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How He Sought to Better
His Condition.
Was Afraid to Tike His Own Life,
but Finally Got the Deed
I Associated Press Disoatches to the Herald. |
New York, January 4.—ln Brooklyn
today the discovery was made that
Louis M. Franken, an anarchist, had
choked his child to death, poisoned and
then shot his wife, and when discovered,
made retribution certain by killing him
self. For two days and nights be had
eaten and slept alongside the decompos
ing bodies of his wife and child. This
morning a man went to the shanty to get
his washing, the dead woman being
his laundress, but could not get a re
sponse to his knock. He notified the
police, and an officer raised the front
window and climbed in. As he did so
the maniac, with matted hair and beard,
born 'sd from the rear of the room, and
pointing a revolver at the officer, told
him to get out. The policeman retreated
but hearing a pistol shot a moment
later, returned and in the shanty made
the terrible discovery noted above.
The child had been strangled to death
with a rope. The interior of the shanty
gave evidence that Mrs. Franken was
not a housekeeper. Over the mantel
hung a photograph of the anarchists
executed in Chicago, and the pictures of
other anarchists, painted by Franken,
were about the room. Mrs. Fran
ken sympathized with her husband,
and when he said the entire
family would be better off dead than
alive, she agreed with him. She sug
gested that he poison her, and with this
end in view Franken purchased Paris
green. He tells this in one of the letters
he left. In it he also says he is insane,
driven so by poverty and the prospect ot
never being able to better his condition.
On Tuesday his wife cleaned up the
house and then drank a dose of Paris
green. When she began to suffer, roll
ing on the bed iv intense agony, she
begged piteously for Franken to put a
bullet in her brain. Then the child was
called into the room. Holding the inno
cent in his arms, he drew a clothes line
about its neck and pulled it taut and kept
it su, while watching the poor child's
feeble struggles. Tighter and tighter
was the rope drawn, until it cut into the
yielding flesh. When life was extinct
the father laid the dead babe beside its
Then Franken's cowardice manifested
itself, and he did not kill himself. Since
Tuesday he had cooked his own meal*
and lived alone with death, only killing
himself when he was about to fall into
the hands of the law. Letters which he
left, and which referred to the above,
were addressed to J. C. Scott, 19 Califor
nia street, San Francisco; Henry W.
Faust, No. 604 Harrison street, Sau Fran
cisco, and Coroner Lindsay. Of the Cor
oner he requested that the bodies be
A 3H:t!UKit»l!.<l FRENCHMAN.
Butchered His »J randcblldren and
A.suultcd tats wile.
Haverhill, N. H., January 4 —
Stephen La Plant, a Frenchman whose
home is in Benton, has been spending a
few days with bis son's family at Centre
Haverhill. Today his son and wife
went to Warren, leaving La Plant and
wife in charge of the children. There
were four children, the two eldest going
skating, leaving the other two at
home. Some dispute arose in regard to
them, when La Plant picked up
a hammer and crushed a little boy's
skull, killing him instantly. I Plant
then cut the girl with a knife, au 1 also
dealt her heavy blows with the hammer,
fatally wounding her. At this point a
passer-by was attracted by the noise, and
La Plant was seized in the act of mur
derously assaulting his wife, whose l'fe
doubtless he would also have taken. La
Plant was addicted fo the use of liquor,
and in ail probabilit/was under its in
fluence when the crimes were committed.
The murderer is in jail.
The Pretty Tlpewrlter Thought to
Re the murderess.
Trenton, N. J., January 4.—Tho mys
tery surounding the murder of Mrs.
KniftV has not yet been cleared up.
Miss Emma Purcell, the pretty young
typewriter, t is, however, practically a
prisoner, and grave suspicion rests
upon her. Tbe police have alto
gether dropped the burglar theory.
It has been learned that Miss Pur
cell was not unconscious when she
was found. The conclusion has been
reached that Mrs. Kniffen's death was
caused by a powerful anaesthetic, admin
istered in a ht.avy dose, and not be
strangulation. Miss Purcell will have a
hard time to prove she is innocent, as
she claims, but a motive in lacking, ex
cept it is found in the rumor that there
existed between Miss Purcell and Dr.
