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FlamesTbronton to Destroy the Eiitir* Central Business Portion of the City. Three Girls Thought to Have Perished and Two Others Probably Fatally Injured. The Eastern Michigan Asylum Nav in the Embrace of the Fire Fiend. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Dec. 28. —A fire which threatens destruction to th business portion of the city is nov raging. Loveman's great retail di goods store ha9 burned to tlie ground *t is reported that three girls were burned to death. Two girls juinL id from the second-story window and worn so badly injured they will probably die. The Times building is on tire besides a dozen other buildings and a high wind is blowing. ELEVEN VICTIMS. The Mat of Dead Caused by the Accident at Halting, S. Y„ Growing Larger. TARRYTOWN, N. Y., Dec. 28.—The total number of those who lost their lives by the accident at Hastings now reaches eleven. The eleventh victim died during the evening. The official list is as follows: MRS. ANN BALDWIN, of New York. THOMAS W. POLLEY, of Poston. ABRAHAM KNIGHT, Wagner car •conductor. MISS LIBBIE VAN ARSDALE, of New York. MISS MABEL SLOCUM, of Lockport, ST. Y. MISS GERTRUDE MOORE, of Medina, N. Y. MISS LIZZIE FORD, of Brooklyn. J. W. WHITE, Wagner car porter. MISS LILLIAN BALDWIN, of New York. M. R. EBERT, of New York. EDWIN E. WILCOX, of New York. Of the twenty-two persons who were in the ill-fated car, but six escaped se rious injury. Albert E. Herrick, the brakeman "whose carelessness caused the accident, fled soon after the collision and has not yet been found. He will be arrested if found. AN ASYLUM BURNING. The Eastern Michigan Asylum in the Embrace of the Fire Fiend. PONTIAC, Mich., Dec. 28. —Fire started in the north wing of the Eastern Michi gan asylum for the insane about 9 a. m. The fire started in an attic in the woman's department. The fire has now «ntire control of the north half of the Imilding, and at this hour it looks as if the entire building would be destroyed. The inmates were removed with little difficulty and are being safely taken care of ia the cottages, which at this time come in as a God-send. Help has arrived from the Detroit fire depart ment. A BIG LANDSLIDE. A« Entire Train Buried from Sight at Sioux City—Several Lines Blockaded. Sioux CITY, la., Dec. 28.—A Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha train was caught in a landslide near the river bridge and completely buried with earth. Fortunately no one was injured bat the track is completely blocked. As it ia used jointly by the Union Pacific, Fremont, Elkhom and Missouri Valley, and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha, trains of all the lines for the Weat will be blockaded for at least forty-eight hours. EVANSTON ON FIRE. One of Chicago's Largest Suburbs Burn ing—Fire Heyuuii Control. CHICAGO, Dec. 28.—A telegram from Evanston, one of the largest suburbs of this city, says: A fierce fire is in pro gress here. French's hotel and several dwellings have already been destroyed and the flames are beyond the control of the fire department. Vatural Gas Explosion. PITTSBURG, Dec. 28.—The three story brick dwelling of M. Pritchard, 2918 Smallman street, was blown to atoms shortly before 1 a. m. by an explosion of natural gas. Mr. Pritchard keeps a gro cery store in his building and went to the cellar to get a basket for a cus tomer, which he had stored away. He struck a m^teh and the explosion oc curred. Tue concussion was terrific, pieces of the building being blown half a square away. It is considered a mir acle that any of those in the building at the time should have escaped with their lives. Mrs. Pritchard and three children aged 4, 7 and 9 years, respectively, were in bed on the third floor, and were taken out of the cellar. Two Killed and Two Injured. DETROIT, Mich., Dec. 28.—A special to The News from Marquette, Mich., says: Two freight trains collided at 0 a. m. near Humboldt, on the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic railroad, thirty miles from here. John Harlocher, a brakeman, and Emil Van Oppen, fire man of the west bound freight, were killed, and John Beany, engineer, was seriously injured. Conductor Jones, of the west bound freight, was slightly injured. t*auey Diacharged. BUFFALO, Minn., Dec. 28.