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THE COLFAX GAZETTE.
OFFICIAL COUNTY PAPER.
GHAND CLEARANCE SALE.
Remnants and Odds and Ends!
I have just completed my annual inventory and
am now ready to clean house.
Remnants of Dross Goods and Staple Dry Goods at from 25
to 50 per cent of their value.
Odds and ends in Clothing, Boots and Shoes at a discount of
from 25 to 50 per cent.
Ladies' Jackets and Tailor Suits —all going at a discount.
All departments must be cleaned up before our new Spring Stock arrives.
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of these parties to visit Whitman County.
All persons wishing to dispose of their holdings (whether city or country) will
not have a better opportunity and should list their property with me at once.
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Best Grade $2.25, Buckskin $3.00 per cord, by carload
Tracts in all Variety.
Some were taken under mortgage
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Farming and Pasture Lands,
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COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1900.
NEWS OF THE STATES
Gathered From Hills, Valleys
and Plains of the Union.
Boiled Down As It Comes From
the AVires for Information of
Wednesday, February 14.
Sharkey took up the challenge of Fit*
simmons to tight.
The heaviest snowfall of the winter is
covering Nebraska and western lowa.
Chan. JI. Macrum, who abandoned his
poet as consul at Pretoria when the war
opened and returned home, gave out a
statement in which he said the English
censor tampered with his correspondence.
The long-talked-of combination of the
steel sheet mills of the country was
formed at Pittsburg. Twenty-five con
cerns out of 29 were represented. The
capital stock was fixed at $52,000,000.
None of the stock will be placed on the
market, the millionaires taking it all.
Holding that the federal court has no
jurisdiction in contests in Kentucky,
Judge Taft refused to grant the applica
tion for an injunction against the Ken
tucky state board of elections and dem
ocratic contestants for state offices
other than governor and lieutenant gov
ernor. Both sides now seek redress in
the state courts and have each asked for
injunctions against the other.
Stormy sceueH characterized the ses
sions of the national anti-trust confer
ence preceding the final adjournment to
night. The climax came when Joseph
Parker, a middle-of-the-road populist,
surprised the conference with a resolu
tion pledging the delegates to vote for
no party that does not stand for gov
ernment ownership and the principle of
direct legislation. The democrats inter
preted this as an attack on W. J. Bryan,
and were on their feet in an instant to
block the movement. A score of dele
gates took the floor and all tried to talk
at the same time. Parker charged that
the convention had "fallen into the
hands of a lot of cowardly politicians,'"
and Congressman Sulzer told Ignatius
Donnelly he was "doing more than any
other man there to help out Mark
Thursday, February 15
Corbett and Jeffries are to fight at
San Francisco May 14.
Fifty-seven Irish-Americans left New
York for South Africa, expecting to join
Both republican and democratic state
conventions of Oregon are called to
meet at PortlandjApril 12.
Masked men tried to hold up a train
at Fnirbankw, Arizona. Express Messen
ger^ Milton beat them off and killed one.
Edward T. Colby, engaged to maTy a
Bister-in-law of Harry Peters,was stabbed
to death at liutte. Montana, by Peter*,
who objected to the marriage. Peters
is under arrest.
Brigadier General H. C. Merriain, com
manding the military department of
Colorado, arrived at Washington in an
swer to summons from the senate com
mittee on military affairs to give testi
mony in regard to the part taken by
the federal troops under his command
in the suppression of labor riots in the
Coeur d'Alene mining district in Idaho
The clash between the democratic and
republican branches of the Kentucky
government was emphasized by the
prison officials releasing John Seals, a
Louisville convict, on a pardon issued
by Governor Beckham. Douglas Hayes,
a Knott county convict, recently pard
oned by Governor Taylor, is stili in con
finement, the prison officials refusing to
recognize Taylor as governor.
Friday, February IG.
Frank G. Simmons, postmaster at
Seward, Neb., is under arrest for a
shortage of $3830. David Figard, one
of his bondsmen, dropped dead when he
heard of it.
Hon. Willis Sweet, heretofore a promi
nent silver republican, addressed a re
publican meeting at Boise, Idaho. He
said he was glad to get back to the re
Roland B. Moliaeux, the young New
York society man convicted of poisoning
Mrs. Kate Adams by mail,was sentenced
to die by electrocution during the week
beginning March 26.
