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believed end of great coal strike is near. COMPANIES MAKE ADVANCES But President Mitchell Says Nothing— Will Probably Call a Convention of Miners Soon to Consider Operators’ Propositions Otherwise Strike Situation Remains Without Change Wilkesbarre, Oct. 6. —The crisis in the coal miners’ strike seems to be approaching. Both sides are playing a waiting game, and each imagines it has the winning card up its sleeve. The statement of President Maxwell of the Central Railroad of New Jersey yesteiday, in .<ew York, that thecom panies have made all the concessions they p-opose to make, bears out the prediction made Thursday that the companies would offer no additional inducements for the men to return to work. It is said that the individual operators will all fall in line anl give their employes the ten per cent, in crease granted by the big companies. A well-known operator here said there van an understanding at a meeting of representatives of the big companies and individual operators in this city last Tuesday that notices of increase were not to be posted all at the same time, but gradually. This part of the program has now been car ried out. The companies and nearly all the operators are now in line for the ten per cent, increase. It is now up to President Mitchell to decide what he is going to do in the matter. If he delays action, with the Idea that the operators will make a better offre he is liable to delay the settlement of the strike indefinite.y. An analysis of the ten per cent, increase offered shows that the average miner’s wages will not be increased fully ten per cent, should they return to work, but it is argued that it is a victory after all for the strikers, and that if the United Mine Workers keep their or ganization intact they can compel the operators to make farther concessions In years to come. The first break among the individual operators of this district was made yesterday, when A. Pardee & Cos., op erating the Cranberry and Crystal Ridge collieries, offered their employes a ten per cent, net increase in wages and a reduction in the price of powder to $1.50 a keg. The decrease in the price of powder is to be taken into account In the advancing of wages. That four more individual mine own ers will make the same offer Is hardly doubted. It was learned yesterday that before the advance was made public by the Pardee company, sev eral general superintendents of other Individual cosl companies were invited to the Pardee company’s office for the purpose of giving their views on the proposed offer. It was learned that the concensus of opinion was that if the mine owners wish to keep their collieries in operation they will have to increase the wages of th. :r men. President Mitchell of the United Mine Workers is muc l interested in the advance made by the individual companies, but would say nothing for publication. There is a strong belief here that Mitchell is waiting for all the coal companies of the anthracite region to offer a ten per cent, increase before he will call a joint convention to consider the proposition. In the meantime, the men now on strike are said to number 138,000, and are not wavering under the proffered increase in wages. In the ackawanna and Wy oming districts not a mine is work ing. The conditions remain about the same in the Lehigh valley region, while in the Schuylkill district more men have laid down their tools and quit. Badger .Briefs. The democrats of the first assembly district of Racine county nominated John Wiechers. Two hundred and fifty delegates and many visitors attended the annual con ference of the Wisconsin Methodist church at Appleton. Rev. Father Rosario Itasca of Mil waukee, who for several months has had charge of the Italian mission, is going to leave for Italy in search of health. At Cumberland Clare Drake, a 7- year-old boy, while playing near an old well, fell to the bottom, a distance of seventy-five feet, but escaped with slight bruises. At Kenosha Mrs. Hulda W. Pennoy er, widow of Edgar Pennoyer, died at the age of 79 years. Three children survive. Dr. A. A. Pennover of Keno sha, Mr. G. M. Pennoyer of Chicago and Miss Alice Pennoyer of Kenosha. Joseph Laroque, a homesteader re siding near C< dar River, Mich.,brought his three little children, '.ged 6, 4 and 2 years old, to Marinette and left them at a hotel and disappeared. The children are now in the hands of the poor commissioner. The jury In the $12,000 damage suit for alleged libel, brought by Dr. W. C. Irons against Editor W. E. Tal madge of The Sheboygan Telegram, disagreed and were discharged. The trial occupied a week and about sev enty-three witnesses were examined. The most severe electrical storm and the hardest rain of the season oc curred at K~ukauna. Lightning struck several places doing considera ble damage. The barn of