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T1T25 moBNXNG TIMES,, THUHSpAY, JULY 29, 1807,
ffiMi OF ALASKft
Spring Lovely at Sitka, With
Winters Like Autumn.
FROM A COAST SURVEY YIEW
Fruit Ts Borne on Trees. But Fails
to Fully Mature, and Berries
Abound lu Summer, But the
Flavor Ih Jfot Ui to the Stnnd
ard. Grorgc Davidson, of tbe United States
Coast Survey, gives much Interesting in
formation concerning tlie climate and
vegetation of Alaska which appears to
couuaoict come tilings ttoat have been
Tecently printed about tliat country.
lie fcays tUat the time of hlslast visit to
Alaska, was alsout the latter part of May.
The poplars and other deciduous trees were
Jubt budding, and in some places the youug
leaves bad spread out. The nights, though
cold, "were not f rotty, the thermometer sel
dom indicating less? that 40 degrees. It
-was quite hot In the sun during the day.
though in the tliade the mercury seldom
rose a ov G5 degrees. It is much hotter
in midsummer. AtSitka.inthebamelatltude
or a little north, there la not as great a
difference L'twccn the summer and -winter
ae uron the SUklne River.
"The winter at Sitka is not severe, and
the year that I -wan there," said Mr. David
ton, "thcrf was not a crop of ice. On the
Btikinp and in the Interior valley, shut out
from the influence of the ocean current, the
tea&ons are stronulv marked. There the
wiaters arc cold and the summers are hoc
The river clones In December and freezes
over rrom tbe mouth up and opens in Hay
In some years this river has remained open
till the middle of December, and thawed
out by the 1st of May. But those were
toft winters. As boon ah tbc warm days of
Fpring cause the snows to melt, the river
begins to rise and so breaks up the ice
"Then there is a short seaton of rising
and falling, after which come the con
tmuous floods of the hot months Very
little rain falls in the upper part of the
valley during the hummer, little or noth
ing is known of the climate in the moun
tains at the head of the Stiklue At the
mining camps near Slick's bar, the winters
-were said to tx very severe. Snow com
mences to fall in Octobsr.audlsmobtplenti
f ul in December., and covers the ground to
a depth of from four to fourteen feet or
more all winter."
There Is a story from Alaska that four
feet of snow on a level fell In one day
In December of the year that Mr. David
pon visited Alaska the mercury sank be
low zero in DeccmTuer and remained solid
in the bulb for nine days, when itoncemore
rose. There was no thawing or rain during
the -winter. Mr Davidson thluks trmt It Is
this alternation of the seajns which causes
the timijer of the Interior to be superior
to that of the coast
"At Sitka," said Mr. Davidson, "fruit
trees were introduced and special atten
tion devoted to their culture, but they
have not borne fruit, except a few small
specimens that never fully matured Ber
ries abound throughout the country in
cummer. They are of large si7c, but gen
erally lack llavor, on account of the ab
Ecnccof direct Minlight. Mottof the terries
were ripe when I left Kadlak, August 22,
and potatoes were in full bloom The
potato yields well in Alaska, but the vege
table is bniail and watery. Cranberries
grow wild, and arr small and, generally,
-well flavored. They might easily be cul
tivated there, and would form a valuable
addition to the California market. None
or the- cereals were in cultivation when
1 was in Alaska, and it is very doubtful
If they would surcced In fact, except a
few small gardens, belonging to private
Individuals, nothing is cultivated, the pop
ulation trusting mainly for their food to
southern markets. Thereis butliltlu space
cleared about Sitka for grass, and there
are but few horses or cattle. But there
would be no difficulty in raising large
crops of grasp at Kadiak if the land were
cleared of timber
Tiie prevailing forest tree Is the Sitka
cprucc, giowing to great size and cover
ing every foot of ground, climbing the
steepest mountain sides, to the height of
2,000 or 2,500 feet above the level of
the sea. I have measured felled trees of
this spruce that were 180 feet long and
four feet thick at the butt, while udjaccnt
standing tTees measured over six feet in
diameter and were branchless for over
fifty feet Hemlock, aldcis and willows
arc found, but the most valuable wood of
the countrv is the yellow cedar, with a
fine, even tevture, fragrant smell, good
blze, and greater strength than the spruce.
"I first called attention long, long ago,"
said Mr. Davidson, "to the Tort Oxford
white ccdai. und while admitting its many
good qualities, I have no hesitation in
baying that the yellow cedar of Alaska is
a much superior wood.
"This wood Is readily worked, takes a
smooth surface, and Is remarkably dura
ble. It will eventually make a valuable
addition to our cabinet woods and Is said
to be superior as a ship timber to other
on the Pacific coast It may be obtained
in ample size for frames and knees of ves
sels of ordinary size. At Skalitch anchor
age one of these trees measured eighteen
feet In circumference and 125 feet in
height. Part of the keels and frame of
one of the ships belonging to the Russian
American Company was found on the beach
"where it had been wrecked forty years
before. It was built or this wood, which
exhibited not the least sign of decay or
teredo attacks. The wood around the
copper and iron bolls was as well preserved
as on the day they were driven. It is
possible to construct the hulls of all the
chipping needed in Alabka for many years
to come out of this native timber. This
timber is found from the southern bound
ary of Alaska to the furthest point ex
plored northward The spruce, hemlock,
alder, and willow cover the coast as far
north as Sterya Bay, whence westward
to Prince "William's Sound very little is
"On 1'ilnce William's Sound, notwith
standing the severity of the winters, vege
tation is reported to spring up with great
rapidity, and berries of every variety
and great abundance flourish wherever
the low shores are not too densely tim
bered. This i" also true of the country
around Cook's Inlet, where the summer
Is warmer and there the vegetation Is
more vigorous. Similar products continue
to Alaska peninsula and to the northern
part of the idand or Kadiak, although on
this Maud the trees arc shorter and
smaller and prow only in the valleys and
- low grounds and In comparatively small
areas along the northern coast line."
