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TO DISPLAY GORGEOUS FUNCTIONS AT AL GECIRAS IN HONOR OF KING ALFONSO. LACE AND GOLD American Delegates Alone Uphold Democratic Simplicity by Appearing in Modest Civilian Attire-Govern. ments Extend Their Greetings to Spain's Youthful Ruler. Algeciras, Jan. 23.-The delegates to the Moroccan conference devoted the day to a series of brilliant func tions commenorating King Alfonso's feast day. The Spanish, French and British squadron In the harbor dis played a full complement of colors and at daylight the warships and land fortifications exchanged salutes. The most spectacular feature of the clay was the official reception of the Spanish minister for foreign affairs, Duke of Almodovar, in honor of the delegates affording for the first time the opportunity for representatives of the many nations to assemble in the gorgeous uniforms of their high dip lomatic, military or naval ranks. A reception was held in tLie town hall at noon. The delegates drove up through the quaint streets in which the balconies of the old Moorish houses were thronged with senoritas in picturesque costumes. The Span ish troops rendered military honors, with trumpets blowing, while bands played the royal march. The scene was rendered more gay by the midsummer sunshine, flowers and orange and almond trees in full bloom. Within the conference hall the delegations gathered, mostly re splendent in gold lace, ribbons and other decorations, the Americans alone of the glittering assemolage being in modest dress, and without uniforms. The half a score or more of the Moorish delegates in their flowing white robes gave a touch of oriental color to the scene. The duke of Al modover, standing at the foot of the improvised throne and surrounded by an imposing staff of officers, mace bearers, bishops and barefooted monks in sack cloth, received in the name of King Alfonso the delegations who presented greetings of their gov ernments to the king. DEFENDED BY SPOONER. Administration's Course Justified Rel ative to Moroccan Conference. Washington, Jan. 23.-For more than three hours today Spooner occu pied the time of the senate in expla nation and defense of the course of the administration relative to the Moroc can conference at Algericas, Spain, in connection with Santo Dominga. His speech in the main was a re sponse to speeches of Bacon and Tillman, and its purpose was to justi fy the president's acts in both mat ters under discussion. 'There were frequent interruptions by Tillman and some sharp exchanges of repartee between him and Spooner. These amused the galleries but once or twice Spooner showed that he was annoyed and once he made a serious protest against Tillman's imputation that his appearance in the case was that of special advocate for the admin istration. DECLARE FOR ALFARO. Two More Ecuadoran Provinces Rec ognize New Government. Guayaquil, Jan. 23.--The provinces of Azuay and Loja today declared in favor of General Alfaro, leader of the revolution. General Andrades, commander of the government troops, refuses to recognize General Alfaro and says that he intends to resist his efforts to assume the presidency. There was no news from Quito to day. SELECTING A SUCCESSOR. Empress Dowager Looking for Prince to Succeed Emperor. Pekin, Jan. 23.-Since Prince Tauan's son was dismissed on account of his father's complicity in the "Box er" disturbances there has ueen no heir to the throne. The dowager em press therefore has ordered all eligible princes to be presented at the palace Chinese New Year and from these she will select three or four who will be kept in the palace for a year or two. From these princes the emperor's successor will be nominated. GROWS CORN EXCLUSIVELY. Immense Iowa Farm which Raises No Other Crop. Webster City, Iowa, Jan. 23.-The largest farm in Iowa, and perhaps the largest in the world where corn is grown almost exclusively, is the Ad ams'property of 15,000 acres near Ode bolt. The 105 men who have been em ployed steadily on this farm for the past year have just finished husking the greatest cornfield in the United States. It is estimated that more than : 000 bushels were raised ih e hslu year. The crop is all cut an.l husked from the shock. The stocks will be shredded for the fat cattle before spring. Thirty-seven double stalk cut ters were used to bind the corn in the field this fall. Two hundred mules are employed to do the heavy draft work. Mr. and Mrs. Adams and family are at present at