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Garrison There, Though Still
Strong, Suffering From
Restricted Diet, and Increasingly
Effective Boer Artillery,
Jonbert Reported Indisposed at
LONDON, Dec. 7.A budget of news
from Ladysmith which has just arrived
brings the history of the beleagured
garrison up to Nov. 29. In spite of the
rumors of a. retrogade movement upon
the part of the Boers, the stories just
received show that the garrison, al
though still strong, was suffering from
confinement, restricted diet and the in
creasing volume of the artillery fire,
especially that of an additional heavy
calibre gun placed in position 5,000
yards from the western defenses. The
dispatches relate that the Boers had
discovered the most vulnerable points
of the garrison and that shelling was
becoming disagreeably offective. The
rations had been reduced and there was
a great deal of sickness. Nevertheless,
the troops of the garrison were in every
way preparing to meet the assault
which it was anticipated the Boers
would carry out in a
Final effort to Reduce the City.
The belief was current in Ladysmith
that the Boers were preparing for a ret
rograde movemement after another at
tack. Several bodies of burghers were
reported to have been seen Nov. 38,
moving in the direction of the Drakens
burg range, while, Nov. 29, detach
ments were observed journeying north
ward with the wagons. Discord be
tween the Transvaalers and Free Staters
was also reported. There was no indi
cation, however, that the Boers were
preparing to dismantle their gun posi
tions, but the idea was prevalent in
some quarters of Ladysmith that the
continued shelling of the place was in
tended to cover the retirement of other
Boer forces towards the Transvaal
The Pretoria dispatch (of Saturday,
Dec. 2, via Lorenzo Marques, Monday,
Dec. 4) however, announced that a Boer
council of war Dec. 2, was planning a
renewed assault on Ladysmith.
A dispatch from Frere, dated Sun
day, Dec. b, reported that in Colonel
Lord Dundonald's reconnaisance near
Colenso, 15 Boers were killed and a
number injured. The road bridge across
the Tugela river is intact.
The same message reports that Presi
dent Kxuger is anxious that the burgh
ers leave Ladysmith in order to oppose
the British marching in the direction of
Pretoria from the west.
Advices from Putter's Kraal, the
headquarters of General Gatacre's di
vision, dated Saturday, Dec. 2, say the
Boers entered Bordonecht that mom
ing. This, it is added, is probably
Groebler's force of 1,500 men from
Uoer oinwander at Volksrust for Med
PRETORIA., Saturday. Dec. 2.(via
Lorenzo Marques, Monday, Dec. 4.)
General Joubert is indisposed and has
arrived at Volksrust, across the Trans
vaal border, for medical treatment.
A dispatch from the head laager,
where General Schalkburger is in su
preme command during the absence of
General Joubert, announces that a coun
cil of war will be held Dec. 2, with ref
erence to assaulting Ladysmith. The
state attorney has arrived at the camp
to advise the Boer commanders. Every
thing is quiet at Ladysmith.
Dispatches from the west report that
there was a heavy artillery duel at
Mafeking during the morning of Dec. 2.
All is quiet at Kimberley.
Comfortable wooden and iron houses
have been erected at Waterfall, a few
miles from Pretoria for the rank and
file of the British prisoners.
Count Deville le Blois, a colonel in
the French army, has joined the Trans
vaal forces as an authorized miltary at
FIRING HIGH EXPLOSIVES.
Boers Evidently Have Secured a Better
Brand of Shells.
N EW YORK, Dec- 7.A dispatch to
The Tribune from London says: While
the war office has received intelligence
that Mafeking was safe on Nov. 23, it
was admitted that the investment there
was closer than ever. This was con
firmed by the Pall Mall Gazette corre
spondent, but Router's dispatch one day
later showed that the Boers are using
new shells, filled with a high explosive,
fired from a 10-ton gun, and that the
Situation is serious.
General Yule In Broken Health.
LONDON, Dec. 7.The Daily Mail an
nounces that Colonel W. A. Yule, who
succeeded General Sir William Symons
in command of the British troops in
Natal, is on his way to England, being
in broken health.
Heavy Snow at Buffalo.
BUFFALO, N. Y., Dec. 7.Fully 12
inches of snow has fallen here. Street
ear traffic, which was practically aban
doned has been fully resumed. Mails
from the east and west are from a half
hour to one hour late. The railroads,
however, are rapidly getting into shape.
Next Reunion in ChioafO.
CHICAGO, Dec. 7.The national coun
cil of the Grand Army of the Republic
decided that the next reunion will be
held during the last week of August,
1990, in Chicago.
Dairy Commissloosr Howler
Bod over CrsarastftM.
