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The Lamar register. (Lamar, Colo.) 1889-1952, January 07, 1903, Image 2

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The empty coal hod makes the
■whole world kin.
A New York man was killed by the
scratch of a kitten. Don’t fool with
the cat.
Andrew Carnegie Is in New York.
Now, Mr. Frick, get ready for the
Observe the promotion of Wu Tlng-
Cang and never make fun of the man
who asks questions.
May Yoho and “Putty” Strong
reached home in time to flavor up
the holiday season.
If the fool-killer ever arrives for
business the life Insurance companies
will go broke in a day.
Oil has been discovered In Africa.
That continent may now prepare to
get itself connected with us by pipe
A mtfe a minute is pretty fast, but
some of the flying machine inventors
have beaten even that —on the way
In Oom Paul Kruger’s oath of alle
giance to Clreat Britain theit> may be
interpolated u few Africander swear
New ways of prolonging life are
discovered and announced almost
every day, but Death hasn’t found it
out yet.
A distinguished German physician
“has discovered that there are 10,000
microbes In one p&und of dried fruit.’’
Is that all?
When a woman has had nine chil
dren she begins to have suspicions
about some of the beautiful passages
in lovo stories.
A Western paper grumbles over
"the shortage of women in the far
West.’’ Well, is there a superfluity of
them anywhere?
It never seems to bother Mr. Gates
when he loses a million or so. Per
haps ho would fret more if he had
earned the money.
Two Frenchmen who were going to
fight a duel have decided to settle
their affair by arbitration. Perhaps
they think that will be more danger*
The Indianapolis ghouls are hardly
in it with the Massachusetts under
taker who burled a man without a
coffin, and tnen charged the widow
for cne.
The next Vanderbilt wedding will
take place during the coming winter,
the exact date to be announced as
soon as Mrs. Nation shull have left
the country.
Save what you can spare of your in
come, instead of spending It foolishly,
and some day when other people are
eating prunes you may be In a position
to eat strawberries.
Now that the sultan of Morocco has
nailed the heads of twenty rebellious
subjects to the gates of Fez It is
probable that all his surviving sub
jects love him very much.
A man has defined happiness as be
ing known by everybody and knowing
everybody, and being invited every
where and going nowhere. But he
never found a woman to agree with
President Hill says Noah formed the
first trust, but he fails to mention
that this ancient navigator’s ship com
bine finally rested on a rock where it
could be of no use as a means of
John L. Sullivan has passed through
the bankruptcy court and is now at
liberty to express his opinion of cred
itors in a stylo that is more remark
able for its originality and force than
for its purity.
Now that a Paris chemist has made
with the blowpipe artificial rubles that
are said to be equal to the real ar
ticle, the expression “more precious
than rubies” will lose something of
its old-time force.
Lewis Nixon believes in giving his
men more wages and shorter hours in
stead of libraries, etc. Such a policy,
if generally followed, would enable
workmen to furnish their own librar
ies, and a few other things.
As long as women novelists are
privileged to wear ball gowns when
they have their pictures taken for
reproduction by the half-tone process,
what chance of winning public atten
tion has the mere man novelist?
Judge Gaynor of New York has an
nounced the legal proposition that
every man's dog is entitled to one bite
and every man’s horse to one kick.
The mule, of course, cannot be limited.
Sitting Bull’s son is working as n
section hand on a western railroad.
Can it be doubted any longer that re
publics are ungrateful to their princes?
So many statesmen are carrying
challenges back and forth In Paris
that the French Chamber of Deputies
cannot secure a working quorum.
