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RUPU8 L. LOGAN, B. 8. D., Editor.
THE NEWS CONDENSED.
At Greenville, Miss., Mrs. Mollle
"Westrobe, who while Insane murdered
and burned her five children near Haz
elhurst, June 16, committed suiclJe by
Jumping Into the river.
The new airship that la being built
for Santos-Dumont will measure 11
meters In diameter and 25 meters in
length. It will have ten places, eight
for voyagers and two for those operat
Burglars robbed the postofflce of $300
In money and stamps at Miami, Mo.
They also entered the Miami Savings
bank, but were unable to open the safe.
All private boxes in the vault were
robbed, however, but the extent of the
loss is unknown.
Sioux Falls. Sept. 12. J. P. Harring
ton, a sign painter, tonight shot and
killed his divorced wife and then sent
a bullet Into his breast, dying instant
ly. The cause was an unsuccessful at
tempt to Induce the woman to live with
Passengers on the last trip of the
Bteamer Bertha from Alaska say that
the volcanoes Redoubt, Iliammoa and
Augustine mountains are in active erup
tion. Great volumes of steam issued
from all three, and Redoubt is throw
ing clouds of smoke miles high.
Admiral Killick personal'.y fired the
after magazine of the Firminist gun
boat Crete-a-Pierrot, sunk off the en
trance of Gonaives harbor, Hayti, Sat
urday, and appears to have gone down
-with his ship. His body was recovered
later in the same day.
President Roosevelt put his stamp of
disapproval on the proposed cowboy
race from Deadwood to Omaha and the
contest has been abandoned. In addi
tion to the president's disapproval there
had been received several protests from
The body of F. T. Merry, clerk sten
ographer of the Fifth district court at
Kauaik, Honolulu, has been found in
the forest. It is thought he committed
suicide by shooting while temporarily
insane. Merry came from Ann Arbor,
The emperor of Germany and Prince
Henry have been formally proposed for
honorary membership in the New York
Yacht club, and their election probably
will occur at the next regular meeting,
At Minneapolis, Minn., because her
husband failed to give her $25 he had
promised her for a new dress, Mrs.
Louis Dahlstrom swallowed a quantity
of carbolic acid. Physicians were called,
but their efforts were unavailing, and
in three hours she was dead.
According to information from
France, that has just reached a friend
of the Fair family in San Francisco, it
was a defective steering wheel instead
of a collansed tire that caused the death
of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Fair while
thev were automobiling in that coun
try. All arrangements have been com
pleted for receiving the bodies of the
Fairs on Friday In San Francisco.
Jack Shields, a hermit, living near
Maple Hill, Ky., was found dead in his
cabin door, and it is believed he was
murdered. There was blood on the
floor of the house and in the doorway
and all the circumstances indicate a
Bevere struggle. It was supposed the
man kept a large sum of money in
A band of whitecaps visited the home
of Mat Sturgeon on the Wyeoff larm
hve miles east of Bloomington, Ind., on
Monday nieht. took Sturgeon out, and
eave him a severe whipping. Stur
geon's wife was also lightly switched.
Notices were left at the door of Rolla
Stureeon. near by. warlng him to
leave within a week.
A ereat whale hunt took place at
Hillswich, in the Shetland islands, last
Saturday. On that day a school of her
ring whales was reported approaching
the village and the entire fishing pop
ulation put to sea aboard of everything
that would float. They drove the whales
ashore and slaughtered 166 of them.
The longest whale measured 35 feet.
While on their way to camp near
Brownsville, Tex., three members of
the state rangers were shot at by men
in ambush, supposed to be friends of a
man recently killed by the rangers
while being arrested on a charge of
cattle stealing. Ranger Robuck was in
Btantly killed. Ranger Baker was
slightly wounded and Ranger Miller's
horse was shot. Eight Mexicans have
been arrested for participation in the
Willis O. Tyler, the young colored
inan of Monroe county, who won the
state oratorical contest in lltoi and took
fourth place in a field with ten con
testants in the interstate oratorical in
Iowa, will enter the Harvard Law
The burning Beaumont gusher ceased
flowing from natural causes Sunday and
the fire was easily extinguished.
