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BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1904.
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A Christmas Favor
By Charles M. Harger.
WHEN tlio captain brought to
the fort a vicious looking red
automobile, there was much
Interest among the members of his
"Wonder if he expects to use it In
drill?" suggested Adjt. Quilnng.
"We might hitch a gun on behind
tTid save oue team," added the quar
termaster. "He can sure make time
over the prairie roads."
The captain did make time. During
tne long autumn, when the plain was
4ry and the roads smooth, he sped oa
TWO FIGURES ON HORSEBACK.
his machine or miles at a velocity
that would have landed him in jail
in any city in the land.
The captain liked swiftness. That
was why he bought the automobile,
lie ran it to the limit of its speed
whenever he rode. So in love with it
was he that beyond the dreary monot
onous daily routine, he gave little at
tention to the doings of the fort. He
had forgotten the annual club dance
and was for days unaware of the com
ing Christinas Eve celeoration. He
was coursing up toward Wild Horse
canyon when the arrangements were
On that very afternoon as he round
ed the foot of the canyon he came
plump toward a lady rising almost as
swiftlyas he, but mounted on a hand
some brown Kentucky saddler. Her
horse veered far to the right, but she
sat him like a princes? and showed no
sig-n of fear.
"Beg your pardon," exclaimed the
captain, halting his machine and lift
ing his fatigue cap. She came nearer
and then he knew her Lieut. Bivton
had brought her to the dance sh was
ajdaughter of a wealthy rancher.
Miss Landers smiled and ean-.e as
near as her restless horse wou'd con
sent to approach. "Hero never saw
an auto before," she explained: then
rode on with another irradiating
The following week the red automo
bile was at Miss Landers' door and
she went riding over the level plains
with he captain. H& was radiant in
his happiness and was cert-tin that he
had, with his advantage of equipment
and rank, outwitted his ival. But
the happiness was short-lived; for,
riding up by the haunted house on the
crest of the divide a few day. later,
fee saw two figures on horseback. on
of whom was plainly Burton and the
other evidently Hiss Landers. After
that the contest became unfriendly,
and It w.i3 war to the knifs between
So went the varying favors ur.1 the
tpproach of Ce holidays Ths tort, as
f. Nac !0 the Ju)Jcess of winter, cro-
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ftrtrst tlirnt. but
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utant a nrui frork mat.
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tmwas hunting boat.
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posed to have a grand Christmas cele
bration in the great mess hall, to
which would be invited all the mem
bers of the troops at the station. The
captain and the lieutenant vere, of
course, foremost in the arrangements,
and to them wa3 left the duty of is
suing invitations for those outside the
post. Ranchmen and their families,
merchants from the neighboring town,
well-to-do farmers and indeed every
available resident who might contrib
ute to the pleasure of the occasion
To Miss Land?r3 came two invita
tions, one addressed in the crabbed
back-hand chirography of the captain
and the other in the flowing, artistic
style of the lieutenant. "Which should
she accept? She determined to wait
on events and see where fate led. Fate
seemed very undecided at that point
of the affair.
No word passed between the captain
and the lieutenant regarding the in
vitation to Miss Landers, nor was there
asy discussion regarding the manner
by which she was to get to the cele
bration. However, it was the inten
tion of each to be her personal escort.
But ths lieutenant reckoned without a
knowledge of the intensity of the cap
tain's nature; for when he asked for
leave to go outside the post, the re
quest came back with the curt indorse
ment, "Refused." That meant that he
must stay at the fort or be subject to
a period in the guard house.
The captain chuckled and patiently
rubbed the brass fittings of his big red
automobile. He looked forward with
much pleasure to the coming ten-mile
trip across the smooth prairie roads in
the crisp winter evening, and he smiled
as he thought of the discomfited lieu
tenant, compelled to remain at the fort.
