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The statement of the condition of
the treasury issued on the 2d showed:
Available cash balance, $296,022,227;
gold reserve, $232,772,786.
The monthly statement of the pub
lic debt, issued on the 1st, shows th:it
at the close of business February 28,
1900, the debt, less cash in the treas
ury, amounted to $1,118,8S6,059, a de
crease for the month of $6,730,168.
The monthly statement ol the ci
rector of the mint shows that the tota
coinage executed at the mints of the
United States durinc February was
$15,468,700, as follows: Gold, 13,401,-
900: silver. $1,940,000; minor coins,
Mrs. Joe Thompson, who was p'resi
dent of the woman's board of the Cot
ton. States exposition, held in Atlanta,
Ga., in 1895, was, on the 5th, appoint
ed by Gov. Candler as special lady com
missioner from Georgia to the Paris
Representative Gillct, f Massachu
setts, introduced a bill, on the 3th,
prohibiting' the sale of distilled or in
toxicating lUpior in the Philippines in
quantities less than 20 gallons, except
on a physician's prescription for metli
The monthly statement of the comp
troller of the currency shows that the
total circulation of national bank notes
at the dose of business, February
1900, was $249,434.87S, an increase for
the year of $6,532,511, and lor the.
month of $2,447,685.
Secretary of the Interior Hitchcock
lias sent to congress, with his approval.
a bill drawn by Commissioner Herr-
man, of the general land office, to au
thorize and regulate the sale and use
of timber on the appropriated and un
reserved public lands.
The semi-official Berliner Tost, in a
strong article, on the 4th, again
begged the Anglophobia press of Ger
many to discontinue the practice of
abusing British statesmen and gen
erals and British enterprises generally,
declaring that '"this does more harm
than some suppose."
The total value of merchandise im
ported into Havana during the calen
dar year 1899 was $48,920,774, of which
$20,687,140 came from the United
States. $7,005,419 from the United
Kingdom, $1,576,639 from Germany,
$9,377,095 from Spain and $10,274,541
from other countries.
Archbishop John Hennessy died at
Dubuque, la., on the 4th. He was rec
ognized as one of the greatest orators
and most profound theologians in the
Catholic hierarchy, and because of his
zeal in educational matters had been
named "The Apostle of American Cath
olic parochial schools."
The secretary of state authorizes a
contradiction of the printed report
that the state department had secured
the assent of other powers to the pro
visions of the pending1 canal conven
tion. No propositions in relation to
the subject matter of this convention,
he says, had been laid before any oth
On the 28th the Ohio house defeated
Mr. Hauer's resolution proposing- to
amend the state constitution by giv
ing women the right to vote at all
elections after January 1, 1901, 82
votes being required to adopt, by a
vote of 49 nays to 57 yeas. The propo
sition received more votes than in any
Just before the adjournment of the
senate committee on elections, on the
2d, both prosecution And defense in
the investigation into the election of
Senator Clark, of Montana, announced
that they had concluded the presenta
tion of their testimony. There re
mained some papers to be examined
and argument were still to be heard.
The funeral of Mrs. J. G. Schmidlapp
and her daughter, Emma, victims of
the recent railroad horror near. Kan
sas City, Mo., was the largest ever
known in Cincinnati. The casket of
Emma bore the inscription: "Don't
mind me; get papa and mamma out
first." These were her last words, ut
tered just before being burned to
A cablegram received at the state de
partment, on the 5th, from Adelbert
Hay, United States consul at Pretoria,
indicates that he is hating no trouble
whatever in the full exercise of his
functions and is on an excellent foot
ing with Boer officials, who give him
any information desired as to the con
dition of British soldiers, prisoners at
Sir George Newnes, of London, pub
lisher of the Westminster Gazette and
the Strand Magazine, has made ar
rangements to bring out an Englisn
edition of the Topeka (Kas.) Capital
during the editorship of Rev. Charles
M. Sheldon. The arrangement means
the exploitation of the most interest
ing newspaper experiment of the cen
tury by the progressive British pub
lisher. The investigation of charges as to
the polygamous status of certain fed
eral appointees was resumed, on the
Sd, by a sub-committee of the house
committee on post offices and pose
roads. The inquiry bad been closed,
but as Bepresentative Lentz desired to
have the testimony of Bev. Dr. Camp
bell, of Utah, it was determined to re
open the bearing.
