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LAMAR, • • * COLORADO, The quickest way to be relieved of your debts is to pay them. John L. Sullivan has nothing left but thoughts of the time he has had. The csar must look with envy at that new picture of the six sons of the kaiser. Unfortunately President Castro Is in no position to marry a lady with money. They’vo made the gold dollar the unit of value in the Philippines. Have you got a unit? The man who teaches women to smoke always marries one who won’t let him .do it himself. Steps are being taken to cultivate American oysters in Europe. Where will the invasion end? The Sultan of Bacolod continues to remain behind the fence and hurl his defiance through a knot hole. Another man is about to proclaim himself president of Hayti. Their methods save lota of spell binding. Marconi confirms the statement that he has talked across the Atlantic. Now why can’t he tell us what ho said? A Michigan man went to jail for kissing a girl six times. He said it was worth it. How rare is such love! San Francisco has 230 divorces to every 1,000 marriages. No home is complete there without its misfit par lor. Senator Clark of Montana has given liis baby grandson 11,000,000. Fairly profitable employment, being Clark’s grandson. Football is in high favor with the modern Indian. This is a case whore civilization has scored a tardy touchdown. A Philadelphia man died the other night while suffering with nightmare. Really, the people of Philadelphia ought to wake up. There were 189 weddings in Chicago Thanksgiving day. We do hope that these 189 couples will be just as thankful next year. Had the visits of Mrs. Nation been added to the trials of Job it is not un likely that the patience of that worthy would have given way. It looks as if the social standing at Washington of Mrs. Smoot is going to hinge largely on the question as to how many there are of her. A man who fought at the battle of Waterloo has just died in Pennsylva nia. This seems to rob the world of a chance to have another book on Napo leon. A lunatic in Poughkeepsie was re stored to sanity by hearing an orches tra. It must have been the playing of somo other orchestra that made him insane. King Edward has wished Mrs. I.angtry success in America. Are we to regard this as a royal command? If so, society may as well begin to bump itself. Rural free delivery costs Uncle Sam about $8,000,000 a year. The young man who has just received a letter from his best girl thinks that sum is not exorbitant. Since William T. Stead is opposed to it, it is probable that Emperor William and King Edward will prompt ly abandon their project for an Anglo- Oorman alliance. Tlie doctor who defends vivisection because it enabled him to save a foot ball player’s life is laboring under an error if he thinks that will make any friends for vivisection. Four thousand dollars’ worth of cus tumes were worn by eight actresses on one New York stage last week, and people who looked at them felt im pelled to exclaim, "So much for ao little!” A Russian duke, officer in a German regiment, nas lost his place under the kaiser because he married a divorced woman. It would keep more than an emperor busy to try to adjust such matters here. M. Delyanni has the qualities of a statesman. Campaigning in Greece, he tolls the Greeks that their coun try is on the brink of financial ruin and will topple over Into the abyss unless he accedes to power. Agriculture is now a science, say 3 Secretary Wilson. How does tne change affect the boy who is forced to “pick up potatoes” when he has an en gagement with the boy on the adjoin ing farm to go somewhere and do something? Patti is going to make another “farewell tour” of America. She says this is positively to be the last one. But without wishing to cast any re flections upon the lady’s veracity, wo may say that she has made similar declarations before WASHINGTON NEWS AND CONGRESSIONAL PROCEEDINGS The President and Mrs. Roosevelt entertained a number of friends at din ner Christmas night. The table was set in the newly furnished state dining room. The guests included Senator and Mrs. Lodge. Mr. John I>odge, Captain and Mrs. Cowles, Mr. John Elliot of New York, Mrs. Chas. H. Davis. Misa Davis, the Messrs. Davis and Mr. Robert Ferguson. The Presideht has concluded that it will not be necessary to send the Cu ban reciprocity treaty to the House. It is said that the House may satisfy it self by passing upon the reciprocity proposition Incidental to the consider ation of Borne legislation, which will be necessary to give effect to the treaty, though that document will be ratified by the Senate, if ratified at all in Washington. United States Treasurer Roberts said December 2Gth that so far during De cember $1,466,000 in currency had been transferred to New Orleans against de posits in New York, $700,000 to San Francisco and $1,369,000 to Chicago. These figures are over $1,500,000 below those for December, 1900, and about $2,000,000 below those for last Decem ber. No large additional transfers are expected soon. The House committee on public buildings and grounds is preparing an omnibus public building bill for intro duction at this session to provide buildings in cities and towns where sites have beer, purchased by virtue of prior legislation, but