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The SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
VoL VII., NO. J* ITEMS OF INTEREST Culled and Collected from Reliable Sources, World Notes Condensed to Readable Form—ltems Concerning Various Congressional Doings—Deep Sea Pish Carry Searchlights. There are 5,400 square miles of coal fields in Great Britain. Italian macaroni is now made by machinery instead o* by hand. Exports from the United States to Denmark have trebled since 1896. One year's sweepings of the Brit ish mint, yields about $5,000 in gold and silver. In Alaska a serviceable waterproof leather has been made from salmon and cod skins. One of the British cruisers ii nod 2,200 tons of coal going from Eng land to Australia. Minnesota produces about 80,000, --000 bushels of wheat annually md exports about two-thirds. The United States spends more than $10,000,000 a year to maintain the Indian wards of the nation. The utmost speed thus far attain ed on the Atlantic cable for trans mission of dispatches is forty-five words a minute. The Inter Ocean reproduces some of the cartoons ridiculing Lincoln in 1861-1864 which must be interesting to Lincoln Democrats. The richest man in the house of representatives at Washington is Connell, of Pennsylvania, who has a sack valued at $10,000,000., The Inter Ocean says that the rail roads of the country last year earned $1,336,096,000 and netted $447, --741,044. .Not very bad that? Lord Wolseley thinks that some time China and the United States will fight for the supremacy of the world. But then Wolseley don't know. It is said that only one Chinaman has regularly been ordained a min ister of the gospel. His name is Jam Jee, and he Jives in San Fran cisco. Even in old Spain the people have become tired of being governed by Jesuit priests and have risen in tlieir might at Valencia and stoned the Jesuit college. Kentucky is to add to the $100, --000 for the conviction of the assas sin of Goebel. It is safe to say ihey will convict every man arrested, whether he is guilty or not. Blizzards in the Middle States have been very severe of late, and the snow has drifted s o badly as to seriously interfere with traffic on the railroads. The poor of Chicago are espeially sufferers. Coal briquettes, which has been manufactured for a long time in Europe, is now being made in this country with success. Tlieir chief advantages are their cheapness and freedom from dust and dirt when handled. Europe is filled with spies. Per haps more in Kussia and Turkey than elsewhere. In the latter coun try even the highest persons are constantly watched by swarms of spies, who come from every nook and corner of the sultans domain. Many deep sea fish carry search lights. One species called the Chi asmoclon emits a strong white light, another glows with a rich golden light, like a small incandescent lam}), while yet another carries a lantern on its head that emits bright green rays. One of the sights of the city is a little black and white mouse which has been imported from its native haunts in Japan. As soon as it is old enough, it begins waltzing, and it is said keeps up the practice dur ing the greater part of its life. When two or more are put in a cage, they begin whirling around so that'they can hardly be seen. Queen Wilhemina of Holland has embarked on the sea of matrimony, which has given the press something to write about. Wilcox, the Hawaii delegate, was charged with being a traitor to the United States and illegally elected. A committee was appointed to inves tigate. Senator Sullivan of Mississippi has made himself famous or rather infamous by slapping the face of a girl who was at one time his stenog^ rapher. Emperor Francis Joseph of Aus tria, whose wife was killed some time ago by an anarchist, is about to wed a retired actress. Good match for both. The Danish parliament has con sented to the transfer of the Danish West Indies to the United States. It is reported that the anthracite coal miners will ask for a 10 per cent, increase of wages April 1 . In Marietta, 0., some persons ex cavating for a cellar dug into a Mound Builders' grave which is sup posed to be 2,000 years old. When opened the bones of a large man were found, with a copper ax in each Hand. The police have arrested two mer chants in Manila charged with being traitors to the United States. One was an American and the other a Spaniard, partners and prominent men, who had been for some time furnishing supplies to the insur gents. In 1900 the Baldwin locomotive works built 1,217 engines, of which 363 were exported. These locomo tives would form a train forty miles in length. The average length of the locomotive and tender in 1900 was, empty, 158,500 pounds. The average weight in 1890 of locomotive and tender was 106,000 pounds. The Alaska Commercial Com pany's steamer Bertha, upon her re turn from Alaska last week, reported severe weather all along the south western coast. In Uiamna bay she was severely handled by the ice, and was compelled