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THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC.
ST. LOUIS. MO.. SATURDAY. DECEMBER 22. 11)00.
PT?Tf!TC s, M.Lnils. Two Ce-fa.
J. AVXVXJ J on Trains, Three Out a.
DRAMATIC INCIDENT AT NEW
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SMALLPOX BS EPiDEMIC
THROUGHOUT THE EAST.
Four Thousand Cases Reported in Greater
New York and 25,000 Between the
Mississippi and Atlantic.
Families Fleeing From the Metropolis to Escape the Pest
Facts Have Been Suppressed Disease Had Its Origin
in the Army Corps During Spanish War.
jf ENGLAND SOCIETY'S DINNER.
General John W. Noble Greets General Filzhugh Lee, the
Guest of Honor, as a Representative of the Highest
Typo of American Manhood General Lee's
Tribute to Army and Navy.
The sixteenth annual dinner of the New
nsUnd Sx'!ety of St. Louis, which was
given last night In the banquet hall of the
Mercantile Cluti, ieilvcd lts-elf Into a veritable-
hive feast after th last coawe of the
elaborate hill of fare had been disposed of.
end touts wore declared In order by Presi
dent W. U. Iloimr.
Tho climax of good-fellowship was reached
when General John W. Noble an.e with
tears In his eyes and his volee choked with
(.motion, and t time General Fitzliugh l-e,
the gue-t 'f hunor, will:
"I love Ameiiua.
"I love tlio Anuruan spirit.
"1 love tho Iran who has the courage to
stand up for tho tight as he ees It tho
mm who will light for hi-, principle?.
"I know vau believed the way oti rought.
General I.- a-id 1 honor ou as a r. pre
ventative of the higho.n tjps of American
While tho Impassioned tribute from the
New L"r gland-bred. Ohlo-ralMd veteran of
the Union Army wan being paid to the Vir-
GENERAL JOHN W NOBLE.
ginia ccfccndant of the Cavaliers, who
fought for the Confederal-, th lawe audi
ence rat motionle?s and listened with bated
breath. When th sreiker had re-urned his
Beat there arose a. cheer that might have
been heard for blocks in all direction'. It
was. perhaps, tho most dramatic incident
tver witnessed at u social function In St.
General Noble's remarks were. In part. In
answer to the tpeech of General Lee. The
ex-Confederate, too CowjI to Cuba, the.;? ai-manJer-o;
the Department of the llissou.i.
had shown himself In a new light, that cf
a finished orator. 111 nudience was taken
completely by t-urprUe, having expected a,
formal and soldierly reply to tho toast,
"Tho Army and Navy."
(ii-niTHl l.ees Speech.
General Lee spoko extemporaneously.
He said. In part:
"I am glad that It was possible for me
to come here to meet the New England
Society, and to renew my acquaintaaie
with the sood old city of St. LouK I was
never before at a banquet conducted Just on
the plan of this one. In my State tho men
always do their feasting and word-palmlnir
unrestrained by the preseme of ladles. I
now realizu that we do not know how to d
things properly, and when 1 co back I shall
Insist en a reform. I never fully understood
before what was needed to make an occa
sion of this kind a perfect success.
-I have been asked to respond to the
toast 'The Army and Navy." Jly expet
lenco has tausht mo that, whenever op-
Portunitv presents, the army nnd navy of
the United States speak for themselves.
Need I remind you of the armies of Wash
ington. Nathaniel Green, that gave us this
country? Need I mention the army of Gen
eral Scott, that fought its way through the
burning sands of Mexico to undying fame?
Need I recall any of the glorious achieve
nients of tho arms of our country, when
tney are so Indelibly stamped on your
- ads and in your hearts as chapters In
tb history of our great nation?
"There have been some rcierencea here
t-nleht to former differences of opinion,
with reference to theso differences, it Is
but natural that I take the Etandpoint of
ray people, the people of Old Virginia, the
Mate that gave to the country Washington,
? hUer whoso snord carved out ihe
Vidonj the state that gave Jefferson to
name the Declaration of Independence;
" Btata that gave John Marshall, the
neatest Jurist and first Supreme Judge cf
ws nation; the State that gavo Patrick
-Henry, whose flery eloquence first made tho
Wane of England tremble.
