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T l M ES- PROMOTER
nERVANDO. • * MISSISSIPPI.
The education of a naval officer who
can not distinguish between a torpedo
boat and a fishing smack must have
been sadly neglected. .
We shall next hear of the Russian
Baltic squadron firing upon a flock
Mother Carey's chickens, mistaking
them for a fleet of Japanese battle
Russian vodka must be a dangerous
tipple when it can magnify, in the eye3
of those who indulge in it, a fleet
Innocent fishing smacks into a squad
ron of Japanese torpedo boats.
Alexander Parker Wilcox, of Paris,
111., the eccentric first cousin of Can
didate Alton B. Parker, still refuses
return to Oneida, N. Y., to claim
fortune which has been left him by
relative. He says he has plenty to live
on for the remainder of his days.
The explanation offered for the
North sea outrage by the Russian Bal
tic fleet is more disgraceful, If it were
possible, than the act which called for
explanation, as it furnished conclusive
evidence of utter incapacitiy for so im
portant a command in time of war.
A report compiled by W. J. Semel
roth, of St. Louis, chief secretary for
the World's Fourth Sunday-school con
vention, held at Jerusalem in April
this year, shows that this country con
tains 139,817 Sunday-schools, or more
than half the number existing in the
The story is current that a number
of the subcommanders of the Russian
Baltic fleet are cavalry officers who
have been given a hurried season
nautical instruction. We may be hear
ing of a charge of the horse marines
If the fleet ever gets in the vicinity
That would be rather an interesting
mix-up should France, in the event
a set-to between the English and the
Russian fleets, send in a few battle
ships to help the latter. Such a thing
is hardly expected to occur, but then
It is the unexpected thing that some
times does occur.
An Austrian student of the phe
nomena attending suicide says that of
those persons who try to take their
life by shooting themselves, only one
third succeed in attaining their end
at once. Another third die after a long
period of suffefing from the wound in
dicted, while the remaining third sur
It's unfortunate for the World's fair
that October conditions could not have
prevailed throughout the entire
World's fair term. Practically, they
did, but the world had been led to be
lieve that St. Louis is a hot place, and
really she it, at least so far as putting
railroad hold-ups and other criminals
out of the way. Had the people of
the world only known that weather
conditions in St. Louis averaged up
with all summer resorts, the attend
ance would have been much greater
up to this date.
Vice-Admiral Rojestvensky's asser
tion that he was attacked by two
Japanese torpedo boats in the North
sea is calculated to provoke a smile.
Had there been any Japanese craft in
that vicinity we should have been very
&pt to have heard more of them, as it
goes without saying that having ven
tured that far in the teeth of the enemy
they would have made themselves
manifest. The Russian vice-admiral
lacks experience with Japanese torpedo
boats; though it may be that British
steam trawlers resemble them under
Whatever explanation may be of
fered for the North sea outrage, it is
acknowledged that England is justi
fied in forcing a significant impression
upon the czar. England well may in
quire into the hazard incurred by per
mitting an agitated squadron freedom
of action on the high seas. Russia, on
its part, may question itself whether a
perturbed commanding officer and a
body of alarmed seamen can render
effective service at the seat of war.
Russia may look even further and
meditate whether its squadron's strange
act does not expound defeat
MaJ. Seaman in his recent address in
St. Louis, scored the sentiment that
prompted the abolition of the canteen
from the American army, and also the
work of congress "that permits a lot
of well-meaning, but misguided fanat
ical women to degenerate Its army by
depriving it of one Of its most bene
ficial features—a well-regulated can
teen—the outgrowth of the best
thought and experience of able, trust
ed officers, thereby driving its fighting
units to saloons and its constituents,
from which they are frequentl.
brought back by the patrol, candidates
for the guardhousa or the hospital.
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7th. .futb. vE/ 22nd. Id.
NEWS IN BRIEF.
Compiled from Various Sources.
PERSONAL. AND POLITICAL.
President Theodore Roosevelt cele
brated his forty-sixth birthday anni
versary on the 27th,
On the 27th Mrs. Ray M. Krauss
pleaded guilty at Hartford City, Ind.,
to the murder of her stepdaughter, and
was given a life sentence in the peni
The Official Messenger, of St. Peters
burg, gazettes the appointment of Gen.
Kuropatkin to the command of all the
forces, naval and military, in the far
Ex-Gov. George K. Nash, of Ohio,
dropped dead in the bath room of his
home at Columbus, on the 28th.
The president, on the 28th, forceful
ly replied to the letter sent to him re
cently by James N. Tyner.
Gen. Kuroki reports the routing of
a Russian detachment and driving the
enemy from his last position south of
the Shakhe river.
