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VOL. XXXVIII-NO. 28.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1903.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
t SIXTY-FIRST DAY.
The action of the senate in adopting
Mr. Hancock's amendment to the gen
eral appropriation bill, and then fail
ing to pass the bill as amended,. leaves
the matter in a serious shape. Un
less the senate reconsiders its action
there will be no money with which to
run the State government. Chairman
Cox, of the finance, ways and means
committee, which prepared the ap
propriation bill, says the senate tacked
on so many amendments that it is im
material to him whether the bill now
passe sat all, but if it does not pass
the old act must be passed. That act
expired in March.
The appropriations wherein changes
were made are as follows: The judges
of the Supreme Court were each al
lowed $500, and the judges of the
Chancery Court of Appeals $600 for
clerical assistance, and the expense of
the two courts increased from $8,000
to $10,000; expenses of the State's attorney-general
increase from $500 to
$2,000; salaries of chancellors de
creased from $55,000 to $50,000; one
assistant attorney-general, $1,600, was
added; the salary of ihe private secre
tary of the governor was increased
from $1,500 to $1,800; the expenses for
publishing the treasurer's quarterly
report in newspapers was cut from
$1,200 to $600; the office expenses of
-,000 allowed the secretary of state
in 1901 was cut out and the comptroll
er's salary was raised from $3,500 to
$4,000; the expenses and clerk hire of
the funding board were reduced from
$5,500 to $5,000, so as to cui out $500
for keeping a coupon record. The
Balary of the clerk of the superintend
ent of public instruction was increased
from $1,000 to $1,200 and the expenses
for printing, expressage, etc., for this
office were increased from $8,000 to
$10,1)00, and the superintendent's trav
eling expenses were increased from
$1,000 to $1,500. The National Guard
was allowed $20,000 per year, but the
senate adopted an amendment in
creasing the amount to $25,000. An
additional $5,000 was given the com
missioner of agriculture for institute
The traveling and office expenses of
the labor commissioner were in
creased from $1,000 to $2,600.
The item of expenses for the rail
road commissioners allowed was the
same as two years ago, but Mr. Cox
offered an amendment that the com
missioners should not be paid any ho
tel bills in their home towns, and this
The librarian was allowed $2,000 for
expenses instead of $1,200 and the
salary of the assistant was increased
from $500 to $600.
Under the head of office of superin
tendent of capitol the expenses of wa
ter, fuel, light, ice and blank books
was reduced from $8,000 to $4,000.
The bill provides for a separate porter
for the governor at a salary of $480
per pear. '
Insane Hospital Reduction.
The per capita appropriation for
each of the insane hospitals was
placed at $130, a reduction of $10 per
patient per annum.
There was a fight over this, but the
committee was sustained.
The appropriation for pensions was
increased from $300,000 for the next
two years to $400,000.
Office expenses of the secretary of
state were made $1,800 instead of
An appropriation of $720 per an
num for a stenographer in the office
of the secretary of state was allowed.
A motion to reconsider the action
of the senate in raising the salary of
vne comptroller from $3,500 to $4,000
per annum was tabled, thus finally dis
posing of the matter.
Mr. Hancock offered an amendment
providing that the act of 1901 be sub
stituted for the present bill as amend
ed. The amendment was adopted,
thus displacing the committee bill, but
under a call for the previous question
the bill failed for want of a constitu
The senate also reconsidered its ac
tion and passed the new bill.
There was a flow of bills in both
branches of the legislature, but out
sid,e of the action on the general ap
propriation bill, nothing of a general
nature was transacted.
The senate passed the Baxter bills
requiring county courts to levy special
taxes whereby the rural schools shall
be kept open six months in the year
ind making school districts coexten
sive with the civil districts. The
house passed the day in committee of
the whole on the senate assessment
bill and it will be passed. Only a few
minor changes were made.
Immediately after the senate met
Mr. Norfleet moved that the bill appro
priating $75,000 for an industrial
school in Shelby county be made a
special order for 11 o'clock tomorrow.
