SIXTEEN PAGES A WEEK —PART ONE
Its Enemies Fail to Prevent Appro
priation for the Maintenance
of the Commission.
IS PASSED BY A VOTE OF 119 TO 95.
House Reverse* the Action ot the
Committee of the WholeandPsnen
Legislative Bill Without Amend
ment—II a» in ens Transacted by the
Senate. -'V* V-''
Washington, Jan. 9. At the open
ing of the session of the house Monday
a general order was adopted providing
for the consideration of the naval per
sonnel bill as soon as the bill for the
codification of the laws of Alaska is is
posed of, the order, however, not to in
terfere with the consideration of ap
propriation bills or conference reports.
-sThe diplomatic and consular appro
a priation bill was reported and Mr Hitt,
chairman of the foreign affairs commit
tee, gave notice that he would call it up
at the earliest possible moment.
-V bill was passed providing for the
free entry of certain bills presented by
Edwin M. Stanton to the Iowa agricul
tural college and for the removal of the
of Maj. Gen. John Eawlins
from the congressional cemetery in
this city to the cemetery at Arlington
The regular order was then demanded
and the house proceeded to vote upon
the amendment to the legislative, exec
utive and judicial appropriation bill,
which strikes out of that bill the appro
priation for the maintenance cf the
civil service commission.
The amendment was adopted in cotn
mittee of the whole by a vote of 67 to 61.
Mr. Moody (rep., Mass.) demanded
the yeas and nays, and amid an up
roarious demand, both from the friends
and opponents of the amendment the
clerk called the roll. V•
The vote resulted in a reversal, of the
decision of the committee of the whole.
The appropriation for the support of
the commission was restored, the mo
tion to strike out ilfe a^rtpriation be
ing defeated 95 to llSfc
The legislative bill was then passed
without division and under the conr
tinning order the house resumed the
consideration of the bill for the codifi
cation of the laws of Alaska, which was
interrupted last week when the legis
lative bill was taken up.
Business of the Senate.
Washington, Jan., 9.—Immediately
upon the convening of the senate Mon
day Senator Mitchell (Wis.) reported
from the military affairs committee a
bill providing that all honorably dis
charged soldiers and sailors who served
in the war of the rebellion and the vol
unteer soldiers and sailors of the war
of 1812, and of the Mexican war and of
the war with Spain, who may be dis
nbled in any way shall be admitted into
the home for disabled volunteer sol
diers. It was passed.
A bill to authorize the revival of suits
and actions' commenced lawfully
against officers of the United States as
such on the termination of the terms
of such officers was passed.
Y-.U?-' Prise Money.
Washington, Jan. 9. Senator Ual
linger Monday offered an amendment
a to the naval appropriation bill appro
ximating $2,000,000 to pay the officers
and men of the navy and marine corps
the bounty or other allowances due
them under section 4635 of the revised
statutes for the capture or destruction
of ships or vessels of war during the
war with Spain.
DISASTROUS FREIGHT WRECK.
flpar End Collision on the Wabash at
Belleville, Mich.—Five Cars
Belleville, Mich., Jan. 0. A disas
trous freight wreck was caused ou the
Wabash here by freight train No. 60
running into the rear end of an extra
freight that was lying on the main
track near Harvey Johnson's bean
storehouse. The engineer and fire
man saved themselves by jumping.
An overturned stove tired the wreck
and five freight cars, the caboose
and the bean storehouse were
burned and the wrecked engine badly
damaged by the Are. The loss on roll
ing stock is estimated at from $25,OGO
to $30,000, with $3,000 loss on the store
St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 9. A Bock
Rapids (la.) special to the Dispatch
says: The Farmer's Bank of Inwood
was robbed of $2,000 Sunday night.
The vault was entered and the safe was
blown open with explosives. The rob
bery was evidently the work of pro
fessionals who entered and left town on
a hand car belonging to the Milwaukee
From Populist to RepubllcanControl.
