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E. B. THAYER, Publisher. WAUSAU, - - WISCONSIN. VARIETY OF MAYORS. KANSAS CITY, KAN., INDULGES DESIRE FOR CHANGE. Sfaa Had Five Chief Officers in Past Eighteen Months—VoonK Man Confesses Bank Robbery and Tells What He Did with Lout. Dr O' orge M. Gray, who h >aded the “Citizof ■> ’’ ticket, was elected Mayor of Kansas City, Kan. I)r. Gray will be the fifth Mayor of Kansas City, Kan., •luring the past year and a half. In April, 1905, W. W. Rose was elected to the office, lie was ousted by the Attorney General for not enforcing the prohibition law. E. E. Yenard, president of the City Council, then became Mayor. A special election was called and ex-Mayor Rose was again elected. The Kansas Supreme Court again ousted Rose, hold ing that the original ouster proceedings debarred him from holding the office for two years from the time of his first being elected ' j the office. Following Rose's second removal, J. E. Laughlin, presi dent of the Council, became Mayor, which position he will relinquish when Dr. Gray takes the oath of office. CONFESSES BANK KOBBERV. Former < hicngiian Says He Sent Pari of Loot to Mother. Joseph S. Kearns, the former Chicago dry goods clerk and newspaper man who was captured at Great Bend, Kar... after robbing a Great Bend bank in broad day light, confessed to having robbed the Midland National bank at Newton. Kan on the afternoon of Nov. 13, whpn he locked the clerks and customers, six in all, in the bank vault and escaped with $1 ,800. Kearns confessed that he sent part of the money secured in the New ton robbery to his mother and sisters at Ann Arbor. Mich. He spent some of it in living at fashionable hotels in Chi cago and New York and lost several hundred dollars in a Chicago gambling house. He probably will be surrendered to the Newton officials for prosecution. WOMAN KII.LS ranchman. Friends Say She Was Bothered by His Attentions. Miss Merle Clark, 31 years old, was arrested, charged witli killing John Leon ard, a rancher, twenty-six miles from North Piatt, Neb. Miss Clark is from the East and has been making her home on the ranch of her uncle near that of Leonard. The young woman does not •ieny the killing, but refuses to discuss the affair. She was placed in the county jail. Her friends say Leonard was in Jove with her and bothered her with his attentions. It is claimed he threatened to kill her if she did not marry him. Bishop C. C. McCabe Stricken. Bishop C. C. McCabe of the Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the best-known prelates in America, was suddenly strick en with apoplexy in New York City while on his way to take a train for Chicago. The bishop was removed to a hospital, and late reports were that he was rest ing easily and in no immediate danger. Student Has Arsenal. The St. Petersburg i>olice searched the lodgings of a student named Karkasni jitni ‘pnuj.u.mi Suipaa| t? jo uos ‘jgos( found a stock of rifles, revolvers and bombs, a quantity of anew explosive of extraordinary force and plans for barri cading the city in the event of an armed uprising. Homestake Strike In Averted. The Home-stake strike has been avert ed at Lendville. S. D„ Superintendent Grier granted the demands of the miners for an eight-hour day for all men work ing underground. The Black Hills is the last mining camp in the West to adopt the eight-hour day. St. I.oiiln Banka to Consolidate. Announcement is made that negotia tions have been completed by which the National Bank of Commerce will absorb the Fourth National Bank in St. Louis. The latter has a capital stock of $1,000,- 000, a surplus of the same amount and curies about $15,000,000 in deposits. Decision Favors Labor. Judge A. L. Sanborn of the United States District Court decided at Madi son. Wis.. in connection with th-* suit of the Allis Chalmers company against the Iron Molders' Union, that men may combine and conspire to better labor con ditions. Denies •'harne of Train Bobbery. In Marshall. M 0.. Jesse Clyde Ruinsey of Chicago, alleged train robber, pleaded i*ot guilty to charges of holding up and robbing the Rock Island limited on Nov. 8 and the Alton-Burlington passenger train on Nov. 35. both near Glasgow. Mo. Miners’ Leader Talks. John Mitchell, president of the United Mine Workers of America, in add rearing the National Civic Federation, attacked government by Injunction and declared the workingman has lost all confidence tu the Federal judiciary. Boston Given Liquor Hiic \ ote. The vote in Boston on the liquor ques tion was 43,280 in favor of license and 18.450 opposed. The 12 o'clock closing law was passed by a vote of 39,417 to 21,293. Heavy Fines for Heballnfv. Fines aggregating $150,000 have been imposed upon the American Sugar Re fining Company and the Brooklyn Coop erage Company in the United States Circuit Court at New York for rebating. Truck Pusher Get* Fortune David Sharpe, the elderly Omaha man who has just fallen heir to a $500,000 estate by the death of a brother, James Sharis’, at Lafayette. Ind.. is a laboring man. He pushes a big truck at the freight depot of the Chicago, St. Panl, Minneapolis and Omaha road. Mnrdcrou* I’ntr Reprieved. Gov. Folk announced that ho had granted a respite until Jan. 10 for Mrs. Aggie Myers and Frank llottman of Kan sas City, who were convicted of having murdered the husband of Mrs. Myers and wore seutemsHl to he hanged. Week Dnrnnwe* for -runic,l Ship. The sensational trial of Albert Lewis, Charles A. 11:11 and F. M. Howard, ac cused of scuttling the American ship Age nor in order to secure the insurance money, is still in progress in Yokohama. Counter suits for heavy damages have been brought. Robber* • remote Invalid. Robbers are believed to have murdered Miss Sarah Wiley, a lifelong invalid, and then set her home on fire to hide their •Time. The house was burned and the woman's b sly incinerated. Miss Wiley was 22 years old and lived with her mother near New Bedford. Ohio. Holdup Mn Gets Twenty Years. James O'Malley was convicted in Pittsburg of boiling up and robbing two men in the east end district recently and sentenced to serve twenty years. O'Mel ley's conviction is the first made in con nection wish the arrests that were made during the recent numerous holdups. CONFESSES