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Dulled From the Important Happen
ing*} Throughout the State During
the Past Week and Reviewed in
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Cotton Association.
Secretary Fisher semis out the fol
lowing letter to those interested in the
cotton question;
Dear Sir: —Considering the time
=inee organization, i is truly gratify
ing to note the splendid work done in
Mississippi. But little more than one
month has elapsed since the Missis
sippi Division of the Southern Cotton
Appoeia(ion look official shape. 5*A.
in that time, nearly every county ha>-
effeeted organization. If is true, none
have yet attained full growth, but all
are busv, through the agency of active
committees, adding to enrollment of
members. Reports show that mem
bership is rapidly growing from hun
dreds in each into thousands. I hu>.
in a short time, the rolls, in our state,
will contain nearly, it not all of the
200,000 actual growers *f cotton, op- !
prating in the fields. In addtiion, each ;
county and city is adding its quota ot
business and professional men. None j
are holding back. Banks, nil Mills.
Compresses and Mereuants are giadu- <
ally and surely swelling the movement,
making for the emmn< u good of our I
state. The reports from the financial |
nyent evince the spirit with which ;
persons in every calling are couti hi
nting to swell the treasury fund. Ihe
organizer is working assiduou.-lv.
while prominent me i. in public life,
from all over the state, are splendid
ly seconding his efforts.
Headquarters have been establish- i
•<1 at the capitol. Rooms 504 and 50 >
adjoining those of the railroad com
mission. will be the central office oi
the Secretary hereafter. The execu
tive committee, with the concurrence
•>f President Walter t lark, established
headquarters, as above, in the city of
Jackson, in order put all counties in
quick touch with s.ate officers of tue
association. Hereafter, then, commit-,
ideations, addressed to the secretary,
are respectfully reqnes.cd to be sent
to him at rooms 504 ami 50.), slate cap
itol. Jackson. Miss. The secretary
will be in daily touch with President
The business of the organization
will be pushed systematically, and ev
ery communication promptly answer
ed. In turn, each and every county
and supervisor’s district organization
are requested to keep in close touch
with the officers of the state associa
tion. It is of greatest importance
none from headquarters be left unan
swered, and certainly none from any
organization in any county will be
left without speedy reply.
Charbon Prevails.
Jackson veterinarians aie said to
have gone down to Yazoo county in
response to telegrams advising them to
the prevalence of charbon or anthrax,
and is said to be now in the neighbor
hood of Bentonia. where two or three
thousand dollars worth of fine mules
have already died with the dread dis
ease. The outbreak is understood to
have been very sudden, and not con
fined by any mean- to any particular
locality. Strange as it may seem the
disease has not been reported in any
other countv than Yazoo, and it is to
be hoped that it will be coil fined to
very narrow limits even there.
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Bowers’ Oyster Law.
The revenues received from the tax
on oysters and license for oyster fish
ing in Mississippi will this season
amount to nearly 50 per cent more
than last year, and 50 per cent more
than the,year before, when the Bow
ers oyster law went into effect. The
revenue this year will reach $24,000.
of which amount the Goumjission is
limited under the law not to expend
more than $12,000 for all purposes, in
cluding the planting of • shells and
young oysters for the enlargement of
the reefs,
Code Commission Work.
The annotated code commission,
which is to submit anew codification
of the statutory laws of Mississippi to
the next sesson of ihe legislature, is
now preparing a Diigthy list of sug
gestions to be submit.ed to the legisla
ture concerning certain statutes which
in the opinion of that body, should be
either repealed Or amended.

Meet at Gulfport.
President A. M. Paxton of the Mis
sissippi Association of Elks, and Sec
retary A. C. Crowder have announced
officially that the next convention of
Elks will he held at Gulfport, Miss., on
June .14 next. An Elks lodge will be
installed at Gulfport on the same date.
The railroads U ve given a ra.e of
one and one-third fare for the return
trip. The per capita tax has been sus
—MI 9
, Laundry for lufca.