I MARCH 1900.
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NEWS IN BEIEF.
' Compiled from Various Sources.
Tn tTie unlr on the Kth. the VOte On
the Hawaiian government bill, agreed
unon for that date was. nevertheless,
postponed until the 1st. Four hours wera
devoted to consideration of the bill with
small results. Mr. Mclaurln idem., s. v..
m;uie a strone soeech for expansion, scout
intf what he called the 'bUKbear of Impe
rialism." with which it was sought to rneiit-
en the people In the house discussion
of the Puerto Rican tariff bill was re
sumed ajid concluded, and the bill, as
amended, so as to reduce the tariff from
25 to 15 per cent, of the American tari.f
and limiting its life to two years, wa
passed by a vote of 172 yeas, to 161 nays.
In the serate. on the 1st. the bill pro
vtding a form of government for Hawaii
was passed without division. At the in
stance of Sir. Foraker, the Puerto Rican
tariff bill was mads the unnmsnea dusi-
ness, and will be considered as soon is
the conference report on the finance bill
shall have been disposed of on the 6th....
In the house the contested-election case
of Aldrich vs. Robbins was taken up, tlie
democrats thus scoring their first victory
of the session. Consideration of the Loud
bill, relating to second class mall matter.
In the senate, on the 2d. consideration
of a bill embodying substantially the pro
visions of the house Puerto Rican bill and
in addition providing for a temporary
form of government for the island, was
begun An hour and a half of the session
was devoted to the Quay case In the
house a special message from tne presi
dent recommending the Immediate pass
age of a bill to place in his hands all the
moneys collected upon Puerto Rican
goods since the Spanish evacuation of the
island to be used for the relief of the
Puerto Rlcans was read, and within two
hours a bill carrying out the recommenda
tion bad been passed, 1KJ to lui, ana sent
to the senate. Thirteen democrats voted
with the majority.
In the senate, on the 3d. Mr. Ross (Va.)
spoke in opposition to the seating ol Mr.
Quay as senator from Pennsylvania. Mr.
Teller sooke In criticism of the confer
ence report upon "the currency bill. A
number of private pension oills were
no-uteri. The senate adiourned early on
account of the death of Representative
Kpes. of Virginia In the house, after
the morning business, Mr. Hay (Va.) an
nounced with an expression of profound
sorrow on the part of himself and his as
sociates, the death of Mr. Epes. He of
fered resolutions of resnect and sympathy.
which were unanimously adopted, and
the house, as a further mark of respect.
In the senate, on the 5th. Mr. Fairbank
(Ind.) and Mr. Butler N. C.) delivered
soeeches on the financial bill, and Mr.
Carter (Mont.) made a vigorous address
on the Quay case, explaining why he
would vote to seat Mr. Quay, although
he had voted against the seating of Mr.
Corbett In the house considerable
miscellaneous business, much of it of
minor importance, was transacted. The
earlier part of the session was devoted to
District or columma Dusiness. ine o.n
to incorporate the Frederick Douglass
Memorial and Historical association was
taken up, but action was defeated by n:i-
busterlng, lea Dy Air. uauey trex.j.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL.
John, Charles and Emma, aged re
spectively five, seven and nine, chil
dren of Charles YYehmer, living eleven
miles from Olympia, Wash., were
burned to death on the night of the
3d. The parents were absent from
heme attending a dance, and an older
sister, aged 12, was left in charge of
the house and children.
Lord Curzon, viceroy of India, cables
regarding the famine in that country.
Relief work is commencing in Madras.
It is reported that the outlook is very
gloomy. Lord Curzon gives a total of
4,374,000 persons on the relief lists.
The long period of idleness in north
ern Cape Colony is at an end. The
British are advancing and the Boers
are retreating all along the line. The
Poers retreating from Colesberg are
being followed up rapidly. Gen. Clem
ens was at Achtertang, on the 4th,
the last station but one before Nor-
Charles D. Lane, a wealthy Califor
nia mine operator, has just received
word from Alaska that rich gold dis
coveries have oeen m.Kie on jacK
Wade creek, near Eagle City, in Amer
ican territory. The dirt from the
dump averages $13 to the pan.