Denver, Jan. 3. —A News special
from Silverton last night says:
“J. H. Robin Ih missing and the bank
is closed.” A. H. Mundee, cashier of
the Bank of Silverton. pasted this no
tice on the door of the bank this morn
ing. The Bank of Silverton. of which
J. H. Robin is president and A. H.
Mundee, cashier, closed its doors this
morning under circumstances peculiar
and distressing. Liabilities are report
ed at $300,000, assets unknown. The
town was thrown Into intense excite
ment and soon a crowd surrounded the
bank and requested that Cashier Mun
dee refund their money, threatening
vengeance in many ways. Cashier
Mundee made the following statement:
"Since last evening about 7 o’clock
Mr. Robin has not been seen and as Ills
apartments have not been occupied
and no trace can be found of him his
action caused me to think he has be
come deranged or has probably com
mitted suicide. 1 hope neither is a fact,
but owing to his Htrange actions the
past, week and my position in the
bank I closed the doors, awaiting de
velopments ’’
Mr. Mundee Is exonerated from any
knowledge of any possible dishonesty
by the creditors. At his request a
meeting of the creditors present is be
ing held for the purpose of appointing
a committee of three to examine the
books and count the money in the
vault, which Mr. Mundee states was
not disturbed to his knowledge when
he opened the bank this morning.
Mrs. Nellie Tully Cunningham.,
Washington, Jan. 3.—The feature of
the Cabinet meeting yesterday was the
decision to close permanently the post
office at Indianolu, Mississippi, from
which the postmaster. Minnie M. Cox.
(colored), resigned under compulsion a
few days ago, since which time the of
fice has been closed. The bondsmen
have brought the matter to the atten
tion of the authorities here with the
view to being relieved of the responsi
bility of the accumulated mail.
Secretary Cortelyou, for the Presi
dent, made public the following:
"The postmaster at Indianola. Mis
sissippi, is Mrs,. Minnie W. Cox, a
colored woman. She served three years
as postmaster under President Har
rison. When President McKinley came
in she was again appointed in 1897,
nearly six years ago. Her character
and standing in the community are en
dorsed by the best and most reputable
people in the town.
"Among those on her bond is the
present Democratic state senator from
the district, together with the leading
banker of Indianola and an ex-state
senator from the district, also a Dem
ocrat. The postmaster and her hus
band own from SIO,OOO to $15,000 worth
of property In Sunflower county. The
reports of postofflee Inspectors who
have investigated the office from time
to time show that she hav. given the
utmost satisfaction to all patrons of
the office. She at all times was court
eous, faithful, competent and honest In
the discharge of her duty. Her moral
standing in the community is of the
highest; her reputation is of the best;
few offices of this grade in any state
are conducted better.
New York. Jan. 3. —Thomas A. Edi
son. the great inventor and “Wizard of
Menlo Park." in a statement made New
Year’s Day. said the coming year would
practically annihilate space and time
so far as communication between the
people of the earth was concerned.
The horse as a beast of truffle would
disappear; the steam locomotive would
be a back number, while wdreless tel
egraphy would be a success. In addi
tion to all this, medicine would give
way to surgery and diet, if not during
the year, at least in a comparatively
short time. His new year prediction
was full of promise for the scientists
and the people.
"I look for a wonderful year,” said
the wizard, as he surveyed his sur
roundings. “There is more activity in
science than there has ever been before
—more men are working on big pro
jects, and great discoveries would only
be natural.
“I expect to see electricity supplant
steam as a motive power. In fifteen
years electricity will be the railway mo
tive power—l9o3 will advance it in
that direction.
"For myself, my storage battery, on
which I have worked for four years,
will be put on the market in January.
It solves the traction problem, and its
introduction means that the horse will
have to go.
"The wireless telegraph I assuredly
expect to see perfected for commercial
purposes —if not fully so in 1903, at.
least far advanced toward that end.
"I expect to give up practical inven
tion for two years. I am going to ex
periment-going to delve in some prob
lems that 1 have put by for an idle
time —and for once I am going to work
without having the production of a
commercial commodity in view. 1 am
going into the by-ways of science.”
Airships Will Be Kite-Shaped.
New York, Jan. 3. —William A.