A company composed of prominent
business men has been organized at
luka to erect a steam laundry and ex
pect to have it in operation within
ixty days.
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Water and Electric Franchise.
The Board of Aldermen has granted
a franchise to \V. M. White to cuii
struft £ water works .-.vs
■fem'twul electric lighting plant in Eib
Mew Corporations.
The following charters have been
submitted to the Governor for his ap
proval :
Supreme Lodge, Knights and La
dies of the Temple of America, dom
iciled at Greenville. Washington Coun
ty, C. B. Williams, S. W. Hines and
others, incorporators. No capital
stock. Charitable and benevolent pur
Ledger Priming Company, domicil
ed at Laurel, Jones County, with a
capital stock of $5,000, W. L. Pryor,
E. L. Carter and others, incorporators.
Cleveland Light, lee and Fuel Com
pany. domiciled at Cleveland. Bolivar
County, with a capital stock of $20,-:
000, R. H. Williams, W. L. Peatman !
and others, incorporators.
Hopkins & Bethea, domiciled at Me
ridian, Lauderdale County, witfi a
capital stock of SIOO,OOO, for the pur- |
pose of engaging in the manufacture ,
of medicines.
Gulfport Social Club, domiciled at i
Gulfport, Harrison County, with a
capital stock of SI,OOO. H. O. Conner.
1. O. Bradley and others, incorpora
Amendment to charter of Inion j
Bank and Trust Company, domiciled |
at Meridian, Lauderdale County.
Charter Held Up.
The charter of incorporation of the j
West Gulf port Railway & Race I rack
Association is being held up at the ;
governor's office, where it was sub- |
milted a few days since, and it is not ,
likely that the charter will be approv- ,
ed for the reason that two electric ,
railways have already been incorpor
ated to cover the same territory, and
the governor desires to sec what de- ;
velopments will follow these enter- j
prises before allowing another to en- 1
ter the field.
Desires Better Federal Building.
At a meeting of the Natchez Pro-;
motive League it was decided to mem- i
orialize Congressman McLain to use;
his influence in securing the full ex
penditure of the appropriation for the
Federal building in Natchez. The ap
propriation is for $i.),000. but oi this
$75000 was paid for the site. The con
rr.vt awarded for the buildings makes
the cost of the structure $54,104.
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Fire Damage.
Fire a! Laurel caught the houses of
W. A. Pruitt and C. W. Morse and
both were severely damaged before the
fire department succeeded in putting
out the blaze. The combined loss is
about SIOOO. of which Kastman. Gard
iner & Cos., sustained SSOO, W. A.
Pruitt SSOO and C. W. Morse S2OO, the
.wo latter in damage to furniture,
Meridian Cotton Mill.
The secretary of state received a
check for $250 for recording the chaf
er of the Beatrice Colton Mill, domi
ciled at Meridian, with a capital stock
of $400,000. This is the largest cotton
mill thac has been launched in the
state for many years, and is backed
exclusively by home capital.
Coast Marine Hospital.
Mr. Bovvers is making an attempt to
secure a marine hospital for son#
point along this coast. At present
there is no marine hospital between
New Orleans and Mobile, though be
tween those two cities there are now
three deep-water ports—Gulfport,
Pascagoula and Ship Island.
Brick City Hall.
At a regular meeting of the Board
of Aldermen of Lumberton a contract
was let for a two-story brick building.
jTho first floor will be used for a City
Hall, and the second as an armory for
the local militia. The building is to
cost $5,000. and is to be completed in
sxty days.
Skull Sawed Open.
Mack Wise, a negro about. 25 years
old, was suddenly killed at Knox &
Park's saw mill, west of New Albany.
The negro was carelessly pushing a
piece of plank up to the saw and was
jerked against it. The saw struck
his head and split his skull open, kill
ing him instantly.
Buys Insurance Business.
