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For some days Oliver Graith lived In a lethargy. His spirit was not broken but it was numbed. During the depth of his lethargy he had not realized that Lancelot Ambrose hail voluntarily become his shipmate. But now, his eyes and liis ears waking up, he became aware not only that this was so, but that, even in this short while, the superior education and the business aptitudes of the ex-banker had tnade him a marked man. Am brose's injuries had saved him from being put at once to ordinary duty aiul had obtained for him some particular attention and the result was thftt he was recognized ns somebody who might prove officially useful, and there fore whom it was inexpedient to ques tion too closely. There could not be much ordinary communication on board so Well disci plined a frigate as the Seamew, be tween the forecastle and the purser's office. But opportunities arose, of which a man who knew what he was about was able to take advantage, for an occasional interview with Oliver Graitli, in which repentance, and even remorse, played prominent roles. "Come," said Ambrose one day on one of these occasions "come nobody ought to be down-hearted at one-and twenty. Things might be worse afte^ all. you haven't to choose between a ship and a jail, like me." "I hadn't the choice given me," said Oliver. "A1 the better for you. I had—and chose the ship, you might have been a landsman you might.have been a man who goes to sea, not because lie must, but because he daren't put his foot on shore." "Yoii haven't got a mother," said Oliver. "And you might have had a daught er, whose face you'll never see again." It did strike Oliver that it might be real misfortune to never again see the face or hear the voice of Susan Ambrose. "And," Susan's father went on, "you haven't got to feel that whatever trouble comes to your friends is all through you—not through your fault, but still through you. You've only to bear your' own troubles." And be •ighed. "Thank heaven, Oliver Graitli, that you are you, and not—I." What was Oliver to think what to fay? Put in this manner, his own troubles did sink into nothingness as compared with those of Lancelot Am brose. That last sigh went to his heart. To feel that he had ruined Others! That would be dreadful in deed. There that particular talk ended. But it bore fruit in some passing away Bf lethargy. "Do you remember trying to make out the other day," said Oliver, three lays later, "that things might be worse "-for me?" "I don't know that I do," said Am brose "but if I did, I made out wliat's true of the world. I might have broken my neck, you see. instead of only ribs and collar-bones." "Well, I've been thinking. I believe it's my own fooleries," Oliver broke out, "that's done half the mischief, and more. I don't believe Susan Am brose could have been the daughter of any but an honest man." Ambrose held out his hand. Oliver grasped it warmly, which returned the pressure. Lancelot Ambrose could never have obtained the position he had lost had he been unable to return In kind an honest grasp of the hand. "It's not," said Oliver, speaking low, fwd looking cautiously round "it's not my being pressed that troubles me It's not losing Zion Farm it's not the wreck of poor Peggy it's not parting from mother and Susan it's "Well,?" "It's—this!" said he. He took from somewhere between bis skin and his shirt something which Ambrose had not seen, and which tnade him open his eyes, and then hastily close them. It was the gem of the Dream City—the disk with the dia mond. Ambrose covered it quickly with his band. "Where did you find—this?" be asked. "On Hanno Sands and what can be worse than to be wandering about with things like that, when if one was only asbore there's enough where that came from to buy back the old place, and set you and Susan up again too." "Then these things—this thing, I mean—isn't an heirloom? It wasn't your father's?" "An heirloom? No. Do you sup pose I should be carrying about gold and diamonds and such like when my own mother "Of course not. I mean—nothing at all. It takes one's breath away. Han no Sands!" "What do yon suppose that's worth, in a rough way?" "I don't know. But it's awful, car rying it about at sea." "You might fall overboard." "I never thought of that!" exclaim ed OIK'er. "I shall be afraid to go aloft—and I've got nowhere to stow tbe things. It's awl'ul! What's to be done?" "My dear boy—I'm hanged if I know. Of course it isn't for you," he said, humbly, "to trust the like of me —a runaway bankrupt. No, Oliver Graith, you're not such a fool." "I don't know, though," said Oliver, not so much doubtfully as shyly, still conscious of that grasp of an unmis takably honest hand. 