Eddy, who is well known in connec
tion with kite flying investigations,
has successfully experimented, says a
dispatch from Bayonne, New Jersey,
to the World, with an aeroplane simi
lar to the one with which Alexander
Graham Bell recently made the discov
ery that led him to announce that the
flying machine of the future would be
of this type.
county treasurer, had $7,000 on deposit,
but secured by the American Trust
Company of Denver. There are at
least 1,000 small creditors having from
SIOO to 1,000 on deposit. It Is the opin
ion of the heaviest creditors who are
best informed that the assets will more
than cover all liabilities in case Presi
dent Robin lias absconded. Robin car
ried some SOO,OOO or $70,000 life Insur
ance in favor of his wife, who is vice
president of the bank. This will be
come available in case of suicide. Mr.
Robin is a heavy stockholder in the
lowa-Tiger mine here and principal
stockholder in the Camp Bird Exten
sion mine in Ouray county, besides
many other profitable enterprises in
this part of the state.
The Silverton Bank is a private cor
poration, with .1. H. Robin as presi
dent; Mrs. J. H. Robin, vice president,
and A. H. Mundee, cashier. It has been
doing a bunking business here for the
past ten years. The catastrophe will
not cripple any of the business firms
or cause the suspension of any work
or the closing of any mines, but will
work a hardship upon the many small
creditors, such as miners and mechan
ics, who are now idle awaiting the
opening of work in the spring. This
is the second failure of this bank. It
was forced to close its doors during
the panic of 1892. but friends of the
management and Mr. Robin's luck in
striking ore in the lowa-Tiger a few
days after the closing occurred pulled
him through and ever since it has been
considered very substantial.
“The postmaster recently forwarded
resignation, to tuke effect January Ist.
but the report of inspectors and in
formation received from various rep
utable white citizens of the neighbor
hood show that the resignation was
forced by a brutal ami lawless element,
purely upon the ground of her color,
and was obtained under terror of
threats. The mayor of the town and
the sheriff of the county both told the
postofllce Inspector that if she refused
to resign they could not be answerable
for her safety, but. at the same time,
not a word was said against her.
"January Ist the bondsmen of the
postmaster telegraphed the postofllce
was closed; that the postmaster
claimed that her resignation was
in the President’s hands to take effect
January Ist and that there had been
no advice of the appointment of her
successor. The telegram closed with
the statement:
*’ 'Prompt action by the President
necessary for the relief of business in
terests, which are being injured, solely
by the action of the lawless clement of
the town is wholly secondary to, the
preservation of law and order and’the
assertion of the fundamental princi
ple that the government will not con
nive with or tolerate wrong and out
rage of such flagrant character.*
"By direction of the President the
following was sent to- the bondsmen:
" ‘The postmaster's resignation has
been received but not accepted. In view
of the facts the postofllce at Indianola
is closed. All mail for that place will
be forwarded to Greenville. The case
will be referred to the attorney gen
eral.’ ”
Denver, Jan. 3.—Though July !»th Is
the date set for the opening of the Na
tional Christian Endeavor Convention
in Denver there was great enthusiasm
at the first, preliminary meeting, which
was held Thursday night at the Cent
tral Christian Church. The church was
decorated with red and white hunting
and placards of the coming convention
were hung about. Though there was a
short musical program, the object of
the meeting was to arouse the interest
of the Denver branch of the society in
the preparations which are now well
under way for the coming convention.
C. E. Eberman, field secretary of the
National Society, was the principal
speaker of the evening. He said that
the coming year should be one of pros
perity in Denver because the eyes of
the Christian world would be centered
upon it. He expected a great spiritual
upheaval in this city. In speaking of
the growth of the society Mr. Eberman
said: **l wish I could take with me some
of the pessimists who think that the
Christian Endeavor has seen its best
F. E. Clark, president of the United
Societies of Christian Endeavor, has
predicted that the convention will be
attended by at least 25,000 delegates.
The finance committee expects to
raise $15,000 for an entertainment fund.
A committee on arrangements is now
looking about for a site for pitching
the tents In which the meetings are to
be held.
Murder Mystery in Denver.