—Judge Hooker dismissed the case of the State vs. Gibson Bailey, indicted for man slaughter. This case was brought out of the burniug of the man in the jail at Monticello, but it seems that the evi dence brought in by the state was not sufficiently strong to make a case, so was ihrewn out by the judge. WAS IT SCHNAUBELT? Theory That the Sage Dynamiter and Ha] Market Hoinb Throwers Were Identical. CHICAGO, Dec. 28.—The Globe print! the following: Information just receive*] concerning Rudolph Schnaubelt, th bomb thrower at Haymarket square makes it appear that the anarchists had a hand in the recent bontb throwing ifr the office of Russell Sage in New York Comparison of photographs lends addi tional color to the story that Schnau belt has forfeited this life for "the cause," and joined Parsons, Spies. Fischer, Lingg and Engel. It is a start ling story of two great cities, of the twe dramatic and terrible events of the closing years of the nineteenth century. Should it prove that the bomb throwei whose head was found in the streets oi New York, is identical with the boml thrower who cleverly made his escapc from this city after the tragedy of man} years, the police of Chicago will have been once more vvenged. Local anarchists, who claim to know the whereabouts of Schnaubelt, the man who distinguished himself by throwing the bomb at the time of the Haymarket affair, say that nothing has been heard of him 'within the last month. Whet) last heard from he was at Geneva, Swit zerland, the headquarters of the red internationals and the radical socialistic movement. He was prominently iden tified with the anarchists and nihilists who congregate there. These societies are very secret in their methods and only the choicest spirits who have dis tinguished themselves in the cause, ot "freedom and liberty" are admitted. Some of the societies are reported to be sadly in need of funds, and Schnaubelt, so the story runs, offered to raise the money. He left for Amsterdam the last of November and since then nothing has been heard of the dynamiter. His friends on the other side of the water have written to friends in Chicago inquiring after his whereabouts, but his Chicago relatives deny all knowledge of him. "If the New York bomb thrower was Schnaubelt, then he was crazy," said Inspector Schaack, the man who knows more of the history of the Chicago anarchists and more of the secrets of the "reds" than most of the leaders themselves know. "The de scription tallies in some respects, but I have not yet seen a detailed description of the head found in New York. It has been difficult to find out anything about Schnaubelt since certain officers made the mistake of letting him go after his arrest. Sometimes they say he is dead, sometime they say that he is in Aus tralia, sometimes they say that he is in South America, and more often they say they don't know. I will guarantee that Mrs. Parsons or Mrs. Schwab could tell you where Schnaubelt is, if he is alive and if they felt like it. But they will probably say that he is dead or that they don't know anything about him. Drowned in a Barrel. MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 28.—The body of Thomas Clifford, who died at Abee, S. D., a few days ago, has arrived in the city over the Great Northern and was taken to Connelly's undertaking rooms. Mr. Clifford came to his death in a peculiar manner. For a number of years he has been subject to apoplexy, in a mild form. Tuesday afternoon he attempted to get a pail of water out of a large cask sunk in the ground, and be ing suddenly attacked with apoplexy fell in and was drowned. He was the day station agent at Abee and was not found until the night man went to work. Will Be a Rush. BROWN'S VALLEY, Minn., Dec. 28. There is every indication that there will be an unprecedented rush for the Sisse ton reservation land when it is opened, and it is reasonable that there should be as the land is eminently desirable for stock and grain raising, and is nearer to stock and grain markets than any va cant land belonging to the United States. The number of inquiries in creases steadily, and many homesteads are already located. The Wisconsin Eisteddfod. RACINE, Dec. 28. —Friday was a gala day for the Welsh people of the North west, the occasion being the grand Eisteddfod, preparations for which had been in progress several months. Special trains arrived from various cities at intervals all morning,and it is estimated 2,000 strangers took part in the exer cises. The festival of poetry and song was opened at 10 o'clock by Mr. Git tings, of this city, the chairman of the committee. Burned to Death. A IS ANY. Dec. 28.