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IRISH NATIONAL SOCIETIES IN CONVENTION. Fifteen Hundred Delegate Meet In Chi cago and D Incase the Best Mean of Helping- the People of the Green Isle Reviving Interest In the Came. Chicago, Sept. 24. The great na tional convention of Irish societies was opened in the Young Men's Chris tian association hall at 10 o'clock this morning, wish a large representation of Irishmen from all parts of the country. John T. Keating, the secre tary of the Ancient Ore er of Hiber nians, and secretary of the local re ception committee, estimates that there are fully 1,500 delegates in attendance. The convention will last three days. One general object is the formation of a united open organization for the furtherance of the Irish cause. Those who issued the call for the convention claim that it is not contemplated that physical force shall be used or advised in the attainment of the independency of the Irish people as a nation unless such means be deemed absolutely necessary, and the object in view be probable of attainment. It is believed the convention will serve to revive in terest and infuse new life into the Irish cause, both in America and Great Britain. CONSULAR SERVICE. It la Placed Under Civil Service Rules by the President. Washington, Sept 24. The presi dent, by an executive order, issued to-day but dated Sept. 20, has extend ed the civil service system in a modfled form, to all consular officers whose compensation directly and through fees ranges from 81 ,000 to 82,600. This will include about one-half of the total number of consuls who receive more than 81,000. This change has been gained by reviving in substance an old order of 1M3. Vacancies in the service will be filled hereafter by transfer or promo tion, by appointment of qualified persons formerly in the employ of the state department and by appointment of persous selected by the president after passing a non-competitive exam ination. The Next House Not for Silver. New Yohk, Sept. 24. The sound money committee of the chamber of commerce, of which ex-Congressman Joseph C. Hendricks is the head, has made a poll of the next house of rep resentatives on the money question. The list records eighty-eight members for free silver, 21ti opposed to free silver and fifty-two whose views are not known. Of the eighty-eight put down for free silver, thirty are Repub licans, fifty-one Democrats and seven Populists. Would Disbar Loomis. Ciiilmcothe, Mo., Sept. 24. A great sensation was created in this city when it was announced that disbar ment proceedings had been begun in the circuit court against Charles A. Loomis, a prominent attorney and member of the law firm of Davis, Loomis and Davis, and late Republi can candidate for congiess in the Sec ond district. The charge is attempted subordination of perjury. Pneumatic Guns in California. San Francisco, Sept. 24. The United States government is now able to blow out of the water at a day's no tice a whole hostile fleet that might attempt to enter the Golden Gate, the battery of big pneumatic dynamite guns ordered for the defense of this port a year or more ago having ad vanced so far toward completion that two of the guns can be effectively fired with only twenty-four hours prepara tion. Holmes' Trial Date Plied. Philadelphia, Sept. 24. Herman E. Mudgett, alias II. II. Holmes, was arraigned before Judge Finletter in the sourt of oyer and terminer to-day on the indictment charging him with the murder of Benjamin F. Pietzel September 2, 1894. He pleaded not guilty. General Schofleld to Retire. New Yokk, Sept. 24. Lieutenant General John M. Schofleld will retire as commander-in-chief of the army on September 29, and Nelson A. Miles will at once move to Washington as senior major general in command. Hot Springe Hotel ill Ashe. Hot Springs, Ark., Sept. 21. A fire here early this morning destroyed the Pacific hotel, the Crescent house, the Valley livery stables, the Jewish syn agogue and five cottages in the rear of the Pacific hotel, causing losses of 850,000. Deputy Sheriff Shot Down. Pise Bluff, Ark. Sept. 24. Deputy Sheriffs Harris and Stifft of Arkansas county were shot dead near England, Loneoke county, while attempting to arrest an escaped prisoner named Lacy. Mines at Fall Blast. Shamokin, Pa., Sept. 24. The seven Beading mines in the Shamokin dis trict have been put on full time until further notice. Five thousand em ployes will receive S-5,000 additional wages on account of this action. Counterfeiting In a Penitentiary. Frankfort, Ky., Sept 24. The dis covery of counterfeiting money has been made in the Kentucky peniten tiary. Warden George has moulds he took from Convict Dillard of