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LAMAR, .... COLORADO. If it Is true that the Grand Cuke Boris struck the czar, it was probably cnly for a lonn. The itinerary of that international fleet reads like one of St. Paul’s cele brated sea voyages. Was it in good taste to mention a pup in connection with Edna May's matrimonial speculations? As an old experienced hand the sul tan should be able to judge when an ultimatum is really ultimate. It appears to be a cinch that the duke of Manchester will never get any the better of his papa-in-law. If. ought to be some comfort to Corea to know that it will not have to bother its little head about its future. We never expected to live to sec the phrase “The Revs Terry and Alexander” in the purist New York Sun. This dispute between the sultan and the powers is bringing our old friend Toothpick Pasha into public view again. — 1 Although death does not always liquidate a man's debts, it dispenses ■ with the services of the bill collector, t just the same. A Boston paper refers to him as 1 “Albert Austin, the poet laureate.” But no matter. He says he never J reads press clippings. i If you have not had 216 eggs dur- , ing the past twelve months the American hen has been holding out j on you, after she laid them. 1 ] There is so much revolt against < bosses and autocrats these days that 1 it would not be surprising to see a Korean bite ofT a Jap's nose. 1 W. S. Gilbert says that the editor 1 of Punch refused the "Bab Ballads” • when they were offered to him. That it what we should naturally expect. As to which of the sexes Is the j more courageous, it is, after all, hard f to decide, for as often as a man mar- j rles. a woman marries . likewise. — , Puck. ( Several Korean officials have com- j mitted hara-kiri, thus showing, as i Japan desires the world to note, their ’ thorough sympathy with Japanese in- 1 i tltutions. * That barber who took an electric , t.ulb to bed with him to warm his I • feet and thereby set the bed cloth ing on Are, had what you might call ] ft close shave. The best time in the year to eat eggs. “Constant Reader,” Is when the relations subsisting between your 1 pocketbook and the price of eggs are most harmonious. A writer for the Saturday Evening Post asserts that the horse is the most dangerous and deadly animal in the world. Worst of all, he proves it , by official statistics. The czar of all the Russians would probably be willing to give a consider able part of his $12,000,000 salary to I now just what is going to happen to Aim in the next few weeks. The farmer who can read Secretary Wilson's glowing and auroral report without feeling allflred rich and pros perous may be set down as an incur able and unimaginative pessimist. A vagrant kindly treated by a Den ver policeman got a new start and left his benefactor $.12,000. No police man ever won such a dividend as this by using his club on a park sleeper. The leading man in San Francisco's Chinese theater says his enemies have offered $2,500 for his assassina tion. They are not necessarily his enemies; they may be lovers of act ing. King Edward has decided to confer the Order of Merit on both Field Mar shai Oyama and Admiral Togo. Does this remind you of the Rewards of Merit that you used to get at Sunday school? Gen. Horace Porter's thought for Sunday: “When yere goin’ tae kirk, lassie." said the Scot, “droop yer eye? on the sidewalk. It's pious like an'— mebbe ye'll find a purse or some thing like.” Paderewski is entirely recovered, after two operations, from the effects of his American railway accident. It 1s said not to be safe yet. however, to call his dog “Syracuse" Six the pian ist's presence. When a high financier gets bun koed by his associates, the public does not demand that the offenders be haled at once before the bar of legal justice. There is a general sus picion that justice has already been done. “At the bottom.” says Mr. Eckels, “the great mass of the American peo ple are honest.” Does the gentleman wish to be understood ns insinuating flint their honesty is what keeps the great mass of the American people n! the bottom? The moral laxity of Japanese mer chants is explained on the ground that in their country only the off scourings of society go into trade or money getting. With us the business of getting money Is a painful duty ac cepted by the highest thinkers and livers in the community. King Edward drawing conditions i rider which the king's cup is to be raced for, gave English yachts ne<er n lookin. This is the reward for their loyalty in trying, year after year, to get the queen’s cup hack for him. COLORADO NEWS ITEMS The annual meeting of the Colorado State Editorial Association will ho held at the Albany hotel in Denver, Mon day. January Sth. The second trial of Mrs. Helen Schmidlap at Denver on the charge of murdering her husband has been set for January 10th. John aged fifty four, was killed on the 19th inst. between latfay ette and lamisviUc by being tnrown from his buggy in a runaway. Sixteen designs for the proposed sol diers' monument at the capitol in Den