There is a united.effort in Cambridge,
Mass., to have President Charles W.
Eliot of Harvard college run for mayor
this fall on an independent or citizens'
More than 500 employes in the freight
departments of the different Kansas
City railroads have bpen granted sub
stantial Increases in salaries in the last
month. In no instance has there been
any threat of a strike.
George Huber of New York shot and
killed his wife in the town of Monterey,
Mass., Sunday morning. The murder
was committed on the public highway
and several persons were witnesses of
the tragedy which brought to an end
an unhappy marriage.
At Guthrie, Ckla., in a quarrel over
school affairs Joseph Watkins, a farmer
of Beaver county, was shot and killed
by a neighbor. Doc Cravens. The school
board had made a tax levy which did
not meet Watkins' approval. The quar
rel took place at Cravens' place. The
latter surrendered and was released on
Countess Bon Martini, wife of Count
Bon Martini, who was assassinated at
Bolougna by Tulllo Murrl, his brother
in-law, has been arrested on the charge
of complicity In the .murder of her bus
hand. It is alleged that the countess
spurred her brother on to commit the
HE WILL NOT ACCEPT
HENDERSON REFUSES NOMINA
TION FOR CONGRESS.
Received as Thunder-Clap From a
Clear Sky Believes There is Grow
in? Sentiment Among Republicans
That He Does Not Truly Represent
Their Views on the Tariff Question
Opposed to Free Trade.
Dubuque, Iowa, Sept. 17. The fol
lowing letter was addressed to C. E. Al
brook, chairman of notification com
mittee, Eldorado, Iowa, by Speaker
"I have never answered the kind no
tice communicated by you and your as
sociates advising me of my nomination
for the eleventh time by acclamation
as Republican candidate for congress
from the Third congressional district
of Iowa. Reported conditions in the
public mind in my district upon public
policies induced me to make this delay.
Since my return to the district I have
made a careful study as to the senti
ment in the district and state, and I
believe there is no little sentiment and
a growing sentiment, among Republi
cans, that I do not truly represent their
views of the tariff question. Believing
this condition to exist, and knowing
that I do not agree with many of my
people that trusts, to which I am and
always have been opposed, can be cur
ed, or people benefited by free trade, in
whole or in part, I must decline to ac
cept the nomination so generously and
enthusiastically made. I have devoted
twenty of the best years of my life to
the service of my people and my coun
try, and I have fought for what I be
lieved to be best for the farmer, laborer
and business interests of this district
and state. I am grateful for the devo
tion that has ever been accorded me
and to the hour of my death, I will hold
in a grateful heart the memory of that
devotion. I will give, later on, In some
detail, my views and convictions on our
conditions, ana on public questions,
and will state my reasons why the Re
publican party and its policies should
continue in the confidence of the voters
of the United States and why the doc
trines of the Democracy should find no
lodgement in the faith and teachings or
the Republican party."
Speaker Henderson announced nis
withdrawal after a conference of sev
eral hours with Chairman Glasser of
the congressional committee friends
this afternoon. Henderson has been
contemplating this action for two
weeks, hut had intimated nothing of it
to his friends until yesterday. At to
day's conference his friends implored
him not to take the action, but to no
avail. He said he had made up his
mind and no argument could cause him
to change his decision. When asked for
his reasons for withdrawal, Henderson
"My letter to Chairman Albrook is
the whole thing in a nutshell. You can
not kill trusts by applying free trade
without killing our Industries. Foreign
trusts are fighting American trusts, and
I don't believe thr.t, for the purpose of
controlling American trusts we should
make a market for foreign trusts, there
by crushing out industries in this coun
try. After my conference last Satur
day at Waterloo, and hearing the views
of the chairman of my district, I con
cluded my views on the tariff question
were at variance with those of many
cf my party, and I did not desire to ap
pear in a false position."