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rJ; States were sovereign; und to look
tn if010'-23 p"e on any movement looking
."J a relinquishment of any of the sov
sa rights of the Individual.
,i ..-..-; xj cie n-jiii in resisLin;
:roachment3 of Federal power, and
tk7fn bugla rang out over tho hills and
woucb. the valleys or our land, we came
"Ji ana formed In battalions and regiments
..Tr,b,,e Amerlcnn Soldiers.
Bih.V' RcntIcnen. vvere raised to think Hie
wner way. You were Just as honest and
J as earnest In our conviction : we
rtrtT- ", l??' fought for wnat yu thought
. anu. if mj. memory is correct, you
"nr forefathers bid n-ir.ri . i.i
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GEXEIIAI. F1TZIIUGII HZTZ. ' ?
I1LZS? afnUd to tackle, tho question that
i.'rntbt ca ,he Civil War-that of State's
rlsht? The quc.-tlon was settled 1 the
wnr. We vtund by that decision in the
South. We have no desire but to make our
fair Southern commonwealth sdiitilug tewels
In tho diadem of brotherhood that crow in
nnd will forever irown the iuunlttd
"Armies haveaeiompIMied a Jjrcat deal In
the world's development; and there Is yet
much to be accomplished. The valor of tho
American soldier has leon written in bright
letters on the scroll of fame.
"Comparison- a-e haul to make, but I be
lieve that tlie historian of the future will
-leclaie that no better iirmlts have ever trod
the face of the earth than have been rai-ed.
equipped and j'hed their blood in the United
"At Waterloo, when Napoleon staked his
all in one grand Hash of iirnis. he relied on
his famous Old Guard. There was not as
pallant a body of men In all Europe as that
Old Guard, but they failed they had at
tempted the impossible.
"At the battle of Fredericksburg the
charpo of the rvdernl troop.' was as gallant
end darlntr :m nttnrk ni i:is ever madt liv
T j man. but they wero cut to piece-, mown down
like hay, and driven hack In confusion. They
J I had attempted the impossible.
"On the third day of the battle of Gettysburg-,
when nine little brigades of Confeder
ates attacked tho Intrenched 1 der.il army,
history reptated itself. Tickett's charge at
Gettysburg- has never been surpassed for
bravery, but he, too, attempted tho Impossi
ble "Our war with Spain his taucht us that
J our san. on both sides, can, on the shortest
notice he muterea Into a -volunteer army
that no nation dare assault. If jou doubt
me. ak Spain.
"Our olheers rank with thoe of any na
tion in every es-ential nttribute of the sol
dier America has produced Generals of rs
great gmius as the world has ever known.
Alllorienu Heroes llrcullcil.
"Look at Napoleon. Take him from tho
time h walked tho streets of Paris a
subaltern contemplating suicide. Kollow
him step by step In his marvelous career,
rvillow him to Elba. See him retaking an
Empire by the mere force of his genius, nnd
at the same time, putting away with tho
cold Irind of self-interest the only woman
who tver loved him.
"lok at C S. Grant, who was onco a St.
Louisas. I knew him a- a General who
understood tho value of hard knocks a
direst, stubborn f.ghter. Ho believed that
war meant blood, and ho did not hesitate
to spill blood. Ho was a, great General. I
shall never forget that April morninj at
Appomattox. I was there, as commander
DR. UANinL DORCHESTKK.
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of what was left of th eavalrv of tho
Army of Northern Virginia. While the
treaty of peace was being drafted, my men
discussed probable means of getting home.