ver have been submitted and are now on exhibition at the governor's office. William Van Horn was sentenced in the District Court at Pueblo to from one to two years in the penitentiary for a murderous assault on a colored porter. A big clock is to be installed in the clock tower of the city hall at Den ver, on which the handless dials have long reproached the folly of the mu nicipal builders. Former State Labor Commissioner J. W. Brent linger died at Pueblo a few days ago. His funeral was held in the Fountain Presbyterian church and was largely attended. There were 73*1 deaths in Colorado during the month of November. Of this number twenty-six were caused by typhoid fever, which is much less than during the previous month. The annual report of the Denver Board of Public Works ending Decem ber 16th has been made public. In that time $600,789.50 had been ex pended in public improvements. Charles O. Kennison. former presi dent of Miners' Union No. 40, and an active participant in labor troubles in the Cripple Creek district, died at To nopah. Nevada, December 16th, of pneumonia. Representative Brooks has intro duced a bill authorizing the resurvey of fifty townships in Baca county. These lands were surveyed many years ago, but the old markings are practi cally obliterated. Wilson Finney, foreman for W. S. Scott of Nederland, on the Graham lease near that, town, was accidentally . killed December 18th by an explosion i of dynamite which he was handling. He leaves a widow and three children. : A Washington dispatch says that Lyman L. Pierce, formerly of Denver, for the past five years general secre tary of the Young Men s Christian As sociation. has resigned, to take effect December 31, on account of impaired health. Ten loaded coal cars at the Canfield coal mine at Coal creek in some man ner started down the tipple Into the mine, and after traveling at almost lightning speed for nearly 2.000 feet, struck the face of the coal and most | of them were demolished. The citizens of Boulder have just fin ished raising funds amounting to more ; than $29,000. for the erection of a j Young Men's Christian Association building. Boulder has never had an association, but is preparing to start In the right way with an adequate home for its young men. This will be the second building to be owned by a Y. M. C. A. In Colorado. The Greeley correspondent of the Denver Republican says: The people in Ault and vicinity are agitating the propriety of dividing Weld county into two parts. The proposed division would be made a few miles north of Greeley. Ail the country north of that line would be known as Ault county, with Ault as the county seat, and Gree ley would remain the county seat of the southern tract. Nearly twenty-eight miles of sewers have been constructed in Denver this year. There are now fifty-seven miles of streets surfaced with disintegrated granite The paved streets of Denver measure 35.71 miles. And there are nearly 219 miles of sidewalks in the city limits. The total value of the pub lic improvements in the city under the care of the Board of Public Works Is placed at $8,585,804.32. A Cheyenne dispatch says that Si mon Smith, the richest colored man in Wyoming: J. R. Booth and Albert Jones have purchased the Half-Dia mond Dot ranch, in South Park, Colo rado. for $105,375. and will take charge of the property July Ist. Smith, who started his fortune at Cheyenne a few years ago as city garbage removal con tractor. has a $35,000 interest in the deal. The ranch is to be managed by Smith's twenty-year-old son Carl, who Is the champion negro broncho buster of Wyoming. Is Denver a seaport? Charles L. Tutt of Colorado Springs has named Denver as the i>ort of entry of his yacht, the Anemone. On the 14th inst. the Anemone left New York on a 17,000 mile trip around the Horn to San Diego. California. It will arrive.there about April and Mr. and Mrs. Tutt and party will take a three months' cruise around the waters of southern Califor nia. In June and July they will go far ther north to Puget sound, where Mr. Tutt can oversee his great copper property at Waldo, Oregon. The following new patents have been issued to Coloradans: Robert H. Bow man. Canon City, combination tool; Peabody A. Brown. Denver, thermo stat; Walter C. Cunningham and W. A. Stebblns, Denver, edge ironing and shaping machine; Frank H. Franken burg. Pueblo, lawn mower; Henry W. Oremmels, Denver, combined socket and plug for incandescent lamps: Kate Mercer. Greeley, attachment for pickle casters: Herman P. Neptune, Boulder, shingle gag*-: David Plattner. Denver, hay stacker: George W. Skinner. Jr.. Denver, centrifugal pump. Mrs. Mary Weston died at her home, near Bn* na Vista. December 17th. at the age of ninety years. She was the oldest settler living In the valley, hav ing lived in the stone house where she died for nearly forty years. She came to Colorado in the early sixties, cross ing the plains in a wagon. State Auditor Bent says that the present state administration Is likely to break all previous records, except that of 1902. by pulling through the bi ennial period without a deficit. All present indications are that there will be a surplus of money out of the vari ous collections in the different depart ments. Since April 1. 