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The legation of Guatemala in Wash
ington received the following official
dispatch on the 19th: "Revolution
Eiibdued; order restored all over the
Count Herbert Bismarck, eldest son
of the former chancellor of Germany,
has been nominated as the agrarian
candidate for the reichstag from the
The cabinet, on the 19th, devoted
considerable time to a discussion of
the civil service and how to obtain the
best results from the recent order
promulgated by the president.
The Bank of British America in New
York city recently imported 500,000 in
gold, and sent the gold to the sub
treasury, asking for greenbacks. The
treasury officials declined the proposi
tion. Reliable reports received from the
Yaqui country, in Mexico, state that
the xaqui Indians resent the encroach
ment of prospectors in search of gold
and are driving all the white men out
of the country.
The feat of replacing an iron bridge
pan 242 feet long, 23 feet wide and 50
feet in depth, with one of the same di
mensions of steel, was accomplished in
Philadelphia, on the 17th, in 2 minutes
and 32 seconds.
Georoe M. Pullman", the palace car
magnate and philanthropist, died at
his residence. Eighteenth street and
Prairie avenue, Chicago, at five o'clock
on the morning of the 19th, in his sixty-sixth
year, of angina pectoris.
Failures throughout the United
States during the week ended the 16th,
asreported by R. G. Dun & Co., were
823, against 323 for the corresponding
week last year. For Canada the fail
ures were 3d against 40 last year.
Is the choice between repudiation of
the national debt and tlm release of
Cuba for a reasonable sum, it was an
nounced, on the 14th, that the Spanish
government, under pressure at home
and abroad, had about decided upon
the latter course.
The L'Imparcial of Madrid says that
the negotiations between the Spanish
government and the chiefs of the Cu
ban autonomist party have not pro
duced the expected results. The min
isterial organs urge the necessity of
"energeticaction to crush the rebellion
by force of arms."
The flooded mines of Leadville, Col.,
will not be pumped out Eben Smith,
chairman of the committee appointed
by the miners to secure funds to buy
and operate the necessary pumps, said,
on the 18th, that the pumps would not
be started so long as silver remained at
the present low price.
On the 14th Associate Justice Stephen
J. Field, after the longest service on
record, formally retired from the su
preme court of the United States. 11 is
resignation was tendered in April last
and accepted by President McKinley
on October 9, but does not go into ef
fect until December L
Tub retirement of CoL A. G. Robin
son, assistant quartermaster-general,
on the 15th, resulted in the following
promotions in the quartermaster's de
partment: Lieut. -CoL James Gillis to
be colonel, Maj. Charles F. Humphrey
to be lieutenant-colonel and CapL Sam
uel R. Jones to be major.
Tux weekly statement of the asso
ciated banks of New York city for the
week ended on the 10th, showed the
following changes: Surplus reserve,
increase, Jl, 129,000; loans, decrease,$2,
614,100; specie; increase, $93n,20; legal
tenders, increase,S24,600; deposits, de
crease, $107,000; circulation, increase,
The steamer Danube arrived at Vic
toria, B. C, on the 17th, ten days from
St. Michaels. She brought 82 passen
gers, most of them men who failed to
reach tlie mines by the all-water route.
Some of them got as far as Fort Yukon
and had to turn back. There were 12
miners from Circle City who brought
about 72,000 in gold dust.
An order was issued by Gen. Brooke,
on the 19th, convening a court of in
quiry at Fort Sheridan to investigate
the charges against CapU Lovering of
brutal treatment of Private Charles
Hammond. All the officers of the
court are chosen from outside posts in
order that the board may be free from
local prejudice in the investigation.
A comet was discovered, on the 16th,
by C D. Perrine, of Lick observatory.
It is situated in the constellation Cam
elopardalis, 17 hours and 45 minutes
Greenwich mean time. The position
is right ascension 3 hours and 36 min
utes. It has a declination of north 66
degrees 57 minutes and a daily motion
westward in right ascension and nearly
two degrees northward.