Henderson gave out an address this
evening which states his views on the
tariff and trust questions, and because
these views, in his opinion, are not in
acordance with the state platform and
with the opinions of prominent mem
bers of his party, he declines to accept
the nomination. His address is "To Re
publican Voters of the Third Iowa Dis
trict," and he says, being a Republican
he is a protectionist, and if he ever en
tertained a doubt as to the wisdom of
a protective policy a hasty comparison
between the present and past would
blot out such doubt. He then speaks
with satisfaction of the tariff planks of
the last two national platforms.
Continuing, he says: "For three
years I have advocated giving control
of trusts to congress. In my judgment,
proper supervision can never be had
until congress has power to treat them.
I am glad to see from speeches made
by our fearless and upright chief execu
tive that he is advocating federal con
trol over these corporations, and, while
in some quarters they may sneer at it,
I have not seen any proposition yet, ex
cept this, that seems at all likely to
bring relief. No proposition has ever
been made by the Democracy excepting
to put everything on the free list and
give the country free trade. In other
words, they propose to kill the child
dead in order to cure it. They propose
to slaughter every interest in the
United States, whether capital or labor
in a wild and blind effort to provide a
remedy for trusts. In my opinion, if
combinations could be regulated and
controlled we would have very little de
mand for congressional action in the
tariff laws. To show how strongly the
Republican party feels upon the sub
ject, In its state platform this year It
declares in favor of any modification of
the tariff that may be required to pre
vent affording shelter to monopoly.
"Our Democratic friends treat this
as moving Into free trade grounds. It
is nothing of the sort. It Is a bold dec
laratlon that it modifications of the
tariff are required to prevent monopoly
from sheltering Itself under the wings
of protection, then the tariff shall be
modified to prevent that condition. For
my part, if any great interest In this
country is prospering through protec
tion policies or any other legislation
and is using its advantages of growth
and prosperity to plunder the Ameri
can people, 1, for one, am ready to
strike It by whatever lsgal means we
may be able to adopt, provided that. In
so doing we do not hurt Innocent inter
ests. I am not prepared to say I would
be willing to strike down and destroy
American combinations and let foreign
combinations come in and do the work
but I would like to control our own
corporations so there could be fair play
among the American people. I have
been more amused than hurt at sugges
tions that I have been against any
changes in the tariff. While I have been
against general revision, recognizing
the wisdom of President Roosevelt in
his first message to congress, in which
he advised against it, I have never been
opposed to making needed changes, and
I am not now. I must say, and emphat
ically, that I do not believe a single
schedule of the Dlngley tariff law can
be so amended as to relieve people from
opresslons of trusts or combinations of
capital, however named, and that such
action may Involve the retarding of
our expanding commerce and getting
and holding of foreign markets. Indeed,
I believe such a plan to be fraught with
grave dangers to the people.
"I am a firm believer in reciprocity. I
worked with untiring zeal to secure rec
iprocical arrangements between Cuba
and this country and I was successful In
passing it through the house. The sen
ate did not act on the bill because the
consideration of it would have permit
ted opening up the whole question of
tariff revision. The house has nothing
to say about the ratification of treaties,
but the reciprocal relations upon which
it legislated In respect to Cuba were
of the bargain, although, doubtless,
they would have been of great advant
age to Cuba.
While I canot speak for the pros
pects of favorable action upon the bill
not in the nature of treaties, but they
were reciprocal agreements in which, I
think, our country would have the best
sent to the senate, I still hope and be
lieve that by a treaty the same result
may be accomplished, and I have no
doubt President Roosevelt Is now work
ing on the question of a treaty with
Cuba to give that struggling young re
public the needed help, a help too, in
which, while they will be gainers, we
will not ge losers. And now, let me say,
and let there be no misunderstanding
as to my position: "I believe in protec
tion that will protect the hand of labor,
the wheels of Industry, every farmer
and miner, and I am against wicked
corporations that would trample on the
right of the people to fair play and to
the fruits of their honest efforts. I am
against unnecessary legislation that
would throw my country into panic and
bring back the horrors bequeathed to us
by the last Democratic administration."
