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THE DAKOTAS mi 1 SOUTH DAKOTA. RUSTLERS GKOW BOLD. •era Propone Adopting VlKoroni iamberlain, S. D., Aug. 6.—Cattle tiers seem to have removed their of operations from the extensive i»«es iu the ceded Sioux lands, west the Missouri river, to the farming munities in the central portion of era Soutlit Dakota. For many |ths farmers in Davison county and other localities have been great nnoyed and have suffered consid [ftble loss from the depredations of Ittle thieves. In oen night recently Ifcn head of choice cattle were stolen from pastures adjoining farms in Da viaon county. The same night another f&ttner in the vicinity had a fine cow stqfen, and a buggy belonging to an disappeared. Farmers are great roused and propose adopting very rous measures to put a stop to the redations. AN EMBLEM OF PEACE. th Dakota Veteran* Will March Under Wheat and Corn. berdeen, S. I„ Aug. 7.—The South kota veterans will cut the same in esting figure at Buffalo this year tiiey did at St. Paul a year ago, as will march in the Buffalo encamp Dt with the same standard as their dal emblem that created such in vest in St. Paul. These so-called 8ft a rs are simply smoothly rounded sticks surmounted by a bouncing ear iporn and a minature sheaf of wheat. South Dakota Waterspout. lot Springs, S. D., Aug 10— A water jSout struck this town. It raised the ter in the creek which runs through town between ten and twelve feet. Is creek winds through the town iu ar circuitous way and the railroad crosses it several times. Four small Wooden bridges of the Elk Horn rail road were carried away. Three or four bridges of the company within a riadius of four miles of the town are badly damaged, but have not been swQbt out. Several small houses were earned away. One life has been re ported lost. [Bringing Tramp* to Time. sipid City, S. D., Aug. 10—A gang of bums were arrested here. One of f*||I|i|gaiig entered a house in the east- f"eers section of the city and used insult language to the lady of the house, soon had the gang rounded up aptd in tlie cooler. They were all brought out on the street and an at tetiipt was made to make them work. They all refused and made sport of the officers. Another attempt will be made, and if it fails again the fellows Will be chained in a gang aud made to walk behind a dray wagon until they alce'willing to work. This is the may or's* order. They'll Surely Go Free. |ermillion, S. I)., Aug. 7.—The evi ice of the defense iu the Wamsley irder trial is practically the same as the story told by the defense at the coroner's inquest, only a little more de tailed. Cross-examination failed to r.ffect it very greatly Attorney Kel sey began his argument for the state this morning, being.fqllowed by Jolley and Elliott for the defense. L. B, French will conclude for the state. The defense has a very strong, case 'S* Faculty Change*. Vermillion, S. D„ Aug 10—Alexander Pell,- of Johns Hopkins university, has been elected to the chair of mathemat ics at the University of South Dakota. vice Prof. J. S. Frazer. Mary E. Lewis will have charge of the English de partment and retain her position as preceptress. There will be no further changes. Both East and West hall will undergo thorough repair. Accused of Horse Theft. Yankton, D., Aug. 10. A voung man named Calvin, alias Hiscock, has been arrested here on a charge of horse stealing, being wanted at Te kamali, Neb. A band operating under the name of Hiscock brothers have for years past stolen valuable horses in Nebraska. The prisoner admits he is called Hiscock. ws Application Granted. Sturgis, S. D., Aug. 8. Manager Wells, of the Sturgis Electric Light and Railway company, lias been noti fied by the war department that the appliaction of the company for a right of way to build an electric motor line upon the Fort Meade reservation has been granted. The company has also made application for a franchise to light the post with electric lights, and this will doubtless be also favorably ccted upon. A Serious Charje.'' Only Tried One. Sturgis, S. D„ Aug. 8.—Rev. Mr. Pyle. pastor of the Methodist church at this place, has had the "kid" base ball n:ne arrested for playing a game on the Sabbath. The players had their trial and demanded a separate hear ing, each one before.a jury. The first defendant was acquitted and the pas ter was taxed the costs, $35.80. But one player was tried. Probably Murdered by Tramps. Watertown, S. D., Aug. 10—The body of an unknown man hsa been fot'nd under the floor of an old creamery building one mile south of this city. The body and head Were terribly mu tilated. It is thought to be the work of ti amps. ji Blaokhawk Veteran Dead. Chamberlain, S. D., Aug. 7.