Eacli of them owned hlsi horse, but none
had the slightest kit a that he would be per
mitted to retain his property. General
Grant. th man of blood, said: 'I under
stand that most of the cavalrymen i-re.
small farmers. They will need their horses
at home, and are given undisputed posses
sion of them. My men rodo home, and
v.itnin a tew weeks those liorFes wero
wearing1 collars Instead of saddles, and
their owners were plowing and planting in
order that their lovi-d ones might not go
"Look at Stonewall Jackson. From a
minor position as Instructor at the Virginia
Military Institute, ho becamo the acknowl
edged genius of tho conillct between the
States. I1I campaigns to-day will hear the
closest scrutiny of tho milltury student. His
namo will go down In history as ono of the
great Generals of the- world.
"In the war with Spain I had In my com
mand jouug men from ail parts of the
country. 1 believe It was us tine an army
corps as was ever organized. Near my head
quarters down in the beautiful island of
Cuba, on a little bill overlooking Ue dan
clns blue sea. Is a littlo cemetery. In It.
eldo by side. Ho boys from Missouri and
boys from Virginia, boys from Iowa and
boys from Texas, boys from Indiana ami
boys from Louisiana.
"As long- as thosa hoys lie sleeping side
by Bide, those of us who are living should
be strong enough and generous enough to
live Bide by side, and. It necessary, to light
sldo by side, as brethren."
Tho General's ppeech was frequently In
terrupted by cheering and handclapplng.
At Its conclusion II. M. Pollard sprang to
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W. U. HOMER.
President New England Society of
his feet and proposed "three cheers for
General I.ce," which were given with a
General Nolile'a lleaponsr.
Then followed General Noble's personal
tribute referred to above.
The tlrst speaker of the evening was rx-
C'ontlnncd, Pace Tyro, Column Two.
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' MV I "SL""Z" III
THE CAPE COLONY
SANTA FE OPERATORS' STRIKE
IS FORMALLY DECLARED OFF.
Committee in Charge Issues a Statement
and President Dolphin Endorses It New
Men Will Not Be Discharged.
Houston, Tex.. Dec. M The strike of tin"
telegraph operators on the Gulf, Colorado
and Santa Fe was called off to-nhsht. it Is
presumed that there will be issued at onco
an order calling- off the strike on all branch
es of the Atchison system, but the com
mittee of ihe Ottier oC ltailroral Telegra
phers on the Gulf Lino has Jurisdiction over
Texas alone. The strike waa Inaugurated
In Texas fifteen days ago. No concessions
were asked by the men or offered by the
company as a prellminaiy to calling off
Following is the official circular Isued
Galveston. Tex., lire. II. To the Mem
bers) of tho Order of Railroad Telegraphers
nnd Friends of the Order. Gulf, Colorado
and Santa Fo Railroad: After a most
careful nnd earnest consideration of
the entiro situation. lour committee
feels th&t It is useless to continue fur
th. r the struggle Inaugurated on the line of
tho Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe road. With
the eause.s leading up to the most ttubliorn
fight ever known in the history of our orler
vou are familiar; with the conduct of tlm
campaign you have been kept as faithfully
advised as the plans or our committee would
permit, and if we have failed in our deslro
to keep you in full touch with tho situation
it has been from lack of time and facilities,
not negligence. We have done our best, and
only regret that your effort and ours hav
not brought us the vlctoiy which sve feel
New Responses to The Republic's Appeal to Close
Up the Capital Stock Subscription.
Additional subscriptions, acknowledged below, were received yeslerday in response to The lleiniblle' appeal for
an Immediate completion of the World's Fair l-'uud.
Tho Kepublic again presents the appeal for quick closing up of the subscription list. The city cannot afford to
let the matter drag. All the rest of the country is -waiting. Those who have neglected to subscribe should Instantly
scud in their names wllli liberal contributions. Those who havo subscribed, but not to the extent of their abilities,
hhotild send in additional subscriptions. Concerns desiring blank lists for employes can obtain them on npplicilion
to The Kepublic.