Cavendish, the nephew of the duke
of Devonshire, who, with acompanion,
Lieut Andrew, has been exploring
Somaliland, east Africa, at the head
of an expedition composed of 00 Asca
ris, and who, with his party, was re
ported to have been massacred by the
natives, has arrived safely in London
from Zanzibar, via Kikuyu, which
place the expedition reached on Au
gust 5 last
Ox the lhth the Neueste Nachriehten
of Leipsic published a report of a con
versation which Prince Bismarck is
said to have had with a recent visitor,
during the course of which the ex
chancellor is quoted as saying that the
Monroe doctrine is "uncommon inso
lence toward the rest of the world,
and does violence to the other Ameri
can and European statu with Ameri
TEE HEWS IS BEIZT.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL,
In the presence of thousands of peo
ple, the first Pythian home in the world
was dedicated at Springfield, O., on the
14th, th official declaration of dedica
tion being made by John W. Winn,
grand chancellor of Ohio of the Knights
The Spanish government decided at
its cabinet meeting, on the 14th, to ac
cord a free pardon and amnesty to all
those unfortunate Cubans who are
languishing either in the penitentia
ries of Spain itself or in the penal set
tlements of Cueta and Fenando Po.
One of the most destructive prairie
fires in the history of western Kansas
started near Spearville, on the morn
ing of the 14th, and swept through
Ford and Hodgeman counties as far
north as Jetmore, destroying every
thing in its path.
The Congo troops under Lieut
Henry, it was officially announced on
the 15th, gained a decisive victory
over the bands of mutinous Manyema
soldiers who revolted in February last
and murdered their officers and who
have since been raiding the country.
Lieut Henry's force encountered the
rebels near Lake Albert Nyanza, on
July 15, and killed 400 of them. The
survivors fled to the mountains, where
they are starving.
During the performance of "Dang
ers of a Great City," in Robinson's
opera house, in Cincinnati, on the
evening of the 15th, the great central
truss of the building, 80 feet long and
30 feet wide fell into the par
qnette, killing three persons, danger
ously wounding five, while 26 were so
seriously injured as to be sent to the
hospital, lu addition to these, 25 or 30
were slightly injured, yet able to walk
Louis Richardson went to the house
of his divorced wife at Shelbyville,
Intl., on the 14th, and was refused ad
mission. He attempted to break down
the door, when his 16-year-old sou, Lou,
opened on the parent with a revolver.
Four shots were fired, and a bloody
trail showed they were effective.
George W. Rexard, of Lexington,
Ky., has just returned from a four
years' sojourn in the Klondike country
$40,000 richer than when he went there.
He "nteuds to return in the spring.
There was a cyclonic disturbance
over the southern part of Cuba on the
15th. The barometer fell considerably
and the wind attained great velocity.
The statement of the condition of
the treasury, issued on the 15th,showed:
Available cash balance, $211,330,515;
gold reserve, SL50, 164,136.
Commercial bar silver was quoted at
58Jt cents per ounce in New Y'ork city
on the 15th. Mexican dollars were
quoted at 44) cents.
Tub town of Iowa Hill, Cal., a min
ing camp of about 500 inhabitants, was
completely destroyed by fire on the
night of tho )6th. Two men were
burned to death and several others
The interstate civic-philanphropic
conference at Battle Creek, Mich.,
closed, on the 17th, after six days' ses
sions, which were successful as to at
tendance and interest manifested.
J. he r an iuver (.Mass. j print ciotn
market took another tumble, on the
16th, and reached the lowest point in
the history of the market in that city,
a small sale being made at 2.
Theodore A. Duuraxt, the con
victed murderer of Blanche Lamont,
whose fate depends upon the action
of the supreme court of the United
States, is reportep to be breaking
down and in danger of entire collapse.
The town of Windsor, the seat of
Hants county, 35 miles from Halifax,
X. S., was wiped out, on the 17th, by
fire. Few buildings in the town were
left standing and 5.000 persons are
homeless. Windsor is situated on the
Dominion Atlantic railway, on the
western coast of the province. As far
as known no lives were lost
The Spanish coasting steamer Triton ,
bound from Havana to llaha Honda,
Cuba, sank between Dominica and
Mariel, and 153 lives were lost Forty
two of those on board were saved.
The annual report of W. S. Shallen
berger, second assistant postmaster
general, made public on the ITtli, gives
an interesting review of the principal
developments in the entire postal
transportation service of the United
States and connecting foreign mails.
Chari.es A. Daxa, editor of the New
Y'ork Sun, died at his home in Glen
Cove, L. I., on the 17th.
The monument to Robert Louis
Stevenson was unveiled, on the 17th,
at Portsmouth square, San Francisco.
