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E. B. THAYER, Publisher. WAUSAU,. - * WISCONSIN, e LTrrrrr?""— “fray ends wedding. Knl veil and Beer Bottles as Weapon in Nuptial Brawl. Four men were probably fatally wound ed, fifteen others, including a policeman, were severely cut and several more slight ly injured in a riot between two factions of I’olish celebrators at wedding festivi ties at 3 a. m. the other day in Chicago. The fray marked the end of a celebration in the saloon and dance hall of Joseph Kuta, 73 Front street. The participants •were in attendance on the nuptial cere monies of Leo Chasski, 21 years old. and Mary Wadya, 11J years old. Intermittent fighting was started at midnight and cul minated in a terrific battle, in which knives, beer bottl a s, chairs and tables were used. The conflict had its origin in an old controversy between two Polish factions, and arguments between individ uals finally led to the free-for-all fighting. Four men were slashed on the face and body until they fell unconscious from loss of blood. One of them was the bride's brother. Policeman John McDonough, who was detailed at the hall, was cut on the hands and his uniform was ripped to pieces. Other policemen were slightly in jured but succeeded in arresting twenty of the combatants. The police say the battle was the worst they have ever had to contend with at a celebration by the foreign element. TALKS BURGLAR TO SURRENDER Philadelphia Woman"* l.onu Cuiiver mttion Drives Him <o Desperation. Burglars have been thrown out. shot out and knocked out, but rarely, if evei before, has one been talked out, as hap pened in Philadelphia to a young intrud er. The scene was. the house of Dr. Italph Deming of 312 South Fifteenlh street. The besiegers of the burglar were Mrs. Deming and Miss Minnie Taylor. Miss Taylor said: “Mrs. Deming and I went to the library after dinner for a long confidential chat. We talked until 8 o'clock, when a rough head appeax-ed from behind a desk and said: ‘Say. ladies, what are you going to do with me? Pinch me? Den call de cops. I’ve stood dis for tree hours, and I’m all in.’ W ell. he was too nice to send to jail, and we just stood him up in the cornel' and gave him a good talking to. then inarched him downstairs and out the door.’’ ROAD CUTS PAY OF KEY MEN. Action of Northern Paelflc May Brins Strike of Telegraphers. The Northern Pacific railroad has an nounced a reduction in pay of all teleg raphers, to take effect March -4, when the new nine-hour law becomes operative. This announcement has been nado undet cover to the operators, who are now vot ing on the question of its acceptance, with the probability of its rejection and a gen eral strike on the Northern Pacific sys tem. The reduction is from s.l to $lO a month. Stoeasel Asks n CmII Portion. Lieut. (Jen. Stoes.-l, who on Feb. 20 was condemned to death for the surren der of Port Arthur fortress to the Japan ese. has petitioned Emperor Nicholas for a full pardon. The court recommended that the death sentence be commuted to ten years’ imprisonment in a fortress and that the general be excluded from the ser vice. Stir aeon Works in Opera Box. A surgical operation was performed in one of the boxes of the Metropolitan opera house. New York, the other night, while a concert was going on. John AVeber, a hat manufacturer, fell on the lavement as he was entering the house, breaking his wrist. A doctor, who was called, used the l>ox as an operating room to set the broken bone. Robbed in a Turnstile. Mrs. Mary F. Johnston was robbed of her hand hag containing papers, keys and 922 as she was going through the turnstile at a station of the Northwestern elevated railroad in Chicago. A boy. apparently 15 years old. snatched the hag just as Mrs. Johnston was locked in the stile and could not turn hack. The hoy escaped. Tbief Sliot by Victim. A self-confessed highwayman was shot and mortally wounded by Frank Vavroch on Forty-third avenue, Chicago, after lit had been assaulted by the robber. The attack was made at the entrance of the Metropolitan elevated station. The thief gave the name of Herman Keeker. Hnrden to Grandson; End* Life. Mrs. Augusta Strey. 73 years old. com mitted suicide in Cleveland by setting fire to her clothing. She considered herself a burden upon her grandson, with whom she was living. il.vi.oon Depend* on Antopwy. Walter S. Haines of Chicago was chos en to conduct the autopsy to ascertain the cause of the death of Mrs. Helen Horn in Lincoln. Neb. Property worth $50,000 it involved in n sensational will contest. John \. I.ton Set Free. John A. Linn, former of the Su perior and Circuit courts in Chicago, con victed of embezzlement, has beou paroled from the Joliet penitentiary, the pardon board deciding he is mentally deranged. First Train Tbrongh Tunnel. At the signal from President Roosevelt, the first train was sent through the new S6O 900,600 tunnel under the Hudson river between New York and Hoboken on Monday. SlornKt-l Haa \nl Sympathy. Gen. Xogi, commander of the Japanese forces that captured Fort Arthur, ex pressed his sympathy for his defeated enemy in a brief cablegram received in Cincinnati Monday. Arrested Woman Trie* to Burn Self. Despondent