A FRENCH DEFI TO ENGLAND.
Minister of Marine Says His Country
is Master of Situation in Medit
erranean Despite Gibraltar.
Bizerta, Tunis, Sept. 17. M. Pellttan.
the French minister of marine, made a
remarkable speech at an entertainment
of the municipality yesterday evening
which It is expected will cause the
French foreign minister, Delcasse, some
trouble to explain. After pointing out
the Importance of Bizerta as a bulwark
of France, Pellettan proceeded:
"Part of the Mediterranean is French
and will remain French. With this
powerful rampart so well situated for
defense and attack, with Corsica and
Toulon, we can hold an open door be
tween the two halves of the Mediter
ranean in spite of Malta and Gibraltar.
Certainly I do not desire a conflict of
the people against England any more
than against Italy, but. as we do not
know what others are doing, it is part
of our duty to prepare for a holy war;
for the French fatherland against its
enemies, whoever they may be. I am
convinced, thanks to the fellow work
ers with whom I am surrounded, that
we can face every eventuality. Security
hardly exists any more for the civilized
world. At the end of the 19th century
the whole world seems to be dominated
by the maxim, 'Might before right.' We
must then devote all our efforts to keep
ing intact that focus of justice and
ngnt h rench genius."
Foreign Minister Vexed.
Paris, Sept. 16. The needlessly of
fensive allusions to Italy, Germany and
Great Britain made by M. Pelletan, the
marine minister, in a speech at Ajaccio,
Corsica, and yesterday in a speech at
Bizerta, are generally deprecated here.
Foreign Minister M. Delcasse is said to
have been extremely vexed at M. Pel-
letan's utterances at Ajaccio, which are
calculated to considerably irritate Italy
at a moment when the French govern
ment had succeeded in dissipating the
II reeling that existed between the two
countries and had established an era of
Germans Treat It Lightly.
Berlin, Sept. 10. The German foreign
office treats M. Pelletan's Bizerta
speech lightly and is disposed to attach
no more importance to it than to after-
dinner indiscretions of the French min
ister of war. General Andre, a few
weeks ago, of which the German gov
ernment took no official notice. M. Pel
letan's utterances serve to draw atten
tion to French designs in the Mediter
ranean. France, while Great Britain
was engaged in South Africa, made
Bizerta as strong as Malta, and France
is now regarded as the strongest Medi
terranean power. Great Britain has be
come aware of her relatively lower posi
tion there and of France s activity dur
ing the war, and, according to diplo
matic intelligence here. Great Britain
is again looking for closer relations
Not Taken Seriously.
London. Sept. 16. What Is desig
nated as M. Pelletan s "new diplomacy"
Is not taken seriously in London. It is
pointed out here that in the course of
his tour the minister similarly referred
to Germany and Italy, and semi-official
French papers like the Journal des De
bats declare his sentiments are those
neither of France nor her government.
Engineers Elect Officers.
Springfield, 111.. Sept. 16. The .Na
tional Brotherhood of Coal-Hoisting
Engineers today electee', officers. Among
them were: Alack Taylor, Danville, illy,
national chief; 1. K. Jenkins, Danvile,
Ills.; secretary and treasurer, Joseph
Dougherty, Taylorville, L. B. King
Staunton and aDvid Collier, Diamond
Bartholin Suspects to be Free.
Chicago, Sept. 10. The grand jury
today voted "no biils" against Oscar
Thompson. John Claffy and Edward
Counselman, who were arraigned in
connection with the Barthoiin-Mitchell
murder mystery. The immediate re
lease of the men is expected.
British Admiral in Gotham.
New York, Sept. 16. Lord Charles
Beresford, rear admiral of the British
navy, was among the passengers on the
steamer Kron Prinz Wilhelm, which
arrived today from Bremen.
Manila, Sept. 16. The headquarters
and six troops or tne Ninth cavalry
sailed for San Francisco today on the
transport Logan. The rest of the regl
ment will sail Oct. 1.