Subscriptions received by The Republic are as follows:
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The I-Vrnholtz Brick Machinery Co., 1214-to'
Poplar street UMi
New-Top Bukk; Enamel Co., 103 X. Xlnttt st... . loo
IVIlllara F. Srott, 1214 Poplar street r.O
Mrs. Hather Dlnsheer, 814 Pine street SO
J. V. KIuk. KM'" Olive street no
II. W. Tatnin, :it!7i:ads arenne so
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We, the undersigned, for the purpose of organizing a corporation under the laws of the State of Missouri to cele
brate the Centennial Anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, such corporation to be known as "St. Louis World's Fair,
celebrating the Louisiana Purchase Centennial," or by such other name as may be designated In the Articles of As
sociation, hereby agree, each In consideration of the other subscriptions hereto, nnd each separately for himself, and not
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Thompson, Chairman, Committee on Finance, In the manner and upon the conditions following, to wit:
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Thompson, Chairman, which sura may be called In such amounts as may be required by said Committee on Finance,
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DUTCH: "VOT NOISES IS DISS I HEAR ?"
Th loss of the- battle or of a campaign
does not indicato that the cause was wrong.
History Is laden with Just such events, and
out of our defeat It may be there shall comn
a victory for right and humanity, which
those who como alter us shall enjoy and
bl.ss us for the noble stai.d we took. Lot
tin inuu look back w 1th regret. 'Our destiny
lies before us. not behind un, anil tho men
who for fifteen days mado tho gallant tight
that you havo are tho men who will wrest
from the future that success and prosperity
which the present hns denied them. Some
of our number will suffer loss; soma will
beek and find better positions than they
held, for no railroad employe Is rnoro capa
ble nnd worthy than thoso who answered
the call of our leaders on December C.
In conclusion, your committee) simply de
sires to add that we. Individually, hav felt
honored by the steadfast courage and un
wavering loyalty which you have given us,
and. In bidding ou perhaps a lifelong fare
well, we feel truly that we have been assist
ed In this Rlruggle with brethren rather
than fellow-craftsmen. May God prosper
each of you.
Therefore, on and after 12 o'clock noon,
Saturday, December IT-', the Order of Rail
road Telegraphers will ceaso to be In a
state of conflict with tho Gulf. Colorado
and Santa Fo Railroad Company.
The strike Is off.
(Signed) T. M. PIERSON.
First Vice Prestdent
A. T. H1CKET.
C. B. CLAIUC.
FAIR ROLL OF HONOR.
4,lKO llloliard M. .lohnaon,
Nellie IlIoiT Johuaon, ftO'JU Thoimis street.,
Annie Illow Johnson, IWitl Thomas street.,
Henry A. Ilnehinanim, MSI firjer avenue ..,
II. AV. Syinonds, 3H!I Ohio n venue ,
II. P. Lockhart, 272S Vnlreralty street
.1. AV. Wordhaua, 407 Temple building:
II. Steffena, S(t7t MeRee a-venae
Haywood, Seotl, IIollu, Mo ,
- .... - ..Xo. of Shares (510 each)..
s.s '...;. ,.t.f.'i..:.-r.. ".si'....A.vicsi,
J. R. ZIMMERMAN.
The anion of the committee Is sanc
tioned und authorized.
M. M. DOLPHIN. President.
Ry T. M. PIERSON. First Vice President.
Fiist Vice President Pierson raid ho was
opposed to the boycott. He does not an
ticipate that the reliable men who went
mi strike will have anv difficulty In procur
ing employment, many of them from the
Santa l'e company.
WILL MT DISCHARGE JEff Jir.V.
Chicago. Dee. a. Third Vice President
Earr of the Sintn Fo system said to-night,
upon being Informed that tho telegraphers'
strike had been declared off:
"As far as wo are concerned. It has been
off a long time. We have all the men we
need at present, and we will discharge none
or them to make room for any striker who
wishes to come back. Thee men broke
their contract with us in a manner entirely
unjustifiable, and we are dono forever with
the telegraphers as an organization. The
strike naturally caused us annoyance at
tlrst, but this laled only for a few days,
und then we weto In first-class shape
MRS. BECKW1TH FREE AGAIN.
