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OF SHINGLE MILLS of Del»«*«"»* T " „ T lmM Monrt W H««oUU C' projet »* Mantana -^ w .. b .p. *o Be Ope«« 1er *** I. Idaho. 100 by 150 feet is to be added island cannery ''^Tbipinent* from Tacoma for nmoaÜ> s of 1807 were 79,180,590 feet 11 ._ ;„..rease over 18»« of nearly i*ing dalgt I cargo ett . an increase over «ÏÏÂ ,hBt th * ■ ub ot 8n ° " " " un tv, numbering 40 or more, I consume 100,000,000 feet of „ . hM begun on the erection of a *j°nf 24x100 and wing 24x50 for the JSor works at Puyallup, i tartv has bee n formed at Mount 1 ... for the purpose of operating a -11 at Lake Bennett next season, tv extension of the Palouse branch to ton before spring is generally ac i as true by the people in the l'ot tch country. A prominent sheep man and farmer of =tat county says that everything exceedingly favorable for another vear for fanners and stock jolm Kinney of Goldendale has receiv a letter from his son Jehn, who has in Alaska for the past two years, ng that he had made a rich gold Out of the 207 shingle mills in the in of Washington, no fewer than 185 ihut down and will make no output til after February 1. The daily prod ot the 207 mills w hen in operation is "000 shingles. South Bend's tax is reduced ene-half, 14053 "° this year , as against '1.05 for 1806. The same is also true Ilwaco. where the taxes for 1897 are 1.23, as against $1025.94 for 189«. The Whatcom county treasurer re about $100,000 in taxes paid to the of delinquency, December 1. A great of this was for the three preceding and the amount is about three the sum received each of those An Ellensburg man shipped a carload I horses to Honolulu the other day. The r was made up of roadsters, some three four inside the 2:30 limit, and some "rench Percherons. The heavy horses at 1200 to 1300 pounds, and were con tracted at $400 to $450 per span. The foreign lumber trade of Gray's har her for the year 1897 is 200 per cent larger than the trade of any previous mar. In 1890 11 vessels sailed from Omy's harbor with cargoes af lumber ag gregating 3,400,000 feet. During 1897 22 reseels have cleared from the harbor, orrying 10,049,000 feet of lumber, valued at $110,000. Pacific county's tax rolls for 1897 show the total amount of taxes levied to be M2,182, or $6886.28 less than last year. The taxes would have been much less had aot the levy for state purposes been in creased nearly one-half. The taxes levied for county, school, city and road pur poees in 1897 amount t6 $40,263.90, as compared with $50,332.07 last year, or a ■eduction of $10,068.17 in local taxation. For county expenses alone there has been a reduction of $2733.87, the total amount levied for 1897 being $16,002.35, as com pared with $18,736.22 for 1896. Montana. It is proposed to put under irrigation » large tract of land south of Big Timber. The Montana Society of Engineers will hold its eleventh annual meeting in the *ity of Butte January 7 and 8, 1898. The attendance of the college in Boze man is now almost 200, and will be con siderably increased. This does not in clude the students of the high school, some 80 in number. Ahout a dozen or fifteen old timers met at the Boulder hot springs the other day and effected an organization by electing ••sorge Benjamin president and P. B. Mills secretary and treasurer. The delinquent tax list in Gallatin county for the year 1897 is lower tnan it has been for many years past. The amount eolleeted by the county treasurer »mounted to $115,534.72 December 11, leaving a balance of 5017.10 yet to be col lected. most of which is due from the Northern Pacific Railroad Company and the West Gallatin Canal ompany. In his annual report for the fiscal year of 1897 State I.and Register H. D. Moore suggests a new policy for the state land department. He recommends the with drawal of all public school and university kmla from the market, on the ground • hat it would be a more far-sighted pol l f y to lease the lands and to secure an annual income from them than to dispose pf them finally through sales. That pol !