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THE 7' ' MENT^EjiBiliS
Ten Persons Killed and Twenty
Injured, at LeastSwitch
Was Open.
Train Running at Full Speed
Jumped Over Sixty Feet
From Track.
Wrecking Crew Was Delayed
Several Hours and the Utmost
Confusion Prevailed.
Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 21. The
Meteor, the fast train on the St. Louis
& San Francisco railway, which left
Fort Worth yesterday afternoon for j
Kansas City, was wrecked at God- j
frey, fifteen miles south of Fort Scott, '
Kan., this morning. The train ran
into a switch, and all except the j
sleeper was derailed and turned over. !
Ten persons were killed and over -
twenty injured. The dead and injured
were taken to Fort Scott, and arrived
In that city at 11 o'clock.
The dead:
GEORGE HOTT, conductor, Sapul
pa, I. T. .
B.A. DEWEES, engineer. Fort Scott.
Fort Scott.
JAMES H. TWYMAitf, (colored)
Fleming, Kan.
ASA MOR E LAND, Lenexa, Kan.
LON CORBIN, Bessie, Okla.
JOE CORBIN, Bessie, Okla.
JOHN BRUBAKER, news agent,
Kansas City.
JOHN BELL, express messenger,
Kansas City.
was thrown sixty feet into a cornfield.
Fatally injured:
Sheridan Kenable, Hoopertown,
B. F. Garroway, Jonesboro, Ark.
Seriously injured:
Mrs. E. E. Call, Hobart, Okla.
Henry McKinley, Snider, Okla.
Thomas Kent, Mountain. Okla.
J. W. Guill, Ottumwa, Iowa.
Henry M. McDonnell, Lodi, Ohio.
L. Howard Lee, Oklahoma City,
Joseph H. Donohue, Franklin, 111.
"Walter Godsby, Kansa's City.
J. D. Bryant, Davenport, Iowa.
W. R. Farmer, Blackwell, Okla.
Elmer Corbin, Bessie, Okla.
Jacob Roesseler, Parker, Okla.
C. J. Donovan, Snyder, Okla.
J. W. Adamson, mail clerk,
Fifteen others were hurt slightly.
Most of the injured were badly burned
as well as being maimed.
The responsibility for the wreck is
laid at the door of a brakeman of the
freight crew, who failed to Hag the
passenger train. He has disappeared.
Brakeman's Neglect.
The engine on the freight had be
come "dead" and tne crew was or
dered to remain on the main track
and turn the switch for the passenger,
then about due, the braEeman being
ordered to flag the Meteor. This he
neglected to do. In the crash the bag-i
gage car telescoped the engine and
landed in a corn field, while the
smoker and the two chair cars were
piled in a mass on top of the engine.
Most of the injured were in the chair
cars, which took fire*" soon after the
wreck occurred.
When the, train reached Godfrey it
was behind and running at full
speed to make up time. The crew of
a freight train that had preceded the
Meteor left the switch open, and the
passenger train jumped the track and
rolled down a slight embankment All
save the sleeper turned over, aiid so
fast was the train running that the
engine and the forward baggage car
landed nearly sixty feet off the road
bed before it stopped. The sleeper
remained upright, and none of the
passengers in this car was injured.
The baggage cars were completely
wrecked, and the smoker was badly
damaged. Five of those killed were
in the forward end of the smoker,
and four of them were killed instant
ly. A news agent, who was badly
mangled, died on the relief train that
carried the dead and injured to Fort
Dead and Injured.
Engineer B. A. Dewees of Fort
Scott, Conductor Roy bf Topeka, and
Fireman Bishard of Fort Scott were
all instantly killed, and Express Mes
senger John Bell of Kansas City was
seriously injured. Others of the crew
and almost every passenger on the
train, except those in the sleeper, who
escaped with a severe shakeup, were
injured, some of them seriously.
It was still dark when the wreck
occurred, and the utmost confusion
followed. It. was some time before
those of the crew who had escaped
injury were able, with the help of the
passengers who were unhurt, to aid
the injured. A wrecking crew, car
rying physicians, could not leave Fort
Scott for the scene of the accident
until several hours after the wreck
occurred, and it was 11 o'clock be
fore the dead and injured were
brought to Fort Scott.