Kniffen a relationship which waß at least
A Letter Wilttcu by Booth Refore
the Assassination.
Richmond, Va., January 4. —The Dis
patch will publish tomorrow a letter writ
ten by J. Wilkes Booth the day he as
sassinated President Lincoln. In it he
says: "Right or wrong, God judge, not
man; for be my motive good or bad, of
one thing I am sure, the lasting con
demnation of the North. I love peace
more than life."
He discusses secession and singularly
enough the race problem, regarding
which he says: "This country was
formed for the white man; not for the
He signs himself: "A Confederate do
ing duty on his own responsibility."
St. Louis' Roodlins; Legislators.
St. Louis, January 4 —The Post Dis
patch tonight prints a sensational expose
of alleged boodling in securing the fran
chise of the Merchants' Terminal Com
pany, claiming that one member of the
City Council received $2,200 cash, an
other Btock in the company for the sup
port of the measure. It begins to look
as though the Grand Jury will be com
pelled by public opinion to make a
searching inquiry into the many charges
of hood ling recently preferred against the
St. Louis city legislators.
colukeo «. a. it.
Negro Posts Oritanlzed In Louisiana
and Mississippi.
New Orleans, January 4.—Captain
Jacob Gray, Department Commander of
the G. A. R, for the States of Louisiana
and Mississippi, has granted colored ex
soldiers in his department permission to
organize posts of the G. A. R. Colonel
James Lewis, in an interview today,
said: "Fully ten years ago the colored
troops who fought on the Federal side
during the late war, concluded that they
ought to be represented in the associa
tion (f G. A. R. To this end a petition
was drawn up after the usual form and
forwarded to the Commander-in-Chief of
the G. A. R.. who in turn referred it to
the Grand Encampment for considera
tion and action. Previous to this, how
ever, the petition in question had been
submitted to the various Department
Commanders here, each of whom re
jected it on some frivolous ground, one
of them being "expediency."
"Expediency," according to the defini
tion of Colonel Lewis, meant color and
nothing else. The appeal of the colored
men met with vigorous opposition from
southern white posts, and the matter
was dropped. Colonel Lewis further
said: "Captain Gray's action in partici
pating in the obsequies J|| Jefferson
Davies, drew upon him conaKerablecen
sure from his comrades, and Tie has now,
as I understand, by way of retalia
tion as much as in justice to
the colored ex-soldiers, granted our peo
ple the right to organize a post, which
we have done."
The Department consists of the States
of Louisiana and Mississippi, in both of
which there are said to be about 30,000
colored soldiers, all of whom will become
members of the posts as soon as possi
An Attempt to Compromise Proves
Evansville, Ind., January 4.—lt is
thought by those in a position to know
that the strike on the M ickey system of
railways, including the Evansville and
Terre Haute, Evansville and Indian
apolis. Peoria, Decatur and Evansville,
and Louisville and St. Louis railways,
will terminate before Monday m rn
ing. President Mackey received a
telegram from Terre Haute this even
ing, from the committee of strikers, ask
ing if he would agree to a conference
with them. He replied in the affirm
ative, and the committee came down to
night, and is now in conference with
him. It is thought some conclusion will
be reached before morning.
The strike began Monday last, and is
not strictly a Brotherhood affair, as had
been reported, hut a general uprising of
conductors, brakomen and switchmen
against G. A. Hnrd, Master of Trans
portation of the Evansville and Terre
Haute and Evansville and Indianapolis
lines. It is claimed the employees
in the late strikes are being singled out
and discharged by Hurd contrary to
agreement. The Louisville, Evansville
and St. Louis men returned to work to
day. The losses involved by the strike
cannot be estimated because of the re
fusal of the company to give any inform
ation for publication. Freight business
is still at a standstill.
Later—The conference adjourned at 1
o'clock Sunday morning. Mackey re
fused to accede to the strikers' demands.
