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AWFUL DISASTER. Twenty-Two Men Killed by an Ex plosion of Fire Damp in a North Caroliana Mine. Second Awful Fatality in the Same Mine, For iy Kills' .Former Disaster. Raleigh, N. C., May 23—Twenty two men were killed in the Cummock coal mine, forty-five miles from here yesterday by an explosion of fire damp. The known dead are: JOHN CONNOLLY. SUr-. JOB GLASS. WM. TYSON. JAMES M'CARTHY. JOHN HANKER. WESLEY COGG. JOHN WILLETT. ROBERT GALEWOOD, white. SIMON McINTYRE. DAN GOLDSBRON. JOE EAGA. WILL REEVES. ROBERT T1EVES. ALBERT BYNUM. JOE TAYLOR. JIM MACK. JOHN PALMER. PETER PALMER. JAMES PALMER. JOHN HUBBAND, colored. TWO UNKNOWN. The explosion occurred at the east heading and was probably due to a broken guage in a safety lamp, there were fifty in the mine but none outside of the east heading were in jured. A1 the bodies were recovered. Forty-two men were killed in the same mine in December, 189a, by an explosion of dynamite. BLACKHAWK FREE. U. S. COURT AT FARGO .ACQUITS FRANK BLACKHAWK, THE HALF BREED. Fargo, May 23.—Frank Blackhawk, of Standing Rock, was placed on trial in the United States court yesterday on an indictment charging him with stealing a horse belonging to Adoph Wise, an Indian on the reservation. The testimony was rather contradic tory, but it appears that the horse in question was afterwards placed by Blackhawk as a wager on a horse race, which he lost. During the afternoon an the testimony was taken, and At torney Stambaugh, who appeared for the defense, moved that a verdict for acquittal be directed, on the grounds that the indictment stated that the horse in question which Blackhawk was accused of stealing, did not belong to him but was the property of Mrs. Adolph Wise. Judge Amidon then directed a verdict of acquittal, and Blackhawk is again a free man. RIFLES MAY COME. Washington, May 23.—Representa tive Spalding was at the state repart ment to request that the Ninetieth bat talion, Canadian Rifles, be permitted to visit Fargo on June 7, the date of the fire festival. As the Rifles is a military organization it is necessary to secure the consent of ine United States government to come over the border. Permission will doubtless be granted, as is customary in such cases. PRISONERS SENTENCED. Fargo, May 23.—The following pris oners were sentenced in U. S. court: K. Z. Costello pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with intro ducing liquor on an Indian reserva tion, and was fined .$100 'and sentenced, to sixty days in the Towner county jail. Dolphus and J. J. Bouvier pleaded guilty to cutting timber on govern ment land, and were fined $975_ each and sentenced to sixty days each in the Towner county jail. Culbert Grant, Joseph Brien and Gregnoir Brien pleaded guilty to in troducing liquor on the Turtle Moun tain reservation, and were fined $100 each and sentenced to sixty days each in the county jail. Grenoir Brien pleaded not guilty to a similar charge and the charge against him was dismissed. George Busk and John Clone pleaded guilty to selling liquor to an Indian and Busk was fined $500 and sentenced to six months in the Ramsey county jail. Clone was fined $200 and sen tenced to four months in the same jail. OPERATIVE MILLERS. Kansas City, Mot, May 23.—The Operative Millers of America began their fifth annual session here this morning. There is a large attend ance and much interest manifested. The session will last four days. DECIDES A LAND CASE. Washington, May 23.—The United States supreme court has just handed down a decision involving the owner ship of a valuable quarter section of land located in Richland county. The case is entitled the Guarantee Savings bank against Albert Bladow. Bladow contested the claim of a man who filed on the homestead, after the original filer had mortgaged it to the Guarantee company. He was successful in his contest and in due time proved up, receiving a patent from the govern ment of the land. The Guarantee company started foreclosure proceed ings, and when the case reached the state supreme court it was held there tne cancellation of filing was valid and that this act cancelled the mortgage. The highest court affirmed the deci sion of the North Dakota court in as far as the decision had to do with the cancellation, but held that the mort gage was good. POSTOFFICE THIEVES. Fargo, May 23.