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VOLUME XIX NO. 79. MONDAY. KANSAS CITY, AUGUST 28,1899 TEN PAGES. MONDAY. PEICE TWO CENTS, THE EXPANSION QUESTION SEEMS TO BE REGARDED AS A LIVE ISSUE BY SOME STATESMEN iflr 4fr A LAW'S HEAVY HAND AGAI i- UD UPOS WATSON WOOD, AS AI "" 3ED KASSAS MURDERER. J. CRIM COMMITTED IN 1896 HE i" JED ASD WAS OSLY, 'TURED YESTERDAY. EE- Declares That lie Knoni Sothlng of the IClIIInc of Fred Buck In (ton. tarn City, Km., With Which lie Is Charged Dar- room BrnwL Watson Wood, who was arrested In Kan sas City, Kas., In 1S96 on the charge of murdering Frek Buck, and who escaped from the Wyandotte county Jail two -weeks after being Incarcerated, is again behind the bars. After being a fugitive for three years and successfully keeping his -whereabouts from theauthorities, he was taken Into custody yesterday morning by City Detective Wilson, of Kansas City, Kas., and Detectives Frazler, Bojle, Ennls and McNamara, of this city. Wood was cap tured in a room in the McClure flats, near the corner of Nineteenth street and Grand avenue, where he had been located by De tective Wilson. He was taken to Kansas City, Kas., and locked up. Yeseterday morning Chief Mc Farland and Detective Wilson gave him a sweating and then escorted him to the county Jail, where he was placed In a cell in murderer's row. The capture of Wood by Detective Wil son recalls the mysterious murder of Fred Buck, a well known young cooper of Ar mourdale, and the famous Jail delivery of 1E36. One night during the early part of November, 1S96, Buck, Watson Wood, Frank Madden and several other acquaint ances were drinking In a saloon at the corner of Kansas avenue and Packard street. The saloon was then being con ducted by Jack Ricks. Buck, Madden and Wood, so it was claimed at the time, be came involved in an altercation in the sa loon, but they did not come 10 blows. Sud denly Madden and Wood stepped out the rear door of the place. Buck remained a few minutes and started home. He also went out the back way. That was the last seen of him by those In the saloon. About twenty minutes after he had taken his de parture his body was found lying on the rear steps of the saloon. His skull w s fractured and life was extinct. Tho body was still warm. The police were immediately notified and after a hasty investigation Madden and Wood were arrested for the murder. The evidence presented at the coroner's Inquest was strongly against Madden and Wood and the Jury recommended that thev be held for the crime. They were locked up in different cells at the county Jail. On the night of November SO, the same month of the killing, thirteen prisoners In tho county Jail perfected their escape by saw ing the steel bars in the second story of the Jail. Among the baker's dozen was Watson Wood. The delivery took place about midnight and it was not until the next morning that It was discovered. Six of the fugitives haio since been captured. Wood making the seventh Several of tho most desperate are still at large. Madden was confined in the female department of the Jail and did not hae an opportunity to escape had he felt so disposed. He was afterwards given a preliminary hearing, but the prosecution failed to convict him, as the escapo of Wood led many to believe that he was tho man who killed Buck. Buck's death was caused by a terrific blow on the head by some blunt instrument. now Wood Escaped. Wood related to Detective Wilson an in teresting story of how he succeeded In get ting safely out of tho city. He says that, after leaving the Jail, he hastened to the river. At the Northwestern bridge, at the mouth of tho Kaw river, he secured a large board. He strapped It to him and then plunged Into the icy waters, swimming to the opposite shore of the Missouri river. He was severely chilled, and came very near being drowned. After reaching the Missouri shore he built a fire and dried his clothing. By this time It was getting day light, and he caught a train that morning out of Harlem. He says that he has been all over the West and South since gaining his liberty. Ho returned to Kansas City about a week ago. Detective Wilson learned of his presenco In the city, and finally located him. Wood declares that he does not know an thing about the killing of Buck. 2,000,000 KILLED. deetrtp Storm in Arknnin Cannes I)rnth of English Sparrows-Trees Dia Sot Trotect Them. LITTLE ROCK. ARK.. Aug. 27. This place w as visited yesterday by an electrical storm of such violence that million:, of English sparrows "n ere killed During the progress of tho storm tho Fparrows sought shelter In the troes, and after tho lightning had subsided their bodies were piled thick upon the ground. This is the first instance of anything of this kind ever having occurred in this dis trict. After tho rain, the hot sun pouring down on the bodies caused a stench, and negroes were set to work to burv them. It Is estimated that 2,000.000 of the little pests perished in the storm. GOES TO THE TRANSVAAL. Eocene E. Enston Will Go as War Correspondent for a Syndicate of American Papers. Eugene E. Easton, formerly a reporter on The Journal, and later private secre tary to Assistant Secretary Webster Davis, will sail Wednesday for the Tiansvaal as, war correspondent for a syndicate of papers of which Tho Journal Is one. Mr. Easton Is a young man of promise and pleasing address. He was with the Third regiment and for a oar or more has been secretary to Mr. Davis He carries with him letters from the president and all the high officials at Washington to the British and Boer gov ernments. A BRUTAL HUSBAND. Edward Strode Locked Up for Kicking Ills AVIfe In the Stomach. Edward