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•Of ttie entire street railway track
mileage in Qreat Britain over one
third laowned by the public.
There is no canning industry among
the Chinese. All of their sauces and
compotes are preserved in earthenware
Jars, or in old wine and beer bot
Orphanages and destitute orphans
are alike non-existent in Australia.
There every waif is taken to a receiv
ing house and kept until a country
home is found for it.
The next generation will see' the
Gould fortune pretty well cut up, there
being so many heirs. The richest of
these will be Klngdon, George Gould's
eldest child. His father is rated at
The postal money order service with
the principality of Montenegro ha#
been discontinued by a number of Eu
ropean countries because of the Mon
tenegrin exchtquer's flat refusal to set
tle their account with the foreign pos
tal creditors. The Prince of Montene
gro took all the money for his family
expenses, and now calmly refuses to
In excavating the old Roman camp
of Carnuntum, near Haimburg, on the
Danube, between Vienna and Press
burg, the explorers have come upon an
armory and provision house contain
ing 1,037 weapons and pieces of ar
mour and stores of barley, peas, etc.
A great many Inscriptions were found
as well.
!•', The pretentious or unmusical names
which many American towns bear in
vite-amusement, sometimes derision. If
it were not for the flavor of antiquity
which clings to them some English
place-names might be criticised. Thus
in a recent brief list of ecclesiastical
preferments and appointments appear
ed such names as Tolpuddle, Shincliffe,
and Fugglestone. Better, perhaps,
Babylon Lower Mills, or Northeast
Jefferson Hollow.
If Richard Yates, the Republican
candidate for governor of Illinois, is
elected, fte will b! governor of his state
before he^s 40 years old. But he will
not be as young as some others of Il
linois' governors, for Ninian Edwards,
the first governor, when Illinois was a
r' territory was only 34 when appointed
Gov. Coles was only 36 at his inau
guration. Gov. \French was 38 and
Gov. Hamilton was 36.
In California a neW business haa
been-discovered. It takfeathe form oi
drilling oil wells in the sBbu^is the
..latest and most remark^^^^^V well,
great' crude"oil industry. This ne*
and radical departure, a difficult and
IVe' undertaking, to' say th«
least, has been successfully carried oul
'at Summerland, the only place wher
it ever has been attempted, and there
the precious brown fluid is now pump
ed from beneath the Pacific ocean,
The mud volcanoes situated in the
vicinity of Laytonville, Cal., have
burst into alarming activity. The
first intimation the inhabitants had
of the phenomenon was when an im
mense cloud of vapor issued from the
mouth of the craters, accompanied by
a sound like faraway thunder. The dis
turbance is so violent that great red
wcod trees are swayed when the mud
and vapor shoots high over the rims
of the crater and flows down the hill
side like a lava stream into one of the
tributaries of the Eel River. The
murky craters are filled with a bluish
mud of about the consistency of boil
ing tar, but the mud is icy cold. The
roar of the volcanoes can be heard
for miles around.
Iowa county, "Wis., lays claim to hav
ing the lowest salaried official in the
employ of the United States govern
ment. The government hires Frank
Lynch for one cent a year to carry the
mail between Dodgeville, the county
seat of Iowa county, and Mineral
Point, nine miles distant. Every foul
years the postoffice department con
tracts to lowest bidders for transfer ot
mall sacks. Last year there was the
liveliest competition ever known tot
the Dodgeville-Mineral Point contract
Several different men signified theii
intention of going into the contest, and
the "talk" was kept up until each bid
der knew that he would have to gc
pretty low to get the prize. The man
who then held the contract had been
receiving about |40 per year for carry
ing the mail. It is said that when the
bids for the new contract were opened
in Washington it was found that the
three lowest offers for carrying the
mail per year were 1 cent, 39 cents and
.50. Frank Lynch, being the one
cent bidder, was awarded the contract
lor four years.
Bishop Nelson of Georgia has drawn
up a bill which is now before con
gress and which provides for the es
tablishment of an industrial school for
negroes wherever .ten thousand dol
lars can be raised for a nucleus. In
this event, seven trustees, residents of
the south, may-obtain from congress
$150,00*0, one-third for building, equip
ment, and preliminary expenses, and
the remainder for a permanent en
dowment. The number of these
schools is to be liited to one for each
iiundred thousand of the negro popu
lation of the state.
