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(Successor to the New Era Established 1§33, Consolidated June i, 1897:) VOLUME II. MENA, ARK., WEDNESDAY, December 39, 1897. NUMBER 10. SASTROUS FIRE. itroit Free Press and tbs Arcade Buddings Scorched. K RESTORED BY ANGER. M Tkrn Dwlhi-Wmaa BiwaS • Bwlk-rattortM BaraaS iataaia, Aria., la likaa ioit, Mich., Dec. 39.—The Arcade ig burned early thia morning, •tely destroying the paper stock 111am C Jupp, the stationery of Charles I. Boehm A Son and >ek of perfume materials of the i Manufacturing company. The rry structure to the west of the • building, occupied by the De Free Frees Printing company, >r a time threatened and the and plants of the Free Press ng company, Cliff A Higgins, tinders, and the Rabbin Engrav mpany were nearly ruined. The loss on the two buildings and contents will reach 8135,000. of the fire is unknown. HI* V»l*» Kmtur.tl by Anger. :svili.k, Ky., Dec. 29.— Patrick | a hardwood finisher, who for _ „ year has been dumb, suddenly S recovered the use of his speech yester* I (lav during & fit of anger. He was ■ greatly surprised to find himself talk- ' I ing and ahanged his words from curses I to a fervent "Thank God.” He was I formerly employed by MaeTilson’s | I oompany at Wilmington, Del., and it I was when about to curse one of the bosses mere mai ms voice was lost. Mother and Daughter Burned. Pittsburgh, Pa.. Dec. 29.—While Mrs. Mary Ann Browdy’s home, in the suburb of New Haven, was burning last night Miss Nancy Browdy, of Butte, Mont., who had been visiting her mother, rushed into the flames to save treasured possessions and was burned to death. The aged mother twice threw herself into the fire in at tempts to rescue her daughter and re ceived such injuries that she cannot live long. • A Treat the Cause of Three Deaths. Hahroirvili.e, Ky., Dec. 29. —Will Burdy, .lames Philpot and Bob Gregory were drinking in a saloon in Man cseater last night when Philpot called Upon Burdy to stand treat. Burdy declared that he had already done so. Philpot said he lied and Burdy knocked him down. Philpot roee, drew a re volver, and wounded Gregory and Burdy, and was stabbed by the latter. All died later. A Wnmaa Tiara ad to Death. St. Louis, Dec. 29.—Mrs. William Klie waa burned to death in the kitch en of her home at 922 North Twenty Second street last evening in the pres ence of her husband and two grown daughters, who endeavored in vain to extinguish the flames which enveloped the unfortunate woman. It had been ignited by the explosion of a coal oil lamp upon the kitchen table. Manafaetortue Plant* BuraaA. Joi.hct, 111., Dee. 99.—The paper mill of the Joliet Paper company, the man ufacturing plant of the Central Carpet Dining company and a portion of the woven wire fence factory of W. J. Adams were destroyed by fire yester day. Loss, $20,000, with $8,000 Insur ance. Aa Arfsnna Tawa in Ashaa. Albuquerque, N. M., Dec. 29. —A dis patch was received in this city yester day stating that Jerome, the great cop per mining camp of Arizona, was in ashes from a fire which spread over that town early Christmas morning. The total loss is estimated at $30,000, with 87.500 insurance. DALY BADLY INJURED. Th« Famoa* Comedian Meet* with a Bart on* MUhap In Boston. Boston, Dec. 29.—Dan Daly, the pop ular comedian and one of the leading lights in “The Belle of New York” company, at the finale of the first act makes an “entry” sliding on an in clined wire. Last night, in some way. either the wire or the handle of the trolley broke and he fell to the stage, striking on his shoulders and the back of his head. Two physicians were summoned and worked over Daly for half an hour, but could not bring him back to consciousness. He was then sent to a hospital, where this morning be was still unconscious. The physi cians believe that he is suffering from Ooncusslon of the brain and hold forth small hopes for his recovery. Tried to Blackmail Noted Men. New York, Dec. 29.—J. W. Harris, a North Carolina negro, was arrested on the charge of sending threatening let ters to William K. Vanderbilt, Charles Broadway Rouss, John Wanamaker and other noted men. The letters de manded money under threat of per sonal violence and alleged that the writer was a member of a society formed to extort relief from million aires at any price. Missouri Te*chm Meet. Jkffkhhon City. Mo., TW. -Th • ^',lh ntititt il convention of th ■" • s State Teachers' association began with 300 teachers present and more to come. After the usual preliminaries Prof. G. B. Longan, of Kansas City, read a paper on arithmetic. Other interest ing papers were read and discussed during the day. At the afternoon ses sion an address was delivered by Gov. Stephana __ nO JOKK. AFTKK ALL. A rrlMWM n» N*w Jtn«r Who WonM Vrlfktra HI* U»ptri Is Fonml l»r»d. N*w Yobk, Dec. ‘Jt».