Strode, who lives at 1425 Main street, possesses jn. deep vein of humor that frequentlj- finds vent In an assault onfMrs. Strode Last night he varied his attack a little by kicking her In the stomach and reluctant as she generallj Is to Interfere with his pastime she had to draw the line at this and complained to the police. Ho was arrested and locked up at No. 4 sta tion. Drs. Thornton &. Minor, the specialists In Piles. Fistula and all diseases of the rectum, have been established In Kanas City for over twontj-two jears They guarantee a cure and don't want one cent until you are perfectly well Thev have cured hundreds of patients from all over the country and will send their 8S-page book (free), containing testimonials and names of over a thousand people whom they have cured. If jou are afflicted It will be very Interesting to jou Write for it. Address TRS. THORNTON & MINOR, 100 West 9th St.. Kansas Clt, Mo. OTIS WORKING WONDERS. Charles WHInian, Just From the Phil ippines, Lauds the General In High Terms. Charles Willman, Company A, battalion engineers, was In the city last evening on his way to his home In New York. He came direct from Manila, where he was mustered out July 17. "It Is true that some of the soldiers have a dislike for General Otis," he said, "but In my opinion without cause. You must re member that most of them are joung fel lows, who want to see their mothers and sweethearts and are anxious to return home. But as to General Otis, he has been short of men; we even had to act as in fantrymen. When General Otis gets enough men it won't be long until the w ar Is ov er. He Is working wonders. He watches the prisoners who are captured, and if thej act anywhere near right he makes them trusties,' puts them to work on the streets, or In the hospitals as nurses, or other, minor positions. On each holiday, such as Washington's birthday or the Fourth of July, he liberates the ones who are the most entitled to have their liberty for their good conduct. The natives of Manila have completely changed their opinion of Gen eral Otis and the Americans. At first he was in disfavor, but he has done so much for the Improvement of the city and for the benefit of the citizens that they are now giving him their support. If he could get hold of the Filipinos It would not be long until they, too, would be giving him their support. "Our soldiers have had some pretty hard fighting, but never have they lost any ground in a fight or skirmish. There Is a personal pride that would make them stay there until death overtook them before they would budge an Inch. While, as I said, many of the bo s hav e a dislike for General Otis, none doubts his ability as a general, and the ultimate results. I think a great many or tne reports received in tnis coun try regarding General Otis are pure fakes." PRESIDENT JNPITTSBURG. lie and Mrs. McKlnley Spend a Quiet Sabbath as the Gnests of the Pltcalrns. PITTSBURG, PA., Aug. 27,-Frestdent and Mrs. McKlnley spent their Sunday rather quietly, nothing of special note transpiring to make the day materially different from a rest day at their Washing ton home. The president, earning out his usual custom, arose at 7 o'clock and spent an hour In the library looking over his important mail. After breakfast he. with Mrs. McKinley and Mrs. Pitcalrn, took a stroll through the extensive grounds sur rounding the Pitcalrn residence, and then spent another hour In the library. At 10:45 the president was driven to Christ M. E. church, where he heard an eloquent sermon preached by Rev. Mr. Daniel Dor chester, Ph. D., who took for his text Romans xil:4-5: "For as we have many me-jbers In one body, and all members have not the same office; so we, being many, are one body In Christ and sever ally member one of another." The reverend centleman. without mak ing any direct reference to the president made it very evident that all bodies, whether religious, social or political, must have a supreme head whose hands must Tie upheld by mutual co-operation. Long Delore the hour announced tor tne church services, the largo edifice was filled to overflowing, and thousands of persons had gathered In the vicinity to get a glimpse of the president as he entered the cnurcn. In tho afternoon the president and Mrs. McKlnley, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Pitcalrn, took a drive through Schenley park, under the escort of E. M. Bigclow, director of public works, and Max Leslie, chairman of the reception committee. Be fore the ride had extended over fbout two miles Mrs. McKinley became fatigued and the nartv returned home. The evening 7 o'clock dinner was an In formal affair, no persons being present but the distinguished guests and tho Im mediate litcalrn family. In anticipation of a very busv day to morrow, the president retired at an early hour. CRYPTIC CRYPT COMPLETED. Is Located at the Summit of Pike's l'oak Overlooking a Pit -1,000 Feet Below. SUMMIT OF PIKE'S PEAK, COL , Aug. 27. Tho crypt in which the Cryptic Masons of Ellsworth, Kas., buried their records, has been completed and sealed. It is cut in solid gray granite at the north end of the cog railroad, overlooking the pit 4,000 feet below and In full view of all the plains to the Kansas line on the east; new Mexico on tho south, the snowy range on the west, and Wyoming on the north. Upon the tablets surrounded by a triangle cut in the rock, is the following inscrip tion, in deep raised letters: : "Deposited August 11th. A. D , : : 1S99, A Dep. 2S)9, by Ellsworth : : Council, No. 9. R. and S. M . Ells- : : worth. Kas., Edward W. Welling- : : ton. Th. Ill M." : .. ............. Under this Is a round ring cut In the tablet, containing