The climax of imperial .patriotism
nas surely been reached by a Victorian
named Melville. He was ail applicant
for admission to the BushnJen's Corps
from that colony for Sojfth Africa
but, failing to pass 'Jfe preacribed
tests was rejected. He Mien proceeded
to a lofty bridge and ji^ped into phe
river. He was rescued
able difficulty, owin^'to
resistance. When brouglii
said he did not want tj
ie was not
CoXfiBisuiiN LAKE, OI me Secona
district, has announced that, owing to
business engagements, he will not be a
candidate for renomination.
A FKW days ago a passenger train on
the Omaha & St. Louis railroad struck
a handcar near Mineola, throwing the
occupants clear of the riglit-of-way,
and probably fatally injuring A. D.
Fengler. E. H. Miller was badly
bruised about the body and had sev
eral ribs broken, but is expected to
recover. J. A. Sumner was also on the
car and received serious injuries.
DURING a recent storm at Manches
ter lightning struck the livery barn of
Trousse & Hetherington, setting it on
fire and completely destroying it.
Eight horses were burned to death, to
gether with the buggies and other
contents. The loss is several thousand
dollars. Considerable excitement was
caused by one of the horses breaking
from the barn after he was a mass of
flames and running up the main street.
RICHARD BEI,L, a colored man of
Albia, shot and killed his wife and
then committed suicide at the home of
his wife's father. Domestic troubles
which have been brewing for some
time were the cause of the tragedy.
The woman liad filed a suit for divorce,
which was to have been heard at the
coming term of court. It is supposed
that Bell was trying to fix matters up
with her. Mrs. Bell spent the night
at the home of her father, Oliver Mar
shall. Bell went there and, calling
her out of the house, shot her, death
resulting instantly. The murderer
then turned the revolver on himself
and sent a bullet through his heart.
THERE came very nearly being a
murder in a house of ill fame at Cedar
Rapids last week. Fred Daniels, who
was with the pool men at the races,
and "Kid" Sandridge, a gambler, had
had trouble. Sandridge was badly in
toxicated and was thrown out of the
house. He afterward returned and
finding Daniels asleep, struck him a
vicious blow over the top of the head
with a beer bottle, cutting a terrible
gash in the scalp and almost crushing
the skull. Daniels saved his life by
his own prompt work, pounding Sand
ridge into insensibility. May Hanna,
one of the women in the house, tried
to part the men and was struck a
vicious blow under the eye. The
whole outfit wasprrested.
ONE day last week William and Ross
Busby, sons of John Busby, residing
in the northwestern part of Mahaska
county, were killed by lightning and
the bodies partly cremated. The
young men were aroused by the
approach of the heavy wind and rain
•storm and went from the house to close
the'doors of the loft of a large hay
barn. The barn was struck by light
ning while the young men were in the
building. They were either instantly
killed or rendered unconscious and
unable to leave the barn. The barn
Sff4^eS^y ilie tnunderbfi}' and the
alf cremated bodies ot the
were taken from the debris and ashes.
The,young men were '22 and 19 years
of age\
Six chi'Mr.en were injured, one
fatally, and a iiOuse wrecked by a most
peculiar and destructive freak of a
storm two miles souifci? of Whiting a
few days ago. The scene'^of destruc
tion was on the Ed Bullard farm at
the home of Harvey Queen. 'Jviglit
ning struck the house, but no fire WHS
started, and the building collapsed as
if blown up with dynamite. Every
window light and door was blown out
and joists were torn away and scat
tered over the field. The six children,
who were in the lower rooms, were
6tunned and some were buried in the
debris. Vernie Queen, 15 years old,
was buried deep in the mass of ruins,
and when lier body was recovered she
•was still alive but cannot survive. One
shoe was burned from her foot and the
waistband of her skirt was burned
when she was found. One of her legs
was fractured. Ada Queen received a
gash in the head and the others were
more or less injured.
J. W. CROWI.KY, who was arrested at
Des Moines recently for alleged com
plicity in the Sheldahl bank robbery,
has brought suit through his attor
neys for damages in the sum of 815,
000 on account of alleged injuries by
false arrest, against Deputy United
States Marshal W. A. Richards, A.
Quint and the Bankers' Mutual Cas
ualty company. Crowley was formerly
employed by a local business college
and has lost his position in consequence
of his arrest and finds it impossible to
get a place with insurance companies
with which he could formerly have be
come connected. In consequence of
the expense attached to his arrest and
his efforts to secure a speedy release,
he claims expense in the sum of $200
and in addition, he asks that damages
to the amount of 815,000 be granted
him for wrongful and illegal arrest.
He claims that the defendants con
spired together to cause his arrest
and held him against his will and
without any real cause.
