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Special Subcommittee of Itennepin
Delegation Recommends Bill,
Which Is Approved.
Sheriff, Auditor and Treasurer Lose
$1,000 Eacly County Attorney
and Surveyor Gain.
Jffet Increase in the County Payroll
Is Only $2,704 a
Complete readjustment of Hennepin
county salaries was proposed this after
noon in a bill reported to the Hennepin
delegation by the special subcommittee.
The omnibus bill, which the subcommittee
offered, takes $1,000 each from the cala
ries of the sheriff, county auditor and
county treasurer. It adds $900 to the $-
county attorneys pay and $500 each to the
salaries of the judge of probate and coun
ty surveyor. Every salary is fixed by
the bill, which adds two new employes
to the .sheriff's office, but only makes a
net increase in the pay roll of $2,704 a
All increases are to take effect" the first
of next year, but the decreases will not
become effective until January. 1905, when
the term of the present encumbents ex
pire. The report was submitted by Mr.
Bardwll, chairman of the committee,
which has investigated the subject fully.
The other members of his committee are
Senators Gjertsen and Jepson and Repre
sentatives Helllwell and W. I. Nolan.
The net increase in cost of the sheriff s
office is only $^84, altho one new outside
deputv is added, also a stenographer.
The sheriff is cut from $5,000 to $4,000 and
the outside deputies from $1,500 to $1,400.
The chief deputy is raised to $1,800.
The county auditor is cut from $5,000
to $4,000. A number of small salaried em
ployes are given increases, but there is a
net decrease of $40 in this office.
The county attorney's office will cost
$540 a vear more. The county attorney
himself is raised from $3,600 to $4,500. The
second deputy is cut from $2,400 to $2,000
There is an increase in the office of
register of deeds, all on small salaries,
amounting to $240 a year. Increases in
the employes of the clerk of courts office
will add $1,660 to the pay roll.
A saving of $620 is made In the treas
urer's office. The treasurer is cut from
$5 000 to $4,000, but his first deputy is
raised $200, and other small increases are
The onlv change in the county sur-4,
veyor's office is a raise of $500 for, the
Systems Are Changed.
The system is changed in the office of
fhe judge of probate. The clerk now gets
$4 500 and fees, out of which he pays the
other help. The bill gives him a salary
of $2,500 and fixes salaries for the other
employes. The fees are to go into the
county treasury The^judge pf probate 1*.
raised from $4,000 to $4?600, and the net
increase in this office is $140 a. .year.
The system in the coroner's office also
is changed. The present law fixing com
pensation of deputies, is wiped oat. The
office how costs the county about $4,300
a year. The bill gives We coroner $4,000
out of which he pays his deputies. Count
ing this saving of $300 and taking out
the salaries of the two employes added,
the readjustment of salaries made in the
bill only costs the county $500 more than
at present. ,,
Delegation Indorses Bill.
The report of the committee was unan
imously adopted and they were extended
a vote of thanks for their work. The bill
will be introduced in both houses by re
quest of the governor as a delegation bill
and pushed thru to immediate passage.
The delegation also acted on the bill
increasing the salaries of judges of the
municipal court. The bill was amended
to make their salaries $3,600, an increase
of $600, and in that shape it will be
passed. The original proposition was
The full list of county salaries, as fixed
by the bill, follows:
Sheriff Chief deputy 1.H0O
.Taller .. - .- 1.200
Two outside deputies, each 1,400
Two outside deputies, each 1,100
Deputy for insane 900
Assistant jailer 1,000
Night watchman 000
Bookkeeper 1,000
Deputy for juries 750
Stenographer 000
Cook Courtroom deputies, each 900
Auditor 4.000
Chief deputy 1,800
Deputv and commissioner's clerk 1,500
Draftsman 1.300
Deputy 1.200
Settlement clerk 1,200
Two counter deputies, each 1,100
Six general clerks, each 1,000
County attorney 4,500
First assistant . 2,400
Second assistant 2.000
Third assistant 1,800
Fourth assistant 1,400
Stenographer 720
Register of deeds $4,000
Chief deputy 1.R00
Second deputy 1,000
Indexer - 900
Chief comparer 900
Assistant comparer 720
Assistant indexer and comparer 700
Vault clerk 700
Clerk of court $4,000
('Uief deputy 1,800
Judgment deputy clerk 1,200
Judgment search and document clerk 1,000
Deputy for marriage licenses 1,100
Deputy for criminal work 1,400
Assistant deputy for criminal court 1,000
Shorthand reporter 1.000
Indexer and vault clerk 1,000
Five courtroom deputies, each 1,000
County surveyor $2,500
Two deputies, each 1,45^
County treasurer 4,000
Chief deputy 1,800
Deputy for statement department 1,100
Three statement clerks, each 1.000
Cashier - 1,000
Accountant 900
County coroner (to pay his own deputies).. 4,000
Judge of probate 4,500
Clerk of court 2.500
Deputy clerk 1,100
Three general clerks, each 780
Men Claim That the Cause of Labor
Was Betrayed.
