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Coal of a splendid quality has been discoveredUa Clark county and Ihe owners of the property will at once sink a shaft. Ex-Gov. Crane of Massachusetts is slated as Sanator Hanna's suc cessor as chairman of the republi can national committee. I lie I risco-Rock Island system has made a deal with the Southern railroad for the use of the latter's tracks into New Orleans. Citizens of Chicago, having cured the republican national vention, will endeavor to also land the democratic national convention. ee con The dormitory of Waldon Uni versity at Nashville, Tcnn., was de stroyed bv fire on the night of the 18th. Nine of the girl students were cremated in the flames, and no less than thirty were seriously in jured. 'I'liose who escaped were clad only in their night robes, and saved nothing. The settlement of the friars' lands question in the Philippines also practically settles, it is considered Lore, the question of the friars them selves. The Fransicans, it is be lieved, will abandon the islands alto gether, since they have no money to purchase lands and have no other means of support. The American Bankers' associa tion lias agreed upon a plan for a money order system whereby sums not exceeding $100 can he sent by mail and orders cashed by any bank a member of the association. The scheme comes in competition with the money order division of the post office department. A mob of about 100 men took Jo Brake, a negro, from the county jail at Ripley, Tenn., and hanged him to a tree near by, the negro hav ing been arrested for the killing of Chester Conner, a prominent young white man. The leaders of the mob wen masked. The negro's body was riddled with bullets before being cut down. Troops are to he withdrawn grad ually from the Cripple Creek and Telluride mining districts in Colo rado. This has been decided as a result of a conference between Gov. Peabody and Adjutant General Sherman M. Bell. "Within thirty days," said Gen. Bell, "the troops will all ho withdrawn from the field. The strikes are practically over. The problem of aerial flight has probably been solved by Wilber and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, who, at Kittv Hawk, on the coast of North Carolina, successfully navigated a flying machine of their own invention for three miles in the teeth of a twenty-one mile gale and, picking their point of descent eas ily landed the machine on the se lected spot The bureau of insular affairs of the war department has prepared for publication a comparative statement showing the customs revenues in the Philippine archipelago for the first eight months of 1903, as compared with the same period of 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1902. shows that for the eight months ending August 31, 1903, the toms revenues were: 1903, $5,829, 986.90; 1902, $5,676,456.47: 1901, $5,635,267.16; 1900, $4,723,321.78; 1899, $3,109,878.39. The unusual and disgusting spec tacle of interference in the burial of the dead was witnessed in many instances in Chicago recently, ow ing to a strike of hearse drivers. Ac cording to press reports funeral pro cessions w-ere interrupted by strikers or their sympathizers, ana mourn ers, paying the last respects to their loved ones* were compelled to ac company the remains to the ceme teries on street cars or afoot. What ever justification the strikers might have had in a demand for increased salaries, the uncivilized action of themselves or sympathizers wjll be condemned by the general public. The true trades unionist will blush for shame when this instance is cited against his just position. A strike of machinists, boiler makers and blacksmith on the entire system of the Union Paicific and Southern Pacific lines will be de clared by January 1 unless the com panies abolish the piecework system. Violation of the agreement, which less than six months ago ended the biggest railroad machine shop strike the western systems have ever experienced, is held directly respon sible for the present trouble by the union leaders. Since the passage of the Cuban reciprocity bill the British govern ment has served formal notice on the state department that under the favored nation clause it expects that British sugar from the British West Indies shall be admitted into the United States on equal terms with Cuban sugar, and it is not doubted that Germany, France, Aus tria and the other great beet sugar producing countries will do like- • wise The statement cus Including the workmen who have already had their wages cut and those who will be reduced after the first of the year in accordance with an agreement said to have been reached