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Steainei Soo City founders Off
New foundiand Coast
Tea FisMmg Vessels Are Sank and
Most of Their Crews Are Lost.
The Crew of the Steamer, Which
Numbeied Eighteen, Were Also
' St. Johns, N. F., Dec. 4.?Wreck
age which has come ashore at Cape
Ray leaves ' little room for douht
that the sturdy little steamer" Soo
City, which for 20 years plied us
an excursion vessel on thy great
lakes, went- down with her crew in
' ? the midst of the gale that lashed
the Newfoundland coast for two
days this week. The sreamer was
in command of Capr. John G. Dillen,
of Brooklyn. It is known that no
less than 18 men were on board.
The Soo City was recently sold
by the Indiana Transportation Com
pany to Felix Jackson, of Velasco,
Texas and wa3 being ta^en to New
Orleans, where it had been planned*
to put her in service between that
city and Texan ports. She carried
no passengers. She -was to be first
overhauled in New York.
The Soo City sailed from Michi
gan City on November 1 and reached
Ogdensburg, N. Y., November 11
Up to that time the steamer was in
charge of Capt. F. V. Dority, of
Milwaukee, but at Ogdensburg the
command was turn -d over to Capt.
Dillon. She was last reported at
Quebec, November 14. On Wednes
day last the vesstl was liPted by the
maritime exchange among the miss
ing. The steamer's -first mate-was
John Casey, of Chicago.
Today a d.-ck cabin and flttirgs
and 16 life preservers cr.me ashore.
These all bore $he name-"Soo City."
During the day life buoys, deck
boards and other grear unquestion
ably belonging to .t'je sieau er were
washed in.
The stcrm fhat wrecked t* e Soo
City was one of the severest in 're*
cent years. It began Tues'ay night
with a northerly gale that contin
ued for 4S ht ors;, assuming at times
the porportions of a blizzard, The
tame ga'e caught and drov i to piec
es no less than 10 Newfmndland
fishing vessels, and while seven of
the crews escaped three were lost,
with a total ol 17 persons drowned.*
ither Than Endure the Tortures of
a Living ?eatb
St. Louis, Dec. 3.?Mrs. Adelaide
Bentz, who claimed to have disr
covered a sure, destroyer for the
Mexican cotton boll weevil, is dead^.
the victim of a self-inflicted bullet
wound in the heart. ? She was known j
all over the Southwest. She was a
sufferer from cancer, which develop
ed as the result of a biow- received
while corducting experiments on
the farm of Charles P. Taft, at Taft,
Texas, two years' ago.
Knowing that her malady was in
curable, Mrs. Bentz had spent the
last few months of her life labori
ously reducing the results of her ex
periments to driting. The formula
of the compound, which she claimed
was a sure destroyer of the scourge
of the cotton field, and all knowl
edge she had acquired through years
of study and experiment, were care
fully written out In the form of a
letted to her son. The secret of the
compound she guarded to the last, i
While her sister was out Of the
house, where they lived alone, for a!
fhort time, Mrs. Bentz secured a re
volver. From a small * casket in
which she kept her treasured writ
ings and other valuables, she took
her wedding ring and placed it ?n
her finger, then f-ed a bullet
through her heart. ' ' *
Southern Railway Employee Assas
sinated at Durham.
Raleigh, N. C. Dec. 3.?The po
lice authorities of Durham are baf
fled and the city is excited over a
recent scries of crimes which reach
ed its climax early today in the as
sassination of Engineer Jas. Holt,
of the Southern Railway, who was
shot to death while in the ?cab of
his engine in the suburbs of that city
today. No cause has been assigned
for the deed, and no clue has been
found to the murderer. Holt was
shot in the back and died half an
hour afterwards. *
One Carried Down and Two-Jump
Out of Window.
Scranton. Ph., Dec. ?A fir
started from an overheated kitchen
stove at midnight, burned the Shapi
ro block in Princebur^ near here,
and the following perished in the
flames: Abraham Shapiro, mer
chant; his son. Arthur, and daugh
ter, Anna, and his mother-in-law.