Daughter of Iloliert T. Lincoln fJoJst
Mount Pleasant. la.. Dec. 21. It has Just
come to lljht that Jessie T. lleckwltli.
daughter of Robert T. Lincoln of Chicago.
Is no longer the wife of Warren Beckwlt.1.
the former baseball player of this city. The
sensational courtship. eIopcmnt and mar
iiago of Miss Lincoln with Ileckwlth fur
nished society with plenty of gossip In J&7.
Shortly utter tho marriage there was a
quarrel, and the young wife returned to
the homo of her parents. Ueckwlth later
enlisted as a private In Company F. Fif
tieth Iowa Volunteers, and was sent to
Jacksonville. I'la. While In camp he re
ceived iieus cf the birth of a daughter,
but. although he obtained a furlough and
went home, no reconciliation with the v. Ife
followed. Reekwlth wa honorably dls
harsed and returned to Iowa, obtaining em
ployment as a brakeman on the Burlington
road. In the meantime, Mrs. Iteckwith had
sued for divorce, and It now appears that
she received a decree on the grounds of de
sertion and nonsupport.
aoU Tb.oi.ina iitreet
New York. Dec. Sl.-Smallpox Is epidemic
throughout the eastern half of the United
States to an exunt that Is alarming, to s-ay
tl.o least. There has b.en an effort to mp
prcs's tho Tacts, nnd n wspapers and physi
cian in many citbs. from a false sene of
duty, have deetiv.d the public There
havo been occasional warnings that vaci
llation would be a good thing, but nothing
bearing en the spread of the disease, which
Is a recrudescence of the Spanl.-h-Amerlcan
War. has nppeared In print.
In Greater .New York to-day there are
according to a rcpunble phyI-an with
whom your correspondent taUed to-day r.o
I-s than !.( cases. The tame authorl.y
advanced the opinion that between the At
lantic dean and tho MLsIsMplI River, in a
territory mbraelng tho eastern half cf tha
nation, probably ir..Wu pc-soii.s are FUffer
" from tho d.tease. It is no tecret that
many cares have Uen concealed, and to
this fact Is attributed the spread of tmall
po wherever it has appeared.
Hud Its Orlclu In Army Camps.
In ISM, when the war with paln was In
progress, smallpox made its appearance In
tho South, ft. st ut Key W'est und then at
the military camps further north. The un
sanitary condition of there camps berved
to tpread tho contagion, and alter tho dec
laration of jieace i-olated cases of small
pox were reported in towns in Pennsylva
nia. Northern New York. Connecticut. Ohio
ind in States farther West. Tha leaven
of contagion has worked steadily ever since
until to-day the disease Is prevalent In the
most populous States in tho Union and has
gained such headway that strenuous meas
ures must be udopted to check it.
Hero in New York the authorities have
resorted to every expedient to suppress the
facts, while at tho same time- doing all they
could to prevent the spread of the scourge.
The first cases which appeared were re
ported about rcven months ugo. The vic
tims, sixteen In number, had been employed
In tho largft.t department store In New
York. They weie taken from a boardlns
houso hard by and removed to the pest hos
pital on North Drother I.-land. In tho ast
River. Tho newspapers of tho city were re
quested by tho proprietors of the store to
omit uny mention of these cases, and their
request was granted.
1'or similar reasons the fear that the
commercial preatigu of tho city might bo
Injured subsequent outbreaks of tho dis
ease havo pasted unnoticed or have been so
minimized that the average reader would
never suspect the real danger.
Xevv York I-'autllies l-"leelnjr.
Now. under tha surface of metropolitan
life there Is a Etlll panic. Kverybody in the
city at all conversant with what la golns en
knows that smallpox is raging, and that
the dUcaso Is not confined to any particular
quarter of the greater city.
A member of the Stock. Exchange, who
lives with his family In cue of the most
fashionable hotels on the upper West Side,
excused himself this morning on the plea
that he must hurry to Jersey City to seo his
wife and children off. Ho stated that thero
had been thirty-one cases In his hotel.
