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It. H. ADAMS I'c'illsher.
The duke of Leeds will be appointed
to succeed the earl of Aberdeen as
governor-general of the Dominion of
Canada, the latter returning to En
gland in 1S98.
Ox the 24th President McKinley ap
proved the joint resolutions of congress
authorizing the payment of session em
ployes of congress, and providing' for
mileage and stationery.
Tire Transvaal government has sup
pressed the publication of the Johan
nesburg Star, the leading newspaper
in the Rand, in consequence of that
journal's criticisms of the administra
Tire immigration bill of the last ses
sion of congress, which was vetoed by
lresident Cleveland, was reported from
the committee on immigration, on the
22d, and placed on the calendar of the
The senate committee on appropria
tions, on the 24th, ordered the agricul
tural bill reported just as it recently
passed the house, and as it was sent to
the resident near the close of the last
Theodore F. Swayze, of New Jer
sey, has been appointed chief clerk of
the treasury department, vice Logan
Carlisle, resigned. Mr. Swayze was
formerly chief clerk of the treasury de
The United States weather bureau.
on the 17th, gave out the startling in
formation that S00 square miles of the
state of Arkansas was under water and
that the Mississippi river would con
tinue to rise. .
Thb state department was notified.
on the 25th, that V u Ting Fang, the
new Chinese minister to the United
States left home on the steamer Gaelic
March 18, and is due in San Francisco
about April L
The admirals of the combined fleets
in Cretan waters, on the 17th, made a
formal proclamation of the intention of
the powers to confer upon the island
an autonomous government, subject to
the suzerainty of the sultan.
A VERY serious situation exists
throughout the central and western
districts of the island of Jamaica, in
consequence of the extreme scarcity of
water, which is causing widespread
suffering among the inhabitants.
A meetino of railroad lawyers was
held in Chicago, on the 2(5th, to discuss
the supreme court's decision in the
Trans-Missouri ease, and to determine
what are the best methods for the com
panies to propose in connection with
Failures throughout the United
States, as reported by R. G. Dun & Co.,
for the week ended on the 27th, aggre
gated 291, as against 259 for the corre
sponding week last year. For Canada
the failures were 50, against 59 last
Secretary Bliss, on the 17th, sent a
letter to Commissioner Lamoreux of
the general land office, whose action in
the Chicago lake front case was an
nulled and severely censured, offering
to Mr. Lamoreux an opportunity to de
A bill to create a new state out of
the counties of New. York, Kings, Rich
mond, Queens, Suffolk, Westchester
and Putnam, was introduced in the
Xew York legislature at Albany on the
Sod. Provision for submitting the
question to a vote was made.
It was stated in Constantinople,
on the 25th, that in the event of a
blockade of Greek ports by the war
ships of the powers, the admiral
commanding the British squadron was
nnder instructions to acquiesce there
in, but the British fleet will take no
part in the actual blockade.
President Dwight of Yale college
and the several members of the faculty
united in a protest against the action
of the ways and means committee in
placing books and scientific appara
tus for educational institutions on the
dutiable list, after having been free for
many years, and the paragraph was
Ox the 22d the senate confirmed the
nominations of Gen. Clayton, of Ar
kansas, to be minister to Mexico; Win.
M. O.s'oorne, of Massachusetts, to le
consul general at London; John K.
Gowdy, of Indiana, to be consul-general
at Paris, and Joseph X. Brighani.
of Ohio, to be assistant secretary of
Sylvester Scovel, the newspaper
correspondent who was imprisoned SI
days in Cuba, arrived iu New York, on
the 23d, on board the steamer Segu-
ranca, from Havana. Mr. Scovel was
in the best of health, and stated that
a great deal of sympathy had been
wasted on him, as he had been treated
with great consideration and kindness.