'Twasn't your fault and—look here you take the things. And, if anything happens to me, you pay off your debts so that yon can go ashore, and set the mother up again In the farm." GOLDEN BELLS The Buried Treasure of Hanno Sands By R. E. FRANCILLON, Author of The Oolden Flood," Face to Face," Etc. "Oliver Graith—you've a heart of gold! And—on Hanno Sands—you say there's more! To think that If— if anything happened—your mother would lose it all that such a secret as yours should perish forever!" "Ambrose—I J, "No don't say a word to me. I won't listen. You've trusted me too much already. You're far too wise to trust any living mortal with such a sccrct—let alone me, whom nobody would trust with a farthing. No not a word." "Hw—i—i—ee!" "The boatswain's signal—all hands!" CHAPTER XIII. Oliver Gralth's -first experience of the life of a king's' sailor, was 'the crash of iron through the porthole of the deck, where he was serving a gun, and the fall of a messmate beside him. It does not speak well for the tac tical skill of the captain of the Sea mew that he should have received a broadside at the outset of an action. But there was no opportunity for crit ical judgment on the lower deck, where Oliver Graith neither saw nor knew anything but that, of the guns filling the air with thunder. What was known was that the Seamew had, after riding out that wonderful wind, and meeting no mischance in the great sea-fog, fallen In with a French cruiser. The two' Ships kept at It hard. It was not every day, no, nor every year, thayt an English frigate met an enemy and took so much beating for in those days the French, at least at sea, required good odds for winning. But here was a sea-lion in the path. At length an ominous crash—and then the strangest silence In the world. But it was broken by a shock that made the Seamew sway and reel, and then by a wild yell. There was a tramping overhead and then again pierced through all this new clamor the boatswain's whistle, sharp and shrill. Oliver hurried to the upper deck, and what he saw sent all the fighting man in him tingling from his heart to his hands. The foremast had been shot and hacked away but the two ships had become a single battle-field, locked mainyard to mainyard. He could see the enemy now, both, ship and men— a big frigate, with decks towering over those of the Seamew, from which a half-necked crew was swarming dowii upon pikes and cutlasses below. Catching a pike from a falling com rade, Oliver found himself one in a rush that was made to scale the en emy's deck at a point left fot the moment unguarded. How it happened he knew no -more than a tiger who% makes a spring only it was with a sort of joy, worth every moment he had ever lived, that he found himself standing on the French deck with some half dozen more. "Well done, Graith!" -said the lad in front of him, turning round with a laugh—his old friend the midship man. "You are the right stuff—now then, stand your ground, lads He threw up his arms, ns when a bullet strikes a vital part—"Hold on they'll follow," he cried out, and fell. Oliver strode over him with set teeth and leveled pike. "Ay—hold on!" he echoed, grimly. And though a dozen Frenchmen were upon tbem, they did not hold on. The fall of the boy. who pad made a slave of him went, to his heart, and put a human touch into the fury he shared with all around. Oliver, by superior strength or for tune, stood in front. And there rush ed upon him, in one furious attack, a number of shouting and yelling, sav ages—for such had their oppenenta now become. With a fierce cry the foremost, snap ping a pistol In Oliver's face, prepared to spring. He lowered his pike, so that the savage might have something to leap upon. But—his weapon loosened in his hand. "Gaspard!" he cried. "You!" "Oliver Graith!" The two, for a moment, regarded one another blankly—two men who had made a dozen voyages together, and shared revels and perils, and—they were here the one for King George, whom he had spent his life in robbing the other for the republic, for which, he cared not a single straw. Oliver chose to drop back upon the deck of the Seamew. "Hold on, lads!"' he cried, echoing the dying words of'the boy between his feet, and grasping his weapon .once more. There were 110 lads left to hold on! Oliver stood surrounded and alone, with three comrades dead at his feet or four or five—unless some were foes. "Come on then," said he. But at that supreme moment such a shout went up from the yardlocked ships that made the very sky ring again. It was no British cheer. Oli ver, startled, was forced by a dozen hands to his knees, while Gaspard's arm threw aside a cutlass that was well on its way to his skull. "Viva la Republique!" the sky seem ed to echo back as the Union Jack went down. But the cry fell dead al most as soon as it arose. The French vessel reeled as if about to capsize as a clap of thunder followed a rush ing cloud of black smoke which took the place of her enemy. And when the smoke rolled away that enemy was no more. Only floating timbers and a few struggling men showed where the Seamew had been. (To be continued.) There's no hope this aide of the grave for the man who knows It all. On the other aide the devil don't want him— the Lord won't have him.