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DAILY ERAJLB TO-DAY'S XES-VS 4:30 p. m. Last Edition EL PASO, TEXAS, SATURDAY, JULY 21. 1900. 20th YEAR, NO. 17 PRICE 5 CENTS. PASO A LAST STAND The Boers and Roberts Are Engaged In a Fierce Battle Today. IS And Urging The Boers Carry On the Conflict Until They Win Or Die. To LONDON, July 21. The Central News has a dispatch dated Capetown under today's date, saying: that a big: battle is in progress la Middleburg- where Ro berts has made attack in force upon the Boers. Kruger.the dispatch says, is with the Boers, urging: them to fight to the death. SURVEY BEGUN For the Line Between Presidio Anc Chihuahua. City of Mexico, July. 21. The Kansas City and Oriental railway (StllwellV railroad) survey party has oommenoec the BU"vy betwen Chihuahua and Pre strife Del Norte, a distance of 150 mics. With the ezceDtlon of the ranges of northern Chihuahua, where the maxi mum grade is 3 percent, the road is comparatively easy, and the surveys will conclude inside cf one year, while the construction will proceed as soon as the line is located. Three other surveying parties are in the field between Presidio and Kansas City. STRUCK BY WHALE Slaking the Pilot Boat at the Golden 6ate. San Francisco, July 12. While pilot boat Bonit was lying to just out de the harbor this morning it was struck by a whale and sunk. All hands were saved. FIGHTING Stories Of the Old Southwest No. 6. Told By the Men Who Made Paths Through the Impassible, Who Risked Their Lives That We Might Live, and Who Bave Done and Dared Much the Pioneers of the West. ; ? 9 J f t t t When Perk Had a A Laughable Story Of a Joke That Might Have Been a Funeral. A Hot Fight With Comanches. The Glorious United States Cavalry. Written Especially f Though his back Is bent and crooked, His soul Is pure and bright. With the glory of tha Rockies on his face. He can find an Indian trail. Hold it down, and never fai'. And he don't think drlnkln' whiskey's no disgrace. Oh. his home is in the mountains far away, far away, Ob, his home is in the mountains far away. These '(te plains la gettln' small. And they don't suit him at all, Cause his real home Is a mountain far away. Though his back is bent and crooked It ain't stopped him in his life; He's just gone along and done the best he might. He can threw a rawhide rope. Break a bronco In a lope. And there's nothln' ha likes better than a aght. Ob, his home is la the mountains,far away, far away. Ob, his home is in the mountains, far away. These 'ere plains is gettln' small. And they don't suit him at all, Cause bis real home Is a Mountain, far away. Tales of Perk the Wo" far. "Did I ever tell you how I once bad every gun in a whole regiment pointed at my hsad?" queried old Perk look ing at ma through his half closed eyes and a cloui of tobacco smoke. "I don't guess I ever did. I happened llk-j this:" "The Indians had broke out cf tbelr reservation eooiewhres; it was after DALLAS BOND ISSUE Causing the City a 6ood Deal of Trouble. pedal Dispatch to the Herald. Dallas, July 12. MayorCampbell and City Attorney Henry are in Austin today, to eee the attorney general relative to the bond !sues for Dallas public improvements voted last April. The attorney general has so far fail ed to approve tbem. Somebody is fighting1 the bonds, and the city officials are trying: to straighten the matter out. A QUIET TIME For the President at Canton Canton, Ohio, July 21. President McKinley is having a very quiet time. There are no visitors of note. He is well satisfied with the way things are going at Washington and he is not worrying. This afternoon Senator Hanna and his wife, with Col. Her rick and wife, will arrive for a social visit and con ;erence. QUEEN REGENT Of Spain is 42 Years old To Day Madrid, July 21. The birthday of the Queen Regent of Spain, mother of the boy king Alfonso XIII, is being celebrated throughout this country to day. She is forty-two years of age. The occasion of her birthday is as usual being made one of the greatest jollification. QUICK DEFEAT For Jimmy Handler In New York. New York, July 21. Jimmy Hand ler, the welterweight, went down to quick defeat last night at the hands of Andy Walsh. Walsh knocked him out in two rounds. Handler was a 2 to 1 shot, and his defeat was a great surprise. MCGOVEKN AND ERNE May Fight Again at Light Weight. New York, July 21. Sam Harris, manager of Terry McGovern, says he is willing to-accept Frank Erne's chal lenge for a fi ?bt for the lightweight championsh!? at 138 pounds. Harris will endeavor to cancel Mc Govern 'a theatrical dates so that he can make the match. Metal Market. New YORK, July 21. Silver lead, 3.80. 