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Floods Are Threatening Several
Near Quincy, 111.
Should They Give War, Fields of Corn
Valued at Several Million Dol
lars Will He Ruined—Dike
at Pekin, 111., Ilreaks.
Keokuk, la., July 23.—The center
of the top of the Mississippi river flood
is now at Quincy. The river reached
the maximum at Quincy at noon Tues
day and has been stationary there
since. A stationary stage at Hannibal
is expected this morniiig. The Lima
lake levee, extending north from Mey
er, 111., 20 miles north of Quincy, de
xeloped danger Tuesday and a large
Jorce of men were employed to patrol
it and earth tools were scattered along
its length. That and the Hunt levee
lias stood the strain of the flood hith
erto, but the insinuating water at one
point came near causing a crevasse
near Meyer Tuesday morning. These
levees protect corn fields valued at
several million dollars. Levees on the
Illinois side of the river below Quincy
are standing and saved most of the
country there.
The Mississippi river fell nine inches
here during the last 24 hours, and there
are no signs in Iowa rivers of any
more flood approaching. A gradual
fall of a couple of weeks will end the
flood in the vast domain south of here.
Several hundred tenant farmers are
absolutely penniless and with no
chance of an income this year. Each
community seems to be taking care of
its own. refugees and no systematic
plan of relief has been broached yet.
The same conditions obtain along the
75 miles of the Mississippi river on
the Missouri side, and a hundred miles
of the Des Moines river lowlands. The
population of the village of St. Fran
cisville, Mo., has been nearly doubled
by refugees from the flood district,
who lost absolutely everything.
Trestle Washed Away.
Tuesday night a trestle 150 feet
long one mile north of Alexandria on
the St. Louis, Keokuk & Northwestern
railroad was washed out, blocking
traffic on that road and the Keokuk
& Western, which uses the track there.
Extraordinary precaution prevented a
serious casualty. The north-bound
Twin City express, from St. Louis to
St. Paul, passed the place half an hour
previously. The situation is in the en
larged mouth of the Des Moines river,
which is now two miles wide between
the Iowa bluffs and the Egyptian levee
in Missouri. The water there has
hitherto been blowing over the tracks
and through the trestle. A large force
is at work repairing the break, which
is in the midst of the strongestcurrent
of the river torrent and is extremely
•difficult to handle.
Dike Give* AVay.
Peoria, 111., July 23.—The dike pro
tecting the La Marsh drainage district
across from Pekin gave way Tuesday
morning and caused damage that can
not be estimated at this time. Two
square miles of farm lands arecovered
from two to ten feet. During the cul
tivation of the district it is practically
uninhabited, but during the winter
months several families make that dis
trict their home. Three weeks ago,
when the river began its phenomenal
rise, those people living within the
district moved out. Over 1,000 feet of
the tracks of the Peoria & Pekin Ter
minal railway were washed away.
Fatal Storms in Hangar)',
Vienna, July 23.—The storms Mon
day last did immense damage through
out the country. Many villages were
flooded and a large number of houses
were swept away. The spire of a
church at Zupine, Hungary, was struck
by lightning and fell, demolishing the
•church. A total of four deaths from
lightning is reported.
Seerctnrj- Sltnw Denies Ki'ceiilly Ite
Iiurted Statement)* \Vlilcli llnve
CuuNert Much Comment.
Washington, July 23.—The following
statement was made public at the
office of the secretary of the treasury
"Numerous inquiries have been received
at the treasury department relative to
the truth or falsity ot the alleged asser
tion of Secretary Shaw that lie was in
favor of a five-year limit for service in
the treasury department. The original
newspaper article and those that fol
lowed it stating that the secretary be
lieved a departmental employe lost his
usefulness after five years in the gov
ernment work were so ridiculously im
probable that they were never dignified
by a denial. That a great many people
have taken these articles seriously has
been demonstrated by the number of In
quiries, not only from Washington, but
from all over tne country.
"To avoid any further misconception
of the facts in the case, it maf be an
nounced on absolute authority that no
such remark or expression was ever
made by Secretary Shaw, and that the
articles purporting to represent his at
titude as a headsman, are made out of
whole cloth.
