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The SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
VoL VII., NO. 27 ITEMS OF INTEREST Culled and Collected from Reliable Sources, World Notes Condensed to Readable Form—ltems Concerning Various Congressional Doings—Scientific Matters Brought Out Briefly. The king of Spain gets a couple of million a year. The president of France gets $240,000 a year salaray. Russian gold mines give an annual yield of 86,668 pounds. The legal rate of interest in Can ada is only 5 per cent. The czar of Russia manages to ex ist on $12,000,000 a year. The emperor of Austria, being a widower, live* on $12,000 a day. Alabama and Virginia will both try for new constitutions this year. The electrical works of Germany represent an investment of $300, --000,000. Queon Victoria had seventy-three children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Spokane promises to have three tickets in the field at her coming municipal election. Kansas City will build a large ba nana warehouse capable of holding twenty-five carloads. The penitentiary board of Missis sippi has purchased 1,000 acres for a state convict plantation. The canal bill introduced in the Prussian diet calls for an appropria tion of $97,250,000. Chicago has the only municipal pawnshop in this country. They are common in Europe. Canada will have a building at the Pan-American exposition which will be a credit to the country. The Chinese came off from their high perch when they found that Waldersee was in dead earnest. An immense searchlight which will cast its rays fifty miles will be on exhibition at the exposition. Sing Sing's name is derived from "Sint Sies," the title of a former branch of the Mohican Indians. In 1890 the output of minerals in the United States amounted to about $619,000; in 1899 to $976,000. A horse can pull three tons on level steel rails for every ton he can pull on an ordinary high road. The court at Leavenworth, Kan., refused to release the notorious Capt. Carter on a writ of habeas corpus. Palms never live more than 250 years. Ivy has been known to live 450, chestnut 860, oak 1,600 years. Saloon licenses are being raised in many of the towns and cities of the state and Seattle sehould follow suit. Ceylon is setting its house in order against the arrival of the plague. The municipality has killed 60,000 rats. The biggest thing in the way of guns ever produced will be on exhi bition at the Pan-American exposi tion. The oldest bonnet was found on an Egyptian mummy, that of a prin cess who was interred about 2,000 years B. C. Pat Crowe has written to Million aire Cudahee denying any conniv ance with the abduction of Mr. Cud ahee's son. The Xew York Press says that it is much easier for a woman to feel that she has a pure heart when she has on a silk petticoat. The Paris exposition managers re port a loss of only $400,000. The expenditures were $23,300,000 and the receipts $22,900,000. A St. Louis (Mo.) teacher, to pro mote punctuality among her pupils, promised to kiss the first to arrive. The inducement proved altogether too popular with the big boys. The British museum has recently comfe into possession of a mummy which is generally believed by ex perts to be at least 8,000 years old. The Siamese government has ask ed for American bids for the con struction of a plant for the manu facture of ammunition in that coun try. In Winona, Minn., there bas been 900 cases of smallpox, and some of the surrounding cities, and towns have quarantined against the infect ed city. British Columbia has renewed its quarantine against the state of Washington. Passengers are to be examined at Northport and vaccina tion compelled. The natural park of 1,297 square miles proposed at the headwaters of the Mississippi, will, if it is establish ed, be the first in the central region of the country. It looks very much as though the South African war had about run its length. Gen. Botha has seen the handwriting and has opened negoti ations for peace. There are no less than 45,000 lap dogs in Paris, and the owners pay 10 francs a year license and when they die they are as well taken care of as most human beings. The American people spend $112, --000,000 annually for theater going. In Sweden it has been decreed that a separate car must be provided on suburban night trains for intoxi cated persons. Rare Egyptian papyri are to be distributed among American univer sities and museums. Antiquities col lected by the Egyptian exploration fund are distributed pro rata accord ing to their subscriptions. Pliny says the liquor of the cuttle fish was often used by the Romans for an ink. It was considered supe rior to the lampblack preparation, but it was not used so freely on ac count of its much greater cost. All over the country there is an oil boom in progress. Companies are being formed and experts are be ing sent out to keep track of the progress of the work. Most of the companies will bear close watching. The brother of Andree, the miss ing aeronaut, has opened his brother's will, as he has long since given up the idea of hearing from him, and the tenor of it shows that the explorer hardly expected