Mr. Cox opposed it. Mr. Hancock said
Mr. Cox had antagonized this measure
from the beginning.
Mr. Cox said the money was needed
more for educational purposes. Mr.
Hancock said he had grown somewhat
tired of hearing "school children"
flaunted as a red flag on every occa
sion. After considerable wrangling over
the matter, the Norfleet motion pre
vailed and it was made a special or
der. Many New Bills.
Tr-e flow of bills continued In the
senate, those of a general interest be
ing as follows:
By Mr. Norfleet To amend the law
regulating life insurance companies so
as to prevent revenue companies from
coming into the State so as to get
the benefit of the latter part of the fis
By Mr. Nelson To make it a misde
meanor to hire labor under contract of
Bji Mr. Adams To authorize the
prison commissioners to disallow good
time of convicts.
By Mr. Hancock To appoint an ar
B7 Mr. Seay To regulate the keep
ing of female dogs by requiring them
to te registered with the circuit court
The senate passed on third reading
a bill to amend an act relative to Con
federate soldiers so as to authorize the
apjointment of six women on the
board of trustees of the old soldiers'
In the House.
Among the bills introduced in the
house were the following:
ny Mr. Swafford To prohibit per
sons from maliciously or falsely writ
ing, printing or speaking words imput
ing to a woman a want of chastity.
A violation is made punishable by a
fine of not exceeding ,v and impris
onment not to exceed six months.
By Mr. Cleage To prescribe the
conditions as to license and taxation
upon which foreign insurance compa
nies s-all enter or remain in u.
State for the transaction of business.
By Mr. Poe To amend the insur
ance law of 1895 so as to include life
By Mr. Hickman To amend the in
surance law of 1875 so as to provide
that any life insurance company which
shall violate the act shall be subject
to a fine of from $100 to $500.
Inspection of Prisons.
The legislative committee whica vis
ited and inspected the State prisons
submitted its report to the general as
sembly. The report is one or the long
est ever made by a legislative com
mitteee. The committee deals at
length with the operations, accounts
and properties of the system, and
shows that in the main all are in prop
er shape. The committee, however,
recommends that a special employe
or revenue agent be required to check
up the penitentiary accounts. It also
recommends that tnere be a more fre
quent change in the diet; that food be
served while warm, and that the cloth
ing of white prisoners be washed on
different days from that of colored
prisoners. The committee believes
that recent improvements at mine No.
1 at Brushy Mountain will prolong the
life of this mine six or seven years.
The committee takes up the charges
ot mismanagement at Brushy Moun
tain, made by Warden Blevins against
Commissioner Murray. It was found
that considerable friction between
these officials existed, the property
having two official heads, each inde
pendent of the other. The committee
is convinced that the commissioners,
being responsible for the financial op
eration of the mines and prisons,
should be vested with the power to re
move the warden by and with the con
sent of the governor.
Trespass of Davis.
The committe finds that ex-Senator
John M. Davis has cut and converted
to his own use at least 500,000 feet of
tne very best timber on the State's
land; that he began cutting it in 1901,
during Commisisoner Nixon's incum
bency;, that when Murray came into
office Davis stated to him that he had
satisfied Nixon that he had not cut
any timber off the State's ''land, and
that he continued under that impres
soin until December, 1902, when he
(Murray) learned that Davis had cut
additional timber on the State's prop
erty. It is charged that Davis cut
over 400,000 feet of the best poplar in
the State after he had been warned
that he was trespassing upon the
"From all the evidence submitted,"
the committee says, they are "of the
opinion that if Mr. Davis did not will
fully trespass upon the State's lands
he was guilty of the gravest negli
gence in not ascertaining the true
lines." The committee recommends
that legal steps be at once taken to
make Davis pay the stumpage value
of this timber.
The committee says the State has
sufficient coal lands to keep the con
victs employed a quarter of a century;
that the mines during the past two
years fell short of their capacity 51,
000 cars because of car shortage, and
recommends that the commissioners
sue the railroads to recover the
amount in damages.