The vegetable productions of Unalaska
are similar to those of Sitka and Kadiak, but
no trees exist in the middle of Kadiak and
tbe peninsula abreast or It. Turnips and
potatoee arc cultivated by a few of the
Aleutians after removing the covering of
sphagnum from the soil. "With proper cultivation-
tbe soil would yield fair harvests.
Bishop Yentamlsnoff says that "the po
tato yields from four to seven fold and at
tains great size, from three to ten making
& pound -weight.' This bishop Is also
authority for the statment that among the
mountains of Unalaska are found great
Humbert? of dead willows
Around Unalaska Bay, and growing In
great abundance is tbe pea known to
botanists as PIsum Marltimum. This pea
could be readily cultivated. The coast In
this high latitude has vegetation due to
a much lower latitude. The climate Is
much milder than that of theeastemshores
of America In the same latitude. The
abundance of animal lire, the occurrence
of many Southern plants, and above all, the
limit or the woods prove this. On the
eastern .side of Ameiica there is no timber
alKive th 60Ln degree, and on the western
side it Is known to grow as high up as the
fwth degree. The suow scarcely disappears
before a mass of heibage springs up. The
summer sun is continually above the
norizoc. Shining as it does on plant life
twenty-four hours a day, vegetable growth
is very rapid.
The whole country from Norton Sound
to Point Barrow ih a vast moorland whose
level is only interrupted by promontories and
isolated mountains. The rain and snow
water, prevented by a frozen soil from
descending from numerous lagoons, or wlien
the formation of the ground opposes this,
bugs, the general aspect und vegetation of
which do not materially dlfrer from those,
of northern Europe, being covered with a
dense niahs of IIcIipiih, mosses und other
uliginous forms. Places are covered with
plants aud are sometimes difficult to pass
The aspect of some spat is very gay. Many
flowers are large, their colors bright, and
although vhlte and yellow predominate,
plants displaying other tints are not un
common. Cape Lisburne, in latitude US
degrees and 52 minutes, looks in summer
like a garden.
About Norton Sound, groves of the
white spruce trees and Sallx speciosa are
fragrant. Northward they become less
abundant, till, in latitude 6G degrees and
4. minutes, on the banks of Noatak, the
white pine disappears.
To preveut the ravages of scurvy, the
Esquimaux collect for their winter stock
raspberries, whortleberries and cranberries,
which are placed In boxes and preserved
by being frozen into such a hard mass
that, in order to divide it. recourse must
be had to an axe. In the sub-Arctic re
gions there are plants which the eye is
accustomed to meet with in the plains
of more temperate climates.. A peculiar
feature of the vegetation Is Its harmless
character. The poisonous plants are very
few in number, and their qualities are
by no means virulent.
Mr Davidson told the reporter for The
Times that he never saw a reptile, toad,
lizard or similar animal in Alaska.
A TRIP FULL, OF DAGGER.
Perils of Alaska.
Dayton, Ohio, July 28. A special from
Springfield says J. K. Fitzgerald, who
went to Alaska some time ago from this
city, writes from Dawson City. He says
it's worth a man's life to go there; tbe
trip is f-dl of dangers and the roadside
is lined with graves of those who were
either killed in tlie rapids or died from
exhaustion After he arrived at Dawson
City he immediately started to work at
$10 a day. The lucky ones are taking
out the gold dust by the panfull and there
has been as high as $1,600 taken out in
one pan; some men are taking out as
high as an ounce a minute. Workmen
are receiving $10 a day in town and
$15 at the diggings. There are several
saloons In Camp and they are doing a
rushing business. A theater is being built
and other attractions arc co.ming in.
Whisky is selling at 50 cents a drink
and there are several big gambling dens
in full blast at Dawsou City and the
larger camps wlicre thousands in gold
are always on the tables.
It Is a wonderful sight to see wine of the
miners come down from the dlgzings, stag
gering under tbe weight or gold. There
Is no much gold that they arc packing Itln
barrels. New claims are b'Jng blasted
and the claims are richer than in the
provioue ones, some or the miners making
$12,000 to $15,000 a day orr their claims.
Jnet before Fitzgerald mailed his let
ter, a youngrellow sold his claim for $130,
000, and was waiting for the steamer to
return home to Indiana, when he died rrom
heart disease, said to have been caused by
exhaustion and excitement.
Mr Fitzgerald is well known and highly
respected heie, and his statements are
NO TROOPS FOR ALASKA.
The President Decides to F-stabllsli
"No Post ou the Yukon.
The President has abandoned the plan
to Eend troops up the Yukon, and Sec
retary Alger yesterday countermanded
the preliminary orders for dispatching
a company by steamer' from Seattle Au
gust 5, though he says preparations will
be made for rushing a force northward
at any time in the future when an emer
gency necessitates such action.
