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D. Kl. FROST, Publisher.
DODGE CITY KANSAS.
THE WORLD AT LARGE.
Summary of the Dally Newa
CONGRESSIONAL.
TnE fifty-first Congress met at noon on
December 2. When the Senate assembled
the Senators from the new States of North
and South Dakota and "Washington were
sworn in and assigned seats. Several unim
portant routine matters were disposed of
and the Senate adjourned At noon the
House was called to order Tjy Clerk Clark.
The roll call showed 327 members present.
Mr. Heed, of Maine, the Republican caucus
nominee, was elected Speaker by a vote of
ICG to 131 for Mr. Carlisle, the Democratic
nominee. Mr. Henderson (111.) offered a
resolution for the election of Edward
Mcl'herson, as clerk; A. J. Holmes,
as serjeant-at-arms; C. A. Adams,
as doorkeeper; James L. Wheat, as
postmaster, and Rev. Charles B. Iiamsdcll,
as chaplain of the House. The resolution
was adopted except as to Mr. Ramsdell for
chaplain, Rev. W. n. Milburn, the present
chaplain, being re-elected by a vote of &9 to
151, several Republicans voting for him with
the Democrats. Afterthe members had drawn
scats and the new officers qualified, a commit
tee was appointed to wait on the J'icsident
and the House adjourned.
The Senate transacted no business on the
3d. Soon after assembling the President's
message was received and read and tlio Sen
ate adjourned The House met and after
the reading of the President's message the
Speaker, under authority given by the last
Sundry Civil Appropriation bill, appointed
Messrs. Hayne, Ilitt, Carter. Culberson
(Texas) and Cummlngv as a committee on
the centennial celebration. Adjourned until
Thursday.
The Senate on the 4th, after assigning now
Senators from the States of North Dakota,
South Dakota and Washington to their re
spective classes, by lot, proceeded to regular
business and many bills and resolutions
were introduced. On motion of Senator
Hoar the select committee on relations with
Canada was continued for the present ses
sion. The Senate then proceeded to execu
tive business and soon adjourned The
House was not in session.
In the Senate on the 5th among the bills
and resolutions introduced was one by Sen
ator Voorhecs in reference to tariff taxation,
which provides for the collection of a suf
ficient amount of revenue to pay the ex
penses of the Government; for the taxation
of all articles of luxury at a high rate and
reducing the tax on the necessaries of life,
and for the curtailment and overthrow as
far as possible of all monopolies by enlarg
ing the free list. The Senate then adjourned
until Monday.... In the House a communi
cation was read from H. 1. Lcedom, late
scrgcant-at-arms, announcing that his late
cashier had absconded with a large sum of
money and asking for a committee to in
vestigate his (Leedom's) accounts, and a
committee was appointed with full powers
to act. The House adjourned until Monday.
WASHINGTON NOTES.
TnE National Wool Growers' Asso
ciation met in Washington on the 2d.
The public debt statement showed a
decrease during the month of Novem
ber of S4,SG9,G72.
Secretary of the Navy Tracy
denies positively the current report
that the new naval cruisers are ex
travagant coal consumers.
Assistant Attorney - General
Shields, of the Interior Department,
has decided that the act admitting the
new States does not repeal all the pre
emption laws, but only that of 1841.
The President has sent to the Sen
ate as nominations a large number of
recess appointments.
Secretary Noble has left Wash
ington for his home in St. Louis on
private business.
Congressman Bdtterworth is
preparing a general anti-adulteration
bill, which will require that all articles
made in imitation of well known
articles be branded plainly.
Secretary Windom on the 5th re
ceived from four banks offers to sur
render $1,600,000 bonds. All of them
were accepted.
Silcott, cashier of Sergeant-at-Arms
Leedom, of the House of Representa
tives, has disappeared with $75,000,
money due Congressmen and others on
salaries, etc. Leedom was under bond
to make good his cashier's defalcations
The New York Post's Washington
special says: "The President expects
to be able to make a practical re
organization of the Supreme Court
within about eighteen months. Justices
Miller, Field and Bradley have signi
fied their intention to retire within that
time."
