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Our Belligerent Neighbor*. It is semi-offlcially stated that Col umbia and Venezuela will soon be at war. Chile and Argentina are still nego tiating and are at the same time pre paring for war. As soon as Colombia gets an addi tional supply of arms she is expected to be-gin war on Venezuela. Chili's answer to Argentina’s de mand for an explan lation does not set tle the trouble, the Argentina's war preparations continue. South Africa. it is reported that fighting ceased in south Africa Dec. 22. Commandant Kritzinger, a noted boer leader, has been captured by the British. Progress of the south African cam paign is now causing more satisfac tion in England. The Maryland Boer Relief associa tion has issued an appeal to ministers asking them to devote some time dur ing the holidays to prayer for the ces sation of the war in south Africa. Schley-Sampson. Admiral Sampson protests against tie. minority report submitted by Admiral Dewey. Isidor Kayner is busily engaged in preparing the objections to the ap proval of the verdict. Admiral Schley requested Secre tary Long to defer action on the court of inquiry decision that he might file objections and ask for Its disapproval. Mortuary. Brigadier General W. F. Perry, who was an officer In the confederate army duriug the civil war. died at Bowling Green, Ky. C. M. Voree. aged 68 years, a wealthy attorney of Cleveland, drop ped dead from heart disease while purchasing holiday gifts. James A. McKenzie, aged 64 years, a load Tug; lawyer In western Illinois, died at Galesburg. He settled in Knox oounty in 1839 and graduated from Knox college In 1859. I. Howard Hged 47 years, stage manager of the Orpheum thea ter. Brooklyn. Is dead at his home in that city. He managed theaters at St. Augustine, Fla., and had been a performer for matiy years. J. C. Stone, aged 75 years, dletl at Lea von worth. He served through the Mexican war as captain, was a atljut ant general of Knsas during the civil war and was one of the first pro jectors of the Union Pacific railway Ixhilh Rock, aged 107 years, the old est man In Michigan, died at Lading ton- He was horn Dec. 5. 1794. on a whaling vessel bourn] from Havre to Newfoundland Rook was the first white man to enter the Yosemite valley. This was In 1844. when he was in charge of a hunting party, all of whom save himself were killed by Indians, l ater he made his way hack to Canada mul then removed to Lud ington. where he had worked In the lumber camps up to a few years ago. Marconi’* Great Triumph. Marconi expects Ills system of Wireless telegraphy will reduce Cue rate to Kurope to one rent a word. Marconi may remove his station 10 United States soli. Marconi expects to supplant cc- n pletely the use of cables when nla wireless system is perfected. The governor and other olllciais of Newfoundland visited Marconi's experimental station despite the protest of the Anglo-American Cable company. signor Marconi has been served with legal documents from the so licitors of the Anglo-American Tele graph company, notifying him that the r.nnpany possesses an exclusive monopoly of the telegraph business within Newfoundland and Its depen dencies. and demanding that he cease his experiments and remove his apparatus. Marconi Is preparing to move IPs wireless telegraphic apparatus from Newfoundland to Novia Scotia, al though there Is some taik of a coin promise with the Anglo-American company. • Domestic. Hi**'*' A< * ml,Rl Sani I ,BOU 18 critically New York young; lady weds an ex convict. Kx-Secretary Alger |g seriously 111 at Detroit. The Northern Pacific Injunction rose was argued Estimates of the naval deflctency aggregate f6.000.000. The canal hill will taken up In the house on Jan T. Cecil Rhodes was prostrated by the heat in a journey up the Nile Yuan Shili Kai, LI Hung Chang's successor. Issued a proclamation. Dr. Haskell cables that he believes Miss Stone and Mrs. Tsllka are alive Congressman Boutell declared in favor of repealing all the war taxes. At Owattonna the Church of the Sacred Heart was consumed by tire. Mrs. Roosevelt and her daughter Alice art* fond of shopping trips on foot. One person was killed and eight Injured In a railroad collision near Tama. Ia Commander In-Chlef Torrance of the G. A. R announced a committee on pensions. Three men were injured In a wreck •n the Milwaukee road at l.a Crosse. have declared war on the whisky trust. from the city a lantern she held be tween her feet exploded, setting her clothes on fire. The coroner’s jury blamed the train crew fot the Illinois Central wreck near Perryville. Wife of Richard Woodville, a Lon don artist was granted a divorce by a Nebraska court. President Roosevelt carries out his policy of appointing southern demo crats to federal