"On the contrary, it may be said with
equal authority that Secretary Shaw is
heartily In accord with civil service In
•every respect. As an illustration of his
attitude on matters of personnel, may
be cited his signing Monday of a set
of regulations placing laborers and other
unskilled positions under the control of
the civil service commission, removing
thereby the last bit of patronage at the
disposal of the secretary of the treasury."
Will Test the I.u w.
Columbus, O., July 23.—At a meet
ing of but erine manufacturers held
in this city Tuesday morning a plan
of action was decided upon to test the
constitutionality of the recently en
acted oleomargarine law. A NewVork
firm of constitutional lawyers has
been interested with the case. The
contention will be that the act is class
legislat ion.
To Meet American Invasion.''
Vienna. July 23.—The .Journal Die
Information predicts a fusion of the
dual and triple alliance to meet "the
American invasion."
Wet Weather in Large Sections of
the Country Interferes with
Farm Work,
Washington, July 23.—The weather
bureau's weekly summary of crop con
ditions is as follows:
The lower Missouri and upper Missis
sippi valleys and lake region have con
tinued to suffer from excessive rains,
which have also Interrupted farm work
In the Ohio valley and in portions of tha
middle Atlantic states and New England.
Much injury to crops and other prop
erty has resulted from overflows in Iowa
and portions of Illinois, Missouri and
Michigan. Drought has been largely re
lieved in the southern states, but ex
tensive areas in that section are still
much In need of rain, especially the
northern portions, extending from Okla
homa eastward to the Carollnas. The
temperature conditions as a whole have
been favorable, although rather low In
the northern Rocky mountain districts.
The north Pacific coast states sustained
considerable damage from high winds,
and the Dakotas and Minnesota from
hailstorms In scattered localities.
The corn crop has made splendid prog
ress in the states of the central valleys,
except in Iowa and limited portions of
Missouri and Illinois, the condition of
the crop in Iowa being fairly good on
well tilled uplands, but great damage has
resulted from floods on the river bottoms
of the scuthern and eastern portions of
that state and in northern Illinois. High
ly favorable reports are received from
Nebraska, Kansas, and the greater part
of Missouri and Illinois, and a decided
Improvement in the condition of the
crop In the Ohio valley Is indicated.
Rains have interfered with the harvest
ing of winter wheat where unfinished In
the extreme northern districts, and have
also been unfavorable for threshing In
the central valleys, while considerable
wheat In shock In the lower Missouri
valley has been damaged. Harvesting
continues in California and has begun In
Oregon, where it Is filling nicely. The
crop in both Oregon and Washington
has, however, sustained considerable
damage from recent high winds.
Spring wheat has advanced favorably
in the principal spring wheat states, but
has sustained injury in scattered local
ities from hailstorms.
Oat harvest is finished in the southern
states and is in progress in the central
valleys, and while lodging is extensively
reported from the Ohio, upper Mississip
pi and Missouri valleys and lake region,
the general condition of the crop con
tinues satisfactory.
In Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland
the condition of tobacco is somewhat less
favorable than In the previous week, but
the crop has done well in Indiana, Ohio
and Virginia. Cutting and curing are
progressing favorably In the Carollnas.
Apple prospects are somewhat im
proved in Missouri, and promise well in
portions of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebras
ka and Michigan. The outlook in New
York Is less promising, but continues
favorable in New England. Generally
throughout the Ohio valley and middle
Atlantic states the indications are for a
very poor crop.
Haying has been interrupted and much
hay spoiled by rains In the lower Mis
souri and upper Mississippi valleys and
portions of the lake region.
Condemned Man'* Last Utterances
Were Cartel—Partner in Crime
Meets Death Quietly.
Greenville, Miss., July 23—With
curses on his lips, with eyes bloodshot
and with the expressed wish that the
people of Greenville perish in the
fires of hell, Ashley Cocke died here
Tuesday. With him, but silently, Tom
Lauderdale also met his end. Both
were convicted of the murder of Engi
neer G. M. Wray and were hanged from
the same gallows, and the swing of a
double trap sent both men to their
doom. The fatal trigger was snapped
at 11:27 Tuesday morning. At 11:41
Cocke was pronounced dead. At 11:43
the pulse of Lauderdale ceased to
beat. Both bodies were cut down ten
minutes later and turned over to their
respective families. Cocke died boast
ing that he would be in hell in a few
minutes and damning everything and
everybody. He said that 'those who
had planned his murder would meet
their end and that $11,000 had been de
posited in bank, $1,000 of which would
be paid for the death of each of the 11
men who prosecuted him. The execu
tion was witnessed by 0,000 people.