1903, there have been planted in public waters by Commis- I sinner Woodard 12,467,000 fish. The government hatchery at Lendville lias planted in Colorado streams during this period 17.500.000 fish, making a to ! tal of nearly 30.000.000 fish. Mountain sheep In the vicinity of W. . F. Givens' ranch, near Florence, are be coming very tame. Mr. Givens, who is i a special game warden, says that • nearly every morning six or eight of • these animals gather around his house - to be fed. There are between forty , and fifty sh?ep in the flock, but only a ftw of them have become tame. THE GRAZING FEE PRESIDENT WOULD SAVE RE SERVES FOR ACTUAL RESI DENTS. FAVOR SMALL STOCKMAN Answer to Protest of Colorado Cattle men Upholds Secretary Wilson's Regulations—Would Help the Home Makers. Washington.—President Roosevelt, in a letter addressed to Secretary Wil son of the Department of Africulture on the subject of fees for grazing horses and cattle in the national for est. reserves, upholds the secretary in the regulations formulated by him and which will become effective January 1, 1906, whereby certain rules are laid down for the granting of grazing per mits. The communication Is the result of a protest sent to the President by cat tlemen from one of the western states, and is based on a report by Secretary Wilson, to whom the protest was re ferred. The letter of the President fol lows; “My Dear Mr. Secretary—l have re ceived your letter of December 20th. I cordially approve of the policy you are carrying on. Your effort is to keep the grazing lands in the forest reserves for the use of the stockmen and espe cially the small stockmen who actu ally live in the neighborhood of the re serves. “To prevent the waste and destruc tion of the reserves and to keep them so that they can be permanently used by the stockmen no less than by the public you have to spend a certain amount of money. Part of this money is to be obtained by charging a small fee for each head of stock pastured on the reserve. I,ess than a third of the actual value of the grazing is at pres ent charged and it is of course per fectly obvious that the man who pas tures his stock should pay something for the preservation of that pasture. He gets all the benefit of the pasture and he pays for its use but a small fraction of the value that it is to him: and this money is in reality returned to him, because it is used in keeping the forest reserve permanently available for use. You this year make a special reduction by which the ranchmen pay but half rates. This Is in accordance with the steady policy of your depart ment as regards the western lands, which is to favor in every way the act ual settler, the actual home maker, the man who himself tills the soil or him self rears and cares for his small herd of cattle. In granting grazing permits you give preference first to the small nearby owners; after that to all regular occupants of the reserve range, and finally to the owners of transient stock. “This is exactly as it should be. The small nearby owners are the home steaders. the men who are making homes for themselves by the labor of their hands, the men who have entered to possess the land and to bring up their children thereon. The other reg ular occupants of the reserve range, that Is. the larger ranch owners, are only entitled to come after the smaller men. If after these have been admit ted there still remains an ample pas turage, then the owners of transient stock, the men who drive the tramp herds or tramp flocks hither and thither, should be admitted. These men have no permanent abode, do but very little to build up the land, and are not to be favored at the expense of the regular occupants, large or small. This system prevents the grass from being eaten out by the herds or flocks of non-residents, for only enough cattle and sheep are admitted upon the re serves to fatten upon the pasturage, without damaging it. in other words, under the policy you have adopted the forest reserves are to be used as the most potent Influences in favor of the actual home maker, of the man with a few dozen or few score head of cattle which he has gathered by his own in dustry and is himself caring for. This !g the kind of man upon whom the foundation of our citizenship rests and It is eminently proper to favor him in every way.” Insane Asylum Masked Ball. Pittsburg.—Keeping time to slow music and masquerading in gowns and dress descriptive of characters best suited to their various forms of insan ity. 600 inmates of the western Penn sylvania Insane asylum enjoyed on Christmas night a masquerade bail given as a special Christmas treat by the management. The affair was both unique and pathetic. It brought to gether at one time ail inmates of the asylum who were allowed to indulge in every way their strange hallucina tions. One woman who believes she is the Queen of England, majestically pa raded before her supposed subjects. Nebraska Hero Honored. Grand Island. Neb. —George Podl. county clerk-elect of this county, has received a letter from President Roose velt Informing him that the first medal of honor given under the act of Con gress approved February 23. 