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LAST EDITION, FRIDAY EVEk. O. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JUNE 1, 1900. FRIDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. fates' U . - . f . . - A'tA R : 0o'r-t,, " - - ALi.lOSTTOO LATE Smith, the Philadelphia Messen ger Boy,Keaches Pretoria. On the Eve of the Collapse of the Boer Republic. HE DELIVERS MESSAGE From the School Boys of His Home City While Preparations For Flight "Were in Progress. Philadelphia, June 1. The North Am erican has received the following cable message: Pretoria, May 29. By stress of dire circumstances, the message from the school boys or Philadelphia to President Kruger, delivered this day, has the tone of sympathy and sorrow at the llnal misfortune which is about to wipe the South African republic from the roll of independent nations, rather than of encouragement to a people fighting for liberty for the right has been fought and lost. "The message was delivered in the txecutive chamber at the capitol, through the windows of which came the rumble of ox carts and general confusion attendant upon the evacua tion of the city by the families of the Roers. The British, are reported to be approaching. "There was an impressive silence in the chamber as the stern and venerable president of this doomed republic bent forward to receive from Messenger Jules Francis Smith the packet which the boy had traveled 1-.0O0 miles to de liver into his hands. Caiser, mortui te salutamus,' quoted Secretary of State Keitz as the president accepted the message. Then lie added a bitter epigram: "' 'On this occasion the message is re versed. Caesar greets those about to die.' "This reference to the United States .and the message of sympathy from America to the president of a dying lister republic profoundly moved every one present. Tears glistened in the president's eyes as he took the packet from the messenger's Hands. "In presenting the message Smith made a manly little speech informing President Kruger of the nature of his mission as courier of the school boys of Philadelphia. Secretary of State Keitz translated Smith's simple sen tences as they were spoken. "Then the book from the North Amer ican containing the narrative of the movement that culminated in the dis patch of the messenger and the news paper clippings expressive of the sym pathy of the people of theUnited States with the Boer cause was presented. President's Kroner's reply was grave and courteous. He tendered hearty thanks to the American people and par ticularly to the 'liberty lads of Philadel phia for their sympathy and charged Smith to return his greetings to the good people of America. Then with fatherly kindness he shook hands with Smith, congratulating him upon com pleting his long journey. in safety and expressing the hope that he would have an equally safe return to his distant home. The entire group was then photographed." ON THE DEFENSIVE, Gen. Grosvenor Explains the Turning Down of Monnett. Washington, June 1. Without pre liminary business at 11 o'clock the house today resumed the debate on the reso lution providing for an anti-trust amendment to the constitution. Owing to the early hour of convening tlure were few members iresen.t. and the debate opened quietly and' without in cident. Mr. Porting (Ky.) was the first speaker. Mr. Fleming (Oa.l reiterated the charge that the Republicans had no in tention of putting through both houses either the resolution or the Littlerield. bill. Mr. Hamilton tMich.) said if there was to be control of trusts it must be oxercised by the federal government and a constitutional amendment such as was proposed in the pending resolu tion w;is essential. Mr. Norlands (Xev.) said he con curred with the minority that the pro posed constitutional amendment was a lnukcshil't. intended to meet a political emergency and without serious inten tion of linally being incorporated in the constitution. Rut. he said, he differed with the minority as to what should be done. He would vote for It because he be lieved the federal government should have enlarged powers rather than that It rhouhi not xercise any power at all. He appealed to the Democrats to join In passing the resolution and sending it to the Republican senate. Let the sen ate, (ie ireii, take the resoonsibility i of defeating it. j Mr. Thayer (Mass.) defined a trust j as a -business bastard." which Mr. Hanna could not palm off as the re unit of thrift, push and fair dealing on the American people. I Mr. t.rosven r in.) devoted a few minutes to explaining that the failure of the Ohio Republicans to nominate Attorney General Monnett in Ohio did jiot indicate that they were opposed to the prosecution of trusts. Mr. Monnett had had two terms, and it was the well established rule that no man'shou'd be a candidate for that office a third time. lesides. he said, Mr. Monnett was not a candidate for re-election. HE WILL BE THERE. Chief Kamsey