Jonx D. Rockefeller's representa
tive at the recent meeting of the Bes
cemer Iron association, in Cleveland,
(X, made a fight against a reduction of
the wages of the miners. It was stated,
after the meeting had adjourned with
out reaching an agreement, that the
wages of the men in the Rockefeller
mines would not be cat, no matter
what others did.
A hundred sailors from the United
States steamship San Francisco arrived
in Rome, on the 21st, and attended the
pope's mass. The rector of the Ameri
can college accompanied them. When
mass was over the pope addressed the
sailors, assuring them that he sincerely
appreciated their homage. He con
cluded by bestowing upon them the
THE KEWS Iff BEEF.
In the senate, on the 22d. during an open ses
sion of forty minutes nearly 200 bills were in
troduced and many others were reporte d back
from committees, among the latter the free
homestead bill and the immigration bill with
the provision as to Canadian labor eliminated.
The four preat appropriation bills the agricul
tural, the Indian, the sundry civil and the (ren
eral deficiency were referred to the committee
on appropriations. A resolution was asreod to
calling upon the president for correspondence
in the Dr. Ruiz case In the house the tariff
bill was read by the clerk and its discussion
opened by Mr. Dintley. followed by Mr. Wheeler
(dem., Ala.) in opposition. Other speeches for
and atrainst followed, ariUJ at Jflveao'clock the
house took a recess until eight, when the debate
Is the senate, on the 23d, a resolution offered
by Mr. Allen (pop.. Neb.), directing the com
mittee on civil service to inquire into the dis
missal of certain employes of the bureau of
animal industry, led to a long discussion and
general denunciation of the civil service law,
and was. after amendment, adopted. Three
bills were passed, among them one to supply
tents to flood sufferers: and several were intro
duced In the house the debate on the tariff
bill was continued, several speeches being
made in favor of and in opposition to the pro
posed measure. The senate joint resolution ap
propriating Sis.nou to enable the secretary of
war to purchase tents for the houseless vic
tims of the Mississippi valley floods was agreed
to. An evening session devoted to a iLscusion
of the tariff bill, was held.
Is the senate, on the 24th. the agricultural
bill was reported back in the shape in which it
passed the house, and was placed on the calen
dar. Mr. Allen introduced a bill for the repeal
and annulment of the civil service law and
of all executive orders issued under it. A bill
to restrict the exhibition of kinetoscope illus
trations of prize tights was referred to the judi
ciary committee. The senate then went into
executive session In the house the third
day's general debate on the Singley tariff bill
was participated in by a larg? number of speak
ers on both sides of the house. No other busi
ness occupied the attention of the body.
Is the senate, on the 25th, Mr. Hoar, as rank
ing member of the committee on privileges and
elections, explained that he had not called a
meeting of that committee to consider the case
of John A. Henderson, of Florida, appointed by
the governor to fill a vacancy, on account of
the numerous vacancies in the committee.
Nearly three hours were spent in executive ses
sion on the arbitration treaty without making
material progress. The bankruptcy bill was
then taken up and read in full, as was a substi
tute offered by Mr. Nelson (rep, Minn.), after
which the senate adjourned. In the house, it
being the last day of the general discussion on
the arbitration treaty, the proceedings were un
usually interesting. A large numberof speeches
on both sides were made. A night session was
held for general debate on the treaty.
Is the senate, on the 2Sth. during the open
session the- civil service commission was
again subjected to adverse criticism and ridi
cule by Mr. Gallingcr. and the printed circular
of the commission upon which he based his
strictures was referred to the committee on
civil service and retrenchment to investigate
the whole subject. Resolutions of inquiry were
offered and adopted as to the future disposition
of the Union Pacific railway property, and as
to the arrest and imprisonment of American
sailors in Cuba. After a protracted executive
session the senate adjourned until the :Kth
In the house consideration of the tariff bill un
der the five-minute rule began, but soon led to
a debate based on democratic charges that re
publicans fa vured trusts ar.d did not want to
legislate againt them. During the afternoon
seve ral changes of duty were made in the bill.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL.