THIRTY MILLION COMBINE TO
INCLUDE ALL BIG COMPANIES
Twelve Leading Concerns Have Al
ready Agreed to Join Competition
Said to Have Caused the Manufac
turers to Get Together Belvidere,
111., Will he Western Headquarters
Names of Firms Involved.
Belvidere, 111., Sept. 16. A sewing
machine trust, with a capital of $30,
000.000, is in process of formation ac
cording to Information from a source
of high authority. Already it is claimed
that 12 concerns have agreed to join,
and it is expected to secure a number
of others. The firms involved so far
The New Home company of Orange,
The Household of Providence, R. I.
The Domestic of Newark, N. J.
The Demorest of Williamsport, Pa.
The Williams Manufacturing com
pany of Plattsbnrg, N. Y.
The Standard company of Cleveland,
The White companies of Cleveland,
The Davis of Dayton, O.
The Foley & Williams Manufactur
ing company of Chicago and Kankakee,
The Illinois Sewing Machine company
of Rockford. 111.
The Chicago Sewing Machine com
pany of Chicago.
The National Sewing Machine com
pany of Belvidere, 111.
It is planned to make Belvidere the
principal Western manufacturing point,
consolidating several factories at this
city to save expense. The factory now
located here has a dally capacity of over
1.000 sewing machines and employs 1,
The deal has been under considera
tion for several weeks. Representatives
of the leading sewing machine concerns
have been in session at the Waldorf
Astoria hotel In New York City ar
ranging the details, and it is stated that
everything has been arranged satisfac
torily, and that the final settlement Is
now up to the auditors and appraisers.
The last meeting at the New York head
quarters was held last Friday after
noon, at which time all sewing ma
chine manufacturers who had been in
cluded In the proposed merger signed
the necessary papers to complete the
It is stated that the financiers behind
the proposed merger have agreed upon
Barnabas Eldredge, president of the Na
tional Sewing Machine company of this
city, as president of the trust. Mr. Eld
redge Is an old and experienced man in
the sewing machine business. He be
gan in Detroit years ago, and later lo
afed in Chicago, where he conducted
business until his removal to Bel
videre 1 4 years ago. At present he con
trols the National Sewing Machine
company, which has a capital of over
Mr. Eldridge returned from New
York yesterday. He refused to be inter-
iewed concerning the formation of the
trust. A sewing machine man who is
n a position to know said it was true
that the combine had been agreed upon.
He said everything was settled except
the work of the appraisers.
The combination, he said, is made
necessary because of the fierce competi
tion in the sewing machine business.
He said this competition came largely
from the mail order houses of the coun
try, who bought sewing machines in
large quantities at a close margin and
then sold them as leaders with scarcely
The Singer company, which does an
agency business exclusively, has not
been considered in the combination, as
the promoters figured that this com
pany does not enter into competition
with the companies which sell to' the
mail order houses and jobbers. The
sewing machine factories which are re
ported to be in the combination are lo
cated in the central West and the East,
CHINESE CONVERTS KILLED
Hundreds Are Reported to Have Been
Murdered by Boxers in Pro
vince of Sze-Chung.
London. Sept. 16. A dispatch to the
News agency from Pekin says the
Catholics here understand that from
?,00 to 1,000 converts have been killed
by Boxers in the province of Sze-
Missionaries in Danger.
Washington, Sept. 17. At the request
of the state department the Mexican
embassy here has asked the Mexican
authorities to take steps to protect the
lives of Mr. and Mrs. Everet Morgan
and Miss Sarah LInley, residents of
Springfield, Ind., who are missionaries
at Popoboi, Mex. It was learned today
at the department that the natives of
that place threatened to take the lives
of the party unless they shall leave by
BRITISH AUTHORITIES ACTIVE,
Strengthening Fortifications in the
West Indies Against Events That
May Occur in Future.
