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B. R. ADAMS, Pub.U!.f.
CAPE GIRARDEAU. - MPSIUUI
Ttr Ward line steamer Sagnranca
arrived at New York city, on the 2
from Havana and brought 8?3 tales of
The date for the next national en
ramnment of the G. A. R. has been
fixed for the week beginning Septem
ber, at Cincinnati.
Lewis George Clark, 86 years old,
the original George Harris, of Harriet
Beecher Stowe's famous novel, "Uncle
Tom's cabin," died in Lexington, Ky.,
on the 16th.
A telegram from Yokohama, on the
21st, said: "Russia has notified Japan
of the temporary occupation of Port
Arthur, and a large Japanese squadron
has left Nagasaki."
On the 16 th Gov. Black of New York
issued requisition papers on the gov
ernor of Missouri for the extradition
of Albert S. Warner, under arrest at
Kansas City, on the charge of kidnap
ing. The president, on the 17th, sent in,
among others, the nomination of Wm.
W. Thomas, Jr., of Maine, to be envoy
extraordinary and minister plenipo
tentiary of the United States to Sweden
A dispatch from Madrid, on the 20th,
said: "LieuU-Gen. Marin, captain-general
of Puerto Rico, is about to resign,
owing to the impossibility of reconcil
ing the different parties in tue islam
with a view of establishing autonomy."
A dispatch from Calcutta, on the
30th, said: "According to advices from j
the front. Sergeant Walker, of the j
Scots Fusiliers, is a prisoner in the
hands of the Sipah Afridis. Efforts
are being made to obtain his release."
Failures throughout the United
States during the week ended Decem
ber 17, as reported by K. U. Dun & Co.,
were 329, against 337 for the corre
sponding week last year. For Canada
the failures were 23, against 41 last
Alphoxse Daudet, the novelist, ex
pired, suddenly, in Paris, on the even
ing of the lGth. He was dining with
his family when he was seized with a
sudden syncope. Physicians were sum
moned, but he died almost immedi
ately. Nelson Wittleset, collector of the
justoins at Council Biuffs, la., who ab
sconded, recently, leaving a 55,000 short
age, was arrested, on the 16th, by offi
cers at Danville, Ky. With him was a
woman, wife of a Council Bluffs mer
chant, who previously stood well in
Arnold Luetqkkt, son of the big
eausagemaker on trial for the second
time in Chicago for the murder of his
wife, admits that the indorsements
upon the notes given Attorney Vincent
to secure his fee in the former trial
were forged, and claims that the fact
constitutes a good joke upon the law
yer. The statement of the New York city
associated banks for the week ended
on the 18th showed the following
changes: Surplus, reserve, decrease,
3,174,365; loans, decrease, $l.010,0H0;
specie, increase, $337,100; legal tenders,
decrease, 31.8d8.100; deposits, decrease,
85,273,500; circulation, decrease, $103,
J00. John Morris, cashier of the North
Vernon (Ind.) bank, and Charles G.
Beatty, county commissioner, were
both arrested, on the 20th, on indict
ments, the former for bribery and the
latter for accepting a bribe, it being
alleged in the indictments that Morris
gave Beatty 50 to award a loan of
ANextraordinary number of the Mart
rid Gazette, issued on the ICth, , j
lished dispatches received from Man
ila, capital of the Philippine islands,
saying that the insurgent chief Aguil
aldo had ordered all his followers to
submit, and that he and tue entire in
surgent government will be allowed to
go to Uoug Kong.
Tue first report to the state de
partment from United States Consul
General Goodnow, at Shaughai, con
tains a warning to American railroad
men not to go to Ciiiua for employ
ment, and says: "The American only
invites starvation who comes here
without a definite contract of employ
ment with some reputable firm made
before he leaves America."
F. M. Gideon, the clerk of the gen
eral land office who was referred to by
Thomas KedJingtou, in the testimony
before the senate Pacific railroad com
mittee, as having chauged the land of
fice records so as to throw 5,000,000
acres of government land to the North
ern Pacific road, made a clear denial of
the charges, on the 10th, denounc
ing the statement of Mr. llcddington
During the past year 424,249 head of
cattle have been shipped into Kansas.