the winter home in Chi cago, and the farm is in the hands of its manager. Last winter Adams hadf6,O000 sheep brought from his North Dakota ranch for feeding, and it is announced that he will do it again this winter as soon as the present stock has been market ed. The affairs at the farm are con ducted with as much system as any large business office in a city. There is a main office and headquarters, where the manager of the farm has his desk. It is here that the proprietor spends a large part of his time in summer. The farm is divided into sections and each part is under the direction of a sub-foreman and worked by his force of men. All the houses of the em ployes are in one place near the cen ter of the farm, making a small town, and a schoolhouse is there for the chil dren of the workers. The farm and its methods are a revelation to the visitor. Adams is an enthusiast for good roads, and all through the place he has built hand some driveways. A YOUNG HEROINE Quick Witted Girl Saves Two Passen ger Trains from Serious Wreck. Harrisburg, Pa., Jan. 23.--Two pas senger trains of the Northern Central railroad early today were saved from being wrecked by Mary McCall, aged 16 years, daughter of a trackwalker, living at Clark's Ferry. The girl saw a huge boulder roll from the mountainside onto the tracks near her home. Taking a lantern, she ran down the tracks and stopped the Erie express within a few yards of the obstruction. She then hurtled in the other direction and stopped the Erie fast train. The tracks were later cleared of the rock by a wrecking crew. SUMMER IN MARYLAND Warm Weather Causes Insects to Leave Their Winter Retreats, While Trees are in Blooming. Hagerstown, Md., Jan. 23.-The old est .inhabitants of western Maryland cannot recall such a spell of warm weather as now prevails. Frogs are heard from the swamp along the Potomac and the farmers report seeing large numbers of cater pillars and other insects that only come when spring fairly opens. The warm weather has forced the buds of fruit trees and shade trees to an ad vanced stage and maple trees are in bloom, while apple, peach, apricot and other early fruit buds are swollen al most to bursting. Fruitgrowers fear for the fruit crop, lest the buds de velop to such a degree and a freezing spell of weather follow and destroy the crop. ANOTHOR FORWARD STEP Czar and His Advisers Discussing Changes in Organic Laws to Make Them Harmonize with Spirit of New Order. St. Petersburg, Jan. 23.-Notwith standing their victories over the revo lutionists and apparent opportunity to turn their backs on the recently pro mulgated reforms, the emperor and his advisers have taken another long step in the direction of constitutional ism by deciding to entrust the first imperial douma with a large measure of constituent power. The ministerial cabinet and council of the empire are now engaged in dis cussing changes in the organic laws of the land and the powers to be con ferred upon the douma cobsidered nec essary to bring these 1iws° into har mony with the spirit of the emperor's manifesto of October 30, and the new path which Russia has entered upon. The changes will be submitted to the douma, when the representatives of the people will bhe empowered as they were in 1613, to pass judgment upon the fundamental laws of the realm. SUPPORTED BY DEMOCRATS House Committee Reaches Decision on Rate Legislation. Washington, Jan. 23.-After a con ference lasting all afternoon the house committee on interstate and foreign commerce agreed to report on a rate bill. The measure is to be known as the Hepburn bill and will be reported to the house with the un anaimous recommendation of the 18 members of the committee. In the main the bill is the original Hepburn bill, but a number of con cessions were made to the democrats, and their ideas as set forth in the Davey bill were freely incorporated in the perfected measure. Hepburn Is Congratulated. Chairman Hepburn was congratulat ed by all of the members of his com mittee on the drafting of a bill upon which both parties could "agree and the members of the committee assert confidence that the successful outcome of their long conferences will have a VOTE ON RULE DECIDES "Insurgents" Defeated In Fight Against Joint Statehood. Washington, Jan. 24.