In response to a resolution of the sen
ate, the secretary of war sent to the sen
ate a statement showing the receipts
and disbursements of public funds in the
inland of Cuba for the year 1899. The
report shows receipts' of $10,346,015
and expenditures $14,085,085, leaving
|2,2G0,209 in hands of the treasurer.
Saturday, February 17,
For assault upon Mrs. C. L. Weeks,
wife of a planter, Will Burte. a negro',
was lynched at Burr Basket Mills'
South Carolina, and his body filled with
bullets. The rope broke on the first
At El Paso, Texas, two drunken negro
soldiers from Fort Bliss were jailed by
the city police. Other soldiers attempted
their rescue with Krag-Jorgensen rifles
and a fight with the jailers ensued.
Police Officer Stewart and one negro
soldier were killed.
Major Geo. A. Manning of Xez Perce
county, Idaho, tendered his resignation
of the position gof state central com
nrittceman of the silver republican party
of that county, also his position as a
member of the executive committee. He
givee as his reason that he has returned
to the republican party.
Chairman Hepburn, of the house com
mittee on interstate and foreign com
merce submitted the report of the com
mittee in favor of the Hepburn bill for
constructing the Nicaragua canal. The
report says the I'nited States is not
bound by the Clayton-Bulwer treaty,and
that the right to fortify the entrances to
the canal belongs to us.
Former Governor Sylvester Pennoyer
of Oregon said regarding the financial
bill passed by the senate: "I hold Col.
Bryan really responsible for the law. If
he had not artfully captured the nom
ination four years ago with his carefully
prepared speech either 31and, Teller or
Stevenson would probably have been
nominated and elected. Bryan defeated
himself and his party by his volubility,
and the party's defeat then permits a
gold standard now. In all time only
one man has been endowed with suffic
ient power to defeat the enemy with a
Sunday, February 18.
Seven inches of snow fell at New York.
It is said the government intends to
this year construct roads and 2400
mi.es of telegraph lines in Alaska.
lhe steamer Montezuma, with 1550
mules and a large cargo of foodstuffs
ior tne i.ntish army operating in South
Africa, cleared from New Orleans for
Mrs. Mary Arndt, in spite of her S;i
years, watched a surgeon at Chicago
amputate her right leg near the hip
without giving any evidence of pain,
ihe operation proved successful. The
method by which the operation was per
formed was of great interest to the sur
geons and is said in professional circles
to be a great step in surgery in America.
Dr. Samuel Weber, a member of the ad
visory staff of the hospital, had charge
the operation, which is said to be the
first of its nature performed iv America
and the second known to medical men,
the first having been performed in
Europe. The method consists in the
deadening of the nerves in the limbs by
the injection of cocaine in the vertebrae
cavity above the point where the nerves
controlling the lower limbs branch from
the spinal cord.
Monday, February 10.
The president signed the proclama
tion making public the Samoan treaty.
I nited States Marshal John E. Hag
gart arrived at Tacoma with 40 China
men from North Dakota for deportation
The secretary of the interior confirmed
the decision rendered by the commis
sioner of the general land office, in
which it was held that tide lands of
Alaska are not public lands belonging
to the United States within the meaning
of the mining laws, and that no rights
whatever with respect to such landH can
be acquired by exploration, occupation,
location or otherwise under the mining
The debate upon the Puerto Rican
tariff bill, which is to continue through
out the week and possibly louger,
opened in the house. ()u all hands it is
agreed that this bill, although it applies
only to Puerto Rico, involving as it
does the question of the power to gov
ern our new possessions outside the lim
itations of the constitution, is the most
important measure which will come be
fore this congress.
Tuesday, February 20.
February wheat at Chicago, 66&; May,
GB. Portland, cash, 54; Tacoma, 53%
for club, 55!* for bluestem.
New first-class battleship Kearsarge
was placed in commission at Newport
News, with Captain W. M. Folger in
The next national convention of the
populint party will be held in Sioux
Falls, 8. I)., May. 0. Representation is
based on the vote for (Jenera! J. B.
Weaver for president in 1802, or U any
candidate for state office has since polled
a larger vote, that vote shall be the
SsaniH. Two delegates at large are given
A meeting of the democratic congres
sional campaign committee elected the
following officers: Chairman, Repre
eeutative J. W. Richardson of Tennes
see; secretary, Hon. James Kerr, Penu
sylvania; treasurer, James L. Norris,
Washington, D. C; sergeant at arms,
George Rae. Texas; assistant eergeant
at arniß, W. W. Marmaduke, Washing
ton, D. C.