Ho imparted tho information that Ids
brother, who lived in a family hotel near by,
had been compelled to send his family to
Ilostou because of the presence of the dis
ease. In both caws It appears that negro
setvants- Introduced the scourge.
Inquiry at the two hotels elicited denials,
but tho broker's story waa fully confirmed
on competent medical authority under a
pledge that the names of tho hotels should
not De mentioned.
I.eadln. Hotela Xot Infected.
It is not established th3t tho disease has
made Its appearance In the leading hotels
patronized by visitors to New York. Tho
evidence. Indeed, is all the other way. Mo3t
of the Broadway hotels and thoso on Fifth
avenue employ white help, and apparently
they are unaffected at this writing.
The disease, however, is not confined to
the negro quarter, which embraces a good
portion of what Is popularly known as the
"Tenderloin district." It has mado Its ap
pearance In the upper end of Manhattan
Island, rpreading from a block of flat
Mlsaonrl Rain atnrriay afternoon
or n I xlit. ltnln or anotr anil colder
Sundayt xoutlirrly, shlfllnsr to reat
erly ti rinds.
Illinola Pair, rain or snow Satur
day night and Sunday; cooler Sunday)
luerraaln southerly xvlnds.
1. Smallpox Kpldemlc In the Last.
General Lee Addresses New Lnglanders.
2. Troubles of a Dog- Pander.
Suburban Bill Meets Opposition,
I. More Men Ordered to South Africa.
Cadets Say Booz Was a Coward.
Suicide Plans to Prevent I'allurei
t. Klectrio-LIght Plant for City.
5. Sporting News.
Love Affair of General Corbln.
Pupils Celebrate Christmas Holiday.
7. Church to Observe Golden Jubilee.
Notes About Books.
8. Gen'ral Business More Aggressive.
Holiday Trado Satisfactory.
Poison in Child's Candy.
Confessed to Doublo Murder.
1. Thrice Married. Twice Divorced.
Sought Santa. Met Death.
Girl Pursues a Burglar.
Young Cudahy Identifies Hidine Place.
Kxccutlon of John M. Owens.
:. The Public Schools.
3. Millions for River and Harbor Work.
Speakership Race Is Narrowed Down.
Welcome Christmas Gifts.
Last Session of Farmers' Institute.
4. Republic Want Advertisements.
Record of Births. Marriages. Deaths.
Transfers of Realty.
5. Republic Want Advertisements.
6. Grain and Produce.
7. Financial News.
f. Church News and Announcements,
houses oceupied by families In the neigh
borhood of Central Park West, after trav
ersing a territory nearly a mile in length.
Throughout tUs neighborhood thero hav
been scores of raes. some of which havo
attracted tho attention of the authorities,
but which. In tho main, have been kept
There Is no doubt that the disease Is be
ing spread through tho public schools, for a
number of school children are numbered
am 'ng the sick, and they live In districta
which ordinarily would be unaffected.
.To-dav IMward Russey, treasurer of th
Hoard uf I?ductlcn. wasb removed from
Ida home to North Rrother Island, suffer
ing from smnllpj. Three of his relative?,
all women, are teachers In the publio
schools, and It Is believed ha contracted
the disease from them.
The authorities are carrying on a whole
rale vaccination crusade. Members of th
exchanges, employes in the great depart
ment stores, street conductors, letter car
riers and others- who come In contact with
the publio have been subjected to the needle.
To-day every member of the police force,
from patrolmen to Inspectors, was vaccinat
ed. Every citizcn Is urged to submit him
self and members of the family to this pro
cess, and the Stale Beard of Health at a
meeting held to-lay in the Fifth Avenun
Hotel adopted a resolution calling upon local
he-alth crlieers throughout the State to en
force vaccination wherever possible.
Brooklyn thus far has been lightly
touched by tho disease, owing probably to
its superior sanitary condition, but heads
of families In that borough have In many
Instances withdrawn their children from
school, and the Christmas holidays are wel
comed by all as a favorable period, as it
removes the little ones for the time biln,;
from danger of contagion.