Consul General Skinner, Escorted
by Native Troops Reaches
the Abyssinian Capital.
The King HimselfDelivers a For
mal Address of Welcome
to the Americans.
Adis Abeba, Abyssinia, Friday, Dec.
18.By Courier to Jibutil, French
Somaliland, Dec. 21.Escorted by
several thousand Ethiopian troops the
mission of the Americans to Menelik,
headed by Consul General Skinner, en
tered the Abyssinian capital to-day.
The reception of the Americans was
most brilliant and picturesque. Em
peror Menelik personally /received Mr.
The emperor, surrounded by the
principal functionaries of the capital,
delivered a cordial discourse of wel
come, to which Mr. Skinner responded,
presenting an invitation to tBe em
J peror to visit the exposition at St.
1 Louis.
. The Americans were then conducted
to the palace of Rats Georges, where
they are lodged.
Mr. Skinner and his party are re
ceiving every attention.
A formal audience and conference
with the emperor to discuss the pur
poses of the mission will follow.
Total Now Aggregates $200,-
000,000Exports More Than
Twice the Imports.
Imports from Canada Growing
Faster Than Those from
Any Other Country.
Washington, Dec. 21.Commerce
between Canada and the United States
shows a rapid gain both in the fig
ures of the year about to end and in
those of the decennial period which
ends with the present year. The
year's commerce with Canada, as
shown by the figures of the depart
ment of commerce and labor thru its
bureau of statistics, will aggregate
nearly $200,000,000, against less than
$100,000,000 in 1893. The increase
occurs both in imports into the United
States from Canada and exports from
the United States to Canada. Our
imports from Canada, which in 1893
amounted to only $34,000,000, will'in
the present year reach about $55,-
000,000. Our exports to Canada,
which in 1893 were $57,000,000, will
in 1903 aggregate about $130,000,000.
Our total commerce with Canada has
thus grown from $91,000,000 in 1893
to approximately $185,000,000 in
1903. The total commerce of the
United States in the calendar year
1893 was $1,652,000,000, and in 1903
will aggregate about $2,460,000,000.
Thus the total commerce of' the
United States from 1893 to 1903 has
increased about 50 per cent, while
its commerce with Canada has more
than doubled.
Buying More From Canada.
On the import side the increase in
our purchases from Canada has been
much more rapid proportionately than
from other parts of the world. The
total imports of the United States in
1893 were $776,000,000, and in the
calendar year 1903 will aggregate
about $1,000,000,000, an increase of
about 60 per cent. The total exports
from the United States, which in 1893
were $876,000,000, will, in 1903, ap
proximate $1,460,000,000, an increase
of 66 per cent, while in our exports to
Canada the increase is about 125 per
The above figures are for calendar
years in all cases, and are necessarily
estimates so far as they relate to the
month of December, 1903.
The principal articles which form
our commerce with Canada are shdwn
by the tables which follow. They
present the value of the more impor
tant articles imported and exported
in 1893 and 1903, the figures being
for fiscal years, as those for the cal
endar year 1903, by articles, are not
yet available.
1 Kansas
Principal, Imports Into the United
States From Dominion of Canada.
Total on above ar- .
tides 16,741,525 23,402,801
Total $30,790,910 $54,781,41$
Domestic Exports from t he United States to
\enrs Ending June 30,
AitiHes 1893. 1903.
Agricultural - imple
ments ... ,.. $145,503. $4,022,772
Animals 410,435 3,682,217
I?ooks, maps, etc 309,935 1,608,749
Breadstuff*wheat .. 4,083,843 4,021,571
Coal 7.023,757 16,294,329
Cotton, raw 2,803,326 5,932,429
Cotton manufactures... 1,922,680 2,907,096
Fiber, manufactures.... 193,030 2,252,819
Iron and steel, manu
factures "... 3,685,343 24,681,870
Paper and manufac-
tures 211,132 1,348,710
Provisions (including
dairy products) 2,415.270 2,773,081
Seeds 691,148 999,218
Total 23,895,402 $70,524,861
She Is Writing a Melodrama to
Be Named "The Forger
And the Former Minneapolis
Girl Herself Plans to Play
the Title Role.
Special to The Journal.