Catletts bursr. The denominations are nickels, dimes and quarters. Judge Maxwell AceepU. Fremont, Neb. Sept 24. Judge Maxwell, who was nominated by me Populist convention for the supreme aonrt Via arpftnted. Ha insists on accepting the nomination, not at a Populist, but on a non-partisan oasis. CHICKAMAUGA PARK. The Hlstorle Battlefield Dedicated to the Brave of America. CnATTAN00QAfcTenn., Sept. 20. One of the most notable battlefields of the world that of Chickamauga was dedicated yesterday as park for the edification of the American people for all time. The dedication was conduct ed by men who, thirty-two years ago, fought on that field. Two generals, with silver gray hair, who headed thousands of men in the affray on op posite sides, made the principal speeches at the dedication. They .were Generals John M. Palmer and John B. Gordon. The ceremonies took place at S nod- grass hill, whose sides for a mile were so thickly covered with dead thirty two years ago that the survivors say one could have walked from crest to base, stepping from one prostrate body to another. Fifty thousand people, most of them veterans, witnessed the exercises. Governor W. h. Upham of Wiscon sin, while going up lookout mountain, stopped upon the skirt of his daugh ter's dress, causing him to fall. One leg was broken. DUN'S WEEKLY REVIEW. Wheat Advancd About Two Cents, and Dropped Cent. New York, Sept 23. R. G. Dun & Ca's weekly review of trade says: In spite of gold exports wheat advanced for some days, in all nearly two cents, mainly because a single speculator bought, but on Friday fell about one cent. Corn rose and foil in sympathy with wheat, with as little reason. Western wheat receipts for three weeks of September have been 10,791, 660 bushels against 10,491,62'.' last year, while Atlantic exports (flour in cluded) have been 3,041,693 bushels against 7,021,986 last year. Good reports of foreign crops, weak ness of flour in Minnesota and large exports of flour from this country, all work against a rise in wheat, though scarcity of contract grades may help a speculative advance. Pork products have been reusonably yielding, with prospects of a larga corn crop, but be fore the close had a stronger tone. The cotton market, lifting and falling a fraction each day alternately, shows no settled tendency, big stocks bal ancing an undoubted but yet not definite decrease in yield. FORTY-SIX LIVES LOST. Spanish Warship Wrecked by the Steam ship Mortera. Tampa, Fla., Sept 21. Official news received in this city states that in the canal at the entrance of the harbor of Havana, the Spanish gunboat, San chez Barcastegui, collided with the Spanish merchant steamship, Mortera. The former was almost immediately sunk. The loss of life on the Mortera is not stated. Admiral Delagado Parejo was the last man to leave the cruiser, being taken off in a rowboat. The total loss of life is now set at forty-six. When the rowboat in which the ad miral was about to start for the shore shoved off, the suction occasioned by the sinking of the Barcastegui carried the boat down and all on board were drowned. Stopped by the Police. Chicago, Sept 24. Charles Wilfred Mowbray, the Englishman who came to this city for the purpose of teach ing his doctrines of red flag and no government, was stopped in the mid dle of a speech yesterday afternoon at Belmont park by the police. He was so badly frightened that after a few words of explanation, in which he said that he did not mean to teach violence, he hurriedly loft the plat form and made his escape in the crowd. Investigating Tammany Administration. Nkw York, Sept. 24. Seth S. Terry and Rodney S. Dennis, commissioners of accounts, began their first public investigation under the law passed by last winter's legislature appropri ating 8100,000 for tno use of the civ's regularly authorized investigation committee in the work of showing up alleged irregularities in the conduct of the business of several municipal departments under the late Tammany administration. Cheered by Noted Men. Chicago, Sept 24. The Chicago Methodist ministers, who have under taken to secure through tiie pope greater religious freedom for the Prot estants of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, have, in response to circular letters, received encouragement from Justin McCarthy, Charles Algernon Swin burne and the historian, W. E. IL Lecky. A Repair Train In the Ditch. Salina, Kan., Sept. 24. A Missouri Pacific repair train, consisting of en gine, pile driver, eight fiat cars and ca boose, was wrectced two miles east of Gypsum City yesterday morning. The engine struck a steer and was thrown from the track, instantly killing en gineer IL G. Ferguson. Fireman