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VICTORIA IS DEAD England Mourning the Death of Her Who Was Its Loved Queen and Wise Ruler for Many Years. END COMES PEACEFUL AND QUIET Surrounded by Royal Family Aged Monarch Falls Asleep Never to Awaken-King Edward Will Be Proclaimed Next Wednesday. Cowes, Isle of Wight, Jan. 23 Queen Victoria is dead and Edward VII reigns. The greatest event in the memory of this generation, the most stupendous change in existing condi tions that could possibly be imagined has take place quietly, almost gently, upon the aniversary of the death of Queen Victoria's father, the duke of Kent. The end of this career, never equalled by any woman in the world's history, came in a simply furnished room in Osborne house. This most respected of all women, living or dead, lay in a great four posted bed and made a shrunken atom, whose aged face and figure were a cruel mockery of the fair girl who is 1837 began to rule over England. Around her were gathered almost every descendant of her line. Well within view of her dying eyes there hung a portrait of the prince consort. It was he who designed the room and every part of the castle. In scarcely audible words the white haired bishop of Winchester prayed beside her, as he had often prayed with his sovereign, for he was her chaplain at Windsor. With bowed heads the imperious ruler of the Ger man empire and the man who is now king of England, the woman who has succeeded to the title of queen, the princes and princesses and those of less than royal designation listened to the bishop's ceaseless prayer. Six o'clock passed. The bishop continued his intercession. One of the younger children asked a question in a shy, childish treble and was immediately silenced. The women of the royal family sobbed faintly and men shuffled uneasily. At exactly 6:30 Sir James Reidheld up his hand and the people in the room knew that England had lost her queen. The bishop pronounced a benedic tion. The queen passed away quite peace fully. She suffered no pain. Those who were now mourners left the room. A little of materialism stepped into the pathetic chamber, for the court ladies went busily to work ordering their mourning from London. The wheels of the world were jarred when the announcement came, but in this palace at Osborne everything pur sued its usual course. Down in the kitchen they were cooking a huge dinner for the assemblage, the like of which has seldom been known in Eng land, and dinner preparations proceed ed just as if nothing had happened. REMARKABLE SCENE Cool Nerve of Cincinnati Audience Prevents Another Theatre Horror. Oincinnati, Jan. 22-The Grand opera house was tonight totally de stroyed by fire, except for its staunch outer walls. The play set for the night was "Hamlet" by the Sothern company. The house was packed. Many ladies without escorts were present. The first act scene had been finished and in the second Mr. Sothern, acting the part of "Hamlet," had spoken but a few lines when a slight disturbance was observed in the orchestra seats about the fourth rpw from the orches tra on the south side of the center aisle. It was caused by a slight issue of smoke at that point. An usher went down the aisle and quickly asked the people to be seated, saying there was nothing wrong. Sothern at this point stepped to the front of the stage and also assured the audience that everything was all right. To further remove apprehension Soth ern resumed his part, but before he had spoken two lines, smoke issued in such volumes that there was a spon taneous movement of the people in its vicinity. Without further order or suggestion or advice, one of the most remarkable scenes ever witnessed in The body of Queen Victoria was embalmed and will probably be taken to Windsor Saturday. The coffin ar rived last evening from London. It was thought that the queen was dying about 9 in the morning and car riages were sent to Osborne cottage and rectory to bring all the princes and princesses and the bishop of Win chester to her bedside. It seemed then very near the end, but when things looked their worst the queen had one of the rallies due to her won derful constitution, opened her eyes and recognized the prince of Wales, princess and Emperor William. She asked to see one of her faithful sel vants, a member of her household. He hastened to the room, but before he got there the queen had passed into fitful sleep. Four o'clock marked the beginning of the end. Again the family were summoned and this time relapse was not followed by recovery. The prince of Wales was very much affected when the doctors at last informed him that his mother had breathed her last Emperor William, himself deeply affected, did his best to minister comfort to his sorrow strick en uncle, whose new dignity he was first to acknowledge. From all parts there are still pour ing into Cowes messages of condo lence. They come from