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MENA, ARK., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 1807. NUMBER 23.
captured a fort The Cuban Insurgents Take Pelanos and Defeat the Spanish Troops. iT THE SITUATION IN INDIA. Representative of the Associated jpre»« Reports That the Accounts About the Famine Are Great ly KxaRgcratetl. Key West, Fla., Jan. 20.—CoL Her nandez, with 500 Cuban cavalry, en tered Pelanos, in the southern part of Havana province, a place of 1,000 in habitants, well fortified with a Spanish garrison of 600 men with one field piece, while the troops were at the church celebrating some local holiday. Before they could form the insurgents had possession of the block house fort The cannon was trained at the church and solid shot were sent through its walls while cries of “Cuba libre*- filled the air. Out the Spaniards rushed only to fall before a volley from a strong force posted be hind some neighboring houses. Col. Hondo, the Spanish officer,bravely ral lied his men, but as they formed for a charge he fell with a dozen balls through his body. The second in command took his place, bui he, too, fell in a few seconds. The Spaniards made one more at tempt to charge the block house, but Hernandez’s cavalry reserve dashed at them, sweeping through their ranks, cutting a bloody path with their sharp machetes. They turned and again they c ame through the crowded ranks of the Spanish carrying death in their trnt'KS, uiougn many empty saaaies •poke for the bravery of the Spanish troops. The Spanish then retired, a portion stubbornly protecting their pear. After pursuing the Spaniards nearly to Cajaio on the coast the in surgents withdrew. They burned the fort at Pelanos. after securing 1.400 stand of arms, one cannon. $1,000 in fold and $5,000 in paper money besides ammunition and many valuable papers belonging to the Spanish commissary department. A dispatch from Mexico says that travelers from Cuba confirm the report of the capture of Santa Clara by the Cabans and also bring news that the insurgents have been fighting in the near vicinity of Havana, and, a. few days ago, wrecked a pas-a nger train within two miles of that city. The rapture of the town of Aguteo by the Cubans wss declared a brilliant piece at work. Three thou .and Spaniards held the place, but the Cabans .showed better generalship. At Santa Clara the Cubans took end held the town just long enough to ruin it. The Famine hi InAiu. Losnojt, dun. 30.—According to the special representative of the Associated press, who is traveling through the famine districts of India with the gov ernment';- party of inspection, reports from Kolhapur that the reports which have been sent to the United States tail England of the acute famine s.-id to wist in tlie aoutliern Maharatra states have been exaggerated, so far as his >bsi rvation has ext -tided. \ scarcity grain doc:- prevail in the extreme astern portion of this region, but the pec ■ 1 - re were able to escape went by migrating, most, of them to the fer tile Ken.-on plains and elsewhere, where the shortness oi the grain sup ply is not 'e! t. Kiee also is plenti ful and tuean.s and measures for the relief of the hungry are pronounced adequate tvheiv needed. The maharajah, in an interview on the prospects of his peo ple escaping starvation, said that his date expected a famine every five fears and was therefore not taken un awares or unprovided when it oame. lhey were prepared to spend five lues of rupees for relief in his territory. < ONGHKKSIONAI, FEOCKKDIXOS. Turple Spoiki* uu Colut Keporl <>o Om rci- Homes Kill l'rencnteil in the nOUKlN ^ akhixotox. Jan. 26.—It was 13:35 P- m. when Senator Tnrpie took the ;■ to make his promised speech on 0l”' relations with Cuba. Hiss remarks wer.- chiefly historical. A commuica tion irom the attorney-general, which included a letter from President Cleve h,i)r1. was laid before the senate in response to a resolution of Saturday « in relation to the forcclos ar'' proceedings in the case of the Pni m Pacific Co. Mr. Burrows pre «erh-d petitions on the subject of the ^notorial election in Delaware. Mr. Pettigrew offered a resolution for a ^pceial committee of five senators to inquire into.thc issue of land patents h* the Pacific railroads. and the California and Oregon rail roads and to the diversion from the reports of gross earnings of the sums P;ud to the Pacific Mail Steamship Co., which was referred. The military •wademy appropriation bill was also n up—the pending question being n® tue participation of the West Point in the approaching inaugural ®”‘ monies. Ihe house began business to-day by Passing the senate bill to provide for *■ examination and survey of a water route from the mouth of the jetties at the city of Galveston, Tex., through tin ship canal and up Buffalo bayou to the city of Houston. Mr. Danfortli u notice that on Wednesday next, after the reeding of the journal.’ he would call up the conference report on the immigration bill. Delegate Flynn presented the report of the }v. »u:>e committee on public lands on the Oklahoma free homes bill. It urges tin- passage of the bill as it went through thr senate. WOLCOTT’S "WORK. The Senator In Meeting with Only Partial Enrouatgoisient. London, Jan. it is rumored that Senator Edward 0. Wolcott, of Colora do, who has been visiting England in i.lw interest of V:metallism,is not quite satisfied with hi . progress. He has been delayed in meting people owing to their absence from town, and could not he received by the marquis of Salis bury because he had no official creden tials. ’Ihe Bimetallic league, however, has given to thi senator the heartiest re ception, and Sir William 1 fouldsworth, conservative member of parliament, who was the British delegate at the monetary conference at Brussels in 1SU2, and Lord Aldenham, senior part ner in the firm of Antony Gibbs & Sons, bankers and merchants, and formerly a governor, now director of the Bank of England, have had long interviews with him and are aiding him in every way possible. Senator Wolcott finds that the posi tion here lias remained unchanged from the time of the Brussels confer ence, namely, that the British govern ment and the house of commons are committed to do all in their power to secure by international agreement the stable moneta ry par of the exchange of gold and silver. The Bank of England is still willing to keep a fifth of its reserve in silver bars. But in spite of the willingness of Great Britain • .. i-uii vCi/U v .»* pi c'-siru lO oCEStOr Wolcott to bring in the mints of India ; into any international agreement, Croat Britain under no circumstances will take the initiative in calling anew i conference. Considering at; she does that the above offers are the first practical steps toward in ternational bimetallism taken by any government, she now wants I to see what practical steps other j governments are willing to take. The I continental powers are equally unvvill j iug to take the lead in calling a mon i etary conference, as they unanimously j believe that the United States, both by its position and importance, must take ! the initiative. _ BOILER BURSTS. ; Five Men Lose Their Lives on Hoard the Collier Madeleine. San Francisco, Jan. 25.—The French collier Madeleine arrived to-day from Callao. One of her boilers exploded soon after the steamer left Callao, kill ing live men and injuring several oth er.^. She put into Acapulco for repairs. After leaving Acapulco Chief Engineer Obe had a quarrel with Chief Officer Diamond and the engineer shot and se verely wounded Diamond and also cut him with a knife. The Madeleine re i turned to Acapulco, where Obe was i left in the hands of the Mexican au • lliorilies ami Diamond in i hospital. GEN. STEVENSON DEAD. A St. Louis Lawyer Who Had Raised the Seventh Missouri. St. Lotus. Jan. 25.—(Ion. JohnD. Ste ; verson died at his home here after a rnotracted illness. He served with dis ■si+Evm o \favu>nn a«/1 /-iri I travc : At the breaking out of the latter he raised the Seventh Missouri regiment, and. for meritorius conduct, was made a major-general of volunteers in 1865. | For services at Champion hill he was l breveted brigadier-general in the regu i lar army, of which he had been tfom 1 missioned colonel. AWFUL DEATH LIST. Three Hundred People Perish in a Panic in China. San Francisco, Jan. 25.—Advices I from the Orient per steamer Gaelic tell of a terrible panic in a temple at Kwong Tow, China, in which 800 men. women and children perished. During a theatrical performance a I lamp was broken which set the I temple on fire. The main entrance j was closed and the two smaller exits | were also choked. Of the 40 actors in ; tike performance four escaped. A TERRIBLE CRIME. An Indiana Couple of Note Killed in Their Home l>y Two Men. French Lick Springs, Ind.. Jan. 25. 1 —This morning the bodies of Samuel ! Kirby and liis wife, two of the most highly respected people of this county, were found in their room. I They had been killed with an ax. Bloodstains were all over the walls and floor. Tracks in the snow without showed two different footprints. An ax was found outside the house stained with blood. Bloodhounds were put on the trail. _ Fell Sixty Feet into a Well. Guthrie, Ok., Jan. 20.-John Fergu son, living near Chandler, fell 60 feet into a well, crushing bis skull and sus taining other injuries which will re sult fatally. » THE (OLI) SPELL. — Intense Suffering Among the Poorer Classes in St. Louis. THE COLD WAVE IN OHIO. Schools Dismissed at Toledo Many Frozen Ears and Noses in Chtisgo Nebraska Farmers (.ratified -Intense Cold at Many Points. St. Louis. Jan. 26.