7. C. ginkerton. formerly of Yazoo
City, hat* purchased the insurance bus
iness of Pickens & Burwell, of Lexing
i ton. and will continue the business
; here. This firm was composed of W.
f. Pickens and S. L. Burwell, presi-
I lent and cashier, respectively, of the
Rank of Commerce.
To Address Cotton Growers.
Congressman John Sharp Williams
1 has offered his services as speaker and
o aid in the organization through the
Stale of Mississippi of cotton associa
ons. Tiie offer has been accepted,
and Mr. Williams will begin his work
j within a few days.
Friedman Goes Bankrupt.
Max Friedman of Clarksdaie has
filed a petition in bankruptcy. His as
sets are estimated at about $9,000.
while his liabilities are about $0,500.
Skeleton of a Dinosaur.
St. Louis. —Near Lake Tebo. Pettis
county, ten miles from Sedalia, the in
complete skeleton of a huge pre-his
toric animal, possibly a dinosaur, was
discovered by an inspection party.
Christian Science Legislation.
Lincoln, Neb. The S.ate Senate
has favored the Christian Science bill,
already passed by the House, which re
quires all healers to take a tour-yeai
course in medicine and pass the exam
nation required of regular physicians.
Money Comes Southward.
New York.—The annual spring move
ment of money to tie South began
with a shipment by the suhtreascuy
pf $150,000 to New Orleans,
Devoted to the Industrial, Commercial and Agricul
tural Development of the Wonderfol Resources of
the State .•. . Items of Interest from all Qnarters.
By B. E. BLAKESLEB, JacKson, Miss.
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Under the caption of “Young Men
Wanted,” one of the bright Missis
sippi papers makes a strong plea that
should be read and digested by every j
voting man who is upon the threshold)
of life; j
“Every young man in i
is wanted! Wanted from the street:
corners, from the loafer’s rendezvous, j
from the idlers promenade; turn your
steps into the highway of noble aims
and earnest work. There are prizes!
enough for every successful worker;
crowns enough for every honorable;
head that goes the smoke of conflict
to victory.
“There is in the young man an up
springing of lofty sentiment which
contributes to his elevation, and
though there are obstacles to be sur
mounted and difficulties to bo vanish
ed. yet with truth for his watch word,
leaning on his own noble purpose and
exertions, he may crown his brow with
honors. Ho may never wear the war
riors crimson wreath, the poets chap
let of hays, or the statesmans laurels,
though no grand universal truth may
at iiis bidding be confessed to the
world, though it may never be his to
bring to a successful issue a great po
litical resolution—to he the founder
of a republic whose name shall be ’dis
tinguished star iu the constellation of
nations.”—yea more, though his name
niav never he heard beyond the limit
of his own neighborhood, yet his mis
sion is none the less a high and holy
“Hut why do so few young men of
ear!v promise, whose wise hopes, pur
poses and resolves were are radiant as
the colors of the rainbow, fail to dis- j
tinguish themselvesf The answer is
obvious. They are not willing to de
vote themselves iu the toilsome cul
ture which is the price of success.
Whatever aptitude for particular pur-
Miils nature may donate to her favor
ite children, she conducts none but
the laborious and studious dislinc
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The cotton mills in Mississippiyare
seemingly especially prosperous at the
present time. They all report orders
ahead to keep them busy the greater
part of the year. The McGomb City
mill has an order for $30,000 worth ot
goods to be rushed through to New
York for export. Other mills report
as large or larger orders, one an or
der for China. It is gratifying to
note the success of Mississippi mills.
While these in other sections of the
country were shutting down or run
ning short time on account of slack
business, the Mississippi mills wore
running on full or forced time to keep
ahead. No new mills have been built
in the past two years but several have
increased their plants in that time to
handle the business available. It is
a sensible proprosit ion to build cotton
mills where the raw material is pro
duced and the manufactured article
used. The next few years will no
douh; show a large increase in cotton
manufacturing in the South.