From Texas 233,441 head were received,
being 144.252 more than last year; from
Arizona K3.049, or 19,515 more than in
1K96; from New Mexico, 39.919, or 23,
967 in excess of 1MKS; from Old Mexico,
81.090; from Oklahoma, 30,495, or 16,122
more than in 1896; from Missouri, 7,
S51, which exceeds last year's record
On the 17th the New York board of
railroad commissioners banded down a
report of its investigation into the
causes of the accident on the New
York Central railroad, at Garrisons in
October last, arriving at the conclu
sion that the train was wrecked, either
by derailment, which destroyed the
embankment, or that the embankment
itself gave way nd threw tH train
into the river.
TEE HEWS IS BEEP.
IN the senate- tM m Btlch
consu-j ftjj upon the bill to pTohihit
n! sealing by Americans whlcj was passed
by a vow 37 to It A resolution directing the
secretary Of waf 10 supply relff xjo the suffer
ing mi;fs hi the Klonohle. region was amended
and recommitted. A Mil "providing for the ap
pointment of a ilire-f r of the census and 32
assistants wasuisaussed...... In the house the
day was spent In the consideration of the legis
lative, executive and judicial appropriation
bill, but the civil service questi3n furnished the
chief topic of discussion.
In the senate, on the 16th. a resolution di
recting the secretary of war to send supplies to
Americans and other sufferers In the Klondike
region was passed. Mouse joint resolution
providing for a recess of congress from Decem
ber IS to January 5 was adopted In the
house a bill appropriating tlla.ouo for the re
lief of people now in the Yukon was pass -d, as
was the bill to prohibit pelagic sealing by
IN the senate, on the 17th. a spirited debate
took place on the question of taxation of al
cohol used in the arts and on beer. Under a
special order 138 private pension bills were
passed. House bill for the relief of the miners
in the Klondike region was taken up and sen
ate bill substituted therefor and a conference
ordered. The senate adjourned out of respect
to the memory of ex-Rcpre-.eniative Holman.
of Indiana. In the house, consideration of
the legislative, executive and judicial appro
priation bill was resumed in committee of the
whole. The bill for the relief of the miners in
the upper Yukon was sent to conference. Some
other business of minor importance was trans
acted, and the house adjourned at 4:50 p. m.
In the senate, on the 18th, a joint reso
lution providing for additional ex
penditures for buildings and government
displays at the Transmississlppl Interna
tional exposition at Omaha, Neb., was
passed. Several resolutions of no great publie
interest were agree to and the senate went into
executive session In the house the confer
ence report on the emergency relief measure
for the Klondike oountry was presented and
agreed to. House bill was passed continuing
certain cash sales of public lauds. The speaker
announced several committee changes. Reso
lutions of regret and eulogies of the late Repre
sentative Cook, of Illinois.ocupied the remainder
of the session. both houses adjourned until
PERSONAL AND GENERAL.
The French chamber of deputies, on
the 17th, in spile of the objections of
M. -Turret, the minister of public
works, adopted a proposal fixing upon
ten hours as a day's work for railroad
employes. This is to be followed by
ten hours of rest.
Various writers are endeavoring to
help the public to a more perfect un
derstanding of the emotions represent
ed by actors on the stage, but no one
has yet undertaken to explain why
there are no light-haired villains.
Fire, said to be the work of incen
diaries, on the 10th, destroyed the
courthouse at Ardmore, 1. T., consum
ing the written testimony in Indian
citizenship cases affecting 1,500 per
sons, besides many valuable court rec
ords. The fire also destroyed the im
plement house of the K. A. Kerable Co.,
causing an additional loss of S40.000,
with $15,000 insurance. The loss on
the courthouse cannot be estimated.
Tub State bank of Perry, Kas., was
entered, early on the morning of the
16th, by burglars who blew open the
safe with dynamite and secured $1,00.
The burglars escaped. They are be
lieved to be J. Collins and Charles
Cunningham, wanted in Omaha, Neb.,
for safe cracking.
TBAIS No. 2 of the Baltimore & Ohio
Southwestern, which left St, Louis, on
the 16th, met with an accident at Iuka,
11L The engine, postal car, baggage
car and two coaches were derailed by a
broken truck. The engineer and fire
man were slightly scalded. Beyond
this there was no iujury whatever.