New York, Dec. 21.Prison life is
becoming irksome to Mabel Parker.
She is no longer the quiet, well be
haved young woman she was before
her trial for forgery. The matron in
whose charge she is says Mabel acts
like a spoil child. She. refuses to
obey the prison rules, and as she is
an unconvicted prisoner, stringent
measures cannot be used to make her
mind. The matron and assistants are
at their wits' end to keep the woman
from entirely upsetting the discipline
of the female ward. Mabel is :not,un-
ruly in the way other prisoners are.
Her incorrigibility consists chiefly in
playing jokes . on the keepers and
amusing herself at their expense.
When Mabel was seen yesterday in
her cell she was in the midst of litera
ry venture, which she hopes will-bring
about her release. "The Forger
Queen" is the title of a melodrama
Mabel is writing. Speaking of the
play, which will be finished in a short
time, Mrs. Parker said:
"I think the idea is a good one. I
feel confident some enterprising man
ager will hear of my play and put it
before the public. It's going to be a
dandy of the really sensational kind.
The manager who takes hold of 'The
Forger Queen' will have to go on my
bond so I can play the leading, role.
The Mabel Park er of the play will be
a^ real forger queen,, just like Bill
Peabody has tried to ma ke me but.
She will* be bold, bad, cunning and
clever. .
""The principal comedy part will be
a detective, who is always trying to
capture the. 'Forger Queen.' Hisn ame
will be Bill Shamrock Peabody, and
I'm going to suggest to the manager
that he engage Detective Sergeant
Peabody to play the part. I have
reaily taken quite an interest in poor
Peabody and ^think he would make a
much better actor than detective. I
am making a part to fit the man, not
hunting for a man to fit the part."
Operation Said to Be Without a
Parallel Performed in a -
Sioux City Hospital.
Portion of the Cervical Verte
brae Removed, Cleaned of
False Tissue and Replaced.
Special to The Journal.
Sioux City, Iowa, Dec. 21.An op-^
eration having no parallel in the sur
gical world was performed at St. Jo
seph's hospital yesterday by Dr. Wil
liam Jepson, who has the chair of
surgery at the state university.
John Norstrom of Danbury, Iowa,
fell from a load of hay, striking on
his head and breaking his neck. He
has been almost totally paralyzed for
weeks, and Dr- Jepson decided to op
erate on his broken neck.
Accordingly, a portion of the third
cervical vertebrae was removed, the
false growth of tissue was cleaned out
and the bone was replaced. The pa-
Years Ending June 30,
Article* 1890. 1903.
Cuttle $17,537 $344,8Si
Horses 467,474 442.825
Sheep . 1,652.34ft 1,008,685
Abbesto* 243,76 : 709,604
UsU 2,475,624 2,769,180
Furs and fnr skins, un
dressed 334,142 862,939
Hides itnd skins 438,r4 1.906,433
Ii on ore 17.186 20,2:{
Nickel ore and matte.. 280,712 1,107,330
Silk, rnw 3,741 103,482
Lumber 10,704.659 13,785,804
Timber 63,792 41,082
King Gorman I. (Democratic Leader?)A Horse! A Horse!! My Kingdom for a Horse!!!
tient is doing well, with every pros
pect of recovery.
Operations. have been performed
for the relief of a dislocation of the
lumbar vertebrae, but no case is
known in which the cervical verte
brae, situated so near the medulla
oblongata, the seat-of the vital bodily
functions, was successfully removed
and replaced.
Death of First White Woman Born in
Western Wisconsin.
La Crosse, Wis., Dec. 21.Mrs.
Martha A. Forbes, the first white
woman born in western Wisconsin,
died to-day, aged 71. She was a na
tive -of Iowa county.
Tho H e Will Not Seek the Democratic
" ' residential
New York Siin Special.Service.
Atlanta, Ga.r Dec. 2.1.If the dem
ocratic nomination for the presidency
is tendered Judge A. B. Parker of
New York, he will accept it, and one
of the strongest forces in the conven
tion toward giving him that opportuni
ty -will"he the Tammany organization.
