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CATO GIBARDEAC. s MISSOURI
Th. financial crisis in Caracas, Vene
ruela, U ended. The difficulty between
the government and the banks baa
been amicably settled, and public con
fidence is restored.
Senator Alien, on the 10th, intro
duced a bill in the senate granting a
pension of $10 a month to every sol
dier and sailor who served in the civil
war for three months or longer.
Consul Skinner, at Marseilles, re
ports to the state department that the
olive crop in Italy, France and Spain
is practically a failure, and will hardly
reach 30 per cent, of the average.
By order of the directors the pay of
the operatives in the employ of the
Nonatum & Newton Worsted Co., of
Boston, was advanced ten per cent, on
the 15th. This means an actual in
crease and not a restoration, and ef
fects about 600 hands.
The next United States transport to
leave Santiago de Cuba will carry
back 1,000 coffins. One of these con
tains the body of a soldier. As it was
not marked the coffin was mislaid, and
it 13 now impossible to discover which
one it is, as each box contains three
The forty-seventh annual report of
the board of trustees of the Congrega
tional Church Building society was is
sued on the 11th. It states that the
year of 1S99 was, with one exception,
the best in the history of the society.
The recepits for the year were $247,307,
and the disbursements $153,947.
Special Plenipotentiary Kasson, for
the United States, and Senhor Daurte,
for Portugal, on the 11th, signed a pro
tocol intended to make operative the
reciprocity arrangement entered into
hut spring between the two countries.
The treaty will not be proclaimed,
however, until the protocol has been
ratified at Lisbon.
The urgent deficiency appropriation
bill, the first of the important bills for
the government, reported to the
house by Chairman Cannon of the
ways and means committee, on the
15th, carries $50,127,841, of which $47,
602,332 is re-appropriations for the mil
itary and naval establishments, and
$8,525,509 direct appropriations
Citizens of Dickson county, Kas.,
organized an Indian Famine Belief as
sociation, on the 11th, with J. K. For
ney, recently returned from India, as
president. Its object is to send Kan
sas corn to Biver Brethren mission
aries at Bombay for free distribution.
The corn will be contributed by farm
ers, and shipped from Abilene.
John Barrett, ex-United States min
ister to Siam, in a speech in Chicago,
on the 13th, for the first time publicly
named Senator Hoar us the United
States senator whose anti-expansion
speech was cabled to Hong Kong and
subsequently put in the hands of the
Filipino soldiers, causing, as Mr. Bar
rett believed, the open insurrection.
Naval Constructor Gilmore, who ia
at Xewcastle-on-Tyne, inspecting the
new cruiser Albany, informed the navy
department, on the 12th, that the ves
sel would be ready to receive her crew
within two weeks. The department
will send out a complement of about
200 men to form the crew of the Al
bany, and bring her to the United
In order to secure tetter protection
against cattle swindlersaad workers of
frauds, several representatives of Chi
cago livestock commission firms, en
route to the Fort Worth (Tex.) cattle
convention, stopped off at Kansas
City, Mo, on the 14th, long enough to
form what will be known as the Live
Stock Commission Merchants' Protect
The state department has been in
formed by Mr. lieywood, United States
agent at Honolulu, under date of Jan
uary 1, that eight deaths had occurred
from the bubonic plague at Honolulu
since last telegraphic report, December
26, which announced three deaths
from that cause. Mr. Heywood also
tates that the entire city of Honolulu
is in quarantine.
. Four members of the Omaha (Neb.)
board of education were arrested, on
the 11th, on warrants charging them
with accepting bribes. The case
grows out of the letting of a contract
for Venetian blinds for several large
new school buildings erected last year.
The checks with which the payments
were made, and showing the indorse
ments of the accused, were offered in
In a speech in Chicago, on the 14th,
In behalf of a fraternal insurance or
ganization for colored people. Prof.
Booker T. Washington said: "The
negro in the north, as elsewhere, will
prosper in proportion as he learns to
do some one thing well learns to do
it better than any one else; in propor
tion as he learns to put brains, skill
and dignity into the common occupa
tions of life."
Lord Strathcona, Canadian high com
missioner in London, has offered to
provide, distinct from the Canadian
contingents, a force of at least 400
mounted men from Manitoba, North
west territory and British Columbia,
and to arm, equip and convey tnem to
South Africa at his own expexse. esti
mated at $1,000,000. All will be com
posed of expert marksmen, tvigh rid
crs and scouts. His offer has teen so
NEWS IN BRIEF.
