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HELENA, MONTANA. MONDAY MUKNINCi. december 31. JHJ4.
HADTO PIBLISII IT.
TheReason Christian Newspapers In Con^^stantinople Denied the Reports of^Armenian Outrages.
HORRORSUPPRESSED TWO MONTHS
TODAYthe bullion in the U.^S. mints is counted, and Uncle^^itiii determines the amount of^liis MsKOhud wealth.
Aspecial investigation will^be made of the Philadelphia^mint, against which tiiere ire^charges of gross irregularities.^Highly sensational revelations^arc looked fur as the result of^the inquiry, which will doubt^^less he conducted viciously^tad effectively by the authorities.
Tobelieve that Ulsters arc^cheaper than doctor bills has^been bothering Its, We give it^up. Conmion sense ought to do^the job.
Costs$15 or $:o. We have^them at $7, $10, $12 and $25.
Forthe toiling man, the busi^^ness man, the clerk, in fact any^man, be he busy or not, there^are some splendid
Herefor you. The materials^aie strong, and genteel in effect^^nice, unobtrusive garments.^They are now sold for $15, $18^and $20. We could get more^for them, but the tariff bill has^run prices do an. Come in be^^fore they go up. These are not^the only priced Suits we have.^You may want one for
Wedon't advertise them, but^,ou can Had them in our stock.^Don't make a regular business^of them. It is the better goods^we want to acquaint you with^^we want to make a customer of^you and keep you us a customer.
Supplyyourself with one of^our Ulsters .mil Suits.
TurkishOfficial* Examine All the Letter^Mail Going in and Out of the^Country.
Washington.l^.v :.,^ The following
statement^nii mIhmm la mm asm-^union of una 1 I'm in eight districts at^Arimniu, iii which Chrteiiaa sjlaalnn^arles an* utatloned. was to-day issued^by the Armenian hoard of i oniinlHslon-^cr* for foreign missions: OsVoaal nh^^triH Hi'iit recently (MM the room* of the^Am. in .in huiini of comm.SNiiinerg for^foreign missions, containing 111 ^Minis^relating t^ Kuiopoau-Tm key missions.
_u;1n'll h^ the Turkish oltldals
Theletters were subsequently deliv^^ered. Mil wllh UM Turkish word ^i x-^umlncd^ written on ||,,. IMTllUll This^Indicated that the Turkish government
isattempting la assume nil authority
overthe mull of ffJI aafliail.^When reports of the massacre of
Clarladaaain the sassoun district of
eaaternTurkey became put.lie, after^more than two months of ^iippresslon^on the part of the Turkish oltlelalM. the^Ottoman government was alarmed at^the wldeHpread publication* In the^Anierlcun-lCngllsh pie.-.-, t'nder pres-^Hure from foreign powers the nullan^asTaafl to aend a commissioner to In.^vestlgate and report upon the outrages.^In view of tills promise of the govern^^ment, representative* of the Kuropean^powers at Constantinople decided to^wait for the report before taking any^positive action. Hut after this decision^by the powera, and while they were^waiting for the departure of the sultan's^ci 'inmission, which had been appointed,^and which was to make full and impar^^tial Investigation of all affairs reported^t^y the Knglish consul, as wall as by^many Individuals from the Sassoun dis^^trict, the Turkish government gave out^tlic following ofllcinl statern.nl of tin-^case, whlcli statement was printed in^the papers of Constantinople. All pa^^pers pi Inted in Turkey are under close^1 ^ us.11 -ship, ami no paper could refuse^to print the statement under penalty^of Immediate suspension Hem e. Cbiis-^tlan pcriiMllcals were compelled to print^what they knew to be false. The state^^ment Is a* follows:
Someof the Kuropean powers have^sl.ii..|, cm t rary to the truth, that a^few Armenian villages have been de^^stroyed and In the meantime person*^have been massacred by Turkish sol^^diers In the district of Sassoun. Others,^In order to magnify these reports, have^asserted that the news of the outrage^was prevented from leaking out by ob^^stacles the governm nt put In the way^of travelers from that district. The^subjects of the empire of Sassoun are^quietly engaged with their business and^people travel wherever they wish In^perfect safety. Some Armenian ban^^dits, being induced by agitators, began^lately in and about Sassoun to disturb^the peace and comfort of the people l,y^miirwarllia plundering and blocking^1 cliways. in order to put an end to^Mich disasters the government em^^ployed lie- necessary means, ami con-
1nuently ordered out a su'iicicnt body^^ ^: imperial soldiers of the Fourth army
i'husthe aatanatoa ^f Use revolt
I.nr, checked, troops were withdrawn^1 i their aaadHUirllin There was no^interferaaoa by Kurds, but, as stated^above, some Armenian bandits .having^ventured to disobey, the Fourth Iniper^nil army corps, and also the governor^of BUMa, undertook to Investigate as^to the facts, and Miliscqinntly a com^^mission of Inquiry, composed of A'ndol-
laaPaaha, Broer Bey, atedjld Rlfendl
iimlHafez Tevflk Pasha, who will start
bythis nreek'a iloaiaer to the scene of
Ingeneral, the sublime porte will^never allow such outrages to be per^^petrated as published In foreign papers^upon her subjects.
