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ABILENE WEEKLY REFLECTOR. ABILENE, KANSAS, JULY 19, 1900. TWELVE PAGES.
THETRANSVAALWAR At Sitral's Nek the British Lost Half Their Officers. MISTAKE BOER TROOPS FOR BRITISH On, Dewet'l Force Tm I'p Strong I'o. Mm In tht Hllle-Gen. Clery'e Column Clearing the Roare Oat from Stand, ertoa to Heldlebnrg. London, July 14. Lord Roberts has lent nothing further concerning the Nltrsl's Nek affair. Pretoria dis patches, however, show thut the l.iu colnshires lost half of their officers, including Col. Huberts, who was wounded and taken prisoner. Strag glers continue to nrrive ut the camp, but few further details ean be (fath ered. The British fought stubbornly until nightfall, when the cavalry turned their horseH loose, The liner report of the engagement placet the lirltlsh casualties at over 2(11). In the Dordcpoort affair mentioned in Lord Huberts' dispatch the men In the front rank of the Doers wore khaki uniforms and helmets and the dragoons passed them unsuspectingly, under the Impression that they were hussars. The mistake was not dis covered until the Boers opened fire, when the dragoons were within 400 yard s. British prisoners who have escaped to Kroousladt report that lien. Dr wet's force of 1,000 men, with ten guns, expelled from Bethlehem by Oen. Clements and (len. IV 'It, have tnken up a strong position 1.', miles to the southward in the hills around Eeteif Nek. President Stcyn Is re ported to be with Ihem. Another case of the lloers wearing khaki Is reported to have happened at Llndlcy on June !(! when they sur prised a picket of 25 men of the York shire light Infantry, 18 of whom were killed or wounded. Clary Clearing thx Country of llnitra. Witpoort, Transvaal, July 14. (len. Clery's column, which has moved east erly, la now camped here. During the inarch the mounted Infantry engaged tOO Boers, shelling a ridge occupied by the burghers. It Is anticipated that this movement will clear the country from Rtanderton to Heidel berg, as the troops found but one remaining laager, from which the Boers retired hurriedly. THRILLING STREET FIGHT. Ten Detective! Have Fight at HI. Louie I Tilth Join Nflmiii, Alleged to Ilea Train K"IJbr, ' St. Louis, July li.-Ten detectives engaged yesterday morning In a thril ling street fight with John Nelson, al leged to be one of the gang who robbed the Illinois (luteal Express car of $10,000 near Wieklill'e, K), early Wednesday morning, in the battle which began In the house at 3(158 Kinney avenue and extended to the Vnndev'cnter station, 40 shots were exchanged, Nelson 'Was badly wounded, but escaped, (ienernl Spe cial Agent (ieorge Murray, chief of the Illinois Central railway detective bureau, was shot by the fugitive mid ii in a hospital with bis left thumb shattered and a ragged pistol wound ranging through his left arm from the elbow to the shoulder, Charles W. Barnes, alleged to ho a member of the gang, was (piledy over powered at 41)00 West Belle Place at three o'clock yesterday morning and li now In jail WenU Haatlqnertara at Colomhoi, Lincoln, Neb., July 14. Congress man J. J. Lenta and E. C. Phllbrick, of Columbus, 0., were with Mr. liryan few hours yesterday afternoon, leav ing for the east last night. Congress man Lenta la anxious to have the democratic headquarters reinovetl from Chicago to Columbus, and that, it 1b believed, was hia principal mis sion. Mr. Bryan would not discuss the matter after his visitors had left. Mr. Bryan will announce no other Im mediate programme than that of re maining In Lincoln. He Is engaged with his stenographer most of the time. Nebraska Frnhlbltlonlate' Ticket. Lincoln, Neb., July 14. The prohi bition state convention adjourned yesterday after nominating the fol lowing ticket: (lovcrnor, L. 0. Jones, of Lincoln; lieutenant governor, Charles P. Lnwson, of Snnrea Agency; ieorctary of state, D. L. Whitney, of Beatrice; treasurer, O. C. Crowell, of Blair; land commissioner, Krastus Hickman, of Sewartl; auditor, Wilson Brody, of Holt county; attorney gen eral, 1). M. Strong, of North Bend; superintendent of schools, Hartley Blair, of Page. Telegrapher!1 Rrqueeti Granted. Chicago, July 14. After a series of eonfereneeB the differences between the telegraph operators and the man agement of the Santo Fe railway have been adjusted to the satisfaction of both sides. A new achedulc to gov ern the employment of operators has been agreed upon and will become ef fective at once, While all the de mands of the 4nen have not been ac ceded to, their principal request have been granted, Fleet of Transports Increased. Washington, July 17. The quarter master general yesterday increased the fleet of transports to be used in the transportation of about 4,000 horses and mules to the Philippines and China by the charter of the trans port Fhrya and Athenian. Sims Clly Deluged. 