Gov. P.rsnxELL of Ohio sent the fol
lowing telegram to Mayor Clapp of
Memphis on the 23d: 'Ohio recog
nizes your generosity in caring for the
sufferers by flood. If more tents are
needed, will gladly send them to aid in
your work. Please advise me."
The town of Calabazar, very near
Havana, was attacked, on the 23d, by
the insurgents under Aranguer, who
burned many houses, pillaged several
stores and then retired. Maj. Ablu
erna and nine other Spanish officers,
including five captains, were made
The British steamer Editor, from
Pernambuco, February 28, for Liver
pool, was totally wrecked off South
Stack light, near Holyhead, ales, on
the 22d. All of her crew were saved.
Secretary Alger acted promptly in
relieving the flood sufferers of the Mis
sissippi valley by the use of vessels be
longing to the war department.
Tus body of Georg Johnson, a
Swede, aged 35, was found hanging
from the limb of a tree in Forest park
in St. Louis on the Johnson was
out of employment, and it is supposed
that brooding over the fact that he
could not send to Sweden for his swee t
heart to come over and get married led
to the self-murder.
Michael J. O'Bkiex. the Chicago pol
itician and west side saloon keeper,
who shot and killed his wife about two
years ago, was sentenced, on the 23d, to
the penitentiary for life.
The widow of the Baron de Ilirsch is
credited with the intention soon to give
Sl.800,000 to divers benevolent enter
prises in America.
The opening sale of seats at Cincin
nati, on the 22u, for the coining; en
gagement of the Metropolitan Opera
Co. was the largest ever known for a
similar engagement in that city. More
than 300 people were in line at 7 a. m.,
nearly loo having held places all night.
One purchaser alone paid S700 for seats,
and over 12,000 was realized from the
M. A. Peltox, a machinist at the pa
per mill at Watervliet, Mich., was
caught on a shaft between two beat
ers, on the 22d, and literally torn to
pieces. His head and arms were
wrenched off and he was otherwise
The magazine of the Rock Glycerine
Co., located a mile and a half from
Wellsville, X. Y., blew up, on the 22d,
and Shooter Youngs, his team of horses
and wagon were blown to atoms. Dorr
Clark and Thomas Meyer, who were at
work 50 feet from the magazine, were
quite badly hurt.
Is a wreck on the Cleveland & Mari
etta railroad at Eagle Hill, O., on the
24th, Fireman Dye was pinioned be
tween the engine and tender and death
seemed certain to him from the flames
of the wreck, but with rare presence of
mind and nerve, he called upon a min
er, Ed Jones, to take his pocket knife
and cut his arm off, which was done,
saving him from a horrible death.
The president promptly signed the
joint resolution, which passed congress
on the 25th, authorizing the secretary
of war to furnish tents to the sufferers
of the Mississippi river floods.
Two grocery stores, a mtit market,
a warehouse and a residence were
burned at Andrews, Inch, on the 23d.
The fire is supposed to have been in-
cendiary; loss, 820,000. Fred Reeves
and David Olive were burned, the lat
The family of Louis Perez, an Insur
gent chief, consisting of two sisters
and eight children, have been captured
by Spanish troops and placed in the
prison for disorderly women in Ha
Capt. Samuel C. Lemly, judge advo
cate general of the navy, went to Pitts
burgh, Pa., on the 24th, to receive the
honorary degree of doctor of laws from
the Western University of Pennsyl
The Cuban insurgents captured Hoi-
guin, in Santiago de Cuba, on the 21th
The town is a very important one and
the news of its loss has cast great
gloom over official circles in the city ol
The celebration of the centenary ol
Emperor William I., who was bom
March 22, 17'J7, was observed through
out Germany as a national holiday.
Fraxk Buti.kr. the prisoner of many
aliases, who is wanted in Australia for
half a dozen murders, has volunteered
a queer confession, declaring and en
deavoring to prove that, ten years ago,
he killed a fellow soldier at Walla
Walla. Wash., for which he is amena
ble to the United States.