crowned heads, millionaires, tradesmen and paupers, and are variously address 1o the prince of Wales and king of Eng land. Emperor William's arrangements are not settled. His yacht will arrive Wednesday, but it is believed he will not depart until after the funeral. Several other royal personages are likely to be present at the function. A meeting of the privy council will be held Wednesday, at which the new king will preside and be proclaimed. Parliament has been summoned to meet that afternoon in order to swear allegiance to England's new ruler. The queen will probably be buried at Frogmore. IN SOMBRE BLACK. London, Jan. 22-All the morning papers appear in heavy mourning borders with editorials eulogistic of the dead queen and recalling the lead ing events and particular incidents of her reign. Only a few predictions as to the future are made. a crowded audience took place. It was as if the whole situation had been re vealed to every person in the house and without a single shout or any thing else indicating a leader, the dis persal of the audience began and was carried out with as much order and composure as if no such thing as fire had ever been heard of. In the lower part of the house the abundant passage to Vine street gave easy egress to part of the audience. A large number seated near the orches tra were assisted by the actors and actresses to mount the stage and to make their exit by the stage door on Longworth street. This assistance by the company was all the more appre ciated when it is understood that it was rendered at the cost of the entire neglect of their own personal property. It appears from every indication that the fire started in some way from the furnace underneath the orchestra. It soon communicated to the stage and to this fact is owing the losses of the greater portion of the property of the Sothern company. Sothern estimates his loss at $50, 000. His company was compelled to reach the streets clad in their cos tumes and to lose the greater portion of their personal effects left in the theatre. Fortunately the gallery, which has the least commodious means of exits, was' not crowded and those who were in that part of the house escaped with no serious accident. Here and there someone stumbled on the steep stairay, but ready help was rendered and there was no one trampled or hurt. The same calmness marked the behavior of the people in the balcony, which was emptied as HAS GERMAN SYMPATHY. Empire Joins England in Mourning Dead Queen. Berlin, Jan. 22-The death of Queen Victoria had been hourly expected in Berlin; but the news spread like wild fire, the announcement being read with respectful sympathy. The fact that Empress Augusta today left Hamburg to be near the dowager Em press Fredericka added to the sadness of the occasion. The German nation fully shares in the feelings of the British people to wards the venerable and illustrious sovereign who has just breathed her last. Semi-official paragraphs in the press this evening rebut the idea com monly held in Germany that the prince of Wales, as the new king, will be inclined to be hostile toward Germany. On the contrary, they as sert, he will act in the interest of Great Britain and the British people alone. A sense of gratification is felt by all Germans that Emperor William was I present during the last hours of Queen Victoria's life and that the lofty feel ings of filial piety, which accom panied his actions have' met with such full and unqualified recognition on the part of the British nation. PRESIDENT'S TRIBUTE. Sends Message of Condolence to King Edward. Washington, Jan. 22-President I McKinley has sent the following mes I sage of condolence to King Edward VII: Telegram sent from Washington, 5 January 22, 1901. His majesty the king, Osborne 6 house, Isle of Wight: I have received with profound sor row the lamentable tidings of the B death of her majesty the queen. Al 3 low me, sir, to offer my sincere sympa thy and that of the American people in your personal bereavement and in e the loss Great Britain has suffered in I the death of its venerable and illus trious sovereign, whose noble life and i beneficent influence have promoted the t peace and won the affection of the 1 world. William McKinley. 0 BY THE SENATE. s Resolution Adopted and Ordered Sent to England. L Washington, Jan. 22 - The an d nouncement of the death of Queen o Victoria today, conveyed unofficially to the senate, was recognized by that body in the adoption of an appropriate s resolution, which was ordered to be a engrossed and forwarded to the prime I1 minister of Great Britain. During the sitting of the senate in open ses e sion the legislative, executive and ju dicial appropriation bill was complet 1 ed so far as the committee amend V ments were concerned. It was subject to amendment by individual senators. 