lately between the United States Steel Corporation and inde pendent interests, it is stated that the number of iron and steel men affected in the Pittsburg districts, which includes Sharon, Youngstown and the valleys, will reach fully 80, 000. Of this number 20,000 are em ployed in indepenedent plants. Frank M. Kiggins, chief examiner of the civil service commission, in his annual report, says during the last fiscal year there were 112,624 persons examined for classification service of the government and 40,423 appointments; 24 per cent were to purely clerical positions, 3 per cent to professional, and 76 per cent to skilled labor positions, not exactly mechanical, requiring no education. Of all those examined nearly 80 per cent passed and 36 per cent of all examined were successful in secur ing appointments. Diplomatic pressure will be brought to bear upon Colombia by several European powers to prevent war between that country and the United States. The first step in this direction already has lieen taken by several powers through their repre sentatives, who have informed Gen. Rafael Reyes of the futility of any attempt by Colombia to retake Pan ama, declaring that it will result only in precipitating the Bogota gov ernment into war with the United States, and have said to him that the result of such a catastrophe Co lombia herself must realize. The capture in South Texas, a few days ago, of Jim Moody, alias Jack Wilson, recalls the many des perate encounters Texas and Terri tory officials had with the famous Black Jack gang of highwaymen and train robbers. All the members of this gang are either dead or in prison with the exception of Bill Taylor, who is known to be somewhere in Mexico. Taylor made his escape from the Texas penitentiary several years ago, and, after killing a former member of the gang who turned state's evidence and delivered him to the authorities, fled to Mexico. Clifford Smyth, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat correspondent, who was sent to Colombia, at the begin ning of the present trouble over the secession of Panama, under recent date sent the following to his paper: "If the people of the United States do not believe that the Colombians are thoroughly in earnest, they are very much mistaken. The informa tion I refer to is this: Generals Oritz and Novo both have small armies near the Panama line, and are making every preparation for an invasion of the isthmus. The Carta gena and Penzon, Colombian cruis ers, successfully landed its men. Camps have been prepared and a base of supplies will be established." • A fast train on the Frisco was wrecked at Godfrey, Kan., on the 21st, in which eight persons were killed and thirty-two injured. Of the injured five will die. The dead: James Kirkpatrick, Mosby, Mo.; George Hoyt, conductor, Sapulpa, I. T.; D. A. Dewers, engineer, Fort Scott, Kan.; Theo. Bishard, fireman, Fort Scott, Kan.; James H. Wyman (colored), Flemin Moreland, Lenox, Kan.; Leon Cor bin, Bessie, Okl*.; Joseph Corbin, Bessie, Okla.; John Bluebackor, news agent, Kansas City. Fatally injured: Sheridan Ivanable, Hop pertown, Okla.; F. B. Carrowav, Jonesboro, Ark.; John Bell, express messenger, Kansas City; II. B. Dar lington. mail clerk, Kansas City. When the train readied Godfrey it was behind time and running full speed.- 'i'he crew of a freight train which had preceded left the switch open and the passenger jumped the track and rolled down a slight em bankment. All the coaches with the exception of the sleeper, turned over and were completely wrecked. George Calhoun, a negro, ran amuck at Montgomery, Ala., and shot and killed his wife, Fannie, and wounded four other negroes. Cal houn called his wife to the door, and standing within ten feet of her, fired both barrels of a double-barreled shotgun into her body and, calmly reloading, made sure of his work with another shot. He then fired into the house, wounding two. The other two received their wounds while in pursuit of Calhoun. Yuan ShiKai, the commander-in Kan.; Asa chief of the Chinese army and navy, has taken steps for the rapid reor ganization of the Chinese army. Ac cording to the Cologne Gazette's ad vices from St. Petersburg, Yuan Shi Kai proposes immediately to create military schools with special train ing courses for non-commissioned officers and a cadet corps, a general staff and a military academy to be opened in 1905. Great Britain hag formally recog nized the new republic of Panama. The wife of Senator Hoar ef Mas sachusetts died suddenly at her lioina in Washington Christmas eve. A terrific wind storm swept over the little town of Washington, Ind., Christmas day, doing great damage. In a riot