HE MI’RDERED GIRL. David Curtis Tells Officers —Many Persons Doubt His Story. “Yes, I did it; I am the murderer of Dona Gilman.” Coolly and without the slightest sign of emotion or remorse, Dan Curtis made this confession to County De tective Mcßride, Coroner Kline, Detec tive Coieman of the Pinkerton agency and Prosecuting Attorney Nevin, in the prosecutor's office in Dayton, Ohio. After the confession had been made to the offi cers Curtis broke down and cried like a child. He was questioned closely as to the truth of his story and declared posi tively that he was the murderer and w"’ glad to make a confession to relieve ins mind. Curtis is 27 years old and earned a precarious living selling newspapers. He is half-witted and at times has labor ed under delusions that he was a great detective. Among newsboys Curtis was known as “Baby Dave.” Many of those who knew him allege his story is partly the result of his own disordered imagina tion and that he really had no connection with the crime. Dona Gilman, a 20-year old girl, was attacked and strangled to death Tuesday evening, Nov. 20, within fifty yards of her home on Arlington Heights, a suburb of Dayton, while re turning home from work. Her body was discovered by her 16-year-old brother, Col lins, two days later, lying in a vacant lot nearly opposite the Gilman home. Her fellow employes at the National Cash Register Company subscribed $4,000 as a reward for the capture of the murderer. BANK ROBBED; ONE KILLED. Chicago l’outh with Revolver Over power, Cashier. A beardless youth of 20, who claims he came from Chicago, walked into the J. V. Brinkman bank in Great Bend, Kan., the other morning, stopped before the win dow of the cashier, coolly took a gun from his hip pocket, and, aiming it direct ly at the head of Cashier A. E. Taylor, ordered him to hand over all the money on his desk and then throw up his hands. The cashier complied, handing over $350 in bills and the burglar ran from the building. Dashing up an alley near to the bank, the robber made for the build ing of the Wells-Fargo Express Company, and running up stairs barricated himself in a room. For more than an hour he fought off a posse of citizens who were bent on lynching him, and then surren dered to the officers. Many shots were interchanged, during which “Bud” West fall, an employe of the Wells-Fargo Ex press Company, was instantly killed and several were wounded, but not seriously. 1,000 EVES TO HAVE NO ADAM. Chicago Woman Finns Refuge for Sisters M ho M ill Work on Ranch. An Adamless Eden in Texas is the dream of Mary F. Ilayden, the Chicago novelist, who is arranging to establish a colony of 1,000 women in Refugio coun ty. Texas. She has acquired title to 5,000 acres and is at work on the plans for her colony. Woman colonists may have husbands if that condition cannot be avoided, but the males must be a mere notch on a stick so far as the af fairs of the colony are concerned. The founder will endeavor to procure from the Texas Legislature permission for women to exercise the right of suffrage in her colony, and all homes must be in the name of the wife. Everything that usually is undertaken on Texas farms will be attempted, truck farming, fruit raising, beekeeping, dairying, poultry raising and other kindred farm and ranch pursuits. 25,000 BUILDINGS BURNED. San Francisco Fire After Enrlhquake Caused Loss of 9330,000,000. The report of the special committee of the trustees of the San Francisco Cham ber of Commerce on insurance settlements after the big fire says: “The total area burned was about 3.000 acres, containing 520 blocks and about 25,000 buildings; one-ha If of these were residences. The amount of insurance was approximately $235,000,000. The value of buildings and contents destroyed in the fire must have been about $350,000,000. An im mense sum of insurance money has been paid into this city. The companies will finally have paid undoubtedly in the neighborhood of SO per cent of the amount of insurance involved.” SENTENCES GILLETTE TO DIE. Judge Devemlorf Acts In Case of Grace Brown's Alleged Slayer. Chester E. Gillette, convicted of the murder of his sweetheart, Grace Brown, was sentenced to die in the electric chair by Judge Devendorf in Herkimer, N. Y. Gillette showed no signs of weakening. Fortner Senator Mills. Gillette’s counsel, moved to have the i erdict set aside. This was preliminary to the appeal that is to be made later. Gillette has be<n taken to Auburn prison. He is to be electrocut ed during the week beginning Jan. 28. fllir Schooner Total Wreck. The Assateague life-saving station re ported that the three-masted schooner Florence I. Lockwood from Norfolk for New York, with a barge of lumber, stranded on Williams shoal, off Assa teague, Va., and is a total loss. Captain Taylor and his crew were rescued by the life-savers. Death Comes to Employes, Five men are dead as a result of acci dent in the Illinois Steel Company’s plant at South Chicago in twenty-four hours. One man was burned to death, another was struck and killed by a switch engine, a third was asphyxiated by coal gas and two others were crushed to death by falling steel flasks. Cnlbersou Attacks Bonaparte. Senator Culberson attacked Charles J. Bonaparte, the President’s nominee for Attorney General, as a defender of in dustrial combinations, because of a speech by him iu Chicago in 1899. and the confirmation of all the members of the new cabinet is held up. Two Die In Mine Explosion. In an explosion of gas in the Baltimore mine of the Parrish Coal Company, Wilkesbarre. Pa., two men were silled i tnd five injured. Five other men were j n that part of the mine where the expio j ;ion occurred, but they escaped. As yet ; t is not known what caused the accident. Ilullet* for Former Senator. Arthur M. Brown, a former United I •states Senator from l rah. is suffering i ,'rom what may prove fatal wounds after | wing found in a room in a Washington I hotel, where he had been shot twice in he abdomen, and Mr*. Anna M. Bradley , is being held by the police. Seven Lives Lost In Fire. Four students of Cornell university. w, H. V ago ) ind three firemen lost their lives in a fire vhich destroyed the Fiske-McGraw Man sion at Ithaca. N. \u<ed as the chapter louse of Chi Psi fraternity. Jumpa from Steamer. B. T. Beckwith, a resident of New I London. Conn., committed suicide by | m’-ipiiig overboard from the steamer Northwestern while the vessel was en •onto to Seattle. Jealousy is thought to have been the motive. Bank Teller Believed in Mexico. William C. Anderson, teller in the first National Bank of Kansas City, ; vho disappeared on Dec. 1. ;s believed ; |y the local police to have gone to Mex co. The bank officials say hfs shortage rill not exceed $9,000. Mght Fire* •'*< !