Tbe situation is now the same as before
the conference.
The Non-Resident Theory Used
Ag-alnst Him.
Columbus, Ohio, January 4. —The
Senatorial contest was in a great measure
covered today by 'legislative caucuses for
the selection of officers in both branches.
It is claimed quite generally that the
caucus nominations are in the interest of
Brice for Senator,' to the extent that his
friends have been recognized, tbe can
didates themselves making no positive
claims further than that the Brice men
profess themselves satisfied with the sit
uation, and are not aggressive toward
the other candidates. Some prominence
is being given to the non-resident theory
against Brice, and there is some talk of a
bolt from the caucus in case Brice is
nominated, but these reports cannot be
traced to any reliable source.
Archbishop Ireland's Oenlals.
St. Paul, January 4. —Archbishop Ire
land was interviewed here today upon
the subject of his reported coming in
vestors with the Cardinal's hat, and ap
pointment as papal delegate to the
United States. He smiled, and said the
story was without foundation. He would
know if any more American Cardinals
Here to be created, and had heard noth
ing of it. Touching the papal delegation
question, ho said the advisability of ere
ating such an office was considered by
the Vatican some time ago, and the de
cision reached was not to appoint any
Brazil Is All Right.
New York, January 4.—On the steamer
Alliance, from Brazd today, was Walter
Wright, one of the Brazilian republican
leaders. He said everything was going
on as usual in Brazil. Nativeß and
naturalized citizens have sworn alleg
iance to the republican Government. He
has no doubt that exchange will resume
its old rate shortly. The' Alliance left
Rio on the 11th of December, and Para
twelve days later. Captain Beer said
the people at both places seemed quite
happy under the new Government.
California Ploneera.
Chicago, January 4 —The officers of
the California Pioneers' Society met to
day, and completed arrangements for a
reunion and banquet January 18th. A
call was issued for every pioneer who
can reach Chicago to be present on that
date and bring his reminiscences with
him. All who were at any time prior to
1859 residents of California are eligible
to membership.
A Collision on tbe Hock Island.
Dcs Moines, January 4.—The report
has just reached here of a collision on
the Rock Island between Malcom and
Brooklyn, in which seven or eight par
sons were injured, but thought not
Stricken witb Apoplexy.
Chicago, January 4—Joshua C.
Knickerbocker, for many years Judge of
the Probate Court of this city, has been
stricken with apoplexy, and is not ex-
I pocted to live until morning.
Heavy Snows in Northern
The Rotary Plow Piloting- Delayed
Trains Through—The Columbia
River Frozen Up.
[Associated Press Dispatches to the Hkra|>.
Sacramento, January 4 —One of fie
greatest enow blockades ever known in
the Sierra Nevada mountains has at list
been raised by the railroad companrs
forces and the rotary snow plow. Tie
plow this evening left Bine Cane,
where it had been stalled for twenty-fir
hours, and proceeded to Colfax. Fran
Emigrant Gap the west-bound overlaid
trains were able to follow on behind tie
plow to Colfax. From the latter poftt
tbe plow will return and clear the tralk
to Cascade, which will free the snor
boutid train at Summit. Nothing w:!l
then stand in the way of the four etiet
bound trains now held at Colfax. Tie
first of the released west-bound trains s
expected to arrive at Sacramento cone
time tonight. Others will follow as soil
as possible.
Shasta, Cal., January 4 —It has beab
snowing hero all day, being the second
snow storm for the past week. At Deal
wood, juet over the boundary line bp
tween Shasta and Trinity counties, tie
snow is sixteen feet deep. The mala
are carried over the mountains in
Redding, Cal., January 4.—Com
menced snowing here early this morn
ing, Several inches fell, but melted
almost as fast as it came down. Heavy
snow in the mountains is delaying ov «j
--land trains.
Healdsburo, Cal., January 4.—The
first snowstorm here in many years com
menced this morning, and abont two
inches has fallen during the day.
Ukiah, Cal., January 4.—Five inches
of snow fell here since yeuterday even
ing. Still snowing.
