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MUf WIIH CANNON Republican J'eace in House Seems to be Only a Truce SPEAKER'S REIGN SEEMS NEAR END Constituents Loudly Clamoring For Death Blow to Cannonism.. A Speaker May be Chosen From the Outside. Washington.—Many of the insur gent Republicans of the house who voted to retain Speaker Cannon in the chair are "hearing from home," according to reports in circulation about the capital. These advices are said not to be at all reassuring. Fol lowing close upon this information came a statement from several that the war against "Cannonism" is to go on to the extent of ultimately causing the dethronement of Speak er Cannon, the election of his suc cessor and the complete reforma tion of the rules of the hoqse, tak ing from the speakership all power to influence legislation unduly. A proposition to remove Speaker Cannon by means of the combined vote of Democrats and insurgents and substitute in his place Asher C. Hinds, the parliamentarian of the house, is one of the plans which several insurgents advocate. The idea of placing in the speaker's chair a pure parliamentarian not a mem ber of the house, wc^uld be entirely uninfluenced by consideration of partisan advantage was pointed out by Representative Poindexter, of Washington, and others as the logi cal and proper course. Under the constitution the house may choose a speaker who is not a member of the body. Mr. Poindexter, who is one of the prominent members of the insurgent body, said: "This initial reform which we have accomplished must be follow ed by others. The whole trouble in which the house finds itself is caus ed by the joining of the power of the speaker with that of the leader of the majority. The English plan of having an expert parliamentarian instead of a politician as a presiding officer is the only correct one. As long as we seelct a party leader as speaker just so long will we have partisan and unfair rulings from the chair." Other insurgents expressed them selves along similar lines. It is cer tain a number of the leaders of the insurgents have in mind at least two things fpr this session. First, the deposition of Speaker Cannon, un less he voluntarily resigns; second, the establishment of a committee on committees. All of the insurgents expressed themselves as desiring to see the president's legislation out of the way before hostilities break out again. The proposal to elect Asher C. Hinds as speaker elicited much com ment from those who were made aware of it. Mr. Hinds is a Repub lican, and a candidate for nomina tion for congress from New England. His present duty is to formulate rul ings for Speaker Cannon. SEEK NEW PASTURES. To Be Unprecedented Cattle Ship ment. San- Antonio, Tex.—Railroads op erating out of San Antonio have or ders for 4200 cars between now and April 10 to handle the greatest rush of cattle ever known from this sec tion to Oklahoma pastures. The 4200 cars will move 109,200 head of cattle. New orders are coming in every day, and by April 10 it is esti mated not less than 500 cars will be moved, carrying more than 130, 000 head of cattle. The drought and the high cost of feed is causing ranchmen to move their cattle to Oklahoma to pasture. a CRAWLS TEN DAYS IN WOODS. Indians Finally Rescue Man With Feet and Hands Frozen. Sault, Ste. Marie, Mich.—Eli Kan tus, a Finlander seeking employment in lumber camps, became lost in the woods fifty miles north of here and fell asleep while exhausted. He awoke with both hands and feet fro zen. For ten days he crawled on hands and knees seeking help. For food he had only two frozen squirrels which lie found in traps. Two Indians following a trail of blood on the snow left as it seemed to them by some unknown animal, were led to Kankus, still creeping. Girl of Nine Rescues Babe. Washington, Pa.—With a heroism worthy of one of more mature years, nine-year-old Mary Mustio, after es caping from the burning home of .her jparents, returned to the flame-filled structure and rescued a six-months' old sister, sustaining serious burns about the head and face. PURE FOOD RULING BROAD. Federal Court Rules Action of In spector Is Final. Fort Worth, Tex.—Holding, in ef fect, that the action of a United States pure food inspector under the pure food and drug act is final, a de cision was rendered in the United States District Court here ordering the impounding of a shipment of 48, 000 cans of tomatoes notwithstand ing that only a small percentage was declared unfit for food. Trips To Be Made From Munich to Oberammergaa. New York.—A special cable to the World from Munich says: Airships carrying passengers will fly between this city and Oberammergau from May 15 to Oct. 1, next. All arrange ments have been perfected. The larg est type of the Purseval airship will sail on the aerial line. Passengers embarking here oan •witness the Passion Play and return to Munich for $137 for the round trip. The total distance is 120 miles, ♦ I» WELLS AT MARKHAM „ AND SANTA ANNA, TEX. * ■ Houston, Tex.