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People Buried In The Ruins
Four Vessels Go to The Bottom.
NOT A MOMENT'S WARNING.
Borne, Dec. 20. A Terrible disaster
took place at Amalfi, the popular tourist
resort" on the Gulf of Salerno. An
enormous, rock upon which stood the
Cappuccini hotel, slid bodily into the
sea, with a deafening roar and without
a'raomenfs warntng, carrying with it
the hotel, the old Capuchin monastery
below, the Hotel Santa Calerina ami
Many people were buried in the de
bris, which crushed four vessels to the
bottom of the sea, destroying thc:r
crews. The mass of earth which
slipped was about 50,000 cubic yards.
The population is in a state of terror,
fearing fresh calamities. Troops have
arrived upon the scene and begun res
It is believed that the loss of life is
heavy, including a number of monks
and the occupants of the hotel. As yet
it is impossible to ascertain the exact
Seized American Floor.
Washington, Dec. 22. In the absence
of a formal complaint, the state depart
ment officials do not care to express a
specific opinion in the case of the re
ported seizures of American flour by
the British cruisers off the South Afri
can coast, under suspicion that it was
intended for the Transvaal. But un
der the general rule adopted by our
government and adhered to by most of
the other civilized governments, mer
chandise of this description sent by one
peutral nation to another, as in the
case of the United States and Portugal
Is absolutely exempt from seizure.
Forty School Cblldred Drowned.
Brussels, Dec. 20. Upwards of forty
school children were drowned in an
ice accident at Frelighein, near the
French frontier. The children of the
district had been given a holiday, with
permission to play on the frozen river
Lys. When the merriment was at its
full height the ice broke suddenly and
the children disappeared. A few were
rescued half-dead, but the majority
were drowned. Thirty-six bodies have
been recovered, but others are still
Grand Rush of Volantcers.
London, Dec. 20. There has been a
potable rush of volunteers to offer,
their services for the war in South Af
rica. Several colonels have placed
their regiments at the disposal of the
5var office. About 300 artillery volun
teers offered their services at Edin
burgh. Another National Ticket.
Washington, Dec. 23. The American
olitical League (whatever that is) has
issued a call for a national convention
for the nomination of candidates for
president and vice president of the
United States, to be held in Boston,
Julv 4, 1U00. The councils of each
tate are directed to appoint two dele
gates at large.
Last Of The Volunteer Regiments.
San Francisco, Dec. 22. The United
(States transport Grant has cleared and
will sail for Manila with the last of
the volunteer regiments, the Forty
eighth infantry, aboard, in command
pf Colonel William Duval.
Washington, Dec. 23. The state
ment of the condition of the treasury
shows: Available cash balance, 292,
190,310, gold reserve, 8241.423,427.
Corruption In Havana.
Havana, Dec. 22. An immense sen
sation was caused in Havana by the
arrest of nine appraisers of the cus
toms house staff, on a charge of being
in collusion with many Havana mer
chants to swindle the government out
pf large sums. It is asserted that the
(fraud has been practiced for two weeks
at least, and probably for a longer
period, and it is believed that thou
sands of dollars have been corruptly
diverted. The swindle was accom
plished by a classification of articles
under which valuable goods went into
Chicago Strikers Babe a Riot.
Chicago, Dec. 21. A riot occurred at
Twenty-ninth street and Calumet,
where the strike of the tunnel miners
is in progress. Several non-union men
emerging from the tunnel were as
saulted by strikers and during the gen
eral fight which followed shots were
fired and several men on both sides
badly beaten. No one was struck by
the bullets. Nine of the strikers were
London, Dec 23. The Daily Mail
lays: "We understand that news has
srrived from General White to the
effect that Ladysmith is well supplied
frith food and ammunition and can
hold out much longer than has been
sstimated. The troops are described
sin good spirits and anxious to fght."
'There is still no definite news regard
ing the" military operations in South
Africa. Probably this is because the
anly cable that is now working is
choked with official dispatcher ,
What U Being- Dome la Tha Fifty-Sixth
The senate committee on finance reported tha
senate financial bill as a substitute for tha
house bill. It will be called up Jan 4. TM
Senate received from the president the appoint
mem o- Horace speea w do uuitcu oura mv
torney of Oklahoma.
