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on EACOl VOLUME LI. MACON, MISSISSIPPI, SATURDAY, MAY 11, 1901. NUMBER 27. HE MACON j, jus been officially announced that owing to ths mourning for the lata 0,in Victoria, no drawingrooms or ,,vrtl will b held in England thin )'ear' , Seven fresh ruses of the bubonic Imriie we"1 discovered in Capo Town, ' the rsctli, and five Europeans and c colored persons died from the disease. Til governor and burgomaster ot tfinhci'S, Oiilicia, lave promised lhal rfli, works will be started. Bread' was Uit ributoil to the unemployed on (be 301 h. The Japanese minister to Washing ton, Mr- Takahira, said, on the 3d, flint the reported resignation of the to cabinet had no significance as in dicatinp mi' charge in the general policy of the country on internation al affairs. tnie population of London, includ- ...... .l OQ inl.Mlt. ine tne en, i" "I" tnn boroughs, the whole forming what i termed the administrative county of toiub'U, is now 4,"i:tf,0:(4. This is n increase of S(rt,717 since the last census in l'WI- Jicporls from county clerks show (hat KiiiiMis has f.70,000 acres f .(iool land, which may be bought at J125 a" 11 ''''s 111)S,,y ' vpstcrn portion of the state, but much of it is iis K'""' as ne '"'"l Ho Kiowa country. Jake ("aiidnur, on the ,10th, cabled to George '1 owns, the English cham pion, accepting his challenge for a thrce-nii'c sculling race for 2.10 a kj,f nnil tlx- championship of the. world, 'i'he race will take place at Bat l'nrtagc in August. Two important cablegrams were re ceived at the war department, on tho 30di, from den. MacArthur at Manila. u (he opinion of the ollieials the) jews cnnti.ined ill them mark the al most, complete collapse of organized rebellion in the Philippines. The miners' union of Lens, France, issued n manifesto, on the 30th, de claring II al, as ri),000 miners ub gtuined from voting on the referen dum question of a general strike, the. union hail decided not to assume the grave responsibility of ordering n, it tike. 1!. ti. Hun Co.'s Weekly Review, on the 4th, said: "The mavelously leallhy condition of business is host apprcci ii ! I when it is discovered that the failures last, mouth were ilia smallest in 01 mouths, with the ex ception of .May to August, isy.i, in clusive." llepnrts .'etcived by the Indiana state board of healiti show that the number of oast s of smallpox through, out the stale is constantly increasing, instead of diminishing. There were (.'.I ra-.es reported for the month ot April, but ii is not known how many jnoved tat, it. It is peiMstenlly reported in Pekin tliat there lias been fresh lighting be tween the Russians and Chinese i,. Manchuria No great credence is placed in such rumors, however, as it is believed i hey are circulated to show the ncce-Mtv for an increase in the military strength of Knssia. A special from Athens, O., says: "From nn authority which seems in disputable there conies the informa tion that almost the entire coal indus try of the Hooking and Sunday Creek valleys will oonie under the manage ment of Hip gigantic combination of capital of which J. 1'. Morgan is the head. The statement that the total in demnity in lie demanded of China mounts to c g:,,000,0IKI has been olli cially con finned. This amount in cludes nil private claims. It is be lieied that if China will now un dertake to pay this sum in indemni ties the ev ieuation of I'e-Chi-l.i prov ince can hej-i,, immediately. A dispi.teli recelied in Washington, on the tsi, from Gen. MacArtlnfr, at Manila, suited that the hospital re ports showed ,.'(! sick in hospitals Die Philippines and fill! sick in qit.ir "'is is J.f8 per cent., a less pcr-C'l-tnf,, of sick than has been shown "I an tin,,, since I'nited Slates troops "fie sent to the archipelago. I V. Farv-.ell, of Chicago, closed a fcW.llfH) ilenl. on the 1st will, .V f, Halsell.of Vinita.l. T.,for grazing land eniiie m western Texas. The sale "'liideil ;r,ii,ii(i(, acres of land in 010 "nn and Hartley counties at two dol rs an i.ere, and 7,000 white face "trefonl urns at ;, a head. A cash Payment 0f $230,000 was made to bind ne bargain. "he London chamber of comlncrcfl 115 selected a large, committee, in 'ling Lords Rothschild, Avebury, ''velatoke and llillingdon, the krd ".".vor, Mr, .-ral)k (irep. nnd sir lllnmas l.lpto,,, to receive the visit- "'(, "eiegntes of the New York chain "''f f Commerce. Hosiili.ii n hnnnnrt Pinlen party will be given in honor "e .wneriean visitors. Mrs. Nation's crusade against the aloon has resulted in a movement to P'trifv KmiB.ic in:... u,u . , vmia intll, j,i will i.-i a ' he mra rnn.Pa(,hin? thnn ,inything mnn ever before attempted in 'W Sunflower to(o A - Ration 0f 1he and chapter 0f w bavv Knforeement League of Kan- "S has he.-,,, ,.lV..i.i .... !.. ' " tureini venose oojeel, is o purify the politics of the state 1'imnote its interests." Jacks.iuvine. Fin., was visited, on He ,kl, by ,he ,,ost disastrous eonfla- Ration ever witnessed in that city or ,,a,p. Aliles nf . idenee and business sections were i ' . ovr one thousand build K ineluding hotels, churches nnd mWs, ijeinj, burned, at a loss con "rVatiTKlv u..i i-j ...... ... i mill! '"'oniiieu hi nine or ien " doll,,, " wh reported that "ai negroes perished in the , ,nntlily comparative state- .Vh 7 Kwernment receipts and tl.',""lurM. issued on the lst.showed l during. April, 1901, tho total re , 'P were $47,707,851. and the dig- I 1901 n. ioi. ms. j2 13 14 1 79 20 2 I 26 27 28 w. nn. j hi, 7y 7677 22 23 24 29 30 77 TOPICS OF THE DAY. KEWS TEOM EVEEYWHEEE. PERSONAL AND GENERAL. A disnnleli trnm T..l,! n 1st, said that a bloody battle had oc curred between the Ilussians and Chinese ne-ip M. 