COAT IT THURSDAY.
CongressWill on That Day Again Take up^Aflairs of State.
Washington,Dec. 30.^Both houses of^congress will resume their sessions on^Thursday mxl, and It is expected there^will be a more determined effort to^press forward the work of the session^lor the m xl two months tliun lias char^^acterized the proceedings during the^imoith M liioli has already elapsed.
Thenee. ssniy weak of th^ session is
thepassage of appropriation bills, of
whichthere ale fourteen. None have^passed the senate, and only live have^received the sanction of tlie house, it^Is In order for the senate to take up^any reported appropriation bill at any^I lull*, and whether Ho- Nicaragua canal^bill, which stands on the calendar as^unfinished business, shall continue to
holdIts platf vantage will lie depend
cutupon whether the appropriation!^..uninilee shall desire to supplant It^with the pensions or formications bills.
or with any other appropriation
billsafter Hie other bills shall be re^^ported from the committee.^Th.' probabilities ara thai the nic u-
raguacanal bill will not lie displaced^I n the present. Senator Morgan has^been devoting the holidays to the prep^^aration of a reply to Senator Tarpte'a
attackupon the canal bill, and his^friends expect him to make a Vigorous^and exhasllve defense of the measure^lie will probably speak an entire day,^and possibly two or three days.
Penaltyfor Counterfeiting Foreign Stamps^Greater Than for Home Ones.
Washington. Dec ;:a -The opinion of^lh^ solicitor of the treasury to the Offset^that It Is unlawful to have In posses^^sion or use plates for the piloting of^postage slumps In similitude to those
lasI by foreign governments will be
actedupon at once.
Nomore so-called stamp alliums CMS*
I,liningslumps of tin kinds will be
allowedto be printed. Tin- cuts fi1
whichthese an' printed will be seized^II is an astonishing Tact that the pen-^all v Impnasd by law for the counter^^feiting of foreign slumps is mora se^^vere than for counterfeiting united^Slates stamps. In the case of foreign^stamps, las penalty is not less than^two nor more than ten yours Inipils-
orunent.while for laa countsrfsiting
ofl ulled States stumps the penally In^a line of not more than $r,i^l. or Ivs
years'Imprisonment, or both Tbt
lull'd States court might Impose a^tine of II or one day's Imprisonment^for violations of our law and come
withinthe law, while the minimum^|e unity as to foreign stamps Is two^yeara' Imprisonment,
NoPay for the Two Years That Have not^Boon Served.
Washington,Die :^). The three inw^senator* who will be elected I ^ fill va^^cancies in the stales of Wyoming,^Washington and Molilalia will probably^not be paid the buck salaries which^have hen tofoie l... 11 paid to si na I mis^elected or appointed to till vacanel s^Thov were cut on; b\ an express pro^^vision In the leglslillvr ap| ropriatloo^bill of tin- lesl session, which, II Is be^^lieved, w ill pul an ^ ml to this practice^for the future
tinderthe system which lias prevailed^heretofore each one chosen would have^received the pay for the entire term (,f^six years, notwithstanding that two^years of the time has already elapsed.^Tin new provision will, therefore, work^as a saving to the government of tail,-^000 In Ibis Instance, and of larger sums^In the future. The new law provides^that the salaries of senators shall begin^on the date of tin Ir election or ap^^pointment.
Waclilugton,Dae. '10.^ The government^receipts so far this mouth amount in $21,-^l^I.Wtf, and the disbursements t-7,aW,7W,^leaving a deficit for the month of $.'i,o'i!l,-^let. and for Hie fiscal year to date of $2V
CEASETO hi: FREE.
Panama and Colon Ports to Exact a^Tax.
NewYork, Dec. 30.^In reference to^the Colon dispatch received Friday^night, stating that after the 1st of .laii-^uury I'unama and Colon would cease^to I..- ti^.' ports, and I ha I duty would^be collected of 10 per cent, nd valorem^on all Imports. Officials of the Panama^Railroad company gay that while they^as yet have received no official notifi^^cation of the proposed action by the^Colombian government, they have been^advised unofficially that such tax was^proposed. Of course they said they^would protest against such tax, which,^owing to local conditions, would be a^very heavy one, on the principle that^It would tend to restrict trade.
Theopinion was expressed thai If^work were actively resum^-d on the^i'anama canal, as proposed. It would be^absolutely necessary to lm|sirt sup^^plies at any cost. Hut, unless this work^were resumed, It was very likely that^the trade of the country would be killed.^The Impression in the ofllce of the I'un^^ama Kailroad company was that Co^^lombia has every means In Its power^to Increase Its revenue In anticipation^of the resumption of work on the canal,^development of Internal resources, such^as mines, etc., and to have Increased re^^sources as precautionary measures In^the event of possible changes In the
Thepublished slatement that $80,000^had been appropriated for the trans^^mission of troops was regarded as very^significant of the government's efforts^toward preventing any possible trouble.^One proposition, made not long ago, was^to Impose an export tax on bananas,^but this plan was wisely given up, as^it would have killed the industry, which^is the principal one of the country. It^goes to show that efforts have been^made to Increase the compan^ '^ rev e^^nue. At the oltice of the Panama Ca^^nal company a man arrived who Is tile^representative of tin I'anama company,^said he knew nothing of the proposed^tax or protest of this country. He said,^however, that it was possible In the^event of such tax being Imposed that^a protest would be Issued from the of^^llce of the new I'anama Canal company^in I'arls.