Tub statement of the condition of
the treasury, issued on the 16th, showed
available cash balance, 223,131,511;
gold reserve. 8159.3T8,692.
Geokob Sueeuax, a peddler, aged
27, shot his wife in a cheap lodging
house in Cincinnati, on the 16th, and
then shot himself. The woman may
die. Sheehan will probably recover.
Jealousy is given as the cause.
Two or the new guns for the fortifi
cations at San Diego, Cal., have ar
rived, and the third is on the way. The
weight of these gums is 27,100 pounds
each; weight of carriage.200,000 pounds;
length of gun feet; weight of pro
jectile, 575 pounds.
Tub Diario dc la Marina, Havana,
publishes a letter accusing Gen. Wey-
ler of having em bezzteJ giO.OJJ from a
fund which was started in ll.ivana fur
the relief of the families of a number
of soldiers who perished as the result
of a railroad aecideut.
A. C. 11 akmswokiii. England's patron
of arctic exploration, has presented hia
arctic ship Windward to Lieut. Peary,
and will have her overhauled and sent
to America for use in his coming expe
dition. The president, on the 16th, sent the
nomination of Joseph Mchteuna, of
California, to be associate justice of
the supreme court of the United States,
to the senate for confirmation.
Thb president, on the 16th, sent to
the senate for confirmation the nomi
nation of Charles G. Dawes, of Illinois,
to be comptroller of the curreucy, vice
Jou.N MoiiOAX. the triple murderer,
was hanged at Ripley, V. Va on the
16th. The execution was without any
Mbs. Lars Andersox and husbanu
have returned from their honeymoon
trip to the orient, and will stop in San
Francisco a short time before going to
their Boston home. Mrs. Anderson,
who is not yet 21 years old, is heiress
to a fortune of 35J.0J 0,000.
Thr famous French model Lucie
Hagerlaud had her beauty destroyed,
on the 17th, by vitriol thrown at her
by another model named Juiduicelli iu
a fit of jealousy.
Tue electric light plant at Port Hu
ron, Mich., was burned on the 17th;
Tue National Civil Service Reform
league, in session in Cincinnati, u the
17lh, re-elected Carl Scliurz president
J. 11. MARriNUALE.of Scran too. Kas.,
aged Sl, and recently married, was
found frozeu to death in a failure u
fen miles south of Cai uoudale.'Ci, on
a2 Tr' N-D- trom
. . .ive fire, with losses aggregat
, nearly 8L 000.000,on the 17th. Three
jves are supposed to ha7e been lost.
The Cuban autonomy progamme is
the will, not of the Spanish people, but
of Senor Sagasta, which has not had
the approval of the cortes, and which.
Sagasta is afraid will not oe indorsed,
but rejected by that body when it comes
up for legislation.
Policeman William Russell, of Chi
cago, shot and killed a robber on the
night of the 17th, and half an hour
later he was called up by telephone
and promoted by Chief Kipley to a ser
John J. IIamrahax and Patrick Fer
ris, election judges in the Seventeenth
ward of Chicago, were convicted, on
the 17th, of falsifying election returns
at the last aldermanic election.
Samuel S. Dunham, special agent oi
the department of labor in Alaska, who
started for the Klondike region several
mouths ago, is missing, and the fear is
entertained that he has been lost in the
In an explosion aboard the British
steamer Suuthern Cross, from Buenoa
Ayres for Liverpool, which arrived at
Madeira, on the 19th, several persons
were killed or wounded.
On the lSlh the associated banks of
New York held 815.726,050 in excess
of the requirement of the 25-per-cent.
Experienced men dragged the Sus
quehanna river at llarrisburg, Pa., all
day, on the 19th, for the body of Rev.
S. ti. Spearriel, who, it was thought,
either committed suicide or was mur
dered and thrown into the river.
They found nothing whatever, owing
to the murky condition of the high
Tub great jewelry establishment of
Mermod & Jaccard, of St. Louis, was
completely destroyed by fire, on the
19th, causing a loss variously estimated
at from 8250. 00J toS-)U0,000, and said to
have been fully covered by insurance.