The jury at Vienna, 111., in the case
of the union miners who have been on
trial on a charge of murder, in con
nection with the riot at Carterville,
returned a verdiet of not guilty, on the
4th. thus ending one of the longest and
most celebrated trials in the state.
"Jack" McCrystal was arrested at
Sioux City, la-, on the 4th, charged
with the murder of John Robson, a
prominent pioneer citizen and bridge
contractor, on the night of December
30. Uobson was attacked with a
hatchet while alone in his office. The
motir- for the erime is believed to
have been robbery.
Cain William Perkins, 21 years old,
of Grand Rapids, Mich., a member of
the freshmen class in the Sheffield
scientific school of Yale university, is
ill with smallpox. The first news of
the ease was made public by President
Ha J ley, on the 4th, who says every
precaution has been taken to prevent
House eommittee on rules decided,
-on the 5th, on a rule giving two Fri
days of eaeh month for the consider
ation of private pension bills, in pluce
of Friday night sessions, and will re
port the new rule unless a definite and
authoritative understanding on both
sides of the house can be had that the
night sessions will not be made inef
fective by the point of "no quorum."
A dispatch from San Juan says
Puerto Ricana are jubilant over the
news of the passage by the house of
the bill returning Puerto Rican duties.
The people generally are satisfied and
approve the IS per cent, measures.
They are feverishly awaiting" the ac
tion of th senate. i
At a largely-attended meeting of the
Hiizell club of Clayton, on the night
of the 5th, State Senator E'lel L. Mat
thews was unanimously indorsed as m
candidate for the republican nomina
tion for governor of Missouri. It ia
expected that his nomination by the
state convention will heal the breach
in the party in St. Louis county, the
banner republican county of the state.
A miners train, carrying 400 work
men, employed at the mines north of
Brazil, Ind., to their homes in that
city, was run into by a local freight
train on the 5th. Mclvin Easter and
Charles Crompey were instantly killed,
and more than forty persons were se
According to mail advices from Sa
moa, the Samoa Herald predicts grave
complications in connection with a
serious native disturbance, on Febru
ary 3, in the Island of Savaii. '
John Westervelt, his wife aid six-year-old
daughter, were burned to
death, on the 5th, in a fire which de
stroyed their home at Chaffing's Bluff,
LATE NEWS ITERS.
In the senate, on the 6th, the confer
ence report on the financial bill was
agreed to by a vote of 44 to 26 a ma
jority of 18. Early in the session dis
cussion of the Quay case was resumed
by Mr. Simon, who replied to the
speech made, on the 5th, by Mr. Car
ter (Mont.) . . . .In the house the entire
day was devoted to consideration f
the Aldrich-Robbiiis contested-election
case from the Fourth Alabama district.
Mr. Robbins, the sitting member, made
a speech of an hour in his own behalf,
and other speeches were made for and
against the contestant.
The recent discovery of Russian and
Polish nihilist plots has led to renewed
police precautions in St. Petersberg.
On all the Russian frontiers, also, the
police are exercising extreme vigilance
and are guarding the czar's move
ments. The entire routes of the czar's
visits to barracks, theaters and public
functions are doubly patrolled by
secret iolice, while the guards about
the Winter palace, and along the Nava
quay are particularly numerous.
On the dth Gen. Corbin turned over
to Mrs. Lawton, widow of the late
Maj.-Gen. Lawton, the fund subscribed
by the people of the country. It
amounted to $W,S32.07. In addition
to the mon?y the committee also
turned over to Mrs. Lawton all the let
ters received from subscribers to the
fund, ni-iny of which contained beauti
ful tributes to the memory of her late
A dispatch dated London, March 7,
4:10 a. m., says: "Lord Roberts still
pauses in tbe neighborhood of Osfon-
tein, while stores, remounts and fresh
troops stream toward him from the
Cape. The P.ritish position also cou
ti n ues to improve m the minor spheres
of the campaign. Xatal is clear of
Boers, and Cape Colony is nearly so."
Ihe frequent rumors cabled from
the United States regarding possible
uprisings in Cuba in the early future
are causing the press of the island to
ask who is responsible for these won
derful stories. The newspapers, with
out exception, declare that the people
of Cuba never felt less like rising than
they do at present.