to re turn. Only fifty years ago but one wo man worked to every fifty men. At present the rate is one to four. Thir ty years ago two-thirds of all the self-supporting women were domes tic servants. Today only one-third are so employed. The largest uncut diamond in the world was the Bonanza, owned by the king of Portugal, 1,680 carats. Its cutting reduced it to 367 carats, but even thus it retains its suprem acy, and the next largest is the Star of the South, 254 carats. Frau Rosa yon Rosthorn, wife of the acting Austrian minister at Pe king, has been given by the Austrian emperor a war medal hitherto only awarded to men. Her valor and ser vices during the seige also won her the French Legion of Honor. Sixty per cent, of the voters of Jackson county. Miss., are delin quent' on poll tax and nearly 6.00^ in Hinds county. The great major ity are property owners and whites. This shows that disfranchisement cuts in more ways than one. Hartford's new steam patrol wagon, which cost $2,505. weighs 3,000 pounds and is operated at a cost of 2 1-2 cents a mile. It is of twelve horse power and runs from 15 to 20 miles an hour. In five minutes a steam pressure of 200 pounds can be generated from cold water. The Japanese have started a move ment to mark the place of Commo dore Perry's landing at Yokohama with a suitable memorial. It is probable that it will take the form of a lighthouse on the dangerous Ply mouth rocks at the entrance to Um ya bay. the beacon to be surmounted by a bronze figure of the commo dore. SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1901 Victoria managed to live on $220 an hour. Eighteen years ago the mayor of a commune in Switzerland and two citizens perished in a glacier. The remains of the latter were recovered, but those of the mayor were caught in a crevaise and only a portion could be recovered. The glacier has now given up the balance, which consisted of a portion of a leg, some clothing and some francs. The Chicago Great Western and the Chicago & Alton and Erie rail roads have stopped the practice of allowing peddlers and news agents upon their trains, as it was found to be a nuisance to the traveling public. Greenwich time hae been adopted officially in Spain, and the number of hours has been numbered from 1 to 24, as in Italy. The fine Greek bronze recently discovered at Pompeii has been plac ed in the Naples museum, where ex amination shows it to be covered with a fine layer of silver, says a Rome correspendent. This peculiar ity gives the statue unique value, as there is believed to be no other bronze statue in the world so cover bronze statue in the world so cov ered. The Philadelphia Record says that in one of the large cities there is an unknown clerk who for several weeks has been stamping religious texts on the mail that passes through his hands. Business men of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia have been finding lately in purple type across their correspondence such admoni tions as "Prepare to meet thy God,' 7 or "No man knoweth the day nor hour when his soul shall be required of him." This has made many of the business men angry, and a search has been instituted, but thus far without success. The special agent of the United States department of agriculture in charge of the experiment station at Sitka, Alaska, reports that there is not the slightest doubt that grain can be matured anywhere in Alaska. He obtained samples of wheat, oats, bar ley and rye from several points in the interior, some even in the far north. These grains were grown during the season of 1900. With one exception they grew wild from seed that was scattered, and it is but right to suppose if they will grow without cultivation they would do much bet ter if properly planted. Flax was also grown at Sitka. It attained a height of more than three feet. The agent says that flax would undoubt edly be a profitable crop to raise. PERSONALS. Mr. J. F. Gayton sustained a pain ful accident last week by severing his left thumb with a hatchet. Miss Cora Oliver is quite ill at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. E. Haw kins. Mrs. Scruggs, a former resident of this"city, who has been absent for two years, returned last Friday on her way to Alaska, where she has flatter ing offers. Mr. H. R. Cayton announces in a telegram to Mrs. Cayton the death of her mother, Phoeba A. Revels, widow of the late ex-Senator H. R. Revels, of Mississippi. , Whatcom has twenty-six saloons, ■•paying a license of $400 per year each, but the council of that place is seriously thinking of raising the li cense to $1,000 each.—Skagit News- Herald. People who say high license is the proper caper should not object to paving a high license. The legislature this week accom plished the death of the Tolman rail road commission bill in the senate by a vote of 20 to 14. The measure had it become a law would only have cre ated an expensive political graft.— Weekly Capital. If all the prospective telephone systems were inaugurated in Seattle, there will be fun for a short time at least.—Reptiblican. Yes, it is reasonable to expect that there will be a regular "Hell-o" all the time.