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Discovery In OrcvoM of Rich Gold
Rearing Uunrix ou a Limestone
Hud Porphyry Contact—Old Idaho
Camp- I.atest Stampede From
As showing the enormous amount of
wealth produced in Silver How county,
Montana, some figures prepared by Eu
gene B. Braden, in charge of the United
States assay oflice in Helena, are of the
greatest moment. Mr. Braden lias placed
the entire output of Silver Bow county
from 1882 to 1807, inclusive, at the enor
mous figure for gold, silver and copper at
$383,080,777.07. The total of 530,288,104
fine ounces of gold was valued at $11,148,-
075.74. The product of silver, 113,005.001
ounces would be worth at coinage rate,
$146,883,234. Mr. Braden has estimated
the value of the copper output by com
puting copper at 12 cents a pound. As a
matter of fact the estimate IS probably an
exceedingly conservative one, the average
price of that commodity having been
during the years 1882 until 1897, inclu
sive, 13.470 cents, making it probable that
Mr. Bra den's figures are duly low. But
even at 12 cents the product, 1,875,462,242
pounds, is shown to be worth the enor
mous sum of $225,055,467.04. The most
remarkable thing about it all, as it will
strike the average student, is that all that
has been taken from within practically a
radius of three miles—the city of Butte
ami its immediate vicinity.
Recent Oreßon Discovery.
The recent discovery of rich gold-bear
ing quart/, on a limestone and porphyry
contact near Applegate, in Jackson coun
ty, Oregon, is worthy of more than a pass
ing notice. It used to be,the prevailing
opinion among competent mining author
ities that this formation was not favor
able to auriferous mineralization until the
discovery in ret cut years of the extensive
and almost inexhaustible gold fields at
Mercur, Utah, in a similar formation.
This limestone dyke, in which the discov
ery was made, is of a metamorphic char
acter, or what be called in common par-!
lance a blue black marble, and is mineral- j
ized to a greater or less degree through
out the entire maMs, but as a rule the gold
is found in a black, cherty, impure quartz
extending through oxidized liuie or mar
ble over on Jackson creek, about two
miles from Jacksonville, which has proved
to be highly mineralized in both gold and
silver, as in the Bcekman and HufTcr
mine. Below this calcite dyke the early
placer miners in the. 50s used to pick up
some .wonderfully rich gold and silver ore
in the ground sluice, and it was a mys
tery from whence it came until the dis
covery in recent years, as above stated, in
the Beckman and Huffer mine.
Texan Dlstrlet.
One of the oldest mining camps (Texas
district) encountered in this northwest
region is situated at'thfc headwaters of
the Lemhi river, Idaho. In the 80s it at
tracted considerable notice, and attained
a very prominent position as an ore pro
ducer. The camp was one of the best wa
tered and tiraliered of any locality in Ida
ho, and its accessibility and natural ad
vantages were unsurpassed. Its natural
outlet is through the fertile valley lead
ing past Spring mountain, Nicholia, and
down along Birch creek, thence Dubois,
Idaho. Upwards of $50,000 were taken
from one of its mines alone, and altogeth
er it has produced in the neighborhood of
$75,000 worth of bullion. Something like
200 mining claims were loeated within
the district. No great depth was ever
attained on any of its properties, and the
shipments were confined to surface depos
its. It covers a stretch of country from
25 to 35 miles in length, comparable in
all respects to the Sawtooth range in the
Wood River country. Want of capital
and the high charges for transportation
that at that period governed, held the
country in check until it was overtaken
by the warfare on silver, since which time
it has lain dormant as a mining section.
Its ores have ranged all the way from $20
to $500 in silver to the ton, principally
chlorides, which, it is urged, is against it
as a concentrating product. Galena and
carbonates are much in evidence. But
one or two properties are now being ac
tively worked there and these are piling
their ores to one side in wait for an im
proved market.
Stampede to Swede Creek.
The latest stampede from Dawson was
the one that occurred February lti to
Swede creek, 00 miles above Dawson. In
the rush four men whose names could not
be learned perished from the cold. While
en route from Tanaua river to Diwson,
ex-Mayor Wood of Seattle, who lately re
turned from Alaska, paid particular at
tention to the mineral district on the
American side of the line, and his obser
vations have made him enthusiastic over
its prospects. There has been a great
deal of prospecting along all the creek*
from the Tanana to Forty Mile creek this
winter, and the results obtained arc en
couraging. There seems to be a general
movement of prospectors to this section.
The lower Rampart and the Koyokuk sre
especially promising. There is a revival
in interest around Circle City.
Center Star Litigation.