—Mes. Annie Kel ley, a widow aged 45 years, was burned to death in her grocery store. A kero sene lamp that was standing on a barrel in the store exploded and egress being cut off by the flames, she was Aiffocated and burned before assistance could ar rive. The woman weighed 280 pounds and it is supposed she could not get the bars removed from the door in time to escape. DOUBLE MURDER AND SUICIDE. Three Deaths Occur at an Italian Cele bration at Georgetown, Colo. DENVER, Dec. 26.—A special to The Republican from Georgetown, Colo., sag: A large settlement of Italians live in this neighborhood, among them Giuseppe Peretti and wife, Marco Pe retti, Guiseppe's brother, and Adam Chiarotturi. They were celebrating Christmas when Adam and Marco be came involved in a quarrel. A fight was imminent and the former extin guished the light and ran into his room. In an instant he returned with a revol ver and began firing in the darkness, Two shots took fatal effect in Guiseppe's body. Marco escaped at first but re turned to protect his brother when he received a bullet through the heart. Adam then placed the revolver to his head and blew his brains out. The murderer and suicide was but 19 years old. VICTORIOUS BANDITS. Mexican Troops aud («arza's Insur gents Engiigc In a Bloody Battle. The Bandits Victorious After a Flglit In Which Both Sides Lose Heavily. Texas Rangers Ordered to Assist the United States Troops Against Garza. LAREDO, Tex., Dec. 26.—Reports have been received in this city from Carrizo, in Zapata county, where Captain Har die's troop of United States cavalry is now stationed, that there is no doubt whatever that Garza has crossed tfOO men into Mexico at points between that city and Brownsville. It is also stated that Garza's men met the Mexican troops at Las Tortillas, about fifty miles from the border, and defeated the lat ter, and that there were about forty men killed on both sides. This report is doubtless authentic, as it comes from an officer who is now on the ground. News via Neuva Laredo has just been received here that Captain Hardie's troop of United States cavalry and a number of officers and rangers from this city who were at Carrizo, Zapata county, some sixty miles below here, have left that place for points down the river toward Rio Grande City, where another band of Garza's men are re ported to be getting ready to cross into Mexico. The report states that the revolutionists were about 150 in num ber, and if the United States troops meet them a fight will doubtless ensue. Hangers Ordered Out. AUSTIN, Tex., Dec. 26.—The adjutant general of the state has ordered the Texas Rangers, stationed in Southwest ern Texas, to proceed to the Rio Grande border and co-operate with United States troops there against Garza and his bandits- NEW ROUTE TO THE ATLANTIC. Another Permanent Through Line from the Northwest to the Seaboard. NEW YORK, Dec. 26.—It is officially announced that a contract has been signed between the Toledo, Ann Arbor and North Michigan and Green Bay Winona and St. Paul railroad, in con junction with the Delaware, Lacka wanna and Western company, for the transportation of freight and passenger traffic between all points east of Manis tee, La Crosse and Winona. This es tablishes another permanent through line between the Northwest and Atlantic seaboard via the Green Bay, Winona and St. Paul railroad to Kewaunee, and insures for the Green Bay company a large increase in freight shipments in addition to contracts already existing. Ample boat service has also been se cured to insure a daily service across Lake Michigan. This accounts for the sharp rise in the securities of the Toledo, Ann Arbor and North Michigan road. NORTHWESTERNERS. The Duluth and Black Hills. HURON, S. D., Dec. 26.—A letter from General Manager Ward, of the Duluth, Pierre and Black Hills railway to H. J. Rice, chairman of the state board of railway commissioners, states that the company is earnestly pushing the enter prise. The grading is done from Aber deen to the Hughes county line, sixty miles, and also out from Pierre a dis tance of fifteen miles, leaving a gap of about fifty-two miles yet to be graded. This will be done the coming season, and the grade between Oakes and Aber deen will be ironed. Ground Broken for the Bridge. NEW YORK, Dec. 26.