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Imperial Press
SiturJay, July 6, loot
ACCIDENTALLY HANGED
Professor Birtwrll Meets With a Horrible
fate
An Ornithology Climbs a Tree After a
Bird's No', When the Rope He Was
Using Slips and TljhtiM Around His
N»ck -Wife Witnesses the Tratfedy
ALBUQIKItQIi:. N. M., Juno an —
Prof. Francis J. BlrtwHl of Boston
met ii horrible fnto on the Mo IVcos
yesterday. Ho wan high Up In a tree
after n bird's n««nt, when the rope he
was using In climbing caught on v
limb, v loop tightening around lilh
neck ami he wbh ■lowly strangled to
death before the eyca of his bride of
a month, who, with two men, stood
at tho foot of tho tree, unable to
help tin* unfortunate man.
Prof. Dlrtwell had climbed the tree
by the aid of a pair of lineman's
spurs, and had reached a point seven
ty-flvo feet from the ground, when he
called for help. Hlh wife called to
two inon who wero near, and they
made quite a long rope by tying short
<ir ones together and threw tho ropo
to him.
He was getting down nicely when
one of the knots In the rope caught In
tho forks of a limb, preventing It
from slipping up or down. In at
tempting to freo It, Hlrkwcll Jerked
one of hla arms out of the loop, when
the rope tightened around his throat.
He wan unable to lift his body to loos
en the rope, and before the eyes of hi*
young wife and the two men he was
strangled to death, they being power
less to render him any aid. A ladder
had to be secured to get the body
down.
Mr. and Mrs.' Blrtwell were married
here only a month ago, and were
spending the honeymoon on the Rio
Pecos forest reserve, where they had
already made many friends. The
deepest sympathy Is expressed for the
young bride, who was not only forced
to witness the terrible tragedy, but
was so utterly powerless to prevent It.
Any attempt to describe the poor
woman's feelings would be futile.
Such an accident is not known to
have previously occurred in any part,
of the world. It Is unique In character
as well as unique in the dreadful dis
tress it must have caused the man's
wife to see him strangling by seconds
before her eyes while action for relief
was denied her.
Prof. Blrtwell was a Harvard grad
uate.
Pearls in lowa
LANSING. lowa— The city bid* fr.lr
to become famous for the many fine
pearls found here. One sold lor $1800.
It was found by an old Swede, named
Benson, on the clant bed which j.ro
duced the famous Queen Mary, about
a month ago, an although refilling
less, G6 grains. Is a much finer and
more valuable gem.
No less than twelve pearls we»*e
found here one day last week.
Killed by a Live Wire
SAN FRANCISCO.— WiIIiam H.
Wilde, n 19-year-old apprentice, In the
employ of the San Francisco Gas nil
Electric Light Company was killed
by contact with a live wire attached
to a polo on Kills street, where he was
at work.
II is supposed that while handling
the wire ho formed a ground connec
tion by taking hold of an uninsulated
guy wire which held the pole In place.
BLUE BOOK ISSUED
A War of Words Between English and
Boer Generals
LONDON. June 29.— A bhlo book has
been Issued giving tho correspondence
between Lord Roberts and tho Boer
authorities on tho subject of tho de
struction of property.
Tho presidents of tho Transvaal and
Orango Freo Rate, February 3. 1900.
potcstcd against "tho destruction and
devastation of farms by barbarians,
encouraged by British ofiicers and by
white brigands contrary to tho usages
of war." I-ntor Generals Botha and
Dewet mado similar complaints of tho
"Godless barbarities and atrocities of
tho liiitinh and their robber patrols."
\ji>t>\ Robert* replied In a similar
vein to nil tho protent*, <!<< la rim: thnt
tho Hrltliih did not entourage tho bar-
J.irliiijM, but that tho burning of
farm building* wna in-» f-i<nlini—\ by
treacberoUl shooting of tho British
from farm houses and tho wr-rcklnK
of tmluH, nnd accusing tho Boors of
wnnton rimtructlon nnd ku'tiuu tactics
which ho was compelled to rfprc-M by
« x« ■»•; tiou.'il rn'MAurcfl always employed
by civilized natlonfi In like clrcum
stances.
