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Death and Destruction Followed By
Terrifc Fire —Flames Balk Rescuers
—Thousands of Weeping Women
and Children, Whose Kin Are En
tombed Stunned By Awful Disaster.
Paris, March 11. —A mine catastro
phe of incalculable horror and magni
tude has stricken the great coal center
of northern Franco. An explosion of
tire damp at 7 o'clock Saturday morn-
Ing carried death and destruction
throughout the network of coal mines
centered la Courrieres and fire follow
ed the explosion, making rescue diffi
cult and almost impossible.
The intense excitement and confu
sion In the vicinity prevented early es
timates of the exact loss or life, but a
dispatch received gave 1219 miners en
tombed and probably lost. Later dis
patches give more than 1200 dead.
All France has been profoundly
shocked by the magnitude of the disas
ter, which is said td be the greatest
in the history of continental mining.
President Fallieres sent his sympa
thy, accompanied by Minister of Pub
lic Works (,niter and of the Interior
Dnbief, on a special train to the scone
of the disaster. The ministerial cri
sis \ was temporarily forgotten, sena
tors and deputies joining In. the uni
versal public manifestation of sorrow.
Scene of the Disaster.
The toque of the catastrophe is the
mountainous mining region near l>cus.
Here are huddled small hamlets of
the mine workers, who operated the
moat productive coal mines In France.
The subterranean chambers form a
series of tunnels. Six of the outlets
are near Lens, and others are at Cour
rleres, Verdun and other points.
The output of these mines is partic
ularly combustible, ami is largely used
in the manufacture of gas and in smelt
ing. About 200(1 miners work the
group of mines, and with their fami
lies make a population of from 6000
to 8000 souls.
The explosion took place shortly at
ter 1975 men had descended into the
mine. There was a deafening explo
sion, which was followed by the cages
and mining apparatus being hurled
from the mouth of the mine. Men and
horses nearby outside the mine were
either stunned or killed, 'lne roof of
the mine office was torn off.
Immediately following the explosion
flames burst from the mouth of the
pit. driving back the men who had
sought to enter and dooming those
who were inside. The work of attempt
ing to rescue the imprisoned miners
was Quickly begun by officials, engi
neers and miners from the surround
ing mines.
The families of the entombed miners
crowded' about the shafts seeking fa
thers or husbands and threatening in
their effort! to obtain details to force
buck the gendarmes, who kept them
from the mouth of the pit.
The chief engineer of the depart
ment of I'a.s da c.uih's, U, Leon, says
that the Bre broke out in the pit at
:'. o'clock last Monday afternoon and
that the engineers coped with it as
bust they could, but that Friday, be
ing unable to master It. they closed
M\ the outlets Fissures, he thinks.
must have formed, which permitted
(he gase.s to escape, and these becom
ing ignited, resulted in explosion.
Latest Report.
The worst (ears as to the enormity
of the mine disaster in the Courrierea
listrict have been realized. The death
list numbers 1100 and the whole region
stands appalled at the terrible tragedy,
which has brought sorrow to GOOO fath
ers, mothers, wives and children.
The last great mine, disaster in
France occurred in I*Bs, when 293 per
sons were killed and 80 injured, but
that and all others sink into insignifi
cance before Courrieres,
The vast mortuary camp is under
military guard, 400 soldiers having ar
rived there to assist In holding in
check the crowds of distracted mourn
ers. For a time hope has been held out
to the people that tappings on pipes
by the imprisoned men had been heard,
but gradually this hop© vanished and
the people demanded admission to see
the bodies, and even threatened to
break their way through the cordon of
troops, who had the greatest difficulty
in keeping the crowds from the pit.
One man named Silvestre succeeded
in entering the mine, but he never re
turned. It is believed he groped about
inside until he was overcome by lac
gases and perished. It is reported that
a rescue party numbering 40 has been
cut off by the caving in of one of the
By One Who Escaped.
