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The Harris mills at Providence, R.
L, started up, on the 80th, after a shut
down of two weeks. The mills employ
about 300 hands.
Thk New York Herald's correspond
ent in Montevideo says it is feared that
the widow of President Hordo will be
come insane as the result of grief
caused by her husband's assassination.
Gen. Woodforo, minister to Spain,
cabled the state department, on the
7th, that he would leave Paris on the
31st for San Sebastian, where me
queen regent has been spending the
Notwithstanding the light receipts
of new cotton during August, which
were generally anticipated, operators
look for a large crop, the most popular
estimates being in the vicinity of 10,
Faimres throughout the country
for the week ended on the 27th, as re
ported by R. G. Dun & Co., were 223,
against 228 for the corresponding week
last year; for Canada, the failures were
34. against 33 last year.
Col. J. S. P. Gobin was unanimously
elected commander-in-chief of the
Grand Army of the Republic, in na
tional encampment at Buffalo, N. V,
on the 2tith. Cincinnati was chosen as
the place of next meeting in 1808.
Tub ravages of hog cholera in the
vicinity of Atlantic. Ia., are even more
severe than last year, when 32,000 hogs
died in Cass county alone. Large num
bers of farmers have lost their entire
droves of hogs, some men losing over
It was announced in Madrid, on the
Slst, that anarchists would no longer
be allowed to land in England, and
that, therefore, the government of
Spain must deport them to some Amer
ican republic or to a distant Spanish
Consui.-Genep.ai, Lee, at Havana,
telegraphed the state department, on
the 20th, that the case of Evangelite
Cisneros had been greatly misrepre
sented and exaggerated. He Bdded
that he could not ascertain that there
had been at any time any intention to
Within the past two months the
eight local salt plants at Hutchinson,
Kas., have made and shipped more salt
than in any other two months since
they were built. A new plant is on
course of construction and those now
in existence are running to their full
Gen. Wetler's last decree is an or
der commanding the Spanish troops
throughout the island of Cuba to move
into the larger towns, leaving the in
terior entirely free. Stringent orders
have been issued also that any pacifi
cos caught cultivating farms in the in
terior will be shot at sight.
The Dominion postmaster general
has informed the Washington authori
ties that he Las completed arrange
ments for carrying the mails between
Dyea and the Klondike. The mounted
police will convey the mails from Dyea
to Dawson City, and after September
the service will be monthly.
The wheat crop in the province of
Santa Fe, Argentina, is calculated at
about 10,000 tons, scarcely more than
enough to supply the province for the
year. What is true in Santa Fe prov
ince, it is said, is true in the other prov
inces; that is, none will furnish more
than enough grain for home use.
Miss Margaret Craves, daughter
and only child of the woman who is
fighting for a share in the Fair estate,
was married at San Francisco, on
the 1st, to Henry Koehler, of St. Louis.
It will not matter to Miss Craven
whether her mother wins the big suit
or not, for her husband is a million
aire. E. C. Little, private secretary of
Gov. Leedy of Kansas, has been deco
rated by the khedive of Egypt with the
insignia of the grand cordon of the im
perial order of Mejidieh of the Otto
man empire. The decorations arrived
at Topcka, on the 31st, by express, ac
companied by a certificate from the
sultan of Turkey.
The London Times, in an editorial
article on the wheat question, ex
presses the opinion that the era of
better prices is coining, the long period
of depression caused by the constant
addition to the acreage of wheat, ren
dered possible by the extension of rail
roads into new countries, having come
to an end for the present.
enob Sagasta, the Spanish liberal
leader, made a fresh declaration on the
political situation on the 27th. He
says it is daily growing worse in Cuba
and continues serious in the Philippine
islands. Senor Sagasta is ready to ap
ply autonomy to Cuba, and expresses
the belief that the liberals will assume
power ealier than expected.
These are 4,000 Spanish soldiers in
the hospitals in Havana and at other
principal points in Cuba. About 3,000
are sent back monthly to Spain inca
pacitated. Sickness i increasing'.
The health of the city is bad. The
official reports show that for the week
ended August 13 the death rate was 90
per 1,000. Business is at a standstill.