between whites and blacks at Lockland, Ohio, several parties were shot and seriously wounded. Fire on t)he 25th partially de stroyed the large retail department store of B. Lowenstein & Bros., in Memphis. Bert Barron, aged 17, shot and killed his father, Mart E. Barron, a miner, at Joplin, Mo., while pro tecting his mother from an assault. The elder Barron was intoxicated. More specifications for patents and trademarks were printed in the Patent Office Gazette this year than in any previous year. A report of the week of the division shows 31, 165 patents, 1,886 trademarks and 369 design specifications. A severe earthquake shock oc curred at Los Angeles Christmas day. The big buildings in the busi ness center swayed for an instant as though they would fall, and peo ple rushed into the streets think ing some explosion had occurred. Miss Erline Sinclair, a school teacher of Sullivan, Ind., has brought suit against a half dozen of her pupils for $10,000 damages, alleging that the defendants, with force of arms, assaulted the plain tiff and overpowered her, bound her hands together with ropes, lashed her to a rail and placed her in an icy pond. . The secretary of war has deter mined to take no further action re garding the utterances of Major General MacArthur in Honolulu re cently in which he is alleged to have predicted war between the United States and Germany. In a cable gram to the department, General MacArthur explains that his re marks were made in private and not with the slightest idea that they would be given publicity. Sixty-four people lost their lives in a wreck on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad near Connellsville, Pa., Christmas eve. The wreck was due to a carload of lumber becom ing loose and being scattered along the track. The passenger train was going at the rate of sixty miles an hour, and the cars were piled upon one another and the track torn up for several hundred yards. Added to the horrors of the scene ghouls are said to have robbed the dead and injured passengers before the ar rival of officers. John A. Benson, a wealthy real estate dealer of San Fracnsico, has been arrested, charged by the in terior department with being the head of alleged land frauds extend ing over a dozen western states and territories. It is alleged the con spiracy inplieates a number of per sons at present employed in the in terior department at Washington and elsewhere. Numerous arrests are expected to follow that of Ben son and employes who may not be arrested will be dismissed from the service. It is expected that Secre tary Hitchcock and the special attor neys in the case hold it absolutely necessary to the successful working out of the case that no action be taken with reference to any of the other alleged offenders until the principals in the case have been ap prehended. Arthur B. Pugh, who has bepn the special attorney for the interior department on the land frauds, and Oliver Hagin, assistant attorney for the department of jus tice, in asking for a large bail bond for Benson, said he had been guilty of bribery during a visit to Wash ington and in the interior depart ment itself, although he was fully aware that his connection with the alleged frauds was fully known by the department. Roscoe Derby of Cleveland, 0., a machinist by trade, despondent and crazed on account of the loss of all his money at a gambling table, mur dered his wife and three children an then took his own life. For sixty concerts to be given in this country during the present sea son Mine. Patti will receive $63,000. There are 3,200 miners working in Cripple Creek, and the Telluride mines, one after another, are being reopened " John Scott and Sam Victory, farmers residing near Ardmore, I. T., fought a duel with shotguns, both men being killed. The misunder standing came up over Stott's cattle breaking into Victory's field. United States Minister Powell, by his firm attitude, has achieved a complete victory over the San Do mingo provisional government, the authorities acceding to all demands made bv the American, including the appointment of arbitrators. The Turkish government has di rected that an apology be made to Consul Davis for the affair at Alex andria, when the American repre sentuive, in the discharge of his du ties, was assaulted by the police. ■K*. Mississippi State News Something Doing. From reports persistently kept in circulation there is evidently some thing afoot in the affairs of the Memphis & Gulf railroad, which is designed to run from Memphis to Pensacola, Fla. One of the best in formed men in the State on railroad matters stated la»t week that he be lieved that the announcement would be made in