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CAPE GIRARDEAU- : MI&SOUTU.
Certificate of incorporation was filed
at Dover, DeL, on the 13th, for the
Reuter Automobile Co, of Chicago;
In consequence of the poor crops,
wheat prices in Chili are advancing:
and the situation will allow large im
portations from California.
The state department has been in
formed that the Ottoman government
Las given notice of a 20 to 40 cents in
ctease in the duties on pulp wood, be
ginning May 1, 1900.
Failures for the week ended on the
J."Hli, were 193 in the United States,
ngainst 188 for the corresponding
week last year, and 41 in Canada,
against 22 last year.
Representative Stevens, of Minneso
ta, has introduced a bill granting ad
ditional homestead rights to those
Kcrxing in the war with Spain or dur
ing the occupation of Cuba, Puerto
Rico or the Philippines.
Mr. Allen, the newly-chosen gov
ernor of Puerto Eico, is arranging to
leave Washington for San Juan about
the 21st. He will be accompanied by
Mrs. Allen and their daughter. Tha
trip will be made on the United States
The ceremonies connected with the
acceptance of the Richau's statue of
Oliver P. Morton, Indiana's great, war
governor, which had recently been
l'hiced in Statuary hall, were held in
the house of representatives, at Wash
ington, on the 14th.
Ceo. II. Scripps died at Mirsndo, tha
California ranch of his brother, E. YV
Scripps, at noon on the 13th, of per
nicious anamae, after an illness of sev
t'ral months. The remains will be cre
mated at Los Angeles, and interment
will be at Rushville, 111, May 1.
The case involving the governorship
of the state cf Kentucky was present
ed in the United States supreme court.
on the 16th, and by request of counsel
was advanced on the docket, so that
arguments will be heard on April 30,
each side being given four hours to
present their case.
Jorg Cruz, the Puerto Riean laborer
who was held at the bnrge office in
Xew York as an alien contract laborer
:n his arrival there on the steamship
Caracas, on April 3, but was later dis-
charged, has brought suit for $50,000
damages against Thomas Fritchi-;,
commissioner of immigration.
Upon arrival at New York of the
steamship Trojan Prince, on the 13th,
an immigration inspector arrested four
Sicilians from Mareno, Sicily, who are
suspected of being counterfeiters.
They are Giovanni Duzzolino, Giovnn
jia Duzzolino, his wife; Antonio Spara
pclo and Archangelo Perrono.
A test was made at Indian Head, on
the 11th, of a plate representing 300
tons of the turret armor of the bnt
tleship Wisconsin. The 14-inch plate
was attacked by a ten-inch gun with
the usual result. The shell was
smashed on the face of the plate,
which received no substantial injury;
so the lot was accepted.
According to the official re porta
from the Cameroons, in South Africa,
the revolt there is dying out, and or
derly conditons are being resumed.
This is understood to be due largely
to the good offices of American mis
sionaries, who have acted as inter
mediaries in negotiations for a peace
ful settlement with the Buli chiefs.
The first of the series of official fetes
to be given in connection with the
Paris exposition took place, on the
sight of the 16th, at the Elysee palace
President Loubet entertained 200
quests at dinner, the largest number
ever seated at an Elysee banquet. Fol
lowing the banquet a reception was
held, to which 5,000 invitations were
Hie March statement of the internal
revenues, issued on the 12th, shows
that the total receipts for the month
were $24,326,677, an increase, as com
pared with March, 1899, of $1,588,228.
Per the nine months of the pre sen;
fiscal year the total receipts were $219,
915,556, an increase over the corr-
spending period of last year of $13,
413,412. The twenty-ninth annual meeting ot
the Illinois Association of Mexican
War Veterans will be held tt Taylor
Tille, HI, May 8 and 9. Special consid
eration will be given to the bill intro-h-ced
by Senator Cullom to increa.se
the pensions of Mexican veterans
above -the age of 75 years to $25 per
mcnth. An unusually large attend
ance is anticipated..
Consul Schumann has infoimed the
State department that the state peni
tentiary at Mainz, Germany in adver
tising for bids for supplies, requests,
among other articles, 2,200 pounds of
lard, either German or American. Con
sul Schumann regards this as encour
aging fact, inasmuch at trade in Amer
ican lard, in that city, was practically
prohibited a few years ago.