—Mr. A. Bailey of Princeton, Wis., who has been visiting a daughter, Mrs. William Dent, was found dead in bed. He was 83 years old and a veteran of the Black Hawk war. Licenses Granted. Pierre, S. D., Aug. 8.—The state in surance department lifts granted a li cense to the Odd Fellows' Amnesty as sociation of Des Moines, Iowa. I WOLFER'S lllfi FAMILY. The Prison Population Is Larger Than for Years. St. Paul, Aug. 8.—The warden's re port to the board of prison managers shows a prison population of 538, a larger number than has been in the in stitution for years. Of these ten are women, which breaks the record for number of female convicts. Two of the ten will soon become mothers, aud will probably be paroled before that, time and sent back to Minneapolis, where they live. Their husbands are in prison also and will be released with them, all their Terms being short ones. The board of managers has de cided to purchase additional binder twine machinery, increasing the daily output 500 pounds, and bringing it up to a total of 25,000 pounds. Twine from the prison has been In demand this year and the entire supply of 3.500000 pounds was sold, bringing in ?202,G00. FOR A NEW CHARTER. Ramsey County Judge* Name a Charter Commission. St. Paul, Aug. 8.—The judges of the Rameey county district court have ap pointed the members of the St. Paul charter commission as follows: Messrs. diaries N. Bell, Pf.erce Butler, Green leaf Clark, William P. Clough, William B. Dean, Henry J. Horn. George S. Innis, John F. Krieger, Albert H. Lin deke. James W. Lusk, William H. Lightner, William P. Murray, Henry C. McNair. John D. O'Brien, John J. Parker. Nine of the fifteen mne on the list are lawkera. A Bluff by Poor Lo. Mora, Minn., Aug. 8.—The city mar shal lias received a letter threatening his life if he attempts to take an In dian who murdered Joe Moussous not long ago on the Mille Lacs reserva tion. The Indians say they will inflict proper punishment on the murderer. Sheriff Johnson has a clue to his hid ing place, and will start for the lake at once. In the present temper of the Indians trouble is possible. Thrown and Killed. St. Peter, Minn., Aug. 8.—Mr. Ed ward Lindquist. aged about 20, and in the employ of the Farmers' Lumber company, was killed in a runaway. The team was frightened by a passing train at the Northwestern depot, and smarted to run away with a load of shingles. Lindquist was thrown from the load, striking a telephone pole. He died instantly. Hay Fever Organization. Luverne, Minn., Aug. 8.—A hay fe ver organization has been effected at this place composed of a number of well-to-do people. The object is to find a location where the fever is unknown and to build a cottage large enough to accommodate the colony during the hay fever epidemic. Leech lake, in Cass county, ii the spot selected. Pointer for Mille Laos. Howard Lake, Minn., Aug. 8.—Over 200 colonies of bees haev been sent to Mille Lacs county from this vicinity in the past week. Basswood here has been cleaned of foliage by caterpillars and on that foliage they chiefly feed now. Mille Lacs is said to be a para dise for the beekeeper. C* KloBilykem at Staples. 1 Mitchell, S. D., Aug. 8.—Ralph Ker shaw, who has been in the meat mar ket business for a number of years, •was arrested on the charge of having received stolen property. The crime Is alleged to have been committed last winter, when two sheep were stolen from another butcher in the city aud delivered to Kershaw during the night. 1 Staples, Minn., Aug. 8.—A Klondyke gold company is being formed in this place, to consist of ten men. They in tend to purchase a steam yacht and provide it with a years supply of pro visions, and be ready to go up the Yu kon in the spring. "f Medics Elect. Winona, Minn., Aug. 8.—The South ern Minnesota Medical association has elected the following officers: Presi dent. S. W. Ranson, Dodge Center vice president, R. N. Jackson, Fari bault Secretary and treasurer, H. H. Witherstine, Rochester. J* Si»nd Hill Flood*Jlt®fl Warren, Minn., Aug. 8.—The Sand Hill river was never known to be so high and remain a raging stream for so long. It is still over its banks and pouring out upon the wheat fields be low, which are almost entirely ruined. but small patches being out of water Held to the Grand Jury.