Issues Formal Notice to Disorderly Inclined. Chief Ramsey has heard it rumored that the tough element expects to "run tilings" at the street fair Saturday night as it is the end of the fair. No rowdyism will be tolerated. There will be 25 policemen on the grounds and any attempt at roughness will be fol lowed by arrests. The ball throwing habit has become too rough and those found throwing ball in too rough a manner will be taken out of the grounds. A Delegate From Hawaii San Francisco, June 1. The Demo crats of the Hawaiian islands have or ganized and will hold a convention on June 11 to select a delegate to the na tional convention at Kansas City. 0. L. CLARKE PROMOTED. Appointed Special Traveling Auditor of the Santa Fa. Further changes hav, beer, made in the Santa Fe accounting department. Mr. J. E. Hutt, special traveling audi tor with headquarters in Chicago, has been given the work formerly done by Mr. A. S. Jennings.who went to Galves ton as auditor of the Gulf. Colorado & Santa Fe, and Mr. O. L. Clarke, travel ing auditor with headquarters at Hutchinson, has been named to succeed him. Mr. Clarke will remove to Chi cago. The promotion of Mr. Clarke leaves two vacancies in the force of Santa Fe traveling auditors, as Mr. E. L. Mooney, traveling auditor on the eastern divis ion, today assumed the duties of chief clerk in the office of auditor of freight receipts. The vacancies will be fiiled by Mr. I. S. Lauck, auditor of disburse ments, when he returns from Boston the first of the week. It is probable that employes of Mr. Luck's office will be given the positions. Mr. Clarke lived in Topeka up to a year ago and was an employe in the auditor of disbursements' office for a number of years. He has had charge of a portion of the middle division and the western division. ATM. 300 International Bluejackets at Chinese Capital. Shanghai, June 1. The detachment of over 300 international blue jackets has arrived at Pekin. Washington, June 1. Nothing' has been heard here from Admiral Kempff in command of the Newark at Taku, since his short cablegram of Wednes day, announcing the landing of the marines at Tien Tsin. As the admiral then stated that the marines were about proceeding by rail to Pekin.only a short trip, it is assumed that they have arrived without hindrance at their post and are now guarding the Ameri can legation at Pekin. Minister Con ger has not been in communication with the state department since Mon day last and as there is no obstruction to the cable and telegraph lines as re ported by the cable companies the state department also assumes that the status is unchanged at Pekin or cer tainly has not changed for the worse. It is hinted in diplomatic circles here that this sudden increase of activity on the part of the "boxers" is nothing more than part of a well conceived plan by one of the great European pow ers to secure a permanent lodgment in Pekin and to seize a position giving it full control of the approach to the Chinese capital. It is further intimated that the plan has proved abortive owing to the alertness of the other European powers represented in Chinese waters, but particularly to the readiness of the United States minister, Mr. Conger.and the American admiral on board the Newark which at once gave the move ment an undesired international aspect and so tended to prevent the particular nation concerned from aggranaizm itself at the expense of the interests of the other nations. Therefore, it is as sumed that the excitement will rapidly abate and the "boxers" will disperse temporarily at least. IMPORTS DOUBLE. China Is Buying Twice as Much, as in 1890. Washington, June 1. United States Consul General Goodnow at Shanghai has transmitted to the state department an interesting statement concerning China's foreign commerce last year which the consul says was character ized by an astonishing development.The net value of the import trade for 1SJ3 was $188,103,079, double that of 1890. The importation cf opium was over a mil lion pounds in excess of the imports during the preceding year. The trade in cotton goods which had remained practically stationary for three years made a great advance rising from $54, 255,m7 in 1898 to $73,571,917. In piece goods a great increase in the imports of the American product was noted al though it was considerably checked by the high prices ruling during tne last quarter of the year. On the other hand the consumption of American kerosene was lessened throughout the entire year by the higher price upon it. The impor tation of sundries rose from $66,658,167 to $79,31 8, 7i,6. The share taken in this increase by articles of comfort and lux ury is regarded by Consul General Goodnow as indicative of progress in wealth and refinement. The value of the flour imported was $2,266,138 and all of it came from the United States. The value of last year's exports from China is estimated at $i:i9,$15.213 and this amount, as in the case of