<>’•►.OOO. Flames raged in three sections of Chi- Sgo the other night, causing a loss of iboat s<>oo,ooo and imperiling lives of . Krson# in the buildings attacked. Two hook and ladder trucks were wrecked In collisions with street cars, and firemen hurt. A boy was pushed into the river from the Van Buren street bridge while watching a disastrous blaze at Market and Van Buren streets and was drowned. Dozens of girls were rescued from a flaming building at 35tb and Morgan streets. SHAKEN BY EXPLOSION. Nitroglycerin Majraxlne* Blow L’p, Causing; Great Damgc. A tremendous explosion of nitrogly cerin at the magazines of the Aetna Pow der Company at Miller's Station, Ind., -terrified residents of towns for twenty five miles around. The shock wrecked buildings within a radius of three miles. The business portion of Hammond, Ind., was badly damaged. The damage to foun dations and water mains has not been estimated. Scenes at other towns were equally exciting. At Valparaiso, the seat of the Valparaiso Normal university, the students poured from their dormitories at the first shock. Many of them, it is reported, sprang from windows to the ground in their anxiety to escape before the buildings should fall. A number of injuries are reported to have been re ceived in this manner by the terror-strick en collegians. At Whiting, Ind., the thousands of employes in the refineries of the Standard Oil Company were panic stricken at the shaking of the ground and buildings and the crashing of window glass. Work on the improvements at Gary, the new city of the United States Steel Corporation, was stopped when the explosion was felt. The laborers were induced to resume only after the cause of the disturbance had been explained to them. The explosion was also distinctly felt at Tolleston, Hobart, East Chicago and other Indiana towns. MADE BAD BOY A GOOD ONE. What Snrgery Did for n Lad In One of Ihe New York School*. According to Dr. William 11. Maxwell, New York City superintendent of schools, and Dr. John J. Cronin, assistant chief medical inspector of the board of health, it has been demonstrated that surgery can transform a bad boy into a good one. This achievement, among others equally beneficial, was the result of an operation performed recently upon a pupil from a school on the lower east side, whose name is withheld. Primarily the operation was resorted to, not with the notion of im proving the lad’s moral character, hut for the removal of a physical defect. For a long time the boy, who is about 14 years old and the son of poor parents, had been incorrigible in and out of school. After the operation, which was for the removal of adenoids, there was a surprising change in the boy. He became more cheer ful, lost his surly manner, and, without threats or coercion, but merely in re sponse to a kindly suggestion, he stopped smoking cigarettes, a habit to which he had been addicted. He also developed a quickness of apprehension and a readi ness to study and is now considered a model pupil. GETS $60,000,000 A YEAR. Income of John D. Rockefeller I* E llmaletl ly Henry H. Roger*. From authority that should be abso lute, John D. Rockefeller’s income was told the other day for the first time au thentically. It will be $60,000,000 when the year 1900 closes. Henry 11. Rogers and John I). Archbold were talking with a prominent financier when the subject came up of how fast the oil king’s mill ions were piling on one another. Said Mr. Rogers: “I know for a.fact that Mr. Rockefeller’s income this year will be $60,000,000.” Mr. Archhold assented. Mr. Rockefeller’s income every day of the year is therefore $164,383.52. Every hour of the twenty four John D. Rocke feller is sure that $6,840.98 is accumu lating for him. This is sll4 a minute. 11 is fortune accumulates at the rate of $1.90 every time the clock ticks. FRISCO WORLD’S FAIR IN 1918. City to Celebrate Pacific’s Discovery an<l Punaniu Canal’* Opening. San Francisco proposes to have a world’s fair in 1913. The project was proposed shortly after the fire and is no longer an uncertainty. Fifteen citizens have formed a corporation to be known as the Pacific Ocean Exposition Com pany. which plans to give a mammoth fair in 1913 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Pa cific ocean by Balboa and the completion of the Panama anal. The joining of the two ideas by the promoters seemed espe cially appropriate since it was after crossing the isthmus that the navigator first looked upon the Pacific. The or ganization is capitalized at $5,000,000. SALTON SINK AGAIN FILLING. Colorado River Dreak* Bunk und Enornion* Lon* I* Feared. The entire Colorado river has found a channel around the Hind Dam and is flowing back into Salton Sink. Unless the flood can be stopped soon the main line of the Southern Pacific will have to be rebuilt for 200 miles on higher ground, and a thousand people in Salton Basin will lose their homes. Not less than $25,- (>OO,OOO depends upon the success of the effort to close the break. Ml** Anthony’* Home Burned. The Susan B. Anthony house was de stroy' i by fire in Adams. Mass., causing a los about $12,000. The woman suf frage leader lived for many years in this dwelling, part of which was built by her grandfather, Humphrey Anthony, about 100 years ago, and part by his rather-in law, Joshua Lapham, fifty years prior to that. Girl Die* a* Sleuth Knock*. Miss Ethel Ferver. 