emblems of the Masonic order ana a triangle. At tne lert of the ring Is a large letter "A," and on the right Is cut a horseshoe, representing "Omega." Under this ring and inscription follows the following reading: "Under sanction of the grand council of Colorado, John Humphrejs, M. III. grand master, and the general grand council of the United states. Brad Nichol, assisted by grand council of Kansas, Thorp B Jen nings, M. 111. grand master. To be re stored to the craft after 100 years have elapsed." COAL OIL MAY ADVANCE. Fire at Whiting, 111., Destroys 2,200 narrels of Partially Refined Standard Product. CHICAGO, Aug. 27. One of the most de structive fires that has ever occurred at tho Standard Oil refineries, broko out at Whiting to-night. It was caused by a leak at the bottom of one of the stills. few j minutes after the fire broke out there was a terrific explosion and the names spread rapidlv to the two Immense tanks contain ing 2.200 birrels of partiallj' refined oil. At the present time it looks as though the eight remaining tanks will be consumed. The loss so far is estimated at $100,000. There are over thirtj- streams of water plajlng on the fire and the supposition Is it will be Impossible to do more than confine It to tho present limits. Steven Wllkens, a fireman, Harry Bonney, engineer at the works, and Jesse Cunningham, a still man, were seriously burned by the blazing oil. YELLpW JACK SUSPICIONS. Dreaded Scourge Is Believed to Exist at Orlrnba, a Mountain Town In Mexico. CITY OF MEXICO, Aug. 27. Suspicious cases of fever have occurred at Orizaba and it is believed to be jellow fever. The matter Is being thoroughly investigated by the superior board of health. Orizaba has been declared under sanitary suspicion and all rules applicable to Infected towns have been applied It is considered ex traordinary that jellow fever should have reached a town at so high a level above the sea, Orizaba being regarded as one of the healthiest towns In the republic. The rt-stilt of the lnvestlttatlon of the health authorities is awaited with great interest. Fatal Accident on Mexican Railroad. TAMPICO. MEXICO, Aug. 27 Another fatal accident has occurred on the Car denas division of the Mexican Central rail road A mountain engine was coming down the steep grade below Cardenas when it was thrown from the track and fell over a precipice Into a mountain gorge, l.OiO feet below. The engineer, who was an Amer ican: the fireman; a Mexican, and two Mexican wood passers were carried down to death AROUNDTHEWORLD R. RUSBY WILL BE ARMOUR'S MEAT MISSIONARY. HAS BEEN TO SOUTH AFRICA SUCCESS WAS REMARKABLE IS THIS FIELD. American Business Enterprise Will Follow the Flag Preparing for an Era of Trade Expansion Armours One of First on the Ground. " The Armour Packing Company, of Kan sas City, Is one of the first big commercial Institutions in the United States to carry American business enterprise close behind the American flag in the Philippines. This company has perfect confidence in the near settlement of the Philippine question in favor of American domination and civiliza tion. For some time the Armours have been quietly extending their business Into Mexi co, South America and Cuba, and now they are preparing to open up commercial re lations with the Orient. Not long ago a young man came to Kan sas City from South Africa, where he had been pushing the sale of the Armours' canned meats. For a year this young man C. R. Rusby by name followed the devi ous paths of commerce In the land of the Boers and the Matebeles, leaving in his wake many meat cans with "Made in Kan sas City, U. S. A," stamped upon them. Sa satisfactory was Mr. Rusby as an Af rican meat missionary that he was recalled to Kansas City to post himself more thor oughly on the general business of the es tablishment, with a view to making a trip around the world in the interests of the Kansas City house. On the Way to Japan. Mr. Rusby left a few days ago for Japan and China, whore he' will Investigate the Eastern market for American meats. He will also go to Manila and probably ar range for a branch house of the Armours there. He will make a special study of the Philippine situation from a commercial standpoint, and it is likely a branch will be established at that place for the dis tribution of meat to the other depots that may be established at other Eastern Asiatic points. After a trip through Russia and down into India, Mr. Rusby will revisit South Africa and return by way of England. It Is believed his trip will consume a year at least, and possibly eighteen months. When he returns Mr. Rusby will give Mr. Armour a detailed report of trade condi tions In the countries visited and this will probably result In an era of trade expan sion that will make the ArmourPacking Company, of Kansas City, the greatest factor in meat supply on the civilized globe. NEWS FROM THE ORIENT. Empress of China Is Indignant Over Actions of Her Secret Commis sioners to Japan. VICTORIA, B. C, Aug. 27. The steamer Tacoma arrived to-day from the Orient. After discharging her cargo at Tacoma the Tacoma will enter the United States trans port service. According to mail advices, word recently reached Peking from Japan complaining that the empress dowager's secret commis sioners. Lieu and Chlng, have been openly showing the empress" autograph letter, meant only for the eyes of tho mikado. In order to impress the Japanese with the importance of their mission. The Japanese government refuses to treat with such men on matters involving grave questions or state, and tne empress is ex tremely Indignant at their conduct and has ordered their recall. Neither ambassador was presented to the