HOKH PRIHONERH HAPPY.
HAMILTON, Bermuda.— Tho British
transport Armenian, which arrived In
theM waters, brought 930 Boer prison*
erii She anchored In the Hound, half
a mile west of Darrell'M Island. Tho
gunboats Medway and Medina, o»
guardians, nro anchored on either side
of tho transport.
Many people; In boats Raflerl n round
the transport Only govern-ment ofll-
Clnll were allowed on board. The
Boers, from bearded men of 70 to
youths of 17. sat around on tho for
ward deck, laughed or waved their
hats to tho passers-by. Several of the
prisoners Inquired eagerly for fruit,
tobacco and grog. They say they have
no cause to complain of their treat
ment.
Tho Sound Is alive with craft carry-
Ing stores and workment to the Isl
nnds where tho camps are being pre
pared to receive tho Boers.
LONDON, Juno L'9.— l«ord Kitchener,
In a dispatch from Pretoria, says:
"Tho Boers attacked two blockhouses
on the Dohigoa line near Brugsprult
Bight. Juno 26. An armored train ar
rived and scattered the Boers, killing
four. It Is reported that twenty cas
ualties were carried (At.
"Field Cornet do Prlesz has surren
dered at Pietersburg with forty-six
men."
Cured Fruit Men
SAN JOSE.— Directors of the Cure*!
Fruit Association by a unanimous vote
elected F. N. Woods, president, vice
H. G. Bond, resigned. Ix)uis E. Cond,
chief accountant, was chosen treasurer
vice P. N. Woods, and Judge H. G.
Bond was made a members of the ex
ecutive committee In place of Mr.
Woods.
The new president has a large or
chard In this valley, but maintains a
home In San Francisco. He was for
merly a member of the Whlttler, Ful
ler & Co.
TO WITHDRAW TROOPS
Miles Recommends That American Forces
Be Reduced
NEW YORK.— Cuba having accept-!
cd the Platt amendment, says a Wash- j
ington correspondent. Gen. Miles has
officially recommended to Secretary
Root that one-half of the American \
force now policing the island be with- j
drawn and that the work be turned '
over to the Cubans, in order that they
may be prepared to accept full re
sponsibility for preserving order.
It Is Gen. Miles' belief that such a
step would settle beyond doubt the
capacity of the Cubans for self-govern
ment. If nny disturbances occur
troops can promptly reoccupy the isl
and. There are now less than 5000
merit on the island.
Notwithstanding the argument made
by Gen. Miles, it is not believed that
the President and Secretary Root will
deem it advisable to reduce tlie Amer
ican force in Cuba until next spring,
when a gradual withdrawal of troops
will begin. The moment the Cuban
government assumes control the last
American regiment will leave the Isl
and.
Three Gold Bricks in Three Weeks
VICTORIA. B. C— The steamer
Queen City has arrived from tho West
coast of Vancouver Island bringing
three gold bricks of $3200 from the
Wreck Bay mines, the result of three
weeks' work. She reports that the fleet
of sealing schooners has so far been
unable to necuro crews, tho Indians re
fusing to go for $3 rcr skin, demand
lug more.
A Big Cattle Ranch
. Santa Hosa Island, in tho Santa
Barbara channel, has been sold by tho
A. P. Mooro estato to two well-known
caltlo men of Arizona nnd California,
Walter L. Vail and J. W. Vlckers. The
prlco paid was übout $390,000, and It
Is tho Intention of tho new owners to
uso tho ontlro Island for stock raising
purposes.