Lieutenant-Commander J. C. Gill
jnore, who has been on leave of ab
sence in Washington, recuperating
from extreme hardships incident to
hi, long captivity among the Filipinos,
nu, on the 13th, ordered to immediate
luty at sea as executive officer of the
crrwer Prairie, which will be engaged
during the entire summer in short
cruises with the naval militia of the
Atlantic and culf states.
NEWS IN BBIEF.
Compiled from Various Borneo.
Tn the senate, on the Utn. the greater
portion of the session was occupied in the
consideration and passage of the District
of Columbia appropriation bilL As passed,
the bill carries nearly eight million dol
lars. The Pacific cable bill, appropriating
S3.l0C,0GO for the construction of a cable
line between San Francisco and Honolulu.
was passed without serious objection
In the house the Ion? struggle over the
Iterto Rican tariff bill ended in a vote
of 161 to 153, by which the house con
curred in the senate amendments, regu
lating the tariff and enacting a complete
scheme of civil government for the isl
and. In the senate, on the 12th, an effort by
Mr. Morgan to displace the present un
finished business the Spooner Philippine
bill by the substitution in its stead of
the Nicaragua canal bill, was defeated
IS to 33; but the Philippine measure had a
narrow escape from displacement by the
Alaskan civil code bill, the motion being
detested on roll call by two votes. The
feature of the day's proceedings was an
exhaustive discussion of the Quay case
by Mr. Burrows (Mich.) In the house
a resolution to authorize the secretary of
the treasury to designate depositories In
Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines,
for the deposit of government funds, was
adopted. A senate bill extending the ben
efits of the general pension law to depend
ent mothers of soldiers and sailors of the
Spanish war, though married to confed
erate soldiers, was passed. The remain
der of the day was devoted to the ques
tion of election of United States senators
by legislatures or directly by the people.
The senate was not in session on the
1-th In the house a vote was taken on
tr.e resolution for a constitutional amend
ment providing for the election of United
States senators by direct vote of the peo
ple, which was adopted: Ayes, 240; nays,
15. Fourteen republicans and one demo
crat voted against it. The remainder of
the- day was devoted to the consideration
or private pension bills. During the de
bate there were several sharp attacks
upon Mr. Tal'uert idem.. 8. C for his
course on delaying action on bills.
In the senate, on the 14th. little bust
ness was transacted beyond the passage
ot 83 private pension bills and some gen
eral measures of minor importance. The
Alaskan civil code bill was under consid
cratlon for some time, but finally went
over without action In the house 53
private pension bills were passed, and no
tice was given tnat tne naval appropria
tion bill would be called un on the 18th
The remainder of the session was devoted
to hearing eulogies on the late Gov. Oliver
f. Morton, ol Indiana, In connection with
the acceptance of his statue, which had
been placed in Statuary hall of the capi
tol by the state which he served as war
lr the senate, on the 16th, consideration
or the. Alaskan code bill occupied almost
the entire session. The amendment pro
viding for the mining of gold along the
beach in the Cape Nome district, was
leriectea alter a discussion lasting neany
four hours In the house consideration
ci tne naval appropriation bill was en
tered upon. The bill carries $13,000,
more than any previous naval bill, and
is likely to precipitate a severe strucfrlc
over tne questions or armor plate, shin
building in government yard3, and the
provision for the coast and geodetic stir
vey. Mr. Foss. acting chairman, and Mr.
Cummings, ranking minority member of
tne committee, cnampioncd tne bill.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL,
Excellent prospects for the sugar re
fining and grinding season in the
State of Morelos, Mexico, are reported
The project for combining all the sugar
estates in Morelos into a grand trust.
as planned by American and English
speculators, has fallen through.
The ways and means committee of
the Mexican congress anticipates
surplus during the ensuing fiscal year,
as has been the condition of the na
tional finances for several years past.
The increased export of silver and
lead ores from Mexico is noted, and re
ports from the leading mining towns
shew much animation.
The great Paris exposition, marking
the industrial progress of the world
up to the close of the nineteenth cen
tury, was formally declared open by
President Loubet on the 14th. It will
be a month, however, before every
thing is in a finished condition.
The grand jury at Frankfort, Ky.,
which had spent two weeks investi
giting the assassination of Goebel, re
convened, on the 16th, and resumed
the investigation. It is understood
that nearly all of the witnesses have
been heard, and the report is antici
pated very soon.
