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1IRISTMS like It
. mi cl t-i be!
Thnt'B - tin-. thing
would ejndilcn me.
Khh mid Itln from
fur iiiul rnir
Jjinirg In the Christ
inas chrrr.
it f'fK
;iilnKi:lrl and. boys!
linn iird the joya!
ukc ituSfdtobcr
rhrl-tm if "ke 11 US"J 10 bc
w"..,..,Hr.Bb,Mhai;dtr r.'u,.ilr.llK flown the lane; .
;tojnlm;,r,dJlin and Jans, .
e , , - -uK-ocniidnll Hie rest
raining t" ":lt wurl,i of "lee
gTwiiw like It used to be.
rhr'-dm :s like It used lo -,,
., ), -.-:, longtime flnce we
vi-lnil oviit n Uinta buM com'
Yolll,c:l'. ai.d I a drum,
Y,iu u l'"k n'i'! 1 " f!ul , , .
BtrnrA-.Til Mvirt niiil ji.ilnti d red;
on h.n t-..iv r jui.iit. i
rUrkliiKia like il used to be.
Ch-Ni in.is like It used to t.
It Is Hill K-i'l "'id fri'e'
Aril in- f.i'f "'! 1,111 of tru,h
i-,i ill. i if ;in r fvi s" cl youth.
iviiY. v- Kindly tJlmp-e It through
Dyi's'i'iir i hiWri-n's thlWrc n lo
Inti,. Ii-.ii j -iiiu'' v.e would sen
ltiri Me. i- like It used lo be.
-Nix- u Waterman, In l-illlott's Maga
7,il:c. . ,
6 ft r. S SS''I A liEEr
that old Mrs.
Moon was "plumb
pet" ngainst Tom
White. They also
knew Ikat 1 inn was determined to
mnrrv ll;ii'isv Moon. The views of
C;an.- v Iii-e.f were locked in the
lircaM el tliiit maiden and no one. not
even lor i:r:inilniotliur, could draw
tl.cm ferili. S!:e listened to the old
tally' i! :. i riiies against Tom, just as
the r-l : 'I to 'Join's ardent wooing
01,(1 t,:i; la 1 1 1 1 1 : ; f .
Mrs. "iiui, her unmarried daughter
nr.il (!.i!'"-v lived in a liny cabin nt
(he fi t el I he I.iitle llaekbone, n very
.ace m summer, thou
that fia-on was brief enough in n
region which is described by its
denizen as having "nine months win
ter ninl three months cool weather"
each year. In winter 1 he cabin was
not a picrnnt lnce of abode. Not
only did Die snow drift high about it,
but the playful winds entered through
the en-vices which Mrs. Moon was al
ways intending to have filled up and
never di,!. It was lonely in winter,
ton; nut ev.-n the most persistent
suitor o; ;:M find his way to it fre
quert'y v In n the trail was obliter
ated he M.u-.v driris and wlien night
c.une early and suddenly, too, ill the
ihaiie i r the mountains.
Clari.- y was thinking of these
tliit-S5. as slie stood at the cabin door
one afternoon in' the middle of De
cember. It was rather a cool place
fur me.liialions, but hi r Aunt l'hoebc
Mas on what her mother was wont
rail a "hijrli," nml any )!aee was
Kefi-ral'le to her Immediate vicinity
nt Fiieli a tiir.e. Aunt I'lioebe's tern
I'tr, never very sweet, had ill with
stood llu- strain of prolonged Fpinster
lood. m il she vented her maidenly
rt.s;iipnh.( int d t on the nearest ob
J1"', ler mother and Clnrissy, who
Here (in!i,. innocent in the matter.
"Nrms if I (.ain't please her, no
Hv." Harissy ils saying to herself,
"I cain'i bear that nir bothersome
"em Wiiite, but he's bettern' what
is' H'.vliow. Pposn' I was f give
h.m or si.;a t' come V talk t' me er
li'.c."' As slie hesitated she heard
Aunt I'heebe's shrill tones still raised
li lianirer pitch in the cabin. Drnvv-
ir tl!0 ri,,i lKuidkcrehief which
knoMed eoiiiu'ttisbly about her
ark hair, she ran down the path and
"aivinir down a branch of the young
which stood alone, she dertlv tied
" slreainer to it. The handkerchief
-:-s Tears gift and he had begged
, 'r. ,0 it ns a signal whenever she
Us''tl his ennipany. It was the first
'i'l' s-he had made use of it, and as
,H'(' i s,e was assuring herself
kiat she "didn't care er mite fer that
ffat, nwliward fellow," but, in spite
J' "lat ''-. her cheeks rivaled the
lidkerehii-f i color. Yielding to
"".den impulse she scurried into
"e e:'hin Tgnrtllesg of Aunt Phoebe's
"'"I I'eek out'n the window an'
Jiatili fer liiin," she. Ibought, "an' I'll
'Ct hi in cool his l,r..ic ,, ...
j"r I (to out. Anyhow, I ain't prom
''I nolhiiig by tying that hundher
tiier tip there."
t'huusy had the sharp ears of the
mountaineer and soon she heard steps
"muig along the trail and finally into
clearing, but she never moved,
He to see ,jmt hf,p pr.imimol,er was
"2ls" in the chimney comer and
"'t ritocbe absorbed with her oullt
"ces. The latter had passed from
active to the passive stage of her
""'Ihtions and was nnw tuiiin
,le steps approached nearerund
"Ef that old stupid ain't comln' in
!, after nil Clnrissy thought.