Imperial iprcoo
PHILIPPINES GOOD BUYERS
Imports Exceed Twenty-Seven M.llon
Dolliu in Value
WASHINGTON.— A marked InrreaAO
In tho trade of tho Philippine Inland*
during tho colonial era. ovor tho com*
merCO of tho provloun year. Is not
down In a «t;ii<ni«nt nlv-n out today
\>y th" dlvltilon of Insular affair? of
tho Wnr Department.
Tho value of IniportM of merchan
dise and fdlvor for 1000 In 127.7 C.lOO.
Thin, according to tho War Depart*
rncnt'H statement, wan tho grcatoiit
Import for any Mlnglo year In the hla
tory of tho archipelago. In 1809, Im-
I port! amounted to $20,440,071 In val
ue, thus showing an Increase of near
ly 30 par cent. In favor of 1500 . Tho
approxlmate value of Import* Into tho
I'hlllplnc Island* for 18&3 was 17.1C5.
000; for 8190, $3,921,500. and for 1597
$9,120,000. During tho five yearn. 1892
91. tho average annual oxportn were
$136,283; In 1890, tho exports were
$133,138, and In 1900. $7,235,000. For
1899, $9,380,000 of goods were Imported
from China.
The fitatlstlcs of Imports Into the
IslandH from the United States include
a large amount of machinery, general
merchandise, and such staples as
wheat, flour, meat products, cotton,
manufactures and many other articles.
A large proportion of this trade Is
recorded as Imports from Hongkong,
which are undoubtedly reported from
that port to the Islands.
The Imports from the United States
direct, for 1900, show an Increase of
$501.i34 over those of 1599, while the
imports from Hongkong. In 1500. show
a material decrease from the estimat
ed figures of 1899. This would indicate,
that, as the shipping facilities in Ma
nila harbor are being improved, di
rect shipments to Manila are Increas
ing, and there is a corresponding tie- 1
crease In the re-exports of merchan- .
disc from Hongkong to the Philip
pines. The Imports Into the Philip- 1
pines from the United States direct j
in 1900, Phow an increase over 1599
of f»9 per cent.
The total value of merchandise, gold
and silver exported from the Philip- j
pines during the year 9100 was $3.
45 C.OOO. and an average, from IS9S. of ;
$3.359.500.
Matches byjhe Millions
TACOMA. — Former Congressman
James Hamilton Lewis has organized
the Washington Match Company, with
a capital stock of $1,200,000. to build
here an immense match factory, hav
ing a capacity of ten carloads daily.
The main building will Le two hun
dred feet square and four stories high.
The company is to utilize a wonder
ful match-making machine invented
by L. T. Holes of Tacoma, which, it
is asserted, can turn out matches at
less than a quarter of the cost of
matches produced by the match trust.
Each machine will have a capacity
of two carloads daily, and five ma
chines will be operated. Native fir
and cedar wood will be used. After
the logs have been run through the
machines, cutting them into strips
of veneer, the strips will be placed In
Holes' machine, which cuts them Into
matches of any desired shape or size,
besides packing them into boxes.
Holes claims his machine can also
make parafllno and paper matches and
that, at standard leed, it has a capa
city of 144.000 matches per minute.
Lewis' company anticipates no diffi
culty in securing a wide market on the
Pacific Coast and through the Missis
sippi Valley. A factory cf (lie size
stated will employ 300 to 4(70 opera
tives.
AGUINALDO'S WHEREABOUTS
Credit Belong* to Lieutenant Taylor of
the Twenty«fourth Infantry
WASHINGTON.— The Army and
Navy Register in its issue today makes
the statement that it was not Gen.
Funston who discovered the location
of Agulnaldo, but Lieutenant J. D.
Taylor of the Twenty-fourth infantry.