At dusk the "devil wagon" careened
out of the high-walled parade ground
and swept down the slope to the bot
tom lands that led away up the Smoky
Hill to the Circle Bar ranch, where
Miss Landers was waiting for her es
cort wondering all the time which of
tho twain would first appear. The
captain, well bundled against the pierc
ing cold, did not look to the south cr
he would have seen a rider on horse
back making almost as good time aa
SWEPT DOWN THE SLOPE.
he, but keeping in the lee of the bluffs
and so out of sight of the casual trav
eler on the main road. This rider was
dressed in cowboy garments, his wide
brimmed hat was flapping in the wind
and his fringed coat caught the steam
f his horse's breath, which congealed
into snow-like foam. He took the
short cut up Wild Horse canyon, J
around the head of Oak ranch and j
saved a mile where a timber claim '
caused a wide turn In the roadway
But the sturdy automobile fairly ate
up the road, swiuging down the slopes
iiie catJ and haltics; neither for t&e
Villa fiif culverts. Then, Just as tt
Circle. Ear was in Bight, its twinklinj
lights telling of the presence of a wait
ing passenger, there came a suddet
"hiss!" and the captain was awakened
from his dream by a quick turn intc
the grass alongside the highway and
a short, uncompromising- stop. Noth
ing for it but the unbundling of tools,
the careful inspection of piston and
igniter, the rattling of chains and the
hammering of bolts.
The solitary horseman off in the dls
tance kept on his way and cared not,
if he knew, that the captain was swear
ing at fate and his ntichine but there
on the wind-swept hills.
But even breaks may be repaired,
and finally, with a grim sentiment of
revenge, the captain pulled the level
out to the limit and raced on his way
toward the Circle Bar.
It was dark now and the lights in the
front cf the automobile were dimmed
by the dust of the road; hence th
captain did not see until he was at
the very gate that a lady on horseback
was approaching him. "When he did
see, it was too late. Her horse gave
a great swerve and, though avoiding
the frightscme machine, struck its side
against the barbed wire fence. Sha
was assisted to the ground by her cow
boy companion presumably a groom
and the captain led her to the auto
"So sorry, Miss Landers didn't see
you yes, Hero shall be cared for
here, sir, take the horse to the barn
and order him looked after."
"I think he had better come with
us," suggested Miss Landers. "I prom
ised him, you know."
""Well." Then to the cowboy: "Come
back here and get !n 111 take you to
the fort." The man bowed silently
and went to the stables.
A few minutes later the automobile
was on its return journey, skimming
the frozen ground and carrying its trio
of passengers toward the -scene of the
evening's gayety. Before it came into
the circle of light that marked' the
driveway the cowboy accompanying
the captain and his fair passenger
slipped from his seat beside the latter
and hurried away in the darkness but
what did the captain care? He handed
Miss Landrt-s into the hall Joyfully and
forgot that the other had ever lived.
But he did not forget the lieutenant
Inquiry soon told him that the young
er officer had left the fort soon after
dianer and had not yet returned. Then
in a moment came an orderly to say
that Mr. Burton was in his room.
"He may go under guard until to
morrow," ordered the captain savage
ly. "Then I will take up his case. Let
us start the cotillon," with a low bow
to Miss Landers. She had heard hla
orders and turned a very white face tc
her partner as she took his arm. Sh
TOOK THE SHORT CUT.
led the cotillon and received with
grace the favors heaped upon her but
all the time she was thinking of the
lieutenant spending his Christmas eve
Then came the' supper and after that
the Christmas tree. The officers were
made happy with remembrances from
the men; the men smiled at the little
tokens from the officers for out on
this frontier post had grown up a
cameraderie between those stationed
there that knew no rank or station. .
When the tree was emptied there en
sued a h"ush as Miss Landers came
down the center of the mess hall, her
stately form held proudly erect . and
her eyes shining with a new light.
Before the captain she curtsied with
old-fashioned ceremony. The whole
company waited to hear her words.
"It used to be the custom," she be
gan, "for the king to grant on Christ
mas eve a favor to his subjects I
have one to ask."
"Your pleasure, Miss Landers,"
laughed the captain. He was feeling
very good-natured just now.
"The release of Lieut. Burton and
his presence here," came the quick re
There was nothing for it but obe
dience, and the captain gave the sign?J.
In a moment there came an orderly
with a youtg man in cowboy suit
Lieut. Burton and the crowd cheered
as he bowed low to them all.
"But but " began the captaiD
wonderingly, "are you are you "
"Yes," interrupted Miss Landers,
"you brought him here yourself, and we
thank you so much. It was very kind.''
Lieut. Burton bowed low again and
then tok Miss Landers' hand. "I, too,
thank you," he added; then in a low
tone, the words being audible only to
the captain: "Don't fuss so long cr
the way with your auto next time a
horse is swifter. And, say," in almost
a whisper, "come to our wedding, will
you it's the last of January."