—Samuel Salt, in "Adam Rush." HANGING OF THE HOLLY. With roily I chanced to be hanging the holly, With l'olljr, the roguish, with Polly, the sly, With roily, who's brimming with (colic uud folly, A quip on her Up and a Jest In her eye. The wind. It was grieving, and shadow* were weaving Their dark web without o'er the face of the Bk.v Within It wus merry with green leaf and berry, And I'olly, close by, with gleam lu her eye. "This holly, I know, sir, you wish mistle toe, sir!!' Cried Polly, as o'er us a wreath we hung high I looked at her, laughing, to see were she chaffing. And oh, what a gllut there shone out from her eye! How like the rose petals on which the bee settles Her cheeks were! Her lips were the holly fruit's dye "Be It mistletoe, dear, a minute or so, dear!" "A lntuute?" breathed Polly, with uilrth in her eye. '*'5. ?hl to be hanging the holly with Polly! With Polly, the mischievous, Polly, the sly, With Polly, the genuls of all that Is Jolly— A lure on her Hp, and with love in her ... -eye! —Smart Set. •C WHtf CHRISTMAS BROUBHT Pi BY GENEVIEVE ULMAR. "I do' know as we can make much Christinas fer th' children this year," •aid Mrs. Shaw to. her husband a few days before the holiday. "I don't see 'no way 'thout money, an' I guess it's jjnst about as scarce as it kin be this year." "It's not only skurce, Mary," said Mr. Shaw, "th' simply ain't any." "Well, we c'n sell the melodeon, and that's good for $15, y' know." "Yes, but Mary, 1 giv' ye that th* fust Christmas we kep' house, and I feel re pugnant to partin' with it," said her husband. iiiiiipf "No more than I do," she answered. "An* it seems to me that I jest couldn't bear to see it go away. But we must have a little money for Christmas, an' the'a that $6 balance to the doctor." "I suppose th' chil'ren'll feel putty bad if they don't hev no Chris'mas," said Mr. Shaw, reflectively. "Well, I'll see Per fesser Wilson to-day." Times had once been good with the Shaws, but an ambitious brother had dragged Samuel into indorsing notes, with the almost invariable result. He had to mortgage the place, and the in terest kept them poor. Then came the mysterious loss of a thousand dollars in carefully hoarded government bonds. There were two boys at home, Fred and Egbert. To-day they were out coasting. Recently a chum had become possessed of a number of literary works, bearing chiefly on the adventures of one Keen Knife, otherwise the "Prince of the Prai ries," and the boys had spent long and delightful afternoons in a hay mow iu perusal of the books. But even these novels were forgotten now in the atmos phere of Christmas, and possibilities of new carpenter's tools and a small print ing press. The melodeon was always treated with great respect in the'Shaw family. The boys had not beard it in years. The last time 'wai on a soft summer evening, when Mrs. Shaw's young sister was there. She was to sail for Europe the next day as companion to a rich woman who had taken a great fancy to her, and played and sang such sweet, old-fashion ed airs as "Then You'll Remember Me" and "Home, Sweet Home." That was four years ago, and some sentiment re specting the absent sister had caused Mrs. Shaw to generally keep the melo deon locked ever since. Mrs. Shaw was engaged in her usual occupation of mending when her husband returned. "I've sold the melodeon," he said, putting three $5 bills in his wife's hand. "Perfesser Wilson said he wouldn't send for It till the day after Christmas." So they sat and planned what should be done with, the money—about for presents for the boys, (4 to the doctor, $2.50 for little tokens for others, and the balance was to be expended on good things to eat. Monday was a busy day iu the Shaw household. The boys' pres ents were safely hidden away. A minia ture pie was made for each, and the tur key was, for the time being, of more ab sorbing interest than even the venison steak and the roasted ears of corn upon which Keen Knife regaled himself in spare moments. When the boys had gone to bed, the stockings were filled. There was a rous ing snow storm jurt beginning the air had a penetrating chill. Mr. Shaw took but a brief survey of the scene, remark ing: "Well, I guess, mother, we'ro goin' to hev real Christmas weather." "Wouldn't mind anything, Samuel, 's long's the boys had a good time, except th' melodeon," she responded, patting the instrument tenderly. Mrs. Shaw sat down before it and be gan an old air she had known when a girl, and then suddenly the sound ceased, though her hands still touched the keys. "Why, what's the matter with It?" she exclaimed. "It must bo broken." Mr. Shaw looked it over. Then he carefully removed the top. Some papers lay upon the bellows. "Somethiug the boys have dropped in!" exclaimed Mrs. Shaw. "No. 