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E. B. THAYER, Publisher. W/UiAU, - - WISCONSIN. FIVE BLOWN TO BITS. LIGHTNING EXPLODES DYNAMITE IN AN IOWA MINE. Miners ho Hid Sought Shelter from Hain in Powder House Meet Sudden and Awful Heath Judge Says Wife May Search Husband’s Pockets. Five miners were blown to pieces by the explosion of twenty-five pounds of dynamite ignited by lightning in a stor age powder house at the West Riverside coal mine, two miles west of Des Moines, at 6 o’clock Wednesday morning. The dead: Charles Brown, engineer, leaves widow and daughter; Luke Miller, sinker; Harry Belknap, sinker; Dell Vance, ainker, leaves widow and four children; George Arrowood, pumpman, left widow and four children. No one knew of the explosion until the appearance of the day shift at 6:30, when a horrible spec tacle presented itself. The five men had I een engaged in sinking anew shaft and during the early morning hour a severe rainstorm came up, which compelled them to stop work. They sought shelter from the storm in the powder house. While in the house the lightning struck a tree near the building and from there ran to the house, igniting the dynamite as well as two kegs of powdur. Not a piece of wood larger than a foot long remains of the building. The nearest house was 800 feet away and the inmates knew nothing of the accident, attributing the noise to the bolt of lightning. Some of the bodies are so disfigured that iden tification is impossible. FIGHTING FOR PENNANTS. Standing; of the Clubs in Prominent Base Ball Leagues. Standing of the National League: W. L. W. L. New Y0rk...50 25Cineinnati ...43 39 Pittsburg 52 31 St. Louis 31 52 Philadelphia. 48 32 Boston 26 56 Chicago 48 34 Brooklyn ....23 57 Standing of the American League: W. L. W. L. Cleveland ...48 28 Boston 34 38 Philadelphia. 45 30New Y0rk....34 38 Chicago 44 30 St. Louis 29 48 Detroit 38 38 Washington.. 26 48 Standing of the American Association: W. L. W. L. Columbus ...54 32 Louisville ....42 46 Minneapolis. 52 33 St. Paul 40 45 Milwaukee ..49 35 Toledo 31 51 Indianapolis. 41 42 Kansas City. .29 54 Standing of the Western League: W. L. W. L. Des Moines. .48 24 Omaha 37 33 Denver 47 29 St. Joseph. ...23 48 Sioux City... 39 32 Pueblo 23 51 WIFE MAY SEARCH POCKETS. Kansas City Judge Says She Has Right as Against Husband. Judge Slover declared in the Circuit Court in Kansas City that he would never interfere with that ancient and honorable right of a wife to search her husband's pockets for loose change. Wil liam M. Harding asked a divorce from Ina M. Harding for several reasons, one of which was his wife had a habit of “frisking” his pockets after he fell nsleep. When the evidence was all in Judge Slover said: "I want it distinctly understood that I am not granting this divorce because the wife went into her husband’s pockets. I shall do nothing to interfere with that ancient privilege of the fair sex. A wife has the right to do that. I grant the divorce for other reasons." Slain by 47 Stab Wounds. V* ith the finding of the knife punctur ed body of Stephen Ananeze, a native of Turkey, in a room on South Second street, St. Louis, the police are confront ed with a murder mystery. Forty-seven stab wounds were found in the body, and everything indicated a violent struggle. The authorities are searching for a Greek who until recently was Anaueze’s partner in the ice cream business. New G. A. R. Chief in Command. Captain John R. King has issued his first general order assuming command of the Grand Army of the Republic. The order pays a tribute to the recently de ceased commander in chief of the organ ization. Gen. Wilmon W. Blackmar, and directs that the colors be draped for ten days at every headquarters and every post. King Wants No Forced Union. “It would only be hanging a millstone about our necks to restore the union forcibly," said King Oscar to L>r. Hugo Gans. while discussing the tangled af fairs of Sweden and Norway. “For my part I have forgiven the Norwegians, and hope to God that the Swedish people will also remain calm.” Equitable Comptroller Dismissed. Paul Morton summarily dismissed Thomas I). Jordan, comptroller of the Equitable Life Assurance Company, for withholding information, and at the same time the New York bank examiner has begun a searching examination of the books of the Mercantile Trust Company. Hurricane Hits Harvest. A hurricane has almost destroyed the harvest in the provinces of Saragossa and Caceres, Spain, thus adding im mensely the general distress. Tornado Capsizes Steamboat. 1 The towing steamboat Clyde of Still water was struck by a tornado opposite Minneiskn. half way between Winona and Wabasha. Minn., turned completely over and sank in eighteen feet of water. Robber from Peoria Fights. A man giving his name as Frank Leonard of Peoria, 111., held up and rob bed five men in a drug store at Twenty fourth and Seward streets, Omaha, tak ing several hundred dollar: and their jewelry from them. He was captured after a pistol and fist fight. Rockefeller in Fear for Life. John I>. Rockefeller fears some crank may attempt his life. Aged and of a nervous disposition, he imagines some one is ready to do him bodily harm and lie has given attendants and servants at his Forest Hill mansion it Cleveland the strictest orders to admit no on? to the premises. Head-On Collision Near Upton, Ind. As the result of a train dispatcher's error a head-on collision between freight trains occurred on the Louisville and Nashville railroad near Upton. Ind.. and four persons were killed and eight in jured. one probably fatally. Bridegroom of 15 Put In Jail. A boy and girl romance had a tragic termination in Kalamazoo. Mich., when Delbert Preston. 