Mrs.i Sarah Blatsk'i. Mrs. Shapiro
was carried safely down the ladder
and her two sons were saved by
jumping from windows. The loss
is $15,000. ?
n ?_
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On Miss Lin ton, But He Says He
Is Innocent and Asks for a New
Trial. i
Thomasville, Ga., Dec. 5.?W* rf?
Mitchell, alderman and former coun
ty treasurer of Thomasville was
found guilty of the charge of as
sault and battery on his former
ward. Miss Lucile Linton, who ^was
his wife's most intimate friend.
The verdict was returned ?by the
jury after an all-night session and
was received by the defendant with
little show of emotion. His wife,
however, who has been with him
throughout the trial, is almost pros
trated. Mitchell was sentenced to
12 months' imprisonment.
,A remarkable feature of the case
was that although the indictment
was for attempted criminal assault,
nothing in the evidence related to
this assault charge. The entire case
centered about a romantic and un
successful attempt to kidnap Miss
Linton. Neither side presented ev
idence to solve the mystery of why
Miss Linton, a prominent and .weal
thy woman, should be the victim of
a would-be ^kidnapper. /
"I Am Not Guilty of This."
When the verdict was announced
Mitchell arose and said:
"Judge, I thank you sincerely for
your impartiality in this case. 1
think that the jury did the bebt
they could. There has been a web
of circumstantial evidence about me
that I was unable to control.
"I am not guilty of this crime. (
have lived two-score and ten years,
and have conducted myself as I
thought honest, and honorable. Th?
rest of the time that God allows
will be spent in living down this ver
dict and prove to the world that this
verdict is wrong. I will give my
whole life to this alonef^'
The verdict came as a surprise, as
it was thought throughout the morn
ing that a mistrial would be de
Colonel Walter?, for tthe State,
arose, and in a few words said:
"If there has been injustice done
the great God will in His time prov?
this and make atonement for th<:
wrong done this man."
The judge then spoke, Mitchell
standing: ?
Mitchell, I have done my best. I
have had no interest in thef case
other than; attendant up to the du
ties of a judge. If you djid this
thing I do not believe it was th.
Will Mitchell I now see. There is
another man called Will Mitchell,
who must have done it. A 'Dr.
Jekyl and Mr.. Hyde.'
"The case has been an aggravated
one and your high position does not
allpw me to make the penalty very
light. I sentence you to 12 months."
The jury and Mitchell's frienc's
then crowded around, and to each
he made a cheerful remark and not
one did he reproach. Tears were iu
the eyes of many in the room.
A notice for a new trial was im
mediately filed by Judge Rodden
berry for the defense. *
Young Man Ran Down on Way to
'?. -\ "Dance. .
Montreal, Ga., Dec. 4.?Struck
and killed by an Atlanta-bound pas
senger train as it whirled past the
station at S o'clock Wednesday night.
Victor E. Henderson, a young man
was so badly mangled so. as to make
identification possible only by his
hair and a book with his name writ
ten in it, and a letter he had ad
dressed to a brother in Louisiana
and failed to mail. Henderson was
twenty-four years old and farms
near here. He was on his way t ?
a country dance, a mile from Mon
treal. *
Peoria County, 111., Takes Palm for
Breaking of Marriage.
Chicago, Dec. 3.?According to
the r-tatistics of Peoria county, Illi
nois, beats the record for divorces.
From November 1, 1907. to Novem
ber 1, 1908*there was one divorce
'filed for every four and two-thirds
marriage licenses. The United
States census report gives Illinois
the palm for divorces, the State av
erage being one divorce for every
twelve marriages. *
Two Men Killed.
Huntington. W. Va.. Dec. 7?In a
fight betwe 'n a dozen deputy mar
shals and a gang rf alleged moon
shiners Saturday 4G miles south of
here Deputy Sheriff Littieral and
Wm. Vinson were killed. Littieral
was kill d by Wm. Vinson who \wn
himself shot and killed by the olfi
cers. The drpuUfs itrrcsted Jos.
Vinson, Morris'Bates nn l*Wm. Vin
son. Jr.. and ;>re enroute to this ci'y.
Vinson and his men have Ir en defy
ing arrest for several nipntns.
Mad Dog Bite Fatal.
