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Mercier Wants Government to
Immediately Prepare an
Expeditionary Corps.
Paris, Dec. 4-General Mercier
caused a deep sensation in the senate
today during the debate on the naval
bill by pointing out the ease with
which England could be invaded. He
demanded that the government intro
duce into its plans for the mobiliza
tion of the army navy methods for the
rapid embarkation and debarkation of
an expeditionary corps.
The president, M. Falliares, inter
vened, declaring that such proposals
were out of order.
In the course, of his extraordinary
speech General Mercier said: "In the
event of war with Great Britain the
use of the army is not sufficiently tak
en into account. Times are not the
same as they were a hundred years
ago. Steam, the telegraph and the
railroad have rendered the problem of
the invasion of England much easier
of solution. Moreover, England her
self is no longer the same.
"The Transvaal war has shown that
the British army, although brave, is not
equal td the task which England ex
pected it to perform. The British
navy is powerful, but it has many
coasts to defend. Frande is therefore
numerically England's equal at certain
points and exceeds her in instruments
of destruction.
"History furnishes us with numer
ous instances of mutiny in the Eng
lish navy at the moment of battle.
Landing in England, therefore, is not
beyond realization. This is not only
my opinion, but that of high navel
"The British premier recently ex
pressed significant fears and if the
principle of landing is admitted the
means of execution may be discussed.
I venture to think that the work I
prepared while commanding an army
corps could serve as a basis for such a
project, which would not be expensive.
"All this"--at this point protests
were raised and M. Fallieres asked
General Mercier not to enter into de
tails of the scheme.
General Mercier replied that the
scheme could be "held over the head
of England like the sword of
Damocles,'' and he poposed a resolu
tion that the senate should invite the
government to complete immediately
preparations for mobilization of the
army and navy by preparing every
thing necessary to embark and prepare
as speedily as possible an expedition
ary corps.
Protests were raised from various
parts of the house and M. De Lan
nessan, minister of marine, followed
precedent by ruling that the general
was out of order at the present stage
of debate by declaring amid cheers
that the government could not accept
A Dt N.. A T. A DAM Tls
English Papers Make Light of Mer
cier's Speech.
London, Dec. 4-The Morning Post
seizes the occasion of General Mer
cier's speech in the French senate to
day to criticise the weakness of the
British defenses, which it says must be
attributed to red tape, but the papers
generally treat Mercier's outburst in a
spirit of banter.
"It is an idea worthy of the cour
ageous soldier who persecuted Drey
fus into a living grave, and who sat
shivering with terror during a whole
night at Elysee, lest Germany should
declare war against France," says the
Daily Chronicle, and others pass com
merit in a similar strain.
The Daily Graphic says: "We
trust that General Mercier's harrangue
will awaken sober public opinion in
France to the danger the republic is
courting by allowing nationalist fire
brands to become so prominent."
The Standard says: "The result is
satisfying to England because it shows
that responsible French statesmen are
not willing to stir up strife that will
break the good relations between the
two countries."
Envoys Fail to Arrive at Definite
Pekin, Dec. 4-As was expected, the
meeting of the foreign envoys today
did not result in any definite conclu
sion, owing to the fact that not all of
the governments have notified their
representatives regarding the conjoint
note to the Chinese envoys. Conger,
United States minister, said after the
meeting: "Apparently it is the desire
of all to arrive at a satisfactory con
clusion. I believe the next meeting
will be the last, but it will not be
oalled until every minister has definite
instructions covering all contingencies.
Personally I am satisfied with the pro
oeedings today."
Washingtou, Dec. 4-The annual
report of the secret ry of the treasury
was submitted to con.reas today.
Freight Aind ConstructiOl" Trains Meet
Head On.
Sacramento, Cal., Dec. 4-Shortly
after 8 o'clock this morning a work
train carrying its crew of between 25
and 80 track repairers backed into
freight train No. 201, a few miles east
of Suisun, and in the wreck which
followed, eight men were killed and
some twenty more injured, many of
them seriously.
From meagre reports received, it ap
pears that the freight train had right
of way and was running at full speed
in order to meet and pass another
freight at Suisun. The work train
should have been on a siding and was
making for it at a good rate of speed
when it collided with the freight. At
the time there was a heavy fog pre
vailing and it was possible to discern
objects for only a short distance, so
the shock of the colliding trains was
All the casualties are reported to be
amongst men of the working crews,
the engineers and firemen having
jumped and saved themselves. Over
200 feet of track was torn up and cars
were mashed and piled upon each
other in every conceivable shape. A
wrecking train is on the scene of the
Detroit, Mich., Dec. 4-Governor
Pingree tonight pardoned ex-Quarter
master General White and ex-Adjutant
General Marsh, who were convicted
of defrauding the state in the purchase
of military supplies. The pardons are
conaitional on the payment of a
$5,000 fine.
