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BAD BREAK ATTEMPTS A HOLD UP IN BROAD DAY LIGHT. SHOOTS CASHIER IN HEAD When About to Be Overpowered and Captured Sends a Bullet Into His Own Brain. Mexico City, Feb. 20.-A daring and foolhardy attempt was made to rob the London and Mexico bank, one of the strongest financial concerns in the City of Mexico. by an unknown rob ber, who, after killing the cashier, and seeing that he would be captured, blew out his own brains. At an hour when business was slack and when no one but employes were in the bank the robber entered the bank and unob served made his way to.the vault near which was the cashier, whom he cov ered with a pistol and demanded that he give up the money in his custody. Upon the cashier's refusal the rob ber fired, the bullet striking the cash ier in the head, killing him instantly. Other employes made a rush for the robber, who fired three shots at them without effect and as the men contin ued to advance, seeing that his cap ture was inevitable, the robber turn ed his pistol on himself and sent a bullet through his brain, dying in stantly. The robber was well dressed and was probably an American. OUT OF POLITICS. Towne Talks Interestingly But Avoids Silver. Louisville, Ky., Feb. 20.-Charles A. Towne, the last nominee of the popu lists for vice president and one of the recent leaders of the democratic par ty, is in the city to confer with busi ness men from the south and west regarding oil lands in Texas. "I am out of politics for good," said Mr. Towne. "Perhaps in years to come, after I have provided bread and but ter, I may write a few books and make a few speeches on economic questions. When I was in politics I not only devoted all my time to it, but my money also, and the result was that I found myself short in f nances last summer, so I decided to go to New York and see what I could do there towartl regaining it," Asked If the current rumor as to free silver being dead was true, Mr, Towne said: "This is a matter that cahnot be dis cussed in a few minutes' talk. I will say, however, that the fact that an increased supply of gold for basic money matie prosperity, is proof of the correctness of our position. We decided we would have no more mon ey, and the Lord, as if to provide for us, opened immense gold fields." ACTION WAS EXPECTED. Latest Merger Move No Surprise to Governor Van Sant. St. Paul. Feb. 20.-Governor Van Sant said today regarding the pres ident's action in the merger: "We expected this action by the attorney general of the United States would be made. He has never intimated that he could not or would not proceed against the Northern Securities com pany but, on the contrary. he said that he would examine the facts and if the law was being violated he would proceed. "When Attorney General Douglass. Mr. Munn and General Wilson were first in Washington. they had a long conference with Attorney General Knox. and Attorney General Douglass and Mr. Munn remained over after the argument for a further conference with him, to arrange for submitting testimony to him. "Of course, we are deligted with this decision, and the people of this state and the northwest can rest as sured that their rights will be pro tected and the law vindicated." CAN BURN WATER. Scientific Invention Said to Have Been Made In Germany. Berlin, Feb. 20.-Water can be en dowed with qualities similar to those of petroleum by an invention patented by Dr. Karl Lietz, a chemist of Ham burg, whose supporters assert that the process foreshadows an industrial rev olution second only to the discovery of electricity. . D.,.Leltz has manufactured a fluid Which gives to water the combustible ,y qualities of oil, and renders it capa, Sble of producing intense heat and a e White Jight twice as strong as leum mflame. ,r, the fiuld arenon ive anda be produced either S,' in solid or liquid form according as intended to be used for heating or lighting. Exhaustive tests just com pleted at Hamburg have induced an English syndicate to Duy the invention for the purpose of exploiting it on a larger scale. GAVE HIMSELF UP. Lee Turner Surrenders to the Tennes see Authorities. Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 20.-Lee Turner, proprietor of the "Quarter House" near Middlesboro which was burned last week gave himself up to Marshal J. M. Mosley, at Lafollette, and was brought to this city by Mos ley and bheriff Hughes of Claiborne county., W. A. Owens Taisewell and Jerry Jarnigan of Middlesboro mt them here and at once negotiations were begun with Governor Beckham of Kentucky, contending that Turner is a citizen of Tennessee, and has com mitted no offense and should not be taken back to Kentucky, where it is said his life would be in danger. He disclaims any part in, or knowledge of the plans for, the assault on the of flcers Wednesday of last week. SOVEREIGNTY OF THE AIR. French Army Officials Are founding a Note of Alarm. Paris, Feb. 20.