The declslou to send no troops at pres
ent was reached by the President, after
long consultation with the Attorney Gen
eral and several Cabinet ofriccrs.
Among the considerations which led to
the re ersal or the Administration's deter
mination was the fear that the near pres
ence of United States troops might give
encouragement to pioneers to commit some
overt unfriendly act against the Canadian
authorities along the boundary whiuh the
gold fields cross at various points.
It 'as also deemed more in keeping with
Republican institutions to let the rapidly
growing population organize their own
political committees by popular vote and
establish their own local police adminis
tration as they did in the early firties
west of the Rockies.
KLONDIKE CHAZE IN ENGLAND.
The Colonial Office Issues a Warn
ing to Intending Prospectors.
London, July 23. The reports that
have reached England of the fabu
lous wealth of the Klondike country
havecaus?d many parsons toannounce their
Intention to go to the Northwest Territory
in search of gold. Many of them have no
Idea of the climatic conditions that prevail
In that pait of the world and, knowing
this, the colonial office today Issued 'i
circular strongly warning the intending gold
seekers against lea vlug Great Britain earlier
than April, and adding that none except
experienced prospectors, who are used to
roughing it, should go to the Klondike dis
tricts. SAILS FOR ST. MICHAELS.
Steamer Excelsior, Crowded "With
Passengers, Leaves 'Frlsro.
Ean Francisco, July 28. The steamer
Excelsior balls at 2 o'clock thlB after
noon for St. Michaels, with a full pas
senger list aud cargo.
Greatcrowds have .surrounded thesteamer
all day, and a force of police are on hand
to preserve order. So anxious are the
crowds to see the departure that the po
lice have much difficulty in checking them
from overrunning the steamer.
A lawn party for the benefit of tho
Voyes Library at Kensington will be
given on Monday evening on the library
groundi Games nnd refreshment will
constitute tho program of the evening.
Much attention Is being attracted by the
work of painting the dome or the Capitol.
The painted section forms a decided con
trast to the dingy surface, which is ntr
tlccd particularly by the people in the
Dortbora section of the city.
The Metropolitan Street Hallway Com
pany has just received a large consign
ment of new summer cars over the Balti
more and Ohio road.
PIRATES AFTER IE GOLD
Chinese Buccaneers Preparing
to Seize American Ships.
REVENUE CUTTERS ASKED FOR
The Tr'ensnry Department Informed
of a Plun to Overhaul and' Hob
the Portland lu Bering Seu
Convoy to Escort Her Through
Among many other things that the Klon
dike gold fields have brought to the bur
face is a gang of pirates. They aie the
real, genuine article, and are mostly Chi-
neSe, and are said to be as desperate as
any of tho.se who, in the early days of the
present century, infested the coast oC
China, looted ships, compelled the tailors
to walk the gang plank, and then scuttled
the vessels without fear of results.
Tbe Alaska Transportation Company, of
which Ell Gage, son of Secretary Gage, is
a member, and P. B. "Weare, -of Chicago,
is president, owns and runs a number of
vessels from Seattle to St. Michael's,
Alaska, and since the discovery of gold
along the Yukon have done an enormous
business and have carried much gold from
St. Michael's to Seattle.
The great value of the cargoes of these
tiansportatfon vessels is well known to
the lawless people who have been attracted
to the gold fields aud their vicinity, and
the company has more than once been
badly frightened at demonstrations made
by these people. Fiom soma source the
company has learned that a number of
thCbc lawless men, nearly all of whoi'i
are Chinamen, believed to belong in British
Columbia, are prepared to attack the
Poiilaud arter she leaves St. Michael's
ou September 15, aud Inasmuch as the ship
will have on board $2,000,000 in gold
dubt and nuggets, the company Is much
alarmed, and P. B. Wearc, the president,
has telegraphed the Treasury Department
for prtcct:on to his vessels.
The rlist telegram was received a few
days ago and it requested the Secretary
of the Ticasury to send a revenue cutter
to St. Michael's for the purpose of convoy
ing the Portland and the $2,000,000 in
geld safely around the Aleutian Islands
and through the Bering Sea. The telegram
said that President Wearc feared trouble
from a gang of organized Chinese plrate3
thatinrehtthcBerlngSea near the Aleutian
Islands and aked ror Government escort
until sarely out to sea. If this escort is
furnished. President Wearesald, he thought
there would be no trouble in getting the
gold to Seattle.
Yesterday the Treasury officials re
ceived another telegram frcm President
Weare which reiterated his rears for the
sarct of two vessels owned by the com
pany. One vessel will leave St. Michael's
August 5 and the next, the Portland,
will dep.irt September 15.
The cargo of gold on the first vess-cl
is not so rich as that which the Portr
land will carry, and, for that reason,
President "Weare is more apprehensive for
the safety of the latter than the former.
St. Michaels is near the mouth or the
Yukon Uiver, and is the seaport town of
the gold rields It is said to be infested
with a large number of men who will
hesitate at nothing, and it is thought that
some or the worst of these have planned
villi a number ,of Chinese desperadoes
to attack the Portland.
The orflcials at the Treasury Depart
ment are much concerned over the tele
grams sent by President Weare, and he
has been telegraphed to fumih the De
partment with all the details concerning
the pirates and tlie homewardbqund tnp
of the Portland.