Molena, Ga., Dec. 4.?Zeke Owen,
a prominent farmer, died Thursday
morning of hydrophobia., He was
bitten on the hand by a dog he had
found on his porch. *
Loyal Citizens and Soldiers Dis
. perse Angry Mobs Who Pillaged
Stores and Residences. '
Washington, Dec. 4.?The revo
lution is on in Hayti, and the in
surgents are about masters of the
situation. Port au Prince is in the
hands of the revolutionists now, but
beforeUhe city fell there was great
trouble and strife. The troop3
Friday morning fired into a mcb,
that began to loot stores and dwel
lings Just as soon as it was known
that President Alexis had fled from
the city. Twelve men were killed.
The trouftle began shortly after
the president had been escorted to
the French cruiser by the French
The people from the Belair and
the Salines sections of the city in
vaded the business1 quarter and be
gan pillage. Thfy ' divided into
bands and worked their way down
one street and up another.
By 10 o'clock eleven stores were
looted, nine belonging to Syrians
while Haitiens owned the other two
stores. Their proprietors stood by
The loot was hauled into the
street, where its division resulted in
fights among the mob. In which four
were killed. . .
It is feared that the disorder
would spread over the entire city
but General Puidevln saved the sit
uation. He armed a body of citi
zens and a small detachment of
loyal troops and with them fired
on the looters.
The general then got together a
number of courageous citizens and
rounded up also a small detachment
of loyal soldiers, and marched on the
The Pillagers were unaware of his
approach and their first intimation
that they were to meet any opposi
tion came to them in the shape of a
volley from General Poidevin's band.
Eight of the looters teilhat the first
The crowd quickly dispersed.
While this was going on in the
business district, another mob was
looting the rich residence section of
the city. ,.
This success seemed to satisfy the
crowd in t^he suburbs, for they then
dispersed without committing any
further depredations.
At 11 o'clock a seminary of priests
was surrounded by the menacing
crowd demanding that General Col
con .be turned over to them. The
priest's reply was that the general
was not there. Word reached G3n
eral Poidevin of the threatening sit
uation at seminary and he hurried
forward at the head of his detach
ment'of citizens and soldiers and
on his arrival the crowd dispersed.
At midnight the 4?y was compara
tively quiet. ?
Pickpocket Got Both Marriage Li
cense and Railroad Tickets.
Chicago, Dec. 3.?"Love may
laugh at locksmiths" on occz?iion.
but a pickpocket is a diffeernt prop
osition. And when the pickpocket
gets ' the marriage license and the
honey moon railroad tickets?well
this was the experience of Marion
G. Lewis, of Indianapolis. Lewis
is a traveling man. He also is a
successful suitor for the hand of
Miss Estelle Elizabeth Lawrence,
5547 Madison avenue. The wedding
was set for yesterday afternoon a;
4 o'clock, at the church of the Re
deemer, Fifty-sixth street and Wash
ington avenue.
Shortly before the appointed hour
Lewis notified Miss Lewis he had
lost his wallet on the train: abo the
tickets and the marriage license.
"Postpone the wedding? Well,
not if Lewis knows what he is do
ing." If Mr. Forsythe, the best man
would just see that the church ar
rangements were all right, h would
get another license, and be right
out. But at the county building
Marriage Clerk Salmonson insisted
that the bridegroom was not known
to him. and it took Lewis 15 min
utes to establish his identity. It was
just 5 o'clock when the bridegroom
reached the church. He had nego
tiated some loans, more tickets were
bought and the coupl? departed for
New Orleans after the ceremony. *
Grand Jury Makes a Presentment
That Looks Bad.
Columbia, Dec. 4.?That the two
recent occupants of the office of
county treasurer .and the present
supervisor were short, and that
their shortages have not been col
lected for any prosecutions insti
tuted. and the office of Probate Judge
is used as a public restaurant, are
tin' charges made in the recent pre
sentment of tlue Borkeiey grand
jury. On this presentment Judge
Aldrich passed orders requiring th ?
two x-treasurers ami the supervisor
to show cans'* why tlieir bonds
should not be escheated, and requir
ing tii" clerk of court to see to ;t
that the probate judge's office is not
used as a restaurant. Copies o;' the
presentment where ordered sent to
the governor, the comptroller gen
eral and the attorney general. *
To Be Fought at the Next Meet
ing ot itifc
State Leaders in Fight Against
Whiskey Business Meet at Colum
bia and Committee of Three is
Appointed to Draft Bill to Be
Presented to Legislature.