the next few weeks that the Illinois Central Railroad would finance the new road. Every visible sign would seem to indicate that there was something of this kind on foot. President Pond, of the road, in an interview at Meridian a few days ago, stated that the Frisco peo ple had offered to finance the road, but the offer had been declined on the ground that, the Frisco would be hostile to the Illinois Central. Ac cording to the charter of the Mem phis & Gulf, it is privileged to run to both Mobile and Pensacola. The moves of all three parties at interest go to show- that some understanding has been reached. It is well known that the Frisco people arc behind the Mobile, Jackson & Kansas Rail road, and it is natural that the Illinois Central should want the Memphis & Gulf, for it will give it access to the harbor of Pensacola, and that of Mobile also, if it should be determined to go to Mobile. The new road will run through one of the finest sections of the State, and if the Illinois Central s backing it, it will not be long before it is in operation, for the Illinois Central can secure the necessary finances to carry the project to completion. New Railroad Map. Secretary Webb of the railroad commission, this morning received a proof of the new railroud map of Mississippi planned for the use of Hie commis sion and the people of the State. The new map has been gotten up on a more elaborate scale than the former ones. It is much larger and fuller and Secretary Webb lias en deavored to bring it right up to date, to show all the railroads in the State and the projected lines now under construction. The map shows the completed lines of railroad even to the smallest mill line, and a 6tngle glance at it shows the rapid progress now being made in Mssis eippi in railroad construction. Getting Active Again. Revenue Agent Wirt Adams last week filed suits for back tax assess ments aggregating $24,800,000 in the Jackson and Hinds county against packing, pressing, cotton oil and ear companies, ainong them being the Union Cottofi Oil Com pany, of New Orleans, $1,260,000; Standard Refining Company, New Orleans, $210,000; Eagle Oil Cot ton Company, Meridian, $210,000; Among others sued are the Schlitz Brewing Company, Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company, Standard Oil Company, American Cotton Oil Company, Armour Racking Com pany, Cudahy Packing Company, Swift Packing Company, and a score of other concerns. Mr. Webb which Grocery Clerk Mlctlng. Matt O'Hara, a young man who was employed as a grocery clerk in Jackson, has been missing since December 19, and his family and friends are anxiously searching for him. The police were asked to in vestigate thf case, and fears are en tertained that he has suffered harm O'Hara left the by some means, etoro somewhat under the influence of liqiior, and had been very de ipondcnt all day. He did not go to Ris home, and no one has seen him since. On failing to show up for work, his disappearance developed, and the police are now trying to locate him. Univerilty Trustees. The trustees of the university have been caled to meet at Jackson on January 4 by the governor. This is the day before the meeting of the legislature, and will be a convenient and opportune time for the meeting The principal matters to be consid ered will be the requirements of the college and the recommendations to be made to the next legislature. A committee will doubtless be ap pointed to look after the interests of the institution before the legisla ture. Tie* in Several Counties. Secretary of State Power, in making up the commissions for the county officers, has discovered that in a number of counties where there were independents running, the in dependents tied the regular nomi nees. 'Hie law provides that in a case like this the State Board of Election Commissioners shall meet and decide who is to have the com mission by easting lots. The hoard is composed of the governor, secre tary of state and attorney general. Large Cotton Sale. The largest cotton sale for many years was effected at Water Valley last week by J. W. McLarty & Co., local cotton buyers. They sold 800 bales to Jones & Co., of Decatur, Ala., the price being 12Vi cents per pound. There will be little cotton left in that section after the holi days. Inquiry among ginners le veals the fact that the crop is all ginned, something that lias not hap pened this early for many years, if ever before. pressed at the next session of the legislaturc. Several months ago it was stated that the King's Dough ters of the state would have such a bill- introduced. Mrs. H. B. Kells, Many Highwaymen and Burglars. There has been an unusually large amount