It Is proLable that ir theorricials receive
corroborative infoi tuation the department
will communicate with Capt. Hooper, com
manding the Bcilng Sea fleet, directing
him to detail one or the vessels In the fleet
to convoj the Portland around the Aleu
tian Islands to the open K2a. where she will
be safe, for It Is not believed that the
pirates have any but small boats to at
tack her, hnd that there boats, ir an at
tack should le made, would put orr rrom
sboie while the Portland is forced to be
near the land.
Orders can be sent to Capt. Hooper by a
steamer which will leave for St. Michaels
about August 15.
THE REFORM POLICE BOARD.
Colonel Fred Grant Dns Decided to
Retire From It.
New York, July 28.-The police com
missioners uppeared at their meeting to
day armed withopmions, written andother
wibc, on the vexed subject of the social
evil and its suppression by police erfort
and for three hours they vented them in
the intervals or pecking at each other
and each others' motives. President Moss
declared that corruption and blackmail
were still rimpaut, and that he had sworn
evidence or It.
Commissioner Parker prodded him and
said that he had been threatening the
chler and that the elder had complained
to him, Parker, about It. The upshot of
it all was that the board voted that noth
ing much better could be done than was
done now nnd voted against Col. Grant,
who declared that he would get out or
the board just as quick as Mayor Strong
could tind a man to take his place.
The colonel had brought It all on by
his declaration last week that the pclice
way of getting evidence against disor
derly houses was making liars and sneaks
or the force, and that he w&uld have no
more to do with the dirty business.
WALK "WASN'T WIDE ENOUGH.
Colored Toughs Jostle a Citizen
and Resist Arrest.
Watchman E. F. Aurtin, the guardian
tit TJncoln Park, had an exciting encounter
last evening with two colored toughs named
Will McGruder and Ben Barnes.
The two negroes In passing a white man
named John Gordon on a narrow walk
Jostled him roughly. He made a remark to
the effect that the walk was public prop
erty, whereupon McGruder struck him with
his fist. Watchman Austin saw the as
sault and at once placed him uuder arrest.
McGruder resisted, and In the scuffle which
ensued, Austin was roughly handled. He
blew the distress call and Policeman Yates
quickly responded and the officers soon had
the handcuffs ou both McGruder and
McGruder had three charges placed
against him at the Fourth precinct station;
assault cm Gordon, assault on Austin, and
"Last summer one of our grandchildren
was sick with a severe bowel trouble,"
says Mr. E. G. Gregory, of Fredericks
town, Mo. "Our doctor's remedies had
failed; then we tried Chamberlain's Colic,
Cholera and Diarrhoea Remedy, which
gave very speedy relief." For sale by
Henry Evans, "Wholesale and Retail Drug
gist, 938 F street northwest and Con
necticut avenue and S street northwest
DEECHAM'S PILLS-No equal for Constipation.
The World of Business.
"Wall Street Yesterday.
New York, July 28- There was no very
derinite explanation of the reversal of the
tone in the stock market today, but the
upward movement of prices wus resumed
almost from the opening. Perhaps the
weekly Government grain report may bo
cited as the most direct influence. The
report disproved the recent rumors of crop
damage through excessive moisture in the
Northwest, and was ou the whole a favor
ablereport. Reports of Western roads were
or likt tenor, aud tho grain market was
strong on continued and heavy buying by
exporters Now that the cropK are entering
upon their critical per'od it is likely that
there may be recurrent scares of one kind
qr another, and Indeed theyconstituteabouC
the whole or tho remalnlug ammunition of
the .reactionists. !
The market was very anlrriated through
out the day, and a large" number of
dirfcrent securities were'dcaltln. Indeed,
at no time during tho advance in prices
have so .many stocks attained a common
degree of activity. The usually active
slocks, such as the granger group and the
industrials, were dealt in on a large scnle.
but an equal degree of Interest was ap
parent in Atchison, Reading .Missouri Ta
ciric and the Kansas and lfexas shares,
while a number of cth'er hitherto dor
mant stocks were take up ahd advanced.
Noteworthy udvances were scored In the
Atciuson snares, aiisNoun j-hcuic, ooutneni
Railway prererred, Oregon Railway and
Navlgaatinn, the Rubber shares and the
Cotton Oil stocks, these securities cover
ing, it will be noted, various sections and
The anthracite shares again showed de
cided sicneth, and the recent rumors of
new developments In that industry "were
acain current. Sugar made a material ad
vance on the day urter showing a marked
degree or weakness at the opening of busi
ness. In none of the instances cited did
the movements seem to reflect development;-
specifically arrecting these stocks,
but rather the general prevailing beller In
higher prices In the bond market the
same general features were present, with
Atchlfon Issues the features.
The bert figures were recorded In the last
hour and the market closed firm.
New York Stock Market.
Corrected dally by W. n, Hlbbs & Co .
Banker nnft Brokers Members or the
N. Y. Stock Exchange. 1427 P atreet.
On. in?ii.i,ow. Clos.
VinerlciK Spirit. ird...
Aih. Sugar Refinery
American Supir. pfit...
Mclilson. Top. .& s. I.
American Cotton Oil...
Paltlmorc & Ohio
Bay State Oas
flilcapo. Rur. it Quincy.
51. in ISc P.
0., R. 1. and P
D.I.. Iic. & West.
Delaware it Hudson....
Denv.it R, GrauUe.utd
LuuiBVlllo it Naahvlllo..
