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Minister Wu is on Hand with Another Imperial Edict from the Chinese Government. Says a Sufficient Escort of Troops will be Provided when Ministers Wish to Leave. Communication with Home Government Permitted if the Messages are in Plain Language. Washington, Aug. S.—Minister Wu called at the state department this morning with an edict dated Aug. 2, translated by Chang. The edict is in response to Chang and Liu Kun Yis' memorial, proposing to send the min isters to Tien Tsin. The edict says it is found necessary to protect the min isters during the disturbances. As Pekin is not yet restored.to order, pre cautionary measures may not secure absolute security. The ministers, be ing consulted, proposed a plan dealing with troops to escort them to Tien Tsin for temporary shelter. The edict commands Jung Lu to provide sufficient escort to protect the minis ters whenever they agree upon leav ing Pekin. If the foreign ministers, before leaving, desire to communicate with their governments and if the tele graphic messages should be in plain language, the tsung li yamen shall im mediately attend to them. OFFICIAL. BRITISH GOVERNMENT RECEIVES THE FIRST OFFICIAL NOTIFICA TION OF THE BATTLE NEAR TIEN TSIN. London, Aug. 8.—The first official British notification of the battle of Peitzang Sunday was received today from the British admiral at Chefoo. A telegram dated Aug. 5 reads: "The allies about 12,000 strong attacked the Chinese in an entrenched position two miles out of Tien Tsin. The Chinese were driven out and retired northward, the allies pursuing and occupying their position. The advance on Pekin by the road and river has begun." COMniANDBR. Cologne, Aug. .8.—The Gazette learns that Field Marshal Waldersee has been appointed commander in Chefoo of the allies in China. "UNEXAMPLED CRIME." QUEEN VICTORIA SO CHARACTER IZES THE ACTS OF THE CHI NESE GOVERNMENT. London, Aug. 8.—Parliament was prorogued today until October. The queen's speech says the situation in the African war has not reached.a conclu sion but the invaders have been driven beyond the frontiers and the two cap itals of the enemy and much of their territory occupied. The annexation of Orange is believed to be the first step toward the union of the two races and the establishment of good gov ernment. As to China, "every effort is being made to punish this unexam pled crime." WAS DRY BEFORE. Jamestown, Aug. 7.—M. W. English, one of the old timers in the southwest ern part of the county, reports finding a government survey stake in the mid dle of a lake bed, which had become dry this year for the first time in at least eighteen years. It was never before known that the stake had been there and the inference is that when the surveyors were at work in that lo cality the lake was as dry as now. The pond has always been a deep one for a prairie lake and but little hay could be cut around it owing to the water. How long before the surveyors drove the stake the lake had been dry is of course not known. Some data might be gained by. an examination of the government surveyors' records. Water for stock is getting scarce in thj usual places In the hills where it has always been abundant, and the springs are getting low. One South Dakota man with 4,000 sheep In the western part of the county is reported having a hard time to get water enough for the animals. Rains would soon remedy this. ELECTRIC LIGHT RIVALRY. Fargo, Aug. 7,—A struggle between the rival electric light companies is in progress in the. vicinity of the court house, on Ninth street anH on Second avenue south. The Edison Co. is en deavoring to parallel the line of the Fargo Gas & Electric Co. people and the latter is trying to get their poles moved so as to bring the Edison people within the terms of the injunction. Both sides were working hard to gain the advantage and at 3 o'clock this afternoon £he Edison company was a few points v»head, CASS COUNTY FIGURES. Forum: The state board of equali zation VHll meet at Bismarck on next Tuesday. Deputy State Auditor Lu cas has the assessment rolls as left by the county board ready for ship m'ent to the capitol. Some interesting figures are shown in the real estate assessments. The total assessment for this year amounts to .$10,020,15)), against .$8,003,0S7 in 1800, an increase of .$1,123,072. The total acreage is 1,082,874 against 1,0S2,228 acres in 1800, an increase of 2,040 acres. The average valuation per acre this year is fixed at $0.50, against .$5.50 in 1800. Fargo township has the highest priced land in the county, it being valued at .