the imports is more than double ihat shown in 1S90. China's exports, it is said are at present checked by price and inferior quality, due respectively to the cost of transportation and the heavy taxation and to adulteration and faulty methods of preparation. Prices will come down and the demand for China's wares increase, says the consul when railways bring the goods more cheaply and the government takes steps to pre vent the adulteration now rampant. The exportation of tea to the United States was five million pounds in excess j of the amount sent over in 1898. "It is a humiliating fact," says Con I sul General Goodnow, that of the total j tonnage of vessels entering and clear- ing from Chinese ports last year the ! United States contributed one per cent ! of the total tonnage entering from for j eign ports, the American flag floated over only 3 per cent. No Fines From Jointists. Th" report of the police department for the month of May shows no fines collected from jointists or disorderly women. The total amount of fines was $166 and the bill for feeding the prison ers was $183.60, $17.60 more than the fines. The expenses of the department will be more than usual for the month as many special policemen have been on uuty during the street fair. Sutton Given Another Boost. Dispatches from Boston announce the election of Mr. S. C. Sutton, who today becomes auditor of the Santa Fe lines west of Albuquerque, as a member of the executive committee of the Ameri can Railway Accountiner Officers. Mr. Sutton has been attending the meeting oi iie association in Boston. Talked Over Appointment Washington, June 1. The cabinet meeting today was unimportant and developed nothing of public interest. Appointments to be made in Porto Rico and Hawaii were talked over and it is thought they will be sent to the sen ate not later than tomorrow. ON TO PRETORIA. Roberts is Expected to Reach the Boer Capital By Tomorrow With Little Oppo sition. BUT 30 MILES AWAY From Johannesburg Which is Already Occupied. Will Then Send His Cavalry to Scour the Country. London, June 1. With Johannesburg added to the list of British towns the j nation now eagerly awaits a similar transformation at Pretoria. Doubtless Lord Roberts ere this has started for the Transvaal capital. The measure of resistance which he will encounter dur ing the thirty miles which separate the Gold Reef city from the former seat of government is still a matter of con jecture though most of the critics agree in believing it will not be sufficiently strong to delay the occupation of Pre toria longer than tomorrow. Once there the recuperation of the forces will probably occur while flying columns will be sent in various directions to stamp out opposition, establish a gar rison and occupy important ports. the only development trom tne seat of war as this dispatch is sent is the dispatch from Cape Town that a num ber of colonial rebels recently surprised a small body at Douglas killing sixteen of them, including their commander, Col. Spence. Bo far there is no official confirmation of this dispatch and the statements made must be received with caution. KRUGER VERT ILL. London, June 1. A belated dispatch from Kroonstad, dated Tuesday, May 29, reports that President Kruger is very ill and adds that the stationmaster at Kroonstad says the president is dead. This, however, was not credited. BOERS MAKE A STAND. Windberg. May 31. After consider able fighting the Boers, with two guns and several Maxim-Nordenfeldt guns are making a plucky stand eight miles east of Senecal. Gen. Rundle has succeeded in driv ing off the federals thus permitting un opposed the reoccupation of Lindley. STOOD OFF THE TOWN. Citizens of Sheldahl Compelled to Watch Looting of Bank. Des Moines. Ia.. June 1. The Savings bank at SheMahl, 20 miles north from here was blown up by four robbers last night who secured $1,600 and escaped af ter holding 50 or more citizens at bay with rifles. Shortly after midnight a terrific ex plosion shook the town and immediate ly the inhabitants turned out to learn the cause. A glance up the main street showed the building of the Savings bank to be in ruins and burning. Fifty citi zens rushed to the scene to be met by the gleaming barrels of two rifles in the hands of two strangers who ordered the citizens to halt. As the ruins burned brighter two other strangers were des cried looting the wrecked safe. The crowd of citizens had brought no weap ons. The two robbers on guard threat ened death to the man who moved from his tracks and the helpless denizens of Sheldahl were compelled to witness the robbery of their savings wnthout lifting a hand in remonstrance. When the two robbers who were looting the safe had secured all the money available they jolne-d their two confederates and with leveled rifles the four marauders lined up the band of citizens who stood with hands held high as ordered until the four robbers had backed away into the darkness and