. The engine in mill No. 2 of the Ed
gar Thomson steel works at Pitts
burgh, Pa., ran away, on the 25th, re
sulting in the bursting of the immense
fly wheel. David Hugo, engineer,
whose legs were crushed, is dead, and
George B. McClelland was fatally in
Thirty men were injured on board
the British first-class cruiser Theseus,
on the 24th, while practicing outside
the harbor at Malta, by the explosion
of torpedoes which were being lowered
into the ship s launch.
Both anti-trust bills introduced by
the Lexow trust investigating commit
tee have been passed by the New York
assembly without amendment.
The pope gave an audience, on the
25th, to a number of Americans who are
on their way home from a pilgrimage
to Jerusalem. After celebrating mass
his holiness pronounced an allocution.
highly praising the Catholics of the
United States, and distributed souve
nir medals among the pilgrims.
The Austrian cruiser Satellit arrived
in Suda bay. on the 25th, having in
custody a Greek steamer with CO vol
unteers on board, and a Greek sail
ing vessel ladt-n with ammunition in
tended for the Cretan insurgents.
Both were captured by the Satellit
while they were attempting to run the
The president and Mrs. McKinley at
tended the last indoor cavalry drill at
Fort Myer. Va. They drove over with
Col. and Myron T. lierriek. of Cleve
land, who are stopping at the White
House. Sccn-tarv Porter aad Mrs. Por
ter were also of the party.
The new gunboat Wilmington did
not start for her speed trial run over
the Long Island Sound course, on the
2(ith, a third postponement being nec
essary on account of the heavy sea that
At Lapaz, Ind.. on the night of the
25th, as the result of an old feud be
tween Jacob Leeds and Blanc-hard
Thomas, the latter was shot and in
stantly killed by Leeds.
Ox the 20th the Ruck Island Railroaa
Co. served notice of withdrawal from
all the traffic associations, passenger
and freight, of which it had been a
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
The senate was not in session on the
27th .. ..In the house, in committee of
the whole, consideration of the Ding
iey tariff bill was proceeded with, very
slow progress being made. Mr. John
son (rep., Ind.) protested against the
dilatory tactics employed, and asked
Mr. Dingley if a change could not be
made which would result in more rapid
ivork. As a result of the dav's work a
few immaterial changes were made in
the chemical and earths and earthen
ware schedules proposed by the ways
and means committee.
The young ladies of the different
church societies of Lebanon, Ind., are
preparing to farm on the Pingree plan
the coming season for the benefit of
the poor. One real estate firm has
come to their assistance by donating
the use of 50 vacant lots. Some of the
most prominent society girls in Le
banon will be found wielding the hoe
as soon as the weather will permit.
The Avondale mine, operated by the
Lehigh & Wilkesbarre Coal Co. at Avon
dale. Pa., is threatened with destruction.
For days past water has been pouring
into the mine from the bottom of the
Susquehanna river anil unless it can be
checked soon th mine will be abso
Dr. George D. Pcrixtox, of St
Louis, one of the most prominent bi
ologists of theUnitedStates and a chem
ist known from one end of the country
to the other, committed suicide at the
Lindell hotel on the night of the 27th,
by taking prussic acid.
Joseph Loader, a wealthy furniture
dealer of Brooklyn, one of the wit
nesses against the defendant in the fa
mous Tilton-Bcecher trial, has been
arrested on a charge of perjury pre
ferred by his wife.
A steamer ran into and sank a large
boat in the harbor of Ferroll, Spain, on
the 27th. There were 30 persons in the
boat, 21 of whom were drowned. The
remaining nine were rescued in an ex
The official report from Manila states
that the rebel loss at the battle of
Ymus exceeded 1.000 killed and wound
ed. The Spanish loss is placed at 37
killed and 245 wounded.