$12.05 per acre. Amenia township is valued at .$0.02 per acre, and Lake township at .$3.00 is the lowest valua tion. The total valuation of struc tures in the county is .$1,727,005, against .$l,i34,«08 in 1800. BUDGE CHAIRMAN. Republican State Committee Organizes at Grand Forks, Wm. Budge, Chair man, M. H. Jewell, Secretary. A Resolution Passed Basing the Ap portionment at Next Convention on the Lowest Vote Cast. Grand Forks, Aug. 7.—(Special)— The republican committee at Grand Forks organized electing William Budge chairman and M. H. Jewell sec retary with Grand Forks as headquar ters. A resolution was passed basing the apportionment in the next state convention in each county on the low est vote cast for any candidate on the ticket outside of railroad commission ers. This will discourage "favorite son" vote. The executive committee is not yet chosen. McGillivray will be the member from the Sixth district, There is much enthusiasm and there will be a grand rally tonight. FUSION CAMPAIGN. FUSIONIST COMMITTEE ORGAN IZES AT FARGO—,/ITHDRAWAL FROM THE TICKET. Fargo, Aug. 0.—The executive com mittee of the fusion state central com mittee met at the Metropole. The committee is made up of H. D. Allert, Langdon Frank Wilder, Mandan M. N. Early, Wahpeton Thomas Klein ogel, Fargo E. C. Carruth, Grand Forks J. B. Eaiton, Fargo, and J. Cashel, Grafton. Thos. Kleinogel was chosen chairman and E. C. Car ruth secretary, at the state convention held at Grand Forks, and Fargo was selected as headquarters. Plans for the campaign were discussed and the assessments were decided upon. L. Stavnheim, who was nominated for railroad commissioner, has intim ated that he desired to withdraw from the ticket, giving as his reason that he felt that he could do more for the ticket if he was unhampered by being a part of it. The delegates thought different and Mr. Stavnheim is still a candidate for railroad commissioner. Frank Williams of Grand Forks has given notice that he will withdraw as a candidate for secretary of state, and when his resignation is received it will be accepteu and the place filled by J. J. Stampen also of Grand Forks, who was register of deeds of Grand Forks county for some time. Among those who attended the con ference in addition to the members were M. A. Wipperman, candidate for governor M. A. Hildreth, candidate for congress S. K. McGinnis, candi date for' auditor L. Stavnheim, can' didate for railroad commissioner John Carmody, candidate for attorney general W. R. Kellogg, Jamestown, and M. N. Early, Wahpeton. The total acreage under cultivation in Cass county this year is 31,702 acres less than last year, according to the assessor's books. The total acreage under cultivation this year Is 746,836, against 778,028'In 1899. This year's figures show that in Cass county there 806,435% acres of farm lands. "i^s^'/v- "v.•" '. but its opponents were close behind. it TWENTY-EIGHTH YEAR. •BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 1900. *\ypf TO TEST THE EDICT Washington Officials Preparing a Mes sage to Test the Imperial Edict of the Chinese. Message will be Sent to Minister Con ger, Promising Him Speedy Re lief at Pekin. Urged to Impress upon the Chinese that the Powers will Hold them to Account. Washington, Aug. 8.—A reply to Minister Conger's dispatch is being prepared at the state department to test the imperial edict, which agrees to open communication. When the message is "prepared Secretary Root will submit it by wire to President Mc Kinley at Canton for his approval, it is to be in Pekin this afternoon. It is said to hold out to Conger hope of speedy relief, that the world is watch ing with admiration the gallant de fense of the legations, and inquires as to the attitude of the Chinese govern ment itself, wnether the imperial troops are attacking the lega tions under its orders or revolutionary soldiers. It urges strong representa tions be made to the effect that the powers hold China to the strictest ac countability if harm befalls the diplo matic representatives. Admiral Remey cables from Taku Aug. 0, via Chefoo Aug. 8: "Chaffee reports that Japanese took Peitzang on the morning of Aug. 5. The en gagement was over before the Ameri cans could arrive. The movement will probably be continued to Yang Tsun." PULLS THE PIGS. SHERIFF OF RICHLAND COUNTY PULLS THE BLIND PIGS AT LID GERWOOD. Wahpeton, Aug. 4.