—Washington Standard. The Aberdeen Bulletin says that out of eight criminal cases there were no convictions at the late spe cial term of the superior court. There was just one criminal case tried at the last term of court and there was no conviction for the sim ple reason that the Aberdeen author ities allowed the guilty man to escape and arrested the first men they hap pened to meet at the scene of the crime. Furthermore, it is said that the man who did the cutting which resulted in the death of his victim made his escape from the scene of the crime through a restaurant, where one or more Aberdeen officers were seated at the tables. —The Vi dette. In King county we do not have to make any excuses for not convicting murderers. A defendant might walk up to the rack and acknowledge the corn and yet some unknown influ ence would induce the jury to acquit. But we hope for better things under changed conditions. An English trade review pays an eloquent tribute to one of the salient features of the McKinley tariff when it warns the Welsh tin plate manu facturers that they "may shortly find American manufacturers competing in this trade as in others" in Great Britain. And it was only a few short years ago that the Journal's free trade contemporaries were vocifer ously assuring their readers that tin plate never, never could be produced in America—that American tin plate mills were all "myths!"— Boston Journal. During the campaign of 1898 one of the best informed men of Seattle informed the editor of this paper that to his certain knowledge the manufacture of tin in paying qtian titios was absolutely impossible in America. Since then and even be fore the United States had become a heavy exporter and today threatens to invade all the tin markets of the world. A decision has been rendered by a British Columbia judge which may bring consternation to numerous stockholders in that country who have purchased mining shares of companies at less than the par value. His decision is to the effect that if a party buys stock direct from a com pany at less than par, that the pur chaser is liable for the difference. If the par value is $1 a share and but 10 cents was paid for it, the holder is liable for the difference of 90 cents a share. Of course there is no liabil ity unless the company has an indeb edness. However, if the stock is purchased second-handed, this deci sion does not apply. A similar deci sion was rendered by a Montana judge several years ago in the case of the Fourth of July Mining Com pany, which cost a Butte mining man nearly $20,000. —Newport Miner. It may have the effect of curtailing the amount of worthless stock that is annually placed upon the market this side of the line by sleek British Columbians that are never intended to pay dividends. The Seattle slot machines were frightened into retirement on Thurs day. Complaint was made against half a dozen of them, and the owners of the rest of the machines made haste to remove them.—Reveille. The slot machines have not all been removed, but unless the Anti- Saloon League lets up their days are numbered. A bill has been passed by the legis lature making the office of wreck master an appointive one. instead of elective, as at present. Thus will the practical joke in the county conven tion be missed.—lsland County Times. There will be one less position with which to fix up disgruntled ward heelers. Our Dumb Animals, edited by George T. Angel, of Boston, is trying to compel the United States to stop selling horses and mules to Great Britain. We wonder how our farm ers and stockraisers will take to this scheme of the old man. The supreme court of Missouri has decided that the pure food law, en acted two years ago, is constitutional. This law prohibits the use of alum in baking powders and kindred com binations. The decision settles the legality of the law, but not the jus tice, equity or good sense of the legislature in passing it.. The im pudence of the baking powder trust in demanding such an enactment is only equalled by the stupidity of the representatives who complained with their designs. An insult is offered to congress in asking it to pass a measure of similar import.—The West Coast Trade. We cannot see where the insult comes in. If it is an insult to pro tect consumers from the rascally knaves who palm off edibles that de stroy health and life, then it is a good idea for an occasional insult to be forwarded to congress. If goods were sold for what they really are there would be no outcry. Washington's birthday was gen erally observed in Seattle. The anti-saloon league is still after the gamblers and law breakers. Edward Clyde, another victim, gave up his life for having too much faith in saloon protection. A special venire had to be issued for the trial of Langdon, who shot and killed Gambler Shank. The mayor signed the side en trance ordinance and it is now the law of the city. Slot machines have been removed on account of the vigorous prosecti tion instituted by the anti-saloon league. The Seattle Central Railway Com pany has sold $250,000 bonds'of that company. This is the Frink-Trem-r per road. The Morans began overhauling the Bear