—Two prisoners. Prank Barbaln, an Italian, and Harry McCallum, colored, attempted suicide at about the same time in the peniten tiary at Caldwell, N. J., yesterday. McCallum, who attempted suicide as n Joke, is dead. Barbain, who has been ill and despondent for some time past, fastened a strap to the bars of his cell and hanged himself, but was discov ered by a keeper before life was ex tinct and resuscitated. McCallum an nounced to his prison mates that he ; would play a joke on his keepers. A few moments later, a convict m a cell adjoining McCallum’s heard the lat ter’s cell door rattle, followed by a low j groan. MoCallum was found hanging . from the door. He showed no signs of life when the keepers reached his side, though he had not been hanging more than a couple of minutes. A physician worked hard over McCallum, but could not save his life. POWBRI.E8B TO REMEDY. It I* Alleged That the Government I* An nually Defrauded In Postal Contracts. Washington, Dec. 29.—It is alleged that the United States government is being defrauded annually by the rail- j roads of the country out of between j 86,000,000 and 86,000,000. This enor mous sum, it is said, is paid each year for the transportation of the mails in excess of the amount to which the rail roads are entitled. Defects in the law under which the contracts for carry ing the mails are let are responsible for this enormous loss, which the offi cials of the post office department are powerless to prevent. Once every year , the mails are weighed by representa tives of the post office department, and the weights thus secured are ii*ed as a basis upon which the contracts for the following quadrennium are let. It is alleged that during the weighing sea son the amount of mall matter and the mileage is increased by fraudulent schemes, the result being that the gov ernment is robbed shamefully during the life of the contracts. NO AGREEMENT REACHED. ■A Clair (Mo.) JadgM Want Mur* Time to Consider Rot I rood Bond Compromise. Kansas Citt, Mo., Dec. 29.—For two hours yesterday the three judges of the county court of St. Clair county sat in the chambers of the federal court here and discussed with Judge Philips the question of a compromise with the holders of the railroad bond judgments against the county. The sum now due amounts to 81,800,000, whieh is one-third the assessed valua tion of the county. The county has been fighting for 25 years and has lost. The holders of the claims are willing to accept a compromise, the court wants the compromise accepted and so do the judges, but the taxpay ers of 8t Clair county are hostile to any compromise. The three county judges asked for more time to confer with their constituents about the mat ter, and Judge Philips continued the case until January 24. TESLA’S LATEST FEAT. Th« Great Iavntor Declare* He Can Make the Boa Work at HU Command. New Yobk, Dec. 29. —Nicola Tesla has at last achieved his greatest ambi tion and has succeeded in harnessing the energy of the sun. It is declared that he can make it work at his com mand. It was only a few months ago that Tesla announced that he had per fected an invention by which elec tricity could be transmitted over the whole earth and be made to work at the will of man. It was said that the great magician could not se cure the power which would make this possible except at an incalculable expense. Now it is asserted that Tesla has discovered the power necessary. He says that the sun can be made to drive every wheel that revolves, make the night as brilliant as day and give warmth as well. DYNAMITE SHAKES 8T. LOUIS. A Cbarirr U*«*d to Kalin a Tub Hoat Which W» Bunk by the Tornado. St. Louis, Dec. 29.—The business houses in the center of the city were shaken to their foundations, knocking goods from the shelves, yesterday morning by a terrific explosion. For a time there was great excitement, and the people thought the disturb ance was an earthquake. The shock came from a charge of dynamite used in trying to raise the sunken tug boat Dolphin, which went down during the tornado. It lies in the middle of the Mississippi opposite the foot of Olive street. All attempts have proved fu tile. _ I'rlcc fur Luet*ert’i Factory. Chicago, Dec. 29.-Luetgert, alleged a if • murderer, has been offered 1100. , ;,•< MvusHge factory bv lem MONEY JN CATTLE. Gov. Leedy Comments on the Profits in Feeding in Kansas. AN EDGE TOOL TRUST NEXT. A ru*l to IU Unlit Nwr PHUktrfh WkUk WU1 Km pin/ S.OOO HUM WafkaH -Bnoranu Opposite la I«w York Savinas Ikaaki Topeka, Kan., Dec. 39.