Laurel es.imates that SIOO,OOO will
distribute in the section tributary to
that city in the next few weeks by
the trucking industry. It is a difficult
matter to estimate correctly just how
much benefit this amount of money
will be to Laurel and the surrounding
country, coming as it docs ar a time
when there is no other crop for mar
ket to bring money. After the truck
is off the land it will be planted in
corn, cotton, grain and other crops and
give up the usual yield. It is a great
country indeed that can raise two or
,hree profitable crops in a season and
the writer feels confident that if the
fanners of Illinois labored under such
favorable conditions their land instead
of being worth from SIOO to S2OO per
acre, would readily bring SSOO. There
is no country like Mississippi and the
only unpleasant feature connected
with the whole business is, that we
had to import men to discover it.
A northern lumber concern lias pur
chased a great many thousand acres
of the timber land above Jackson on
Pearl river and propose locating an
immense wood working plant at Jack
son and building a railroad forty or
fifty miles long to bring the timber to
I mill when the river can’t be used more
cheaply. This is one of the virgin for
ests in the state and a railroad
I through it to Carthage or Edinburg
; will prove a great convenience to the
i people of that section as well as a de
veloper of other resources as well.
Work will likely commence on both
projects during the coming summer.
Great activity in real estate is be
ing experienced at Louisville and New
Albany, both places to he relay sta
tions on the Mobile. Jackson & Kansas
City railway. Active work on the
round house and yard at both places
has begun and will be pushed to com
pletion. This road is putting ginger
into a considerable section of country
and will be a great developer of the
sections through which it wins.
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Dozens of planters throughout the
state continue to write for name of
agency that will supply Italian labor
Some want the labor right now while
others will not expect to get it by
iplanting time. The best Italian labor
comes from the north of Italy and it
would he impossible to get here in time
for planting the crops. However, par
lies desiring pickers for fall might do
well to begin making arrangements
30W to he in good time.
The Yazoo City Business League is
doing splendid work for that progres
sive city. The work of rebuilding the i
town is progressing finely and evi
dences of the fearful disaster of last
spring will soon be effaced permanent
ly. It comes forth brighter and hot
ter than ever. The League has been
concentrating us efforts on matters
of local interest and correcting mat
ters at home before beginning a cam
paign for foreign capital and indus
tries. Secretary Cole is proving a
hard working and efficient man and
the League is well pleased with the
selection made some months since.
Such an organization is necessary o
the welfare of every progressive town
and Yazoo City is entitled to be men
tioned every time under the head. Ev
ery loyal Mississippian is proud of
her record for thrift and enterprise
during the past few years,
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What has become of the agitation
of last year to grow broom corn and
make our own brooms? The subject i
was one wor.hy of investigation to :
the fullest extent. Any soil that will i
grow corn will grow broom corn.
About .SSO worth can be raised to the
acre, depending although on the pre
vailing price per ton. It requires some
attention but is not nearly so hard to
handle successfully as some try to
ihink. Enough could be raised at least
to supply the state with brooms. But
little machinery is necessary to work
the brush into brooms and any ordi
nary labor can attend to all except the
tying out. Lets hear something from
those who have tried the business at
to what they think there is in it for a
man who would give it his time and
Immigration agents of the Frisco
system have been tlirough the north
ern portion of the state recently and
express themselves as pleased with
the outlook for business in that sec
tion. They promise to bring down
some people from their country to .take
advantage of the land value and ex
cellent climate offered here. Once we
we get the tide of immigration turn
ed in this direction-there will be no
(rouble in securing all the settlers we
desire. Our natural advantages cou
pled with cheap laiids, hospitable peo
ple and other things, will attract them
when the opening is called to their al
ien! ion. W e need good people and
j will always accord them a hearty Wel
lcome. The true southern gentleman
only knows how to do this properly.