Speaker Henderson, at the last minute, re
considered his decision to leave Delegate Flynn
off the committee on territories.
In the Senate the presiding officer presented
a communication from the regents of Smith
sonian institute, suraestine the aDDointment of
Richard Olneyto fill a vacancy in the board of
regents. Senator Hoar (Mass.) said it would ba
as proper for the supreme court to suggest tot
tne president wno snouia joii a vaeaney on we
bench. The matter was tabled. ""
Senator Hale (Me.) read General Brooke's
proclamation in turning over the Cuban gov-
eminent to Genrral Wood, and congratulated
I'ompllshed. " '
Senator Hoar offered a long aeries of resolu-
tlons which, summed ud. meant a declaration
of con cress that whenever armed resistance to
vmerican control ceases in the Philippines, and)
the people are able to form a stable govern-;
nent lor tnemseives. tms country pieages it
self to provide for their doing so.
Mr. De Armond (Mo.) introduced in the bouse
a set of resolutions along i srallel lines with'
Senator Hoar's in the Senate. Different but
aiming at about the same course.
President Gompers Be-eleeted With all
the Old OMcers.
Detroit, Dec. 20. The American
of Labor unanimously re elected all of
its old officers. The only contests oc
curred in selections of fraternal dele
gates to the foreign trades congresses.
During the nine days that the dele
gates were in session, declarations were
adopted concerning a great variety of
questions of more or less public import,
but for the first time in many years no
proposition was made or action taken:
even remotely connected with the
money question or other pending po-!
litical issue. Among the closing items1
of business transacted were the adop-
tion of resolutions appealing to con-!
gress to submit to state legislatures aj
sixteenth constitutional amendment
to prohibit disfranchisement of citizens
on account of their sex and directing
President Gompers to correspond with!
the trades union of the continental
European countries with a view of
bringing about fraternal relations.
Canada Sells Timber Lands.
Chicago Dec. 23. The Ontario gov
ernment has sold 398 square miles ofl
timber limits in the districts of Algmoa
Nipissing and Rainy river here. It was;
attended by all the leading American
lumbermen in Michigan, who bought
freely, notwithstanding the fact that
the terms of sale prohibited export of"
saw logs, and the expectation being
that the scarcity of lumber and in
creased demand in the United States
would necessitate a large demand oi
manufactured stuff from Canada. The
price of the limits showed a good ad
vance. Bank Deposits Still Increasing:.
Topeka, Dec. 2G. Bank Commission
er Breidenthal says the reports of the
state and private banks now coming
into his department under his last call,
when tabulated, will show that the
combined deposits will aggregate over
S2."i,000,000. This will be an increase
of 1,000,000 over the deposits as shown
by the call three months ago.
Troops For Texas.
Washington, Dec. 22. The quarter
master general has-been informed that
four troops of the Tenth cavalry have
been assigned to the following posts
in Texas: Troop E, to Fort Brown; F
to Fort Mcintosh; G to Fort Ringgold,
11 to Fort Clark.
Car Shops Burned.
Dubuque, la., Dec 22. The car shops
of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
railway, the largest plant here, are de
stroyed by fire. Loss will be from $75,
000 to $100,000, and 300 men will be
thrown out of emyloyment.
Testing: Taxation of Franchises.
Dallas, Tex., Dec 23. City Tax Col
lector Fordhouse has' attached the pro
perty of every corporation holding a
franchise from the city of Dallas to en
force payment of the franchise tax
under the provisions of the new city
charter. The attachments included the
properties of three electric street rail
way companies and three, electric light
and power companies, the Southern;
Telephone company and numerous cor-'
porations. A suit to test the constitu
tionality of the power of the tax fran
chises was agreed upon.
Appreciates their Maaly Coarse.