The orchestra began a waltz; the
lieutenant went whirling away" on the
floor amid the maz of white dresses
and uniforms; tbc-e clock in tilt
fort tcwer stTiJCi a Christoaj
Keep Up the Elementaries.
Advance sheets of the report of
Superintendent Mynders nre in the
hands of the governor. One of the
interesting deductions of the super
intendent is. the calculation on an
average term of 120 days for the
school year ending June 30, 190-.
Mr. Mynders observes-that the cry
for an enlarged curriculam has led
to the neglect of drills in elementary
brandies and suggests that super
intendents, teachers and directors
have no more important duty than
guarding against overcrowding of
courses of study and neglect of the
essential fundamental branches.
lie speaks of the secondary school
law hs a good one, but declares that
no such school should be maintained
with less than two teachers. lie ad
vocates more efficient and better
paid county superintendents, sug
gesting the fixing of a minimum
salary for the office and an enlarge
ment of the duties and powers. The
superintendent recommends that the
law be so amended as to place agri
cultural teaching in primary schools
and provide for its teaching in all
the schools of the State.. He says
that if the present system of school
directors is to be continued some
amendments to the law should be
made, restricting their authority
and fixing penalties for violation.
The report urges a general revis
ion of the school laws. Both the
University of Tennessee and Tea
body College are paid high tributes.
Death of Judge Hammond.
Ilnii. Kli S. Hammond, judge of
the Uiiited Stales Court for the
WuU'in Division of Tennessee,
holding its sessions in Memphis and
Jackson, died at the home of his
daughter, whom he was visiting, in
Xew York City, last week. He was
attacked the day before his death
with an illness io which little atten
tion was at first paid, as it w.'j?
thought to be only an attack of grijx
He sank rapidly, however, and, in
spite of the efforts of the best phy
sicians, pneumonia developed, and
the end came the next morning at 7
o'clock. Judge Hammond was a
native Mississippian, having been
born at Brandon, Miss., April 21,
1S3S. He was graduated from
Union University in Tennessee in
lh'u, and the following year re
ceived a diploma from the Lebanon,
Tenn., law school. During the civ
il war Judge Hammond served four
years in the Con federate army. . He
was appointed to the Federal bench
on dune K. is; 8, and had been a
judge for twentv-.-ix years.
Clarksville's Curfew Law.
The Clarksville city council has
passed on the second and final read
ing the curfew law. This new law
prohibits children under lii years of
age from appearing on the streets
after 0 o'clock in the evening in
summer and after S o'clock in the
wint r, unless accompanied by par
ents or guardian, imposing a penal
ty of not less than $1 or more than
for each offense. But no child
shall be locked up until parent or
guardian shall have been communi
To Build Flying Machine. .
The Eornshaw Aerial Navigation
Company, of Jackson, has raised tie
money and authorized F. W. Earn
shaw. the inventor, to construct
within ninety days a model of his
proposed flyiig machine. It will be
so built that with a small additional
motor, two persons can be carried in
the model. Mr. Earnshaw claims
that he has solved the problem of
aerial navigation, and he has gained
the confidence of the business men
of Jackson to an extent to cause
them to furnish the funds for carry
ing out his idea.
Suing for His Wife.
W. H. Foster, a farmer, aged 20
years, has began habeas corpus pro
ceedings against his wife's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Poland, of Nashville,
for possession of his wife, aged 18.
They were married four months ago,
and all went well and smobthly un
til the groom prepared to move with
his wife from the Poland home to
a cottage of his own. The thought
of separation from their daughter
was so harrowing to the girl's pa
rents, the petition says, that they
have refused him permission to see
Houston Bond, clerk in a leading
hotel of Nashville, received a certi
fied check last week from Evansville,
Ind.. for $10,000. Four years ago
an old gentleman fell on the side
walk in front of the. ho'tel and se
verely injured himself. Mr. Bond
went to his assistance, lifted him
from the ground and cared for him
until he had recovered. The check
last week was the sequel. Mr.
Bond would not disclose the name
of the man who sent the check.
A Wise Resolution.
The taxpayers of Tipton are in a
muddle because of, a resolution of
thq County Court which, instructs
the Tipton delegation to the legisla
ture to ask for a 23 cents on the
$100 gravel tax. This tax is to be
applied to better the condition of the
roads, but the property holders are
kicking strenuously against the
Want $50,000 Appropriated.
