The Leon Reporter
THURSDAY, JUNE 281900
Vesuvius is becoming more and more
active, and those who live around it
are greatly alarmed. Experts are in
clined to consider that there is no im
mediate danger. The station of the
cable road which leads to its summit
has been destroyed. Four English
travelers, who were making the as
cent of the volcano, ventured too far
and were overtaken Ly the lava and
There has been a special issue of
war stamps from the Melbourne post
office for the benefit of the local patri
otic fund. There were only two de
nominations, the penny and the two
penny, the former selling at a shilling
and the latter at a florin. They were
all practically sold in advance, £3,500
being realized. The designs were
agreeably artistic, and represented
colonial troops at the front.
The Baltimore American says: What
is probably the oldest family Bible in
this country, and without doubt the
oldest Dutch Bible, is in the possession
of Capt. George W. Wood, 1700 Eutaw
place. It is almost three hundred
years old, and has been in his family
for nearly that length of time. In all
probability it was purchased by one of
his ancestors soon after it came from
the press, for it was brought to this
country in 1630.
"One-fourth of the lawyers," said
Governor Shaw of Iowa, recently, "can
try a case no better today than whea
they began." "There are also women
who can cook no better than on the
day they were married, and are told so
three times a day." What commence
ment oration could better set forth, in
co-educational terms, the common
principle of failure? Not to advaince,
as Lord Bacon insisted long ago, is
simply to go back.
The old cherry tree uinder which Ed
gar Allan Poe used to sit, and in whose
shade he is known to have written at
least part of "The Raven," is to be cut
down. It stands in the suburb of New
York called Pordham, near the little
house in which Poe lived, and which is
known as the "Poe Cottage." There
are to be street improvements made iin
the neighborhood, and the cherry tree
is in the way. Wood choppers have
the contract for cutting it down, and
It will soon be laid low. Dr. E. J.
Chauvet Is the owner of the tree, and
he may have it reserved in the form
»f many relics, or move it bodily to
some other spot. The tree has been
dead for years, but it still stands.
A correspondent of the Troy Times
has been making big eyes—as well he
might—over a copy of the Boston
if April 15, 1828, which
'e, copied fr:m a
'esenting a veritable
cle invented by a
In"roH9^raS designed for steam pro
pulsion, and could be easily controller!
by the driver. -The description was
followed by a prophecy that "if his In
vention should reach its expected per
fection," its economical character
would doubtless "lead to universal
patronage." The expected perfection
is not yet but "a man named Gurney"
deserves to be remembered.
Many years ago a New Hampshire
physician was stunned by the prema
ture discharge of a blast. He related
afterward the fact that in the moment
of the explosion he had time for the
swift passage of three thoughts
through his mind: "I am a dead man!
What will become of my family? We
are all in the hands of God!" Curi
ously enough, the prince of Wales
made use of this last impressive sen
tence on his first public appearance in
England after the recent attempt at
his assassination: "We are all in the
hands of God!" What if the conscious
ness of helpless dependence which men
feel in a crisis of extreme physical
danger could become a habitual at
titude of trust, and thus a fountain of
Some weeks ago a den of foxes was
discovered on the bank of the Miami
river near Redbank, by three boys,
John BaiMgF jewis Shumate and a boy
named Llcyft. Young Lloyd took two
of them to his father's place near Red
bank. They were fastened to a ken
nel with stout cords attached to col
lars. It is stated that persons in the
vicinity frequently heard the old
foxes ba^k at night, and on Saturday
night last Farmer Lloyd, hearing a
commotion in the barnyard, went out
and saw the parent foxes scurry away.
He then went to the kennel and found
that the cords which had confined the
young animals had been chewed In
twain and the little ones were miss
ing. It is the supposition that the
parent animals released their young
and carried them away in their
mouths, as a cat does her kittens.
The recent postal frauds in Havaina
emphasize, by the law of contraries,
the marvelous reach and honesty of
the mail system throughout the world.
An Ohio soldier, lately returned from
the Philippines, displays a little jar of
addressed to him in Manila. It
received the postmarks of San Fran
cisco, Honolulu,Guam and Manila and
thco,' after a brief pause, recontinued
its long chase. Iloilo, Negros, Jolo,
and back to Manila Hongkong, Yo
kohama, San Francisco again and
finally that of the Ohio village in
which it was properly delivered.
Editorials and communications
abounding in the daily press indicate
that one unsettled problem which the
nineteenth century will bequeath to
iheftwentieth is presented in compact
form' as follows: What is the best
way to make a strawberry shortcake?