—Two new oil fields, one of which indicates opportunities for great develop- * ment, have been uncovored in Texas within the past few days, the heavy flow of oil encounter- * ed at Markham being the sec ond developed. The well struck * near Santa Anna is running * over 100 barrels a day and is * * * * * *■ * * influx attracting a large sightseers. Oil wells were here tofore unknown in this vicinity. in * « * * « * * ************ ******** GIRL LURED TO DEATH Her Burned Body Found in a Gunny Sack upon the Fire Escape' of Tenement House. New York.—Ruth Wheeier, a lit tle girl graduate who was lured from her widowed mother by a de coy offer of employment was found Monday huddled in a gunny sack on a fire escape outside the apartment of Albert Wolter, the man charged with her abductment. "She was strangled with a short piece of 3-6 rope, hacked with a knife, burned beyond recognition and thrust care lessly out of doors like so much rubbish. Identification was only possible by shreds of clothing and fragments of jewelry, but there was abundant ev idence of how the murder had been done. Around the neck were the hard fibres of manila burning the flesh. The apartment reeked with the odor of kerosene. There were oil stains in front of the newly painted fire board that had an open grate. Ruth Wheeler was 15 years old, the youngest of three sisters, daugh ters of a dressmaker. Both the elder sisters were stenographers and Rnth had just graduated from a business college, eager for work and proud of her diploma. An employment agen cy is conducted by the college and Ruth called there often to look for a situation. Thursday morning she left home on her usual errand and never returned. At the college, the following post card had been turned over to her; "Dear Madam: Please call in ref erence to position as stenographer at residence of the secretary. A. Wolter, 224 East 75th street." Investigation at the address given showed that Wolter, whom his land lady declared was a sickly, white faced youth of about twenty, with flashy clothes, had disappeared. TWELVE DIE IN FIRE PANIC. Girls Trapped in Chicago Building Sink Into the Flames. Chicago.—At least twelve persons eight women and four men—w r ere burned to death in a fire which swept the store of the L. Fish Company, 1906-1908 Wabash avenue, Monday. While the flames raged thousands of citizens stood in the street below watching, unable to lift a finger in aid of the helpless and panic-strick en girls and women who appeared at the windows above, screaming for assistance. For some time the girls were seen running to and fro in search of some avenue of escape, only to return again and again to the flame-enveloped windows and extend their hands in mute appeal for some human aid that would release them from the fiery fate that raged about them.' It was some minutes—to the hor ror-stricken spectators it seemed ages—before the fire department re sponded to the repeated alarms that had been turned in. When they did arrive the victims of the fire were beyond all human aid, it being im possible to raise a ladder or get them down in any way. DOG SAVES GIRL. Negro Attacks Children, and Stuffs Handkerchief in Mouth. Shreveport, La.— Allie Swor, the little daughter of Lee Swor, who is connected with the Virginia Life In surance Company, was saved from a negro by her dog, who went to the rescue of his little mistress. T.he lit tle girl, together with two playmates about her own age, went into the w r oods to gather violets, when the negro appeared with a gun which he pointed at them. He seized the Swor girl and stuffed a handkerchief into -her mouth, when the dog caught him. In an effort to kill the dog the negro released his intended victim and she and .her frightened compan ions escaped and gave the alarm. STEAMSHIP AGENTS FINED. New York.—Adrian Gips, general agent of the Holland-American steamship lines in the United States, pleaded guilty before Judge Holt in the United States Circuit Court to indictments charging receiving re bates from the Wabash ad Central Vermont railroads. Judge Holt im posed a fine of $2000 in each case. CENSUS COTTON REPORT Washington.—The census report shows the total supply of cotton for the six months ending Feb. 28 to have been 11,552,361 running bales. The distribution Is 2,526,983 bales consumed, 4,599,682 exported, 1, 674,331 held in mills, 1,932,521 held in independent warehouses, other stocks 818,844. Number of bales held on Sept. 1, 1909, 1,483,585; ginned during the six months' period 9,975,998; net imports, 93,778. DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING ship became unbearable. Washington.