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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURliism
PRICE TWO CENTS.
MURDER OF
MISSIONARIES
Frightft&^^-in China Nar
rated inTrfr?/ 0 " erms.
9%.
THE VICTIMS ARE hi. •?• if
Two of Them, Handcuffed, Preached
Wherever They Stopped to Rest.
BLOW OF EXECUTIONER'S KNIFE
The Governor, Impatient, Order* Hl*
Body Guard to Help in
the Murder.
stow York Sun Special Sarvtom
Washington, May The last mail from
China brings a thrilling account of the
murder of the missionaries at Tai-yuan-fu
on the 9th of last July, which was taken
down In writing by Dr. J. A. Creasy
Smith from the narrative of Yung Cheng,
a member of the Baptist church who was
an unwilling witness of their martyrdom.
Yung Cheng is vouched for as a Christian
of excellent character and absolutely
trustowrthy.
He says that he was taking treatment
In the hospital on the Baptist society's
premises at Tai-tuan-fu, when on the
Bth »1 July he saw Rev. Mr. Pigott, his
■wife and child. John Robinson,-Miss Du
val and two young women named Atwater
brought into the town. The two gentle
men were handcuffed and escorted by a
company of soldiers and followed by im
mense throngs of natives. Wherever they
stopped to rest. Mr. Pigott and Mr. .Rob
inson preaced to the people, who gathered
around them and were very much aston
ished, saying: "You are going to be killed
for preaching, and yet you continue to do
so." That night the party were placed in
prison with a number of other mission
aries and their wives and children, in
cluding several Catholic priests. Th*
next morning they were all executed.
"The first to be led forth," Yung
Cheng says, "was Mr. Parthing. a Baptist
minister. His wife clung to him, but he
put her aside gently, knelt down without
saying a word- and-bis head was struck
off by one blow of the executioner's knife.
He was quickly followed by Pastors Hod
die and Beynon, and Drs. Lovitt and Wil
son,, all of whom were beheaded with one
blow by the executioner. Then the gov
ernor. Yu Hsien, grew impatient and told
his body guard, all of whom carried big
beheading knives with long handles, to
help kill the others. Pastors Stokes,
Simpson and Whitehouse were next killed,
the last by one. blow only, the other two
by several.
"When the men' were finished, the la
dies were taken. Mrs. Parthing had hold
of the halds of her children, who clung to
her, but the soldiers parted them and
with one blow beheaded their mother.
The executioner beheaded ail the children
and did it skilfully, needing only one blow,
but the soldiers were clumsy, and some
of the ladies suffered several cuts before
death. ,/• .v v'xvv*'- '"."•". •' - sj^fr) fr« jps
"Mrs. Lovitt was wearing her spectacles
and held the hand of her little boy, even
when she was killed. She spoke to the
people, saying as near as I remember:
'We all came to China to bring you the
good news of salvation by Jesus Christ;
we have done you no harm, only good;
why do you treat us so?'
--"A soldier took off her spectacles before
beheading her, which needed two blows.
"When the Protestants were all killed,
the Roman Catholics were led forward.
The bishop, an old man, with long white
beard, asked the governor, Yu Hsien, why
he was doing this wicked deed. I did not
hear the governor gives him any answer,
but he drew his sword and cut the bishop
across the face one heavy stroke; blood
■ poured down his white beard and he was
beheaded. The priests and nuns quickly
followed him in death.
"Then Pastor Pigott and his party were
led from the district jail, which is close
by. He was still handcuffed and so was
Mr. Robinson. He preached to the people
till the very last, when he was beheaded
with one blow. Mr. Robinson suffered
death calmly. Mrs. Pigott held the hand
of her son, even when she was beheaded,
and he was killed immediately after her.
The lady and two girls were killed also
quickly.
"On that day forty-five foreign people in
ell were, beheaded, thirty-three Protest
ants and twelve Roman Catholics. The
bodies of all were left where they fell
till next morning, as it was evening be
fore the work was finished. During the
night they were stripped of the clothing
and other things, such as rings and
watches. Xevt day they were removed
to a place inside the great south gate,
except some of the heads, which were
placed in cages on the gates of the wall."
BANK TREASURER GONE
CLEVELAND DEPOSITORS ANXIOUS
Cuyahoga Savings and Banking
Company Fails to Open
Its Doors.