Comes for Hearing on Return from
Circuit Court of Appeals.
Question Involved.
Washington, Dec. 4-In the supreme
court of the United States today At
torney A. B. Brown submitted the re
turn of the circuit court of appeals for
the Ninth circuit to a rule of the su
preme court to show why a writ of
certiorari should not issue in the case
of Robert Chipps and Alexander Mc
Kenzie, the latter receiver for the
placer mine known as "Discovery
claim" on Anvil creek, in Alaska,
against Jafet Lindeburg and others.
The reply of the court is to the effect
that its proceedings have been regular
and that they are not subject to re
view by the supreme court. Other
papers in the same case were filed to
day, including what purports to be a
release by Chipps to Lindeburg of all
the former's property interests.
The case is an intricate one and in
volves the regularity of Judge Noyes
of the Alaskan district court, in .ap
pointing McKenzie receiver of the
mine, and also.the right of the circuit
court of appeals to review the action
of the Alaskan court.
Upon his appointment McKenzie
took possession of the mine in question
and also' of a large quantity of gold
dust, said to be $200,000 worth.
Judge Noyes afterwards refused to dis
miss McKenzie as receiver, and the
case was appealed to the circuit court
of appeals. Judge Morrow of that
court not only allowed the appeal, but
issued a writ of supercedeas ordering
McKenzie to return all property to the
defendants. The latter refused to sur
render the gold and is now being pro
ceeded against for contempt.
The supreme court has taken the
case on briefs and no oral argument
will be heard.
Executive Committee American Federation
of Labor Convenes.
Louisville, Dec. 4-Preliminary to
the convention of the American Fed
eration of Labor, which begins here
Thursday, was a conference of the ex
ecutive council at the Willard hotel
today. This council is composed of
officers of the federation and a num
ber of other prominent labor men.
These sessions are behind closed doors.
The council will formulate a report
which will be presented to the conven
tion, probably not before Firday or
The council is compsoed of the fol
lowing: President, Samuel Gompers;
secretary, Frank Morrison; treasurer,
John B. Lennon, Bloomington, Ills;
first - vice president, P. J. McGuire,
Philadelphia; second vice president,
James Duncan, Boston, Mass.; third
vice president, James O'Connell,
Washington, D. C.; fourth vice presi
dent, John Mitchell, Indianapohlis,
Ind.; fifth vice president Max Morris,
Denver, Cole; sixth vice president,
Thomas I. Kidd, Chicago. President
Samuel Gompers will submit his an
nual report Thursday which will be
followed by the report of Secretary
Frank Morrison of Washington.
The Associated Labor Press of
America, of which John' McDermott
is president, will hold its annual con
vention here Friday.
Shanghai, Dec. 4-It is reported in
Tien Tain that the Germans lost 20
killed and many wounded west of Pao
Ting Fu, where they were attacked by
2,500 boxeras.
Witness Caused Thrilling Scene by
His Dramatic Manner of
Giving Testimony.
Eldorado, Kans., Dec. 4-Today in
the Jessie Morrison trial much time
was spent in an effort on the part of
the prosecution to prove the au
thenticity of the death bed statement
of Mrs. Castle, which they desired to
introduce as evidence.
Two physicians, Mrs. Castle's
pastor, Rev. Wharton, his wife's
daughter and Austin Brumback, broth
er of the prosecuting attorney in the
case, depicted the scene at the bedside
of the dying woman. They told how
she, unable to speak, because of
wounds in her throat, nodded assent
as questions pertaining to the affair
with Miss Mgrrisun were put to her,
and how finally she had singed her
name to a statement and written the
words: "By my God it is true."
The statement declared that Jessie
Morrison had provoked a quarrel with
the dead woman and then slashed her
with a razor.
A thrilling scene occurred during
the cross examination of Brumback.
He had been required to tell what
questions he had asked and what ans
wers he had received while he was
taking Mrs. Castle's statement. To
answer the question, Brumback related
the statements made by the wounded
woman describing the approach of
Jessie Morrison to Mrs. Castle's home
and told of the preliminary conversa
tion between the two young women.
As Brumback proceeded his voice
grew loud and his speech emphatic.