Montreal, Can., experienced an
other severe shock of earthquake, ac
companied by loud explosions, on the
morning of the 27th, at 12:15 o'clock.
A marble bust of Mrs. Harriet
Beecher Stowe was unveiled, on the
27th, in the University building, Wash
ington place. New York city.
William T. Adams (Oliver Optic) died
in Boston on the 27th.
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
The Home for Ex-Slaves.
Something may be done for the home
for dependent ex-slaves at St. Joseph
by the Buchanan county court
A petition has been presented to the court
asking that SS00 be contributed in money or
work. The county court Is giving out work
every day. and may turn some of it in the direc
tion of the home. The board of managers for
the home has on hand a small sum. and will re
sume the work of clearing away the debris of
the wrecked building as soon as the weather
will permit. The house will be rebuilt at once.
Manager of the Confederate Home.
Gov. Stephens has appointed the fol
lowing members of the board of man
agers of the Confederate home, located
James Hannerman. St. Louis, state treasurer;
Frank I Pitts. Paris; W. C. Hronough. Lewis
Station: B. C. Jones. Poplar Bluff: Charles H.
Vandiver. Borland; H. F. Murdock. Platte Citv;
Henry A. Newman. Huntsville: John W. Halli
burton, Carthage, and A. L. Zollinger, Oticr
ville. Normal Oratorical Association.
A State Normal Oratorical association
has been organized, composed of the
literary societies of the Warrensbnrg,
Kirksville and Cape Girardeau normal
schools. The first contest will be held
at Warrensburg about the middle of
next March, and the winner will rep
resent Missouri in the interstate con
test .Paralyzed During the Night.
Secretary Frank Beack of the repub
lican district and Buchanan county
central committees, and a well-known
resident of St. Joseph, is suffering from
a stroke of paralysis, which may prove
fatal. He was paralyzed during the
night, and lay for hours unattended.
One Idea oi a Minister.
At a recent meeting of Methodist
(North) ministers of St, Louis. Rev. Dr.
T. II. Hagerty said: "Let us le minis
ters, not politicians, nor business men;
let us be such earnest men of God that
even the little children may point us
out and say "That is my pastor.7'
Butted By a Young Calf. -Henry
Staley, two miles north of
Warrensburg, was butted in the chest
by a young calf. The accident was
thought to be a commonplace one, but
the following day his mind became a
complete blank, and he was unable to
recognize his own relatives.
Mr. Dorkery Assists Churches.
Says a Washington dispatch: Repre
sentative Doekery isaequiringa reputa
tion for generosity to churches, and has
recently found opportunity to seek out
three deserving Missouri churches. To
each of these lie has sent his personal
check for 5500.
Brought Bark by the Cashier.
F. H. Wentworth. cashier of the Na
tional Bank of Unionville, retnriied
from Cripple Creek, Col., the other day,
where he succeeded in capturing Charles
A. Armstrong, who is wanted at Union
ville for alleged forgeries committed
Compromised Ills Case.
W. n. Edmonson, a postal clerk on
the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railway
at Sedalia. was injured in a wreck. He
brought suit against the railroad com
pany for 525.000 damages, but has com
promised the case upon the pavraent of
Lost an Eye.
Vest Wherlev, named in honor of
Senator Vest, son of J. M. Wherley. a
farmer living six miles east of Sedalia,
lost his left eye at Salem school by a
young lady friend, who accidentally
stabbed him in the eve with a shawi
A Boom for Sedalkt.
The Missouri, Kansas & Texas will
soon begin work on its car plant at
Sedalia. As soon as the plant is com
pleted work will begin, it is said, on
1,300 new cars for the road.
Is Now State Property.
The warranty deed conveying the
Confederate home property to the state
of Missouri was filed for record the
other day with the recorder of deeds
for Lafayette county.
Wants Her Share.
Mrs. Margaret Boyer Bonnell, who
had been mourned as dead for 20 years,
has turned up at Clinton and filed suits
for a division of her father's estate.