F. Rempter, south of the city was truck and with its contents was burned, with about $1,200 damages. * At Eau Claire, in ihc case of San some against I>r. James M. Mobile, pending for some time, Judge O’Neill granted a motion for non-suii. The plaintiff has sued for alleged neglect of his wife by the physician who is a well-known professional man and po litical leader. At Two Rivers Mrs. Valentine Rol ler committed suicide by drowning, taking with her her 2-year-old daugh ter. The bodies were recovered. The cause is attributed to constant wor rying because her husband intended to take up farming, to which she had a decided aversion. The school house at Amherst Junc tion was badly-wrecked by lightning. The front was almost demolished and the windows were shattered. School was in session at the time, and there were about thirty-five pupils in the building. Two small boys were badly stunned, but not seriously injured. A plan is on foot to build a fine summer hotel to cost $85,000 in Esca naba. Mr. Forbes, representing a firm of Detroit capitalists, offers to put $50,- 000 into the project if the business men donate a site and raise a bonus of $15,000. The new hotel will have 220 rooms and all modern conveni ences. At Kaukauna Game Warden Lucas of Fond du Lac got on the track of a fine haul of fish, netted by Lake Win nebago fishermen, and after a long and exciting ouase, succeeded in capturing the whole shipment while in transit from Oshkosh to Green Bay. The whole consignment weighed 2,450 pounds. Lightning struck the Birnamwood high school building and Prineipal M. P .Cady was knocked down and ren dered unconscious, but not seriously injured. The root and belfry were badly splintered and a large amount of plastering torn from the walls. This is the second time the school house has ben struck. At Durand the republican county convention nominated for sheriff H. St Austin; county clerk, John Dorwin; treasurer, Albert Anderson; clerk of court, H. A. Miles; register of deeds, H. Anderson; superintendent of schools, Mary Olson; county attorney, W. E. Plummer; surveyor, G. A. Mc- Gilton; coroner, F. J. Gobar. The anniversary of the educational and twentieth century movement of the Methodist church for the purpose of raising $5,000,000 for Methodist colleges and missionary schools was celebrated. Bishop Mallalieu of Bos ton presided at the sessions of the con ference, and conducted pentacostal services, an Innovation in Wisconsin Methodism. The Waucedah hotel at Waucedah, Mich., was burned and another build ing near ic partially destroyed. The total loss was $3,000, with no insur ance. The fire was set by thieves who stole $l2O from the saloon and attempted to burglarize the store. The hotel was one of the old landmarks of the Menominee range, having been built in 1870. The republicans of Iron county nom inated the following ticket: County clerk, Willard D. Tyler; treasurer Charles H. Williams; sheriff, William H. Lucia; coroner, Dr. Andrew Wren; clerk of court, Andrew R. Hill; dis trict attorney, George C. Foster; reg ister of deeds, Richard . Roberts; sur veyor, James Quest; superintendent of schools, Alba L. Ruggles. Oshkosh was to a large extent sub merged by the recent rain. The prop erty damage is considerable. All the cellars upon lower Main street were flooded and the loss will reach thous ands of dollars. The norihal school and the Frentz school were struck by lightning. The damage to the build ings was slight. The sub-station on the inter-urban road between the city and Neenah was disabled and in many ( parts of the city sidewalks and out houses were floated off. HER VACATION FORTUNATE. Lightning Demolishes Girl’s Bed While She Is Away. Green Bay, Oct. 6. —A severe thun der storm pi.ssed over this city Thurs day night. Several houses and barns in the city wore struck by lightning. At one place the hired girl’s bed was demolished. Fortunately, however, the girl happened to be on a vacation. SUCCEEDS H. W. ROGERS. Robert Sheppard New President of Northwestern University. Chicago, Oct. 6.—Robert D. Shep pard, at present financial secretary of the Northwestern university, has, it is announced, been selected as president of the institution to succeed Dr. Henry Wade Rogers. Youtsey Trial Begun. Georgetown, Oct. 6.—The Youtsey trial began yesterday, the jury being partially selected though the Job may not be completed until Monday or Tuesday, which necessitate night ses sions of the court to get through the trial in the two weeks yet remaining of the term. Big Quebec Bridge. Quebec, Oct. 6.—ln the presence of Sir Wilfrid Laurier and a large num ber of Invited guests, the corner stone was laid for the new Quebec bridge over the St. Lawrence. This bridge will have one span that wili be the biggest In the world. It will cost %Z.- *OO,OOO and is to be finished in 1904. Beloit’s Big Score. Beloit, Oct. 6.