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The Secret Dispatch
By JAMES GRANT CHAPTER Vl.—(Continaed.) •‘Certainly the last place where, for her own sake, I would place a dispatch of the widow of Peter III.,” responded the other haughtily; but Balgonie felt his heart beat quicker as she spoke. Her voice was sweet and low and had a won derful chord in it. Balgonie did not see much of his host, who was generally occupied among his people, to whom he was alternately a source of reverence and of terror. It is not surprising that Charlie Bal gonie preferred the society of two beauti ful young girls to that of a testy old man. To enhance their natural attractions and winning manners, they were always dressed in the most fashionable French mode, and wore the rich stuffs which came from Moscow and even from China. Though both cousins were remarkable for their beauty—one blonde, the other dark—he had never for a moment wav ered between them; for he had been, from the first moment he beheld her, irresist ibly attracted by the brilliant and black eyed Natalie. Besides, he knew well that Marioiizza was betrothed to his friend and brother officer, Basil Miero witz. It was scarcely possible that the re sult of his visit could be otherwise than it had proved; for Natalie was no com monplace beauty, but one who had sub dued the hearts of many more men than Charlie Balgonie—men who, now at Moscow and St. Petersburg, were count ing the days of her exile from the Court of Catharine. He blessed the exile and choice of cir cumstances, all so sudden and unfore seen, which had cast him in her path. He loved her with all the passionate adoration so beautiful and winning a woman could inspire in a young and ardent heart; nor was it long before Na talie became aware of this, and was af fected by the same emotion. The declaration of his love, and Nata lie's acceptance of it, came about just as others have done; and for three days after Balgonie forgot all about the trou blesome empress, her pressing dispalfbh and the terrors of Lieutenant General Weymarn. , At last he began to wake from his dream, to find the stern necessity of de parting; and, indeed, the snub-nosed Po iatchkiue, who was always hovering about, seemed as a perpetual reminder of the duty he was neglecting. The lov ers were solemnly betrothed in secret — Marioiizza was their only confidant—and at present they could but arrange to wait until they could mutually confide in Basil Mierowitz, whom Natalie, ere long, ex pected to see. To write to each other, save by special messenger, was deemed at present unwise; but Balgonie would visit her as he returned again to Novgo rod. So the last evening they were to spend together came; and they were seated, wreathed in each other's arms, with Na tali's cheek resting on Bnlgonie’s shoul der, in au embowered rustic seat, not far from the very place where he had so boldly crossed the swollen river on that eventful night. Charlie's heart was full of sadness and bewilderment; he could but mutter and whisper of his love and their hopes, and again and again kiss Natalie on the cheeks and on the lips, while her tears flowed fast; for she had all the cooing tenderness of a ring-dove now, and could only murmur from time to time: "Oh, Carl, Carl—my own Carl!” and, like other young ladies similarly circum stanced on the eve of separation, believ ed herself to be the most miserable be ing in the world. But, amid all this, she suddenly started and grew pale, on seeing a figure approach. “See, Carl, see!” she exclaimed; ‘‘that horrible woman must be ominous of evil at such a time. Why has she been per mitted to approach'/” Balgonie saw, at a little distance, only a Russian gypsy girl, possessed evidently of considerable personal attractions. She Stood timidly, and irresolute whether to advance or retire: and bowed her head with great humility, while crossing her tine but dusky bands and arms upon her breast. “Oh!” resumed Natalie, with some thing of a shudder, “ ‘tis Olga Paulowna; don't let her speak to us In our parting noui, Carl, lest we be compelled to hear her sing, and that may perhaps bode evil. The steward, I understand, has thrice by dog and whip driven away this rvpsy girl, who has come to the house again and again, ostensibly to seek alms, but doubtless only to steal or work mis chief by her cunning; for though our Russian gypsies are not allowed to pitch their tents on any land without the ex press consent of the owner, this girl's brother, Nicholas Paulovitch, a half blood, has permanently settled on our estate, somewhere in the forests; though he is despised and loathed by the peas antry, whom, doubtless, he loathes and hates most cordially in turn. 1 do wish she would go away without being ordered to do so.” Little did Natalie know that those ill requited visits of the poor gypsy girl had direct reference to the life and safety of him whose hands clasped hers so ten derly and confidingly. “Ah 1 .” said Natalie, with increasing annoyance; “she is about to sing, but her voice will soou summon the stew ard." Olga now began to sing with great sweetness a Russian song, the last lines i of which ended in a shriek, with which a cry from Natalie mingled; for the cruel steward had been stealiug through the ■ thicket unperceived, and now bestowed a heavy lash across the tender shoulders of the cowering and shrieking girl; but ere he could repeat it, Balgonie sprang ! forward, arrested the descending whip, ! and then placing in the hand of the sing- ! era few coins, bade lier hasten away, on | which she departed, w ith tears of pain i aro gratitude, after pressing his fingers to her lips; and. in her terror and con- j fusion, leaving her task undone—her I warning of coming treachery uutold. “Oh, t'arl!” said Natalie, laying her head again on Balgonie’s breast, “dear est Carl. I ara so glad she has gone with out weaving some mischievous spell; for, smile ns you may. I can’t help fearing • those people! I am a true Russian, and dread the evil eye!” Richer by a lock of dark and silky j hair aud a diamond ring, but leaving his ; heart behind him. in one swift hour after this little episode, Balgonie had depart ed to meet, and, for greater security, to j travel in consort with, a caravan of a i hundred aud fifty boors, who were con veying sugar from