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FOR HOURS CONFLAGRATION CONFINED TO ONE SQUARE. THREATENED WHOLE TOWN Blaze Started By Children in Ware room of Furniture Establish ment Spread Rapidly. Connelsville, Pa., Dec. 24.-Almost an entire square was destroyed by fire here today. The loss is conserva tively estimated at $75,000. The in surance in mlany instances does not half equal the loss. The fire lasted from 1 to 5 o'clock and for several' hours it looked as if all the dense downtown district would be wiped out. By hard and heroic work the firemen kept the flames within the confines of one square, which is bounded by West Main street, a rich street, and Orchard alley. The square was own ed by the Wilkey estate and the build ings were occupied by about 30 ten ants, nearly all of whom were burned out. The heaviest loss is the furni ture store of B. P. Wallace, which was entirely destroyed. This store was valued at $38,000 and was insured for only about $12,000. It was in this store that the fire was started by some children. The fire started in a rear wareroom and soon communicat ed to surrounding buildings. C. E. Schmidt's rackett store was damaged to the extent of $15,000, fully insured. The loss to other property is estimat ed at $30,000. Many private families occupying rooms over the stores lost all their household effects. Tonight the firemen are still watching the fire as they fear the wind that is blow ing from the mountains. EXPULSION EFFECTIVE. Action of Board of Trade Sustained By Court. Chicago, Dec.. 24.-The expulsion of Arthur R. Jones and Michael J. Ryan, president and secretary, respectively, of A. R. Jones & Co., brokers on the board of trade, was pronounced effec tive and valid by Judge Hanecy today when he dissolved the temporary in junction obtained before Judge Tulley to restrain the board from enforcing the act of expulsion and depriving the traders of their privileges in the grain pit. Actress Dies. Oakland. Cali., Dec. 24.-Mrs. Maude McCormick, known to the pub lic as Miss Maude Miller, an actress and daughter of Joaquin Miller, the poet, died today of heart trouble. GENERAL ALGER IMPROVING BULLETIN ISSUED BY ATTEND. ING PHYSICIAN. If Present Conditions Continue 24 Hours Longer Most Critical Stage Will Be Passed. Detroit, Dec. 24.-General R. A. Alger, who was operated on last Sun day, passed a fair day. A disturbance of his stomach occurred this after noon which resulted in an increase of his fever. Tonight, however, the fever is gradually going down. He is taking water by the stomach tonight for the first time. Following is the physician's bulletin issued at 10 o'clock tonight: "General Alger passed a fair day. His temperature tonight is 100.2 and his pulse 80.. At 2 o'clock this after noon a slight disturbance of the patient's stomach occurred, followed by an increased fever. The other con Jitions remain satisfactory. (Signed) O. G. Jennings, M. D." Dr. Jennings said tonight that if General Alger's condition continued as good through tomorrow as it has today he can be considered as having passed the most critical stage. "He will, however, be in a serious condition," said Dr. Jennings, "for a week longer. The general himself is cheerful." Chas. Replogle, Atwater, 0., was in a very bad shape, He says: "I suffer ed a great deal with my 'kidneys and was requested to try Foley's Kidney Cure. I did so and in four days I was able to go to work again, now I am en tirely well:" :olmes d& Rixon. DECORATED BY KING. Edward Vii. Bestows Medal on Arthur Eagan. Chicago, Dec. 24.-Arthur Eagan, the 17 year old hero of 23 life saving exploits on Lake Michigan, has been decorated by King Edward VII., of England for his heroism. Yetserday young Eagan was notified by Consul Wyndam of the local British con sulate that a gold medal of the royal humane society, bestowed by King Edward in recognition of the daring of a British subjcet, awaited him. Eagan is the first resident of the Unit ed States to receive such an honor.. He is a British subject and was born in Toronto, Ont. MACLAY DISCHARGED. Having Refused to Resign He is Re moved By Secretary Long. Washington, Dec. 24.-Secretary Long has discharged Edgar Stanton Maclay from his position as a special laborer in the Brooklyn navy yard, Mr. Maclay having refused to resign when requested to do so. Mr. Maclay as the author of a naval history sharply criticised Admiral Schley and denounced him as a caitiff, poltoon and coward. Attrocities Increasing. Constantinople, Dec. 24.-Assassi nation and the pillaging and outraging Af inhabintats have so increased re ently in Macadonia that consuls have appealed to the embassys to put a stop to such crimes. ATTORNEY SHOOTS CLIENT SUPPOSED TO BE CASE OF TEM PORARY INSANITY. As the Lawyer Pulled the Trigger He Said He Would Rather See His Victim Dead Than Persecuted. Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 24.