THE EAST.
Recent local elections throughout
Massachusetts showed very little
change- politically. Most of the cities
and towns voted on license or no
license and were about equally divided
on the issue.
General Stephen II. Smith, one of
the most prominent military men of
Connecticut, died recently at New
Haven.
TnE Baltimore Board of Trade has
passed resolutions opposing the grant
ing of subsidies or bounties to foster
American shipping interests.
TnE McAuliffe-Daly fight at Boston
ended in a draw at the end of the fif
teenth round.
The well known Monongahela Hotel,
Pittsburgh, Pa., was burned on the 5th.
Loss, about $100,000. The 200 guests
of the house had to make a rapid exit
for life.
John Kendarooch and Annie
Chomo have been indicted for the mur
der of the woman's" husband, a paralyt
ic, who was found hanging to a bed
post in Potsdam, Pa., on November 27.
It is stated in Portland, Me., that
the Canadian Pacific railroad will soon
construct a huge elevator and make
other improvements at that place,
which will be the eastern terminus of
the road.
A correspondent of the New York
Evening Post sends word that the Rus
sian censor has forbidden the following
New York newspapers circulating in
Russia: The Evening Post, the Sun,
the World, the Times and the Tribune.
The New York Herald is allowed to
enter Russia.
Judge Patterson, of New York,
granted the petition of John J. Plunk
ett for absolute divorce from his wife,
Mary H. Plunkett, the Christian
Science healer who some time ago
mated with A. Bentley Worthington,
the bigamist
Adeltna Patti arrived at New York
on the Teutonic on the 5th. She had
two funny little dogs and Nicolini with
her.
During a fire in the Francis Axe
Company building, at Buffalo, N. Y.,
one workman was killed, several badly
injured and one boy probably fatally
burned. Loss on building small.
THE WEST.
Cyrus Ftlt.more, brother of ex-
President Fillmore, died at Lagrange.
Ind., recently of typhoid fever, aged
eighty-seven years. He was well known
throughout the State and a prominent
Democrat. His wife, who is eighty-five
years old, is dangerously sick. They
had been married over 64 years.
The Western sash and door factory,
Nineteenth and Wyoming streets,
Kansas City, Mo., burned recently. The
loss was about $50,000.
By the breaking of the rope of a cage
in a coal mine near Steubenville, O.,
two boys were precipitated seventy-five
feet and killed.
Fire in Shell Lake, Wis., the other
night destroyed one-half the business
section of the town, causing 535,000
loss.
In Macon, Hliopolis, Clinton and
other Central Illinois towns diphtheria
is raging, and there are many deaths.
The disease is not as a rule, however,
of the worst form.
Secretary Lesueur, of Missouri,
has decided that social clubs must pay
taxes. They can not be exempted
under the church clause of the Con
stitution. It is reported in Chicago that a secret
meeting of brass manufacturers from
all parts of the country Is being held
there for the purpose of forming a trust.
The Cherokee Legislature has agreed
to a resolution for the appointment of
a Commission to meet the United States
Commission to consider the sale of the
Cherokee Strip.
J. P. Willis, a deputy United States
marshal, and City Marshal Morgan
were both killed in a pistol encounter
recently at Holden, Mo.
W. O. Marquis has filed the neces
sary papers contesting the office of
Lieutenant-Governor of Ohio upon
E. L. Lampson, who had a slim ma
jority. George W. Lininger, Republican
candidate for mayor of Omaha, was
defeated by Richard C. Cushing, Dem
ocrat, by a majority of between 1,100
and 1,300.
Squire F. Taylor, son-in-law of
Hon. Alex Caldwell, ex-United States
Senator, committed suicide at Leaven
worth, Kan., recently by shooting him
self through the right temple. He had
been despondent lately, but nothing
was known sufficient to account for his
suicide.
