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flttc fiiotumMa gcmorrat,
Hloomsburg, the County seat of Columbia
County, Pennsylvania.
TERMS:—lnslfle the county 81.00 a year in ad
vance; $1.50 If not paid lu advance Outside
he county, $1.25 a year, strictly In advance,
ill communications should be addressed to
Bloomsburg, Pa.
North Side, Second term.
of Bloomsburg.
of Bloomsburg.
of Bloomsburg.
of Catawissa.
of Beaver township.
(South Side)
Catawissa Township.
of Bloomsburg.
In spite of the jingo newspapeis
there will not be a war with Spain.
The President is holding the reins
with a firm hand, and while war will
be avoided unless Spain forces us into
it, the honor of the United States will
be maintained. The events of the
past week have made no new develop
ments in the Maine disaster. Spain
requested the recall of Gen. Fitzhugh
Lee as our representative at Havana,
and President McKmley promptly
refused, whereupon Spain withdrew its
request. Congress has passed a bill
appropriating $50,000,000 for defense,
without a dissenting vote, work at
all the Navy Yards is going on day
and night, and if war comes it will not
find us unprepared.
Method of Procedure In Case of Hostilities-
As the conviction becomes settled
that the court of inquiry will decide
that there was a mine explosion under
the "Maine," discussion among
American naval officers and civilians
here is prevalent as to the warlike
measures which it is believed the
United States government will adopt
in case the question of the payment of
indemnity by Spain is overruled.
A majority believe that American
troops will be landed at some point
east of Havana and the insurgents
communicated with, that the Spanish
soldiery will be defeated or captured
in detail, and that in the meantime
a fleet of United States vessels will
blockade, if not bombard Havana.
No one seems to doubt that the re
duction of this city would be compara
tively easy. Four twenty-inch gur.s—
two west and two east of the city—
are the only ones that are considered
dangerous. These are not likely to
be well served, while their emplace
ments are not mcdern. Thai some
Spaniards are of opinion that an at
tack on Havana will be made is be
lieved to be shown by the abnormal
activity displayed on board the "Viz
caya." The Associated Press cor
respondent has the best naval author
ity for the statement that the "Viz
caya" is in a constant state of readi
ness for emergencies and that picket
boats are on the alert day and night
inside the harbor and outside the har
bor at night.
\S The conduct of the Spanish divers
who are investigating the wreck of the
Maine" is a mystery. Thus far they
>ye not been down five hours in the
aggregate, and they show no disposi
tion to make a thorough inquiry. It
is/impossible to learn the truth fully
regarding the purpose of the Spanish
- court of inquiry, but it is generally be
lieved that the divers were sent down
for form's sake only and that a report
will be made in accordance with in
structions from Madrid.
It may be that the Spanish divers
1 have discovered that the whole port
I side of the "Maine" forward is gone
I and, having so reported, further ex War is on everybody's tongue at
* amination is deemed unnecessary, present, and Bloomsburg has its
The work of our own divers hencefor- share of volunteers who claim to be
ward is bound to be slow, owing to willing to drop everything and fly
the ponderous weights to be moved, to the scene of trouble, but we don't
and the safety clamps, nuts and rivets think that any of them will swim
that must be cut. the Atlantic in their thirst for
Senator Proctor is likely to make a Spanish blood.
speech in the senate on his return
that will have great weight in deter
mining the future policy of the United
States. He is much affected by the
suffering that he found 111 Mantanzas,
arid highly indignant at what he calls
the 'inhumanity of the course pursued."
During a visit to Artemisa, this pro
vince, he saw thousands of reconcen
trados, who refused to beg, though
They are ezidently of a class accus
tomed to make their own living and
unwilling to become paupers. He
saw thousands of acres of the best
tobacco and banana lands in the
world reduced to waste, with trochas
and garrisons at every village and
cross roads. His drivers pointing to
the mountains fifteen miles away,
said :
"There are plenty of insurgents
camps there that the Spanish have
never discovered.
The work of distribution of Ameri
can relief under Miss Clara Barton,
Mr. Elwell and their assistants is in
Senator Proctor's judgment, carefully
and effectively carried on. The de
mand is far in excess of the supply.
The supplies expected at Matanzas
and Sagua la Grande, to be brought
by American cruisers, will afford un
speakable relief.