Moscow to St. Peters- j burg. He was guided again by the sly Po- ; datchkine. who had resolved to take es pecial good care that the said caravan j should be avoided. Some hours after Ralgonie's departure, j and when Natalie in the solitude of her I ow!n room was abandoned to tears and j unavailing regrets, a trusted messenger j from her brother arrived with a brief l note, written so enigmatically that none j save herself could have understood or! deciphered it; but the spirit of it was! briefly this: “All is arranged for freeing the pris oner of S. by a stratagem. A dispatch that may counteract, if not baffle, our j plans, and fatally compromise ns all, has, been by old Weymarn to St. Peters- j burg. I know not who the bearer is; ■ but he assured of thie. he will never j reach it alive. We have set Podatchkine j on his trsek. and he. worthy Livonian, for two hundred rubles, would skin his j own father olive.” | After reading this pleasant epistle, lit tle wonder is it that Natalie was found by Marioiizza, as the twilight deepened, half senseless upon her bed, cold, in tears, and utterly miserable. CHAPTER VII. A lover has occasionally been likened to a fool, as being a man possessed by one idea. This was certainly somewhat of poor Charlie Balgonie’s state of mind. He saw only the dark eyes, the half drooped lips, and the farewell glance of Natalie; so full of hidden and tender meaning; and while thinking of her and of her last words and promises, their mu tual hopes of the future, based almost entirely upon Basil, he fell an easy prey to the plans and schemes of the wily Corporal Podatchkine. who saw only his anticipated two hundred silver rubles; and who, knowing the country as well as If it had been every acre, rood and verst his own property, led him on aiid on he knew not where; but, at all events, two hours after they should have met the caravan, they found themselves, to all appearances, lost in a dense forest of dark pine trees. Failing the caravan, having now .pro ceeded. as he believed, some twenty miles or so, Balgonie had thoughts of passing the night at the house of a friend of Miew ''it., a country gentleman of whom he had been told by Marioiizza. who laughingly assured him that this personage was “a fine Russian gentleman of the old school, who beat his wife reg ularly every Thursday and Saturday with a whip of thongs,” and was seldom sober. In short, though he knew it nat, Bal gonie had been for the last tw# hours riding merely in u wide circle, and, by the careful guidance of Podatchkine, was now not many miles from the hut of the gypsy woodman, Nicholas PauAovitch; and, consequently, he was much nearer the Castle of Louga than he had the least idea of. “Well, Michail,” said he, in reply to some remark in which the corporal urged that they should proceed, “we have miss ed the sugar caravan, and cannot dis cover the residence of the gentleman I spoke of, so I am rather provoked at yon.” “Oh, excellency, who can withstand destiny?” whined the fellow, using an old Russian proverb. Shortly afterward the wood opaned a little, a red light appeared, aud they ap proached the cottage of Nicholas l’aulo viteh, the half-breed. “ ’Tis the cottage of a man I know. Here, excellency, we can pass the night,” said Podatchkine, leaping from his horse and dutifully taking Balgonie’s bridle, as if to anticipate any proposition iM pro ceeding any further. "There is a shed behind where I shall stable our Worses; Nicholas, I know, will make us welcome to his lodge.” In a few minutes mor*. Balgonie found himself seated in the oft ige, the aspect of which struck him as being peculiarly comfortless, dingy and squalid, as he viewed it by the light of a pine torch, which stood in a rusty iron holdar on the rough deal table, whereon lay a pack of frayed and dog-eared cards. In addition to Podatchkine and the host, Nicholas Paulovitch, who stood re spectfully at a little distance from Bal gonie, aud was appraising the exact value of his costume, arms and orna ments, even to Natalie’s diamond ring, there was present another ill-visnged fel low. with a powerful figure, square shoulders and giant beard, like every Russian of the lower order; eyes that were small and piercing, like those of a mouse; a long, fierce nose aud jagged teeth, hair shorn off close above the eye brows aud brushed all down straight from the crown of his head, which iu form resembled a cone or a pineapple. This barbarian, who was dressed chief ly iu a coat of sheepskin, and had a small, but sharp, hatchet and dagger in his girdle, was a Stepniak. from a dis trict where nothing like a town was ever seen or known, but whose aid and strength Paulovitch thought might be useful aud necessary in the work he and Podatchkine had cut out for themselves in the night. CHAPTER VIII. Ralgouie was rather weary after his long and desultory ride by rough and un frequented roads, chiefly devious forest paths; lie felt thirsty, and looked at a pitcher which stood on the table. ‘ Will his excellency drink?’’ asked Nicholas Pnulovitch. in his hoarse and husky voice. "1 have fortunately one bot tle of Rhine cordial.” said the woodman, with a rapid and furtive glance at his comrades; "his excellency will doubtless honor us by taking it with his supper, at least with such fare as the forest pro duces, as stewed rubbit or so.” “I thank you. good fellow. Where is this cottage situated?” "Situated.” replied Nicholas, with a quick and uneasy glance at the corporal, fearing there might be some discrepancy in their information. “Yes. in what part of the country?” said Podatchkine, “for we naturally wish to know.” "Near Velie.” "Then I am somewhere about twenty miles from the Louga?" "Yes, excellency, precisely,” replied the rascal. “Hence, if my horse is fresh, I may reach Schlusselburg to-morrow?” "Scarcely, as it lies fully fifty miles beyond Velie,” said Nicholas. "Is the distance so great?” exclaimed Italgouie. little knowing that it was even more, and all unsuspicious of how these wretches were deluding him. "But, excellency, we may prove more able guides than Fichail Podatchkine,” said the Gypsy woodman; “for we—that is the Stepnaik and I—must proceed to St. Petersburg to-morrow, on a little piece of business we shall have to per form together.” "Poor idiots.’” thought Podatchkine. "if