15 years old. was torn from the arms of his girl bride, formerly l*t>arl ('a therm an. by Under Sheriff Me- Eiroy and lodged iu the county jail on the charge of perjuring himself by giving a false ago when securing the license. Armed Men Invade Labor Election. A Federation of Labor election place in Chicago was invaded by an armed “wrecking crew," the members of which intimidated the election officials and then assaulted Michael Donnelly, an enemy of “Driscollisin," and left him for dead. OTERCE JAGUAR PERILS 2,000. Holds Up Four Trains and Injures One Man at a Colorado Tunnel. More tkau 2.000 persons and four pas senger trains on the Colorado Midland ra'lroad were held at tunnel No. 6, two miles west of Manitou. by a fierce South American jaguar. Before he was cap tured the animal clawed Joseph Bennett of Colorado Springs, cutting a severe gash across his right leg. Miss Del mont, a passenger on one of the trains, became frightened and in endeavoring to scale a high cliff fell a distance of twenty feet, breaking her left leg. The jaguar and a polar bear occupied two compartment? in a large cage that was loaded upon a flat car of the train be longing to a circus. The eage was too high to enter the mouth of the tunnel and as the cage struck the tunnel its roof was torn off. The keeper threw on the air brakes, stopping the train. He threw rocks at the bear and fired blank cartridges at the jaguar to keep them escaping. The animal crawled under the car and during the efforts to drive it into another cage Bennett received his injuries. Finally the animal was driven into a small cage, but before the door could he closed the train started and the jaguar again leaped for liberty. It dash ed through the tunnel, but upon emerg ing at the other end found itself in a narrow cut. After some efforts the ani mal was again captured and placed in his cage. CRIPPLES WHOLE OHIO VILLAGE. The Citizens’ Bank of Yellow Springe Closes Its Doors. The Citizens’ bank of Yellow Springs, Ohio, a private institution, failed to open its doors the other morning. There had not been the slightest intimation that the hank was in trouble until banking hours that morning, when the following notice was found on the door: “Bank closed. Cause, withdrawal of deposits during the last two months. Could not turn fast enough to meet it longer. Will do our best to relieve depositors.” The bank was securely locked and S. S. Puckett, the cashier, could not be locat ed. The hank was a private institution and in the absence of any statement is thought to owe depositors between $25,- 000 and $30,000. It has always been re garded as a safe institution. Its presi dent, J. F. Stewart, S. S. Puckett, the cashier, and the latter’s brother, L. W. Puckett, are the owners. It had the village and school board funds, practi cally all the lodge and church money and nearly all the individual deposits of the village. Business has practically been suspended iu the town and there is great excitement. STANDARD MONOPOLY IN PERIL. Chemist Claims New Process Will Re line Inferior Sulphur Oil. The Standard Oil Company’s monopoly is threatened if the claims of Henry S. Blackmore, a chemist of Buffalo and Ni agara Falls, are verified. Mr. Black more says he has discovered a process by which sulphur oils may be refined at a cost of 36 cents a ton, making them as useful for all purposes as petroleum. He is now demonstrating his discovery to government experts in Washington. Ac cording to his statement the supply of oils containing sulphur, and therefore considered unfit for use, is at least ter times greater than the supply of petr > leutn. If these oils can be utilized the price of oil will be reduced 50 per cent. A company has been organized to exploit the discovery. INSIST ON JOINING UNION. Oklahoma and Indian Territory Ask for Immediate Stutehood. The Oklahoma and Indian territory statehood convention in Oklahoma City, Okla., called to set forth the sentiment of the people of the two territories con cerning statehood, adopted resolutions setting forth that the convention repre sents a million and a half of American citizens who reside in Oklahoma and In dian territories, and declaring the said territories are entitled to aud of right ought to be immediately admitted into the Union as one free aud independent State on terms of equality as between themselves and on an equal footing with the other States. Flood Victims Ask for Help. Appeal for help has been sent to Gov.‘ Johnson of Minnesota on behalf of the flood stricken farmers along the upper Mississippi. The high waters have caus ed great havoc among the river farms, and hundreds of holders of small home steads who have lost practically all of their property are approaching a state of destitution. American Fins: Is Torn Down. An American flag was torn down from in front of the city hall iu London, Out., aud trampled under a hundred feet the other night after one of 800 Michigan men who came to attend an Orange man’s meeting shouted: “To h with Canada. She never showed us yet.” The American visitors generally condemn the insult to Canada. BOys Arrested as Train Wreckers. Albert Urfer, 14, and Charles Fee, 11, sons of prominent farmers two miles east of Lima, Ohio, were arrested by Penn sylvania railroad detectives charged with an attempt to wreck west-bound passen ger train No. 35. Angle irons were plac ed on the track. “We wanted to see a wreck” is the only explanation given. Cashier of Bank Kills Self. E. W. Warfield, cashier of the St. Louis County Bank at Clayton, Mo., shot himself through the head while seat ed at his desk and sank lifeless. He was 60 years of age and one of the wealthi est men in Clayton. It is supposed that brooding over ill health caused him to take his life. New Bug Ravaging W heat. Farmers in the vicinity of Canby and Big Valley, in Modoc county, Cal., are seeing their wheat fields laid waste by a bug which was at first supposed to be the dreaded Hessian fly. Prof. Vickers, a local entomologist, decided that it is not the Hessian fly, though it is equally destructive. Conflict on Sakhalin Island. A conflict on the Island of Sakhalin resulted iu a victory for the Japanese, the Russians losing 160 men, several be ing taken prisoners. A number of Jap anese warships have been seen north of the island, which may indicate a second invasion. Hail Destroys Corn in lowa. A remarkable midsummer hailstorm has destroyed fifty miles of corn near Fort Dodge, lowa. Whole fields of grain, mostly corn, were beaten flat by the downpour of ice. The hailstones were of unusual size and broke many windows. Koreans Select Representative. The Koreans have selected a clergy man as their representative to go to Washington and urge before President Roosevelt that the Hermit Kingdom be granted a pledge of independence at the conference. John Hyde, Crop Expert, Is Ont. John Hyde, chief of the bureau of crop statistics in Washington, has resigned un der fire. Edwin S. Holmes, Jr., recent ly dismissed, has returned to face any criminal <*li; rges that may be brought. Throw Bomb Into Hotel. A party of Russians, in this country but a short time, threw a nitroglycerin bomb into the ftaxleton house in Potts ville. Pa. It