"'I. prnnny'll send him off with a
"J his ear if he does, that's all!"
iiiiiilterei'1SS,'n'01-nl el"bor;l,e
"Hello, thnri" called a masculine
ice scarcely audible to Clarissy for
'"ing of her heart. She made
"0 nmye ad the call was repeated.
om J! got no manners, t' let
'"lany wait out there that a way,"
aunt said, sharply, and poor Clar-""tflyiiHjto-th.
Purd 'it00(, "ot Tom but Amos
Co l' a nnr np'Rlii)or, aa neighbors
idn, a ,in,y 8ctlled country. Bnd
nail i ' f two Inonths' standing who
lie .()'re,J lu once or twice of late.
hleh t r(1 nW w,th a BhepP!R a,r
Ch,r Hnyone lcE" preoccupied than
w-1 "3" w"u'"1 have proved that he
0,1 coiirtlnsr bent. He took a
n,'ar the door and where he
'i' Clarissy's view of the win-
cold day," h0 ventured, od
"ei"ke Auat VhotU.
Oh. th' 1:11
,,h il;. tc:
"V.'ell, J jurs, ve Cfir.t .,p(,ct much
else, with Chrislmns only two weeks
off," was thj iiiiraeioua reply,
"Yep, Uit.ps SOi (lu iinv rf.
spnnded. '1 1i.ii he relapsed into an
oinlmrrasM il silence, during which he,
with app-.rent niiei)v,s,.iUsiiess, stared
Clanssy m:t of countenance.
"Olc eb White killed er bear Inst
ChueMlay," was his next remark, still
addressed to Aunt l'hoebc. "Biggest
one this year, he says. Them Whites
is awful liars, though, an' I cain't
promise ef he tells th' truth er not."
"Them Whiles Is a bad stock," Mrs.
Moon broke in, suddenly; "one of 'em
filled cur ole cow full of shot when
I was a gal, pretcmlin' like he thought
she win er bear. Au' all the satisfac
Hon pap pot was puttin' er load o'
shot irto him, and pretendin' like he
thought he was cr buck!" She chuck
led at the remembrance.
"That air Tom While's poin' t' see
Tiny Koonlz;" remarked the guest.
"I seen 'em walkin' last Sunday.
Reckon they'll be gitlin' married
soon. Seems s'f they'd be a lot of mar
ryin' round yerc before long. Kr man
ilia' worth much nowadays 'nless he'
got a wife."
Clnrissy had turned pale at the bit
of news. She rose now, on pretense
of gelling more wood for the fire and
went outside. Aunt, l'hoebc had sud
denly become gracious and the sound
of her voice followed the girl us she
run along the trail to the tree which
held her token.
"lie ain't poin' t' think I want 'im;"
she panted, he can go t' his Tiny
Koonlz, ef he wants to. I don't want
'im--great awkward thing!" She
dashed away a tear, as she did so,
and saw that the handkerchief no
longer llultered from the branch.
Nervously she searched the ground to
so if the wind had curried it into a
clump of bushes. But no handker
chief was there! Tom had evidently
come and gone, without trying to at
tract her attention.
"An he's, takin th' handkercher t'
that air Tiny Koontz!" she said. Then,
with head held high, she marched back,
meeting Amos face to face, as he came
down the pal h.
"Mighty purty red cheeks ye got,
Clnrissy," he remarked; "when I git er
nolher wife she's got t' have red cheeks,
I tell ye. Say, d'ye like red apples?
I'll fetch ye some when I come this here
way agin; you look in that air holler
slump, an' ye'il find 'em."
"I jest plum despise red apples, nn' I
plum despise ynu. too, Amos Turdy."
And she tied to the cabin before th
astonished guest had time to make re-
To her surprise, Aunt I'hoebe was in
especially good humor. Her mother
hud been throwing out some very plain
hints as to the intentions of Amos re
garding herself, which chimed pleasant
ly with her own opinions on the subject.
She giggled mightily, and assured her
mother that she "wouldn't look at that
ole silly, no, not fer nothing!" But she
was mightily pleased, us anyone could
In her anger against Tom, Clarissy
forgot all about Amos and his red ap-
U ViVY:; ;'M
1 I
Imnm Ml
i tl I I ! Tf rl: If:
riles and indeed, she attached no im-
I ' ' . ,f 1 CU
portunce to the offer, anyhow. She,
., ,n verv eav that evening, for she
felt that her grandmother's sharp eyes
were on her, and she would have died
rather than display her futile rage
against her faithless lover. She as
sured herself over and over again that
she never cared a straw for Tom, but
the fact that she had sent for him and
that he had answered her signal only to
carry off the present he had given her
to take it to another rankled in her
breast. ,
Heavy snow fell the next day and a
cold kept her close in the cabin for a
week. Amos was the only visitor dur
ing that time, and when he came ho
brought a substantial offering of ven
ison and a brace of rubbits, gifts by
no means to be despised, and which Mrs.
Moon received most graciously. Aurt
Phoebe's eyes shone, but she kept them
on the ground in maidenly modesty
and was very reserved and coy in her
manner. It never occurred to cither
her mother or herself that Liarissy
the object of Amos' evident intentions.
"I plum got t' have somebody t keep
house fer me soon," the guest re
marked. "I ain't much of a cook myself,
an' there's lots o' good meat spollin at
th' cabin now fer want o' a woman t
look afier it. I was cr good husbnn t
my woman while she was linn , he
concluded. .