An Excellent Position.
R. P. McClure wants to be surveyor
of customs at St. Louis. He is a con
tractor, and erected the wigwam in
which MeKinley was nominated.
A New Klertriral Field.
A Kansas Citv man says that negroes
can le turned white by the proper use
of electricity. He will try the experi
ment on two colored gentlemen.
Whirled to Death.
T. II. Caldwell was caught in the
belting in Hatch & Kennedy's machine
shops at (ialena. and whirled to death.
He was 17, and was engineer.
Louisiana's Coal Oil Inspector.
Gov. Stephens has appointed W. Tf.
Owen to the office of coal oil inspector
for the city of Louisiana for a term of
two years from March 2, IS'J7.
Died In a Mine.
John Sturmer, a miner, was over
come by foul gases in the Claycomb &
Staples mine, near Joplm. He leaves
a widow and three children.
Rev. Pendleton Brooke.
Rev. Pendleton Brooke, pastor of St.
Paul's Episcopal church, Clinton, a
brother of Bishop Brooke, of Oklahoma,
died in Clinton, recently.
Dr. M. II. Woodfin.
Dr. M. II. -Woodfin, who was born in
Henry county, Tenn., in 1827, and who
had resided in central Missouri since
1S57, died at Sedalia.
Wants to Unit.
Prof. C. M. Woodward, of St. Louis,
aas notified Gov. Stephens that he no
longer desires to act as curator of the
A Fine Structure Dedicated.
The new high school huilding at
oplin was dedicated the other day.
The building is of Carthage stone, and
THE GREAT FLOODS.
&n Ominous Warningr Issued by
the Weather Bureau.
the Flood Wave Still at Cairo In South
eastern Arkansas and Western Missis
sippi the Greatest Strain Is Yet
Nearly Two Weeks Off.
Special River Bulletin.
Washington, March S8. The following
Ipecial river bulletin has been issued by the
The flood wave Is sttU at Cairo, which
hows a stationary gauge reading 51.6 feet
for the past four days.
There Is great danger yet to come from
the flood In the region from Helena south
ward to New Orleans.
The river will continue to rise fcr at least
ten days in the region from Helena south
ward to Vicksbnrg and to rise during a
longer period from Vicksbnrg southward.
If no break occurs before, levees wUl be
subjected to the greatest strain about
April 10, In southeast Arkansas and western
Mississippi and Louisiana. Should the le
vees break, the result will be one of the
most disastrous floods ever known.
Weather conditions now Indicate addi
tional heavy rainfall In the middle and
lower Mississippi valleys, which will ma
terially Intensify the flood conditions.
Those living in districts overflowed In
former years should be on the safe side and
transfer stock and movable property to
places of known safety while there is yel
time. WILLIS L. MOORE,
Chief of Bureau.
A Bad Break Reported.
Memi-his, Tenn., March 29, 1:10 a. m.
Message just in that a large break
has occurred in the levee at Wayside,
Miss., nine miles below Greenville.
The break is reported to be a bad one,
and in a section of levee high and re
garded as measurably safe.
All Special Danger Successfully Conibatted.
Memphis, Tenn., March 2S. Another
day has passed with no break in the
levee system either above or below this
point, and to-night finds those most di
rectly concerned in the stability of the
levees decidedly more confident in pre
The chief interest of the day cen
tered at Helena, Ark., and Greenville,
Miss-, and every hour at those places
was turned to hard work by the male
population, reinforced by hundreds of
volunteers, and at other shaky points
in the systems hundreds of convicts
have been kept busy. In this way the
chances are decidedly in favor of hold
ing the levee against the flood pressure.