offices. Eight lives were lost iby the wreck ing of the steamer Kanawha Bell, near Charleston, W. Va. Severe earthquakes have alarmed residents and destroyed considerable property *n New Zealand. Senator Sewell of New Jersey is In a very weak condition, and a relapse Is likely to cause his death. John Fox. jr., son of the president of the New York democratic club, was disinherited In his mother's will. Dr. R. S. Huidekoper, chief sur geon at Camp Thomas during the recent war, died at Philadelphia. Thomas A. Edison Is in a bad physical condition, due mostly to the fact that he does not eat enough. Joseph Wadsworth Higkle was sentenced at Peoria to be hanged Feb. 14 for the murder of his wife. Miss Hazel Singer of Chicago mar ried Prince Ghikr of Roumanla in Paris. The bride was decorated by the sul tan. William Maupin is on trial charged with the attempted murder of Post master C. E. Johnson of Marquisville, lowa. Alexander Kirk, delirious from smallpox, escaped into the woods at Amherst. Wis., and was frozen to death. One hundred and forty-eight busi ness men of Omaha were indicted for maintaining gambling slot ma chine*. Mrs. Arthur A. Kimball, formerly Miss Anna Moran and for many years a resident of Langdon, Minn., died in Chicago. At a consistory In Rome the pope made an Impassioned address, de nouncing the suggested divorce laws for Italy. A 1 St. Cloud. Minn., Bernaid Brady, aged 75 years, who catne to Stearns county from Germany In 1865. died. Miss Harriet Murphy, prominent In society and church work at Pitts burg. Ky.. was killed in a battle with a burglar. Captain Voss arrived at Sydney. New South Wales, in the 40-foot canoe In which he Is sailing around the world. Disastrous floods in Pennsylvania caused the loss of several lives and damage of more than SI,OOO 000 to property. The report of State Superintendent Bayliss shows nearly 1,000.000 pupils in the Illinois public schools during the last year. It is expected that, owing to the ugltation in Mayo and Roscommon. Ireland, the crimes act will be pro claimed there. Cyrus H. Serisiba, a prominent mill owner at Atkinson. Mich., fell across revolving circular saw. His body was almost cut in two. Max O'Kell anounces that he will be operated upon for appendicitis, and that If he survives he will leave America, never to return. Duluth loggers report that the swamps are frozen solidly and good roads may he maintained. The late cold snap put them in shape. Charles Hooney. a brakemun on the Nelmgamon. Hawthorn & Superior log ging road, In Wisconsin, was killed while setting brakes on a train. Kev. I)r. L, (S. Hroughton. the Atlanta minister who has beer called to Tremont Temple, was in jured by a street car in Boston. Bishop Linehan. who died at Mar shalltown. was reared in Dubuque and served as an altar boy in the Cathe dral under Archbishop Hennessey. At Wells. Minn., a weal v farmer named Stehlmacher committed sui cide. He feared he was going to lose his money at the hands of relatives. Mrs. Myrtle Phlnney, a South Da kota mail driver, who has a route north of Miller, was seriously burned. While she was alone and ten miles Every one of the 10.000 employes of the American Express company in the United States will receive from the company a Christmas present of $lO. It Is said that the discontinuance of microscopical meat Inspections in the United States means that Germany's imports of American pork will cease Jan 3. The storm in Maine caused dam age estimated at $2,000,000. Bridges, houses and millions of feet of logs were carried away by the swollen rivers. IH\ Matthew D. Main, in a public statement, said he and his colleagues look to congress to pay the physicians who attended President McKinley. Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt has had plans prepares) for n $250,000 ad dition to the Newport hospital, which she will ere. i a memorial to her husband. Secretary Gage, according to a well kuowti financier, will retire from the president's cr.binet within a month and return to the hanking business. At Ottumwa George D. Dubose, uu til recently confidential bookkeeper of the lowa and Illinois Coal company, is accused of embezzling $1,700 from the company. Dr. John Duncan Quackeuhos. pro fessor of psychology at Columbia col lege, hypnotized an actress who suffered from stage fright and en abled her to make a successful first appearance. The American tobacco trust, has in vaded Germany. It has bought the Jasmatzl cigarette factory at Dresden and Kyriazia Egyptian cigarette con cern in Berlin. An explosion of gas in the blast furnace of Jones & at Pitts burg caused the death of nine men and the injury of five others, three of whom will die. At Jamaica, lowa, two parties of residents who were hunting for burglars met in the dark and