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VOL. XXXIX-NO. 13.
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of the Bells
A New Vear Story
By ELIZABETH PRICE
' Sun clouds scudded gustily across the
sky, hiding the peaceful face of the
moon, -whose radiance touched the edges
of her somber veil with a fringe of sil
ver. The great gray tower lifted Its
head far aloft In the midnight stillness,
and the wind moaned around its rough
hewn corners a requiem for the dying
year. Within the tower sat the old bell
ringer, waiting for tin stroke of 12 from
the clock, and, as he waited, his thoughts
drifted back to the years long buried in
the dimness of the past the years when
his floating white hair had been crisp and
black, when his long, slender fingers were
strong and supple and struck from the
midnight chimes music of entrancing
Ah! life had been worlh the living
in those far-off happy days. People had
predicted a wonderful future for him, and
In spite of the poverty that retarded his
progress, and a great ambition possessed
him. Obstacles were pushed aside, diffi
culties overcome, as he worked by day
itnd studied by night, and the bells In
the tower spoke marvelous things to the
many who listened, and who, listening,
praised. Their praise was sweet, but
Elspeth's was sweeter, and, when one
New Year's eve, he told her of his love
and won her promise to be his own, his
heart beat with a rapture that thriiled
through the chimes that night till listen
ers wondered and children came back
from dreamland to hear.
Oh, fcappy memory! Oh, long ago!
It was on another night like this that
Ruprecht was born; and the joy which
beamed from the pale j-oung mother's
face was rejected in his own, as he left
her baby on her bosom and rushed to
the bell-tower to make his chimes a
paen of praise to the Fatr -r who had
filled his life with blessing. How they
loved him that baby their only one
their all! How he and Elspeth had
watched each new development how
proudly guided the first tottering step;
how carefully repeated the first lisping
word! How joyfully they trained and
taught him, while the father, too busy
In his struggle for their maintenance to
realize his great ambition, transferred it
uncomplainingly from his own future to
that of his son! Nor had their hopes
ben vain. The boy studied improving
every opportunity with untiring zeal, un
til at last the great organ tn the cathe-
THK CLOCK OX THE MANTEL
WARNED FOR TWELVE, AND THE
Ml'SICIAN TURNED TO THE PIANO
AND PLAYED AGAIN SIMPLY AND
LOVINGLY PLEYEL'S HYMN."
dral below thundered its glorious music
responsive to the touch of the boyish
fingers. People thronged to hear. Rup
recht's services were demanded else
where brilliant prospects opened before
him, and the inevitable separation drew
New Year's Eve! How many anniver
saries thin shadowy hour held! The boy
bade them good-by while Elspeth clung
to him and sobbed, and her husband
rushed away to tell the chimes his agony
as he had poured into them his joy. As
he sat waiting even as now, a step came
up the stair, and some one entered the
belfry chamber, and the voice he loved
said tenderly: "Mein Vater, let me play
the chimes to-night. I will leave with
them a message to comfort you when you
are sad a message for you and the moth
"When I hear it In the far-off land it
will be my mother's voice that sings to
me, and when you play it. mein Vater, it
will say to you. 'Ruprecht loves me.
Then you will pray 'God watch over my
boy and keep him safe for me,' and the
All-Father will hear."
When Ruprecht struck the massive
keys it was the simple old Pleyel's hymn
he played, but he lent his beautiful voice
to the clangor of the bells and sang his
mother's favorite words:
"ChildiPn of the Heavenly King:
As ye Jrjrnry sweetly, sing-;
Sing- ysur Saviour's worthy praise
Glorious In His works and ways."
A moment later he was gone. The
ears had been many and long since then,
iut no tidings ever came, and Elspeth's
hair grew white before the look of ex
pectancy in ber dear eyes changed to the
clamness of resignation. He was ffead,
of course. They krisw now that it must
be so, though they had not given up
hope till they had left the old home and
followed their wanderer to the new coun
try. They had heard of the wrecked ship,
to be sure, but hope dies hard. Perhaps
if they had been patient had stayed on
.mid the scenes of his childhood he
might have nome back to them; but how
could they be p&tle&t when the world
was so wile, and hilf of It lay between
them and the land that had called their
child. They were otly waiting now he
and Elspeth for the summons which
should call them to the happy reunion in
a home where there would be no sad
good-bys, where music knows no minor,
and hearts forget how to ache.
