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Speaker Thomas B. Reed went from
Washington to Portland, Me, on the
2d, to attend the funeral of his- sister,
Mrs. Conley. He returned to Washing
Ing on the night of the 3d.
It is said the great city of London
is in danger of subsidence owing to the
persistent tunneling under its founda
tions. Parliament, at its next sitting,
will deal with the question.
The closing day of the session of the
fourteenth annual convention of the
American Historical association at
New Haven, Conn., was taken up with
papers and discussions on "Colonial
Historv and Policy.
The French ministry of the colonies
denies the report that Dreyfus has em
barked from Cayenne on his return to
France, adding that the court of cas
eation alone can decide the question of
the return of the prisoner.
Maj.-Gen. William Ti. Shaffer, V. S.
A., has been relieved from the com
mand of the department of the east,
end assigned to the command of the
department of California, to relieve
Maj.-Gen. Henry C. Merriam.
A magnificent memorial hall, in
honor of the veterans of the rival war,
was dedicated in the new public li
brary, on Michigan avenue, Chicago,
on the UOtli. Over 3,000 persons were
present, including many of the state,
county and city officials, and judges of
the supreme and superior courts.
The case of Mrs. Cordelia Botkin, on
trial at San Francisco for the murder,
by poison, of Mrs. Dunning, of Dela
ware, was submitted to the jury, on
the .10th, which, the same evening,
found a verdict of guilty of murder in
the first degree, and fixed her punish
ment at imprisonment for life.
President McKiuley's proclamation
setting forth the conditons under
which the United States takes posses
sion of the Philippines has been ca
bled to Gen. Otis for promulgation.
It is modeled on the lines of the one
issued by Gen. Shafter at Santiago,
though considerably amplified.
It is said a sharp contest will occur
in the house over the legislation for
the ffovernment of Hawaii, as the ma
jority and minority of the committee
on territories do not agree to the re
port of the senate committee on for
eign relations.although the differences
are not such as to cause great ditli
Gen. Horace Porter, the United
States ambassador to France, and
John K. Gowdy, United States consul
general there, held the usual New
Year receptions, on the 2d, at the
United States embassy and consulate
in Paris. These were largely attended
by distinguished Parisians and Ameri
cans. President and Mrs. McKinley re
ceived the season's greeting, on the 2d,
from a great throng of callers, repre
senting every branch of public life,
who attended the White House recep
tion. It was the first time since the
present administration liegan that cir
cumstances permitted the observance
cf this custom.
ThomasTownshcnd Buckhill. queen's
counsel and memlH-r of parliament n
the conservative interest for Mid-Surrey
(Kpsom), has lieci: raised to the
bench of the high court of judicature
in succession to Justice Henry Haw
kins, who recently retired from the
exchequer division and was raised to
the peerage on the 1st.
Chief Justice Grant of the Michigan
state supreme court has denied an ap
plication for a writ of error, under
which an express revenue stamp case
con hi be removed to the United States
supreme court. The court recently de
cided that the American Express Co.
must pay for the revenue stamps af
fixed to its bills of lading.
To meets the complaints of the Chip
pewa Indians in Minnesota that they
rarely see the agent in some portions
of the reservation. Commissioner of
Indian Affairs Jones has directed In
dian Agent Sutherland to make the
January annuity payments in four
placuev These will be at White Earth.
Leech Lake, Cass Lake and on the Red
Generals Brooke and Menoeal had a
conference in the Inglaterra hotel,
Havana, at which it was agreed tint
full sway should be given the Cubans
for a grand insurgent celebration to be
held in Havana, on -February 24, the
fourth anniversary of the uprising in
Santiago province. Gen. Brooke told
Menoeal that the insurgents might
march and feast to their hearts" con
tent at that time.
The Toronto (Ont.) World published,
on the 20th, a startling editorial under
the heading: "Canada On the Brink,
in which it warned the people of that
country that times are critical, so far
as the maintenance of Canada as a
free, independent and integral portion
of North America is concerned. The
editor believes that the United States
is bound to annex the Dominion, prob
ably with England's consent.