8ioui City, la., July 17. A rainfall of over half a foot has deluged this lection. Small streams are out oi their banks and it is feared the daut aft to crops will be groat. FEAR AN INDIAN OUTBREAK. Tht Blankat Indians oa Had Uti Bold. Inf War DancM-Whltee Preparing for Troable. Solway, Minn., July 14. Danger of an outbreak by the blanket Indians on Bed lake is increasing. The In dian police from the agency have gone over to the point, where the blanketers are still holding their war dances and it is expected trouble will ensue. Bulletins have been posted in the Chippewa languages, warning all friendly Indians and whites to remain away from the point or suffer the consequences. Twenty mounted men left Solway late Thursday night and will proceed to the agency nud take Instructions from Indian Agent Mercer. The men arc all well armed anil carry each 1,000 rounds of extra ninmuiiition which will be distributed among the settlers. A petition will be sent to Gov. land to-day, asking that a detachment of state troops be sent to lied Lake at once. The Indians keep up their war dances and their shouts ean be heard for three miles at frequent Intervals. They discharge their rilles In the nir. it Is said that n large body of reds from the northern part of the state has joined forces with the blanketers mid small bands of Indians are join ing the main body hourly. It Is es timated that the entire force num bers :iil(l ut present. The squaws and papooses have been sent north nnd only the young bucks remain at the point. The white settlers at the point arc preparing for an attack. The Indians at the agency have assured the whites of their support, but it Is thought that many of tliein lire going over to the blanketers. SENATOR GEAR DEAD. The Inwa NtHteNinah Dim of Heart Failure at Wtuliliitrton ami II ii lloily la HhliipiMl Hume. Washington, July 10, The remains of the laic .Senator dear, of Iowa, who died Saturday of heart failure, left here yesterday afternoon ut 3:lio o'clock via I lie Pennsylvania railroad for the dear home at Darlington, la., where funeral services will be held Wednesday nt three o'clock. The casket containing the remains was en closed In n'hcuiy oaken box with plain silver handles. Might members of the capitol police force, In full uniform, acted an body bearers and carried the cuskct from the hearse to the express J, H. GEAR, cor. There was an absence of flowers or display of any kind. The people at the station st 101I In respectful silence as Mrs, (Icar, on the arm of Secretary of Agriculture Wilson, passed down the plitform to the Pullman "Grnss mere," which Is to carry the party to Burlington, Those accompanying Mrs. dear are Col. ltandall, sergennt-at-arms of the senate: Secretary Wilson, Col. Itcot, the senator's private secre tary and Mrs. dear's maitl. At Chi cago they will be met by a number of relatives of the deceased and a com mittee of Burlington citizens. Other arrangements for the services will be announced by Col. Handnll after their arrival at Darlington. MORE SOLDIERS WANTED. Event. In the Philippine! I'rove That 100, OIIO Troope Are Needed to Kutablleh American Sovereignty. Washington, July 10. According to the correspondence from Manila "more soldiers" is the demand which Is coming to den. MacArthur from every department of the Philippine islands. Recent events have worked to vindicate (leu. Lawton's judgment that 100,000 troops would be needed to establish American sovereignty over the Philippines. Until they at tempted to hold a province of 200,000 or 300,000 hostile with a reglmeut or two the American commanders hard ly realized the size of the Philippine islands. The present force is not