-W. L. Dodd, president of the Southern Mut ual Aid association, who is on trial in the United States court for alleged frauds in his office as treasurer of the Birmingham Debenture company, was shot and dangerously wounded this morning by A. W. Little, one of his attorneys. It is said the shooting was due to temporary aberration of the mind, Mr. Little having acted queerly several times recently. Mr. Dodd was shot as he was pre paring to leave his room at 7:30 o'clock this morning. As he started to the door Mr. Little rushed into the room in his night clothes, saying he was going to kill himself, Mr. Dodd and his brother James Dodd were in the room. Evidently referring to the trial of Dodd in the debenture cases, Little shouted: "Its a blackmail scheme, Dodd, and I would rather see you dead than per secuted this way." With this he fired, using both hands to pull the trigger. Mr. Dodd grap pled with his friends and in the strug gle four more shots were fired, one entering the arm and back of Dodd. James Dodd escaped being shot, as the cartridge failed to explode. Owing to Mr. Dodd's condition the case against him before United States Commissioner Cornish has been con tinued until January 10. A. W. Little is a prominent attorney and was formerly United States con sul at Honduras. Irish Members Sentenced. Dublin, Dec. 24.-At Ballymote, county 'Sligo, today Jasper Tulle, member of parliament for South Leit ram, was sentenced to a month's im prisonment, and John O'Donnel, mem ber of parliament for South Mayo, to two months' imprisonment 'and other members of the United Irish League to terms ranging from a month to three months. All the sen tences were imposed on account of a recent meeting called to incite Lord DeFrene's tenants not to pay their rents. Will Test Its Legality. Frankfort, Ky., Dec. 24.--Suit was filed in the circuit court of Franklin county this afternoon to test the con stitutionality of the Goebel reward commission act of 1900, appropriating $100,000 for the apprehension of the murderers of the late William Goebel. The suit is brought in the name of David M. Covington of Leslie county, Who acts as a citizen and tax payer. The( Best Plaster. A piece of flannel dampened with Chamberlain's Pain Balm and bound to the affected parts is superior to any plaster. When troubled with lame back or pains in the side or chest, give it a trial and you are certain to be more than pleased with the prompt relief it affords.. Pain Balm also cures rheumatism. One -application gives relief. For sale by Chapple Drug Co. MILES WILL NOT TALK HAS LEARNED DANGER FROM EXPERIENCE. FINALLY DENIED REPORT That He Would Apply for a Court of Inquiry-Will Spend Christ - mas In Washington. Washington, Dec. 24.-Lieutenant General Nelson -A. Miles returned to the city today from his brief visit to New York. The general declined to discuss the question of the reprimand given him by the secretary of war for his published observations on the report of the court of inquiry in the Schley case. In reply to inquiries as to his future course in the matter said he had no statement to make. He did say, however, that the'report that he would apply for a court of inquiry was entirely unauthorized. SHORT OF CARS. Railroads Unable to Move Products of Iron and Steel Mills. Pittsburg, Dec. 24.-The box car shortage in the Pittsburg district is worse than ever before, and as a re suit many mills are shut down or only in partial operation. All of the mills along the Allegheny Valley road, in cluding the Carnegie City mills, have suspended and it is probable that the big Carnegie company plants at Homestead and Duquesne will be un able to resume for a week or more after the Christmas holiday shutdown.. President Schwab during his recent visit here said $3,000,000 worth of finished product was piled up in the yards of these two concerns with no present prospect of removal. Practically all the furnaces in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys are shut down because of their inability to get raw material. NO CRIMINAL OFFENSE. For Persons Ejected to Return to In dian Territory. Ardmore, I. T:, Dec. 24.-United States Judge Townsend in a decision today held that it was no criminal of fense for a person who had been eject ed by the Indian police for failure to pay tribal tax to return to Indian ter ritory.. A government official had sought to inflict a penalty of $1,000 upon intruders and had them indict ed as non-citizens. Their attorney filed a demurrer to the indictments and Judge Townsend sustained the demurrer and said the intruders could not be prosecuted criminally. The de cision is very important. It is said that United States Attorney Johnson will advise the department of justice of the ruling today and await instruc tions. WILL NOT PRESS DEMAND ARGENTINE DECIDES TO ACT WITH DELIBERATION. Though Argentine Minister Has De parted From Chili Legation Has Not Been Closed. Washington, Dec. 24.