mikado and It is be lieved the fiasco of the secret mission will cause complications. The Italian minister at Teklng has re sumed negotiations with the Chinese Gov ernment, and though demands have not jet been made. It is supposed thej- will consist of the opening of the San Mun Bay railway and mining concessions, though it is believed Italy will accept much less. Professor W. K. Burton, of Toklo, died at the University hospital at Hong Kong, August 5. Among the passengers who arrived from Yokohama was a Pennsylvanian named Barker, who has been in Sumatra for seven j'ears. He is manager of a large oil firm, composed of English capitalists who have put In refineries and commenced shipping oil to India and China in opposi tion to the Dutch -agents of the Standard Oil Companj-. J. S Day, of Ohio, another passenger, has been installing machinerj" at Yoko hama for an American firm. Shortlj" be fore returning Mr. Day visited the island of Yezo, north of Japan, which was found to be timbered with the finest oak and soft woods. The best oak could be bought for $10 per 1.000 He has secured an op tion on 36,000 acres, and already has a quantity of It worked up He will try and interest capitalists In the United States In the scheme ol developing tnese lands. WAS A HUMAN BAROMETER. Lyle Smith, of Syracuse, III., "Whose Complexion Changed With the -Weather, Is Dead. SYCAMORE, ILL. Aug. 27 Ljle Smith, son of Deputv Sheriff Frank Smith, died here, aged 35 jears. He was born with imperfect valves of the heart, so that tho venous and arterial blood were not separ ated This caused his complexion to be vcrj susceptible to the changes of the weather In pleasant weather he was of a lair color, out when a storm was about to gather he would begin to show signs of chanKlne before the storm was v Islble and graduallj- grow a blue color, the venous blood predominating. Eminent physicians everwhere have studied his case and predicted his death earlj-. Fourteen jears of life was the limit assigned him, but he lived to see thirty jears mis impenect neart and nis pecu liar changes with the weather have never affected him mentallj- and he was one of the brightest, well read j'oung men of the town, though never strong phvslcallj-. He was a nephew of Alonzo Ellwood, who died In Chicago jesterdaj-. Tornndo Report a Canard. St. Louis, Aug 27. Up to midnight not a word confirmatory of the report received last night from Newport, Ark, about the alleged wiping out of Pleasant Plain by a tornado had been received In this city. The story Is looked upon as untrue. It is said there are only three houses in Pleas ant Plain. Rain Saved the Tomato Crop. HUMANSVILLE, MO., Aug. 27-(Spe-..ifit i Thp severe drouth which has nre- vailed in Polk and adjoining counties for two months enoea to-oay wun a gentle, soaking rain. The late corn will be ben efited and the large tomato crop, of which this county alone has 1,800 acres, will be sav ed. Shirts that Fit U, 13i to ISM. Harry B. Woolf, Quarterslze Shlrtman. 1119 Main. AN INTERRUPTED PRAYER. Sew Jersey Pastor Shows His Chris tian Forbearance by Humiliating a Young Lad). MALAGA. N. J., Aug. 27. The camp has been all astir to-day over the very unusual incident in last night's meeting. The Rev. Mr. J. E. Swan had preached an Inspiring sermon and Rev. Mr. J. R. Greer had taken charge of the altar service which followed The large audience was moved; several had bowed at the altar, and 3,000 were bent in silent praver. Suddenly the silence was broken bv the deep voice of Leader Greer, exclaiming: "Vill that joung lady In the rear stop talking and turn her face this way?" Instantly hundreds of heads were turned to the rear of the auditorium. "I mean that joung lady In white." con tinued the preacher; "the one sitting beside the ladv with the black tie." By this time the whole assemblage had been aroused, and 3,000 pairs of eves were darting piercing glances at one of the best known and most estimable joung ladles of the camp. She was crimson with mortification and had half risen In her seat when Leader Greer, with finger dri- maticanj- pointed at tne j oung iauj-, said in tones of suppressed excitement: "She may be white as far as the outside of her body is concerned, but her soul is as black as perdition " This capped the climax. The penitents at the altar arose. Shouts of "No' no!" "Hear! hear!" were heard In all parts of the building The minister in the pulpit stood as though unable to fully comprehend what had happened, and the congregation was rapldlj- filing out into the circle, murmur ing their disapproval During the excitement a preacher pro nounced the benediction, and in a short time the auditorium was empty. The cot tagers gathered In groups and discussed the Incident until a late hour. The J oung ladj to w hom the rebuke was directed Is a prominent resident of Iona, and is activelj- engaged In church Work. She is prostrated by the Incident. THE TRANSVAAL SITUATION. Oom Paul's Concessions Are So Far- Renchlng Thnt Burghers May Sot Ratify Them. LONDON, Aug. 2S There Is little fresh news from South Africa, but It is an nounced that the governor of Natal has refused to allow the transit of emptj- cart ridge cases Intended for the Transvaal. The Pretoria correspondent of the Dally Chronicle declares that Preseldent Kru ger's concessions are so far reaching that It Is doubtful whether the burghers will ratify them He thinks It more likelj- that they will denrand Mr. Kruger's resignation and tne appointment or ,i younger man. probably Schalk AV. Burger, a non-official member of the executive council of the Transv aal. All the morning papers comment upon the seriousness of the situation as