no provision made for buildings. The bill will also provide for extending the cost limit of buildings under construction and found inadequate for the needs of the cities where located. The President has commuted the sentence of Jesse Snider, who was con victed in the western district of Ar kansas for robbery and sentenced to imprisonment for twenty years in the Detroit House of Correction, to impris onment for ten years, on the recom mendation of the district attorney and judge, for the reason that the prison er was a mere boy at the time of the ofTense and was led into it by a gang of older criminals. At the homes of the Cabinet officers Christmas Day was quietly observed while among the embassies and lega tions elaborate preparations had been made for celebrating. Official dinner parties were given by the British and Russian ambassadors. The Argentine minister and wife gave a children’s party at the legation, while the minis ter from Peru and his wife entertained a number of Peruvian students in the various schools and colleges of the United States. Having been informed by the consul of Costa Rica in New Orleans that a lottery under the name of “Loteria de la Beneiicencia Publica of Carrillp,Cos ta Rica,” has been advertised by means of circulars as being established there, the Costa Rica legation sees proper to state that no such lottery exists in any part of that country. Instructions have been given to the consuls of Costa Rica in the United States to bring this mat ter to the attention of the proper au thorities and to properly warn the public. The Supreme Court dismissed the writ of error in the case of Whitney Layton against the state of Missouri, on the ground that no federal question had been raised in the trial court. The case involved the constitutionality of the pure food law of the state and has attracted much attention. Layton, whose place of business is in St. Louis was found guilty in the trial court ot the use of alum in the manufacture of baking power and a fine of $100 was assessed against him. The verdict was affirmed by the state Supreme Court. W. It. Johnston, a missionary on the Navajo Indian reservation, conferred with commissioner of Indian Affairs Jones recently regarding the condition of the Navajos. He says that the great drouth which has existed in the Nava jo country during the past six years has almost impoverished those Indians, and that it is impossible for them to carry on under the present conditions the sheep business in which they have been ergaged. He asked government assistance, otherwise than financial, to show the Indians how to help them selves. Secretary Root recently announced that he had decided to accept the bid of the Boston Steamship Company so far as it affects the transportation of troops and military supplies between the United States and the Philippines which are sent or received by way of Seattle or Tacoma. He explained that the existing service at San Francisco would be continued for the present and added that if satisfactory arrange ments could be made for the disposal of army transports, either by sale or charter, the transportation companies at that port would be given a share of the government business. The following cablegram has been received from Commander Diehl of the Marietta, which lies at La Guayra. The message comes via Hayti, and is dated December 21st: “British vice ad miral established effective blockade from and after December 20th of La Guayra, Carenero, Quanta, Curaana, Carupano and the mouths of the Ori noco. Vessels sailing from the United States and West Indies before the date of notification allowed grace, steamers ten days, sailiug vessels twenty days. Other ports, steamers twenty, sails forty days; vessels in blockaded ports, fifteen days. Full text if desired.” At the White House early on Christ mas morning the President and all the members of his family repaired to the library, where presents were ex changed and many boxes and pack ages which had come from out of town were opened. There were a large num ber of callers and many gifts in the shape of handsome floral pieces were received. Soon after breakfast the President. Theodore. Jr., and Lieuten ant Ferguson of the Rough Riders, who is d house guest, took a long horseback ride, returning in time to join the rest of the family at luncheon with Commander and Mrs. Cowles. Senator Lodge has introduced in the Senate a bill authorizing the President to remove the duty on coal coming in to the United States from Canada whenever the duty on coal from the United States going into Canada shall be removed. Senator Perkins of California has in troduced a bill authorizing the Presi dent to set aside areas within forest reserves to be preserved as breeding places for wild animals, birds and fish. Within these areas all hunting, fishing and killing of game is to be prohibited at all times. The senator has drawn his bill along the lines recommended by the President and with a further view to largely doing away with state protection over game with the re serves. President Roosevelt, before he reached his decision to send the Cuban reciprocity treaty to the Senate and not to the House, consulted freely the leaders of the House and the mem bers of his Cabinet. After mature con sideration it was determined that