Addresses were delivered by Irving M.
Scott and Bruce Porter, the artist.
Mayor Phelan accepted the monument
on behalf of the city.
Marshal Blanco left Spain for Cuba,
on the night of the 17th, to replace Gen.
Weyler. It is understood that he has
been given unusual power, and that his
main hope is to secure pacification by
buying up the patriot leaders.
Joseph Jefferson, the famous actor,
addressed the convicts in the Massa
chusetts state prison, on the 17th, tak
ing the story of Rip Van Winkle as his
theme, from which he drew a lesson on
temperance that held his hearers spell
bound to its conclusion.
Alderman J. A. Abkbcorx was shot
and perhaps fatally wounded by Geo. ,
Jensen in a saloon quarrel at Chicago
on the 17th. Jensen, who is under ar
rest, says that the alderman attempted
to bite off his nose.
Ox the 16th the associated banks of
New Y'ork city held $14,614,509 in
excess of the requirements of the 25-per-cent
Br the forest fires near Austin, Pa.,
230,000,000 feet of hemlock timber and
25,000 cords of tan bark were con
sumed, resulting in a loss to C W. &
F. H. Goodyear of 5200,000.
Count Lror Tolstoi, the Russian
anthor and social reformer, is suffering
from an illness which will necessitate
the performance of a serious operation.
The Corean legation in Washington
received a cablegram, on the 18th,
statin? that tbe date on which the
king of Corea proclaimed himself em
peror was October 13 instead of the
15th, as previously reported.
Col. Thomas S. Bark, assistant judge
advocate general, has been transferred
from the department of the cast to the
department of the Missouri,exchanging
places with Lieut-Col. John W. Clous.
The statement of the condition of
treasury, issued on the ISth, showed:
Available cash balance. 210,428.278;
gold reserve, $150,706,678.
Tub case of the State of Illinois
against Adolph L. Luetgert, charged
with murdering his wife and reducing
her remains in a vat used in his sau
sage factory in Chicago, was given to
the jury, on the 18th, but up to 1:30 a.
m. of the 19th, the latter had failed to
agree and a hung jury was anticipated
by the waitiug attorneys and populace.
Consul Monaouax, at Chemnitz,
Germany, in a report to the state de
partment urges Americans to make
every effort possible to secure a good
exhibit at the Paris exposition in
1900. He says that Americans who
have been to Leipsic and Brussels have
returned disappointed at the poor
showing made by the United States.
The Terre Haute(Ind.) Electric Street
Car Co. went into the hands of a re
ceiver, on the 18th, as a result of a levy
made by the city treasurer for delin
quent taxes, amounting to 99,000. The
company also owes 10,000 for street
improvements, and has a heavy bonded
indebtedness. Russell B. Harrison is
president of the company.
A dispatch from Colon, via Galves
ton, Tex., on the ISth, said: The Co
lombian authorities have seized, at
David's bay, near Panama, 1,000 rifles
and 500,000 cartridges on board the
schooner Colombia, bound for Nicara
gua. The riiles and cartridges ap
peared on the manifest of the schooner
as "diving machinery."
The state department, on the ISth,
refused the request of the Mexican gov
ernment for the surrender, under the
extradition treaty, of Jesus Guerra,
who was in the celebrated Garcia raid
into Mexico in December, 1392.
Ox the ISth Savannah. Ga., removed
all quarantine restrictions on cotton
from yellow fever-infected territory.
The quarantine was continued against
passeuger travel from infected sections.
Onk-TUIKI) of the 10.000,000 loan put
on the London market by the Dominion
government will be taken up by Ca
nadian banks and capitalists.
The steamer Belgic arrived at San
Francisco, from Yokohama, via Hono
lulu, on the 19th, two days ahead of
Councilor Akiyams, who attempted
to commit suicide by carving himself
with a yataghan shortly after his re
turn to Japan from Honolulu, was re
ported, at last accounts, to be in a fair
way to recovery.
Charges of inefficiency in the man
agement of the Kansas City post office
have been filed at Washington against
Postmaster Homer Ueed and Assistant
Postmaster C. M. Seidlitz.
J. B. Tuuxxisox and wife, of Mitch-
en, a. l'., were iounu unconscious in
their home, on the 19th. overcome by
the fumes of gas from a hard coal stove.