large enough to garrison more thnn half the important towns nnd in some of the most Important Islands, nmong them Cebu, Panay, Samnr, Leyte and the great Mohammedan empire of Mindanao, only the commercial ports are occupied. The Morns are a cloud on the horizon. The officers best ac quainted with conditions In Mindanao and the Sulu Islands tell the Asso ciated press correspondent that they consider serious fighting there in evitable. If It conies the two regi ments which are scattered in small garrisons, some of them hundreds of miles apart, along the coast of Min danao, an Island nearly as large as Luzon, may have serious work. nn"TJToTarir Independence, Kan., July 17. Mrs. II. V, (Jarr, living seven miles west oi town, died yestcrduy afternoon as a result of being run over by a har vester. They were at work cutting flax and Mrs. Garr was riding one of Ave horses attached to the machine when a flash of lightning struck near, causing the horses to run away. Mrs. Uarr was thrown under the machine and cut in several places. Ml, Ik a bfWy'.'l c- i-Si THETRANSVAALWAR The Recent Disaster Discouraging to the British Ration. FAITH IN ROBERTS SOT SHAKES. BoorallopoleMl7 Oatnomberod, bat Paar Don Not Seam to Be Within a Measura ble Dletauce Encasement at Platfcop Amerlcaoe Sentenced to Death. London, July 16. While the dark ness which now for nearly three weeks has enshrouded Pckiu is un broken, there comes news from Lord liohrrts of a serious disaster to Brit ish arms in the capture of some 500 men and two guns ut the moment when the people were assured thut the war was virtually over. It is a heavy blow and n great discourage ment to the nation. Public faith in Lord Huberts, however, will not be shaken by this, bis first reverse, "Hobs" is a popular hero and deserves to be one. He is not only a brilliant and dashing commander and every inch a soldier, but he Is also a man of singular urbanity, simplicity nd tact. The lloers have long been hopelessly outnumbered. The exact ratlo'be twecn the two armies cannot be known, but a moderate estimate Is eight to one. The capitals of both republics have long been in British hands, (len. Jouhcrt is dead, den, Cronje, with bis whole force, is a prisoner at St. Hclcuu. The Free State has been regularly and other wise annexed. President Krugcr and President Steyn are fugitives. Yet the war goes on as if nothing had hap pened. Peace does not seem to be within measurable distance. A report from Plutkop says that the British engaged the Boers all day long Saturday. Scouts nnd mounted Infantry moving north located the Boers 1,000 strong, occupying the ridge, from which they were driven the previous day. After stubborn re sistance the Boers forced the British to bring the howitzers Into action. The infantry deployed for a general advance under Clery's direction. The Boers opened fire In nil directions, shelling with guns posted on the Brit ish right. The mounted Infantry, in the face of a severe fire, attacked the Boers. A gun posted on nn In trenched kopje four miles to the east forced the lloers from a number of ridges, detnebed parties retiring on the center while a gun on the right was withdrawn through a ravine to ward an intrenched hill. 4mrtrittn Sentenced tn Death. TVIngnu Bay, July Ifi. It Is reported here that Lieut. Tossel and K. Gilling liain, the leaders of the Irish-American corps in South Africa, were sen tenced to dentil by n llritisli court martial for plotting to blow up the magazine at Pretoria, They sailed from New York the middle of Feb ruary as n lied Cross organization. The corps was in charge of l)r, John it. MucXamura, who Is chief surgeon. Tossel nnd dillinghnin were his as sistants. The contingent headed by Tossel and dillinghnin came from Chi cago. It was equipped through the efforts of the Vnlted Irish societies of Chicago. After It reached the Transvaal the members entered the Boer army. AFTER A TRAIN ROBBER. A Doten Detectives Made a FrultleM Mid night Kicurxlon IntoHt. LouliCouuty After Jack Nelioa. St. Louis, July 10. A dozen St. Louis detectives nrmed with riot guns ami revolvers made a midnight excur sion into St. Louis county and searched several houses and barns In the vicinity of Bridgctoti and Floris sant early yesterday morning in quest of Jack