you take his body to St. Petersburg, you will both be accused of murder and knouted. as sure as my name is Michail; so I shall save my fifty silver roubles.” A sound, ns of footsteps, and of some thing like a drinking vessel falling on the floor of an upper apartment. mHe the woodman start up with astonish* * and alarm. He hurriedly applied p to the trap which gave admissi— to this place, and ascended into it; but returned almost immediately to say. “there was no one there." The evident surprise and alarm of the three men at this trivial occurrence was the first cause of excit ing Balgorie's suspicion. He and Podatchkine were both armed, and eveu were these men outlaws, they would scarcely, he believed, dare to as sault au officer on niilitPT duty; besides, the very name of S, hlusselburg. whither he was proceeding, carried a wholesome terror with it; so dismissing his casual suspicions. Oharlie unbuckled his sword, and seated himself at the table, on which a coid supper of stewed rabbits and coarse rye bread was laid for the four who were present. V platter was placed for a fifth per son whom Nicholas remarked to Podatch kine in a growling tone was still abroad in the forest, or had not returned from some place which was named in a whis per. With an affectation of extreme respect and courtesy, none of the three worthies would seat themselves at the table anti 1 Ralgome specially invited and urged them in succession to do so. The bottle of Rhine cordial was pro duced from the apartment above and opened. Two horns, cue of which had a handsome silver rim. were placed for the captain aud corporal. The former was rather surprised to find such a drink ing vessel as this silver mounted cup in a place so squalid, and he was about to lift and examine it when Nicholas Paulo vitch, with almost nervous haste, filled it, and also that of the corporal. To the surprise of Balgonie, the latter exhibited some undisguised alarm on see ing it placed before him; it was an at tention under all the circumstances ha neither wished nor expected; and so ha declined to drink. “Nay, fear not. friend Michail.” said the woodman. “ ’tis the best of cordial. The cup with the silver mountaings is, of course, for his excellency the Hospo deen,” he added, with a quiet but grim significance which the wiiy Cossack quite understood, so he drained the horn without further objection. Boon after Balgonie expressed a desire for repose, as he wished to depart by daybreak. “This way, excel’ency,” said Nicholas, with alacrity, lifting the pine torch and ushering him up the stair, a mere com mon ladder, and through the trap door into the little apartment above, where his couch, composed merely-cf skins of the bear and sheep, awaited him, and where he could see the dark forest and the occasional stars through a small win dow that gave light and air to the place, which was so limited in size that it some what resembled a little cabin in a ship. Left in the miserable den to his own reflections and to darkness. Charlie Bal gonie placed his sword conveniently at hand, and cast himself upon the pile of skins that were to form his bed, and thought he had often fared worse in the bivouacs of Silesia and Bavaria. (To be continued.) PATENT FOR TROLLEY SYSTEM. For Canal Boats It Mako the Veaaela Felf-ateer ins. A patent has been recently granted to Henry Healy of Buffalo for a sys tem of canal boat propulsion by elec tricity which makes the trolley avail able for the purpose. In systems mak ing use of tbe trolley the difficulty has always been in tbe steering in order to keep the pole in contact with the wire. By Mr. Healy’s method this is done in a way which is almost automatic, no attention whatever being given to the steering of the boat except in certain emergencies which rarely transpire. The steering of the boats is accom plished oy means of a guide rail. The patent provides either for the running of the boats on the sides of the canal or In the center. Running the boats in the center of the eaDal is much pre ferred. so thut a boat in motion will not interfere with a boat or boats tied up along the sides. Posts are sunk in the bed of the cen -r of the canal on which are erected tiolley poles with arms carrying the feed wires, Just the same as the wires are carried along the center of the street to furnish pow er to trolley cars. Above the water line on each of the posts the guide rails are attached. The rail on one side serves for boats bound in one di rection and the rail opposite serves for beats bound in the other di rection. Attached to the sides of the canal boats are adjustable arms which ex-i toul to the guide rails. A wheel on each of the arms fits into a groove in the rail and it is by thi3 means that the boat is kept directly on its course. There are several methods by which the wheel ou the arm may be had to run on the rail, such as a wheel to overlap the rail, in which case an or dinary T-rail would be used. The inventor claims that the system will greatly reduce freight rates and make canal operation very profitable. A crew which is at present required for a 250-ton boat would be more than sufficient for one of 1,000 tons. Means are provided for enabling boats going in the same direction to pass each other in ease of accident or delay to one of them.—Pittsburg Press. EVERY ETH WATH THTOLEN. And Tho Thith Paper Wath in Great lHthtreth for Thome Time. “We are thorry to thay,” explained the editor of a weekly paper in Texas, •that our compothing-room wath en tered latht night by thome unknown theoundrel, who thtole every eth in tho etlitabllthuient and tliucceeded In mak ing bith ethcape undetected. “It bath been impothible of courthe to procure anew thupply of etbeth in time for thith iththue, and we are thuth compelled to go to preth in a thituation moth embarratbing and dlthtrething; but we thee no other courthe to purthue than to make the beth thtagger we can to get along without the mithing letter, and we therefore print the ‘Newth’ on time re gardleth of the loth tbuthtained. “The motive of the mitherable mith creant Ith unknown to uth, but doubt letb wath revenge for thome tfaup pothed lnthult. "It thall never be thaid that the petty thpite of the thinall-thouled villain hath dithabled the ‘Newth. 