25 years old. com mitted suicide by shooting in her apart ments in Pittsburg as Detective George \V. Cole was seeking admittance to place her under arrest for forgeries aggregat ing $1,400 and the theft of diamonds worth SI,OOO from her employer. Arthur Span, a “beauty doctor.” Too Mneh Poison Save* Life. After taking enough corrosive sublimate to kill several hundred persons, Arthur Freeman of Comiollsville, Pa., will re cover. Freeman, while despondent, swal lowed so much of the poison that an im mediate nausea followed and he was re lieved of almost all the evil effects of the poison. Four Injured In Trolley Colll*ion. Four persons were injured in a collis ion between Mount Lebanon and Knox ville trolley cars at the south end of the Mount Washington tunnel, near Pitts burg. The accident was caused by slip pery rails. Woman Burn* Savlnm of Year*. Mrs. Loirta Johnson, who kept her husband a prisoner in their home for thirty-six house until the other day. during which time she burned $1,300, the i’.-.gs of years, .n a stove, has been ad judged insane. Mill Relieve Money Market. Secretary Shaw will reii ve the money market by depositing $10,000,000 of gov ernment funds in the depository national banks and buying $10,000,000 of the government 4 per cent bonds maturing in 1907. Kansan* Mu*t Burn Uorn. There is a coal famine in southwestern Kansas, with a cold wave sweeping over the section, and people gather in churches to economize corn fuel. < hir*Ko Strzniß Die*. I>r. Fernand Henrotin. one of the lead :ng physicians and surgeons of Chicago, died at his home. 353 LaSalle avenue, after an illness of less than a month. FRANCE IN TURMOIL. A BITTER CONFLICT BETWEEN STATE AND CHUPICH. New French Law, Under M’hiclp Church Property Ha* Been Coni** rated, Likely to Precipitate Civil War—Clerical* Pro*ecuted. Soldiers have been standing guard at the door of every Roman Catholic Church in France, outside of Paris, and have prevented the celebration of mass. Prosecutions have been begun against the ultramontane abbes of the churches of St. Pierre Du Gros Caillou, St. Au gustine. and St. Roeh, where the great est resistance to the taking of the in ventories occurred, and it has been de cided to immediately take over the buildings belonging to the ecclesiastics, stop the pensions of the clergy, com pel aspirants to the priesthood to ful fill their military obligations, and, if necessary, treat the clergy as subjects of a foreign power. A call is printed by La Croi. a Cath olic organ, to all men and youths who are loyal to their religion to attend services, defend the priest in charge, and prevent any hostile demonstrations. This is the answer of the church to the official instructions given to the police to allow “free thinkers” to start dem ■ -Wx POPE PIUS X. onstrations in favor of the separation law in churches. Pope Pius has direct ed the priests to stand firm and not to compromise with the government. “Martyrdom rather tliau surrender,” is the edict sent from the*Vatlcan. Eaeb side stands firm and declares there will be no yielding. The clergy are deter mined not to bend to the requirement of the separation law that they make the declaration under the public meet ing law of 1881. Value of French (Trarehe*. Under the new French law, which is the cause of the war between the state and the Vatican, church property valued at $200,000,000 lias been confiscated. For any other but religious uses, however, it has much less value. Recently an aban doned church which cost $20,000 was sold for $250, or the value of tie material after the cost of demolition. Many French Catholics feci that thej are simply being robbed of their prop erty, but state and church have been united for ages in that country and the titles to the real estate and buildings are by no means perfectly clear. Some of the land was originally set aside by the state and some of the churches were in part built by money raised by taxes. In different centuries the qnestioootof ownership has been disputed. .During the revolution of 17.89 every scrap of church property was taken by the state and the entire priesthood driven out of the country. In 1801 Napoleon made anew concordat, by which he did not restore title to the property, but gave an allowance of $8,000,000 a year to the church and permitted it to use churches, rectories and other buildings. The republican motto. “Liberty, equality and fraternity,” which the revolutionists put over the churches in token of own ership, was never taken down and to day still asserts the supremacy of the state. When the new law for the separation of church and state was passed it, was believed that title to all property should lie within the state, but that the churches could still be used for religious purposes, if “lay associations” or vestries be organ ized to manage the properties. This plan had to be abandoned when the Tope or dered the French hierarchy not to agree to the formation of “lay associations.” They have obeyed implicitly and so the national church of France of to-day has no organized body which the state recog nizes. The French ambassador to the Vatican was withdrawn some time ago. Told la a Few Line*. Harry S. Bell shot and killed William Roach, a bartender, at Steubenville. O. The executive committee of the* Nation al Editorial Association met at St. Louis in annual session. The crew of the barkentine Bonny Doon, that went ashore near Chatham, Mass., has been saved. The Democrats of Maine have gained control of the Portland city government for the first time since 1892. Genevieve Benedict, 15 years old. com mitted suicide by shooting at Bath. N. Y., because she lost her mother. A government force in Santo Domingo killed twelve of a party of insurgents at I’orto Plata and captured the remainder. R. L. Barrington was found dead on the floor of his office in the Century build ing. Newark, N. J. A revolver lay be side the body and a bullet had passed through the head. Barrington, it is said, bad been despondent for some time be cause of poor business. A contract has been entered between the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Vancouver Island Development Company to clear 150.001) acres of laud in the Es quimau and Nanaimo railway grant on Vancouver island, recently acquired by the railroad. The work will cost in the n* igbborhood of $15,000,000. The Missouri Supreme Court denied rehearings to William Spangh, Jr., and W. E. Church, both under sentence to be hanged ©n Jan. 10. The steamer Carlton (British), Cap tain Adams, from Norfolk for New Or leans. ran ashore in coming up the Mis sissippi during a dense fog. According to a statement of Jailer Fields at the Windham, Conn., county tail. Maoba Harberie. an Assyrian ped dler. who is held for trial at the next term of the Superior Court on the charge of murdering his wife, has confessed that hr gave his wife poison while she was under the influence of liquor. J. Howard Watson, editorial vrriter on the Seattle Time*, who was secretary to Gov. Henry Mcßride, died in Seattle following an operation for appendicitis. Three children of Titus Blessing and le n Keilani. aged 16. were drowned in Medimont lake at Wallace. Idaho, while skating. Several other children who fell into the water were rescued. United States Agent Dexter M. Rog ers of the national bureau of entomology has announced the discovery of a large number of gypsy moths in the State of Maine and has declared that th-' finding o? “this dangerous enemy of forest trees is full of grave significance in view of the large timber interests of that State.