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2S 2S 23 .8
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U7',i 1177,- l!TJi 1175
J7 U?H 07 Iff
b7H SV b7V fcS
fl7i bi 8H K'4
170;., I70?i VOH Y1"A
13S KS 158 I5
lil 111 11874 Hiji
XZh 15K 131 VbK
31 3li 34 si
tfiH toX 53K Si7
1377 'Jiji is! 34
25 2oj,; 25 CGJ
M6 . "HU 3i
31 Hih. 3374 H'',
Ul 9.JJ JjH
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.Nrftiuual Lead Co
.New YorK Central,
.Sortncrii i'-clnu uld....
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Out rioJi Western
Phila. Jz HitMlluK.
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euu. (Jo.iLi Iron .......
Union I'.xii.c J. ....
O.n. L-.-.tiUur plu.. ....
Whee.mg it Lao Erie.
ib.i9. id .. .
Wejt.tdiiuu 'ut. Co.....
The market yesterday showed neither the
reaction which many had hoped for nur
the continuance of the decline wiucn most
had feared. Instead , it was merely station
ary with no aggressive movements, with
one or two rallies, ou the whole most satis
factory. A murkct such an yesterday's Is
noV.ody's fueud. Movement lb what all the
traders want. i
What will come today Is too hard a prob
lem for even the professional goskips. They
are almoht entirely tileut, oidy predicting
the advances some time in the future.
I Ieuru from Chicago that the earnings
of Burlington and Rock Island during this
Hummer are expected to be phenomenal,
even more than had been hoped ror by
their moht etithuMui-tie friends. Burling
ton will show $300,000 gross Increase for
last month, I am told, and Rock Lsand will
shew $175,000 for this month over last
year, if the present gains continue to the
end of the month. The information came
to me from people who ought to know, at
a late hour last night. It would seem
probable that Rock Island's advance yes
terday, almobt the only one on the coard,
will continue today, and that Burlington
also will go ahead when this neWh be
comes generally known.
I have the tip very straight to buy
Wabash preferred, and I advise you to
take it. The earnings to come out today
are expected to be better than usual,
aud vhether they are or not there will
be an advance during the morning hours
The Wabash Railroad did rather poorly
last year, but apparently it has turned
the corner. Bell paid 17 for Wabash
Atchison looks well.
Mr. F. D. Carley. or tbc Monetary Trust,
has this to say ot the market:
"All the world wondered whether there
would be a reaction after the tariff bill was
passed. The proresb'onal men expected It.
The public was arrald or it. Tlie market
today bus batried the operators and made
them timid about short sales. At the same
time It has encouraged the public and given
them a new spirit of purchase. H the In
siders In Sugar do not kick up any devil
ment, it now looks as though the whole
market will be higher tomorrow. There are
more stocks now leading the market up
ward tban heretofore. The Atchison se
curities are looming up; LouIsvlUe and
Nashville showed its head today, und we
think will sell higher. Rock Island Is be
ing pushed upward In a spunky manner,
and, in Tact, there are many solid Jack
screws under the market."
"Wlllet & Gray came out the other day
with a circular saying that the new tariff
was bad Tor the sugar company. On Mon
day Mr. Wlllet had an article in the Bos
ton Herald poitk-ularly bearish on the
stock. Twenty-five or thirty thousand
bhares of Sugar were sold very shortly
arter these bear arguments, and the gen
eral opinion on the sfrect was that they
were the can so of the bad slump in Sugar.
Theie seems very little support until 137
was reached. Probably the correct diag
nosis of tho case is that the most inside
or the insiders did not sell any of their
stock, but that they were willing to have
the Sugar go down to tlielow figure It
reached in order that they mightpurchnse
more and that other of their friends might
get in. "Wiilet & Gray have no
right, except , the speculator's very
questionable one, to say that the
Sugar people did not get what they want
ed in the taiirr. There is no question that
the Trust Is perfectly well satisfied. It
REPORT OF THE CONDITION
NATIONALi METROPOLITAN BANK,
At Washington, D. C.
At the close of business July 23, 1807.
Loans and discounts $901,31948
Overdrafts, secured and tin-
secured Ill 7 J
U. S. bonds to secure circu- ,
lation 100,000 00
U. S. bonds on hand 101,350 00
I'remUiiiis on U. S. bonds.... 10,100 00
blocks, .securities, etc 386,074 85
Banking house, furnituro and
nxtures 00,000 00
Other real estate and mort
gages owned 2,300 00
Due from national banks (not
reserve agents) 402,80571
Due from ialale banks and
Due rrom approved reserve
agents .. 57,020 40
Checks und other cash Items.. 11,407 03
Lxehanges for clearinghouse.. S,j15 51
Notes, or other national
banks 1,912 00
Fractional pupcr currency,
nickels and cents.... 228 75
Lawful money reservein bonk,
apecio $240,000 50
notes 22,810 00
ltcdemptlon ruud with U. S.
Treasurer (5 per cent or cir
culation) 4,410 OOJ
$2,4-10 ,110 9 y
Capital stock paid In $300,000 00
burplus fund 400,000 00
Undivided prorits, less ex
penses and taxes paid 12,297 91
.National bank notes out
standing 01,510 00
uue to other national banks.. 82,00187
Due to btate bunks and
bankers 11,302 08
Dividends unpaid 1.G71 00
to check 1,57-1,477 0-1
cates or de
' -i r.-rT r.nn ta
Total $2,440,146 94
District of Columbia, ss:
l, George II. a. White, cashier or the
above-named bank, do solemnly swear that
the above statement is. true to the best
or my knowledge and belief.