1 If thith meetth the eye of the detetht able rathcal, we beg to athure him that he underethtimateth the re thourceth of a flrth-clath newthpaper when he thinkth he can cripple It hopelethly by breaking Into the alpha lie t. “We take oocathlon to thay to him. furthermore, that before next Thurth da.v we will have three timeth atb many ethetli ath he thole."—Ex. POLITEST OF WARRIORS. Gen. Plnmrr, ’Vbo Carries Drawing- Koom Manners to the Field. Maj. Gen. Plnmer, who ted a bat talion of mounted riflemen in the Mata beleland campaign in 1896, has a repu tation rivaling that of “the mildest mannered man that ever scuttled ship or cut a throat.” In the thick of the ligut be is the politest of warriors. As an example of his unvarying “drawing room manners.” as a brother officer once styled them, a story is told of him that during the Matabele campaign bis small force found itself In a very hot corner, and the men were falling rapid ly In all directions. Plumer had two machine guns with him, and these, he considered, were not doing as well as they might. He called up au orderly, therefore, and said to him: "Will you kindly go to Capt. Blank (who com manded the guns: and teli him that I think he might do better if he would please move his guns a little further to the right? Thank you.” And then he , calmly went on with his direction of the tight in the same quiet easy man ner. Again he was rather badly hit j while in command of a column during the recent South African war. and sent - a message to his second in command to the effect “that he was rather badly j scratched, and he would be greatly j obliged if Col. Blank would take over * the command of the force pending fur- • ther orders.” Works tbe Other Way. She —Don't you believe that "• soft . answer turneth away wrath?” He —Oh. yes. Oftener, however, ! wrath frightens away a soft answer, j —Kansas City Journal. WHILE THE WAR GOES ON. Uncle Sa.7 ' “l oo*; a bit stormy over there, but It will not binder me from doing this little ;oo or pi c wing. ” CHURCH TEACHES POLYGAMY. Mormon President Smith Admits that Fact in the Smoot Case. Mormonism was placed on trial before the Senate committee on privileges aud elections Wednesday when the iaking of testimony was M ■ i r m o n Churchy REED shoot. governing bodies of the church held the same position and that the church still taught polygamy; despite the order of President Woodruff against polygamy and despite the law of the nation against polygamous marriages. For those protesting against the seat ing of Sjdqo it was contended that he, being one of the church’s twelve apos tles, was sworn to uphold beliefs and practices in conflict with the laws of the nation aud therefore was unfit to help make the nation’s laws. Mr. Smoot’s lawyers tried to restrict the inquiry to certain points and to court methods. The committee, however, decided to hear ev ery bit of testimony offered and to make its own rules of procedure and this decis ion put the church as well as Mr. Smoot on trial. John G. Carlisle, former Secretary of the Treasury, aud ex-Congressman R. W. Taylor of Ohio are the attorneys for the protestants. A. S. Worthington of Washington nnd Waldemar Van Cott of Salt Lake City are the lawyers for Mr. Smoot. Smith Gives Source of His Power. In his testimony President Smith ex plained that the first presidency was composed of the president of the church and two high priests or councilors and that the twelve apostles, of whom Mr. Smoot was one, were next iu authority. The presidents were elected by the coun cil and the apostles, but he believed and It was taught that the presidents were really chosen by divine revelation nnd endowed with the authority of the holy priesthood by authi rity direct from God. Mr. Smith said he was a prophet and veer and received revelations direct from God. President Smith declared that notwith standing a second “revelation” to the effect that polygamy is not obligatory upon members of the Mormon church, he still believed polygamy was right. He was questioned closely in regard to the principles of divine revelations. He said he adhered absolutely to all the teach ings of the church iu that regard, and that he himself hnd been visited with divine inspirations from God directing him as to details in matters pertaining to the welfare of the church, though no angels had come to him, as iu the case of UORHOX TEHPI.E, SALT LAKE. tie revelation to his uncle, Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the church. H# sub scribed to the standard of authority for the church iD relation to the revelation commanding polygamy as made known to the first president in a visit from “an angel iu black.” The testimony was directed in a slight degree at Senator Smoot, and no attempt was made by the defense to curtail the admission of testimony until President Smith was questioned in relation to po lygamous cohabitation of certain officials of the church before the manifesto of 1890. The attorneys then objected, and much time was devoted to the relevancy of such testimony. The committee went into executive session, aud after a full discussion determined to allow the ut most latitude to the hearings, which means that court practices will be avoid ed. The protestants said they regarded this as a victory for them. Great interest attaches to the hear ings because of the dual purpose of the inquiry. Other investigations have been directed at the rights of certain contest ants to seats in Congress, but uever be fore has there been inaugurated an in quiry into creeds or political factors to determine whether an unlawful influence is being exerted in the political affairs of the nation. Lemon Extract Kills Five. Five yottng men of Stillwell, I. T.. are dead and others are critically ill as the result of drinking lemon extract in large quantities as a stimulant. Several thousand persons witnessed the commencement exercises at the Car lisle Indian school at Carlisle, Pa., when diplomas were presented to the largest class in the history of the institution, the graduates numbering forty-three. Gen. O. O. Howard. Dr. Sheldon Jackson. Gen. J. P. S. Gobin and Chief Joseph of the Net Perces sAire among the guests. By the derailing of his railroad veloci pede. Roadmaster Watson of the Mis souri Pacific suffered a fractured skull. Tbs accident was caused by a spike j placed on the rail about two miles from Wichita. Kan. JAPANESE PRONUNCIATION. A like a In father. Ai as In aisle. E like e In men El as In weigh. I like 1 in pin. Auand o as o in bone. O like o In pony. Uu as oo In moon. U like oo In book. 1 in the middle of a word and n in the middle or at the end of a word are some times almost inaudible. The consonants are all sounded, as in English; g, however, has only the hard sound, as in “give,” although the nasal ug is often heard; ch ands are always soft, as in “check” and “sin”; and 2 be- COSSACK WATCH STATION IN M ANCHURIA. fore u has the sound of d*. In the case of double consonants, each one must be given its full sound. There are as many syllables as vow els. There is practically no accent. Be sure to avoid the flat sound of a, which is always pronounced ah.