opened fire on each other, three well-known men being shot. At Hudson Nicholas Hoofengartner and Michael Dean pleaded guilty to the charge of running blind pigs In the village of Hammond and each was fined SSO and costs. At I.a Crosse M. G. Vought, an electrician, was terribly burned about the face and eyes. Both eyes were so severly burned that his sight is probably destroyed. Relatives of Mrs. McKinley have lit tle hope of her living long, according to a statement made by Lieutenant James McKinley, U. S. A., a nephew of the late president Waiter Ames, former manager of the Mutual Building and I.oan associa tion at Dubuque, convicted of em bezzling funds, was sentenced to one year and nine months. Three persons were killed and twenty-five injured in a collision be tween a Southern Pacific passenger trains at Uplands, Cal. Some all- American bail players were hurt. I-owell Spence, a detective, arrived at Knoxville, Tenn., from Chicago, and identified the unknown man under ar rest there as Harvey I.ogan. one of the alleged Great Northern express rob bers. For the past few weeks probably four-fifths of the potatoes reaching New York have come from Europe. Not for eight years had this country bought potatoes abroad in any great quantities. At Winona. A. A. Ryen, who was held in the county jail on the charge of larceny and finally released, was arrested again on the charge of se curing money and goods under false pretenses. The new knitting mill plant of Meeker & Link at North Hoosick Y-. was destroyed by fire. The loss $20,000, and the insurance covers half the loss. Machinery valued at $12,- 000 is ruined. Commissioner of Indian Affairs Jones has decided to authorize for the first time the leasing of grazing lands on the Cheyenne reserve and Standing Hock Indian reservations in the Dakotas. At Walnut Grove, Minn.. Will Brady, a 17-year-old boy. was shot through the right wrist by the ac cidenta’ discharge of a shotgun. Tetanus has set in and he is in a critical condition. Th * pope said to a correspondent: "You see that it is not all over with me. I work six or eight hours a day, an'c my work is not easy, for it em luaces the whole church. Please say that I am not yet dead.’ Reports from various parts of Wis consin tel! of an increasing number of timber wolves in the more unsettled districts. Even as far south as Hara boo there were three huge brutes shot in a barnyard in daylight. An east-bound fast mail train on the Union Pacific crashed into the rear end of a freight train near Rawlins. Wyo. The passengers were shaken up and the fireman, Charles Brown, was seriously injured. Senator Thomas C. Platt of New York says he has decided to bring a libel suit against William Allen White of Emporia. Kan., and McClure's Magazine, on account of an article published in the current number. Chicago opened a municipal lodg ing house. Honest men who need a bed and food and tramps and loafers who apply to the police stations for shelter will be sent to the lodging house and be assisted in procuring work. Postmaster General Charles Emory Smith resigned and Henry C. Payne, republican national committeeman for Wisconsin, was appointed as his successor. Mr. Smith will resume the editorship of his Philadelphia Press. A syndicate headed by Dr. William Seward Webb, son-in-law of W. H. Vanderbilt, is to build the finest hotel In New’ York city on the south west corner of Fifth avenue and Forty-fourth street. It will have 400 guost rooms. A heater exploded in a private car in which J. W. Middendorf of Balti more, vice-president of the Sea hoard Air lJne railway, was travel ing In Georgia. William Halt, colored, a servant. was probably fatally injured. The municipal council of Dublin has voted to bestow the freedom of the city of Dublin on John Redmond, the nationalist leader In the house of com mons. who returned to Ireland from a visit to the United States on behalf of the United Irish league. At West Duluth C. E. Peaslee, re ceiver of the defunct Manufacturers’ bank, has been given an order by the district court permitting him to -e|l at public sale all the assets of the Insitiitlon. The liabilities amount to $5,630.92, and it is believed that this will be realized. A a result of the uegotiations that have been In progress between Secre tary Hay and Mr. Brun. the Danish minister, the last obstacles to the preparation of the treaty of cession whereby the United States will i>c tome possessed of the Danish West Indian islands, have been removed. Information has been received from Constantinople that M. Constans. the French minister there, has again threatened to break off diplomatic re lations with the porte. The suspicious movements of Turkish troops in Tripoli near the frontier of Tunis is said to be the cause of the complica