Latest Story-
As to the Way tho Warship Maine Was De
The latest story as to the way the
Maine was blown up is contained in
a letter forwarded by a secret Cuban
club in Havana to J. M. Govin, a
Cuban insurgent agent at Key
West. The club received it in the
ordinary course of mail. It was
written in English, but was signed
"Maquinata" (Mathinist.)
After a long preamble saying that
the writer knew the Maine's fate
was due to a Spanish plot, the letter
goes on to say that in an old ware
house at Santa Catalina, 200 yards
from where the Maine was moored,
some diving apparatus had been
hidden, and that from this base two
divers had worked by night and
filled the torpedo holes of the Maine
with dynamite cartridges, connect
ing them with wire to the battery
on the land, from which the car
tridges exploded. According to the
letter the divers were to have been
paid a large sum, which has not
been forthcoming. The Cubans in
Key West say that investigation in
Havana has tended to confirm the
statements of the letter, which will
go before the court of inquiry.
An officer of the Maine, whose
attention was called to the story to
day, asserted positively to this cor
respondent that the torpedo holes
of the Maine had not been opened
during her stay in the harbor.
Has Offered Her Support in Case of War
With Spain.
The destruction of the Maine may
lead directly to a realization of
Japan's desire to possess the Phillip
pine Islands, if the United States
are forced to acquire Cuba and
Porto Rico. The state department,
at the instance of Japan, has deter
mined that there were seven Japan
ese subjects aboard the Maine, and
all were lost. If it is proven that
the wreck was due to treachery, it
is stated that the Japanese govern
ment purposes to demand an indem
nity, re- inforciiig the demand with
a naval demonstration at Manilla.
This circumstance gives the United
States an unexpected and invaluable
ally in case of a rupture with Spain.
It is stated that the Japanese
minister has pledged assurances of
Japanese support in any emergency.
While it has not been accepted or
declined it is recognized that the
friendship of Japan would release
the United States from the neces
sity of keeping some of her finest
vessels in Asiatic waters, thus add
ing them to the Atlantic force, in
suring the supremacy of the home
fleet against any threatened Spanish
raid on our coast.
It is a noteworthy fact that General
Miles, the head of the army, and
Adjutant General Corbin, the chief of
staff, are neither of them West Point
graduates. Each made for himself a
brilliant record during the civil war
and remained in the regular army at
the close of that war. Their promo
tion has been unexampled for steady
and rapid progress. Both have had
"luck" in their favor, if there is such
a thing as luck. Both are magnifi
cent appearing men physically. Cor
bin is compared in looks and bearing
to Hancock, the handsomest general
in the American army. In a republic
it is altogether fitting that a citizen
who shows himself capable should be
able to rise to the highest military
rank, even without being ground out
of West Point.
For Congress.
Hon. Andrew L. Fritz, a prominent
attorney of Bloomsburg, has announc
ed himself as a candidate for congress
Irom this district, composed of the
counties of Columbia, Sullivan, Mon
tour and Northumberland. Mr.Fritz had
a long and successful legislative career
as a member of Legislature from this
county during sessions of 1885 and
ISB7, and also during tne sessions ot
1893 and 1895. At the session of
1895 he was chosen as the nominee
for speaker, which position gave him
the leadership of the Democratic side
of the House. During that session by
virtue of nis position he served on
more important committees than any
other member, —among them were
ways and means, judiciary general and
appropriations. He was an honest,
conscientious, popular, and influential
member, had the confidence of all,
and was always found at his post work
'nK against bad legislation. He was
faithful in his duty to the constitution
and to the people, and was an honor
to the state and county he represent
ed. He earned a good reputation as a
legislator, both in the committee
room and on the floor of the House
by advocating economy in the ex
penditure of the public money and by
always standing by that which he be
lieved to be right, and he will be re
membered as one of the men who
stood at the helm of the state, earnest
ly working and talking against the
creation of new offices and increase
of salaries. Having had an extended
legislative experience at Harrisburg,
lie is now well qualified to take this
higher step. Mr. Fritz is popular and
well acquainted with the people, and
should have no trouble in making the
nomination in the district.
The Publio Domain*
The last report of the Secretary
of the interior shows that only a
little more than one-half of the pub
lic domain of the United States is
either reserved or appropriated.