fled. The bank building is a total wreck, the loss being estimated at $3,000 and added to this the $1,600 se cured Dy the robbers. PIONEER BREWER DEAD. The Man Who First Made Lager in America. Philadelphia. June 1. A cable mes sage received here announces the death yesterday of Charles Engle, said to be the first brewer of German lager beer in America, at his residence in Kalsers- Lautern, Rheinpfals. Death was due to paralysis. Mr. Engle was born in 1S16. and came to this country about 60 years ago. He located in mis city, ana established a brewery, which was afterwards incorpo rated, being the first brewery in Penn sylvania to be made a corporation. In 1S8S Mr. Engle retired from business. and went abroad. He never returned to this country. BURNED AT SEA. Loss of the Chilean Ship Hindoostan and Escape of the Crew. ban i rancisco, June 1. News was brougnt nere today of the loss at sea by lire of the Chilean ship Hindoostan which sailed from this city February 8 for V alparaiso With a cargo of lumber. All the crew reached land safely. The news was brought by the brig Galilee, which arrived today from Tahiti. She had as passengers Captain Welsh and four of the lost Hindoostan crew. Cap tain Welsh gives the following particu lars of the Iras of his vessel and the subsequent experience of the crew: "On March 8, when we were in lati tude 8 degrees 48 minutes, south, longi tude 123, north, I found the ship to be on fire under the main hatch beneath the donkey engine. It was 4 o'clock in the morning when the fire was discov ered, and at 10 a. m. we had to abandon the ship. I and twelve men took one boat and the first mate and the eight remaining members of the crew took the othef. After being in the boats nine days and twenty hours and trav eling 950 miles we landed on the island of Havo, one of the Marquesas group. We stayed here nineteen days, and were then taken by the steamer Southern Cross to Tahiti, when I and four of the crew took passage on the Galilee." Back to Conference. Washington, June 1. On a yea and nay vote 63 senators voted to insist upon the senate armor plate provision and the naval bill was sent back to conference. DAVE IS SURE. Topeka Politician Believes Republi cans Will Win. The Kansas City Journal this morning contained the following: "We can beat them, fusion or no fu sion." That is what Dave Mulvane, of Kansas, said at the Coates House yester day. "The fight will be an exciting one and the race will be a close one. We ac knowledge that. "Wo will get all the Democrats who four years ago voted against Bryan, and we will get all the others who are in favor of expansion or are satisfied with the commercial industry of the country. We will get many of the old soldiers back from the Populist ranks, glad to stand by their old flag which the manly old fellows would be glad to follow today in the Philippines, and with these and our own united party we shall win. "We shall win," the speaker went on. "in the legislature, with the state tick t arrt Mrrv XCarxaoa far AfpK"inlfV Ve 1 - it to do. The Kansas people realiae WxArto, We might as well admit tne np.t will te a close one. That will tell cur friends thev have to vote on election dav. And when they do, as they will, Kansas will! nave me distinction ui no-vine a uig re publican majority just as it is to have the distinction ot naving tne Diggest wneat crop in the country." FUNSTQH AFTERTHEM. Insurgents Who Rushed the Town of San Miguel. Manila, June 1. A number of rifles have been surrendered at Cuyapo, and more are expected. The fugitive governor of Benguet province, a rich, influential and devoted friend of Aguinaldo, was captured at Allit yesterday. Generals Grant and Funston have sent detachments in pursuit of the in surgents who rushed the town of San Miguel de Mayamo near here Tuesday, killing five Americans, wounding seven, and capturing Captain Roberts of the Twenty-third' lnfantryi and two enlisted men. ROOM FOR THE CROWD. K. C. Convention Hall Will Seat 22,- 260 Persons. Kansas City, Mo., June 1. The seat ing capacity of the new Convention hall.as it will be arranged for the Dem ocratic national convention has been submitted to the national committee and John I. Martin, sergeant-at-arms by F. E. Hill, the architect and approv ed. It makes provision wr accommo dating 22,260 persons. Of this number 3,460 will be provider lor on tne arena floor, stage and correspondents plat form, these being distributed as fol lows: Delegates 930 seats; alternates 930; officials 500: stage 500; newspaper cor respondents 600. The remaining seats will be distributed over three balconies. The national committee required that a seating capacity ot 15,000 be provided exclusive of the arena floor- ,and if the present arrangements are carried out this request will be more than met. Several members of the subcommit tee of the national committee are ex pected here tomorrcw to inspect the ball and go &v&r son. other detail con