1905. has been awarded to him for conspicuous bravery in saving the life of a child at the risk of his own. and expressing warm commendation for the deed. Mr. Poell. who was a locomotive fireman, ran alonglsde his engine to the pilot and snatched a little child from the track, saving it from harm, but himself fell under the engine, Rising a leg and being otherwise badly Injured. Mormon Colony for Mexico. Mexico City.—lmmediately after the holidays one of the largest colonies that ever invaded Mexico at one time will arrive in the state of Chihuahua, where several thousand acres of land have been secured. These people are Mormons from Utah and will number about 1,000 men. women and children. They ran practice their belief in Mex ico without interference from the gov ernment. Teachers Get Five Millions More. New York. It is announced from Boston that "the Carnegie foundation.' a sum of $10,000,000 given by Andrew Carnegie to provide relief for needy teachers and professors in universities, colleges and technical schools In the United State. Canada and New Found land. Is to be forthwith increased by the addition of $5,000,000. At the same time the restrictions which prohibited aid from being extended to members of the facaultles of sectarian and state aided institutions are to be removed, the statement declares. STATF LAND SALES. Action Taken by Colorado State Land Board. Denver. —Because ■ f alleged frauds in connection with the Grand county state land sale the State Land Board Wednesday passed resolutions asking for the resignation of L. R. Smith, the timber warden, and will reprimand Axel Swanson the land appraiser. The sale of the section to Frank Gyllen sten also is declared illegal and action will be taken to cancel it. The reso lutions follow: "That a reception hook be kept as to applications, giving the date and number in which they are received, by whom made, for what purpose, de scription and disposition, and that the register be instructed to present the application to the hoard in order in which they are entered upon the re ception book. ’All applications for indemnity for lands shall be entered in a special book for that purpose and shall be pre sented to the board for consideration, and notice given 'he applicants of hearing and after selection shall he leased only after advertisement for four consecutive weeks, to the highest bidder. "All new applications shall He over two weeks before final action thereon by the board, unless otherwise ordered by the hoard, and shall be referred by the presiding officer to some member of the board for examination and re port. "All advertisements shall be pub lished in the newspaper of the incor porated town or city nearest the land concerned, measured by airline, unless the law directs otherwise, in which event the statutory publication shall be made, and the hoard may direct the publication to be also made in a paper near the land affected. ”At the meeting of the hoard on the first Wednesday of each month the register and deputy are t.o report In writing the cash receipts during the past month, and disposition of same, and present therewith a duplicate re ceipt from the state treasurer ack nowledging receipt of same, fn the absence of the register the deputy reg ister shall have control of the business of the office and the employes.” SHOT BY TWO BOYS. Prominent Colorado Springs Man Dangerously Wounded. Colorado Springs.—Frank L. Scott, vice president of the Davie Realty Company of this city and for twenty years a prominent business man of El Paso county, was shot in the back by two unknown hoys at 10:05 o’clock Wednesday nigh' while on his way to the Santa Fe depot, where he intended to Join his wife in California. Scott was removed to St. Francis hospital and probably will die. He is thought not to have had an enemy in the world and the only solution of the mystery is that the assault was the result of an attempt at highway robbery. According to Scott's statement in the hospital, he was walking east on Pike's Peak avenue, near Wahsatch avenue, two blocks from the depot, a valise in cither hand, when he met two youths. After he had passed about ten feet beyond 'hem they cried “halt,” and immediately afterward he fell to the grounded shot in the hack. Mr. Scott described his assailants as "a eSuplo of kids about twenty years old " He declared that he had never seen them before and believes that robbery was their object. One wore a cap another a har, and both were of slim build. Both wore dark clothes. Captain Stewart has the entire day and night force searching for the youths, while mounted deputies under the direction of Under Sheriff Day ton are securing the outskirts of the city. Senator Patterson For Adams. Denver. The News prints the fol lowing apeci il telegram from Washing ton: Senator Patterson’s attention was