Diamonds have been found In the
Upper Mazaruni district British Gui
ana. Such as were taken to Demerara
passed through the (Apartment of
mines. They \'4 neaifc all small,
ier pro- J- nagen.
TIIE state Sunday school convention
it Creston closed with an inspiring
onsecration service. The rallying
ong of "Espilon" was adopted as the
tate song. Secretary Preston's re
iort shows 5,441 schools 58.254 officers
knd teachers, and 399,355 scholars,
AT its recent session at Des Moines
.lie national music teachers' convention
sleeted the following officers: Presi
lent, Arthur L. Manchester, Camden,
few Jersey: vice-president, Dr. M. L.
Itartlett, Des Moines secretary, Thos.
K. Beckett, Philadelphia treasurer,
P. A. Fowler, New Haven, Conn.
DURING a terrific thunder storm at
•iioux City lightning killed a boy
lamed Clarence Whisler and set fire to
barn in which were a number of
valuable breeding horses, all of which
were burned. Young Whisler had
fone into the barn to seek shelter
irom the storm and while there he was
tilled by the lightning stroke that set
•he barn on fire. The harses burned
were valued at 5515,000. One of them,
."irand Sultan, was alone considered
worth $8,000, being a high grade trot
ting stallion with a record of
The horses were the property of W. P.
JAMES PETERS, or Pliea-Pa-Ha, an
Indian on the Sac and Fox reservation
In Tama county, has commenced suit
in the federal court in Cedar Rapids
against Indian Agent W. G. Malin and
[}. W. Nellis, the superintendent of the
Indian boarding and training school at
Toledo, in which he asks for §8,000 for
tvrongful, illegal and unjust arrest
ind prosecution. He claims that he
lias never been a citizen of the United
States, but that last fall he was ar
rested and indicted by the Tama coun
ty grand jury for enticing an Indian
child away from the reservation. He
tilso states that on trial he was acquit
ted and completely exonerated. There
is another case of a similar nature
pending and the result is awaited
with considerable interest.
TrtE Cedar Rapids police are trying
to locate a grafter giving the name of
0. W. Freeman of Des Moines, who
Him-flammed a young Bohemian out of
B21 in a room at the Arcade hotel.
The young man had just come in from
work on the Milwaukee near Paralta
and met Freeman on the street. The
confidence man induced the stranger
to go to the hotel, and while there
persuaded him into giving up the $21
as a loan, to be paid back as soon as
the swindler could get to the telegraph
office. The felloes who were playing
cards^^^MTcapman left one by one
andJ^^^Hreeman said he was going
,ph office. The young
lie saw Free
iick and ^Kmjfthen he
ported the matter to the polira.
SHERIFF JOKES landed Bus Galla
gher in the Dickinson county jail after
a clever tracing of stolen property.
Recently fifteen head of cattle disa
peared from a pasture south of Terril.
Sheriff Jones was notified, and setting
about it at once, soon found that the
cattle were shipped from Montgomery,
twenty miles northwest of Terril, by a
party signing his name as Gallagher.
He secured his description and identi
fied him as a farmer living six miles
west of Milford. Deputies were set to
watch all trains comirig from Chicago,
and as Gallagher stepped off the train
at Milford he was taken into custody.
Sheriff Jones was notified and went
to Milford, where he found his man
with $225 in his pocket and with way
bills, shipping contracts, etc.. care
fully pinned around his leg under his
clothing. At this point the prisoner
gave up and acknowledged the whole
CLINTON has an unusual case of al
leged insanity, where a man claims to*
be insane and asks to be restrained.
The man gives the name of Jerome W.
Eighmey and claims Henderson county,
Illinois, as his home. He says that he
has an almost uncontrollable desire to
kill somebody and fears that he will
take life if he remains at large. He
called upon the sheriff and asked to
be locked up. The sheriff heard his
story and placed him in the county
jail. Later the commissioners of in
sanity had a hearing and on the man's
statement adjudged him insane. He
is now in jail awaiting a determina
tion whether he will be sent to Inde
pendence or turned over to the author
ities in Illinois. He says that when
walking along the street he feels a
desire to kill persons he meets. He
says he has been in a hospital for the
insane in Illinois, from which he was
discharged. On all other subjects he
seems to be perfectly sane.