CossCI. Kabkl at St. Petersburg in
forms the state department that a
measure has been sanctioned by the
emperor of Russia, providing that after
January t, 1900, all coastwise trade of
Russia must be carried in Russian ves
sels, with the exception of salt from
the Black and Azov seas to y.orts on
the Baltic. A similar law was passed
in 1830, but has remained a dead letter.
SEPTEMBER J 897.
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j J 2 3 4
ITTT U 15 16 17 18
fl9 20 2T 22 23 24 25
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TEE NEWS Df BRIEF.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL.
The British steamer Windward,
which left England on June 10 last for
Franz Josef Land, to bring back from
the Arctic regions the members of the
Jackson-Farnswortb expedition, who
had spent three winters at Cape Flora,
passed Aberdeen, on the 27th, on her
return trip, and signalled that all were
well on board.
Senor J. G. Soheral, the Spanish
naval attache at Washington, in com
pany with the Spanish consul at Fer
nandina, has been making a careful in
spection of the coast and harbors of
Florida. He was warned off the gov
ernment reservation at Key West.
The next official maps of the Cana
dian government will show a change
in the spelling of "Klondike."' The
new diggings and the river will be re
ferred to officially hereafter as "Troan
dik." A letter has been received in New
York from Quintin Banderas, the fa
niousv negro war captain of the Cuban
army, announcing his arrival in Havana
province with 12,000 men.
Shortly after midnight, on the 20th,
cracksmen literally blew the vault of
the Exchange bank at Elmdale. Kas.,
to pieces. Nitroglycerine was used
three times and the explosions were
hoard for miles. Citizens surrounded
and fired into the bank, but the rob
bers made their escape by a side door
with 81,800 in money and S700 worth of
The Paris Memorial Diplomatique as
serts that the ameer of Afghanistan
has ordered tiie faithful to hold them
selves in realiness for a hoiy war, and
that a meeting of mullahs has been
convened at Cabul to discuss the situa
tion. Gen. Woodford, minister to Madrid,
expected to start from Paris to San
Sebastian, on the 30th, to present to
the queen regent the proposition of the
state departmont for ending the war in
Cuba. The result of his mission is
awaited with much interest.
It is estimated that in Oklahoma ter
ritory, during the year 1897, the stock,
grain, fruit, and all other products will
amount to $100,000,000. Of this the peo
ple at home will consume 60 per cent.,
leaving 80,000,000 of products for ex
port. Secretary Gage and Attorney-General
McKenna issued a joint circular,
on the 30th, to collectors and customs
officers and United States attorneys
and marshals relative to the enforce
ment of the Chinese exclusion laws. It
is proposed to let the suspects pass on
to their destination, and arrest and try
them where they are supposed to be
known and can be identified if their
claims are genuine.
Herman W. Van Zanden, private
secretary to Secretary Carlisle in the
last administration, and Dennis J.
Canty, formerly a clerk in the inter
state commerce commission, were ar
rested in Washington, on the 30th,
on warrants charging them with em
bezzlement of 84,887 from Wilking &
Co., a brokerage firm. They were
charged also with maintaining a gam
A special from Anaconda, Mont., on
the 30th, said: "A fierce forest fire is
raging a few miles west of here and
spreading with alarming rapidity to
ward this city. The fire has already
burned over 10,000 acres of timber. A
messenger from the burued district
says that Georgetown and Silver Lake
are both in the track of the fire".
Operations were resumed at the At
lantic mills at Lawrence, Mass., on
the 30th, after a shutdown of four
weeks. This gives employment to
about 1,200 hands. Work was also re
sumed in the weaving department of
the Methnen company's mills at
Methuen, Mass.. where nearly all of
the 450 operatives employed in those
mills are now at work.
The Catholic board of school com
missioners of Montreal, Can., having
refused to comply with the order of
the provincial board of health to re
fuse entrance to their schools to chil
dren without vaccination certificates,
the city will station officers at all the
Catholic schools to vaccinate the chil
dren. The board of naval officers appointed
by the secretary of the navy to exam
ine facilities for the manufacture of
armor plate investigated the plant of
the Illinois Steel and Iron Co., at South
Chicago, on the 30th. Three days will
probably be spent in looking over the
various branches of the works.