at being arrested. Daisy YMmont set her clothes on fire in a Chi cago police station. She was burned about the head, hands and arms, and 'ter hair and eyebrows were burned off. She was taken to the county hospital in a critical coudition. t1.t0.000 Vuto Factory Fire. Fire of unknown origin broke out in the i hint of the Stoddard Dayton auto tnobi.e factory in Dayton. Ohio, the sec ond largest in the country, and swept throt.gh the plant. The loss will be sloo.ttXl Ten newly finished automobiles, valued at fd.ooo each, were consumed. Frost Kills Forty Fruit. Early fruits and vegetables have been imaged by the cold wave. Reports from southern Mississippi and Louisiana are that strawberries, which are in bloom, have been injured, and that lettuce, rad ishes and icas have suffered. Mine Fxplosion Kills Fourteen. Fourteen miners lost their lives through au explosion in the Glebe pit in the vil lage of Washington. Kngland. Fifteen o>cu wore in the mine at the time of the accident and only one escaped. Shortly before the explosion 500 miners ascended from the pit. _ American Sculptress Pasacs I'VIT. Miss Harriet Hosmer, whose wo. k as a sculptress is well known in Europe and the I’nited States, died Friday at her bome in Watci town. Mass. She was born ic. Watertown Oct. f>. IS3O, act! early displayed a taste for art. NOT EAGER FOR LAW’S REPEAL. South Dakota Divorce Mill Brins* in 95,000,000. In the arinual report of the bureau of vita! statistics is made plain the reason why South Dakota does not want to give up the divorce business. The bureau’s report shows that during the year 1907 a total of 552 divorces were granted in the State, of which 320 were to non-res idents, and it was a dull year in the di vorce market, too. The average spent by seekers for divorce during their six months’ residence in South Dakota i9 not less than S2OO a month and probably much higher, but estimating the average cost of a Dakota divorce, including the expenses of setting up a residence, pay ment of attorney and court costs at sl.- 500, the State of South Dakota last year took in $480,000 for granting the 320 di voreps to non-residents. While 1907 was decidedly bearish in the divorce trade, owing to the agitation in the State for repeal of the law, if the income for the last year is taken as an average, South Dakota has realized $5,000,000 from her divorce mill in the last decade. This really is a low estimate, for most of those who come to South Dakota to be freed of chafing matrimonial ties are lib eral spenders of money. Merchants send special orders for high-grade goods in an ticipation of the divorce patronage, hotels fit up whole suites of rooms in the best of trappings to make the sojourn pleas ant, while it is a regular business to fur nish houses and rent them to unhappy wives for from $73 to SIOO a month. LINCOLN CENTENARY BODY Citizen* Meet and Make Plan* lor Blk National Celebration. Business and professional men in Chi cago who are planning a celebration of national scope for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Araham Lincoln on Feb. 12, 1909, have formally organized the Lincoln Centenary Association. Medill McCormick was chosen chairman and Fred \V. Upham secretary. The chair man was authorized to appoint a commit tee of seven to enlarge the plans of organ ization. The association will be incorpo rated, after which the membership will be extended on a large scale, it was an nounced. A million dollars will be sought to erect a great memorial building in Lin coln’s honor to be used as a national tem ple of patriotism, after the style of Al bert Memorial Ilall, London. A pilgrim tge to Springfield was also planned as one of the features. It is proposed to devote a week to the Lincoln centenary, begin ning with appropriate services at the churches of every creed. DIAMONDS FOUND IN ARKANSAS. Expert Tell* Mining Engineer Field Compare* with South Africa. That real diamonds have been found in Arkansas was the statement made in a paper read by George F. Kuna of New York, one of the foremost American ex perts on precious stones, before the Amer ican Institute of Mining Engineers in New York. Mr. Kuuz stated that about 140 diamonds had been found near Mur freesboro, Ark., and that they were with out doubt the genuine product of the country. lie said: “From the 200 carats available for examination, it appears that the Arkansas area compares favorably with the most of those in South Africa. Their average size is fairly good, though so far none larger than six and five tenths carats has been found. There is a large proportion of white stones, for the most part of a high grade in brilliancy and freedom from flaws. Some of the yellow ones are of exceptional quality. MAY SUBMIT LAWS TO VOTERS. Michiftan Constitutional Convention Give* People Voice in Legislation. The Michigan constitutional convention has finished its work on the draft of a new constitution. Through the postmas ters in the State 300JXK) copies of the document, together with an explanatory address, are to be distributed among the voters At the last minute the conven tion, which had already adopted a plan for tin initiation of constitutional amend ments by petition of the