Nelson, of Wickliflte, Ky., train robber, whose sen sational escape from his boarding house in this city was chronicled in these dispatches last Friday morning. j The effort to locate him was futile, Kelson having boarded a Wabash westbound freight train, but consid erable . Information was obtained which Chief Desmond thinks will re sult In the capture of the desperado. It was learned yesterday that "Jack Nelson" Is Cbnnning B. Barnes and that he is a brother of Charles Wheel er llarnes, his associate In the Wick liffe train robbery, who is now under nrrcst here. The Barnes brothers formerly lived In Austin, Tex., where their fnther conducts a profitable grocery. Chief Desmond last night obtained a written confession from Charles Wheeler Barnes, Implicating his brother and the Cairo, 111., pris oner Conley in the trnin robbery and also learned where the valuable pa pers stolen from the express com pany's safe were hidden. Gnmpera and the Chicago Strike. Chicago, July 16. Five hunddrcd Striking workmen assembled in I'lil rich's hall Saturday night received a pledge from Samuel Gonipers, presi dent of the American Federation of Labor, that the national organization would stand iby the Chicago Building Trades' council. President Gompcrs declared that the men here must win their fight of five months against the contractors. On the result of the present contest, he said, hung the success of the whole labor movement in the United States. Weolley to Ba Nntlfled Friday. Chicago, July 18. John O, Woolley, of Illinois, prohibition candidate for the presidency of the United States, will be officially notified in Chicago next Friday evening of his nomination. INCOME TAX PLANK. Samoa) B. Moree Makes an e.;tpUnetloa as to Ita Umleiion In tha National Democratic Platform. Indianapolis, lad., July 13. Sam uel E, Morss, Indiana's member of the resolutions committee at the na tional democratic convention, in a signed interview makes the follow ing explanation of how there came to be no income tax plank in the national democratic platform. He says: "The platform as adopted by the commit tee on resoluti'ins of the Kansas City convention contained a declaration in favor of the adoption of the constitu tional amendment authorizing an in come tax and providing for the elec tion of United States senators by the people. No objection was made to this resolution and I am convinced 'thut the omission of reference to the income tux was the result of an over sight due to the baste with which the sub-committee was obliged to act to put the platform as unanimously agreed upon in shape to be submitted to the convention. The, idea that the declaration for t lie Income tax was purposely omitted, by the sub committee out of deference for Sen ator Hill or any other person is pre posterous. "When Senator Tillman had nearly finished the platform some of the In diana delegates said to me that noth ing bad been read about income tax. I Baid to them that the plutform as agreed upon by the committee con tained a declaration for the Income tnx and that if it had been omitted It was tlue to an oversight, either by Senator Tillman in reading or by the copyist who had transcribed the doc ument. I went to the Illinois delega tion mid asked Mayor Harrison, of Chicago, who was the Illinois member of the committee, if he had noticed the omission, lie said he had not, I was about to go on the platform to cull attention to the matter when Mavor Harrison called to me and said that Mr. Abbott told him Bint the in come tax declaration had been read by Senator Tillmnn. Unless Mr. Ab bott's ears deceived him It was read nnd the omission occurred by acci dent, In the copies furnished to the press. I have no doubt thnt Mr. Bryan will define his position and that of his party on tills subject in his letter of acceptance. Mr. Bryan has long Been an advocate of the income tax and the democratic party of the country is united in advocating it." National Educational Society. . Charleston, S. C, July 13 The Na tional Educational society yesterday chose their officers for the coming year. J. M. Green, of Trenton, N. J., being elected president; Irving Shep pnrd, the secretary holds over. The selection of the convention city for loot was left to the executive commit