of Chicago, on
April 16, celebrated their 67th wedding anniver
sary. They have 4 children, 18 grand-children and
24 great grand-children. This .z one of the many
instances in which marriage is not a failure.
The New York legislature h..3 . assed a bill
providing that a woman who own and pays taxes
upon property in any town or village of the state
shall have tho right to vote upon any proposition
involving the raising of money by tuj. or assess
ment. The state senate of Arkansas, by. a voto"of 12
to 7, passed a bill making it unlawful for any per
son to drink any intoxicating liquors as a bever
age ui'less he shall have first obtained a license as
a dram drinker. The license is fixed at $5 per
King Oscar of Norway and Sweden has accepted
tho post of arbitrator on the Samoan claims of tho
United States, Great Britain and Germany, al
though it has been made known ihat his illness
thus far has prevented -his giving active considera
tion to the subject.
Charles Morgan, the gunner who won 'fame be
cause of the protest of Admiral Sampson against
promotion of men of Morgan's class, has brought
suit for divorce. The couple have been married
for 12 years, and the ground on which the divorce
is asked is desertion.
Captain Joshua Janes is the commander of the
government life saving crew at Stony Beach, Hull,
Massachusetts. He is 72 years of age and has re
cently passed successfully a physical examination
before a government board of physicians with a
higher marking than any in his command.
The Mexican government has granted a con
cession to Captain Charles Shillaber of Chicago, an
engineer and capitalist, to open a waterway be
tween the cities of Tampico and Tuxpan, on tho
gulf coast, a distance of 125 miles, and establish a
line of fast, modern steamboats between these
The postofflco department estimates that
through abuse of- the privileges of second-class
matter the government loses between $15,000,000
and $25,000,000 a year. Congress has failed to en
act legislation to prevent this abuse, and Post
master General Smith is thinking ot issuing a rule
to cover the case.
A St. Louis dispatch says: Notice of contest
was served today on Mayor Rolla Wells by Lee
Meriwether; ther municipal ownership party's can
didate for that office. In the notice of contest, Mr.
Meriwether asserts that he received a majority oL
the votes cast for mayor on April 2, and from
twenty-five to 150 ballots cast for him in each pre
cinct were counted for Wells. He further charges
that there was no legal election, that 15,000 names
were fraudulently placed upon the registration
books and voted by tho Judges and clerks and
hired ropcaters, and that a conspiracy to steal tho
election existed among tho democratic managers,
tho police and the Jefforson club.
Tho government of Corca, according to a dis
patch to tho London Mall from St. Petersburg, ha 1
decided to build thirty-two coast fortresses to re
sist a posslblo Japanese invasion. According to
the same correspondent, the Corean .government
has promulgated a law enforcing the penalty of
-death for opium smoking.
Tho shortest will on record was recently filed
in Chicago. F. E. Rlgby died leaving $105,000. Ho
disposed of it In a will comprising 27 words as fol
lows: April 11, 1901. One half of my fortune to
Ann Rigby Fowler, of Leeds, Yorkshire. One hnlf
to my wife. Signed, F. E. Rlgby. Witnesses, C.
P. Stringfleld, E. A. Whipple, W. H. G. Wilson.
Tho New York legislature has passed and tho
governor has signed a bill providing that; after
January 1, 1902, no marriage by mere agreement
shall be recognized in that state unless the .parties
thereto have signed a contract in the presence ot
witnesses and filed the same with the clerk of tho
town, village or city In which tho contract is
As an offset to the movement which has been
agitated in Alabama for several years providing
for the annexation of Florida, Representative Ja
coby introduced in the Florida legislature a bill
providing for annexation of the state of Alabama
to tho state of Florida. Tho consent of the Ala
bama voters and of congress must first be ob
tained. At Sofia, Bulgaria, a mass meeting compris
ing 10,000 persons was held and resolutions were
passed protesting against tho arrest of the mem
bers of the Macedonian committee and condemn
ing the attitude of Russia on the Macedonian ques
tion. The meeting expressed itself as in favor of
asking for European intervention against the per
secution of Bulgarians in Turkey.
F. J. Parke, United States special agent at
Wausau, Wis., has been ordered to im$q an in
vestigation of the islands in tho Wiscojsin river
near Portage, to. ascertain whether they are the
property of Wisconsin or the United States. Tho
islands have been a subject of correspondence be
tween parties living in the neighborhood of Port
ago and the Washington authorities for fifty
The remains of Abraham Lincoln, which have
been resting in a temporary vault during the re
construction of the Lincoln monument, will be re
moved to the new monument within a few days.
Thj removal will be private, omy the trustees cf
the monument, state officers, and representatives
of the press being present. The exact day fixed
for the transfer of the remains will not be made
Dr. Oscar Chrisraan, the founder of the science
of child study, who a year ago created a sensa
tion before the mothers' congress, which met at
Des Moines, la., by the assertion in a lecture that
women alone were capable of love and men were
incapable, has lost his chair i. the'Kansas Stato
Normal school.. His relations with the president
and faculty have been strained ever since his nota
ble lecture, and it is thought influences were
brought to bear on the regents against h'im.
A census of the population of the Samoan
group, has been taken. The number of Samoans In
Upolu and other islands under the German gov
ernment is 32,000, while the population of the six
islands under the United States government is re
turned at 5,800. The slight increase during the
last thirty years is about the same In proportion
all round. The infant mortality Is greatest, and
this is due in a large measure to the ignorance and
carelessness in dieting the young.
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