-Encouraging news has reached the state depart ment from Buenos Ayres and officials here have renewed confidence that there will be a peaceful settlement of the serious dispute between Chili and Argentine. Mr. Lord, United States minister at Buenos Ayres, has report ed by cable that the Argentine gov ernment has concluded not to press demands upon Chili which threatened to lead to hostilities, but instead has decided to allow the issue to go be fore the commission, which has for several years been engaged in the delimination of the boundary. More over, Mr. Lord reports that while the Argentine minister to Chili has arriv ed in Buenos Ayres, the Argentine legation at Santiago de Chili has not been closed and consequently diplo matic relations between the two coun tries have not been interrupted as was supposed from the report from our minister in Chili. Don't Let Them Ruffer. Often children are tortured with itching and burning eczema and other skin diseases, but Buclen's Arnica Salve heals the raw sores. expers the inflamation, leaves tne sen without ascar. Clean, fragrant, cheap, there's no salve on earth as good. Try it. Cure guaranteed. Only 25c at Chap pie Drug Co.'s. ENGLAND'S CHRISTMAS. For the Third Year the Festival Finds the Country at War. London, Dec. 24.-"Christmas for the third year in succession finds the country engaged in war;" is the bur den of the editorials in the London papers this morning and regrets are expressed that the casualty list issued today totals 49 men killed and 71 wounded. Satisfaction, however, is found in the fact that the process of attrition brings the end of the strug gle perceptibly nearer. Compensa tion is likewise found in the undimin ished loyalty displayed by the col onies. Christmas brought a change of weather conditions in Europe, where the severest frosts and snow have given way to cold rain and sleet. In London the wretched gloomy weather threw a certain gloom over the fes tivities. Shopkeepers suffered heav ily as the downpour kept thousands of persons indoors. Among the great cities of the world, New York is regarded as having cause to rejoice for material prosperity. Rome and St. Petersburg are fairly prosperous, but Paris, Berlin and Vienna are suffering from bad trade conditions. The Prince and Princess of wales presided yesterday at the annual dis tribution of gifts, joints of beef, etc., to the tenants at Sandringham, on be half of-the absent king. Confessed to Murder. Guthrie, O. T., Dec. 24.-Soda Fife, a Creek Indian, has confessed at Vin itia, I. T., to the murder of Louis Wil son, a prosperous farmer near Tulsa, in 1897. Wilson disappeared from home and his skeleton was found in the woods later. The Indian says he enticed Wilson into the woods and then shot him just because he desir ed to kill somebody. CABINET MEETING GOSSIP HOUR SPENT IN EXCHANGING FELICITATIONS. President Did Not Announce That Treasury Portfolio Had Been Offered Governor Shaw. Washington, Dec. 24.-The cabinet was in session a little over an hour today. Practically no business was transacted, the whole time being oc cupied in felicitations of the season. The president did not mention the fact that he had tendered the treasury portfolio to Governor Shaw at the meeting, but privately talked with Secretary Wilson about the matter, the latter expressing the opinion that Governor Shaw would accept. If Gov ernor Shaw accepts, Secretary Gage will suit the incoming secretary's con venience about relinqufshing his portfolio to him. Whenever Governor Shaw is ready to assume the duties of the position, Secretary Gage will turn over the administration of the treas ury to him. Secretary Gage has not announced what his plans are. If Governor Shaw goes into the cabinet the question has been raised as to whether Secretary Wilson, who also comes from Iowa, will remain. On this point a cabinet officer is quot ed as saying that the president is particularly desirous that Secretary Wilson continue in the cabinet. His work in the department of agriculture is highly appreciated by the farmers of the country and the president does not desire to lose him. CONSULTING WITH FRIENDS Governor Shaw Conferring With Alli son and Henderson. Dubuque, Dec. 24.-Governor Shaw, who is here conferring with Senator Allison and Speaker Henderson, has been informally tendered the treasury portfolio and has the mattter under consideration. BELIEVE HE WILL ACCEPT. Friends of Governor Shaw Think He Will Go Into Cabinet. Des Moines, Dec. 24.-Governor Leslie M. Shaw -was seen by the Asso ciated Press reporter as ~e stepped from the train on his arrival from Dubuque tonight. He said regard ing his attitude concerning the secre taryship of the treasury. "The ap pointment of secretary of the treas ury has not been formally tendered to me by the president. I have been asked if I would accept the position ;f such a tender were made. I shall consider the matter somewhat flrther and decide it without unnecessa ryv de lay." The governor said that was as deen as he cared to go into the matter at present and would not intimate what his decision was likely to be. I hose close to the governor here belfes e ha will accept the position if it is formnal yIv tendered. CHRISTMAS AT WHITE HOUSE DISTRIBUTION OF TURKEYS TO EMPLOYES. MANY PACKAGES ARRIVE The Customary Christmas Tree Will Be Dispensed With and the Chil dren Will Hang Up Stockings. Washington, Dec. 24.