—The Beloit football team defeated Ripon here yesterday by the big score of 78 to 0. At Vauxhall. Those were the days when George was King; Pleasure then went a-loitering— Patches and powder, wig and queue, Wit and beauty, were reigning, too Vauxhall echoed with merry song, Jesting and laughter all day long: Many a waiting sedan-cnatr Stood for a famous beauty there. Once, close of a stately fete, A blind old beldame at the gate Scolded fast at her "nk-boys slow, Lagging to watch the booths below. Down the pathway came George the King— All the damsels iow curtseying— Tripped a bit by the old dame’s chair, Caught his stick in her high-piled hair. “Take that monster out of my way!” Loud she screamed in a mad dismay; “Ugly beast! he's ruined my hair, Shattered the lacquer off my chair. Then there happened the strangest thing: Down on his knees dropped George the King At least, so gay old Walpole writes, Modern Horace of London lights. “Madam, your peace I crave,” said he, “Only the blind may truly see!” Pleasure then went a-loitering— Those were the days when George was King. —Charlotte Becker in Smart Set. PLAGUE OF DEADLY VIPERS. Northern Kentucky Towns Overrun With Hissing Reptiles. A great fear has seized upon the residents of Boone and Campbell counties, in the northern part of Ken tucky, because of the sudden appear ance of venomous snakes known as the hissing viper or erroneously called the spreading adder. These danger ous reptiles have not been seen in this locality for many years until now, but formerly they were very numerous, and old settlers tell thrill ing tales concerning their viciousness. Unlike the majority of venomous ser pents, they do not wait to be dis turbed, but attack persons without provocation and their bite is said to mean death. In appearance these hissing vipers are different from any of the snake family common to Kentucky. The name is given owing to the peculiar sound, resembling the hissing of a gose, made by the reptile when dis turbed. The sound is very shrill and penetrating and can be heard plainly at a distance of 200 feet. Just before the attack the snake putts up just back of the head and from this char acteristic has been called the spread ing adder. The swelling back of the head attains the size of a hen’s egg, and is said by country people to be filled with deadly poison, a portion of which is emitted when the snake’s fangs are extended, and if any of this venom comes in contact with a per son’s bare skin, whether the fangs strike or not, death is almo st certain to ensue. It is probable that this is an exaggeration. The viper does not resemble either the rattler or copperhead in any par ticular. It gives no warning of its presence until ready to strike, and it is muph shorter when full grown, the longest specimens being only about 36 inches in length, the thickness, how r ever, of one of this size being about that of a man’s wrist. The tail is short and stubby and the reptile stands almost erect upon it before springing to an attack. The head is large and of a triangular shape and the mouth is very large. The body Is of a dark copper color and is appar ently covered with scales similar to those of a fish. The head differs materially in color, being of a bright red hue. I low’ these venomous snakes made their sudden appearance here is a matter of conjecture. It is claimed by some that they were brought here in the drift on the Ohio river from Virginia, while others claim they were brought here in cars of logs and lumber from Tennessee. As yet only one nest of these pois onous serpents has been found, their custom being to travel in pairs. Last week at Fort Thomas, near the scene of the Pearl Bryan tragedy, a num ber of soldiers who were taking a stroll were attracted by the hissing sound in a clump of bushes they were passing. Approaching the spot, they were horrified to see a cluster of hiss ing reptiles, all spitting forth volume of what anpeared to be blue vapor. They sun cloned assistance, and with the aid of several shotguns, succeeded in killing the entire lot, amounting to twenty-three. The first of these species of snakes discovered at Erlanger was by Mrs. L. C. Yeager, wife of the cashier of the firm of Leßoutillier & Simpson company of this city. As she was working about the garden her atten tion was attracted by a strange, hiss ing sound. She procured a hoe, and. pushing aside some potato vines, be held one of these frightful-looking reptiles. Unlike the most of women, she stood and fought the poisonous snake In Its wild efforts to strike her and finally succeeded In killing It. When her husband returned home at night she told him of her exper ience and on Investigation he learned that his wife had encountered one of the most dangerous snakes known In modem times. Other people at Erlan ger who have encountered and killed snakes of this same family are Squire Webb, cashier