The popularity of Mississippi se
curities was again evidenced some
days since when the city of Aberdeen
offered $70,000 of 5 cent sewerage
bonds. A large number of bidders
were on hand and the competition
spirited. They were bought by the
First National Bank of Aberdeen at a
premium of $3,350. It also speaks
well feu 1 the present condition of the
state when her banks come into the
market in competition with the great
money centers of the country and buy
the securities we offer.
Not questioning the general object
of the cotton growers organization,
which undoubtedly is for the best in
j terest of the planters, but one thing
I advocated by them is certainly a falla
cy. That is the reduced consumption
of fertilizers. Would it no; be fat
better to use as much fertilizer as usu
ja! and reduce the acreage? If it pays
ho use fertilizer at one time it does at
j another. Then, the less fertilizer used
| the less market for the seed which
furnishes tlie foundation for nearly all
fertilizers used in Mississippi.
W est Point chronicles the addition
of 100 families to the population since
December. Business is good and the
town is flourishing in every way. 'The
rich prairie region surrounding i ; fur
nishes a splendid backing qnd "West
Point promises to continue in the path
trod for the few years.
A. J. Chapman, of Waynesboro will
plant twelve acres in water melons
this for shipment north. Last season
he had in eight acres and c leared off
that much ground over SSOO. The mel
on industry promises to receive more
attention at the hands of our fanners
than heretofore.

The movement of Mississippi vege
tables to the north has begun and a
few days solid train loads of the result
of our thrift and industry will be go
ing away to bring in return the golden
Ripley reports the locution of anew
industry capitalized at $5,000 for ihc
ipurpose of working up some of the
excellent timber that abounds in that
section. The money has been sub
scribed and work on the buildings will
soon begin. A canning factory is also
on the list of new concerns for the
county site of old Tippah. May ffie
ever prosper.
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Some of the counties in the state arc
investigating the matter of erecting
a central warehouse for cotton where
it can be stored, insured and other
wise cared for until the farmer is
ready to sell or the price will justify.
This is a good plan for these c unties
with out a compress or other storage
facilities. It would be a great help
toward holding cotton until the price
suited the farmer.
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Ths Panama Canal Commissioners
Show No Inclination to Resign.
They Will Await the Fail of the
Presidential Axe.
The United States Civil Service!
Commission will next month hold ex
aminations throughout the country in
arder to find persons capable of filling
several desirable positions that are
now vacant. The salaries of the of
fices range from SIOOO to S2OOO a year,
md both men and women are wanted.
Secretary of Commerce Metcalf knows
that a revision of the tariff is coming.
mi he has advertised for a tariff ex
pert. He will pay S2IOO a year to a!
man who knows all about the tariffs
:ff this and foreign countries who can
promptly state the rate ot duty on any
specified article offered for entry into j
each country of the world, and who is
familiar with the general commerce
and commercial requirements of the
different foreign countries. In addi
tion this tariff exper. must be able to
translate Berman. French. Scandina
vian and Russian. Secretary Metcalf
also wants a clerk who is an expert in
internal commerce sat Flics. A sala
ry of $1,400 a year awaits a man who
is an authority on this subject and can
answer questions in arithmetic and
commercial geography of the Luited
states. A number iff places arc vacant
in the reclamation sendee of the geo
logical surve\ worth from SIOOO to
SISOO each. These arc technical po
sitions, and applicants must have a
general scientific education, (particu
larly in hvdroeconomics. A vacancy
in the position of physician in the gov
ernment hospital for the insane, in
this city, exists- and is open to women.
It pays SISOO a year, and quarters arc
provided. Only unmarried women will
bo permitted to compete for the place.
