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E. B. THAYER, Publisher. WAUSAU, - - WISCONSIN. FIND ASSASSINS’ LAIR SHANTY IN SWAMP HOUSED MURDEROUS GANG. Dfflecr* Who UUoover Retreat Think Plot* Hnve Been l.aiil to Kill Prominent Men—Wntempoot In Went Virginia. iVhat is believed to be a gigantic an archistic plot for the destruction of prom inent men in ‘he I'nitet States w’xs un earthed at Faird, a small mining town ten miles east of Washington. Pa. It is believed that Gov. Pennypaeker of Penn sylvania and (iov. Pattison of Ohio were condemned t“ death by the org nization. Evidence also was found that leads the authorities to believe that many other high officials were included. Coroner Sipe stumbled upon the scene while searching for the murderer of Michael Cerrazola, a wealthy Washington cou/ity Italian. The crime was laid to the “Black Hand” Society, and in searching for members of this organization the oth er bigger one was discovered. George Barli. an Italian, was arrested by the po lice for the Cerrazola murder. In his clothes was found a paper containing the plans formulated in a small hut, evidently the meeting place of some society to which he belonged. Officers finally dis covered this shanty at Baird in a dense swamp. They broke it open and found there evidence that may incriminate at least half a hundred Italians in Wash ington county. The room was lined with pigeonholes filled with letters in which the plot for the killing of numerous offi cial- was outlined. The destruction of Gov. Pennypaeker and (iov. Pattison was delegated to the local band, and similar gangs in other parts of the country were given their territories. Nearly all the let ters found were received from Paterson, N. J., but no names were signed. A ma jority of the letters bore the initials “G.” and “M.” TRADING STAMPS IN CHURCH. Pupils Lured to Sunday School by Modern Mercantile Plan. Trading stamps have invaded the churches, and the St. Louis pastor who has introduced them thinks their value will soon be noted by other ministers. Rev. Luther E. Todd of the First M. E. church is the originator of the idea, and his first experience has been so successful that the plan will be extended to the en tire congregation. A regular hook has been issued to each child attending Sun day school. A 2-eent stamp is given for attendance, one blue 5-cent stamp is the reward for each new scholar brought to the school, and in addition to these a 1-ceut stamp is given for every penny given as an offering on Sunday. When the stamps in the hook amount to $1 or more they are turned in to the premium committee, and the scholar is permitted to select from a long list of prizes. MEET DEATH IN WATERSPOUT. Fifteen Reported Victims of Cloud burst mill >1 ueh Damage Done. A heavy wind and rain storm, resem bling a waterspout, and causing damage of hundreds of thousands of dollars, has passed over the southeastern portion of West Virginia. It flooded Cherry, Holly and Elk rivers, and carried away bridges, houses and millions of feet of valuable timber. A report that fifteen lives were lost has not been confirmed. In Rich wood the water rose five feet in the houses and three feet in the waiting room of the passenger depot. The Baltimore and Ohio’s loss is estimated at $15,000. Men. women and children had to wade waist deep out of their homes to the mountain top. Shoots Girl, Brother and Mother. Enraged because he was told to cease his attentions to Lillian Murphy. 17 years >ld, Paul Deitz, a youth of 18 years, emptied a revolver at the girl, her brother George. Hi years old, and her mother. Mrs. Delia Murpliy, in New York, wounding all three dangerously. Deitz was arrested while attempting to shoot himself. Eml of K*|mi lillfHii I iiNurreot lon. The Republican insurrection went to smash when the House in Washington, by a vote of 187 to 157, adopted a rule which insures .the passage of the joint statehood bill. Action also has been taken which indicates the end of all op position in the lower body to the rate regulation measure. Cotton Report Shows l.oss. A bulletin issued by the census bureau in Washington on the amount of cotton ginned from the growth ot 11)05 to Jan. 10 shows the number of running bales for ilie United States to be 9,988,111, as against 12,707.000 for 1905 and 9,485,- 482 for 1904. Elevated Trains Crash. Three persons were injured and scores of others badly frightened when a Logan Square train crashed into the rear car of a Humboldt Park train on the Met ropolitan West Side Elevated railway iu Chicago. Sixteen Miners Are Burled. News has been received of an explo sion in mine No. 0 at Witteville, a min ing village three miles from Poteau, I. T.. and it said that sixteen miners are entombed. l*r**il**n t Mitchell He-Klepted. The United Mine Workers of America in convention in Indianapolis re-elected John Mitchell head of the organization. PittshurK Firm Falls. E. D. Gartner & Cos., stock brokers and members of the Pittsburg Stock Ex change. have made an assignment. The liabilities will exceed $200,000. Samuel A. Steele of that city was appointed as signee. Fiend Stabs Seven 'Women. Seven women, one aged 57. are vic tims of a mysterious “Jack the cutter,” who stabbed each with a sharp, appar ently double edged, knife. The assaults all occurred on crowded streets iu St. Louis. Depew Thinks Everyone Hostile. Close friends of Sendtor Depew in Washington are informed that be suf fers from aphasia a. and melancholia. He believes that every one is hostile to him. and it is announced in New York that lie has given up n'l social affairs. Five Years for Banker. Henry Lear, former president of the Doyleslown (Pa.) National bank, which failed several years ago. was sentenced b;.' Judge McPherson in the United States District Court in Philadelphia to five years' imprisonment in the eastern peni tentiary for embezzling the funds of the bank. Fatally Injured by Car “Hon.” Pushed from a crowded oar in St. laiuis while on her way to work by a car “log,” Mrs. Myrtle Lamoioe, 18 years o’d. will probably die of her injuries. She had just boarded the car and it had started when a man on the back platform pushed her off in an effort to get more room. Her skull was fractured. Church Floor