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THE MADISON JOURNAL
VOL, T~~T ALLULAHI, MADISO)N PARISH. LOUISrANa, SATURDAY, I)ECEMBERI 14. 1907. NMI .
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NEWS NOTES. a
case against Captain Joseph- d
Lieutenant Castins, while in- a
only the minor charge of as- I
nd battery against a member e
company, will attract the at- a
n of the members of the Nation- l1
sard all over Louisiana, because I
he principle involved, and the of- e
ers of the National Guard who b
ve madea study of the facts are a
nfident that, should a convention s
secured in the District Court, that a
tsti. Supreme Court of the State, o
where the case would immediately be h
!appealed to stop the judgment, would e
declare the judgment null and void, v
and hold that the civil courts of the n
state did not have jurisdiction in- n
volving the action of a officer of the a
company -with their soldiers while the t'
ras on duty, either called Z
ty by the governor or the ti
the company himself. The is
y parctically all of the of
the National Guard is that
sion giving the District Court
urisdiction would seriously eripple n
and interfere with the discipline of I
the companies of the National Guard. 1
The officers contend that if they can h
lie brought before a civil court for n
a.tions which they take to enforce 11
in order, that it will be practically r
impossible to maintain discipline. The a
contention is that if there has been v
any violation of law or unjust treat- ii
ment that the officers should be tried f
by a court martial. On the other hand I
it is contended that not to make an I
officer liable to his actions towards s
the members of the company every C
-rime a drill or a parade takes place i'
t aectically to suspend the eivil t
Teachers ConventleSn. t
Arrangements will be made next e
week for the meeting of the Louisiana
State Teachers' Association, which is
to be held in New Orleans, at a dale
s'ine time in the spring to be fixel ,
by the executive committee. This j
meeting of the public school teachers i
in Netw Orleans this spring gives t
promise of eclipsing any like meeting
that the teachers of Louisiana have 1
ever held. The school officials of New I
Orleans are making preparations for i
the entertainment of the teachers and
are taking a great amount of interest
in the coming gathering. For the past
several years New Oreleans has been
trying to get the teachers' meeting g
for that city. t
This will be the first meeting of the c
Louisiana Teachers' Association held t
in New Orleans since 1898. About
the same time that the Louisiana i
school teachers will gather in Ne'v
Orleans that city will entertain the
National Kindergarten Association.
which will bring noted educators of
both state and nation there. At the
meeting of the executive committee, t
of the Louisiana Public School As
sociation which will be held in Baton
Rouge on Saturday, Dee. 14, the pro
gram will be partly arranged, and a t
committee will be appointed to secure i
several notd educators from a dis
tance to deliver addresses to the as
sociation during its New Orleans meet
ing. The exact time of the meeting
will also be decided upon by the as
The Webster Gas and Oil Company,
Iimited, has been chartered at Min
den, with $100,000 capital. The com
lpany owns leases on upwards of 8,
000 acres in a promising oil and gas
territory in Webster. The company
expects to begin operations as soon
as one-fourth of the cost of boring
one well is raised by the sale of de
vclopment stock. This stock will be
otfered to Webster parish people. The
remainder of the expense of boring
will be borne by the promoters. For
some time it has been known that in
the northern portion of the parish
excellent surface indications of oil
and gas had been found. Mr. Davis
and others interested have person
ally visited the scene of the prospec
ive.operations, and finding such fine
indications of oil and gas, went to
work to organize a company. They
have now succeeded in organizing a
strong company, with a coterie of men
of wide experience and with ample
capital to do full and complete work.
Prohibition Paper Iaunched.
The Louisiana Searchlight, a newI1
prohibition paper, was launched by
the C('aleasieu Parish Prohibition
Executive Committee. The circula
tion of the initial issue is over two
Dr. Iea J. Mayer,, Special Medi
cal Inspector for ,the State Board of.
Health, is at Mansfield trying, to or
~miue t method of ersaicating the
smallpox'. peow' prvailiNg near this
" pl., He finds that it is so general-.
ly sluread throughout the parish that
it is difficult to isolate it, and hen
the situation is hard to handle. He is
in consultation with the parish and
town health authorities.
The indictment and 'gires of Mrs.