—Ground has been formally broken for the construc tion of the New York and New Jersey bridge. Andrew H. Green, chairman of the bridge commission, held the pick and upturned a quantity of New Jersey soil while a few spectators watched the proceedings from under dripping um brellas. The weather was not favora ble for prolonged exercises and after a few brief remarks by Mr. Green and others the party dispersed. Uailway Man insane. MADISON, Wis., Dec. 26.—L. D. Stone, for a score of years agent here for the St. Paul railway, has been taken to the Wauwatosa Sanitarium, insane. He has been running down for a year and is in a discouraged condition. He is well known to railway people all over the state. One of his sons is a prominent railway man in St. Paul. Lake Trout. DULUTH, Minn., Dec. 26.—Dr. Sween ey, of the fish hatchery, has received 500,000 lake trout eggs from Aisle Royle. He expects another similar assignment soon. Dr. Sweeney expects to care for 50,000,000 white fish eggs, but they will not be in jars before February. They will come from Michigan points. A North Dakota Bank Failure. ELLENDALE, N. D., Dec. 20.—The Farmers' and Merchants' bank of this place has closed its doors. The assignee estimates the assets at $10,000 to$12,000 and the liabilities $4,000 to $5,000. Half of the liabilities are held in Minneapolis. Poor collection on account of little threshing done is the cause. This Shows Prosperity. HILLSBORO, N. D., Dec. 26.—The Hillsboro Banner publishes a statement showing a reduction in real estate and chattel mortgage indebtedness in Traill county since Nov. 1 of $361,000. MURDERED THE FAMILY. Bab films and His Notorious Gang at Work la Alabama. MOBILE, Ala., Dec. 26.—Three months •go Bob Sims, the leader of a company of religionists in Choctaw county, was arrested for running an illicit distillery which he claimed he had divine author ity to ruu. Two of his brothers, fellow believers, rescued him, killing a by stander and wounding the deputy in charge. One of the brothers was killed. Sims and the other brother escaped and have been hunted vigorously ever since, Thursday night Bob Sims and his gang reappeared near Womack Hill and at tacked the house of John McMillan, who had been a member of the pursuing posse. They set fire to the house, and as McMillan and inmates, who were guarding the house, rushed out The Gang Fired Upon Them. Charley Utsy escaped unhurt. Fluellen Utsey was shot, but not fatally wounded. John Kennedy, McMillan's father-in-law, was killed. John Mc Millan was shot three times and will die. The 12-year-old niece of McMillan was killed. A 10-year-old nephew was shot in the house and burned up. Miss Belle McKenzie, a school teacher board ing at McMillan's, was shot twice in the neck. They then opened McMillan's store, robbed it of what goods they wanted, and left it lighted up and open, scatter ing shoes along the road. They re marked that they would burn out and kill Dr. Brown and Frank Tate. Sims' daughters are dressed in men's clothes and were armed with Winchesters at Sims' house Wednesday, and are sup posed to be part of the seven. A large body of men are after the gang, and will never stop until they catch them. ON ICE FOR TEN YEARS. The Turkey Looked Fresh, but Had Lost All Its Flavor. NEW YORK, Dec. 26.—It is not ordi narily considered to be in good form to cook and serve a fowl that has been dead longer than two weeks, but the guests at a dinner given in this city a few days ago ate a turkey that was killed ten years ago. The most singular thing about it, too, was the fact that the turkey looked as fresh as the tendrest bird of the class of '01 and was otherwise like any other recently killed turkey, except that the flesh had lost its flavor. The dinner was given by Edward Bell, a broker. Ten years ago Mr. Bell acquired a Vermont turkey, and, with the view of ascertaining how long fresh meat could be kept on ice, had it placed in a re frigerator, where it has hung ever since. It was a small bird, weighing eight or nine pounds. Time and the continuous application of refrigeration did not seem to affect the turkey in any way. Its