Topeka, Kan., Jan. 9 Gov. Stan
ley took the .oath of office at noon, the
state administration changing from
populist to republican. The crowd
was large. The hall was gayly deco
rated with flags and bunting and over
the main entrauce hupg a large pic
ture of President McKinlev.
THOMAS B. ALDRICH.
An American Author on Whom For
tune Has Smiled.
Althoneh 63 Years of Age He Looks
Like a Comparatively Young Man
—His Career as an Editor
It is a matter of regret to lovers of
pure and undefiled English that so lit
tle new work comes from the pen of
Thomas Bailey Aldrich in. these later
days. His style i9 equaled by few
writers of prose and poetry, and it is
not because he has lost his hold on the
reading public that anything new from
his pen is rarely seen.
Although he is now in. his sixty-third
year, having been born on November
11, 1836, his friends do not regard Al
drich as an old man nor does he look
like one. To see him coming down the
steps of his handsome Mt. Vernon
street house on Beacon Hill in Boston
one would guess him to be nearer 50
than 63 years of age. A] ways careful in
every detail of dress, he presents a
marked contrast to the average "liter
ary man," who is generally inclined to
carelessness in this respect. It is prob
ably true that Aldrich is the best
"groomed" writer in Boston, and it is
certainly true that few writers in Bos
ton or any other city have the long
purse that the gods have vouchsafed to
Thomas Bailey Aldrich. When his life
long friend, Hon. Henry L. Pierce, the
multi-millionaire, died about two years
ago, he bequeathed Mr. and Mrs. Al
drich the comfortable little fortune ol
$100,000 each, and to each of their twin
sons he willed a similar sum.
Aldrich's1 books are greatly in de
mand and hisi royalties must amount to
many thousands a year, while few
THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH.
(An American Author on Whom Fortune
writers can command the prices he re
ceives for anything he chooses to write.
He has added to American literature
some of the most finished and exquisite
work. One never tires of'The Ballad
of Babie Bell," and his "Marjorie Daw.
and Other Stories" are charming bitsof
writing. His humor is as subtle a« it is
irresistible. A more deliciously funny
story than his "Madame Zabriski" has
rarely appeared from the pen cf an
Aldrich was born in the quaint old
town of Portsmouth, X. II., but went to
l-ouisiana to live when still a cliMd. He
returned to Portsmouth and while pre
paring for college his father died, which
caused a change in young Aldrich's
plans, and he entered the counting
room of an uncle in Xew York city. But
his "literary bent" developed faster
than his capacity for business and at
the end of three years he set forth on
his literary career as a MSS. reader foi
a New York publishing- house. Latci
lie held editorial positions on the New
lork livening Mirror, Home Journal
and Saturday Press. In 1SS1 l:e suc
ceeded William Dean Howells as editoi
of the Atlantic Monthly in Boston.
I his position he held for several years
and since- resigning it he has spent
most of his time in travel.
Veil to Her Death.
St. Louis, Jan. 9. Sister Margaret
.Newman, mother superior of the Ur
suline convent at Twelfth street and
ltussell avenue, was killed by falling
from a third-story window to a stcue
pavement Sunday, her skull being frac
tured. It is not known when the fall
occurred, the body being found at an
early hour with life extiuct. Deceased
was 35 years old.
La Crosse, Wis., Jan. 9. Henry A.
Salzer, manager of the John A. Salzer
Seed company, of this city, sent the
Charles City (la.) college aNew Year's
gift of $3,000 in gold. Although a very
busy man, Mr. Salzer devotes time and
money to the encouragement of educa
tional and benevolent enterprises.
Itepoi'tM Are I'ntrue.
Cleveland, O., Jan. 9. President
William Chisholm, of the Cleveland
Boiling Mill company, stales that all
reports to the effect that the rolling
mill plant has passed into the control
of the American Steel & Wire com
pany are untrue.
Orders mi Iny-kiIKUtIon.
Zanesvilie, O., Jan. 9.—Judge Mun
son, of the common pleas bench of this
county, specifically charged the grand
jury to investigate rumors that the
natural gas company operating in this
city oln.'ii..i its franchise by bribing
Hie city council.