Amsterdam. April 13.The strike has
collapsed. The aged socialist leader, Do
mela Niewvenhuis, who emerged from his
retirement in order to run the strike agita
tion, was present at a storjny meeting of
the labor organization during the whole of
the night. He proposed to terminate the
agitation, since the cause of labor had
beeen betrayed. The meeting acquiesced
in this view and decided not to elect a new
strike committee. A similar decision was
reached at a local meeting of strikers at
kotterdam. - . I
Hugh Penticost Speaks of "President
Roosevelt's Nonsense About
Race Suicide."
He Says That Under Present Condi
tions It Is Foolish for the
* Poor to Harry.
"The Intelligent Have Fewer Chil
dren"Viwes of a So
New York, April 13."President Roose
velt's nonsense about race suicide" was
announced as the title of an address by
Hugh O. Pentecost in Lyric hall yester
day. Speaking of the president's recent
utterances on "race suicide," Mr. Pente
cost said:
"The rabbit seems to be his ideal
In part Mr. Pentecost said:
"Roosevelt's ideal person is one who is
ready to work, fight, suffer and have
children. He regards others as shirkers
and criminals.
"To be married and have children if
you are intelligent and are sure you are
bringing your children into a desirable
world is well, but marriage and child
beating as it now goes on among the poor
and ignorant is a crime against the
"As people become mere intelligent
they have fewer children, and I venture to
say that after many people have had chil
dren grown, if they had the experience to
go over with again, they would have
"So long as conditions remain as they
are now, it is foolish for working people
to marry, and still more foolish for them
to have children if they do marry, for
every child born to them is another
slave of mine or mill."
Mighty Civilizations That Existed
Before the IncasDr. TJhle's
San prancisco, April 13.The earliest
American civilization far antedating the
generally accepted limits of' pre-Colum
bian culture, have been traced in Peru,
by Dr. Max TJhle, director of the an
thropoligical excavations and explorations
of the University of California. In that
country heretofore, Inca tradition had led
scientists to believe that the Peruvian
civilization existed only a few centuries
before the coming of the Spaniards^ The
archaelogical work of P r. Uhle-has estajk-
HsheiJ the fact that* greja:t :ctyiai^ti6ii-
flourished 2,000 years- easmgmtr^^bnieia)tf'
and -that--* - cultured race- of higher de^"
velopment than the Incas was in existence
before the Trojan war.
This remarkable discovery follows as a
result of the study made in the two ex
peditions which Dr. TJhle led in recent
years at the expense of Mrs. Phoebe
Hearst and under the auspices of the Uni
versity of California.
Firemen on the William S. Mack
Kidnapped at BuffaloOne
Terribly Beaten.
Special to The Journal.
Buffalo, N. Y., April 13.The steamer
William S. Mack got in from Chicago at
2 o'clock this morning with a crew of
five non-union firemen. She was met by
gangs of union men in boats and they
swarmed over the rail. When the Mack
reached her dock at the foot of Erie street
r^ gang of union men overpowered the
non-union firemen and took them to the
union office on Main street. Captain Hol
lisingshead complained to the police and
the union office was raided. Four of the
kidnapped men were rescued, but one of
them had been terribly beaten. One of
them is missing and the police do not
know where he is.
Later.Four non-union firemen were
returned to the boat by the police to-day.