-The United States will shortly be asked to co-operate with the European governments to de termine the question of state sover eignty of the air, which the develop ment of aerostatics has made a "dang ýrous medium of international espion age." German, French and Italian fort commanders' declarations that mili tary secrets have repeatedly been rifled by long-distance cameras, oper ated by means of balloons, have sug gested to the French ministry of war the framing of a possible internation al agreement on the subject with the approval of the chambers. M. Paul Fauchille, a well konwn scientists, at yesterday's meeting of the institute of international law, out lined a proposed document providing for state proprietorship of the air to a height of 1,500 yards, within which photography is possible, forbidding balloon voyaging without an official permit and not allowing on any terms balloons above fortresses. M. Fau chille developed a learned argument for the purpose of proving that the state has equal right to an aerial as to a maritime domain, and concluded with a lurid forcast of danger unless the nations co-operate. The adher ance of both the United States and Great Britain is considered a fore gone conclusion, HOW CORBETT VIEWS IT. Ex-Champion Gives His Opinion On Coming Match. In speaking of the match befiveen Jeffries and Fitzsimmons Jim Corbett said: Of course, Jeffries should be the favorite, being young, strong and the champion, but I look to see Fitz sommons give him a hard fight. You, can rely upon it that when he steps into the ring he will be in the very best of possible condition. Fitzsim soms always trains carefully for a fight, and he has won many a fight be cause he was in better condition than his opponent. Fitzsimmons says he is 47 years old, and we do not konw just how much older he is, but his age does not cut any figure in my opin ion. He is the best man to put against Jeffries because he is certainly a great fighter. There is no doubt that Fitz has the punch. I ought to know, and I believe his punch is as strong as ever. He is not a scientific fighter any more than Jeffries is and he will fight Jeffries Just as he iought before, walk right in and mix it up. He may sneak in on Jeffries' jaw and put him away I do not look to see Fitzsimmons change his style of fighting after all these years. although he is a fox. The fight ought to go about 10 rounds, al though it would not surprise me if Jeffries should win sooner. The long er the fight the less I believe Fitzsim mons' chances would be. The fight will undoubltedly be brought off in F:ico. )er·ause there is no other place where any money can be made. The date. some time betweenl Max 10 and 20. is just right, for it gives Fitzsim mons plenty of time to train and the weather in Frisco in May is splendid. He will be ablo to finish his work on the coast. The length of the fight, 20 rounds, is plenty long enough. Fitzsimmons has a chance-a better chance than any of Jeffries' recent antagonists. Kruger May Come. Brussels. Feb. 20.-It is stated that if investigation shows that a tour of the United States would be benficial to the Boer cause, Kruger will under take the journey, notwithstanding his aversion to it. DrRESIDENT OSTEO.. I. . TH1IC PHvYSICIAN Pnoins 17 andl 1x Gruwell Building. Day Phone 131. Night Phone 173 THIEVES TAKE ALTAR JEWELS CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE ROBBED. KNEW WHAT THEY CAME FOR Took Only the Most Valuable Stones -Particulars of Robbery With held By Those in Charge. New York, Feb. 20.-Seven of the precious stones in the altar of the Tiffany chapel, in the crypt of the Cathedral of St. John the divine, on Cathedral heights, were removed by thieves who broke into the cathedral early Wednesday morning, the fact becoming public today. The value of the stolen jewels and particulars of the robbery are with held by those in charge at the cathe-' dral. After midnight Tuesday, the thieves, presumably two in number, gained access to the grounds from the entrance on One Hundred and rthir teenth street, opposite St, Luke's hose pital. Then they broke a window in the crypt when they had easy ac cess to the altar. The altar is of CZr rara marble, faced with glass mosaics. The symbols of the four evangelists are done in mother, of pearl, and a central monogram is treated with gold, garnets, precious stones and mother of pearl inlaid. Just above. at the rear of the altar, is' a small tabernacle inlaid with colored marble and gems. Back of the altar, against the wall, is the reredos of polished black marble, inlaid with mosaics. Peacocks have been introduced as symbols of immortality and the whole effect of the altar is one of beauty and richness. That the. thieves were fa maliar with the nature of the altar is evident, for they unhesitatingly se lected the most valuable jewels. BIG SLUMP IN STOCKSU FOLLOWS ANNOUNCEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL KNOX. New York, Feb. 20.