The first stroke of midnight sounded
and an instant later the bells pealed
forth, while the old man sang with trem
bling lips and voice that no one heard but
God as he had sung every New Year
since that one:
"Children of the Heavenly KInr
As ye Journey sweetly slngr.
Sing your Saviour's worthy praise,
Glorious In His works and ways."
Then, as the last reluctant echo died
away, he stumbled down the narrow
stairs toward home and Elspeth.
Not far from the belltower stood a
mansion, where a great throng had as
sembled to watch the old year out and
the new year in. Silken draperies rustled,
jewels gleamed, music rippled on the per
fumed air, and happy voices rang sweet
and high. But every sound was silenced,
and bright eyes grew dim In the flood of
melody which suddenly poured about the
gay throng. They crowded toward the
music room, trying to catch a glimpse of
the player. Those who were near saw a
slender man, with fair curling hair
brushed back from a brow as pure as a
woman's. The face was pale and the eyes
sad, but about the sensitive mouth played
an expression of rare sweetness and
beauty. Quietly he sat before the grand
piano, playing without the slightest ef
fort such masterful music as had hushed
the listeners to awe-struck silence.
"Who is he?" was the question passed
from one to another when at last the
cessation of the music broke the spell.
"He is a friend of father's," their
hostess told them. "Father met him
abroad some years ago, and by helping
him In a search for tome missing friends,
won his heart. The search was not suc
cessful, but that did not seem to lessen
Prof. Von Bulow's gratitude, and they
have corresponded in a desultory way
ever since. Father Invited him here for
the holidays this year, but he declined the
Invitation, then this evening suddenly
and unexpectedly appeared. These great
musicians are always eccentric, you
know. I heard him tell father that this
is an anniversary he doesn't like to spend
alone. Some love story probably. No,
he isn't married. He spends his entire
time with his wonderful music. That Is
really all I know about him." With that
the interested guests were forced to be
content, for the player had vanished from
among them as suddenly as he appeared,
and soon the gayety resumed Its sway.
At 11 o'clock the hostess seated her
guests in a circle, saying: "Now we will
turn down the lights and tell ghost stories
till midnight. Everybody must contrib
ute something. The more gruesome and
harrowing the better," she added laugh
ingly. The young people fell in with the
spirit of fun, and ghosts walked, hob
goblins shrieked and ghouls moaned, till
the more timid begged for mercy.
It was almost 12 o'clock when a new
voice suddenly broke Into a momentary
pause. Everyone looked up to see the
musician standing in the door.
"My friends," he said, "my story Is no,
of the spirits of the unseen world itl
of a lad in the far-away Fatherland, who
once, on a night lik this, left home and
friends and went out into the wide world,
with music as the priestees who presided
at. the altar, where burned the fires of
his ambition. So brightly did this fire
burn that its glow hid the quieter emo
tions which lingered in the shadow, and
father and mother and home were left be
hind. The youth had not dreamed of th
pain of broken ties but he afterward
learned it all.
"Shipwrecked, a weary sickness anv1
deliverance, miscarried letter returned to
its writer long afterward all these came
between the lad and his loved ones, and
when at last, overcome by the deadly
'heimweh,' he turned toward home, he
found It empty the loved ones gone,
while the chimes in the tower which the
father had played ever since the lad had
lived, responded sadly to the touch of
strange, unfriendly hands.
"With breaking heart the lad turned
back to the country of his adoption, hop
ing, against hope, to find the dear ones,
who had followed him there during his
long silence. The years have passed and
the lad is a man. but the father and the
mother he has not found, nor does he ex
pect to greet them again until the New
Year of Heaven dawns for him, as he
believes it has already dawned for them.
So, when the midnight comes I play each
New Year's Eve as I as the lad played
on that last night long ago my message
to my dear ones."
The clock on the mantel warned for
12, and the musician turned to the piano
and played again simply and lovingly
Pleyel's hymn, singing as in the long ago
the beautiful words his mother loved.
As the last note died away In the quiet
room the tower clock began to strike, but
was drowned by the music of the chimes.