A TERRIBLE accident happened near
Fonda a few days ago, in which Roy
Petersmier was killed by falling on the
tines of a pitchfork. He was playing
with another child, sliding off a hay
stack, against which a pitchfork was
leaning, tines upward. Young Peters
mier struck the fork in sliding from
the stack, one tine entering the side
near the lower rib and the other under
the arm. The boy managed to draw
out the tines and crawled off a little
distance from the stack. The cries of
the other child summoned the father,
who arrived just in time to see liis son
grocery and Saling's livery barn, at
Creston, were burned. The loss was
$10,000 insurance, $0,000. The fire
was of incendiary origin. One horse
was cremated. The families of James
Saline1, Geo. Sticklandand Mrs. Turner
lost their household goods and had
FBOF. O. II. BAKER, of Indianola, has
been appointed consul at Sydney, New
South Wales. Prof. Baker, who has
been a resident of Indianola for many
years, was formerly consul at Copen-
SLAIN BY NAKED MANIAC.
James Fitzsimmons Dead, and Three
CEDAR RAPIDS, June 20.—Charles
Mefford, a maniac, at 5 o'clock a. m.
killed James Fitzsimmons, fatally in
jured John Drake, seriously and pos
sibly fatally injured Mrs, James Fitz
simmons and then ended his own life.
Mefford was 26 years old and had been
insane for a number of years. Two
years ago he was in the Independence
asylum for a short time, but escaped
and was never returned. He was not
generally considered dangerous. Sat
urday night about ten o'clock, while
clad in nothing but a shirt, he darted
out of his home, a raving maniac. He
was seen two or three times between
then and midnight, but the police
failed to find him. Shortly before
5 o'clock Reginald Andrews, the jani
tor at the Old Ladies' Home was awak
ened by crashing glass. The next
moment Mefford stood before him,
stark naked, swinging a neck yoke.
He warned Andrews that his time had
come and swung the neck yoke in
an effort to brain him. The latter
dodged and grabbed the weapon, threw
Mefford on the bed and choked him
until he begged for mercy. Then An
drews agreed to give him a bath, a
suit of clothes and some breakfast,
which apparently satisfied him. Rush
ing through the house, Andrews locked
the twelve or fourteen old ladies in
their rooms, notified the police by tele
phone, and then ran across the street
to the home of Joseph Drake for as
sistance. Drake dressed, picked up a
revolver, and they started out. As
they did so Mefford, carrying an ax,
was seen to plunge through a window
Sn the home of James Fitzsimmons,
about 150 yards away. As he entered
the room Mrs. Fitzsimmons uttered a'
scream. Mefford swung the ax and
brought it down toward lier head.
Her uplifted arm saved her life the
arm was broken in two places and she
sustained a serious scalp wound. Mr.
Fitzsimmons hurried to the aid of his
Wife and his skull was crushed with
the ax, death resulting immediately.
The maniac then rushed into the room
of Miss Katie, who escaped with a few
scalp wounds. Starting down stairs
he was met by Drake who snapped his
revolver four times at the madman,
each time upon an empty shell. Mif
ford grabbed the revolver, ran a few
blocks and killed himself with the one
load the revolver contained.
THE office of the Joyce Lumber
Company at Audubon was entered one
night last week and the safe broken
open. The. burglars got nothing but a
life insurance policy belonging to the
manager, J. A. Jansen. No clue was
left to tell who the badly disappointed
THE Seventh district republican con-,
vention, held at Des Moines, nominated:
John A. T. Hull for congress, to sue-!
ceed himself. This is the sixth nomi-j
nation accorded Captain Hull. No
other candidate's name was placed be
fore the convention, and the nomina
tion was unanimous on the first ballot.
TRE A SURER CHIWRY of Johnson coun
•tydirl fibt iialte ffis"! sEfni-ai?
to the board of supervisors at the June
session for the reason that there is an
apparent discrepancy between the
amount that should be on hand as
shown by the treasurer's books and
the amount of cash on hand. It appears
that there is a shortage of about $6,000.
Mr. Cherry says that the fact that there
is a shortage came to him as a clap of
thunder out of a clear sky, and he is
unable to account for it. He has
shown his willingness to be investi
gated, however, and has secured W. O.
Waldron, an expert accountant of Des
,Moines, to go over the books since the
beginning of his administration, nearly:
six years ago, and Mr. Waldron'
has been working steadily for the
past ten days. Mr. Cherry has'
turned over the treasurer's office and
has offered every facility within his
power to help Mr. Waldron, but is
.otherwise keeping out of the inves
PETER SHINKER, a prominent resi
dent of Calhoun county, living near
Pomeroy, met with a horrible death
by drowning in an open and unused
well. The theory of suicide is enter
tained. Shinker left the house with
the intention of going out to the pas
ture for the purpose of looking after
some stock. He did not return, and
his family becoming anxious, one of
his boys was sent to look for him. The
boy went to the pasture and upon ap
proaching the well was horrified to
see the body of his father in the well.