John C. Chase, elected on a socialis
tic platform, took the oath of office as
mayor of Haverhill, Mass., on the 2d.
In his inaugural speech Mr. Chase as
sured the members of the city gov
ernment and the people that "every
tout of power possessed by the
mayor would be "exercised in the de
fease and support of the principles
of socialism. In so far as they may be
spplicable to a municipality."
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J JANUARY 1 899.
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THE NEWS IN BEIEF.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL.
Commodore J. W. Philip, late cap
tain of the battleship Texas, will as
sume command of the Brooklyn navy
The British steamer Glen Avon, Capt.
Pithie, which sailed for London from
Hot.g Kong, on the 2'Jih, has been
The friends of Lizzie Skinner, who
was stabbed to death at Bloomfield,
Ind., on the 29th. by Dr. Gray, formed
a mob. on the 30th, and intended to
lynch the murderer, but were outwit
ted by the otlicers. Dr. Gray being
Fire broke out in a cigar store on
Government street, in the very heart
of Victoria. B. ('., on the 30th. and
caused damage to the amount of $:55.
000. The lire department was at an
outlying suburb, and much valuable
time was lost.
The Spanish government, considers
that the prospect of the release of
the Spanish prisoners in the Philip
pine islands is very discouraging.
The Spanish government decided, on
the :iuth, to send additional funds to
Cuba for the repatriation of the Span
ish troops remaining there.
The work of relieving the suffering
in Cuba is proceeding all along the
line, thegovernment having the matter
The assertions made by Gen. Miles
backed up by the reports of various
ollieers in connection with the beef
furnished by the contractors for the
use of the army in Cuba and Porto
Rico, have led to the appointment of
a board of ollieers to investigate flu
ent ire subject.
The Merritt & Chapman Wrecking
Co.'s outfit arrived at Santiago, Cuba,
on the 30th. to raise the former Span
ish cruiser Reina Mercedes, which was
sunk on the edge of the channel lead
ing to Santiago harbor during the first
bombardment of the Santiago fortifi
cations by Admiral Sampson's squad
ron. Charles Willard. a desperate charac
ter, shot and killed Sheriff J. W. Will
iams anil Deputy I.aniers at Seaside.
Ore., on the .'ioth.aml wounded Deputy
Miller, and was himself killed by State
Senator Fulton. Willard was suspect
ed of burning Senator Fulton's sum
mer cottage after robbing it, and the
officers were searching his house for
The losses by fire in the United
States during 19 aggregated $113.-
IMMtiT, as compared with $121,001,73"
Mrs. Botkin's lawyers do not pro
pose to accept as final the verdict of
the jury finding her guilty of the mur
der of Mrs. Punning, but will make an
effort to obtain a new trial and a pos
sible reversal of the judgment.
The mayors of several cities through
out the country issued requests to the
citizens to display the national flag on
the 1st, in honor of the formal evacua
tion of Cuba by the Spanish govern
Statistics show that, djuring the year
just ended, the total numln-r of fatal
casualties in this countrv was 7.345. as
follows: Explosives. G2U; mines, 5S0;
falling buildings, etc.. .199; tornadoes
and storms. 502: lightning, 255.
Notwithstanding the war between
the United States and Spain, the loss
of life upon the field of battle during
1S9S has been smaller than for several
years. The total is estimated at 65.
000. as compared with 103.451 in 1S97.
The loss of life by railroad accidents
during 3S9"i was 3.590, as compared
with 2.764 in ls97. The number of per
sons seriously injured was 2,616, as
compared with 2.42S in 1897.
The total number of suicides report
ed throughout the United States in
1S98 was 5.920. as compared with 6,600
in 1S97. Of this number 4,5S6 were
males and 1.634 females.
During the year just closed there
were 7,S40 murders reported in the
United States against 9,520 in 1S97, a
Orders hare been issued by the navy
department for the discharge of a
large number of men who enlisted for
one year from ships undergoing re
pairs at the various navy yards.