voters and the submission to a popnlnr vote, adopted a plan providing that the legislature may submit any act passed and signed by the governor to the electors and t.'iat when so submitted it shall not become a law until so ratified. AVnnt to Cut Santa Fe Wnwe*. The Santa Fe Hoad has instituted a retrenchment policy whicl immediately stops extensions, improvements and con struction work aggregating $1,000,000 on its gulf and southwestern lines. The higher officials of the Santa Fe are clam oring for a 10 per cent cut in wages on the gulf division, which does not meet with approval of the officials in charge of the gulf lines. Twenty-Eluhl Die In Dynamite Blast With a force that snook the entire bay region like an earthquake, the packing house of the Hercules Powder Works at Pinole, fourteen miles north of Berkeley, Cal., blew up at 4 o'clock Thursday after noon and in the explosion four white men and twenty-four Chinamen wera killed. Ten tons of dynamite went up in the blast, shattering the sheds to dust and splinters. t'ldcago Limited Train Ditched. The Jacksonville and Chicago limited, on the Southern railway, was derailed about five and a half miles south of Flo- j villa. Ga. The engine, aiso the baggage, mail and combination cars and one Pull man. went into the ditch. Four mail clerks were seriously though not fatally injured. None of the passengers was hurt. Anarchtat Kill* Denver Vrleat. While administering communion during mass at Denver, Father Leo Heinrichs, Roman Catholic priest, was shot by an Italian anarchist. The assassin was over powered after a desperate struggle in the church. Couple Killed In Carriage. George Mattck and bis wife wore in stantly killed at Urbana. Ohio, when their closely curtained carriage was struck by an Erie passenger train at a grade cross ing. Their 10-year-old daughter was probably fatally injured. Senator Latimer Dead. Senator I.atiuier of South Carolina died Thursday. l!e had been in a crit ical condition for several days, but a change for the better had ern'ottraged his friends to believe he bad a chance to re cover. Man Found Dead in Pasture. George Vangingle was found in a pas ture Near Ankeny, La„ dead from a gun shot wound in the head. The gun was found nearby with both barrels dis charged. Medal* for Bishop*. Representative Foss introduced a bill to pJhvide goid medals for Bishops Fowler and Hartzcll. v ho saved lives in 1860 and 1864. Ten Die in Reltjcloan Riot. Ten persons were killed and a score or more wounded, including several ecclesias tics, as a result of a riot in the main street of Teheran, during the passage of a r-.-ligions procession celebrating the Mo hammedan Muharran religious festival, held during the first month of the Mo hammedan year. Waaonltrnil of Merrymaker* Struck. Six persons were killed and three in jured when an Ontario and Western ex press train hit a wagon load of merry makers at a cr.issittg near Spring V -!'v. N. Y. GAGE IS FLUNG DOWN. Gigantic National Federation Form ing to Champion Llqnor Intercut*. Battle is to be offered prohibition in every city, town and county of the Uni ted States through the medium of a vast national federation, with executive head quarters in Chicago, and composed of every association connected directly or in directly with the liquor trade. This was the formal announcement made by John A. McDermott, manager of the organiza tion bureau of the project. Arrange ments for the liquor interests and allied trades and societies to join hands in a stupendous campaign against prohibition have been under way for several months, but it has not been felt that the time was ripe for a public announcement of what, it is declared, will be the most re markable fight yet undertaken in this country by a single industry. The gen eral plans have now been formulated, however, and accordingly have been made public. It is estimated that the organiza tions which will give active aid to the central executive committee will have a total membership of 1,200,000 voters, representing 7,000,000 persons. It is es timated by the liquor trade that the in vestment represented by the federation will be approximately $3,350,000,000. This figure leaves out of consideration the ho tels. PLUNDER IN PRISONER’S ROOM, PostolPoe Fraud* and Burglaries May Bo Proved by Kind* Government inspectors located at the Hotel Essex in Boston a quantity of loot in the room formerly occupied by James A. Baker, the alleged postoflice robber, who was arrested in New York after de tectives had chased him across the coun try. I’ostoffiee Inspectors Kinkaid of New York and C. N. Perkins of Brock ton, with D. Miles Itigon. chief of the secret service of the Pennsylvania rail road, searched Baker’s room. They found a suit case nearly filled with postal money order blanks from various places, some partly filled out, a number of tickets on western railroads, several hundred dol lars’ worth of mileage books and a quan tity of wearing apparel. This discovery, the inspectors believe, will furnish evi dence connecting Baker with a series of pcstoffice frauds, burglaries and robberies, stretching from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic. ROBBERS STAY TO COOK MEAL. Spend Four