0 Little other business was transacted. ri LI NEWS AT PARIS. Paris, Jan. 22-The news of the death of Queen Victoria was known in Paris at 8 o'clock this evening through special editions of the evening g papers, which newsboys carried g throughout the city. Great sympathy f was expressed on all sides. As soon as definite information reached parlia f ment the presidents of the chambers a announced that the next session would be adjourned as a sign of mourning. quietly and as quickly as if the play had been ended. Notwithstanding the combustible nature of the interior, the fire was a long time in burning out. As late as 10 o'clock the upper part of the Vine street front was still burning. This portion of the building was occupied by the Cincinnati gymnasium, which had costly equipment. Adjoining the rear of the opera house, separated by an alley, is the large Butler building. The fire entered this at the upper stories and the root and the two upper floors of that building were practically destroyed. The upper portion of the Gifts engine house, which adjoins the Butler building, was seriously dam aged by fire. The loss on the opera house is about $200,000. ACQUIRE MORE ISLANDS. Senate Ratifies Treaty for Sibutu and Cagayan. Washington, Jan. 22-The senate today in executive session ratified the treaty with Spain for the acquisition of the islands of Sibutu and Cagayan of the Philippines group at a cost of $100,000. There were no votes to spare, a two-thirds vote being needed and the voting standing 88 to 19. In the debate prior to ratification a num ber of senators manifested a disposi tion to oppose the further acquisition of oriental territory. Senators Lodge and Chandler spoke in behalf of the treaty and Senators Bacon, Money and Pettigrew in opposition. IN NEW YORK. Flags Float at' Half Mast Through out City. New York, Jan. 22-The first ap parent effect in New York City of the cablegram from England announcing the death of Queen Victoria was in the almost instant lowering of flags to half mast. That of the British consulate went down at 2:40 o'clock and the announcement was immedi ately made at the consulate that the office would be closed for the time be ing for all but the most urgent busi ness. As the news of the death quickly spread, all flags over the city buildings began to be lowered. This was par ticularly true with regard to the finan cial district, where every business house or building had its bunting ready. Wall street and its adjacent thoroughfares were soon giving silent intimation that one of the world's most notable personages had passed away. Trinity church, at the head of .Wall street, took note of the event by tolling its bell and possibly the first of the United States officials to take cog nizance of the passing of England's monarch was the subtreasurer of the United States, who, as soon as he re ceived notice, lowered the flag of the subtreasury building. In no part of the city was respect for the memory of Queen Victoria more quickly shown than in the wat ers of the port of New York Steam ers and sailing vessels flying the Brit ish flag were not alone in their mani festations of honor to the memory of the dead queen. United States flags over ferry boats, schooners and tugs in the East and North rivers and: ly ing at docks over on the Jersey shore all brought the emblem down and by this means the news was conveyed to the thousansd who were on the look out for the signal. A DAUGHTER'S GRIEFt London, Jan. 22-The news of her mother's death was tenderly broken to Dowager Empress Fredericka late this evening, says a dispatch to the Daily Mail from Frankfurt. It was a terri ble shock, but the empress is bearing up bravely. The trials of the last few days, however, have exercised a most prejudicial effect upon her health, which causes serious anxiety AT OTTAWA. Ottawa, Jan. 22-When the news of the queen's death reached Ottawa the secretary of state issued a procla mation continuing in office all who hold positions under the crown. This is merely formal. All public build ings in the dominion have placed the union jack at half mast and it will so remain until sundown on the day of the queen's funeral. FROM BRYAN. Lincoln, Jan. 22-The following ex pression on the death of Queen Vic toria was given out by Wm. J. Bryan tonght: "The death of Queen Vic toria will be regretted in all lands. Her personal virtues won for her the love of her subjects and respect of the world. Her successor will find it diffi cult to fill her place in public esteem. " MOURNING IN HOLLAND. The Hague, Jan. 22-The Dutch press printed the news of the death of Queen Victoria with mourning bord ers. The court will go into mourn ing, but it is probable there will be no change in the arrangements for the marriage of Queen Wilhelmina. ASK HIS VIEWS Coinage Committee Desirous of Hearing Bryan on Pend ing Bill. Washington, Jan. 22-Chairman Southard of the house committee on coinage today sent the following dis patch: Hon. W. J. Bryan, Lincoln, Neb.: Could