'ei, i, : '"'mi , lie iviissilllis lost 60 in killed and wounded. Four missian otiicers were killed, and among the wounded wis (Jen. Zer- pitki. The population of the district of Victoria, Australia, according to the Inst census renort. is 1..V774 nn in crease of S,4f,9 in the last ten years. J he structural iron workers nf Tn. dianapolis, Ind., to the numlier of 200 went on strike nil iha !.l Tl,., mand 25 cents an hour. ine prmcipal incident of President MoKinlev's visit, to New (i,le.,,,u in curred, on the 2d, in the old Cabildo, the seal of the government of the former Spanish and V reneli viiltira which is yet preserved in its original integrity by the Louisiana Historical society. Natural ens has been fiuniil wilt,!,, the corporate limits of the little town of Kulerprise, Miss., and there is great, excitement among its citizens. Preliminary arrangements have al ready lieon made to organize a com pany to develop the find. Tho Louisiana Purchase World's Fair corporation held its first, meet ing, at. St. Louis, on the 2d, and or ganized by the election of the follow ing otiicers: President, David Ii. Francis; treasurer, William 11. Thomp son; permanent, secretary, Walter B. Stevens. Kight, vice-presidents were chosen, viz.: Coi-win II. Spencer, S. Jf. Kennard, I). M. Ilnuser, ('. P. "al bridge, S. W. Cobb, C. 11. Iluttig, Aug. (iehner, Pierre Chouteau. Arthur Orr. of Chicago, three years ago, made an investment, in I'ninn Pacific stock at around 20 cents. He sold at about. Kil during the recent rise. Allowing five per cent, interest, he has cleared over a million on his 10,000 shares. GVorge ('. Phillips' corner in May corn is a "strenuous" fact. With a whoop and a dash the price went to or, rents, on the 2d. live cents lni'her 11, .....u.vl .,,..,i,t,ti JI IV O Ul ml. day before, and higher than it had sold since ls'14, when it brought 57 rents nine months before it. was sup posed to be delivered. The brokers on Wall street, New York, got tired making money, and, on the 2d. circulated a net it ion asking that the exchange remain closed from Friday until .Monday, to give the brokers nnd their clerks time to entch their breath. The duke and duchess of Fife, on the 2d. in the name of Kill"; Kdward. formally opened the dlasgow exhibi tion. The duchess unlocked the doors of the art gallery with a golden key. jlrs. .Mary sankey. the mottier ot Ira 11 . Sankey, of llrooklyn, the evanelist, died at her home in New castle, Pa., on the 2d. .Mrs. Sankey was '.III years old and the mother of 11 children, seven sons and four daugh ters, of whom two survive her. Ira and Watson. The statement of the treasury bal ances in the general I una, exclusive of the $150,000,000 gold reserve in tho division of redemption, issued one (he 3d, showed: Available cash balance, 156,8.14,P5i KoW. $9W4,iK. .Mrs. Alice A. C. Pailey, of De Moines, was unanimously elected nrrsident of the Iowa Federation of Women's clubs at Council ".luffs, on the 3d. Mrs. Flora S. Hartley, or Iloone, was chosen vice-president, and Mrs. Nellie Cooke, of Algonn, corre sponding secretary. Itock island railway otliciais ni in- i . 1...1M engo have noout (leeiueo in " the bridge across the Missouri river nt St, Joseph. Mo., and run most of the through business that way in stead of via Knnsns City. To rebuild the bridge will cost $2(10,000. F.x-Empress I'.ugcnie has prcscniru the. municipality of runs wim urn cradle of the late Prince Louis ja- poleon, who was killed in the .uiu ,.e The cradle is a superb work of art, nnd was originally a gift from the municipality to the empress. Tim tuentv-ftfth anniversary of the nulgarian revolt against Turkey, was marked, on the 3d, by unusual rejoic ing in Philippopobs, i" which Prince Ferdinand nnd the Bulgarian minis ters and prelates took part, m l,n,li-eil and thirty city blocks in Jacksonville. Kin., ninny of them in. the heart of the business ana or si .,..:.i.,.w.a urwit imin. wore laid in ashes on the 3d. -Many of the. hue.it. public and private buildings, including tne principal hotels, theater and churches were dest roved, ine ios o-, o,...inJ nf from $10,000,000 to $LV 000,000, and upwarda of 10,000 persons The Illinois Central Tiallrond Co., I..,., 1 er nside $250,000, to on uiu.y , . i 4i.. ,,ie,i of a fund, to oe mi m ' i- " , added to each year in nn amount not to exceed $100,000, for the purpose of pensioning old and raitniui r.u Montngue Whit, diplomatic agent for the Poers In the United States, is ..4i. Iia statement that amnoni.y . .. ... ii i.innt Vriorer will visit this conn try in October. He was at the state department, on tne .hi. " tioned tho proposed visit to the de long-expected reaction m the ew l ork stock market iiiuue.. - r . :w Itsiilf early on the after. noon of the 3d, under oirenmstaneea that-made the day posuiveiy Interestbiff and apectacular in tsa W THE PRESIDENT'S SYMPATHY. Pretldant McKlnlof Toloei the