At the landing of Lord and Lady
Curzon at Bombay the Stars and
Stripes wer conspicuous among the
decorations of the city in honor of the
nationality of the new vicereine.
Work on the battleship Ohio has
been begun at the L'nion iron works.
San Francisco. The Ohio will be the
largest snip ever ouui oa tne 1 acinc
Daniel la Forte, known by his Indian
name as Te-IIes-La, president of the
Six Nations, and a principal in the
j calse of Onondaga Indians against
I Jotin Boyd Thacher, in the supreme
j cof rt of New York, for the recovery
I of 'wampum, died, on the 1st, at his
j farmhouse on the reservation. He was
j ?6 years old, and is survived by a wid
ijow and grandson, which latter will
' succeed him a chief of the Six Nations,
The torpedo boat Farragut has bees
formally turned over to the govern
ment by the builders, at San Francis
co, The trial board, after a thorough
inspection, expressed themselves as
thoroughly satisfied with the craft.
! Ex-Gov. James E. Campbell, of Ohio,
' who had been confined to his room in
I a hotel in New York city for several
' days from illness, was reported to be
much improved on the 2d. Bis physi
j cian said he believed the ex-governor
to be out of danger.
! The body of the late United States
: Senator Morrill arrived at Mont pelicr,
Yt., on the 2.1. from Washington. On
the train which bore the body was
; sdso the body of the senator's wife,
: who died at the capital several months
j The big White Star line freight
! steamer Bovie. Capt. Jones, which
failed from Liverpool, on DcccBsIht 23,
for New York, has passed Holyhead,
returning. She signaled as she ar
proaehed that her tiller was broken,
and she was steering by a hand gear
that hail been rigged up.
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
A train on the Kansas City. Fort
Scott A Memphis route was boarded
by six men wearing masks, oil
the night of the 3d. at Macomb,
Mo., and the through safe blown op-.-n
with dynamite and its entire contends,
lielieveil to have leen valuable, stolen.
The passengers were not molested.
Upon the arrival of the train at Mans
field. Mo., a posse was organized to go
The objection of the citizens of San
tiago to the execution of the war de
partment's programme requiring the
customs colleetions at that port and
all other Cuban ports to be sent to
Havana, has brought the war depart
ment face to face with another of the
many problems connected with the ad
ministration of affairs in Cuba that re
quire speedy settlement.
A duel between M. lloranszky. a
memberof the lower house of the Hun
garian diet, and Huron llnnffy, the pre
mier, took place at Ruda Pest on the
3d. Pistols were the weapons used.
The duel was bloodless. Each fired
lour shots, but both were too much
agitated to aim their pieces.
The Calcutta eorrcsondent of the
London Times says: "Lady Curzon is
certain of the warmest reception, so
cially, her charming personality hav
ing been recognized already by those
-who received and welcomed her at the
govern men t house."
On the 3d the Arbuckles reduced the
price cf granulated sugar 1-16 cent a
pound, making their price just that
much below the quoted price of the
American Sugar Refining Co. and sev
eral of the independent refineries.
The war investigating committee
has decided to make a thorough inves
tigation of the complaints made alwuit
the beef furnished the army in tin- ex
peditionary campaign in the late war.
John W. DearlMirn. a mining expert,
said to be well known in the far west,
was found dead in a room of a hotel on
Washington street. New York, on the
3d. He was 60 years old.
The New Year present of Emperor
Nicholas of Prussia to Emperor Will
iam of Germany is a couple of mag
nificent slags for the royal wild park
Tin- statement of the condition of
thetreasiiry. issued on the 3d. showed:
Available ensh balance. $2it. 764,695;
gold reserve. $2(14.529.175.
Senator Allison, who had been con
fined to his home with the grip, was
able to be at the capitol on the 3d.
f-IINOR NEWS ITEMS.
The population of India increases at
the rate cf 3.(KK),(iOo annually.
Profanity is forbidden by both the
army and tht navy regulations of the
Charles Newton, of Bradford. Pa.,
was blown to pieces while shooting an
oil well at Orchard Park.