The ministers listened to a graphic
rtptloa of (ho scene in the mloe by
Cart, one df the Ban reaened. and who
still is suffering from the terrible ef
fects of his experience
'I was wonuag with the gang when
the •-xujosion occurred Th.- foreman
hnmedtatety ahooted for ns to follow
him, and. dashing into a r, ess j n the
gallery, we were followed by a blast
of poisonous gases, which rushed by.
however, without affeetings us. We re
mained there for eighi hours, when,
feeling that suffocation w\a gradually
coming upon us. we attempted U)
We crawled In single file to
ward the shaft, tmt wrtnd of th« men
dropped dead on the way, inclining
on and the foreman. I carri. .| tin
rnphew on my back for 40 mlr
Jind succeeded In saving him. It took
u» four hours to reach the shaft."
For the time being the mine building
has been transformed Into a mortuary
chamber, and all about in it lie the
burned and almost unrecognizable
bodies of miners which were taken
then as they were brought from the
The reoent fight at Los Angeles be
tween Hugo Kelly and Jack (Twin)
Sullivan of Boston was declared ;<
draw at the end of 10 rounds.
The plans for the northwest sports
men tournament to be held in Walla
WaU.i June 20 to 24 are rapidly being
11!ri 11«.
Maurice Thompson and Kid Parker
will probably weigh in at 133 pounds
when they meet at the Spokane Ama
teur Athletic club March 30.
Friday and Saturday ,May 11 ami
12. are to be gala days at the Wash
ington state college this year, those
il.iys having been set apart for the
annual intPrscholastic track meet.
The announcement that Manager
Quinn, of the S. A. A. C. has complet
ed arrangements for a twenty round
go between Kid Parker of Denver and
Maurice Thompson, of Butte, will be
bailed with delight by every lover of
the boxing game.
Mrs. D. W. Peeples of Wardner,
Idaho, was awarded the prize fishing
rod, worth |16, given by the members
of the Wardner Fishing club, organ
ized last summer, for catching the
largest trout with rod and line during
the season.
The prospects for a good baseball
team at Whitman college at Walla
Walla are unusually bright.
The Northwestern baseball league
will this year probably continue with
a four club circuit, as last year, in
stead of a membership of six cities, as
originally planned. Helena is appar
ently in trouble, and Bellingham is
practically abandoned, so that the like
lihood is that neither of these cities
may be found in President Lucas'
league during the coming year.
W. H. Hitt. who has long been
known as the champion checker play
er of Harrington section, was recently
defeated by Earl Haynes, who now is
sues a challenge to meet any of the
crack checker players of the Inland
Empire for a series of match games.
Athena, Ore., will have a regular
baseball team this season.
The Oakland, Cal., baseball team
has signed R. T. Cox, the star pitcher
of Georgetown. Pa.
Ann Arbor, Mich.—At the varsity
indoor track meet of the University
of Michigan Saturday night Coe made
tln> mile run in 4:26 4-5, which was
hailed as a world's record, being 2 1-5
seconds faster than the best time on
record for a 14 lap track.
Tennis tournaments will be held as
follows: June 30, California state
championship; August 7, Kakanan
tennis, Paclflft northwestern cham
pionshtp; September 30, Pacific states
championship, San Francisco.
At the American Turf association
meet Jockey Carter, who was ruled
off the turf for life for the alleged
pulling of H. M. P., was not permitted
to appear.
The second annual tournament of
the Western Bowling congress win
ners were:
Individual-—Price (Salt Lake), 622.
Two man team —Ellwert and Kup
pinger i Denver), 1251.
Five man team —Denver Bruns
wlcks, 2771; Qossett 554, Baker 559.
Good 538. Ellwert 559. Kuppinger 561.
Forced to Carry Guns—Chicago Police
Despairing of protection by the po
lice, Chicago women are now carrying
bulldog revolvers in their muffs. Deal
ers report unusually heavy sales of the
weapons to women within the last
two weeks.