Bert Thomas was killed while trying
to board a Chicago, Burlington &
Quincy train at Quincy. The deceased
was a young man 18 years old and was
engaged in company work at Wood
burn. He had spent the day with
relatives in Ottumwa and was to re
turn to work on the train by which he
was killed. He did not wait for the
train to stop at the station, but tried
to get on before, in order to get a seat.
He missed the step and fell'under the
train. Bis scalp was'torn off and liis
thigh broken, besides the numerous
other bruises he sustained about the
David B. Henderson was nominated
for congress by the republicans of the
Third district, in conven {ion at Water
loo, for the tenth consecutive term.
All previous nominations have been by
acclamation, and the convention fol
lowed the same beaten path. C. E.
Albrook, of Eklora, placed the sneaker
in nomination, and each county in the
district seconded the motion to make
the nomination unanimous, and then
the motion was carried with a hurrah.
The platform endorsed the action of
the Philadelphia convention and the
action of congress, and then'eulogized
Speaker Henderson in a long para-
Investigation of Charges Made by
Treasurer Herriott.
DES MOINES, July 2.—Jesse Miller
has filed with the governor his report
concerning the conduct of the office of
the clerk of the supreme court. The
commission was made because of
charges by Treasurer Herriott that
fees belonging to the Btate were not
turned into the state treasury. Mr.
Miller states he had free access to all
the books in the clerk's office and that
amounts received from all classes of
fees are easily ascertainable therefrom.
He finds that all but the following,
classes were turned into the treasury:
Money received for copies of supreme
court decisions furnished West Pub
lishing Co. of St. Paul.
Money received for copies furnished
A portion of the money received for
certificates of admission of attorneys
to the bar.
Money received for making examina
tions of judgment docket as to judg
Money received for making tran
scripts of cases appealed to the supreme
court of the United States.
The report states that copies were
furnished the West Publishing Co. at
25 cents a page and that the amount
received by the clerk from January,
1895, to January, 1900, was83,196.66.
The copies wertf furnished during
the April term, 1900, by special con
tract with Miss Fannie Jones, the ar
rangements being made by Chief us
tice Granger.
An investigation of how the present
custom originated shows that ever
since 1879 the West Publishing Co.'s
business has been a personal matter
with the clerk. The supreme court in
1885 over-ruled an application from
Blank Bros., law book publishers of
New York, asking that the West Pub
lishing Co. be denied the right to
make copies of the opinions.
81,249.45 has been received by Mr.
Jones for copies furnished attorneys.
It is found thati former clerks turned
these fees over to the state.
From January, 1895, to the present
time 812 students have been admitted
to the bar and the clerk has accounted
for 8405.50 of the fees. A small num
ber paid no fee but it is believed they
belonged to the class admitted on
motion and of whom none was re
quired 849.70 was received by the
clerk for examinations as to whether
there were judgements agasnst cer
tain persons.
The report goes into a lengthy
statement regarding the affairs of the
office but is not sensational in charac
ter. The business with the West Pub
lishing Co., is that of which most has
been said and in it Mr. Jones is backed
by the precedent of his office. The re
port resolves the matter into a ques
tion of law as to whether the clerk
can make personal contracts 'and the
chief justice of the supreme court evi
dently believes he can.
The governor has not yet decided
what action he will take.
"Morgan, a farmer living four, miles
south of Ogden, was struck by light
ning a few days ago and burned to the
ground. Four of his best horses, 500
bushels of corn and some farm ma
chinery are included in the loss.
HOMER ROBB, alias Homer phase, is
lockcd up at Sioux City on the charge
of conspiracy to rob and murder. His
arrest is the result of an investigation
which the police have been conducting
since the Sunday of the big excursion
into Sioux City, June 10. On that day
Chris Schroeder, a tailor in the employ
of Barrett Bros., at Dunlap, was taken
by two strangers onto a sand bar in
the Missouri river, at a point north of
the city. Scliroeder was .intoxicated.
There the strangers stripped him of
his clothes and robbed him of 840.
They carried away his clothing and
left the unconscious man to the mercy
of the waters. He awoke the next
morning, reached shore and managed
to find his way to a farm house, where
he got some clothes. Robb denies his
THE bank at Hayfield, twelve miles
northwest of Garner, was entered by
robbers and the outer door of the safe
blown off. The inner plate was jarred
to such an extent that there was about
a quarter of an inch play thereto.
There were three men engaged at the
work. They took their time, one
standing guard and another holding a
light for the third to work on the safe.