Frank Blair, a fireman reported missing,
was found to-day, having hid in the coal
bunkers of the vessel. The names of the
firemen have not been learned. No arrests
have been made.
The Mack had just passed the break
water when union men in small boats
were beside her. They climbed the fen
ders before the boat got in the Buffalo
river and dmanded that the non-union
firemen be turned over to them. Captain
Hollingshead said the non-union firemen
were under his protection and that they
would not be taken from the boat. Before
the Mack had been tied, about forty union
firemen, the captain says, swarmed over
the rails of his boat and seized the fire
men and carried them off. They 'were
found lated at the headquarters of the
union, and upon the demand of Captain
Hollingshead, who was accompanied by
policemen, they were released. One fire
man had been ill-treated by the unionists.
They Are Baided by the Police in
Chicago To-dayNames of the
Fake Concerns.
Chicago, April 13.Detectives to-day
raided four alleged "get-rich-quick" con
cerns and arrested three men on the
charge of conducting gambling resorts.
The concerns were:
The Chicago Crescent company, the Chi^
cago Mail Order union, the Star Distrib
utors union and the Montana Mining, Loan
and Investment company.
The first three are said to be controlled
by Harry Altizir and the last by John J.
Jacobs. Altizir was taken into custody,
but John could not be found. W. J. Gros
klus and J. I. Gittings appeared to be in
charge of tne place and were placed un
der arrest.
. Vjfy
League of Independent Workmen
Organized at Spokane.
Special to The Journal. ~
Spokane, Wash., April 13 A union of
non-union men under the name of the
American League of Independent Work
men has been organized in Spokane. Its
cardinal principle is "to compel labor
unions to respect law." It already has
100 members and will be incorporated un- i
der the Jaws of Washington '\?'JH'l," -
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It Is Now Believed That the Little
Pest Carries the Yellow
- Fever. V. - .**
Dr. Lyndsey of the International
Quarantine Bureau Makes the
New York Sun 8pecial Service.
Chicago, April 13.Death to Stegomyia
Fasciata, the assassin! He is proven
guilty and should die. To be sure
"Stegy" is nothing but a mosquito, but his
crimes are many and are .costing the
Mississippi valley many dollars each year,
asserts Dr. J. M. Lyndsay, president of
the International quarantine bureau,
formerly of the Marine Hospital Corps in
Habana de Cuba.
Under the present regulations pas
sengers from Mexico, Central and South
America, cannot enter the gulf ports dur
ing several months of the year from April
to November and all ships are quarantined
for Ave days. As a result the natural in-
come of New Orleans, Galveston, MobileJ, , J of the Reina Christina, one made by an
Gulf port and Pensacola. goes to New I, eight-inch and the others small. The
- This quarantine system is used on the
theory that fomites, the great medical
"what is it" for the mysterious something
that Is at the root^ of
be carried in the clothing and transmitted
by contact or the use even of an utensil
previously handled by an affected person.
Dr. Lindsey avers that by the mosquito
only can the disease be transmitted and
he has such able autHoriti.es as Colonel
Valery Harvard of the United States
army and Doctors Reed, Carrow and
Agramonti, of th. ecommission appointed
by the government , to back him. All the
mosquitoes a ship can carry can be
killed in six hours and the passengers
could then go free. The marine hospital
has indorsed his theory but does not act
upon It because it is not understood
thruout the gulf states.
In proof of his assertion the doctor
points to Havana. In 1890 there were
1,250 cases of yellow fever the following
year the mosquito theory was adopted
and patients kept from the possibility, of
a mosquito bite. In three months there
was not a case on the island. The fol
lowing year there were thirteen, all
brought from Vera Cruz, but during that
year and since then, not one
originated on the island.
The doctor is in America expressly to
urge upon the people the necessity of
adopting the new system of quarantine.
With the opening of the Panama canal
it will mean an enormous difference to
Illinois and all the states of the Missis
sippi valley, in a financial way, whether
the commerce of the south comes into the
gulf ports or foes to New York.
Government Loses the San Francisco
Bay Case.
Washington, April 13.'The United
States supreme court to-day decided the
contention between the United States and
private parties as to the ownership of the
submerged and reclaimed land in San
Francisco Bay, which includes Mission
Rocks, against the government. . .