Compiled from Various Sources.
In the senate, on the 10th, after Mr.
Hale (Me.) had introduced a resolution of
inquiry addressed to the department of
state as to the seizure of American flour
by the British authorities, which was not
acted upon, the session was devoted to
eulogies upon the life and public services
of the late Vice-President Hobart, in
which a large number of senators took
part. The addresses were of an unusally
fervid character In the house, after
an hour devoted to miscellaneous business
the session was given up to eulogies upon
the late Representative Green, of Nebras
ka, after which the house adjourned until
In the senate, on the 11th, a spirited and
at times sensational debate occurred over
the Pettigrew resolution calling for in
formation on the Philippine question. At
two o'clock consideration of the currency
bill was resumed. Before adjournment
the senate, after considerable debate,
passed the bill conferring additional pow
ers upon the director of the census, and a
bill fixing limit of cost of the Indianapolis
public building The house was not in
The senate was not in session on the
12th In the house Mr. Catchings, of
Mississippi, who had been detained at
home since congress convened, was sworn
in The speaker laid before the house the
resignation of John Walter Smith, now
goernor of Maryland. Mr. Sulzer. of
New York, presented, for immediate con
sideration, a resolution for the appoint
ment of a special committee to investi
gate the relations of Secretary Gage with
certain New York national banks, but it
wer.i over under objection. The shlppins
bill was ordered to be reprinted with ex
Scmitoi Edmunds' argument expunged.
Adjourned till the 15th.
In the senate, on the 15th, nearly three
hour;- was taken up with a spirited debate
on the Philippine question. Mr. Rawlinsrs
Idem.. I'tahi soke in opposition to the
proposed financial legislation. Mr. Mason m
trtKiuced a bill to prevent the adultera
tion of food and drugs In the house
the session was devoted mainly to consid
eration of Distrii-t of Columbia business.
Representative June W. Gayle (Ky.) was
sw.irn in. and Mr. Cannon reported the
ur&ency dehciency bill.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL.
Plans for the expenditure of $25,
Ol0,0(0 in improving the physical con
dition of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad
have been completed, and within the
next three years that vast amount of
money will have been expended Im
provement of roadbeds, bridges, tracks
and equipment will be made on all
hxes of the system.
Joe Melivich and Joseph Maxwell,
working in the Colsua-I'arrott mine,
at Butte, Mont., were instantly killed,
on the 14th, by the explosion of a
b:ast that had hung fire. A round of
holes had been tired, and the men had
returned to clear up the debris when a
missed hole went off.
The health authorities of Adelaide,
South Australia, report two cases of
bubonic plague, one being fatal. The
victim was a runaway sailor from the
British bark Forma.
J. S. Harrison, a real estate man of
Kansas City, Mo., and a brother of ex
President Harrison, was kicked on the
head by a vicious horse at Beaumont,
Tex., on the 14th. He was knocked
senseless, and his skull was fractured.
His physicians hope for his recovery.
Inability to secure bituminous coal
in sufficient qualities is necessitating
the shutting down of some of the man
ufacturing concerns in the Skuylkill
valley of Pennsylvania.
A recent downpour of rain for three
days, together with a prevailing Chi
nook rain, melted the snow and sud
denly flooded several western Wash
ington valleys and a great portion of
Latah county, Idaho. Hundreds of
farms in Puyallup, Stuck and White
Kiver valleys were inundated.
Influenza struck down, at London,
in the eighty-fourth year, the distin
guished surgeon. Dr. Kobert Collum.
Cr-llum was the only doctor who ac
companied Sir Charles Napier upon
setting out for the conquest of Scinde
in the cholera-stricken steamship Zen
obia from Bombay in 1842.
A Central News (London) bulletin.on
the 14th, from Durban, contained the
brief statement that Gen. Warren left
Fiere Camp, on the 11th, with a strong
flying column in co-operation with
Gen. Buller's movements, and that it
was reported that the great battle had
begun, and that fighting was proceed
ing at three points.