Sir Frank Lockwood, liberal mem
ber of the British parliament for York
city since 1S35, died in London on the
As A result of an explosion of crude
oil vapor in one of the boilers at the
works of the Kansas City (Mo.) Gas
Co., on the 20th, Frank Connor was so
badly burned that be will probably
die. James Murphy, fireman, and
James Miller, a steam fitter, were also
seriously burned. Botli will recover.
The reported robliery of some $3,00C
in Mexican money from the steamer
City of Washington during her last
trip from Vera Cruz to New York was
confirmed on the 2Jth. The City of
Washington belongs to the New York
& Cuba Mail Steamship Co.
Peter S. Mc.Mauon, of Albany, N.
Y., crazed by cigarette smoking, com
mitted suicide at Syracuse on the 20th.
McMahon stood in frout of a mirror
and fired a bullet through his heart,
lie was about 20 years old.
One person was probably fatally
hurt and six others were more or less
injured in the outskirts of Philadel
phia, on the 20th, in a collision on the
Koxborough, Wissahickon & Mana
yunk electric road.
The joint convention of miners and
operators met in Pittsburgh, Pa., on
the 21st, to fix a mining rate for the
year 1S9S. There was a large attend
ance. The three windowglass factories at
Alexandria, Ind., will resume opera
tions January 1, giving employment tc
Tub funeral of Washington Ilesing,
of Chicago, took place on the 22d.
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
F. Crosswei.l. who arrived at New
York city, on the 21st. on the Atlas
liner Allegheny.from Jamaica, said that
owing to the depressed price of sugar
in Jamaica, business there was almost
paralyzed. Nearly all the churches,
lie said, were bankrupt, and many
owners of susrar plantations were sell
ing their properties at half their value
and were leaving Jamaica.
The steamer Corona sailed, on the
21st. from Taeoiua, Wash., for SUag
uay, Dyea and way ports. She was
compelled to refuse freight and second
class passengers because of lack of ac
commodations. The Corona will c.irry
to the north 21,0 passengers, 50 per
cent, of whom are prospective miners,
and N)J tons of general merchandise.
It was announced from Havana, on
the 21st. that during the past tun iluys
the insurgenUs had lost !W. men killed,
ami that, in addition, the Spanish
troops had captured 17 prisoners and
69 armed insurgents had surrendered.
The troops, it was further announced,
hail captured 95 stands of firearms dur
ing this time.
An eight-pound dynamite cartridge
exploded in the rear of the Arbucitle
colfee building iu Brooklyn on the
nigutof the 21st. Nearly 5,000 panes
of glass iu the neighborhood were
shattered, and that the explosion was
not attended by loss of life is remark
able. charles Helmbold, son of the late
Dr. Helmbold, of New York city, the
well-known patent medicine proprie
tor, was locked up at the Bow-street
police station in Loudon, on the 21st,
on a charge of threatening to kill
United States Consul-General Osborne.
Mortimer T. lluui'uitKVs, who. ten
years ago, had a national reputation
as a billiardist, died ou the street in
New York city, on the 21st, of heart
failure, aged 59 years. Humphreys re
cently had been a sporting writer.
One hundred operativcsemployed in
the mills of the Royal Weaving Co., at
PawtucUet, IL L, left worn, on the
21st, and joined the silk wearers, who
were discharged because they would
not teach a beginner.
The imperial Japanese diet reopened
on the 2Jth. The uuiou of the three
chief political parties is complete, and
will certainly carry in the house of
representatives a vote of no confidence
iu the government.
A special dispatch from Vienna, on
the 21st, said: "The Arabs along the
Persian gulf, notably at Basrah. Kur
nah and Kl Kalif, have revolted, and
xoops are on their way there."
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
Fanlnc at Murmadake,
The Mannaduke military academy
lite at Sweet Springs has been sold to
a party of St. Louisaus for business
The sale sets at rest all rumors to the effect
that the owners of the property contemplated
the erection of new college buildings to re
place those destroyed by tire. With the
transfer of the properly, the pasting
Df the Mannaduke military rcademy,
which at one time flourished at Sweet
Springs. Is accomplished. Out in the st-te there
are hundreds of youths who will regret that
their alma mater is not to be rebuilt. There are
10 acres of beautifully improved ground, com
prised in the old college site. It is wooded, ter
raced, and through it runs a number of gravel
walks and drives. None of the natural beauties
of the place will be effaced bv the new concern
which will be established there.