When the sheriff had adjusted the
black cap he asked: "Are you both
"Yes," yelled Cocke through the
folds of black. "D—n you people of
Greenville go to h—1, all of you."
The trap was sprung and the men
dropped into space.
Man Iiosea a Hand llccnuMc of
Friend** Too Hearty Greeting—
Girl's Wrist Is llrokeii.
Des Moines, la., July 23.—Capt. J.
N. McClanahan, a prominent politi
cian of Corydon and ex-grand master
of the masonic order of Iowa, lost his
right hand from the effects of a hand
shake with a friend whom he had not
met for a number of years. The meet
ing between the two took place sev
eral months ago, and the grip received
by his friend was so hard that several
of the small bones were broken and
afterward caused a cancerous growth.
He was in a Chicago hospital for sev
eral weeks taking treatment and was
advised by the surgeons to have the
member amputated. The operation
took place Tuesday.
Lancaster, Pa., July 23.—Miss Min
nie E. Bowman, of this city, has a
broken wrist as the result of the cor
dial handshaking of a young Philadel
phia athlete. The young man did not
realize the force he was applying, but
the girl is seriously injured.
Foul Play Snspecteil,
Detroit, Mich., July 23.—Suspicion of
foul play has been raised in connection
with the dnath of Private Joseph Des
mond, of the Fourteenth United States
infantry, whose remains were found
terribly mangled on the I'erc Mar
quette tracks at Brighton, near the
rifle practice encampment. Desmond's
home is at Leavenworth. Kail.
AYitliilrmvM lie arran j.
New York. July 23.—The family of
ex-l'apt. Putnam liradlee Strong paid
May Yohe $1.,0U0 to settle the latter'*
claim for diamonds pawned. The war
rant against him lias been withdrawn.
Indianapolis Convention Issues an
Appeal, to the Public.
American People Asked to Contrib
ute $1,000,OOO a Month to Aid
6trikers Mitchell's Recom
mendations Adopted.
Indianapolis, Ind., July 21.—Having
declared against a general strike,
adopted a report calling on the Ameri
can people to contribute $1,000,000 a
month to aid the striking anthracite
miners, provided for a maintenance
fund and issued a stirring appeal to
public opinion, the United Mine Work
ers' convention sang '•America" at one
o'clock Saturday afternoon and ad
The Appeul.
The appeal to the public recited at
length the hardships and low wages
of the miners, declared that they had
lived up to the letter and spirit of their
contracts and still refused to violate
them, "intimated that the purpose of
the operators was to destroy the min
ers' union and then urged the people
at large to bring all possible pressure
to bear on the officers of the anthracite
coal interests to induce them to treat
considerately the appeal of the min
ers for arbitration. It continues:
"The miners believe that the best inter
ests of the country are opposed to a gen
eral strike of the coal miners, and while
they feel that In the present fight their
union may be destroyed, nothing can com
pel them to break their agreements. The
miners request the American people to
bring such pressure to bear upon the an
thracite operators and anthracite railroads
as will compel them to submit to arbitra
"The expenses of the miners call for a
contribution of $1,000,000 per month from
sources outside the union, and with this
amount the miners are confident that they
can win the anthracite strike."
Text of Recommendations.
The recommendations brought in by
the special committee appointed in the
executive session Friday, which were
practically identical with those sug
gested by President Mitchell in his ad
dress on the first, day of the convention
and which were adopted unanimously
by the convention, were as follows:
First, that the national secretary-treas
urer of the United Mine Workers be au
thorized to appropriate $30,000 from the
funds of the national treasury for the
benefit of the districts 1. 7 and 9. (These
are the anthracite districts.)
"Second, that all districts and sub-dls
tricts and local unions be asked to donate
whatever they can afford for the support
of the strike.
"Third, that an assessment of ten per
cent, be levied on the earnings of mem
bers of the unions 6, S. 12, 13, 19, 23 and 25,
ar.d that an assessment of one per cent,
per week be made on the members of dis
tricts 2, 5, 11, 14, 15, 16, 20 and 21. This as
sessment is not to be made against mem
bers of unions now on strike, but In such
cases the assessments are to commence
when the strikes are over, the manner of
this being arranged by the unions.