President Snow, of the Mormon
church, says the law against polyg
amy is being strictly obeyed in Utah.
The senor senator from Connecticut,
Orvill II. Piatt, is over 71 years old. and
his colleague. Joseph R. Hawley, is
The population of the earth at the
time of Emperor Augustus is estimated
at 54.t)0O.Ut). It is now estimated to be
Six convicts, driven mad by idleness,
were taken from the Kings county peni
tentiary in New York to asylums for
the criminal insane.
The Miller Electric Construction
company of Pittsburgh. Pa., has in
vented a new plan for utilizing the
power of Niagara falls.
Services in commemoration of the
founding of Christ church, Salem
6treet, 175 years ago. were held in the
meeting house in Boston.
The extension of American authority
in the Philippines. Cuba and Porto Rico
will lead to the abandonment of some
military posts in this country.
There are now 120,000 head of cattle
being fed for market on the line of the
Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe railroad,
and the majority of these cattle are
destined for Cuba.
Brig. Gen. Harrison G. Otis, now serv
ing in the Philippines, enlisted in the
civil war with President McKinley in
the Twenty-third Ohio. Private Mc
Kinley rose to be a brevet major and
Private Otis a colonel.
The Spanish brig Gabriel, from Car
denas, arrived at Cornnna, having on
board ten of the crew of the American
bark Evie Reed. Capt. J. D. Steelman.
from New York, which is ioi. The
crew were rescued near the island of
King Humbert, of Italv, has signed1 a
decree amnestying or reducing the
punishment of the rioters, who took
part in the disturbances last spring.
About "CO persons who were sentenced
by court-martial and about 2,000 who
were condemned by civil courts haxi
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
A Cattle King lion to the Wall.
Walter M. Clark, the Sullivan county
tattle king, has failed. Although his
failuv had been expected the crisis
served as a shock to the whole county.
The records of Sullivan county show
unsatisfied over $:.imio of mortages
on cattle alone, while deeds of trust
on his big farms and individual in
debtedness will sweU the total to over
?00.0(!O. Of the -js::.lino. half of the
paper is held by the Chicatro Livestock
Commission Co.: the remainder by the
J. C. ISohard Commission Co. of St.
Joseph: M. A. Burwell.of Kansas City;
the First national bank, of Sullivan
and Moorchcad A: Sandifur, of SuHivau
State Treasurer F. L. Pitts has
closed his liooks for the biennial pe
riod ending Decenilwr 31. IS'.is. The
following condition of the treasury is
shown: Balance on hand January 1,
$77,463.05; receipts for two years into
the treasury, $S.30O.--,06.96; disburse
ments for the two years, $7.9s0.7i0.53;
balance on hand December 31. 1S9S,
$"97,109.43. This shows a gain in the
two years of a balance of $319,646.43.
The state debt, has been reduced, all
the matured lmnds have been paid,
and all the interest on the bonded debt
has been met.
1'aiit the Penalty.
Tra Sexton, the tp.U'-derr of Nathan
Starks, expiated his crime oa thi: gal
lows in the jail yar l at Prim:cto:i.Mer
ler county. Sheriff ;'.H rid I : :i rpringing
the trap at 11:19, and 11 nii::i't-s after
Sixton was dead. The condemned
man showed iron nc-e to the last. On
the gallows he pao.srd to sing and
made a speech, in wn.ch h deckired
his innocence. Sexton's neck was
broken by the fall, ami he died with
out a struggle. Sexton killed Nathan
Starks. a young farmer, while trying
to rob him.
An I'nmly rupil.
Fred Cable, who is teaching school
about live miles northeast of Walnut
Grove, Greene county, near the Polk
county line, was seriously cut by Ra
mie Whittenlierg. one of his pupils,
who is about is. The knife struck just
behind the right, ear. cuting to the
bone, and also dividing the ear and
passing over the check. Another slash
cut through his coat under the arm,
but only scratched the flesh. Cable
had started to punish the young man.
who resisted. Whittenlierg comes of
!-. good family, and has bceu highly re
spected. One Year's Itiminesd.