Fall.; Mn.ijr dart. The flooring of the vestibule of the Congregational church in Boyleston Cen ter. near Boston, collapsed during a tur key supper nn.l seventy persons were pi *- cipitated nto a deep cellar. Several were *, .ujured. WRECK BANK AND FOSTOFFICE. Crack*inen Blow Up Yanltn In Two Towns Near Chicago and Escape. Two safe robberies in which thousands of dollars were stolen, both within a few miles of Chicago, were reported to the police the other day. They are laid to an organized band of bank robbers believed to be hiding in that city. The boldest of the robberies was at Elwood, 11!., where the safe of J. C. Beattie’s private bank was shattered with dynamite and the rob bers, carrying away a sum given officially as $3,000, fled northward on a handcar over the Chicago and Alton railroad. This robbery was reported on the heels of news from Dunning, just outside the city limits, that three burglars had entered the branch postoffice there and blown open the safe, gerling stamps and money, the value of which is unknown. The police are convinced that an organized band of young outlaws is responsible for the out break, and that they make their headquar ters in Chicago, leaving the city to prey on unprotected banks and postoffices anu seeking safety in the crowds of the city after the crimes. It is believed the sum stolen at Elwood exceeds $3,000, at which it is placed by the lank officials. The one-story bunk building was shattered by the dynamite. The explosion was heard throughout the town, but residents thought it was a blast in one of the near by quarries. The robbe/y of the Dunning postoffice is believed to have been done by confederates of the Elwood bank. Law rence E. Taylor, postmaster, was noti fied of the robbery by a policeman, and together they searched for and found two of the men, but being unarmed were un able to arrest them, and the robbers es caped. FIND POISON IN STOMACH. Fight Shed on Death of Eccentric Who Married Voting Woman. Arsenic has been discovered in the stomach of Frederick Mueller, the eccen tric German farmer of St. Louis county, Mo., who married a woman twenty-five years his junior Dec. 14 while standing in the right of way of the Frisco rail way. Sixteen days later he was dead. The coroner had the body exhumed against the protests of the young wife, who by his death became possessed of one-half the farmer's estate by the terms of an ante-nuptial contract. The stom ach was sent to St. Louis chemists with the result that unmistakable evidence of arsenic poisoning was discovered. Mrs. Mueller declared when the body was ex humed that if any sign of poison was found it would mean he had taken it vol untarily. She indignantly denied stories of mysteries being connected with the deaths of her first husband and her 1(5- year-olt son. boy STARTS PANIC IN THEATER. ShontN Fire When Refu*el Admit tance—Several Persons Hurt. A hoy’s wanton ery of fire in the Cleveland Theater, Cleveland, Ohio, eaused the stampede of a good share of the audience and the injury of several persons. The boy attempted to gain ad mittance to the gallery without a ticket, and upon being refused, shouted “Fire” at the top of his voice. The large au dience was in an uproar immediately and several hundred persons rushed for the exits. Before the panic became general, however, theater attaches and policemen had assured the audience that there was no fire and those who had fled were quickly induced to return to their seats. An alarm of fire was turn ed in during the excitement. The boy who caused the trouble escaped. Only one woman was badly hurt, the injury to the others being slight. FINED FOR ESCAPING ROBBERS. Foreigner*, Accused of Cruelty to n Horse, Can’t Make Tale Known. Because they drove their horse at top speed to escape from highwaymen who held them up near Gallatin, Pa., Domi nick Moracina and his son Sabatino were fined S4O each for cruelty to the horse by Justice of the Peace Rath of Gallatin. The foreigners can speak no English and tried in vain to tell the judge why they had driven at such speed. PAY’S $.'0,000 FOR GOOD NAME. Bunker Gives Remarkable Example of Moral Action. A. remarkable example of high moral action was set the other day when Presi dent Frederick Gwinner of the defunct Enterprise National bank of Allegheny, Pa., from his private fortune reimbursed his employes in various business enter prises for losses sustained by the failure of the bank, aggregating $50,000, because they had made deposits on his advice. BiiMlncAN IlloekM in Aalte**. Lansford, N. D., was almost wiped out by fire. The estimated loss is $54,- 000. The entire business district is in ashes and only heroic efforts on the part of the volunteer fire department saved the residence district from destruction. The fire started in the office of the Lansford Times and spread rapidly. In all ten buildings were burned. Passengers on Steamer Fa-e Death. Battered by high waves, the steamer Valencia, with 100 persons remaining on on board, was fast on the rocks at the base of a cliff on Vancouver Island, while the few persons who reached the shore told of a panic and many deaths attending the launching of the lifeboats. Magnates Si-n n Laborer. George Westinghouse, Jr., the only son of the multimillionaire airbrake manu facturer, has entered his father’s plant in Pittsburg as a laborer to learn the business. He carries a dinner pail and is the poorest dressed and works the hardest of any man in his department. Trrtrg’s Estate to Two Sons. The vill of the late Sir Henry Irving was probated in London. His estate is valued at $73,165. The will provides for the payment of an annuity to his valet, Collisson. The bulk of the residue goes in equal parts to the two sons of the testator. Girl Shot Leaving Dance. Lillie Wenzel. 