The head was beneath the water and
the feet above. Help was summoned,
but when the body was removed life
was extinct. Mr. Shinker was a well
known man and prominent in local
affairs. He was conscientious to an
extreme degree, and it is thought that
worry over some business affairs which
he was carrying on at the time de
ranged his mind. His hat, boots and
pocket book were fojund on the outside
of the well.
REPORTS are coming from trust
worthy sources of great damage done
by hail, not only to crops, which have
been injured in the vicinity of Sioux
City to the extent of 75 per cent in
strips, but to live stock and human
beings. Driftsof hailstones afoot and
a half deep were piled up. Chunks of
ice fell in places. They bruised a girl
near Moville so badly that she may
die, and hogs and sheep were struck
down and killed by the score. The
storm seems to have wreaked its great
est fury near "Moville. crops in that
vicinity being damaged to the extent
SIXTEEN of the Sioux City saloon
keepers who were arrested for keeping
open on the day of the big Sunday ex
cursion, June 10, were fined $50 and
costs in police court. The remaining
three ask for a continuance) but they
will also be assessed the same fine or
else be closed up by injunctions.
RAY, the 8-year-old son of James
Locke, a farmer residing near Kent,
was killed by lightning. He was go*
ing to the house at the call of his
mother to get shelter out of As.torn
when struck. The mother
the death of her son.
AMBUSHED NEAR TIEN TSIN
American Force Loses Four Killed
and Seven Wounded.
WASHINGTON, June 26.—The navy
department received from Rear Ad
miral Kempff a telegram giving the
first definite news of the shedding of
American blood on Chinese soil. The
department issued the following bulle
"A telegram from Admiral Kempff,
dated CheFoo, June 24, sa3's:
'In ambuscade near Tien Tsin on
21st, four of Wiler's command killed
and seveu wounded. Names will be
furnished as soon as received. Force
of 2,000 going to relieve Tien Tsin to
"The secretary of the navy has or
dered Admiral Kemey to. go with the
Brooklyn to Taku and to tender Gen
eral MacArtliur conveyance of any
army troops which the Brooklyn can
WAR AT TIEN TSIN.
Foreign Concessions Nearly All Burned
—American Consulate Razed.
CHE Foo, June 23.—It is officially re
ported that the bombardment at Tien
Tsin, China, with large guns, continues
incessantly. The foreign concessions
are nearly all burned. The American
consulate has been razed to the ground.
The Russians are occupying the rail
road station, but are hard pressed.
Reinforcements are urgently needed.
Casualties are heavy. The railroad is
open half way to Taku.
NEW YORK, June 23.—Secretary
Leonard of the Methodist Foreign
Missionary society has received the
"CHE Foo, June 22.—Tien Tsin bom
barded. Pelcin is very serious. Hop
kins, Brown, King saved. Gunboat."
The three men mentioned are mis
sionaries. Secretary Leonard infers
that the remaining twenty-four mis
sionaries in Tien Tsin, among them
many women, have been murdered by
Li Hang Chang's Appeal.
A special dispatch from Vienna says:
•'Li Hung Chang has wired the var
ious Chinese legations in Europe di
recting them to inform the govern
ments to whi they are accredited,
that he is called to Peking by the em
press to act as intermediary between
China and the powers to negotiate a
settlement of the points at issue and
he instructs them to beg the powers
to facilitate his mission by ceasing to
send troops to China."
Sheug, director-general of tele
grams, wires from Shanghai to the
Chinese legations in Europe thq.t the
foreign legations in Peking are safe.
COUNT MUR4V1EFF DEAD.
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sud
denly Passes Away.
ST. PETERSBURG, June 23.—Count
Michael Muravieff, Russian minister
of foreign affairs, died suddenly
Thursday. He had just finished his
morning cup of coffee and had ordered
his lunch, when he fell in an apoplectic
pt and expired in a few minutes.
Count Muravieff secured for his
name immortal memory by his pro
posals for universal peace, which re
sulted in the peace conference of the
nations that met at The Hague on the
"gll of the_czar a year ago. He was a
ian, but he was greater as
ilomacy, .and the trains of
jn'ce which Ins proposaTs^set--at
work will never lose their power.
NEW NOTE TO THE TURK
Mr. Griscom Insists on Prompt Re
ply to the American Demand.
CONSTANTINOPLE, June 26.—Lloyd C.
Griscom, United States charge d'af
faires, has presented a fresh note to
the Ottoman government insisting
upon an immediate reply to the de
mand of the United States for a set
tlement of the indemnity in connection
with the losses of Americans at the
time of the Armenian massacres.