The proposed convention of gov
ernors of the arid states, at Chicago,
which was to consider the irrigation
problem, January 17, has been post
poned indefinitely by reason of the
apathy shown by the governors of the
A. Blanchard, aged 65 years; his wife,
aged 43, and a boarder, William Money,
aged 58, were burned to death in their
home in Men mac, N. IL The canse of
the fire is unknown, but it is sup
posed to have started from a kerosene
Gov. A. J. McLaurin of Mississippi
is seriously ill of pneumonia. His phy
sicians say both lungs are affected. The
governor was recently elected United
States senator for the long term.
Lieut. Samuel Howard, United
States navy, the pilot and last of the
officers and crew of the Monitor dur
ing her memorable engagement with
the confederate ironclad Merrimnc,
died at Washington, cn the 14th, from
concussion of the brain, the result of
a fall. H- was 79 years of age.
A New York dispatch of the 15th
says: "The outlook now seems to fa
Tor easy monetary conditions in Wall
6treet. A reduction of $1,500,000 in
loans last week presumably due to
recent liquidation in securities and a
gain of $5,000,00) in cash indicate that
locally the 'pinch' is over."
Clarence E. Woolever, of Corning, N.
Y., has established a record. He has
married his mother-in-law. The cere
mony was performed in Wellsboro,
Pa., by Rev. Dr. E. C. Dodge. Woolever
is a New York Central trainman, and
his mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary E. Lind
say, kept house for him since his di
vorce. Representative Needham, of Cali
fornia, on the 15th, introduced a bill
for the inspection, under the direction
of the secretary of agriculture, of
trees, fruits, plants, buds, nursery
stock, etc, imported into the United
It was announced by interested par
tics in Boston, on the 15th, that $30,000
ha-1 been pledged by one person, whose
name is withheld, to the fund which
is being raised to carry on the work
of Dwight L. Moody. Other large
sums are expected by the committee to
whom has been committed the contin
uation of the educational institutions
founded by the evangelist.
The statement of the treasurer of
Harvard university, which will soon be
issued, shows that gifts which were
made to the university from August 1,
1S98, to July 31, 1899, aggregated $1,
544,829. Of this amount $1,3S3,460 was
to form new funds or increase old
ones, and $161,303 was available for im
Commander C. C. Pollack has been
appointed chief hydrographer of the
navy department, relieving Capt. Craig,
who is ordered to England to bring the
cruiser Albany, just completed, to the
Senor Bafael Salsado.whowas mayor
of Santiago at the time of the capitula
tion, died, on the 14th, of heart failure.
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
In ihe senate, on the 16th, the dis
cussion of the Philippine question was
continued. Mr. Laurin (leui., S. C.)
addressed the senate on the financial
question, making an argument in favor
of his proposition to confer authority
upon state banks to issue circulating
nctes In the house the urgent de
ficiency appropriation bill was taken
up, the item of $150,000 for rural free
del-very, in which all members are
personally interested, receiving the
most consideration. Mr. Richardson
made a further attack upon Secretary
of the Treasury Gage, which was met
by Mr. Hopkins (111.).
The Spanish trans-Atlantic steamer
Leo XIII. arrived at Barcelona, on the
16tli, from the Philippines, with former
Spanish prisoners and their families.
A majority of them were in a lamenta
ble plight. The town authorities and
Bod Cross agents met them and gave
needed assistance to the sufferers.
A dynamite factory at Avigliano, 14
miles from Turin, exploded on the 16th.
The buildings were reduced to ruins
and the whole surroundingdistrict was
shuken, many houses being badly dam
aged. At least ten persons were killed
and many others were injured.
The king of Saxony, the king of
Wurtemberg and the grand duke of
Baden, have conferred the same rights
of promotion upon their technical high
schools in Dresden, Stuttgart and
Carlsruhe, as Prussia has conferred
upon her high schools.
A meeting of several prominent
hcrse traine-rs and drivers was held at
Cleveland, O., on the 10th, to take ac
tion against heat betting. A commit
ter was appointed to draw up resolu
tions and present them to the different
The agrarian members of the Ger
man reichstag have formally resolved
to press the meat inspection bill to a
second reading, notwithstanding the
uigtntly-expressed wish of Count Von
Bi.elow that the measure should be de
ferred. The board of rapid transit commis
sioners of New York, on the Kith,
awarded the contract for building the
underground railway in that city to J.