The University of Tennessee will
ask the Tennessee legislature for an
appropriation of $50,000. At a
meeting held in the chapel speeches
were made by President Ayres and
others. Students going home for
the holidays were requested to make
it a point to see their representatives
and urge them to vote for the ap
propriation. Starving to Death.
Daniel White, convicted at Car
thage a few days ago o"f killing Sid
Yaden, has not eaten snce, and says
that he is not going to eat anr more.
At the beginning of his imprison
ment he refused to oat anything for
fourteen days, and it would not be
surprising if he should really starve
himself to death. White was found
guilty of murder in the first degree
with mitigating crcumstances, but
expresses a preference for death.
Turkeys Driven to Market.
A novel sight was witnessed in
Clarksville last week when five hun
dred turkeys, all on foot, were
driven into, that city from Juliei,
Ky.. they havng been consigned Irv
W. D. Tori in. a well-known poultry
raiser, to a local ilrm of product
dealers. The turkey were deliv
ered to" their destination in good
order, although somewhat reduced
in weight as a result of their twenty
To Repeal the Jarvis Law.
Representative-elect W. T. Me
Clure. of Lewisburg, said a few days
ago that ii was his intention to
again introduce in the legislature a
bill repealing the Jarvis law, except
the porton with reference to justices
of the peace. He pushed such a bill
in the last general assembly and
missed carrying it through the
house by the narrow margin of only
Evidently a Suicide.
The bodv of Frank Bice, a voungl
man who has been missing from
his home in Unicoi county for three
days, has been found. It is believed
Bice committed suicide as the re
sult of disappointment in business.
On his body was found $220, a copy
Jf the Xew Tetamcnt and the Re
School Building Burned.
The school at. Sherman Heights,
a suburb of Chattanooga, was de
stroyed by lire last week. The ori
gin of the lie is unknown. The
buldug was completed a few months
ago at a cost of $10,000. It was
the finest county school in Hamil
Geoge W. Pennington, a Bristol
shoemaker, was accidentally shot in
the right leg last week when a pis
tol in the hands of a boy named
Dyer exploded. The ball cut an
artery and the man lost so much
blood before a physician arrived
that he is expected to die.
Cotton Factory a Success.
The Tipton cotton factory is now
in operation and turning out some
good work under the direction of J.
A. Lands, J. Freed. A. S. and Harry
Elder, the present stockholders of
the corporation. The factory is an
assured success and will greatly aid
in business matters in the town.
R. H. Marham Dead.
R. H. Marham, of Corinth, Miss.,
who was recently run over by a Mo
bile & Ohio train at Jackson, and
had to have one of his legs ampu
tated, died last week at a sanitorium
in JaekseAi. It is said he had been
drinking and laid down on the track,
and his death was the result.
$150,000 Powder Mill.
Pittsburg parties will erect a
$150,000 powder manufactury neai
Knoxville. Options have been taken
on a site on the Louisville & Nash
ville road. '
Found After Forty Years.
Rev. W. B. Jones, of Paris, ha;
just received a letter from his
brother, John, whom he has
mourned as dead for forty years.
He enlisted in the Confederate armj
in the early part of the war, and
as only two letters were ever re
ceived from him after his enlist
ment, it was supposed that he had
been killed in battle or died in pris
on. After the surrender he located
After the surrender he located ir
in Arkansas, where he still resides
MOST REMARKABLE EFFORT IN
THE SIEGE OF PORT ARTHUR.
HILL STORMED IX SNOW DEE DEEP
Mikado's Troops Meet a Perfect Rain
of Bullets, and Were Mowed Down
Like Wheat Before a Scythe, But
Never Quivered Rallied Their
Forces, and, With Fanatic Zeal and
Rebel Yells, Waded Through Death
Chefoo, Dec. 18. For ferocity and
sustained desperation on both sides,
the struggle for the possession of High
Hill probably was the most remark
ably in the history of the siege of Port
Arthur a siege noted for slaughter.
This statement is based on an inter
view which the correspondent of the
Associated Press had with Comman
der Mizzeneoff, executive officer of the
battleship Poltava up to the time the
vessel was disarmed, and who. as al
ready told, headed the party of sevpn
Russians who left Port Arthur in a
sailboat December 13, and after ex
treme suffering, while crossing in a
driving snow storm, arrived here De
cember 16. bearing dispatches which
were turned over to the Russian con
sul for transmission to St. Petersburg.