-Eighty-seven big turkeys were distributed to the white house policemen, messengers, ushers, servants, gardeners and sta blemen today, with compliments of the president. - Each turkey had on it a card bearing the season's compli ments. The distribution was the largest ever made at the white house. President McKinley always gave the turkeys to married employes, but the list of recipients was never so large as that of today. The turkeys were distributed by 'Henry Pickney, the white house steward. Express wagons; mail carriers and messengers bore numerous packages to the white house today, presents to the Roosevelt family, from friends and admirers throughout the country. Many of the packages were for the children, who will not be allowed to see them until tomorrow. The programme at the wihte house will follow the custom of the family in former years. There will be no Christmas tree as has been a part of the celebration of Christmas in the Roosevelt family. The children, how ever, all hang up their stockings and they will arise early tomorrow to visit them and ascertain what Santa Claus has left for them. Later in the morn ing the children will assemble in the library, there to receive gifts from their father and mother. In the af ternoon the Roosevelt children will go to the home of their uncle and aunt, Captain and Mrs. Cowles, to see a pretty Christmas tree, and receive more presents. The dinner will be served at 7:30 and only the family will be present. On Thursday, if the weather permits, it is probable that the Roosevelt family, including the president, will go down the Potomac river on a cruise. Theodore Roose velt, Jr., is going on a hunting trip with Dr. Rixey, and is very anxious that his father should accompany him. The president is inclined to do so if public business will permit. Even if the president cannot go it is the pres ent intention of Mrs. Roosevelt and some of the other children to accom pany Dr. Rixey and Theodore, Jr. PRESIDENT AS SANTA CLAUS. Keeps Up Custom of Remembering School Children at His Home. New York, Dec. 24.-Sarah Provost, teacher at the small district school at Cove Neck, L. I., near Oyster Bay, President Roosevelt's home, received a generous check from the president today. The check is to be used for. the purchase of Christmas presents for her pupils. Mr. Roosevelt's chil dren formerly attended the Cove Neck school and before he became gov ernor it was his custom every year to play Santa Claus and present gifts to all the pupils in person. CHRISTMAS IN PARIS. Rains Dampen Enthusiasm of Street Revelers. Paris, Dec. 24.-The Christmas tree fair held along the boulevards of Paris, presented its customary aspect this year. The many booths were at tractively decorated, but the unceas ing rains completely marred the usual street enthusiasm. The midnight masses in the churches were well attended while revelers filled the many cafes and restaurants till an early morning hour. Mme. Loubet, wife of the president, presented Cnristmas gifts to the servants employed in the Elysee pal; ace and their childern. She after wards attended the fete of Alsace Lorraine, held in the winter circus, where toys' and clothing were distri buted from the great Christmas tree o 6.000 children and indigent people. How to Cure Croup. r. R. Gray, who lives near Amenia, ess county, N. Y., says: "Cham in's Cough Remedy is the best ine I have ever used. It is a "l.ildren's remedy for croup and fails to cure." When given as as the child be comes hoarse, or f er the croupy cough has de 'id. it will prevent the attack. s'ould be borne in mind and a of the Cough Remedy kept at read,, for instant use as soon as s r'ptoms appear. For sale by Cbapple Drug Co. -'K-- / Throat Troubles "bardwell, Ky., where I live, is in the ex, treme western part of the State.and. only a few miles from Cairo, Ill., where the Ohio empties into the Mis. sissippi River. It may be that th 'oat troubles are common here be cause of loca tion, but, whatever the reason, I find it wise to con s tantly keepa supply of Acker's Eng - ish Remedy for Consump= tion on hand. It is the best thing I ever came across for coughs, colds and throat troubles, and I have used it in my family for years. No druggist here can be depended upon to have it always, so I am writing this letter to W. H. Hooker & Co., 220 Broadway, N. Y., to order a dozen bottles at a time. My wife is bothered lately with sore tl and difLicult breathing, but just assoon a. dhe dozen bot tiles get here, I will give her a few doses, and she will certainly be well again. I expect to write another letter in a short time saying my wife is cured, for I feel absolutely sure it is what she needs." (Signed) T. A. WHITE. Sold at 25c., 50c. and$1 a bottle, throughout the United States and Canada and in Eng land, at is. 2d. 2s. 3d., 4s. 6d. If you are not .atisfied after buying, return the bottle to your druggist, and get your money back. We authorize the above guarantee. i. I. HOOKER & CO., Proprietors. Rew York. For sale by Chapple Drug Co. PROFESSIONAL CARDS. JAMES CHAPPLE, M. D., C. M., Physician and Surgeon. Telephone - Residence, No. 77; Office, No. 124. Belknap Block, - Billings, Mont. J. H. RINEHART, M. D, Physician and Surgeon. First National Bank Block, Billings, Mont. H. E. ARMSTRONG, M. D., Physician and Surgeon. Belknap Block, - Billings, Mont. CLIFF LINDSEY, M. 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