The secretary of state reports taxes
find fees collected and paid into the
treasury by his department for 1S9S
as follows: Tax on domestic corpora
tions, .57.S35; on foreign corporations,
$2,400: miscellaneous fees. $6,090.60;
fees for notaries commissions. $7,305;
firs for bank examinations, $12,334.50;
university endowment tax collec
tions, $3,323; fees for recording rail
road contracts, $1,072.90; fees for land
department, $419. Grand total, $90,
7S0. What the Hone Doctor Want.
The Missouri State Veterinary asso
ciation, at the annual meeting in Se
dalia, elected the following ollieers
for the ensuing year: Dr. L. M. Klnte,
Clinton, president; Dr. Horace P.radly,
Windsor, secretary and treasurer. The
association will ask the legislature to
pass a bill to protect the profession
ami the public from quacks, and pro
viding for an cxaiui-.atinn of practi
tioners by a competent board before
receiving a license to practice.
Fell Into a Cittern anil Irwnel.
Fnrtik Rich, seven years old. whose
parents live just west of Nichols Junc
tion. Greene county, fell into a cistern
and was drowned. His sister had
drawn a bucket of water and left the
cistern uncovered. Frank, who was
running around.accidentally fell in. .
mover, who was passing at the time,
went down after the boy, but was too
late to save his life.
Ill Wounds rroreil Fatal.
James Shearer, who was shot in the
stomach, two miles northwest of Lan
caster, died. His slayer, James Moore,
gave himself up to the officers.
Wife of a Pioneer Merchant.
Mrs. Louisa Long, wife of Peter
Long, a pioneer merchant, who had
been a resident of Sedalia for the past
J2 years, died recently.
A Plnneer of Lincoln.
Mrs. Job Taylor, a pioneer citizen,
of Licoln county, died at her home,
near Brussels, a few days ago. Sha
was 75 years old.
To Prevent Lynching..
To prevent a lynching John Hollo
way, a desperado who killed Jule
Boillot. was taken to the jail at Jef
The Fourth Mlraaarl
The Fourth Missouri regiment will
be mustered out as a portion of the
50,000 to leave the service in the near
Grip In Saline County.
There is an epidemic of grip in Mar
shall and Saline county, with several
deaths from the disease. The physi
cians are kept busy day and night.
Wrecked tlf Rurclara. '
George Hoffman's flat on North Jef
ferson avenue. St. Louis, was wrecked
by burglars while he and his wife were
A Veteran Pannes Away.
Capt. C. C. Hare, aged 67, is dead at
bis home in Kansas City of grip. He
was bom in Louisville, Ky and served
through the civil war with distinction.
A Mexican War Veteran.
J. S. Mosby, one of the earliest set
tlers in Vernon county, died recently,
aged 7$, at. Nevada. Mr. Mosby was
veteran of the Mexican war.
AW UNPOPULAR ORDER.
TIM Concentration of C ax torn Receipts at
Havana, Beaented at san-tUgo
Many Protests Coming.
Santiago de Cuba, Jan. 3. An order
has been received from Havana, which,
if enforced, will mean, in the judg
ment of the commercial classes here,
serious injury to the province. This is
a direction to transmit the entire cus
toms receipts each week to Havana.
Compliance with s'tch instructions
would involve the abandonment of
many necessary public improvements,
especially in the matter of roads and j
Since American occupation liegan
these funds have been used for such
purposes, and have been the principal
means of meeting the necessary ex
penditures. The Heraldo says that to
carry ont this order would rob 10,000
Cubans of employment, most of whom
would probably take to the hills and
become bandits, having no other re
course. Robert T. Mason, British consul at
Santiago, says it was Spain's prac
tice of monetary centralization which
caused most of her troubles in Cuba.
Gen. Leonard Wood, United States
military governor of the department,
on being asked to express an opinion
respecting the order, declined to be in
terviewed, but, it is reported, that,
without offering any criticism of the
policy which dictates the order, he has
shown his annoyance at the possibili
ty of a stop being put to the good
work being done in the province.