The explosion awakened the people of
the village, and as they would leave
their respective houses to investigate
they were boldly commanded to return
if they wanted to preserve their brains.
Unfortunately there seemed to be a
scarcity of firearms in town, but a rifle
was finally secured and firing began
on both sides, the robbers returning
shot for shot but they were finally
convinced that the man with the rifle
meant business and left when the
booty was within their reach, as one
more explosion would have done the
work. The robbers were seen to ta"ke
a southeasterly direction.
Joseph Galland, living' six miles
north of Ocheyedan, killed himself by
shooting. He had recently moved
from Mansfield, Ohio, coming west for
his health. His age was 98.
Over one-half the right-of-way has
been secured for the new Des Moines
& Northern Iowa railroad, which is to
be built from Des Moines northward
into Minnesota, connecting with some
point on the Great Northern railway.
The survey has been completed from
Boone to Britt, and agents of the com
pany are following up the survey clos
ing contracts for the right-of-way.
George Mantz, aged 16, of Clinton,
while discharging a toy pistol, had his
hand slightly burned by powder. The
yyound was not considered serious, but
lockjaw set in, resulting in death.
The coroner's jury at Cedar Rapids
investigating the death of Express
Messenger William J. Finley, returned
a verdict finding that he came to his
death by the accidental discharge
his revolver, while in the performan
of his duties. While there were so:
suspicious things connected with
death, at the same time" no mo
could be found for suicide.
Latest Retorts Reveal Extent
Hoboken Horror.
NEW YORK, July 3.—Sixty-seven
bodies of victims of the Hoboken "fire
have been recovered. Each hour that
passes witnesses additional recoveries
of bodies, seared, maimed and burned
beyond all semblance of humanity.
And the half has not yet been told, as
all the bodies brought to the surface
yesterday were caught on grappling
hooks. The list of missing is still
placed at but few below the 300 mark,
and when the bodies begin floating to
the surface the gruesomeness of the
situation will be realized, The bodies
recovered up to 11 o'clock last night
include forty-one now in O'Donnell's
undertaking establishment and some
in Hoboken ten in Hoffman's in the
same city twelve in the morgue in New
York, and four deckhands of the Saale,
which were recovered too late to be
brought to either city. Of these, thir
ty-seven have been either positively
or partially identified, most of them,
so far as has been discovered, being
victims from the steamship Saale.
Indications Are That the Vessel Is Badly
WASHINGTON, July 2.—The navy de­
partment received a cablegram from
Captain Wilde, of the Oregon, dated
Che Foo, confirming the report that
his ship is aground fifty miles from
Taku. The Iris and another relief
ship are now with the Oregon. Capt.
Wilde says that these is much water
in the forward compartment, with a
hole in the side of the vessel and small
holes through the bottom. Pinnacle
rock, where the Oregon is aground, is
about 25 feet high, encircled by a
shoal, and should not be approached
nearer than three cables. There is a
strong current always prevalent in the
vicinity, and this fact, together with
the dense fog which prevailed at the
time, greatly enhanced the danger in
navigating the Oregon. The officials
of the navy hydrographer's office say
there is a great rise and fall of tide
and it is possible the Oregon will be
lifted off in this way. It is probable
that she can be saved if the weather
does not become rough. Unfortu
nately this is the season of storms in
Chinese waters.
Ticket Named by National Prohi
bition Convention.
CHICAGO, June 29.—The prohibition
national convention adjourned sine
die yesterday, after having placed in
nomination for president John G.
Woolley of Illinois, and for vice presi
dent Henry B. Metcalf of Rhode Island.
The nominations in each instance were
made on first ballot. Only two candi
dates for the presidential nomination
were balloted for—Mr. Woolley and
Rev. Samuel 3. Swallow of Pennsyl
vania—Hale Johnson withdrawing his
name at the last moment and throw-
vice president, thi'ee candidates were
balloted for—H. B. Metcalf, Thomas
R. Caskardon of West Virginia and
Rev. E. L. Eaton. of Iowa—Mr. Met
calf receiving an overwhelming major
ity of the^votes cast.
An Agreement Reported for Maintenance
of Status Quo.
PARIS, July 1.—A representative of
the Associated Press was informed
that as a result of negotiations be
tween the powers, an agreement has
been arrived at which provides for the
maintenance of the status quo, as re
gards spheres of influence and com
mercial agreements, and also respect
ing the nature of the guarantees and
compensations which will be demanded
from China. According to the under
standing, the international army of
occupation will consist of 80,000 men.