George Haldora and other prominent
citizens of Butte are interested in the out
come of a suit that is being tried in Van
couver. The Center Star claim, which
joins the famous Le Hoi mine at Ros*
land, and which promises to outrival that
famous property in time, followed its vein
down under its side line only to find that
ore to the value of of perhaps $170,000
had been taken out by the owner* of a
claim lying alongside. Suit was brought
and the issue will soon be determined.
Sale In East Kootenajr.
W. J. C. Wakefield, Joseph Morris, J.
D. Ffcrrell and Charles Thies have sold to
an Knglish company a half interest in the
Hummer, Rebecca, Silver Reef, Nettie,
Point Levi, Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa
claims, in East Kootenay, for $16 000 ••ash,
la tbiee annual payments, and $30 000 to
be expended in work on the claim* within '
three vean.
Utile Slate Creek I'laeern. |
Preparations for developing the placer I
diggings on Little Slate crock about 10
miles west of Florence, Idaho, are being
made on an elaborate scale by Florence
parties who control 40(1 acres of virgin
ground. Some idea of the magnitude of
their hydraulic operations may be gain
ed from the statement that when the
works start up this season they will be
able to handle almost an acre of ground
per day.
Little Slate creek gold deposits were
discovered by Robert Koyal in 1878, but
he did not develop the claims and they
' attracted no attention until two years
later when Captain J. Wilson discovered
a gulch that yielded 25 cents to $2.50 pet
pan. Foekler gulch was discovered the
same fall by Joseph Foekler, C. P. Cone
and the late Andy McQuade. It yielded
$4000. Buchanan gulch, another rich
! producer, was found the same year.
j It is estimated that these gulches yield
ed in the early days about #100,000. VVil
! son's gulch is known to have produced
$1100 in one day for five men. None of
the gulches are worked beyond its mouth,
dumping ground being lacking. These
gulches open at right angles upon Little
Slate creek where present operations are
.being undertaken. It is about four or
live feet to l>cd rock and the groiiud pros
pects from 2 cents to $2.50 per pan.
The works will be completed in July.
J. C. Meinert, \V. P. Murphy. J. \V. Turn
bull and J. F. Boyer of Florence are in
terested in the enterprise. Little Slate
creek gold is all shot gold and runs uni
formly $10 in value.
Klondike From Colfax.
A large pack train has left Colfax for i
Dawson City via the S.pokane overland
route. The train is owned by (J. YV. j
Cole who, assisted by two hired men, is ,
in charge of the outfit. Mr. Cole is a
pioneer of the Pacific coast, is 59 years old !
and a bachelor. He recently sold a farm j
near Pendleton, re., where he has lived j
for 21 years and is well supplied with |
money and a romplctc outfit. One-of his!
friends here made the statement that be- j
-ides his outfit Mr. Cole will take $0000]
ii< gold with him to the Klondike coun
try. Mr. Cole has been in and around
Colfax for three weeks buying and break
ing pack horses for the trip. So quietly
has he been at work that few knew of |
his intention until today when he left j
with 21 pack horses and six saddle horses i
for Spjokane where he will push forward
at once, leaving Spokane the party will j
take the overland route and travel by
easy stages until the grass gets good.
They will prospect along the route if
good ground is discovered this side of
Dawson they will stop and locate claims.
If not, they will go to Dawson, where
Mr. Cole, will probably buy a claim. Mr.
Cole, whose hair and beard are as white
as snow, is still strong, hearty, deter
mined and ambitious, and is confident he
will meet with success in his undertak- j
ing. As the train left Colfax this morn-j
ing with Mr. Cole at the head it formed !
a pretty picture and reminded the old
settlers of the early days when all pro
visions used in this country were brought
in by pack train.
Ore Shipments F . oiu Nelson.
The ore shipments from Nelson, 11. C.,
for the past week amounted to 2700 tons
of an approximate value of $120,400. The
figures for each shipping mine are as fol
lows: Hall mines smelter, copper bullion,
10 tons, lead bullion, 20 tons; Hoi, 1080
tons; Payne, 270 tons; Queen Hess, 20
toils; Idaho, 170 tons; Iron Mask, 80 tons;
Last Chance, 80 tons; Rambler, 45 tons;
Montezuma, 80 tons; Kcco, 20 tons; Brad
cn Hros.. Pilot Hal. 110 tons. This brings
the total shipment for March, including
the first two days of April, up to 11,740
tons, of an approximate value of $008,415.
The shipments so far for 1808 aggregate
20.827 tons, valued at $2,845,042.
If Spain Is Ordered to Leave Cobs
She Will Fl*ht.