Coontrj'a -. , Simpullir with Jaolnonrllle, F1, ! - . .Mo Br UlttVnt. ' Tallahnsee, Fla., May C Gov. Jen nings, last evening, received tho fol lowing telegram: "F.l Paso, Tex., May 5. "To the Governor of Florida, Talla hassee: "I have just learned of the 'calam itous fire that has swept over the city. of Jacksonville, and hasten to ex press the deep sympathy, in common with our country, I feel for those who have suflered. The government will do all it can in the work of relief. "WM. MoKINLF.Y." , Gov. Jennings acknowledged the re ceipt of the president's message of sympathy in the following telegram: "Tallahassee, Fla., May ,1." "To Hon. Win. McKiuley, F.1 Paso, Tex.: "We appreciate your sympathy for the suffering of our people caused by the disastrous conflagration, which is appalling, and thank you for the aid of the government, so generously tendered. It is estimated that over ten thousand nre homeless and that the loss will reach $15,000,000. No lives lost so far as known. Suriicient funds have been placed at the disposal of the relief association to provide for immediate ueeessil ics. Perfect order prevails. I beg to extend gratitude of the people of Florida to you. "W. K, JKNN1NGS, Governor." IN AID OF JACKSONVILLE. Teleurnim lelinimeil With Sew York and Liberal oiilrllili tlont J'rnniUed, New York, May 6. The Jackson ville Kmergeney committee of the Merchants' association of this city, or ganized to send relief to Jacksonville, Kin., yesterday received the. following telcgra ms: "Tallahassee, Fla., May 5. "Food supplies needed as temporary relief. Jacksonville association will issue call, which will be furnished you, giving class of supplies needed. The people of Florida uniiroointe vnnr noble work; in their name I thank you, "W. S. JENNINGS, Governor." "Jacksonville, Fla., May 5. "One hundred and thirtv-siv lilnel.-a covering the best residential and busi ness portion of this city, burned; about, ten thousand people homeless nnd thousands destitute. Our people responding liberally, but demands for help beyond our ability to meet. J. I.. I. l.UWDKN, Mayor. ' To Mayor liowdeii a telegram was sent telling him that the citizens of New York will respond nobly to his appeal for food, clothing, cots, house- noiu uiensiis, drugs, etc., as soon ns they know iust what is needed, uml that the emergency committee, would meet to-day, with the old Galveston relief committee, to take action upon PERISHED IN THE FLAMES. Seven Pci-nhii Iliirned to Dentil for Wliich a Train's Crew are Held Without Dull. Cliienim. May 0. Seven nersons were burned to death while asleep early yesterday in a tenement house nt South Chicago. A freight train of five ears which was standing in front of the building and which, it is claimed the crew refused to move, blocked the firemen, who were unable to get near the burning building with their engines until it was too late. The train crew was arrested, and are being held without bail. SIR THOMAS ENTHUSIASTIC. Expects to .Make a (;reat l'lulit. ami Hopes to Wtn the I.oiiis-tov-eted America's Cup. Southampton. May 0. None of Sir Thomas Upton's party came ashore here n fler the return of the Sham rock II. from the spins. Sir Thomas, it is asserted, is more einnusiasuc than ever. "I consider it demonstrated beyond question," lie said to a representative, of the. press, "(hat the new ehr Uenger will make the finest fight ever made in contest for the America s cur. I do not know what America has to a-- ray against us; but I am convinced that 'the Americans will be pleased lo see a good race, nnd will bear no ill will if, as 1 now think it possible, I should win the cup " WELCOME TO MELBOURNE. One, llunilreil Thousand I'ersoni Greet the Dnke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. Melbourne, May 0. One hundred thousand sightseers thronged the streets of Melbourne, yesterday, to view the beautiful decorations in honor of the duke and duchess of Cornwall and York. Lord Hopetoun, ih imvernor ircneraJ, accompanied by Lady Hopetoun, visited the Ophir yesterday afternoon to welcome tne 'duke anil duchess. The weather is beautiful. BOARDS OF EXAMINERS. They Will Kiainlne Enlisted Men lor Promotion to Metitennnt rles In the Arm)'. Washington, May 5. A number of boards have been convened by the war department for tho purpose of examining enlisted men who desire to submit to the competitive examina tion for promotion to second lieuten ants. Gen. Otis is at the head of such a board at Chicago, (ien. Merriam at Denver, nnd Col. Chambers MeKibbin at San Antonio. Dollie Tester Married Amain. London, May 5. Dorothy, dowager marchioness of Ailesbury, who, as Dollie Tester of the Gaiety theater, married the late marquis of Ailes bury, was married again, March 29, at Shanghai, to a Scotchman named Webster. Iteduee the. Army In the Philippines. Washington, May 0. After a careful consideration of the situation in the Philippines as it exists to-duy, the ad ministration has decided to reduce tin army in tllO Philippine to 40.000 men. 'UVV'fe-i-to!'''W)'Vti'.