* HUNTING SEASON’S DEAD. Record Shown Seventy-four Prraom Were Killed During 1 ear. Seventy-four deaths and seventy per sons injured, some of them so seriously that death may result, is the record of fatalities for the hunting season through out the country. Northern Michigan and Wisconsin went ahead of the record for last year in deaths, twenty-eight being reported this season, against twenty-six for the previous one, but in the number of persons injured this year’s record falls far below that of the previous one, hav ing only twenty serious accidents which did not result in death. The larger part of the deaths were the result of acci dental discharges of shotguns, many of them occurring while the owners were cleaning the weapons. In many of these cases the victims were children. Many of the deaths were those of boys who were hunting, and the mistaken for deer reason accounted for a large number of others. Michigan leads the list in the number of dead and injured, with Wisconsin a close second, the former having fifteen deaths and the latter thirteen. Illinois had a total of eight deaths, three of the victims being Chicagoans, but there was not a large number of persons injured. Following is the list of killed and in jrred by States: Killed. Injured. California 1 Illinois 8 4 Indiana 2 Kansas 1 2 Maine 7 Michigan 15 l.t Minnesota 7 12 Montana 1 Massachusetts .‘5 New York 1 4 New Jersey 2 4 North Dakota 1 New Hampshire 1 Ohio 6 0 Pennsylvania 6 10 South Dakota • 1 Tennessee 1 2 Washington 1 Wisconsin 15 7 West Virginia 1 Virginia 1 Totals 74 70 WHEAT ACREAGE INCREASES. Government Report Indicate* Gain Over I.nst y ear's Area. The Department of Agriculture finds, from the reports of its correspondents and agents, in conjunction with informa tion derived from other sources, that the estimate made last December of the area sown to winter wheat in 1905 should have indicated 31,312,000 acres instead of 31,341,000 acres; also that last De cember’s estimate of the area sown to winter rye in 1905 should have indicated 2,100,000 acres instead of 1,129,000 acres. The corrected figures are used as bases in computing the area sown to each crop this fall. The newly seeded area of winter wheat is estimated as 1.1 per cent greater than the area sown in the fall of 1905. equiv alent to an increase of 353,000 acres and a total acreage of 31.005,000. The con dilion of winter wheat on Dec. 1 was 9-1.1. as compared with 94.1 on Dec. 1, 1905, 82.9 at the corresponding date in 1904 and a nine-year average of 92.9. The following table shows for each of the principal States the percentage of acreage sown to winter wheat this fall, the average condition on Doc. 1 and the mean of the December averages for nine years: Acreage com pared with Condition 9-yr. last year. Dec.l,’o6. av. Kansas 104 95 90 Indiana 117 95 91 Missouri 103 91 94 Nebraska 105 98 94 Illinois 115 94 94 Ohio 103 97 89 California 95 90 94 Pennsylvania ...... 100 08 05 Oklahoma 88 93 93 Texas 100 94 93 Michigan 8 89 88 If the foregoing initial report of the area and condition of the winter wheat crop is maintained to harvest the yield will be about oOG.G-tO.OOO bushels. r Fhe December, 1905, winter wheat promise was 499,000.000 bushels, or less than 8,0<X1,000 bushels less than that indicated in the present report. Belmont, Ohio, was wiped out almost completely by fire. Loss over SIOO,OOO. The reports of the illness of King Menelik of Abyssinia are reported un founded. W. E. Dodge is said to be the donor of SIOO,OOO for a lodging house for friend less boys in New York. Brig. Gen. Otis H. Marion died at his home in Allston, Mass., from pneumonia, a the age of 59 years. An earthquake shock lasting two sec onds was felt at Milazo, on the north coast of the island of Sicily. The Canadian government has decided to establish life-saving stations along the Prince Edward island coast. The safe in the postoffice at Oallman, Miss., was blown open and several hun dred dollars in cash and stamps taken. A Faris street car dashed into a wag on loaded with 67.000 eggs. The wagon driver was ha’f drowned in broken eggs. Thomas Stout, a negro, was hanged at Lexington, Ky., for the murder of Sam Lee, another negro, eighteen months ago. The long-s’finding coal strike in Al berta, Northwest Territory, is over, the operators and men having come to terms. The dreaded San Jose scale has been discovered in several fruit orchards in Massachusetts by Tree Warden Walker. Stewart M. Brice, son of the late Senator Calvin S. Brice, and Mrs. Cath erine Mount of Indianapolis were married in New York. Ethel Smith, the 15-year-old girl o’f Thornton. Ohio, who shot and killed El mer Briggs, will be tried on a charge of manslaughter. Robert. A. Ammon, convicted for con nection with 'he Franklin syndicate fraud ir. 1903. was released from Sing Sing prison Monday. James Donn?!l, Central American mer chant, who arrived in San Francisco re cently, brought the news of the complete destruction of the town of Tutupec, on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, during a ter rific hurricane a few weeks ago. Fifty lives were lost. The Spanish gunboat Alvarado, captur ed during the war with Spain, has been transferred to the naval militia of the Louisiana. Keel plates of another Dreadnought were laid at Portsmouth. England. The new battleship