St. Helena, Cal., January 4.—Six or
eight inches of snow fell here today.
Business is suspended. The population
is snowballing.
Or t .and, Cal., January 4.—Nearly half
an inch of snow fell here this morning,
but it melted as it fell.
Portland, Ore., January i —The
weather continues clear and cold. Tne
steamer Bonita, which started for Astoria
this morning, was ice-bound below Si.
Helen, but was extricated after five
hours labor. The Columbia river oppo
site Vancouver is frozen over, and people
are crossing on the ice to the motor line
for Portland.
San Francisco. J«nu»»-r *■ —This was
the coldest morning of the season. Ac
cording to the Signal Service record the
thermometer registered 38 degrees above
zero at 5 a. m., which is three degrees
Lower than tho mercury had previously
gone this winter.
Sonoma, Cal., January 4.—A heavy
hailstorm set in yesterday about 10
o'clock, and continued all night and to
day at intervals with snow end raiu,«
the thermometer standing at 20. Boads
are impassable for vehicles. Over
twenty-eight inches of rain has fallen
this season.
San Diego, January 4. —One fourteen
hundredths inches of rain has fallen in
toe past twenty-four hours, and is still
continuing. No trains have left on the
Santi Fe since yesterday. A landslide
is reported at Delmar, and washouts
about that place. No damage is re
ported around the city. Tbe total rain
fall so far this season is 11.13 inches.
An Idaho minims; Town Suffers a
Severe Lorn.
Portland, Ore., January 4.—A special
from VVarduer, one of the principal min
ing towns in the Coeur d'Alene district,
Idaho, says a disastrous fire visited it to
day. Twenty-five houses were de
stroyed, including six 3-story buildings.
The loss is estimated at $100,000. The
reservoir in the mountains, which is the
only water supply, was empty, and the
men fought the fire with Bnow, thus sav
ing the town from total destruction. The
fire originated in a laundry and burned
fiercely three hours.
The following are among the housss
destroyed: Mint restaurant, Moore's
block, Silver Lead Mining Company's
office, Liebe's furniture store, Hally, Ma
son, Marsh & Co.'s hardware store;
Grand Central hotel, Henge's restau
rant, McFadden's dwelling, Bulger's sa
loon, Hartley's ciaar store, Fiaig's jew
elry store, Norman's'telephone office,
and a store known as the White House.
Little or no insurance.
The town is located in a deep gulch,
with but one street two miles long. The
mountains tower hundreds of feet .on
both sides allowing the wind full sweep.
The Bunker Hill and the Sullivan, rich
est of the Cour d'Alene mines, are on the
outskirts of the town.
Uunn's Prosecution fjlamlased.
San Diego, January 4 —The action
commenced in the Superior Court by
Ranlord, Worthing and other citizens to
oust Mayor Guun from office has been
dismissed. The charges were based on
the same grounds as those embodied in
the report of the late county Grand Jury,
which charged the Mayor with having
been in a state of intoxication for some
ime, and neglecting the city's business.
Judge Pierce ruled that the complaint
was defective in not containing" facts
sufficient to constitute a cause of action,
and complainants were allowed five days
to file an amended complaint.
Flab and Quail.
San Francisco. January 4.—The State
Board of Fish Commissioners held a
brief meeting today at which the report
of Chief of Patrol Weldon was read,
stating that illegal fishing was not as
prevalont in the State as formerly, owing
to the fact that many Chinese and others
bad been fined for violating the laws. D
was decided to accept the cCFer of C. E.
Stout, of Texarkana, Arkansas, to fu«
nish 2,000 dozen eastern quail at $8 60
i per doaen. The birds will be distribute 1
in several localities in the State, and a
law will be secured for their protection
Tusrs Kcarclilua; for Her Indcr
W>ob| Directions.
San Francisco, January 4. It was
learned today that the steamer State of
California was further off the coast than
indicated by the dispatch yesterday.