The committee also find that the
water supply at Brushy Mountain is
inadequate; that money has been
wasted in boring for' water; that in
one well bored traces of oil were
found and certain named prison offi
cials at once took oil leases on the
lands in the hope of finding oil, thus
using the State's money to bore wells
for oil in the hope oi individual profit.
Whipping of Convicts.
The committee investigated the
charges of cruelty to convicts, but in
only a few cases did they find that the
whippings given them were beyond
the bounds of reason. It is recom
mended, however, that a lighter strap
be used at the prison; that ten blows
be the maximum punishment Inflicted;
that if the offense is the first one and
not of a very grave order the clothing
,be not removed, and that the convicts
have protection from the prejudice or
caprice of the guards and bosses.
The committee concludes with thirty-five
recommendations looking to
the betterment of prison conditions;
the improvement of the properties and
the enlargement of the mining sys
tem. One of the most important recom
mendations is that the management of
the prison be divorced from politics as
much as possible, and that every em
ploye stand upon his merits alone. It
is also recommended that a parole
system for prisoners under 16 years of
age be established and that all con
victs under 21 years of age be allowed
one month and additional good time
The house passed the miscellaneous
appropriation bill after cutting out the
item of $G,3S8 to make up a deficit in
the Tennessee Industrial School, and
$26,000 for a governor's mansion. One
hundred and fifty dollars per annum
was appropriated for religious services
at the Confederate Soldiers' Home.
The house passed the assessment bill
but refused to incorporate a provision
providing for the assessment of prop
erty ot terminal companies. It was
shown the railroad commission is now
assessing such properties for taxation.
Another effort to pass the "blind ti
ger" bill failed in the house.
The senate passed the bill to reg
ulate the sale, inspection and analysis
of commercial fertilizers. The analy
sis of fertilizers under this bill is
placed with, the experimental station
at Knoxville, whereas the work has
heretofore been done by the State
chemist under supervision of the com
missloner of agriculture.
Nine bills were introduced in both
uouses providing that in the event the
constitutional amendments are adopt
ed at the November electron, 1904, the
governor shall at once order a special
election for secretary of state, comp
troller and treasurer.
Reform School Killed.
The bill to appropriate $75,000 for
the Shelby county reform school waa
rejected in the senate. When the bill
came up amendments vesting the title
of the property in the State and au
thorizing the governor, attorney-general
and comptroller to select the lo
cation of the school, either in Shelby
county or elsewhere, were adopted.
Messrs. Norfleet, Hancock and Baxter
advocated the bill as a practical meas
ure. Mr. Rice insisted that notwithstand
ing the amendment to vest the title of
the institution in the State it was sim
ply a county institution. He said it
was not a pleasant duty to oppose thi3
measure, yet his oath of office did not
lead him to believe he would be right
to vote on appropriation for Shelby
county when other counties cannot re
ceive, under the provisions of the act,
Mr. Hancock, replying, said that any
county could send boys to the school,
Dut, of course, that county would pay
the expenses, such as board. Even
Shelby county would have to do this
for all of its inmates. Shelby county
proposes to donate $26,000 to the State
simply for the privilege of securing
the location of this school within its
Mr. Peak offered an amendment to
reduce the amount of the appropria
tion from $75,000 to $25,000. He said
in support of his amendment that he
w6uld like to lend assistance to the
good people of Shelby but he did not
think he ought to be asked to lend
to the extent of burdening the people
of his section. This proposed school
was exactly like the one of Hamilton,
which that county -was supporting
witnout State aid. The amendment
JVIr. Seay said the bill had merit and
a reformatory school was needed but
these were not questions to be con
sidered. It is stated that this is a
State institution, but this claim is not
sustained by the provisions of the law
of 1895, under which it is organized.
tie said the purposes of the bill are
commendatory and laudable but he
could not give it his support. If $75,
000 was appropriated to Shelby county
why should not similar amounts be
appropriated to other counties? It
was an unwise precedent. The call
for the previous question was sus
tained and the bill was rejected, 10
ayes and 22 noes.
