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FISK BROS. - - - Publishers. K. E. FISK,......Editor THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1888. Even if Cleveland should veto the direct tax bill it is likely that it would pass both houses over his veto. It did not have quite two-thirds support on the vote in the House, but we estimate that Cleve land's veto would increase its strength. To witness the amount of building and all kinds of out-door work going on in Helena one would hardly think it possible that it was the middle of December in north latitude 47 c where now daylight is confined to eight hours out of the twenty four. __ Globe-Democrat: Montana has begun another movement looking toward its ad mission to Statehood. That Territory has the three principal qualifications for the condition which it 6eeks. It has popula tion, intelligente and a good, safe Republi can majority. Let Montana come in. We notice that Bro. Alderson, in speak ing of our admission as a State, thinks there is no particular reason for haste, and suggests that Montana is entitled to extra consideration in the shape of grants for many public institutions. We cannot ex pect and ought not to ask any special fa vors. We Want admission as soon a3 we can get it, and all the dowry that we can get. But we don't propose to stay out a day longer than is necessary in hopes of doing better._ The admission of Montana is not em barrassed by any question of division, nor do we have any public debt to be provided for. We do not even need the delay of a constitutional convention, for we have al ready adopted a constitution. In any shape the question can come up, Montana will have as good position for favorable consideration as any applicant for State hood. Republicans will support it for our last vote and Democrats for our previous record. Our total vote will be better evi dence of our population than Governor Leslie's message. The questiou of a registry law will be up before the coming session of our legis lature on all its merits and in full force. Henry J. Haskell, Representative-elect from Dawson county, will prove a most valuable member for his familiarity with this question, having been through the whole field in California. Our conditions and needs are very similar to those of Cal ifornia. It is a silent tribute to the efficacy of these registration laws, that no State that has ever adopted such a law has ever repealed it, no matter what may have been the political revolutions. Notwithstanding all the outcry from certain labor organizations against prison labor, it is just as honest as any, though it may not not be as skillful or desirable. In our opinion, it is as cruel as it is unwise to insist that convicts should not labor. It is well to avoid, as far as prssible, any thing like injurious competition with any single trade. A variety of trades is better on all accounts, except that it may involve a little more trouble and expense. But we believe in prisoners working, and if they work well, giving them a share of their earniogs. ___ The Inter-Ocean is in error in an arti ce on the "Sioux Qnestion," in saying that "the great tract in Northern Montana, which is the home of the red man, can never be cultivated in a farming way." On the contrary, that portion of Montana con tains more than an average of cultivatable land, and better still, we are pleased to in form the Inter-Ocean that the Indian title to most of that portion of the Territory has been extinguished, and as soon as the United States surveys can be extended there it will be in demand for settlement. Even for hundreds of miles still further north in British territory there is good cultivable land. Feom all present appearances the Re publican majority in the next House at the first call will not exceed three and may not be more than one. Such a condition of things would be a constant source not only of anxiety but of real danger, sugges tive of constant plots and possibly provo cative of crime. Without any ref erence to the question of the early admis sion of new States it will be the general verdict of all parties and all interests that such a state of doubt should uot be allowed to continue a single day longer than was possible. Members are liable to die and change the whole complexion of the House and with it the whole usefulness of Congress and perhaps of the administration. The House should be organized as soon as possible and com mittees appointed, so that contests might be decided. Out of 325 members, includ ing many of advanced years and not all strong and healthy men, it would be strange if there were not more than two deaths a year. There is scarce a day in the year that there is not some member nnable to be in his seat for sickness or accident. To think of all the vast interests, foreign and domestic policies, hanging by so slight a thread as the life of a single member would stir a fever at an hour's notice and lead to all sorts of conspiracies, combinations and panics. It is a condition from which the earliest possible escape is desirable. Want the Road Sold For Cash. Lincoln, Neb., December 14.