—Tuesday Sheriff Jones armed with search warrants and injunctional orders, issued on the com plaint of one Ed McDonald, an agent of the state enforcement league, started out after the Hankinson and Lidgerwood blind pigs or saloons which have become notorious all over the state. The sheriff was accompanied by Deputies Dan Jones, Frank McKen zie, H. G. Rasmussen, and A. E. Sun derhauf, attorney for the enforcement league. They arrived at Hankinson unexpectedly about 7 o'clock and started in with the place owned by Er nest Kriesel, where they found a- quan tity of alcohol, whisky and beer and all the bar fixtures, pumps, etc., per taining to the saloon business. Next they went to Frank Glasner's place, whic'h had been sold the day before to Paul Kunert. Here they found a bar rel and case of beer, several gallons of whisky and bar fixtures worth .$000 or .$700, the latter belonging, so it is claimed, to the Hamm Brewing Co. Then J. P. Glassner's place was taken in and a small amount of beer and whisky found. They then Went, to Julius Jasmer's place and picked up a freshly tapped keg of beer. The injunctional orders were served on the owners of the buildings, and the places locked up. The sheriff and dep uties then started for LidgerwooTl where they expected to make another big haul, but the news of their coming had gone before and when they searched the ten .suspected places they found that the booze, or evidence, had been spirited away from every place but the hotel of E. C. Gates, where a small amount of whisky and a case of beer was found in the sample room. This they locked up and left in charge of an ofllcer. HELD UP. MASKED ROBBERS HOLD UP POST OFFICE CLERK AT NEW ENG LAND AND SECURE SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY. Dickinson, Aug. 8.—Deputy Postmas ter Noble of New. England, a small place south of Dickinson, was held up last night and robbed. Fortunately the drawer contained but $10. Five hundred dollars in cash and checks be longing to the store in the same build ing was overlooked. The highway men held a gun at Noble's head and walked him half a mile from town where they left him and rode away. DOES DAMAGE. Fargo, Aug. 8.—The rainfall of Sat urday and Sunday while of untold damage to crops will in a way benefit •1' a portion of the country, especially where the fields are being plowed. The' average precipitation on Saturday was .17 inches, and on Sunday l.i 5 inches. To this section of the county the damage was not in the storm itself al though considerable grain was lodged. The after effect of the storm—oppres sive damp weather, if continuing to the end of the week, will destrop thous ands of bushels. The grain in shock has already turned a bluish color and will sprout within a few days. Grain in shock will necessarily be spread to dry. The bundles are wet clear through. THE SMALLPOX EPIDEMIC. Rolla, N. D., Aug. S.—Mayor Geteli ell of Devils Lake came tonight to in estigate smallpox among the Indians, here are seventeen cases already and three deaths. The Indian police are guarding and quarantining the cases, rhe town is quarantined against the •eservation. BADGER REPUBLICANS. Milwaukee, Aug. x.—The state re publicans met at noon and nominated Former Congressman LaFollette for governor on a platform reaffirming national planks, and declaring for a primary election law wnich shall abol ish primaries and caucuses. The rest of the slate as fixed went through. ANOTHER MESSAGE British Government gets Message from the Minister to China, Dated August Third Casualties Slight Since July [26—All Wounded Doing Well, Sixty Killed, 110 Wounded. London, Aug. 8.—In the house of commons today a telegram from the British minister dated Pekin, Aug. 3, was read. The message is as follows: "Today I received your telegram for warded by the Chinese minister. Shell and cannon fire ceased July 10, but rifle fire from positions held by the Boxers and government troops con tinued intermittenu". The casualties since July 20 have been slight. All the wounded are doing well. The total losses are sixty killed and 110 wounded. We have strengthened our fortifications. Have over 300 women, children and refugees in the legation. RECEIVING BRYAN LARGE CROWDS AT INDIANAPO LIS DO HONOR TO THE DEMO CRATIC NOMINEE. Indianapolis, Aug. t.—With the thermometer 80 at S o'clock Bryan, Stevenson and party breakfasted at the Grand Hotel while a crush of hu manity at. the door observed every movement of the party. From 10 to 11 a reception was held at the home of Mrs. Frank Fauvre, in honor of the distinguished women here with the candidates. There was considerable ill-feeling this morning over the fact thai republicans had posted a big Mc Kinley and Roosevelt lithograph which during the night was covered by Bry an pictures. The parade, from the Grand Hotel Military Park moved sharply at lo.iiO led by Grand Marshal Gerrard and the drum corrs followed by about fift.