*y was first suggested by Governor •smith in his message to the legislature last January. I I of Vp to Dei-ember « last Tie«surer Gar MU of Lewis and Clarke county collect-1 *•* *224,351.46. The aggregate tax of the ; raunty, based on the equalized assess | m, ' m , was $250,248.95, so that there were delinquent at the close of business De- ! cemlier 6 $31,897.49 of taxes. By far the ! greater part of that amount will lie col- | jeeted. Collections as a whole were much j •'etter than they were last year, although j the delinquencies on the first Monday in December, 1896 were $23,828.21, or les» than the amount delinquent this year. Among the accomplishments of the P as t year for western Montana, the con '•ruction of the wagon road from Gib bonsville, Idaho, to the upper Bitter Root »•»*7 oMte mort "MUfactorv TK» -----„f Usvslli built road from StTïSr Root valley to '•'c Idaho line, but could not appropriate Public funds for its construction into the neighboring state. The people of Gib bonsvi]| e raiæd a fund that did much of •be work on the other side of the range *nd the business men of Hamilton, Mis ' M soula and other towns subscribed the amounts necessary for the completing of the work. Idaho. Deer have lieen seen within the town limits of Kendrick. Work has begun on the Great North ern coal chutes at Sandpoint. A movement is on foot to establish a telephone line between Weiser and Orangeville. The settlers along the Pend d'Oreille river are gratified at having six more townships opened for filings on and after January 17 next. Settlers have been on some of these lands from six to ten years. Mrs. Ann Johnson, the woman cow boy of Weiser land, lias turned off $500 worth of beef cattle, settled all her debts, and is correspondingly happy and con tented. All summer she has'ridden the range, been in at the branding and help ed at the round-up. She had to turn the delivering to some one else on account of a crippled arm, but withal is as happy as any bueearoo in the land. British Colombia. A new daily paper has mude its ap pearance in Rossland, called the Daily Standard. The two stall round house of the Ca nadian Pacific railroad is rapidly nearing completion at Slocan City. There were 19 transfers of mining prop erties recorded in the Fort Steele dis trict for the week ending December 11. Arthur St, Cyr, the dominion surveyor, who was sent to report on the Stickeen Teslin lake route, has returned to Vic toria. He surveyed Hootclinqua river carefully and reports neither bars nor rapids to interfere with navigation, laite in October there were no signs of ice. UNDER CL ASSIFIED SERVICE. Mr. Mnrston, Who Was Discharged From Idaho Surveyor's Office. Boise, Idaho, Dec. 27.—Albert J. Mar ston, who was a messenger in the office of the surveyor general, and was one of the batch of employes decapitated when Surveyor General Perrault took hold, has received the following letter from the civil service commission: Washington, Dec. 18, 1897.—Albert J. Mars ton, Boise, Idaho—Sir: Referring to your letter of November 17, 1 will state that this commission is in receipt of a communication from the secretary of the interior in which it is stated that the surveyor general of Idaho has been ad vised that as the position occupied by you was embraced within the classified service, your dismissal and the appoint ment of Joseph Perrault, Jr., as your successor are not sanctioned or approved. Very respectfully, JOHN T. IK)\i,K, Secretary. to to the a is in ed of in HORSEHAIR DOWN HIS THROAT Fiendish Method In the Mnrdrr ot Jacob Welnund at St. Louis. St. Louis, Dec. 25.—A post mortem has been held on the remains of Joseph Wei nand, who was found dead in his kitchen, having been murdered. At the time towel was found tightly twisted about his throat, but the post morem revealed a peculiarly fiendish method the murder ers had resorted to. Far down in the man's throat, tightly embedded in the bronchial tubes, was a wad of thick cloth, which had been wrapped with horse hair. Fingers could not have reached that far down. In 1893 a soldier at Jefferson barrucks was murdered in a similar man ner and the similarity of the murder of Tuesday with that of that case ha» caus ed somment. BEAR LOOSE IN EXPRESS CAR. Drove the Messenger Ont und Ate to HU Heart's Content. Milwaukee, Dec. 28.—A large cinnamon bear, which was shipped by express from Leavenworth, Kan., to Itaraboo, Wis., es eaped from its crate in the express car at Western Union Junction, on the Chicago Milwaukee A Ct. Paul road, while en route to its destination. The express messen gcr was driven from the car, the l>eur tak ing complete possession, devouring pne ages of apples and candy and destroying way bills. When the train arrived at Milwaukee it took 10 men to secure the vicious animal. JOINT CO MMISSION REPORT. Cited States Mast Pay for Berlns Sea Selsurro. Washington, Doc. 2.5.