color did not change. The guests ate the turkey, but were not long in discov ering that it had entirely lost its flavor. The flesh was almost absolutely without taste, and was as dry as a bone. All the essential juices had disappeared during the ten years' freeze. The turkey had lost nothing in weight while on ice, and was in fine color. The dinner, while certainly nnique, was not a success from a gastronomic standpoint. It demonstrated that it is possible to preserve fresh meat for a practically indefinite period in a refrig erated atmosphere, but it made it equally clear that food so preserved loses all the characteristics that make it palatable. Alleged Nihilists Arrested. LONDON, Dec. 26.—The St. Petersburg correspondent of The Times says: Nu merous arrests have been made of work men in mills and factories in the suburbs of this city on the charge of being con cerned in an alleged nihilist plot. Plans of the czar's palace were found in the possession of many prisoners. The Standard's correspondent at Warsaw says that further arrests of alleged ni hilists have been made there, the total number being 150. Pavilion Blown lip. BERLIN, Dec. 26.—A dynamite outrage of serious character has caused general excitement throughout the city. One of the favorite refreshment pavilions in the Thiergarten is known as Sealten No. 4. This pavilion has been blown up with dynamite. The extent of the damage is very great though no loss of life is as yet reported. The explosion caused a panic in the neighborhood and for a time it was supposed that many had been killed. International Sailors' Home. ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 26.—At a meet ing of the Anglo-American colony here, the Hon. Charles Emory Smith, United States minister, made an address which was warmly applauded. The meeting was for the purpose of taking steps to found an international sailors' home. It is announced that the czar will become a patron of the International Sailors' Home society which has been formed to further the object in view. Convention of Press Clubs. NEW YORK, Dec. 26.—Arrangements are rapidly progressing for the departs ure of the International League of Press clubs to attend the first annual conven tion to be held in San Francisco Jan. 14 next. The Eastern delegates will leave the city on Jan. 6. A number of gen tlemen identified with journalism in this country and Europe have been in vited to attend as guests of the leagne. State Lands Selected. BISMARCK, N. D.,Dec. 26.—At a meet ing of the board of university and school lands the report of Field Agent J. B. Power was presented and acted upon. Nearly all the lands selected so far are in the Grand Forks and Fargo land districts, with a small amount in Devils Lake. The choice of land for twelve different state institutions was made by ballots containing the numbers of the institutions'being placed in a box and thrown therefrom. The total amonnt selected is 211,485.16 acres. CRISPS COMMITTEES. The Speaker Reads Ills List to 1 house as Per Announce •icnt. Springer Heads the Ways and and Holman the Appropria tions Committees. No Northwestern Man Named for Important Chairmanship. The List WASHINGTON, Dec. 24.—The speaker at the opening of the day's session named his committees as per previous an nouncement. One feature of the appointments is that not a single Democrat or Republi can from the Northwest is named upon committees of national importance. It was certainly hoped that Judge Dixon, of Montana, would be given the chair manship of the mines and mining com mittee, but North Carolina carried otf tliat plum. The chairmanships of tha committees are as follows: Ways and Means—Springer, Illinois. Elections—O'Ferrall, Virginia. Appropriation s—Holm an, Iud ami. Coinage, Weights aud Measures—Bland, Missouri. Banking and Currency— Bacon, New York. Judiciary—Culberson, Now \ork. Pacific Railroads—Riley, Pennsylvania. Levees and Improvements of the Missis sippi liiver—Robinson, Louisiana. Interstate aud Foreign Commerce— Mills, Texas. Rivers and Harbors—Blanchurd, Mis souri. Foreign Affairs—J. H. Blount, Georgia. Military Affairs—Outhwaite, Ohio. Merchant Marineand Fisheries—Fowler, New Jersey. Agriculture—Hatch, Missouri. Pensions—Wilson, Missouri. Naval Affairs—Herbert, Alabama. Postoffices and Postroads—Henderson. North Carolina. Public