Although vigorously phrased, the note
is not an ultimatum. It is said, how
ever, to have been a disagreeable sur
prise to the porte, testifying, as it
does, to the intention of the United
States government to pursue this mat
ter of indemnity to the end.
IOWNE IS WILLING TO QUIT.
Will Leave Race for Vice-President if
AUSTIN, Texas, June 25.—Charles A.
Towne, the populist nominee for vice
president, has written a letter to Ma
jor George A. Walton, of this city, in
which he gives the inference that if he
is not the choice of the democratic
party for vice-president he will with
draw. Mr. Towne in his letter says.
"My friends know that no personal
consideration would influence me to
stand in the way of success of the par
ty for which we are contending."
Duller Is Pressing His Advance.
LONDON, Jnne 23.—General Buller is
pressing his advance. On Wednesday
he followed the Johannesburg railway
to Paardelcop, thirty-oue miles from
St. Anderton. About 300 Boers, singly
or in small parties, have surrendered.
German Minister is Safe.
BERLIN, June 25.—The Chinese min
ister here lias informed the foreign of
fice that the German minister at Pek
ing. Von Kettler, who was reported
killed by the Boxers, is safe and well.
A Native Uprising.
BATHURST, West Africa, June 21.—A
native uprising has occurred in Gambia
colony, and two British commissioners
and six members of the police were
killed at Sannkanndi, on the south
bank of the Gambia river, by Maidon
For the last thirty years in Denmark
the party of the left has had a major
ity in the chamber, while the king
lias retained in power a ministry
A. new bible has been published in
London in vibich the New Testament
precedes the Old.
Bourlte Coclcran became so much in
terested in the cause of negro edu
cation on his recent visit south that
he lias contributed $500 to the work of
the Tusltegee (Ala.) Normal and In
A Frenchwoman makes her toilette
at night as carefully as if she were
going to a reception, instead of to
bed.. Whether she be old or young, a
well-bred daughter of France brushes
and arranges her hair, cleans her
teeth, rinses her mouth with some
pleasant antiseptic wash, donsaberib
boned and lace frilled night dress and
prepares herself for sleep with the
care and deliberation of a girl attir
BARD FIGHTING AT TIEN TSIN.
Four Thousand Foreigners Oppose I7n»
LONDON, Jnne 23.—The silence ol
Peking continues unbroken. Foui
thousand men of the allied forces
were having sharp defensive fighting
at Tien Tsin Tuesday and Wednesday
with a prospect of being reinforced
Thursday. This is the situation in
China as set forth in the British gov
ernment dispatches. "Eight hundred
Americans are taking part in tli?
fighting at Tien Tsin," says the Sliang
liai correspondent of the Daily Ex
press, "and they apparently form
part of a supplementary force, arriv
ing with Germans and British, aftei
the conflict started. It is impossibly
to estimate the number of the Cliinesq
there, but they had a surprising num
ber of guns."
This information appears to have
been brought by the United States
gunboat Nashville to Chee Foo and teli
egraplied thence to Shanghai.
A special from Shanghai says thai
it is reported from Japanese source^
that 1,500 foreigners have been mas
sacred at Tien Tsin.
WHEAT FAILURE A CALAMITY.
Crop Situation in Minnesota and Dakota!
the Worst Ever Known.
CHICAGO, June 23.—The Times-Her
ald publishes a crop report preparec
by Snow, the crop expert, who hai
just completed a two weeks' trif
through the states of Minnesota, North
and South Dakota. lie declares th
situation a national calamity and
claims the wheat failure the worst
ever known. IIe estimates the Dako
tas as promising only 20,000,000' each
and Minnesota 35,000,000 bushels, a
total of 75,000,000, against 200,000,00G
last year and 225,000,000 bushels in
AMERICANS ARE AMBUSHED.
When Reinforced They Were Unable
WASHINGTON, June 25.—The war de
partment has the following from Gen
"MANILA, June 24.—A detachment
of four officers and a hundred men ol
the Fortieth infantry left Taga Yan
on the 13th, on a reconnoisance up the
Taga Yan river and were ambushed
by insurgents in a strong position.
Fifty men were sent to reinforce them
from Taga Yan. They could not take
the position and the troops withdrew
to a coast post. Our casualties were
seven killed, eleven wounded and one
Awful Catastrophe On a Southern
ATLANTA, Ga., June 26.—Thirty-five
passengers on a Southern railway
train were killed in a wreck near Mc
Donougli. Not one of the train crew
or of the travelers in the day coach
escaped. Ten persons only, the occu
pants of the Pullman coach, the last
car of the train, live to tell the story.