"So ye was, Amos," Mrs. Moon agreed,
en"erly; "I always said so." She was
overjoyed at the idea of giving up her
daughter; she thought delightedly of
the nulet life she could lead with only
CHrissv "An', now that nir Tom
While's out'n th' way, 1 11 git t' keep
her a long time," she reasoned, com
placently, as she listened to the vis-
orTaecunt of what he intended to
do for his w ife when he married again.
"An' talkin' erbout marryin ; T guess
Tom White cn' Tiny KoonU'Il be g.ttln
m rried a Christmas. I seen her with
a red hankercher h. Biv htt th 1
lime I a over there." be went on.
t seemed to Clarissy that she would
o e as he sat there. It was bad enough
uteM herself that Tom ha 1 given h,
handkerchief to Tiny, M to hear .J
M a certainty was worst et. bun mad
ii fiii r
i ') i Mum m re:rrrJz - -
no sign, but when the talk had once
more veered around to the apparently
inexhaustible subject of Amos second
wife she slipped softly out of the cabin
and wandered about in the snow like
some wild thing with a mortal hurt.
As she was returning an hour luter she
found Amos patiently awaiting her at
the hollow tree.
"1 put n lot o' nuts in there and some
yellow apples," he announced. "Kf ye
don't like red apples ye mils' like yel
low ones. Say, Clarissy, sposn' you'n
me git married a ChriRmus, like whul
Tom White an' Tilly Koontz is coin'
Clarissy never could remember rigTit
ly what she said, but Amos construed
her answer into consent, and, promis
ing to come with the preacher at seven
o'clock on Christmas evening, he went
his way.
It was dark when Clarissy came Into
the cabin, and her grandmother and
aunt were in such a state of excitement
that they failed to notice her pale
cnccifs and wild eyes. For they had de
cided that Amos certainly meant to
marry I'hoebe and that preparations
had better be commenced at once.
"Because widowers don't want t' wait
er minute," Mrs. Moon said, sagely;
"they makes up their minds quick, an'
they expects other folks t' do th' same.
I wouldn't be a mite surprised to see
im come in with th preacher a Christ
mas, like what ole Sam Smith did when
he got married th' fourth time. Sairy
she wasn' 'xpectin' 'em, but she thought
she better take 'im when she could git
Nothing- was said to Clarissy, who
was regarded as a child by her elders
and she, in her intense preoccupation,
failed to notice that the preparations
for Christmas were on a much more
elaborate scale than usual. She was in
a sort of a daze, sometimes determined
to marry Amos in order to convince
Tom that she cared nothing for him;
at others, determined to die before she
did such a thing.
Fortunately for her, Aunt I'hoebe
wanted a quantity of ground pine and
red berries with which to adorn the
cabin, and as Clarissy knew the shel
tered spots where they were likely to
be found she was sent out in quest of
them. In her anxiety to be alone she
made (he quest a prolonged one. Amos
wisely absented himself from the cabin,
a fact, which puzzled Mrs. Moon and her
daughter not a little. Clarissy gave
this fact not a thought; she was quite
in ignorance of the fact that Amos was
supposed to be the victim of her aunt's
bow and spear, and was only thankful
to have him out of the way while she
wrestled with her problem.
All too soon, it was Christmas eve,
and Clarissy .went forth for a Inst
load of pine, with which the cabin
was already guy. Late in the after
noon, she sat, down a 'moment with
her load, still pondering upon the
subject which never left her mind.
She was in no hurry to return home,
for her aunt hud gone to the store
at the cross roads to make a few pur
chases and she knew that her grand
mother would be dozing and uncon
scious of the flight of time.
Aa Bhe sat there, Clnrissy let th?
, big tears roll unchecked down her
I n1.,l,B T. .,n,r,rl l,or Tinil, flint
cheeks. It seemed to her now that
Tom had left her for another, he had
become the one object for which she
"Well, I'll take. Amos;" she snid,
proudly, "an' then nobody '11 know
Tom left me fer Tiny Koontz!" As
she spoke, she rose from the stump
on which she was sitting and came
face to face with Tom Tom pule and
haggard, and with a gun over his
shoulder, which added to the. wild
ness of his appearance. Clarissy
trembled so thnt she could scarcely
Btand, but she put on a brave smile.
"That you, Tom," she said, "I I
mils' wish ye well, you 'n Tiny. When
ye goin' t' git married to-morrow?"
Tom put down his gun, "Me 'n
who?" he demanded, fiercely.
Clarissy's anger grew at the eva
sion. "Yon V Tiny Koontz," she re
sponded. "Amos Furdy, lis tole me
how jou V her was goin' t' get
married to-morrow njght."
"Amos Vurdy tole ye that?"
"Yes. he did; and ye needn't to
deny it I don't cure!" All the girl's
fierce pride wus in arms. "I I only
put th' red handkerchief on th' tree
that, day because"
"Because ye wanted t' make er fool
er me!" Tom cried, hotly. "Ye had
took it down again 'fore I could git
there, an' ye give it t' Amos I'urdy;
he showed it t' me. An' he tole me
you V him was goin t' get married
n rhrlstmns. an' ye didn' want no
more sight o' me! I on'y wish I'd
had my gun that day, an'--"
"Oh, Tom! Tom!" Clnrissy and the
ground pine were all tangled up in
his arms, and Clarissy was crying for
pure joy.
"But I tell ye one thing, Clarissy,"
Tom aid, later, "that ole. coon did
see me with Tiny Koontz that day.