will be larger than the first Dreadnought. Fire in a Pi'tsburg automobile irarage caused a loss of about $25,000. The fire was started by the dropping of an incan aesent light bulb. Arthur May Knapp, editor of the 19 <*■ Advertiser of Yokohama, says J.v ,a looks upon the trouble in San Francisco as a local affair. Alfred G. Smith, secretary of the Ward line of steamers, denies a report that Charles W. Morse is negotiating for the purchase of :be line. Donato Milanetti of Midland. Ohio, fired two shots into his wife's breast, kill ing her instantly, and then shot himself twice. He is in a hospital. The annual report of the commissioner of internal revenue for the last fiscal year shows that Illinois ontributed more than one-fifth of the total revenue collected. Will Johnson, a negro of Atlanta. Ga„ has been found guilty of attacking Mrs. Georgia Hembree, a white woman, and has been sentenced to be hanged Jan. 1. WORK OF CONGRESS Resolutions were adopted by the Sen ate Thursday calling on the President and the Secretary of War for information as to the discharge of soldiers of the Twen ty-fifth infantry. Senator Morgan spoke for two hours on his resolution to secure the control of the Panama railroad by the isthmian commission, but no action was taken. The Bill of Mr. Littlefield of Maine, known as the anti-compulsory pilotage measure, removing discrimina tions against American sailing vessels in the coasting trade, was defeated in the House, 110 to 104, after a lon’ debate. The Senate was not in session Friday. The House received from committee the legislative, executive and judicial appro priation bill, which was made a special order for Monday, no day having been fixed for the vote. A bill which has the indorsement of labor as well as manufac turers generally, repealing that portion of the Wilson interstate commerce bill relat ing to convict made goods, and permitting the several States to legislate for them selves as to their competition with "free labor” made goods was passed. A bill also was passed creating a game preserve in the Olympic Mountains in Washing ton, Adjournment until Monday was taken. In the Senate on Monday more than a hundred pension bills were placed on the calendar with favorable reports; a reso lution was adopted calling for the record of the negro troops dismissed by the President, prior to the Brownsville, Tex as. affair; a few private relief bills were passed and the consideration of a child labor bill for the District of Columbia was begun. Consideration of the legisla tive, executive and judicial appropriation bill was begun in the House. Simplified spelling held attention for an hour or more, the paragraph in the bill fixing the orthographic standard in some recognized authority furnishing Mr. Clark of Mis souri, Mr. Gillett of Massachusetts and Mr. r -ivingston of Georgia an opportu nity to express themselves on the Presi dent’s order to the public printer relative to the modified spelling of 300 words in common use. Mr. Macon of Arkansas delivered a speech on “bucket-shop*” and in favor of his bill prohibiting gambling in agricultural commodities, and Mr. Sheppard of Texas criticised the manner in which appropriation bills are pre pared. The question of Senator Reed Smoot’s right to a seat ns United States Senator from Utah was discussed by Senator Bur rows for more than three hours in the Senate Tuesday. Senator Smoot occu pied his place in the chamber. No inter ruptions were made during the entire speech, which was an arraignment of Mormonism and the responsibility which e. i tat bed to Mr. Smoot for Mormon prin ciples. as a member of the apostolic body of the church. During the morning hour the Senate listened to the reading of President Roosevelt’s message on Porto Rico. In the House the legislative, ex ecutive and judicial appropriation bill afforded an opportunity for general de bate covering a wide range. Representa tive Boutell of Illinois, in speaking of the bestowal of the Nobel prize upon President Roosevelt, praised the Presi dent’s decision to use this prize in estab lisliing a fund for bringing about a friendly understanding between capital i.-ts and laborers as “nobly humanitarian and characteristic.” Representative Caines of Tennessee urged increases of salaries for members of Congress. Other speeches were by Representative Koifer of Ohio, against the reduction of the board of pension appeals; Underwood, Alabama, in behalf of good roads; Mur dock. Kansas, on railway mail pay; Rich ardson. Alabama, in behalf of an appro priation for cotton export: Perkins. New York, favoring an inheritance tax, and Dearmond, Missouri, in favor of anew constitutional convention. In the Senate Wednesday resolutions were agreed to calling upon the President for information regarding the seizure by Mexico of the fishing schooner Silas Stoarnes, and directing the Secretary of War to furnish information regarding al leged experience with cholera virus at Manila, resulting in ten or more deaths. Senator Raynor made a speech upholding states' rights doctrines, as involved in the Japanese question. The Senate in executive session ratified the Algeeiras treaty on Morocco after Democrats had compelled the adoption of a resolution disclaiming responsibility for the partici pation of the United States in the pro gram arranged by the conference as to the future of Morocco. The House took up the legislative, executive and judicial ap propriation bill h.v paragraphs and com pleted thirty-four pages of the bill be fore adjournment. An amendment wn* adopted instructing the public printer to use the orthography generally recognized by the standard dictionaries. National Capital Notes. Representative Gaines of Tennessee in troduced a bill to raise the salaries af members of Congress to $7,500. Representative Lacey of lowa introduc ed a bill in Congress for anew division of the southern judicial district of lowa to be known as the Ottumwa district. Harry St. Georgp Tuck, president of the Jamestown (Va.) Exposition Com pany, announced that he "would ask Con gress for a loan of $1,900,000 to be re paid out of gate receuprs of the exposi tion. An investigation of the alleged lumber trust by the Department of Commerce and Labor is asked in a joint resolution