Denver, Jan. 3.—Either a shocking
hoax has been perpetrated or the body
of a baby was burned to ashes In
| the boilerroom of the Brown Palace
| hotel on the night of last December
16th. W. C. Hughes of No. 2127 Stout
street, helper to one of the firemen
at the hotel, who was arrested yester
day afternoon, told the police that at
10:30 o'clock on the night of Decem
ber 16th two men placed a package
in one of the furnaces in the boiler
room. while he was there alone. Fif
teen minutes later, he said, he opened
the door of the furnace and saw lying
on its back on the coals, near the
mouth of the furnace, the body of a
baby. The men had laughingly told
him that the package contained a lit
tle girl's body, but 1 o had supposed
then they were joking.
He told the occurrence to the two
j firemen who came on duty at 11
i o’clock. They say that they saw the
I body only partly burned, lying just
! inside the furnace door. * *
The cab drivers’ strike in St. Louis
has led to the use of trolley cars at
many funerals.
A severe earthquake shock was ex
perienced at Syracuse. Sicily, on the
night of December 27th.
The Maine cattle commission has is
sued a statement that the state is free
from the foot and mouth disease.
There are 444,407 depositors in the
Connecticut savings hanks and the
amount of their, deposits is $203,522,-
The new battleship Maine has been
placed in commission at the League
Island navy yard. Her full comple
ment of men will he 550.
Contracts have been made for 200,000
tons of coal for shipment from English,
Scotch and Welsh ports to eastern
ports of the United States.
Andrew Carnegie has given a $25,000
library to the mountain branch of the'
National Soldiers’ Home at Johnson
City, Tennessee, which is to be opened
April 1st.
The Red Cross Society is sending
representatives to Andijan, Russian
Asia, to organize relief for the earth
quake sufferers and has contributed
$17,500 to the relief fund.
Berlin papers say that Prince Henry
of Prussia is coming to the United
States in 1904 to visit the St. Louis
Exposition and unveil the veterans’
monument in Philadelphia.
The Michigan Sugar Manufacturers’
Association has adopted resolutions
protesting against the ratification of
any treaty with Cuba which reduces
the present tariff on sugar.
Count Tolstoi has sent a personal
appeal asking the papers, in view of
his advanced age and illness, not to
publish any further reports of his con
dition, as they cause him pain.
The government has purchased four
more buffalo from a private herd in
Idaho for stocking the Yellowstone Na
tional Park. The herd in the park
now numbers about forty-five.
The Rome Tribuna says that the
Pope lias ordered the Archbishop of
Manila to excommunicate all persons
who endeavor to promote the creation
of a national church in the Philippines.
Gen. Leonard Wood has accepted an
invitation of the Kansas Day Club to
respond to a toast at the banquet Jan
uary 29th. General Funston and Ga
lusha Grow will also probably be pres
It is rumored that the Intercollegiate
football rules committee is likely to
take some action that will abolish mass
plays, which are strongly objected to
by college authorities us brutal and
A report comes from St. Petersburg
that a story is current there to the
efTect that the Czar was induced to
call The Hague peace conference by
reason of advice received at a spiritual
istic seance.
At a meeting in Brussels of the In
ternational Socialist Bureau resolutions
were passed in relation to the possible
results of the economic war with which
it is claimed the United States are
threatening Europe.
Employes of the Buffalo, Rochester &
Pittsburg railroad have been granted a
seven per cent, increase In wages, ef
fective December 1st. The company
employs about 12,000 men, almost all
of whom will benefit by the raise.
General Davis at Manila cables that
Capt. Robert McGregor, engineer
corps, died December 23d of dbute ap
pendicitis. Captain McGregor was a
native of Michigan and was graduated
at the military academy in June, 1889.
President Roosevelt sent a private
telegram to Lord Minto, governor gen
eral of Canada, conveying best wishes
for the New Year to him and Lady
Minto and expressing "earnest hope
for the welfare and prosperity of Can
Marconi has for some time been
sending two or three messages daily
by wireless telegraphy from Glace Bay,
Nova Scotia to Cornwall, England.