Suggestions have been made by bus
iness men who employ many young
women, and* instruct ions are being giv
en In many establishments on how to
use the revolver, shooting through a
muff and not taking any chances with
rowdies or thugs.
Gold Scattered in Street.
San Francisco.—An unusual inci
dent happened at the lower end of
Market street recently when John Wil
son, a bank messenger, was knocked
down by :l car and the $!00i) in $!",
gold pieces which he carried in a sack
were scattered about the street, and,
si range to say. every piece was re
Elmer E. Knowles.
San DI«gO, Cal., March 12.-Elmer
E. Knuwles. a well known citizen of
Spokane ami member of the Elks'
lodge of tha( city, died Sunday at noon
at his temporary home in National
City, at the ajre of |v scars. Mr
Knowles was superintendent of the
Washington Water Power company of
ane for about 10 years. He was
afflicted with consumption.
He Murdered Uncle Weir.
Pagoaa Bpriaga, c.i, March 13.—
Oral w.'ir. at his preltmlnary hearing
here, eonfeaaed to murdario his onela,
roaaph \V,-ir. who was visiting friends
in this vicinity. Joseph Weir was
from heaven worth. Kan., and had been
an inmate of the soldiers' home there.
Crop Estimate.
The crop estimating board of the
•iepartment Of agriculture, in a report
issued Saturday, shows the amount of
wheat, corn and oats in farmers' hands
March 1. 1906, as follows: Wheat,
158,403,000 bushels; com, 1,108 000
--000; oats. 379,805,000.
'Manager Petrich of the Spokane
theater says he is booking attractions
all through the summer season.
Ft IDC filll OTIIII/r I Traffic is still blocked on the line and
rtAKo luAL fllKlnL:r:£^^^ The
Coal Barons Claim If They Raise
Wage* They Win Have to Raise
Price jf Cos 1 and They Claim the
People Cannot Afford the Raise at
'I nis T.'me.
The propositions me United Mine
workers of America for a readjustment
uf wages and conditions in the an
thracite coal fields, as a whole have
been rejected by the operators. As a
counter proposition the operators sug
gest that u*e awards made by the an
thracite coal strike's commission, the
principles upon which they are estab
lished by the commission and the
methods established for carrying out
their findings and awards, shall be con
tinued tor a further term of tnree years
from the Ist day of April, i*ub. The
present agreement terminates March
31 of this year.
Announcement of the anthracite op
erators" decision and their counter
proposition was made in a long formal
statement which was given out for pub
lication. This statement, which in
cludes the correspondence on the sub
jf its at issue between President John
Mitchell Oi the United Mineworkers,
acting for the miners, and George P.
Baer, president of the Philadelphia &
Reading Coal & Iron company, for me
Operators, discusses the miners' propo
sitions in detail. In every instance toe
contention is made by the operators
i-iiher that conditions in the coalfields
do not warrant the change proposed
by the miners, or that the questions at
issue already have been passed upon
by the stride commission.
Cannot Increase Wages.
"We can not increase wages with
out advancing the price of coal and We
are not willing to advance the price
of coal," is the reply to the demand
for a general Increase in wages.
In conclusion, the statement says:
"It has been our hope, and we trust
the public expectation as well, that
the effect of the exhaustive investiga
tion and findings of the distinguished
citizens who constituted the anthracite
strike commission would be to estab
lish a just and permanent adjustment
of the relations between tne operators
and their employes. Therefore, we re
ject the suggestion that an entirely
new and untried system should be
made which is only to last one year.
"It is not to vii- interest of the em
ployers and employes, nor of the pub
lic, to have the mining business as
well as the general business and com
fort of the people seriously disturbed
by those yearly contentions.
"Neither the public nor the opera
tors can stand these progressive and
enormous increases in the cost of the
production of anthracite coal, followed
necessarily by corresponding increase
in the price.