Charles Hart escaped without serious Injury. Parade of Italian Veterans. Rome, Sept C4. King Humbert, Queen Marguerite and the members of the Italian ministry reviewed ,a pro cession of veterans of the war of 1870, bearing flags and decorations. The Garibaldians, in their red shirts, had the place of honor at the head of the parade. Thousands witnessed the pa rade and cheered as the Uaribaldians marched past Two Crops of Apples This Tear. Excelsior Springs, Mo., Sept 24. The farmers about here report that the long hot season caused many cher ry trees to bloom again and a few apple trees are blooming for the sec ond time. In one orchard near the city an apple tree is bearing a second crop. The new apples are now about the size of hickory nuts. Held Not to Have Been Filibusters. Wilmington, DeL, Sept 24. Tha jnry in the Cuban filibustering case, after being out fifty minutes, returned with a verdict of "not guilty." LATE NEWS NOTES. The son of President Tyler is living-, an invalid, in poverty, in Georgetown, D. C. A moonshiner still was captured in Dent connty, Mo., bnt the shiners got away. Frank Dunning and Charles Larmeu were killed by a freight train at St Joseph, Mo. Germany is closely watching the Franco-Rnwian demonstration of po litical al'iance. Three young men and two boys were drowned in Lake Michigan, off Chi cago, while swimming. England is obstinately refusing to. take any notice of the cholera scare on the European continent. Experts say that electricity is not likely to supplant steam as the motive power for heavy trains. Forest fires are sweeping through hundreds of acres of forests in the vicinity of Santa Cruz, Cal. Dr. William Leroy Wilcox, the old est physician of Irving Park, 111., was killed by a runaway horse. Canada will co-operate with the United States to establish a deep canal between the great lakes and the sea. While Miss Jennie Brown of Neligh, Neb., was asleep, an unknown miscre ant cut off half of her beautiful hair. The department of justice has prom ised to aid Attorney General Moloney of Illinois in his fight upon the meat trust. Prime Minister Canova's manifesto to Cubans has stirred np much bitter ness in Washington by its brutal sug gestions. A car loaded with whisky was blown to pieces by an explosion near Leroy, 111. Conductor Murphy and Brakeman Muldoon were badly hurt Ex-Congressman Charles Stewart of Texas died at San Antonio of consump tion. He served from the Forty-ninth to the Fifty-third congress. E. Sultan Murad is said to have written a letter, taking his brother, the present sultan, to task for permit ting the Armenian outrages. Vandals broke into the York street Congregational church in Newport, Ky., tore the bible to pieces and hacked the organ with hatchets. Great precautions have been adopt ed for the protection of the palace of of tha sultan owing to the discovery of a Macedonian plot to blow up the buildings with dynamite. Mrs. J. H. Brown of Springfield, I1L, died at Duluth. She was a friend of President Lincoln, was prominent in churitable work, and at the time of her death was president of the Illinois board of foreign missions. Ilia Sing Lee, a wealthy Chinese. merchant of San Jose, Cal., offers a half interest in his extensive merchan dise business and 55,000 in cash to any reputable young American who will marry his daughter, Mol Lee. General Justus McKinstry, aged 81, who was provost marshal of St. Louia during the war, was on Saturday mar ried to Miss Adelaide Dickinson, aged 39. Corbett and Fitzslmmons have not yet been able to agree upon a referee lor the Dallas right. The American athletes won every one of the contests in the international athletic games between the London and New York Athletic clubs at New York. An unsuccessful attempt was made to burglarize the safe of the bank of Baldwin, Kan. The Democrats of Iowa opened the campaign at Cedar Rapids with speeches by Judge Baab, candidate for governor, and others. The Rev. S. Simms, Baptist, was ar rested near Gilmore, Mo., on a charge of threatening to kill the Rev. George Wallace, another Baptist minister. A military train was wrecked near Chemnitz, and thirteen persons were killed and sixty injured. The Mexicans at the Atlanta exposi tion say that they will have bull fight notwithstanding opposition. The battle of Lexington (Mo.) was celebrated by a reunion of blue and gray and a barbecue. A bie shipment of arms and ammu nition to Cuba is said to have been made from Philadelphia. Dr. Parkhurst has returned from Europe and says that Plattism i9 worse than Crokerism in New York politics. The Belgian consul at Montreal will prosecute a paper that charged King Leopold with misappropriation oi funds of Queen