Edward C. Flamgan, who murdered
Miss Ruth Slack and her uncle at De
catur, a surburb of Atlanta. Ga in
1896, died in the jail there on the fith.
He had had four trials and three times
I 1 .1 "T . 1 . ,
nun me ui-uui sentence Deen pro
nounced against him.
CURRENT NEWS NOTES.
Brig.-Gen. Fitzhagh Lee is Biased to
succeed Gen. Ludlow as the military
governor of Havana.
Ihe investigation of the charges
against Senator Clark, of Montana,
has so far cost the country about 5530,
000. Thomas Warren I!ooth,a well-known
young commission man, of St. Louis,
died, Friday, of pneumonia.
William t, Knapp, a fanner, was
killed at Jerseyville, 111., by a south
bound passenger train on the Blufi
The railway engine at the Aetna
mines near hitesitle, Tenn., wag
blown to atoms, Friday, with dyna
mite, on the moutain near the mines.
Police Sargeant Patrick Hannon
shot and instantly killed himself, Fri
day night, at his home, in S,
Louis. Cancer of the stomach led to
The miners and operators, at a con
ference at Springfield, 111., agreed up
on a scale for the next year, begin
ning April 1. A general advance of 9
cents was agreed to.
Edward J. King, of St. Louis, won
first grand prize at tht national ste
nographers' tournament, held in New
York city, Friday. His record was 203
Richard Barrett, an ex-confederate
soldier, and a native of Kentucky,
died in the city prison, at Paris, Tex ,
C. E. Riepen, a brakeman on the
Rock Isand, fell from the first sec
tion of a westbound fast freight, ncai
White City, Kas., and was killed.
The iwo general stem Frank-
Jobs and Thomas Grisson were burned
at Union Centre, 111., Friday. The loss
is estimated at $4,000.
Mrs. Liston M. Temple, wife of a
well-known commercial traveler, of
Bloomington, 111., died, Friday, from
an operation for appendicitis. She was
the daughter of the late Capt. John
UacLean, of Normal.
The Kae Read elevator, at Tulsa, I.
collapsed Friday. The structure
was empty, and had just been com
pleted at a cost of $8,000. It will be
Gov. Stephens cf Missouri has of
fered a reward of $250 for the arrest
and conviction of the unknown mur
derer of John Snidow, who was killed
In Venroa county. December 2L 1889.
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
Mrs. M. E. Glover, aged 59 years,
widow of Dr. W. B. Glover, at Mar
shall. Mr. Giles F. Filley, one of the best
known of the older residents of St.
Louis, and for many years one of its
most prominent manufactures. Mr.
Filley was born in Conecticut, in 1815,
and achieved a successful business ca
reer. He was a man of the utmost per
sonal probity. Once a friend for whom
he had become an indorser failed, and
Mr. Filley was involved to the extent
of $1,000,000. His friends urged him to
go into bankruptcy. He refused, asked
for time, and eventually paid off the
debt, with accumulated interest
amounting to $300,000.
Rev. Samuel Huffman, aged 95, for
50 years a resident of Savannah, and
the oldest odd fellow in the state, at
his home, in that city, from old age.
Mr. Huffman spent the greater part of
his life as a pastor in the Methodist
church. He was a mason of high stand
ing. Charles A. Benson, whose death iu
Luzon while serving in the Third Unit
ad States eavalry, last January, has
just been reported, was a St. Louis
boy, and was formerly a member of
the First Missouri regiment.
Richard Russeil, 62 years old, at
Thomas Warren Booth, a well-known
young comn-ission man of St. Louis,
Mr3. J. B. Reynolds, wife of Dr. J.
li. Reynolds and sister of Dr. C. R.
Woodson, superintendent of the hos
pital for th-j insane, No. 2, at St. Jo
James D. Hart, an eld G. A. R. vet
eran and prominent Free Mason and
Odd Fellow, at his home in Wellsville,
Mrs. Jennie Brands, widow of Kemp
Brands, at Slater. Interment at Sweet
The wife of Rev. L. P. Bowcn, former
' pastor of the Presbyterian church at
Marshall, at Monroe, La. Interment at
Joseph L. Minor, one of the pioneers
of Randolph county, at Huntorville,
Mrs. Joseph Dreiss, aged 23, at
Samuel R. Patterson. 55 years old,
at Neosha of apoplexy. For 12 years
he had been surveyor of Newton
Taxable Wealth of St. Louis.