^ Madison, Minn., Aug. 10. Charley Johnson, the alleged principal in the Nelson murder case, has been given a hearing and was held to the grand 1ury. Tramps occupying the city lock up set lire to the building, but the fire was extinguished before much damage was done. Fatally- Mangled Minneapolis, Aug. 8.—Nels M. Selvig, a yard clerk in the employ of the Oma ha road, wa run down and killed by a Great Northern switch engine at Fif teenth avenue southeast and Ninth Street. a fi Thieves in Buffalo. Buffalo, Minn., Aug. 8.—Thieves en tered the residence of A. Y. Eaton and stole a gold watch, chain and Good Templars' charm, valued at $100, and about $25. Bank Entered. Wac-onia, Minn., Aug. 8.—The Farm ers' bank was entered by burglars pry ing open the outer doors. The two vault doors were blown open and the safe badly shattered. The proprietors feel confident the contents are all safe. Fllnn Investigating. Marshall, Minn., Aug. 8.—George A. Flinn, of the state land department, is here investigating twenty-two swamp land contests iu the United States land oflice, involving some 1,400 acres. Struck by Lightning. Little Falls, Minn., Aug. 10. Light ning struck the barn of M. Systusk of Morrill. The barn was destroyed by fire. Two horses were burned to death and seven tons of hay destroyed. Bold Bicycle Thieves. Little Falls. Minn., Aug. 10—Two bi cycle thieves operated in this city, but as the theft was discovered early and prompt action was taken both bicycles were recovered and one of the thieves is naw in jail. Dropped Dead. Elk River, Minn., Aug. 10.—A man dropped dead on the street here. Pa pers on the body show the name of the deceased to be Burt Douglass, Heart failure is supposed to be the cause of death. FEW MORE GO OUT STRIKING MINERS CONTINUE THEIR HARD STRUGGLE. Little jChtfnge tn~ the Pennsyl vania Situation Operators Will Seek Further Injunctions—A Con flict Possible Between Strikers and Negroes—Circulation nf the Uniformity Agreement Militia Called for. Pittsburg. Aug. 9—The strikers are continuing orderly and are gaining ac cessions to their ranks constantly. The 150 men employed at the Hcmer & Roberts coal mine at Elizabeth have refused to go to work, and about 75 miners at the Equitable mines, in the same locality, also struck. The company leased the ground where the strikers located yesterday and ousted them, but another field has been-secured by the strikers, which the owner refused to lease to the company and a permanent camp will be estab lished. Saturday was pay day at Sandy Creek, and when the strikers demand ed their pay they were told that inas much as they had broken their iron clad contract no money whatever was due them. The legality of the contract will be tested in the courts. A special from West Newton says: The sympathy of the entire communi ty is with the striking miners. The use of a large building on Third street has been been given free for a com missary and tiie townspeople and farmers have contributed provisions liberally. Simultaneously with the move on Westmoreland county mines this week a demonstration will be made against the Washington Run mines in Fayette county. More than 400 miners are or ganized in Fayette City and are ready to march. The application for a preliminary in junction to restrain the miners from congregating near the mines at Turtle Creek is likely to be presented to-day by counsel for the New York & Cleve land Gas Conl company. This new move is to be made for the purpose of getting the aid of the United Srates marshal as well as the sheriff of Alle gheny county to break up the camps the strikers have established. Pending developments the miners in the three camps besieging the De Ar mitt mines are resting. At no time during the strike has the situation beeu so critical, but no one who has been in the district every day since the commencement of the marches be lieves that the miners will be drawn into a fight. If trouble does come it will not be between the strikers and deputies, but between the strikers and the negroes in the camp at Unity, who are employed on the new Pittsburg te Bessemer railway. The deputies will be drawn in to quell the trouble, and a three-cornered tight is not improba ble. The strikers' enmp is separated from that of the negroes by a town ship read. Already there have been several brawls between the two parties. The negroes are walking arsenals, while the strikers have no weapons. At a totv ISblft* Wheeling, W. Va., Aug. 9.