Charlotte, widow of Maximilian. All indications are, at present that there will be no consultation of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific. The Japaneso have captured two cities of Formosa, one the old capital of the island Receivers have been appointed for the St Joseph Stock Yards and Ter minal company. The plant is ap praised at 31,000,000 and will be oper ated the same as usual. The Atchison, Stockton and Denver Railway company of Atchison has filed articles of incorporation with a cap ital stock of $l',00',000. It is a Mis souri Pacific scheme to build the road from Stockton, Rooks county, to Den ver. Justice Hurt has decided there is no law in Texas to prevent prize fighting, thereby assuring the big mill. Colonel Breckinsidge addressed 5,000 people at a Democratic barbecue in Johnson county, Kentucky, and was given an ovation. He indorsed the state ticket and the financial policy of the administration. Minister Denby has completed at last the arrangements for the investi gation of the missionary riots at Cheng Tu in the province of Szechuen. Prairie fires are raging south of Perry, Ok., and great damage has been done. Thousands of acres have been burned over and much hay has been burned. Several people had narrow escapes. It is asserted that the New York Central now holds the three world's records in the matter of speed Scalpers are said to have reaped a rich harvest at Louisville and Chatta nooga out of Grand Army excursion tickets. There is likely to be a lively fight between the Southern Paclfio and the California commission over thelatter's vecent order reducing freight rates. P0ST0FITCE EEP0RT, FOURTH CLASS OFFICES IN OPERATION 70,064. Kansas -Heads tie List In the Dec roue '.of Po(offlces for tha Past Tear Ok -' lahoma- Shows the Greatest Increase Other Interesting Information. Washington, Sept. 24 The annual report of Fourth Assistant Postmaster General Maxwell shows that the num ber of postoffices in operation in the United States on June 80, 1895, was 10,064. During the year 2,423 post offices were establishes and 3,163 dis continued. The total number of ap pointments for the year was 13,142. During the year the greatest increase in the number of postoffices was in Ok lahoma, 69. Nineteen states show a decrease in the number of postoffices, the greatest loss occurring in Kansas, 68; South Carolina losing 44, and Iowa and West Virginia, 38 each. Fifteen other states show a loss of from 2 to 37 each. During the year 69,546 complaints affecting the ordinary mail were re ceived; 31,849 referring to letters, and 27,69? to packages. This shows an in crease of 2,669 over last year. Some special classes of cases, to which the inspectors are giving much attention, are those of robberies of postoffices, burning of postoffices, wrecks of postal cars, and highway robberies of m?.ll messengers, mail stages and railway postal cars; and the figures submitted in the report show that the depredations and casu alties in these classes of cases are gradually on the increase, although the increase is not so uniform as dur ing the preceding year. A gratifying decrease in the number of postoifice burglaiies is noted, but highway rob beries of the mails have increased somewhat Train robbers have grown more bold, and do not hesitate to ply their vocation in the older states and near large cities, one of the most dar ing of last year's train robberies, the Aquia creek case, having been com mitted within a few miles of the city of Washington. Under the head ot foreign cases the report emphasizes the superiority of the registry system of the United States over that of most of the foreign countries. During the year there were 2,240 ar rests for offenses against the postal laws, of which number 175 were post masters, forty assistant postmasters, fifty clerks in postoffices, twelve rail way postoffice clerks, thirty-seven letter carriers, fifty-two mail carriers, and twenty-eight were employed in minor positions in the postal service. The concluding pages of the report are devoted to a series of sketches of important cases. General Maxwell uses strong language in referring to the escape of Killoran, Allen and Rus sell from Ludlow street jail, New York, their apprehension having been a matter of great importance to the department. PEARYS HARDSHIPS. The Arctlo Explorer and His Followers In Bad Shape When Rescued. St Johns, Newfoundland, Sept. 24. On arrival of the steamer Kite here Lieutenant Peary and Hugh J. Lee with his colored servant, Henson, were found safe ou board. They were found at Whale Sound on August 8, waiting for the Kite, and had only ten days previously returned from an overland expedition which had proved a