ST. PAUL, Dec. 7.The state dairy
and food department is setuUng put
blanks to the creameries |or their an
nual statistical reports, due NxVl but
usually made at the end of the y8arai
most of ttfe creameries have* their" an
nual meetings then. 1
Last year nearly 50 percent Afailedjtc
comply with the law.faCd nothing 1#j$
Bone on the ground that the $HK
Were due under the outgoing* 0mi
tration. This year', Mai or Boiler
the reportsrill be insiStfc'uTon. The
law provides a penalljjF $L$& TO |100
fine and 80 to 90 days in&rjjy>nm*n
failure to report, making^'it a misd
Commissioner Bowler says that the
majority of creameries in the state are
well managed and cleanly, but that
some are not. These latter are warned
to mend their ways under penalty of
publication of the reports of inspectors.
EFFECTIVE AT LONG RANGE.
Boer Fire at Modder River the Hottest
LONDON, Dec. 7. The censorship
continues to be of the strictest charac
ter. Virtually no news is allowed to
pass except the details of events in the
beleaguered garrisons and nearby points.
From all accounts the Boer fire at
Modder River was the hottest on rec
ord and will revolutionize existing the
ories. It was effective up to 1,000
yards, but the casualties among the
prostrate troops was trifling. It was
found impossible to bring the British
ammunition reserves to the firing line.
Many Boers wearing red cross badges
were actually employed in serving out
The Morning Post learns there are
plenty of cavalrymen available at
home, but that parsimony prevents
their being sent to South Africa, where
they are urgently needed.
Kentnoky Election Commissioners
Now Try Contests.
FRANKFORT, Ky., Dec. 7.The state
board of election commissioners, sitting
as a canvassing board, has finished its
work and will now sit as a canvassing
board to hear arguments in the cases of
11 contested counties. The first great
fight will come up on the question of
whether or not the board has the right
to go behind the certified returns filed
with the secretary of state by the dif
ferent counties. On the face of the re
turns now on file with the secretary of
state Mr. Taylor has a plurality of
2,883. If the board decides that it has
the power to go behind the returns,
there is no telling who will receive the
WORK OF BURGLARS.
D. B. Cheney and Wife of Racine
Probably Fatally Shot.
RACINE, Wis., Dec. 7.Rev. D. B.
Cheney and his wife were shot and
probably fatally injured by a burglar
who entered their home at 1 o'clock a.
m. At the point of a revolver they
were compelled to turn over money
and jewelry and then thinking they
were endeavoring to conceal some val
uables, the burglars shot them both
Rev. Cheney is the pastor of the First
Baptist church and was for many years
at the head of the Wisconsin A. P. A.
He came here from Superior five years
President's Message a Topic of Consider
LONDON, Dec. 7.The amount of
space devoted here to President Mc
Kinley's message to congress evidences
the widespread interest in the docu
ment. The afternoon papers, in long
editorials on the subject, particularly
refer to the currency declarations and
solace themselves with the idea that
good relations between the United
States and Great Britain are so well
known as not to have required empha
sis, as in the case of Germany.
The Pall Mall Gazette sees in the
message an unmistakable reproof of
Mr. Chamberlain's Leicester speech.
Germans Approre the Messege.
BERLIN, Dec. 7. The message sent to
congress by President McKinley has
been most sympathetically received by
newspaper and government circles in
Germany. This is especially true of the
foreign office, one Of the highest officials
of which told the Associated Press rep
resentative that the document has made
a splendid impression.
Bad Blase at MayTllle.
MAYVILLE. N. D., Dec. 7.Fire broke
out in the department store of P. T.
Johns & Co. at 9:30 p. m., and totally
destroyed the entire building and stock
valued at $20,000. The flames quickly
spread and the furniture store of O. B.
Lura, Hanson & Hanson's drugstore, A.
H. Johnson's hardware store, the jew
elry store and restaurant of A. jp.
Thompson, and Mrs. Baker's millinery
store were also destroyed. Total loss
Waleott a Pronounced FaYorlte,
N EW YORK, Dec. 7.Bobby Dobbs,
formerly of Minneapolis, lasted only a
few seconds more than five rounds in
his bout with Joe Waleott before the
Broadway Athletic club. There was
very little betting on the result, as
Waleott was a pronounced favorite at
4 to 1.
Another Lake Bloekade.
DETROIT, Mich., Dec. 7.There is
another blockade of lake navigation,
this time at the mouth of the St. Clair
flats ship canal. The big Bessemer
barge John Fritz went aground and
the gale swung her around so that she
completely blockades the channel.
Earthquake in South Dakota.