"Fourth, the assessments to be paid di
rect by the local unions to Secretary-Treas
urer Wilson.
"Fifth, that 25 per cent, be deducted from
the salaries of all national district officers
and organizers.
"Sixth, that the assessments begin from
July 16.
"Seventh, that all contributions be made
by the national organization be distributed
pro rata to the anthracite district pro
rata, as shown by the last Coal Reports.
"Eighth, that each looai union be request
ed to aid as far as possible In securing
work for men now on strike. In this con
nection the good offices of the American
Federation of Labor will requested.
"Ninth, that an addri ,-s be submitted
to the American people."
The reading of the report of tliecom
mittee and the appeal to the public
was listened to in absolute silence, but
as the voice of Secretary Wilson ceased
there came a tremendous cheer from
the delegates that foreshadowed their
unanimous adoption which followed a
few minutes later.
Coot of Mnintalnins the Strike.
President Mitchell has made an esti
mate of the number of strikers and de
pendents in each district, and the
weekly revenues to be derived froi*
each district under the decision of the
convention, together with amounts
of weekly assessments by districts.
He fixes the total number of strikers
at 1S3.000 total dependents, S25,000
estimated weekly expense, $500,000.
Total estimated weekly contributions
from districts, subdistricts, locals and
the general public, $494,000.
Negro 11 timed at the Stake.
Clayton, Mis#., July 18.—William
Ody, a negro, who attempted to as
sault Miss Virginia Tucker, of this
place, was burnt at the stake at mid
night. The assault was most brutal.
The young lady was out riding in tie
country when attacked, and was so
violently pulled from a buggy by the
negro that both of her lower limbs
were broken. The negro was cap
tured and wa^held by a posse. Miss
Tucker is highly connected in this
Swells Ranks of Strikers.
Xew York, July 22.—The 25,000 gar
ment workers who struck for higher
wages and shorter hours were joined
Monday by about 15,000 others, who
asked that 56 hours be considered a
week's work. As this is the dull sea
son In the trade, it is expected that it
will be some days before the various
interests get together. About nine dif
ferent unions are engaged in the
ChlcnM'o'a Population.
Chicago, July 22.—Chicago's new city
directory for 1002 is fresh from the
press, and its distribution has begun.
The big volume contains 025,500 names,
an increase of 1S.S00 over l'.IOl. Itcuben
11. 1 nil el ley, the publisher of the Chi
cago directory, figures from this iluit
the present population is 2,144.001).
Hartliuulike in Mow York State.
Malonc, X. Y., July 10.—A distinct
earthquake shock was felt, in Malone
Friday morning at 5:25. It lasted
about ten seconds. Many persons
were awakened by the rumbling aud
the rattling of windows.
President of Postal Telegraph Com
pany and Former Bonanza ICins
Expire* in London.
London, July 22.—John. W. Mackay,
of San Francisco, president of the
Postal Telegraph company, who had
been suffering from heat prostration
since Tuesday last, died at his resi
dence on Carlton House terrace at
half past six o'clock Sunday evening.
Mr. Mackay's condition had im
proved, but the patient had a bad
night, and Sunday morning a consul
tation was held by three physicians.
Mr. Mackay grew worse as the day
progressed. He was unconscious
most of the time, and died very
peacefully. The immediate cause of
his death was heart failure. The
right lung was found to be con
gested and the symptoms indicated
Mr. Mackay came to California in
1851 via Panama. He at once en
tered a mine, working with pick and
shovel in the placers of the Ameri
can river and at Downieville. In
1859 he went to Virginia City, Nev.,
and began mining on the Comstock
with varying success. His first real
start towards success was made
when he became superintendent of
the Kentucky mine in Gold Hill. In
1863 Mackay formed a partnership
with Flood, O'Brien and Fair. In
1871 this famous mining quartette
purchased the site of the Bonanza
territory north of the Ophir mine,
on the celebrated Comstock ledge.
They began work on a lode aban
doned by Sharon and other large op
erators. The enterprise was a fruit
ful source of ridicule in mining cir
cles, nothing but financial disaster
being freely predicted.
Without losing heart or patience,
the four men continued, expending
half a million dollars in prospecting
operations. The ledge was struck,
and over $110,000,000 were added to
the world's stock of precious metals.