The British premier, on the 28th, de
clared that the Russian version of the
North sea affair was a thrust at Great
Britain's national honor.
Hon. Charles W. Fairbanks, repub
lican candidate for vice-president,
closed his Missouri campaign by speak
ing in St. Louis on the 28th.
Col. W. F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) re
turned to America from England, on
the 28th, accompanied by Chief Iron
Tail and a band of Sioux Indians. At
an entertainment on the steamer, a
feature of the programme was a war
dance, in which 50 of the Indians took
Judge Parker, on the 28th, made a
spirited reply to the sponsors for the
administration who have objected to
his charges of extravagance against
the Roosevelt regime, end his asser
tions that the trusts were contributing
lavishly to the republican campaign
Prof. R. M. Washburn, head of the
dairy department of the Missouri uni
versity college of agriculture, warns
the 500,000 Missourians engaged in
dairy farming to organize against the
interests which are striving to secure
the repeal of the oleomargaine bill of
Fewers' concert hall, on West Mad
ison street, Chicago, was destroyed by
fire, on the night of the 27th. The fire
started at the rear of the stage, and
caused the death of Henry Schlater by
suffocation, and Michael Burns and
Charles Frair were badly burned.
Burns will probably die.
It is said that the chime of bells in
the German building at the World's
fair in St. Louis has been purchased by
a wealthy merchant of Reading, Pa.,
for presentation to the Catholic church
Dispatches from Russian sources
credit the Japanese with renewing the
fight in the vicinity of Mukden, the
Japanese right moving against the
Russians and taking Fen Diapu and
two adjacent Russian positions.
On the 27th two violent earthquake
shocks were felt at Meade, Kas.
On the 28th Missouri university day
was celebrated at the World's fair.
The case of Dr. Watson at New Lon
don, Mo., on the charge of murdering
his wife, was continued, on the 28th,
at the instance of the state, until Jan
The Japanese are reported to have
made another fierce assault on Port
Arthur, on the 27th, capturing two
more forts. A Russian battleship in
the harbor is said to have been badly
The negro pugilist, Joe Walcott, was
held for the Boston grand jury, on the
28th, in $2,500 bail, on a charge of
manslaughter in connection with the
killing of another negro in a Boston
At mine No. 3 of the Rock Mountain
Fuel & Iron Co., at Tereio, 40 miles due
west of Trinidad, Col., a terrible ex
plosion occurred on the 28th, and the
number of dead is variously placed be
tween thirty and sixty men.
Immediate war between Russia and
Great Britain has been averted, and the
settlement of the points in dispute re
garding the attack by the Russiah sec
ond Pacific squadron on British traw
lers on October 21 has been referred to
an international commission, under
The Hague convention.
The port authorities of Bremen have
officially reported to the German gov
ernment the firing on the German fish
ing vessel Sonntag by Russian war*
ships, October 21. off Horn's reef.
The Fifteenth Annual Meeting, at
St. Louis, Adjourned.
THE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED
The More Important Portion* of
the Iteport of the Committee
on Resolutions na Panned
By the Congress.
St. Louis, Oct. 30.—The Trans-Mis
sissippi Commercial Congress held its
closing session at the World's fair Fri
An important feature of the session
was the report of the resolutions com
mittee by A. L. Black, of Bellingham,
Wash., chairman of the committee. The
committee divided its report under the
heads of "Irrigation," "Rivers and
Harbors," "Interstate Commerce,"
"Public Parks," "Statehood," "Alaska,"
"Good Roads" and "Labor and Com
merce." Among the more important
resolutions adopted were the follow
"We recommend liberal expenditures
for the improvement of rivers and har
bors by the federal government, as one
of the best and wisest methods of ap
propriating public funds, and this con
gress hereby expresses its firm conviction
that the people of the United States will
sustain the national congress in appropri
ating larger sums for such purposes, and
urge congress to make more liberal ap
propriations than it has heretofore done,
thereby decreasing the cost of transporta
tion on the products of farm, ranch and
factory, and increasing the prosperity of
"The cost of necessary improvements
to prevent the continued interruption of
interstate commerce and an appalling
of life and property should be met by
the national government and the locali
ties affected upon an equitable basis.
"We urge upon congress to make con
tinued and liberal appropriations for the
permanent improvement of the Missis
sippi river between the mouths of the
Missouri and the Ohio rivers, with the
object of deepening the channel, that it
may have a depth of at least nine feet,
to correspond with the channel below the
mouth of the Ohio river.
"We urge congress to make liberal ap
propriations for the improvement of the
Mississippi river between Cairo and the
head of the passes, in accordance with
the plans and recommendations of the
Mississippi river commission.
