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Senator Thurston Replies
to Senator Stewart's
Democracy's Leader Has Not
Denied That He Was Hired
by Mine-Owners.
Direct Charges Made by Democratic
Newspapers Permitted to Go
OMAHA, Nebb., Au^. 16. — Senator
Thurston has sent to Senator Stewart of
Nevada the following open letter:
To Hon. William if. Stewart, Washington D. C—
Sir: On return from recent campaign tour 1
find your open letter ol August 1, which you
co kindly gave to the press of the country be
fore awaiting ita receipt by me.
In your letter you refer to the address deliv
ered by me at the Chautauqua Assembly at
Madison, Wis., on July 3. You must have
known when you penned your letter that I did
not make any charge against Hon. William J.
Bryan of any kind whatever; that I did noth
ing except to read portions of an editorial pub
lished :n tbe greatest Democratic journal of
the West, the Chicago Chronicle, on the 11th
of last July. The editorial read by me is as
follows :
"There was a time when the owners of the
big bonanzas of the far West were glad
to occupy by purchase seats in the United
States Senate.
"Sharon, Stanford, Fair, Jones, Stewart and
others gratified their fancy in this manner
until the novelty wore off, and then they dei>u
tized attorneys and other employes to take
their plnces and vote for protective tariffs and
free silver.
"Of late years, owing to the encouragement
that they have received from the Republican
party, which 'always does something for sil
ver' when it passes a tariff bill, the proprie
tors of the big bonanzas have found it profit
able to keep a laree number of orators, lectur
ers and other spokesmen on the road preach
ing to the people already limping as a result
of bites by the free-silver cur, the sovereign
remedy of applying the hair of the dog to the
"Among the many who have been thus em
ployed and carried on the payrolls of the big
bonanzas for a number of yeart is William J.
Bryan of Nebraska. Tbe paid agent and
spokesman ior the free-silver combine, he has
not since his retirement from Congress had
any other visible means of support."
I did not, directly or indirectly, even express
an opinion as to the truth or falsity of the
charge thus clearly, explicitly, unequivocally
and editorially made by a great Democratic
newspaper, reputable and responsible. I did
say, and I still say, "that the man posineas
the advocate of the downtrodden masses of
his country— the man holding; a crown of
thorns in one hand and the bugaboo, a cross
of gold, in the other — owes it as a duty to
every man, woman and child in this country
to say whether that charge, thus publicly and
deliberately made, is false or true."
Now, my dettr Senator, you must have
known, and you did know, when you indited
your open letter to me, that the charge was
not mine; no, not even by adopuon; that I
had not even expressed an opinion with re
spect to it, and that I no more than fulfilled
my duty as a citizen in insisting that Mr.
Bryan should tell the American people whether
or not the charge made by the Chicago Chron
icle was true.
One word from Mr. Bryan on the 12th day
of last July would have set the public right;
one word from him on any day since that time
would have accomplished the same purpose.
The charge thus editorially made by the
Chronicle while the Chicago convention was
still in session was reproduced in many of the
leading journals of the country: it came to
the attention ol Mr. Bryan's own paper, the
Omaha World-Herald, of which he was at the
time editor-in-chief, and the only reference
ever made to it in that paper was on the 15th
day of July, when in its editorial column ap
peared the following under the caption "In
Whose Pay?":
'•The Chicago Chronicie wants Mr. Bryan to
explain in whose pay he has been since he
was dropped out of Congress.— Sioux City
"Mr. Bryan did not drop out of Congress— he
stepped out — but he has been in the employ of
the World-Herald and it is generally conceded
that he has fully earned his salary."
The press dispatches from Lincoln, Nebr.,
show that Mr. B/yai was asked on the first
day of August to make such answer as he
might desire to the charge of the Chronicle,
as read by me at Madison, and the press re
port i« to the effect that Mr. Bryan had noth
ing to say, except that he would answer in due
time and manner.
In a recent issue of the Chicago Post,
another prominent, responsible and reputable
journal, I find the statement that Mr. Bryan's
stated salary from the silver-mine owners, or
the Silver L-ague, was $6000 per annum, paid
to him in monthly checks, which went
through the Lincoln banks.