I was giving her a message from
Walt Thomas over at th' sawmill.
Him V her's goin' to git married
noil's he tits back." '
When Clarissy at last staneo tor
home Tom went with her to tell her
graniiini" m-i .in.. .... .- . ..
bw grauddaugb.'." tlie following
, a... iiwtt I. n iYi..ntu. in mnrrv
day, with her consent or without it.
"For I am" goln' t' tike no oore
chances!" Tom affirmed.
Luckily, Aunt Fhoebe had not re
lumed when they reached the cabin,
and the Ftory was ponied out to
Mrs. Moon alone. Her dislike for
Tom n.-lttd away before the idea of
Clarissy's marrying Amos, on whom
I'hoebe had set her heart, and leav
ing her to bear the brunt of that
damsel's rage. , '
"Tell ye what yon do," she said,
finally. "You V Tom git ready t
git married to-morrow night an' jest
leave Amos t me when he comes!"
Tom st nod out for a personal inter
view with Amos first, but he was
overruled. Just what Mrs. Moon said
to that worthy during the few min
utes' private talk they had no one
ever knew. She said it so convinc
ingly, however, that there was a
double wedding in the cabin that
Christinas night, and Aunt Fhocbe
never knew that she waa second
choice. Eliza Armstrong, in Banner
of Gold.
Esrthlv Lire of Clirl.t a Rood One to
Emulate The Story of
Se rouse
To do good is the very salt of life,
It is what keeps the love of life from
decaying or corrupting. We arc told
of our Lord that "He went about
doing good," and we know that
though lie was a man of sorrows
and acquainted with gTief, He had in
Him a never-failing source of joy,
which from time to time broke forth
in enraptured utterances to His Fa
ther and in blessing upon mankind.
Not the least of the sources of this
joy was the knowledge that He was
doing good day by day and sowing
seeds of happiness in the world which
would blossom and bear fruit in after
days. The selfish man who lives for
himself cannot enjoy life. He is
miserable; but let him change and
think more of others than of himself
and what a difference! How well
Dickens puts this in-fais "Christmas
Carol!" At the beginning of the
story we have a portrait of Scrooge,
a tight-fisted man, hard as a grind
stone, sharp as a flint from which no
steel had ever struck out generous
fire, secret and self contained and
solitary as an oyster. Nobody ever
stopped him in the street to say, with
gladsome looks "How are you?" No
beggar implored him for a trifle; no
children asked Wm the time of day.
Rich enough he was, but dismal,
morose and melancholy. He had
never done good to anyone. He had
thought and lived only for himself;
but he is visited by three ghosts
the ghost of the past, the ghost of
the present and the ghost of
the future and they teach him a
lesson and he becomes a good friend,
a good master and a good man, and
opens his heart and his purse to oth
ers and, as a consequence, he begins
to love the life he once hated and to
see the good days he once hail no
faith in. l!ev. Arthur 8. Brooks, M,
A., in Central Christinn Advocate.
How We Mny Knlrr the Realm
Christina Joy Itenl Spirit
of the ScnMon.
There is one self-denial that is so
costly that, we should deliberate well
before we decide to make it. It is the
self-denial involved in not entering
into the spirit of the Christmas sea
son .by doing what we can to make
others happy. We can all understand
the disposition of the poor sentnstrest
who lived for weeks on the most
frugal fare in order that she might
enjoy the luxury of making a few
Christmas presents to those she loved.
Perhaps it was not wise, and she was
impairing her own health find effi
ciency by the self-imposed sacrifice,
but we all recognize the nobility o)
the spin.. Such a woman has the
Divine quality that elicits nffection
because she nas It. It is devotion
like that which is more lovely to
discerning eyes than beauty of face
or form, or the possession of accom
plishments. Most of us do not have
to sacrifice ourselves like that, in or
der to show our good will and inter
est in others; but we do not always
do it ns we niiglit. Too often we
suffer our indolence, or thoughtless
ness, or unwillingness to have our
convenience disturbed, shut fast the
door through which we might pass to
a ministration and sympathy thnt
would bless others and enrich our
own hearts. Whether you have much
money or little, you can look around
ynu to see what you can do to make
others happier, nnd In doing It you
will find that your own heart, cnten
the realm of Christmas joy. Boston
Fate delights in still contrasting
All that comes to mortalR here;
Some mny feast. The rest ore fasting.
For each smile there Is a tear.
There arc shine and holly berry.
There Is hntiKer's tattered cloak.
There Is Christmas when you're merry
And there's Christmas when you're broke,
When the music, softly playing.
Seems less tenderly to fall
Than the laimhter that comes straying
ThroiiRh the nursery nnd the hall,
Who shall think that some poor fellow
On the pavement stands afar,
Watching every gleam so mellow
Through your window blind aJarT
When all care Is shut behind us
And when love dispels each sigh.
Let some gentle thought remind us
Of the lonely passer-by.
Life to some, though pleasant, very,
Isn't all a gladsome joke.
There Is Christmas when you're merry
And there's Christmas when you're broke,
Washington Riar.
Xot That Kind.
"you know whnt is said about cast
ing your bread upon the waters,"
said the man with the subscription
paper. "After many days it will com,
buck to you."
"Not the kind our cook makes," re
sponded the other mnn. "It would
sink to the bottom like a stone."
Chicago Tribune,
The Chrl.t Child.