'tain't," he replied. "Let me have 'em. They look like—like—they are— mother, sure's you're born, they're the. bonds!" Yellow and dusty and wrinkled—there they were, those precious bonds, a thou sand dollars' worth of good negotiable government promises. The couple looked at each -other iu astonishment.. "They've been there more'n three years!" exclaimed Mrs. Shaw. "Yes, an' I reck'lect now how It was, too," said her husband. 'Twas that warm night in September I threw my coat across th' melodeon. I never thought, about the bonds not being I11 my pocket till I went to the bank in th' mornin'." Mrs. Shaw again seated herself. "We'll sing one verse, even if it does wake the boys," she said, and the little instru ment enthusiastically responded to THE OLD AND THE NEW. "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow." The snow was still coming down when the family were at breakfast Christmas morning. The window sashes were piled high with it, and the drifts were deep in the front yard. All hands went into the shoveling business, and a way to the front gate had scarcely been cleared when the big sled belonging to the Beebe house came around leaving the arrivals from the early train. "What 'on earth is it stopping here for?" exclaimed Mrs. Shaw. But when a pretty young lady ran up the sidewalk, Mrs. Shaw burst into joy ful tears. "It isn't Lucy?" she cried. "But it is, sister!" answered the young woman. The boys crowded around, and helped carry the many packages into the house. Lucy explained how Mine. Bron son had died three mouths ^before had left her several missions to perform in Europe, and had made the young girl her heiress. "And I'm coming back to live with you," she announced. And when they told her of selling the melodeon, and how they found the bonds in it, Lucy said: "You can give it to me for my Christmas present."—New York Mail and Express. What to Give Yonr Best Girl. Say, young man. if you don't know what to get your best girl for Christmas this list may help you: Candies, box"d stationery, gold thimbles, books, stamp albums, jewelry, folding scissors, mani cure sets, work boxes, music rolls, um brellas, gloves, leather portfolios, fur-' trimmed slippers, muffs, mnsic boxes, boas, watch, selections of music, opera glasses, extracts, rocking chair, water color outfit, locket and chain, lace haud kerchief, book bag, handsome fan, nice hat pin, hair receiver, and almost any article of wearing apparel that is better than the ordinary. Employment and hardships prevent melancholy.—Johnson. THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. We Must Not Allow Ournelvei to For set Iti True Meaning. E must not allow ourselves to forget the true meaning of the Christmas spir it. It will briim happiness to. us Jus! la proportion as we bring happiness to ... others. To some the day will this year bring other than happy thoughts and memories. Sorrows are harder to bear on festal days tliftii at any other time. But no sorrow should crush the Christ mas spirit from our hearts. It is not In the amount that we do. or are able to do, that' we shall find happiness for our. selves and for others. The simplest pleasures and acts ofttimea make the hearts of others to overflow with happi ness. To filil to do something because you feel that you cannot do much wrong. What seems ever so trilling to yon may make some heart sing all day long, which but for you might pass the day without a note of happiness. Let us not disturb the Christmas tradi tions. It is a duty to ourselves to keep this day as unlike any other. And we can only do this by fanning Into flame the smouldering embers of the Christmas spirit which is in every one of us. God implanted it there. It was ?o°d that we should have it, or he would not have glv en it to us. In childhood the fir'e burned brightly enough within us in old age the light of Christmas will reflect in our faces and our natures. But ia tbe mean time we must keep the spirit alive, so that It may glow the warmer and softer in old age. Let us have an old-time mer ry Christmas this year—a real, old-fash ioned, happy one. Let us make every body forget that there is anything in the world but good fellowship and happy laughter. To the sick let us bring for getfulness of pain to the sorrowful, the sweet balm of a happy smile to the aged, loving thoughts of consideration to the