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sit M. BOU« ftWilM
fclosed. 'i^^WIRWithe house was a
carpenter, and one fall undertook to
•remodel a part of his dwelling. 'His
task was not completed when winter
«et in, and the family, to their horror,
Jbad to endure an amount of fresh air
that filled them with alarm. The wife,
•peaking about it, afterward, said she
"didn't know how they could hava
stood it if it hadn't happened that they
„f*r«re all in better health than usual."
The Leon Reporter THE NEWS IN IOWA
THURSDAY, OliC. «. 11"K).
Many a man who gives up his money
for foolish whims disputes the
lee of necessities.
When a man firmly believes himself
»fc«T« his neighbor's level he can af
Mtwd to admit thaWthe latter has a ievol
Now that the Prince of Wales Is
gearing eyeglasses, he may be able to
,*Co some of the things which have
•hocked his critics.
Holland is a place where primitive
customs abound. Traditions are sa
credly handed down and observed, and
this veneration for ancient things has
kept alive in the country what are
known as courting Sundays. Through
oat Holland the four Sundays of No
vember are said to be kept as fete
fl*y8. They are named severally Re
view, Decision, Purpose .and Posses
sion Sundays. IK-.
The chilly experiences of gold-seek
in Alaska are hardly calculated to
Make one think of that country as a
«ood field for agricultural enterprise'!'
Iwt In fact our Agricultural Depart
ment thinks so well of the farming
possibilities of Alaska that experiment
stations have been placed in Sitka and
*e»ai, and headquarters are to ba
established for similar work in the
The election bet folly reached its
»pth la the town of Oxford, Mass.,
where Ovide Vlllers, a member of the
Republican town committee, made a
wager with his daughter, the wife of
Democrat, John J. Toomey. If Bry
was eleoted, Mr. Villers agreed to
toll a peanut on the ground with a
toothpick an eighth of a mile from
fcia residence if McKinley won, Mrs.
Toomey was to do likewise. So that
peanut has just been rolled amid the
Pitying smiles of the villagers.
The pauperization of the famine suf
ferers as a result of the charity of
India government, whioh is al
dreaded by the officials after such
visitation as the country has just
experienced, has, to a large extent,
fceea accomplished. An indication of
this is found in'the number of men and
women who are. getting relief and who
are perfectly able to work the land.
A Simla correspondent says that the
total number of persons now receiv
ing relief is about 3,000,000 as agiins
ago. But this
tf"fs«,far less than was e:
®ected after the favorable rains.
A Massachusetts physici
mvo an amusing HiustratJ
•read some people have of
their sleeping-rooms. in th
«ra^|M-^Of the state a few year,
family who were accust*
of tllQ
In the "banqueting hall' of the citj
chambers at Glasgow a celebrated
painter has just completed a panel in
'"Mural decorating," giving the sup
posed origin of the legend. The paint
tog represents the banks of the Clyde,
with fishermen and their nets, Saint
Mungo taking a ring from a salmon's
mouth, with the queen and her ladies
looking on. The origin of the legend
is as follows: Langvorth, queen of
Btrathclyde, lost a ring given to her by
Jier husband, King Mederech, and he
threatened to tako her life for her
carelessness. The queen asked Saint
Mango for help, and he ordered a fish
erman to cast his net into the Clyde.
The fisherman did as he was ordered,
and brought up a salmon with a ring
ta his mouth. Then the king and th?
Queen lived happily ever after.
Broomhall says that reports from
Argentina are becoming more positive
cRch day that the wheat crop is not
doing well. There has, no doubt, been
.. danger this season in observers reek
oiling upon a repetition of the remark
ably yield of December, ISr" The yield
per acre in Argentina in .398 must
cave been phenomenal indeed, for,
not storms of wind and rain de
stroyed 300,000 tons after harvest, the
total available for exportation during
1899 would have been about 11,000,000
(Quarters and the total crop about 15,
600,000 quarters, which, being grown
on an area of -5,100,000 acres, indicates
yield of 23 bushels per acre. This
figure may not be reached again for
years to come, and consequently, al
though the acreage is now in the
neighborhood of 6,000,000, it is quite
ftia the cards that the total outturn
•nay fall to 10,000,000 quarters.
Victims of seasickness will be
(pleased that a league for the suppres
sion .of the evil has been formed in
''France. The society proposes to col
lect documents, to.deal with scientific,
•experiences and publish any matter'
iifcely to interest persons subject to
'seasickness, to collect a band of medi-.
•cal specialists ashore and afloat, to
'bring pressure! to bear upon public
tapdtos, that they may grant subven
tions bnjy to well-ventilated vessels,
.and to assist inventors in the discov
ery of remedies for counteracting the
-effect of the motion of a vessel.
The first, lesson for a mule-trainer,
?«ays a writer In an agricultural jour
tnal, is to learn to govern himself.