comparative failure. Independence bay, the most northern part of Green land, was reached early iu June, but they were deterred from going on by insufficiency of food, and were oliged to abandon the attempt to make fur ther progress. Nearly all of the dogs perished and the remainder had to be shot, owing to the inability to provide them with anything to eat. Many sensational stories are current among the crew of the extremities to which Peary, Lee and Hansen were reduced. According to the stories, which the explorers decline to deny, they were almost starved, and were forced to eat seal and other refnse to keep alive. Receiver for Kansas City Time. Kansas City. Mo., Sept. 21 Wiley O. Cox, the banker, was appointed re ceiver of the Kansas City Times Newspaper company by Judge Slover, and took charge of its business at ll o'clock Saturday forenoon. The ap pointment was made on application of the Remington Paper company of Watertown, N. Y. The Times' plant, business, good will, etc, is estimated to be worth about $o0,000. It has been running recently at a loss of about $500 a week. Fruit Damaged In Colorado. Dknver, Col., Sept. 24. The dam age done to the fruit interests of the state by the heavy snow fall is beyond computation. In the vicinity of Den ver fruit and shade trees were broken by the weight of heavy snow freezing to the limbs yet in full leaf, and scarcely a tree for miles around es caped injury. Reports from the in terior show the same deplorable con ditions, varying only in a degree. Plead for Cuba. Chicago 111., Sept 2. The Rev. Dr. H. W.Thomas caused somewhat of a sensation yesterday by declaring from his pulpit that the time has come for America to say that the oppression of Cnba by Spain must come to an end. There was a large attendance of the best people in the city and the speaker was frequently Interrupted by out bursts ot applause. Anti-Christian Proclamations. Shanghai, Sept 24. A dispatch from Ning-Po says that the whole province of Che-Kiang, especially the city of Kin Wba has been placarded with anti-foreign and anti-Christian proclamations. Illinois State Fair. SpRisoriKLD, 111 , Sept 21. The Il linois state fair opened to-day verr auspiciously. The exposition hall, horticultural and farm products build ings and machinery hall, each of which cost 170,000 or over, were well filled. ILLINOIS TAXATION. Startling Report Hade by tha Bareaa of Labor Statistics. Springfield, I1L, Sept. 24. The most sensational report ever issued by a state bureau was made pnblie by the Illinois bureau of labor statistics. It charges that the great majority of the wealthy taxpayers of Illinois, and more especially of Chicago, are perjurers; that the assessors are guilty of malfeasance in office, that the pres ent financial condition of Chicago is directly traceable to the corrupt sys tem of taxation, and that the "deplor able condition of work is due to the liberty-destroying methods of taxation which prevail in Illinois." The report is made up of a mass of tables compiled from official reports of assessors, banks, real estate transfers, boards of equalization and the various municipal departments to which the agents of the bureau had access. After declaring that "it is the purpose of the report to expose existing meth od t of taxation in Illinois, with special reference to their effect upon the labor interests," the board proceeds to re view the work of former bureaus. The stand is taken that it is idle to dwell upon the wages and condition of the average wage earners of the state. The bureau contends that the condi tion "is proved by evidence so clear and abundant that the compilation of any further statistics would be wasted effort." The bureau takes the posi tion that "taxation is the chief instru ment of tyranny." Mother and Baby Drowned. Alrion, Neb., Sept. 24. A distress ing accident, resulting in two deaths, occurred at Bradish, 6 miles east of this place. Bert Holton, wife and child, were driving into the village in a road cart When near the elevator they were obliged to cross a canyon, and this was filled with water to a depth of five feet In crossing, the cart was overturned and the three were thrown into the water. Wife and child were drowned. Preachers Cheer Harrison. Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 24. The Indiana conference o' the Methodist Episcopol chnrcb, by an almost unan imous vote, decided to admit women into the conference as delegates. While the conference was in ses sion ueneral IlarriHon appeared by invitation and made a few felicitous remarks. He was heartily cheered by the 300 ministers present Avignon TTanta the Pope. London, Sept. 24. A P is corre spondent says that the to n council of Avignon has agreed to spend 180,- 000 upon the restoration of the pope's palace. One of the notable personages of Avignon says that the next pope will be elected at Avignon, and will live there. Shot His Wife and Himself. Dallas. Texas, Sept. 24. S. F. Wil liams of Kansas City shot and seriously injured his wife and then killed him self last night. Mrs. Williams is so seriously wounded as to be unable to make a statement The cause of the tragedy is not known. The- couple were guests at a local hotel. Cuban Sympathizers Rejolcei Wilmington, DeL, Sept 24. As a result of the acquittal of the alleged fihbusterers there was a large demon stration of Cubans and Cuban sympa thizers in the shape of a parade last night There were 8,000 men in the parade, who, with numerous bands of music, marched throughout the city. A Call to Dr. Talmage. Washington, Sept 24. The congre gation of the First Presbyterian church of this city voted to extend a call to Rev. T. DeWitt Talmage to become pastor. Mr. and Mrs. Cleve land are members of this church. The question of compensation was post poned for future consideration. Insurance Money Safe. Topeka, Kan., Sept. 24. Judge- Ha- zen handed down his decision in the Bank of Enterprise-Mrs. Maria Haff ner insurance case. The whole ques tion was whether a creditor can gar nishee an insurance company for bene ficiary money payable to- a debtor. Judge Hazen holds that the creditor can not do so. eleven Inches ot Snow. Denver, Col.. Sept. 24. F. IL Bran denburg, local weather- observer, re ports that the snowfall in Denver Sat urday night amounted to 11. inches, leaving all previous Septemberrecords far behind. The nearest approach to it was on September 20, 1875, when two and one-half inches of snow fell. Masso Is Presides. ' Tampa, Fla., Sept 24. A letter re ceived by prominent Cuban leaders here stated that.on tne loth inst .a constitutional convention was held at Najasa, at which Bartalo Masso was elected president of the Cuban repub lic. The Mercury's Bis; Drop. Eldorado, Kan., Sept 24. When the cold wave struck here the ther mometer registered 74 degrees and within aa hour it had gone down 23 degrees. The cold wave was accom panied by ram and considerable frost Found Dead In His Bed. Nevada, Mo., Sept. 23. John Ott, an aged citizen was found dead in his bed at his home two miles north of Nevada. He had not been sick and his death is supposed to have been caused by apoplexy. A 100,000 Fire In Indiana. Rochester, Ind., Sept 24. Fire broke out in Tiosa, six miles from here, and in a short time every business house was destroyed, also the eleva tors, saw-mill and two dwellings. Total loss 8100,000. Cyeloaes In Wisconsin. Milwaukee, Wis., Sept 81 In the towns of Pleasant Valley and Clear Creek, near Eau Claire, a number of buildings were blown down in a small cyclone, entailing a loss of about $J5, 000. CU CURE ASTHMA. A Leading Physician at tast Discovers tha Remedy. The majority of suffTers front Asthma and kindred complaints, after trying Doctors and numberless Reme dies advertised as positive cures, wlth out avail, have come to the conclusion that there is no cure for this most) dis tressing disease, and these same per sons will be the more in doubt and skep tical when they learn through the col umns of the press that Dr. Rudolph Schlffmann, the recognized authority, who has treated more cases of these dis eases than any living Doctor, has achieved success by perfecting a rem edy which not only gives relief in the worst cases, but has positively cured thousands of sufferers who were con sidered Incurable. These were Just as skeptical as some of our readers now are. Dr. Sehiffmann's remedy no doubt possesses the merit which Is claimed for It or he would not authorize this paper to announce that he Is not only willing to give free to each person suffering from Asthma, Hay Fever, Phthisic, or Bronchitis one free liberal trial package of his cure, but urgently requests all sufferers to send him their name and address and receive a package, abso lutely free of charge, knowing that in making the claim he does for his cur a strong doubt may arise In the minds of many and that a personal test, as h offers to all. will be more convincing and prove its merits than the publish ing of thousands of testimonials from others who have been permanently cured by the use of his Asthma cure. "Dr. Sehiffmann's Asthma Cure," as It Is called, has been sold by all drug gists ever since It was first Introduced, although many persons may never have heard of it, and it Is with a view to reaching these that he makes this offer. This is certainly a most generous and fair offer.and all who are suffering from any of the above