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France will shortly withdraw 10,000 troops from China. During the past week 288 rifles have been surrendered by Filipinos. The act establishing provincial gov ernment in Cebu has been passed. Two churches in Chattanooga, Tenn., were wrecked by the windstorm Wed Resday. There were only six lynchings in Georgia last year, while in 18t09 there were more than twice that many. Rumors of difliculties between Chile and the Argentine Republic are pro. ,ounced to be without foundlation. Peace and quiet have bwn restored in Colombia, the revolutiontsts having been driven to the interior regions. Serious riots have occurred at Nichl feroy, Brazil. as a result of an evangel. ical campaign against the Catholics. The consummation of the project tc consolidate all the independent cereal plants of the country is now assured. The government of [ruguay has de cided to permit friars who may come from Spain to establish themselves it Uruguay. A cage filled with natives fell down a deep shaft of the l;oldenhuis mine, Johannesburg, last week. Twenty-sia of the natives were killed. The imports of uheat into Liverpool last week were !10(100 quarters froir Atlantic ports, 1,000 from t'acific ports and 31.000 from other ports. Seventy thousand tons of wheat have recently been imported from Califor nia and Australia into Chile. This ib a marked increased over former im. ports. The Scandinavian-American steamer Kentucky, is loading at Brooklyn the first cargo of the season for St. Peters. burg. She will take there about 200( tons of cargo. Alonzo J. Whitman, formerly state senator of Minnesota, convicted of passing a bad check in New York, hat been sentenced to two and a hall years' imprisonment. The Argentine government is alarmed by the announcement that Chile hat opened a pass through the Andes at every strategical point leading into Argentine territory. The Methodists are planning a vig orous campaign in the Philippines. lishop Warren of the M. I. church ham arrived at 3Manila and the native con ýerts are enthusiastic. The salmon packers of Alaska are preparing to begin the season's worl within thirty days. The first run o fish, it is expected, will begin between May 15th and June 1st. Gen. Warneld, who will have charge of the military escort on the day of President McKinley's arrival at San Francisco, estimates that there will be from 10,000 to 12,000 men in line. In Hlavana rumors are prevalent that the negroes intend to take an ac tive part in politics, and that an or ganization is being perfected under the leadership of Juan Gualberto Go mez. The Chilean government is awaiting information from the Chilean ministes in Buenos Ayres before a protest is made against repeated invasion of Chilean territory by citizens of Argen tina. The Denver Republican says that upon the absorption of the Rio Grande Western railroad by the Ienver & Ric Grande, (en. William J. Palmer and Col. D. C. Dodge will retire from active railway life. Trustworthy Chinese report that troops in large numbers are massing in the province of Shan bi, near the frontier of the province of Chi Li. Well-informed natives prophesy fur 'ther trouble. The Union Iron works of San Fran cisco, through President Scott, signed a contrrct with the navy department for the construction of the protected cruiser Milwaukee. The vessel will cost $2,825,000. The liawaiian house has killed a bill to make the old flag of the Hawaiian nation the territorial emblem, on the ground that it is not the rule for ter. ritories of the United States to have flags of their own. The United Irish league has resolved not to accept or acknowledge subscrip tions to the league funds from any per. sons identified with the addresses pre sented to Queen Victoria during hei visit to Ireland last year. Dispatches from Chinese officials at Rsian are published by the North China Daily News, in which it is stated that Li Hung Chang carries out the orders of the reactionists under Yeung Lu in favoring Russian control in Man churl. A. J. Schroth, a bookkeeper in the First National bank of Birmingham, Pittsburg, Pa., was arrested Friday last, charged with the embezzlement of $35,000 of the bank's funds, lie was released later on, furnishing bail in the sum of $10,000. The board of classification of the United States general appraisers has announced a decision in the Russian sugar case. The board holds that the United States government was justified in imposing a countervailing duty on Russian sugar. CUBANS VISIT TI-IHE PHESIDENT. Governor General Wood Explains Condl tions in the Island. General Leonard A. Wood, governor general of Cuba, with Mrs. Wood and his private secretary, arrived in Wash ington Tuesday night. General Wood, who expects to return to Havana on Thursday by way of Jacksonville, Fla., has