nected with the convention. SHAFER FEELS BETTER. Thousand Legged . Worm Cut From the Cheek of an Ex-Soldier. Shelby, O., June 1. A thousand-leg ged worm was taken from the cheek ot John fehafer today. Shafer was a vol unteer in the Spanish-American war and spent a great deal of his time at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. The physicians who performed the operation say Shafer was most probably stung by some insect. His cheek wTas swollen to twice its natural size. CONGRESS MINE SOLD. Warner Miller and John Mackay Buy It For $1,500,000. Phoenix, Ariz., June 1. The Congress gold mine owned by the Congress Gold Mining company and located sixty miles north of Phoenix, has been sold for $1,500, 000 to a New York syndicate, Including Warner Miller and John Mackay. The first payment, which amounted to $300,000 was made today. According to the terms of sale, the final payment will be made within one year. For several years the congress mine has been regarded as the principal gold pro ducer of Arizona, netting its owners as high as $75,000 a month. KANSAS IS THIRD. In the Front Rank in Fruit Awards at Paris. Kansas has been awarded third prize for the fruit exhibit at the Paris ex position. Missouri was given the first prize. The failure of Kansas to land higher in the prize list was due to the fact that the fruit crop in the state last year was not a good one. SATURDAY'S BASEBALL. Haskell Indians Should Give Wash - burn a Lively Tussle. Those who fail to see the game at Washburn Saturday afternoon with the Haskell Indians will miss a treat, as both Haskell and the Blues are play ing fast ball these days. Following is the line-up: Washburn. Position. C. Stah! ....catcher.. Gramley pitcher.. I.. Siahl 1st base. Baxter 2d base.. Gephart 3d base. Jones shortstop.. Haskell. .... .relix. .Augusta. ....Weller. . . . Payer. . .Gravele. . ..Miguel. Anderson :.left field P:geon. Williams center field.. Archiquette. Ait ken.. ,. ..... .right field Lesl.e, WEATHER UNCERTAIN. Prognosticator Is Still on the Safe Side. The weather men are still taking the safe side and saying partly and proba bly. The forecast sent out today i3 "partly cloudy tonight and Saturday with pro bably showers. Cooler southeast portion tonight." The maximum up to 11 o'clock this morning was 80 and the maximum 63. The wind was northwest blowing 10 miles an hour. Contracts Awarded. Washington. June 1. Assistant Secre tary Taylor has awarded the contract for the interior finish, heating and plumbing of the United States mint building at Philadelphia to Charles Mc Caul of that city for $476,000. He has also awarded to Rassmussen & Streh low of Omaha and Buffalo the contract for erecting the United States gov ernment building at the Pan-American exposition at Buffalo, at $166,000. ANKER'S PARDON Effort Being Made to Secure Re lease of H. E. Mason. He is Ex-President of Marion State Bank. IS NOW IN PRISON. Was Sentenced For Two Years by District Court. W. H. Carpenter Writes ReTiew of the Case. Harry E.Mason, 'president of the First State bank of Marion, convicted of vio lations of the banking law and now serving a sentence of two years in the penitentiary, has made application to Governor Stanley for a conditional par don. W. H. Carpenter, of Marion, makes, in a letter to the governor which is on file with the papers in the case at the exec utive office, a statement of the case, a part of which follows: Six or seven years ago, Mr. Mason purchased the Cottonwood Valley Na tional bank, assuming its liabilities, un der what seems to me to be very pecu liar circumstances; and, I am inclined to think that Mr. Mason was led to be lieve that the Cottonwood Valley bank was in much better condition than it really was, and that after he had pos session of all the books and "papers, he found that the liabilities of the bank were much more than he supposed. Un der the management of Mason the Na tional bank liquidated, paying off Its depositors in full, and reorganizing un der the name of the First State bank. "There organization of course had to take care of the obligations of the old Cottonwood Valley bank and it seems that these were carried along from time to time by Mr. Mason, who borrowed money on the strength 'of the credit of the First State bank, to keep up these obligations. In addition to this Mr. Ma son was very unfortunate in making some loans to some fellows In this coun ty by the name of Smith; without any fault on his part he lost between $6,000 and $7,000 by making loans to these par ties. These facts I am familiar with by reason of having been connected with the litigation growing out of these loans and having been connected with other litigations as attorney against the bank. 1 think I can safely say that there was a loss to Mr. Mason of $10,000 or $12,- 000, occasioned by the condition of the bank and these loans that I personally Know aDout. "There can be no question that Mason 'kited' the checks in