"!i is peculiarly fortunate, there
fore th.at existing conditions have all
been the n>sult of arbitration by third
persons; that neither party can say
that it has not had due consideration.
There can be no doubt that the good
of all concerned will be served best
by adhering to the results thus
Butte, Mont., March 14. — During
the fiercest storm that has raged along
the line in 20 years, four giant locomo
tives of the Oregon Short Line crashed
together a short distance this Bide of
Humphrey Tuesday morning, killing
Fireman S. J. Lucas and painfully in
juring a nnmher of trainmen and occu
pants of the/passenger coaches. Lucas
was hurled headlong against the door
of the firebox and was buried beneath
a mass of flaming coal.
When rescued his face and head
were charred almost beyoud recogni
Eutfiueer Erick.^on escaped by leap
ing thr ugh a cab window. He was
painfully cut about the hands and
arms, bntl was otherwi*n uniujured.
Conductor John C^ninn sull'tred a
bruised head, and Baggageman Fiitz
patrick sustaiued a scalp wound.
The passnegers on the northbound
train escaped without injury, although
many were severely shaken up.
The engines were going double head
ers because of the deep snow, and, ow
ing to the fact that the water tank at
Monida was frozen, two engines left
that point for the next tank, thinking
they had the right of way. A short
distance on the double header struck
the drouble header coming in the oppo
site direction.
The oclilsion broke the steam pipes
of the coaches and the passengers were
compelled to remain in their berths to
escape the piercing cold, the tempera
ture being 20 decrees below zero.
Heavy Snows in Ohio.
''U'veland. Ohio, March 12—Reports
from Springfield and Otter towns in
the state say that the Sunday snowfall
reached a depth 01 10 inches, being the
heaviest since the winter of 1893-94.
New York Port Collector.
President Roosevelt has announced
that he would reappoint Nevada Stran
ahan as collector of the port of New
Will Sell A.. Their Products By Their
The fruit growers and vegetable pro
ducers of Spokane county have effect
ed an organization.
A resolution was passed that the
Spokane County association be formed
along the lines of that in Puyallup and
that the fruit growers and vegetable
producers form a union as a central
body, which is to act as agent for the
county, and none of the members are
to sell any of the produce except
through the union.
The proposition is to have a gen
eral distributing agency and all the
fruit growers and vegetable producers
are to have stock in this central body.
Each man, whether he owns 15 shares
or one share, will have but one vote in
the union.
A competent man is to be secured to
sell the produce and the producers are
not to sell it except through him. This
agent is to be in the direct employ
ment of the union and to see that the
markets are supplied ih the most econ
omic manner, and that the products of
the county are placed where they will
bring the best price, controlling the
output) so there will be a demand for
the products.
Rochester, N. V., March 14.—The
long and eventful life of Sugsan B. An
thony closed at 12:40 o'clock Tuesday
morning. The end came peacefully.
Miss Anthony had been unconscious
practically for 24 hours and her death
had been momentarilly expected since
Sunday night. Only her wonderful
constitution kept her alive.
Dr. M. S. Kicker, her attending phy
sician said Miss Anthony died of heart
failure induced by double pneumonia.
She has had serious valvular heart
trouble for the last six or seven years.
Her lungs were practically closed the
pnemonia had yielded to treatment,
but the weakness of her heart prevent
ed h«r recovery. Susan B. Anthony
was one of the foremost exponents of
women's suffrage of the time. She
came of a noted family, and her bro
ther, Colonel Daniel Anthony, was edi
tor of the Leavenwoith (Kan.) Times
for many years until his death a few
years ago. So persistent was she in her
advocacy of equal rights that she hae
appeared before committees in congress
on the subject every year since 1869,
it is stated. She had a stormy career,
and was once arrested and tried for
voting under the fourteenth amend
ment, in 1872.
Susan Brownell Anthony was born
on February 15, 1820, at Adams, Mass.