—From “A Handbook of Modem Japan,” by Ernest W. Clements. BLIZZARDS SWEEP WEST. Fiercest Storms of the Winter Pre vail in Several States. The worst blizzard of the winter swept across several States of the Northwest Wednesday and Thursday. It covered the prairies of North Dakota and Minne sota and the hills and valleys of northern Wisconsin with a deep fall o! snow that tied up street cars in maiiy places and delayed steam railway traffic. While a 50-mile gale blowing straight for Chicago was descending from the Lake Superior region Wyoming was la boring under a blizzard that had “drift ed in” from the Rockies, and Nebraska was suffering an unprecedented drop in temperature of sixty-three degrees with in a few hours. From seventy-nine de grees the Nebraska temperature dropped to sixteen. A gale was whipping across the whole State and giving warning that the Wyoming blizzard and Its cold wave was traveling eastward at a terrific gait Michigan and Colorado, at the same time, were experiencing all the rigors of cold, hurricane and snow. lowa, too, was shivering, first in a sleet storm and two hours later under a fall of snow, the temperature having dropped twenty five degrees. The cold wave reached Chicago Thurs day night and the thermometer closely hugged the zero point. The advance agent of the cold wave arrived Thurs day morning. He brought a few hand fuls of snow, which he scattered about The cold was characteristic of December rather than March. POUR TROOPS INTO KOREA. The Japanese Transports Land Large Large Force Near Ping-Yang. A dispatch from Vladivostok says that according to private reports there three Japanesj detachments of 800 men each recently landed at Chiung-Chan, Korea, about 130 miles uorth of Won-San, with the supposed object of reaching the val ley of the Tumen river and threatening | Hun-Chun, Manchuria, nine miles north • of the Korean boundary nnd about eight ' miles west of Vladivostok. The lauding in force of the Japanese i ou the Leao-Tong peninsula and the be j ginning of the land investment of Port ! Arthur will not begin for a fortnight, ac | cording to advices received in Washing ton from* what are believed to be re liable sources. From Far and Near. Fire at Poland. N- Y., destroyed sev ! eral business houses, causing a loss of ; -565.000. fully insured. Dr. Charles St. John, a brother of ex i Gov. John P. St. John, is dead at his ! home in Szlina. Kan., after a lingering illness of several weeks. It is reported from Washington that President Roosevelt wants Senator Fair -1 banks of Indiana to accept the nomiua j tion for Vice President. The Kansas State Bar Association has : adopted a resolution forbidding the fur nishing of intoxicating liquor in connec tion with its banquets of the future. The Hampton Normal and Agricul tural Institute of Hampton. V*., is left 5100,000 by the will of Hudson Hoag land. who died in New York Jan. 30. The Portland woolen mills, at Seli wcod, a suburb of Portland, Ore., have been destroyed by fire. Loss $130,00u, insurance SIOO,OOO. The creditors have accepted the offer of Bolton, De Ruyter & Cos. of San Francisco Jo settle for 50 per cent cash. 25 per cent in thirty days and the remain der in six months without interest. Jewelry valued at $2,000, which was concealed in a cunningly constructed hid ing place in a railway guide sent by mail from Germany to an address in Denver, was seized by customs officers in New York. Fearing a repetition of the Baltimore fire, the entire Pittsburg department, with one district from Allegheny, turned out for a blaze which destroyed a busi ness block on the south aide of the city and caused a leu of $75,000. NEWS OF WISCONSIN. A WEEK’S RECORD OF STATE HAPPENINGS. Governor Thinks to Get Through Withont Special Session of the Legis lature —Woman Heats Man at Duel for Life. Got. La Follette will spend immedi ately s'-to,ooo to repair and restore enough of the burned Wisconsin capitol to house the State government, also $lO,- UOO for furniture and supplies and will not call an extra session of the legis lature. This was the substance of a lung proclamation to the * people. He contemplates that the next regular Leg islature will approve his ottrse and that of the capitol building commission, will accept the plans for anew capitol now being prepared by the commission and will provide ample funds for the con struction. Tl.e new capitol will cost perhaps $5,000,000. An immediate ex penditure of £45,000 of the State's money, without explicit legislative appro priation, is unprecedented in this State, but the Governor declares in his proc lamation that he has the authority under the new State insurance law. Woman Beats Man in Death Dncl. A duel between a man ami a woman has been fought at Marshfield. George Spang has a bullet in his head. Mrs. Elizabeth Pherl, his divorced wife, iu flieted the wound. According to the police Spang went to the woman's house. She was alone. He fired a shot at her •dirough the window and followed it up by breaking open the door. The woman armed herself and there was an exchange of shots. The woman was not injured and did not even scream. Give Jewels to Help City. Citizens at a mass meeting in Janes ville, who were unable to give money for getting a million-dollar beet sugar plant there from Dresden, Canada, came forward with their gold watches and rings, which were auctioned off and the proceeds added to the bonus fund of $5,- 000. When the meeting closed it was announced that the desired amount had been raised, and the factory is now 