That dispatch gave the longitude of the
steamer when last seen as 125 deg. 45
«nin. west, but later dispatches indicate
an error in the transmission of the first
message, and now it is estimated that
the vessel was at least 160 or 180 miles
off the coast. As the tugs went out in
search with the wrong record of lontti
tude, some delay in finding the steamer
may result. She is not, however, ex
pected to arrive before tomorrow.
San F-tancisco, January s.—At 1:15
this (Bunday) morning the Merchants'
Exchange reports the disabled steamer
State of California, from Astoria and
Portland, as being two miles off shore
at d heading for the harbor, in tow of a
tug boat, presumably the Relief or
The Castaway Itescued.
San Francisco, January 4.—The man
who waa seen clinging to rocks at Point
Bonita last night was taken off by a tug
which went to his rescue several hours
later. He proved to be Antonio Nicholo,
a Russian fisherman. He said he was
fishing in a boat with four companions
late yesterday afternoon, when the boat
capsized. The other four were drowned,
but he succeeded in reaching the rocks.
One of the men drowned was, George
Mitchell, a Russian, the other three were
Greeks, known as Mike Hycotie, Anastas
Creconiae and Nicholas Netchess.
Trichina in sausage.
San Fbancisco, January 4. —The Ex
aminer's Brownsdale, Minn., special says:
A party of sixty young persons gathered
at the home of Henry Bruslen last night
aud sat down to supper. Among the
meats served was sausage. Forty-five of
the guests who partook of the sausage
were taken with violent fits of vomiting
and fell upon the floor. Mrs. Henry
Bhiek died this morning, and twenty
other victims of trichinosis are so low
that but small hopes are entertained of
their recovery.
for Sacramento Improvement.
Stockton, January 4.—The Board of
Trade tonight appointed J. W. Ferris, H.
J. Corcoran, S. E. Tucker, J. D. Peters
and S. D. Woods to represent San Joa
quin county in a convention to be held in
Sacramento on the 17ch inst., and called
by the Sacramento Board of Trade, to
prepare a memorial to Congress, asking
that the Government take charge of the
Sacramento river improvements, and
build levees and relief canals.
A Kecltless Shooter.
Spkingfield, Mo., January 4.—John
ii*y es, a letter-carrier, todiy in walking
down street with his cousin, Mike
Hayes, bruahnd against two negroes.
The negroes retaliated by pushing the
Hayes boys off the sidewalk. Mike
H ayes, who was intoxicated, drew a re
volver and fired three shots. One
mortally wounded one of the negroes,
and another fatally injured John Hayes.
Mike has been arrested.
Hospital l ire at Tacoma.
Tacoma, Wash., January 4.—The acci
dent ward of the new Fanny Paddock
hospital was destroyed by fire this after
noon. The flames were subdued with
great difficulty. The ward was crowded
with patients, all of whom were removed
in safety to the main building. Forty
two typhoid fever patients in adjoining
wards were also safely removed.
A Salvationist's Trial.
Red Bluff, Cal., January 4.—The
case of J. B. Lewis, a former captain of
the Salvation Army, charged with an
assault with a deadly weapon, came up
on preliminary examination today. The
court adjourned without doing anything
in the matter. Captain Wray, of the
army, arrested as an accomplice of
Lewis, was discharged lrom custody this
Bermudez Pardoned.
Eackamento, January 4.—Governor
Waterman has pardoned Antonio Ber
mudez, convicted in Los Angeles of dis
turbing the peace and resisting an officer,
audi sentenced to imprisonment. The
pardon is made for the reason that the
prisoner is an ignorant Mexican, and is
a winower with several small children to
Cltrua Exhibits.
Maiysville, Cal., January 4. —The
committee in charge of the Yuba county
exhibit which will be made in Oroville
next week at the Citrus Fair, today ship
ped 32 000 oranges of various varieties
and 5,000 lemons. Marysville will lay
claim to tbe best producing lemon tree,
all the fruit of which will be on exhibi
tion. From one tree 1,530 lemons were
Clendenln Guilty.