The claimant in the case opppsing the
government was the Mission Rock com
pany which aserted title to the land thru a
grant from the state of California. The
national government - contested the claim
on the ground that the land had been re
served by order of the president for naval
The court held, however, that there was
no intention to: reserve more land than
could be utilized. It was further held that
it had been the uniform policy of the
state of California to dispose of contagious
lands, and that as there had been na de
parture from the rule in this case, there
was no reason for questioning the valid
ity of the Mission Rocks company.
Peking. ~April 13.Russians explain their de
lay in exacuating New Chwang, Manchuria, by ., . l
the fact that they are organiring an International J
sanitary commission with, a Russian at the,head ' . s =
sanitary COHIUIIOBIUU vmu, u. nuniou we.aoii i . , __e_ x^,,^-i .,.* . u_-,I_ J _
of to- prevent a recurrence, of the outbreak, of ly,
hnbOBlfi xOajuia. */*i ^.^"^^""'^s^V.' -!- ^Vi WOWUlgi,
The President Seems to Have ScaredUp Quite a Bunch of Octopi.
yellow fever, can
The Warship Reina Christina in
Manila Bay Floated and
- * -A Beached Yesterday. ,
There Were Fifteen Holes in the
Hull, One Made by an
8-Inch Shell.
Ship Was ScuttledThe Hull in
Fair Conditibii-Other Ships
Will Be Raised.
N case has
Manila, April 13.The warship Reina
Christina, flagship of Admiral Montejo,
which was sunk by Admiral Dewey in Ma
nila bay, 'was floated, and: beached yester
day. The skeletons df about eighty of her
crew were found in the hull.
One skeleton evidently was that of an
officer, for it had a |worff by its side.
There are fifteen shellholes in the hull
main injection valve is missing, showing
that the ship was scuttled when Admiral
Montejo abandoned her.
The hull is in fair condition.
Captain Albert R. Couden, commanding
the naval station at Cavite took charge of
the remains of the Spanish sailors, ex
pressing a desire to give them an Ameri
can naval funeral.
The Spanish residents, however, are
anxious to ship the skeletons to Spain,
and it is suggested that the United States
transport Sumner convey them to Spain
by way of the Suez canal in June. A
wrecking company is endeavoringr to raise
all the sunken Spanish warships.
A Bad Job for Llanera.
Manila, April -3.Marino Llanera, for
merly an exile on the island of Guam, has
been arrested in Pampanga province, Lu
zon. He joined the revolutionary organ
ization and accepted a commission from
that body. The constabulary captured his
commission and other incriminating docu
ments. Llamera will be charged with bri
gandage and possibly with treason, as he
took the oath of allegiance when he left
No Funds on Hand for It But It
Will Go on Just the
Washington, April 13.Supervising Ar
chitect Taylor has discovered that there
are no funds available for constructing
the addition to the public building at
Fargo, although congress authorized it
in the omnibus' public building bill passed
near the close of the last session. The
fault is at the door of the office of the
treasury, who prepared an estimate of
appropriations neeessary to carry out this
act, and not to any oversight on the part
of the North Dakota delegation when they
were pushing the bill through. Mr. Tay
lor will not delay work, however, but
will go ahead and prepare plans and call
for proposals, and the $80,000 will-be
provided in the deficiency, bill at the next
session. . H. C. Stevens.
Wilmington, Mass., Having a Seri-
" ous lire.
Wilmington* Mass:, April 13.Fire,
which broke out in a blacksmith shop to
day in the center of tne town, spread- to
other buildings. All telegraphic and tele
pfionic .communication was cut off. - The
fire is still burning briskly, but assistance
from .Woburn has arrived and it was
thought the flames will be checked. Two
00 *
'buildTngV and twoT dwellings? of
,. ,
burning and a high h wind is
^ " "
This Stock Makes Violent Plunges
Touching 97 Before the
", Beaction.
The Best of the Stock Market Is
Heavy and New Bottom
Points Are Made.
Special to The Journal.' '.":'" *
New York, April 13.Shares of the
Northern Securities were extremely weak
on the curb to-day7 selling- off to 98%, a,
decline of, 5% points from last week's
closing quotation. Much of the selling
came from stock exchange houses 7 and
there seemed to be no support.