61 Price On His Head i 4 4 4 t 4 for the Herald, they had put tome of 'em up to keep em' safe, and the government fed 'em aad took oare of 'em just so'd they oeuld think up some new devilment. They was renegade Comanches, these Indians I'm telling you about was, and they was as hard a set of fighters as ever lifted a scalp. "They'd a been holdin' of their ghost dances in tbelr villages, which they kept up for threa and four, yes, and more days than that. Just like they'd a done a hundred times before they kept dancing till they was crazy, and then they went out on the war path and murdered everybody on three or four ranches and held up wagon trains of immigrants before they oould get the troops out after them. "It was in the summer of '67. They sent for me to come up to the fort, Fort Waller on the Smoky river, in Kansas, I mean, and I promised Lieutenant Conolln aad Lieutenant Clark that I would, aad I done so. They wanted me for a ecout, 'cause tbe country they wa going to go through after them Co manche? was pretty unknown. "Well, some of tbe boys lound out tbat I was a going and they p'ayed a joke on me. They drawed a picture of me, and It was a pretty good picture too. It showed my hump and you could a told it was Perk the minute you laid eyes on It. CHINA ASKS The Emperor Telegraphed To the Mikado, But He Got Small Satisfaction. JAPAN CAN SEE And Her Reply Is About All That the Nations Of the World Could Wish, Much To China's Chagrin. Washington, July 21. An official bulletin from the state department at noon says: Chinese Minister Wu communicated to the secretary of state this morniag two Important telegrams. The first i-s from Sheng, director gen eral of telegripha at Shanghai, and Is as follows : "It is fortunate Minister Conger's telegraphic report has come. The im perial decree of the 221 of this moon (corresponding to July 18) stated that ail tha ministers were safe. The in surgents are fighting and killing each other. LI Huog Cbang is proceeding northward to suppress tbe riots. He will find it difficult to go." The seoon 1 telegram is from Liu Kun YI, viceroy of Nanking, dated the 21st of July, and received by Wu at 10 o'clock today. It is as follows: "According to the edict of tbe 22nd of this sixth moon (July 18), with the ezoeptlon of the German minister, who was killed by anarchists, and with re gard to which event vigorous measures are being taken to investigate and punish the guilty parties, all other ministers, to whom strenuous efforts are being made to afford protection are fortunately unharmed." REMEYPARTLY CORROB ORATES Washington, July 21. The bureau of navigation received this morning the following report from Remey: Taku, July 2 Bureau' of naviga tion Washington: Tien Tsin is quiet. Acoarding to tbe latest report, frcm Russian sources, July 13, the legations at Pekin were still holding out. The re "Then they printed on it in great big black letters, 'Perk the Wolfer, wanted at Eagle Pass for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Calle White, five hun dred dollars reward, dead or alive,' aad sent it- up to the post. "Of course I didn't knew nothing about that, and I went up to the fort to start out with the government troops just as unsuspicious as a jack rabbit. "They was gettlc' ready to leave the post when I rode into the fort, and the whole regiment was drawed up and the colonel was talking to 'em, and a telling of 'em what they must do with them Comanches when they met up with 'em. "I rode along sort of quiet like, not wishln' to disturb the colonel, and right while he was a talkin' every man in that troop must have seen ne. "Every man throwed up his gun with out waltln' for no orders from nobody and the first thing I knowed I was a lookin' down Into what looked like a million black muzzles. I've looked into the wrong end of a gun a many a time, but I never had no such feeiln' as I had then. It seemed like I must ha done something, and been wanted pretty bad, but I couldn't think of nothln' just then that I had done, ex cept kill a few Indians, and I knowed that didn't make no difference. "The colonel he was so surprised he couldn't open his mouth, just stood there a lookin' at me ana turnln' around kind a enquiring like to the other officers to see if they knowed anything about it. "All this only took about ten seconds and then the colonel yelled for the men to put down their guns. They done it but they dldn's want to. Every one of 'em seen that five hun dred dollars regard which tbey had read ab3;t on that there pictur' and waded it for kisself. It was a wonder I didn't get shot right then. I guess they knowed I couldn't get away. They didn't none cf 'em know me, but they seen this hump and they knowed who it was right away. JAPAN'S HELP TBROOGB A LADDER liability of this information is uncer tain. Major Regan, Captains Noyea and Biok miller, First Lleuts. Lawton and Sohoffel, wounded Ninth infantry offic ers, and Second Lieut. Jolly of tbe Marine corps, sick, are now aboard the Solace. I expect about 30 wounded men aadHwill then send all to Yoko hama hospital. Remey. Admiral Rjmey's ditpatch this morning In part corroborates the news of yestarday, by bringing forward tbe date of the safety of the legations in Pekin from previously reported dates. It is also evident that at the tims Remey cabled he had cot received Secretary Long's