London, April 5. —The Madrid corre
spondent of the Time* says: Spain's re
ply to the American propone Is is reported
to have done Kttle or nothing toward re
laxing the intention* of the United State*.
The chances of an amicable settlement
are more remote than ever, and most
Spanish minds are prepared for the wont.
President McKinley, we learn, may or
may not send one sharp ultimatum as a
dernier ressort. If he does, and the ulti
matum requires the evacuation of Cuba
by the Spanish troops, everything goes to
show it may as well be left unwritten. If
the worst happens it is obvious that Spain
will go to war with the firm conviction
that she worked from first to last in the
legitimate interests of peace, making ev
ery concession fairly compatible with na
tional dignity
Prepared to Tara Amrrleaa Lesatloa
Over tn PriiUk Protection.
New York, \pri I. \ Herald special
from Washington N»ys; ('onsul General
Lee hAH been instructed to turn the
Ameiican consulate ovei to British Con
sul Gollin, and ha"* nlready made the nec
essary arrangement* with Gollin to do so.
This is a mere precaution in case General
Lee has to leave Midu< nJy. Lee appar
ently ha* not abandoned all hepe oi pre
venting hostilities ind v til ntick to his
post until it is foil? »o retrain longei.
Srcond t'oa«rraa of Nothera.
Washington, April 5. — From present j
indications the aueond congress of moth
ers, which me* ts here from May j to May I
7, *vill be a most successful path»*i ing und
v. ill include prominent women from many
parts of the country. The board of man
agers of the congress makes the announce
ment that they have no "official organ."
The annual propram of the organization
is their only publication.
The fastest vessels in the navy art the
torpedo boats Porter and Dupont, each oi
which can travel 27.5 knot* an hour.
Sales of Railroad Land* la Montana
-Fifty-Five of the ISM Mames oa
the Fremont Connty, Idaho. Jary
Mat Are Those of Womea.
Co&mopolis reports that the fishing bus
iness is almoHt a failure, many fishermen
taking their nets out of the water.
The superintendent of the jetty work at
Gray's harbor entrance says that fully
4000 feet of work will be built this year.
Governor Rogers has appointed Profes
sor L. D. Go shall j| Kverett & member of
the board of regents of the state univer
sity for the term ending March, 1904.
vice ti. F. lieupton, of Tacoma, term ex
William Rice Dunbar, who has been ap
pointed register of the land office at Van
couver, Wash., was born in Schuyler
county. 111., April 7, 1839. He crossed the
plains *ith his parent* in 1840 to Oregon.
His father* Rite Dunbar, was one of the
first pioneers to file on a donation claim
iu the Waldo hills, near Salem, Ore.
Auditor Mann of Douglas county has
figured up the amount of debt canceled
by paying off mortgages in Douglas coun
ty from January 1, 1897 to March 5,
1898, and finds it as follows: Real estate
mortgages, $53, 014; chattel mortgage"*.
| $27,139; total. *80.243.
During the 12 months ending March 31
there were 334 deAths in Spokane and 513
births. While all deaths are reported and
included in this statement, a lajge por
i tion of the births are not. On these fig-
I ures it will be seen that Spokane, calcu
lating on a basis of population of 40,000,
i has a death rate of 8.35 and a birth rate
I of 12.82 iu 1000.
The postoffice reports for the fiscal year
ending last night show a wonderful in
crease in business at Colfax, and receipts
are now large enough to advance the of
fice from third to second class. The re
ceipts for the year were $8025. This will
affect the change in the class and increase
the postmaster's salary from $1900 to
$2000 per year, beside increasing the al
lowance for clerk hire, rent, etc., about
$000 per annum.
Pierce county has begun a suit agaiust
Sheriff Mills and 400 other defendants,
who occupy or claim some title or inter
est in 05 acres of land comprising part of
the Tacoma "Nigger tract." The county
seeks to establish its right to an undivided
one-sixth interest in such 05 acres by
o|M>ration of the law of escheat. It al
leges that in 1875 one (Jeorge Luviney,
who owned such one-sixth interest, died
leaving no heirs; that D. 11. Hannah was
appointed administrator of such estate
in 1883. and in 1885 the probate court
decreed that Luviney's interest escheated,
from which no appeal was made.
Out of a total of 1789 foreign born in
i Tacoma but one first saw the light of day
in Spain.
The Vancouver saw mills have secured
a contract for 500,000 feet of lumber,
which will be used in the construction of
a wharf at Fisher's rock quarry
Wheat receipts at Tacoma for March
have amounted to 550 cars, according to
Inspector Wright's report for the month.