There is little doubt that some of to
day's selling was of a forced character."
The course of Northern Securities was
not without its effect on the. general-stock
market, prices yielding considerable. De
clines-of 2 to 10 points were common.
Call money was offered'at 7 per cent,
but the demand was light.
At noon Northern Securities dropped
to 97, but rallied at once to 98. The stock
market broke heavily arid'a new bottom
point on this decline was reached.
The heaviest selling was by Clark,
Dodge & Co. and Lee," Kretchmer & Co.,
firms which have frequently executed or
ders for insiders. Fifteen thousand
shares of Northern Securities sold up to.
noon, the price at that time showing-no
rallying power.
Common report attributed the severe
break to heavy selling by the western
clique arid a prominent local operator. So
far as could be learned in the early after
noon the banks were not calling loans,
but brokers were demanding additional
margins from customers.
Theory of Omaha Officers for the
Mysterious Disappearance
of Mrs. Knight.
Special to The' Journal.
Omaha, Neb., April 13.The circum-.
stances surrounding the disappearance of
Mrs. Frank E. - Knight a week ago Sat
urday evening and facts that have since
come to light convince the Omaha police
that she has met with foul play.
A few days after the disappearance of
Mrs. Knight her husband, who told con
tradictory stories as to her whereabouts,
dropped out of sight and about the same
time Miss Jeanie Dusenberry, a young
woman with whom Knight lived before
his marriage to his wife and with whom
he was in love, also disappeared.
Mrs. Knight's maiden name was Rose
Lydella Snyder. She came here from or
near Waukesha, Wis. She was married
to Knight soon after she came here about
five years ago. They had quarreled,
Knight persisting in writing love letters
to the Dusenberry girl. The police believe
that Knight ajnd Miss Dusenberry are to
gether at Cheyenne and that Mrs. Knight
has been murdered.
Jochowlcz Admits t, but Says It was Done
'"'" ' Life.
Milwaukee, April 13.Martin Jochowlcz
was arrested-to-day charged with killing
John Potrykus-Jn front of a saloon on
Ninth avenue last night. Jochowlcz was
arrested at his home and when taken to
the police, station made a full confession,
asserting the deed was committed In self
defense --.-.-.-
to Save His Own.
Boston, Mass., April 13.ReT. Clarence *3.
Bberman, aged 41 years, field secretary of the
United Society of Christian Endeavor, is dead.
News of his death, which occurred at Banff,
Northwest Territory, yesterday, was recelred
here to-day. Mr." Eberman was on a convention
tour, accompanied by hi* wife. HJa death was
Hue to-virulent typhoid ferer, complicated with
conge*t)on,oi the lunga. ^
Two Grand Juries in Missouri Are
Fiercely Playing Tag With
,C.,. " Them.
Strong Arm Legislators Seem to Be
Caught Between Two -
^ Fires.
Evidence Before Two Grand Juries
Compared and a Few Perjury
Indictments Expected.
St. Louis, April 13.The investigation
of. charges of boodling made in connec
tion with baking powder legislation in
the state legislature is being carried on
to-day by grand juries in session in St
Louis and Jefferson City. Circuit Attor
ney Joseph W. Folk, under whose direc
tion the St. Louis grand jury has been at
work during the past week, has secured
important information, it is believed, that
will be made use df before the Jefferson
City body, which resumed its sessions
this morning.
Mr. Folk and tAtorney General E.. C.
Crow, who is taking care of the Jefferson
City end of the investigation, are work
ing together, and the fact that the evi
dence given before the two grand juries is
available for comparison, makes the situ
ation serious for those who may not have
told the truth. It is stated that perjury
indictments may even be found before the
returl} of the actual bribery indictments.
'^j^j^^j^h.jttec^tton !Qf the lower house
iiji^te ^gi8totui'Jhieid a. long conference
with Mr. Folk yesterday, and it is un
derstood he gave much valuable informa
tion to that official. A number of im
portant witnesses have been called by
both bodiese for examination to-day.
Two Grand Juries Are Now After the
Legislative Boodlers.