-)'rt'. I Mississippi NOTES OF PAST AND By J, L. MISSISSIPPI CLlll WOMElf Federation ot Clubs and Cnlted Daughters of the Confedersoy. Natchez being the city chosen from among those eager for the honor as the place of meeting of the State Federa tion of Women's Clubs this year, the admirable organization known as the Progressive Club was, a fortnight ago, the hostess of this aggregation of bril liant women. They were wise in accepting the invitation of this most beautiful of Mississippi cities, where history has hallowed so many scenes and where the people, even in this hur rying, changing time, love to recall the triumphs of their forefathers and to re count the picturesque legends in which that immediate neighborhood abounds. That the meeting was a success socially, as well as an intellectual pleasure, one has only to know half a dozen Natchez people to understand. More faithfully than any people we know do the native Natchez men and women stand by the ancient banner whose motto is NobUsu Obliie. Hence everything possible to a generous hospitality and ample means was done for the entertainment of the State's club women. Mississippi should have ten times as many clubs as she now has and the membership of those now in existence should be quadrupled. The list now comprises the Thursday Club, Aber deen; Book Club, Clarksdale; Floral Club, Crystal Springs; Saturday After noon Club, Durant; North Jefferson Club, Jackson; Twentieth Century, Kosciusko; Woman's Club, Macon; Fortnightly Club.Meridian; Progressive Club, Natchez; Book Club, Okolona; Chatauquan, Okolona; Lanier Club, Okolona; Browning Club, Oxford; Fortnightly Matinee, Tupelo; Twen tieth Century, Vicksburg; Woman's Club, Goodman. Another meeting of Mississippi women is being held in Meridian this week, where the local chapter plays the part of hostess to a large body of devoted young women representing the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The officers of the Mississippi Di vision United Daughters of the Confed eracy are as follows: Mrs. Stephen 1). Lee, Columbus, honorary president; Mrs. C. E. Hooker, Jackson, honorary vice president; Mrs. T. E. Moody, Grenada, president; Mrs. S. M. Collins, Vicksburg, vice president; MissFranoes Minor, Macon, recording secretary; Miss Elice Feathers ton, Holly Springs, corresponding secretary; Mrs. C. F. Robison, Corinth, treasurer; Mrs. Josie Frazee Cappleman, historian. The chapters are as follows: Lamar, Water Valley; Julia Jackson, Crystal 'OftoToTui, "uioioua; Lorn1n,A w!a?n; Stonewall Jackson, Marion; E. C. Wal thall, Holly Springs; Columbus, Co lumbus; J. M. Stone, Iuka; Claiborne County, Port Gibson; J. M. Stone, West Point; Winnie Davis, Meridian; Ii. F. Ward, Winona; Dixie, Grenada; Jeffer son Davis, Yazoo City; Vicksburg, Vicksburg; Natchez, Natchez; Walter Marker, Macon; Ellon Martin, Mayers ville; W. D. Holder, Jackson. The Templars' Triennial. The twenty-eighth triennial conclave of Knights Templar of the United States will take place in the city of Louisville August :27 to 30. It promises to eclipse all former occasions. There are upwards of 1,000 commanileries, and 130,000 Templars in the United States, and a very large per cent of these will be represented in the grand parade. Mississippi coiumanderies and individual knights who expect to at tend should lose no time in making ar rangements for the trip. The grand commandery committee, of wliich Sir E. N. Thomas of Greenville is chair man, has leased a handsome and spa cious residence for headquarters, where good board and lodging can be had for the moderate sum of two dollars per day. As soon as sixty-two are register ed, other arrangements will have to be made for those who apply later. We hope to see fully 300 Mississippi Tem plars under Grand Commander Howard at Louisville. Misslsslpplsns to Register at Reunion. Our good friend and comrade, W. A. Gillespie, adjutant of Hugh A. Rey nolds Camp, IT. C. V., Greenwood, has prepared three books in which to regis ter all Mississippi Veterans at the Mem phis Reunion one book for infantry, one for cavalry, one for artillery the register to give name, company and regiment and present postoftice address. These books will be at Mississippi headquarters, and every Veteran is ex pected to report immediately after ar rival in Memphis. The annual meeting of tho State Teachers' Association at Jackson last week was a tremendous success. When the opening exercises took place on Thursday night, the Representatives' hall was packed as we have not seen H in many a year. Ilev. Dr. J. L. John son offered prayer, Eev. Dr. Murrah delivered the address of welcome, and Prof. J. C. Fant, of Meridian responded. President Royd delivered the annual address. There were fully five hun dred teachers in attendance. A recep tion and banquet at the Institute for Deaf and Dumb followed the second bight's program at the capital. A Tallahatchie county neighborhood (four miles from Charleston) was treated to a sensation last week by the appear ance of a monster panther. This fero cious beast waa eventually killed by a negro. It weighed 130 pounds pretty good weight for a cat. There are a few of our pioneers still living who re call old times when panthers were as eommon, if not commoner, than house cats. But very few of the monsters are now loft to make dangerous the forests. One of the Indians who appeared be fore tho Dawes commission in Meridian recently was a Choctaw ninety-one old Oimteatubbe. or "Joe" for short. This aged representative of a uat. vtmljthinff race remembers being present in 1830 