San Diego, January 4.—The jary in
;he case of W. T. Clendenin, charged
*i;h shooting Superior Judge Pierce, a
few months ago, because the Judge had
rendered a decision adverse to him in a
divorce suit, this evening rendered a ver
dict of guilty after being out three
minutes. The defense was insanity.
The Tunnel Scheme Defeatra).
Santa Baebaba, January 4. —The
election today to decide whether or not
the city should be bonded for $260,000
fo bring a water supply from Santa
Ynez river by tunneling the mountain,
resulted in the defeat of the measure.
Two hundred and five votes were cast
for, and 533 votes against.
An Orchardlst Foreclosed.
Suisun, Cal., January 4.—The Sheriff
of Solano county, assignee for W. W.
Smith, an insolvent Vacaville orchardist,
sold Smith's orchard to R. D. Robin at
public auction, today, in consideration
of one dollar. Robin on November 18th
foreclosed a mortgage for $74,499 against
Smith's property.
A Murder Confessed.
Tacoma, Wash., January 4.—Harry
Miller, arrested for the murder of an un
known man, at the Union House, on
New Year's night, has made a confes
sion that he fired the fatal shot. The de
tails are kept secret, looking to the cap
tare of another party implicated.
Arizona official* Indicted.
Tombstone, ' Ariz., January 4 —The
G"nncl Jury returned, tonight, three in
diotmenta against ox-County Treasurer
Uitten, and ex Deputy Taylor, for em
bezzlement of county funds in 1886,
Both gave bonds for their appearance.
To Hemodel the Map of
All the German-Speaking- People to
Be United Under One
[Copyright, 1880, by New York Associated
Press. 1
Berlin, January 4.—A state council
ia convened for Wednesday next. Bis
marck, though still ill from a recurrence
of neuralgia, is certain to be present.
The re-assembling of the Reichstag for
its last eventful days before dissolution,
and the re-opening of the Landtag, com
pels this general ministerial meeting.
The leading questions before the Reich
stag will be the increase of military
credits and the Socialist bill. Bis
marck's longwxpected declaration on the
nation's foreign policy will probably be
made during the debate on the military
credits. The attitude of the Government
on ihe Socialist bill is inflexible.
Tbe year opens with a universal peace
chorus, the National Ztitung declaring
that ezternal tranquility depends en
tirely on the character of the next
Reichstag. Yet despite this lovely pros
pect of peace abroad and at home upon de
fined conditions, the Foreign Office itself
was never so pervaded by f i»nse of the
insecurity of the continu. ace of the
triple alliance. Bismar..Si's refusal to
support Austria's policy in Bulgaria is a
great source of irritation und suspicion,
and Crispi's persistent intriguing .'cr the
cession cf Trento is another
The progress of negotiations for a
meeting of Emperor William and the
Czar on the Polish frontier, in April, in
tensifies official anxiety and watchful
ness in Austria. In diplomatic circles
there is a lively discussion of the pros
pect of the renewal of the German en
tente with Russia, as Bismarck contin
ues to find a want of homogeneity in the
Austrian empire; the growing "discord
between its various nationalities is an
obstacle to good politics, and he sees
how greatly these reduce the value of an
Austrian alliance. It is said he con
templates a radical change of base in
his policy. The application of his theory
to bring all German-speaking people un
der the German flag, would be at the ex
pense of Austria and the expense of
Russia, but for Russia there would
be a compensation. This policy in fact
would wipe out Austria, as that empire
now stands, for Germany would take the
Austro-German duchies, and while
Germany would also get the German
Baltic provinces now held by Russia,
Kußßia would get an equivalent in Gal
iicia and Bakowing, i and would be
Riven a free band in itoumania and the
Balkan countries.
Tbe German Czech conference opened
lin Vienna today. It is watched here as
having an indirect, yet important bear
ing upon international relations.
The Silesian miners society has peti
tioned the Emperor to appoint a com
mission to inquire into their condition.
They declaie it is hopeless that their
miseries can be in any way alleviated,
unless he intervenes.
