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M I ST. JliJri VOL. XTII. ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1900. NO. 7. EVENTS OF THE DAY Epitome of the Telegraphic News of the World. TKR8K TICKS FROM THR WIEE8 Intonating Collection of Items Prom the Two Hemisphere Presented In Condensed Worm. A majority of the senator i againit tne (eating of Vuay. Another revolutionary plot in VtinM' ueia tiHH been nipped lu the bud. Million In wur munition worn im ported through Dulagoa Liny by the Boer. A Boer patrol, mistaking signal, n badly out up by a hot fire from British kopjtt. The headquarters of General White ami lluiitur wa smashed by ihot from a "Long Torn. " Despite reitort to the oontrary, Web' ster Davis in to be retained as assistant secretary of the interior. The stoamer Townsend, plying b tweeu Seattle and Alaskan (hjIiiU, ii a total lost near lluine's Mission, Montagu white will be received ai the consular anii diplomatic represent ative of the South Afticau republic Secretary Boot ha lamed an order appointing a complete new board of ordnance, with the exception of Gen- oral Mile. Governor Gage will call an extra tea- lon of the California legislature. Uultad State eeuator will probably be elected. Cuptuln I. Frlcdmau, who died in Han Francisco recently, loft three-quar ters of hii fortuuu, amounting to $750, 000, to charity. The new shls now being built for the Oceanic Steamship Company will be without peer in the Pacific, and will greatly improve the icrvice. Matt Hilstroin, who killed Luke Mooara, the Clatsop county logger, waa adjudged insane. The evidence allowed the insanity to - be hereditary The overdue City of Heattle, haa been reported from Juueau, where ahe waa towed by the Cottage City. The Sealtln'a delay waft caused by the breaking of her propeller. The transiiort Pennsylvania, which sail fniin Kan Francisco, will carry fundi for paying off the United Bute troops now in the I'hilippinei. About 11,250,000 will be taken. The captain and crew of 24 of the British steamer Sutton, which went ashore on Feuwick shoals, iu Delaware bay, have arrived in l'hiladeplhia. It la believed the 8 tit ton will prove total loss. In the innate Pettigrew offered a resolution calling ou the president to send the aenate the report of General J la to relating to the treaty with the eultan of Hulu. Among other things the reaolution ask whether the aultan and hla official are nnder the civil ser vice. The colliding of rabbit waa stopped In Chicago by humane officers. Mine at Johannesburg havo made Impregnable that city from au attack' ing force. Methodist miHiiouarie will begin active work in the Philippines to con vert the Tagnl. Count Boni de Castellane say he It going to une hi cane on the editor of the l'ari Figaro. Tun pope warmly praiae the work of an endowment for a Catholic uulver aity at Washington. The Duke of Took is dead at London. He died from pneumonia after an ill ness of aeveral day. The sugar war is to be continued on the ame line aa heretofore, and no settlement ia iu night. At ltutto, Mont., Domiuick Massa, a pniuter, mounted a ladder to paint a uilding, lie grabbed a live wire and Ul dead. Colonel George M. Randall and Col onel Jiiinoa Bell, have been named by the president for promotion to the rank of brigadiur-goueral. Half a million dollar is the esti mated cost of repairing the Olympia according to the report of the naval construction board. The work will he done at the Boston navy-yard, and will 'occupy about a year. According to the New York Herald' Washington correspondent there i an excellent prostect that the Nicaragua canal bill will go through this session without waiting for the report of tha Walker commission. Mrs. Annie Ellsworth Smith ia dead at New York. She sent the first tele graphic message, "What hath God wrought?" from the United States su preme court room, Washington, to Bal timore. Two negroes were shot to death and two white men desperately wounded a the result of an attempt to arrest a ne gro murderer at Macon, Ga. J. II. Butler, colored, i the man who did moat of the shooting, and who Wa himself shot to death. Berlin, Germany, ia to construct an underground railway costing $25,000, 000. Twenty-three year ago Senator Tel ler entered the senate. Only three senator who saw him sworn in are still bis colleagues Allison of Iowa, Cockrell of Missouri, and Jones of Ne vada. In the intervening 23 yean over a hundred senator have died. But Mr. Teller, although nearly threa core and tn, ia still strong and vigorous. LATER NEWS. The plight of Klmberley 1 argent. The kaiser' birthday wa celebrated in the usual way throughout Germany Duller' army baa letreated to the onth of the Tugela, with heavy losses. Revolution in Venezuela, nnder tha leadership of Hernaudea, i spreading. Fire in Minneapolis destroyed a four- story brick building, causing a low of izo.ooo. It wa reported on good Transvaal authority that Mafeklng wa relieved on