The total receipts to date, since Septem
ber 1, amount to 9010 cars, or 7,209,898
bushels. It is estimated that aboi*4 2,-
000,000 bushels will yet bes hipped before
the season closes.
Word has been received at Vancouver
of the death at Dyea of Sergeant Major
Kelly of the 14th infantry. He died on
the evening of March 19, of cerebro spinal
meningitis, after an illness of only three
doys. A letter from Dyea says that he
was strong, robuet and healthy up to the
i hour of beings taken with the disease,
land his unexpected and untimely death
i has plunged the regiment into grief and
' alarm.
John P. Anderson, more familiarly
"Pete" Anderson, one of the Puget sound
pioneers, died the other day at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Lee Rogers, after
a few days of intense suffering with
pneumonia. Mr. Anderson was an old
steamboat captain on the sound, and serv
ed a term several years ago as surveyor
of Snohomish county. He was one of
the pathfinder* of this country, being fa
| miliar with every square mile of ita terri
. Tory, and for several years has followed
j timber cruising and private surveying,
j He leaves quite a large family of chil
{dren, ail grown, his wife having died
I I several years ago. He was about 61
| year« old.
The li«t9 of County Assessor Daniel
show that the ssles of railroad lands in
Park County during the past year amount
to nearly WOOO acres.
The city council of Kalispell has re
duced salaries. That of the police judge
was cut form $25 to $15, and the mar
shal from $85 to $75.
Complaint come* from 11avre that the
poiaon Muttered over the prairies for the
purpose of destroying wolves is playing
havoc with the hounds used for the same
The longest telephonic communication
in the world will be established this sum
mer, when Livingston, on the extreme
east, and Portland, on the west, will be
connected by wire.
A large force of men will scon be at
work on the Big Horn tunnel from the
fact that there are. a number of springs
inaide the tunnel which keep the roadbed
: in an unsafe condition, the interior, for its
entire length of 1008 feet, is to be con
| cteted.
i At a farmers* meeting held st Chinook
i* few days ago the proposition to raise
j barley wa* the principal subject of dis-
I cussion. A canvass ot those present in
| dieatvd a demand for about 60,000 pounds
of seed barley this season—a*u amount
mid to be sufficient tor about 000 acres.
1 At the meeting of the stock holders and
! subscribers to the Supply Ditch Company
at Stevenaville the trustees were empow
! sred, by a vote sf • Majority, U mart
gage the property in the sum of $3500,
in order to raise funds to pay off all
j claims and complete the work at once. In
i the meantime men and teams are at work
' on the ditch, and it will be finished be
fore the water is needed tor this season's
: irrigation.
i Fifty-five of the 150 names on the Fre
i niont. county jury list are those of women.
I This is the only county where the names
!of women are regularly placed on the
j jury list.
j Cattle in Bear Lake county have win
j tercd in good shape, the loss being scarce
!lv anything, says the Kxatniner. The
1 price of these animals lias again gone
| skyward, but still many transfers are
l>eing made.
| Seventeen property transfers were plac
* ed on the county records at Murray dur
| ing the past week, their aggregate value
j being $22,552.20. Three quart* claims
' were located during the same month.
There is a great stir in business circle?
at Idaho Falls, and the people there are
; anticipating the best season in a long
time. A great many buildings are beiug
1 put up aud others are in contemplation.
The recent influx of |>eoplc into the sur
| roundiug country has been large and the
tide of settlement continues unabated.
Kcndrick reports that the recent snow
is inciting ami the Potlatch and Beat
creeks aie on the rise, which will be ap
preciated by the tie men as well as the
! sawmill men. There are 18,01)0 ties along
| the Big Bear creek, which will be floated
i to Kemlrick as soon as there is water
' enough, besides along the Potlatcn river
j there are about 200,000 feet m logs to he
I floated down. The work train is making
! daily trips to the tie piles along Little
j Bear creek, between Kcndrick and Voll-
I mer, and hauling them to the end of the
line. The work of laying track is under
i headway, and soin*>th.ng over a mile has
' been laid, and if the weather permits
j trains will ba run to the Clearwater in
! side of 30 days. It seems to be a settled
| fact that the road will be built up the
Clearwater as far as Big Canyon this
'year, which will provide transportation
j for the farmers of one of the richest por
tions of the reservation.
Frank l.yman Asks for a Receiver
far Smelter Company.