A thrill ran through the hushed circle as
they recognized the strain they had just
heard, but the musician arose with a
mighty cry: "Mein Vater!" and ran out
into the night, guided by the music of the
When the old bell ringer shut the door
he could not see, for the tears that
blinded him. the hurrying figure on the
pavement. A moment later he was gath
ered close to the heart that had yearned
for him through all the space of silence
and loneliness, and together, in the open
ing of the glad New Year, they went out
from the shadow of the bell tower, home
to Elspeth, whose mother heart came
near to bursting, with the joy of a son's
home coming. Minneapolis House-
A ?fecessarr Inducement.
First Tramp I wuz at de House of
Industry on Christmas.
Second Tramp To get yer Christ
mas dinner, I s'pose?
First Tramp Of course. You don't
s'pose anyfing less dan free turkey
an' cranberry sauce d bring me near
a place wit' a name like dat? Brook
Cannery for Humboldt.
A mass meeting of the business
men and farmers of Humboldt and
vicinity was called for last
week for the purpose of
looking to- the establishing of a
large cannery plant there. Owing to
the heavy rains only a few fanners
were present; however, satisfactory
conclusions were reached and "the es
tablishment of the plant is an as
sured fact. C. A. Xagle, one of the
leading canners of Harford county,
Maryland, is proposing the estab
lishment of the plant, provided he
can contract with the farmers for
the growing of 500 acres of sugar
corn, which matter can readily be
adjusted, as the price agreed upon
pays liberally for the 'work. B. A.
Craddock, proprietor of the Hum
boldt canning factory, is active in
the work and will contract with the
farmers for the required amount of
corn to be planted. Mr. Xagle pro
poses to install a plant sufficient to
c;m corn, berries, beets, potatoes,
pumpkins and tomatoes. Commit
tees for the different lines of work
were appointed at the meeting and
an- early conclusion in the matter
will be reached.
Imported Men Win.
Men who were brought from St.
Louis to Coal Creek about fifteen
days ago to work in the Coal Creek
Company's mines' have brought suit
for damages against the company
and Manager George M. Camp.
They allege that false representa
tions were made to induce them to
come to Coal Creek. Two of the
cases have been tried and the court
returned a verdict for $250 and
costs and attorneys' fees in each
case. The men sued for $45)9. The
men after reaching Coal Creek were
waited upon by a body of 400 or
500, presumably union miners, and
persuaded not to work in the Coal
Creek Company's mines, which are
still under the ban of the United
Mine Workers of America.
The grand jury at Winchester last
week reported indictments against
liev. B. A. Cherry on the charga of
subornation- of perjury and against
Kobert Cherry, his brother, on the
charge of perjury. The perjury for
which Kobert Cherry is indicted is
his deposition given under the name
of F. Fisher, last January and used
as evidence in the case of B. A.
Cherry vs. X'orwich Union Insur
ance Society of England. A. B.
and Kobert Cherry Mere arrested on
this charge and bound over to the
Criminal Court last August, These
indictments grow out of the burning
of Bev. Cherry's house at Monteagle.
Chattanooga Telephone Fight.
The Chattanooga loiFd of alder
men was the center of the fight last
Meek over the ratification of the or
dinance fixing the telephone rates in
that city and holding the charter of
the Hamilton Telephone Company
in abeyance while the. rates are ob
served by the East Tennessee Com
pany. Only four of the tight mem
bers Mere present and all efforts to
secure the attendance of the others
Merc unavailing. The four mem
bers present affixed their signatures
to the agreement. Unless the con
tract is ratified at once the Hamil
ton company must put in its system
or forfeit its franchise and the East
Tennessee Company can make such
rates as its sees fit.
Dr. Douglass Resigns
At the annual meeting of the
board of trustees for the Western
Hospital for the Insane, held at
Bolivar last week, Dr. J. P. Doug
lass resigned as superintendent of
the institution to take effect June,
J 901. The board unanimously re
fuses.! to accept the resignation, and
highly complimented him for his
efficient management and insisted
that he remained at least until the
expiration of his term, three years
hence, longer if he so desired. lie
could not be persuaded to change his
mirfd and at the time mentioned he
will sever his connection with the
Succeeds His Father.
W. B. Meek, son of the late Col.
Robert Meek, of Gallatin, has been
appointed superintendent of the
Chesapeake & Xashville Bailroad to
fill the place made vacant by the
death of his fath?.
Thirteen Were Killed.