This is the opinion of Burton Smith,
president of the Georgia Bar associa
tion and brother of Hoke Smith, sec
retary' of the interior " under Cleve
land. Mr. Smith has just returned
from a visit to Judge Park er at his
home, and says that, while Judge
Park er will make no effort .to obtain
the nomination, there is no prospect
of his. declining it if it is offered to
him. - " "
Unions Are Enjoined Temporarily
From Disciplining Employes.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 21.rThe
Building Trades 'council and the
Plumbers' union, were temporarily en
joined by Judge Hosea of the-supreme
court. this: morning from interfering
with employes of the Contractors' as
sociation by way of discipline.
T he application grew out of an as
sault %said to have been made on E.
M. Black, foremen, by five strikers, be
cause Blacky: who- is also a stockholder
in the ^company, persisted in working
on-a contract. The workmen ar
ranged to. contest application, but per
mitted the injunction to issue tempor
arily, reserving their opposition until
the. case is heard on its merits.
Trenton, N. J., Dec. 21.James M. Edge
the bank teller who embezzled $110,000 of
the funds of the First National Bank of
Paterson. H*. J., was to-day sentenced by
Judge rtfrkpatrick in the United States
district court' to Imprisonment for seven
years in the Essex.county penitentiary*
" ai3_
Largest Project foxIrrigation in
the Western Hemisphere-"*
Work of C. P.rj&ailway.
Main Canal Only Twenty Miles
LongWill Garry 2,000
Feet a Minute. '
Construction Has Been Com
menced and Will Extend
Over 500 Miles.
Special to The Journal.
Ottawa, Can., Dec 21.Work h as
begun xn the main canal of the Ca
nadian Pacific railway's "great irriga
tion project in the Alberta- district of
the Canadian northwest- - It- is the
largest undertaking of its kind on
this ,side of the globe. The* scheme
embraces an area of 3 000,000 acres
lying east of Calgary. The soil thru
out the area is good, but agriculture
has.: not proved successful because
during the dry years to which a por
tion of the territories is subject, there
is not sufficient moisture to mature
crops or to supply surface water for
Irrigation is past the experimental
stage in the territories. At the. pres
ent time there, are 163 irrigation
ditches and canals constructed - in
southern Alberta and western Assini
boia comprising a total length of 475
miles.. The immense area embraced
by the Canadian Pacific company's
scheme contains land suitable for all
kinds of farming
Harvard Professor Says Chicago
May Be Submerged in a "Oom-
- paratively Short Time."
This "ComparativelyShortTime"
However, Means Several Thou
sand Tears at Least.
New York Sun Special Service.
Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 21.Profes-
sor William R. Davis of the geological
department of Harvard, who has been
studying the geology of the great lake
region especially about Niagara Palls,
has reached the conclusion that if the
present tendencies continue, in time
most of Chicago will be submerged.
Professor Davis began a lecture in
the university museum with a descrip
tion of the gorge hewed out by -the
Niagara cataract, and then gave an
account of the early character of the
great lakes region, of the successive
advances and retreats of the Lauren
tide ice sheets and of the gradual evo
lution of the great lakes in their pres
ent form and with their present sys
tem of drainage. Originally the lakes
drained into the Mississippi thru what
is now the Illinois river, but with the
gradual physiographic changes, the
northern outlet became lower than
that at Chicago, and the water flowed
out first thru one channel" and then
thru another, finally finding its way
over an escarpment between Erie and
Ontario, thru which, it h as cut the
Niagara gorge.
Estimating that the cataract has
taken about 10,000 years to cut back
to its present location, altho.this es
timate is uncertain^ owing to the vary
ing volume of the river, with certain
changes in the drainage system, he
said the conclusion might: be reached
that within a relatively short time the
falls will make their way to Lake
Erie, when that body of water will
be drained' out and the falls.' will, dis
appear. About this process, however,
there are serious doubts. Observa
tions within the last sixty years have
shown that the country north of the
great lakes is slowly rising.
Before Niagara has cut back to Lake
Erie, this rise may have progressed
so far that the St. Lawrence ^outlet
will again become higher than that at
Chicago. Then the immense-Volume
of water now pouring over Niagara
will be turned back upon Chicago,
and, the speaker added, St. Louis may
then get some consolation for the un
expected ascendency of the Illinois
t and large tracts
specially adapted for cattle raising.