^Strike out "mule-trainer" and insert
'"public school-teacher," and the state
ment is equally true and far more im
The Union Traction- Company of
'Philadelphia promises td run open
fears, one In five, all winter long, with
ma restriction as to qmoklA. In the
jmtuumer smoking is permitVd there
Jy' pa the three last sea% of the
It. is announced that Prank K.
Sn.ndt-.rs, to whom the trustees of
Iowa college of Grinnell had
tendered the ofiicc of presi
dent, has formally declined.
Enlarged opportunities at Yale is.the
reason assigned for his decision.
Suoh an answer was more than half
e.\peete l, owing- to the tardiness of
Mr. Sanders in taking definite action
on the proposition.
A dispatch from Vicksbtirg- says:
The Iowa commissioners to locate
the positions occupied by troops from
that, state during the siege of Yicks
burg, have completed their work. At
a meeting- of the commission it was
decide,! to recommend to the Iowa
legislature that an appropriation of
$150,000 be made for a grand central
monument in memory of the thirty
five Iowa regiments that participated
in 11 ie siege.
Two men severely injured, two en
gines wrecked and several cars de
molished is the result of a head on
freight wreck on the Burlington at
l'haver. First No. 77, Denver freight,
and a work train collided in a deep
cut on a curve. No. 77 was late and
running at high speed. Fireman
Faulk of Ottumwa and Brakeman
Miner of Albia were injured about
the head and body. The failure of a
flagman to do his duty is said to
have caused the wreeit.
Ed Warner and his hired man,
Charles Hofeditz, were instantly kil'
ed at a crossing thre miles east of
Iowa City, by passenger train No. 1,
fulled by engine No. 472. Warner
and his man had been out to the
farm, gathered a load of corn and
started toward town, approached the
crossing, and as it was nearly dark
and the roads rough, it is supposed
that the on coming train was not
noticed. The train was stopped and
backed to the crossing, where "the
bodies of the two men were found
about twenty feet from the track.
The wagon was broken into pieces,
one horse being killed and the other
escaping injury. Both men leave fam
ilies. The train was behind time and
Svas running at a high rate of speed.
A skull and a few partially burned
bones are all that are left of Peter
Peters of Reinbcck, who started a
few days ago in an emigrant car con
taining three horses, six cows and
his household furniture from Rein
beck for Salem, S. D. The car was
switched in on a siding at Gladbrook
thence to be taken by the C. & N. W.
to the destinauon. Early the next,
morning a pile of ashes was found
•where the previous evening there
had been a car. Sonic time during
the night the car had caught fi.*e anil
it, together with its contents, bad
been entirely destroyed. Sir. Peters
Jjvas an industrious German farmer
and by careful management had ac
cumulated sufficient to buy a farm
for himself in South Dakota to which
ie was en route at the time of the ac
cident. He leaves a wife and seven
small children, the eldest 52 years of
tige. The farm he purchase recently
in Dakota was paid for and he also
bad some money in the bank which is
left to the widow. The loss of the
(contents of the car will amount to
'about $1,500.
John IIossack was murdered at his
homo near Madora a few night ago.
The particulars are about as follows:
Somewhere near 13 o'clock an assas
sin entered the house, and while Wr.
Hossack and his wife were in lied,
struck Ilossack twice, once with the
sharp edge of an axe, just above and
back of the right ear. crushing the
bone the first cut. The murdered
man was sleeping on the reair side
of the bed, his wife on the front,
and how long before the wife awak
ened is not fully known, but sufficient
time elapsed to allow the assassin
to get away without leaving amy
clue. Mrs. Hossack says she was
suddenly awakened by some noise
pmd saw a flash of light and called
her husband, who did not answer,
Whereupon she at once struck a light
nnd beheld the ghastly sight of him
lying in a pool of his own blood with
no further signs of the murderer.
The axe was found forty or fifty
feet away from the house under an
outhouse. The ferocious dog, kept
by the family had. to all appearances,
been drugged. The murdered man
was an old citizen, highly respected
end a prosperous farmer, who did
not have an enemy in the world so
fair as known. A year ago last sum
mer he was a eamdidate before the
republican county convention for
treasurer of Warren county and came
.within two votes of a (nomination.
He was a native of Canada, and had
lived in this country and on the
£arm where was killed thirty-two
•years. His whole family was at home
except one or two married children..
Two boys of about 10 and 12 years
were in an adjoining room and the
otheris were up stairs. Mr. Hossack
and his wife were sleeping down
stairs in the parlor bedroom. It
would be necessary for a party out
of doors to come through a porch
and through the parlor before reach
ing the room where he slept.
Printers Inlc, a New Your journal
'of the newspaper craft, prints a list
of the "forty best newspapers in the
United States," prepared by an ad
vertiser. The only Iowa pajier in the
Jlist is the Des Moines Daily News, a
(fact the more complimentary because
the Daily News is sent to mail sub
scribers for $1 a year, being the low
est priced daily in the world.