Six of the men arrested at Ardmore,
I. T., charged with the train robbery
near Berwyn, have been released by
United States Commissioner Hocker,
at Purcell, having satisfactorily proven
an alibi.
The coroner's jury wasof the opinion
that the many telegraph wires had
much to do with preventing the rescue
of the unfortunate persons who lost
their lives in the burning of the Minne
apolis Tribune building.
TnE Miner House at East Tawas,
Mich., took fire recently. Two charred
bodies were found in the ruins.
Governor Millett, of South Da
kota, says there are ,600 families in
Minor County who are starving to
death. The Governor was soliciting
aid for the destitute.
Mrs. Sadie McConkey, of Du
buque, Iowa, has been awarded $6,995
judgment against the Travelers' Acci
dent Insurance Company on policies of
her husband, who, while treasurer of
White Pine County, .Nevada, was shot
and killed beside his safe.
At Durango, four miles north of
Dubuque, Iowa, a rear end collision
occurred between two Kansas
City trains. Conductor Berry, ot
the forward train, and Simon Hickey,
of Dubuque, were killed. One engine
and seven loaded cars were wrecked.
The accident was caused by a switch
being thrown prematurely.
Near Rolfe, Iowa, recently G. W.
Marquette, a hardware man of that
place, and William Kennedy were work
ing a pump when the ground caved and
Marquette fell into the well head lore
most. His head struck against a jut
ting rock as he descended, scattering
his brains over Kennedy. Kennedy was
severely injured.
the south.
TnE executor of Frank M. Taylor,
who died near Boonville, Ark., has un
earthed $7,000 in gold and $3,000 in sil
ver, which Taylor had concealed upon
his premises before and during the war.
Search is still progressing, Taylor being
very wealthy.
Squire Downey, a colored man
living near Frankfort, Ky' and his
wife went to visit a neighbor, leaving
their three small children in charge of
the house. In their absence the house
caught on fire and the children perished
in the flames.
Ewino Watterson, son of Henry
Watterson, eloped and married Miss
Jennie Black, of McMinnville, Tenn.
Young Watterson's action is a sur
prise. He returned a year ago from an
European tour and is now a traveling
agent of the Wabash railroad.
Fire in the depot of the Vicksburg,
Shreveport & Pacific railroad at Vicks
burg destroyed $50,000 worth of freight
and a number of adjoining buildings.
THE-Southern cotton crop aggregate
is estimated at 7,124,000 bales. Texas
leads with an increase of 313,000 bales
over last year. Tennessee, North Caro
lina, Arkansas and South Carolina
show decreases.
The State Senate of Virginia has au
thorized the Governor to accept in the
name of the commonwealth the statue
of General Robert E. Lee, soon to be
unvailed at Richmond.
The boiler on the sugar plantation of
a planter named Meredith exploded at
Colfax, La., recently, killing six men
and two women, all negroes, and
wounding several others.'
Jefferson Davis died at the house
of his friend, J. U. Payne, at New Or
leans, on the 6th.
The boiler in Governor Jackson's
sawmill at Marion, Md., exploded re
cently. William Dennis, aged twenty
two years, was killed, and William
Dixon probably fatally hurt. Richard
Martin had a foot blown off and two
or three others were seriously injured.
A receiver has been appointed for
the Kennesaw cotton mills at Marietta,
Ga. The financial condition is not
known.
During a trial in Judge Blanton's
court room at Marshall, Tex., opposing
lawyers got into a dispute and weap
ons were drawn. The result was that
State Representative Alexander Pope
was mortally wounded, dying the same
day, and Senator W. II. Pope, his
brother, was seriously wounded in two
places. Another lawyer was also hurt.
The trial of Moussa Bey, who was
charged with committing murder,
arson and pillage in Armenia, resulted
in his acquittal.