—W. T. Meye and P. R. Lance, postoffice inspectors, arrived last night from Grafton, where they yesterday arrested Alex Godrie and Carl Berquam, young men aged about IS years each, on the charge of bur glarizing the Grafton postoffices. The office was first burglarized on last Thursday night. At that time the burglars secured about $8 in pennies from the postoffice and about $30 from the news stand in the same room. The burglary was kept secret and the department notified. On Sunday night the office was again visited, $3 or $4 in pennies being taken from the postoffice and $10 or $15 from the news stand. The inspectors began work on the case Monday and yester day made the two arrests mentioned. Godrie is a half-breed and lives at Fisher, Minn. They have not had their hearing yet, but the inspectors claim to have convicting evidence against tliem.*' DONKIN KILLED. DIVISION SUPERINTENDENT OF THE GREAT NORTHERN ROAD KILLED AT M'CANNA. Larimore, May 23.—Superintendent E. A. Donkin, of the Dakota division of the Great- Northern, with head quarters at Larimore, was almost in stantly killed yesterday afternoon at McCanna, a station on the* Langdon line twelve miles north of Larimore. He was on his way to Inkster on a gasoline motor tricycle. When just at the McCanna station a dog jumped onto the track. The tricycle did not strike th^ dog, but Mr. Donkin leaned to one side and thrown from the ma chine, striking on a tie of a switch track on his head. He was picked up unconscious by the agent and others around the depot and a special train was hurriedly dispatched from Lari more. The injured man was taken to his home, but died at 4:15 without regaining consciousness. He leaves a wife and four children, two girls, aged 13 and 11, and two boys, aged 0 and C. Mr. Donkin was one of the most popular officials on the Great Northern system and his sad and un expected death will be generally re gretted in railroad circles, and espe cially in Larimore where he and his family have lived for several years. GETS A FORTUNE. FARGO DIVORCEE COMES INTO A FORTUNE OF $150,000 ON COM ING OF AGE. Fargo, May 23.—Mrs. Edna Benser Stockhouse, one of the Fargo divorce colony, and who has been a popular resident of this city for the past year, has come into a fortune of $150,000. She was the adopted daughter of Charles A. Benser, a wealthy wagod maker of Rock Island, 111. After the death of her foster father, she and her foster mother became estranged, and a. suit over the property resulted. The sum of $112,000 was placed in trust for her and when she came of age a few days ago it had increased to $150,000 and was transferred to her. She was married to Charles P. Stockhouse, a Pittsburg railroad official, but came to Fargo to secure a divorce. NOT DEAD YET. Fargo, May 23.—Jessa Langdon writes a Fargo friend that the reports of his death were very much exagger ated and that he is still on the map and as husky a kid as ever. After joining the army and going to Manila ho was very ill and his right lung be came affected, resulting in an abcess, which necessitated an operation and the removal of a few inches of one of his ribs. After the operation he was attacked with palpitaion of the heart and lay in a state of coma for five days, He began to recover'soon afterwards and was sent home on sick leave. He is at present recuperating in Omaha and is growing as strong as ever. DYING OF CANCER. FRIENDS OF LILOUKALANI SAY SHE IS GOING HOME TO DIE OF A CANCER. San Francisco, May 23—Queen Lil oukalani sails May 30 for Honolulu. Her secretary admitted frankly that the Queen had been suffering for three years from cancer of the neck, but that Dr. English's treatment had benefited her and she was talcing him with her in hope that ho can cure her. Dr. English declares that the mild climate of Honolulu will effect a cure, but the Queen's intimate, friends here say that she is going home to die. When she first arrived here eighteen month3 ago on her way to Washington it was reported she was suffering from the same complain: that proved fatal to Gen. Grant, but this report was then vigorously denied, as it has been sev eral times since. Now there seems to be no reason for comcealing the fact "that the Queen is suffering from a disease that has seldom been cured. She hopes that congress, before it ad journs, will grant her $250,000 as com pensation for the crown which was taken from her. She does not care for a pension, her friends say, but pre fers a lump sum. TWENTY-EIGHTH YEAR. (BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY, MAY 25, 1900. MAY BE AN EAE. Possible Scion of a Noble Family in the Penitentiary at Toledo, Ohio. Identity Revealed by a Letter Ad dressed to Him at Grafton, as Titled. Toledo, O., May 23.