Helena. Mont v April 2.—Frank Lyman
of New York has begun a suit in the Unit
ed States court against the Helena and
Livingston Smelting and Kefiniug Com
pany, which built the East Helena smelt
er, to enforce an accounting and secure a
receiver. He accuses the majority of the
stockholders in the company of manipu
lating its assets to bolster up other com
panies in which they as individuals are
interested. The company in 1890 pooled
its stock and and took 5623 shares, of a
par value of $100 each, in the United
Smelting and and Refining Company of
New Jersey, which also owns a smelter ie
Great Falls and a refinery in Chicago.
Lyman claims that the trustees of the
old company have since then received
$800,000 as dividends on the stock in the
new company, owned by the old one, but
that instead of paying dividends they
guaranteed bonds of the Livingston Coal
und Coke Company for $350,000, and have
ipuid $140,000 interest and placed $00,000
iu a sinking fund; that t>*y built a pow
cr plant of no value to th>* company, but
intended to furnish power to another com
pany in which the trustees were interest
ed, thus expending $150,000; that they
loaned the First National bank, in which
they were interested, $200,000 after it was
| insolvent, and that to further obtain moi
: ey they mortgaged tho property for $140,-
000. Lyman wants his share of the $800,
1000 and a receiver for the company. Kx
[Governor Hauser of Helena and Jessa Sel
| iginan of New York are among the de-
I fendant*.
Cruiser Wm Mailt for Pera.
London, April 4. — The cruiser which
lieutenant Commander Colwell, United
States naval attache here, has purchased
from the Thames Iron Works and over
whieh he has hoisted the star* and stripes,
was built by the Thames Iron Works for
Peru. It was finished during the war be
tween Peru and Chile, and the British
government would not allow it to leave.
The cruiser has been entirely refitted dur
ing the past year and modernized at an
j expense of $120,000.
I>r«rr Hum Few Purtlaaaa.
New York, April 3.- A dispatch to the
Tribune from Havana says: Peace ha*
few partisans among Spain's official rep
resentatives in Havana. For a day or two
the idea of accepting the friendly inter
vention of the United States and an in
demnity wan entertained. Tile change in
sentiment is significant as reflecting the
! feeling in Madrid. It is interpreted here
as a sign that the Sagasta ministry can
( not «ave except i?uba by war.
To lla > Tea %'eaaela.
I Washington. April 5.— The navy de
i pai tment han sent telegraphic orders to
the auxiliary cruiser board at New York
I to purchase immediately 10 vessels for the
auxiliary navy. These boats are to be
I between 2000 and 10,000 tons burden. The
board is directed to conclude the pur
! chase as soon as powdble.
More Boata for the Yakoa.
Philadelphia, April 3. — The Kmpire
Tian*portation Company announces that
it hat added to its fleet of boats for the
Yukon river four steamers and four barges
which they have just purchased from Mo
rn n Bros. k Co. of Seattle.
Started for St. Michael.
Seattle, April 5. — The first vessel to
leave here this season for St. Michael is
I the schooner Louise .). Kenney, which
sailed today. She will t«tke up material
for tome river steamers and a sawmill
Some of the guns in the navy con fire a
shot 12 mile*, farther than a man can see,
for the guns ara aimed Jnd sighted ov ma-
I f ..
Republican Leaders In Congress De
clare They Canuot Answer for
Their Followers Much I.oaver—
Points In the Latest Develop
Washington. April 3.—The opinion al
most universally held in Washington to
night by leading public men una diplo
mats is that the crisis will reach its cli
max this week and that the question of
war or peace will be dcteriniued within
the next seven days. Senators and rep
resentatives met and conferred all day
abort the gravity u f the situation aud at
t<v White house the president consulted
* 'li several meml>crs of his cabinct and
jtiier confidential advisors regarding the
aiessnge which he is preparing to send to
congress. At the state, war and navy
buildings active work was going on and
altogether it was a day of suppressed
feeling. Xo definite announcement is made
om to the day tho menage will be sent
lo congress, but it is not believed it will
go in tomorrow. It. is believed that more
probably Wednesday or Thursday will be
the day selected. Besides the physical
work of preparing the comprehensive doc
ument, upon which the president expects
to rest his case with the world, there arc
other reasons why those in charge of the
war preparations will welcome every
hour's delay. War material which we
have ordered abroad is not yet shipped
t ami the factories in this country work
day and night making powder and pro
jectiles and are anxious for delay. Some
<»f the factories in Connecticut with con
tracts have telegraphed Representative
Hitt, urging all delay possible. They say
every day now is precious.