These dispatches, it is understood,
consists partly of a statistical report
of the effect of the Japanese bombard
ments, and there is nothing in them
to indicate that Gen. Stoessel is with
out hope that the fortress will be able
to hold out.
Commander Mizzeneoff. who was
wounded in the leg during the battle
of High Hill, said to the Associated
"Since the Japanese, on the 27th.
began their attack on High Hill, which
they call 203 Meter Hill, the lighting
has been continuous. The steep and
sandy slopes of the hill were streaked
and dotted with snow when the Jap
anese began the battle, which was
destined to furnish so many deeds of
heroism that thej become common
place. There was so much slaughter
that even Port Arthur's war hardened
veterans shuddered at the sight.
Japanese were compelled to clam
ber up the slopes of the hill in many
cases without firing, in the face of
one of the most murderous deluges
ever poured from rifles and machine
guns. I was there, and it seemed to
me that flesh and blood would be till
able to stand our fire for a minute.
"The enemy went down in squads
and companies, but always there were
others grimly coming forward. Their
bravery was beyond praise, as was
that of our own men. Sometimes the
fighting was hand to hand with the
muzzles of the rifles at the breasts cf
the contestants, the bayonets being
used as swords. The sides of the hill
were strewn with bodies, and tho snow
was crimsoned with the blood of the
wounded, some of whom had crawled
into it. seeking in its coldness sur
cease for their dying agonies.
"One incident of this assault will
remain forever impressed on my mind.
When a Japanese standard bearer
reached the summit and planted his
flag, a gigantic Russian corporal left
his retreating comrades and, rushing
back, seized the flag, which he was
tearing with his hands and with his
teeth when he fell, pierced with sev
"When the Japanese retired under
an artillery fire the Russians reoc
cupied the summit.
"The second and third assaults were
replicas of the first, although the sec
ond was the most ferocious, being
nearly all hand to hand fighting, in
which mercy was neither asked nor
"A remarkable incident occurred in
the third assault as the Russians, still
facing the enemy, retreated. A Jap
anese standard bearer, holding his
flag aloft, climbed the pinnacle and
fell dead clinging to the colors. In
his tracks another rose with the colors
only to fall instantly with a dozen
wounds in his body. Six others fol
lowed and met the same fate. At last
when the ninth man appeared a Rus
sian officer exclaimed, 'Don't shoot
that fellow with the flag; it will be
planted any how,'
"The Japanese adopted a curious
expedient which assisted them great
ly in the third assault. They had pre
pared huge piles of wood, coal and
cornstalks which were Ignited, the
wind being in the faces of the Rus
sians. The resultant fire was im
mense, and the flames and smoke com
pelled" the Russians to retire.
"The red glare from this fire dis
closed a ghastly picture, more infer
nal than ever dreamed by Dante.
"The assaults thus far had cost the
Japanese easily 12,000 men. while our
own losses were under 2,000. The
sides of the hill were literally covered
with dead and wounded. The trenches
were rivulets of blood, and every risi
ble spot was dyed crimson.
"'We might retake the hill said
Gen. Stossel, 'but the hill is not of
sufficient importance to us to justify
"Scarcely an officer participating
in the battle of High Hill escaped un
hurt, and the proportion of young of
ficers killed was very high."
Third Pacific Squadron.
Libau, Dec. 18. Work is being hur
ried upon the vessels of the prospect
ive third Pacific squadron. All of tht;
ships are being stripped and their ma
chinery overhauled in preparation for
a long voyage. At present there is
a shortage of workmen, but this, it
Is expected, will soon be remedied.
Mukden, Dec. 18. Gen Kuropatkin,
on December 17, at a parade of all the
available troops,, formally invested
Gens. Grippenberg, Linevitch and
KaulLar with the command of their
POrtT ARTHUR DESOLATE.
Commander Mizzeneoff Gives Gloomy
Account of Affairs.
Cheffoo, Dec. 18. (Midnight.)
Commander Mizzeneoff, who was ex
ecutive officer of the Russian battle
ship Poltava, until that vessel was dis
armed, and who, on December 15,
headed the party of seven Russians,
who left Port Arthur in a sail boat
and arrived here yesterday With dis
patches, said to the Associated Press
correspondent tonight, in an inter
view, that Port Arthur Is a desolate,
and excepting for the firing of guns,
a silent place.