—The at torney general of this State has written the governor protesting against the pro posed action of Congress to extend time pay menu on the Union Pacific debt. He says the company shonld be amenable to the State for lands taken by condemnation or otherwise, outside of the government grant He says the only fair thing to do is to sell the road for cash. IMMIGRATION AGENTS. Many countries, especially the British colonies and the South American states pay large sums out of the public treasury in aid of immigrants, such is the contest to secure additions to their population. This has not been found necessary in the United States. The general prosperity of our peo ple is known all over the world and serves as a constant attraction to all such as have the ambition to improve their condition and the means to gratify it. Canada to the north of us has spent a great deal to promote immigration that has hardly rested foot on Canadian soil before it has crossed the boundary and located in the United Slates. Mr. Shaler, in his history of Kentucky, estimates the cash value of every mature, healthy immigrant at $3,000, and that it goes into the general wealth of the) State at that average. We suppose this is ou the theory that every such person is able to produce $200, over and above the cost cf self-support, and that would represent the interest at 6 per cent, on a capital of $3,000. At this ratio the half million of immigrants that come to us yearly from abroad would represent an addition to oar fixed wealth of $1,500,000,000. ;We do not often think of this feature of immi gration. We get some trash always, aud some anarchists aad other classes that prove worse than worthless, but after all deductions on this score, it remains true there is an enormous cash value to our immigration. We not only have the most of it, but the best of it, the most intelli gent, ambitious, independent and well> to-do. AmoDg our own states there has „been much rivalry to secure immigration. This has been chiefiy among the new states of the Northwest. The South, generally, has not desired or sought after immigration, nor have the eastern states with rare ex ceptions. What has been drawn from European countries as a superfluity aud has been allowed to flow past the borders of several of our owu states, has beeu re ceived with a warm welcome in the far west, where its real value is the best un derstood. Among all the immigration agencies iu operation or that have ever been devised the railroads are the most effective. The people too often forget what they owe to the railroads, remembering only some spe cial grievance. This large business of in ducing and aiding in immigration, which in time past has been a heavy tax upon private enterprise and public revenues, has almost passed in the hands of the railroads, as a matter of business. Those who first came to Montana, came at an average cost of $500, and it would amount to even more if we counted the full value of the time spent in coming. Now this transportation is done for one-tenth of the cost and in one twentieth of the time. If we estimate the cost of introducing 10,000 new settlers into Montana in one season, at $500 by the old method and $50 by railroad, here is a saving of $4,500,000 every year which we owe to the railroad. Probably for years to come the accessions to oar population will be twice ten thou sand, and the saving on them for transpor tation will reach $10,000,000, and their pro ductive value will also be greater on ac count of the railroads. Of all the immigration agencies ever known, the railroads are the most efficient and economical. Multiplying population and increasing production is taken up and performed by the railroads as their ordi nary business. They even advertise the advantages and resources of our Territoiy with more enterprise than our own officials or than any hired agents that we could employ. _ UTAH MUST WAIT. The gentiles of Utah do not desire State hood. They know well that the evil o^ Mormonism would then be forever beyond the control of the general government. It would be easy to maintain all the forms of a free State without any of the substance. The Southern representatives who seem to favor admission ought to know how a compact minority can override the law. It would be still eas er for a more compact majority to do the same thing. The Democrats may some of them feel flattered by the Mormon church professing allegiance to that party. Its friendship is pollation and death. One of the earliest declarations of the Republican party declared Mormonism to be one of the "twin relics of barbarism." The fact that the other twin has been destroyed is a pledge] that the final mission will be ac complished. The passionate affection manifected by the busy brute, Mormon ism, for the Democratic party is altogether a mark of fear of coming judgment. When the Prohibition party outvotes the Democratic there will be some profession and attachment to the party. The vote in the Democratic caucus to put the Utah application in a separate bill shows that most of the Democrats want an individual chance to defeat it. They must know that a Mormon alliance would prove more destructive to their hopes than the advocacy of free trade even. In Utah, among the gentiles, there is no division of party. Democrats who are on the gronnd and know the plans and motives of the Mormon leaders are jnst as strong as Republicans in opposition to any scheme of alliance or compromise. We think it is going to far even too allow the introduction of a bill for the admission of a State when opposed by the only por tion of the residents who could become worthy citizens of the United State*. Presidential Appointments. Washington, December 13.