At the session of the Zionist con
gress, held in Basle, Switzerland, on
the 30th, the delegates present unani
mously adopted, with great enthusiasm,
the programme for re-establishing the
Hebrews in Palestine with publicly
The Great Falls cotton manufactur
ing mills at Somersworth, N. II., re
sumed operations on full time, on the
30th, after having run 40 hours a week
The czar will visit Paris at the end
The First state bank of McPherson,
Kas., of which Senator Royal Mat
thews is president, failed, on the Slst,
with liabilities amounting to 528.000.
The bank was placed in charge of
Bank Commissioner John W. Breiden-thaL
Mrs. Aitnib Kirk and her husband,
W. S. Kirk, have sued W. A. Atwood,
aSan Francisco dentist, for 8250 dam
ages, alleged to have been sustained
because he positively refused to exam
ine the lady's teeth after he had agreed
to put them in good condition. The
reason for his refusal was that she
went to his office on her bicycle and
At Harrisburg, Pa., on the Slst, by a
vote of hS to 26, the state democratic
committee adopted a resolution declar
ing vacant the seat of William F. Har
rity, of Philadelphia, on the Demo
cratic national committee.
Anxiety as to the fate of the Yukon
steamer P. B. Weare, said to be laden
with gold, was set at rest, on the 31st,
by advices that the Weare was tied up
near Circle City, repairing her boiler
On the 31st the Seattle (Wash.) cham
ber of commerce received a letter from
miners at Skaguay, warning people of
the futility of trying to reach the Yu
kon by that route this season.
Once more Paris is singing the Mar
seillaise, and accounts from the prov
inces show that the whole country is
given np to delirious rejoicing over the
Timothy Trainor, who had been an
outcast from his home for many years,
returned to the parental roof in Oak
land, Cal., on the 30th, at midnight. His
father refused to take him in, and he
stabbed the old man so seriously that
he was arrested npon a charge of as
sault to murder.
Fred McConneli, cashier of the Am
bia bank of Lafayette, Ind., has tied
the city and about 84.000 of the bank's
funds are said to be missing. The bank
faiied to respond to a recent call from
the state auditor for a statement.
While making hay near Bartlesville,
I. T., on the 31st, Smith Lonsbury set
fire to the grass, in order to destroy a
nest of bees. The fire got beyond his
control, and considerable hay and sev
eral farm buildings were destroyed be
fore it was subdued.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg says
that a German sailor, who stabbed a
Russian in a public garden during the
visit of Emperor William, was tried by
a naval court-martial and shot.
The filibuster Bermuda, with her
machinery still out of order, remains
at Port Antonio in the custody of the
government of Jamaica, which paid off
the crew and officers and defrayed
their passage to New York.
The sultan is following the events in
India with the closest attention. He
has ordered Turkish representatives in
different countries to telegraph full re
ports of anything bearing on the situa
tion without delay.
Mrs. John Drew, the veteran come
dienne, died, on the 31st, at. Larch-
mont, a suburban resort on Long Island
sound. She had been a sufferer for
several years from a combination of
kidney and heart troubles. She was
born in London in 1820, and had been
on the stage since 1826.
Capt. Mirphy, who was convicted
and fined 500 some time ago for non
compliance with the customs -regulations
while captain of the filibustering
steamer Laurada, having failed to pay
his fine, has been sent to prison at
Kingston, Jamaica, for 30 days.
Oskar Lamppeze, one of the wealth
iest men who have returned to the
United States from the Klondike, is
visiting relatives in Ottuinwa, la., and
vicinity. He went to Alaska two years
ago and returned with over 8150,000.
He also left a claim there which he es
timates is worth 81.000,000.
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
A dispatch from Washington, on the
1st, said: "There is no disposition
among officials here to question the
correctness of the statement in the
dispatches from Hawaii to the effect
that Minister Hatch hurried to Hono
lulu with the special purpose of secur
ing annexation action by the Hawaiian
government in advance of the meeting
of our congress."