HaIs Waking Preparations to Leave His^Office.
NewYork. Dec. 30. ^It was apparent at^police headquarters In the city to-day^that a change In affairs there Is speedily^approaching, and gloom pervaded Hie en^^tire building. No one doubts that IIj rin s^Intends to retire as soon as his successor^Is appointed. Ba wus In his office as early^as .Ifclil o'clock In the morning, but bs^denied himself lo visitors. There was no^concealment among those posted that the^superintendent was engaged in making^preparations to move. He was closeted^during tin- day with his conlldante. Ser^^geant Frank Mnngln. and was clearing^out all his private papers and effec's^which have gathered dining the years of
hisoajaura in the building, They were
packedup nml sent to his home on West^Fifty-eighth street.
Nobodycared to talk much about the^matter, but those who did speak, spoke in^terms of astonishment and regret at their^chief's coining retirement.
Formationof a Stalactite.
Thelength of lime necessary for th^^formation of n stalactite has lent: bei n^a moot question, ltccent results seem lo
Indicatethat it varies greatly with the
Conditions. Prsf. Franz Adanil writes
t'tomBayrautbi Bavaria, to The Awisrtaaa
Naturalist,1BtbSTi thai In HH the au^^thorities of that city built a rvservsir for^the town tSSter supply, which contains^trai i H of lime. On the roof of an arch^underneath this reset v oir stiilacilcs heuan^to form, w hich In the present year ha I^grown to a length of thirty centimeters^(about a fnoti. This Is a vastly quicker^rate than thai usually assumed. In an^editorial note The Nuturalbi r. marks^that It had been thouaht that in Wyandot
cavea aujrar of otalagaslta had required
I.Oneveins to attain a thickness of ten^Inches, and says that I'rof. Adaml's slate-^im nl ^Is ^oie of Hie sort of valuable obser^^vation! which has shaken faith In ihe^worth of all HKe-tests based on stalag^^mite or stalactite.
Iterll.i,Dec. 30. Hales, accompanied^by snow, prevail in northwestern Her^mum An unusually inch tide In the^river Ribs has IIled the low lying
partsof Cuahavan ami Hamburg. Two
bodieshave been washed ashore in the^lower Kibe. Knormoiis damngchn-: baSB^done along the North sea coasts. Many
vessels, badly damaged, have In
lowedInto llremerha v en.
Justiceiiv iemale Figure.
FortDodge, luwu. Dee. :^i. As the re^^sult of a elarteal error la laa flectloa bal
|St,Iowa will, for the (list time In Its his^^tory, have a female Justice of the peace.^Mrs I.. K. Castle, of I'alleinlnr. betng^sworn In yesterday. II was the la ten tied^lo nomliiaie her husband, bin by mistake^Ids wife's Initials were used and she was^elected As there was no legal obstacle^lo her lining the place she was sworn In.
Hudson,N. V., Dec. B W. I'. Itosnian.^Jr., bookkeeper for Ihe National Hudson^HI VST bank, of this city, was arrested last
nighton the charge of oaihaagling ^ni.i^m
lieconfessed In Inking the illlieulll, and^said he bud spent Ihe money In stock^speculation In Wall street.
London.Dec v Lord Itandolph Churc^^hill Is still conscious 'I he henioi rhane^which caused ihe pressure on Hie hriilii^having temporarily ceased, Ihe Improve^^ment In lil ^ condition is maintained.
HeJoins Forces With Neptuna and I hey^Spread Blight on Land and^on Sea.
MANYMARINERS LOST NEAR LAND.
WayBelow the Freezing Point in Florida,^and Half the Orange Crop Hope^^lessly Ruined.
I.niiilnn.Dec 3U.^Heveie weather lias^pi'.ailed throughout (ireat Itlllaln^slice Saturday, the heavy gale being^aOOOaapantad by tiull and snow, render^^ing navigation along lie- coasts both^^IIIII.-ii11 and dangerous. All vessels^that could do so. made for havens of^sh ltei. Some of them, however, did^not succeed In couching poll, but were^wrecked when almost in sight of safety.^This was the case ,,f the llrUlsh bark^Osseo. ('apt. Hoggs, which sailed from^'fallal, Aug. IG, for Ardrlossan. Shi'^made the long voyage safely until this^morning, when she was wrecked on^Hie Holyhead breakwater, and evei y^soul on board of her, twenty-four in^all. were drowned.
Howthe i' cldent occurred Is not ex^^actly known, but Is surmised that an^extraorillnni y high sea lifted her when^she was quite clime to the breakwater^and dashed her U|sm It. She struck^amidships, ami Immediately began to^break up. the sea pounding at her fur^^iously the moment she became sta^^tionary.