Russia and Japan will provide 12,000
each, Great Britain will provide 10,000
men, France 8,000 and Germany, Amer
ica and the other powers 5,000 each.
The. Russian army corps in Siberia,
which has just been mobilized, will
only cross the Chinese frontier in the
event of the crisis becoming aggra
Rales Against the Ice Trust.
ALBANY, N. Y., July 2.—The first
round in the legal battle between the
state and the so-called ice trust was
won by the people. Judge Chester
handed down an elaborate opinion de
ciding that the two writs of prohi
bition by which the president, Chas.
N. Morse, and the American Ice com
pany each tried to avoid examination
before Referee Nussbaum, and the or
derby which the corporation endeav
ored to set aside the appointment of
the referee could not prevail.
Vale Wins tlie 'Varsity Raoe.
NEW LONDON, June 29.—Yale won
the 'varsity race yesterday by 6%
lengths. Time, 21:11. This victorv
makes thirteen out of the twenty-two
races for Yale which have been rowed
between the two big universities in
the last quarter of a century.
Accident in Standard Starch Factory at
Kankakee, IU.
KANKAKEE, 111., June 29.—Six girls
and one man, employes of the Stand
ard Starch Company, were injured by
an explosion of starch dust in the
packing room of the factory.. Doors
were blown from their hinges and
windows wrecked. Flames appeared
on three floors, but were quickly put
out. The flesh on the injured em
ployes was burned so badiy that it
hung in shreds, and in some cases the
hair was entirely burned off.
There are two schools of vegetarians.
One favors vegetable food which grows
below the earth's surface and the
other favors that which grows above.
The British government is the owner
of over 25,000 camels. Several thous
and^ are used in India to carry stores
and /equipment when the regiments
•are changing quarters by line of
m: -Ch. i.
ermany had 11 013 suicides in' 1897,
a ate of 21 to 100,000 inhabitants.
rate for Prussia alone.is 20., that
province of Saxony. 32, and for
Sc.jleswig-Holstein 33, while in Cath
O'Ui-and Polish Poseri it is only 8. For
the rate was 34.
British Colombian* think AtaiUt
Boundary Dispute Should Bod.
LONDON, June 30.—British Columbia
has sent representatives to London to
warn' the imperial' government that
the unsettled Alaskan boundary ques
tion is still pregnant with danger.
Robert Ward of the British Columbia
board of trade in Victoria, who has
come to urge the necessity for action
at the congress of chambers of com
merce of the British empire, now in
session Jiere, said to a correspondent:
"Thy! temporary agreement between
the United States and Great Britain is
wholly unsatisfactory to British sub
jects, on the ground that it is a source
of constant irritation. While we be
lieve that all points of difference are
capable of adjustment by arbitration,
the temporizing policy which seems to
recommend itself to the home govern
ment is fraught with serious possibili
ties. The gold fields and the exten
sion of the British trade which is cer
tain to follow in its wake make an
early final settlement of the matter of
the most vital importance."
Report of Murder of German Minis
ter Officially Confirmed.
SHANGHAI, July 3.—The British con
sul at Che Foo telegraphs that Baron
von Ketteler, German minister at Pe
king, was murdered by native troops
June 18. Three legations—those of
Britain, France and Germany—were
still undestroyed June 23. The Ger
man minister was attacked while pro
ceeding to the. tsiing-li-yamen, where
he died. The American consul here
states that Yung Lu telegraphed
June 26 that the other ministers were
safe that morning but the situation was
desperate and he doubted whether the
ministers could hold out. twenty-four
hours longer, as he and the empress
could not longer give protection.
WASHINGTON, July 3.—The navy de
partment has received the following
from Admiral Kempff, undated:
"CHK Foo.—A runner from Peking re
ports the legations besieged provis
ions nearly exhausted and the situa
tion desperate. The German minister
was murdered by Chinese soldiers.
The American and Italian legations
were burned. Twenty thousand Chi
nese soldiers are inside and 30,000 out
side of Peking, and 3,000 are reported
bound for Tien Tsin. Still fighting at
Tien Tsin. Communication with Tien
Tsin by rail and river is insecure."
Extensive Preparations Are Being Made
in South Africa.