—The Pres ident sent the following nominations to the Senate: G. Parker Newton, Surveyor General, Salt Lake City, Utah; Ira M. Krutz, Indiana, register of land office at North Yakirtfa, Washing ton Territory; H. T. Tolmin, Minnesota, Agent for Indians, Nez Perces agency, Idaho. Children Cry for Pitcher'sjCastoria^ is it to to a IN CAUCUS. Decidedly the most interesting piece of recent news is the action of the caucus of Democratic members of Congress ou the question of the admission of new States. We are pleasantly surprised at the liberal aud favorable views of the majori ty. Even the South was not so unanimous iu opposition as we had reason to sup pose. Oate3, of Alabama, and McMillen, of Tennessee, were the most outspoken and flat-footed in opposition apparently to the admission of any new State without a provision in its constitution that it should always vote the Democratic ticket from the shoulder. Even Breckenridge, of Ken tucky, seemed to consider Democratic opinions more essential than decent, civil ized habits as a prerequisite to Statehood. But more moderate views prevailed and the majority were brought together in fa vor of au omnibus bill that should admit all of the Territories that had a population that would entitle them to a representa tive in the House of Representatives, leav ing the question of the division of Dakota to her own people and providing for U tab in a separate bill. The form of an omnibas bill would be best, if all applicants stood on the same ground. But this is not the case. South Dakota aud Montana have adopted consti tutions, and might fairly be admitted at once. To submit the question of division again to the people of Dakota would be a useless formality. The telegraphic report is not full enough to satisfy us whether the support of the majority was pledged simply to the gen eral form of an ouuibus bill or to the pe culiar bill of Spriuger's, which requires the final approval of both Houses of Congress to complete the admission, after the Ter ritories had adopted constitu tions and elected State officers. This feature of the Springer bill, go ing beyond anything heretofore required is a needless and wanton burden and insult to the people of the Territories. So far as our constitution is concerned aud whether it is sufficiently Republican in form, the members of Congress can judge now, for the instrument is in print and before them. Our vote in November is a sufficient seu 8U8 and our twenty-four year's history shows whether or not we can take care of ourselves and support a reputable govern ment. Now that the control of the House has passed out from under the Democracy we presume Springer will not be strenuous to insist ou the feature cf the bill re quiring a final ratification by both branches of Congress. What delights us most is that this ques tion of admission is paramount to all others. It fills the press. It fills the at tention of both parties, in and out of con gress. It has attained such prominence that even the tariff, the foremost issue of the late campaign, cannot crowd it aside. But the greatest of all evidence of its commanding importance is that even Southern Democratic congressmen are de cided about it. Some of them recognize that to deny any longer statehood and representation would kill the party that takes so unreasonable a position. THE PANAMA CANAL. Yesterday witnessed another crisis in tne affairs of the Panama Canal Co., happily passed. The scene reported from Paris of De Lesseps announcing the success of the loan, the assurance of the completion of the work and shedding tears of joy is highly dramatic and peculiarly French. We certainly have great admiration of the indefatigable energy of De Lesseps nor do we underestimate the value of his undertaking to bnild a ship-canal across the Panama isthmus. Still we lare forced to believe that it is an undertaking that DeLesseps will never live to see completed, nor do we believe its completion as a sea level canal is possible as a private enter prise. It may be carried through by a combination of the principal nations of the world. Either the United States will ulti mately own it or will have a paramount interest in it. The situation and progress of events insure this. France knows fall well that the United States will never consent to snch a vital point on this continent passing into her hands. Say what he will or can the Panama canal is already a dismal failure and only the per sonal influence of DeLesseps prevents the announcement. There has been gross extravagance in addition to enormons le gitimate expense. For anything but a sea-level canal, the Isthmns of Panama is the poorest of sev eral possible routes. It is the opinion of competent judges that a ship canal by the Nicaragua route could be completed in less time and for less mouey than the Panama canal, with all that has been done and spent on it to the present time. Ben. Buttebwobth's resolutions are well enongh as an expression of our fra ternal feeling towards the people of the Dominion and the form in which they are presented ought not to be seriously ob jectionable. It is not qnite like courting a woman living with a lawfully wedded hnsband, though perhaps enongh like it to scandalize some political prndes. The tie of nature and interest between ns and the Canadians is much stronger than the political tie between them and England. The Canadians are possibly Englishmen by sentiment and for revenue, bat they are Americans by still stronger and more numerous ties. It is well enongh to direct attention toj .the sub ject as