tee. The convention will adjourn sine die to-night. At to-day's session the committee on resolutions will mnke Its report. Its findings will urge the bettering and spreading of common schools and the extension of the American system into Cuba, Porto Pico and the Philippines. Con gress will be requested to recognize the bureau of education on broader lines to meet the Increased require ments and to establish it as an inde pendent department on a plane with the department of lnbor. Acalnut a Oold Democratic Ticket. Indianapolis, Ind., July 13. The leading members of the gold demo cratic party here are not in favor of a separate ticket for this campaign and will express themselves when the executive committer of the national committee holds its meeting here on July 25. It is likely that the commit tee when It convenes here will go over the books of the organization, adjust all business matters, issue a procla mation against free silver and the candidates of the Kansas City conven tion, reaffirm the principles of the platform adopted at the sound money convention held here four years ago and then adjourn. Crucible Steel Company Pittsburg, Pa., July 13. The deal for the formation of the Crucible Steel company of America was con summated yesterday when the steer ing committee announced to the meet ing of manufacturers that the stock issue of $30,000,000 had been over subscribed. The manufacturers con nected with the new combine repre sent 95 per cent, of the crucible steel Interests of the country. A commit tee composed of lteuben Miller, James W. Brown and 11. Atha was ap pointed to work out the details of the big company. This committee will in all likelihood send attorneys to New Jersey to-day to secure a charter. Rata Between Pelcheo and Hen try. Detroit, Mich., July 13. The fastest mile thus far made this season, and the fastest ever gone in Canada, was paced on the Windsor track yesterday afternoon by Joe ratcben. The black stnllion also went one of the fastest qunrters ever seen, covering one of his Inst quarter miles In 20', seconds, a 1:58 gait. The match race between Patchen and John 11. Gentry was a fine hard driven contest, and was won by ratcben In two straight heats by a couple lengths In both enses. The time by quarters was as follows: First heat, :30; 1:01; 1:33V4; 2:04y. Second hest, :31'il 1:03; 1:35; 2:04',. Monument tn Confederate Dead. St. Louis, July 13.-Chevaller Tren tnnove, a sculptor of Washington, was yesterday awarded the contract for erecting the monument to the confederate dead that will ba placed In Springfield, Mo.,- by the United Confederate Veterans and Daughters of the Confederacy. The monument Is to be ready for unveiling by June of next fear. It will cost 112,000 and will be tha only memorial to confed arata soldiers in Missouri THREE CONVENTIONS. Nebraska Populists, Democrats and Free Silver Republicans Meet TOW SPEAKS FOB STEVESSOS. Fraa Silver Repoblleene Disapprove of the Withdrawal of Towua ai a Candidate for Viae President Raaolatloos Pledge Support to Bryan. Lincoln, Neb., July 12. The popu list state convention was called to order yesterday afternoon by Stnte Chairman Kdmiston with 1,200 dele gates present. Chairman Kdmiston's opening address urged that the dele gates work in unity in the interests of the reform forces. His reference to William J. Bryan as "that noble man, that free man who represents the interests of common humnnity," was enthusiastically cheered. Komi nations were then in order for tem porary chairman and the radical and conservative elements at once clashed. M. F, Harrington, representing the radical element of the party, Senntor W. V. Allen, nnd ex-Lieut. Gov. Harris were nominated, but the latter with drew. After considerable debate the roll call was ordered, resulting: Al len, 0.10; Harrington, 455. Senator Allen on taking the chair made a plea for harmony nnd conserVattsm. A motion to make the temporary organization permanent was carried. None of the committees was ready to report when the populist conven tion reassembled at 8:30 p. m and after waiting 45 minutes the selec tion of the stnte central committee was taken up. The convention then listened to speeches until ten o'clock p. m when the report of the committee on rules nnd order of