P. McDonald, of 100 Broadway, one of
two bidders. His price was $35,000,000
The German papers take cognizance
of the civilities extended to the offi
cers of the training ship Moltke, at
New Orleans, and comment appreci
atively. CURRENT NEWS NOTES.
Byron S. Sabin, of New York, felj
dead while witnessing the McCoy
Ciioynski fight Friday night.
St. Lotiis has a largely increaj-ed and
better paid police force, but the burg
glars continue to do business
A criminal, under sentence of death,
is to be shot in the cuartel at Juarez,
Mexico. An admission fee of 25 cent;
is to be charged spectators.
The Pan-American Exposition Co., ol
Buffalo, N. Y., has decided to give
union labor the preference in all of its
Bices military academy, at Macon,
Mo., was dedicated, Friday, with elab
Representative Lloyd, of Missouri,
has iutroeiuccd a bil which, if passed,
will put n stop to hazipg in the West
Point military academy.
Alfred Morrison, who shot and killed
one of his wives, with whom he was
living in Mount Vernon, K. Y., is undei
arrest charged with murder.
Gen. Corbin announces that the sub
scriptions received to the Lawton fund
have reached the handsome figure of
Commissioner General Peck has ob
tained space for Cuba, Puerto Rico and
the Hawaiian islands at the Paris ex
position for a distinctive exhibit.
A pension of $30 a month has been
granted by the commissioner of pen
sions to the widow of Gen. Guy V.
Louis, the six-year-old son of S. E.
Randolph, a prominent business man
of Lertia, III., was choked to death,
Friday, at the dinner table, by food
lodging in his throat.
Dr. Mulhall's suicide, at St. Louis,
is attributed by his friends to a dread
that the malady with which he was
affiicted (locomotor ataxia) would ul
timately render him a helpless bur
den to his family.
E. F. Holmes, who operated a curb
stone ticket broker's office at Omaha
during the exposition, has been held
for trial for forging extensions on
Lemuel L. Williams, of Des Loge,
Mo., was found deaa in his room in a
St- Louis hotel. He had blown out the
gas and was asphyxiated.
A negro, known as "Hog's Head"
Harris, has been arrested and identi
fied as the burglar who shot John A.
Middle ton, on December 23, while bur
glarizing' his residence at St. Louis.'
1 MI 1 II.
Robbers From the Zambeles Moun
tains Get a Sound Drubbing
at Iba, on the 6th.
SCHWAN'S TROOPS NEAR SANTO TOUAS
411 Captured Places Garrisoned and
the Armed Bodies in the Field
Are Being; Kept On the Jump
Store Span lab Prisoners Liberated
and Vs.lns.ble Booty Secnred.
Washington, Jan. 16. The war de
partment has received the following
report from Gen. Otis:
"Manila, Jan. 15. Bolomen and
armed insurgents, robbers from the
Zambeles mountains, attacked two
companies, of the Twenty-fifth infan
try, O'Niel commanding, at Iba, Janu
ary 6. They were driven and pursued
with loss to them of 50 men, no casual
ties. Schwan's troops are east and
south of Santo Tomas, Batanzas. Yes
terday Cheatham's battalion of the
Thirty-seventh struck the enemy at
the east of Santo Tomas on the San
Pablo road. The enemy left five dead
on the field. Cavalry soon appearing
pursued the force eastwards; no re
port of result. Cheatham's casualties,
one wounded. Anderson, with the
Thirty-eighth, en route to Lipa, yes
terday, struck the insurgents a few
miles south of Santo Tomas and drove
them through Lipa to Rosario. The
enemy's loss was 20 dead and wound
ed, 60 Spanish prisoners and $20,000.
Sch wan has liberated about 200 Span
ish prisoners who are now en route to
Manila. Anderson's casualties yester
day were one man killed and two
wounded. Wheaton's force is actively
operating in western Cavite and Batan
ga provinces. All important towns
are held and there is constant patrol
ing. A great many Filipinos are re
turning to their homes, believed to be
insurgent deserters. OTIS."
RUSHING THE FILIPINOS.
The CampnlKn South of Manila. 11 e
Inur I'imhed Successfully All
AlonK the Line.
Manila, Jan. 13, 5:43 p. m. Part of
Gen. John C.Bates'troopsareoperating
about Lake Taal. The insurgents con
tinue to retreat south.