MILLER, 8. D., Dec. 7.Ah earth
quake shock was felt here at 6 o'clock
a. m. It was the first ever noticed in
Canvass'Made Friends Reveals
an Apparent Majority4a
Petition of Pennsylvania Legisla
tors to Be Vigorously Used
Chairman Tayler Calls a Meeting
to Consider the Case of
NEW YORK, Pec. 7. A special to The
Herald from Washington says:
As a result of a canvass made by Mr.
Quay's friends, since the senate con
vened, it is asserted that 46 of the 85
senators will vote to seat him as sena
tor from Pennsylvania. These figures
are obtained by counting the 30 senators
now in the senate who voted either for
Corbett or Mantle and 16 others from
whom it is asserted promis.es have been
obtained favorable to Mr. Quay.
Senator Chandler has called a special
meeting of the committee on elections
to consider the case of Mr. Quay.
As a vacancy exists on the committee,
however, and the two parties are ar
ranging for the reorganization of all
the committees, it is not believed the
Quay case will be disposed of until the
committee has been reorganized.
The fact that a majority of the Penn
sylvania legislature, Republicans and
Democrats, have petitioned th senate
against the seating of Mr. Quay will be
used for all its worth by his opponents,
and the contest will be bitter and long.
HEARING FOR ROBERTS.
Representative Taylor Calls a Meeting
off His Committee.
WASHINGTON, Deo. 7.Representa
tive Tayler of Ohio, chairman of a spe
cial committee to investigate the case
of Mr. Roberts of Utah, has called a
meeting for the committee at 11 o'clock.
Mr. Tayler says the initial meeting will
be to determine upon a general line of
action. He could not say how soon the
committee would be ready to report.
While the chairman would not speak
for the committee, he said he had no
doubt that Mr. Roberts could be al
lowed to be present with counsel if he
desired and would be afforded the full
est facilities to have his side presented.
Mr. Roberts was about the house
during the day. There was no session
and he was engaged most of the time
in chatting with groups of members
and visitors who showed a friendly dis
position toward him.
OPPOSED TO FREE SUGAR.
Manufacturers of the Beat Article Adopt
OMAHA, Dec. 7.Delegates from beet
sugar factories in California, pregon,
Washington, Nebraska, Colorado,
Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan,
Illinois, Ohio and "New York attended
the annual meeting of the American
Beet Sugar Manufacturers' association.
The industry was reported as having
flourished during the past few years,
but that just now it is greatly disturbed
over the prospect of free sugar from
the insular dependencies.
The association took strong grounds
against President McKinley's recom
mendation of free sugar and adopted
emphatic resolutions against such a
policy and provided for a vigorous cam
paign in behalf of their desires.
PERRY HEATH'S DECISION.
Postomce Clerk Most
When She Marries.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7.First Assist
ant Postmaster General Perry Heath,
in a decision in the case of Mrs. Jennie
Drown of Modus, Conn., announces
that the department has decided it
would be incompatible with the best
interests of the service to retain mar
ried women as postoffice clerks. The
department has, therefore/ruled that
when a female postoffice clerk marries
it will be necessary for her to resign
from the service. Postmasters under
this ruling hereafter will have to call
for the resignations of such employes
and recommend their successors to the
Railroads Ask More Time.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7.The interstate
commission has given a hearing to the
representatives of the several railroad
companies asking for further extension
of the time allowed the railroads to
equip their lines with safety appliances
under the act. of March 2, 1893. Two
years ago the commission granted an
extension until Jan. 1,1900. The further
extension asked for at the present time
is one year.
Customs Laws for Cuba and Forto Bioo.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7.Senator Chan
dler introduced bills applying the cus
toms and internal revenue laws to the
islands of Cuba and Porto Rico, after
Jan. 1,1900. Goods between the islands
and the United States ate to be ex
changed as between the states.
Convicted of Larceny.
CHICAGO, Dec. 7.Mrs. Sol Van Praag
has been found guilty of larceny in
stealing, with the aid of other women,
$1,450 from William C. Duncan of
Portland, Or. The theft is alleged to
have been committed in a room on
State street. Mrs. Van Praag is the. wife
of a well known politician.
Conyicted Banker Gets a Kaw Trial.
KANSAS CITY, pec. 7.J. C. Darragh,
former president of the Kansas City
Safe Deposit and Savings bank, who
was convicted in '97 of wrecking that
institution and sentenced to two years
in the penitentiary, has been granted
another trial by ids* supreme court*
Hants trof Cars Handled I*s Tear
eeeds All Previous' Record*
r. PAUL, Dec. 7.The fourteenth
annual report of the state grain inspect
tlon department for the year ending
Aug.JIM, ha& "been transmitted to1
railroad artd warehouse commissidn by
Chief Inspector Reishus. The report
shows that more wheat, corn and fuw
seed was received than during any jpre
jvious year. There is a considerable
falling off \n oats, rye and barley, a
jfact ^hich is dne largely to the diver
sion of this traffic to Chicago, Milwatu
kee and St. Louis, where the largo
brewing establishments are located.