The last of the six bodies that
Mere reported missing from the
ruins of the dormitory at Walden
University M-erc recovered last week,
but only two of them have been
recognized as the others were
charred beyond recognition. The
remains identified Mere those of Eva
Jameson of Winchester, and Adele
Christian of Greensboro, Ala. The
bodies of most of the victims have
been sent to their homes. Thirteen
persons lost their lijee by the fire.
The State's fiscal yeajr closed De
cember 19, with a net cash balance
in the treasury of $842,769.74.
Actual balance was $801,754.74, but
there arc outstanding warrants
against this amounting to $18,385.
On the same date in 1902 the net
balance was $419,342.17. In 1901
it was $196,256.01 and in 1900 on
the corresponding date the balance
was only $88,869.79. On the first
of the present month the treasury
contained $868,726.87 and receipt
since that date amounted to $121,-
480.48, bringing the total up to
$990,207.35. Disbursements from
December 1 to 19 amounted to
$128,452.61. The receipts . from
county court clerks show an increase
oi nearly $1U0,000 this
mate prisons also snow a large in
crease. The net increase in receipts
from all sources over 1902 post up
$321,947.81. The total amount
disbursed during the fiscal vear was
$2,423,29.63 as against"$2,555,-
570.55 during the fiscal vear, which
on December 19,
Note Equivalent to Cash.
The Circuit Court of Gibson
county, Judge John . Bond pre
siding, has decided a case of much
interest, that of Mrs. Lula Belle
Blankenship vs. the Mutual Life In
surance Company of Xew York, suit
on policy of insurance. The facts
as appeared in court were as fol-
lows: Her husband took insurance
m uus company ana gae a nore ior
the payment of the premiums. Be-
lore the note was clue Mv. Branken -
ship died and the company refused
payment on the plea that, no prem-
nims had leen paid, the verdict
for plaintiff for
Policy Will Be Outlined.
At the coming quarterly meeting
of the officers of the Anti-Saloon
League, the policv in the coming 1
State political contests toward new
legislation will be outlined. It Mill
be decided how strong a defense of
the present position shall be prepard
in order to prevent the league from
being slipped up on by the whisky
men and the Adams law repealed.
Another important question Mill be
the extension of the law to places
desirous of abolishing the saloons,
as for example, Bristol, Columbia
and Jackson, all three of which
places are said to want liquor out of
Epidemic of Measles.
An epidemic of measles exists in
Carol I county at present, and there
have been a number of fatalities
among the older people who have
contracted the disease. Ed Turner
son of Mr. and Mrs. James Turner,
died last Meek of the malady. He
was 21 years of age and had just
been married. Several critical
cases exist in Huntingdon and a
large number of cases are reported
from different sectons of the county,
the disease being widely scattered.
Arms for Cadets.
The Southern Normal University
has received from the United States
M ar department the arms and equip
ments for the use of the Military
Cadet Corps of that institution.
The arms consists of 150 Spring
field rifles and ammunition. swords
for non-commissioned officers, etc.
Maj. Hess, U. S. A., retired, who is
instructing the cadets in military
tactics, is making fine progress with
the soldier bovs.
Head Crushed by Log.
John Haskins, colored, who lately
moved to Dyersburg and was em
ployed with the Stevens Lumber
Company as driver, Mas killed by
the rolling of a large oak log over
his head while unloading on the
yards of the company last Meek.
His coat sleeve caught in a knot on
the immense log and prevented him
from getting away from the log
when it began to roll from the
wagon to the ground, and he was
twisted under the log.
Fatally Hurt While Hunting.
While Kobert Cherry and
Elbridge Bather of Lamont were
hunting last M-eek the latter's gun
was accidentally discharged, the
load penetrating Cherry's side and
causing a fatal wound, from M'hich
Cherry's death is expected at any
Captured a Policeman.
Last M-eek a crowd of thirty-five
or forty young men and ladies se
cured paper horns and proceeded to
serenade all the stores in Cookeville.
While Policeman Hughes Mas tak
ing down their names four or five
.young men took charge of him, took
his billv away and forced him to
march with the crowd. - The crowd
then proceeded to go to every public
place and "Mom-," making as much
noise as a Mar party of Apache In
dians. All will be arrested.
First Blood for (Bate.