You children. In whose eyes
t'nfllmmed the light of heaven glows,
Whose dreams ar bright with paradise,
Whose souls r.re whiter than the snows,
Froii holy Hps find tindrflled
Breathe your soft piayer to Chiltt tht
tkChoolhonsY la Kmim,
I : More than 150 new sehonll ousei
' la.t jcar.
nnvn ut-cii uuui iu Atouaaa nn.i- -
Second Beselon.l
In the senate, on the 10th, Hon. Charles
A. Towne, recently aioolnted by the gov
ernor ut Minnesota lo succeed the late
Hemttor Uuvls, lo-.k the oath of otllca. No
buslnens of ImporUnee was translated In
op. it seaslun, Hie senate golns Into secret
session on the ilav- Pauncefote treaty as
soen a the loutint) buslntes had be-n flls-
liosed of In the house, th leiflslatlvo,
executive and judicial appropriation bill
was passed, nfter a reading that occupied
three hoi:rs and ten minutes' debate. T'ih
bill carriea KM, M,M- No other business
was transacted.
In tho senate, on the Hill, the oleomar
garine bill passed by the house was seirt
to the committee on agriculture. An or
der directing that vacancies on n-veral
committees be tilled by appointment of
Senator Towne (Minn.) was rantteii. im
.hip si.hsldy bill was taken opt and Mr.
Clay (Ga.) delivered a speech In opposition
to the measure In Hie house, a n sulu-
tioti was adopted for the appointment ol
a committee of five members to Inwsil
gate the death of Oscar L. Uooz, as alleg
ed, as the result of hazing at the Unl
Kulnt Military academy. The revenue re
duction bill was then taken up.
In the senate, on the 13th, the Davl
amendment to the Hay-l'aunccfuto treaty
was adopted by a vote of (ia-lo 17. A fea
ture of th session was a three-hours
speech by Senator Hsnna In favor of the
ship subsldv bill, which was listened to
throughout with close attention by sena
tors on loth nirlffl of flip, ehuiiiber In tlie
house the dull and uninteresting debate
upon the war revenue reiiueiion oiu w-os
fniitlnnl. Mr. Hartholdt Clltlcis.-d the
action of the ways and means committee
for not' making a deeper cut in the tax on
beer. The house adopted a joint resolution
for a holl.luv recess from December 21, to
January i, 11101.
Ill the senate, on the 14th, no business of
Importance waa transacted during the
brief open session. At !la0 p. m. the sen
ate went Into exeeulive session lor the
further eitnsldpra tuin of the II ilV-l'auliee.
l'oto treaty, nnd at half-past four o'clock
ndiourned for the day In the house
tlie session was occupied with a turther
consideration "l 'be war revenue Mil. but
without disposing of more than half of the
proposed measure, the house adjourned.
The Standard theater, St. Lruis, ad
vertised as "Tlie Home of Folly; Two
Frolics Daily," managed by Congressman-elect
.lames Butler, of the
Twelfth .Missouri district, was gutted
by lire, on the night of the ritb, fol
lowing a very "warm" performance
by the Ctopian Ilurlesquers.
The Coal trust is perfecting deals
that will give it control of all the
mines in the Wyoming and Lacka
wanna valleys, comprising a district
from Nanticoke to Carbondalc, Fa. A
number of options have already been
The building, foundry nnd machin
ery of the Lane & Booley iron works,
Cincinnati, were burned, on the night
of the tilth, with a total loss of from
$200,000 to $230,000. They were large
manufacturers of saw mills, traction
engines and many other articles.
The mail car on the Cotton Belt
passenger train from Waco to Mem
phis was entered, at midnight of the
12th, and robbed by two unknown
white men, under masks, near lias
sett, Tex., a small station about
twenty miles south of Texarkana.
Mrs. August Beck, of Milwaukee,
died in Chicago, on the night of the
Hth, of injuries sustained by reason
of the recent boiler explosion on the
N'lirthweslcrn railroad. The death of
Mrs. Beck is the eighth to be charged
to the explosion.
licpresentative l'.rosius, of Pennsyl
vania, on the 14th, introduced a reso
lution for a constitutional amendment
designed to permanently lix th" mem
bership of the house of representa
tives : t 357, the present number.
Frank H. Hamilton, in jail ut Min
neapolis, Minn., as a result of the
killing of Millionaire Day, was ar
raigned in the district court, on 1be
141 h, on a charge of murder in the
first degree. His attorneys asked leave
to withhold his plea until the 20th,
which was granted.
The two-year-old daughter of Peter
Filer, saloonkeeper of Klwoml, 1ml.,
fell into a ten-gallon kettle of soup,
made for lunch at that place, on the
Hth, and was literally cooked before
her screams brought assistance. Death
resulted a few hours later.
Senator Vest, of Missouri, on the
14th, introduced a bill for the estab
lishment, in connection with the de
partment of justice, of a bureau of
criminal identification. The measure
is urged by the police superintendents
of the I'nited Males.
The secretary of war has cabled in
structions to Maj.-Gen. MacArtbur, at
Manila, to begin the work of return
ing the volunteer troops from the
Philippines in order to permit of their
discharge in this country by the .'lot ii
of .lunc next. This action has been
taken in anticipation of the authoriza
tion by congress of the enlistment of
regular regiments, to replace the re
called troops.
The statement of the treasury bal
ances in the general fund, exclusive of
the $, 0,000,000 gold reserve in the di
vision of redemption, issued on the
Hth, showed: Available cash balance,
$138,940,4 13; gold, $100,lh0,601.