The area still remaining vacant
amounts to 591,343,953 acres, with
out including Alaska, which is sup
posed to embrace nearly 400,000,-
000 acres more. The entire area of
the United States is placed at 1,835,-
017,692. Of this 741,702,365 acres
is now owned by individuals or by
corporations or states, or has passed
out of the control of the general
government. The amount reserved
for schools, Indians, military and
navy purposes, railroad grants,
parks, forest reservations, etc. in
cluding all territory reserved from
sale for any purpose whatsoever,
amounts to 132,441,744 acres, so
that taking the reserve land and the
vacant land together, only about
one-half of the area of the United
States has actually passed out of
control of the government, and at
Alaska is included the unoccupied
area is larger by 300,000,000 acres
than that which is occupied
Military Strength of the Oountry.
The New York Sun prints a table
showing the aggregate organized mili
tary strength of the several states to
be 114,362 officers and men. An ad
ditional table shows the aggregate
available number of men in the country
fit for military service to be 10,415,-
In this connection it will be inter
esting to know, in view of the talk
about war these days, who will be sub
ject to military duty. In Pennsylvania
the law provides that all able bodied
male citizens between the ages of 21
and 45 are liable to military duty,
with the following exceptions: Idiots,
lunatics, common drunkards, paupers,
and persons convicted of any infamous
crime. Also members of the legisla
ture and the officers thereof; the sec
retary of the commonwealth, attorney
general, state treasurer, surveyor gen
eral, auditor general, state librarian,
superintendents of common schools,
judges of the courts, sheriff, recorder
of deeds, register of wills, prothono
tary, district attorney and clerk of the
Your friends may smile
But that tired feeling
Means danger. It
Indicates impoverished
And impure blood.
This condition may
Lead to serious illness.
It should be promptly
Overcome by taking
Hood's Sarsaparilla,
Which purifies and
Enriches the blood,
Strengthens the nerves,
Tones the stomach,
Creates an appetite,
And builds up,
Energizes and vitalizes
The whole system.
Be sure to get
Only Hood'a.
We greet you with the ,
Finest Mme o>£ Meady to> Wear Clothing
For the money that can be bought.
Our policy will be to give the best values for the money that our experience can buy.
Nice Spring Suits for Youths' Stylish Suits I Men's Stylish Spring
Children from from ! Suits from
SI.OO $4.50 $5.00
Come and be convinced that the place to buy your Clothing is at
Townsend's Star Clothing House.
An Interosiing Fact Brought to Light by the
Maine Disaster.
The Maine catastrophe has brought
to light some interesting facts con
cerning the means employed by a
great newspaper to meet the de
mands of the public for quick, full
and accurate information concerning
that disaster. Although receiving
the complete report of the news
gathering organizations, ' 'The
Philadelphia Press" is also giving
exclusively to its readers daily
despatches from the most brilliant
corps of special correspondents and
artists ever massed on a single piece
of news. This includes Ralph D.
Paine, Julian Hawthorne, Carl
Decker, Sylvester Scovel and Louis
Ruyl at Havana and Key West; E.
J. Gibson and his assistants at
Washington ; Julian Ralph, at
London, and equally well-in-formed
representatives at the other points
at which news is likely to be ob
tained. It is sometimes said that
Philadelphia is "slow," but there
is nothing slow in the enterprise
which enables "The Philadelphia
Press" to set up the claim that it is
leading all the other newspapers in
the country in the promptness and
reliability of its news about the
Maine, and that is the only news
paper which commands the services
of all the writers and artists named.
Travelling Facilities to the South-
The eyes of the public are always
turned with interest on the Nation's
Capitol, Washington, with its mag
nificent public buildings, its beauti
ful streets, its world-famous library
and the fact that it is the centre of
all this great country's interests.
Baltimore and Washington are
brought into close touch with us by
the two great systems, the Phila
delphia and Reading Railway and
the Baltimore and Ohio. The Royal
Blue Line needs 110 introduction.
It is famous for its swift, safe and
superb trains, its comfortable and
commodious cars, and the marvel
ous exactitude with which its trains
speed to their destination. There is
only one way to go South ; take the
Philadelphia and Reading to Phila
delphia where close connections are
made over the Royal Blue Line.