—The findings of the British-American commission chosen to assess the damage for seizures of Brit ish vessels in Bering sea, have been re reived by the state department and the British embassy- The strictest reticence is mainained, however, on the general character of the award, though it «^ad mitted the total award against the Unit ed States is $404,000, which includes prin cipal and interest. The finding against this government is no surprise. Middle DlMtnnee ChamploN. New York, Dec. 26.—Jimmy Michael is of Wales, the recognized middle distance bicycle champion of this country, met ; Arthur A. Chase, the middle dutum | champion of England last night at Mad Ison Square Garden in a 30 mi e race ! a 10 lap l*oard track, and won so easilj. ! despite a laid spill, that bicycle rapesrt* | are guessing just now how good the j j 1 j I "rarebit - - , ., Michael rode the first, three miles in 5:50 3 4, 10 miles in 20:0«. 20 miles in 42:26 3-5, and 30 miles in 04:0.5 15. General Weyler Talks. Madrid. Dec. 24.—General Weyler. in I an interview just published, is quoted as ; denying formlalv that there is any hope I for the success of autonomy ^ f^ n " e al is al** <l» ,,t< * d as S "- V,n « th . at Spanish government perked in au tom omy Sjiain wou ' months._____ early as Horse racing was indulged in to a lim ! ited extent in Mary land and Virginia as M " - , ,, .1 l-*l. ...ntxn the middle of the 17th century. il wi m WHILE CHINA 18 CUT UP. KDrape Proposes to Form O Portos ot Offense Asalna« American Commerce—Senator Morcaa Does Sot Like Finn of ffon-interrentioa New York, Dec. 29.—According to a Washington correspondent of the Herald, Senator Morgan of Alabama, of the com mittee on foreign relations has said that it would be impossible for the United States to remain complaisant should European nations undertake the dismemberment of hina. Senator Morgan mid: "If the partition involves the abroga tion of treaties this country would be left to make tenus with each European nation ■parately in the territory to which its sovereignty extended. Therefore, unless the powers now ambitious for territorial xtension take into account oitr commer ial relations with China, it will be neces sary for the government to intervene in self-defense. 'If the cession is absolute, then Ameri can interests must be taken care of through the treaties between America and countries to which the cessions are made respectitvely. If the territory is given up merely for a time there will be mixed responsibility, nad it is a good time for intervention and the exercise of American diplomacy. "The German occupation of a part of China, and the prospective occupation of other parts by various European nations, is an effort to complete a cordon of of fense to American commerce from Vlad ivostock to Marseilles or to Liverpool. That cordon is being stretched to contract the trade of 600,000,000 of people who have direct trade and intercourse with the Pacific ocean. There is a great deal in the Chinese problem that vitally inter ests Americans and demands action by the state department and congress.'' Mwlneford Returns to Alaska. I .a using, Mich., Dec. 29.—It is announc ed that Hon. A. P. Kwineford, ex-governor of Alaska, will go to Alaska early next year to take charge of the interests in that section of the United Mines Com pany of New York. He is a stockholder in the company, having turned in his in terests in properties secured when terri torial governor of Alaska. The company has a capitul of $1,500.000. Worklai for Darraal, San Francisco, Dec, 24.—The attorney« for Theodore Durrant have filed notice that they will ask for a change of venue from the recent order of sentence by Judge Bahrs, on the ground that the court is prejudiced. An appeal to the governor for a stay will also be asked. Another at tempt to get the case before the federal court will also be made. Injure«! by Front. Ism Angeles, Cal., Dec. 24.—The orange and lemon crops of southern California have been injured by frost during a sue cession of cold nights. The fact that or anges do not show the effect of the frost for from two weeks to a month after the cold weather renders the extent of the damage uncertain even to the growers of the fruit. of now duce try as ers all the vent the to a on Robbers Attack aa Affed Woman. Des Moine», Iowa, Dec. 29.—Robber» the other night broke into the hou»e of aged Mrs. Kimball, 10 mile» east of De» Moine». She is unconscious and will pro bably die. The doors and wall» are cov ered with blood, showing that a terrible struggle took place. It is not known whether the robbers secured anything. Hunters Froien to Death. Little Rock, Ark., Deo. 25.