Col. Hayes, with the Fourth cavalry,
is supposed to have reached Lipa,
where many Spanish prisoners are
Col. Anderson, with the Thirty
eighth infantry, took Talisay, on the
north shore of the lake, with but little
Maj. Cheatham, with a battalion of
the Thirty-seventh, on his way to San
Pablo, dispersed 400 insurgents, whom
the cavalry are pursuing toward Ala
minos. A troop of the Third cavalry lost two
men killed and three wounded in an
encounter with the insurgents near
San Fernando de la Union, January 12.
THE PRIZE MONEY CASES.
The Attorney General Files His An
swer Denying the Claims of
Dewey and Sampson.
Washington, Jan. 16. Attorney
General Griggs has filed his answer in
the supreme court of the District of
Colrmbia, in the proceedings for prize
money for captures at Manila bay by
Admiral Dewey. The attorney gen
eral asks that the case be referred to
a commissioner and that Admiral Dew
ey, his ofiicers and crew, and also the
United States may have leave to take
The attorney general concedes that
a state of war existed, but denies that
the squadron under Dewey's command
captured the Spanish cruisers Isla de
Cuba, Isla de Luzon and Don Juan de
Austria. These vessels, he says, were
sunk during the engagement. He asks
for fuller information in regard to oth
er points, and says although some cap
tures of property were made, such cap
ture does not authorize its condemna
tion as prize to Dewey and his men.
The attorney general has also hied a
similar answer in the case of Admiral
Sampson and the destruction of Cer
NO HOPE FOR HENRY B0LLN.
Omahu's Emlwiillnx Ex-Treasurer
Gets So Comfort From the Vnlt
ed States Supreme Court.
Washington, Jan. 15. In the United
States supreme court Justice Brown
rendered an opinion in the case of
Henry Bolln, of Nebraska, on applica
tion made by Bolln for a writ of error
to the Nebraska supreme court in the
matter on conviction of Bolln, former
city treasurer f Omaha, of the crime
of embezzlement. The opinion refused
Eolln's application, affirming the opin
ion of the state court, and affirming
the constitutionality of the Nebraska
law providing for proceeding in crim
inal cases upon information processes.
Senator Hanna Denies.
Washington, Jan. 16. Senator Han
na said he had no interview in Phila
delphia concerning the finances of the
national committee such as reported.
His talk on the finances was with Phil
adelphia men and related to the ex
penses of the coming convention.
something: In a line, After AIL
Toledo, O.. Jan. 16. Lyman J. Gage,
secretary of the treasury, has sent $10
to help defray the funeral expenses of
Weaden W. Gage, who. died here penni
less last week and who claimed to be s
first t-""p of the cabinet office!
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
Schools of Mlasoarl.
The state superintendent of schools
has placed his annual report in the
bands of the printer, and it will be
ready for distribution in a few weeks.
In it the superintendent discusses sev
eral progressive educational move
ments of the past year. Among them
1. New requirements for tighter schol
arship In the teacher.
2. The renewed vigor and the modernis
ms of the work of the stats normals and
the arrangements made by them for
teachers' summer courses.
3. The new features of the university
summer school, and the establishment in
parts of the state remote from state
schools university extension summer
4. The progressive position taken by ths
county school commissioners' convention
in unanimously agreeing to urge teachers
to attend good summer schools; to accept
grades made in these state summer
schools in lieu of examination; to excuse
all such teachers from attendance on the
county institute. This will not, as inti
mated in a communication from St. Louis
county to the metropolitan press, cripple
or interfere in any way with the good
work of the county institute.
5. The rural school course of study, and
how it promises new life and better grad
ing of these schools, and their ultimate
articulation with high schools and acade
mies, and they, in turn, with the colleges
and universities. This is considered by
educators the most important and far
6. The activity in rural districts in se
curing libraries and supplementary read
ing and the proper correlation of nature
study, literature, history and art.
7. The demand for more efficient organ
ization of the rural districts, so as to fur
nish more nearly equal opportunities for
the children, to equalize the burdens of
taxation and to show the necessity for
rural school supervision.