20 years old, was shot and fatally wounded as she was leaving a dance hall on Fifty-fifth street, Cleve land, in company with a young man named Edel. The police are looking for Homer Wieland in connection with the shooting. Held for lroqnois Deaths. Will J. Davis, manager, will have to stand trial on the charge of manslaugh ter in connection with the Iroquois the ater fire in Chicago unless the opinion of Judge Kavanagh refusing to quash the indictments against Davis, is set aside by a higher tribunal. *1,000,0 ■* Burned In Mall Car. The mail car on the Ostend-Herbes thall train was burned in an accident in Belgium. The car contained the Indian mail aud $1,000,000 worth of valuables, which were destroyed. The valuables I were insured. Kntlrond Collision In Chicago. A score of persons were severely in jured, one perhaps fatally, in a rear-end collision on the Chicago and Western Indiana railroad at the Thirty-third ! street crossing of the company’s tracks i in Chicago. Lynch Negro In Kentucky. A mob of 300 men early the other ; morivug took Earnest Baker, a negro, i from the Trigg county .jail and hanged ! him in the center of Cadiz, Ky. Baker attempted rn assault on an IS-year-old girl. YVlsconsln Sawmill Wrecked. A terr.jle boiler explosion occurred at the sawmill of John Lagermaier, seven miles sod beast of Holcomb, Wis. Six men were killed outright and th -ee In jured severely. Several others were hurt less seriously am 1 others had very narrow escapes. The mill was entirely demolished bv the explosion, the cause of which is not known. LOSE LIVES IN SNOWSLIDE. Five Minem Are Killed and Hall raail) in Colorado Blocked. Five Italian miners employed at the Sunuys’de mine lost their lives in an immense snowslide at Silverton, Colo. The mine blacksmith shop and several tram cars were swept away. No trains from Durango and Denver had arrived there for five da's, slides and immense drifts of snow having blocked the tracks. There are eleven slides between Silver ton and Elk Park. An immense one went into the Animas river, forming a dam of snow and ice which caused the stream to back up and overflow the Rio Grande tracks to a depth of four feet. It will be several days before traffic can be resumed between Silverton and Du rango. The lowa mill in Arastra Gulch has been crushed by snowslides which came down Little Giant mountain. The sco: - m has been one of the worst ever known in that section. “BRIDEGROOM” IS A WOMAN. Adventuress at Kansas City to Be Prosecuted for Perjury. John Allaine Whittman and Miss Marinette Jelly, cashier in a Kansas City restaurant, were married the other day at Independence, Mo., by Justice N. F. Buchanan. The bride had a little money and some of her friends who sus pected Whittman's sincerity caused his arrest. At police headquarters it was learned that the “bridegroom” was a woman. The prisoner will be prosecut ed for perjury, committed in obtaining the marriage license. “I am a woman, but I have dressed as a man for three years,” said Whittman when questioned in the presence of Chief Hayes. “I have worked as a man and lived as one. I married this girl as a matter of accom modation. Sh§ said she could not live without me. My real name is Paulina Webster.” RANKER MYSTERIOUSLY SLAIN. Body of R. K. Lewi) of West Farm ington, Ohio, Found in Home. The people of West Farmington, Ohio, are greatly excited as a result of the mysterious murder of R. K. Lewis, a wealthy banker and farmer. A stranger came to the home of Lewis in a carriage. Lewis and this man, it is said, were in conference for an hour. At the end of that time a hired man in another part of the house smelled smoke and rushed into the room. He found Lewis lying dead with his head crushed and his hands and feet tightly bound. The body was covered with burning straw which had been saturated with coal oil. The stranger was missing. THREE HELD FOR MURDER. Arrested in Connection with Kill ing of Saloonkeeper. Three men were arrested in connec tion with the murder of Vincent Barc zaitys, saloonkeeper at 531 Noble street, Chicago, who was shot to death in his saloon by two masked robbers. Two of the men are said to be wanted for other crimes recently committed. Barczaitys was seated in the saloon playing cards with four men, when two masked men entered. Barczaitys struggled with one of the robbers and was shot to death. The thieves obtained $25 and escaped. Steamer Lost and Crew Saved. The loss of the steamer Trojan of the Boston and Philadelphia line in collision with the steamer Nacoochee of the Sa vannah line in Vineyard Sound was re ported at Boston by the Nacoochee, which arrived having on board the cap tain and crew of the Trojan. The acci dent was a result of the fog. Millionaire Weds Waitress. Until the other day a chambermaid and waitress in the hc’.sebold of Stephen Crosby on the Back Bay, Boston, Miss Elizabeth Jennie Murphy is now Mrs. Le Roy Fay, wife of a millionaire Bos ton clubman. Mr. Fay met Miss Mur phy last summer. He is 35 years old and his bride 26. Avalanche Baries Miners. Seven men were killed by a snowslide at the mining camp at Alta, Utah, ac cording to the latest message received before the telephone wires broke. Ef forts to gain further information have been fruitless owing to the condition of the wires and the deep snow in the mountains. Held for Schaefer Murder. William Barnes, a ear repairer in the Rio Grande shops, was arrested in Den ver. Colo., on request of the authorities of Bedford, Ind. He is charged with com plicity in the murder of Miss Sarah Schaefer at Bedford about two years ago. Hunt for Mnrderer Ends. Carl Arthur Johnson, a Minneapolis railroad man, is now under arrest at Charleston, S. C., charged with the mur der of Charles O. Bader at the Falls hotel Dec .23. He will be brought back to Minneapolis as soon as the nqcessary papers can be forwarded. Aerounnt Falls 2,000 Feet. Lindsay Cooper, an aeronaut of Clar inda, Ohio, traveling with a carnival show exhibiting at Wolfe City, Texas, fell from his balloon at that place, a distance of 2,000 feet, and was instantly killed. Cooper was ascending when he lost his hold on the trapeze and fell. Puts Her Debts at $37,414. Miss Mabel Weddell of Limerick. Me., has filed a petition in bankruptcy in which she placed her liabilities at $37,- 414 and assets at $5,950. Nearly all the creditors live in Cleveland. Ohio, where M iss Weddell formerly resided. Cloudburst Floods Town. A part of Huntersville, Ala., was flooded by a cloudburst, many houses were inundated, bridges washed away and the electric railroad traffic stopped. No loss of life is reported. Man’s Ashes Tossed Upon Htver. In obedience to stipulations in the will of William