—From pas sengers reaching here it is learned that a party of four hunters were found froz en to death by lite roadside near Dawes creek, Newton county. It is believed they were W. H. Hughe», A. H. Dol phin, John W. Knight und Samuel Sev ier of Chicago. Prairie Fire la Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, Dee. 27.—A prairie fire is raging in the Great Panhandle country and ranchmen's efforts to control it have been futile. It is reported that 8000 acres of grazing lands have been burned over, and the loss of stock will amount to thousands of dollars. Chief Justice of Mexico. New York, De«-. 24.—According to the Washington correspondent of tiie World it lias been decided that J. I« . Mills of New Haven, Conn., will be made chief justice of the supreme court of New Mex ico. His nomination will not be sent in until after the holiday recess. Car Repairers' Wain Cat. Superior, Wis., Dec. 27.—The Northern Pacific railroad company has posted no tices to the car repairers at the head of the lakes to the effect that after the first of the year there will be a reduction in their wages of 25 cents per day. The wages at the present time are $1.90. A lew Theory. He (a bachelor)—No, I'm not an advo cate of marriage. You know, the Scrip tures tell us that there will be no marry ing or giving in marriage in heaven. She--Of course not; the bachelors will all be in the other place, no doubt. .lodsr on the Irish Beach. London. Dec. 27.—William Kenney, so licitor general for Ireland, and a mem lier „ j 0 f parliament for the Kt. Stephen's Green I divinioo of Ih.blin has been appointed a I J ud ** of 0,e In * h bench ' Kan Francisco Folltlelaa. San Francisco, De«-. 27.—State Senator J. Mahoney, a well known political work er, is dead of cancer. ] Glass eves for horses are now made. Steal Billet MUIa Will Jala. WIRE TRUST TO ENLARGE. Be âakcd to Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 28.—There i» talk among steel men of a further extension the scope of the new wire trust. It is now said that effort« will be made to in duce all the steel billet mills in the coun try to ally themselves with the trust, not as members, but as contributors. The trust will seek to iaduce the manufactur ers of billets to promise not to tell to wire manufacturers who may possibly start outside of the trust, and in return the trust will promise to take billets from all these manufacturers as it may need them. The object of all this ia to keep the billet makers in good humor and pre vent their going into the buisiness them selves. Those who are cloeeet to the sources of information express the utmost confidence in the carrying through of the plans of the formation of the trust, and it may be said that the arrangements are progressing favorably. FORKS A COAL TRUST. Mtalaff Iadastrjr ot the Blast te Be Braeffht trader One Coatrel. New York, Dec. 25.—it has developed that the big coal selling combination of the anthracite railroads whereby produc tion is to be doled out by a supreme head, is only a part of a vast project for control of the entire coal industry in the east. J. Pierpont Morgan's plan involves the creation of similar central selling agencies to cover each of the greet bituminous coal district« of Peinnsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois, and a uniform working arrangement between them that shall put a stop to rate cutting and demoraliration of the trade. The companies are to agree upon the propor tions each is to mine and haul and the buying company is to call upon them ac cordingly as (set aa it needs coal for the market. THE HELD UP THE TRO LLEY CAR. Foor Hlffhwaymea Killed the Con doctor nad Bided the Body. Norristown, Pa., Dec. 28.—A trolley car on the 8rhuylkill Valley Traction Com pany's lines was held up by four highway men at Bwedenland, near here, about 10 o'clock at night. Conductor Charles Gal loway of Norristown refused to give up his money and was shot dead. After rifling the body of the conductor of money and a gold watch the robbers escaped. There were four women passengers in the car. The highwaymen covered them with their weapons but made no attempt to rob them. Three shots were fired at Mo torman Matthias, but none took effect. The men looked like tramps and escaped in the direction of Philadelphia. SENTENCE AGAINST UNIONISTS British Sailors Given Bllffht Years Penal Servitude for Assnalt. London, Dee. 25.