The senate, after voting down sev
eral amendments, passed the house
oiil appropriating $40,000 for a Ten
nessee exhibit at the Louisiana Pur
chase Exposition. The bill came from
the committee with a unanimous rec
ommendation for passage, but there
were ten votes against it on the final
The senate also passed the Garrett
bill, repealing the resident Insurance
agents law. The repeal of this law
gives persons desiring insurance the
privilege of going beyond the confines
of the State to secure it and thus al
lows outside companies the privilege
of accepting risks without being
forced to maintain agencies in the
After some discussion the senate
passed the bill making the possession
of an internal revenue license prima
facie evidence of the illegal sale of
whisky, etc., in forbidden localities.
This bill is aimed at blind tigers. The
conference on the bill regulating build
ing and loan associations reported that
they could not agree.
Bills were Introduced as follows:
By Mr. Jones To amend the pen-i
sion law so as to allow ex-Confederates
who were disabled when they
entered the war pensions.
By Mr. Bell To amend the public
school laws so as to force superintend
ents, teachers, etc., to furnish reports
to the county and State superintend
ents and requiring salaries of county
superintendents to be withheld until
they have filed the required reports.
By Mr. McFarland To provide that
.nability to perform road work shall
not be prima facie evidence of Inabil
ity to pay poll tax.
General Appropriation Bill.
The senate reconsidered its action
in tabling the general appropriation
bill as amended by Mr. Hancock to
substitute the law of 1901. The sub
stitute was tabled and the bill as
drawn by the committee and amended
in the senate was taken up. In the
aggregate the bill carries over $100,000
more than it did two years ago. The
item for the National Guard was re
duced $1, making it $24,999. The
comptroller's salary, which had been
raised to $4,000, was made $3,500,
and the bill then passed 19 to 12, or
two more than a constitutional ma
jority. -The senate declined to concur In the
house amendments to the assesment
bill and Conferees will be appointed
unless the house recedes.
There was a large amount of local
legislation in both branches of the as
sembly, but the above includes all of a
general nature upon which any action
was had in either the house or the
A ttenulne CLnch.
"You cannot possibly escape me," he
said litle'y, and with folded arms, as
she looked at him with disdainful defiance
in her glance. "I know you are beautiful
and I a-m poor; that you are wealthy
and I an homely; that you are good and"
f am as bad as any one could imagine. Yet
m there is a really decent, deserving fel
low after you, and as we are characters in
a decadent novel, he shall be thrown over
ard his heart shattered, and I shall win
you at the last. There i no help for it
there i no help for it. I am the real
f nro, though it is all a huge farce to me."
Seeing the force of hi logic, and wUhini
to save the author a" lot of agony and
th? readers a lot of surpenfe and hard
woik, she surrendered, hateful as the task
ippeared to her Baltimore American.
Even With Him. Mr. Flirty -(tauntingly)
"I saw Mrs Bcrryman on the street
to-day. She looked charming in her
mourning gown." Mrs. Flirty (sarcastic
ally) "lcced! It's a pity we all can't be
widoirs." Detroit Free Frees.
"Funny thing about self-made men."
"What's that;" "They never nave
.7 l. i e .if i j it
uauga.ers wno care lor iu-JEUue axesbes.
Pidi&delphut Press. I
The Honor Roll.
A. B. Jones, president of the
Memphis Conference Female Insti
tute, at Jackson, ha3 announced the
following pupils as receiving the
honors from the school for the class
of 1903: Valedictory, Miss Su
sanna Hammerly, Jackson; Latin
salutatory, Miss Frank Patterson
Greenlee, Longtown; French essay,
Miss Edna Malcolmn Davis, Mor
ganfzeld,. Ky. ; English salutatory,
Miss Laura Angciyn ' Jobe, Jackson;
literary address, Miss Hattie May
Steadman, Jackson; English essa',
Miss Caroline Gerster Neal, Dyers
burg; address to undergraduates,
Miss Elizabeth Mitchell, Arlington.
The class of 1903 is one of the larg-
' i i
est in the history of this old insti
tution. Planting Progressing Well.