GENERAL.
TnE Sisters of the Visitation in
Washington have sold their convent
and academy property on Connecticut
avenue to J. II. Flagler, of New York
and Florida, for $650,000. This prop
erty contains 114,579 square feet ou
Connecticut avenue, L, Seventeenth
and De Sales streets, improved by the
convent building, and it is understood
that Mr. Flagler intends to erect a
grand hotel on the site.
TnE Salvation Army headquarters
at London and adjoining property
burned on the morning of the 3d.
TnE platform of a theater at Wienhen
in the province of Shantung, China, col
lapsed recently during a performance.
Two hundred persons were killed.
The reports of disturbances at Lis
bon, Portugal, were false.
The largest elephant in Barnum's
show, now in London, fatally injured
its keeper in a fit of rage the other day.
The President of Nicaragua has ap
proved the treaty forming a union of
the five Republics of Nicaragua, Cost:i
Rica, Honduras, San Salvador anu
Gautemala under the name of the
United States of Central America.
WniTELAAv Reid, United States
Minister to France and his wife have
gone to the South of France and Italy
on a month's tour.
The bark Christian Schriver, from
Buenos Ayres, reports that at the Dela
ware breakwater she passed nine dead
bodies, eight of them the bodies of men
floating on a life raft. The other was
that of a woman floating near the raft
with a life preserver around her.
An English company is reported to.
have applied for a concession from
Franco for a bridge across the English
channel.
TnE Kaiser has wired Stanley and
Emin that he sympathizes with them
and sends congratulations and wel
comes them home. Mackinnon, the
chairman of the Emin relief commit
tee, was summoned to Windsor Castle
by Queen Victoria, where he dined and
slept.
Emin Pasha had a serious accident
at Bagamoj'o the day after his arrival.
Owing to his nearsightedness he mis
took the height of a railing and fell
twenty feet, fracturing his skull.
TnE Brotherhood managers claim
that they have signed all the base-ball
players they need.
The house of John Madden at Kings
ton, Ont., caught fire the other night
and while he and his wife were trying
to extinguish the flames their means of
escape were cut off and both perished.
THE LATEST.
The Chinese troops recently suffered
a severe defeat from the savages on
South Formosa, 300 or 400 of them hav
ing been killed.
Recently a mob attacked the China
inland and Methodist Episcopal mis
sions at Nanking, China, and destroyed
both chapels and an opium refuge and
stoned the officials who attempted to
interfere.
General Francis W. Palfrey, the
well known historian, died recently at
Cannes, France, aged fifty-eight years.
He was a Harvard graduate, a lawyer,
and during the war a volunteer in
fantry officer, being made Brigadier
General of volunteers in 1S65 for gal
lant conduct.
Consul Dihlier, of Florence, Italy,
incloses to the State Department ex
tracts from Bologna newspapers in
which it is openly charged that horse
meat is extensively used there in the
manufacture of bologna sausages.
Two children, Robert and George
Lilly, aged six and four years re
spectively, were suffocated by smoke in
the basement of the flat house 169 West
One Hundred and Twenty-fifth street,
New York. They had been locked in
by their mother while she was market
ing and they set fire to the place while
playing with matches.
In down town circles at New York
on the 6th it was rumored that a panic
in money had broken out at Buenos
Ayres, causing great excitement there
and many large failures. The rumor
could not be verified, but it was said
many business houses had received
cablegrams announcing the fact.
Business failures (Dun's report) for
the seven days ended December 5, num
bered 316, compared with 249 the pre
vious week. The corresponding week
last year the figures were 305.
President Harrison and party left
Washington on the 6th for a trip to
Chicago.
Williaji Peters, secretary of a
Cincinnati building and loan associa
tion, has confessed having embezzled
$15,000. He is now in jail.
Charles Johnson, colored, has been '
hanged at Gadsden, Ala., for the mur
der of a policeman in November, 1888.