Representative Richardson of Tennes
see, today introduced in the house a
resolution aimed at the paper trust on
the lines of his resolution against the
sugar trust. It prohibits the transporta
tion of wood pulp and printing paper
suitable for the printing of newspapers,
periodicals or books for six months un
til the interstate commerce commission
ers are satisfied that such articles have
not yielded to the manufacturer thereof
a profit of more than 4 per cent.
The democratic members of the two
houses of the Kentucky legislature met
in joint session this evening and by a
vote of 74 to 2 ratified the former pro
ceedings by which William Goebel was
declared governor and J. W. Beckham
lieutenant governor, and through tvhich
Beckham, since the death of Goebel,
claims the office of governor. The re
publican members remained away from
the joint session, having decided in
caucus not to attend.
THE BOEK WAR.
February 14.—The total British
casulty returns up to tonight are: Offi
cers killed, 152; wounded, 380; missing,
112; men killed, 1447, wounded, 5050;
missiog, 2781; other fatalities reported,
563; grand total. 10,515.
February 15—The American ship, Sea
Witch, from Wallaroo, December 3, ar
rived at Lorenzo Marquez with 800 tons
of flour. She evaded the British war
ships until within the three-mile limit.
February 16.—A prominent Pretoria
citizen just from Ladysmith informs
me that the Boers are rapidly damming
Klip river. Two thousand Kaffirs are
employed in the work and they have de
posited 10,000 bags already. They are
only able to work at night,as by day
they would be under British fire. This
citizen, however, believes that the opera
tion will be futile.
The casualties among General Buller's
forces in the fighting at Hussar hill,
Monte Cristo hill and at other places
from February 15 to February 18 were:
Killed—Captain W. H. Bumpy and 13
men. Wounded—Six officers and 154
A dispatch to the Standard from Mod
der river, dated Monday, February 19,
and describing the relief of Kimberly,
says that the maker of the gun christ
ened ''Long Cecil,"' at the Deßeers work
shops, was an American named George
Labram. He was afterward killed by a
Boer shell which fell in his room at the
February 20.—1t was reported in Lon
don that General Cronje of the Boer
army is surrounded with his force and
has been given a time limit to surrender.
February 20.—Details have arrived
with respect to the capture of the British
convoy at Riet river. It appears that
the wagons were laagered near the drift,
and that the convoy was attacked by
1600 Boers with four guns, The shelling
continued all day. One hundred and
eighty wagons were captured, contain
ing provisions and forage. Half the
drivers and leaders were killed or missing.
FIGBTII THEM HARD
I Boers Striking Hack desperate
ly at Hritish Pursuers.
Lord Roberts Admits Rather Heavy
Losses. But Gives No Results
London Kb. 22.-Lord Roberts'list
of 4!> killed and wounded officers, includ
ing two generals, in the engagements up
to bunday evening, causes anxiety es
pecially as in the offii-ers' lint, neither the
losses of the UeMi and Essex regiments
nor those of the mounted infantry are
included. This is about the number that
fell at ( oleum), where die non-commis
sioned officers and men brought the to
tal loh^h to 800. It i« considered
strange that when Rending his casualties
Lord Roberts gives no information as
to the result of the fighting. If !„. has
made such a report, the war office is
withholding it. Moreover, nothing is
known as to what took place Momlav
1 uesday and yesterday. The absence "of
details trom Lord Roberts'dispatch con
trasted witii his rather full narratives
during the first part of his operations
CRONJE IN FULL RETREAT.
French's Dash to Kimberley Was a
London, Feb. 17.—General Crooje, with
a start of a day or two, is seemingly in
ful! retreat from Lord Roberts, moving
•northward. (Jeneral French, with the
cavalry, simply staved over night in
Kimberley and then pushed on to get in
touch with the retiring enemy. A long
Boer wagon train is moving toward
Bloemfontein, followed presumably by a
large force of British infantry, hi their
hasty departure the Boers lost quauti
ties of supplies and ammunition.
Military opinion here jh that Lord
Roberts will not push far niter the Boers
immediately because of transport prob
lems and the need of rest of the troops.
He has to feed 70,00!) persons in his
army and the whole Kimberley popula
tion. He must rebuild the railway from
Modder River town to Kimberley and
revictnal the latter.
General French lont a few men only in
action but the forced marches and the
heat have probably made many ill.
Numbers of re-mounts must be provided.