tions. The Austrian government proposes a novel step to counteract the Ameri can shoe competition. The ministry of commerce will buy American shoe making machinery and will supply it gratis to Austrian manufacturers. This measure is regarded as the only means of saving the 'native shoe in dustry. Dr Adolf Meyer of the state hospi tal and Clark university, Worcester, has been appointed director of the Pathological institute of New York state hospitals. Dr. Meyer was se lected by the New York state lunacy commission after months spent in looking for an acceptable person for the position. At Topeka. Kan., the son of J. B. Billard a prominent grain dealer, was expelled from the Quincy street school for refusing to take part ir the religious exercises at the open of the school. Mr. Billard says the boy was acting under his instructions and threatens to take the matter into court for settlement. Cornelius Vanderbilt announced that he would not run for congress and ac cepted Mayor-elect Low’s appointment as p. member of the municipal civil service commission. Low appointed tw -ive members of his cabinet and an nounced that sinecures will be abol ished and unsatisfactory employees dismissed by the new administration. At Colombus, Ohio, two young women and two young men were found dead in rooms in a boarding house and evidence points to a quadruple suicide, deliberately plan ned. The dead are: Pearl Warner, cook at a restaurant; Lou Klein, cook at the same restaurant; Sherman Lot house, cab driver, and John Jacobs, cook. At Athens. Ga , Lelia an 8- year-old child, was burned to death in her home by an unknown young negro boy, during the absence of her parents. The boy was peddling and .asked to get warm by a fire in the lAmbert house. As he started to leave, he placed a burning paper under the dress of the little girl and escaped from the house. Park Benjamin, president of the New York naval arch commission, which has charge of the proposed naval arch and water gate at the bat tery. in that city, announces that the project has been temporarily given up. The arch and gate was to have cost $1,300,000 and $500,000 had been pledged. “We are of the opinion that the outcome of the Schley trial.” said Mr. Benjamin, “reveals so much dis sention even in the highest ranks of the navy, and is bound to open so may other matters for argument and dispute, that it would be altogether inexpedient at the present time to do anything further in the matter.” Anew immigration bill, which is the joint production of Senator Pen rose and Commissioner General Powderly, was introduced in the senate. It provides an educational test and authorizes the appointment of inspectors at the principal foreign ports, with instructions to exercise especial scrutiny of the police records of imigrants with the pur pose of excluding anarchists. The bill also provides for the deportation of aliens who prove to be anarchists. Insular Affairs. Congress is bothered by the big surplus. Fx Judge William G. Williams died at Orange, Va., of paralysis. George L. Argenbright died in Staunton. Va.. aged 100 years and 11 months. The Geneva school building at Portland. Ind., was burned at a loss of $12,000. l.ord Alfred Douglass, a son of the marquis of Queensbury, is visiting Washington. W. J. Selvage, an insurance agent, was shot on the street at Portsmouth. 0., by Charles W. Baker. Joseph M. Stewart, a young farmer living near Princeville, 111., was kiled at a crossing near Kewaunee. Attorney General Harlan of Porto Rico ordered a newspaper returned to (is owner which a judge had sup pressed. Mr. T. Weis was confirmed by the senate of the United States as immigration commissioner at the port of Baltimore. Mrs. Wiliam Jennings of Grafton. W. Va.. was fatally injured by jump ing from the third story of her home, which was burned. James Q. Stiff, who was shot by- Herbert Marx at Oak Grove. Va.. was returned to his home from Washing ton in a critical condition. Eddie Cromer and Ralph Brett, who ran away from Rock Falls, 111., were found half frozen in Omaha and returned to their parents. A thousand children in the Belle- i ville (III.) public schools were sus pended for refusing to be vaccinated. The order was later rescinded. The conference in New York repre senting capital and labor appointed | a committee of prominent men to, carry out the work of conciliation. Santuel Stevenson, in court at Chi ago, testified that John Alexander Powie exercised mysterious power over his followers by waving his hands. > General Chaffee, in commenting m the court-martial cases in the Philip pines. said that practically all of the Filipinos are traitors and full of dis simulation. The reported announcement of the engagement of Capt. Richmond Pear son Hobson to Miss Ludlow, of Springfield, 