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VoL VII., NO. ?9
Dies at His Home in Indian
apolis, Indiana.
Philanthropist Carnegie
Distributes Five Million Dollars
Among His Former Employees-
Breaks All Previous Records in
Charitable Donations—"Was Deter
mined to Not "Die Rich."
Last Wednesday morning brought
the Hon. Benjamin Harrison, ex
president of the United States,
statesman, orator and philanthropist,
to the great crossing place between
life and death. The distinguished
statesman, after a brief illness,
peacefully passed away at 4:45 that
day, which closed a career of one of
the most brilliant characters that the
United States has ever produced.
Benjamin Harrison won fame as a
lawyer, teacher, soldier, statesman
and executive while he was living
his three score years and ten. No
man's opinions were more high!}
and generally respected than thos^
of Gen. Harrison. And even after
he had retired from the presidency,
though living a semi-retired life,
nevertheless, when great public
questions were being discussed of in
terest to the country in general and
which would promote its best inter
ests, his voice and opinions were al
ways given on such subjects. He al
ways had an opinion and was always
ready to give the public the benefit
of his opinion. For fifty-two years
of his life Benjamin Plarrison was a
member of one of Indianapolis'
Presbyterian churches, and during
all that time he was one of its fore
most members, not because he was
able to contribute thousands of dol
lars each year for the maintenance
of said church, but for his actual
usefulness and his ardent work in
the cause of Christianity. His last
days were spent in quietness, though
he continued to look after his office
law business, which was quite ex
tensive. His family since his death
has received a flood of telegrams
from the leading public men of both
this and other lands, lamenting his
seemingly untimely death. His fu
neral will be held from the Presby
terian church of which he has so
long been a member next Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock. During Sat
urday his remains will lie in state in
the state house at Indianapolis, and
it is expected that they will be view
ed by thousands of persons, who will
visit the city for that express pur
Mr. Andrew Carnegie is exhibit
ing in his old age a most remarkable
spirit of philanthropy. Such a spirit
has never before been >oen in any
man that has accumulated the vast
amount of wealth that has Mr. Car
negie. A few days ago he sold hi*
interests in the great Carnegie steel
works and it reached nigh unto a bil
lion dollars for his labors during the
brief period of the forty years he
was at the helm. Prior to that time
Mr. Carnegie had declared that he
would never die rich, and a grea"
many people who looked at this enor
mous sum of money, all in his own
name and title, smiled at the utter
ance, believing that it was impossible
for him to do other than die an im
mensely rich man. However, since
that time he has begun a most lavish
distribution of his wealth. Most
every city of any size in the United
States has received a library gift
from him, and many of the schools
and colleges of the country havo
likewise been remembered. Recent
ly Mr. Carnegie has set aside $5,000,
--000 for his former employes, thus
making them recipients and partners
in the vast wealth that the Carnegie
steel works made and accumulator!
for its master. Such is unprecedent
ed, and it will certainly revolution
ize the spirit of accumulating for
tunes. It will be remembered that a
few months ago the wild-eyed Pop
ulists of this country heaped abuses
of the most virulent form upon Mr.
Carnegie, even accusing him of be
ing a thief and a highway robber and
squeezing his employes for no other
reason than to make himself a multi
millionaire. Those misguided idiots
must now feel like they have abused
a man who "was an angel in dis
guise," and a man whom they must
now confess to be their best and
most sympathetic friend.
The Fifty-sixth congress, which
adjourned some two weeks ago did a
vast amount of work while it was in
session, some of which is already
proving itself to be exceedingly
useful and beneficial to the business
interests of this government. The
Fifty-sixth congress found the coun
try prosperous and it did everything
within its power to continue it in the
same condition. It secured the
fruit of our victories in the war with
Spain, it found grave questions con
fronting our government, but it met
them one by one and settled them.