poor, a suggestion of the greater ma terial blessings which are OUTS. Then, as we bring light to other eyes, color to other cheeks, happiness to other hearts, •M liiiiilii liiiiilii OiMHM we shall be happy ourselves. The Christ* mas spirit will keep alive within us. Mince Pie History. Christmas mince pie was originally a compound of the choicest spices and edi ble productions of the Orient. It was eaten in commemoration of the offerings of the three wise men who carried rare spices, frankincense and myrrh from afar to the infant Christ born in a manger. Bowed Oat. I kissed her under the mistletoe bough She said to ask her father. I don't know how It ended, but this Is a fact, I know, That he had also a mizzle-toe. Ring out the old, ring iu the new, Ring, liappy bells, across the snow) The year is going, let him go Ring out the false, ring in the trot. CONGRESS &S3S The Senate spent Monday on the On ban bill, most of the time being occu pied by Mr. Bailey of Texas In an argu ment against the constitutionality of the proceeding. He also opposed the bill as a matter of general policy. Brief iipeeches were made by Senators Teller, Depew and Lodge. Senator Morgan pre sented a concurrent resolution declaring that Ccugrcss has the right to be In formed of any purchases to be made in Panama by this government prior to the making of such investment. A bill to create a bureau of public roads in the Department of Agriculture was Intro duced by Mr. Gallinger. The House was in session for little more than four hours. The pension appropriation bill was up, but no conclusion was reached. The isthmian canal and the Republic of Panama, the tariff, tobacco interests and questions affecting labor were debated. A concurrent resolution providing for a recess adjournment from Dec. 10 to Jan. 4 was adopted. The Senate continued the debate on the Cuban bill Tuesday. Mr. Perkins of California spoke for the measure, as did Mr. Simmons of North Carolina. Mr. McCumber of North Dakota opposed it. Patterson of Colorado made a speech against the bill, during which there were numerous colloquies between himself, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dolliver. Two bills were introduced by Senator Penrose de signed to strengthen the laws regulating the use of the mails. One is aimed at the "gct-rieh-quick" concerns, another at guessing contests, and includes the Dis trict of Columbia and "all territory within the jurisdiction -of the. United States" in the law forbidding the use of the mails for the transmission of lot tery tickets. Senator Heyburn of Idaho introduced a joint resolution requesting the President to acquire by annexation the Island of San Domingo, the depen dencies of San Domingo and Hayti. Rural free delivery, reciprocity with Canada and the new republic of Panama were topics of discussion in the House. The subject of rural free delivery was introduced by Mr. Mnddox (Dem., Ga.), who claimed that certain States had been favored in the establishment bf routes. Mr. Hepburn (Rep.. Iowa) and Mr. Hemenway (Rep.. Ind.) among others replied on the Republican side. Mr. Crumpacker (llep., Ind.) defended the course pursued by the administration in dealing with the Central American sit uation. Representative De Arniond of Missouri introduced a bill providing for the ranking and promotion of officers of the United States army on merit. By the decisive vote of 57 to 18, the Senate on Wednesday passed the bill carrying into effect the reciprocity treaty made with Cuba. The principal speech es were made by Mr. Spooner for the bill, and by Mr. Bailey against it. The Senate agreed to the House resolution providing for a holiday recess from Dec. 19 to Jan. 4. Senator Carmack intro duced a resolution instructing the Senate Committee on Postofflces and Post Bonds to direct the Postmaster General to send to the committee all papers con nected with the recent investigation in his department, and directing the com mittee to make further inquiry into the administration and expenditures of the Postofflce Department. Senator Nelson introduced a bill to grant to the State of Minnesota for forestry purposes, any tracts of vacant public lands not re served or withdrawn which shall be cer tified as fourth-rate in soil and too hilly or rocky for cultivation. Central Amer ican affairs were discussed in the House and also pensions, industrial and agricul tural conditions and labor. The session lasted more than four hours, the House being in committee of the whole almost the entire time on the pension appropria tion bill, on which no conclusion was reached. A bill was introduced by Rep resentative Payne, of New York, amend ing the act to simplify the laws in rela tion to the collection of revenues. The Senate Thursday was the scene of a spirited debate