A report of Chairman Fredericks
nf the St. Louis board of assessors
shows: Land, acres, 12,705.06. valued
at $0,948,600; town lots. 112.S02, valued
at $302,043,790. Total real estate, $311,-
992,390. Banking corporations, $18,451,
RIO; railroad corporations, S94.260; all
other corporations, $3,648,210; bonds,
notes and evidences of indebtedness,
$8,409,410; horses, mare and geldings,
12.960, valued at $416,SS0; mnles, 600,
valued at $15,310; neat cattle, 6,100,
valued at $106,120; swine, 50, valued at
$230; farm implements and all other
personal property, $13,768,540. Total
personal property, $44,911,230; total
real estate and personal, $35d,t)03.62M,
The above does not include street
railways and railway mileage.
Secretary Lraatir'l Report.
Secretary of State Lesueur reportt
having received and paid into the state
treasury taxs and fees for the month
of February as follows: Notarial com
missions, $710; domestic corporations
tax. $6,053; foreign corporations tax,
$9S0; miscellaneous fees, $446.75; laud
lepartment fees, $46.75; recording
railroad contracts, $292.10; bank in
spection fees, $1,058.50. Total, $9,569.10.
State Treasurer Pitta' Report.
State Treasurer Pitts has fJltd with
Gov. Stephens his report of the trans
actions of the treasury for the month
of February. It shews the following:
Balance on hand, January 31, J.3.197,
S41.J9; receipts for February, $497.
992.91; disbursements for February,
$262,71.25. This leaves a balance in
the state treasury at the close of busi
ness oil February 28 of $1,432,103.65.
Longer Poor and a Beggar.
Catherine Costello, a beggar, who
for years was a familiar figure at the
steps of the St. Louis merchants' ex
change, is no longer a mendicant. The
old woman's daughter said she had
come into her inheritance. "Yes, moth
er," said she, "has been summoned
from wrverty, to riches.and now standi
at the great throne of God."
A Plraaant Surprise.
Rev. S. J. Xiccolls, D. D pastor of
the Second Presbyterian church, St.
Louis, for 35 years, has been laying up
treasures. His congregation, the other
night, gave his $3,500 $100 for each
year of his pastorate.
SprlnarHeld'a Big Revival.
The Springfield revival has been in
progress over two months, and the con
versions number nearly 2,000. Mai.
Cole is now making preachers of law
yers, doctors merchants and laborers.
He Made It Disappear.
Harry Bowers, aged 52, of Xo. 113
South Sixth street, St. Louis, while
demonstrating to children his ability
as a slight-of-hand performer, swal
lowed a 50-cent piece. '
Tried to Bora Himself to Death.
Fred Siler, of Springfield, attempted
suicide by saturating his clothing with
coal oil and then touching a match to
t. His wife extinguished the flames.
Clvea Forty Years.
A jury in the criminal court at Kan
sas City broke the state record when it
gave Ed Sims, a negro, 40 years in the
penitentiary for highway robbery.
Attempted Salelde by Fire.
Ida BenislC of St. Louis raturated
her clothing with oil and set fire tt- it.
Before the flames could be extin
guished she was fatally burned. ,
Frightful Accident at the Red Ash
Mines Near Thurmond,
RESULT OF AN EXPLOSION OF VINE 6AS.
trtar Twain Hoar of Boaeao Work Up
wards of Fifty Bodies Had Bora Takaa
Oat Ualy Three of the Neu Were Kea.
card Alive, and They Are Not Expected
Fire Creek, W. a March 8. The
aiost disastrous mine explosion ever
known in the New River district oc
curred at the Red Ash mine shortly
after the miners went to work early
Tuesday morning. Although the most
heroic work of the rescuing party had
been going on incessantlyallday,it was
impossible Tuesday night to estimate
the full extent of the loss of life and
The Red Ash mine is a large drift,
and the explosion occurred near the
entrance, which was thus closed by
the falling slate, entombing a large
number of miners.