Lord Roberts has wrought a genuiue
preliminary snccess and the impression
is that he has done enough for the pres
ent and wiil need to prepare for another
All over England tonight there has
been evidence of public jny. In every
theater and public meeting around the
railway stations aud in the streets there
have been expressions of gladness and
jubilation over the news. The news
papers are editorially rejoicing.
Boers Are Threatening
Those who read the news closely see
only one disturbing factor in tbe Cape
situntion and that is the pressure of the
Boers toward Lord Roberts' line of sup
ply through De Aar, which was never
more important than now. The Boers
under Commandants Delarey and Gobler
are making a persistent effort to pene
trate to the railway. They have pushed
General Clemen's force back to Arundel
and have outflanked him. All are with
in GO miles or two days' hard march of
the central railway/ Doubtless Lord
Roberts has left a considerable force
along the line and can send back more
Iv the lobbies of the house last night
it was rumored that General Buller had
again crossed the Tugela. A special
dispatch dated two days back and just
transmitted from Chieveley says that an
important move was then proceeding
there, although contrary indications are
found in the fact that 75 ambulance
bearers have been temporarily disband
ed and the further fact that traction
engines are arriving at Durban from the
front to be sent to Lord Roberts.
More artillery is being sent to Lord
Roberts from Cape Town.
Stopped lor Dinner.
London, Feb. 17.—The Standard pub
lishes the following dispatch from Wed
rail, dated Thursday at midnight: "Of
ficial news has been received here that
General French arrived at Kimberley to
day and dined at the club this evening."
French's l>as?i to Kimberlev.
licit River, Orange Free State, Wed
nesday.—General French with a cavalry
division and a strong artillery detach
ment left Sunday morning for Rambarn,
12 miles east of Eoslin, where the whole
division concentrated. The next day he
made a rapid march to the Reit river,
where a party of Boers contested his
passage at Dekil and Waterfall drifts.
After some hours of shelling, French
drove the Boers away and crossed the
Yesterday (Tuesday) the column con
tinued its march to Klip and Romdaval
drifts on the Modder river, where again
a nhort engagement ensued, French Cell
ing the Boers vigorously and forcing a
passage. The Boers precipitately re
tired, leaving five laagers in the hands
of the British, besides a great quantity
of cattle and 2000 sheep. The rapidity
of French's march and the overwhelming
nature of hie force enabled him, in spite
of the difficulty of water transportation,
to thoroughly outwit and surprise the
Boers. The British casualties were
Colonel Hannay, while on his way to
j Rambam, encountered 500 Boers with
j two guns holding a kopje commanding
j the valley leading to the drift. Fighting
j lasted all day, the Boers disappearing
| during the night. Thirteen men, includ
! ing one officer, were made prisoners.
i They were captured treacherously during
I the fight. They were informed that an
; agreement had been reached between the
British officer commanding the extreme
; left and the commandant of the Beer
, ambulance that half a company of the
I British should be permitted "to fetch
: water from a neighboring farm house.
; The ambulance then retired and the
| Boers rushed out of concealment and
cut off the water party.
General French now holds both the
i Modder and Keit rivers between Magere
fontein and the baee at Bloemfontein.
Throughout the march the Free State
farms were respected, bnt their owners
I nlmost Invariably tied, faking their
* effects. The health ol the troops in ex.
cHlftit, tint sickness i* prevalent among
tbe horses and a pleotifoi supply ol re
mount* will be necessary.
Boers Swarmed Their Flank*.
London. Feb. 17.— Tbe Daily Tele
eniph h,,w the following dispatch from
Naauwport, dated February 13. and de
layed in transmission:
j "Severe Bghting occurred on both oar
Banks nt ar Rensberg. Tbe enemy great
ly outnumbered our troops, being about
*000 , n number. They attacked the
Worcestershire regiment on their hill
and made a desperate demonstration
charging borne, only to experience a
heavy Maxim and rifle (ire from our
men, and the death roll of tbe assailants
must have been considerable.
"A patrol of the Inniskilling Dragoons
was surrounded by some 500 Boers and
gallantly cut its way through without
losing, but a company ol New South
Wales infantry was unfortunately anni
hilated, most ol tbe men's bayonets
however, bearing the impress ol san
guinary conflict with their foes.
''Colonel Conyngbam was shot through
the heart at tbe outset of the engage
ment. The enemy chose the time of the
moon's setting for thtir onslaught. Out
of five colonial officers only one return
ed to camp.