Columbia, Dec. 3.?The confer
ence of Prohibitionists, held in the
Senate chamber this afternoon, de
cided to ask the General Assembly
to pass, at the coming session, an
iron-clad State Prohibition law, and
a committee consisting of Senator J.
C. Otts, of Cherokee, and Represen
tative John G. Richards, of Kershaw,
Charles A. Smith, of Florence, and
Mendel L. Smith, of Kershaw, was
appointed to draft the bill that will
be submitted to the Legislature.
The Rev. C. E. Burts, of Edge
field, president of the Anti-Saloon
League, of South Carolina, presided.
The conference was held behind
closed doorsi, and the announcement
of its ? action jyas made tonight by
the Rev. J. E. Harley, Secretary of
the League.
It was intended originally to hold
also a mass meeting tonight in 'the
hall of the House to be addressed by
Dr. P. F. Baker, secretary of the
National Anti-Saloon League, but
Dr. Baker could not be here and the
meeting tonight was called off. The
open convention, set for tomorrow,
was also abandoned, as several of
those present this evening desired
to return home. There were about
thirty-five present this afternoon.
Secertary Harley staged tonight
that every county would be orga
nized for Prohibition.
"Is it intended, Mr. Harley," said
the reporter, "that the proposed bill
shall be an iron-clad Prohibition law
without any options whatever?"
i "It will be a straight Prohibition
bill,"replied Mr.Harley, "with no
county options or anything of that
kind at all. The gentlemen named
as the committee' will draw up the
bill along the. lines laid down by
the conference, and submit it to oth
ers, so that all objectionabl features
may be eliminated. Yes, the con
ference declared for State Prohibit-'
ion, and we will try to keep out the
drug store bar roqma" >
The gentlemen named as the com
mittee to frame the Prohibition bill
were all present at the conference,
and all four of them are members
of the incoming Legislature. There
were several other members of the
League here also.
The confcrence'brought to Colum
bia a number of prominent men from
different sections of the State. The
president of the League in this
State, the Rev. C. E. Burts. is one
of the strongest young Baptist min
isters in the State?strong ~in char
acter, ability and personality, as well
as physique. Mr. Burts is the son
of a Baptist minister and a gradu
ate of Furman University.
Prominent among the Prohibition
advocates is the Hon. C. C. Feather
stone, of Laurens, who was here to
day. Mr. Featherstone recently an
nounced fhat he would be a candi
date for Governor in 1010 on th-.*
platform of State Prohibition, f o ?
which he has been contending for
yeara He made the race on that
platform in 1S9C and came very
near success.
The two Smiths who were appoint
ed on the special committee are big
men in more ways than one, and this
seems to be a good State and a good
time for Smiths.
Mr. C. A. Sm!'h, of Florence, is
new to politics, but a veteran in
pood, works. He is a merchant of
Timmonsvillo and was recently elect
ed to the House from Florence coun
ty. He has served several terms
as president of the State Baptist
Convention, and is chairman of the
board of 'trustees of Furman Uni
Mr. Mendef L. Smith, of Camden.
was here in attendence on the Su
preme Court, and was also invite 1
to the Prohibition ronf^renee. Mr.
Smith, while in the House, of which
he was speaker for two terms, stood
for the State dispensary, but now is
a Prohibition advocate, and support
ed Prohibition in the county con
test. He- has been sent ' -"ck to the
House from Kershaw and is pledged
to introduce a Prohibition bill. He
says the House has a majoritv for
Prohibition. 'Mr. Smith' was asked
today if he had airy announcement
to make with regard to the Guber
natorial rare in 1010. since two
interesting statements had recent' ?
beim made with regard in candidates
in thai year, but he only smiled his
engaging smile.
Another Geubernatorial possibili
ty arrived this afternoon to attend
the Prohibition Conference?the
Hon. John G. Richards, of Kersbaw.