one that sooner or later will require action. We do not consider it wise to promise to assume the Dominion debt or its contracts with railroads, or even to promise admission as States to all the separate Provinces. Some of them are too small to be considered separately and never can support a large population. It can be assumed for certain that no more territor ially small States will be admitted into the Union. Some are now exclaiming against the division of Dakota, while eith er half is larger tfcan the six New England States with three or four Delawares thrown in. of to a THE CANADIAN POSITION. Extracts from some of the moat promi nent of the Canadian government papers and personages are quoted as showing that Butterworth's resolutions are ridiculed generally by the Canadians. Now, while we have no special desire for aDy precipi tated action in this annexation business, it is as plain to ns as the sun in mid heavens that it is barely a question of time, and no great time at that, when this anion will take place. If we cared to know what the people of Canada thought on this subject we would not go to the ones directly or officially in terested in preserving the present situa tion. We should go to the intelligent, middle-class people. Nor should we rest satisfied simply with what people said, for men dissatisfied with their government exercise great prudence in speech. We notice this fact, that though Canada boasts of au area as large as the United States its population does not exceed five millions, with all the bounties paid for im migrants. Canada has been as long settled as the United States, and yet her entire population after two hundred years ol im migration and growth is no more than one third of our gain in the last ten years. As our country gets more filled up and rail roads open up uew portions of the Domin ion territory, there is no doubt that this ratio of growth will somewhat increase. But there must be something radically wrong with a country and government when the natives emigrate from it at the rate they are even now doing. In Massa chussets alone there are now 120,000 French Canadians settled, and in the other New England States there are about as many in proportion. There are 500,000 of this one branch of the Canadian people, and scattered through other States are 300,000 more of the same class of people. Here are 800,000 French Canadians in the United States, or nearly one-fiftieth of the entire population of that country at its last census iu 1881. Bat French Canadians are not the only ones that emigrate as we very well know. It wonld be safe to say that folly one fourth of all the people born in Canada are now residents of the United States. Yet John McDonald and the Gov ernment papers would have us believe that the Canadians were the most contented if not the most prosperous people in the world. Do people get np and ran away from contentment and prosper ity? Acts speak louder than words. These Canadians came down at first to work in the factories of New England and then went back home with their earn ings. The next time they returned bring ing others and now there are whole fam ilies, congiegations and villages of these thrifty, industrious people, who were very slow to adopt the spirit of our institutions, but are now becoming good, permanent citizens. The influence of these French Canadians settled among us is very great among those still in Canada. The Catholic chnrch in Canada would not favor annexation to the United States, but aside from this single influence, the entire French element has no particle of attachment to Great Britain. It flatters the vanity of the fashionable and official class in Canada to see them selves courted in tarn by Great Britain and the United States. We sometimes think Miss Canada is getting to be something of a flirt. And flirts sometimes become old maids. There was a time that onr people desired to possess Canada even more than now, as an offset to the Sooth. Bat that reason is fast passing. To ns it is more of a sentiment than an interest, but to the Canadians it is a mat ter of present, material, every day interest, in testimony whereof the hundreds of thousands of born Canadians, now on onr soil, are witneses. It seems that the reported success of the Panama canal loan was not only prema ture bat contrary to fact. The loau has failed and now they are considering wheth er to go through bankruptcy anl leave the matter to be taken np by an entirely new company, or to transfer the rights and in terests of the present company to a new one formed to co-operate with it and help to save what is possible of the wreck. In both plans it is agreed that no interest on existing loans shall be paid till the com pletion of the canal. That would be about the time the confederate bonds came dae. If a sea-level canal, large enough to af ford passage to the largest vessels, is ever completed, it will have to be done by the joint action and revenues of the principal commercial nations and that is the only way that it ought to have been undertaken. If a Congress were called to take np the scheme on this basis and opened to all commercial nations, agreeing to be assessed proportionately to carry for ward the work till it was completed, then we should be sure that the canal would be an ultimate success. When the work was finally completed something should be al lowed for the work already done, so far as it proved valuable in the general result. This is about the only way for the work to be done or for the present company to real ize anything for what has been done. Don't Like the Resolution. Tobonto, December 14.