One of the most notable acts that it
did in its inception was to establish
a civil government in Porto Rico,
which has and is working most ad
mirably. It next established a 'gold
standard" in this country and
sounded the death knell to Bryanism
and his 16 to 1, and now every dol
lar of money of any denomination in
this country is as good as gold. It
next passed an army reorganization
act, guaranteeing to the United
States a sufficient army to defend it
self in any emergency, either from
factions within or from foes without.
It wisely provided a good and stable
government for Hawaii, which was
sadly in need of the same. Wise and
judicious legislation was passed by it
for the relief of the terriory of Aa
aska. It passed many measures for
the relief of the navy of our country,
and that department of the national
defense is now in a most excellent
condition and quite prepared to meet
any foreign foe that might attack
our government on the waters. On
the whole no congress that has ever
assembled at Washington City has
given the country at large more gen
eral relief than did the late one,
which is now a matter of history. It
was made up of a number of useful
and able statesmen, who looked after
the interests of the country in gen
eral and after the interests of every
one of their respective districts in
particular. It is to be regretted that
more of the members of the late con
gress were not returned, as members
of the next, and thereby insure quick
and good work on its reassembling.
The extra session of the United
States senate called by the president
to confirm the appointment of the
members of his cabinet, after having
attended to routine business of an
executive nature, adjourned last
Saturday sine die. It is not thought
at this time that the president will
call an extra session of congress, as
there seems to be no eminent need
of the same. Ere the extra session
adjourned, it received and confirmed
the election of United States Sena
tor Mitchell of Oregon. Senator
Mitchell has been a member of the
senate for two terms prior and was
greeted with wild demonstration as
he re-entered the senate hall bearing
his credentials of election from the
governor of Oregon. He is now a
full-fledged member of that body.
The cattlemen of South Dakota
are agreed that the mode of mark
ing cattle by branding should stop,
as it is cruel and causes intense pain
to the animal. In New Zealand they
have a composition which makes an
easy distinguishable mark. It is ap
plied with a cold iron, destroying
the hair or hide but causing no suf
fering to the animal.
The announcement is made by the
Great Northern that it will abandon
the shops at Hilliard near Spokane
md increase the capacity of those at
Everett. All cars needed on the Pa
cific coast will be constructed at the
Everett shops.
Still Flourishes Like A Great
Green Bay Tree.
The Gambler's Defiant
Do Not Propose To Obey The City
Ordinance, Which Says "They
Must Close Up Their Side Door
Entrances"—Police Seem To Be
In Collusion.
The attempt to bring Judge Aus
tin into disrepute by subpoenaing
him as a witness in the gambling
cases failed, as it should have done;
but he knew and every one else knew
who was on the inside that the gam
bling element simply thought to
throw mud, with the hope that some
of it might stick. Austin incurred
the everlasting enmity of the gam
bling fraternity because he believed
in construing the law as he found it
without regard to his personal sym
pathies. He could at any time have
made peace with the sporting ele
ment by simply doing as some others
have done, but he preferred an hon
est, upright course, which brought
upon him the wrath of the class
spoken of and also the men who gain
their shekels by grafting.
Every known method has been re
sorted to to save the boxes in saloons
and low dives called theaters. But
few of any of the fellows who have
them have had them put in shape to
comply with the ordinance. All of
which goes to show that the profits
of this addition to saloons must be
very remunerative. One of the ele
ments which creates such serious op
position to saloons is the activity of
the men who control them. If a!
law happens to suit them they will 1
obey it, if not they openly challenge
the authorities to make them. Peo
ple who do obey the law want others
to do the same.
The direct primary was more than
the; boss politicians would possibly
concede. Many of them thought if
the bill became a law their occupa
tion would be gone, hence their fran
tic appeals for votes to defeat it.
Ankeny, Piper and Fisk know that
if the bill became a law the fight
would be ended as far as Ankeny
was concerned. The present legisla
ture has almost convinced some vio
lent opponents of direct legislation
that the measure would not be so
bad after all.