Lloyd Leafier, the young son of
"William Leafier of Mt. Pleasant, was
badly shot in the head andfacewhile
out hunting quail in a field near the
Mt. Ayr'church, northwest of Tren
ton. He was out with hia uncle.
Henry Kisselring, of Keokuk, and
received the full charge of thelat
ter's, gun, about twenty-five shot
fitting him in the upper part of
the body. Kisselring could not see
him and did not know where he
was. The wounds, while very pain
ful, are not regarded as fatal, but
several entered the face, and both
eyes had narrow escapes. He will
do well if he retains the sight in
botn of them.
W. H. Linter of Cedar Rapids, ac
companied by his wife, on the wn to
the depot at Burlington to leave or
home after spending Thanksgiving
with relatives at the latter placc, was
held up by a footpad and on resisting
Mr. Linter was shot through the
heart, dying instantly. Mrs. Linter
ran but was shot in the back, and is
'now dying at a hospital. The as
sassin escaped. A man was captured
at Patterson, six miles south of Bur
lington, who gave his name as
George Anderson, who had two revol
vers on his person, one having two
exploded shells. He practically con
fessed tp shootirur the Linters,
Supreme Court to J*nsa on Ui« Tito*
A mrmlment,
Iowa City, Dec. 3.—Attorney Gen
eral Milton Remley, Senator Titus!
nnd Attorney General-elect Mul
lau of Iowa, in conference here,
formulated a plan whereby they
hope to secure a speedy opinion
of the supreme court and put an endi
to the Titus amendment muddle.
While they refused to state their
llan which was' agreed upon, it is
understood that they have made, ar
rangements for a test case in the su
preme court at an early date. The
case as proposed will be brought up
in a district court before a judge
who will give a speedy decision and
will at once be carried up as the
case is tried.
The supreme court, it is under-!
stood, is not adverse to advancing
the case on the calendar and rfrnder-i
ing a decision at once. The argu
ments will probably be submitted
to the supreme court in advance and
everything be in readiness in ordeif
that a decision enn be rendered,
promptly. Jt is expected that the
decision willl be made the first day
the supreme court is in session. None
of the state officers is disposed to
question the right of these men,'
elected at the last election, to takn
charge of he offices and none is will'
ing to make the test.
The case, as proposed, will be an
earnest controversy and it is ex
pected that both IJemley and Mullan
will champion the cause of the newly
elected man who win make the test.
Both of these men believe that the.
amendment should be construed ac-,
cording to the intent of the author/
Senator Titus, who thought he was
framing a bill which would lengthen
the terms of the o^.ecrs whose terms
expired on the first Monday in Janu
ary, 1903.
Whether a husband has a right to
open his wife's letters and read
them, and afterward destroy them
without her having seen iiiein, is a
question that will be tested in the
United States court. Edward Van:
derveer of Marshalltown is the de
fendant. lie has been indicted by
the grand jury on the charge of eiib
bczzlement, and when arrainged be
fore Judge MePherson of the feder
al court entered a plea of not guilty,
and has said he intends to fight the
ease to the end. The defendant is
not only charged with having open
ed the letter in question, but hav
ing destroyed it as well, with the
express purpose of keeping delec
table news it contained out of the
hands of his wife. The defendant
says it was for the best interests of
the family to keep the letter from
his wife, and on this ground will
base his defense.
When the members-elect stepped
forward to take the oath of office
In the house on the 3rd Bailey of
Texas questioned the form of the*
resignation of Representative Dolli
ver. He said he doubted the right
of a member to resign at a future
fixed date. He said he would not
raise the point formally, but merely
called attention to it so in future it
could not be used as a precedent.
Mr. Dolliver's resignation, he saiJ,
had been tendered to take effect De
cember 1, so that Mr. Conner had
been elected to fill a vacancy which
did not exist at the time of the elec
tion. He cited a short decision to.
show that a resignation to take ef
fect at a future date was not a res
ignation in fact, but simply a _* :i
fication of a resignation to be made
in the future. Mr. Bailey said he did
not desire to press the matter, but
desired the protest to be filed. The
speaker stated, that inasmuch as ob
jection had been made, Mr. Conner
would step aside until the protest
had been disposed of.
After being out a day and half,
the jury in the Quinlan murder case-i
on trial at Centerville, repotted that
thej' were unable to reach a verdict.
Henry Sherman, of Clarinda, who
shot Belle Benson at Mjnnepolis and
then turned the revolver upon him
self, was arraigned iu the police
court on a charge of assault in the
first degree. He waived examina
tion and was bound over to the
grand jury in $1,000 bail. Miss Ben
son is resting comfortably and has
even chances of recovery. The
hospital authorities, while at first
believing that she could not recover,
are now confident that they will be
able to save her life.