made the hurried trip to this coun try for the purpose of introducing to 'President McKinley, before the latter leaves Washington for the Pacific coast, the five members of the special commission on foreign relations, ap pointed by the Cuban constitutional convention. "Tie members of the commission," said General Wood. "represent all the different groups of Cubans composing the constitutional convention. They have come to the United States for the purpose of conferring with I'resident McKinley on matters which the con vention does not thoroughly under stand, and when they return to make their report I ani convinced that there will be a thorough understanding on all sides of the controversy. "Time constitutional convention has never voted on or rejected time Platt amendment. This I can state positively, notwithstanding the reports to the contrary which have been sent to the lJnited States from lHavana. Things have been cabled here which had not tihe slightest foundation in fact, de scribed strained relations between the representatives of the United States and those of the Cuban people "Everythling has been harmonious since I went to 'uba, andtlhe conven tion now in session as a thoroughly representative one. Before the Platt amendment was passed by congress the Cubans knew the desires of this government on the issues which the amendment contains because they were submitted to them through the execu tive. Intervention and the establish ment of a naval station are two things which they do not properly compre hend, and I think that when they are fully explained in Washinton the only indication of a difference of opinion will have been removed. "'hlere are really ous Lou g-e.aL questions to be settled. One is the re duction of the duty on sugar, and the other is the passage of the constitution. One is economic, the other political, yet in a measure they are akin. After the constitution has properly been framed and adopted, the economic question will disappear, as there must be a great reduction in the duty on sugar. Then Cuba will be prosperous, and its relations with the United Staten settled on a solid basis. That will end the whole difliculty, and in twenty four hours the country can be turned over to the representatives chosen by the Cuban people. "To-day all the departments of the island are practically in the hands of the Cubans, who have been instructed as to how things can be managed, and when the time arrives all we will have to do will be to take a receipt for the money on hand.' CHINA WILL GUARANTEE. PROTECTION TO FOREIGNERS' CelestIals Will Keep the Peace If Foreign Troops are Removed. A Washington dispatch says it is un derstood that the Chinese plenipoten tiaries at Peking, Prince Ching and Li Hung Chaug, are prepared to give a guarantee to the powers for the pro. tectiou of all foreigners in China if the foreign troops now stationed there are withdrawn. Thus far the retention of the foreign forces has been urged as necessary in order to preserve order and protect foreigners, but the Chinese authorities say that order has been so far re-established that the imperial government is fully able to direct the Chinese troops in such a way as to se cure complete safety to the interests of all foreigners. This is understood to be the basis of the withdrawal of 10, 000 French troops, and it is earnestly hoped among Chinese officials that this will be forwarded by a similar move" ment on the part of the other foreign forces in China. Destruction in Wake of Connectlcut Flood. For three miles down through the 2Middlefield, Conn., valley there is nothing but ruin and destruction as the result of the great flood on Sunday evening. Where was formerly the res ervoir, a mile and a half long and cov ering nearly 200 acres, there is now but a diminutive pond, from which flows the receding river through the gorge of the dam that broke away. Down stream at the Hoston & Albany railroad bridge nothing is left but a few granite blocks and the rails of the arch bridge that spanned the factory river and the highway leading up to Middlefield Center. The flood carried in its wake houses and barns, bridges and culverts. It made great gullies in the highways and did thousands of dollars damage. Nobody was drowned or even injured. Wyoming Oil Fields. There is quite a stir in the oil fields at Lander, Wyo., at present. Dr.Hen derson, an oil expert, is making ar rangements to sink a new well near the old Murphy wells about eight miles southeast of Lander. He has ordered machinery which will be in Casper on the 0th of next month, and he will rush to the oil fields as fast as possible. The syndicate he represents have an option on the Murphy oil wells and if the new wells show that there is a good body, things will boom in that part of Wyoming. Idaho Quear.lnrmin