A cloud-burst, followed by a flood in
Camp's creek, washed out 100 feet of
the track. Running at full speed in a
terrific rainstorm, the train plunged
into the gap. in Jthe road. Baggage
car, second-class coach and the first
class coach were smashed into splin
ters. On top of them crashed the
Pullman coach. Then, in the bottom
of a gorge, partly covered with water
and with torrents of rain falling, the
wreck of the train caught fire. The
Pullman passengers managed to make
their way out to the track, but no help
for the others could be had. In the
morning rescue parties had nothing to
do but gather together the thirty-five
mangled and burned corpses, some of
which had been carried by the current
a long way from the scene of the
THE WORST IS YET FEARED.
Peking Situation Is More Gloomy Than
LONDON, June 26.—A dispatch from
"Foreign officials here are inclined
to believe that the worst has happened
to the legations at Peking and to Ad
miral Seymour as well. Even if the
legations were safe on June 19, there
is no guarantee that they are safe now.
The situation in fact, grows more and
more gloomy. The entire absence of
reliable news from the capital seems
to justify the worst construction that
can be put upon it.
"Bad news comes from Nan King,
where the unrest has been growing
hourly. Viceroy Liu Kin Yih has tele
graphed the British authorities that
he has ordered the five Chinese cruis
ers which have been lying off the har
bor here to proceed to Nan King.
"A careful estimate of the number
and armament of the Chinese troops
around Peking puts the total at 360,
000, and it is calculated that these
troops possess 227 centimetre Crensot
guns, 18 Krupps and 150 Maxims.
"Their supply of ammunition is prac
tically inexhaustible. It has been
mainly supplied by a German firm at
Carlowitz. Fully three-fourths of tho
Chinese forces are badly drilled, wholly
undisciplined and quite unfamiliai
with modern weapons."
When a boy thinks he knows more
than his father it is about time for
him to begin to pay board.
Sensational German Statement.
BERLIN, June 23.—A sensation lias
been caused by a declaration of Hen*
Mertel, a member of the reiclistag and
editor-in-chief of the Deutscnes Tageg
Zeitung, the agrarian organ, who i#
the course of a political speech at
Ebernburg said: "Our next war will
be naval and against England. Of
this we have been quietly assured by
the government, and it was because of
this assurance that the agrarians voted
for the naval bill."
A single fact outweighs a thousand
It is now over five years since Lord
Roberts was created a field marshal and
reached the highest rank in the Brit
ish army. He is now in the forty-nintli
year of his military service, which he
began in 1851, when in his twentieth
Golden and diamond weddings were
celebrated by C14 couples in Prussia
in 1899, and the state destributed jubi
lee medals to each husband and wife.
In Berlin and the provinces of Brad
enburg the number of these couples
was 115. I
Many a man's
due to his ^eglij
THE BELIEF ATTEMPT FAILS.
Foreign Forces Blocked by Chinese With
LONDON, June 25.—The only dis
patches from China last night are those
which give further details of the re
pulse of Thursday's attempt to relieve
Tien Tsin. According to a dispatch
from Che Foo, hordes of Chinese, with
well posted artillery, block the way of
the American and Russian forces. The
guns of the allies could make no im
pression, and it was found impossible
to shift the enemy's position. Noth
ing could be done except to fall back,
and this was accomplished in good
order. It was ascertained that the
foreigners in Tien Tsin were making a
gallant defense. The French conces
sion buildings had been vigorously at
tacked by fire, and in all probability
have been reduced to ashes. After the
forces retired, an armored train at
tempted to reconnoiter, but was de
railed. More troops are arriving at
Taku, and another attempt at relief,
with a force of much greater strength,
was to have been made last Saturday
PEACE TERMS ARRANGED.
Prominent Filipinos Draw
^Schedule of Terms.
MANILA, June 22.—Two hundred
Filipinos met yesterday in Manila to
determine honorable and decorous
methods for securing peace. The re
sults were submitted to General Mac
Arthur, who accepted them. The
leaders of the meeting will use their
influence to induce Aguinaldo to accept
the arrangements. If they are suc
cessful, as they hope to be, they be
lieve Aguinaldo will issue orders in
conjunction with amnesty for a cessa
tion of hostilities. The meeting,
which was the first of the kind since
the days of the Filipino congress, was
composed of the distinctly revolution
ary element. Thirty political prison
ers were released from jail in order to
attend. The terms follow:
Second—The return by the Ameri
cans to the Filipinos of confiscated
Third—Emplovment of the revolu
tionary generals in the navy.