introduced in the Senate by Mr. Kittrcdgo of South Dakota. The Senate confirmed a large number of appointments to consular, postoffice and other positions, among them that of Herbert G. Squiers of New York to be minister to Panama. A rejiort made to Congress by the Gov ernor of New Mexico shows that 20.195 voters in that territory favored joint statehood in the recent election, while 14.735 voted against it. Secretary Shaw issued an open DtUr to bankers asking them to exchange idle $lO bills for one? and twos to help in relieving “the marked scarcity of small j bills noticeable everywhere.” The actual <*ot of producing class A ! armor plate is $295.85 a ton. according , to a report made to Congress by a board of officers named by th- Secretary of the j Navy to investigate the matter. Speaker Cannon announced the fol- j lowing committee appointments: Cole of Ohio, cotnmit'-e on agriculture: Bannon of Ohio, judb’aty; tfolnni* .f Indiana, industria’ ' ' nd exposiiions , :;•] revis ion of t * ws. It co ; $19.Gd4.749 to keep the ships of the navy in commission tinring the last fiscal year, according to the annual report of Paymaster General Harris. Ex penditures for building new ships were ( $31.7144.556 and for repairs $5,550,309. The Senate committee on foreign rela tions considered the Ala- iras treaty is reference to Morcrcan affairs and ordered that it be fav >r ■ r< ;.• !’>■*! o si ste. This action was taken, however, af ter a committee* cons*-ting ef Senators Spooner. Lodge and B;.<on ba*J bees tru ed to phrase a resolution which wontj declare that the United States had no in tention of int.-rferin? in the reguiatloa of European internal affairs. LEOPOLD AND HIS LOBBY. I BelKtan Kliir Said to Have In fluenced ( onarcNNionnl Action. Leopold 11., King of the Belgians, who is alleged to have maintained a lobby at Washington to prevent congressional ac tion touching atrocities in the Congo In dependent State, is noted alike for his wealth and his immoral conduct. He has ruled in Belgium since Dec. 10, 1865, and is now in his seventy-second year. The Congo Independent State is the successor to the Congo International Association, which was founded by Leopold in 1882, KING LEOPOLD. and which was recogn zed by treaties with most of the European nations and with the United States. Leopold has made a will bequeathing to Belgium all his sovereign rights in the State, and Belgium is given the right of annexing the State after a certain period of years. The region is controlled by a governor general, who represents Leopold, and who administers the territories of the State in accordance with his orders. The bar barous treatment of the natives has been the subject of European comment for years and some time ago a commission of inquiry was appointed, two of its members being Belgians, but no rejiort has been made. HEADS IMPORTANT COMMITTEE. lonan Who Aaauiues Place Made Va cant by Death of Hitt. Robert G. Cousins, who lias been ap pointed chaiiman of the House committee on foreign affairs, represents the Fifth lowa District and has been in Congress since 1893. He is a native lowan, hav ing been born in Cedar county in 1859. In 1881 he was graduated at Cornell, ROBERT G. COUSIN’S. lowa, was admitted to the bar the fol lowing year, anti has practiced his pro fession since that time. Mr. Cousins has served in the lowa Legislature and also has been prosecuting attorney. In ISSB he was elected a presidential elector. Ilis home is at Tipton. Mr. Cousins as sumes the position made vacant by the death of Robert Roberts llitt of Illinois. SPELLING IN THE MESSAGE. President Roosevelt t sod Only Six teen “Reformed"’ Words. In his message to Congress, the first since the adoption of the famous list of 300 words which the Reformed Spelling Committee adopted, President Roosevelt used only sixteen with the new spelling. They are as follows: Thruout for throughout. Program for programme. Thru for through. Tho for though. Wisht for wished. Unlookt for unlooked. Thoroly for thoroughly. Supprest for suppressed. Past for passed. Discust for discussed. Expreat for expressed. Altho for although. Stopt for stopped. Thoro for thorough. Thorogoing for thoroughgoing. Demagog for demagogue. WORLD WANTS AMERICAN WOOD Export* Increase S3 Per Cent During Nine Months of 1900. “Practically the whole world is asking for American wood and its products,” says the bureau of statistics of the De partment of Commerce and labor, in a statement recently issued. The exports of this character have increased 33 ier cent during the nine months of the pres ent year over last year. During this nine months the value of these exports was $59,000,000. This total is raised to $61,000,000 by adding shipments from American ports to contiguous territory. 1 Ten years ago the total value of exports of this class was $32,000,000. The hulk of the exports is classed as boards, deals, planks, joists and scantling, and the next largest is furniture. Intereatinte News Item*. Eight persons were killed and many buildings were leveled by a windstorm in Mississippi. The Cafe Martin in New York has offered Count Boni Castellnne the job of head waiter at SIO,OOO a year. With four exceptions, the Episcopal j clergy of the diocese of Nebraska have signed an agreement that they will not remarry any divorced person who ha? a divorced wife or husband still living the j divorce from whom was secured from cause arising after marriage. William D. Carver, aged 30 years, j Pittsburg, Pa., manager for McKeever Brothers, mine owners and developers of New York anel Chicago, killed himself at t his home. Clyde Eyster of Watsontown, Pa., tight operator at the West Shore rail- ; road station at West Point. N. Y. t was j murderously assaulted by a man who j evidently intended to rob the station. Chancellor E. Benjamin Andrew* of the University of Nebraska has ojiened j war'on tobacco •■hewers among the *tn- j dents, rad th." atened expulsion for those j found chewing and spitting in corridors and classrooms. The Attorney General of Texas at j Austin filed a motion in the District j Court asking that the Waters-Pierce Oil Company furnish proof regarding all pay- , ir : .