111., is denied by the young lady. The search and seizure law re cently passed in Kansas has been de clared unconstitutional by District Judge Hazen because of defects in drafting the measure. Chicago University was given sl,- 650,000 of which amount John D. Rockefeller gave $1,000,000 for the general endowment fund and $250,- 000 for expenses of 1901. The rest came from several donors. Th Taft commission has asked congress to confer on it the power to grant all franchises in the Philip pines. to issue bonds for purchase of friar’ property, to fix qualifications for voters and make land laws. Secretary Root has addresesd a letter to Sidel G. Pierra. representa tive of the Mason party in Cuba, denying his request for a postpone ment of the Cuban elections. In the letter Secretary Root says: "The effect of granting the application would be to prolong American occu pation and postpone the indepen dence of Cuba and the control of the island by the government of her own people.” Foreign. Unprecedentedly cold weather pre vails in Portugal. The Argentina delegates deny' the report that they would withdraw from the pan-American congress. Peasants near Riga, Russia, burned the castle of Count Palen, whom they accused of treating them harshly. The viceroy of India. Lord Curzon of Kedleston, hs returned to Calcutta, having completed his tour of Burmah. The International sugar conference at Brussels finds itself hampered by the non-participation of the United States and Russia. The odelsthing, the popular branch or the Norwegian parliament, has fixed punishments for the glorification of crimes against the social order. Monsignore Kennedy, rector of the American college in Rome, has been appointed domestic prelate to the pope, a high ecclesiastical position in the pontifical court. At Santiago de Chile a report has been received of another alleged in vasion of southern Chile by Argen tine troops. Should this be true, it will create new difficulties between the two countries. The smaller retail shopkeepers of Paris intend to unite and fight the de partment stores, which they declare are ruining the business of thousands of industrious citizens, who are des tined son to be left helpless unless they are given relief. FEDERAL LAW MAKERS. Washington. Dec. 16.—The senate ratified the Hay-Pauncefote isthmian canal treaty by the vote of 72 to 6. The vote was reached after five hours of discussion behind closed doors. The debate was confined to a discussion of the merits of the agreement and the policy of its provisions. The principal speech was by Mr. Teller in opposition to the treaty, and he was followed by twelve or fifteen other senators, who spoke briefly either for or against the motion to ratify. Among the speakers were Senators Clay. Fair banks, McCumber, McLaurin of Miss issippi, Culberson, Mallory, Mason. Tillman. Bacon and Bate. Senator Clay was one of the southern senators who spoke in advocacy of the treaty. The votes on the amendments suc ceeded each other quickly. Senator Culberson offered an amendment to in sert the Davis fortification amend ment of last session. It was defeated, 15 io 62. The treaty was ft nallyratified’ 72 to 6. the nays being Senators Bacon, Blackburn, Culberson, Mallory, Teller and Tillman. The nomination of At torney Genera] Knox was discussed at some length. Without the formality of a vote the nomination was con firmed. An echo of the verdict in the Schley court of inquiry was heard when Senator Jones of Arkansas in troduced a resolution extending the thanks of congress and of the Ameri can people to Admiral Schley and the men under his command duriug the battle of July 3. 1898. off the harbor of Santiago. Cuba. It was referred to the committee on naval affairs. In open sessions Senator Warren intro duced an amendment to the constitu tion granting the right of suffrage to women. Washington. Dec. 17.—The repubil can chairmanships of the principal senate committees will be as follows Appropriations—Allison. Finance—Aldrich. Foreign relations—Cullom. Commerce —Frye. Judiciary—Hoar. Interstate commerce—Elkins Interoeeanie canals—Hawley! Naval affairs—Hale. Philippines—L.dge. Military affairs—Hawley. Postoffice and post roads-Mason Pr vileges and elections— Burrow- Relations with Cuba—Platt sk^ cifll ' '-''anils and Porto Rico—For- Publie landt—Hansbrough. Indian affairs—Stewart Argiculture and forestry—Proctor Territories—Beveridge Territories—Beveridge. Rules—Spooner. Census—Quarles. Ciai ms— Warren. Immigration—Penrose. Civil service and retrenchment— Perkins. Coast defenses —Mitchell. Senator Spooner leaves the judici ary committee and secures a place cn foreign relations, which ranks with ap propriations as one of the most im portant committees of the body. He also continues on finance and on re lations with Cuba and is continued es chairman of the committee on rules. He is also continued on public health and national quarantine. Senator Quarles failed to secure the chairmanship of Indian affairs, which went to Stewart of Nevada solely on the ground that Stewart had been longer in service on the committee, but the junior Wisconsin senator takes the chairmanship of the com mittee on the census, a first class as signment. He also goes on agricul ture, where he can look after the oleo margarine bill, and on public build ings and grounds, military affairs and Indian affairs. He is also assigned to irrigation of arid lands. Washington. Dec. 17.