Christ nixiM Chopping; Itetiirdeii
"Christmas shopping. It may bo mentioned
In passing, has been seriously retarded be
cause of the prevalence of smallpox. I'or
tho first time in many years at this period
It was possible to-day to pass through the
stores In comfort. The merchants had pre
pared for a rush commensurate with tho
much-vaunted "golden era of prosperity"
and all nro keenly disappointed., Shopplrc
is progressing- as usual, of course, but to
no such extent as In years past.
There Is a disposition on the part of th
State Board of Health to minimize the ef
fect of the epidemic locally by calling at
tention to tho presence of smallpox else
where. Thus Doe'or Dillingham of the board de
clared to-day that the disease was prevalent
all over the Vnltcd States. In Manchester.
N. IL, he said, the pesthouse was full: In
Winona. Minn., there were H9 cae. and th
authorities. In addition to closing tho
schools, had forbidden tho street cars to
pass through tho Infected districts; Deca
tur. 111.. Doctor Dillingham said, and other
tewns thereabouts, wero affected, as were
Omaha. Des Moines and various towns in
the Indian Territory. The disease, he said,
was also ragintr In Central Texas and in
Alaska, from Dawson to the lakes nnd
alon? tho Yukon River.
What Doctor Dillingham neglected ti
statn 13 that the authorities or Greater New
York and New York State arj preparing
to meet a crisis without parallel In thN
part of tlw United States. The pesthousys
here. too. are full, and If the disease should
continue to ppread as it has done In tb
past few weeks, tha State will have to step
In and make somo provision for the care cf
the sick. Those charged with this duty
fully realize the gravity of the situation,
but they do not wish to alarm tha people,
and are going- ahead quietly with theip
Naturally ex'ery business Interest In tha
city Is disposed to minimize the outbreak;
of smallpox here, and doubtless It will ba
denied that the disease Is prevalent In
Grenter New York to the extent stated; but
the authority for the Information contained
In this- dispatch Is good, and your corre
spondent has every confidence la tha ac
curacy of tho itatements made.
SEARCH FOR HUSBAND
ENDS AT THE GRAVE.
Mrs. James Nolan Finds JJer Do
sorting Spouse Dead, but
Claims His Estate.
San Francisco, Ca!.. Dec II.-After havlne
been parted from her husband, James No
Ian, for twenty-five years. Mrs. Mary Nolan
""" kw- mm again, although sha
searched, until sho came upon him dead In
his cotlin. so sho told Judge Coffey jester
day. Nolan died In Napa Insane Asylum en No
vember V), liW. leavlnir an estate In thh
city which is valued at J8.000. His wife ap
plied for letters of administration, which
Were granted to her yesterday. Although
Mrs. Nolan's claim of relationship to tho
dead man was disputed by Frank J. Fallon,
who said that he knew Vnlnn .j -i
supposed that he was a bachelor, sha sat-
'; aouKe i-ouey mat nr story was true.
Slio said that she and Nolan were married
In St. T.nlf In 1U".1 ChA h,t ... - j ..
?. .voli of, hef varnlngs she gavo Nolan
M'X. Ho drank to excess, and left homa
several times for long- periods. The last
departure without notica occurred In 1S73.
In tho same year she left St. Louis an!
came to California with her son. John F.
Nolan, who was born in 1S00, and who is
now residing in Cleveland. O.
Mrs. Nolan did not meet her husband
afterward, and. though both resided in this
city, within a few blocks of each other and
attended the same church, inquiries that
she occasionally made concerning- him wcra
FOUGHT A PISTOL DUEL
Hank Teller Gets the Worst of a
ISattle With Hurglar.
Springfield. III.. Dec. M. James IL Coo,
teller at the Springfield Marine Bank,
fought a duel with a burglar at 4 o'clock
this mondns at the homo of his brother,
J. C. Cook. South Seventh street.
The Intruder was discovered while In
John C. Cook's room, and James shot at
him as he was making his escape, Tho fel
low turned and eight shots were exchanged.
One of them Inflicted a wound la Cook's)
right ankle. The burglar escaped, ,
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