The British casualty list in South
Africa lengthens out steadily. Death;;
from various causes number, up t.i
April 4, 4,029; wounded, living at that
date, 0,538; missing and prisoners, 3,
515. Out of the total of 17.0S2, the of
ficers number 1,099.
The London Telegraph's Cape Tow:i
correspondent, in a dispatch dated
Sunday, 15th, sends an unconfirmed re
port to the effect that Gen. Brabant
has crushingly defeated the Boers in
the vicinity of Wepener, and captured
m;.ny prisoners and guns.
The sixty-five young women com
prising the senior class in the Con
necticut state normal school, at New
Haven, have been threatened with ex
pulsion because some of their number
were caught cheating, or cribbing, in
an examination just held in the school.
Tornadoes swept over portions of
Kansas on Ihe night of the 15th, doing
much damage in the vicinity of Put
nam, Winfield and Clearwater. There
were unconfirmed reports of fat ili tics.
and it is known that a number of per
sons were injured.
Rufus Wright, the Chicago million
aire member of the firm of Morgan &
Wright, who was mysteriously shot by
Mrs. Louisa Lottridge, at the Lelnnd
hotel, on the 14th, died on the l.th.
With his last breath, he declared the
shooting to nave been an accident.
Burglars, on the night of the 15th,
dug through the nine-inch brick wall
of the vault of St. Simon's church,
Toronto, Ont., with crowbars and
picks, and stole $1,173, the Easter of
fering. The church is situated on the
brow of a ravine, and the cracksmen
worked three hours unobserved.
Speaker David B. Henderson of the
hor.se of representatives has a brand
new leg. He got it in New York, on
the 15th, and took it to Washington
with him. The speaker is very proud
of it, for it enables him to waik a dis
tance without a cane, for the first
time in many years.
The governing board of the Literna
tioral League of Press clubs met in
Kew York, on the 16th, and decided to
hold the annual meeting of the league
In that citv on July 17.
The women members of the East
Madison Avenue Presbyterian church.
Cleveland, O., some time ago, entered
Sato an agreement to absuun from
new Easter gowns and millinery, and
to devote the monev which would have
teen used for that purpose to the raid
ing of the church debt. - They kept
their promise $1,600 worth.
The secretary of the treasury, on
the 16!h, received, in an envelope post
marked C. & St. L. R. P. O., from an
unknown person, a conscience contri
bution of $623.
James AY. Phiiipps, one of the orig
inal California gold miners and a grad
uate of West Point military academy.
cl?ed, on the 16th, at Middletown, N.
Y., aged 68.
Representative Griffith, of Indiana,
introduced a bill, on the 16th, repeal
ing the stamp tax on checks, drafts,
etc., and on proprietory medicines.
On the 16th the comptroller of the
currency declared a tive-pcr-ccnt. divi-
nend in favor of the creditors of the n-
solvent Merchant's national bank of
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
In the senate, on the 17th, the feature
Of the session was a speech by Mr.
Hoar (Mass.), occupying more than
three hours in its delivery, in opposi
tion to the policy of "imperialism,
upon which, he declared, this govern
ment had embarked. It was a labor
iously prepared argument, and was de
livered with force and vigor.... In the
house the second day's debate on the
naval appropriation bill was confined
closely to the subject matter of the
bill, and was, as a rule, devoid of in
teresting features. The general debate
on the bill was brought to a ?Iose.
United States Consul Chambers, at
Butum, Russia, reports that a careful
analysis of the statistics relative to the
Russian oil fields makes it appear that
the cost of production of the oil is
frleadily increasing, an important fact,
in view of the close competition of
these Russian old field, with the Ameri
can petroleum industry.
The Frankfort (Ky.) grand jury, on
the 17th, reported indictments again3t
Caleb Powers, John Powers. Charles
Finley, Wharton Golden and W. H. Cul
ton as accessories, and against Henry
K. Youtsey, Berry Howard, Jim How
ard, Harland Whitakcr and Dick
Combs, with wilful murder cf Senator
Got be 1.