—Inquiry at the Na vy Department developed the fact that for some time past complaint has been heard that Capt. George R. Evans was applying the naval regu lations with undue severity on board the Salem. It was alleged that the discipline was harsh in the extreme and that a lack of tact had been shown in handling the men who were punished for the most trivial of fenses, until the situation aboard f NEWS NOTES FRON! WASHINGTON : j Happenings of the Week Briefly Told—The Latest News From the Capital ... . ,, VH j Eruption of Mount Aetna is in [ creasing in intensity, and lava flow j is encroaching on villages in the j valley. Fourteen craters are emit ! ting lava. Tourists are flocking to Catania to witness the spectacle. *■ Colonel Roosevelt and party spent ! an afternoon in the tombs in the Ne I cropolis. Oscar Straus joined the I colonel. Madriz has 2,000 troops at Grey town. Investigation of the seizure of American schooners at Pinza Pulca shows that they were under foreign flags, so no action was taken by Ad miral Kimball. Fowler was turned over to Admiral Kimball by Mana gua authorities. Assassin of Marquis Ito was exe cuted at Port Arthur. Much evidence of Guggenheim grab in Alaska was brought out in the Ballinger hearing. Brandeis wants to call Ballinger as witness against himself. T. E. Dabney, of Louisiana, was made secretary of legation and con sul general at San Salvador. A new rules committee was for mally elected in the House by unan imous vote. Dolliver is preparing to start a tariff debate in the Senate. Senator Bankhead made a good roads speech in the Senate. Senator Elkins again failed to get railroad bill up. The Washington Post indorses Broussard's animal bill. Major McIntyre was made colonel. Congressman Martin made an at tack on Attorney General Wicker sham, saying he had been head of sugar trust, and was using his po sition to help the trust in the Phil ippines. The Democratic caucus selected Clark, Underwood, Dixon and Fitz gerald for the rules committee. Sims, of Tennessee, made a futile fight for a committee on committees, and threatens to have another caucus called. Congressman Broussard's bill to import wild game from Africa, es pecially hippopotami, for Louisiana swamps was given a hearing. General Bell and his chauffeur were blamed by coroner's Jury for tragic auto accident. Pension bill and legislative and executive appropriation bills, were passed. Senator Owen spoke in favor of the Department of Public Health. He declared plague situation was threatening. , The Republican caucus selected six regulars for rules committee. Most of the insurgents entered the caucus. ' ^ Republican leaders are dismayed at the problems confronting the G. O. P., while Democrats are corres pondingly elated. Determined ef forts are being made to patch up the fences. The House has passed the bill to raise the Maine. President Taft wants to defer a movement for bureau or department of health until administration bills are disposed of. Secretary Wilson sent a circular to millers telling them bleached flour is a violation of the law. bas ed on New Orleans decision, and he will prosecute any case, no matter how goods are labeled. The railroad bill was sidetracked in senate for a time to take up ap propriation bill. Long and short haul clause has been fixed up in the House so as to eliminate old joker. The Washington sensation was the discovery that Gifford PInchot had sailed four days ago to meet Roose vejt. probably at Naples, on a cable from the colonel. House members are speculating on the members of the new rules committee. Republicans will caucus Wednesday and Democrats Thurs day. Shackleford made a bitter at tack on the speaker, but he did not reply. Congressman Palmer, in a speech in the House, attacked the adminis tration and declared the president was too pliant. » Senor Corea, minister designate from Nicaragua, had an interview with Assistant Secretary Wilson, and said that Madriz would give any guarantee demanded if he could get recognition from the United States. Recognition by Germany has been a surprise at Washington. The House is quiet and orderly and the dove of peac# reigned, de spite the growls of insurgents at Speaker Cannon's contemptuous ref erence to those who voted for him. Democrats are in high glee. Tventy-nine Pittsburg councilmen and ex-members confessed and re ceived immunity. The prosecutor got detailed confessions which in volves the men "higher up." A dispatch from President Madriz to the minister designate in Wash ington tells of arrival of the new German minister to Nicaragua, with credentials to Madriz, thus recog nizing his government. Several names of prominent men were brought oqt in connection with the Insurance corruption revelations. Senate committee on education has reported a bill providing a mil lion and a quarter for old Freed man's Bank claims. The Senate committee sat down on proposition to pension ex-presi dents. " Brownsville report will be argued before Çourt of Inquiry and decision is expected soon. Naval bill was reported with only two million less than. Navy Depart ment's demands. Hobson^ brought In minority report demanding four bat tleships. IPITTSBURG OFFICIALS ON BRIBERY CHARGE Several Banks Refuse to Appear on Technical Ground and Will be Re-Served Pittsburg, P.