LONDON, June 30.—Outside of minor
conflicts in the Orange River colony
showing continued Boer activity in
Senekal district, telegrams from South
Africa merely indicate preparations
for final operations and a tedious pro
longed war. A Capetown dispatch
reports an attempt by Boers to blow
up the artillery barracks and maga
zine at Pretoria. An artilleryman
who frustrated the attempt by with
drawing a lighted fuse, was killed by
a Boer, whom the soldiers afterwards
attempted to lyncli. British authori
ties are deporting large numbers of
Hollanders to Holland to be dealt with
by their own government for not ob
serving the state of neutrality declared
by the Netherlands. Capetown re
ports that Kruger is still at Macha
dodorp, ''afraid to move for fear the
bridges are undermined."
Alexleff Reports the Insurrection Is No
Longer Growing*
ST. PETERSBURG, July 3.—Admiral
Alexieff telegraphs to the minister of
war, (general Kouropatkine, from Ta
ku, under date of June 30, as follows:
"The arsenal at Tien Tsin, which
offered a powerful basis of operations
for the Boxers, who have greatly dam
aged the European town, has been
taken by assault."
According to intelligence received in
official quarters here, the Chinese pop
ulation in several localities has placed
itself under the protection of Russia.
The Boxer insurrection is no longer
spreading, but is declining, and main
tains itself only in the province of Pe
Chi-Li. The view of the situation in
government circles is that, with pa
cific action on the part of the powers
and the good will of the Chinese gov
ernment, the Boxer rebellion will be
disposed of in a short time.
One Thousand Redskins Ready to Start
on Warpath.
MINNEAPOLIS, June 30.—A Times
special from Rat Portage. Ontario,
says: There is a threatened uprising
of Indians on the Rainy river, Ontario.
One thousand Indians are gathered at
the mouth of Rainy river. Leech lake
Indians are said to be among them,
inciting- them to murder and pillage
the settlers, who are sending out their
women and children. One hundred
and fifty reached Rat Portage on the
Kelnora. The Indians are gathering
at Rainy lake, the largest and most
secret gathering ever known. Indian
agents say they know of no grievance.
Great alarm is felt by the settlers.
They are Taken by Boers to a Safe Dis
tance From Friends.
MACHADODORP, June 30.—Five hun­
dred British prisoners belonging to
the Argyle and Southerland and Sea
forth Highlanders and the Dublin
yeomanry, who were captured during
the recent operations in the Orange
River colony, passed thriugh the Boer
seat of government at IMachadodorp
enroute for Nooltgedasc'
oners appeared to be in
and were treated cour
Boers, who exhibited
tion nor malice.'
it. The pris
ood condition
ously by the
ither exulta-
With the aid of a^quart of whisky,
Stanislaus Dzicniraiwits, aged twenty
four, of Newarl^ N. J., closed his
earthly career/ He made a small
wager that he could drink a
quart of whisky without stopping, un
less to take breath. He won the wag
er, and two Jiours later he was in the
ha so an a
Big words have a great attraction
for a servant girl who lives in Pater
son, N. J. (iShe has a married brother
in New ,Yoak City, and frequently vis
its him. When about to ma,ke the
trip she informs her mistress that she
is going doWn to the "great necrop
Reflet Column Failed toTfteacli Peklnfc
and la Terribly Cut Up.
CHE Foo, June' 29.—Admiral Sey
mour's expedition has been relieved,
having failed to connect frith Peking.
There is no news from Peking.' The
Russian colonel, Schtelle, command
ing the combined forces of 10,00 men,
is supposed'to be proceeding to Peking.
Admiral Seymour's expedition is re
turning to Tien Tsin. His force has
suffered greatly. It is estimated that
from 40,000 to 60,000 Chinese troops
are now before Peking. Boxers from
all sections are swarmiing there.
No Probability of Convictions in Cuban
Custom Fraud Cases.
HAVANA, July 2.—In the opinion of
Havana lawyers generally the accused
officials in the custom house fraud
cases now on trial are likely to be -ac
quitted. Apparently everything has
been done to assist them against the
prosecution, and it is openly asserted
that the fiscal himself is determined
that no one shall be convicted. As
giving color to this assertion, it is
pointed out that he has called Senor
Manduley as a witness. Mandulev is
the attorney who came from Santiago
at the request of Gov.-Gen. Wood to
act as temporary fiscal in connection
with the cases, owing to the difficulty
of finding a competent prosecutor in
Havana who was not related to one or
more of the prisoners. For months it
has been known that every effort Was
being made to secure the release of
all. All belong to the best families of
Cuba, many of them being members of
the leading clubs, and some related
even to the chief justice. f,
Scores of Lives Lost In Costly Dock
Fire at Hoboken, N. J.