Cleveland, Ohio, Dec 22. At the ie-
quest of Senator M. A. Hanna, the Lit-
tie Consolidated Street Railway com
pany of which he is president, will
distribute 95,000 among employes as a
Christmas gift. The Senator in a tele
gram to the directors says he wants tot
show the company's "appreciation of
the manly course taken by its em
ployes during the late strike" on the
Big Consolidated lines when they re'
fused to go out.
Washington, Dec 23. Rear Admiral
Bradford has asked authority from the
navy department to establish a bureau
at the naval training station at New
port "for the development of a naval
system of wireless telegraphy. It is
proposed to detail several officers hav
ing high .electrical knowledge at thi
station, and to furnish facilities foi
study and experiment.
In all probability the experiment
Bear Admiral Bradford desires will be
Delagoa Bay Ports Better for Boers
Than if Theirs.
MUNITIONS AND RECRUITS.
ndon, Dec 26. The principal port
of Balogoa Bay is of more real service
to the Boers than it could be if owned
by them; as in that case it would be
blockaded. Food, munitions and re
cruits are brought in almost openly.
Arms are concealed in the lower parts
of the ship and covered over with tons
of stuff. Examine such ships out at
sea. It would take three weeks to ex
amine them properly. The bills of
lading, of course, are all cooked. As
for the recruits, they come in the same
ships, as passengers, waiters or sailors,
it does not matter how. They are
landed and received with ovations and
enthusiasm. After this open-armed
reception they are expeditiously for
warded to Pretoria, arms and all.
They come as civilians, they leave as
soldiers. All Europe is a recruiting
ground for the Boers Germany, Bel
gium, Russia, Sweden, Holland and
Ireland all contributing. In the light
of what we know, there is nothing to
do but for England to remember that
she "has a fleet, and to use it to occupy
Lourenzo Marques. If England acts
thus with regaid to Delagoa Bay the
war will be over in three months. If
she leaves things as they are now the
war will last for at least a year.
To Equalise Taxation of Banks.
Washington, Dec. 22. Congressman
Bailey, of Kansas, who represents the
state at large, has introduced a meri
torious measure in the house It pro
vides that the revenue tax on banks of
$5,000 and $10,000 capital shall be pro
portionate with those of greater capital;
for instance, banks having a capital of
$25,000 or over. As it is now, each
bank is required to pay a revenue tax
under the war revenue act, of $50,
where the capitalization is below $25,
000, and $2 per thousand where the
capital is in excess of $25,000.
This Is The Voice Of AIL
Ithica, N. Y., Dec 23. President J. G.
Schurman of Cornell, the head of the
Philippine commission, said relative to
the death of Major General Lawton:
"General Lawton's death is a great
public calamity. At the front and in
the very eye of danger, the post he al
ways sought for himself, our prince of
fighters has fallen. In him the army
loses a mighty inspiration, the public a
sure Bulwark of confidence. Fearless,
impetuous and always successful, so
that his very name was in itself the
strength of legions."
It Is Puerto Rico.
Washington, Dec 22. The govern
ment has finally adopted "Puerto
Rico1 as the official spelling of the
name of that island, and hereafter all
official documents will adhere to that
form. The board on geographic names
decided in favor of this some years
ago, but the usage has not been uni
form. The board requested from Pres
ident McKinley an expression of his
views, and in making the decision he
says the name should be Puerto Rico, in
accordance with the custom of the peo
ple of the island.
May Map Out a Bill.
Washington, Dec 2G. Representa
tive Berry, of Kentuekj', a member of
the river and harbor committee, said
that he did not agree with the view of
chairman Burton, of the committee,
that there would be no river and har
bor bill. Mr. Berry thinks it most de
sirable that the bill should be framed
at the present long session, and he is
of the opinion the committee will take
Kew Quarantine Order.
Washington, Dec 23. The Secretary
of Agriculture issued the annual order
effective January 5 next, establishing
a federal quarantine against splenetic
or southern fever among cattle. The
order prohibits the transportation of
cattle except under certain regulations
into other territory from the quaran
tine district which is substantially the
same as last year. The most impor
tant change is withdrawing from the
quarantine area, that portion of Cali
fornia, north of a line drawn easterly
from San Francisco.