—The week just closed finds the miners' cause at a low ebb in the Wheeling district. Since the refusal of the Boggs Run men to join the strike the affairs of the United Mine Workers' organizers to keep the men out at Elm Grove, Glen dale and Moundsville have met with poor success. The strike leaders will make another supreme effort to bring out these men this week. There luis been a large decrease in the amount of West Virginia coal going west via Wheeling on the Baltimore & Ohio, Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling and the Wheeling & Lake Erie roads. —o— 4 Seeking Signatures. Cleveland, Aug. 0.—J. B. Zerbe, the Cleveland member of the true uniform ity committee of operators, has re ceived a copy of the official agreement and started at once in search of rep resentatives of mines in the Pittsburg field. He secured the signatures of the Moon Run Coal company, M. A. Han na & Co., Pickands, Mather & Co.. Os borne, Seager & Co. and Walsh Upstill Coal company. The Cleveland opera tors are in favor of any scheme that will bring about the uniformity in the Pennsylvania field and an improve ment in the condition of the minei -—o— Cr'1 for Troops. Springfield, 111., Aug. 0.—Gov. Tan ner has received the following tele gram from Sheriff Randall of Mont gomery coup*t\ at Coffeen, III. "Crjn ty and local resources exhausted. Must have niilitia." In reply Gov. Tanner sent a telegram saying: "Please advise fully of the nature of the trouble and what you have done. In the meantime it is your duty to protect life and property and preserve the peace. It is your duty to call every able-bodied man between the ages of eighteen and forty-five in your county to your aId.'Va _o— •&* '1 .-s Militia Called Ont. Fairport, Ohio, Aug. .9—The ircn ore shovelers are on a strike. The laborers demanded one gang boss to each gang, the gang boss to handle the line, to dump the buckets and to draw one man's pay. They demand to be paid from the oflice by envelope instead of the boss dividing the money, taking a certain share from each man's pay, and running from two to seven gangs and doing no work. The men say they do not care to support bosses this way. If the company wants them let them pay them. The men refuse to work and the militia has been called out. The Wheel Is Healthful. Washington, Aug. 9. A character istically thorough and scientific Ger man summary of the benefits and evils of bicycle riding is submitted to the state department by United States Consul Kennan, fit Bremen, in an ar ticle prepared by Dr. Mendelssohn. Ho c'tes the temperaments and diseases that are affected favorably or injuri ously, and his general conclusion is that in moderation bicycle riding is of Inestimable value to the average per son. CHURCHMEN AT WAR. A Faction Takes Possession of a Church and Threaten Blood. Dodgeville, Wis., Aug. 9.—A church war. has broken out here and the streets are filled with excited people. The congregation of the Primitive Methodist church last fall resolved Itself into a Congregational church and continued to use the church aud par sonage, no change being made except in name. Aboyt a dozen of the Primi tive congregation refused to unite with the new organization aud determined to secure control of the property. They elected some of themselves trustees. Last night certain parties forced them selves into the church, barricaded the doors and posted a notice on the front door that the property was in the hands of the trustees of the Primitive Methodist church and that any person interfering with it would do so at his peril. The barricaded party had re volvers and clubs and were prepared to hold their position. Then the ex citement became intense and nearly the entire town flocked down to the place. One of the party was arrested and locked in jail. He hails from Min eral Point. He says he was hired by the pretended trustees. *. Suing Bankers in Milwaukee. Milwaukee, Aug. .—The papers are ready and suit for ever $1,000,000 will be filed within a day or two against the directors of the defunct Planking ton bank, charging them wita miscon duct in their official capacity as di rectors and seeking to hold them liable to creditors for the full amount of de posits made in the bank, less dividends already paid thereon. The suit will be brought by a number of the depos itors. A test suit, involving the same propositions, was brought by William Gordes, a creditor of the bank, against the directors of the bank, and has just been decided iu Gordes' favor Bringing Tramps to Time. Rapid City, S. D., Aug. 9.