January 28. Edgar Oswalt, a 8-year-old boy of Astoria, wa run over by a street car and fatally injured. The Bank of Deer field, Deerfleld, Wis., wa robbed of about 117,000, The vault was blown open b dynamite. Fire destroyed the workaof the Kleo- trio Improvement Company at San Jose, Cal, entailing a loss of $100,000. Samuel Gomperi, in a conference with President Mo Kin ley, advocated tn eight-hour law for all government vork. Hi said that Lord Roberts favored leaving Ladysmith to it fate and marching on Bloemfoutein, capital of Orange Free State. The Rurgeon-geuoral ol the marine hospital service haa shipped to Hono lulu 1.U00 dose of halffkiue prophylac tic, a plague serum. Phil Armour Jr., ion of the Chicago millionalie, died suddenly near Banta Barbara, Cal, Death wa due to con gestion of tha lung. Dr. Loyds, diplomatic agent of the Transvaal, ay the Boer do not need to apply for mediation, aa everything waa going splendidly. Three masked men entered the fac tory of Dr. Peter Fabrney A Son, at Chicago, blew open the sate and escaped with f 1,700 In currency. The senate committee on Puerto Rico, has decided that the island shall lie known a Porto Rico, and not Puerto Rico, aa fixed by a recent execu tive order. The weather in the vicinity of Mel bourne, Australia, has broken all re cord for heat recently. On New Year' day five death ooenrred from prostration. The thermometer stood at 114 in the shade, and 168 in the sun Cowboy and miner In Southern Arizona and New Mexico, have organ iced and are preparing to invade the state of Sonora, Mexico, to avenge the murder of the six American pros pector by Mexican soldiers under Gen era I Torres. They will fight against the Mexican troops for the iudepend ence of Sonora and the Yaqui nation Recent Dawson fire destroyed prop erty worth 1400,000. Bubonic plagne ha broken out at Ro ario, South America. A raoe riot occurred at Coalberg, Ala. One negro waa killed. in a long article In a Paris . paper Entile Zola defend hi father' honor. Tne Alaska man service win be ex tended to Cape York the ooming spring. The National prohibition convention haa been called to meet at Chicago, June 27. The census of Puerto Rico lust com pleted shows a total of 1)67,000 innhab- itants on the island. Nelson and Rosaland have estalv lished smallpox quarantine against Northern Washington and Idaho. It is aald the pro-Boer meeting at Washington waa conducted almost wholly by anti-expansion and anti-ad ministration men. Nearly all the business buildings and many frame dwelling at the mining town of Ward and Lafayette, Colo rado, wero destroyed by fire. William Kirk, first mate of the American ship Clarence S. Dement, waa murderously assaulted in his cabin while hi vessel wus at anchor in Port land, Or., harbor. Chairman Lacey, of the bouse com mittee on publio lands, said that it will be Impossible to pass general land laws for Alaska at this session, owing to opposition in the aenate. The North China Daily News pub llshes an edict, signed by Emperor Kwaug 8u, appointing as emperor in hi place Put Sing, the nine-year-old sou of Prince Tuauo. The new emperor will ascend the throne January 81. The senate committee will report favorably on Senator Foster' Alaska lighthouse bill, making an appropria tion of 300,000, to include a light house at Unamak pas, Foster agreeing reduction in the appropriation from 500,000. ... Commander Richard Wainwright, who waa in command of the Gloucester at the battle of Santiago, wa presented a aword of honor and a silver service by a committee representing the eiti aens of tha District of Columbia in the Columbia theater, Washington. General Oti report to the war de partment that the Western coast of the island of Panay is now open for trade, and that the coast of " Laguna de Bay and neighboring sections of the country will also be opened to unrestricted traffl o by the end of the week. Brigadier-General Greoly, chief of the signal corps, is steadily recovering from the injuries inflicted on him by a drunken expressman. The resemblance between Roberta, the polygamist, and Senator Pritchard of North Carolina, i remarkable. They might be twin brother. Both are of the same build, have the same cast of feature, wear mustaches trimmed alike, and their ourly hair might be duplicate wig. ROBERTS SENT HOME House Voted Not to Admit the Utah Polygamist. MAJORITY RESOLUTION CABRIKD Closing Da of tha DebateVotes " the Two Proposition Result Re ceived With Cb.tn. Washington, Jan. 27. The case of Brigham II. Roberts, the Mormon representative-elect from Utah, whiob has occupied so much of the attention of the house since the assembling congress, was decided today by the adoption of a resolution to exclude him by a vote of 208 to 60. The exact Ian guage of the resolution was as follows: "That under the facts and circum stances of the case, Brigham Roberts, representative elect from thi state of Utah, ought not to have o hold a seat in the house of represents