Then Mr . Thurston quotes an article in
a recent issue of the Philadelphia Ledger,
written by Major John M. Carson, in
which that gentleman says that in 1892,
wben Mr. Bryan was a candidate for re
election to Congress from the First Dis
trict of Nebraska, he was materially as
sisted in tbe i xpenses of his campaign by
donations from Denver, Colo., which
funds, he sai i. were placed in the hands
of the chairman of tbe Congressional
committee. Judge Broady, and announces
that as a result Mr. Bryan was elected by
a majority of 140 votes, and more than re
paid during the Fifty-third Congress the
money expended in his behalf.
Continuing, Senator Thurston says:
These are only a few of the direct and posi
tive charges of a similar kind which have ap
peared from time to time in th» most reputa
ble and responsible newspapers of the United
I would be the last man in the world to
assail the character of Mr. Bryan. I have not
done bo in any In.Uf.nce or by any word of
mine. Mr. Bryan is a candidate of a great
party. It is not just to the American people
that charges of this kind should go un
answered. He is the man and the only man
who can mcke definite and conclusive answer.
Mr. Thurston suggests that Senator
Stewart turn his batteries "upon those
reputable editors and newspapers making
tbe charge?-." In conclusion he says:
The American people, however, can best
judge as to whether or not tlic contributions
for the circulation of silver literature have
been small if you will submit a detailed ac
cnunt, and as you say that these organiza
tions—referring to the American Bimetallic
League and American Bimetallic Union— for
which you stand as sponsor, can account for
all the money received and tne use maae of it,
I hope you will no longer delay in publishing
your itemized balance sheet. I have no doubt
it would be very interesting reading and be
greatly appreciated by a waiting public.
Permit me to suggest, in conclusion, that I
know of no possible reason why the Bimetallic
Union and its contributors should not employ
orators or distribute literature. I concede
that employment by your union is honorable,
providing it is open and avowed, so that tbe
peopie whose interests are bo vitally at stake
may know in whose behalf they are ap
pealed to.
I now bope, my dear sir, that you will frankly
acknowledge the undue haste and stupidity
•with which you have misrepresented me in
thit. matter, and I sincerely trust that you will
immediately transfer to that great Democratic
journal, the Chicago Chronicle, the honor of
an opportunity to substantiate its editorial.
Goes to Church and Visits Historic Scenes
at Tarrytounif X. t.
TARRYTOWN, N. V., Aug. 16.— The
brip-hter side of a candidate's life was ex
perienced by Hon. William J. Bryan to
day. He had, perhaps, the pleasantest
Sunday since his nomination. In company
with General Samuel A. Thomas, the New
York capitalist and prominent Repub
lican, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan attended divine
services this morning at the First Presby
terian church in Irvington. 0. J. Smith
took the nominee driving in the afternoon.
Mrs. Bryan, Mrs. Smitb and Mrs. Sewali
were in the party. They visited scenes of
historic and legendary interest in Tarry
town and vicinity, including the bridge
where, according to Washington Irving,
the headless horseman threw his skull at
Ich&bod Crane. They alighted at Sleepy
Hollow Cemetery and visited the grave of
Washington Irving.
In addition to Mr. and Mrs. Bryan and
Mr. Sewall, John Brisbin Walker bad as
guests at dinner this evening Albert Shaw,
editor of tbe Review of Reviews, whose
summer residence is at Irvington, and
W. R. Hearst. Several friends and neigh
bors of Mr. Walker called on Mr. Bryan
and Mr. Sewall to-day.
Part of the journey to-morrow to Upper
Red Hook, the place where Mr. Bryan will
write his letter of acceptance, will be made
by boat up the Hudson. If it can be so
arranged the Poughkeepsie boat will stop
at Irvington for Mr. Bryan and his party,
and the trip as far as Pougbkeepsie will
be made by that means. Otherwise the
party will board it at Yonkers. The boat
is due ai Irvington about 9:30 A. M.
Mr. Bryan confirmed to-day the dis
patches from St. Louis and Baltimore that
he had promised to speak at those places,
but said the dates bad not been fixed.
Mr. Bryan stated that he is not yet ready
to give out his itinerary for the campaign.