on the isthmian canal question. Senators Hoar and Gorman criticised the President's action in rec ognizing the independence of the repub lic of Panama, while Senator Foraker defended the executive's action. Mr. McComns (Md.) reported a bill from the Committee on privileges providing for the protection of foreign exhibitors of artis tic, musical and literary works at the St. Louis world's fair. The bill was passed. A bill authorizing the purchase of 2,000 acres of land near Columbus, Ohio, upon which to erect a military post, was passed. The bill appropriates $180, 000. The House passed without division the pension appropriation bill carrying $138,150,100. There was a general dis cussion on Panama, rural free delivery, tariff and pensions, speeches being made by Messrs. Scott (Rep., Kan.), Miers (Dem., Ind.), Sims (Dem., Tenn.) and Burgess (Dem., Texas). Representative Lacey of Iowa introduced a bill for the protection of wild animals, birds and fish In t5»# forest reserves of the United States. When the House convened the Speaker signed the bill currying into effect the Cuban reciprocity treaty, usin$ a gold pen provided by the Cuban min ister. Notes of National Capital. Secretary Shaw transmited to the House a request for $15,000 additional for the Department of Justice for "en forcement of the anti-trust laws." Representative Hepburn reintroduced the pure food bill, embodying the resolu tions of the national pure food congress. No important changes were made in the bill. The Interior Department has suspend ed Thomas McNutt, a special agent of the general land office, as a result of the Investigation of public land frauds in Oregon. McNutt was appointed about a year ago from Indiana. The naval board which was appointed to investigate the fatal explosion at the naval magazine on Iona Island has com pleted its work. The board was un able to ascertain the exact cause of the explosion, but lias submitted a number of suggested changes in the regulations, particularly as to the unloading of shells charged with black powder. Representative Cooper of Wisconsin introduced a bill "further to define the duties and powers of the interstate com merce commission." The bill provides that tho commission shall have author ity to enforce its rulings, which shall be subject to review by any Circuit Court of the United States. The President has accepted the resig nation of Second Lieut. John R. Doyle, Ninth infantry, now serving in the Phil ippines, "for the good of the service." He is a native of Pennsylvania and was graduated from the military academy in 1900. He was appointed second lieuten ant of the Ninth infantry in October, 1902. HITS SMITH AND HEATH. Courad-Bnn.«parte Frnuil Report Cen« sure* High Ux-OlHclale. A new report on the frauds in th Postofflce Department, made by Messrs Bonaparte and Conrad, severely scores Charles Emory Smith, former Postmas ter General Perry S. Heath, who was his first, assistant, and Postmaster Mer ritt of Washington. The names of these men are linked with George W. Beavers, former, head of the division of salaries and allowances, in the censure meted out to present and past officials. The re port is made on the charge brought oy W. S. Tulloch, former cashier in the Washington postofflce. Regarding illegal appointments the re port says: "Discussion of the Tulloch charges' has revealed tho existence of deplorable and gravely 0^isc1r„c.^tan^ abuses during the years 1898, 1899 and 1900 in the Washington postofflce and the office of the First Assistant Postmas ter General. "These abuses involved conduct on tne part of vririous public oflicials which was certainly often illegal and many have been sometimes criminal, but such of fenses, If committed, were in all cases committed more than three years before we were ordered to investigate the 'charges' and, so far as we are clearly informed, more than three years before Mr. Tulloch's interview of May 1 last. "The persons primarily responsible for the above mentioned abuses and the re sulting scandals appear to have been JPerry S. Heath, then First Assistant Postmaster General, and George W. Beavers, then chief of the salaries and allowance division, neither of whom is now in the service of the United States. "Charles Emory Smith, late Postmas ter General James P. Willett, late post master of Washington, now deceased John A. Mcrritt, his successor in the said office and its present incumbent Robert J. Tracewell, comptroller, and Henry A. Castle, auditor for the Postofflce Depart ment, all appear to have shared, in some measure, their responsibilities the late Postmaster General for his seeming fail ure, notwithstanding repeated warnings, to appreciate the gravity of their mis conduct and the consequent necessity for its prompt and adequate punishment