Il el'w Upheid 1)y U.S. 19,1 prr1ue Coeut. The United States supreme court Monday, in an opinion by Justice Brewer, sustained the Idaho law re lating to the establishment of a quar antine against sheep coming from other states in which contagious di seases are believed to exist. The de cision was rendered in the case of R. Rasmussen, plaintiff in error, against the state of Idaho, brought before the court on a writ of error from the state supreme court. The defendant was convicted in the district court of Oneida county, Idaho, of driving sheep from Box Elder county, Utah, into the state of Idaho on April 12, I1St1. The case was carried to the supreme court of the state and the conviction was sustained. It was then brought to the United States su preine court on a writ of error, alleg ing that the conviction was contrary to a clause of the constitution of the United States, which prevents states from legislatin g againt property of cit itizens of other states. The decision handed down upholds the legality of the law, in that the state has a right to protect prop erty of its citizens from infection or contagion, and that laws passed for that purpose do not conflict with the constitution of the United States. rsuvius in Eruption. A dispatch from Paris says Mount Vecuvius is again in a state of active eruption, and many people, scientists, students and the curious, including American tourists, are leaving Paris by every train for Naples. The first signs of disturbance were observed a week ago, when, for three days columns of smoke, issuing from the crater in great volumes, towered high above the volcano. Then came occasional rains of the cinders, some times sprinkling the country for sev eral miles around. Now lava is begin ning to run. The fire at the crater is very intense at night, illuminating the surrounding region beautifully. Only two slight tremo rs of earthquake have been felt so far. Enorm.ous .llloult of Gold in U.S. Treasury The gold holdings of the United States treasury for the first time in history have passed the $5o0,000,000 mark. The exact total was $500,278,506, of which $2'15,078.0959 was held against certificates in the hands of the outside public, and 1t 0,000,000 as a reserve against outstanding United States notes, the balance being free assets. This is the largest amount of gold now held by any single financial insti tution in the world, and it is the larg est ever held by any institution, with one exception-the Imperial bank of Rlussia- which in February, 1898, raised its total holdings to $590,300.000. At present, however, the Russian bank holds only $371,5,00,000. Killed in Gas Expluosion. A terrible natural gas explosion oc curred in the Commercial hotel at St. Marys, W. Va., early Monday morning resulting in the death of four' persons. The entire building, a large frame one, was instantly a mass of flames, and was entirely destroyed. The dead are Sam Cunningham, oil driller, Rixford, Pa.; John George, oil man, Butler, Pa.; IHarry Robinson, tool dresser. Corning, O.; John Slater, 15 years old, son of the proprietor of the hotel. Other bodiss may be found in the ruins. Several persons were badly in jured, but will recover. Connecticut Town Submerged. The Flood Hollow dam in Middle field, Coun., gave way about 6 o'clock Sunday night, letting loose the water in th. big reservoir, which rushed with terrific force into the west branch of the Westfield river, sweeping every thing before it, and submerging the greater part of the town. No lives were lost but great damage was done, the extent of which it is impossible to estimate. Chester presents a desolate sight. The electric light station is submerged and the town is in total darkness. houses are flooded and streets filled with timbers from the dam. Crops Damaged in the South. The weather bureau Monday reported frost in the vicinity of Jacksonville, Fla., Meriden, Miss., and at Charles ton, S. C. Snow is reported at Gains ville, in northeast Georgia, the moun tain tops being capped with white. Albany, in south Georgia, reports the estimated damage to cotton at 50 per cent. and that watermelons and cantaloupes have been injured 25 per cent. Fruit in that section is appar ently safe. Americus, in southern Georgia. wires that considerable replanting of cotton will be necessary. French Troops Will Leave China In M[ay Gen. Voyron, the commander of the French troops in China, has informed Gen. Chaffee that 10.000 French sol diers will leave China in May. It is the opinion of Mr. Rockhill, the American special commissioner, that the foreign troops may now commence leaving China with perfect safety; on the other hand, the announcement that 10,000 French troops are to leave in May causes fear from the French native converts and French resident. SENATOR CLARK ASSAULTED. Montana