Lands—McRae, Arkansas. War Claims—Beltshoover, Pennsyl vania. District of Columbia—Hemphill, S:mth Carolina. Columbian Exposition—Durborrow, Jr., Illinois. Expenditures in the Postoflice Depart ment—Wilson, Missouri. Elections President and Vice President —Chipman, Michigan. Expenditures Navy Department—Mc Clellan, Indiana. Expenditures Department of Justice— Allen, Mississippi. Immigration—Stump, Maryland. Education—Hayes, Iowa. Labor—Tarsney, Missouri. Militia—Lane, Illinois. Patents—Tillman, South Carolina. Invalid Pensions—Martin, Indiana. Claims—Bunn, North Carolina. Printing—Richardson, Tennessee. Civil Service—Andrews, Massachusetts. Accounts—Rusk, Maryland. Library—Cummings, New York. Public Buildings and Grounds—Bank head, Alabama. Mines and Mining—Cowles, North Caro lina. Manufacturers—Paige, Rhode Island. Territories—Washington, Tennessee. Indian Affairs—Peele, Arkansas. Alcoholic Liquor Traffic-Hayes, Ohio. Revision of the Laws—Ellis, Kentucky. BOTH ARE DEAD. A Tennessee Dog Fight la Which the Owners Take a Hand. HUNTINGDON, Dec. 23.—Harry Oliver was assisting Eugene Wyly in killing hogs on the Tennessee river, just below Rockporf. Their dogs got to fighting and Wyly tried to separate them. He struck Oliver's dog with a cant hook, killing him instantly. Oliver rushed up and cut Wyly with a large knife used in stabbing hogs. Wyly wheeled around when cut and struck Oliver with the pole of the cant hook, crushing one side of his head into a jelly, killing him jn. stantly. Wyly lived only a few min utes, the knife having penetrated the heart. Fought in the Church. CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind., Dec. 23.—An officer entered a colored Baptist church for the purpose of arresting a colored man named Evans. The latter was in the church with his sweetheart and when he saw the officer coming he ran to the altar steps and drew a razor. When the officer came within reach he sprang upon him and cut him severely. The negro then fled from the church, the officer firing at him as he ran. The first shot brought him to his knees, but he struggled to his feet and escaped. Great excitement prevailed in the church. Dissolved the Quebec Parliament. QUEBEC, Dec. 24.—An extra of The Official Gazette will be published dur ing the day dissolving the legislature and appointing another royal commis sion to investigate further alleged boodling by the late government. Nominations will be held on March 1, and voting on March 8. The writs were returnable on the 15th, the legisla ture being called for April 17. Boles Proclaims. DES MOINES, Dec. 24.—Governor Hor ace Boies has issued a proclamation calling upon the people of Iowa for con tributions for the relief of Russian fam ine sufferers. A committee of which U. C. Wheeler, late candidate for gov ernor, is a member was appointed to have charge of the matter. The St. Louis Union Depot.. ST. LOUIS, Dec. 24.—The contract for the iron and steel work for the new union depot hus been awarded to the Pittsburg Bridge company. The mag nitude of this work will be understood when it is stated that the cost for this portion of the structure alone will be nearly $850,000. The depot roof will cover a space of 424.300 square feet, the larges area ever covered in the world by one roof for railroad terminal purposes. LVNCHER8 FOILED. Qeorge Meats Kept Out ul the Hands of a Mob—Pcciilhirly Atrocious Crime. AURORA, Ills., Dec. 34.—If the excited farmers of Oswego had captured Geosge Mears Monday night after he had wan tonly tried to murder the entire Wonn ley family he would never had reached Aurora to give himself up. They would have hanged him to the nearest tree. The affair happened at 5 o'clock, about a mile and a half from the vil lage, and the news soon spread in an exaggerated form to the village. It happened that the Kendall county Farmers' Alliance was holding a meet ing there for the purpose of organizing a creamery company. The report that Mears had murdered Mrs. Worm ley and her two sons created intense excite ment. It did not take the farmers long to act. Procuring a rope from the near est store they commenced a hunt for the murderer. Meanwhile Mears strolled through the neighboring village of Montgomery, joked with acquain tances, and informed them that he had been shooting sparrows, and finally gave himself up in Aurora. Sheriff Skinner, of