His right arm went out in decisive
gestures until he reached the point
where he said that Jessie Morrison
handed Mrs. Castle a letter to read
and that while the letter was being
perused the prisoner "took out her
razor and cut her throat." As he said
this Brumback sprang to his feet and
dramatically passed his hand through
the air as if he clutched a razor. Mrs.
Wiley, mother of the murdered
woman, put her handkerchief over
her face as if to hide the picture and
Olin Castle's mother covered her eyes
with her hands. Every hand in the
court room was immovable, with all
eyes straining forward. Jessie Morri
son never flinched. She looked
straight in front of her, and aside
from the fact that her cheeks grew a
little whiter and she closed her eyes
for a minute as Brumback concluded,
her expression did not change.
Olin Castle was not in the court
Eldorado, Kans., Dec. 5-Jessie
Morrison, charged with murder in the
first degree, today for the first time
since her trial, which began two
weeks ago, gave vent to pent up feel
ing and sobbed in court.
It was the first feeling of emotion
that the defendant had displayed.
It came when Judge Redden, one of
her attorneys, pleading that the ante
mortem statement of Mrs. Castle
should not be admitted as evidence,
declared that the words of accusation
against the prisoner were the "concoc
tion of men who sought only to con
vict au innocent girl."
Later Judge Shinn ruled that Mrs.
Castle's statement should be placed
before the jury as evidence, but sus
tained the objections of the defense to
certain sentences therein, among them
the words "By my God it is true" and
that part of the statement that the
dying woman wrote herself. However,
Judg Shinn decided that the jury
should hear the evidence given yester
day as to the manner in which the
statement was made. gIt was, he said,
alone within the province of the court
to decide on the mental condition of
defendant; the jury should decide
whether it was Mrs. Castle's own
statement, or whether it might have
been influenced by others.
This made it necessary to have the
testimnony given yesterday repeated
and the jury was called in.
Miss Morrison appeared more cheer
ful at the afternoon session, but
watched the proceedings with evident
The case now is not likely to go to
the jury before the first of next week
because of this delay.
Dhrban, Dec. 5-Lord Roberts, who
' has arrived here, was accorded a
" tumultuous reception. Members of
t the Irish association dragged his car
-riage to the town hall. The streets
e were profusely decorated and crowded
Y to suffocation. Numerous addresses
were presented to the field marshal.
Washington, Dec. 5-The president
today nominated George Myer, a
wealthy Boston lawyer, ambassador to
n Italy; Roy Chamberlain of 'Iowa col
0 lector of internal revenue for the dis
o triot of Hawaii, and Benjamin H.
y latemon of Montana, assayer in
charge of the Helena asmay oMioe.
Prizes Awarded to Breeders of
Fancy Stock.
Chicago, Dec. 4-Judging of ear
load lots in the open air considered the
most important judging of the entire
exposition began today.
In cattle there was a fierce contest
between Frank Godding of Iowa, and
F. L. Oswald of Salt Lake, Utah, the
former winning in one class and the
latter in another. L. M. Kerrick of
Bloomington, Ill., breeder of Aberdeen
Angus cattle, won the first prize in
the two year old cattle.
A year ago Kerrick received. the
highest price ever paid at the stock
yards since 1880 for beef cattle, selling
two carloads for $8.25 per 100 pounds.
Sales of high grade cattle began to
day. Over 100 animals were sold at
average price of nearly $500. Free
dom, 3-year-old bull bred in England,
the property of Clem Graves, sold for
Various breeding associations,
scheduled to meet in Chicago this
week began to hold their sessions to
night. At the Amrican Hereford
Down registry meeting, the eligibility
of several of the judges at the exposi
tion was discussed, but no action was
taken. It was decided to meet next
year in Buffalo during the Pan-Ameri
can exposition and to give a banquet
Rome, Dec. 4-In consequence of a
rise of the river Tiber, the quay An
guillara, 300 yards long, which had
been undermined, slid into the river
today. The damage done it is esti
mated at 2,000,000 lire
Survivors Arrive at Manila-Describi
f Futile Efforts Made to Save
the Vessel.
Manila, Dec. 4-Two members of
e the crew of the United States auxiliary
cruiser Yosemite, which recently
foundered during a typhoon off the
island of Guam, have arrived at Ca
vite, on board the United States trans.
r port Alava, which left Guam Novem
ber 26 with 75 marines, who had been
transferred to Cavite from Guam.