The nickel in the slot machine
won the first round in the municipal
court. Through a slight technical
ity the cases went out of court, but
the result will only stimulate the
Anti-Saloon League to increase their
efforts to do away with the most ob
noxious gambling machine in exist
It would seem as though the time
has arrived when the citizens who
believe in the enforcement of the
law should assert themselves. The
seemingly friendly arrest of a First
avenue saloon keeper was so trans
parent that even the dullest conser
vative saw through the whole trans
action. Meredith has never been
noted for his advocacy of law, and
his tutilage since his arrival in Seat
tle has not been of such a character
as to enhance his respect for that
which at least once made him an
idler and lounger. But the power
behind the throne is possessed of a
certain cunning which Meredith
does not dare to resist. It was these
same qualities which got him into
the newspapers every time he hap
pened to turn around. It was this
same back-ground actor that pro
claimed this same man the "sleuth"
of the Pacific. But the point at is
sue is the enforcement of law, and
when the time comes that a tool of a
gambler and brothel keeper can say
what laws shall be enforced and what
not it comes very near being an
it comes very near being anarchy.
The people who are always on the
alert to give some good reason why
Seattle should not much longer be
the growing metropolis of Puget
sound all use the threadworn argu
ment that just as soon as Alaska
ceases to be a Mecca for the adven
turous spirits of the world, at that
moment the Queen City will lose her
prestige. If we can only hold our
supremacy until the resources of
Alaska are exhausted, even the chil
dren who are born in 1901 will be
satisfied when they arrive at the
!years of discretion. The surface of
I Alaska has not even been remotely
prospected for minerals, and even if
they were the agricultural possibili
ties are just being recognized by the
! people most interested. Seattle will
iin time become one of the great mar
jitime cities of the world and nothing
but the inaction of her citizens will
prevent it.
The idea of changing the name of
one of the well-known streets of this
city, and that to one of the streets
that passes through the business
center of the city, to some other
name to meet the approval of a few
sickly sentimentalists is both ridicu
lous and absurd. We have as high
regard for the late lamented Fortson
as any one in the city of Seattle and
we would be glad to lend our aid
in any undertaking that would per
petuate his memory in our commun
ity, but to change the name of a
street which has been established
for years would be the height of
folly and come no nearer perpetuat
ing his memory than were it never
named after him and at the same
time create a world of confusion, j \
''Fortson square,"' which is to be ;
made at Yesler way and Second aye- j
nue, with a monument suitable to \
the place and to the occasion, will do i
!.>!v toward perpetuating the mem
ory of the man than the naming of j
a dozen streets in this city after him. |
In doing things common sense
should be one of the principal in
gredients in doing them.
The Lake Washington resort
keepers have been held to answer by
Judge Cann to the superior court for
their violation of the laws in selling
liquors without license at their re
spective places of business. Now we
hope the superior court will hold
them to answer to the penitentiary
for the self same offense.
Each play given by the Neill com
pany is presented with a richness,
elaborateness and thoroughness that
stamps its productions with an abso
lute superiority. To carry the equip
ment used by this company it re
quires three special cars; two of
these cars are fitted with special
scenery and the other devoted to
especially designed properties, such
as furniture, rich tapestries, oriental
rugs and draperies of the most costly
fabrics. Mr. James Neill, who heads
the organization, has been regarded
by eminent dramatic critics as one
of the handsomest and most versa
tile of our younger leading men.
The Neill company follows ''Nell
Gwynn" at the Grand Opera House.
The production of "The Village
Parson" at the Third Avenue theater
next, week promises to be one of the
best plays seen here in some time.
The piece has made a most pro
nounced success in all cities visited.
and has received the highest kind of
praise from both press and public.
The play is of a most, interesting
kind, depicting human emotions and
sympathies, and holds the closest at
tention of the audience. The scen
ery is new and very picturesque;
each act will be specially staged.
The company is pronounced to be
of great capability, special pains hav
ing been exercised in selecting the
members for their respective roles.
Our theater-goers will undoubtedly
be treated to a fine performance.
Concerning Man's Everyday
Life and Business.