Possibility That They Will Xot Support
Bryan for the Presidency.
LITTLE ROCK. Ark., Aug. 16.— The
Populist State Central Committee will
meet in this city to-morrow to consider
the September election. The Arkansas
Populisms may conclude not to support
Brvan, and may substitute the name of
Norton of Illinois. An address just issued
by the State committee is as follows:
We call special attention to the People's
party nominees for Presidential electors.
These electors, ii elected, will vote for the
People's party candidate for President and for
Thomas E. Watson for Vice-President. The
old party leaders are doing all in their power
to disintegrate the People's party by false re
ports. We are glad to say that they are not
succeeding, but, on the contrary, nearly all
the silver Republicans have come to the Peo
ple's party and are attending their conven
Thousands of Democrats declare they will
support Bryan and Watson electors. They
much prefer Watson to Sewall. The commit
tee nrges the party to give earnest support to
our National, State and local tickets. There is
nothing In the situation that is discouraging,
but, on tne contrary, mucn to encourage.
Han net' x Report of the Situation Pitta,
7he Major in High Spirits.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Aug. 16.— Major
McKinley spent the entire day at National
Chairman Hanna's home on the lake
shore. Mr. Hanna arrived from Chicago
early this morning, and several hours were
spent by the major and his manager in
close consultation. Mr. Hanna, now that
he has beard from every State as to the
exact condition of affairs, is highly elated
over the prospect, acd his encouraging
news put the major in the best of spirits
to-day. In tbe afternoon Colonel Myron
T. Herrick joined the conference. Mr.
Hanna will leave for New York to-mor
row, and Major McKinley will return to
Canton early in the morning.
Colorado Democrats Indorse Teller.
DENVER, Colo., Aug. 16.— Couuty con
ventions of the Democratic party were
held throughout the State yesterday, and
in nearly every instance Senator Teller
was indorsed and the support of the party
was pledged to assist in his re-election
next winter. Congressmen Shafroth (R.)
and Bell (Pop.) were also indorsed by
several counties.
Congrensman Robinson's Defeat.
WEST CHESTER, Pa., Aug. 16.- At the
Chester County Republican primaries last
night, Thomas S. Butler carried tne county
for Congress over John B. Robinson, the
present incumbent.
Chamberlain Attaches No Importance to the
News About a New Treaty— Rhodes
to Testify.
LONDON, Eng., Aug. 16.— Joseph Cham
berlain, Secretary of State for the Col
onies, was questioned to-day regarding
the statement made by the Sunday Sun to
the effect that the Transvaal had entered
into a treaty with a foreign power, con
trary to tbe An^lo-Boer treaty of 1888,
and that Great Britain had demanded an
explanation from the Boer Government-
Mr. Chamberlain said the Colonial Office
did not attach importance to the news. '
Mr. Chamberlain will invite Cecil
Rhodes to testify before the Parliamentary
committee appointed to inquire into the
administration of the British South
Africa Company and into the origin of the
incursion into the Transvaal by an armed
force. Mr. Rhodes will probably be the
first witness.
Tailors' Strike About Ended.
NEW YORK, N. V., Aug. 16.-Meyer
Schoenfield, leader of the striking tailors,
stated to-night that the striKe would prob
ably be ended by Tuesday next.
General Ochando's Nephew
Compelled to Commit
Given the Choice of Death by
His Own Hands or an
A Duel With tbe Butcher in His
Palace Prevented by Other
NEW YORK, N. V., Aug. 18.-A dis
patch to the Recorder, from Havana,
says: Captain-General Weyler and Gen
eral Ochando were tbe principals in a
sensational affair which occurred shortly
before the latter sailed for Spain.
It seems that the death of General
Ochando's nephew, who was a lieutenant
in the Spanish army, was the cause of the
trouble. There were ugly rumors in cir
culation reflecting on the young lieuten
ant. It was alleged that he was conduct
ing a treasonable correspondence with
Maximo Gomez, the insurgent chief.
When Weyler heard of the rumors he
summoned the young man to the palace
arid questioned him. Weyler was ap
parently satisfied of the young man's
guilt and told him if he did not
commit suicide within twenty-four hours
he would be court-martialea and shot.