Oyster Bay, Sept. 17. The Associated
PreFB learns that the British author!
ties are exhibiting unusual activity in
connection with fortifications in th
West Indies with a view to strengthen
1ng strategical positions there against
any eventualities consequent upon the
construction of the Panama canal
These efforts are not only confined to
Improvement of the defenses on the
British islands, but include a careful In
spection and analysis of the fortifica
tions of other powers who have terri
tory in the Caribbean sea.
DESPERATE THIEF IDENTIFIED.
Frank Ford Found to he One of Ten
Who Dynamited Their Way
Out of Prison.
Indianapolis. Sept. 17. Frank Ford,
arrested several days ago, wa Identi
fied today as William Dockery, alias
James Thompson, who was connected
with robberies at St. Louis, Minn.,
Sioux Falls, S. D., and others, each time
escaping prison. Recently he and nine
others dynamited their way out of a
BANKER FISH WAS MURDERED.
That is the Conclusion Arrived at by
the New York Police Three
New York, Sept. 17. Nicholas Fish,
millionaire, diplomat and descendant of
one of the best known of American fam
ilies, died at the Roosevelt hospital nt
3:25 o'clock this morning, from the re
sult of an injury received In Ehrhardt's
saloon, 205 West Thlrty-rourth street,
yesterday. Whether he was murdered
or fell the police do not know. The
conflicting stories such as would nat
urally follow an event In which crim
inal responsibility must De placed are
told, but there seems to be no doubt
that Mr. Fish had a quarrel with a pri
vate detective named Thomas J. Shar
key, who joined the banker at a table.
where he had been for several nours
drinking with Mrs. Libby J. Phillips
and Mrs. Nellie Casey.
Mrs. Llbble J. Phillips, 29 years old,
Mr. Nally Casey, 30 years old, and Thos.
Sharkey, 38 years old, a private de
tective, were arrested early today in
connection with the case.
According to the police Mr. Fish en
tered Ehrhardt's saloon, 25 West Thir-
tv-fourth street, yesterday afternoon
with Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Casey. The
police sav that Mrs. Phillips knew who
Fish was, hut that neither Mrs. Casey
nor Sharkey, who subsequently joined
the party, were aware of his Identity.
Sharkey, who knew the women, was not
reluctant to join the party when one of
the women invited him to. The polio
say that Fish did most of the buying.
Fish then discovered that his money
was exhausted and he announced that
he would have to draw a check. Shar
key, Ignorant of Fish's Identity, ques
tioned his ability to make his check
good. Fish, it is said, took offense at
this and angry words ensued. Then,
according to the police, some one slap
ped Fish's face. One of the women.
clinging to Fish's arm, dragged him
toward the door of the saloon and out
to the sidewalk.
Coroner Jackson made an examina
tion of Mr. Fish's body. He said no
fracture of the skull had been found. He
believed death had been due to paraly
sis of the brain, caused by a blow on
the left side of the face or head. It was
thought Mr. Fish had fallen on a stone
pavement and injured the skull, prob
ably fracturing it. The coroner said
that a knock-down blow usually caused
concussion of the brain. The pupil of
Mr. Fish's right eye was dilated, while
he left one was contracted and that
the coroner said was a symptom of
paralysis of the brain.
Coroner Jackson held Sharkey In $10.-
000 bail and Mrs. Phillip and Mrs. Casey
in $500 bail each as witnesses.
Sharkey made the following state
ment preliminary to his arraignment:
I went into Erhhardt s and saw there
two women with whom I am acquaint
ed. They called out when they saw me,
Come over and have a drink.'
I went over and sat down with them.
After I had talked to them this banker
Fish seemed to take offense at my being
'We had a few words, and all at once
he drew off with his arm and struck
me. Then we both got up. I went out
one door and he the other. He must
have stumbled down the steps and
fallen in going out."
WORE COLLIERIES RESUME.
Delaware & Hudson Company Start
Three, and Ontario & Western
Four Guard in Jail.
Scranton, Pa., Sept. 17. The Dela
ware & Hudson company today started
three more collieries, the Conyghani at
Wilkesbarre. Plymouth No. 2 and the
Olyphant. This makes six collieries and
three washeries this company has in
operation. The Ontario & Western com
pany resumed operations at Pine Brook
and West Ridge collieries, scranton,
and Johnson Nos. 1 and 2 in Priceburg.