Burnside, an octogenarian, who died recently, his ashes were cast noon the Mississippi River from the top of the Eads bridge at St. Louis. Exploding Boiler Kill* Engineer. By the explosion of the boiler in the Hotel Windermere at Fifty-sixth street and Cornell avenue, Chicago, the engi neer was killed and a woman guest seri ousl; injured. Reform Lender Dies In England. George Jacib Holyoke, father of co operation. founder of secularism, and long a leader in social and religious re forms, died at Brighton, England. Panic in Philadelphia Chnrch. Eighteen persons were killed and half a hundred injured in a panic following the discovery of a small blaze in a ne gro church in Philadelphia. First Minister to Japan. Luke E. Wright of Tennessee, Gov ernor General of the Philippines, has been named by the President as the first American ambassador to Japan. Exploston Sinks a Warship. The Brazilian turret ship Aquidaban was sunk by an explosion in her powder magazine at Port Jacarepagua and 212 of the crew perished. Rockefeller Again Aids University. John D. Rockefeller has again aided the University of Chicago, this time the gift being $1,450,000. GRKAT SHIP ON ROCKS STEAMER VALENCIA AT MERCY OF PACIFIC STORM. Reef Off Vancouver Island, Long Drended by Mariners, Is Obstruc tion Upon Which Vessel Is Dash ed—Many Reported Lost. The steamer Valencia of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company's fleet on the Sau Franciseo-Puget Sound route, with ninety-uiue passengers and a crew of fifty on board, went ashore on the rocks at the base of a precipitous cliff ou the most Inaccessible section of the Vancouver Islc.nd coast The Va lencia drove on to the rooks during a dense fog while trying to make the entrance of Juan de Fuca strait early Tuesday. Although only the most meager in formation of the wreck was obtain able up to a late hour, it is known that several lives were lost i a attempts to reach the shore. Exactly how many perished in this way aud in the first confusion attending the wreck is not definitely known. The Valencia sailed from San Fran cisco Saturday evening and carried up ward of 100 passengers and sailors. At noon Tuesday she was to hav / ' tied to her jeer in Seattle harbor. Instead, bits of- *r wreckage were being dash ed wildly against the cliffs and the sands of the beach of Vancouver Isi and. Of those on board when the vessel went down, only nine are known to have got to land and safety. These were picked up by Indians on the west coast of Vancouver, near a fish ing village known as Carmanali. It is learned from these that the Valencia struck the rocks near Beale Point. In an instant she was sinking. Out of the blackness of the waters arose a false light which beckoned lier to death. She dashed upon the reef with out warning. And like a shell, she was ground into fragments. Those who escaped did so clinging to parti cles of the wreckage. The accident happened w’hen half the passengers were in their state rooms. Some were undressed. None was prepared to take to the bellow ing waves. In the west the clouds STEAMSHIP VALENCIA. were lack. Far over the mountain tops to the east fell the gray streaks of ap proaching dawn. The survivors re port Incidents of the most harrowing character. Crash tain Without Warnln. When the boat crashed upon the hid den reefs a gale was blowing. Huge waves were lieing dashed over deck and bridge. But now that making port was but a matter of a little while the officers were not alarmed. In an in stant came the grinding noise—the noise of a monster boat going rapidly by wind and steam, striking at full speed one of the great, heavy locks. And then out of cabin and saloon there arose the frantic screams of de spair. No one had warning. The first the passengers felt was the crash. Then followed the sweep of the sea. Now came the quick plunge to escape the sinking craft. Some went down with it. Some plunged headlong against the concealed rocks, to be dashed to in stant death. Others were picked up by the waves and carried to open waters. There a few held fast to floating tim bers, and these, blown by the gale driv ing madly from the west, were brought to safety. How many thus were res cued is not known. The Valencia was owned by tlie Fa cific Coast Steamship Company and was being used as an extra boat in the California and Alaska trade. Af ter the recent accident to the steamer City of Tueblo she was placed in the Seattle-San Francisco trade in connec tion with her sister ships, the Umatilla and the Queen. Last summer the Val encia was on the Nome run and was one of the best known vessels on the coast. She has brought to Seattle mil lions of gold and thousands of fortu nate. returning miners. The scene of the wreck is 120 miles north of Vancouver and near a barren coast. RUNAWAY HUSBANDS. New V or I. Authorities Are Trying to Flnl 00,000 of Them. According to the testimony of those who know, the New York authorities at present are £r’"ug to trace the where abouts of now .rds of 60.000 runaway husbands. Chicago has 18.000. W hat a vast burden is thus thrust ou the com munity at large by individual shirking of the responsibilities of the married state can well be imagined; and the evil is growing at such a rapid rate that the powers that be have become alarm ed. Oue of New York's best known mag istrates has declared that the matter is the gravest problem that the city has to deal with; aud ministers of all de nominations have borne testimony to the callous indifference shown by husbands towards their marriage vows. In some cases it is the wife who deserts the hus band. but that is the exception, in nine ty-nine cases out of a hundred the re verse being the fact. The most signifi cant feature of these wholesale deser tions is that in nearly every instance the runaway husband leaves two or three children, as well as a wife, as a tax on the community. There are exceedingly few desertions of childless wives, which clearly shows that the object of the desertion 1s to evade the responsibility of providing for a family. A run on the Washington National bank of Pittsburg started when it be came known that Cashier 8. C. Arm strong had disappeared Jaq. 2. It is ru mored Armstrong has taken $50,000 to SIOO,OOO of the funds of the bank with him. but this is denied by President Reilly. The rnn was checked. As we advance in life, we learn the limit of our abilities.