*u marching clubs, interspersed with bands. Carriages containing Bryaii. Stevenson and the notification com mittee bringing up the rear. Along the line of march the candidates werfe lustily cheered and bowed to the spec tators, occasionally standing erect. Fully 30,000 people greeted the candi dates. It was 2:30 when the address of welcome by Mayor Taggart began. He reminded his hearers they were in the home city of Hendricks, McDonald, Gray, Turpie and a host of good dem ocrats. Chairman Jones then an nounced Congressman Richardson of Tennessee master of ceremonies. Mr. Bryan gave out the following concerning Town's withdrawal: "It was a manly and patriotic statement, and just the thing on- would expect from Mr. Towne by those who knew him." At the republican convention at Mlnnewaukan the nominations were as follows: Auditor, A. A. Lindahl sheriff, C. L. Beaverstadt superinten dent of schools, Torger Sinness states attorney, E. L. Bergland county Judge, Edward Isaacs register, George Dick inson clerk of court, George Duncan treasurer, E. L. Yager. STATE EQUALIZERS. State Board of Equalization Convenes at the Capitol and Organizes this Morning. Preliminary Figures Show a Consider able Increase in Values Over Last Year. Assessors Return More Property and at a Higher Value All Through the State. (Prom Tuesday's Daily.) The state board of equalization con vened at the capitol this morning with Governor Fancher, State Auditor Carlblom, State Treasurer Driscoll and Commissioner Thomas in attendance. Attorney General Cowan is expected to be present for the beginning of ac tive work by the board tomorrow. Governor Fancher is chairman of the board and Auditor Carlblom secretary. The customary oaths were adminis tered to the members of the board and as abstracts from two counties, Ben son and McHenry, were still missing, the board adjourned until 2 o'clock rhis afternoon. Some preliminary figures from the general abstracts of the counties show that the assessed valuation of property through the state is much higher than last year. There have been large in creases in the assessment of both real and personal property by the asses sors. Last year the total value of per sonal property as returned by the as: sessors was .$22,489,417. This year, estimating the returns of tne two coun ties missing, the total is about $24,500, 000, an increase of over .$2,000,000. The real property returned last year was .$05,035,028. This year it is re turned at .$71,200,000, approximately, an increase of over $5,500,000. The total assessed valuation of property as returned this year will be between seven and eight millions greater than the returns last year. Then the board found it necessary to increase the total assessed valuation from about $8.8, 000,000 to .$07,M 10,000. This year the property is returned at nearly the fig ures to which the state board increased it last year, so that it is probable no such radical increase will be neces sary. The work of the board today will be principally a comparison of property values and the discussion of estimates of the amount required for state pur poses during the ensuing biennial period. With this established, the board may proceed to fix values and make the levy witn a definite end in view. (From Wednesday's Daily.) The state board of equalization yes terday afternoon elected A. D. Lucas as clerk, Mrs ±t. N. Stevens as stenog rapher and D. J. McGillis as messen ger. No definite action was taken on any class of property as Attorney Gen eral Cowan had not arrived in time for yesterday's meeting and the general abstract of property was still incom plete, two counties being missing. This morning the boara resumed its session and took a recess to consider the property values in the several coun ties, having a general discussion of the taxation of personal property. It seems the general opinioin that the assessed valuation will not be raised much beyond the figures to which it was raised.by the state board last year. There have been large aggregate increases in the returns of the assessors in some of the counties, and some decreases in others. Cass county returns land at 2 cents an acre higher than the figures set upon it by the state board last year and wants to have these figures decided on by the state board. On the other hand Traill county, and some other counties return land at lower values than the state board fixed last year. The