—It is announc«*! that J. Havelock Wilson, the labor member of parliament, will, immediately upon the reassembling of the houle of com mons, move a resolution concerning the sentence of eight years' penal servitude passed upon two members of the sailors' and firemen's union at Cardiff for an as sault upon a non-unionist. The highest court in the land has just declared that the law of the decision was right, but trades unionists are denouncing the sen tence as ferocious. Mr. Wilson is now in the United States as a fraternal dele gate to the convention of the Federation of Labor. ABSORBED B Y TRU ST COMPANY. West Superior Iron and Steel Prop erty to Be Transferred. West Sii|>erior, Wis., Dec. 27.— Prepar ations have I teen tegim for the transfer of the property of the West Superior Iron und Steel Company of this city to the ('entrai Trust Company of New York, who hold against it a mortgage of $1,730,000. including interest on the prin cipal and taxes since 1893. A judgment wan taken against the steel company in the circuit court of this county a year ago and the property will be sold on Febru ary 7 to satisfy the mortgage by Jump» R. Hi le, referee. Mistress of the Kile. Paris. Ik*-. 25.- -Gil Rias publishes a letter from Major Marchand, the French offi«-er whose expedition it was recently erroneously reportisl from Hrussels had been massacred. The letter, which is dat ed at Salo, June 21, says the work that had been accomplished is enormous and by August 14 France would be firmly es tablished on the Nile without firing a shot. Commenting upon this communi cation Gil Bias says the rirais of France can not longer prevent her from being mistress of the Nile. a Want India on a Gold Basis, Calcutta. Dee. 25.—-The Bengal cham ber of commerce has sent an address to the government in which it says the time has arrived to adopt the gold standard; pointing out that it is four years since the mints w«*re closed, leaving Indin without a currency system : asserting the suspense is harmful for trade and urging the government to disclose any measures wihch it may liave in contemplation. an have are. the er an the the in and to the 000 11 of of ed is in of j greatly excited j than half that time. Killed by His Hired Man Rockford, 111., Dec. 27.—Fred Halstead, a prominent young farmer of Creston, was murdered Saturday by Edward Brown, a former hired man, who threw the body in the hog-pen and then walked to Rochelle and gave himself up. He said he murdered Halstead in self-defense, Brown was removed to the Oregon jail for safe keeping, as the neighborhood is - The horse usually lives 30 veers or veara or more, but is usually serviceable for less THE CLEARWATER COUNTRY. Blaslaff a Trail From the It. Joe— Late News From Dawson—-A 0TO,. OOO Lease In the Uaraet District ot Montana—*The Le Rot Bmolter. Dr. W. 8. Sims has returned to Wallace, Idaho, from his summer's trip to the Clearwater country, where he has teen developing some property discovered by an old prospector in his fcmploy. The country is entirely unknown, and they have but a vague idea as to where they are. The doctor thinks a line drawn from the head of navigation no the St Joe riv er to Moose City would pass not far from their (oration, which ie some 45 miles by an air line from the head of navigation on the St Joe. They blazed a trail in from the 8L Joe, working it where absolutely necessary, over which a horse can take about 00 pounds. He estimates that it would cost $25,000 to build a decent trail in there. They put up a small a rostra, and the rock worked yielded satisfactory return« The ledge they have located is only eight inches wide, but the rock is rich. The oountry is very rough and hard to prospect—hard as Klondike, the doctor says—but with a trail leading into the country there ia likely to be a number of men go in next year. Faets Abaat the Oatarln. In aepaking of the recently dosed down Ontario, a stockholder says: "The gentle men who furnished facts and figures for the Tribune stated that there were 500, 000 tons of tailings at the Ontario mill or below it, which carried average values of 11 ounces silver and $1.50 in gold to the ton. Now, the total output of the Ontario mine up to «lat« has teen 558,283 ton« During the past 12 years the mill has worked 300,000 tons, and the value «if the tailings from the ore worked is 3.97 oum-es in silver to the ton, and on account of the low values of these tailings the company did not deem it worth while to save them; hence they were «Howd to run down the canyon for a distance of two miles, where dams were built to prevent them from destroying the