Uncle Sams Soldiers Time of Re
tiring from the Army—Commer
cial Growth of the United States
Since It First Begun—Brief Men
tion of Other Points of General
The generals of the army, with the
dates at which they will be compul
sorily retired under the terms of the
new army law, are as follows, accord
ing to the 2sew York Sun: Lieut.
Gen. Miles, August 8, 1903; Maj.
(Jen. Brooke, July 21, 1902; Maj.
Gen. Otis, March 25, 1902; Maj.
Gen. Young, January 9, 1901; Maj.
Gen. Chait'ee, April 11, 1906; Maj.
Gen. Mac Arthur, June 2, 1909; Brig.
Gen. Wade, April 11, 1907; Brig.
Gen. Merriam, November 13, 1901;
Brig. Gen. Ludlow, November 2T,
1907; Brig. Gen. Bates, August 26,
1900; Brig. Gen. Wheaton, July 15,
1902; Brig. Gen. Davis, February
27, 1903;. Brig. Gen. Sumner, Feb
ruary 0, 190G; Brig. Gen. Wood,
October 9, 1921; Brig. Gen. Hall,
November 15, 1901; Brig. Gen.
Hughes, April 11, 1903; Brig. Gen.
Randall, October 8, 1901; Brig. Gen.
Kobbe, May 10, 1901; Brig. Gen.
Grant, May 30, 1911; Brig. Gen.
Bell, January 9, 1920.
The "Mary" who had "a little
iamb" was a little Massachusetts girl
who had adopted one of a pair of
twin lambs. The lamb strayed away,
and on her way to school Mary found
it and actually did take it to school
with her and to the class. A young
man named Bowerson, the son of a
Boton riding master, who was iitting
luinself at Harvard, was at school
that day and wrote the lines which
have become immortal. The lamb
Lived to be a very old sheep and was
tinally killed by an angry cow.—St.
Louis Globe-Democrat.
The reports of all the fire insur
ance companies transacting business
in this state show that the companies
during the year 1900 assumed risks
in this state amounting to $103,151,
--819; the net premiums collected
amounted to $1,707,601, and the
losses paid policy holders amounted
to $681,197. This is an increase over
over 1899 of $15,691,015 in risks,
$269,112 in premiums collected and
$83,197 in losses paid. —News.
The world's powers are represent
ed in their rulers as follows: 22
presidents, 16 kings, 11 dukes, 6 em
perors, 5 princes, 5 sultans, 2 khans,
2 ameers, 1 queen, 1 kliedive, 1
shah, 1 bey, 1 mikado, 1 maharajah,
1 rajah.
Within the past ten years the city
of Bombay, India, has lost 100,000
population, which was cused by the
plague and the citizens leaving the
stricken city on account of it. It
now has a population of 700,000.
Each year Africa produces 44,
--000,000 bushels of wheat, while Aus
tralia, which has been credited as
one of the great wheat-producing I
countries of the world, yields 35,
--000,000 bushels annually."
The letters passing through the
London postofnce averaged 50,000'
daily in 1801, rising to 300,000 in
1810; 2,600,000 daily in 1870, and
8,300,000 in 1900.
This country has had twenty-eight
presidential inauguration days.
Thirteen were pleasant, twelve were
stormy, with, no record of the weath
er for the other three days.
During the South African war the
British have lost 56,000 men, not in
cluding the sick and wounded that
now remain near the seat of war.
The expense so far has been about
It looks very much like the Boer
resistance was destined to collapse in
the very near future.
1 The following table shows the
growth of commerce in this country
since 1789:
Year— Imports. Exports. Imports.