Agents have bought direct from the
farmers. The total number of Oars re
ceived at Minnesota terminals during
the period of this report exceeded the
highest nuifcber received in any pre
vious year 0^26,807.
The presen^season's crop, that for the
orop year beginning Sept. 1,1899, prom-'
ises to be more difficult than usual to
grade, by reason of the heavy fall rains
which affected a large part of the crop,
and rust and blight which visited cer
tain grain-growing sections.
DEMORALIZING TO RATES.
Or eat Northern and Other Lines Said to
Have Joined In a Cut.
CHICAGO, Dec. 7.A special to The
Record from Sioux City, la., says:
W. B. MoNader, traffic manager for
the Sioux City and Northern railroad,
announces that that road and the Great
Northern, its northern connection,
would join with the Soo line and Cana
dian Pacific in making a first class rate
for passengers to Ne York which
would be $4 less than the rate via Chi
cago and the Eastern roads. This move
on the part of the Hill roads, railway
men say, will so demoralize the passen
ger business eastbound that a serious
rate war may result. For the present
the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul,
Illinois Central and Northwestern will
not meet the cut and will continue to
sell through tickets to New York for
$28.75, while the Great Northern makes
a rate of $24.97.
JRON ORE IN IOWA.
Tory Promising Dlscorery Made In Alla
ES MOINES, Dec. 7.The recent an
nouncement of the discovery of an im
mense deposit of valuable iron ore in
Northeastern Iowa has attracted much
attention to the mineral possibilities of
that part of the state. The state geo
logical survey has long ago declared
that they are of great value and in time
tfrill unquestionably be developed. The
Allamakee county deposit, which is
now being carefully investigated by
representatives of the Illinois Steel
company, is believed to be one of the
richest west of the Allegheny moun
tains. Experts who have examined it
say that there is in sight, on an area of
about 350 acres of land, fully 50,000,000
tons of ore, from 30 to 50 per cent pure,
and averaging considerably above 40
OAR LINES FOR HONOLULU.
Tom I4. and Albert Johnson Will Hare
an Electric System on Oahu.
CLEVELAND, O., Dec. 7.A syndicate
headed by Tom L. and Albert Johnson,
the street car magnates, will build a
street railway in Honolulu and on Oahu
island, on which the capital of the
Hawaiian islands is situated. Electric
lines will not only be built within the
city limits but suburban lines will be
constructed leading to the different
points of interest and business near the
city. A route will be built to the vol
cano for the convenience of tourists.
The syndicate has absorbed the present
horse car lines in Honolulu.
TO SHUT THEM OUT.
Trainmen Pnll Down an Independent
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn., Dec. 7.At
Vesta, the terminal of the Minnesota
and Iowa divisions of the Chicago and
Northwestern railway, the local eleva
tor was wrecked last Friday by an en
gine and crew, with full authority, it
is said, from the right of way agent.
Foster & Miller, independent wheat
buyers, claimed to have been given
permission to build by the agent. The
building was partially completed
when the train men, with the aid of
the engine and ropes, pulled the struc
Bepeal a Prohibition.
BERLIN, Dec. 7.The imperial chan
cellor, Prince Hohenlohe, announced in
the reichstag that the federal govern
ments had assented to the repeaV of the
law prohibiting workmen's association.
Later the reichstag passed the first and
second reading of the bill repealing
this law. It was opposed by the mem
Has Started a Bate War.
CHICAGO, Dec. 7.The Tribune says:
The publication of the New England
rate sheet, which eliminates rates to
the Pacific coast via the Northwestern,
Burlington, Rock Island and Milwau
kee and St. Paul roads^ has started the
expected differential rate war.
On* Misslns Nine Injured.
JOLIET. Ills. Dec. 7.The explosion
of a boiler in the billet mill at the
Joliet plant of the Illinois Steel com
pany caused frightful injuries to nine
men, with another man missing, pos
sibly buried beneath the debris. All
the men were burned and scalded.
Another Harper Deal.'
N EW YORK Tec 7i~Harper & Bros,
have given out a statement that they
have transferred the entire publication
f their college and high school text
books to the American Book company
of New York and Chicago.
Mrs. Amelia Sanford Found Dead.
BLOOMINGTON, Ills., Dec. 7. Mrs.
Amelia' E. Sanford, treasurer of the
Illinois State TV. C. T, U., was found
dead.at her home. It is thought she
died from apoplexy Tuesday. She was
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