Some of these dispatches are lengthy.
One was directed to ex-Empress Eu
William Waldorf Astor has given
$250,000 to build a new out-patient de
partment for the hospital for sick chil
dren in Great Ormond street, London,
It will be dedicated to the memory of
his daughter Gwendoline, who died re
Five hundred million dollars in gold
is the amount of American capital in
vested In Mexico by 1,117 American
companies, firms and Individuals, ac
cording to estimates carefully prepared
by Consul General A. D. Barlow at
Mexico City.
The Lackawanna Steel Company of
Buffalo, New York, the largest Inde
pendent steel manufacturing concern
in the world, recently received Its first
consignment of ores. The Lackawan
na company has a capital stock of $40,-
000,000 and will employ 15,000 men.
Nate Salsbury. one of the country’s
best known showmen, principal owner
of “Buffalo Bill’s” Wild West Show,
and a heavy stockholder in the Barnum
& Bailey Company, died at Long Branch
New Jersey on December 24th, after a
week’s sickness, of stomach trouble.
Dr. Frederick L. Brady, who was a
member of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders
in the Spanish-American war, died in i
New York City December 26th. He j
w’as in the engagement at Las Ouasl
mas, the battle of San Juan hill and at
Santiago, making an honorable record.
The new People's Undenominational
church at St. Paul, Minnesota, built
at a cost of $100,000, to replace the
one burned a year ago, was opened
Sunday, December 28th. Its decora
tions pay tribute to the great found
ers of the principal religions of the
Governor Taft's energetic expedi
tions looking to the suppression of la
dronism have produced unusual activ
ity in this direction. Numerous mu
nicipal presidents in the provinces of
Cavite and Rizal are assisting the na
tive constabulary in running down the
Recent gifts of lands on Woodbridgo
Heights, near New Haven, Connecticut,
have ins *»d the building of a tubercifc
losis hosp. Jil there. Connecticut phy
sicians believe that the climate and
surroundings will prove beneficial to
consumptives and obviate the necessity .
of their removing to other states. j
Denver, Jan. 4. —A Republican spe
cial from Silverton yesterday says:
At 7 o'clock this morning the body
of James H. Robin, president of the
Bank of Silverton. was discovered by
the train crew of the early freight
from Durango, when it stopped lor wa
ter at the tank, three miles south of
Silverton. It was lying on the bank
not far from the track, with a bullet
hole in the temple. A .41-caliber re
volver, the property of Cashier Mun
dee of the bank, which had been
missed since Mr. Robin disappeared
Thursday night, was still clutched in
the right hand.
The train crew came to Silverton
and notiiied Acting Coroner W. D.
Watson, who brought the body here
and held an inquest. The jury re
turned a verdict that Mr. Robin com
mitted suicide.
B. B. Galvin, the bank cashier who
represented depositors in an examina
tion of the books of the bank of Silver
ton, as well as Cashier and Secretary
Mundee, announced to-night that de
positors will be paid dollar for dollar.
Deposits amount to approximately
$1(50,000. and of this amount, it is an
nounced. eighty per cent, can be paid
on demand from the cash available.
It is expected that a receiver will be
appointed and the bank reopened im
Washington. Jan. s.—The annual re
port of the Philippine commission and
a separate report by Gov. W. H. Taft,
made public at the War Department to
day. gives a review of the results dur
ing the year of the work of the commis
sion and contains recommendations for
legislative action by Congress deemed
essential to the welfare of the islands.
The Moros, he says, do not under
stand popular government and do not
desire it. preferring control by the dat
tos. "Possibly far in the future,” he
says, "control by the dattos may
cease. For the present, however, it is
necessary only to provide a strong but
sympathetic government for these fol
lowers of Mohammed.”