NEW YORK, July 1.—Almost $10,000,
000 worth of property was destroyed,
many lives were lost, many persons
were injured and at least 1,500 lives
were imperilled by afire that started
among cotton bales under Pier 3 of the
North German Lloyd Steamship Com
pany, in Hoboken, N. J., at 4 o'clock
yesterday afternoon. In less than
fifteen minutes the flames covered an
area a quarter of a mile in length, ex
tending outward from the actual shore
line to the bulkheads, from 600 to 1,000
feet away, and had caught four great
ocean liners and a dozen or more
smaller harbor craft in its grasp.
Stories in regard to the loss of life
are conflicting, the number being
variously estimated at from fifty to
200. Up to midnight ten bodies had
been recovered, but they were all
burned and blackened so that identi
fication was impossible. The hospitals
in New York, Hoboken and Jersey
City are crowded with the injured.
The flames started so suddenly and
gained such headway that the people
on the piers and on the numerous ves
sels docked were unable to reach the
street. There were great gangs of
workmen on the piers, and these, to
gether with a number of people who
were at the docks on business and vis
iting the ships, scattered in all direc
tions. As all means of exit were cut
off by the flames, they were forced to
jump overboard, and it is believed a
great number of people were drowned.
At the docks of the North German
Lloyd were the Saale, a single screw
passenger steamship of 4,965 gross
tons the Bremen, a twin-screw pas
senger and freight steamship of 10,526
tons, and the- Main, a twin-screw
freight and passenger steamship of
10,200 gross tons. They all caught
fire and were burned to the water's
edge. The Kaiser Wilhelin Der Grosse,
which had just come in, was the only
one of the big vessels at the dock that
escaped, and it was slightly scorched.
Then by a shift in the wind the flames
were sent in the direction of the dock
of the Hamburg-American line, at
which the steamship Phoenicia was
docked. The flames got a good hold
on the Phoenicia and she was towed
out into mid-stream ablaze, and was
ba'dly damaged, but not destroyed.
Men working in the holds of the
steamships were shut in by walls of
flame and it was impossible to reach
them. It probably never will be
known how many men perished in the
ships, as the flames were so fierce they
would leave but few if any remnants
of the human body.
The loss of the North German Lloyd
docks alone is placed at 82,000,000.
The value of the great quantity of
cotton, oil and various other merchan
dise on the docks has not been esti
mated at this time. The loss to the
North German Lloyd Steamship Com
pany alone will probably come close
to 810,000,000.
Rundle Has Skirmish With Boers.
LONDON, June 28.—General Rundle
had a sharp artillery and rifle skirmish
near Senekal, Friday, with a large
force of entrenched Boers. He de
clined to attack them. This is the
only fresh fighting reported.
Drive Japanese Out of Town.
REDDING. Cal.. June 29.—Two hun­
dred miners and smelters, employes of
Keswick and vicinity, last night drove
twenty-one Japanese railroad Workers
out of town. The Japanese were put
on a train for this place, and at this
point the railroad conductor put them
off. The Japanese were employed to
take the place of white men.
Saxony's King Very
BERI.IN, June 29.—The condition of
King Albert of Saxony is very serious
his malady is, according to his physic
ians, cancer of the stomach.
What deemed to be a dense cloud lat
ely floated over Troy, Mich. In a lit
tle while the discove'ry was made that
the dark mass was formed of millions
of locusts, which descended to.the
earth and devastated the land of all
Miss Jewell, the pretty girl who
married the African prince, Loben
gula, in London, lasrsummer, is mis
sing alter a beating administered to
her by the savage, and the police fire
dragging for her in the canal, on the
bank of which were found fjoine of
her clothing and a note.
DES MOIIUES, July 8,1900.
Iowa soldiers will return the cbnfed*
erate flag captured by them In- 186.1,J
from the state-house in Columbia, 8.0/'^'
This flag is a garrison flag and is now 7
in the possession of the Iowa State'
Historical Society at Iowa City. Col.
H. H. Rood, of Vinton, is a member of
the trustees of this society, and is also
president of the Crocker Brigade.