called to articles appearing in the Saturday Sun. William Griffith’s paper, favorable i () his nomination for gov ernor and to favorable expressions of opinion to the paper from some of Sen ator Patterson's friends. The senator said such talk is futile. “I am not and will not under any possible contingency be a candidate for governor, nor would I accept a nomination although unanimously ten dered. No one should be thought of for governor by the Democratic party of Colorado but Alva Adams. "He was flagrantly cheated out of the office afrer he had been unques tlonably elected by the people, by the legislature His election in view of the large majority given to President Roosevelt pmves his great popularity. I have no question but what he is 8,000 votes stronger for the office of gov ernor than any other Democrat in the state. If would. In my opinion, be po litical suicide for the porty to nominate anybody bur Adams for governor.” Suicide of Banker's Wife. Denver. With a Christmas tree which she had ordered and was pre paring to < corate. lying in the back yard of the residence at 3317 Tenny son street Mrs. Hazel Booth, wife of Assistant Cashier Walter Booth of the Denver National Bank, shot and killed herself Wednesday afternoon. It is generally believed by the neigh bors tha' Mrs. Booth, who was in ill health, was temporarily insane at the time. For years she had been a suf ferer from nervous trouble, which re sulted in frequent attacks and terrible pains in the hack of her head. Great Fire in New York. New York.—Fire Wednesday do stroved fully half of the immense rail road terminal holdings at the foot of West Twenrv-thlrd street, on the Hud son river. The loss was estimated at $550,000. The fire started in a paint shop in th'- Lackawanna building, pre sumably from a defective electric wire. The new lorry houses of the Dela ware Lackawanna & Western and Jer soy Central railroads were almost to tal loss* h. They were the newest ferry terminals in the city, the l*ackawanna building still undergoing its finishing touches and the Jersey Central having been completed only two months ago. Viceroy Sent to Shanghai. Peking.—The dowager empress has issued an edict commanding the vice roy of Chill province. Yuan-Shl-Kai. commander of the Chinese army, to proceed to Shanghai. Investigate tho disturbances, secure the punishment, of those implicated and impeach the civil and military officials responsible for the maintenance or order. The success of the boycott in secur ing concessions In the new treaty from the American government undoubtedly encouraged the Chinese to engage In the recent demonstrations. MOSCOW HORROR FIVE THOUSAND KILLED IN FIERCE STREET FIGHTS MANY THOUSAND WOUNDED Awful Carnival of Bloodshed on Christ mas Day—lnsurgents Mowed Down With Grape and Canister—Fiend ish Deeds of Drunken Cossacks. London.—The correspondent of the Telegraph at St. Petersburg, in a dis patch dated at G:45 p. m.. December 25th, says: “At an early hour this morning the casualties at Moscow were estimated at 5,000 killed and 14,000 wounded, with the fighting still proceeding. "The inhabitants of Moscow have been forbidden to leave their dwellings after 7 o'clock in the evening. "It is impossible to move about the city in consequence of the frequency of stray bullets. Many innocent per sons have been accidentally killed. "A scarcity of provisions is threat ened.” The same correspondent, telegraph ing at 10:38 p. m., says: “Your Moscow correspondent’s tele grams have not been accepted, be cause all the details were refused. "Cannon firing is now proceeding in various part of the city, where to night very near the railroad stations the barricades erected by the revolu tionaries are being desperately de fended. "The Kursk terminus at Moscow is being pillaged and many wagons laden with provisions are being looted. "From fragmentary accounts re ceived from Moscow I gather that the civil war has brought no decisive ac tion. but only a thickening of the blood cloud, an intensifying of the horrors and an increase of the prevailing bit terness. "The driving force behind both the troops and the rebels Is no longer that of enthusiasm or of any human im pulse. It is the force of superhuman hate, and hence the deeds reported are not the acts of patriots, soldiers or otherwise, but the enormities of mail men. "It is impossible to understand how any emotion, even of the extremes of despair or hate can impart such fool hardy courage as some of the rebels display. “For every barricade destroyed Sun day two or three appeared in other places. Orders were given by the revo lutionists to shoot only when there was good hope of bringing a man down, but otherwise to tire out th3 troops until they lost patience. “In the meantime in their houses the bulk of the population cowers in the Innormost recesses of kitchens and cel lars. stricken with fear and trembling at every boom of the cannon or explo sion of a bomb. “The most surprising thing of all is the loyalty of the troops, which nobody here anticipated." All reports agree that the fighting yesterday, which* continued