—Gov. Leedy, who was a cattle feeder before he be came governor, has been watching the developments of the cattle business very closely this year. “While Kan sas is doing a big cattle feeding busi ness,” he said to-day, “it is unfortunate that a large share of the profit will go out of the state because the money in vested belongs, to a large extent, out side of Kansas. The banks of Kansas are full of ready money, but eastern investors, chiefly the packing interests, are sending money here and lending it at rates that make com petition by the Kansas banks out of the question. Millions of dollars of outside money is invested in Kansas cattle paper. It is the best paper that an investor can possibly get, and it crowds the little Kansas bank back and forces it to take poorer investments. 1 _ 1 _? A • i TV _ _ _ _ x am oui i j, y^tauac ad iujuico ivaucao, j but it suggests a lesson to the Kansas banker. His interest is with his own people in Kansas rather than with the eastern investor, who will starve him if he can.” An Kdgf> Tool Trn*t Next. Pittsburgh, l’a., Dec. 29.—Eighty per cent, of the edge tool manufactur ers in the United States have consoli dated their interests and have arranged for the erection of a new plant near Charleroi, about 40 miles south of here, on the Monongahela river. The con cern will be known as the American Ax and Tool company and will have a capital stock of $2,000,000. It will em ploy over 2,000 skilled workmen and the average weekly pay roll will amount to $10,000. The consolidated plant will be in operation within 'lx months. Knornoui Deposit* In R*rl*n Bank*. Nkw York, Dec. 29.—According to present appearances, the officers of the taxings banks in this city say it is not likely that any of the institutions will pay over 314 per cent. Interoat on their deposits next year. Some few banks have been paying four per cent., but a number of reasons have induced a de termination to return to the compul sory rate of 8>f per cent. The main reason for the reduction has been, it is said, the enormous deposits that have been made. BULB 18 MODiriBO. Western Railroad* WUI Cmllate to Carry Passenger* on Freight Trains. Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 29.—Western railroads have decided not to enforce strictly the rule adopted some time ago at the pass agreement meeting held in St. Louis regarding the carry ing of passengers on freight trains. At that time it was unanimously sgreed by all the railroads that pas sengers should not be allowed to ride on freight trains under any circum stances after January 1, 1898. The en »_a x__l _ _u i_ IOI VC^IUVUV VI VUiO A U1V TT UU1U UBTL worked a great hardship to the whole sale dealers of Kansas City and Dther western eities who have a large corps of traveling men on the road, and they made a vigorous protest. W. P. Trlckett, commissioner of the transportation bureau, has re ceived assurances from nearly every Kansas City railroad that it will con tinue to carry passengers on local freight trains after January 1 as in the past. On fast freights tickets or passes will not be accepted, as the railroads cannot afford to stop to let passengers off at way stations. Will Open Headquarters Early. Topeka, Kan., Dec. 29.—The repub licans, by their state executive com mittee, decided last night to open state headquarters in Topeka for the cam paign of 1898 before March 1. Cam paign literature is to be distributed be fore the spring thaw, in order that the farmers may have time to read it and ponder over it before beginning active farm work. Frank L. Brown will be in Chicago. No Federal Division Now. Hutchinson, Kan., Dec. 29.—Judge Theo Botkin, department commander 3f the G. A. R., arrived yesterday from Washington. He says the division of the Btate into two federal districts will not be accomplished at this ses iion of congress. He is also of the opinion that W. EL Sterne will be ap pointed marshal immediately after the 1st of January. HKB LOVE GREW COLD. Ell Shaw, Hstrayed by His Sweetheart, Is Indicted for Double Murdsr. Camden, N. J., Dec. 29.—Yesterday Eli Shaw was indicted for the murder of his mother and grandmother in Oc- j tober. Shaw is only 21 years old. He committed the crime while engaged to tar Mh;7> II • NePaon. of W'm lbury. whos .aith in ii>* .«v •eth>*'*r. at first was one of the most remarkable phases in the whole affair. Later she aban doned him and her statements had much to do with his Indictment. IK BIS t'ATHKH'M roOTSTin A s«a of Martin Read, IUi(*4 for Wtfa> Morder. Cruelly Kill* Hie Mlitres. Kansas Citt, Ma, Dec. 20.