—The grand jury's, program, which calls for the exami nation of nearly a hundred directors and officials of six Pittsburg banks in connection with alleged bribery of councilmen to secure legislation which made the banks official de- ! positories for the city's money, was j When the jurors came out of the Star chamber, their only report had to do with the formal indictment of thirty-four present and former coun cilmen against whom indictments had been previously ordered in the grand jury's presentment of Friday last. The counts charged in the indict ments of Hugh Fergson, Wm. Brand and Chas. S. Stewart, are both con spiracy and bribery in connection with the acceptance and distribution of $102,500 as bribes to other coun cilmen. The other thirty-one indict ed are charged with acceptance of the bribes. begun Monday. During the day the grand jury NOW FEAR GENERAL REVOLT AND" CENTRAL AMERICANS EXPECT UPRISINGS Gautemala City.—The most se stern old figure of Central American Gautemala City.—The most se rious political situation since the es tablishment of the present boundary lines in Central America Is near a crisis. With Nicaragua split in twain by a disastrous revolution, another outbreak ready to be launched in Honduras and Gautemala accused of attempting to spring a coup that might place this republic in control of all tropical governments, Wash ington will have a big job to pre vent a general outbreak. Former President Bonilla of Hon duras, who was deposed three years ago through the instrumentality of Zelaya, is on his way to New Orleans with $20,000 to help finance Estra da's war. A few months ago—at the beginning of the revolution—this KAISER TAKES AWAY BREATH OF THE GERMAN ARISTOCRACY OF THE Berlin.—The announcement that royal honors are awaiting Mr. Roose velt at the hands of the Kaiser in Berlin has raised the public interest in the ex-president's visit to concert pitch. The extension of the hospi tality of the royal castle to a private citizen of a foreign nation is wholly without precedent in Germany and has caused the ultra-monarchical aristocratic set to gasp with aston ishment. The notification of the Kaiser's in tention with regard to Mr. Roosevelt FATAL EXPLOSION. ON CHARLESTON. Eight! Men Reported Either To Have Been Killed or Wounded. Manila.—A gun on the United States cruiser Charleston exploded during target practice and eight men were killed or wounded. The Char leston is returning to Manila from Olongapo. No details of the report ed accident have been received here. The Charleston is the flag ship of Rear Admiral John Hubbard. SAVED FROM INSANE FATHER. Police Arrive in Time to Prevent Bloody Crime. Hartford, Conn.—An insane fath er was prevented from butchering his four little children on the banks of the Connecticut river Monday by the timely arrival of the police. When located in the back of the bushes his four toys were partly undressed and were lined in a row', the maniac father standing aver them with an uplifted axe. A hoy of four was to have been the first victim. The Child was standing be neath the shining blade with a cru cifix in one hand, calmly awaiting his fate. The others under orders of the madman, had partly removed their clothing and were terrified spectators. FROM ACROSS THE WATERS. build 1,200 Americans are to miles of irailroad in Turkey. Less lava was flowing* from Mount Aetna Monday but pent-up forces were more feared. Fissures have opened in the cen tral crater of Mount Vesuvius. It is officially denied in Servia that princes are coming to America seeking rich wives. Paris had 350,000 foreign travel ers in her borders in one day. Europe being pacific, looks to South America, China and the Unit ed States for political troubles. English and Japanese activity in terfered in the Chinese railroad plan. Russia plans to spend $375,00^ 000 on her navy Hi the next decade. GREAT JURIST PASSES AWAY. Associate Justice Brewer of the Su preme Court Dies Suddenly. Washington.—David Josiah Brew er, associate justice of the supreme court of the United Monday night at 10:30 o'clock as the result of a stroke of apoplexy. His death followed within a minute or two, before he could be carried to his bed. Mrs. Brewer 'was with Justice States, died a him when the end came. Brewer was 73 years of age. CASTRO PLANS REVOLT. Orders in New York Arms To Be Shipped From Here. New York.