revealed on Saturdav at Birmingham by the speech of Joseph Chamberlain, secretarv of state for the colonies. The Daily Telegraph calls the speech "an informal ultimatum." The Standard mij'5 it marks the most crit ical stage jet reachtd The Daily News observes: "We cannot but suppose that such grave words were well weighed beforehand." The Time says: "Such a delicate situa tion cannot be protracted. We believe that within the last few daj-s the final arrange ments for the general direction of the ex pedition which will be necessarv- in the event of a rupture, have been completed at the war office. "It is scarcely- necessarv to point out the extreme danger of allowing entrance Into South Africa of arms which would be likely to fall Into tho hand of the black population, exceeding 'the -jwiito fourfold." ALARM IN HAVANA. Masons' Strike May Cause the Hack men to Follow Their Example General Tle-Up Feared. HAVANA, Aug. 27 The strike In Havana Is beginning to cause genuine alarm among the citizens, as it is supposed that the bakers will go out tolmorrow a they have threatened. A strike on their part would cause a good d al of hardship, as few prl- vato household t have facilities for baking their own bread. The hackmen also threaten to strike with in the next feu dajs if the strike of the masons does not soon terminate. The mer chants say everj thing is ripe for a strike that would mean a general tie-up ot busi ness for a fortnight, as a majority of the cmplojes who have had work for some months have saved money and want a rest A sjmpathy strike would give them their opportunity. Senor Pcrfecto Lacoste, the mayor, and General Rafael Cardenas, chief of police, are doing all in their power to persuade the bakers not to go out. NO LONGER LOQUACIOUS. Miss Annie Herd, of Springfield, Mo., Is Suddenly Bereft of the Power of Speech. SPRINGFIELD, MO , Aug. 27.-(Speclal ) One of the most remarkable cases on rec ord Is that of Miss Annie Herd, of this city, who suddenlj' lost her voice to-night. Miss Herd is a good looking joung lailj-. tne sister-in-iaw oi vvanacc xippin, re publican county committeeman here. While out driving with some friends she suddenlj- remarked, "I can't talk." Since that time not a word or sound of anj- kind has come from her. She cannot even whisper. Tho doctors are much puzzled over tho case and somo of them arc Inclined to think that tho loss is permanent. Miss Herd has been known as one ot the most loquacious talkers of this cltj She was and still Is In perfect health. She suffers no pain and Is perfectly cognizant of everything going on about her. Salt Lake Woman Killed. LIVINGSTON. MONT., Aug. 27 Definite Information was received here to-daj' con cerning the accident to the stage coach of the Monida and Yellowstone Park Trans portation Companj, which was overturned late last nlcht. A rock was struck In the road seven miles west of Dwelles, and the coach overturned it struck a large tree and was demolished. Mrs. Joseph LIpp man, of Salt Lake Cltj, was instantly killed and etzht nasseniters serlouslv In jured. A doctor wab dispatched from Foun tain notei to me scene ot tne accident, rne injured will tecover. I.ndy Yarde-Buller Insane. OAKLAND, CAL., Aug. 27 Lady Yarde Buller. daughter of the late General Kirk ham, has been declared mentallj incompe tent by Judge Hall, and a guardian ap pointed for her. She imagines she has money on deposit in the Bark of England and from time to time signs checks for various amounts. Another of her delusions is that she Is In the secret service of Eng land and that she receives large sums of money for her worK in terreting out crime. Her husband Is a resident of England Wilmington Disabled at Montevideo. WASHINGTON, Aug. 27. A dispatch re ceived by the navy department from the commander of the Wilmington at Monte video states that she haj lost a flange of one propellor. It does not state how serious the damage may be or whether anj dclaj wlll be occasioned The officials here raj", however, that the remaining propellor and the crippled one will give her ample power to proceed In case it Is not convenient to dock her at Montevideo. The ship has been up the Amazon Lightning Kills Boy and Horses. oT.iTTrR. KAS. Aue. 27. (Special) Whllo plowing near his home, four miles north of this clfy, jesterday evening1, the 4-j ear-old son of John Bednorkow skj was struck by lightning and instantly killed. Not a trace was found of the light ning's work on the boy except that his hat was burned. He was plowing with a riding plow and three horses, and every horse was instantly killed also. Hotel Victoria. The coolest. Bath with every room. Rates. J2 00 and $2 50 every ro Q STAOTON. Prop. CHARGES ARE TRUE BRICK ISSTED OF CINDERS USED IS MEW GOVERNMENT BUILDISG. AN INVESTIGATION IS MADE COST COSTRACTORS SEVERAL HUS DRED DOLLARS. Superintendent Gnnn Will Make Farther Investigation Signs of Unwonted Actlv it j Several , Men Seen at Work on the Building. Several yards of flooring were torn up in the new federal building yesterday morning under the direction of Superin tendent Gunn for the purpose of proving the charges made by W. H. Justice, that Inferior material was being used for fill ing in the space between the girders and tho tiling. At three places pointed out bj- Justice it SURREPTITIOUS ACTIVITY AT THE NEW GOVERNMENT BUILDING. was found that broken brick' had been used instead ot cinders, as called for by tho specifications. Tjeach & Son, of Chi cago, havo the contract for doing the work, and Justice formerly worked for them as a laborer. Some days ago he was discharged, and he then told Mr. Gunn what was going on, claiming the foreman in charge of the work had a