of the Erlanger bank; ’’ostmaster Edward Riggs and Charles Hiiker, all of whom live in the same vicinity, and all had thrill ing experiences in their encounters. Marshal Jeff Stephens; of Florence while working in his flower garden last week was attacked by one of these snakes, and but for the timely blow delivered by a friend who was standing near by would have been struck by the vicious reptile. Frederick Lail, while working in a tobacco patch near Florence, had the most thrilling encounter yet heard of. He was hoeing about the tobacco stalks w’hen suddenly, without a mo ment’s warning, one of these venom ous snakes coiled around his hoe handle, emitting hissing sounds. He cried to other hands in the field, one of whom procured a shotgun, and after circling around and around to prevent the reptile from throwing any of its venomous fluid onto them suc ceeded in killing it. The children of Thomas Castleman of Burlington had a miraculous es cape from being poisoned by one of these snakes one day last week. The little ones were playing on a teeter board in the back yard when their father, who happened to be passing, heard the hissing sound of the reptile and called to his children to run. He afterward succeeded in killing the snake. In the vicinity now infested with this uncommon reptile parents dread to let their little ones even enter into their own yards for fear of their be ing attacked, and a vigorous war of extermination is likely to be waged at once. Japanese Woman Writer. Miss Onoto Watanna is the only Japanese woman writer of Action in America. She ha, written one very successful novel, “Miss Nume of Japan,” and her short stories are ap pearing in high places. She is 21 years old, comes from Toklo and has been here three years. In a letter her most intimate friend writes: “On oto insists that her personality shall not intrude on her w’ork and says she does not care to trade on her nation ality—that she would prefer her work reviewed on its own merits only. However, Onoto Watanna Is not al ways a wise or responsible creature by any means. In fact, she is the most distracting mortal I have ever met. She is unlike any writer I ever knew, for she is extremely pretty and adores pretty clothes and society, dances, amusements and all the rest. This, however, may be because she is so very young and popular wherever she goes. She is quick-tempered, passionate, sensitive—a bewildering paradox. She is a freethinker (like most half-castes) and says she is a Socialist. She is one of the few writers in the country earning their living entirely by their short stories. She writes too quickly aud does not take sufficient pains. Some of her pieces are unpolished diamonds. She has not an iota of pctience. She writes a story of 3,000 words in half a day; her book of 60,000 words oc cupied one week of her time. She has a great deal of color in her face —her nationality puzzles one —she does not look English, nor yet Japanese, but is a pretty mixture of both. She has written three books— none of them Worthy of her pen. The first she called ‘Okikusan,’ and it had no publisher; the second, ‘Miss Nume of Japan,’ published by Rand, Mc- Nally; and ‘The Old Jinrikisha,’ now in the hands of eastern publishers.”- - Leslie’s Weekly. Periodical Famines Expected. , Since the first great famine of which there are records devastated the land in 1770, when 10,000,000 preished in Bengal alone, India has scarcely pr. r eil a decade free from scarcity of grain in one district or another. The British government expects a drought about twice in every nine years, a famine once in every eleven or twelve years and a great famine like the present aboflt twice in a century. A Paramount Argument. "But," he said, “ seven years ago you proudly asserted that you would support free silver as long as your body endured.” “Huh!” retorted the eminent office seeker. “Science Informs us that the human body changes In every particu lar each seven years.” When science picks up the deck It Is well to sequester your blue checks. Professor D. A. Kent of Jewell, lowa, has been appointed by the sultan of Turkey instructor In farming for the entire Turkish Empire. Professor Kent was recommended for the posi tion a year ago, but on account of the usual oriental dilatoriness did not re ceive the appointment until a few days ago. He Is now a member of the faculty of the lowa State Agricultural College.