order to keep the funds on hand to meet the obligations of his depositors and obligations he had to make to cover the loss. "Kiting" a check is a fictitious trans action. The banker to retain the use of money for a short period makes a draft on some person out of town who has no money belonging to the maker of the draft, but he completes the fictitious transaction by making a draft upon the person drawing the original draft. Such a draft is not bankable; it is worth less, but it creates a transaction which provides an opportunity for the reten tion of funds contemplated by the trans action. "Kiting" a check by bankers is regarded as an unprofessional, dishon orable act. "But I am convinced," continues Mr. Carpenter, 'that Mr. Mason did not 'kite' these checks for the purpose of raising money to appropriate to hi3 private use, and there is not a bit of evidence to indicate that he ever did appropriate any of the funds of the bank or any of the funds that may have been received by 'kiting' these checks, to his own use. And, no one lost any money by reason of the 'kiting' of these checks. ' "I am inclined to think the bank would have pulled through, as the evi dence showed the bank in better condi tion at the time it was closed than it was two or three years prior to that time. I am inclined to think that the bank would have pulled through had it not been for an unfortunate alterca tion that took place between Mr. Mason and" our county attorney; not that the county attorney sought to afterwards bring about the ruin of the bank, or the prosecution of Mr. Mason, but after the altercation parties took sides as they always do in a little bit of a town like this (Marion) and friends of the county attorney withdrew their deposits. This was known to other depositors, as all things are known in towns of this size to everybody as soon as they happen, occasioned a run on the bank which culminated in its closing by the bank commissioner." Mr. Carpenter thereafter explains that at the outset he believed Mason guilty and declined to defend him as attorney. However be now states that he has changed his opinion and believes Mason should be liberated. Mr. Carpenter says: "The bank has already paid 60 cents on the dollar and the facts show that were it not for the expense of the receivership, the bank would pay out in full, which of course shows that the bank was solvent at the time it was closed. Mr. Carpenter believes "the law hav ing been vindicated no good can come from detaining Mason longer in the penitentiary." Carpenter charges that Commissioner Breidenthal closed the bank when it was solvent. County Attorney J. T. Dickerson who prosecuted Mason says: "His wife is in poor health; a parole would assist them by giving the family his services for support." Judge O. L. Moore who sentenced Mason concurs In the statement made by Dickerson and recommends a con ditional pardon. J. H. Smith, clerk of the court, also recommends the pardon. G. F. Sacket, S. F. Sacket. G. F. nonaldson, W. P. Morris, Tavlor Rid dle, D. W. Wheeler, W. H. Evans, O. C. Billings, ex-Representative Ferd J. Funk, S. C. Freeland, Henderson Mar tin, N. F. Miesse, J. C. Thomas, E. W. Hoch, County Superintendent L. M. Knowles, and Receiver Burkholder join in letters to the governor asking for the conditional pardon. These men say that Mason's wife and four children rely on public charity for their sole support. Weather Indications. Chicago, June 1. For Kansas: Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday, with probably showers; cooler in southeast portion tonight; northerly winds. TO TOTE ON TRUSTS. House Resolution to Amend the Con stitution. Washington, June l.: The house un der a special order adopted after an ex ceedingly hot debate in which the lead ers on both sides charged each other with playing to the political galleries, entered upon the consideration of the resolution reported from. the Judiciary committee proposing a constitutional amendment to lodge in congress the power to "define, regulate, control, pro hibite or dissolve trusts, monopolies or combinations." Under the terms of the order tonight at 7 o'clock, the vote is to be taken without opportunity to amend. Satur day is to be devoted to the bill to amend the Sherman anti-trust law. The Dem ocrats charged that the proposed con stitutional amendment was objection able in that it was a mere political pre text, that it was unnecessary and was proposed at the end of the session for election purposes in the campaign. The Republicans repudiated the charge of bad faith. A constitutional amendment requires two-thirds vote to adopt it, or 236 Votes, with the present membership of the house. The Republicans have only 1M6 votes, 50 less than the requisite two thirds. WANTS THE BOERS. Colorado Will Welcome the De feated Federalists. Chicago, June 1. A special to the Tribune from Denver, Colo., says: Governor Thomas has given, his in dorsement to a gigantic