Steel Ship Building: Plant.
North Sydney, Cape Breton, Dec. 20.
The largest coal mine transaction in the
history of the industry in this island
has been completed in the sale of the
coal property of the General-Mining
association to a syndicate of American
and Canadian capitalists. The new
owners will establish a steel ship build
ing plant there and the coal mines will
be operated in connection therewith.
These mines are the oldest in Nova
Same Standard of Morality.
New York, Dec 22. The good name
of a woman has ever been both in law
and fact her most precious possession.
Equal protection in law has now for
the first time in this country been
thrown around a man's good name by
a decision rendered in Brooklyn. In
effect this decision is that both men
and women are to be judged by a sin
gle standard of morality, and that a
charge which is libelous against a
woman is equally libelous against a
FORTY ARE DEAD.
Details af the Braxaell Coal Mlae Kzpto
stem Was am Awf al Deathtrap.
Pittsburg, Pa., Dec 26. The mine
is that of the Stockade Coal company
and lies four miles from Brownsville
and fourteen miles from Uniontown.
It is known as the Braznell mine and
lies near astation of that name on the
Redstone creek branch of the Penn
slyvania railroad. Fire Boss Radcliffe
went through the mine as usual and
found gas, or fire damp, in two places.
He detected about four inches of gas
in the main entry about 100 yards from
the main shaft and about an equal
quantity in a room on the side entry
a short distance away. The fire boys
reported the presence of the gas but
informed the superintendentent thai
it was all right for the men to enter.
The men were lowered into the mine
in a cage, descending the main shaft,
which is vertical. From forty to fiftj
men had entered the mine and dis
persed through it when the gas was
ignited in some manner not yet ascer
tained. A tremendous explosion oc
curred. Its force must have reached
every man in the mine. The cage in
the main shaft, which was at the bot
tom, was blown into splinters and the
hoisting machinery wrecked. The
dead taken from the mine so far are:
Henry Hagar, Peter Orosory, William
Thomas, Michael Rothell, Samuel
Meese, Albert Meese, Michael Mahio,
George Kovitz, Joseph Postsky, Joseph
Magyar, William Molok, Paul Proloc
Among the men missing and known
to.be dead in the mine are the follow
Michael and Andrew Parahek, Paul
Laundis, Thomas Keulak and Andrew
At least twelve other bodies are in
sight, but cannot be reached on account
of the debris.
Plenty of Provisions.
San Francisco, Dec. 2G. A large re
frigerator plant is soon to be erected
in Manila by the United States under
the direction of Major L. S. Pudiez of
the quartermaster's department. It
will occupy a building 240 feet square
and 25 feet high, to be located on the
left bank of the Pasig river. The cool
ing room will be large enough to con
tain at once 5,000 beeves, 7,500 sheep
and 100 tons each of salt meats, butter
and eggs and vegetables enough to
supply the American army in the Phil
ippines for some time. In addition to
this the plant" will produce fifty tons of
ice and six thousand gallons of distilled
water every day.
With this plant in operation it will
be possible to supply the hosp' als with
pure water and ice. wholesome food
and even delicacies. With the railroads
in operation the troops at the front
can be supplied daily with fresh meat
Bell Of Colorado.
Washington, Dec. 21. Mr. Bell (Col.)
submitted some remarks in criticism of
the statement in the president's mes
sage about the prosperous condition of
the country. He charged that a large
proportion of the alleged prosperity
was fictitious and instanced the case
of the numerous industrial trusts,
which, he said, had been inflated with
wind and floated. Many of these bub
bles had been pricked within the last
few days and today the newspapers
were filled with the stories of distrust
in Wall street.
Good For Buller if Only True.
London, Dec. 22. A special dispatch
says it is rumored that General Buller
called for volunteers to recover the
abandoned guns and that a part is
sued from the camp after midnight and
brought in the guns, which were unin
jured. State Board of Agriculture.
Topeka, Dec. 23. The twenty-ninth
annual meeting of the Kansas board of
agriculture will be held in represeuta
tive hall, Topeka, January 10. 11 and
12. A strong program is being pre
pared and a rate of a fare and- a hird
has been made for that week on tickets
to Topeka on all Kansas railroads.