Cleveland. May -6.—The doors of the
Cuyahoga Savings & Banking company,
1461 Woodland avenue, were not opened
for business to-day. The following notice
was posted on the window:
"On account of the continued absence of
R. X. Pollock, the treasurer, the direc
tors have concluded to suspend payment
until such time as they can make an
examination of their affairs. It is con
fidently expected that every depositor will
be paid in full."
Hundreds of depositors, mostly working
people, gathered around the bank soon
after the notice was displayed, clamoring,
for their money.
The last statement published by the
tank indicated that the individual de
posits amounted to $299,176; loans on" real:
estate, discounts, etc., $309,863. |
TWO WEEKS' SESSION
lrotherhood of Hallway Trainmen
\ Meets in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee. May 6.—The fifth biennial
convention of the Brotherhood of Railway
Trainmen convened at West Side Turner
hall in this city to-day and will transact
business for the next two weeks. The
first session was taken up with matters of
a purely routine character. About 600
delegates are entitled to seats in the con
vention. The principal business pertains
to changes in the constitution and mat
ters affecting the insurance branch of
the order. The sessions are secret;
NEW TOWN ON THE SOO
Centura to Be Fathered by C. A.
Campbell of Minneapolis.
Special to The Journal,.
Osceola, Wis.. May 6.Cyrus A. Camp
bell of Minneapolis, will lay out a new
townslte on the extension of the Soo line
through Polk county. It will be on sec
tion 11, town of St. Croix Falls, and its
name will be Centura. It will be about
6^6 miles north of St. Croix Falls and 7&
from Balsam lake-
THE C. G. I.
TO BE SOLD
New York Special Advices
Say It Will Be.
DEAL HAS BEEN FIXED
The Harriman Interests, It Is Said,
Will Gain Control.
A PLAN TO MAINTAIN RATES
Transfer Not to Be Made Until the
Purchaser* Are Ready
for It.
ls the Chicago Great Western to bs
sold? Reliable advices say that pre
liminaries have all been arranged and a
deal for the transfer of the road is ready
to be closed whenever the parties inter
ested want to have the transfer made.
The Harrlman Interests are said to be
in line to gain control.
The object is to control a sufficient num
ber of roads to enable the "community of
interest" to maintain rates without any
fear of secret cutting.
As Sew lurk Reports It.
The whole story as it comes from New-
York in a Journal special is as foi
lows:
President F.tickney of the Chicago Great
Western is reported to have said that it will
take all this year to finish grading for the
Sioux City & Omaha extension of his road
and that, therefore, no attempt at track
raying will -be made for twelve months.
Before that time, however, the road will
probably have passed into other hands, tor
all the preliminaries^ncidental to the sale
have already been completed and a contract
made as' to the price at which the property
is to be delivered to the men connected with
the Railroad Securities • ompany, which are
determined that the road shall be taken out
of the field as a competitor of the other lines
that have been brought into the "community
Of interest."
Date of Closure in Doubt.
When the deal will be carried into effect
tannot be accurately said at this time, but
that it has been fullyagreed upon is an abso
lute fact, the transfer only awaiting the
pleasure of the men who are to take pos
session. ':'*. ''/ .
Xo one will be surprised if a (Disposition
is shown. in certain quarters, to contradict
these statements, but all talk to the con
trary will b* for nothing more than stock
jobbing purposes, which will be readily un
derstood if quotations are closely watched.
Agreement Made in London.
The agreement to sell was made in London
and the price at which the trade is to be
made is 66, according to the information re
ceived. This i 3 quite an advance over what
the quotations are now or have been.
Just what disposition the new owners have
determined to make of the property after the
transfer has not devgeloped, but presumably
it will be handed over to one of the Harriroan_
syndicate roads. With this accomplished
and the Wisconsin Central out of the way
also, a condition giving promise of an effec
tive maintenance of rates will have been
reached. Thire is a strong probability that
i the repeated postponement of the presidents'
conference, which should have been held in
March, are due to what is. being done to com
plete the transactions and the fact that the
date now named is June 5 is decidedly indica
tive of the progress made, especially if there
are no further postponements. In the latter
case announcements of the closing of the
(Teals may be anticipated in advance of the
cate named r.nd these will show that every
thing is in readiness, to put into execution
whatever new plans have been, or may he
promulgated, not only to end rate cutting,
tut to insure a maintenance of published
tariffs, without any secret evasions of the
same. -
||| AND MEXICANS
Flags of the. Two Nations Inter
twined at El Paso.