The Tinted States government,
through file Surgeon General of the
Public Health and .Marine Hospital
•serviie. is to make a study of the
transmission. cause and treatment of
■ eprosy. These investigations will be
‘ondncted in Hawaii as soon as the
territorial government of that terri
tory shall cede to the I nited States a
suitable tract of land, at least one mile
-quare on the leper reservation at
Molokai. At the 'last session of con
gress an appropriation of SIOO,OOO
was made for the purpose of eree ing
upon the proposed reservation a hos
>ital station and laboratory to be used
as a leprosarium. The institution is
0 be under the direction of the Sur
geon General of the Public Health and
Marine Hospital Service, who is iu
thori/.ed under the Federal ae: to re
ceive at such station patients afllicted
with leprosy as may be commit led to
his care under, loyal authorization of
the territory. Not more than forty of
these patients are i > be under treat
ment at any one time, these patients
to remain under the jurisdiction o';'
the Surgeo i General until tet timed
to 11;o proper authorities at Hawaii.
At the headquarters of the commis
sion here, there is doubt as to what
shall he done after reorganization. It
has been stated that the work of the
commission will he performed in Pau
lina and not here, but there will still
be the necessity for materials con
tracted for in the United States, and
competent officials must attend to this
business. Some ot Major Hatred s
friends are complaining that he will
be left wiihoui a position, which
seems, to be somewhat unfair. The
president took him 1 rom the Missis
sippi River Commission, they say,
where his duties were agreeable and
continuous, and he should find some
other employment for him. as he did
for Mr. Wynne and Mr. Bristow.
Argument on behalf of the Lonisi
ana Spanish war volunteers was made
in the United States Court of Claims
here by ('apt. C, C. Calhoun of the
firm of Calhoun & Sizer, who repre
sented the Stale of Louisiana in the
matter of pay due the Louisiana vol
unteers to the Spanish American war.
This question affects the pay of the
fit -i and second regiments of infantry
and batteries A. B. and C. of tire na
val reserves. Louisiana Spanish war
volun.eers amounting to about $70,-
UOO, for which the above attorneys
have brought suit in the United States
, Court of Claims. As the question in
v,rived is a very important one, the
; court will doubtless render its decision
! thereon at an earlv dale.
President Roosevelt has tendered
the office of Assistant Secretary of the
1 S'a vy to Human If. Newberry of De
troit, Mich., and ike proffer has been
accepted. Mr. Newberry is a promi
nent business man of Detroit.
Brier. Gen. Tasker If. Bliss, now
with the General Staff, and president
if the War Colh-ge, has been ordered
to the Philippines. He v.nl! leave the
1 ma and States alxmt July 1.
The nrr.-’dent's yacht. Sylph has
oeen ordered from "Washington to
Jacksonville. The order came from the
White House, and it is supposed the
beat will be used by some members of
•he president’s family tor a cruise in
southern waters.
General Rooser, who was the young
est Brigadier* General in the Cun feder
ate Army, will be appointed I ui.cd
states Marshal for the Westerfi Pis
r|et of Virginia. '
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President Roosevelt was annoyed
over reports that he had been asked
by Kansas oil operators to specify the
manner in which Janies R. Garfield
should conduct his proposed investiga
tion of the oil industry in Kansas.
The President was annoyed by state
nients in the newspapers that a tele
gram had been sent to him by the op
erators making the rrjuest. Then he
was annoyed because the alleged tel
egrams had not been recived at the
White House. At least, it was said
at the White House, none had been re
ceived there. The announcement was
also made that the president would
pay no attention to telegrams reflect
ing on Mr. Gartield. and that he was
much displeased any reflection should
be cast in public on Mr. Garfield, who
would he permitted to conduct the in
vestigation in any manner he might
elec:, and the president would stand
by him.