Governor Taft tells of the conditions
that have made the islands purchase
about $15,000,000 of food and of the ef
fects war has had upon agriculture, al
most the only source of wealth In the
islands. The greatest blow to agricul
ture, he says, is the destruction of
about ninety per cent, of water bufTalo,
on which the cultivation of rice is al
most wholly dependent. After speaking
of the ravages of Asiatic cholera, Gov
ernor Taft says:
"The bane of Philippine civilization
in the past was ladronism and the pres
ent conditions are most favorable for
its growth and maintenance. It is not
certain whether In the depressed state
of agriculture with the temptations to
ladronism, that the constabulary will
be able without the assistance of the
military to stamp it out.”
Since the civil government was com
pletely established in the Philippine
provinces throughout the archipelago
in July of last year, the governor says
an American soldier has not been called
on once to fire a gun. the country hav
ing been policed by the constabulary, a
force of five or six thousand men.
"It may be.” says Governor Taft,
"that as the conditions grow worse, for
they are likely to do bo before they
grow better, it will be necessary in a
province like Cavite, where ladronism
seems inbred in the people, to proclaim
martial law and even to call in the mil
itary finally to suppress it, but it is still
hoped that this may be avoided."
The ladrones of Iloilo are character
ized as an organized band of ' cattle
thieves. They are being rapidly stamped
out. Governor Taft says that unless
water bufTalo can be replaced or other
methods of agriculture substituted
which will prevent these animals being
indispensable hereafter, the future for
several years has a gloomy outlook.
Denver University Fund.
Denver. Jan. 5. —Eastern dispatches
in regard to the great Methodist $20,-
000,000 jubilee fund having led many
to suppose that the University of Den
ver is about to receive a special dona
tion from that fund. Bishop Warren •
has published the following letter: ,
“For the sake of perfect clarity of
statement permit me a word concern
ing the dispatch from Springfield,
Massachusetts, in reference to the
$20,000,000 thank offering fund and its
relation to the University of Denver.
There is no general fund to bo dis
tributed, but each institution has gone
in to collect what it could for itself.
“The University of Denver owed, a
year ago, $150,000. To entirely relieve
it of that incubus Mrs. Warren offered
to give $25,000 (not $75,000) and I of
fered to give $5,000 and raise $30,000
outside of Colorado. This money has
been waiting a long time for all Colo
rndo to pay the remaining SIIO,OOO.
Twenty-two thousand is yet lacking to
make up the amount. It is confidently
expected that the friends of education
will soon make a red letter day for
the university, by issuing a proclama
tion of its emancipation from that
Venezuelan Revolution Dangerous.
Willemstad. Jan. s.—The forces of
the revolutionists are advancing in
three columns on General Castro's
army. At La Guayra there is already
much suffering and hunger and those
who can are fleeing before the ad
vance guard of the rebellion.
A desperate fight which occurred
last night within eight miles of the
city of Caracas resulted favorably to
the revolutionists. They are cutting
all telegraph lines, tearing up railroad
tracks and are hourly expected in the
immediate neighborhood of the city.
A condition of extreme panic pre
vails among those who have hereto
fore believed that Castro was invinc
ible. A committee of the most promi
nent citizens has gone to President
Castro and made representations to
Jiim of how hopelessly untenable is
his position, but he insists on holding
pn until his forces are defeated in a
decisive battle.
I The only opinion entertained to
night is that Mr. Robin was insane.
Cause for his derangement is not ap
parent, unless it he ascribed to worry
over expenses of the past year, with
reduction of income, and as a climax,
failure to carry out the financial
scheme to which he had devoted his
whole energy.
The venture in which Mr. Robin was
wrapped up was the development and
sale of his Silver Ledge mine to the
Guggenheim syndicate. During the
past year Mr. Robin had spent $70,000,
practically all his available cash, in
the erection of a mill and extensive de
velopment of the Silver Ledge, which
he counted his largest asset. His plan
was to make a great showing and ef
fect a sale to the Guggenheims. Till*
transfer was thought to have been ar
ranged. when the prospective purchas
ers sent an engineer to make a final
report. This is said to have been ad
verse and negotiations were terminat
The Silver Ledge mill began opera
tions to-day upon the vast ore reserves
of the mine. The mill cost $40,000 and
it is estimated that the ore in sight is
sufficient to keep it running for years.