Captain; Plunkett, the notorious
Irish constabulary leader of Cork, died i
in that city recently.
The coal miners of Westphalia, Ger- I
many, propose to institute another
strike to compel the masters to do
justice to the men who organized the
last stri
KANSAS STATE NEWS.
Topeka Floor Mill.
For the year ending June 30, 18S9, the
.flouring mills of Topeka ground 1,825,
000 bushels, of grain, costing 1,007,000,
and they turned out equal to 275,
925 barrels of product. One hundred
men were constantly employed, the
mills ran twelve hours, and if run to
their full capacity wero capable of
turning out 1,440 barrels daily. One
hundred and twenty-five sets of rolls
and onl yfif teen pairs of burrs were used.
The milling capital of the city amounts
to 6536,009, an increase over the ag
gregate report of last year of $38,000.
Topeka is the largest milling center of
the State, thenext largest amount of
capital being returned by the Atchison
mills ($374,000), and these mills pro
duced 173,104 barrels.
Flags for the State,
i The executive council has authorized
the Secretary of State to purchase a gar
rison flag and a holiday flag for the State
House flagstaff. The garrison flag is to
be 12x18 feet, and will be kept on the
mast every day of year except during
wet or stormy weather, when a small
storm flasr will be substituted Tlw
holiday flag will l 20x39 feet in size,
and will bo displayed on all State and
holiday occasions;
Assistant State Treasurer Moore Resign.
R. R. Moore, who has been Assistant
State Treasurer nearly fifteen years, has
tendered his resignation to take effect
January 1. He resigns purely for per
sonal reasons.
Soldiers' Reunion and Bean Bake.
The soldiers' reunion and bean bake
at Oberlin was a great success. Gov
ernor Humphrey, Secretary of State
Iliggins, Auditor of State McCarthy,
State Treasurer Hamilton, ex-Governor
Green, Senator Lockard and Hon. W. H.
McBride wero present.
Valuable Papers Stolen.
Roach Brothers' store and the Kirk
wood lumber office at Whitewater were
burglarized recently and S200 in cash
and about 2,000 worth of valuable pa
pers woro stolen.
A Bank In Tronble.
The cashier of tho Citizens' State
Bank at Selden has been arrested for
forging mortgages, and thus securing
money from Eastern loaners. It is
feared that the extent of his forgeries
may swamp tho bank.
Damages for a 3IIninjr Horror.
On November 9, 18SS, occurred the ter
rible mine explosion at Frontenac,when
forty-five miners met a tragic death.
The mine was operated by tho Cherokee
and Pittsburg Coal & Mining Company,
one of tho wealthiest corporations of tho
West, and was operated in connection
with the Santa Fe railroad. Tho rela
tives, widows and friends of the deceased
miners have sued the coal company for
damages, claiming from S10,000 to $15,-
' 000 in each instance. Theso suits are
j now pending in tho Crawford County
t District Court, and aro being heard by
Judge West. A test was made of tho
case of Thomas F. Jones, and the jury
I rendered a verdict in favor of tho
plaintiff, fixing the damages at $2,000.
The coal company claims that if all of
theso cases go aga'inst them it will bank
rupt the company. It is tho most im
portant trial ever hold in this court.
Beet Sugar.
The Medicine Lodge Sugar Manufact
uring Company recently made a run of
beets with most favorable results. The
company raised enough beets to make
one run by way of experiment and the
result is pronounced very fine sugar
The company is sending the tost tc
many sugar-houses. A member of th
company says that they will plant sev
oral acres next year and give the mat
ter a business test.
County Scat War.
The county seat war has been renewed
in Wallace County. Attorney-General
Kellogg has commenced quo warranto
proceedings in the Supreme Court to
oust all the present county officers. He
allegos that they are not the legally
elected officers.
A 3Iystory Cleared Up.