Captain Richards, for he is also nn
officer* in the National Guard, has
been sent to the House from Ker
shaw for live or six terms, and is n
leader in that. body. He is commit
ted to the passage of a Prohibition
bill, having always supported th'
State dispensary as a step to Pro
hibition, and being himself always
a total abstainer.?News and Cour
ier. *
EMBER ?, 1908.
Who Was to Have Been Married
Again Last Week, Took Her Own
New York, Dec. 3.?The beautiful
young woman who was found shot
to death in her room at the Clar
endon hotel in Brooklyn yesterday
was positively identified today &4
Mrs. Lillian Falconer Doty, who re
cently returned from Sioux Falls, S.
D., 1 where she secured a divorce
from her husband. The woman
comes of a rich and fashionable
New York family, where Alexander
Falconer, the father, made a great
New developments occurred today,
which showed conclusively that the
woman had committed suicide and
concurrent with these came other
revelations. i
The woman secured a divorce
from Mansfield Doty, a Wall street
broker, on November 13, at Sioux
Falls, and was to have been married
this week, but the name of her fiance
is being guarded with jealous sec
recy by ithe family.
Owing to the fact that the woman
could not be Identified wh?n found
the body was taker to the morgue,
where it was examined. The gar
ments were found to be of costly
texture and fashionable in design:
the jewels found upon her person
were such as to indicate wealth,
refinement and culture., The exam
ining coroner's physician found a
number of bruises on the body,
which have not yet been accounted
Mrs. Doty registered at the Clar
endon on Tuesday as Mrs. Falcomer.
Sjoux Falls, S. D. When the maid
found herself unable to arouse the
inmate of the room yesterday, she
notified John Hill, the manager of
the hotel. A bell- boy was sent up
the fire escape to the window to
!}ake a survey of {tvje Iroonii and
when, he peered into the apartment
he nearly fell from the aerial perch
from astonishment and horror.
The body of the woman was found
on the floor, a gaping bullet wound
in her right temple and her gar
ments soaked in blood. The room
was litered with cigarette butts and
a cigarette box nearly empty was
found in her Russian leather satchel.
Mrs. Doty was married after a
rapid first courtship in "The Little
Church Around the Corner," in 1902.
Her married life was stormy and?
In her divorce petition she alleged
Because of the Massacre of Negroes
at His Home. .
Washington, Dec. 4.?A dispatch
from Springfield, 111., says Shelby
M. Cullom, dean of the United
States Senate and for years one ot
the prominet members of that body,
recently left Springfield for Wash
ington with trembling flesh and with
fear in his heart. '
The venerable statesman is ter
ror-stricken over the prospect of hU
coming meeting with Senator Till
For years Cullom and Tiilman, as
widely separated as the poles in
their political ideas and methods,
have been warm personal friends
Outside the halls of Congress the
two, by mutual consent, have avoid
ed all political discussion, save one
subject?the negro. The Iiilnois
Senator, from the home of Lincoln,
the emancipator, has taken keen de
light in lambasting his Southern
friend on the floor of the Senate, in
committee, and in private, because
of his hatred of the blacks.
Just before Cullom left Spring
field, be was talking to United
States District Judge J. Otis Hum
phrey, of the meat packers' "im
munity-bath" fame.
"Well, Senator," said the judge.
"I suppose you will be glad to get
back to Washington, wheiv- you can
busy yourself with- the affairs of
"Not by some sight," emphatical
ly responded the Senator.
"Why, I thought you found your
greatest ptoasure in your official du
ties," said the surprised judge.
"Official duties be blowed," e:-:
claimed Cullom -jfrth emotion.
"Since this Springfield race riot, I
have not spent a happy moment,
sleeping or awake, because of dread
of what Ben Tiilman is going to do
to me the remainder of my life." *
Because His Father Quarreled Often
With His Mother.
New York. Dec. 4.?Althonght h
drank a tumblerful of a Paris green
solution last night, it was said, at
ilv prohibition hospital early today
that Dion Haring. a boy of Ion years,
is likely to roeovr.
The child tried to end his life be
cause his father and mother often
quarrel. When the father upbraid
ed the mother in the boy's presence
last night he suddenly run to the
kitchen and drank the poison.
According to r.ime. Haring tie
sensative little fellow had told her
several limes that he wished to die
because "there were so many fights
all the time." He even suggested,
sail the mother, that they-commi
suicide together. *
In Female Hand Enclosing Two
"Stomach Trouble" Powders,
Which He Took and Died.