The Japanese government has decid
ed to apply the gold standard to the
currency of Formosa immediately.
OF the 135.000 in bullion withdrawn
from the bank of England, on the 19lh,
85,000 was in American eagles.
Cot. De.nby. United States minister
at Peking, has been very ill, but is now
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
"Not since 1S92 has the potato crop
of the United States proved so nearly
a failure," says the American Agricul
turist in its final report of the yield of
1897. Compared with the liberal crop
of last year, there is an apparent fall
ing off of nearly 20 per cent in ton
nage, and the quality of the whole is
As official dispatch received from
Gen. Galleni, the French commander-in-chief
in Madagasear, says that a
band of Sakalavas had attacked a
French post which was recently estab
lished at a point on the Tsiirhiliina
river, in western Madagascar, killing
many of the garrison, including three
It was reported, on the 23th, that the
gross earnings of the Burlington road
for the mouth of October will be some
thing over 4.000.000, or au increase of
StiilO.ouO over the same month last year.
Never in the history of the Burlington
road has it had on hand so much money
from earnings as at the present time.
Among the honors conferred by
King Leopold in connection with the
Brussels International exposition was
the bestowal of a deeoration upou
Uuited States Commissioner Gore, who
was made a commander of the order of
George D. Meikeljohx, assistant
secretary of war. and his party arrived
in St Paul, on the 20th, from Omaha,
and spent the day at Fort Snelling.
They left for the Y'ellowstone, thenee
to Fort Vancouver.
Ox the 20th James K. Taylor.of Penn
sylvania, was appointed supervising
architect of the treasury. Mr. Taylor
had formerly been the chief draughts
man in the architect's office.
The will of former Senator John R.
McPberson, of New Y'ork, was filed in
Jersey City on the 23th. The estate
amounts to several million dollars, and
all is left to the widow.
Fire, on the 20th, destroyed the busi
ness portion of Osceola, Ark., a river
town a few miles north of Memphis.
It is believed the loss will reach $100,
000. In connection with the increased
strength of the British army the de
fenses of the colonies of Great Britian
are receiving unusual attention.
Permanent state organizations of the
Union Veterans' union was effected at
Cedar Rapids. la., on the 23th, with the
election of a full set of officers.
The statementof the condition of the
treasury, issued on the 20th. showed:
Available cash balance, 210,598:930,
gold reserve. 5l51.5i4.212- ,
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
Old citizens of the state declare that
the Missouri river and its tributaries
are lower now than they ever were be
fore as far as authentic history runs
back. The Big Muddy is a sea of
sandbars through which small
streams struggle, and in places there
is barely three feet of water in the
channel. It more nearly presents the
appearance of a number of small
creeks running through a vast plain of
sand piles than one of the greatest
rivers in the world. The tributary
streams, such as One Hundred and Two
river, Grand, Chariton, La Mine,
Osage and Gasconade, are but a succes
sion ot pools. Tbe Osage is the largest
of these streams, and with fair water
is navigable for 400 miles. Now it is
said that in many places there is scarce
ly water enough to float a skiff.
Eugene Field Day.
November 4 will be the second anni
versary of the death of Eugene Field,
and will also be the second "Field
Day" in Missouri schools, the day hav
ing been set apart to perpetuate the
poet's memory, and incidentally to help
in the raising of a fund for
his monument State Superintend
ent Kirk urges that the day be
suitably, kept because he thinks it
is a good idea for Missouri school chil
dren to be taught to make much of the
memory of Eugene Field. The poet
of childhood deserves this at their
hands. The influence of such a day
upou them will be wholly good. Field
belonged to Missouri and his memory
is ours. We can not be so ungrateful
for what be did as to allow that mem
ory to perish.
Against Trust Companies.
Atty.-Gen. E. C. Crow has filed in Di
vision No. 2 of the state supreme court
quo warranto proceedings against the
Union Trust Co., St Louis Trust Co.,
Mississippi Valley Trust Co., and the
Lincoln Trust Co., all St Louis corpo
rations, to annul their charters, on the
ground that they were violating the
statutes by doing general banking busi
ness. The court issued a writ on the
proceeding, returnable October 25, at
which time the case will be set for ar
gument and further disposition.
Handle Factory Destroyed By Fire.
The handle factory of E. Jackson, at
Springfield, was destroyed by fire.