The lieutenant left the palace, went to
his room, and in six hours wad a corpse,
having shot himself through the heart.
Shortly afterward General Ochando ar
rived in Havana and learned the true
story of his nephew's deatb. Ochando
was greatly enraged, and immediately
went to the palace to call Weyler to ac
The meeting of the generals was sensa
tional. Ochando denounced Weyler in
the bitterest terms, alleging that the lieu
tenant was guiltless and had been driven
to his death. Ochando teimed Weyler a
murderer and butcher, and challenged him
to a duel.
Both men drew swords, and would have
fought in tbe palace but for the interfer
ence of otber officials.
Two days later General Ochando sailed
for Europe. He is greatly enraged, and
says that he will make the affair public
when be reaches Spain and demand Wey
ler's recall.
A Suspicious Looking Cm ft Alarms the
Fcopl* of hrunstoie'i, Ga.
SAVANNAH, Ga., Aug. 16.— A special
to the Morning News from Brunswick,
Ga., says: Either a Bpanish gunboat or
American man-of-war is patroiing the
coast of the Brunswick customs district.
Smoke from a large steamer was seen
about noon by visitors to St. Simon Island,
and later the shape of a large vessel, gen
erally supposed to be the Spanish cruiser
Alfonso, was discerned. From the fact
that it is not positively known whether
the Brunswick tug Dauntless made her
escape to aea with the expedition which
left ihe Satilla River bridge Thursday
morning last the interest created by the
appearance of this warship is thrilling and
causes mucn excitement.
Ifeto Men Engaged at tfeto York andj
Jersey City.
NEW YORK, N. V., Aug. 16.— The strike
of the employes of the Adams Express
Company continues in this city and Jer
sey City, but everything was quiet in the
yards and offices of the concern to-day.
Tbe strikers held no meetings at tbeir
headquarters here and none of them gath
ered there in the course of the day. At
the offices of the company Superintendent
Miller gave out a statement in which he
said that the company had engaged 130
young men to take the places of the
Walk From a Delaware Prison After
Serving a Sentence of
Thirty Days.
WILMINGTON, Del., Aue. 16.— Arthur
H. Stephenson of Pidladelphia, Victor
Dunrand of Smyrna, Del., and Charles A.
Brothers of Dover, Del., single-tax speak
ers, were released from Dover jail to-day.
They went at once to Philadelphia. Tbey
had served thirty days for blockading the
streets of Dover by public speaking, con
trary to an ordinance, and were fined $10
each, but elected to go to jail instead.
It is expected Judge Wales will cive a
decision in the United States Court Mon
day on the question of the constitutional
ity of the arrests. Thirteen singletaxers
are still in Dover jail.
In a Mud Bank, With Turelns Feet of
, Water in' He% Bold. .
LONDON, Eng., Aug. 16.— Later advices
received here : state that the British
steamer Gaelic, '-; Captain Pearne, if. from
Hongkong, Augustß, for Yokohama, Hon
olulu and San , Francisco, which was re
ported aground yesterday at Shimoneseki,
Japan, lies ,in a soft mud bank, with
twelve feet of water in her fore-hold. A
steamer is assisting her.
. . . : . .... . . . _- ■ ■
Instructions to trench and Russian
Officials in Crete.
LONDON, Eng., Aug. 18.— The Times
will to-morrow publish a dispatch from
Canea, Crete, saying the French Consul
and a Russian naval commander at that
place have received identical instructions
to assume the protection of all Cretan
Over a lhousand Deaths From the
Scourge Last Week.
CAIRO, Egypt. Aug. 16.— The official
cholera statistics show that during the
past week there were 1091 deaths from the
disease throughout Egypt. The total
number of deaths since the outbreak of
the scourge is 14,755.
Four Hundred and Sixty Funer
als in Tnat City and 200
in Brooklyn.
Heat Victims Are So Numerous That
Burial Facilities Are Inade
NEW YORK, N. V., Aug. 16.— 1n this
city to-day were held 460 funerals and in
Brooklyn over 200 people were buried.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday saw more
burials than any seven da.ys of which
cemetery book-keepers can rind recorded.