GEO. H. B. WHITE, Cashier.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this
2bth day or July, 1S97.
E. . PARKER.
WILLIAM B. GURLEY,
II. K. WILLARD,
JOllN B. EARNER,
REPORT OF THE CONDITION
RIGGS NATIONAL BANK,
Of Washington, D. C,
At "Washington, in the District of Columbia,
At the clobe of business July 23, 1897.
Loans and dibcouuts $1,9SG,139 0G
cured 2,910 32
U. fa. bonds to secure circu
U. a nonus ou naiid 108,500 00
Premiums on U S3, bonds.... 18,519 35
Stocks, securities, etc 840,908 85
Due rrom national baiiKstuot
reserve agents) 77,997 30
Due iroin btate banks and
Due rrom approved reserve
agents 032,059 47
CheeKsandottitfrCdsnitems.. 43,050 GO
Exchanges for clearing
house .- 14,84180
fractional paper currency,
nickels und cents 304 97
Lawrul money reserve in
bank, viz. :
$42,705).. $7S0,4G0 79
notes 117,500 00
Capital stock paid in
Undivided "protits, less ex
penses and taxes paid....
Due; to other nationnl banks..
Due to State banksand bank
Demand certificates of de
posit Certified checks .,
Total $4,783,040 08
City of Washington, Di&tr.ct of Columbia,
1, CHARLES C. GLOVER, president of
the above-named hank, do Kilemuly swear
that the above statement is true to the
best of my knowledge and belief.
CHARLES C. GLOVER, President.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this
25th day of July, 1897.
JAMES M. JOHNSTON,
ARTHUR T. BRICE,
WM. J. FEATHER,
seems almost a dead moral certainty that
Sugar will go much higher.
The advance In Delaware & Hudson has
revived the story that the New York Cen
tral is about to lease the property.
Mr Robert Lindblom.Mr SilsbysChlcagp
correspondent, says or the wheat situation:
"Tho news is mostly bullish, but I would
sell wh?at on a cent margin. I have no
heart in the bull side when I know thatpro
f esslonals are loaded with wheat which they
are anxious to sell We have bull news and
bulling enough to mark wheat up 5 cents,
but a decline is due.
The decree of sale of Union Pacific will
be signed tomorrow.
Dow, Jones & Co. say of General Electric:
"We hear that negotiations are well
udvinced toward settling with G. E.
preferred stockholders on their accumu
lated dividends. When this Is accom
plished,, in is said to be the intention of
the managers to reduce the capitalization
about 50 per cent and put the new stock
on a 6 per cent dividend basis. The
present price of General Electric stock
is thought to indicate such a purpose.
A 6 per cent manufacturing stock, it is
claimed, would not be worth much more
than 7 0, therefore the present price
of General Electric at 35 is thought to
represent about 70 for the new stock.
Officials of General Electric refuse to
make any statement."
Mclntyre & Wardwell's grain letter says:
"Public cable3 came easier this morn
ing, the market opened off 3-4 cent.
Private advices from the continent, how
ever, were bullish, and bought buying
orders, on tlie strength ot which there
was an advance ot 3-4 cent, followed by
a decline of 1 cent, when the buylngceased.
Private estimates from Minnesota reported
a decline in condition during the month
of. the crop lu that State of nearly ten
points. The decrease in the "world's visi
ble was nearly 3000,000 bushels. New
York reported sixty loads accepted ou
over-night offers. Receipts at primary
points were 843,000 bushels, against 583.
000 bushels In 1896. Receipts here were
141 cars; Kansas City had 200; Toledo,
254. It looks as if receipts at winter
wheat points would be large with favor
able weather. July closed at a premium
of 2 cents over September. Cash busi
ness reported here was about 30,000 bush
els. Tbe foreign situation Is undeniably
strong, but the volume of speculative busi
ness is light. A majority ot the local
tradersare bearish, feellngthat with heavy
urrivals of winter wheat, and the new
crop ot spring wheat near at hand, a more
general speculative demand is necessary to
Washington Stock Exchance.
Sales Capital Traction, 15 at 54 7-8;
Mergenthaler Linotype, 4 at 118 3-8, 5 at
1181-2, lat-118 3-4.-
U. S. 4s. U1907Q,J. HHi
U. P.Vs.G 1B07Q. J 112k
U. 8.4'S. 1W5 126J4
REPORT OP THE CONDITION
CENTRAL NATIONAL BANK
OP WASHINGTON CITY,
At Washington, In the District or Columbia,
At the closeor business, July 23, 1897.
Loans and discounts $599,081 40
Overdrafts, secured and unse
cured 313 87
U B. bonds to secure circu
lation 100,000 00
TJ. S. bonds on hand 150,00000
Premiums ou U. S. bonds.... 43,229 40
Stocks, securities, etc 2,980 00
Banking house, furniture and
flxtmes 109,000 00
Due from national banks (not
reserve agents) 87,14573
Due from State banks and
bankers 915 42
Due from approved reserve
Checks and other cash items. 8,044 21
ExchangesforcIearInghou.se. 14,422 76
Notes or other national banks 580 00
Fractional paper currency,
nickels and cents 228 51
Lawrul money reserve in
bank, viz.: 4&
Specie SI 60.844 00
Legalteadurnotes. 50,000 00
Redemption fund with U. S
treasurer (5 per cent of
Capital stock paid in 5100,000 00
n minus JUHCI J.OU,UUlJ OU
"Undivided prorits, less ex
penses and taxes paid.... 7,418 38
National bank notes out
standing 80,000 00
Due to other na
Due to State"
to check 1,131,429 99
catcsorderosit 2,250 00
v-euuieu cuccks ts,i:iL;jz
Total $1,520,533 40
City of Washington, District of Columbia:
I, A. B. RUFF, Cashier of the above
named bank, do solemnly swear that the
above statement is true to the best of my
knowledge and belief.