proposition, having for its object the bringing of the defeated Boers to the valley of the Platte in Colorado. The Union Pacific Land company proposes to give a mil lion acres of land, to be taken up under tne arey lana act. on tne Julesburg and Wyoming divisions. There is to be no charge for the gift, and the company will undertake to transport the Boers to Colorado, being repaid on the in staliment plan after the communities are established and prosperous. K. C. Wantlam. agent of the Union Pacinc, left for the east last night. where he will meet the Boer envoys and explain in detail the proposition. CRONJE'S KEEPER. From the Matin (Paris).! I looked at the company. At table opposite me were the officers, the clad in red tunics, and some gentlemen in empking Jackets. The menu was passed around. Terrible moment! I know nothing of English dishes. "Will you allow me to help you, sir? I have lived much in France, and I might be able to tell you to what dishes of your country ours correspond." A harp playing on a stormy night would not cause me greater joy. It is my neighbor on the left who addresses me thu3, with just that slight lisping so becoming to foreigners. I pour out mv thanks. "h! the least thing we can do s to help sou, since you are the only French mail here." J do not repent it. "i would wager," says" rrtT ftetghbar, "that you believe In English pride, in their contempt of the French, and in British sans-gene." I try in my turn to find some amiable phrases; then, "Are you going to the Cape, madam?" "No. sir; to St. Helena." Profound astonishment on my part. "Ah, all England, it seems, is going to St. Helena," I say to myself. "And you, sir?" "I, too, am going to St. Helena, madam." "Ah, what a surprise!" "I am going to see the grave of Na poleon." "You are right to do so; he was a giat figure. I am going to rejoin my husband, who has command of the isl and." "Oh, the hazard of the voyage! I am sitting ;.ext the Countess Bathurst, whose husband is in command at St. Helena, and who is descended from the very minister that sent Napoleon into exile. The father of Lady Bathurst is the proprietor of 'The Morning Post.' ' "How odd it is!" she says with a smile; "it was the great-grandfather of my husband who exiled your emperor, and it is my husband who is charged with guarding Cronje. But rest assured that he will be better treated than Na poleon." "You think, then, that Napoleon wa3 badly treated?" "Oh, don't speak of it! It is one of the most deplorable pages of our hls tor. It was the fault of that stupid Hudson Lowe, whom they ought never to have selected, and who was so little of a gentleman. He wrote lying letters to London, hid the real state of the emperor, and deceived all the world This unfortunate man has contributed more than anything else to give us the reputation of being ciwel." The Countess stopped. Then, excit edly: "It was like that idea of calling him 'General Bonaparte." It was stupid, and so mean and useless! Just as if he had not the right, more than any one, to be treated as an emperor to the end, he who was so nobly vanquished. That Hudson Lowe is a disgrace to us. Unfortunately, Cronje is not the equal of the other, and his exile will be less talked about." The conversation continues about Na poleon, and in the course of it the Countess reveals to me that the man uscript of the "Memorial of St. Helena" belongs to her husband. "But how," said she, "are you going to put up at St. Helena?" "At the hotel." "But there isn't one!" She laughed very gaily. "Well, you must go and put up at Longwood. Be sides, there you will be on French soil." "What?" "Didn't you know it? I didn't before the Journey. Longwood was given to France under Napoleon III. I wanted to buy it when my husband was sent there, and, it was thus that I learned the fact." "Then I shall still be in France." "To be sure you wil!." Go as You Please. Washington, June 1. The Demo cratic members of the house expected to hold a conference on the trust sub ject at 10 a. m. today, but it was given up, although an informal understand ing was reached that each man was free to exercise his own Judgment for or against the proposition. Dutch Cabinet "Will Resign. The Hague, June 1. The first cham ber has rejected by 29 to 20 votes the government bill to insure workmen against accidents. It is said the min istry, will resign. "A gem is not polished without rub bing nor is a man perfected without trials. BLACKJAE1CER. A Deadly Epidemic Appears at Newport. Threo Persons Hare Died With in a Week. SICK BUT TWO DATS. Swift Bnrial Follows and Houses Are Quarantined. Schoois Hare Been Closed as Precautionary Measure. Newport, June 1. An epidemic of black cancer rash prevails at West Derby, a suburb of Newport. Three deaths have occurred within a week and in each instance the victim had been ill but two days when fatal symptoms appeared. They were buried immediately. About fifty houses have been quarantined, the