Mrs. Nettie S. Hoot of Waterloo,
wife of the man sentenced to ten
years in the penitentiary for attempt
ing to kill his wife with dynamite,
has been issued a decree of divorce,
and has assumed her maiden name
of Nettie M. Schwab.
Fred Bagley, of Hiteman, one of
the mining camps near Albia, is in
jail at the latter place- accused of
striking an old man ov£r the head
and very near killing him. Bagley
is supposed to have struck the man
thinking he was another who had
exhibited a considerable roll of
money and which it is though Bag
ley ooveted.
•Judge* Holmes of Polk County Decide*
JPierce-Slewart Citse
Des Moines, Dec. 3.—After weeks oi
waiting since the suit was instituted
last summer, Judge Holmes in they
district court has handed down an
opinion in the Pierce-Stewart Home
stead case. It is held that a receiver'
must be appointed as provided in the
original agreement, to sell the prop
erty of the Iowa Homestead to the
highest bidder, but in the meantime
Pierce is to be left in possession ofi
the Homestead property. With the
exception that the property must be
sold by a receiver the victory is one
for Pierce, the court holding that
SStewart cannot hold to the terms of
the charter as to his employment
after the expiration of the charter.
No receiver has been named by the
court, an opportunity being first al
lowed to the interested parties to
agree, if possible, upon some person
to act in this cajiaeity. In case of a
failure to agree the court will then
appoint a receiver for the purpose of
selling the Homestead property, with
the. exception of the real estate, the
sale of which is to be. determined by
the parties themselves.
A Miss Martin has sued for $5,000
damages for having been arrested
anil placed in jail at Coon Rap.ids
without authority, as she alleges.'*
The story leading up to the filing o£
the suit, briefly told, is that Con7
stable Bowman of Coon iiapids re
ceived a telephone message from,
Gutlirie Center to arrest Miss Mar
tin on the charge of havinf left
town without paying her ooard bill.
Constable Bowman made the arrest
and placed the woman in jail. The
next day she was taken to Guthrie
Center. There she was released,
and now sues for $5,000 on the
ground that she was arrested with
out the legal papers to justify the
INO Danger Tbnt Be -Will Be Recalled
from Peking.
Washington, Nov. 29.—There is no
truth to the story that Conger in
tends to return home. The depart
ment has given the matter an em
phatic denial. There is no difference
of opinion, and the administration is
more than satisfied with the work be
ing performed by Iowa's distinguish
ed diplomat.
It developed yesterday the chief
point in the exchanges concerning
China which thave been going on dur
ing the last few days among the
powers relates to the wisdom of de
livering an ultimatum to China, using
the expression "ultimatum" in the
text of the demand to be handed to
the Chinese envoys, involving the pos
sibility of resulting in a declaration
of war against China in case the de
mands of the ultimatum are not com
plied with. It appears some of the
powers desired t.lie express use of the
word "ultimatum" in the demand rel
ative to the decapitation or other ex
treme punishment of eleven princes
or other high officials responsible for
the outrages, and this view of using
the most extreme term of diplomacy
seems to have found favor with the
ministers at Peking. When it be
came known at several capitals a con
siderable dissent oecanie manifest.
'About a week ago Japan took the in
itiative in the appeal for modera
tion. This received favorable con
sideration of the United States,
France, Russia! and probabiy Great
Britain. About the same time Sec
retary ITay took steps to express the
view of this government wais inad
visable to proeeed to the extent of an
ultimatum against China, but the de
mand should not be beyond what
China reasonably might have the
power to coTfiply with. The unanim
ity of sentiment among the powers
gives grounds for tne belief that
the demands of the ministers will be
modified by the omission of the term
"ultimatum," although it is not yet
clear what the final attitude of the
remaining powers, Germany, Austria
and Italy, will be.
Filipinos Say That A| iilnal(lo Is Do
ins So
Loudon, Bee. 3.—Tliere is a notice
able incursion of Filipinos into Lon
don, aud the Paris report, subse
fiuently denied, that Agoneillo, Aguhi
aldo's agent in Kurope, was contem
plating- going to Hong Kong to reor
ganize there the Filipino transport
and resupply the Filipinos with mu
nitions of war, has given rise to tlvi
belief that the Filipinos in Eiumo.
are contemplating a new campaign.
A representative of lhe Associated
Press interviewed one *f the uir.s',
prominent members of the European
junto, who had just returned from
Paris and lladrid. He said:
"We are planning no new campaign.
There is no reason why Agoneillo
should go to Hong Ivong to give the
Filipinos a further supply of the mu
nitions of war. The fact that Agon
eillo has just leased a home in Paris
shows he intends to remain there
and watch events. The reports of
our commit,tees.at Kobe, Yokohama,
Sfacao, llataviii, Hong Kong and
Bangkok show that they ai-e all
working well. This is also evidenced
by the fact that 30,000 rifies were
smuggled into Manila last month.