-The announce ment by tne attorney general of the United States that he believed the Northern Securities company infring' ed the anti-trust laws and that he would file a bill in equity in the su preme court in accordance with in. structions from the president to test the question, overshadowed all other consideration in the stock market to day. The acute interest manifested in this company by all speculators and, indeed, all holders of securities was vividly demonstrated by the effect in the stock market and was the more notable since the Great Northern pre ferred is the only stock remaining listed on the exchange which is direct ly included in the Securities company. Yet the whole market fell away sharp ly under heavy liquidation with only a few unimportant exceptions. The stoiks of the tripscontinental companies were naturally most af fected, as the formation of the Noith ern Securities company represented an effort to harmonize conflicting in terests in that field. Great Northern preferred lost 61/4, Northwestern 734, Rock Island 51%, St. Paul 3%. Union Pacific 3% and Southern Pacific 274. Elsewhere in the list losses generally ran from qne to three points and con siderably over that in many excep tional cases. On the curb Northern Securities when issued dropped over three points The direct concern of such a variously assorted lot of securities in the wel fare of the Northern Securities com pany is not very obvious. but the aver age speculator in stocks, especially the professional trader, is deeply imbued I with the conviction that all his woes are the outgrowth of the conflict for Northern Pacific control last year. and that it is only necessary for the readjustment to be made of the situa ticn for the market to resume the buoyancv prevailing prior to last May. Tolstoi Out of Danger. London, Feb. 20.-According to the St. Petersburg correspondent of the Daily Mail. Count Tolstoi. who has recently been gravely ill, is now out of danger. Suffered Attack of Paralysis. Washington. Feb. 20.--Justice Horace Gray of the supreme court, suffered an attack of paralysis Tues day night but friends state there is every reason to expect his recovery. SHe has been in poor health for some time. JUMPED WITH THE TREASURE. Wells Fargo Messenger Leaves Train With $40,000. Laredo, Texas, Feb. 20.--A Monerey special says: The officers along the border are watching for Frank Mc Carthy, a Wells Fargo messenger, who is alleged to have robbed his car at San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The story of the disappearance of McCarthy as told to the officers, is that he jumped from his car just as the train was leaving San Luis Potosi and it is claimed took with him be tween $35,000 and $40,000. POWER OF THE POPE. Claim of Temporial Sovereignty to Be Made. Rome, Feb. 20.-A cardinaT says that the opening of the silver jubilee is intended to be a solemn affirmation of the temporal sovereignty of the pope, and that it has consequptly been postponed from the election to the coronation anniversary. Today, the anniversary of his elec tion, was celebrated merely by a re ligious thanksgiving service, but on March 3 Leo will appear at St. Peter's, with the triple crown on his head, sur rounded by his cardinals and guards and greeted by ambassadors, will be hailed pope king in the presence of thousands of spectators. The police are taking every precaution to pre serve ordep gs a socialistic counter demonstration is feared, Battle In Progress. Panama, Colombia. Feb. 20.-It is positively known here that the forces under the government General Castro, and the revolutionary General Her rera are fighting. Varied and numer ous reports have reached here of this engagement but they all lack con firmation. Premature. Washington, Feb. 19.-The state de partment advices indicate that the Paris report that Miss Stone had been relased is at least premature. Release Expected. Constantinople, Feb. 19.