MEXICANS SHOW ENTHUSIASM
Military Parade Precede* President
McKinley's Welcome to
the Border.
El Paso, Texas, May 6.—American and
Meixiean fla^s were intertwined in the
decorations of the plaza where the official
greeting of President McKinley and his
cabinet took place this mornig. The
presence on the stand of General Hernan
dez, personal representative of rPesident
Diaz, and the governor of the state of
Chihuahua; gave an international sig
nificance to the event. There were thou
sands of Mexicans In the vast concourse
to whom the president spoke and the en
thusiasm was almost as wild as that of the
Americans. :"'J» ■
General Hernandez addressed Gke presi
dent on behalf of his president, extend
ing the latter's congratulations, and
President McKinley in response paid a
high tribute to President i Diaz, and
charged his emissary to convey to his
chief his warm regard and best wishes for
the continued prosperltyl of our sister
republic. The president's speech was es
pecially notable on account of his injunc
tion to the people not to be alarmed
about "imperialism." There was, he
said, no imperialism except the imperial
power of the sovereign people of the
United States.
The governor of Chihuahua also warmly
, welcomed the president to the border.
The exercise in the plaza were proceeded
by a military parade. The ladies of the
cabinet crossed the Rio Grande to Juarez,
where they were tendered a breakfast by
Juan Ochoa, a prominent Mexican banker.
At noon the presidential party resumed
its journey westward.
ATROCIOUS BRUTALITIES
TURKS' WORK IX MACEDONIA
I • ' .
{Sultan's Troops Suppress a Rebelli
j on Only With Much
Difficulty.
Mow York Sun Soeolaf Servian
St. Petersburg, May 6.— A. Zinovieff.
"Russian ambassador at Constantinople,
who arrived here last week to receive in
structions as to the Macedonian troubles,
says that even in Turkey people have lit
tle idea of the frightful atrocities com
mitted in Macedonia. The rebellion has
been of the most formidable description,
and the Turks have had considerable diffi
culty in v putting it down. The sultan's
troops, however, have almost entirely
stamped out all opposition. Turkey has
an army of 25,000 men on a complete war
footing In Macedonia, and .is prepared to
hold that territory against all comers.
MONDAY. EVENING. MAY 6, 1901.
"V\_V
FRANCE IN MOROCCO
Latter Country Undergoing the
Process of Subjugation.
FRENCH CRUISER AT TANGIERS
Significant Parallel With the Con
o.uest of Algeria by the
French.
Haw York Sun BurnetiiService.
Paris, May The information cabled
concerning the French designs in Morocco
-have been absolutely confirmed by - the
further measures taken preparatory to the
subjection of Morocco. The cruiser
D'Assas has been sent to Tangiers to en
force there by its presence the demands
for an apology made by the ambassador
of France upon the sultan on the sub
ject of the letter the latter wrote to the
chiefs of tribes in the extreme south of
Algeria. These tribes having addressed
a demand for protection against France
to the sultan, the latter replied with ex
treme violence and hostility to France,
urging the tribes to oppose the occupation
of the oasis region by the French, and
saying that his tribes would make con
stant attacks on the French Moroccoan
frontier to prevent the French conquer
ing southern Algeria.
The importance of the situation can be
realized when it is recalled that the con
quest of Algeria was made by France
upon the simple pretext that the sultan
of Algeria had insulted France.
The *quai d'orsay is preparing to act
with extreme vigor and is backed up by
Russia.
FIVE KILLED
Burlington Fast Passenger
Train in Collision in
lowa.
Ottumwa, lowa, May 6. —Burlington fast
passenger train Xo. 3 struck a construc
tion train at Thayer this afternoon. Five
persons are reported to have been killed
and about thirty injured.
Chicago. May 6.—At the Burlington gen
eral offices it was stated that both en
gines, the baggage car, smoking car and
three chair cars, were wrecked. Engineer
Brown of the passenger train was reported
killed. About thirty trainmen and pas
sengers were injured. The dining car and
sleepers remained on the track and their
occupants were uninjured.
BADGER CONGRESSMEN
\ew Apportionment Bill Does the
Handsome for .Milwaukee,
Special to The Journal.
Madison, IWs., May 6.—The assembly
this morning ordered engrossed the
cheaper railway fare bill. It provides
that the maximum passenger rate on the
roads earning over $6,500 a mile shall not
be over 2% cents a mile. This bill will
affect directly only the Milwaukee and
Xorth-Western roads, and other roads
only as to competing points.