Of tbe 1810 persons who died in this city
last week nearly 500 died Thursday ni^ht,
Friday and Saturday. Because of the
difficulty in securinu caskets, hearses and
carriages, or even undertakers' service be
yond the simple and most necessary,
nearly all the funerals for that period were
delayed until to-day.
Thirty-six hearses were borrowed from
adjoining towns in New Jersey, and
twelve from Philadelphia for to-day, and
several NiW York undertakers, whose
rush was over, loaned hearses to Brooklyn
friends. Other hearse* were added "to
Brooklyn's supply from Long Island
towns, as there were nearly one-fourth of
the week's 876 dead in that city still un
At the cemeteries the crowds of visitors
were enormous and the tolling of the gate
bells continuous. So many graves had
been called for that the force of nearly 300
men at Calvary bad been increased by
over 100 diggers, and the entire number
worked night and day.
All day Father Costello stood in the
chapel at Holy Cross and pronounced the
benediction of tbe dead. The funeral
trains also approached the chapel in
double lines, the hearses massed around
the entrance, where bearers waited with
burdens and the weeping relatives until
tbeir turn came to enter.
Factoiy Hunted at Green Bay, Wisconsin
GREEN BAY, Wis.. A'lg. 16.— Fire in
tbe factory of th. Green Ray Planing
Mill Company to-day almost totally de
stroyed i he plant, involving a loss of about
$40,000, on which there is a partial insur
ance oi about $20,000.
Twelve Negroes and Three
White Men Known to
Be Killed.
Trees Hurled Through the Air
and Houses Shaken From
Hundreds of Farmers Lose Their
Entire Crops by the Wini
and Rain.
MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 16.— News of a
deadly cyclone that passed through Perry
County, Ala., Thursday, was received to
day by the Herald. About 3 o'clock in the
afternoon it became very dark, the barome
ter began to fall and a heavy rain de
scended. A terrific wind caused trees to
be hurled high in the air, while the
strongest bouses were shaken from their
foundations. Twelve negroes and three
white men, names unknown, are known
to be among the killed and many others
were injured. The list of dead may be
greatly increased when news is received
from other places in the country.
The meager details given above are from
Augustine, sixteen miles from the nearest
telegraph station. The cyclone's path
was through the interior of the county,
which cannot be reached by wire. Hun
dreds of farmers lost their entire crops by
the wind and rain.
lire Horses Killed by Hailstones and
Great Havoc Wrought.
SYRACUSE, Nebb., Aug. 16.— A storm
of wind, hail and rain from the northwest
struck this section of the country with
fearful energy about 6:30 p. m. Saturday.
Trees, barns, out-buildings, window glass,
fruit and corn were severely damaged. It
is estimated that the corn crop is one-third
destroyed. The tract of the storm was
about two miles wide and twelve miles
long. Many windows m stores facing
north were broken and goods damaged by
water. John Carpenter, living three miles
east of here, had five horses killed in His
pasture. There was no telegraph com
munication with the outside world until
this morning.
Lightning Kills Tu>o Little Girls.
NAPANTEE, Okt., Aug. 16.— During a
heavy thunderstorm this morning three
little girls were crossing the river in a row
boat on their way to Sunday-school, when
hghening struck and killed two of them
and rendered the other unconscious. They
were all under 13 years of age. The two
killed were named Lindsay and Ellis.
A Xebraskan Whose Easy Life Aroused
BEATRICE, Nebb., Aug. 16.— Revenue
officers descended on tne home of Jolin
Rowallsky, a resident of this section for
many years, and arrested him on the
charge of operating a still. In the base
ment of the house was found the remains
of a distilline plant. The moonshiner
made no defense, admitting that be bad
made liquor, but claiming he had never
sold any. Rowallsky has always been a
puzzle to the local police, who observed
that he never toiled, but apparently lived
in good circumstances. In addition to the
btill was found bottles labeled with the
different names of fruit.