to beach at Kadiak and again at Port Valdes to repair damages before proceeding upon her voyage. The Pacific Steam Whaling Co.'s steamer Excelsior also had several narrow escapes from wreck and disaster on the ice. The congressional committee has made a report on hazing at West Point. The report finds a brutal state of affaire existing and recom mends drastic measures for their suppression. It has been claimed by the upholders of the system that it nad a tendency to make brave and effective soldiers, but to most people it tends more toward manufacturing Millies who are almott invariably skulkers and cowards when they face cold steel or the leaden moa-icngcr. Nicola Tesla, the great scientist and electrician, says that his electri cal instruments are being interfered with by unseen human hands, sup posed to come from the planet Ve nus. He thinks the people of thai planet are doing their best to com municate with the people of the earth, and recommends his scientific brethren to give the matter their careful attention. He says he be iieves the time will soon come when the people of the earth will talk with the people of other worlds. The oil graft has again made its' appearance in several counties of Washington, and the promoters are making calculations on having a har vest before the suckers are exhausted. Most of the companies organized by these fakirs go to these susceptible owners of land and secure a twenty five year iron clad control on each parcel and then return to the larger cities and organize companies whose chief end is to take in the unwary: Of course all the land owners will take a good block of stock in order to help the scheme along. SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1901 CURRENT COMMENT About Things That Trans pired Last Week Interesting Foreign and Domestic News Gathered for the Busy Man —Useful Inf jrmation for Every body. The British are preparing to send 30,000 more mounted men to South Africa. Olympia has had her usual bien nial scare on the attempted capital removal. Johann Fal>er, the famous pencil manufacturer, died at Nuremberg January 15th. Alfred Harmsworth, the London publisher, owns no less than eleven horseless carriages. Gomez is being pushed by his po litical friends for the presidency of the Cuban republic. That Texas oil well is a whopper, and it is said that our only Piper has a share in the enterprise. The Henry reorganization bill is now a law and the president will have over 1,000 officers to appoint. Dowie and his followers have been affected by the Nation malady and are smashing windows in Chicago. The periodical question, "Did Whitman save Oregon" is again being discussed by friends and foes. Andrew Carnegie has promised a $50,000 gift to Tacoma for a public library. Good for the City of Des tiny. The Seattle public library is again open, and patrons can again secure books by going to the old University building. Candidates are appearing every day for the offices which are sup posed to be declared vacant by Sen ator Foster. The great Morgan-Carnegie-Friok deal is one of the most colossal achievements ever attempted in the United States. Paul Kruger is in the sear and yellow leaf, and getting yellower every day. it is said the old man is Jailing fast. The police of San Francisco claim to have received lessons from our chief o nthe way to conduct gam bling houses. Kdward the VII. and sister Beat rice are already at loggerheads, and it is said that Alexandria, the king's wife, sides with Beatrice. A company has been formed to manufacture gun stocks from fiber, which will make the present army rirle much lighter in weight. The bill providing for the restora tion of capital punishment in Kan sas failed to pass. The agitation for its passage was on account of the burning of Alexander by a mob. Gambling has received a tempor ary black eye in New Whatcom and Fairhavcn. The mayors of both cities have closed all dens and refuse to allow them to reopen under any circumstances. Some of our solons must want to go into the patent medicine busines, and have attempted to gain the for mula by the introduction of a bill obliging the proprietors to publish before selling. Every member of the legislature who is afraid of getting roasted by the press is in favor of a strict libel law. They hope to win upon some paper that has shown their past knavery. Another round-up like the one conducted by the police of Tacoma against Funk and his saloon would convince most people that a healthy Nation should step in and dose the joint. The Aberdeen Bulletin and Her ald are each trying to prove that they saved the county a mint of money by doing advertising for practically nothing. We all know it was the county alone they were looking after. Olympia has suddenly come to the decided conclusion that economy should be enforced in all matters re lating to the capital, especially if that capital happened to be removed to Tacoma. Later, liberal appropri ations are now urged. Cotton brougt 12 cents per pound in New