A 40-ton fly-wheel at Burgess' steel
and iron works, at Portsmouth, O.,
burst, on the 1st, by a4, 800-pound ingot
stopping a roll. The mill was crowded
with workmen, yet, strange to say,
no one was seriously injured, although
the building was riddled, beams 22
inches square being cut in two like
In accordance with an order issued
by Judge Withrow, of the St- Louis
criminal court, the paraphernalia
seized in the recent raid on the pool
rooms was cremated on the city hall
grounds, on the 1st, by the sheriff's
deputies, in the presence of a vast
crowd of spectators.
Destructive fires are raging in the
timber in the mountains along the
north fork of Piney creek and near the
head of Prairie Dog creek, in Wyoming.
The fire is destroying large areas of
valuable timber and threatening the
homes of settlers.
Fred Horton, a young flour miller
of Los Angeles, Cal.. has fallen heir to
a fortune of about 82,000.000, amassed
by his father, Philip Horton, a well
known California, who died suddenly
in Guayamas, Mexico, recently.
August of 1897 was the banner month
in the history of the port of Baltimore,
Md., so far as exports are concerned,
their value amounting to the enormous
sum of 810,243,391, figures never before
Comptroller of the Currency
James II. Eckels, arrived at Helena,
Mont., on the 1st, from the east, en
route for the Yellowstone national
park, where he will spend ten days.
At Gila Bend, Ariz., on the night of
the 1st. tramps robbed the drug store
of John Pratt and stabbed the pro
prietor to death. There is no clue to
The annual trade review of the Gal
veston News for September 1, places
the Texas cotton crop for the season
of 189R-97 at 2.177,025 bales. Total for
Indian Tsrritory 90.110 bales.
Bar silver made a new low record in
the New York market on the 1st. The
quoted price was 515 cents an ounce,
one-fourth cent below the previous
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
St. Louis Wheat Market.
St. Louis, Aug. 27. The local mar
ket for wheat closed yesterday at 91Q
August; 97&c September; 99,c to 99U'o
December; 99c May; 97 '4c No. 2 red.
St. Louis. Aug. 28. The local market
for wheat closed lower yesterday at
83c August; 93'c September; 92o
December; Mlic May; 93ic No. 2 red.
St. Louis, Aug. 81. Yesterday the
local market for wheat closed at 92,4'e
August; 92?c September; 92lc Decem
ber; V4c May; 92ic No. 2 red.
St. Louis, Sept. 1. The local market
for wheat closed quiet yesterday at
83?Xc August. 93'i'c September, 92Ji
December, 94,'4'c May, 92c No. 2 red.
A Great Exposition.
The St. Louis exposition this yeai
will be a great attraction. The man
agement, composed of some of the most
enterprising citizens of St Louis, has
secured many new attractions, and
visitors will be greatly pleased. This is
the only successful annual exposition in
the United States, aud St. Louis is very
proud of the fact. Crops are bringing
more money this year, and doubt
less many who have desired to see
the pleasing sights presented
there every year, and have not
been able to spare the money,
will improve the opportunity this year.
From 10,000 to 20,000 people visit the
exposition every day, yet the building
is so large that there is no crowd
ing or inconvenience. One can enter
the building in the morning and remain
until 11 o'clock at night for only one
price of admission, and wander through
the various departments, finding plenty
of places to rest, eat their lunch, which
they can take with them or purchase
in the building.
In the Missouri weather-crop bulletin
issued xVugust 31 the Missouri river corn
is reported as maturing nicely, but in
some the late planting is suffering se
riously from drought, aud throughout
nearly all of the southern half of the
state the crop is dryine up very rapid
ly. The hot winds of the 20th and 27th
did much damage, and in many coun
ties the crop is now too far gone to be
benefited by rain. Early corn is matur
ing rapidly, and cutting has begun in
all sections. In some of the northern
counties the ground is reported in good
condition to work. Plowing has prog
ressed well, and some wheat has been
sown, but over the greater portion of
the state the work is nearly at a stand
still, and in many places not a furrow
has yet been turned.
What a Little Girl Found.