—When John O'Grady, sent to the penitentiary for one year for larceny in Toledo, was received at the penitentiary today and searched, a letter was found addressed to Sir Ralph Vermilye, Grafton, N. D. At first not very much attention was given to the letter, but his peculiar ac tions aroused considerable suspicion, and he was closely questioned. The penitentiary officials inquired carefully as to his crime, and found that it con sisted of robbing a man when he was asleep, and besides that, several other crimes of a more or less serious char acter were laid at his door, although no effort was made to prove any of them, for the reason thai it was found very easy to convict him of the offense charged against him when the case came to trial. "The letter which attracted attention to O'Grady as a possible scion of no bility was mailed from Vienna, Aus tria, Sept. 2N, 18!)!), and was signed Herbert C. Pervis, 17 Southampton street, London, England. It referred to a number of shortcomings by infer ence and indiscretions in which Sir Ralph, the letter said, had been impli cated, but expressed a hope that his last serious difficulty could be straight ened up so he might return to his fam ily, who had felt very much disgraced, as well as very much exercised over J».S future. It also referred to a draft for £250 previously sent to Sir Ralph, and also of the collection of a number' of rents, evidently coming from his es tates, which led the investigators to believe that he was an eldest son and possessed of estates that are being looked after by solicitpus relatives. Another statement in the same let ter is to the effect that the victim of Sir Ralph's rash act is rapidly recov ering and that he (Pervis) thought by careful strategy he might upon his re turn to London secure the man's par don from the crown, as there had been some extenuating circumstances which had not appeared when the crime was first committed. O'Grady, in a burst Of confidence, had told the sheriff that he owned a large tract of land by in heritance in Van Diemen's land and that in an altercation over some affair the subject of which he declined to divulge he had shot an English col onel and then found it necessary to get out of the country. He had ac cordingly gathered together what funds he could secure on short notice and sailed for America. He admitted, it is alleged, that he had kept carefully under cover in the Dakotas for some time, but found life too slow and not to his liking in the wild and woolly west, so he determined to come east. He went to Chicago, where, it is inti mated, he got/ into some trouble and concluded he had better come farther east. The man at times shuts up like a clam and refuses to discuss himself or his condition or antecedents, and again when approached by some one who goes at him in a manner that intimates he is being treated as an equal and not as a criminal he is inclined to be somewhat communicative. He says he has squandered over £10,000 since he came to America in the worst sort of riotous living, and intimates that he does not expect to have reformed very much after his year in the Ohio penitentiary. There is no question apparently that he is of noble blood, but the taint of heredity or some other cause has created in him an irrepres sible desire to commit crime. If he runs short of money he resorts to al most anything to secure it and appears oblivious to consequences. LYNCHED. NEGRO DEALT SUMMARY JUS TICE BY A COLORADO MOB FOR MURDER OF ORPHAN GIRLS. Pueblo, Colo., May 23.—Calvin Kim blern was lynched by a mob at 1:33 o'clock this morning. He was ar ested at Denver yesterday and brought to Pueblo by the sheriff. Within five minutes alter his arrival a mob seized Kimblern, tied a rope about his neck, dragging him through the streets. The crowd finally stopped and hanged him to a telegraph pole. The rope broke twice but the third attempt was suc cessful. Kimblern was a negro em ploye of the house for feeble-minded. Last Sunday he shot his wife and then murdered two little' orpuan girls be cause they had repeated to his wife threats made by Kimblfern. THE OLD SETTLERS. Fargo, May 22.