San Francisco, Dec. 4.?The most
amazing poison mystery which has
confronted the police since the fa
mous Botkin poisoned candy episode
is, now baffling them in the attempts
to solve the puzzle of who admin
istered a death dealing poison to
Henry Boas, a member of the weal
thy New York family of that name,
who is dead at his home here.
The only clew upon which the
police are now pursuing their inves
tigation is contained in a letter writ
ten in a dainty hand and containing
two powders which the recipient of
the message is urged to take to cure
his indigestion. Death followed in
two hours accompanied by the most
violent pain. The following is a
copy of the letter:
"Mr. Boas:
'Dear Sir: Having been requested
by some friends of your as well as
of mine in San Jose to send you m-'
recipe for stomach trouble, I take
pleasure in so doing. The two
powders which I enclose to you are
not only a relief, but a cure for that]
ailment. It is composed mostly of
pepsin, which I suppose you are
aware is the greatest of all remov
ers of albumen from the food which
gathers in the alimentary canal
leading to the stomach.
"If you will take the two powders
mixed together and follow by a glass
of whiskey, before retiring I can as-,
sure you of a cure.
(Signed) "Charles McHaur.
"San Jose, Cal."
The police are convinced that the
death was carefully planned and
they can trace many features similar
to that in the famous unraveled
poison mystery in the case of Dr
Wilson in Philadelphia last summer.
Six weeks ago Boas broke off his
engagement to Miss Anna Gallagher,
of San Jose, to whom he was engag
ed to be married.
Coroner's physicians will make an
examination of the stomach to de
termine the nature of the poison
which was administered. Boas died
in frightful agony. He had gone *o
bed after' swallowing the fatal
draught and writhed in pain until
relieved by death. ? *
In Severe Storm Along North At
lantic Coast.
Halifax, Dec. 5.?More than half
a hundred -seamen have lost their
lives off the upper North Atlantic
Coast during tho past few 'days as
the result of a storm of unprece
dented severity, and ^t is possible
that the turbulent sia has claimed
even a greater toll of J^es. The
reckoning, itemized as accurately as
the meagre reports will allow, is
rendered as follows:
December 3, seventeen member;
of the crew of three fishing schoon
ers, drowned off the New Foundland
December 4. twenty-eight mem
bers of the crew of th<~- s..earner "See
City." which is believed to have sank
in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
December f>. sevent members of
the crew of Barge No. 101, which
wen; down off the coast of Nova
Scctia. *
And Was Made to Pay for Violating
Charleston, Dc. 4.?The evening
Post says warrants for the arrest
of W. J. Uanion, manager of the
Charleston Hot3l. Melchoir Stelling,
manager of the Palace Cafe, and
J. E. Bager, steward of the Argyle
Hotel, were sworn out this morning
by James Henry Rice, Jr., of the
Audobon Society of South Carolina,
before Magistrate O'Shaughnessy.
charging the defendants' with vio
lating the State game statute which
prohibits the selling of quail or par
fridge. Before Judicial Magistrate
Baker this morning th? def< ndants
pleaded guilty and were sentenced
$5 each or five day.- Ln jail. They
promptly paid their fines. *
A Pathetic Tale That Comes From
New York.
New Fork, Dec. 4.?St. Vincents
hospitaJ had a pathetic case in Mrs.
.Mary Schrumm. a Hungarian widow,
who collapsed on the sidewalk last
night from starvation and exposure,
with a sick baby huddled to her
Finally unable to drag her wary
feet she pitched forward among ;>
crowd of holiday shoppers at Fifth
avenue and Fourteenth street. The
woman was in a serious condition
today, but with proper care it is
hoped that &he will recover.
Fatal Landslide..
Rome. Dec. 4.?A landslide at
Mount San Luciano, near Agordo,
today wrecked the villages of Pra
and Lagunaz. The bodies of twenty
seven dead and ten injured persons
have been recovered. *
$1.50 PEB ANNUM.
To Be Levied To Meet The Treas
ury Shortage.
Will be Resorted to to Sleet the Ex
travagances of the Republican Ad
ministration, Which Has Squan
dered the Money of the People
With a Lavish Hand.