Hour* in House with Family Securely Bound. Two daring robbers took possession of the home of Irwin Brooks, aged 65 years, a wealthy farmer living one mile from Bethel, Kan., for four hours the other night, while the members of the family were bound and kept prisoners in bed. When Brooks resisted the entrance of the robbers he was shot in the hand. The robbers then tied his hands and feet and placed him in bed. Mrs. Brooks and two daughters, Emma, aged 22. and Eva. aged 17 years, were similarly bound and jilaced in bed. The robbers ransacked the house, securing SSO. They then prepared a meal for themselves and leisurely ate it. The robbers released the oldest Brooks girl for a time while she quieted her baby, which had begun to cry. After the rob bers left the girls succeeded in icleasing themselves and tlvir parents and notifi.d the sheriff, but the robbers escaped. KILLED BY CHLOROFORM. Two Women mid Child Are Found Dead at Denver. With sponges soaked in chloroform and tied over their mouths and noses the bodies of Mrs. Mary E. Nixon, aged 00; her daughter, Mrs. E. N. Canter, aged 35, and the 12-year-old son of the latter were found in the cottage which had been their home in Denver, Colo. Mrs. Canter is known to have been mentally deranged and the police believe she induced her mother to commit suicide with her or that she chloroformed both her son and mother before administering the drug to herself. The three had been dead a' week when their bodies were discovered by nighbor3. FALLS IN 90-FOOT WELL. Canine’* Antic* Lend to Re*ene ot a Nimrod in Peril of Death. Byron McNenlly. after fifty-two hours in an old well near Louisville, was saved py the persistence of his dog. While hunting rabbits McNeally dropped through the brush covering of a disused well ninety feet deep. The dog's antics finally attracted attention, after a fruit less search, and the animal was followed to the well. A mirror's reflection revealed the huntsman at the bottom. Aged Veteran of Army Stricken. Brig. (Jen. Rufus Saxton, U. S. A., retired, dropped dead in Washington of heart disease. He entered the army from Massachusetts in 1855 as a first lieuten ant of the Third artillery; received a congressional me al for bravery in the defense of Harper's Ferry and was re tired April 23, 1004. Gen. Saxton was 84 years old. Graft Scandal In Columbus. Jefferson A. Gunnel t. foreman of a city steam roller crew, was arrested in Co lumbus, Ohio, on the affidavit of John A. Porter, charging him with selling fifty bags of cement belonging to the city. Gun nett denies he has done wrong. Rumors of a big scandal in city affairs are rife. Woman Killed In Trolley Wreck. Rose Clancey of Cambridge. Ohio, was killed and fifteen persons injured, five it is thought fatally, in a wreck on the Byes ville interurban line near Cambridge. Among the injured were Motorinan Allis sion. Conductor MoCullen and Catherine Clancy, a sister of Rose. Gould Drain Rail Ranor. Reports which have been circulated in the west for several days to the effect that a receivership was about to be asked for the Missouri Pacific railroad were given positive denial in New York by George J. Gould, president of the road. Invalid 1* Burned to Death. Wanlie Ilanahnn. 20 years old. an in valid. was bitrnetl to death in the home of his mother in Kansas City, Kan. His clothing caught tire from au overheated stove. "Black Hand’* la Active. Murder of a wealthy wine importer and threats to blow ip the federal naval mag azine on lona Isk nd are the latest activi ties of the “Black Hand,” which is ter rorizing New York. Supreme Four- Uphold* Rate Law. The United States Supreme Court has upheld the rate law. and decided that the Great Northern railway officials must pay theif fine*. Teu-Hour Day for Women. The Supreme Court has rendered a de cision holding valid the law which pre vents a work day of more than ten hours for women. Fdison I ndcr Suraeou'* Knife. Thomas A. Edison, the inventor, is a patient at the Manhattan Eye. Ear and Throat hospital iu New York, where he underwent au operation intended to re lieve hitn of an abscess in the left ear. Cnless complications develop a prompt re covery is anticipated. Brother* Killed by Train. Samuel O. Sheppard of West Day, N. Y. and his brother. Delbert Sheppard of Woodbine. lowa, were struck by a Dela ware and Hudson passenger train near Corinth, N. Y. Both were instantly killed 1 H3g?l OHIO VALLEY FLOOD CAUSES BIG DAMAGE Rise of Several Rivers Is Reported to Be the Highest in Many Years. SUFFERERS FLEE TO THE HILLS. Boat Invades Flooded Cornfield to Save Farmers and Stock—Sick ness Follows Privation. The flood throughout the Ohio val ley, caused by heavy rains and melting snows, is reported to he the highest since 1870. Lives have been lost, homes, bridges and fences swept away, and crops and roads ruined. Hun dreds of families have been flood bound In the overflowed areas. The Monongahela. Allegheny. Ohio, Wabash and smaller streams have all contributed to the destruction which has moved down the Mississippi to ward the Gulf of Mexico. Pittsburg, perhaps, has been the greatest sufferer from the flood which has been sweeping down the Ohio val ley. Any one acquainted with the