Senator Bate has drawn first
blood in his race for re-election. In
-Lewis county last week ShubeTt, his
candidate for senator, easily de
feated Stockard, the McMillin man.
Under the rotation rule Lewis
county is entitled to the . senator
from the Twentieth district next
year and the result of the recent
primary insures Shubert's nomina
tion in the senatorial convention,
and means a vote for Bate in the
senatorial race that is coming on.
venience to the residents.
Developing Timber Interest.
Hon. F. J. Smith of Trov ha3
bought the Foot saw mill which was
located in the Ninth district of
Obion count', near Lane's Ferry,
and will move it to Owen's Bridge
in district Xo. 12, where he has
bought a large tract of valuable tim-
ber from Jake Hays. Some thought
the timber interests of the county
had given out but it is coming into
Iroy by the thousands of feet and
by the hundreds of cords, and Troy
is on a boom
Natural Gas Ordinance.
The board of councilmen of Chat
tanooga last Meek passed the ordi
nance giving K. T. Bagg and asso
ciates the right to lay pipes in that
city for the purpose of supplying
natural gas. The company has
already struck gas in large quan
tities near Ooltewah and they are
now boring at Pikeville.
They Were Masked Robbers.
Sam Bn-ce and Jolm Linton were
bound over to await the action of
the grand jurv at Chattanooga, last
week, on tlie charge of holding up,
while masked, and shooting William
! Gardenhire. a blacksmith, last Sen
( tember. Thev were both positively
identified bv 'Gardenhire and other
witnesses. Wearing a mask is a
capital offense in Tennessee.
Big Land Deal.
K. F. Irwin, representing a
Stone Gap (Va.) corporation, has
closed a deal for G,500 acres of valu
able domestic coal lands in Camp
bell county. The price is not made
public. The coal will be developed.
Child Badly Seeded.
The son of Iioger Seav of Oak
wood, Montgomery county, a little
tot 3 years old, fell intoa pot of
scalding water where Iris mother M'as
M-ashing, and was terriblv burned
from his waist to the knees, flesh
nearly all dropping off the injured
parts. He will likely recover.
Condemned Man Baptized.
Walter Voils. a while man, con
demned to be hanged at Bockwood
on December. 31, for the murder
wuiiam c arter, Miuie drunk, Mas
baptized in jail last week bv Key.
Charles M. Hall, pastor of the First
if. E. church. His attorneys are
making a hard fight for him to se
cure' a respite from the governor.
Report Will Be Favorable.
ttepresentative Sims has secured
from the Mar claim committee a fa
vorable report on the bill appropri
ating $15,000 to the Memphis Con
ference Female Institute at Jack
son. The appropriation, M'hich is
direct and without reference to the
court of claims, 'was approved by a
unanimous vote of the committee.
Absorbed by the Southern.
The Knoxville & Ohio Kailroad,
running from Knoxville to Jellico
and from Knoxville to Oakdale, by
M'hich the Southern, connects with
the Louisville & Xashville and the
Cincinnati Southern roads, ceased
to exist last "week, being absorbed by
the Southern. The Knoxville &
Ohio has for years been one of the
best, paving coal roads in the coun
try. The Olympian Suspends.
The Olympian, - the monthly
magazine, which began publication
at Xashville about a jear ago, has
suspended and its affairs are being
M-ound up. It is understood its
backers lost about $10,000 by its
, Failure at Middleton.
Thomas- B. Hicks, engaged in the
general mercantile business at Mid
dletcn. . has made an assignment.
SevVral Memphis firms are among
Baxter Will Not Run.
Col. Jere Baxter said last week
that he M'ould not run for congress
in his district.
BRICK MADE IN THE U. S.
Of vitrified brick, In 1902, there were
617,192 thousand, valued at 15,744,530, or
19.31 per thousand.
The quantity of front brick produced
in the country amounts to 458,391 thou
sand, valued at 15,318.008, or $11.60 per
Enameled brick, the entire product of
whieh in 1902 was valued at $471,163,
was made only in California, Illinois,
Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio
1H THE FAR AEST
The State Department Will Mako
Renewed Efforts to Secure
WILL TRY TO CLINCH TREATIES
BEFORE CRISIS BECOMES ACUTE.