—The official call for the tenth annual meeting of the old settlers oC the Red River valley has been issued by Secretary Lounsberry. The meeting will be held at Park River June 12 and 13. All settlers who were in the valley prior to July 1, 187!), are eligible to membership. The wives of settlers of that date and all children born to that period are honorary members. The settlers who arrived prior to July, 18G1, are also honorary members. It has been sug gested that the 1901 meeting be held in Pembina on August 17, as that will be the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of Uncle #harlie Cavalier of that city in the valley, and really marks the beginning of the settlement of the valley by the white men. MRS. BOTTINEAU DEAD. Minneapolis, May 22.—Marie Ren ville Bottineau, the wife of J. B. Bot tineau of this city, died in Washing ton, D. C., last Saturday. Mrs. W. T. Whitney, her daughter, whose home is at 1829 Third street north, received a telegram Saturday announcing the ser ious illness of Mrs. Bottineau and almost immediately after a second tel egram announcing her death. Mrs. Bottineau was born in Mani toba, was about u( years of age, and ,was the daughter of Gabriel Renville, one of the pioneer explorers and guides of the northwest, who left a memorial oi himself in the name of the town and of the county of Renville. He was widely known all through the northwest and was an associate of the famous Pierre Bottineau. She was married to J. B. Bottineau, Pierre's son, at the age of li at Pembina. N. D. She leaves' two daughters, Mrs. Whitney, mentioned above, and Mrs. Marie L. Baldwin of the treasury de partment at Washington. Her mother also survives her. The remains will be brought to Minnesota for burial at Osseo in about four weeks. SLUGGED WITH A BRICK. Bottineau, N. D., May 22.—Thomas Gardner,, an old citizen and an ele vator man, was attacked last night on his way home by a half drunken man, armed with bricks and a sharp-pointed knife. Gardner was struck on the side of the head by a brick and wounded pretty badly. He is a large, powerful man and, attacking his ad versary, overcame him finally, though he came out with a broken hand. FIND OF LIGNITE. PROMOTERS OF NORTHERN PACI FIC RAILROAD GRATIFIED AT THE PROSPECTS FOR BUSINESS. Minneapolis, May 22.—The promot ers of the Bismarck, Washburn & Great Falls railway are greatly elated over the discovery of a fine quality of lignite coal in the vicinity of Wilton, the first station on the new line. The coal was found at a depth of fifty feet in large quantities, and its composi tion, in the lowest portion of the mine, is almost bituminous, showing nearly .00 per cent of carbon. The consump tion of coal in easy hauling distance of the mines there will amount to thousands of tons annually. In Far go alone there is a market for 200 car loads daily. fPcchit) ^ribmic. Track laying on the new road is pro gressing at the rate of a mile a day. About twenty-five flat cars are on their way to Bismarck, the engines being already on the ground. Senator Washburn's land syndicate has sold about 25,000 acres of land near Wilton which is some 20 miles north of Bismarck, and hundreds of settlers are already in their crops. There is already an elevator at this station containing 50,000 bushels of grain which will be shipped out upon the completion of the line to that point The officials of the road esti mate that they will get about 1,000,000 bushels of wheat and 300,000 bushels of flax out of the country tributary to Wilton, from which it would appear that the country is adapted to other purposes than grazing. All of the Northern Pacific lands in Mercer county which are opposite to Washburn on the west bank of the river, have been bought by the Mercer county Improvement company. NOT SO LARGE. Washington, May 22.—From reports received from the inspectors who went to Havana after the exposure of the postoffice frauds, it is now hoped the shortage will not exceed $SO,dOO. SMUGGLED JEWELS. E. J. PEPKE, A NORTH DAKOTA VOLUNTEER ARRESTED IN CHI CAGO FOR SELLING SMUGGLED JEWELS—HAS $1,500 WORTH HE GOT-AT MANILA. Chicago, May 22.—Emil J. Pepke, who during the Spanish-American war served in the Philippines with a North Dakota regiment, is a prisoner at Desplaines Street station charged with evading the customs law. His release depends upon a novel law point. Pepke is accused of having brought diamonds and other jewels valued at $1,500 from Manila without having them appraised by a customs officer. In some respects the case resembles one in which Judge Lochren of Minne sota recently decided that the terri tory of Puerto Rico is under the con stitution of the United States and therefore exempt from the duty law. i'epke was arrested Thursday night at Halsted and Madison street while try ing to dispose of a diamond. When searched fourteen gems were