"A strategic and concentrative move
back to Arundel has been decided upon.
Our guns from Koles Kop have been
safely removed, one Maxim being de
stroyed to prevent its falling into tbe
bands of the enemy."
REAR GUARD FIGHTS.
Boers Flying to Bloemfonteln Be-
fore Uie British,
London, Feb. 19.—1t is now amply
confirmed thai General Cronje escaped.
Every detail received, however, proved
how admirably Lord Roberts'plans were
conceived and were succeeding, Hut for
the unexpected delay at Dekil's Drift,
which was almost impassable for wagons)
the whole Boer force would have been
Burrounded. The delay ol one day there
gave them their chance for hasty re
treat. All th<- other movements of Lord
Roberts were executed exactly on time.
Apparently, General Cronje in retreating
with the main army and even if he ch
capes altogether lie will probably lose
alibis ba^a^e. There is ntill some
thing doubtful about the capture of the
British convoy. According to a Daily
Mail correspondent with the convoy,
which consisted of 200 wagons, each
loaded with 6000 pounds of rations and
of forage, each drawn by 16oxen, it wan
quite unexpectedly attacked by a com
mando supposed to come from Coles
burg. The escort, consisting of 80 of
the Gordon Highlanders, 40 men of the
army service corps, and a few of Kitch
ener's horse, maintained a defense until
the arrival of reinforcements, sustaining
insignificant casualtii h.
The Standard's correspondent at
Jacobsdal telegraphing Thursday, Feb
ruary 15, says: "An attack w;ik made
yesterday upon the rear guard of our
main body by a force of 14o<> Boers,
who were hurried up from Colesburg.
They succeeded in capturing some of our
wagons, liut Lord Roberts did not delay
Imh march to retake these. There were
but few casualties on our Hide.
Lord Roberts' combinations for the
movements of the corps dovetailed with
precision, although obstacles that had
not been forseen had been overcome.
The execution of his design began at '■',
a. in. Sunday. General French rode in
to Kimberly Thursday afternoon, just
when he was due, according to the field
marshal's time table, having in four and
a half days marched 90 miles with ar
tillery, and having fought two small en
The relief of Kimberley was accom
plished with the lorn of only 50 men.
Twenty thousand infantry made splen
did marches under a sub-tropical huh
and through a dust storm to hold the
positions which General French took.
French's IVlareli to Kimberley.
Modder River, Feb. 20.—Attboogh the
rapid march of General French's diviK
ion was marked by a number of conflicts
the entry to Kimberley was unopposed.
Wheu the British were Htill eight miles
off the signalling corps intercepted a
heliograph menage from the beleaguered
garrison to Mod del river, Having: "The
Boers are shelling the town."
The advance column replied: "This
is General French coming to the relief of
This was received incredulously and
the Kimberley citizens thought the men
age wan a Boer rase and flashed the
query: "What regiment'. I The reply
satisfied the residents. A few honrs
later, General French at the head of a
column made a triumphal entry into
the city, tb? people surrounding the
troops and intermingling with them,
cheering wildly, grasping, the soldiers'
hands, waving flags,.hats and handker
chiefs and exhibiting in a hundred ways
the intensity of their joy.
The inhabitants had been living on
horseflesh for a long time and had lived
in burrows beneath mine refuse. Rations
were served daily at 11 o'clock in the
market square under the fire of the
enemy, whose guns oprned on the eqnare
whenever the inhabitants assembled. No
horse food was left.
Throughout the Biege Cecil Rhodes
provided the natives with work and fond
and thus kept them qui^t.
The iciles of convoy bearing provisions
for the relief of the column and the town,
slowly winding its way acroM the plain
in the direction of Kimberley, w.n the
gladdest night which greeted the eyes of
the besieged for four months.
General French's march was ho rapid
and the heat so intense that many of
his horses died of exhaustion. At the
crossing of the Modder river the Boen
bolted, leaving their tent*,gm»i wagons
and large quantities of ammunition in
the hands of the British.
Moving northward, the Boers again
attempted to stem the advance bat Gen
eral French turned their flank and
reached hie goal with innignitieuut loam
—seven men killed and 35 wounded —
during three days from February 14 to
February IG. After a Dtgbt'l rest at
Kimberley General French's column pur
sued the Boers to Brontveld, surrounded
the kopjes on which they were camped
and shelled them until nightfall, when
the Boers fled, leaving many dead.
General Cronje left hir? tents, food and
clothes at Magerefontein.