chopped upon soft material, and that fact saved it from exploding. Kioile Arton a Suicide. Emile Arton. one of the principal fig ures in the old Panama canal scandal, was found dead at his apartments in Paris, in circumstances indicating „ui cide. Rich W otun Beaten by Robber. Mrs. Fanny Harners and her daughter Ida, IS years old, of Syracuse, N. Y.. | wealthy summer residents of Grenell Isl and Park, near Clayton. X. Y., were bru tally attacked by a burglar and are in a critical condition. Miss Harness was clubbed into unconsciousness, and the robber then struck down Mrs. Harners, who came to the rescue. CREMATED IN HOTEL FIRE. Private Gas Plant Explodes and Keep er of Inn Meets Death with Gnests. Overcome by gas as they lay asleep, at least six persons met death in flames that destroyed the Depot hotel in Wa basha, Minn. It is believed that other persons perished. A gas tank that had been used as part of the hotel’s private illuminating plant blew up, causing the fire that caused the loss of life. All the victims of the blaze met death in bed, indicating that the gas tank leaked until the fumes overcame the sleeping occu pants of the house, filled the rooms and then probably exploded when they reach ed a burning jet. Following is the list of known dead: Mrs. A. Hoffman, Mrs. Hoffman’s young baby, Robert Johnson, expressman; Gertrude Stentsher, Rebecca Herman, James Hunt. The hotel was well patronized, and it is believed other persons perished, hut the books were destroyed and at present it is impossible to tell how many guests were cremated. The hotel was conducted by Mrs. Hoff man. It was one of the largest build ings in the town and constructed of material that burned rapidly when once set on fire. MISER BROTHERS LEAVE WEALTH Nearly $70,000 in Old Bills Found in Moldy Pocketbooks. Nearly $70,000 in moldy bills and an cient securities were taken from the safe in a house ten miles from Wellington. Ohio, wherein three hermit brothers named Meach had hoarded their wealth for more than a quarter of a century. When John Meach, last of the family, died about two weeks ago, leaving a dozen distant relatives, an effort was made to open the ponderous safe that had stood for years before the old man’s bed. The efforts were futile until an ex pert was summoned. No gold was dis covered, but as it was known that John Meach exchanged several hundred dollars in bills for gold shortly before his death, the heirs have concluded that, fearing burglars, lie buried it about the premises, and a search is now being made of the house and the farm. In old, rotting pocketbooks carefully deposited in many compartments were found hank notes and mortgages amounting practically to $69,- 900. STOKES WEDS MISS PASTOR. Ceremony a Simple One—Wedding Breakfast Served to 100. The wedding of Miss Rose Pastor to John G. Phelps Stokes, second son of An son Phelps Stokes, which took p.ace in St. Luke’s Episcopal church at Noro ton. Conn., was exceedingly modest iu its appointments, although among Noro ton people it was regarded as the soeial event of the season. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Louis French, the rector of St. Luke’s, assisted by the groom’s brother, the Rev. Anson Phelps Stokes. Jr., of New Haven, secretary of Yale University. It is the intention of Mr. and Mrs. Stokes to go abroad for about two months. Upon their return they will take up their residence on the lower east side iu New York, where they will continue the settlement work iu which both have been engaged. CROPS VALUED AT $3,680,986,780. Hooley, Learnard & Cos. Give Estimates on Principal Products. Hooley, Learnard & Cos. of New York have issued a circular, giving their esti mate of the value of some of this year’s crops, based on the government figures for July, as follows: Wheat, 705.525,000 bushels at 90,:, value $634,972,500; corn, 2,651,000,000 bushels at 55c, value sl,- 458,050,000; oats, 949,698,000 bushels at 31c, value $294,406,380; barley, 141,262,- 000 bushels at 45c, value $03,557,900; hay, 05,000,000 tons at $lO per ton, $650,000,000; eatton, 10,000,000 bales at SSO per bale, ‘$500,000,000; cotton seed, $80,000,000; total value, $3,680,980,780. DEATH CAUSED BY TORNADO. One Killed and Fourteen Are Injured in South Dakota. One person was killed and fourteen in jured, two probably fatally, by a tornado which swept a portion of the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota. At least three small towns are known to have been struck by the storm. Roy MeFad den was killed near St. Elmo. Eight persons were injured at Herrick and several buildings destroyed. At Burke six people were injured, including James Jensen, his wife aud baby, the latter two of whom may die. Baptists in International Congress. The Baptist congress in London ap proved the constitution of the new Bap tist world alliance, the objects being to promote good fellowship aud co-operation among the Baptists of all countries. The Executive Committee will consist of sev en members from the United States, five from Great Britain, two from Canada and seven from the rest of the world. May Depose Czar for Son. A sensational rumor is current in St. Petersburg that a large party of zemst voists and doumaists at Moscow is in favor of a proclamation deposing Em peror Nicholas and establishing a regency for Grand Duke Alexis Xikolaievitch, the infant sou of the Emperor and heir to the throne, under four grand dukes. Special Election in Nebraska. Ernest M. Pollard of Nehawka, Re publican. was elected to represent the first district of Nebraska in Congress at a special election Tuesday. He won over his Democratic opponent, Francis W. Brown. Mayor of Lincoln, by a majority that will exceed 2,000. Young Girl Shot Dead. In the presence of her mother. Bessie Barnes, aged 15 years, was shot dead on the street in front of her home in St. Louis. Mrs. Mary Carder, aged 30 years, is under arrest charged with the shoot ing- Powder Plant Blast Kills. William Dwyer and seven Chinese were killed by an explosion at the giant powder works, ten miles from Oakland, Cal. The explosion occurred in the mix ing house and all the men at work there were killed. New England Soil Is Shaken. Maine and New Hampshire were vis ited Saturday by the most severe earth quake known for years in the United States. No lives were lost, and little damage was done, but terror was gen eral. Insurance Disclosures Cause Change. Recent disclosures in life insurance circles