until mid night, assumed the nature of a butch ery by the machine guns of the artil lery. grape and canister being em ployed mercilessly against the in armed insurgents. Atrocious tales are told of the Cos sacks. who, plied with vodka until drunk, fired down the streets, some times charging with lances. The Insurgents displayed great stub bornness In holding barricades, even advancing in a mass to the slaughter. At the same time bombs were thrown from the windows of houses near the barricades occupied by the revolutionaries. The artillery was summoned and battered the houses to pieces. The plan of the insurgents, it is stated, is to hold the outskirts and gradually enclose the troops in the center of the city. Strike leaders announce that an army of 30,000 is concentrated at OrecholTseuff. northeast of Moscow, and will soon be ready to march to the city's assistance. Both sides were ex hausted at midnight Sunday, when fir ing practically ceased. The streets were then in absolute darkness save for searchlights in the towers of biv ouacs behind barricades. PROPOSED CHURCH UNION Of Presbyterians, Methodists and Con gregationalists, in Canada. Toronto. Ont.—The final vote by the members on the union of the Pres hyterian. Methodist and Congrega tional churches of Canada in one great church, as has Just been recom mended by a joint committee of the three denominations. cannot be reached for several years. "Throughout the whole session,” says the official report, "the utmost harmony and brotherly feeling pre- all the members apparently being animated by one purpose, namely, to reach conclusions that would be for the glory of their com mon Lord and the more rapid exten sion of His kingdom throughout the world.” Substantial unity and essential har mony existing among the three de nominations is a marked feature of the findings of the committee. The common doctrines held by the Presby terians. Methodists and Congrega tlonalists are formulated. Possible lines for framing a policy for the united church, the arrangements of pastoral service without a time limit, settlement and transfers of pastors, training for the ministry and for the relations of a minister to the doctrine of the church, are set forth and the matter of administration is left in the hands of a sub-committee to prepare a detailed report for the next annual meeting of the general committee. Czar Opposes Massacre. Paris. —The St. Petersburg corre spondent of the Figaro, under date of December 18th, says the emperor re fused to allow the carrying out. of a proposition emanating from the officers of the St. Petersburg garrison to sup press the revolutionary movement by the arrest of 500 "intellectuals," who. it was suggested, would bo killed if they offered the slightest resistance. Extracts Air From Water. Philadelphia—D. O. McCahey, a well known physician of this city, has dis covered a mechanical process by which air enn be extracted from water be neath the surface. Not only can he, or anyone else, for that matter, extract the subaqueous air from the surround ing water, but he can store it beneath the surface. This he demonstrated. The possibilities are potent. In his application, which is entirely practical, it is expected to solve the question of submarine navigation. That is, supply submarine boats with air without the trouble of coming to the surface for it. CAPITOL SANTA CLAUS. Pleasant Exchange of Gifts by Colo rado Officials. Denver. Saturday morning was made a time for bestowing Christ mas gift 3by the employes at the state capitol building. Almost all of the heads of departments were remem bered by the clerks in their various offices, and the morning was one of general merry making. Governor McDonald was the reci pient of one of the noted animal pic tures painted by Captain .lack How land. its purchase having been ar ranged for by the heads of various de partments and their clerks. The pic ture is that of an elk standing in the shallows of a river, and is entitled, "The Evening Drink." Treasurer John A. Hoimberg was presented with a fine cut glass punch bowl by the employes of his office, the presentation speech being made by Julius Clarke. Auditor Bent was also given a fine chair by his assist ants, which was presented by Warren S. Daniels. Miss Katherine Craig, superintend ent of public instruction, was pre sented with a gold mounted, engraved desk set by her assistants, Miss Grif fith and Mrs. Frye. The rooms of this department were decorated with Christmas greens. suspended from the chandeliers. Dr. Hugh L. Taylor of the State Board of Health was presented with a physician's diary. Secretary of State James Cowie was given a grip and toilet set and Timothy O’Connor, in the same department, was given a handsomely mounted flask. Miss Anna Cooney, in charge of the telephone switch-board at the state house, was. perhaps, the most de lighted of all those receiving pres ents. She was given a potted A/.alea and S3O in gold by various, friends in the building. COLORADO RAILROADS. Report of Mileage and Taxes for the Year 1905. Denver.