It Is Realized That Shonlil Hostili
ties Break Out Between Japan
and Rasnln, I nlted States' Inter
estn MlKht ile Iicnored When the
Washington, Dec. 26. The situation
In the east has caused the officials of
the state department to renew their ef
forts to secure for the United States
from China and Corea certain neces
sary trade advantages as embodied in
the Chinese commercial treaty and in
Minister Allen's demands upon the
Corean government, before the crisis
becomes more acute. It is realized
that should hostilities break out be
tween Russia and Japan, the resulting
peace treaty probably would leave the"
United States and other neutral na
tions entirely outside of the pale of the
advantage in Corea and Manchuria, no
matter which way the tide of victory
turned. Therefore the state depart
ment is bringing pressure to bear upon
the Chinese court to insure the speedy
ratification of the trade treaty, and,
as other nations have indirectly been
given to understand in this negotia
tion, it is hoped that final ratifica
tions of the treaty may be exchanged
In Washington within three months,
at the outside. This will result in the
reopening to the trade of the United
States the ports of An Tung and Mouk
den in Manchuria. Across the river
from An Tung, in Corean territory,
lies Wiju, and the state department
has prompted Mr. Allen, at Seoul, to
renew his pressure upon the Corean
government to secure the opening of
that port to trade.
HOLIDAYS ON WARSHIPS.
ITolidar Orders Issued For the War
ship Asseinhled Off Cnlebrs.
Washington, Dec. 2G. Orders have
been issued for the disposition, during
the Christmas holidays, of the United
States warships assembled off Culebra.
The different squadrons have been dis
persed among the nearby ports on the
Porto Ricaji coast, and officers and
men will have one week's holiday. Th
vessels will reassemble off Vulebra ear
ly in January for the winter maneuv
ers. Panama Postal Rates Reduced.
Washington, Dec. 26. Consul-Gen-eral
Gudger. at Panama, has notified
this government that the Republic of
Panama has reduced its postal rates &u
oer cent- The foreign rate for each
50 grammes or less is equivalent .to
four cents in United States money, and
the domestic rate is the equivalent oi
two cents, United States money.
Authority to Issue Passports.
Washington. Dec. 26 The president
has delegated to the governor of Ha
waii authority to issue passports. This
is the only case of a governor being
given such authority, and the action is
taken to meet the exigencies in that
Panama Reeosrnlied hy Italy.
Washington . Dec. 26. Acting Sec
retary of State Loom is has been noti
fied by th Italian ewbAssy that the
government of Italy has recognized the
new republic of Panama.
TWO KILLED, SIX INJURED.
Result of a Rear-Knd Collision On
-the Cincinnati Southern at
Cincinnati, Dec. 26. Two were killed
and six injured in a rear-end collision
at Williamstown, Ky., on the Cincin
nati Southern railway, Saturday. A
wrecking train that was backing up
from Mason, Ky., was met b a freight
train. The relief car and two ca
booses on the wrecking train were
wrecked, and afterward took fire. The
cars burned so quickly that James Lux
and Flodence Crawley, two workmen,
perished. Two others In the relief car
were badly injured.
FROM U. S. MINISTER POWELL
Troops From Maourln, Inder the
Jlmlnn Flag;, Are Mnrculnar
On San Domtnco City.
Washington, Dec. 26. United States
Minister Powell reports to the state
department, under Friday's date from
San Domingo, confirming the cabled
announcement that the town of Ma
cors has pronounced in favor of Jimi
nez and adds that troops from that
place, under the insurgent flag, are
marching on the City of San Domingo.
A great many arrests are being made
at the capital, but otherwise every
thing is quiet.
Kleven Persona Injured.
Kokomo, Ind., Dec. 26. Eleven pas
sengers " were more or less injured
by the collision of a westbound Clover
Leaf passenger train loaded with
Christmas passengers and a Pan
handle freight engine at the crossing
Despondency and Suicide.
Denver, Dec. 26. Thomas Jones,
said to be a prominent mining man
of Salt Lake, committed suicide at the
St James hotel in this city, Friday
evening, by taking cyanide of potas
sium. He is said to have been de
spondent regarding financial affairs.
POOR WERE REMEMBERED
Christmas Made Measurably Merry
For the Poor of St. Louis.
Provident Association, KlUs, Volun
teers of America, Salvation Army
and th Press Helped.