Lrig.-Gen. Theo. Schwan, who has
been one of Gen. Otis' most valuable
psfcistants in the campaign against
t lie insurgents in the Philippines, has
been given permission to return to th-i
United States. The general's health
has been impaired as a result of the
rctive work in which he has been en
Mr. Andrew Carnegie has promised
the trustees of the Carnegie library
tnd institute of Pittsburgh, I'a., to be
come responsible for $3,600,000, the
amount estimated as necessary for the
pioposed extension and enlargement
ot the already fine building at the en
trance of Schenley park, in that city.
Damage to the extent of thousands
of dollars was done to railroad proper
ty, crops and bridges by recent floods
iu the middle gulf states, caused by
record-breaking rains. Railroads suf
fered most, though the loss of proper
ly was general. Several colored per
sons were drowned.
Census enumerators begin work oa
Jt-ne 1, and must finish in 30 days.
Cities of 8,000 or more inhabitants, a:)
shown by the preceding census, must
be completed in two weeks.
CURRENT NEWS NOTES.
Reports indicate that the Missouri
peach crop has not been damaged by
the cold weather.
George H. Scripps, founder of the
Scripps-Mcltae Newspaper league,
d.ed in California, Fridav.
Germany is shaping its legislation
to stimulate argriculture that it may
raise sufficient food supply.
The republicans of the Secon-l con
gressional district of Oregon renom
inated M. A. Moody for congres-i.
J. Hoods Merrill, a wealthy lumber
dealer, wants to be street commit-
sioi cr at Kansas City, Mo., without
Judge .McAfees nomination as an
asscciate justice of the supreme court
of Oklahoma has been confirmed by
William Kaiser, who tried to sep
arate two men who were nghting, at
it. Louis, was probably fatally stabbed
for his oains.
An early report on trusts will be
made by the United States labor com
missioner, who is now concluding his
Dave Duncan, of Newkirk, Ok In.,
was adjudged insane at Wichita, Kns.
He lost his senses while arguing on re
Dr. James R. Cooke, the blind sur
geon of Boston, who committed sui
cide Wednesday, is believed to have
been a Russian agent.
Kansas won the third annual debate
between. Kansas and Missouri univer
sities, which was held in the opera
house at Lawrence, Kas.
Mrs. Lon Holland shot and instantly
killed ex-Mayor William Cook at Al
exander, Ark. Mrs. Holland says Cook
insulted and maligned her.
Mrs. Emma J. Snyder successfully
contested the will of her father, Geo.
Tritch, a Denver millionaire, who
practically disinherited her.
Minnesota friends of Speaker Hen
derson presented a handsome gavel to
him Friday. Speeches were made in
presentation and acceptance.
Miss Nellie Lewi3 was awarded $50,-
000 damages in her breach of promise
suit at Colorado Springs, Col., against
Samuel Strong, a millionarie.
O. C. Shedd, general superintendent
of the Creve Coenr Ice Co., was robbed
of a diamond and other property while
riding on a crowded St. Louis street
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
J. r. Jackson, one of the oldest and
most prominent citizens of Cedar
cot.nty. He was known throughout
the state. He was 84. and lived in
Cttiar county 65 years.
Mrs. Mary J. Bajcer, aged 87, sudden
ly at Jefferson City.
Mrs. J. W. Jackson, at Tarkio, front
heart failure. She was an old citizen.
Mrs. Mary Knight, of Sedalm, aged
''.9, was taken ill at noon and died be
Mrs. Mary Lee, near Ilolden. She
was born in Johnson countv 68 years
ngo, when only seven families lived
in the county.
Theodore Struttmann. at Jefferson
City, of la grippe. He was 72. He had
been a resident :if Jefferson City for
two weeks, coming from Gasconade
Sarah M. Ze!l, wife cf William Zoll,
one of Warrensbiirg's most prominent
citizens, from pneumonia. She was 71
years of age.
Mrs. Lucy H. Thompson, the oldest
resident of Slater, at the age of :.S.
Mrs. bailie Williams, aged 80, at
Judge Milton Cox, aged 70, at his
home in Wellsville, where he had
been a resident 51 years, and had
served four years as presiding judge
of the county court and two years as
the public administrator.
Mayor-elect John Combo of St. Jo
seph has inaugurated sone innova
tions in municipal government that
promise to make his administration
unique in the history of St. Joseph.