Lelie Twilley in Shreveport in con
nection with the Hanson murder re
calls a tragedy which occurred beer
March 1, 1906, in which she was one
of the participants. She and her hus- i
year and, according to her story, he
came to her room at the Marx resi
dence, on Fourth street, and then.
according to her story, he attempted
to kill her, and thinking he had suo'- 1
ceeded turned the knife on himself
and cut his throat, severing the jugu
lar vein and cutting the windpipe.
The woman was only slightly scratch
ed. She gave the alarm and Twilley'v
body was found on the railroad track
more than a hundred feet from tihe
scene of the attempted murder and
suicide. William Twilley, a brother
of the dead man, resides here and
he has always claimed that his broth
er was murdered and that the wife
was implicated and protected the
murderer. He says his brother could
not possibl yhave inicted the ghast!vy
wound on himself and made his wi i
to where the body was found. .Mr.
Twilley stated that her husband called
to her after his throat was cut, "I:
is all over, and you need not worry."
The grand jury returned indict
ments for murder against Hetly Highi
Isabel Montgomery and Lelia Twilley.
The two former were arrested and
have been in jail since the day of tne
murder of Young George Hanson ea:
ly in October and the latter was ar
rested in connection with the case t
about two weeks ago. Hanson w.s
vice president of the Caucasian Print
ing Company at Shereveport. Hle w~s
found with his head crushed in, on
Douglas island, and High and the
Montgomery woman were arrested on
suspicion of being conected with th-.
crime. Since that time the author
ities have been closely investigating
the ease, but enough evidence to justt
fy an indictment was not found until
a few days ago. What the nature of
that evidence is has not been disclos
Gets Life Term.
The attorneys for J. R. Edwards,
when his case was called for trial at
Monroe, pleaded guilty without cap
ital punishment. He was at once sen
teced to a life term in the State Pen
itentiary. Edwards several months
ago killed his brother-in-law, C. W.
Kenedy, a locomotive engineer, while
he was sitting in front of a livery
Finish Grinding Cane.
Allendale, the finely appointed su
gar estate of M. J. Kahao, wound up
the season of 1907 by grinding its last
cane. It is, as usual, the first mill
to finish. The crop has been fair,
exceeding the 2,000,000 mark. The
balance of the sugar mills in this vic
inity will be running until Christmas
Fireman Killed by Engine.
John A. Vollmner, of Monroe, a fire
man on the Iron Mountain railroad.
was killed at Riverton. His engine
was at the water tank taking water
when he lost his footing and fell from
the tender and was struck by a pa.-
ing engine. In falling he received a
blow on the temple and was injured
internally, death resulting instantly.
Lumber Plant Shuts Down.
The Iberia Cypress Company, one
of the largest lumber plants of New
Iberia, ceased all operations for as
indefinite period, owing to the de
pression in the lumber business. The
management states the mill has "t
large supply of cut timber in the
Picking of Cotton Finished.
If the present favorable weather
continues, very little cotton will re
main in the fields after this week.
near Plaucheville. A few days ago,
the farmers were not inelined to hold.
their cotton, but now just the con
trary idea exists, and they are hold
ing for better prices.
Calls For Statement.
W. L. Young, of Shreveport, State
Bank Examiner, has given notic:'
through the official journal of t'ol
state of his call for a report fror
each state bank in Louisiana, showing
the condition of the affairs of each
bank at the close of business on Tues
day, Dec. 3.
School BlIng Destroyed.
The public school building at Hort
mamen, ten miles north of Minden.
which had just been stocked with new
furniture was destroyed by tire to
day. The loss is $1000, with no in
surance. The cause of the blazejwa'
a defective flue.
The charter of the Thomas David:
son Ogilvie Hardware Company' h:rs
- been filed for record here at Shrevel
port. The company is capitalized a"
-$200,000, and its object is to- carry .
, on a general hardware and mill supply
- ?h Denham Springs Os Pae.erq.
a luie made their first oats. toh dt;li
I the ery best timber i tbeitm used by '
Mr. Brown, the proprietor.. I
HAS GOIE TO END
1 LOUISIANA- IEGI TUEBE AD-,
JOU 81M 9 11. i,
MUCH WORK ACCO iS
Every One Satisled With The Ex
cellent Work Done by Special Ses- I
sioa--Twenty Seven New Laws CO
At 1 o'ciock Thursday morning the
extraordinary session of the Louisi
:.:1a LeAislature of 1907 adjourned x"
-inle die and passed into history.