code of sig nals so as to be informed of the approach of an inspector. After finding the charges were true, Mr. Gunn decided to make a further investiga tion and he will compel the contractors to replace all defective work. This will cost them several hundred dollars, and the most that could be saved bj- the use of broken brick instead of cinders was less than $30. "I exonerate and blame nobodj-," said Mr. Gunn yesterday. "I will make a fur ther investigation and report to Washing ton, or course, all defective work, and it must be replaced." Signs of Activity. There is an air of activity notlceablo around the new government building these dajs that reminds one very forcibly of a frontier village on Sunday. For several jears past complaint has been made that work was going on so slow that bj- tho time one part was completed another had grown so ancient It had to be replaced. In fact the public had given up all hopes of seeing tho finishing touches put to tho building before tho latter part of the twen tieth century and had philosophically re signed themselves to the use of the old building, which Is so crowded with mail matter that the clerks have to go outdoors to turn around. Now all this is changed. The govern ment recently became impatient at the slow progress and announced tho build ing must be completed some time In tho latter part of 1DO0. The change was as surprising as It was welcome People who have resided In the vicinity of the building for jears and jears and who positively assert they had never before caught sight of a workman around it now announce that no later than Saturday a man earn ing a hammer in his hand was seen to en ter one of the doors and later the sound of some one pounding a piece of iron was distinctly heard over three rods away from the building. Astonished at this un wonted sj-mptom of activity an investiga tion was made and there was proof posi tive that the orders of the government were being carried out. The man was ac tually at work Inside the building. The in vestigation was carried still further and a a visit to the fourth floor made. Astound ing sight! There was a man httlng a tile in the floor. "Suspend jour Judgment," said a sage In the partj-, "before we make these things known to the world let us become thor oughly convinced We will look further." Like explorers in an unknown land, the searchers made dlscoverj- after dlscoverj. In ore corner of the second floor a perfect bonanza were round. Two men were run Into who were carefully measuring the space between two windows In another part of the same floor a piece of fresh bread was seen on the floor, clearest proof that a workman had been there reccntlj-. On the floor below- was heard the sound of some heavj- substance falling and the partj hurried down to find out what it was. A workman had lifted up a plank and car ried it half way across the building. Glanc ing out a window the partj- saw still anoth er man breaking up a large rock, while two Inspectors stood over him to see that he did not injure himself by too violent ex ercise in swinging his arm. "We have maligned acood government." said tho sage a3 the pSrty left the build ing. "While we have criticised and cen sured it for lack of enterprise, busj- hand3 have been shaping this huge pile into a new postoffice To-daj- by actual count we have five men at work on it, and, truth to tell, I have information that it is pro posed to hire two more men earlj- next spring and add them to the force. With that mighty armj- of seven men all things n. in ht nosslble and. joung thouch my grandchildren are, I have hopes that their children may suuie u yiuuuiy c-vumim. 'dearest parents, i nave maiiea a letter in the new postoffice.' " Britain Preparing for War. CALCUTTA, Aug. 27. The government, according to a Calcutta newspaper usually well Informed, has asked the British India Navigation Companj- what transports would be available for government use In the event ot war in tne Transvaal. CUBA NO LONGER BANKRUPT. Uncle Sam's Receipts for Sit Months of 1S!) Exceeded Disbursements hy ? 1,1 "50,0::::. WASHINGTON. Aug. 27. The war de partment gave out to-day for publication an interesting statement of the financial condition of the island of Cuba. It shows that under the management of the United States government the receipts of the isl and from Januarj- 1, 1SD9. to June 20. of the current jear. exceed the expenditures by the very handsome sum of S1.4S0.021. This statement probably will be a surprise to manj- persons who had thought that Cuba, under the mllltarj- occupation of the United States, was not self-sustaining. During the period, named, the receipts from all sources were 5S.9S2.010; disburse ments, $3,301,SSS. Of the monej- disbursed, Jl.712,014 was expended in sanitation, 1305,253 in the erection and improvement of bar racks and quarters, 114.1,563 in the estab lishment, etc, of the rural guard and ad ministration. $250,674 on public works, har bors and forts, JJ93.SS1 in charities and hospitals, EM2.11G for civil government, $723,2S1 on municipalities, 8S.944 in aid to the destitute, 42,205 in quarantine matters; to tal. 54,448,024. The statement for Julj- shows that the customs collections in the entire island for Julj- were 51.201,537; internal revenue col lections, 555,331; postal collections, $13,0u0: miscellaneous collections, 553,433. Grand total of receipts for the month, Jl.339,321, disbursements, 51.029.S77. KENNEDY IN A NEW ROLE. Distinguished Train Robber Will Be the Star Attraction at a Show at Springfield, Mo. SPRINGFIELD, MO , Aug. 27. (Special.) C. A. Davis, representing the Forepaugh Sells Bros, circus, to-daj- completed ar rangements with