mendow lands belonging to the ranchers below. Now, this leaves 258,283 tons to account for. The company has shipped 70,402 tons of base ore to the smelters, which, deduct ed from the 258,283 tons, dould leave 181, 881 tons of tailings in dams around the mill. In the three dams north of the leaching plant it is estimated that there a a to are 100,000 tons, which will average five ounces of silver to the ton. One large «lain south of the leaching plant averages seven ounces to the ton, and, by care ful calculation, it is estimated that there ure 30,00» tons of tailings in it. These amounts deducted from the 181,881 tons saved around the mill would leave 51,881 tons in dams in front of the mill, which will carry values of 9.00 ounces in silver and 91 cents in gold to the ton; and this is the tailings dam that the "stockholder" in the Tribune says contains 500,000 tons of tailings which carry average values of 11 ounces in silver and $1.50 in gold per ton." Hews Front Dawson. A. P. Quinlan, who has arrived at Vic toria, B. C., brings late news from Daw son. He says there is enough food in Dawson to last the «,000 men now there all winter, those without food, 2,000 in nundier, having gone to Fort Yukon. Two hundred will come out over the trail. Major Walsh, who is now enramped at Big Salmon, will endeavor to break a trail through to Dawson but he does not expect to reach there till February 1. He. says he will allow miners to stake claims in blocks of 10, retaining the adjoining 10 for the government. All the claims on Quartz creek are now staked and it wilt probably lie as rich us Eldorado and Bo naiiza creeks. Tbe Uaraet District. In the lower part of Garnet, Messrs. W. R. Ranisdall, T. Mcteughliii and I). J. Welsh have a $70,000 lease and Ismd on the 18 <|uurtz claims and 10 stamps. They have a force of men putting in a cyanide plant, which is to start very scon. It will te able to treat 150 tons a day. and will te under the supervision of Arthur P. Brown, of the Mammoth Mining ('ompany. The Garnet district is in the Bear mountain region. 12 miles nortli of Bearmouth, Mont. The claims are on u quartz U'ad, which has been traced several miles. Ateut 2.50 men are at werk. The permanency of the camp is assured, several claims show good ore in onsidcrable quantities. Freight charges to Bearmouth ure $8 a ton. All the ores of tlic camp grow base with depth. Mmrlter at Northport. The te Roi Mining Company has made |Mivincuts of $21,000 on its new smelta-r at Northport. Construction of the smelt er was liegun in August last. Since then the te Roi has paid $200,000 in dividends, built a $100,000 smelter, and expend«*! about $10.000 in permanent improvements at the mine. Tiie company has decided to pass the usual monthly dividends this month, us tile completion of the smelter will stop ore shipments to the outside smelters and the company will also have to s«-t aside a fund fur the operation of the new plant and the purchase of ore. Minnehaha Strike. News has teen received at Grand Forks. B. ('., by courier from ('amp McKinney of a rich strike in the Minnehaha mine. It is reported tliut at a depth of 120 feet a j vein of free milling ore wns encountered assaying an aver It is saiil the the 4 has rate but few feet city the 390 the A. Mr. ed a j four feet in thickness, assaying an aver- i said j age of $50 in gold alone. It is said the j pay-streak is widening as depth is gained, j jail i A stamp mill lias lteen ordered and will is ! la- placed on the property at once. To Develop «he Continental. I Mayor John A. Manly of Grand Forks. or | B. C., ami A. Klockiiiati, have secured a <uitrolling interest in the Continental or less | [mine, near Bonner'» Ferry. Idaho, und are pushing work on the property with tour men, sinking an incline on the, ledge , ob which they are doom 65 feet. A wagon rand is to be constructed to the property in the spring and the plans of the own ers include the erection of n concentrator. The BnnM River Knnte. The «rat shipment of goods from Hunt ington to the Seven Devils mining ramp by the Snake river route wns made lant week. Ten tons of merchandise were load ed on a scow, which was dropped «town the river to Ballard's landing and the goods hauled from there to the mines. A steam ferry will be put in at toe landing, ffaatkeaateen A ts a h s. Colonel E. O. Lanphere and M. P. Gil bert, Chicago capitaliste, have purehaard of a group of Greek miners, raven gold quartz 1 calms in southeastern Alaska lor $120/100. The deni ia one of the largest of the