Copper King Beaten by Thugs in Paris. A dispatch from Paris, Sunday, says that as Senator W. A. Clark of Mon tana was returning to his hotel after midnight, he was attacked by three roughs in a little street behind the Madeleine church. The senator put up a brave fight, but he was alone against three, i n i had just been knocked down when Mons. Marloupiot, a typical French cabman, who was driving by, hurried to the rescue. The cabman be gan to beat the footpads with his loaded whip-handle just as two were holding Senator Clark down, while the third was ransacking his pockets. Marloupiot was beaten into intensi bility by them, but his intervention gave the senator a chance to regain his feet. Then two of the highwaymen became frightened and ran away, Clark easily settling the third thief with a blow on the mouth, which sent the fellow down. Senator Clark, fearing that the cab man might be dead, placed Marloupiot in the cab and, climbing on the box himself, drove as rapidly as possible to a fashionable hotel. Marloupiot soon regained his senses. Not only did the senator reward his rescuer handsomely, but he has en gaged the cabby for the whole of his time until further orders. Marloupiot, who now has all he wants.to drink and eat, is devoted heart and soul to his American master. Meanwhile both men are doing. Paris together in the most fraternal manner imaginable. ENGINES SWEPT INTO CHASM BY A MONSTER SNOWSLIDE. Two Engines on Colorado & Northwestern Dashed to Pileces and Attend ants Killed. A terrible accident is reported from Boulder, Colo., on the Colorado & Northwestern railroad. Two big en gines attached to a passenger train coming from Ward to Boulder Thurs day afternoon, were struck by a huge snowslide and hurled into the chasm below Four trainmen were killed. They are: Engineer Hannon, Engi neer Fitzgerald, Fireman Miller, Con ductor Bair. The second fireman has not yet been accounted for, and it is believed he, too, is buried under his engine, dead. None of the bodies have been recov ered. The passenger left Ward for Boulder drawn by two engines. When the train reached Boomerville the engines were uncoupled and started up the hill to buck the snow which wasdeep upon the tracks. A sharp curve occurs near the apex of the mountain, and just as the en gines started to plow through a huge snowdrift, a vast avalanche of snow and earth was loosened from above. It came down with terrible force and caught the locomotives and crew and carried them to the chasm below. The train, which was quite heavily loaded with passengers, was not touched by the slide. P'resident and Cashier of Washington Bank Commit Suicide. Charles Brown and F. L. Canby, president and cashier, respectively, of the First National bank of Vancouver, Washington, which was closed Satur aay by the comptroller of the currency, committed suicide Saturday night two miles from that city by shooting them. selves with a revolver. Their bodies were found Sunday morning lying to gether in a small clump of bushes about one-half mile north of Columbia school, which is situated on the outskirts of the town. They both used the same weapon, and Canby evidently died first, as the revolver was found in Brown's hand. It is evident that Canby put the muz zle of the revolver in his mouth and then blew the top of his head off. Brown then took it and shot himself in exactly the same way, falling over Canby's body. The bank's funds had been used in speculations by the two men, and $80,000 lost, which ruined the institution. Attempt to Poison a Denver Prisoner. An attempt was made Saturday night to poison Joseph Haennelt, a prisoner in the county jail at Denver, who is charged with having assisted to rob Dr. Flora Betts of $7,000 worth ol diamonds in August last when driving with her. An apple pie and some cheese were left at the jail for Haen. nelt by an old man who is unknown. After nibbling at the cheese the pris oner became sick. An emetic was ad. ministered, which saved his life. An examination disclosed the fadc that the pie and cheese contained a great quantity of arsenic and other poisons. Haennelt gave testimony for the prosecution at the recent trial of John Barr and Mrs. Bessie Hodge, his housekeeper, on the charge of having brutally. assaulted and robbed Mrs. Betts. The trial ended in a disagree ment of the jury. Montana Boy Killed. Henry Morrick, a seven-year-old grandson of Henry Harrison, a well known rancher of Chestnut, Montana was instantly killed at the Roup farm on the Yellowstone railroad Saturday night. The youngster entered the granary to drive out some chickens, and while he was doing-so a chicken flew against a loaded gun in the build. ing, knocking it down, the force of the fall causing the weapon so be dis charged. The contents struck the lit tie fellow, killing him instantly. AGUINALDO