in the East have caused many companies to report systems of appor tioning dividends, and the shorter term is generally gaining in popularity. Gen. Blackmar Is Dead. Gen. W. W. Blackmar of Boston, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, died of nephrites after a short illness at Boise, Idaho. Senator Clark Undergoes Operation. Senator Clark of Montana submitted to a surgical operation at New York to relieve inflammation of the middle ear, and is resting comfortably. Troops Mutiny in Moscow. Reports received in St. Petersburg say four regiments in Moscow have mutinied and that officers of the Czar’s army in Warsaw refused i. fire oa a mob. Trade Conditions Satisfactory. The weekly trade reviews report sat isfactory progress, the absorption of sup plies in the interior being liberal, white collections are good. ARMIES MARK TIME. PRACTICAL ARMISTICE SEEMS TO EXIST IN MANCHURIA. Grave Rumors in Washington Diplo matic Circles that Peace Plans May Miscarry-Vladivostok Reported Sur rounded by Jap Army and Navy. The Japanese report that they have possession of the southern half of the island of Sakhalin. They will be mas ters of the whole of it soon, for there cannot be a large Russian force on the island. Therefore one of the Japanese conditions of peace will be that Russia shall relinquish all claim to Sakhalin. Probably the Russian plenipotentia ries will not spend much time over the proposition. The island has little value for Russia apart from its proximity to the Siberian coast. It has been used only for the confinement of the most dangerous criminals. Another convict settlement will have to be established. The Island was once held by Japan, but Russia laid successful claim to it in the days when she did much as she pleased in northeastern Asia. If peace is not concluded speedily the Japanese may lay claim by right of possession to Russian territory on the main land. It is reported that the Rus sian forces in northern Korea have been driven steadily backward during the last month, and hold only two po sitions south of the Tumen River, which forms the boundary between Korea and Siberia. It cannot require much of an effort on the part of the Japanese to drive the Russians across the river as far back as Vladivostok. The state of affairs in Manchuria is such as to create the impression that Linevitch and Oyama have an under standing that there is to be no serious fighting while the peace negotiations are on. Reports come occasionally from St. Petersburg of the growing strength of the Russian army aud its desire to take the offensive, but it makes no forward move. General Oyama sends in no reports of prog ress, and presumably he is simpiy marking time and refraining from sac rificing the lives of any of his men. It m.i.V be that without any formal agree ment there is a practical armistice so far as the Manchurian armies are con cerned. Meanwhile, it is reported that a Jap anese army has been landed north of Vladivostok and the complete envelop ment of the fortress is imminent. Thus Japan carries the war into undisputed Russian territory on the mainland. Undoubtedly, too. a strong Japanese fleet is outside Vladivostok. Japan’s navy has nothing else to occupy it at the moment. At least five battleships which the Russians tried to destroy before sur rendering Port Arthur will be added to Japan’s navy. A naval officer return ed to London from Port Arthur reports that the damage done to the vital parts of the vessels by the explosives the Russians applied is much less than was anticipated. There are grave rumors in Washing ton official and diplomatic circles over the interview accredited to M. Witte, the head of the Russian peace com mission, the portent of which is that the peace parleys will result iu a pro longation of the war instead of peace. What gives this feeling strength is the assertion that Witte has been instruct ed by the Czar personally not to enter into any peace arrangements that will lessen the prestige of Russia or one that will be a further burden to her people. In the Japanese legation Minister Takahira shook his head gloomily when he was told of Witte’s declara tion. “Ah!” he said. “This looks as though we might have our work for nothing. Still, let us hope that M. Witte has been misquoted.” HIS MOTTO: “STICK AND DO.’* Panama Engineer Talks with Deter mination of His New Duties. “Whatever human beings can lo for the building of the Panama canal shall be done. To the best of my lights I j—- shall attack the a task and stick to it. For the rest, God knows,” said John F. Stevens, chief engineer of the Pan ama canal, the oth er day. ”1 have taken this position with the canal commis sion fully realizing the magnitude of the task before me. johx f. stf.vens. it is a big job, but I expect to pull through. There will be no failure through lack of determina tion anyway. “When I get to the isthmus I will start right in. There won’t be any time wasted in preliminaries. “There is little that I can say about the plans for pushing the work on the canal. I have not formulated them ex cept that I have always in mind to keep things going. “I expect to make Panama my home until the canal is completed. That is the scene of operations, and unit is where I shall be.” FALLS 3,000 FEET TO DEATH. Operator Plunges to Earth While Fly ing an Aeroplane. At Santa Clara, Cal., more than 2.000 persons saw Prof. John J. Montgomery’s aeroplane, the “Santa Clara.” collapse Monday morning at an elevation of 3,000 feet. In another instant Aeronaut Daniel Maloney was hurled to the ground and some of the spectators picked up his dead body. At the height „f 4,000 feet Maloney cut loose from his balloon and began ma neuvering the aeroplane. He circled gracefully for some minutes, having the machine apparently under perfect con trol. Then he essayed a deep dip. Sud denly the machine swerved, hesitated and then turned completely over. It righted itself, sank down a consid erable distance and turned over again. Maloney was clinging desperately to bis seat and evidently endeavoring to regain his control. Again the aeroplane turned in the air and this time the wings came together and the man and machine plung ed straight downward, while the horri fied spectators gazed helplessly. A number of cadets carried Maloney to the college hospital. Ilis skull was fractured and blood was flowing from his mouth. He expired within a short time. The aeroplane was ground into frag ments. President