The finances of the city are in a bad
way, and the streets have iieen neglect
ed to such ar. extent that they are al
most worn out. In looking over the
fcituation. Mayor Comb" discovered
that three-fourths of the reveniif w:n
disbursed to oiticeholders in salaries,
tnd only a fourth remained for public
works and other expon-ses. He held
confernces with leading business men,
with the result that a number of tlm
offices will be given to them, and they
will serve without salaries. Foremen
nd clerks barely sufficient to perform
the work will be hired under tltcin.
end the city government will be con
ducted exactly as a business man
would rim his private business. One
of the most iniKrtant offices has Iven
accepted, without salary, by ihulon
Wyctli, a young millionaire and sceial
leader. Another millionaire who has
volunteered his services under Mayor
Combe is Milton Tootle, Jr., a bank
The Mariiiailalte Monument.
The commission which has in charge
ti e erection of a monument to the
memory of John S. .darmartuke,
former governor of Missouri, met at
::c eapitol in Jefferson City to cci-
t ider designs and bids and let the con
tract. The commission is composed
Gov. Stephens, chairman; State Audi
tor Seibert and Secretary of State
I.esueur, secretary. Handsome and
tasteful designs were submitted by
several contractors, and after a care
ful consideration of the various de
signs and bids the contract for build
ing the monument was awarded to a
St. Louis firm. he monument will be
of Missouri syenite granite.
Helresa Found In m Kitchen.
Amalia Fisher, a young German girl,
employed as servant by a grocer in
South St. Louis, learned the other day
that she is heir to an esiate of $5,009
in the old country. She was found
bard at work in the kitchen. She at
first refused to believe the i:tory toid
her of the inheritance, but when con
riiiced of its truth she was fairly be
fcide herself with joy.
Policemen at a Church Election.
By request of the rector, Hex. P. W.
Fuuntleroy, ten policemen were pres
ent at the election of vestrymen of
Mount Cavalry Episcopal church, St.
I-ouir,. Policemen guarded the ballot-
box. The pastor was victorious "at
tie polls," 127 to 25. Discussion and
tcting continued until 1 a. m.
Father and Daauhter.
At St. Louis the same funeral serr
ice was pronounced over the bodies of
August G. Spinner and Mrs. Frank M.
Nouse, father and daughter, the for
mer having died while begging in de
lirium that he be" allowed to attend
the funeral of his child.
Family's Harrow Escape,
the M. B. Hendricks home, 5
miles cast of Monroe City, was de
stroyed by fir; at 2 a. m. The family
was awakened just as the entire roof
was falling in. They barely escaped
in their night clothes. Everything was
lost. No insurance.
After Many Years.
II. B. Hixson, a forty-niner, now of
Los Angeles, Cat., met his sister, Mrs.
Lou Hunt, of No. 4107 Finney avenue,
St. Louis, for the first ime in 51 years.
She was a tot of four years when he
'eft home to search for gold.
Boy SnOered From Poison.
Clyde McDonald, of Scdalia, 14 years
old, was tit death's door from ptomaine
)xisoning. He ate a large piece of bo
Isgna sausage. Doctors saved him.
Worn r Kanaaa.
Kansas won the third annual de
bate between Kansas and Missouri uni
versities, which was held in the opera
house at Lawrence, Kas.
Snes Grand Jmry for Libel.
Supply Commissioner Fred C. Meier
of ht. Louis has filed suit against the
February grand jury, alleging libel.
He asks $10,000 damages.
Wheat Look Fine.
Wheat, as a rule, is looking fine, es
pecially since the recent rains. Spring
wheat has been sown in the north
western counties. .
The Itassaciusets Senator Makes
His Premised Speech on .
INTENSE INTEREST WAS MANIFESTED
II Made aa Elrant and Vloron
Defease of the Flllpinoa. Espe
cially of Asulnaldo, Whom II
Classed with Konsath, Oom Paal,
Jouhrrt ad Other Patriots.
Washington, April 17. At the be
giining of the day's session of the
stiate a bill was passed granting to
soldiers of tie Mexican war pensions
of 12 a month in certain cases.
After the transaction of the routine
business, Mr. Hoar addressed the sen
ate on the Philippines question. In
tense interest was manifested in the
nddiess by the senator. Mr.Hoar'sposi
tioi on the question was well under
stood, but as it was known, too, the
speech was to be one of the greatest
Mr. Hoar ever delivered, from his
pc."nt of view, the interest in the ut
terance was intensified.