—With 1* or 30 boys following at bis heels, all ef them yelling at every jump, James Reed, a negro murderer, ran wildly along streets near Twelfth and Cherry this morning. He had just murdered, in a most cruel fashion, his mlatrsss, Susie Blakely, at 010 East Twelfth street. He was captured at Fourteenth and Cherry streets after a half mile’s chase by the youngsters. The shooting occurred at 8:30 o’clock. Out on Twelfth street Reed ran. Three small boys were passing. Each had a pair of skates hanging to his arm by a strap. They had heard the ahots, saw the man running and realized what had been done. Reed ran west on Twelfth street. So did th* boys. By this time 15 boys and two or three men were in the chase, shouting that some one stop the murderer. Reed went south on Locust to Fourteenth street, thence east to Cherry where he took refuge in a big bread box near a bakery. The boys were still in seek. They watched the box and as Reed came out he was captured by Frank Bugh of 1220 Campbell street, a switchman for the Suburban Belt railway. Reed was taken to the police headquarters where he made a written confession. Reed comes of a murderous family. ii:~ /..it_ if_4j_ n . j _a ~ j • ■ im viivi , iuui viu ivvvuf o*ivv v* killed the young man’s mother six years ago in a jealous rage. He was afterwards hanged in the county jail building for the crime. WATCHED WITH INTEREST. European Nations Mach Concerned In the Movements of Russia and England. London, Dee. ‘29.—Russia has seized Kin Chau, the strong Chinese walled city, north of Port Arthur, which com mands the mouth of the Yalu river, and over 20 great British warshipa have arrived at Port Hamilton, the Chinese naval stronghold, and will gn to Chemulpo, Corea, to make a demon stration against Russian domination in that kingdom. These movements of the two great European nations are being watched with Intense interest by the whole of Eu.'ope, for the opinion is general that it will be difficult to avoid a conflict unless one or the other of the two powers shall recede from its present position. KEPUHBD A PARDON. An Ohio Murderer, After Having Nrv«4 BO Yanra, Wunti to Kamnin In Prison. Columbus, O., Dec. 29.—Among the 3,500 prisoners in the Ohio peniten tiary is Ralph Wintersgill, who was pardoned by Gov. Bushnell on Christ mas day, but who refuses to leave the prison. He was received in October, 1873, having been sentenced for life for the murder of his wife. Wintersgill is 75 years old, and, after having been warmly housed by the state for nearly 20 years, he says he does not care to go out in the middle of winter. His son arrived Sunday to take him to live with him in Pennsylvania, but he re fused to leave. Kum Poultry Show. Hutchinson. Kan., Dec. 29.—The sec ond annual exhibition of the South Central Kansas Poultry and Pet Stock association began here yesterday. There are a large number of entries, and the exhibition promises to be one of the largest and best ever held in aL ! _ A M A L .A A mi • bum pui 1/ base; OMbe. xuo offered are many and large. John C. Snyder, of Kildare, Ok., is the judge. The exhibition will last four days. Stopped a Kaaaway Team. Dubuque, la., Dec. jJ9.—A farmer's team became frightened and rushed down the street. A number of men, recognizing the danger people would be in if the horses continued their flight, grasped hands and stood direct ly across the street. The effort was magical. The horses came to an ab rupt stop within four feet of the line of men. Eight Fire Victims In One County. Scottdale, l'a., Dec. 29.—The farm house of Jacob Stryer, in Salt Lick township, Fayette county, was de stroyed by fire last night and Jacob Stryer and his wife cremated. Their son Jacob narrowly escaped and was badly burned. During the past 48 hours eight persons have been burned to death in Fayette county. Declared a Draw. Chicago, Dec. 29.—Joe Walcott and Tom Tracey met last night for six rounds in the Winter Circus building. The decision of the referee was a draw, the decision being accepted as emi nently a fair one by the crowd. George Siler was referee. _ Clarkson Mu*t Fight Alono. Topkka, Kan., Dec. 29.—Judge Hazen has rendered a decision in which he releases the til fire insurance compa nies which do business in Kansas as parties to the legal controversy pend ing between State Insurance Commis sioner McN«!l and Harrison Clarkson. .i<* insu. • c . .i »• \.i» . SPAIN’S ACTION. —— i Only Her Weakness Permits America to Help Cuba’s Destitution. MANY PENSIONERS PROTEST. I'nnamlMllmt S«Im BmUtwI he Caw (rwiBMi Aealant rablluMnf tit* r.t •Im LUI-Htvorl K>**1*4 -l»i|i.»U«ti of Kipartt—C.iDBHn Law. Washington, Dec. 39.