FOR PEACE. Urges lls CoUntrymnen to Censne War and Sustain U. S. ffllicials. Aguinaldo's peace proclamation was made public Saturday. It is as fol lows: "I believe I am not in error in pre suming that the unhappy fate to which my adverse fortune had led me is not a surprise to those who have been familiar with the progress of the war The lessons taught with a full mean ing, and which have recently come to my knowledge, suggest with irresist able force that a co:mplete termination of hostilities and lasting peace are not only desirable, but absolutely essential to the welfare of the Philippine is lands. "The Filipinos have never been dis mayed at their weakness, nor have they faltered in following the path pointed out by their fortitude and courage. The time has come, however, in which they find their advance along this path to be impeded by an irresist ible force, which, while it restrains them, yet enlightens their minds and opens to then another course, present ing them the cause of peace. "This cause has been joyfully em braced by the majority of my fellow countrymen, who have already united around the glorious sovereign banner of the United States. In this banner they repose their trust and belief that under its protection the Filipino people, will attain all those promised liberties which they are beginning to enjoy. "The country has declared unmis takably in favor of peace. So be it. There has been enough blood, enough tears and enough desolation. This wish cannot be ignored by the men still in arms if they are animated by a desire to serve our noble people, which has thus clearly manifested its will. So I repeat this will, now that it is known to me. "After mature deliberation, I reso lutely proclaim to the world that I cannot refuse to heed the voice of a people longing for peace, nor the la mentations of thousands of families yearning to see their dear ones enjoy ing the liberty and promised generos ity of the great American nation. "By acknowledging and accepting the severeignty of the United States throughout the Philippine archipelago, as I now do, and without any reserva tion whatsoever, I believe that I am serving thee, my beloved country. May happiness be thine." To signalize this important step in the pacification of the country, Gen. MlacArthur orders the release, on swearing allegiance to the United States, of 1,000 insurgent prisoners. The secretary of state received a cablegram Thursday morning from Mr. Squeires, United States charge at Pe kin, dated at Pekin, April 18, saying: "Winter palace occupied by Von Wal dersee accidentally destroyed by fire. General Schwartzkopp, chief of staff, fatally burned'" This incident may prove more serious than appears on the surface. It is known from diplomatic communica tions received in Washington that in tense feeling has been aroused among the Chinese over the occupation of the Empress Dowager's palace by Count Von Waldersee and his military staff. This was graphically set forth in a letter .received here from one of the foremost officials at Pekin. He de scribed in detail the manner in which the palace had been turned over to military uses, and commenced upon the indignity which it involved to the Chi nese people and to the imperial family. Moreover, it is known that this mili rary [occupation of the imperial palace was a moving cause for the rejection of all overtures for the return of the im perial family to Pekin. From the Chi nese standpoint, it was impossible to even consider the return of the imperial family so long as ,the commander-in. chief of the allied forces was in actual occupation of the.empress' palace. DEPORTED FHOM MANILA. Five Men Arrive at San Francisco on Trans port Rosecrans. The transport Rosecrans brought from Manilla Thursday five men who had been deported by the military au thorities. Among them was Santiago Maceo, a son of the late Cuban leader, Antonio Maceo. Young Maceo came into prominence on the Pacific coast two years ago while traveling with Katherine Ting ley, the Theosophical leader. He fell out with Mrs. Tingley, claiming that he was treated as a servant. While in the Philippines Maceo became a first sergeant of the Macabebe scouts. He was accused of giving information to the Filipino troops, and was dismissed from the army, and because of the supposed menace of his presence in the islands, General MacArthur ordered his deportation. Two Volunteer Regiments at San Francisco Leave Service. The Thirty-third and Third-fourth volunteer regiments, recently returned from Manila, have been mustered out. The Twenty-eighth and Thirty-fifth infantry, now in camp at the Presidio, expect to be mustered out of the ser vice Apnil 30. Although there are very few troops here now under orders for the Philip pines, transports will be rushed there as fast as