British and Portuguese Rivalry tor
London, January 4. —The Government
nas received intelligence of the safety of
Johnston, British consul at Mozambique,
who is traveling through the interior of
Africa, and who is charged by Portuguese
papers with having intrigued with the
natives against the Portuguese in the
territory along the Shire river. Johnston
had pacified Karrangoro and subsidized
Kotakot, and by treaty secured Western
Nysnza to the British. The Portuguese
territory reaches to Katungas, where the
remaining Makololos, trusting British
protection, refused to surrender the Brit
ish flags that had been presented to
them when called upon to do so by the
Portuguese Commander; the Portuguese
thereupon searched the steamers and
compelled them to lower their ensign.
Fighting in Africa is believed to be
certain. •
Condensed Cablegrams.
King Leopold, of Belgium, is confined
to his room.
The colliers at Breslan have joined the
strike of German miners.
The schools at Hallehan, Germany,
are closed, owing to influenza.
Professor Wilhelm Conrad Hermann
Mueller, the philologist, died yesterday
at Goettingen.
Three telegraph offices in Amsterdam
are closed, the employees being pros
trated with influenza.
Andreas Perthes, of the famous honse
'that publishes the Almanack do Gotha,
is dead from influenza.
Mr. Perry, the astronomer, sent to
Demarara at the head of the English
scientific expedition, is dead.
Professor Nasse, occupant of the chair
of political economy at the University of
Bonn, died Saturday morning.
Influenza has made its appearance in
Liverpool. The contagion is directly
traceable to letters from Russia,
At Neusatz in Hungary, two editors
fought a duel. Editor Tomics, of Zattav,
killed Editor Dimitrevics, of Branik.
Prince Charles William Philip, head of
the house of Auerperg, died at Prague
yesterday, from inflammation of the
The Dowager Empress Augusta, of
Germany, has influenza, accompanied
with a high fever and severe catarrh.
The doctors are somewhat anxious.
A federation conference will open at
Melbourne, February 3rd, and delegates
will be present from all the Australian
colonies, New Zealand and the Fiji
The recent insurrection in the depart
ment of Cascatlan, San Salvador, has
been suppressed. Ex-Commandant
General Kivas, the insurgent leader
who fled from the country, has been cap
tured in Honduras.
Tiraud, Premier and Minister of Com
merce, has sent a circular letter to the
Chambers of Commerce throughout,
Prince, asking ii !l • V would support a
bill giving wonssn >eed in any trade
the right to voi«, at all elections for
Judges of commercial tribunals.
Alarming Death Kate in Boiton
and Raw York.
Bloohinoton, 111., January 4.—Tiere
are nearly 100 cues of influenza at Say
brook, this county. The doctors are
kept busy day and night. There are a
great many cases in Bloomington bat
they are of a mild natnre.
Pittsburg, January 4. —La grippohas
become epidemic in this city. lun
dreds of cases have been reported wthin
the past forty-eight hours, and the dis
ease is spreading. Among the afrlcted
are many business and professional nen.
So far no deaths have been reported
A dispatch from Charleston, W. Va.,
says Henry Trinkler, a leading bankir of
that place, died this evening from iiflu
Davenpoht, la., January 4 —The doc
tors say there are more than 200 caos of
influenza in Davenport.
Bbockvillb, Ont., January 4.—The
works of the Smart Manufacturing Com
pany, Mann Manufacturing Conpany
and Coseitt Company have beer com
pelled to shut down owing to i large
number of their employees being il with
la grippe.
New York, January 4.—For the
twenty-four bonrs ending at norn, 284
deaths were reported, making 1 the total
for the week 1,202, an unprecedented
number for this season of the year. The
number of deaths for the previous veek
was 762. Three hundred and sixtr-two
policemen were on the sick list. Ten
have died from pneumonia during the
Frederick Hall, a brother of Patline
Hall, and a member of The Briymdt
Company, died this morning from iiflu
enza, which began in an apparently
slight attack of pneumonia.
Br. Paul Hoffran, Assistant Superin
tendent of Schools, was taken toßelevne
Hospital this morn .ng a raving maniac,
from tho effects of an attack of la gri>pe,
which he bad been Buffering from foi the
Jaet three days.