—Commenting on the Bntterworth resolution, the Empire , the leading government organ, calls it an insalting overture. The Globe (opposition) sa ye: "W T e have no donbt the judgment of the Canadians in the matter would be snch as to cure our neighbors of the delu sion that has long kept them from trying to make the best of .the political separa tion of the two countries. Rosencrans to be Retired With Rank and Pay. Washington, December 14— The Sen ate committee on military affairs agreed to report favorably the bill for the retirement of W. S. Rosecrans with the rank of Briga dier General. In Favor of Gold and Silver. London, December 13.—The conference of the Metalic League resolved to endeav or to secure the return to the bi-metallic system prevailing prior to 73. TIM ES -PARNELL. Editor O'Brien Offends the Com mission. London, December 14.—At the sitting of the Parnell commission to day the counsel for the Times requested the court to sit Tuesday in order that he might make application as to what course the court would pursue respecting William O'Brien for the article in his paper, United Ireland, in which it was stated that the time had arrived for plain speaking in re gard to the "Forgeries Commission." "We do not intend to wait until the court allows us speak. We don't care two pence for the opinion of the three judges es pecially selected in the teeth of the justly indignant liberal protêt by the forger's friends and accomplices." Judge Hannen indicated that the conrt had arranged to adjourn to-day. He added if he could he would instantly relinquish his seat in the commission, but be had a duty which it was impossible for him to evade. The counsel for the Parnellites called at tention to the observations made by the warden of Morton college, in which he likened Michael Davitt and other Home Rulers to the White Chapel murderer. Justice Hannen announced the Court had decided that the affidavit reciting the utter ances of O'Brien and his paper be immedi ately filed and O'Brien must appear before the commission to-morrow. They also de cided that notice should be served upon the warden of Merton college, ordering him to attend the first meeting in January. Thomas O'Connor, who testified on the 4th about the alleged inner workings of the League, was recalled and cross ex amined. He admitted that emiesaries of the Times strongly urged him to testify and admitted the authorship of the letter to his brother saying he had got himself summoned by the Times in order to make a few pounds, but found he had to swear to queer things. His family had since tel egraphed him they wonld die of shame if he chauged his testimony ou cross exam ination. FEARFUL GALES. Devastation on Land and Sea. New Yobk, December 13.—A Sydney, Cape Breton, special says: A fearful storm, with wind seventy miles an hoar, accom panied by snow and sleet, has been raging here siuce Tuesday night. Many houses have been unroofed, and people turned half clad into the howling tempest. Wires are down in every direction. From all points accessible comes the tale of fearful suffering and ship wreck at sea. It is feared, when all points are heard from' there wil be much loss ot life reported. The Latest Cabinet Rumor. Chicago, December 13.—A special from Indianapolis says: "A significant bit of gossip regarding the cabinet came from one of General Harrison's friends today. It relates to the recognition of the Pacific coast and who will probably receive it. There are various reasons for the belief that one of the administration advisers will represent that section, and according to the gentleman whose views are followed, the honor will not, as everybody has sup posed, fall on a California man, but Sena tor Mitchell, of Oregon, will likely be the choice of the president elect New Yobk. December 14.—The wind is blowing fifty miles per hoar and the tern peratnre six above. No steamers have gone to sea and only one arrived. BLACK BART. What Says the Highwayman's Mis souri Wife. Hanmbal, Mo., December 13.—Mrs. Mary Boles, a respectable woman of this city, is the wife of the noted "Lone High wayman" of California. A reporter called on Mrs. Boles and asked her if she knew of her hnsband's whereabouts. She said: "The last letter received from him was dated Febrnary 21. He said if his life was spared he wonld be with ns by Christmas at the farthest. He knows detectives are on his track. Yon can easily see why he dare not write, as a letter, no matter where mailed, wonld be almost certain to fall in their hands. I believe he is en gaged in mining in some secluded spot in the mountains, though of coarse I do not know. If he is alive and not pnrsned by detectives, I believe he will come. 1 know that he still loves ns. The evidence in my possession shows, beyond a donbt, that he is still as devoted to us as when we last saw him twenty years ago. It has been said that his depreda tions and robbing are confined exclusively to the Wells, Fargo Express Co. I don't say this to excuse him, for God knows he has enough to answer for. Bat, oh, sir, he has some noble traits of character, and if they would only let him alone, I know he wonld henceforth lead an honorable life." Mrs. Boles has lived in this city twelve or thirteen years. She has three daughters, two are married and living here! the third lives with her mother and is an estimable young lady. The Haytian Minister's Scheme. New Yobk, December 15.