it was unnecessary to send the Cuban treaty to the House, notwithstanding the fact that it affected revenues of the government. Precedents were looked up carefully. It was found that previous reciprocity treaties had been sent directly to the Senate for ratification. The president, when the Cuban treaty shall have been ratified by the Senate will send a message to both branches of Congress, with a recommendation for such enabling legislation as will make the treaty operative. This will afford the House full opportunity, it is expected, to stamp with Its individuality the nego tiations for reciprocity with Cuba. The eight-hour labor bill, as amend ed by the Senate committee on educa tion and labor, was reported to the Senate from that committee, accom panied by a written statement of the committee's reasons for its action. It is stated that the bill is substantially the same as the House bill and that it is favored by a majority of the Senate committee. Speaking of the general policy of the measure, the committee says: "Your committee do not doubt the right of Congress to extend the eight-hour day. The majority approve the policy of extending the eight-hour day. believing its results will be bene ficial, that the products of labor will be improved and that the happiness and homes of workmen will be greater and brighter, the intelligence of the people increased and civilization advanced by such legislation. A majority of your committee believe that this measure, which has received from the committee such serious and careful consideration, is not radical, but conservative, and, therefore, recommend its passage.” The following telegram was sent out from Washington December Peo ple all over the country who are send ing Christmas gifts to the Roosevelt children may as well be frankly told very few of their offerings will ever be seen by the intended recipients, all such presents from sources not satis factorily identified will be opened, in the ordinary course of business, by the White House clerks, and most of them will find their way eventually to Wash ington hospitals and other charitable institutions. Strangers are not encour aged to bestow gifts upon the Presi dent or members of his family. Though a polite acknowledgment is invariably made, Mr. Roosevelt would much pre fer that such evidences of good will should be omitted. Nevertheless, many express wagon loads of merchandise of every imaginable kind, from candy to boxes of cigars, and from dolls to bas kets of wine, will be dumped at the door of the executive mansion during the week, and the problem of getting rid of the stuff will emuarrass the cler ical force for quite a while. Of pres ents the Roosevelt children will get a plentiful supply from relatives and friends, and Kriss Kringle may be ex pected to descend the White House chimney next Wednesday night with a sack heavy enough to elicit a not un justifiable grumble from the kindliest of saints. Miss Alice, now that she is a young lady, out in society, will not hang up her stocking as heretofore, but the good old custom will be fol lowed (as usual in the Roosevelt fam ily) by Theodore. Kermit, Ethel, Arch ibald and baby Quentin. Because of abuse of extending special courtesies to arriving passengers at ports of entry the Treasury Department has issued the following circular, lim iting considerably the granting of such courtesies in the future: “The chief officers of customs are hereby instruct ed that the extension of special cour tesies to arriving passengers will here after be limited to foreign ambassa dors, ministers, charge d'affaires, secre taries, naval, military and other at taches of embassies and legations and high commissioners, and to similar representatives of this government abroad returning from their missions. All the above officers are entitled by in ternational usage to the free entry of the baggage and effects of themselves, their families and suites without exam ination. In the case of invalids and their companions and of persons arriv ing in charge of their dead, or sum moned home in haste by news of afllic ttion or disaster, instructions will be issued to facilitate the landing and ex amination of their baggage, but such instructions will be construed as only relieving such persons from waiting their turn in line. Their baggage will carefully he examined and duties in full collected as though no favor had been shown. The word 'courtesy' has grown to have a meaning never intended and its use must be avoided in the issuance of personal consideration cards. No re quests for special courtesies will here after be granted except under the above conditions. It is also found im peratively necessary in the interest of revenue to withhold the issuance of passes on the revenue vessels which carry the boarding officers to their as signed vessels, as such parses will no longer be furnished except under the restrictions above set forth regarding courtesies and by the special authority of tide department ” SHORT TELEGRAMS. There has been no yellow fever in 1 Cuba for more than a year. The Bank of Spain proposes to es tablish branches in Havana. Mexico City, New York and Buenos Ayres. The Russian officials at Port Arthur, entertained Lieutenant General Miles on his arrival there and sent him to Taku on board u cruiser. Governor-Elect Mickey of Nebraska Is a Methodist and does not counten-* nance dancing. Hence it is announced that the usual inauguration ball will be omitted. A St Petersburg dispatch says It is announced from Seoul that the United States minister has demanded the pay ment of $1,500,000 due to the builders of the electric railroad. Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of all Eng land, died in London, December 22nd. Porto Rico has 61,863 pupils enrolled in its public and special schools. Extreme cold weather In Hungary resulted In sixty-three persons being frozen to death within three days. Wolves devastated the sheepfolds and three shepherds were devoured. W. Byron Coakly of Chicago claims to have demonstrated ly experiments on animals that by the use of a hol low golden needle ho can safely Inject medicinal liquids directly into the heart. The London Times publishes a poem by Rudyard Kipling which is a strong protest against the Anglo-German agreement with regard to Venezuela. The poem will probably cause much discussion. The Jones Bros. Publishing Com pany of Cincinnati. Ohio, has filed a deed of assignment. The liabilities are about $50,000. The company was largely engaged in publishing subscrip tion books. The United States Supreme Court has decided that a life insurance company cannot be compelled to pay the amount of a policy in a case where the policy holder commits murder and is legally executed for the crime. Word Is received from Commission er Barrett In Siam that It is the inten tion of that country to make a more elaborate exhibit at the Louisiana purchase Exposition than was shown at either Paris or Chicago. General Bourbon y de Castellvl. a cousin of King Alfonso, was recently arrested in a Madrid gambling house. He promptly challenged the prefect, who is responsible for the energetic attompts made to suppress club gam bling. The International Association of Sug ar Statistics estimates the European crop this year at 5,174,743 tons, a de crease of 1,308.900 tons from last year. In Germany the yield is estimated at ; 703.296 tons, a decrease of 589,480 tons. The high price of coal at Washing ton, anthracite having reached sl2 and soft coal $8 a ton, is held responsible for a large increase in the number of pases of bad colds and pneumonia, many houses being insufficiently heated. The annual sale of seal skins took place at Lampson's and the Hudson Bay Company. In London, December 17th. The prices realized were larger than last year. The skins brought from $lB to S2O according to size and quality. The executive committee of the Army of Santiago de Cuba has selected Detroit for the encampment of July 16 and 17, 1903, to commemorate the surrender of Santiago, July 17, 1898. It is expected that the attendance will reach 10,000. The Pope has signed the appoint ments of Bishop James E. Quigley of Buffalo, New York, as archbishop of Chicago, and Rev. J. F. Regis Canev ln. rector of St. Paul’s Cathedral of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, as coadjutor bishop of Pittsburg. The constitutionality of the Missouri railroad fellow servant law recently passed on by the Missouri Supreme Court, will be tested before the federal Supreme Court on a writ of error sued by John O. Overall, for the rail road company, in the federal court. Work will be commenced In the spring to rid the city of Cleveland of [lls grade crossings. The estimated ;cost of the work will be $10,000,000 and jit will require ter. years to do the 'work. There are seven railroads con cerned In the expensive improvement. Increases in wages amounting to $500,000 a year are to be granted to the 5,000 locomotive engineers and firemen employed by the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and its branch lines. The average increase is about eight per cent., beginning January 1, 1903. The Indians in Flathead county. Mon tana, are charged with slaughtering deer and other game in great numbers. The estimate is that these Indians have killed not less than 2,000 head of deer out of season, besides other game. There Is little game left In Flathead county. “General Peanuts,” who for a num ber of years was one of the best known midgets and clowns connected with Barnum’s and Forepaugh and Sell’s circuses, died a few days ago in New York. The midget was a Japanese, thirty-eight years old and two feet one Inch high. It is announced that the Carnegie in stitute at Washington has granted a rum of money to the Yale Peabody museum and to the experimental psy chology laboratory of the college. The amount was not specified. This is the first money granted to Yale by the Car negie Institute. Mr. Choate, the American Ambassa dor to Great Britain, and Mrs. Choate, arrived at Constantinople December 21st and were welcomed by the staff of the American ! egation. They pro ceeded to the Brl‘ish Embassy, where they were several days the guests ot Sir H. R. O’Con-or. By the will o' H*»her Bishop of New York the sum o' 000 is bequeathed to prepare a m n the Metropolitan museum of art ' • reception of the 'great collection h les and other [precious atom at $750,000, .presente*’ .istop to the ,'museuxn last a • ELECTION CONTESTS FILED BY WHOLESALE IN DENVER Denver, Dec. 28. —Yesterday wit nessed the filing in the office of the sec retary of State