lo cation of the Smoky City knows why Pittsburg is annually, and sometimes several times a year, a victim of high water. The Monongahela and Alle gheny rivers, uniting to form the Ohio, each flows through a narrow ravine and when the waters of the moun tains and highlands come down in un usual quantities, owing to prolonged thaws or persistent rains, the flood of necessity must overflow the narrow point between the ravines, thus inun dating more or less of the city. In the vicinity of the junction of the Ohio and Wabash rivers flood suffer ers abandoned their homes to the rag ing waters and fled to the hills. Here they have been quartered in huts, sheds and deserted buildings and as a result of the exposure and privation pneumonia has become prevalent. People along the lower Ohio River have prepared for the siege in store for them. Nearly a hundred families on the Indiana side, opposite Union town, Onio, were removed. The big Ohio River steamer City of Spottsville cut across a cornfield and brought out several families, with 200 hogs, eighty mules and fifty cattle. The rescued flood victims had spent two nights in terror and fought incessantly to keep their stock from drowning. Residents at Shawneetown, 111., are apprehensive, as the levee has been weakened by the excessive rain and the three Hoods of last year. A constant watch is being kept of weak places. The Evansville and Terre Haute Railway Compa.ir has been anxious about the safety of its embankment which parallels White River, and thou sands of bags tilled with sand have been placed to strengthen it This place is now known as the “Black Hole’’ be cause of the disappearance a train FLOOD RAVAGES PITTSBURG AND HUNDREDS ARE MADE HOMELESS BY SWELLING WATERS. This picture of the February flood, which threw 20,000 people out of work pnd rendered thousands homeless in Pittsburg alone, shows the scene at the river’s worst stage. On the right is the N rth Side B. *O. station. On the left is a coal tipple wrecked by ice and carried down the middle of the stream. A wrecked houseboat is shown in the ice floe. some years ago. All efforts to fill this hole have been futile. Asa result of the heavy snowstorm throughout the Middle West, railway traffic has been greatly impeded and telegraph and telephone service crip pled. Dispatches tell of several trains being snow-bound for many hours. The area of the storm is large, extending from Texas to the northern boundary of the country, and east from Denver to New York. In several sections the snow is more than a foot deep on the level. Stock is reported suffering in the Western States and the loss is ex pected to be heavy. Drifts have made travel over country roads in wagons impossible in many places. IMMIGRANTS SHOW DECREASE. Greatest Falling Off in Percentage Is Shown by Japanese. At the Cabinet meeting Wednesday Secretary Straus of the Department of Commerce and. Labor laid before the President some significant figures as to immigration and emigration. The fig ures show that for January there was a large decrease in Japanese arriving in the United States. The total arrix als for both the mainland and Hawaii were 971, as compared with 5,000 for January. 1907. As to the immig-f’atioa from other countries, the total for January was, in round figures, 2.700. as compared with 5,400 in January one year ago. For the months of July, August, September and October the total immigration was 463.- 000. while the emigration for the same period was 190,000. Belmont’* Daughter Suffocated. Mrs. William F. Burden, daughter of O. 11. P- Belmont, was found dead in bed in her New York home, having been killed by escaping gas. lee Trait to Be Probed. Gov. Hughes of New York has desig nated Attorney General Jackson as spe cial attorney to take up the prosecution of the American Ice Company, commonly known as the “ice trust.” as a monopoly in restraint of trade, thus displacing Dis trict Attorney Jerome, who has neglected to commence the prosecution. It is ex pected that action will be taken immedi ately. - In an interview at Jackson. Mich., Les lie M. Shaw said be wonld like to see J. Pierpont Morgan President of the United States. THE WEATHER THAT’S PROMISED AND THE WEATHER WE GET. Fair and Mild. Cold Wave. Warmer Weather. Rain and Warmer. Snow and Colder. Hot and Sultry. JACKIES AS TARGETS. Remarkable Test to Be Made by Navy Department. The Navy Department has under con sideration the most startling tests of the penetrating power of shells, dan ger to life, and the resisting power of armor that ever has been tried in any navy. The proposition is to have tne monitor Arkansas fire a 12-inch shell weighing 830 pounds from a 00-ton gun a distance of two miles and have it strike the turret of a sister ship, the Florida, which is being placed in read iness for the trial. The astounding part of the test is the proposition to have in the turret of the Florida at the time of the impact the full turret complement of twelve men. All paper figures, all statistics so far as weight of metal thrown, heat generated by impact, resisting power of armor, and other details would indi cate that the men in the turret would come out unscathed except for the shock. Of course, there