*nts made to Senator J. W. Bailey for j services. At the opening session of the Amen- j can Federation of Labor at Minneapolis President Gompers said that rnough Con gressmen had been elected and pledged to the cause of labor to make it impossi ble for Congress to treat labor’s demands as they had in the past. Nevertheless, the opponent* of Gompers are criticising him severely because not a single mem ber who was on his blacklist was de feated. CHICAGO. Business generally exhibits no loss of strength, although the period has ar rived when a falling off in new de nn.nds is natural. That the volume of production and distribution sustains an unprecedented aggregate is affirmed by continued gains in freight earnings and by a total of bank exchanges this week establishing a higher record than any heretofore. Eastern demand for accommodation is repsonsible for the prevailing firm discount rate, but the return of currency from the interior so<m may make easier conditions in money. It is noted that local offerings of commercial paimr have moderated, indicating that financial requirements are mainly provided for unt*l the turn of the year. Some heavy consumers find it more difi’u tit to obtain necessary supplies and difficulties in transportation have extended, making deliveries within a reasonable time almost impossible. Railroad efforts to relieve the conges tion are handicapped by th* severe weather in some sections, yet it is seen that new equipment is coming forward more extensively and tends to make the outlook less discouraging to ship jiers. Retail activity is much stimulated by tbe presence of many visitors and the demand for seasonable and Christ mas goods steadily expands. Whole sale orders for spring lines compare fa vorably with those of this time last year, and country advices testify to an enhanced buying power and gratifying headway in sales of winter merchan dise. Manufacturing operations meet with no impediments, except such as arise from scarcity of labor and ma terials. Failures reported In the Chicago dis trict number twenty-six, against twen ty-two last week and thirty-four a year ago.—Dun’s Review of Trade. NEW YORK. Colder weather, combined with * tbe approach of the holidays, has greatly i stimulated retail trade at most points and the outlook favors a record break ing Christmas trade. The car shortage continues, though grain deliveries in the Northwest are freer, but on the whole tbe paucity of railway facilities | is seriously affecting many sections, > and in consequence some foundries in I tbe St. Louis and Cleveland districts ! have been compelled to dost*. Manu j facturers are busy the country over, the pressure being so great as to cause a considerable number of plants to work night and day. Labor still con tinues scarce, and wage advances are recorded generally, but the tendency to avoid higher wages seems to be un dergoing continuous expansion. Money is high in the cities where the demand is extensive, but most interior towns appear to be plentifully supplied, lienee country bankers are seeking commer cial paper.—Bradstreet's Mercantile Report. Chicago—Cattle, common to prune. $4.00 to $7.50; hogs, prime heavy, $4.00 to $0.42; sheep, fair to choice, $3.00 to $5.50; wheat, No. 2,73 cto 74c; corn, No. 2,43 cto 45c; oats, standard, 32c to 34e; rye. No. 2. 05c to 68c; hay, tiino ' thy, $13.00 to $19.00; prairie, $9.00 to $10.00; butter, choice creamery, 24c to 31c; eggs, fresh, 29c to 30c; potatoes, 35c to 43c. Indianapolis—Cattle, shipping. $3.00 to $7.00; hogs, choice heavy, $4.00 to $0.40; sheep, common to prime. $2.50 to $4.50; wheat, No. 2. 73c to 75c; corn. No. 2 white, 43c to 44c; oats, No. 2 white, 33c to 35c. St. Louis—Cattle, $4.50 to $7.00; hogs, $4.00 to $0.40; sheep, $3.50 to $5.40; wheat, No. 2. 75c to 70c; corn, No. 2,42 cto 43c; oats, No. 2,33 cto 34c; rye. No. 2. 01c to 03c. Cincinnati Cattle, $4.00 to $5.80; hogs. $4.00 to $0.40; sheep, $3.00 to $4.50; wheat, No. 2,75 cto 70c; corn No. 2 mixed, 42c to 4P; oats, No. 2 mixed, 35c to 37c; rye, No. 2,70 cto 72c, Detroit —Cattle, $4.00 to $5.00; hogs, $4.00 to $0.12; sheep. $2.50 to $5.00; wheat. No. 2, 7tlc to 78c; corn. No. 3 yellow. 45c to 46c; oats. No. 3 white, 35c to 37c; rye, No. 2,09 cto 70c. Milwaukee —Wheat, No. 2 northern, 77c to 81c; corn, No. 3,42 cto 43c; oals, standard, 33c to 35c; rye, No. 1, 07c to 09c; barley, standard. 54c to 55c; pork mess, $15.90. Buffalo—Cattle, choice shipping steers, $4.00 to $0.25; hogs, fair to choice, $4.00 to $0.00; sheep, common to good mixed, $4.00 to $5.75; lambs, fair to choice, $5.00 to $7.80. Toledo—Wheat, No. 2 mixed, 74c to 70c; corn. No. 2 mixed, 42c to 43c; oats. No. 2 mixed, 34c to 35c; rye. No. 2,65 cto 07c- clover seed, prime, $8.25. New York Cattle, $4.00 to $0.25; hogs, $4 .00 to $0.75; sheep, $3.00 to $5.50; wimat. No. 2 red, 78c to 80c; i-orn. No. 2. 51c to 52c; oats, natural white. 39c to 10c: butter, creamer* 25c to 32c; eggs, western, 30c to 35c. All A round the Ololie. The Wade Hampton statu** at Colum bia, S. C., was unveiled in the presence cf a vast throng. Knights Templar of Mexico City ex pect to be represented in tbe triennial conclave at Saratoga, N. Y„ next July. The Spanish cabinet reaffirmed the de cision of th** preceding ministry that Spain shall participate in the Jamestown exposition. A heavy pall of smoke ?o darkened St. I,ouis up to 10 a. m. the other day that Jights had to be turned ori in store* and street*. Five men were injured, two seriooely, by the collapse of a scaffolding on the seven-story Arnstein building now under construction at Knoxville, Tenn. Patrick 11. Keenan, dean of the Tam many district leaders, veteran of the old Croker and County Democracy days in New York, has retired from polities. Tbe National Grang<* convention at Itenver appointed a special • emmittee of five members to consider the question of creating a life insurance system in the organization. , A coroner’s jury exonerated Clinton C. Clarke, a sailor on the United State* bat tleship Indiana, from all connection with th** death of Mrs. Mary Kierran, who was found If ng dead at his side in Riverside I’ark, N. Y. The coroner's jury in the case* of Will Harris, the negro who was shot to death by a posse at Asheville, N. after kill ing thr**e men, returned a verdict prais ing highly tbe “public-spirited citizeaa” who slew the black.