matter of railroad assessment was not touched at this morning's ses sion but is being considered this after noon. A number of railroad repre sentatives are present to appear before the board, being Messrs. Foster of the Northwestern, Wilkinson of the Great Northern, Dike of the Soo, Fernald of the Northern Pacific. While they hold that their assessment in the state is too high, it is. understood they will ask for reductions only on some branch lines, where the* claim the assessment is unjust. It is not believed the state board will be inclined to favor any re ductions. Secretary Lincoln of the Retail Gro- FIVE CENTS cers' Association appeared before the board this morning to ask for a lower assessment of goods and merchandise through the suite and K. H. Register appeared for the wool growers associ ation to ask for a lower valuation of sheep. RAILROAD ASSESSMENT. This afternoon, after hearing the representatives of the roads, the board passed a resolution fixing the assess ment of the railroads the same as last year, .$t ,5oo a mile. The Bismarck, Washburn & Great Falls road was as sessed at .$l,5ihi a mile, and the Chau tauqua branch at .$000 a mile. THRESHING. THRESHERS AT WORK IN SOME PLACES ia THE RED RIVER VALLEY—SOME FAIR YIELDS. Grand Forns, Aug. 0.—All records for early threshing in this section of the Red River valley were broken by Anstett Bros., who with a littlte eight, horse power gasoline rig, purchased of W. H. Higham, pounded out 1,055 bushels of wheat for James Caldwell,, who has a farm in the Brule country,, fourteen miles north oi this city. W. H. Higham and J. 1. Stokes drove out to witness the opening of the threshing season, and returned very much enthused over the sight they witnessed. The day's work was phenomenally -arge for the size of the machine, as 500 or 000 bushels would be considered a good day'a business. Mr. Higham says the ma chine crew consists of two men, one to cut bands and the other to feed, the engine running itself. But five bun dle teams were used ana only one team to haul the grain away. The quality of the grain threshed was excellent. It was as hard as flint, notwithstanding tne earliness of the season,, and the color was as good as that of any wheat ever raised in the valley. This can be accounted for by the fact that it has never been wet since it was ripe. Mr. Stokes, said that the pile of wheat was nearly as large as the straw at the tail end of the machine, and that according to the straw the yield was the most re markable he had ever seen. Since the wheat was taken from the center of the field it was impossible to estimate the yield very closely, but that it was a 10 or 18 bushel crop at least and perhaps more. Threshing August 3 in North Da kota would surprise some of the east erners who have an idea that most of the seeding is done here in July and that it frequently snows all summer. Mr. Higham says the earliest thresh ing heretofore of which he has any record was done on August 10, and as a rule there is little done before the 20th of August. SLAIN BY INDIANS. NORTH DAKOTA FARMER PAINED TO LEARN OF HIS DEATH AT THE HANDS OF REDSKINS. The Pierce county Tribune copies the following special from a Pennsyl vania paper: Lewiston, July 13.—(Special.)—R. C. Snook of Ardagh township removed to Rugby, N. D., last spring, and the news has just been received here that he and his family have been killed by Indians. Mr. Snook was in the woods securing timber, according to the re port of the affair received, when he discovered Indians trying to steal his horses. He fired and killed one, the others escaping. Mr. Snook at once went home, but he was followed by the red men, who had secured assist ance, and the entire family, consist ing of Mr. and Mrs. SnoOk and five children were killed." The Tribune adds: The above is copied from a Pennsylvania paper near where Mr. Snook and his family formerly lived, and his surprise may be better imagined than expressed when he read of the terrible calamity which had befallen himself and fam ily. If such reports are the result of ignorance the author is entitled to sympathy for so dense a misconcep tion of wnat is no longer a distant land, and if published with an intent to detract from the good name our country has in the east the auf or is again entitled to sympathy for Se ex cessive weakness of his efforts. Grand Forks held a big republican rally last night—the first in the state. The occasion was the meeting of the republican state central committee Addresses were made by J. M. Devine, Judge Corliss, Joha M. Cochrane and others.