The local taxation fund is barely
sufficient to meet the expenses of the
city. There is nothing over for im
portant improvements, and the cus
toms receipts are considered by com
petent judges to be absolutely neces
sary for the successful management
of the province. '
Popular excitement over the order
is growing among all classes. The
chamber of commerce, the Sons of
Veterans, the supreme court and the
San Carlos club have called meetings
to take action, and each organization
will cable to Washington an earnest
protest against what isdescribedasthe
"suicidal nolicy of centralizing money
PRESIDENT DIAZ NEW YEAR.
The Mexican Government Taking tireit
Interest In Sanitary Works
To ItaniHh Fever.
Mexico City, Jan. 3. President Diat
received various ofli'-:nl deputations
who called to offer congratulations ol
the season. Sir Henry Deering. the
British minister, as dean of the diplo
matic corps, made a brief address on
behalf of his colleagues. The United
States was represented by two secre
taries and a military attache, Ambas
sador Clayton being prostrated with
grip and unable to attend. The presi
dent received no private persons, as
The government is taking a great in
terest in the sanitation of Vera Cruz,
which has again beep afflicted with
yellow fever this last year.
The contracting firm of Weelman,
Pearson & Son, has been instructed to
draw plans for sewer and waterworks.
The same firm, under government- or
ders, is making plans for the sanita
tion of Meridia. the capital of Yucatan,
for the purpose of banishing yellow
fever. It is the intention of the gov
ernment to spend much money and
put in operation the most improved
modern methods in order to stamp out
the fever on the coast of this country.
GOV. PINGREE INSTALLED.
Immense Crowds tiather at the Michigan
Capitol to Witness the Ceremony
The Senatorial Situation.
Lansing. Mich.. Jan. 3. In the ex
ecutive parlors of the state capitol
Chief Justice Grant of the supreme
fourt at noon yesterday administered
!he oath of office to Gov. Pingree and
the state oflicers-elect. A large audi
ence witnessed the ceremony. The in
augural reception of Gov. Pingree, the
new state ollieers and justices of the
supreme court held, last night, at the
state capitol was one of the greatest
social functions ever given here.
Derpite counter attractions at the
hotels in the shape of senatorial and
speakership contests, fully S.000 people
passed through the line of notables
who were assisting the governor to re
ceive. Nearly all the members-elect of
the legislature were present, but
neither of the senatorial candidates
put in appearance.
WANTS A COALING STATION.
John Ball's Demands on Spain May be
Resisted Backed by France
Madrid, Jan. 3. Official circles here
ire warmly discussing the attitude of
Great Britain, owing to her pressing
demands that Spain sell her a coaling
station in the Balearic islands and
other strategical points, so as to render
Gibraltar unassailable. The negotia
tiations on the subject have been in
abeyant e owing to Premier Sagasta's
illness, but it is believed that Spain, in
fluenced by France and Russia, will
resist the demands of Great Britain.
A Soldier Dies of Wounds
Huntsville, Ala.. Jan. 3. Private
Starr Dare, Co. F, First infantry,
whose home is in San Francisco, died
at the Second district hospital yester
day from a gunshot wound received
Christmas night. Mack Lightfoot
Dare's murderer, has been committed
to jail without bond.
Husband and Wife Bnrned ta Death.
Dallas, Wis., Jan. 3. Wm. Stickley
and his wife were yesterday burned to
death in their home. Three chlidren 1
were taved with difficulty. '
I fO FIX THE RESPONSIBILITY.
The Hoard or Surrey to f Inquire Into tba
Lose of Sm-lft Co. Re
Washington, Jan. 44 The board ot
survey appointed by he secretary of
war to examine into ind report upon
the responsibility forthe loss of 300,
000 pounds of refrigerated beef of
Swift & Co., which ivas rejected by
Gen. Miles upon its-orrival at Ponce,
Porto Rico, and Xvas subsequently
thrown overboard while en route on
the return voynijt met yesterday, but
decided that inasmuch as the proceed
ings of a board of survey were sub
ject to review they would not be made
The board is instructed to ascertain
if proper elTort was made to feed this
beef to the troops in l'orto Rico, and
lix the responsibility in case proper ef
fort was not made; to ascertain
whether, as reported in the testimony
before the war commission, the beef
had been chemically treated and
whether the United States was re
sponsible for its loss, which involves
a recommendation as to whether Swift
& Co. should be reimbursed.