Twenty-seven new acts were the
.let result. I
It will go down in Louisiana history ia
as one of the remarkable sessions of
he State, regardless of political feel
Its conception and execution lil
in the midst yf a bitter State cam
taign has caused l the whole State to d
await with bated breath the re iults.
The vital reforms have b. en
:,.ted no one will deny; that it was in
aecessarv to, call this extraordinary it
-esioun at this time for the passage al
.4 these reforms, some will deny;
.iat they are good and will redound th
o the .benefit of the state, however,
•ii factions agree.
Fiscal and taxation reforms that
will save the state and its supervisions el
.+300,000 annually when operative, tc
nave been enacted into law.
Coequal with the taxation reforms el
are the laws to conitrol public service at
.corporations in this state and give
some check on telephone and tele
.raph companies and transportation
Fees of the parish sheriffs have et
been cut to 5 per cent on the first a
.30.000 collected. and 1 1-4 per cent ti
for all excess, with a limit of $5,000 f
per year on the income of any sher
County assessors have had their
fees cut to 4 per cent on the first
$30,000, 2 per cent on the next $50,- a
000, and 1 per cent on all over $100.- h
Parish treasurers will no longer re
ceive commissions on the public
school funds,that fund now being han
died by the parish superintendent of b
education without pay.
If the original amendment is not a
defeated next April New Orleans will
have one tax collector instead of
seven, with a salary of $5,000 per
year and $35,000 for operating the tl
The Secretary of State will re- ls
ceive a salary of $5,000 per year and ei
$10,000 for runnnig his office includ- g
ing the salary of the Asistant Secre- t,
tary of State and Insurance Commis- o
sioner, instead of that office receiv- p
ing $20,000 to $25,000 per year in s
fees as charged in this campaign. C
Powers of the State Railroad Com- t
mission have been enlarged so that t
body can grapple with the telephone i
:situation in Louisiana, not to men- t
tion transportation lies and other ser- e
Provision is made for heavy fines
on any railroad that attempts to ho:d s
up judgments of the State Commis
Foreign corporations are to be pre
vented from evading the State courts
through federal suits.
State moneys must be let out to o
banks offering the highest rate of '
interest commensurate with the safety a
It is estimated that 3 1-2 per cent a
interest can be secured on funds of F
the state and its subdivisions.
The port of New Orleans will be ii
investigated by an executive com
mission of five. ii
G(overnor Blanchard called the ex- t
ra session on Oct. 26, to be con- a
v;ened on Nov. 11 ft ~ thirty days. c
Immediately upon issuing the cail
(lovernor Blanchard left for James- s
town. Within a week Lieutenant Gov- o
ernor Sanders, as Acting Governor,
Sissued a supplemental proclamation
a-king for legislation to regulate the
-ervice corporations, which has been e
S ALL, SIDIES PLEASED. I
Friends of both Governor Blanch- ii
ard and .ieutenant Governor San-li
ders. express complete satisfaction h
at the outcome of the session. Both a
these powerful factors, in expres- c
sions. declare their satisfaction and l
gratification at the reforms secured. t
"I am gratified at the good work t
acconmplished," asserted (Governort
Itlanchard after the last bill had been I
-iried. "It has brought reforms a
rhich I believe will cause the people
,f our state to say that the extra ses
sion has met with their expectations.
I have madie estimates of my own. and a
I concur with MIr. Kernan in the es- c
timates which he made that the fiscal I
and taxation reiforyo wil save\orer t
To Constroct Harbor.
The German Government has com- 1
pleted plans fo- the construction of -
a.ajrbor orn the Island of Heligoland,
.in. the North- sea. at a j st of $7,500,- e
p. Several of Pr~iddeat Roosevelt's
Ai"rmny pmidiatiieis have been held up
I.t - ac count of opposi
Ii1"n- eaifa lo*
7: D't. , 1 t. I.. t L: ; .tt arl it: • , li
Lieutenant G,,ve for Sande:
unurced up his verdict of the ext:..
"" I am well sati 4e with the work
and the .rsu:t acconiplihed by t!:.
General Asemb!y.' It has carri.
into ef+'e't many of' the ianP5ui"
whi;th I hat\e advocated during nIy
S;peaker of the hio se .Joelh NW.