Constitutional amendment resolutions
were also ordered engrossed increasing the
number of supreme court judges from five
to seven and permitting municipal bonds
to run for a period of fifty years.
Governor La Follette this morning ve
toed the bill providing for the licensing
of private detective agencies.
Indications are now that a congres
sional apportionment will be made. A new
bill, which will be presented to the ap
portionment committee to-night, has been
drawn, and the outlook is that it will be
them easure adopted. Milwaukee gets one
district alone and a second district with
only Waukesha-county added. The first
and tenth districts are the only ones.left
as at present, while the greatestc hanges
arem ade in the central districts of the
state.
McKIXLEY AND KRUGER.
Washington, May 6.— lt is learned at the
state department that the president has made
no statement through any of the usual chan
nels to the effect that he would refuse to re
ceive Paul Kruger officially or unofficially.
The government has made no promise as to
the character of his reception if he should
decide to come, here.
WATCH THIS TRUST.
Waltham. Mass.. May 6.—lt was stated in
watch manufacturing circles here to-day that
a syndicate is making an effort to absorb the
American Waltham Watch company's plant
here,, and also the factory of the Elgin com
pany at Elgin, lIL-'—fa* llilll Isfrn
SO, BOSS! SO!
DECLAIMED
BY HERRON
How the World Would Get
Along Without God.
A SERMON SOCIALISTIC
"What if the Whole Fabric of Re
ligious Faith Went Down?" ■
WORLD TODAY WITHOUT RELIGION
Apostate Preaches a Characteristic
Sermon to Lone
. Islanders.
Maw York Sun Special Sarvlco.
New York, May 6.—George D. Herron
told a crowd of Willlamsburghers in the
Long Island Business college yesterday
how the world would get along without
God. He was addressing a meeting at the
instance of the Brooklyn Philosophical
association. It had been announced that
Mr. Herron would, after his lecture, reply
to inquiries which might be made in the
discussion, but he begged off from this.
His subject was, "What if There Were
No God?" He said: ;/>v
"A man who would be good only because
he felt that there was a -Clod over him
compelling him to be good would in no
sense be amoral being. (Applause.) What
if the whole fabric of religious faith went
down? Any faith that shall become an in
spirer of religious adventure or any other
must come out of a human soul. Suppose
all of the gods of the skies are dead. Any
new inspiriting force must come out of
human experience, out of known facts.
The world to-day is exhausted. It lis
without a religion. The gods of the Bible
are dead and the altar fires are out. No
new altar fires have been lighted and
the world to-day is seeking a religion.
The young life of the world Is seeking for
a source of inspiration, the young men and
women are crying out for something that
Is worth while. It Is no longer of any
use to hand down a faith to us out of the
skies and say we must believe. The mark
of faith is the mark of fear. Blind obe
dience of any kind is slavery. Whatever
the religion of the light of.the future is
to be, it must come out of human life and
experience. We don't need the gods of the
skies. We shall never find anything that
Is actually true by gazing at the sky. For
whatever there is that is true on this
earth is to be found in the one next to
you and In your own life. All there is in
the universe, the supreme glory of expres
sion, you can find in.the tenement house
if you will go and look for it.
"Truth is a state of mind. If there be
what we call heaven, it would not be a
place, it would be a state of mind. It is
just dawning upon mankind that we may
in time become masters of our : state of
mind—within times past has been forced
upon us.
"To-day we have no preaching—we have
performances, we have word mongering.
The whole teaching of religion is to pre
vent men securing anything for them
selves or to make them ■■fearful'if they
do see anything for themselves. Human
life has never been as bad as its theology
and political economy. If a thousandth
part of the energy that has gone into
squabbling over unknowable things and
worlds had been devoted to making a good
world here, a world of friends, we should
have had on this earth centuries ago a
heaven surpassing the wildest of dreams."
ARE THEY MARRIED?
Said That Herron nnd Miss Rand
Were United Weeks Ago.
Special to The Journal.
Keokuk, . lowa, May 6.—Authentic in
formation .has been . received by . relatives
in this city, that the marriage of Miss Car
rie Rand to Professor George D. Herron
was performed some weeks ago, and that
they are now man and wife. The news
comes from Miss Rand and her mother,
Mrs. E. D. Rand, and though relatives of
the family will not discuss the matter, the
information comes from such. a direct
source, that there is considered to be no
possibility for mistake.