Dispatches from Gen. Otis to War De
partment Carefully Guarded—
NO HOSTILITIES EXPECTED, HOWEVER.
Policy to Be Adopted to Be a Gentle
One—Persuasion Before Powder—•
Filipino Agent at PnrU Sends Dis
patch to President Protesting
Against Landing Troops at llollo.
Washington, Jan. 9.—A great deal of
reticence is exhibited at the war de
partment relative to the state of affairs
at Iloilo. It is admitted that Uen. Otis
has reported to the department the
facts that were reported to him in turn
by Gen. Miller, but all that can be gath
ered as to the nature of the communi
cation is that it goes to
Protest from Filipinos.
London, Jan. 9. The Filipino com
mittees in Paris, Madrid and London
telegraphed on Saturday to President
McKinley. The Paris dispatch read:
"We protest against the disembarkation
of American troops at Iloilo."
DENISON, IOWA, TUESDAY, JANUARY lo, 1899.
press reports as to the attitude of the
insurgents. There are excellent rea
sons why the officials at the war depart
ment should at this stage maintain
secrecy as to the instructions govern
ing the movement of troops in the Phil-1
ippines. The situation is admitted to
be critical, but not hopeless by any
means, and it is extremely desirable
that the danger of a rupture shall not:
be increased by inflammatory publica
tions, which powerfully affect the ex
Krninlnir Plan of Campaign.
It is believed that Gen. Otis is fram
ing a plan of campaign which will re
sult in the extension of his control
over the island of Panay at least with
out actual hostilities or, if it must come
to warfare, then with the least possible
exposure of the American troops.
Probably the first step in this cam
paign has been taken by this time in
the establishment of a camp on the
plains of Guiamaras, lying only a few
miles from Iloilo and easily accessible
to the warships. This probably will be
made the base of operations if hostil
ities become unavoidable. The govern
ment, however, has not abandoned
hope that a peaceful solution can be
A Gentle Pollpy.
The policy to be adopted now is a
gentle one. Persuasion will be used
before powder. That will be the last
resort, and Secretary Alger is optim
istic in his view that it will never be
necessary. The president, it is said,
also views the situation in a similarly
hopeful manner. He believes that the
Filipinos will become less suspicious
when they understand more fully the
intentions of this
country. He believes
that careful work on the part of
prudent officials will convince the Fil
ipinos of the earnestness of the United
States and of the purpose of this gov
ernment tp protect their lives and
peace still unratified.
American claim o£ sovereignty premature.
Pray reconsider resolution regarding Iloilo.
Filipinos wish for the friendship of Amer
ica and abhor militarism and deceit."
A representative of the press learns
that the Filipino junta of Paris has re
ceived a telegram from the Filipino
agent at Hong-Kong1, dated Saturday
"Fight with Americans unavoidable. We
are not the aggressors."
A telegram from an English house
at Manila says the situation is very
strained and that there is much anxiety
there. The dispatch also contained
news from Iloilo, the substance ot
which was that the American troops
had not yet landed
The members of the Filipino junta
discredit a statement published in the
Globe here that the United States gov
ernment has ordered Agoncillo, the
representative of Aguinaldo, to leave
Washington. They say they surely
would have heard the news if it had
Mail advices from the so-called
Filipino government, received here
Monday, say that Aguinaldo has de
cided that all foreign trade entering
ports under Filipino control will be ad
mitted ou the payment of a duty of five
per cent, ad valorem and that all ixport
trade is liable to a duty of one percent,
Flllplnoa Not Warlike.