Madge Ma Hoy, of St. Louis, who is
only ten years old, succeeded in find
ing what some people have been
searching for for years "the man un
der the bed." She was playing hide-and-seek
at home, 2419 Robin avenue,
and thought the space under the bed
offered a good place to hide. So she
crawled under, only to find a negro
had espied the place before her. She
screamed and the negro rolled out,
jumped from a window and ran. The
police say he was a burglar.
Suicide of a Fun-Maker.
Business troubles and despondency
moved W. S. Uadersett, of Appleton
City, to commit suicide by taking car
bolic acid. He left a widow and four
children. Uadersett was well known
as a member of a McKinley glee club
last fall, in which, by his grimaces and
antics, he convulsed many in attend
ance at political meetings.
Director of University Gymnasium.
The curators of the Missouri state
university have elected Crawford
White, of Sedalia, to succeed Dr. G. W.
Cutler, of Massachusetts, as director of
the university gymnasium. Dr. Cutler
received a salary of 82,000 a year.
Limited appropriations by the last
legislature have reduced White's salary
to 8300 a year.
The Hazeltine Orchard.
The owners of the Hazeltine orchard,
near Springfield, estimate a net profit
this year of 820,000. And this orchard
is young yet, aud has not near reached
its f ull-cearing capacity.
Confederate Veterans to Meet.
The camps of the United Confederate
veterans of Missouri will hold their
first annual encampment at Moberly
on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,
September 28, 29 and 30.
New Tostmaster at Clinton.
The Clinton post office has changed
hands, H. H. Mitchell, of the Henry
County Republican, taking charge. His
daughter, Miss Maud, will be his chief
Desperate Criminals Escape.
Three desperate criminals escapee
from the St. Louis jail the other day.
They evidently received assistance
from the outside and from within the
Want Mrs. Hoffman's Scalp.
Jefferson City people are circulating
a petition for the removal of Mrs. Clara
Hoffman from the presidency of the
State Woman's Christian Temperance
Will Go to California.
Prof. Silas Dinsmore has resigned as
instructor in chemistry at the state
university to accept a place as teacher
in the high school at Merced, CaL
Ex-State Auditor and Railroad Com
missioner John Walker died at the res
idence of his son, G. R Walker, eight
miles southeast of Fayette.
His Work Finished.
"Well. I'm through!" exclaimed Dr.
A. P. Bowman in church at Ladue,
Henry county. Then he fell paralyzed,
and died in the edifice.
A Smaller Loaf of Bread.
The price of a loaf of bread will not
be increased in St. Louis, but the size
of loaves will be diminished to meet
the advance of flour.
Died from Barns.
Mrs. Jack Lester, of Moberly, died
from the effects of gasoline burns re
ceived while she was cleaning' a bed
stead with the fluid
MRS. JOHN DREW
tenth of cne Noted Actress Whose Stage
Experience, Dates Back to 18X6 She
was One of the Most Versatile and Pains
taking; Artists Upon the American Stac;
Her Most Notable Character was 'Mrs.
New York, Sept. 8. Mrs. Drew, the
actress, died yesterday afternoon at the
i xseviau nouse, L.arcnmont- tine naa
i been unconscious for three hours. She
j had been suffering for several years.
but not seriously until May or June
last. During the last few days it was
apparent the end was not far off. Mon
day, however, Mrs. Drew seemed much
better than for several days previous.
Yesterday morning she seemed in good
spirits and chatted with those about
her. Mrs. Drew soon afterwards be
saine unconscious. She lay in that
condition until about seven minutes of
three, when she was taken with con
vulsions, which lasted until the end
:ame at three o'clock.
With the passing of Mrs. John Drew
there has parted one of the few links
that unite the present generation with
the grandest galaxy that has ever il
luminated the American dramatic fir
mament. She was contemporaneous
and appeared npon the stage in leading
parts with the elder Booth and Forest,
with Macready and Edwin Booth, with
Florence, Clarke and Owen, of those
R'ho have passed away, and with Jef
ferson and Couldock, who still survive.
She was in her day an "infant
prodigy" on the English and American
boards, and the most famous of Mrs.