—A gang of nine bums were arrested here. One of the gang entered a house in the east ern section of the city and used insult ing language to the lady of the house. Officers soon had the gang rounded up and in the cooler. They were all brought out on the street and an at tempt was made to make them work. They all refused and made sport of the officers. Another attempt will be made, and if it fails again the fellows will be chained in a gang and made to walk behind a dray wagon until they are willing to work. This is the may or's order. South Dakota Waterspout. Hot Springs, S. 1)., Aug. 9.- A water spout struck this town. It raised the water in the creek which runs through the town between ten and twelve feet. This creek winds through the town in a circuitous Avay and the railroad crosses it several times. Four small wooden bridges of the Elk Horn rail road were carried away. Three or four bridges of the company within a radius of four miles of the town are badly damaged, but have not been swept out. Several small houses were carried away. One life has been re ported lost. New Railway in Nebraska. Sioux City, Iowa, Aug. 9.—Articles of incorporation of the Sioux City & Omaha Railway company have been filed at Tekama, Burt county, Neb. The company plans to build a road from Sioux City to Omaha, following the Eastern Nebraska & Gulf survey through the Omaha and Winnebago reservations, passing through Decatur and Tekemah, and, if possible, connect ing with the Port Arthur rout at Oma ha ^,'v I nculty Changes. Vermillion, S. D.. Aug. 9.—Alexander Poll, of Johns Hopkins university, has been elected to the chair of mathemat ics at the University of South Dakota, vice Prof. J. S. Frazer. Mary E. Lewis will have charge of the English de partment and retain her position as preceptress. There will be' no further changes. Both East and West hall will undergo thorough repair. Lumber, Sanh and Door Men. Milwaukee, Aug. 9. The North western Lumber and Sash .and Door .Solesmen's association was formally organized in this city. F. N. Snell of Milwaukee was chosen temporary chairman and W. H. McKenzie of Arbor Vitae temporary secretary. A constitution was adopted and much general discussion of matters of inter est to the trade took place. Hog Cholera Raging. Rapidan. Minn.. Aug. 9.—Hog chol era is raging on iibcut a dozen farms in this vicinity, and Dr. S. D. Brim hall, field veterinary surgeon to the state board of health, is down trying to arouse the local board of health to a proper appreciation of their impor tant duties in fighting the disease. Interstate Hearing. Sioux City, Iowa, Aug. 9.—The inter state commerce commission lias ad journed without hearing the grain rate controversy between the Grain Ship pers' Association of Northwest Iowa and the railways traversing this part of the state. The testimony of the re spondents will be taken and the hear ing finished in Chicago Aug. 10 „, Accused of Horse Theft." Yankton, S. D.. Aug. 9. A young man named Calvin, alias Hiscock. has been arrested here on a charge of horse stealing, being wanted at Te kainah. Neb. A band operating under the name of Hiscock brothers have for years past stolen valuable horses in Nebraska. The prisoner admits he is called Hiscock. Dropped Dead. Elk. River. Minn., Aug. 9.—A man dropped dead on the street here. Pa pers on the body show the name of the deceased to be Burt Douglass. Heart failure is supposed to be the cause of death. THE SUGAR Falsity of the I iold.A.^V^' Judgf Fish Street Railway Sold. Racine, Wis., Aug. .9 has confirmed the sale of the Bell City Street railway to Frank J. Miller, the pursliase price being $150,000. A new company, composed of old bondhold ers, has been, organized to take charge of the road. Struck by Lightning. Little Falls, Minn., Aug. 9. Light ning struck the barn of M. Systusk! of Morrill. The barn was destroyed by fire. Two horses were burned to death and seven tons of hay destroyed. SCHEDD£FTgress DEMOCRATS MAKE ASSAULTS ON THE REPUBLICANS. iHT. Little Investigation .Proves the CUlma and Shows the Action of the Republicans Decidedly Unfriend^ to the. Tract. (Washington Letter.) The screams of the Democratic mem bers of the house and senate upon the subject of the advance in price of sugar stock when the tariff bill emerged from the conference committee and the ac tion of the committee on tfie sugar schedule became known, and the fact that sugar trust stock did actually ad vance by great jumps warrants a pre sentation of the facts, a study of which will show that the Democrats as usual have been shouting themselves hoarse over nothing. I The bill gives to tlie farmers die protection on wool and other farm products which they had asked, the house rates on first and second .class wools being restored and a highly sat isfactory rate to the wool sections of the mountain states being adopted. Now as to the