of safe-blowing, highway robberies, burglaries and similar criminal doings in Misissippi dur ing the past few weeks, and it seems that in a number of localities gangs of professional criminals are actively at w'ork. Thus far but few of the guilty parties have been captured, the only instances recorded being the arrest at Canton of the two men who blew open the safe in the sher iff's office at Walthall about ten days ago, and the capture in Jackson of one of the safe-blowers who took part in the robbery of the express office at McHenry. Want a Child Labor Law. There seems little doubt about a child labor bill being introduced and the well-known woman publicist of this state, says that there is no doubt about the bill being introduced, 'Hie Daughters all over the state are behind the movement to prohibit the working of children of tender years in factories. This is the first time that a united effort has been made to get such a measure passed. The Talk of the South. Among the distinguished visitors to Jackson last week was Hon. E. L. Martin, of Macon, Ga., an old Mis sissippi, who is to spend the holi days with relatives and friends in that city and in Brookhaven. Mr. Martin is now' one of the wealthy citizens of Macon, but lie has not lost his interest in the state of his nativity. In conversation last week lie said that he was much gratified at the splendid growth of the state. He said that the state and the splen did progress it is making is the talk of the South. Undergoing Some Repair*. The old desks and chairs which have been put in position in the senate and the house chambers at the new eapitol are undergoing some repairs. They are being revar nished, and do not now present such a bad appearance. The chairs look a good deal worse than the desks, which are made of mahogany and were nianufacted when the people believed in making things good. It is believed, however, that the legisla ture will vote early in the session to have new furniture. Rlotou* Negroes Killed. A lerrifie shooting affray took place on the Southern passenger train coming out of Greenville last week, while it was nearing Heath man, and as a result two negroes are dead and the conductor, B^b Carr, was badly shot through the hand. The negroes were full of bad Christ mas whisky and were making things lively by terrorizing the other occu pants of their coach when the con ductor went into the coach to take their pistols from them when he was shot, and did some shooting himself, with the above result. Truck Grower* Organize. A large -ind enthusiastic mass meeting of farmers and business men was held in Collins last week for the purpose of organizing a truck grow ers' asociation. Several speeches were made relative (o the business of truck growing and its commercial importance. by-laws were adopted and a perman ent organization affected. The as sociation will probably grow 100 j acres or more of early vegetables for Northern nnd Eastern markets iNortmrn ana >-astern markets. success will be attained. A constitution and Experiment Station Bill. State Senator A. M. Hides of Yazoo county announces that he will introduce a hill in the next legislature providing for a State ex periment station to be established in the Yazoo-Mississippi delta. Sen ator Hicks also expresses himself as favoring a geological survey of the State and may introduce a hill to that end. A Pickens Bankrupt. In the Federal Court at Jackson last week William II. Hoover, of Pickens, filed a petition in bank ruptcy. His liabilities are given in the schedule as $25,104. while his assets arc placed at $10,889. Caring for Veterans. „ , . , Splendid progress is being made , ii. tt •, in i , » ,£ ,, by the United Daughters ot the ( on federacy in collecting clothing for the inmates of the soldiers' home at Beauvoir. Every chapter in the state is engaged in this laudable charity, and large boxes 'of clothing of all -kinds are being forwarded to Superintendent Stone. There will also be many Christmas donations to the indigent veterans who have entered the home, and the institu tion will soon be_in_first-class shape. Gambler* on the Move. rn , , . l \ The grand jury got busy in Vicksburg last week examining nearly a hundred witnesses in one day, and it is understood that a large butch of indictments will he issued in the next day er two. The strong and direct charge of Judge Anderson lias created a great sensa hon, and quite a number of the easy money fraternitv have already struck their colors and departed for more congenial surroundings, while the can t-get-awavs are laying low. AFTER BACK TAXES. State Will Be Rich If the Revenue Agent Wine These Suit*. If the State revenue agent, Wirt