There is still divergence of opinion as
to what the president will recommend in
his message, indeed, there seems to be
still a question as to whether the presi
dent will make any specific recommenda
tions. Some of his most intimate friends,
however, assert emphatically that the
president's recommendations will be vig
erons and such that his party and the
e.mntry could willingly follow when he
points the way. One of these said tonight
that the president, in his strong desire
for peace and earnest hope that war
might possibly be averted, was yielding
somewhat to the sentiment of the leaders
of his party and the country. He has
not given up hope yet that hostilities may
be averted. There are those who lielieve
the president has not yet made tip his
mind as to the exact course he will pur
sue and there seems to be a question as
M» whether the consular reports and the
di|>!omatic correspondent e are to be trans
mitted with the message.
Can C'unireaa lie Heatralaedf
The sus[>ense cuum-d bv the necessary
delay in the preparation of the message
is very trying on the meml»ers of the
house and the most universally discus Hod
question in Washington tonight is wheth
er congress can be restrained until the
message is transmitted. All recognize
the task of preparing our case for the
world's inspection and the care which
luust be exercised and there seems to be
no disposition to unduly luisten the pres
ident. The party leaders are extremely
anxious to avoid a breach with the ex
ecutive, such as would occur if congress
ware to take the initiative. After a care
ful canvass of (he situation today they
believe the radical republicans can be
held in line a few days longer, until
Wednesday at least. The conference of
the republicans of the house, who have
been insisting on prompt action, hold an
other meeting tomorrow night. While
many of them are in favor of giving the
president more leeway than they were
last week, it is realized that 2.1 republican
votes in the house would, with the dein
oeratic and populUt votes, be sufficient to
act. It can be pretty confidently assert
ed that all the republicans of the house,
with possibly the exceptions which could
be counted on the fingers of one hand,
can be controlled until Wednesday. After
that, what might happen if the president
ask* for further delay, is problematical.
Mr. Brcmwell of Ohio, for instance, who
says he hopes he will not be obliged to
y*H company with the president, says he
will vote with the democrats if necessary
to overrule thes |*aker after Wednesday.
Mr. Cooper of Witiconsin has made a aim
ilar statement.
Houae Heaolatlona.
The republicans of the house committee
on foreign affairs have held informal
meetings today and have practically
affreed to report a resolution of a tenor
similar to that agreed upon by the for
eign relations committee of the senate.
These resolutions will be practically
agreed upon by the committee tomorrow,
but will not be reported until the presi
dent sends his message to congreas, al
though there is at least one of the re
publicans of U»e committee who is in
favor of reporting them tomorrow. Mr.
Adams, the acting chairman of the com
mittee in the absence of Mr. Hilt, saw
die president today and informed him of
the probable action of the committee.
Several republicans called upon Mr. Ilitt
Proapeet of Medlatloa.
The prospect of European mediation
ha* aroused the keenest intercut through
out di|>lomatic circles here, and although
inquiry at the leading embassies and le
gations failed to disclose that any actual
move has been made, yet such a move is
anticipated at almost any time, and when
taken it is felt that it will be an im
j portunt factor in the situation.
It has been expected that France would
be the first to act by a tender of h*i
offices. Up to tonigbt, howevei, the
Fien. h ambesaadoi, M. Osmium, had re
ceived no instructions on this line. There
is the same anticipation but lack of defi
nite action in Great Britain, Germany
and other diplomatic quarters. It is prob
able «bat mediation would take denfibite
far* if the foreign representative* wera
convinced that war was inevitable aud
about to lie declared. While they look
upon the situation as grave, the general
sentiment among tlieni is that the matter
has not yet progressed beyond the rauge
of diplomacy and a pacific solution. For
that reason there was a strong iucliua
tion shown today to wait until the pres
ident's message was sent to congress, the
feeling being that the teal issue could not
l>e determined until the message hail been
At the outset Spaiu wan moid, earliest
for mediation, and to this end addressed
a note to the powers about 10 days ago.
Now, however, as the prospects for medi
ation appeal's to be growing, the Spanish
authorities seem to Ih» less inclined to-
I ward this course. This may be due to
jtlie fact that Spain had looked on media
tion as an indirect form of intervention of
the l<}uro|MMin powers in favor of one of
their own number. The Spauish note
developed, however, that the powers were
not ready for any such radical step.
France made the first declaration,
through Premier Hanotaux, iu the
French chamber, that France would
treat both parties alike as friends. This
' was an unexpected reverse for Spain, as
she had felt that French ownership of
; .Martinique, Guadeloupe and other islands
| would incline her to sympathy with
Spain ill defending her sovereignty over
I Cuba.