-When the smoke of the livliest legislative bat tle of the session had cleared up in the house today, Speaker Cannon and his organization were in complete con trol, and .the joint statehood pro gramme of the administration had been adopted. Forty-three republican "insurgents" went down to defeat, having voted vainly with the democrats to gain con trol of the rule the terms of which are to govern the statehood bill in its passage through the house. The vote ordering the previous quep tion on the rule was 192 ayes and 165 nays. This clearly defeated the opposition, the full strength of which was polled, and little interest was taken in the vote for the adoption of the rule, which immediately followed and was carried by a majority of 30. Previous to the vote the debate on the rule had proceeded under high LINER RAMS A FREIGHTER Boston, Mass., Jan. 23.-News of the loss of the freight steamer Tojan of the Boston & Philadelphia Steam ship company's line in a collision with the ocean -line steamer Nacoochee in a dense fog at the entrance to Vine yard sound Sunday, was brought here by the Nacoochee today, which ar rived 36 hours late, having on board the Trojan's crew. The accident happened Sunday morning while both vessels were feel ing their way about Vineyard sound lightship, endeavoring to locate that vessel by her whistle, and from that signal to lay their course through the dangerous waters of the sound. The Trojan had heard the lightship's sig nal, but her captain deeming it too hazardous to proceed on account of the fog, was about to come to anchor, when he heard the whistle of the steamer. He promptly sounded his own whistle, but a moment later found his vessel fairly impaled upon the sharp, iron prow of a big black vessel, which proved to be the Nacoo chee. It was apparent almost instant lv that the Trojan had received a blow which would send her to the bottom, and before examination could be made by officers the water had' TROUBLE REGARDED AS LIKELY TO OCCUR ON ISLE OF PINES Havana, Jan. 24.-It is reported from Neuva Gerona, Isle of Pines, that trouble is .expected on account of the refusal of James M. Steers, the so called "territorial secretary," to com ply with an order of court. Steere is custodian of a warehouse in which the court has stored certain chatels involved in pending litigation. Steere refused to deliver these until the storage charges had been paid. He was arrested, but was allowed his liberty until Monday last, when he was called into court and instructed to ap pear early Tuesday, as well as to fur marked effect upon the attitude of the senate toward the measure. Hepburn and other republicans agreed to accept the wording of the democratic members in the provision for fixing of the maximum rate. The amendment which was accepted pro vides that the commission shall fix a "just, reasonable and fairly remun erative ratt, which shall be the maxi mum rate." The amended bill also provides for seven members of the interstate com merce commission instead of nine, as was provided in the original Hepburn bill. Hepburn expects to make a favor able report on the bill to the house tomorrow and expresses confidence that the measure will be considered by the house within the week. Representative Townsend will open the debate on the bill. tension. The speeches were short, but the words uttered were hot and full of sting. The veterans, Payne, Dalzelle and Grosvenor, upheld the organization. Pitted against them were the leaders I of the "insurgents," Babcock, Mondell and Jones of Washington. Tawney one or the erstwhile -'insurgents," arose and announced his acquiescence in the will of the organization and Mark Smith, the veteran delegate from Ar izona, just as sorrowfully interpreted this action as 'the "most unkind thrust of all." The rule adopted provides that the bill granting statehood to Oklahoma and Indian Territory, as "Oklahoma," and Arizona and New Mexico as "Ari zona" shall be debated until 3 o'clock tomorrow and then be voted on with out opportunity for amendment. The house adjourned at 5:30 o'clock, after agreeing to meet at 11 o'clock tomorrow. rushed into her engine room, put her z fires out, and aided by the shifted cargo had given her a dangerous list. I The Nacoochee struck her almost I fairly abeam on the port side and her bow entered the hull, almost to the very doors of her boilers. The captain of the Nacoochee immediate ly ordered his boat full speed ahead and in this way forced his steamer hard into the hole. While the craft were thus held to gether the captain and 27 men of the I Trojan succeeded in climbing over the bow of theNacoochee to safety, although 17 of them had been asleep below when the accident happened. Before