at the treaty of Dancing Babbit. Matters. CURRENT EVENTS. POWER. The President In Mississippi. The presidential train made short stops at Corinth, Vicksburg, Edwards, Jackson, Wesson, Brookhaven, Summit 1 and McComb City. President McKinley aud party were enthusiastically greeted at each place by immense crowds. The stup of two houri at Vicksburg enabled the Hill City folk to formulate a splen did program. The train stopped at Jackson only fifteen minutes, but every second was used to best advantage. Gov. Longino welcomed and introduced the president, and his felicitous response delighted everybody. Several members of the cabinet also spoke very briefly, and as the train pulled out the presi dent was scattering flowers to the school children on the east side of the train. Mrs. McKinley was too sick to leave her stateroom, but two little three-year-olds, Annie Ramsey Lon gino and Dorothy Hunter Power, were conducted to her room, and presented her baskets of beautiful flowers for all the children of Jackson. At Wesson the president saw the Mississippi Mills and received another ovation from its great army of operatives, who were at the station when the special train came to a short stop. Dsvls Monument Fond. Soon after the death of Jefferson Davis, December 6, 1889, a movement was inaugurated for the erection of a monument to him in Mississippi. Con siderable sums were subscribed and de posited in the local banks. At one of the meetings of the United Confederate Veterans it was deemed best that all the Southern States should unite in the collection of funds. A committe, con sisting of one for each State, was ap pointed. ' After about twenty thousand dollars had been collected, the com mittee met in Richmond and adopted a design, and provided for the erection of a monument in Monroe Park the remains of Mr. Davis having been, in the meantime, removed from New Or leans to Richmond. This writer was the Mississippi member of the com mittee, and he has been endeavoring to locate the monument subscriptions and send .them to the treasurer at Rich mond. He has just received from Maj. R. W. Millsaps, president Capital State Bank, the sum of 5303.25, which has been on deposit for more than ten years. Similar deposits, in other banks, should be sent to Mrs. Edgar D. Taylor, treasurer central committe Daughters of the Confederacy, Richmond. The ladies have assumed the work of build ing the monument, which means that it will be pushed forward to completion. While this column would not attempt tOvG,''-w.uvg 'lite young people most prominent throughout the State, lest the record take up all our space, we feel that we cannot let the marriage of Miss Ida Frinck (formerly of Vicks burg), and Mr. Johns, of Natchez, pass unnoted. Miss Frinck, though still a young woman, has for many years held the responsible position of supervisor at the State Insane Hospital at Jack son, a position of great responsibility and one requiring utmost tact and ab solute devotion. That she had made for herself a high place in the esteem of the physicians and other authorities, as well as the nurses and the un fortunate Inmates, was fully demon strated by their genuine regret at giv ing her up. That all who have loved ones within those walls willhearof the departure of this tried and true friend with regret, we feel sure. But equally sure are we of their good wishes for her married life. If she finds as much sunshine along her pathway as she has scattered over others, she will, indeed, be bleBsed beyond most women. The closing exercises of what has proven the "banner class" of Memphis' great Hospital Medical College took place April 120th, when 188 young men received their diplomas from the in stitution's superb faculty. It is an honor to go through the prescribed course of study with such ability as to earn, at the end of the term prescribed, all the honors attendant upon the class' appearauce arrayed in cap and gown, on the rostrum of the great Auditorutn, in company with men so eminent in their profession as are the physicians composing the faculty and the gentle men of the board of directors. Hence Mississippi feels genuine pleasure In the knowledge that two of her boys were chosen from this great number to fill the positions of internes at the Mem phis hospitals. These young men, so signally honored, were D. L. Smythe, to be interne at St. Joseph's, and II. N. Mayes, to be Interne at the City Hos pital. Another Mississippi boy, F. C. Spalding, won the prize for the best record in materia medieae. The grand lodge, Knights of Pythias, will hold its annual meeting at Green, ville, commencing Tuesday, May 14. The order has increased considerably during the past year. It is one of the safest and strongest of the fraternal insurance orders. Its reserve fund is about half a million dollars. With Morris Blumenthal as grand chancellor and II ill rie M. Qtiin, and a zealous and aggressive corps of district deputies, the numerical growth of the past yoar Is not surprising. Our recent mention of the little vol nine, "The Story of the Ages," by Miss Ida Brown, West Point, Miss., has brought several inquiries as to where the book can be obtained. It may be purchased for 35 cents of the H. F. Johnson Publishing Company, Rich mond, or of R. C. Gibson & Co., West