is no record in existence of a monitor, the turret protected by an 11-ineh armor belt, be ing struck plump by 13-inch shells of 850 pounds weight. All figures are purely theoretical. The possibility of missing is indefi nitely small. All shots are now fired from a geometrical deduction and with machine precision. The shell will doubtless land just where aimed for, and then if the theory of the naval experts holds good, it will be deflected and the turret left uninjured. Naval attaches from all parts of the world are anxiously scrambling for an opportunity to witness it. but the de partment has declined all applications; in fact, it is said the test will be made far out at sea. so that observations and deduction by foreign powers cannot lie made. The chiefs in charge of the work to le performed by these two monitors have been instructed by the Board of Officers in charge of the ex periment to say nothing to the press, and the result is to be kept solely for the information of the United States navy. No Demand for Locomotive*. The Cooke and Rogers branches of the American Locomotive Works at Paterson. N. J., have recently laid off several hun dred more men, so that of the 5,000 or dinarily employed at these plants, only half arc now working, and these are mainly engaged in making repairs to old locomotives. The reason given at both shops is that no orders for new locomo tives are coming in, either from domestic or foreign railroads. The proceedings of the government looking to the dissolution of the Standard Oil Company were continued before Judge Ferriss at St. Louis. E. Dana Durand testified that in the case of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad shipments of oil were way billed at 11 cents per hun dred pounds, while part of such shipments were carried at 8% cents per hundred, and part at 0 cents per hundred. All of the testimony brought out by Mr. Kellogg, counsel for the government, was designed to show that the Standard was enabled to obtain a monopoly of the petroleum business through a system of secret re bates paid by the railroads. The indictment of 123 counts returned last month by the grand jury at Salem, Mass., against Speaker Cole of the House of Representatives has been quashed by Chief Justice Aiken of the Superior Court. Mr. Cole was charged with a so licitation of reduced railroad fares for school children, and this action by the court is regarded by his attorneys as a complete vindication of his course. In Berlin the jiu jistu. the Japanese method of wrestling, is to be introduced into all the military and naval gymnasia of Germany at the express command of the Emperor. STOESSEL FOUND GUILTY Sentenced to Die for Surrender of Port Arthur, but Imprisonment Is Recommended. HELD COWARD AND TRAITOR. General Fock Reprimanded and Smirnoff and Reiss Acquitted After Trial. At St. Petersburg Lieutenant General Stoessel was condemned to death by a military court for the surrender of Port Arthur to the Japanese. General Fock. who commanded the Fourth East Siberian division of Port Arthur, was ordered reprimanded for a disciplinary offense which was not connected with the surrender, and General Smirnoff, acting commander of the fortress, and Major General Reiss, chief of staff to General Stoessel, were acquitted of the charges against them for lack of proof. The court recommended that the death sentence upon Lieutenant General Stoessel he commuted to ten years’ im prisonment in a fortress and that he be excluded from the service. For his services in the campaign against the Boxers in 1900 Stoessel was made a lieutenant general and sta tioned at Port Arthur, where he began strengthening the works, little dream ing at the time that he would be called upon to defend the place against the as saults of the Japanese. In February, 1904, when the war brok out, Port Arthur became the center of the con flict. Cut off by land and sea, Stoessel and bis men held out for nearly two years before he was compelled to sur render. At first lie was given great praise by the Russians. Emperor Nich olas conferred upon him the title of aid-de-camp to the Czar and the Ger man Emperor gave him an order. Then his critics became busy and a commis sion appointed to investigate the sur render recommended that Stoessel be dismissed from the army and shot. His trial followed. General Stoessel’s sen tence. which is “without the loss of rights or honor,’’ Is generally regarded as intended to satisfy public opinion. It is expected he will be pardoned after a brief imprisonment. CURRENT NEWS NOTES. Mark Twain has returned from Ber muda, benefited in health. A block of business houses at Tarpon Springs. Fla., was destroyed by fire, causing a loss of $50,000. Death or life imprisonment for confirm ed criminals is faxored by ex-Judge Chas. S. Whitman of New' York. At the annual convention of the Na tional Fanners’ Association at Cincinnati it was decided to hold next year's conven tion in Chicago in connection with a huge exhibition of canned goods at the Coli seum. Samuel Gompers told labor delegates who met in Washington. D. C., to organ ize a department of building trades, that any proposal to cut wages wonld be re sisted. The entire business