tives, and that the seat to which he was elected is hereby declared vacant. The amendment to expel Roberts without seating him, offered by Lacey, was ruled out on a point of order, and the house only voted ou the resolutions of the majority and minority of th committee. The latter to seat and then expel Roberta was defeuted, to 244. An analysis of this vote showi that 170 Republicans, 72 Demoorati and two Populist voted against it, and 73 Democrats, alx Republicans, two Populists and two Silver-Repnblicani for it. The affirmative vote on the majority resolution to exclude Roberta and de rlare the seat vacant waa divided follow: Republicans, 168; Demo crats, 98; Populists, 4. The negativ vote: Democrats, 47; Silver-Republi cans, 2 Populists, I. There were over a score of speaker! today, and the closing speeches on eacL side were particularly able. Lanbam of Texas, closed for the majority, and DeAnnond, of Missouri, for the minor ity. The announcement of the result o! the final vote was received with cheers, Kolxtrts was present throughout the day, and left the hall after the result of the last vote had been announced As he did so, he gave ont a statement justifying his retention of hi plural wives, on the ground that hi moral obligation waa more binding upon his conscience than technical obedience statutory laws, and saying that there wa little excuse for the extraordinary efforts too crush a system already aban doned and practically dead. He said he waa a martyr to a "spasm of preju dice." He would not, he said, attempt to run for congress again, although he would go back home with a light heart confident of the future. Old Slavery Question. Washington, Jan. 27. Just at the close of today's session of the senate, a speech delivered by Money, of Mis sissippi, on the race question in the South precipitated a heated colloquy between him and Chandler, of New Hampshire, in which the latter allegee that the Southern senators, by intern Derate statements, were reopening the whole Southern question in the senate. after it waa supposed to be dead. The charge which Chandler particularly noticed was made by Morgan, of Ala bama, who ia absent at present, but as it had been reiterated substantially, in Chandler'a opinion, by other senators, be declared be did not purpose to per mit it to go unrefuted . The charge was made that the civil war had been precipitated by deigning politicians of the North for the purpose of putting the slave on a political and social equality with the Southern whites, Chandler'a refutation of the statement was made with characteristic vehe mence and aggressiveness, but a no reply waa offered, the inoident ended there. The urgent deficiency bill, carrying about $9,000,000, passed without di vision, and practically without debate. Runaway Freight. Wilkesbarre, Pa., Jan. 27. A freight train on the Central railroad of New Jersey, ooming down the Wilkes barre mountain, this afternoon, ran away. At tne foot of the mountain, near the Ashley siding, the cars left the track and were piled high in a big wreck. There was dynamite in one of the cars and it exploded with great foroe. The shook waa felt for a dis tance of 20 miles. The window in nearly every house in the town of Ash ley were broken. Three men, all of them brakenien, were killed, two un known men were fatally injured and several others were badly hurt. The dead are: Frank McLaughlin, of Mauob Chunk, aged 27; Michael Bird, of Ash ley, aged 22, and William Buokley, of this city, aged 28. Dynamite Outrage at Denver. Leadville, Colo., Jan. 97. Another dynamite outrage the fourth since Sunday was committed at 4 o'clock this morning, when au explosion in the rear of the Western opera house caused slight damage. When the police ar rived, they found two sticks of giant powder that failed to explode. The city is greatly excited and a foroe of night watchmen will be employed. Petition For Mediation. Brussels,. Jan. 27. Nearly 100.000 signature have been appended to the address promoted by M. Le Juene and other members of the Universal Peaoe Society, asking President McKinloy to mediate, which will be forwarded to Washington in the course of a fort night. Viotoria, B. G Jan. 27. Fire to night destroyed one block, principally small buildings. The loss will not ex ceed $5,000. COMMISSION MAY -GOVERN. President Mow Rn a New Plan for the Philippine. New York, Jan. 27. A special to the Herald from Washington says: The proposition made by the Filipino leader, Henor Mabini, for a civil commission to treat with the Filipinos will not be considered by the administration until Agnlnaldo surrenders, and in official circles the general disposition is to re gard Mabini' request a another play for delay. It 1 the purpose of President McKin- ley to inaugurate a civil goverment to supersede military rule in the Philip pines at the earliest possible moment, and he i favorably inclined toward a commission in lieu of a governor-general, and Is