Fourth—The application of the Fili
pino revenues to succor needy Filipino
Fifth—A guarantee to the Filipinos
of the exercise of personal rights
accorded to Americans by their con
Sixth—Establishment of civil govern
ment at Manila and in the provinces.
Seventh—Expulsion of the friars.
FIGHT THE CHINESE ARMY.
Contest in Orient No Longer Confined to
WASHINGTON, June 24.—The follow
ing cablegram from Admiral Kempff
was received late yesterday afternoon
at the navy department:
"CUE FOO, June 23.—Proclamation
issued 20tli: The admirals and senior
naval officers of the allied powers in
China desire in the name of their gov
ernments to let it be known to all vice
roys and the authorities of coast and
river provinces and cities in China that
they intend to use armed force only
against the Boxers and those people
who oppose them in the march "to
Peking for the rescue of their fellow
Admiral Kempff's message is of im
portance, as showing the present atti
tude of the powers represented in Chi
nese waters. It indicates that for the
present at least they are operating in
harmony for the release of the foreign
ers who are confined in the Chinese
capital, and that they are taking ac
tive steps by means of proclamation
to have this fact become known to the
peaceably inclined Chinese. Officials
here interpret the proclamation as a
conciliatory measure and believe it
calculated to restore the confidence of
the Chinese people in the pacific inten
tions of the powers.
CONGER SAFE AfPEKING.
Director of Telegraph Reports That
Legation is Burned.
NEW YORK, June 16.—A New York
World London special dispatch says,
"Our legation is burned, but Conger
A Shanghai correspondent says:
"Sheng, director of telegraph, de
clares that information received today,
June 22, is that the foreigners at Pek
ing were safe Wednesday, but that all
legations have been burned except the
British, Austrian and Belgian." A
Shanghai dispatch dated yesterday
says. "Sheng says he has news from
Peking by courier to Shanting that
the foreign ministers at Peking are de
manding their passports, and that the
Tsung li Yamen is disposed to comply
with their requests."
FORCES ENTER TIEN TSIN.
International Troops Enter the City,
Sustaining Slight Loss.
CUE Foo, June 20.—Rear Admiral
Kempff reports by a Japanese torpedo
boat that the combined forces entered
Tien Tsin on Saturday, June 23, sus
taining small loss. They started on
Sunday to relieve the force which left
Tien Tsin on June 10. and which is be
lieved to be surrounded near Peking.
Monocacy Was Fired Upon.
LONDON, June 13.—The United States
gunboat Monocacy was two miles up
the Peo Ho river when the interna
tional fleets began the bombardment
of the Taku forts. According to the
Shanghai correspondent of the Daily
Express, she was shot through the
bows. The correspondent says that
Chinese riflemen on both banks of the
river attacked her. but unsuccessfully.
Unstrong—"Did lie prove to be a
strong candidate?" "No, the second
assessment broke him."
It takes a very interesting woman
to make a talk about her servant girls
Twelve dollars and thirty cents is
Vhe annual allowance of 7.0(51 pension
ers of the state of South Carolina.
Charles Ii add on Spurgeon, the non
conformist preacher, was a great pun
«ter. One day, while an invalid at
Mentone, he was walking by the sea
shore at a time when the Mediterran
ean was raging furiously. Suddenly
he interrupted the conversation and
L_e. the wild waves
he gave his own
re question *'L
DES MOINES, June 26, 1900.
Herbert T. Granger, the plaintiff in
the sensational Granger divorce case
on trial for two weeks before Judge
Bishop in the district court the latter
part of last month, is no longer a mem
ber of the firm of Guernsey & Granger.
Mr. Guernsey has bought Mr. Granger's
interest in the firm. Mr. Granger h&s
left the city for good, it is asserted. It
is understood that he will locate in
Spurrier & Maxwell, attorneys for
A. K. Campoen and Dr. E. L. Eaton,
of Des Moines, have filed a petition in
the district court of Polk county
attacking the sufficiency o* the saloon
consent petition passed upon by the
board of supervisors June 8, and under
which the saloons are now operatirig.
The petition charges that the consent
is insufficient as to the number of
signers that the persons making affi
davit to the signatures are not of good
moral character that the petition was
not properly canvassed that many of
the signatures are not genuine, and
that many signatures were secured by
fraud. None of the charges are specific,
and the entire petition does not cover a
page of legal cap paper. At the trial,
which takes place in September, in
order to establish the case claimed, it
will be necessary to prove that the pe
tition does not contain a sufficient
number of signers, or that the reputa
tion of the persons witnessing the sig
nature is not of a character that will
warrant placing credence in their affi
davits to the effect that the signatures
The Union Terminal Railway Com
pany of Sioux City, has signified its
intention to incorporate with the
state, costing $2,003.50 in fees. Its
capital is $2,500,000. Its incorpor
ators are: John Cadwalider, Charles
C. Harrison, Sidney L. Wright, John
W. Hamer, William A. Blackford,
Lawrason Riggs, Edwin S. Dixon,
Adam S. Still. These are all Pennsyl
vania men. The company provides in
its articles for power to build three
lines of road, all from Sioux City, one
east to the limit of Woodbury county,
one westerly to the Big Sioux, and
one north to the Iowa state line.