section of William son, W. V*., was threatened with de struction from a fire that started in the Moose hotel. Beside the hotel, the Wil liamson Bank building and five residences were destroyed. Loss $70,000. Memorial services in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Denis Joseph Stafford, pastor of SL Patrick’s church in Washington, D. C., were held in that city. Addresses were made by Vice President Fairbanks. Senator Beveridge of Indiana and other*. WASHINGTON’S HEIRS. Discovery of Ohio Property Brings 5,000 of Them to Light. Over 5,000 heirs-at-law of George Washington, father of his country, yet a childless man, have recently been found in different parts of the United States through the recent discovery that there is a large tract of land in Ohio which belongs to the first Presi dent of the United States, having been deeded to him many years ago. These heirs, through Lawrence Washington, who lias a position in the Congressional Library at Washington, are preparing to make a fight for the property. Should they succeed through tlie courts, they will very probably deed the land back to the State of Ohio for a big national park to be known as Washington Park. Of all these 5.000 heirs of the collat eral branch of the family, the descend ants of the four brothers and two sis ters, there is one who has the double distinction of being a descendant of the immortal George on both his father’s and his mother’s side. This is George Steptoe Washington, a merchant of Philadelphia. On his mother's side he is descended from Coloual Samuel Washington, the oldest of George’s brothers, and on his father's side, he Is a descendant of John Augustine, the youngest of the Washington brothers. He was born on the ancestral estate of Harewood, in Jefferson County, West Virginia, Ihe birthplace of his mother, which was built jointly by (Jeorge and Samuel Washington. It was by act of Congress that the gift of the Ohio property was made to the first President of the United States. Whether or not he accepted It. or. if he did. to what use he put it. is not known by the Philadelphia descend ant; but he does know that the estate is very valuable now and would make a magnificent site for a mammoth park. Workshop for Unemployed. At a meeting of fifty men interested in charitable movements of New York City it was decided to erect a $200,000 build ing to be used as a home and workshop for the worthy unemployed, who are will ing to work, it will make, no appeal to the professional vagrant or tramp. Dr. Harvey Furbay, one of the founders, says that charity lodging houses are much imposed upon by the drones of society. The new plan is expected to separate these from the earnest unfortunates. It is expected that the work will make the charity self-sustaining. The statement was made that out of 997 men of the bet ter class of unemployed 80 were found to be college graduates. Three thousand miners employed in ten mines owned by the Pittsburg Coal Com pany went on strike Feb. 4, and it is feared that within a few days a general strike throughout the district will be de clared. The cause of the strike was the enforcement of the rule that the miners must use smokeless powder instead of the ordinary black powder, which has been used exclusively heretofore. The mine In spectors and operators insist that their only object in ordering th<- use of smoke less powder is to prevent the mine hor rors which have cost more than 700 lives in the Pittsburg diatrict within two months. Asa result of the London conference of the managers of the trans-Atlantic steamship lines the passenger rates for ocean travel have been materially in creased. in some cases the rates being nearly double those recently in force. These are to continue for three years, and that they will cause some reduction in the volume of traffic is generally believ ed in shipping circles. Plans have been mAde by the Catholie officials of New York to pay off the debt at St. Patrick’s cathedral April 26, in connection with the centennial of the dio- CCM. CHICAGO. Discussing trade in Chicago and its vi cinity, R c. Dun & Co.'s report says: Allowing for the adverse effect of un usually severe weather and difficulties of transportation and communication, busi ness as a whole has held up better than might have been expected. Recovery is now expedited under brighter prospects ■nd more animation nppears in new de mands, although many outside buyers have been delayed in reaching this mar ket. The exhibits this week of the State banks came timely aud the details of con dition indicate tlmt the lending power is satisfactorily recuperated. Money re mains freely offered at ti per cent for commercial paper and the supply of the latter begins to inerease, but general im provement in the demand for funds is not looked for until next month and there is a feeling that borrowing will have to cost less to stimulate the principal industries. February settlements at the banks make satisfactory progress and increasing cur rency returns front the interior cause more expansion of deposits here. Additional gain is noted in machinery and labor employed in the iron branches, but outputs are yet short of normal and new boo'-ings make a meager aggregate, although ti.