—Spain kaa, practically, informed the administra tion that she would like to avail her self of the good offices of this govern ment to bring about peace in Cuba. Blanco ealled upon Consul General Lee to intercede with the insurgents nnd save Ruiz. Minister Dupuy d* Lome obtained the full and cordial approval by his government of the proposition of the administration to start a relief movement for the starving Cabans. The appeal, signed by Secretary Sher man and given to the public Christmas eve, says nothing about Spain and her consent. It presents the situation in Cuba directly to Americans, and calls upon them to respond directly to the representative of this government in Cuba. This government under takes to make the relief effective. Spain suspends the customs to admit the relief stores free. She waves her sovereignty to let the United States reach a situation she is unable to meet. The action of Spain is deeply significant. It was not taken hurriedly. Only Spain’s weuituess aim uer appreciation oi in»i weakness would have induced consent to the proposition of the United States to attempt the amelioration of the conditions. The step from the good offices of the United States in charity to the exercise of them in the direction of peace is short. There is only one thing that is now delaying the taking of it. That is the uncertain following of the Spanish government, among its own people. If the Sagasta ministry was sure of Spanish sentiment, the United States would be called upon to morrow to find a solution to the Cuban proolem. In undertaking to put an end to the starvation, I’resident Mc Kinley has approached within sight of actual intervention. Op 'oulilnu to Pnnuton Pub lc*ttnn. Washington. Dec. 29.—Commissioner Evans’ proposal to publish a list of pensioners, by authority of congress, will apparently stir up *■ hornet’s nest among the veterans. The commission er announced recently that he would have a bill introduced for this purpose early in January, and many members of congress have already received pro tests from their constituents. The tenor of these communications is not against the exposing of frauds in pen sions, but against putting veterans in the power of collection agencies by making their names public at every post office and crossroads in the coun try. The commissioner is also opposed to the proposed plan of appropriating a lump sum equal to the pensions of 90 years and paying it in bulk to the sol diers who draw pensions. He said yes ▲_i_ii_a__ . t .. _i j __ _a. n_ _ W* 3HV» as ”*««» ntfUiU UUlf WC advantageous to the soldier. Many of the pensioners, he said, do not appreci ate the value of mon-jy, and were the 20-year plan adopted it would not be long before they were dependents again. A Rnport Danlad. Washington, Dec. 29.—Assistant Sec retary Vanderlip when asked to-day concerning a report that Secretary Gage had tendered his resignation and that Mr. McKinley had refused to ac cept it said: "There is nothing in it." The report in question gave Mr. Van derlip as authority for the assertion, but he denied having stated so to any person. It is believed in some usnally well informed circles that the report is substantially eorrect, but that there was no formal tender of a resignation. It is regarded aa probable that in some conversation with the president Mr. Gage in an informal way said that he would resign if hia financial views were embarrassing the administration and that the president in reply stated very positively that he did not want his secretary of the treasury to do any such thing and that their financial views were in accord. Inspection of Agricultural Exports. Washington, Dec. 29. — Secretary Wilson, of the department of agricul ture, will try to get from congress enough money to establish inspection by microscopists on an elaborate scale of all butter, fruits and other farm products going abroad. He is con vinced that a great deal may be done to swell exports of this character if they go with government indorsement of purity and high, genuine character. Interstate Commerce U« Amendment. Washington, Dec. 29.—At this ses sion of congress a strong effort will be made to amend the interstate com merce law. The commissioners are all agreed that unless power to enforce its decrees is conferred on the commission its usefulness will be practically de stroyed. _ .i tramp named Matthew Zeek. no eauieuoe, committed suicide by jump ng in front of a moving freight train -iir Hessville, Mu.