According. to the letter from Mrs. Rand,
her daughter, Sarrie. was married to Mr.
Herron within a few. days after the di
vorce had been granted to the former Mrs.
Herron by the Grinnell court. . The cere
mony was performed in New York.
PEASANTS IN REVOLT
Conditions of Anarchy in Sicily and
South Italy.
DAILY CONFLICTS WITH POLICE
Misery Prevail*. Field* and Garden*
Lying- Waste nnd Strike*
- Extending.
Paris, May 6.The Baric to-day pub
lished dispatches from Palermo, Xaples
and Foggia, reporting an alarming situa
tion in. Sicily -South Italy.-.The peas
ants in the province of. Messina Catania
and Syracuse are in perpetual revolt and
sanguinary conflicts with the police occur
almost daily.
The region in which the sulphur mines
are situated is agitated and a general
strike is threatened. Misery prevails in
the province of Pouilles. The fields and
gardens are lying waste, the municipality
has suspended payment and the syndic
has gone to Rome, to confer with the
premier. Strikes are extending every
where in south Italy. „ . - : ::
THE JACKSONVILLE RUINS
LIST OF VICTIMS STILL GROWING
Shipyard Employe Rescued Twenty
Persons at the Risk: of
His Life.
Jacksonville, Fla., May 6.Two bodies,
both negroes, were found floating in the
St. Johns river to-day. The charred ap
pearance of the corpses indicated that
they were victims of Friday's fire. It is
generally believed other bodies shortly
will come to the surface. It Is impos
sible to ascertain who is missing, how
ever, as thousands have left the city.
S. A. McCottery, who was employed at
the Gardner shipyards, almost lost his
life in trying to save the people who
rushed down Market street to the river
when the flames were at their fiercest.
He says he succeeded in getting twenty
persons across the river, but as many
more were either burned to death or
drowned at the pier. The Alcazar at St.
Augustine, although closed several weeks
ago for tbe season, has been reopened to
care for the refugees. Other winter resort
hotels probably will open to-morrow, as
the crowds leaving the city increased to
day. »
Thousands of people worked yesterday
and last night. The firemen have not
been relieved, because the debris is still
burning and streams of water are being
poured into the flames and embers all the
time, night and day. v
Ten military companies are still on duty
to prevent vandalism. A battery of guns
Is also in position at Bay and Market
streets. These guns were rescued from
the burning armory in which much of the
equipment of the Jacksonville troops was
lost. The militiamen continue to patrol
all parts of the city. Martial law will
probably be enforced for at least another
week. The weather is much cooler today
and the work of rehabilitation Is being
vigorously prosecuted.
The body of Harry Bonnetheau, a real
estate dealer, was recovered to-day from
the St. Johns river. Mr. Bonnetheau's
widow and son are supposed to be in New
York city. -" '
The bodies of two negroes were also re
covered. All are victims of the disas
trous fire. -XiA-.v
There are many rumors of further loss
of life, but, owing to the departure of
thousands of people from the city It will
be impossible for several days to verify
the reports unless the bodies are found.
Mayor Bowden to-day issued a request
that . all sightseers remain away from
Jacksonville. . It is feared the vast army
of idle negroes may cause some trouble,
and it is now believed that all those
who will not go to work at $1 per day and
rations, will be deported.
TO OPEN MANCHURIA
Chinese Proposition That America
and Japan Approve.
Yew York Sun Special Serei *
' London, May. 6. —The Shanghai corre
spondent of the Times says he has been
informed by a high native official that
China recently approached the powers,
suggesting'the complete opening of Man
churia to the enterprise of all countries.
Replies have been received from Japan,
the United States and England. Japan
cordially approves, the suggestion. The
United States generally assents,. but sug
gests the' application of the principle to
the whole empire. '.■ England approves the
suggestion, but it is feared Russia will
object.' ' ■ .
12 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK.
INDIAN AGENTS
ARE ROASTED
Charges Investigated by a Commit- •
tec of the Civil Service Re-
form Commission.
Four Agents in the Northwest Ac
cused in the Report of Various
Kinds of Abuses.
From The Journal Bureau. Boom 45, Poet
Building, Washington.
Washington, May The publication
committee of the civil service reform as
sociation has presented to the council of
that association a report on abuses in the
Indian service, in which charges are made
against four agents in the northwest. The
report is signed William Dudley Foulke,
Richard Henry Dana, William A. Aiken,
Charles Richardson and George McAneny.