sugar schedule: It was generally conceded when the bill passed the house that it was not in any way advantageous to the trust but that on the contrary it took away from the trust much of the advantage which it had under the Wilson law. Stripped of all technicalities the cold facts are that as the bill left the house the rates on refined sugar were 12% cents per hundred pounds greater than the rates on raw sugar. Of course the rates on different grades of raw sugar were dif ferent but taking the number of pounds of any grade which were required to make a hundred pounds of refined sugar it was found that the rates were on an average cf 12% cents per hun dred pounds less than those on refined sugar. This means that the sugar re finers of the country, whether in the trust or out of it, were allowed a dif ference of 12% cents per hundred pounds or Ya cf a cent a pound differ ence between raw sugar when imported or refined sugar when Imported, thus giving them an opportunity to import raw sugar at of a cent a pound less than the rates at which refined sugar can be imported. It is geaerally con ceded that the cost of refining sugar is not less than about of a cent a pound so that the rates teally given to the sugar refiners are simply the bare difference between refined and un refined sugars of the. cost of refining. It is well known that the rates adopted by the senate were more advantageous to the sugar refiners but It Is a fact that the rates agreed upon by the con ferees made precisely the same differ ence between raw and refined sugars that the house bill made when it was passed by that body. The conference report did increase the rates on re fined sugar slightly but it also in creased the rates on raw sugar, thus making the difference in the rate of duty between raw and refined, or the "differential" as it is called, precisely .what the house bill made it originally, 12% cents per hundred pounds, or of a cent a pound. But, says the ob jector, if the conference report gave to the sugar trust no advantage why was it that sugar truat stock advanced during the time that the bill was in consideration by the conferees and after it was presented to, the public? The answer to this is simple enough. The sugar trust, knowing that the new bill would certainly advance the rate of duty on sugars as a protection to American producers, has been bringing into the country as rapidly as possible, sugar in enormous quantities, getting it in, of course, under the comparative ly low rates of the Wilson law. They have scoured the world for sugar and had in stock by the time the confer ence report was presented to the public, over 700 thousand tons of raw sugar, or, in round numbers, 1,500,000,000 pounds. Think of it! Enough sugar to load seventy thousand cars, or to load three thousand, five hundred freight trains of twenty cars each, or to make one continuous train over fifty miles in length. On every pound of this sugar which they had in stock it was perfectly apparent that they would make whatever profit there was be tween the tariff rates of the Wilson law and the increased tariff rates named by the Dingley law or an aggregate profit calculated at 12 million dollars. Is it surprising that sugar stock went up in view of the fact that this organ ization would make upon the sugar which it had brought inio the country, 12 million dollars by the mere advance which the framers of this bill have found it necessary to make in tariff rates in order to protect the sugar pro ducers of the United States and bring a revenue to the government? But, the objector will say, everybody famil iar with this subject knew that the sugar trust had all this sugar In stock, and since this fact was well known this does not account for the sudden rise in sugar trust stock which followed the announcement of the agreement of the conference committee. This is true, but the explanation of the sudden advance, which was caused by the profit thus assured to the sugar trust through the enormous stock on hand Is found in the fact that Secretary Gage had recommended to congress the placing of an internal revenue tax of one cent per pound on all unrefined sugar in the United States when the new tariff law should go Into effect, the object being to compel the trust to pay to the government a tax of one cent per pound on all this 1,500,000,000 p6unds of sugar which it had accumu lated waiting the advance whfch it could make by the new tariff. Had Secretary Gage's recommendation been Vf3. accepted by the conferees and by con it would have compelled the trust pay in