—Secretary R. R. Leese of the State Board of Equalization is pre paring the annual report of that de partment. which will be ready for dis tribution by the middle of January. According to the figures based upon the railroad companies' returns, the mileage will show an increase of 132 miles, or a net increase of 121 miles, 10.36 miles having been abandoned. The miles assessed during the year ending December 31. 1905. are 1.508 narrow gauge and 3.389.82 standard gauge main track, or a grand total of 4,898 miles. This includes 16 miles of electric railway owned by steam roads and assessed by the board. The greatest Increase in mileage is in the lines of the Denver. Northwest ern Sc Pacific, the Uintah railway, the new narrow gauge line, and the Den ver Sc Rio Gramie. The railroads of Colorado, according to the figures now compiled, are paying an average tax of $288.66 per mile, which is the high est tax in any state west of the Mis sissippi river, except Nevada, where the tax is $349 per mile. Sugar Making at Fort Collins. Denver. —A Republican special from Fort Collins says: So far this season the local sugar factory is having a suc cessful campaign. It began slicing ' beets October 4th and has had a con tinuous run without an hour's stop page. and has converted the juice ex tracted from 85.000 tons of beets into commercial granulated sugar. There are still 35.000 tons of beets to work * up, which will keep the factory in op eration until nearly the Ist of Febru ary. The product of the factory to date has bern approximately 212,000 hacks of 100 pounds each, or 21.230,000 pounds of sugar. These immense fig ures will be swelled to 30,000,000 pounds at the close of the campaign. The acreage planted to beets this season In the Fort Collins district was 10,003. an increase of about 4.000 acres over the crop of 1904. and the total tonnage was 120,000. as against 78.- 000 in 1904. The average yield per acre in 1905 was a fraction under twelve tons, as against 13.2 tons in 1904. the falling off being due to the planting of new land in many instances and the effects of a hail storm in July. The highest yield per acre reported was twenty-five tons and the lowest seven tons. Beets planted on old lands by exiierienced growers and which were not touched by hail averaged seventeen tons to the acre. Railway Accident Near Durango. Denver. —A Durango dispatch Sun day savs: The eastbound narrow gauge Denvc r & Rio Grande passenger train which left Sllverton at 6:30 o'clock this morning, well loaded with passengers, was wrecked a mile above Animas City, and three miles from this city, about 9 o’clock, and while no one was killed, a large number of the pas sengers v.ere injured, twelve of them quite seriously. Mrs. Katie Porter of Sllverton had her right hand torn from the arm. The accident was caused, It is claimed, by a defective rail. It was said that the train was run ning at a high rate of speed at the time. The chair car left the track first, followed by the other coaches, and all were dragged 400 feet before the loco motive was stopped. Irving Receives Christmas Pardon. Denver. —A Canon City dispatch says that Edward Irving received a pardon from Governor McDonald Christmas Day. The announcement came as a great surprise to Irving, who was almost overcome by the news. He was cheered by the assembled con victs with whom he has been popular. Irving was convicted of murder at Pu eblo and was received at the peniten tiary May 17. 1899, under a life sen tence. He was No. 4744 on the prison rolls and had been employed as a car penter since his incarceration. Irving is only about thirty-two years of age and his conduct as a prisoner has been exemplary. Moffat Road Election. Denver. —At the annual meeting of the Denver. Northwestern & Pacific Railway Company, which was held Thursday, all the former directors were re-elected for the ensuing year, as follows: D. H. Moffat. William G. Evans. C. J. Hughes, Jr.. W. S. Chees man. S. M. Perry. Thomas Keely, F. B. Gibson. The directors elected the fol lowing officers: President D. H. Mof rat; vice president. W. G. Evans; sec retary, F. B. Gibson; treasurer, Thomas Keely: general counsel, Charles Hughes, Jr. BIG STRIKE BEGUN RUSSIA APPARENTLY IN THROES OF BLOODY REVOLUTION. FIERCE FIGHTS REPCRTED Moscow Center of Disturbance—Ta kum Captured and Recaptured in Pitched Battle—Nine Hundred Mu tinous Soldiers Burned to Death by Cossacks. St. Petersburg.