F. It. Stone, a leading business man of
Wichita, who disappeared some weeks
ago, was found recently one hundred
miles southeast, working on a farm for
his board. There is no doubt that ho is
suffering from insanity, lie is in good
financial condition. A low ostimate
would place him at 5100,000. " He has
always been one of the leading business
men and for years a promjpent member
of the City Council. He, it seems, has
been wandering around ever since his
disappearance, begging and working.
Kansas Labor Organizations.
Labor Commissioner Betton has been
making an investigation into tho aims
and objects of the various labor organ
izations of Kansas. Tho Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers report 18
lodges, the Locomotive Firemen havo
20, the Cigarmakers 4 and tho Typo
graphical Union 7. In addition to theso
are reported 8 from tho Brotherhood of
Railroad Brakemen, Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners, Association of
Stationary Engineers, Hod Carriers'
Union, Lathers' Union, Miners' Union,
Printing Pressmon's Union, Stonecut
ters' Union, Brotherhood of Railroad
Switchmen, making a total of 116
unions.
Bank Suspended.
The Bank of Hartland suspended pay
ment recently. The suspension is due
to the difficulty of making collections,
and is only temporary.
A Trip to Central America.
Colonel N. S. Goss, State Ornithologist,
has left for Costa Rica, Nicaragua and
other points in South America,where he
goes to observe tho habits of birds and
add to his already splendid collection in
the State Capitol. lie will bo absent
until some time next March. lie carries
with him letters of the highest charac
ter from this State and the United
States.
A Heavy Mortgage.
A mortgage for $150,000,000, payable in
100 vears at five per cent, interest, hat
been filed at Topeka, to the Union Trust
r, onv of New York bv the Atchison,
Topeka & Santa Fe and auxiliary lines. I
. SALT TARIFFS.
The KaiuM Railroad Commissioner Ad
just the Rates.
TorEKA, Kan., Dec. S. The Bail
road Commissioners have rendered
their decision in the matter of the com
plaint of the Board of Trade and salt
producers of Kingman of unfair dis
crimination in railroad rates on salt.
The Board, after reviewing the facts in
the case, say:
"We are of the opinion that the salt
tariffs to local points need revision in
the interest of all those concerned.
But this involves so many adjustments,
not only as it respects the salt interests,
but as well those that concern the car
riers, that its final consideration will be
entered upon at another time, and
further notice to parties iu interest.
"Upon the complaint before us we
find and decide that the rate on salt
from Kingman, Anthony and Welling
ton should be the same to all Missouri
river points as the rate on liko com
modities from Hutchinson, Nickerson
and Sterling, and the board directs and
orders that such rates be made uniform
from all the points above named.
"Tl Vx-ra olBO na tK tlmo ol
used in the manufacture of salt is slack
coal supplied from the coal mines of
Southeastern Kansas. The cost of this
per ton delivered at Wellington is $2.45,
and the freight rate is $1.70; at King
man, 82.G5, and the freight rate $2; at
Anthony $2.75 per ton, and the freight
rate $2, and Hutchinson $2.40 per ton
and freight rate $1.80. We think that
in justice to so"important an industry
as the salt manufacture in this State a
concession should be made on these
rates as follows:
"Bate on coal slack to Wellington
$1.30 per ton and to all the other points
of salt manufacture in the State SI .50
per ton. And believing under existing
circumstances that theso rates would
be fair and reasonable the board or
ders and directs that these rates on
coal slack, together with uniform rates
on salt to Missouri river points, 'be
adopted and made effective upon all
railroads operating to any of the points
named by December 15, 1SS9."
KANSAS CENSUS.
Four Supervisors to Bo Appointed and
Their Districts Assigned.
TorEKA, Kan., Dec. 8. Labor Com
missioner Betton has received a com
munication from Bobert P. Porter,
Superintendent of Census, announcing
that four supervisors will be appointed
in Kansas to take the National census
of 1S90 in this State. For this purpose
he has divided the State into four dis
tricts and each district will have a
supervisor in direct charge. The make
up of tht districts is as follows:
First District Allen, Anderson,
Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua,
Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford,
Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Lyon, Mont
gomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson
Counties.