—The cold wave which readied here Saturday night j continues to-day and the mercury re ■ mains close to zero with high wind, j but no snow. The suffering among poorer classes of people is intense and last night over 600 unfortunates were sheltered at the police stations. Re ports received to-day show the cold j wave extends south to Texas and west | to the Rocky mountain*. In western I Missouri the mercury dropped 00 de ) grees in hours and dispatches re | ceived from all parts of Hhe state indi cate that great damage has been done to the wheat crop and that much of the, early budding fruit has been killed. Throughout Oklahoma and northern Texas the temperature has fallen from 00 to 70 degrees in the past 00 hours and in the latter section light snow has fallen. In western Texas the storm has reached the sever ity of a blizzard, and distress in the cattle ranges is feared. . Throughout southern Illinois and western Ten nessee the weather is the coldest of the season. Reports from Kansas are to the ' d^ect that the storm and cold wave is the most severe of the past two years. Notwithstanding the intense cold railroad trafiic is but slightly de layed on western and southern rail roads. The Cold Wave lu Ohio. Cincinnati, Jan. 2d.—The cold wave struck Cincinnati in '■ its fury 'sun dry night, and the thermometer fell steadily until it reached nine degrees below zero, its lowest marie at the weather bureau at about live o’clock this morning. About eight o’clock the thermometer began to rise a little. Sunday at seven p. m. it stood at 17 above, and fell to zero at nine p. m. There is much suffering among the poor in the suburbs. Adam Feins, aged U>, of Dunlap street, was the first victim of t ie extreme cold weather, lie was brought to the hos pital this morning with, both hands frozen. At ten r. m. i!,e. thermometer registered two degrts s below zero. There is great sunk -in/ at Toledo where gas is used foe fuel, the pressure having been r ■ 'need to a minimum, and all the school.-; v.a-re dismissed at alt earlyliour.it being impossible to keep the buildings war u. .Many Froze.i r.r.rn anil Xo-ics (n (. h'.cw"i>. CiUCACrO, Jan.' 20. -Seventy-six peo ple have been more or less frozen, ac cording to police and other reports, since the cold wave came Saturday night up to ten o'clock this morning. From two below zero early on Satur day evening i;.e thermometer began to drop rapidly until at seven o'clock this morning the weather bureau reported it had gone down to 12 below, i’rof. (larriorr. of the weather bureau, said this morning that flic intense cold would moderate slight Iar duriii'v next lii lion rs t li *t t no relief was in sight at present. In almost every drug-store in the city the proprietors and clerks are kept busy thawing out frozen ears and noses. The motormen, conductors, street car drivers and teamsters were the worst mi fie re rs from the cold. The cable j roaus i’-xperienceci coiibiuiTaoie uim culty in running. Farmers <i ratified. Omaha. Neb. .Ian. 26.—The tempera ture i.s one degree colder here than it was yesterday, being 18 below, which is the coldest at this point in two years. The ice i.s ten inches thick and the ice companies are working shifts night and day. Applications for relief are being made in great numbers by the destitute poor and all are being met. The cold snap i.s especially gratifying to the farmers, who say it will save much of the corn that the warm and wet weather was threatening to spoil. Railway trains are all late because of the difficulty in making steam. Throughout this part of the northwest it is two to ten de grees colder than Sunday. At Dead wood, S. I)., the temperature is 20 be low; at Sheridan, Wyo., 22 below, and at Billings, Mont., 20 below. TIilrty-Two Degrees Below Zero. Malone, N. V., Jan. 26.—The weather this morning beat the record of the winter here for Arctic cold, the ther mometers of this village registering from 28 to 30 degrees below zero and the mercury touching 32 degrees below at seven a. m. at Saranac Lake. A stiff gale and drifting snow added to the severity of the day in this county and practically stopped all out door busi ness. A Kush for Fuel. Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 26.—At seven o’clock this morning the temper ature in this city was 14 below zero, the low'est since January, 1884. There is much suffering throughout the city by reason of the weak natural gas pres sure and there has been a rush for other kinds of fuel. A cutting wind i i blowing from the west, taking on al most the nature of a blizzard. Considerable Suffering: in Colorado. Dknykk, Col., .Ian. 2(1.