York February Ist, which Is the highest price paid for many years for that staple. When Bryan prope sied 2-cent cotton in the event of MeKinley's election, he evidently made a, well—call it a mistake. The Mormon question, in con gres, like Banquo's ghost, will not down. During the vote on the agri cultural bill a motion was made to exclude the agricultural college of I'tah from its benefits if any polyg amist professors were employed in the institution. And now it is said that George U. Piper and Levi Ankeny have agreed to dissolve partnership. Some say that George's mode of iinanceering a campaign was too much for the Wal la Walla financier to analyze. George always did know how to pull the long bow in his own interest. The legislature of Washington, in line witli every other legislative body in the United States, is making an effort to pass a law fixing a penalty for the offense of kidnapping. The penalty for this offense cannot be made too severe in some cases. The abduction of young Cudahy lias brought sorrow to the cowardly spirits of the particular class above mentioned. It is currently reported that a cer tain deputy in one of the county of fices engineers his political schemes by promising or threatening prop erty owners who oppose or support him. We have been given names, and will some time in the future find where he is at. Too many one-hor^e politicians of the stripe referred think they own the nation when they secure a position that will keep them out of the almshouse. When some of the gambler sup porters begin howling to you about the probable costs to the county for prosecuting the gamblers arrested, just tell him that it is money well spent in the protection of the home, but that it could have been avoided had the city council done its duty and ordered that public gambling be stopped and seen to it that the city marshal enforced the order.—The Weekly Capital. Brother Price's politics may not be orthodox, but he is always right on the saloon and gambling question. We know here how it is ourselves. The army of the United States will remain in the neighborhood of the 100,000 mark only so long as the conditions imperatively demand it, as they do now. After the complete and final pacification of the Philip-' pines, which may reasonably be ex pected in two or three years at the outside, a reduction will be made in the military forces of the country.— Ellensburg Capital. our opinion the army will never be reduced much below the 100,000 men in this country. If we keep our foreign possessions we will need every one of them. We cannot help but think that the pas-age of the Gunderson school book law would do more harm than good. In nearly every state in the I'nion the people have secured a uniformity of text books, and now to, turn back shows that some great in-' terest ia behind the reform. The law as it stands at present should be got! rid of at the earliest opportunity, but to go to the other extreme seems almost suicidal. We are fully aware of the fact that many honest educa tors are in favor of the bill spoken of, but there are an equal number opposed to any such reactionary legislation. LOCAL HAPPENINGS Exciting Times Among the Gamblers Stud Poker Barred but Black-Jack Largely Advertised—Public Em ployes After More Money—Re porters' Notes. Pike street is now one of the best business streets in Seattle. Maurice Thompson, brother of Will H., is probably dead at Crow ford svi He, Ind. It is said that an ex-politician in King county is interested in a half dozen saloons in the city. Hon. John L. Wilson and wife will be in the city about a month. They have apartments at the Lin coln. Letters are pouring in from every direction asking information of the Queen City. It looks like another overflow. The Frink-Tremper street car line is being rapidly pushed to comple tion. It will be a great boon to many people. Fred Sander has returned from the East, and says he is now ready to begin his electric line from this city to Tacotna by the Ist of March. H. C. Hartranft has assumed the tin ties of office of superintendent and will hold it until the supreme court gives a final decision in the matter. Billy Potts has been elected wor shipful master of Eureka Lodge No. 20, A. E. and A. M. Since "Billy" ran a race with "'Van'" he hasn't had much use for politics. We hear some complaint about the neglect of the library commissioners to install a free reading room in the public library. We are inclined to tiiink that a little more time should be given before registering too vigor ous kicks. Xearly every one you meet can en tertain you with a description of how the grip affects the different mem bers of his family. The disease is no respecter of persons, attacking young and old alike. Senator Hemrich's bill, supposed to be in the interest of blacksmiths of tii is city, is being vigorously opposed by the journeymen. They unhesitat ingly declare that the measure was drafted in the interest of shop own ers, and did their best to defeat it. The police