—Not all filibustering expeditions from New Orleans are Nicaragua hound- South street, the soqrçe from which filibustering ex peditions obtain arms, received an orddr for 300 rifles and 2500 car tridges for Cipriano Castro, late Pngasident of Venezuela Senor Castro is about to make his seoond effort to regain the dictator ship Venezuela. a had before it several officers Ui the Second National Bank. From the Farmers National Bank, which is sued during the day a statement de nying it had any money to influence legislation, there appeared three di ! rectors from the Workingman's Na j tional, Savings and Trust Company ! there appeared the cashier, Jas. An derson. . The German National of Allegha ny, the German National of Pitts burg and also the Columbia National Bank, which have also been named as involved in the scan ! dal were not represented. The non appearance of their directors wag on the grounds that they had not been served with proper legal notice that their presence was required. Subpoenas are to be served on them. Although Judge Robert S. Frazer was ready to hear the pleas of those indicted councilmen who wanted im munity, no further confessions were made. stern old figure of Central American politics contributed $16,000. Not long after Zelaya was deposed he said it would .have been worth three times the money, and he had the sat isfaction of knowing that his cash augmented Estrada's slim treasury just when it was most needed. It en compassed Zelaya's abdication. Costa Rica is the only one of the group of Central American govern ments not involved in the impending crisis. Once a revolution is started .here Its fires will spread until every re public is involved in one way or an other. Every president or former president is indebted to or is a cred itor of the other Bonilla's connec tion with the present situation is the result of his enmity for Zelay*.. England has refused hitherto to be stirred by the gradual approach of has just appeared in the newspapers so that there has not yet been time for general comment, t is highly probable that there will be an out burst of disapproval over so extra ordinary a tribute to a representa tive of the world's greatest democra cy from quarters which lose no op portunity of assailing the kaiser's partiality for Amerioa and Ameri cans. Colonel Roosevelt. CAUSING ANXIETY. . ' dispatches are that the situation of affairs in the negro republic of Liberia is again j very critical and that the Liberian LIBERIA AGAIN Cruiser Has Been Sent to Inquire Into the Affairs. Washington.—Recent government is in grave danger of be-; ing swept aside. Accordingly the j scout cruiser Birmingham has been sent to the Liberian coast to inquire in to the state of affairs. AMMUNITION FOR NEXT POLITICAL CAMPAIGN. Talk on the Tariff Merely to Put Men On Record. Washington.—While the tariff re vision at this session ot Congress will not progress beyond the point of ora tory, the existing law will be de nounced, the necessity for down ward revision advocated and presi dent Taft assailed for his defense of the work thus far accomplished in the direction of redeeming pledges contained in the Republican national platform of 1908 and elab orated by himself. Conferences developed that noth- j ing can be accomplished In the way of legislation at present. the ! j Onion Crop Short. T , _ . Laredo, Tex.—The onion crop , . , *j which should now be moving from 1 this section, will be delayed for a fortnight or longer. It is estimated that there wul be a shortage of from 20 to 35 per cent in this sea son's output. Early planting, late freezes and ravages of thrip or lice are primarily responsible for the crop shortage. The average crop amounts to approximately 1,500 cars. Where Payson Spent Easter. La Plata, Mo.—At a farm "house two miles east of this place Edward Payson Weston spent Easter. He ar rived there, having covered thirty five miles during the day. He is ten days ahead of .his schedule. TO VOTE FOR POSTMASTER. Congressmen Can't Decide on Man j foe Fishkill Landing, N. Y. Fishkill Landing, N. Y.—Athough the position is one of Federal ap pointment the citizens of Fishkill Landing are going to vote for their next postmaster. leader found it too hard to agree on The « republican a man for the place, and, to avoid complications decided to refer the matter to the voters at an election to be held on April 5. DISCUSS BROUSSARD'S PLANS. Washingtonians See Other Side of Wild Animal Scheme. -In the Broussard Washington. proposal to have wild animals im ported from Africa with a view to propagation and possibly their do mestication here, attention has been called to the fact that the hip popotamus is said to be able to smell a rice field ten miles away. He might not like the water hycinth as well as the rice in Louisiana. Wire Flashes Sixteen were suffocated and burn ed to death In a furniture factory fire in Chicago. B1 ^ ff negro