An earthquake shock, lasting nearly
a minute, was experienced in Joplin,
Mo., on the 11th, nt 7:45 a. in. The
motion was from north to south, and
of a quivering nature. No damage is
Failures foi the week ended on the
Hth, ns reported by K. U. Dun &. Co.,
were 211) in the Tinted States, against
21S last year, and 2fi iu Canada, against
26 last year.
The jury in the case of Jessie Mor
rison, for the killing of Mrs Olin C.
Castle, at Kldorado, Has., could not
agree on a verdict, and was dis
charged on the 14th. The jury slood
nine for acquittal and three ior guil
ty of manslaughter in the fourth de
gree. The gang of desperadoes that
robbed Iloersehuck's bank at .Shanes
lille, ()., arrived at Bridgeport, W. Yn.,
on the 14th, on the Massillon accom
modation of the Cleveland, Loinin &
Wheeling road. Two of the gang were
cr.ptured, after a desperate encounter
with officers and trainmen. Four oth
ers escaped.
Henry Zeimer, charged with subor
nation of perjury in connection with
procuring divorces on false evidence,
was found guilty In the New York
court of general sessions, lleeonler
Goff presiding. The maximum pun
ishment for the offense is ten years
in state prison.
By the burning of Ihe Fredoni.1
State Normal and Training school, at
Fredmiia. N. Y,, on the Hth, l'hine-is
T. Mollis, the aged janitor ami -six
young liuly pupils were cremalcd. It
la said that heavy wire sere mi were
nailed over the windows lad!ni to
the ttrn escapes.
ft Si. I III
Policemen Charged with Accepting
Hush Money from Female Panel
Worker and Robberi.
A Chance lteniark Gave a Clew and
a "Sweating;'1 Brought Oat an Ar
' cay of ( liuruca that Led to Trap
: llelng I.nid, Into Which Oac Offl
' ver Blindly Walked.
St. Louis, Dec. 18. St. Louis has
been rudely awakened to the fact that
not only is there a vast amount of
robbery of citizens and strangers go
ing on in the vicinity of the union
station, without an adequate police
effort for its suppression, but that the
police officers on. the beats where the
crimes are committed are actually
fattening off the proceeds of the rob
beries by exacting a rake-off from the
women who, for the most part, carry
on the nefarious business. The Globe
Democrat says:
OIHei-rn In the Toils.
"One, officer of the Central police
district was arrested, yesterday, one
suspended and five others rest under
charges, two rather slight, made in
confessions of negro punel-workers.ol
accepting bribes to protect criminal!
from arrest. In the confessions oi
the women, in part borne out by de
velopments, the assertion was made
that in tlie past five years enough
money had been stolen under protec
tion on certain blocks in the vicinity
of union station to pay for the real
estate embraced in them, and more,
l'he confessions and accompanying de
velopments add confirmation to ths
story told on the witness stand in tin
court of criminal correction a few
days ugo to the effect that the wit
ness, the defendant, also, was arrested
for a disturbance of the peace result
ing from u quarrel over a balance left
from a bribe of $2 paid to a police of.
licer for protection for his negro mis
tress, who had committed a robbery.
The ('oufe&NlonB,
Tho confessions made were by
Marie King and Jennie Winn, both
ncgrcsses. and followed their release
on bond after warrant for relieving a
victim of $80. A chance remark led
to their being sweated, and following
that a trap was set, one of the officers
mentioned in the confessions being
caught accepting $10 as part of a
bribe, based on a 25 per cent, division
of the robbery for which the womer.
had been arrested. The oflicei
arrested iu the case was Den
nis Ryan. The others mentioned
in tho confession were Richard Ken
nedy, John J. XoonaiL, Louis Lang, Jo
seph Kohls, John Lawton and Albert
Kuohner, nil of 1 he Central district
Of these. Kuehner was suspended
when he reported at roll-call afll
o'clock last night. Kennedy and Lang
reported ill. and Noonan reporter;
that his child had died during th
day. Xo action was, therefore, taker
in these cases. They will be suspend
ed at their homes this morning bj
their sergeants. The whole case goei
before the grand jury to-day, and till
police board to-morrow."
l our liidletineiilK.
At 1:30 p. in. Monday the granc
jury foun 1 indictment against Police
men llvan, Kennedy, Xoon.iu ant
Lang charging them with accepting
bribes. None were found nuinsi
Lawton, Knhrx and Kuehner.
The Chronicle says:
Worst Vet to Come.
The worst part is to come. It it
avowed that the detective force, or
rather, a part of it, in notorious)
"open to gilts" from confidence men
nnd from a most reliable source it ii
learned tint certain confidence met
have promised to "talk" as voon ai
Chief Campbell summonses them t(
appear before him. The grand jun
will hear ill of the startliug testi
mony which is said to be forthcoming
'three Men Attempted to Rraene So'
Temple From Sheriff Butts,
of lOnld, Okla.
Wichita, Kas., Dec. 18. Sumlaj
night, on the Santa Fe train near Em
poria, three men tried to rescue So
Temple from Sheriff Butts of Fnid
Okla. Temple, some months ago, belt
up Sheriff Hut t s, who hud him il
charge for larceny, bound him ant
went off with the sheriff's team. Hi
was arrested last week in Kansai
City, and was on his way to Enid whet
supposed cronies attacked llutts to se
cute the release of Temple. Sherif
Simons of this county was aboan
the train, lie assisted Butts, and thi
three desperadoes were driven off
They escaped from the train at tht
next station. Temple did not succeec
In escaping.