dispatch. The navy department hopes to re ceive a further dispatch from him. reporting that he had heard of Con ger's report from outside source. CONGER'S MESSAGE DISCREDITED London, July 21. The evening papers today follow the lead of the morning papers in disbelieving Con ger's message. This is partly due to unwillingness on tbe part of the Eng lishmen to admit that if the tales of the Pekin massacre are false they have been duped in a faBhlon never before recorded. The arguments for and against the reliability of the Ameri can minister's message have been about exhausted and .ttere is little fresh evidence to adduce. GERMANS SUSPICIOUS. Berlin, July 21. German officials regard Minister Cocger's message as being a week old at least. They think "Lieutenant Clark he come up then and told the colonel who I was, and that I was got ii ' to scout for 'em. They hadn't cone of the officers seen the picture. It had been put up in the men's quarters. Lieutenant Clark ask ed the men what the matter was, tbat they was goin' to shoot me. They didn't none of 'em say anything at first, just looked at each other and at me and keep a fingerin' of their guns. Then one of 'em saluted, and it seemed like hla gun pointed too much at me when he brought it up on his shoulder. "That's Perk, the Wolfer,' Bald the sergeant. He was a ser geant, and he was killed right along aide of me a little while after that. ' 'That's Perk the Wolfer,' he said, "he's klled a deputy sheriff at Eagle Pass, and there are five hundred dollars reward out for him. I thought I'd get it." He eyed me all the time. Naturally that was new to me. I didn't know anything about the pictur' and I didn't understand what it meant. I knowed I hadn't killed no deputy sheriff at Eagle PasB nor any other place, and Lieutenant Clark knowed it t jo and he told 'em so. "The sergeant kept on insistin' tha there was a reward out for me dead or alive and that he'd go get the paper that said so. The officers was standi' around, and some of 'em was inclined to believe I was wanted and some of 'em wasn't. The men down along the line was acranln' their necks to see what was a going on and the colonel put 'em at ease, so'd they could all look. The sergeant come baok presently with that plotur' and It looked just like me. There wasn't no mlstakln' that hump of mine. And there it' was, five hundred dollars reward too, plain enough. "The lieutenant he seen It was a joke before I did, and then it was all right. The colonel laughed like he was goin' to die w ben he found out what all the trouble was and I tell you I felt alt mere easy myself. "Wo started out from the fort that afternoon, with just one troop. C troop It was, and about seventy-five men. It was intercepted by tbe Chinese and finally forwarded to appease the Amer ican government. The alleged telegram of the Chinese government in regard to mediation is received as fraudulent, and an exper iment with Li Hang Chang of the temper of the powers. It is officially learned that the Kaiser will not take one backward step In China. TIEN TSIN QUIET. Shanghai, July 21. The Chinese at Tien Tsin are now unaggressive, the victory of tbe allies of Saturday last apparently having a prodigious moral effect Anxiety over the situation is dl mlnisned here. Several Chinese firms yesterday received orders from Chinese merchants in the interior, showing that the country was quieter. The report of the receipt of a mess age from Minister Conger by the Ame ican government has dazed the Euro peans here. MORE MARINES FORWARD Washington, July 21. Without the power to increase the fighting force in China materially the secretary has de termined that every possible member of the marine corps shall be 6ent to the front at once. More than this, the service shall be recruited to the full strength permitted by law, and not a man will be left for barrack duty where that can be avoided, and all ships not on the Asiatic station will be stripped to tbe minimum number. JAPAN KNOWS BETTER. London, July 21. The Dally Mail's Shanghai correspondent, dating his dispatch Thursday, says the emperor of China telegraphed the mikado ex pressing the hope that Japan would make common cause with China. He pointed out that the interests of the two countries are identical, and said that if China fell Japan's position would be untenable, China notbslng aline the object of the ambitious western powers. The em peror added that It was impossible now for China to take proper measures to avert danger, and she was therefore oonstralned to rely for support on Japan. The mikado in his reply cald the action of the insurgents was in com plete violation of international law respecting diplomats. The Chinese government should suppress tbe dis orders and rescue the ministers. He added that Japan was ordinarily friendly with China. NO ADVANCE LIKELY London, July 21. A Chee Foodie patch says the commanders at Tien Tsin have coocluded it will be useless to try to advance to Pekin before Au gust. They'd ought to have sent