Second District Atchison, Brown,
Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Geary,
Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leave:. -worth,
Marshall, Miami, Morris, Ne
maha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Eiley,
Shawnee, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte
Counties.
Third District Cheyenne, Clay,
Cloud, Decatur, Dickinson, Ellis, Ells
worth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln,
Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne,
Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Bepublic,
Books, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Slier
man, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wallace
and Washington Counties.
Fourth District Barbour, Barton,
Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney,
Ford, Garfield, Grant, Gage, Greeley,
Hamilton, Kearney, Kingman, Kiowa,
Lane, McPherson, Marion, Meade,
Morton, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno,
Bice, Bush, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward,
Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Sumner and
Wichita Counties.
MONEY SAVED.
What the Missouri State Board Has Saved
to the People.
Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 8. Mr.
Downing, of the State Railroad Com
mission, says that a single decision of
the Commission rendered in a coal case
several months ago, in which this city
was interested, saves to the city $750,
000 a year. The figures were given him
by George II. Nettleton, who is one of
the most thorough railroad ac
countants in the country. Ac
cording to the decision tho
coal rate was reduced from 55 to 35
cents per ton. Mr. Downing claims
that the State Raihoad Commissioners
have saved the people millions of dol
lars since the body was called into ex
istence. As to the effect of Missouri
river transportation upon freight rates
he was not prepared to talk, but
thought the importance of the enter
prise has been greatly overrated. He
said if it saved to merchants $500,000 a
year it would be a grand success.
The Australian System.
Portland, Me., Dec. 8. The Ad
vertiser publishes letters from the
mayors of Maine cities, county attor
neys and prominent Republicans on
the subject of ballot reform as applied
to this State. All except four replies
favor the adoption of the Australian
system. The Advertiser says editorial
ly: "Now that this system has oper
ated successfully in Massachusetts,
there can no longer be any doubt that
thenext Legislature in Maine will pass
a similar law without serious opposi
tion." --
Pending Recognition.
Lisbon, Dec. 8. The Portuguese
charge d'affaires at Rio de Janeiro has
been instructed to maintain serai-official
relations with the Provisional Govern
ment pending the recognition of the
Republic by Portugal. This recogni
tion will be given when a Constitution
of the Republic shall have been defi
nitely adopted.
Jesuits to Be Expelled.
London, Dec. 8. Rumors have
reached here from Janeiro to the effect
that the Jesuits are to be expelled from
Brazil.
TEXAS TRAGEDY.
A Frommewt Attorney and Member of the
Leglslature Shut la a Crowded Court
Room Two Others Wounded.
MAttsriAi,!, Tex., Dec. 7. Twelve
months ago ex-County Judge W. T. S.
Keller entered suit for divorce Kgainst
his wife,- E. S. Keller. Judge Hazel
wood, who was district judge at the
time, entered a decree giving two of
the children to each of the litigants.
On November 29 application was made
by the wife to lion. J. S. Blanton,
special judge in the case, for an order
to restore to the wife the youngest
daughter. The order was granted, and
an officer was sent to San Angelo, the
present residence of Judge Keller, for
the child, which was brought back.
i With it came the father. Judge Blan
ton was ignorant of the order of Judge
Hazel wood. Judge Blanton came
down Thursday evening, and com
menced yesterday morning to
investigate the matter. The
court opened at ten a. m. W. R.
Greer and T. P. Young represented
Judge Keller, and W. II. Pope, Alex
ander Pope and James Turner repre
sented the Wife. Mr. Crocrtirfdrwscrf
the court at length on behalf of his
client. When he concluded W. H.
Pope arose and made some remarks, at
which Judge Keller took offense and
replied to Mr. Pope in equally offensive
language that so offended Pope that he
grabbed a gold-headed cane that was
lying on the desk in front and hurled
it at Keller, who instantly drew his pis
tol and commenced firing.