1789 23,000,000 $20,205,156 2,794,844
1793 (a) ... 31,100,000 26,109,572 4,990,428
1797 . 75379406 51,294,710 24,081,696
1801 ■"■'.::. 11l 363 sn 93,020,513 18,342,998
18115 ■.' 120 600,000 95,566,021 25,083,979
1809 59 400000 52,203,233 7.1?6,™7
1813 22,005,000 27,856,017 *5,801,017
1817 '.'.'. .... 99,250 000 87,671,569 11,578,431
1821 (b) ■■- 54,520,834 54,596,323 »75,489
1825 ....... 90189 90,738,333 »540,023
1529 '..'. 67,088,915 67,434.651 *345,736
Ist: " 101,047,943 87,528,732 13,519,211
1837 '.'.'. ".'.'. 130,472,803 111,443,127 19,029,676
IS4I .. . 122,957,544 111,817,471 11,140,073
1845 " .. 113,184,322 106,040,111 7,144,211
1849 "". .... 141,206,199 140,351,172 855,027
1853 777,265 203,489,282 60,287,983
1857 348,428,342 293,823,760 54,604,582
1861 . ... 289,310,542 219,553,833 69,756,709
1865 238,745,580 166,029,303 72,716,277
1869 .. 417,506,379 286,117,697 131,388,682
1873 ' .... 642,136,210 522,479,922 119,656,288
1877.'. . 451 323,126 602,475,220 •151.152,004
1881 '..'. ... 642 664,628 902,377,346 *259,712,718
1885 ' .... 577,527 329 742,189,755 •164,682,426
1889 '. 745,131,652 742,401,375 2,730,277
1893 .... 866,400,922 847,665,194 *18,735,728
1897 764,730,412 1,050,993,556 *286,263,144
1900 (c) ... 829,019,337 1,477.949,666 •648,930,329
a. Figures of 1790; b. Fractional year,
due to change of fiscal year from Sep
tember 30 to June 30. c. Calendar year.
• Exports.
Over 146,000 persons in the state
of Mississippi are delinquent in the
payment of their poll taxes. This is
the estimate made by Auditor Cole.
The figures are, of course, not offi
cial, as the sheriff is not required to
send to the auditor a list of the de
linquents, but they are compiled
from data obtained largely by special
request. Of the total number it is
estimated that 116,000 are Negroes
and 29,000 are white. Following is
the table prepared by the auditor:
Polls assessed .284,787
Polls collected 138,200
Polls delinquent .......... 146,587
Whites delinquent 29,731
Colored delinquent .116,856
Paper was first made by the Chi
nese in the first century A. D. Pre
vious to that time they used thin
slips of bamboo; the instrument em
ployed in writing was not a pen or
brush, but a pointed tool. Later on
it was found better to pound the
bamboo to a paste in a mortar to
gether with water, and then spread it
out to dry. This in fact was the first
paper in the modern acceptance of
the term, though the Egyptian
papyrus antedated it several centu
Most people are generally agreed
that America was named after
Amerigo Vespucci. But now comes
a historian in the person of Eicardo
Palma, director of the National Li
brary of Lima, Peru, who has just
published a book in which he main
tains that America was not named
after the noble Amerigo, but vice
versa. Senor Palma says he has
given years to the study of the sub
ject. One after another of our fa
vorite, long cherished ideals falls to
the ground.
Beltrami county, Minnesota, is
bankrupt. Not a dollar is in the
treasury, and the judge and jurors
have refused longer to serve. Unless
the legislature gives immediate re
lief the county will be depopulated.
The City Park extension of the
Seattle Electric Company from
Eighth avenue to Lake View ceme
tery was opened up last Sunday and
now gives a ten-minute service from
Second and Yesler way to Lake
View cemetery without " change of
In view of the constitutional pro
vision disfranchising all delinquents,
it is a question whether there are
within the entire state 70,000 citi
zens who are qualified to vote in a
general election.
J Mississippi appears to have solved
the lynch law problem. A legislative
enactment has been passed giving to
the relatives of a person lynched the
right to recover $3,000 from the
i county where the lynching occurred,
I and vacating the office of sheriff
j when that officer permits a prisoner
to be taken from him.
The state of Georgia pays $200,
--, 000 annually to the widows of Con
| federate veterans in pensions. Most'
I of the Southern states pay pensions
to Confederate soldiers.
Prof. Shaler, the Harvard geolo
gist, says that in the next thirty,
years the United States alone will.
produce thirty thousand millions of
dollars in gold.

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