A few weeks ago there was a sur
plus in the state treasury of Iowa of
about $2,00,000. This has been de
pleted by two months of state insti
tution warrants and other outgo not
met by the income during the summer
months from tax collections, and is
now about $875,000. This, it is ex
pected, will continue to go down until
September when the annual collection
of taxes will mean a considerable in
Articles of incorporation have beein
filed with the secretary of state by thti"
National Development company ol
Davenport, which represents the or
ganized effort of that city to locate in
dustries within its borders. It starts
with a capital of $500,000, and the or
ganizers are the leading business and
financial men of the city. They in
clude F. P. Blair, F. A. Davis, Geo.rge
T. Baker, Joe R. Lane and C. A. Speik.
The design of the company is to give
assistance in every way possible to lo
cating industries. Sites will be pro
vided, buildings erected and bonuses
may be raised for desirable concerns,
as inducements to locate in Davenport.
Th™ opening day of the Midland
Chautauqua assembly is July 10. The
Grant clnb and the twenty-one
women's clubs of Des Moines will unite
in making this the grand rallying club
day of the session. The orators of the
day will be Hon. Henry D. Estabrook,
of Chicago, whose subject will be
"Vengeance of the Flag," and Dr. S.
A. Steele, the great southern orator,
who will speak on "Home Life in Dix
ie During the War." Other leading
attractions of the assembly, which
last two weeks, are: Dr. N. Dwight
Hillis, the eminent clergyman Ed
mund Palmer, demonstrator in liquid
air J. P. Dolliver and Champ Clark,
on "Imperialism" Maud Ballington
Booth, John Finerty, Rev. Anna Shaw,
Robert Stuart Mac
some western town. I
At a meeting of the board of trustees
of Des Moines College the most im
portant matter considered was the
gift of $25,000 offered to the college
on the condition that the trustees raise
$60,000 to $100,000 more. After long
and careful deliberation as to the man
to put into the emergency to take
charge of this canvass, Rev. W. M.
Walker, pastor of the First Baptist
Church, of Des Moines, was -unan
imously chosen. He appeared in per
son and consented to do the work in
connection with such brethren as he
may choose and in such manner as not
in any way to conflict with his duties
as pastor of his present charge. Prof.
J. P. Stephenson was chosen dean of
the faculty ad interim and the choos- -Sf
ing of a new president to succeed Dr.
H. L. Stetson will be held in abeyance
for a few months while this canvass is
being made "Sf
Cecilia Eppinghousen Bailey, prima
donna soprano Columbus Apollo Male
quartette Arion Ladies' quartette,
Metropolitan Jubilee Singers and the
American Vitagraph Company. The
Iowa State Military Band will play at
the auditorium each day during the
dinner hour. For information and
program address Midland Chautauqua,
Will Remove Troops From Cuba.
WASHINGTON, June 26.—As soon as.
Secretary Root returns to the city
next week final arrangements will be
made for the withdrawal of as many
troops as can be spared from Cuba.
General Wood reports that the elec
tions passed off quietly and that affairs
have generally become tranquil, with
no indication of future trouble.
LONDON, June 21.—A Cape Town dis
patch says Kitchener had a narrow
escape from capture in an engagement
at Leeuw Spruit on the 14tli. lie was
sleeping in a repair train when it wai
attacked. Many engineers were cap
tured. Kitchener's sleeping car was a!
Koples station when the lioers undei
DeWet suddenly opened rifle lire.*
Kitchener managed to reach his hors«
and galloped to Rhenoster, two miles
distant. The lioers numbered nine
hundred, with three guns. The
burned the culvert, which had .just
been rebuilt, and destroyed the train.
The child who respects his parcntt
will respect the laws of the land.
Rieli Chinamen pay no wages
their servants, for the reason that tin
employe of the rich man c:ui mak(
more than triple the ordinary wagei
Don't countyour chickens until tliej
are in the cooj).
Mrs. Ellen Tiffin Cook, who died nf"
tlie age of 85, at Chillicolhe. O.. tin
other day. was the last survivor of tin
family of Ohio's first governor—Ed
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