- The company's main irrigation.'
canal will head in the Bow river,
three miles below Calgary. This canal
-will carry 2,000 cubic feet of water
per second and will be sixty feet wide
at the bottom, containing water to the
depth of ten feet. The main canal
-will be about twenty miles long* but
is simply the transporting artery, to
bring the, principal body of water
rom the river to the most convenient
point for distribution thruout. 'the
whole area.
T he secondary canals, three in
number, so far as located, comprise
a length of about 100 miles. The
distributing canals will ultimately
reach upward of -500 miles in length.
I t will take several years to complete
the whole system, which in its fin
ished state is estimated to cost
$4,000,000. .
- . '
/When the scheme is carried thru to
completion it will have the result ot
transforming a tract of semi-arid
country 150 miles east and west by
.fifty miles north and south, now only
the home of a few scattered bands of
cattle, .into a most fertile region,
which in a short space of time is ex
pected to become a densely popu
lated and prosperous agricultural dis
Sash and Door Makers' Asoseiation Make
Move to Prevent Over-
The sash and door manufacturers' asso
ciation at its annual meeting in Chicago
last week decided to form a com
pany which is expected to limit the out
put of goods where there are overstocks,
so as to reduce overproduction to a mini
mum. The company is not a merger - of
Interests except in the promotion of for
eign trade and the regulation of the manu
facture of different. stocks.
Ohio. Senator Is Still Confined to His
' Bed, However. r ''^'Lu* '
New York, Dec. 21.Senator Mar
cus A. Hanna of Ohio, who has been
ill here at the Waldorf Astoria since
Saturday with an attack of grip,
was greatly improved to-day. While
he was still in bed it was said that
he would be able to leave his room to
-morrow and that the attack 'was nyt
looked upon as of-a\ serious naturei '-
I t Will Reach $160,000,000, According
Presidential Nomination.
New York Sun Special Service.
Indianapolis, Dc. 21.Congress-
man Overstreet, chairman of the com
mittee ,on postofflces and post roads,
speaking of the expected appropria
tion, said, to-day J' -
"Despite the discovery of extrava
gance in the, postoffice department,
the appropriations-for next year will
be at least,$160,000,000- Last year's
appropriation was $153,400,000 and a
$4,000,000 deficit -mus be taken up
this year.
The disclosures of - mismanagement
in the postoffice investigation have
shown roads to economy and will en
able the committee to handle the va
rious items in a better business way,
but they will not effect the totals ma
terially. - "- "- ^ :,-'--7-r - i - -
Lexington, Ky., Dec. 21.Walter "S.
Payne, a thorobred' breeder, was attacked
yesterday by an Infuriated bull in the pad
dock at his Maplehurst farm. The bull
knocked him down and gored him so badly
that it was necessary to call in physicians.
But for "Mr. Payne's huge St. Bernard dog
going to his fescue arid biting the bull on
*th hind legs, he-'-miff&t have been'killed.
H. V. Jones Thus Sums Up a Re
view of the Coming Presi
dential Contest.
There Will Be Many Defections
on Both SidesMen, Not
Measures, Will Decide.
From Tho Journal Bureau, Colorado Building,
Washington, Dec. 21.H. V. Jones
of Minneapolis has been paying a good
deal of attention to the political situ
ation of late, and his recent visit to
New York has brought him close up
to the people of that city, both those
who oppose Roosevelt and those who
favor him. In discussing the outlook
for next year with the Journal corre
spondent to-day, he said some very
interesting things, some of which I
quote. His size-up, which follows, is
one of the most intelligent and inter
esting that has yet been made. He
"It occurs to me' that, in the ap
proaching election, we shall have less
of a doubtful classification of states
to deal with than in recent campaigns.
The election will take on a positive |
color, and the voters will be either
for or against the candidates from the
start. The two previous campaigns
were educational, and voters were in
doubt as to their action up to election
day making the application general.
There will be no educational features
in the campaign next year, but there
may be injected a tariff or reciproci
ty issue that will divide voters, but
on which the mind of the people is
already well made up.
Republicans Divided.
"President Roosevelt has divided his
party. It makes no difference wheth
er the disaffected do business in Wall
street, or sell dry goods in Chicago, I
they are republicans and they count]
at the polls. To say the disaffection
is confined to Wall street is, of course,
untrue, for the reason that some of|
the president's warmest supporters are [
in Wall street, and some of his*most
bitter opponents have no connection
with stocks and do not live in the east.