—The Atlas line steamer Andes sailed to-day for Port an Prince. Rumors that she carried sev eral thousand ball cartridges for the Hay tian government could not be officially verified. From another source it was learned that in addition to the cartridges she carried one thousand Winchester and Remington rifles. Minister Preston this morning refused to affirm or deny a re port to the effect that the crew was ander contract with him to take possession of the seized steamer Haytian Republic. The report, however is credited in shipping circles. It is looked npon as a wise move ment of the Haytian Minister. It is ar gued this crew will at once be sent to Port an Prince and placed immediately on the Haytian Republic j vessel and headed for New York, where it will arrive before the Galena and Yantic reach Hayti. ChildrenCryforPitcher'sCastoria. ANNEXATION. Looking to the Union of the Domin ion With the United States Washington, December 13.—Butter worth, of Ohio, has introduced for refer ence the following joint resolutions: Whebeas, The citizens of *he Domin ion of Canada are oue with m> in race, lineage, history and tradition. Whebeas, The resources of (lie two countries supplement each other acd are arteries of commerce, both natural aud artificial, so interlocked and mutually de pendent upon each other that they ought to constitute a single system, to be one and inseparable, and 4 Whebeas, The commercial relations between the United States and the Domin ion of Canada are and have been strained and unnaturally cramped and in a measure paralized, owiug to the inability of the two governments to establish such a system of international trade and com merce between them as is essential to meet the requirements of the situation. Whereas, The conditions and rela tions before referred to, as also the geography of the two countries,suggest the impossibility of a just and permanent set tlement of controversies pertaining to fish eries, boundaries and transcontinental trade, except by blending efforts and inter ests under one govermental system, and point logically to the necessity and proba bility of unity and assimilation between the two nations under one government. Whebeas, bonds of sympathy resulting from kinship, race, language, tradition cud substantial identification of governmental sympathy, together with a community of interests based npon commerce and its aids and agencies, are of such a character that such a union and assimilation is being discussed and favorably considered by citizens of both nations, and inasmuch as it is believed that early consummation would be of great advantage to all citizens and subjects of the two countries, provided the same can be at tained in a manner consistent alike with the honor and dignity of the United States and Great Britain and the Dominion of Canada, therefore, with the view to aid in the consommation of what is heretofore suggested, be it Resolved, By the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled, that the President be and he is hereby authorized and empow ered to invite negotiations looking to an assimilation and unity of the people of the Dominion of Canada and the United States ander [one government, snch unity and assimilation to.be based npon the admis sion of the several provinces of the Domin ion, or any one of them, into the Union of States, upon thq same terms and equality with the several States[now composing the Union, and the assumption by the United States of the indebtedness of the Dominion of Canada or a just proportion thereof, and on such other equitable terms and conditions as justice to the high contracting parties may demand; Resolved further, That, with the view to snch negotiations, the President invites the appointment of commissioners by the Government of Great Britain and the Do minion of Canada to consider the wisdom and expediency of set tling and adjusting all controversies and differences which now exist between the two governments, growing ont of the fisheries, or otherwise, by such uuiou aud assimilation as hereinbefore snggested either as to the whole or any province of the several provinces of said Dominion, snch negotiations to be conducted with due regard to the amicable relations which exist between Great Britain and the United States and the obligations imposed thereby. The Alabama Family Marder. Birmingham, Ala., December 15.—The body of Irene Hawes was found in tho lake at Lakeview this morning. The wa ter had been drained until only a foot deep. The child wore a small slip half covering the body and a hemp cord fast ened two heavy fish plates, weighing thir ty pounds each, to the babe. The body was fonnd near the point where Mrs. Hawes' body was fonnd. St. Louis Selling Out to Chicago. St. Louis, December 15.—The sale of a number of St. Louis street railways to Chicagocapitalists wasconsnmmated to-day. The purchasers were C. B. Holmes and L. C. Hutchinson. The roads sold are the Union, Citizens, Cass avenue and Northern Central. The purchase price is $3,600,000. Gladstone Speaks. London, December 15.—At Limehouse Gladstone made a speech congratulating the Liberals on the brightening prospects and protested against the attempt to con quer the Sondan as an adventure as hope less as the attempt to fight nature. Buying the Forests. Stillwater, Minn., December 15.