Extended Tour Planned by Staff-Captain
Blanche Cox.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Aug. 16.-Btaff-
Captain Blanche Cox of the Salvation
Army has entered upon a new style oi
work to be conducted by the Woman's
Cavalry Brigade. The members of the bri
gade, seven in all, will make a two
months' trip through Maryland, the Vir
ginias and Delaware in a coach provided
with all the necessary accessories to the
army's peculiar style of meetings. They
will meet Mr. and Mrs. Booth-Tucker, the
new commander of the army in the
United States, who will conduct the meet
ing to-morrow and dedicate the coach. A
trip of more than a thousand miles has
been planned to cover the cities and
towns where tbe army has not been
planted. _
The "Mme. Sans Gene" Company Will Ar-
rive on the Coast Next
NEW YORK, N. V., Aug. 16— The
largest theatrical organization that goes
out of New York this season leaves to
morrow morning on a special train direct
for San Francisco, where it opens ti>e
latter part of the month. This troupe,
the "Mrne. Sans Gene" company, will in
clude, besides Kathryn Kidder and Au
gustus Cook, such well-known artists as
Harold Russell, Wallace Shaw, Willis
Granger, James Cooper, Florence Lincoln,
Catherine Campbell, Judith Muse, Louise
Draper and others, numbering fifty-eight
persons in all. All the orisinal furniture,
scenery, costumes and other stage acces
sories will be transported across the coun
try on this train, which will include three
baggage cars and four Pullmans. The
company will arrive in San Francisco ou
Friday, the 21st inst.
Three Persons Swept Off Their Feet While
MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 16.— Two men-
Arthur Walker and Robert E. Lee— and
two women — Viola French and Margaret
Curry— were with a picnic party that went
to Dog River early this morning to spend
the day. While in bathing at the mouth
of the river Walker and the two women
were swept off their feet by the tide and
all were drowned before the eyes of Lee,
who was powerless to render assistance.
Lee swam with the tide, and after a des
perate struggle of thirty minutes was res
cued alive. '
Gold Proffered to Assist in Maintaining
the Reserve.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Aug. 16.— At a
meeting of the. council of administration
of the Pennsylvania Bankers' Association,
held yesterday, the following was unani
mously adopted:
Resolved, That this council earnestly recom
mends that tbe banks and bankers of Penn
sylvania,as a high patriotic duty, follow the ex
ample of the banks of New York, Philadel
phia, Boston and Chicago and deposit at an
early day largely of their holdings of gold
with the Treasurer of tbe United States in
exchange for legal tender notes to assist the
Government in maintaining the gold reserve
intact. ___________^___»
Frank Jacobs' Balloon Bursts
and the Parachute Fails
to Open.
Professor Borsen Drops into the Fork
of a Tree and His Neck Is
Brok n
QUINCY, 111., Aug. 16.— Frank Jacobs
of Cincinnati, a balloonist, made his one
tbotmnd and fifth and last ascension at
Baldwin Park this evening. Jacobs and a
local aeranaut, Ed Dudley, were to give a
balloon and parachute race. Both bal
loons were cut loose together and when
150 feet high Jacobs' balloon burst. Jacobs
cut loose from it with his parachute. The
parachute failed to open and Jacobs shot
downward at a terrific rate of speed. He
struck the ground feet first and was
picked up in an unconscious condition
and carried to the show tent, where be
died a half hour later. Both legs were
horribly mangled and his neck and two
ribs were broken. Jacobs' wife and child
were among tbe spectators.
DALLAS, Tex., Aug. 15 —Professor G.
Borsen, a balloonist, was killed here to
day when descending with his parachute.
Ho dropped into the fork of a tree in the
grounds of the Oak Cliff College. His
neck was broken and he was a dead man
when cut down a few minutes after the
A Four -Year -Old Child
Wanders for Six Days
Each Night Tiny Hands Prepare
a Couch Beneath the
Giant Oaks.
Rescued Unharmed From Forest Stamp
ing Grounds of Bear and
PENDLETON, Ok., Aug. 16,-For six
days four-year-old Emma Nelson of Su
sanville wandered alone on a mountain
where the roar of the bear and screams
of the panther »re beard nightly. On six:
evenings, as the sun disappeared
in the west, she made a couch beneath
some giant oak and lay down to sleep, the
awful noises of the forest sounding in her
ears a wild lullaby.
The little one is safe at home now, found
and returned after a weary search by
scores of men in the mountains; and that
she was spared from death is regarded by
the simple mountain folk as miraculous.