the last of them had reached the deck the Trojan had listed so badly that they were unable to obtain a foothold on the inclined planking and reached safety only after lines had been thrown them by the crew of the Nacoochee. The water had reached the waist of the Trojan's engineer before he could rush from the engine room. When the last man had been rescued the Nacoochee backed away and the Tro jan sank. The lost steamer was valued at $250,000 and her cargo at an equal amount. nish bail. Steere refused to comply with the order to furnish bail, and ac cording to last advices was given one day more in which to do so. Letters from Neuva Gerona assert that the Americans on the island are backing Steere. General Freyre Andrade, secretary of the interior, and General Nunez, governor of Havana province, said to day that the number of guards and police in the vicinity of Neuva Gerona was amply sufficient to put Steere in jail, 'notwithstanding any assistance he might be able to muster. DISASTROUS BUSH FIRES. Large Area in Australia Devastated and Lives Lost. London, Jan. 24.-The Melbourne correspondent of the Daily Chronicle says: "Bush fires are raging throughout Victoria and great stretches of the country have been devastated. A wall of fire a hundred feet high which was driven by a gale passed with appalling swiftness over Mount Fatigue, killing at least 15 persons. COTTON COMPRESS BURNS. Jackson, Miss., Jan. 23.-The Mis sissippi cotton compress burned to day with 9,500 bales of cotton. The loss is $750,000. HAS TAKEN NEW TURN Counsel in Case Against Packers Seeking to Reach Agreement As to Facts Concerning. Possible Promises by Garfield. Chicago, Jan. 24.-When the first witness had been called by the de fense today in the "packers" case the entire proceeding was suddenly stop ped and the lawyers for the govern ment and packers engaged in a long conference in which an attempt was made to reach an agreement as to what the facts are as regards possible promises made to the defendants dur ing the investigation of the beef in dustry by Commissioner of Corpora tions James R. Garfield. If an agree ment on this question is reached the necessity of testimony will be elimin ated and the entire case will stand or fall- on the question of law alone which will be presented to Judge Humphrey. The jury would then be instructed to return a verdict in accordance with his findings. STEALS MARCH ON HILL. Harriman Secures Much Wanted Ter minal Facilities at Seattle. San Francisco, Jan. 24.-By the transfer of $10,000,000 of stock of the Pacific Coast company, E. H. Harri man is credited with getting control of the company and also with securing terminal facilities at Seattle, thus out witting J. J. Hill. The transfer was made in New York. The most valuable asset of the Pa cific Coast is the Columbia & Puget Sound railroad, about 60 miles long, with an entrance into Seattle. Its de pot is between the Great Northern and Northern Pacific and it has 30 of the 70 feet of choicest business water front. It also has four large whairves, coal bunker plant and machine and re pair shops. This purchase puts Harriman on an equal footing with Hill and the Great. Nurthern. By this purchase Harriman also acquires a feeder for his steam ship lines, as the company operates vessels from Mansaillo to Vancouver and does a great Alaskan business in summer. In this way Harriman will practically control the steamship busi ness on the coast. A SURPRISED VETERAN. Finds Another Man Has Appropriated His Army Record to Advantage. Bismark, N. D., Jan. 24.-J. P. Ken yon is having rather a novel experi ence in securing a pension. In 1880 he applied for one, but failed to get it. About a year ago the agent at Washington, through whom he had applied, sent him some papers to sign. They included inquiries as to why he had ceased drawing his pension. Mucn surprised, Kenyon replied that he had never been granted a pension. Fur ther correspondence developed the fact that a man in Iowa, claiming to be J. P. Kenyon, had taken over Ken yon's ten-year army record, had added his own subsequent service in the army in 1896, and secured a pension BILLINGS LUMBER CO. NORTH 27 STREET (Old Burlington Freight Depot) Building Material of Every Description. Agents for Carney Coal. RIGHT PRICES. H. J. THOMPSON, Manager. Finest hotel in the Yellowstone Valley ... The Giand Geo. F. Bennighoff, Prop. ON APPLICATION.. * illings, mo t of $24 a month. 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