This company now hns three mines
and three washeries going altogether.
Companies having headquarters here
claim to be operating collieries and 21
washeries. with an estimated daily out
put of 20,000 tons. A guard on duty at
the Pancoast colliery was chased by a
crowd, and to hold them off he dis
charged his revolver. He was later ar
rested by Throop borough authorities
and sent to jail for discharging fire
arms. Will Concede Nothing.
New York, Sept. 17. A conference
of leading anthracite coal interests was
held this afternoon at the Philadelphia
& Reading company s offices. The pre
cise subjects of the conference could not
be learned, but It was stated in ad
vance of the meeting that no conces
sions would be granted and that recent
events of a seml-polltlcal character
would not be seriously considered.
THE OCEAN RECORD BROKEN.
Cron Prinz Wilhelm Lowers
Deutschland's Time Twenty
New York, Sept. 17 The North Ger
man Lloyd steamer Kron Prinz Wil
helm arrived in port today from Cher
bourg, beating all westward records.
The steamship lett Cherbourg at 9:10 p
m., Sept 10, and arrived at Sandy Hook
lightship at 4:07 this morning, making
the run of 3.047 miles in 5 days, 11
hours. 57 minutes, an average speed of
23.09 knots per hour. The time is 23
minutes better than the time of the
MODEL FARMS IN MISSISSIPPI.
Northern Capitalists Making Heavy
Investments in Real Estate in
the Cotton Delta.
Jackson, Miss., Sept. 15. Northern
real estate dealers and capitalists are
not making heavy investments in real
estate in the delta with the object of
developing their holdings into model
plantations, and it is estimated that
nearly $2,000,000 worth of land has been
purchased within the present year. The
land most sought after is in sections
which have never been cultivated, and
at the present rate of development the
entire section where only about 60 per
cent of land Is in cultivation will have
a largely Increased tillable acreage
within the next tew months.
J. H. PIGGOTT PROCLAIMS HIM
SELF THE MESSIAH.
Leader of a Set Called Agapemonists
Promises Everlasting Life to Hia
Followers Noisy Demonstration at
Clapton, England Hissed and
Threatened by a Large Crowd He
Was Protected by Police,
London, Sept. 16. Amid scenes of
disorder, J. H. Piggott yesterday car
ried out his promise to proclaim him
self the Messiah at the Abode of Love,
which is the name for the Agapemon
ists' church at Clapton. Only 200 of
the waiting 5.000 persons were able to
enter the building after about 300 of
the Agapemonists took their places in
the church. These strangers with the
outside crowd kept up a continuous din
throughout the service. Those who suc
ceeded in entering found themselves
with bruised limbs and torn coats.
In the chapel, which showed a beauti
fully decorated Interior, with allegorical
has reliefs on the walls, pews of carved
oak, and much carving in marble and
Algerian onyx, Piggott, without surplice
or robes, faced his congregation, star
ing intently and afterward assuming a
mystic, far-away look. A silent prayer
followed the singing of a hymn, which
was Interrupted by blasphemous com
ments from the non-members, three of
whom were expelled.
Piggott read in a well modulated
voice the verse from the epistle to the
"Because the foolishness of God is
wiser than men, and the weakness of
God is stronger than men."
He then proceeded to say that God
was about to manifest this in the time
that was beginning. He added: "For
the second coming there was a man sent
from God whose name was Brother
Prince (referring to the founder of the
sect). Those who received his mes
sage were very few. The churches re
jected him cs a blasphemer and a wick
ed man, but his wisdom is justified
again, for those who received that mes
sage receive him now. It is not as a
rector of the church that I stand before
you, but as him who has come again
as the son of God, come In my own
body, come to please my people, to re
ceive my people to myself, and to give
everlasting life to all flesh."