The high water in Lauderdale
county is now receding rapidly on
the highest sections . of the river
districts. Farm work has com
menced to some extent. The plant
ing on the hill land is progressing
rapidly, and should favorable weath
er conditions prevail during the
present week, hundreds of acres of
corn will be put in the ground. Land
is also being prepared for cotton,
and the prospect is for an acreage
in excess of last year. Strawber
ries are looking fine and the crop
will be up to the average, though
frost ten clays ago set them back
a few da vs.
Heavy Rain at Chattanooga.
A heavy thunder storm, accom
panied by unusually violent wind,
visited Chattanooga last week, and
in half an hour the rainfall at that
point was more than an inch. The
velocity of the wind was thirfy miles
an hour. At Charleston, on the
Tennessee river, the rainfall was
3.GG inches during twenty-four
hours. At Clinton, the rainfall Mas
3.5G inches. TIk storm covered the
entire Tennessee valley, and the riv
er is rising rapidly,, with a predic
tion that it will reach within a few
feet of the danger line.
Fell Into the Fire.
While suffering from a fit, the
wife of John Lunman, in Montgom
ery county, near Clarksville, fell
into ihe fire and was burned to
death before help could come. Her
4-yrar-old daughter, who was in the
room, ran to the , house of a neigh
bor and notified the occupants that
her mamma had burned up. Peo
ple hastened to the scene and found
that ihe house had caught fire. The
flames Mere extinguished and the
dead woman's body found nude,
with the flesh burned to a crisp.
Adjt.-Gen. Hannah is receiving
numerous applications for authority
to organize companies for the Na
tional Guard. Companies have
organized at Johnson City and Mor
rsitown, and orders will be issued
soon for the muster in of a company
at Memphis. Capt. Travis of Paris
and Capt. Smith of Covington have
asked authority to organize compa
nies. The work of reorganizing the
National Guard into three regi
ments will be commenced at an ear
Hanged in Effigy.
State Senator S. C. Cooper and
Representative P. W. Maddox
were hanged in effigy in the public
square in Huntingdon last week.
The incident has caused some little
excitement and much comment from
both sides. The action was taken
by unknown parties, supposed to
be the charter people, or "wets'
Two years ago, the drv element
burned Senator Fryer in effigy.
New Jail for Dresden.
The Weaklev County Court ap
pointed G..S. Boyd, T. I. Little and
J. Ii. McGlothlin a committee to
build a new jail to replace that
burned two weeks ago. It is thought
that a structure costing between
$12,000 and $15,000 will be erect
ed. Kissed Family Good-Bye.
John Woodall, a farmer of David
son county, aged 35, with a wife and
five children, blew his head off at
his home last week, because of worry
over business affairs. Just, before
the tragedy he came in off his farm,
kissed his wife and children, then
locked himself in the dining room
and used his shotgun.
Camden Depot Burned.
A severe electrical . storm passed
over Camden last week, and as a re
sult the Nashville, Chattanooga &
St. Louis railway depot is now in
ashes. Luckily, but little freight
was in the depot. A car Jondcd
with freight was on the sidetrack,
and would have been burned had
not a passing engine stopped and
pushed it -out of the way. Other
unoccupied buildings were burned
whith stood near.
Freeing the Ferries.
The Montgomery County Court
has passed an order freeing three
of the four ferries across the Cum
berland river in that county. The
court authorized the highway com
mittee to borrow money enough on
the notes of the county to put the
highways over the county in good
condition. Authority to so borrow
funds was recently granted the
county by the State legislature, this
plan for securing good highways be
ing adopted in place of issuing
Red River Bridge.
It is said that the Louisville &
Nashville will expend $500,000 this
summer on a new bridge and ap
proaches at Bed river, near Adams
Station, on the Henderson division.
From two and a half to three milet
of new road will have to be con
structed, as the site of the new
bridge wrill be several hundred feet
further down the river. The com
pany expended about $100,000 , on
the old bridge less than two years
Saved From the River.