you appear before the committee on uoinage, weights and measures or send your view as to financial measures pending there. The dispatch grew out of the re quest of Representative Shafroth that Bryan should be invited to express his views, along with others promi nent in the financial world, who are being heard on the pending bill, mak ing all silver obligations redeemable in gold. OF NATIONAL IMPORT. Kansas City, Jan. 22-Judge Henry of the circuit court handed down a case of national importance today, when in a written opinion he decided that the state of Missouri, represented by the state board of equalization, had no right to tax the franchise of the Western Union Telegraph com. pany. St. John's Cough Cure wlou'r cough. Sold by Chapple Drug Co. HONOR NEVER BEFORE PAID WASHINGTON RENDERS UNUS UAL TRIBUTE. FLAG FLOATS HALF MAST Administration Shows Its Deep Sorrow at the Death of England's Monarch. Washington, Jan. 22-For days the telegraph had prepared official Wash ington for the news which was flashed over the cable this afternoon of the death of the queen of England. So it happened that all things that could be decently done in anticipation of the sad event had been disposed of and all was in readiness for the formalities which are indispensible to such events. While the cabinet was in ses sion during the noon hour, the presi dent and his advisers were in receipt from time to time of all the news which came from Osborne house, so when the end came later in the after noon it found appropriate messages of condolence framed and even orders ready for execution looking to the half-masting of the flags over the ex ecutive departments, and carrying out of the usual formalities. The half masting of the national ensign was an unusual tribute tb the memory of the deceased sovereign. It is said this has been done rarely on the occasion of the funeral of some great world's ruler, but never before in the case of the death of a monarch. The actual dispatch of the message from the president to the new king of England and from Secretary Hay lo Ambassador Choate was delayed only long enough to receive the physician's statement announcing the demise of the queen and then sent forward at once and copies were forwarded to the press The British embassy also re ceived the press news as of full worth and the royal standard flying over the embassy building, was, perhaps, the first in Washington to sink slowly half way down the tall staff, giving notice to official Washington of the sad event. The rapidity with which the news spread was remarkable and within a short half hour the members of the diplomatic body here began to appear at the British embassy bearing cards of condolence. Another unusual mark of the high appreciation of the worth of the de ceased queen was the action taken by the house of representatives in im mediately adjourning as a mark of respect to her majesty. Nothing now remains to be done by the United States government, save to extend through the slow process of the mail the formal expressions of regret which are prescribed by international etiquette. OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED House Adjourns as Mark of Respect to Late Queen. Washington, Jan. 22-The house adopted a resolution expressing pro found regret and sympathy with the English people on account of the death of Queen Victoria. The president was requested to communicate the expression to the British government and as a further mark of respect to the memory of the queen the house immediately adjourned. The action of the house was partic ularly impressive in that the resolu tion was adopted without a word of dissent or debate. The resolution fol lowed the precedents and was in al most the identical language of the res olutions adopted on the occasions of the deaths of the president of the French republic and the czar of Russia. Before the announcement of the death of the queen the house passed the bills to send to the court of claims the claim of Cramp & Sons, amount ing to something over $1,300,000 for alleged damages due to the company on account of the failure of the gov ernment toy promptly furnish armor plate and other material used in the construction of the New York, Colum bia, Massachussetts and Indiana. The claim has been prominently before congress for several years. The senate bill to extend the placer mining laws to saline lands was passed after a rather spirited debate. A special rule was adopted for the con sideration of the bill to promote the efficiency of the revenue cutter service, after the disposal of the bill for the revision of the postal laws. The District of Columbia appropria tion bill was taken up and some pro gress was made with it. New ..ocad Near Cottage lnn FIRE, ACCIDENT AND LIFE . INSURANC - 'Meal Eetate ano Convevan C Charles F. Burtoln, The Oldest Established Office in Town. 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