“re is hesitancy in rails, struc tural shapes, wire and pipe. Orders for hardware, brass and electric goods are yet running light, but theie is far - activ ity in furniture-making and footwear. Leading retail trade suffered some de cline from tlie severe storm and decrease in purchasing ability, yet seasonable goods were required and both local and interior stocks of merchandise met with gratify ing reduction where heavy winter lines had accumulated. Many visiting buyers made their selec tions in the wholesale district and there was substantial increase in forward or ders for dry goods, millinery, boots and shoes and furniture. The total business made a closer com parison with the high figures a year ago and there is an improving tone as to the outlook throughout the agricultural re gions. Bank clearings, $204,509,990, are 0.9 per cent over those of the corresponding week in 1907, which had only five busi ness days. Failures reported in the Chicago dis trict number 41, against 33 last week and 22 a year ago. Those with liabilities over $5,000 number 12, against 16 last year and 5 in 1907. NEW YORK. 'Widespread stormy weather has had the effect of dulling distributive trade, inter rupting railway traffic and restricting the movement of grain to market to the small est volume in twenty-two months. In addition floods in the Ohio and tributary valleys have restricted industrial opera tions for a time. Jobbing trade, judging from the re ports received, continued as recently noted, a good-sized aggregate of small or ders for immediate or near shipment be ing reported at leading markets. Milli nery, dry goods and kindred lines are in chief demnnd. with staple goods preferred to novelties, which latter are rather neg lected. Retail trade is at a transition point, and is quiet ns n whole, responding to the decreased purchasing of the wage earning clusses. Talk of redaction in wages by railroads and others is wide spread. Industrial affairs show little change, vith shutdowns or short time about coun terbalancing resumptions. There is, for instance, more doing in finishing lines of it on and steel, but in crude forms rather less is doing, and the leading producing interest in woolen goods reports 05 per cent of its looms idle. Shoe shipments i,re a little larger at the East, and full time lias been resumed at > the leading Western manufacturing center, but ship ments are still well behind a year ago. Cotton goods are no lower, but prices are very irregular, with jobbers in many instances cutting below manufacturers’ prices. Thpre is considerably more doing in export trade in light weight cottons for China, some prices reported being be low European offerings.—Bradstreet’s Re port. Chicago—Cattle, cotniAm to prime, $4.00 to $0.00; hogs, prime heavy, $4.00 to $4.45; sheep, fair to choice, $3.00 to $5.25; wheat, No. 2 93c , o 94c; corn. No. 2,56 cto 58c; oars, standard, 49c to 50c: rye. No. 2. 80c to 82c; hay, timothy, $9.50 to $10.00; prairie, SS.OO to $12.00; butter, choice creamery, 27c to 32c: eggs, fresh. 2<>c to 22e; potatoes, per bushel, <!2e to 72c. Detroit —Cattle. $4.00 to $5.00: hogs. $4.00 to $4.75; sheep. $2.50 to $4.75; wheat. No. 2. 93c to 95c; corn. No. 3 yellow, 57c to 59c; oats. No. 2 white, 52c to 53c; rye. No. 2,83 cto 85c. Milwaukee —Wheat. No. 2 northern, $1.04 to $1.07: corn. No. 3,55 cto 57c; oats, standf rd, 51c to 53c; rye. No. 1, B<>c to 82c; barley. No. 2,86 cto 87c; pork, mess, $11,510. Buffalo—(Yttle, choice shipping slers. $4.00 to $5.75; hogs, fair to choice $3.50 to $4.60; sheep, common to good mixed, $4.00 to $5.25; lambs, fair to choice, $5.00 to $7.40. Now York —( nttle, 4.00 to $*.!)0; hogs, $3.50 to $5.00: sheep. $3.00 to $5.00: wheat. No. 2 red. 97c to 98c; corn. No. 2. 02c to 03c: oats, natit-al white. 58c to flic: butter, cream-ry, 27c to 32c: eggs, western, 21c to 24c. Toledo— Wheat. No. 2 mixed, 'Ur to flip- ; corn. No. 2 mixed, 5<50 to 57c; oat*. No. 2 mixed. 51c to 53c: rye. No. 2. 79c to 82c; clover seed, prime, $11.50. Indianapolis—Cattle, shipping. SB.OO to $5.75; hogs, good to choice heavy, $3.50 to $4.45: sheep, common to prime, $3.00 to $4.50: wheat. No. 2. 93c to 95c; torn. No. 2 white. 53c: to 35c; oats. No. 2 white. 30c to 51c. St. Ixntis —Cattle. $4.50 to $6.00. bogs, $4.00 to $4.50: sheep, $3.00 to $5.50; wheat. No. 2. 99c to $1.00; corn. No. 2, 55c to 57c; oats. No. 2,48 cto 50c; rye. No. 2. 79< to 81c. Cincinnati- Cattle. $4.00 to $5.50: hogs. $4.00 to $4.55; sheep, $3.00 to $5.00; wheat. No. 2. 97c to 98c: corn. No. 2 mixed, 55c to 57c; oars. No. 2 mixed, 500 to 51c; rye. No. 2. 85c .o B*c. Ohio Trust I ndlrtment* Void. The Supreme Court of Ohio has declar ed void all the indictment* brought against the bridge trust in Ohio. I*he decision is based on the ground of indefi niteness in that the indictments simply charge the parties with conspiracy in re straint of trade, without stating the defi nite times of violation, and because the law makes each day's violation a separate offense, and henc* the basis of a separate indict ment. _ Ilonore Coquelin. Jr., famous French comedian, has lean taken to a private sanitarium 'o Paris, a victim of insan ity.