—Froude. > I FRANCE AND VENEZUELA. Canae of the Present Rnptuce Be tween the Two Government*. The rupture between France and Venezuela has resulted immediately from the latter's refusal to recognize the French diplomatic representative. France persuaded President Castro to withdraw his offensive note, but could not induce him to deal with M. Taigny, the French charge d'affaires, although declaring that the official act which made him obnoxious, was exactly in accordance with directions from the French foreign office. France assumed all responsibility in the matter, but this was not sufficient to satisfy Pres ident Castro, who appears to have taken a personal dislike to M. Taigny. Of course, the original cause of the strained relations betweeu France and Venezuela was the alleged failure of the French Cable Company to live up to its franchise obligations, and this alleged failure appears to have appeal ed all the more urgently to President Castro, because of the Cable Com pany's assistance to revolutionists whom President Castro at the time was engaged in suppressing. Indeed, the Cable Company was charged by President Castro with supplying the revolutionists both information anu money, and whether this is true or not, it served as an excellent pretext for giving the Cable Company’s failures in other directions immediate atten tion. The French government entered protest, President Castro answered smartly and it was in the ensuing con troversy that M. Taigny incurred President Castro’s disfavor. France has a large fleet in the im mediate vicinity of Venezuela, and will probably use it, if it shall fail to adjust matters through the agency of the American minister who now repre sents the French foreign office. But whether or not, France employs force in compelling Castro to behave de cently, it is a foregone conclusion that Venezuela will receive little, if any, encouragement from this country. It is not impossible that France may be even ioined by the United States in her efforts to compel respect for foreign interests. RURAL MAIL CARRIERS. There Are 34,600 Now Doing Ser vice for Uncle So in. The number of rural mail carriers now in the service of the United States Ik So jj WHERE THE WRECK OCCURRED. is 34,060, of whom 250 are women. On account of the rigorous nature of the duties women are not appointed except in cases where no men applicants are found upon the eligible registers. Asa general proposition, however, the super visors testify unanimously that women have shown themselves to be just as capable and efficient as men. ’-fliere are women carriers ii: 30 States and one territory. lowa has 34, ths largest number; Illinois 28. Michigan 19, Indiana 14, Kansas 13, Missouri 11, and other States smaller numbers. The morale of the rural carriers is re markably good, and always has been. Out of 34,000 employes, only 214 were discharged for cause last year, of whom only 20 were dishonest and 30 had vio lated instructions or the regulations of the service. It is doubtful whether any other organization, either public or pri vate, can show so good a record. At the same time there have been numerous in stances where the greatest heroism and nerve have been exhibited, and an extra ordinary devotion to duty during storms, washouts, floods and blizzards, when the carriers continued their service regard less of danger and suffering. The rules of the department do not make any al lowance for the weather. The regula tions require every carrier to start at a certain hour and maintain a regular schedule and arrive at given points at approximately the same moment day af ter day; and they are required to cover a prescribed distance, and make their circuit without deviating therefrom un der any circumstances, sick or well, storm or sunshine, and they do it. The number of complaints is very small and the cases requiring discipline are very few. Told in a Few Linen, President Roosevelt was elected an honorary member of the New York Ath letic Club. Engineers and firemen on the Penn sylvania and Baltimore and Ohio rail roads are agitating for increased pay. Hugh S. Tuohy, the oldest clerk in the Treasury Department, died in Wash ington He served in the department forty-four years. The National Board of Trade, in ses sion in Washington, admitted to mem bership a society of Bridgeport, Conn., organized to rc'ist the tide of socialism declared to be sweeping over this coun try. Senator Warner of Missouri charac terized as “supremely ridiculous” his boom for the Republican nomination for President launched by Representative Bartholdi. He says he does not take it seriously himself, nor did he believe anyone else does. The price of glass will be advanced 15 per cent as the result of the formation in Pittsburg of an association of inde pendent manufacturers, to be known as the National Window Glass Company, .members of which announced that the increase in price bed been decided upon. Evidence of the existence at the Kan sas City stock yards of an organization of men to defraud shippers by a system of overweights and underweights was disclosed in that city in the trial of Jay J. Miller, a trader, charged with per jury. A. J. Judy, chairman of the finance committee of the Traders’ Ex change, admitted on the stand that he knew about the thefts, that he profited thereby and was a party to them. He named nine others in the combine. Three Japanese counterfeiters have been arrested at Seattle by a secret ser vice officer and hundreds of dollars’ worth of spurious $5 and $lO gold piece# captured. CONGRESS In the Senate Thursday Mr. Tillman presented his resolution directing an in vestigaton into the removal of Mrs. Minor Morris from the White House. It was laid on the table by a vote of 54 to 8, without debate. The rest of the day was devoted to speeches by Mr. McCum ber advocating the pure food bill and by Mr. Mallory opposing the shipping bill. The House ordered an investigation to as certain *he amount needed to preserve the frigate; Constitution and paid a tribute to the old ship. Nearly all the rest of the session was devoted