arrested some poor devil the first of the week for selling Honduras lottery tickets. He must have been "agin" the gang, as the police and everybody else knows that for the last five years they are sold as regular as clockwork all over the city. Richard P. Burkman, one of the best known citizens of this city, has had an interesting time with the ">ports" below the dead line. To begin witli some of the fraternity undertook to blacken his character by accusing him of stealing poker chips and selling them at Nome for profit. "Dick" never claimed to be an angel, so when he heard of the slanderous stories he promptly took measures to clear his good name from the insinuations which the gamblers, or rather some of them, had put in circulation. He em ployed counsel and tried to get war rants for crimes against the state, but Judge Cann is not issuing warrants unless advised by the district attor ney. "Dick" went to Fulton and found the latter had experienced a change of heart and also refused per mission. '"Dick" went to his legal adviser, to find that some one had been there to insinuate that some particular friends of his must suffer if the black- Hag was allowed to remain at the masthead. "Dick" finally agreed to wait a few days, but will begin the war again when the truce is up. It PRICE FIVE CENTS is but just, to Mr. Burkman to say that he is not now, nor has he ever been, a gambler, and has always op posed the nefarious business. The Cedar street car line is now one of the best in the city, and while the service is a ten minute one, it is exceptionally good. If any one doubts the prosperous condition of Seattle, they should take a day off and patronize the sev eral street car lines in the city, where they will see hundreds of houses go ing up in every direction. Lands are being continually platted and good comfortable homes are going up. Besides this, manufacturing plants, many of them, it is true, are small, are being built and working people find no trouble in obtaining employment at fair wages. John H. McGraw as receiver of a packing company, has been author ized to employ Chinese. This is an other instance of what a great friend McGraw and his associates are of white labor. And still this man hopes to succeed again in politics in this state.—Freeman's Labor Jour nal. This is about as fair as any chronic grafter ever gets. The editor knew, or if he did not know has no business trying to be an apostle of labor, that it was either to employ Chinese or close the shop. A little truthfulness occasionally would command some respect from the members of the press at least. We are always glad when, wages go up, but we do not think that be cause a man is a petty official he should be paid more than others in like conditions. It used to be the, complaint that they could not exist without larger salaries, because of their contributions to their party which kept them in power, but this is all changed, since the civil service law prevents grafting. It is a singular circumstance, but every one knows it to be true, that public employes are always dissatis fied with their remuneration. It is also true that they may be receiving more than employes in other lines of business conducted by private inter ests, and very often receive more than the men who pay them, yet they are always clamoring for a raise. Another storm has broken out among the gamblers of the city. This time stud poker seems to be the bone of contention. The Clancy's and Pineus brothers have been given special privileges in conducting these games, on account of their activity in behalf of the powers that be. But periodically some upstart who believes that all men are created equal and have the same privileges before the law infringes upon the in alienable rights guaranteed the two houses above mentioned. Then in dignation follows, and Meredith and VYappenstein hurriedly repair to J. W. Considine for advice, and to do the latter justice he is the best qual ified gambler in this city for that business. John does not have to lie awake nights fearing a police visit, nor does he have to opjen his pocket book every time he sees the grafters approaching, because he knows he is nearer the throne than any or all of the sports, and when he wants one of the dens blotted out a phone call will accomplish his wishes. There is little doubt that there will be a fight in the next senate to exclude senators elected by the four Southern states in which Negro suf frage is restricted. There will be none, however, to exclude senators from Northern states where unedu cated and ignorant foreigners are not allowed to vote.—Olympia Standard. * The cases refered to are altogether dissimilar. In the South an intelli gent colored man stands just as much show and no more than the most ignorant man in the commun ity. A voter when challenged must give an acceptable analysis of the constitution to men in many cases who never read the document. Of course the explanations are never satisfactory unless the expounder is a Democrat.