She was educated in a school main
tained by her father at Batteuville, N.
V., and at a tjuaker boarding school
in Philadelphia. At theageof 15 years
she became a school teacher, and until
she was 30 years of age followed this
Itl was in 1852 that she first began
her oireer as a public woman and a re
former. She organized at that time
the first women's state temperance so
ciety, and became active in antislavery
and women's rights affairs.
She was secretary of the Women's
National Loyal league during the civil
war. Since the war cloned her whole
time has been devoted to women's
rights, and she has neve* 1 lost an oppor
tunity to wield tongue or pen in behalf
of that cause. She has cppeaied as a
contributor in the foremost periodicals
of the day, and also on platforms in
every large city in the country.
One of her ventures was the Revolu
tionist, an organ designed to spread
the idea that women were entitled to
[the ballot.
Miss Anthony did regular field work
for her cause, and in eight different
states where the amendment to allow
the ballot to her sex was being voted
on she took charge of the campaign.
Miss Anthony has held high offioers
in the National Women's Sufferage as
sociation since its founddation in 1869.
She was at the time of her death the
president of the National Women's
Sufferage association. With Mrs.Eliza
beth Cady Stanton and Mrs. Matilda
Joalyn Gajje, Miss Anthony compiled
"The History of Woman Sufferage," a
work which appeared in three volumes.
Boise, Idaho, March. If).— Sheriff .T.
0. Rutau and Deputy Sheriff R. D.
Meldrum of San Miguel county, Col.,
have arrived in Boise. They brought
with them requistion papers for the ex
tradition of Vincent St. John, late of
Burke, Idaho, and a warrant charging
him with being implicated in the min
ing dsitnrbances of 1902 at Telluride,
in their county. Governor Gooding has
signed the papers and placed them in
the bands of the Colorado sheriff.
Vincent St. John, who is president
of the miners' union at Burke, Idaho,
was arrested Feb. 18, charged with
complicity in the assassination of ex-
Governor Steunenberg.
Fire in Enormous Carbarns.
New York.—Fire has destroyed a
large portion of the Metropolitan
Street railway's barcarna at Fiftieth
street and Eighth avenue and several
electric automobiles owned by the New
York Transportation company, which
occupied a part of the building. Total
damage, $100,000.
A fat salary is attractive in the eyes
of the man who is short.
A Review of Happenings in Both
Eastern and Western Hemispheres
During the Past Week—National,
Historical, Political and Personal
The state of affairs in Servla'grows
from bad to worse, and there is every
prospect of a storm.
Thomas E. McKenna, for many years
managing editor of the Rocky Moun
tain News at Denver, is dead.
The heaviest snowstorm of the win
ter prevailed in Kansas last Saturday.
Street car traffic was demoralized.
Edwin Bindley, a prominent million
aire and president of the Duquesne
National bank, died in Pittsburg re
Announcement is made that the
American Window Glass company has
again advanced the price of window
glass 5 per cent.
The interstate commerce commis
sion has formally ordered an inves
tigation of the alleged railroad nionop
plies of coal and oil.
Greensboro, N. C. —Dr. J. B. Mat
thews was found guilty of the murder
of his wife and was sentenced to the
penitentiary for 20 years.
Frederick .1. H. Krackle has been
appointed by the president to be naval
officer at the port of New York, to
succeed Robert H. Sharkey.
The new German tariff which has
just come into force will, it is believ
ed, be a heavy blow for the English
salt export trade to Germany.
El Paso, Texas. —Senor Jaboco
Blanco, chairman of the Mexican in
ternational boundary commission, died
here after several weeks' illness.
New York.—Prince Tsai Tseh, head
of the Chinese imperial commission
now passing through tills country on
its way to Europe, has arrived here.
Fire in San Francisco recently in a
five story stone building at 321 San
some street, between California and
Sacramento streets, caused a loss of
over $750,000.