Verily, there is One who watches over the
weakest of his flock.
Little Emma is a rosy-cheeked miss,
with bright blue eyes and dimpled hands
and chin. She lives with her parents at
Susanville. Her papa is the village post
Not far from the little one's humble
home are the stately, snow-capped Blue
Mountains. From the summits of snow
of the highest peaks the view is enchant
ing and extends into three States. Off to
the north is Washington, to the east
Idaho and all around Oregon. Away to
the north the great Columbia River winds
itself like a silvery thread, now through
fertile valleys and now through Bandy
wastes, where sandstorms strong enough,
to interfere with railroad traffic sometimes
The country is of a wild aspect, and the
mountain fastnesses hold many a secret
of the doings of Indians in days ions
passed, of prospectors who never returned
to their homes, and of cattle- thieves who
were dealt with according to the primi
tive law of the land.
The people of Susanville gave a picnic
over a week ago in a grove in the foothills
of the Blue Mountains. It did not differ
from other picnics. There were sports for
the children and lots of good thing3toeat,
and the simple mountain people had a
merry day of it. When the people were
ready to start for home little Emma was
nowhere to be found. There was no trace
of her from early in the afternoon, when
her six-year-old brother saw her going in
the direction of Settle Mountain, gather
ing wild flowers as she went. "Settle
Mountain 1" exclaimed the country folk
in horror. It is the most dangerous peak
in the entire range and is the stamping
ground of bears and cougars.
"She'll never be found alive," was the
verdict of tbe hardy mountaineers as they
shook their beads doubtfully.
All that night and for several days and
nights afterward men searched the moun
tain fastnesses for the lost one. Their
hearts failed within them when the still
ness of the night was broken by tbe
vicious growl of the cougar, and when in
daytime they saw numerous bears feeding
at the berry bushes. In the afternoon of
the sixth day the searching party came
upon a clump of weeping willows, by
which passed a small stream. Not one of
the searchers had the slightest idea of
finding the little one alive. Little Willie
was riding in front of his father on a
horse, which was accustomed to rough
trips in the mountains.
"Papa, 1 - 1 said the boy, "if my Jittle sis
ter isn't dead, 1 ttiink she is not far from
that stream. She loves to sit near the
river and make bouquets of the wild flow
ers that she gamers."
As the party neared the clump of brush
Mr. Nelson was startled to hear a voice
»ay: "Hello, papa: 1 have been looking
for you e»er so long.
Mr. Nelson clasped his child in his arms
ami hugged her as no father ever hugged
a child before.
"I knew I was lost, papa,'* the little
one said, "but I was so sure I would meet
my papa that I kept on walking."
Emma told tbe searchers that she had
made a complete circuit of Settie Moun
tain, having traveled nine miles. How
she escaped the cougars and bears is a
mystery. She slept wherever she could
find a resting-place and subsisted on
berries and the flesh of a calf which had
been killed by a coyote.
The little girl sail she was frightened
only once while in the mountains. That
was on her third day out. She awoie that
morning on the edge of a precipitous cliff.
The big fir trees in tbe valley a thousand
feet below looked like walking-canes.
Had she made the move during
her sleep she would have rolled off tbe
One fireman Killed and Three Injured!
While Going to a Fire.
BUFFALO, N. V., Aug. 16.- One fire
man was instantly kiiled and three others
seriously injured early this morning in a
collision between truck 6 and a Sycamore
street trolley-car. The truck was on its
way to a rire'on Leopold street, and while
crossing the streetcar tracks at Woltz ave
nue was struck by tbe car. Ladderman
John Fielark was instantly killed, and
Michael Roseburg, Charles Schomerstin
and Fred Jockey were badly injured. The
Coroner has not yet fixed the responsible
ity for the accident.
A Descendant of Jefferson.
BALTIMORE, Md., Aug. 16.— Mi*.
Ellen Wayies Harrison, widow of Wil
liam Bayard Harrison of Upper Brandon,
Va., died yesterday at the borne of Alex
ander Randal) in this city. Mrs. Harrison
was the daughter of the la;e Thomas Jef
ferson Randolph of Edgehall, Albemarle
County, Va., and was tbe oldest living de
scendant of Thomas Jefferson.

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