the two postmasters for toleration of these abuses and obedience to plainly improper orders without exposure, or. apparently, protest and the auditor and comptroller for acting upon lax and arbitrary prin ciples in the administration of their re spective offlces whereby the payment of illegal and seemingly fraudulent claims by the treasury was rendered possible.' Recommendations are made for a thor ough investigation' of the ashiugton postofflce. WAR WITH FRANCE AVERTED. Mr. Xiooinis Says Panama Hecogni tion Prevented Cla»b. War. between France anil Colombia was averted by the action of the United States' in recognizing the Panama re public, according to Frank B. Loomis, Assistant Secretary of State, who ad dressed the Quill Club banquet in New York the other night Mr. Loomis said: "The rejection of the treaty at Bogota was an unfriendly act from the viewpoint of international law. The belief seems to have been widely current in Bogota that the United States could not or would not build a canal by any other than the Panama route. It occurred to certain men in Bogota that the United States could be made to pay $20,000,000 or $25,000,000 instead of $10,000,000, or, better st'jL as has been disclosed by recent publisiwd official cor respondence, If the treaty were rejected or no action taken upon it and the whole matter postponed for another year, the concession of the present Frenoh canal company having expired by that time, the renewal of that concession would be de clared invalid and all the rights, privi leges and work of the French canal com pany be practically confiscated and dis posed of to the United States for $40, 000,000, in addition to the $10,000,000 as proposed, and the annuity of $250,000. This was a radiant and aluring prospect and the temptation proved too strong. "The moment that the- cables flashed from Bogota to Paris the astounding news there would in all probability have been an armed conflict between France and Colombia. The French warships might easily have been followed by those of England and Holland and Panama, like the Balkan 'States, might well have been expected to furnish the spark to set half the world in flames." CREMATED IN A TRAIN WRECK. Burlington Passenger Coacbes Bnrn on Bridge and Occupants Suffer. Five passengers were cremated and ten were injured in a wreck on the Chi cago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, three miles west of Albia, Iowa. The west-bound passenger train was deraiTed while running upon the Cedar creek bridge and five cars.-were wrecked by collision with the. steel girders of the bridge. The wreckage immediately took lire. "The dead are: Thomas Beatty, Mrs. W. E. Mitchen, Mildred Mitchen, a man named Franklin and an unidentified man. Mildred Mitchen, the 3-year-old child of Mrs. W. E. Mitchen, wns hung to one of the bridge girders and burned to death bejpre the eyes of the uninjured passengera and trainmen. When the sides of the cars struck the bridge they were torn out and live coals from the stoves were scattered throughout the cars. The Mitchen child fell through the bottom of one car, its clothes catching to the girder, where it cried loudly for its mother, who had been instantly kill ed. The cars and the bridge in a few seconds were a mass of flames and tlie child could not be rescued. Five cars were burned and the remaining coaches badly damaged. Five men were killed and several se verely injured by the overturning of two engines attached to a heavy, Baltimore and Ohio freight train on,the "seventeen mile grade" near Piedmont, W. Va. While descending the seventeen-mile grade the train left the track. The en gines and nearly all of the twenty-four loaded cars tumbled into a deep ravine, carrying the trainmen with them. The tracks were torn up for nearly 100 yards. DRINK FOES SET DATE, Prohibition National Convention in Kansas City June 29. The Prohibition national committee Aas selected Kansas City as the location for the party's next convention and June 29 as the day on which it is to meet. The basis of representation agreed upon will give the national convention about 2,500 delegates. Tho call is for four delegates at large from each State and one delegate for each 200 votes or frac tion thereof, the bnsjs to be the vote cast for John G. Woolley for President in 1900. Tho committee asked for a guarantee of a hall, committee rooms, headquarters, music and decorations, the entire expense of the convention being estimated at between $1,000 and $1,500. It- required four ballots to decide which of eight cities should be the choice. The final ballot stood: Kansas City, 21 Buffalo, 15 Indianapolis, 4. In tbe earlie£ballots Columbus, Ohio Milwau kee, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Boston and Minneapolis received votes.