-The re ports of the release of Miss Stone are absolutely without foundation, al though her liberation is expected mo mentarily. PROFESSIONAL CARDS. JAMES CHAPPLE, M. D., C, M.1 Physician and Surgeon. Telephone - Residence, No. 77; Office, No. 124. Belknap Block, Billings. Mont. H. Q. ARMSTRONG, M. D., Physician and Surgeon. Belknap Block, - Billings, Mont. CLIFF LINDSEY, M. D., Physician and Surgeon. Special attention given to Surgery and Diseases of Women. Office-Front Room over W. B. TenEyck's Harness Establishment on Montana avenue, Telephone 120. Residence 210 N. Thirty-first street. Telephone No. 7. DR. PORTUS BAXTER, Physician and Surgeon. Office, Williams & Baxter Drug Store. House 'Phone, 130. PARK HOLLAND, M. D. Rooms 11 and 12 Gruwell Building. ' Day and Night Phone No. 153 BILLINGS, - MONTANA O. F. GODDARD, Attorney-at-Law. First National Bank Block, Billings Mont. JAMES R. GOSS Attorney-at-Law. First National Bank Block, Billings Mont. CHARLES L. HARRIS, Attorney-at-Law. Prompt and Careful Attention Given Land Matters. Land Scrip Bought and Sold. Room 26, Gruwell Block, Billings, Mont HENRY A. FRITH, Attorney;at-Law. First National Bank Block, Billings, Mont. F. H. HATHHORN, Attorney-at-Law. First National Bank Block, Billings, Mont. J. B. HERFORD, Attorne~-at-Law. Room 1, Belknap Block, Billings, Mont. HENRY WHITE. Fire Insurance. 11 North Twenty-Eighth street Telephone No. 142. A. FRASER, Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, U. S. Commissioner. First National Bank Block, Billings Mont. SENATE FIXES TIME TO VOTE ON THE PHILIPPINE T'ARIFF BILL AND AMENDMENTS. WHEELER CLAD HE SAID IT Kentuckian's Criticisms of Hay, Pauncefote and Prince Henry Replied to in the House. - Washington, Feb. 18.-It was agreed by the senate today that a final vote on the Philippine tariff bill and the pending amendments should be taken next Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The only stipulation made by the mi nority was that the last day's debate should be devoted to speeches not exceeding 15 minutes in duration. Senator Wellington of Maryland spoke today in opposition to the pend ing bill and Senator Stewart of Ne vada in support of the measure. Mir. Wellington's address covered the Phil ippine question generally. He set forth his well known views forcefully. JIe always had been a republican, he said, a believer in the system of pro tection and a supporter of the gold standard currency, but he had come to the parting of the ways with his party in 1898, when it developed "its imperialistic tendencies." He opposed the pending tariff bill because he did not thing congress had the right to enact legislation by which people were taxed without rep resentation and governed without their consent. Mr. Stewart made a brief legal and constitutional argument in support of the authority of congress to hold the Philippines, and to provide a proper government ,for their inhabitants. Washington, Feb.. 19.-The senate continued the consideration of the Philippine tariff bill today, the main speeches being made by Mr. Burrows of Michigan, for the bill, and Mr. Mon ey of Mississippi against it, although Mr. Mitchell of Oregon, Foraker of Ohio, Mallory of Florida, and Tillman of South Carolina, all took more or less part in the general debate on the subject. Mr. Burrows maintained that con gress was dealing with the question as it was today and not with any ref erence to what took place in the past or might take place in the future. He maintained that the United States' occupancy of the islands was with due regard to international obliga tions. Mr. Mallory spoke particularly in favotr of his amendment to that por tion of the bill relating to the naviga tion laws and said that it was neces sary in the interest of American ship ping. + Mr. Money maintained that it was not so much a question of what should be done with the Philippines, as it was to legislate in the interests of our own people. There were several rather lively ex changes between Foraker and the op posite side senators during the debate Washington, Feb. 2e.-With the ex cepcion of a few minutes given to rou tine business, the senate devoted its entire session to the Philippine ques tion. Mr. Patterson of Colorado, one of the minority members of the Philip pine comminttee, delivered his first ex tended speech in the senate and was given a most attei:tive and careful hearing. He- discussed principally the sedition laws enacted by the Philip pine commission, vigorously attack ing the authority of the commission to enact and enforce such laws. He maintained that congress alone had the power to put in force enactments of that'e haracter. He compared the information furnished by the execu tive deparitment of the government with some of the statements of Gov erinor Taft, in his testimony before the Philippine commission, with re spect to the capabilities of the Philip pine people, and declared, with some heat, his belief that Governor Taft misrepresented the true situation in the islands for m6tives unknown. He asserted that if the 6,000,000 of Christians in the Philippines were Protestant Christians, the cruelties practiced on them by the American authorities would have to stop, as no member would be able to withstand the wrath of the Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians of this country. Mr. Nelson of Minnesota presented a legal and constitutional argument in support of the government's action in the Philippine archipelago and sharp ly criticised Mr. Patterson for inject ing into the controversy the question of sectarianism. Mr. McCumber of North Dakota urg ed that congress should not bind the future now by a declaration of a def inate policy regarding the Philippines, as- it was desirable that all possible' nformation should be in hand before a permanent policy is determined upon. House. Washington, Feb. 18.