The war is no nearer the end than
'ever. Filipino resources are still
great, as can be juilgcd by the fact
that Aguinaldo is continuing to keep
•and feed 3,000 Spanish prisoners."
Said l'rcvloiiii EngaKr«m*nt Proventeit
.M«cUhc ut, Berlin.
Berlin, Dee. 4.—Mr. Krnger has
abandoned his proposed visit to Bcr-,
lin owing to the receipt of an offi
cial intimation that Emperor
William regrets that in consequence
of previous arrangements, he will
be unable to receive him. The Boer
statesman will therefore procee-'
(lirect from Cologne, to Holland. He
telegrajihed to this effept this after
The. Cologne Gazette, in an inspir
ed comminique says: "Mr. Kruger's
visit is not agreeable to Germany,
his aim being to obtain intervention
in South Africa. It would be a
grave poliMcal mistake, it would be
even a great, crime, to allow him to
entertain even a spark of hone chat
Germany will render him any prac
tical support." This ueclaration i3
accompanied with reproaches, Mr.
Krnger being charged with having
encouraged useless guerilla wariare
ami having disregarded Germany's
advice when he might have still fol
lowed it.
The press generally strikes the
same note.
IlinlrMMct h.v Ktnperor Wll
llam's Coldness.
Paris, Dee. 4.—A dispatch from
Cologne says Kruger aiter he had
received Emperor William's tele
gram, spoke as follows to the de
putation, styled, "Friends of the
Boers: I hope with all my heart the
circumstance which prevents his
majesty from receiving me today
will become favorable later, shall
never cease to have confidence in
the spirit of justice of the emperor,
who, without knowing me, sent me
four years ago significant encour
agement. I shall stay some time at-
The Hague and will then renew my
request, and this time the emperor
will not refuse."
Kruger was very sad and after
wards retired to his apartment in
Deafli Of Mr*. Miller.
Washington, Dec. 3.—Mrs. Eliza W.
Miler, widow of the late Associate
Justice Miller of the United States
court, was found dead in bed Satur
day morning at her home in this city.
Death resulted from Angina pectoris,
Mrs. Miller had just returned from
her old home in Keokuk, Iow-t.
Thanksgiving evening she dined with
Senator and Mrs. Cullom.
This is the way Goethe defined it:
"111 humor is nothing more than an
inward feeling of our own want of
merit, a dissatisfaction with our
Visitor (at insane asylum)—Who is
that fine looking- man making star?,
crosses and things out of letters?
Attendant—Oh, he was the editor of
a children's column in some weekly
paper. One week he lost the am
•swers to the puzzles and tried to
solve them himself.
If your shoes have got caked with,
blacking, as they often do, wash it
off occasionally with a cloth, wrung
out of luke warm water Let nearly,
dry, then ruib, a very little castor ojl
well in. Clean next day in the usual
way. Leather or kid that is caked
with blacking- is likely to crack antl
go in holes.
'W' I -.
Secretary Buy Gets Coneeasions Pram
Government of Nicaragua.
Washington, Dec. 3—Secretary Hay,
for the government of the United
States, and Senor Corrca, Nicaraguan
minister, signed a treaty whereby the
latter government concedes to the
United States the necessary rights
and privileges within her bestowal
for the construction of the Nicarag
uan canal.
This action is ta'.:cn in anticipation
of congressional action upon the
pending Nicaragua canal bill and the
Hay-Pauncefote treaty. Pending the
submission of the treaty to the sen-
ate, which body must ratify the
agreement, its terms will not be
made public. It is generally under
stood, however, that generally Nica
ragua grants to the United States
government, the exclusive right to
construct and operate the canal be
tween the Atlantic and Pacific across
Nicaragua, including the free use of
the Sau Juau river and of Luke Man
agua as part of the water course.
Nicaragua is al.so to rid herself of
any outstanding treaties that would
tend in any wa.y to abridge the priv
ileges to 1)0 acquired by the United
States. It is understood also that
Nicaragua concedes to the United
States full authority to police the
canal. Nicaragua is to receive in
compensation a certain amount of
securities of the canal construction
company and although it is not pos
sible now to learn the figures set
down in the treaty, it is believed to
approximate $5,000,000.
The state de| airtmc.nt, already Vtn
entered into an agreement on similar
lines with the republic of Costa liica.
This was because Costa Rica has es
tablished a claim to the right bank
of the San Juan river, which must
of necessity form about a third of
the length of the canal, should the
Nicaragua route be selected and.
be constructed on the lines which
will be suggested by the Walker com
An understanding* also has been
arrived at with the'United States of
Colombia covering the same rights
as are conveyed by Nicaragua and
Costa Rica .iu the case of the Nica
ragua route. So the state depart
ment now has cleared the way for
such action as congress may care to
taue in the. ease of cither of the
canal routes which have been found
Washington, Dec. 4.—In the senate
aside from the reading of the presi
dent's message and the administra
tion of the oath of office to Wni. 15.