Iy.ams, before linaa aljourumentt,
cotribhted the expression:
"'VWhatever adverse criticini mJy
come relative to this extra sessio;t,
I believe o(e thing i3 sure. and that
a Legilxture nevey before in the hi,
torv of the sa*te liis an exeCui~,\
bnd aseAd " uisiana, do,':e
more efteetive han has titl
'ebentiitions la%4.nitisted in Loui-
iana for years which we have depre
eated, especially in the matter of fee
and salaries of public officials, uttli!
tinally public sentiment became so
crystallized that something had to be
done and done well.
"Mr. Kernan gave facts and figure
which I believe to be correct, shoew
ing that the State of Louisiana and
its several divisions -il11 save ann";
ally some $300,000. liich great sun
will go into the genial funds, for
the betterment of tbp public scho,
system and the upbuilding of the
Then, before leaving the Speakers'
chair forever, as he will not return
to the House, not belrg a candidato.
with a tremor in his tioe and almost
choking with emotiol Speaker Ily
ams said most feelingy:
"I have been a member of thn
House for twenty ye's, and I can
not refrain from a rsonal refe:
ence as we are about o say goodbye
and I am to leave this executive hall
never to return as a member. I wish
to extend my heartfelt appreciation
for courtesies that hbve been shown
me. Each and every 4ember has as
sisted me. Never hat I appealed to
this body in vain. Ner have I ap
pealed for a just ca~, and I have
always tried to do t right as God
has shown me the y, that it has
not met with a courteous response.
"God speed you all, and in the
years to come I believe every mem
ber will be proud tharoe was a mem
ber of this General Assembly which
will go down in history as the best
and most productive of results."
Worshippers of Gold.
New York.--" The lust for gold and
the hunger for power have ridden
roughshod over liberty and love and
law, and hung their banners over ev
ery capital and every mart. The jin
gle of gold sounds even in the laugh
ter of modern society, and the eyes
of the church are jaundiced with it.
We have become a nation of gold wor
shippers. I fear that if the Ameri
can people in their present spirit were
transplanted to the heaven above.
they would tear up the golden street
in three hours and levy a tax upon
the harps of the angels for the ben
efit of American industry."
Thus spoke United States Senator
Robert L. Taylor, of Tennessee, in a
speech on corruption and greed for
gold, at the third annual dinner of
the Tennessee society.
Militia Called Out.
Hopkinsville, Ky.-Following a rail
on this place of a mob of about 500
"night riders" during which citize's
were terrorized and property value
at more than $'200,000 destroyed. Gov.
Beckham, at the request of Mayr
Meacham, and County Judge Breath
itt ordered the loeaL company of mili
tia to report to the sheriff for indef
inite duty during the night rider's
trouble. The militia is under conm
mand of Maj. E. B. Bassett. The lo
cal officers believe they can by an
offer of protection secure witnessa
who can positively identify members
of the mob.
(Chictgo Get Conveantion.
Washington.---Chicago was select
el as tihe place and June 16, 1908. as
thbe tire for the :neeting of the next
Republican convent:',*. This dee -
ion by the Republican committee fo.
lowed a long and hard fouth; eontcat
between the advocates of Chica:go
and those of Kansas City; Denve:
coming at the end with a formidable
but not important effort to securent
the convention. The ballot ahowe.,
thirty-two votes for Chicago, eilz.
teen for Kansas City and four for
Denver. the vote being made unani
mous after the result was· announced.
Secretary Taft made a brief stop
at Berlin, where he attended a re
ception given in his honor, and then
left for Hamburg, where he will sai.
this week for New York.
The Court of Claims awarded the
Touro Almshouse *of New Orleans
$94,400 on a Civil War elaim.
President Rbsevelt ordered Fed
eral troops to Goldfield, Nev., to pre
vent rioting and blo6dshed. Nevada
has no militia and the Governor eal!
ed for Federal soldiers.
-- l : S
The delegates to the Central Amer
ican Peace "otfeitoe. have agreed
upon and arbitratioa. .