year. The property ia attainted in the Bernera bay district, and la partially developed. Work on two tunnels will hi pushed and a 100-stamp mill erected, ■saltern Kootosny. The mineral exporta of Southern Koo tenay, B. C., for November are $884/182, ao that November exporta fall some $10/108 short of those of October, the record month in the diatrict'a hiatory. The val ues of the mineral export# are c laaa l g e d aa follows: Gold, $300/11«! copper, $88, 454; lead, $86,71$; silver. $34$, «75; total for vear to end of November, 50,688, val ued at $7/565,354. $800,000 Rsfssod. At the Senate, near Cable, Mont., In a recent strike the owners have discovere d gold, silver and 18 per rant copper. They are crosscutting the ledge, but up to date only one wall has been found. A large force of men are at work, and tha owners have already refused a bond on it for $800/500. Shipments Pram teltert November shipments from Neihart are reported to be; Broadwater, 8$ «sera; Dia mond R., 87 ran; Bernier and Gam (Queen learn), 8 can; Florence, 4 ran; Big Seven, 8 cars; Quran, 8 rare; Benton group, 1 car. Total, 187 ran. Fart Steele, Fort Steel« ia to have telephone coanae lions, the lino being brought around Koo tenay lake and thence over tha Crow's Nest toll road from Goat river. Te MnM the Ore. The owners of the Enterprise mine la the Slocan announce that they will hold their ore until the price of aiiver reaches 70 cents. Will Par Lewer Interest. New York, Dm. 89. — With the an nouncement of the dividende to be paid next month by the various savings banks of this city, there is a general tendency to pay a lower rate of interest than here ofore. A few years ago practically ail the older banka were paying interest ai 4 per cent per annum, but gradually this has teen changed so that next year the rate of interest in many instances will be but 3) per cent. La naher Baft far the Pacts«. Portland, Or., Dm. 29. —Within the next few months a raft containing 5/500/50$ feet of lumber will be constructed in this city and towed to San Francisco. John Poulsen, of the firm of Inman & Poulaan, owners of a large sawmill here, designed the raft, and the firm will in a few days begin construction of the raft. It will te 390 feet long, 53 feet wide, and will te so constructed that only a small portion of the raft will be above the surface of the water. Creditors Were Preastnff. New York, Dm. 28.—The store of Henry A. Caaperfield, the Bowery jeweler, doing Imsiiiesn as Uasperfleld A Co., has been closed, owing to tbe pre»sure of creditor« Mr. Uasperfleld ha» teen in business 20 years and formerly had a large trade. On August 13, 1896, he made an alignment, with total liabilities of $551,921 and as sets of $521,995. Hi« trouble wa» brought ateut by the failure of 8. F. Meyer» t Oo„ through which firm he was rc|x>rted to have lo»l $125,000 by indorsements. Cowbu)«' Desperate Battle. Helena, Mont., Dec. 29.—John Nettleton and William Moore, cowboy», fought a dud over a girl at Wibaux. Moore was »hot through the left wri»t. right hand and »boulder, and Nettleton c»caped with minor wound». A »pectator, ten Mou lu -»ter, wa» shot through the leg. Moore, when shot down, continued to fire, cock ing hi» gun with hi» teeth. He i» expect ed to recover. Massacre ot MOM Christians. Cincinnati, De«-. 29. Ja«'ob Sargis of Coramiah. Persia, now in thi» eity giving talk» on Pci-Mia and Armenia, has received a letter from friends in his Persian home, informing him Hint a tend of raiders from Kurde»tan had massacred all the inhabi tants of a Persian Christian town of 800 souls, near Simas. Persia. Wholesale Grocers Asslpn. Indianapolis, Dec. 29.—The Krag-Rey nold« Company, wholesale grocers, have assigned. Ill a statement made by W. W. Krag the liabilities were placed in the neigliterhood of $300.000. while (Tie asset» amounted to $4iNl,)NNI. Mr. Krag »uid the intention was to reorganize the conipauy anil continue in business. Bis Fire at Charleston. Charleston, W. Yu., Dee. 29.—The large wholesale grocery house of teuis Hub bard A Co. wus destroy«! by fire. The cause of the tire is unknown. The build ing was mined at $20.000; insured for $.5000. Goods valued at $100,000; insured for $80,000. i Dealh on «he Kdmon«on Trail, Winni|>eg, Dec. 29.—A dispatch from j Kdmonton. Y. W. T.. records the death of a Captain Alleyne. leader of an English par ty bound for the Klondike. Alleyne suc cumbed to pneumonia. A non y must te less than .52 inches (13 bands) from the ground to the top of the w ithers; else he is a Galloway.