found in his possession. He explained to Captain Shippy that he purchased the jewels in Manila, but at first his story was not believed and he was locked up pending further in vestigation. Special Agent Thomas O'Keefe of the subtreasury confiscated tne gems yesterday and Pepke was or dered over to the federal authorities. Pepke says that when the war with Spain began he was selling jewelry at Wahpeton, N. D. He enlisted and went to the front with Colonel Treu mann's command. While there he purchased the diamonds and other jewels for the purpose of selling them upon his return. BECKHAM GOVERNOR Supreme Court Dismisses Kentucky Case Because of Lack of Juris diction. Victory for Beckham and the Demo cratic ^Legislature that Unseated Taylor. Washington, May 21.—The United States supreme court today decided that it has no jurisdiction in the Ken tucky gubernatorial wrangle because no' federal question was involved and dismissed the petition of W. R. Tay lor, the republican incumbent, for a hearing. This leaves the victory with the democratic governor and sus tains the legality of the action of the Kentucky legislature. The interest in the case was evident by the great crowd present in court. Nearly all (he Kentucky representatives in con gress were there. Neither Taylor or Beckham was present or represented by counsel. Chief Justice Fuller read the opinion of the court. HORSE THIEVES. minot, May 22.—Horse thieves are doing quite a business at Minot. A span of driving horses, valued at $25(, was stolen from Hanker Roach at the stock yards. A valuable team was stolen from J. H. Scofleld and about the same time a saddle horse from a farmer living north of Minot. SHORT A SECRETARY. Manoan, May 22.—The state fair as sociation seems to be having consider able trouble in securing the services of a secretary. Last year's secretary, T. A. Cummins, declined to serve an otner year. T. C. Kennelly was selected without being consulted and he declined. G. L. Heegard was chosen in the same way and he de clined. Editor Packard was next picked out and he is not enamored of the job and will probably decline. THE BISHOP FIGHT. IT IS FINALLY SETTLED IN FAV OR OF MESSRS. MOORE AND HAMILTON—THE WOMAN QUES TION SETTLED. Chicago. May 22.—On the seven teenth ballot this morning the Metho dist conference elected D. H. Moore and J. W. Hamilton additional bish ops. Rev. Moore is editor of the Western Christian Advocate and Rev, Hamilton is secretary of the Freed man's Aid Society. The conference also settled the woman question b*y changing the word "layman" to "lay member," thus permitting women to become delegates to the general con ferences. This has been a bone of contention for the past century. NAMES M'GINNIS. GOVERNOR SMITH OF MONTANA DISREGARDS CLARK'S APPOINT MENT AND NAMES MARTIN MA- G1NNIS. Butte, Mont., May 1!).—Governor Smith today sent dispatches from here to Senator W. A. Clark, Senator Chand ler, chairman on the committee on privileges and elections^ and Senator Frye, president of the senate, saying that he had disregarded and revoked the action of Lieut. Gov. Spriggs in naming Clark to succeed to the va cancy caused by his own resignation and saying he had named Martin Ma ginnis of Helena to fill the vacancy. The governor gives as his reasons his opinion that the appointment of Clark by the lieutenant governor was tainted by collusion and fraud. Dispatches are practically the same, that to Clark reading: "I have this day disregarded and revoked your appointment as United States senator made by Governor Spriggs on the 15th inst., as being tainted with collusion and fraud, and have this day appointed Hon. Martin Maginnis. United States senator, to fill the vacancy caused by your resigna tion." Those to Frye and Chandler are of the same tenor, notifying them of his action. The governor also sent a for mal protest to Chandler detailing his reasons. SLOPE LANDS. IOWA MEN FORMING A LAND AS SOCIATION TO HANDLE MISSOU RI SLOPE LANDS. Denison, la., May 18.—Messrs. W. W. Cushman and R. A. Romans of this place returned last week from an ex tended trip of inspection through Stuts man, Kidder, Burleigh and McLean counties, North Dakota, and upon their favorable representation a large tract of lafad in North Burleigh, North Da kota, near tne line of the new rail road now being constructed north trom Bismarck, was purchased by some of the. best known men and capitalists in Denison, including Judge Connor, T. J. Garrison, Edgar Garrison, P. E. C. Lally, J. T. Carey, C. L. Voss, N. L. Hunt, Nicholson Bros., W. W. Cush man and R. A. Romans. The locality in which these lands were purchased is the best locality that they visited for the purchase of cheap lands at this time. Their judgment was influenced by the nature of the soil, sub-soil and climatic conditions. It would appear .. y..