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The Commoner. 13 Vol. a, No. 33. I- v- 4 THE NEWS OF THE WEEK. A St. Paul, Minn., dispatch, dated August 23, says: It lias boon agreed botwcon the offlco of tho United States attornoy gonoral and tho counsel for the Northern Securities companies that the taking of tostlraony in the suit against tho merger shall bo begun at Iho offices of tho district attornoy in Now York city, Soptembor 15. Itls said that Solicitor General Richards will conduct tho caso for tho govern ment and C. W. Bunn$ M. D. Grovor and Goorgo B. Young of St. Paul will bo associated with tho Now York coun sel for tho securities company. Foroign monarchs and rulers who havo beon prosont at King Edward's coronation departod from London re contly. Somo of tho noted visitors woro King Lowanlka of Barotzoland In South Africa, Ras Makonuen, tho Abyssinian general, tho shah of Per sia, and tho maharajah of Jaipur, an Indian official. ' It is reported from London that tho year's recruiting returns show tho groatest decline of any year in tho past five, and it seems almost certain that conscription may bo enforced. Notices of expulsion which had beon served by tho polico upon twenty-five Mormon missionaries in Germany havo beon1 hold up through the representa tions of tho United States embassy, and it is thought that this action will cause tho cessation of all interfer ence with Mormon activity in Germany. relations betwoon tho porto and tho United States legation hero have as sumed their normal condition. Tho non-oxecution of tho Turkish govern ment of agreements reached long ago on several questions affecting Ameri can citizons led to somewhat strained rotations between tho United States legation and tho porte. Last week Mr. Loischman informed the porto that ho would not discuss other matters until the torms of other matters already de cided were carried out. Tho demands made by tho United States demanded tho rebuilding of the United States mission house at Kharput, destroyed at the time of the Armenian massacre there, and granting permission to Ar menian women and children to join their husbands and fathers who aro naturalized Americans. Mr. Loisch man also had difficulty in negotiating with a responsible Turkish authority. His intercourse has been with the min ister of foreign affairs, whose agree ments havo beon annuled by the grand vizier. ' An official report of the trial trip of tho first class battleship Maine was received at the navy department on August 23, and announces that the trial was successful, a mean speed of 17.96 knots being attained. A Washington dispatch of August 23 says: In pursuance of tho navy de partment's orders of yesterday, two of the American war vessels in Vene zuela waters started north today. Tho cruiser Topeka left Puerto Cabello for Hampton Roads, and the Cincinnati from La Guaira for Capo Huytlen. In view of the generally disturbed con dition of affairs in Central and South America, the Cincinnati will remain for some days at Cape Haytien to be ready for possible demands for her im mediate presence. The return of the Cincinnati and the Topeka leaves only the Marietta to keep watch on affairs in Venezuela and the isthmus. A London cablegram dated August 24 says: "Violent earthquakes were felt last Friday," cables the St. Peters burg correspondent of the Daily MaK, at Andfshan and Paviovsk, near St. Petersburg. Two bad wrecks are reported under date of August 24. The one occurred at Norfolk, Va., where two motor cars collided, causing the death of three persons and the injury 'of many pas Ejngers. Tho other was at New Al bany, Ind., where two freight trains collided and three men were instantly killed. ' The mimic naval search battle on the New England coast was termi nated on August 24 by the surrender ot Commander Pillsbury's ships which took the part of an attacking squad Ton to Admiral Hlgglnson's vessels who took the part of the defending squadron. A cablegram from Berlin, dated August 24, says: Archduchess Mar garet Sophie of Austria, wife of Al bert, dUke of Wurtemburg, died today at Gunden, Austria, as tho result of an operation for appendicitis. She was born in 1870. Dr. W. B. Phillips, director of the Texas geological survey, has discov ered "a number of veins of ouicksil- ver in the mountains of Brewster coun ty, Tex., of great richness. These new veins are situated about 100 miles east of the existing quicksilver field in Brewster county. The 600 employes of the Ashlfmcl sheet mill at Huntington, W. Va who have beon on strike for seven months, resumed work on August 24. Conces sions have been made by both sides. At a meeting of the Central f Pror ation union representing 250,000 work ingmen, and hold at New York city on August 24, it was decided to ask Pres ident Roosevelt to call a special ses sion of congress to end the coal strike. News comes that the Colombian miri- boat Boyaca has beon captured by the insurgents. She had on board nearly 3,000 soldiers who were to reinforce Gonoral Borti at Agua Dulce, also a supply, of ammunition and a consider able sum of monoy. The Eoynca is -now guarding tho entranco to the Pa nama harbor, presumably with the in dention of preventing steamers or oth er vessels from bringing government reinforcements to Panama. A Constantinople cablegram, dated August 24, says that an imperial order lias been issued commanding that all the demands made by tho United States on Turkey bo conceded, and the A Manila cablegram reports the ar rival of Goyernor Taft and that ho has again assumed the governorship of me arcnipeiago. lie lias also been called as a witness in the Freedom se dition case, and this case has now, according to another cablegram, dated August 25, been decided and Frederick Dorr, proprietor, and Edward O'Brien, editor of Freedom, have each been sentenced to six months in Bilibid pri son and fined $1,000 each for libeling Benito Legara, a native member of the civu commission, by publishing a cer tain article in Freedom. Both Dorr and O'Brien have also been convicted of sedition, but have not yet been sen tenced on this count. The cases have been appealed to tho supremo courts of tho island. v with them to Inaccessible place In tho mountains, ..where they aro re ported to lie engaged in dally prepar ation for war. Unless the English au thorities display the greatest energy the Kaffirs are likely to cause great trouble." Tho secretary of agriculture for the Cuban republic, Emilio Terry, has pr- nnntnd hin rp.siirnn.tlon to the EOVern- ment. His successor has not yet been I appointed. A London