to the perfection and passage of a bill arranging for the final disposition of the affairs of the five civilized tribes in Indian Territory. It provides for concluding the enrollment of Indians of the tribes and allotment of lands to them. Many restrictions are imposed. Mr. Littauer reported the ur gent deficiency bill and gave notice that it would be called up for consideration Fri da; The House discussed the urgent defi ciency appropriation bill Friday, much of the debate relating to the necessity for curbing the department heads in their demands for additional money. Mr. Perkins (N. Y.) made a short speech favoring free hides. There was no ses sion of the Senate. Abuses in the expenditure of appro priations was the text of the discussions in the House Saturday during the con sideration of the urgent deficiency bill. Kittle progress was made with the bill. The $2,015 Knox portrait was again a topic of unfavorable comment and de partment heads generally came in for criticism. The most animated debate took place on the amendment to increase the amount for the transportation cf sil ver coins. One argument advanced was that to cut this appropriation meant distress to the interior sections of the country, where silver money is used, but the opponents of the amendment de clared that the appropriation was abused by the express companies, for whose ben efit, it was stated the appropriation was made. The amendment was lost by a vote of 70 to 74. A bill was passed pro viding for the holding of a Federal court at Grand Island, Neb. There was no session of the Senate. Right to bridge St. Andrews bay. Fla., was granted the Birmingham, Columbus and St. Andrews Railway Company by the House on convening Monday. The urgent deficiency bill was taken up. Dis trict of Columbia day being passed over until the next Monday. Senators Platt and Depew were in their seats when the Senate convened, the first appearance of either for some time. Both gentlemen were given warm welcomes and were heartily congratulated upon their ap pearing in good health. Senator Clay addressed the Senate on his resolution relating to the governmental power to fix maximum future charges by rail roads. In the Senate Tuesday Mr. Spooner defended the course of President Roose velt in appointing delegates to the Mo roccan conference and in relation to Santo Domingo. Messrs. Tillman and Culberson also spoke, insisting that in the Dominican affair the executive had usurped the powers of the Senate. In the House the urgent deficiency appro priation bill was under consideration. An amendment abrogating the eight-hour day for work on the Panama canal was de feated, and another, providing that canal commissioners may not receive additional compensation besides their salaries, was passed. The item of $2,615 to reimburse the Department of Justice for an oil por trait of former Attorney General Knox met defeat. A bill creating anew land district in Montana, to accommodate set tlers in the Great Crow reservation, which will be opened for settlement in August, was passed. In the Senate Wednesday Mr. Lodge defended the course of the President with regard to the affairs of Santo Domingo and the Moroccan conference and Mr. Teller spoke in support of the Senate’s prerogative in treaty making. At 3p. m. an executive session lasting fifteen min utes was had and then the private pen sion calendar was taken up. The forces opposed to the joint statehood bill, con sisting of the Democrats and the Repub lican insurgents, met their first defeat in the House when a motion ordering the previous question on the adoption of the rule for debate prepared by the Republi cans was passed by a vote of 192 to 105. Several members had left the chamber when the vote on the rule itself was tak en, the result being 187 to 157. Mr. Crumpacker of Indiana took the chair and debate on the bill in committee of the whole was begun at once. After passing a bill to create jury commission ers in Oklahoma the House at 5 :25 p. m. adjourned. National Capital Note*. President Roosevelt plans to go tiger hunting in Africa when he retires from the presidency in 1909. Alexander Goehr and Harry J. Col lins. at one time officers in the United States army, were arrested . at San Francisco on the arrival of the trans port Sherman from Manila. They will be held pending investigation. The Secretary of the Interior has withdrawn from all forms of disposals except under the mineral laws, 1,300,000 acres of public lands lying in Missoula and Flat Head counties, Montana and Kootenai county, Idaho, for me proposed cabinet forests reserve. William I. Buchanan has been select ed by the President as one of the dele gates to the pan-American congress in Itio de Janeiro next July. Mr. Buchan an was a delegate to the second con gress, which met in Mexico five years ago. Charges against James W. Raynolds, renominated by the President as secre tary for New Mexico, are being consid ered by the Senate committee on terri tories, and the confirmation will be held up until they can be investigated. He is charged with being an offensive par tisan. A joint resolution pending in Congress asks the international waterway commis sion for an early report on the use of the water flowing over Niagara Falls. Republican House leaders have agreed to rush through the three important measure* recommended in the Presi dent’s message—the Philippine tariff bill, the statehood bill and the railway rate bill. Prominent European statesmen, edu cators and publicists have joined in a petition to President Roosevelt asking him to attempt to bring to an end the outrages in Turkey. The petition was presented by James B. Reynolds of New York. President Roosevelt has issued orders to the various departments of the gov ernment to curtail the amount of public printing so as to make a big reduction in the expense of that department. Secretary Taft sent a communication to the House committee on interstate and foreign commerce recommending that a military cable line be constructed to connect the mainland of the United States with the Panama canal zone. Steps to save the old frigate Consti tution were taken iu the House of Rep resentatives when a resolution wa adopted directing the committee on naval