possible, to be in Manila in time to bring home all the volun teers to be mustered out by the 1st of July. NORTHWEST NOTES The University club of Salt Lake has paid $10,000 for a site upon which to erect a fine club house. Gertrude L. Harper of Philadelphia, Pa., has been appointed a trained nurse in the Fort Hall Indian school at $600 a year. D. T. Clark, the sheep king of west ern Colorado, has sold his wool clip, amounting to 15,000 pounds, to Schott & Co., of St. Louis. E. J. Oakland, contractor for the Smuggler Union mines at Telluride, Colo. was instantly killeu on the 18th by a cave of loose ground. E. P. Snow, secretary of the Wyo ming board of sheep commissioners, says no UTtah sheep will this year be permitted to enter WVyoming. Colonel W. T. S. May, superintendent of tcie government forest reserve in Colorado and Utah, says that the water supply makes it necessary to exclude sheep and goats from the reserves of Colorado. Carrie Schott of Denver, aged S years, is dead. and her sister Edna, aged 4, is in a critical condition, and County Physician Harry C. Brown, at tributes their sickness to eating three or four candy Easter eggs, which had been colored with dyes containing ar senic. The Northern Pacific Railroad com pany makes important announcement, regarding a new line of steamships which the company will operate three quarters of the way around the globe, from Tacoma to Liverpool, by way of the Pacific ocean, the Suez canal and the Mediterranean. Al Biowie, manager of the Swan Cat tle company of Wyoming, declares that the reports of the company's losses from the recent storms have been ex aggerated. The company's holdings amount to about 60,000 head, while the losses will not aggregate over 600 head or about 1 per cent. There is much excitement over the finding of oil on a ranch between Cedar ville and Eagleville, in Surprise valley, California, and it is said a flow has been found that burns like a candle, only much brighter. Oil locations are being made, and experts are bonding all the property they can get hold of. Antonio Lopez, a cowboy, has been sentenced to ten years in the Mon tana state prison. He was a bad man with a gun. His crime was charging through a half-breed camp for sport. and firing his weapons. One bullet Ifilled Jean Valjean. Evidence at the trial showed Lopez once shot out the latern of an old woman milking a cow and set the coat tails of a man on firt in the streets of Malta, with a pistol shot. Charles Geiss and Edward Burke were shot at Marysville, Mont., Friday by a miner named Ilagar. Geiss and Hager, with two others, are operating the Bell Iloy, a gold mine. During a quarrel in Lehman's saloon, Gates struck IHager, and the latter pulled a revolver and shot Geiss as he was run. ning away. Geiss was hit in the back and will probably die. Another shot struck Burke, a bystander, in the groin. His wound is not serious. HIager is under arrest. The Missouri River Power company which owns a dam and power plant at Canyon ferry, Montana, and which is now constructing a pole-line to Butte, will build another dam across the Mis souri river at Stubbs's ferry, five miles below the present plant. The new dam and plant will cost $1,000,000 and will develop 10,000 horse-power, which with part of the power now generated at Canyon ferry, will be sent to Butte. The company has contracts for power from the Amalgamated and other big companies operating in Butte. Four men sawed their way out of the jail at Rawlins, Wyo., Friday night and made their escape. They are Orio McSwain and James McMahon, await ing trial on the charge of murder; Ed Martin, assault, and Al Probst, rob bery. After sawing a bar into, they waited for the jailer on his evening round, and knocked him down and locked him in a cell. They secured his pistols, and although they had no coats or hats and wore light slippers, they made a dash for the hills. Al Davidson, a mining man operating at White Sulphur Springs, but living in Butte, committed suicide at his home last week by shooting himself in the head. Be had been in a row with another man, and went home to get his gun and kill his adversary. His wife persuaded him not to leave the house any more and he lay down. Shortly after this his wife went into the room and found him dying, with a bullet in his brain and a pistol by his side. A strong flow of natural gas has been encountered in a well sunk at Foun tain, Colo., in prospecting for oil. It is said that the flow is so strong that the gas can be lighted with a match. The discovery has caused much excite ment. The city council of Pomona, Cal., has granted a franchise to the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake rail road for the construction of a track on First street over the route along which the Southern Pacific attempted to build recently.