—The weather to-day is the coldest Colorado has ex perienced in several years. The ther mometer registers ten below and there is considerable suffering owing to the sudden change. Intense Cold in Minneapolis. Minnkapoi.18, Minn., Jan. 20.—The cold wave shows no signs of abatement. The mercury registered 31 below here and the indications are for continued cold. ____ I'iJIE AM) I.lliKARY GONE. Charles J. Ituriics. of t lileHRO, Conch Heavi ly by Fire—Rare Hooke Lost. Chicago, Jan. 26.—The four story res idence of Charles J. Barnes, 2238 Calu met avenue, was destroyed by fire at two o'clock this morning. Mr. Barnes is in New York and Mrs. Barnes and four servants were asleep in the house when the fire broke out. With the mercury 19 degrees below zero they were forced to flee, in scant at tire. to save their lives. A maid named Kitty was overcome by smoke and was carried out by the firemen. For years Mr. Barnes had been collecting rare and valuable books arid his library is said to have been one of the finest in the United States. This was destroyed and, with the damage to the building and fur nishings, will make the. loss over 8200, 000. “ __ A MUKDKUKK MURDERED. Charles Stevens In isilleil. Presumably »>y « Threatened Witness. Chii.i.icotuk, Mo., Jan. 26.—Charles Stevens, who was acquitted of the mur der of William Ellis at the present term ty, was found dead in the road a few miles from his home yesterday morning, having heen shot through the head some time Saturday night. Since his acquittal it is alleged that hi' and others of the family have threatened the lives of somi of the witnesses who testified against him in a trial, und the sup position is that some one was threat ened who would not take the chances of his own life being taken any longer. It is feared that this is the beginning of a feud that may end in the further loss of life, as there are men in either faction that will not hesitate to shoot if they think they are in danger. HEROIC MOTHER’S SACRIFICE. ] Snvcil Two Children, but i’orlvhed in Trying to Rescue the Others. liEDFOMi, Fa., Jan. 2(5.* The house of ! William Croyle was destroyed hv fire ! and Mrs. Croyle, with two children, were burned to death. While the fire was raging Mrs. Coyle threw two of her children to her husband from the second story, and then returned to a hack room for the remaining two chil | dren. She was not seen ugRin, and i when the ruins were searched all that I remained of the mother and two chil 1 dren was their charred bodies. One of the children who were thrown from the window is so badly burned that it I ,vill die. The father is also badly j burned. » N 1j*-X iiigtoiif <VX«>» Lkxinutox. Mo.. .Ian. 2(5. The first fatality from cold here was reported yes terday. Martha Lacy, an aged negress. was found frozen yesterday morning. Sue had no home, and had sought, the rant shelter of tin; basement of a di lapidated old frame house. In the i basement was what had once heen a i 1 ccLstead. and it was upon this she was I und frozen stiff. With her were her two small children, crying with the cold, hut refusing to leave their mother's body. They were just alive when found. There was no bed cloth ing of :iuy kind on the bed. This was by far the coldest day of this winter here. Fire Plug's Were Frozen. Chicaoo, .Jan. 2d.—The Northwestern j Stove Repair Co.’s factory, 225 to 287 | '.Vest Twelfth street, was destroyed by lire last night. When the fire engines arrived it was found that the water in every fire plug in the neighborhood had been frozen, and 15 minutes elapsed before a stream could be brought to the flames. The damage on the con tents is SHOO,000 and on the building is 8125,000. Three firemen and a watch man employed by the stove company were injured during the fire. Perished on the Way. Hamilton, Mo.,Jan. 20.—Frozen stiff, the body of P. K. Starling, a negro coal miner, was found on the prairie one mile east of town yesterday morning. Starling was a drinking man, and had been drinking Saturday night. In the evening he started to walk from this place to the Caldwell coal shaft, where he lived in a shanty. The cold wave was too severe for him and he perished on the way.__ Very Cold lu the North. ST.PAUL.Jan. 20.—The coldest weath er of the winter thus far is being ex perienced, the mercury being away down in the minus figures, from 20 to 30 degrees, thermometers varying in different parts of the city. Northwest ern stations reported as follows: Helena, 14 below; Bismarck and Win nipeg, 24 below; Huron, 20 below, and w * « ■ *— —. w*. . THE NEW BILLS. Bank Officials Declare It Is Easy to Mis take the Silver Certificates. THE ARBITRATION TREATY. The Senate Committeo on Foreign Ucln tlons DImi'uhn.'h the Document An extra SoHHlon of Contemn Sure Conni’iar Appointment* Hunted. ' Washington, Jim. 20.