Thecoast guardsmen were the first^to reach the scene and were followed^soon after by the lifeboatmen. Above^Hie howling of the gale could be heard^the cries of Ihe men on the bark for as^^sistance. The coast guards got a line^aboard the wreck and It was caught by^one of the crew. Before he could make^It fast the fore and mlzzen masts were^whipped off close to the deck, and^everybody In the rigging fell with them^into the sea and were drowned. The^sailor who had caught the line was^crushed to death under one of the fall^^ing masts. After the masts were gone^all was silent on the wreck, and those^on the breakwater knew that all hands^on the bark had pgtlahad. In a abort^time nothing was visible seaward but^broken spars and a raffle of rigging^attached to them.
Duringthe day nine ^sidles were re^^covered. The Identity of the bark was^learned from some of her papers that^were washed ashore. The Osseo was a^steel vessel of 1,399 tons, and was built^in 1H89 at Londonderry, from which^port she sailed.
Thestorm on laajjl has done serious^.1.image. Trains have been blocked and^In many places In Scotland telegraph^wires are down.
TneTail of a Blizzard Spoils Half the^Orange Crop,
Jacksonville,Fla., Doc. 30.^Yesterday^will be long remembered, for the bliz^^zard swept down on Florida and sent^the thermometers to freezing point.
Keporlsby wire from fifty-one cor-^ivsismdents In the orange districts of^the state Indicate that at least I.MO.ihhj^boxes of unpack'd oranges are spoiled,^and more than 300,000 boxes of oranges^In warehouses, or lying in bulk prepara-^ory to packing, are frozen. Tomatoes,^cabbages, beans, peas and all vege^^tables in Ihe northern hall of the slate^are ruined, except ihe pineapple plnn-^latlons, which are not much injured.
Da*before yesterday half of this sea^^son's gnat orange crop of ,i,000,000^boxes was OtiU OH ihe trees. The tall^of the northern blizzard switched^around through, the Florida peninsula,^and within the space of a few hours^Florida had sustained a loss thai, esti^^mated In cash, would reach Into tip.^millions. The destruction will be feit^bo' many years, Indirectly or directly,^by all tlhe people of the slate. Previous^to Ibis time the coldest weather known^was In iss.'i, but there Is no record to^show Just how cold It was then.
Baportafrom the interior of the slat -^show that he cold weather has been^general and has extendi d from one^side of the peninsula to the other. The^lowest temperature reported was at^Tampa. Is above The cold weather^played havoc with the plumbing and^water supply In Jacksonville. Many^people found their water pipes frozen.^The occurrence was so unusual that It^was some time before the residents^could realize that ti.e water bad actu^^ally frozen in the pipes. The weather^has inn.h i n ted and I he cold spell Is now^broken. AI 10 o'clock to-night the tem^^per, lint^ was 4ii.
worstaaow storm IV^section Is prevailing,^snow fell today and^was renewed furiously^very severe and much suffering exists^among the poor. Many cattle are^starving. In this city the street car^companies ran their cars all night to^^Sap laa track clear. The snow storm^extends all over th^ northern siclloii^^t the slate.
MamphtS,Tcnii Dec. H From six^lo right Inches of snow Is reported to^^night in middle west Tannaaasa, a.Is^kanaas, uorlh Mississippi slid western^Alabama, was a steady diop In tem^^perature,
STORMON OUR COAST.
AtlanticSteamers tncounter Cold Weather^and a Calc.
NewYork, Dec 30.^All Incoming^steamer* report very severe weather^along the coast. Steamers ffai Kuiope^report having experienced the effects o|^the gale or ihe I'sth. When approach^^ing the llorges banks and Nantucket,^the wind set In from the southeast.^1.1.ivviin; a ptrong gale accompanied by^h. avv ecus and Intensely cold weather^The vessels' decks and hulls were^quickly covered wllh Ice to the thhk^ness ^I several Inches The BraWI sill^filed much from Ihe cold ami the task^^f getting about the decks proved a
steamersfrom Ihe onuthvvaril ran Into^the bad wen I her upon leaching Hal^terns, where the wind suddenly shifted^to the south, blowing a strong gale,^with a very henvv sea Several pica til^^ers, alter passing Hatteraa, egpart^diced a severe electrical storm, which^was accompanied by heavy rain mat^lou d squalls, ami upon model iHlng.^oaaaa out again In a sudden shift from^the northwest, blowing with hurricane^for^^^^, causing a tremendous sea which^taaahad Hie vessels' decks ami covered^lliem wllh Ice The OfScsra and crew s^suffered a great deal from the cold. No^danger u( * acrlou* nature waa re^^torted.
Dec. ::t). ^ The^en known In this^Four Inches of^to-night the fall^The weather is
inin it nut MEAL ESTATE
M.i|orAldirson Thinks There Will Be Im^^provement Before Long.
fanticipate (^ b greater demand
forreal estate In our town during MM^than we have had this year.^ said MaJ.
w.w. aMaraaa. of iiosemun, arha has
bathIn Iha nlly looking up qunitii^l^i lb.- nun h, |s to be In the capital^representing Oailalin county's Interests^In the cmlng session of the llgialatIIIr^M:i| AldaraoB has large I eaj estate kl^terests In Boasmaa and Is aa grail posh d^in land values as any man there.