A more favorable attitude is being
taken at St. Petersburg toward the
dazzling scheme for a tunnel under
FJering strait and an all rail route
from the United States to Europe.
The Constitutional League of the
United States was recently incorporat
ed at Albany, N. V., to "assist in main
taining and enforcing the constitution
of the United States in all its provi
sions and throughout its jurisdiction."
Pan Francisco. —Attorney George D.
Collins, convicted of perjury, was sen
tenced by Judge Burnett to confine
ment for 14 years in the state prison
at San Quentin. Notice of appeal was
Chief Engineer Stevens, in a cable
gram from Panama to the isthmian
canal commission, announces a satis
factory condition with, respect to the
freight situation on the isthmus, only
7700 tons being on hand.
The case of William R. Hearst
against the anthracite coal carrying
roadfi has been ordered by the inter
state commerce commission to be re
opened and was assigned for reargu
ment in Washington on March 29.
Constantinople.—The porte has
yielded to the American demands and
haR informed the American legation
that orders have been sent to Beirut
to admit free of duty all consignments
for the American schools In Syria.
Trenton, N. J.—The sentence of
death imposed upon Mrs. Antoinette
Tolla for the killing of Joseph Sonta
has been commuted to seven and a
half years' imprisonment by the court
of pardons.
Harry Vaughan. George Ryan and
Ed Raymond, the convicts found guil
ty of having murdered Prison Guard
John Clay in the prison mutiny at the
Missouri penitentiary on November
24 last, were sentenced to be hanged
on April 20.
Secretary Hitchcock has transmit
ted to congress a draft of a bill chang
ing the present law relating to the ap
pointment of administrators and guar
dians of Indian estates, and estate of
minor children. The secretary desires
to appoint all guardians himself and
contends that the present law has re
sulted in many abuses.
Unless congress authorizes a special
appropriation the navy department
will be unable to complete or under
take the repairs recommended for the
battleship Massachusetts, now at the
navy yard in New York. The work
will cosr $900,000 and will require two
years' time.
Mother and Daughters Freeze.
Adelia, Neb.. March 13.—Mrs. Clin
ton Ifetl and two daughters, aged 6
and 8 years, were frozen to death (lur
ing the recent storm. They lost their
way in a blizzard that, came up and
were found by neighbors after the
Frightens the Sultan.
Shiek Mahmoud Yohfa, the power
ful Arabian rebel whose military alli
ance with a number of the great tribes
in Turkish Arabia, has frightened the
sultan into calling extraordinary meet
ings of his ministry to consider plans
to end the revolt headed by him.
New Ministry.
Paris. —Jean Marie Ferdinand Sar
rien has definitely decided to form a
ministry and has notified President
Fallieres of his acceptance of the
The original draft in Lord K«h«.
handwriting of the historical "Q«n
Memorandum" to his captains ."T
hattle of Trafalgar was sold recently*!
London at auction for $18,000
It is said the anarohi -in of Italy h
planned to kill the king of Italy
Dr. Ellis Dixon, aged 32. a pn,,^
ous dentist of Frankfort, I«d. e T*\
up Miss Bessie Buobanan of Indian
olis, to whom he was engird, on th
telephone and talked pleasantly w |»v
her for a few moments and said "eJI
bye." He then placed a revoler toh
head and blew out his brains, it •
said lie was temperorarily insane. *
Positive assuranoe that the Buok»n
Columbia Ralway and Navigation com
pany's line will be completed from th«
Columbia river to Spokane this vt> ar i»
given by Charles M. Meeker, represent
ing the Eldenbel Construction company
of New York, which olaims to be fl- n
anoing the concern.
At k recent session of the Rnpgi an
cabinet Premier Witte, who was warm
ly supported by Pcince Alexis Obolen
sky, procurator general of the holt
synod, and count John Tolrtoi, minister
of education, insisted on the supreMion
of the organizntion known as the Leg.
gue ot the Russian People, through
which the agitation of the reactionary
"black hundred" is propagated It»
reported that he was forced to arrive
at this decision,but this is not absolute
ly confirmed.