—Kansas City Journal. Vote For President. Successive presidential election has shown increase over the preceding contest. From 1864 to 1868 the gain was 1,700.00: from 1868 to 1872, 700, 000; from i J 72 to 1876, 2,000,000; from 1884 (o 1888 1,3000,000 and abnormally large increase not accounted for by the admission of new state; from 1888 to 1892 700,000, and from 1892 to 1896, 1,900,000. This year the probable total vote is estimated at 16,000,000. Not Obtainable. Student—The hair of our heads, even, are all numbered. Baldhead—Well, then, I’d like to se cure a few back numbdrr —Smart Set. Gen Gome* acts very decently to wards the United Btates In writing to friends that there Is no reason to dis trust the Americans. A Street Face. A glimpse of red eyes in the street As I hurry along; A face too pale to be sweet. Too sad to be strong; A face that will nevermore know, Though it die in its pride, That last sad solace of woe, — The power to hide. Ah, sister, we seem not to care, Nor know what to do; But the street has become one long prayer In pity of you. Amos R. Wells in Lippincott. THE FLYING SQUIRREL. A Small Animal Which Is Rarely Seen by City Folks. Among the small animals which are quite a rare sight to city folks, al though familiar enough in the country, is the cunning little flying squirrel. This is really a wonderful creature and seems to be a sort of compromise between a bird and an animal. It is about five inches long as to its body, which is black and gray and white beneath, and carries a bushy tail about five. Inches in length, having a peculiar construction, which assists in its flight from tree to tree; but the main apparatus used in flying— or. In reality, leaping—is a loose mem brane connected to the front and hind legs on each side, which the squirrel has the power to expand at will, thus increasing the surface pre sented against the air. When they desire to go from one tree to another they first ascend to the topmost branch and boldly leap off into space. Then it is that their kite like appendages make themselves use ful. They spread out, and the little animal, guiding itself by the tail, takes a downward, circular flight to ward another tree. When it arrives within six or eight feet of its Intended landing-place it changes its position so as to light upon its feet against the tree, when the membranes become greatly reduced and are not at all in the way. They live in decayed trees, where, if not disturbed, they become quite numerous. They are difficult to catch, aud bite viciously when cap tured; but they are easily domesti cated and make admirable pets, and soon become an unfailing source of amusement to the children. They live upon nuts, acorns and insects. — Golden Days. RICH, PRETTY BRIDE OFFERED. New Scheme to Defraud by Using the Mails Discovered. Anew scheme for using the malls in an attempt to def.aud has just been unearthed by the Cleveland (Ohio) postofflce inspectors. Many of the dupes are residents of Boston. A Watertown widower, who was one of the intended victims, refused to be swindled, and reported the case to Postmaster Hibbard. The local post office inspectors were made acquaint ed with the case, but they had hardly started out on it when they heard that the swindlers had been arrested on complaint of others who hail paid their money. The man under arrest is M. H. Ross, a tinsmith, of Cleveland. Roes, it is alleged, represented himself as a lawyer who was authorized to nego tiate for the marriage of an heiress and he sent copies of an alleged let ter from the guardian of the girl to men throughout the country Inclosing a proof photograph of a beautiful young girl. The recipients of the letters saw visions of wealth coming to them, by simply marrying a beautiful young woman. The last part of the letter, however, stated that the wooer would be required to send on $25 as a guar antee of good faith and to pay the preliminary expenses of the wedding. It is said that copies of these let ters were sent to a large number of Boston men. Of this number many sent the required $26, and there the corresponding dropped. The poor spelling in the letters did much to ex pose the swindle. A copy of the letter from the guard ian insisted that the marriage should be performed in New York City by the Episcopal service, and closed by saying: “Cora, my ward, wants to start immediately after the cere mony on her bridal tour to London, Paris. Europe, the Holy Land and around the world."—New York Sun. MAY BE EASILY REGULATED. Facts About the Chinese Imperial Cus toms Service. In May, 1854, when the Triad rebels (the Boxers of their day> entered the native city of Shanghai, the provin cial authorities found themselves un able to collect the Imperial customs revenue, and the consuls of the United States, England, and France Joined In the appointment of an inspector—an act approved by our government, so that our share in this work dates back to the democratic administration of Pierce and Marcy. By 1860 the Taiping rebellion threatened the exis tence of the empire, and Prince Kung, head of the Tsnng-li-Yamen, placed in the hands of Mr. H. N. Lay, the Eng lishman appointed to this work, the collection of customs at the five treaty ports, and proposed that the salt-taxes of southern China should also be ad ministered by him —a precedent today of an obvious