- v. Grazing facilities are reported to be of the very best to be found in any of the range localities. This county is also well watered by numerous creeks and springs. The coal supply is un limited and can practically be had for the digging, and is sold for ninety cents a ton. Indeed that whole coun try is underlaid with a first-class qual ity of coal. CENTRAL COMMITTEE. Jamestown, May 18.—The judicial central committee for this district is as .follows: Barnes—Ed Winterer. Eddy—S. M. Putnam. Foster—Geo. Soliday. Griggs—D. Bartlett LaMoure—R. W. S. Blackwell. Logan—J. A. Weed. Stutsman—John Knauf. Wells—D. T. Davis. TO OUST CLARK. THE COMMITTEE DECIDES TO PRESS ITS ORIGINAL RESOLU TION DECLARING NO ELECTION OF SENATOR IN MONTANA. Washington, May 18.—The senate committee on privileges and elections at a meeting today decided to press to final conclusion the original resolution declaring W. A. Clark not entitled to a seat from Montana. ACCEPTED. Washington, May 19.—The Grant statue was formally accepted by con gress today. The exercises in thfe house and senate consisting of speech es by McLeary, Grosvenor, Richard son, Cummings, Linney, Gayle, Berry, Warner. Gardner, Brosius and Dolli ver. The Grant family were special guests fthe occasion. The unveil ing was informal. In the senate ex ercises began at 4 o'clock. The statue is the gift of the Grand Army. It is of pure marble, and as he appeared in uniform before Vicksburg. MERRY'S CASE. St. Paul, May 19.—The case against C. F. Merry of Dickinson, charged with securing $275 on a worthless draft, has been postponed to July 24. Merry is under bonds to. appear. FORT LINCOLN. NEW FORT AT BISMARCK WILL GET A SHARE OF THE}, FUND OF $1,000,000. Washington, May IS.—Assurances were given Representatives Gamble and Burke at the war department to day that a liberal amount would be expended during the next fiscal year i:i making repairs and improvements at the Fort Meade military post in South Dakota. The sundry civil bill contains an item appropriating $1, 000,000 for repairs to military posts and it is from this fund that improve ments will be made at Fort Meade, Fort Lincoln at Bismarck, N. D., and probably at Fort Snelling. Persistent efforts have been made to get favor able action in the committee on mili tary affairs, but the time of the com mittee has been occupied with other matters. The fuild of $30,000 allowed lor Meade two years is exhausted and the representatives urged upon Gen. Corbin the necessity for further im provements. PHILADELPHIA. ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO GO TO THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION. Fargo, May IS.—Yesterday after noon was a meeting of the delegates, alternates and the member of the na tional committee. It was then learned that there was quite a number of peo ple who desired to visit Philadelphia at the time of the national convention, and Messrs. Robinson and Plumley were appointed a committee to make the arrangements in regard to fare, route, time of starting, and other de tails. 'I ne party will probably leave here on the evening of June 14, reach ing Philadelphia Sunday. Any one who would like to go in the party should correspond with the gentlemen mentioned. It is expected that a sleeper will run directly through from Fargo, so that there will be no change of cars. Tickets will be good for about a week after the convention is over before starting for home, and it is expected that each will return as they wisii to, while all will ko down together. ROBERTS' ADVANCE. London, May 23.—Lord Roberts re ports that his advance forces under Hamilton reached Heilbron after con siderable fighting, while Lord Roberts, himself, with the main force, moved to Honingpruit. General Broadwood captured fifteen Boer wagons. There were seventy-five casualties in Ham ilton's forces yesterday. FRENCH ON THE MOVE. Kroonstadt, May 23.—Gen. French crossed the Rhenoster river thirty miles north. President Steyn left Heilbron Sunday, destination not known. J1 FIVE CENTS that the locality'named has the great est rain fall during the months needed for grain crops of any locality west of the Red River valley, and the lands .consist of botn fanning and grazing lands. Kt"