San Francisco, Jan. 9. Father
Diaz, leader of the ten Spanish priests
from Manila who are in this city on
their way to Panama, says:
"The Filipinos are not naturally war
like and would not be now opposing the
Hnlted States were it not for the leaders
who are spurring them on. These leaders
are in the work solely for personal gain
and would prove hard masters for the
weaker portion of the natives should they
train the power. At Iloilo, where I wassta
iloned, there would have been little fight
ing if it had not been for these malcon
tents who fairly forced the natives to take
up arms. Most of these men who are at
.he head of the insurgent movement are
•Vlestices or half-breed. As to Aguinaldo
nimseif, he is a crafty fellow and has a
following among those people who hope
:o climb by his advancement. 1 do not
consider Aguinaldo personally responsible
or all the brutality shown olir friars, yet
•it could have prevented a^good portion of
it if lie had seun lit to do so
GEN. M. V. SHEEIDAN,
Now in Command of the Department
of the Lakes.
Be Shom No 111 Effect ot the Cam
paign in Porto Rico—His Aailffn
ment Considered Merely a
is Temporary One.
Brig. Gen. Michael V. Sheridan, fresh
from service in Porto Rico, reported the
other day at army headquarters in the
Pullman building at
Chicago as1 the new
commander of the department of the
Gen. Sheridan's physical appearance
shows little effect of his 4% months' ar
duous campaigning in Porto Rico.
The new department commander's
commission dates from December 14,
and his. arrival relieved Gen. Bacon, of
St. Paul, who had been temporarily in
charge of two departments. Gen. Ba
con's jurisdiction will now be confined
te the department of the Dakota. Dur
ing the recent interregnum the active
worjc of the department at Chicago has
"been in charge of Col. Barr, the adjutant
Gen. Sheridan left Porto Bico several
weeks ago and spent some days in
Washington and New York before be
ing ordered to Chicago.
"I was in Porto Rico nearly five
months," he said, "and spent most of
that time in San Juan and vicinity.
While with the troops I was not called
upon for active service. Shortly after
our arrival in the islands there were two
skirmishes near Guayama in the eastern
part of Porto Bico, but they were unim
portant. The troops in Porto Rico were
in good condition when I left and were
doing effective work. Mrs. Sheridan
joined me in San Juan about two months
ago and came home with me. The
transport on which we arrived home
brought the First Kentucky volunteer
regiment, which will be mustered out of
"So far as I know, my assignment as,
commander of the department of the
lakes is merely temporary. It .'will be
GEN. M. V. SHERIDAN.
(Temporary Commander of the Depart
ment of the Lakes.).
several days before the routine duties
become familiar to me, and meanwhile
there will be no changes."
Gen. Sheridan, who is a brother of
Gen. Phil Sheridan, hasbeen a resident
of Chicago on more than one occasion
before, ne was military secretary to
his brother when the latter was sta
tioned there as commander of the di
vision of the Missouri.
He occupied a similar position when
his brother was in command of the
whble army at the national capinal.
Just before the declaration of war
with Spain the department of the Mis
souri was abolished and the department
of the lakes created, the latter contain
ing a part of the territory of the old
department and its headquarters.
When Gen. Brooke was assigned ascom
ruander of the department of the lakes
Gen. Sheridan, then colonel, was macTe
the adjutant general. When the troops
in the department of the lakes were
moved south Gen. Brooke removed his
headquarters to Chickamauga and be
came post commander of that camp. It
was while acting as adjutant general at
Chickamauga that Gen. Sheridan was
promoted to be brigadier generai of vol
unteers. He sailed with the first Porto
Rican expedition from Charleston.
Peace was declared almost immediately
after the expedition arrived th?re and
the duties of the troops there have since
been mainly the construction of roads
and telegraph lines-and the sanitary
cleansing of the towns in the island.
One of the first changes of importance
in the department of the lakes will be
the regarrisoning of the post at Fort
The present staff at the headquarters
of the department of the lakes inchldes
Col. Albert Hartsuff, chief surgeon Col.
J. M. J. Lee, chief quartermaster Capt.
Charles G. Palmer, assistant quarter
master Maj. Fred A. Smith, chief com
m'ssary, and Col. A. B. Carey, assistant
pr.ymaster general. The latter has 12
or 13 assistants, whose duties have been
oiierous of late in paying off the troops
at various points HI.the department.
Ucitroyi'd by Fire.