business was presented nnd adopted. Charles A. Towne was then introduced. Amid tremendous cheering, Mr. Towne addressed the convention for about ten minutes, concluding with an eloquent tribute to Aillui E. Stevenson. Just as he con cluded W. J. Bryan entered the build ing and for two minutes the conven tion was wild with enthusiasm. When the delegates quieted down Mr. Bryan made a short address. The plntform adopted by the popu lists reaffirms tne Noux rails plat form and devotes several planks to state issues. It does not fall in line for Bryan nnd Stevenson, but adheres to nnd Indorses the original ticket of Bryan nnd Towne. Demnnrata and Free Silver Repunlleana. Lincoln, Neb., July 12. Tt was nearly three o'clock when Chairman Hall, of the democratic state central committee, rapped for order and in troduced as temporary chairman T. J. Doyle, of Lincoln. Chairman Doyle made an address of considerable length. His incidental reference to Willium J. Bryan brought out the first applause of the convention. Following the appointment of n com mittee on credentials and an unsuc cessful effort to take a recess of an hour, W. 11. Oldham, of Lincoln, and B. S. Bibb, of Beatrice, addressed the convention. Mr. Bibb four years ago repudiated the free silver plank of the democratic national convention and supported Maj. McKinley. His speech served to announce his reconversion to the principles of democracy. S. F. Fiuharty, of Dawson county, also Spoke. After waiting an hour for the com mittee on credentials to report the convention took a recess until eight o'clock. The temporary organization of the democratic convention was made per manent. Chairman Thompson, of the com mittee on resolutions, reported the platform. It reaffirms the declara tions of the national convention at Kansas City; commends fusion in the election of United States senators, members of congress and state ofll cers nnd pledges the nominees of the convention to an economical admin istration of state affairs. The free silver republicans or ganized by electing George Hlbner, of Lincoln, temporary and then perma nent, chairman, and after appointing a committee on conference took a re cess. The first note of discord among the silver republicans came when Dele gate Iiunsom offered a set of resolu tions approving the reported with drawal of Charles A. Towne as a can didate for vice president in favor of Adlal E. StevenBon. Protests came from all over the hall and the reso lutions were withdrawn. Mr. Towne, who was present, was called out and In a short speech practically an nounced his intention to withdraw, but adding that he would take as ac tive a part in the campaign and work as hard for the success of the ticket ss if he was a candidate. The resolutions as finally adopted indorse the Kansas City silver repub lican platform, and recite that In ac cordance with the action taken at that convtsition the free silver repub-1 lican party of Nebraska pledges its support to W. J. Bryan and Adlal E. Stevenson for president and vice presi- WantrOVormea for a Colony. Chlcagiaily 16,-Familles of workingmen thrown out of employ ment by the labor troubles and other poor people of Chicago are to be in vited to join the Salvation Army col ony near La Mar, CoL Commander Booth-Tucker of the Salvation army In the United States, who arrived in the city Saturday afternoon, Intends to extend the invitation. He hopes the colony will be increased by at least 1,000 famines. A DOMESTIC TRAGEDY. Loalt Ellen, a Shoemaker at Baltimore, Kill! Hll Wife aii.l Hb-, Woud Hie Son and Then Sulc dm Baltimore, Md., July 10. Poverty, ill health and a weak-minded wife im pelled Louis Kisen, a shoemaker, yes terday to kill himself, his wife and 13-year-old babe with a razor and to wound his 3ia-year-oltl son. The tragedy occurred in squalid apart ments on Fast Lexington street. When the police entere'd the little front room of the Eisen apartments they found the corpse of Eisen lying in the middle of the floor with his head almost severed from his body. Beside him lay a bloody razor. The hotly of Mrs. Kisen lay across an old mattress in the corner of the rooni, her throat also cut from ear to ear and the infant's little body was in a baby carriage behind the shoemaker's counter. A most pitiable