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The members of tho Isthmian Canal
Commission are continuing their meet
ings. unmindful of the fact that the
president is about to turn them all out
and appoint a now body, ami some com
ment is caused by their seeming pre
ference to be dismissed, rather than
to resign. The president conferred
with Chairman Hepburn of the House,
Committee on Inters.ate and Foreign
Commerce, wlm undertook last session
to give authority to abolish the com
mission. On leaving the White House
Colonel Hepburn had no information
to offer except that the new Commis
sion will he named within a few days,
and that Mr. Wallace is to rema n in
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The long standing controversy be
tween the Burns and Hayes factions
of the Kirrgh.s of Labor was decided
by the Courts of Appeals of the Dis
trict of Columbia in favor of the
Hayes faction. J. W. Hayes was
elected general secretary of the ordei
several years ago but bis right to the
office was disputed by Simon Burns,
who instituted a Contest in Hie Su
preme Court of tin 1 district. The de
cision there was favorable to Burns,
but it was reversed on the ground that
the courts of the District of Columbia
had no jurisdiction in the premises.
Secretary Morton, jm-t before leav
ing Charleston on the Dolphin made a
change in his itinerary. Instead of
going first to Havana, r. went to San
luan. which was not included in ilu
original plans for the trip. The re
turn will ho made by way of Guan
tanamo and Hay li. I is said at the
department that the American war
ships now at Hrtvana will not remain
there until the arrival of the secreta
ry, hut will proceed according lo the
original programme. The Cuban au
thorities have been advised of the - ca
ret ary *s plans.
The Presbyterian church is threat
ening to make 1 rouble for the admin
istration. The row grows out of the
case of Midshipman Arrowood # . who
deserted from the battleship Kenr
sarge on the ground tha: no Christian
can remain in the* navy and maintain
his self-respect. Avrowood was court
martialed, and the Presbyterians have
espoused his cause and are demanding
an investigation.
President Roosevelt has approved
the sentence of the court inflicted
upon Midshipman Arrowood of North
Carolina, recently tried for desertion
from the navy. The senlcnce oarrie
with it dismissal from the navy and
he law hearing upon the ease is that
a man so dismissed shall not hereaf
leh be eligibl? to any of the rights of
cit izenship.
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Although the officials of the. depart
rnem of justice arc noncommittal on
the subject, it is known that reports
have reached the department that po
lygamy is being prac iced in sonic
parts of the Hawaian islands, and
Minister Brackens, at Honolulu, luu
been requested to make an investiga
The Japanese have been asked by
this government to allow Edward J.
MeClernan to take place of Col. F. IT,
Crowder with the Japanese army. Col,
Crowder is suffering from ill health.
Pos master General forlolyon an
nounced that fourth-class post mas;ers
will be permit led to serve undisturb
ed unless charged with gross ineffi
George C. Cole of West Virginia,
will be appointed by the president a>
Fnited States consul general at Bue
nos Ayres. Argentina.
The Geological Survey has issued a
statistical report showing an enor
mous increase in the production of oil
in the Fnited States.
The administration i- .-I ill hopefu’
of the in ideation of the Dominear
Treaty at the next ses-ion of the S. u
Discussion on Union Labor.
Chicago. —The chief subject undei
discussion at the session of the annual
convention of the National Metal
Traders* Association was progres
cmade in opposing evils of trade and
Sumner at San Domingo.
San Domingo.-Tin* Fnited States
transport Sumner arrived here from
Porto Rico, wi.h the congressional
party hound for Colon to inspect the
Panama canal route.
Charier Filed.
Atlanta. Ga. The Oeilla, Pine
Bloom and Valdosta Railroad Compa
ny was granted a charter by Secretary
; of State Cooke. The company has a
capital of .f200,000.
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Peace Movement Shrouded in Mystery,
But it is Definitely Asserted that
Czar has Made Proposals. Powers
Said to Have Met.
Sr. Petersburg.—The information
contained in these dispatches for over
a week regarding the change in Fm
peror Nicholas’ altitude concerning
the advisability of making a pacin'
proposal to Japan is fully* continued
and in very high quarters pence within
six weeks is regarded as certain. Ihe
positiveness with which this is affumed
would indicate that the government is
already in possession of information
os to Japan's terms which indicate a
basis to which Russia can agree.