West Branch. -Mich., Jan. 9.—An en
tire block of the business portion of
this town was destroyed by lire. It
started in a small grocery store in the
center of the block. The entire loss
und insurance are uot yet known.
ISSUED IN TWO PARTS-TUESDAY AND FRIDAY.
SHAW WILL SPEAK
Governor Accepts Invitation to Speak
at Dow City.
AT FARMERS' INSTITUTE.
Two Day's Session to be Held Jan. 90 and
1 —The Oatlook Is Good for a
Dow City, Iowa, Jan. 9, 1899.
Dear Sir:—We wish to call the atten
tion of your readers to the preparations
that have been made for the faimers'
Institute to be held at Dow City Jan.
20th and 21st 1899.
The object of this Institute is to get
the farmer, his wife and their friends
together and give them views upon
questions that especially interest them.
Let the farmers, which means the
farmer and his wife, get acquainted
with each other and understand what
they need 'and what is good for their
common good. We ask you to examine
the programme where but in Crawford
county could as much resident ability
be found to take part in a Farmers' In
stitute? That with our speakers of
more than national reputation from
abroad give us a programme that guar
antees interesting and intellectual ses
iJow City will entertain her guests in
a way that will make it hard for any
other town lo get the Institute, every
body will want to come again. Free
beds will be furnished all who stay over
night, and the ladies have kindly con
sented to furnish good, substantial
weals for 15 cents. We urg6 ©very
farmer in the county to be present and
bring your wife or best girl. The aver
age farmer is no good without his wife.
Also every friend of the farmer is in
vited to be present. Come and
your share of the fun and good time»
Very truly yours,
Ex. Com. Chos. M^Henry.
F. S. Stone.
CASES STRICKEN OUT.
Kifty.Kloe of Seventy Caaea Growlnt
Oat of Minera' lllots at Paul
Pana, 111., Jan. 9.—Seventy cases of
Pana miners and citizens charged with
participating in the riot of September
1, when Operator2 Overholt was cap
tured and aged Dr. Arthur Millard dan
gerously assaulted, and of September
28, when negroes and miners fought
a bloody battle with guns on Lobe
street, were disposed of in court. State's
Attorney Humphreys nolled 59 of the
cases while 11 plead guilty and were
given sentences. Trials of Orville and
Maxwell Penwell, sons of Operator
Pen-well, charged with inciting riot
on the night of September 28, will
be had Tuesday. Over CO witnesses
have been summoned against the Pen
Memorial to Soldlera at Manila.
San Francisco, Jan. 9.—The Singa
pore Free Press says that Spencer
Pratt, consul generai for the United
States, has sent to Gen. Otis, United
States military governor at Manila, a
proposal that a memorial should be
erected at Manila to the memory of all
Americans who fell in the capture or
died of disease during the campaign.
The proposal is that all Americans now
resident in the far east, of whom there
is a very considerable number, should
be invited to contribute toward this ob
Iowa National Guard.
Des Moines, la., Jan. 9.—The Iowa
national guard will probably be reor
ganised on the basis of the regular
army. Such is the wish of prominent
officers of the state who are engaged at
present in forming the new guard. The
new regiments will be subject to
United States medical examinations,
and every man will bp armed and
equipped ready to be mustered without
delay into the service of the national
government in case war is declared.
Colored Man 12Iectrocuted.
Xew York, Jan. 9. Bailey Decker
(colored) was put to death by electric
ity in Sing Sing prison for the murder
of his white wife. The current was
turned on at 11:22 and at 11:27 he was
pronounced dead. Two shocks were
given him. After the current had been
turned on the mask fell from the dy
ing man's face. Otherwise the execu
tion as a success.
lilfe Sentence for a Boy.
ChiHicothe, I)., Jan. 1). Bert VVil
liantsion, only 17 years old, was sen
tenced to the penitentiary for life.
Williamson killed John Mitchell at a
dance on l'otts llill last July and was
found guilty of murder in the second
degree. Ilis youth is perhaps all that
saved him from the death penalty.
llunU I'miilcnt Demi.