internal revenue taxeB prob ably 15 million dollars upon the sugar which it had piled up in Its warehouses. The conferees and congress, however, did not adopt Secretary Gage's recom mendation for reasons which they looked upon as entirely sufficient and the moment this fact became known, first that the sugar trust would make this large profit by reason of the in creased duty on sugar and second, that would not be compelled to pay out any of that profit in the proposed in ternal revenue tax upon its sugar stock, those who calculated the profits which it would make during the coming year on this enormous mass of sugar which it holds saw readily that the profits would be great and the dividends large. The result was the advance in sugar trust stock about which there was so much talk and denunciation. This ad vance was not due to any permanent advantage which the new tariff bill gives the trust over the old law but on the contrary the difference be tween raw and refined sugars under the new bill is, as already indicated 12% cents per hundred while under the Wilson law it Is 22% cents per hun dred pounds, thus making it apparent at once that the permanent "differen tial" or difference in tariff rates which the sugar refiners get under the new law is far less than that under the Wil son law, while this loss to the trust is offset by the mere temporary ad vantage in the advance in prices which they are able to make upon the enorm ous accumulation of sugar which they have on hand. GEORGE WILLIAMS. The Relation »t Wages to the Reduction in Tariff. President Ratchford, In a letter to the New York Herald, says: "A miner's wageB in the western Pennsylvania field ranges from 54 to 47 cents per ton in thin-veined dis tricts and from 30 to 28 cents per ton in- the thick-veined. In 1893 the min ing rate in thin-veined districts was 79 cents and in thick-veined 65 cents per ton. During the same year the rate in Ohio and Indiana was 70 and 75 cjnts, respectively. Now it is 51 cents, with a reduction proposed In Ohio to 45 cents per ton. This ratio holds good in a general way all along the lines Illinois, a portion of Iowa, eastern and central Pennsylvania' and the Virginias are all equally effected." The fall in the wages-show a by these figures is certainly a remarkable one, and unless the minere were exceeding ly well paid before, they must find it difficult to live decently now, Mr. Ratchford's figures also suggest a parallel between the tariff rates on coal and the wages paid for digging it. During the years cited they were al most exactly the same, the duty under the McKinley bill having been 75 pents a ton and under the Wilson bill 40.—Jacksonville Times-Union (Dem.). Dead. I Another Deadly Blight. The blight that has constantly fallen upon this country, and which has kept it in a continual condition of business prostration, has been the inability of the^factories of this country to find purchasers enough at home to consume their products. Under this almost un varying condition the manufacturers have been compelled to close their fac tories down for long periods, with the consequent throwing out of employ ment of thousands of people who at once become a vast army, of non-pro-" ducers and non-consumers.—"Regis ter," Mobile, Ala. True. This Democratic "blight" per mitted the factories of Europe to sup-' p!y our markets, hence, as the "Reg ister" says, our manufacturers "have been compelled to close their factories down for long periods, with the conse quent throwing out of employment of thousands of people." And these" thou sands of people" will never forget the destructiveness of the deadly "blight" of the Democratic party's free trade policy. American Steel in England. According to the returns of the British board of trade, the amount of pig iron and-unwrought steel imported into the United kingdom from the Uni ted States of America during each month from January to May, 1897, In clusive, was as follows: Quantity. Value. Quantity. Value. Pig Iron. Steel, unwrought. 1897. Tons. Tons. Jaiuary 9,022 21,152, 3,193 15,928 February ...7,733 18,099 6,868 32,723 March 3,701 10,555 2,032 9^906 April 8,060 18,076 5,302 23,851 May ........7,024 15,479 2,821 16,840 McKinley ^n Labor Organizations. President Qompers of the Federation of Labor and the secretary of that or ganization called upon President Mc Kinley "to obtain a declaration of his views on labor. Mr. McKinley, always frank and unambiguous, declared him self without exasion thus: "I regard the organization of labor as a natural and legitimate effort to sccure Its rights."—Ex.