last week in prepartion for her long trip to Siberia to secure rein deer for Alaska. Variety theaters below the dead line are afraid that the new ordi nance relating to the box business will mean them. More tracks are needed on the Xorthern Pacific yards south and ef forts are being made by business men to remedy the matter. Trancontinental lines are all daily crowded with passengers for Puget sound. A very large percentage come here to make permanent homes. Crowd? of home seekers are com ing to the city on every train, and even the rapid pace of building is not keeping up with the demand for house room. The Star had a reporter interview the saloon keepers of the city o nthe question of high license, and the "unny part of the business was that each one considered the other fel ow's place a dive. Shomo's attorneys are again play ing the waiting game. They think, rightly, if they can get continuance after continuance until the prosecut ing witness is tired out, they will acquit the monster. A. D. McKenzie has started for the Koyukuk country. He will be about forty days on the route. Mac will make it if anylwdy can, but the trip will be a lonesome one and his job not envied. Langdon was acquitted of the murder of Shank in the criminal de partment of the superior court. It could hardly have been otherwise. The prosecuting office was outclass ed as far as attorneys were concern ed. Dr. E. Weldon Young has again been re-elected president of the Son? of the American Revolution. The doctor is one of the most popular young men in the city, and the so ciety did a wise thing when they se lected him to the position. The Chicago Loan Office was rob bed of diamonds of considerable value. The thief thoroughly planned the raid and had the proprietor where he could but look on and see his property taken. Two policemen were a few feet away, but they might as well been in the Soudan for any good they were to him. PRICE FIVE CENTS SEATTLE SUMMARY Reporter's Notes of Various Things. Appropriately Bunched for the Quick Reader—Gathered from All Points of the City's Compass —Council Notes. Gov. Nash has come out on top, and henceforth prizefighting will be one of the lost arts in the Buckeye state. W. J. Meredith began proceedings last week against W. G. Rartranft which may lead to a speedy settle ment of the matter at issue. James and Einehart were never the disinterested patriots that some people believe them to be. But one year more and their faces will be sadly missed. , A twenty-inch wooden water main will be built to Green lake and Fre mont. When completed, those su burbs will be supplied with city wa ter. Jerome Catlin, at one time one of the hop kings of Puget Sound, died at 2122 Fourth avenue, of heart fail ure. Mr. Catlin was an intelligent, kindly man, such as one delights to meet. Holen Gould is building one of the finest Young Men's Christian Asso ciation buildings in the world at Brooklyn, N. Y. It will cost $300, --000, and it is intended as a memorial to her parents. The Seattle and Lake Washington Waterway Committee are now going to work in earnest to build the South canal. Gov. Semple said that con tracts would be let this week. They have all the money they need. The council passed the increase of salary ordinance, and now some of the be=t legal lights maintain that it is illegal on the ground that the con stitution of Washington expressly provides that no salary shall be in creased or diminished during his term of office. The anti-saloon league is after the slot machines that pay money and show lewd pictures. When the ap preciate the fact that these devices are even worse than the liquor sold, they will take a practical step for the suppression of evil and will be a practical element for reform. The Seattle Central Railway Com pany, whose leading stockholders are Frink, AVhite, Meacham and Trem per, will try and make some import ant changes in their route which will make them important competitors of the Seattle Electric Railway Com pany. J. A. Moore has removed the mask and the halo which' was supposed to surround the immortal J. J. Hill. The peculiar feature of the situation was, the fact that his sponsor, A. J. Blethen, of the Times, allowed the communication space in his paper, following in an editorial which was mournful in tone. James and his penny evening sheet are endeavoring to make the people believe that the Automatic Tele phone Company is in no manner an offspring of the Sunset. James for gets that he proved to the contrary a few nights ago in a speech in the city council. It isn't so much the interest of the "dear" people that James is considering as it is his own.—Review. The supreme court has handed down a decision in the somewhat no ted case of the Charles Hopkins estate against the American Loan & Building Association of Minneapolis, a defunct, fraudulent concern. The amount involved was not very large, but as a test case for the numerous other cases of similar facts it is all important. The plaintiff had paid over $4,000 dues before the concern became insolvent, and this amount he wanted credited on the mortgage note. Fred H. Peterson was the at torney for the plaintiff.