Dillingham, the new senator from,
Vermont, no business was transact
House—After the reading of the
message the deaths of the late Rep
resentatives Daley, of New Jersey,
anj JfoiVccker, of Delaware, and Seii-.
ator Davis, of Minnesota, aud Gear,
of Iowa, were announced, and as a
further mar»c of respect to their
memories, the house adjourned un
til tomorrow.
statist msiniis pkace.
Kiigrliali y.nunfial Joiirnul Wants Boer
War Stopped.
London, Dec. 3.—The Statist xiro
poses that the government shall be
gin negotiations with Commandant
General Botha and General De Wet
to bring the war to a close. As the
Jsoer leaders might misunderstand
the motive of an overture from the
military authorities, it suggests that
the highest civil authority in Cape
J.own should begin the negotiations,
if. not Sir Alfred Milner, then the
chief justice of Cape Colony, or even
Mr. J. H. Homeier.
This great financial journal leads
up to its proposal bv an analysis of
the situation iu South Africa and
"We are losing in every way, los
ing in prestige and losing in life. We
are seeing our South African posses
sions plunged into greater distress
and the opinion is gaining ground
abroad that we are incapable of
bringing the struggle to a satisfac
tory termination."
Military incompetence is alleged
and the Statist avers that military
harshness should be avoided and the
Boers be conciliated.
"If men like Botha and De Wet vol
untarily surrender and bind them
selves not to act against us in the fu
ture," the Statist will say, "is there
aziy good reason why a promise
should not be given not to send them
out of the country? Mr. J. B. Robin
son suggests that Botha and De Wet
should be invited to take seats in the
legislative council that would be es
tablished. The suggestion is worthy
of approval. The Boers should not,
be excluded, even from the begin
ning, from anything which can safely
be given them."
OaTeriior of SIirii-SI Implicated In
Berlin, Dec. 4.—A. dispatch from!
China to Volks-Zeitung reports a
fearful mission slaughter in tha
providence of Shan-Si. Mr. and Mrs.
Atwater and their two little child
ren, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. irrice and
their son, all of the American board
Mr. and Mrs. Lagren of the Swedish,
and Miss Eldred, an English woman,
were butchered, he story of these
murders directly implicated YuHsien,
then governor of Sban-oi.
If a man has chronic dyspepsia it
is hard to convince him that the
world is growing better.
Tne world owes much to its writ
ers, but a great aeal more to its
Kltofiemtr Succeed* l{obirti. i-'i
London, Dec. 1.—-The war office an
nounces that Lord Roberts handed
over the poinm«Mi4 of' the Uriti^
troops in South Africa to Lord kitch
It is further asserted that the
queen approves Lord J&teheapr's pro
motion to be lieutenant general, with,'
the rank of general, while in com
mand in South'Africa.
Durban, Natal, Dec. 1.—Lord Rob
erts is due tp arrive at Pietermaritz-)
burg December 4, and should arrive
here December 6.
No woman ever admitted she laced
too tight.
As a Vule, single women live longer
than single men.
Mistress—You say you are well rec
ommended? Maidi—Indeed, ma'am
I have thirty-nine excellent refer
ences. Mistress—And you have been
in domestic service? Maid—Two years
In Germamy Clu-istmas trees have
•been known «rer since the introduc
tion of Christianity. Before that
time the dressing of a tree with can
dles and presents was a feature of.
them id winter Druidlcal festival, so*
that, in*-fact, the German Christmas
tree dates back to an pra before the
dawn of written history.
Leading Features of the President's
Communication to Congress.
Washington, Deb. 4.—The following
are the leading features of the: mes
Achievements of the nation in the
'century now closing reviewed.
Recent outbreaks ascribed to de
velopment of anti-foreign feeling in
which the government shared.
America's early attempt to allay
the feeling.
Graphic description of the siege of
Peking, quoting largely ironi report
of Minister. Conger.
America's policy serujmlously ad
hered to during sieg'e
While this government is pacific, it
does not forego its right to demand
adequate punishment of guilty par
Hope is expressed for a speedy set
tlement through negotiations of the
entire trouble, on the basis of the
'French proposals.
If other attempts at settlement
fail relegation of the matter to The
Hague court of arbitration is fa
Friendly relations with France
have been fostered by the exposition,
afe which American exhibitors were
highly successful.
The meat problem is the only pres
ent, bone of contention between the
United States and Germany.
Alaskan boundary modus vivendi
regarded as merely a temjioravy and
not entirely satisfactory makeshift.