The Register says:
Taylor was In command of a com
pany of his regiment at Pantabangan,
In tho fastnesses of the Caraballo
mountains, seventy-flvo miles from a
railway. In May, 1900, one Procoplo
Llnsangan was appointed chief of po
lio* and gained tho confldeuco of Tay
lor, to whom ho mndo tho proposition
that a native military band bo or
ganized. Procoplo was sent to Manila
under a pass to purchase tao necessary
musical Instrument*, and In hla n!>
senno Taylor learned that tho man was
In reality Major Mararlo Alambrla of
tho Insurroctofl. and that some, of tho
enemy were In tho neighborhood
awaiting a call to arms. They had
conveniently hidden. It further de
veloped that Procoplo Llnsangan
never went to Manila.
In February last a party of cap
tured Insurgent* was brought to Tay
lors quarters. They proved to be de>
norters from Alambria's company, and
one of tho members, a sergeant named
Bans, was forced to divulge the hid
' In* place of a number of Filipino doc
uments. Including letters undressed to
Filipino officials and to Llnsnngan's
wife, it took a good deal of effort
[ in tho way of tracking down tho In-
I Rtirgents and following up of clews by
Taylor before ho waa able to aacer
; tain that Agulnaldo was at Palanan
| under the name of Tenrente Abander
i ado. On February 10, Taylor sent to
Funston all the letters of which ho
was In possession, together with other
valuable Information, which made pos
sible the conception and execution of
Funstons' notable exploit.
Short Copper Output
In copper circles the opinion grad
ually is gaining that the official fig
ures of copper production support the
theory that the Amalgamated Copper
Company, with or without co-opera
tion for the purpose of maintaining
prices, is endeavoring to restrict the
output of copper.
In the Herald tho fact has been
shown that for the first five months
cf the current year the total produc
tion of domestic copper mines was
110,903 long tons, compared with 110
942 long tons for the same period In
1900. In other words, the increase has
been fifty-one tons, notwithstanding
that prices- during the present year?
period have remained unchanged on a
basis of 17 cents for Lake Surerior
Ingot and 16 5-S cents for electrolytic
and casting.
A LARGE SURPLUS
I
Statement of Revenue in the National
Treasury
WASHINGTON.— The comparative
j statement of* the government receipts
and expenditures for the fiscal year
will show an excess of receipts over
disbursements of approximately $76.
'OOO,OOO. This is only about $4,000,000
! below the estimate made by Congress
I at the beginning of the last session In
' December, 1900.
In view of the fact that the revenue
reduction bill, passed at the last ses
sion of Congress, has gone into opera
tion at the beginning of the fiscal year
last Monday, treasury officials estl
hate that the loss from this souroc
will be about $40,000,000.
It is not expected, however, that the
net reduction from this source will
reach that amount, as the officials look
forward to a year of even greater pros
perity than the one just closing. If
this expectation is realized, the offi
cials believe that the revenue from in
ternal sources alone will be not more
than $30,000,000 below the figures of
the present year.
It is also confidently expected tnat
the receipts from customs will ma
terially increase during the coming
thirteen months so that, allowing for
the reduction made in the last revenue
bill, the total receipts from all sources
may even reach, or exceed those of tne
fiscal year just ended.
Gomez in New York
NEW YORK.— Gen. Maximo Gomez
has arrived in this city with his son.
Urban, and Alexander Gonzales. pri
vate secretary to Gen. Wood. A num
ber of Cuban and American friends cf
the old soldier met him at the ferry.
Gen. Gomez refused to be interview
ed. He said he had nothing to say,
and refused to answer a question as
to the cause of his visit to tills coun
try. He said, however, that ho would
have something to say shortly, but
would not say what subject ho would
discuss.
Urban Gomez, the general's son,
said his father's visit was one of
pleasure. He said Gen. Gomez would
call on President McKlnley before
leaving tho United States.
The Bakersfleld Callfornlan esti
mates the cost of drilling a well 800
feet deep In tho Kern River field at
$5000, to which must bo added $4200
for machinery before drilling can be
gin, making the cost of tho first well
$9200.
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