Tbarahas been some i.-ai prowty^sold tins wtMar,^ aontlnuad the nsajur,
andit brought very good prices, too^Of late there has In en some laqull^)^lor residences, ^,,^! | thing p, a (^w
month*there arlll ba a very healthy as-
maudfor Improved property. Of^emu s^. I don't. |o^lt for any boom, sm h^as w. had a few year* ago, but I think^that henceforth Hie growth of the city^will be steady and sure.
'Last week a deal was closed where^^in Boa*man la to gal the laigesi bow ^^ing establishment In the slate, The^ill- for the brewery and malt house^has le-en selected ami purchased, ami^some of the brick and building ma^^terial ooatraatad for. This will un^^doubtedly be of very material benefit lo^the city and will of Itself assist In^maintaining real estate values and In^lie leasing the demand for llozeman^property, I believe, too, that Ihe ag^^ricultural colbg,. win influence rial^estate values In the right direction, as^much as any other thing. Farm^^ers who want lo educate their^^ kildrsfl are coming to town, buying^or building homes, and 'tiling down^in order to send their boys and girls^to school,
Therewas but little building done^last year, but probably as much as In^any Monta.'a town of Its size. It ha*^been retarded somewhat by a certain^element win- Insist upon running^the town upon a basis only^allowable to cities of several times Its^size, bul the peop'e already realize that^tills Is not progress!veness, but Is rather^poor business pol.cy. Kozeman, how^^ever, Is the best town In the state, and^will continue to grow In prosperity and^alie.
Many Notices to Avoid Forfeiture Are^Filed.
ThisIs Ihe last day on which claim^owners can lake advantage of the law^allowing them to file notices to avoid^forfeiture. The following were among^the notice* tiled Saturday: One hun^^dred and twenty acres, placer, by Miles^York and others; Spectacle and Fun-^icI tJulch placer, by William W.^Woodcis k and others; Crown Point and^Comstock, Skelly gulch district, by^James II. Oilmore and others; placer.^Wano district, by A. Livingston and^others; (Irey Kagb\ Wood Chuck,^Hadger, Orphan Boyaud Lucky Hoy.^Stemple district, by J. W. Luke and^James -^tourley; Mountain View and^Silver BUI. Scratch Gravel district, by^Daniel Mullen; Occident and Occiden^^tal, by K. W. Knight and other*: Co^^lumbian and Northwest lode, Walker^Creek district, by Noah A. Maltlc.^and others: Earthquake and lien. ^ 1 i :iat,^Stemple district, by Theo. Shed and^others; lllg Four, Topeka, Hem. Hid^^den Treasure and Mountain Chief.^Stemple district, by John Dugan, Jr..^and William Dugan; Combination. Ot^^tawa district, by Theo. Shed and J. A.^II. Corbis; (Jueeti of the Valley and^Surprise, by Samuel C. Hudson; Frame^and Hull and Hear, Ottawa district,^by Theo. Shed and others; Hose and^Cleveland, Ottawa district, by Alex. C.^Kotkln and Theo. Shed; Liberty, Con-^i. it. Intimidation. Margin-rite S., Sum^^mit, Sergeant Jasper and Hen Shi ri-^daa, by Alex. C. Botkta and others;^Louisiana, Mey and Pittsburg, Ottawa^district, by V. J. Horrlgan; Hidden^lt.st. Peart, Bvalane, Ann ami Bthsl,
SpringQulch district, by L. L. Lush and^Frank Wilton; Rainbow, Spring Dulch^district, by L. L. Lush and others;^Hadger and Champion. Stemple dis^^trict, by A. M. Waldref and others:^Hull und Hear, and Jurglns, by J. B.^Porter ami others; placer, by Mary^Hammand: Rattler, by Mark Harney^and P. H. McKowen: Hlg Cow. by Phil^Brass and others; Helena. In Dry gulch.^Luke Lust; Virginia and Blue ltldg ^.^bv Samuel C. Hudson and others; Bed^l ap. by William Swan ami others.
Tucson.Ariz., Dec. .10.-Frank Debs,^foraterty a resident of Tucson, was mur^^dered by Vaqul Indians In the state of^Sunora. Mexico. Debs established an In^^dian village at the San Francisco Mid^winter fair last summer, but left San^Francisco before Ihe exposition ^ I^falling to pay the Indians he had fro'inlii^from Arlxnna and Mexico, and leaving^thai to ret urn ns best they might. Two^of the Indians were with Debs at Ihe time^he was killed, and Ihe opinion prevail-^thai tbey killed him out of Spit* lor his^having failed to pay thai what was due.
St.Ixmls. Dec. ^l -About llilrly-tlv e il. 1^egatae 10 the National OeaUCtl of Ihe p^ o^pic's parly have organized a National^Initiative and Iteferendiun league. Jus
itLath rag, at Taaetat, Kmc was 1 letted
prssMsat,and an executive eoninilil.^an I 11a 11,01111 nml slate nigsiuzers wi re
LitOS* a. Il Is decided to at once push the^oiKanlcalleu throughout the country, to^promote the scheme of the Swiss eysp.-m^sf Initiative and referendum. Thirteen^stales wire repi 1 sen led at the uiKumiu-^1 (oil.
JohnA. Cordon Dead.
Specialto The Independent.