LossT 13,000; insurance. $7,000. All the
machinery and about two car-loads of
handles, besides a vast amount of sup
plies, were consumed. Jackson came
from Chillicothe, Mo., about a year
ago, where he was burned out He al
so lost a lactory by fire at Kansas City
several years ago. He will not rebuilt'
Postmaster M. C. Ellison, of Pollock,
on the Chicago, Burlington & Kausas
City, in Sullivan county, was brutally
assaulted by two young men named
Wilson. Tbe Wilsons had come to Pol
lock and became drunk. Ellison, who
was well acquainted with them, re
quested them to be quiet when they
assaulted him, crushing his skull with
a rock. The Wilsons were lodged in
Drove Borne and Died.
While driving home from Clinton in
a cart Mrs. Tom AdelL of North Sta
tion, lit her pipe, and her loose wrap
per caught fire from a spark. She
rolled on the roadside, but could not
extinguish tbe flames until every gar
ment had been burned. She procured
clothing from a neighbor and drove to
her home, four miles beyond, where she
died in two hours.
A Fight to tbe Death.
Bill liawkioson and Tom Ilickcrson,
negroes, quarreled at Roanoke, How
ard county, and a desperate tight en
sued. Uickerson drew a revolver and
Uawkinson attacked him with a big
knife, cutting his throat almost from
ear to ear, and severing the jugular
vein. Uawkiu.ion was arrested.
H. C. McCahn, of Kirksville, owner
of the Pennsylvania coal mines at
Stahl, Adair county, has begun suit
in the circuit court against the U alalia,
Kausas City & Eastern Railroad Co. for
Jti,009 damages for discriminating
against him in the matter of furnishing
cars for shipment of coal.
St. Louis 'uo:ial Bunks.
On October 5, according to a report
made to the comptroller of the cur
rency, the national banks of St Louis
had 21,076,339 on deposit Their av
crage reserve was 24.75 per cent
While She Took in the 1'arade.
A purse containing $103 was stolen
from the pocket of Mrs. John Richards,
of Rushsylvania, O., while she was
looking at a circus parade in Sedalia.
Masonic tiraud Lodge.
The masonic grand lot'.ire of Missouri
held its annual session in St Louis.
Nearly every lodge in the state sent a
delegate, at least 500 being present
Zealous Church Worker Cone.
Mrs. Hyde, wife of Judge J. B. Hyde,
a prominent banker of Salisbury, died
the other day. Mrs. Hyde was a zealous
worker in the Methodist church.
Stabbed and Killed.
John Pincaird, aged 21, son of a
farmer four miles southeast of Slater,
was stabbed with a knife by his brother-in-law,
Wm. Haley, and died.
Three Postmasters Named.
The president has appointed F. L.
Wilson postmaster at Bowling Green;
R. P. Kuuderwood at Greenheld, and
S. J. George, at lluinansville.
Fine Couutry .Residence Burned.
The old Reber mansion, one of the
largest residences iu St Louis county,
located in Webster Groves, was de
stroy d by lire; loss, $30,000.
. Missouri Synod.
The Missouri synod of the Presby
terian cuurcu nut at St Louis, and
transacted important business. Ta,r
was a good attendance,
A FAITHFUL FRIEND.
Farmer George Mertz Disembow
eled by a Mad Bull.
Saved from Instant Death by His Dof
Which Hashed to the Rescue and, Tak
ing the Bull by the Nor, Held Him
Until His Blaster was Rescued.
St. Louis, Oct 2L The most re
markable devotion of a dog to his mas
ter, and most desperate fight on record
of a dog to save the life of his mas
ter, George Mertz took place at Althiem,
St Lonis county.
Mertz and two of his hired men were
endeavoring Tuesday to yoke a bull
which was not used to work and re
sisted the restraints of harness.
The bull was hard to catch, but was
finally penned iu a corner of the pas
ture where the men thought they had
him at a disadvantage. The heavy
yoke was near at hand and Mertz was
most active in laying hold of the big
beast to fasten it around its neck.
A hired man lifted the yoke to the
bull's neck, when the unruly beast
gave a sudden lost of the head to
throw it off, and then a lunge for
With bowed neck and a swing of the
head, he struck at Mertz, who stood
nearest and the sharp tipped horn
ripped through the clothing into the
flesh and tore a gash in Mertz' abdo
men as he was lifted from his feet and
thrown like a plaything fully ten feet
backward to the ground.