schools have been closed and everything possible ia being done to prevent further spread of the plague. NOT ENOUGH CARRIAGES Xn Louisville, Ky., to Haul Ladies to the Ball. Loufsville, Ky., June 1. Rain con tinued falling today and as there was little prospect of its abatement, the grand parade of Confederate Veterans and Sons of Veterans arranged for this afternoon was postponed until tomor row. There are. It is claimed, 3,000 ladies in the oity who are anxious to attend the ball and there are not over 500 car riages available. Last night many ladies on their way to the ball given, by the young men of Louisville to the visiting sponsors and maids of henor were compelled to walk several squares in the rain with their light slippers and much discomfort was the result. The attendance at the convention of this forenoon was larger than at" any previous session notwithstanding the rain. The convention was called to order at 10 o'clock by Gen. Gordon. The report of the committee to erect a monument to the women of the con federacy was read by James Mann of Nottawa, Va., its chairman. The com mittee recommended that a committee of one from each state in the confedera tion be appointed by .the commander-in-chief, this committee to appoint sub-committees to raise a fund for the monument. The committee also recom mended that the plan be communicated to the. United Confederate Veterans with a request for their approval. Mr. Mann paid a tribute to the wo men of the south during and after the civil war and told of their work in Erecting - 'monuments- -to confederate dead. He urged that all the sons of veterans immedi&tejy proceed to raise funds for the monument. - The plan of the committee which was offered as an amendment to plan adopted at Charles ton, was endorsed by Blscoe Hindman of Louisville, W. R. Kivett of Colorado Springs. Colo., B. H. Kirk of Waco, Texas. Commander Colquitt of Atlanta and William E. Jones of Etherton, Ga., and was adopted by the confederation. One hundred dollars was appropriated for the expenses of the monument com mittee. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE Between Aiding India and Helping the Boers. Washington, June 1. At the opening of the session of the senate today Mr. Perkins (Cal.) presented a petition from, organizations and individuals of his state asl.ing congress to make an ap propriation for the relief of the fam ishing people of India, and he asked that it be referred to the committee on appropriations. He was not, he said, in possession of sufficient information! to enable nim to prepare a proper reso lution dealing with the question. In. 1897 he had asked for and procured a ship to carry to India provisions do nated by the people of California. Ore gon, Washington, Nebraska, Kansas) and Iowa. The provisions aggregated 4.000 tons. No official acknowledgment ever had been received of that donation so far as he was aware. He hesitated now therefore to press a resolution looking to the relief of the people of India lest the government of Great Britain might not look with favor upon the action cf congress in sending to India un&olicited, almost as it might not look with favor on a friendly in-' terventior by this government in the South African war. The resolution brought a question from Mr. Hale (Me.). He desired to know what England had been doing for her starving millions in India while she was pouring out unlimited treasure to crush two republics in Africa. Mr. Perkins said he did not wish to debate that question, but he did wish a careful committee report on the me morial. It was sent to the committee on appropriations. For the corferees on the naval ap propriation bill Mr. Hale reported an other disagreement on the subjects of armor plate, ocean surveys and course of study at the naval academy. He said there was an absolute deadlock between the conferees of the two houses and he expressed a desire that senators state their views freely in order that the senate conferees might have the benefit of their opinions and sugges tions. RACE TRACK RAIDED. Police Gather in Betting Parapherna lia of Hawthorne Bookmakers. Chicago, June 1. The police of Oak park raided the Hawthorne race track and confiscated all the cards, time sheets and other paraphernalia of the book makers found in the betting ring. The police were armed with search warrants and no resistance was made by the track officials. The raid is the result of the fight being made by the Oak park authorities against liquor selling and gambling at the track. Judge Dunne decided the Hawthorne race track saloon dispute today, finding in faver of the town of Cicero. Tht ruling sustains the validity of the license repealing ordinance recently passed. Santa Fe Gun Club Shoot. The Santa Fe Gun club will have a shoot Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock just east of the Santa Fe shops and visitors and the Rock Island Gun club, especially, are invited to attend.