Passing pedestrians caught B. II,
Tearout, a man fully 50 years of
ige, as he Mas climbing over tba
rail of the Tennessee river bridge
in Knoxville preparatory to leaping
into the river, a distance of 150
feet. He begged his rescuers to re
lease their hold, saying he and his
family would be belter off were he
dead. Ill health Mas the cause of
the attempted suicide.
Much Storm Damage.
Last week's storm did great dam
age throughout Middle Tennessee.
At Ilendersonville the barn of Ho
ratio Berry, one of the finest in the
State, Mas struck by lightning and
totally destroyed. In Lawrence
county a furious hail storm killed
pigs and sheep. Other places report
great damage from cloudbursts,
which destroyed crops, bridges, etc.
Record for Nashville.
March Mas the record month of
the Nashville terminals in handling
through business. Eighty-two thou
sand, seven hundred and eightj'-ninc
cars were handled through Nash
ville; 15,891 more than in Febru
ary, and 19,200 more than in
March,' 1902. There Mas an in
crease of over 900 freight trains
over March a year ago.
Young Boy Shot Himself.
Newsom Smith, 18 years old, son
of Sheriff Smith of Hardeman coun
t, shot himself accidentally on the
arm and shoulder M-hile out hunting
last week. The boy nearly bled
to death before he could be removed
to his home. The wound, while re
rious, is not believed to be danger
ous. Overseer System.
The County Court of Gibson
county has decided to return to the
overseer system of working the pub
lic roads. There was a tie vote
when the question was put, twenty
five favoring the contract S3'sfem
and twenty-five the overseer. The
chairman cast the deciding vote in
favor of the latter.
Slashed His Throat.
Sam Fair, of Johnson Cit mad6
an unsuccessful attempt at suicide
last week. Toor health and finan
cial troubles were the cause. With
a penknife he slashed his wrist in
four places and cut a gash of sev
eral inches across the right side of
Child Burned to Death.
While left alone caring for the
younger children in the family, the
8-year-old daughter of John Bl.-iir
of Knox county Mas burned to death
last M-eek, her clothing becoming ig
nited from the open grate. She
lived but a few hours after the ac
cident. Injured in Runaway.
Mrs. Busch Sloan had her arm
broken in a runaway near Humboldt
last week. She. and her husband
attended church and were on their
way home, when the horse became
frightened and ran away, throwing
them from the buggy. Mr. Sloan
only received a few bruises.
Aged Mountaineer Dead.
Timothy Boark, a mountaineer,
of Osborne. Johnson count y, is dead
at the age of 108. He Mas a sol
dier of the war of 1S12 and M as per
hapsthc oldest man in the State.
He Killed a Cripple.
For the killing of Will Gwinn,
a cripple, at Bristol, four, weeks ago,
Charles Echols, a Nashville young
man. was last week convicted of
manslaughter and sentenced to three
years in the penitentiary.
Bends for Roads.
The County Court of Madisor
covnty last week by a vote of 24. to
1G decided to issue $150,000 bonds
for grading all roads from Jackson
five miles iu every direction.
Another $1,000 bill ha been located
in the Missouri boodle investigation.
Chaplain William II. Milburn, of the
United States senate, died, Friday, at
Santa Barbara, Ca.1.
The cattlemen of Kansas will resist
the order to remove their fences from
about government lands.
Yung Lu, viceroy of Pe-Chi-Ii, the
most powerful counsellor of the Chi
nese government, is dead,
The weekly reports of the commer
cial agencies show that the retail
Easter trade has been very satisfac
tory. James Leahy was probaiy fatally
stabbed during a scuffle with Charles
Eafferty, at St. Louis, for possession
of a knife.
The Armour Grain Co., of Chicago,
is credited with having acquired 15,
000,000 bushels of wheat within the
The Tennessee senate passed the
house bill appropriating $10,000 for
a Tennessee exhibit at the St. Louis
Mort rerkins was convicted of mur
der in the first degree at Lawton,
Okla., and sentenced to the peniten
tiary for life.
Cresccus, the world's champion trot
ting stallion, may never race again.