Iiuttc.Do BJ John A. leddon, an^old variety theater man of (he west,^died here to-day of coiisiiniplIon. He^had a varied history in the Black Hills.
Laramie,Rawtina, Helena ami Butte.^He bdlll a v.hi. iv theater In Helena.
and^din led the Combine In this city
Willnot Allow It.
BedridDec. no. BMsaa Maaeai adalater
ofHie Interior, has entered toriual denial^of the statement which emanated from^yVssbiagtetl 10 the effect thai a plan has
be.ii Ulelel ' o.ro.leratlllll ul lew iii,; 111'- lo^^cal on 1. la Is of Cuba 10 make up ihe bud^^ge) of tariff duties, afterward* siilimllllug^It 10 die Kovcrniucni for approval.
AllegationsCk un Hess.
I'lilladelpliln. Dec 3n. - Investigation by^a represents live of Ihe Associated press |^oi 1. perls ef III treatesSal and |sior fund^among steerage passeiiKers of the Souih-^wiirk. 111 quarantine on account id small^SeX. shows the allegations to be absolute^ly tiroundles*.
Workof the Charitable.
Raleigh,N. C, Dec. 30.^A call was^Issued to-day for a mass meeting of (he^citizens of (his place for the purpose of^securing I'^ id and supplies to be sent^to the destitute districts In Nebraska.
SailFrain ntco, Dec. 30. John Smlih mil^his Pride of a week were found dead In^bed this morning, asphyxiated by mis. It^Is presumed the] I ailed to lulu oil Hie ^as^picperly upon letlrlng.
Iiii Oelavan House, of Albany. New York,^Burned to the Cround Early In^the Nig-M.
POLITICAL MECCA OF NEW YORK.
Fullof Politicians at the Time It Caught^Fire-Thought That not Many^Lives Were Lost.
Albany,N Y . Dec 30. -The Delavan^house, the mecca of politicians and the^center of all big state political *^e*jt*^for forly years past, was leatfO*Sd by^lire lo-iilghi. It was S::io when the po^^litical head.punters of both Mr. Fish^and Mr. Maltby were filled wllh pnll-
11'i.ins and i^ v papat men, that oriea
oflire hen 1 d In all puts of '.he^house caused consternation among Iho^guests. The outburst of tlames, before^an alarm could be given, was appalling.^I'p lb^ elevator shaft *hnt a solid col^^umn of flames, which spread quickly^to erch of the five floors. Fortunately^lb^ guest list wa^ not very large and^Ihe majority of those registered vvi^^politicians and were down on the ger^^und floor
Therewas a rush for the stairs in the^front and the servant*' stair* in the^hack, where the flames had not yet^reached, and In a few minutes there^was a tumbling mass of humanity^coming down these two means of egress.^Those on the upper floors could not^avail themscves of these exits, for the^flames were rushing along the corridors,^and people In the streets who had not^yet seen Ihe flames heard the crash of^glass and saw figure* come tumbling^out of the window*.
Withinten minute* after the first^note of slarm several persons were^dangling on the Insufficient rope fire^escapes or hanging to the window sills.^The department arrived quickly, but^It took some time to get the ladder*^up, and In the meantime some of the^people had dropped to the street.
Onthe right side of the building there^appeared at a window, surrounded by^smoke, a man and woman. The mail^had hold of the woman trying to per^^suade her to wait for help, hut she^1 broke away and sprang out. She^struck a balcony and rebounded to the^street. The man waited for a ladder^and was taken down In safety. Ill*^name Is Foakes. and he represents a^cash register company In Dayton, O.^The woman was his wife and she will^probably die.
InKx-Speaker Maltby's room, which^aim to the rear of the elevator shaft^where the lire first appealed, there w is^the greatest airjHeenoBt About twenty^politicians were there, im liming Con^^gressmen Wcavr and Cut lis. Senator^Kllbourn and Mr. Maltby. A rush was^made for 'he stairs and when the parly^landed In He Btiual the only Injured^one was found to be Assemblyman Rob-^j bins, whose hair and face were badly^! burned.
IAlthough live stories high, there was^I no outside fire escapes, and the only^means left for Ihe people In the cut off^rooms was the use of the rope fire es^^capes. H. F Hlelm.'in, of Brooklyn,^was In the third story. He opened his^room dour as soon as he heard the cry^Of lire. A burst of flame mad^ him look^to the window as the means of escape.^He had bill two alteriiatives--a tleiy^dealh or a Jump. He chose the latter^When picked up from Ihe sidewalk he^was dying. His wife, who was In the^rivom with him tried a rope III^ c cap^but It either broke or else she failed to^hold II. for she fell to the pavement.^Her right limb was broken .her left^ankle dislocated and she was badly^burned about the face and head.
Inless than fifteen minutes after the^fire alarm was turned In the entire^building was wrapped in flumes, re^^sembling a huge crater, and all hopes of^saving the famous structure were given
Up. The hotel takes ill I lie entire block.
alsiiit110x140 feet, und this was in an^^other fifteen minutes a seething caul^^dron, only tmund by the four walls^At 10 'lii the east wall fell In. and
someof tin firemen narrowly escapef
'icingburied. At 11:30 tne i: midway^wall fell out and one fin nan was^burled In Ihe debris He ^vas taken out^and is not th^tight to be i'angerouslv^| hurt.