Conservative mining men rate the
property as the most valuable asset of
the Robin estate. Though the profit
will not be large, it is considered a
sure money maker.
Denver, Jan. 4.—The following res
olution was unanimously adopted lust
night by the Democratic state central
Be it unanimously resolved, by the
Democratic state central committee of
the state of Colorado, that it is the
duty of the Democratic party and of
its senators and representatives to re
sort to all means within their power,
and to utilize all the authority given
by the constitution and the laws, to
neutralize and defeat the pending Re
publican conspiracy to overthrow the
Democratic majority on joint ballot
in the Fourteenth General Assembly.
Resolved further, that inasmuch as
the said majority cannot be over
thrown save by the arbitrary exercise
of the right to unseat members of the
House of Representatives, it is our
opinion that it is the right and duty
of the Senate to utilize the same con
stitutional right and authority to re
store the equilibrium.
Resolved further, that a standing
committee of ten be appointed by this
committee to represent and act for it
in conjunction with our senators and
representatives, at all times, hereby
clothing it with all the power and au
thority of the committee in the prem
Resolved further, that said commit
tee be authorized to prepare and pub
lish in the name of the central com
mittee an address to the people of this
state, giving the reasons and causes
for our said action.
Resolved further, that all Democratic
senators and representatives be re
quested to meet and appoint a special
committee to act with our said special
committee, with all convenient speed,
to determine if possible upon some
general course of action.
Powers Demand Pound of Flesh.
Pekin, Jan. s.—The signatories of
the Chinese peace protocol, except the
United States, have consulted their re
spective governments and practically
have decided to, identically notify
China that her failure to fulfill the ob
ligations provided for by the protocol
will entail grave consequences.
A strong sentiment exists in favor
of a compromise if China will admit
that the protocol demands the pay
ment of the indemnity on a gold basis,
and confines her arguments to the
hardships resulting from the increase
of the debt by nearly twenty per cent,
since the signing of the protocol,
through the depreciation in the value
of silver and the probable further de
crease from the expected adoption of
the gold standard in the Philippines
and in the Straits Settlements.
But the powers refuse to waive the
plain interpretation of the protocol.
The danger exists that if China main
-1 tains her position, some of the powers
may demand territory or other con
cessions for compensation.
Catholics Must Use the Courts.
Manila, Jan. 5. —Solicitor General
Arenota, in a written opinion, sustains
Governor Taft’s contention that he is
not in a position to intervene regard
ing the possession of Roman Catholic
property seized by Independent Cath
olics, and that the courts must settle
the question.
The adherents of the independent
Catholic church have seized several
churches and convents, and in some
instances native parish priests have
seceded, continuing in possession of
the churches and have defied the new
pastors appointed by the Roman Cath
olic authorities. Archbishop Guidi.
papal delegate, has formally requested
Governor Taft to dispossess the inde
pendent Catholics and restore the Ro
man Catholics, and to use the con
stabulary in so doing, if necessary.
But the governor has declined to do
so, holding that such action is beyond
the powers of the executive. He also
advised an appeal to the courts and
cabled the facts to Secretary Root,
who sustained him.
Would Improve Leadville Hatchery.
Washington, Jan. 4.—Superintend
ent Bowers, of the United States fish
commission, has submitted an esti
mate for inclusion in the sundry civil
bill of the amount desired for complet
ing and improving the fish cultural
station at Leadville. It is proposed to
erect new buildings and make new
por.*;, install heating apparatus and
make general improvements to the
station. Five thousand dollars is rec
Chinese Uprisings Spreading.
Shanghai, Jan. s.—The disturbances
in the interior of China are spread
ing. Five thousand troops have been
sent to suppress the disorders in the
province of Che Kiang.

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