A. B. RUFF, Cashier,
subscribed and sworn to before me this
27th day of July, 1807.
FRANK LIN P. M ENDENH A LL,
Correct Attest: Notary Public.
Jr P. MAY,
J. VT. SCIIAEFER,
CLARENCE F. NORMENT,
E. B. EVANS
W. K. MENDENHALL,
REPORT OF THE CONDITION
AMERICAN SECURITY AND TRUST CO.,
At Washington, D. C,
At the close or business July 23, 1897.
Loans and discounts 5
cured U. S. bonds ou hand
Premiums on U. S. bonds....
Stocks, securities, etc
Banking house, rurntture and
Other real estate and mort
Due rrom national banks (not
Duo rrom state banks and
Checks and other cash items..
Fractional paper currencv,
nickels and cents ."..
Lawiul money reserve In
Specie 227,657 00
notes 21,000 00
Capital stock paid in 51,250,000 00
Surplus ruud 250,000 00
Undivided profits, less ex
penses and taxes paid 30,774 30
Dividends unnaid i.R.iinn
to checic 51,736,44157
its 449,277 29
checks 3,894 39
outstanding, 4,244 69
, 2,193,857 94
Debenture bonds 920,200 00
District or Columbia, cltv or 'Washington, ss:
I, C. J. BELL, president or the above
named bank, do solemnlv swear that the
above statement is true to the best of
my knowledge and belief.
C. J. BELL, President.
SubPcribed aud sworn to bcrore me.
this 27th dav of Julv, 1897.
HOWARD S. "REESIDE,
Correct Attest: Notarv Public.
HENRY F. BLOUNT,
JOHN E. HERRELL,
JAMES E. FITCn,
W. S. THOMPSON,
MYRON M. PARKER,
B. S. BURDE1TE.
CROSBY S. NO YES,
CHAS. C. DUNCANS ON.
M. G. EMERY,
TJ.S.o's.10010, F ihjj 115.
DISTMCT OFCOLUMMA. BOXD3.
Zs 1?90 "SP-yenr Funding" Ill
Us 1902 'tO-year Funding" gold.... IVl ""
Ts 1901. "Water Stock" currency.. 112 V ..'.'.'
7s19q. ater Stock" currency. 112& """
Funding" currency l&Vj no 115
Met.K. R53.1925 116
.Mct.RRConv.es ll.S "
Met. RR Cert. Indebtedness. .A.. 103 .".""
Met. RRCert.Indebtednoss..B.. 103 110
Uelt It It 6s. l'21
ICckincton R R(?s
Columbia II Rd's. I9U
Wash Gas Co. Ser A. CV. lDW-'T
"A asli Gas Co. Scr B.Ij's. l90I-'29...
U. S. KIcc. Light Dcbeuturo Imp.
JI.& N .
Chesitud Pot Tel 6's. 1S9S-19J1
Am Sec&Tro's. F and A. 1903....
Am Sec & 'I r .Vs. A aud O. Ia5
Wash .Market Co 1st ffs, 190M911,
S7.0C0 retired annually 103
Wash Market Co imp (fs. 12-27 ..-.. lu
Wash Market Co ext'n 6's. lH-'2".. IU3
.Masonic xiau association y. liftja. lvlj
WashLt Inf lst6s, 1901 "m'm
NATIONAL BANK STOCK
Bank of Washington 260
Bauk of Republic 200
Metropolitan 2T7 "316"
Farmers' und Mechanics' !75 i'j.j
Capital us Hl'.'.l
WestEnd 10J 107
Lincoln 102 "loi"
SAKE DEPOSIT ASD TRUST COJIPANrBS.
Nat. Safe Deposit aud Trust .... 120
Wash. Loan and Trust 11S Uii
Ainer. Security antl Trust U3 ...
Wash, Sate Dopoait 54 ..".."
Capital Traction Co bit; fg
Georgetown fc Tennallytowu 2u
GAS ANO KLKCl'JUC LIOILTSTOCKS.
Washington Gas i2 iS
Georgetown Gas 3
U.ta. Ulectric Liiiht 93 ta"
Firouien's 30 S3
.Metropolitan t5 6U '
Corcoran... 5ti ......
Potomac b7 ....'.'.
Arlington 13-j '
Uerinju American 1.0
National Union lu a
Columbia 12 .
RISKS 7& ...."
commercial 4 u
TITLE INSDKANCn STOUCii.
Real Estate Title 10s
Columbia Title. 5 U
Chesapeake ana Potomac.
American Graphophone, pfd....
Pneumatic Guu Carrugo
Mergenthaler Linotype inewj...
Great Falls Ice
Nor. aud Wash. Steamboat
Chicago, July 28. Public cables came
easier this morning. The market opened
lira & WARDWELL.'
1420 F Street.
New York Stock Exchange,
New York Cotton Exchange,
New York Produce Exchange,
Boston Stock Exchange,
Chicago Board of Trade.