discussing the question ol available men for such a commission. If his present plans are carried out the Filipinos will have all of the commis sions they want to confer with, for in addition to a commission for the gov ernment of the islands, it ia not un likely that congress will appoint a joint commission to investigate the is land next summer and report to the next session aa a guide for future legis lation. A great deal of interest was mani fested in congressional circles in the communication from Senor Mabini. There is some diversity of opinion ovei the proposition and its feasibility. Senator Hoar, leader of the anti-administration force in this fight, was deep ly interested in the proposition. "That sound fair and just," laid he, "and I do not see how such a propo sition can well be declined. As I un derstand, all the Filipinoa ask is that congress listen to them, before deciding their fate." Senator Lodge, who represents the administration'a views of the Philip pine question, said: "It will be time enough to talk ol commissions when these people lay down their arm and stop fighting onr soldiers." benator lieverldge, a moat pro nounced annexationist, regards Mabin as the equal, as a conservative states man, of any man in publio life in America. Of his proposition, how ever, the senator said: "I would have to study it more closely before giving an opinion that wonld be of value, but if I were to an swer off hand, I would say that it seems to me his suggestion has been anticipated by the appointment of the civil commission which visited the islands and which did everything pos sible to bring about an understanding with the native." John Barrett, former minister Siarn, said: "Whatever comes from Mabini certainly- worth considering. I am inclined, however, to think it is too late for anything to be done on the line he suggests. The only thing td do to go in and complete American victory and then get to work and help the Fill pino develop the largest amount of self-government of which they are capa ble." PLAGUE SCARE IN HAWAII Ullo In Open Kebelllon Agalnet Government. Honolulu, Jan. 19, via Victoria, B C, Jan. 27. Up to and including Jan uary 15, there were 34 cases of bubonic plague reported, 17 of which proved fatal. Since that date five cases have been discovered. The most important and alarming was that of a white woman, the wife of George Borman, an old resident. This case was reported the 0th. The woman lingered for two days and then succumbed. This case created great alarm among the white people here, and a citizens' meeting was called and active steps were taken to district the city, and now a house-to-house inspection is made twice i day and each occupant must be ac counted for. It is believed that this plan will do more to stamp out the trouble than any steps yet taken. The board of health still continues to burn all infected buildings. About one-half of Chinatown has been destroyed by fire. Before the month is out it is ex pected that this plague spot will be en tirely reduced to ashes. The town of llilo has come out in open rebellion against the government, and threatens to resist by force any at tempt to carry out the rules made by the authorities here. Reports from the Hawaiian town indicate a condition bordering on panic among the people, who seem ready to offer mob violence to representatives of the government, TO SEE JUSTICE DONE. A Body of Armed and Determined Men Invade Frankfort, Ky. Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 27. A special train bearing more than 1,000 men, carrying Winchester rifles, arrived in Frankfort this morning. The men hail from the counties of Bell, Allen, Knox, Harlan, Whitley, Metcalf and Edition son. Frankfort is overflowing with isitors, but none except those arriving today carry arms. Governor Taylor stated to the press representative that the men were not soldiers. The men marched to the statehouse, stacked their guns and took up posi tion in- group aliout the building. Adjutant-General Collier states he had no knowledge that the men were com ing. Many of the visitor are members of the state guard. Ex-Seoretary of State Finley ad dressed the visitors from the step of the itate house. He said the object of the fathering was to see justice done. A committee was appointed to draft reso lutions. Stephen Sharp, of Lexington, wa chosen chairman. Chinese Kmporer Is Dead. London, Jan. 27. According to a special dispatch from Shanghai, it is reported that Emperor Kwang Sn has committed suicide. Warren Abandons Rnlonkon. London, Jan. 27. The war office an- nonnoe that General Warren ha abandoned Splonkop. A FARMERS' CONGRESS Important Gathering to Held at Salem. Be REPRESENTING F0UB STATES Fruitgrowers, Stockmen, lloparrowen and Horticulturists Will Be Present at Meeting-. Salem, Or., Jan. 29. The farmer congress to be held in Salem February 7 and 8 will probably be the most im portant meeting of the kind ever held in thi itate. The