The names of the two men of the
wrecked vessel are John Barry, car
penter, who was about to be relieved
at the time of the disaster, and Henry
s Coolgyn, hospital apprentice, who
came on board the Alava to attend
l some of the sick marines. Barry had
much to do with rigging up of the
steering gear and in other attempts to
save the Yosemite. A boom 50 feet
long and a foot thick, which was
rigged over her stern, snapped off
when attempts were made to steer
with it. By the time a stouter ar
t rangement was effected what was left
of the propeller was almost out of the
water and the steamer was constantly
settling lower by the head. No pro
gress was possible and all on board
B thought their last moments had come.
e The discipline on board was good.
a After the Yosemite had drifted shore
0 ward from her anchorage she pounded
on a reef. The wind shifted with ex
treme suddenness and terrific fury and
Scarried the vessel out through such a
narrow outlet in the harbor that no
one understood how she got through.
It was very dark and thick. The spray
was blinding and the wind threatened
to sweep the men into the water at
any moment. When asked whether
- there was any. criticism among the
- men of the officers' action in abandon
ing the ship the two men interviewed
replied that practically every man con
I ceded all had been done that was
- practical and abandonment of the ves
sel was the only course left.
Says Powers Will Withdraw Forces
From Pekin.
London, Dec. 4-The Shanghai cor
respondent of the Morning Post, who
believes the powers will withdraw
their forces from Pekin in order to al
low the court to return says: "The
policy of scuttle once begun, every
power will endeavor to be first to con
ciliate the Chinese. Europe has al
ready lost her face so thoroughly that
no further yielding could make her de
gradation worse."
It is reported, says the Shanghai
correspondent of the Times, that the
court has decided to issue an edict
ordering the decapitation of Prince
Tuan and General Hsien Yuen Fu.
Dr. Morrison, wiring to the Times
from Pekin says that evidence has
been produced proving that Captain
Walter Joys was murdered after four
days of inhuman treatment, eight
marches beyond Kalgan. He also
f says the statement that customs are
- being remitted to the court is untrue,
s The only money being remitted tc the
I court is the provincial silverdues.
Ju+tf vee Hi Life.
It was a thrilling escape that Charles
Davis of Bowerston, O., lately had from
a frightful death. F'or two years a severe
lung trouble constantly grew worse until
t it s,ýemed he must die of Consumption.
Then he began to use Dr. King's New
Discovery and latelv wrote: "'It gave in
stant relief and effected a permanent
cure." Such wonderful cures have for
- 25 years proven its power to cure all
SThroat, Chest and Lung troubles. Price
1 50c and $1.00. Every bottle guaranteed.
Trial bottle free at Chapple's drug store.
Signs Two Notables to Fight in
Cincinnati --Negotiating
With Others.
New York, Dcc. 4-Preparations
for the fistic carnival to be held in
Cincinnati in February are under way.
Preliminary steps in the matter
were taken today when James J. Cor
bett, acting for Cincinnati prtmoters,
signed Tommy Ryan of Syracuse, to
box Jack Root of Chicago, 20 rounds
for a percentage of the gate receipts.
The men will fight at 158 pounds,
weighing in on February 15, the date 1
of the battle.
Corbett, who has been appointed to
manage the carnival, will also en
deavor to arrange a contest between
Ben Jordan, feather weight champion
of England and Terry McGovern.
Jordan *and McGovern will be
offered a purse or a per cent of the
gross receipts. McGovern wired from
Milwaukee tonight that he may ar
range to fight Jordan in Cincinnati,
providing the financial inducements
are sufficiently attractive. Corbett
cabled Jordan, who is in London, of
the Cincinnati club's offer and of Mc
Govern's willingness to meet him.
Corbett will also try to arrange a
bout with Jeffries to take place at the
carnival. He says he will allow i
Jeffries to dictate the terms of the
battle. Failing to arrange this bout,
Corbett will offer a purse for a 20
round bout between the winner of the
Maher-Ruhin bout and Jeffries.
New York, Dec. 4-Scores of women
driven from their rooms in the district
known as "Red Light" left the neigh
borhood today. The exodus was
brought about by pressure brought to
bear on the' landlords of tenements
which the women occupied and they
served notices on them to leave. Some
of them went to Brooklyn, others
into New Jersey. Some went to the
Industiral home for fallen women
under direction of the Salvation army.
Says Four Months Will End South
African War.