-The speech of Mr. Wheeler of Kentucky in the house last Friday when he bitterly as sailed Secretary 'Hay and Lord Pauncefote, and criticised the official preparations for the reception of Prince Henry had a sequel in the house today during the debate on the Indian appropriation bill. Mr. Gil lett of Massachusetts, in a half hour (speech, declared that the interper ance of ivr. Wheeler's language car ried its own condemnation. Neverthe less, he (Gillett) grievously deploredf such an affront to a foreign country, During the course of the speech two democrats. Robinson of Indiana and Thayer of Massachusetts, disclaimed 1 any sympathy with Mr. Wheeler's ut terances. These disclaimers drew from Mr. Talbert of South Carolina e the statement that he desired to share in the responsibility of the speech, every word of which he said he en dorsed. Mr. Wheeler himself subse quently replied to Mr. Gillett, reaf firming what he had said, and declar ing that he would stand by his words: w~hether they were discreet or not. He read a number of letters, telegrams and one cablegram from London com mending his utterances. The incident [ was the feature of the day. Washington, Feb. 19.-Again today the general debate on the Indian ap propriation was devoted almost en tirely to extraneous topics. As on a yesterday, the issue raised by Mr.. s Wheeler of Kentucky a few days ago, came in for considerable attention and was the feature of the session. Mr. Bromwell, an Ohio republican. s Kern, an Illinois democrat, and Flem y ipg of Georgia, also a democrat, add ed their views to the literature on the subject, but it was Boutell of Illinois. republican, who entertained the house most. Hie was fortified with material and with exceedingly good temper and a trenchant display of wit, he traced the history of what Wheeler called "truculent sycophancy." as he said. firom the day when the first democratic e president purchased a bogus coat of arms to the entertainment of Queen STLilioukani by the last democratic president. He finally dismissed the - whole subject by saying it should be i accepted abroad as one of the "erratic f and sporadic phases of American a humor." Washington, F'b. 20.-The house spent the day working on the Indian I- appropriation bill. Forty-two of the Q 62 pages were disposed of. Several amendments were adopted but none t of much importance. 9The appropria e tion for preliminary work on the res ervoir for the Gila river valley went h out on a point of order. Mr. Smith of - Arizona offered an amendment tq strike out the appropriation for the n Carlisle school and it became the text . for a general onslaught on the prac L. tice c feducating Indians ineastern schools. His amendment was defeat . ed. Just before the close of the ses sion Mr. Fitzgerald of New York made s an attack on the superintendent of the d school at Mount Pleasant, Michigan. t who, he said, was charged with per ,- mitting the debauching of Indian girls. Mr. Sherman, chairman of the Indian . committee, promised to make an in . vestigation at the Indian office tomor sow. RAILROAD SHOPS BURN. s Three Firemen Slightly Injured- Twenty-five Cars Destroyed S Now Yoirk, Feb. 20.-The repair shop, machine shop and other build incs of the .Fifth avenue branch o the hlrooklvn Elhvatedl railroad welr 1 destroyed late tonight by fire. The elarg est building burned was the ma chine shop. which covered a space of . 500x200 feet. Ic was a shed of iron and frame located under the elevated tracks. Besides the machinery, 25 1 levated ears were destroyed. Loss is estimated at between $200,000 and $250,000. Three firemen were slightly inj]ured. Reichstag Against Duelinf. Berlin, Feb. 20.-The reichstag to lay passed a resolution calling on the federal government to employ strict disciplinary and legal measures to t check the abuse of dueling, which it was asserted is now spreading among the army officers. Calling cards at Gazette office. iStckwell's Bur ymen 26o071/2 Mont. Av 'Phone No. 171. Help Wanted. Girl for general house work, city. Miscelaneous. For sale-160-acre ranch, 2-room house. 35 acres undler cultivation; a bargain. Wanted-To buy a good heavy team. For sale-Small heating stove. If you want to buy, sell or trade, call and see what I have to offer.