gathering will be of more than itate importance, for the agricultural interest of California, Washington and Idaho will alio be represented. II will be more than a meeting of farmer, a that term is generally understood, for fruitgrower, stockmen, hopgrow ers, horticulturists, in fact, men of all occupations related to agriculture, will be present. The congress ia intended to comprehend all the department ol the diversified agricultural indnitriet of the coast, and it is expected that permanent organization will be ef fected. Thi movement wa started by thi Salem chamber of commerce, working in unison with the state board of agri culture, and one of the chief object U be attained is the arrangement of date of the state fairs of Oregon, California, Washington and Idaho so that then will be no conflict. By such an ar rangement horsemen and exhibitor! will be enabled to make the circuit ol the coast states each season, and the various fair will be improved accord ingly. Secretary of State Dunbar ha offered the nse of either of the legisla tive chamber for the congress, and it is expected (hat the meeting will be held in one of these spacious halls, The date ha been arranged so as to be convenient for those who may come from various part of the state to at tend the meeting of the League of Re publican clubs, to be held in Portland February 6. Secretary II. B. Thielaen, of the Salem chamber of commerce, has prepared a programme for the con gress and all who attend the sessions will be assured a rare treat. MERCHANTS ARE PLEASED. Change Satisfactory They See Benefit Coming to Business Interests. Chicago, Jan. 29. George II. Med hurst, a prominent merchant of Hong Kong, while in Chicago today, on hi way to London, said: "The commercial interests of Hotig Kong look with favor on the American rule of the Philippines. In the past it has been the misfortune of those is lands to have been most wretchedly governed, and in general the conditions which have obtained there have tended to check progress on the part of the people and the development of the un doubtedly great natural resources of those islands. Under the rule of thii country, all those conditions will be changed, the resources of the islands will be developed, business will ex pand greatly and the policy of this country will make them inviting fields frr commercial venture and enterprise. The business interest of Hong Kong will unquestionably be benefited by these changed condition and in other ways we hail the advent of tha United State Into the Orient." Philippine Salentlsts. San Francisco, Jan. 27. Father Jose Algue, director of the Manila obeerva tory, the largest of the kind in the Orient, and hi assistant, Father Jose Clos, have arrived here, en route to Washington, with many folios of valu able scientific data, which they hope to have published by the government. They have come to America upon the urgent invitation of President Schur man, of Cornell university, who was president ol tne Philippine commis sion, and also by the request of Gov ernor-General Otis, of the Philippines liotu of them are Spaniard and Jesuit priests. Father Algve is a ty phoon expert, and his companion is an authority on earthquake. They bring witu them besides 12 manuscript vol umes on scientific subjects, many valu able maps of the Philippine islands. Six Americans Shot. El Paso, Jan. 29. The mail tonight from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, brings the news that a report is current then that six Americans, David Cusiok, John Eldredge, George Lunt, Charles Burns, Lon Webster and Henry;, Williams, were shot last week near the foot of the Bacatete mountains, east of Guaymas, by order of General Torres, who ia in command of the Mexican troops now operating against the Yaqui Indiana in Bacatete ranee. It is further reported that the mattes was brought to the attention of the American consul at Guaymas, but th latter declined to act. It is said th Mexican troops found the American! in friendly intercourse with the Yaquis, whom the troop have sni rounded in the range. Some of the American are known here, and ar prospectors. Americans at Guaymai warn all Ameriunas to keep away from Yaqui country. Dynamite Exploded In a Train. Wilkesbarre,, Pa., Jan. 29. Fiv men were killed and eight badly in jured as a result of a runaway train and the explosion of dynamite that fol lowed, on the Central railroad of New Jersey, at Ashley last night. Th complete list of the dead is: Frank McLaughlin, brakeman: Michael Bird, brakeman; Peter Frev. engine wiper; Charles Haney; one un known tramp. Han ley went to the en gine house to idle time away instead oi going to night school, GLOOM IN ENGLAND. rears That The War Offlee Is With holding Bad News, London, Jan.' 29. Seven days of fighting 'have left the main Boer posi tion intact, 'and General Bnller 706 weaker, According to the official casu alty list, which leemingly do not in- cnlde the Spionkop losses, as those