complaints should write to him at once and avail them selves ot the ssrae, as positively no free samples can be obtained after Oct. 10. Ad dress Dr. R. Schiffnian, 325 Rosabel street, St. Panl, Minn. CONDENSED DISPATCHES. The Turkish government has farmed ont for a large sum of money the mo nopoly of the tobacco trade in Turkey to an English company. Two children of Emery Slausen, liv ing two miles west of Arena, Wis., were burned to death in their home. Kirby S. Tnpper, deputy customs collector at the port of Charleston, 8. C, shot and mortally wounded him self. A fire in Hot Springs, Ark., de stroyed the Pacific hotel on Central avenue, the Crescent house adjoining, the Valley livery stables, the Jewish synagogue and five cottages in the rear of the hotel, involving a loss of $50,000. Judge Blake, in the district court of Helena, Mont, held the anti-gambling law unconstitutional. The effect of the decision is to leave the old terri torial law licensing gambling in force. Secretary Olney is said to be ready to recognize Cuban belligerency as sooq as Cleveland gives the word. Preparations are being made to have the fish commission placed under con trol of the agricultural department It is said to be doubtful if the senate would confirm Hornblower to a seat on the supreme bench even if Hill sup ports. President Cleveland is said to have determined to repudiate the third term idea in a speech at the Atlanta exposition. NaTal officers say that the reason American whites do not enlist in the navy more is because they have to meet negroes on an equality. The Jefferson Davis monument will be erected in Monroe Park, Richmond, Va. Senator Gorman has taken the stump in Maryland for the state Democratic ticket. Lewis Thurman, a farmer, shot and killed Albert Walker, colored, near Fayette, Mo. Frank Dyer and Buz Lncky were convicted of the Blackstone, I. T., train robbery. Mexicans deny that any of their re tired army officers have recruited in the Cnhan service. The loss of Mrs. Langtry's diamonds will, it is said, seriously affect her ca reer upon the stage. , Martha Dalton, who escaped from jail at Salem, 111., was captured at Sumner and committed suicide. In a Chicago and Altonfreight wreck near Joliet, 111., two tramps were killed and a third person injured. No indictments against legislative bootllers have been returned by the Sangamon county, Illinois, grand jury. DAMACES for libel. A Virginia Paper Brought to Term by the American Book Company. A dispatch from Norfolk, Va, says: 'The American Book company of Mew York has lust gained a signal victory in tha courts of Virginia and has received an ao tolute and complete vindication after along and exhaustive trial by special Jury in the Circuit court ot this city. The Pilot news paper of this city, upon the awarding of toe contract tor scnooi nooks to the Amer ican Book company, printed a long article written and nrn rcvl h, P V Rvrt an agent and attorney forGinn & Co., of New York, in which it was charged that the state superintendent bad been bribed by the American Book company. The Pilo Has immediately sued for libel, and, after a Ave weeks' trial, which created an Im mense amount of interest throughout tha state, a verdict for punitive damages was recently awarded, and the jury found that the statements made were false and a deliberate libel Not only so, but tha company, npon unimpeachable evidence, was proved to have dealt honorably and up rightly In every particular In their negotia tions with the state officials. It was furth er proved at the trial that no better term had been made wth any other state for school books. In tact the attorney-general of Virginia stated that the American Book company 'teemed to throw open their whole basin est to as,' and after full and complete, examination of all the original contracts made with the various states he expressed himself as absolutely satisfied that the prices were the same in all cases and that no discrimination whatever had been made against the state of Virginia. Furthermore he mentioned that none of the statements of the American Book company had been accepted until every one of them had been absolutely verified by direct reference to the governors of tome fifteen states, with whom contracts had been made. This proved concluslvelythat the representations of the American Book company were cor sect In to to. This celebrated case hat thoa ended In a complete triumph in every re spect for the American Book company, and hat shown in clear contrast the clean and business-like methods in which they carry on their great industry at compared with . the attempted use of political pulla and tnitatatemeata by their opponent.' 'Cat M0O Irtimna.