8. The organization of school directors
associations in mmy counties shows in
creasing interest, as does the work of the
9. All the state schools are in excellent
condition and prosperous beyond the usual
The report will also show some interest
ing statistics: The total enumeration of
school children in the state for last year
was 9S1.722. The total enrollment in all
public schools was 6S8.01S. The average
number of days attended by each enrolled
pupil was 92. The average length of term
was 141 days. The average salary of
teachers was $45.' Total amount of expen
ditures, J7.W8.S26. The estimated value of
school property is $17,0011.000.
Mrs. Martha Morehouse, aged 62,
at Maryville. She was the widow
of A. I. Morehouse, who was elected
lieutenant-governor of Missouri in
1SS4, and became governor in Decem
ber, 1SS7, upon the death of Gov. Mar
niaduke. Mrs. Morehouse's maiden
naine was Martha McFadden. She was
reared in Lexington, Mo., where she
was married to Mr. Morehouse in 1863.
Joseph W. Lynes, one of the leading
Hock raisers of southern Callaway
county, aged 67.
Two of the oldest citizens of Howell
county, at West Plains D. D. Powless,
aged 7S, and John Bays, aged 71. Mr.
Powless had been justice of the peace
a number of years. Mr. Bays wits
prominent in the Masonic order.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ophelia Arnold, wife
of 11. R. Arnold, cashier of the First
national bank of Mexico, aged 55. She
was a daughter of the late Judge John
B. Morris, and 13 brothers and sisters
Rev. Dr. George Miller, one of the
oldest and most prominent Presby
terian ministers in the state, at Kansas
Col. Bobert Emmett, one of the lead
ing officers of the Knights of Pythias
of the United States, at Kansas City
of paralysis, the result of an injury
received in a runaway.
John Mills, for 40 years a resident
of Butler, and a prominent member
of the I. O. O. F and the last of the
charter members of the lodge at But
lei. John F. Brandom, of Carroll coun
ty. Mr. Brandom twice represented
Carroll county in the state legislature.
For 25 years he was secretary of the
Missouri Valley Baptist association.
Mrs. Mary Jennings, an old resident
in St. Louis.
Dr. J. H. Patton, aged 50, at Trenton,
from pleural pneumonia. He was a
prominent member of the I. O. O. F.,
und well known all over the state.
For Better Government.
Springfield will have in March a
convention of county judges, road and
bridge commissioners and other pub
lic oilicials and prominent citizens in
terested in a better system of conduct
ing the affairs of government, local
and state. Judge J. Y. Fulbright, C.
M. Bennett and A. J. O'Neal, and Boad
and Bridge Commissioner George F.
Reed have issued a call for a meeting
to be held in Springfield on March 21
and 22, which has been mailed to ever
eounty in the state.
Received Their Freedom.
Jacob Henze and Henry Kaiser,
serving life sentences for the murder
o." Stockman Edwin E. Brown, of St.
Ijuis, in March, 1893, have been par
doned by Gov. Stephens. They were
several times sentenced to hang, but
Gov. Stone commuted the death sen
tence to life imprisonment. Evidence
wig produced to show that the men
Woman and BnrIar.
When Mrs. Elvira L. Johnson, 803
Pine street, St. Lot-is, went to the bed
room at noon, she found a man uuder
the bed. (Funny, isn't it, how a wom
an always looks under the bed?) She
rapped him on the head with a broom,
and fought him until exhausted, but
he got away.
Made a B! Haul.
- A robber entered the residence of
William McCully, No. 4310 Morgan
street, St. Louis, about 6:40 p. m., and
secnred about $400 worth of jewelry
A Mather Killed.
Mrs. Annie Mosier, of No. 4300 North
Broadway, St. Louis, was knocked
down and almost instantly killed by
a cable carr. She leaves seven children.
Still Ply Their Trade.
St. Louis has increased its police
force to the extent of $600,000 per
year, but still the burglars, footpads
and sneak-thieves ply their trada.
HI III HI it
Ex-Congressman David G. Colsoo.
Does Some Promiscuous Shoot
ing at Frankfort.
THREE MEN KILLED AND MANY WOUNDED. -
The Traa-edy Occurred In the Lobby
of the Capitol Hotel, Which wra
Crowded with Attendants on the
Eleetlon Contests Fnlly Twenty
Shots Were Fired.
Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 17. A shocking
tragedy in which the lives of three
prominent men were sacrificed and
that of a fourth hangs by a slender
thread, while two others miraculously
escaped with painful injuries, occurred
here at one o'clock yesterday. The
principals in the tragedy were ex-Congressman
David G. Colson, of Middlcs
boru, and Lient. Ethelbert Scott, of
Somerset. Scott was shot six times bj
Colson, and almost instantly killed.
Innocent Bystnnders SnSTer.
Luther W. Demarree, assistant post
muster at Shelbyville, an innocent by
stander, was shot three times, and died
instantly. Charles Julian, another by
stander, was shot, and died half an
hour later, and Capt. B. B. Golden, of
Barboursville, common wealth's attor
ney of the Twenty-seventh judicial dis
trict, was shot in the back, and is not
expected to survive. Col. CoUxin him
self was shot twice in ths arm. Harry
McEwing, of Louisville, was shot in
the foot, and W. O. Bidpatch, of Chica
go, sustained a broken kg by the life
less form of Scott falling against him
be it rolled down the stairway.
In a Crowded Hotel Lobby.
The tragedy is one of the most sensa
tional in the history of the dark and
bloody ground." The killing occurred
in the loliby of the Capitol hotel, the
principal hostelry of the state capital,
the room being well filled at the lime
with politicians and others who are
here attending the contests for state
offices before the legislature.
Col. Colson is in jail, charged with
murder, but he claims self-defense.
Many ConllietinK Stories.
The witnesses to the arfair were
taken so much by surprise when the
shooting liegan that most of them
were almost panic-stricken, and there
are many and conflicting stories as to
bow the fight began. Col. Colson and
a party of friends, among whom was
Demarree, were sitting in the lobby en
gnged in conversation, cs Scott and
Capt. Golden came up the stairs from
the barroom. When they had advanced
about half-way across the room walk
ing in the direction of Colson, the lat
ter, it is said, half rising from his
chair, fired at Scott, who instantly re
turned the fire.
Ihe Shooting Became General.
The shooting then become general,
end bystanders are at variance as to
the number engaged in it. Demarree
was standing in front of Colson. and
young Scott is said to have crouched
behind him to ward off bullc's from
Colson's revolver. In an instant De
marree fell dead, pierced by three bul
lets. Capt. Golden, who accompanied
Scott, reeled to one side, falling in the
arms of ex-Gov. James B.McCreary. ex
claiming: I am shot."
Contlnned Ills Marderona Fire.
The smoke in the locality of the an
tagonists became dense, but Colson
continued to press Scott, who retreated
backward, shooting, as he moved. Col
son emptied the chambers of a 35
caliber revolver, and quickly brought
a 44 into action. Scott, by this time
bad been shot several times, and us he
staggered back and fell down the
stairway. Colson, who was within a
few feet of him, continued to fire until
the form of Scott rolled over and
showed life extinct.
The Battle Was Terrlflp.
The battle was terrific, and bullets
fairly rained through the lobby of the
hotel, several of which went wild,
piercing windows or embedding them
selves in the walls and furniture of th..
hotel. It was not discovered for sev
eral minutes that Julian, who died la
ter, had been shot, and at first his
wound was thought to be only trilling..
Three Men In Kendal Green.
After the killing, Col. Colson ran out .
of the hotel, and hurried to the resi
dence of Chief-of-Police Williams,
where h-i surrendered. He was almost,
exhausted, and as he entered the iioue
gasped: "I am sorry he would net let
me alone. There were three of them
shooting at me."
Wild Excitement la the Hotel.
Meantime the wildest excitement
prevailed in the hotel lobby where the
killing occurred, and h--the dining
room near by, where about 300 guests-.,
had' been seated at dinner when the.
fusillade began. Men fell over each
other in frantic efforts to get to places,
of safety; women fainted, and it was,
several minutes before the awful scope
of the tragedy was fully known. The
dead were left lying in pools or blood,
and messengers were dispatched in ev
ery direction for physicians and nurses
to care for the wounded.
A recent number of a London paper
contains this advertisement: "Wanted,
a man of light weight who fears the
Lord and can drive a pair of steady
horses. He must. Lord willing, arise
at seven o'clock in the morning, obey
his master and mistress in all lawful
commands, sing psalms and lots Ui.
household prayer, look after the
horses and ocssionally wait on th ea
table." Steel girders have been substituted
for the rotting wooden beams in tha.
roof of the Old South meeting bona,