Immediately after the service was
over the crowd rushed pell mell to catch
a glimpse of Piggott, who emerged pale,
but smiling, and with vacant eyes. The
throng surrounded him, yelling, hissing
and threatening him with uplifted
sticks. Piggott put his head out of
the window of the carriage which he
had entered, his black and gray hair
hanging over his face, and seemed to
invite martyrdom. The police prevent
ed him from being assaulted. It Is un
derstood that a man who was on the
.box beside the driver was an ex-prize
During the service a detachment from
the Salvation Army, of which Piggott
was formerly a member, marched past
the church singing "We Shall Know
When He Comes by the Nail Prints on
His Hands." The crowd backed the
Salvationists against the Agapemon
ists. Some of them shouted to Piggott
"Hold up your hands!" Piggott did so,
showing both hands bound in white
A feature of the noisy scenes was that
while men were jeering and joking the
women were passionately angry all the
time. Some of the members of the sect
who drove up in carriages regarded the
public with complete unconcern.
Wilkesbarre, Pa.. Sept. 17. President
Gompers of the American federation of
Labor, President Mitchell and Treas
urer Wilson of the United Mine Work
ers, together with district presidents of
the same organization in the anthracite
region, spent the best part of the day
in a conference here which was secret.
After the meeting none of those who
participated were in a communicative
mood. President Gompers expressed
the opinion that the miners were well
able to take care of themselves and said
the federation would not be called upon
earlier than November to take action
on the strike.
Injuries to Brooklyn.
Washington, Sept. 15. The report of
the board which investigated the in
juries to the cruiser Brooklyn in the
recent navy maneuvers was made pub
lic today. Repairs of damage will cost
$42,500, and the ship will be laid up la
dock for three months.
Chicago Live Stock.
Chicago, Sept. 16. Cattle Receipts to
day were 22.000 head against 23.37E last
Monday. The receipts embraced about 11,
000 Western rangers, and any amount of
a better percentage class of natives. A
good demand for fut natives of a desirable
quality held prices steady. Unattractive
cattle were much too numerous, however,
and such descriptions were rather slow at
weak prices. Good to prime steers, $7.50(8)
8.60; poor to medium. f4.25ffi7.O0; stockers
and feeders; $2,1056.25; heifers, $2.50(0:6.00;
calves. J3.00f 7.U0.
Hogs About 24.000 hogs were marketed
today against 23.375 last Monday. City
packers and Eastern shippers took hold
freely anil prices udvanced 10 to 15c, send
ing the best hogs up to $S.20. Mixed and;
butchers. S7.46fiS.00; good to choice heavy,
f7.SnfiS.15; rough, heavy, $7.45ff(7.65; light,
lf7.401i'7.SiO; bulk Hales. $7.4.Vfi7.70.
Sheep Receipts today were estimated at
20.000 head against 33.388 last Monday. The
receipts came largely from ranges, and'
there was the accustomed lively demand,
particularly from feeders, prices ruling
steady except for Inferior grades. Sheep,
$2.5U'Q3.73; lambs, $3.5off3.7o.
Chicago. Sept. W.Butcr Market firm.
Creameries, HmiUfac; dairy, 15fj.20c.
Eggs Market llrm. 19c.
Poultry Market steady. Turkeys, VPi
13H.e; chlfkens. llfrl2c.
Close on Rye Sept.. 4D'4: Dec. 49.
Close on Flax N. W., $1.38; S. W.
Sept., I1.2M6; Oct.. $1.33.
Hay Timothy Cash, $1.40.
St. Louis Cattle.
St. Louis, Sept. 16. Cattle Receipts,
12.000 head: lower: beef steers, $4.607.45;
stockers and feeders, $3.50ff4.50; cows and
heifers, $2.2oif5.50; Texas steers, $2.95?i5.00.
Hogs Receipts. 4,000 head; 1015o hleh.
erj range, $7.fiofJS.20.
Minneapolis. Minn., Sept. 16. Wheat
September, 66SG6i: December, 65M,ffp65',i ;
on track No. 1 hard, 684; No. 1 northern,
67; No. 3 northern,