"The Russians," said he, "are hus
banding their artillery ammunition,
firing only when the effect will be cer
tain. There are 16,000 men in tho
line of forts, and their periods of rest
are few. The generals, except Gen.
Stoessel, live in the forts.
"Every building in tho whole town
is more or less damaged.
"Gen. Stoessel has put the entire
population on regular rations sufficient
to last three months. The ammuni
tion is sufficient to last much longer.
'T believe the Japanese will never
take the fortress under present condi
tions." Continuing Commander Mizzeneoff
"Port Arthur never looked more se
pulchral than on the night of Decem
ber , when the Japanese shells re
peatedly hit a hospital, killing seven
of the patients. Other patients who
were not helpless, fearing for their
lives, fled into the snow-covered
streets. Clothed in their white hos
pital garments, maimed, crippled and
pallid, they made a ghostly show, and
it was some time before the provost
guard forced them to return to tho
hospital. A number died from ex
posure. "The hospitals contain 8,000 pa
tients. "The Sevastopol is the only warship
that has not been disarmed.
"During the recent fighting some
Japanese torpedo boats came in closo
to the harbor entrance. Gen. Stoessel
notified Rear Admiral Wireuius tto re
lieve the forts of the responsibility
of repelling these attacks. Rear Ad
miral Wirenius sent the Sevastopol to
the outer road where she anchored
every night, returning to the harbor
in the morning.
"The Sevastopol has been bit once
superficially. She sunk one of the Jap
anese torpedo boats near the harbor
"Rear Admiral Wirenius, whilo
going out in the harbor to visit the
battleship Retvizan, was slightly
wounded in the arm by the fragment
of a shell."
When Commander Mizzeneoff left
Port Arthur it was calculate! there
that the second Pacific squadron was
within ten days' distance.
JEWS AND CHRISTIANS
Are Aiding Russian Deserters. Which
Now Number 16,0C0.
Cracow, Dec. 18. A combination
has been effected between the Chris
tian and Hebrew com: ittces organ
ized for the purpose of aiding Russian
The two bodies now work hand in
hand, and in this manner have greatly
facilitated the difficult task of avoid
ing government interference. Tho
Jewish committee, which carried the
phrase "for the aid of Russian desert
ers," in its official name, has elimi
nated these words in response to a
hint from the authorities that the
phrase was highly objectionable. An
attempt has been made within the last
few days to compile statistics rela
tive to the number of deserters who
have so far appealed for aid. The ef
fort was not very successful, owing
to the great press of work which has
made correct bookkeeping nearly im
possible, there being a lack of em
ployes willing to work without com
pensation. A rough estimate places the number
at 16,000. However, this does not in
clude the vast number of fugitives who
had means of their own and preferred
not to be known as deserters, making
their way to Vienna independently.
ADAMS MAY NOT GET IT.
Supreme Court of Colorado Throws
Out His Vote.
Denver, Colo., Dec. 18. Alva Adams.
Democratic candidate for governor,
has lost 1,182 of his plurality of 5.27."
in this county by the action of tho
Supreme Court in ordering the elec
tion commission to eliminate five pre
cincts from the returns. His plurality
in the State still stands at about 10.
000. By the Supreme Court's orders
the Democrats lose three senators in
this city, and the Republicans gain
control of tne legislature.
Says That the Government Cotton Es
timate Is Too Large.
Washington, Dec. 18. Stuyvesant
Fish, president of the Illinois Central,
is the latest addition to the railroad
presidents who have come to town
since the agitation of the question of
giving the interstate commerce coi i
mission the right to fix railroad rate.
Mr. Fish, how yer, claims to be a
farmer. He says: "I am a sure
enough farmer, and am interested in
growing cotton down in Northern Mis
sissippi. .Men of good information
say the estimate is much too large.
The Pope Has the Gout.
Rome, Dec. 18. This afternoon
Pope Pius X, accompanied by. the car
dinals of the court, and all the bishops
and dignitaries of the church at pres
ent in Rome, went to venerate the
blessed Del Bufalo. The ceremony had
the added object of a demonstration
of loyalty. Over 30,000 people crowded
the basilica. It was much remarked
that Pope Pius, Instead of walking to
St. Peter's as had been arranged, went
in the Sedia Gestatoria. He was un
able today to walk because of gout,
with which he has been suffering so
much the last few days that he wag
obliced. to sit during audiences,