About this time C. R. Weatherby, a
relative and warm friend of Judge Kel
ler, appeared upon the scene and with
pistol in hand opened fire on Pope.
The excitement at this time can bo bet
ter imagined than described. Major
James Turner fell early in the action,
but on examination his wound proved
to be only a flesh wound of the abdo
men. W. II. Pope received a ball in
the left shoulder and one through the
fleshy part of the lower right arm.
Three other bullets passed through his
clothes. His wounds, though painful,
are not considered fatal.
Alexander Pope was shot through
at the bowels.
Keller and Weatherby were prompt
ly arrested and placed in jail.
Your correspondent was occupying a
seat in the gallery of the court house
while this bloody tragedy was being
enacted. Many ladies were among the
audience. The bar was full of lawyers
and friends of the contending parties.
Many took shelter behind desks and
benches, while others fled. The women
fled, screaming with horror at the ter
rible sight.
Hon. W. II. Pope is Stalo Senator,
while his brother, Alexander Pope,
represented Harrison County in the
Lower House.
Stale Representative Alexander Pope
died last night at nine o'clock from the
effects of his wound in the court house
fight.
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NO ACTION TAKEN.
The War Department Takes no OHlnai
Ac.U;u Regarding; the Death of Jeffer
son P.tIs
Washington, Dec. 7. The War
Department has not been officially in
formed of the death of Jefferson Davis
and has taken no action with respect
to it. A largo oil painting of the de
ceased hangs on the wall of
the chief clerk's room, which im
mediately adjoins the office of
the Secretary. It is surrounded
by portraits of other ex-Secretaries,
including Simon Cameron, General
Schofield and Messrs. Floyd and Con
rad. It bears the inscription, "Jeffer
son Davis, Secretary of War 1853-57,
Pierce's Administration." There was
no crape about the portrait and the
flag over the building, which had al
ways been half-masted on the death of
an ex-Secretary, floated in a good breeze
from its usual place at the top of the
staff.
Secretary Proctor, seen yesterday
morning and asked what course the
department would pursue in regard to
Mr. Davis' death, said: "1 see no oc
casion for any action whatever. It
would serve no good purpose that I can
see. It is better to let the matter rest
in oblivion, sleep if it will, and to rel
egate it to the past, than to do any
thing that would revive memories
best forgotten."
OKLAHOMA.
a Bill Agreed Upon to Organize the Ter
ritory of Oklahoma.
Washington, Dec. 7. Congressmen
Springer, Mansur, Perkins, Struble,
Peel, Baker and Allen have agreed
upon the draft of a bill for the new
Territory of Oklahoma, and it will be
introduced at the earliest day possible.
It is very comprehensive, embracing a
territorial form of government, a com
plete judicial system for Oklahoma and
also the Indian Territory, and also new
town site laws adapted to the situation
in Oklahoma. It extends the land
laws to No-Man's-Land and provides
that the new Territory shall use the
laws of Kansas until the close of the
first session of the first Legislature.
It provides for commutation of home
stead entries after eighteen months'
residence upon paying S1.25 per acre,
and, in fact, provides for every phase
of the anomalous condition of the peo
ple of that Territory upon the lines and
conditions desired by them as made
known by the visiting Congressmen in
September last.
Moussa Must Be Punished.
Constantinople, Dec. 7. A num
ber of American missionaries held a
meeting in this city to consider the
course to be pursued in relation to the
recent acquittal of Moussa Bey, the
Kurdish chief, who was charged
with robbery and outrage upon
Christians in Armenia. It was de
cided to summon from Van two Ameri
can missionaries who were assaulted
by Moussa Bey and to have them place
their evidence before the proper au
thorities. It is believed that Mr.
Hirsch, the American Minister, will
insist on Moussa Bey being punished.
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