A curious question is being fought
over in the court at Atlantic City. A
professional photographer makes com
plaint that amateur kodak fiends are
injuring his business because of the
facility with which they take snap
shots of everything picturesque about
the seaside resort. It does not appear
at all that they sell these pictures,
but only take them for their own
pleasure. However the law may de
cide, common sense is certainly on
the side of the amateur photographers.
The claim that anybody in America
has not the right to photograph any
thing he pleases, provided always the
owner of it is willing, is something too
paternal even for a despotic govern
ment like Russia. Go on with your
snap shots, boys and girls.
Just try a 10c. box of Cascarets, the
finest liver and bowel regulator ever
made. 4--iy
nutate of Charlet Mow, late 0/ Roartngcreelc
The underaigned, auditor appointed by the
OrpTians' Court of Columbia County to make
distribution of balance in hands of administrator
will meet at office of Rhawn At Small In Cata
wissa on Friday April tith, 1898, at 9 o'clock a. m.
when and where all persons having claims
against said estate must appear and prove the
same, or be debarred from coming in on said
- 8 1 <M*. FRAXK IKELKR,
All of which are open for Inspection.
All the fashionable weaves of Dress Goods.
All the Conceptions of the Silk weaves.
All the dainty styles of Wash Fabrics.
All the popular trimming for our new dress
All the new styles in Shirt Waists.
At the Dress Goods
Has bepn brought together a
choice collection ot Spring fab
rics which are truly tempting
if not to say bewildering, on
account of the great variety
of weaves and wide range of
colors. Here is a little lot
worth a visit to see. Whip
cords, checks, plaids, stripes,
cheviots, berages, grenadines,
veloure, poplins, brocades, and
neat mixed effects, 25, 30, 42,
45, 50, 56, 60, 65, 75c, 1.00,
1.20, 1.25, 1.50, $1.75.
An interesting lot of Silks,
27 in. Silk, the printed India
kind in all the new colors at a
very unusual price, 75c.
Fresh lot from the looms, in
plaids, checked, striped, aud
figured, from 75c to SI.OO.
High cla-8 black brocades
and taffetas brought to a price
which deserves attention,
75c to SI.OO.
Wash Goods.
Of all departments, that of
Wash Goods possesses a fresh
ness peculiarly its own. The
delicate tints aud gauzy fabrics
send forth a tempting influence
and wise is the shopper who'
appreciates the importance of
early selections. Special ex
hibit of the following :
Organdies, Zephyrs, Ging
hams and Scotch Zephyrs.
10, is£ and 16c the yard.
A Glove Bargain that you
can safely order by mail, P.
Antemure & Co., Kid Gloves,
street. NEW SHOE STORE. | PEJJ'i
Big llsives-in Shoes I
500 pair Woman's shoes, sizes 1 to 4, at
Genuine Dongola Kid, with s)od soles and
• counters, always have sold at S2OO aud
$2.50. They are small sizes, and for that
reason go at SI.OO a pair. They'll not be
here long at these prices. If you can't wear
them your children can, and they are just as
big a bargain for them as for you.
This is weather for gum shoes and gum boots. We have
them at lowest prices. Men's gum boots $2.00.-.
j fine quality, they must fit, 3
buttons, every Fashionable
spring shade. You never wore
a better glove for the price,
$1.20 a pair. Postage paid to
any part of this country.
Shirt Waists.
We have them displayed in
our cloak room on second floor.
They are just fresh from S. L.
Munson's Factory in Albany,
which is acknowledged by lead
ing retailers that the styles are
the newest, and the best fitting
waists made in the country.
Ladies' and Misses'
Muslin Underwear.
Perfect in fit, trimmed with
fine embroidery and lace, made
of good muslin or cambric, at
prices you cannot buy the ma
terial to make them.
Dress Trimming.
Our Dress Trimmings will
be put on sale this week, and
we think we can safely say we
have never shown as complete
a line as we can this season.
GOOD COFFEE is half the battle
for a food breakfast as well as half the
battle for a happy home. Most men's
weak point is good coffee, and the
way to a man's heart is said to be
through his stomach. A hint is as
good as a kick to a wise woman.
Our Chase & Sanborn coffee costs
a littie more, but the difference in the
price is well invested, iajc Hi to 40c.
GROCERIES, yes, we have our
Grocery shelves full of the best goods
we can buy. If you want to try a new
breakfast, get a packaee of Colonial
Blended Food, or a tew dessert get a
package of Junket.

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