"The campaign issue will really be
Roosevelt himself. All other issues
will be secondary. Many who do not
agree with the president as to meth
ods will not carry that disagreement
to revolt many others will. The dem
ocrats are organizing unquestionably
for a clean and strong campaign.
Along the seaboard the president is
not as strong as he was six months
ago. West of the Mississippi he is
probably just as strong as he has been,
at least for all practical purposes. The
fight will be on the Atlantic seaboard
unless, perchance, the president is
not .renominated. This chance exists,
as those on the inside on- both sides
foresee clearly but whether this
chance .takes shapes-will depend on the
course of events the next five months
rather than on what has happened.
"President Roosevelt retains a
strong grip on the people west less
so on the people east. The reason is
that a good many of the common peo
ple, as we say, have lost thru the
heavy declines in securities. At such
times people do not stop to analyze
and there is a disposition to charge
the president with having precipitated
trouble by attacking business rather
than proceeding to take up in the
courts by more quiet methods the
same questions. Some accuse him
with acting from political motive on
this account. This and all proposi
tions , like it are matters of opinion
only, and , while some of the claims
are preposterous, there is truth in
others,- and they all go to ma ke polit
ical., sentiment for and against.
Business Men Complain.
k New York retail business is
dull. There is general complaint.
The rich have lost heavily, while all
over the country investors and estates
have lost their all. The proprietor of
one of the largest retail stores in New
York took me to the fur department
and we counted at noon twelve clerks
idle. 'A year ago,' he said, 'that force
of clerks could not wait on the cus-
, tomers at this hour promptly/ The
! little special stores complain. The
I hard - times center la in New York,
i Philadelphia and Pittsburg. It scat
ters Outside of those centers, and, this
scattering, h as sprinkled sore spots
among the people, so that it is esti
mated- that in nearly, every village
in New York state there is some little
disaffection. - If we say it is unreason
able that does not change the fact
that it existSi -So I believe as a result
of all this the real issue of the next
campaign will be President Roosevelt
himself, and party lines will be split
up a good deal, especially if the
democrats ma ke as strong a nomina
tion as they have it within their power
to make. It seems to me this is the
Important analysis to apply to the po
litical situation."
New York Catholics Will Make
Royal Crift to Rector of
Colored Church.
Hew York Sun Special Service.
New York, Dec. 21.When the Rev.
John E. Burke, rector of St. Benedict
the Moor, the Rom an Catholic church
for negroes of this city, arrives here
from Europe an Wednesday he will
receive a check for nearly $20,000,
most-of which was made at the lecture
by Chaplain Chadwick in Carnegie
hall last night.
The gift is in recognition of the
quarter century of the missionary's
work among negroes. Bourke Cock
ran presided at the meeting and intro
duced Chaplain Chadwick as "the
champion of morality and the hero of
the Maine."
In his address Mr. Cockran spoke
optimistically of the future of the
negro in America. Among pther
things he said:
"I believe in-the future of the negro.
Emancipation does not mean exter
mination for him. He is full of force,
provided the moral development be
encouraged. There is in our country
'a race of 10,000,000, it Is an important
factor in the national life and one
which should receive the consideration
and wise aid of every citizen."
Special to The Journal. *"-
Hastings, Minn., Dec. 21.Mrs. Mar
garette Link of St. Paul died here to-day
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Christ
Klein, aged 7.4. The remains will be for
warded-to preeburg, Minn., for interment.
Troops Landed on the Island of1%
Pines at Western Entrance ,
U- S. Cruiser Mayflower Sent to
Obtain Accurate Informa
tion on the Subject.
Americans Ordered to Leave
Darien Within Twenty-four
HoursAct of War.
Washington, Dec. 21.Official
confirmation has reached Wash
ington of the landing of the Co
lumbian troops on the island of
Los Pinos, which lies close to the
coast of Panama. The troops
number eighty, and they have
taken up a position on this high
island with the intention of mak
ing paths-'thru the jungles.
Colon, Dec. 21.Information has
been received here that about 100 Co
lombian troops have landed at the
island of Pines, northwest of Cape
Tinburn, which is situated at the west
ern entrance of the Gulf of Darien.