Regret expressed that the question
•of a neutral's right to ship goods to
a port adjacent to a belligerent's ter
ritory was not finally determined in
connection with the Delagoa bay con
Japan is praised for her attitude
on recent questions and. her co-oper
ation with the United States.
A commercial treaty with Spain, in
furtherance of friendly relations now
existing*, is urged.
The president regrets the miscn:
riage of justice in' the case of the
men who lynched Italians in Louisi
ana and urges a federal law to eover
this class of crimes. He continues to
deprecate negro lynching in the
Success of reciprocity in the past
causes president to recommend its
use to the fullest extent.
'1 he. UulTalo e.\jiosilion cordially en
Commercial services of the con
sular bureau receive acknowledg
The president, in view of the ex
cess of receipts over expenditures,
recommends a reduction in internal
revenue taxes of $30,000,000 annually.
The operation of the new financial
law is endorsed.
Attention is called to the rapid
growth of American exports.
Extension of rural free delivery is
urged as warranted by the. sucess
of the system in the past.
The ship subsidy scheme is en
dorsed and recommendations of pre
vious messages referred to.
Earlier recommendations for na
tional legislation on the subject of
trusts are revived.
Census, pensions, patents aud pub
lic lands are reviewed, but not in de
Congress is warned against falling
into habits of extravagance.
The president reviews oil that has
occurred in connection with the Phil
ippines since his last message to con
gress. He reiterates the opinion that
the backbone of the insurrection is
broken and declares that resistance
to the authority of the United States
is confined to guerrilla bands.
The instructions given to the latest
Philippine commission are given in
The commission is declared to have
made excellent progress. Congress
is impressed with the fact that the
Filipinos are "wards of the nation.''
Progress of civil government in
Porto Rico is reviewed.
The new constitution of Cuba and
facts regarding the convention will
be transmitted to congress as soon
as available.
Twenty-two Humirotl lloloinen JJttve
(Cnniiffh of Wur.
Manila, Dec. 4.—Sunday in Yigan
was a great day for the American
cause. Twenty-two hundred natives
of the region, nearly all fighting
•rebels, crowded the church and took
the oath of allegiance to the United
•States. The oath was administered'
by the priest. All but 500 of those
taking the oath were bolomen. The
number included the 1,300 bolomen
who had previously surrendered.
The proceedings in the church oc
cupied the entire day ana included
an address by General Young and an
exhortation by the priest. Scarcely
any rebels remain in the vicinity of
Santa-Maria. General Young attri
li-uies this fact to three causes—the
ire-election of President McICinley,
the arrival of a strong body of troops
the especially rigid enforcement
af measures, and the deporta
tion of prisoners to Malay. He re
.ports -that it. is necessary. to occupy
all the barriers in order to protect
the natives from the vengeance of
jTagalo raiders,
A suspended enemy is half con
Some of the orange growers of
Florida cover their trees with tents
so arranged as to admit the sun
.light on one side and keep out frosty
winds- on the other. In each tent
is an oil lamp which is lighted on
cold nights to keep the trees warm.
The nioh -fyho does wrong inten
'tionally always plans an exfcuse for
doing it in advance.
In various parte of India otters
aire used by the natives, to catch fish
for them. So rapid is the speed, if
the otter under water that' no fish
csp escape them. Whep. pot work
ing- the otters are tied to sfykes^ like
chained dogs.
One-third of all the oars made in
this country are sent abroad. All
the oars used on British war vessels
come from the United States. Our
oars are renowned for t^eir light
ness, strength, durability and beauty
of finish.
There is a. bill before the Vermont
legislature to authorize tne issut of
$10,000,000 of state bonds for implor
ing the public highways.
Silk material is no modern affair.
It is known that silken garments
were worn, 2,500* years before the
Christian era.
If expectations are realized, the
output of copper for 3900 will reach
325,000,000 pounds, valued at $42,
250,000, the largest on record.
Thomas A. Edison's motto of worL
is "Never watch the clock." He fre
quently Works sixteen hours at a
fatretch and never motes the passage
of time.
Des Moines. Timber 4. tOOO.
Dr. Lewis Schooler chairman mt
the general army post committee,
has sent word to Captain J. A. T.
Hull that the committee has selected
a site for an army post and has se
cured the money necessary for its
purchase. The site selected is th©
Drisco-Denny property, located about
three and one-half miles south of the
business center of the city. The next
step toward scouring the post will be
the appointment of a commission by
the government to visit this city and
decide if the army post committee's
proposition is to be accepted. No
one anticipates that there will be
any objection. On the other hand,
everyone who has been associated in
any way with the movement expects
the spring of 1901, or at least th*
early summer, to see an army post,
composed of a regiment of cavalry,
completely established and in fuU
operation within walking distance of
Des Moines. In establishing the post
ei!-y £ov?rnment
will prob­
ably begin with an expenditure of a
little less than $1,000,000. After it it
established the money spent in its
management will amount to over
$50,000 a month.