—The bill to provide temporary revenues for the Philippines was debated in the house. Several lively exchanges and an im passioned speech by Mr. De Armond of Missouri, who has just returned from a trip to the Philippines, In of position to the retention of t p islands were features. Mr. Payne, the floor leader of the majority, opened the debate. Owing to the in disposition of Mr. Richardson, the duty of opening for the minority devolved upon Mr, Swanson of Vir ginia. Other speakers were Messrs. Grosvenor (rep., Ohio), and Robertson (dem.. La.), foi the bill, and Messrs. Shafroth (*., Col ), De Armond (rep.. Mo.), Thayer (dem., Mass.) and Pat terson (dem., Tenn.), against. Mr. Robertson said he would not suppo> t the bill beeanse free trade with tl.e islands and reciprocity with Cuba, which was threatened, would destroy the suagr interests of his state. Bills introduced were: By Mr. Gros venor of Ohio, applying the principle of the oleomargarine law to shoddy woolen goods and by Mr. Smith ef Michigan, making the birthday of William McKinley, January 29, a national holiday. Among the bills that came in was one by Senator Penrose, authorizing the payment of per diem pensions to all officers and enlisted men in the United States army who served in the civil war. j Resolutions were introduced relat ing to Schley as follows; By Mr. Wheeler of Kentucky—To investigate the career of Schley from the time he took command of the fly ing squadron to and Including the de struction of the Spanish fleet. By Mr. Mudd of Maryland—Tender ing Schley the thanks of congress and the American people for the destruc tion of the Spanish fleet. By Mr. Griffith of Indiana—For in vestigation of the navy department and Schley’s case, with especial ref erence to prize money awarded for the destruction of Cervera’s fleet. By Mr. Grains of Tennessee— Recit ing the “unparalleled achievement of Schley in destroying the en‘!re Span ish squadron with consummate skill and terrible celerity," and making the opinion of Admiral Dewey the opinion of congress. By Mr. Ball of Texas—Giving the thanks of ingress to Schley. NO FIGHT OVER TUNNEL. Believed Pennsylvania and New York Central Have Working Agreement. New Vork. Dec. 21.—1 tis not be lieved in railroad circles that the Pennsylvania's underground plans for establishing a terminal station in New York city will be hindered by the New York Central, which has long held the field here. One well informed railroad official predicted that, so far from there being in augurated any war of reprisal or revenge on the part of the Central, there would, instead, develop some close working agreement between these two gian Mnes. From this official's point of view a harmonizing of interests between the Pennsyl vania and the Central would be of incalculable advantage to both. Debarred just now from Long island, the Central might reach that territory by means of the projected Ward s island bridges, and the two lines, pooling issues, might find great mutual advantage in such unity. He believed that the Penn sylvania would benefit by getting in touch with the Central’s powerful eastern connections, the New York New Haven and Hartford and the Boston and Maine. It may further profit by having the Central for an ally instead of an enemy, for that powerful corporation has" admittedly large legislative influence, and it is conceivable that it might employ this power to obstruct the plans of the Pennsylvania, though It is not likely that it could frustrate them altogether. In Brooklyn and on Long island everyone is talking of the benefits that will accrue to that populous region when the new interborougb system of communication has be n established. William H. Baldwin. Jr., president of the Long Island rail road. said that application would he made to the state railroad commis sion before the first of the year for ppproval of the filed plans, and that the next step would be to obtain a franchise from the municipal as sembly. The war department's per mission will have to be obtained for the submarine bridges under the rivers, but that is considered a minor matter.