With blood dripping from the horn,
the bull, bellowiug with rage, dashed
at his prostrate victim and bored him
almost into the earth, as the great
weight of the mad beast drove the
horns again into the already torn and
Mertz' Newfoundland dog, which was
his constant companion, and had
closely followed his footsteps as he
chased the bull over the pasture, saw
that his master was being killed, and
with bravery born of devotion jumped
to his rescue.
He fastened his teeth in the bull's
throat and tore through the thick hide
in a herculean effort to drag the mon
ster off iiis victim.
So determined and vicious was the
dog's assault that the bull, in pain,
turned from the helpless man to the
animal that had thrown itself into the
breach. The dog only loosened one
hold, to catch a better one, despite the
bull's frantic efforts to gore and paw
The Newfoundland seemed well
aware that the most effective way a
dog can put the strongest maddest
bull or cow at its mercy is to plant it
teeth in the nostrils of the bovine, and
from the throat the dog snapped and
grabbed at the bull's nose, regardless
of the deadly effort of horn and hoof
to crush him. Once the dog gained
the vital hold, the bull, in distress, had
to follow, as the plucky Newfoundland
held grimly on, though tossed ' and
jerked about in the air like a rag.
As the dog's effective attack forced
me ouii irom Mertz tne two men
rushed to his side and bore him out of
reach of further danger.
The physician who was called thinks
Mertz was fatally hurt His bowels
protruded from, the frightful wound
made by the bull's horns.
The dog only released his grip upon
the bull when his master was well out
of the way.
After Mertz had been taken into his
house and a doctor was ministeriug to
his suffering, the big Newfoundland,
his shaggy face and head saturated
and soaked with the bull's blood, came
whining into the wounded man's room
and sympathetically walked up to the
bed, and looked into his master's pain
Mertz was in great agony dying it
was thought but with grateful effort
he reached out his hand and stroked
the brave and faithful dog's blood
THE SHORTEST POTATO CROP.
Falling Off of Nearly 39 Per Cent, f ronj
the Crop of Last Year.
New York. Oat 21. "Not since 1S92
has the potato crop of the United
States proved so nearly a failure," says
the American Agriculturist iu its final
report of the yield of 1S97. Compared
with the liberal crop of last year there
is an apparent falling off of nearly
30 per cent in tonnage and Jhe quality
of the whole is greatly deficient
County and township returns from all
the leading potato gaowing states to
this weekly newspaper, show the yield
of potatoes to be 174,000,003 bushels,
against 245,000,000 in J896, 2S0.O00.000
in 1505, 1S5.000.0UO in 1804 and only
155,000,000 in the short crop of 1392.
The average rats of yield per acre is
placed at 6t bushels, taking the country
at large, against 80 bushels in IS'.MJ, 89
in 1895 and 09 in 1892.
The reasons for disaster to the po
tato crop of 1897 are about as varied as
a multiplicity of causes could make
thein. Standing out with more promi
nence than any other two factors, are
blight and rot as a result of extremes
of weather conditions. While the
yield in bushels is small, the quality is
almost as deficient This is true -of
most but not all states. Tbe crop is
best in the northwest Such portions of
Canada as make a specialty of potatoes,
notably Ontario and the maritime
provinces, show a general but not
RICH NEW GOLD FIELDS.
Dlscoveredry In the Northern Fart of Brit
Victoria, li. C, Oct 21. News has
been received from Oininiea, in the
northern part of this province, of the
discovery of rich placer .mines on a
new creek, and the remains of Walker
Gid Ualaway and Jim Robinson, who
went there ' nine years ago and lost
their li-res. Hugh Grant was at the
head of the party which recently
found the place. Samples of the trold
brought back are the purest seen in
SIGNS OF PROSPERITY.
Enormous Increase In the Earnings of the
Burlington A Blanket Mortage First
Class Sleeping Car Service Resumed-.
The Matter of Unauthorized Freight
Chicago, Oct 2L It is reported that
the gross earnings of the Burlington
road for the month of October will be
something over $4,000,000, or an in
crease of 8000,000 over the same month,
of last year. . Never before in the his
tory of the Burlington road has it had
on band so much money from earnings,
as at the present time.