Soldiers from this brigade captured
the flag. The society has planned to
turn the confederate flag over to the
brigade through Colonel Rood at its
meeting in Keokuk, in October. This
is with the expectation that, it will be
returned by the brigade to the confed
erate veterans from whom it was cap
tured, or to the state of South Caro
lina. About 1891 a confederate general
came to Iowa and returned a flag that
was captured from one of the Iowa
regiments during the war, much to
the delight of the veterans here. The
return of the confederate flag will be
a return compliment. ,'
Chairman Weaver, of the republic
can state central committee, has as
sured Sidney A. Foster, J. G. Rounds
"id I. Friedlich, of the executive com
mittee of the. Auditorium company,
that the republican convention of
August will come to Des Moines, as
agreed. Weaver attaches one con«
dition to his promise. He spoke for
the committee, and assured the local
managers that if the progress on the
rebuilding of the auditorium has
reached such a point by July 20, as to
insure the completion by August 1, no
change will be made in the conven
tion plans. If on that date the in
dications are that the work cannot
be finished in time, the committee will
take steps to take the convention to
Cedar Rapids or elsewhere. Mr.
Weaver himself expressed perfect con
fidence in the ability of Des Moines
to fulfill its part of the agreement,
and said he has no doubt the conven
tion will be held here. The execu
tive committee has determined to,
work at least two shifts of men on
the auditorium, with the purpose of
getting it done by August 1 without
In an opinion recently'submitted to
the executive council by Attorney
General Remley it was held that build
ing and loan associations have no right
to contract an indebtedness, other
than the stock authorized to be issued
in accordance to law. This is a ques
tion that has been causing trouble
to the executive council. In amend
ing their articles of incorporation
many of the building and loan, and
savings and loan associations have
been insistent in demanding from the
council that they be allowed to pro
vide for indebtedness other than the
stock. In some instances, they have
asked that the limit of indebtedness
which they should be allowed to con
tract, should be placed at as high a
figure as 75 per cent of the stock. The
council opposed this as illegal,
and to settle the question finally asked
for an opinion. Mr. Remley's opinion
leaves no doubt on the subject. He
comes out in flat-footed terms and op
poses the legality of the method of
contracting indebtedness such as the
companies propose.
Exposures on Mismanagement in South
Africa Stir British.
LONDON, June 29.—The exposures
regarding the hospitals in South Af
rica have made a great sensation in
Britain. They began with three' col-j
nmns of restrained language in thek
Times' from W. A. Burdett-Conrts,'
conservative member for parliament
for Westminster. His disclosures have
been widely reproduced and they are
supplemented with denunciatory tele
grams aud interviews with survivors
and army medical men. The Archr
bishop of Cape Town, in an address
before the society of Uood Hope in
the Cape government house, expressed
great dissatisfaction at the way in
which the sick and wounded were
treated. Hs. declared that the warm
clothing that was absolutely necessary
was freely offered, but was rarely if
ever distributed by the army doctors,
that the sick slept on the bare ground,'
and that even in Cape Town the way
in which the hospitals were misman
aged made one's blood boil.
Power Behlqd the Throne Is So Far
Disobeyed by Viceroys.
WASHINGTON, July 3.—The adminis­
tration is advised from Shanghai that
dispatches received there from various
sources indicate that Prince Tuan,
father ol the Chinese heir apparent,
seems to be absolutely in control at
Peking, and that his attitude is the
worst possible and most hostile to for
eigners. It is even said that he issned
an edict as far back as the 20th of
June ordering all of the viceroys to
attack the foreigners in their" respec
tive provinces—an order which has
so far not been obeyed.
No Crlme to Kill an American.
HAVANA, June 29.—A Cuban police­
man who recently killed an American
named Welsh and against whom the
evidence was apparently complete, in
the opinion of army officers and others
who saw the whole affair, has just
been acquitted by the judges in cir
cumstances so extraordinary that Gov.
Gen. Wood will order an investigation.
The Americans in Havana are verv in
dignant over what they claim is a
studied attempt to show the Cubans
that it is no crime to kill an American
Americans Take
PARIS, June 30.—The greatest sum
prise in exposition circles since the
fair opened came when it was an
nounced that the American silk ex
hibit will be awarded the gold medal
over the French exhibit. This an1
nouncement of the triumph of the bilk
manufacturers of the United States,
who competed with the French weavers
in the home of the silk industry,, gives
an uncomfortable shock to Paris.-
Boers iu Orange River Colony.
LONDON, June 30.—Active Boer guer-
illa operations are reported from hal£
a dozen points in Orange river colony.]
Brown university has 2,559 living
A passenger on a Milwaukee street
car, while standing in the aisle, was
requested by the conductor to move
forward. He refused to do so'and the
conductor ejected him. A suit resulted
and Judge Williams has decided that
a passenger in a crowded car is not le
gally compelled to remove from any
part where he may choose to take a
posi tion.
.'iA ..
ran 1
graduates from a total of. 5,115.
The barbers of Paris, after they have
attended one customer, must wash
their hands before beginning work On

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