Mr. Hoar took for his text the reso
lution of Mr. Beveridge, of In
diana, declaring that the Phil
ippine islands are territory belongin;
to the United States, and that the
United States government must gov
ern the archipelago. Mr. Hoar spoke
with deliberation, but scarcely with
his usual forcefulness. He requested
his colleagues not to interrupt him iu
the course of his speech, indicating
that the state of his health rendered
U undesirable that he should enter
icto a running debate.
Mr. Hoar discussed at great length
the Filipino rebellion, and the causes
which, in his opinion, led up to it. He
made earnest and vigorous defense of
the Filipinos, especially of Aguinaldo,
who, he declared, was "brave, honest
"He deserves to be remembered with
that small band who have given life
and everything dearer than life to
their country in a losing cause. He
shall live with Koceuth, with Oom
Paul, with Joubert, with Emmett,
with Egmont and Horn, with Nathan
Hale, with Warren, with all the great
martyrs of history whose blood has
been the seed of the church of lib
Mr. Hoar maintained his well-known
iKsition that the Filipinos had
iichleved their independence, that the
United States had made them its
allies, and was bound to rec
ognize their independence, and
that thev had proved themseiv.
fit for such independence and capable
of self-government. As one bit of
proof, of their statecraft, he declared
The state papers of Aguinaldo, the
discussion of the law of nations by his
attorney general, the masterly appeal
3 Mabini, are products of the Asiatio
mind. They are not unworthy of the
Asiatic mind, the vehicle through
which came to us the scriptures of
the Old and New Testaments, the po-
elrj of David, the eloquence of Isaiah,
the wisdom of Solomon, the profound
philosophy of Paul."
The senator presented an elaborate
defense of the Filipinos against the
charge that they were responsible for
the present war, fully justifying their
action in resisting the American
As to what he would do with the
Philippines, Mr. Hoar said:
'1 would declare now that we will
net take these islands to govern them
against their will.
"I would reject a cession of sov
ereignty which implies that sovereign
ty may be bought and sold and deliv
ered without the consent of the peo
"I would require all foreign govern
ments to keep out of these islands.
"I would offer to the people of the
Philippines our help in maintaining
order until they have a reasonable op
portunity to establish a government
of their own.
"I would aid them by advice, if they
desire it, to set up a free and inde
"1 would invite all the great powers
of Europe to unite in an agreement
that their independence shall not be
interfered with. "
MI would declare that the United
States will enforce the same doctrine
as applicable to the Philippines that
we declared as to Mexico and Hayti
and the South American republics.
"I would then, in a not distant fu
ture, leave them to work cat their
own salvation, as every nation on
earth, from the beginning cf time,
has wrought out its own salvation."
Warrants Applied For.
St. Louis, April 18. Supply Com
missioner Meier and his attorney,
Chester JL Krum, have made applica
tion to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Johnson for warrants against each of
the members of the February grand
jury, for misdemeanor in having ex
ceeded their authority and violated the
statutes under which they served.
Can Hot VWit BelfaNt.
Be'fast, April 18. At a meeting of
the corporation yesterday the lord
mayor received a letter from Queen
Victoria expressing her heartfelt
thanks for the invitation to visit Bel
fast and her great regret at being coro
l elled to abandon the idea of making
any joarney during her stay in Ire
land. Emperor William to VUlt Eaarlaad.
Dublin, April 18. It is understood
here that Emperor William will visit
England, landing at Cowes iron ait
yacht about Aturast 2.
GEN. LORD ROBERTS' BOMB, j
Aa ExpHMloa That Ha Startle the BrnX
hih lacapaeltr Army
- IBtera :
London, April 18, 4 a. m. The gor
ernment has chosen this as the mo
mr nt to publish aJispatch from Lord
Roberts pronouncing censure upoa
Sir Redvers Buller and Sir Chartas
Warren, two of his most important
subordinate commanders. , This dis-
. . .A, 1
paten, written eDruary to, u
in the hands of the war office for five
weeks. Just why it is published now
in the middle of the campaign, is not
understood, unless it is expected that
Gen. Buller and Gen. Warren will ask
to be relieved of their commands. The
revelation of their incapacity must
tend to undermine the confidence of
the troops in their leadership. ..