III* rumored at this late hour that^j there are bodies In the ruins, an I that^quili' a number of people did not es^^cape The 1I1 rk says to-night that he^Is positive all the guests i s aped, but^i does imt feel sure about the help, of^aahosa there was a great number.^There is no way to-nlghl of finding out^p wltlvely'whether these rumors are
toi' not, and It will take a day or so
todetermine, or the 100 or mora
[guestsnot or,' sa \ ^ I BJsorg than the^clot lies t bay Wore.
'IheDelavan bouse was fifty years^old. and one of the BIO at famous hotels^i In the country II !s a pat t of the es-^! lata of Bdvvard C I'elavan Hurley \^'Moore, the propi n to s. paid $40,000 a^year rental ami lately had made vast^improvements In expectation Of a big^winter season. The total loss Is estl-^111 it. d at $r^ooi^Mi. with an Insurance of^$:^oo,ooo
onHie r.tvund floor of the Broadway^side of the hotel block two firms had^st ires On.' was thai or ll-lser. m11i1i-^fteldor X Co.. dealers In knit goods, and^the other thai of Polby ^ Co., dealer*^III clothes. Until stocks Wit^ ruined.^The loss lo each will be alout $-T. 0^i,^11 wly covered by Insuiame
Thevvlies ^f Ihe cbctilc light inno^panv were desli oved and a *ei tlon of^the city is in darkness. The file raged^fiercely for live hours, and was not en^^tirely quenched mull morning.
VIr/O.V ^^/' ME EDICTi
Howto Enforce the Papal Edict Agaln$t^Secret Societies.^Washington, Dec rn The manner of^executing the Call idle church edlgt^11 1 membership Ihe Knights of^I'' un,is, 1 im Fellow* ai d other aoclg*
'1 iv In.; . . 11 ef.il . ^lislder*
''lionor Hi,, l imn h authorities Mgr.^Ha toll! ha* transmitted hi* decision to^Hie la nd* of all diocese-, throughout thg
' try, and It rerna 11* for them tO/i
convyII to p.nlsh priest*, und fur tbjffl^latter to give It n, ;,| unpllcal Ion^and execution, ..oil having consider,^able latitude us to how he ahall act.^N . lima Is set within which heada of
11^e* may act. Silioadv have
notifiedlh^d^ parish priest* to read lha
prohibition1ngregatlon* to morrow,
with the announcements preceding
Idle1 lieImps have not re^^quired public announcement* to Iho^congi ega 1 Ions, as communications^from Rome and from Mgr. Satolll do^not direct formal piildlcaiInn, und they^make It effective largely through thit^confessional. It, therefore, may take^some time for th^ p ip ii .lei roe to 1,^- 1^. ..uie effective and to reach those per^^sons who continue their im niber^hlp In^secret societies after the order of the^church becomes known.
(Vminiuiili.nIs m.t taken nece*^arlly^more than nine a year. Other mean*,^however, are at hand f..r speedily cary-^Ing Hie papal decree Into practical ef.^fed Th. re are Juhllshcd lists of the^members of the Knights of Pythias and^other Hocletle* so that Cat hollo mem^^bers are readily asoci tamable. Should^these members remain away from OOtH^fessiou beyond a year, they would
therebycut themselves off from the^church. If they attended confession,^they would voluntarily abandon their^siadeiy connection* and receive ab*o-^lutl'in. ..I els^ I,.- examined oil the sub^^ject, and If refusing to abandon their^connection* absolution would be with^^held. This would operate to cut oh* tha^church members from cjmmunlon and^therefore from membership In tho^church. It Is pointed out that the^church derision will be more Important^In keeping Catholics from Joining pro^^hibited socletle* In the future. In this^respect, church authorities say the de-^clslon should not be construed aa^against the Knights of Pythias, Odd^Fellow*, etc.. but only us a rule of^conduct enjoined on member* of the^church, whereby the church retain*^control of the conscience of Its mem^^bers, Instead of letting them bo bound^by secret oaths.
Nashville,Tenn., Dee. 10.^Dr. ft. U^White, supreme keeper of records and^aeala, Knights of Pythias, In an Inter*^view concerning the order ami the re^^cent papal edict, say*: ^It seem* that^It I* it mailer which each individual^must settle for himself. The man who^considers himself his own master In^worldly affairs will remain In the order^if In- Is devoted to Its principles I have^talked with several Catholic Knight*^concerning this question, and they all^say th. v Intend to remain In the order.^The supreme lodge had decided that^each member must be loyal to the gov*^eminent under w blch he lives. You can
vvlici. that would fail to please the
ACrocer and His Wife Meet an Awful
scramentO,C*l., Dec. $H.-Tlils com^^munity Is highly excited over the brutal^murder of H. I. Webber and his wife Its^their home, which was subsequently plun^^deled by the murderers, Webber was an^elderly grocer, reputed to be wealthy.^HnguiarTy, ha had no account at any bank,^bin Is supposed to have kept a consider^^able sum of money about his house. He
ml his wife lived alone above his store.^Yesterday was railroad pay day In thl*
city,and among W ebber'* customers were^many railroad employes, lust hew much^money he had secreted about his house^Is not known, bul the store day-bouSI
showsthat his nIpls yesterday were
ThisIs gone and not s cent wa*^found to-day In the rooms oci upied by the^grocer and his wife, although the safe
1.,un stairs was not molested. Kvery-
lilng upstairs, however, was overhauled^by tin- murderers.