more. Cap tain Nolaod was in command, and we traveled all that n'.ght. The next mornln' we struck the trail of tbe Co manches and we followed it up as hard as the horses could go. "It wasn't no time to waste then. All the way along we heard about murders and such that them Indians had been dole', and one Sunday mornln' we come up on a wagon train out on the prairie. The wagons was scattered around and there wasn't nobody In sight. We knowed what that meant. Well, when we come up on 'em close you oould a heard the men swearin' under their breath and I knowed it wasn't goin' to be no easy job for them Indians when we met up with 'em. "There was about ten men and twioe as many women and children lying around dead. Their hair was took off , and some of the women was still in the wagons, where they hadn't no time to get up when the Indians at tacked them. It must have been over in a little while cause the grass wasn't trampled down hardly any, like always is when there's a fight. "We didn't stop very long, but took the trail again and made the horses do their best too. But we'd been goin' for a right good time, and along about four o'clock we seen we would have to stop. We hadn't eome up to the Indians yet. "The next mornln' we found the trail again and started off. Every where we seen eome thin' the Indians had done. There was more wagon trains. We passed one rancher's house which was still smokln'. It was not t'.ll Wednesday mornln' tbat we come up on 'em. The signs had been get tin' liccacr &.1 u& time and we know ed we would have them soon. It was way up, near the head waters of the Smoky Platte, aud along about sunset. "We fought five days. It was five days of hell and blood and grimo and sweat. There ain't nothln better or grander on God's earth than a troop of United States cavalry. They was ev QUARTERS SCARCE The Republcans Have Taken What the Democrats Left. And They May Have To Take What the Repub licans Didn't Care For. Chicago, July 21. Republican na tional headquarters for tbe west are to beopeoedMonday.lt is expected tbat upon the arrival of Perry Heath the rooms will be prac tically ready for occupancy and Graeme Stewart, national committeeman from Illinois, Is authority for the statement that campaign activity will be started by the end of next week. Sergeant at Arms Wiswell has made arrangements for the installation of lights, telephones, and desks, and after Monday .will spend most of his time in headquarters. DEMOCRATS HUNTING Chicago, July 21. Tbe democratic national executive committee Is still looking for quarters. The republicans have taken one set where tbe demo crats refused, and the democrats are now considering the quarters the re publicans ocoupied four years ago. SLEEPING NUNS Came Near Belnq Burned Up. Chicago, July 21, -Fire this morn ing destroyed St. Jarlath's church, Hermitage avenue and Jackson bou'e - vard. Twelve sleeping nuns in tbe ad joining structure were around and res cued. Incendiarfsn is suspected. FIFTY MILLIONS The Capital of a New Steel Company Trenton, N. J.. July 21. The Crucible Steel company of America was incorporated here today with a capitalization of fifty million-. ery man of 'em grit to 'be backbone,, clean grit and a fig r tin' education. There was five hundred Comaautea and there was seven i Sve of us. Seventy-five men agtiuot five hundred' devils, and the r-en beat. They w as bound to. The Indians can fight, and the Comanches can do it as well as any of 'em, but if they tee they're g ln' to get beat they'll run. There ain't no body ever r. heard tell of United States cavalry ruonin' froca nothln on earth, Indian or white man. "Yes, we beat 'em finally, but U took five days. You see, there was so many of them. Big tree was the Comanche chief which was leadia' tbe Indians, and he was killed. I saw him after .the fight was over. It was a natural battle field there where the fight took place, seemed like it was made to fight Indians -on. Army tactics can beat Indiana every time,, provided the soldiers ain't surprised The doughboys oan do it too but the cavalry Is the oest. "The Comanches broke and run on the afternoon of tbe fifth day of the fight. They bad got enough, and so had we. Of course we ooulJn'c follow 'em. We wasn't feeiln' that way. I reckon they must have been punish d pretty considerably. Anyhow, they was quiet for two or three years. "We buried our killed and carried the wounded back to the post the best way we could. We never did count the Indians tbat was done for. They was too many. ''Yes, the old serteant that wanted to shoot me at the post for tbem five hundred dollars was killed so near to me tbat his blood soaked my face and shirt. He was game, he was. Ha got a bullet through his lungs and kept on lightin', and then be got one In tbe head tbat blew the top of it off. We bad got to be good frier d by that time. You find out all abojt a mau when you are fightia' al- ag side cf him. "That's the only tlma Per th Wolfer ever had a price on his head." George R. Brown.