20- surod. Escape from the Sheriff. Edward Raymond, Otto Kellar and James Murphy were convicted in La Crosse of robbing the Spring Grove bank at Caledonia and were sentenced to serve five years each in the penitentiary. The men made a daring attempt to escape from officers on the train at Reno while being brought to La Crosse, but were recaptured by the sheriff and throe dep uties after a fierce fight. ffne f tirgeon* for Mistake. Drs. ltutherland, Nuzum and Richards of Brodliead operated on the wrong ankle of 4-year-old I’aul Parkliurst for stiffness and now the boy's parents have brought suit for $20,000 damages. After they had cut the cords of the ankle they discovered their mistake and then oper ated on the injured foo u . It is alleged the hoy is crippled for life. Breaks Ont of Madison Jail. Patrick Flaherty, who v as in jail at Madison awaiting trial, charged with robbing the Superior postotllce, broke out the other night by sawing out of his cell and escaping through the kitchen. He is a well-known character, with n long record as a jail breaker. Charles Dennis, his alleged accomplice in the robbery, is still in confinement. Brief State Happen Inga* Christ Ebersohl. a Monroe. Clieeseinak er, committed suicide by shooting him self. William Hneffner was killed by an ac cident at Freeman’s boiler shops in Ra cine. Measles has broken out among the students of the university in Madison and 100 are confined to their rooms. Will Soule and Paul Mueller shot a large gray wolf near Ripon. Its mate was killed day before by H. Chaffin. Thomas McCune of Madison, a brake man on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, fell between the cars and was; run ovej at Lima Center. Mrp. Fannie Hanchett and dnughter were nearly asphyxiated by coal gas in Appleton. Mrs. Hanchett awoke and was able to crawl to a window and so secure fresh air. The Marshfield City Council came to an agreement with the Marshfield Water. Electric Light and Power Company, whereby the city becomes the owner of the light and water plant, at $150,400. Pewaukee citizens organized a bucket brigi de and saved the business portion of th town from a fire which destroyed the postoffice, several small buildings and a barn containing live horses. Loas So 000. Joseph W. Babcock was renominated for Congress by the Republicans of the Third Wisconsin district. Congressman Babcock received eighty-three votes to eighteen for Col. I). O. Maloney of Mount Vernon. James Whirry, aged 01, died in Barn boo. He was formerly an officer at Wan pun and later a cnpitol policeman at Madison. He was a member of the Iron brigade and lost his left leg in the Battle of the Wilderness. Mrs. S. E. Lowell, matron of the Chil dren's home in Appleton, has resigned and Miss Ida Chalfant of Milwaukee is temporarily in charge. The home is un der the care of the Wisconsin Children’s Home Society of Milwaukee. The Zulu Knitting Mills at Two Riv ers has been incorporated with a capital of $34,000, divided into 340 shares of SIOO each. The incorporators are Fred Bremer, William Bremer and August Eberhardt This company began opera tions less than a year ago and has had a remarkable growth. The roads near Appleton are in a terrible state and traffic of farmers to i the city is almost at a standstill. Rural ; mail carriers, unable to make deliveries ! any other way, leave mail at the district school honses, where it is distributed through the children. Unless the railroads succeed in rais ing the freight blockade and provide the Sheboygan manufacturers with empties, some of them will have to work shorter bcurs. They are experiencing much trou ble in securing cars for the shipment of their goods. Not in years has there been such a blockade fhere. Mrs. Margaret Sullivan, aged 80, died at the eoaty sqrfanshi Janesville. Mrs. Sullivan was one of the ten patients brought to the Rock County asylum from Racine County after the asylum there burned. Her death is thought to have been hastened by the shock and expoa ure at the time of the Racine fire. A surgical operation was performed on Miss Margaret Monroe, the 17-yer-- old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Monroe of Rosendale. for appendicitis. Miss Monroe was attending school at Rorendale and was taken suddenly ill a few days ago. Before the operation was finished it was found, so it is said, * .at the appendix is not affected. Laundry employes in Milwaukee have recently become members of the Laun dry Workers' International Union and have made a demand for a fifty-fiTe hour week and pay for oveninft. The laun dry owners there have an organization, and it is the inclination of the employ ers to refuse the demand. In case that is done a strike is threatened. Person* of great stature and well constituted physically and mentally are very rare. Giants are usually ill-formed and abort lived. The Public Health and Marine Hos pital aervic* torts $1,000,000 a yvxr. Ole Dahl and a Mr. Mathews were in stantly killed by an engine on the Birek wood line east of Rice Lake. C. B. Salmon, president of the Beloit Water Works Company, was badly hurt bv falling to the basement of the new hotel. W. Z. Watson of Avon township died at the age of 90 years. He was an early settler, having lived on one farm for sixty years. Howard Mickleson of Grand Rapids, 14 years old. accidentally shot himself while out rabbit hunting. lie died from blood poisoning. Gov. La Follette has issued a procla mation setting aside Friday, May C, as Arbor day, and recommending the plant ing of trees on that occasion. Patrick Flaherty, charged with rob bing the Superior postofflee. broke jail at Madison by sawing the bars of his cell. Charles Dennis, his alleged .accomplice, is still in confinement. Fire damaged the Y. M. C. A. build ing in Oshkosh, the loss being estimated at $4,000. fully covered by insurance. The blaze is supposed to have started from a stove in the bowling alley. John Ivapfliammer. Jr., aged 15. was stacked and badly bitten by a fierce dog near Medford. The animal was beaten off and killed by farm hands. The lad's father hastened with him to Chicago. Mrs. Willis, who died in Sheboygan, has bequeathed the sum of SI,OOO to the local Christian Science church, of which Mrs. K. Bangs, now a reader at Mozart Hall, Milwaukee, is th-> founder. The explosion of a can