affairs to ascertain the annual cost of proper care for the old warship. WAS VESSEL SISKS. BRAZILIAN TURRET SHIP DE. STROYED BY EXPLOSION. Battle ('raft Aqnldaban Blows Up Off Hio Janeiro and 212 Seamen Borne Dovru In the Wrecked Hall —Powder Mnaailne Explode*. The Brazilian turret ship Aquiila ban was sunk at Port Jacarepagua off Rio Janeiro, as the result of an ex plosion. It is reported that over two hundred of the crew perished and that only one officer was saved. It is an nounced that the magazine of the vps sel exploded without any signs to warn the crew, but in view of recent muti nies in the Brazilian navy it is feared that the explosion may have been the result of design rather than accident* The information in hand shows that few of the sailors or officers had a chance for life. The center of the big engine of war was hurled outward and upward. Men were thrown high Into the air, to fall stunned or mangled into the sea. Spars fell among the men, but most of the latter were unable to grasp at anything in an effort to keep afloat till assistance might arrive. Others of the sailors who occupied por tions of the vessel not rent asunder by the explosion jumped Into the ocean and sought to swim from the shattered hull far enough not to be drawn down In the vortex produced by Its sinking. So rapidly did the vessel sink, however, that few were able to make more than a few strokes. Fire burst from the center of the ship simultaneously with the explosion, and while the vessel settled the flames arose in the splintered decks. One or two small boats were launched by the coolest heads, hut these were of little avail in saving life. One of them was swamped by the crowd that jumped into it in the panic on lioard. Another put off with one officer and several sailors inside and managed to make land. Smaller warships and merchant craft near the scene or the disaster steamed out as swiftly as possible to pick up possible survivors. They found few’, so sudden and complete was the wreck of the Aquidaban. The armored cruiser Aquidaban was the flagship of Admiral Mello’s fleet during his sensational rebellion against Brazil in 1893 and 1894. It was the Aquidaban which, during that rebell ion, nearly brought on a naval engage ment w’ith the famous American “white squadron” under Rear Admiral Benham, in the harbor of Rio Janeiro. BEAT ALL RECORDS. Greatest Building- Year in Amerl oa’s History'. During 1905 permits wwre taken out in 26 of the principal cities of the coun try for the construction of buildings ag gregating in cost $528,180,412, against $375,571,130 for 1904, a gain of $152,- 615,282, or 40 per cent, says the Con struction News. This is a remarkable showing. Never before in the history of this country has anything like it ever been seen, yet. on the other hand, there is. in so far as one can discern, no reason why building in 1900 should not exceed the magnificent totals of 1905. .All but four of these cities show substantial increases, not a small gain, but a good healthy advance in material development over 1904. For example, Chicago had a gain of 32 per cent; New York. 00; Philadelphia, 37; and St. Louis—and this the year after the world’s fair—a gain of 05 per cent. An interesting part of the record is the growth and development of the smaller cities, such as Indianapolis, 78 per cent; Columbus. Ohio, 95; Louisville. 95; Denver, 58; Detroit, 57; Kansas City, 57; Washington, 01; New Orleans, 53; Cincinnati, 52; St. Paul, 52; Cleve land, 48; Brooklyn. 44; Minneapolis, 32, and San Francisco, 31. Decreases, quite fortunately, number only four —Atlanta, 17; Seattle, 13, Pittsburg, 6, and Memphis. 3 per cent. It is pretty hard to account for this fall ing off, other than that Pittsburg has shown unusual activity in former years; Memphis was affected by the yellow fever scare, while there seems no reason why Atlanta and Seattle should have fallen so far behind. Great as the figures are, they tell but part of the story. They only embrace 20 of the principal cities. What about the thousand and one cities, towns and vil lages scattered ail over the country in which the era of prosperity has been equally responsive? Were it possible to obtain the figures, they would he much greater by many tiqies over than those contained in the foregoing. On the whole, the year was eminently satisfac tory, and builders and material dealers look back upon it with the deepest grati tude and with a feeling of assurance that the season upon which we are now en tering will he equally prosperous News of Minor Note. Rawson F. Watkins has been appoint ed assistant treasurer of the Denver and Rio Grande Road at Denver. Day Compton of Sidney, Ohio, was probably fatally injured by the acci dental discharge of his revolver at Los Angeles, Cal. The mildest season Chicago has ex perienced jn ten years has produced the heaviest winter tourist travel in the his tory of transportation lines. John H. Converse of Philadelphia has endowed a chair of homiletics and pas toral theology in the Omaha Theological seminary, a Presbyterian school, with $50,000. Augustus Saint Gaudens, the Ameri can sculptor, and Josef Israels, the Dutch painter, were elected honorary foreign members by the Itoral Academy in London. Judge T. H. Paynter was elected Unit ed States Senator from Kentucky to succeed J. C. S. Blackburn by both houses of the State Legislature at Frankfort. J. A. Calbick of Chicago was elected president of the Lumber Carriers’ Asso ciation at a meeting held in Detroit. Ambrose Franee, a Burlington conduc tor, was killed at Armour Junction, Mo., by falling off the pilot of an engine. The British admiralty has rescinded its decision to change the naval uni forms. The jack tars will continue to wear the historic jumper and baggy trousers. James Hazen Hyde was dropped as vice president of the Equitable Trust Company at the annual election. His place was not filled. Mr. Hyde received SIO,OOO a year salary. Gradually the gasoline motor is dis placing the hand car on the railroads of America. The vision of a road master ensconced on a clumsy hand car with four stalwart section hands pumping at the handle bars of the slowly working machine has been a familiar sight to railroads for many years. But