St.. Louis, April 13.Caught between
two fires, the boodling members of the
last state legislature are hurrying hither
and thither, conferring, consulting, ex
horting and. threatening ^ne another,
na.nic-strlc^en,..' undecided and utterly
. ,,^l^ea^4lise ,facts have come to light:
A baking-powder trust defeated the alum
bill by the use of boodle Daniel J. Kelly,
agent of the trust and for whose arrest
Detective Tracy was sent to N ew York,
armed with requisition papers from Gov
ernor "Dockery, Is charged with attempt
ing to bribe Lieutenant Governor J. A.
Lee with giving Lee's brother a check for
$1,000, which the Lees kept three weeks
before telling the prosecuting officers any
thing about it. Senator Farris cashed a
$1,000 bill in Parle's saloon in this city.
He says Colonel Phelps, lobbyist for the
Missouri. Pacific company, gave him the
bill .for favors- received. .. v
JJe^wiU.JbMB examined,, ..by. the St. Louis
grand Jury. Senator OrohaKfc was seen
with .a $i(()O0- bill by fellow- members of
the legislature. A $1,000 gold certificata
was .cashed at a Jefferson City bank.
The authorities know its history.
I. L. Page, editor of a country press bu
reau at Jefferson City, cashed a $1,000 bill.
He will be given a final opportunity this
week : to tell Cole -county grand - jurors
'wner- he got it. N. G. Hickox, assistant
clerk of the senate, cashed two $500 bills.
He will have final opoprtunities to explain
to the grand jury this week.
kis Counsel Will Try to Show That
the Road's Directors Are
the Criminals.
New York, April 13.John M. Wisker,
the engine driver of the White Plains
local which crawhed into the New Haven
local train in the Park avenue tunnel in
February of last year, causing the loss
of seventeen lives, will be called to trial
on a charge of manslaughter in the crimi
nal branch of the supreme court on
Counsel for Wisker says the fight on
the case will be one of the most stub
born ever seen in a criminal court.
It was learned that Wisker's counsel
will try to show that the directors of the
N ew York Central Railroad . company
should have been indicted.
He will call every one of the directors*.
It "Will be shown, by experts that trains
have Deen run at full speed in the tun
nel on foggy days when it was impossible
to see the signal lights. . Wisker will be
a witness. He will tell for the first time
his own story of the disaster.
Frank Hush of Erie Shot His Wife
to Death and Then Killed
Special to The Journal.'
Clinton, Iowa, April 13.A special from
Erie, a small town in Illinois ten miles
east of here, says that Frank Hush, a
carpenter, shot and killed his wife, last
night, while they were on their way to
church. He then hurried home and killed
himself. A little girl, aged 13, ran into
the church and excitedly told the congre
gation of the tragedy. The woman was
dead when her body was found, and the
dead body of the busband was found in
the house. Hush had been acting
strangely for several days. He leaves a
boy, aged 8, and a girl of 13.
It Opens in Borne To-day With
1,300 Delegates.
Rome, April 13.The International Ag
ricultural Congress . was inaugurated at
the capitol to-day before king Victor
Emanuel and Queen Helena. About 1,300
delegates were present. The American
representatives, Dr. Daniel E. Salmon,
chief of the -United States bureau of
animal industry and, Henry E.Elvord,
chief of the.dairy division of. the United
States department of agriculture, have not
yet arrived. The Marquis Di Capelli,
present manager, in his opening speech,
criticized the "ultra protectionists of cer
tain American, counties," and said he fore
saw that their attitude would change with
the increase of their -population to the
average of those of European countries.
' ,'ei OEHSBAL W. A. SMITH DEAD.^.i j
tfnnthurton, W. Va., April 13.William X
Smith, noted confederate general, died here %6-
day from pneumonia, aged 73. - -
" - $50,000 A YEAR
What the New York Postoffice
Yielded to Public People With ^j j :
a Private Snap. '*-
Secret Service Men Are Expected to
Make Some Arrests
Some Humors of "Star Route" Meth
ods in Bural Delivery
New York, April 13.Investigation into '
the charges made against the Manhattan,
postoffice department, is said to have ad- .
vanced to the point that arrests will come. -
Secret service men have arrived here from
Washington and joined the detectives who
have been secretly pushing the inquiry
for the past five days.