Washington, Dec. 4.?Now that
the election is over Republican poll- ?
ticians are speaking frankly concern
ing the nation's finances. A renewal
of special taxation is considered es
sential by Republican leaders in
congress- to meet deficits and con
stantly growing jexpendtftures, and
an internal revenue duty may again
be imposed on many, if not all ar
ticles so taxed during the Spanish
American war.
A deficit that today aggregates
$50,000,000, and by June 30 next
will total $100,000,000, has brought
Representative Tawney, chairman of
the house appropriations' committee,
j and others charged with formulating
the great money measures here in
advance of the assembling of con
gress to consider the situation.
Messrs. Cannon, Tawney and Payne
have conferred on the subject. Mr.
Tawney has talked the matter over
with President Roosevelt and Sec
retary Cortelyou.
He has requested Mr. Cortelyou
to prepare some data indicating the
revenues derived from articles sub
jected to the war revenue tax and to
indicate others that may eventually
be placed in the list. It has become
evident to the leaders that a revis
ion of the tariff will no*t materially
increase the revenues. While lower
duties may bring larger imports In
some instances, in others' there wi.l
be a falling off of Importations, and
thus the books will about balance.
Secretary Cortelyou has given no
intimation as> to what his suggstions
will be, but they are certain to in
clude a tax on coffee. Three cents
a pound is the figure mentioned.
Thi3 was* the rate Imposed up to
1SS2, when it was placed on the
free list. - It is also the almost un
animous sentiment that the tax on
beer should be doubled, making it
$2 a barrel. It is already virtually
settled that there shall be no dimi
nution of the rate on sugar, as it
is the best revenue producer the
government has. A renewal of the
war revenue act would almost ex
actly offset the deficit.
It brought into thje treasury a
trifle more than $100,000,000 a year.
In four years $46,000,000 were col
lected on legacies, or an average of
$11,000,000 per annum. Beer was
the big monoy-hringer of the war
revenue law. The added dollar a
barrel realized $30,000,000 a year.
The tax of ten cents a pound on tea
was the next item in importance,
bringing in $10;000,000 a year. It
is desired to avoid, if possible, all
the numerous stamp taxes, not be
cause of their expensivmess, but he
cause of their inconvenience.
A two-cent on telegrams and tel
ephone messages. Life insurance
policies were taxed six cents for
every $100 of value. Chewing gum
was assessed four cents for every
dollar'.- worth. One cent was col
lected for each palace or parlor car
seat sold or berth occupied. Rail
road and steamship tickets were
taxed from $1 to $3. Bonds, cer
tificates of stocks, proprietary med
icines, notes, bills of exchange, buck
et shop? and brokers' transactions
bills of saie; agreements, drafts, ex
press receipts, bills of lading, leases,
protests, almost every form of legr.l
document were compelled to bear a
tax stamp.
National banks with a capital
stock of $2.").000 paid $50. and $2
for each additional thousand dol
lars of capital. Brokers and pawn
brokers were taxed $50 and $20 re
spectively. Theatres, concert halls
.and museums paid $loo. A circus
paid $100; All other shows con
tributed $10. Each billiard table
or bowling alley was taxed $5.
The tax on tobacco and snuff was
doubled, being raised from sl\ cetns
to twelve cents a pound. The to
bacco dealers wer.: taxed from
to $24, according to volume of bus
iness. The tax on cigars and cigar
etts was proportionally increased. *
Kisses Come Hi?h.
Huntingdon, W. Va., Dec. 3.?
Miss Eulie Johnston, a stenographer,
brought suit against G. C. Rickets,
a wealthy merchant, for $15,000 be
cause the latter as she alleges,
slipped his arm about her waist and
stole a kiss. At the tri il the yoi'.ng
woman testified she bad had.nervous
dyspepsia for eight months as a re
sult. Sin." was awarded $3GO by the
jury. ?
Cat Found in Mail.
Augusta, Ca.. Dec. :).?Among the
many strange tilings found in the
local mails was a cat. The feline
was mailed to an address in Mich
igan without, sufficient postage and
has been adopted by the postal em
ployes. The animal was packed in
a small box with very little food
and no water. ?

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