Maj. T. G. Dabney, chief engineer of
the Yazoo-Mississippi levee board.
wires to-night that "they, we suc
cessfully combatted all special danger
that has arisen so far and I feel more
assurance than heretofore that we will
pull through, though the pressure is
enormous along the lower 40 miles of
M. Gileas, assistant general superin
tendent of the Valley line of the Illi
nois Central railroad, wires at 5 p. in.:
'Have just seen the Longwood levee
that was reported to have been broken.
The levee is yet intact and a large
force is raising it."
There are no new developments of an
important character in the levees along
the Arkansas front. River here stands
30.3, a fall of one-tenth in 24 hours.
The local weather bureau to-night
reports that the cyclonic disturbance
near Austin, Tex., this afternoon is
sweeping in the direction of the Missis
sippi valley and will probably strike
to-morrow afternoon, bidding fair to
create havoc with the levees.
The Situation Growing Worse Hourly.
Quixct, 111., March 28. The Missis
sippi continues to keep up its average
of the past week and marked another
rise of six inches to-day, bringing the
stage up to 15 feet above low-water
mark. Reports from northern points
are very discouraging and the indica
tions are that to-morrow will see an
other six-inch rise. The situation ia
growing worse hourly. Hundreds of
families have been driven out of the
lowlands which are unprotected by
levees. The water has inundated
the Missouri bottoms for a dis
tance of seven miles back from
the river bank. Up in the levee
districts things look gloomy. Al
though the water has not yet reaehed
the top of the levee, a break is expected
at any time, and a big force of men are
working night and day to strengthen
the weak places. Another force is en
gaged in patrolling the levee. The
damage already done by fcie flood is
great, but will be nothing mpared to
what it will do to the thousands ol
acres of cultivated land between here
and Warsaw should the levee break.
The Bohemian Plats Half Under Water.
St. Pail, Minn., March 23. The Bo
hemian flats on the east side of the
Mississippi river are half under water
to-night and the residents nearest th
river have been forced to take to the
hills. The remainder of the residents
will remain up all night to watch the
rise of the river. The gauge shows
that the river had passed the ten-foot
mark shortly before ten o'clock this
morning and since that hour there
has been a steady but slow rise.
The ice has been going out all
day and gorged at the high bridge
at South St PauL As it is thawing
very rapidly the gorged ice is becoming
rotten and will break away probably
during the night Lake Pepin, the
arm of the Mississippi at Lake City, is
reported still solid, but is expected to
break up during the next three days.
All the rivers to the north are rising.
Big Rains In Texas Make the Flood Worse
Dallas, Tex., March 23. The big
rains that subsided twedays ago broke
loose again last night and precipitated
a worse flood than before. All rail
road traffic centering at Dallas is tied
up and much damage done. The
bridges on the Santa Fe south of Dal
las have been swept away and one oa
the Missouri, Kansas fc Texas. Had
wash-outs are reported on other tinea.
There are rumors of a cyclone hav
ing passed over the country to Ilia
southwest of Dallas this cveni f, bill
confirmation is lacking.
TOOK PRUSSIC ACID.
lulelde of Dr. George D. Purinton. One of
the Most Prominent Blologista la the
United States, In a Room of the Lindell
Hotel, St. Louis Took Nearly aa Ounce,
of Prussic Add.
St. Locis, March 29. Dr. George IX
Purinton, one of the most prominent
biologists of the United States and a
chemist knon from one end of the
country to the other, committed sui
cide at the Lindell hotel, Saturday
night, by taking prussic acid.
Dr. Purinton was a candidate for the
office of assistant secretary of agricul
ture, and was recommended for that
position by some of the leading men of
When registering at the office of the
Lindell the intending snicide left or
ders that he be called promptly at 14
o'clock, as he had an important en
gagement at that hour.
Promptly at 12 o'clock there was a
knock on the door at 177. No answer.