Marietta, 0.. Jan. 9.—A. T.
ident of the Citizens' national bauk
and an extensive stove manufacturer,
died from cerebral hemorrhage. He
\v :s 67 years old.
Given a Second Iluutinet.
Madrid, Jan. 9, Gen. Weyler has
given a second banquet to the military
VOLUME XXXIV NO.
WEALTH AND BEAUTY
Important Nuptial Engagement Re
ported from Gotham.
William K. Vnnderbllt, Jr., to Maifjjvj
Virginia Fair, the California
The engagement of Miss Virginia
Fair and William K. Vanderbilt, of N6w
York, has-been formally announced.
The news was not believed at firsts
even in usually well-informed circles,
but when it was confirmed at Mr. and
Mrs. Oelrichs' home the tidings flew
like wildfire up and down Fifth avenue,
and good wishes began to pour- in. '1
upon the young lady and hearty con
gratulations upon the young fellow
who had won the hand of one of 'the
wealthy and most popular society girls
in New York.
While the fortune of Miss Fair is
not to be mentioned—large as it is—
in connection with the prospects of her
future husband, it is still a great sum,
as she inherited from both her father
and her mother a sum variously esti
mated but presumed to be over $3,000,--$f
000. .What William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.f®6^
will inherit cannot be told. Hi$ fa
ther's fortune long since was said to
be $75,000,000, and it is well lenown
that it has been increased more than
once by millions—how many only Mr
Vanderbilt can say.
Were he displeased with any match.
that his son might mak^, of course it
would result in the latter receiving less
favorable consideration in his father's
will, but Mr. Vanderbilt pere is. en-, iv,-
tirely in accord with his son's marriage
to this estimable young lady.
Miss Fair is a bright, attractive
ivaeious girl, and she has good Ioeawpirf^B
WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT.
(Entirely In Accord with His Son's Engage
ment to Miss Fair.)
that are added to by her remark
ably good taste in dress. Her edu-'
cation has been of the best, and was
obtained first of all in the Convent of
ihe Sacred Heart at San Franciseo, and!
later in travel abroad. She is a oru
nette and of medium height. She came'
to New York soon after the marriagei.
)f her sister to Herman Oelrichs andi
with her mother passed a good deal of1
time with Mr. and Mrs. Oelrichs both
in New York and in Newport.
Miss Fair has been identified closely
with the fashionables of New York who
aro generally referred to as the "New
port set" and has been greatly in de
mand at the dinners and dances. In the
summer of 1894 Mrs. Herman Oelrichs
gave at the Newport casino a benefit
ball for Miss Fair, which was4practical
ly her debut, as,she was then just leav
ing off mourning for her mother.
William Kissam Vanderbilt, Jr., is
younger than his sister, the duchess'of
Marlborough, by a year or two, being
about 20 years old. He is still very
youthful in appearance, but has the
strong characteristics of the Vander
bilt family, resembling to a marked
degree his cousins, the sons of Cornelias
Vanderbilt. He has particularly identi
fied himself with yachting in Newport,
entering in many of the smaller races,
in one of which he nearly lost his^ife
in Newport waters. For the last two
summers, with his brother Harold,
young Vanderbilt has been at Marble
house, his mother's Newport property,
his aunt, Miss Armide Smith, acting.as
He is a genial young fellow, ex-.\
tremely popular not otfly with his
friends from New York, but with the
townspeople of Newport. Naturally,
as he has been away at school and col
lege, he is not closely identified with.
New York social doings for the reasoni
that he ha9 been there only during the
During the many trips made by hj9
father's yacht, the Alva, which was
sunk oil the .coast of Massachusetts
about six years ago young Vanderbilt
was on© of the party with his Tutors.
While not possessed of a fortune, his
prospective wealth is, of course, very
great, his father's wealth being con
stantly on the increase.
Kleclrlelty In AlnioHpliere.
Tn certain conditions of the atmos
phere electricity is so abundant on the
top of the volcano Mauna Loa, in Ha
waii, that an English geologist found
that he could trace electric letters with.
I.is illifff rs on his blanket.
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