of unple syrup came near disfiguring for life Mrs. David Heuistock of Sparta. She was warming it on the stove when it exploded and se verely burned her about the f*ee and hands. Premiums are being offered on coal in Appleton by several big paper mills and other concerns, there being a situation at present that rivals the coal famine of last winter. Soft coal is in the lead for scarcity. The grounds and buildings of the Be loit Fair and Driving Asociatiou were sold at auction for $13,000, the amount of the mortgage. The fniv association will ho reorganized and the fair carried on as usual. Fire destroyed Conway’; button, fac tory at Harpers Ferry, causing complete loss of the plant and SSOO worth of but ton blanks. The factory had just start ed up with a full force of employes. No insurance. Division No. 2 of the Supreme Court in Jefferson City, Mo., denied Collins, convicted of the murder of Detective Schumacher of Racine, a rehearing- This means that Collins must die on the date fixed by the court. The Wisconsin Land and Lumber Company of Ilermansville will build about seven miles of logging railroad during the coming season. The line will branch out from the Chicago and Norlh 'western road at Pentoga. Gen. Thomas Curley died in Madison, aged 79 years. He was a veteran and was colonel of a Missouri regiment Vur ing the war. Afterwards he served two terms in the Wisconsin Legislature and moved to Madison and held a position in the capitol under Gov. Peck for four years. James Kevin, an old resident, nonrly lost his life as the result of smoking a cigar. Mr. Kevin was at tme time an inveterate smoker, but quit n year ugo. Meeting a friend who urged him to smoke. Mr. Kevin accepted a cigar. He immediately began to feel dizzy and sud denly fell backward upon the street. A horse being driven rapidly around the corner was upon the prostrate man be fore he could be rescued. An ugly scalp wound was inflicted. An electrical invention by Otto Cie berr.s, a young business man of Spring Valley, is said to overcome gravitation. By the aid of electricity Mr. Sieberus has succeeded and is enabled to rise from the earth and to raise other objects. It has been known for centuries that two electrically charged bodies attract or re pel each other, according ns they are charged with the same or opposite kinds of electricity. It has been more than suspected that gravitation js merely the pull of the earth’s electricity. But un til now no one has succeeded in so charg irg a body with electricity that the grav itation would he overcome and the body be free to rise from the earth. Mr, Si<£- herns has madfe a iietf form of electrical machine and charged his body one day rs an experiment, when he noticed that his body was almost without weight. He at once followed this line of experiment and succeeded in getting the electrical charge strong enough to overcome gravi tation. The difficulty remaining is cans ed by the quick dissipation of the charge; this Mr. Sieberus is seeking to overcome by menns of a silk garment. A State capitol to coat $.">,000,000 to $7,000,000 will he the outcome of the recent statehouse tire. The capitol im provement committee, created by the last Legislature, made a statement an nouncing the determination to prot eed with all practicable expedition to secure plans for anew capitol. For this pur pose SIO,OOO appropriated at vne last legislative session will be expended. The architects will be given wide latitude in the preparation of their plans, which means that the old building will not serve as a limitation and that the new Wisconsin capitol will be of new and independent design and scale of construc tion. The Legislature appropriated SIOO,- 000 for the construction of a Supreme Court wing to the cnpitol, but the com mittee determined not to use any of this money because of the change of pro gram resultant from the fire. For tlw Immediate present the SIO,OOO will bo used to secure plans and the Legislature will be depended upon to supply ade quate funds. Gov. I.a Follette, under an existing law empowering him to make necessary emergent repairs to any State building, will fix up the damaged parts of the old capitol, crowl all the depart ments of the government into it and wait for the election of anew Legislature. Trustees of the Racine Knitting Com pany, a bankrupt concern, sold the as sets, consisting of office buildings in Ra cing and factories, machinery, stock, ac counts and material, at Beloit, Ripon and Stevens Point. The sale brought $73,000 to pay creditors’ claims of $300,- 000. Fred C. Lorenz of Milwaukee pur chased the Racine and Beloit plants for $4*3,000. L. Brill of Stevens Point pur chased the plant in that city for SII,OOO and C. W. Hayes of Grand Rapids, Mich., the Ripon plant for $3,080. The property brought about one-half the ap praised value. Doris Simonson of Tomah had a nar row escape from death from drinking a bottle of cough medicine which had been left on the premises by an agent. It contained morphine and it was with diffi culty that she was kept from succumb ing to the drag. The doctors work <1 over her for several hours. Fred A. Engberry of Stevens Point, whose disappearance on Jan. 2 created ’ such a sensation, returned from Wash- ; ington, D. C., accompanied by I). E. j Frost, attorney for the Steven* Point Building and Ix>an Association, of which Engberry vit secretary. He declined to make any statement until a meeting of the board of directors is held. On account of a c-reck at Kilbourn several freight cars were placed on a sidetrack and during the .light about forty sacks of flour were removed. In ! order to £d the right car seven others were broktn open. No clue has been ob tained as to who the thieve- might be. Jacob Becker of North Milwaukee is missing from bis home, and is thought to have been scared away by the threats of person? signing themselves White caps,” who said, ir> * mte which Becker showed before he dbeppeareJ. that ha had better get out of North Milwaukee, or bis life would not be worth a cant He was accused of cruelly beaus* kis sou. "Z 71 r*| Special telegrams to the N6I lOri International Mercantile ' Agency from leading cities and towns throughout the Uuited States and Canada indicate that the past week has been the most broken and irregular iu general trade circles