The boy, the same who had shown the
guest to the room, remembered the in
junction he had left and after knock
ing again, and yet again, tried the
The door was not locked and he
entered. Stopping at the side of the bed the
lad spoke to the guest, who, undressed,
lay as if sound "asleep. There was no
reply. Bending over he tried to rouse
the man, and then for the first time
the boy realized that he was endeavor
ing to awake one who slept to wake no
more. Reporting his discovery at the office,
word was promptly telephoned to the
On a center table in the room were
found a bottle and glass which told
how the suicide had been committed.
It was an ounce bottle and in glaring
evidence upon the label was the skull
and the word 'poison," both printed in
Beneath these were the two words
There were onlv two or three drops
left in the bottle. On the bed near the
right hand of the dead man was a glass.
This also contained a few drops of the
poison. None had been spilled on the
carpet, on the bed clothes or on the
Nearly an ounce of prussic acid!
Death must have been instantaneous.
It was evident that after carefully
undressing he had poured the contents
of the phial into the tumbler, had
walked to the bed, turned down the
clothes, then tying between the sheets,
had drawn them up close to his neck,
leaving his right arm and the hand
holding the glass free. Then he drained
the contents, and his hand with the
tumbler fell to his side.
He was dead. It must have been a
welcome death, for the smile was
framed on his face when the fatal
draught extinguished life as quickly as
a breath does a candle flame.
Dr. Purinton lived with his wife in
an elegantly-furnished flat at 3900A
Laclede avenue, and the breaking of
the news to the bereaved wife com
pletely prostrated her. No cause is
known for the deed unless it be finan
HUNDREDS MADE HOMELESS
By Destructive Fires In Norfolk and South
Portsmouth, Va. The Militia CaUed
Norfolk, Va., March 29. Two hun
Ired people were left homeless yester
day by a fire which destroyed property
valued between $150,000 and 200,000,
consisting of a Catholic church, two
public halls and 27 dwellings. The fire
started at 1 a. m. in Whitehurst hall, in
Glasgow street The flames quickly
communicated with the buildings adja
cent, everything in that end of the
block being burned; crossed over to
London into the block bounded by
Green and Washington, and also spread
down Glasgow across Green street.
Within less than 20 minutes the sparks
had been carried across the three blocks
to St Paul's Catholic church, Washing
ton and High streets, and in a few min
utes that edifice was in flames.
About the same time another fire,
broke out in South Portsmouth. The
navy yard engine hurried to the scene,
and succeeded in getting the fire nn
der control after several dwellings had
been destroyed. It then came up to
the church and joined the brigades of
the two cities.
The fire had crossed High street and
one by one destroyed the row of two
story frame buildings between Din
widdie and Washington streets, then
ate its way around on Dinwiddie and
destroyed St Joseph's halh
The scene was a wild one. nouses
were emptied of their contents, and
furniture was piled high upon the side
walks for a square around. In order
to protect this from thieves two com
panies of militia were calied out and
posted on guard.
At S:45 the tire was got under con
trol. Fully 50 houses in different parts
of the city caught from flying sparks
ami cinders, but were saved bv prompt
action f bucket brigades. There were
no fatalities so far as known. The
Catholic ehnrch was valued at alout
S50.00i. The insurance upon all the
property burned will probably not ag
gregate more than $50,000.
St. Loris. March 23. Fredrick near
rich, oil years old. who lived with his
wife and five children at 251 South
Jefferson a vrnnc, w h was out of work
and despondent retired to an attio
bedroom after dinner Saturdav and, it
is ftuppoMsl, took poison, as he was?
dead aa four o'cUck.
BEATEN BY BRITONS.
America) teraese Twn Rente oa
Loxwx, March S The Lacrosse
team of the Crvweent Athletic club, of
Brooklyn. X. Y., wvre beaten cn the
tendon ground yesterday by a com
bined rrptvortUtive Knglish team.
The e.r ttu four goals to one. The
play waa fM, open and rough. The
Knglihmon had all th btt of the
BrM halt of tit gmt but the Ameri
cans forvd th Maying (n the last naif.
Great exoitement prevailed among tha
spevlalor ihrnurttowt the ram.