last forwarded do not mention General Woodgate's wounding. England is possessed by a sense of failure, though hot a word in criticism of her general and soldiers is ottered, Not much effort is made to place a hap py construction upon General Bailer's 18 words, telling of the retirement from Spionkop, and there i an uneasy impression abroad that worse news is yet to come. At one of the military club tonight, the statement passed from one person to another that the war office had received an unpleasant supplementary dispatch from .General Bnller, which wa being held np fox 13 hour. Spencer Wilkinson, in the Moming Post, writes a follow uf the Spionkop losses: "This is s serious matter, and an at tempt will not here be made to mini mize it, for no greater wrong can be done to onr people at home than to mis lead them about the significance of the event of the war. The right way i to tell the truth, as far a we know it." Bnt the facts from the neighborhood of the Tugela are scantier than ever, lack of water, inability to bring artil The censorship now is simply prohibi- lery there and the heavy Boer fire, tive, and something is wrong with the General Buller gives no list of causal- cables. The break on the east coast lines haa been lepaired, but the cable between San Thome and Loanda, on the west coast, i uow interrupted, another route. "More troop)" is the only suggestion Following is the text of General Bui here aa to the way to break the Boer ler's dispatch, dated Spearman's Camu. resistance. Mr. Wilkinson regrets that General Buller has not 20,000 more men, declaring that if they wonld not make victory certain, his enter prise without them is helpless. The Spectator, dealing with the ne cessity of large additional military pre parations, says: "it may be tbat we have yet another cycle of disaster in front of us." The transport Assaye arrived at Cape Town last Friday, with 2,127 officer! and men. The first portion of the Seventh division is afloat. Hence, with the 10,000 men of this division. and about 0,000 now at sea, it lies in the power of Lord Roberts to reinforce General Boiler heavilv. This coarse is alvised by several military writers. Although England's nerves are se verely tried, her nerve is absolutely un shaken, and probably nothing that can happen in South Africa will change in tne slightest degree her intention. She will continue to receive bad news. if it cornea, with dignity, and will maintain her determination to win at last. Department of Commerce. Washington. Jan. 99. The question of establishing a department of the government to be known a the depart ment of commerce, with a cabinet offi cer at its head, has been discussed at considerable length by the senate com mittee on commerce. The discussion was based upon a very complete report on the subject prepared by Senator Nel son. It i proposed to inolude in the new department a bureau of manufactures, and to transfer frjm the treasury de partment the life-saving, lighthouse, marine hospital and steamboat in spec tion service, the bureaus of navigation. immigration, statistics and coast and geodetic surveys; to transfer from the interior department the commission of railway, the census office and the geo detic survey, and from the state depart ment the bureau of foreign oommerce. The department of labor and the fish commission are also placed under thia supervision Robert's Salary. Washington, Jan. 89. The question of salary and mileage allowed for Mr. Roberta is to be considered by thi Vv,. -iUB" I house committee on account, is about $1,000 on mileage, and a liki amount for salary, conditionally f du Mr. Roberta, but there is some doubt as to whether those sum' should be al lowed. The attorney-general, on appli cation, has refused to pass on the sub jeot, as it is not in his jurisdiction, an the controller of the treasury haa alsi referred the matter back to the commit tee on accounts. The latter body wit now seek to get at the law in the cast and reach a decision. Inrestlgntlon of Wardner Troubles. Washington, Jan. 29. The houst committee on military affairs todav agreed to proceed witfl the investiga tion of the Idaho labor troubles Febru ary 14, and it was arranged that th governor and auditotr of the state anc Major-General Merriam should bt asked to appear at that time. Sulzer, of New York, and Lenta, of Ohio, wh have been urging the inquiry, are t furnish the names of additional wit nesses to be examined. Diamond Robbery la Philadelphia. Philadelphia, Jan. 27. Diamonds valued at $8,000 were stolen from thi safe in the office oi Joseph K. David son & Son, manufacturing jeweler That the thief was in possession of the combination is evidenced by the faot that there was not a mark on the safe. Samuel W. Nealy, while temporarib insane, banged himself at The Dalles. He was 78 years old. Separationleta In West Australia. Vancouver. B. C. Jan. 29 West Australia ha a separationist movement on the part of the residents of