The scene of tho disaster is between
this place and Thurmond, on the South
branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio rail
way, and every assistance possible was
rendered by the railway company and
by ths adjoining milling towns.
Relief Parties Soon Arrived.
Relief parties from great distances
arrived as soon as possible, htate
Mine Inspector Tinckney, with a corps
of experts and many workmen, was
on the ground during the day, render
ing all assistance possible and devot
ing his attention more toward relief
than to an official investigation as to
the cause of the disaster.
J. Fred Effinger, of Staunton, Va.
the principal owner of the mines,
spared no effort in the work of rescue
and relief, and his manager, Ferdinand
Howell, had all the men available at
work trying to clear away the debris
aud rescue the entombed men.
Joined la the Work of Reacae.
The managers and busses of all the
mines in this district came to the scene
as soon as possible, and joined in the
work cf rescue. It is impossible to
describe the amount of work done by
this concentrated army of men, but
ihey were greatly impeded Decause of
the extent of the enormous blockade
at the entrance to the drift. The
large heavy side tires of the entranc
were blown out to some distance, to
gether with a lot of heavy timbers.
Even mules were blown out sme dis
Delay in the Work of Rescue.
The force of such an explosion caused
an immense falling of the slate and
other debris so that the entrance was
filled up for a great distance, and the
difficulties in diggingthrough it caused
delay in the work of rescue. As many
men as could work at one time were
digging, away with all "their might,
and were relieved in short relays by
other men so as to expedit; the work
as much as possible.
Tea Bodiea Recovered.
The first successful strike of the
rescuers was about 10 a. m., when tea
bodies were recovered. It was found
that seven of them were already dead
and the other three were dying.
As the victims were brought to the
surface and carried away on the hasti
ly-constructed stretchers, it was fre
quently noticed that many anxiou?
watchers met their husband, fathers,
brothers and sons among the rescuers,
when they thought these men were in
the mines. The3e meetings between
the men who had not yet entered the
mines and their families were very
touching. All those who could not find
their friends in the crowd assumed
that they were in the closed mine.
Were All Melghbora and Friends.
The population of the village is only
500. AH are miners, and they all know
each other. There was great distress
all day among those who could not
find their friends or hear from any
one that they had been seen since the
As Thurmond is only three miles
from the scene of the disaster, there
were some few in the mine who lived
at that place, but for the most part the
victims resided here, and the calamity
will reach almost every little house in
the mining town.
Refused to Eat or Go Home.
None of the people here had been
at their homes during the day, but re
mained around the Red Ash mine.
Some had not eaten during the day.
Food was liberally supplied to the re
lays of workmen in the rescuing party.
but many of the women whj could get
no word of comfort refused to cat or
go to their homes.
The Horror Grown.
After 12 hours' work at the wrecked
mine more than fifty dead bodies had
already been taken out, and the num
ber of dead may reach 75 or more. It
was tho'ight, Tuesday night, that at
least 45 miners were yet entombed in
the wricked mine.
As the miners were located st dif
ferent placej in the drift and the ex
plosion caused the falling slate to
blockade the rooms in diilerent parts
of the mine, the work of rescuing the
men met with one great obstruction
after another. The nmen rescued at
ten o'clock were not far from the en
trance, while others were at mucn
greater distances winthin the drift.
The rxciting scenes around the en
trance to the mines where all these
men were working extended through
out the entire region, and the miners
of other camps came in wi',h their
ADJT.-GEN. CORBIN'S RECORD.
The Reaalt of the laqefrr la Very;
Likely to Hake Senator Peltl
. crew Wish He Hadn't.
Washington, Marca 7. The resolu
tion adopted by the senate calling for
a complete record of the court-martial
which tried Adjt.-Gen. Corbin when
lieutenant-colonel of the Fourteenth
colored infantry, on a charge of cow
ardice, and other information as to
his military career, called for a mass,
of papers that will require a week's
time to copy, according to the estimata
of the war department. Gen. Corbin
in anticipation of the reply, addressed
to Senator Davis, of Minnesota, an ap
peal for an immediate examination ot"
his soldierly record from the day lie
entered the service cf the United
States as a 19-year-old boy, 33 years
ago, up to the present time. More
over, he authorizes the senator to pre
sent his (Corbin's) resignation to the
president if the search reveals a sug
gestion of nnworthiness. The letter
includes the findings of the court
martial which most honorably ac
quitted Lieut.-Col. Corbin of the
charge. Gen. Grant's letter conferring
upon him two brevets for gallant serv
ices at the time he was charged with
cowardice, and, finally, a letter from
the colonel of the regiment who pre
'forred the charge. Draisin!? his work in
I 4tiA nnmnaitm.