Point, Miss. Meridian, always keeping steadily on in the sure way of progress, is now getting ready to build a tine academy for boys. This is to be under the care of the Catholic Church, and will be built by money donated by a philan thropist, and is to be eudnved by the Church. IIou. John Temple Graven, one of the great orators of our land, made an ad dress at the annual decoration of the soldiers' irravei in Vicksburg. PRESIDENT'S GREETINGS. President Diss of Mesleo Suit Greetings to President McKinley by Spe cial Messenger. El Paso. Tex., May 6. The preat- dential party reached El Paso, tho gateway to Mexico, at nine o'clock yesterday morning, and will remain here until noon to-day. President Diat of Mexico had hoped to meet the pre- ident here and shake hands with him across the border, but as the Mexican congress is In sefsion he could not leave the capital. He sent a personal messag" to the president, however, and also dispatched Gen. Juan Her nandez, commander of the Kecond military zone, of the State of Cl.ihuv hua, to poiK.iially present his good wishes to the chief magistrate of the United StaifB. Cov. Miguel Abumnda of Chihuahua, the most northerly state nf Mexico, also truvelet! to El Paso to pay his re spects, and these distinguished Mexi can officials, accompanied by (ien. Hernandez' staff, in full uniform, wert received by the president in hii car at the ftation. After exohanain," fclicita tiers the president requested Gen. Hernandez to convey to Pres! dent Dia-: his personal good wishes for the health and happiness of Pres ident Diaz and for a continuation of the cordial relations at present exist ing between the two countries. It being Sunday, the president had requested the local committee not tc arrange any progi amine for yester day. His wishes were iespected, ind thd military parade, and official exer cises were postponed until to-day. The president and Mrs. McKinley and the members of the cabinet at tended the Stanton Street Methodist church in the morning, and in the af ternoon some of the party went out for a drive. After dark the Mexican band, which had been brought from the City oJ Mexico by Gen. Hernandez, serenaded the president and Mrs. McKinley at the train. No horns or drums were used, and the soft, langorous Spanisii airs, on guitars and mandolins in the cool of the evening were thoroughly enjoyable. While it was a comparatively quiet day in El Paso, rotwiihstanding the large number of persons in the crowd, It was different in the Mexican city of Juarez, just across the Rio Grande, May 5 is the anniversary of the de feat of the French invaders at Pueblo, and is celebrated ns our Fourth of July in the I'nited States. The Mexi cans aiv not puritanical in their ob servance of the sabbath- Yesterday the. great feature of the celebrations was a Spanish bull fight. A famous mateador had come to Juarez from the City of Mexico for the occasion. None of the members of the president's immediate party at tended, but bull fighting is the nation al sport in Mexico as in Spain, and Gen. Hernandez and the governor of CtyKuO vrv-pe-rt'tutilo-l r4v -pr -A - more than irually bloody and brutal. The net casualties were four bulls dispatched, one horse killed, two pica dors unlioix'il and one toreador se verely, but not fatally, wounded, as he was helped over the fence sur rounding the arena by the maddened bull. THE SALOONS WERE "TIGHT." Hut the renple Were Sober Oppos ing Kleiiiiils Active In I'reunr inir to Continue (he I'lalit. Kansas City, Mo., May 0. Saloon in Kansas City were closed tight yes terday, the first time in six years. But one arrest for failure to respect Mayor Heeds order was made, and one of the quietest days for a long time was the result. Saloon' covers sr.ent nn active day however, circulating petitions to be presented to the mayor end police commit sinners, giving their sid,; ol the question and requesting a resump tion of tlie old law regime. A iiinss-meeting under the auspices of the Liquor Law Enforcement league, attended by 500 men, waa held, nnd strong resolutions com mending the mayor and police com missioners for their action wer? passed. It was determined to con tinue the agitation for Sunday closing and a committee was appointed to secure evidence against saloonkeep ers w ho may fail to observe the law. SI'S DAY CLOSIXG A MTCESS. Omnlia l'njo Qnlet and Proves thnl l.nw Con he Unforced. Omaha, Neb., May 6. The Sunday closiijg orders issued by Mayoi Moores were for the most part ob served yesterday. Two saloonkeepers in outlying portions of the city were arrested for failing to bolt their side doors, and a party of half n dozen bootblacks were also detected in the act, of breaking the sabbath quiet. They were arrested, but were bailed out by "Mogie," the so-culled king of the newsboys. The mayor says he is satisfied with the operation of the orders which he laid down, but has not decided just how stringent the direction for next Sunday will be. Starred Out of Sinn I n. Shanghai, May 6. It is reported that famine will make it impossible for the Chinese court to remain long er in Sian Fu, and that the court is now only waiting for the astrologers to fix an auspicious day for beginning the journey to Kni Feng Fu, in the Province of Ho Nan. Frnseinn tioreriiment Bnys Klines. Berlin, May 6. The