Somewhat Appalling: Laacuse.
Lord Roberts dispatch, with the en
closures, is the great feature of th
London press this morning. In a long
ecitorial the Daily News speaks of the
"somewhat appalling language" of the
dispatch, and then goes on to say:
"Upon the whole, these dispatches;
re disquieting and disheartening in
r.o ordinary degree. Follow
ing immediately upon the recall of
Gen. Gatacre, they will create a wide
spread feeling of uneasiness andauxie
ty." Not Withent a Prpoe..
The Standard, which is supposed to
be in the confidence of the govern
"It is scarcely likely that the publi
cation of Lord Roberts dispatch is
without a purpose. It irresistibly sug
gests whether it is not to be followed
by further important changes iu the
South African commands. Painful as
such measures must be, there must be
no hesitation in carrying them out if
thev are required in the public iutei
est." rne nauy leiegrapn conipnmcuis
Lord Roberts upon "not hesitating,,
where great national interests are at
ttake, to wound private susceptibili
ties." The Daily Chronicle confesses to "a
feeling something like consternation
when reading the extraordiinry pass
ages" of the dispatch.
Only Too Clearly JnatlJled.
The Times says:
"Lord Roberts severe condemnatioat
is justified only too clearly by the cf
f'cial narratives of what took place.
The story is painful; but it 13 well for
the nation and for the army that it
should be told clearly and simply.,
without concealment or exaggeration.
It is not the least of the great serv
ices Lord Roberts is now rendering:
tne country that he exposes with judi
cal impartiality and wise, wholesome
severity, errors and omissions io
I.igh quarters which have cost us so-
Whether the government has any
Fl-ccial purpose or not in publishing.
the dispatch, the way in which it has
been received will make it most diffi
cult to retain the censured eoiuanderj
in active service.
PnMIe Equanimity Dibtarbrd.
Lord Roberts long wait and the
Boer activity have seriously disturbed.
public equanimity. He is still r.00 miles
from Pretoria. No one doubts the ul
timate success of British arms, but,
behind the British army that crushes
the Boer armies, an army of occupa
tion will have to be installed. From
various sources come hints that more
men than are already provided for
will have to be sent out.
Projected Flank Movement. . .
Lord Roberts intimates that at least
ten thousand men are advancing to-
cut off the Boers who are investing
Wepener. As there are reports from
the Basnto border that firin? has been
heard in the direction of the hills to
ward De Wet's dorp, it is possible Gen.
Chermiside's advanced troops are al
ready in contact with the Boers. Lord
Poberts wires that he expected to
t lear the southeast section of the Free
State, east of the railway, and then
to swing round to the north and to-
turn one after another the positions
held by the Boers north of Bloemfou-
Bailer Ready to Aet.
Gent Buller's prohibition of all press--
telegrams in Natal until further no
tice is taken to indicate that n move
ment is about to begin there.
Exactly what part Gen. Buller will
take is still a secret which no one is-
able to probe.
From the seat of war there is sir-
ni (leant silence. - "
LOTH TO LEAVE WEPESKR.
Commandant Oliver Relaetaat im.
Leave Daljrety fneaptared.
Maseru, Basutoland, Monday, April.
16. The Boers, for two days past..
lave been displaying great nctivltv-
along the Reddersburg and Rouxville
read. Their scouts report Uiat the- '
British are advancing on those places-.
to the relief of Wepener, and the
burghers, consequently, are divided
whether to remain or retire. A ma
jority of them desire to abandon the
investment of Wepener, fearing to be
cut off, while the minority, led by
Commandant Olivier, are reluctant t
mcvti as long as there is a chance to-
cpture Col. Dalgety's garrison.
bcouts have just reported rifle firing
in the direction of Thabanchu.
Protestant Totvn Raided.
Belfast, April 18. A serious disturb
ance has taken place at Castle Caul-
iield, County of Tyrone, arising, it is.
said, from the fact that a few of the
iiihabitants had hissed a nctioaalisi.
band which was passing through that.
Protestant village. Late in the even
ing an armed mob invaded the vil
lage, firing shots and smashim? win
dows. The rioters wrecked Orange
hall and several houses. The police
were summoned, but arrived too lats
to prevent the damage. Several ar
rests were made.