Roosevelt has authorized the announcement that he has appointed Charles E. Magoon of Nebraska as United States minister at Panama. Mr. Magoon is at present governor of the canal zone in Panama and a member of the executive committee of the isthmian canal commission. Later information is that Gilbert John son lost his life at Thomas Lawson’s Mexican mine, iu trying to prevent a drunken miner. Jesus Rocha, from stab bing Arnold Lawson, son of the Boston millionaire FAMED MIND IN BLIGHT. £i-Speaker Henderson Now a Mental and Physical Wreck. Living ore; again the days of his glory on tie battlefield, sending messages to imaginary secretaries as if he still were one of the chiefs of th“ nation. Col. Da vid B. Henderson of lowa is existing at his Dubuque home in an enfeebled men ial state that threatens to carry him to the grave. Calling for his musket and dwelling in fancy amid the battle scenes of forty years ago, the man who has devoted the better part of his life to the service of his country as soldier, statesman and ora tor, is a pitiful wreck of his former self. Paresis has set its seal upon him, and a stroke of paralysis, suffered three weeks ago, has brought him to a condition which physicians pronounced hopeless. Not long ago Speaker of the national House of Representatives and therefore second only to the President of the Unit ed States in power, Col. Henderson now is only the shadow of his former self, haunted by dreams of his former great ness and cherishing an ambitioa that is doomed to disappointment. The secret of Col. Henderson's retire ment from the speakership of Congress and from public life in 1902 is known at DAVID B. HEXDERSOX. last—a mental difficulty that finally has defeated him after years of heroic suf fering that resulted from a wound re ceived in tne war of the rebellion. The battle of Corinth, where he re ceived the wound that cast a shadow over his entire- subsequent life, is the event that is uppermost in his thoughts, now confused beyond hope of repair. It was at Corinth that Col. Henderson, then a captain in an lowa regiment, received a wound in the foot which resulted in amputation after amputation, until at last almost the whole of one leg had been removed by the surgeons. Col. Henderson had been in fair health until he was laid low by the stroke of paralysis. He was able to converse ra tionally with his family and friends at most times, but since the acute attack he has been incompetent of mind and physically he is barely able to move across his room at the Hotel Julien. The re?ent stroke affected his right side, and aside from this he suffers constantly from insomnia. Even in ms brief periods of sleep he imagines himself either on the battlefield or in the legislative halls at Washington, shouting out his orders and parliamentary rulings with the great voce that time has never weakened. GEN. BLACKMAR DEAD. Commander-in-Chief of the G. A. R. Passes A way at Itoise, Idaho. Gen. W. W. Blackmar, commandfr-in ehief of the Grand Army of the Repub lic, died of interstitial nephritis at Boise, ' —— Idaho, Sunday. Gen. i Blackmar arrived in if se July It). 011 a * iIgBBp tour of the Grand fj _He was ousness of his con from the public at Mrs. Blackmar's re- GEX. BLACKMAR. Gen. Black mar's death Capt. John R. King of Bal timore, senior vice commander, becomes commander-in-chief of the Grand Army. He will continue to hold the office until the next national encampment of the or der. Capt. King is pension agent for Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, with an office in Washington. Gen. Blackmar’s death was a great surprise and shock to his friends at his home in Boston. He was taken ill a fortnight ago and sent by his physicians to his country home at Hingham, but soon apparently improved so much that it was deemed safe to permit him to con tinue his tour of the Northwest, begun early in the year. The late Grand Army commander was born at Bristol, Pa., July 25, 1841. He enlisted in the Fifteenth Pennsylvania cavalry, but subsequently joined the First West Virginia. He served with distinction through the war. and at Five Forks was promoted on the battlefield by Gen. Custer to the rank of captain. During the administrations of three Gov ernors, Long, Talbot and Rice, he was Judge Advocate General of Massachu setts. AH Arcmml the Globe. Asa result of an electrical storm at I' ort \1 orth, Texas, two persons were killed by coming in contact with live wires. At Winona, Minn., the 11-months-old child of 8. E. Olsen crawled overboard from a houseboat iuto the river and was drowned. At a meeting of the New York grain trade at the produce exchange. New York, it has been decided to authorize trading in grain future contracts of 1.000 bushels. The present minimum contract is 5,000 bushels. The Goderich (Ont.) Elevator and Transit Company’s elevator was destroy ed by fire with 200.000 bushels of wheat. Loss $200,000. Col. Jefferson E. Doolittle, a promi nent mine owner and capitalist of Cali fornia, has died suddenly in San Fran cisco. He was a partner in many adven tures with John Hays Hammond. Prince and Princess Arisugawa of Japan, who are now in London, have abandoned their project to visit Amei-.ca because of lack of time, and will sail direct to Yokohama by way of the Suez canal. C. L. Buffington, Walter Martin, Lu ther Hiler and John Stokes were killed and seven other men were injured by the explosion of a thrashing machine engine on a plantation near Aston, Ya. American interests have obtained a I contract for the electrification of an 1 Italian railroad and have also clog; a contracts for electrical equipment tr. be installed in Japan. The value of these contracts is about $2,000,000. Itabbi Joseph Kraaskopf, in an ad dress before the Central Conference of American Rabbis at Cleveland, Ohio, said: "Our children have too long list ened in public schools to Bible selections in which our people are scandalized.” The cases against James T. Metcalf. Harry C. Hallenbeck and Norma It. Metcalf, indicted for conspiracy to de fraud the government in connection with the contract for money order blanks, were nolle prossed in Washington be cause the evidence was incomplete. A partially successful start was made by the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company to operate their Pittsburg works with non-union labor. Two crews reported for work in one miff and one in another. The trouble arises from the adoption of the Demmler