Jack Kennedj", the dis tinguished bandit and train robber, and with the authorities here, to have Kennedj- attend the circus, which will show here Tuesdaj-. He Is to be there as a star attraction to assist in drawing a crowd. Kennedj-, when seen bj- Mr. Davis, In company with a Journal correspondent, ex pressed himself as anxious to attend the show and said that he would make no effort to get away from the guards. In re gard to the present condition of his case he said that he knew positively now that he would never be taken to Jefferson City to serve the seventeen year sentence im posed upon him. The prospects are that he will be the biggest drawing card of the show. Kennedj-, while running as engineer on the Southern Pacific in Tetas a few jears ago, saved the Forepaugh show from a disas trous wreck, and that is civen as a reason for their kindlj- feeling toward him. They wish to let him see one more show before he goes to a place where no shows appear. IS ROBERTJARR DEAD? A Sclirnska Cattleman Disappears Under Circumstances That War rants a Foul Play Theory. M'COOK, NEB, Aug. 27 This secUon of Nebraska Is much stirred up over the mjs- teiious disappearance of Robert Barr, a prominent cattleman and abachelor. Barr's home and ranch Is about ten miles south west of this city. Two weeks ago he left his boarding place at Barrett WIthams, south of this citj-, sajing he would return at night or on the following morning. On Thursday of the same week his horse was fount saddled and bridled a few miles east of Oberlln, Kas., and search for the miss ing man was Immediately begun and con tinued for several days, but so far without success, bej-ond the fact that he was traced to a point two miles north ot Dresden, Kas , a small town on the Rock Island railroad about thirty miles from tho place where he started. Barr's brother from Marj-vllle, Mo , arrived here this week and is looking up the case with tho aid of friends of the missing man. . Barr has resided in this vicinity for sev eral jears and stands well In tho com munitj". He owns considerable property and is worth several thousand dollars. No reason can be assigned for his disappear ance and foul plaj- Is feared. COLORADO FOOTHILLS ABLAZE. Millions of Feet of Timber Destroyed In the Vicinity of Platte Canon. DENVER, COL., Aug. 27. Forest fires which it is thought were started from campfires, arc raging on the foothills near the entrance to Platte canon, about twenty miles south of here The fires started five miles up tho canon and burned over the mountains on both sides of the canon and are now devastating the timber section along the foothills. There are a numbec of ranches In this vicinity and several of them have been slightly damaged bj- tho tires. At one time to-daj' thej- were threatened with destruction. The town of Deer Creek was also in danger, but tho wind changed its course and drove the llames back into the hills. To-night the fires are burning fiercely- and the w ind being slight are grad ually creeping down toward Deer Creek again. The lires Illuminate the sky and are plainly visible from the outskirts of Denver. Millions of feet of timber have been consumed and the loss from this source will bo considerable. There aro re ports of loss of life. FOREST FIRES RAGING. Mnch Timber in the Laramie Peak Country, in -Wyoming, Is Being Destroyed. CHEYENNE. WYO . Aug. 2T.-Immense forest fires are raging about Laramie peak, in the northern part of Laramie countj". The fires have been burning for the past ten days and have destrojed a largo quan tity of valuable timber. The fires have been reported to Special Agent Abbott, who will at once make an effort to have them extinguished although It is feared that they have obtained such headway that this will be Impossible un less the region is visited by rain. The Laramie peak district suffered great-lj- last j ear from forest fires, much valu able timber being destrojed. Two-BIt District Devastated. DEADWOOD. S. D . Aug. 27.-A big fire has been raging In the timber east of this city In the Two Bit district, for the past twentj-four hours. It has alreadj- burned over a considerable extent of territory and destroj-ed much valuable timber. The countrj- is very drj- and fears ara enter tained that the fire will get bejond control. A force of slxtj- range riders is fighting the onward advance of the flames, and it Is hoped they will subdue them soon. It Is also reported that another fire has broKtn out In the Spearfish division and that a territory five miles square has already been burned over. Watching a Cyclone. WASHINGTON. Aug. 27. Officials ot the weather bureau are not jet able to pre dict the extent to which the cyclone re nnrfprt south of Martinique will develop. At present the Information received here Indicates only a slight disturbance south of San Domingo. The locality affected now, however, is entirely outside of the scope of the reporting stations, and until the storm moves further north It will be Impossible to learn of Its extent. Are Tired of Oppression. WINNIPEG, MAN., Aug. 27 Messrs. Bergstroen and Zllllacs.promlnent Flnland ers here, declare that lOO.Otf) Tlnlinlers have decided to leave the country awing to Russian oppression. Thej- saj- their home rule measure of 1S32 has been v lolated. The Imperial government demands 510.000,000 a j ear more taxes and the right to recruit from the Finlanders for the imperial army. A deputation tried to Interview the czar recentlj-, but he refused to receive It. LION FACES BEAR BRITISH BLUEJACKETS MESACH RUSSIAS COSSULATE AT HASKOW. COSSACKS FAILED TO FIGHT. TROUBLE AROSE OVER THE FESCIXCJ OF A TRACT OF LASD. Was Ordered hy the British Consul) bat the