No accurate estimate of Mr.
Mackay's holdings in this state and
Nevada can be made, but it will run
up into the millions. He was the
owner of valuable real estate in this
:ity, and had interests in mines
throughout the state and Nevada.
At one time his wealth was esti
mated at $40,000,000. He was the chief
iwner of the Commercial Cable com
pany, an investment involving many
millions, and is supposed to Have had
millions invested in, the Postal Tele
graph company.
Excursion Boat Goea Down in the
River Elbe—Drowned Estimated
Between 50 and GO.
Hamburg, July 22.—The steamship
Primus, of Hamburg, with 185 passen
gers on board, was cut in two and sunk
by the tug Hansa on the River Elbe at
12:30 o'clock Monday morning.
It is asserted that divers have al
ready recovered 45 bodies, but as yet
it is impossible to verify the death
list. An attempt will immediately
be made to float the vessel, and when
this is done it is believed a number
of bodies will be found. Estimates
of the number of dead vary from 50
to 60. A large number of the sur
vivors were injured, though not seri
The Primus was an excursion steam
er from Buxtehude, province of Han
over, Prussia. The disaster occurred
between Blankenez and Nienstdten.
Among the passengers were the mem
bers of the Eilbeck Male Choral So
At the time of the accident the
Primus was crossing the river chan
nel near Blankenez, from the southern
into the northern fairway. Accord
ing to witnesses aboard the Ilansa,
the movement was made too precipi
The Primus struck the tug's engine
room and the Hansa endeavored to
push her ashore, but the tug grounded
and the ships parted. The Primus
then sank. In the interval, however,
about 50 of her passengers were able
to reach the Hansa by means of ropes
and ladders. Seventy more were
picked up by the tug's boats, while
others swam ashore.
Cholera Spreading:.
St. Petersburg, July IS. Official
dispatches announce the serious
spread of cholera in Manchuria, ac
companied by great mortality. As an
instance, it is cited that out of 643
cases at Inku 477 died' up to July 4. At
Kliarbin there had been 575 cases and
322 deaths up to July 10. At a score
of other places affected cholera sta
tions have been established and the
passengers on all trains are inspected
by sanitary officers.
Will Accept Terms.
Peking, July 18.—Gen. Yuan-Shi-Kai,
the governor of Chi-Li province, and
the Chinese foreign office, have de
cided to accept the terms proposed for
the withdrawal of the foreign troops
from Tientsin and will so" notify the
ministers July 19 unless the dowager
empress disapproves of their action.
This decision will be a surprise to the
ministers, who expected the Chinese
would endeavor to obtain better
Buys American Yneht.
Berlin, July 22.—Special telegrams
received here from Kiel confirm the re
port that Emperor William luis bought
Frnncis R. Kiggs' 30-foot yacht Uncle
Sam, winner of the kaiser's. gold cup.
llis ma jesty intends to sail her in the
1003 regattas without competing for
Crimean War Veteran Dead,
New York, .Tilly 22.—Williaan J. John
son, a veteran of the Crimean war
and formerly one of the bodyguard of
the British royal family, is dead at his
home in Eatontown, X. J. He was S4
years old.
State Convention Concludes Its Ses
sions—The Ticket Nom
Madison, Wis., July 18.—The repub
licans of Wisconsin finished their
work in convention at S:35 Thursday
night after nominating the following
For Governor—Robert M. Follette,
•f Madison (renominated).
For Lieutenant Governor—James O.
Davidson, of Soldiers' Grove.
For Secretary of State—Walter L.
Houser, of Mondovl.
For State Treasurer—John J. Kempf, of
For Attorney General—L. M. Sturde
v?.nt, of Neillsville.
For Superintendent of Public Instruc
tion—Charles Omm P. Cary, of Delavan.
For Railroad Commissioner—John \V.
Thomas, of Chippewa.
For Insurance Commissioner—Zeno M.
Host, of Milwaukee.
Gen. George E. Bryant was reelect
ed as chairman of the state central
committee without opposition.
Gov. La Follette was given a great
ovation upon beipg escorted to the
convention hall after being notified
of his nomination. The delegates
arose en masse when the governor
made his appearance and cheered vo
ciferously. He electrified the dele
gates and visitors in the delivery of
his speech of acceptance, the feature
of which was a stinging rebuke to
those of the party who failed to sup
port the principles laid down in the
last platform.