Dr. D. E. -Salmon, chief of the bureau
of animal industry at Washington,
Prof. S. J. Hunter of Kansas Univer
sity General J. K. Hudson, Colonel
Richard J. Hinton, Prof. Minnie A.
Stone, of Kansas Agricultural college,
and Mrs. Mary T. Gray, of Kansas City
are the leading speakers expected.
Stock Yards Company Saes.
Kansas City, Dec 20. The Kansas
City Stock Yards Company has sued
the Chicago, Rock Island fc Pacific
Railroad Company for $31,629.45 on ac
count of the destruction by fire of the
sheep pens on the nignt of October 28.
The stock yards company claims that
it was a spark from a Rock Island
switch engine which set fire to the
England Mast Raise Meaey.
London, Dec 22. The Chronicle
says: "The fear of large new issue of
consols hangs the market. Already
the price at which the government
could place them is being discussed.
Some leading financiers thought the
issue might be made at 95. Now 90
seems more like the figure at which
$10,000,000 could be sold but the gov
ernment could not put out a large
amount just now at any figure. It is
said that Russia has made a large loam
to Bag land.
But Not an Excuse For Dishonest,
Though Old Tricks.
BRIBERY THE FIXED CUSTOM.
New York, Dec. 23. According to
the Havana manager of a tobacco im
porting firm now in this city at the
home office, the Cuban customs ap
praisers who were arrested in Havana
are only the victims of precedent.
It is not an unusual move. The won
der is that it has not been done before.
Under Spanish rule the changing of
classifications on goods, with the con
nivance of the officials, was very com
mon. The officials had an idea that
they held office for the single purpose
af getting rich. They accepted bribes
as a matter of course. Now they have
come in contact with another adminis
trative idea which takes into consider
ation the interests of government and
are surprised as well as disappointed
at not being able to go on in the same
This is not the first instance since
the Americans have been in charge
where frauds of the same kind have
been let off with the rebuke of the offi
cers. Business men who have shipped
goods into Cuba have been taught by
experience that it is cheaper to bribe
the officials than to remain honest and
be kicked out of the country. Spanish
officials did not care to deal with hon
est merchants and would seek pretexts
for getting them out of the country.
Arizona Working; for Statehood.
Washington ,Dec 26. Governor Mur
phy of Arizona is in the city, ne is
working to get as many of the mem
bers of the committee of territories of
the house and senate as possible, to ac
company himself and other enthusias
tic Arizona statehood people on a. trip
to that territory. While there, attempts
will be made to impress the committee
with the importance of the territory
and the reasons why it should be a
state. It is unnecessary to state that
the best foot will be put foremost by
the Arizona people.
London, Dec 26. There is no dimi
nution of the enthusiasm among the
volunteers. All kinds of offers are
reaching Lord Chesham, who is to com
mand the mounted volunteer force
Members of the stock exchange have
already promised 100 horses from their
stables, and an offer of an Irish con
tingent of 115 hunting men was accept
ed this morning. Prince Francis of
Teck, younger brother of the Duchess
of York, has sailed for Cape Town
with a detachment of the Royal Drag
oons. No More Show Indians.
Washington, Dec 26. A new depart
re in the department of the interior
is emphasized by unequivocal refusals
(vhich have met all recent requests for
loans of Indians for exhibition purposes
and Secretary Hitchcock and Commis
sioner of Indian Affairs Jones have de
termined to stop the abuses of the priv
ileges. Mr. Jones said that there will
be no more Indians permstted to leave
their reservations for wild west exhibi
Urgent Delinquency BllL
Washington, Dec 26. The urgent
leficiency appropriation bill, the first
f the important supply bills for the
government expenses, is practically
Bade up, and the total will amount to
ibout 351,000,000. The bill will be sub
nitted to the house soon after it as
sembles. Of the amount carried 845,
157.871 is asked for the war depart ment
nd 3,143,740 for the navy.
Dwlg-bt I Moody Is Dead.