—The elabo rately designed new silver certificates have not won the popular success that was hoped for by the authorities at Washington. The widespread criticism on account of the left-handed (Soddess of Liberty that was directed against the $1 certificate when it made it.. ii[> pcarance has been followed by more se rlous objections to all the certificate* on the part of bank cashiers ami others whose business requires them to handle the notes in large quantities. The first objection is that the different, denominations of the new certificates are not nearly so readily distinguished as the former issue. In ihe mater of the $5 certificate this criticism is seri ous. The 85 certificate eu» easily be mistaken for a 82 certificate unless great care is exercised. There are three Homan Vs on the face of this figure and four figure 6s. One of the latter numerals is twined in a mon ogram with a V in the left upper corner. The popular criticism is that the numeral in the right hand upper corner, which ought to be the most conspicuous clew to the denomination of tiic certificate, docs not look suffi ciently lilt • 5. It is a black figure and does not at all resemble the num erals used in the old certificates. The * second objection is that the great mass . I 1 A i II V If 1 UY I .1. UU}.; Uii mu* JMiJIt uim UtUK i the certificates, greater than was ever put on any other bills Issued by the governnn nt, tuhls much to the dif. lenity ; of deciphering the different denomina tions. 'idle latter is the most serious objection us •;edf’'!-a'nst U14 i.".v certifi cates. NS', cruguft and ArliUivtion. Wasui: (ini:;, Jen. ‘.J -. -Tin: senate • eojnniitvcc en irreign relations to-day j had the arbitration treaty under dis j enssion. but the discussion was almost wholly upon its hearing on the Nioa ! yagua canal, ‘"h • . »: it’- •• r. ad ic* ! Clayton-Itu 1 wer treaty, and all treaties', r.nd agree’- rits between the (Ini ted Ns ate;: and Nicaragua and Costa It'lca, ivlrt'" - t<* the canal. Thelotter of Mini . xr Roderigucz pre .ated to **b ;': ;day in which the Nica- , Mgv. • • ••:.* 1 t peb-st- 1 against th • 1 ”. at canal bil’b * on? theuemite fo.,. i the b .is of t' -acuardoc. This led to tala of wh :t the real situation was i t r. • -.i l.i the eon cession and th • can si 1 • ’ I the rights of the Mari time 1 anal <"o. an well as the rights of tie.* i 'nUcd States. Several senators svomed to think that the Nic aragua canal might be seriously af fected by the treaty, atid the determi nation of the committee will lie to go to the bottom of the question before tak ing up other portions of the treaty. Senator Morgan took an active part in the discussion, lie insisted that tin: canal situation must be settled before the arbitration treaty eotild be ratified. An Extra Session Sure, a Pmi.AnEi.inifA, Jan. Silt.—Congress man-elect John C. Sturtevant, of Craw ford county, is in this city, lie said that he had called 011 President-elect McKinley and that, the latter said: “I will call a special session of congress on March 15, and unless 1 changes my mind, you may be in Washington l«y Unit time. I desire to have iny protc ch ive system inaugurated immediately upon my inauguration, and i want a measure passed that will immediately <tirTml:ilo lmsti ru^fv nml trivo Srf1*» work."’ Consular Appointment* Wanted. Washington, .Ian. 20. — Pressure will be brought upon President McKinley to induce him to revoke the order b, sued by President Cleveland in Septem ber, 1805, requiring applicants for con sulships to submit to examination t ■ prove their qualifications, and the or der of the secretary of state, issued Oc tober 21, which deprives consular of.l cers of many fees which they have been in the habit of collecting. COLO ALL THIS WEEK. The Weather Itureau Predict* Low Tem perature* for State* Ka*t of the KoHcle*. Washington, Jan. 2(5.—Advices re ceived by the weather bureau indicate that the full force of the cold wave will not be felt in the middle and south Atlantic states until Tuesday morning, when the lowest temperatures of the season undoubtedly will be reached. The cold snap is technically explained to be due to an exceedingly high ba rometer from the Canadian northwest provinces pushing south and eastward and displacing a low barometer in those sections. Local snows are generally reported from Texas and from Mis sissippi valley regions. It is too early to predict how much damage will be done to Florida and the South Atlantic states by the cold snap, as the wave will not strike that section severely until to-night. The weather bureau expects that low temperatures will be general throughout the section east of the Rockies most of the week.