"THE HOLY FAMILY" SEIZED-
Renbeaa Fameae Pletare Seised lav
Hew York hy Treasury Aajeata
New York, March 7. A special in
spector of the customhouse and a spe
cial agent of the treasury have seized
Reubens famous picture, "The Holy
Family" at the gallery of a Fifth ave
nue dealer. The painting was entered
at the local customhouse, on Decem
ber 17 last, by Eugene Fichoff, an art
dealer. It was valued at $25,000, and
was passed by the United States ap
praiser, and duty was paid on the
fixed valuation. It has been ascer
tained that the painting was under
valued some $20,000, having been sold
at executor's sale of the estate of Sir
Cecil Miles, bart., in London, last May,
for 8,715, or about $43,000. The seiz
ure was ordered because of this al
leged undervaluation. The case will be
resubmitted to the United States gen
eral appraisers, and should they order
a 50 per cent, increase on the original:
valuation, the picture will, under the
law, become an absolute forfeiture to
the United States government.
AN AMERICAN PANTHEON.
MunlSeent Gift Towardn the Erec
tion of a Hall of Fame on I'nl
eralty Heishta, . V.
New York, March 7. The council ot
'ew York, March 5. The council of
New York university has accepted a
gift of $100,000 for n building on Uni
versity Heights, to be called the Hall
of Fame for great Americans. It is
proposed to model it after the Ruhmes.
Halle at Munich. It will be in the
form of a semi-circle, rounding out
toward the west, 50i feet long, 15 feet
wide, and 170 feet high. Within the
colonnade panels will be placed, bear
ing the names of Americans deemed
the greatest in their respective fields.
The contract has already been let to
John J. Tucker, who will place the
subcontracts within a week and begin
work. The name of the donor of the
$100,000 is not made public.
BIG FORTUNES IN COTTON.
t. Lonls Speculators Have Ronaded
I'p Two Million Dollars Dar
ius; the Receat Advance.
St. Louis, March 7. Residents of St.
Louis have made $2,000,000 in cotton.
in the past 60 days. Members of the
St. Louis cotton exchange are to-day
the happiest and best-iiatured men ia
the city. The sudden rise in the price
of cotton, with the resultant profits to-
those who "bulled the market, is the
cause, une firm, a close corporation,
controlled by but two men, is credited
with having made an even $500,000
alone, and individual factcrs and com
mission men have made sums varying
from $10,000 to $200,000.
St. Louis traders claim that the ad
vance is legitimate, and has come to
THE BEST HE COULD PROCURE.
Authorship of the Puerto Rican.
Tariff Bill Ascribed to Secre
Washington, March 7. As the au
thorship of the TuertD Rican tariff bill
has been ascribed to Secretary limit
by a member of the ways and means.
eommittee, it may be proper to state
that the secretary himself drew up the
bill, but only as an alternative meas
ure, upon representations by some or
the republican members of the com-'
mittee to the effect that it was the best
possible legislation. While consenting-
to draft the bill under thesa circum
stances. Secretary Root declared that
he still held to the opinions on tho
subject expressed in his annual report,,
and favored all that could be done for
Puerto Rico. These facts are from the
Graver Golan; Flshias;.
Princeton, X. J., March 6. Ex-Pres
ident and Mrs. Graver Cleveland left.
Princeton to-day for New York, where
Mr. Cleveland will join F. C. Benedict,
and Daniel 3. Lament, with whom, he
will start for Florida to-night on a.,
pleasure trip. The party will spend
about three weeks fishing along t he
Florida coast. i
Soon after Mr. Cleveland's return tot
Princeton -he will deliver his two lec
tures before the university students..
Mrs. Cleveland will return from Near