It was stated by one of the amhassa
| dor* today that any move in the form of
mediation would first assume form by an
exchange of notes among the European
powers, which could l>e done speedily by
i telegraph in case of a war crisis seeming
!at hand. In such event the general un
derstanding among the diplomats here is
that Greet Britain France, Germany and
| Austria would be consulted, as their com
j mcrcia! intercuts would be seriously crip
pled by a war between the United States
and Spain. While Russia and Italy also
might be consulted owing to their influ
[ence in Huropean affairs, yet their imme
; diate interest in tho Spanish-American
jioutlict would be far less than that of
jtlie other countries mentioned.
| It is probable that negotiations will be
j opened by this government with Denmark
! lo all iw cable messages to come over the
French line from the Danish island of St.
Thaiaae to tha United States. With the
leeward islands, of which St. Thomas is
a center, as the probable center of any
naval ojierations which may result from
the present crisis, it is recognized us of
vast importance to secure facilities uot
controlled by Spain.
Rernahe's Hasy Ray.
Setior Bemabc, the Spanish minister,
j sitd his staff had a busy Sunday, al
though it did not bring any developments
• hanging the situation. His last official
exchange with the authorities was on last
Friday, after Spain's answer had been
received, since which time negotiations
have been at a halt. This, however, has
not lessened the Spanish minister's ac
tivity in keeping his government fully
apprised as to the general aspect of af
fails in this country. The elaborate man
lier in which this cahlc intelligence has
gone to the authorities at Madrid is prob
ably without a parallel. It is understood
jtluit wheu the situation begun to assume
its most serious aspect a single cable dis
patch sent by the minister to the foreign
office cost $1000. Another dispatch cost
$700 and another $400. In this way
Madrid authorities are kept in close
touch with the condition of affairs, not
only as it relates to officiul negotiations,
but more particularly to those circum
stances which will permit the Madrid
government to gauge th« Hit nation at
Secretary Sherman gave a dinner last
| night at which the Spanish minister was
one of the guests. Senator Ixsige of the
, senate committee on foreign affairs and
Colonel Fred Grant of New York were
also among those present. The presence
of the Spanish minister at the home of
the secretary of state was void of sig
nifies nee, except as show ing the pacific
outward appearance of affairs. Being
purely a social gathering, the Spanish
situation was not alluded to.
There wus comparative quiet about the
White house and the departments to
day. The members of the cabinet did not
call on the president during the early
part of the day nor did they visit the de
partments. The White house was in its
usual state of Sunday quiet.
Maid to lie In Pay of R«Mia.
Shanghai, April (► —It in announced that
u ponton of the highest rank has memo
rialized the emperor in the most vigorous
language, accusing the whole Tsung Li
Yemen ( Chinese foreign ofliee) of being in
the pay of Russia. He asserts that Rus
sia expended 10,000,000 t/\els in bribery
during the recent negotiations regarding
the cession of Tort Arthur and Talien
Wan, etc., and claims that Li Hung
j Chang's share was 1,500,000 taels.
UMta Hmlorrd to Wealth.
I San Francisco, April 5.— The Kxaminet
I says: General Carlos Kzeta, the exiled ex
! president of the republic of San Salvador,
| has been vindicated by his people. Hi*
I vast cHtate*, the stocks and money confis
cated by the government of President
uiteres after Kxeta was forced to leave
his native land, four years ago. have been
returned to him and K/eta i« again worth
more than $2,000,000.
Judif H. (anleharii la Dead.
Walla Walla, Wash.. April 4. —Judge
Rudolph Guichard died of inaflmmatory
rheumatism at 0:13 o'clock last evening,
after an illnem* of several months. Prep
arations f»r the funeral have not yet
I been made, but it is expe*-ted it will occur
j Tuesday Judge Guiehaid had been af
' flirted with the disease which caused hi*
■death frr a number of year*.
T« (oaaaid Ike Naßgrovf.
F.iie. Pa., April 4. — lieutenant Com
Inlander Kverett, commandiug the V. 8. S.
MiVigan. na-i been detached ami ordered
|to command tha Mangrove, stationed at
, Kt.t Vet. lie will leave as soon as pes
III* l.rvrr Hrokr nml Mmh> of In
li<il*lt«uta Are Hr|»ortfd Uroirnrtl
-llackrd*! p Flood lu Ihf Üblo
l<*M«n«l mu Oprulaii—Victim* Mml
\o Uarulnit.
Louisville, April 3.—A spec In 1 to the
Courier Journal (roiu Kvansville, lud..