The island of Pines is in Panama ter
ritory and is the only island along that
coast which is wooded, peaked with
mountains and also watered, thus of
fering every facility for camping and
being used as a base of observation.
It is significant in this connection
that the United States auxiliary cruiser
Mayflower left this harbor yesterday
bound in the direction of the island
of Pines, to obtain confirmation of the
report. The United States bunboat
Bancroft is still on that coast in the
vicinity of Nombre de Dios.
The United States cruiser Nashville?
has returned to Colon from Bocas del
Rear Admiral Coghlan has trans
ferred his flag to the United State* -
auxiliary cruiser Prairie.
Equivalent to Declaration of War.
Panama, Dec. 21.Reports fron*--
Darien indicate that Colombia has as
sumed an attitude that is equivalent
to a declaration of war against the
United States. All Americans who
arrived there yesterday were ordereo/ -
to leave within twenty-four hours- -
President Marroquin is said to have'' -
telegraphed tp General Reyes that any a
negotiations which do not look to the
re-establishment of the integrity o
Colombia will not be acceptable.
Warships Patrolling Coast. i
"Washington, Dec. 21.There is a
very formidable array of American
vessels on duty at the isthmus of Pan
ama. To the south of the isthmua
are the Concord, the Boston, the Wyo
ming and the Marblehead, to be au g
mented by the New York, Rear Admi
ral Glass' regular flagship.
To the east of the isthmus are the
Mayflower, the Prairie, the Atlanta,
the Nashville and the Bancroft. Pro
ceeding southward to join the other
vessels under immediate command of
Rear Admiral Goghlan is the Olym*
pia, his regular flagship.
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Torpedo Boat^ Will Sail on Wednes*
dayVessels on Duty.
-.San Err-anciseo, Dec- 21.The tor
I&edo boat destroyers Paul Jones and
Preble are rjtag at the Mare Island *
navy yard, coaled and ready for sea,
awaiting the coming of officers from
the east
The officers are now on their wa,y
to the navy yard, and it is expecte*d
that the warships will sail next'
Wednesday for Panama.
A crew from the training ship I n
dependence has been placed on the *
Paul Jones, and the Preble also has
a full complement. Both vessels,
however, lack a number of officers.
of Gulf of Darien. :. ' ~-l
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Moving Colombian Troops.
Washington, Dec. 21.The Colom
bian gunboat Cartagena, with 500
troops on "board, is said to be bound
for Old Providence island, which is
300 miles north of the isthmus and be
longs to Colombia. As the island is
as far north of Colon as Cartagena is
east, the purpose of this movement of
the troops is not plain and it has
caused much speculation.
.W. W. Jermane.
$20,000 FOR
InteriorDepartment Removes Its
Prohibition Against the Pat
enting of Western Lands. .
Washington, Dec. 21.The secretary
of the interior has revoked the order
under which final action on entries
under the timber and stone act were
suspended and all such entries, aggre
gating a large number will now be
acted upon in the regular order'by the
general land office. The order involves
several hundred thousand acres of
public domain in the west, entries on
which have been held up because of
the big frauds perpetrated on the gov
ernment under the timber and stone /
The suspension which has been in ,-
force many months, h as served a good
purposeand in the view of the interior
department has'been the means of
protecting and preventing many fraud
ulent entries. A rigid scrutiny of all
entries under the act will be continued
but the revocation of the suspension '
order will have the effect of allowing
all valid entries to be patented.
This was the important develop- *-
ment to-day in the land fraud pro- ^
ceedings and Indicates that the gov-"\-'|
ernment believes that the backbone of. ?
the alleged ring that has been specu- ' - -
Iating in and taking unlawful means of :.!
acquiring lands under this act has been":"
broken. , .&
Arraigned in the Federal Court and '""
Released on Bonds. - - '
Omaha, Neb., Dec. 21.General L.
W. Colby, indicted for the alleged em
bezzlement of government funds, and
Daniel W. Gaines, indicted .on charges* ^
of perjury in swearing to alleged il
legal proof of homestead rights, were
arraigned before Judge Munger to---
day. Each gave bond for appearance
and both were released this after*
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