It says: • '.Vi: ■•"■.* V;;,:
The agency at Crow. Creek, S. D.. Is one
of the worst examples of evil conduct. An
agent is forbidden by law to have an interest
or concern in any trade with the Indians,
yet the present incumbent, J. H. Stevens,
has bought stock again and again from In
dians for his own benefit; at first secretly
through a post trader named Bradley, after
wards more boldly by open and direct deal
ings with the Indians themselves. Nearly
twenty Indians have testified to these sales.
Farmers hired to teach Indians have not
taught them, but have "hauled ashes" or
"done chores" for the . agent most of the
time. One farmer gave three days cut of
six months to teaching, another only nine
teen days out of eighteen months..
This case has been exploited in twin
city papers for some time. Since the re
port was prepared and just before the
president went west he appointed H. D.
Chamberlain *at Crow Creek to succeed
Stevens. Iv connection with the admin
istration of the affairs at Fort Berthold
agency, N. D., the report says:
- Liquor Offered to Indians.
The agent, Thomas Richards, not only in
troduced and kept various kinds of liquor in
the agency, but used them himself in excess
and has been seen by Indians several times
under the influence of liquor. This agent is
shown to have tempted the Indians to drink,
offering them liquor himself.
: In support of these allegations are affi
davits by Samuel Newman, Little Sioux,
Thomas Enenry and John H. Young. A
petition for a change in agent, submitted
in connection with the report, has twenty
five signatures of voting members of the
tribe. '.,*-!.. . -.v* --,-•-.;-• - '
g At -the ; interior department It Is stated
that these charges have been received and
that an Investigation will be made as soon
as an inspector can be detailed for such
duty. V:~~K-l
The charges against John W. Harding,
agent at Yankton, S. D., are:
He appears to have Induced one Sofle Iron
Hawk to relinquish an allotment of land
through which a railroad has just been run
for the nominal consideration of $3, where- '
upon Lorena Pierce, his niece, immediately
filed a homestead claim upon the tract. The
agent himself built a store on the -land, a
railroad town called Lake Andes was estab
lished and the agent went into business in
the new store, where he spent mcst of his
time, and neglected his ager.cy work. During
three days spent by an inspector at the
agency, agent was not to be found there and
was only to be found at the store, where he
unwittingly sold goods to the inspector.
Harding: Will Have to Go.
At the interior department it is said
that a government inspector named Graves
made an investigation and reported that
the chargas made above were true. He
NEUTRALITY IS ADVISED
Draft of a New Nicaragua Canal Treaty Goes to
London—Secretary Hay Has a Fresh
Try at the Problem.
London, May 6.The associated press has been officially notified that Lord
Pauncefote has received from Secretary Hay the draft of a new Nicaragua canal
treaty. It Is understood that it advises neutrality.
CHINESE TRADE FREE
UNITED STATES WORKS THEREFOR
It Is Desired That Every Chinese
City Recome a Mart for
the World's Goods.-
Washington," May 6.—lnquiry here con
firms the report that the. United States
is working and finds support in its effort
toward the opening of all China, includ
ing the provinces, to the trade of the
world. This does .not mean the abolition
of customs duties, but would make every
Chinese city a mart for the world's goods
instead of limiting foreign commerce to
the few existing treaty ports. The project
is one that appeals temptingly to the com
mercial interests of others of the great
powers than the United States and if it
should command the support of the neces
sary number, hope is entertained that it
will indirectly aid in the settlement of
the troublesome indemnity question.
London, May 6.-A representative of the
associated press was officially : turned
to-day that the statement of the Shanghai
correspondent of the London Times that
China has approached the powers, suggest
ing a complete opening, of Manchuria to
the • enterprise of . all countries ■ and that
replies have been received from < Japan,
the United States and Great Britain, is
incorrect. China has not . approached the
powers in regard to a general opening
of'- Manchuria. ■ What actually.: occurred
was that a high Chinese official threw out
such a suggestion and, after some slight
diplomatic mention, the matter ended
there. *. '■' ■ \ .. ■ _ '".
-:. It: is realized in Downing street that
any steps . towards ' securing . the ; t opening
up of Manchuria would be construed at St.
Petersburg as direct . opposition\ to Rus
sia's desires. The British • foreign office
recommended Harding's removal, and the
prediction is made that he will have to
go. .