The llarmuiia Acquitted.
The trial ol Lee and Frank Harmon
for the killing of Louis C. Avery, be
fore Judge Evans, of the Howell cir
cuit, resulted in acquittal.
Lee Harmon was city marshal at the time he
killed Avery, and was indicted for murder in the
first degree. His brother Frank was indicted
for murder in the second degree. Expert wit
nesses were present from St. Louis, Spring
field and other cities, and testified rs to the
cause of death. Both state and defendants
were represented by able counsel
The remains of Timothy Regan, on
of the earliest mayors of Carthage,
were taken to Carthage from Spring
field for interment.
The deceased was 77. and one of the wealthi
est men in southwest Missouri, his estate be
ing estimated at about 0,000. He leaves
three sons and a daughter, also a sister, who ia
Sister Mary Gertrude, mother superior of a
Catholic institution at Dubuque, la.
Col. Birch' Claim.
The committee on war claims of the
house of representatives has recom
mended payment of the claim of CoL
James Birch, of Missouri, for $11,214.
The claim is for service rendered by Birch
and expenses incurred by him while acting as
aid-de-camp to the governor of Missouri and
state recruiting oltlcer during the years 1N51
lbdV It is claimed that CoL Birch saved nor.li
Missouri for the Union.
Took a Dead Alan's King;.
Ernest Fightmasler, about 20 years
old, was arrested near Liberty, on the
charge of taking a ring from the finger
of filicide Carr.
Fightmaster was in the crowd that rushed
into the stockade after being kept out until
Carr's body had dropped. Firfhtmjster admits
taking the ring, but says he interned lo give
it to the relatives. A brother of Mrs. Carr had
the arrest made.
Wr Between Corporation and City.
A fight is on between the Southwest
Missouri Electric Railway Co. and
Webb City authorities.
The counsel of Webb City notified the com
pany thai under the provision of its charter
through that city it could not carry freight.
Until Webb City authorities declare otherwise,
an order has bjen male that hereafter no
freight will be taken to Webb City from either
end of the road.
Lot III. Band.
In attempting to remove a lump of
coal from the automatic stoker, at the
Victor mines, near Carterville, the
night engineer, A. G. Jones, got hia
right had caught in the machinery,
and it was cut off at the wrist. The
severed hand fell into the furnace and
was consumed before Jones' eyes.
Locked In a Refrigerator By Robber.
J. Z. Smith, butcher and grocer, was
held up in his place of business in St.
Joseph, by three negroes, robbed of
S100 and locked up in a refrigerator.
He shouted long and lustily for help,
and when finally rescued was almost
frozen and suffocated.
Wa Well-Known at Hannibal.
Jesse Robinson, a retired business
man, who came to Missouri in 1849, died
in Hannibal, recently, aged 70.
The deceased was employed in the construc
tion of the Hannibal & St Joseph railroad. Ha
is survived only by a son, William H. Robinson,
the last of a large family.
Mluourl at Omaha.
Gov. Stephens has appointed 37 rep
resentative business meu of the state
as members of the Missouri Transmis
sissippi and International exposition
commission, to arrange for an exhibit
of the state's productions at Omaha.
A Progressive Community.
The proposition to bond the city of
Oregon, Holt county, in the sum of
525,000 to build water-works and elec
tric lights was carried at a special elec
tion, but ouj vote beiug recorded
Very Bold Post ORlce Burglar.
Burglars broke into the post otlice at
Clark, five miies west of Sturgeon, car
ried the iron safe outside the building'
and rifled it of S2S2 in stamps and uiouuy
and two gold watches.
Found Frozen to Death.
Samuel Cooper, a well-known busi
ness man of Athertou, Jackson county,
was found frozen to death six miles
east of Independence. lie started
home in a blizzard.
Kscaped the Gallows.
Jack McKone, murderer of William
Albin, a gambler, died at St. Joseph, as
a result of drinking too much alcohol
which had been smuggled into the jail.
Xataral tia Scheme.
Steps have been taken to arrange for
supplying Joplin and Webb City aud
Galena, Kas., with natural gas, which
is to be piped from Cherry vale. Kas.