and dis tressing sight was the little boy, Bar ry, standing near the body of his dead mother, with blood streaming from a gash in his throat, looking wondcr Ingly at the policemen as they hasti ly examined the corpses to see if there was any sign of life. Bloody foot prints were found in all parts of the two rooms which comprised the Kisen apartments, telling mutely how the boy, Hurry, had tottered about the place, endeavoring in turn to awnke his mother, father and his in fant brother. The boy was sent to a hospital where the physicians hope to save his life. , ' Gompere and the Rt. Louie Strike. St. Louis, July 16. With Samuel D. Gonipers, president of the American Federation of Labor, now rest the hopes of the Street liailway Em ployes' union for a satisfactory ad justment of the differences of the union and the St. Louis Transit com pany. Mr. Gonipers is expeeled to ur rive In St. Louis to-day. Just whnt he is expected to do in the event of bis arrival here is not known, it is said, to the members of the union, but It is confidently expected that be will take some salutary action to ward terminating the strike. Kooeevelt Kn Koute to St. Paul, New York, July 10. Gov. Roosevelt left this city yesterday for St. Paul, where he will address the Nutional League of Kepnbiiean clubs at their annual convention. He said before starting that he would positively not make any speech between here and St. Paul, either going or coming, and that he would make but one speech in St. Paul and that before the con vention. Be said he expected to be home by Thursdnv. He expects to ad dress the Hebrew Chautauqua society in Atlantic City July 23. Beyond that he suid he had no definite plans. t The Switch Was Tnrned. Junction City, Kan., July 16. An attempt was made to wreck and prob- 1 ably to rob the Union Pacific flyer about four miles west of Manhattan yesterday. The switch was turned, but the engineer succeeded in stop ping the train before it had gone but a short distance In the siding. A gun, dynamite and a bottle, supposed to contain nitro-glycerine, were found hidden under a pile of old ties. The robbers were either frightened away or gave up the attempt when they saw the train did not go In the ditch. A Good Rain at Fulton, Kan, Fulton, Knn July 16. Bain com menced falling yesterday morning at nine o'clock and continued up to the evening. The corn lias not suffered, and the prospect for a large yield was never better In the history of the state. Wheat, oats and flax are pret ty well harvested. Thrashing has commenced. The yield of grain is considerably above the average. Bourbon and Linn counties are all right. Americana Win Bight Out of Ten Events, Paris, July 16. Although deprived of the services of some of her best athletes, who declined to contest In yesterday's events of the world's ama teur championships In the Bois de Boulogne, objecting to Sunday compe tition, America won eight out of ten of those decided, gaining five second positions and four third. Killed by a I.lva Wire. Omaha, Neb., July 16. Charles L. Johnson, a laboring man, was killed by a live electric light wire at Fif teenth and Dodge streets, In a vacant lot, Into which ran a guy wire. Jo seph Poff first ran agninst the wire and was knocked senseless. Johnson went to Investigate and the wire struck and killed him. Eerthqoake shoclta In Rnala St. Petersburg, July 16. Severs earthquakes In the Kurs and Kagyr man districts of the Caucasus moun tains resulted in the destruction of five villages, several churches, nnd many houses. Six persons were killed and one Injured. Additional shocks are still being reported. Lumber Yard Sat on Fire. Bemus, Mich., July 16. Wiedmnn's lumber yard, containing 9,000,000 feet of lumber, was set on fire by light ning yesterday and the loss is esti mated at $125,000. A Fire In the Colorado Iron Work. Denver, Col,, July 16. A fire In the Colorado Iron works yesterday morn ing destroyed the boiler and assay rooms and the foundry, causing a loss of $40,000. Michael and NrFarland Matched. New York, July 16. Jimmy Michael and Floyd McFarland have been matched to race 20 miles for $1,000 a side at Woodsida park, Philadelphia, July 21. The national guard encampment at Springfield, Mo, opened yesterday with a driiillng rain.