Texim-Oklnhonta Boundary.
Washington, Dee. 18. A bill wai
passed authorizing the secretary o:
the interior to fix the boundary be
tweeti Texas and Oklahoma, and t
inquire into the claims of Uie stati
of Texas for moneys expended whili
Greer county was a part of Texas.
A Keud nt Kldorado.
Kldorado, Kas., Dec. 18. Since thi
mistrial and discharge of the jury ii
Ihe Jessie Morrison case public opin
ion has 'li.ided almost to the extent
of a feud, the female factions bein
exceptionally prominent nnd bitter.
Liverpool (iraln Imports.
Liverpool, Dec. 18. The imports o:
wheat into Liverpool last, week were,
From Atlantic ports 41,500 quarters
from Pacific, ports none. From othei
ports 14,000 quarters. The imports o:
corn from Allnntic ports lust weel
were 105,900 quarters.
Itolnnd Herd Worif.
New York, Dec. 18. Roland Reed
who has been ill for some time at St
Luke's hospital, is worse. At thi
hospital it was. Raid hiB condition hut
become critical.
First Political Tarty Cader the Amer
ican Itealuie Being Formed la
the Philippine-!.
Manila, Dec. 18. Advices just re
ceived from llo Ilo, Island of Panay,
say that the insurgents, Saturday
night, burned a large part of the vil
lage of Cabatuan. Assistant Surgeon
Frederick A. Washburn, Jr., of the
Twenty-sixth volunteer infantry, with
18 men, held the principal buildings.
A strong wind was blowing at th
time. The Americans sustained no
The first political party under the
American regime is in process of
formation. Its principles have been
embodied in a platform which will
shortly be made public. It is under
stood that the declarations of the
platform give the fullest recognition
to American sovereignty and also fa
vor a considerable degree of native
autonomy concerning internal and
local affairs.
Several of the more intelligent Fili
pino leaders, who have been instru
mental in bringing the matter to a
head, have been in conference with
those interested nnd believe the plat
form will be outlined to the Philippine
commission by Senor Uuencamieno,
former premier, in the so-called gov
ernment of Aguinnldo, Col. Auilcs and
Dr. Frank S. llourne, an American,
formerly chief surgeon with the rank
of major, and health officer of Manila.
Dr. llourne was with Prof. Dean C.
Worcester prior to the American oc
cupation, md has confidential rela
tions with the Filipino leaders.
The commissioners are not likely
to give public expression to their
views regarding the formation of po
litical parties.
A Boer Force Snid to Have Been De
feated, with Heavy Loss, at
Orange KlTer.
London, Dec. 17, 5:10 p. m. The re
port of another severe battle, result
in?; in a Uritish victory, is current
here. According to the story, the
fighting began at daybreak and last
ed for several, hours. The lioers, who
numbered from 1,500 to 2,000 men,
were surrounded at the Orange River
and totally defeated with heavy losses
in killed and wounded. A number of
Boers, it is added, were captured.
lUie Third Time He Led In Person
and Broke the British Line.
Maseru, Dec. 10. It appears that
De Wet's force was twice repulsed be
fore it broke Through the British lines
in the neighborhood of Thaba
N'Chu. In the third attack DeWet
led in person. With a few determined
men he charged and broke the British
lines, the rest of the commando fol
lowing. He was forced, however, to
leave in the hands of the British a Im
pounder and 15 wagons with ammuni
tion and stores.
Commandant Haasbrock. with a
commando and two guns, tried to-got
through Springkar.ts Nek, but was
driven LacK, losing 40 men.
The Westminster Ontette on the
I nlted Stnten Senate's Atti
tude on the Trout.
London, Dec. 18.--Discussing the at
titude of the I'nited States senate
relative to the Hay-Pntincefote treaty,
the Westminster Gazette say:! that it
is perfectly natural the United States
should desire to exact guarantees
against the use ot the Nicaragua
canal by in enemy in the event of
war. The article in question declares,
however, that because America de
sires a concession is not sufficient rea
son for taking it without tliving an
equivalent in return, and suggests
that "a way out of the difficulty is to
settle the vexatious Alaskan boun
dary a gain. -it the abrotration of the
Clavton-Ilulwer treaty."
KeT. Joseph Porker Puts Out Ills
Klrnt Edition of the London
Sun a la Sheldon.
London. Dec. 18. The first issue of
the London Sun, under the editorship
of Rev. Dr. Joseph Parker, pastor of
the City Temple, has appeared. The
column where the day's betting is us
ually published contains, under the
caption, "latest news," "the wages of
sin is death," and other familiar texts,
followed up by vigorous protests
tigainst gambling." The article de
clares, "if a paper can not live six
days without pandering to the gam
bler, the drunkard and the sensualist,
let it wither away."
In another editorial Dr. Parker
urges the magistrates to "apply the
cat and wipe out Hooliganism."
Otherwise the paper is much the
same us usual, the advertising col
umns being tilled with company pros
pectuses, and the news columns an
nouncing "Another Ghastly Fast In
dian Tragedy."
Conrt-.Mnrtlal of Capt. Steedmnn.
Washington, Dec. 18. Capt. Richard
K. Stcedman, Eleventh infantry, was
tried by a general court-martial, ol
which Lieut.-Col. Charles L. Davis,
Eleventh infantry, was president, at
San Juan, P. R., on a charge of "con
duct unbecoming an officer and a
gentleman." The court found him
"guilty of conduct to the prejudice ol
good order and military discipline,"
and sentenced him to be reprimanded
in general orders and reduced in rank
50 numbers on the list of captain of
Seeing- Thing at Night.