St. Louis,Dec. 26. The poor and des
titute of St. Louis were made happy
Christmas day by the generous dona
tions of citizens and the efforts of
The St. Louis Provident association,.
St. Vincent de Paul society and other
societies took pains to see that those
on their dependent lists were furnished
good dinners, and that other needs
The St. Louis Elks made their an
nual tour and distributed baskets of
food among deserving families who
were in want, and supplied money in
Dinner was furnished at the coliseum
to 15,000, whose wants had not been
reported to the charitable organiza
tions, and 1,300. baskets of food were
sent to as many families. The provi
sions we-e paid for out of a fund do
nated by the public, through the ef
forts of the Post-Dispatch.
The orphans in the various institu
tions were supplied with toys, candy
and books out of a fund raised by the
St. Louis Star.
The Volunteers of America, from,
their headquarters, sent out over 8,000
Christmas baskets to poor people. Each
basket held a good, substantial meal
for from five to eight persons. Six
wagons and 30' members cf the corps
were engaged in the work, under the
direction of Adjt. L. B. Smith.
The Union mission gave away about
200 baskets; They were filled with
good, wholesome food.
The Salvation army raised a fund of
about $1,000 with its street-corner ket
tles during the ten days preceding
Christmas. A dozen of these kettles
were swung on the downtown street
corners with a soldier in charge at
each. Much good was done with the
THE GUNBOAT VICKSBURG.
Corea, to Give Protection to
Coreo, to Give Protection to
Washington, Dec. 26. Rear-Adniiral
Stirling, temporarily in command of
the Asiatic station, cables the navy de
partment announcing the departure of
the gunboat Vicksburg from Shanghai
for Chemulpo, Corea, where she has
been ordered at the instance of Mr.
Allen, the American minister at Seoul.
The local riots' at Chemulpo recently
endangered American life and proper
ty, the dispatch of a ship was
thought necessary. '
As the marine guard of the Vlci--burg
does not exceed half dozen men
Rear-Admiral Sterling has been In
structed to send a company of ma
rines from the Philippines to Chemul
ro on board the transport Zafiro. The
marines will go aboard the Vicksburg
at Chemulpo and it is stated that they
vv-ill not be landed unless American
interests are further threatened.
WAS REPORTED MISSING.
William B. Smith, Brother of
Iate Mrs. Chas. Fair, Haa
Turned Vp In IJenver.
Denver, Col., Dec. 26. A special to
the Republican from Boulder, Col.
William B. Smith, of Newmarket,
N. J. brother of the late Mrs. Chas.
Fair, who had been reported missing
from his home, has just arrived in this
city to visit his brother, Charles J.
Smith. When asked if it were true
that he came here for the purpose of
considering with his brother any prop
osition to compromise by accepting
$125,000 each In settlement of their
claim to the Fair estate, he answered
in the negative, and said that he had
come merely to visit his brother for
Oar Boot and Shoe Trade.
Washington, Dec. 26. Exports of
boots and shoes from the United
States show a steady growth, and for
the calendar year about to end will
aggregate more than $7,000,000 In
value. In 1893 they were less than
three-quarters of a million.
Found Head Beside the Track.
Vandalia, III., Dec. 26. Wm. Stuf
felman, CO years old was found dead
beside the Vandalia Friday. The
body was mangled, the head being
mashed to a jelly. It is supposed he
attempted to cross the track ahead of
To Prevent Moh Violence. g
Hopkinsville, Ky., Dec. 26. Threats
of mob violence having become pr.
nounced during last few days, nine
negroes, charged with murder, have
been spirited away to Madisonville
for safe keeping.
A Tragic Christmas.
Hudson, N. Y., Dec. 26. Brooding
over his-inability to purchase suitable
Christmas gifts for his three mother
less children.Joseph Phillips, a Hollow
ville farmer, murdered the children
and then hanged himself.
Three Men Droivned.
Boston, Dec. 26. Three men were
drowned, Saturday, by the sinking of
the dredge. Gen. Poe, in the channel
between Deer Island and Nix's Mate
In Boston harbor. Twelve others were
4 Enthusiastically Received. x
Panama, Dec. 26. W. I. Buchanan,
U. S. minister to the Republic-ef-Pan-ama,
presented his credentials to the
provisional government Friday. His
reception was most enthusiastic
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