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E. B. THAYER, Publisher.
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“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.
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.’’
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Medal* for Bishop*.
Representative Foss introduced a bill
to pJhvide goid medals for Bishops Fowler
and Hartzcll. v ho saved lives in 1860 and
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
"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
Rise of Several Rivers Is Reported
to Be the Highest in Many
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
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.
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
Fair and Mild. Cold Wave. Warmer Weather.
Rain and Warmer. Snow and Colder. Hot and Sultry.
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
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.
Sentenced to Die for Surrender of
Port Arthur, but Imprisonment
Is Recommended.
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.
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
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
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*.
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
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
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-
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
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
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.
'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
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
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
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

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