His owner announces that he will be
retired from the turf.
The Eastern Michigan Press associ
ation visited the World's fair grounds,
Friday, and was the guest of the man
agement at luncheon.
An explosion occurred at the Can
ton (China) arsenal powder factory
Friday. Fifteen hundred persons are
reported to have been killed.
The government crop report shows
the April condition of wheat to be
about .97, against a condition of 7S.7
for the corresponding' period last
Gov. Murphy of New Jersey has is
sued a proclamation wiping out of
existence 927 corporations, purporting
to represent a capital stock of $210.
000,000. Official figures show that for seven
months prior to last January the
American imports into Canada
equaled 5G per cent, againsl the rest
of the world.
President Cast.ro of Venezuela has
indorsed Minister Bowen's opposition
to the offer of syndicates to settle
war claims affecting' the South Amer
Hon. David Jl. Francis stated to
Michigan editors at the World's fair
grounds, Friday, that he is not a can
didate for the presidential nomina
tion, and would not consider it if of
fered. Five men were hurt by .the collapse
of a derrick at the World's fair
grounds, St. Louis. Of the injured,
Fred Anslinger and William Minter
are in a serious condition and may
Business failures in the United
States for the week ending April 9
numbered 153, against 145 the preced
ing week. 1S2 in the corresponding
week of 1902, 225 in 1901, 150 in 1900
and 24.1 in 1S99.
A railroad with headquarters in
Chicago has inaugurated a "bureau
of neatness" to compel its trainmen
to appear neat all of the time, with
creased trousers and polished shoes.
The companies pay the frieght.
ARE WITHOUT FOUNDATION.
Storlen of Trouble With the South
ern Pacific Cutoff at Salt Lake
San Francisco, 'April 11. Chief En
gineer Wm. Hood, of the Southern Pa
cific, who returned from . the com
pany's cutoff across Great Salt lake,
declared that all the stories of diffi
culties and disasters attending this
work, that have been telegraphed
from Salt Lake in the last few weeks,
are without foundation. He says
the bottom is not sinking out of the
lake, that at no time has the "fill"
sunk below the surface and carried
with it any engines or cars, and that
tne building of the cutoff is attended
with fewer difficulties and aishaps
than he anticipated when the work
ALARM IN CONSTANTINOPLE.
The Death From Violence, of the
RnHiian Consul at Mltrovltca,
Causes Official Perturbation.
Constantinople, April 11. The news
of the death of M. Stcherbina, the
Kussian consul at Mitrovitza, Euro
pean Turkey, who was shot by an Al
banian sentinel recently at that place,
has greatly alarmed the authorities
here, who, as a result, anticipate
complications with- Russia,
Consular reports from Mbnastir
show that the anarchical conditions
prevailing there are becoming more
acute. Assassinations of both Chris
tians and Mussulmen are increasing.
In the district of Prilep, during the
past week, no less than 50 Christiana
were killed by Mussulmans.
Costly Chewlns Gam.
Belleville, TIL, April 11. Joseph
Neighbors and John Shauhern paid
a dollar a stick for chewing g-um in
the countj' court. The men are miners
and pleaded guilty to taking 50 sticks
of chewing- gum out of a gum ma
chine at the Illinois Central depot.
A Kentucky White Slave.
Jackson, Ky., April 11. Bruce Mar
cum, aged 27 years, a scion of an old
and respected family, but too lazy to
enjoy good health, convicted, under
the vagrancy law, was sold into servi
ture, Friday, for six months for $6.50.
FOnr Killed In a. Free Flgrht.
Athens, O., April 11. In a fight Fri
day night at Jacksonville, 12 miles
north of Athens, four people were fa
bally shot and one seriously shot.
One Hundred Thousand Dollars to hi
Expended on the Ameri
can Indian Exhibit.
WILL BE SOME SPECTACULAR FEATURES.