cablegram of August 26 says that the board of trade has sent the chieMnspector to tho United States to prepare a report on the workings of American railways, with the view of adopting American railway methods in Great Britain. A report from Brussels, Belgium, says that as a result of the conferences between Former President Kruger and the Boer generals, Do Wet, Botha, and Delarey, Mr. Kruger is to resign tho leadership of the Boer people, and Gen Oral Botha has been unanimously designated . the future leader of the Boers. A London report says: The Chinese government, cables the Shanghai cor respondent of the Times, has sanc tioned the signature of the new com mercial tariff, but proposes to delay the date of its coming into force until the Chinese new year. The foreign tariff commissioners are protesting at this delay. The British transport Staffordshire, sailed for Capetown on August 25 with 1,060 Boers who have been prisoners in the detention camps at Bermuda. The insular division of. the war de partment, has just published its last' summary of the commerce of the isl and of Cuba. This report shows that the total value of imports into Cuba during the military occupation was $225,437,135 and the exports were $45, 000,000 less than this sum. The United States furnished 43 per cent of the im ports and took 75 per cent of the ex ports. Practically all the sugar came to tho United States. The balance of trade was decidedly in favor of Cu ba, though not so great as in former years, and it is remarked that the trade of the United States has not kept pace in any of the Latin-American countries with its wonderful strides In other parts of the world. John C. Bullitt, for many" years a prominent lawyer, and the framer of the present Philadelphia city charter, died in that city on August 25. He was 78 years old. It is reported that a fierce battle has been fought at Limbe, a village eighty two miles north of Port au Prince In Hayti. The village was attacked and recaptured by the provisional govern ment troops. Many men on both sides were killed and the town was de stroyed by fire. The beef trust inquiry against the St. Joseph packers began on August 26, being conducted by State Attorney General Crow. General Botha is reported by a Vien na paper as saying: "It is probable that England has no need to fear fur ther trouble from the Boers, but the civilization of South Africa is threat ened by the Kaffirs. England armed these savage, brave, but untrustworthy tribes to fight for her. Now that the war is ended the Kaffirs have not re turned their arms, but have -retreated The.fiftleth annual convention of the National Association of Postmasters met at Milwaukee on August 26, and the feature of the first session was the annual address of President F B Dickerson of Detroit, Mich. A cablegram from Honolulu, under date of August 19, and via San Fran cisco, says: Owing to tho insufficiency of the appropriation for current ex penses the first circuit court todav ceased jury trials and Judge Gear dis charged the jury leaving tho territory with the prospect of six months with out a court in session with a jury There are over a hundred prisoners fri jail awaiting trial, and judg heretofore refused to hold prison indefinitely in jail to await trial. An Associated press cablegram from St. Petersburg, dated August 12, savaT The official report of Russia's foreten' trade for the first four months of 1902 shows the American importations to be virtually the same as in 1900, an, parontly indicating that Russian buy ers havo become fully convinced It la better to buy American machinery m spite of the discriminating dutv against it. ' l7' It Is reported from Washington that tho state department has been noti fied that Senor Guarnaschelli, who was originally named by the Italian government at the request of tho United States to serve as one of tho arbitrators in the approaching arbitra tion of the Pious fund caso at Tho Hague, has declined the post. Dr. Asser, a distinguished Dutch publicist has Been selected to fill the vacancy. Tho National Fraternal congress, the central organization of the fraternal insurance orders of this country and Canada, met in annual convention at Denver, Colo., with over 300 accredited delegates in attendance. General Miles has been ordered to proceed to the Philippines to inspect tho army there with reference to in struction, discipline and supplies, and it is reported that he will sail about September 15. The war department .at Washington has received a cablegram from General Chaffee at Manila reporting the oc currence of a serious earthquake on the island of Mindanao. Twenty per sons were killed by falling walls, the victims all being Moros- General Chaf fee's cablegram says that the moun tains and rivers and other streams were considerably disturbed and much . damage was done. Another Manila report, dated' Aug ust 27, relates that"- Frederick Dorr, proprietor, and Edward O'Brien, edi tor of Freedom, recently convicted of sedition, have been fined $LJ00 without imprisonment. A. R. Dorr, manager of the paper, was fined $25. This is thought to mark the end of this famous case in Manila. A Washington report says that tho Colombian government has purchased a new war vessel at Seattle, Wash., through the Colombian minister, Senor Concha. Captain Marmaduke, who served during the civil war on the confederate Merrimac and the Ala bama, will command the new vessel, and will sail for Colombia with her Immediately. A Washington dispatch, dated Aug ust 27, says: The state department recently received a communication from the Chinese government, stating in effect that it is proposed to start up tho government coinage mint at Tien Tsin, and asking that an assayer of the United States be recommended for employment therein. The matter was referred to Mr. Roberts, the di rector of tho mint, with the result that Leonard McGrunder, assistant assayer and L. G. Emory, superintendent of machinery, both. from the New Orleans mint, have been engaged for this ser vice and are expected to sail for China within a short time. Sheriff Christensen of San Juan county, Utah, on August -27,' made a formal appeal to UnitedStates Sena tor Rawlins for tho relief of the Na vajo Indians of Southern Utah, and the details o the situation have been sent to the Indian commissioner at Washington. The Navajos are in des titute circumstances, and serious re sults are predicted unless speedy re lief is obtained. Rev. Dr. Thomas Gallaudet, Pro- fflWii MdL iMmmtiimtAUwtiiT iiim mini i ttMUd, it a l ifW W.W fti'toifflnwrfiAt rniliJtai'