" IN TEN YEARS
CONGRESS ASKED FOR TEN
WATER ATS IMPROVEMENTS
Forciful Besolutions Are Adopted by t:
the Congress Which Was a Success '
in Every Respect. Attendance Was
W1ashington--At annual apprlpria. r
lion of at least .$30,00,II.(U for the "
inprovement and ldevel,,pmnnvt t of the
waterways of America is the gist of i
the recommendations of the Rivers P
and Harbors Congress which conlelui'
ed its session. No particu!ar pjcet tl
was advocated by the convention, the c"
recommendations of the committee oil r
resolutions, which were adopted, unaa b
imously, being that a national poilicy P
for the implrovement of inland water
ways be adopted- by the congress of t!
the United states. n
.1. Hampton Moore. of Philadelphai e
S..lairman of the committee onI reshll- t
tions, presented the platform of the
•,soCiationi as the unanmious senti- d
ment of thirty-seven states, and he t
S-aid that the committee required the 'p
approval of the report in the hope' n
that it would receive the respectful' s
consideration of the national congress
The report of the committee follows:
Frcful Statement of Facts. i
"After a year's consideration .f a
the aims and purposes of the national t
Rivers and Harbors Congress as ex- e
pressed in resolutions adopted by that r
aody in 190t6, the American people i
e have given them emphatic endorse-i
inent by sending to this conventioin,
assembled at the national capital, De
cember 4, 5, and 6. 1907, nearly two
i thousand delegates from thirty-seven t
states and territories representing the
o commercial men, producing and con
_ suming interests of the country and
e these delegates are unanimous of the
d belief: t
S' First-That profitable and suc
cessful commerce is absolutely de
e pendent upon economical transporta- t
Lion of commodities, and that the im- a
portance of transportation will in- r
h crease with! the growth of population
t and the developments of the nation's
"Second-That the railroads of the
United States are now unable to ha- i
3 die business offered them and much
n loss results from the congested condi
d tion of traffic; that according to high a
railroad authority, the business of the t
I- country has increased over 100-per
e- cent. within ten years, while the fa
cs eilities for handling it by rail has
i. been increased only about twenty per
r- cent., and as the railroads cannot be
i. expected in the near future to in
e crease their facilities sufficiently to
e. relieve the situation other means of
-t transportation should be provided at t
. "Third-That transportation * f
heavy commodities by water on all
or rivers and inland waterways is much
a cheaper and usually quicker than by
or rail; that no country in the world has
,f been so blessed by nature with wa
ter courses as our own, and that if
properly improved and connected by
canals, they would furnish a conve
ll nient means of shipping enormous vol
)0 umes of freight, thereby relieving the
ts congestion on the railroads and fur
Ie nishing cheap and safe transportation
'- for the benefit of the producer and 1
.r consumer. I
- "Fourth-That the time has come
i- when the policy of the federal gov- I
"- ernment towards watersways over
Swhich it rightly has supreme call.
0- should be more liberat, persistent and
- zontinuous than heretofore; that as 1
n a result of intermittent action, mer
Sitorious works of importance began I
rs many years ago are still far from I
-ompletion; that appropriations f,:"r
rivers, watersways and harbors have
been mad. at intervals of three years
t- instead of annually; that for the Iast
as ten years they have averaged only
tt about ~i2,000,000 a year or less tha'a
,hree per cent. of the average annul!
- expenditures of the government, an.I
st that enough money should be appri
'o priated each year, for at least the
cx next ten years, properly to improve
l. the various rivers, waterways and
re harbors on plans, which have been
' and shall be surveyed and approved
Sby the government engineers and used
", by the congress of the United States.
i- "Therefore. be it resolved by the
d. National Rivers and Harbors Congre
at the present session, containing de!
egates of every shade of opi:nion and
>p representing every business interet
e- in the land, standing for a policy not
n for a project.
i. "First-That we earnestly urge the
adoption by the federal government of
e Post Renominated.
ns Reginald Post Governd .of Porto
Rico, was renominated to that office
- by President Roosevelt. Mr. Post
e" came to Washington from lorto Rico
to explain to the President the criti
!- c4sms which had been made in a Por
to Riean paper against him, in which
it was stated that Mr. Post had un
I- duly erticised the clergy of Porto Ri
ed eo in a statement made before the
!eXt t'll yeil'. ,t ,to 0f?" .. \ l :t "
with the imllr.;llnent of I: i t it 1
justified by prse't alI l!,',oO tet\r N
eei'r l tlS o t c ll~ elv·ilm l+)it. I, t a ll llt'r'ý
!is ptre· ri , lit' i l,::g, lt 'inl " (:I !' lt' lilt'
tt aie!:il ths ,ilt'. ,f Ch1- It:e i."h'"
takini.. thi-, .it ' , . '. rl.tiy Uagt.- A
States, the inlprtalece or the i!illed.- '
::te adoption of a eorpr'tehr.lesive pha'
tof watrway inlltpro'vlenllt, o lii f 4 car
rvin.r on of the work by a tiln :luate
liunlber of .lngieerr,'sn iltl ,of !lch ii 1
e"ial &11appropr1iations annually as wiv.
insure lthe early complnletion if such
pro.jeets as nmay be undertaken.