Marriage of Bliss Annie Cockrelt.
Oliver M. Morosco, a well-known
coast theatrical mauager, was married
to Miss Auuie T. Cock re II. piece of the
Missouri senator, at San Franciseo.
II. C. Grenner has been appointed by
the president internal revenue collec
tor at St. Louis, and J. II. Wolkenhorst
appraiser of the port of St. Louis.
Paod Confederate Money.
Several confederate bills have been
passed iu St Joseph recently, and an
attempt was made by a victimized mer
chant to have a strauger arrested.
Dr. C. A. Thompson.
Dr. C A. Thompson, one of the most
prominent citizens and physicians of
Jefferson City, died after an illness oi
(our weeks. Ue was 74.
SUGAR BEET IN MISSOURI.
Capt. Charlra C. B.-II, of Boonvllle, Xx
plains the Result of Experiments afada
Under the Department of Agriculture
President MrKlnley and Secretary of
Agriculture WUsou Interested.
Capt. Charles C. Bell, of Boonville, is
a recognized authority on the sugar
beet question, and while in St. Louis,
the other day. talked to a reporter.
"At last year's meeting of the Missouri Horti
cultural society I was appointed to visit Presi
dent McKinley and try and enlist his Interest in
the introduction of fcu;rar be L cultivation in
this slate," said Cap:. BelL "I went to Canton
and called upon Maj. McKinley. After I had
explained the object of my visit, he become
much interested and aked me to call upon him
in Washington after his inauguration. I vis
ited Washington in March, and there met Sec
retary of Agriculture Wilson. I wanted him to
distribute among the farmers of Missouri a lot
of sugar beet seed for experimental purposes.
He became interested, and when I returned I
had his promise that the seed would be sent.
He sent them to me, and I distributed th' m
about the state to any fanners who I thought
would plant and tend a patch.
"The results of this planting w;is watclwd
with great interest. As soon as the experi
mental crop was grown samples were forward
ed to Washington, ther? to be examined by
Prof. Wylie, chief chemist for the department
of agriculture. 'He made analysis of hundreds
of samples, and the result will appear in a bul
letin to be shortly issued by the government.
These analyses were extremely encouraging.
The percentage of saccharine matte contained
In the beets ranged from 4'.i to 17 per cent.
This Is a wide range, but it is easily accounted
for. In order to raise good sugar beets a farm
er must know something about how to culti
vate the plant. Few of our farmers possess
this knowledge, which accounts in a great
measure for the poor results in some instances.
But in some parts of the state, largely popu
lated by Germans, I found that many more per
ions had cultivated the beet in their own coun
try before coming to America. In these coun
tries the best results were obtained; results
that really exceed my most sanguine expecta
tions. The season was also unfavorable.
"Few people understand that 60 per csnt. ot
the sugar in the world comes from the sugar
beet At present the beet is principally cul
tivated in France and Germany, where the
peasantry have found it a lu rative supplement
to their other crop. In those countries sugar
sects are profitably cultivated on land that av
trages live timss as valuable as ordinary farm
ing land in Missouri. The beets ruis d there
jontain from 8 to 14 per cect saccharine mat
ter, and from them is made much of the su?ar
we use in the United States. So you see that
iomc of our samples showed abetter percentage
than beets raised by experienced cultivators.
This conclusively demonstrates that our soil
and climate are suited to the cultivation of the
tugar beet, and that all that is needed to raie
a prodtable crop is experience and proper care
in the oultivation. If German and French
farmers can make a prollt out of the beets on
dear land that requires constant and expensive
fertilization, I or-ue that our farmers can Und
In sugar beet culture a most profitable crop.
Missouri is tilled with good land, and no fer
tilization is necessary.
"I know that the farmers of Missouri art
awake to the advantages of sugar-beet raising
Since I undertook to interest the government
in the matter I have received over .two letter
inquiring how to obtain seed and asking for di
rections for planting. The seed sent out by th
government was received from the north ol
Germany. It is what is termed 'acclimated' ta
that climate, and Prof. Wylie believes thai
when, after several seasons of cultivation here,
the beets have become inured to our peculiar
climate conditions, the percentage of sac
charine matter may be largely increased. Sugar-beet
culture was introduced into France Dj
Napoleon L, who caused experiments to be
made. At first the peasants could only produ.
beets containg 3, 4 and 5 per eenu of saccharine
matter, but the plant was bred up to as higa at
la to 20 per eenu We have the improved seed,
and much better and cheaper land, there is nc
reason that far richer beets should not be pro
duced in Missouri.