Malaprops, winning laurels as Julie de
Mortimer, Ophelia, Desdemona and
Pauline, not to mention characters in
more recently written plays. With
practically no education in the ac
cepted sense, she was an actress of
rare intelligence and refinement.
Mrs. Drew was born in London on
January 10, 1820, and six years later
made her stage debut as Agib in
"Tiraour the Tartar."
At the age of seven she was brought
to America by her mother, an actress,
and in the old Walnut-street theater,
in Philadelphia, played the duke of
York to Junius Brutus Booth's Richard
III. At this time she was known as
In 1833 she joined the stock company
at the Bowery theater in New York,
remaining there for five years, playing
a long list of characters in so-called le
Then she returned to Philadelphia
and to the Walnut-street theater, soon
afterward becoming the wife of Henry
Hunt, a popular vocalist of his day.
She separated from him in 1847, subse
quently marrying an Irish comedian
named Mossop, who died a year or two
later. She married John Drew in 1850.
In recent years Mrs. Drew's most
notable work was in the character of
Mrs. Malaprop in the company which
included Messrs. Jefferson, Florence
and Couldock. Her last engagement
was in the company playing the "Sport
THE ROMANCE DISPELLED.
Evangeline Cisneros, is Simply the Dauga
ter of "Poor. But Respectable" Parents.
Washington, Sept. 1. Consul-General
Lee's investigation into the cir
cumstances attending the arrest of the
young Cuban girl Evangeline Cossio
Cisneros, have resulted in sweeping
away a great deal of the romance that
attached to her case. He cabled the
state department yesterday from Ha
vana that the girl is not the
niece of the Marquese Santa
Lucia, as has been proclaimed, but
is the daughter of a poor and respecta
ble Cuban named Augustin Cossio.
Her mother's name, being Cisneros,
was added to her own, according to
the Spanish custom, making her full
name Evangeline Cossio y Cisneros.
Moreover Gen. Lee reports that this
girl is not an only daughter, nor has
she been raised in wealth and luxury,
but is one of five or six children.
Being Freely Moved to the Great Produc
ing West from New York.
New York, Sept. L A canvass of
the leading banks in this city shows
that large sums of money are being
shipped south daily to help move the
crops. One of the most prominent finan
cial institutions here has sent about
S700.000 since the middle of last week,
and orders are still coming in. The
subtreasury at this city has not had so
many currency orders as usual, but
this is ascribed to the lateness of the
crops in the southwest. Altogether it
is estimated that fully Sj.000,000 of
"crop money" has been shipped from
this city the past fortnight. The
southern credits are in better shape
just now than they have bee a in sev
eral years, and the general outlook in
that section and in the southwest, as
viewed from here, is equally bright.
CANADA'S WHEAT CROP.
It Is On a Far with That of the United
Toronto, Ont, Sept. L Advices re
ceived here report that all of 25,000,000
bushels of wheat in Manitoba is now
cut. There has been no frost suf
ficient to damage the wheat in Mani
toba this season.
The crop will be the largest in the
history of the Canadian northwest.
The yield will run as high as 35
bushels to the acre, while in Ontario it
is as high as 40. The total wheat crop
of Canada this year will be fully 60,000,
000 bushels of prime wheat.
FOR THE KLONDIKE.
The First Letter Mail Under the Arrange,
ment with Canada.
Washington, Sept. L The first let
ter mail to be dispatched from this
country to the Klondike region, under
the new reciprocal arrangement with
Canada, effected by establishing an in
ternational exchange between Dyea,
Alaska, and Dawson City, will be for
warded from Seattle by steamer leav
ing there September 1L '
From that time forward letter mail
wiU go over the new service regularly,
once a month.
The Klondike a Veritable Bonanza
it Is Also a Veritable Golgotha One lav
Twenty who Brave the Hardships of
that Frusen Clime will Strike It
Klch Others Will Suffer.
San Francisco, Sept. 2. The Bul
letin has received a letter from Charles
Haines, dated Dawson City, July 26.
Mr. Haines is a well-known newspaper
writer, and his letter is the first writ
ten by a trained newspaper man to
come out of the Klondike gold regions.