since the year began. Railroad operation since Jan. 1 has been disappointing to both roads ' and shippers. Rate wars between Chicago and Mis souri river points, with higher prices for cereals, have stimulated the move ment of grain and, as an indirect effect, have increased buying throughout the entire winter wheat region. St. Paul, Minneapolis and Duluth spring wheat country centers .do nai find trade as ac tive as anticipated. Prices have advf need $2 a tou for steel pipe and for t ire products and 75 cents a ton for bes-jtmer pig, at Pitts burg, consequent on the trust purchase of 100.000 tons. That interest is also reported to have options for 40.000 tons of bessemer each, for April and May deliveries. A leading southern pig inter est has sold its output to May 1. Ad vances have been shown by cotton aud sugar, while declines are noted iu the overstimulated cereals, in provisions and iu Ohio petroleum. There is less call for money for mer cantile purposes at hanks at u number of cities, notably at New York and Bos ton. (rcneral trade is showing, relatively, most activity at Chicago, Pittsburg, New Orleans and St. Louis. At Baltimore it is 20 per cent less than a year ago, due to interference by the fire. Cincinnati reports a moderate gain, and Boston rather less trade than a year ago, but with hopefulness for nn early increase. Among some of the larger cities wages in industrial lines are stationary. In the Canadian dominion trade has been more active owing to an influx of country buyers at important centers. 1 It. (}. Dun & Co.’a LniCdQO. Weekly Review of Trade 1 says: An encouraging de velopment of the week lias been the re newal of agreements as to wages for an other year entered into between employ ers mid large forces of workers iu vari ous industries. This gratifying consum mation paves the way for steady opera tions of plants and opportunely prefaces the opening of the season, when in creased numbers of men are employed in factory and outdoor labor. With less severity in the weather the distribution of commodities was made easier, but deliveries are yet retarded and general complaint accentuates scarc ity of cars. Retail trade made gome ad vance in volume, milder temperatures having helped materially in creating a better demand for the leading lines of spring apparel and household needs. Outside buyers appeared in larger numbers in tne jobbing district and deiUj. ings assumed m - e activity in most of the staple goods. Transactions iu dress materials, silks and clothing readied a larger aggregate, and were steady in linens, footwear and ftirniture. Cotton goods were taken more freely for the in terior, but city purchases were confined to present requirements. Grocery staples and canned goods were seasonably ac tive, and large quantities of drugs, painta and oils were placed for prompt forward ing to western points. Jobbers are now busy on general shipments of merchan dise, and curreut collections continue good. Grain shipments, 2,230,022 bushels, are 7 per cent under those of n year ago. Receipts of farm products increased to proportions indicating heavy realizing oa the recent rise in prices. .Speculation in the futures lost its buoyancy and declines in quotations were made without any substantial recovery. The average fell back to a slightly lower level than three weeks ago. Receipts of live stock, J15,- 439 head, compare with 283,050 a year Failures in the Chicago district num ber 23, against 22 the previous week and 23 a year ago. Chicago—Cattle, common to prime, $3.00 to $5.00; hogs, shipping grades, $4.00 to $5.70; sheep, fair to choice,s2.2s to $4.05; wheat, No. 2 red. 02c to OSo; corn, No. 2,40 cto 50c; oatt, standard, 40c to 41c; rye. No. 2. 72c to 74c; hay, timothy, $8.50 to $12.00; prairie. SO.OO to $10.50; butter, choice creamery, 22c to 23c; eggs, fresh, 15c to 17c: potatoes, 85c to 02c;. Indianapolis—Cattle, shipping, $3.00 to $5.15; hogs,choice to light.s4.oo to $5.40; sheep, common to prime, $2.50 to $5.75; wheat. No. 2. SI.<X) to $1.01; corn. No. 2 white, 43c to 44c; oats, No. 2 white, 41c to 43c. • - St. Louis—Cattle, $4.50 to $5.50; hops, $4.00 to $5.55; sheep, $3.00 to $4.05; wheat. No. 2,84 cto 95<-: corn. No. 2, 43c to 44c; oats. No. 2,40 cto 41c- rye. No. 2,50 cto 57c. Cincinnati —Cattle. $4.00 to $4.75; hogs, $4.00 to $5.00; sheep, $2.00 to $4.50; wheat, No. 2, $1.02 to $1.03; corn, No. 2 mixed. t.V to 46c; oats. No. 2 mixed. 43<- to 44c; rye. No. 2. 79c to 80c. Detroit—Cattle, $3.50 to $4.75; hogs. $4.00 to $5.35; sheep, $2.50 to $4.25; wheat. No. 2. SI.OO to $1.02; com, 3 yellow, 45c to 4*V; oats. No. 3 white, 53c to 54> ; rye. No. 2, B<)c to 81c. Milwaukee—Wheat. No. 2 northern, 95c to 98*-; corn, No. 3,43 cto 44c; oats. No. 2 white. 42c to 48c; rye. No. 1, 75c to 70c; barley, No. 2,03 cto 04c; pork, mess, $14.00. Toledo- Wheat, No. 2 mixed, 980 to 99c; corn. No. 2 mixed. 4m- to 47c; oats, No. 2 mixed. 43c to 44c; rye. No. 2, 76c to 70c; clover seed, prime, $7.75 New York —Cattle. $3.50 to $530; hogs. $4.00 to $5.40; sheep. $ 3.00 to $5.00: wheat. No. 2 red. SI.OO to $1.02; corn. No. 2,55 cto 50c; oats. No. 2 white, 64c to 55c; butter, creamery, 22c to 24c; eggs, western. 18c to 20c. Buffalo—Cattle, choice shipping steers, $4.50 to $5.25. hogs, fair to prime. $4 <*< to $5.95; sheep, fair to choice. $3.25 t> $4.75: lambs, common to choice, $4.75 to $6.50. Newe of Minor Note, Dr. Manuel Amador was elected the first president of the republic of Panama. Chief of police Kiely has i**n<d ao or der to stop all kinds of gambling in St. Louis. The new colliery of the Finn Cos : I Company at CarbondeD, Pa., which had been in operation only three week*, has been destroyed by fire. I-o-s $30,000. Peter Lowery, former member of the West Virginia L g.-latnre, wa hot ami killed at Sitervili<\ W. Va.. by Frank. Van Camp, a w heel teacher The shoot ing grew out of political differences. Mrs. E. T. Glemon and her sister, Mr*. M. J. Slovin, of Chicago, were amot.g the twelve person* injured by the wreck of the Florida limited train off the Western and Atlantic Railroad near Atlanta. !■*■* than two hours were required by the jury to return a verdict of murder in the first degree in the case of Milovar Kovovick. charged with #1 vying C* ntiac tor Samuel T. Ferguoii at West Mid dletown, Pa., last September.