Representatives of All the Indlaa
Tribes Who Had Their Home im
the Lonitinns Purchase Will b
Rounded Vp The Laat Grand Col
lection of Real Blanket Indians
Washington, April 11. St. IiOuil
will have a Wild West show in conneo
tion with the government Indian ex
hibit at the Louisiana Purchase expo
sition. Capt. Tonner, acting1 commis
sioner of Indian affairs, has received
a letter from St. Louis stating tiiat
the exposition officials had agreed tfl
make an appropriation of $60,000 tc
supplement the appropriation, of $40,
000 made toy the government for as
Indian exhibit. This will make $100,
000 available for this feature of th
exposition, and will enable the secre
tary of the interior to provide some
spectacular features in connection
with the Indian exhibit.
It was decided some time ago by
Mr. Jones, commissioner of Indian af
fairs, after a consultation with Sec
retary Hitchcock, that the exhibit
would be confined to a showing of the
progress made in the Indian schools,
unless the exposition authorities made
an additional appropriation for th
spectacular features. Mr. S. M. Mc
Gowan, representing the interior de
partment, who is now in St. Louis,
has informed the department of the.
action of the exposition officials.
Plans for the exhibit will be under
taken as soon as the agreement be
tween the department and the expo
sition officials ha been formally en
tered into. Officials of the Indian
bureau Avill undertake to collect rep
resentatives of all Indian tribes that
had their home in the Louisiana Pur
clia.se. This will include all of tha
well-known tribes, the Arapahoes,
Apaches, Cheyennes, Crows, Utes,
Pueblos, Flatheads and Sioux. The
members of the five civilized tribes,
in the Indian territory, were removed
from the east and south after the
Louisiana purchase, but they will
probably be represented in the ex
hibit. There will probably be an arrange
ment of games, feats of skill and
dances peculiar to the different tribes,
although it can not be yet determined
just how far the department will be
willing to go in preparing for this
form of entertainment. The policy
of the Indian bureau is pronounced
against cnoouragamcnt of this class
of exhibitions, as experience has
shown that they have a demoralizing
effect tipon the Indians.
Officials of the bureau feel, however,
that this will be the last opportunity
for a collection of the real blanket
Indians, whose numbers are growing
rapidly less each year. They are wil
ing to encourage this feature of the
exposition, believing" that it will be
the last opportunity that will be af
forded to an3r considerable number
of people to see the Indian as he ex
isted half a century ago, when the
Louisiana purchase was young.
Details of the exhibit will be de
cided upon soon after Indian Com
missioner Jones returns from his
western trip in May.
THE REIGN OF KING GRAFT.-
Post Olilce Inspectors Investla-attns
Alleged Sales of Promotions and
Transfers In Office.
Washington, April 11. Post-office
inspectors are busily investigating
charges that a ring has existed in the
department for the sale of promo
tions and transfers in the department
generally, but especially in the New
York post office.
The charges are written and signed
by a name which may or may not be
fictitious. Since the first letter with
the charges was received there have
been several others substantiating it,
but whether these letters are from in
dependent sources is not known.
According- to the charges, the ring1
in the New York post office was thor
oughly organized and did business on
the same basis as that of the New
York police ring, which, sold all pro-
motions for a stated sum, and then
regularly collected a percentage of
the increased pay through a collector
who was well known and was paid
for his trouble by commissions on the
amounts he received. The balance in
New York, it is said, was turned over
to the men at the head of the scheme
who had sufficient influence to make
COSTLY LESSON INSEINING.
A Two-Pound Catfish that Cost Flvm
St. Louis Amateur Fishermen.
East St. Louis, 111., April 11. A sin
pie catfish weighing about two
pounds, cost John Beverly, John Gire
ly, Thomas Strauss, Walter Emery
and Edward Wilson, a total of $S0 in
fines and costs for an alleged violation
of the state game laws in using a
sein, the mesh of which was smaller
than allowed by law.
o Stw Light Shed.
Buffalo, N. Y.,April 11. At the Fen
nel inquest the last statement of the
dead lawyer, in which he protested
his innocence of the Burdick. murder,
was read. Judge Murphy rendered a
Terdict to the effect that the theory
that Pennell committed suicide had
not been established,