Tbe treasurer of the road has called
for offers of 4 and 5 per cent Iowa
division bonds to take up $233,030 of
the sinking fund. The call for 5 per
cents met with no response and that
for 4 per-cents met with little result
Tbe replies were far from being
enough to take up the amount set
aside for purchase and cancellation.
The proceedings of the stockholders
of the Chicago &. Northwestern, held
in this city September 22, which au
thorized the issuance of a blanket
mot t gage and bonds to the amount of
$165,000,000, were filed for record yes
terday morning. The purpose of tbe
mortgage is to pay the outstanding ob
ligations of the company in the aggre
gate principal sum of $114,302,000 and
of its allied companies, the Winona &.
St Peter railroad and the Dakota Cen
tral, amounting to $17,343,000. The
bonds will be 90-year bonds, payable
November 2, 1987, bearing five per
cent, interest and will be underwrit
ten by the United States Trust Co. of
New York and John A. Stewart as
Beginning last night the Chicago fc
Northwestern road will resume tlie
first-class sleeping car service between
Chicago and Portland, Ore., via the
Union Pacific and the Oregon Short
The meeting of the executive offi
cers of the western roads, which was
held for the purpose of seeing if some
thing could not be done in the way of
killing off the unauthorized freight
tariffs that have been in effect on the
western roads for some time, has been
compelled to give up the idea for the
time being, and the tariffs will remain
in effect as heretofore.
STRENGTHENING THE DEFENSES
Unusual Attention to the British Army
and the Colonial Defenses.
London, Oct 21. In connection with,
the increased strength of the British
army the defenses of the colonies of
Great Britain is receiving unusual at
tention. The government has just
dispatched a form.-r under secretary of
state for war. Sir Ralph Wood Thomp
son, to Australia with instructions to
re port to the war office upon the con
dition of the defenses of tbe Australian
colonies, to urge an increase of the co
lonial forces, and to submit proposals
for arming the local troops and ex
changing battalions from Australia
with those of the motherland.
The mission of W. S. Fielding, the
Canadian minister of finance, to' Great
Britain, also includes discussing with
the colonial office what proportion of
1,500,000, which it is proposed to ex
pend in strengthening the Canadian
defenses, should be borne by tbe im
The Indian council and the war of
fice are said to be considering import
ant measures involving the addition of
one-third to the strength of the Indian
Response to the Proposals of the America
Bimetallic Cum mission.
London. Oct 2L Lord Salisbury
last night sent to Ambassador Hay the
reply of the British government to the
proposals of the American bimetallic
special commission, headed by Senator
Wolcott It is a diplomatically worded
His lordship says that the govern
ment of Great Britain cannot reopen
the Indian mints at present He re
grets the inability to accede to the
proposals of the American commis
sioners. Great Britain having as
great an interest as the United States
and France in securing a stable par ex
change for gold and silver and an en
larged use for silver.
In these circumstances, continues
Lord Salisbury, the British govern
ment docs not see the desirability of
an international monetary conference,
but will bo pleased to consider any
other practical suggestion from the
Senator Wolcott was not in London
PARTLY CLEARED UP.
The Mystery Surrounding the Disappear
ance of Fannie Rutherford.
Sax Francisco, Oct 21. The mys
tery surrounding the disappearance of
Miss Fannie Rutherford, the daughter
of a well-known steamboat owner of
Minneapolis, in June last has been
cleared up to a certain extent by tbe
arrival in this city of her brother
Harry, who traced her across the con
tinent only to find that she had again
returned east It now appears that
Miss Rutherford eloped with Arthur
Lootz, nephew of a well-known busi
ness man of Chicago, by whom he was
formerly employed as an accountant.
He was formerly a resident of Coving
ton, Ky., and comes of a good family,
but for some time past has been a fu
gitive from justice. Young Ruther
ford, it is said, will kill Lootz when,
NEW MILITARY RESERVATION.
It Embraces a Radius of Fifty Miles
Arouud bt. Michaels. Alaska.
Washington, Oct 2L The secretary
of war has issued an order creating a.
military reservation in that part of
Alaska lying within a radius of 50 mile
of St Michaels. The purpose is to con
fer upon Lieut-Col. Randall the neces
sary legal authority to preserve order
and protect property in this section of
the country, both of which are believed
to be jeopardized by the large number
of lawless characters gathered near ths
mouth of the Yukon.