Workmen -Were Forcibly; Compelled to Cease Work Great Britain -Will Up hold Her Rights. SHANGHAI, Aug. 27. As the outcoma of a dispute regarding the ownership ot some lands at Hankow, on the Yang Tsa Klang, about 700 miles from the sea, which were purchased In 1S63 bj- the concern o Jardlne, Matheson & Co , but were subse quently included In the new concessions to Russia, the owners, under the advlca and protection of Mr. Hurst, the British consul, sent workmen to fence In tha tract. After the work was begun a dozen Cos saks from the Russian consulate, appeared on the scene and forcibly ejected the work- men. The captain of the British second-clasa gunboat Woodlark. speclallj- designed foe river service, after consulting with Mr. Hurst, landed a party of bluejackets and moved the Woodlark within firing distanca of the Russian consulate. For a time a fight seemed Imminent but nothing furthec occurred. The bluejackets are now guard lng the property. The British third-class gunboat Esk has been dispatched to Han kow from this port. Great Britain 13 evi dently determined to uphold British rights. SIRDAR LIKES THE BRIDGE. Kitchener Praises the Work of a Phil' adelphia Firm In the Heart of Africa. CAIRO, Aug. 27. In the course of hl3 speech jesterday at the opening of tha Atbara bridge, which was constructed by, a Philadelphia firm, after competition with British hrm3 for the contract, the sirdar. Lord Kitchener of, Khartoum, said: "The construction of this magnificent bridge, I think, may fairly be considered a record achlev ement- So far as the fail ure of the efforts to place the construction order In England Is concerned, I think lt demonstrates that the relations between labor and capital there are not sufficient to give confidence to the tpital!st and to In duce him to take the risk of establishing up-to-date workshops that would enabla Great Britain to maintain her position as the first constructing nation In the world. "But as Englishmen failed. I am delight ed that our cousins across the Atlantic " stepped In. This bridge is due to their en ergy, ability and power to turn out works of magnitude in less time than anybody else. I congratulate the Americans on their success In tho erection of a bridge In. the heart of Africa. They have shown real grit far from home, In the hottest month of tho year and depending upon the labos of foreigners." RACE J'R0UNDTHE HORN. ' American Clipper Ships Sail From Philadelphia for San Francisco for 10,000 Stakes. PHILADELPHIA. PA., Aug. 27. To-day, two loftily sparred and lightly ladea American clipper ships sailed for Saa Francisco to race to that distant point foe stakes aggregating 510,000, put up by prom inent shipping men, with the understand ing that the captain of the winning ship is to receive a share of the stakes. The ships are the Tillie E. Starbuck. ot New York. Captain E. Curtis, and the St. Francis, of New York, commanded by Cart tain Winn, of this citj-. The Starbuck fa of Iron and was built In 1SS5. The St, Francis Is of wood and was built In 1SS2. Both ships have made record breaking trips around the horn, and this race Is to settle the question as to which is the fast er, tho old wooden or the more modern Iron or steel ship. Picked crews have been secured. NEGROES Gp0N STRIKE. Laborers on the Fort Dodge fc Oma. ha Rond Demand an Increase of Wages. FORT DODGE. IA.. Aug. 27. Tara, tha Northern terminal of the construction worle on the Fort Dodge & Omaha, is the scena of considerable dlfllcuitj- between tho Illi nois Central and the negro laborers which the companj- has recently Imported from Mississippi. The negroes In the Immediate vicinity ofi Tara have been receiving 51.23 per day. This morning they refused to go to work; unless their wages were advanced. Tha imperative need of laborers compelled tho companj- to accede to their demands and men returned to work at an increase ot 25 cents per day. . Two hundred more col ored laborers from Mississippi will be Im ported. LETTER CARRIERS PROTEST. If Son-Union Labor Bnllds Convention! Arches at Scranton, Pa., They Will Sot March. SCRANTON. PA.. Aug. 2T.-PresldenS Parsons, of the National Letter Carriers Association, has protested to the local car riers against their action in permitting non union carpenters to build the arches and columns which form the main features o the decorations for the carriers' national convention, to be held here next week. He sajs that unless the mistake is rectified the big ILabor dav parade, which Post master General Smith. Governor Stona and Governor Roosevelt, among others, ara to revlewv is likely to be disrupted, as tha 1,700 carriers from New York citj- are dis posed to refuse to march under tha arches. The local committee has sent a representative to New York to explain that the carpenter work was sublet by an elec trician who has the contract for the dec orations. Lncky MuIal-Abd-el-AsIr. " MOROCCO, Aug. 27. Mulal-Abd-el-Aziz, the sultan of Morocco, had a narrow es cape during a recent thunder storm when an electric bolt killed several people. In cluding two court ushers who werefstand lng within a few feet of his majesty. Tho occasion was the birthdaj- of the prophet and the sultan was receiving tribal gifts in the quadrangle ot the palace. Bubonic Plague In Oporto Prison. MADRID. Aug. 27. It Is reported hero that a case of bubonic plague has devel oped In the Oporto prison. According to advices from Pontevedra. capital of tho province of the same name, northeast oC Vigo, a soldier belonging to the sanitary; cordon at that point, was killed by a buN let from Portuguese territory. TTrvrnT. rtALTIMORE. perfect appolnti 1 ment, perfect cuisine, perfect service.