scale, which means a reduction of 10 per cent in the pay of the men. Many strike-breakers are said to be in the neighborhood. SWEPT BY HOT WAVE. WHOLE COUNTRY SWELTERS IN EXCESSIVE HEAT. Thermometer Makes High Records in Many Cities and Deaths and Pros trations Are the Result—Much Suf fering in Crowded Centers. Chicago gasped and suffered as she has not done for fiur years in the in tense heat of Tuesday. There was higher temperature, greater general distress, more deaths, more prostra tions than on any day during the re cent scorching wave, while the ther mometer stood at 95 degrees for two hours, a higher point than has been reached since 1901. Eight dead and over forty prostrations was Chicago's toll to the burning sun for the one day, while almost 100 lives and nearly TOO prostrations was the total tax lev ied on the people of the country. From almost every city between the Rockies and the Atlantic coast rose the same cry for relief, as the pitiless sun smote down on streets and pavements. In every large city there were numbers of deaths and prostrations. Philadel phia was the hottest place in the eoun try, with a mark of 98 degrees, while New York City was but two points lower. Chicago was the sixth hottest place in the United States, being ex ceeded in temperature only by Phila delphia, New York, Albany, Concordia and Washington, D. C. The official thermometers located in exposed places above the street did not, however, indicate the temperature in which the ordinary mortal moved aud many street thermometers in Philadel phia and New York indicated a tem perature of 100 or higher, some relia ble instruments registering 104 and 105. Following is the record made by tne thermometer in various cities: Max, Prostra temp. tions. Deaths. New York 90 190 26 Philadelphia ....98.3 50 5 Baltimore 97.3 5 Washington 95 0 Chicago 95 41 £ Boston 94 4 J Pittsburg 93 26 13 Buffalo 78 2 1 Toledo 81 20 3 The suffering v>as intense among workers in mills and factories and in the great plants of South Chicago, while the dwellers in the ghetto aud the tenement districts also underwertf; severe suffering. The cumulative ef fect of three days of intense heat was generally fslt, and men, women and child: en were less able to withstand the weather than on the first day. Many in the crowded tenement dis tricts slept on the pavements or on door steps, while thousands of others sought the roofs of buildings in the hope of obtaining some cooling wind. The last day which exceeded the maximum of Tuesday was July 21, 1901, when 103 degrees was recorded. This is the heat record of the Chicago weather bureau since 1871, the first year shown in the books. In July, 1897, the mercury climbed to 100 de grees, and that is the next hottest day in weather bureau annals. Last year the hottest day was July 17, with a mark of 94 degrees, while in 1903 the record was 92 and in 1902 it was 91 degrees. The record of Tues day has been exceeded eleven times since 1871, but seldom by more than one or two degrees. Wednesday the crest of the hot wave was on the Atlantic coast, tem peratures in the West and northwest having moderated slightly. New York reported that an area of oppressive heat, which recalls the record-breaking summer of 1901, had settled down over the eastern and New England States, already having claimed hundreds of victims and causing intense suffering to thousands. From all points adja cent to New York came the same story of the hottest day of the summer. The suffering in New York was par ticularly great in the tenement dis tricts, where scarcely a breath of air relieved the stifling atmosphere. Thou sands who could afford it flocked to the beaches, but in the crowds that ensued women and children fainted and men were overcome, making the trip from home a doubtful experiment as far as obtaining any comfort was concerned. To add to the misery Brooklyn was threatened with a water famine, while the whole city was startled by the prospect wf a strike of the iee men. In Bosun the thermometer shot up suddenly in the early afternoon. Re parts received at tfie Hub showed that the southern part of New England was the hottest part of the adjacent coun try. At Newport, R. 1., drill at the forts and on the warships in the har bor, as well as all work which took laborers into the glare of the sun, was suspended at noon. In Pittsburg the temperature was 94 on the pavement, as it was at Alle gheny City. In the latter town coal wagons temporarily abandoned the coal business and peddled ice from door to door. From all points in the country, both in the East and in the middle West, came the same kind of reports, suffer ing, prostrations and deaths being fre quent. From 'points throughout Illi nois. Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan came news of the hottest day of the summer. Interesting News Items. The Philippine commission has passed an act granting Sabin Glass of San Francisco a franchise to construct tele phone and telegraph systems through out the islands. Roseoe E. Harris, aged 10. only son of Judge Ira Harris, former Mayor of Colorado Springs, was shot in the heart by a chum. Matthew Dailey, aged 15. Death ensued within a few minutes. The Baltimore News the other day for the first time issued an edition of the paper from the new building, which re places the one destroyed by tire in Feb ruary. 1904. The new building is a seven-story concrete and marble struc ture costing $700,000. C. H. Kendall, Clifford A. Smith and J. H. Belnii, the two former engineers and the latter a brakeman, all employes of the Boston and Maine railroad, were instantly killed in a collision at Wachu sett. Mass. Both engines were disabled, and much property was destroyed. Mrs. James Brown Potter acted as her own lawyer in the London bankruptcy court. The court appointed a receiver for the estate of the American actress. Dr. Charles R. Mclnnes, the physical director of Johns Hopkins university, has resigned and will return to his original field of work in mathematics as a mem ber of the faculty of Princeton univer sity. Prof. George T. Ladd of Yale, at the close of the Japanese-Russian war. will go to Japan for a term of two years un der the auspices of the Imperial Educa* tion Society of that country to aid in the development of the system of edu zation. WHEAT AND CORN THRIVING. Crops Generally iu Promising Con dition-Corn Suffers from Rain. The weather bureau’s weekly bulletin summarizes crop conditions