Adams, is successful in the move ment to recover back taxes from the packing companies and brewing as sociations doing refrigerator car business in this State, Mississippi will be able to rent out the present new eapitol as a sort of cheap shanty and construct a palatial cap itol building such as would rival the palaces told of in the Arabian Nights. The revenue agent claims back taxes against these concerns for thir teen years from 1890 to 1903, both State and county. The aggregate amount of the valuation on which them- taxes are claimed is $219, 000 , 000 . The taxes are assessable in every county in which the companies de liver goods. Mr. Adams says there is no ques tion whatever about the liability of the concerns for the back taxes, as the question has been in the Su it preme Court of the United States and it lias been held that the prop a ertv is assessable for taxes where of a the concerns ship their own refrig ] erator ears into the State, employ ing the railroads merely to deliver the cars at destination. He will bring suits in every county where deliveries have been made for the State and eountv taxes for thirteen years past. The assessment is made on the valuation of the rolling stock employed by the companies in de livering the goods. The assessment which has been filed in Hinds county, and which is the same in all the counties in which goods have been delivered, is^as follows: The American Cotton Oil Company, New' York, is assessed with 300 cars at $500 each, which from 1890 to 1903, amoints to $1,260,00. The Jacob bold Packing Company, 20 cars at $500 each for thirteen years, $140,000. Schlitz Brewing Company, Milwau kee, Wls,. 50 cars at $500 each amounting to $350,000. Union Cotton Oil Company, New Orleans, 300 cars at $300 each, amounting to $1,260,000. Anheuser-Busch Brewiig Company, St. Louis, Mo., 50 cars at $500 each for the period, amounting to $350,000. Cudahy Packing Company, Chicago, 200 cars at $500 each, amounting to $1,400,000. Eagle Qil Company, Meridian. 50 cars at $390 each, amounting to $210, 000 . Hicks Palace Stock Company, Chi cago, 20 cars at $300 each, amounting to $84,000. Swift Packing Company, Chicago, 200 cars at $500 each, amounting to $1,400,000. Staidard Refining Company. New Orleans, 50 car* at $300 each, $210, 000 Union Tank Company, Whiting, Ind., 300 cars, at $300 each, amount ing to $1,260,000. Armour Packing Co., Chicago, 11!., 200 cars at $500 each, amounting to $1,400,000. Plankington Packing Company, Mil waukee, Wis.. 20 cars at $500 each, amounting to $140,000. Pabst Brewing Company, Milwau kee, Wls., 200 cars at $500 each, amounting to $350,000. Unloi Packing Company, Kansas City, 200 cars at $500 each, amount ing to $1,400,000. Kingan & Co., Indianapolis, Ind., 20 cars at $500 each, making $40,000. Henery King Packing Company, St. Joseph, Mo., 20 cars at $500 each, from 1900 to 1903, $40,000. Louisville Packing Co., Louisville, Ky„ 20 cars at $500 each, 1900 to 1903, $40,000. N. K. Fairbanks & Co., Chicago. 50 cars, at $500 each, 1895 to 1903, $225, nno. Boyd & Lehman Co„ Chicago. 20 cars at $500 each, 1900 to 1903, $40, 000 . John Morrell & Co. Ottumwa, la., 20 cars at $500 each 1900 to 1903, $40. 000 . j to 1903, $200,000. National Refrigerator and Trans ' x ' rtation Company, Chicago, 500 cars at j 500 eachj 190 2.i903, $500,000. ubby Packing Company, Union Stock Yards, Chicago. 20 cars at $500 each, 1900 to 1903, $40,000. Nelsoi Morris Company. Chicago, for 1900 to 1903, 50 cars at $500 each, $ 100 , 000 . Schwerzchild-Sulzeberger Company. Chicago, 100 cars at $500 each, 1900 New Albany Fire. A dangerous fire occurred in New Albany a few days since. A large livery and feed stable, in which were about fifty animals and $400 worth of corn, burned, but all stock escaped. A portion of an adjoining house burned and but for quick work the entire north side of Main street would have burned. Important Movement. A , , • , ... A movement of importance is the , 1 . . * consolidation of the municipalities Scranton and Pascagoula, to take place early in January, under the old Indian name of Pascagoula, The electric railroad to connect the varioug towM a , the (>oagt ig being pl!gh ed to completion, and it , T ias bm , dl ,. ided to eonstruct a line to Dantzler, which will he a great convenience for communication be tween Mogg Point and rascagouJa . _ * Fir* at Roblnaonvllle. . 