Cincinnati, Dec. 18. The duke of
Manchester was shown Cincinnati af
ter midnight. Among the places visit
ed were a negro dance hall, where he
saw a rake walk, and a cheap lodging
house occupied by men who buy floor
space for five cents per eight.
Woman Jinffrnge In Porto Rlro.
Sau Juan, P. R., Deo. 18. In the
house of delegates yesterday Mr. Des
cartes introduced a bill granting unre
stricted suffrage to women on the
same terms ua men.
ii he m
The Suit Begun In New York to
Tie Up the Castellane
They Alao Alleae that the I'lnlotlO
la Not Ihe Real Parly In Interest,
and that the Couuteaa dc Cnslel
lane in Not Responsible fur the
New Y'ork, Dec. 18. An answer was
made in the suit of Anton J. Dittmar
against George J. Gould, Fdwirt
Gould, Howard Gould and Helen
M. Gould, us trustees under the last
will and testament ot the late Jay
Gould, to restrain them from con
tinuing to pay the countess and Boni
de Castellane the income of the coun
tess from tlie estate of Jay Gould.
The defendants allege that the su
preme court of this state, has no juris
diction of the person of the count de
Castellane or Anna Gould, countess de
Castellane, Ihe alleged debtors; that
they had not, cither of them, been
served with the summonsin theaction.
nnd have not appeared therein, and
that the court is, therefore, without
jurisdiction to decide the question of
how much of income is necessary to
the proper support and maintenance
of tlie countess of Castellane.
The defendants nlso allege that the
plaintiff is not the real party in intcr-
st, and that the alleged assignment
mid transfer to him of the alleged
drafts and acceptances, and claims,
and causes of action arc without eon-
ideratiou and void; and transfer to
said plaintiff, As.her Wcrtheimer,
plaintiff's alleged assignor, was not
the owner or holder of the said drafts
and acceptances, or claims or causes
of action, but had sold them to Julius
Cohen & Co., bankers, of London.
The defendants further claim that
the alleged indebtedness is for mer
chandise sold to count de Castellane,
and not to the countess, und that by
law of France where said drafts were
accepted and payable, und also by the
terms of a certain ante-nuptial agree
ment, the countess is not liable for
the debts of her husband.
The defendants say that a previous
action in the same case was begun in
France and that the present suit
should not hold.
The injunction proceeding in the
case was called before Judge illan
chard. Charles A. Gai diner and K. C.
James appeared for the Gou'ui trus
tees and Samuel 1'nte.rnieyer for the
plaintiff. On request cf Mr. James the
L-use went over till Thursday. Mr. Cn
termeyer asked if the agreement
made before Justice I.eventriit that
the allowance of the Castell.iues of
$250,0-10 a year sdimil.l continue for
tlie present and Ibis vas agreed to.
Spniiixli Sailors llulnpiaed for Their
i;ilor( to Save the tndela
niiM-il Surrowiii llerllu.
Madrid, Dee. IS. In the senate, yes
terday, Senor Polanco eulogized the
sailors who had perished in their en
deavors to save the crew of the
Cneiseiiati. He proposed a resolution
directing the minister of foreign af
fairs, Marquis Aguilar Cauinos, to
communicate the sentiments of the
senate to tlie German government.
The minister of foreign affairs te
plied that he had already sent a tele
gram of condolence, and added that
the government would be rciuesented
nt the funeral of the victims. The
resolution was adopted.
One Hundred nud Thirty-Six Lives
LomI hy tht- l-'ouiiileriiig of
terimui Ship.
Berlin. Dec.18. An unofficial dispatch
from Malaga received here accounts
for 314 survivors out of the 450 per
sons who were on board the German
training, frigate Gneisenaii, which
foundered at the cutrace to the port
of Malaga, Sunday, while she was tak
ing refuge from the terrible storm
prevailing at the time.
A Rl 'Kill Ol'' SIK lUt.
The Commander of (jueiaennn Said
to llnve Committed Suicide.
Malaga, Dec. IS. It is rumored that
the commander of the Gneisenau com
mitted suicide when he saw that all
was lost. A nephew of the imperial
chancellor, Count Yon Buclow, named
Hermit, was nmong the saved, though
he was injured about the head. A
sailor who survived the wreck went
mad as a result of his experience. The
first engineer, the assistant engineer
and a number of petty officers were
It is hoped that the guns, the treas
ure chest, and perhaps part of the
hull will salvaged.
Agulnat the Order of Choaen Friends.
New York, Dec. 18. The sheriff re
ceived five attachments aggregating
$0,094 against the supreme council of
the order of Chosen Friends of Indian
apolis, Ind., in favor of five creditors.
Copies of the attachments were served
on officers of the Park iiatiomil hank,
where the order is said to have an
Earthqunke Shock.
Knoxvill?, Tenii., Dec. 18. A per
ceptible seismic wave at this place at
b: 30 o'clock last night startled the
people of this city, but did no damage.
Will Become a Mother.
Rome, Dec. 18. The Messagero as
serts that the king of Italy, Victor
Emmanuel, has informed the premier,
Signer Saraeco, that the" queen will
become a mother about six months
To Usee In Europe Jfeit Summer.
Boston, Dec. 18. "Major" Taylor,
the colored bicyclist of Worcester,
yesterday signed an agreement to race
in Europe during July and August of
next year.
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