Battling Nelson had the advantage
over Terry MoGovern in their recent
six round bout which took place in
Philadelphia. Nelson deserved the de
cision, but as no decisions are rendered
when both men are oil their feet, the
fight is classed as a draw. Neither
man was knocked down during the
fight, but McGoveru slipprd to the
floor in the fifth while trying to es
cape from the Dane.
The republican centrnl committee of
the state of Idaho has decided to hold
their convention nt Pocatelln n n Anp
uHt 1. The basis of Representation will
bo oue delegate for each 170 vo'es for
the Secretary of State at last election.
The greater part of the town of Look
out, Idaho, was destioyed recently.
The loss will be close to $15,000. Mn.
Richards, *<ife of the proprietor of the
Richards hotel, was severely injured
by jumping from the second story win
The house committee on public lands
has authorized a favorable report on
the French bill granting 312 acres to
district No. 57, Nez Perce county, Ida
ho, for school purposes. The land at
present S. HN. Kanffman, president of
the Evening Star Newspaper company
president ot the Corcoran gallery of
art, a former president of the Ameri
can Newspaper Publishers' associates
and one of the best'known citizens of
Washington, D. C., died at his home
Thursday morning. He was bom in
President Amador of Panama autho
rizes the newspapers to deny the report
that he intends resigning.
Nearly 23 Per Cent of Last Year's
Crop in Their Barns.
The crop reporting board of the bu
reau of statistics of the department ot
agriculture, from the reports ot the
correspondents and agents of the bu
nan. finds the amount of wheat re
maining in farmers' hands on March 1
to have been about. 158,403,000 bushels,
or 22.9 per cent of last year's crop, as
compared with l -.1 per cent, or 111.
--065,000 bushels of the crop of 1904 on
hand on March 1, 1905, and 20.8 per
cent of the crop of 1908 on hand at the
corresponding date in 1904.
The corn in farmers' hands ia esti
mated at 1,108,000,000 bushels, or 40.9
per cent of last year's crop, against
38.7 per cent, or 944,42i,^v>0 bushels of
the crop of 1904 on hand on March 1.
1905 a.nd 37.4 per cent of the crop of
1900 on hand at the corresponding date
in 1904.
Of oats there are reported to b?
about 379,^05,000 bushels, or 39.8 per
cent of last year's crop still in farm
ers' hands.
House Passes Law Delaying His Riflt"
25 Years.
The house has passed a bill having
been called up by Br. Burk of Soutl
Dakota, amending the Indian allotment
laws so as to obviate the effect of thf
recent decision of the supreme court
in the Huff case, where it was held
that as soon as an Indian entered o"
land ho became a citizen and persons
selling him liquor could not be prose
CUted. The bill provides that suci
Indian shall not become a citizen of
the United States until the expiration
of the 25 years necessary for him to
obtain a fee simple to land taken un
der the allotment law.
The secretary of the interior, how
ever, is given authority to curtail this
period in his discretion and grant »
fee simple title and citizenship to P*r
tioular Indians when he shall deem
them capable of the duties of citizen
Plot Kill Parkhurst.
New York, March 16.—An alleflj
plot to aesassinate Rev. Dr. Char*
H Parkhurst, following the receD
municii.nl election in this city, in«P"
ed, it is asserted, by police ofßoiiJ
and in revenge for raids made on £l
tain plaoes by agents of the Sodß*7'
the Prevention of Crime, known *»
as the Park hurst society, is revea ie*
Several policemen and citizens n
been arrested charged with
plicated in the crimes contempt""*
Cripple Creek Thugs KIM Hinj-
Cripple Creek, Col., March »■
Fred Poeschke, a cigar and ew
tionary dealer, was murdered by
masked robbers who broke Into
store. The men escaped.

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