now, in place of the old grind of the sprocket chain is heard the puff of the little mo tor which is readily handled by one min. There is nothing strange in the discov ery by the admiral who took fishing smacks on the Dogger Bank for Jap anese torpedo boats that the British had planned to destroy his fleet in case Togo Called. I~ifV Th com,nercial P osi * LiilCdQO. tion maintains exception- al strength. More sea sonable weather brought a good de mand for winter apparel and household needs and retail trade generally expe rienced a sharp reduction of stocks which hitherto moved slowly owing to comparatively mild temperature. Con struction work is impeded but slight ly, nor has there been interruption to unprecedented consumption of all kinds of building material. Manufac turing moves forward very steadily,, w’ith the outlook for the >car most en couraging. Rail capacity is uow engaged ahead for fifteen months, while new commit ments draw more extensively on struc tural shapes, plates and rolling stock. Pig iron exhibits a firmer tone in quo tations, bookings being equally plenti ful for both current wants and for ward delivery, indicating that melt ers are well provided with work. Factory operations disclose more ac tivity in implements, heavy hardware and electric output, and there is a fair request for heavy machinery, automo biles and vehicles. In the leather working lines most activity appears in shoe and belting factories, but orders increase for saddlery, trunks and spe cialties. Distributive branches of general merchandise report satisfactory con ditions. Mail orders for spring deliv ery con e forward in good volume lor the principal staples. Interior mer chants are buying confidently, many requiring early shipments, and house sales are stimulated by increasing numbers of visiting buyers. Move ments of commodities, as reflected by railroad returns, show’ no diminution. Bank clearings, $222,920,507, exceed those of corresponding week iu 1905 by 12.4 per cent. Deposits are recov ering, money is easier in tone, and on more bidding for commercial pa per the discount rate ruled at 5L* per cent. Failures reported in Chicago district number twenty-five, against thirty two last week and thirty-one a year ago.—Dun’s Review of Trade. r~ ~ j Mild wc"ther contin- New YOFK. ues a source of complaint by affecting retail trade, collections and some reorder business from wholesalers, but compensations are found in continued activity in outdoor inquiry, practically un checked building operation.-, better than ordinary midwinter trans portation conditions and uninter rupted progress in all manufacturing lines, particularly iron and steed. Spring trade prospects continue as fa vorable as heretofore, there is consid erable looking around, shipments on earlier orders are heavy and the feel ing favors an earlier than ordinary opening of wholesale operations in dry goods, millinery, shoes and kindred lines. Building materials were ap parently never so active before at this stage of the season. Bank clearings again break all rec ords for the week. Money is easier at nearly all markets. Summed up, there Is undiminished confidence in an immense if not, indeed, record busi ness for six months at least. Business failures in the United States for the week ended Jan. 18 number 274, against 286 last week, 304 in the like week of 1905, 200 in 1904, 253 in 1903. and 292 in 1902. In Canada failures for the week number thirty-six, as against forty-six last week and thirty-seven in this w r eek a | year ago.—Bradstreet's Commercial Report. Chicago—Cattle, common to prime, $4.00 to $0.25; hogs, prime heavy, $4.00 to $5.65; sheep, fair to choice, $3.00 to $5.90; wheat, No. 2,80 cto 87c; corn. No. 2, 4ic to 42c; oats, standard, 29c to 31c; rye. No. 2,67 cto 38c; hay, timo thy, $8.50 to $12.00; prairie, SO.OO to $11.50; butter, choice creamery, 24c to 27c; eggs, fresh, 18c to 21c; potatoes, 53c to 01c. Indianapolis—Cattle, shipping, $3.00 to $5 75; hogs, choice heavy, $4.00 to $5.70; sheep, common to prime, $2.50 to $5.00; wheat, No. 2,89 cto 90c; corn. No. 2 white, 43c to 44c; oats, No. 2 white, 31c to 32c. St. Louis—Cattle, $4.50 to $0.00; hogs, $4.00 to $5.45; sheep. $4.00 to $5.80; wheat, No. 2. 91c to 94c; corn, No. 2,40 cto 42c; oats, No. 2,30 cto 31c; rye, No. .2, 67c to 08c. Cincinnati —Cattle, $4.00 to $4.85; hogs, $4.00 to $5.00; sheep. $2.00 to $5.10: wheat. No. 2. 92e to 93c; corn. No. 2 mixed, 45c to 40c; oats, No. 2 mixed, 32c to 33c; rye, No. 2,08 cto 70c. Detroit —Cattle. $4.00 to $4.75; hogs, $4.00 to $5.30; sheep, $2.50 to $5.25; wheat, No. 2,85 cto 87c; corn. No. 3 yellow, 44c to 40c; oats, No. 3 white, 32c to 33c; rye, No. 2,00 cto 08c. Milwau_.ee —Wheat, No. 2 northern, 83c to 84c; corn. No. 3,41 cto 42c; oats, standard, 30c to 32c; rye, No 1, 68c to 09c; barley. No. 2,53 cto 54c, pork, mess, $13.00. Toledo—Wheat. No. 2 mixed, 80c to 87c; corn. No. 2 mixed, 44c to 4V; oats, No. 2 mixed, 31c to 33c; rye. No. 2,00 cto 07c; clover seed, prime, $8.20. Buffalo —Cattle, choice shipping steers, $4.00 to $5.50; hogs, fair to choice. $4.00 to $5.75; sheep, common to good mixed, $4.00 to $5.75; lambs, fair to choice, $5.00 to $7.75. New York—Cattle, $4.00 to $5.02; hogs. $4.00 to $0.00; sheep. $3.00 to $5.50; wheat. No. 2 red, 89c to 90c; corn. No. 2. 52c to 54c; oats, natural, white. 37c to 38c; butter, creamery, 21c to 27c; eggs, western, 18c to 20c. Brief News Items. The second national conference for the reform of primary and elc<-;!o-: law will he held in New York March 5 to 7. Many civic bodies and public officials will he represented. A reward of SI,OOO is offered for th<* arrest of .Jacob It. Weaver. He is ac cused of securing a $2,500 loan from Dr. George E. Washer of Laporte. Ind.. by a forged deed to a farm. The I). J. Hennessy Mercantile Com pany of Butte. Mont., whose store was robbed of $3,000 by two robbers, has authorized an offer of a reward of $5,- 000 for the capture of the bandits. Financial embarrassment, said to have resulted from the failure of the John It. Walsh banks of Chicago, caused G. Cen edella, a contractor of Milford, Mass., to make an assignment. Cenedella had large contracts in connection with th construction of Indiana railroads.