The exact situation is shrouded in
mystery. The secret of what has been
done and what is being done is zeal
ously guarded. The Associated Pi’csa
hears, however, from a source close to
the throne, that pour parlours are act
ually in progress in Paris, but possibly
only of a preliminary character and
that Copenhagen may be the scone of
the first exchanges between represn
tatives of the two powers. In this con
nection importance is being attached
to the visit of M. ’lswolsky, Russian
ministers at Copenhagen and Baron
Rosen, former Russian minister to Ja
pan, to M. Bompard, the French am
bassador to Russia on Tuesday. The
parties to this conference refuse to
admit that significance is attached to
it. In the meantime the foreign office
is silent.
Washington Comment.
Washington.- W hen the dispatch
from St. Petersburg regarding peace
was shown the diplomat on whose au
thority the Associated Press on March
].'!. announced from Washington that
the Washington government knew tha
terms on which Japan would conclude
peace, lie said;
“The source of my original infor
mation on (his subject was a high one,
hut it is gratifying to receive thin
confirmation. The European powers,
notably .France, have for some tiniq
been endeavoring to find out on what
terms Japan would accept peace.
Tin so have been ascertained in a gen
eral way ami nave been communicated
to St. Petersburg. W hen he called Ids
war council on March 1 1 the emperor
knew the terms and doubtless commu
nicated them to ids ministers.
“The reason for Japan’s apparent,
reticence regarding the opening of
peace negotiations is not due, as fat
as I can learn, to a desire to continue
the war, hut if is because the Tokio
government wishes to he certain that
Russia is proceeding to open peace ne
gotiation?! in good faith and is not
plaviug for time, as she did in the ne
gotiations prior to the ware
Public Printer Punished.
Washington. Public Printer Palm*
er was convicted oi violating the anti
>mnke law, and was lined sa() in police)
court, after he advanced the conten
tion that the government printing of
fice is exempt. An appeal was taken
Judge Scott said that only private res
idences are exempt. President Roose
velt wrote a sharp letter to the dis
trict commissioner several mouths ago
complaining that smoke i rom a neigh
boring electric light plant damaged
the White House linen, and was a nuD
sauce to Ids family, and requesting
Hint the anti-simkc’ act be vigorously
enforced. A crusade was started, and
Public Printer Palmer has been just
reached. He has repeatedly h*en
brought into the police court, where
another judge held that government
buildings are exempt.
Joe Holland Benefit.
New York. —A benefit at the Metro-*
politan Opera House' for .!• seph Hol
land, who, on account of illness, will’
never be able to appear again, netted
fiJ.Onfi. Among those who contrih-*
uted their services were W illiani
Courtney, Ethel Barrymore, \\ illiaim
Gillette. Blanche Walsh, Low Field 1 ?
and Mrs. Leslie Carter, who delivered
a brief address and read a letter from
Joseph Jefferson, the godfather of th 9
beneficial v.
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Supposed Case of Doping.
Detroit, Mich.—A patrolman found
a man about sixty-six years of agrq
supjMtscd to he from Gordonsville, "\ a.,
sitting on the curb near the Michigan
Central depot in a dazed condition.
The officers think he had been
Joint Validating Agency.
♦ .
St. Louis.—A meeting of the
Louis Association of General Passens
gcr Agents, at which all lines with S',
Louis terminals were represented, II
was decided to continue indcTxyityif
the joint validating agency which
established daring the World’s Fai|
for the purpose of protecting the rail
road by preventing the sale by brok
ers of cheap rate excursion tickets .
Contract for Submarines.
Quincy, Mass.—The Fore River Ship*
building Company of this city haj
signed a contract to const met font
submarine torpedo boats of the lIoD
hind type for the Foiled States govy
Grandmother Langtry.
New York. —A son has been borTJ
to Mrs. lan Maleoru, wife of a well*
known member of Parliament of Scot*
and, daughter of Mrs, Lily Laugry* i

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