Prussian gov ernment lias bought the coal mines in the Ruhr district known ns "The Min ister Achenhach" and the "Altrop," for 25,0110,000 marks. Wholesale Arrests In Hassla. St. Petersburg, Slay 6. During the Inst few days there have been whole sale nrrests and seizures in connec tion with the alleged revolutionary movement. It is alleged that persons of high position and reputation are mvolved. I.ateli SlrhiB on the Inside. London, May 6. The Geneva corre spondent of the Daily Mail asserts that President McKinley has informed Mr. Kruger that he can not receive hint either officially or unofficially. One Hundred and Forty-Eight Blocks Swept by the Flames, Aided by a Gale. LOSS FROM TEN TO FIFTEEN MILLIONS. Seven Lives Known to Have Be iMMt, and Thers nre Ho mors That Others Were Ilrlven Into ttas Wa ter nnd Drowned The Ml III In Unnrdlns; the Horned City. Jacksonville, Fla., May S. The hot May sou rose smoke enshrounded over the devastated city. The fire, which broke out Friday at noon, and aided in its work by a southwest gale, spent its force by nine o'clock Friday night. The damage is enormous. One hun dred and forty-eight blocks wero swept by the flames, and as far us known, seven persons lost their lives. A report is in circulation that a party of 20 persons, driven to the docks along the St. John's river, were forced into the water, all attempts at rescue by boats being futile. The river ia be ing searched. Militia on Dntr. All the local companies of the state militia have been on duty since mid night, and on order of Gov. Jennings, the military companies from four cities are speeding to Jacksonville by special trains. Many extra police have been sworn in, and every able-bodied man not doing duty in some capacity in the fire-swept district is impressed into the service. The negroes are huddled in groups in different parts of the city, and the ffar of an attempt at lawlessness by them, although not openly expressed by the whites, was the reason for the large military force ordered here. The I'll l h of the Finnic. The fire companies from Savannah, Fernandinn, (leala and other cities worked the entire night on the fire, but a soaking rain will be necessary to effectually quench the flames. The path of the liames was 1.1 blocks wide and nearly two miles long. Practical ly all old Jacksonville has been de stroyed, nothing being left but a few suburbs nnd liiverside, the most fash ionable part of the city. It wns :t (.rent Conflnnratton. It, is believed the fire was the largest in proportion to the size of the place that has ever visited any city. Many families lost libraries, pianos and household goods after they had been moved to supposed places of safety, The street car service has been at a complete standstill since Friday after noon. The electric light circuits were interrupted, and the gas plant de stroyed, and at night the citv is in piaiT me liumner ot lionicir in the city at 10.000. Most of these spent the night in the parks, on the ducks, on barges, and some slept on v.hat few belongings they managed to Bsve from the general wreck. A p pen I for Aid lov Be Issned. The board of trade and other com mercial bodies held meetings to take action looking to the alleviation of the suffering. It is expected that an appeal of the people of the United States, calling for aid, will be issued. Leading business men and insurant',! agents estimate the total loss of prop erty at from ten to fifteen million dollars. Some of the Dnlldlnas Destroyed. The St. James hotel, which was de stroyed, has been closed since April 10. The loss on this building is $175, 000. Among the buildings destroyed arc: The Finery auditorium, Hoard of Trade, St. James hotel, Windsor ho tel, the Seminole club, the Daily Me tropolis, the city hall and market, the Gardiner building (the largest office building in the city), the Hubbard building. Dentil and Mndness. Mr. W. W. Cleveland, in whose premises the fire oringinated, and who was one of the heaviest losers, dropped dead from excitement. A stalwart negro, bringing a trunk on his head from a burning building, went crazy from the horror of the situation. He ran around in a circle with the trunk on his bead until he sank exh.uii.sted and died. Women ran through the streets, tearing their hair and clothes, and in several in stances had almost denuded them selves when they were caught by friends nnd led to places of safety. Horses bitched to trucks could not be cut loose quickly enough, nnd many of them ran wild through the demor alized throng. Firemen I'sed Dynamite. At 1 a. m. Saturday the fire was still burning fiercely in many sections of the ruins, and the exhausted fire men, giving up the fight for the time being, sought rest, leaving the fire to burn Itself out. The heat from the fire was intense. The fire department, used dynamite to blow up the houses a block from the fire. A Father's All-Mht Search. Dr. It. H. Dean, a prominent physi cian, reported the loss of bis two children, Helen and Francis, to the police. Dr. Dean thinks the elder of the two, Helen, will be found, but be lieves Francis burned to death in his office, where they sought safety. Dr. Dean collnpsed on the street nfter an all-night search, and in falling waa seriously injured. V. U. Harnett, president of the First national bank, fainted