Prospects for Activity Daring? th«
Kail Are Said to De En*
New York, July 19.—R. G. Dun & Co.'a
Weekly Review of Trade says: "Settle
ment of numerous labor controversies and
prospect of early agreements as to other
struggles have greatly Improved the In
dustrial outlook, while agricultural con
ditions steadily Improve. As these have
been the only unfavorable Influences for
some months, the prospects for active
trade are decidedly encouraging. Prepara
tions for unusually heavy fall sales are
being made and confidence grows stronger.
Mills and furnaces that have been Idle
on account of the usual overhauling, re
sumed as rapidly as needed repairs could
be made. Financial conditions are sound,
the mid-year dividend distributions pro
ducing no stringency, and speculation has
been heavy for the season, both In securi
ties and staples.
"Failures for the week numbered 213 In
the United States, against 193 last year,
and 20 In Canada, against 32 last year."
Bradstreet's says: "Weather, crop and
Industrial developments have been large
ly favorable and, coupled with the great
ease of money, make for an optimistic
feeling In trade and speculation. As stated
some time ago and confirmed by recent
developments, the future seems more and
more secure, but the Immediate present
does not In all Instances present so sat
isfactory an appearance. Warmer weather
has continued to help retail distribution,
but has not in all cases made up for the
disadvantages caused by the heretofore
backward season. With few exceptions
summer resort business has not equaled
expectations. Railway earnings are really
flattering, June returns on nearly 100,COO
miles of road showing an aggregate gain
of 8 per cent, on last year. In the matter
3f actual business Improvement Is noted
In the demand for finished products of
Iron and steel and lumber seems to be
recovering from the temporary depression
noted at the beginning of July. Good grow
ing weather Is reported the country over,
and corn and cotton reports are generally
favorable. The southern peach yield has
been large, and fruits generally have done
well. The Industrial situation is better
than It has been for some time past."
CommiMloncr and Party Have Part
ing Audience with Pope nt
the Vatican,
Rome, July 22.—The pope received
Gov. Taft and the members of his
party in farewell audience at noon
Monday. The Americans drove in two
carriages from their hotel to the Vati
can. Judge Taft and Judge Smith
wore evening dress, as prescribed by
etiquette Maj. Porter was in full uni
form and Bishop O'Gorman wore
ecclesiastical robes. They were re
ceived at the great door of the Vati
can by the Swiss guards, who rendered
military honors. At the foot of the
state staircase the Americans were
met by Mgr. Bisleti, master of the
ceremonies, who was accompanied by
several other dignitaries of the papal
court. At the door of the pontifical
apartments the noble guards and
gendarmes rendered the customary
Fifteen Drowned In Rnsala.
Kielf, European Russia, July 22.—
Fifteen persons were drowned by a
sudden inrush of water into the base
ments of various houses in the lower
portions of the town. A torrential
rainstorm, accompanied by violent
wind and hail, broke over Kieff during
the afternoon and turned the streets
into veritable torrents, flooding cel
lars and drowning their occupants be
fore they were able to escape.
New War Vessels.
Washington, July 10.—The navy de
partment announces that the two bat
tleships to be built under the author
ity of the last naval appropriation bill
are to be named the Louisiana and
Connecticut, and the two cruisers the
Tennessee and Washington. The bat
tleship to be built at the Xew York
yard wilt be the Connecticut. The
battleships will cost $4,212,000 and the
cruisers $4,659,000 each.
American Horses U'oiitrlt.
Washington. July 29.—In the French
military service and on French farms
American horses are much in demand,
according to a report from Coinmer
c.al Agent Griffin at l.imoges. Mr.
(jrillin says that care should be taken
to send only sound horses to France,
as on arrival they are carefully exam
ined by veterinarians, who exclude all
defective animals.
Storm in ClticnK'o.
Chicago, July IS.—A rain and wind
storm which struck Chicago shortly
after eight o'clock Thursday night
(lid considerable damage.