Thedeed bodies of Webber and his wife^w 1 .11 , ov i re.I this 111111 c b) 1 lie am^^eer's son. who win down to ihe shop and^found blond dripping throuKh a hule In^the celling. He found both parents lying^ib ad In Ihe kitchen, their clothing ,om^from their bodies in places, and their^In a.Is gashed and crushed by blows from^an sue. Mrs. Webber's head was split^open by the blade of the axe. Webber's
^ ^^ w 11 ' .' Into -11 i^' 'l ie' kill h^ii^I'.nki d like a slaughtei pen. The murder-
wenvlib 1111 \ ranilllai with W eh-^bcr's methods of business, but thus far^there I* no clue to the perpetrators.
TheIndependent Doesn't.^N.w York, Dec. 30 - Rev. Or. I'arkhurst
picashed a sermon tills morning In which^Ii ^ iniole indirect und Incidental reference^I 1 the work of the past year. The people^bud learned, he said, that the politician^was a man of . xpedleucy und Hint he^mlulit arrange things in such manner a*^only a mighty uprising of the people could^un.In In looking over Hie Held of the fu^^ture he sai l th^ people should long fur^Improvement In newspapers. The papers,^b^ said, that dully serve up a mass of un*^digested mailer, without discrimination)^to their renders, were rapidly l^ coining^public nuisances.
Inventorof Bloomers Dead.
Ceuaeil muffs, lows. Dec. B Bra
tmesisItloimier. from whom the Bloomer^costume, one of the llrsl efforts towards^diess leform was named died at her lu.ni.^in this city to-dav. She was. In her vnuim^ei veins. 11 noted lecturer on temperance^tad woman BUlfrage. She established nl^S. neca Falls, N. Y , In 1^4^, a paper called
ihei.iiiy. the iirst paaaa ^ sm aaaatrf
ownedand edited hv a woman.
SanFrancisco, Dec. ^( -David /.clloux^was fee ad bin* unconscious on Ihe slre-t
ibisevaalag with his face oavsred with
bloodSlid with a fractured skull. Il Is^ii.c known whether hi* condition Is the re^suit of an attack by footpads or of a tail,^caused bv Hie use of morphine, papers ol^Which were found III Ids |Rickeis keN**U1^had been employed as a driixglsl In PiSV^land. _________
Passedthe Upper House.^St Johns, N. F., Dec. M.-The presi^^dent'* casting vote only carried the kuv
eraaaeat'gbank set* phi through the up^^per house The debate conllnm d mull^1 we o'clock this morning. Amendments^vvele H.lupin: which Will necessitate th*^bill belna ac*lu aeul to the lower huu*c.
ACas Enplosion.^I'remont. Ohio, Dec. .10 -While repair*^'ng the regulator at the Northwester!^Ohio Natural lias works to-day, an ex^^plosion occurred, wrecking the regulstog^ami seriously Injuring C I.. Steven*, a'haa.^I'; aide ami J. It. I.ovcland. The fuel sag^si.pply lo Ihe 1 ll\ hud to be shut off. snsj^thousands of homes were left without^fuel, making II a very serious t bin* for 1 lie
people. Ill View ^I Hie 1 old Weather. TIlS
^^!.-cannot be turned on for several days.
TheIdea Is Spreading.
Memphis,1'.-mi.. Dec jo The Cummer*^rial Appeal lias plaI Its plant at th* dis^^posal of ihe women of Memphis who will^edit the paper for mi^ Issue ami receive
Ivenue Ul'i'l ir I '^ i I ' ^Ml tor I ho
pint..^ of starting u fund to build ^ wo^^man'* temple In this city The edition will
appearon St. Valentine's day.
Klimall.I'' ^^ D^' ^' The la I eat
newsof the tiro which occurred at Silver^I Lake on Christ ma* eve comes by^I s stage driver, who says that all re^^ports concerning Hi^ hulaciiust are cor-^reel, nml that one more body WS* found In^the ruins.
KnowsAll About It.^Montgomery. Ala . Dei'. 10.^Oov. OeteSy^who has just return* ' from Washington,^sal.I in un nil,-I v lew iloil Hie C irllala uut ^^reiii y plan will be defeated, the Nlearasua^canal bill will fall to p***. and aongtseo^will do but little thlv ^e^^|^n.
Halifax.l^e^'. W.-The ^tram^r I,si,,,,.
d.ii.^ Id. h mi i Iv. .I ii. in I .i, ^ iil last
evening,made the passas* In *l^ day* and^live hours, which Is Un fssiesi lime eyas
iiui.leto t ds port from IJ v to pool,
ACigar Stub Did IL^lleddford, Me., Dee. to.^The cdty solid*
Inghere was damns 1 '^ 'I ' ^ of
gio.umby lite early thl* morning. A ulgaf^stub carsleaaly u**d caused tha fjuj*