The newcomers are under orders from
First Assistant Postmaster General Wynn
and a Washington dispatch says they weTe
to hold themselves in readiness to make
one or more arrests under quick advice.
It is impossible to get any expression
of opinion from prominent present or
former officials. Postmaster Van Cott
could not be seen and Assistant PoBtmas
ter Morgan simply said: "Nothing new." '
It is estimated that if promotions were',
made in many instances at from $25 to
$50 a head the "rake-off" in N ew York
alone amounted to $50,000 a fiscal year.
The Investigation started here is ex*
pected to spread to other cities.
Private Snaps Worked in the Postoffice
Washington, April 13.There are two*
developments in the investigation of the
affairs of the postoffice department. The
first is the filing of charges that advance
information has been furnished wagon
manufacturers regarding rural routes, and
the other is the issuance of an order to
President Van Cott of New York city, di
recting him to hold up all of the promo
tion and extra work allowance cases,
pending arrangement'for the N ew York*,
city service for the next fiscal year.
The complaint in the first case says the
charges preferred "sJayor pf star roiite
method employed twenty.-or twenty-five
years ago." General Bristow now has a
score of postoffice inspectors at work in
vestigating complaints and these are com
ing in faster than they can be disposed of.,
The sensational reports as to revelations',
are not justified, for revelations there*
have been few,-.while complairits are so
many and some of them so trivial as to ,
make the work of investigation .almost
endless. J
A'. W. Machen,. superintendent of trie? - *
free delivery bureau, to-day said: *
"We have been very careful in enforcins
a rule in the free delivery division that3?
no advance .information about the estab- ,
lishment of rentes SsaaW^be^iyen.'"' - "-V,
~Mr Machen*4kdd that some firms se-^.^
cur early information, about these routes '
by watching: the county papers' closely. **} '
These papers print accounts about the vis
its of rural free delivery inspectors to'
their vicinity and often gather informa
tion from congressmen and others about
prospective routes.
His Horse Falls on Him in His Wild
West Show at Manches-
ter, Eng. ^
Manchester, England, April 13.W. F
Cody (Buffalo Bill) met with an accident
at the first performance of his show here
to-day. His horse reared and fell on him
He was removed to a hotel.
The Famous William Vallance Dead
at the Age of 30He Was
a Phenom. *'
Trenton, N. J., April 13.William Val
lance, the famous lightning calculator,
who could do any sum in mathematical
calculation mentally and with but an in
stant's hesitation, is dead, aged.30 years*'
About a week ago he was taken to the
state hospital suffering from severe
mental strain, believed to be the result
of his work with figures.
Vallance could duplicate the feats of
any of the lightning calculators and then -
beat them by stating instantly any desired
date in history. He could not tell how he
knew history, but would rattle off fact
after fact without ever making a mis
He could give instant answer to such
arithmetical questions as multiply 389,487
by 4,641. Feats in algebra were his de
The 12-Inch Gun on the Iowa Wat
Bursted by the Dis-
charge. , 4
Washington, April 13.Admiral Hlgf
ginson's report to the navy department
upon the explosion on the Iowa Thursday,
shows. that a defective shell was not the
cause. He says: "When on her third
shot from the port forward 12-inch gun,
the muzzle blew off and the pieces from
it penetrated thre three decks underneath*
killing three men and wounding four oth
ers. That portion of the ship was thor
oly wrecked. I have sent her to the navy
yard for temporary repairs and burial of
the dead, and I have to recommend thai
she be sent north for more permanent re
"It does not appear that this accident
was caused by the bursting of the shell.
as witnesses stated that they saw the
shell strike near the target. The inner
tube presents a fracture, but on none of
the pieces into which the muzzle of the!
gun broke are the grooves Indented ofl
scored as in the case of a bursting 9helL,r.
Peking, April 13.The new Americas Indem
nity bond stipulates that the payment be in the'
equivalent of gold dollars at the rate of exchange
provided for in the protocol, which - according t
the American interpretation of the protocol,
makes it practically a silver bond. The bonds
of the other nations specify that the paymeatg
be In the equivalent of gold at the rates of ex-t!
cbaage prevailing on tie dates of- the payment*.'
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