during the progress of the fire. He fell into some smouldering ruins, and wua burned before he was rescued. Fire Chief Became Insane. Fire Chief Haney, who became in tane during the height of the fire, li somewhat improved. He was brought down town during the day, in care of two or three firemen. To Care for the Hefnaees. Secretary of War Root wired the mayor of St, Augustine, tendering the use of the barracks at Fort Bar rancas (St. Augustine) for the ref ugees. The offer was in turn trans mitted to Jacksonville. St. Augusune offers also to tke care of 1,V00 ref ugees with it own funds. The Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company Formally Organ ized at St. Louis. DAVID R. FRANCIS CHOSEN PRESIDENT. Wllllnm H, Thompson Is Treranrer Walter M. Stevens Permanent secretory Klabt Vice-Presidents Chosen The Work of the Corpo ration W ill oit he Pushed. St. I.ouls, May 4. The first formal meeting of the board of directors of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Co. was held Thursday afternoon at the Noonday club, and a permanent or ganization was effected by the elec tion of the following officers: President David R. Francis. First Vice-President Corwin TL, Spencer. Second Vice-President Samuel M. Kennard. Third Vice-President Daniel M. Houscr. Fourth Viee-PresidenfcCyrua Vt Walbridge. Fifth Yice-President-Seth W. Cobb. Sixth Vice-President Charles VV. Iluttig-. Seventh Vice-President August Gehner. Eighth Vice-President Pierre Chou teau. Treasurer William H. Thompson. Permanent Secretary Walter B. Stevens. Mr. James Cox, secretary and gn eral manager of the Business Men'a league, waa elected secretary pro tern. The board of directors were divided into three classes, 31 to retire at the end of one year, 31 at the end of two years, and 31 at the end of three years. A committee, composed of the presi dent, the vice-presidents and treas urer, was ordered to act as a com mittee on organization, to report at the next meeting with recommenda tions as follows: 1. Number and formation of stand ing committees. 2. Draft of by-lawa of ineorpora tion. 3. Suitable location for temporary offices of the corporation. 4. As to director general. 5. As to general counsel of the cor poration. The chair called the committee to meet Friday afternoon, and the di rectors' meeting adjourned until Wednesday, the 8th inst., at the same time aifti place. The time ot service of the three di visions of the board of directors waj decided bv lot. The vacancies in the iuin mr tn , election of the stockholders. The matter of electing a directoi general was not taken up at the meet, ing further than to include it in th work which the committee on organ ization will consider and report on at the next meeting of the board. Before adjourning President Fran, eis made an address.in which he urgec the necessity of earnest work on tht part of every one connected with tin World's fair. He stated that he had studied carefully the preliminary or. ganization of the Chicago Columbian exposition and realized fully th stupendous work to be done in tht present instance. "We have no time to lose," he said "if we are to open the gates of till exposition May 1, 1003.' At the close of the meeting th feeling prevailed that substantia, work had been (lone, and the first great steps toward the actual build ing of the World's fair completed. Al' the directors who were seen ex pressed themselves as more that pleased with the results, and dm elared that the board is now in shapi to take up details, and press forwart the work. GREAT WESTERN CEREAL CO. r,',, ; . tta of -the I.arsre Cereal Coneerni of the Northwest are Includ ed In the Combination. Chicago, May 4. The ChronicU says: The Great Western Cereal Co., thl organization of which was conj templated two months ago, is now ir, active existence, having opened head quarters in the Great Northern building. In the pool are included ten of the large cereal concerns ol the northwest Lucius C. Miles, the treasurer ol the company, announces that a mil) is to be erected in this city with a capacity of 750 to 2,000 barrels daily. It will employ 500 hands. In addi tion the company is to increase the output of the Fort Dodge (Ia.) from 150 to 2,000 barrels daily increase in the total output ten concerns merged into the corporation will be more than 0, barrels daily. WRECKED NEAR WINONA, ILL, A Chicago A Alton l'asseiiuer Trail Wrecked hy Spreading Halls Jio One Seriously Ilort. Teoria. III., May 4. The Chicago bound Chicago & Alton passenger train which left this city at 11: 43 o'clock Thursday night, was wrecked Just outiside of Wenona at 1:12 a. m. The enta'rf train left the track, hut no one was seriously injured, thougU the conductor, engineer and brake" man were somewhat bruised. The ac cident was caused by spreading rail POSTMASTER SUICIDES. When Confronted br Post Office Iat spector, Shoots Himself Throuch the Head. Robinson, 111., May 4. Henry SI, Smith, postmaster at Oblong, thin county, shot himself at noon yester day and died in a few hours. A poat office inspector preaentcl himself to Mr. Smith with a demand that ha be permitted to inspect tha. attain of the olfice. There bad been no charge md against the dead mas. Z.,m'1,U ,41-6fl8.5. leaving a .ur- lor the month at 1s.bod.ooo. tory of th axcwuif.