"The money value of sugar annually import
ed into the United States is more than 1.i.uu0,
UjO. Most of this is manufactured from the su
ga, beets raised in Europe. This figure may be
properly said to -represent the home market
that is awaiting the agriculturists of this coun
try whenever they are inclined to seize it. II
we will raise beets capital Is only watching for
the chance to build refineries to make the su
gar. Capitalists have to my knowledge already
become interested in the experiments being
made in Missouri, and will -closely watch the
outcome. The sugar beet has othr value to tha
farmers. It manes excellent feed for stock.
The poorer grade contains larger fattening
quality to the acre than corn. It is excellent to
feed with grain, and produces fat under these
circumstances perhaps better than when lod
"It is sow an accepted agricultural proposi
tion that rotation in crops is necessary to pre
serve the bearing qualities of laud. So every
product tha- can be made to serve in rota
tion with the staple grains is in the nature
at a boon to farmers. A diversified crip
is also good for the farming community,
for when one fails there is another to
rely upon. I believe that sugar beets will be
more profitable than either wheat or corn, even
when these cereals are at high water mark.
The b?st soil is a rich, sandy loamwhat is
usually called a second bottom Fruai the de
mands for sed, I belijve IUj fanners of Mis
souri have taken hold of the subj-cl of sugar
beetcu.ture in earnest."
Capt. Boll intends to visit Washing
ton in January to have a confereuce
with Secretary Wilson regardiug fur
ther supply of seed for the bpriug
Ills Charge Against Gidrou Denied and
Washington. Dec. 21. The subcom
mittee of the senate committee on Pa
cific railroads yesterday heard F. M.
Gideon, the attorney who wa: charged
by J. K. Ueddiugton, on Saturday,
with having manipulated the land of
fice records. Mr. Gideon deuied every
allegation made by Keddingtou, and
insisted that there was no possibility
of manipulating the records in the
manner charged, even i he had so de
sired. Alex. Britton testifies that the books
and papers in the laud office have to go
through a number of hands and four
or five divisions of the land office,
making it impossible for any one man
to manipulate them in the manner
charged by Reddington.
Indiana Window Glass Factories to Re
sume. Cincinnati, Dec 20. An Alexandria
(Ind.) special to the Times-Star says
the three window-glass factories will
resume operations January 1, giving
employmeut to 1,200 men.
(Arranging for a Jolut Convention.
Pittsburoh, Pa., Dec 20. The coal
miners of the Pittsburgh district are in
session here arrangiug preliminaries
for the joint convention of iniuers and
operators, which meets in Pittsburgh
Tuesday, to fix a miuing rate for tue
year laiS. There is a large attendance.
Gift to MeUUI University.
MoNTUKAI., Can., Dec 20. W. C. Mc
Donald, the millionaire tobacco manu
facturer, whose gift to McGill univer
aity already aggregate nearly $3,000,
000, has just given $250,000 inoro to b
FIRE AT KANSAS CITY.
The Auditorium Theater and Hotel B--dnced
to Aahes Hotel ttaeatt) Kscap"' -In
safety The Woodward Stock Cosn
panr. Occupying the Theatre-. Saved th
Hulk of Their Property toes. f460,00t.
Kansas Citv. Mo., Dec. 21- The
Auditorium, the largest and finest play
house west of Chicago, and the Audi
torium hotel, one of the most fashion
able family hostelries in the city,
situated at Ilolmes and Xinth streets,
were gutted by fire that started in tha
theater part shortly after 1 a. m.
The 105 hotel guests escaped in
asfety. although many were compelled,
to leave the building in their night
clothes. The loss on the entire prop
erty, which is owned by Alex. Fraser
a local business man, will aggregate
5450,000. The aggregate insuranc
amounts to but SS5.000.