Bobtoh, January 4.—The deathi of
Boston thia week reached probably,the
unequaled number of 327, of which 40
per cent are due to acute lung disease,
and attributable in great part to the pre*
vailing la grippe.
Concobd, N. H., January 4.—Captain
Rufua P. Standles, a prominent insur
ance man, and an old Grand Army man,
died today of la grippe. It began yes
terday, and developed into typhoid
pneumonia in the evening, and termin
ated fatally.
Lively Times Expected at tbe Com.
Ing sestlon.
Ottawa, January 4.—The session of
Parliament which opens on the 16th
instant, it is understood, will be a lively
one. A resolution will be introduced to
abolish French as the official language in
the Canadian Northwest. The Orange
men will seek to secure incorporation,
but will have to count on the opposition
of all the Roman Catholic mem
bers of Parliament. The House
will at an early date consider
the fishery question, and probably
fix the future policy of the Government
in regard to Americans fishing in
Canadian waters. There was a disposi
tion to revert to the treaty of 1818, but
Sir Charles Tupper objected to such a
course. This may result in the modifi
cation of the Government's proposed
policy. Sir Charles seeks to pursue a
conciliatory policy in view of the un
settled state of the Bering sea question,
as British interests there are largely
A iriltalnsr Man Sued.
Philadelphia, January 4 —Lawyer
Shields haß brought a peculiar and un
usual proceeding in the Common Pleas
Court under the domestic attachment
act of June, 183(5, on behalf of Charles
Stover, and against Joseph Ditman, the
missing bank President, whom it was
supposed had committed suicide by
drowning. The affidavit made by
Btover sets forth that Ditman
is indebted in the sum of $9,000,
and it appears that Ditman on
December 11, 1889, absconded from this
city, and concealed himself elßewhero
with the design and intent to defraud
creditors, and that said Ditman has not
left in Philadelphia county a sufficient
estate to pay his debts. The writ is
returnable on Monday next.
Called np Hlg-her.
Helena, Mont., January 4.—Gen. B.
H. Greene, ex-Surveyor General of Mon
tana, formerly of Louisiana, where he
held many important positions in the
engineer service of the State and rail
ways, died here today, after a short ill
ness of Bright's disease.
Bt. Louis, January 4—Mrs Maria
Shields, widow of Hon. George W.
Shields, died at Hannibal this evening.
Her sons, George H. Shields, Assistant
Attorney General of the United States,
and Dr. D. H. Shields, late Chaii man of
tbe Democratic Central Committee of
Missouri, were with her when she died.
Insurance Suits.
Stockton, January 4.—The suits of
the Stockton Combined Harvester Works
against about fifty insurance companies
are on trial here. The suit against the
Glen Falls Company is made a test case.
The actions are brought to recover $90,
--000, the amount of losses of the plaintiff
on a large stock of machinery stored,
which was burned a year or more ago.
The total insurance was $120,000, but the
arbitrators placed the loss at, $90,000.
The insurance companies refused to pay,
alleging that the cost of the machines
had be en concealed from them.
Roaewater Has a Grievance.
Omaha, January 4 —The Republican
this morning contained an article, signed
by Paul Yandervoort, making certain
charges against Edward Ratewater, of
tbe Omaha Bee. The latter swore out
warrants for the arrest of Yandervoort
and J. S. Wilcox, of the Republican, on
the charge of criminal libel. Bail was
promptly furnished, and the hear
ing set for Jannary 9th.
No Money lv tTsrntlnar.
Ban Francisco, January 4.—The Ex
aminer's New York special states that
John L. Sullivan in an interview today
said: "I have after considerable delib
eration arrived at the conclusion that
there is no money in fighting, for me at
least, and after one more glove contest I
shall retire permanently from the busi
Min«»«—•« tn.lnrea.
Cot.ton, January 4.—Two men were
rerioasly injured and badly burned to
day, by a fuse going off unexpectedly,
while blasting rock in a quarry.

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