the gold field, who are virtually unanimous it their desire for severance from the real of the colony. In spite of the effort of the West Australian government te throttle the movement, a petitior signed by 85,000 adults haa been die- patched to London asking for separa- tion of the gold fields, with a view federation. A- - - I THE RETREAT SOUTH Butler's Forces Have Re crossed the Tugela. B0EE3 DID NOT PKESS THEM Buller Think Transvaalera Have Been Taught te Bespect Fighting Qual ities of Bis Troop. London, Jan. 80. General Buller says General Warren's troops have re treated south of the Tugela river. The Boer say the British lost 1,600 killed Wednesday. It is believed here thia includes the wounded. The Boers also claim that 150 of the English troops surrendered at Spionkop. British Left 1SOO Dead. Boer Head Laager, Ladysmith, Jan. SO. The British dead left on the battle field yesterday numbered 1,600. ACCOUNT OF THE MOVEMENT. Buller' Official Dispatch te the War Office The Fighting. London, Jan. 80. General Buller' dispatch to the war office states that Spionkop was abandoned on account of tie. Hi whole force withdrew south I of ths Tugela river, with the evident intention of reaching Ladysmith br Saturday Jan. 27: 'On January 20 Warren drove back the enemy and obtained possession of the southern crests of the high table land extending from the line of Acton Homes and Hongerspoort to the west ern Ladysmith hills. From then to January 25 he remained in close con tact with the enemy. Boer Held Strong Position. "The enemy held a strong position on a range of small kopjes stretching from northwest to southeast across the plateau from Acton Homes, through Spionkop, to the left bank of the Tugela. The actual position held was perfectly tenable, but did not lend itself to an advance, aa the southern slopes were so steep that Warren could, not get an effective artillery position, and water supplies were a difficulty. On January 23 I assented to his attacking Spionkop, a large hill, indeed. a mountain which was evidently the key to the position, but was far more accessible from the north than from the south. On the night of January 23 he attacked Spionkop, bnt found it very difficult to hold, as it perimeter waa to large, and water, which be had been led to believe existed, in this extraor dinary dry season was found very deficient. The crest was held all that day against severe attacks, and a heavy ' hell fire. Our men fought with great gallantry. "General Wood gate, who was In command of the summit, having been wounded, the officer who succeeded him decided on the night of January 24 to abandon the position, and did so before dawn January 29. "I reached Warren's camp at 5 A. M. on January 25, and decided that a second attack upon Spionkop was use less, and that the enemy's right waa too strong to allow me to force it. Decided to Withdraw. "Accordingly, I decided to withdraw the force to the south of the Tugela. At 8 A. M. we commenced withdraw ing the men, and by 8 A. M., January 27, Warren's force waa concentrated south of the Tugela without the loss of a man or a ptiund of stores. The fact that the force should with- draw from actuahtpnch in some cases .1 i:n I - i nnn j Wis iuwi www ICSB U14UI l,UOU J MITO H apart with the enemy in the manner it did, is, I think, sufficient evidence of the morale of the troops, and that we were permitted to withdraw our cum brous ex and mule transports aoroas the river, 85 yards broad, with 20-foot banks and a very swift current, unmo lested, is, I think, proof that the enemy has been taught to respect our soldiers' fighting power." t Plague In Mew Caledonia. Vancouver, B. C, Jan. 29. From Noumea, New Caledonia, the steam ship Miowera brings alarming reports of the ravages of the plagne, which has been prevalent there since early in De cember. There were 18 deatha during the first 10 day following the out break. The plague i attributed to the filthy quarters of the Japanese, Tonki nese and Kanakas. All the Kanakas have been isolated on an island adja cent to the town. Up to December 23 there had been no deaths among the whites, eight of whom had been in fected, but nine Kanakas, two Japanese and five Tonkinese had died of the dis ease. Much alarm is felt by the resi dents and bnsineea is at a standstill. The natives believe the plague is a visi tation of providence, and that it is wrong to take means to cheok it. At Pomeroy last week 81 horses were duly inspected, and purchased by the government. About as many were re jected. Vienna, Jan. 80. A serious view 1 taken in diplomatic cirole here of the situation in China. The Neue Frei Presse thinks that other powers will follow the example of France and send warships to proteot their subject, The Anstro-Hungarian oruiser fionta w" rrive Hong Kong in a few days, na win be at tne disposal oi tha Anstro - Hungarian minister at Peking, Governor Leary. of Guam, report, condition in that island a. hThl satisfactory.