"Third-That we cordially endorse "\
the lactilon of l'reilttlt Ioosevelt .T U
eiurissioln, being eonfident that it; b .d
report will prove a oiure of valu.a- t
ble information to the Amnerican pen- th
pie. We further reaotnmendl that con- to
.re. enact silh laws a, will n ake to
the inland waterway, eomniision per- th
mnanent ani will provitde it with ne- th
ee-ary authority for its investiga- .i
tions and reconimendtlations. a
"Fourth-That this conirels car- t:i
dially thank President liRoosevelt for ait
the sutlsrt he has ivt'en to its puI- I1
iose., by his spectles and by his treat in
nient of the subject in his recent le- u t
W', to congress. di
Five Hundred Million Wanted. ni
"Fifth-That we ask congress to
view the river, waterway and harbor i(
appropriations, not as the appropria- |1
tion for the current expenses of gov- :11
ernment but as an investment in per- ai
manent improvemnets, to pay inereas
ing dividends from year to year. View bi
ing these appropriations in this ligh', a.
'ongress is fully warranted in author- gi
izing an annual expenditure begin- of
ning at the present session of not less a
tha one-tenth of the amount of money
required for all the varions river tt
and waterways and harbors improve- fi
ments, already planned and approved o1
by the engineers in charge or hereaf- a
ter planned, and approved, in order ei
that the work may be carried to
speedy completion, such appropria
tions to be not less than $50,000,01i0
annually, and congress is further war
ranted in authorizing the expenditure d
of the money as needed, and in pro
riding for the same, iZ in excess of t
funds available, by a bond issue sim
ilar in character to that for the build- t
ing of the Panama canal, whereby ft
part of the cost of these vast improve- Wi
ments will be spread over a succession
of years and borne by all who share
the benefits." el
Edward C. Plummer, of Maine, pre
sented a minority report urging upon
the congress, "action which shall im- "
mediately begin the work of develop- P1
ing our interstate waterways upon a
plan treating them all as a signal, 01
great system to be brought to comple- h
tion within the short i possible time; d
that to this end an additional appro- It
priation of not less than $50,000,000 ti
be made and expended for thispur- -
pose; and that we pledge to congress c
our earnest and active support ofn
whatever method of financing this un- tl
dertaking the national legislature may a
To Refund Money. h
SRepresefltat ive Watkins, of Louisi
ana, and other Southern congressmen
are preparing bills which they will p
seen introduce for the purpose of a
Srelieving persons who suffered great p
loss of property by reason of its con- c
Sflaation by Federal troops during tlhe
- late Civil War. Mr. Watkins has in
Sview particularly a general measure
which will cause the distributionl of
I a fund of perhaps $10,000,000 held in
, trust by the Treasury, being the pro
eeeds of certain cotton that was cap- ,
a tured and sold. The title to this cot
1 ton did not pass to the United States 5
Swith the taking of it from the owiners.
e but the proceeds of thae sale mut re- a
main in the treasury until some au
, thority is given for its distributioni.
Originally there was ahout. $30.000,- d
000 in the fund, but part of this lha, a
been paid out under private act-. 1
d Senator Money for years has been
SurgIng tile passage of some special
, measure as the one proposed by .Judze
e Watkins, but tlhe Senate e and ltouse
d have never taken action at the same
, time, although many favorable reports
d have been made on the propositiot.,
. May Not Award All Bonds.
e Wa-hington. Di. C.-Althouh no
a o beial confirmation of the matter can e
- he had at tlhis tim.., there %eems tI
I be some basis for the 'statement tlal
1 Secretary 4 or:elvyou will ilsit award '
I the full $50.000.000 of Panama canal
bonds. Rumors place the anout that
ac will be awarded at $30.00,000 and i
if possibly a slightly maller sum.