"We again recommend the project for
deeper water throughout the upper Mis
sissippi between St. Louis and Minneap
olis, and for the betterment of the river
at the Des Moines rapids by substituting
a dam and lock for the present canal,
and heartily approve house file bill 15,284,
now pending in congress.
"We indorse the project of improving
the Mississippi river from Minneapolis to
St. Louis so as to obtain a minimum
depth of six feet at all seasons of the
year, and we recommend that the gov
ernment authorize a continuous contract
for the completion of this improvement.
"We approve the action of the Fifty
seventh congress in ordering and pro
viding for a survey and investigation of
the feasibility of constructing a, water
way 14 feet in depth from the terminus
of the Chicago sanitary and ship canal
at Lockport, 111,, to St. Louis, Mo.
"We recommend that congress make
proper appropriations for the improve
ment of the Missouri river and other
navigable tributaries of the Mississippi
"We urge congress to make adequate
appropriations under continuing contract
for the speedy improvement of Galveston
harbor, and owing to the great increase
of commerce passing through that port
and the deep draft of vessels in which
the commerce of the world is now most
economically carried, we recommend that
provisions be made for securing in
harbor a channel 2,000 feet in width from
the western limits to the city of Galves
ton to deep water in the gulf, with a
uniform depth of not less than 35 feet
of water at mean low tide, and we fur
ther recommend that congress make ade
quate provision for the protection of the
port of Galveston and the property of
the United States there situated.
"We heartily recommend, in view of
the large and rapidly-increasing trade
with the orient, the improvement and
adequate protection under continuing con
tracts of all Pacific coast ports from
British Columbia to the Mexican border.
"It is the sense of this congress that
immediate steps should be taken for bet
ter protection of the Pacific coast, and
that there should be immediate construc
tion of a naval station at some point on
the southwest of said Pacific coast, and
recommend the passage of a bill creat
ing a naval station without delay at
San Diego or some other proper point
which may be recommended by the naval
*'We respectfully petition the congress
of the United States to enact legislation
at Its next session empowering the inter
state commerce commission, when a rate
or practice complained of is found to be
discriminative or unreasonable, to deter
mine what change shall he made therein,
which determination shall he operative
within 30 days und so continue until over
ruled or suspended under judicial pro
"We favor the action of the federal
government in providing public parks,
and recommend that all the principal big
tree groves in California, and at least
050 acres of virgin redwood forest In the
same state should be secured by the
United States government and field for
"We favor statehood for Oklahoma and
Indian territory, believing the policy of
union to be favorable to stability and
conservatism and beneficial in this in
stance to the Transmississippi region, as
well as to the whole nation, and in Join
ing these territories Into one state we
earnestly urge upon congress the impor
tance of the presence of the spirit of
fairness and the absence of partisan bias.
"As an act of justice to Alaska and
to those desiring to go there, we favor a
sectional survey of said region as soon as
an appropriation can be secured for said
purpose, and we recommend that con
gress, at its coming session, pass the
necessary appropriation sectlotjjzing
Alaska, or at least for the commence
ment of the work.,
"We favor so amending the homestead
laws pertaining to the lands of Alaska' so
that any citizen of the. United States may
acquire 320 acres by settlement and resi
dence, or commutation, although he may
heretofore have had the benefit of the
homestead laws In other part* of the
United States, providing at the time of
making application for said 320 acres the
applicant is not the owner of 160 acres of
land and wishes said 320 acres for home
P "T« 81 f S avor the union of labor and the
combination of capital as proper means
to advance the public good. We. however,
condemn any and all acts of either com
bined labor or caDltal that ip any wav
abridge* the natural right* of man. Such
acts are a menace to ths public welfare,
and all good eltlxens should dltcotmte
nance and use their every effort to pro
tect the natural rights of all tha people
In our country, we recommend the en
forcement of the Sherman act of 1890, and
to that end urge congress to pass an
amendment to that act, making it the
duty of all United States district attor
neys to prosecute all unions of labor or
capital whenever evidence making a
prlma facie case of the breach of the
terms of the act are presented.
.'•And that this congress recommends
the appointment of a special commission
by the national congress to Investigate
the arbitration laws of New Zealand and
other countries which havo such laws,
und make such recommendations to the
national congress as they may deem
"We recommend to the several states
and territories the adoption of such legis
lation as will place the subject of perma
nent public-road Improvement under an
intelligent and uniform state and county
gres^ again earnestly urges
thorough organization of our consular
service st 3 to secure the most efficient
service to our business interests, and It
believes that this can be best accom
plished by basing appointments on ex
perience, .ability and character, unbiased
by any political consideration, thus as
suring that efficiency w r hlch is only at
tained by extended experience."