Nathan P.. Johnson, who was recently
allowed to retire from the agency at
Sisseton, S. D., after serving there for the
four years for which his commission was
issued, also comes in for a raking over.
Of him, report says that he was "impli
cated in charges of collusion with traders
and of fraudulent use 'of Indian lands,
and under whom a black list was pre
pared, comprising over three . hundred
names, with a threat made that the names
on this list would be dropped from tribal
membership unless an effort to get rid of
the agent was abandoned."
This agency is now in charge of School
Superintendent McArthur. -'.•;.;.:.-.
The committee commends numerous ex
cellent appointments made by President
and Secretary Hitchcock, naming Captain
Mercer at Leech Lake as one. It also
notes with pleasure the changes made
since the report was prepared at Crow
Creek and Sisseton. In summing up the
results of its investigation the committee
recommends that Indian agents should be
chosen by appointment from the classi
field service and the army. This might
be done without new legislation, it i*
pointed out. V. >. ;
Disappointment for Ryder.
With the announcement that Consul Mc-
Cook at j Dawson, is alive, will \ come a ,
fall of the hopes of J. J. Ryder, state sen
ator from Polk county, Minnesota. Wnen
the word was first passed around that Mc-
Cook might possibly be dead, Ryder made
haste with an application for the place,
and he was a */cry warm candidate.
Representative Tawney, of Minnesota,
is to have one of the finest committee
rooms in the capitol. It is on the main
floor of the old library wing of the capitol,
and looks out west over the wide expanse
of capitol grounds. On the ceiling there
will be very elaborate decorations. A
part of this decoration j will consist of .
paintings of pictures of. the main build
ings at the four most noteworthy exposi
tions in the-history of the continentthe
centennial exposition of 1876, the world's
fair exposition of 1893, the" pan American I
exposition of this year; and the Louisiana
purchase exposition of 1903. The name
of the committee will probably be "Com
mittee on Industrial Expositions," and
Mr. Tawney will be its chairman during
the remainder of his stay in congress, un
less he should be advanced to a more
important post, or unless the democrats
should control congress. :'.?-' \j 2^
Rural free delivery routes have been
ordered established at Eldorado, Fond dv
Lac county, is., June 1, with John F.
Duel as carrier, and to Oregon, Dane
county, with Sofus Nlelson as carrier.
Private Howard D. Jackson, Troop H.
First cavalry, at Fort Meade, has been,
ordered discharged without honor from
the army, by reason of his own miscon
duct.
Postmasters appointed to-day: lowa-
Grant Center, - Monona county, N. F.
Benedict. North Dakota— Yowner
county, Louise Enler.
W. W. Jermane.
has not the slightest intention "of em
barking upon such a fruitless task as the
one indicated by the Times' corespondent,
and-believes the United States and Japan
fully concur with that view. It is now
feared that in spite of the protest of the
United States and Great Britain. the Chi- .
nese maratime customs will be raised
considerably above the 5-per cent increase . '
to which Great Britain consented in order
to help China meet the indemnity. That
such action will principally hurt Ameri
can and British trade is keenly appre
ciated in Downing street, but it appears
that. the increase cannot be avoided with
out the British and American withdrawal
from the concert, which step Lord Lans
downe does not contemplate for a mo
ment.
No official news has been received here
of Germans having fired on the British
flag.
WORST GOVERNED CITY
Dr. Abbott Awards This Distinction
to New York.
New Haven, Conn., May- 6.—Dr. Lyman
Abbott, of Brooklyn, in his sermon to the
Yale students, made a strong arraignment
of the municipal government of New York
city, stating that New York was the worst,
governed city in the country, with" Phila
delphia a close second and Chicago in
third place.. Dr. Abbott: declared:
"If gambling places are allowed to run,
if saloons are allowed to remain wide
open at all times,, if other vice is allowed
to exist through a corrupt 1 police force, it
Is because , the citizens of New York do
not care enough about the stigma attach
ing to this corruption to make those re
sponsible for it pay .the; bill. If the city
persists in allowing the present condition:
of vice to exist, it is useless to appeal to
the legislature to remove • vice." .-"■
PLAGUE ; RIOTS PUT J DOWN. '
■ i Calcutta, May : The , plague • riots sln ths "
Sialkal district! have been suppressed by the
military. ISgBJMH SKS^iiiPltSfi

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