— Isaac Stap'es sold 50,000 acres of pine lands on Snak^river for over $600,000 t§ Fred Weyerhauser, for a syndicate which is rapidly absorbing valuable timber lands. Gompers Re-elected. St. Louis, December 15.—The American Federation of Labor re elected Samuel Gompers, of New York, president, and chose Boston as the place of the next meet ing t __ Whiskey Trust Fight. Chicago, December 15.—The Whiskey Trust will make a decided redaction in price Janaary 1st with a view to crushing the distilleries who are fighting the com bination. In Congress. HOUSE. Washington, December 14.—Hooker, of Mississippi, introduced a concurrent res olution providing for the holiday recess, from Friday, December 21st until Monday, January 7. Referred to the ways and means committee. Washington, December 14.—Clardy, of Missouri, moved that the House go into a committee of the whole on the private calendar for the farther consideration of the Nicarangna Canal bill. 1 > FATAL SHOTS. A California Bank Tragedy.) San Bebnabdino, Cal. December 13.— Two strangers from Arizona entered the San Bernardino National bank this morn ing. One of them presented a check and asked it to cashed. E. H. Morse, the cashier, told him he would have to be identified. Words followed when ihe stranger drew a revolver and shot Morse through . the body. The latter returned the fire and put two balls into his assailant. Six or seven shots "ere fired in all. The strangers ran. but were arrested. It is thought Morse aud his assailant will both die. It is believed the men entered the bank with the design of robbery. Cashier Morse died half an hour alter the shooting. The man who did the shoot ing gives the naaae of John Oates. It is said that the third man, not yet arrested, was seen trying the side door of the bank while the shooting was going on. Oates is>hot in the arms, ear and back, but it is believed none of the wounds are serious. San Bebnandino, Cal., December 13.— Jno. Oaks, who had been working on the railroad here for some time, went to the bank yesterday to have a cheek cashed. Cashier Morse informed him he would have to be identified. This morning he returned iu company with a man from Arizona and presented the check again. Morse told him he could not cash the check unless he was properly identified. Oaks said: "I'll make you," and drawing a revolver fired. Morse returned the fire aud niue shots were exchanged. Morse was shot through the lungs and died in a short tinn. Oaks was only slightly injured. His companion had no idea what was going tj happen and is innocent of complicity in the crime. It is learned that Oaks was released from a:i insane asylam before coming here. The doctor who examined him at the jail says he was insane at the time of the shooting. Morse leaves a wife, but no children. STIRRED 'EM UP. Lively Scene in the House To-day. Washington, December 14.—A lively scene arose iu the Honse this afternoon based on an article in a New York paper, declaring there were two elements united against the Nicaragua canal bill, the agents of the Pacific railroads and the attorneys of the Panama canal. The paper contains an interview with Judge Daly on the sub ject, intimating that the gentlemen (nam ing them) who offered the amendments to the bill did so for the purpose of defeating the measure. Messrs. Wilson aud Bland, of Missouri, Cobb, of Alabama, aud Spinola, of New York, indignantly denied being influenced in their action in offering amendments for any purpose except a desire to perlect the measure. The latter referred to Judge Daly as a man who, since his retirement from the bench, had been connected with breezy enterprises. Cox, of New York, paid a warm eulogy to Judge Daly's integ rity, and in an emphatic manner denied the charge that he was a lobbyist. BLAINE FOR PREMIER. What Senator Hale of Maine Says. Washington, December 14.—Senator Hale was quoted in the morning paper as saying he expected to receive within twen ty-four hours a telegram informing him of the fact that General Harrison had asked Blaine to accept a place in the Cabinet. "This," he said to an Associated Press re porter this afternoon, "is incorrect. What I said was, I shonld not be surprised to bear that such is the case. I believe Harrison will tender Blaine a place in the Cabinet— that of Secretary of State—for he has not been considered on any other line of work." "Will he accept it?" "That I cannot say." Augusta, Maine, 14.—Blaine declines to talk abont the story of having been offered the Secretaryship of State. Joseph Man ley does not believe Harrison has tendered the position to Blaine, although he always believed it would be tendered a id that Blaine wonld accept it. OPIUM CHEATS. Discovery of Another Smuggling Gang. St. Paul, December 15.—The Pioneer Press says: "United States secret service officers are here on the track of a gigantic opium smuggling conspiracy. They have learned that an organized, well equipped band of smugglers have for years be^n operating across the northwestern border. One of the gang was arrested recently at Denver, Col., and made a full confession. Acting upon information given him, the Deputy Collector at St Vincent, Minn., went west to a point on the Dakota line Wednesday and intercepted a.wagon load of 800 pounds of crude opium. The whole outfit was seized and the driver of the wagon arrested. Last night the govern ment detective Icit St. Paul for the north to arrest a man to whom the opium was consigned. Prince Alexander Dead. 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