value. Mr. Lay was suc ceeded in 1863 by Sir Robert Hart, Customs were then collected at 13 ports by a foreign staff of 200 mem bers, and the revenue was 8,600,000 taels—then about $12,000,000. The service in 1899 had 875 members, of whom 85 were American—England, France, and Germany alone having a larger number on tha force; the ports number 30, and the revenue collected amounts to 22,600,000 tales—about $15,000,000 at the current price of silver. Large as Is this service aud important the work, it rests on pre scription and precedent. It has had only the implied regulation and guarantee of treaty; and when Sir Robert Har’ in 1885, was appointed British mirister, he found himself unable to name his successor, at once resigned his place as her Majesty's rep resentative, and returned to his post at the head of tho customs service. Nothing could then have seemed more Improbable to Sir Robert than his presence as a fug tlve in :he legation of which he was for a brief period the head, after thirty-seven years’ service in the employ of the Imperial Govern ment. 1 he customs service has charge of a revenue marine service, including revenue cutters and cruisers, and of the light and harbor service of China and of the Imperial college. In 1893 an Imperial postal service was estab lished under its care, whose plan, as elaborated by Sir Robert Hart, pro posed a foreign postal superintendent a! the capital of each province, and a European postmaster In each. This was at first organized only on the coast, in 189(1 regulations were issued for acquiring private postal agencies; nnd while the work of reorganization lias been much Interrupted and the government 1.- ops up ita courier sys tem (Pao Wenkiuh), the principle of instrusting its postal service to foreign hands has been fully recognized by the imperial administration. Ai English man has always been at the head of this customs service. An Englishman, K. E. Bredon, was in 1898 appointed deputy inspector-general, with a veiw to Sir Robert's succession, and over half the force—479 out of 878—is British. While there are appoint ments from other nations, this has occasioned a constant jealousy among the other powers; but the existence ot this srvice, its successful working for nearly half a century, and the steady extension of its field, shows how easily it could be made the model of an International regulation of Chinese affairs.—Talcott Williams, in the Review of Reviews. EVANGELIZING IN THE ORIENT. The Spirit and Purpose of Missions in Ch'na. I lie spirit in wnich Christian mis sionaries have entered China is be yond criticism They obey the coin nn.ni! of One whom they love and serve, -nd Who has the right to send them there. They seek the good of the Chinese; they enter upon a life o' toil, sacrifice, and danger, with the gifts to an alien race. They ofTond no law of courtesy, kindness, manli ness, or honor in taking up their resi dence among the Chinese to teach them the truths of Christianity, to introduco facilities of education, to bring the blessing of healing, and minister to them in other helpful ways. There Is no need to apologize for this att 1 tude towards humanity; would that ,t were more common in the world! When Christ sees fit to ask the pardon of the human race for His ministry In the Incarnation, then His missionaries may ask forgiveness for entering China. Until then let them go bravely on with their high ml"'ion. Their attitude is not one of intrusion and offensive coercion; on tho contrary, It Is one of deference and respect for the personal freedom ana dignity of tho Chinese. They are willing to toll on unnoticed and unhonored; they bide their time, arid wait for converts during years of ap parently fruitless effort, as did many of China’s lirst missionaries. They ask the simple boon of access to tho Intelligence and the higher moral natures of the people. They do not seek to browbeat, intimidate, decleve, or betray a single Chinese; but rather to reach him by gentle persuasion, and a manly and tender apeal to the untrammelcd conscience and the un fettered will. The very atmosphere of their approach is liberty to both parties—to the teacher and the taught. No Chinese ever has been or ever will, by any legitimate missionary method, be compelled to embrace Christianity— James S. Dennis, In Review of Re views. The Only Possible Place. Jones —Have a good time on your vacation? 8/r Ith —Yes, indeed. I found a place where you didn’t hear a word about golf or yachts or automobiles. Jones—-Ceat Scott! What wero you jailed for?—Smart Set. Outclassed. Gibbs—They say that Punchem, the prize-fighter, was defeated In an en counter last night. Bibbs—By whom? Gibbs—Why, he doesn’t know. He Intended to have a match with the Awful K!d, but by some mistake he called up one of the telephone girls. Smart Set. True bills have been returned against 66 Akron. 0„ rioters.