was lynched in Pine The Pittsburg graft scandal as sumed greater proportion when the grand jury named six banks which had been made depositories after putting up $102,500 bribe money. De posits were ordered withdrawn and the directors have been summoned to glve facts . Thirty-one indictments were returned, ! Prospect of a settlement of the ! miners' trouble is not so bright. The Philadelphia sympathetic strike was called off Monday. Syracuse University Alumni invlt . ... ed the President to a banquet, and he had accepted, hut withdrew his acceptance because of Chancellor f I)ay8 speech. Both sides deny that ! any invitation was extended or ac !cepted. An agent of the Holland Steam ship Company was fined $2,000 on pleading guilty to accepting rebates from Wabash Railroad. Father Boering died in Indianap olis from blood poisoning contracted in administering sacraments to a dy ing man. New York leaders are working on Woodruff again, on instructions from Washington. The most violent eruption of Mt. Aetna in recent times is in progress, and many villages are endangered. The lava flow is very fast. Colonel Roosevelt was given a re markably enthusiastic reception on his arrival in Cairo, some apprehension because of agita tion against him on account of his Soudan speech, but he refused police escort. He called Oscar Strauss from Constantinople to consult on the po litical situation at home. There was schooners seized at Prinza Pulca, and the Taco ma was ordered to Bluefields to in vestigate. Minister Fielding and the Cana dian minister of railways went to Washington for final conference on tariff differences. Two American were Fifteen were drowned by the cap sizing of a Norwegian freighter at the mouth of the Elbe river. Sensational letters were read in the New York insurance investiga tion, revealing what Lawyer Buck ley did for $30,000 a year. James A. Garfield and Myron T. Herrick made speeches at Tippeca noe Club in Cleveland, warning standpatters in the party to retire. One Pittsburg grafter, after mak ing a confession, was refused the im munity- bath, because he acknowl edged getting too much judge doubted him. * and the Twelve citizens of Cairo were in dicted for participating in an attack on jail recently. . „ , ° hio tr * in - kllled the J 01 ?®* and conductor, and was killed by the police of Wilmington, Del. Two oth ers were wounded, J. H. Bethea, a Southern contrac tor, went mad on a Baltimore and Mrs. Slocum was killed and Ma j or General J. Franklin Bell badly ^urt in an auto accident in Washing- t ton ; Insurance investigation brought out a lawyer getting $30,000 a year who could not recall what he did for it. The German chancellor visited the Pope. England has announced her inabil ity to support the American propos als regarding the Chinese railroad. Canadian officials will not talk about the tariff agreement, though the idea of a tariff war has been sidetracked. Estrada is reported to be gather ing another army together to resist the advance of the government troops. Rioting was resumed in Bogota and two English girls were attack The French Senate passed the workmen's pension bill, ending a , four-year contest over it. ed, being mistaken for Americans. ■Washington cabled our minister to report promptly. The House of Lords adopted the third section of Rosebery's reform , .. „ resolution. . I j T.he Roosevelts visited Thebes. Metcbnikoff has inoculated* ani- i I ! mais with typhoid. The Rock Island wreck in Iowa claimed forty-seven victims. Foss, a democrat, was elected to Congress from the Fourteenth Mas- | sachusetts District, by 6.D00 major- ! This was a Republican strong hold, and Democrats are jubilant. Private advices from Russia says great numbers of Jews are being ex pelled from the country by the gov ernment. ity. The Italian Cabinet crisis develop ed the day the German chancellor arrived to discuss international af f a j rs Maybray and nine co-defendants were given two years and $10,000 fines. Others were let off more lightly. A Colorado judge holds the par ents guilty of neglect fox applying Christian Science treatment to a child that died. A hatpin ordinance was passed in Chicago. Premier Asquith gave notice of three resolutions outlining legisla tion limiting the power of the Lords. Rosebery's resolution goes over un til after the holidays. In a riot in the Hungarian Cham ber of Deputies the premier and min ister ot agriculture were seriously in Jured by missiles hurled by angry deputies, who tore the furnishings down and made a rough house, President Taft made four speeches in New York. Maybray and his gang wore taken to Leavenworth Penitentiary, RIVERS OF LAVA POOR DOWN AETNA'S SIDE Streams of Fire Travel Three to Four Feet a Minute y£JI [jQ ||f DENSE SMOKE , Molten Lava Like a Red Hot River is Destroying Many Homes—Many New Fissures Open. Country side is Terrified. Sicily.