'lustrous fire visited Tunica aB ^ wee k- It is supposed to have originated from a defective flue in the large mercantilcestablishmentof W. L. Kline & Co. When first die covered q ameg were breaking from the roof of thig buildin „ The firm ]ost their stoek of goodgi valued at $ 7 ,000, together with the building, Banks & Ca , who omipled the ud . j oin j ng building, also sustained a 8 i m ji ar i oss by t b e fi re . Orange Growing on the Coast. An industry that is attracting much attention along the gulf coast A large crop is orange growing, has been shipped from Pascagoula this year, and a good increase in acreage is predicted for next year. JUDAH fiENJAMIN'9 FAREWELL It !• One of the Most Notable Ad dresses of the Sensi'j. Thomas II. Martin, a lawyer ol Washington, 1>. C., who is ussoi i ated with his brother, Henry M. Martin, in compiling the farewell speeches of United States sen ators from the southern states during the war of secession, is in the city to gather all obtainable data concerning the life and career of Judah I'. Benjamin, one of the greatest statesmen that ever rep resented Louisiana in the senate ehumber, the only attorney gen eral of the confederacy and one of the most distinguished lawyers of two continents, says the New Or leans Picayune. Of all the vast quantity of matter that has been published about the civil war the farewell addresses of the United States sen ators from the south have never been given to the public, and that is vvliat the Messrs. Martin intend to do. "In going through some old doe uments in the congressional li brary recently," Mr. Martin said. "1 found the farewell speech of Judah P. Benjamin, delivered at the time he surrendered his sen ntorial commission. Charles Sum ner pronounced it the greatest speech delivered prior to the war. When Mr. Benjamin concluded his address there was not a dry eye in the senate chamber. Judah I*. Benjamin was preceded in deliver ing his farewell address by John Slide!, who retired from the Unit ed States senate on the same day. "A most interesting fact in con nection with this is that these speeches have never appeared in print and we are devoting a great deal of time and labor to getting them together. "All the addresses of that day were of a sensational character. We find another striking scene at the address of John C. Brerkin ridge, of Kentucky, who delivered a speech full of pathos and breathed liis sympathy for the con federate cause. Just as Breckin ridge was draw ing to a close Sen ator Baker, of Oregon, entered tin senate chamber. Baker was then a general officer in the union army and lie had just come in from the field of battle. When Breckin ridge concluded Baker, attired in full uniform, took the floor. He placed bis saber on his desk and addressed the president of the sen ate. His opening utterance was sensational and it at once arrest ed the attention of the audience and held spellbound both the floor and the gallery. He began: 'Mr. President, the senator from Ken tucky is uttering words of treason under the very dome of the capi tal.' " _ CURIOUS ECHOES. One Place Where a Pistol Report I* Repeated Sixty Times. The suspension bridge across the Meuai straits, in Wales, pro duces oue of the most remarkable echoes in the world, says Stray Stories. The sound of a blow witii a hammer on one of the main piers is returned in succession from each of the crossbeams which sup port the roadway, and from the opposite pier at the distance of 576 feet, in addition to which the sound is many times repeated between the water and roadway at the rate of 28 times in five seconds. An equally remarkable echo is that of the castle of Sinionettu, about two miles from Milan. The report of a pistol is repeated by this echo 60 times. A singular echo is also heard in a grotto near Castle Comber, in Ireland. In the garden of the Tuileries, in Paris, is an artificial echo, which repeats a whole verse without the loss of a single syllable. Another wonderful echo is heard outside the Shipley church, in Sus »ex, which echoes some 20 syllables in the most perfect manner. The well-known echo at Wood stock repeats itself no fewer than 50 times. In one part of the Pan theon so great is the echo that the striking together of the palms of the hands is said to make a report equal to that of a 12-pound non. Cilll Famous Stamp Collecticn. The magnificent collection of postage-stamps-bequeathed to the trustees og the British museum in 1891 by the lute Mr. T. K.Tap ling, M. P., can now be seen in its entirety by the general public. The very rare and highly valuable stamps will be shown only on spe eial application and under certain conditions, but they do not amount to many, probably about 100, in cluding such philatelic treasures as a pair of the famous "post of fice" Mauritius stamps, valued at something like £3,000. A speci men was lately sold in France for £1,500. Chinese Streets. Chinese streets, are often no( more than eight feet wide.