The fire originated in an unoccupied,
room on the sixth floor of the theater,
aud resulted from the crossing of elec
tric light wires. It wa first notice l
byXight Clerk Haak, who turned in.
an alarm at 1:12. llaak immediately
awoke the guests. They included,
many families and children of all ages,
and the greatest confusion ensued. For
a time it seemed that the flames wouldt
be confined to a single floor, but after
it had apparently been gotten under
control, it burst forth again and defied,
all efforts of the firemen. Many of the
guests, assured after the first alarm,
that the fire would not spread, re
turned to their rooms.
Delay in getting a continuous stream,
on the fire, however, enabled it to get
beyond the firemen's control. The
flames spread rapidly along the tier of
rooms on the fifth and six floors, and
soon communicated with the hotel,
through the small apertures in the fira
wall which separated it from the tne
ater. Once in the hotel, the flames
were beyond control.
The excitement broke out among
the hotel guests afresh, and hurried
scrambles to save their personal effects
ensued. Everything available was
pressed into service as receptacles for
valuables, and before the guests had
been ordered from the building a second
time, the bulk of their belongings had
been carried out. More timid ones
who had fled from their rooms in their
night clothes at the start, were given
quarters in a neighboring hotel.
The Woodward stock company, which
has been the standing attraction since
the reopening of the playhouse last
October, managed to save the bulk
of its property.
The Auditorium was built in ISSu by
Col. V. Warder at a cost of S150.000. It
was named the Warder Grand opera
bouse, and was opened by Booth and
Barrett. After a brief but unsuccess
ful season Warder traded the property
to George V. Henry, of Chicago.
Henry reopened the theater, but it
again failed to pay expenses. In 1804
the National Bauk of Commerce pur
chased the property, and, installing
John P. Slocum, a well-known eastern
theatrical manager, it was run for a
season in the most approved metropoli
tan style. After another failure, the
bank traded the property last
October to Alex. Fraser, and
the latter leased the property to
Pax ton & Burgess. Fraser expanded
S02.000 in improvements and repairs on
both hotel and theater. Pax ton fc
Burgess presented the Woodward stock
company and a list of first-class
specialties at seat prices of not over 10
and 25 cents. The plan proved a de
cided success, and for the first time
since its inception the Auditorium,
which had booked some of the best
companies on the road, became a pay
UNDER TURKISH FIRE.
Tha United Statrs War Ship Uaneroft
Fired Upon at Smyrna.
Constantinople. Dec. 21. It appears
that when the United States steamer
Bancroft arrived at Smyrna, on the
night of December 4. she was greeted
with a blank cannon shot and rifle
bullets from the Fort of Yenikale. A
boat from the warship sent
to ask for explanation was
fired upon and compelled to
return. Thereupon the American
admiral lodged a protest with the
United States minister here. Dr. J. II.
Angeil, who demanded the punish
ment of the guilty parties and an
apology from the Turkish government,
which was given Sunday. In addition
two Turkish officers were dismissed
and sentenced to a week's arrest.
Navy D'mrlmet MotltttNl.
Washington, Dec 21 The navy de
partment has received news that the
United States steamer Bancroft had
been fired upon at Smyrna, but the
cable message was much briefer and
less newsy than the press dispatch, in
the light of which comparatively little
importance is attached to the incident. -
Will Supply a "MiMlng Link' In the Story
of the Empire.
Dantzic, Dec 23. Admiral Von
Hollinan, in christening the new Ger
man cruiser Viueta yesterday, said:
"This ship should fill a seriously per
ceptible gap iu the imperial nary.
The name awakens the memory of the
vanished glory of past power, but
both of these, which have been long
and sorely missed hare uprisen afresh
with the new empire. Vineta will
powerfully serve the emperor and the
mpire, either for offense or defense.'
No Evidence Against the Sliver Heel.
Washington, Dec 22. Asssistant
Secretary Spalding yesterday issued,
orders for the release of the Silver
Ueels at Wilmington, N. C This step,
was taken on & report by the United
States attorney that he could obtain
no evidence upon which to proceed
against the vessel. The master, mate
aud crew all swore that the vessel left
New York October 17, and was drifting
at sea for 50 days on account of bad
weather until she reached Wilmington.
The master and mate swear the vessel
had no arms or ammunition aboard,
and iid net daliver an.
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