1 Commercial con
THE CHARGES ARE REFUTED
Tlie Law* Are Reins Rlgidly
foreed at the Joliet (111.)
Springfield, 111., Oct. 30.—Charges
that the state penal institutions have
been mismanaged, and particularly
that the convict labor laws were being
violated at the Joliet penitentiary in
the manufacture and sale of shoes,
were bluntly refuted by Barney
Cohen, president, and J. F. Morris, sec
retary of the State Federation of La
bor. These officers of the federation
were named at the meeting of the fed
eration as a committee to carefully in
vestigate the charges against the state
administration, and the committee re
ported that the charges were unquali
fiedly false and that the laws were be
ing rigidly enforced at the Joliet insti
observance of the "unwritten law' re
ceived commendation in the criminal
court, Friday, when the case against
him for malicious cutting was called.
He was indicted for cutting William
Bowman, but information had been se
cured by Joseph M. Huffaker, common
wealth's attorney, that the offense had
been committed by Doerr after serious
It is charged that Bowman had been
attentive to Doerr's wife, and that
Doerr found them together. The cut
"I move to dismiss the case, your
honor," said Huffaker, "and I would
do the same thing if Doerr had cut the
head off this man."
Judge Pryor granted the motion.
UNWRITTEN LAW" UPHELD.
Case Against Joe Doerr, tor Catting
William Bowman, Dismissed
ut Louisville, K y.
Louisville, Ky., Oct. 30.—Joe Doerr's
GEISHA GIRLS MAY REMAIN.
Federal Authorities Say They Come
I'nder the Class of Actresses,
Not Affected by Law.
Washington, Oct. 30.—The Japanese
geisha girls who arc technically in
charge of government officials at St
Louis for alleged violation of the alien
contract labor law, but who really are
in revolt against the mikado's agents
at the World's fair and refuse to re
turn home, will be allowed to stay in
this country, if they want to.
Immigration officials say that the
broken contract charge will not stand,
as the law does not apply to artists or
actresses, in which latter class the
geisha girls are placed.
THEY WOULD BAR THE JAPS
Attempt to Be Made to Place Japan
ese On the Same Foottnir as
Chicago, Oct. 30.—Fear that Japanese
workmen may take the places of the
members of his union who are still at
work in the stockyards has induced
Michael Donnelly, president of the
Amalgamated Meat-Cutters and Butch
er Workmens' union to begin a cam
paign for the passage of a Japanese ex
A resolution calling upon congress
to pass such a bill will be presented by
officers of the Federation of Labor.
EIGHT MEN WERE INJURED.
Explosion of Gas in Egyptian Mine
No. 2 at Harrlsburar, III., May
Cost Two Lives.
Harrisburg, 111., Oct. 30.—Eight men
were injured, two probably fatally, by
the explosion , of gas in Egyptian mine
No. 2 here late Friday evening.
The injured ars: Waiter Pankey,
Castle Cymmins, Ed Horning, George
Galbraith, Supt. Harvey Stricklin and
three others whoso names are not
Pankey and Cummins were horribly
burned and will die.
Supt. Stricklin received burns about
the face and hands in trying to save
wife of 0. B.
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The Wise Witness.
The cross-examiner had kept the
witness on the stand for some time,
and the witness naturally was getting
"If you would only answer my ques
tions properly," said the cross-exam
iner, "we would have no trouble. It
I could only get you to understand
that all I want to know is what you
know, we—" •
"It would take you a life time to ac
quire that," interrupted the witness.
"What I mean is that I merely want
to learn what you know about this af
fair," the lawyer said, frowning. "I
don't care anything about your ab
stract knowledge of law or your infor
mation in regard to theosophy, but
what you know about this case."
"Oh, that isn't what you want,"
said the witness in an off-hand way.
"I've been trying to give you that for
some time, and—"
The lawyer got in an objection and
the witness had to stop.
"If I don't want to know what you
know about this particular case and
nothing else," inquired the lawyer
later, "what do you think I want to
That seemed so easy that the wit
ness laughed as he said:
"It isn't what I know that you want
to know; it's what you think I know
that you're after, and you are trying
to make me know or prove me a liar."
Then it was that every one in the
court room knew that he had been on
the witness stand'before.
Could Do Better.
"What are you asking me all these
questions for?" suddenly Inquired the
"I'll tell you, sir," said the other
man. "We are going to publish a
magazine article giving your wholo
"But, great Scott! I've told you a
lot of things that it wouldn't do to
print! I couldn't have It published
The caller hesitated a moment.
"Ten thousand dollars Is a good
deal of money," he said at last, "but 1
think we can do better. We expect to
sell nearly half a million extra copie3
of our magazine on account of this ar
ticle. Good day, sir."—Chicago Tri
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