—While the great strike opened rather tamely in the cap ital, it has apparently made a success ful beginning in Moscow and the pro vincial towns. Several cities are re ported as being in the hands of the revolutionists, who in one Instance tried and executed a police chief and several of his assistants. In Courland the red flame of rebel lion is sweeping away the manor houses of the Russian and German nobility, leaving smoking rtrlns and mangled bodies in its wake. Details of the capture of Takuni by the revolu tionists and its recapture by the gov ernment troops class it as a pitched buttle in which neither side gave quar ter. After subjecting the unhappy city to a terrific artillery fire the troops stormed the intrenchments erected by the townspeople and put their defend ers to the sword. The soldiers suf fered heavy losses. Strikers captured a factory near Moscow in which fourteen Englishmen were employed. The manager, also a Briton, was locked up, and the eight members of his family were deported by the rebels. The government has sent troops to their rescue, but it is feared their appearance will mean the murder of the prisoners. Dispatches from Tomsk are to the effeet that Cossacks set fire to bar racks In which 900 mutinous soldiers were confined and that they were all burned to death. Since noon the streets have been filled with troops, and especially those in the indusirial sections. The rail road stations are in possession of the military. Wholesale arrests of the leaders of the workmen were made last night. It is reported the police include in their captures members of the second work men's council, who were placed in the fortress of 3'. Peter and St. Paul with the members of the first, council, who were arrested Saturday night. A third council, however, promptly took the place of the second. The league of Leagues has issued an appeal to the public asking for lib eral support of the proletariat, •"which is bearing the brunt of the struggle for the emancipation of the nation." The appeal says there Is hound to be much privation, starvation and even death from cold, ann not only asks for mate rial aid, hut proixises the inauguration of free dining rooms for workmen in all parts of the city. Moscow is already cut off from St. Petersburg, and all the provinces are likewise cut. off. latest advices from Moscow state that crowds of strikers at Moscow are marching through the streets endeav oring to close up the postofflee and other places. Advice* from Ryezhitsa. the govern ment of Vitebak. announce that a ris ing has occurred In that vicinity simi lar to the insurrection at Livonia. The report that Kharkoff is in the hands of the revolutionists is con firmed. Two hundred and fifty men of the Starobyelsk and Lebedinsk regi ments have joined the revolutionists and their comrades have flatly refused to fire on them. At Nikolaieff the revolted regi ments have been captured. Two hun dred and fifty prisoners were sent to Otehakoff fortress. The capture of the mutineers was effected by General Stupin. who, on the arrival of reinforce ments from Odessa, unexpectedly at tacked the barracks where the mutin eers hail assembled. The latter soon surrendered. The Narshadney, formerly the Syn Ontechesva, and other secretly pub lished papers, which are being distrib uted by the thousands to the work men. are filled with the most inflamma tory appeals, inciting the people to an are especially directed to the aim;, which is implored not to shed the blood of the nation. One writer addressing the soldiers, said: “Join us. Rise with us. No power can stal'd against the people and army united.’’ The strike call, in addition to making the regular demands for a constituent assembly, universal suffrage, the aboli tion of martial law. immunity of th« person and the other features of the proletariat’s program, insists on th** release of the imprisoned members of the workmen’s council, the discontinu ance of all political suits, acquiescence with the petitions of the army and navy, and of the railroad and postal telegraph employes for an increase of pay, the transfer of the land lo the peo ple. an eight-hour day. and the aboli- 1 tion of all restrictions regarding na tionalities and religion. Will Close Gunnison Land Office. Washington.—The commissioner of the General Land Office is taking step looking to the discontinuance of tip* United States land office at Gunni son and the merging of the Gunnison district with Montrose. The receipts of the Gunnison land office for the last fiscal year were $5,607, while the ex penses of running the office wen* $2,420. Under the statute providing that land offices at which the expenses t*xceed one-third of the receipts may be discontinued the commission*" has decided to close Gunnison, al though no definite time for the closing has been fixed. Purchase of Roosevelt’s Birthplace. New York. The organization formed to purchase the house in which President Theodore Roosevelt was born, at 28 East Twentieth stre* ’ in this city, and present it to the Na tion. has completed the details of the purchase and secured possession of the property, for $60,000. Among the contributors to the pro ject were Andrew Carnegie. General Horace Porter and Henry C. Frick, who is said to have subscribed slo,ooe. Destructive Floods in Sinaloa. San Antonio, Tex.—Torrential floods have destroyed a number of villages In the state of Sinaloa. Mexico, ioning much damage to property loss of life. The town of Ahome is re ported destroyed by the Fuerte river. Hundreds were made homeless. San Ignacio, near the Piaxtla river, Is also practically destroyed. The grades and tracks of the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient railway, now building, have been greatly damaged.