Kendall county, did not dare 1o take the prisoner to the county jail until late at night owing to the in tense feeling in Oswego. After giving it it that Mears had already been taken to Yorkville, he and a deputy slipped up to Aurora and hustled the prisoner off on the evening train. It would not ha+e taken much of a crowd to have captured the prisoner, as the sheriff said that he did not intend to en danger his own life to save his neck. The murder was a peculiarly atro cious one. Mears deliberately planned to kill his wife and the entire family with whom she was stopping and then shoot himself. After he had killed, as he supposed, three, he cooly seated him self on the wood pile and reloaded his revolver for the rest. The fact that he lost a piece of the weapon in the wood forced him to change his plans. Harry Worm ley, who was shot in the groin,, will die. LOOKING FOR A FIGHT. Hall and Hilton Factions of Kentucky and Tennessee Out for Gore. BRISTOL, Tenn., Dec. 24.—Sheriff Wil son Holbrook, with three deputies from Wise county, Va., and three from Knott county, Ky., arrived here having in charge Talton dl. the noted Kentucky and Virginia de erado. They were direct from Memphis, where he was arrested on the 9tli of this month for the murder of E. B. Hilton, a policeman, at Norton, Va., last July. The officers and the prisoner were hurried from one depot to the other, and were en route for Norton before a hundred people were aware of the fact. Reports came here that three score of Hall's friends from Kentucky were headed toward Norton with Winchesters, swearing that they would liberate Hall on arrival of the train. A like number of Hilton's friends armed themselves and declared Hall should never see the inside of another prison cell. The people of this city are expecting every moment to hear of a war, and it is quite likely that there will be bloodshed. SHE WOULDN'T ELOPE. Therefore an lowan Blows His Braine Oat with a Winchester. KEOKUK, la., Dec. 24.—Clarence H. Gardner committed suicide at the home of William Shepard in this city, blowing his brains out with a carbine. He was a friend of the family and went to the house for the purpose of inducing Mrs. Shepard to elope with him, declaring he would end his existence should she re fuse. Mrs. Shepard answering no, Gard ner carried out his threat in the pres ence of the woman. Caught Some Counterfeiters. SEATTLE, Wash., Dec. 24.—Patrick Kenefeck and Robert Martin were caught in a counterfeiters' den at Ana cortes and brought to Seattle. Several hundred dollars worth of bright new nicltels and half dollars were found witk them and the dies were also cap tured. John Miller was caught during the evening passing 10 gold pieces. A grett deal of bogus money is in circula tion in Seattle and the police believe theie is a big gang of counterfeiters at work in the woods near Seattle. Blocked by His Mother-in-Law. OrruMWA, Ia., Dec. 24.—At Evans, in Makaska county, William Woods at tempted to murder his wife and Casey Hairis, her alleged paramour. Woodk unloaded a six-shooier at them, one Ml* taking effect in Casey's stomach and another in his right arm, causing seri ous injury. Mrs. Woods was shot in the back. Her mother stopped further shooting by laying Woods out with a store poker. Five Dead In One Family. DEER CREEK, Ills., Dec. 24.—Diphthe ria fe raging in this community. The family of James Harris a week ago con sisted of himself, his wife and six chil dren. Five of the children, the eldest a youag lady of 10, who was engaged to hav* been married Christmas, are dead, and the surviving child, a boy 17, is at death's door. The father and mother are expected to recover. Mining Expert Dead. CHICAGO, Dec. 24.—John Davies, one of the hest known mining experts in the West, died at the Sherman house of pneumonia. Mr. Davies had made and lost leveral fortnnes in Colorado and he died almost penniless. *He was the or iginil owner of the Little Chief mine nearLeadville, which he sQld some ten yean ago for $500,000. It was after wards sold attain for 5.000.000. Chili's Cabinet Will Beslgn. LONDON, Dec. 24.—The correspondent of The Times at Santiago de Chili cables that the entire Chilian cabinet will resign when Admiral Montt is formally installed as president. It is expected that Senor. Luce will be en trusted with the formation of a new cabinet.