A board of survey has no power to
administer oaths. It can only find on
information and recommend, subject
to review of the appointing officers, in
this ease, Secretary of War Alger. The
board will investigate the questions
with which they are charged. They in
timate that the proceedings are not of
great importance, in reality only in
volving a recommendation as to
whether Swift & Co. chould be paid for
the leef. Such a recommendation,
however, necessarily involves the fix
ing of the responsibility for the rejec
tion of the leef.
The lioard decided to go into the in
vestigation exhaustively. All the rec
ords will lie carefully examined, wit
nesses will besummoned and wherever
possible affidavits will be obtained in
support of testimony. The board has
no power to administer oaths and af
fidavits, therefore testimony must be
Representatives of the Swift com
pany, undoubtedly will be summoned,
as will Gen. Miles and other army of
ficers conversant with the facts, but,
up to a late hour this afternoon no
summons, so far as could be learned,
had reached Gen. Miles. The general
of the army is very complacent over
The 300,000 pounds of refrigerated
lH-ef arrived at Ponce the very day the
protocol was signed. This amount of
fresh meat, it is stated, would have
furnished rations for the American
troops then on the island for 50 days.
But, it is added, had it been landed it
could not have lieen kept. There was
barely enough ice in Ponee to supply
the hospitals. Our troops, save about
1.000 men, were scattered throughout
the southern portion of the island
from Mayagnez to Guayana, distances
varying from 25 to 90 miles. Had the
lM'cf been lauded almost the entire
quantity, the general of the army
holds, must inevitably have SKlied.
It is believed the work of the board
will consume the greater portion of
two weeks, possibly longer.
Determined to Make a Throojcli Investiga
tion of the Complaluts Made.
Washington, Jan. 4. The war in
vestigating committee has decided to
make a thorough investigation of the
complaints made about the beef furn
ished the army in the expeditionary
campaigns. Summons was made yes
terday for the appearance liefore the
commission, next Friday, of Maj. Daly,
the chief surgeon at army headquar
ters at Tampa, prior to the departure
of the Shatter expedition, who made
a vigorous report, forwarded by Gen.
Miles, in condemnation of the beef.
The Swift PackingCo., of Chicago, will
1h heard next Monday in defense of
There was only one witness yester
day. Col. .Tomes M. Moore, assistant
quartermaster general of the army,
who appeared merely to correct some
errors in the report of previous testi
mony. EXPRESS ROBBERY.
A Train on the Kansas City, Fort Scott at
Memphis Successfully Held I'p
Mansfield, Mo., Jan. 4. A train on
the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Mem
phis route, was boarded last night at
Macomb, Mo., the through safe blown
open with dynamite and its entire
contents, believed to have been valua
ble, stolen. The passengers were not
Upon the arrival of the train at
Mansfield a posse was organized to go
Old Glory Wave Over the Havana Poa
Washington, Jan. 4. The following
belated cablegram announcing the
transfer of the postal control in Cuba
was received yesterday from F. G.
Rathbone, the new director of posts,
for that island:
"Havana, Jan. 1.
"The Postmaster General I formal
ly took possession posts Cuba 13
o'clock. Personally raised "Old Glory"
over Havana post office.
DATES IN HISTORY.
The phonograph was invented
Edison in 1877.
In 1879 Edison produced the incan
descent electric light.
In 1870 the first electric railway was
operated in Berlin by Siemens.
Giles de Retz, of France, the original
"Blue Beard," was executed en Christ
mas day, 1440. in atonement for a multi
tude of sins, which included the killing'
of six wives, from which the popular
nursery story is derived.
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