— Motïnt Aetna, whose eruptions in the past have wrought great destruction is again in a violent' state of activity. A pro nounced movement within the crater began last week, steadily increasing in volume, and the gravest fears are entertained as to the results if the eruption continues in its present vio lent form. From Catania, correspondents mo tored in the direction of the moun tain. Passing the village of Masca lucia, twelve mile3 in a direct line from the crater, a thick curtain of ! sm oke was encountered which en Catania, tirely concealed Aetna. At Nicolosi, ten miles from the crater, the entire population had gathered in to watch the volcano, which the square appeared as a black phantom above. Now and then it was illuminated with flashes of light, appearing al most red. Higher up the rain of cin ders became thicker and extended like a veil across the mountain. A deep roaring was heard and detona tions like the sound of artillery fol lowed one another in quick succes sion, while the earth shook under foot. "An One of the guides cried: earthquake," and could hardly be in duced to continue. The hot cinders covered the ground like a thick car pet, rendering walking difficult. A encountered coming peasant was down. He said: "The fire is rushing down, burning everything. The lava is like a red hot river. Proceeding a little further along, four colossal columns of black smoke could be observed. Occasionally they were cut by flashes of fire, present ing an awe-inspiring spectacle. Then the wind opened the clouds for a mo ment, and a wide strip of fire could be seen in the distance, advancing with monstrous contortions. It fell like a torrent from Mount Capriolo, spreading out in the valley below. The lava flow had already reach ed the vineyards above San Leo and Rinazzo, seven miles from the crater, and had buried a large number of peasants' houses. It came in several streams and united in a great mass about twenty feet in height and 1500 feet wide. Its velocity was estimated at three to four feet a minute vary ing according to the condition of the ground. This mighty wall of lava was mot more than five miles from Bolo sasso and Nicolosi. The meteorological station on the mountain side has been destroyed, and the village of Borrello is in se rious danger. There is a continuous vibration and trembling for many or „, 1Tw1 r? vprvwhpre the vil 1 lagers are carrying images in proces sion and imploring mercy. The streams of the lava have al ready surpa ssed in volume those of t k e eruption of 1892 but changing their courses just as they reached Bellpaso and Nicolosi, they have in vaded the main roads near the two villages which seem thereby to have escaped destruction. It has been ascertained that the openings from which the lava is is suing number fourteen. The heat from the current is so intense that it is impossible to approach nearer than 150 feet to them. The progress down the mountain side of the lava now averages fifteen feet every seven minutes. JUNGLE SOLVES FOOD PROBLEM. African Animals Said to be Well Adapted. Washington.—The introduction of HH the hipoppotamus, toe rhinoceros, the camel, the eland, the spring bok, the trek bok, the dik dik, the coodoo, the giraffe and, other African animals into American as a solution of the problem of food supply was suggest ed by speakers who argued in favor of the Broussard bill to import wild and dome stic animals into the Unit ed gtates. Such animals, according to the bill, must prove, useful, either as food or as beasts of burden. All wit nesses declare that many of the ani mais in Africa easily could be raised in this country. TEDDY HAVING GOOD TIME. Cairo, Egypt.—Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and his party made a visit to the metropolis of Sakkara, where are the wonderful tombs of various kings anr the Apis Bulls. A night was spent in viewing the sphinx by moon light and Colonel Roosevelt said that the weird sight had been thoroughly enjoyed by himself and his family. COFFEE CROP TO BE POOR. Heavy Decrease in Visible Supply Re corded. New York.—The figures showing, the supplies of coffee at seaports, present some Important considera tions. The visible supply of the Unit ed States is 3,386.763 bags, compar ed with 4,018,101 bags at the same time a year ago, or 691,838 bags less in sight now than then. It is believed that the difference will steadily wid en. MENELIK DYING. Addis Abeba : Abyssinia.—King Menelik is said to be dying. Pas Te sama, the regent, with the approval of the principal chiefs, has taken over the reins of «government. The regent is the guardian of Prince Lidj Jeassu, grandson of the king and heir to the throne of Abys sinia. In accordance with the decision of the chiefs, the empress is to be de prived of all power of interference in the affairs of state.