as follows^ In the district east of the Rocky Moun tains temperature conditions were gen erally favorable, though rather cool in the Missouri valley. Over much the greater part oi the country from the South Atlantic and gulf coasts northward to the lake region, Minnesota and the Dakotas excessive rain fell, greatly hin dered the cultivation of crops, caused rapid growth of weeds and in places in jured hay and harvest grain. There was practically no rain in New England, only light showers on the immediate mid dle Atlantic coast, and none in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific coast regions. In central and northern California and por tions of Oregon and YYaehington intense heat prevailed during the latter part of the week. The corn crop has had a week of very favorable conditions for growth, except in the upper Missouri vaJ’ujr, where its progress has been rath r slow on ac count of insufficient heat and lack of sunshine. While rains have interfered with cultivation to some extent, the crop as a whole is in a fairly good state of cultivation ard is largely laid by except in the more northerly districts. Winter wheat harvest continues in the northerly districts and is largely finished elsewhere. Rainy weather has exten sively interfered with thrashing and has caused damage to grain in shock in parts of the middle Atlantic States and central valleys. The abnormal heat on the north Pacific coast during the latter part of the week probably caused damage to the wheat crop in Washington. In portions of South Dakota and Min nesota spring wheat on lowlands has suf fered from overflows, but elsewhere in the spring wheat region the crop is in promising condition. Rust continues in South Dakota and Minnesota, though not materially increasing, and is beginning to appear in North Dakota. Spring ■wheat continues promising on the north Pacific coast, though exposed to trying heat conditions during the latter part of the week. Both standing and harvested oats have suffered considerably from wet weather, which has caused, lolging, hindered har vesting and injured oats in stack or shock. A flue crop, however, is general ly indicated. In Illinois frequent showers were un favorable for harvesting, thrashing and haying; Oats are ripening. Many mea dows are overripe, but the ground is too wet for reapers and mowers. The con dition of corn is exceptionally favorable, some tasseling. Oats generally are standing up well, but some badly lodged. WITTE FOR ENVOY. Czar Appoints Him Chief Plenipoten tiary of Russia. Emperor Nicholas has appointed M. Witte, president of the committee of mmisters, to be chief plenipotentiary rep resenting the Russian government in the peace negotiations to be conducted next month in Washington. Sergius Witte, the Russian plenipo tentiary, may be regarded as the leading Liberal statesman of Russia. For the last thirteen years he has been one of the strongest personalities in the Rus sian bureaucracy, although his political fortunes suffered a setback when he was compelled to resign the portfolio of min ister of finance in August, 1903, and again when, after being appointed presi dent of the council of ministers in the same month, his office gradually lost its importance until rumors of his intention to resign and go abroad had been per sistently circulated. Witte is about 56 years old and has worked his way up from the position of an underpaid railroad clerk, who occa sionally acted as porter, to that of the leading statesman of Russia, in spite of the fact that his enemies are numerous and include some of the most powerful men in Russia. A man of large stature, and muscular, standing over six feet high, Witte has the reputation of being harsh to his subordinates, but his ability has never been doubted even by his worst enemies. He was created a count in 1901. M. Witte is thoroughly familiar with the far eastern question in all its bear ings. He understands the Japanese posi tion and fully realized before the war that the aggressive policy pursued un der the lead of Viceroy Alexieff and M. Bezobrazoff, president of the Yalu Tim ber Company, and the coterie of adven turers connected with them would drive Japan to take up the sword. At one time Witte talked over the situation with Marquis Ito, president of the Japanese privy council and one of the leading statesmen of Japan. Practically it was Witte’s disapproval of Russia's far east ern policy and the creation of a vice royalty in the far East which caused his downfall as minister of -finance. COLONIZE THE SOUTHWEST Farming Lands There to Be Settled by European Immigrants. Prominent among the enterprises for the settlement of the great West and Southwest are the various colonization projects being pushed forward by the railroads and even by the foreign gov ernments. The Rock Island passenger depart ment, after considerable effort, lias suc ceeded in locating a colony of Menouites in Seward county, Kansas. The colony has purchased eighty-four quarter sec tions of land, one quarter section for each family. This land, until a short time ago was regarded as arid and ut terly worthless. For a long time the land proved utterly unfit for agricultural purposes, but lately it has been found well adapted to the growth of Durham wheat, and this is the use to which it will be put by the new colonists. Arti ficial irrigation in that section is not nec essary. The colony has every chance for prosperity. News of Minor Note. The strik among the Montevideo har bor hands is declining. Disturbances have occurred at Villa Cerro, Uruguay, but order is re-established. The Liberals were defeated at the Rome election owing to party dissensions. The Clericals voted for the first time since 1870, uniting with the Moderates. George Rowe and Stephen Bedner, mine workers of Wilkesbarre, Pa., were killed by a water car breaking loose and dashing them against the side of the m ; ne. Jonas Coleman shot and killed a neigh bor named Justice at Riffe, forty-three miles east of Chehalis, Wash., and then committed suicide. There had beeu trouble between the two for some time. Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at New Y'ork, was given a farewell banquet in London. He was presented with a sou venir in the form of a massive silver bowl on an ebony plinth. The government of Costa Rica has giv en strict orders that measures be taken to prevent possible contagion from bu bonic plague. A special message has been sent ordering the stopping of ships coming to Limon by way of Colon. An advance in wages made by the in dependent iron manufacturers of 'Pitts burg to meet the advance made by the Republic company to puddlers will affect 2,000 men. Eight relays of carrier pigeons took a message from St. Louis to Boston in eight days. The best time was between Cincinnati and Pittsburg, the birds cov ering 275 miles in nine hours against a strong head wind. The jury in the case of Andrew A. Lipscomb, an attorney of Washington, D. C., indicted with Thomas M. Fields on the charge of embezzlement from the Washington Beneficial Endowment Asso ciation, returned a verdict of not guilty. Pp^fRCIAL Trade exhibits an even I inicatjo. progression aud has de- rived added strength from the latest government report, in dicating large crops. The distribution of commodities maintained exceptional volume. Forwarding has been very heavy in iron aud steel products, steady in general merchandise, and close upon 10.000,000 bushels of grain, against 8,211,228 bushels last week. Railroad traffic almost equals the greatest aggregate throughout the est. and will be heavier with in creasing deliveries of farm products. The markets for cereals, provisions, hides, wool, and leather exhibit fur ther activity. Retail dealings improved in season able lines, stocks undergo satisfactory reduction, and current business in wholesale branches makes headway. Interior advices reflect gratifying agricultural conditions, liberal absorp tion of supplies, and mercantile col lections good. Dun's Review of Trade. ~7j T 7 r~] Midsummer Influences N6W I Ola. *tiU govern general trade and industry, hut better weather and crop reports make for quite optimistic trade reports in the surplus cereal producing sections of the West. Very favorable reports as to fall trade orders come from nearly all points west of the Alle ghenies, north of the Ohio river, and thence westward to the Pacific. Large, though except in a few cases not record breaking, crop yields now appear reasonably assured in that en tire region, aud there is a general agreement that fall business already booked exceeds that of a year ago at this date. Less assurance is found in the reports from the western half of the South, where it is feared serious damage has been done by incessant rains to cottou, wheat, aud other crops. Business failures in the Fnited States for the week ending July 13 uumber 166, against 327 last week, 203 in the like week of 1904. 173 in 1903, 174 in 1902, and 208 iu 1901. Bradstreet's Commercial Report. Chicago—Cattle, common to prime, $4.00 to $5.80; hogs, prime heavy, $4.00 to $5.95; sheep, fair to choice, $3.00 to $5.25; wheat, No. 2,86 cto 87c; corn, No. 2,56 cto 58c; oats, standard, 30c to 31c; rye, No. 2. 74c to 75c; hay, timothy, $8.50 to $12.00; prairie, $6.00 to $11.00; hutter, choice creamery, 18c to 20c; eggs, fresh, 12c to 1.3 c; potatoes, new, per bushel, 40c to 46c. Indianapolis—Cattle, shipping, $3.00 to $5.75; hogs, choice heavy, $4.00 to $5.82; sheep, common to prime, $2.50 to $5.00; wheat, No. 2,86 cto 88c, corn, No. 2 white, 55c to 56c; oats, No. 2 white, 32e to 34c. St. Louis—Cattle, $4.50 to $5.75; hogs. $4.00 to $5.85; sheep, $4.00 to $5.20; wheat, No. 2,84 cto 85c; corn. No. 2, 53c to 54c; oats, Ao. 2,31 cto 32c; r>e, No. 2,70 cto 72c. Cincinnati—Cattle, $4.00 to $5.00; hogs, $4.00 to $5.90; sheep, $2.00 to $4.60; wheat, No. 2,98 cto $1.00; corn. No. 2 mixed, 56c to 58l; oats, No. 2 mixed, 31c to 33c; rye, No. 2. 75c to 80c. Detroit—Cattle, $3.50 to $5.20; hogs, $4.00 to $5.60; sheep, $2.50 to $5.00; wheat, No. 2,93 cto 95c; corn. No. 3 yellow, 58c to 59c; oats, No. 3 white, 34c to 36c; rye. No. 2,77 cto 79c. Milwaukee—Wheat, No. 2 northern, $1.03 to $1.09; corn, No. 3,55 cto 57c; oats, No. 2 white, 33c to 35c; rye, No. 1, 80c to 81c; barley, No. 2,51 cto 53c; pork, mess, $12.62. Toledo —Wheat, No. 2 mixed, 99c to $1.01; corn, No. 2 mixed. 48c to 50c; oats, No. 2 mixed 30c to 32c; rye, No. 2, 81c to 82c; clover seed, prime. $7.40. Buffalo—Cattle, choice shippi tg steers, $4.00 to $6.00; hogs, fair to choice, $4.00 to $6.10; sheep, common to good mixed, $4.00 to $5.00; lambs, fair to choice, $5.00 to $7.25. New York —Cattle, $4.00 to $5.70; hogs, $4.00 to $6.00; sheep, $3.00 to $4.75; wheat, No. 2 red, 97c to 98c; corn, No. 2,61 cto 62c; oats, natural, white, 37c to 38e; butter, creamery, 18c to 20c; eggs, western, 15c to 18c. Humorous News Notes. Mr. Taft to Mr. Loomis: ‘ Not guilty; but don't do it again.” The bird of peace is very liable to get shot if it tries to land in Manchuria. When Philadelphia does get after the grafters, she doesn’t carry a fan, but a club. Senator Mitchell was unable to weep a favorable verdict out of that Oregon jury. The Czar needs a man about Secre tary Taft’s size to sit on the lid in Po land. Look out for an execution order abol ishing yellow fever on the Isthmus of Panama. Up to the present time neither Sweden nor Norway has threatened to build a spite fence. Emperor Nicholas is in need of peace plenipotentiaries nearer home than is Washington. The red flag on the Black sea is a natural sequence to the white flag on the Y’ellow sea. Secretary Shaw talks about the $25,- 000,000 deficit as if almost any man owed that amount of money. One De Lesseps was the only man who ever had a really "free hand” ;u running Panama canal affairs. What is the use of other States striv ing to be good when Georgia lynches eight men at a time? The minister to a Latin-American re public in particular should keep clear of syndicates, concessions and claims. Some people can even remember as far back as the time people were talk ing about Nan Patterson and Cassia Chadwick. The Czar hates to quit the absolute monarchy almost as much as Mr. .Jinnny Hyde hated to give up his leadpipe cinch on the Equitable. Banker Bigelow serves to illustrate that it is but a short step for a lamb on Wall street to become a muttonhead in the penitentiary. If the Rockefeller 5J9.000.000 is too badly tainted for the colleges o use. they can probably swat) it for new biffs, a. the United States tretsurv. According to his schedule of pay, Ad miral Togo received less than $lO for de stroying the Russian fleet. But he proba bly would have done it for $5. In making up juries for the Milwaukee graft trials care is used to select jurors of sound health and long-lived a icestry. Evidently these trials are expected to b a continuous performance.