DIrectwires to Chicago, New York,Philar
delplua, Baltimore and Boston.
See our Grain and Provision letter In
the morning issue of this paper.
lu S. JflsaEK, Manager.
CORSON & MACARTNEY,
Members of the New York Stock Ex
change, 1419 F st.. Glover Building.
Correspondents of Messrs. Moore & Schley,
No. 80 Broadway,
Bankers and Dealers in Government Bonds.
Deposits. Exchange. Loans.
Railroad Stocks and Bonds and all
securities listed on the exchanges of
New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Balti
more bought and sold.
A specialty made of investment securi
ties. District Bonds and all local Rail
road, Gas, insurance and Telephone Stoct
American Bell Telephone Stock bought
and sold. mhlS-ti
Matters anything you may
want to know about mining
und mining properties. 708
I AMERICAN SECURITY
AND TRUST CO.
Money to Loan.
This company boa money to loaa
on listed collateral securities at
lowest rato of interest.
U J. BELL, President.
The National Safe
Of the District of Columbia
CORNER 1 OTU ST. AND NEW YORK AY A
Chartered by special ace of Congrea.
;an., Ibli7, and acta ot Oct., 1SDU, and
Capital, One Million Dollars.
W. B. Hibbs & Co.,
RANKERS and BROKERS,
Members No-7 York Stock Esoliacx
1427 F Street
LADENBDRG, THALMANN Jc Ojl.
Hodgen & Co.
Brokers and Dealers,
Stock, Cotton, Grain anil Provisions,
Rooms 10 and 11 Corcoran Ballilasr.
Corner Inn anil K street, and wj ;stu at aw
FOR RENT The best way to help your
ijusJucss or profession Is to rnuveiulo tha
largest and best-known ollice building In
THL WASHINGTON LOAN AND TRUST
BUILDING, COR. 9T11 AND F. STS.
A few choice rooms now available; mod
erate rental; no extras; perfect janitor
service; tl re-proof surroundings; 3 ele
vator!,; lOstories; commodious bicycle stalls
und free telephone service
MONEY AT 5 PER CENT on real eetat
lc D. C: no lelay; terms reasonable.
HEISKELL & McLERAN,
lyy-lino 1UU8 F st. ntr.
off 3-4 cents. Private advices from tha
continent, however, werebulllsliand brought?
buying orders, on the strength, of thich.
there was an advance of 3-4c, followed
by a decline- 1 cent when the buying
ceacd. Private crop estimates from.
Minnes-ota reported a decline in condition
during the month of the crop In that State
ot nearly 10 points. The decrease In the
world's visible was nearly 3,000,000 bush
els. It looks as If receipts at winter wheat
points would be large with favorable
we tther. Cash business reported here was
about 30,000 bushels. The foreign, situ
ation Is undcnlnbly strong, but the volumo
of speculative business is light. A. ma
jority of the local traders are bearish,
feeling that vith heavy arrivals of winter
wheat and the new crop of spring -wheat
near, more general speculative demand Li
necessary t sustain prices.
Chlcnuo Grain nnd rrovlsiun barker.
Corrected daily by "W B Hibbs & Co.,
Bankers and Brokers. Members ot the
N. Y. Stock Exchange, 1427 F street.
Open. High. Low.
sept...- m nz T2K
Dec 74, 75 73
Sept. 27.',' 27li 20?.-
Dcc :8.i 2b?i 2b
Sept. VtX 7?-?i ITS
Sept. 7.70 7.70 7 GO
Sept. 1.1? 4.1" 1.10
Dec l.W i-?i -1-25
Sept. .W 4.60 4.55
New York Cotton iiarkot.
Open. Hi:;b. Low. Clos.
Ausust 7.3S 7.45 7.37
September ...- 7.23 7.27 7.21
October 7.03 7.07 7."2
November 6 97 7.01 G.97
INTERNAL H13VENUE RECEIPTS.
Preliminary Report of the Com
missioner Shows ft Decrease.
Tbe preliminary report ot the commla
Eioner ot internal revenue submitted to
the Secretary ot the Treasury yesterday
shows that the receipts from all sources
of Internal revenue, for tho year, aggre
gated $146,619,50S.79, being a de
crease ot $211,100.87 from tbe receipts
for the fis-al year ended June 30, 189fi.
The expenses ot the bureau for the fiscal
year ended June 30, 1S97, will approxi
mate ?3,S07.904.2G, and the percentago
ot cost of collection, predicated oa these
figure?, will be 2.G0, a reduction ot .13
in the percentage of cost ot collection a3
compared with the preceding fiscal year,
wheu the percentage of cost was 2.78.
The tax. collected on spirits Increased
over 1S9G by $1,338,4S7 Tobacco shows
a decrease ot $1,331; fermented liquors, a
loss of $1,312,073; oleomargarine, a loss
of $1S5,302, and miscellaneous, a loss of
Saturday mid Suudny Kxcurslona
to the Country.
Tho B & O. R. R. has placed on sale
reduced rate excursion tickets, to be sold
every Saturday and Sunday during tho
Hummer season, valid for jeturn until fol
lovring Monday, from "Washington to points
on the "Washington Branch as far as
Annapolis Junction and points on the Met
ropolitan Branch and main line as far
as Frederick and ChaileRtown,"W. Ta. 1
uiy25-tu,tn till au31 J
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