State Department Takes Active Steps
to Save Life of Dr. Wilson
in Nicaragua,
Washington, July 23.—The state de
partment has taken active steps to
save the life of Dr. Russell Wilson, a
young Ohio physicipn, who is held un
der arrest at Bluefields by the Nicara
guan military authorities. Wilson was
a member of a filibustering party
which made a landing near Monkey
Point, about four miles from Blue
fields. Most of the party were cap
tured owing to the inability of the
commander of the expedition to land
reenforcements on account of the
heavy weather, and among the number
was Wilson. The Xicaraguan general
was about to execute him summarily,
but was induced by the pleas of soma
English-speaking people of Bluefields
to allow the law to follow its course.
This meant a trial by court-martial,
and it is the understanding that a
death sentence was almost inevitable.
Wilson lives in Milan, O., and Senator
Hanna has interested himself in the
case. Tuesday Acting Secretary Hill
telegraphed to the United States con
sul at San Juan del Norte to make an im
mediate investigation and report the
facts at once, not only to the depart
ment, but also to Senator Hanna. In
addition the consul was directed to
use his good offices with the Nicara
guan authorities in favor of young Wil
son, as Senator Hanna has repre
sented that he was not a combatant,
but was attached to the revolutionary
expedition in a medical capacity. The
department never has been informed
officially of the facts connected with
Wilson's capture, and in this case is
acting entirely on Senator Ilauna's
Gov. Taft and His Party Are Ten
dered Pretty Gifts by the
Washington, July 23.—Gov. Taft has
acquainted Secretary Root with the
fact reported in the news dispatches
from Rome that the pope had ten
dered several pretty and appropriate
gifts to himself and the members of
his party, and he has asked wheth
er these can lawfully be accepted. It
was at once recognized that the ques
tion thus presented involved some
very delicate and interesting points,
principal among them being a pos
sible decision, expressly to be avoid
ed at this stage in the opinion of the
officials, as to the temporal powers
of the pope. If these were decora
tions or gifts of large value, then un
der the constitutional inhibition, they
might not be received without au
thority of congress if the pope is re
garded as having temporal powers-—
as being a prince. Secretary Root has,
however, avoided an unpleasant deci
sion of this question by informing
Gov. Taft that if these gifts are not
of considerable intrinsic value, and
are personal in character, they may
be accepted as mere souvenirs, in
which case the personality of the giver
need not be a matter of official in
quiry. On the other hand, if the gifts
are of exceptional value, which is not
believed to be the case from the news
paper reports, then they may be de
posited in the Smithsonian institute
in this city.
liAdrone Chiefs Succeed In Getting
Away from the Pursuing
Manila, July 23.—Montallon and Feli
zardo, the ladrone chiefs, have broken
through the constabulary cordon in
Cavite province and have escaped to
the mountains. A number of ladrones
were killed in earlier attempts to force
the cordon.
The cordon encompassed the leaders
and many of their followers. The lat-.
ter when trapped made a series of
breaks to escape. The constabulary
withstood the first attacks, killing 14
and capturing 15 men. The ladrones
finally massed under cover of the dark
ness and forced their way through a
weak spot in the cordon, near Das
Armas, killing one aud wounding one
of the constabulary. The latter cap
tured the papers and effects of the
leaders and destroyed quantities of
An extensive drive, with the object
of capturing the ladrone chiefs Mon
tallon and Feli/.ardo and 50 of their
followers, was organized in Cavite
province. Twelve hundred constabul
ary, commanded by Capt. Baker,
moved last Thursday at daylight,form
ing a complete angle-shaped cordon
covering 60 square miles. Patrol
launches guard the river, and it was ex
pected to close the cordon last Sat
urday. The entire male population*
the towns and farms were to be in
cluded iu the concentration movement.
When complete the ladrones were to
huve been arrested, and the othera
were to have been released.
Killed Himself.
Rome, Ga., July 23.—John B. Mc«
Geliee, charged with the murder of F,
L. Miller, a confederate veteran, and
who had been on trial in the county
court for the past few days, committed
suicide in his cell Tuesday morning by
cutting his throat with a sharp slu«
Hoem to Go to Europe.
Pretoria, July 23.—General Botha
and Delarey, with their secretar
ies, left here for Cape Town en route
for Europe. General De Wet will
accompany theni on the journey to
the coast. The date of their return
from Europe has not been definitely
To Unixe Price.
Xew York. July 23.—At a meeting of
quick lunch proprietors in this city it
has been decided to raise the price of
beef and beans, and ham and beans
from 10 to 15 cents, the advance to take
effect on August 1.

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