London, Dec. 4-Consul Stowe,
stationed at Capetown, arrived at
Southampton today. Stowe, who is
taking a long delayed leave of absence
and who will sail for the United
States December 15 on the St. Louis,
said today:
"I give the war in South Africa four
months to come to an end. In my
opinion it is bound to terminate dur
ing that period. I do not believe Kit
chener will do any more than any
other man. An energetic British cam
paign is bound to bring about that re
sult. moreover there are 16,000 Boer
prisoners in Ceylon, St. Helena and
Capetown, all of whom are anxious to
have an end of hostilities. Shortly
before I left, Christian Bothra, cousin
of Louis Botha, got up a petition
among his fellow prisoners at Cape
town urging the commandant general
to make peace. A majority signed
the petition, which undoubtedly re
flected the desires of the Boer prison
ers. The only farms which are de
stroyed are farms from which shots
are fired at the British, or those which
are being obviously used to shelter
Ely, Minn., Dec. 4-Many of the
people in this city who have friends
and relatives buried in the old burying
ground south of town have been en
gaged in removing them tc the new
cemetery, east of the city. Very
much to their surprise they have dis
covered that there have been several
instances of pertifaction. The remains
of Mr. Polkinghorn and of Mr. Pen
glas were found in a remarkable state
of preservation. The features and
clothing of eight of the men looked as
fresh as the day they were laid to rest
and it took five men to remove their
remains from the grave.
Chicago, Dec. 4-It is stated that
the body' of Captain A. W. Cook, a
civil engineer of this city, who died
recently from yellow fever, at Havana,
has been found in an undertaking es
tablishment here. The city health
officialk at once began a rigid investi
gation. [t is said the state board of
health suspended its rules and per
mitted the body to be brought home
with the mnderstanding that the fu
neral would take place from the train.
El Paso, Tex., Dec. 4-The latest
authentic report from Jimuelco, Mexi
co, the scene of the recent wreck on
the Mexican Central railroad, says
that 21 bodies have been recovered
from the debris. Of the 20 injured
persons in the hospitals, seven will
die. No Americans, except train men,
were injured.
Unanimously Recomnid 'iAdoption ,ioa
Nicaraguan Rep..t
Washington, Dee. 4- port
the isthmian canal commi t ub~
mitted to congress today j it s
the unanimous conclusion of t1
that the "most practical an' *l4
route for an isthmian canal f
control, management ani o ane
of the United States, is that kno
the Nicaraugua route."
The commission estimastef the c
at $200,540,000. Its estimates fi
Pan American routes are from' $
342,579 to $156,378,250. A clear -t
can only be secured by the Nicara
route and other reasons for its ado
tion are given.
Constitutional Convention Assumes Ai
of Business.
Havana, Dec. 4-The Cuban legi
lative convention commenced its ses
sions today with an air of business.
The first business done was to defeat
overwhelmingly the resolution of Gei
eral Gualberto Gomz to discuss Gens
eral Wood's address at the openin
of the convention. This action Wil
probably close the incident. Thre
complete constitutions were submitted
by General Rivera, Senor Queseda ant
colored General Morus, respectively
These will be printed-and distribut
among the delegates who will discus
them later.
Berlin, Dec. 4-The press continue
a lively discussion concerning Kruger
and disappointment deepens at.Em
peror William's refusal to receive hit
Nevertheless, many journals admit th
political necessity for the kaiser's
The Kreuz Zeitung states that E-t
peror William not only notified Kruge
that he could not receive him, but.a
requested the Boer statesman to-av~i
Berlin for the present. The otw
that demonstrated before the Brjti
consulate in Cologne tried to t
down the sign.
London, Dec. 4-Kitchener repo
from South Africa that . the monte
troops of Knox were engaged all
long Sunday with a part of Dewe
forces, north of Bethulie. The Boe
were headed off and retired in a nor
easterly direction.
The Building,
v rnext to
M. Hann'han'e
California a Saoon,
I. Quoek & Co.
Regular PROPr.
Meals, 25.--the best in the city.'
Short Orders of all kinds.
Lodging 25o. and 500.
The Old ,.. :inth ,..orearof;
Reliable -outh2ts h St..
Billings Restaurant
L 2, c0 T CO.
on left ribs.
Y " on left side or hi .
- on left hip. Lt. on leftside.
left side or hip. / L leftide.
SL left side. 7 left side.
Horses same as cattle on left hip.
Ranges-Big Bend of lnusselshell and Alkps
creek. P.O. Mnsselshell. Mont
Brandas in unton
either side.
Range - Yellow
stone, Crow leser
ration, East Pryor
Horses 7-7 on
left shoulder.
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