At 0 o'clock thin afternoon the levee at
Khawneetown. 111., broka a mile above
town, ami from all information obtainable
here it U learned that a large part of th«
place has been destroyed and perhaps >\
large number of pitiiMß have bft'ii
Shawncetown is 2*> miles above Kvaii"
ville ou the Ohio river. It is situated in
a valley of extremely low land with l»ill«
skirting it in the rear and with a 2.Yfoot
levee running from hill to hill. The tow ii
is in much the same position an a forti
fied city and when the levee gave away
a mile above town and under the pres
sure of the high water, the river shot
through a 20-foot openiug ami struck the
place like a hurricane. Houmcs were
turned and tossed about like boxes. The
people were not. wanted and for that, rea
s« n many were caught. Those at home
sought refuge in second stories and
housetops. Those in the streets were cur
ried before the avalanohe of water and
probably a majority were drowned.
Citizens came from the place by skiff*
to a telephone several miles away and
u*keri for aid from Kvansville. They said
that more than 200 people were drowned.
Tliev had reason to believe the number
would reach 500 to 1000. The water stand*
from 20 to U0 feet deep all over the town.
There are, of course, no fires or light-t
in the place and total darkness envelop*'*
the desolate city. Consequently it wan
impossible for them to have anything like
definite information. The men iminedi
ately left the telephone and no further
communication has been had. No tele
graph nor telephone wires are workiug
and outside communication appears im
About 12 o'clock two steamboat* and a
couple of tugs started for Shawneetown
under full heed of steam and it is ex
pected some of them will arrive there
bv 2 a. m. They carry large supplies of'
food and blankets, quickly collected by
the city officials.
I.lal of Vlrllma !■ (irowlnß,
I Chicago, April 4.At 12:40 thin morning
I the operator at the long distance tele
phone company'* office at Mount Vernon.
Ind., informed the Associated i'rewt (liat
the eatimate on the lo*9 of life at Hliaw
neetown waa at that hour 200. Mount
Vernon i* but .'lO miles from Hhaxvnee
town, nnd the information on which the
cHtimate ia baaed in believed (o be relia
i ble. The operator stated that the com
pany'a wired to (he stricken city failed
soon after 4 o'clock yesterday. At that
hour it was known the dam waa giving
way, but it wait not thought that it would
go to piece* quickly enough to cauMe lomh
of Ufe
lly M o'clock it wqa known in Mount
drowned, the estimate then being 100. A
relief boat bearing food, blanket* ami sur
geon* whm ntarted down the river and wa«
expected to reach >Shaw neetown before
morning, (iradually the report** of lo** of
life iticiTOMed, the e*(ima(e* of atone*
coming from varioun point* near the scene
of (he oflod, showing clearly (hat the di*
aslei Man far more di*a«trou* Utan wan
at tir*t lielieved. People at Mount Vernon
and surrounding town* beaeiged the tele
graph office*, frantically aaking for tid
ingx from friend* and relative* in the
flooded town. No attempt at an accurate
lint of the lo*t wa* posaible, however, and
the crowd* stood all night before the bill
letin board*, on which were pcated the
meagre report* being received.
Water la Ten Mllea Inland.
Chicago, April 3.—A special to the Rec
ord from Cypress Junction, 111., says :
Two hundred and fifty persons were
drowned today by the inundation of
Shauneetown. six miles from this place.
The levee broke at 4 o'clock this after
noon and the Ohio river flowed over the
town many feet deep. Scores of house**
are floating about tonight and many per
sons are clinging to the wreckage in the
hope that rescuers will soon appear with
boats to take them to placee of safety. All
communication with the town is cut off.
Trains can not reach there and telegraph
wires are down. The first report that
reached here was that the entire popula
tion had been drowned, but this is not
confirmed. The levee wss built by the
government and was regarded as inipreg
liable, hence, the pople had taken no
precautions against a possible flo<»d.
It is reported that the water extends
for 10 miles inland and people are flee
ing for their lives in all the lowland ham
Had Three Thonannd People,
St. Louis, April 3.—Shaw nee town has a
population of about 3000 inhabitants and
i* situated on the west bank of the Ohio
river. The streets are parallel with the
river, the principal business street being
but two blocks distant from the river.
The levee of the river is about 15 feet
above the city and the levee bank is sbout
20 feel thick. Situated on thin bank snd
level with the river is the Riverside hotel,
a large four-story building, built by Hen
fy lus her. The hotel ia generally occu
pied fully all the year round, being not
only a transient hostelry, but families
also reside there. It is feared *,he hotel
hus been washed away.
Will Abandon Port Mlaaoola.
| Washington, April 3.—The recent army
order* sending the Twenty fifth infantry
to the Department of the Gulf will result
in the dincontinuance of the poet at Fort
| Missoula, Montsna, and the portable prop
jerty there will be distributed to other
'pasts in the department
NO. 10.

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