"The rich diggings have been com
paratively idle during the summer, al
though the output from El Dorado and
Bonanza creeks was famous, aud there
was plenty of gold in sight. There is
every prospect of an immense out
put of gold from this district
next spring. The total output
this season is, as near as I can judge,
about 87,000,000, but very little ground
has been worked aud the dumps will,
like some of the tailings of old Cali
fornia placers pan ont thousands of
dollars when worked with improved
The placers are the most puzzling
and deceiving I have ever seen. Im
agine a man working on good "color
and finding the ground worth only a
few dollars per day, and then turning
to a waste of mud and moss with no
surface indications and unearthing a
bonanza. That is the situation here
and all over Alaska, The man who
comes here to mine does so at the ex
pense of health and happiness, and it
is with him a question of making
a fortune quickly or take chances with
death. About me are scores of men
who can weigh their gold by the
bucketful and who value their claims
at millions. Four hundred valuable
diggings are stretched along creeks, and
every digging is a fabulous mine of
gold, yet there are weary men who
have gone and returned to Dawson,
after searching the great country here
abouts and never a nugget do they
show for their toil, their long weary
tramp over broken grounds and into a
couutry whose disadvantages are ex
ceeded by no other place on earth.
"This Alaska Northwest territory is
an odd prize-drawing proposition that
I can liken to nothing that admits of a
better comparison than a lottery. A
number of spots are selected on the
creeks, and for one year the miner la
bors. The year closes, the water runs
and the season's output barely pays ex
penses. Nearly two miles away from the un
fortunate one is another who has taken
from an uninviting spot a sack of gold.
The lucky one did not strike the
pocket because of his ability as a
miner; chance favored him and that
was all. In short the miner guesses
at it and locates any and everywhere.
In 19 cases out of 20 he misses it, and,
has to wait another year for a new
trial. Dawson is merely a collection of log
huts, saloons and a mass of tents
about 600 in number. When the long
nights come and the glass goes down
to 63 degrees below zero, there will be
intense suffering here and I shudder
to think of the results.
Provisions are going to be very
scarce, and there is little reason to
doubt that the entire town will have
to go on short rations during the win
ter, and that scurvy will be rampant.
The gold that will go down the river
for San Francisco and Seattle will
amount to about S2.000.000. There is a
lot of gold that will remain in camp,
for it is used as an equivalent of money,
and is legal tender at 817 per ounce.
Of the K.000 or 4,000 inhabitants only a
couple of hundred at the most have
made big strikes. There is plenty of
work at from 815 to $20 a day, and
many men have paid 82.50 or less for
living and saved the balance.
Reports of other strikes are con
stantly being received here and many
are authentic so far as Stewart and
Polly rivers are concerned, but noth
ing like so rich as the Klondike has
Quite a number of people are prepar
ing" to leave here for Juneau, in case
the steamers cannot get through with
provisions and the outlook for a
good grub supply is not encouraging.
In couelusiou, the Alaska and North
west Territory gold fields will be de
Ten thousand men may come here,
but they will be lost in the vast
country when they spread out to pros
pect. Not more than 500 of them will
strike a mine. When they do strike
pay gravel their fortunes will be made.
In years to come, when, at the sacrifice
of human life and energy the treasures
of this great land are located, the
wealth of the north will be something
FAMINE ALMOST CERTAIN.
A Gloomy Outlook for the Winter On the
San Francisco, Sept. 2. News re
ceived in letters to the Alaska Com
mercial Co. that famine is almost cer
tain on the Klondike next winter, re
ceives confirmation from Mr. Goodhue,
a newspaper correspondent at St.
Michaels. He states that the Yukon i
unusually low, and that the chances of
getting enough food to Dawson to sup.
port those now there and those flock
ing in are slender.
Embarrassment Caused by an Aet of the
Dcluth, Minn., Sept 2. The city
funds are practically exhausted and
the city employes will probably be
paid off in orders for many pay days to
come. This embarrassment is attrib
uted to a law passed at the last legis
lature allowing taxpayers to June of
next year in which to pay their 1897
taxes. The heads of one-third of the
police force were severed yesterday,
five engine houses of the fire depart
ment will be boarded np and all park
and other improvements have been