of election contests by wholesale, designed to place the con trol of the next House of Representa tives in the hands of the Republican party. The contestants In Arapahoe county will endeavor to have the House throw out entirely for alleged fraud fifty-three precincts in the city of Denver. The papers filed yesterday were con tests against eleven Arapahoe repre sentatives. four Arapahoe float repre sentatives, three Arapahoe senators and one Arapahoe float senator, one Las Animas county representative, one Las Animas county float and one float senator from the Eight eenth district, composed of San Juan, Hinsdale and Archuleta counties. Papers are also in preparation for filing a contest by Mrs. Anna Brandt, Republican, against the state superin tendent of public instruction, Mrs. Helen L. Grenfell. An answer to the charges of H. W. Twombly, Republican conrestor for the float seat in the Senate, was filed by the Democrat elected, William A. Hill. There were twenty-two contests filed by the Republicans yesterday, which, with the eleven senatorial contests filed last week, makes a total of thirty-three cases for the consideration of the Leg islature. It was 4:20 o'clock when the big bundle of papers in the Arapahoe tests were handed to the secretary of state. There were six packages, the largest being the file containing the charges made by the eleven Republi can candidates for representative against the Democrats elected. This paper, which comprises 1.000 typewrit ten pages, is addressed to the speaker and House of Representatives of the Fourteenth General Assembly of the state of Colorado in the name of James K. Allen et al., contestors, against Samuel Belford et al., contestees. The attorneys for the Republicans are George L. Hodges, George W. Allen. Fred Parks, Thomas Ward, Jr., and H. J. Hersey. A copy of the charges was served upon each of the Democratic contes tces The first thirty-seven pages of the pamphlet go into the general charge, saying that Frank Adams, C. L. Burpee ami C. F. Wilson, as mem bers of the Fire and Police Board: R. W. Speer as president of the Board of Public Works, and Hamilton Arm strong. as chief of police, entered into a conspiracy to steal the election in SMUGGLER-UNION RESUMES WORK Denver, Dec. 29.—A dispatch from Teliuride says that, the Smuggler- Union company has resumed opera tions in some of the workings. The old mill at Pandora began dropping its eighty stamps at 8 o’clock Saturday morning, and with the roar of the mill has come a feeling of encouragement throughout the city. About 140 min ers are busy getting the ore out of the Bullion tunnel level of the Smuggler- Union workings, and thirty men are employed at the Contention mine up Bear creek. The contract system has been entire ly abolished by the company and the miners are working by the day. It re quires some 300 tons of ore per day to supply the eighty stamps. Tho Con tention mine will supply about 100 and the Bullion from 200 to 225 tons. About twenty men are employed In the mill. Although the force now em ployed is about one-fourth of the full quota, the spirits of the townspeople have risen, as much of the town's sup port was derived directly or indirectly from the Smuggler-Union. The new management has the good will and the support of the community and the new year will open brighter for this camp than many had predicted. O. B. Kemp is general superintend ent or resident manager; C. I. Car ruthers, formerly timekeeper and clerk at the mine, has succeeded Mr. Kemp as chief clerk at the Pandora offices; Owen Johnson takes Mr. Carruthers’ place; Mel. Robbins is mine foreman and W. R. McKenzie night foreman. REQUIREMENTS OF SOLDIERS’ HOME Denver. Dec. 29. —Members of the Soldiers and Sailors’ Home Commis sion called on the governor Saturday to urge upon him the necessity for in creased appropriations. The chief item of recommendation concerns permis sion to old soldiers who have wives and families in destitute circumstances to have them with them at the home. Recommendation is made that cottages be erected for the use of those fami lies. An electric light plant is also needed and other improvements are asked for. The annual report of the home shows that there are 170 inmates at present, and that it has taken careful management to make the appropria tion pay expenses. Among the perma nent Improvements made during the past year have been an addition to the hospital, an assembly building, barns and other building improvements. An orchard of 200 trees has also been set out and other improvements made in the grounds. Gardening done at the home has supplied the institution with nearly all the vegetables and fodder required, and the report commends the economical administration of affairs. W. J. Barney Not in Denver. Denver, Dec. 29.