Senator Hans introducee a bill pro
viding for a government bank to he
e located at Chicago and to have a
it eapital of not to exceed 10 per cecit
o of the aggregate capital of all The
i- national banks, the stock to be he
r- by national banks and the bank to be
l controlled by a 4eneral couneil of
N- twenty-ou, members made up from
1- men ehosetn by distriets organized ae
cording to population and by Tress
Nearly Four Hundred Luckless
Men are Eitombed ia Pip.
AN EXPLOSION IORROR
Catastrophe in West Virginia One of the
Worst Recorded in Amer:caa
S;x charred and bi:' ~,ened bodies,
!yr.n. in the ti.rosis.d ti nergwe, pro
ari!'d near tht. ntr.:nlce' t ti.' iluin8e,
iale men hovering between li1f and
death from the awful brui.;, sustain
ed and the idi ily g:ases inhaled in a
t. mporary hosictal into which one of
te: company huildings has ecen trans
tcrri(d. atdi Jt, 0:. n inprisoned by
ton: of coua!, rock and mine debris in
the depth.; of the hils surrounding
th mim!ing;l town of Monongah, W\est
b irginia, with the chalce's.all against
a ringle one of thent being alive, was
the nilut accurate summary obtain
able Fridiay: night of the result of a
'lini cXlilosion Friday morning which.
in all i.robab!lity, was attended by
mrcauur io3s of life than any former
di. a-ter in the history of the bitunmi
nous coal mining industry of America.
The explosion occurred shortly after
10 o'clock, after the full force of five
hundred men had gone to work in
:he two mines affe' ted. These mines
are Nos. 6 and S of the Consolidation
Coal company, located on opposite
bides of the West Fork river at Mon
o.mgah. but merged in their under
ground workings by a heading and
on the surface by a great steel tipple
The flndit.g of the six corpses and
the five living men is the only reward
for strenuous and uninterrupted work
on the part of the large rescuing force
that immtdlately set to work at ev
ery possible point.
The five living men are unable to
give any detailed report of the disas
ter or to even explain how they reach
(d the surface. They state that imme
diately back of them when they be
ran their frantic struggle for liberty
there was a large number of men en
gaged in a similar struggle, while still
further back In the workings there
was a large number of whom they
It is the opinion of the mine of
elals and others familiar with mining
that these eleven men had not pene
trated the mine as far as had the
majority of the day shift when the ex
The two mines regularly employ 1,
000 men, working in two shifts, five
hundred during the day and five hun
dred during the night, and the best
Information obtainable at this time is
that the entire day force had gone to
work Friday morning and that all were
Neither entry has been opened to
the real workings and the Indications
are that a majority, if not all, caught
in the mine are dead.
It is reported that the mine officers
have ordered 380 coffins shipped to
Monogan soon as possible.
Clarence W. Watson of Baltimore,
president of the mining company, was
at Parkersburg, W. Va., when the ex
plosion occurred, and chartered a spe
clal train to take him to the scene.
Prm Elight States are Invited to Gather
in Big Coeveation.
The Alabama railroad commission
has called a meeting of the railroad
commissioners of the state. Missis
sippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia.
CGeorgla, North and South Carolina
and Loulslana. to be held at a time
and place to he agreed upon for the
discussion of the many quistlons now
arising in state regulation of traffic
FARMER FINDS POT OP COINS.
Ancient Spanish Gold Taken From Trunk
of Very Old Tree.
James Frazcr, a 'truck farmer near
West End, four miles below Mobile,
Ala.. while splitting trees that he had
Sfelled, brot:eht to light an iron pot
containing a h::rge numbr of rare
Spanish gold coins.
The mou:nt of the find hn: not been
m nade ipublc. Thie trte ewa:- a very ol.
.no ann !tb, !:on of gold it suipposi l
to hvae bhen bahri'., there over a crn
I tury ago.
POLICYBOLDERS LOSE CASE."
e New York State Supreme Court Decides
S for Insuranca Company.
1 The New York supreme court dcci •
e ed agair.ast the policy holders in their
ei suit against the Mutual! Re',-rvo Fuid
- Lfe Association of New York. T'h
f o!lcy ,old -.; al,,-genl a fraud was
Lu pe.rieetrated .hen th.hce ni;mll . na.: cha."
- Id, and cla.u::" :ca i. do~;n antd C('l
plainant. unlti.twlcy d-ptr'ed omf prop