The. official figures show that the
proposition to hold a convention to
revise and 'amend the constitution
was lost by 555 votes. The lirsi
rough draft of 1 he official figures
showed the convention had been car
ried by a narrow margin. But when
the abstracts were checked over it
was found there had been errors in
transcribing the returns' from the
abstracts for the purpose of getting
at official results. The chief source
of the trouble was in the returns
from Tama county. This had been
credited with l.OQu too many votes
for the convention, a "2" having been
mistaken for a "3." The total vote
cast for the convention according to
the official figures was 17G.337 and the
total vote against it was 176,892. The
official figures on the Titus amend
ment cio not alter materially the
semi-official figures given out, the
majority for the amendment being
upwards of 30,000.
Two handsome pieces of marble
statuary, the busts of ex-Governor
William Larrabee and Mrs. Larrabee.
have arrived at the historical build7
jng. They ax-e the gifts of the ex
governor to the historical depart
ment. Their arrival was an entire
Surprise-to Curator Charles Aldricb.
who is highly pleased at receiving
them. They will occupy prominent
places in the art room. The figures
are of life size and are of the purest
Parisian marble. 'They were sculp
tured at Florence, Italy, the sculp
tors being Pugi Frercs, artists of
that city All those who have seen
the figures agree they are striking
likenesses of ex-Governor Larrabee
and his wife.
The stflte executive council*' lias
concluded the official canvass of the
votes cast at the Inst general clee
tion for electors, state ticket, con
stitutional amendment P.nd biennal
election amendement. These official
figures do not vary from the un
official and show that Baldwin, re
a plurality of OS,543, the other re
publican ele'ctor-at-large, received
publican candidates following closo
ly behind. The candidates of other
parties received votes as follows:
Eiboeck, emocrat, 2OS,'If»5- ,JEucftare-,t
an, prohibition, 9,502 Weeks, pe'o-'
pie's, 613 Fraulson, socialistic la
bor, 257 Benkert, united Christian.
166 Work, social oemocrat, 2,742.
At the annual convention of thft
Iowa State Traveling Men's Assoc
iation Wr. II. Wheeler was re-elected
president without opposition, as
was F. E. Haley to the office of sec
retary and treasuer.
Judge Robinson of the board of
control lias recently inspected the
institutions at Cherokee and at In
dependence. At Independence he
fays the "typhoid epidemic is abating.
There are forty persons -still sick.
There have been four f-uspects re
cently, but c.side frcm these, there
have been of late no new cases. The
fcpideinic has been a severe one. The
number of male attendants and em
ployes who have had. the disease is
eighteen, and the number of feniale
attendants and employes fifteen.
The number of male patients who
have been sick is 10S. and the fe
male ninety. There is a total of 231
that have been afflicted. One female
attendant died, fourteen male pa
tients and eight female patients, a
total of twenty-three. While the
city water at Independence is said
to contain matter calculate 1 to fos
ter germs, no germs have been found
in the water before introduction to
the building. For Eome weeks only
sterilized water has been used in the
hospital. ,Z
Another chapter has been added to
the eonrt house squabble by the fil
ing of a petition in the district court.'
ashing that an order be issued re-
straining the board of supervisor*'
from taking any further action ii"
the court house matter and declares
ing that everything done so far was
illlearal. Mr. Windsor, who filed the,
petition, represents the river front
A man usually lauahs when he. it
amused a woman usually laf'hs
when she thinks ot.hey people think
she ought to laugh.
Dou't think because a man is short"
of stature that he was brought up
on condensed, milk.
Plot tin Kill Itoiiert*.
London, Nov. 28.—According to a
special edition of the Evening Stand
ard, a plot to assassinate L6rd' Rob
erts, in which'two 'foreigners Ure con
cerned, was discovered. .It appears
the conspirator-, laid a' mine w&iicli
was designed to be blown up Suritfay
while Roberts was in-cliufch St'-Jo
hannesburg. But the polire^nil'Rob
erts' body-guard frustrated''tile, Con
spiracy. Ten men, inostly Ifal-ans,
were arrested. These details, 01#
Evening Standard says, it is unable
to verify •_
There are upward of 80,00.0 inhale
t.ants on the slopes emd skirts of.
A slump in early Kiplingo has been
noted at recent London iuctloksaleR.
The "Schoolboy Lyrics," whMk a
couple of years ago brought
hais been sold recently flo-r. $1.6.25,
The sewage of Paris is conveyed to
an immense farm about twenty-five
miles from the city. The farm is
four square miles in area, and this,
fertilizer has proved so profitable to
the .land that neighboring farmers
•are' anxious to Secure, some of th!
sewage, although at first they oppos
ed its usfe.

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