—A Tclluride spe cial says that the Barney referred to in Denver papers as having been seen on the streets of Denver is not W. J. Barney, who disappeared from Tel luride. but N. B. Barney, a hotel clerk of Tellurlde, who has been East on a visit. He stopped off in Denver. This Barney is in no way related to W. J. Barney, who is supposed to have been murdered. Arapahoe county. It Is charged that they are primarily responsible for out rages against the purity of the ballot, and the complaint against these offi cials sets fbrth, among other thing*.: That they, having control of Un election machinery, agreed to procure false registration of names on tho reg istration sheets and books of the coun ty. and caused the same to be padded, and that they allowed the policemen and firemen to aid in the work. It Is alleged that agents of the Dem ocratic machine placed fictitious names to the number of 10.000 on tho regis tration lists. That of 3,000 formally qualified persons on the list 2,000 were impersonated and voted by other par ties: that County Clerk Aichele pre vented 2.500 legal voters. 2.000 of whom were Republicans, from regis tering, and that the Board of County Commissioners appointed corrupt and criminal election Judges in many pre cincts. The six other contests for Democrat ic seats in the House were filed as fol lows: Richard W. Morgan against M. J. Moore, Hiram M. Lowell against B. C. Hilliard, Earl D. McGill against George B. Weir, Samuel E. Naugle against- Thomas E. Munson. Granley against J. A. Traxler, and S. H. Stev ens against J. R. Aguilar. The allegations in all these contests cover the same ground, with charges of error, fraud and mistake in regis tration, intimidation of voters and the rejection of legal votes. The Senate contests are entitled Willis V. Elliot et al. against Fred W. Bailey et al., and H. W. Twombly against William A. Hill. The charges cover the same ground as in tho repre sentative contest papers, and in his answer Senator Hill not only makes a general denial, but also makes coun ter charges of fraud, error and mistake in registration in receiving and reject ing votes in favor of his Republican contestor. A separate contest was filed in the Senate by Charles H. Freeman, Repub lican. against John Kennedy, Demo crat. from the Eighteenth float district, composed of San Juan. Hinsdale and Archuleta counties, with similar gen eral allegations. Contests have also been filed by Robert W . Bonyngc. Republican, against John F. Shafroth, Democrat, for the office of member of Congress from the First district, and Mrs. Anna B. Brandt against Mrs. Helen M. Gren fell for the office of superintendent of public instruction. GRANT CHILDREN SHARE PROPERTY Washington. Dec. 29. —The will of Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant has been filed. The estate is to be divided into four equal parts. It alsp provides that a memento presented to her by the Em press of Japan, said to be a thousand years old. shall go to the Museum of Arts, New York. Gen. Fred D. Grant, son of the tes tatrix, delivered the testament at Reg ister Dent’s office in person. Mrs. Grant named as executor the trustees “to be selected by my three sons, a majority, or the survivors of them.’’ In a petition asking the District Su preme Court to admit the will to pro bate. General Grant explains that his mother left surviving her as heirs at law and next of kin, in addition to himself, Ulysses S. Grant, Elllen W. Sartoris and Jesse S. Grant. The de ceased died possessed of a house In this city, worth about $40,000; money, amounting to $10,005; stocks, bonds and other securities of the % value of SIBO,OOO, and household and' kitchen furniture of the value of $4,000. General Grant further sets forth that under the terms of the will the three sons have designated him exec utor. By the terms of the will the estate is to be divided into four equal shares. The income of the first por ! tion shall be applied to the support iof the family of Frederick D. Grant and the education of his children. The second portion is left to the ex ecutor in tmst and for the benefit of the family of Ulysses S. Grant, under the same conditions. The third por tion is left under similar conditions to Jesse R. Grant and the fourth for the sole use of Ellen W. Sartoris for life, and at her death to her children in equal shares. Dsadiy Grand Trunk Collision. London, Ont., Dec. 28. —A frightful collision occurred a short distance from the little station of Wanstead, on the Sarnia branch of the Grand Trunk railway, Friday night. The trains in collision were the Pacific express and a freight. The express was running nearly two hours late and was making fast time. The freight was endeavor ing to make a siding to get clear of the express, but failed by a minute or two. There was a dreadful crash, the lo comotives reared up and fell over in a ditch, the baggage car of the ex press telescoped the smoker, and in an instant the shrieks and cries of the wounded and dying filled the air. The loss of life is twenty-eight. The injured number many more and many of these may die. The responsibility for the accident has not been definitely fixed, but it is believed to have been due to a tele graph operator’s error. W. J. Bryan in Mexico. Mexico City, Dec. 29.—W. J. Bry an’s visit has been varied by sightsee ing and official calls. He ha 3 been re ceived in audience by President Diaz and Minister of Finance Limantour. Mrs. Bryan and the children yester day visited the shrine of the Virgin of Guadeloupe. Saturday night the Bryan party took a train for Cordova, whence they will travel over the Vera Cruz & Pacific road to Alfred Bishop Mason’s haci enda, Yale. The party will return here Tuesday. The government has not sought Mr. Bryan for information about silver, as his views are woll known hero.