East Northfield, Mass., Dec 23. D.
L. Moody, the famous evangelist is
It was not expected by the members
Df Mr. Moody's family and immediate
circle of friends, that death would be
the result of his illness. The cause of
death was a general breaking down,
due to overwork. Mr. Moody's heart
has been weak for a long time and ex
ertions put forth in connection with
meetings in the west last month,
brought on a collapse from which he
failed to rally.
"Didn't Know" a Poor Ezeasa.
London, Dec 22. Further accounts
of the Tugela river battle emphasize
the ignorance of thd British intelli
gence department in regard 'to the dis
position of the Boer forces. The Brit
ish were Jtot aware that the Boers
were entrenched along a series of low
lying hills, until a staggering fire
compelled them to retreat when the
attack seemed about to succeed. The
Boers were also in greater strength
The 014 Wichita University.
Wichita, Dec 23. The old Wichita
University has been bought by Bishop
Hennessy for the use of the order of
the Sisters of St. Joseph. The consid
eration was the payment of 95,000 to
the Reformed church. Five thousand
dollars in taxes were remitted and it
will require about S5,000 additional to
put it in repair. This building was
one put up in the boom. It was opera
ted as a school for quite a time, bat of
late yuan it has stood vacant. It is a
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THE LATEST NEWS IN BRIEF.
The colored teachers of Oklahoma
have a territorial association.
The company which manufactures
St. Jacob's Oil, at Baltimore, has failed.
North Dakota raised over a third ot
the flax crop of the country this year.
The total of incarcerated criminals
in New York has decreased 600 during
the past year.
Manuiacturers of cameras, kodaks
and photographers' supplies have
formed a trust.
It is rumored here that the Bank ol
Russia has advanced the bank of Eng
British agents are busy in rural dis
tricts of Germany hiring veterans for
service in South Africa.
Ralph Ingalls is likely to' be nomin
ated as paymaster. lie Was an officer
in a Missouri volunteer regiment.
The loop between Canon City and
Cripple Creek has been completed. It
is said that the Santa Fe will op 'rate ..
The interstate commerce commission "
has extended the time to railroads to
equip their rolling stock with approved
couplers, six months, tS July 1, 1900.
The supreme court of Illinois has de
cided that the ordinances of the city
council of Chicago regulating the busi
ness of department stores are not con
stitutional and are void.
Representative Sulzer, of New York,
has introduced a joint resolution de
claring that a state of war exists in
South Africa, and according belligerent
rights to the Transvaal government.
An official investigation of the meth
ods and purposes of the Kansas Grain
Buyer's Association is going on. It is
alleged that the association is a trust,
formed for the sole purpose of fixing
the price on grain.
W. n. Booth, who swindled the ex
change National bank at Atchison out
of several hundred dollars recently by
claiming to be a member of an Arkan
sas lumber firm, has been sentenced to
four years imprisonment.
The New South Wales assembly has
passed a bill authorizing the issue of
treasury bills to the amouat of 4,000-,
Governor Chandler, of Georgia, has
vetoed the bill passed recently by both
houses of the general assembly per- r
mitting and regulating the practice in
that state of osteopathy.
The executive committee of the fc
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers -have
settled the location of their per-
manent headquarters at Cleveland, 1
The provision in the financial bill
that especially appeals to Western',
bankers is the clause' allowing national , -
banks to issue currency to the full ' x
amount of the government bonds de- '
posited in the United States treasury. "'
It is believed that no governor will ?
be appointed for the Santiago depart- WJ
ment, but that an experiment in civil '
government on a much broader scale
than ever before will be initiated "1
there, Governor general Wood having ,
supervision of the' experiment from
A canvass of the Senate has been
made to determine the majority by
which the gold standard bill will pass
It seems certain that the vote, will ba
in tne proportion of yeas 49, nays 37, al- mM
wwing jur purs, x ma is a majority
i A recent Missouri Paeiac order,
abandoning the hospital at Kansas City
has caused a protest already. A com
mittee from the Kansas tftjrCosamer
dal club goes U New Torktointer
view Georn Goabi raUtiM tA hu